Friday, June 23, 2017

From @FWMission ...Friday Story: "Faces behind the numbers"

https://www.freewheelchairmission.org/

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: "Faces behind the numbers"

Oli otya? This means “Hello, how are you?” in Luganda, one of the major languages spoken in Uganda.

We recently sent our director of marketing, Jennifer Walker, to Uganda to capture stories in preparation for this year’s Miracle of Mobility. Jennifer and a camera crew joined our local partner, Father’s Heart Mobility Ministries, as they distributed wheelchairs in Iganga, a district of Uganda.

One of the people they encountered was Moses, an 18-year-old who lost the ability to walk when he contracted malaria as a child. He has had to crawl for the past 16 years ...

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C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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On Self

A rejection, or in Scripture’s strong language, a crucifixion of the natural self is the passport to everlasting life. Nothing that has not died will be resurrected.

From The Weight of Glory
Compiled in Words to Live By

Thursday, June 22, 2017

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TO EDWARD LOFSTROM: A letter of great encouragement for someone who had been struggling with excessive self-awareness.

10 June 1962

You are of course perfectly right in defining your problem (which is also mine and everyone’s) as ‘excessive selfness’. But per- haps you don’t fully realise how far you have got by so defining it. All have this disease; fortunate are the minority who know they have it. To know that one is dreaming is to be already nearly awake, even if, for the present, one can’t wake up fully. And you have actually got further than that. You have got beyond the illusion (very common) that to recognise a chasm is the same thing as building a bridge over it.

Your danger now is that of being hypnotised by the mere sight of the charm, of constantly looking at this excessive selfness. The important thing now is to go steadily on acting, so far as you can—and you certainly can to some extent, however small—as if it wasn’t there. You can, and I expect you daily do—behave with some degree of unselfishness. You can and do make some attempt at prayer. The continual voice which tells you that your best actions are secretly filled with subtle self-regards, and your best prayers still wholly egocentric—must for the most part be simply disregarded—as one disregards the impulse to keep on looking under the bandage to see whether the cut is healing. If you are always fidgeting with the bandage, it never will.

A text you should keep much is mind is I John iii, 20: ‘If our heart condemns us God is greater than our heart.’ I sometimes pray ‘Lord give me no more and no less self-knowledge than I can at this moment make a good use of.’ Remember He is the artist and you are only the picture. You can’t see it. So quietly submit to be painted—i.e., keep on fulfilling all the obvious duties of your station (you really know quite well enough what they are!), asking forgiveness for each failure and then leaving it alone. You are in the right way. Walk—don’t keep on looking at it.

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

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Burgers & Blessings continues TONIGHT at Grace Presbyterian

Laura Up In the Clouds
Burgers and Blessings continues 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. We set up 'teams' to take turns preparing. If you would like to be on a team, please contact Suzi Thompson, Judy Brown or Cheryl Truzkowski at the church - phone number (432)-684-6542.

The men's study group will be taking 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!

Join us?

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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You may remember I said that the first step towards humility was to realise that one is proud. I want to add now that the next step is to make some serious attempt to practise the Christian virtues. A week is not enough. Things often go swimmingly for the first week. Try six weeks. By that time, having, as far as one can see, fallen back completely or even fallen lower than the point one began from, one will have discovered some truths about oneself. No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good. A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is. After all, you find out the strength of the German army by fighting against it, not by giving in. You find out the strength of a wind by trying to walk against it, not by lying down. A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness. They have lived a sheltered life by always giving in. We never find out the strength of the evil impulse inside us until we try to fight it: and Christ, because He was the only man who never yielded to temptation, is also the only man who knows to the full what temptation means—the only complete realist.

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

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Partners Blog: "Jungle Medicine"

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.

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Jungle Medicine

Recently some Oak Life Church medical professionals joined the Partners team by serving at a refugee clinic on the border of Myanmar and Thailand. Here are some reflections from one of the team members, Kaitlyn Gentilin ...

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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/

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“Aslan,” said Bree in a shaken voice, “I’m afraid I must be rather a fool.”

“Happy is the Horse who knows that while he is still young. Or the Human either.”

From The Horse and His Boy
Compiled in A Year with Aslan

Monday, June 19, 2017

From @chinaaid : "Henan officials destroy under-construction church, detain 40 Christians"

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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Henan officials destroy under-construction church, detain 40 Christians
Distributed by ChinaAid, June, 2017 ...

SHANGQIU, HENAN, CHINA – A church in China’s central Henan province demands justice following the destruction of their church building and took more than 40 Christians into police custody, ChinaAid recently learned ...

more on this story from China Aid



Burgers & Blessings continues this week at Grace Presbyterian

Laura Up In the Clouds
Burgers and Blessings continues this Wednesday, June 21st, 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 fellowship, mid-week. The church provides burgers, hot dogs, fixin's and drinks. We set up 'teams' to take turns preparing. If you would like to be on a team, please contact Suzi Thompson, Judy Brown or Cheryl Truzkowski at the church - phone number (432)-684-6542.

