Faces of Children mobilizes the church to meet the needs of children through intercessory prayer and tangible acts of love and service. Faces of Children is an ecumenical ministry of First Presbyterian Church in Midland, Texas.
We envision a world where no child is overlooked or forgotten; a world where all children know they are precious. We mobilize the church to meet the needs of children through intercessory prayer and tangible acts of love and service, showing all children their inherent value and the unconditional love of God.
Operating as usual
Joy in the shadows.
This week we are praying for children in Nigeria, Afghanistan, Vietnam.
Syria, China, Thailand, Russia, and our own community... every corner of this world has children who need our prayers.
"I'm not Henry's mama, but when I think about the beauty of this picture -- a church grandma praying for the mama of a little boy in our church; a little boy she doesn't even really know -- I'm reminded of the power of community. In Galatians 6:2, we are reminded to "carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ."
"... in the craggy, mist-painted, chilly cliffs of the Oregon coastline, I see the immense power of a God who takes the rugged, sharp edges of life and makes them beautiful. He turns numbingly-cold waters into pools of beautiful life, filled with starfish and anemones - vibrantly alive in the harshest of places. He takes the whipping wind and saltwater spray and bends them out of His way, suddenly cutting through the dimness with shockingly bright streams of sunshine."
"This week, may we rest in the knowledge that we are -- each one of us -- a dearly loved child of God. May we carry the burdens of this world lightly, knowing He is the one who holds the whole world in His hands. May we see ourselves and this broken world around us as He sees us: sick and hurting children in the nurturing and tender hands of a loving Father. And through our words and our actions, may we spread that message far and wide."
Fighting back against the "globalization of indifference."
This week, Ramon and Bob Billhimer are preparing for their trip to Uganda to check on the water well project they oversee. As they prepare for the trip, I'd like to invite you to join me in praying for their safe travels, their wells, and the lives they will impact through the ongoing work of their project.
Valentine's Day was a few days ago, but I'm still thinking about love. And this week, I came across a story that struck me as a beautiful picture of radical love. A Libyan-born devout Muslim foster father, Mohamed Bzeek, who only cares for terminally ill children in LA. The world's headlines are mostly dominated by angry rhetoric -- telling us who we should fear and who we ought to keep out and who we ought to suspect. But every now and then, a story bubbles to the surface that speaks much more quietly and yet far more powerfully. If Mr. Bzeek were to try to immigrate to the USA today, he may not be allowed in. And the little girl he's charged with? No one else really wants her. Two people displaced by the world; but both are seen, known, and loved by a God who brought them together because he sets the lonely into families. By virtue of his faith and his birthplace, I venture to say Mr. Bzeek is like a Samaritan from the New Testament days. And when I read the story of Mr. Bzeek laying down his life on behalf of his foster children, I cannot help but think of the story Jesus told of a man just like him, the Good Samaritan. So often we want to change the world. And more and more, I'm starting to believe when we start with loving a child no one else notices, we can. May we go and do the same.
Eggs for our Chicken Campaign with Preemptive Love Coalition are stacking up! Each egg in the display represents one chicken, and so far we have 149. Equally importantly, the kids in our church are learning how God can work through them to bring hope to families on the other side of the world.
Please join Free Burma Rangers in the global day of prayer for Burma on March 12.
A message from FBR's founder, family, and rangers about this year's Day of Prayer for Burma on March 12, 2017.
"I remember Valentine's Day when I was young was a day of great social anxiety; I was never sure if there would be any in my construction-paper plastered shoe box, and frankly I was afraid to pass them out to some kids for fear that they would misconstrue my meaning. These days, with young children at least, it seems the dominant classroom custom is that everyone should get a Valentine. And as I watched my oldest carefully print out the names of each of her classmates, choosing the child's favorite color for their name or drawing a special picture to remind her friend of a funny inside joke, I couldn't help but think that children teach us so much if we're just paying attention. They know how to love with abandon, and that's something the whole world could use a little more of."
He always hears our prayers.
myemail.constantcontact.com Beginning this week, Faces of Children will be hosting an exhibit of original pen and watercolor portraits of Syrian and Rohingya refugee children. If you are local to the area, please consider joining us for an art exhibit reception and sale on Wednesday, February 8 from 6 - 8 pm in the Commons Ga...
