Sunday, September 25, 2016

In the News ... "Bargain Bash brings shoppers variety, while helping the hungry"

KOSA Photo
• Weekend event benefits food bank, continues TODAY

By Matthew Alvarez, Reporter
KOSA-TV


ODESSA, TEXAS - It’s finally here! Boutique Bargain bash is a 2-day shopping event where shoppers can buy deeply discounted items. CBS 7 invites shoppers to come buy everything from shoes, handbags and jewelry to clothing for men, women and children as well as home furnishings and accessories at low prices and it’s all benefiting the West Texas Food Bank ...

read the rest of this KOSA report 


C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

Presented by Bible Gateway
Today's Reading

“This is the Boy,” said Aslan, looking, not at Digory, but at his councillors. “This is the Boy who did it.”

“Oh dear,” thought Digory, “what have I done now?”

“Son of Adam,” said the Lion. “There is an evil Witch abroad in my new land of Narnia. Tell these good Beasts how she came here.”

A dozen different things that he might say flashed through Digory’s mind, but he had the sense to say nothing except the exact truth.

“I brought her, Aslan,” he answered in a low voice.

“For what purpose?”

“I wanted to get her out of my own world back into her own. I thought I was taking her back to her own place.”

“How came she to be in your world, son of Adam?”

“By—by Magic.” The Lion said nothing and Digory knew that he had not told enough. “It was my Uncle, Aslan,” he said. “He sent us out of our own world by magic rings, at least I had to go because he sent Polly first, and then we met the Witch in a place called Charn and she just held on to us when—”

“You met the Witch?” said Aslan in a low voice which had the threat of a growl in it.

“She woke up,” said Digory wretchedly. And then, turning very white, “I mean, I woke her. Because I wanted to know what would happen if I struck a bell. Polly didn’t want to. It wasn’t her fault. I—I fought her. I know I shouldn’t have. I think I was a bit enchanted by the writing under the bell.”

“Do you?” asked Aslan; still speaking very low and deep.

“No,” said Digory. “I see now I wasn’t. I was only pretending.” There was a long pause. And Digory was thinking all the time, “I’ve spoiled everything. There’s no chance of getting anything for Mother now.”

When the Lion spoke again it was not to Digory.

“You see, friends,” he said, “that before the new, clean world I gave you is seven hours old, a force of evil has already entered it; waked and brought hither by this son of Adam.” The Beasts, even Strawberry, all turned their eyes on Digory till he felt that he wished the ground would swallow him up. “But do not be cast down,” said Aslan, still speaking to the Beasts. “Evil will come of that evil, but it is still a long way off, and I will see to it that the worst falls upon myself. In the meantime, let us take such order that for many hundred years yet this shall be a merry land in a merry world. And as Adam’s race has done the harm, Adam’s race shall help to heal it.”

From The Magician's Nephew
Compiled in A Year with Aslan

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook


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

Today in the Mission Yearbook: September 25, 2016

MINUTE FOR MISSION: EVANGELISM SUNDAY - Evangelism is all about relationships.

In meetings with church leaders, I continue to grow in my faith and in what it means to follow Christ. Through these encounters I am going deeper into what I already know in my heart: that evangelism is good news, relational, messy, and takes time ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

In the News ... "Biker Bash BBQ to benefit local homeless children"

Courtesy Photo
• Fun event TODAY at 2:00 p.m. in Odessa

By DeAnn Lopez, Reporter
KOSA-TV


ODESSA, TEXAS - If you’re looking for a family fun event to attend this weekend stop by the 1st Annual End of Summer Biker Bash benefiting the Ector County Angels ...

read/watch the rest of this KOSA report 


C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

Presented by Bible Gateway
Today's Reading

On Depravity

This chapter will have been misunderstood if anyone describes it as a reinstatement of the doctrine of Total Depravity. I disbelieve that doctrine, partly on the logical ground that if our depravity were total we should not know ourselves to be depraved, and partly because experience shows us much goodness in human nature.

