Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Invitation to Prayer: 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).

Knowing God and Knowing Ourselves


“The mystery of the spiritual life is that Jesus desires to meet us in the seclusion of our own heart, to make his love known to us there, to free us from our fears, and to make our own deepest self known to us. In the privacy of our heart, therefore, we can learn not only to know Jesus, but through Jesus to know ourselves as well. If you reflect on this a bit more, you will see an interaction between God’s love revealing itself to you and a constant growth in self-knowledge. Each time you let the love of God penetrate deeper into your heart, you lose a bit of your anxiety; and every time you shed a bit of your anxiety, you learn to know yourself better and long all the more to be known by your loving God."

"Thus the more you learn to love God, the more you learn to know and to cherish yourself. Self-knowledge and self-love are the fruit of knowing and loving God. You can see better now what is intended by the great commandment to ‘love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind, and to love your neighbor as yourself.’ Laying our hearts totally open to God leads to a love of ourselves that enables us to give whole-hearted love to our fellow human beings. In the seclusion of our hearts, we learn to know the hidden presence of God; and with that spiritual knowledge we can lead a loving life.”

Letters to Marc About Jesus by Henri J. M. Nouwen


A message from Chris Laufer, Coordinator, Faces of Children

Greetings, Faces of Children Intercessor,

The Midland Faces of Children prayer group will meet in the new Family Life Center conference room at First Presbyterian Church-Midland, on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. We will have lunch ($5) and fellowship after our prayer time. I hope you will be able to join us then.


Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer for the littlest citizens of God’s Kingdom! If you have prayer concerns or celebrations 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 me at at claufer@facesofchildren.net, or give me a call.

Grace and peace,

Chris

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook

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

Today in the Mission Yearbook: July 30, 2014


PAKISTAN - For Majid Abel, the tensions between Muslims and Christians in Pakistan were real long before 9/11. His personal encounter with discrimination began when he entered college. Once the other students learned that he was a Christian, he was ignored and avoided. Most young Christian men in Pakistan become disheartened by similar experiences and lose the motivation to succeed, seeing fewer opportunities ahead of them.

Fortunately, Majid’s journey did not end there ...

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Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook

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

Today in the Mission Yearbook: July 29, 2014


ASIA AND THE PACIFIC (continued) - We have also opened a YAV site in the Philippines on Negros Oriental, where YAVs are involved in peace talks between Muslims and Christians, a nongovernmental agency addressing human trafficking, and advocacy for and accompaniment of women who are victims of violence. The YAV site in Thailand will open in the fall of 2014. It will provide opportunities for young adults to work in the system of schools, churches, and medical facilities of PC(USA) partner the Church of Christ in Thailand. In future years, we hope to open YAV sites in Indonesia and Taiwa ...

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Monday, July 28, 2014

ChinaAid: "Christian gathering place in Anhui raided, items confiscated"

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.

Christian gathering place in Anhui raided, items confiscated
Distributed by ChinaAid, July, 2014 ...

SUZHOU, ANHUI, CHINAA – In late May, Domestic Security Protection Squad agents and representatives from the Religious Affairs Bureau in China’s coastal Anhui province entered and searched a home that is used as a gathering place for a small group of Christians, leaving one person severely beaten.

Wang Xuexia, who owns the home, said that she regularly has friends and family over to sing hymns and study the Bible. The group was doing just that on May 28 when more than 20 local officers came to the home. While there, officers beat Wang’s nephew and threatened the rest of the attendees. In a statement, below, Wang described the events that occurred ...


more on this story from China Aid  


Invitation to Prayer: 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).

Knowing God and Knowing Ourselves


“The mystery of the spiritual life is that Jesus desires to meet us in the seclusion of our own heart, to make his love known to us there, to free us from our fears, and to make our own deepest self known to us. In the privacy of our heart, therefore, we can learn not only to know Jesus, but through Jesus to know ourselves as well. If you reflect on this a bit more, you will see an interaction between God’s love revealing itself to you and a constant growth in self-knowledge. Each time you let the love of God penetrate deeper into your heart, you lose a bit of your anxiety; and every time you shed a bit of your anxiety, you learn to know yourself better and long all the more to be known by your loving God."

