Thursday, August 17, 2017

In the News ... "Will the 'Lady in Blue' be a saint? Politics will decide"

SAST Photo
• Optimistic she will someday be approved for sainthood

By Federico Martinez, Reporterr
San Angelo Standard Times

SAN ANGELO, TEXAS - Church politics, not evidence, is the biggest obstacle standing between Sor Maria de Jesus de Agreda — the Lady in Blue — and sainthood.

That’s the warning top Vatican official the Rev. Stefano M. Cecchin shared with more than 100 Catholic faithful who gathered at San Angelo’s Holy Angels Catholic Church on Wednesday ...

read the rest of this SAST report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

Presented by Bible Gateway
Today's Reading

TO HARVEY KARLSEN, who seems to have written Lewis about a habit of masturbation: On the remedies for sexual temptation—frequent and regular prayer and communions, monthly confession, avoiding discouragement, not exaggerating nor minimizing one’s sins, avoiding either trains of thought or social situations that lead to temptation, and applying the brakes, gently and quietly, while the danger is still a good way off.

13 October 1961

Your letter did not reach me till to-day. Of course I have had and still have plenty of temptations. Frequent and regular prayer, and frequent and regular Communions, are a great help, whether they feel at the time as if they were doing you good or whether they don’t. I also found great help in monthly confession to a wise old clergyman.

Perhaps, however, the most important thing is to keep on: not to be discouraged however often one yields to the temptation, but always to pick yourself up again and ask forgiveness. In reviewing your sins don’t either exaggerate them or minimise them. Call them by their ordinary names and try to see them as you would see the same faults in somebody else—no special blackening or whitewashing. Remember the condition on which we are promised forgiveness: we shall always be forgiven provided that we forgive all who sin against us. If we do that we have nothing to fear: if we don’t, all else will be in vain. Of course there are other helps which are more commonsense. We must learn by experience to avoid either trains of thought or social situations which for us (not necessarily for everyone) lead to temptations. Like motoring—don’t wait till the last moment before you put on the brakes but put them on, gently and quietly, while the danger is still a good way off. I would write at more length, but I am ill. 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: August 17, 2017

PRESBYTERIAN SUMMER CAMPS - As the world tilts toward chaos and we stare down global uncertainty, it is not the mighty armies that make me feel safe. Nor does the knowledge coming out of universities bring me peace. Instead, I take solace in the fact that at this very moment, summer camps are taking place.

Summer camp is the unsung hero of our culture ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Burgers & Blessings continues TONIGHT at Grace Presbyterian

Laura Up In the Clouds
Ouir Burgers and Blessings series of gatherings concludes this Wednesday - TONIGHT - starting at 6:00 p.m. at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2801 N. Garfield Street in Midland, Texas.

The members of Church on the Journey will be joining us this year.

Burgers and Blessings is a time to get together for for fellowship, mid-week. The church provides burgers, hot dogs, fixin's and drinks. The men's study group takes turns cooking the meat, so we will all be bringing side dishes and dessert ... if you have a new recipe you would like to try, we are willing guinea pigs!

There's a place at the table for YOU!

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,

If you're in town and free, please join us to pray together on Wednesday - TODAY - at 11:30 a.m., in the gym conference room at First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas.

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,

I hope you've enjoyed the last few weeks of summer. I certainly did. I enjoyed lots of concentrated time with my little girls and am growing ever more aware of how quickly the time is going. A wise older mother once told me, "The days are long and the years are short." I think of that adage often and can vouch for its truth on both parts!

