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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. 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.

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: We thank God for His provision, protection, and lovingkindness.

PRAISES

  • Thanksgiving Break!

  • The volunteers who helped with our end-of-year mailing and CiViL Groups

  • Jim’s Mom continues to improve after a stroke and will be coming home for the day on Thanksgiving.

  • A volunteer’s memorial support appeal

  • More powerful letters of gratitude from CiViL Service students to veterans, active duty military personel, and others.

  • A team member gets an unexpected trip home to Oregon.

PETITIONS

  • Smooth legal process for a family adopting a needy student

  • Comfort and help for survivors of the California wild fires

  • Comfort during holidays for a those who have lost loved ones or suffered broken relationships.

  • Safe travels for everyone during the holidays.

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

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

  • Healing and comfort for a Christian musician with terminal cancer.

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

  • Support funding for a dear friend in a spiritual retreat ministry

  • Wisdom & planning for Touchstone financial decisions

  • Jobs for three team members

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

  • Donated office space

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: Comfort and help in various forms of grief and suffering.

PRAISES

  • A strong Touchstone board of directors that says, “I want to do more.”

  • A new volunteer for CiViL.

  • Jim’s Mom continues to improve after a stroke.

  • The installation of Rev. Corey Osborn, alumni of Touchstone’s ministry to students.

  • Some powerful letters of gratitude from CiViL Service students to veterans, active duty military personel, and first responders.

  • For a family adopting a needy student

PETITIONS

  • Comfort for a staff member after the loss of their grandfather

  • Comfort and help for survivors of the California wild fires

  • Comfort for several friends in broken relationships

  • Comfort and courage for a student who reported abuse

  • 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 comfort for a mother with terminal cancer.

  • Healing and comfrot for a Christian musician with terminal cancer.

  • Guidance for long term planning, including staffing, volunteers, budget and fundraising.

  • Time, energy, ideas, and logistics for new earned-income sources (like books)

  • Wisdom and provision for a family considering adoption

  • Jobs for three team members

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

  • Donated office space

  • General blessings on our friends and students at Nashville 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: Focus and accomplishment for our students after their election day off and a peaceful transition to our newly elected leaders.

PRAISES

  • Thanks for a second job interview (today) for one of our prayer team members.

  • Favorable contact from the employer of another.

  • Jim’s Mom continues to improve after a stroke.

  • That we get to elect our government.

  • The growing list of champions for our cause: prayers, volunteers, donors, and staff.

PETITIONS

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

  • Long-term healing and comfort for a student who’s knee was destroyed by a gunshot.

  • Comfort and courage for a student who reported abuse

  • A team member’s cousin is fighting lung cancer.

  • Emotional healing for a team member

  • Upcoming budget and fundraising planning

  • Time, energy, ideas, and logistics for new earned-income sources (like books)

  • Wisdom and provision for a family considering adoption

  • Jobs for two team members

  • A family in the midst of divorce and its after shocks

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

  • Donated office space

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: Peace for our CiViL team as we work hard with students, interns, administration, and fundraising.

PRAISES

  • Thanks for a good job interview for one of our prayer team members.

  • Jim’s Mom continues to improve after a stroke.

  • Success overcoming some long IT issues

  • New opportunities for CiViL at Metro Juvenile Court

  • Jim joining part-time faculty of Songwriter University. This will not replace any of his Touchstone work.

  • Success with some of our more difficult students this week.

  • Successful hip surgery this week for Carol.

PETITIONS

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

  • Healing for two students

  • Continued recovery from hip surgery for Carol

  • Many CiViL students traumatized by violence.

  • Solutions to Nashville’s violence.

  • Comfort for family and friends of a beloved childrens theater director.

  • Jobs for three team members

  • Money, time, family, and work stress for one of our team members

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

  • Donated office space

  • Comfort for the Tree of Life shooting victims and survivors.

  • Peace and calm for 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: CiViL students making a growth plan

PRAISES

  • Some great CiViL Groups meetings this week!

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

  • Alice Weber (Jim’s Mom) is improving!

  • Three new CiViL volunteers.

  • An injured student was able to visit CiViL.

  • Melony’s birthday on October 24!

  • Geat meeting with Nashville Juvenile Court.

  • Progress for a friend being treated for cancer.

PETITIONS

  • Continued healing for Jim’s mom who had a stroke three weeks ago and is being moved today to a skilled nursing and rehab center.

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

  • Healing for two students, one with Cicle Cell Anemia, one recovering from a gunshot wound.

  • Successful surgery for Carol at the end of October.

  • Homeless students at Room at the Inn

  • Many CiViL students traumatized by violence.

  • Solutions to Nashville’s violence.

  • Comfort for family and friends of a beloved childrens theater director.

  • Jobs for three team members

  • Guidance for a family providing a home for a homeless student

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

  • Donated office space

  • Guidance as we plan upcoming CiViL Service projects.

  • 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: 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