Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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: May 26, 2015

ZIMBABWE - Zimbabwe is not an easy country to describe or, certainly, categorize. Striking contrasts mark a landscape replete with sublime beauties, from soaring mountains in the East to the crashing waters of Victoria Falls in the Northwest.

Contrast of another sort, however, offers an altogether different prospect. Although rich forests and farmlands blanket Zimbabwe, hunger resides in every city and village. And Presbyterian congregations—those of both the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian and the Uniting Presbyterian Church’s Presbytery of Zimbabwe—share this countrywide hunger for well-being and stability ...

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Monday, May 25, 2015

From ChinaAid: "Zhejiang religious persecution campaign continues; 3 crosses removed "

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.

ChinaAid Photo
Zhejiang religious persecution campaign continues; 3 crosses removed
Distributed by ChinaAid, April, 2015 ...

NINGBO, ZHEJIANG, CHINA – Despite previous reports of the “Three Rectifications and One Demolition” campaign’s end in China’s coastal Zhejiang, government employees removed three churches’ crosses and threatened another with demolition and a fine earlier this month in a continuation of the province-wide campaign ...

more on this story from China Aid  


Saturday, May 23, 2015

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

“When the lion said—but I don’t know if it spoke—‘You will have to let me undress you.’ I was afraid of his claws, I can tell you, but I was pretty nearly desperate now. So I just lay flat down on my back to let him do it.

“The very first tear he made was so deep that I thought it had gone right into my heart. And when he began pulling the skin off, it hurt worse than anything I’ve ever felt. The only thing that made me able to bear it was just the pleasure of feeling the stuff peel off. You know—if you’ve ever picked the scab off a sore place. It hurts like billy-oh but it is fun to see it coming away.”

“I know exactly what you mean,” said Edmund.

“Well, he peeled the beastly stuff right off—just as I thought I’d done it myself the other three times, only they hadn’t hurt—and there it was, lying on the grass, only ever so much thicker, and darker, and more knobbly-looking than the others had been. And there was I as smooth and soft as a peeled switch and smaller than I had been. Then he caught hold of me—I didn’t like that much for I was very tender underneath now that I’d no skin on—and threw me into the water. It smarted like anything but only for a moment. After that it became perfectly delicious and as soon as I started swimming and splashing I found that all the pain had gone from my arm. And then I saw why. I’d turned into a boy again. You’d think me simply phony if I told you how I felt about my own arms. I know they’ve no muscle and are pretty mouldy compared with Caspian’s, but I was so glad to see them.”


From Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Compiled in A Year with Aslan

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: May 23, 2015

MINUTE FOR MISSION: PRESBYTERIAN HERITAGE - Maria Fearing grew up a slave on the Winston Plantation near Gainesville, Alabama. While her mother worked as a house servant, Maria listened to Mrs. Winston read Bible stories to her children—stories that freed her imagination from bondage. Despite receiving no instruction in reading or writing, Maria dreamed of becoming a missionary to Africa, where she might share those same Bible stories with the African people ...

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Friday, May 22, 2015

From ServLife International: "Witnessing Christ's Love"

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.



Nanda was inspired to become a pastor as he saw the hardships around him as he was growing up ...
His neighbors were animists, they believed spirits of ancestors and nature, and worshiped idols to them. He wanted to share the release his family had found in Christ, and show his neighbors how a Christian community can provide freedom from oppression and even poverty.

So, after training at ServLife's pastor training school, Nanda began to preach the Word among the people of his hometown. People quickly began witnessing the power of Christ through Nanda's church. Many sick people were healed when members of his church prayed over them. One man had been paralyzed on one side of his body for over a year due to a neurological condition. After living in the church and being prayed over for two months, he was completely healed. Nanda's church has since grown to include over 100 people and he has started 3 more churches in nearby areas as a result of the miracles people have witnessed.

Sharing God's word is not always easy, however. Nanda lives in an area that many people have to travel through to get from one end of Nepal to the other. So there are all types of people living there, some of whom are opposed to Christians sharing the Gospel. Traveling Hindu priests stop in the area and make their living by performing ceremonies and getting paid to intercede with Hindu gods on behalf of the people. They are therefore opposed to Christians sharing the Gospel, because it takes away from their clientele of people desperate for help from the gods. The priests and zealous followers of other religions often threaten Nanda and his congregation as they attempt to minister to the community.

Pastor Nanda believes that he can help even more people witness the love of Christ through a micro-finance program to help local people escape poverty. He thinks that if the people are no longer in the clutches of desperation and have a community of believers offering to support them, then they will see God's love at work and be more open to receiving Christ.

