September 26 – Ephrata Shelter Prayer Requests

  • Please pray that my sister can have an enjoyable and fulfilling life, and that she will eventually learn to confide in me.  Pray for protection for my sister and nieces.  Pray that I can overcome and use my hurts in a good way.
  • Hey, guys!  God bless you all!  I would like for y’all to pray for me because I’ll be giving birth next month, Oct. 29, and I just want everything to turn out good, and for God to supply the rest because I don’t have it all for the baby.  But I’ll leave it all in God’s hands.  Another big thing… pray for me that God helps me and my kids to find a place.  Thank you.   God bless.
  • Please pray for Marines being deployed, for financial stress and work stress, for brothers who are stubborn, and for patience with others.
  • Prayers for finding a home again.
  • Pray for me and my son.
  • Please pray for me in this stressful season.  I am feeling extremely overwhelmed.
  • Father-in-law’s cancer has not gotten better after 6 rounds of chemo.
  • Pray for an awesome full-time job with purpose, challenges, and good pay, that fits well with the next progression with my kids.
  • Pray that I get the job I applied for, that I have a great time at the fair with my boyfriend and sister, that I find a person to let me learn how to drive, and pray that I find more faith.
  • Please pray for me.  My body hurts every day!!  Also pray for people in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and for my nephew that he listens to me and goes to school.

September 4 – Ephrata Prayer Requests

Here are current prayer requests from the Ephrata Shelter residents

  • Pray for my son’s well-being.
  • Pray for my father-in-law who is dealing with cancer.
  • Please pray for my family as we deal with the loss of my cousin.
  • Please pray for my friend who lost someone in her family and for my one niece that she has a good time at college.  Pray for my nephew that he has a good time this year at school and for my other niece that she finds what she wants in a college.  And pray for me because I am hurting all over.  I’m asking for prayers that I will be healed.
  • Pray that I get a better income and a place to live, that my sister has a good time with me at the fair, and that God has put a good man in my path that will not hurt me.
  • Prayers that I get a real home again.
  • Please pray for my friend in this time of mourning.  Please pray for my fellow marines who are deployed now.  Pray for sanity in the workplace, for my brother to have a good school year, and for Good Samaritan Shelter to continue helping these wonderful women.
  • I need guidance and peace with my situation, kids, work, finances, sick friends who are dying.  Pray for rest for my friend who lost her cousin and for her family.  And pray for the other girls here in the house.
  • Hi, and may God bless you folks.  I would like for you to please pray for me.  I’m really stressed out going through it all.  Just turned 21 and I’m going on my 3rd child.  I just have a lot on my shoulders about a place to live and things for the baby.  If you can, please pray for God to give me the strength to keep going and never give up.  Thank you, and God bless you all!
  • Pray for my depression and for clarity and guidance during my hearing.  Pray for the court hearing results about prompt commencement of previously ordered partial physical custody.  Pray about not having to wait even longer for a therapist recommendation (it’s been 6.5 months).

July 27 – Ephrata Prayer Requests

Here are current prayer requests from the Ephrata Shelter residents

  • Prayers for debts and financial issues with college.
  • Pray that my children are kept safe while they are not with me, and that they maintain the values that I try to instill in them.
  • I would like prayers for me and my kids, for God to always be with us.  I want prayers for guardian angels, and strength to keep going and to keep motivated at all times, even when times get tough; to never give up and have faith that God is with me at all times.
  • Pray for me to have a real home once again.
  • I lost my grandmother this past weekend.  She is the woman who raised me and inspired my life.  I ask for strength, guidance, and for closure.  I pray that she is in a better place.
  • Please pray for strength and courage in this changing season of life.
  • Pray for reunification with my children – very soon!  Pray for peace and faith for them and me during this time.  Pray for my children’s safety, health and well-being, and for strength and hope for me.  Also, I need a job!  Pray for a successful, quick bankruptcy filing, and line up our lives for 50% custody.
  • Pray for C__ that she gets her children; for K__ that she gets her transfer; for M__ that she keeps doing what she’s doing to find a job.  And for my family:  H__ that she gets the job she applied for; for K__ that she does well in college (and give her courage); for M__ that he passes summer school.

July Phoenixville Prayer Requests

Prayer requests are sometimes specific and sometimes very general, the good news is the Lord hears them all and knows all the details. Below are some current prayer requests from residents at GSS Phoenixville.


  • Personal – Robert
  • Prayer for blessings – Patrick
  • Unspoken prayer request – William
  • God’s help – Robert
  • Prosperity for the Good Samaritan – Moreh
  • God’s grace on Good Samaritan – George








Prayer Requests – July

All prayer requests are important and we have some real heart-wrenchers again this month.  Thank you for praying for these women, for their children, and for the ministry of the Good Samaritan Shelter.

