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

Power, Redemption, Affirmation, Inspiration, Sanctification, Exaltation

 Volume 6 Issue 2                                                                                                       September 2005


The Servant Team – Leaders:

Tom Meadows, Ruth Johnson, Ivan Pope, Delois Maddox, Ralph Brown, Roy Campbell and Jackie Hager

Richard Hatcher-Emeritus

The Twelve Disciples – Prayer Team

George Foreman, Ivan Pope, Janet Taylor, Juanita Langley, Margie Jasper, Denise Warren, Karen Page, Tom Meadows, Pam Barden, Ronnie Waddell, Deedre Dickerson and Tee Williams


Love Fund Coordinator:

Mary Tinnell

Newsletter Staff:

Sandra Witherspoon, and Mona Eno


Inside This Issue


Hands Up Info


When God Doesn’t Make Sense


Prayer Ministry & HUM Scheduled Meetings


Miracles Now


Missions & Love Fund


Local Work & Witness Project Completed


Everything You Need


Allow Me To Encourage You


Why I Don’t Attend Church


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


PRAISE the Lord!!

Tom Meadows

Serving in 2005 – God Has A People

When GOD Doesn’t Make Sense


Take Steps Through The Storm


Perhaps you find yourself in a situation that makes no sense---facing an unwanted divorce, dealing with an addiction, grieving over a lost or prodigal child.  Your heart’s cry may be “How can I trust God…when the world seems to be crumbling beneath my feet?”  I want to offer some simple steps to help you find your footing when life has knocked you “off balance.”


Continue to obey God—even when you don’t understand your circumstances.  Keep doing what He’s given you to do.  Don’t turn back on those things that bring you joy.  If you are ministering to others, stick with it.  Keep reading the Bible, even when it seems as if reading doesn’t do any good.  Stay involved and allow God to minister to you.


Trust God beyond what you can see.  There’s a song that says, “When you can’t trace His hand, trust His heart.”  That’s exactly right!  Trust the nature of God more than your own understanding.  Refuse to believe that your life is over or that nothing good can come from your trouble.  Trusting God is based on His everlasting love for you—never on what is going on around you.  Make Romans 8:38/39 your theme.

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The Newsletter staff is always looking for roving reporters, writers and publishers.  Anyone interested in serving God through this publication, please contact Sandra Witherspoon (274-3097) or Mona Eno (274-3508)





Has anyone told you


I love you




I love you




Jesus loves you!



If you need prayer contact Karen Page or Margie Jasper or any member of the Twelve Disciples or the Servant Team


“Miracles Now”

Pastor Jeremiah


The inspiration of the Holy Spirit to me has been “Miracles Now”.   On August 29, 2005 while at home on a Medical LOA, the Lord had me write down the date 082905 beside a man’s name (Steve) who had been battling brain tumors and is on the prayer list.  I did not understand why.  The two scriptures from my devotionals were the same.  If though wouldst believe, thou would see the Glory of the Lord.”  I asked which miracle would we see.  Two weeks later while visiting a friend’s church guess who came to church for the first time in months.  I have known Steve and his wife since they were kids.  I was thrilled to see him.  During the service Steve stood to testify and in his words echoed his acceptance that he was going to not make it.  He told the church that he had went to the doctor and got a bad report that the tumors were coming back.  The date he went to the doctor was August 29, 2005.  I could not wait to stand and tell everyone especially Steve that man may have given him a bad report but God had given him a good one.  I briefly spoke with the couple after church and shared how God had sent them a ray of hope.  I asked that they attend one of our Friday home prayer meetings or invite us to their house to pray for healing.  Neither has happened; however on the next Sunday the wife came running to me and said has the pastor told you the news.  She was beaming.  Steve went to the doctor on his birthday, October 10 and the report is the tumors are not coming back.  Praise the Lord.   He has been doing many miracles because we have heard the word of the Lord and we believe and we want to see the Glory of the Lord.




Are You Available?

Hands Up Meetings

Tuesdays: United Christians of Alleghany Warehouse Company:  12:20 PM – 12:50 PM   

“The Light” at Park 500:  12 PM – 1 PM

Wednesdays: M/C “C” Shift:  2 AM – 3 AM

M/C “B” Shift:  7 PM – 8 PM

Thursdays (Noon – 1:00 PM): Alternates between Operations Center, Finance Center and Manufacturing Center


 Manufacturing Center – Sept 22, Sept 29, Oct 13,  Oct 27, Nov 10, Dec 8 and Dec 22


Finance Center – Oct 6, Nov 3 and Dec 1


Operations Center – Oct 20, Nov 17, and Dec 15

Headquarters HUM


Cabarrus HUM


Gateway HUM (Reborn)


BL Plant HUM

We are still praying for these sites to get started but we realize until someone hears God’s call, it will not happen.