"Thus the more you learn to love God, the more you learn to know and to cherish yourself. Self-knowledge and self-love are the fruit of knowing and loving God. You can see better now what is intended by the great commandment to ‘love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind, and to love your neighbor as yourself.’ Laying our hearts totally open to God leads to a love of ourselves that enables us to give whole-hearted love to our fellow human beings. In the seclusion of our hearts, we learn to know the hidden presence of God; and with that spiritual knowledge we can lead a loving life.”

Letters to Marc About Jesus by Henri J. M. Nouwen


A message from Chris Laufer, Coordinator, Faces of Children

Greetings, Faces of Children Intercessor,

The Midland Faces of Children prayer group will meet in the new Family Life Center conference room at First Presbyterian Church-Midland, on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. We will have lunch ($5) and fellowship after our prayer time. I hope you will be able to join us then.


Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer for the littlest citizens of God’s Kingdom! If you have prayer concerns or celebrations 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 me at at claufer@facesofchildren.net, or give me a call.

Grace and peace,

Chris

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook

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

Today in the Mission Yearbook: July 28, 2014


ASIA AND THE PACIFIC (continued) - In the pages to come, you will read stories of individuals whose lives have been touched by the Spirit of God through the work and witness of mission coworkers in a variety of contexts. Standing alongside partners in churches and institutions, we lift up the historical legacy of mission and ministry in Asia and the Pacific while looking to the future with great hope and vision for all we’re being called to do for the sake of God’s realm ...

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook

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

Today in the Mission Yearbook: July 27, 2014


MINUTE FOR MISSION: METROPOLITAN/URBAN MINISTRY - It’s Saturday morning at Laurelton United Presbyterian Church in Rochester, New York. A handful of people are spread out around plastic dinner tables in the fellowship hall. A few are chatting; one is looking through today’s paper; another is intent on his pancakes. The kitchen nearby is buzzing with activity. A woman is flipping pancakes on an electric griddle while a young man runs full plates to guests at the table ...

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

ServLife July Newsletter: Pt. 3, The Untouchable Pastor

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.

"The Untouchable Pastor"
In a remote village in the Himalayan foothills of far western Nepal, donkeys are the only means to transport goods into the area. The residents lack sources of income and many struggle to make ends meet. Often, families’ primary earners go to India for work. Women collect and sell stone from the mountainside to meet their families’ daily needs. The area’s predominant religion is Hinduism, and the region has a long history of enslaving Dalit caste members, also called “untouchables.” Even today Dalit people are forced to eat outside of restaurants and wash their own plates and cups before leaving.

This is the background against which Pastor Madan has chosen to start his church ...

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ServLife International is a non-profit organization planting communities of the Kingdom and restoring hope to children-at-risk and the global poor.

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

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Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook

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

Today in the Mission Yearbook: July 26, 2014


ASIA AND THE PACIFIC - "The mighty one, God the LORD, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting."
(Ps. 50:1)

We live in a rapidly changing world, more than half of whose population lives in Asia and the Pacific. Presbyterians have a long history of establishing schools, medical facilities, and churches in the far reaches and inner cities of East Asia and into South Asia and stretches of Southeast Asia ...

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Friday, July 25, 2014

From @FWMission ... Friday Story: "Great Joy in China"

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.


Friday Story: "Great Joy in China"

Greetings and happy Friday!

Last week I was in China training one of our distribution partners on the proper way to fit a wheelchair recipient in our GEN_2 wheelchairs. My co-leader was FWM’s own Noelle Simpson. This week Noelle tells a story of one of the young ladies she met:

I was blessed to meet Cui and her family while we were in China. Cui is 22 years old and suffered with Polio as a child. As a result, she is unable to walk and her parents must carry her and help her to do almost all daily activities ...


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Want to take one of these wheelchairs  for a test drive? During normal business hours, visit the lobby at the Texas Street entrance of First Presbyterian Church-Midland, at the northwest corner of Texas and A streets, on the west side of downtown Midland. You can give the gift of mobility. The cost of $72.00 is a bargain to us ... but it is a life-changing gift to impoverished and disabled recipients ... and there are times when your contribution will be matched, reaching not one - but TWO, and sometimes FOUR recipients. Please note on your check "Wheelchair Gift."

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook

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

Today in the Mission Yearbook: July 25, 2014


WESTERN KENTUCKY PRESBYTERY - First Presbyterian Church (FPC) in Owensboro noticed a growing need among the people of the city and decided to do something about it. In the spring of 2012, the congregation created a new staff position, the mission action enabler (MAE). The MAE wears many hats: liaison to all Owensboro/Daviess County mission agencies of relief; first responder to emergency assistance requests; educator to the congregation and community on what aid is available, identifying services not being offered and creating and cultivating ways to fill those needs; and field placement officer for members of the congregation and community ...