  • Pray for health for me and my kids (a boy and a girl); pray for a durable, reliable car; pray that I move into a house that’s waiting for me and my kids; pray for me to pass a test to further my education; pray for strength, wisdom, patience and selflessness; pray for forgiveness.
  • Pray for me to have patience.  I just need my life together for my boys so I don’t live house-to-house;  it’s an environment I don’t want to live in.  And pray for being successful in getting a car and completing school.
  • Pray for ongoing sobriety, the custody battle I’m in, my kids happiness, and a job.
  • I need my God!  Please, I’m asking, pray for me.  I’m so stressed out.   😦    I have a month to get a job or me and my girls will have to leave.  I need this place but I also need help.  I’m asking God to steer it my way and help me stay strong for them and make it through.
  • Please pray for me because my body hurts every day.  Also that my nephew passes summer school (next school year he’ll be in 10th grade).  And pray that my dream will come true that I can have my own daycare; that I’ll find how I can do this.
  • Please pray for financial education and support.  Please pray for my fellow Marines, that they are safe and come home.   (They’re being deployed)
  • Please pray for my future and education.
  • Please pray for my brother to get out of jail, please, please… my parents are in so much pain.  He is a good young guy.  I love him and I don’t want to see him there.  Pray for my parents to get strong and pray for my older brother to be strong.  Pray for me to get myself back to school and get a better job.  Thank you.
  • Please pray for my grandchildren.  Grandson is 3 years old with asthma.  He goes camping and sometimes campfire smoke causes wheezing.  And for granddaughter  who is three weeks old… she needs to gain weight.
  • Pray for peace and focus during this time of transition; for peace for my children; for humility in ____’s heart so I don’t have to worry about him taking the kids from me; for stability in my job; for the ability to obtain and sustain stability; for the time to pursue the passion in my heart to rescue children.

From Shelter to Culinary School!

Jon Termini is an interesting man. He is quiet, but not shy. He is a willing helper but asks very little for himself. Jon is an achiever, and he walks with a quiet confidence and an easy smile. Things haven’t always been easy for Jon. termini2

He describes his early life as being from a multi-cultural family that moved around a great deal. Nowhere really feels like home to Jon.

He came to the shelter in his early twenties. Things were going “pretty well” for this young man until he lost his job and was unable to find other work right away. Without an income, he lost his residence pretty quickly and was couch-surfing with friends and hanging out  in places that stayed open for twenty-four hours until he finally ended up sleeping in his car. Jon worked hard to avoid ever having the cliched appearance of a homeless man. He is always well-groomed and never unkempt. It is a point of pride and dignity with him.

One of my very first memories of Jon when he came to GSS was that he needed some money to get his car on the road. Lending money can be a tricky business, particularly when we haven’t gotten to know a man well. Jon got the loan, fixed his car and repaid the loan in a very short time. Clearly, keeping his word is important.

Getting to know Jon can be a challenge, because he is always on his way somewhere. He stays busy, constantly improving and achieving. He sometimes works two jobs, and has been taking night classes at a local community college.

When Good Samaritan ventured into our own business with the Nourish food truck effort, there were two basic principles. Deliver a quality product, and help the men get back on their feet by providing employment. For many of our men, their road to the shelter has not provided an encouraging background for employment. Many employers simply will not even consider helping out a guy that is unemployed and living in a shelter. Providing a resume piece for them is vital to the mission of Nourish, and more importantly, to their lives. The men that are hired by Nourish are aware that they have been given an opportunity, and they make the most of it. Jon demonstrates this better than anyone.

He was the first Nourish hire, and he assisted Keith Misner by learning every single facet of the business. He works on inventory, and ordering. He picks up food, and serves customers. He even learned to drive the rig!

Now Jon is moving on, pursuing his dream to become a Chef. He will be attending the Culinary Institute in New York City, a prestigious event in his life.  As he prepares to leave, he has voiced his gratitude to GSS for providing a stable home and many resources.

Jon will be greatly missed around The Shelter, along with his co-workers and customers at Nourish. He leaves big empty shoes along with his legacy here. He is often chosen to speak for The Good Samaritan Shelter, and for Nourish. His speaks with both great gratitude and determination, willingly sharing the fact that when he came to us, he was only expecting shelter. Jon never dreamed that there would be so many opportunities for him, from loans to support and encouragement, for a new community and employment that would reawaken his love for the opportunity to feed others.

When you buy from Nourish it contributes to improving lives, and provides a good man with another chance.

Here is the finest testimony that we can provide. Because of the experience that Jon has gained at Nourish, his school has provided him with a three thousand dollar grant!

Nourish, and The Good Samaritan Shelter provided that opportunity. The support of the community paved the way for a very good man to accomplish a dream.