Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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!

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.

Warmly,

Carrie




Dear Intercessors,

Valentine's Day broke our hearts with news of another mass shooting. I wrote this reflection as I sought to process the news of the day, and thought I'd share it this week as a prompting for our prayers. There are so many broken hearts to pray for... families grieving the loss of their children, high school students afraid to return to school, and kids on the margins who are at risk of doing the same thing. Come quickly, Lord Jesus.

AP Photo by Joel Auerbach
I can't get her face out of my mind. Sobs wracking her body as she stands outside her child's school, clutching a friend as though they have discovered the only truth there is to know: The only way through this war zone is if we carry one another. Her head is smeared with ashes. From dust you came, to dust you return.

I saw the picture when the ashes were still fresh on my own skin. And I thought about the moment my pastor drew his thumb across my head - reminding me of my mortality and my security in the no-matter-whatness of God. Despite the somber words I certainly didn't consider, as little specks of ash fluttered down and brushed my eyelashes, that I might leave the church and end up in the ER or in an accident or getting a phone call that takes me to my knees. And this mama, with her pretty white-flowered shirt and silver heart necklace, certainly didn't consider that she might leave the church and end up on the front lawn of her child's school with her heart broken apart, begging God for one more day with her baby... for more life out of this dust.

We need a savior, and as we start the long march of Lent that leads us to the cross, we know Jesus is coming to break the shackles and the bonds and restore all that's broken. But you don't need a savior if nothing is shackled, bound or broken. So Lent starts in repentance. Did the shooter know the day he chose? Did he choose Valentine's Day for a reason? Was his heart so broken that he felt like the only way through the war zone was to take others out? Oh God, we need to repent... for not recognizing our own part in this tragedy.

Talking heads are already starting to argue. Is it mental health or gun control? Hurry, pick your side. We retreat into corners and start pointing fingers. Thoughts and prayers sound hollow when these shootings have become so commonplace that they are just another blip on a relentless cycle of terrible news. We wring our hands and sigh and then we forget. It doesn't even come up at dinner. Ashes. It's all ashes. We're going down in flames. Screaming louder and louder at one another as if we think the only way through this war zone is to pull someone else down so we can climb on top. Oh God, we need to repent... for being so afraid that we won't be heard that we can't even listen.

As bullets ricocheted off classroom doors and lockers in Florida yesterday, I walked down the locker-lined halls of my daughter's school. A first grade Valentine's Party is pure sweetness and light and sugar. We had the kids do an activity where they each drew the name of a classmate and listed out some of their favorite things about that child. As they exchanged cards, I saw eyes light up and broad smiles spread across frosting-smeared faces. One little girl said reading the card she was given made her feel happy and bubbly inside. I looked around the room and wanted to freeze time. To keep these little kids little - tender and eager and open-hearted and bubbly. In 10 years, which one will be the loner? The misfit? The outcast? The popular one who uses his or her platform to push someone else down? Oh God, we need to repent... for letting kids fall through the cracks.

I returned from the party to our church which is positioned across the street from one of our city's high schools. The day before, the same high school was on lockdown because someone brought a gun to school. A trigger away from a tragedy. Each day after school, hundreds of students - maybe even the one who brought a weapon to school - traipse through our building to the free soda fountains. A ministry of carbonated beverages. I sat down at a table and played UNO with some kids whose stories brim with sadness and mistakes and bad choices and loss, covered in a veneer of bravado and toughness. How close have I been to a kid who is screaming to be seen and known and loved and valued and is a hair-trigger away from exploding their grief outwards and propelling us to the national headlines? For all their toughness, I can't help but wonder if anyone gave them a card when they were seven that listed out all the best things about them? Oh God, we need to repent... for being too busy to engage the hurting and the lonely.

We may be mere dust, but we are each dust formed into the image of a living, breathing God. We may be returning to dust, but we each know this life is precious and deserves protection. God forgive us for forgetting our own worth. Forgive us for forgetting the worth of those around us. Forgive us for failing to see your reflection in the eyes of the stiff-shouldered, clouded-eye high school kid whose hoodie is pulled up, guarding him from the world but not containing the pain-metastasizing-into-anger that is seeping out of his soul. Forgive us for giving into polarization and assuming that since "they" aren't doing anything to solve the problem, we can't do anything either.