From The Problem of Pain
Compiled in Words to Live By

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook


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

Today in the Mission Yearbook: September 24, 2016

HISPANIC LATIN PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN RENEW COMMITMENT TO UNITY, SERVICE - Despite tension and polarization in church and society, Hispanic Latin Presbyterian Women (MHLP, in the Spanish acronym) came together recently under the theme “Connect . . . Grow . . . Serve” for their triennial assembly. Almost 200 Spanish-speaking Presbyterian women from congregations in the United States and Puerto Rico gathered in Fort Worth, Texas, to celebrate Encuentro VIII ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Friday, September 23, 2016

In the News ... “St. Ann’s Family Fair starts the weekend off in a big way"

• Something for everyone in terms of fun and food

Rich Lopez, Reporter
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Whether it’s carnival rides or kettle corn, this annual fair really does have something for everyone in terms of fun and food. For almost 70 years, St. Ann’s has brought this Midland tradition to life through a team of volunteers and organizers, and it never fails to bring out the kid in everyone. The real wonder of it all is how they pack their space into a full-fledged carnival and fair without feeling cramped. The weekend-long event features rides, fair games, smoke-free bingo and the Odds and Ends garage sale where you can find almost anything.

Fair: 10 a.m. Saturday; carnival: 6 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Sunday at 1906 Texas Ave., Free admission to fair. $25 for carnival armbands. For more information, go to stannsfair.org

In the News ... TONIGHT: Prayer events finds power in women united"

• Women from all denominations are welcome to participate

Rich Lopez, Reporter
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Volunteer organizer Barbara Dunton approaches tonight’s women’s prayer event with an emotional take. In conjunction with Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth's Revive Our Hearts Women's Conference simulcast, First Baptist Church will host Cry Out! in its Fellowship Hall. Dunton finds an exhilaration to it all ...

 • read the rest of this MRT report

In the News ... St. Lawrence Festival set

Courtesy Photo
• Sales of homemade German sausage, other events planned for Oct. 2

By Bob Campbell, Reporter
Odessa American


ST. LAWRENCE, TEXAS - This small unincorporated community south of Garden City in Glasscock County will get much bigger for a day with the Oct. 2, St. Lawrence Fall Festival.

Spokeswoman Martha Schwartz said more than 2,000 people are expected from around the Permian Basin and farther for the 60th annual event, which, modeled after the original 206-year-old Oktoberfest in Germany, is best known for the thousands of pounds of uncooked German sausage that the men of St. Lawrence Catholic Church make to finance parish maintenance and improvements ...

read the rest of this OA report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

Presented by Bible Gateway
Today's Reading

We have a strange illusion that mere time cancels sin. I have heard others, and I have heard myself, recounting cruelties and falsehoods committed in boyhood as if they were no concern of the present speaker’s, and even with laughter. But mere time does nothing either to the fact or to the guilt of a sin. The guilt is washed out not by time but by repentance and the blood of Christ: if we have repented these early sins we should remember the price of our forgiveness and be humble. As for the fact of a sin, is it probable that anything cancels it? All times are eternally present to God. Is it not at least possible that along some one line of His multi-dimensional eternity He sees you forever in the nursery pulling the wings off a fly, forever toadying, lying, and lusting as a schoolboy, forever in that moment of cowardice or insolence as a subaltern? It may be that salvation consists not in the cancelling of these eternal moments but in the perfected humanity that bears the shame forever, rejoicing in the occasion which it furnished to God’s compassion and glad that it should be common knowledge to the universe. Perhaps in that eternal moment St Peter—he will forgive me if I am wrong—forever denies his Master. If so, it would indeed be true that the joys of Heaven are for most of us, in our present condition, ‘an acquired taste’—and certain ways of life may render the taste impossible of acquisition. Perhaps the lost are those who dare not go to such a public place. Of course I do not know that this is true; but I think the possibility is worth keeping in mind.

