Wednesday, February 22, 2017

In the News ... " Mt. Rose Baptist Church kicks off Black History Month festivities this weekend"

KWES Photo
• Experience and learn through black art, history and culture

By Jolina Okazaki, Multimedia Journalist
KWES-TV

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Mount Rose Baptist Church on 211 N. Tyler St will celebrate Black History Month for three days in the Basin. The celebration of black culture and art will kick off at the Palmer Activity Center in Midland starting on Friday. They're hoping to not only share black culture but also empower others of all backgrounds.

"We hope to open up people's eyes, to make people more culturally conscious." said event coordinator Jermaine Packer. "We want to start a conversation. We want to open that up and say, 'Hey, come and celebrate with us.' We aren't trying to make it awkward for you. We just want you to kind of see what our culture is. We want people to really enjoy themselves."

The event, called Unapologetically Black, will include an art show, live music, discussion panels and guest speakers ...

 • read/watch the rest of this KWES report ...

Invitation to Prayer from Faces of Children ... TODAY

Faces of Children is an ecumenical prayer ministry under the auspices of First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas. Their mission is to initiate ministries of prayer for children in churches, communities, and neighborhoods. In doing so, they 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).

Invitation to Prayer, TODAY

Hi Friends,

Thank you for joining me in prayer for the children of the world. If you can, we'd love to have you pray together with us this Wednesday - TODAY -  at 11:30 a.m., in the gym conference room at First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas, followed by lunch together.

Also, Faces of Children is now on Facebook ! I invite you to like our page so that you can see regular stories, prayer needs, and updates from partner ministries.

All the best,

Carrie



Dear Intercessors,

"What do you think? Which of the three became a neighbor to the man attacked by robbers?" "The one who treated him kindly," the religion scholar responded. Jesus said, "Go and do the same."
Luke 10:36-37, MSG

Valentine's Day was a few days ago, but I'm still thinking about love.

And this week, I came across a story that struck me as a beautiful picture of radical love. A Libyan-born devout Muslim foster father, Mohamed Bzeek, who only cares for terminally ill children in LA. The world's headlines are mostly dominated by angry rhetoric -- telling us who we should fear and who we ought to keep out and who we ought to suspect. But every now and then, a story bubbles to the surface that speaks much more quietly and yet far more powerfully. If Mr. Bzeek were to try to immigrate to the USA today, he may not be allowed in. And the little girl he's charged with? No one else really wants her. Two people displaced by the world; but both are seen, known, and loved by a God who brought them together because he sets the lonely into families. By virtue of his faith and his birthplace, I venture to say Mr. Bzeek is like a Samaritan from the New Testament days. And when I read the story of Mr. Bzeek laying down his life on behalf of his foster children, I cannot help but think of the story Jesus told of a man just like him, the Good Samaritan. So often we want to change the world. And more and more, I'm starting to believe when we start with loving a child no one else notices, we can. May we go and do the same.

In addition to that, please join me in praying for the following matters this week:

USA // This foster father only takes in terminally ill children

"The children were going to die. Mohamed Bzeek knew that. But in his more than two decades as a foster father, he took them in anyway - the sickest of the sick in Los Angeles County's sprawling foster care system. He has buried about 10 children. Some died in his arms. Now, Bzeek spends long days and sleepless nights caring for a bedridden 6-year-old foster girl with a rare brain defect. She's blind and deaf. She has daily seizures. Her arms and legs are paralyzed. Bzeek, a quiet, devout Libyan-born Muslim who lives in Azusa, California, just wants her to know she's not alone in this life. "I know she can't hear, can't see, but I always talk to her," he said. "I'm always holding her, playing with her, touching her. ... She has feelings. She has a soul. She's a human being."

Praise God for people like Mohamed Bzeek who do not aspire to fame or fortune, but instead believe in the power of making a difference by loving others well. Pray God strengthens, encourages, and sustains him as he fulfills his calling, and pray for more foster families to be raised up to follow in his footsteps.

