Friday, January 20, 2017

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: January 20, 2017

MID-KENTUCKY PRESBYTERY - “There are no atheists in foxholes” is a famous quote attributed to U.S. military chaplain William Thomas Cummings. I am not here to argue whether Father Cummings’s observation is true in all circumstances, but if it is even directionally correct—and since there are 1,281,900 people in active duty in the U.S. armed forces with an additional 801,200 people in seven reserve components, not to mention spouses and families—then there are conservatively millions of U.S. citizens whose spiritual health and well-being are entrusted to the ministry of military chaplains ...

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

FBR Report: "Responding to Oppression: New Rangers Train for Relief"

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). Ethnic pro-democracy 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.



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Responding to Oppression: New Rangers Train for Relief

New FBR relief teams train day and night river crossing, swimming and rappelling in Burma as the Burma Army increases their attacks in the North.

Thanks for all your love and help. God bless you,

Dave, family and FBR ...

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

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

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

Presented by Bible Gateway
Today's Reading

Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbour is the holiest object presented to your senses. If he is your Christian neighbour he is holy in almost the same way, for in him also Christ vere latitat [“is truly hidden”]—the glorifier and the glorified, Glory Himself, is truly hidden.

From The Weight of Glory
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: January 19, 2017

MINUTE FOR MISSION: BREAST CANCER - When a mobile medical clinic arrived in the tiny village, offering free health screenings to women, they found Karine Petrosyan. Day and night, pain gripped her abdomen. Massive fibroids were silently consuming her uterus. Karine needed emergency surgery.

In this remote corner of Armenia, there was little to no access to basic health care until Jinishian began the reproductive health program in 2016. Without early screenings, breast cancer is deadly, making mortality in Armenia is among the highest in the world— a devastating toll that Jinishian is determined to reverse one village at a time ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

WAW Wednesday ... A few quick photos 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."


A few quick photos to share ...

Hello Friends,

I'm pretty amazed by technology - I'm sitting on an island in the Caribbean typing this message to you! Our Board has been meeting with partners this week - hearing their visions for ministry; asking them how we might be better partners; and praying to God with great thanksgiving for how together we are the Word at work!

We are on a break at the moment and I thought I would share a few photos that capture the joy - can't share them all here, but I think they tell a little bit of the story ...
WAW Photos
Our team from St. Mary's Catholic Church in Amarillo have had a GREAT time working with friends in Valley of Peace. They've been building a bell tower (yes, they also brought the bell!) that is used to communicate concerns and news to everyone in VOP - there's a lot of excitement about this project! Additionally, the group has run a clinic for children, new moms, and Community Health Workers are receiving training. The group is also doing a sewing project together and a few other cement / construction projects. It's a beautiful thing to see and hear about all these friends are sharing together. In this photo the group is having breakfast at Banana Bank and preparing for the day ahead.
WAW Photo
Is it time for your church to join us for a vision trip? Have you been to Belize previously and you'd like to rekindle your relationships there? Please give me a shout so we can talk about the possibilities! (806) 342-3600

Thanks for being the Word at Work!

Mollie and the Staff
The Word at Work




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!


In the News ... "Man designs a 'Blessing Box' to help and inspire others"

KWES Photo
• Plans to have ten boxes scattered around city

By Jolina Okazaki, Multimedia Journalist
KWES-TV

BIG SPRING, TEXAS - If you drive down 15th Street in Big Spring, you'll find a black box. But it is what's inside that Eric Escamilla wants you to know.

"If you want 2017 to be the best year of your life, do something good for somebody else," said Escamilla.

It's called The Blessing Box, and like the name, it's a box full of blessings. In this case, there's food for anyone in need of it ...

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

Invitation to Prayer from Faces of Children ... TODAY

Faces of Children is an ecumenical prayer ministry under the auspices of First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas. Our mission is to initiate ministries of prayer for children in churches, communities, and neighborhoods. In doing so, we seek to provide an opportunity for people of God to join together, learn about children and their needs throughout the world, and celebrate Christ's love (especially as it relates to children).