Prayer Ministry



The one thing that holds this ministry and our work together is our prayer ministry headed up by Karen Page and Margie Jasper.   Did you know that we hold a noon prayer meeting every Wednesday at the location of the weekly Thursday meeting.  Did you know that our prayer register has about 300 requests to date?  Each of the names is called out to the Lord everyday not just on Wednesday.  It is a humbling thing to call out 300 names to the Lord knowing that you need as much prayer as any of these names.  Many people will be touched by the Lord through Hands Up Ministry who otherwise might never attend church.



Investment For An Eternity

By Tom Meadows, Sr.

El Curro - Project 2006

Hands Up Ministry, in partnership with Chester Outreach Church of the Nazarene, is sponsoring a mission trip scheduled for the spring of 2006 to the Dominican Republic to build a church.  If you would be interested in being a part of this team or helping sponsor a team member or contribute to the building fund please contact us as soon as possible.

Tentative dates are April – April 8 (one week), April 8-15 (one week) and April 1-15 (two weeks).  Cost per week is around $950 and $1250 for two weeks all included.  I will confirm as soon as I can.

As of this writing we have four HUM members, one spouse and one daughter committed to go and represent Hands Up Ministry.  I would encourage anyone who reads this to prayerfully considering sacrificing your time to go on this trip.  If finances are an issue the Lord will work that out but you must be willing to commit yourself to the trip.

Invest in the future and eternity for yourself and others by contributing to this church.

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?

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.


Work & Witness

We serve the one and only mighty God who can do anything but fail.  Hallelujah Thank You Jesus.  When the Lord speaks to you and you answer "yes", please let us know.


Would you like to go on a mission trip? Is your church planning a mission trip that could use some more workers?


Recognize these moments as opportunities to know God more intimately.  There is such sweet fellowship when you come to God broken, even desperate.  When you have nothing to offer He meets you with the fullness of Who He is.  Intimacy is forged when we reveal our deepest disappointments and broken dreams.  Then like Paul, we can cry out…:  Philippians 3:8


Ask God to show you new things.  Even in the midst of overwhelming circumstance, hope can spring forth!  The pain of your past can become the fuel for your future.  Isaiah say:  Behold the former things have come to pass, now I declare new things; before they spring forth…………


While Jesus was on the Cross, He cried out to God, “Why have you forsaken me?”  Yet God’s greatest plan was about to be fulfilled!  A new thing—the redemption of mankind—was about to forth.  Hebrews 12:2 explains:  Jesus…..for the joy set before Him endured the Cross……………….


The joy before Him was you….and me. When you want to give up because life doesn’t make sense; when you’re tempted to doubt God’s love for you when you just don’t understand….remember Jesus, Who for the joy set before Him endured and triumphed!  Life happens… all of us.  Let’s focus on Jesus’ promise:  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.


Stick with what you know:  God is faithful, He is just, and He promised never to forsake you!


Marilyn Hickey

Hands Up Ministry

Love Fund

By:  Tom Meadows

Love Fund update.  To date in six years we have spent over $4500 in demonstrating the love of God to our Brother and Sisters in need and bereavement.  Thanks for every contribution you have ever made.  It is recorded in Heaven


"Everything You Need"


by Ron Hutchcraft


Scripture: Ephesians 2:10


Nobody thought Gladys Aylward was good enough. During the 1920s, she had heard about the great spiritual need of China, and she sensed God's strong call on her life to go there. But she was only a chambermaid. When she applied to China Inland Mission in London, they rejected her because she wasn't educated enough and was probably too old to learn the language they said. But Gladys Aylward made it to China and she made such a difference there that a number of books have been written about her life. Hollywood even based a major movie on her life, The Inn of the Sixth Happiness with an Academy Award-winning actress portraying her. In her later years, as she told her story to audiences in many places, they were surprised to hear the commanding speech coming from this very tiny lady who had to stand on a box to be seen over the pulpit. She said to them: "As I was growing up, I had two great sorrows. First, as my friends kept getting taller, I stopped growing. Secondly, as my friends grew beautiful blonde curly hair, mine was straight black. Then I went to China. As I looked over the people to whom Jehovah God had sent me, I said to myself, 'These people have hair as black and straight as mine ... and they stopped growing when I did.' I bowed my head and I said, 'Lord God, you know what you were doing!" Yes, He does.


