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Touchstone Prayer

The Touchstone Prayer Team meets on from 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays to pray for the needs of Touchstone and those of our constituents. To join us in person or submit a prayer request, contact us.  Please pray for the following:

General Theme: Newly launched CiViL Groups

PRAISES

  • Fall break!

  • Thanks in advance for three job-hunting team members’ future employment

  • A great time with the Weber family at the wedding of Jim’s neice!

  • God provided the new male CiViL volunteer we prayed for last week!

  • Several generous responses to our prayer for snacks for students!

PETITIONS

  • Midterm prayers for our college students

  • Healing for Jim’s mom who had a stroke three weeks ago and is now in physical therapy, hoping to regain use of leg, arm, and vision. Also, wisdom for decisions regarding her ongoing care.

  • Comfort and healing for a friend with cancer and his family.

  • Successful eye surgery for Sherry today.

  • Successful surgery for Carol at the end of October.

  • Healing for Mark who has several serious medical problems.

  • Comfort for the family of Brandon Adams, a student shot to death in a Nashville school parking lot a few days ago.

  • Solutions to Nashville’s violence.

  • A few more male volunteers to work with CiViL Groups

  • A successful father-son project for a student’s family.

  • Jobs for three team members

  • Ongoing donated Pop Tarts for our morning CiViL Groups - contact us, if you want to help answer this prayer!

  • Donated office space

  • Guidance in building our CiViL Rocketown and Overton chapters

  • Guidance and success for two of Jim’s musical ventures.

  • Guidance as we plan upcoming CiViL Service projects.

  • Guidance as we develop and train about student discipline procedures.

  • Recovery help for our nation’s hurricaine survivors.

  • God’s will in the coming election and healing for our nation’s division.

Touchstone Prayer

The Touchstone Prayer Team meets on from 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays to pray for the needs of Touchstone and those of our constituents. To join us in person or submit a prayer request, contact us.  Please pray for the following:

General Theme: Health, healing, and guidance

PRAISES

  • Good groups today!

  • A job-hunting team member has peace of mind

  • Short recovery time expected for a team member’s upcoming surgery

  • The recent launch of CiViL at John Overton High School

  • Fall weather coming to Nashville soon!

PETITIONS

  • youth For Christ work at True Core Youth Academy Tuesday evening

  • Healing for Jim’s mom who had a stroke two weeks ago and is now in physical therapy, hoping to regain use of leg, arm, and vision. Also, encouragement for Jim’s Dad, and wisdom for upcoming decisions.

  • Comfort and healing for a friend with cancer.

  • Healing for Christian Abercrombie, the TSU football player in critical condition after a concussion on the field of play.

  • Healing for the above mentioned friend who will have surgery at the end of October.

  • Comfort for two team members whose grandfathers died recently.

  • Male volunteers to work with CiViL Groups

  • A successful season of fundraising for our friend Jon, who directs a spiritual retreat center in FL.

  • Jobs for two team members

  • Donated Pop Tarts for our morning CiViL Groups - contact us, if you want to help answer this prayer!

  • Donated office space

  • Guidance in building our CiViL Rocketown chapter

  • Reconciliation for the divisions in our nation.

Touchstone Prayer

The Touchstone Prayer Team meets on from 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays to pray for the needs of Touchstone and those of our constituents. To join us in person or submit a prayer request, contact us.  Please pray for the following:

General Theme: Prayers for health and healing.

PRAISES

  • After a weekend car wreck, a team member does NOT need surgery and will receive adequite insurance compensation.

  • CiViL Overton will launch this week.

  • Our Volunteer Training Manual is nearly complete.

  • One of our team’s loved ones was able to travel safely on a recent trip.

PETITIONS

  • Healing for a team member’s broken hand.

  • Healing for Jim’s mom who is in physical therapy, due to a stroke-like blood vessel problem.

  • Comfort and healing for a friend with cancer.

  • Healing for Christian Abercrombie, the TSU football player in critical condition after a concussion on the field of play.

