Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook

The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer. How often have you wondered, where are the young adults in the PC(USA)? Wonder no longer. The 2014 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is devoted to the theme of young adults in the church. Its stories, many told by young adults, lift up how Presbyterians of all ages are engaging and joining with Presbyterian young adults in reforming the church for Christ’s mission.

Today in the Mission Yearbook: May 3, 2016

PRESBYTERY OF WESTERN NEW YORK - Being mindful of mission opportunities locally as well as worldwide, we discovered such an opportunity one day when we stumbled upon a group gathered in our local mall, creating tied fleece blankets. The recipient of these blankets was the Southern Tier Child Advocacy Center, which provides multidisciplinary services in cases of child abuse. When children come to the center, the staff provides them with comforting items—a toy, a book, a fleece blanket. What a comfort a fuzzy blanket can be! The idea of creating blankets to benefit the center was brought to the mission committee of First Presbyterian Church of Portville, New York,and voilĂ ! The Fun Fleece Festival was born! ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Monday, May 2, 2016

From ECPAT-USA ... "Anti-Trafficking Accessories"

ECPAT USA is part of a global network of organizations and individuals working together for the elimination of child prostitution, child pornography and the trafficking of children for sexual purposes. It seeks to encourage the world community to ensure that children everywhere enjoy their fundamental rights free and secure from all forms of commercial sexual exploitation.

Anti-Trafficking Accessories

Purchase and use of ECPAT luggage tags help ...

  contain warning signs of human trafficking and how to report it
  spark conversations about the issue while traveling
  show that are you an advocate
  provide skills and opportunities for vulnerable women
  support our work to train the travel industry
  help you find your luggage on the carousel


... and ECPAT USA has other accessories for sale, as well!

CLICK HERE to go shopping with ECPAT USA



For more information on this and other ECPAT USA efforts, please email us at info@ecpatusa.org

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,

I look forward to our prayer time together this Wednesday at 11:30, in the gym conference room at First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas, followed by lunch.

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.

Thank you!

Carrie



Dear Intercessors,

This last week, I had the incredible opportunity to attend International Justice Mission's Global Prayer Gathering in Washington DC. Along with 3 other members of our Faces of Children Leadership Team, I gathered with 1,600 of our brothers and sisters from around the world to learn about the anti-slavery work of IJM and pray for God's justice to roll down like a mighty river.

There are so many things that I learned in my time there. But perhaps the most impactful was a simple exchange with one of IJM's staff from India. An attorney who works to free slaves named "R" and I had a chance to pray together during one of the sessions. After our prayer time, I opened up my schedule to see what was next on the day's agenda, and the booklet fell open to a photograph of an Indian family joyfully clutching their official Release Certificates, the legal papers proving they are no longer slaves. "R" pointed at the picture and rather casually said, "They were my first case. I helped free them."

I paused to really take the picture in... to let their joyous smiles of freedom sink deep into my heart. Relief, hope, expectation, pride - all of this shone through the picture, and I knew I was seeing the Imago Dei; the image of God. Freedom is the mark of His sons and daughters, and this family was radiant with it.

I asked R about what happened next... did they go home to their village? What kept them from being snared again in slavery's dark net? His answer surprised me. He told me about IJM's two-year aftercare program every freed slave participates in. In a country thick with complicated caste-system rules and traditions, resulting in generations of people vulnerable to the abusive power of others, R said the key to protecting former slaves from becoming slaves again is their own understanding.

"When they understand they are free, no one can enslave them again."

When they know who they are, they are truly free.

I came back to Midland and joined others in my community to listen to the co-founders of NightLight International Ministies, Natalie Shirley and Annie Dieselberg, talk about the root causes of human trafficking in the commercial sex industry. NightLight staff work both in Bangkok and the USA with women in the commercial sex industry, and they said that regardless of the country, a common denominator among the women is that their childhoods were almost always characterized by abuse, neglect, and rampant devaluation. They are susceptible to traffickers because they do not understand they have value. They do not look in the mirror and see the Imago Dei.

They do not know who they are, so they are not free.

Father, help us to raise a generation of children who know their value and understand they are created in your image. For those children who have been discarded, thrown away, and scorned, help us to be instruments of their healing; piecing together shattered lives with joyful expectation they will someday understand they are created in your image. Father, help us to slow down in our busy lives so that we can notice those around us and really see the Imago Dei in them; in your mercy, enable us to call it forth and fan it into flames when it seems to be only the faintest of flickers. And perhaps most of all, help us to see the Imago Dei in ourselves and live in the freedom that comes from knowing who we are as your sons and daughters; for until we walk in the truth of our identity in you, we cannot fully bring this truth and freedom to others.

