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.

July 2015

Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!” (Ps. 27:14)

Dear Friend,

Trusting that all is well with you and your loved ones. Here we are in July, enjoying the summer days. I promised myself this last cold icey winter, that I will never complain of the heat in the summer, so I am throughly enjoying it. It is so nice to walk outdoors, go to a park, or walk by the ocean, and enjoy the sunshine and soft breezes.

Most do not know this, but on Easter morning, I was rushed to the hospital by ambulance. It turned out that I had pneumonia and a kidney infection, a double whammy! I was there for a week, and heard many different doctors giving me bad news. All except my doctor, who is a Christian, a Deacon in his church. He spoke positively the whole time, and even argued with the house doctors at the hospital. He refused to listen to their doom and gloom. He told me that I would be fine, and he would see to it that I do not have tests that I did not need. God bless him!! It would have been so easy for me to feel frightened, or upset by the news I was receiving, but I knew that my church, and Christian Hope Network were all praying for me. I also know that my doctor was praying. So, I made the choice of believing God for the best, to have courage and know that He was right there with me. Soon after that decision, a worker came in to clean my room, and started to witness to me, telling me to trust God, that He heals. I smiled and told him how God healed me of polio as a child, and how He has worked in my life. He told me that he prays over every empty bed, that whoever was going to occupy it would be healed. I loved it! He showed me a free Christian channel on the TV by my bed, and left me smiling and feeling like I was visited by an angel.

The next thing that happened was with a patient who was brought into my room. She was crying with pain, and crying out to God asking if He was real. God quickened me then and I told her He was real and He heard her prayer. She questioned me, and I asked if she had ever received Jesus into her heart as her Lord and Savior. She said no, but she would like to. So, I grabbed my walking companion, the pole that had all the medicines and machines monitoring me and went over and gave her the salvation message. She cried, and I asked if she would like to receive Jesus into her heart, and she said “yes.” So she repeated a prayer with me and did that. Afterwards her face lit up and she smiled, and I prayed for her. She could not wait to tell her husband, and when he came in, she told him. It turned out that he is born again and was praying for her to receive Christ. So, my friend, this was the highlight of my treatment at the hospital. After that, I started to feel better, and was finally sent home.

The point of all this is to bring out why certain things may happen in our life. While thinking the worst, while being told the worst, God can somehow break through that barrier and come through with healing or whatever is needed to change a situation. It can happen in a day! When we are focused on Him, and trusting Him for our lives, or whatever is going on, He can send people to encourage us, or help to change a situation.

Everything happens for a reason. We may or may not understand it, but perhaps in heaven we will. Sometimes He has to see to it that we are flat on our back so that we can take time out to spend with Him. As a Pastor, I get so busy, sometimes it is night time and I realize that I haven’t even eaten all day. I will not neglect myself like that anymore. God does not require that of us, unless He is calling us to fast. I just know that I learned much by my experience, and would like to share some of it with you.

1. We cannot work 10 hour days and get away with it.

2. We have to nourish our body with healthy foods.

3. Take time out every day to meditate upon the Lord, and receive from Him.

4. Take time to enjoy the simple things in life... take a walk to the park, go by an ocean and listen to the waves, watch a sunrise, and/or a sunset.

There is so much more. If we think of what is really important in life, it can go like this...

1. God

2. Family

3. Friends

4. Affirming one another

5. Laughter

6. Enjoying the simple things in life.. Less technology...

7. Getting enough rest, and eating the proper foods - pay attention to what your body tells you!

8. Last is work. We all need to work to earn a living. I do volunteer work running CHN, and that gives me joy and purpose. I have social security and a pension, so I can do this. Whatever position we are in, make the best of it, see the positive.

9. Volunteer... give to the needy.. There are many needs out there, and Christ should shine in us by showing love and compassion, and giving...

Add or write down what you feel is important in your life, then act upon it. Eat healthy, watch funny movies, laugh just because.....

Father, In Jesus’ Precious Name I life this reader up to you place him or her in Your Loving arms. Touch this person right now, fill this person with laughter and joy. Bring healing in spirit, soul and body, in Jesus’ Name. Amen!

God bless you!  

Rev. Barbara Anne Yovino, Ph.D.