I trust you have had your heart open to how the Holy Spirit might prompt you to pray for children. And when our hearts are open, He speaks. So if you have any interesting stories to share about your prayer time for children the last few weeks or needs you've noticed, I'd love to hear them.
>br /> As we come back together again, I'd like to invite you to pray for the following matters this week:

Reuters Photo by Navesh Chitrakar
NEPAL // Nepal outlaws custom of exiling women during their periods
A new law brings punishment to anyone enforcing Chhaupadi, an ancient Hindu custom "whereby women are confined to animal sheds during menstruation to keep "impurity" out of the home." "Under the law, introduced as part of a bill aimed at improving the safety of women in Nepal, anyone enforcing the custom will face a three-month jail sentence and a fine of 3,000 Nepalese rupees (about £23). Laws have also been passed against acid attacks and the ancient Hindu custom of demanding a dowry payment for marriage. To allow the authorities time to foster awareness before the crackdown is enforced, the ban on Chhaupadi will not be introduced immediately. "For the next year we will conduct social campaigns to tell the people about this new law," said Krishna Bhakta Pokharel, who headed the parliamentary panel that finalised the bill."   Learn more here ...

Praise God for the efforts of the Nepali government to protect women of all ages from this traditional custom. (Every year, women die as a result of this custom.) Please pray for community leaders and organizations as they seek to educate rural Nepali communities to hopefully change attitudes, bringing a natural end to the custom of Chhaupadi.

Reuters Photo by Sukree Sukplang
SOUTHEAST ASIA // Demand for child webcam sex in Mekong 'outstripping supply'
Demand for sex with children is an emerging cause of human trafficking in the Mekong region, the United Nations said on Thursday, as it pointed to a shift in child sex webcam centres from the Philippines to Thailand. The problem had grown so much that demand for child webcam sex tourism is "outstripping the supply", Deanna Davy, senior research consultant at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said at the launch of a new trafficking report in Bangkok. Thailand is a regional hub for the smuggling and trafficking of men, women, and children from poorer neighbouring countries such as Cambodia and Myanmar."   Learn more here ...

Over the last several months, we have been praying for the cyber-sex trafficking happening in the Philippines as we've learned about the issue from IJM. Please pray for the children in neighboring countries to be protected from this evil, and for the efforts that have helped decrease the practice in the Philippines to take root in Thailand. Also, please pray for the tide to turn and for the demand for these services to fall so that fewer children will be vicitimized.

LOCAL // Back to school and "Kids, Cops, and BBQ"
Please pray for children in Midland as they gear up to go back to school. Also, next weekend is the second annual "Kids, Cops, and BBQ" lunch sponsored by Mt. Moriah church and supported by FPC and other friends. This lunch is aimed at providing school supplies to kids in Mt. Moriah's neighborhood and building relationships and breaking down barriers between the police officers and ethnic minority community members. If you're local and want to know how you can be involved or attend, let me know! And please pray the event is a success!

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

“But what about this Mother of yours whom you pretend to love so?” [said the Witch.]

“What’s she got to do with it?” said Digory.

“Do you not see, Fool, that one bite of that apple would heal her? You have it in your pocket. We are here by ourselves and the Lion is far away. Use your Magic and go back to your own world. A minute later you can be at your Mother’s bedside, giving her the fruit. Five minutes later you will see the color coming back to her face. She will tell you the pain is gone. Soon she will tell you she feels stronger. Then she will fall asleep—think of that; hours of sweet natural sleep, without pain, without drugs. Next day everyone will be saying how wonderfully she has recovered. Soon she will be quite well again. All will be well again. Your home will be happy again. You will be like other boys.”

“Oh!” gasped Digory as if he had been hurt, and put his hand to his head. For he now knew that the most terrible choice lay before him.

From The Magician's Nephew
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: August 16, 2017

PRESBYTERIAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY RESOURCE FOR GENERAL ASSEMBLY GATHERING - A map can be an essential tool for anyone embarking on a road trip.

Now a different kind of map is available for those headed to St. Louis to attend the 223rd General Assembly from June 16–23, 2018. The new online map, developed by staff in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Office of the General Assembly, gives locations and information about 13 historic churches and other sites in the St. Louis area ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Partners Blog: "Meaningful Learning"

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
Meaningful Learning

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
– Nelson Mandela

I decided in the second grade that I wanted to be a teacher. I would get home from school, go to my room, and teach my stuffed animals everything I learned that day. I had attendance sheets, tardy slips, tests, and handouts for each animal (I was an odd child). My love for learning only increased with time. Education has been precious to me as long as I can remember. It was my right as a child to have access to education and it shaped the person I am today. But it wasn’t until I joined Partners that I saw first-hand how my educational experience was vastly different than the Shan people that I love ...

