“Let the redeemed of the Lord say so …” (Psalms 107:2)

Power, Redemption, Affirmation, Inspiration, Sanctification, Exaltation

Volume 3 Issue 2                                                                                           July  2002


The Servant Team – Leaders:

Tom Meadows, Ruth Johnson, Richard Hatcher, Delois Maddox, Ralph Brown, Julia Candia and Jackie Hager

The Twelve Disciples – Prayer Team

Tee Williams, Karen Page, Deborah Whitener, Ivan Pope, Janet Taylor, Juanita Langley, Margie Jasper, Deedre Dickerson, Pam Barden, Pam Jeter, Sandra Smalls, and George Foreman.

Love Fund Coordinator:   

Mary Tinnell

Newsletter Staff:

Zynobia Gibson, Norma Hall, Sandra Witherspoon



Inside This Issue



















I am so honored and excited to bring you the second edition of PRAISE!!  This edition has some good and serious information to help each of us during our walk with Christ.   We hope you enjoy and be blessed by this edition.    HALLELUYAH!!!!


          Matthew 21:16 , “… Out of the mouth of children and infants you have perfect praise".   The members of Hands Up are committed to lifting our

PRAISE is one vessel through which we communicate with one another and those around us the goodness of our Lord.  This newsletter shall be filled with the following:


Power – “They will tell of the power of your awesome works, and I will proclaim your great deeds.” (Psalms 145:6)

Redemption – “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so …”  (Psalms 107:2)

Affirmation – “That being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.  This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works.  These things are good and profitable unto men.”  (Titus 3:7-8).

Inspiration – “We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 1:3)

Sanctification – “Sanctify them by the truth; your Word is truth.” (John 17:17)

Exaltation – “Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.”  (Psalms 34:3)


PRAISE the Lord!!




The Newsletter staff is always looking for roving reporters, writers and publishers.  Anyone interested in serving God through this publication, please contact Zynobia Gibson 274-3446, Sandra Smalls 274-3353 or Sandra Witherspoon - 274-3097


If you would like a copy of this newsletter, contact Tom Meadows and give him your home and/or e-mail address


Being Able to Stand

by Geneva Coleman

April 18, 2002


     God has a plan for your life.  It’s a plan for good and not evil.  It’s a plan to give you hope.  How many of you know that  it  is a sin to worry? 


    We are to cast all our cares on Him for He cares for us.  God wants our worries.  (Our situations, our problems).  God doesn’t want us to bear any of them. 


    We need to keep the word of God in us so when trying,  hard, and difficult times come, we can stand. 


Satan tries to put strongholds on us.  A strong hold is an area in our mind that’s held captive because of a certain way of thinking.  The Battleground for Satan is in our  mind.  He tries to get us though fear, doubt, and unbelief.    Listen, when fear comes along, if we give it a place, it will open a door for the enemy to come in, because fear is the opposite of faith.



Job 3:25 says, “For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me”

Job 6: 24-25 says, "Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred."  How forcible are right words?    Job was asking God to show him where he made his mistake.  It was a gap in his hedge!

Let’s look at the term hedge.  We need to know what a hedge is.  How do you build a hedge and keep it from getting a hole in it?  The hedge around a Christian is God’s stronghold around him.  Satan wants to find a hold in the hedge so he can come in and attack you.  If your hedge is strong, he may come against it, but he cannot come through it to get to you.  Your hedge should be around you, your household, and your possessions. 

    God is looking for people to not only stand and have their own hedge complete, but to stand for others, for nations, for peoples, for situations, anywhere we see a hole.  God is looking for people who will come in and stand in the gap and say, “Satan, you cannot do that.  I’m drawing a line, and you cannot cross it!”  You can stand in faith for somebody else's hedge.  Don’t forget it.

    I am of God and have overcome him (Satan).  For greater is He that is in me, than He that is in the world (1John 4:4).


Daily Capsules to read and live by each day:


    No weapon formed against me shall prosper, for my righteousness is of the Lord.  But whatever I do will prosper for I’m like a tree that’s planted by the rivers of water (Isaiah 54:17; Psalm 1:3).


    I am delivered from the evils of this present world for it is the will of God (Galatians 1:4).


    No evil will befall me neither shall any plague come nigh my dwelling.  For the Lord has given His angels charge over me and they keep me in all my ways, and in my pathway is life and there is no death (Psalms 91:10-11; Proverbs 12:28).


   I am an overcomer and I overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony (Revelation 12:11).


    I have given and it is given unto me good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, men give unto my bosom (Luke 6:38).


