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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: 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

Blog Post 1

 

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.