Saturday, October 21, 2017

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid “dens of crime” that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed, and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voice.

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: October 21, 2017

PRESBYTERIAN MISSION CO-WORKERS JEFF AND CHRISTI BOYD - Presbyterian mission co-workers Jeff and Christi Boyd developed a floor and board game several years ago to help U.S. Presbyterians appreciate the joint efforts of students, parents, communities and churches to improve education in Africa. The game also prompts players to ponder the plight of African children ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Friday, October 20, 2017

From ServLife International ... "Church of Hope"


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



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Church of Hope

Pastor Ratna knows that faith and hope are often cultivated slowly. His life and his church bear witness to this. Twelve years ago, while Ratna was in school, he was introduced to the way of Jesus. After school, he eagerly returned to his village with new found faith. As he shared the message of Jesus, a small fellowship of believers emerged ...

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From Adam Nevins
Executive Director
ServLife International Inc.


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From @FWMission ...Friday Story: "What’s happening in Kenya?"

Double your FWM donation, this month in Midland

"Because NO ONE should have to crawl!" was Dr. Don Schoendorfer's comment when he recognized the need for strong and inexpensive wheelchairs. The Free Wheelchair Mission Drive, with matching funds, is through the month of October. Cost of each wheelchair is $80. You can donate online at fpcmid.org and clicking on Make a Contribution (selecting 'Quick Give,' then 'Wheelchairs'), using a kiosk at the church or sending a check payable to FPC with "wheelchair" noted in the memo line.


Founded in 2001, Free Wheelchair Mission is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to providing wheelchairs for the impoverished disabled in developing nations. Headquartered in Irvine, California, FWM works around the world in partnership with a vast network of humanitarian, faith-based and government organizations, sending wheelchairs to hundreds of thousands of disabled people, providing not only the gift of mobility, but of dignity, independence, and hope.



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Friday Story: "What’s happening in Kenya?"

In 2014, we sent a representative to Kenya to study the performance of wheelchairs in a relatively challenging environment.

Rutted dirt roads. Potholes. Furniture nestled in tight spaces. These are just some of the obstacles navigated by wheelchair users there each day.

The study gave us deeper insight that helped us make further improvements to our wheelchairs ...

read the rest of this story ...

In the News ... "Jesus’ siblings considered"

"Christ in the House of His Parents" [Christ in the Carpenter's Shop] by John Everett Millais
• James and Jude didn’t become disciples until after his resurrection

By Bob Campbell, Reporter
Odessa American


ODESSA, TEXAS - Both fully God and fully man, Jesus Christ grew up in an average Jewish family with four brothers and at least two sisters, Odessa and Midland clergymen say ...

read the rest of this OA report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

Here is another thing that used to puzzle me. Is it not frightfully unfair that this new life should be confined to people who have heard of Christ and been able to believe in Him? But the truth is God has not told us what His arrangements about the other people are. We do know that no man can be saved except through Christ; we do not know that only those who know Him can be saved through Him. But in the meantime, if you are worried about the people outside, the most unreasonable thing you can do is to remain outside yourself. Christians are Christ’s body, the organism through which He works. Every addition to that body enables Him to do more. If you want to help those outside you must add your own little cell to the body of Christ who alone can help them. Cutting off a man’s fingers would be an odd way of getting him to do more work.

From The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis
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.

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Today in the Mission Yearbook: October 20, 2017

THE MARIA FEARING STORY - In God’s mission, we show our faith by our obedient service. In other words, as Francis of Assisi is believed to have said, “Preach the gospel at all times; when necessary, use words.” This is the task and mission of disciples of Jesus — to let our lives speak for themselves of the gospel, and if necessary to use words to enhance and amplify our faith.

Presbyterian mission personnel face challenges around the world where actions are more needed than words.

Speaking about stories of faith and witness — where actions speak louder than words — I am reminded of the story of Maria Fearing, born into slavery near Gainesville, Alabama, in 1838 ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

FBR Report: "Interview with a Rohingya Refugee: One family’s story of brutality and survival"

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.



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Interview with a Rohingya Refugee: One family’s story of brutality and survival

With the ongoing violence in Arakan State spilling over into a refugee crisis in Bangladesh, the Free Burma Rangers sent a small team into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, to see first-hand the state of newly constructed refugee camps and hear first-hand accounts of the increasing crimes against humanity committed by the Burma Army against the Rohingya people. Each person they passed in the overcrowded camps had their own story regarding the growing violence. This is one such story and one man’s perspective ...

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

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

In the News ... 48th annual Slaton Sausage Festival, Oktoberfest approaches this weekend

• Also a Fun Day at St. Joseph School

By William Kerns, Reporter
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

LUBBOCK, TEXAS - The 48th annual St. Joseph's Sausage Festival and Oktoberfest will take place with feasts served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 21 and from 11 am. to 4 p.m. Oct. 22 at St. Joseph Hall, 1305 W. Division St, (21st Street and Division/FM 41 Street) in Slaton ...

