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Living Triumphantly

Christian Post - Living - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 9:20am
Peter is an inspiration for us today. God does not choose servants who are solid rocks with no cracks or crevices. Instead, He selects people who have weaknesses, failures, and a need to be forgiven repeatedly.
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Specific giving counters Hallowgivingsmas

Mission Network News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 5:00am

(Photo courtesy Flickr/CC/Soul Motor)

International (MNN) -- If you walk into a store right now in the United States, you see evidence of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas all mishmashed together. The retail creep on the buying seasons for gift-giving opportunities is so prevalent that people are starting to look for more meaningful alternatives. One of those alternatives is charity gift catalogs. The items shown in these catalogs give shoppers the chance to buy a sheep for a family or to educate a girl instead of buying a Cuisinart or an iPhone. Gift catalogs are attractive because they're almost always "gifts in action." People want to see exactly how their gift will effect change. Far Corners Missions President Gary Bishop explains that that desire for connection is normal. "One of the questions people ask is, 'What's the greatest gift that's ever been given?' People say, 'It's life itself, it's (one thing or another).' But I think all believers would agree that the greatest gift that's ever been given is Jesus." When put into that context, sharing that gift becomes part of a mandate because it's all about the Gospel. "It's the same thing that Jesus would do: loving and caring for people. That's what the Giving Book does. It gives people the chance to do a specific thing for [people] on the other side of the world that have no way to provide for themselves, to give them an important gift."

(Photo Giving Book 2013, courtesy Far Corners Missions)

Through national partners, Far Corners is able to resource nine different countries: China, England, India, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, and Thailand. Bishop uses India as an example of what a difference a single gift can make. "You can give a Telagu Bible to somebody in India for $4. But you can also give them a water buffalo, and that costs $1300." Or for $6, someone could ensure that a daycare child gets meals for a month. Bishop observes, "If we go to McDonald's, we would spend almost $6 per person. You can feed a daycare child in India for a whole month for that $6. Or for $6, you can give a widow a 5kg bag of rice." From health care to job training to spiritual equipping, Far Corners has a variety of ways to immediately impact lives. "Other people pass by them every day and don't concern themselves with them, or would do anything to avoid contact with these people. And so their very natural question is, 'Why are doing this for us?'" That question allows the local believer to turn the discussion to the hope of Christ. "That gives us the great opportunity to say, 'It is only because of Jesus' love,' and that allows us to tell them the story of Jesus."

(Photo courtesy Far Corners Missions)

The community at large sees transformation through feeding programs, medical outreaches, rescue operations, and educational programs, along with evangelical activities like church plants and pastoral training. It all goes toward investing in relationships, both now and in the future. "They know that the Church in India is the conduit through which all that comes to them. That's really what we want them to know: God's Church in India is responsible for getting that help to them." All you have to do to get started is request a copy of The Giving Book.  
Categories: Mission Network News

Update on Asia Bibi

Mission Network News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 5:00am

(Photo courtesy Voice of the Martyrs USA)

Pakistan (MNN) -- Asia Bibi, a Christian woman and mother of five children, lost her appeal with the Lahore High Court in Pakistan on Thursday. It means her death sentence on a blasphemy conviction stands. The Voice of the Martyrs USA says her lawyers now have 30 days to file an appeal with Pakistan's Supreme Court in Islamabad, the highest court in the land. It starts into motion a long appeal process that is expected to take years of more waiting. During the hearing, nearly 2,000 mullahs gathered outside the court to put pressure on the judges. When she learned the outcome, Asia Bibi told VOM contacts, “Please do something. It’s been so long, and I want to be with my children.” Many humanitarian advocates warn that even if the court should rule in Bibi's favor, she may be made an assassination target for Muslim extremists. Bibi has been convicted of blasphemy for drinking from the same bowl of water as Muslims and making derogatory comments about the prophet Muhammad. According to the original VOM report: On Friday, June 19, 2009, there was an intense discussion among the women about their faith. The Muslim women told Asia about Islam. Asia responded by telling them about her faith in Christ. Asia told the Muslim women Christ had died on the cross for sins, then asked them what Mohammad had done for them, according to VOM sources. She told them that Jesus is alive, but Mohammad is dead. “Our Christ is the true prophet of God,” she reportedly told them, “and yours is not true.” She was beaten and later taken into custody, then charged under the blasphemy law. Found guilty of blasphemy in November 2010, this wife and mother has been on death row for almost four years. The court process has been agonizingly slow. Thursday's decision was delayed five times this year. Pray that Asia will not lose heart but would continue to look to Jesus for daily strength and grace. May her worried family members and other loved ones be granted much patience and peace as they support this dear sister in Christ during her time of trial. Pray that God will be present in every detail of preparation for the upcoming hearing so it may go smoothly and result in Asia's freedom from prison. Finally, please also pray for the many other Christians in Pakistan who are facing blasphemy charges or other false allegations because of their love for Jesus Christ.
Categories: Mission Network News

