Monk Linda: Why I Became A Monk

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By Monk Linda (Co-Founder, The Prayer Foundation )

 

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Plan of Salvation

Image: portion of illuminated manuscript page from "The Book of Kells."Photo: San Marino, Italian Peninsula.  Copyright 2003 S.G.P.  All Rights Reserved.    Monk Linda visited the tiny nation of San Marino on the Italian peninsula in 1998.          

                                             

The Letter We Received:

Dear Monk Linda,
I was just wondering what made you realize that being a monk was what God intended for your life?  
Also I listen to J. Vernon McGee and love his show when I can listen to it but was just thinking why would a Catholic monastery listen to him or are you guys different from the Catholics because we Episcopalians pray the Hours as well?
And is the Monastery self-supporting in the way of food and other stuff?
Sincerely,
Sally R.

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Monk Linda's Reply:

Dear Sally,

Thanks for writing.  We love the J. Vernon Mcgee Radio Program, and have listened to him every day for nearly five years.  We also like the Bible Answer Man Radio Program with Hank Hanegraaff very much, and find both programs very helpful in understanding basic Christian teaching.
 
To answer your question as to "what made me realize that being a monk was what God intended for my life?"  I felt God calling me to minister his word for many years, as far back as High School.  When I met my husband (Monk Preston), he said that he felt the same way.  We talked about it and somehow our admiration for monks, and dedication to their type of worship and dedication to God attracted us.  However, being a Nun was not what I wanted to be.  I wanted to be a Monk.  

...a monastic "home" for all those who felt like us that they were already "monks in their hearts."

We prayed about it for years and I felt that the Lord was leading us to start a ministry.  Somehow we felt strongly about starting a monastery that could be a monastic "home" for all those who felt like us that they were already "monks in their hearts."  Lay people who wanted to remain in their own homes, jobs, careers, lives.  Whether they were men or women, single or married.  

Registering as a "Lay Monk" with our Knights of Prayer Monastic Order is similar to becoming an "Oblate" in other religious Orders.  We are unique in that we give Full Monk Status to our "Oblates," and also unique in that we give this status to women, as well as to men. 

 
We have been called to found a "prayer encouragement" ministry: to encourage all Christians in prayer, and in so doing also to proclaim the "good news" of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world.

We have both Pastors and Seminary students registered as monks with our Order who are Presbyterian, Salvation Army, Lutheran, etc.

 
We are Evangelical Protestant in doctrine and teaching (see our web pages: Statement of Faith, and Plan of Salvation).  We are not a Church, but are incorporated as a Nonprofit Interdenominational Para-Church ("called alongside to help" Churches) organization.  That means that our Lay Monks are from all different denominations (Baptist, Nazarene, Assembly of God, Episcopal, Lutheran, etc.).  We have both Pastors and Seminary students registered as monks with our Order who are Presbyterian, Salvation Army, Lutheran, etc.
 
We are actually an independent Religious Order, not affiliated with any particular Church or Denomination.  We describe ourselves as Interdenominational Evangelical. We are a 100% Born-again Christian monastic Order, holding the Holy Scriptures in the original autographs to be the inerrant Word of God.

...the doctrines of the Trinity, and of the Deity of Christ, and that of Salvation being available only through Christ, are essential doctrines of the Christian faith. 

We teach and hold to the basic historical teachings of Christianity (as seen in the Apostle's Creed and Nicene Creed, and taught by the great Protestant Reformers like Luther, Calvin, Ridley, Latimer) but we do not take stands on non-essential (to Salvation) doctrines.  For example, the doctrines of the Trinity, and of the Deity of Christ, and that of Salvation being available only through Christ, are essential doctrines of the Christian faith. 
 
Whether someone practices baptism by immersion or sprinkling (or for adults or infants), speaks in tongues or doesn't, is dispensationalist or not, Arminian or Calvinist or other, believes in "eternal security" or doesn't; ---none of these teachings are essential to Salvation, so we do not take a stand either way on any of them, but leave these various teachings for each individual Christian to decide about for themselves.

100% of all donations that we receive are put toward the actual costs of our ministry for preaching the Gospel and teaching about prayer.  

 
We are an organization of 100% volunteers, from our Board of Directors and President on down.  No one receives any compensation, and in fact, all of our monks are required to be self-supporting.  This way 100% of all donations that we receive are put toward the actual costs of our ministry for preaching the Gospel and teaching about prayer.
 
Our financial policy is to be always "in the black" and expanding our ministry only as contributions make this possible.
 
Yours in Christ,
 
Monk Linda
                                                                                                                    Co-Founder and Vice-President

       The Prayer Foundation  / Knights of Prayer Monastic Order

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