Invitation to Prayer, TODAY

Hi Friends,

Thank you for joining me in prayer for the children of the world. If you can, we'd love to have you pray together with us this Wednesday - TODAY -  at 11:30 a.m., in the gym conference room at First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas, followed by lunch together.

Also, Faces of Children is now on Facebook ! I invite you to like our page so that you can see regular stories, prayer needs, and updates from partner ministries.

All the best,

Carrie



Dear Intercessors,

This week to guide us in our prayers, I'm sharing a current event before the Supreme Court right now, one Story of Hope, and one story that fits in with our annual campaign: Displaced Not Misplaced. Please join me this week in asking God to move on behalf of vulnerable children ... whether they be children with special needs, children in failing schools, or migrant children caught in Europe's brutal winter.

USA // Supreme Court hears case regarding special education standards.
The Supreme Court is currently hearing arguments in a case regarding what public schools must do to provide a free education that meets a child's needs. Justices have said that the case is mired in a "blizzard of words," with terms and their definitions likely shaping the ruling in ways that could be unintentional. Caught between a desire to provide all children -- even those with severe disabilities -- an appropriate free education and the inherent costs that some children's educations might put on local school districts, the court is wrestling with the right way to rule. Please be praying for the justices to have great wisdom and insight into this matter, so that the needs of families with children with extensive and expensive needs will be met. Read more here ...

STORY OF HOPE

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USA // Inspiring inner-city teacher creatively teaches kids
After helping his 2nd grade class write and perform a rap to learn the meanings of who, what, when, where and why to help prepare them for an assessment they had previously all failed, Mr. Bonner ended up on the Ellen DeGeneres show after the video of the kids rapping went viral. More importantly than the fame they garnered for the video, the kids nearly all passed the next assessment! Mr. Bonner is an inspiring example of teachers who are making a difference in challenging classrooms. "Poverty has this way of disrupting the brain," he said. "Trying to teach a kid that doesn't have a home and who is hungry is a different ballgame. And when it shows up in your classroom, you have to find a way to continually fight and persevere." And persevere he did! Mr. Bonner's creativity and passion earned his school $25,000 and lots of electronics to use in the classroom from the Ellen Show. And the video showing him with his students? Priceless. Please pray for more teachers like Mr. Bonner to fill classrooms across this country. And for the countless teachers working with passion, creativity, and dedication who go unnoticed, pray they take encouragement from stories like this and continue fighting the good fight. Read more and see the video here ...

DISPLACED NOT MISPLACED

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EUROPE // Asylum-seekers dying from cold in European camps
"Refugees and migrants in Europe are dying this winter and governments must do more to help, the U.N. warned on Friday. "Children are particularly prone to respiratory illnesses at a time like this. It's about saving lives, not about red tape and keeping to bureaucratic arrangements," Sarah Crowe, a spokesperson for UNICEF said. "The dire situation right now is Greece." Roughly 1,000 people are in unheated tents and dormitories on the Greek island of Samos. Cecile Poutilly, a spokesperson for the U.N. refugee agency UNCHR, said five had died so far in a unusual cold front settling in on southeastern Europe. More, including children, have been treated for frostbite and exposure." Please pray for these children and their families. Pray more can be done to ensure they have warm places to stay and clothing and blankets to get through the winter. Read more here ...

Praying with you,

Carrie

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

* This is a phrase we have borrowed, with permission, from our friends at Partner's Relief and Development.