Short-term mission trips to India

Mission Network News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 5:00am
India (MNN) -- Short-term missions are a great tool and opportunity to get involved in spreading the Gospel globally. However, it is important to begin this venture with the right attitude and the right expectations. Otherwise, the entire point of the trip could be missed. India Partners is an organization that ministers to widows and vulnerable people in India. They assist in church planting, establish long-term and self-sustaining micro loan projects, and share the truth of Jesus Christ even in prisons.

(Photo Courtesy of India Partners)

Remo Paul is a national partner of India Partners who works with short-term mission teams on a regular basis. He gets to see the blessings of the trips but also recognizes there are things every person should consider before going on a mission trip. "The success of your short-term teams depend on how and what your expectations are. More often than not, it tends to run into issues when expectations are not right." Sometimes it's what teams don't expect that will catch them off guard and make their trip less effective than what they originally hoped. India Partners has a variety of teams help them. Paul says, "Most often when teams come, they're either dental teams, eye teams, health teams, or there are training teams for pastors that need training in various issues and various aspects of life and ministry." Paul explains that there are three major benefits to short-term mission trips. First, he says, "When a team comes to visit us, it's a huge encouragement for us. I don't find words in my vocabulary that explain how that blesses us and encourages us, uplifts us. That would be the primary benefit." The second benefit is that short-term missions are mutually beneficial. "Ministry is a two-way street, so it also [in] reverse blesses the team that comes," Paul explains. The third benefit is that these teams bring in expertise that many long-term missionaries don't have. Dentistry is an extremely important expertise in some parts of India. Many times, villages are hours and hours away from the nearest dentist. Even if the dentist were closer, most people very likely could not afford treatment. Since often whatever ails them is not life-threatening, they'll deal with the pain and forgo medical care. Having a short-term mission dentist will provide these people in need with the care that they would otherwise never get. They might have waited years more for a dentist to establish himself in their village. While mission trips can often be an eye-opening experience for Christians, there are better and worse ways to prepare for one. One way is to look at how you've engaged your own community right where you are now. "Any mission starts where you are. So if you are planning on going on a mission trip, you should actually be involved in missions at your local church," Paul says. If your heart is already prepared for missions, then it's likely to show up in your activity with your home church. Paul explains that mission work is not dependent on location. "It's in the realm of spirituality that the mission trip actually happens." Starting at a local level will prepare you for more intense challenges you might meet on the field. Paul explains that local mission work "gives you the ability to understand how the evil one would try and stop any work." While not all of India is hostile to the Gospel, many places are. It's important to be prepared for that. If you know that God is calling you to go with India Partners and that He has prepared your heart for this, click here to contact them. If you would like to partner with India Partners through prayer or financial giving, click here.
Categories: Mission Network News

Anti-Balaka violence a problem for Christians

Mission Network News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 5:00am
Central African Republic (MNN) -- Six more people were killed late last week, relief groups are stymied, and transportation is at a standstill in the Central African Republic (CAR). While the country has a transitional government, Anti-Balaka rebels continues to seek revenge in the wake of the March 2013 coup by Muslim Seleka rebels.

