Still Searching for Kidnapping Victims, TX Mission Team Headed Home from Niger & City-Wide Prayer Ministry
Leaders are continuing to work for the release of a Christian nurse and her daughter in Haiti. A Texas mission team is headed home from Niger after the July 26 military coup interrupted their outreach to the Fulani, their church announced Aug. 2. And, lots of people enjoy a good bonfire. A good bonfire requires fuel. So does your prayer life if it’s going to be strong. In the Baptist Press Toolbox, Kie Bowman offers some tips on how to keep a strong prayer life.
Leaders are continuing to work for the release of a Christian nurse and her daughter in Haiti.
Alix Darsonavil and her young daughter were kidnapped at gunpoint last week by gang members at the El Roi ministry clinic in Port Au Prince.
Darsainvil is a nurse from New Hampshire, serving the island nation.
She is married to the ministry’s president Sandro Darsainvil.
In July, Doctors without Borders pulled out of the country after a group of armed men burst into an operating room and kidnapped the surgery patient.
Last week, the U.S. State Department encouraged all Americans to leave the country.
A Texas mission team is headed home from Niger after the July 26 military coup interrupted their outreach to the Fulani, their church announced Aug. 2.
The group from Harmony Hill Baptist Church in Lufkin, Texas was given safe passage on an Italian flight on Aug. 1.
The nine students and three adults had been serving in Niamey since July 21.
The church disclosed no other details of the return trip, and it is not clear whether the mission team was ever directly in harm’s way.
None of team members were injured.
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Lots of people enjoy a good bonfire. A good bonfire requires fuel. So does your prayer life if it’s going to be strong. In the Baptist Press Toolbox, Kie Bowman offers some tips on how to keep a strong prayer life.
SATURATE YOUR MIND WITH SCRIPTURE
Jesus permanently linked the Word and prayer together when He promised, “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you”(John 15:7). The more the Scripture settles into our lives the more power we will have in prayer. It’s a sad truth that so many people claim to pray while so few read Scripture on a regular basis. In fact, only about a third of Americans read the Bible daily.
He says believers should read books about prayer. “When we read the devotional insights of other men and women of prayer, we get a glimpse of what’s still lacking in our knowledge of God, and what’s still possible for our growth.”
He encourages believers to pray with one another. “There is a power in accountability. The New Testament, for instance, describes two “rooms” for prayer. Jesus spoke of an “inner room” for personal, private prayer (Matthew 6:6). The book of Acts teaches us about the “upper room “where we gather with others for prayer (Acts 1:14). In fact, there are numerous examples of prayer in the book of Acts, but only a couple of those examples show us someone praying alone. The Acts model of prayer, therefore, is the prayer meeting- even if only two people are praying (Acts 16:25). “
Church Responds to Online Threat, Worship Pastor Wins on ‘Wheel of Fortune’ & Praising God in Prayer
Police in Haymarket, Virginia responded in textbook fashion to neutralize a threat at an area church on Sunday. A Kentucky pastor recently used an appearance on the popular game show Wheel of Fortune to do more than spin the wheel and win some cash. And, Wesley Duewel, the 20th century missionary and prayer leader, once observed, “Praise gives you the spirit of triumph and overcoming. Praise fires you with holy zeal.
The Maryland Supreme Court has ruled 4-3 that a Catholic employer was lawful in denying health benefits to the spouse of a gay married employee because such unions violate church doctrine. This college football season is unlike any other in David Pollack’s life. For as long as he can remember, the sport dominated his Saturdays in ways most people haven’t experienced. And, from 2012-2017, the reality TV series “Duck Dynasty” told many stories of the Robertson family and their duck-call and decoy business. “The Blind,” coming to theaters Sept. 28, tells the story of Phil Robertson’s life before he became a Christian.
Hard times often are described as “going through a valley.” But Bruce Watson, pastor of First Baptist Jeanerette, La., describes life’s valleys as the place where the soil is the richest. Rudy Kebreau and Randal Lyle are bound by far more than their mutual faith and pastoral calling these days. And, maybe your church has a prayer list. But have you ever considered have a personal prayer list? In a piece in the Baptist Press Toolbox, Kie Bowman says it may help you remain faithful in prayer.