Read more here ...

TEXAS // Sold Out: How the crusade against sex trafficking in Texas has left child victims behind

Thank you to one of our intercessors, Glenn, for bringing this investigative series to my attention. "Texas Tribune reporters have spent months uncovering the details of dozens of these cases, performing autopsies to determine where systems designed to protect the state's most endangered children broke down. In Sold Out, we'll reveal how more than a decade's worth of initiatives - empty laws and hollow programs rolled out with fanfare by Texas' top officials - have failed to protect the state's most vulnerable youth. We will explore how widespread misconceptions about what's sometimes called "modern day slavery" - a complex problem with many underlying causes - have further challenged efforts to help these young victims."

Currently the following three pieces have been released:

Yvette: Laws the state uses to put sex traffickers behind bars can sweep up their prey, too. A few years in age can mean the difference between a chance at rehabilitation and a lengthy prison sentence, as Yvette learned.
Read more here ...

Lena: No one wanted Lena behind bars. She was not a prostitute; she was a child who had been sexually exploited. But teenage sex-trafficking victims in Texas end up in jail for one simple reason: There's nowhere else for them to go.
Read more here ...

Jean: After her father raped her, Jean became one of the roughly 12,000 Texas kids in long-term foster care, a system that often leaves children more damaged than when they arrive. For Jean, selling sex seemed like a safer bet.
Read more here ...

As you learn more about the crisis of sex trafficking and its victims, please pray for the children's protection, restoration, and healing. Pray for state agencies, private non-profit organizations, churches and community organizations to know how to best respond. Pray for more specially-equipped foster families who can make a difference, one child at a time.

GHANA // 24 Boys Rescued on Lake Volta

"Early in the morning of January 24, IJM and Ghanaian authorities prepared for a rescue operation. The sun rose over the calm waters of Lake Volta, one of the world's largest manmade lakes. The team was abuzz with anticipation. Everyone was ready for the day's mission: rescue the boys.

These boys used their small bodies every day to dive into deep water to untangle nets for their masters. It was dangerous, back-breaking labor, made worse by violent abuse and lack of food and sleep. They dreamed of their families whom they could not see. But today would be the day this would end. Right before 6:30a.m., eight boats launched off the shores to look for them. When we found them, most were scared-the boys didn't know what was happening. As we pulled them into our boats, the Ghanaian commander instructed his unit to arrest the suspected boatmasters, 16 in all. The boys were now free! 24 boys were rescued; the youngest was 7 years old. Three had malaria. Several had injuries from work and abuse. We quickly reassured them that they were now free and safe. When this new reality sunk in, many began to clap and sing. The youngest boy felt safe enough to fall asleep. That night, for the first time in a long while, they slept in warm beds."

Praise God for this successful rescue! Even as we celebrate their freedom, let's join IJM in praying for the full restoration and healing and for the thousands of other boys working on the lake.

Read more here ...

IJM Photo
Praying with you,

Carrie

Carrie J. McKean
Faces of Children Director
First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas
(432) 684-7821 x153



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 info@facesofchildren.net

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

Presented by Bible Gateway
Today's Reading

Screwtape reveals a powerful tool for distraction:

What we want, if men become Christians at all, is to keep them in the state of mind I call ‘Christianity And’. You know—Christianity and the Crisis, Christianity and the New Psychology, Christianity and the New Order, Christianity and Faith Healing, Christianity and Psychical Research, Christianity and Vegetarianism, Christianity and Spelling Reform. If they must be Christians let them at least be Christians with a difference. Substitute for the faith itself some Fashion with a Christian colouring. Work on their horror of the Same Old Thing.

