Monday, July 16, 2018

In the News ... "Abilene pastors divided on Sessions' biblical reference"

ARN Photo by Greg Jaklewicz
• To speak out, or not?

By Loretta Fulton, Reporter
Abilene Reporter-News

ABILENE, TEXAS - Jeff Sessions’ biblical reference to Romans 13 as a defense for the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance border policy was barely out of his mouth when his comments were condemned by more than 600 of his fellow United Methodists.

Quoting scripture to support a viewpoint, especially a political one, can be dangerous. Just ask the attorney general ...

read the rest of this ARN report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

On Saints

God is not merely mending, not simply restoring a status quo. Redeemed humanity is to be something more glorious than unfallen humanity would have been, more glorious than any unfallen race now is (if at this moment the night sky conceals any such). The greater the sin, the greater the mercy: the deeper the death, the brighter the re-birth. And this super-added glory will, with true vicariousness, exalt all creatures, and those who have never fallen will thus bless Adam’s fall.

From Miracles
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.

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Today in the Mission Yearbook: July 16, 2018

GENDER EQUITY - The 2016 presidential electoral campaign brought up issues that were disturbing to many women. The criteria for the fitness of the female candidate for the office of president, such as comments about the clothes she wore, were standards seemingly not imposed on male candidates in the race. The comments surrounding women’s bodies were also alarming. These conversations brought up a sort of post-traumatic stress disorder for women who have experienced sexual harassment and discrimination ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

In the News ... "Professor Hammer goes to Washington"

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“If I can make a connection based on our shared faith, maybe we can have a conversation.”

By Loretta Fulton, Reporter
Abilene Reporter-News

ABILENE, TEXAS - Lobby Day on Capitol Hill doesn’t sound like a date that a university professor would circle on his calendar.

But Rick Hammer, associate professor of biology and environmental science at Hardin-Simmons University, had June 12 marked for a long time. That was the day set aside during the three-day Citizens Climate Lobby conference to meet with Congress members on Capitol Hill ...

read the rest of this ARN report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

On Masculine and Feminine

For a good wife contains so many persons in herself. What was H. not to me? She was my daughter and my mother, my pupil and my teacher, my subject and my sovereign; and always, holding all these in solution, my trusty comrade, friend, shipmate, fellow-soldier. My mistress; but at the same time all that any man friend (and I have good ones) has ever been to me. Perhaps more. If we had never fallen in love we should have none the less been always together, and created a scandal. That’s what I meant when I once praised her for her “masculine virtues.” But she soon put a stop to that by asking how I’d like to be praised for my feminine ones. It was a good riposte, dear. Yet there was something of the Amazon, something of Penthesileia and Camilla. And you, as well as I, were glad it should be there. You were glad I should recognize it.

Solomon calls his bride Sister. Could a woman be a complete wife unless, for a moment, in one particular mood, a man felt almost inclined to call her Brother? . . .

There is, hidden or flaunted, a sword between the sexes till an entire marriage reconciles them. It is arrogance in us to call frankness, fairness, and chivalry “masculine” when we see them in a woman; it is arrogance in them to describe a man’s sensitiveness or tact or tenderness as “feminine.” But also what poor, warped fragments of humanity most mere men and mere women must be to make the implications of that arrogance plausible. Marriage heals this. Jointly the two become fully human. “In the image of God created He them.” Thus, by a paradox, this carnival of sexuality leads us out beyond our sexes.

From A Grief Observed
Compiled in Words to Live By

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook


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


Today in the Mission Yearbook: July 15, 2018

SERIOUS JUJU, 1001 NEW WORSHIPING COMMUNITY - The darkness is scary for many of the kids who skateboard in Kalispell, Montana. Living in poverty they go to bed hungry at night, which is when the police or CPS come.

“They go to school the next day and they’re tired,” said First Presbyterian Church member Joan Siderius. “Because they’ve been on watch for danger.”

Siderius volunteers at Serious JuJu, a 1001 worshiping community for skateboarders — and those who love them ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

In the News ... "Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso Celebrates Bishop Mark’s 5th Anniversary"

Photo courtesy Diocese of El Paso
• Supporting the growing needs of the Catholic community

Staff Report
El Paso Herald-Post


EL PASO, TEXAS - In honor of Bishop Mark J. Seitz’s 5th anniversary, the Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso launched the 545Fund, a campaign to raise resources for the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund ...

