CHN is a network of volunteers from churches throughout the United States of America and throughout the nations. Our mission and passion is to carry on the Great Commission given by our Lord Jesus Christ.

January 2006

“Blow the trumpet in Zion, Consecrate a fast, Call a sacred assembly; Gather the people, assemble the elders, Gather the children and nursing babes; Let the bridegroom go out from his chamber, and the bride from her dressing room.” (Joel 2:15,16)


Dear Friend,

Happy New Year! Trusting that all is well with you and your loved ones. We are all fine, and looking forward to seeing what God will do this year. Each new year brings the  hope of fresh promise as we look expectantly to experience God’s favor upon us, our loved ones, upon our nation, and upon our world. Last year was a year of challenges, but also personal victories. With His Grace, and in His strength, we will press on in 2006 to victory!

This year we have the awesome privilege to begin our new year by praying together in a special conference call! On Saturday, January 14th, from 1:00 to 3:00PM EST we can  meet in a conference call, and pray for specific needs for the new year. We will also be praying for your needs, so please, plan to join us! Dial 563-843-7429 and press 344335# to enter the conference room. If you have free long distance on your home phone, or cell phone, this call will not cost you anything. Calling cards are available anywhere to help you defray the cost. You can also go to www.callingcards.com on the Internet to purchase one. This call will be a tremendous opportunity for us to get to know each other! To find out more how this conference call works, go to www.greatercalling.org  I will also give the simple instructions in the beginning of the call before we pray. I am looking forward to meeting you!

What will this year hold? Each new year we look expectantly towards the future with hopes of seeing our prayers answered, peace in the world, salvation for the lost, and so much more. This is why we are beginning our new year by  “blowing the trumpet, and sanctifying a fast.” What are your hopes and dreams for this year? Most of us are waiting for healing, we are pursuing peace, and looking for hope. God says “...I will pour out my Spirit among all flesh...” (Joel 2:28). Just think! He will pour out His Spirit on you and me, ordinary people, from the youngest to the oldest, who sense that something is missing. Have you ever felt as if your Christian life is just blah, that nothing much seems to be happening? That somehow, something is missing? We know the Lord, we have accepted Him into our heart, we are blood bought children of God, we try hard to follow Jesus, and yet, something is missing. We begin to feel anxious because we know that there is more, and we hunger for it! The good news my friend, is that there is more! Jesus has more for us! He did not die and go to heaven to leave us as orphans! His promise of the Holy Spirit is real and true! Our faith that can get shaken to the core at times, suddenly becomes alive again because the Holy Spirit is at work within us, encouraging us and giving us hope to press in. As a result, we dare to dream dreams again! Glory!

The Holy Spirit compels us to move forward, to trust in God, to grasp Him by the hand and hold on tight to Him! He gives us hope for a future worth staying alive for! He gives us supernatural strength and energy to rise up and meet our challenges, and He gives us peace and comfort in the midst of chaos. Praise God!

This year will be a year of the prophetic. God is going to give dreams and visions to ordinary people, just like us. We will encounter profound dreams that will amaze us as see them come to pass. Last year was a year of testing, where those who  truly followed Christ  remained firm. It was a year of separating the men from the boys so to speak. Each crisis: the war; the Tsunami; the earthquakes; the hurricanes; the talk of plagues coming to pass; terror attacks; personal challenges, all brought an element of anxiety and certainly hardship. But those who gave glory to God in the midst of all this turmoil remained firm in Him, and filled with peace and hope for the future. This year, for those who remained firm, and for those who strayed but returned in repentance, there will be a bright new dawn. It is not too late to repent! If, for some reason, you found yourself in the position of losing faith, or straying away from God, you can turn to Him right now! Just say, “Lord, I have strayed away. I have sinned. I want to live for you all the days of my life. I re-commit myself to You now, and I thank You Lord, for Your forgiveness. Today is a new day! I thank You for setting me free from the past, and by the power of Your Holy Spirit I will press forward in serving you! Thank You Lord! Amen! Praise God for His everlasting love and forgiveness!

There is new hope for the future, and God is going to reveal Himself in a powerful way! The Holy Spirit is here, and He compels us to seek Him in a more intimate way. He wants so much for us to get to know Him, and to dare to dream dreams. He wants so much to reveal the deep mysteries of our faith, but He must first trust us with this. God wants this year to be a year of freedom for you and for me! As the physical rain pours down on us, soaking us through and through, His Holy Spirit Rain will pour down upon us, drenching us to the very core of our spirit. His Holy Spirit will give us Gifts so that we can be a blessing to others. He will pour His Oil over us, anointing us with His power and love so that our lives will touch others so that they will come to know Christ as Lord and Savior. And for those who know Him, they will be encouraged and edified as His Gifts operate through us. Pray for God to fill you with His Gifts! Pray for His Anointing on your life!

Isn’t this what you want for the new year? What more could we ask, than to be used by God for His Glory? Seek Him early, dedicate your life to serving Him and allow Him to saturate you with His love and power. Then go forth to love and serve Him in this New Year! God bless you!

God bless you,


Rev. Barbara A. Yovino, Ph.D.

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