Volume 22:14-  Week of May 22, 2022

John 16:33, AMP Version—“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have perfect peace and confidence.  In the world you have tribulation, trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted!] For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]


My reflection this week is to highlight God’s promise to have “perfect peace and confidence” that all will be well – even in the presence of evil like the senseless loss of life at an elementary school in Texas; the devastating effects of inflation on our personal well-being; or the atrocity that we are learning about every day about the war crimes and genocide we have witnessed in Ukraine by power hungry leaders in Russia who have no regard for human life or civility. 

I turn us to what Jesus, the incarnate son’s, promise was to us after dying on the cross for our sins and rising from the dead….that “He (God) has overcome the evil in the world and we must be courageous, faithful and resolved to continue to conquer evil with His goodness.  God loves all his children and is there to pick up our pieces, forgive us of our sins, and offer us the choice of peace in Him.

This week, I will pray for the families who lost children and loved ones in the shootings at the elementary school; I will pray for the war to end and that justice be served for the heinous war crimes in the Ukraine and that peace and love conquers war as swiftly as it can.  I pray that we all remember that God has overcome the world and will not let us suffer.  Be patient and faithful brothers and sisters and pray earnestly.

Prayer Requests:  (Please send any new prayer requests to my e-mail address rsnyder@voaches.org.)

