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Mid Week Motivation

Mid Week Motivation

We hope that you are being blessed by the Thy Kingdom Come resources online and through your ministries.

Here are a few little ideas to keep you motivated in your praying and desires to see your friends and family come to know Jesus!

Here are five easy ways to pray for five people regularly. Choose the one that suits you best.

1. PIECE OF STRING

Take a piece of string or cord, and tie five knots in it to represent each of the five people you have committed to pray for. You could carry the knotted string in your pocket, tie it round your wrist or place it somewhere that you’ll see it regularly. Use the knots to remind you to pray for each person on your list of five.

2. SMALL STONES

Find five small stones (light coloured ones are best) and write each of the people on your list onto each of the stones. Place them on your desk, bedside table or fireplace as a reminder to pray. Alternatively, you could place each stone in a different room of your home and pray for each person as you enter or leave the room.

3. BUSINESS PRAYER CARD OR BOOKMARK

Grab a piece of card that will easily fit inside your wallet, purse or book. Write your list of five names onto the card before putting it in your wallet or book. Use this card as a daily reminder to pray for them.

4. PRAYER ALERTS

Add your list of five people to the alerts section of your phone and set reminders to pray for them. You could choose one name per day, or pray for all five across your day. Remember to set alerts for a suitable time where you can stop to pray for your list.

5. POST-IT NOTES
Use five post-it notes and write one name onto each. Stick them onto your mirror, above your bed or somewhere that you’ll see them regularly and will be reminded to pray.

We pray that God will awaken your heart with a desire to make His kingdom known in your families, friendships, work places and wherever you find yourselves!

 

Summer Exodus Teams

Summer Exodus Teams

“Experience for yourselves and the truth and the truth shall free you” John 8v32

This summer we have 20 teenagers from High Kirk, engaging with mission on a global scale. In July and August the teams will be going to take part in the work of Exodus in India, Romania, Czech Republic and Hungary as well as slight closer to home in Maynooth, Ireland. From February the teams have been meeting to get to know each other, read the bible together and to explore the theme of this year, what it means to Live Free. While they are on placement, they will be getting involved in practical work, kids clubs, work in orphanages and helping the church in whatever way they can!

India 9th- 23rd July
Romania- 9th-19th July
Czech Republic 12th-22nd August
Hungary 2nd-12th July                                                                                                                                                                 Maynooth 19th-22nd August

The young people have big dreams for what they want to see God do while they are on team;

My dream is to help make an impact on at least one person’s life and to show them what it means to have hope!- Amy Turner

My dream is to make a connection with the people that we meet, and to be able to help them in the best way we can!- Lauren Hood

The Czech Republic and Hungary girls are dreaming that God would do immeasurably more than they could ask or imagine!!

Our prayer would be that
– God would be glorified in all that we do
– That we would provide great help to the pastor in our placements
– That the team would be united
– That we would have safety in travel
– That the people we meet and we ourselves would grow to love God more and experience His goodness

If you would like to contribute to any of the work, please speak to Andrew Dickson or Lisa Jackson.

Seafarers! The postmen you didn’t know you have!

Dear friends,

Maritime transport and the international shipping industry are essential to the world’s economy. Over 90% of world trade is carried by sea and it is, by far, the most cost-effective way to move large quantities of goods and raw materials around the world. Without shipping, the import/export of affordable food and goods would not be possible – half the world would starve and the other half would freeze!

There are over 50,000 merchant ships trading internationally, transporting every kind of cargo. The world fleet is registered in over 150 nations, and manned by over a million seafarers of virtually every nationality.

The majority of seafarers (men as well as women work at sea) come from poor countries, and they work at sea to provide for their extended families back home. In the past, 1 or 2 year long contracts at sea were common. Nowadays many still spend 9 months at sea without any holidays and then they go home for 3, and back for another 9 months. In 30 years of life at sea, many may only have been able to spend a total of 5 years at home with their families. Just think of the loneliness, struggles, temptations and sacrifice involved. Not to mention the unforeseen dangers of accident, fatigue, malnutrition, storms, pirates etc etc

Seafarers are indeed a forgotten people group, unseen by most of the world’s population, but without whom cruise liners couldn’t sail, oil tankers would be empty, car carriers would stop sailing, bananas would remain in their country of origin and everything made in China would stay in China! They are the taxi-men and women of the sea, and the postal delivery before it reaches your postman. Seafarers and awareness of them is a strategic missionary vision. The hearts of seafarers are open to the Good News of the Gospel, and no matter which religious background they come from we are able to befriend and help them in many ways.