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

Screwtape offers ways to cleverly exploit the Patient’s dry spell:

But there is an even better way of exploiting the trough; I mean through the patient’s own thoughts about it. As always, the first step is to keep knowledge out of his mind. Do not let him suspect the law of undulation. Let him assume that the first ardours of his conversion might have been expected to last, and ought to have lasted, forever, and that his present dryness is an equally permanent condition. Having once got this misconception well fixed in his head, you may then proceed in various ways. It all depends on whether your man is of the desponding type who can be tempted to despair, or of the wishful-thinking type who can be assured that all is well. The former type is getting rare among the humans. If your patient should happen to belong to it, everything is easy. You have only got to keep him out of the way of experienced Christians (an easy task nowadays), to direct his attention to the appropriate passages in scripture, and then to set him to work on the desperate design of recovering his old feelings by sheer will-power, and the game is ours. If he is of the more hopeful type your job is to make him acquiesce in the present low temperature of his spirit and gradually become content with it, persuading himself that it is not so low after all. In a week or two you will be making him doubt whether the first days of his Christianity were not, perhaps, a little excessive. Talk to him about ‘moderation in all things’. If you can once get him to the point of thinking that ‘religion is all very well up to a point’, you can feel quite happy about his soul. A moderated religion is as good for us as no religion at all—and more amusing.

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: January 18, 2017

MINUTE FOR MISSION: CHRISTIAN UNITY - Today begins the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant Christians join in study, prayer and action, seeking the unity of the church. This year’s international theme is drawn from the First Epistle of Peter and the familiar passage reminding Christians of our identity and purpose. We have been called into a particular relationship with other Christians that mark us as belonging to God. We are claimed by God in order that we might give witness to the transformative power of God ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Partners Blog: "Meeting Jesus in Aleppo"

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

Partners Photo
Meeting Jesus in Aleppo

I had been thinking about Jesus. It is natural, since most of the Western world was getting ready to celebrate his birth ...

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 about Partners, visit their website at partners.ngo/

Invitation to Prayer from Faces of Children ... Tomorrow

Faces of Children is an ecumenical prayer ministry under the auspices of First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas. Our mission is to initiate ministries of prayer for children in churches, communities, and neighborhoods. In doing so, we seek to provide an opportunity for people of God to join together, learn about children and their needs throughout the world, and celebrate Christ's love (especially as it relates to children).

Invitation to Prayer, Tomorrow

Hi Friends,

Thank you for joining me in prayer for the children of the world. If you can, we'd love to have you pray together with us this Wednesday at 11:30 a.m., in the gym conference room at First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas, followed by lunch together.

Also, Faces of Children is now on Facebook ! I invite you to like our page so that you can see regular stories, prayer needs, and updates from partner ministries.

All the best,

Carrie



Dear Intercessors,

This week to guide us in our prayers, I'm sharing a current event before the Supreme Court right now, one Story of Hope, and one story that fits in with our annual campaign: Displaced Not Misplaced. Please join me this week in asking God to move on behalf of vulnerable children ... whether they be children with special needs, children in failing schools, or migrant children caught in Europe's brutal winter.

USA // Supreme Court hears case regarding special education standards.
The Supreme Court is currently hearing arguments in a case regarding what public schools must do to provide a free education that meets a child's needs. Justices have said that the case is mired in a "blizzard of words," with terms and their definitions likely shaping the ruling in ways that could be unintentional. Caught between a desire to provide all children -- even those with severe disabilities -- an appropriate free education and the inherent costs that some children's educations might put on local school districts, the court is wrestling with the right way to rule. Please be praying for the justices to have great wisdom and insight into this matter, so that the needs of families with children with extensive and expensive needs will be met. Read more here ...

STORY OF HOPE

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USA // Inspiring inner-city teacher creatively teaches kids
After helping his 2nd grade class write and perform a rap to learn the meanings of who, what, when, where and why to help prepare them for an assessment they had previously all failed, Mr. Bonner ended up on the Ellen DeGeneres show after the video of the kids rapping went viral. More importantly than the fame they garnered for the video, the kids nearly all passed the next assessment! Mr. Bonner is an inspiring example of teachers who are making a difference in challenging classrooms. "Poverty has this way of disrupting the brain," he said. "Trying to teach a kid that doesn't have a home and who is hungry is a different ballgame. And when it shows up in your classroom, you have to find a way to continually fight and persevere." And persevere he did! Mr. Bonner's creativity and passion earned his school $25,000 and lots of electronics to use in the classroom from the Ellen Show. And the video showing him with his students? Priceless. Please pray for more teachers like Mr. Bonner to fill classrooms across this country. And for the countless teachers working with passion, creativity, and dedication who go unnoticed, pray they take encouragement from stories like this and continue fighting the good fight. Read more and see the video here ...

