We Are Messengers: Pass it On.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ —

You were and are blessings to Indianapolis. Word could not express my sincere gratitude and honor working with you. The hungry were fed, the oppressed were given hope, people accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior and God’s unconditional love spread throughout the metro Indy.

There are many testimonies and stories yet to come. Check out this passage from Psalm 78:4b-7,

We will not hide them from their children;
we will tell the next generation
the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD,
his power, and the wonders he has done.

5 He decreed statutes for Jacob
and established the law in Israel,
which he commanded our forefathers
to teach their children,

6 so the next generation would know them,
even the children yet to be born,
and they in turn would tell their children.

7 Then they would put their trust in God
and would not forget his deeds
but would keep his commands.

Please continue to send me your testimonies. You and I are conduits of God’s dominion to our city. As Bill Johnson say on his Book, When Heaven Invades Earth, “Encounters with the Almighty God become a unifying factor for generations”.

God revealed himself as Jehovah Nissi, THE LORD IS MY BANNER at a great battle after the Hebrews crossed the Red Sea and while they were wandering in the desert. In Exodus 17:8-16 Moses ordered Joshua, to lead the Israelites into battle while he stood on top of a hill to pray.

They won and God told Moses to write down what had happened and read it in Joshua’s hearing. God knows the time when Moses would be gone and Joshua would be called upon to take over leadership of God’s chosen people. Joshua crossed the Jordan River into Canaan (the Promised Land) and defeat Jericho. Joshua had many battles ahead of him and God wanted him to remember back to this one and the victory God had given them.

You and I are God’s message to the community and God’s glory need to be told.

“Don’t just ask for a miracle; Be the miracle for others and for our city!”

God bless,


SHARE the Love. . . Tell the Story!

Though the event Faith Hope and Love Week is over… the legacy goes on. We are asking for your help as we create testimonies of remembrance so that we are reminded of what our God has done for us in the past. The ways in which everyday people are used to meet the needs of their fellows through the faith, hope and love bestowed on them through Christian caring and sharing.

These stories will act as grounding in gratitude for a “foundation in faith” that we can turn to whenever we come across another hurdle. Not “if”, but “when” we reach a time when troubles seem to loom up again, we can draw on these testimonies of God’s faithfulness and provision of miracles as a source of encouragement.

Our combined testimonies make up the Faith, Hope, and Love story. And that story can teach those God directs us to help to do the same, to tell their children, now here and yet unborn, how God helped them through us. The power of the Lord can then turn generations of families around from not having faith, to possessing a surpassing faith, from being hopeless, to having hope, from feeling unloved, to knowing they are loved by our Lord and Savior, Jesus, who acts through His servants, you and I. That is the power of our written testimonies!

So as Merlin always says: “Be the Miracle for others and for your city” and ask the Lord to help you write your Faith, Hope, and Love Testimony. May God bless you for it.


Here is another testimonial regarding Faith Hope and Love Week 2008:

Thanks to ALL of you for your hard work and dedication in making this all work. The projects I visited in Noblesville, Carmel, Nora and Homeplace all were such a great testimony, as were all the projects going on all week long. FHL and you are all making an impact for Christ. I think we would all be amazed if we could really see the number of lives touched last week—the kids at the apartment complex, the single Mom, the neighbors around the park, the kids who will be blessed at the Diabetes Camp….and the list goes on….

Merlin—you are a blessing and it continues to be a privilege to know your heart for outreach and work towards that vision. Thank you for your tireless passion for FHL.” –– Lynn N.

If YOU have a story to tell about something you witnessed or experienced during Faith Hope and Love Week 2008, please send an email to [email protected] so that we may share the blessings of how God works among His people!!

Testimonials About FHL Week 2008

Here are some testimonials received this week during Faith Hope and Love Week:

Everyone was so appreciative of our time and work: and even though we weren’t able to do some of our tasks to completion, I felt that our interaction with others was more important. I could “live out” the “experience” instead of just completing a task. Thank you.
–– Tammy D. with Christus Youth Goup/Youth Work Groups

It was really fun” –– Paige D. with Oakland U.M.C.

Overall this experience was really great! I really feel that this community was blessed to have us! I know that I will continue helping. This made my faith/belief stronger with God : ) Thanks for letting us help!” –– Hannah T. with Christus Luthern Church

Even though the work was hard, it was nice to see the people happy when we were done.
–– Dana R. with Christus Youth Work Groups

Love Out Loud! This has been an awesome experience for all our youth.
–– Donna B. with Oakland Methodist Youth Group

We ALL are blessed as we share the stories of how God uses us to bless another; to meet needs where we can; to show the love of Jesus Christ to a hungry and hurting world. Thank you to all the volunteers for not only sharing your time, but actually sharing your lives with those whose lives were touched by your kindnesses this week.

Likewise, thank you to the people that we were honored to help this week. May God continue to work a good work through you, growing your faith in His provision and care for you. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to share in your blessing!

If you have further testimonials, stories, or feedback regarding Faith Hope and Love Week 2008, please submit them to [email protected] and cc. to [email protected]