Friday, July 9, 2010

Presidential Prayer Team Update

July 8, 2010

To Prayer Team:  Thank you very much for keeping me in your prayers.  It is very thoughtful and I  am grateful for your support and encouragement. - 26 June 2010 - General David H. Petraeus, United States Army Commanding This week Adopt Our Troops in Prayer came back online after being inoperable for nearly nine months.  The difficult decision was made late last year to discontinue due to a lack of donations and technological resources.

The Presidential Prayer Team has made significant changes to reduce our operational costs, including staff cutbacks and relocating into donated office space. During  this time we continued praying and fiscally watching for a proper time to return the Adopt Our Troops ministry.

In just the last 48 hours we have seen an explosive response to our step of faith and thousands of adoptions have poured in. There are over 165,000 military personnel waiting to be adopted! We are excited about the overwhelming participation, but realize our costs will exceed our forecasts.

We need your help!

First, we must raise our funding far more than we had anticipated.

Second, we need you to invite one or two more praying friends to join with us, so all 165,000 now waiting will receive our prayer support.

Please act on this today. (Select one or both options below)

     1. [Help with Financial Support] (Securely online, by mail or phone)

     2. [Adopt A Troop for Prayer]
       or - (ask your friends to visit here)

Thank you for being actively involved as a prayer member.

Your Presidential Prayer Team

More Than Free Speech

Family With Flag
At risk is our very religious freedom as believers in Christ.

by Dr. Tom Askew

For the second time in two years, Christian witnesses from Acts 17 Apologetics were expelled from an Arab Festival in Dearborn, Michigan. The free speech rights of these missionaries were violated -- and it is difficult to imagine a scenario in which Muslim protesters or hecklers would be similarly arrested at a Christian festival in the United States.

It was first in 2009 that Nabeel Qureshi and David Wood were expelled from the festival for asking questions of a vendor whose sign stated, "We’ve got answers." The vendor summoned security guards who pushed and struck the two men and knocked around their camera as they were escorted out. This year, the representatives from Acts 17 Apologetics stood outside the festival to offer passers-by a free copy of the Gospel of John in Arabic and English. After distributing only a few minutes, eight uniformed Dearborn police surrounded them and told them to move at least five blocks away from the festival.Issues

Armed Forces Prayer Focus
Conrad Whyne
Conrad Whyne, Director, U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency
Conrad Whyne is responsible for ensuring the secure storage and safe destruction of chemical weapons materiel, closure of demilitarization facilities, and planning for base realignment and closure requirements.Executive Branch

Executive Prayer Focus
Karl W. Eikenberry
Karl W. Eikenberry, United States Ambassador to Afghanistan
President Obama selected Eikenberry to be the U. S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, in a move considered by some to be "highly unusual" as he was a career officer in a highly sensitive postExecutive Branch

Legislative Prayer Focus
John Barrasso
John Barrasso, United States Senator, Wyoming
John Barrasso is Chief of Staff of the Wyoming Medical Center, State President of the Wyoming Medical Society, and has been awarded the "Wyoming Physician of the Year" and "Medal of Excellence" awards.Legislative Branch

Judicial Prayer Focus
Judge John M. Roll
Judge John M. Roll, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the District of Arizona
The United States government filed a lawsuit against Arizona seeking an injunction against the immigration law. It will come before Judge Roll’s in U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona.Judicial Branch


Windy City Gun Ban Overturned

Chicago's streets
But on Chicago’s streets, the real battle isn’t about the right to bear arms.

by Travis Koop

In 2008, police in Chicago, IL recorded over 510 homicides. In the same year, the Associated Press released that 314 soldiers had been killed in combat in Iraq. While Chicago homicides increased 15 percent from the previous year, losses in Iraq during the same year decreased by nearly 35 percent.

Now, only halfway into 2010, Chicago’s homicide tally is at 217 murders, an increase from the first half of 2009. Based on these sobering statistics, it’s not a stretch to say that Chicago violence is desperately out of control. By the numbers, Chicago would even seem to be more deadly than Iraq. According to Chicago Mayor Richard Daily, the violence in the city is proof that a ban on handguns is necessary…and the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in late June to lift that ban will simply intensify the already rampant violence that threatens to make Chicago the most dangerous city in the nation.


Our Godly Heritage

Etched in Stone
The Washington Monument: God be praised!

