Friday, July 1, 2016

From @FWMission ...Friday Story: "Will you join us?"

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: "Will you join us?"

Greetings, and Happy Friday!

On Thursday, July 28, Free Wheelchair Mission will hold its 13th annual Miracle of Mobility fundraising gala. This festive evening will feature inspiring stories of faith, hope and transformation and will include a very special guest speaker, Tim Tebow, who—like Free Wheelchair Mission—is passionate about serving those with disabilities around the world ...

Will you help us spread the word about Miracle of Mobility? It’s easy, just forward this post (linked below) to a friend. It will be a great night, and we hope you’ll be a part of it! ...

read the rest of this story ...

FWM Photo

In the News ... "House of the Sycamore Tree looking for help from the community"

Courtesy Image
• Helping special needs and at-risk young adults

By William Malm, Reporter
KOSA-TV


ODESSA, TEXAS - The House of the Sycamore Tree is looking to expand their day program but the organization needs money and volunteers to make it happen ...

read the rest of this KOSA report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

Presented by Bible Gateway
Today's Reading

TO MARY VAN DEUSEN: A letter of correction: On spouses marrying to improve or manage one another; and on mothers-in-law interfering in the marriages of their children.

14 September 1953

I am just back from Donegal (which was heavenly) and find as usual a ghastly pile of unanswered letters, so I must be brief. The important idea of a Christian sanatorium is worth a whole letter, but I want to use this one for another subject. I hope you won’t be angry at what I’m going to say—

I think that idea of Genia’s job being to concentrate on ‘bringing out the best of Eddie’ is really rather dangerous. Wouldn’t you yourself think it sounded—well, to put it bluntly, a bit priggish, if applied to any other couple? It sounds as if the poor chap were somehow infinitely inferior.

Are you giving full weight to the very raw deal he has had in marrying a girl who has nearly always been ill? Men haven’t got your maternal instinct, you know. To find a patient where one hoped for a helpmeet is much more frustrating for the husband than for the wife. And by all I hear he has come through the test very well. But if just as she is ceasing to be a patient she were to become the self-appointed Governess or Improver—well, would any camel’s back stand that last straw? I don’t think Genia is at present inclined (or not much) to start ‘educating’ her husband. I am sure you will take care not to influence her in that direction. Because, really, you know, it would be so easy, without in the least intending it, to glide into the rôle (I shudder to write it) of the traditional home-breaking mother-in-law. All those old jokes have something behind them.

I do hope I haven’t made you an enemy for life. If I have taken too great a liberty, you have rather led me into it. And I did feel signs of danger. And don’t you think in general that a girl who has a faithful, kind, sober husband (there are so many of the other kind) whom she has promised to love, honour, and obey, had better just get on with the job? Do forgive me if I misunderstand and put the point too crudely. At any rate, my prayers will not cease.

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: July 1, 2016

NORTH ALABAMA PRESBYTERY - Nearly three years ago, Fellowship Presbyterian Church (FPC) in Huntsville, Alabama, launched its witness for environmental conservation by simply changing its lightbulbs. Since then, FPC has greatly expanded its environmental ministries, becoming a PC(USA) Earth Care Congregation and organizing a food distribution community program to complement its environmental commitment. As PC(USA) Associate for Environmental Ministries Rebecca Barnes says, “We recognize that earth care ministries do well to encompass issues of poverty and hunger alleviation, peacemaking, and more. Caring for all in God’s creation includes social justice.” ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Partners Blog ... "We're Thankful for Your Faithfulness"

Steve and Oddny Gumaer started Partners Relief and Development in response to the needs of refugees and displaced people from Burma. Their mission is to demonstrate, through holistic action, God’s love to children and communities made vulnerable by war in Burma.

We're Thankful for Your Faithfulness

I’m right on the verge of closing out the books for 2015! I love that feeling of boxing up all the old receipts and reams of paper that pushed us through another year.

