Building Up A Culture Of Encouragement

“So then we pursue the things which make for
peace and the building
      up of one another.”    

                February “23” PRAYERS FOR CHILDREN’S & YOUTH MINISTRIES

 LIFTcov PRAYER GUIDE March 2023

Praying this month for: COV’s Crisis & Rummage Ministries

It is God’s desire for His children to show compassion to those in need.  Jesus said those who show mercy
to those inneed are in effect ministering to him personally and will be rewarded accordingly.  
“...I tell you the truth,whatever you did for one of the least of  these brothers and sisters of Mine you did for me. “  Matt 25:40
If we truly have faith in Jesus, we must also share His concern for the less fortunate.  Jesus commanded us  
“love one another as I have loved you, so you must love one another".  By this, all men will know that you are
My disciples, if you love one another.”  John 13:34-35
“Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue, but with action and truth.”  Acts 3:15
The Crisis ministry at Church of the Valley is an outreach ministry providing food and clothing.  
Those in our valley facing challenges are interviewed, their needs assessed, and then our
Crisis team provides a package for their immediate needs.  Prayers of encouragement and compassion
are offered to each client.  If accepted a team member prays with and for all their need.  
Physical food is given for the body and spiritual food is offered to feed the soul.

The Rummage Ministry has been a part of Church of the Valley for many years.
It currently conducts sales 3 or 4 times per year.  The team spends countless hours
receiving, sorting and storing donations, and ultimately preparing and conducting the sales
of donated items. This ministry is a ministry of purpose.  Not only does it support a number of other
ministries at COV, it reaches out into our community in support of charities in the High Desert.

Crisis Ministry and Rummage Ministry are both “frontline” and “first time” environments.  
Visitors may have their first contact with a location and a people where “everything in the name of Jesus”
is the guiding principle. Volunteers power “Crisis” and “Rummage” as they have seen the vision and are
fully engaged in showing to all, the path to Jesus with their “good work” in His name.

Suggested Prayers:

God of true Goodness and Mercy, You have gifted and blessed my life so richly.  You have given me faith and belief.  
You have given me all that I possess.  Show me this day, the way to walk in Your grace with a heart of thanksgiving
and a spirit of charity.  As You have given to me, let me give to others.  Amen.

Most gracious LORD, I ask your blessing as the True Vine, that fruitfulness be added to the ministries of
 “Crisis and Rummage”. Father God, prune these branches that they will be even more fruitful.  
Bless these worker servants as they labor in the fields and reach toward those outside the vineyard.  Amen.

If God places a prayer upon your heart, please use that prayer.  Remember that God looks upon the heart.  
LIFTcov is your ministry.  It relies on your prayers to move it to action.
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love.  Honor one another above yourselves.  Never be lacking in zeal,
but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the LORD.  Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.  
Share with God’s people who are in need.  Practice hospitality.  Romans 12: 10-13
And the believers were one in heart and mind.  No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own,
but they shared everything they had.  Acts 4:32