Apologizes for such a long delay in response. I’m behind some on the memorization but know you are in my prayer journal and I do pray for you and your families. A few messages ago Tim you mentioned with a heavy, caring heart about losing our youth. My church takes prayer very seriously and I just want to share a couple of short stories. One young high school graduate was preparing to move in with a boyfriend. We prayed, the family laid hands on this young woman and for a year we continued to pray. We asked the Lord to stir up in her a troubled heart and spirit when considering wrong life choices and friends, give a discerning spirit and claim a life that was once given to Him. Answer to prayer and by the Lord’s hand, this girl left last month for missionary training. We also had a young man in our church leave a destructive life of drug addiction and return to Jesus and our church community. When it is not possible to lay hands on people who need salvation or a call back to Jesus, we call out to God for their souls, lay hands on their names and pictures,remind God He said He is mighty to save and that He would have none perish. We pray scripture over them. RZIM has a wonderful online ‘Praying Scripture’ article that I’ve found helpful and Stormie Omartian’s ‘Prayer Warrior’ book is also excellent. Your prayer requests are copied, pasted & printed in my prayer journal. Many of the prayers in Colossians, and other prayers from Paul for His beloved ones are a blessing to pray over, hands on names that represent a human brother & sister made in the image of God. My church has a 1 1/2 hour prayer time the last Sunday of every month. Intermittently, we also have a weekend of fasting and praying. Youth bring their sleeping bags and pray. Adults, in small groups, read through the entire Bible during this time some reading a full book others just chapters in a book. These have proved to be powerful weekends with answers to prayer. One last thing I would like to share is a few years ago we had people write their true God stories. We had two books published from Central Baptist Church called, “Choose Twelve Stones, volumes 1 and 2”. These stories made a great impact, not just on youth but we are a 900 church community and these stories really drew us together. Now we share stories by video - gotta keep up with the times. Sorry to go on so long but like you all, I’m heavy hearted for future generations. Please share with me what you and your churches are doing to reach out to our youth and keep them in the sheepfold. You all are probably aware of The Barna Group and a book called, “You Lost Me.” We have one Pastor who is our Generational Pastor and is strongly connected to Barna Group, he travels to Ventura, CA taking advantage of their training and all they have to offer because we believe its so imperative we fight for our kids now and in upcoming generations. The enemy wants them but they belong to God and we need to do all we can by His guidance and Spirit to take back ground Satan is gaining a foothold in on their behalf. Praying for you, God’s beloved, in this group. Praise and thanks to God and you Tim for your leadership.
Thank you for your prayers
God’s grace and peace, He is faithful.