Wednesday, March 31, 2010
that they did in Santa Lucia (where we started the child sponsorship
program with Operation Rescue Child last month) and I thought I'd share
the pics with you. If you want more info on sponsoring a child through
ORC, go to http://www.rescuechild.org/
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
March 17, 461 A.D., Saint Patrick, Christian missionary, bishop and apostle of Ireland, dies at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland.
Much of what is known about Patrick's legendary life comes from the Confessio, a book he wrote during his last years. Born in Great Britain, probably in Scotland, to a well-to-do Christian family of Roman citizenship, Patrick was captured and enslaved at age 16 by Irish marauders. For the next six years, he worked as a herder in Ireland, turning to a deepening religious faith for comfort. Following the counsel of a voice he heard in a dream one night, he escaped and found passage on a ship to Britain, where he was eventually reunited with his family.
According to the Confessio, in Britain Patrick had another dream, in which an individual named Victoricus gave him a letter, entitled "The Voice of the Irish." As he read it, Patrick seemed to hear the voices of Irishmen pleading him to return to their country and walk among them once more. After studying for the priesthood, Patrick was ordained a bishop. He arrived in Ireland in 433 and began preaching the Gospel, converting many thousands of Irish and building churches around the country. After 40 years of living in poverty, teaching, traveling and working tirelessly, Patrick died on March 17, 461 in Saul, where he had built his first church.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Stephen Masood is teaching a seminar on Islam and Christianity at Abundant life church at 1550 Belcher Road S. in Largo on March 13 from 9am to 1pm. Steve is a former Pakastani Muslim with an incredible story and amazing insight into the Koran and the Bible. For more info contact Cindy at 727 210 5433
Christian missionaries from around the globe run an orphanage in Morocco. Instead of adopting these children and bringing them to their home countries (ranging from Holland, New Zealand, and America), these couples go to Morocco to raise Moroccan children as part of their own families until they are fully grown. These children are their children, and have gone through all the legal paperwork in Morocco to be their caretakers for life, though they cannot legally adopt them as foreigners. They all live together and are called the Village of Hope. The Navigators in New England has had a friendly relationship with this orphanage.
Yesterday, Monday March 8th, the Moroccan police came to their home and insisted that all foreigners leave. This means that the parents of these children are being forced to leave the country and leave their children behind. This is apparently not surprising with some recent changes in Moroccan politics that has ushered in a dramatic increase in hostility toward foreigners, and especially Christians. And behind all of the politics, 33 children are being left parentless, for the 2nd time in their life. After being welcomed into an adoptive family, can you imagine watching your parents being forced into police vans not knowing if you'll ever see them again?
- What can we do?
- Pray right now for these parents and their children. Pray against feelings of abandonment these children might be experiencing, and please pray that the parents would be allowed to return to their home. Pray for the hearts of officials in Morocco to soften to the harm they are causing.
- Village of Hope has asked to publicize their case, hoping that media and grassroots attention will help them reunite with their children. Please do so through whatever means you have. Here is their website with the official press release: http://www.voh-ainleuh.org/
Friday, March 5, 2010
Ellyn and Tony up in Erie, PA are possibly looking for young people as interns for the summer months to organize and lead outreaches, VBS, children's ministries, etc. The position possibly comes with a small salary and free room and board for the summer. It is a great opportunity to serve and gain experience. If you know anyone, please get them to contact us at the office.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
HUNGER EDUCATION AND RESOURCE TRAINING INSTITUTE
Purpose: H.E.A.R.T. provides missionaries and those who want to learn more about missions with hands-on application of practical and technical skills, as well as instruction from professional and experienced staff. As part of a Work Weekend Group (WWG), Calvary Chapel St. Petersburg team members typically provide maintenance and general labor to prepare the H.E.A.R.T. village for future training. There is also an alternate opportunity, the Missions Awareness Venture (MAV), which combines brief classes on various missions-related topics with hands-on lessons in the village's garden, fish farm and/or other learning areas. This mini-mission trip is a great and inexpensive way to get away and serve missionaries in a practical, hands-on manner. This trip is open to anyone with a heart to serve and learn, and either the WWG or MAV can be chosen.
The HEART mini mission trip interest meeting is this weekend after all services in room C 21.
Proposed Dates: April 16-18, 2010
Estimated Cost: $70 per weekend
Team Leaders: Gary Sanderfur, 727-366-4651 and Julie Murphy, 813-298-6935
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
***** SPECIAL EDITION ***** Due to the urgent nature and timeline for these 2 needs, DOOR is sending out a "special edition" e-mail for your prayers.
Please PRAY that God would raise up just the right person to finish this project well!!”
- BUILDING SITE SUPERVISOR: As many of you know, DOOR is in the process of building an amazing Deaf Bible Translation and Training Center in Nairobi Kenya which, when completed, will be able to serve 8-10 sign language translation teams simultaneously. DOOR has had the blessing of Wycliffe Associates taking responsibility for project management, which includes on-site supervision. As we move forward with this project, we will need one more site supervisor to bring this project to conclusion sometime in 2011. Wycliffe Associates is now seeking a seasoned and experienced construction site superintendent to move to Kenya soon.
Please PRAY for approval of the "institutional exemption" for a "borehole" at the site. THANK YOU! The DOOR team! D.O.O.R. INTERNATIONAL
- BOREHOLE (WELL): Many of you have been praying and asking for updates regarding the need for a water source in Kenya for our new Deaf Bible Translation & Training Center. This week WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY the government of Kenya will be making a final decision on whether to grant DOOR an "institutional exemption" to allow us to drill a "borehole" (well). This is essential to the efficient operation of this vital sign language Bible translation project.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
MARCH 28 AT 6 P.M., BAYSHORE MENNONITE CHURCH FUNDRAISER AND BENEFIT CONCERT FOR PATRICK AND BARBARA LATAILLADE, MISSIONARIES TO HAITI FOR THE PAST 28 YEARS. THE CHURCH IS LOCATED AT 3809 CHAPEL DRIVE IN SARASOTA
Several local Christian musicians will take part in the concert. This will be a night of praise and worship as well as an opportunity to help meet the needs of the Lataillades, who were both seriously injured in the recent earthquake that shattered Haiti on January 12. Patrick spent eighteen hours buried under the rubble of their home. He lost his right arm and Barbara lost her right foot. Patrick was in ICU and was close to death at times. They spent two weeks in Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami before transferring to Tallahassee for therapy and preparation for prosthetics. Patrick will need about $25,000 to receive a prosthetic arm.
Come hear their remarkable story of rescue and recovery and their vision to return to the work in Haiti. For further information call 941-776-0432 You may check for more information regarding the Lataillades by going to their blog at http://patrickbarb.blogspot.com/