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Touchstone Prayer List

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: Please pray for our CiViL-Rocketown staff, students, and volunteers as we build that group through the summer.

PRAISES

  • Melony’s father came through surgery just fine.

  • We are thankful for our 2018/2019 interns.

  • Thank God for CiViL success in 2018/2019

  • Positive response from a potential church partner

  • A friend is very happy with his new job.

PETITIONS

TOUCHSTONE/CIVIL:

  • CiViL Rocketown staff, students, and volunteers

  • Groundwork for CiViL 2019/2020 school programs

  • Financial provision and protection

  • Next year’s Touchstone interns and volunteers

  • Long-range plans for Touchstone staffing

  • Preparations for the 2019 Touchstone Tribute dinner

HEALTH ISSUES:

  • Two friends with bladdar cancer

  • A friend with a very difficult pregnancy

  • A friend with a broken shoulder and advancing Parkinson’s disease

  • A friend is having her 9th back surgery soon.

  • A friend with a heart valve problem will need surgery soon.

  • A friend is recovering from hand surgery.

  • Melony’s dad is also recovering from surgery.

  • Healing for Melony, who has a prolonged virus

OTHER:

  • A summer internship for a student

  • A ministry partner serving a student recently charged with murder.

  • Spiritual revival stemming from the tragic fire at Notre Dame Cathedra

  • Protection from persicution for all places of worship.

  • The end-of-school crunch for all students.

  • Ongoing suffering from Cyclone Idai, including loss of loved ones, hygene issues, crop destruction, and infrastructure destruction.

Touchstone Prayer List

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: Please pray for our staff as we finish the school year and make summer plans.

PRAISES

  • Our missionary friend DOES NOT have Malaria!

  • We are receiving many encouraging evaluations from our CiViL students.

  • A friend is making visible progress in her journey.

  • Jim’s cold passed quickly.

PETITIONS

TOUCHSTONE/CIVIL:

  • Summer plans, especially for CiViL Rocketown

  • Groundwork for CiViL 2019/2020 school programs

  • Financial provision and protection of all kinds

  • Next year’s Touchstone interns and volunteers

  • Long-range plans for Touchstone staffing

HEALTH ISSUES:

  • A friend with bladdar cancer

  • A friend with a very difficult pregnancy

  • A friend with a broken shoulder and advancing Parkinson’s disease

  • A sick intern

  • A friend with a heart valve problem will need surgery soon.

  • A friend’s cancer has returned.

  • Comfort and healing for Mel’s dad, scheduled for surgery this week

  • Healing for Melony, who caught Jim’s cold

OTHER:

  • A summer internship for a student

  • Guidance for the Metro Nashville Public School board as they make decisions for the future.

  • Summer program for a friend’s business

  • Retirement plans for several friends.

Touchstone Prayer List

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: Please pray for CiViL students as they enter the season of standardized testing.

PRAISES

  • Your Best Shot was a huge success! You know you’ve succeeded when the mamas tear-up, the stoic boys grin, and the girls say, “I didn’t know I was pretty!”

  • A friend was hired for the foot-in-the-door career job he wanted.

  • Jim’s father is feeling stronger again!

  • A friend on a personal retreat returned feeling enlightened and grateful.

PETITIONS

TOUCHSTONE/CIVIL:

  • The wrap-up of CiViL is looming. Pray that we finish strong.

  • Financial provision - We need new streams of income: earned, donated, the fall (and other times) fundraising event, etc.

  • Next year’s Touchstone interns.

  • God bless our donors!

  • Long-range plans for Touchstone staffing

HEALTH ISSUES:

  • A speedy recovery from cataract surgery for our friend Ann.

  • Healing from possible malaria for our missionary friend Melinda.

  • Comfort and healing for Mel’s dad, scheduled for surgery next week

  • Jim would like to be spared from what seems like a coming cold.

GRIEF & TROUBLE:

  • Survivors and families of Cyclone Idai

OTHER:

  • A summer internship for a student

  • Unexptected challenges at the ministry of a friend

  • That God would reach students at area detention centers through Youth For Christ.

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: Please pray for CiViL Groups as they discuss respect this week.

PRAISES

  • God is working through our interns!