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 ... "Crises of health test faith"

OA Photo by Mark Sterkel
• Ministers say continuing religious routines, trusting in God’s design are good counter-measures

By Bob Campbell, Reporter
Odessa American


ODESSA, TEXAS - There is no separation between physical and spiritual health, Odessa ministers say.

If you’re depressed or frightened, any physical problems you have will get worse, and if you don’t deal with your emotions, you probably won’t get well, they say.

The Revs. Farrell Ard, Griffin Jones, Samuel Buhl, David Mossbarger, Jimmy Braswell and Steven Adair say health crises require a multifaceted approach ...

read the rest of this OA report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

It was, however, clear to everyone that Eustace’s character had been rather improved by becoming a dragon. He was anxious to help. He flew over the whole island and found it was all mountainous and inhabited only by wild goats and droves of wild swine. Of these he brought back many carcasses as provisions for the ship. He was a very humane killer too, for he could dispatch a beast with one blow of his tail so that it didn’t know (and presumably still doesn’t know) it had been killed. He ate a few himself, of course, but always alone, for now that he was a dragon he liked his food raw but he could never bear to let others see him at his messy meals. And one day, flying slowly and wearily but in great triumph, he bore back to camp a great tall pine tree which he had torn up by the roots in a distant valley and which could be made into a capital mast. And in the evening if it turned chilly, as it sometimes did after the heavy rains, he was a comfort to everyone, for the whole party would come and sit with their backs against his hot sides and get well warmed and dried; and one puff of his fiery breath would light the most obstinate fire. Sometimes he would take a select party for a fly on his back, so that they could see wheeling below them the green slopes, the rocky heights, the narrow pit-like valleys and far out over the sea to the eastward a spot of darker blue on the blue horizon which might be land.

The pleasure (quite new to him) of being liked and, still more, of liking other people, was what kept Eustace from despair. For it was very dreary being a dragon.

From The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Compiled in A Year with Alsan

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook

The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer. How often have you wondered, where are the young adults in the PC(USA)? Wonder no longer. The 2014 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is devoted to the theme of young adults in the church. Its stories, many told by young adults, lift up how Presbyterians of all ages are engaging and joining with Presbyterian young adults in reforming the church for Christ’s mission.

Today in the Mission Yearbook: May 2, 2016

PRESBYTERY OF DETROIT, MICHIGAN - In recent years the Presbytery of Detroit has set a goal to strengthen and transform congregations to be missional, pastoral and prophetic. One of the ways it is accomplishing this is through its teams and work groups.

Three years ago the presbytery reviewed its organization and discerned that the Holy Spirit was leading it to engage congregations in seeing God’s vision of the church as a house of prayer for all nations ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

From "I Am Second" ... Anne Rice




After thirty-eight years of authoring books about vampires and darkness, Anne Rice grew up in a devoted Catholic family, knowing the importance of God and obtaining something in life beyond materialistic things. Still, she felt unshakably confined within the parameters of religion. At the age of eighteen, she walked away from it all and chose to live a life believing that ,”In order for me to grow up, I have to put God aside.”

Though her professional career was very successful as an author of Vampire tales, she was a Christ-haunted person. “I knew that as long as I denied Him, I wouldn’t know rest or peace. You must know that you can’t save yourself through art of music. You can’t do it through travel or wealth. Your attempts to achieve salvation alone ultimately amounts to nothing.” She found herself very ready to go back to God.

Anne had to stop. “Writing about vampires were no longer relevant in my life because they were stories about a person in a godless world. They were stories about me.” That, however, is no longer the case. Now, I have to write for Him.



Inspiring the Revolution of Second
 

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In the News ... “Midlander Ken Marks joins FCA Hall of Champions at induction event"

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• RSVP now for free event, Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. at Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center

Trent Johnson, Reporter
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - For more than 30 years, Ken Marks held meetings for young athletes tackling subjects of faith, leadership and life. As a volunteer for Midland’s branch of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Marks has seen the organization grow throughout the region. Those years has left an impression not only on student athletes but the organization itself. Marks will be inducted into the FCA’s National Hall of Champions ...