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: September 23, 2016

MINUTE FOR MISSION: NATIVE AMERICAN DAY - Bill and Lori Picard, Nez Perce tribal members of Lapwai, Idaho, exemplify concerned and visionary discipleship. In 1997 their son Quanah died in an automobile accident. Three years later their son Skylin also died in an automobile accident. But God called the couple to turn tragedy into discipleship ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Far East News: "Supporting Refugee Children in Thailand"

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.

visit CFEASIA's website
visit CFEASIA on Facebook



"Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”   2 CORINTHIANS 3:17 (ESV)

Supporting Refugee Children in Thailand

Freedom House Orhanage

Currently we are supporting 103 Karenni orphans in the Karenni refugee camp on the Thai Burma border. The children are between 7-17 years old.

Bible School

We are also supporting 40 Karenni Bible School students on Thai Burma border in Maehongson.

Shekinah KT Children's Home
CFEASIA Photo
We fully support and are responsible for one Karen children’s home on the Thai-Myanmar border. The children are all refugees and orphans from Myanmar. Currently we have 73 children. We provide them housing, food, education, Bible Studies, and all medical care needed.

Astrid just welcomed 12 new students and 3 new teachers to the KT Children’s Home. She also brought a group from Holland to minister to the children. They taught the children the Bible, showed them love, and played games. The biggest hit was a makeshift waterslide. The kids loved it.

During the rainy season
CFEASIA Photo
Our long term volunteers were driving our KT truck in the mountain roads when a sudden, heavy rain storm came up. The road became slick and the truck slipped off the road and down a hill, stopping just before a small river. Thankfully no one was seriously injured, but the truck suffered major damage.

Christian Ehka Htoo

You may remember Christian Ekha Htoo whose mother died in child birth back in February. The Lord has provided Christian parents for him. They have unsuccessfully been trying to have a child for five years. His parents are overwhelmed with joy having him and Christian looks happy, too. He will legally have to stay under our foundation until he is five years old. Then he can receive Thai citizenship and be legally adopted.

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 ... Satan is real, ministers say

• Devil described as a former archangel cast out of Heaven for trying to supplant God

By Bob Campbell, Reporter
Odessa American


ODESSA, TEXAS - Variously known as Lucifer, Mephistopheles, Belial, Old Scratch, Beelzebub and the devil, Satan is a real being who can be very destructive but is not as powerful as many people think, clergymen say.

Citing Ezekiel 28:14-19, Luke 10:18 and other verses, the Revs. Griffin Jones, Terry Pugh, Bill Melton and Erik Stadler say the Bible gives a true picture of the being it also calls “the Evil One” ...

read the rest of this OA report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

Presented by Bible Gateway
Today's Reading

On God

God is Goodness. He can give good, but cannot need or get it. In that sense all His love is, as it were, bottomlessly selfless by very definition; it has everything to give and nothing to receive. Hence, if God sometimes speaks as though the Impassible could suffer passion and eternal fullness could be in want, and in want of those beings on whom it bestows all from their bare existence upwards, this can mean only, if it means anything intelligible by us, that God of mere miracle has made Himself able so to hunger and created in Himself that which we can satisfy. If He requires us, the requirement is of His own choosing.

It is a poor thing to strike our colours to God when the ship is going down under us; a poor thing to come to Him as a last resort, to offer up “our own” when it is no longer worth keeping. If God were proud He would hardly have us on such terms: but He is not proud, He stoops to conquer, He will have us even though we have shown that we prefer everything else to Him.

