Prayer Request

Many years ago, when I first came into recovery from addiction, I was a client of a psychiatric physicians assistant at a VA community based outpatient clinic. One day when I was seeing the PA he told me that there had been numerous times he had allowed me to go home and then he went home and did not sleep for fear I would harm myself. Today, I had a person bring that home to me.

Like most of you I was at church today, when a friend approached me and asked me to speak with a new man who had just entered through another door. He introduced me to the gentleman and I could instantly see that he was in distress. I did an assessment and detertmined that he was not suicidal, but he was deeply depressed. I asked him if he could enter a safety pact with me, which is standard procedure at my employment if the client does not voice suicidal intent. The gentleman assured me that if he became suicidal he would go to the emergency room or call 911. The whole incident has haunted me all evening and I remembered what the PA had said to me that day many years ago. I would like to ask all of you who do Christian counseling to pray for the gentleman I worked with today. While he did not overtly express any intent to harm himself, I could read the pain and despair in his eyes and in his voice. I asked him if he was saved and he said that he had been a Christian at one time, but had walked away. I encouraged him to recommit right then but he refused. Our pastor preached a very good sermon and presented the gospel splendidly. The invitation was given and even prolonged but no answer.

I can say that I was honestly seriously concerned for him. How many times in my past have I sent mental health providers home worrying about me like this? May God forgive me for ever putting them through it!

Marvin Schrebe, Elder WV (12)

I will be 59 on June 9, 2020. I was born on Friday June 9, 1961 in Parkersburg WV. I was first introduced to the Lord Jesus Christ as a child. My mom and dad were as I understand, devoutly pious Christians and my dad was the praise and worship leader at his church. Then he was arrested and charged with a crime that he did not commit. Like a lot of poor people he could not afford a good defense attorney and did four years in prison. This turned both my mother and he bitter against Jesus and we did not go back for a long time. I was reintroduced to the church at age nine when we attended a revival. I was "saved" and then quickly fell away, not really understanding what I was doing and receiving no instruction. I found my way back to Jesus when I was eighteen, and this time I did receive a lot of instruction from a minister who saw potential in me. I was convinced from that time that Holy Spirit was calling me to do something special in the kingdom. I studied everything I could lay my hands on, particularly correspondence courses and walked with the Lord for a good while. Then the cares of the world overwhelmed me and I fell away again. This time I fell into drugs. I drank and used the non-prescription drug diphenhydramine and marijuana for years along with a lot of alcohol. I was always careful not to mix substances, which may have helped Jesus keep me alive.

I was married and divorced throughout that period, then remarried. I began attending another church, where I was baptized and studied under the tutelage of another minister. Again I absorbed the word like a sponge. I became well versed in that denomination's doctrine and wrote and published a few tracts for them. Again I did not apply God's word and misunderstood a lot of it. I fell away again. This time I used drugs for nearly ten years, during which time I was a psychology major at a Bible college. The electives I took were all religion/Bible electives as required by the college. One elective I took was Philosophy 101. The instructor wanted us to develop a worldview based on a logical argument and write a paper defending our position. I chose to show logically how the universe and life could exist without being created. Thus I chose to disprove God. I was good at it and convinced myself for a while. Then in 2009 I got clean with the help of a 12 step program that reintroduced me to the concept of God. I set out to prove that one of the major religions was right and all others false. I studied many disciplines and archaeology and history convinced me that Jesus had indeed risen from the dead. I joined a church and soon felt the call from Holy Spirit again. This time I did not run. I became ordained through NACM and then became the chaplain of the West Virginia Veterans Home after my second wife died in 2014.

Shortly after becoming chaplain of the WVVH I became a soldier in the Salvation Army Huntington Corps. I asked my commander there what ministry I could become involved in. She suggested that I accept a commission or bonding from the Maryland/West Virginia Division, and become a local officer, in this case the Community Care Ministries Secretary, Adult Sunday School Teacher, and Men's Club Treasurer. I was already unofficially filling these positions by being a soldier and chaplain of the WVVH. I accepted her offer and was bonded by the division commander during the 2019 holiday season.

Holy Spirit made it clear to me that the reason He had not used me from the time I was saved at eighteen was because I was too immature as a Christian. I would have made a mess of things. He wants us all to serve Him but He has to shape us first. He trained me under many good pastors throughout those years and I had to do the growing. He would not use me until He felt I was mature enough to use. That happened when I surrendered and began trying to always "Do unto others the things I would have them do unto me."

Today I serve in active ministry here at the WVVH and will soon be starting graduate school at Regent University in the Master of Divinity program, chaplain's concentration. College starts May 11, 2020. I will graduate in May 2023 if Holy Spirit is willing.

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  1. Dear sister Rebekah,
    I am back from the mission trip. We had a blessed time in the field. We are back with a lot of testimonies. Our mouth is filled with Thanksgiving. 
    Regarding corona patients, they are having hard time. The virus is spreading again. We are hoping the lockdown again. Our schools are closed and big gatherings are closed in the cities. Now the death rate is increased as well. This is having a terrible impact on the economy.  Inflation is at its peak.
    Thank you so much for your prayers.

    I am have another  prayer request.
    We would like to go to Rahim Yar khan in Marwari(Hindu) tribe before Christmas 🎄. We would like to celebrate Christmas with them. We will cut Christmas cake with them, give small gifts to kids, we will motivate them for kitchen gardening and give away some seeds, we will also give some interest free loan so they could start some business. We need some people who would contribute to make it happen . Please pray that God will raise some people who would like to contribute to make a difference in the lives of the people living in desert.

    Thanks,
    Salas Rashid

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