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On Saturday, April 14, 2018, Terry Bork of Silver Spring, Maryland went on to the Lord. Beloved wife of the late George Bork; mother of Beth (Keith), Mickey (Cindy), John (Tina) and Doug; also survived by 13 grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home, 11800 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 20, 2018 at The Church of the Resurrection, 3315 Greencastle Road, Burtonsville, Maryland. Private interment in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Blessed John Paul II Seminary, 145 Taylor St. NE, Washington, D.C. 20017, or Office of Evangelization (Archdiocese of Washington), P.O. Box 29260, Washington, D.C. 20017-0260, or Georgetown University Lombardi Cancer Center, Harris Building - Office of Gift Administration, 3300 Whitehaven St. NW Suite 3000, Washington, D.C. 20007, or Gilchrist Hospice Services, 5537 Twin Knolls Rd. Suite 434, Columbia, MD 21045.
I first met Terry and her daughter around 16 years ago in Colorado Springs at the National Day of Prayer headquarters. I was the a state coordinator for Indiana and Terry was a NAL at the time if memory serves. She was very kind and a true delight to talk with and agree in the Lord together with. The kindness was clear passed down to her family because her daughter was just as kindly spoken.
Just two years latter after already seeing her again in CS, CO. I shared with her the vision I received for Indiana Governors Prayer Team and how I was being swept up in the lords presence and blessing and what Father had already accomplished in our state, she was moved and wanted to be regularly informed of our progress. A little over a year later as Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels & staff shared the blessing of this ministry to other staffers & Governors while at the NGA meeting in Washington DC a National Ministry was born.
One of the first to call was present day United States Secretary of Agriculture former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue. After I finally accepted the fact that this was no long a state ministry in Indiana (took me a while folks) I told Terry about it. She volunteered immediately for her state. That was fourteen years ago now. I will deeply miss her for the time we will be a part but look forward to seeing her in heaven. She was always so kind to me and very honoring.
Maria Teresita (Terry) de Jesus Valdiviez was born to Gabino and M. Francisca Valdiviez on October 28, 1939 in Brownsville, Texas. She had three brothers (Johnny, Valdemar, and Gabino Jr.) and two sisters (Nellie and Selia). Her parents instilled in her values of church, family, and hard work. She honored these values throughout her life keeping in contact with her many relatives and their families across the United States.
After high school, she decided to pursue opportunities that would allow her to move out of the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. She scored a near perfect score on the civil service exam and accepted a job in Washington, DC working at the Pentagon in their secretarial pool. She arrived in Washington DC in the spring of 1960. Both she and her late husband George attended St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington, DC and met while attending the church’s Young Adults Club. After dating for two years, they married on June 13, 1964.
Shortly after being married, George and Terry moved to an apartment in Riverdale, Maryland and attended St. Bernard’s Catholic Church. While attending church there, she met one of her closest friends, Alice Escalante. She and Alice enjoyed a friendship for more than 50 years until Terry’s passing.
Between 1966 and 1974, George and Terry had four children- Beth, Mickey, John, and Doug. During this period, they moved to Silver Spring, Maryland near Burtonsville. The school of choice for the children was St. Bernadette’s, although Doug attended schools in the Montgomery County Public School System to receive special education services. To help afford the tuition, Terry began teaching adult education classes in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties. This led to a career of nearly twenty years instructing students on skills in sewing, cake decorating, gingerbread house, and candy making. While she enjoyed sharing her talents in all these areas, she was particularly skilled in cake decorating. Ultimately, she began taking orders to make wedding cakes and other fancy cakes. Some weekends our kitchen and dining room tables were so full of cakes, we had nowhere to eat.
As the children got older, Terry went back to work as a secretary during the day while teaching in the evening. Instead of seeking a government position, she accepted church/synagogue secretarial positions. Eventually, she ended her teaching career and began filling her free time with participation in faith-based organizations, attending classes at Catholic University and Trinity University, and volunteering with the National Park Service working in President’s Park. She also served as an elected official with the Montgomery County Republican Party.
Even as a child, Terry dreamed of seeing the world. Over the last thirty years of her life, Terry traveled the world to attend Catholic conferences where she led seminars and spoke at conferences on the importance of prayer. These included trips to Mexico, South America, Europe, and Asia. She was particularly fond of the people in Poland, Lithuania, and Hungary.
For twenty four years, she was known as “Oma” (German for grandma) to her 13 grandchildren. She relished dropping in on those that lived in Maryland or going out to eat with them on a whim. She and George visited her grandchildren in Wyoming frequently and toured the Rocky Mountains and the Black Hills with them. She also introduced her children and grandchildren to family throughout the country.
Terry’s favorite scripture verse was Proverbs 3: 5-6 which says, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He will direct thy paths.” The unexpected death of her husband in 2012, living with cancer and other chronic medical issues, and other challenges in life never caused Terry to waiver from her steadfast trust in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Terry led a faith-centered life. As an infant, Terry was baptized on April 14, 1940 beginning her spiritual journey on earth. That journey ended on April 14, 2018 when she was welcomed into God’s heavenly kingdom. What a blessing and a symbol of peace to her family to show us that even when we do not see things clearly, God is sovereign and has all things under control. https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/silver-spring-md/terry-bork-7822092 ;
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Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Welcome and thank you for your interest in leadership in the NGPT. Here are examples of what State Prayer Leaders do.