The horror of the Same Old Thing is one of the most valuable passions we have produced in the human heart—an endless source of heresies in religion, folly in counsel, infidelity in marriage, and inconstancy in friendship. The humans live in time, and experience reality successively. To experience much of it, therefore, they must experience many different things; in other words, they must experience change. And since they need change, the Enemy (being a hedonist at heart) has made change pleasurable to them, just as He has made eating pleasurable. But since He does not wish them to make change, any more than eating, an end in itself, He has balanced the love of change in them by a love of permanence. He has contrived to gratify both tastes together in the very world He has made, by that union of change and permanence which we call Rhythm. He gives them the seasons, each season different yet every year the same, so that spring is always felt as a novelty yet always as the recurrence of an immemorial theme. He gives them in His Church a spiritual year; they change from a fast to a feast, but it is the same feast as before.

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.


Today in the Mission Yearbook: February 22, 2017

YOUNG ADULTS: COLLEGE CONFERENCE AT MONTREAT. PT. 1 - As over 1,000 college students and their advisors rushed the doors of Montreat Conference Center’s Anderson Auditorium on January 2 for the annual College Conference’s opening worship, Frisbees featuring the logo of UKirk — the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s collegiate ministries network—flew overhead.

The energy level at the gathering—as high as the soaring Frisbees—continued throughout the evening as attendees were introduced to the conference theme, “Beyond Babel,” based on Genesis 11:1–9 ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Partners Blog: "Five Simple Actions You Can Take For Refugees"

Steve and Oddny Gumaer started Partners Relief and Development in response to the needs of refugees and displaced people from Burma, and now in the Middle East, as well. Their mission is to demonstrate, through holistic action, God’s love to children and communities made vulnerable by war in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and other conflict zones.

Partners Photo
Five Simple Actions You Can Take For Refugees

Are refugees on your mind and heart lately? Here are five simple things you can do to help make a difference ...

read the rest of this post ...




Partners Relief and Development is a registered charity in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States. "We’re a small, grassroots nonprofit passionate about making a big impact in communities affected by conflict and oppression, demonstrating God’s love to children and giving them the opportunity to live free, full lives." For more information aboput Partners, visit their website at partners.ngo/

Invitation to Prayer from Faces of Children ... Tomorrow

Faces of Children is an ecumenical prayer ministry under the auspices of First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas. Their mission is to initiate ministries of prayer for children in churches, communities, and neighborhoods. In doing so, they 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).

Invitation to Prayer, Tomorrow

Hi Friends,

Thank you for joining me in prayer for the children of the world. If you can, we'd love to have you pray together with us this Wednesday at 11:30 a.m., in the gym conference room at First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas, followed by lunch together.

Also, Faces of Children is now on Facebook ! I invite you to like our page so that you can see regular stories, prayer needs, and updates from partner ministries.

All the best,

Carrie



Dear Intercessors,

"What do you think? Which of the three became a neighbor to the man attacked by robbers?" "The one who treated him kindly," the religion scholar responded. Jesus said, "Go and do the same."
Luke 10:36-37, MSG

Valentine's Day was a few days ago, but I'm still thinking about love.

And this week, I came across a story that struck me as a beautiful picture of radical love. A Libyan-born devout Muslim foster father, Mohamed Bzeek, who only cares for terminally ill children in LA. The world's headlines are mostly dominated by angry rhetoric -- telling us who we should fear and who we ought to keep out and who we ought to suspect. But every now and then, a story bubbles to the surface that speaks much more quietly and yet far more powerfully. If Mr. Bzeek were to try to immigrate to the USA today, he may not be allowed in. And the little girl he's charged with? No one else really wants her. Two people displaced by the world; but both are seen, known, and loved by a God who brought them together because he sets the lonely into families. By virtue of his faith and his birthplace, I venture to say Mr. Bzeek is like a Samaritan from the New Testament days. And when I read the story of Mr. Bzeek laying down his life on behalf of his foster children, I cannot help but think of the story Jesus told of a man just like him, the Good Samaritan. So often we want to change the world. And more and more, I'm starting to believe when we start with loving a child no one else notices, we can. May we go and do the same.

