Prayer Requests 2-21-19

It’s Thursday, so don’t forget to pray for Jo, her students, and the people of PNG.

Anyone else?

Psalm 20

May the Lord answer you when you are in distress;
    may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
May he send you help from the sanctuary
    and grant you support from Zion.
May he remember all your sacrifices
    and accept your burnt offerings.
May he give you the desire of your heart
    and make all your plans succeed.
May we shout for joy over your victory
    and lift up our banners in the name of our God.

   May the Lord grant all your requests.

Now this I know:
    The Lord gives victory to his anointed.
   He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary
    with the victorious power of his right hand.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
    but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
They are brought to their knees and fall,
    but we rise up and stand firm.
Lord, give victory to the king!
    Answer us when we call!

17 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 2-21-19

  1. The Chaoui (pronounced Shawee) people live in the mountains of eastern Algeria and are now spread over Algeria and into Tunisia, with a population of about 1.4 million people. They are Berbers, but they have not responded to the Good News like the Kabyle Berbers, where one of the most amazing movements of Muslims coming to the Lord is still moving forward.

    Chaoui may have meant ‘shepherd’ in the past, but that term does not now reflect their current situation, because now many of them serve in the army, hold high positions in the military and bring their influence into the government.

    Chaoui language and music is a specific style, and with dance and music men and women dance together in the Rahaba style and play the Bendir snare drum. So far only portions of the Bible have been translated into their language.

    Please pray…
    Pray that the Spirit of God will move among them and that many churches will be established in their areas.

    Pray that God will open their hearts to the Gospel. He is doing it in other places in Algeria; “Lord. do it among the Chaoui!”

    Pray for a full translation of the Bible in their mother tongue.

    Pray for the few Chaoui believers, that they will be equipped with spiritual gifts so that they may be greatly used by God among their own people.

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  2. They may have just entered my prayer notebook, but God has known of them and made Himself known among them from long past. And He already has His children there! May they be blessed with the Fruit of the Spirit.

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  3. I think I asked you to pray for my writing friend Kim last week. She’s at Stanford awaiting a lung transplant and because of her deteriorating condition is now #1 on the transplant list.

    She’s getting worse and they put a tracheotomy into her throat the other day. She’s got to get up and walk, but it’s very painful, she’s very tired and struggling to hang on to hope. Thanks.

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  4. My daughter’s friend from childhood, who has rented part of daughter’s house for years, has just been diagnoses with Hodgkins stage 3, possibly stage 4.

    Prayer for peace for her (she is a believer), wisdom on how and who to tell, and wisdom on treatment. Wisdom for daughter on how to help her friend.

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  5. I am in the process of trying to jumpstart my freelance career. It still has seasons of feast or famine and I’m in “feast” right now (not crazy-busy deadlines, but a fair amount of work).

    For instance, this past week I have: sent a small project back to a client and received a few more pages he wants me to edit as well; sent a larger but still small job back to a client and had her remind me she had a two-page synopsis she initially sent me (she didn’t resend it when she sent me the book to edit it, and I forgot to go back to the earlier e-mail to retrieve it), and so I needed to go back and edit those two pages; e-mailed an author of a large book, who is working through my edits and corrections and is preparing to send the book back to me for its final edit; met a potential author for lunch to talk more about his book (he attends my church; I rarely meet my authors in person); had a publisher I worked with in November e-mail to ask if I had talked with my author about a few specific sentences, which he included in the e-mail; and replied to a publisher with whom I have edited several books (but not recently) to give him my new resume and tell him “what I’m doing now.”

    I also spent time online looking at a site for freelancers, spent time considering what I need in the upgrade of my website, pondered new business cards, and wrote further notes on a proposal I am working on for books I want to publish (writing, not editing). And I thought about what I need to do when I get time to go hang out in the library for a couple of hours.

    We also have our daughter and her family planning to come for two days in a few weeks, and I have to work on getting the condo in better shape. And I’m trying to get outside for an hour or two several times a week–which I don’t usually do in the winter months–because I need the exercise and fresh air, but also because time in God’s creation revives me. And because I want to do some writing (for publication) on God’s world, and I need to be out in it consistently.

    But with all that “busy-ness,” my actual annual income is down to about 20% of what it was when I worked full-time for a publisher, and I have a time or two each year when I have no work at all for two or even three months. I’m making new connections in my new town, and have some nice new leads. But many publishers are pulling back from the years in which they used mostly freelancers to use mostly in-house editors, so right now most of my work is coming from individuals–who are all over the map in terms of skills and knowledge. (A lot of basic writing mistakes and a lot of hand-holding and question-answering.) I’d like to get back up to having a larger percentage of my work coming from full-length books that are ready for publication. My clients consistently like my work, so that part isn’t a problem; it’s simply that the well needs to be constantly refreshed (an editor I work with will leave the company, or the company decides to use only in-house editors, or they are using so many freelancers that I don’t get work from them very often, etc.).

    I am much better off with two large projects than one medium and four or five small to tiny ones–I need more large projects, and to get them more consistently. This year I desperately need to redo my website and to make a few more good connections–but I also really want to re-establish myself as a writer, including doing so in some new fields (new in publication terms, not in new interest / knowledge). I need wisdom for what to pursue now, what to wait on, etc., and I need some of these potential connections to bear fruit. I have several possible avenues to look at when redoing my website, but no obvious ones. (I can’t afford to pay top dollar, but I’m spending quite a lot of money right now in a site that is badly outdated, but I can’t take it down until I have it replaced.)

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  6. Today is our annual Book Parade, led by our vice-principal. It is his last day and his son is in my class and I’m sure that he will hold daddy’s hand as they march. We also have home schoolers join us, which can be difficult as I don’t know them and they don’t know me. Last year a little girl took off running and I had to bring her back. Wisdom for each of us to make it a joyful day.

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  7. Poor Nightingale has been hit hard with a bad cold. Colds don’t usually hit her too hard, but this one has. And tomorrow she is scheduled to work a double shift (7am to at least 11:30pm, sometimes later). Please pray that either she will feel a lot better after a good night’s sleep (and that she gets a good night’s sleep, which is rare for her) or that she will have the wisdom to call in sick. Or maybe she’ll be allowed to leave after her first shift. . .or something like that.

    A double shift when she’s feeling well is tough enough on her.

    (I mentioned above that a good night’s sleep is rare for her. Nightingale is one who usually has trouble falling asleep, or wakes up too early.)

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  8. A couple at my church have had an avalanche of difficulties. In the fall, their adult son died after gallbladder surgery at their home as he planned to recuperate there. Now the father has prostate cancer and had his first treatment this week, the mom will be having gallbladder surgery and is in great pain leading up to that, and to top it off this week, the dad’s company where he has worked for 23 years got sold and he just found out he was laid off. I am so sad for them. Sometimes it seems too much what people have to deal with. Thank you for keeping Janice and Melvin in prayer. They are the nicest black couple around. I think he was in the Marines. I love these people and hope life can get better for them real soon.

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  9. A local acquaintance/Facebook friend, Nadine, posted a little while ago that her dad has had a heart attack, and she is with him at the hospital. She says she doesn’t know if prayer works, but is asking for prayers.

    Praying mostly for her and her dad’s salvation (as well as salvation for the rest of their family), and of course for a quick and full recovery for her dad. (I don’t know how serious it is, but she did initially think that he was dying.) Also praying for reconciliation between Nadine and her dad (and mom). She left home at 15, and has been on her own since then, also raising three sons on her own after an early marriage and divorce.

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