Friday, August 22, 2014

From @FWMission ... Friday Story: from Don Schoendorfer : "Eleven Years of Magic"

Founded in 2001, Free Wheelchair Mission is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to providing wheelchairs for the impoverished disabled in developing nations. Headquartered in Irvine, California, FWM works around the world in partnership with a vast network of humanitarian, faith-based and government organizations, sending wheelchairs to hundreds of thousands of disabled people, providing not only the gift of mobility, but of dignity, independence, and hope.


Friday Story: from Don Schoendorfer : "Eleven Years of Magic"

Greetings and happy Friday!

As Founder and President of Free Wheelchair Mission, I have had the pleasure of watching our annual Magic of Mobility event grow over the last 11 years. This year, thanks to you, I am humbled and honored to share that as a result of this year’s event, 13,935 people will now receive a wheelchair. What an incredible accomplishment!

There were many memorable moments from our evening ...


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Want to take one of these wheelchairs  for a test drive? During normal business hours, visit the lobby at the Texas Street entrance of First Presbyterian Church-Midland, at the northwest corner of Texas and A streets, on the west side of downtown Midland. You can give the gift of mobility. The cost of $72.00 is a bargain to us ... but it is a life-changing gift to impoverished and disabled recipients ... and there are times when your contribution will be matched, reaching not one - but TWO, and sometimes FOUR recipients. Please note on your check "Wheelchair Gift."

In the News ... "Elementary Schools Get Makeovers With The Help Of Local Church Volunteers"

Lauren Tropea
KMID-TV


MIDLAND, TEXAS - Kids aren't the only ones getting ready to go back to school. Elementary schools around Midland received makeovers this weekend thanks to the help of some local volunteers ...

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Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook

The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer. How often have you wondered, where are the young adults in the PC(USA)? Wonder no longer. The 2014 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is devoted to the theme of young adults in the church. Its stories, many told by young adults, lift up how Presbyterians of all ages are engaging and joining with Presbyterian young adults in reforming the church for Christ’s mission.

Today in the Mission Yearbook: August 22, 2014


TAIWAN (continued) - n this day of globalization, one of our great opportunities is to reach out to new neighbors. One Taiwanese couple, Howard and JoAnn, have lived in the United States for many years, but they grew up in the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan.

They live in Cary, North Carolina, in a suburban home that, from the outside, looks like other homes in the neighborhood. But as you enter—and take off your shoes, the custom in Asian homes—you immediately smell the wonderful fragrances of a Taiwanese kitchen ...

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Faces of Children: Prayer Concerns for This Week

Faces of Children is an ecumenical prayer ministry under the auspices of First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas. Our mission is to initiate ministries of prayer for children in churches, communities, and neighborhoods. In doing so, we seek to provide an opportunity for people of God to join together, learn about children and their needs throughout the world, and celebrate Christ's love (especially as it relates to children).