From The Problem of Pain
Compiled in Words to Live By

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook


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

Today in the Mission Yearbook: September 22, 2016

MINUTE FOR MISSION: GLOBAL WEEK OF ACTION AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE - Do Not Stand Idly By (DNSIB) is more than a catchy phrase; it is a biblical mandate and founding principle that guides the work of a campaign started by the Metro Industrial Areas Foundation, an ecumenical coalition of congregations across the country. We seek to stand with and work on behalf of those who have been impacted by gun violence. This national campaign seeks to get safer, smarter gun technology into the marketplace and to pressure manufacturers to work toward safer, smarter dealer networks ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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,

INDIA // invite you to join me in praising God for the work that the Treasure Commission, a ministry supported by FPC Midland, is doing in India. Through medical clinics, training schools, and pastoral training, they are bringing hope and love to some members of unprivileged castes. Next month, 57 women will graduate from a 6-month tailoring school, giving them marketable skills in a society where they are at risk for trafficking due to poverty. The Treasure Commission hopes to purchase sewing machines ($123 each) for the top 10 students, and they have asked us to pray for God to supply the resources to purchase these machines. The Treasure Commission also provided a free medical clinic in an area tea garden, providing medical care for 258 people. They also are praising God for providing 3 motorcycles for 3 pastors, enabling them to take the Good News to more people and more places each month!

Treasure Commission's Medical Clinic in Ellenbari Tea Garden
Please continue to pray that God will uphold and protect the ministry of the Treasure Commission and multiply their efforts and energy. Amen.

SYRIA // Another FPC-supported ministry, Partner's Relief and Development, is expanding its work from Myanmar into Syria. This week we join them in praising God that they were able to deliver emergency food supplies and hygiene kits to 1,666 displaced families in Southern Aleppo, Syria. Their local partners delivered the food and hygiene kits despite significant risks to their safety because like us they believe that to love is to act. They said: "We have been distributing in the Southern and Eastern part of Aleppo countryside in the places that are today hard to reach areas where no International NGO dares to reach out." Praise God for those boxes filled with jam and olive oil and beans; for 1,666 families who received the first food they have had in weeks.

Learn more ...

Please pray for Partner's as they work to raise funds and distribute ration kits to thousands more people who are just as hungry. Amen.

PR&D Photo
USA // Please be praying for International Justice Mission and the 400 churches across the USA (including FPC Midland) who will be coming together on September 25 to dedicate an entire Sunday to freedom. Together we will experience God's heart for justice and see how His people can lead the way to slavery's end. Please pray for this first annual event to deepen awareness within the church for the world's 45 million slaves and build anti-slavery efforts in communities across the country. To learn more or to see how your church could participate, please visit IJM's website.

Learn more ...

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

Presented by Bible Gateway
Today's Reading

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: September 21, 2016

MINUTE FOR MISSION: INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE - Everyone can do something for peace.

What can one person do to advance world peace? Elizabeth Meehan, an elder at Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church of Saratoga Springs, New York, learned. Eight years ago, Meehan wanted to get involved in peacemaking, a cause that touches the environment, equitable access to resources, hunger, and many other topics. Meehan gained the support of her church’s Social Concerns Committee, and the Peace Fair was born ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

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,

INDIA // invite you to join me in praising God for the work that the Treasure Commission, a ministry supported by FPC Midland, is doing in India. Through medical clinics, training schools, and pastoral training, they are bringing hope and love to some members of unprivileged castes. Next month, 57 women will graduate from a 6-month tailoring school, giving them marketable skills in a society where they are at risk for trafficking due to poverty. The Treasure Commission hopes to purchase sewing machines ($123 each) for the top 10 students, and they have asked us to pray for God to supply the resources to purchase these machines. The Treasure Commission also provided a free medical clinic in an area tea garden, providing medical care for 258 people. They also are praising God for providing 3 motorcycles for 3 pastors, enabling them to take the Good News to more people and more places each month!

Treasure Commission's Medical Clinic in Ellenbari Tea Garden
Please continue to pray that God will uphold and protect the ministry of the Treasure Commission and multiply their efforts and energy. Amen.

