Dani Morrison called me in May to let me know that she had rented the Santa Ana Stadium for a prayer gathering called “First Love OC” and asked if I would be one of those who prayed. It was amazing to see what the Lord allowed to take place in just three weeks of preparation. The Monday prior to the event I got another call asking what I felt led to pray for. No one was praying for incarcerated youth and adults so that is what I selected. The three hours was well planned and I was encouraged to see the passion others have to see God move through his church in Orange County.
Everyone in my extended family was able to attend my niece’s wedding to Mark Joyner over the Memorial Day Weekend. We all met at SeaTac Airport on Friday afternoon and attended the wedding mixer to meet Mark’s side of the family that evening. The wedding was the next day at Trinity Tree Farm in Issaquah with about 120 guests. Mark and Hannah met in Bellingham, Washington when she was at college. After a short honeymoon in Santa Cruz, they traveled back to Glendale, AZ where Hannah has two more years of optometry school.
For the sixteenth year in a row, PCM sponsored a National Day of Prayer Gathering in front of Juvenile Hall at noon. I distribute flyers to the believers I know in the various departments and then wait to see who shows up. We had over 50 employees come together to pray for 15 minutes. Since the theme of the NDOP was unity, I spent part of the time leading the group in praying through the parts of the Lord’s Prayer. A supervisor on the seventh floor of the court building took this picture and a pastor friend who works with her sent it to me.
Teen Challenge brought everyone together on Good Friday morning for a communion service and to go over the last seven sayings of Christ from the cross. There were seven of us who shared and I was given the saying, “Mother, behold your son……” I felt led to share how the guys in the program may have had people taken out of their lives (like Jesus was taken out of his mom’s life) but the Lord will use someone else to fill that need.
Erick Quezada was in Juvenile Hall eight years ago and I was able to meet with him for awhile after his release to see him get off probation and graduate from Bible College. Today Erick is on staff at Canyon Hills Calvary Chapel. He gave his testimony and did a painting at the Joplin and Youth Guidance Center’s Easter Outreaches. Erick started with the picture to the left and proceeded to turn it into what looked like a stained glass window. One of the minors asked if he could take it home with him.
It’s been awhile since I have been in a 5th-6th grade Sunday School class but I was recently invited to two at St Andrews Presbyterian Church to talk about what I do as their missionary. These were the kids who made Easter Cards that I handed out on Easter Sunday at each of my church services so I was able to thank them in person and tell them that one of the guys at Joplin said, “Tell Grace (the girl that signed his card) that it feels good to be loved like this.” I told both of the classes that morning that I didn’t know what a chaplain was when I went to church at their age and to be open to how God may want to use their lives.