Prayer Concerns for the Week of 07/31/14


Iraq, Syria

Rebels from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria/ISIS, now known as Islamic State (IS), have taken control of large portions of Iraq and eastern Syria in a campaign to restore an Islamic state in this area that is based on strict, medieval Sunni Muslim precepts. This offshoot of al-Qaeda is considered far more brutal than al-Qaeda. They consider Shi’ite Muslims (the majority of Iraq’s population) to be heretics deserving of death, but also target minorities and civilians with brutal punishments and death threats. Minority religious groups that have lived in Iraq for centuries—Christians, Turkmen, Yazidis, Shabak, Sabian Mandaeans, Bahais, Kakais, and Faili Kurds—are forced by IS to convert to their form of Islam or die. In the most recent attacks by IS militants, tens of thousands of Iraq’s religious minorities, including a quarter of the country’s Christians, have fled north to escape violent assaults. Thousands of Yazidis (a secretive religious minority group viewed by the militants as devil worshippers), remain trapped in the mountains near Sinjar, surrounded by IS forces. They have little or no water, food, shelter, medicine, or fuel and children are dying from dehydration. An estimated 30,000 Yazidis were able to escape after a week of being trapped in the mountains, possibly because of U.S. airstrikes on IS militant positions. Many Yazidis have crossed into Iraq’s northern Kurdistan region.
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Continue in prayer for children and families affected by IS militant attacks and persecution of religious minorities. Pray for those displaced from their homes and communities by the fighting. Pray for the injured and grieving.
Give God thanks for the escape of so many Yazidis who had been trapped in the mountains. Pray for children and their caregivers who are weak from exhaustion, dehydration, and exposure to the sun.
Pray for the safety and freedom of the remaining children and families trapped in the mountains near Sinjar. Pray God will provide for their most immediate needs. Pray for those who were too weak to escape after the airstrikes.
Please pray for peace in this region.
Pray for Iraq and Syria’s leaders during this challenging season. Pray they will seek God’s guidance in all of their decisions concerning the people in their respective countries.
Pray for those who kill and destroy in the name of their religion. Pray for a change of heart and mind.

Israel, Palestine, Egypt

In the ongoing, violent conflict between Israel and Hamas, almost 2,000 people have been killed (as of August 10). The majority of those killed were civilians in Gaza, including 452 children. More than 2,800 Palestinian children have been injured in the violence. Over a half million people have been displaced.
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Pray for those on both sides of this conflict who are grieving the loss of loved ones. Pray for God’s comforting peace to surround and sustain them.
Please pray for the thousands of children and families made homeless in Gaza. Pray for those in Israel who have had to abandon their homes and communities.
Pray God will bring healing to the hundreds of thousands of children who’ve seen horrors no child should ever have to witness. Pray for children who have already lived through multiple wars in their short lifetimes.
Please pray for a comprehensive and lasting ceasefire agreement between Israeli troops and Hamas militants. Give God thanks for the previous ceasefires that have allowed more humanitarian aid into Gaza.
Pray the diplomatic talks in Cairo, Egypt will bear fruit—that mediators will reach a peace agreement that stops this devastating conflict. Pray for a sustainable peace in this region.

Faces of Children

Please continue to keep Hannah, the daughter of Faces of Children prayer partner Steve Schorr, close in prayer as she begins teaching Muslim and Christian middle school students in a Christian school in Jerusalem soon. Give thanks to God for her safe journey to Israel. And thanks be to God for Hannah’s deep desire to share Christ’s message of love and peace in a troubled region. Continue to pray for Hannah’s parents as they struggle with anxiety for their daughter. Pray God will bless them with the peace that surpasses all understanding.
Give thanks to God for the opportunity to share the ministry of Faces of Children with the women of the Northeast Georgia Presbytery at their annual workshop in Commerce, GA on August 16, 2014. Pray those who heard the message of prayer for children will take it into their churches and communities.
Please continue to pray that more churches and individuals will join with the ministry of Faces of Children in spreading awareness about children in crisis and inviting more people to pray for children at risk.



If you have prayer requests about children, those who care for them, those who have authority over them, or those who harm them (the really hard prayers to say sometimes), please send them to Chris Laufer, FOC Coordinator, at claufer@facesofchildren.net

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook

The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer. How often have you wondered, where are the young adults in the PC(USA)? Wonder no longer. The 2014 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is devoted to the theme of young adults in the church. Its stories, many told by young adults, lift up how Presbyterians of all ages are engaging and joining with Presbyterian young adults in reforming the church for Christ’s mission.

Today in the Mission Yearbook: August 21, 2014


TAIWAN - A young Taiwan Theological Seminary student happily shared the story of his call to ministry and his father’s change of heart. His father is a businessman, and from an early age the son was prepared to join his father’s business. He began English lessons in preschool and now speaks English well, along with his first languages, Mandarin and Taiwanese. During high school he began to feel a call to ministry, but his father pushed him toward a more practical path ...

