Sunday, May 27, 2018

Equal Exchange Blog ... "The Fierce Women CONACADO"

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.


The Fierce Women CONACADO

I came away from a recent visit to our cacao partner CONACADO with a feeling of tremendous appreciation for the way that co-operative has promoted women in roles that traditionally are assigned to men. I have even more appreciation for the strong women who have taken opportunities for leadership and have excelled, despite the challenges. According to the organization Farming First, “female farmers receive only 5% of all agricultural extension services from 97 countries, [and] only 15% of the world’s extension agents are women” ...

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In the News ... "FOLLOW-UP: Haitian teen gets life-changing eye surgery at Midland Memorial"

KWES Photo
• Result of contact during mission trip

By Dana Morris, Multimedia Journalist
KWES-TV

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Micah Jean-Marie had her second and final surgery to repair detached lenses on May 25.

Doctors say the operation was successful and expect Micah to have 20/20 vision once her eyes fully heal ...

 • read/watch the rest of this KWES report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

Lewis, grieving the death of his wife, Joy:

There’s a limit to the ‘one flesh.’ You can’t really share someone else’s weakness, or fear or pain. What you feel may be bad. It might conceivably be as bad as what the other felt, though I should distrust anyone who claimed that it was. But it would still be quite different. When I speak of fear, I mean the merely animal fear, the recoil of the organism from its destruction; the smothery feeling; the sense of being a rat in a trap. It can’t be transferred. The mind can sympathize; the body, less. In one way the bodies of lovers can do it least. All their love passages have trained them to have, not identical, but complementary, correlative, even opposite, feelings about one another.

We both knew this. I had my miseries, not hers; she had hers, not mine. The end of hers would be the coming-of-age of mine. We were setting out on different roads. This cold truth, this terrible traffic- regulation (‘You, Madam, to the right—you, Sir, to the left’) is just the beginning of the separation which is death itself.

And this separation, I suppose, waits for all. I have been thinking of H. and myself as peculiarly unfortunate in being torn apart. But presumably all lovers are. She once said to me, ‘Even if we both died at exactly the same moment, as we lie here side by side, it would be just as much a separation as the one you’re so afraid of.’ Of course she didn’t know, any more than I do. But she was near death; near enough to make a good shot. She used to quote ‘Alone into the Alone.’ She said it felt like that. And how immensely improbable that it should be otherwise! Time and space and body were the very things that brought us together; the telephone wires by which we communicated. Cut one off, or cut both off simultaneously. Either way, mustn’t the conversation stop?

From A Grief Observed
Compiled in A Year with C.S. Lewis

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook


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

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Today in the Mission Yearbook: May 27, 2018

INTERCULTURAL CHURCH SUNDAY - Leaders from across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) representing intercultural congregations, and the Presbyterian Intercultural Network, gathered at the Presbyterian Center in Louisville, Kentucky, last fall to talk about their call, passion and best practices for intercultural ministries. Ideas for possible initiatives were shared on how the Presbyterian Church may become an intercultural church that is truly welcoming and inclusive, and that genuinely appreciates each other’s distinctiveness and values differences ...

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

In the News ... "The Isaacs take 'Journey of Faith' tour to Snyder"

Courtesy Photo
• Their musical style has been influenced by various genres

By Loretta Fulton, Reporter
Abilene Reporter-News

ABILENE, TEXAS - The Isaacs, a family of musicians who own multiple awards for inspirational Christian country and bluegrass music, will bring its Journey of Faith tour to Snyder for a 7 p.m. performance June 2.

The concert will be at Calvary Baptist Church. Tickets are available online and range from $15 to $25 or $35 for VIP seats ...

read the rest of this ARN report ...

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

In the News ... "Lubbock Faith Briefs"

Courtesy Photo
• What’s going on in area 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 ... ...

 • read the rest of this LAJ report ...

 • 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"


• 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 ...

In the News ... "San Angelo church roof collapses in 'catastrophic failure'"

SAST Photo by Yfat Yossifor
• At this time, unsure of structure's, collapse's cause

John Tufts and Yfat Yossifor,, Reporters
San Angelo Standard Times


SAN ANGELO, TEXAS - The roof of the Victory Christian Church Center, 1620 Sunset Drive, suffered a "catastrophic failure," and collapsed around 11 a.m. Friday, May 25, 2018...

read the rest of this SAST report

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

“Stay where you are,” cried Digory, turning round to face her, “or we’ll all vanish. Don’t come an inch nearer.”

“Foolish boy,” said the Witch. “Why do you run from me? I mean you no harm. If you do not stop and listen to me now, you will miss some knowledge that would have made you happy all your life.”

“Well, I don’t want to hear it, thanks,” said Digory. But he did.