Read the rest of this EPHP report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

SPOOKS

Last night I dreamed that I was come again

Unto the house where my beloved dwells

After long years of wandering and pain.

And I stood out beneath the drenching rain

And all the street was bare, and black with night,

But in my true love’s house was warmth and light.

Yet I could not draw near nor enter in,

And long I wondered if some secret sin

Or old, unhappy anger held me fast;

Till suddenly it came into my head

That I was killed long since and lying dead—

Only a homeless wraith that way had passed.

So thus I found my true love’s house again

And stood unseen amid the winter night

And the lamp burned within, a rosy light,

And the wet street was shining in the rain.

From Spirits in Bondage

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.

Photo by Randy Hobson
Today in the Mission Yearbook: July 14, 2018

CENTRO DE ACTIVIDADES NACIONALE IGLESIA PRESBITERIANA-REFORMADA, IN CUBA - The modest little stone chapel sits on a hilltop overlooking Centro de Actividades Nacionale Iglesia Presbiteriana-Reformada (CANIP), the national camp and conference center of the Presbyterian Reformed Church in Cuba (IPRC). The scene is one of devastatio ...

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Friday, July 13, 2018

From @FWMission ...Friday Story: "Contagious Compassion, Part I"

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.



FWM Photos

Friday Story: "Contagious Compassion, Part I"

For over 10 years, Karla DeSimone has been going on wheelchair distributions in Vietnam with our distribution partner, Giving It Back To Kids (GIBTK). Throughout this time, Karla has been able to keep in touch with friends she has made—and make new friends along the way.

Karla writes ...

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In the News ... "Video+Gallery+Story: A Question and Prayer – Joseph Smith and the Mormon Faith"

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• It started with a question and prayer

Steven Cottingham, Reporter
El Paso Herald-Post


EL PASO, TEXAS - How did the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or the Mormon Church, get its start? How did Joseph Smith conclude that he had to start a Church? When you ask around, the answers vary from person to person ...

Read/watch the rest of this EPHP report ...



This is the latest in a yearlong series collectively called A Year of Faith. Throughout the year Steven Cottingham will be meeting with, and bringing the stories of faith found around the Borderland. If you would like to be a part of this series, you can contact Steven by calling (915) 201-0918 or sending an e-mail to Steven@StillGoingSomewhere.com

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

The poet is not a man who asks me to look at him; he is a man who says “look at that” and points; the more I follow the pointing of his finger the less I can possible see of him. To be sure there are all sorts of difficult questions hanging over us. But for the moment let us thrust them aside. Whatever may turn out to be the whole truth, let us make fast, before we go a step farther, this aspect of the truth. To see things as a poet sees them I must share his consciousness and not attend to it; I must look where he looks and not turn round to face him; I must make of him not a spectacle but a pair of spectacles: in fine, as Professor Alexander would say, I must enjoy him and not contemplate him. Such is the first positive result of my inquiry.

From The Personal Heresy

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.

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Today in the Mission Yearbook: July 13, 2018

MISSION-MINDED KIDS - Children and teens swarmed around First United Presbyterian’s churchyard, their laughter and chatter almost as loud as the buzzing of the summer mosquitoes. Poles were scattered on the grass, as were piles of shapeless pieces of neon orange nylon, black tarp and Army green canvas.

The kids of Salem, New York, a rural village on the Vermont border, were excited because they were camping out to raise awareness — and money — to buy a ShelterBox ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

FBR Report: "Syria Report, Part One: Ethnic Cleansing and the Persecution of Yezidis and Christians in Afrin, Northwestern Syria"

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 Photo
Syria Report, Part One: Ethnic Cleansing and the Persecution of Yezidis and Christians in Afrin, Northwestern Syria

This is the first of a three-part report on Syria and our recent mission there. This was our fifth mission to Syria to give medical and other humanitarian help, build playgrounds in areas previously held by ISIS, and share the love of Jesus. We were a 17 person team; five ethnic medics and cameramen from Burma, three American volunteers, our Kurd, Iraqi, and Syrian coordinators and our family.

