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Saturday, April 21, 2012

And We Are Off

Pocket Full of Quarters Trek 2012
And We’re Off

By Cheryle M. Touchton
The Pocket Full of Quarters Lady

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Rom 10:13 KJV

Belle the Missionary Dog and I are on the road. The 2012 Pocket Full of Quarters Missionary Journey has begun. This is our 10th year of traveling the country, sharing Jesus, and handing out quarters. The quarters represent the free grace of God and being prepared for life and eternity. You can read why I talk so much about pockets and quarters at Why Quarters? Our job is to travel the country helping people have full pockets – spiritually, emotionally, physically, and mentally. To ride along, all you have to do is follow this website.

So what do we do? We help people call on the name of the Lord.  We help them “get saved.” Have you ever wondered what that word means? My ministry mentor, Ron Fuller with the Sojourners Fellowship, recently gave me a lesson in the Greek Language and a way to articulate what we do on the Pocket Full of Quarters Missionary Journeys.

The Greek word for saved is sozo.  It is a rich word with many meanings. First, it means what most think it means - saved from an eternity in hell.  At Pocket Full of Change Ministries, we help people get heaven. As I travel, I give the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus. I quote scripture and invite people to the party Christians call Jesus. The harvest is ripe and many say yes. I celebrate with the angels in heaven when someone calls on the name of Jesus for the very first time. Belle and I ask to you read our stories, look at our pictures, pray for the people who step up and change their destinies, and celebrate with us.

In addition to eternal salvation, sojo also means healed, delivered, and preserved.  As Belle and I travel, our call is to all of these things. We pray before we leave, pray everywhere we stop, and go where the Holy Spirit leads.

I meet people in need of healing – spiritually and physically. I listen to their needs, pray with them, write about them if they give permission, take their picture so you can pray for them ( Photo Gallery), and send their needs out to our prayer team. As promised in the Word of God, miracles happen as people get healed. We’d love to have you on our prayer team. Join our Prayer Team

In case you haven’t noticed, Satan is alive and well in America. We meet people actively involved in witchcraft, devil worship, and doing unspeakable things. We meet Christians caught up in strongholds that are destroying their faith and ruining their lives. Satan may not have their eternity but he is sure ruining their time on earth. I believe what the Bible says about deliverance and use the word of God to pray over these people and bind the evil spirits. One of my greatest joys is to see the surprise on people’s faces when they feel the release from demons and strongholds. We also send these needs to our prayer team.

That word is a little more vague to me. I prayed about it and realized that our call is to help people preserve their faith. Many Christians are discouraged. They worry about the economy, their children, or their marriages. Discouraged Christians know they should have faith but when life invariably happens, they find the faith faltering. When their faith falters, they feel even worse about themselves. Perhaps these people are the ones Belle and I spend the most time with. We read the Bible with them, visit in their homes, and pray with them. Often these stories are too intimate and private to share on this blog but helping discouraged Christians is a large part of the ministry. Belle and I may spend minutes, hours, and even days with Christians who find their faith in need of being preserved. Whenever possible, I share these stories and the needs with you and our prayer team. You can encourage us and help preserve this ministry by Donating.

I ask you to pray for Belle and me as we travel. Follow the MAP to see where we have been.  Check out the schedule to see where we are going. Ride along on the 2012 Pocket Full of Quarters Missionary Journey and watch the Holy Spirit work.

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