Sunday, August 18, 2013

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. The stories in the 2013 Mission Yearbook were gathered around the question of Jesus to his disciples, “How many loaves have you?” from Mark 6:38. The book is filled with stories of God’s abundance in the face of overwhelming needs and a scarcity of resources.

Today in the Mission Yearbook: August 18, 2013

MINUTE FOR MISSION: YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP - They let down the mat [stretcher] on which the paralytic lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” (Mark 2:4)

The row of teenage boys in front of my husband and me at Faith in 3D, a large youth ministry event, was a whispering, fidgety hub of activity. From the front of the room, a team of young actors carried stretchers throughout the congregation and invited the youth to write down their confessions and place them on the stretcher. Many responded enthusiastically, scribbling down the broken and sinful episodes of their lives and then following the stretcher bearers, thereby creating a sort of somber, prayerful, confessional conga line.

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