We entered Syria from Iraq and traveled to Raqqa, Tabqa, Deir ez-Zor, Ayn Issa, Membij, Kobani, Qamishli, Tel Tamir, Hasakah, and surrounding areas ...

CLICK HERE to read the rest of this FBR Report ...

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



Free Burma Ranger, the film ...

This film, currently in production, chronicles the journey of an American family bringing aid to hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people caught in Burma's war zones, a bloody conflict that is one of the longest-running civil war's in the world.

Learn more about the film, and hour YOUR donation can help complete its production ...

In the News ... "Training will teach ministry to aid military"


• Helping church leaders in the Concho Valley to be "Warrior Wise"

Staff Report
San Angelo Standard Times


SAN ANGELO, TEXAS - West Texas Counseling and Guidance will host a free Military Informed Ministry training for local church leaders July 31.

Craig Combs, a retired Texas Army National Guard chaplain with 26 years of service, including two combat tours in Iraq, will lead the training from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Sugg Community Room at the Stephens Central Library, 33 W. Beauregard Avenue ...

read the rest of this SAST report

In the News ... "West Texas Food Bank mobile food pantry in full swing"

Courtesy Photos
• Ability to reach people in is exactly what WTFB intended with mobile pantry

Michael Lozano, Reporter
KMID-TV


ODESSA, TEXAS - The West Texas Food Bank is taking advantage of their new mobile food pantry. On Wednesday, the food bank made a stop at the Manor Crest Apartments ...

read/watch the rest of this KMID report

In the News ... "Martinez’ new church prospers"

OA Photo by Mark Rogers
• Minister says Biblical discipline is key to attaining happiness

By Bob Campbell, Reporter
Odessa American


ODESSA, TEXAS - The Rev. Mario Martinez was working as an auto front-end alignment technician in Cameron, in South Texas, when a call to the ministry started him on the path that eventually led to the leadership of Genesis Christian Church at 8546 W. Dunn Street ...

read the rest of this OA report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

Those Divine demands which sound to our natural ears most like those of a despot and least like those of a lover, in fact marshal us where we should want to go if we knew what we wanted. He demands our worship, our obedience, our prostration. Do we suppose that they can do Him any good, or fear, like the chorus in Milton, that human irreverence can bring about ‘His glory’s diminution’? A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell. But God wills our good, and our good is to love Him (with that responsive love proper to creatures) and to love Him we must know Him: and if we know Him, we shall in fact fall on our faces. If we do not, that only shows that what we are trying to love is not yet God— though it may be the nearest approximation to God which our thought and fantasy can attain. Yet the call is not only to prostration and awe; it is to a reflection of the Divine life, a creaturely participation in the Divine attributes which is far beyond our present desires. We are bidden to ‘put on Christ’, to become like God. That is, whether we like it or not, God intends to give us what we need, not what we now think we want. Once more, we are embarrassed by the intolerable compliment, by too much love, not too little.

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: July 12, 2018

1001 NEW WORSHIPING COMMUNITY, IN NORTH CAROLINA - At any given weekly meal and Bible study, or monthly worship at Faith Point Fellowship in Greensboro, North Carolina, the full scope of humanity is represented.

This worshiping community was planted when Saint James Presbyterian Church was inspired by the following opportunity ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

In the News ... "Golf tournament to benefit food bank"


TOMORROW at Odessa Country Club

Staff Report
Odessa American


ODESSA, TEXAS - The Nick Williams Memorial Golf Tournament has been scheduled benefiting the West Texas Food Bank from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Odessa Country Club, 1 Fairway Drive.

There will be contests, such as: closest to the pin, longest drive and hole-in-one.

Limited flights are available.

For more information, call 580-6333.

In the News ... "American Red Cross hosts 'Sound the Alarm' event in Midland"

KWES Photo
• More than 50 fire alarms installed at roughly 30 homes

By Dana Morris, Multimedia Journalist
KWES-TV

MIDLAND, TEXAS - The American Red Cross teamed up with Chevron and the Midland Fire Department on July 7 for one of its Sound the Alarm events.

