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.

SEPTEMBER 2016

"The Lord is a strong fortress. The godly run to Him and are safe. (Proverbs 18:10)


Dear Friend,

Trusting that all is well with you and your loved ones. We are all fine and moving along towards the last portion of our year. It is unbelievable how quickly this year went! Time goes fast when you are having fun! It is always the best of the best when serving the Lord, and ministering to His people. With so much going on right now, the calls to our prayer line, the Hope Connection, 718-238-4600 are coming in fast and furious. We are joyfully bringing so many to the saving knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Praise God!

School will be starting again soon, and our children will be back to a routine. Hoping that they all, including their teachers, had a great vacation. I will never forget the joy I used to feel when it was time to go back to school and I would see my school friends again that I missed during the summer! There is a special bond with children who graduate from grade to grade with each other. I still, every now and then, come across someone that I graduated with from the 8th grade. It is amazing how we recognize each other after all these years! When I think back as to how our life was then, I begin to miss it. We had our problems; I went through (very young) World War ll, and then the Korean War, which I remember well, then Viet Nam, and Desert Storm.. till now with Isis. I remember how my mother used to pull back heavy black drapes and shut all the lights during air raids during World War ll. I did not understand what was going on, but somehow I felt safe that she did that. During the Korean War, however, I was older and understood why girls had to wear special stockings to cover our legs (in case a bomb fell) and dive under desks for protection. As if that would protect us! But we felt safe. I remember being led into the hall at school and sitting and taking cover during an air

raid. It was something we had to do, but I doubt if it would have kept us safe. As I grew older and learned more about Jesus, I ran to Him with all my problems and fears. I was told by my mom and teachers, that if we were ever afraid, to call on Jesus and he would help us. It is so sad now that children cannot hear this at public schools. We had prayer every morning; the Our Father, and said the Pledge of Allegiance, and sang the Star Spangled Banner.

How is it that all of this stopped? The one thing that helped us the most was knowing that God loved us and He was with us. We were Catholics, Protestants, Jewish, and other faiths yet we all had the same teaching...we all had our schools reaffirming what we were taught at home. On Thursdays we had Assembly. We wore red, white and blue, we joined with other classes to hear a Bible reading, say the Our Father prayer, and sing the National Anthem. Did all this harm us? NO! We took pride in our country, we were unafraid to speak up about our faith, we learned discipline, we learned to respect our elders and each other. Church was important, no matter what the faith. I remember my best friend was Jewish and she took me to her Synagogue and I took her to my church. We did not try to talk each other or others out of their beliefs, we respected one another and learned from one another.
Next month we will celebrate the Day to Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem. This is something that is in the heart of Christians as well as the Jewish people. My next door neighbors were Jewish, and they were quite old. I understand now that they survived the Holocaust. When the weather was nice, I would sit outside and talk with this precious couple. We would sit and talk for hours. They treated me like a loving friend, and encouraged me to talk and express myself. I loved them so much! I realize now that God put them in my path for many reasons. My best friend Gayle, and the Itsons, were very instrumental in giving me a love for the Jewish people. When Israel became a nation in 1948, our teacher told us we were going to hear history taking place on the radio, and with tears in her eyes she talked about Israel and her love for her. We all cried with her as we heard that historical broadcast. Today, as I volunteer as the NY State Coordinator at Eagles’ Wings ministry for the Day to Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem, I think of all this. I think of how life was, and how people suffered. Yet they held on to their God, and they never gave up. And God took care of us through those times, and through all the wars we went through. Enclosed is a flyer for the Day to Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem. Please show this to your pastor and ask if your church could, on Sunday, October 2nd, pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Visit www.daytopray.com or call me at 718-745-1003 for more information.

Blessings to you, and may God grant to you His special love and joy in your heart as He watches over you.

Rev. Barbara A. Yovino, Ph.D.

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