In addition to that, please join me in praying for the following matters this week:

USA // This foster father only takes in terminally ill children

"The children were going to die. Mohamed Bzeek knew that. But in his more than two decades as a foster father, he took them in anyway - the sickest of the sick in Los Angeles County's sprawling foster care system. He has buried about 10 children. Some died in his arms. Now, Bzeek spends long days and sleepless nights caring for a bedridden 6-year-old foster girl with a rare brain defect. She's blind and deaf. She has daily seizures. Her arms and legs are paralyzed. Bzeek, a quiet, devout Libyan-born Muslim who lives in Azusa, California, just wants her to know she's not alone in this life. "I know she can't hear, can't see, but I always talk to her," he said. "I'm always holding her, playing with her, touching her. ... She has feelings. She has a soul. She's a human being."

Praise God for people like Mohamed Bzeek who do not aspire to fame or fortune, but instead believe in the power of making a difference by loving others well. Pray God strengthens, encourages, and sustains him as he fulfills his calling, and pray for more foster families to be raised up to follow in his footsteps.

Read more here ...

TEXAS // Sold Out: How the crusade against sex trafficking in Texas has left child victims behind

Thank you to one of our intercessors, Glenn, for bringing this investigative series to my attention. "Texas Tribune reporters have spent months uncovering the details of dozens of these cases, performing autopsies to determine where systems designed to protect the state's most endangered children broke down. In Sold Out, we'll reveal how more than a decade's worth of initiatives - empty laws and hollow programs rolled out with fanfare by Texas' top officials - have failed to protect the state's most vulnerable youth. We will explore how widespread misconceptions about what's sometimes called "modern day slavery" - a complex problem with many underlying causes - have further challenged efforts to help these young victims."

Currently the following three pieces have been released:

Yvette: Laws the state uses to put sex traffickers behind bars can sweep up their prey, too. A few years in age can mean the difference between a chance at rehabilitation and a lengthy prison sentence, as Yvette learned.
Read more here ...

Lena: No one wanted Lena behind bars. She was not a prostitute; she was a child who had been sexually exploited. But teenage sex-trafficking victims in Texas end up in jail for one simple reason: There's nowhere else for them to go.
Read more here ...

Jean: After her father raped her, Jean became one of the roughly 12,000 Texas kids in long-term foster care, a system that often leaves children more damaged than when they arrive. For Jean, selling sex seemed like a safer bet.
Read more here ...

As you learn more about the crisis of sex trafficking and its victims, please pray for the children's protection, restoration, and healing. Pray for state agencies, private non-profit organizations, churches and community organizations to know how to best respond. Pray for more specially-equipped foster families who can make a difference, one child at a time.

GHANA // 24 Boys Rescued on Lake Volta

"Early in the morning of January 24, IJM and Ghanaian authorities prepared for a rescue operation. The sun rose over the calm waters of Lake Volta, one of the world's largest manmade lakes. The team was abuzz with anticipation. Everyone was ready for the day's mission: rescue the boys.

These boys used their small bodies every day to dive into deep water to untangle nets for their masters. It was dangerous, back-breaking labor, made worse by violent abuse and lack of food and sleep. They dreamed of their families whom they could not see. But today would be the day this would end. Right before 6:30a.m., eight boats launched off the shores to look for them. When we found them, most were scared-the boys didn't know what was happening. As we pulled them into our boats, the Ghanaian commander instructed his unit to arrest the suspected boatmasters, 16 in all. The boys were now free! 24 boys were rescued; the youngest was 7 years old. Three had malaria. Several had injuries from work and abuse. We quickly reassured them that they were now free and safe. When this new reality sunk in, many began to clap and sing. The youngest boy felt safe enough to fall asleep. That night, for the first time in a long while, they slept in warm beds."

Praise God for this successful rescue! Even as we celebrate their freedom, let's join IJM in praying for the full restoration and healing and for the thousands of other boys working on the lake.

Read more here ...

