Dear Prayer Tip Tuesday and Connection Prayer Devotion Readers,
As members of the Board of Directors of Harvest Prayer Ministries, we have asked permission to send HPM’s 2022 annual year-end letter.
We do so with heavy hearts after the recent passing of our Co-Founder, David Butts (November 26th, 2022). But we also do so with a sense of God’s providence and His forever faithfulness and goodness to Kim and Harvest Prayer Ministries. As most of you know, Dave had a reoccurrence of cancer diagnosed in July which spread rapidly and without any medical solutions for a recovery. He went into hospice care at the beginning of November, and while we all know God is bigger than man’s best attempts to treat cancer we prayed for God’s best and that He would be glorified whether He healed Dave on earth or in heaven. As Dave often mentioned, either option would be a “win” for him; however, he and Kim began to prepare for a ministry future that might require her to carry on in his physical absence.
As a board we could not be more pleased with how Dave and Kim demonstrated faithfulness to their priorities of relationship with the Lord, each other, their family and ministry. Kim has always been by Dave’s side in helping to carry the ministry forward. Dave’s desire was for Kim to remain fruitful in her calling with HPM. She continues to do so with amazing vigor and is even more determined that his legacy will endure to the glory and praise of the Father.
We are filled with gratitude that God has been at work for several years now positioning our ministry in even greater and more impactful ways for the future than in the past.
For the past five years, and especially in the past few months, HPM has been in succession planning. Strategically, it includes ways in which the existing resources and especially Kim’s ministry, can be not only maintained but accelerated. With that said, the board has unanimously made Kim the new President of Harvest Prayer Ministries. We have every confidence in her leadership abilities and she has our full and complete backing.
2023 and Beyond!
Nearly three months before Dave went to worship at the feet of Jesus, with full board approval, he formed a strategic missional partnership with One Cry for Revival (onecry.com), a highly effective and reputable ten-year-old ministry believing that personal revival of God’s people will lead to a revived church which can have tremendous impact on communities and be used by God to influence the entire nation.
As you know, this fits right in with Harvest Prayer Ministries’ vision to see churches become houses of prayer for all nations in order to see revival and the fulfillment of the great commission. We are filled with joyous hope for all of the kingdom possibilities that lie ahead within this Spirit-influenced partnership.
HOW CAN YOU HELP HARVEST PRAYER MINISTRIES STEP INTO THE FUTURE WITH GREAT KINGDOM EFFECTIVENESS?
As you know Dave and Kim have been the epitome of humility in the way they do ministry. They do not share about themselves. As a result, most do not know the extent of their impact as a couple.
But as a board member for many years, I can attest that the influence they have both had among Christian leaders domestically and globally is beyond incredible. Their teaching, writing, online and influential partnership ministries have perhaps influenced millions.
Dave’s servant leadership in the prayer movement nationally and globally will be deeply missed. Kim does not intend to try to fill this void, as it is not possible; however, she intends to continue to seek God’s heart for whatever doors He opens. She will also continue her writing/teaching/training ministry, as well as continuing to produce Prayer Tip Tuesday and also our daily devotionals: Connection!
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
This is the first time the Harvest Prayer Ministries’ Board of Directors has directly communicated with those who receive Prayer Tip Tuesday and Connection Prayer Devotions. So as we do, please know that we hope you are being blessed in powerful ways by the content HPM creates and freely shares each day/week. What an honor to report that HPM functions at the highest level of integrity . . . it is lived out everywhere. The frugality and prayer that goes into program/outreach decisions and associated funding decisions creates a culture of widespread trust. WE ARE THANKFUL FOR THAT!
Each year, Harvest Prayer Ministries trusts God for His provision into the New Year. This year we are trusting Him for $50,000 by the end of December. We know this is a big ask – we also know we serve a BIG GOD! We have reached the 50% mark of this goal, but in Dave’s honor and memory we would like to see the ministry he and Kim co-founded in 1993 be set up for an even more fruitful future! The funds go to maintain and advance each of the primary outreaches, including:
Digital Prayer Ministry – Distributing core content of Dave and Kim through resources such as Connection Prayer Devotions, Prayer Tip Tuesday, blogs, articles, etc. There are so many plans to expand with new content from additional writers also.
Content Development – Kim is a terrific writer and has plans for more PrayerU courses, several books in process (one on Intimacy that Dave began and she will finish), etc.
Travel to National Leadership Meetings – Kim continues to serve with the National Prayer Committee.
Financial Support for Kim’s salary, and for HPM’s administrative assistant, JoLyn Graf.
Administrative Services – Outsourcing various functions
PrayerU.com – Marketing and distributing this one-of-a-kind resource of Dave and Kim’s resources so that it can be widely expanded to help individuals and churches grow in prayer!
Forming a Strategic Partnership with One Cry for Revival, currently functioning under HPM’s 501c3. It will take time and resources as we move forward together.
Will you pray and give?
Would you pray into the future of Harvest Prayer Ministries?
And as the Lord leads, would you invest in the future of our nation through Harvest Prayer Ministries through giving your most generous gift? And please pray for all of us as board members, that we would faithfully multiply the heart cry and voices of both Dave and Kim as we move to implement our 2023 plans!
We know that praying churches can transform people, cultures and nations for God’s glory! One Cry for Revival seeks to awaken people, churches, communities and nations towards spiritual transformation. If there was ever a time for the mission and message of HPM to go forward in strategic partnership it is now. The culture has never been more in need of revival and spiritual awakening.
Thank you in advance for your wonderful partnership and fellowship in the gospel! In Dave’s memory, we ask for your best gift to continue his legacy of prayer into the future.
Mobilizing the church in prayer, together!
On Behalf of the Board of Directors
You can give online right now at harvestprayer.com/donate or you can send your check to Harvest Prayer Ministries, PO Box 10667, Terre Haute, IN 47801. If you prefer to give your gift by credit card over the phone you can call JoLyn Graf at our office: 812-230-3130. PLEASE REMEMBER that each gift must be received or postmarked no later than December 31, 2022. If you give after this date, it will go on your 2023 tax returns.
Kim serves as the Executive Director of Harvest Prayer Ministries which she co-founded in 1993 with her late husband, Dave (1953-2022). Her ministry involves teaching/training and consulting as well as writing and developing resources. She is content coordinator for HPM's teaching platform, PrayerU.com and also compiles and edits HPM’s free daily devotional, Connection! as well as Prayer Tip Tuesday.
Kim has written multiple books and has published articles in a variety of magazines and publications. She is a member of America's National Prayer Committee and serves as President of Gospel Revivals, Inc. (Herald of His Coming).
Kim has a BA in Psychology and a Masters degree in Spiritual Formation and Leadership.