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The Christian Reformed Church’s prayer line has a faithful partner.

Betty Huyser, a 79-year-old Pella, Iowa, retired schoolteacher and caregiver, calls the prayer line at least once a week and brings the requests listed there to her Saturday morning prayer group.

“I figure our prayer scope needs to be wide,” she said. “We can pray for our church, but we need to broaden it out. It’s our goal to pray for God’s worldwide kingdom.

“It’s the most important part of living thankfully. It’s the most important foundation of God’s work.”

Bill Thornburg, who works for Christian Reformed World Missions and is part of a committee that keeps the prayer line going, said five or six new prayer requests are posted on the telephone prayer line and the CRC’s website every Wednesday.

The list represents 18 denominational agencies and ministry programs, Thornburg noted. “It’s a real good way to connect with the denomination as a whole and pray for the different concerns.”

At one time, the prayer line received upwards of 400 calls a month, but now more people access the information via the Internet. In 2005, there was a monthly average of 200-350 hits on the website, compared to 100 phone calls.

The prayer line is available at 1-888-272-7729 (CRC-PRAY) or at At the website, click on “devotion/prayer” on the left-hand side, then click on “prayer requests.”

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