Episode 009

Embrace Grace, Praying for Persecuted Christians, Biblical Exposition

Jan 13, 2022

Embrace Grace is an international Christian ministry for single women facing unplanned motherhood and single men facing fatherhood. Also, you can join thousands across the world in praying for persecuted Christians in 2022. Also, there’s an upcoming conference to encourage and equip men in the skills needed to read, understand and proclaim the Word of God.

Transcript

Unmarried mother Lila DiBias was afraid and ashamed. She’d become pregnant just a month before the COVID-19 pandemic and hadn’t been able to attend her home church, Fruit Cove Baptist in Jacksonville, Florida, when she needed it most.

Her son John was 7 months old when she returned to Fruit Cove Baptist Church. That’s when she learned of Embrace Grace, an international Christian ministry for single women facing unplanned motherhood and single men facing fatherhood.

DiBias found a friend in Fruit Cove’s Embrace Grace leader Windy Keene, a married mother who had been single and pregnant decades earlier at 17.

Embrace Grace works with pregnancy support centers and local churches to start support groups and provide support for families as during an unplanned pregnancy and after the baby is born. Learn more about them at EmbraceGrace.com.

Prayer is the first thing persecuted Christians request when Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) spokesman Todd Nettleton encounters them in countries where it’s difficult to practice their faith. That’s the logic behind VOM’s latest global prayer guide, a free tool that has fueled Christian prayers for the persecuted since 1997.

The 2022 Global Prayer Guide tracks more than 60 countries where Christians suffer persecution, informing readers of the type of persecution suffered, the source of the persecution and what drives the mistreatment. Countries are grouped into categories of “hostile” and “restricted.”

“Voice of the Martyrs has identified over 70 countries where Christians are persecuted,” according to Nettleton. He says “That’s the information that is in this 2022 prayer guide.”
Find the guide at persecution.com/prayerguide.

Good News for Today is made possible through our friends at The Voice of the Martyrs, a nonprofit organization that serves persecuted Christians around the world. Founded in 1967 by Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand, VOM is dedicated to inspiring believers to deepen their commitment to Christ and to fulfill His Great Commission — no matter the cost. Find out more and sign up for their free monthly magazine at vom.org/goodnews.

A three-day Workshop on Biblical Exposition is planned in February to encourage and equip men in the skills needed to read, understand and proclaim the Word of God.

The Charles Simeon Trust workshop will be Feb. 2-4 and hosted by Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. It will focus on helping men who are responsible for regularly preaching and teaching.

The workshop includes times set aside for:

  • Sessions on how to better handle biblical texts.
  • Small group practice
  • Opportunities to hear expositional sermons

Learn more at simeontrust.org.

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