IJM Photo
Praying with you,

Carrie

Carrie J. McKean
Faces of Children Director
First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas
(432) 684-7821 x153



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 info@facesofchildren.net

In the News ... "Fu runs ChinaAid from Midland"

OA Photo by Mark Sterkel
• Having experienced persecution himself, pastor leads missions throughout the world

By Bob Campbell, Reporter
Odessa American


MIDLAND, TEXAS - To say that Bob Fu - a missionary and president of the ChinaAid Association in Midland - prizes his religious freedom is an epic understatement.

That’s because he fought the Chinese Communist Party for it, withstanding investigations, beatings and imprisonment before he and his wife Heidi escaped to Thailand, Hong Kong and the U.S. in 1996-97 ...

read the rest of this OA report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

Presented by Bible Gateway
Today's Reading

On Conversion

Before I became a Christian I do not think I fully realized that one’s life, after conversion, would inevitably consist in doing most of the same things one had been doing before, one hopes, in a new spirit, but still the same things.

From The Weight of Glory
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.


Today in the Mission Yearbook: February 21, 2017

GHOST RANCHE EDUCATION & RETREAT CENTER, NEW MEXICO - The Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center has transferred its operations from the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to the National Ghost Ranch Foundation (NGRF). The Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation established in 1972 to support Ghost Ranch as a ministry of the PC(USA), has been providing financial, operational, and volunteer resources for Ghost Ranch. ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Monday, February 20, 2017

From @chinaaid : "China Aid leads delegation to Washington D.C. for National Prayer Breakfast, meetings with Congress"

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.

China Aid Photo
China Aid leads delegation to Washington D.C. for National Prayer Breakfast, meetings with Congress
Distributed by ChinaAid, February, 2017 ...

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the midst of China’s skyrocketing human rights abuses, a delegation hosted by China Aid traveled to Washington, D.C., last week to raise awareness about ongoing persecution and celebrate the courage of those who champion human rights at their own peril ...

more on this story from China Aid



Invitation to Prayer from Faces of Children ... Wednesday

Faces of Children is an ecumenical prayer ministry under the auspices of First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas. Their mission is to initiate ministries of prayer for children in churches, communities, and neighborhoods. In doing so, they 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).

Invitation to Prayer, Wednesday

Hi Friends,

Thank you for joining me in prayer for the children of the world. If you can, we'd love to have you pray together with us this Wednesday at 11:30 a.m., in the gym conference room at First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas, followed by lunch together.

Also, Faces of Children is now on Facebook ! I invite you to like our page so that you can see regular stories, prayer needs, and updates from partner ministries.

All the best,

Carrie



Dear Intercessors,

"What do you think? Which of the three became a neighbor to the man attacked by robbers?" "The one who treated him kindly," the religion scholar responded. Jesus said, "Go and do the same."
Luke 10:36-37, MSG

Valentine's Day was a few days ago, but I'm still thinking about love.

And this week, I came across a story that struck me as a beautiful picture of radical love. A Libyan-born devout Muslim foster father, Mohamed Bzeek, who only cares for terminally ill children in LA. The world's headlines are mostly dominated by angry rhetoric -- telling us who we should fear and who we ought to keep out and who we ought to suspect. But every now and then, a story bubbles to the surface that speaks much more quietly and yet far more powerfully. If Mr. Bzeek were to try to immigrate to the USA today, he may not be allowed in. And the little girl he's charged with? No one else really wants her. Two people displaced by the world; but both are seen, known, and loved by a God who brought them together because he sets the lonely into families. By virtue of his faith and his birthplace, I venture to say Mr. Bzeek is like a Samaritan from the New Testament days. And when I read the story of Mr. Bzeek laying down his life on behalf of his foster children, I cannot help but think of the story Jesus told of a man just like him, the Good Samaritan. So often we want to change the world. And more and more, I'm starting to believe when we start with loving a child no one else notices, we can. May we go and do the same.