Father, forgive us.

And help us remember: The only way through this war zone is to carry one another.

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 ... "Inspirational words, songs honor late 'trailblazer' Scott"

ARN Photo by Greg Jaklewicz
"He was a workhorse and not a showhorse"

Staff Report
Abilene Reporter-News

ABILENE, TEXAS - On the occasion of his birthdate and in celebration of Black History Month in Abilene, the late Rev. Leo F. Scott was remembered Monday as a "great, great trailblazer."

Scott's life and contributions to the city were remembered at the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature, where striking illustrations by African-American artists grace the walls in an exhibition titled "Our Voice," an appropriate theme for the evening of spoken words, sung words and holy words ...

read the rest of this ARN report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

Are not all lifelong friendships born at the moment when at last you meet another human being who has some inkling (but faint and uncertain even in the best) of that something which you were born desiring, and which, beneath the flux of other desires and in all the momentary silences between the louder passions, night and day, year by year, from childhood to old age, you are looking for, watching for, listening for? You have never had it. All the things that have ever deeply possessed your soul have been but hints of it—tantalising glimpses, promises never quite fulfilled, echoes that died away just as they caught your ear. But if it should really become manifest—if there ever came an echo that did not die away but swelled into the sound itself—you would know it. Beyond all possibility of doubt you would say ‘Here at last is the thing I was made for.’ We cannot tell each other about it. It is the secret signature of each soul, the incommunicable and unappeasable want, the thing we desired before we met our wives or made our friends or chose our work, and which we shall still desire on our deathbeds, when the mind no longer knows wife or friend or work. While we are, this is. If we lose this, we lose all.

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: February 20, 2018

EVERYDAY EPIPHANIES: REVELATIONS IN OUR TIME, PART 2 - Presbyterians Today recently asked some members of the PC(USA) to share their own epiphanies. The following are some of them ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Monday, February 19, 2018

From @chinaaid : "Catholic church demolished, more than 100 Christians protest government"

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
Catholic church demolished, more than 100 Christians protest government
Distributed by ChinaAid, January, 2018 ...

XI'AN, SHANXI, CHINA – Local authorities in China’s central Shaanxi province demolished a Catholic church on Dec. 27, catapulting the Christians who met there into negotiations with officials ...

more on this story from China Aid


In the News ... "Church set up up in Midland backyard asking for help"

KWES Photo
• Along with worship service, there is also Sunday school

By Dana Morris, Multimedia Journalist
KWES-TV

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Pastor Robb Foreman of the Home Line Baptist Church leads a congregation of more than 100 people in Midland.

"We're excited about what the Lord's doing here," says Foreman.

Though where his congregation meets may surprise you ...

 • read/watch 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!

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.

Warmly,

Carrie




Dear Intercessors,

Valentine's Day broke our hearts with news of another mass shooting. I wrote this reflection as I sought to process the news of the day, and thought I'd share it this week as a prompting for our prayers. There are so many broken hearts to pray for... families grieving the loss of their children, high school students afraid to return to school, and kids on the margins who are at risk of doing the same thing. Come quickly, Lord Jesus.

AP Photo by Joel Auerbach
I can't get her face out of my mind. Sobs wracking her body as she stands outside her child's school, clutching a friend as though they have discovered the only truth there is to know: The only way through this war zone is if we carry one another. Her head is smeared with ashes. From dust you came, to dust you return.

I saw the picture when the ashes were still fresh on my own skin. And I thought about the moment my pastor drew his thumb across my head - reminding me of my mortality and my security in the no-matter-whatness of God. Despite the somber words I certainly didn't consider, as little specks of ash fluttered down and brushed my eyelashes, that I might leave the church and end up in the ER or in an accident or getting a phone call that takes me to my knees. And this mama, with her pretty white-flowered shirt and silver heart necklace, certainly didn't consider that she might leave the church and end up on the front lawn of her child's school with her heart broken apart, begging God for one more day with her baby... for more life out of this dust.

We need a savior, and as we start the long march of Lent that leads us to the cross, we know Jesus is coming to break the shackles and the bonds and restore all that's broken. But you don't need a savior if nothing is shackled, bound or broken. So Lent starts in repentance. Did the shooter know the day he chose? Did he choose Valentine's Day for a reason? Was his heart so broken that he felt like the only way through the war zone was to take others out? Oh God, we need to repent... for not recognizing our own part in this tragedy.