Internally displaced in Central African Republic
(UNHCR photo)

Abuses marred their rule, prompting a backlash from the non-Muslim Anti-Balaka militia and their supporters. That backlash forced Seleka leader Michel Djotodia into exile in January. Catherine Samba Panza was appointed as interim president in the transitional government. However, the revenge killing by Anti-Balaka militia fighters continue, forcing minority Muslims and others into safe havens and refugee camps by the thousands. The recent attacks have forced taxi service to cease, says Jim Hocking, Founder and President of Water for Good, a partner with Living Water International and Reach Beyond in the CAR. "The [political] temperature of the country is taken by the taxis. When taxis are running, there are problems, but you can [probably] handle it. When the taxis quit running," the situation is dangerous. That caused difficulties for Water for Good workers. Hocking says, "We had been confined, basically, to the residence in the country. The embassy recommended we don't travel." Water for Good not only provides water for the people of the CAR as a way to hear the Gospel, but also operates a radio station to help the public. While their radio station continues operating, the water drill work has all but stopped. "For a little while now, we've had to lay off most of our staff; [we're] just waiting to gain more contracts to drill more water wells. We're still maintaining the water wells, but they do have to be very, very careful." Water for Life also provides water to a refugee camp near Bangui. However, that work has been turned over to the UN because of the unrest, even they weren't able to provide water for a few days. It's needed now more than ever. Hocking says, "The refugee camp climbed from about 30,000 people to about 40,000 in about two days because of this latest conflict." The conflict is dangerous for everyone. says Hocking. "There are many Christians, almost on a nightly basis, being robbed and hurt. The whole time I was there, almost every night we would hear of something happening to someone in one of the churches." Hocking is asking you to pray. "There are people who are really continuing to seek answers. Our Christian leaders need support. They're still being associated Anti-Balaka are non-Muslims. So, it's really a conflict between Muslim and non-Muslim." When it was time to leave the CAR, Water for Good needed a UN escort. All were able to leave safely. If you'd like to support Water for Good, Living Water International, or Reach Beyond click on the organization's name.
Categories: Mission Network News

Here's to the Ones by Rhett Walker Band

New Release Tuesday - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 5:00am
Since their 2012 debut, COME TO THE RIVER, the Rhett Walker Band has toured non-stop with everyone from MercyMe to Newsboys, spending more time on the road than at home. The project generated the band's first Top 10 hit, "When Mercy Found Me," which garnered Walker a GRAMMY© nomination for CCM Song of the Year. The band also received three 2013 Dove nominations in multiple categories including New Artist of the Year, Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year and Rock/Contemporary Song of the Year. Since their inception, the group has been invited three times to perform on the Grand Ole Opry,[...]
Categories: Christian Music News

VIP by Manic Drive

New Release Tuesday - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 5:00am
VIP comes out 10/14/2014. Click here to find out how to play a part in creating this album: www.pledgemusic.com/manicdrive[...]
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Fightback Soundtrack by We Are Leo

New Release Tuesday - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 5:00am
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The Dream by Sanctus Real

New Release Tuesday - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 5:00am
Capitol Christian Music Group announces that on October 14 Sanctus Real will release THE DREAM, their seventh studio album as well as their most personal project to date. Since banding together 18 years ago, this two-time GRAMMY-nominated band is excited to return with 12 songs, including its first single, "Lay It Down," which is already a top 10 hit and continues to climb the charts at radio. The members of Sanctus Real not only enjoy collaborating as a band and communicating about life and faith through their music, but are also a band well-known for being so real not just in[...]
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Unto Us by Aaron Shust

New Release Tuesday - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 5:00am
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Paradox Realities by BABZ

New Release Tuesday - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 5:00am
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Sentimental Season by Wayne Haun

New Release Tuesday - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 5:00am
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The InBetween by Scarlet White

New Release Tuesday - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 5:00am
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