Dear Friends in Christ,
There was no answer when one of our veterans called the man whom he was trying to help. This man (we will call Bill) had not answered his phone or door when his boss came by to pick him up for work. The boss, in turn, called John Murphy (one of the two veterans leading the ministry to vets). John called the manager of the apartment complex and he was willing to let John use a key to check on “Bill.” Everyone feared that Bill had ended his life due to recent problems with family and finances. Bill, who served in the war against terror, was at the end of his rope. Fortunately, Bill was only asleep and had not heard his phone or anyone at the door. He later admitted to John, and to me, that he contemplated taking his own life.
John spent the day with Bill and brought him to our office so that we could meet. What was originally supposed to be a brief introduction turned into an hour long session of Bill pouring out his heart. This vet said he had never been able to share with anyone the things he shared with us that day. God prepared him for that time and it is his heart to come for regular counseling in the near future. God has obviously put His hand on Bill. Please pray for this vet and his future understanding of truth which the Lord promised would set him free.
Please pray for two couples in the counseling process. One couple has been married for 46 years! Both husband and wife know the Lord, yet God is working through the marriage conflicts. Both of them are learning the truth of their identity in Christ and how to appropriate the life of Christ for each situation. The other couple has been married for 20 years, but again unresolved conflicts in their marriage are being used by the Lord for understanding grace and identity truths.
We face difficult days in our country. Not only do we have no future hope in our political system, but the moral and spiritual fabric of our culture is rapidly declining. No longer do we see subtle changes, but it is now everyday some new law is passed allowing a sin God condemns. We are on the proverbial “runaway train!” Yet, as believers we remain encouraged in the Lord’s sovereignty and strategy. He controls all events and uses them for His ultimate purpose. Through the permissiveness and potential ruin we are facing, God can cause people to see their need for Christ as never before. Sadly, Christians are being carried along by the world’s pressures. It is increasingly clear from those counseled through Grace Solutions, that regular church attendees have little or no Biblical foundation. The basics of forgiveness of all sins through the blood of Jesus Christ are foreign to the majority of those we see. The truths of the indwelling life of Christ are like an unknown language to most. Yet, the days in which we live, God controls and uses the difficulties to bring men and women to the end of themselves and prepares them for the truth.
Please pray for our ministry as we continue to share the truth of salvation and sanctification by grace through faith in Christ alone. Our vision remains as follows:
Grace Solutions International, trusting in the power of the Holy Spirit, proclaims the grace of Jesus Christ as God’s only solution for sin, self, suffering and service. We desire to see individuals and families come to Christ and learn to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. We will use any vehicle to accomplish this goal. This includes, but is not limited to, home and business Bible Studies, evangelistic outreaches, counseling, and individual discipleship.
God has expanded our ministry to also include church-planting here and abroad. Please pray and if possible, help financially as we struggle from month to month.