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Faces of Children: Prayer Concerns for This Week

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).

Prayer Concerns for the Week of 07/24/14


China

New Day Foster Home in China provides a loving home and life-saving surgeries for special needs babies and toddlers. A loyal support base, dedicated staff, and caring volunteers provide for children who’ve been orphaned or abandoned (often because their families cannot afford the extensive medical care that’s needed). New Day’s dedicated nannies provide day-to-day care for these little ones, even when they are hospitalized. Nannies stay with hospitalized children 24 hours a day, seven days a week, unless they are in an intensive care unit. The conditions for these remarkable women aren’t always comfortable, yet they sacrifice that comfort to care for a critically ill child or one who’s recently come through surgery. These dedicated nannies also provide emotional support and love for hospitalized children going through traumatic medical experiences.
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Give God thanks for the dedicated staff and volunteers with New Day Foster Home. Please pray God will continue to encourage and sustain them for this challenging work.
Thanks be to God for the remarkable nannies who come alongside hospitalized children in their suffering and pain…who lovingly care for New Day children in and out of the hospital.
Please continue to pray God will provide the resources this organization needs to care for babies and toddlers with special needs. Pray God will provide for children at New Day who need complicated, expensive surgeries in order to survive. Pray for each child at New Day and give thanks to God they are in a safe and loving environment

Israel, Palestine

On June 12, 16-year-old Naftali Fraenkel (a dual U.S.-Israeli citizen), 16-year-old Gilad Shaar, and 19-year-old Eyal Yifrach were headed home from schools in the Israeli-occupied West Bank when they were kidnapped then murdered. Israel’s government blamed the militant Islamist group Hamas who denied any part in the killings. In what may have been a retaliatory act, a 16-year-old Palestinian boy, Mohammad Abu Khadeir, was kidnapped and murdered two days after the Israeli teens’ bodies were discovered. Residents of Khadeir’s neighborhood accused Jewish settlers of his murder.
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The murder of these four young people has aggravated relationships between Israel and Palestine and escalated the violence. Hamas continues to fire rockets and mortars on Israel. And Israeli troops continue to execute air strikes and ground attacks on Hamas targets. To date, 271 Palestinians have been killed, including children, in the Israeli offensive. Forty thousand people have been displaced from their homes in Gaza because of the escalated violence. Israel’s defense system has intercepted hundreds of rockets fired by Hamas, preventing major casualties and deaths in Israel. To date, one Israeli civilian and one soldier have been killed.
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Give thanks to God for the lives of these four young men. Pray God will bring healing and joy out of this tragedy. Pray God will comfort the families of these teens and grant them peace.
Pray for justice for the four young men. Pray their killers will be held accountable. Pray for those who took the lives of these four teens…several of the alleged killers are teens themselves.
Pray for children in Israel and Palestine who are fearful and afraid because of the violence around them. Please pray God will protect their bodies from harm and their hearts from hatred during this season of brutality.
Pray for children who have lost loved ones in the conflict. Pray for those whose homes have been destroyed by rockets or bombs. Pray for children and families injured in attacks on their communities.
Please pray for a ceasefire between Israeli and Palestinian forces. Pray for peace to prevail between these warring nations. Pray for peace and healing throughout this troubled region. Give God thanks for the peace initiative led by Muslims and Jews who seek an end to the violence in their land.

Faces of Children

Please keep Hannah, the daughter of Faces of Children prayer partner Steve Schorr, close in prayer as she prepares to leave for Israel. Pray God will guide her as she begins teaching Muslim and Christian middle school students in a Christian school in Jerusalem next month. Pray God will fill Hannah’s parents with the peace that surpasses all understanding as she serves in this tense, unpredictable region. Give thanks to God for Hannah’s deep desire to share Christ’s message of love and peacemaking with a troubled world.
Please continue to pray that more churches and individuals will join with the ministry of Faces of Children in spreading awareness about children in crisis and inviting more people to pray for children at risk.



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 Chris Laufer, FOC Coordinator, at claufer@facesofchildren.net

In the News ... "Church Under The Bridge seeks permanent home"

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Steve Kuhlmann, Reporter
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - As the young ministry of Church Under The Bridge continues to grow, founder and board president Evan Rogers hopes the church can soon expand its presence in Midland to better serve the needs of the homeless community.

