Now as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. Him they compelled to bear his cross. (Matthew 27:32)
Jesus, please help us bear your cross, even when it is thrust upon us.
And when they had come to a place called Golgotha, that is to say, Place of a Skull, they gave him sour wine mingled with gall to drink. But when he had tasted it, he would not drink. (Matthew 27:33-34)
Jesus, you refused the gall which would have deadened your pain on the cross: thank you for taking onto yourself all the pain and suffering of the world. Thank you for receiving my pain.
Then they crucified him, and divided his garments, casting lots, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet: “They divided my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.” (Matthew 27:35)
Jesus, everything was stripped from you and you still forgave them; please help us forgive when things are taken from us.
Sitting down, they kept watch over him there. (Matthew 27:36)
Once again, Jesus, we have the opportunity to watch and pray with you; don’t let us fail you this time.
Tuesday: 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; Judges 2:1-5,11-23; Romans 16:17-27; Matthew 27:32-44
Wednesday: 119:73-96; Judges 3:12-30; Acts 1:1-14; Matthew 27:45-54
Notes from the Front Line
***** Please pray for two of our intercessors: Renee and April. Both women have been diagnosed with cancer.
***** Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2008
Subject: Welcome Home Initiative Retrteat – Monday – Day 1
Dear Welcome Home Initiative Intercessors-
Blessings with thanksgiving to each of you for your prayers for the second Welcome Home Initiative retreat. The retreatants arrived today, 8 veterans, 2 wives, representing several branches of the American military with combat duty in Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, and Afghanistan. Several have family members serving in Iraq.
After an afternoon prayer and training meeting of the Ministry Team, the group came together with the retreatants. Each veteran has been paired up this time with a member of the Prayer Team. Pray for open hearts and bonding of these pairs.
Tonight Fr. Nigel shared his story of combat, his experience with PSTD, and ongoing healing over many years. He encouraged the veteran combatants to believe they can be set free, because “Christ came to set the captives free. The wounds of trauma and the issues of the past need to be handed over to the Lord.” We’re excited to see the Lord already working as these men open up and begin to share their stories. It speaks to an environment of trust quickly being established.
On Tuesday morning there will be a clinical presentations on PTSD, followed by a time for healing of memories and “telling your story”. An individual ministry for spouses will also take place. Free time has been left open in the afternoon for all to enjoy the beauty of this place and the recreational facilities. This is a time, also, for getting in touch with themselves and sharing their combat stories with each other.
Please keep the Ministry Team- Fr. Nigel Mumford, Dave Bena, Noel Dawes, and clinical nurse Sue Ellen Ruetsch- as well as members of the Prayer Team and On-Site Intercessors in your prayers. Pray that the Holy Spirit will come upon each person to heal the hearts and souls of these men who have given so much in the service of their country.
For those of who wish to attend the Welcome Home Closing Ceremony on Wednesday, please meet at the Great Hall at 11am.
Lynne Riley and Susan LaDuke, On-Site Intercessors