My dear blog friends, it’s the USA accountant/administrator/managing director/lover of spreadsheets and databases back to warm your hearts, not with stories of refugees but with a note of thanksgiving and gratefulness ...

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, working with communities impacted by war in Burma. For more information aboput Partners, visit their website at partnersworld.org/

In the News ... "New church’s baptisms multiply"

OA Photo by Mark Sterkel
• Minister: Societal changes undermine nation’s morality, threaten its future

By Bob Campbell, Reporter
Odessa American


ODESSA, TEXAS - Ministers are fighting a war against society that they cannot win, but their battles for individual souls are often more encouraging, says the Rev. Wally Schiwart, pastor of New Dawn Fellowship at 4803 Plaza Boulevard ...

read the rest of this OA report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

Presented by Bible Gateway
Today's Reading

[One of the most unpopular of the Christian virtues] is laid down in the Christian rule, ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.’ Because in Christian morals ‘thy neighbour’ includes ‘thy enemy’, and so we come up against this terrible duty of forgiving our enemies.

Every one says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive, as we had during the war. And then, to mention the subject at all is to be greeted with howls of anger. It is not that people think this too high and difficult a virtue: it is that they think it hateful and contemptible. ‘That sort of talk makes them sick,’ they say. And half of you already want to ask me, ‘I wonder how you’d feel about forgiving the Gestapo if you were a Pole or a Jew?’

So do I. I wonder very much. Just as when Christianity tells me that I must not deny my religion even to save myself from death by torture, I wonder very much what I should do when it came to the point. I am not trying to tell you in this book what I could do—I can do precious little—I am telling you what Christianity is. I did not invent it. And there, right in the middle of it, I find ‘Forgive us our sins as we forgive those that sin against us.’ There is no slightest suggestion that we are offered forgiveness on any other terms.

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.

Today in the Mission Yearbook: June 30, 2016

PRESBYTERY OF NEVADA - First Thai-Laotian Presbyterian Church is the sole recipient of the 2016 Sam and Helen R. Walton Award of $50,000. First Thai-Laotian began in 2002 with 15 people who wanted to reach the estimated 15,000 Thai and Laotian persons living in Las Vegas. The majority of the first generation of the immigrants attended Buddhist temples, but due to the language barrier the younger generations had begun to drift from the faith of their parents ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

WAW Wednesday ... Were you praying for me this morning?

"The Word at Work is a ministry that mobilizes churches and individuals to answer God's call to minister to those in need," writes Rev. Tim Tam, Director of the Amarillo, Texas-based ministry. "Through our relationships, God reveals needs and opportunities for service. As we come along side the poor, new friendships develop and doors for ministry open. As we serve, God provides the resources to supply for the needs he reveals."


Were you praying for me this morning?

Hello Friends,

Still collecting photos and Data for this weeks update ... Look for it tomorrow.

I woke up this morning around 5 AM ... had a very interesting spiritual experience!

If you were praying for me this morning at 5 AM Texas time please write me back.

Thanks for being the Word at Work!

tt (Tim Tam)
The Word at Work

ps: Our Ministry Associate team gathers school supplies, toys, and stuffed animals through out the year ... we've discovered blankets are an ongoing need as well, so please be saving them, too. Click here to learn more about becoming a TW@W Ministry Associate, or get in touch with Tim Hagen for more information!



EDITOR'S NOTE: Speaking from my own first-hand experience - working side-by-side with Tim, Kenny and our brothers and sisters in Belize - won't you give thoughtful, prayerful consideration to supporting the efforts of Tim, the Word At Work staff and their partners? Please please fill out this Commitment Card and return it to their office!

Also, remember that you can follow The Word At Work on their Facebook page!


Equal Exchange Blog ... "How to Choose the Best Coffee Maker for Your Office"

Equal Exchange's mission is to build long-term trade partnerships that are economically just and environmentally sound, to foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers and to demonstrate, through our success, the contribution of worker co-operatives and Fair Trade to a more equitable, democratic and sustainable world.


