Welcome, Reader Friends! We so appreciate each one of you who continues to read David Telbat’s posts and books! 🙂 We have a special treat today. A subscriber friend who has been with us since our early blogging days has agreed to share her ministry with us! You will see how “God takes a prayer and turns it into a ministry.” Now, here’s our guest, Susan Lantz.
Interceding Voices (IV)
by Susan Lantz
It seemed every time my friend (Suey) and I got together, the subject of prayer and missions came up. She would say, “We need more prayer in the church.” And I would say, “You are right.” This went on for months. Finally I turned to her and said, “Well…let’s do it!”
We are both interested in Missions (Kingdom work) and wanted to spark interest and enthusiasm for the Missions program at our church. We prayed and prayed. We asked God to give us a plan and He did. Meanwhile, another friend (Karen) came on board and we prayed for a name. While sitting at my kitchen table one morning God gave us the name “Interceding Voices” and WOW! The rest is history.
I contacted people in our congregation and it started with four people and now a group of 3 to 18 people meet the first Tuesday evening of every month to pray. Here is how it works:
First, I gathered the email addresses for the missions that our church supports then sent out an email to introduce myself (since I would be the one contacting them each month), and told them what we would be doing. Then I sent out another email asking for any prayer requests they may have. “Any” meaning anything they felt needed to be lifted up to our Father. The requests can pertain to ministry, personal needs, or situations in their lives.
I send out the request email about one week before we meet and again the day before, in case there are any who have not yet responded. After the first requests, the emails began to pour in and “Interceding Voices” was born.
After receiving the prayer requests, I copy them into a document for our prayer meeting. We pray for each request that evening. The partners take the document home with them and continue praying the entire month until the next meeting when they receive the new requests.
IV was three years old in November 2014 and continues to gain momentum. It has evolved over those three years and I am sure it will continue to progress as God gives us direction.
One of the things that the prayer partners like are pictures of the kingdom workers, their surroundings, the ministry, and their lives. Pictures put a face with the name and that is important. It allows us to feel more like family and of course that is exactly what we are—the Family of God. I ask the missions to send at least one picture each month. It is fun to see what they send and how the pictures enhance our prayer time.
When the servants of God come home on furlough, most come to see and pray with us on the first Tuesday evening of the month. At the end of prayer time on those special occasions, the partners gather around and lay hands on them and pray for them as we send them out once again to gather in the fields that are white with harvest. What a joy to have them pray with us.
The one comment we get over and over again from His servants is: “We can’t believe that IV does this for us each month. We don’t have people who contact us on a regular basis asking how they can pray for us.” Whenever there is a need they know they can email or text any time and I will send it out right away to the prayer partners.
The internet has made our world much smaller. A lot of God’s Kingdom workers have PCs and are now online. Sometimes the connection is intermittent but they can eventually send email, pictures, and some have a presence on Facebook. If it were not for the instant communication the internet provides, this ministry would not have happened. It used to take months sometimes for contact to be made and by the time we would get the letter…well…you see my point.
I love Interceding Voices and what it has done for God’s servants in the field and the Missions program in the church. AND, it has blessed the lives of each and every prayer partner as well!
Praise God for taking a prayer and turning it into a ministry for His servants in the field.
“Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.’” Matthew 9:38
Thank you for sharing with us about Interceding Voices, Susan, and showing us how God takes a prayer and uses it for His glory! We praise the Lord for you and how you answered the call! And this is a good template for others to use in their own circles. May the Lord bless you for your labor of love. (David calls you a Special Forces Christian!) 🙂
COMING UP: Next time, David shares about his early writing endeavors in, “My First Writing Projects.”