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.

June 2006

“A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” (Proverbs 11:25)

Dear Friend,

Trusting that all is well with you and your loved ones. We are all fine, and looking forward to spending our summer out in the streets witnessing to the lost, and encouraging our neighbors. The weather is perfect now to get out every day and catch up with people we probably have not seen all winter. This is a great opportunity to bring the love of Christ to everyone we meet!

On June 3rd, Pray NY will take place, and every area of our city, waterways, and air space will be covered with prayer. Through “Mission NY” pastors from every borough will gather their congregations to join in this intense day of prayer. Glory! We are believing God for miracles; for souls to be saved, families restored, government to be filled with Born Again Christians who will be godly leaders, protection for our borders, our subways, our bridges, schools to bring back prayer and order, safety for our children, churches to be on fire for God, revival in our land, and more... You may see people walking down your block praying. If you do, please join with them in prayer! Tell them you are praying along with them, and join in the walk if you can. If you live outside of NY, why not take June 3rd and walk with your family, or your prayer group, and pray for your city? Pray for the people in the homes you pass by, pray for the churches you see, pray for the schools in your area, pray for the stores, the businesses, every place you set your feet and eyes on! Let us join together as one in Christ and fight for our loved ones, for our city, and for our country!

Please allow me to take this opportunity to encourage you to press in to the high calling of intercession. God is looking for those who would pray to Him on behalf of others. Yes, we know that God already knows what we need, but He desires fellowship with us. His desire is for His children to call on Him to meet their needs, and the needs of others. It is all about relationship. This month we are celebrating Father’s Day. If you are a parent, isn’t it your desire to meet the needs of your children? You will move heaven and earth to see to it that they have food to eat, and a warm bed at night. You might work 3 jobs to pay for that college education. There is nothing that you wouldn’t do to provide all that your child needs to grow up healthy, and live to his or her fullest potential. Your delight is to see your child happy. With this said, how would you feel if your child never spoke to you, or asked you for anything? How would you feel if you came home from work, and your child passed you by without saying a word, and acted as if you did not exist? In all honesty, you would be terribly hurt, right?

So it is with our Heavenly Father. He loves us so much, His desire is for us to be happy, to be healthy, to live to our fullest potential here on earth, and then spend eternity with Him forever in heaven. But, if we ignore Him, or do not accept Him into our heart as our Lord and Savior, there is no relationship! If we feel as if we can do it all, or we do not need to ask for help, then He will step aside, and allow us to do our own thing. Harsh? Hardly. Think again about our earthly relationships, and how they work. Just as our earthly father will give all to take care of us, our Heavenly Father did the same, only He did it on an eternal basis. By sending His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to the earth to live, to show us the way to heaven, and then take our place on the Cross of Calvary, He made a way for us to have a relationship with Him. By accepting what Jesus did, and allowing Him to be Lord of our life, we now have a right relationship with our Heavenly Father, and we can access the Throne of Grace 24/7. We don’t have to talk to voice mail, press 1, then 2, then leave a message. Our prayers go straight to Heaven, and our Father hears them and He answers. Praise God!

The Bible tells us to refresh others, and we will be refreshed. God calls us to have that personal relationship with Him so that we can not only have our own needs met, but so that others can also. He has placed within us a heart for souls, a heart for His people, and a heart for those who are hurting. We look around us, and we see war, famine, murder, people hurting people everywhere. All we have to do is read the paper, and we’ll have page after page of people to pray for! We hear the news on TV, and again God is saying to us, what are you going to do about that? Do we simply look, and say how terrible, and then go on with our dinner? Are our hearts hardened by the things we see and hear these days? Do we have any tears left in us to shed, or are we stone cold? Think about how God feels. This is His creation! He tenderly  formed every person we hear or read about in the womb, and He imparted in each person the ability to come to know Him as their Heavenly Father. He created each one with the ability to reach their fullest potential in this life, and to know, love and serve Him in this life, and in the next. Each person, and that includes you and me, is important to Him. He cheers us on, and wants us to succeed!

What is the answer to reaching this goal? The answer is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It is a relationship where we are always in a state of prayer, talking to Him, singing to Him and praising Him. This does not mean that we do not work or study, or go about our daily business; it simply means that as we do these things, we are in a state of prayer. He is always on our mind, as He gives us wisdom and direction, and all that we need to fulfill our duties. His Holy Spirit is within us to teach us, to show us the way we should go. If we are in tune with the Holy Spirit, He will  give us what we should pray for. He will bring things to our attention so that we will stop in our tracks to pray immediately for someone or a situation. The goal is to be tuned in, so when we hear about that shooting, or that car accident, or that family in trouble, we will take those involved to the very Throne of God and intercede on their behalf. This is our high calling in Christ Jesus!

God bless you as you pray for others!

Rev. Barbara A. Yovino, Ph.D.