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C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

This is the whole of Christianity. There is nothing else. It is so easy to get muddled about that. It is easy to think that the Church has a lot of different objects—education, building, missions, holding services. Just as it is easy to think the State has a lot of different objects—military, political, economic, and what not. But in a way things are much simpler than that. The State exists simply to promote and to protect the ordinary happiness of human beings in this life. A husband and wife chatting over a fire, a couple of friends having a game of darts in a pub, a man reading a book in his own room or digging in his own garden— that is what the State is there for. And unless they are helping to increase and prolong and protect such moments, all the laws, parliaments, armies, courts, police, economics, etc., are simply a waste of time. In the same way the Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time. God became Man for no other purpose. It is even doubtful, you know, whether the whole universe was created for any other purpose.

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

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook

The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer. How often have you wondered, where are the young adults in the PC(USA)? Wonder no longer. The 2014 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is devoted to the theme of young adults in the church. Its stories, many told by young adults, lift up how Presbyterians of all ages are engaging and joining with Presbyterian young adults in reforming the church for Christ’s mission.

Today in the Mission Yearbook: May 1, 2016

MINUTE FOR MISSION: WILLS EMPHASIS SUNDAY - Inky and Harriet Inscoe were very involved with their church community at First Presbyterian Church of Morganton, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina. After his wife’s passing in 2004, Inky continued his commitment at the church until his death in 2013.

... For Inky and Harriet, the church had been their life, pure and simple.

The Inscoes had not necessarily been thought of as “rich people,” but after Inky’s passing, the richness of their lives was made manifest ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

In the News ... "Faith & Philanthropy Roundup"

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“Texanthropy” initiative announced, 65th Annual National Day of Prayer event at ClayDesta

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

TEXAS - Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott announces “Texanthropy” initiative ... West Texas Food Bank and Midland High School collaborate on CANtribute ... Midland Ministerial Alliance to lead National Day of Prayer, May 5 ... and more ...

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C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

TO “MRS. JONES” (identity withheld): On sexual temptation as not only the most recognizable and least disguisable of our temptations but also as the most pleasurable; and on the consequences of the Fall for women and for men.

27 September 1954

‘Why has sex become man’s chief stumbling block?’ But has it? Or is it only the most recognisable of the stumbling blocks? I mean, we can mistake pride for a good conscience, and cruelty for zeal, and idleness for the peace of God et cetera. But when lust is upon us, then, owing to the obvious physical symptoms, we can’t pretend it is anything else. Is it perhaps only the least disguisable of our dangers. At the same time I think there is something in what you say. If marriage is an image of the mystical marriage between Christ and the Church, then adultery is an image of apostasy. Also, all the sexual vices have this unfair advantage that the very temptation is itself pleasurable: whereas the temptations, say, to anger or cowardice, are in themselves unpleasant.

I don’t think I can solve your question about the pains of childbirth. I can only say that vicarious suffering seems to be deeply embedded in the post-fall world so that the Atonement is simply the supreme instance of a universal law. Would the inequality between man’s and woman’s share of the cause be less marked if Man (or selected, fortunate men) had not now managed to evade his share? If he still in person tilled the earth and fought the wild beasts? And has civilisation increased the woman’s pain? I’ve heard of savage women who suffer much less. But I am only offering conjecture. I don’t know the answer.

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

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook

The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer. How often have you wondered, where are the young adults in the PC(USA)? Wonder no longer. The 2014 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is devoted to the theme of young adults in the church. Its stories, many told by young adults, lift up how Presbyterians of all ages are engaging and joining with Presbyterian young adults in reforming the church for Christ’s mission.

Today in the Mission Yearbook: April 30, 2016

NEW CASTLE PRESBYTERY, DELAWARE - God’s Spirit has been at work in new and creative ways in the Presbytery of New Castle. Two of these expressions are a new worshiping community in the city of Wilmington, Delaware, and an effort to reimagine the Presbyterian presence in the fastest-growing town in the state, Middletown. ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Friday, April 29, 2016

From ServLife International ... "Keep Us Spinning"

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



Keep Us Spinning



The Restoration League is a team of people committed to sustaining ServLife through monthly generosity, bringing consistent spiritual and physical restoration to the most marginalized regions of the world. We’re relying on this awesome squad of ServLife super heroes to make gifts we can count on, not hope for to help plant more churches, care for more children, and fight more poverty than ever before! Join this exciting movement by making a monthly gift and become part of the ongoing fun of building global community. When you join we’ll add you to our list of heroes and send you a welcome gift, as well as regular ways you can share about how you’re keeping us spinning through monthly support. Download the album [below] so you can make the joyful songs of kids and pastors in Nepal and India the soundtrack to your awesome generosity ...