The event organized teams of volunteers to go door to door to ask Midland residents if they had working fire alarms and installing free devices for those who did not ...

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

Burgers & Blessings continues TONIGHT at Grace Presbyterian

Laura Up In the Clouds
Summer is here, and our annual summertime Burgers & Blessings is underway ... CONTINUING TONIGHT!

The dinners begin at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday evenings at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2801 N. Garfield Street in Midland, Texas ... and are very casual The members of Church on the Journey will be joining us this year.

Burgers & Blessings is a time to get together for fellowship, mid-week. The church provides burgers, hot dogs, fixin's and drinks. You just come, bring a side-dish or dessert, and the gift of your company. The dinners will run from June 6 through August 8 (no dinner on July 4th).

We hope to see you there!

We set up 'teams' to take turns preparing. If you would like to be on a team to help set-up our fellowship hall for the meal, 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 doing the grilling.

Join us?

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,

Faces Of Children will be meeting this Wednesday - TODAY - at 11:30 a.m., in the gym conference room at First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas. I hope you can join them to pray together for children in our community and around the world!

Warmly,

Carrie



Dear Intercessors,

Today the world got some good news! Twelve Thai boys and their coach were rescued from the flooded cave system. In a story that gripped the world, we waited and watched to see if diving experts could teach the boys how to scuba under treacherous and complex conditions before the monsoon rains flooded even further.


I think one of the reason this rescue has raised our spirits so much is because it brings out the best in humanity -- something we're all hungry to see. One of my friends offered this analysis on Facebook:

"It was basically 'Armageddon' with kids. But instead of teaching them to be astronauts, they taught them to scuba. And instead of an asteroid, they were in a race against a monsoon."
These three tense weeks have been a testament to humanity. When people across the planet join to solve a seemingly unsolvable problem, things that cause chills happen.
Language? Doesn't Matter.
Religion? No one cares.
Skin color? Please.
Twelve kids and a coach needed saving, and the world delivered. That's even better than Bruce Willis."


I think she describes it perfectly. It's the same feeling I had upon hearing news of the Montana Sheriff's officer discovering a buried-alive baby -- still alive! -- in the wilderness. As we praise God for these rescues, may we remember all the places in the world where we still need to see humanity pull together to bring children to safety.

AP Photo


From Syria / A new attack and the world barely blinks ...

Reuters Photo by Alaa Al-Faqir


From the United States / Unaccompanied children, including some toddlers, appearing in deportation hearings alone and unrepresented ...

Getty Images Photo by John Moore


From Bangladesh / "We've seen a lot more births in May and June than other months," said Hamida Yasmin, a Bangladeshi midwife working in the camps. "Everyone is asking if this is because of rape? We can't think of another explanation."

New York Times Photo by Rebecca Conway
Praying with you,

Carrie

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

In the News ... "Crisis Center reports major growth"

OA Photo
• Services provided have more than quadrupled

By Jessica Wilkinson, Reporter
Odessa American


ODESSA, TEXAS - The Crisis Center of West Texas is seeing major growth this year, more than quadrupling the services they’ve provided in the first six months of 2018 compared to the same six months in 2017 ...

read the rest of this OA report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

“And now hear your task. Far from here in the land of Narnia there lives an aged king who is sad because he has no prince of his blood to be king after him. He has no heir because his only son was stolen from him many years ago, and no one in Narnia knows where that prince went or whether he is still alive. But he is. I lay on you this command, that you seek this lost prince until either you have found him and brought him to his father’s house, or else died in the attempt, or else gone back to your own world.”

“How, please?” said Jill.

“I will tell you, Child,” said the Lion. “These are the signs by which I will guide you in your quest. First; as soon as the Boy Eustace sets foot in Narnia, he will meet an old and dear friend. He must greet that friend at once; if he does, you will both have good help. Second; you must journey out of Narnia to the north till you come to the ruined city of the ancient giants. Third; you shall find a writing on a stone in that ruined city, and you must do what the writing tells you. Fourth; you will know the lost prince (if you find him) by this, that he will be the first person you have met in your travels who will ask you to do something in my name, in the name of Aslan.”

As the Lion seemed to have finished, Jill thought she should say something. So she said, “Thank you very much. I see.”