  • A friend had a wonderful mission trip

  • Multiple exciting opportunities this summer

  • A much-needed reckoning at the Metro Nashville Schools central office

  • Generous donations for our Share Your Love campaign to provide personal items for needy studets

PETITIONS

TOUCHSTONE/CIVIL:

  • Preparation for Your Best Shot

  • Show Your Love campaign to provide personal items for foster & homeless students.

  • Financial provision

  • Protection for our staff, interns, and volunteers from attacks of all kinds

  • Next year’s Touchstone interns.

HEALTH ISSUES:

  • Strength for Jim’s father as he seems to be weakening

  • Several CiViL students have sickle-cell anemia, diabetes, and cancer

  • Comfort and healing for Mel’s dad who is in need of surgery

  • Defeat of a staph infection in a dear friend

GRIEF & TROUBLE:

  • A friend’s son in severe depression

  • Several friends’ ending marriages

  • Tornado survivors and families in Lee County, AL

  • Survivors and families of New Zealand massacre

  • Survivors and families of cyclone Idai

  • Parkland High School survivors

  • The family of Jim Mallory, a pioneer in Christian Counseling

OTHER:

  • A summer internship for a student

  • A career jobfor a friend

  • Problems and wrongdoing in Metro Nashville Public Schools

  • God’s guidance for summer plans

  • God’s blessing for a team member on a retreat next week.

  • The new youth pastor at the Village Chapel

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: Please pray for CiViL Groups as they discuss respect this week.

PRAISES

  • A restful Spring Break! - Rest and fellowship with dear friends

  • Delightful connection with dear friends

  • God’s provision

  • Growth in several students

  • Injured student’s return to school

  • Good speaking experience w Trevecca Volleyball Team

  • Good time with parents

PETITIONS

TOUCHSTONE/CIVIL:

  • Show Your Love campaign to provide personal items for foster & homeless students.

  • Financial provision

  • Protection for our staff, interns, and volunteers from attacks of all kinds

  • Next year’s Touchstone interns.

  • God’s blessing and guidance for a local coach

HEALTH ISSUES:

  • Multiple aquaintances are battling cancer

  • Several CiViL students have sickle-cell anemia, diabetes, and cancer

  • Recovery of a team member from flu

  • Protect Jim’s parents from flu and colds

  • Defeat of a staph infection in a dear friend

GRIEF & TROUBLE:

  • A friend’s son in severe depression

  • A friend’s ending marriage and the family’s grief

  • Tornado survivors and families in Lee County, AL

  • Survivors and families of New Zealand massacre

  • Survivors and families of Mozambique cyclone

  • A new location for a local ministry in transition

OTHER:

  • A summer internship for a student

  • A career jobfor a friend

  • Problems and wrongdoing in Metro Nashville Public Schools

  • Wisdom for a friend who leads a weekly group

  • God’s blessing for a team member on a retreat next 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: Please pray for CiViL students and facilitators as they rest over Spring Break and get ready to finish the school year strong.

PRAISES

  • Resting over Spring Break

  • Delightful refreshing with dear friends

  • A proud college signing for one of our seniors

PETITIONS

TOUCHSTONE/CIVIL:

  • Show Your Love campaign to provide personal items for foster & homeless students.

  • Financial provision

  • Protection for our staff, interns, and volunteers from attacks of all kinds

  • Guidance in writing CiViL curriculum for Spring Quarter

HEALTH ISSUES:

  • Multiple aquaintances are battling cancer

  • Several CiViL students have life-threatening illnesses.

  • A team member with health issues while out of town

  • Defeat of a staph infection in a dear friend

  • A friend has sleep problems

GRIEF & TROUBLE:

  • A friend’s son in severe depression

  • A friend’s ending marriage and the family’s grief

  • The launch of new Youth For Christ program at a girls academy in Mt. Juliet, TN

  • A new location for a local ministry in transition

OTHER:

  • Continued movement toward hope and growth for a team member

  • Relief for tornado victims in Lee County, AL

  • Provision and a summer internship for a student

  • A friend needs a career job and hope

  • Problems and wrongdoing in Metro Nashville Public Schools

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: Please pray for students and teachers as they wrap up Winter Quarter assignements and grades this week.

PRAISES

  • Spring Break is coming!

  • A good meeting for CiViL students with WKRN News anchors

  • A donation of snacks for CiViL students

  • The joy of talking with graduating seniors about their plans

  • A friend’s son is officially in remission from Lukemia!

