Tuesday, July 22, 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: July 22, 2014


PRESBYTERY OF SHEPPARDS AND LAPLEY, ALABAMA - Campus ministry is vital and growing in the Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley. There is so much joy to be found, so much to learn, and so many ways to walk with 18- to 24-year-olds as they figure out who God is calling them to be. Psalm 105 reminds the faithful to give thanks to God, and that is what college folks do. They could be doing anything else in the world, but they choose to come to churches and campus ministry centers. They sing to God in so many ways—by working with youth groups, playing music in worship, singing in the choir, laughing together, and praying for each other. They come to seek the Lord’s presence continually, because they have so many questions and concerns as they grow and experience new things. ...

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Monday, July 21, 2014

ChinaAid: "Zhejiang church receives demolition notice"

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.

Zhejiang church receives demolition notice
Distributed by ChinaAid, July, 2014 ...

FUYANG, ZHEJIANG, CHINAA – Authorities in China’s coastal Zhejiang issued a demolition notice to a local church on June 30 and later verbally told the church’s leaders that they must demolish the house used for meetings by July 7.

The Dongzhou Neighborhood Office of the Fuyang Municipal People’s Government, the Fuyang Bureau of Law Enforcement for Comprehensive Administration and Urban Management, and the Fuyang Municipal Homeland Resources Bureau issued the notice as part of the province-wide Three Rectifications and One Demolition campaign, which has resulted in the persecution of more than 160 churches ...


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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).

Held Safe in Jesus' Love


“As you see more clearly that your vocation is to be a witness to God’s love in this world, and as you become more determined to live out that vocation, the attacks of the enemy will increase. You will hear voices saying, ‘You are worthless, you have nothing to offer, you are unattractive, undesirable, unlovable.’ The more you sense God’s call, the more you will discover in your own soul the cosmic battle between God and Satan. Do not be afraid. Keep deepening your conviction that God’s love for you is enough, that you are in safe hands, and that you are being guided every step of the way. Don’t be surprised by the demonic attacks. They will increase, but as you face them without fear, you will discover that they are powerless ...

The love of Jesus will give you an ever-clearer vision of your call as well as of the many attempts to pull you away from that call. The more you are called to speak for God’s love, the more you will need to deepen the knowledge of that love in your own heart. The farther the outward journey takes you, the deeper the inward journey must be. Only when your roots are deep can your fruits be abundant. The enemy is there, waiting to destroy you, but you can face the enemy without fear when you know that you are held safe in the love of Jesus.”

The Inner Voise of Love by Henri J. M. Nouwen


A message from Chris Laufer, Coordinator, Faces of Children

Greetings, Faces of Children Intercessor,

The Midland Faces of Children prayer group will meet in the new Family Life Center conference room at First Presbyterian Church-Midland, on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. We will have lunch ($5) and fellowship after our prayer time. I hope you will be able to join us then.


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.

Praying you are held safe in the loveof Jesus,

Chris

In the News ... "New Christian school opening"

• Embassy Academy officials still interviewing teachers

By Don Munsch, Reporter
Odessa American

ODESSA, TEXAS - A school building in Odessa that has sat empty for nearly a decade will welcome children through its doors this fall. Educators with a new Christian school in Odessa say on their brochure that they want to find students ready for a “natural and spiritual education” within a “Kingdom Culture” at its campus opening in a former elementary school building.

The Embassy Academy opens in September for students in pre-K through 12th grade. Classes meet at the former Fannin Early Education Center at 401 N. Kelly in Odessa. The Embassy Academy will follow a class clusters approach in the primary grades (pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, first through third grade and fourth through fifth grade) and on a secondary level, a middle school model of sixth through eighth grade and high school model of ninth through 12th grade.

The school, which will have afterschool programs for elementary students, actively promotes its Christian mission ...

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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: July 21, 2014


PRESBYTERY OF ST. ANDREW, MISSIPPIS - From the rolling hills of the northeast to the Mississippi delta cotton fields in the west, more than 5,500 Presbyterians in northern Mississippi continue to spread the good news of Jesus Christ through the ministries and programs of their 64 congregations and the Presbytery of St. Andrew.

This year, the presbytery is focusing on the expansion of its ministry on the campus of the University of Mississippi. ...

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Sunday, July 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: July 20, 2014


MINUTE FOR MISSION: SMALLER MEMBERSHIP CHURCH - In the fall of 2012, Debbie Johnson announced that she had accepted the position as stated supply at 16-member Duncan Creek Presbyterian Church in Clinton, South Carolina. When asked if they bothered to tell her that Duncan Creek was hosting synod in the spring, she shook her head in disbelief. On March 14, 2013, the congregation welcomed the Synod of South Atlantic and the General Assembly moderator to Duncan Creek. The congregation’s confidence rested in 25 years of the 14 congregations of the Laurens County Cluster working together to accomplish what they cannot do alone ...

