Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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,

We will be meeting this Wednesday - TODAY - at 11:00 a.m., in the gym conference room at First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas. I hope you can join us to pray together for children in our community and around the world!

Starting the first Wednesday in May, we will move our meeting time back to 11:30! Hope that enables some of you to rejoin us!

Warmly,

Carrie




SYRIA, IRAQ, and MIDLAND // FPC member Jeff Darr moved to Middle East

Jeff Darr, a member of our congregation and dear friend of many in this ministry, moved to northern Iraq this past week to begin his work with Partner's Relief and Development He will be part of a team working to establish an office in Iraq that can serve as a base for Partner's relief operations in Syria, along with continuing development and relief work in Iraq. Given all the instability in the region, there are a lot of unknowns, but Jeff's initial plan is to rotate in and out of the area every few months.

Since this is someone near and dear to our hearts, I wanted to spend this week focusing on lifting Jeff up in prayer. Please join me in praying together for Jeff:

1: Pray he is able to find a good operational base in Northern Iraq. Partner's needs a place for their staff to live and also to establish a Partner's office. In addition to finding the right place, they also need all the proper permissions from local authorities.

2: Pray they are able to find reliable ways to enter Syria. Depending on the type of access to Syria they get, they'll be able to form relief-delivery plans. (If they have secure and open access, they can bring in larger amounts of supplies.)

3: Pray for the establishment of a local team. Currently Partner's has a few local contacts, but in order to establish a reliable, long-term plan to deliver relief, they need to make more contacts and pull together a team.


4: Partner's has plans to bring immediate and tangible relief to families caught in the crossfire of Syria's civil war, including an emergency food kitchen, food packs, and rebuilding schools, clinics and homes outside of the active fighting areas to begin re-establishing normalcy. Pray they are able to execute this plan and respond to other needs they encounter with excellence, efficiency and compassion.

5: Pray for Jeff's physical, emotional, and spiritual protection as he enters an unstable area. Pray for Robin and their extended family as they also enter this war zone, even though they are staying in Midland.


Father God, we know you deeply care for vulnerable children and their families, and your children in Syria are just as precious as your children in here in our own community. We pray for peace in Syria. We pray for wisdom for world leaders as they navigate how to best respond to the ongoing violence and war. We pray for children in Syria who have grown up in the midst of a 7-year-long war; please protect them from the physical and emotional effects of war. As Jeff and the Partner's team work to bring hope and relief to Syrian families, we pray for their protection and access to the people who need the most help. May their efforts to relieve their suffering also provide opportunities to share the Good News. Amen

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

The real problem of the Christian life comes where people do not usually look for it. It comes the very moment you wake up each morning. All your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists simply in shoving them all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in. And so on, all day. Standing back from all your natural fussings and frettings; coming in out of the wind.

We can only do it for moments at first. But from those moments the new sort of life will be spreading through our system: because now we are letting Him work at the right part of us. It is the difference between paint, which is merely laid on the surface, and a dye or stain which soaks right through. He never talked vague, idealistic gas. When He said, ‘Be perfect,’ He meant it. He meant that we must go in for the full treatment. It is hard; but the sort of compromise we are all hankering after is harder—in fact, it is impossible. It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.

From Mere Chistianity
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.

Photo by Luke Asikoye
Today in the Mission Yearbook: April 25, 2018

PRESBYTERIAN DISASTER ASSISTANCE IN NEPAL - Today marks three years since the first of two powerful earthquakes rocked the country of Nepal, leaving thousands dead or homeless and millions in need of humanitarian assistance. Recently, Luke Asikoye, international associate with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA), traveled to the country to assess recovery efforts and talk with survivors. ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

In the News ... "Speakers to offer their perspective to Abilene audiences"

Priscilla Shirer: Courtesy Photo
• Wednesday and Saturday this week

By Loretta Fulton, Reporter
Abilene Reporter-News

ABILENE, TEXAS - Two nationally known speakers will present programs in Abilene next week, one live and one via simulcast.