  • Comfort for a team member who’s grandfather died recently.

  • Male volunteers to work with CiViL Groups

  • A favorable legal mediation for a friend who was in an accident with a semi-truck.

  • Donated meal for Thursday’s CiViL Overton launch party.

  • Donated Pop Tarts for our morning CiViL Groups - contact us, if you want to help answer this prayer!

  • Donated office space

  • Blessing and growth for our interns.

  • Travel mercies for our dear friend Lori.

  • Reconciliation for the divisions in our nation.

Touchstone Prayer

The Touchstone Prayer Team meets on from 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays to pray for the needs of Touchstone and those of our constituents. To join us in person or submit a prayer request, contact us.  Please pray for the following:

General Theme: Lift up group leaders, interns, and volunteers.

PRAISES

  • The near completion of an important bookkeeping project.

  • An excellent first meeting with the Lipscomb University Department of Social Work’s new Department Head.

  • A favorable new part-time job opportunity for one of our team.

  • A growing collaboration with a local youth pastor

  • A former student making better plans for her life.

PETITIONS

  • Open hearts and minds for some of our CiViL students

  • Recovery from surgery for a friend of Touchstone

  • Jobs for three team members

  • Two other organizations facing challenges in the next few weeks

  • Several people battling cancer

  • A friend lost his mother to suicide.

  • A relationship break-up

  • A dangerous relationship situation

  • Two new high school students who haven’t made friends yet

Touchstone Prayer

The Touchstone Prayer Team meets on from 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays to pray for the needs of Touchstone and those of our constituents. To join us in person or submit a prayer request, contact us.  Please pray for the following:

General Theme: Intercede for struggling students.

PRAISES

  • The successful launch of CiViL Rocketown. We already love it there!

  • The airing of Nashville Public Television’s Youth & Violence Town Hall. We are so proud of our students who took part!

  • Our friend Ashley Cleveland’s new documentary, “Who’s The Girl?” won three awards at the Knox Film Festival last week.

  • A positive week for several of our former students.

PETITIONS

  • Job Situation - Several of our friends and former students need help in this area.

  • Health Issues - Surgery, heart issues, an auto accident, a biking accident, and increasing dimentia are concerns for several members of the Touchstone Prayer Team and one student.

  • Finances - At least one of our friends is praying for financial help as they recover from a health issue.

  • Work Stress - Several of our friends are working on deadlines or at a stressful pace.

  • Comfort - A former student has lost a loved one.

  • Revival - Our friends at Locust Ridge Church are having a revival this week.

Touchstone Prayer

The Touchstone Prayer Team meets on from 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays to pray for the needs of Touchstone and those of our constituents. To join us in person or submit a prayer request, contact us.  Please pray for the following:

General Theme: Thanksgiving for an inspiring and successful 2018 Tribute dinner on Tuesday, September 4.

PRAISES

  • The 2018 Tribute program was described as, “inspiring,” “your best program ever,” and “one of the best I’ve ever been to.”

  • We qualified for $25,000 in matchinig funds, and, to date, we have earned nearly $30,000 for a total of $55,000. This is the most support we’ve ever received for any fundraising event.

  • We are so grateful for the many volunteers who helped put on this wonderful event!

  • God seems to be expanding our work, connections, and reputation.

  • Several of our staff and CiViL students played a key role in Nashville Public Television’s Town Hall Meeting on Youth Violence which was taped on Thursday, November 6. It will be aired Thursday evening, September 13.

  • A safe and enjoyable Labor Day travel weekend for several of our staff and interns.

PETITIONS

  • God’s blessing and help for the work of two missionary friends working with children and teens in Mosambique

  • Healing for an ailing family member.

  • Jobs for two former students

  • A tough college-work schedule and uncertain career vision for one of our former students.

  • The launch of CiViL at Rocketown on Thursday, September 13.

  • Protection from attack as we expand our work in many ways.

  • The loss of a beloved family member by one of our school partners.