CLICK HERE to access the album, and learn how you can help ServLife



Adam Nevins 
From Adam Nevins
Executive Director
ServLife International Inc.


Join Our Mission

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

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From @FWMission ...Friday Story: "From Exhaustion to Elation"

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: "From Exhaustion to Elation"

Greetings, and Happy Friday!

Our partner in Burundi, Food for the Hungry (FH), sent us Abraham’s story. FH staff members regularly passed by Abraham sitting by the side of the road. That was his office where he fixed old shoes for people ...

read the rest of this story ...

In the News ... "International Rescue Committee opens Midland office"

MRT Photo by James Durbin
• Agency responds to refugees already living here

Erin Stone, Reporter
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - The International Rescue Committee (IRC), which provides resources for international refugees fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries, opened a new office in Midland on Monday. Until then, the closest office was in Abilene, which has been supporting refugees in Midland since 2007, according to a press release ...

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C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

On Kindness

Love is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness. For about a hundred years we have so concentrated on one of the virtues—“kindness” or mercy—that most of us do not feel anything except kindness to be really good or anything but cruelty to be really bad. Such lopsided ethical developments are not uncommon, and other ages too have had their pet virtues and curious insensibilities. And if one virtue must be cultivated at the expense of all the rest, none has a higher claim than mercy. . . . The real trouble is that “kindness” is a quality fatally easy to attribute to ourselves on quite inadequate grounds. Everyone feels benevolent if nothing happens to be annoying him at the moment. Thus a man easily comes to console himself for all his other vices by a conviction that “his heart’s in the right place” and “he wouldn’t hurt a fly,” though in fact he has never made the slightest sacrifice for a fellow creature. We think we are kind when we are only happy: it is not so easy, on the same grounds, to imagine oneself temperate, chaste, or humble. You cannot be kind unless you have all the other virtues. If, being cowardly, conceited and slothful, you have never yet done a fellow creature great mischief, that is only because your neighbour’s welfare has not yet happened to conflict with your safety, self-approval, or ease. Every vice leads to cruelty.

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. How often have you wondered, where are the young adults in the PC(USA)? Wonder no longer. The 2014 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is devoted to the theme of young adults in the church. Its stories, many told by young adults, lift up how Presbyterians of all ages are engaging and joining with Presbyterian young adults in reforming the church for Christ’s mission.

Today in the Mission Yearbook: April 29, 2016

THE PRESBYTERY OF THE CASCADES, WASHINGTON - H.E.L.P. can spell HOPE ... An incredible 40 percent of food in the United States is wasted, but the Mission Ministry of First Presbyterian Church, Vancouver, Washington, lowers that figure for its community. ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Teichert Family Update ... Launching Disciple-making Movements in Lesotho

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


Discipling Farmworkers

"Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3

Dear family and friends,

Lesotho is a small mountainous kingdom located inside the Eastern part of South Africa. It has a population of about 2 million people, and 75 percent of the populati on lives in rural mountain areas. Illiteracy, poverty, and HIV/ AIDS are signifi cant problems. The Christi an church in Lesotho is trying to minister to the people in this needy country.

In February, Karl was invited to facilitate a two-day disciple-making movement workshop in Maputsoe, the second largest city in the country. Over 30 leaders att ended and were very eager to learn. The focus of the training was to develop teams to start Discovery Bible Groups (DBSs). These DBSs engage unchurched people in an obedience-based discovery process. As these groups grow and multi ply, they begin to form new churches. A mentor comes alongside each team to help the groups and churches to grow in a healthy way.

At the end of the workshop, the participants formed groups representing the various geographic areas of the country. Each group developed strategies to launch teams and DBSs in each area over the next 12 month. The groups agreed to meet monthly for prayer, training, follow-up, and to invite other leaders to parti cipate. Please pray for Karl and the local mentors to assist these groups to effectively form new teams and DBSs. Pray that disciple-making movements of the gospel would reach every person in Lesotho, from the cities to the mountains as well.

Thank you for your faithful prayers and partnership in God’s mission!

For God's glory,

Karl and Jenny



OC Africa is an interdenominational ministry committed to developing, equipping, and mobilizing church leaders to multiply healthy, Bible-based churches in every community in Southern Africa and the world. OC is a faith-based mission who depends on the Lord to provide committed, financial supporters and partners. The contributions from these individuals help generate ministry opportunities around the world, impact missionaries and their global work, and provide a means for the International Mobilization Center to function. CLICK HERE to learn how YOU can be a part of mobilizing church leaders around the world by donating to OC.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

WAW Wednesday ... Good News to Share

"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."