Nicole Johnson will be at the Abilene Convention Center on Wednesday and Priscilla Shirer will appear via simulcast April 28 at Southern Hills Church of Christ. Both presentations are open to the public ...

read the rest of this ARN report ...

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. 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 ... Tomorrow

Hi Friends,

We will be meeting this Wednesday at 11:00 a.m., in the gym conference room at First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas. I hope you can join us to pray together for children in our community and around the world!

Starting the first Wednesday in May, we will move our meeting time back to 11:30! Hope that enables some of you to rejoin us!

Warmly,

Carrie




SYRIA, IRAQ, and MIDLAND // FPC member Jeff Darr moved to Middle East

Jeff Darr, a member of our congregation and dear friend of many in this ministry, moved to northern Iraq this past week to begin his work with Partner's Relief and Development He will be part of a team working to establish an office in Iraq that can serve as a base for Partner's relief operations in Syria, along with continuing development and relief work in Iraq. Given all the instability in the region, there are a lot of unknowns, but Jeff's initial plan is to rotate in and out of the area every few months.

Since this is someone near and dear to our hearts, I wanted to spend this week focusing on lifting Jeff up in prayer. Please join me in praying together for Jeff:

1: Pray he is able to find a good operational base in Northern Iraq. Partner's needs a place for their staff to live and also to establish a Partner's office. In addition to finding the right place, they also need all the proper permissions from local authorities.

2: Pray they are able to find reliable ways to enter Syria. Depending on the type of access to Syria they get, they'll be able to form relief-delivery plans. (If they have secure and open access, they can bring in larger amounts of supplies.)

3: Pray for the establishment of a local team. Currently Partner's has a few local contacts, but in order to establish a reliable, long-term plan to deliver relief, they need to make more contacts and pull together a team.


4: Partner's has plans to bring immediate and tangible relief to families caught in the crossfire of Syria's civil war, including an emergency food kitchen, food packs, and rebuilding schools, clinics and homes outside of the active fighting areas to begin re-establishing normalcy. Pray they are able to execute this plan and respond to other needs they encounter with excellence, efficiency and compassion.

5: Pray for Jeff's physical, emotional, and spiritual protection as he enters an unstable area. Pray for Robin and their extended family as they also enter this war zone, even though they are staying in Midland.


Father God, we know you deeply care for vulnerable children and their families, and your children in Syria are just as precious as your children in here in our own community. We pray for peace in Syria. We pray for wisdom for world leaders as they navigate how to best respond to the ongoing violence and war. We pray for children in Syria who have grown up in the midst of a 7-year-long war; please protect them from the physical and emotional effects of war. As Jeff and the Partner's team work to bring hope and relief to Syrian families, we pray for their protection and access to the people who need the most help. May their efforts to relieve their suffering also provide opportunities to share the Good News. Amen

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 ... "Concepts of Heaven considered"

OA Photo
• Ministers say it is a physical place too magnificent to be described

By Bob Campbell, Reporter
Odessa American


ODESSA, TEXAS - Is God more pure and good than Heaven?

The Rev. Aubrey Jones, Rabbi Jordan Parr, Monsignor Larry Droll and minister Doug Doyle say no creation of God’s is equal to him, but Heaven is nonetheless so astonishing that it must be seen and experienced to be understood. ...

read the rest of this OA report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

Presented by Bible Gateway
Today's Reading

On Heaven

Tirian had thought—or he would have thought if he had time to think at all—that they were inside a little thatched stable, about twelve feet long and six feet wide. In reality they stood on grass, the deep blue sky was overhead, and the air which blew gently on their faces was that of a day in early summer. Not far away from them rose a grove of trees, thickly leaved, but under every leaf there peeped out the gold or faint yellow or purple or glowing red of fruits such as no one has seen in our world. The fruit made Tirian feel that it must be autumn but there was something in the feel of the air that told him it could not be later than June. They all moved towards the trees.