  • Pray for the families of the victims of the shootings in the Texas elementary schools.  Pray for God’s presence to engulf them with peace and serenity once again and that their pain subsides.  Pray for healing and for the community to heal as well.
  • Pray for Rob Rogers, CEO of Volunteers of America Southeast, who has some health challenges and recently had a biopsy.  Pray for a clean bill of health and mercy and grace on him.
  • Pray Deana Ferguson, COO of Volunteers of America Southeast, whose husband had a massive stroke last month that has impacted his quality of life.  Pray for God’s tender mercy and grace on him and the Ferguson family.  Pray for healing.
  • Pray for our team at the Alexandria Community Shelter who have had some recent challenges with the residents at ACS and fairly serious incidents.  Pray for a calmness to ACS in the days, weeks and months ahead.  Pray for safety.
  • Pray for the DC Hope Has a Home® Teams as they are mourning the loss of a resident suddenly last week.  Pray for the family of the resident.  Pray for healing and grace.
  • Continue to pray for the families of the victims of the shootings in Buffalo, New York.  Let God’s presence engulf them with peace and serenity and may the community heal from this tragedy.
  • Pray for those in our hearts and minds this week.  Uplift all people needing our prayers.
  • Praise God for our mothers, grandmothers, step-mothers, God mothers.  They are the heartbeat of life for us all.
  • Pray for God’s will to be done in the life of Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolinas.
  • Continue to pray for an abrupt end to the war against the Ukraine.  Pray for God’s intervention into this tragic world event and to bring peace to our world.
  • Pray for Dianne Jones, mother of one of our residents in our Northern Virginia IDD homes.  Ms. Jones is battling advanced bone cancer.  Pray for God’ healing touch for Dianne and also for her husband Jim and daughter Jennifer. 
  • Continue to pray for the act of peace by Russian leaders and God’s intervention in Ukraine to eliminate war and heal the Ukrainian people.  Pray for action, not just words, for the people of God to defend peace.
  • Continue to pray for Ellis Strickland, Tracey Strickland and their family.  We pray for God’s healing touch in Ellis’s life and for the medical teams.  We pray for strength and perseverance for Tracey and their daughters.
  • Continue to pray for peace between the Ukraine and Russia.  Pray for love and a shift from anger to forgiveness and compromise.
  • Pray for President Biden and the Congress and our Nation’s armed forces as they prepare for the decisions to respond to Russia’s act of war against Ukraine.
  • Continue to pray for Coleman Rowan, our Board Member, Shannon Rowan’s son, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.  Pray for the medical team and for God’s miraculous healing touch.  Pray for no more cancer.
  • Continue to pray for Wesley Thornburg who has been diagnosed for the third time with leukemia.  This is Wesley’s third time with leukemia and she is only 25 years old.  Pray for Wesley and her husband who were recently married.  Pray for God’s miraculous healing touch.  Pray for no more cancer.
  • Continue to pray for all those struggling with COVID this week.  Pray for their quick recovery and for the medical teams supporting those that have been stricken by the disease.
  • Continue to pray for the health care professionals.  Pray for their strength and perseverance during these very difficult times with the pandemic.
  • Continue to pray for those that are shut in their homes due to the pandemic.  Pray for their peace and joy.
  • Thank God for the promise of helping us overcome the world.  Pray for those fallen family members and those struggling with life’s circumstances.
  • Pray for our direct support workers and persons that we serve this week.  Pray for a hedge of protection and health.
  • Praise God for all our “New Beginnings” that come with a New Year.
  • Continue to pray for our Residential Reentry Center, DC Hope Center, MD Hope Center and the remainder of our programs as they experience new challenges and opportunities together.  We pray for relief for the staff, success for the clients and your grace and mercy on our programs challenged by COVID and other social factors.
  • Continue to pray for the men, women and children in our service as the Omicron Variant of COVID-19 continues to create health challenges, uncertainty and fear.  Pray for our direct support workers, medical teams and leadership as they navigate through the challenges ahead.
  • Thank God for His grace and mercy in our lives and for loving us unconditionally.
  • Pray for all the men, women and children in our care every day.  Pray for their health, safety, and healing.
  • Pray for all of our friends, family and loved ones who are struggling with health concerns this week.  Pray for a positive diagnosis and healing for each and every individual and family.  May God’s presences be around each and every one who is challenged by sickness, injury and difficult circumstances.
  • Praise God for allowing us to have freedoms and enjoy peace.  Thanks be to God for loving us unconditionally.
  • Pray for all those struggling with their path in life.  Pray for God’s presence in their lives.
  • Praise God for those children who have been confirmed or baptized and their parents and their commitment to enter into a relationship with our God.
  • Pray for all those that have a disability that God may offer more dreams and hope to their lives.
  • Continue to pray for the VOA Southwest Affiliate who is undergoing recent challenges.  Pray for mercy, strength, wisdom and grace.
  • Pray for our stewardship ministry to thrive in our affiliate.
  • Praise God for using Volunteers of America as a vessel of his abundance of grace and mercy to our Nation’s most vulnerable people and families for over 125 Years.
  • Praise God for His strength and enabling us to find strength in Him.
  • Continue to pray for our church without walls and those seeking to identify their spiritual gifts and contribute to our stewardship ministry.  Pray for discernment and revealing each of our spiritual gifts.
  • Continue to pray for our upcoming “healing conversation” that will be hosted by our affiliate later this month.
  • Continue to pray for the healing of our souls that are hurting or fractured due to COVID -19 and our political divide.  Pray for the protection of all of our workers as they serve our Lord with compassion on the front lines.
  • Thank God for leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King and the imprint they have left on our country by leading with faith.
  • Continue to pray for our Country and our Nation’s leaders.  Pray for peace and forgiveness and may God’s greatest good  be all around our Nation in the days, weeks and months ahead.
  • Continue to pray for peace and a growing relationship with our Lord during the New Year.
  • Pray for peace and end to the divide in our country with this change of leadership.
  • Pray for our divided Nation.  Pray for our leaders and for God’s grace and mercy.  Pray for peace and love throughout our communities.
  • Thank God for meeting us and being with us in the “middle”.
  • Continue to pray for our children who have adjusted to remote or virtual learning and will be struggling in the fall by having to continue this distance learning for the near future.
  • Praise God for his promise of keeping us whole in Him.  
  • Praise God for the freedoms we have been given.  Even though some of the freedoms have been restricted due to COVID-19, thank Him for his gifts of love, compassion, joy, patience, kindness and peace.
  • Continue to pray for our country.  Pray for the eradication of social injustice, systemic racism and a time of peace, love, equality and unity for all God’s beloved people.  Pray for the families who have lost loved ones to violence – everyday.  Pray for healing. 