In Cork we have met seafarers from over 100 countries, and some of these are ones where missionaries struggle to visit. It has been amazing to become a friend to so many and speak into their lives since 2006. The Seamen’s Christian Friend Society (SCFS) is an international, non-denominational and evangelical Seamen’s Mission. It is a UK registered charity and was founded in 1846. My colleague in Hamburg, Martin Otto, has written a few books, but two I would recommend to anyone who is interested are: ‘Seafarers! A Strategic Missionary Vision’ and ‘Church on the Oceans’.

Here are a few extracts from ‘Seafarers’ to whet your appetite:

“The ocean rages and roars, unlike anything the seafarers have experienced before. Huge waves roll over the ship. A seaman sent to check the security of the containers on deck is seized by a great wave and thrown into the sea. How terrifying! But the next wave throws him back on board. This African understands God’s message . . .

Moses, the radio officer of his ship, is looking forward to being back home with his family. He is on his last journey which takes him through the perilous and dreaded Biscaya. Suddenly horror is written on the faces of the crew – the engines have broken down! And right in the midst of a wind-force of 12! The ship becomes a plaything for the waves. Twenty seafarers, among them Moses, lose their lives when the River Guara sinks

. . . Tables, chairs and dishes go flying through the air. The lifeboat is torn from its anchoring. Loud shouts are heard everywhere. The River Adada struggles in a desperate fight for survival. There’s only one hope – prayer! Muslims as well as Christians plead to God for their lives. Everyone is saved and three Muslims convert to Christianity when they see how clearly God answers prayer . . .”

To give a feeling for what it is like on board here is a short (just over 1 min long) video clip taken recently on board a bulk carrier. The crew were Indians and Filipinos. Thanks for praying for us and all your wonderful support!

God bless you! With much love, Colin, Sunhwa, Aidan and Jenai.

http://www.scfs.org

http://www.facebook.com/scfs1

http://www.facebook.com/seafarerz

Release Conference Countdown!

Release Conference Countdown!

4 DAYS TO GO until our Word and Spirit Conference, ‘Release’! We are so excited to hear what Mark Melluish has to say to us on what it looks like for us to seek more of God’s Word and Spirit in our lives and to release the enormous potential of the local church to change lives. In his keynote talks he will explore ho
w we can be more available to God and how we can continue to impact our local communities with the gospel.

Day: Saturday 25th February 2017

Where: High Kirk Presbyterian Church, Ballymena

Time: Session 1: 10am Building for Tomorrow Today

Session 2: 11.45am Creating open and healthy Churches

Session 3: 7.30pm Keeping in Step with the Spirit

Who for: Both members of High Kirk and anyone who wishes to attend!

Cost: Free!!

We’d love to see you there!

Stand in the Gap

Stand in the Gap

Ezekiel 22:30: I looked for someone to stand up for me against all this, to repair the defences of the city to take a stand for me and stand in the gap to protect this land… I couldn’t find anyone. Not one.

Care for Cambodia (CFC) is an NGO focused on education. It works towards community development throughout rural Cambodia by providing supplementary teaching, educational resources and university scholarships to Cambodia’s most needy children and young people. CfC’s vision is to see Cambodians, young and old alike, caring for one another so that they might enjoy life and have opportunities to reach their individual and corporate potential.

More information on the organisation can be found here:                                    www.careforcambodia.org.kh

www.facebook.com/cfc.careforcambodia

CfC is committed to a ‘bottom up’ development model; we seek to empower locals, giving them the opportunity to participate in management and decision-making about organisational strategy and in the selection of priorities to be pursued in their local area. CfC seeks to build local capacity so as to leave a sustainable long-term development legacy.

However, any developing country has areas of need that are not met by locals; this is the cause of stagnancy in progress and growth. Where such areas are identified in CfC’s structures, foreign help is sought and appreciated.  Mission work is slowly moving away from the model of short-term teams meeting short-term needs.  CfC seeks individuals who can contribute to long term solutions who, regardless of the length of their trip, will leave behind a positive benefit that will be long-lasting.

As an organization, CfC seeks that Cambodia is full of people with the capacity to care for children, complete manual labour tasks, manage administration projects – some of these roles are historically the remit of mission teams.  We want to change this model and accordingly offer employment in those areas to engaged, enthusiastic, positive, ambitious locals. These are the people who will remain long after the short-term mission volunteer returns to their home country.  We do need help in other areas, however. Namely, these areas include: English teachers, writers (of reports and information for interested parties), administrators (for submission of requests for access to international aid funds), designers (for advertising brochures or multimedia), photographers, videographers, creators of training resources, teachers of teachers etc.  The opportunities are many and varied, please inquire as to how your skills may be used.

These jobs maybe are not ‘front line’ jobs; they may not be regarded as particularly action-packed or meaningful. And yet, these are the gaps. These are the areas where you could leave a legacy benefit long after you leave.  And we need will participants to fill them in order that CfC might be an agent of meaningful trans-formative social change.

Can you stand in the gap with us?