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

Power, Redemption, Affirmation, Inspiration, Sanctification, Exaltation

    Volume 7 Issue 2                                                                                                September  2006


 Ruth Johnson, Ivan Pope, Delois Maddox, Ralph Brown, and Jackie Hager

Tom Meadows, Sr.- Emeritus   Roy Campbell - Emeritus

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, , Deedre Dickerson and Tee Williams

Ronnie Waddell - Emeritus

Love Fund Coordinator:

Mary Tinnell

Newsletter Staff:

Mona Eno


Inside This Issue


Hands Up Info


From The Servant Team


Prayer Ministry


The Cross In Prayer




Love Fund


HUM Meeting Schedule / Special Thank You


God Uses Problems / The Giving Heart


Nature Of Love / Mastercard


You Must Weep


Why I Cry


Christmas Mother Program


If you would like a copy of this newsletter, contact Ruth Johnson and give her your home and/or e-mail address.

The Newsletter staff is always looking for roving reporters, writers and publishers.  Anyone interested in serving God through this publication, please contact us.



PRAISE the Lord!!

Tom Meadows

His Coming Presence

It always amazes me how God starts an idea or thought within our minds and then we have to wait for what it means.  In August 2004, the Lord told me I would write and preach a sermon on “The Coming Presence”.  No I am not going to write or give you the sermon but it has prompted me to write about “His Coming Presence”

Isaiah 40 tells of the coming of the Lord to the Old Testament people.  Verse five says: And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.” 

I hope to share a few words about His Presence and His Glory for I believe they are one and the same.

Luke 14 tells us of the great wedding supper of the Lamb when we will be in His presence as the bridegroom of Christ.  But just as the scripture foretells many will make excuses and will not be there.

There is real excitement today to be expecting the “Glory of the Lord” to manifest Himself in our midst whether in church or alone by ourselves. Man does not bring the glory of the Lord into our presence.  The scripture says: So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of the LORD.   All of our churches need to experience “His Coming Presence”.  In the presence of the Lord nothing can stand that is not Holy.

According to scripture there is salvation, healing, peace, joy, rest, glory and honor in the presence of the Lord.  God is even at the door if men would just step aside and be still and let God move.

Numbers 14:21 - But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.

I pray that the cloud of God’s Glory will overshadow you and your church and that He will reveal His presence to you. 



Has anyone told you

I love you


I love you


Jesus loves you!


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.



The Cross In Prayer


By Oswald Chambers


“In that day you will ask in My name…” (John 16:26).


We too often think of the Cross of Christ as something we have to get through, yet we get through for the purpose of getting into it.  The Cross represents only one thing for us---complete, entire, absolute identification with the Lord Jesus Christ---and there is nothing in which this identification is more real to us than in prayer.


“Your Fathers knows the things you have need of before you ask Him” (Matthew 6:8).  Then why should we ask?  The point of prayer is not to get answers from God, but to have perfect and complete oneness with Him.  If we pray only because we want answers, we will become irritated and angry with God.  We receive an answer every time we pray, but it does not always come in the way we expect, and our spiritual irritation shows our refusal to identify ourselves truly with our Lord in prayer.  We are not here to prove that God answers prayer, but to be living trophies of God’s grace.


“…I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you: for the Father Himself loves you…” (John 16:26-27).  Have you reached such a level of intimacy with God that the only thing that can account for your prayer life is that is has become one with the prayer life of Jesus Christ?  Has our Lord exchanged your life with His vital life?  If so, then “in that day” you will be so closely identified with Jesus that there will be no distinction.



The Twelve Disciples team at Hands Up is here to serve you.  We meet along with the Servant Team members every Wednesday prior to our weekly HUM meetings.  We have witnessed many answers to prayer.  Because of our weekly prayer meetings lives have been changed.  People have been saved, healed, blessed with jobs, and set free from oppressions.  It is a humbling thing to know that because you pray God is moved.  His word says we have not because we ask not.  Our Heavenly Father wants to meet every need that you have.  He wants to hear from you.  Call on Him and He will answer you and show you great and mighty things.  Please send your prayer requests and praise reports in an email to my attention or any of the Twelve Disciples or Servant team members.  May God bless and keep you.


Karen Page


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



Investment For An Eternity

By Tom Meadows, Sr.

El Curro - Project 2006

Hands Up Ministry, in partnership with Chester Outreach Church of the Nazarene, hopes to sponsor another mission trip to the Dominican Republic in 2007.

Since there has been a change in leadership on the mission field we are still working to get a project assigned to us.

Pictures of our last trip in 2006 are on our website at and click on the Missions page.