Everyone raised his hand to pick the fruit he best liked the look of, and then everyone paused for a second. This fruit was so beautiful that each felt “It can’t be meant for me . . . surely we’re not allowed to pluck it.”

“It’s all right,” said Peter. “I know what we’re all thinking. But I’m sure, quite sure, we needn’t. I’ve a feeling we’ve got to the country where everything is allowed.”

“Here goes, then!” said Eustace. And they all began to eat.

What was the fruit like? Unfortunately no one can describe a taste. All I can say is that, compared with those fruits, the freshest grapefruit you’ve ever eaten was dull, and the juiciest orange was dry, and the most melting pear was hard and woody, and the sweetest wild strawberry was sour. And there were no seeds or stones, and no wasps. If you had once eaten that fruit, all the nicest things in this world would taste like medicines after it. But I can’t describe it. You can’t find out what it is like unless you can get to that country and taste it for yourself.

From The Last Battle
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.

Photo by Hasmik Sevumyan, JMF
Today in the Mission Yearbook: April 24, 2018

ARMENIAN GENOCIDE REMEMBRANCE DAY - he men were taken first, then the women and children were brutalized. Witnesses saw the Euphrates run with blood, and women plunged into the river to escape the terrors of the desert march. Armenian villages throughout the Ottoman territories of 1915 were emptied out in a systematic campaign to demean and destroy innocent victims. Although modern-day Turkey denies this genocide, historians have gathered undisputable evidence of at least a million Armenians killed and a million more dispersed from their ancient homeland ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Monday, April 23, 2018

From @chinaaid : "Kazakh family members plead for the release of loved ones "

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.

ChinaAid Photo
Kazakh family members plead for the release of loved ones
Distributed by ChinaAid, April, 2018 ...

BOLE, XINJIANG – Two Kazakh citizens are pleading for their spouses, who have been detained in China as part of a larger crackdown on ethnic minorities in the region. ...

more on this story from China Aid


In the News ... "West Texas Food Bank holds event to celebrate Earth Day"

KWES Photo
• Waste of food is a problem all across the nation

By Mariana Veloso, Digital Content Producer
KWES-TV

MIDLAND, TEXAS - The West Texas Food Bank, along with Keep Midland Beautiful and other partners, celebrated Earth Day on April 21 at the food bank's Volunteer and Education Center in Midland.

Families learned the importance of planting, recycling and everything related to the earth, right down to the worms ...

read the rest of this KWES report ...

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. 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 ... Wednesday

Hi Friends,

We will be meeting this Wednesday at 11:00 a.m., in the gym conference room at First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas. I hope you can join us to pray together for children in our community and around the world!

Starting the first Wednesday in May, we will move our meeting time back to 11:30! Hope that enables some of you to rejoin us!

Warmly,

Carrie




SYRIA, IRAQ, and MIDLAND // FPC member Jeff Darr moved to Middle East

Jeff Darr, a member of our congregation and dear friend of many in this ministry, moved to northern Iraq this past week to begin his work with Partner's Relief and Development He will be part of a team working to establish an office in Iraq that can serve as a base for Partner's relief operations in Syria, along with continuing development and relief work in Iraq. Given all the instability in the region, there are a lot of unknowns, but Jeff's initial plan is to rotate in and out of the area every few months.

Since this is someone near and dear to our hearts, I wanted to spend this week focusing on lifting Jeff up in prayer. Please join me in praying together for Jeff:

1: Pray he is able to find a good operational base in Northern Iraq. Partner's needs a place for their staff to live and also to establish a Partner's office. In addition to finding the right place, they also need all the proper permissions from local authorities.

2: Pray they are able to find reliable ways to enter Syria. Depending on the type of access to Syria they get, they'll be able to form relief-delivery plans. (If they have secure and open access, they can bring in larger amounts of supplies.)