“I know what errand you have come on,” continued the Witch. “For it was I who was close beside you in the woods last night and heard all your counsels. You have plucked fruit in the garden yonder. You have it in your pocket now. And you are going to carry it back, untasted, to the Lion; for him to eat, for him to use. You simpleton! Do you know what that fruit is? I will tell you. It is the apple of youth, the apple of life. I know, for I have tasted it; and I feel already such changes in myself that I know I shall never grow old or die. Eat it, Boy, eat it; and you and I will both live forever and be king and queen of this whole world—or of your world, if we decide to go back there.”

“No thanks,” said Digory, “I don’t know that I care much about living on and on after everyone I know is dead. I’d rather live an ordinary time and die and go to Heaven.”

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 by Buzz Durham
Today in the Mission Yearbook: May 26, 2018

HOW TO USE CHURCH PROPERTY - As congregations change and traditional church buildings age, the question of what to do about buildings and property becomes paramount. Older congregations wonder if they should continue allowing the building to provide a sanctuary for the members who had sustained it. And new church development leaders must decide whether to commit to bricks and mortar or continue renting space even though the weekly setup and cleanup can siphon off energy that could be used in other ways ...

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Friday, May 25, 2018

From ServLife International ... "Drive a Spoke"

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.



Drive a Spoke

On April 9, 1945 Dietrich Bonhoeffer was executed by the Nazis. His teachings on biblical community, justice and kinetic pacifism have significantly shaped my theology over the last two decades. In one of his early sermons he said, “We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.”

This insight and approach is one of the things that attracted me to ServLife International 15 years ago ...

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From Adam Nevins
Executive Director
ServLife International Inc.


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In the News ... "BSISD to provide summer meals for kids"


• May 29 through June 29

Roger Cline, Reporter
Big Spring Herald


BIG SPRING, TEXAS - Kids need food to live, grow and thrive. Many kids depend on free breakfasts and lunches that they receive at school for a large portion of their sustenance. This year, the Big Spring Independent School District has partnered with the Department of Agriculture through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) to keep the food coming throughout the summer ...

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

Houston Girl Scouts Rally for Mobility; First Anniversary Giving the Gift of Mobility; 10 Wheelchair Containers Arrived at Port; Ambassadors Take the Lead; A Fearless Gift from Mariners Church; Giving the Gift of Mobility in Jamaica; and more ...

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In the News ... "'Transformation Tour' free concert"

Courtesy Photo
• Saturday night in Midland

Staff Report
Odessa American


MIDLAND, TEXAS - Mount Rose Full Gospel Baptist Church has scheduled a free concert, The Transformation Tour, featuring Christian Hip Hop artists GS, Palace, Matt V, Henry Z and Korbvn from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Palmer Activity Christian Center, 1305 E. Illinois Avenue, Midland.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, call (432) 686-7337.

In the News ... “’Summer of Sharing' food drive kicks off on Memorial Day"

LAJ Photo by Ray Westbrook
• Touching 1-in-8 people across the South Plains

Ray Westbrook, Reporter
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

The South Plains Food Bank will formally begin its annual Summer of Sharing Food Drive with a Fun Run at 9 a.m. Monday, May 28, in Mackenzie Park, near the Broadway entrance.

The Summer of Sharing event continues through June, with special activities on June 25 at Food King to highlight the drive ...

 • read the rest of this LAJ report

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

[Science fiction] really does deal with issues far more serious than those realistic fiction deals with; real problems about human destiny and so on. Do you remember that story about the man who meets a female monster landed from another planet with all its cubs hanging round it? It’s obviously starving, and he offers them thing after thing to eat; they immediately vomit it up, until one of the young fastens on him, begins sucking his blood, and immediately begins to revive. This female creature is utterly unhuman, horrible in form; there’s a long moment when it looks at the man – they’re in a lonely place – and then very sadly it packs up its young, and goes back into its space-ship and goes away. Well now, you could not have a more serious theme than that. What is a footling story about some pair of human lovers compared with that?

From Of Other Worlds: Essays and Stories

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 Amy Beth Willis
Today in the Mission Yearbook: May 25, 2018

SERVING GOD - Done right, service to God is not an easy task. From the beginning, the people of God struggled with the issue of faithfulness; and those who were chosen to lead them, especially the prophets, were often confounded by the worldly challenges around them and the inner challenges of disobedience within the community of God’s people ...

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

FBR Report: "Pray, Act in Love and Never Give Up: Meeting Rohingya Refugees and ARSA"

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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Pray, Act in Love and Never Give Up: Meeting Rohingya Refugees and ARSA

We just returned from Bangladesh, where we met some of the Rohingya who have fled from Burma Army attacks, as well as meeting with the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), a resistance movement formed to try to stop the Burma Army attacks. Since August 25, 2017, over 650,000 Rohingya from Burma have joined the more than 300,000 Rohingya refugees already in Bangladesh, all chased out of their homes in Arakan State, western Burma ...

