Minute for Missions – Hope in Ethiopia

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As we entered the one-room mud hut, the first thing we noticed was the absence of light. The one window was tightly shut and there was no lamp to illuminate the darkness. The second thing we noticed was the woman lying on a straw pallet quietly moaning in pain. As soon as we saw her, we stopped, bumping into one another, dumb in stupor. We’d come to visit her and the little boy, her son, who was playing outside. But, how do you visit the dying when you thought you were going to see the living? As we fumbled through the darkness, our translator took over, “I will ask her how we can pray for her. It is not appropriate to ask other questions at this time.”

This was one of our first visits to families supported by a partnership between Food for the Hungry, local Ethiopian congregations, and our home church in Austin, Texas. The AIDS pandemic has created a generation of orphans in the world’s second largest continent. In years past, grandparents and aunts & uncles would care for these children, but many of those potential caregivers have died as well. For those caregivers who remain, there are just too many children and not enough resources to care for them all. The result: children living alone, trying to act as grown-ups as they grow up. These young ones are incredibly vulnerable to malnutrition, disease, exploitation of the cruelest kind, and the fate of living in an unbroken state of extreme poverty. Our cross-Atlantic partnership tries to catch these little ones in a safety net of love, protection, and grace.

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Guest Post – Our Father in Heaven

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-Matthew 6:9-13 (NIV) 

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This passage starts with what is commonly known as the Lord’s Prayer. It is an excellent prayer model. Yes, it is also an excellent prayer, worthy to recite as Jesus rendered it. However, this passage is also a model to follow. It is a blueprint to prayer and is something we can pattern our prayer life after.

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Staff Pick – Daily Prayers

cam_062312Each week the blog will feature a favorite book of a staff member that’s available on WORDsearch.

Words have always been important to me, so all too often I get exasperated by the cliches and the jargon that dominate much of our thoughts and conversation. Of course, both cliches and jargon are necessary and have their place, but when used thoughtlessly, the words used to form them often lose substance. After a while, I find myself forgetting the power and significance behind certain catch phrases and words… which is kind of problematic when those phrases involve words like faithgrace and God.

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Staff Picks – With Christ in the School of Prayer

168802_4271002736958_1256012698_nEach week the blog will feature a favorite book of a staff member that’s available on WORDsearch.

Some time ago, I was organizing a stack of books here at the office when I stumbled upon a little antiquated volume titled With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray. We had multiple hard copies of the work, and I was instructed by my boss to take one home and to read it at my leisure. I happily consented! The book turned out to be a quick favorite and has been instrumental in shaping my prayer life.

The title of the book is taken from Luke 11:1, where it is recorded that the disciples went to Jesus and requested, “Lord, teach us to pray.” As the one who “ever lives to intercede” for those who go to God through Him (Hebrews 7:25), there is “none who can pray like Him, and none who can teach like Him.”

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Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day from WORDsearch! In honor of some of the moms in our lives, some of our staff shared what they love about their mothers.

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When parents have multiple children, they are often determined for their kids to know that they don’t choose favorites.  Well, as for my mom, she has always been persistent to claim me as her “favorite son.”  While this recognition is appreciated, it makes sense once realized that I only have an older sister.

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