Wednesday, July 27, 2011

another excerpt

Here's another excerpt from When Helping Hurts (p 81):
The goal is to see people restored to being what God created them to be: people who understand that they are created in the image of God with the gifts, abilities, and capacity to make decisions and to effect change in the world around them; and people who steward their lives, communities, resources and relationships in order to bring glory to God. These things tend to happen in highly relational, process-focused ministries more than in impersonal, product-focused ministries.
Nativity Missions is trying to create "highly relational" environments where the members of our community can enter into the lives of the members of our partner communities, locally, nationally and internationally. The Nativity:Nigeria Mission teams are leaving on Saturday for a seventeen day short-term mission trip. The missionaries have been preparing for months and are ready to experience what life is like living with AIDS without proper medical care or living as an abandoned child in an orphanage. I will be among the team going to the Faith Alive Hospital in Jos -- I encourage you to follow our trip on the Nativity:Nigeria blog.

Please pray for our partners Dr. Chris Isichei and Sr. Oresoa Selo-Ojeme, for the communities they serve at Faith Alive and Anawim, for our missionaries and their families!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

it's going to snow tomorrow?

Happy 4th of July -- it's almost Christmas! This year, our third year of participating in Advent Conspiracy, the focus is going to be local. In years past we have opened our eyes and hearts to those suffering in Nigeria in Haiti due to lack of water and food. God calls us to serve to the ends of the earth, and he calls us to serve in our own neighborhoods and communities. We are definitely already aware that there are people suffering around us, people suffering in our city.

Think about this verse as it applies to all the victims of violence in Baltimore living in a land of gloom, all the families broken by drugs and abuse, all the children who are being raised in the darkness of our city.

The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
Upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom
a light has shone.
You have brought them abundant joy
and great rejoicing,
As they rejoice before you as at the harvest
as men make merry when dividing spoils.
For the yoke that burdened them,
the pole on their shoulder,
And the rod of their taskmaster
you have smashed, as on the day of Midian.
For every boot that trampled in battle,
every cloak rolled in blood,
will be burned as fuel for flames.
For a child is born to us, a son is given us;
up his shoulder dominion rests.
They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero,
Father-Forever, Prince of Peace.
His dominion is vast
and forever peaceful,
From David's throne, and over his kingdom,
which he confirms and sustains
By judgment and justice,
both now and forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this!

God has done these things; Jesus Christ is born, and we have a Savior. This Advent, we are going to call upon the Lord to do a work in our hearts and in our city as we make peace our prayer for Baltimore City!