1-1-2012 Newsletter

Posted by Dennis Chitwood Sat, 31 Dec 2011 22:08:06 GMT

Dear Friends,

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