The men's study group will be taking 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!

Join us?

Austin Girls' Choir tour ensemble performing in Midland, TONIGHT

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FREE concert at Grace Presbyterian Church

Come enjoy an hour of song Monday, June 19 at 7:00 p.m. with the Austin Girls’ Choir Tour Ensemble! Ten singers age 10-16 will present a varied program ranging from sacred and light classical selections to American Songbook ... and maybe some a cappella Beatles selections and a little R&B!

Great for all ages!

The concert will be at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2801 N. Garfield Street, Midland, Texas. Admission is FREE, but donations are welcome.



Austin Girls’ Choir provides a fantastic opportunity for musically talented girls aged 8 to 18 to perform a wide range of music in Austin and beyond.

Austin Girls’ Choir consists of a three-level Junior Choir for girls aged 8 to 14, and a Senior Ensemble for advanced singers aged 13 to 18. Our choristers come from all over Austin and surrounding communities. They share a strong love for music and music-making, and enjoy the opportunity to learn challenging music.

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TO JULIE HALVORSON, possibly the daughter of the foregoing woman.

March 1956

Thank you for the most charming letter I have received in a long time. It made me very happy.

I am also glad that your class has been enjoying the Narnian stories. But especially am I happy that you know who Aslan is. Never forget Him.

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

Sunday, June 18, 2017

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The problem of reconciling human suffering with the existence of a God who loves, is only insoluble so long as we attach a trivial meaning to the word ‘love’, and look on things as if man were the centre of them. Man is not the centre. God does not exist for the sake of man. Man does not exist for his own sake. ‘Thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created’ [Revelation 4:11]. We were made not primarily that we may love God (though we were made for that too) but that God may love us, that we may become objects in which the Divine love may rest ‘well pleased’. To ask that God’s love should be content with us as we are is to ask that God should cease to be God: because He is what He is, His love must, in the nature of things, be impeded and repelled, by certain stains in our present character, and because He already loves us He must labour to make us lovable. We cannot even wish, in our better moments, that He could reconcile Himself to our present impurities—no more than the beggar maid could wish that King Cophetua should be content with her rags and dirt, or a dog, once having learned to love man, could wish that man were such as to tolerate in his house the snapping, verminous, polluting creature of the wild pack. What we would here and now call our ‘happiness’ is not the end God chiefly has in view: but when we are such as He can love without impediment, we shall in fact be happy.

From The Problem of Pain
Compiled in A Year with C.S. Lewis

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook


The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer.


Today in the Mission Yearbook: June 18, 2017

PRESBYTERIAN MEN: FOUR GENERATIONS OF MISSION - If there is a revered profession in my family, it is a life given to the ministry of the Presbyterian Church. In 1884, my great-grandfather J. Vernon Bell began his ministry as pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Dubois, Pennsylvania, almost 100 years to the day that I entered Union Theological Seminary in New York City ...

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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“Jewel,” said the King. “We have done a dreadful deed.”

“We were sorely provoked,” said Jewel.

“But to leap on them unawares—without defying them—while they were unarmed—faugh! We are two murderers, Jewel. I am dishonored forever.”

Jewel drooped his head. He too was ashamed.

“And then,” said the King, “the Horse said it was by Aslan’s orders. The Rat said the same. They all say Aslan is here. How if it were true?”

“But, Sire, how could Aslan be commanding such dreadful things?”

“He is not a tame lion,” said Tirian. “How should we know what he would do? We, who are murderers. Jewel, I will go back. I will give up my sword and put myself in the hands of these Calormenes and ask that they bring me before Aslan. Let him do justice on me.”

“You will go to your death, then,” said Jewel.

“Do you think I care if Aslan dooms me to death?” said the King. “That would be nothing, nothing at all. Would it not be better to be dead than to have this horrible fear that Aslan has come and is not like the Aslan we have believed in and longed for? It is as if the sun rose one day and were a black sun.”

“I know,” said Jewel. “Or as if you drank water and it were dry water. You are in the right, Sire. This is the end of all things. Let us go and give ourselves up.”

“There is no need for both of us to go.”

“If ever we loved one another, let me go with you now,” said the Unicorn. “If you are dead and if Aslan is not Aslan, what life is left for me?”

From The Last Battle
Compiled in A Year with Aslan

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook


The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer.


Today in the Mission Yearbook: June 17, 2017

FROM ANGER TO GRACE IN RWANDA - When I met her, Consulee was a 57-year-old wife and mother of five who was angry at God and had turned to alcohol for comfort. Her husband, a struggling farmer, had followed the Hutu-led government of 1994 and had participated in the genocide of Tutsi (fellow Rwandans). After the genocide, he was sentenced to five years in prison for participating in it, and their land was confiscated. Consulee protested that he had only done what the government told him and now they were being punished. Her oldest son had taken care of her while her husband was in prison and had faithfully prayed for her ...

