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What to Do in a Crisis

Some men came and told Jehoshaphat, “A great multitude is coming against you from Edom, from beyond the sea; and, behold, they are in Hazazon-tamar (that is, Engedi). Then Jehoshaphat was afraid and set his face to seek the LORD (2 Chronicles 20:2–3a, ESV).

King Jehoshaphat was in crisis. Not the kind of vague, ambiguous crisis that may or may not yet develop into a problem. This was the kind of crisis, like some we all face eventually, where you can tell in an instant, “Everything is about to change.” You can hardly see the future because of it. You can hardly see tomorrow for it. An enemy who significantly outnumbered the king’s forces was approaching from right over the hill, and “Jehoshaphat was afraid,” like any of us would be.

But when you are afraid, what you do next is everything. It’s one of the most important things about you. And when Jehoshaphat was afraid, the Bible says he “set his face to seek the LORD.”

What does that mean exactly? How does a person “set his face to seek the LORD”?

Four answers are found in 2 Chronicles 20:

  1. Fast. Jehoshaphat “proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah” (verse 3). Fasting is the denial of the body’s demands for a season to heighten the demands of the spirit. We are people of many hungers, the longing for God being only one. Desires, however, are a finite commodity. They can’t all be satisfied at once. But by deliberately turning down the satisfaction on some of them, you can turn up your passion for God. When you need to get to God in a hurry, when you need an answer that is obviously from Him, start with fasting.
  2. Pray. Jehoshaphat’s prayer, which runs for seven verses (6–12), gives many characteristics of what prayer in crisis needs to be. The words of his prayer right-sized the power of God, anchoring his faith in the invincible might of the Lord. He remembered God’s provision in the past. He recited God’s promises made in His Word. He reviewed his own powerlessness in trying to rescue himself. And he riveted his eyes and the eyes of the people on God. “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you” (verse 12). That’s breakthrough prayer in a crisis.
  3. Stand. They didn’t run. They didn’t hide. They didn’t quit. They didn’t cower. They stood. “Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly” (verse 5). “All Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children” (verse 13). When you’re in a spot where all you can do is fast and pray your way out of it, be ready to take your stand when the praying is finished. “No! This marriage is not over!” “No! I’m not losing my kids to the world!” As long as you have breath, you’re not backing down. You’re standing. No retreat.
  4. Believe. They “stood up to praise the LORD” for the rest of the day (verse 19). And the next morning, “Jehoshaphat stood and said, ‘Hear me, Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem! Believe in the LORD your God, and you will be established'” (verse 20). As one of their prophets had said while they fasted, prayed, and worshiped, “Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God’s” (verse 15). Believe, and watch Him deliver you.

Four things to do in a crisis, before you do anything else: fast, pray, stand, and believe. That’s how you set your face to seek the Lord.

Journal

  • Consider writing these four words in the front of your Bible. Have them ready in a crisis.
  • Who do you know who needs this kind of counsel right now? Will you go stand with them?

Pray

Lord God, not even the biggest, most overwhelming problems of my life are ever a match for Your power. When I am in the midst of crisis, whenever I feel afraid, You are always there. Help me run nowhere else. And when others around me find themselves in similar situations, use me as one of Your children to lead them down this same path of fasting, praying, standing, and believing. I trust that You are working, and I pray this in the powerful name of Jesus, amen.

— James MacDonald

For more from James MacDonald and the “Walk in the Word” Bible teaching ministry, visit WalkInTheWord.com.

 

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14 Year Anniversary of MSC

Fourteen years ago this past August MSC, Inc. was created after the tragic loss in a drowning accident of a son, brother, cousin and friend, Mitch Swaback. Mitch was an all-in type of guy, always volunteering, always saying yes and always showing up. Strangers were attracted to Mitch from the moment they met him. Mitch wore his heart on his sleeve; everyone knew the real Mitch and his desire to include and love everyone. For the past 14 years MSC has taken our lead from Mitch by saying yes, by including everyone and showing up!

From MSC’s early days of rehabbing women’s and children’s shelters, to building an athletic center and orphanage there has never been a time that MSC wasn’t jumping in to help. Seven years ago, as a direct response to the recession and a desire to serve our neighbors MSC launched the Harvest Compassion Center. MSC aimed to create a one-stop shopping center where everyone was welcome, where clients heard yes more than no, and where dignity, compassion and the love of the Lord was displayed. Today, there are three Harvest Compassion Centers in Arizona. Over 100,000 individuals have been served with free groceries, clothing, hygiene, school, Christmas and household items, as well as Bibles and prayer. The small outreach that began by preserving a legacy of one 23-year-old has grown to an army of volunteers, community partners and friends who have decided to be all in and say yes! Yes, to feeding the hungry, yes to loving the poor, and yes to accepting strangers just the way they are. Our prayer is that MSC will continue to be blessed by the outpouring of support from others as an even greater impact is made.

