Sunday, August 7, 2011

Ministry Update - August 2011

INCREDIBLE PROVISION

I just have to share a story that has come out of my recent heart attack. When I went to the hospital, I did not have insurance. As a result, I was very concerned about the cost of the emergency medical care I received. Fortunately, while recovering, I was able to minister to a nurse named Annie who was assigned to my room. As a result, she encouraged me to apply for some assistance and helped me through the process.

Upon returning home, I would daily check the mail for any news. I had heard horror stories about the cost of my type of medical procedure. Finally, I received a letter from the hospital and read the first sentence anxiously. They mentioned that they had reviewed my case and determined that "your current household income fails within our income guidelines." Shocked, I had to step back and take a deep breath. This was not what I was hoping to hear.

After a couple of minutes, I picked up the letter again and noticed something. I discovered that the letter was folded at this critical opening sentence causing the words to be a bit obscured. As I read it slowly and carefully, I discovered they were actually saying "your current income falls within our income guidelines." They then went on to say that, as a result, they had adjusted my balance to $0.00.
Relieved and elated, I called them and confirmed the adjustment. I then discovered that this reflected the total doctor and hospital costs, which was $102,721.00! I was now beyond joy. It was an incredible intervention of God's provision. He made a way when there seemed to be no way. He truly is the God of the impossible!


SETTING THE CAPTIVES FREE

When I (Adam) first started out going into the jail, I felt intimidated. I was unsure on how to talk to the inmates. I soon realized the men were a lot like I once was. I found myself being able to talk to them just as if they were everyday people. Many of them were - they had just made some bad choices.

When you meet these men for the first time, they have walls built up. They do not want to share about themselves. I often begin by opening up and revealing who I used to be. That generally breaks the ice. Eventually, I see them open up their hearts and receive the Good News I am sharing. As these men surrender themselves to God, they began to see things in a different way. The men start to hold each other accountable for their language, their actions, and reactions to things.

One of the men was facing sixty-five years in prison and I asked him how he felt about it. He said, "I know God has all things in control, so if I go to prison for sixty-five years then that is where God wants me to be. I will serve Him there or I will serve Him on the outside. God has a purpose for my life." One of the other men recently went to court for sentencing. The Sunday before his court date, we prayed together and at the end, he started to cry. He was afraid of what might be the outcome. He had been accepted at Teen Challenge but the final decision was in the judge's hands.

When I came to visit him the following Sunday he had a big smile on his face. He was sentenced to finish a year in the county jail and then go to Teen Challenge. The morning of his trial, he was praying in his cell while waiting to be brought to court. He opened up his eyes and he could see this brilliant light begin to fill his cell. He looked out the window and there was nothing but clouds and he realized then that God was with him and that He was going to be with him in court that day!! God is so good.


FOOD FOR THE SOUL

My husband Adam and I (Molly) recently felt lead to go on a fast. As we did, we felt a greater awareness of God's presence in our lives. Although this was an amazing experience, I found myself still starving for food when I would get up in the morning. One morning in particular I remember being so hungry that I went downstairs to spend time with God and I cried out, "Lord, I'm starving! Please feed me!"

When I finished uttering those words the Lord said to me, "Molly, that is exactly the state of My people - they are starving." I then felt a strong impression to listen to the Word that I have on CD. As the words echoed through my house, the hunger completely ceased. I was being fed by the Word of God and as a result, felt full and rejuvenated.

I realized that the Lord was describing a spiritual starvation among His people because they have neglected to eat of His Word. There are no substitutions for God's Word. Nothing can replace the sustenance that it brings. A prophetic word cannot maintain us; an encounter cannot fully preserve us, or even an anointing. Just as our bodies need natural food to survive, our spirits must have the food God has given us to be able to reach that all-glorious finish line. This spiritual food is His beautiful and priceless Word that has proven to always be more than enough. May the timeless words of our wondrous Bible be ever-present in our hearts and minds. Then we will not languish in a state of starvation but rather overflow in ministering to others.