Washington Monument
by Adam Colwell
A full 40 years in the making, it’s one of the nation’s most iconic structures, dedicated as a tribute to one of the country’s most revered personalities -- and remains as a towering witness to America’s most undeniable Christian heritage.
The Washington Monument was built between 1848 and 1884, constructed in two phases from 1848-56 and 1876-84. It was created to honor George Washington’s military leadership during the American Revolution…but a lack of funding, political turmoil and uncertainty about the future of the Union almost doomed the structure.Heritage 

Pray For President Obama & Administration

President Barack Obama has bypassed Congress to appoint Dr. Donald M. Berwick, a health policy expert, to run Medicare and Medicaid. The recess appointment was needed to carry out the new health care laws, said White House.

The Transportation Security Administration on Tuesday issued a directive that would bar "controversial opinions" from inbound emails to government employees, and reversed itself on Wednesday after free speech outcries.

Pray that members of the Administration would be wise in their timing, choices and directives.

Pray For Congressional Leaders

West Virginia’s governor will delay appointing a successor to the late Sen. Robert Byrd while they review that state’s election laws that apply to when an election must be held to fill a vacant seat.

A bipartisan panel investigating charges that the Justice Department wrongly abandoned a case against the New Black Panther Party is calling for a separate probe of the matter and also issuing a new round of subpoenas.

Pray for all those charged with upholding the law to act in thoughtful and cautious manners.

Pray For Judicial Needs

The Supreme Court has concluded its 2009-2010 term and will reconvene in October.  Denying rumors to the contrary, Justice Anthony Kennedy plans to remain in his seat on the Bench until  at least the 2012 elections.

The U. S. District Court for Arizona received the filing of a suit by the United States against Arizona aimed at blocking an Arizona law that requires local police and sheriffs to question  legal status of those stopped for other reasons.

Pray that our courts would consider the wide-ranging implications of the decisions they render.

Pray for Current Events


In the first incident of its kind, NATO mistakenly killed five of its Afghan army allies in an airstrike while they were attacking insurgents. Three American soldiers were also reported killed in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan.

Publicly, the U.S. credits Pakistan with helping against al-Qaida and the Taliban. Privately, the relationship is often marked with distrust and double-dealing as Pakistan runs double agents against the CIA.

Pray for our military and other special forces acting to secure freedom for the people of Afghanistan.


A long-time associate of Osama bin Laden pled guilty to charges of conspiracy and material support, laying the groundwork for the first-ever conviction under the military commission system established by President Obama.

In an indictment unsealed this week, prosecutors revealed that the failed plot to set off bombs in the New York subway system last year was part of a larger al-Qaida terrorist conspiracy targeting both the U.S. and England.

Pray for all those who are making advances against the scourge of al-Qaida and other terrorist groups.


Postal rates will increase in 2011, with first-class stamps rising from 44 cents to 46 cents, starting in January, as the Postal Service works to deal with its massive budget deficit, reduced volume, increased costs, etc.

The cost of harboring illegal immigrants in the United States is a staggering $113 billion a year (or roughly $1,117 for every legally-residing household in America) according to a recent study.

Pray about the ever-increasing costs of government and its impact on the families of America..


Ahead of the anniversary of the 2nd Lebanon War, the Israeli Defense Force has released information indicating that Hezbollah has more than 20,000 fighters and 40,000 missiles spread across southern Lebanese villages.

President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu affirmed US-Israeli closeness after their White House meeting Tuesday, but strains remain over Iran and the Palestinian peace process.

Pray for the people of the Middle East who seek peace.


New Medicare data reports that heart attack death rates in hospitals have dropped markedly, noting the American Hospital Association has worked very hard to clear patients’ blocked arteries and speed time of responses.

A simple blood test to predict Alzheimer’s disease up to 10 years before symptoms appear could be developed after researchers found high levels of a protein called clusterin can be an early sign of the condition.

Pray for the doctors, technicians, nurses and researchers who are concerned with the health of Americans.

Presidential Quote of the Week
Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), 26th President of the United States
"Every thinking man, when he thinks, realizes that the teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and intertwined with our whole civic and social life that it would be literally impossible for us to figure for ourselves what life would be like if these standards were removed. We would lose almost all of the standards by which we now judge both public and private morals; all of the standards towards which we, with more or less resolution, strive to raise ourselves." 
- President Theodore Roosevelt, 1910 message on
The New Nationalism.

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