“My biggest desire is just to do whatever I possibly can to show them that Jesus loves them more than anything in this world, and just because they’re poor or they’re homeless I don’t want them to think that he doesn’t love them and their prayers just as much as he loves me,” said Rogers ...

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Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook

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

Today in the Mission Yearbook: July 24, 2014


PRESBYTERY OF TRANSYLVANIA, KENTUCKY - The city of Ravenna, Kentucky, approached the two mission directors of the Burnamwood Appalachian Ministry (BAM) and asked, “Can you all build a playground?” These two young adults turned to each other, and after several moments of silent consideration, replied, “Why not?”

When the Canfield Presbyterian youth group arrived for a week of volunteer work, the BAM directors sat them down and explained that they were about to begin a big project—building Ravenna’s only public playground. No one had built a playground before. No one expected to finish it in a week. No one knew they would provide so much joy ...

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Far East News: Kachin Aid Work, Part 3 of 3

Devestating floods, deadly cyclones and repressive governments notwithstanding, our friends in mission based in southeast Asia continue to spread the love of Jesus Christ, not only through their actions, but through the written Word of God. Following is an update we received from Mark and Astrid of the Christian Far East Ministry. We met with them both, learned from them and contributed to their efforts during our Thailand Mission, in 2008. Their work extends beyond the borders of Thailand into other southeast Asian countries, as well.



"And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.”   Isaiah 58:12 (KJV)

Kachin Aid Work, Part 3 of 3 ...
Thoe Reh is a young Karreni Bible student from the Karenni Baptist Bible school that we have been supporting. Thoe Reh is the same student who twice almost died from Tuberculosis, one time as recently as last year. We had brought him to the city hospital to have a major lung surgery to remove the TB. He almost died after the surgery and he spent two days in the ICU, but God did a miracle and Thoe Reh is totally healed now. I invited him to join us on this trip and to be the main speaker to the Kachin youth. Wow, can he preach! He was so anointed when he was preaching to the youth that they were completely captivated by what he was saying. Later Thoe Reh said he had never preached to so many people at one time before. In the Karenni refugee camp he normally preaches to small groups of only 10 or 15 people. And he said he had never preached like this before, that in the middle of his teaching that scripture verses were coming to his mind and the Holy Spirit led his teaching. He is now very hungry for more of the Holy Spirit.

WE NEED TO PRAY!

Each morning before our group started ministering we prayed and worshipped together and there was great unity in the Spirit as together we ministered to the Kachin youth. But one Saturday morning we were all caught up in some kind of busyness and we did not come together to pray and worship as a team. That morning it was so hard to do the ministry. We were all tired and the Spirit of God was just not moving. We forced ourselves through the entire morning.

Then when we had lunch, I brought the team together and asked if they were also struggling in the morning, and they all said they were. I told them that we need to pray. We then repented, prayed, and worshipped together, and that afternoon was one of the most powerful times of ministry that we had! We built a cross from bamboo and we shared a powerful message about healing, forgiveness, obedience, and restoration. We passed out some sticky notes and had the youth write things down that they were struggling with or what they wanted to ask God for which nobody else knew about. The youth took this very seriously and most of them were filling up three or four sticky note pages. They laid these papers at the cross and we all prayed for the youth. The Holy Spirit was moving, and right there in the jungles of Kachin State, forgiveness was given, emotions were healed, and lives were restored. Praise God!

For this trip, God had put three groups on our heart to support and to minister to. One was the Kachin youth, the others were small children (kindergarten age) and the widows. God gave us a very special time of ministry in the jungles of Kachin State. God's Holy Spirit was moving in the meetings, lives were changed, many youth recommitted their lives to Christ, many of them received emotional healing and many were encouraged to share the good news of Jesus Christ in their communities.

When it was time to say good bye, many Kachin youth cried deeply and we received lots and lots of passionate hugs, which is uncommon in their culture. We are looking forward for more visits to the Kachin people in the near future, and we are praising God for His faithfulness.

We will share more about this trip next month.

Thank you for your continued support so God’s love and truth can continue to go forth where it is most needed. God bless you!

