Breaking Through the News
Looking to start an "out of the box" ministry? I have
an idea for you.
Recently I subscribed to the newspaper. Usually I scan it for
pertinent information. I keep saying that I don't want all this
negative, bad news. The only reason I started the newspaper was
because they offered me a good deal. Suddenly it hit me why I
really ordered it. It wasn't the low cost. It was the need to
pray for what is happening both on a local and worldwide level.
One situation that really alarmed me was the news concerning
a young 24-year-old woman who jumped off the bridge after she
drowned her children. The children were found lying side by side
in the bed. We say, "Oh God why?" I know prayer won't change the
situation, but I could not help but weep for the husband/father,
the girl's parents and friends who were left behind.
I can pray that someone will be more sensitive to hear those
silent cries. I can pray that those despondent people will open
up and share their feelings. They need to talk to someone before
it comes to ending lives. I wish she had asked someone to take
her children in order to give them a chance. These poor children
did not have a say in the matter. As a great grandmother, I cried
when I saw their little faces in the paper.
Yet we must ask God what we can do to prevent these kinds of
things from happening. We need to know our neighbors. Perhaps
we can ask God to help us to be sensitive if we see a young single
mother with children. We can ask them if they need any help, like
cooking a meal or watching their children for them to have a break.
As I continued to read in the newspaper, I saw many of the decisions
our President has to make every single day. They were BIG decisions
and I know he needs God's wisdom each and every day. These are
Now back to my suggestion for an "out of the box" ministry. Do
you like to pray but run out of things to pray for after five or
10 minutes? Do you want to start a prayer ministry in your home?
Here's the idea. How about inviting your neighbors together to
pray for the needs in the newspaper? You can pray for those missing
children you read about so they can be found, pray for people
starving in other lands to get the resources they need, or any
other thing that the Lord shows you to pray for. It is a good
way to get involved. Everyone in your group can bring their paper
and pick out a certain article to pray about. It is even more
effective if, as the host, you make a pot of coffee or set out
some juice. An example of what you could call yourselves is the
Sun Risers or Night Watchers, depending upon what time of day
you have it.
In order to make this a two-fold purpose, you can organize a
potluck dinner once a month or every other month. Not only will
you be ministering to the needs in the newspaper, developing awesome
relationships with your neighbors who have joined your prayer
group, but you could reach out to those in need around you.
You might want to send out invitations to those that don't attend
your newspaper ministry club, especially the single mother, the
elderly, and the widow. You can make a bulletin board with prayer
requests and have them add a name or a prayer need. Make it simple.
This way you get to know your neighbors and can pray for them.
Call your neighbors on the right and left and give them your
phone number in case they need you. If we know our own community,
we can be on the lookout for any serious problems. Someone may
call and say they are depressed. You can comfort them. The widow
may be lonely and you could offer a visit or a call. We may help
someone we know from becoming a victim in the newspaper. The vision
of this ministry is to see "a break though in the news!" With
God's help, you can do it.
He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are
few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers
into his harvest field (Luke 10:2).
Copyright 2007, Cathy Irvin. Used by permission.
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Cathy Irvin authored well over 50 Devotions for CBN over three decades where she served the Lord Jesus Christ at the Christian Broadcasting Network. Cathy loved telling stories and glorifying God in all that she did. On December 16, 2011, Cathy left this earthly dwelling to take up residence in the dwelling prepared for her in Heaven. Her Devotions minister with love and truth.
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