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/

Burgers & Blessings continues TOMORROW at Grace Presbyterian

Laura Up In the Clouds
Our Burgers and Blessings series of gatherings concludes this Wednesday, August 16th, starting at 6:00 p.m. at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2801 N. Garfield Street in Midland, Texas.

The members of Church on the Journey have been joining us this year.

Burgers and Blessings is a time to get together for fellowship, mid-week. The church provides burgers, hot dogs, fixin's and drinks. The men's study group takes turns cooking the meat, so we all bring side dishes and dessert ... if you have a new recipe you would like to try, we are willing guinea pigs!

There's a place at the table for YOU!

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,

If you're in town and free, please join us to pray together on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m., in the gym conference room at First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas.

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,

I hope you've enjoyed the last few weeks of summer. I certainly did. I enjoyed lots of concentrated time with my little girls and am growing ever more aware of how quickly the time is going. A wise older mother once told me, "The days are long and the years are short." I think of that adage often and can vouch for its truth on both parts!

I trust you have had your heart open to how the Holy Spirit might prompt you to pray for children. And when our hearts are open, He speaks. So if you have any interesting stories to share about your prayer time for children the last few weeks or needs you've noticed, I'd love to hear them.
>br /> As we come back together again, I'd like to invite you to pray for the following matters this week:

Reuters Photo by Navesh Chitrakar
NEPAL // Nepal outlaws custom of exiling women during their periods
A new law brings punishment to anyone enforcing Chhaupadi, an ancient Hindu custom "whereby women are confined to animal sheds during menstruation to keep "impurity" out of the home." "Under the law, introduced as part of a bill aimed at improving the safety of women in Nepal, anyone enforcing the custom will face a three-month jail sentence and a fine of 3,000 Nepalese rupees (about £23). Laws have also been passed against acid attacks and the ancient Hindu custom of demanding a dowry payment for marriage. To allow the authorities time to foster awareness before the crackdown is enforced, the ban on Chhaupadi will not be introduced immediately. "For the next year we will conduct social campaigns to tell the people about this new law," said Krishna Bhakta Pokharel, who headed the parliamentary panel that finalised the bill."   Learn more here ...

Praise God for the efforts of the Nepali government to protect women of all ages from this traditional custom. (Every year, women die as a result of this custom.) Please pray for community leaders and organizations as they seek to educate rural Nepali communities to hopefully change attitudes, bringing a natural end to the custom of Chhaupadi.

Reuters Photo by Sukree Sukplang
SOUTHEAST ASIA // Demand for child webcam sex in Mekong 'outstripping supply'
Demand for sex with children is an emerging cause of human trafficking in the Mekong region, the United Nations said on Thursday, as it pointed to a shift in child sex webcam centres from the Philippines to Thailand. The problem had grown so much that demand for child webcam sex tourism is "outstripping the supply", Deanna Davy, senior research consultant at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said at the launch of a new trafficking report in Bangkok. Thailand is a regional hub for the smuggling and trafficking of men, women, and children from poorer neighbouring countries such as Cambodia and Myanmar."   Learn more here ...

Over the last several months, we have been praying for the cyber-sex trafficking happening in the Philippines as we've learned about the issue from IJM. Please pray for the children in neighboring countries to be protected from this evil, and for the efforts that have helped decrease the practice in the Philippines to take root in Thailand. Also, please pray for the tide to turn and for the demand for these services to fall so that fewer children will be vicitimized.

LOCAL // Back to school and "Kids, Cops, and BBQ"
Please pray for children in Midland as they gear up to go back to school. Also, next weekend is the second annual "Kids, Cops, and BBQ" lunch sponsored by Mt. Moriah church and supported by FPC and other friends. This lunch is aimed at providing school supplies to kids in Mt. Moriah's neighborhood and building relationships and breaking down barriers between the police officers and ethnic minority community members. If you're local and want to know how you can be involved or attend, let me know! And please pray the event is a success!