Much to her surprise, and much to everyone's surprise, little Gladys

Aylward had been equipped by God with everything she needed to carry out His plan for her life. And so have you. I know that because He says so in Ephesians 2:10, our word for today from the Word of God: "We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."  (Dream Giver Scripture)


That's the message I've given to each of my grandchildren on the day they were born. It's the message I hope will grip your heart and help shape the rest of your life. God has created you for a destiny and whether or not anyone else can see it, whether or not you've seen it, you are God's workmanship. And don't tell me that God makes things with parts missing or with mistakes in them. There are some things God put you on this planet to do for Him.  He put you here to do. Maybe you've been under-living! You're His workmanship, His masterpiece. This day, open yourself up to Moses' God, to Gladys Aylward's God - the One who loves to use ordinary people to do extraordinary things for Him. Make this the day that you surrender to everything that He wants you to be, everything He wants you to do. And let the adventure begin!




Local Work & Witness Project

June 11, 2005

4000 Anderson Highway

Powhatan Virginia 23139

Pastor: Rev. Shirley Eggleston


Hands Up Ministry sponsored a local Work & Witness team to paint Towerlight Faith Center in Powhatan, Virginia on June 11, 2005.  The workday started in the morning at 8:00 AM.   Lunch was provided at the church by HUM. 


This church is truly an anointed work of the Lord.  Rev. Eggleston and her family minister to all people but especially to the residents of the Powhatan Home for the underprivileged.  They personally go to the Home and pick up the members.  Many of the members have no family support.  All of the support for this church is provided by the Lord through people like you and I who have a heart for helping others.  God has truly been faithful to this church and its mission. 


If you really want to experience a soul stirring blessing then you ought to make plans to attend a Sunday service at 11:00 AM and see worship that will humble the most spiritual of us.  The Egglestons did not seek out our help but the Lord spoke to me as I worshipped with the church on April 10, 2005.    As a man of faith, I also am a realist and knew many would be called but few would respond, but those few were just enough to get the job done.  A contribution was made to the church in the name of Hands Up Ministry to redo the gable end in vinyl so they won’t have to be painted.  Thanks to my Brothers and Sisters who gave that others might see Jesus through this church and its leaders.

Allow Me To Encourage You

Provide by Marsha Hayes

Child of Mine, do not give way to discouragement, for the enemy of your souls desires greatly to discourage you. He is afraid of what I plan to do through your life to bring glory to My name and to advance My kingdom.

So he tries to discourage you by setting obstacles and hindrances in your path to slow you down. He did this with My Son, Jesus, when He walked on this earth. It should not be a surprise to you when he does the same with you -- for as the Master is treated, so will His servants be treated.

The devil wants you to feel discouraged so that you will begin to disqualify yourself from the things that I have ordained you to do. Your enemy wants you to give up, to quit, to stop doing what I am doing, to stop advancing My kingdom and bringing glory to My name. He does this by trying to make you doubt that My plans for you are good, and by making you doubt that I am both willing and able to accomplish these good plans in your life. He brings disappointments along, hoping you will choose to wallow in self pity instead of walking in obedience.

He wants to get your eyes off of Me and onto the problem, that he might make you feel overwhelmed by the size of it. He knows that the more you look at the problem, the larger the problem will begin to look, until it appears insurmountable. That is why he tries to direct your attention from Me to the problem.

The best way to resist his plans of discouragement against you is to keep your focus on Me and allow Me to encourage you. For when you keep looking to Me and keep your attention on Me, you will see how big and strong and able and capable and mighty I am. You will see that all power and authority belong to Me and that I am able to work My glory in every situation. You will see that I am the God of all glory, that nothing is too hard for Me, that no force on this earth is able to overcome or defeat Me, or force Me to do something I don't want to do, or prevent Me from doing something that I choose to do. You will see that I am mighty and that I am still in control. And this truth will bring peace to your heart, comfort to your soul, and joy to your innermost being.


(Allow Me To Encourage You continued)

Child, My peace does not come from placing you in peaceful circumstances; My peace comes from My presence with you and My care of you. Likewise, My joy does not come from My placing you in joyful circumstances; it is independent of circumstances. It comes from My Spirit living within you, working the fruit of His presence in your life. You are not dependent on your circumstances for peace and joy; you are dependent on Me and I do not fail you when an obstacle is thrown in your path. I will help you overcome that obstacle in a manner that will cause My glory to shine forth and give you a powerful testimony of My faithfulness. I will do it in a manner that will bring you even more joy than if you had simply walked on the path that had no obstacle at all.

I am the God of all encouragement, child, and I know how to work My glory in every one of your circumstances. There is no difficulty that you can face that I don't know how to turn it around for good. There is no trial that can come against you that will catch Me unprepared. There is nothing the enemy can do to you that I do not permit, and I will not permit that which I will not use to My glory and to your ultimate joy and peace.