Please pray for Pastor Nanda to reach the lost in his community and to find strength to stand against the opposition the church faces. Pastor Nanda and many pastors like him also need a sponsor to encourage and support them.

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From @FWMission ... Friday Story: "A Bright Future"

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: "A Bright Future"

Greetings, and happy Friday!

Many of our recipients would love to help their families, but because of a lack of mobility, they are confined to their homes. This week, I wanted to share with you a story from China, and how a woman with determination and the gift of mobility was able to help her family.

As a young child, Wang suffered from polio, leaving her unable to walk. Her family struggled to make ends meet, but that didn’t keep her from dreaming of one day owning her own wheelchair ...


read the rest of this story ...



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 ... "God-sized goals for new Christian Church pastor"

MRT Photo by James Durbin
• Parishioners look forward to the church’s growth

Jill Malcolm, Reporter
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Pastor Steve Knisley was looking for a new challenge in his ministry when a speaker at a Christian conference opened the realm of possibility to leave his home in Eastern Kentucky, lead another church and help it grow.

“‘Go and help a smaller church and look at Texas,’ is what I heard at that conference,” said Knisley. “I felt they were talking to me.” After weighing the decision with his wife, Lisa, and talking and listening to God through prayer, they decided to make the move to West Texas.

Nine weeks ago he preached his first sermon to the Christian Church of Midland on Neely Avenue. Though the congregation is small, it is well-established in the community and prime for expansion ...

 • read the rest of this MRT report ... 


C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

I find I must borrow yet another parable from George MacDonald. Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on: you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently he starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of—throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.

The command Be ye perfect is not idealistic gas. Nor is it a command to do the impossible. He is going to make us into creatures that can obey that command. He said (in the Bible) that we were ‘gods’ and He is going to make good His words. If we let Him—for we can prevent Him, if we choose—He will make the feeblest and filthiest of us into a god or goddess, a dazzling, radiant, immortal creature, pulsating all through with such energy and joy and wisdom and love as we cannot now imagine, a bright stainless mirror which reflects back to God perfectly (though, of course, on a smaller scale) His own boundless power and delight and goodness. The process will be long and in parts very painful, but that is what we are in for. Nothing less. He meant what He said.


From Mere Christianity
Compiled in A Year with C.S. Lewis

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: May 22, 2015

MINUTE FOR MISSION: 1001 WORSHIPING COMMUNITIES - A worshiping community in a remote corner of southwestern Virginia is living into the psalmist’s plea to all God’s creatures: “Sing to the Lord a new song . . . all the earth! Sing to the Lord, bless God’s name” (Ps. 96:1–2).

Built 100 years ago, this mission church never had more than 50 members. Several times it closed. Eventually someone who loved it would gather new disciples to worship and serve the community of Floyd County...

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

In the News ... "Family Promise hosts hands-on financial management training"

MRT Photo by James Durbin
• Nonprofit thinking about growing it for the future

Steve Kuhlmann, Reporter
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Managing personal finances can be difficult, but for families trying to make ends meet, it is nothing less than crucial.

In an attempt to meet this need, Family Promise of Midland partnered with My Community Federal Credit Union to host a financial management training event for current and former Family Promise families last week.

The hands-on event featured representatives from businesses and organizations around the community ...

 • read the rest of this MRT report ... 




C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

TO MARY WILLIS SHELBURNE: On the return of Joy’s cancer.

18 October 1959

Will you redouble your prayers for us? Apparently the wonderful recovery Joy made in 1957 was only a reprieve, not a pardon. The last X Ray check reveals cancerous spots returning in many of her bones. There seems to be some hope of a few years life still and there are still things the doctors can do. But they are all in the nature of ‘rearguard actions’. We are in retreat. The tide has turned. Of course God can do again what He did before. The sky is not now so dark as it was when I married her in hospital. Her courage is wonderful and she gives me more support than I can give her. The dreadful thing, as you know, is the waking each morning—the moment at which it all flows back on one.


From The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis
Compiled in Yours, Jack

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: May 21, 2015

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO (continued) - Thunder pounded. Lightning flashed. The heavens opened wide. Packed into a Toyota Land Cruiser, we made our desperate flight from Kaniema, a border town in Katanga near East Kasai. The rains meant destruction of the road; time was short. While all of us were enjoying fellowship and the thrill of coursing along Congo’s treacherous roads, Pastor Mukenge sat silent. The rains signaled our mission would be cut short. Our visit to the adjacent region of Kanyintshina would be postponed. Our friend looked like a boy on the verge of tears. I found myself fixated on his downcast spirit ...