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 ... "A spiritual journey back home for new McM chaplain"

ARN Photo by Ronald W. Erdrich
• “I’m walking down memory lane,” she said

By Loretta Fulton, Contributor
Abilene Reporter-News

ABILENE, TEXAS - McMurry University is where Marty CashBurless learned she could be a pastor, and McMurry University is where she has returned to be just ...

read the rest of this ARN report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

Presented by Bible Gateway
Today's Reading

On Temptation

This was the first thing Mark had been asked to do which he himself, before he did it, clearly knew to be criminal. But the moment of his consent almost escaped his notice; certainly, there was no struggle, no sense of turning a corner. There may have been a time in the world’s history when such moments fully revealed their gravity, with witches prophesying on a blasted heath or visible Rubicons to be crossed. But, for him, it all slipped past in a chatter of laughter, of that intimate laughter between fellow professionals, which of all earthly powers is strongest to make men do very bad things before they are yet, individually, very bad men.

From That Hideous Strength
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: August 15, 2017

"GENESIS OF EXODUS" INTERACTIVE ONLINE RESOURCE - Why would a family leave home in Central America and embark on a harrowing 2,500-mile journey with the uncertain outcome of finding asylum in the United States? The Genesis of Exodus, a new interactive online resource, seeks answers to this question. It offers a wealth of background and tools to help Presbyterians and others understand and respond to immigration issues ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Monday, August 14, 2017

From @chinaaid : "Henan bans foreign students from conducting on-campus religious activities"

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
Henan bans foreign students from conducting on-campus religious activities
Distributed by ChinaAid, July, 2017 ...

HENAN, CHINA – Under a set of new regulations taking effect this month, international students planning to attend universities in China’s central Henan province will be subjected to the censorship of their religious beliefs ...

more on this story from China Aid



Join us for singing and ringing at Grace Presbyterian


• Inspire, motivate, uplift

Our mission in the music department at Grace Presbyterian Church is to inspire, motivate and uplift members of the choir and the congregation as a whole through integrity, authenticity, and good humor.

We strive for excellence, and to create something that people will want to be a part of by sharing their their enthusiasm for music to gloify God in worship.

Won't you join us? Rehearsal for Choir will start Wednesday, August 16 at 7:00 p.m. Rehearsal for Bells will start Tuesday, August 29 at &;00 p.m.. Grace Presbyterian Church is located at 2801 N. Garfield Street in Midland, Texas.

For more information, contact Barbara Wischmeier, Grace Presbyterian's Director of Music, at (432)-684-6542.

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,

If you're in town and free, please join us to pray together on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m., in the gym conference room at First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas.

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,

I hope you've enjoyed the last few weeks of summer. I certainly did. I enjoyed lots of concentrated time with my little girls and am growing ever more aware of how quickly the time is going. A wise older mother once told me, "The days are long and the years are short." I think of that adage often and can vouch for its truth on both parts!

I trust you have had your heart open to how the Holy Spirit might prompt you to pray for children. And when our hearts are open, He speaks. So if you have any interesting stories to share about your prayer time for children the last few weeks or needs you've noticed, I'd love to hear them.
>br /> As we come back together again, I'd like to invite you to pray for the following matters this week:

Reuters Photo by Navesh Chitrakar
NEPAL // Nepal outlaws custom of exiling women during their periods
A new law brings punishment to anyone enforcing Chhaupadi, an ancient Hindu custom "whereby women are confined to animal sheds during menstruation to keep "impurity" out of the home." "Under the law, introduced as part of a bill aimed at improving the safety of women in Nepal, anyone enforcing the custom will face a three-month jail sentence and a fine of 3,000 Nepalese rupees (about £23). Laws have also been passed against acid attacks and the ancient Hindu custom of demanding a dowry payment for marriage. To allow the authorities time to foster awareness before the crackdown is enforced, the ban on Chhaupadi will not be introduced immediately. "For the next year we will conduct social campaigns to tell the people about this new law," said Krishna Bhakta Pokharel, who headed the parliamentary panel that finalised the bill."   Learn more here ...