Mark and Astrid



NEW INCORPORATION - Christian Far East Ministry has now been incorporated in America. All gifts may now be given directly to Christian Far East Ministry, PO Box 1411, Glendora, CA 91740. "If it is easier for you to continue to give through Faith Community Church or His Servants Ministry, you can as our relationship with these ministries has not changed. But if you are mailing checks to the Glendora address, you may now make all gifts payable to Christian Far East Ministry. We’d like to thank Faith Community Church and His Servants Ministry for their assistance and support throughout the years and their continued assistance. We’d also like to thank all of you who support us and pray for us as we could not do this ministry without your partnership."

In the News ... "Interns seek faith, service in summer work "

OA Photo by Courtney Sacco
• Students making a difference, gaining experience at local church

By Jared Wilson, Reporter
Odessa American

ODESSA, TEXAS - Internships are the next step for graduates and students looking to breaking into the business world. But for some students, these internships come in an unlikely place.

Interns who have chosen a path rooted in the faith and service to the community are here in Odessa and are looking to embark on beginning a career.

Kenny Comstock, administrative pastor at CrossRoads, said the church hires year-round, but the summer program is by far the largest and draws men and women from across the country ...

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Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook

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

Today in the Mission Yearbook: July 23, 2014


PRESBYTERY OF SOUTH ALABAMA - Building upon its very successful Academy for Equipping the Saints model of training adults to be leaders in Christian education and discipleship, the Presbytery of South Alabama has started a new effort to equip youth for leadership within the church. The youth participating in Teens 4 Christ attend four weekend equipping events in a two-year period: two weekends in understanding Scripture, one in Reformed theology, and one in leading and teaching in the church. What a great group of young adult leaders they are, and what hope they offer for the church now and in the future ...

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Invitation to Prayer: 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).

Held Safe in Jesus' Love


“As you see more clearly that your vocation is to be a witness to God’s love in this world, and as you become more determined to live out that vocation, the attacks of the enemy will increase. You will hear voices saying, ‘You are worthless, you have nothing to offer, you are unattractive, undesirable, unlovable.’ The more you sense God’s call, the more you will discover in your own soul the cosmic battle between God and Satan. Do not be afraid. Keep deepening your conviction that God’s love for you is enough, that you are in safe hands, and that you are being guided every step of the way. Don’t be surprised by the demonic attacks. They will increase, but as you face them without fear, you will discover that they are powerless ...

The love of Jesus will give you an ever-clearer vision of your call as well as of the many attempts to pull you away from that call. The more you are called to speak for God’s love, the more you will need to deepen the knowledge of that love in your own heart. The farther the outward journey takes you, the deeper the inward journey must be. Only when your roots are deep can your fruits be abundant. The enemy is there, waiting to destroy you, but you can face the enemy without fear when you know that you are held safe in the love of Jesus.”

The Inner Voice of Love by Henri J. M. Nouwen


A message from Chris Laufer, Coordinator, Faces of Children

Greetings, Faces of Children Intercessor,

The Midland Faces of Children prayer group will meet in the new Family Life Center conference room at First Presbyterian Church-Midland, on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. We will have lunch ($5) and fellowship after our prayer time. I hope you will be able to join us then.


Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer for the littlest citizens of God’s Kingdom! If you have prayer concerns or celebrations 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 me at at claufer@facesofchildren.net, or give me a call.

Praying you are held safe in the love of Jesus,

Chris

In the News ... "Midland church sends mission group to Philippines"

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Steve Kuhlmann, Reporter
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - In response to the devastating earthquake that struck the Philippines last October, the Midland-based San Miguel Archangel Catholic Church dispatched a small mission group to assist the victims in trying to rebuild their lives.

The Rev. Bernardito Getigan, a native of the Philippines, and with youth minister Roselva Ruiz led four young adults — between the ages of 19 to 21 — from the church on the mission trip in May.

“Because of the typhoon, when it hit the media, they felt like they were forgotten,” Getigan said of the earthquake victims ...

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Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook

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

Today in the Mission Yearbook: July 22, 2014


PRESBYTERY OF SHEPPARDS AND LAPLEY, ALABAMA - Campus ministry is vital and growing in the Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley. There is so much joy to be found, so much to learn, and so many ways to walk with 18- to 24-year-olds as they figure out who God is calling them to be. Psalm 105 reminds the faithful to give thanks to God, and that is what college folks do. They could be doing anything else in the world, but they choose to come to churches and campus ministry centers. They sing to God in so many ways—by working with youth groups, playing music in worship, singing in the choir, laughing together, and praying for each other. They come to seek the Lord’s presence continually, because they have so many questions and concerns as they grow and experience new things. ...