In addition to that, please join me in praying for the following matters this week:

USA // This foster father only takes in terminally ill children

"The children were going to die. Mohamed Bzeek knew that. But in his more than two decades as a foster father, he took them in anyway - the sickest of the sick in Los Angeles County's sprawling foster care system. He has buried about 10 children. Some died in his arms. Now, Bzeek spends long days and sleepless nights caring for a bedridden 6-year-old foster girl with a rare brain defect. She's blind and deaf. She has daily seizures. Her arms and legs are paralyzed. Bzeek, a quiet, devout Libyan-born Muslim who lives in Azusa, California, just wants her to know she's not alone in this life. "I know she can't hear, can't see, but I always talk to her," he said. "I'm always holding her, playing with her, touching her. ... She has feelings. She has a soul. She's a human being."

Praise God for people like Mohamed Bzeek who do not aspire to fame or fortune, but instead believe in the power of making a difference by loving others well. Pray God strengthens, encourages, and sustains him as he fulfills his calling, and pray for more foster families to be raised up to follow in his footsteps.

Read more here ...

TEXAS // Sold Out: How the crusade against sex trafficking in Texas has left child victims behind

Thank you to one of our intercessors, Glenn, for bringing this investigative series to my attention. "Texas Tribune reporters have spent months uncovering the details of dozens of these cases, performing autopsies to determine where systems designed to protect the state's most endangered children broke down. In Sold Out, we'll reveal how more than a decade's worth of initiatives - empty laws and hollow programs rolled out with fanfare by Texas' top officials - have failed to protect the state's most vulnerable youth. We will explore how widespread misconceptions about what's sometimes called "modern day slavery" - a complex problem with many underlying causes - have further challenged efforts to help these young victims."

Currently the following three pieces have been released:

Yvette: Laws the state uses to put sex traffickers behind bars can sweep up their prey, too. A few years in age can mean the difference between a chance at rehabilitation and a lengthy prison sentence, as Yvette learned.
Read more here ...

Lena: No one wanted Lena behind bars. She was not a prostitute; she was a child who had been sexually exploited. But teenage sex-trafficking victims in Texas end up in jail for one simple reason: There's nowhere else for them to go.
Read more here ...

Jean: After her father raped her, Jean became one of the roughly 12,000 Texas kids in long-term foster care, a system that often leaves children more damaged than when they arrive. For Jean, selling sex seemed like a safer bet.
Read more here ...

As you learn more about the crisis of sex trafficking and its victims, please pray for the children's protection, restoration, and healing. Pray for state agencies, private non-profit organizations, churches and community organizations to know how to best respond. Pray for more specially-equipped foster families who can make a difference, one child at a time.

GHANA // 24 Boys Rescued on Lake Volta

"Early in the morning of January 24, IJM and Ghanaian authorities prepared for a rescue operation. The sun rose over the calm waters of Lake Volta, one of the world's largest manmade lakes. The team was abuzz with anticipation. Everyone was ready for the day's mission: rescue the boys.

These boys used their small bodies every day to dive into deep water to untangle nets for their masters. It was dangerous, back-breaking labor, made worse by violent abuse and lack of food and sleep. They dreamed of their families whom they could not see. But today would be the day this would end. Right before 6:30a.m., eight boats launched off the shores to look for them. When we found them, most were scared-the boys didn't know what was happening. As we pulled them into our boats, the Ghanaian commander instructed his unit to arrest the suspected boatmasters, 16 in all. The boys were now free! 24 boys were rescued; the youngest was 7 years old. Three had malaria. Several had injuries from work and abuse. We quickly reassured them that they were now free and safe. When this new reality sunk in, many began to clap and sing. The youngest boy felt safe enough to fall asleep. That night, for the first time in a long while, they slept in warm beds."

Praise God for this successful rescue! Even as we celebrate their freedom, let's join IJM in praying for the full restoration and healing and for the thousands of other boys working on the lake.

Read more here ...

