Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table report September 19, 9:15-10:30 AM Torre Bissell and Don Foust
+–indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
It was another beautiful, crisp autumn morning in Schenectady.
We see the effects of the Prayer Table on the people of the Neighborhood in a number of ways: from passers-by wearing Dennis Adams’ wooden crosses, to people for praying for the ministry of the Prayer Table, to folks giving us words of encouragement, to those in cars waving to us, to people trying to start Prayer Tables in their own organizations, to people regularly stopping by the Table for pray, and especially in the changes in peoples lives. On Saturday, we saw all of these signs.
The Prayer Table has become a regular stop for a number of folks in the Neighborhood, and we have added their names to the bottom of the Prayer Table Report.
+Teresa–“I certainly could use some prayer”; Teresa gave birth to Meagan 2 days ago. Prayed that Teresa would grow into the wife, the mother, the woman, the child of God that the Lord was calling her to be.
+Keith– Keith was reluctant to stop; he was playing with his dog Princess. We prayed for healing for Keith’s leg (he walked with a limp–the result of a recent operation). Prayed for protection for both Keith and Princess.
+Miguel–Did not speak English. Prayed for blessings in his life.
Man across the street–Stopped and prayed for us, then continued on his way. We also prayed for this unknown man.
Man on a bicycle–Said, “Keep up the good work”, as he rode by.
+Joseph–Looking for his lost, white dog “Disco“. Prayed for his protection and success in his search.
+Charlette and +Claude–prayed for health and protection for this couple.
Jim (regular)–Jim offered a prayer to God for “all the gifts in his life”. What a change we have seen in Jim’s life–from a man who was hurting and kept to himself, to a person who eagerly stops by the Prayer Table to praise God. Pray for continuing healing in Jim’s life.
+Chuck– Chuck got off the bus to meet his friend Kai. He saw the Prayer Table and directly came over. We prayed for his family and for protection.
+Kai (Chuck’s friend)–had a Bible in hand. We prayed for provision and for his family.
+Michael–young man from Syracuse–Prayed for healing of his hand (He just got out of the hospital). Chuck also has a lung problem (COPD–Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). We prayed for healing of this disease. On Michael’s return trip down State Street, he was smiling and wearing his new wooden cross. We again prayed for healing of the COPD.
Howard–Howard attends the Seventh Day Adventist Church across the street and was wearing one of Dennis Adams’ wooden crosses. We prayed for his family. He prayed for our continuing ministry in the Neighborhood. Howard related a story about the Salvation Army in Schenectady. He had experienced our Prayer Table and had wanted to start a Prayer Table at the Salvation Army. What eventually was instituted was a “Prayer Basket“. People would write prayer requests on slips of paper and drop them into the basket. Typically 10-15 prayer requests are submitted every week. Howard commented that there are many different ways to spread God’s Word. Sometimes people “push” it on you; other times, you have quiet invitations like the Prayer Table and the Prayer Basket. Please pray for those spreading God’s Word in the city of Schenectady.
Ishan–This young man is a Moslem form Morrocco who has stopped at the Prayer Table many times. He gave us copies of the Quran and we gave him a copy of the Bible. Ishan is drawn to the Prayer Table, pray that he will discover Jesus.
+Theodore–teen-age boy. We prayed for protection and for his family. He asked that we pray for Sarah Moore. Sarah (a 25 year old woman from Schenectady) was arrested this summer for the arson-related death of a 10 year-old girl (Avion Bell) on Congress Street.
Prayer Table Regulars
Kayla– Pray for healing in her life after being raped. Pray for her mother Laura, her son Nassir, her brother Josh, and Josh’s son Deanthony.
Jim–Pray for healing in his life from abusive parents and for his personal peace after the death of his 31 year old son Robert.
Bill–Pray for his health and no more epileptic seizures.
Lucinato and Eddiberto–Pray for protection for their family
Paulette and her children Monique and Taishawn–Pray for provision for this family
Clarence–Pray for direction as he seeks to change his life.
Linda–Pray for her family in Guyana