 • read the rest of this LAJ report

In the News ... "Have yourself a merry shoebox Christmas"

Courtesy Photo
“It draws a lot of children back to a community church.”

By Loretta Fulton, Reporter
Abilene Reporter-News

ABILENE, TEXAS - It’s not even Halloween, but Christmas already is on the minds of many, and that includes Samaritan’s Purse, which sponsors the annual Operation Christmas Child.

The project provides shoeboxes filled with Christmas gifts for children in 100 countries. National collection week for filled shoeboxes is Nov. 13-20. In Abilene, two churches will serve as collection points, First Baptist and Wylie United Methodist. A $9 donation is requested to pay for shipping and other costs ...

read the rest of this ARN report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

“Please, Aslan,” said Lucy. “Before we go, will you tell us when we can come back to Narnia again? Please. And oh, do, do, do make it soon.”

“Dearest,” said Aslan very gently, “you and your brother will never come back to Narnia.”

“Oh, Aslan!!” said Edmund and Lucy both together in despairing voices.

“You are too old, children,” said Aslan, “and you must begin to come close to your own world now.”

From The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
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.

“God sent angels to make us smile.”
Photo by Mike Markum
Today in the Mission Yearbook: October 19, 2017

HURRICANE HARVEY - It’s called the Golden Triangle, a region about an hour and a half east of Houston. Most people had never heard of it until Hurricane Harvey. The communities in the triangle made national news when flooding cut off many residents from immediate help. Like many impacted by Harvey, some homes saw minimal damage, while others had several feet of water ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

WAW Wednesday ... "Two Things"


"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."


WAW Wednesday: "Two Things"

Friends,

Two things to share this week

1. You are invited to help our Partners have a meaningful impact on thousands of children this Christmas. Please pray about making a gift to our 2017 Christmas Project. We have one container of presents headed to Belize from Amarillo this week and one soon after from Mississippi. More specifics on this soon. Thank you in advance for remembering our friends in Belize!

2. Kenny is on a whirlwind tour of the U.S. ... you can follow him and our many friends he's visiting on our Facebook Page.

Today in Austin ...


Yesterday in Dallas ...


Blessings,

Mollie
#wearethewordatwork




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!


G.R.O.W. ... A Photo Update


Grace Refuge Ooutreach World (GROW) started in the fall of 2009 with a vision to come alongside two extraordinary women who had taken in at-risk children in Thailand with no means of support or ideas of how to make it happen — other than to pray and trust in God to provide. On a trip to Thailand, Pastor Ivanildo Trindade met Sumitra “Faa” Choemue, and she shared her passion for children who are victims of physical and sexual abuse in Thailand. Later, Faa came to the U.S. and a board of directors who also shared Faa’s passion was assembled. In October of 2009 GROW was formed!

GROW's mission is to rescue at risk children and youth who are targets of the sex trade industry, by supporting, educating, and providing them with a safe place to live, grow, and learn about Christ.



A Photo Update

Faa returns home to Thailand and is reunited with her children after her travels to the U.S. and South Korea!


Faa wastes no time, but immediately begins investing in the children!


Work continues on the cafeteria whenever there is a break from the rain.


The rain is making everything green and helps the rice to grow!


A new connection is made when Pastor Dave and his team from Wisconsin meet Faa in Chaing Mai through mutual friends. They then traveled to Wiang Pa Pao to visit the G.R.O.W. campus where Faa, the staff and the children are delighted to welcome them.


Faa and Ning travel to Japan to share about G.R.O.W. Ning speaks to a group while Faa plays and sings in her Akha language. We are thankful for safe travels and great connections in Japan.




Our Store Has Launched!


Check out our elephant shirts and "Bought with a Price" t-shirts as well as handcrafted cards from our kids. Our self-portrait cards are a healing art for our children. Find these and more at grow-worldwide.com and select "SHOP".



Prayer Requests

Praise God for Faa's safe travels in the US, South Korea and Japan
Praise for the occasional non-rainy days so work on the cafeteria can continue
Pray for Faa's health and energy
Pray for the children's adjustment to the new school's schedule
Pray for God's faithfulness as He provides for this ministry
Pray for continued safety during the construction of the cafeteria and for no more rain delays
Pray for our staff needs in Thailand. We are looking for new house parents



"Thank you for your support and love for me and the children! May God bless you and your family."
-- Faa


In the News ... "Eternal Threads: Out of Abilene but on with mission"

ART Photo by Ronald W. Erdrich
• Reception, October 19; Closing sale, October 28

By Loretta Fulton, Reporter
Abilene Reporter-News

ABILENE, TEXAS - True to its name, Eternal Threads will live on, just not in Abilene.

