Putting Prayers to Action is a Private, non-profit organization focused on Sharing God’s Love to a hurting world by meeting the physical & Spiritual needs. We are committed to changing the world, one life at a time with Mercy, Love & Grace through Christ Jesus, Our Lord.
The Ministry is in the small community of Big Clifty, KY. The ministry continues to grow and expand to new horizons as God directs our paths. We believe in networking with other ministries, in order to fulfill the needs in God’s Kingdom. Our network of resource’s, volunteers and ministries has grown by faith in working together through the years. Each playing a crucial and important part, but vital role to each other. As in the church body, each member plays a different role, some seen more than other’s, but each member of that body is of equal value. God’s word is clear of how we are to work in unity within the Body of Christ and we want to thank each important member in our body of God’s Storehouse of Hope & Love, for believing in our Mission & Purpose.
Our Ministry supports many Outreach Ministries in State and Out of State. Jesus led the example of compassion and as Christians; we are to be the Hand’s and Feet of Jesus. We provide Hope and Encouragement to a hurting world by Sharing God’s Love in meeting their immediate needs. When Jesus healed the blind, crippled, and delivered them, He met their immediate need. In order to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we need to first recognize the need. Scripture tells us how Jesus felt about Outreach to the broken heart, hungry, sick and those in Prison. Matthew 25:35-40
We believe In Putting Prayers to Action. Praying is essential, but it is only through our actions, that these hurting communities will experience the Love of God. We believe in the Great Commission Matthew 28:19-20.
We were an ordinary, hard-working family with two good incomes. We have two son’s Trace and Brennen. We saved for rainy days as all parents do. We always were the helpers. If someone needed anything, we would try to help. Boy, was all this about to change!
In 2003, our son Trace became very ill. We found, after many tests, that he had a kidney disorder. His first surgery was 2004, and he was hooked to a bag and tubes for over 10 weeks. Then, his body started rejecting the tubes. Kosairs Children’s Hospital and the specialist released him late in 2004, as there was nothing more they could do. He was referred to a team of specialists in Ohio for treatment. By this time, Trace had undergone 9 surgeries and 11 procedures.
During our first visit to Ohio, the specialist informed us that it was not an isolated case. It was a genetic kidney disorder, so all of us had to be tested.
Soon we found out the results. My husband, Bryan, the love of my life and father of my two children had the advanced stage of this disorder. The only cure is to remove the kidney or have a transplant. The next day, the results were in for Brennen. Unfortunately, he had the same problem. I felt my world had collapsed. We went to church, prayed, believed and had faith, but the worry and grief seemed to consume me. I had found strength to deal with Trace’s illness, but now that my entire family was affected, I felt unsure about my ability to get through the days ahead.
As a mother, I thought, I had to be the rock and foundation for my children’s day-to-day existence. As a wife, I felt a need to shield my husband from the grief and heartache by caring the burden for both of us. Looking back, the more we hurt and grieved, the less we could comfort each other and the further we withdrew from friends, family and our church. Because of pride, we did not want anyone to know how deeply we hurt emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually and financially.
We had always been able to handle things by ourselves. We had never needed any help. We weren’t bad people, but our lives had done a 180-degree turn in one year. We had never been on this side of the fence. During this trial, the insurance canceled, we both had to quit our jobs, food was scarce, and bills past due. We found that when you are faced with trials, soon you find out, who are your true friends, unfortunately, most of our friends left when times got tough. We were even told that God was punishing us, that we must have sin in our life and our children were suffering from our past sins.
I had placed the family on every prayer list at local churches and out-of-state churches. When revivals took place, I loaded up the kids and took them to get the Pastor/Preacher to lay hands on them and pray for them. People each time would tell our family they would keep us in their prayers, but we never seemed to get a follow-up call, card or visit. I pondered over the thought that many times people say they will pray, but you truly never know if they remember to pray for your need. I felt hopeless, discourage, rejected and alone.
We were Christians and knew God could heal, but we could not understand God’s plan that allowed us to be broken, to loose all hope, to be discouraged by the world, to fear hunger, rejected by society, forgotten by friends, and the desperate feeling the world had collapse around us. At this point, we had no income to pay the bills, our savings depleted, our checking depleted and the college funds for the boys gone, Satan was trying to steal, kill and destroy our lives, but we knew that God would show up and He would use it for His Glory.
One evening, I went to fix a peanut butter sandwich, and realized, we only had enough for one sandwich. Reality hit hard, I felt like a failure, my boys & husband was all in the hospital for testing & surgeries and I couldn’t take their pain, couldn’t put food on the table, and couldn’t provide an income. We couldn’t get any assistance, because we had made to much, and pride had kept us from asking for help. I hit my knees in the kitchen and cried out to God, before the prayer ended, a knock was at my door, it was the family resource lady’s from Trace’s school. They had brought us boxes of food, personal hygiene items, and they had received money from different one’s wanting to assist our family. They were use to seeing me as a strong, cheerful helper, but they found a broken, crying, humbled mother. After they left, I counted the money, it was to the penny of what it took to save our house.