  • Comfort and peace for two family members with terminal cancer.

  • Our CiViL students and families, many of whom endure poverty, abuse, addiction, and despair.

Touchstone Prayer

The Touchstone Prayer Team meets on from 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays to pray for the needs of Touchstone and those of our constituents. To join us in person or submit a prayer request, contact us.  Please pray for the following:

General Theme: The fall launch of CiViL at Hillwood, Hillsboro, and Overton high schools.

Praises

  • Our new interns from the Lipscomb School of Social Work started this week!
  • CiViL Hillwood had its first meeting.
  • The 2018 Touchstone Tribute dinner is just two weeks away, and the steering committee is doing a great job!
  • Our friend Carol has a budding new mission, and our friend Crystal has had her automotive needs met.

Petitions

  • The 2018 Tribute dinner on September 4 – We still need sponsors, hosts, and guests
  • Healing for three friends
  • Jobs for two former students
  • Our CiViL students need safety, openness to growth, and motivation to do well in school
  • Guidance for one of our community partners as they reach a point of decision and change
  • The acceleration of crime  in Nashville
  • An increase in major donors for Touchstone this fall
  • Donated office space for Touchstone
  • Safety, guidance, and provision for a missionary family moving to Tanzania
  • Youth For Christ Juvenile Justice Ministry
  • The family and friends of a student who recently committed suicide
  • Stamina and peace for Touchstone staff and interns during the coming busy season
  • Safe travels for the family of a staff member
  • Unnamed request for a local family

Touchstone Prayer

The Touchstone Prayer Team meets on from 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays to pray for the needs of Touchstone and those of our constituents. To join us in person or submit a prayer request, contact us.  Please pray for the following:

General Theme: Heal our land, and provide workers for the harvest.

Praises

  • We are enjoying a sense of productivity. It feels good to be making progress in the office and to have direction for the fall curriculum
  • Brenda Elliott, a key figure in the beginning of CiViL, will be able to attend the Tribute dinner. We are so excited!
  • Progress on a job change for one of our constituents.
  • Successful hip-pain relief for one of our volunteers

Petitions

  • 2018 Tribute dinner on September 4 – We need more sponsors, hosts, and guests
  • That our three new interns will enjoy the last week of their summer and have safe travels back to Nashville. They begin with Touchstone on Monday, August 20.
  • An end to rising violence in Nashville
  • Safety and healing in face of abuse for a former student.
  • Ongoing support and protection for Metro Nashville Public School teachers, students, and leadership
  • A newborn cousin of a former student was born drug-exposed. Pray for protection, nurturing, and healthy development.
  • Touchstone Funding – Summer income has been low. Please pray for provision.
  • CiViL students and students and their parents, and the launch of CiViL in all our locations the week after Labor Day.
  • Donated office space for Touchstone
  • Continuation of our growing relationship with Nashville Public Television
  • Touchstone volunteers, old and new
  • An automotive need for one of Touchstone’s volunteers
  • Ongoing need for a homeless friend
  • College students return to school
  • Job safety for one of our constituents
  • Multiple sick friends of Touchstone
  • Job opportunities for several CiViL alums

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Honor your father
"... so that it may go well with you" Deut. 5:16

Somehow the conversation moved into - "So whose last name do you have your mom's or your dad's?" The answers were mixed - some had their mother's family name and some had their father's. One girl said that she  had to use her mother's name. They others asked why. The girl answered, "My mom didn't even know his last name."

"Fathers are central to the emotional well-being of their children..." 

According to Dr. Gail Gross, studies show that if a child’s father is affectionate, supportive, and involved, he can contribute greatly to your child’s cognitive, language, and social development, as well as academic achievement, a strong inner core resource, sense of well-being, good self-esteem, and authenticity.

Far too many of the student Touchstone serves don't have the involvement they need from their fathers. No matter the reason - whether dad works 60 hours a week or dad is locked up, the damage is real and one of the many issues which we help students resolve.