  • Praying for the medical personnel, emergency responders, and our service men and women who are begin placed at risk to do their jobs this week to battle COVID-19.
  • Praying for our Nation, State, Counties and communities to be safe and have God’s healing touch in our lives.
  • Praying for our employees, clients, volunteers and donors and may God’s love manifest in our affiliate all week.
  • Praying for comfort, peace and joy for today.
  • Pray for love and kindness in the world this year.
  • Pray for those in our hearts and minds that are struggling with their lives.  Pray for God’s presence to manifest in their circle and daily being.  Pray for their strength to overcome their disease, injury or incredible pain.
  • Pray for the blessing of additional resources to Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolinas
  • Pray for the homeless who are unable to have a voice for themselves.  Pray for shelter, food and hope in the week ahead.
  • Prayers for those in our hearts and minds that are struggling with finances, lost a job, are sick or injured, or are stuck in their own exile due to addictions, anger or other difficulties on this earth.
  • Praise God for new beginnings every day and especially as we enter a new year full of hope and dependence in Him.
  • Praise God for the Incarnation.  For joining us on this earth and giving us peace.  Thanks be to God for His son Jesus Christ – the savior of the world.
  • Pray for those that are not believers as we enter the New Year.  Pray that they find a relationship with God and experience the Holy Spirit.
  • Praise and thank God for all the you have – your health, family, friends, food, a home, and for your employment.
  • Praise God for our children and protect them from the effects of war, strife and poverty.  
  • Continue to pray for Volunteers of America.  Pray for freedom through God’s grace and mercy in the lives of the people we serve and our employees.
  • Pray for all those that have lost loved ones in the past year and for their peace and freedom from grief and loss.
  • Pray for those that are struggling with health issues, personal stresses or concerns, and those that are hurting in our world.  May the prayer of God’s love and light be present among those struggling this week.
  • Thank God for Jesus’s life and the resurrection and renewal that came with His sacrifice.
  • Thank God for our veterans who have protected our country.  Praise God for their strength, gift of protection and service to our Nation.
  • Praise God for our Volunteers of America Church without Walls and our ministers.  Pray for their boldness in sharing God’s light and love with others.
  • Praise God for shaping each of us as a unique person and part of the Body of Christ.
  • Praise God for His mercy and grace.  Thank God for the opportunity to have a personal resurrection.
  • Praise God for sunrises and sunsets every day.
  • Pray for God’s mercy and grace in our lives as we serve our regions’ most vulnerable.  Pray for God’s favor for our affiliate.
  • Pray for those undergoing cancer treatment and for God to grace us with a cure.
  • Praise God for each day.  Give all things to God in thanksgiving.
  • Praise God for his splendor in our lives.
  • Praise God for freely giving us peace in this troubled world.
  • Thank and praise God for his unconditional love for us. 
  • Pray for those struggling with anxiety about their jobs, a relationship, health concerns or their safety.  Pray that God will manifest the greatest good in all our moments this week.  Pray for peace.
  • Continue to pray for our country and elected leaders.  May they be blessed with God’s grace and mercy to do what is right for all people living in our great land.
  • Pray for our brothers and sisters who are struggling in their lives.  Pray for their hope, endurance and peace for a better future.
  • Pray for healing in our communities, our state, the nation and our world.
  • Pray for those of our family that are injured, suffering from an illness or struggling.  Pray for their peace, God’s healing touch and an infusion of love and light in their lives this week.
  • Praise God for Volunteers of America’ s Ministry of Service expanding and flourishing throughout the United States.
  • Pray for the homeless and those who need love and mercy in their lives. Pray for a roof over their heads and warm meal in their stomachs.
  • Pray for all the veterans and their families this week.  Praise God for their sacrifices.
  • Pray for all those struggling in our lives for purpose and understanding.
  •  Pray for all the congregations and places of worship out their struggling to keep their doors open due to financial concerns and apathy in our communities.  Pray for perseverance, strength and blessings upon the pastors, rabbi’s, priests, deacons and congregants who love God and want a place to worship Him.
  • Pray for Volunteers of America Chesapeake, Inc. Executive Leadership Team to lead with compassion, purpose and co-create with God and not independent of Him.
  • Thank God for our families, children, parents, friends, health, and employment.
  •    Pray for the men, women and children in our care.  Pray for their safety, peace, health, and to shine God’s light through them.
  • Pray for our heroes in Afghanistan and Iraq who continue to fight for our freedoms.  Pray for our service men and women and their families.
  • Praise God for his tender mercies and everyday guidance.  Pray for God’s healing touch, peace and grace.
  • Pray for strength and perseverance as a church who loves and respects the people.
  • Thanks be to God for family, friends and all the good things we have in the world.
  •   Pray for healing powers to reduce the stress of our work day and also to find strength in God.
  • Pray for continued passion and those dedicated to our mission to be “Called to care.”
  • Pray for those struggling with finances or personal issues
  • Pray that they find peace through others who are faithful to our Lord.
  • Pray for the silent people that are hurting and who need God to give them strength and courage.
  •   Pray for “one more chance” for those men, women and children who struggle in this world.
  • Praise God for his presence and the gift of life.
  • Praise God for our children, spouse, family and friends.
  • Thank God for all the blessings and joy he gives us.
  •  Thank God for our staff who serves the clients every day with love and compassion.
  • Pray for the men and women who are incarcerated.
  • Pray for those men and women in the armed forces who remain in Afghanistan and Iraq. Pray for a blanket of safety around them.
  • Pray that every VOA Chesapeake employee lives our core values of visionary, one body, integrity, compassion, excellence and faith each and every day.
  •   Pray for Mike King, President/CEO, or our National Office as he continues to successfully lead our organization.
  •   Pray for our Board of Director Members as they continue the journey of transitioning to serving others in our organization.
  • Pray for peace and for the overcoming of evil in this world through our Christian actions.
  •   Pray for the homeless who need shelter, a warm meal, and a safe place to sleep.
  •    Pray for our transformation and daily renewal in the Holy Spirit.
  •   Praise God for our Christian Family.
  • Pray for love, hope, strength and peace
  •    Praise God for his mercy and grace.
  •    For the grace and blessings to serve homeless veterans’ who are returning to the community in our region. For Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolinas programs and the clients, consumers and residents we serve as well as their families.
  • For peace for all of us to stop and slow down and see the grace of our Father in Heaven in our daily lives.
  •   For the wisdom and guidance only God can provide.
  • For our ministry in Volunteers of America to grow. 

Final Thought:

God has overcome the world.  Be confident in that promise and believe with faithful eyes and ears.

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