Prayer Requests 6-5-19

It’s Wednesday, so don’t forget Ajissun and the folks in The Gambia.

Anyone else?

Psalm 119:17-24

ג Gimel

17 Be good to your servant while I live,
    that I may obey your word.
18 Open my eyes that I may see
    wonderful things in your law.
19 I am a stranger on earth;
    do not hide your commands from me.
20 My soul is consumed with longing
    for your laws at all times.
21 You rebuke the arrogant, who are accursed,
    those who stray from your commands.
22 Remove from me their scorn and contempt,
    for I keep your statutes.
23 Though rulers sit together and slander me,
    your servant will meditate on your decrees.
24 Your statutes are my delight;
    they are my counselors.

12 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 6-5-19

  1. The Mekong Region

    The Mekong Region consists of five nations: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. This area is home to over 240 million people. The majority of people in the region practice Buddhism (about 70 per cent). Although there has been some significant success in the spread and growth of the gospel, the majority of the people in this region have no access to a vibrant community of Jesus followers.

    Cambodia

    The history of the Cambodian church is a story of periods of growth alternating with periods of persecution. Freedom in the early 1970s grew the church to about 10,000. After Poll Pot’s Khmer Rouge genocide from 1975–1979, only about 200 Christians remained alive. In 1990, when the church emerged from its most recent wave of persecution and was given government permission to function openly, there were ten evangelical churches in Cambodia. Today there are about half a million professing Christians and the evangelical Church is growing at 8.8 per cent a year. There are 14,000 villages in Cambodia; 4,000 of them have a church or community of Jesus followers. Still 10,000 villages have not been reached!

    Please pray…
    Pray for breakthroughs throughout the Mekong Region where Buddhism still has such a deep-rooted hold on the people.
    For the development of more Christian resources and theological training programs to equip Cambodian Christians to grow in their faith and learn how to share the good news of Jesus Christ. Cambodian church leaders and members are hungry for teaching, training and mentoring.
    For more workers to reach out and follow up more unreached villages.
    Pray for reconciliation between the peoples of the Mekong region. Pray for God’s people among these communities to be peacemakers.

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  2. Thanks again, Tychicus. Never having really had any serious persecution in my life, it has been difficult for me to see how it is for other believers. You have been bringing out a much clearer picture of how Heaven is being filled with those waiting for His cleaning up.

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  3. Please pray for wisdom for Nightingale in this custody situation, and that her own stubbornness and anger will not get in the way of her recognizing and acting on that wisdom.

    It is possible that she is already acting from wisdom, and I am merely too concerned about her decisions. As you know, I am already concerned about how her removing me as a third party (not only for phone contact, but also not giving him to, or retrieving him from, his dad up the lane anymore) will look to the judge.

    Since X’s Mom has also stopped being a third party, Nightingale has heard from Nana M, the grandmother that X is living with. Nana M is trying to help X arrange to pick up The Boy, but Nightingale says that with me no longer involved, he has to find a way to pick him up and drop him off without coming to the house. (She thinks that having The Boy walk up and down the lane himself, without me out there – not even just at the end of our front walk – could look like neglect on our part.)

    X, through Nana M, was trying to arrange to pick up The Boy from school today. Nightingale asked how he would bring him back. There has been no answer, so she has called the school to tell them that she will be picking him up a little before school is out, so that X can’t get him without a plan for bringing him back.

    I realize that with the protective order, this is all “on him”, but I am still concerned that Nightingale’s picking up The Boy so that X can’t (although for a good reason) is going to look like she is obstructing his visitation rights. My daughter is still a very strong-willed, stubborn woman, and I am worried that her stubbornness will work against her.

    So, again, please pray for wisdom for her in this, and that she will be open to receive it and act upon it, even if it goes against what she would prefer. Thank you.

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  4. Kizzie, praying with you. And reminding you: we have eleven children because the judges were able to see through the lies and find the truth. Many foster children have been here for the same reason. Some have gone home because the parents were able to get things in order. Or because one parent got out of the toxic situation and the judge saw the parent was headed in the right direction. Your daughter saw that her ex was attempting to harass you and work on you to damage her and she stepped up. She has a good track record of seeing to his visitation for him. He needs to find other means. How long is the lane? Is the child old enough to play outside unattended? Then why should he not be allowed to walk down the lane, a culdesac as I recall, without it being called neglect?

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  5. Prayer that God’s will be done. Seventeen son is now willing to go to the youth academy, but applications were in a long time ago and they max out pretty fast. But the sarge would like him there, getting his diploma. And the school would like him there as they don’t want to put anymore resources into him with no return. And for us, he would go in two weeks before turning eighteen and leaving so it is not our concern though we would like him to get a diploma.

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  6. Mumsee – I understand what you are saying about judges seeing through the lies, but on the other hand, there are those abusive men (usually narcissists like X) who appear charming and reasonable. Yesterday I shared this article, “How Domestic Abusers Get Custody in Family Court / How Good Mothers Lose their Children”, in which the men described sound a lot like X. I also knew a good Christian mom who lost custody of her sons to a man like that.

    https://families.media/how-domestic-abusers-get-custody-in-family-court

    Our lane is not a cul-de-sac, but it is a dead-end road, kind of like a long driveway, narrow enough that only one car can fit. The Boy is allowed to play outside by himself, with us peeking out every now and then. My opinion is that he could walk up to the car to be picked up and then walk back down again when he is dropped off, but these days there is an over-cautiousness about children being outside by themselves, so Nightingale wants to be “better safe than sorry” in this. Perhaps if X were to suggest it, she would allow it, but she does not want to be the one to suggest it. (X tends to be the one who is over-protective, or at least acts like it.)

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  7. Kizzie, I do know that type of individual as well. Three of my children’s dad is a charmer, though he has since come to Christ and is now doing quite well out of prison as I understand. Holding tight to the Cross.

    Two, at least, of my children are charmers. I call them sociopaths. Everybody in town thinks son is just the nicest boy, until they try to get him to do something he does not feel like doing. The deputy the other day: oh, is he the boy on the green bike? Such a nice kid! Always very friendly and respectful!

    Yep.

    But, Kizzie, that is why we are praying, that the truth will come out and the judge will continue to see it. Keep good records, including your chats with him.

    I do understand the fear of being taken advantage of. With an eleven year old who rides her bike four miles to town and has for a couple of years, I definitely understand. But we are not to be ruled by fear. Caution, yes. Wisdom, for sure.

    Praying with you, especially that those wanderers will come to know Him and be known by Him as I know is your heart as well.

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  8. Could you install a security camera at the street?

    Prayers for her wisdom and also for the authorities to see through the charm. Prayers for the young one to discern anything that needs to be disclosed.

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  9. To be clear, it is not because either Nightingale or I don’t want him walking up the lane on his own, but that X would blow it out of context to make it seem like we are being neglectful in not keeping our eye on him. With the leaves on the trees now, we cannot see all the way up the lane from our windows. We / I would need to walk out on the porch a bit to see all the way down.

    I am not against doing that, or standing at the end of our front walk, but Nightingale says that still makes me the third party. (This is one area where I think she is overreacting, or being too “strict” in her stubbornness on this part of the issue.)

    If X were to suggest that The Boy could walk to and fro on his own, as long as he (X) is parked at the top of the lane and someone is home, I think Nightingale would be fine with it.

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  10. Nightingale never heard back (as far as I know) from Nana M. I am thinking that X must be pretty angry at Nightingale, and probably at his mom, too.

    The Boy was sad about his mom going to work this afternoon, but now he is outside playing with Gabby, so that is good.

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