3: Pray for the establishment of a local team. Currently Partner's has a few local contacts, but in order to establish a reliable, long-term plan to deliver relief, they need to make more contacts and pull together a team.


4: Partner's has plans to bring immediate and tangible relief to families caught in the crossfire of Syria's civil war, including an emergency food kitchen, food packs, and rebuilding schools, clinics and homes outside of the active fighting areas to begin re-establishing normalcy. Pray they are able to execute this plan and respond to other needs they encounter with excellence, efficiency and compassion.

5: Pray for Jeff's physical, emotional, and spiritual protection as he enters an unstable area. Pray for Robin and their extended family as they also enter this war zone, even though they are staying in Midland.


Father God, we know you deeply care for vulnerable children and their families, and your children in Syria are just as precious as your children in here in our own community. We pray for peace in Syria. We pray for wisdom for world leaders as they navigate how to best respond to the ongoing violence and war. We pray for children in Syria who have grown up in the midst of a 7-year-long war; please protect them from the physical and emotional effects of war. As Jeff and the Partner's team work to bring hope and relief to Syrian families, we pray for their protection and access to the people who need the most help. May their efforts to relieve their suffering also provide opportunities to share the Good News. Amen

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 ... St. John’s Bash is fundraiser for school

OA Photo by Mark Rogers
"A chance to socialize, visit, and support a great cause, a great school”

By Ruth Campbell, Reporter
Odessa American


ODESSA, TEXAS - St. John’s Episcopal School’s Board Trustees and Friends of St. John’s are planning a Blue and Red Bash starting at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Odessa Country Club, 1 Fairway Drive.

Chris McQuatters, president of the St. John’s Friends Board, said the school board approached his board to join forces to devise a fundraiser to help with scholarships and an endowment for the school ...

read the rest of this OA report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

TO MRS. JOHNSON: On the good the dead do by dying well and by comforting us (in the Holy Spirit) afterward; and on how heaven and earth are better than we can imagine.

7 August 1956

Would you believe it!—I had recently felt anxious as to how you were getting on and in praying for you (as of course I do for all who correspond with me on religious matters) I had added a prayer that I might soon hear some good news of you. And also at once your letter . . . arrived.

All you tell me is good and very good. Your mother-in-law has done good to the whole circle by the way she died. And where she has gone I don’t doubt she will do you more still. For I believe that what was true of Our Lord Himself (‘It is expedient for you that I go, for then the Comforter will come to you’ [John 16:7]) is true in its degree (of course, an infinitesimal degree in comparison, but still true) of all His followers. I think they do something for us by dying and shortly after they have died which they couldn’t do before—and sometimes one can almost feel it happening. (You are right by the way: there is a lot to be said for dying—and being born—at home.)

No, I don’t wish I knew Heaven was like the picture in my Great Divorce, because, if we knew that, we should know it was no better. The good things even of this world are far too good ever to be reached by imagination. Even the common orange, you know: no one could have imagined it before he tasted it. How much less Heaven.

From The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume III
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.

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Today in the Mission Yearbook: April 23, 2018

PRACTICING RESURRECTION - The questions come in the darkness, usually around 3 a.m.

“What will my children’s lives be like without me?” wonders Farm Church co-founder Ben Johnston-Krase.

Three years ago, at about the same time of night, he received a dream that he was going to start a church in a place where there was nothing but a farm. His main concern at the time was where Farm Church would be. “Where will my three daughters (then ages 6, 8 and 11) go to school?” he wondered.

But now Johnston-Krase is facing a new reality. Four months ago he was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Equal Exchange Blog ... "Why Small Farmers"

Equal Exchange's mission is to build long-term trade partnerships that are economically just and environmentally sound, to foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers and to demonstrate, through our success, the contribution of worker co-operatives and Fair Trade to a more equitable, democratic and sustainable world.