Go vote for #4! This incredible program makes a difference in the lives of students right here in Midland through 1-on-1 tutoring held every week at First Presbyterian Church. Not only do tutors help students with academic struggles, but they provide relationships and mentoring as well. This is what strong communities are made of!
ratherprize.com Want to introduce a new classroom teaching philosophy? Want to talk about your experience with the Texas testing system? Want to tell us your love for the school? We're all ears.
Caught in immigration limbo due to the recent Executive Order, let's pray this little girl gets the chance for life-giving surgery before it's too late.
oregonlive.com Her family was told to reapply for a visa when the immigration order expires in 90 days.
The little children lead us.
huffingtonpost.com These two dads were strangers, but quickly became friends.
Join us as we pray for children in Nepal, the USA, and Myanmar this week.
Here's a sweet story of hope!
"Valgerour Halla came into the world under unusual circumstances. The four-month-old was born in Reykjavik to Syrian asylum seekers who were so thankful they gave her an Icelandic name."
news.trust.org Feryal Aldahash looks down on her third daughter Valgerour Halla at their home in Reykjavik, Iceland. January 8 2017. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Filippo Brachetti
Asking God to move on behalf of vulnerable children.
by any measure, this is good news
npr.org A report by the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that backs legalized abortion, puts the 2014 rate at 14.6 abortions per 1,000 women of childbearing age — the lowest recorded rate since 1973.
As we celebrate MLK day today, these resources are helpful to use with children of different ages to talk about the civil rights movement, segregation, and the importance of being a powerful voice of LOVE in the world.
rageagainsttheminivan.com Rage Against the Minivan explores transracial adoption, race, politics, faith, motherhood, international adoption, foster care adoption, and identity.
Always look for the HOPE!
There's always good news... we need only look for it.
"I have been thinking of us, his followers. What would we have done if Mary had showed up at our door, cold, exhausted and pregnant? What would our replies have been if she had asked us to let her come into our homes to sleep and rest her weary body? “Sorry, miss, but you may be a terrorist, so I cannot let you inside.” “Excuse me, but with that cloth covering your head, I cannot trust you. You may only be pretending to be pregnant. Most likely you are here to steal my stuff.” “That man you are traveling with, he looks like real trouble. His beard is a bit too long to just be an innocent carpenter. How do we even know he is a carpenter?” “It is probably best not to give the pregnant woman anything to eat. She will probably just sell it on the black market.” “If you would convert to our faith first, I may consider it.”
In Aleppo last week, I met so many Marys and Josephs who just wanted a place to rest. But most of all, I met Jesus. I met Jesus in the child I held, in the old woman whose hands I held, in the mother who begged for help, in the hundreds of children who huddled together, wet, cold, hungry and afraid. Again, and again I had to tell myself: This is Jesus."
blog.partners.ngo I have been thinking about Jesus. It is natural, since most of the Western world is getting ready to celebrate his birth. It is not so much Jesus at the shopping malls I have been thinking of. Not...
Join us this week in praying for the children of Aleppo.
The beauty of the Christmas story, told in a fresh way.
"Welcome to all of you, please take a seat, We want to now share a nativity treat." Discover more at http://speaklife.org.uk/HeCameDown
Sometimes the most dangerous place for a child is in front of a camera... International Justice Mission talks about their fight against cybersex trafficking.
Sometimes the most dangerous place in the world for a child is in front of a camera.
Our new short film tells the story of cybersex trafficking of children, and it's one of the most difficult we’ve ever told.
Our VBS Project was featured by Partners Relief & Development -- so glad for the relationship we have with these world-changers!
We're so thankful for communities around the world that care, like us, about the Rohingya. Thank you First Presbyterian Midland for praying, with your children, for the Rohingya.
Sometimes I think it isn't that we don't care... it's that the problem is so overwhelmingly huge we don't know what to do, so we turn away.
But we can pray. And we can support groups like Partners Relief & Development in their relief efforts.
cnn.com There are a thousand reasons why you may not care about Aleppo. The question is, what's the one reason why you would?
A view into the lives of children in foster care who are often caught in limbo. Pray for judges who see the importance of moving as swiftly and decisively as possible, and for the hearts of children who wait, trapped in uncertainly in the most vulnerable years of their lives.