From all of us at MSC, we are extremely thankful for the 14-years of ongoing support from friends, family, and communities across the nation. Faithful supporters from day one to new friends who just came on board, we are grateful for you and your decision to say, YES!

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Come Walk/Run with Team MSC this September 15th in Wheaton, Illinois

Join Team MSC!

Saturday, September 15th

Team MSC is growing! Currently over 25 participants have registered to race in the DuPage PADS 1k, 5k, and 10k on Saturday, September 15 at 8am in Wheaton, Illinois. If you live in the Chicagoland area, we would love to have you come out and be a part of Team MSC!

To join Team MSC, register at www.teamhcc.org and create your own Sponsor Me Page in less than two minutes. To date Team MSC has raised a total of $33,000 towards our team goal of raising $100,000! We’re off to a fantastic start, but we do need YOU TO COME OUT and participate to help us reach our goal! It’s a fun, family-filled morning. Kids are welcome to walk, moms and dads can push strollers! Bring a friend and offer them the opportunity to raise funding for a worthy cause!

This is MSC/HCC’s largest fundraiser of the year! Also, VOLUNTEERS are needed! If you aren’t able to walk or run those distances, Team MSC will still welcome you as a volunteer! We need 80 volunteers for this event.

If you have any questions about joining Team MSC and/or volunteering on September 15 please contact Nicolee Thompson.

How To Join Team MSC

Go to teamhcc.org, scroll down and choose Register Today. From there follow the prompts to ‘Become a Fundraiser.’ The site will create a personalized Team MSC page for you; after you’re done creating your page, you can share your page with anyone online so they can sponsor you! Every dollar raised goes towards all MSC projects, and every team member has a goal of raising $500.00. Once you hit your goal of $500.00 our long-sleeve, race shirt is yours as our thank you! Remember, every single dollar raised does make a difference!

Last thing as a runner/walker, please go to https://fundraise.dupagepads.org/event/14th-annual-run-4-home/e175693 and REGISTER as an INDIVIDUAL, you will see Adult Early Bird Pricing that is good until August 17th, Child Pricing and Children 0-5 are free. You must register through PADS site to be an official participant (MSC is not handling racer registration).

If you can’t make it out for the run/walk, you can still go to www.teamhcc.org and sponsor a team member, helping us reach our grand goal of raising $100,000! Log on today and see who’s already racing with us!

This is our LARGEST fundraiser of the year! Without the support of YOU RACING WITH US, we will not meet our goal. We are praying for an amazing event this year and are excited to race with old and new friends!

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Monthly Motivation: Elisabeth

Elisabeth was a first-time guest of HCC who suddenly found herself sitting in prayer at HCC’s check-in desk asking the Lord to provide a much-needed job ASAP! After losing her job several months prior her savings were dwindling, and she was struggling to survive on free resources. Her days were filled with not knowing where her next meal would come from, whether today would be the day her landlord had enough and kicked her out of her apartment, and job rejection phone calls. After Elisabeth shared these details, the HCC check-in volunteer prayed and assured her that the Lord can provide that job today or tomorrow and to have faith. Faith was new to Elisabeth and she wasn’t exactly sure what that meant. However, Elisabeth left the HCC that day with a car load of groceries, new clothing for interviews and a renewed energy that a job will be provided!

Two days later HCC’s phone rang. It was Elisabeth thrilled to report back to the HCC that God had provided that job she needed within 48 hours of her very first prayer!

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Serving SPROUTS Shoot and Score!

This past month our Serving SPROUTS (Small People Reaching Out Unfeelingly to Serve) kids program hosted a family-filled night at a WNBA Phoenix Mercury game. About twice a year Serving SPROUTS organize family fun nights to celebrate the amazing work these SPROUTS are accomplishing by feeding hungry kids in the Valley.

Our SPROUTS got the full V.I.P treatment even before the basketball game started! SPROUTS were invited onto the court for an autographed ball exchange before the game, were invited to stand next to the players on the court for the National Anthem then join them in their team huddle! During half time SPROUTS were invited to participate in the player high five tunnels and post-game Serving SPROUTS and their families were invited onto the Suns/Mercury court to play a game of their own!