SYRIA // Another FPC-supported ministry, Partner's Relief and Development, is expanding its work from Myanmar into Syria. This week we join them in praising God that they were able to deliver emergency food supplies and hygiene kits to 1,666 displaced families in Southern Aleppo, Syria. Their local partners delivered the food and hygiene kits despite significant risks to their safety because like us they believe that to love is to act. They said: "We have been distributing in the Southern and Eastern part of Aleppo countryside in the places that are today hard to reach areas where no International NGO dares to reach out." Praise God for those boxes filled with jam and olive oil and beans; for 1,666 families who received the first food they have had in weeks.

Learn more ...

Please pray for Partner's as they work to raise funds and distribute ration kits to thousands more people who are just as hungry. Amen.

PR&D Photo
USA // Please be praying for International Justice Mission and the 400 churches across the USA (including FPC Midland) who will be coming together on September 25 to dedicate an entire Sunday to freedom. Together we will experience God's heart for justice and see how His people can lead the way to slavery's end. Please pray for this first annual event to deepen awareness within the church for the world's 45 million slaves and build anti-slavery efforts in communities across the country. To learn more or to see how your church could participate, please visit IJM's website.

Learn more ...

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

In the News ... "52 Faces" Q&A with Lori Wesley

MRT Photo by Tim Fischer
"52 Faces of the Community" is a feature of the Midland Reporter-Telegram that is recognizing the unsung heroes and volunteers of Midland, Texas. The latest installment in this series offers a question-and-answer session with Lori Wesley, community volunteer.

read the rest of this MRT report

visit the "52 Faces" index page

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

Presented by Bible Gateway
Today's Reading

On God

As a great Christian writer (George MacDonald) pointed out, every father is pleased at the baby’s first attempt to walk: no father would be satisfied with anything less than a firm, free, manly walk in a grown-up son. In the same way, he said, “God is easy to please, but hard to satisfy.”

I think every one who has some vague belief in God, until he becomes a Christian, has the idea of an exam or of a bargain in his mind. The first result of real Christianity is to blow that idea into bits. When they find it blown into bits, some people think this means that Christianity is a failure and give up. They seem to imagine that God is very simple-minded! In fact, of course, He knows all about this. One of the very things Christianity was designed to do was to blow this idea to bits. God has been waiting for the moment at which you discover that there is no question of earning a pass mark in this exam or putting Him in your debt.

Then comes another discovery. Every faculty you have, your power of thinking or of moving your limbs from moment to moment, is given you by God. If you devoted every moment of your whole life exclusively to His service you could not give Him anything that was not in a sense His own already. So that when we talk of a man doing anything for God or giving anything to God, I will tell you what it is really like. It is like a small child going to his father and saying, “Daddy, give me sixpence to buy you a birthday present.” Of course, the father does, and he is pleased with the child’s present. It is all very nice and proper, but only an idiot would think that the father is sixpence to the good on the transaction. When a man has made these two discoveries God can really get to work. It is after this that real life begins.

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: September 20, 2016

CHURCH WRAPS UP HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF, LOOKS FOR NEW CALLING - In the nearly four years since Hurricane Sandy struck the United States, volunteer work teams from across the country have traveled to the hard-hit regions, particularly New Jersey and New York, to help people recover and return to their homes. But after months of hosting recovery teams, one church believes the time has come to close the doors on its Sandy relief efforts ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Monday, September 19, 2016

From @chinaaid : "China Aid president speaks at the White House regarding G20 summit’"

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.

CAA Photo
China Aid president speaks at the White House regarding G20 summit
Distributed by ChinaAid, September, 2016 ...

WASHINGTON, D.C. – National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice hosted a delegation of Chinese activists at the White House on Tuesday and discussed the deteriorating conditions of human rights in China, including how President Obama should address these issues when he arrives in China for his final G20 Summit ...