How to Choose the Best Coffee Maker for Your Office

Coffee is the secret ingredient of many productive workplaces, and having it available at the office is a perk for everyone. But if you're just getting started with a coffee setup, it can be hard to know what type of brewer is right for your office. Don't feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of options out there! Here, we'll break down the most common types of brewers so you can figure out what's right for the size and general habits of your office ...

CLICK HERE to read the rest of this post


In the News ... "Food2Kids program will feed more kids in Midland County"

KWES Photo
• Midland facility will open in September

By Jolina Okazaki, Multimedia Journalist
KWES-TV

MIDLAND, TEXAS - The Food2Kids program is feeding hungry kids in Midland county.

The program feeds about 220 students a month and the number of children who are missing meals is increasing ...

 • 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. 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).

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 - 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,

We just finished VBS, and for our VBS Missions Project this year, we raised money to send to one of our partner ministries, Partners Relief and Development. The purpose of Partner's is to work for free and full lives for Myanmar's children, and the money sent will be used by Partner's to help them buy relief supplies for members of the Rohingya ethnic group who are forced to live in concentration camps in Myanmar. For the next few weeks, I thought I would share what we did in VBS. For those of you with children, each one of these has a corresponding learning activity that can be done to help further explain the situation.

Partners Photo
One of the hardest parts to understand about the Rohingya's situation is: why does everyone hate them? Truthfully, this isn't even something that grown-ups can easily understand. But, the truth is sometimes people are afraid of those who look different or who have a different religion, culture, or belief system. This happens even on the playground, where sometimes the "cool" kids gang up and are unkind to one particular child.

But we talked about how as followers of Jesus, we are called to love everyone! And when we love people like He does, it can make us a powerful force of good in a broken and sad world, and when we extend kindness, hospitality, and love, it gives us opportunities to tell people that Jesus loves them too.

We also discussed that those things that make us different can be the most beautiful of all! For example, in Myanmar people often use a white paste, called Thanakha, to apply decorative patterns on their faces. Not only do they think it is beautiful, but it also serves as sunscreen! Today we got to try out Thanakha and talk about how when God made the world, He filled it with many different and beautiful people and traditions, and how that's something to celebrate - not fear!

A prayer for you and your kids to say together: Dear Jesus, Please fill us with your powerful love. Help us to love others the way you love them, and to treat others the way we want to be treated. Please change the hearts of the grown-ups who are in power in Myanmar who have decided that it is OK to treat the Rohingya this way. Please help them see that they are just people who deserve to have free and happy lives like everyone else. Please help groups like Partner's as they work to not only meet the Rohingya's practical needs, but also to reassure them that the world hasn't forgotten all about them. Amen.

Sincerely,

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

On Sin

[The demon Screwtape writes:] Even of his sins the Enemy does not want him to think too much: once they are repented, the sooner the man turns his attention outward, the better the Enemy is pleased.

From The Screwtape Letters
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: June 29, 2016

PRESBYTERY OF THE TWIN CITIES AREA, MINNESOTA - In Minneapolis, Kwanzaa Community Church’s Northside Women’s Space is reaching some of the most marginalized people in the community—women and children who are facing homelessness and precarious housing, poverty and unemployment, and those struggling to break the chains of sexual exploitation, prostitution and sex trafficking.

“On the north side of Minneapolis, we see poverty, violence, sexual exploitation, food scarcity and hunger on a daily basis,” said the Rev. Alika Galloway, co-pastor at Kwanzaa, a church started in 2002 as a new church development of the Presbytery of Twin Cities Area ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

From Uganda, Dr. Greg Bartha: "Geoffrey's Story"

In describing himself and his present circumstances, longtime Midland physician Dr, Greg Bartha will say ... "Elderly physician embarks on a new journey in life serving God and the people of Uganda. My goal is to move from living a good life to living a great life." In addition to his long-term mission, working at a medical clinic in Uganda, he is also a contributor to the Formula Vita blog.