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

ServLife July Newsletter: Pt.2, Hope Grows

ServLife International is a movement defined by values of God’s kingdom, not programs built around human efforts and activities. The reign and rule of God should be made apparent to every person on the planet, despite their religion, race or socioeconomic status. We believe that issues of justice are inseparable from the good news that Jesus Christ came to proclaim. ServLife exists to take the gospel of Christ and the hope of a better, more just, world to the lives of people we touch. This happens through individual contributions of time, creativity, resources and dreams.

"Hope Grows"
Since the HOPE Fund’s Launch, six families have received low-interest micro loans to start small businesses. These loans provided supplies such as sewing machines, a small herd of goats, or a sow for breeding. The recipients get the added resource of business development advice from local staff, as well as evaluation and assessment of their progress.

A small amount can go a long way toward empowering a family and growing a community in Nepal ...

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ServLife International is a non-profit organization planting communities of the Kingdom and restoring hope to children-at-risk and the global poor.

Join Our Mission

ServLife International propels reconciliation and justice by building global community to plant churches, care for children and fight poverty. Compelled by the message, life and love of Jesus Christ, we seek to care for the spiritual, physical, social, and economic areas of life in northern India and Nepal.  Learn more about our latest news, featured stories, and how to get involved at servlife.org

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In the News ... "Josh Wilson to perform at Lawndale Park"

Courtesy Photo
• Free summer concert

Staff Report
Odessa American

ODESSA, TEXAS - Josh Wilson, award winning Christian singer/songwriter, will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Lawndale Park, at 92nd Street and Rainbow Avenue, July 24 during a special summer concert sponsored by Betenbough Homes. His hits include “Carry Me,” “Before the Morning,” “I Refuse,” and “Savior, Please” ..."

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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: July 19, 2014


NORTH ALABAMA PRESBYTERY - Recently, John Hay, a young employee of the tax assessor’s office, was on a business call in rural northeast Madison County when he spied New Market Presbyterian Church. Looking up the congregation’s web page, he found the words, “We invite you to join us in warm, simple, Christ-filled worship that has fortified hearts and souls for generations.” The next Sunday, John brought his mother, father, and sister to worship in the congregation’s historic building. The Hays’ experience reflects New Market’s blending of old and new in order to serve young adults and the local retirement community, the young at heart ...

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Friday, July 18, 2014

From @FWMission ... Friday Story: "New Friends"

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: "New Friends"

Greetings and happy Friday!

We often take it for granted that we can socialize with friends; walking to and from the car, walking with them on the beach. But for over 100 million people around the world, the reality is sitting on the ground, being carried or dragging themselves to where they need to go. Today I want to share a story with you about a young boy in Armenia:

Hamlet became an orphan when he was seven month old. Having no one to care for him, he and his siblings were sent to live in an SOS Children’s Village (a homeless children shelter), where they would receive care, education and a family-style environment. Now at 11 years old, Hamlet suffers from muscular dystrophy, resulting in muscle degeneration ...


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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."

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: July 18, 2014


PRESBYTERY OF MISSISSIPPI - Named after Billy Brumfield, a homeless man who died of hypothermia, the Billy Brumfield Shelter in Jackson provides a home for up to 60 men each night. In addition to providing these men a place to sleep, the shelter also provides counseling for alcohol and drug addiction and, for those with medical disabilities, help negotiating state and federal requirements for benefits and permanent housing.

In early 1999, members of Faith Presbyterian Church’s young adult ministry began to seek ways to minister in the community. After prayerful consideration, they decided that a partnership with the Billy Brumfield Shelter would be a wonderful way to make a difference ...

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Committed to the Calling: "Fashion Revolution"

I met Brett and Shelly Faucett when they were mission co-workers living in Chiang Mai, Thailand, during my own church's mission to that country in 2008. At the time, they were HIV/AIDS regional consultants. Brett is a nurse and amateur photographer. Shelly, a former literacy specialist and ESL teacher. They had their two daughters, Acacia and Annapurna, with them. You can follow the Faucett family though their "Committed to the Calling" blog.


"Fashion Revolution" 


Here's a video from Brett that asks the question ... "Do you know who made your clothes?"

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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 07/17/14


India

Sixty-three children were rescued last May at a Delhi railway station in one of the year’s largest joint rescue operations between anti-trafficking and railway police, and child rights groups. The children were mostly from the northern Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and were between 7 and 17 years of age. Thousands of children from rural areas are taken to India’s larger cities every year by trafficking gangs who sell them into bonded labor or hire them out to dishonest employers. Trafficked children often go missing—their families are unable to find or track them down.