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

In the News ... "Caywood plans expansion of OCFC"

OA Photo by Courtney Sacco
• Will double the floor space to 100,000 square feet

By Bob Campbell, Reporter
Odessa American


ODESSA, TEXAS - Planning a new $20 million-plus church just north of the one he opened almost 32 years ago, the Rev. Don Caywood is proud of the progress Odessa Christian Faith Center has made, but he feels its future is much brighter than its past.

Noting an average of 1,300 people attend its three Sunday services at 8860 N. Andrews Highway, Caywood foresees that number growing to 5,000 when the seating capacity goes from 825 to 2,000 ...

read the rest of this OA report ...


C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

This time Jill and Eustace walked together. They had been feeling very brave when they were begging to be allowed to come with the others, but now they didn’t feel brave at all.

“Pole,” said Eustace in a whisper. “I may as well tell you I’ve got the wind up.”

“Oh, you’re all right, Scrubb,” said Jill. “You can fight. But I—I’m just shaking, if you want to know the truth.”

“Oh, shaking’s nothing,” said Eustace. “I’m feeling I’m going to be sick. . . .

“Pole,” said Eustace presently.

“What?” said she.

“What’ll happen if we get killed here?”

“Well we’ll be dead, I suppose.”

“But I mean, what will happen in our own world? Shall we wake up and find ourselves back in that train? Or shall we just vanish and never be heard of any more? Or shall we be dead in England?”

“Gosh. I never thought of that.”

“It’ll be rum for Peter and the others if they saw me waving out of the window and then when the train comes in we’re nowhere to be found! Or if they found two—I mean, if we’re dead over there in England.”

“Ugh!” said Jill. “What a horrid idea.”

“It wouldn’t be horrid for us,” said Eustace. “We shouldn’t be there.”

“I almost wish—no I don’t, though,” said Jill.

“What were you going to say?”

“I was going to say I wished we’d never come. But I don’t, I don’t, I don’t. Even if we are killed. I’d rather be killed fighting for Narnia than grow old and stupid at home and perhaps go about in a bath-chair and then die in the end just the same.”


From The Last Battle
Compiled in A Year with Aslan

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: May 20, 2015

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONMO - Ordained Presbyterian pastor  Berthe “Maman” Nzeba coordinates the Women and Families Desk of the Church of Christ in Congo (ECC). Under her leadership, women from over 60 denominations federated under the ECC are united to address sexual violence against women and children in conflict-ridden eastern Congo. Since the influx of refugees following the 1994 genocide in neighboring Rwanda, the area regularly suffers violent attacks by roaming militia, which are funded by revenues from mines they control. Rape has proliferated from a barbaric war tactic into an epidemic social ill. Maman Nzeba accompanies local women’s groups who offer sanctuary to rape survivors and ensure that they receive full medical attention ...

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Teichert Prayer Letter for May

The family of Karl and Jenny Teichert are serving the Lord as missionaries with OC Africa, in South Africa. They moved to Johannesburg in November, 1997 with their four children; Ann, Scott, Stephen and John. Karl serves as the Southern Africa Director of the Southern Africa Regional Team. Their vision is to see a healthy, Bible-based church established in every unreached village and community in South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Zambia and beyond. Their strategy is to partner with key African church leaders to research, train, and mobilize the body of Christ to complete the Great Commission. They are striving to equip local leaders in Southern Africa to reach their nations for Christ and send missionaries into other countries as well.

May 2015 ... God is Enlarging our Tent!

“Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities.” Isaiah 54:2-3

Dear family and friends,

It’s hard to believe that we have been serving as missionaries with One Challenge in Southern Africa for almost 18 years. Three of our children have left home and John graduates from high school this year. Our team has trained and mentored hundreds of African leaders to grow thousands of churches across Southern Africa. Thank you for your faithful partnership in this mission journey!

Building on this foundation, the One Challenge leadership has asked Karl to serve as the OC Africa area director beginning March 31, 2015. Karl will continue serving as the Southern Africa fi eld director until a new leader is selected. We will continue to live in Johannesburg, South Africa and stay connected with our Southern Africa OC team. Barbosa Oliveira, the previous Africa area director is relocating to Florida early next year to serve with a new OC ministry assisting churches to reach out to Latinos in that region. Please pray for Barbosa’s family in this transition.