Geoffrey's Story

eoffrey was raised and schooled in a Ugandan village. He helped pay for his secondary school fees by working as a porter on road construction projects. His foreman was impressed with his work ethic and enrolled him in a course on theory and management of road construction. The foreman encouraged him to follow his dream of becoming a doctor. Geoffrey enrolled in a clinical affairs training school. He worked on road construction during school vacations and breaks and was able to pay his tuition. Shortly after his graduation, he was talking with several of his fellow students about where to find clinical positions for work. They attended a prayer service at the school, then went into a school office ...

CLICK HERE to read the rest of Greg's post ...

Scarlet Threads Blog ... "Your stories mean the world to us, and to families around the world "


Scarlet Threads is a compassionate boutique, specializing in fairly-traded handmade aprons and wire art. We're working to transform the lives of rural men & women across the globe through dignified and safe employment opportunities. You can be a part of our vision by purchasing one of our beautiful products! www.scarletthreads.org



Your stories mean the world to us, and to families around the world

Each item we promote through Scarlet Threads begins and ends with a story--stories of families working for economic empowerment, working to stay together so that no child becomes orphaned due to poverty; stories of men, women, and children working to become families through adoption, adoption awareness, and adoption fundraising; and finally, stories from all of you, our wonderful community who purchase Deng's beautiful aprons from China, or Denge Doti's Borana Michira bracelets from Ethiopia, or any of the handcrafted items from the amazing artisans we support.

Today, we're honored to share the story from one of our customers ...

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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. 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).

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,

We just finished VBS, and for our VBS Missions Project this year, we raised money to send to one of our partner ministries, Partners Relief and Development. The purpose of Partner's is to work for free and full lives for Myanmar's children, and the money sent will be used by Partner's to help them buy relief supplies for members of the Rohingya ethnic group who are forced to live in concentration camps in Myanmar. For the next few weeks, I thought I would share what we did in VBS. For those of you with children, each one of these has a corresponding learning activity that can be done to help further explain the situation.

Partners Photo
One of the hardest parts to understand about the Rohingya's situation is: why does everyone hate them? Truthfully, this isn't even something that grown-ups can easily understand. But, the truth is sometimes people are afraid of those who look different or who have a different religion, culture, or belief system. This happens even on the playground, where sometimes the "cool" kids gang up and are unkind to one particular child.

But we talked about how as followers of Jesus, we are called to love everyone! And when we love people like He does, it can make us a powerful force of good in a broken and sad world, and when we extend kindness, hospitality, and love, it gives us opportunities to tell people that Jesus loves them too.

We also discussed that those things that make us different can be the most beautiful of all! For example, in Myanmar people often use a white paste, called Thanakha, to apply decorative patterns on their faces. Not only do they think it is beautiful, but it also serves as sunscreen! Today we got to try out Thanakha and talk about how when God made the world, He filled it with many different and beautiful people and traditions, and how that's something to celebrate - not fear!

A prayer for you and your kids to say together: Dear Jesus, Please fill us with your powerful love. Help us to love others the way you love them, and to treat others the way we want to be treated. Please change the hearts of the grown-ups who are in power in Myanmar who have decided that it is OK to treat the Rohingya this way. Please help them see that they are just people who deserve to have free and happy lives like everyone else. Please help groups like Partner's as they work to not only meet the Rohingya's practical needs, but also to reassure them that the world hasn't forgotten all about them. Amen.

Sincerely,

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 ... "Road for Kam family goes from Cambodia to graduation stage"

MRT Photo by Tim Fischer
• Much has changed for this family since 1979

Erin Stone, Reporter
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - In 1979, when she was just 13-years-old, Marlena Kam along with her five younger sisters and three brothers arrived in Midland with their mother. They were fleeing the Killing Fields of Cambodia, where more than a million Cambodians were murdered in an act of genocide by the Khmer Rouge regime during the late 1970s.