State Prayer Leaders are encouraged to reach out to their Governor's office and other major leaders in their state in the hopes of creating a relationship to better intercede for that leader. The depth of this relationship is up to the leader and the State Prayer Leader and ultimately the desires of the Holy Spirit. See what the Lord had me doing as I explain in the how this ministry began later on this page.
The Nuts & Bolts of it.
State Prayer Leaders hold weekly one hour statewide prayer conference calls and where possible also participate in a one hour national prayer call weekly. As a State Prayer Leader you are encouraged to invite guest Prayer Leaders from the various Prayer Ministries across your state to guest lead during your statewide prayer call (Every joint has something to supply) for three of the four weeks each month. Each guest Prayer Leader is encouraged to invite those from their networks to participate in the call as well. This offers the cross pollination of prayer focuses and resources as well as confirmation for those when they hear from the Lord. On the fourth week you would lead inviting all those who participated in the previous weeks to join.
Understand that the following is done over time and is accomplished by the Lord not you. Simply share the instruction given by God in His word of 1Tim 2:1-6 within your expanding sphere of influence and the following comes in His timing: Organizing a blanket of prayer in your state. Your conference call will accomplish much in this effort though State Prayer Leaders are also encouraged to raise up a team to help them in this effort. Your team would include State Regional Prayer leaders who can aid in the effort of developing County (Borough or Parish) Prayer leaders in your state. County Prayer Leaders are then encouraged to raise up City and Town Prayer leaders and so on. Each holds similar conference calls or small groups of prayer lifting up all those in authority. This may also be accomplished by coming along side existing networks and sharing and willing resources.
Nationally we are also very supportive of any Special Projects and programs developed by our State Prayer Leaders. That would include things like prayer gatherings or prayer walks or other special means of mobilizing prayer.
This is about an 8 hour a week commitment for those not already involved in networking or prayer mobilization or leading others to pray. One to two of those hours are spent on prayer calls and the rest is time used networking with the body, preparing for a special outreach or prayer focus like the ones I mentioned above or however the Sprit moves YOU.
Through these efforts we encourage networks of prayer in all of our nation’s 3,140 counties, establishing leaders of prayer and centering in on a 1 Tim 2:1-6 focus of intercession. We have our own private social networking site www.NGPT.org that provides a safe and secure environment for intercessors and leaders of prayer to some together and support one another.
Combining existing efforts
In our search for statewide ministry leadership we have been blessed to run across existing ministries and ministry leaders on a similar path and focus to our own and we have been honored to come alongside them in our ministry efforts. Some good examples of this are WI, IL, and OR. In Wisconsin we have Steven Springer of www.AdvanceK.com an IHOP affiliate. In Illinois there are Pastors Stan and Delbra Pratt. They have a church and also lead as IL State Leaders in the National Day of Prayer. In Oregon we have Pastor Aaron Auer of www.RoarOregon.org.. Some of the ministries we have come in contact with have felt isolated and alone in their efforts and in coming along side us have found a network of like thinkers. Still others have simply had a mantle for bringing different prayer groups together and want to expand their ministry efforts.
Rev. Walker explains how this ministry began:
I had been a part of the prayer mobilization movement for 16 years. I started out as an event coordinator for the National Day of Prayer Task Force in Western PA (Erie). Five years later when I moved to the Indianapolis area I accepted the role of Indiana State Coordinator, a position I am humbled to still lead in today. For these 16+ years my personal prayer focus has been based around 1Timothy 2:1-6. As I spent two sessions ministering to the Indiana State Assembly establishing bible studies and outreach to leaders and staffers, the Lord stirred in me the specific approach to praying for leaders and all those in authority.
To begin at a common focal point in the mind’s eye, at first it appeared as a lightning rod like a push pin on the top of the Statehouse dome… the Governor I thought. Then to an expanding map view where I could look down into the in the towns and neighborhoods as the intercessors prayed for those leaders geographically closest to them. As they applied feet to their prayers by taking action in the form of simple acts of kindness, prayer meetings, home bible study groups and so on the depth of the roots of these efforts took a deeper hold.
As I shared this vision and posed the question "who do you think of first in your state in leadership" the response over and again was "governor". It seemed clear the Lord was telling me something and this was confirming it.
Months later (Nov. 2004) a new Governor was elected to our state and I received a call from one of his staff simply asking if I was the guy or if I knew someone who could offer an ongoing prayer covering for the Governor. We all met later to establish a relationship and to actually continue something that had already begun for him just as we had done for the previous office holder.
Just weeks later we experienced the unexpected. While our Governor and his staff were attending the National Governors’ Conference someone on his staff had shared with the other Governors’ staffers that a prayer team had been established for them. They told of the blessings that the prayer team’s intercession had brought to them and to their state. How an energizing bible study was bringing them revelation. The surprise came later that same day when our office phone began to ring with requests for similar teams in other states. Admittedly I found myself feeling a bit reluctant about being in the midst of a nationwide ministry being born in front of my very eyes. I was simply trying to do the right thing for my state and its leaders. This website that you are reading from stands as a testimony as to what transpired that day and has since followed.
Consider joining this cause that is simply driven by God's instruction on worship found in 1 Tim 2:1-6.
1 Timothy 2:1-6
Instructions on Worship
1I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— 2for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6who gave himself as a ransom for all men—the testimony given in its proper time.
May the Lord Bless you and all those you love,
Thomas C. Walker Founder & President - National Governors' Prayer Team
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