DISPLACED NOT MISPLACED

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EUROPE // Asylum-seekers dying from cold in European camps
"Refugees and migrants in Europe are dying this winter and governments must do more to help, the U.N. warned on Friday. "Children are particularly prone to respiratory illnesses at a time like this. It's about saving lives, not about red tape and keeping to bureaucratic arrangements," Sarah Crowe, a spokesperson for UNICEF said. "The dire situation right now is Greece." Roughly 1,000 people are in unheated tents and dormitories on the Greek island of Samos. Cecile Poutilly, a spokesperson for the U.N. refugee agency UNCHR, said five had died so far in a unusual cold front settling in on southeastern Europe. More, including children, have been treated for frostbite and exposure." Please pray for these children and their families. Pray more can be done to ensure they have warm places to stay and clothing and blankets to get through the winter. Read more here ...

Praying with you,

Carrie

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

* This is a phrase we have borrowed, with permission, from our friends at Partner's Relief and Development.


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 ... “WTFB kicks off year with Empty Bowls, Souper Bowl"

Courtesy Photo
• The food bank is here for everyone in the community

Rich Lopez, Reporter
Midland Reporter-Telegram

ODESSA, TEXAS - With 2017 barely underway, the West Texas Food Bank has hit the ground running. The organization’s annual fundraiser, Empty Bowls, is Thursday, and the nonprofit is collaborating with United Family, the parent company of Market Street and Albertsons, for the Souper Bowl of Caring.

But also, the beginning of the year is always a crucial time for food banks in general ...

 • read the rest of this MRT report

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

TO ARTHUR GREEVES, who had just ended an unhealthy friendship with a boy: On doing the right thing; and on the blessing of friendship.

29 December 1935

As regards your news—sympathy and congratulations. Sympathy on the wrench of parting and the gap it will leave: congratulations on having done the right thing and made a sacrifice. The chief consolation at such times, I think, is that the result, however unpleasant, must be a kind of relief after the period of saying ‘Shall I really have to—no I won’t—and yet perhaps I’d better.’ There is always some peace in having submitted to the right. Don’t spoil it by worrying about the results, if you can help it. It is not your business to succeed (no one can be sure of that) but to do right: when you have done so, the rest lies with God. . . .

I don’t think you exaggerate at all in your account of how it feels. After all—though our novels now ignore it—friendship is the greatest of worldly goods. Certainly to me it is the chief happiness of life. If I had to give a piece of advice to a young man about a place to live, I think I should say, ‘sacrifice almost everything to live where you can be near your friends.’ I know I am very fortunate in that respect, and you much less so. But even for me, it would make a great difference if you (and one or two others) lived in Oxford.

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: January 17 2017

PRESBYTERIAN RANCH PARTNERS WITH METHODIST NEIGHBORS - As Christy Foster stood on a hillside overlooking the Guadalupe River at the Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly, she remembered all at once just how much—and for how long—she had wanted to be in camp and conference ministry ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Monday, January 16, 2017

From @chinaaid : "Kidnapped activist’s whereabouts still unknown as officials deny lawyer meeting"

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
Kidnapped activist’s whereabouts still unknown as officials deny lawyer meeting
Distributed by ChinaAid, December, 2017 ...

CHANGSHA, HUNAN, CHINA – Authorities refused to allow the attorney of a detained Christian human rights activist to meet with his client today and have been keeping knowledge of the defendant’s whereabouts restricted within the public security bureau.