More than 50 Cambodians arrived in Midland that year, fleeing horrific violence. Most had just the clothes on their back and the memory of loved ones lost to the violence in their home country. Marlena lost her father, one sister and two brothers before she got out.

More than 35 years later, in early June, Eric Brandon Kam, Marlena’s son, stood in front of his fellow Midland High School graduates and delivered a valedictorian speech. He will attend Stanford University in the fall ...

 • read the rest of this MRT report

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

Presented by Bible Gateway
Today's Reading

“I say—where’s Edmund?” There was a dreadful pause, and then everyone began asking “Who saw him last? How long has he been missing? Is he outside?” and then all rushed to the door and looked out. The snow was falling thickly and steadily, the green ice of the pool had vanished under a thick white blanket, and from where the little house stood in the center of the dam you could hardly see either bank. Out they went, plunging well over their ankles into the soft new snow, and went round the house in every direction. “Edmund! Edmund!” they called till they were hoarse. But the silently falling snow seemed to muffle their voices and there was not even an echo in answer. . . .

“What on earth are we to do, Mr. Beaver?” said Peter.

“Do?” said Mr. Beaver, who was already putting on his snow-boots, “do? We must be off at once. We haven’t a moment to spare!”

“We’d better divide into four search parties,” said Peter, “and all go in different directions. . . .”

“Search parties, Son of Adam?” said Mr. Beaver; “what for?”

“Why, to look for Edmund, of course!”

“There’s no point in looking for him,” said Mr. Beaver.

“What do you mean?” said Susan. “He can’t be far away yet. And we’ve got to find him. . . .”

“The reason there’s no use looking,” said Mr. Beaver, “is that we know already where he’s gone!” Everyone stared in amazement.

“Don’t you understand?” said Mr. Beaver. “He’s gone to her, to the White Witch. He has betrayed us all.”

“Oh, surely—oh, really!” said Susan; “he can’t have done that.”

“Can’t he?” said Mr. Beaver, looking very hard at the three children, and everything they wanted to say died on their lips, for each felt suddenly quite certain inside that this was exactly what Edmund had done.

From The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
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.

Today in the Mission Yearbook: June 28, 2016

PRESBYTERY OF RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA - Serving those living outside is nothing new for Calvary Presbyterian Church in Riverside, California. The church has a history of feeding homeless guests since 1985. For more than 30 years the congregation of Calvary, with support from the community, has provided a healthy and balanced meal every Sunday night to people living outside and others in need. And volunteers from Victoria Presbyterian Church in Riverside bake fresh desserts for Calvary’s guests. In 2015, the church served over 7,000 meals and has served more than 35,000 since 2011.

“Calvary is a 300-member church in downtown Riverside that truly opened its doors to the ‘least of these,’” said Sonja Almgren, one of eight Hot Meals coordinators. In fact, it was the church’s outreach ministry and particularly the Hot Meals program that led Almgren and her husband to join Calvary. ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Monday, June 27, 2016

From @chinaaid : "China Aid releases 2015 Annual Report on Chinese Government Persecution"

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 releases 2015 Annual Report on Chinese Government Persecution
Distributed by ChinaAid, May, 2016 ...

MIDLAND, TEXAS – China Aid released its 2015 Annual Report of Religious and Human Rights Persecution in China, which indicates that religious persecution and human rights abuse by the Chinese government against its citizens has risen 4.74 percent since 2014 based on six specific categories of persecution ...

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. 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).

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,

We just finished VBS, and for our VBS Missions Project this year, we raised money to send to one of our partner ministries, Partners Relief and Development. The purpose of Partner's is to work for free and full lives for Myanmar's children, and the money sent will be used by Partner's to help them buy relief supplies for members of the Rohingya ethnic group who are forced to live in concentration camps in Myanmar. For the next few weeks, I thought I would share what we did in VBS. For those of you with children, each one of these has a corresponding learning activity that can be done to help further explain the situation.

