A 3-inch card printed with five Bible verses placed in a mailbox started a prayer movement around Louisville and beyond.
It started as a simple gesture in turbulent times.
Last May, Southeast Christian Church member Vicki Mosher made the card for her neighbor, Sgt. Christina Beaven, who serves with the Louisville Metro Police Dept. It was simple: Five Bible verses she’d been praying for Beaven printed on a durable, waterproof card that fit in the vest pocket of her uniform.
They included: “The Lord is my strength and my shield” (Psalm 28:7); “‘Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven’” (Matthew 6:10); “‘I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go’” (Genesis 28:15); “You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word” (Psalm 119:114).
When other officers saw Beaven’s card at roll call, they, too, wanted one. Beaven asked for more prayer cards for other officers. First it was 10. Then it was 20, 25 and 100.
“The cards came at the perfect time,” Beaven said. “We placed them inside our vests before going out for duty.”
Other verses include: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13 NKJV); “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10); and “Immanuel … God is with us” (Matthew 1:23).
Beaven had the card in her pocket the night a man she had talked off the Sherman Minton Bridge six years earlier found her in a crowd of protesters.
“I’d been looking for him,” Beaven said. “That night on the bridge I told him God loved him and has a purpose for his life. I’m so glad he found me.”
Before long, hundreds of officers were asking for cards and requests came in from police departments in North Carolina, Indiana, Illinois, Florida and further.
Six months later, requests continue to come in from Chicago, fire departments in Indiana and Illinois, officers in Georgia, Florida as well as throughout Louisville and Frankfort.
Mosher has printed 5,500 cards that she calls Shield Prayer Cards from Psalm 28:7, “The Lord is my strength and my shield.”
Tracie Shifflett, executive director of the Louisville Metro Police Foundation, appreciates the cards.
“Our officers appreciated them,” she said. “In a time when God seems to have disappeared from people’s lives, it’s amazing to be able to show He’s still present.”
A former police officer, Shifflett retired from LMPD in 2016 to lead the foundation.
“I made it through retirement,” she said. “But I did not make it out unscathed. The things we see in this career leave scars. When I saw Vicki’s prayer cards, that’s what gets you through the worst times. Just knowing you have somebody out there caring and praying for you makes all the difference.”
Shifflett asked for 1,000 prayer cards and began making them available through the Louisville Metro Police Foundation. She asked Mosher to join the foundation to provide spiritual encouragement for officers and first responders.
“Officers often ask if they can have extra for other officers or first responders,” Shifflett said. “We all look out for each other.”