Why Small Farmers

There are many tangible pieces to the Equal Exchange model. Organic. Fair Trade. Small Farmers. Cooperatives. While these are all important elements of our holistic approach toward trade, the small farmer piece is critical. First and foremost, the Equal Exchange mission is to give small farmers a place in the global marketplace. This is exactly why our tagline reads Small Farmers. Big Change ...

CLICK HERE to read the rest of this post

EE Photo

In the News ... "San Angelo Faith Briefs"


• Today, and in the days ahead

Matthew McDaniel,, Reporter
San Angelo Standard Times


SAN ANGELO, TEXAS - From the Standard-Times, news of special events and programs from Concho Valley houses of faith ...

read the rest of this SAST report

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

Presented by Bible Gateway
Today's Reading

On God

It is always shocking to meet life where we thought we were alone. “Look out!” we cry, “it’s alive.” And therefore this is the very point at which so many draw back—I would have done so myself if I could—and proceed no further with Christianity. An “impersonal God”—well and good. A subjective God of beauty, truth and goodness, inside our own heads—better still. A formless life- force surging through us, a vast power which we can tap—best of all. But God Himself, alive, pulling at the other end of the cord, perhaps approaching at an infinite speed, the hunter, king, husband—that is quite another matter. There comes a moment when the children who have been playing at burglars hush suddenly: was that a real footstep in the hall? There comes a moment when people who have been dabbling in religion (“Man’s search for God”!) suddenly draw back. Supposing we really found Him? We never meant it to come to that! Worse still, supposing He had found us!

From Miracles
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.

Photo by Carole Rust
Today in the Mission Yearbook: April 22, 2018

MINUTE FOR MISSION: EARTH DAY SUNDAY - Earth Care Congregation Certification is one of the many ways that the Presbyterian Hunger Program seeks to be faithful to our responsibility to care for creation. The goal of the ECC program is to inspire churches to care for God’s earth in a holistic way, through integrating earth care into all of church life ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

In the News ... "Lubbock Faith Briefs"

Courtesy Photo
• What’s going on in South Plain churches

By Erica Pauda, Reporter
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

LUBBOCK, TEXAS - From the Avalanche-Journal, news of special events and programs from Lubbock-area houses of faith ... ...

 • more from the LAJ's "South Plains Faith Calendar" ...

In the News ... "Abilene Church News"


• Special programs and services around the Big Country

Staff Report
Abilene Reporter-News

ABILENE, TEXAS - From the Reporter-News, news of services, special events and programs from Abilene-area houses of faith ...

read the rest of this ARN report ...

In the News ... "Odessa Church News"

Courtesy Photo
• Today and in the days ahead, in Odessa-area houses of worship

Staff Report
Odessa American


ODESSA, TEXAS - Coming events include worship services, classes, Bible studies, community outreach, fundraisers, mission opportunities and more ...

read the rest of this OA report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

Presented by Bible Gateway
Today's Reading

And now, for the first time, the Lion was quite silent. He was going to and fro among the animals. And every now and then he would go up to two of them (always two at a time) and touch their noses with his. He would touch two beavers among all the beavers, two leopards among all the leopards, one stag and one deer among all the deer, and leave the rest. . . [T]he creatures whom he had touched came and stood in a wide circle around him. . .

The Lion, whose eyes never blinked, stared at the animals as hard as if he was going to burn them up with his mere stare. And gradually a change came over them. The smaller ones—the rabbits, moles, and such-like— grew a good deal larger. The very big ones—you noticed it most with the elephants—grew a little smaller. Many animals sat up on their hind legs. Most put their heads on one side as if they were trying very hard to understand. The Lion opened his mouth, but no sound came from it; he was breathing out, a long, warm breath; it seemed to sway all the beasts as the wind sways a line of trees. Far overhead from beyond the veil of blue sky which hid them the stars sang again; a pure, cold, difficult music. Then there came a swift flash like fire (but it burnt nobody) either from the sky or from the Lion itself, and every drop of blood tingled in the children’s bodies, and the deepest, wildest voice they had ever heard was saying:

“Narnia, Narnia, Narnia, awake. Love. Think. Speak. Be walking trees. Be talking beasts. Be divine waters.”

