Reflections/Prayer

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Prayer for the Week

Third Sunday in Lent

March 24, 2019

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Eternal Spirit, bring us into your Presence this morning    

      As we seek new directions for our lives in today's world,   

Hold us fast in your heart, Holy One, so we may experience                your love,

     broadening our vision of the call you have given us.   

Enlarge the boundaries of our thought and imagination,

     Confronting us with love's demand for justice and mercy,  

As did the One who lived for others,

       Even Christ Jesus our Lord, Amen


Reflections

Thoughts for the Week

Third Sunday in Lent

March 24, 2019

 

We have never preached violence, except the violence of love which left Christ nailed to a cross, the violence that we must each do to ourselves, to overcome our selfishness and such cruel inequalities among us. The violence we preach is not the violence of the sword, the violence of hatred. It is the violence of love, of brotherhood, the violence that wills to beat weapons into sickles for work.

Monsignor Oscar Romero

(1917-1980)


The great task of Christians must be to absorb the spirit of God's kingdom and, with souls filled with the kingdom of God, to work on the projects of history.  ... the true liberators of our people must come from us Christians, from the people of God.

Monsignor Oscar Romero

(1917-1980)

 

Our Congregation

 

Prayer is a way we gain strength from God as we face life's burdens and concerns as well as joys. Please use the e-mail link to have your name, your concerns or your joys added to our prayer list. Prayer requests are confidential, known to God and the pastor. 

 

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Global Ministries

March

  3  Debbie Colvin, Ghana - Luke 9:28-36
10 Karen Campbell-Nelson, Indonesia - Luke 4:1-13
17 Jeanette Salley, Nicaragua - Luke 13:31-35
24 Carlos Sediles-Real, Mexico - Luke 13:1-9
31 Robert Breckenridge, Zambia - Luke 15: 1-3,                   11b-32



American Baptists Churches

International Ministries 

Pray for Annie and Jeff Dieselberg providing help and hope to women and children in Thailand who are the victims of human trafficking. 

        Annie and Jeff Dieselberg are based in Bangkok, Thailand, a bustling metropolis of more than 10 million people. They both serve at the NightLight Foundation and NightLight Design Co. Ltd.

NightLight is an international organization committed to addressing the complex issues surrounding trafficking and prostitution by catalyzing individual and community transformation. NightLight's vision is to offer intervention to sexually exploited women and children, to enable them to discover their dignity and to provide a program of holistic transformation, empowering them to live and work in their communities.

 

NightLight's mission is to build relationships and provide hope, intervention, rescue and assistance to women and children exploited in the sex industry. It does this by offering alternative employment through the registered jewelry business NightLight Design, Co. Ltd.—in addition to vocational opportunities, life-skills training and physical, emotional and spiritual development—to women seeking freedom from sexual exploitation. NightLight builds support networks internationally to intervene and assist women, men and children whose lives are negatively impacted by the sex industry.

Annie is the founder and CEO of NightLight. Annie also facilitates outreach in the red-light area and leads in the prayer and deliverance ministry at NightLight. As an advocate for NightLight and the issues of women exploited in the sex industry, Annie also does a lot of networking and speaking.

Jeff serves as chaplain to the NightLight. He also serves as senior pastor of NightLight’s church plant, Song Sawang Church (translated “Shine the Light”). Song Sawang Church began in May 2008, mostly with new converts from NightLight. Now, however, these women who are members of the church are reaching out to family, friends and strangers, including men, youths and children, bringing more growth and diversity to the congregational makeup.


In addition, Jeff, along with a team of four trained adjunct faculty, teaches urban transformation at the invitation of local seminaries to encourage aspiring pastors and Christian workers to understand and engage in what God is doing in Bangkok and the cities of the world.

 

In December 2018, a generous donor came forward and offered to match donations of up to $100,000 to help purchase a building for NightLight and Song Sawang Church.

 

Annie and Jeff, in collaboration with the development team, reached out to hundreds of IM donors. Thanks to their kindness and generosity, IM has reached the $100,000 goal. When doubled by the gift, the $100,000 rose to $200,000.

Annie and Jeff are pleased, “We are so grateful to everyone who participated in this gift-doubling opportunity to bring us so close to having keys in hand. We are just short of our goal and we’re hoping to close the purchase as soon as we reach 100%.” $21,548 is still needed to finalize the purchase. 

By securing the full funding, NightLight can purchase the building it currently rents. Your gifts will make this possible and we invite you to share this opportunity with your friends and church family.



Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.

Rom. 12:12 NRSV