  • Another friend received a good prognosis after breast cancer surgery!

  • Spiritual and emotional growth in a good friend

  • A good time taking a student to see The Hillsboro Players’ production of “Rock of Ages”

  • The full recovery of several friends who had the flu

PETITIONS

TOUCHSTONE/CIVIL:

  • Show Your Love campaign to provide personal items for foster & homeless students.

  • Finances

  • A successful re-boot for a CiViL boys group

  • Protection for our staff, interns, and volunteers from attacks of all kinds

  • Plans for Spring Quarter

HEALTH ISSUES:

  • Multiple aquaintances are battling cancer

  • Several CiViL students have life-threatening illness.

  • Missionary friends with stomach trouble just before leaving for Africa

GRIEF & TROUBLE:

  • A friend’s son in severe depression

  • A friend’s ending marriage and the family’s grief

  • Youth For Christ students at GraMar and Maplewood schools

OTHER:

  • Relief for victims of Middle Tennessee flooding

  • Relief for tornado victims in Lee County, AL

  • The postponement of a workshop performance of “The Last Days of Buster Drumwright” (music by Jim Weber, Nan Gurley, and Billy Sprague)

  • A friend needs a career job and hope

  • Problems and wrongdoing in Metro Nashville Public Schools

  • Grace to forgive those who have harmed us

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. We will not meet on Christmas Day or New Years Day, but let’s still remember each other in prayer on those days. To join us in person or submit a prayer request, contact us.  Please pray for the following:

General Theme: Please pray for teachers and CiViL Groups facilitators.

PRAISES

  • Thanks to God for providing just in time!

  • “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee.”

  • Some beautiful Nashville weather!

PETITIONS

TOUCHSTONE/CIVIL:

  • Peace in the midst of stress

  • Show Your Love campaign to provide personal items for foster & homeless students.

  • Finances - $ to cover bills and payroll

  • A successful re-boot for a CiViL boys group

  • Troubling situations with race, poverty, conflict, and other social problems

  • Protection for our staff, interns, and volunteers from attacks of all kinds

HEALTH ISSUES:

  • A friend has severe muscle pain resulting from an infected spinal disk.

  • Several CiViL students have life-threatening illness.

  • Healing for several pulled muscles in Jim’s hip

  • Two frieds’ mothers have heart problems

  • A friend who had a serious stroke while overseas

  • Several friends with the flu

  • A friend with breast cancer

  • A friend’s recovery from shoulder surgery

GRIEF & TROUBLE:

  • Comfort for the Milsap family regarding the death of their son Todd

  • A friend’s son in severe depression

  • A friend with an explosively tempered boss

  • A friend’s ending marriage and the family’s grief

  • Wisdom and guidance to the Youth For Christ team who are working with those teens.

  • A friend’s family suffering divorce.

  • A friend’s job problems

  • Political violence in Haiti where many of our missionary friends have been working

  • A friend’s lonliness

OTHER:

  • Relief for victims of Middle Tennessee flooding

  • A workshop performance of “The Last Days of Buster Drumwright” (music by Jim Weber, Nan Gurley, and Billy Sprague) in late March/early April

  • A friend needs a full-time job and hope

  • Problems and wrongdoing in Metro Nashville Public Schools

  • Nashville Youth For Christ - more students to respond to the Gospel

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. We will not meet on Christmas Day or New Years Day, but let’s still remember each other in prayer on those days. To join us in person or submit a prayer request, contact us.  Please pray for the following:

General Theme: Please pray for our students' academic success.

PRAISES

  • One of our team found part-time work after looking & praying for months!

  • A successful performance & devotional by Jim at Rocketown

  • Relief from a health problem for one of our team members

  • Inspiring wisdom from a friend: “Embrace the life you didn’t plan on.”

PETITIONS

TOUCHSTONE/CIVIL:

  • Staff stres

  • Show Your Love campaign to provide personal items for foster & homeless students.

  • Finances

  • Quick set up for new CRM software

  • God’s blessing on our past interns

  • Protection for our staff, interns, and volunteers from attacks of all kinds

HEALTH ISSUES:

  • A friend has severe muscle pain resulting from an infected spinal disk.

  • Several CiViL students have life-threatening illness.