The quaint store, tucked into a room of a historic building at North First and Walnut streets, will close Oct. 31. Soon after that, founder and executive director Linda Egle will move to her native Nebraska to be near family.

“It was a difficult decision for me,” Egle said, and was made over a period of time of prayer and discernment.

She is going out in style ...

read the rest of this ARN 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. 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,

If you're in town and free, please join us to pray together on Wednesday - TODAY - at 11:00 a.m., in the gym conference room at First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas.

Please note the new time. We are trying this for one semester so that we have less time conflict with the new women's Bible study that is starting on Wednesdays at 11:30.

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



Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
Psalm 119:105


Dear Intercessors,

Always remember to never forget: He is good. He is good. He is good.

This week, we see His goodness in a landmark court ruling by India's top court criminalizing intercourse with minors even when it's disguised as marriage. Experts expect, with proper enforcement, this could cut down on rampant child trafficking and sexual abuse.
Reuters Photo by Jayanta Dey
But even in the light of this victory, there are still 20,000 girls married-off each day around the world, amounting to 7.5 million girls every year in countries where the practice is illegal. And in India, child brides are sold to men from Gulf state nations working in India, remaining "married" only as long as the men are in the country.

Reuters Photo by Lai Seng Sin
Legal victories are only half the battle... enforcement is the other, more challenging, battle, and we stand together asking God for victory in this arena as well. As we stand together, we are helping to keep the light on in the dark.

Reuters Photo by Roli Srivastava
Is there any end to the sorrow and suffering? The injustice and natural disasters? The shattered lives and broken hearts? There doesn't seem to be, and most days lately I've been feeling like my prayers don't make it very far.

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This week, I see His goodness right here in our own community in the form of 130 boxes of Chic-Fil-A nuggets, lovingly donated in honor of a little girl who passed away last year. Now when the crowd of high school students come over for soda after school, they'll unexpectedly find a snack, too. A bright spot of joy, and a reminder they are loved and they matter, in honor of a little girl who left this world too soon.

But these bright spots of joy don't erase the heart ache of Mary Catherine's family, or any family who has lost a child. We stand together asking God to strengthen, encourage, and minister to parents who have buried children. As we stand together, we are helping to keep the light on in the dark.

Always remember to never forget: He is good. He is good. He is God.

"Because His word, is a lamp
And a light, to your path
And Jesus promised to be with you
Where you are, where you are
And you don't have to be afraid, of the dark anymore
Because His truth will keep the light on, in your heart
Yes His truth will keep the light on."
Christy Nockels - Keep the Light On


Praying with you,
Carrie

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



If you have prayer requests about children, those who care for them, those who have authority over them, or those who harm them (the really hard prayers to say sometimes), please send them to info@facesofchildren.net

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

TO GENIA GOELZ: On the reality of our individuality in the body of Christ; and on the five sources of discernment: the scripture, the church, Christian friends, books, and meditation.

20 June 1952

Thanks for yours of the 10th. I would prefer to combat the ‘I’m special’ feeling not by the thought ‘I’m no more special than anyone else’ but by the feeling ‘Everyone is as special as me.’ In one way there is no difference, I grant, for both remove the speciality. But there is a difference in another way. The first might lead you to think, ‘I’m only one of the crowd like anyone else’. But the second leads to the truth that there isn’t any crowd. No one is like anyone else. All are ‘members’ (organs) in the Body of Christ [I Corinthians 12:27]. All different and all necessary to the whole and to one another: each loved by God individually, as if it were the only creature in existence. Otherwise you might get the idea that God is like the government which can only deal with the people as the mass.

About confession, I take it that the view of our Church is that everyone may use it but none is obliged to. I don’t doubt that the Holy Spirit guides your decisions from within when you make them with the intention of pleasing God. The error would be to think that He speaks only within whereas, in reality, He speaks also through Scripture, the Church, Christian friends, books et cetera.

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.

SCAPC Photo
Today in the Mission Yearbook: October 18, 2017

ST. CHARLES AVENUE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - What began as the St. Charles Avenue Branch of the First Presbyterian Church, renamed St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church (SCAPC) in 1920, has had a strong commitment to global ministries for more than a century ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Partners Blog: "I will not follow her example"

Steve and Oddny Gumaer started Partners Relief and Development in response to the needs of refugees and displaced people from Burma, and now in the Middle East, as well. Their mission is to demonstrate, through holistic action, God’s love to children and communities made vulnerable by war in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and other conflict zones.

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I will not follow her example

Politics are the activities associated with the governance of a country or an area.

When I was 18 I thought those would be activities I could dedicate my life to. “Imagine being a prime minister,” I dreamed. “I could decide so much, and the world could become so much better.” Back then I didn’t know that most politicians spend their lives writing policy, tweaking words, compromising and negotiating. It was not obvious back then that the greater the power a politician gets, the greater his or her willingness to compromise their values ...

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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/