Invest in the future and eternity for yourself and others by contributing to this church.  If you would be interesting in going on our next trip or helping financially then please contact us.

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?  

We would like to start the dreaming process of going again in 2007.  The need is great and the time is now.

Hands Up Ministry

Love Fund

By:  Tom Meadows

Love Fund update.  To date in seven years we have spent over $7000 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.

If you would like to give to this worthy cause contact Ruth Johnson or Ivan Pope.


Pastor Thomas “Jeremiah” Meadows, Sr. dedicated his first grandchild Emily Hai-Lim Meadows on August 13, 2006.




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 – September 28,  October 12 , October 26,  November 9, November 23, and November 30


Finance Center – October 5, November 2 and December 7


Operations CenterOctober 19, No meeting on Thanksgiving and December 21.


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.

A Special Thank You

Thank you for your support of the Southside Community Event sponsored by our Church.  The Feed the Hungry Truck was there until 5p.m. and we were able to feed up to 400 families; Bon Secours Health Care was there to give free health screenings; hygiene kits were given out; school supplies were a biggie per Toni Penn (other churches brought more schools supplies as they saw what was going on); gospel music with steppers and rappers entertained as we ministered to the community; lots of food and fun with the Bouncers, lots of balloons for the kids and the Fire Truck; Clothing and other necessities were given away to the community; and it was definitely an awesome task for the Church to take on, but, God did it!  Everything was free of charge, basically.  The balloons were 3 for a $1, but everything else was free of charge.

Many of you who donated supplies were unable to come out and assist the community; but, know that God saw you feed the hungry, clothe the needy, and meet the needs of the community of Southside Richmond.  Thank you so much for the support you so willingly and freely give when there is a need.  Toni Penn represented Hands Up, even as I had to leave due to a promise to sing at a family member's wedding.  Toni and her entire family were out there and they were put to work immediately.  Thank you, Toni! 

By the way, those of you who supported the computer upgrade, I am pleased to announce an increase to the Love Fund of $300.00, with more flowing in.  Again, thank you, thank you, thank you!  Thanks to the technical assistance Sandy Witherspoon and her husband donated.  All monies raised were turned over to the Love Fund.  My heart is so filled by your love and generosity.  May God continue to always bless you in every aspect of life, abundantly.

 Also, we had 4 people participate in the Book Bag Project.  Our goal was to stuff 10 back packs for Junior High students with supplies needed for the upcoming school year.  .  A back pack with supplies would normally cost $35 dollars, but, because of the donation of the backpacks (My sister donated these), it only cost us $15 per bag.  We purchased the basics which were:

V       packs of Loose Leaf Paper,

V       notebooks, pocket folders, composition books,

V       packs of pens & pencils, tissue paper, glue sticks,

V       highlighters, rulers, binder inserts to hold pens, pencils & erasers.

Ruth Johnson


Five Ways God Uses Problems


God uses problems to DIRECT you.  Sometimes God must light a fire under you to get you moving.  Problems point us in a new direction and motivate us to change.  Is God trying to get your attention?  Sometimes it takes a painful situation to make us change our ways.  Proverbs 20:30


1.God uses problems to INSPECT you.  People are like tea bags...if you want to know what's inside them, just drop them into hot water!  Has God tested your faith with a problem?  What do problems reveal about you?  "When you have many kinds of troubles, you should be full of joy, because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this will give you patience." James 1:2,3

The problems you face will either defeat you or develop you--depending on how you respond to them.  Unfortunately, most people fail to see how God wants to use problems for good in their lives.  They react foolishly and resent their problems rather than pausing to consider what benefit they might bring.  Here are five ways God wants to use the problems in your life:


2.God uses problems to CORRECT you.  Some lessons we learn only through pain and failure.  It's likely that as a child your parents told you not to touch a hot stove.  But you probably learned by being burned.  Sometimes we only learn the value of, money, a losing it .  "It was the best thing that could have happened to me, for it taught me to pay attention to your laws." Psalm 119:71, 72


3.God uses problems to PROTECT you.  A problem can be a blessing in disguise if it prevents you from being harmed by something more serious.  Last year a friend was fired for refusing to do something unethical that his boss had asked him to do.  His unemployment was a problem - but it saved him from being convicted and sent to prison a year later when management's actions were eventually discovered.  "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good"...Genesis 50:20


4.God uses problems to PERFECT you.  Problems, when responded to correctly are character builders.  God is far more interested in your character than your comfort.  Your relationship to God and your character are the only two things you're going to take with you into eternity.  "We can rejoice when we run into problems...they help us learn to be patient.  And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady." Romans 5:3,4