The lawyer representing Jiang Tianyong, a Christian activist who served as a human rights attorney until the Chinese government revoked his license in 2007, reported that he was denied access to his client on Dec. 29 ...

more on this story from China Aid



Invitation to Prayer from Faces of Children ... Wednesday

Faces of Children is an ecumenical prayer ministry under the auspices of First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas. Our mission is to initiate ministries of prayer for children in churches, communities, and neighborhoods. In doing so, we seek to provide an opportunity for people of God to join together, learn about children and their needs throughout the world, and celebrate Christ's love (especially as it relates to children).

Invitation to Prayer, Wednesday

Hi Friends,

Thank you for joining me in prayer for the children of the world. If you can, we'd love to have you pray together with us this Wednesday at 11:30 a.m., in the gym conference room at First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas, followed by lunch together.

Also, Faces of Children is now on Facebook ! I invite you to like our page so that you can see regular stories, prayer needs, and updates from partner ministries.

All the best,

Carrie



Dear Intercessors,

This week to guide us in our prayers, I'm sharing a current event before the Supreme Court right now, one Story of Hope, and one story that fits in with our annual campaign: Displaced Not Misplaced. Please join me this week in asking God to move on behalf of vulnerable children ... whether they be children with special needs, children in failing schools, or migrant children caught in Europe's brutal winter.

USA // Supreme Court hears case regarding special education standards.
The Supreme Court is currently hearing arguments in a case regarding what public schools must do to provide a free education that meets a child's needs. Justices have said that the case is mired in a "blizzard of words," with terms and their definitions likely shaping the ruling in ways that could be unintentional. Caught between a desire to provide all children -- even those with severe disabilities -- an appropriate free education and the inherent costs that some children's educations might put on local school districts, the court is wrestling with the right way to rule. Please be praying for the justices to have great wisdom and insight into this matter, so that the needs of families with children with extensive and expensive needs will be met. Read more here ...

STORY OF HOPE

Entertainment Weekly Photo
USA // Inspiring inner-city teacher creatively teaches kids
After helping his 2nd grade class write and perform a rap to learn the meanings of who, what, when, where and why to help prepare them for an assessment they had previously all failed, Mr. Bonner ended up on the Ellen DeGeneres show after the video of the kids rapping went viral. More importantly than the fame they garnered for the video, the kids nearly all passed the next assessment! Mr. Bonner is an inspiring example of teachers who are making a difference in challenging classrooms. "Poverty has this way of disrupting the brain," he said. "Trying to teach a kid that doesn't have a home and who is hungry is a different ballgame. And when it shows up in your classroom, you have to find a way to continually fight and persevere." And persevere he did! Mr. Bonner's creativity and passion earned his school $25,000 and lots of electronics to use in the classroom from the Ellen Show. And the video showing him with his students? Priceless. Please pray for more teachers like Mr. Bonner to fill classrooms across this country. And for the countless teachers working with passion, creativity, and dedication who go unnoticed, pray they take encouragement from stories like this and continue fighting the good fight. Read more and see the video here ...

DISPLACED NOT MISPLACED

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EUROPE // Asylum-seekers dying from cold in European camps
"Refugees and migrants in Europe are dying this winter and governments must do more to help, the U.N. warned on Friday. "Children are particularly prone to respiratory illnesses at a time like this. It's about saving lives, not about red tape and keeping to bureaucratic arrangements," Sarah Crowe, a spokesperson for UNICEF said. "The dire situation right now is Greece." Roughly 1,000 people are in unheated tents and dormitories on the Greek island of Samos. Cecile Poutilly, a spokesperson for the U.N. refugee agency UNCHR, said five had died so far in a unusual cold front settling in on southeastern Europe. More, including children, have been treated for frostbite and exposure." Please pray for these children and their families. Pray more can be done to ensure they have warm places to stay and clothing and blankets to get through the winter. Read more here ...

