Summit Launches Prayer Movement

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Greenville, Illinois, isn’t normally a spring break destination, but 175 people from 22 states met there March 19–21. They were surrounded by farmland rather than beaches, but they came to seek partnership with the Son — not to party in the sun.

“Prayer is the primary means by which God partners in His kingdom work,” Bishop David Kendall said at the Greenville Free Methodist Church as the National Prayer Summit began.

Doug Newton, the host church’s senior pastor and a co-coordinator of the Free Methodist Church – USA National Prayer Ministry, also described prayer as partnership.

“God saves us to reinstate us as partners in His purpose,” he said. “God creates and raises up people, breathes His spirit into them and releases them for His purposes.”


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Who Is My Neighbor?

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The question, which a lawyer asked Jesus long ago, rings down through the ages to us today: “And who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10:29).

Who are these battered, abused people arriving in our cities speaking strange languages? Can we just ignore them and hope they manage somehow or go back to where they came from?

During the last few years, thousands of refugees have been resettled in the United States. They come from Burundi, Tanzania, Iraq, Burma, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Congo and Nepal. They are those people for whom you prayed because they were being persecuted. Now here they are at your doorstep.


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Transforming Madagascar and the World

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No one was more surprised when I retired from teaching than I was. Creating an English program that integrated social justice into the curriculum had been an exciting departure from the typical classroom agenda, and I loved watching students develop into empathetic global citizens.

I loved watching my students give testimony before the Oregon Senate to urge the passing of human trafficking legislation. I loved watching them accept a life-size oil painting of the Statue of Liberty from a young woman in Afghanistan who had been one of our recipients of school supplies we sent. I loved watching them hold an assembly on creating an understanding and end to generational poverty or bullying. I loved watching them practicing and supporting fair trade and reforestation. This was my calling, and, sadly, it was time to move on, but to what? So with a “Surprise me, God!” in my prayers, I stepped out into my biggest adventure yet.


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It’s Never Too Late to Parent

Parenting is hard, even if you have great kids like I do. What do you do? | by Ed Stetzer

It’s Never Too Late to Parent

Successfully parenting teenagers is a series of resolved crises.

I wish someone had told me that before I became the parent of one. Looking back, I should have known. I was a teen once, after all. And that’s how I’d describe my teenage years­—one seeming crisis after another.

Actually, that’s just about how all parents I know describe their parenting. The crises change, and some are big and some are small, but they are real to all involved.

But no matter the crisis, no matter how many there have been, it’s not too late.

You see, I know that many parents feel that it is too late. They’ve had one too many crises. Or, they were away too much. Or, they’ve made too many mistakes.

But, that’s just not the case.


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A Tale of Two News Stories

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A Facebook post from one of my former newspaper colleagues recently caught my eye. She linked to a New York Times story (fmchr.ch/nydpg) with the compelling headline “One Company’s New Minimum Wage: $70,000 a Year.” I began reading about Dan Price, the founder of Gravity Payments, who “said he would pay for the wage increases by cutting his own salary from nearly $1 million to $70,000.”

I paused my reading and thought to myself: “I don’t know if this guy’s a Christian, but this is one of the most Christlike actions I’ve seen someone take.”

Reading on, I discovered that Price started the company “in his dorm room at Seattle Pacific University.” He’s a graduate of a Free Methodist educational institution.


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Let the Drama Come to You

Patience is a good thing.  It is about more than just waiting.  It is a condition while we are waiting.  I am not sure about the statement, “good things come to them that wait.’  But, I am confident that “good things come to the patient.”  That is true in many scenarios.  Let me give a few.  Don’t pursue or solicit compliments.  Let them come to you.  Don’t run after birds you are trying to feed.  Let the birds come to you- hand extended.  Last year, I had a hummingbird land on my extended finger that was held in place for about 10 minutes.  Don’t pressure people to like you.  Let the relationship come with the long term investment you make.  The list goes on.  Many wonderful experiences come to those who are not forcing or cajoling or manipulating their environment for the experience.  They are not waiting with toe-tapping impatience.  Good things come to those who enjoy the wait.

And, I would say the same about drama.  Many people live their lives pursuing drama or intrigue of the perilous kind.  They are not truly comfortable unless there is something about which to be upset, offended, hurt, wounded or unjustly treated.  So, they create drama, often unwittingly. 


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“Aguafiesta” from Moscow

You don’t have to be a linguist to figure out what “Aguafiesta” means in Spanish. “Agua” is water. “Fiesta” is party. So an “Aguafiesta” is a party-drencher, or we’d say, a party-pooper, a wet-blanket. But you know what, wet-blankets always have their reasons. If you’ve ever asked somebody to turn the music down because you’ve got an early-morning you know what I mean. If you’ve ever called down the hallway for children to turn out the light and go to sleep you know what I mean.
It’s not that you don’t like parties or late-night reading, it’s just that you think something else is more important.

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Bullied Teens at Risk for Later Depression

Teenage Girl Being Bullied By Text Message

*The following is excerpted from an online article from the HealthDay.

Young teens who are bullied appear to be at higher risk of depression when they reach early adulthood, according to new research.


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Why The Bible Encourages Women In Leadership

Here is a video of a sermon shared by Bishop David Kendall at the recent Wabash Annual Conference.

Why The Bible Encourages Women In Leadership



A Different Kind of Missions Update

“Red or yellow, black or white; they are precious in His sight. Jesus died for all the children of the world.” As a child I frequently sang this in church and Sunday school, early realizing that all children should hear about Jesus.

My mother, Frances Stimer, was one of the most missions-minded persons I’ve ever known.  Her enthusiasm about missions was contagious, and we grew up in that atmosphere. She faithfully wrote letters to missionaries, joyfully receiving responses that she shared with others telling how the Gospel was spreading throughout the world.  We children saved our pennies for the Penny-A-Day missions offering, attempting to help accumulate enough pennies to encircle the sizeable sanctuary in the Pontiac (MI) Free Methodist church which were sent to help the missionaries. Other mission activities included regular attendance at services where missionaries told of their work in a variety of places as well as the monthly Junior Missionary Society meetings where missions was brought to a child’s level of understanding and participation.

Getting to know some MKs (missionary kids) at Greenville College opened my eyes to another side of missions.


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