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook

The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer. How often have you wondered, where are the young adults in the PC(USA)? Wonder no longer. The 2014 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is devoted to the theme of young adults in the church. Its stories, many told by young adults, lift up how Presbyterians of all ages are engaging and joining with Presbyterian young adults in reforming the church for Christ’s mission.

Today in the Mission Yearbook: August 20, 2014


PHILIPPINES (continued) - The youth of the Philippines cannot remember a time when their nation was free from internal war. In a society that has never fully shaken its colonial past, the desperation of those whose hope has been lost to poverty and landlessness remains the reason so many young people join movements for change.

Change is a sacred word in the Philippines. No one, young or old, would disregard the need for change in this country: change from the way society favors some and not all, change from the way the nation is governed, change from the way the country’s brightest youth are choosing to leave to find work elsewhere ...

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Invitation to Prayer: TOMORROW

Faces of Children is an ecumenical prayer ministry under the auspices of First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas. Our mission is to initiate ministries of prayer for children in churches, communities, and neighborhoods. In doing so, we seek to provide an opportunity for people of God to join together, learn about children and their needs throughout the world, and celebrate Christ's love (especially as it relates to children).

Returning to the First Love


“For three days I have been meditating on the story of the prodigal son. It is a story about returning. I realize the importance of returning over and over again. My life drifts away from God. I have to return. My heart moves away from my first love. I have to return. My mind wanders to strange images. I have to return. Returning is a lifelong struggle.

It strikes me that the wayward son had rather selfish motivations. He said to himself, ‘How many of my father’s paid servants have more food than they want, and here I am dying of hunger! I will leave this place and go to my father.’ He didn’t return because of a renewed love for his father. No, he returned simply to survive. He had discovered that the way he had chosen was leading him to death. Returning to his father was a necessity for staying alive. He realized that he had sinned, but this realization came about because sin had brought him close to death.

I am moved by the fact that the father didn’t require any higher motivation. His love was so total and unconditional that he simply welcomed his son home.

This is a very encouraging thought. God does not require a pure heart before embracing us. Even if we return only because following our desires has failed to bring happiness, God will take us back. Even if we return because being a Christian brings us more peace than being a pagan, God will receive us. Even if we return because our sins did not offer as much satisfaction as we had hoped, God will take us back. Even if we return because we could not make it on our own, God will receive us. God’s love does not require any explanations about why we are returning. God is glad to see us home and wants to give us all we desire, just for being home.”

Anchored in God Through Prayer by Henri J. M. Nouwen


A message from Chris Laufer, Coordinator, Faces of Children

Greetings, Faces of Children Prayer Partner,

This week, we have a special treat for our Faces of Children prayer group! Michelle Conn, the Director of Strategic Partnerships with International Justice Mission (IJM), will be with us for our prayer time and lunch on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. After lunch, Michelle will give us a presentation about the work of IJM around the world

The Midland Faces of Children prayer group will meet in the Koinonia Room (right off the gym) at First Presbyterian Church-Midland, on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. to pray for children and the work of IJM. We will have lunch ($5) and fellowship after our prayer time. Please RSVP to Rachal Eriksen (reriksen@fpcmid.org or 432.684.7821) if you are planning to attend the luncheon.


Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer for the littlest citizens of God’s Kingdom! If you have prayer concerns or celebrations about children, those who care for them, those who have authority over them, or those who harm them (the really hard prayers to say sometimes), please send them to me at at claufer@facesofchildren.net, or give me a call.

Grace and peace,

Chris

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook

The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer. How often have you wondered, where are the young adults in the PC(USA)? Wonder no longer. The 2014 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is devoted to the theme of young adults in the church. Its stories, many told by young adults, lift up how Presbyterians of all ages are engaging and joining with Presbyterian young adults in reforming the church for Christ’s mission.

Today in the Mission Yearbook: August 19, 2014


PHILIPPINES - John Lumapay passed the Board of Nursing licensure exam two years ago and was expected by family to begin practicing, preferably in the United States or Europe, where many Filipino nurses go. But something beckoned her to stay and respond to a deeper call.

