February 27th, 2021
Prayer Update - February
"...yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things, and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him." (I Cor. 8:6)
Dear SFFC Prayer Partners,
Greetings to all of you! Once again thanking the Lord for each of you that out of the willingness of your heart you have chosen to lift up the ministry of SFFC to our heavenly Father. Much has happened since I wrote to you last month. Here are some new updates for praise, thanksgiving and prayer:
- The Lord answered our prayers for the Friend Raiser event that took place at the end of January. He richly blessed the event with close to 100 attendees with many representing a number of new churches. We had a wonderful opportunity to share the ministry of SFFC Tallahassee and the Lord moved the hearts of those who came to respond with interest and further involvement! Cathy Campbell, our Intake and Family Coach Coordinator, is actively following up on the new contacts we have made. Please pray that through these efforts the Lord will raise new Host Families, Family Friends and Family Coach volunteers and additional partnering churches. I am also thankful that through this event we added eight new prayer partners, PTL! We welcome them to our growing number of those who are lifting up this ministry.
- Please be in prayer for the SFFC National staff as they are searching for a new State Director for Florida to replace Dan Claassen, our able and godly State Director, who recently resigned. He has not only helped us launch our local chapter but also played an integral part in jump starting several new chapters in our state. Pray for wisdom and guidance as our national staff hopes to fill the position by early summer.
- We have been in contact with Florida Department of Children and Families(DCF) and have been favorably received by them. We hope to develop a referral relationship with DCF. Please be in prayer as we meet with their investigators next week to present our work. Please pray that the Lord will move their hearts to consider SFFC when they see a need that can be best met by a movement like ours.
-April 25 is Safe Families Sunday. Please be in prayer as we find better ways to share the ministry of SFFC to our partnering churches as well to seven to ten new churches represented at the Friend Raiser event. Please pray for our Ministry Leads as they connect with their pastors in planning for Safe Families Sunday. May the Lord move the hearts of those in the congregations to actively pursue the Lord's calling in ministering to families with children in need.
-Please be in prayer for two moms, mom H and mom K (names are abbreviated for their privacy). Mom H recently had her one month old baby removed from her care by DCF. SFFC Tallahassee had offered hosting and support, but in this case, DCF determined that the removal of the infant was the best course to take. Please pray for this young woman that the Lord will work in her life to bring her to Himself and grant her strength to overcome her addictions. Mom K lives in the Panhandle and has a three year old child who had been taken care by his grandmother and aunt in Chicago. Recently they both passed away unexpectedly and SFFC chapter in Chicago has been hosting the child. Our chapter has been in contact with them, and the child will be brought down to Tallahassee and is planned to be placed with one of our own host families until the mom K is able to take care of him. Please pray for a smooth transition for both the child and our host family and that the mom will be ready to bring him home soon.
-Focus 50 is an event supported by the National Office of SFFC for all chapters and has been done in the past years. For 50 days leading up to the Safe families Sunday on April 25, our chapter leaders will be gathering 10-12 individuals who care about children and families to strategize, set goals, and take tangible steps to achieve the goals focused on furthering the mission of our ministry and advancing God's kingdom in our city. Please pray for the Lord to bring the right people together for this task and that He would grant them hearts open to His leading.
Thank you so much for patiently considering these requests and bringing them to our gracious Lord who does all things well and "is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think...to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen." (Eph. 3:20 -21)