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

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



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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 ... "Drivers needed for Meals On Wheels-Odessa"

• Helping those that otherwise would go hungry

Staff Report
Odessa American


ODESSA, TEXAS - Meals On Wheels is currently needing drivers.

Drivers are needed to deliver hot meals to home-bound seniors once a week for one or two hours.

For more information, call (432) 333-6451.

In the News ... "Food Pantry at Westminster Presbyterian"

• Last Saturday of each month

Staff Report
Odessa American


ODESSA, TEXAS - Westminster Presbyterian Church of Odessa, 4901 Maple Ave., has scheduled the monthly food pantry from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month.
For more information, call (432) 366-1321.

In the News ... "Haitian teen gets life-changing eye surgery at Midland Memorial"

KWES Photo
• Result of contact during mission trip

By Dana Morris, Multimedia Journalist
KWES-TV

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Micah Jean-Marie is getting to see life from a whole new perspective these days.

The 14-year-old from Haiti is recovering from surgery on a detached lens, but can already see things she had never been able to before ...

 • read/watch the rest of this KWES report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

On Holiness

If He does not support us, not one of us is safe from some gross sin. On the other hand, no possible degree of holiness or heroism which has ever been recorded of the greatest saints is beyond what He is determined to produce in every one of us in the end. The job will not be completed in this life: but He means to get us as far as possible before death.

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.

"The Body of Jesus Carried to the Anointing Stone” by J.J. Tissot
Today in the Mission Yearbook: May 24, 2018

LIFE AND DEATH - On a sunny July morning, I drove into the Waldheim Jewish Cemetery in Forest Park, a suburb west of Chicago, to attend the burial service for a former hospice patient. Waldheim was founded during the second wave of Jewish immigration to the city in the late 19th century, and it has been the final resting place for women like Sara, a Holocaust survivor from Russia who lived into her 90s ...

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

In the News ... "Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midland to receive True Texas BBQ proceeds for May 25"


• Also learn about volunteer opportunities

By Kirsten Geddes, Multimedia Journalist
KWES-TV

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Visits to the Midland True Texas BBQ in H.E.B. on May 25 will go towards donations for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

For every meal purchased between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. 15% of the proceeds will be donated to Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Midland.

Big Brothers Big Sisters will also be at the event for anyone interested in volunteering or or enrolling their child into the program.

In the News ... “Spiritual journeys shared at gospel concert"

AJM Photo by Jayme Lozano
"It’s what God can do"

Jayme Lozano, Reporter
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

LUBBOCK, TEXAS - Every pew at Bethel A.M.E Church was full Sunday during a gospel concert hosted by the Each One Reach One youth ministry, which helps children of the community with scholarship money among other resources.

The event brought gospel musicians from all over the nation ...

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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 11:30 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!

REMINDER: We have moved our meeting time back to 11:30! Hope that enables some of you to rejoin us!

Warmly,

Carrie



When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.

Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: "Aren't all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs-we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!" Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, "What does this mean?"
Acts 2:1-12

Yesterday we celebrated Pentecost Sunday, the day that marks the gift of the Holy Spirit as described in Acts 2. As I've been thinking this week about this story, I've found myself most struck by this one simple line in the scripture:

"We hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!"

To me one of the most striking miracles of Pentecost is that God never fails to communicate with his people and that his people are not always who we'd expect! He's not bound to the language of the religious customs of the day (Hebrew for all the faithful Jewish), nor is he tied down to the language of the powers of the day (Greek for the Roman politically mighty).

No, like a raging wildfire, he is uncontained and unbound in his love for his people. He shows himself willing to speak our heart languages... deeply personal and intimate; tongues of fire uniquely translated to get the heart of his message straight to our hearts.

The Good News of Jesus never changes. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. But as cultures shift and languages change, sometimes we need a new tongue to communicate the eternal hope and joy that is found in the Good News of Jesus. And that's just what this miracle offers. And maybe today no one speaks the language of the Parthians or the Medes, but there is a whole generation of children who speak a different language from most of us adults. And I think we need this miracle as desperately today as they did at the time of Pentecost.

Texas Tribune Photo by Michael Stravato
With another school shooting fresh in the headlines, it seems as though more and more of us are throwing our hands up in defeat. We don't know how to stop the violence, so we give up... and it's far too easy to point fingers of blame away from ourselves. We shake our heads and bristle inside to think of how far the youth of today have fallen away from where we think they ought to be. We blame laws, society, parents, the kids themselves, and the discord grows louder and louder... We don't understand each other and shouting louder won't solve anything.

Maybe it's time we learned a new language.