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Monday, July 21, 2014

ChinaAid: "Zhejiang church receives demolition notice"

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.

Zhejiang church receives demolition notice
Distributed by ChinaAid, July, 2014 ...

FUYANG, ZHEJIANG, CHINAA – Authorities in China’s coastal Zhejiang issued a demolition notice to a local church on June 30 and later verbally told the church’s leaders that they must demolish the house used for meetings by July 7.

The Dongzhou Neighborhood Office of the Fuyang Municipal People’s Government, the Fuyang Bureau of Law Enforcement for Comprehensive Administration and Urban Management, and the Fuyang Municipal Homeland Resources Bureau issued the notice as part of the province-wide Three Rectifications and One Demolition campaign, which has resulted in the persecution of more than 160 churches ...


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Invitation to Prayer: 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).

Held Safe in Jesus' Love


“As you see more clearly that your vocation is to be a witness to God’s love in this world, and as you become more determined to live out that vocation, the attacks of the enemy will increase. You will hear voices saying, ‘You are worthless, you have nothing to offer, you are unattractive, undesirable, unlovable.’ The more you sense God’s call, the more you will discover in your own soul the cosmic battle between God and Satan. Do not be afraid. Keep deepening your conviction that God’s love for you is enough, that you are in safe hands, and that you are being guided every step of the way. Don’t be surprised by the demonic attacks. They will increase, but as you face them without fear, you will discover that they are powerless ...

The love of Jesus will give you an ever-clearer vision of your call as well as of the many attempts to pull you away from that call. The more you are called to speak for God’s love, the more you will need to deepen the knowledge of that love in your own heart. The farther the outward journey takes you, the deeper the inward journey must be. Only when your roots are deep can your fruits be abundant. The enemy is there, waiting to destroy you, but you can face the enemy without fear when you know that you are held safe in the love of Jesus.”

The Inner Voice of Love by Henri J. M. Nouwen


A message from Chris Laufer, Coordinator, Faces of Children

Greetings, Faces of Children Intercessor,

The Midland Faces of Children prayer group will meet in the new Family Life Center conference room at First Presbyterian Church-Midland, on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. We will have lunch ($5) and fellowship after our prayer time. I hope you will be able to join us then.


Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer for the littlest citizens of God’s Kingdom! If you have prayer concerns or celebrations 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 me at at claufer@facesofchildren.net, or give me a call.

Praying you are held safe in the love of Jesus,

Chris

In the News ... "New Christian school opening"

• Embassy Academy officials still interviewing teachers

By Don Munsch, Reporter
Odessa American

ODESSA, TEXAS - A school building in Odessa that has sat empty for nearly a decade will welcome children through its doors this fall. Educators with a new Christian school in Odessa say on their brochure that they want to find students ready for a “natural and spiritual education” within a “Kingdom Culture” at its campus opening in a former elementary school building.

The Embassy Academy opens in September for students in pre-K through 12th grade. Classes meet at the former Fannin Early Education Center at 401 N. Kelly in Odessa. The Embassy Academy will follow a class clusters approach in the primary grades (pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, first through third grade and fourth through fifth grade) and on a secondary level, a middle school model of sixth through eighth grade and high school model of ninth through 12th grade.

The school, which will have afterschool programs for elementary students, actively promotes its Christian mission ...

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Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook

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

Today in the Mission Yearbook: July 21, 2014


PRESBYTERY OF ST. ANDREW, MISSIPPIS - From the rolling hills of the northeast to the Mississippi delta cotton fields in the west, more than 5,500 Presbyterians in northern Mississippi continue to spread the good news of Jesus Christ through the ministries and programs of their 64 congregations and the Presbytery of St. Andrew.

This year, the presbytery is focusing on the expansion of its ministry on the campus of the University of Mississippi. ...

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook

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

Today in the Mission Yearbook: July 20, 2014


MINUTE FOR MISSION: SMALLER MEMBERSHIP CHURCH - In the fall of 2012, Debbie Johnson announced that she had accepted the position as stated supply at 16-member Duncan Creek Presbyterian Church in Clinton, South Carolina. When asked if they bothered to tell her that Duncan Creek was hosting synod in the spring, she shook her head in disbelief. On March 14, 2013, the congregation welcomed the Synod of South Atlantic and the General Assembly moderator to Duncan Creek. The congregation’s confidence rested in 25 years of the 14 congregations of the Laurens County Cluster working together to accomplish what they cannot do alone ...

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