August 2018

  …In Prayer Ministry


The Bible confirms that the Holy Spirit is always with us. As we know, we were gifted with Him to help us through our daily lives. We are to look to Him to lead us in the right direc-tion. “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know and understand the things freely given to us by God” (1 Corinthians 2:12). The Bible also tells us that Jesus is in us and we are in Him. “Father……You are in me and I am in you……..I will be in them, and you will be in me.” (John 17:21-23) 

I had a close encounter with the Holy Spirit or Jesus back in 2009 when I had my first stents put in. And I was surprised to find myself receiving help in a very physical way. 

The surgeon told me that I would not be completely under during the surgery and I might be aware of what was going on. I remember seeing the doctor during part of the procedure when a complication arose. Actually, he was more concerned with the consequence of the time added to the procedure than the problem itself. I remember feeling as if I were under a translucent tent with the surgeon, while others were in the room, but outside the tent. I could tell he was trying to work quickly and felt his urgency. I became aware of another Presence under the tent along with the surgeon. While hard to explain, this Presence seemed to be protecting me and actually working along with the doctor. I felt as if the Presence was guid-ing the doctor, encouraging him, in order to help with the repair. I felt this Presence was very, very real, in spite of being under some anesthesia. I was sure this was the Holy Spirit as there was a definite difference from others present in the room. I remember being sur-prised that the Holy Spirit, who is there when we ask for help, was there actually working along with the doctor. I had no fear; I felt totally protected. I made it through fine and with NO complications. 

A wise friend of mine tells me the job of the Holy Spirit is: “to help us not sin, to give us words to say in certain circumstances, to point us to Jesus and the Father, to give us discernment, and comfort. He is the spiritual gift giver.” She believes it was actually Jesus who helped me physically, guiding, helping and directing. 

I have had stents put in two more times. I have not been partially awake, nor have I been aware of the Presence. However, I have no fear as I believe some Person of the Trinity is there for each of us, in time of spiritual need or working with a doctor/surgeon, to protect us no matter what the circum-stance. 

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all”. (2 Corinthians 13:14) 

Bonnie Fairchild 

The Dream Team intercessors
 pray specifically for the needs of our pastor and his family. The prayers are communicated every 2 weeks via email or printed up by the office staff for those without email. The Prayer Chain is communicated via email. The prayers are generated from the bulletin Friendship cards, email and phone calls. The PRT (Prayer Responsibility Team) assignments go out to member’s church mail boxes at the beginning of each month. Each month a different church ministry is rotated through each box. These prayers are for the at home prayer support of Immanuel’s ministries.

In Prayer Shawl Ministry:

A Prayer Shawl is meant to be given to anyone (male or female, including children) who has had surgery, been diagnosed with an illness, lost a loved one or is dealing with a hardship.

Prayers are said while the shawl is being made, that recipients may feel comfort and love as they wrap themselves in it. Shawls are available in the Fellowship Hall in the far right hand corner on the cabinet shelves. Please be sure to check/sign the book saying to whom you are giv-ing a shawl because we don’t want to duplicate.

Please let me know of anyone you believe should receive one of these Prayer Shawls.

Thank you, and if any questions, please feel free to call or contact me at 218-546-6065 or by email

Marsha Larson