Partners Photo
One of the hardest parts to understand about the Rohingya's situation is: why does everyone hate them? Truthfully, this isn't even something that grown-ups can easily understand. But, the truth is sometimes people are afraid of those who look different or who have a different religion, culture, or belief system. This happens even on the playground, where sometimes the "cool" kids gang up and are unkind to one particular child.

But we talked about how as followers of Jesus, we are called to love everyone! And when we love people like He does, it can make us a powerful force of good in a broken and sad world, and when we extend kindness, hospitality, and love, it gives us opportunities to tell people that Jesus loves them too.

We also discussed that those things that make us different can be the most beautiful of all! For example, in Myanmar people often use a white paste, called Thanakha, to apply decorative patterns on their faces. Not only do they think it is beautiful, but it also serves as sunscreen! Today we got to try out Thanakha and talk about how when God made the world, He filled it with many different and beautiful people and traditions, and how that's something to celebrate - not fear!

A prayer for you and your kids to say together: Dear Jesus, Please fill us with your powerful love. Help us to love others the way you love them, and to treat others the way we want to be treated. Please change the hearts of the grown-ups who are in power in Myanmar who have decided that it is OK to treat the Rohingya this way. Please help them see that they are just people who deserve to have free and happy lives like everyone else. Please help groups like Partner's as they work to not only meet the Rohingya's practical needs, but also to reassure them that the world hasn't forgotten all about them. Amen.

Sincerely,

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 ... "Salvation Army lifts up young man"

OA Photo by Mark Sterkel
• Hard times haven't dampened spirit

By Bob Campbell, Reporter
Odessa American


ODESSA, TEXAS - Albert Moya has had a tough life so far. In his 19 years, he has dealt with abuse, a near-fatal illness and being homeless in Odessa.

Through it all, Moya has focused on what he needed to do to survive. Among those Moya said who have helped him were Odessa High School Student Assistance Counselor David Munger, former Salvation Army Capts. Joe and Monica Contreras and others at the Salvation Army ...

read the rest of this OA report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

Presented by Bible Gateway
Today's Reading

On Self-Sufficiency

They [Adam and Eve] wanted, as we say, to “call their souls their own.” But that means to live a lie, for our souls are not, in fact, our own. They wanted some corner in the universe of which they could say to God, “This is our business, not yours.” But there is no such corner. They wanted to be nouns, but they were, and eternally must be, mere adjectives.

From The Problem of Pain
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: June 27, 2016

PRESBYTERY OF MILWAUKEE, MINNESOTA - “Once you open the door of possibility, things happen,” says Karen Hagen, pastor of Tippecanoe Presbyterian Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Things really began to happen for this 51-member congregation when they decided to open their church doors in response to the needs of homeless people in their city.

After noticing an increase in the number of homeless individuals around their churches, and realizing members of their congregation were on the verge of becoming homeless, several churches came together to explore intervention options ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

From "I Am Second" ... Brian Sumner


Brian Sumner came from Liverpool, England to enjoy the lifestyle of a professional skateboarder. Riding for Tony Hawk’s company, Brian’s life centered only on himself and the trappings of success. Skateboarding was his first love, by far.

At age nineteen he fell in love again, and shortly thereafter went to Las Vegas and was married. Soon a child was on its way, and with it came lifestyle and relational changes that the young couple did not expect. Fighting all the time, the anger welled inside Sumner. Life was chaotic, and reached a pinnacle when a brush with the police put him in community service.

His experience at a Christian thrift store was the starting point of a change in his life. Today he is no longer angry, but second.