“Child,” said Aslan, in a gentler voice than he had yet used, “perhaps you do not see quite as well as you think. But the first step is to remember.”

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.

Photo by Rick Jones
Today in the Mission Yearbook: July 11, 2018

PRESBYTERIAN COMMITTEE ON SELF-DEVELOPMENT OF PEOPLE, IN BELIZE - Workers were busy recently at the Sandy Beach Women’s Cooperative in Hopkins Village, a coastal community in southeastern Belize. This was a big day, not only for the women-owned and operated restaurant, but for the country’s Departments of Agriculture and Cooperatives. The top official was paying a visit to meet with members of the Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Partners Blog: "Loved in Return"

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.

PR&D Photo
Loved in Return

If you ask any of our team members to recall one of their most memorable meals from 2017, some would tell you about the afternoon when Syrian refugees served them tea in cracked cups they had carried with them when they fled. Others would mention the fresh coconut offered by Rohingya in an internment camp in Myanmar. Still others would tell how they were served a full meal by those who had very little ...

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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/

In the News ... Halliburton sued for religious discrimination

KOSA Photo
• Lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court

Staff Report
KOSA-TV


ODESSA, TEXAS - Two Muslim employees claim they were subjected to taunts and name calling over their national origin and religion while working with Halliburton, a press release from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission states ...

read/watch the rest of this KOSA report 


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,

Faces Of Children will be meeting this Wednesday at 11:30 a.m., in the gym conference room at First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas. I hope you can join them to pray together for children in our community and around the world!

Warmly,

Carrie



Dear Intercessors,

Today the world got some good news! Twelve Thai boys and their coach were rescued from the flooded cave system. In a story that gripped the world, we waited and watched to see if diving experts could teach the boys how to scuba under treacherous and complex conditions before the monsoon rains flooded even further.


I think one of the reason this rescue has raised our spirits so much is because it brings out the best in humanity -- something we're all hungry to see. One of my friends offered this analysis on Facebook:

"It was basically 'Armageddon' with kids. But instead of teaching them to be astronauts, they taught them to scuba. And instead of an asteroid, they were in a race against a monsoon."
These three tense weeks have been a testament to humanity. When people across the planet join to solve a seemingly unsolvable problem, things that cause chills happen.
Language? Doesn't Matter.
Religion? No one cares.
Skin color? Please.
Twelve kids and a coach needed saving, and the world delivered. That's even better than Bruce Willis."


I think she describes it perfectly. It's the same feeling I had upon hearing news of the Montana Sheriff's officer discovering a buried-alive baby -- still alive! -- in the wilderness. As we praise God for these rescues, may we remember all the places in the world where we still need to see humanity pull together to bring children to safety.

AP Photo


From Syria / A new attack and the world barely blinks ...

Reuters Photo by Alaa Al-Faqir


From the United States / Unaccompanied children, including some toddlers, appearing in deportation hearings alone and unrepresented ...

Getty Images Photo by John Moore


From Bangladesh / "We've seen a lot more births in May and June than other months," said Hamida Yasmin, a Bangladeshi midwife working in the camps. "Everyone is asking if this is because of rape? We can't think of another explanation."

New York Times Photo by Rebecca Conway
Praying with you,

Carrie

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

In the News ... "Ancient Bible displays set"


• Gutenberg Press replica to be exhibited by traveling Enduring Word Museum

Staff Report
Odessa American


ODESSA, TEXAS - A replica of the Gutenberg Press, which printed the first copies of the Bible on moveable type in 1450, a first edition of the 1611 King James Bible and other such artifacts will be shown July 20-22 at Open Door Church at 3102 E. University Blvd.

Brought to Odessa by the Weatherford-based Enduring Word Museum, the display will be open for public viewing free of charge from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 20 and 21 and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 22, said Pastors Kathryn and Gabriel Almendarez ...

read the rest of this OA report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

On the Present Moment

Never, in peace or war, commit your virtue or your happiness to the future. Happy work is best done by the man who takes his long-term plans somewhat lightly and works from moment to moment “as to the Lord.” It is only our daily bread that we are encouraged to ask for. The present is the only time in which any duty can be done or any grace received.

From The Weight of Glory
Compiled in Words to Live By