So do not focus your attention on your problems. They are not the One Who has power over your life. Look to Me. Yes, look expectantly to Me and allow Me to encourage you. Allow Me to breathe My life into you, allow Me to give you vision and understanding, allow Me to strengthen you and to give you the victory. Child, I will do all these things for you if you will just look to Me and allow Me to encourage you.




If I’ve learned anything about going to church, it’s that there are plenty of reasons not to go.

I’ve visited enough churches all over the world to know that human nature is the same in Kuala Lumpur as it is in Kalamazoo. Since there are no perfect churches, see if you share my thoughts when I say:

1. I don’t go to church expecting to see a group of people consistently reflecting the attitudes and values of Christ.

I’ve seen enough of myself in church sanctuaries, meeting halls, and boardrooms to know that we all are at varying degrees of spiritual growth or regression. Some of us are like noisy newborns. Others are showing signs of spiritual senility. Most are somewhere in between, trying to figure out why we are acting like mere men and women rather than mature members of the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 3:3).

All of this would be disillusioning to me if I didn’t find that the New Testament depicts the first-century church in the same condition of imperfection (Revelation 2-3).

2. I don’t go to church expecting to hear music that will lift everyone to the same level of worship.

In theory, church music is a shared language of the soul rooted in the theology and anthems of heaven (Colossians 3:16; Revelation 5:11-14; Isaiah 51:11). In reality, however, the songs of the church are the down-to-earth sounds of changing generations that are united by Christ but divided by preferences as varied as bluegrass, country, or Bach. Because music is an art that resonates differently in all of us, we can’t all feel the same way about our songs of worship.

The idea of “worship wars” is probably a contradiction in terms. But from the first century until now, the music of the church has been an opportunity for the Lord’s people to show whether they are submitted to the Spirit of Christ and to one another in the process (Ephesians 5:18-21).

3. I don’t go to church expecting to see men and women consistently giving one another the mutual honor and consideration they deserve.

The curse of Genesis 3 describes our reality. Just as we still work to get weeds out of our yards, and just as we do what we can to reduce the pain of childbirth, so our challenge is to see the misuse of gender-based power and influence as a problem to be solved rather than as a right to be defended (Genesis 3:16-19).

We need to remember that the One who calls us together gave women more love and respect than they received in their own culture, not less (John 4:25-27).

4. I don’t go to church to feel morally superior to those who wouldn’t be caught dead in a house of worship.


Why I Don’t Go To Church continued


The apostle Paul thought of himself as “the chief of sinners” years after he “saw the light” on the road to Damascus. Long after he discovered that there is no life outside of Christ, he urged those who joined him to remember where they had come from. He reminded them what they were still made of (Galatians 5:16-17), and how far they all had to go (Philippians 3:12-13).

The self-righteousness of church people was a concern, but no surprise, to the authors of the Bible. They wrote with transparency not only about the failures of the church (1 Corinthians 11:17), but also about its tendency to be morally proud (Romans 14:10; 1 Corinthians 4:3-5).

5. I don’t go to church looking for a perfect sermon with no errors in content or delivery.

I’ve walked with enough pastors along the way to know that no matter how thoroughly they prepare their messages, they almost always fall short of their own expectations, let alone the needs of their people. Many wake up Monday morning knowing they’re being measured by memories of the past and compared with the pastor of a bigger church on the other side of town.

The shortcomings we see in our church leaders can be a reminder to us that a pastor’s performance is not nearly as important as the perfection of the Savior and His Word that together we are called to honor.

Because unrealistic expectations are a formula for disillusionment, I’m convinced that we do far better when our motives are more in keeping with the original purpose of the church.

Why I want to go to church:

1. I want go to church not because I’m good, but because I’m not. I need to meet with others who realize that we all are like addicts in need of reminders that life is not found in another drink, another television program, or another hour at work. Life is found by seeing every circumstance as an opportunity to discover that God’s ways are better than our own.

2. I want to go to church to be counter-cultural in the best sense of the word. Because everyone is important in the eyes of Christ, there is no better place to go to reverse the short-sighted values of a materialistic culture. There is no place on the face of the earth that gives us more reason to affirm the value of every person than a body of people “called out” by the Lord of the universe to regard everyone as someone for whom Christ died (James 2:1-9).

3. I want to go to church to confess with others the life-changing truth that meeting together is not just about us. From the beginning, the church was established to be a place where the words of God are contemplated, where the Spirit of God is heard, where the goodness of God is confessed, and where the wisdom, power, and love of God are praised.

Father in heaven, thank You for the countless ways You have used men and women of Your church to enrich our faith. Forgive us for focusing only on our disappointments. Renew in us a willingness to hear Your servant who, for our good, wrote, “Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:24-25).

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