In 2005, at age 16, John was one of 30 young people to participate in an educational-theater workshop in Dumaguete City, Philippines, that addressed the sexual trafficking of children. After giving a public performance on the issue, the group met and enthusiastically decided that they wanted to use theater to do more for children and youth. This pivotal meeting led to the formation of the Youth Advocates Through Theater Arts (YATTA) ...

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Monday, August 18, 2014

ChinaAid: "14 receive significant injuries in Salvation Church altercation"

The China Aid Association is a non-profit Christian organization - based in Midland, Texas - with a mission to uncover and reveal the truth about religious persecution in China, focusing especially on the unofficial church. They do this, they explain in their website, by exposing the abuses, encouraging the abused and equipping the saints to advance the kingdom of God throughout China.

14 receive significant injuries in Salvation Church altercation
Distributed by ChinaAid, July, 2014 ...

WENZHOU, ZHEJIANG, CHINA – Fourteen members of the Wenzhou-based Salvation Church in China’s coastal Zhejiang province were injuring early Monday morning when government official burst through the gates of the church to attempt to demolish the church’s cross.

Believers formed a human wall at the gates in order to protect the church’s cross, and many were injured in the resulting altercation ...


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Invitation to Prayer: WEDNESDAY

Faces of Children is an ecumenical prayer ministry under the auspices of First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas. Our mission is to initiate ministries of prayer for children in churches, communities, and neighborhoods. In doing so, we seek to provide an opportunity for people of God to join together, learn about children and their needs throughout the world, and celebrate Christ's love (especially as it relates to children).

Returning to the First Love


“For three days I have been meditating on the story of the prodigal son. It is a story about returning. I realize the importance of returning over and over again. My life drifts away from God. I have to return. My heart moves away from my first love. I have to return. My mind wanders to strange images. I have to return. Returning is a lifelong struggle.

It strikes me that the wayward son had rather selfish motivations. He said to himself, ‘How many of my father’s paid servants have more food than they want, and here I am dying of hunger! I will leave this place and go to my father.’ He didn’t return because of a renewed love for his father. No, he returned simply to survive. He had discovered that the way he had chosen was leading him to death. Returning to his father was a necessity for staying alive. He realized that he had sinned, but this realization came about because sin had brought him close to death.

I am moved by the fact that the father didn’t require any higher motivation. His love was so total and unconditional that he simply welcomed his son home.

This is a very encouraging thought. God does not require a pure heart before embracing us. Even if we return only because following our desires has failed to bring happiness, God will take us back. Even if we return because being a Christian brings us more peace than being a pagan, God will receive us. Even if we return because our sins did not offer as much satisfaction as we had hoped, God will take us back. Even if we return because we could not make it on our own, God will receive us. God’s love does not require any explanations about why we are returning. God is glad to see us home and wants to give us all we desire, just for being home.”

Anchored in God Through Prayer by Henri J. M. Nouwen


A message from Chris Laufer, Coordinator, Faces of Children

Greetings, Faces of Children Prayer Partner,

This week, we have a special treat for our Faces of Children prayer group! Michelle Conn, the Director of Strategic Partnerships with International Justice Mission (IJM), will be with us for our prayer time and lunch on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. After lunch, Michelle will give us a presentation about the work of IJM around the world

The Midland Faces of Children prayer group will meet in the Koinonia Room (right off the gym) at First Presbyterian Church-Midland, on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. to pray for children and the work of IJM. We will have lunch ($5) and fellowship after our prayer time. Please RSVP to Rachal Eriksen (reriksen@fpcmid.org or 432.684.7821) if you are planning to attend the luncheon.


Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer for the littlest citizens of God’s Kingdom! If you have prayer concerns or celebrations about children, those who care for them, those who have authority over them, or those who harm them (the really hard prayers to say sometimes), please send them to me at at claufer@facesofchildren.net, or give me a call.