Talking heads are already starting to argue. Is it mental health or gun control? Hurry, pick your side. We retreat into corners and start pointing fingers. Thoughts and prayers sound hollow when these shootings have become so commonplace that they are just another blip on a relentless cycle of terrible news. We wring our hands and sigh and then we forget. It doesn't even come up at dinner. Ashes. It's all ashes. We're going down in flames. Screaming louder and louder at one another as if we think the only way through this war zone is to pull someone else down so we can climb on top. Oh God, we need to repent... for being so afraid that we won't be heard that we can't even listen.

As bullets ricocheted off classroom doors and lockers in Florida yesterday, I walked down the locker-lined halls of my daughter's school. A first grade Valentine's Party is pure sweetness and light and sugar. We had the kids do an activity where they each drew the name of a classmate and listed out some of their favorite things about that child. As they exchanged cards, I saw eyes light up and broad smiles spread across frosting-smeared faces. One little girl said reading the card she was given made her feel happy and bubbly inside. I looked around the room and wanted to freeze time. To keep these little kids little - tender and eager and open-hearted and bubbly. In 10 years, which one will be the loner? The misfit? The outcast? The popular one who uses his or her platform to push someone else down? Oh God, we need to repent... for letting kids fall through the cracks.

I returned from the party to our church which is positioned across the street from one of our city's high schools. The day before, the same high school was on lockdown because someone brought a gun to school. A trigger away from a tragedy. Each day after school, hundreds of students - maybe even the one who brought a weapon to school - traipse through our building to the free soda fountains. A ministry of carbonated beverages. I sat down at a table and played UNO with some kids whose stories brim with sadness and mistakes and bad choices and loss, covered in a veneer of bravado and toughness. How close have I been to a kid who is screaming to be seen and known and loved and valued and is a hair-trigger away from exploding their grief outwards and propelling us to the national headlines? For all their toughness, I can't help but wonder if anyone gave them a card when they were seven that listed out all the best things about them? Oh God, we need to repent... for being too busy to engage the hurting and the lonely.

We may be mere dust, but we are each dust formed into the image of a living, breathing God. We may be returning to dust, but we each know this life is precious and deserves protection. God forgive us for forgetting our own worth. Forgive us for forgetting the worth of those around us. Forgive us for failing to see your reflection in the eyes of the stiff-shouldered, clouded-eye high school kid whose hoodie is pulled up, guarding him from the world but not containing the pain-metastasizing-into-anger that is seeping out of his soul. Forgive us for giving into polarization and assuming that since "they" aren't doing anything to solve the problem, we can't do anything either.

Father, forgive us.

And help us remember: The only way through this war zone is to carry one another.

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 ... "10 Commandments’ relevance viewed"

OA Photo by Mark Sterkel
• Reverse meanings as instructive as direct meanings, ministers say

By Bob Campbell, Reporter
Odessa American


ODESSA, TEXAS - he 10 Commandments remain an important part of American culture as a moral guide and as the foundation of the U.S. legal system, ministers say.

The Revs. Charles Inman, Jared Secret and Greg Fleming and the Revs. Mark Russell and Russ Nebhut say the profundity and timelessness of the laws God gave to Moses on stone tablets are proofs of their divine source ...

read the rest of this OA report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

TO FLORENCE (MICHAL) WILLIAMS, the widow of Charles Williams: A letter of condolence.

22 May 1945

Thank you for your most kind letter. We all knew that your marriage was one in a thousand. I think you will not be offended if I tell you this; that whenever Charles disagreed with anything we had said about women in general, it was a common turn of raillery to reply ‘Oh Charles!—of course he’s in love, so his opinions on that subject are worthless!’

I feel, in my degree, as you do. My friendship is not ended. His death has had the very unexpected effect of making death itself look quite different. I believe in the next life ten times more strongly than I did. At moments it seems almost tangible. Mr. Dyson, on the day of the funeral, summed up what many of us felt, ‘It is not blasphemous’, he said ‘To believe that what was true of Our Lord is, in its less degree, true of all who are in Him. They go away in order to be with us in a new way, even closer than before.’ A month ago I would have called this silly sentiment. Now I know better. He seems, in some indefinable way, to be all around us now. I do not doubt he is doing and will do for us all sorts of things he could not have done while in the body. Of course this expects no answer. God bless you.