“Oh, my word, this was one of the most fun things I’ve ever done in my life. The best part of the night was standing next to 6’9 Brittany Grimes and seeing her foot next to mine, her foot is huge! Then she autographed my basketball, it was so cool!” exclaimed 5’4″ SPROUT, Alijah.

SPROUTS coordinator Nicolee Thompson said, “We really try to mix up different places that we know the kids would love and then add extra V.I.P. experiences to it so the entire family is blessed. I’d like thank the Phoenix Mercury for taking such great care of our SPROUTS. Not too many kids get to shoot hoops on a WNBA/NBA floor when they are 10!”

HCC would like to extend another thank you to each Serving SPROUTS family who teaches their children daily what it means to work hard, be generous givers and to serve their community!

For information on how you can join Serving SPROUTS please email Nicolee Thompson.

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HCC Back Pack & School Supply Recap

HCC is sending a HUGE thank you to all who donated, volunteered and participated in this year’s Back-2-School Drive! Here are the final numbers:

  • 20 organizations, churches, and local businesses participated
  • 628 backpacks FILLED with school supplies were given out to kids
  • 135 backpacks were given out on the first day alone at HCC Phoenix.

This was our largest Back-2-School to date! Thank you for helping make this event a huge success and most of all thank you for providing school readiness items for kids who truly need them!

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What God’s Been Doing: What To Do In A Crisis

What To Do In A Crisis

Some men came and told Jehoshaphat, “A great multitude is coming against you from Edom, from beyond the sea; and, behold, they are in Hazazon-tamar (that is, Engedi). Then Jehoshaphat was afraid and set his face to seek the LORD (2 Chronicles 20:2-3a, ESV).

King Jehoshaphat was in crisis. Not the kind of vague, ambiguous crisis that may or may not yet develop into a problem. This was the kind of crisis, like some we all face eventually, where you can tell in an instant, “Everything is about to change.” You can hardly see the future because of it. You can hardly see tomorrow for it. An enemy who significantly outnumbered the king’s forces was approaching from right over the hill, and “Jehoshaphat was afraid,” like any of us would be.

But when you are afraid, what you do next is everything. It’s one of the most important things about you. And when Jehoshaphat was afraid, the Bible says he “set his face to seek the LORD.”

What does that mean exactly? How does a person “set his face to seek the LORD”?

Four answers are found in 2 Chronicles 20:

  1. Fast. Jehoshaphat “proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah” (verse 3). Fasting is the denial of the body’s demands for a season to heighten the demands of the spirit. We are people of many hungers, the longing for God being only one. Desires, however, are a finite commodity. They can’t all be satisfied at once. But by deliberately turning down the satisfaction on some of them, you can turn up your passion for God. When you need to get to God in a hurry, when you need an answer that is obviously from Him, start with fasting.
  2. Pray. Jehoshaphat’s prayer, which runs for seven verses (6-12), gives many characteristics of what prayer in crisis needs to be. The words of his prayer right-sized the power of God, anchoring his faith in the invincible might of the Lord. He remembered God’s provision in the past. He recited God’s promises made in His Word. He reviewed his own powerlessness in trying to rescue himself. And he riveted his eyes and the eyes of the people on God. “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you” (verse 12). That’s breakthrough prayer in a crisis.
  3. Stand. They didn’t run. They didn’t hide. They didn’t quit. They didn’t cower. They stood. “Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly” (verse 5). “All Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children” (verse 13). When you’re in a spot where all you can do is fast and pray your way out of it, be ready to take your stand when the praying is finished. “No! This marriage is not over!” “No! I’m not losing my kids to the world!” As long as you have breath, you’re not backing down. You’re standing. No retreat.
  4. Believe. They “stood up to praise the LORD” for the rest of the day (verse 19). And the next morning, “Jehoshaphat stood and said, ‘Hear me, Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem! Believe in the LORD your God, and you will be established'” (verse 20). As one of their prophets had said while they fasted, prayed, and worshiped, “Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God’s” (verse 15). Believe, and watch Him deliver you.

Four things to do in a crisis, before you do anything else: fast, pray, stand, and believe. That’s how you set your face to seek the Lord.

Journal

  • Consider writing these four words in the front of your Bible. Have them ready in a crisis.
  • Who do you know who needs this kind of counsel right now? Will you go stand with them?