Please be praying for students and staff of Townsville Elementary School in South Carolina where a school shooting occurred earlier today.
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May we be like little children...
Alex is just six years old. He lives in Scarsdale, New York. Last month, like people around the world, he was moved by the heartbreaking images of Omran Daqneesh, a five-year-old boy in Aleppo, Syria, sitting in an ambulance, in shock as he tried to wipe the blood from his hands.
So Alex sat down and wrote me a letter. This week at a United Nations summit on refugees, I shared Alex's moving words with the world.
Alex told me that he wanted Omran to come live with him and his family. He wanted to share his bike, and teach him how to ride. He said his little sister would collect butterflies for him. "We can all play together," he wrote. "We will give him a family and he will be our brother."
Those are the words of a six-year-old boy -- a young child who has not learned to be cynical or suspicious or fearful of other people because of where they come from, how they look, or how they pray.
We should all be more like Alex. Imagine what the world would look like if we were. Imagine the suffering we could ease and the lives we could save.
Listen to Alex, read his letter, and I think you'll understand why I shared it with the world. wh.gov/refugees
As we pray for our hurting country, let's remember to pray for parents trying to raise a brave generation of children in this fearful world.
Tonight feels like a night for nurture, doesn't it? I have already made tomato basil soup and pimento cheese sandwiches to grill later. I am going to tuck my babes all around me on the couch tonight under blankets and hold everyone close.
I cannot remember a more violent, terrifying, angry, us-against-them, they-are-all-bad, fearful, hostile year. We are either going to get more scared of each other or we are going to grab hands and be good humans together. Either/or. Either we are going to learn to be good neighbors or we will continue to imagine everyone else is an enemy. Either/or. Either we are tearing down walls or we are building them anew. Either/or. Either we will walk in love and fearlessness and hope or we will huddle up with others like ourselves and self-protect.
Let's go for love. Let's be the best neighbors we know how to be, and not just with the neighbors that make sense to us. Maybe it starts like this: "Tell me more about your story." Maybe it starts like this: "Here is a pan of lasagna and some garlic bread." Maybe it starts like this: "I don't know what to say, but I love you and I am here." Maybe we seek out communities and people different from our own and listen and learn and chip away at those old stubborn walls.
But tonight starts with grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup and kids pulled close. I am so determined to raise my children differently than the world I see on the 10 o'clock news. We are either sending out the next generation with love or fear in their hearts.
Sometimes answered prayers look like lots of hugs and kisses.
msn.com Watch two toddlers reunite after being separated at a Chinese orphanage. CNN's Jeanne Moos has the heartwarming hugfest.
Praise God for the work of Partner's in feeding hungry children and families in Syria.
BREAKING NEWS - Partners has team members on the ground and has delivered emergency food supplies and hygiene kits to 1,666 displaced families in Southern Aleppo, Syria.
Our local partners delivered the food and hygiene kits despite significant risks to their safety because like us they believe that to love is to act. They said: "We have been distributing in the Southern and Eastern part of Aleppo countryside in the places that are today hard to reach areas where no International NGO dares to reach out."
Those boxes filled with jam and olive oil and beans? The 1,666 families who received the first food they have had in weeks? Together we did that. The other hundreds of thousands of people in Aleppo who are just as hungry? We want to feed them too.
Give today at www.give.partners.ngo - $40 fills one box and feeds one family.
Growing students as disciples of Christ who know, love, and serve Him!!
"Sharing the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ with all people."
Journeying with the women of Stonegate as we learn our significance in Christ, through opportunities of connection, growth, and influence.
SLY is made up of students from different schools, backgrounds, and experiences. Come experience Christ in a place where you are welcome and will belong!
Student ministry of Faith Foundation International Church. A ministry developing leaders to Love, Teach and Send out to minister the Gospel.
This is the official page for mbcSTUDENTS, the student ministry at Midland Bible Church. Check here for meeting times, events, updates, and more.
CDO Children's Day Out at Crestview Baptist Church
All Saints worships on Sundays at 10:30 am with Sunday School at 9:15 am. We are at 1000 Upland Avenue, one block west of Midkiff at Cuthbert and Upland.
Christmas For OUR Troops, Inc. is no longer active due to President Obama's actions several years ago in Iraq and Afghanistan.
This ministry is for young families who are almost married, newly married, or have young children.