Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table report July 25, 9:15-10:30 AM Torre Bissell and Don Foust
+–indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
+John–middle-aged man. Repeat visitor. John has pain in his back and hips. He had an operation in 2005 in which a metal plate was inserted, and now he in pain. He is planning to have an MRI. Prayed for relief of the pain, wisdom for the doctors, and protection for John on the streets.
+Surrita–young woman and wife–“Pray for my unborn child”
+(++++)Hispanic woman–older woman, could not speak English, difficulty in walking. She pointed to the crosses on the table, and we gave her one. Prayed for her protection. 30 minutes later, she returned with this note:
She must have talked to someone who wrote this note. We gave her 4 more crosses and in a heavy accent she said “Bless you”. We thank God for her faithfulness.
Lydia–regular–middle-aged woman–prayed for the prosperity of her children in Guyana.
Teen-age boy across the street–“I pray everyday”
Tasha–young woman walking by–did not stop–prayed for blessings in her life and protection
+Raymond (older Hispanic man) and +Raymond (younger Hispanic man)–prayed for protection on the street.
Young man across the street— “I prayed as soon as I got up this morning”.
Bill–regular–middle-aged man across the street–prayed for freedom from seizures.
Woman on a bicycle–When asked if she would like prayer she emphatically said “no” and rode on. She suddenly turned around and came back to the Prayer Table. “I am a woman of the Bible,” she said. Prayer is a private matter between a person and
God the spirit. Prayer is not to be performed in public for all to see, it must be done behind closed doors in a private place”.
She was referencing Matthew 6, 5-6.
5 “When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
6 But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.
We explained that we are ministering to the prostitutes, the addicts, the homeless, the lonely, the lost sheep. Many of these people do not know how to pray. Many of the people who stop are looking for comfort. With our card table and folding chairs, we are not looking for glory or public recognition.
As we were talking to this young woman, +Howard and +Julian sat down at the Prayer Table and asked for prayer, Howard asked for prayer for his family. Julian was a repeat visitor; he asked for a change in his life. He knows he is on the wrong path and wants to set his life right, but there is so much temptation. We prayed for guidance and strength for this young man.
+Victor–prayed for health for his wife’s grand-daughter.
Ishawn–a repeat visitor–this friendly young man is from Morocco. We prayed for his family.
++++Aubry–this young mother had her 5 children (all under the age of 6) with her. She and her children crossed the street for prayer.–2 children were in a stroller–the older boy helped the twin girls across the street. Aubry had stopped by the Prayer Table several months ago when she was pregnant with her youngest child. We prayed for protection of this family and blessings on each of the children.
PRAYER TABLE REPORT Christ Church Schenectady
(Sat., July 25, 2009; 10:30 – 11:30 – David and Doris Carlson)
[+ –indicates received one of the wooden crosses from Dennis Adams of North Carolina.]
+ Marie – woman reluctantly sat down for prayer — she said she is very discouraged and said, “I don’t think it will help.” She is bipolar, has no money, and is not sure God is there for her. We prayed for provision and healing and asked the Lord to reveal Himself to her.
Eric – stopped for prayer on his way to the Macedonian 7th Day Adventist church.
Man walking by, did not stop for prayer but said, “God bless you!”
Note: We had much less foot traffic by the church today than normal for a Saturday, and many who did walk did not want prayer.
+ Issa – woman said she was in a hurry but did stop briefly for prayer – asked prayer for “everything” especially her family
Man walking by – we offered prayer but he did not speak English. He was wearing one of the wooden crosses we give out at the prayer table. He showed it to us and kissed it. We prayed for the Lord to meet his needs.