Praise God for the efforts of the Nepali government to protect women of all ages from this traditional custom. (Every year, women die as a result of this custom.) Please pray for community leaders and organizations as they seek to educate rural Nepali communities to hopefully change attitudes, bringing a natural end to the custom of Chhaupadi.

Reuters Photo by Sukree Sukplang
SOUTHEAST ASIA // Demand for child webcam sex in Mekong 'outstripping supply'
Demand for sex with children is an emerging cause of human trafficking in the Mekong region, the United Nations said on Thursday, as it pointed to a shift in child sex webcam centres from the Philippines to Thailand. The problem had grown so much that demand for child webcam sex tourism is "outstripping the supply", Deanna Davy, senior research consultant at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said at the launch of a new trafficking report in Bangkok. Thailand is a regional hub for the smuggling and trafficking of men, women, and children from poorer neighbouring countries such as Cambodia and Myanmar."   Learn more here ...

Over the last several months, we have been praying for the cyber-sex trafficking happening in the Philippines as we've learned about the issue from IJM. Please pray for the children in neighboring countries to be protected from this evil, and for the efforts that have helped decrease the practice in the Philippines to take root in Thailand. Also, please pray for the tide to turn and for the demand for these services to fall so that fewer children will be vicitimized.

LOCAL // Back to school and "Kids, Cops, and BBQ"
Please pray for children in Midland as they gear up to go back to school. Also, next weekend is the second annual "Kids, Cops, and BBQ" lunch sponsored by Mt. Moriah church and supported by FPC and other friends. This lunch is aimed at providing school supplies to kids in Mt. Moriah's neighborhood and building relationships and breaking down barriers between the police officers and ethnic minority community members. If you're local and want to know how you can be involved or attend, let me know! And please pray the event is a success!

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 ... "Redden: Daily concerns may distract"

OA Photo by Jacob Ford
• St. Matthew Baptist Church pastor encourages meditating about God

By Bob Campbell, Reporter
Odessa American


ODESSA, TEXAS - The Rev. Christopher Redden says getting caught up in current events may keep one from trusting God.

“I preach about how Jesus has risen and how we should be encouraged when dealing with everyday issues and everyday life,” said the pastor of St. Matthew Baptist Church ...

read the rest of this OA report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

Presented by Bible Gateway
Today's Reading

Screwtape strategizes with Wormwood, using Time as a weapon:

had noticed, of course, that the humans were having a lull in their European war—what they na├»vely call ‘The War’!—and am not surprised that there is a corresponding lull in the patient’s anxieties. Do we want to encourage this, or to keep him worried? Tortured fear and stupid confidence are both desirable states of mind. Our choice between them raises important questions.

The humans live in time but our Enemy destines them to eternity. He therefore, I believe, wants them to attend chiefly to two things, to eternity itself, and to that point of time which they call the Present. For the Present is the point at which time touches eternity. Of the present moment, and of it only, humans have an experience analogous to the experience which our Enemy has of reality as a whole; in it alone freedom and actuality are offered them. He would therefore have them continually concerned either with eternity (which means being concerned with Him) or with the Present—either meditating on their eternal union with, or separation from, Himself, or else obeying the present voice of conscience, bearing the present cross, receiving the present grace, giving thanks for the present pleasure.

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: August 14, 2017

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, AND EBOLA - The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has battled Ebola virus breakouts more than any other country in the world, with eight of the 25 global outbreaks recorded there. Since the first outbreak in 1995, Presbyterian mission co-worker Larry Sthreshley has worked on the front lines of the fight to crush the deadly epidemic and save lives ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

In the News ... “LakeRidge Methodist to host Irish recording artist in concert"

Courtesy Photo
• Dove Award nominee

Staff Report
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

LUBBOCK, TEXAS - LakeRidge United Methodist Church in Lubbock will hold a worship concert featuring Irish recording artist Robin Mark on August 13.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the church’s sanctuary at 4701 82nd Street ...

