Good morning,
Happy Mothers Day to all the ladies who are moms or are “moms” to others.  Thank you for your caring and nurturing.
Using Philippians 4:4-9, Todd asked us to pray in 4 parts.  Many of our prayers are prayers of petition, asking for God to heal, or help with a situation.  God tells us to bring all our cares and concerns to Him and there is must comfort in praying and depending on God.
In Philippians we see that Paul offers prayers that are beneficial for us today,  
For each part, Todd asked us to pray for someone different, someone in our lives.
1. Pray for someone you may have had a disagreement with while reading Romans 15:5-6 and Philippians 1:9-11.
2, Pray for someone who isn’t as close to God as they once were.  This may be someone who has never claimed Christ, and hasn’t been baptized, but you have been praying for them.  This is something MORE you can pray for them.  Ephesians 1:17-19 and 3:16-19.
3. Pray for someone who is a Christian, someone who follows God, but seems spiritually tired or burned out.   They still have their faith but seem to have lost their enthusiasm. Colossians 1:9-12, 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12, and 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24.
4. Pray for someone who is staying strong.  perhaps your mom, or your spouse…children….friend…co-worker.  Pray for this person because we all need encouragement to stay strong in our faith.  Romans 15:13, 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17, and 3:16.
This method of praying may be a new concept to some of us.  Paul thought it was necessary and important.  
Consider adopting this method.  This may require more of your time each day but time with God is never wasted.  When we see or hear of a situation quite often we wish there was something we could do.  Well….there is .  Lifting up our brothers and sisters to the Lord is beneficial and comforting to them and to us, because we are following God’s calling and are obedient to Him.
There is great Joy in serving God!Prayer Requests
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Andrea Fisher is asking for prayers for her brother, Chris Hendrix.  He has been diagnosed with Covid-19 and is self isolating from his wife and young baby.
Mike Smith is our missionary for the Christian Braille Mission.  His wife Barbara passed away on April 8th.  Prayers for comfort for Mike and for direction with his ministry as Barbara was an integral part of that.
Joe and Tammy Corbett’s grandbaby, Autumn had surgery this week to remove a lung.  The surgery went well but prayers needed during a long and difficult recovery.
Cheryl Kershaw’s cousin,  JT Grider is in the military and was recently assigned overseas.  Prayers for safety.
Dave Campbell is still in Greenwood Healthcare Center.  He is improving every day.  He is able to stand up unassisted now.  The next goal is walking.  Prayers please for recovery and for patience for Dave.  He is very anxious to come home.
Please keep all the missionaries in your prayers as this covid-19 flows through their communities.  Some countries are less equipped to handle a pandemic due to crowding, poor sanitation conditions, and weak infrastructure.  Pray these missionaries stay safe and are able to minister to people and show the love of Jesus during this time.  We support missionaries in Zimbabwe, Philippines, Thailand, India, and Mexico.
We also support Oblong Christians Home in Illinois.  Summer camps are cancelled which has financial consequences, as do some Bible Colleges that has suspended classes due to the virus.
Our ministers, and elders are praying for all of us and reaching out via phone calls to stay connected.  If you have any needs, please contact one of them or call the church office (leave a message if you get the answering machine) and someone will be in touch.
Please continue to send me any scriptures that provide you with comfort or hope during this extraordinary time in our lives.