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,

INDIA // invite you to join me in praising God for the work that the Treasure Commission, a ministry supported by FPC Midland, is doing in India. Through medical clinics, training schools, and pastoral training, they are bringing hope and love to some members of unprivileged castes. Next month, 57 women will graduate from a 6-month tailoring school, giving them marketable skills in a society where they are at risk for trafficking due to poverty. The Treasure Commission hopes to purchase sewing machines ($123 each) for the top 10 students, and they have asked us to pray for God to supply the resources to purchase these machines. The Treasure Commission also provided a free medical clinic in an area tea garden, providing medical care for 258 people. They also are praising God for providing 3 motorcycles for 3 pastors, enabling them to take the Good News to more people and more places each month!

Treasure Commission's Medical Clinic in Ellenbari Tea Garden
Please continue to pray that God will uphold and protect the ministry of the Treasure Commission and multiply their efforts and energy. Amen.

SYRIA // Another FPC-supported ministry, Partner's Relief and Development, is expanding its work from Myanmar into Syria. This week we join them in praising God that they were able to deliver emergency food supplies and hygiene kits to 1,666 displaced families in Southern Aleppo, Syria. Their local partners delivered the food and hygiene kits despite significant risks to their safety because like us they believe that to love is to act. They said: "We have been distributing in the Southern and Eastern part of Aleppo countryside in the places that are today hard to reach areas where no International NGO dares to reach out." Praise God for those boxes filled with jam and olive oil and beans; for 1,666 families who received the first food they have had in weeks.

Learn more ...

Please pray for Partner's as they work to raise funds and distribute ration kits to thousands more people who are just as hungry. Amen.

PR&D Photo
USA // Please be praying for International Justice Mission and the 400 churches across the USA (including FPC Midland) who will be coming together on September 25 to dedicate an entire Sunday to freedom. Together we will experience God's heart for justice and see how His people can lead the way to slavery's end. Please pray for this first annual event to deepen awareness within the church for the world's 45 million slaves and build anti-slavery efforts in communities across the country. To learn more or to see how your church could participate, please visit IJM's website.

Learn more ...

Praying with you,

Carrie

Carrie J. McKean
Faces of Children Director
First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas
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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 ... ‘Flip the Switch’ celebration nears


• Guadalupe Radio Network to expand reach

Staff Report
Odessa American


MIDLAND/ODESSA, TEXAS - San Angelo Bishop Michael J. Sis and Midland Mayor Jerry Morales will join supporters of the Guadalupe Radio Network at 5 p.m. Wednesday as the Catholic radio station serving the Permian Basin will increase its power from 1,000 to 25,000 watts.

The KLPF-1180 AM “Flip the Switch” ceremony and celebration will take place at GRN’s offices, 1406 E. Garden Lane in Midland ...

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C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

[A] long valley opened ahead and great snow-mountains, now much nearer, stood up against the sky. “Further up and further in,” cried Jewel and instantly they were off again. They were out of Narnia now and up into the Western Wild which neither Tirian nor Peter nor even the Eagle had ever seen before. But the Lord Digory and the Lady Polly had. “Do you remember? Do you remember?” they said—and said it in steady voices too, without panting, though the whole party was now running faster than an arrow flies.

“What, Lord?” said Tirian. “Is it then true, as stories tell, that you two journeyed here on the very day the world was made?”

“Yes,” said Digory, “and it seems to me as if it were only yesterday.”

“And on a flying horse?” asked Tirian. “Is that part true?”

“Certainly,” said Digory. But the dogs barked, “Faster, faster!” So they ran faster and faster till it was more like flying than running, and even the Eagle overhead was going no faster than they. And they went through winding valley after winding valley and up the steep sides of hills and, faster than ever, down the other side, following the river and sometimes crossing it and skimming across mountain lakes as if they were living speedboats, till at last at the far end of one long lake which looked as blue as a turquoise, they saw a smooth green hill. Its sides were as steep as the sides of a pyramid and round the very top of it ran a green wall: but above the wall rose the branches of trees whose leaves looked like silver and their fruit like gold.