Grace and peace,

Chris

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook

The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer. How often have you wondered, where are the young adults in the PC(USA)? Wonder no longer. The 2014 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is devoted to the theme of young adults in the church. Its stories, many told by young adults, lift up how Presbyterians of all ages are engaging and joining with Presbyterian young adults in reforming the church for Christ’s mission.

Today in the Mission Yearbook: August 18, 2014


JAPAN (continued) - As a test of advanced Presbyterian knowledge, the following question might be submitted: What Presbyterian-established university took for its campus a former prisoner-of-war camp and used its barracks as classrooms? If you answered Shikoku Gakuin University in Zentsuji, Japan, you would be correct. In 1949, soon after the end of the Second World War, the Japan Mission of the former Presbyterian Church in the U.S., together with Japanese Christians, founded this liberal-arts institution on the island of Shikoku. Where Allied POWs had languished under severe conditions, this center of Christian witness and learning—and symbol of hope and peace for war-ravaged Japan—was established ...

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook

The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer. How often have you wondered, where are the young adults in the PC(USA)? Wonder no longer. The 2014 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is devoted to the theme of young adults in the church. Its stories, many told by young adults, lift up how Presbyterians of all ages are engaging and joining with Presbyterian young adults in reforming the church for Christ’s mission.

Today in the Mission Yearbook: August 17, 2014


MINUTE FOR MISSION: YOUTH IN THE CHURCH - This is what happens when the church follows Jesus’ example and taps those who are younger but who demonstrate willingness or speak a prophetic truth—like the youth in this photo. We, the youth tapped as leaders, end up huddled on some steps, readying ourselves to step out—having been formed and re-formed by those before, beside, and behind us in the great line of saints.

This photo is a testament to this miracle. Today is a day to celebrate the younger people in our midst. To honor the person they are now and to stand with them on the steps of life and faith ...

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook

The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer. How often have you wondered, where are the young adults in the PC(USA)? Wonder no longer. The 2014 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is devoted to the theme of young adults in the church. Its stories, many told by young adults, lift up how Presbyterians of all ages are engaging and joining with Presbyterian young adults in reforming the church for Christ’s mission.

Today in the Mission Yearbook: August 16, 2014


JAPAN (continued) - lthough it was well past midnight, the Japanese and Korean high school students were wide-awake and chatting like fast friends on the last day of Peace Camp in South Korea. When camp began a week earlier, we could not have imagined the animated scene before us. Due to linguistic and cultural barriers, the Japanese and Koreans were at first reluctant to interact, but now they were happily reaching out to one another in genuine friendship and unity ...

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Move-in day ... busy, tiring ... and blessed!

It was 'college dorm move-in day' for us here at the University of Oklahoma, as Younger Son takes that next big step ... which is why we spent the day with thousands of others just like us - students, parents, siblings, whatever - converging upon the campus, filling the streets and the parking lots, the elevator lobbies and the hallways, helping youngsters move-in.

And while we may be relatively new to all this, the university has been doing this for a loooong time, and has used that time well to identify what works and what doesn't work, and what steps they can take to make the process smoother and easier. Sure it was busy and tiring ... but, really, it went very, VERY well.

The university's efforts were well-complemented by the efforts of local campus ministries ... teams of young adults in identifying tee-shirts, some with carts perfectly suited to dormitory elevators and hallways and some without, greeting people in the parking lots and guiding them to their dorms, and carting all the luggage/the bedding/the toiletries/the electronics/you-name-it. It's a wonderful perk for the visitors, but it's also a good opportunity for the ministries ... for service, for fellowship and outreach.

Here's one of the move-in crews from St. Thomas More University Parish and Student Center ...


Still other groups were busy on the roads leading to the dormitories, going car-to-car in the slow-sometimes-stopped traffic and offering free apples and bottled water. Thanks to them, and to young adults from other student ministries around campus, move in day was busy, it was tiring ... BUT it was also blessed!