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: February 19, 2018

EVERYDAY EPIPHANIES: REVELATIONS IN OUR TIME, PART 1 - The word “epiphany” (from the Greek epiphaneia or theophaneia) means “appearance” or “manifestation” of God, and has roots in the word for sunrise or dawn. In our lives of faith, some epiphanies are dramatic and send our lives down a different path. Others are subtler, even commonplace, and influence how we see ourselves and the world. Either way, whether God whispers to us or knocks us for a loop, we are in for a change ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

In the News ... "Urban ministry conference planned in Abilene"

ARN Photo by Greg Jaklewicz
• This Thursday through Saturday

By Loretta Fulton, Reporter
Abilene Reporter-News

ABILENE, TEXAS - People may not think of Abilene as “urban” but the city will be the host next week for the annual National Urban Ministry conference.

The conference will be at Highland Church of Christ, starting Thursday through Feb. 24. Registration information is available on the NUMA website at nationalurbanministryassociation.org ...

read the rest of this ARN report ...

In the News ... "Abilene church history sought during Black History Month"


• Photos/documents/artifacts for special event, this week

By Loretta Fulton, Reporter
Abilene Reporter-News

ABILENE, TEXAS - The Rev. R.F. Bonner, seated and looking straight into the camera lens, obviously is the man in charge.

A boy hands him books as deacons and another pastor stand in the background, dressed in their Sunday best for the photo shoot.The photo was taken in the 1940s outside New Light Baptist Church, which today, as in the ‘40s, is a predominantly black congregation.

It is the only photo of its type on display at Curtis House Cultural Center, a former funeral home transformed into a place to honor black Abilenians who have contributed to the city’s history. Andrew Penns, director of the center and a pastor himself, would like to see more photos, documents and artifacts from early black congregations in Abilene because of the role the church historically has played in the lives of black Americans ...

read the rest of this ARN report ...

In the News ... “China Aids seeks help for imprisoned Christians"

Courtesy Photo
•Midland nonprofit has petition requesting that Trump, other world leaders press for prisoners’ release

Brynne Lawrence, Contributor
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Christians in China’s southern Yunnan province are under attack, facing long prison sentences as Chinese authorities try to eradicate their religion under the guise of cracking down on “evil cults,” and you have the opportunity to save them ...

 • read the rest of this MRT report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

Presented by Bible Gateway
Today's Reading

On Comfort

Talk to me about the truth of religion and I’ll listen gladly. Talk to me about the duty of religion and I’ll listen submissively. But don’t come talking to me about the consolations of religion or I shall suspect that you don’t understand.

From A Grief Observed
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: February 18, 2018

YOUNG ADULT VOLUNTEER - Samantha Williams’ passion for her organic pancake-mix business is not driven solely by entrepreneurial ambition. It is also fueled by her sense of Christian vocation, which began to form more than a decade ago while she served as a Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

In the News ... "Providence unites historians in Abilene, Pennsylvania"


• Lectures, book-signings set for Sunday, Monday

By Loretta Fulton, Reporter
Abilene Reporter-News

ABILENE, TEXAS - History enthusiast Rob Westman couldn’t pass up a book titled “George Washington's Sacred Fire,” even if it did contain 1,200 pages, including a thick section of tiny endnotes.

As soon as Westman started reading the book by Peter Lillback (in photo, at right), a sacred fire kindled within him. Before he knew it, he was on a mission. He wanted to produce a children’s book about the faith life of the first president. The result is “George Washington: Providence” ...

read the rest of this ARN report ...

In the News ... "Lubbock Faith Calendar"

Courtesy Photo
• Area services and special events in the days, weeks ahead

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 ... ...

 • read the rest of this LAJ report

In the News ... "Abilene Church News"


• Special events and programs this week

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 ... "San Angelo Faith Briefs"


• Area churches prepare for Lent

Staff Report
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

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, mission opportunities and more ...

read the rest of this OA report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

TO SISTER PENELOPE: On the consequences of Mrs. Moore going into a nursing home; and on cheerful insecurity rather than worry.

30 December 1950

Yours was a cheering letter which warmed my heart (I wish it would have warmed my fingers too: as it is they will hardly form the letters!). . . .

