Old First Church

69 Kings Hwy

Middletown, NJ 07748

Worship:

Sundays

10:30 AM

Reflections/Prayer

Pastor Joyce's sermons



 

Prayer for Sunday

September 20, 2020

 

Life-changing God who walks with us before we            call on you,

    We seek to understand you and what you call            us to do;                      

Bringing us into community, we listen for your                voice     

    Which sometimes comes in surprising                        places.   

Turn the water of or souls into the wine of your              Spirit

    So we serve you more fully and completely.  

We ask this in the name of him who served even            to the end,    

    Even Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Pray for Kim Brown retiring at end of year after having served in Thailand for 36 years. 

      Kim works with a team of indigenous leaders to manage a multi-faceted response to the needs of tribal peoples: HIV/AIDS prevention education, care for those who are HIV+ (including the House of Love for women and children affected by AIDS), ministry to people with disabilities, youth ministry and education and economic development work among migrants in locations spanning from traditional villages to urban slums. Kim carries out her ministry in relationship with the Thailand Karen Baptist Convention. 

     Kim writes - As you probably know, I will be retiring at the end of this year.  I find myself feeling a lot of grief as I prepare to say good-bye to a place where I have lived for 36 years (more than half of my life), and to people who have become my family. For a while I was crying often and easily. The USA is a place I no longer know, no longer understand; it no longer feels like home.  

      Please pray that I can say my goodbyes well here and that I am able to adjust to all that is happening in the USA. I am also experiencing a deterioration in my Parkinson’s symptoms and ask for prayers for my health. Rejoice with me that God has provided Alise and Mark Juanes and their family to minister here in Thailand as I leave. I am very thankful for them. 

Global Ministries

United Church of Christ


Sept. 6  – John Campbell-Nelson, Indonesia
Sept. 13 – R.J. Howard, Fiji
Sept. 20 – Elena Huegel, Mexico
Sept. 27 – Larry Colvin, Ghana


American Baptists Churches

International Ministries 

International Ministries, also known as the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society, works cross-culturally to invite people to become disciples of Jesus Christ and to proclaim, through both word and deed, God's reign of justice, peace and abundant life for all creation.


Pray for Alise and Mark Juanes as they serve at the House of Love and House of Blessing in Chiang Mai, Thailand. 

      These ministries were established by IM missionary Kim Brown to serve tribal women and children coping with problems caused by AIDS, disabilities and migration from their rural villages to urban slums. Working through longtime IM partners Integrated Ministries for the Ethnic Minorities Foundation and the Thailand Karen Baptist Convention, Alise and Mark’s ministry will focus on the discipleship and spiritual development of children and staff, administrative responsibilities and community development. 

     They write - Right now the biggest prayer request is for the normal challenges and stresses new missionaries face: moving to another culture, language learning, making connections and networking, and being leaders for our kids.  Thankfully, we are currently in a good situation as far as COVID is concerned. 


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

Rom. 12:12 NRSV