Traffickers convinced parents their children would send money home from factory jobs. They also tricked children into thinking they would be given large amounts of money, have a much better life, or receive an education if they went with the traffickers. Twenty-three alleged traffickers were arrested in this joint operation.

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Give God thanks for the rescue of so many children! Thanks be to God they were intercepted before traffickers could sell them off in cities around India. Pray all these children will be reunited with their families.
Please pray for vulnerable children in impoverished communities where desperation and hopelessness lead parents to make the difficult decision to send their children away. Pray for community awareness and education about the ways in which traffickers can take advantage of vulnerable children.
Pray for healing of the underlying issues that cause parents to make these desperate decisions. Pray those in authority and leadership in India will address the abject poverty that destabilizes communities and families.
Give thanks to God for the anti-trafficking and railway police as well as for the members of the child rights groups that helped with this rescue operation. Pray for their safety as they work to help even more vulnerable children escape from human traffickers.
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Italy

SLast month, more than 2,500 men, women, and children were rescued by the Italian navy from 17 overcrowded boats in the Mediterranean Sea. An estimated 25,000 migrants—including Syrians fleeing civil war and Eritreans evading military conscription—have reached Italy so far this year. A majority of migrants are from sub-Saharan Africa and travel in small, unsafe boats from North Africa to an islet between Tunisia and Sicily. After so many boats capsized last year, killing hundreds of migrants, Italy set up a search and rescue mission that patrols the waters between Italy and Africa in order to prevent further tragedies. Italy has requested help from the European Union to patrol these waters and also help with the flood of refugees overwhelming Italy’s immigration centers.
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Please pray for children, young people, and adults who risk everything by traveling in unsafe boats to escape violence, persecution, and/or poverty in their home countries.
Pray for children who have lost loved ones when the boats on which they were traveling to Italy capsized. Pray for parents whose children have drowned during these dangerous crossings. Pray for God’s comfort and provision for those who grieve.
Please keep in prayer migrant children and families who are awaiting processing in Italy’s immigration centers. Pray for overwhelmed bureaucrats struggling to process the tens of thousands of requests for asylum or immigration.
Pray for Italy’s navy and coast guard members as they rescue migrants, recover bodies, and patrol this popular migrant sea route.
Pray for those who take advantage of migrants; for those who smuggle migrants in unstable boats; and for those who charge exorbitant fees to smuggle them to Italy.
Pray the root causes of this massive migration—the poverty and violence in migrants’ home countries—will be resolved.

Faces of Children

Please keep close in prayer Faces of Children intercessor Karen Lang as she grieves the loss of her brother Paul Dayton. Give thanks to God for the life of Paul who died July 3, 2014. Pray God will comfort Karen and her family in this season of sorrow as they mourn not only this beloved brother, but also Karen’s mother-in-law, Louise Lang.
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: July 17, 2014


PRESBYTERY OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE - After decades of investment in youth ministry, First Presbyterian Church (FPC) of Nashville launched a young adult ministry in 2012 with the calling of an associate pastor for young adult ministry. FPC seeks to encourage young adult spiritual development, biblical literacy, worship attendance, and mission service. Recognizing that there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all ministry with this population, FPC has responded by offering four different Sunday school classes, several Bible studies, special mission trips, dinner fellowships, service events, and a contemporary Sunday evening service. Even as FPC strives to keep pace with young adults’ rapidly changing lives, two constants have emerged: the hunger of young adults for adult spiritual mentors and the conviction of the congregation that young adults are dynamic contributors to FPC ...

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

In the News ... "Prayer for Odessa"

Heather Jacquez
KOSA-TV


ODESSA, TEXAS - Prayer for Odessa is back again July 17 through July 19 at their new Revival Center (address in graphic, below).

This year's Prayer for Odessa will feature guest speaker, Pastor Peter Uba, who is originally from Nigeria, and lives in Houston.

CBS7 will be there tomorrow as they kick off their first day at their new Revival Center.



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: July 16, 2014


PRESBYTERY OF THE MID-SOUTH, TENNHESSEE / ARKANSAS / MISSOURI - “We might be a small church, but we can do something!” said Audrey Toombs of Grace Presbyterian Church in Dyersburg, Tennessee. Looking for a way to minister to the community, the congregation took a compilation of ideas from the presbytery and started More Than a Meal (MTaM). Now, people from Dyersburg receive a hot meal, some good conversation, and prayer, along with help applying for food stamps, processing a job application, or obtaining state photo IDs, driver’s licenses, birth certificates, or other important document ...

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Tuesday, July 15, 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).

God's Unconditional Love (continued)


“We often confuse unconditional love with unconditional approval. God loves us without conditions but does not approve of every human behavior. God doesn’t approve of betrayal, violence, hatred, suspicion, and all other expressions of evil, because they all contradict the love God wants to instill in the human heart. Evil is the absence of God’s love. Evil does not belong to God.