**Here's the point:  God is at work in your life - even when you do not recognize it or understand it.  But it's much easier and profitable when you cooperate with Him.  "Success can be measured not only in achievements, but in lessons learned, lives touched and moments shared along the way"** 




The Giving Heart

 by Sandra Witherspoon


God has given me a heart to help those in need.  What began as a personal mission many years ago, has grown and merged into a local non-profit organization, The Giving Heart.  The mission of The Giving Heart is to provide basic needs, assistance, acceptance and opportunities to the underprivileged, elderly and those who otherwise are hindered in their desire to move forward.  You can learn more about this organization by visiting our website at


Community Thanksgiving Feast


With the holiday season approaching, I’d like to encourage you to join The Giving Heart and Richmond's restaurant community as we "bring back" a wonderful tradition of food and fellowship for those that are lonely during the Thanksgiving holiday.  This event is targeted toward the elderly, homeless, students unable to get home, and anyone who simply wants to share a meal with others.  The Community Thanksgiving Feast will be held on Thursday, November 23, 2006 from 11 AM to 3 PM at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.  This event is free to the public. 


How to help:

Food Donations:  We're collecting items for a traditional Thanksgiving meal - turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green beans, rolls, and apple pie.  Please consider making a donation of any of these products.  We welcome group and individual donations.

Miscellaneous Donations:  In addition to food, we're looking for the following items - bottled water, ice tea, linens, paper products of plates, cups and napkins, as well as linens and flowers.

Pre-Thanksgiving Preparations:  Want to help before the holiday?  We are looking for preparation sites, cooks and anyone that simply wants to help prepare many of the foods before Thursday.  

Medical and Community Services:  Help us to extend this event beyond a simple meal. This is a wonderful opportunity to provide blood pressure, diabetic, or even dental screenings and information.  Those with mental health, emergency shelter and senior service information are also invited to contact us about how we can help provide valuable information to those in attendance.

Group Facilities or Transporters:  Sign up your group to come out for a meal.  We're offering several reserved seating times to help alleviate waits.  We also welcome those that are willing to help transport such groups.

Pre-Planning Committees, Chairmen and Volunteers:  This event is simply not possible without the help of many individuals.  Let us know if you're willing to lend a hand - especially with the preliminary planning needs.  Thanksgiving Day volunteers range
from servers to cooks, beverage prep to greeters, check-in tables to group escorts. Volunteers of all ages are invited to inquire about current needs.

Financial Donations:  Our financial goal is to raise approximately $10,000 to cover overhead expenses of facility fees, security, liability insurance and costs of items not donated through other sources.  Please consider helping us in this area by clicking on
the "donate now" button on our website. 


Email us at


“’For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?  When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?  Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?'  And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'”

(Matthew 25: 35-40)



On the Nature of Love


As nearly everyone who's ever met me knows by now, the Lord has presented me with a grandson through my beautiful daughter, Sharon Rose.  Not only is this child a priceless gift from a gracious God but he is a lesson.  As I proudly held him I wondered at the strength of my love for this helpless baby.  I was smiling, crying, singing and filled with an unspeakable joy!  How could I have lived before he came?  How could I feel a love that could only be described as ferocious?  This tiny babe had done nothing to make me so happy.  He could give not a thing in this world to me.  He couldn't even speak or acknowledge my existence let alone return my affection.  Yet like every new grandparent I wished I'd had a canyon handy so I could shout an endless echoing announcement that Connor had arrived.


Then that dimmer switch that my Lord uses to get my attention began to grow brighter.  Yes, Dear one.  Learn.  It was then that I realized we all are that newborn baby to Him.  We can do nothing for Him because He is and has everything.  Yet He loves us, as we love these miracles of birth, simply because we are.  We are.  And because we are - He celebrates!  Every morning He presents us with a new day, the beauty of this earth, the gifts of security, family, jobs, health so many things just like the things we wish to shower on our children and grandchildren.  Father, thank You for using this wonderful opportunity to teach me about Yourself.  Before time began You had planned this lesson for me.  You knew I would be kissing a tiny crown of new red hair and thinking of You with love and wonder.