Praying with you,

Carrie

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

* This is a phrase we have borrowed, with permission, from our friends at Partner's Relief and Development.


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 ... “Faith and inspiration are key to singing group Tenore"

Courtesy Photo
• Performing TONIGHT at Wagner-Noel

Rich Lopez, Reporter
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND/ODESSA, TEXAS - Although their newest album “The Impossible Dream” and current tour focus on Broadway music, Tenore’s inspirational roots still shine through. With a collection of iconic show tunes, many of them mix right into Tenore’s repertoire. But as much as they want to inspire people, music has to inspire them.

The group’s members brings hymns, songs and even personal stories to the Wagner Noel on Monday. Before their show, singer Mark David Williams talked about the group’s beginnings and how music has not only inspired their fans, but Williams and his fellow singers Carlos Santiago-Moreno and David Wise ...

 • read the rest of this MRT report

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

Presented by Bible Gateway
Today's Reading

If the world exists not chiefly that we may love God but that God may love us, yet that very fact, on a deeper level, is so for our sakes. If He who in Himself can lack nothing chooses to need us, it is because we need to be needed. Before and behind all the relations of God to man, as we now learn them from Christianity, yawns the abyss of a Divine act of pure giving—the election of man, from nonentity, to be the beloved of God, and therefore (in some sense) the needed and desired of God, who but for that act needs and desires nothing, since He eternally has, and is, all goodness. And that act is for our sakes. It is good for us to know love; and best for us to know the love of the best object, God. But to know it as a love in which we were primarily the wooers and God the wooed, in which we sought and He was found, in which His conformity to our needs, not ours to His, came first, would be to know it in a form false to the very nature of things. For we are only creatures: our role must always be that of patient to agent, female to male, mirror to light, echo to voice. Our highest activity must be response, not initiative. To experience the love of God in a true, and not an illusory form, is therefore to experience it as our surrender to His demand, our conformity to His desire: to experience it in the opposite way is, as it were, a solecism against the grammar of being.

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: January 16, 2017

MENDING RELATIONS: FOLLOWING GOD'S CALL TO RECONCILIATION - Reconciliation is at the heart of Christian faith. It is arguably the most radical and transforming work done by God and practiced in our own lives. In 2 Corinthians 5:19 the apostle Paul teaches us that through Christ, God was “reconciling the world to himself” and calls us to a ministry of reconciliation with each other. But what does reconciliation mean? Does it mean we forgive and forget? Or convince others that we are right? ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

Presented by Bible Gateway
Today's Reading

“I cannot set myself to any work or sport today, Jewel,” said the King. “I can think of nothing but this wonderful news. Think you we shall hear more of it today?”

“They are the most wonderful tidings ever heard in our days or our fathers’ or our grandfathers’ days, Sire,” said Jewel, “if they are true.”

“How can they choose but be true?” said the King. “It is more than a week ago that the first birds came flying over us saying, Aslan is here, Aslan has come to Narnia again. And after that it was the squirrels. They had not seen him, but they said it was certain he was in the woods. Then came the Stag. He said he had seen him with his own eyes, a great way off, by moonlight, in Lantern Waste. Then came that dark Man with the beard, the merchant from Calormen. The Calormenes care nothing for Aslan as we do; but the man spoke of it as a thing beyond doubt. And there was the Badger last night; he too had seen Aslan.”

“Indeed, Sire,” answered Jewel, “I believe it all. If I seem not to, it is only that my joy is too great to let my belief settle itself. It is almost too beautiful to believe.”

“Yes,” said the King with a great sigh, almost a shiver, of delight. “It is beyond all that I ever hoped for in all my life.”

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: January 15, 2017

MINUTE FOR MISSION: RACE RELATION AND SPEAKING ANTI-RACISM - Over 100 people gathered in Louisville, Kentucky, on October 22 for an antiracism training event. Most participants came from congregations in the Presbytery of Mid-Kentucky; others, from the Louisville community.

