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23 years - 1000 prayers

Jeff Raymond on October 31, 2011 Comments (2)

“I must have prayed for you a thousand times over these years,” came the startling words from a man I had had no contact with for many years.  John and his wife of 23 years, Jennifer, were one of the very first weddings I had photographed back in my days of portrait studio work in Michigan.  Although I was struck by the families’ vibrant Christian testimony, it was a business relationship, and we had no reason to stay in contact after the wedding.

Fast forward to early 2011.  Having learned that John is now a pastor, I called a church in Michigan to learn that he had left that church to take a pastorate in Arkansas.  Soon afterward, our recent trip to the plains states began to develop and I decided to call John, expecting to receive a resounding “Jeff who?”  After all it had been more than two decades.  Who would expect to hear from their wedding photographer?

Instead, I learned of the many prayers offered up on my behalf, heard about “Preacher” John’s new ministry in North Little Rock, AR, and was extended an offer to come share our vision for ABWE Visual Communications!  On Oct 5, we met John and Jennifer for dinner to catch up on years of God’s hand in our lives.  My number one question, “What in the world compelled you to pray all those years?”

“You had been going through some struggle with God’s will in your life – I don’t even remember what it was – and you asked us to pray for you.  I never knew what had happened with you, but never stopped praying.”

Wow!  I certainly don’t remember what it was either, but what a dramatic reminder of the power of prayer.  Only God knows the points in my life when I was under attack or struggling or making major decisions, and someone, somewhere was praying for me at that very moment.
LORD, I know that people’s lives are not their own; it is not for them to direct their steps.  Jeremiah 10:23



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  1. Jess Eaton November 3, 2011

    Fantastic! What a great reminder to keep on praying. Thanks, Jeff and Becky for doing such a great job communicating. We love you all. Jess

  2. Blake Kearns November 26, 2011

    I too have prayed for you. I remember the friend i had in school.Glad I found your sight and facebook.

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