    I trust in the Lord with all my heart, and I lean not unto my own understanding (Proverbs 3:5).


    In all my ways I acknowledge Him and He directs my path (Proverbs 3:6). 


    “You can have what you say, but you keep saying what you have”



I can do all things............


I can do all things through Christ, which strengthens me.

The road to success is not straight.

There is a curve called Failure,

a loop called Confusion

speed bumps called Friends,

red lights called Enemies,

caution lights called Family.

You will have flats called Jobs.

But, if you have a spare called Determination,

an engine called Perseverance,

insurance called Faith,

A driver called Jesus,

you will make it to a place called Success


Tom Meadows


Hands Up will being going on a Work & Witness trip to build a church for Jesus in the Dominican Republic.  The name of the Church will be Aguas Blancas (White Waters)  God has given us a vision to go according to the Great Commission. The target date is Spring break in April 2003.  We have established a Prayer & Fasting Ministry to support this vision.  God has laid the groundwork and we are walking in obedience to the leading of His Spirit.  God will raise up those who will go according to His word:

Isaiah 6:8

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?  Then said I, here am I; send Me.


Can you imagine attending a church that is made of large tree limbs and covered with a plastic tarp?  Many of our Christian Brothers and Sisters do it every week?  Can you believe that some worship in structures even worse that this building?  They come to worship and praise the same God we do.  Would you be attending this church if it were all you had?  If you are reading this article then you can make a difference.  We need to raise $12,000 to build the building, which does not count the $1000 each team member will have to raise to make the trip.  We are working hand in hand with a small local church that wants to plant a church on the mission field as a seed faith for their congregation and the work, which the Lord has called them to perform. Our seed faith is for lost where we work.  The church and Hands Up will each be responsible for $6000. I know that is a large sum of money but I believe the Lord will supply if His children will be faithful.  If the Lord speaks to your heart and you would like to make a tax deductible contribution toward this great work for the Lord please contact us at

Buy a cinder block for $2  Buy a window for $10  Buy a door for $20  Buy a wall for $500  Buy a room for $2000  Buy a roof for $4000  Sponsor someone for $1000

1 John 3:17

But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?


  We are still looking for a church to host our next Offsite Hands Up meeting.  If interested contact one of the Servant Team.


  We have received the first prototype of our Hands Up jacket.  It looks great but we are working on a few modifications before we display on the Website.


  We still have plenty of bumper stickers.  Our goal was to sell 150 for the cost of the order.  To date we have sold approximately 50,  so we need your help to defray the cost.


  The Prayer Page and Missions Page have been refreshed.  Check them out.  Still looking for testimonials for the web, so we can develop a Testimonial Page.  I know there a many exciting answers to prayer that should be shared.  It's up to you.


*  We are rejoicing with the start up of regular Hands Up meetings on "C" Shift at the MC on Tuesday shifts.  We are praying of "B" organization soon.





Please remember to lift

The following people up in prayer


PMUSA Management

Fellow Co-workers

Hands Up Staff



US Armed Forces


1 Peter 5:7

"Cast all your anxiety on him,

 because he cares for you"


Jesus Day

Fellowship Breakfast

Kingsland Baptist Church

May 18th 2002

by - Norma Hall


    What seemed to be a dark dreary day, turned out to be a day full of “Son-shine”.  There were approximately 22 people at the breakfast.  A blessing was there for everyone.  Mrs. Mary Hatcher and myself prepared the food for the earthly body, and Brother Larry Branch, a former PM employee feed the spiritual part of the body and mind.  The songbirds were Sallie Armaral, Ruth Johnson, and Mary Hatcher. 

     Shelia Shelton saw to it that all went smoothly, and that the time was well used by all that want to contribute something whether it was a blessing or a prayer request. .   Thank you Richard Hatcher, Tom Meadows Sr., and all the others that worked so hard for all of this to be possible.  But the biggest thank you goes to Kingsland Baptist Church, for letting the group meet, and allowing us full use of the kitchen, and meeting room.  Pastor John Marks is a pastor dedicated to people here and all around the world.  Kingsland is very missions oriented. 

     Brother Larry Branch shared the word “Struggles” with the group.  If you are not going through the struggles, and the devil is not continuously on your back, then you are not gaining the victory.  I myself can testify to the “Struggles” that we all go through and how the devil will stay on you when you are living for God.  Brother Branch’s words were straight and to the point.  You as a Christian need to be living for God, sharing His Word, reading His Word, in short every waking minute you should be a Christian that is not ashamed to admit that you are a child of God’s.  The greatest Christians go through “Struggles”, so when you feel like you are struggling and you can’t take another step.  Trust in God my friend you can, because God is with you always.