The scope of this new Africa area director position is to extend the mission impact of One Challenge throughout Africa through new resident teams and strategic partnerships. Here are some thoughts from Karl’s new supervisor, Dick Grady who serves as the OC vice president of global ministries:

As we were looking for an area director for our African ministries, we needed a leader who embodies the organizational values that have allowed us to develop this legacy on the African continent. Karl Teichert is this man. Karl has lived out these values as the leader of the South Africa Regional Team. He has faithfully served African leaders in ways that have empowered them to disciple their nations. Karl is the only expat who serves on the South African Evangelical Alliance national executive. He is highly respected by African leaders throughout the southern cone of Africa. As Karl takes on this new challenge, we look forward to ever-expanding opportunities to come alongside African leaders throughout the continent for the sake of Christ’s kingdom.

Thank you for your continued partnership with the Teicherts.


We are humbled and encouraged by these kind words.

As Karl embarks on this new leadership responsibility, please pray for the following:

Personal dependency and intimacy with God
Wisdom to discern God’s open doors in Africa
Balance between family and ministry responsibilities
Selection and development of a new Southern Africa field director
Raising of an additional $300/month for increased travel and ministry expenses

Thank you for your invaluable prayers and financial support for us through this transition. We are sincerely grateful for your friendship and commitment. We praise the Lord for you!

For His glory,

Karl and Jenny




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In the News ... "New Samaritan executive director returns to her roots, embraces nonprofit’s mission"

MRT Photo by Tim Fischer
• One of the nonprofit’s biggest goals is to expand its services

Steve Kuhlmann, Reporter
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - A veteran of nonprofit management, the Samaritan Counseling Center of West Texas’ new executive director Rissé Rogers is returning to her roots as she focuses on the nonprofit’s mission of promoting mental health through counseling services.

The Odessa resident said while she has a “background in psychology and family relations” — as well as personal, family experience with issues of mental health — it has been a while since she worked for a nonprofit specifically focusing on that area ...

 • read the rest of this MRT report ... 


 

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

On heaven

Redeemed humanity is still young, it has hardly come to its full strength. But already there is joy enough in the little finger of a great saint such as yonder lady to waken all the dead things of the universe into life.

Everything becomes more and more itself. Here is joy that cannot be shaken. Our light can swallow up your darkness; but your darkness cannot now infect our light. No, no, no. Come to us. We will not go to you. Can you really have thought that love and joy would always be at the mercy of frowns and sighs? Did you not know they were stronger than their opposites?.


From The Great Divorce
Compiled in Words to Live By

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: May 19, 2015

KENYA - After the 2008 elections, violence erupted in Kenya, killing over 1,000 people and displacing more than 500,000. Nairobi Chapel immediately began ministering to displaced families, which included assisting with the educational needs of the children. That commitment has since grown into the Jubilee Scholarship Fund, which sponsors over 350 teenagers from economically challenged and HIV/AIDS-ravaged communities nearby to attend schools all over the country by providing tuition fees, uniforms, and school supplies ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Monday, May 18, 2015

From ChinaAid: "China Aid presents 2015 Courage Award to Kansas Governor Sam Brownback"

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.

ChinaAid Photo
China Aid presents 2015 Courage Award to Kansas Governor Sam Brownback
Distributed by ChinaAid, April, 2015 ...

MIDLAND, TEXAS – At China Aid’s 2015 Freedom and Justice Dinner, China Aid founder and President Bob Fu and China Aid Vice President Kody Kness presented the Courage Award to Kansas Governor Sam Brownback for his extraordinary record of advocating for human rights in China.

At the dinner Pastor Bob Fu, founder and president of China Aid, told attendees about China Aid’s mission to expose the abuses, encourage the abused and equip the leaders. Fu also discussed China Aid’s 2014 Persecution Report, which documented 572 persecution cases that were reported to China Aid.

Fu also recounted how then-Senator Brownback had played a providential role in his moving his family and China Aid to Midland after a meeting in the Senate with Brownback and the Midland Ministerial Alliance in 2004 ...


more on this story from China Aid  


In the News: "52 Faces" Q&A with Greg Bartha

MRT Photo by James Durbin
"52 Faces of the Community" is a new, regular feature of the Midland Reporter-Telegram that is recognizing the unsung heroes and volunteers of Midland, Texas. The latest installment in this series offers a question-and-answer session with Dr. Gregory Bartha, longtime Midland physician and international medical missionary.

read the rest of this MRT report

visit the "52 Faces" index page


C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

Lewis, grieving the death of his wife, Joy:

I know that the thing I want is exactly the thing I can never get. The old life, the jokes, the drinks, the arguments, the lovemaking, the tiny, heartbreaking commonplace. On any view whatever, to say, ‘H. is dead,’ is to say, ‘All that is gone.’ It is a part of the past. And the past is the past and that is what time means, and time itself is one more name for death, and Heaven itself is a state where ‘the former things have passed away.’