From @FWMission ... Friday Story: "The Perfect Wheelchair"

Founded in 2001, Free Wheelchair Mission is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to providing wheelchairs for the impoverished disabled in developing nations. Headquartered in Irvine, California, FWM works around the world in partnership with a vast network of humanitarian, faith-based and government organizations, sending wheelchairs to hundreds of thousands of disabled people, providing not only the gift of mobility, but of dignity, independence, and hope.


Friday Story: "The Perfect Wheelchair"

Greetings and happy Friday!

For most of our recipients, an FWM wheelchair is the first wheelchair they have ever had. For many, a wheelchair from FWM is a dream come true since Western wheelchairs are not able to stand up to the rigors of an underdeveloped country. This week I’d like to share a story of one little girl and her perfect wheelchair:

After the danger of fires in San Luis Potosi, Mexico had passed our distribution partner, Operation Blessing, began disaster relief work in the area. They mostly provided food to the severely impacted and impoverished families. During a food distribution they met Mary: an eleven year old girl lives with her family who struggles to provide for even the most basic needs like food and shelter. The main source of employment is through farming- planting and harvesting sugarcane, but the destruction of the fire has left most of the crops incapable of producing a harvest, and has impacted work for Mary’s parents.

Mary’s health and her dependence on others throughout the day adds to the family’s burden ...


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Want to take one of these wheelchairs  for a test drive? During normal business hours, visit the lobby at the Texas Street entrance of First Presbyterian Church-Midland, at the northwest corner of Texas and A streets, on the west side of downtown Midland. You can give the gift of mobility. The cost of $72.00 is a bargain to us ... but it is a life-changing gift to impoverished and disabled recipients ... and there are times when your contribution will be matched, reaching not one - but TWO, and sometimes FOUR recipients. Please note on your check "Wheelchair Gift."

In the News ... "New chaplain 'Coming home'"

OA Photo by Mark Sterkel
• Donita Lea rediscovers passion while taking position at MCH

By Jared Wilson, Reporter
Odessa American

ODESSA, TEXAS - Doctors, nurses and administration personnel are all crucial to the healing process for patients during a hospital stay. Yet there are others in a hospital setting that can help ease the healing process, no medication required.

A hospital chaplain takes on this responsibility and is tasked with healing and supporting those while the medication sets in.

For Donita Lea, Medical Center Hospital’s newest chaplain, the task can be overwhelming at times with more than 400 beds at MCH, yet said there is no other place that she would rather be as the needs arise in the Permian Basin ...

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Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook

The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer. How often have you wondered, where are the young adults in the PC(USA)? Wonder no longer. The 2014 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is devoted to the theme of young adults in the church. Its stories, many told by young adults, lift up how Presbyterians of all ages are engaging and joining with Presbyterian young adults in reforming the church for Christ’s mission.

Today in the Mission Yearbook: August 15, 2014


JAPAN - Rev. Yukiko Mikawa came as a young seminary graduate in 2011 to serve as chaplain for more than 500 teenagers and staff at Kwassui Girls’ School in Nagasaki. She is busy with responsibilities for daily chapel services, classes about Christianity, and extracurricular activities such as the Young Women’s Christian Association. For most pupils, Kwassui is the place where they first encounter the Bible and hear God’s word. She tells them, “The Bible contains the most important things for you to live,” and, “Prayer is wonderful” ...

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Faces of Children: Prayer Concerns for This Week

Faces of Children is an ecumenical prayer ministry under the auspices of First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas. Our mission is to initiate ministries of prayer for children in churches, communities, and neighborhoods. In doing so, we seek to provide an opportunity for people of God to join together, learn about children and their needs throughout the world, and celebrate Christ's love (especially as it relates to children).