IJM Photo
Praying with you,

Carrie

Carrie J. McKean
Faces of Children Director
First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas
(432) 684-7821 x153



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 info@facesofchildren.net

In the News ... "Church outfits trailer for disaster relief"

OA Photo by Mark Sterkel
• Mission Dorado Baptist Church sets weekend events

Staff Report
Odessa American


ODESSA, TEXAS - Working with the Grapevine-based Southern Baptists of Texas Convention Disaster Relief Mission, Mission Dorado Baptist Church is outfitting a trailer for its team of volunteers to use in Texas and other states.

The Rev. Jared Wellman will preach about helping the unfortunate at 11 a.m. Feb. 26, after which, weather permitting, a cookout will be held in the 4142 Faudree Rd. church’s parking lot and the donation of tools will be asked ...

read the rest of this OA report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

Presented by Bible Gateway
Today's Reading

Are not all lifelong friendships born at the moment when at last you meet another human being who has some inkling (but faint and uncertain even in the best) of that something which you were born desiring, and which, beneath the flux of other desires and in all the momentary silences between the louder passions, night and day, year by year, from childhood to old age, you are looking for, watching for, listening for? You have never had it. All the things that have ever deeply possessed your soul have been but hints of it—tantalising glimpses, promises never quite fulfilled, echoes that died away just as they caught your ear. But if it should really become manifest—if there ever came an echo that did not die away but swelled into the sound itself—you would know it. Beyond all possibility of doubt you would say ‘Here at last is the thing I was made for.’ We cannot tell each other about it. It is the secret signature of each soul, the incommunicable and unappeasable want, the thing we desired before we met our wives or made our friends or chose our work, and which we shall still desire on our deathbeds, when the mind no longer knows wife or friend or work. While we are, this is. If we lose this, we lose all.

From The Problem of Pain
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.


Today in the Mission Yearbook: February 20, 2017

PITTSBURGH PRESBYTERY: YOUNG ADULTS - Coming of age in New Zealand, Paul Humphreys deeply understood that country’s special, spiritual connection with the land. “As a child, I was often messing around in rivers, hiking, biking, and sailing,” says Humphreys, who has served as program director for Outreach and Disciple-Making at the Crestfield Camp & Conference Center in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, for the last two years. Crestfield, the camp and conference center for Pittsburgh Presbytery, is a thriving facility that currently serves over 600 campers in the summertime as well close to 3,000 conference and retreat users ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Learning about Christ-centered care and support to children and families in need

Photo by Cheryl Homsher
Development Officer Keri Lemon-Goins of Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services for Texas and Louisiana, was a guest today at Grace Presbyterian Church of Midland.

Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS) provides Christ-centered care and support for struggling children and families.

Over the past 114 years, they’ve created programs that greatly improve children’s lives – enabling their recovery from abuse, abandonment, and other forms of neglect.

PCHAS also reaches out and works closely with their parents, some of whom struggle with drug and/or alcohol addiction, unemployment, poverty, depression, and other obstacles to healthy parenting.

CLICK HERE to learn more about PCHAS and its mission ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

Presented by Bible Gateway
Today's Reading

TO FLORENCE (MICHAL) WILLIAMS, the widow of Charles Williams: A letter of condolence.

22 May 1945

Thank you for your most kind letter. We all knew that your marriage was one in a thousand. I think you will not be offended if I tell you this; that whenever Charles disagreed with anything we had said about women in general, it was a common turn of raillery to reply ‘Oh Charles!—of course he’s in love, so his opinions on that subject are worthless!’

I feel, in my degree, as you do. My friendship is not ended. His death has had the very unexpected effect of making death itself look quite different. I believe in the next life ten times more strongly than I did. At moments it seems almost tangible. Mr. Dyson, on the day of the funeral, summed up what many of us felt, ‘It is not blasphemous’, he said ‘To believe that what was true of Our Lord is, in its less degree, true of all who are in Him. They go away in order to be with us in a new way, even closer than before.’ A month ago I would have called this silly sentiment. Now I know better. He seems, in some indefinable way, to be all around us now. I do not doubt he is doing and will do for us all sorts of things he could not have done while in the body. Of course this expects no answer. God bless you.