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.

Photo courtesy of Soul Fire Farm
Today in the Mission Yearbook: April 21, 2018

SOUL FIRE FARM - Ending racism and injustice in the food system ... that’s a guiding philosophy of Soul Fire Farm, a farm in New York state with a goal to feed people living in “food apartheid” neighborhoods, a term used to describe areas with little or no access to fresh, healthy food. The Presbyterian Hunger Program was one of the first supporters of the farm, which was started in 2011 ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Friday, April 20, 2018

In the News ... "It's happening in Odessa, SATURDAY"

• Local church to paint homes

Staff Report
Odessa American


ODESSA, TEXAS - Grace Christian Fellowship is partnering with the organization Christmas in Action to paint the homes of elderly residents this Saturday. The church is inviting the public to join them from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Call (432) 335-0117 for more information. ...

learn more about 'Christmas in Action" ...

• 'Dueling Pianos' to benefit Catholic school

Staff Report
Odessa American


ODESSA, TEXAS - St. Mary’s Central Catholic School has scheduled a Wild West Showdown featuring Fun Pianos “Dueling Pianos” from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Odessa Country Club, 1 Fairway Drive ...

read the rest of this OA report ...

From @FWMission ...Friday Story: "Monthly Recap - March 2018"

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: "Monthly Recap - March 2018"

Wheelchair Arrivals; Distribution Partners Gathering; Welcome to Our Team; Instagram Pic of the Month; and more ...

read the rest of this story ...

In the News ... "Holocaust Days of Remembrance event in El Paso memorializes victims, honors survivors"

EPT Photo by Mark Lambie
"In Our Own Words" was this year's theme of the event

Mark Lambie, Photographer
El Paso Times


EL PASO, TEXAS - El Paso Holocaust survivors, their children and grandchildren shared their memories and poignant stories of the Holocaust during the Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Days of Remembrance, on Sunday ...

Read/watch the rest of this EPT report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

Presented by Bible Gateway
Today's Reading

In reading about ancient Egypt one gets the impression of a culture in which the main business of life was the attempt to secure the well-being of the dead. It looks as if God did not want the chosen people to follow that example. We may ask why. Is it possible for men to be too much concerned with their eternal destiny? In one sense, paradoxical though it sounds, I should reply, Yes.

From Reflections on the Psalms

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: April 20, 2018

BIBLE STUDY AT GA223 - “Kindom Building for the 21st Century” is the theme of Bible studies planned for commissioners to the 223rd General Assembly (2018) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), meeting June 16–23 in St. Louis ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

BR Report: "As Fighting Continues in Syria, Raqqa Begins to Rebuild"

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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As Fighting Continues in Syria, Raqqa Begins to Rebuild

Dear friends,

This is a story about our mission to Raqqa, Syria, but first we want to give the context of what is happening now in Syria. Syria is in its seventh year of civil war; 500,000 people have been killed and over 11,000,000 displaced (over 6,000,000 internally and over 5,000,000 refugees have fled the country). And the fighting escalates ...

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

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



Free Burma Ranger, the film ...

This film, currently in production, chronicles the journey of an American family bringing aid to hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people caught in Burma's war zones, a bloody conflict that is one of the longest-running civil war's in the world.

Learn more about the film, and hour YOUR donation can help complete its production ...

In the News ... “2018 Cans for Kids Food Drive hopes to beat last year’s numbers"

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• Going on now, through April 27

By Victor Blanco, Multimedia Journalist
KWES-TV

ODESSA, TEXAS - The West Texas Food Bank and Ector County Independent School District are teaming for the 2018 Cans for Kids food drive April 17-27.

“Cans for Kids is one of my favorite food drives for the West Texas Food Bank,” said Food Bank Executive Director Libby Campbell. “We are always excited when kids turn out to help other kids" ...

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