Prayer Sticks

It’s been hard to feel connected to our church family lately, so we’ve had to get creative. A few weeks ago, we introduced “prayer sticks,” a new way for everyone to be praying and caring for one another. Prayer sticks are a set of card stock strips printed with church members’ names. The idea is to draw a prayer stick each week and to commit to pray for them by name, bonus points for finding a way to encourage them too.

The first name our family pulled out was a woman in our congregation, so we spent the week praying for her. Brynn drew a picture featuring a lily and a hummingbird with Luke 12:27 written out for her. “Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” The verse was a reminder not to worry, because our Father loves us and provides for us even better than he does the flowers of the fields or the birds of the air.

After worship that week, we stopped by her house to give her the picture, and she told us about a financial hardship that had left her quite worried. She had tested positive for Covid and was out of work for three weeks. During that time, due to a clerical error, her credit union account was over-drafted and piling up fees. Needless to say, she was feeling hopeless. It was really neat to see how God had already prepared a message for her through Brynn’s drawing. We spent some time praying with her about the situation.

The next day, we reached out to one of our supporters who works at the same credit union in Charleston and explained the situation. She called the local branch manager and they agreed to waive the fees and restore the account! Look at God! Our friend from church was amazed at how God provided for her through the prayers and actions of His people. Since then, she has been showing off Brynn’s picture, which has become a vivid reminder of God’s faithfulness.

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