December 05, 2013
Dear Friends: Some of you have prayed for me when this request was first made. It is still ongoing. Below are the results of the first meeting. I met with the board and there decision was to have the principal review the documentation and make a final recommendation. A lot happened yesterday that was underhanded and not up front. I was to meet with just the board, but the superintendent called to have the school attorney present. When he told our union president that the attorney was coming he explained to her that it was just because the handbook is new this year and no one in the school really knew how to follow the grievance steps as they were new. This seemed a little disconcerting since he and the board wrote the new teacher handbook. I was to meet with just the board but the principal and the superintend were both there, in light of the fact that the superintendent had chosen not to meet with us and referred it to the board. So the meeting started more stressful for me since both the administrators were there and the attorney. They and the board agreed to call this an impartial hearing which would have been the superintendent's role if he had chosen to do that first. So I went through the documentation I had with the principal there which was difficult because I stated facts of his changing the meaning of my statements and since I had our president at the meetings with me she could corroborate those facts. We also had evidence of him changing the formatting of the document I signed. He was very angry and made new accusations as he presented his side such as students told him I was trying to get the student involved in the incident expelled. He also tried to insinuate that this long six weeks delay was my fault and the president stopped him and said we have copies of emails that were sent out requesting meetings and meeting changes from the administration which was not due to me. Twice he talked down to our representative. This morning he emailed me and requested copies of all of the documentation we presented to the board. He stated that the board asked him to review the documentation and make a recommendation. So at this time I still do not know what the end of this event will be. Thank you so much for emailing me. I got home at 9:15 after the meeting and did not get a message out. Please continue to pray for me, I appreciate it so much. Regardless of the final decision working for the rest of the year with the principal will be very difficult. The decision is still up to him, and because he will be watching everything that I do in efforts to discredit me. In Christ Mello
December 04, 2013
Request for prayers for multiple hardships during this formerly joyous and favorite time of year. My wife moved out for 3/4 of 2013 and now, is hospitalized with declining health issues. Her relationship with God can be characterized as strained to non-existent. This separation has impacted our three adult kids who are trying to find their own direction and the family's future direction, as well. I am unemployed, attempting to sell our family home to raise the necessary monies needed and deal with on-going loneliness. I continue my faith walk with Christ but I'm growing very weary constantly seeking signs of God's presence and comfort. I ask for prayers of strength, persistence and comfort for my wife, (CB) and I, (SB).
December 03, 2013
God Bless all of you who have been praying for me and my marriage... please continue..as I still need them so very much.. My husband walked out on our marriage after 31 years together. And along with him went his entire family who were the only family I had in this world. Now I am totally alone after 31 years. It is like everyone died. Thanksgiving was unbearable as I always had a house full of people and this year the house was silent and so very lonely. Lord, I don't understand any of this... please, please help me! The lonliness is unbearable at times. I will continue to keep putting one foot in front of the other each and every day when I wake up but would appreciate any and all prayers anyone can offer. Please Lord help me to get through this whatever Your Will may be...and also please help my husband...as he needs You too ... he needs to know that what he is doing is wrong.. Thank you so very much for taking the time to read this.. and I thank you so very much for all your prayers....thank you, thank you, thank you.
November 26, 2013
Please pray for my mother to find peace, joy, hope and strength. We lost our younger brother to cancer, our first born in a car accident, and one of my younger sister to a short illness all in a spacing of one year and half. All these happened while my mother's small business, her only source of income was crumbling and falling apart. All these have left my mother with a poor health and is struggling to accept everything and move on. Please pray that she get her health back, and for god to give her the strength to continue doing her small jobs, even if they are not that profitable. Please also pray for me during this time as I lend a shoulder for my mom to cry on. Sometimes I don't even know what to say to my mom as I share her pain. I know we will make it eventually by god's grace. Please keep us in your prayers.
November 23, 2013
Thank you to everyone who has prayed for my dear son over the past year. Through the grace of God, he is now in school, has been drug-free over over 2 years now, has a job, and has recently had the opportunity to move into a house with others who will help him continue to grow. I am so very, very thankful, as I truly believe that all of his blessings are miracles from God. I only hope that we can use his terrible experience from the past as a way to provide encouragement and hope to others facing similar situations. I am so totally thankful for these miracles God has given him and me!!! Thank you so much for your prayers!