“Further up and further in!” roared the Unicorn, and no one held back. They charged straight at the foot of the hill and then found themselves running up it almost as water from a broken wave runs up a rock out at the point of some bay. Though the slope was nearly as steep as the roof of a house and the grass was smooth as a bowling green, no one slipped. Only when they had reached the very top did they slow up; that was because they found themselves facing great golden gates. And for a moment none of them was bold enough to try if the gates would open. They all felt just as they had felt about the fruit—“Dare we? Is it right? Can it be meant for us?”

But while they were standing thus a great horn, wonderfully loud and sweet, blew from somewhere inside that walled garden and the gates swung open.

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: September 19, 2016

DESPITE CHANGES, WE REMAIN COMMITTED TO OUR 'NETWORK' IN CHRIST - The pieces may be different, but the center holds us fast.

These days, I suppose we could consider Christ our “Network Administrator,” the only One who is permitted to make changes in our lives together. Network administrators are those folks to whom we turn when our computers experience a glitch, when our systems are all confused, and when we just need to “reboot.” The Administrator can fix it all and get us back on track!

Thinking of ministry like a network is nothing new to Presbyterians ...

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Night the Lights Went ON in MIDLAND

The weather notwithstanding, Labyrinth took place as planned Saturday evening, at dusk at Grace Presbyterian Church of Midland. Residents of the surrounding neighborhoods and members of the general public were among those joing the Grace congregation for this experiential prayer and fellowship time, sponsored and set-up by the church's youth programs.



C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

When I attempted . . . . to describe our spiritual longings, I was omitting one of their most curious characteristics. We usually notice it just as the moment of vision dies away, as the music ends, or as the land- scape loses the celestial light. . . . . For a few minutes we have had the illusion of belonging to that world. Now we wake to find that it is no such thing. We have been mere spectators. Beauty has smiled, but not to welcome us; her face was turned in our direction, but not to see us. We have not been accepted, welcomed, or taken into the dance. We may go when we please, we may stay if we can: “Nobody marks us.” A scientist may reply that since most of the things we call beautiful are inanimate, it is not very surprising that they take no notice of us. That, of course, is true. It is not the physical objects that I am speaking of, but that indescribable something of which they become for a moment the messengers. And part of the bitterness which mixes with the sweetness of that message is due to the fact that it so seldom seems to be a message intended for us, but rather something we have overheard. By bitterness I mean pain, not resentment. We should hardly dare to ask that any notice be taken of ourselves. But we pine. The sense that in this universe we are treated as strangers, the longing to be acknowledged, to meet with some response, to bridge some chasm that yawns between us and reality, is part of our inconsolable secret. And surely, from this point of view, the promise of glory, in the sense described, becomes highly relevant to our deep desire. For glory means good report with God, acceptance by God, response, acknowledgement, and welcome into the heart of things. The door on which we have been knocking all our lives will open at last.

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.

Today in the Mission Yearbook: September 18, 2016

MINUTE FOR MISSION: THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION/SEMINARY SUNDAY - Do you call today’s Gospel reading (Luke 16:1–13) the parable of the Dishonest Steward, the Shrewd Manager, or something else? Either way, in the end, this servant pleases the master in the story with his more abundant view of the economy and in spite of unjust accounting to gain friends and shelter. We could call the servant a shrewd investor in eternal homes ...

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

In the News ... “Faith & Philanthropy Roundup: News and events for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, food pantry, area churches and more"

Courtesy Photo
• Opportunities to make a difference in the community

Rich Lopez, Reporter
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Big Brothers Big Sisters need volunteers for school program ... Greenwood Baptist Church sets goal of 200 community service hours ... Disciples Food Pantry celebrates 30 years with fundraiser ... Cry Out! women's prayer event to be hosted by First Baptist Church ...

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