 • read the rest of this LAJ report

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

Presented by Bible Gateway
Today's Reading

TO MARY WILLIS SHELBURNE: On why we are not to know what is coming next.

3 August 1959

I have your letter of 30 July. It has puzzled me. I understood that you were going to the doctors for heart trouble. How and why do the psychiatrists come into the picture? But since they have come, I am glad to hear they are nice.

I sympathise most deeply with you on the loss of Fr. Louis. But for good as well as for ill one never knows what is coming next. You remember the Imitation says ‘Bear your cross, for if you try to get rid of it you will probably find another and worse one.’ But there is a brighter side to the same principle. When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place.

We are all well here though I am frantically busy: and though I get no more tired now than I did when I was younger, I take much longer to get un-tired afterwards. All blessings and sympathy.

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: August 13, 2017

DAY OF PRAYER FOR PEACEFUL RECONCILIATION OF KOREAN PENINSULA - On Aug. 15, 1945, Dr. David Suh and others from the Korean Peninsula were liberated from Japanese occupation. Suh remembers his family returning to Northern Korea. His father resumed his Christian ministry, but under the communist rule of the new North Korea, things would never be the same ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

In the News ... "Faith Matters: 'Stop the Violence,' more coming to Abilene"

• Rally set for Monday at Abilene Convention Center

By Loretta Fulton, Contributor
Abilene Reporter-News

ABILENE, TEXAS - “Citizens are the first line of defense” is the message that Chad Mitchell, pastor of The Mission, is preaching and he hopes all Abilenians are listening.

Mayor Anthony Williams will be among the speakers who will help facilitate a conversation about stopping violence in Abilene ...

read the rest of this ARN report ...

In the News ... "'Back to School Bash' set for TODAY at Asbury UMC"

• School supplies, food, fellowship and fun

OA Photo by Mark Sterkel
Staff Report
Odessa American


ODESSA, TEXAS - The WELL Hand of Grace and Odessa area churches are partnering together for a Back to School Bash and Resource Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday - TODAY - at Asbury United Methodist Church, 4001 E. University Blvd.

There will be free school supplies for each child according to grade requirement needs while supplies last, free hair cut certificates for 25 children to be drawn at random, a free oil change certificate drawing for single mothers who are in attendance, as well as hot dogs, chips, drinks, a bounce house and music.

For more information, call Asbury United Methodist Church at (432) 366-4455.

In the News ... "One Accord group plans prayer gathering TODAY at Ector County ISD"

OA File Photo
• Public event on ECISD admin building steps

Staff Report
Odessa American


ODESSA, TEXAS - One Accord has scheduled a citywide prayer gathering at 10:30 a.m. Saturday - TODAY - on the steps of the Ector County ISD administration building, 802 N. Sam Houston Ave.

The event is open to the public and will last about 30 minutes, consisting primarily of Scripture readings and prayers for Ector County school children, families and staff.

One Accord is a loosely knit organization, which seeks to have every Ector County church fellowship adopt one of our Odessa schools and serve as a prayer partner with that church. This will be the seventh year for One Accord to praying for our schools.

For more information, call Tammy Stallcup at 559-9280.

RELATED STORY ... Rev. Dawn Weaks: Join together to pray for our schools, students

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

“Well, anyway, I looked up and saw the very last thing I expected: a huge lion coming slowly toward me. And one queer thing was that there was no moon last night, but there was moonlight where the lion was. So it came nearer and nearer. I was terribly afraid of it. You may think that, being a dragon, I could have knocked any lion out easily enough. But it wasn’t that kind of fear. I wasn’t afraid of it eating me, I was just afraid of it—if you can understand. Well, it came close up to me and looked straight into my eyes. And I shut my eyes tight. But that wasn’t any good because it told me to follow it.”

“You mean it spoke?”