The message of Jesus never changes. But rather than growing angry with "kids today" in all their darkness and despair, maybe we need to reflect on their lives and better understand what informs their decisions and shapes their character. Maybe we need to repent for the ways our complicity has shaped current culture. Or perhaps -- more accurately -- maybe we need to repent for how culture has been shaped without us as we've checked out and boycotted and tucked ourselves safely behind closed doors and under tall steeples so as to avoid sullying our pretty Sunday dresses with the muck and grime of this fallen world.

But it's not too late for tongues of fire. It's not too late for us to have blazing tongues of love in a hurting world. This last weekend, the world watched while Prince Harry married Meghan Markle in England. And in the midst of the pomp and the circumstance, Bishop Michael Curry of the American Episcopal church delivered a rousing address on the powers of love. The sermon, worth watching or reading in its entirety, began with a Martin Luther King, Jr. quote:

"We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we do that, we will make of this old world a new world, for love is the only way."

Bishop Curry cautioned us against underestimating or over sentimentalizing love, because doing so denies its power to remake the world. And on that day of Pentacost, the full force of God's powerful love was on full display in tongues of fire hovering over each person's head. It is the love of God that compels him to reveal his heart for his people in ways that they can understand. It is the love of God that compels him to speak the truth of his love and mercy in the languages of our hearts. Even today, may we receive this gift of tongues - this love gift from the Father's heart straight to ours - and live into the power it conveys to us.

And may it compel us to ask how we can reveal God's heart to others in ways they can understand. Maybe we need to ask Jesus how we can better communicate his truth to a generation of students who have been raised to believe there's no such thing as truth. Maybe we need to ask Jesus how we can better communicate his desire to accept us "just as we are" to a generation of young adults who are always failing to make the cut, meet the standard, or find belonging in even the most basic ways. There are thousands of kids today who do not believe they are precious to anyone and who do not believe they have any value at all. It should come as no surprise when this belief leads to destructive tendencies.

For a generation desensitized to violence and awash in isolation and despair and loneliness, we need a new vocabulary to speak life and love and hope. The message of Jesus never changes. But our language must. And with the Holy Spirit's help, he will gives us tongues of fire so those around us will hear the wonders of God in a fresh way and in a language they understand.

This week, as we pray for the community, school, and families impacted by this latest school shooting, I'd like to invite you to join me to prayerfully repent for the ways we have individually and corporately turned away from hurting children in our own communities. Let's repent for the ways we have kept silent when we ought to have communicated mercy and forgiveness and hope and the redemptive power of God's love. And as we repent, let's trust God will give us opportunities and the strength to turn back towards these hurting children. Let's ask for his love to burn bright in our hearts and spill out into the darkness around us; for tongues of fire to rest over our heads and empower us to bring the Good News to a new generation in a language they understand.



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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

Praying with you,

Carrie

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

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

I’ve just found in an old note-book a poem, with no author’s name attached, which is rather relevant to something we were talking about a few weeks ago—I mean, the haunting fear that there is no one listening, and that what we call prayer is soliloquy: someone talking to himself. This writer takes the bull by the horns and says in effect: ‘Very well, suppose it is’, and gets a surprising result. Here is the poem:

They tell me, Lord, that when I seem

To be in speech with you,

Since but one voice is heard, it’s all a dream,

One talker aping two.

Sometimes it is, yet not as they

Conceive it. Rather, I

Seek in myself the things I hoped to say,

But lo!, my wells are dry.

Then, seeing me empty, you forsake

The listener’s role and through

My dumb lips breathe and into utterance wake

The thoughts I never knew

And thus you neither need reply

Nor can; thus, while we seem

Two talkers, though are One forever, and I

No dreamer, but thy dream.

Dream makes it too like Pantheism and was perhaps dragged in for the rhyme. But is he not right in thinking that prayer in its most perfect state is soliloquy?

From Letters to Malcolm

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 Kathy Melvin
Today in the Mission Yearbook: May 23, 2018

SRI LANKA WOMEN - In a culture where women often go unheard, the fisherfolk women of Sri Lanka made certain their voices were loud and clear.

Their story began in 2010 when the Sri Lankan government, as part of its plan to attract more tourism and conference business, decided to build a seaplane project in the Negombo Lagoon ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Partners Blog: "Love and Bubble Fights"

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

PR&D Photos
Love and Bubble Fights

Standing outside of a Karen-Thai village, I watch three boys play and splash in a stream of soapy bubble water as their mothers’ are in the process of dying thread to help support their families. Watching how the children play I was remembering that this is just what my nephews or the three boys I used to look after would do in America. Children are children no matter where they live.

Pictures of children in Syria, who are in the midst of running for their lives fill my mind as I go through my day ...

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Partners Relief and Development is a registered charity in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States. "We’re a small, grassroots nonprofit passionate about making a big impact in communities affected by conflict and oppression, demonstrating God’s love to children and giving them the opportunity to live free, full lives." For more information aboput Partners, visit their website at partners.ngo/