  • Healing for several pulled muscles in Jim’s hip

  • A friend with bronchitus

  • A friend with the flu

  • A friend with breast cancer

  • A friend’s recovery from shoulder surgery

GRIEF & TROUBLE:

  • A friend’s son in severe depression

  • A friend with an explosively tempered boss

  • A friend’s ending marriage and the family’s grief

  • Wisdom and guidance to the Youth For Christ team who are working with those teens.

  • A friend’s family suffering divorce.

  • A friend’s job problems

  • Political violence in Haiti where many of our missionary friends have been working

  • A friend’s lonliness

OTHER:

  • Safety for those in the path of Middle Tennessee flooding

  • A workshop performance of “The Last Days of Buster Drumwright” (music by Jim Weber, Nan Gurley, and Billy Sprague) in late March/early April

  • A friend needs a full-time job

  • Problems and wrongdoing in Metro Nashville Public Schools

  • Nashville Youth For Christ and their ministry to students in juvenile detention

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. We will not meet on Christmas Day or New Years Day, but let’s still remember each other in prayer on those days. To join us in person or submit a prayer request, contact us.  Please pray for the following:

General Theme: Please pray for the causes and casualties of teen violence.

PRAISES

  • A new budget for 2019!

  • The glorious homegoing of a dear friend’s mother

  • A great time watching six of our students at the district wrestling tournament

  • Important lost items found by one of our team members

  • Belmont Church Mosaic Winter Camp went very well.

PETITIONS

TOUCHSTONE/CIVIL:

  • Staff stress

  • Difficult and stressful relationship issues

  • Brainstorming a new CiViL initiative.

  • Favor with a local business regarding a possible partnership

  • Protection for our staff, interns, and volunteers from attacks of all kinds

HEALTH ISSUES:

  • A friend has severe muscle pain resulting from an infected spinal disk.

  • Several CiViL students have life-threatening illness.

  • A friend is having hip problems after recent surgery.

  • A student has a concussion

  • A friend’s recovery from shoulder surgery

  • People with depression and anxiety

GRIEF & TROUBLE:

  • The loss of a team member’s dear friend, murdered by five teens

  • Wisdom and guidance to the Youth For Christ team who are working with those teens.

  • A friend’s family suffering divorce.

  • Political violence in Haiti where many of our missionary friends have been working

OTHER:

  • A friend’s book project

  • A workshop performance of “The Last Days of Buster Drumwright” (music by Jim Weber, Nan Gurley, and Billy Sprague) in late March/early April

  • A friend needs a job and boosted hopes

  • A friend is starting a book

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. We will not meet on Christmas Day or New Years Day, but let’s still remember each other in prayer on those days. To join us in person or submit a prayer request, contact us.  Please pray for the following:

General Theme: Let’s thank God for a little February Spring in Nashville!

Praises

  • Good 2018 stories in groups so far this week

  • A new donor software package

  • A career new beginning for one of our friends

  • Dental work funding for a team member

  • Spring break plans are set

  • A friend is planning a book

  • Middle TN Youth For Christ is partnering with two more youth facilities

Petitions

Touchstone/CiViL:

  • Touchstone board meeting on Monday Feb 11

  • Staff stress

  • Interns have a big project coming up

  • Budget planning

  • Favor with a local business regarding a possible partnership

Health Issues:

  • A friend has severe muscle pain resulting from a past infection.

  • Encouragement for Jim ‘s Dad’s (almost 98)

  • The mother of a friend’s broke her leg.

  • A former student having kidney problems

  • A friend’s recovery from shoulder surgery

Grief & Trouble:

  • The family of a friend whose mother died this week

  • A friend’s family suffering divorce.

Other:

  • Belmont Church Mosaic Winter Camp this weekend

  • A workshop performance of “The Last Days of Buster Drumwright” (music by Jim Weber, Nan Gurley, and Billy Sprague) in late March/early April

  • A friend needs a job and boosted hopes

  • A friend is starting a book

  • A friend on a teaching mission this week in frozen Nebraska

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. We will not meet on Christmas Day or New Years Day, but let’s still remember each other in prayer on those days. To join us in person or submit a prayer request, contact us.  Please pray for the following:

General Theme: Let’s lift up the healthy needs of our staff, volunteers, interns, and students.

