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Love Moves: Day Three

Mission Network News - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 5:00am

(Graphic courtesy PIONEERS)

International (MNN) -- As explained in 1 John 4:9, "We love because He first loved us." PIONEERS USA's Danny Anan says that's the heartbeat of their 2016 Love Moves initiative. "It moves individual hearts. It moves people's souls. Those who are hopeless – it moves them to find hope, and find life, in Jesus," says Anan. Earlier this week, we outlined two aspects of the Love Moves initiative – Victims of War and Victims of Disease. Today, Anan describes the "big picture" of Love Moves. Love Moves: a 2016 Gospel Initiative

(Photo courtesy Pioneers/Arab World Ministries)

As described here, PIONEERS wants to send 130 new missionaries to the field, and keep existing ministries going strong. They also want to share Christ's compassion and Truth with more of India's HIV victims and Middle East refugees. "We're very clear that the reasons we're doing these things is because Jesus loves them," Anan explains. "People who are in these situations, they are without hope. For them, it's really touching to know that why we're doing that is because of Jesus." PIONEERS leadership envisions a surplus of Kingdom-building projects and outcomes in 2016, which fall under one of four categories:
  1. Support local movements
  2. Initiate new movements
  3. Secure and train workers
  4. Serve victims of war and disease

(Photo courtesy PIONEERS)

Get the full picture here. "We have this access that many others don't, into the lives of these people who are so desperate," says Anan. "God has brought us to these places and by supporting them, we're in a really unique position to share the Gospel." Bringing these ambitions to fruition won't happen without help from the Body of Christ. Anan outlines three ways you can come alongside the Love Moves initiative: PRAY
  • Pray for local believers to lead movements of faith among their people groups.
  • Pray for more Christians to commit to sharing the Gospel with the world's 2.9 billion unreached individuals.
  • Pray for PIONEERS missionaries to rely on God for strength, safety, and leadership.
  • Pray victims of war and disease will find new life and hope in Jesus Christ.
GIVE Every dollar given to PIONEERS' Love Moves initiative will be matched. Friends of the ministry are doubling every Love Moves gift, up to $100,000 USD. Help PIONEERS share the Good News with the unreached. GO

(Image courtesy PIONEERS)

PIONEERS recruits, trains, and sustains U.S. Gospel workers to initiate new church-planting movements among people groups without a strong, local presence. In 2016, the ministry hopes to recruit 200 new U.S. missionaries, and send 130 missionaries to the field. Will you be one of them?
Categories: Mission Network News

Vulnerable, with reason

Mission Network News - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 5:00am

Women comfort each other as they stand in front of the Carillon cafe, in Paris, Saturday, Nov.14, 2015. French President Francois Hollande vowed to attack Islamic State without mercy as the jihadist group admitted responsibility Saturday for orchestrating the deadliest attacks inflicted on France since World War II. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus obtained via Ron Hutchcraft Ministries)