Our state is thus: my ‘mother’ has had to retire permanently into a Nursing Home. She is in no pain but her mind has almost completely gone. What traces of it remain seem gentler and more placid than I have known it for years. Her appetite is, oddly, enormous. I visit her, normally, every day, and am divided between a (rational?) feeling that this process of gradual withdrawal is merciful and even beautiful, and a quite different feeling (it comes out in my dreams) of horror.

There is no denying—and I don’t know why I should deny to you—that our domestic life is both more physically comfortable and more psychologically harmonious for her absence. The expense is of course very severe and I have worries about that. But it would be very dangerous to have no worries—or rather no occasions of worry. I have been feeling that very much lately: that cheerful insecurity is what Our Lord asks of us. Thus one comes, late and surprised, to the simplest and earliest Christian lessons!

. . . I am glad to hear your inner news. Mine, too, is I think (but who am I to judge?) fairly good. Oremus pro invicem [Let us pray for each other].

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: February 17, 2018

TRAINING RULING ELDERS - What is a small, isolated Presbyterian church to do if it can’t afford to hire an ordained pastor? As that dilemma becomes more common, several Midwestern presbyteries and the Synod of Lakes and Prairies are collaborating on coursework to train elders for greater responsibilities ...

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Friday, February 16, 2018

From ServLife International ... "Pastor Graduation"

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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Pastor Graduation

Twelve pastors graduated from ServLife’s Pastor Training School last fall. They learned how to share the Gospel, teach the Bible, disciple others and generally how to run a church. Nepal Director Bekharaj shares, “We should train leaders so they can also train in their church and they can train their disciples.”

The main agent of change in India and Nepal is local churches ...

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In the News ... "Where in El Paso to eat on meatless Fridays during Lent"

EPT Photo by Ruben R. Ramirez
• Restaurants change menus on Fridays for next six weeks

María Cortés González, Reporter
El Paso Times


EL PASO, TEXAS - Lent is about reflection and sacrifice.

It's also about delicious meatless traditional foods as faithful Catholics are to abstain from eating red meat on Ash Wednesday and every Friday during Lenten season ...

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

In the News ... "Faith Briefs -- what’s going on in the faith community"

Courtesy Photo
• Including Lenten retreats, this weekend

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 ... ...

 • read the rest of this LAJ report

From @FWMission ...Friday Story: "Monthly Recap – January 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 – January 2018"

Wheelchair Arrivals; Test Track Installation Complete; Welcome our Central America Regional Trainer; The Low Down on Don; Insights from Peru; Upcoming Events; and much more ...

read the rest of this story ...

In the News ... "Faith, camaraderie outweigh the risk of injury, say bullfighters"

SAST Photo by Yfat Yossifor
"I'd say my insurance is Jesus, to be honest"

By Michelle Gaitan, Reporter
San Angelo Standard Times


SAN ANGELO, TEXAS - Bumps, bruises and broken bones come with the territory for rodeo bullfighters tasked with protecting bull riders in an arena.

For Clay Heger, the love of the job — keeping another cowboy safe — makes it worth the risk ...

read the rest of this SAST report

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

Presented by Bible Gateway
Today's Reading

“Come here,” said the Lion. And she had to. She was almost between its front paws now, looking straight into its face. But she couldn’t stand that for long; she dropped her eyes.

“Human Child,” said the Lion. “Where is the Boy?”

“He fell over the cliff,” said Jill, and added, “Sir.” She didn’t know what else to call him, and it sounded cheek to call him nothing.

“How did he come to do that, Human Child?”

“He was trying to stop me from falling, Sir.”

“Why were you so near the edge, Human Child?”

“I was showing off, Sir.”

“That is a very good answer, Human Child. Do so no more. ”

From The Silver Chair
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 by Jerry L. Van Marter
Today in the Mission Yearbook: February 16, 2018

LEGACY OF REV. CHARLES STANFORD - Presbyterians throughout the denomination are remembering with admiration the life and service of the Rev. Charles Leo Stanford Jr. Stanford died Dec. 18, after nearly 60 years of ministry with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He was 83 ...

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

From @austinseminary ... "The Reed" for February 2018


Austin Seminary Association honors excellence; MidWinter Lectures exceed expectations; Austin Seminary and World War I; and more ...

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