The Story Of The Candlestick Messenger By Vonda Mailen
The Lord called me into a prayer mission in the late 70’s, and little did I know then, the long journey He had placed me on. It begin with three people, my Mother Ruthie, my friend Naomi, and myself. We found we each had a desire to reach out to people who had lost hope from illnesses, imprisonment, perceived failures, and who faced the multitudes of real life challenges. Our hearts were burdened for people who had the heart felt question,
“Does anyone out there care that I am hurting?”
We plunged in with a fervor, designing one or two page letters with embedded pictures, poems, scriptures, and uplifting notes of encouragement. It wasn’t long and we were hand mailing over 300 of these letters which we called “The Candlestick Messenger” produced by Little Match Girl (myself), Church Mouse(Naomi), and Lady Redbird (Ruthie).
As the internet developed, we designed several other intercessory prayer websites that reached out to all first responders who live extremely stressful lives and often lay their lives down for others.
The Candlestick Messenger linked to the First Responders web site, as did our Christian "Music Row" web site produced by ShyAnne. We managed these 20+ years and blessings flowed.
Throughout this time, I learned the importance of taking time out to ask the LORD to help those in crises and to respond to them when the means were available – not as a counselor, or pastor, but as a person who had experienced many trials and saw the miracles in trusting Jesus Christ.
We answered the call to intercessory prayer. Prayer intercession gave us the opportunity to witness many miracles and develop relationships with family, friends, emergency responders, and acquaintances, many of whom we will not meet until we are Heaven side.
Prayer warriors are not judges, or gossips. We are called to pray in one accord!
To be in one accord it is important to know ~
1) for whom you are praying
2) what you are asking God to do.
This is necessary in order to line up your request with the Word of Almighty God in the Bible.
We are given the authority to use the name of Jesus and the authority to plead the blood of Jesus upon specific requests. We can anticipate answers when our requests are in line with
the written will of God, as taught in the Bible. Amazing things can happen!
I am grateful that there are still people who are willing to pray for others and to storm the
gates of Hell with confidence believing that our God says “nothing is impossible” in His
We are promised eternal life by accepting that his only beloved son, Jesus Christ, came to earth,
lived among us in the flesh, was crucified on the cross, arose from the dead, and ascended
to Heaven to prepare a place for us to one day live eternally.
This beautiful land beyond our imagination is called “Heaven.”
I invite you to share our inspirational posts and may you experience the peace of Jesus.
Christ can remove all fear of things to come because He says he is ALWAYS WITH US and “we WIN!”
May you hear the call of the Holy Spirit in your lives within these posts.
JESUS LOVES YOU
Inspired by :Little Match Girl and Church Mouse