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 2013

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Dear Friend,

Trusting that all is well with you and your loved ones. Here we are in a brand new year! The year 2012 was certainly a challenging year to say the least! How did you make out with hurricane Sandy? Were you or any of your loved ones affected by it? I would love to hear from you! One of our precious volunteers had a really rough time, losing her heating system, her electricity, her furniture, and many of her possessions. Hearing how she was doing through all this brought back the memories of the house fire that I had last year, and how I also lost so much. But praise God, He takes us through all of these things, and gives us hope of a good future.

During the initial weeks of the hurricane our team was right on it, with lists of referrals to give to our callers. I worked with several people on Face book to get information out immediately to all who had the Internet. My daughter worked in Staten Island getting new baby clothes and diapers for families affected by the storm. People in our church collected clothes and food items and gave them out.

I saw and heard people who were suffering with no heat, no electricity, no phone service, and one couple especially had only the pajamas on their back. They lost everything. Another couple from our church, as of this writing, may lose their home all together. I am sorry to say this, but Politicians came in for their photo shoots, and other government agencies were all talk with offering help. I am saying it now that without a doubt It was the body of Christ who came together to help each other and those around them. It was people caring for strangers, giving... yes... the shirt off their backs to keep someone warm. It was our ministry answering calls from those affected, and praying and offering hope and encouragement just by the fact of being there.

The Bible speaks of the early Christians and how they helped one another, and how they showed the world what love is. At my age, and with the health problems that I had last year, I could not physically go out there to be of help. But I could get information out to people, and I could pray with people on the phones. No matter what our age is, or how physically fit we are, or are not, there is always something we can do. I saw love in action during those first horrendous weeks when people were cold and hungry, and needed to know that there was hope for their future. I saw people who were dazed and walking around almost in circles. That Sunday in church, I cried when our pastor simply asked everyone to hug someone. Hugs are healing. Hugs give hope and peace. There are times in our life when a hug can mean the difference between healing or losing it. As the weeks went by, I began to see healing taking place, and seeing precious souls gaining a firm resolve to get through this tragedy. People began to smile again, even though they were probably still waiting for insurance to kick in, or serious help from the government. There was hope again and strength rose up.

We are still in a situation where so many need help. We are still in a position where we can rise up and help someone to get through this. For some it will take many months; perhaps years, to start all over again and rebuild. But with God all things are possible! With God we can look to the future with hope knowing that God has good plans for us!

I heard over 100 lives were lost in this hurricane. Please pray for the families and loved ones. Thank God if you and your loved ones are safe and can now look towards a new year placing your trust and hope in God. Let us thank God that we can see another day, that once again the sun will shine, and once again, we will laugh, and watch our children and grandchildren grow up. Let us press on to a new year with the resolution to be of help in any way we can to people who are in need. Let us be that early church, loving one another, and showing the love of Christ. Let us sing a song of praise as in Isaiah 26 where it says, “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal.” (Vs. 3,4)

As I am writing this, there is a war escalating in the Middle East. I do not know what the outcome will be in January, but I do know we need to pray. Let us continue to pray for the Jewish people, and for the Peace of Jerusalem. Let us also pray for those innocent in Gaza, who are being held as shields by the terrorists. These people are innocent. Abraham loved both his sons, Isaac and Ishmael, and God loved them and loves their descendants too. They all need our prayers. It is Hamas and Hezbollah who are causing this war, terrorists who want to see Israel wiped off the map. This is God’s land, and these are His people, and Ps. 122:6 tells us: “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May those who love you be secure.”

When we see all these things happening, one thing is sure. We serve a Mighty God, and with Him all things are possible. As the body of Christ, together, we can move mountains if we stand together and pray! As the body of Christ, let us be there for one another, let us encourage one another, let us look to the future with hope, with joy, with anticipation of all that God is going to do! Let us take this year to become the prayer warriors that God has called us to be! Let us together, contend with those who contend with us, and stand firm filled with courage and strength and hope for the future. God says that He has plans to give us a future filled with hope and that He will prosper us. So, Father, In Jesus precious Name, I lift up this reader to You and place this person into Your loving arms. Father, give this person a hug right now, give this person a smile, a Word of encouragement, and a hope for a wonderful New Year, filled with peace, health and prosperity. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen and Amen! 

God bless you,

Rev. Barbara A. Yovino, Ph.D.