God’s unconditional love means that God continues to love us even when we say or think evil things. God continues to wait for us as a loving parent waits for the return of a lost child. It is important for us to hold on to the truth that God never gives up loving us even when God is saddened by what we do. That truth will help us to return to God’s ever-present love.”

Bread for the Journey by Henri J. M. Nouwen


A message from Chris Laufer, Coordinator, Faces of Children

Greetings, Faces of Children Intercessor,

The Midland Faces of Children prayer group will meet in the new Family Life Center conference room at First Presbyterian Church-Midland, on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. Following our time of prayer, we'll have lunch ($5) and fellowship. I hope you will be able to join us then.


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: July 15, 2014


MID-KENTUCKY PRESBYTERY - The college years hold many of the lessons, memories, and experiences we later label as important moments in our journeys of faith. For young adults, the need to be in community and to grow spiritually with others is crucial. As Presbyterians, we are committed to making space for this to happen.

The Montreat College Conference offered each year in January is a powerful and transformative event for college student ...

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Monday, July 14, 2014

ChinaAid: "Chinese House Church Alliance celebrates 9th anniversary"

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.

Chinese House Church Alliance celebrates 9th anniversary
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CHINA – The Chinese House Church Alliance celebrated its ninth anniversary last week with more than 50 church pastors and staff members from more than 10 provinces, municipalities and regions in attendance.

The celebration lasted from July 1-6. Pastor Zhang Mingxuan, the Alliance’s president, said that those present communicated with each other at deep levels and expressed their gratitude to the Lord for his guidance. “The [Chinese] House Church Alliance was founded in the great land of China by God for the purposes of answering the prayers of the churches, promoting integration and letting the Gospel thrive,” Zhang said. “We also aim at helping brothers and sisters who are being persecuted and appealing for the oppressed so that the justice of God can demonstrate itself” ...


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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).

God's Unconditional Love (continued)


“We often confuse unconditional love with unconditional approval. God loves us without conditions but does not approve of every human behavior. God doesn’t approve of betrayal, violence, hatred, suspicion, and all other expressions of evil, because they all contradict the love God wants to instill in the human heart. Evil is the absence of God’s love. Evil does not belong to God.

God’s unconditional love means that God continues to love us even when we say or think evil things. God continues to wait for us as a loving parent waits for the return of a lost child. It is important for us to hold on to the truth that God never gives up loving us even when God is saddened by what we do. That truth will help us to return to God’s ever-present love.”

Bread for the Journey by Henri J. M. Nouwen


A message from Chris Laufer, Coordinator, Faces of Children

Greetings, Faces of Children Intercessor,

The Midland Faces of Children prayer group will meet in the new Family Life Center conference room at First Presbyterian Church-Midland, on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. Following our time of prayer, we'll have lunch ($5) and fellowship. I hope you will be able to join us then.


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

In the News ... "Campus renovations underway at First Presbyterian Church"

MRT Photo by James Durbin
Steve Kuhlmann, Reporter
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - As First Presbyterian Church begins a major renovation project, the church body hopes to provide Midland with an open, welcoming campus that will serve as a common ground for its congregation and the larger community.

The “Common Ground” project began the demolition phase at the end of May. Major changes to the church will include the addition of an outdoor plaza, changes to the chapel and an open area that bridges the gap between the chapel and the sanctuary.

“(First Presbyterian Church) is a beautiful, yet somewhat imposing structure architecturally,” said Dan Hart, architect for the project. “One of the big things we wanted to accomplish with the renovation is to provide a comfortable entry point for people who are new to the church.”

Among the changes coming to the church’s campus, the one most central to First Presbyterian’s vision for the future is an area that will be called the commons ...

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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: July 14, 2014


HOLSTON PRESBYTERY OF TENESSEE - At the beginning of the 20th century, missionaries from the United Presbyterian Church of North America arrived in Greene County in East Tennessee. They discovered that there were not only no Presbyterian churches but no schools for the children. The call went out for teachers willing to relocate to the rural mountain region. The Home Mission Board established several schools, including boarding schools at Camp Creek and Cedar Creek. These schools provided an education for the children until the Greene County Board of Education took over the schools in the 1930s. ...

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Sunday, July 13, 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: July 13, 2014


MINUTE FOR MISSION: SAN FRANCISCO THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY - Every Thursday at noon, the San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS) community explores a new worship experience. Everyone gathers for worship four times a week, and Thursdays are reserved for what has emerged as a weekly “Worship Lab.”

Over the past year, Worship Lab services have included experiencing the Spirit through percussion instruments and praying to God through motion. Some have been coordinated with periods of remembrance, including Domestic Violence Awareness Month—the participants reflecting on how Jesus stood with those who were victims and targets of violence—and National Coming Out Day. ...

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