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 2012

The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desires of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them. The Lord preserves all who love Him.” (Psalm 145:18-20)

Dear Friend,

Trusting that all is well with you and your loved ones. All is well here, and we are enjoying all that God is doing. His love is Endless, it is Amazing, it is Awesome! He is restoring lives; He is calling His people to Himself; He is waking up His intercessors; we can hear the sound of the Trumpet! His arm is reaching out to save, His eyes go to and fro to see who is reaching out to Him. He knows who truly love Him and are seeking His face. He loves all of us even with all of our imperfections and faults and failings. He says “It is well.” We do not have to fear, we do not have to worry about the past, it is all forgiven and washed in the Blood if we have confessed our sins and received Jesus as Lord and Savior.

He is calling you! He is saying, “wake up My people, I have to speak to you!” Are you listening? He knows who love Him. He knows who’s heart is towards Him, who wants to please Him, and who want a deeper relationship with Him. Picture a child running towards his daddy as he returns home from work at the end of the day. He is full of joy and anticipation, looking forward to see if daddy will find time to play a game with him or talk about his day. Father God is that Daddy who always has time for His children. He always looks for those who call His Name and look to Him for everything. He delights in meeting the needs of His children!

Can you picture a parent not wanting to meet the needs of his or her child? I can’t ever imagine that! No matter what we are doing, if our child calls us and needs help we drop everything and go to meet that need. In a community where people are growing together and working side by side, that is also the goal. We are not alone in this world. Even if we have no family, we do have neighbors and friends. Jesus is our Model; we learn how to live by His example and teachings in His Word. If one part of the body is suffering, the whole body hurts. Just think for a minute... if your feet hurt, don’t you hurt all over? Isn’t it difficult to walk, and carry on your normal routine? Of course! So, if one part of the Body of Christ hurts, we should all be hurting. We should all be there to show the love and care of our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ.

There are so many ways that our prayers are answered. God can supernaturally heal or

bring the answer, or He can send someone to be the answer. He can show us things that need to be changed; give wisdom; and help us to be the answer! There is a story of a man whose house is flooded and he is sitting on the roof praying for God to save him. Three people came at different times to help him off the roof, and each time he said, “it is ok, God is coming.” After he drowned and went to heaven, he questioned God and asked where He was. God answered saying, “I sent you three people to help, I was there all the time, and you refused.” We need to be wise, we need to have our spiritual eyes and ears open and be in tune with what God is saying and doing in our lives. But we also need to know that He is there and will never let us down no matter what we see or hear.

If we don’t already have one, I would like to declare “Give a hug day!” Sometimes, that is all that is needed! Just someone to come and hug us! There is healing in touch, and I think a holy hug will do wonders when one is in pain emotionally or physically. Can we all take time to be on the lookout for those who need that hug, or perhaps need someone to come over with a home cooked meal, or a cup of coffee, or just have someone to talk to? This is the way God works too. He wants so much for us to know Him, and to fellowship with Him, but unless we can do that with the people we see, how can we do that with Him, who we cannot see?

As you know, I recently had a house fire and lost most of my possessions. As the days went by and workers fixed and renewed my home, I saw the transformation taking place. However, there were times when I needed my church family to be there, to be the physical eyes and ears and hands of our Lord Jesus. Those who encouraged me will always be remembered in my heart, and I certainly saw the love of Jesus in them! The workers were cheerful, always encouraging me to know that while this was hard, the time would come when all work would be finished and I would once again enjoy my home. I could not imagine, ever, anyone going through a trial without God’s people being there for them!

In any situation, whether it is an illness, or a family problem, we have to learn how to step up and step out to allow people to minister to us. We also have to look for ways that we can minister! Now that the weather is turning warmer, let us take time out to walk outside and see our neighbors. Let us be deliberate in reaching out to see who may need that hug or some kind of help and encouragement. Let us show the love of Christ everywhere we go; let us be His carriers of love and care for others.

Let us pray: Father, in Jesus’ mighty Name, we come before You and worship You. Father, we thank You for all that You have done for us, and for what You Are doing. We thank You for bringing people into our lives who are armor-bearers, who stand by us and encourage us both emotionally and physically...those who hold up our arms when we get weary. Bless them Lord! Bless all who take the time to give a hug, who take the time to bring a meal, who take the time to sit and listen. Help us Lord to be those armor-bearers! Show us who needs that listening ear, that hug, that hot meal, that cup of coffee... Show us Father, how to pour out the love of Your Son Jesus to others. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit and give us Your love, Your wisdom, and Your compassion so that we can pour it out to others. Amen!

God bless you as you pray for others!

Rev. Barbara A. Yovino, Ph.D.