Mona Eno

Conner Adkins



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                  for everything else there's Master card.                 
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                        I couldn't afford the price,                       
                  so Jesus stepped in and paid it for me.                   
               My Name is written on the card for all to see; 

        twenty-four hours a day from anywhere in the world.            
                                 The MASTER'S CARD                             
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                   Let me share some of them with you...                   
           you might want to apply for a personal card yourself.           
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                             That's right, there is no preset limit to the amount

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 Have you been looking for love in all the wrong places?          
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Let me not live a life that's free
From "the things" that draw
me close to Thee
For how can I ever hope to heal
The wounds of others I do not feel

If my eyes are dry and I never weep
How do I know when the hurt is deep
If my heart is cold and it never bleeds
How can I tell what my brother needs

For when my ears are deaf
to the beggar's plea,
And we close our eyes and refuse to see
And we steel our hearts
and harden our mind,
And we count it a weakness
whenever we're kind,
We are no longer following
The Father's Way
Or seeking His guidance from
day to day

For, without "crosses to carry" and
"burdens to bear,"
We dance through a life that
is frothy and fair,

And "chasing the rainbow"
we have no desire
For "roads that are rough"
and "realms that are higher"

So spare me no heartache or
sorrow, dear Lord,
For the heart that is hurt reaps
the richest reward,

And God enters the heart that is
broken with sorrow
As He opens the door
to a brighter tomorrow

For only through tears can we recognize
The suffering that lies in another's eyes.

By: Helen Steiner Rice



Jesus Said in Luke 6:20-23(AKJV)

And He lifted up his eyes on his
disciples, and said,
Blessed be ye poor: for yours
is the kingdom of God.
Blessed are ye that hunger now:
for ye shall be filled.
Blessed are ye that weep now:
for ye shall laugh.
Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you,
and when they shall separate you from
their company, and shall reproach you,
and cast out your name as evil,
for the Son of Man's sake.
Rejoice ye in that day,
and leap for joy:
for, behold,
Your reward is great in heaven:
for in the like manner did their
fathers unto the prophets.

Luke 6:24-28(AKJV)

But woe unto you that are rich!
For ye have received your consolation.
Woe unto you that are full!
For ye shall hunger.
Woe unto you that laugh now!
for ye shall mourn and weep.
Woe unto you, when all men
shall speak well of you!
For so did their fathers to
the false prophets.
But I say unto which hear,
Love your enemies,
do good to them which hate you,
Bless them that curse you,
and pray for them which
despitefully use you.


By:  Joni Ames



Recently, many people have contacted me to pray for them because they are "weeping." Over the years, I've learned this usually happens with me as the Lord calls me to pray, and it is called, "the weeping of the Holy Spirit" or "prophetic intercession."

You may feel like crying, and try to brush it off thinking it was "depression from the enemy" or "the blues" creeping in, or that you were "losing it." MANY people have been going through this lately. Some have even had thoughts like, "There is no hope!", or "I'm not doing anything worthwhile in life," or even thoughts of impending doom or death.

You are not feeling this for yourself. You are standing in the gap. Much of it may be for the current situation in Israel, or for the victims of coming storms similar to Katrina, tsunamis, earthquakes, wars, or other catastrophes and items of intercession--whether personal, national, or corporate Body of Christ issues.

Do NOT ignore this, nor think that you are "losing it" or that it is just the "blues." Don't allow the enemy to turn it inward or into depression...this weeping that is coming from our inner-most being is the weeping of the Holy Spirit--Prophetic Intercession. It isn't depression, hormones, or insanity, so cast down those imaginations!

We must not let the enemy defile it by calling it "depression," or by any other name. We also must not defile it ourselves by "turning it off" or turning it inward. To do so would be to harden our hearts to what the Spirit is saying, which would deeply grieve Him, as well as reverse its intended use and bear no fruit.


"Oh my soul, my soul! I am pained in my very heart! My heart makes a noise in me, that I cannot hold my peace, because you have heard, 'O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war.'" Jeremiah 4:19

The enemy of our souls is out to kill, steal, and destroy, but the Holy Spirit within us wants to use us to properly do battle against the enemy. However, we must remember,
"...the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty THROUGH GOD for pulling down of strongholds." 2 Corinthians 10:4

We must allow the Holy Spirit the "right of way" to take it over and to direct it. We must turn TO it and not from it. We must not be ashamed of the weeping that He desires to cry out through us!
"...Today if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts...." Hebrews 3:7-8


We need to ALLOW the Holy Spirit to cry, to pray through us when this unction comes upon us, and to NOT "shut it down." Additionally, don't worry about the "words" you will pray....

Romans 8:26-27, "...the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God."

As we allow the weeping unction of the Holy Spirit to cry out through us, we will be praying for the things for which the Spirit within us is weeping, in the way the Lord wants it prayed about, and in the will of the Lord for the outcome.


Romans 8:28, "And (then) we know that all things (will) work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." (Emphasis mine)

Let the Reader Understand...

In other words, when those tears and/or deep groanings come, LET them! Grab your Kleenex and "go with it!" Don't stop it! Be led by the Holy Spirit.