PRAISES

  • A friend is finally feeling better after knee replacement surgery

  • A delightful CiViL LIberties storyteller event last Wednesday evening

  • Several encouraging career delvelopments for one of our friends

  • Some encouraging prayers for a friend who went on a recent pilgrimage

  • Some recent fun songwriting opportunities for Jim

  • A recent donation to cover about 6 weeks worth of CiViL snacks

PETITIONS

Touchstone & CiViL

  • All our students need your prayers. Several are in dire need of various kinds.

  • A long-term sustainability plan for Touchstone and CiViL

  • Wisdom in planning Touchstone’s 2019 Budget - still working on it!

  • Camp Our Town at Hillwood High, an attempt to build the school community

  • The quietly lonely in the CiViL Community

  • Some ongoing challenges in our CiViL Boys Groups

Comfort and help for

  • Broken relationships - the struggle against anger and resentment

  • A depressed friend

  • Two young men in prison

  • The families of several friends with Parkinson’s Disease

  • JIm’s parents and those providing them with care

Healing for

  • A friend with debilitating shoulder and neck pain

  • Shoulder surgery this week for another friend

  • a cousin with terminal cancer. Also comfort and salvation

  • a friend’s son who has treatable Hodgkins Lymphoma has a pulmonary embolism, halting his treatmen.

  • a friend’s father in treatment for cancer

Donations of

  • office space

  • Snacks for CiViL Groups students (pop tarts, granola bars, etc.)

Other

  • Jobs and encoragement for four team members and friends

  • Success for the local musical production penned by Jim Weber, Nan Gurley, and Billy Sprague in early April

  • The Gathering on March 30-31 in Oviedo, FL and our friend Jon’s role in it

  • Guidance and blessing on a Weber house project

  • The ministries of Youth for Christ in Middle Tennessee, including the right person to fill a newly opened positioin

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. We will not meet on Christmas Day or New Years Day, but let’s still remember each other in prayer on those days. To join us in person or submit a prayer request, contact us.  Please pray for the following:

General Theme: Praise God that our “Let Freedom Ring” Trip to Chattanooga on Monday, January 21 was a complete success!

PRAISES

  • A successful “Let Freedom Ring” Trip

  • Some excellent MLK week CiViL Group conversations

PETITIONS

Touchstone & CiViL

  • Rest after a good, but tiring MLK Day Trip

  • Continued support for the “Let Freedom Ring” Scholarship to be awarded to a deserving CiViL student in May.

  • Weekly snacks for CiViL. Let us know, if you would like to donate!

  • Wisdom in planning Touchstone’s 2019 Budget

  • Protection from common winter illness

  • Hurting and troubled students

Comfort and help for

  • Broken relationships - the ability to forgive and find peace

  • Recently lost loved ones

  • Two young men in prison

  • The families of several friends with Parkinson’s Disease

Healing for

  • A friend with debilitating shoulder and neck pain

  • a cousin with terminal cancer. Also comfort and salvation

  • a friend’s son who has treatable Hodgkins Lymphoma.

  • a friend’s father in treatment for cancer

Donations of

  • office space

  • Snacks for CiViL Groups students (pop tarts, granola bars, etc.)

National & International

  • Relief for those affected by the government shutdown

  • National unity based on listening and empathy

Other

  • Jobs and encoragement for four team members and friends

  • Success for the upcoming local musical production penned by Jim Weber, Nan Gurley, and Billy Sprague

  • The Stephen Minister Training at Belmont Church

  • The ministries of Youth for Christ in Middle Tennessee


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. We will not meet on Christmas Day or New Years Day, but let’s still remember each other in prayer on those days. To join us in person or submit a prayer request, contact us.  Please pray for the following:

General Theme: Please pray for the safety and success of our “Let Freedom Ring” Trip to Chattanooga on Monday, January 21.

PRAISES

  • A great launch to CiViL 2019!

  • A cool new CiViL curriculum based on storytelling

  • A new friend and ally at one of our CiViL Locations

  • Exciting plans for the “Let Freedom Ring” Trip

  • After years of disability and financial struggle, a friend finally closed on her house!

  • An excellent working team of staff and interns

PETITIONS

Touchstone & CiViL

  • Safety and Success for the “Let Freedom Ring” Trip on MLK Day (Monday, Jan. 21)

  • Success for this quarter’s CiViL Storyteller curriculum

  • Weekly snacks for CiViL. Let us know, if you would like to donate!

