Dear Genesis Ministry, Thank you for being God's instrument in helping our family obtain a vechicle. We were at a place where we could not afford much for even a used car and through you, not only did we receive a car but we were additionally blessed by being gifted the car! We had being praying that God would provide for us, not quite sure how it would happen. When we got the email and then the phone call confirming that you had a vechicle that was being donated for our use, we praised God for His abundant goodness. Every time we see the vechicle or drive in it, we are so aware or His love for us.
We thank God every day for the donor and for the gift of Genesis Ministry and all the blessings that are poured out through you. Thank you for being the Face of God for us! Peace. K.
Dennis, I met you about 10 years ago at our parish prayer group. You were our guest that evening. You gave a brief homily and prayer, and you were going to pray over each of us. There were maybe twelve people there. You started to go to one person, then you stopped, looked at me, and came over to me first. You told me everything that was going on with my son, and the only thing you didn't have correct was his name. You said John, but his name is Jason. Everything else was spot on. Our leader said she did not tell you anything ahead of time. You prayed over me and gave me so much peace and hope. You told me God has a plan, to let him do his work.I had to let go and let God. That following Saturday morning (1am) at my Eucharistic adoration, rather than yell and be angry with God, I cried and begged and finally surrendered the situation to Him. From that time on, I was at peace, and the situation began to turn around. That whole time, I was in God's way. You helped me see that at the prayer group, and you helped me let go. I am forever grateful that God put you in my life at that time. I got to see first-hand, the awesome power of our God and his plan. May God continue to bless you. Marie
The March 1st & 2nd SPIN Marriage Retreat is full with some couples on standby. We will be having more retreats June 21st & 22nd and August 9th & 10th. We hope you can join us for the life changing marriage retreat. You can always email or call us if you have any questions.
Our God is an awesome God. Nov 2, 2012 was my first ever broken bones in my 68 years of life and I realize I have so much more to learn. My broken ribs are healed and I want to thank you for your prayers. I was asking God for a miracle the first two weeks in order to give Him the glory. He did not give me what I asked for, but what He knew I needed.
I had an opportunity to offer my pain and suffering and unite it with Jesus' passion and death for Him to use for the soul most in need of His mercy. This journey deepened my faith, patience and trust in our living God. I realize God created our bodies to heal and mend themselves given the proper time and treatment. I came to believe even more deeply that 'God works all things to the good for those who love Him and keep His word.' Romans 8:28 I practiced, in those early weeks, what I often say 'to praise and thank God for ALL' as I lay on my bed in pain. I 'gave thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ' Eph. 5:20. He says to ask and you will receive - I asked and the answer was - not yet. All good things, in His time. He makes all things beautiful in His time. Let us be open to more of the power and presence of God. Come Holy Spirit, Come
May this New Year be lived in such an attitude of trust in our God that it will be the BEST YEAR YET. You and yours are in my daily Mass prayers. Thank you again and again.
We received the following email this morning: Elizabeth, Thank you so much for your prayers and your presence with us which was such a consolation to me. I experienced for the first time the gift of healing through you. Alban took such a dramatic turn after you left that he was discharged the next AM. It was a powerful healing! So thank you for you and your husband's beautiful ministry. I keeping spreading the word to others about Genesis Ministry.
We pray that during this Christmas Season each of us will experience God's presence in our life every day. The Miracle of the Incarnation, God coming among us as man, is beyond our comprehension. That alone has caused thousands upon thousands to be in wonder and awe of the closeness of God with us – Emmanuel.
In this sense of awe and wonder of the action of God we would like to share a few of our many experiences over the past year of how God has touched lives through Genesis Ministry. We know it is only through your love, prayer and support that we are able to create the environment to allow hearts to be open to receive God's grace and mercy.
During a Confirmation Retreat four young men experienced deeper understanding of the power of the Holy Spirit.
Following the Joplin, MO tornado of 5-22 we were able to help one of the many families who were devastated by this disaster. Through the generosity of many Genesis donors we were able to send them $12,000 which gave them a 'Hand Up' on beginning a new life.
Eleven couples retreated to a ranch in Farmington, MO for a SPIN Marriage Retreat
Genesis gave a Day of Reflection to women of St. Martin De Porres Parish
Genesis gave a Day of Reflection to the Permanent Deacon and wives about couple spiritual intimacy. http://stlouisreview.com/article/2011-09-28/permanent-deacons
The Visitation painting in Florence, Italy at the moment of Elizabeth's moms death. http://blog.genesis-ministry.org/articles/2011/12/31/amazing-visitation-story
Aquinas Institute recognized Dennis' preaching ability by bestowing on him their Great Preacher Award http://www.ai.edu/AboutUs/PressReleases/tabid/69/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/132/Rev-Mr-Dennis-Chitwood-Honored-with-Aquinas-Institutes-2011-Great-Preacher-Award.aspx
We meet with many people one-on-one. Some shared their gratitude to God:
'I have been following God and His ways for many years since my Baptism of the Holy Spirit . It all pales in comparison to what I have just received through a Theophostic Prayer experience.'
'I am free of Panic attacks triggered from past sexual abuse'
'Whenever I'm with you miracles happen – my eyes are open to God's presence'
'All couples could benefit from this retreat.'
'I am a child of God. Wow'
You and yours are lifted up at our daily Mass. Please pray for us to follow God's lead.
Blessings, Dennis & Elizabeth
Dear Deacon Dennis and Auunt Elizabeth, Praise God! Hope your holiday is coming up well. I have sent you more photos of the admission day- inset is Mum,my brother-Emmanuel, my uncle and her daughter. About the check you were to send - we are very thankfull about it but we were thinking maybe you could just hold on with it and when I get a permanent job maybe I could save and combine with that you are holding then it forms the air ticket for me to come visit and thank you personaly.What do you think? Lots of Love and Blessings,
We said good bye to mom, Anne Weiss; age 97, before leaving for a gifted trip of a lifetime to Munich and Italy on 10-31-11. She had Congestive Heart Failure and we had said our good byes four times already this year. She had donated her body to SLU Hospital years ago. We were at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy on Fri.11-4-11 at 11:55 AM and were to meet our friends John & Michele Hopkins at noon. Our private guide Hildrun said we had time to see one more room. As we entered room #25 a painting of The Visitation by Albertinelli, 1503, caught my eye and I teared up and said 'Dennis isn't this beautiful?' I began crying and then sobbing. He held me facing the painting and said 'It reminds me of a mother and daughter – like mom and Patti (my beloved sister who died suddenly 12-25-10 of an aneurism).' He didn't realize at the time this painting was The Visitation of Mary greeting her cousin Elizabeth from Luke 1: 39-45. Walking to meet John and Michele I experienced deep heavy sighs (a sign of grief) and didn't begin to understand the significance. I was relating to them my reaction to the painting when John's phone rang; it was our daughter Jeana calling from St. Louis, MO. She told me grandma is now resting in Jesus' arms. This was 5:55 AM St. Louis time, the exact same time I saw this painting. A few moments before mom died, Jeana said: 'Grandma, it's okay to go. Please pray for us and we will pray for you. Patti is waiting for you'. Mom, a holy woman and precious Child of God, had been Anointed and died peacefully. God stories happen all the time. Let us be open to the Holy Spirit, courageous and ready to share them with each other to help build our faith.