And understand that even if you don't have your prayer language, you are still His Sheep, and you can still hear and obey the voice of the Lord, and be directed to pray according to the will of God. In whatever way He desires for you to pray, "pray it through!" Until you have a "release" or a sensing of peace that it has been "taken care of."

Don't be concerned about "words!" It may be that you will experience tears and/or groanings alone. Also, we don't need to be embarrassed by tears (ours or others) if they begin to flow. We just need to "let go and let God!" And let's not "fake it" or get loud to get attention. Weeping may very well and most likely occur, when we are all alone.

Let's just allow the Holy Spirit total access to and through us, to be led by Him, for His purposes to be accomplished when and how He causes that unction to come. It is a time to let the "rain" of the Holy Spirit "reign!" To let Him cry out through us for souls and for mercy!

In this time when so many have serious needs, let us heed the voice of the Spirit to "pray it through."

Revelation 2:11, "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches..."

Joni Ames
P.O. Box 99
Elkview, WV 25071
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2006 Christmas Mother Program


by Sandra Witherspoon



“It is hard to believe, but it is almost that time of year again!”  Every year around this time, we begin hearing people utter this statement.  Some say it with excitement, others with expectation, and still others with stress and anxiety.  As followers of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ, we can allow our hearts to reflect upon a tiny, little manger in Bethlehem.  No one would have anticipated that God would have sent the most perfect gift that cold winter night . . . God’s only Son, to live and walk among the human race.  Thinking of it, I am awestruck by God’s love . . . His everlasting, ever increasing love!  We did nothing to deserve His love, His grace, His gift, yet He gave it freely.  I’m even more amazed at His gift, when I consider that God already knew His Son would be despised, mocked, spit upon, beaten, crucified.  As a mother, I cannot fathom the depth of God’s love and the abundance of His mercy and grace when He knowingly sent His Son to die for us!    


The holiday season is approaching once again, and I encourage you to take a few moments each day to reflect upon the true meaning of this holiday season.  As you plan to fellowship and exchange gifts with your family and friends please consider giving of yourself, your time, your effort, and your money to help others less fortunate than you.  Hands Up has supported at least one family for each year the ministry has been in existence.  Since Hands Up is in its 7th year, we are planning to sponsor seven families; however, as we experienced last year, man can plan, but God grants the increase!  Last year, thanks to your support and God’s tremendous blessings, we sponsored more than double the number of families we initially planned to support!! 


If you would like to participate in the 2006 Hands Up Christmas Mother Program, please contact Sandra Witherspoon at 283-9554.  We are currently seeking the following: 

·         Prayer Warriors

·         Family Coordinators (coordinates the collection of gifts for a family)

·         Shoppers

·         Gift Wrappers

·         Gift Distribution


Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

Our Praises and Thanksgiving

Luke 12:48b - For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required:

Sandy’s article reminds us that another year is coming toward an end and an opportunity to share with thanksgiving is here.  I personally would like to thank Ricky Witherspoon for all his time and effort to upgrade my computer and the Prayer Leader’s computer to XP and Office 2003.  I did not know I was still working in the dark ages.  While I was blessed to pay for the software and some hardware, I was even more blessed that Ricky gave all his work in love and support of Hands Up Ministry. 

You cannot reap unless you sow, so why not sow some good seeds today to serve someone else.  One of my loves and passions has been sharing at Christmas and last year I missed HUM Christmas with Weed & Seed and also my family Christmas was sad because of my health.  As a welfare child, I was dependent on others to provide for me if I was to have any gifts.  Now I can sow where I reaped, I am thankful that even when we think we know what we are doing, God is using us to do something else.  I am thankful that fourteen families were touch by God using Hands Up Ministry this past Christmas.  God used Sandy and HUM in a mighty way.

I can also thank the Lord for another year of service for Hands Up Ministry.  I hope 2007 brings the biggest revival in the ministry and an outpouring of the Holy Spirit to provoke us to good and bigger works for people in our world.  As you read this please realize that you make a difference, but that difference depends on you.  One of the most difficult things is to motivate people to do the very thing that will benefit them the most and not others.  The scripture says, “It is more blessed to give than it is to receive.”  Let that soak in for a moment.  While we go about ministering to others we are really ministering to ourselves.  Ministry is a two way operation of the Holy Spirit in our lives.  “God wants to do a work in us, in order that He might do a work through us.”

I praise the Lord for the things that I cannot see in the flesh but can speak about them as they already exist in the spirit.

2 Corinthians 4:18 - While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

Thank You Jesus


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