  • Wisdom in planning Touchstone’s 2019 Budget

  • Touchstone board of directors, staff, interns, volunteers, and donors

Comfort and help for

  • Broken families

  • Recently lost loved ones

  • Two young men in prison

Healing for

  • a friend with recurring pneumonia

  • a friend recovering from knee replacement surgery

  • a cousin with terminal cancer. Also comfort and salvation

  • a friend’s son who has treatable Hodgkins Lymphoma.

  • a friend’s father in treatment for cancer

Donations of

  • office space

  • Snacks for CiViL Groups students (pop tarts, granola bars, etc.)

National & International

  • Relief for those affected by the government shutdown

  • Help for the people of Zimbabwe during financial and political chaos

Other

  • Jobs and encoragement for four team members and friends

  • Success for the upcoming local musical production penned by Jim Weber, Nan Gurley, and Billy Sprague

  • Our friends leading a youth camp this coming weekend

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. We will not meet on Christmas Day or New Years Day, but let’s still remember each other in prayer on those days. To join us in person or submit a prayer request, contact us.  Please pray for the following:

General Theme: Lets pray for an awesome new year!

PRAISES

  • A prayer regarding our CiViL Curriculum was answered just before we began praying!

  • New connections with other youth development workers

  • A great holiday with friends and family

  • Jim’s Mom moved home and is doing well!

  • A new music project for Jim

  • Encouraging end-of-year support

PETITIONS

CiViL

  • A challenging schedule at one of our school locations

  • Guidance in writing lessons for Winter Quarter

  • A successful launch of our 2019 Groups

  • Guidance & success for our “Let Freedom Ring” event on MLK Day

  • Guidance and success for our Storyteller event on January 22

Comfort and help for

  • Broken families

  • Recently lost loved ones

  • A young man in prison

Healing for

  • a friend with recurring pneumonia

  • a cousin with terminal cancer. Also comfort, and salvation

  • a friend’s son who has treatable Hodgkins Lymphoma.

  • a friend’s father in treatment for cancer

  • a friend who’s husband is having knee-replacement surgery

Donations of

  • office space

  • Snacks for CiViL Groups students (pop tarts, granola bars, etc.)

Wisdom for

  • Touchstone’s 2019 Budget

  • Upcoming decisions about care & finances for Jim’s mom & dad

Jobs

  • For three team members and friends

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. We will not meet on Christmas Day or New Years Day, but let’s still remember each other in prayer on those days. To join us in person or submit a prayer request, contact us.  Please pray for the following:

General Theme: Please pray for our students, interns, and staff through the holidays.

PRAISES

  • Jim’s Mom moved home this week after two months in hospital & rehab facilities

  • .Families are together.

  • Rest during the holidays

PETITIONS

Travel safety for friends and family during the holidays

Comfort and help for friends and students with

  • Broken families

  • Recently lost loved ones

Healing for

  • Jim’s mom as she navigates life at home from a wheelchair

  • for a cousin with terminal cancer. Also comfort, and salvation

  • for a friend’s son who has treatable Hodgkins Lymphoma.

Donations of

  • office space

  • End-of-year giving to provide for early 2019

Wisdom for

  • Touchstone’s 2019 Budget

Other

  • Jobs for three team members

  • Nashville Youth For Christ

  • CiViL students with various needs

  • Touchstone staff and interns

Wait… I Forgot Something!

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By Melony Pugh-Weber

I had just ordered 9 chicken sandwiches and 7 cheeseburgers in the drive-thru of a local fast food restaurant.  A friendly worker greeted me at the window to let me know that my order would be ready soon.  This particular man was very personable and had helped me before, but usually he didn’t work the window.

And while I love to talk about my work with Touchstone, I felt it particularly necessary to explain to the worker that all this food was not just for me.  I quickly told him that I work for a nonprofit that helps teens and that this food was for meetings that we do during their lunch at a local high school.  The man responded that he would love to help teens.  I then added that the food I had just ordered was for students at John Overton High School.

 “I went to Overton,” the worker exclaimed!  He added that he had played basketball while he was in school there.  I asked when he had been there. “A long time ago,” he replied.  “I left Overton back in 2003.”  Something in my heart quickened.