International (MNN/RHM) – The world is stunned by what has happened in France and Lebanon. People are searching for Truth and something that will bring hope to a dark situation. Evangelist Ron Hutchcraft from Ron Hutchcraft Ministries shared some thoughts on his blog about answers to the questions people have in the wake of last week's horrific events. As I watched heartbreaking scenes from last week's terror attacks in Paris, my mind flashed back some 22 years. The morning after the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, I flew from New York to speak in another city. To my surprise, we were greeted by a TV crew, asking, "How are New Yorkers feeling after this attack?" They came to me first. Let's see...first word that comes to my mind. "Vulnerable." That was it. We all suddenly felt very vulnerable. Fast forward to November 2015. And put an exponent next to that "vulnerable." Not just in one city. But around the world. Terror has metastasized. The American President says, "The sky has darkened." The Pope says we are now in "a piecemeal World War III." Vulnerable isn't just a feeling. It's a disturbing reality. For example, our almost total dependence on vulnerable cyber technology - without which we would be paralyzed. And our interconnectedness with a "house of cards" world economy. And hackers, identity thieves and terrorists moving faster than the systems devised to stop them. And... We are vulnerable. There's a lot of fear. With reason. But there's also safe harbor. Not in the events we can see. But in the "something bigger" - the larger tapestry of which all our uncertainties are threads. The threads bring fear. The tapestry spawns faith. It's a faith that's powerfully revealed in the time-tested wisdom of the Bible. And rooted in a perspective that sees the panoramic backdrop for all the fear factors around us. That perspective is called "eternity." As one Bible writer says, "We don't look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen...the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever" (2 Corinthians 4:18 - NLT). Things look different through eternity glasses. From the observation deck of "forever," we can see three lights in our darkening sky. 1. There is hope. Jesus said, "Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid...In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world!" (John 14:28; 16:33). No matter how wild our roller coaster ride is, our car is anchored to a track. That track is the larger plan of an unstoppable God, revealed in Biblical prophecies of where this all goes. First, "nation will rise against nation...the nations will be in turmoil...people will be terrified." But then, everyone will see the Son of Man coming on a cloud with power and great glory (Luke 21). Terror. Turmoil. Then the triumph of Jesus' return. No leader, no army, no terrorist will write the final chapter. Jesus will. Whatever tonight's news, "the Lord reigns!" (1 Chronicles 16:31). Are things spinning out of control? Ours? Yes. His? Never! 2. There is justice. Whether or not wrongdoers are "brought to justice" on earth, God's greater justice is inescapable. "Man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment" (Hebrews 9:27). And, "will not the Judge of all the earth do right?" (Genesis 18:25). Time will not right all wrongs. Eternity will. 3. There is security. In tornado country, when the dark sky turns deadly, people head for their "safe room." I know where my safe room is in a menacing world. "Nothing in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:38-39). There is an unshakeable anchor for the soul. The unloseable love of Jesus Christ. Love proven by His life sacrifice for our sin on a cross. Guaranteed by His victory over death at His empty tomb. Disaster-proof. Terror-proof. Death-proof. The storm is intensifying. But the Safe Room is open. The world is stunned by what has happened in France and Lebanon. People are searching for truth and hope in a place that seems to have none. But Ron Hutchcraft of Ron Hutchcraft ministries shares that with Jesus as our redeemer and 'safe room', we still have hope, justice, and security on our side. Take a few minutes to read the blog post at our website that reminds us there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and time wont right all wrongs, only eternity will.
Categories: Mission Network News

Loch Haven’s 2016 budget

WGRC News - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 1:09pm

Lock Haven city council last night was presented with a 2016 budget which does not contain a tax increase. The city had raised taxes this year by 16% in order to cover a deficit. City officials say that the increase has helped to allow for a $130,000 dollar reserve which will be carried over into next year’s $10.6 million dollar budget. If things go as planned, the city should have about $93,000 dollars to carry over into 2017. Among the expenses increasing in the 2016 budget is the cost of health care for city employees.

Categories: Local News

Governor Tom Wolf welcomes Syrian refugees

WGRC News - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 1:09pm

An ever increasing number of state governors are threatening to halt efforts to allow Syrian refugees into their states in the aftermath of the attacks in Paris. Here in Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf says his administration will continue working with the federal government to resettle Syrian refugees in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services says 14 Syrian refugees have already arrived in the state.

Categories: Local News

President Obama heads to G-20 Summit

WGRC News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 12:34pm

President Obama heads out Saturday for the G-20 summit in Turkey. National Security Adviser Susan Rice said ISIS and Syria will be on the agenda, along with global economic issues and climate change. Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to attend. Rice said no formal meeting is scheduled with President Obama, but the two leaders will have ample opportunity to chat on the sidelines of the summit. Obama and Putin have never enjoyed a warm relationship. Next week, President Obama will travel to the Philippines and Malaysia for summits on economic cooperation and trade.

Categories: Local News

Boil Water Advisory

WGRC News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 12:33pm

Customers of the Montgomery Water Authority are reminded to continue to boil their water until further notice. Officials with the Authority say an issue at the reservoir serving the borough’s water supply caused a drop in pressure. That issue has since been fixed, but officials say that customers will have to boil their water until officials can make sure that everything is okay with water pressure. Fresh water is available for public use at the borough garage on Henry Hand Drive.

Categories: Local News

Lewisburg woman arrested for scalding 2 year old son

WGRC News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 12:33pm

A 20 year old Lewisburg woman was ordered to stand trial yesterday in the scalding of her 2 year old son. Hayle Hans is accused of forcing her son into a bathtub filled with extremely hot water which caused second degree burns to the child’s body. The incident happened on August 25th when Hans reportedly became upset that the child had an accident while potty training. She allegedly filled the tub with hot scalding water and placed the boy in it, leaving for a couple of minutes and returning to find the skin on the boy’s legs peeling. She then together with her boyfriend game the boy a cooling bath and applied ointment but he had to be taken in for medical treatment six days later. Bail was set at $10,000 dollars.

Categories: Local News