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.

October 2006

“Even to your old age, I am He, and even to gray hairs I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.” (Isaiah 46:4)

Dear Friend,

Greetings! Trusting that all is well with you and your loved ones. We are fine, and excited about what God is doing in our midst. October 1st is the Day to Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem. CHN has been working since last spring with Robert Stearns of Eagles Wings ministry to get the word out to the churches to pray on this special day for the peace of Jerusalem. We are always to pray for this. ”Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you” (Psalm 122:6). Can you just imagine every church, every ministry, and every believer in the world, all praying on Oct. 1st for Jerusalem? How powerful! And just think of what God will do as He hears all the prayers of the saints? Glory! If you have received this newsletter early, please let your pastor know if he or she is not already informed, and get your church praying!

Many of you know that CHN extends a large portion of ministry to seniors. There are so many seniors who are homebound and have family living out of town, or are busy working, or no family at all. Seniors have been lost in our society, as it seems as if everything is geared to the young. I have watched seniors wait in line at grocery stores, or drug stores, only to be ignored as a younger person came to the counter. Many times I have witnessed the hardness of heart as seniors ask for help to read something on a label and people just ignore them. It seems as if they are the faceless generation, or they are invisible to the public. Where is our heart? Where is our compassion?

Our society is so youth oriented that anyone who has a wrinkle is immediately an outcast! Just look at all the ads for different injections, and surgeries, and the tremendous price people are willing to pay to look young. I admit, I enjoy facials, and believe in caring for my skin, but my prayer is to be beautiful on the inside, and to be remembered for that. Isn’t this what we should all strive for as Christians? To be more Christlike? This is what beauty is all about! We can have that inner glow that comes from the Holy Spirit within us, and we can have that outward beauty that does not come from creams and lotions, but comes from serving Christ. This is what matters!

As many of us grow older, we have within us years of pain from experiences that have shattered us. There are hurts that only God can heal. As His children, we realized as we

grew older that explanations are not needed, they do not help. What we do have, and what does help, are the promises of God. His promise is so simple and powerful.. “I will carry, and will deliver you.” The Cross shows that His love is sufficient to meet every need. He wants us to understand that He is our hope and His love is sufficient to meet all of our needs. His promises are “yea and amen!” He is Faithful, even to our old age, and when it seems as if we are alone, we are not alone! He is always with us!

Our senior volunteers offer friendly weekly “Care Calls” to those who are homebound. Many have become good friends as they discussed family, friends, world events, problems, etc. Our volunteers go the extra mile by checking to see if their senior friend is okay when the phone is not answered. One volunteer went to the person’s house and found out that she was in the hospital, so a hospital visit was made. Before I continue, if you or someone you know would like a “Senior Care Call” please call our Hope Connection Helpline at 718 238-4600 and our volunteer prayer partner will take your information. You do not have to live within the NY area, just within the United States.

As long as we are here on earth, there is purpose for us. God said He will never leave us or forsake us, and His promise is to carry us into our old age. Many who receive our newsletters are seniors, and have offered their life in the service of Intercession. Each month you receive a list of people to pray for. Men and women in nursing homes receive these lists also, and they find that God is working mightily in them as they lift these requests up to Him. Many are homebound, and this is their way of reaching out and serving God. There is nothing more important than intercession. Without prayer, nothing happens in the heavenlies. We must intercede if we want to see changes. God has called every believer to intercession. However, there are seasons in life when this calling becomes even more intense. As we age, we become slower, we are home more and we have more time to ourselves. This is a great opportunity to step in and make this time count! Can you think of a better way to spend your days than getting before God Himself and taking your place as a prayer warrior? I can’t! This is exciting work!

When Paul and Silas were beaten up and in prison, they began to praise God. “But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.” (Acts 16:25-26). As they praised God, God set them free! As we begin to praise God right there in our circumstance, God will move on our behalf. As we let go of the things that bind us, the things that hold us down, we will see deliverance. As we begin to focus on the needs of others, we will see our own prayer requests answered!

Perhaps you are in this season. You are a senior, and you have grown slower, you are limited in what you can do. If so, there is much you can do! God is carrying you, He promised that. Now you can rise up and help carry others through your prayers! Take out your list, and begin to pray!

God bless you!

Pastor Barbara