I knew in my spirit, I hadn’t given Him complete control, I still thought that I could do something to make a difference in our situation. I knew that He would intervene, but I thought, I had to meet Him halfway, but when I was willing to give Him complete control, He showed up at our door, not once, but twice. First, he provided our needs with the compassion of His Mercy, Love & Grace, so that our minds, hearts & Faith could line up with Him, restoring hope, for what He was preparing to do!
In God’s timing, He sent His chosen vessel to put Actions with his Prayers. We received a phone call from a church where we had never attended, but had been on their Prayer list for almost seven months. God had impressed upon the Pastor’s heart to come and pray with us. We didn’t know him, nor did he know us. At this point in time, we had Faith, but it had been shaken. It seemed like our Prayers would bounce right back at us. I had grown tired of loading up the kids and running here, running there, just to get prayer for my family. I knew God was going to heal the family, but I was so busy trying to meet God halfway for the healing, but when I had exhausted all my avenues of prayer, He came to us thru His servant. I will always Praise God for this Pastor being an obedient vessel and for interceding for us in our time of need.
My husband was healed upon the operating room table, my youngest healed during the process and Trace was told in February of 2010, that his kidney didn’t appear to have ever been operated on, it was normal! (remember 9 surgeries, 11 procedures at Kosairs, 2 surgeries and 12 procedures at Ohio) To God Be The Glory & Praise!
God allowed us to walk this path, humbling us each step of the way; He was preparing us to be His Hands and Feet to the Hurting World. We now could empathize with them. Our family has seen God’s Healing Power, His Mercy, His Love and His Grace. Our family goes on most of the Mission trips together. Both Trace and Brennen has been on several mission trips. God has worked many miracles within our family through His Healing Power and continues to pour out His Mercy and Grace each day. We thank Him for His Holy Spirit that leads, guides and directs our path. The Deckers
Tender Loving Care Ministries, Inc.
9313 Falls Bridge Lane Potomac, Maryland 20854-3951
June 1, 2016
Dear Partners and Friends,
It has been an exciting 29-plus years that God has blessed me mightily with the privilege,in collaboration with you dear people of God, and all those who have participated throughout the years, to do His bidding through Tender Loving Care Ministries! When He called me in 1986, I had no idea that He would lead countless workers to come alongside me to provide clothing and other necessities to the tens of thousands of children in some of the neediest areas in the nation nor that it would be a thriving ministry for such a lengthy period of time. He is an awesome God and is still in the business of performing miracles! It is with mixed emotions that I tell you that God has led me to retire as Founder and Director of TLC effective June 30, 2016. However, He has provided a wonderful Christian woman of God, Mrs. Tina Decker to whom TLC Ministries is now entrusted. She and her family, through Putting Prayers to Action Ministry (PPA), are already serving the Lord in many ways in central and eastern Kentucky, West Virginia and southwestern
Virginia, and are well prepared to add this ministry to their ongoing work in His vineyard. TLC has been supporting PPA for a number of years and made a trip to Big Clifty last September to discuss the possibility of her taking on the responsibility of TLC. While there I participated in a number of house calls in which she provided clothing and food to needy families. I went back again in early January to discuss in more detail the added responsibility involved with incorporating TLC into PPA. I came away from that meeting knowing that I had selected the right person to take over for TLC. On this trip I participated in two food distributions that served over 450 families. We also had discussions with her CPA regarding her accounting of monetary and in-kind donations and he was very positive
about the process she had in place. As a result of the in-person meetings and discussions with her CPA, I am very confident that you will be well served if you continue to provide your support to her!! While it is a blessing to know that this ministry will continue in such capable hands, I must confess that I have tears in my eyes as I pass on this “baton”, as my heart is still with the children we have served for so long. But, I will continue to serve those children through PPA and prayfully so will each of you. I am including a letter from Tina in which she describes her ministry and some background on her and her wonderful family. I pray that you will continue to be as generous as you
have been in the past—in sewing and providing for these children through Tina’s ministry. I am very confident that she will continue the mission I started over 29 years ago!!
You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all you undertake. For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Deut. 15:10-11a
As you know we never share your personal information, therefore, it will be necessary for you to initiate communications with Tina and provide your e-mail/street address. See her letterhead for phone number and mailing address for sending packages which you can
begin doing immediately. I encourage you to view her website–www.prayerstoaction.com and to be a part of this God-blessed ministry. NOTE: They currently have two websites www.prayerstoaction.com and www.puttingprayerstoaction.com and are in the process of consolidating them into one. In the meantime, check them both out and provide comments on what you like about each of
them. I don’t know of any words that would sufficiently thank you and let you know how much you have blessed me with your significant contributions to the children of Appalachia. I pray that God will interpret from my heart to yours the measure of deep gratitude and
appreciation I feel for every mite you have given in His name. If it were not for the incalculable and generous assistance from each of you, and my husband Ed, this ministry would not have existed this long. May He bless you according to His riches in glory as you remain faithful to Him in ministering to “the least of them,” His children. In Christian love, Carole Franceski