     There was one very special prayer request that touched my heart.  The couple is expecting their first child, and the gentleman had just lost his job.  This couple is Mr. Richard Hatcher’s daughter and son-in-law.  They have such a strong testimony in how God has helped them through struggles, and they know that it was God’s will for him to move on in a new job direction.  I would like to ask that all pray for this young couple and the upcoming birth of their first child.  Through God they can over come any obstacle that the devil throws at them.  Ephesians 6:11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take a stand against the devil’s schemes. 

     The breakfast ended on a “High” note.  As we all stood in a circle with the young couple in the middle you could feel God working through each struggle represented in the room.  God let’s each of us have a struggle so we can reach higher for Him. 

     All Honor, Praise and Glory must go to God for each blessing that was received and for the “Struggles” that we all go through.  When you stop to think about it, this is only a stopping point in our journey to heaven.  And all rewards are in heaven, so the next time you are going through a struggle just thank God.  And He will say, “Well done my good and faithful child well done.”


Creating the Future

Of Hands Up

Tom Meadows


I am proud and humbled this morning to be a Christian.  I was really moved by a program I saw on INSP.  The catch phrase that caught my attention was "Creating the Future".   With God we have a great future and He is excited about our future. (Jeremiah 29:11 and 2 Timothy 1:12)   In order to have a future we must speak the future just as we dream and speak the dream into existence.  Instead of asking for the fire of revival, I speak in the name of Jesus the revival that is coming to Hands Up.  We know He has a plan to do everything for us so we believe and become persuaded that He will keep all that we commit to Him.  With this revelation we put ourselves last in order that others become first and let the fire of revival fall through the power and glory that works in us by Him.


Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

2 Timothy 1:12

For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.


I thank you Jesus for choosing us.  You are counting on us, give us the fire not to fail.


Update on "THE LIGHT"

An Outreach Ministry of Hands Up






Second Quarter 2002


I call you my Brothers and Sisters to be WATCHMAN as Ezekiel tell us to be in Ezekiel 33:1-6. Stand tall on the wall and be a faithful Watchman. Call out to the lost souls to be warned that the day of the Lord is coming. They must repent and accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior this day.

The battle line between good and evil has been raging since the beginning of creation and it rages on today. You have joined God’s Army and you are going to “fight the good fight”.  Prayer is the extra protection God allows us to offer when areas of attack in our church, family, company and its employees need guarding. Getting together in prayer offers more protection than if you pray separately. Greater things for the Glory of God can be accomplished when individuals join together to fight the battle. In Ecclesiastes 4:12, it tells us that a cord of three strands is not easily broken – this same truth concerning the need for each other’s prayers. 

I just pray that many more will heed a call from God to join us in doing His will.


Calendar of Meetings

July 11, 2002               July 18, 2002

                   Place – OC/A2E1                Place – MC/MPR

Time : - 12:00                    Time:  12:00


July 25, 2002               Aug 1, 2002

                      Place – OC/A2E1              Place – MC/MPR

Time : - 12:00                    Time:  12:00


Aug 8, 2002                  Aug 15, 2002

                    Place – OC/A2E1               Place – MC/MPR

Time : - 12:00                    Time:  12:00


Aug 22, 2002                Aug 29, 2002

                    Place – OC/A2E1               Place – MC/MPR

Time : - 12:00                    Time:  12:00


Sep 5, 2002                  Sep 12, 2002

                    Place – OC/A2E1                Place – MC/MPR

Time : - 12:00                    Time:  12:00


Sep 19, 2002                Sep 26, 2002

                    Place – OC/A2E1                Place – MC/MPR

Time : - 12:00                    Time:  12:00


Oct 3, 2002                  Oct 10, 2002

                    Place – OC/A2E1               Place – MC/MPR

Time : - 12:00                    Time:  12:00

mpr – multipurpose room

(All Changes will be announced)




Has anyone told you

i love you


i love you


Jesus loves you


Choosing the Right Mate

e-mail from Debbie Gear


Proverbs 18:22 says that He who finds a wife finds a good thing….   Interpretation:  MEN find women.  Women should not be out trying to find a man!  HOWER, once found, the woman can then choose to be with the man or to wait to be found by a different man.



Proverbs 20:6 states, Who can find a faithful man?  The fact that the question is asked is indicative of the fact that there are not many faithful men out there.  However, there is good news.  The good news is that JESUS knows where the faithful men are!


Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary offers several excellent definitions of the word faithful:    FAITHFUL:
(a) Steadfast in affection or allegiance
(b) Loyal
(c) Firm in adherence to promises or in observance of duty
(d) Conscientious

The scriptures say that a faithful man is difficult to find. God is saying that it is hard to find a man(woman) with the qualities in letters a, b, c, and d.  However, wouldn't you LOVE to have a man (woman) with the qualities listed above?  They are rare. But GOD knows where such men (women) are located.


Turn in your Bible to Ephesians 5:23. Scripture states, "... for the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. 

Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.  Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word. That He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish."


STOP! Now go back and re-read that passage. God is offering us a blueprint on what to look for in a mate. Let's pick that scripture apart.
1.   The husband is head of the wife.  That means that you need to choose a man who is born-again.  He also needs to be a man under whose authority you will feel comfortable submitting. It is dangerous to submit to the authority of a man who is not saved or who does not have a relationship with God.

2.  The husband must love his wife as Christ loves the Church.

That is a tough one! Look at the degree to which God loves His Church! He died for the Church (the entire body of Christ).  How does God love us?  He is kind, patient and nurturing to the Church. Those are the qualities you need to search for when determining who to marry.

3.  The husband must sanctify, cleanse and wash his wife with the Word of God.

Again, only a born-again man can wash you with the Word of God.  Think about the dating ritual. Boy meets girl, they date, start to care deeply, and the subject of sex pops up.

Question: HOW will the man handle it? God says that it is the responsibility of the man to see to it that he presents a woman clean and holy. If he is fornicating with her, how can he present her as clean and holy? Sex outside the marriage bond is dirty.

Therefore, if you find yourself with a man trying to fornicate

with you, you have the wrong man.  God says that He presents the Church (His Bride) without spot, wrinkle or blemish.  Your future husband must present you at the altar without spot, wrinkle or blemish.


  Choosing the Right Mate (continued)

Furthermore, even if you become weak and want to fornicate, he must be able to WASH you with God's Word. He is responsible for you! This is important. Please listen so that you don't end up miserable.

In Ephesians, 5:31 the scripture states that, "...For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.  This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church..."


God hates divorce.  However, He also hates abuse.  God does not want you physically or mentally abused.  He certainly does not want you disrespected by a man (woman) committing adultery against you.  Too many women (men) in this country, in their quest for a mate are settling with people who are not worthy of them.  The reason so many people are in unhappy marriages is that they latched onto the wrong person to please society, family or friends.  Now they are stuck with a mean, unaffectionate, or abusive mate.

It is not too late for you. If you pick the right mate from the beginning, you will not end up hurt and miserable (divorced).  Listen carefully, GOD says that when you marry, you become ONE with that person. God no longer sees you as separate, but He sees you and your mate as ONE person.

We cannot fully comprehend it because God says it's a great mystery!  Think about your boy/girlfriend. Do you see yourself becoming ONE with them?  If you have problems after
marriage it's because something was broken before marriage (that was obviously ignored). If you do not have a boy/girlfriend yet, GREAT!

Now you know what to look for! Too many people are getting married multiple times. God is not pleased with that. He sees it as adultery. It is His will that we marry once, create a family with that one person, and be happy.... ecstatic in that marriage.  The scriptures also states, the man shall leave his parents.

Check out the family of the man that you are considering marrying!  Are they always leaning on him, trying to borrow his money? Are you in agreement with them always calling him to the house to take care of their personal problems? Guess what? It will not end after marriage.

If he is giving them money now, he will continue after marriage. If his family is leaching off of him now, they will after marriage. The question is, can you handle it? If not, now is the time to discuss the problem. Don't wait. Too many men refuse to leave their father and mother. Too many women refuse to leave their parents. Extended families are famous for breaking up marriages.

NOW is the time to get the problems straight. Finally, how attracted are you to your future spouse?  Please do not marry if there is a shadow of a doubt that you are totally attracted to them physically.  Too many women lose their husbands because after marriage they stop having sex.


The reason many women stop having sex is because their husbands are cold, rude and abusive.  If you are married to a man who has the qualifications of the "faithful man" listed above in this article, you will be attracted to him forever, emotionally and physically!  Women who do not want sex with their husbands are women who married the wrong man.


PLEASE ladies; do not marry the wrong man. Wait. In Solomon 3:4, it is said, "I found him whom my soul loves."  The reason she found the one whom her soul loves is that she was PATIENT! Luke 21:19 says, " your patience possess ye your soul."  The interpretation of that for a single person is that if you are patient, you will meet the one whom your soul loves.

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