Prayer Concerns for the Week of 07/31/14


China

In addition to caring for special needs orphans, New Day Foster Home also reaches children living in government institutions across China through its Formula Project. New Day supplies nutritious infant formula to partner orphanages that are under-resourced. Babies, especially those with complex medical needs, are at great risk of hunger and malnourishment in orphanages that don’t have the means to provide sufficient, nourishing infant formula.
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Thanks be to God for the staff and volunteers with New Day Foster Home and their willingness to care for children throughout China. Pray God will continue to provide the resources New Day needs to supply infant formula to these partner orphanages.
Pray God will bring healing to babies and toddlers with complex medical needs who live in these partner orphanages. Pray for the staff at these facilities as they care for special needs children. Pray God will sustain them for this important, demanding work.

United States

Four young girls are at great risk of continued physical and emotional abuse by their biological father. The oldest girl was able to escape from the situation after suffering the brunt of his abuse and is now with her biological mother. However, the three younger girls are still with him and their stepmother.
Please pray for the safety and freedom of these girls. Pray for their spiritual, emotional, and physical healing from the trauma of this abuse.
Pray the courts will make an informed decision in their case—that they will decide the very best placement for the girls and do it quickly.
Pray for their mother who desires permanent custody of the girls.
Pray God will bring healing to their father’s hardened heart. Pray he will stop the abuse and accept responsibility for his actions.

The only homeless shelter in northwestern Minnesota and eastern North Dakota that’s able to accommodate single men, single women, and both one- and two-parent families is bursting at the seams. Churches United for the Homeless is the only shelter in the Fargo-Moorhead area that offers space for full families to stay together, but has been at capacity for years. Churches United for the Homeless, formed in 1987 by more than 50 area churches, offers safe shelter and support in a spiritual setting to those who find themselves homeless. The organization provides temporary shelter and refers residents to appropriate services such as job service, social services, mental health services, and programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous. Instead of building a larger shelter, Churches United for the Homeless has proposed building affordable housing for homeless families, single residents age 55 and older, veterans, and disabled adults. However, residents near the proposed building site for this new apartment complex have expressed fears about the homeless being too close to them.
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Please pray for the children currently living in the Moorhead shelter. Pray they won’t be adversely affected by the negative publicity surrounding the proposed building. Please pray each child will have a safe place to call home.
Pray for their parents as they work to achieve independence and permanent housing.
Give thanks to God for so many churches working together to help those who are homeless. Pray for the leadership of Churches United for the Homeless as they navigate this current challenge. Pray the affordable housing project will become a blessing for this community.
Pray for residents whose fear blinds them to the deep needs of others. Pray they might see Christ within those struggling to make a fresh start.

Faces of Children

Please keep Faces of Children prayer partner Claudia Anderson and her family close in prayer as they continue to mourn the loss of her son, Scott Lon Anderson, who passed away last spring. Give thanks to God for the life of this precious son. Pray God will comfort this grieving family and bring them peace. And please pray God’s healing touch will be upon Claudia who has been quite ill.
Pray God will bring comfort and peace to Faces of Children prayer partner Mickey Hewitt and her family as they mourn the death of Mickey’s husband Al earlier this month. Give thanks to God for the life of this gentle man.
Please continue to pray that more churches and individuals will join with the ministry of Faces of Children in spreading awareness about children in crisis and inviting more people to pray for children at risk.



If you have prayer requests about children, those who care for them, those who have authority over them, or those who harm them (the really hard prayers to say sometimes), please send them to Chris Laufer, FOC Coordinator, at claufer@facesofchildren.net

In the News ... "Local Group Partners with Stop Hunger Now "

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• 10,000 meals to 65 countries

Caitlin Crawford
KOSA-TV


MIDLAND, TEXAS - One local group took a stand against hunger.

Officials report that one in five children goes hungry every day, so church members and volunteers downtown Midland joined together this morning to pursue a global issue, locally, right here in West Texas.

First United Methodist Church in Midland partnered with a charity, Stop Hunger Now, to package 10,000 meals to be sent to 65 countries across the globe. We had a chance to speak with Jim Collet, the First United Methodist Church Director, who promotes the idea of pursuing global missions right here at home ...