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.

Today in the Mission Yearbook: February 19, 2017

MINUTE FOR MISSION: UNIVERSAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR STUDENTS - Around the world, the stories of students are as diverse as the cultures and lands from which they come. Individuals furthering their education may do so out of a sense of hope for the future, that they might improve their lives and be exposed to ideas that challenge and change them. This period of transformation and growth comes at a time when many students are physically separated from their support networks and communities of faith ...

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

On Comfort

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.

From A Grief Observed
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.


Today in the Mission Yearbook: February 18, 2017

EARTH CARE CONGREGATIONS - If you’ve ever been to Montreat, North Carolina, it’s easy to get caught up in the beauty of the mountains, trees, and streams. The small community has drawn many visitors for spiritual re-awakening, prayer, and a place to call home.

It was an easy choice for Bill Seaman, a retired environmental scientist, who moved to Montreat in 2007. He and his wife quickly connected with the Montreat Presbyterian Church. Before long, the couple became involved in the church’s environmental initiatives ...

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Well done, good and faithful servants!

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following text is from a letter by Pastor Cheryl Homsher, Grace Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas, to the church family at Grace. The Fellowship Christian Church of Midland (founded by refugees from Myanmar/Burma) had been a part of Grace, using its facilities for worship, fellowship and more ... until this past weekend. It was cause for a gala celebration. The photographs in this post were taken by Homsher and Judy Brown.




This past Sunday, we gathered to seek and to worship God with the Burmese Chin congregation at their new building.

What a truly spirit-filled day!

I believe the 35+mph winds were just a way of reminding us of the tremendous power of the Holy Breath of God in our world and in our lives – and especially today for the Chin.

We started outside with prayer, singing, balloons and ribbon-cutting, and then gathered inside for worship.




The sanctuary was filled to capacity (and beyond), and the service was live-streamed into the fellowship hall, which was also full.




Members of the other 5 Chin churches of Midland were present; we had a strong representation from Grace; and delegations from Chin churches in Ft. Worth, Texas; Phoenix, Arizona and Oklahoma were present. Leaders of the North American Chin Baptist Association were present from Battle Creek, Michigan; Atlanta, Georgia; Indianapolis, Indianaand Des Moines, Iowa.


There was lots a great music, including two songs from The Backsliders. (Thank you, Backsliders!)




Pastor Thang’s mentor, The Rev. Dr. Stephen Kio, preached the sermon. Pastor Stephen, a distinguished guest, worked for the United Bible Society for many years and translated the Bible from English into Falam/Chin.


We were treated to a wonderful lunch after the worship – many different meats, and vegetable salads.

As always the Chin were very gracious, and their gratitude to Grace was overflowing.

And looking back over the day, my words to you, Grace, are these: Well done, good and faithful servants.

From @FWMission ...Friday Story: "Correcting Chuc’s Clubfoot"

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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: "Correcting Chuc’s Clubfoot"

Every Friday, I share stories of individuals who have received the transforming gift of mobility thanks to your generous support of Free Wheelchair Mission. Most of those people receive a wheelchair, allowing them to leave their homes, visit friends and family members, and re-connect with their neighbors.

But what happens when we meet someone who does not need a wheelchair, but instead needs help to be able to walk? What can we do for them? ...

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In the News ... "Midland based educational program up for $10,000 academic prize"

KWES Photo
Program launched in 2014 at 1st Presbyterian Church

Eric Onyechefule, Reporter
KWES-TV

NIDLAND, TEXAS - For almost three years, the 1 TO 1 learning program has helped hundreds of high school students in Midland. Not only through tutoring but encouragement in area the student may need."

Student Kylie Hopper said, "When you're in class there's numerous other students that need help and you can't get the help you need, so to come here and get personal help is a great thing."

Every Tuesday after school, is a chance for students to get extra help with their school work ...

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