“What’s your last name?”  I asked.  Shaw was his reply.  For some reason I hesitated to ask directly.  “Do you have a brother named Michael?”  I asked.  With great surprise, he responded, “I’m Michael.”  My heart was pounding!  Michael. Could it be that Michael Shaw? My Michael Shaw?

I can’t say that I actually knew Michael Shaw.  But, I can say that one incident connected our lives in the most unexpected way.  It was 1999.  I had just gotten back home to get ready for work after dropping off my kids at school.  As I pulled into the driveway behind my house – for just a moment, I saw a young male who seemed to be carrying a sack over his shoulder the way Santa Claus would.  He was there, and then he disappeared.  A strange feeling came over me.

From the outside, everything appeared OK at my house.  I unlocked the back door and went in. My eyes immediately went to the table where I had left my cell phone that I had forgotten to take with me plugged in. It was gone!  And, so was any feeling everything was OK.  The door was locked, so how could he have gotten in?  I started checking the other doors and windows, and looked to see what else was missing.  When I made it back around to the door I had entered, I saw a window that was open the tiniest bit.  An old window that we had never managed to open had been pried up and must have been the intruder’s point of entry.

I called the police to report the robbery.  A patrol car showed up in my back driveway sooner than expected.  They wrote up a report and left. I called my cell service provider to inform them that my phone had been stolen.  They let me know that they could check the record of calls to see if my phone had been used.  Surely, this could help locate the scum who broke into my house. I called the police, again.  

A while later, another police car pulled up to my house.  But, this time it was a supervising officer. The sergeant said he would get a fingerprint unit over to my house to check for prints.  A short time later, another officer arrived and took fingerprints from the back door and window. The police officer was very kind and caring, but I was still feeling wounded by everything that happened that day. I had little hope that the person who caused it would be caught.  

What I didn’t know was that there was a 15-year-old boy out there feeling even more hopeless than me. Three days later, I received a call from a detective letting me know that the fingerprints identified a student at Overton as the person who broke in and took our stuff.  The detective told me that it took some doing but, the boy had confessed.  And, unfortunately, it wasn’t the first time he had been in trouble. And sadly I learned later, not the last.

Suddenly my thoughts returned to 2018, and I realized sitting in that drive-thru that I was looking at a man with whom I already had a connection. “Michael… You robbed my house 20 years ago, and I’ve been praying for you ever since.”  I was looking at a 35-year-old who had broken into my home when he was a 15-year-old high school student.  

In a mix of surprise, joy, and me on the verge of tears, we quickly connected.  Michael confirmed having robbed my home saying that he did remember that day.  I wanted to know so much about what had happened the last 20 years, but because my large order wasn’t ready yet and a long line of cars was forming behind me, Michael had to say, “Umm, could you pull forward out of the way, and I’ll bring your order out to you!”

For some unexplained reason, I think that we were both actually happy to see each other.  A minute or two later, Michael came out with my bags of food.  He told me that after he served time in a juvenile detention facility, he tried to make a change in his life.  Unfortunately, he had the heart to change, but he was still connected to unhealthy influences that pulled him back into trouble.  

I told him how Jim and I prayed for him every night at bedtime with our children. We asked that God do His good in Michael’s life.  Part of me had wanted Michael to get paid back for the harm he had caused us.  But, thankfully, that feeling didn’t last.  God had given me a heart to see kids change, and that their lives be restored for good.  But, there’s no guarantee that I always get to see that change.

My life’s work is all about helping teens change.  But, the kid who robbed us was not the only one who needed to change.  I was angry.  I took the break-in very personally.  But, my family and I started praying for Michael Shaw.  We prayed that God would do what was needed for Michael’s good.  Thankfully, instead of retribution, we were hoping for something better.  We were hoping for redemption.

Michael’s life hasn’t changed magically overnight.  His life has been tough these last few years.  But, that’s not my story to tell.  That’s for Michael to tell.  He told me that he has been trying to write a book about his life, but he can’t seem to finish it.  I smiled and told him that I thought I knew why.  I told him it was because he must have been saving a chapter for me.  My husband and I were able to get with Michael four days after we reconnected.  We talked about the last 20 years.  Michael thanked us for caring about him.

