"The Africans are coming!" - Peter Tarantal
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Assignments on My Mind
- Set the Lord and my husband in the center of my life
- Create a place of refuge and love for those who live in and visit our home
- Recognize and act in ministering to needs at Hope Lutheran Church, Minneapolis and the Church at large
- Seek opportunity to share Christ with and pray for those who don't know Him and to encourage those who do
- Communicate the mission of God and the message of the World Mission Prayer League to the best of my ability
- Pursue information and opportunity for service in Bible translation/engagement
1. Daily Goals. "[S]et small, daily goals that will keep you moving forward. Big goals are important, but small goals get the job done."
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2. News. "[I]t’s crucial that you keep up with world news, national news and the news of the particular industry you want to join. We live in the Information Age, so the most informed people are the ones who are most likely to succeed."
3. Coffee. "While the actual caffeinated stuff helps a lot of people achieve their career goals, what I mean here is getting together with people for coffee -- also known as networking."
4. Mentors. "They are people who have “been there, done that” and are willing to share their wisdom to help your career grow. To receive the maximum benefit from a mentor, be sure to set up regular meetings... bring specific topics or challenges you’d like to discuss for each session."
5. Responsiveness. "With the amount of e-mails, LinkedIn requests, Twitter direct messages, voice mails, text messages and IMs we all receive, it can be hard to get back to people in a timely way. But those who are responsive -- especially to important requests and time-sensitive opportunities -- really stand out from the crowd."
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The minister of a Florida church said he has canceled plans to burn copies of the Quran because the leader of a much-opposed plan to build an Islamic Center near ground zero has agreed to move its location. (Sep 9, 5:25 PM EDT)
Please pray with me that the church in Florida will NOT go ahead with plans to burn the Qur'an on September 11. Please pray for the safety of minority Christians around the world whose lives have been put in danger, and please pray for the Muslims around the world who will feel alienated by this insensitive and irresponsible plan.
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“As you examine your heart for evidence of a missionary call, look for a burden to fulfill the Great Commission and obey the Great Commandments that is guided by a Great Compassion.” (Sills, p.58)
Shopping Center Bosses Bow to Muslim Activist and Install New ‘Asian Toilets’… (Daily Mail)
For centuries, the great British loo has been a matter of envy to the rest of the world. Thanks to the efforts of pioneers like the legendary Thomas Crapper, we have long since led the world in comfort and hygiene. Now, however, that could be about to change. For most of us, the squat toilet is nothing more than a staple of horror stories about old-fashioned French service stations or the exploits of adventurous backpackers in far-flung parts of India. But this basic form of plumbing, also known as a Turkish toilet or Nile pan, could be coming to a shopping centre near you – and all in the name of cultural sensitivity.
From next week, shoppers in Rochdale who push open the cubicle door expecting the reassuring sight of a modern, clean lavatory could instead be faced with little more than a hole in the ground. Bosses of the Greater Manchester town’s Exchange mall have installed two as part of an upgrade costing several thousand pounds after attending a cultural awareness course run by a local Muslim community activist.
A familiar sight in parts of the Middle East, and still sometimes seen in France and Italy, the toilets require users to squat above them, rather than sitting. With one in ten of Rochdale’s population of Pakistani or Bangladeshi origin, centre managers say they have been told some members of the local Asian community prefer them for cultural reasons.
5 Reasons For Squatty Potty Usage (according to me)To make a fair argument, I must express the negatives I see. First, I already mentioned, it kills the knees. But with the added exercise, maybe I wouldn't such bad knee problems. Second, it's way easier to loss your chapstick. You really have to hold on to your stuff and your clothes. Third, I'm left handed.
- You don't have to sit on it. Seriously, we already step in it when people miss. Who hasn't sat on a wet toilet seat in a public bathroom? And no, four squares of TP do not help. You'll never need these.
- It's way easier to clean. The toilet and yourself. I think its silly that we take paper, smear, and then treat rashes. Wouldn't you rather give yourself a mini-wash? Refreshing.
- It's way green. We're all about going green right? Say goodbye to plumbing issues.