Pray

Lord God, not even the biggest, most overwhelming problems of my life are ever a match for Your power. When I am in the midst of crisis, whenever I feel afraid, You are always there. Help me run nowhere else. And when others around me find themselves in similar situations, use me as one of Your children to lead them down this same path of fasting, praying, standing, and believing. I trust that You are working, and I pray this in the powerful name of Jesus, amen.

— James MacDonald

For more from James MacDonald and the “Walk in the Word” Bible teaching ministry, visit WalkInTheWord.com.

 

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HCC Volunteer Spotlight: Jan Bischoff

It’s a pleasure to introduce to you a lady who does it all, please meet this month’s Rockstar volunteer Jan Bischoff. Jan, moving from Oklahoma where she was a teacher for 30 years, came to Phoenix to be closer to one of her two sons. Looking to get plugged in somewhere in her community, Jan found HCC and has been faithfully volunteering her time for the past four years. Jan is a food shopper, a clothing shopper, helps in the back sorting and processing, volunteers at all our special events and now is a lead volunteer running processing at HCC Maryvale on Fridays. Jan always has a smile on her face, loves to share her latest movie review, and often brings her grandkids with her, teaching them the importance of giving back.

When we asked Jan what her favorite part about volunteering at HCCs is, she replied, “Meeting a lot of people, from guests to volunteers. Also, being a witness to them and praying and talking with them about Jesus.” She encourages others to come volunteer and see how HCCs are meeting clients at the door with compassion! Jan also expressed that her time spent volunteering at HCCs has helped her open up and grow in her boldness with her faith.

Come meet Jan any Wednesday or Friday at HCCs, she’ll be wearing her favorite Kansas City Chiefs jersey and would love to welcome you at the door! Thank you, Jan, for your obedience to serving your hungry neighbors, you are loved and treasured!

If you’re interested in volunteering at HCCs across the Valley, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Adrie Olson at aolson@msfcares.org.

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Serving SPROUTS: Reba’s Vision & Baskets of Hope

HCCs are built around collaboration as it is vital to be constantly connecting with other nonprofits creating larger, meaningful community impact. HCC’s Serving SPROUTS kids program follows this principle by partnering once a quarter with another Valley outreach to learn about their cause and how they can get involved.

This summer the Serving SPROUTS partnered with Reba’s Vision & Baskets of Hope, a local Phoenix nonprofit who creates baskets of hope and delivers them to local hospitals for children with cancer and/or other critical illnesses. Last month the Serving SPROUTS and families visited Banner Thunderbird Hospital with Reba’s Vision and delivered baskets of hope filled with blankets, toys, gift cards, books and more to the pediatric floors. Serving SPROUT leaders challenged the SPROUTS and their families to create and donate 35 baskets. To our amazement Serving SPROUT families stepped up big time and delivered 70 baskets! The power of sharing this simple outreach on social media, with a neighbor, and/or sharing with one’s sport team allowed for an amazing response! Reba, founder of Reba’s Vision who herself is suffering from stage 4 cancer, was blown away by the Serving SPROUTS generosity.

Thank you Serving SPROUT families and kids for truly making a difference, once again showing your compassion to others!

To see videos of Serving SPROUTS delivering the baskets please visit our Facebook and Instagram pages.

To find out how your family can sign up to be a Serving SPROUT email Nicolee Thompson.

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Back-2-School Back Pack & School Supply Giveaway

For the past three years HCCs have hosted Back-2-School special outreach events within our communities. This year is no different. With the school year starting in the Valley very soon, having school readiness items for kids is critical to being 100% prepared to start the school year off with a bang!

Kids from the local community are invited into the HCCs to pick out their favorite, brand-new school backpack for the upcoming school year. Kids are so excited to then fill their backpack with school supplies according to their grade level. Parents and grandparents take a back seat on this one and watch as the kids get to ‘go shopping’! After a child is done shopping they wear that backpack out the door, as many times this is the first time they have had a brand-new backpack to be proud of.

135 kids in 2 ½ hours were served on the first day of backpack giveaways at HCC Phoenix! “It was crazy, the line of kids wrapped around our building!” commented Adrie Olson, HCC Phoenix Director. As of the first of August HCCs, have assisted over 400 kids in getting all the supplies needed to kick off the school year. Stay tuned, we’re still shopping with kids and will have final numbers next month!

Thank you to our many partners who gave generously to make this fourth annual backpack and school supply giveaway a success, as well as Adrie Olson and her Advisory Team for encouraging families, local businesses and churches to be a part.