Just as we were parting ways, Michael exclaimed, “Wait, I forgot something.  I haven’t apologized for the harm I caused your family.  I am so sorry for what I did to you.”  We smiled and told Michael that we forgave him.  After a big group hug, Michael stood frozen.  I asked if he were OK.  Michael said that he had never done that before.  I asked, “Done what?”  He explained that he had never apologized to anyone before for the harm he had done.  His remorse opened the door for something else that he had never experienced before – forgiveness.  We’ve been part of each other’s stories for almost 20 years.  Only now, I think we’re starting to understand why.  And, the story continues

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: Let’s praise God for rescuing us when we were lost.

PRAISES

  • A needed holiday break

  • .One of our team found the house of her dreams

  • We found a young man we have prayed for nearly twenty years.

  • A homeless friend received temporary housing.

  • The CiViL Service Caroling and Christmas Party was a success!

  • CiViL Groups are running well!

  • A favorable outcome to a student’s important legal matter

  • New volunteers with amazing gifts

PETITIONS

Help and focus for students taking finals

Travel safety for friends and family during the holidays

Jobs for two friends

Comfort and help for friends and students with

  • Broken families

  • Recently lost loved ones

Healing for

  • Jim’s mom and the possibility that she may move home soon.

  • for a cousin with terminal cancer. Also comfort, and salvation

  • for a friend’s son who has treatable Hodgkins Lymphoma.

Donations of

  • snacks for our morning CiViL Groups (at the cost of $40/wk) - contact us, if you want to help answer this prayer!

  • office space

  • The last $10,000 - $15,000 of our 2018 Budget

Wisdom for

  • Touchstone’s 2019 Budget

Other

  • Jobs for three team members

  • Peace for families experiencing trauma.

  • Mercy to the needy.

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: Let’s pray for those in need of comfort, healing, and other mercies.

PRAISES

  • Christmas is coming!

  • Our long-awaided matching grant arrived from MIssion Increase Foundation!

  • A musical Jim has been working on will have a workshop in February.

  • We received donations for several more weeks worth of snacks for CiViL.

  • The life and example of President George Bush Sr - not perfect, but still inspiring.

PETITIONS

Comfort and help for

  • several friends with troubled marriages.

  • survivors of the California wild fires

  • several friends who lost loved ones recently

Healing for

  • Jim’s mom and wisdom in the decision-making for her care.

  • for a cousin with terminal cancer. Also comfort, and salvation

  • a friend in cancer surgery on Tuesday

  • for a friend’s son who has treatable Hodgkins Lymphoma.

  • for a friend with an intestinal virus

  • for several students with traumatic life experiences

Donations of

  • snacks for our morning CiViL Groups (at the cost of $40/wk) - contact us, if you want to help answer this prayer!

  • office space

Wisdom for

  • Touchstone’s 2019 Budget

  • Wisdom for school officials planning a schedule change that could affect CiViL availability

  • Upcoming CiViL Service Project: Caroling for Fannie Battle Day Home for Children

Other

  • Jobs for three team members

  • Peace for families experiencing trauma.

  • Mercy to the needy.

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: Let’s pray for giving, the fruit of gratitude.

PRAISES

  • Thanksgiving Break!

  • Jim’s Mom continues to improve after a stroke and was able to spend about 5 hours at home on Thanksgiving.

  • We received a great response to our #GivingTuesday fudraising appeal.

  • New volunteers and former students are making big impact.

  • We received donations for several weeks worth of snacks for CiViL.

  • A successful training presentation on CiViL to Nashville Juvenile Court staff

PETITIONS

  • Comfort and help for survivors of the California wild fires

  • Comfort for a friend who has lost an important relationship

  • Continued healing for Jim’s mom and wisdom in the decision-making for her care.

  • Healing, comfort, and salvation for a cousin with terminal cancer.

  • Healing and support for a friend’s son who has treatable Hodgkins Lymphoma.

  • Healing for several students with traumatic life experiences

  • Wisdom & planning for Touchstone financial decisions

  • Upcoming CiViL Service Project: Caroling for Fannie Battle Day Home for Children

  • Jobs for three team members

  • Ongoing donated snacks for our morning CiViL Groups (at the cost of $40/wk) - contact us, if you want to help answer this prayer!

  • Donated office space

  • Open doors for Nashville Youth for Christ as they seek to serve in two jouvenile facilities.