Because God calls us to live together in community, the event was grounded in faith. Our scripture and confessions sound the call to live in unity as God’s children ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Enemy-occupied territory—that is what this world is. Christianity is the story of how the rightful king has landed, you might say landed in disguise, and is calling us all to take part in a great campaign of sabotage. When you go to church you are really listening in to the secret wireless from our friends: that is why the enemy is so anxious to prevent us from going.

When a young man who has been going to church in a routine way honestly realises that he does not believe in Christianity and stops going—provided he does it for honesty’s sake and not just to annoy his parents—the spirit of Christ is probably nearer to him then than it ever was before.

From Mere Christianity
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: January 14, 2017

MINUTE FOR MISSION: YOUNG ADULT VOLUNTEER PROGRAM - The Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has announced the addition of Albuquerque as a site for its 2017-18 program year. Partnered with the Presbytery of Santa Fe, the site has been years in development and will be the only new YAV site added in 2017-18. Seventy-nine YAVs are serving six international-based and 14 U.S.-based sites in the 2016-17 program year ...

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Friday, January 13, 2017

From @FWMission ...Friday Story: "An Answered Prayer"

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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An Answered Prayer

Can you imagine a day without computers? How would we do our jobs, communicate with each other, or conduct important transactions? Technology has become such an integral part of daily life, and technical skills will be in demand for years to come, especially in developing nations.

In Cofradia, Honduras, José attends a technical school 15 minutes away from his home in Gracias a Dios (“Thanks to God”) Village. He loves technology, as many teenagers do, and is an excellent student, working towards a degree as a computer technician. His dream is to open a cyber café after graduation to help support his family ...

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C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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TO MARY WILLIS SHELBURNE: On how to rehearse for death and how to diminish fear.

17 June 1963

Pain is terrible, but surely you need not have fear as well? Can you not see death as the friend and deliverer? It means stripping off that body which is tormenting you: like taking off a hair- shirt or getting out of a dungeon. What is there to be afraid of? You have long attempted (and none of us does more) a Christian life. Your sins are confessed and absolved. Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave it with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.

Remember, though we struggle against things because we are afraid of them, it is often the other way round—we get afraid be- cause we struggle. Are you struggling, resisting? Don’t you think Our Lord says to you ‘Peace, child, peace. Relax. Let go. Underneath are the everlasting arms. Let go, I will catch you. Do you trust me so little?’

Of course, this may not be the end. Then make it a good rehearsal.

Yours (and like you a tired traveller near the journey’s end) Jack.

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: January 13, 2017

MINUTE FOR MISSION: PRESBYTERIAN HUNGER PROGRAM - Presbyterians have a long history of helping those in need and have shown time and time again that they are willing to roll up their sleeves and go to work. Presbytery of the Peaks is a good example of people in action. Denise Pillow is the Hunger Action Advocate (HAA) for the presbytery, which includes 125 congregations across Central Virginia ...

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

FBR Report: "Treating the Wounded in Southeast 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). Ethnic pro-democracy 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.



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Treating the Wounded in Southeast Mosul

Thank you for praying for the people of Iraq and Kurdistan. On Wednesday, the Iraqi Army began a new push to clear ISIS out of Southeast Mosul. So far ISIS is falling back, but not without taking lives with them. Two days ago three Iraqi soldiers from the unit we are working-with were killed by ISIS snipers. We also treated eight wounded that day. Thank you for all your help and prayers ...

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

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Unless the religious claims of the Bible are again acknowledged, its literary claims will, I think, be given only “mouth honour” and that decreasingly. . . . It is, if you like to put it that way, not merely a sacred book but a book so remorselessly and continuously sacred that it does not invite, it excludes or repels, the merely aesthetic approach. You can read it as literature only by a tour de force. You are cutting the wood against the grain, using the tool for a purpose it was not intended to serve. It demands incessantly to be taken on its own terms: it will not continue to give literary delight very long except to those who go to it for something quite different.

Compiled in Words to Live By