Talk to me about the truth of religion and I’ll listen gladly. Talk to me about the duty of religion and I’ll listen submissively. But don’t come talking to me about the consolations of religion or I shall suspect that you don’t understand.

Unless, of course, you can literally believe all that stuff about family reunions ‘on the further shore,’ pictured in entirely earthly terms. But that is all unscriptural, all out of bad hymns and lithographs. There’s not a word of it in the Bible. And it rings false. We know it couldn’t be like that. Reality never repeats. The exact same thing is never taken away and given back. How well the spiritualists bait their hook! ‘Things on this side are not so different after all.’ There are cigars in Heaven. For that is what we should all like. The happy past restored.

And that, just that, is what I cry out for, with mad, midnight endearments and entreaties spoken into the empty air.


From A Grief Observed
Compiled in A Year with C.S. Lewis

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: May 18, 2015

ETHIOPIA (continued) - W hen he was six, Teressa Akuma’s family experienced overwhelming tragedy. Both of his parents died, and his family was fractured. Homeless, this newly orphaned boy walked two days to a town where a relative had once lived but had since left. He begged for shelter and finally found work as a shepherd. A childless woman welcomed him as her son. “Great compassion filled my heart. She taught me about fearing God, humility, being kind to others—orally and by her actions. If there was little bread when guests came, she gave it to them” ...

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

TO DOROTHY L. SAYERS: On the deep lessons in love that Lewis was learning.

25 June 1957

I ought to tell you my own news. On examination it turned out that Joy’s previous marriage, made in her pre-Christian days, was no marriage: the man had a wife still living. The Bishop of Oxford said it was not the present policy to approve re-marriage in such cases, but that his view did not bind the conscience of any individual priest. Then dear Father Bide (do you know him?) who had come to lay his hands on Joy—for he has on his record what looks very like one miracle—without being asked and merely on being told the situation at once said he would marry us. So we had a bedside marriage with a nuptial Mass.

When I last wrote to you I would not have wished this; you will gather (and may say ‘guessed as much’) that my feelings had changed. They say a rival often turns a friend into a lover. Thanatos [the Greek god of death], certainly (they say) approaching but at an uncertain speed, is a most efficient rival for this purpose. We soon learn to love what we know we must lose.

I hope you give us your blessing: I know you’ll give us your prayers. She is home now, not because she is better (though in fact she seems amazingly better) but because they can do no more for her at the Wingfield: totally bed-ridden but—you’d be surprised—we have much gaiety and even some happiness. Indeed, the situation is not easy to describe. My heart is breaking and I was never so happy before: at any rate there is more in life than I knew about. My own physical pains lately (which were among the severest I’ve known) had an odd element of relief in them.


From The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis
Compiled in Yours, Jack

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook

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Today in the Mission Yearbook: May 17, 2015

MINUTE FOR MISSION: MEDICAL BENEVOLENCE FOUNDATION - The faithful witness and perseverance of Presbyterian mission hospitals is inspiring and humbling. Moma Hospital is one shining example.

As a ministry of the Presbyterian Community of Congo, Moma is a place of peace for the poor, where compassionate care for the sick is coupled with conversations and prayers about the good news of God’s love ...

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

[Digory] thought of his Mother, and he thought of the great hopes he had had, and how they were all dying away, and a lump came into his throat and tears in his eyes, and he blurted out: “But please, please—won’t you—can’t you give me something that will cure Mother?” Up till then he had been looking at the Lion’s great feet and the huge claws on them; now, in his despair, he looked up at its face. What he saw surprised him as much as anything in his whole life. For the tawny face was bent down near his own and (wonder of wonders) great shining tears stood in the Lion’s eyes. They were such big, bright tears compared with Digory’s own that for a moment he felt as if the Lion must really be sorrier about his Mother than he was himself.

“My son, my son,” said Aslan. “I know. Grief is great. Only you and I in this land know that yet. Let us be good to one another.”.


From The Magician's Nephew
Compiled in A Year with Aslan

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook

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Today in the Mission Yearbook: May 16, 2015

AFRICA / ETHIOPIA - The mother of five children is known to me only as a mother of five: a category rather than a name; one human being almost invisible among the throng of refugees coming into Ethiopia from South Sudan. She is the mother of five children among a thousand other mothers with numerous children ...

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