Good News to Share

Hello Friends,

Dallan Bailey

Shelly Usher writes, "Good news! Dallan’s visa was approved today and he was told to pick up the passport with the US visa tomorrow at 3:00 ... thanks for praying.”

Visa approved
Hospital and physicians on board
Host family ready
Money raised for airfare and hospital expense
• Still needed ... funds for new prosthetic replacement jaw ... $17,000

I know from your emails that God has put this on the hearts of many. Now is the time to make those donations.

Angels sighted in Belize!

If you have a moment to be encouraged, CLICK HERE ...

Diana Shaw of Child Development Foundation is with us in the states on a Fundraising tour.

Gomer House, a shelter and ministry for girls who are victims of trafficking and exploitation, is a $400,000 USD project. To date we are almost halfway there. I'm hoping that some of you Reading this letter have a passion for or even a calling to fight in this battle against the sexual exploitation of children.

Property has been purchased and building has already begun. One of our partner churches, Crosswinds Church from Hobbs New Mexico, came to Belize two weeks ago to work on construction. Your church can do the same.

Yesterday morning Diana was on local TV here in Amarillo. Last night she spoke at The Vine Community Church in Clovis New Mexico. Tonight she speaks at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Amarillo where Mollie has organized the event around CDF's slogan "Sell Tacos, Not Children!” Over the weekend we head to California to LaJolla Presbyterian Church.

In addition to other donations we've also had an offer for $50,000 matching grant. Please pray us to the finish line.

Please go to our website for an easy way to donate to Dallan's expenses or Gomer House - or you can mail a check to our address below. Please be sure to note where you wish funds to be directed. Thank you!

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!


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Word from Uganda: "Re-entry reminders"

Missionary teacher Natalie Rolfe writes, "'When He calls me, I will answer ... I'll be somewhere working for my Lord.' My call was Mbale, Uganda and that is where I have returned to serve for another year. Specifically, I am teaching phonics at Lulwanda Children's Home, an orphanage and school for 90 kids." Natalie also keeps an online journal of her service at the weblog, When He calls me, I will answer ...

Re-entry reminders

"I always appreciate hearing first time visitors comments about things they see/hear/smell that are different from the American norms. Having been away for 6 months, here were some of the things that caught my attention ..."

 • read the rest of Natalie's post ...

 • help raise funds for Natalie's mission ...



Monday, April 25, 2016

From @chinaaid : "Pastors, church members detained in church raid"

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.



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Pastors, church members detained in church raid
Distributed by ChinaAid, April, 2016 ...

CHANGJI HUI, XINJIANG, CHINA – A house church gathering in Changji, a city in China’s far western Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, was raided on March 9 by authorities, who criminally detained two church members, the latest in a long string of house church raids throughout the region ...

more on this story from China Aid



Sunday, April 24, 2016

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

The real problem of the Christian life comes where people do not usually look for it. It comes the very moment you wake up each morning. All your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists simply in shoving them all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in. And so on, all day. Standing back from all your natural fussings and frettings; coming in out of the wind.

We can only do it for moments at first. But from those moments the new sort of life will be spreading through our system: because now we are letting Him work at the right part of us. It is the difference between paint, which is merely laid on the surface, and a dye or stain which soaks right through. He never talked vague, idealistic gas. When He said, ‘Be perfect,’ He meant it. He meant that we must go in for the full treatment. It is hard; but the sort of compromise we are all hankering after is harder—in fact, it is impossible. It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.

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

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook

The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer. How often have you wondered, where are the young adults in the PC(USA)? Wonder no longer. The 2014 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is devoted to the theme of young adults in the church. Its stories, many told by young adults, lift up how Presbyterians of all ages are engaging and joining with Presbyterian young adults in reforming the church for Christ’s mission.

Today in the Mission Yearbook: April 24, 2016

MINUTE FOR MISSION: ARMENIAN GENOCIDE REMEMBRANCE DAY - Pokr Vedi village is home to 3000 souls, Christians nestled in the valley of Noah’s Mount Ararat between Turkey, Russia and Iran. Residents of the Armenian village still remember ancestors brutally exiled and annihilated by the Ottomans 100 years ago—a horror still unrecognized by Turkey, whose closed border lies just a few miles away. Even the young Republic of Armenia is a miracle of survival. Just 25 years ago these villagers lived off the Soviet state and have struggled to provide for their families ever since ...

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