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Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook

The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer. How often have you wondered, where are the young adults in the PC(USA)? Wonder no longer. The 2014 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is devoted to the theme of young adults in the church. Its stories, many told by young adults, lift up how Presbyterians of all ages are engaging and joining with Presbyterian young adults in reforming the church for Christ’s mission.

Today in the Mission Yearbook: August 14, 2014


NORTH KOREA - In 2000, with direction from World Mission, the Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse and Pyongyang Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Korea (PCK) formed an international partnership in order to serve God better together through mutual exchanges and joint mission.

One of its priorities is mission in North Korea ...

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Far East News: Deformed boy from Myanmar finds new life in Christ

Devestating floods, deadly cyclones and repressive governments notwithstanding, our friends in mission based in southeast Asia continue to spread the love of Jesus Christ, not only through their actions, but through the written Word of God. Following is an update we received from Mark and Astrid of the Christian Far East Ministry. We met with them both, learned from them and contributed to their efforts during our Thailand Mission, in 2008. Their work extends beyond the borders of Thailand into other southeast Asian countries, as well.



"The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”   Luke 18:27 (KJV)

Deformed boy from Myanmar finds new life in Christ ...

Aung Kyaw is an eleven year old boy from Myanmar who was born with deformed arms and legs. The students at the Karenni Bible School had several times done outreaches in Aung Kyaw’s village, and because of this he was referred to a ministry helping amputees from Myanmar to received new prosthetic legs. Aung Kyaw came to stay in our house for a couple of days when on his way from Myanmar to the prosthetic clinic. Aung Kyaw’s father traveled with him. We invited a Karenni woman named Hten Poh who is from the Bible school to stay with us to translate. Astrid took them all to the zoo and some local sites and showed them a good time.

One night at our house, Hten Poh was playing guitar and worshiping God. Aung Kyaw came to her and said that since the outreaches had come to his village, he had wanted to go to the church, but his father who is not a Christian will not allow him to go. Hten Poh told us this prayer request.


The next day Aung Kyaw and his father went with another missionary to the prosthetics clinic. He was fitted with legs, seen left, and he started practicing walking It was hard for him at first, but he did better with some practice.

During one evening the missionaries showed the Jesus film. It was in a tribal language, as most of the people who had come were not Karenni. So a tribal pastor sat with Aung Kyaw and his father and translated the Jesus film to them. At the end of the film, Aung Kyaw’s father was ready to receive Jesus, so he did, and so did Aung Kyaw. Praise the Lord Jesus Christ!

Christine made a video of Aung Kyaw’s story. The link is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUZbf6eQw Yw&sns=em 


Thank you for your continued support so God’s love and truth can continue to go forth where it is most needed. God bless you!

Mark and Astrid



NEW INCORPORATION - Christian Far East Ministry has now been incorporated in America. All gifts may now be given directly to Christian Far East Ministry, PO Box 1411, Glendora, CA 91740. "If it is easier for you to continue to give through Faith Community Church or His Servants Ministry, you can as our relationship with these ministries has not changed. But if you are mailing checks to the Glendora address, you may now make all gifts payable to Christian Far East Ministry. We’d like to thank Faith Community Church and His Servants Ministry for their assistance and support throughout the years and their continued assistance. We’d also like to thank all of you who support us and pray for us as we could not do this ministry without your partnership."

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook

The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer. How often have you wondered, where are the young adults in the PC(USA)? Wonder no longer. The 2014 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is devoted to the theme of young adults in the church. Its stories, many told by young adults, lift up how Presbyterians of all ages are engaging and joining with Presbyterian young adults in reforming the church for Christ’s mission.

Today in the Mission Yearbook: August 13, 2014


SOUTH KOREA - As Young Adult Volunteers in South Korea, our main focus was building relationships with the children at after-school centers in underprivileged parts of Daejeon, a flourishing city of 1.5 million people.

With Korea’s sudden economic growth in recent decades, the gap between affluent people and people living in poverty has also expanded. Members of Senaru Church saw a need in their area, and their faith led them to take action ...

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