- Better for you. I have to admit that my knees don't like the squatting much, but a chiropractor just told me that sitting is terrible for your back. This article said this: "Why do we in the Western World suffer so many cases of colon cancer, constipation, diverticulitis, IBS, prostate/uterine disorders and other diseases that other countries do not? The answer may well be in whether you use a squat toilet or not."
- Kid friendly. Though you may think this is debatable, I think a hole is way better for kids. My mom used to stand us up on the porcelain thrones. Way less fun.
We asked questions like these:
- What is a missionary call? Does everyone have one?
- What are the means God uses to call a person?
- Is there a difference between a missionary call and an assignment?
- What is the purpose of missions?
- What does God command and promise regarding missions?
Then we asked questions of ourselves:
- What does our missionary call look like?
- What are we compassionate about?
- What would an assignment look like?
We're looking for a strong prayer support base. This group is helping with that.
Josh and I are learning about needs in global missions, praying about them, and discussing them with others. How will we be involved? How are you involved?
Part of overseas ministry is offering our skills to the Lord and to people. We're actively developing these. Josh is finishing a business degree and developing in HR. I'm learning a lot about communications and graphic design.
We're praying about when and where to go, but we're also thinking about now. We have been talking about living our lives as if we were sent to Minneapolis as missionaries. Imagine that. This takes intentionality (and courage).
We're praying for those around us and those around the world. Even though we're not among the least reached as we would like to be, there are many who are.
"that Jesus, contrary to mainstream Islamic belief, was crucified and survived the four hours on the cross. He was later revived from a swoon in the tomb. Ahmadis believe that Jesus died in Kashmir of old age whilst seeking the Lost Tribes of Israel. Jesus' remains are believed to be entombed in Kashmir under the name Yuz Asaf. Ahmadis believe that Jesus foretold the coming of Muhammad after him, which Christians have misinterpreted." WikipediaPlease pray for these 154,000 Ahmadiyya/Ahmadi around the world. They are Muslims, rejected by Muslims. They believe Jesus died on the cross, but are confused about who he is. Read a story about an Ahmadi mother and her child discussing Jesus. Pray that Ahmadiayya Muslims will recognize Jesus as their Savior through dreams and visions.
- Palm Sunday (Sunday before Easter): This is to remember Jesus, the Messiah, riding into Jerusalem on a donkey and fulfilling the prophesy.
- Maundy Thursday ("Holy Thursday"): This is to remember the Last Supper, the night before Christ's crucifixion.
- Good Friday: This is to remember Christ's death for us. He took on our sin at the cross.
- Easter: This is to remember the third day after Christ's death when He rose from the dead and had victory over the grave, sin and Satan! Wahoo!
I’ve been reading Created to be His Help Meet. It’s a fairly opinionated and ultra-conservative book with some outdated language, but I’ve been gleaning some very insightful and helpful thoughts from it.
While being careful not to put Josh (or other men) into an assuming stereotype, I’ve found the author’s (Debi Pearl) “Three Kinds of Men” chapter helpful in understanding and relating to Josh.
This man is typically a dominant and is born to be a leader (e.g. Winston Churchill, George Patton, Ronald Reagan). He is compared to God the Father. A wife would do well to be his queen, “ruling/leading” at his side, obeying, honoring, and revering.
He is creative and spontaneous shaker, changer, and dreamer (e.g. prophets of the Old Testament, Thomas Edison, the Wright brothers). He is compared to the Holy Spirit. A wife would do well to enjoy the ride with enthusiasm through failures and successes of dreams and visions.
He is a caring, providing, and gentle servant. He is compared to Jesus Christ. A wife would do well to express gratitude often and be diligent and productive in tasks alongside her husband.
Each role contains different aspects of God’s character. Most men are dominant in one while having traces of the other two. Josh and I had a helpful discussion last night about the three, and I learned better ways to relate to him and the way God created Him as sort of a Steady Visionary. I’m so excited about our discovery and the way the Lord teaches us each day. Thank you, Lord!
4. Pray for language learning, cultural adjustment and identification with the people we serve.
“Missionaries are given the early and important assignment to . . . acquire the local language and constantly use it, by pursuing a definite course of study; and understanding and appreciating the culture in which they are living.”
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“We are a praying ‘league’, a community of men and women who are committed to prayer as a key methodology for advancing the Gospel of Christ. Prayer is the working method of our mission.”
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