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Friday, June 16, 2017

From ServLife International ... "Earthquake Remembrance"

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.



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Earthquake Remembrance

Today at ServLife we’re remembering the people of Nepal on the second anniversary of the devastating earthquake that claimed more than 8,000 lives in that country ...

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From Adam Nevins
Executive Director
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From @FWMission ...Friday Story: "A Life Remembered"

https://www.freewheelchairmission.org/

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 Life Remembered"

Laurie Schoendorfer, co-founder of Free Wheelchair Mission, dedicated civil servant, grandmother of two, beloved mother of three, faithful wife of 42 years, and daughter of God, passed away in the arms of her three daughters and husband, Don Schoendorfer, in Santa Ana, California, on May 27. She was 69 ...

... In the late 1990s, as Don worked on the first prototype of the Gen_1 wheelchair, filling the family’s garage with close to 100 of them, it was Laurie who gently encouraged him to go on a mission trip to distribute the wheelchairs. And when Don returned, contemplating starting Free Wheelchair Mission, it was Laurie who gave him the confidence and support to take that leap of faith ...

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C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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On God

God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.

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 16, 2017

NEW CASTLE PRESBYTERY, DELAWARE - New Castle Presbytery looked to its roots during an especially difficult time of church dismissals. However, by remembering where it came from while looking to the future, the presbytery better understood its calling ...

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

In the News ... "Freedom found in gospel singing"

• “A Gospel Celebration,” June 18 in Abilene

By Loretta Fulton, Contributor
Abilene Reporter-News

ABILENE, TEXAS - Just say the words “old 100” in a black church and everyone — all the older folks, anyway — will start singing.

They might break into, “Troubles of the World” or “I Love the Lord, He Heard My Cry.”

The “old 100” doesn’t refer to a literal 100 hymns, said Matthew Lubin, pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church. It’s a reference to older hymns ...

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C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Lewis, grieving the death of his wife, Joy:

Why has no one told me these things? How easily I might have misjudged another man in the same situation? I might have said, ‘He’s got over it. He’s forgotten his wife,’ when the truth was, ‘He remembers her better because he has partly got over it.’

Such was the fact. And I believe I can make sense out of it. You can’t see anything properly while your eyes are blurred with tears. You can’t, in most things, get what you want if you want it too desperately: anyway, you can’t get the best out of it. ‘Now! Let’s have a real good talk’ reduces everyone to silence. ‘I must get a good sleep tonight’ ushers in hours of wakefulness. Delicious drinks are wasted on a really ravenous thirst. Is it similarly the very intensity of the longing that draws the iron curtain, that makes us feel we are staring into a vacuum when we think about our dead? ‘Them as asks’ (at any rate ‘as asks too importunately’) don’t get. Perhaps can’t.

And so, perhaps, with God. I have gradually been coming to feel that the door is no longer shut and bolted. Was it my own frantic need that slammed it in my face? The time when there is nothing at all in your soul except a cry for help may be just the time when God can’t give it: you are like the drowning man who can’t be helped because he clutches and grabs. Perhaps your own reiterated cries deafen you to the voice you hoped to hear.

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

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook


The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer.


Today in the Mission Yearbook: June 15, 2017

MINISTRY AT PUERTO RICO SEMINARY - The Rev. Dr. Chip Hardwick, director of Theology, Formation and Evangelism, conducted a lively interview with the Rev. Dr. Doris García Rivera, president of the Seminario Evangélico de Puerto Rico (SEPR) ...

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Austin Girls' Choir tour ensemble coming to Midland, next week

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FREE concert at Grace Presbyterian Church

Come enjoy an hour of song Monday, June 19 at 7:00 p.m. with the Austin Girls’ Choir Tour Ensemble! Ten singers age 10-16 will present a varied program ranging from sacred and light classical selections to American Songbook ... and maybe some a cappella Beatles selections and a little R&B!

Great for all ages!

The concert will be at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2801 N. Garfield Street, Midland, Texas. Admission is FREE, but donations are welcome.



Austin Girls’ Choir provides a fantastic opportunity for musically talented girls aged 8 to 18 to perform a wide range of music in Austin and beyond.

Austin Girls’ Choir consists of a three-level Junior Choir for girls aged 8 to 14, and a Senior Ensemble for advanced singers aged 13 to 18. Our choristers come from all over Austin and surrounding communities. They share a strong love for music and music-making, and enjoy the opportunity to learn challenging music.

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On Immortality

I think that Resurrection (what ever it exactly means) is so much profounder an idea than mere immortality. I am sure we don’t just “go on.” We really die and are really built up again.

From The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis
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 14, 2017

2017 INTERNATIONAL PEACEMAKERS - The invitations have been extended and this fall 16 individuals will visit Presbyterian churches, mid councils and other institutions as part of the International Peacemakers initiative ...

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