October Prayer Time


Eva Gibson

Prayer Team Member

We come to You, Father God, You who loves us for who we are. We welcome Your presence, for You are King of kings and Lord of lords. You are the great I AM, our Protector and Provider. You turn our dry places into fountains. We rejoice that You cleanse us, teach us, and show us Your ways.

You are Almighty God, the Spirit of truth and holiness, our Savior and our Lord, our very present help in times of trouble. Open our eyes to see the needs of a hurting world, for You are calling us to write for You, for friends and family, for those with whom we work and play, and for others too. Direct us in knowing how to write for those who live and work in faraway places that we never see face-to-face, but whom we know through email, blogs, Twitter, and the internet.

Still our hearts. Help us to listen. “Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us; yes, establish the work of our hands” (Psalm 90:17 nkjv). Give us strength to stretch our writing muscles, to persevere, and to complete the manuscripts You lay upon our hearts to write.

You bring us peace and grace, Father, Holy Spirit, and Lord Jesus Christ. Bless us and hold us close to Your heart.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.



Taylor Bennett, of Roseburg (and still in high school), just signed a three-book contract with Mountain Brook Ink. According to her Facebook post about it, several in OCW have been instrumental in getting her to this point.

 Mary Hake, of Crooked River Ranch, has published many pieces in Christian Light’s children’s Sunday school papers. Her latest is a back-to-school quiz in Story Mates and a two-part story about a family with adopted children from several countries in Partners. She also has a poem in the fall issue of God’s Word for Today.

 Jennifer Anne F. Messing, of Portland, had a new fiction short story, “Labor Day Delight” featured in the August issue of Edify online magazine. Jennifer Anne has also published her first-ever wall calendar: “2018: A Year of Poetry, Praise, and Inspiration” that features her own poems, floral photos, and graphic design. She will have the calendars available for sale, along with her books, at the OCW fall conference on October 21st. Keep up with her latest atwww.JenniferAnneMessing.com.

Kendy Pearson, of Dundee, won a Genesis Award for her unpublished historical novel Kanawha Winds, which was a finalist for a 2017 Cascade Award.

 Richard Spillman, of Sandy, signed a three-book contract with Mountain Brook Ink. The first book of the Awakened trilogy is titled The Awakened. More information is available at www.spillmanrichard.com.

Harry (H.L.) Wegley, of Kent, Washington, was informed by Readers’ Favorite that Books 1 & 2 of his Against All Enemies series, Voice in the Wildernessand Voice of Freedom, have won gold and silver for the Christian Thriller genre in their annual awards. The review for Voice in the Wilderness is posted here:https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/voice-in-the-wilderness and for Voice of Freedom here: https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/voice-of-freedom.

Jill Williamson, of Vancouver, Washington, is a Christy Award finalist in the Visionary category with her title King’s Folly.

The following members have articles in the September issue of The Christian JournalMary E. Brown, of Portland; Jon Drury, of Vancouver, Washington; Annika Klanderud, of Dundee; Maxine Marsolini, of Happy Valley; and Jan Sheerin, of Bend.