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C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

Screwtape offers more techniques for confusing the Patient:

I have been writing hitherto on the assumption that the people in the next pew afford no rational ground for disappointment. Of course if they do—if the patient knows that the woman with the absurd hat is a fanatical bridge-player or the man with squeaky boots a miser and an extortioner—then your task is so much the easier. All you then have to do is to keep out of his mind the question ‘If I, being what I am, can consider that I am in some sense a Christian, why should the different vices of those people in the next pew prove that their religion is mere hypocrisy and convention?’ You may ask whether it is possible to keep such an obvious thought from occurring even to a human mind. It is, Wormwood, it is! Handle him properly and it simply won’t come into his head. He has not been anything like long enough with the Enemy to have any real humility yet. What he says, even on his knees, about his own sinfulness is all parrot talk. At bottom, he still believes he has run up a very favourable credit-balance in the Enemy’s ledger by allowing himself to be converted, and thinks that he is showing great humility and condescension in going to church with these ‘smug’, commonplace neighbours at all. Keep him in that state of mind as long as you can.

From The Screwtape Letters
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: June 26, 2016

MINUTE FOR MISSION: ACTIVE LIFE - In 2006, Wayne Presbyterian Church, a midsized church in Wooster, Ohio, started looking at how we could make ourselves more inviting for other members of the community. To start, we did a needs survey of the congregation. One of the top five priorities, according to the survey, was to increase accessibility for those with disabilities. The last major renovation, in 1957, had not provided such accessibility to the sanctuary; there were steps at every entrance.

The congregation overwhelmingly voted to go with a major new addition, as it would also accomplish several other goals ...

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

In the News ... "52 Faces" Q&A with Don Craig

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"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 Don Craig, community volunteer.

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In the News ... "Vacation Bible School 2016"

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C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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TO EDWARD LOFSTROM: On his need to think less and to fulfill his daily duties with charity and justice.

8 March 1959

I very much doubt if any book, least of all a book by me, would much help anyone in the condition you describe. For a book can offer only thoughts and thoughts are not what such a person, perhaps, needs most. One can argue against egoism, but then egoism is not his trouble. If he were a real egoist he would be either bliss- fully unconscious of the fact or else fully convinced that egoism was the rational attitude. You, on the other hand, suffer from a more than ordinary horror of egoism which you share with us all. And therefore, as you will see, the thing you need is not to think more or better about it but to think less: to act unselfishly—that is, charitably and justly—and leave the state of your feelings for God to deal with in His own way and His own time. And this of course you know better than I do.

But how to do it? For the very effort to forget something is itself a remembering of that something! I think, if I were in your shoes I should try to regard this sense of self-imprisonment not at all as a sin but as a mere tribulation, like rheumatism, to be endured in the same way. It has no doubt its medical side: diet, exercise, and recreations might all be considered. And, though this is a hard saying, your early upbringing may have something to do with it. Great piety in the parents can produce in the child a mistaken sense of guilt: may lead him to regard as sin what is really not sin at all but merely the fact that he is a boy and not a mature Christian. At any rate, remember: ‘I cannot turn one hair black or white: but I can brush my hair daily and go to the barber at regular intervals.’ In other words we must divert our efforts from our general condition or frame of mind (which we can’t alter by direct action of the will) to what is in our power—our words and acts. Try to remember that the ‘bottomless sea’ can’t hurt us as long as we keep on swimming. You will be in my prayers.

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: June 25, 2016

MID-KENTUCKY PRESBYTERY - Yvonne and José moved with their parents to Shelbyville, Kentucky, from Central America when they were second graders. Their parents were looking for work in the agricultural and horse industry but wanted to ensure that their children received a quality education, recognizing that the language barrier could present challenges ...

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Friday, June 24, 2016

From @FWMission ...Friday Story: "Ecuador"

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: "Ecuador"

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Last fall, one of our staff members led a training in Ecuador, and an attendee commented, “We are becoming familiar with far more than just the wheelchair’s mechanical assembly. It’s important to become acquainted with both the technical and the human aspect of how to treat the patient adequately and even how to adjust the wheelchair according to his needs so as to provide him with a better quality of life” ...

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