“I don’t know. Now that you mention it, I don’t think it did. But it told me all the same. And I knew I’d have to do what it told me, so I got up and followed it.”

From The 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.

Today in the Mission Yearbook: August 12, 2017

2017 INTERNATIONAL PEACEMAKERS - When the International Peacemakers begin their visits this fall in the U.S., churches will have a chance to hear about the life struggles of the people in Sri Lanka. Herman Kumara is a human rights defender who works primarily with food producers, specifically in small-scale, marginalized fishing communities. He provides policy analysis with rights-based and gender-sensitive approaches and measures the vulnerability of marginalized groups ...

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Friday, August 11, 2017

From @FWMission ...Friday Story: "A New Pair of Legs"

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.

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Friday Story: "A New Pair of Legs"

This has been an exciting week for our team as prepared for our big annual fundraiser, Miracle of Mobility, on July 13th. Every year is exciting, but this year is even more exciting because we are celebrating the distribution of our millionth wheelchair.

Amid all this flurry of activity, I received a wonderful story from our distribution partner in Vietnam, Giving It Back To Kids, that I wanted to share with you. I was particularly touched by the story and I believe you will be too ...

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In the News ... "Church hopping reviewed"

OA Photo by Jacob Ford
• Pastors: Trend away from denominations, programs for children are factors for leaving

By Bob Campbell, Reporter
Odessa American


ODESSA, TEXAS - Religious trends, familial concerns and feelings of being left out often spur the decisions church-goers make to go elsewhere, say the Revs. Vernon Groce, Wally Schiwart, Martin Ortega and Johnny Touchstone ...

read the rest of this OA report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

If anyone thinks that Christians regard unchastity as the supreme vice, he is quite wrong. The sins of the flesh are bad, but they are the least bad of all sins. All the worst pleasures are purely spiritual: the pleasure of putting other people in the wrong, of bossing and patronising and spoiling sport, and back-biting, the pleasures of power, of hatred. For there are two things inside me, competing with the human self which I must try to become. They are the Animal self, and the Diabolical self. The Diabolical self is the worse of the two. That is why a cold, self-righteous prig who goes regularly to church may be far nearer to hell than a prostitute. But, of course, it is better to be neither.

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: August 11, 2017

RWANDA KILLINGS - The Rev. Jerome Bizimana knows the work of forgiveness is “never easy.” This is especially true in Rwanda, where 23 years ago, in April 1994, hatred between Hutu and Tutsi tribal groups led to the death of more than 800,000 Rwandans. Although it has been more than two decades, the wounds are still very much alive ...

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

FBR Report: "Celebrating Our 24th Wedding Anniversary in Mosul"

The Free Burma Rangers (FBR) is a multi-ethnic humanitarian service movement. They bring help, hope and love to people in the war zones of Burma (Myanmar) and the Middle East. Groups send teams to be trained, supplied and sent into the areas under attack to provide emergency assistance and human rights documentation. Together with other groups, the teams work to serve people in need.


FBR Report
Celebrating Our 24th Wedding Anniversary in Mosul

On June 5, 2017, Karen and I celebrated 24 years of marriage here in West Mosul. She and the kids help back with IDPs and patients at the CCP while our FBR team and I were at the front. Back together on our anniversary, we met with Iraqi commanders and they all prayed with us as I got on my knees to thank her, and God for Karen ...

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CLICK HERE to learn how YOU can get involved in FBR and its mission ...

In the News ... "Parents of teen who died at Rock the Desert find comfort in their faith"

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• Family overwhelmed at outpouring of prayer and support

By Stephanie Bennett, Reporter
KOSA-TV


MIDLAND, TEXAS - For 18 years now, Rock the Desert has been a special and exciting Christian music festival for tens of thousands of people from across the country.

But this year, tragedy struck for the first time when 19-year-old Hannah Fox was killed when the car she was riding in was rear-ended by a pickup truck.

But Hannah’s parents, Steve and Angela Fox say they’re finding peace and comfort through their faith right now in this time of loss ...

read the rest of this KOSA report