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Nov
22

November 26th, 2017 – Last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King

“Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me” (Matthew 25:45). Jesus’ words here are sobering, troubling, indeed. The problem with those who will be sent away to eternal fire is that they didn’t know (although they should have) […]

Nov
22

Thanksgiving for Discipleship in Brazil by Ron McKeon

Ron and Valdomiro during their weekly Discipleship meeting. Making Disciples who Make Disciples: Is the theme in the book by Francis Chan “Multiply” published by David C. Cook.  In Brazil we use the version published by Editora Mundo Cristao and translated into Portuguese by Daniel Faria.  I have been meeting with Valdomiro on a weekly […]

Nov
22

Thankful: One Family’s Legacy of Adoption

As we give thanks this Thanksgiving season, I can’t help but take a look back at the legacy of life in my family and be thankful for it. Ironically, or more likely due to God’s wisdom, November is National Adoption Awareness Month. What an honorable, incredible thing for which to give thanks!  It touches my […]

Nov
22

A Message from our Chairwoman

I love AFM and the vision God has given us, to go to the largest and least-evangelized people groups in the world to share the love of Jesus. When I first learned of these groups, I realized my church and I had missed a part of Christ’s command in Acts 1:8, “to go to the […]

Nov
22

Giving Thanks

As 2017 draws to a close, Global Teams is giving thanks for God’s work in lives around the globe. Here are a few of the things for which we’re giving thanks: The opportunity to provide not only relief, but relief workers to the hardest hit area in South Asia. New sending bases in Latin America […]

Nov
21

Seeding The Faith

Will you who are reading this make a regular contribution to the spread of the kingdom of God, right now, through NAMS? Right now, will you help us as we seek to seed the faith among the nations of the world? NAMS needs to raise $75,000 by year end, in order to remain in the […]

Nov
21

Please wear red tomorrow…

Nov
20

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Nov
20

Giving Thanks for Leaking Planes: My Reflection on the 2017 New Wineskins Board Meeting

The thing I love most about New Wineskins is the relationships. The New Wineskins Triennial Conference is often described as a “great family reunion” and the same is true for our yearly board meetings. I look forward to them all year long and always learn so much from my fellow board members. It is great […]

Nov
18

The Middle of the Marathon

In my last update I wrote about our coming back from Peru hitting the ground running, since Fall ends up being our busiest time of year. At the time of writing that update I don’t think I realized how true it really would be until sitting here now to write a new one … it’s […]

Nov
17

Request 2017 Advent Materials

You can immediately view and download the Advent Prayer Calendar here. Advent 2017 Materials Request Form Number of Mite Boxes:* Number of Advent Calendars:* Name* First Last Church or Organization* Shipping Address:* Street Address Address Line 2 City AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareDistrict of ColumbiaFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyomingArmed Forces AmericasArmed Forces EuropeArmed […]

Nov
16

Gifting a Child: Let’s Change the Adoption Language

A woman of faith who chose adoption for her child said just a few years ago, “We need to change the dialogue about adoption.  We can change the perception by just speaking truth about the event.  By using honest terminology without judgement, we can transform lives.”  Her choice to gift her child was not shame […]

Nov
15

November 19th, 2017 – 24th Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 25:14-30 For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. Several years ago I asked my friend Frank if I […]

Nov
14

Seeking New Life at the Seams – part 2, by Revd. Gabriel Smith

Last week, I began to share about ‘Life at the Seams’. The seam is a line along which two pieces of fabric are sewn together in a garment or article of clothing. It can also be a metaphor for the spaces in our life whe0re plans, dreams, ideas and reality meet or are brought together, […]

Nov
14

#GivingTuesday Giveaway!

ARDF is participating in #GivingTuesday 2017 And we couldn’t be more excited! #GivingTuesday is a global initiative that encourages all of us to give back and celebrate the power of generosity. As we start thinking about Christmas shopping for our friends and loved ones, let’s also remember the people around the world who lack the basic necessities of […]

Nov
14

Substitutionary Confession

In our staff devotions this morning, we read from Nehemiah 9:26-38. While I was reading, two verses stood out to me. “Behold, we are slaves this day; in the land that You gave to our fathers to enjoy its fruits and its good gifts, behold, we are slaves. And its rich yield goes to the […]

Nov
13

Passion for Global Centered Unity and Mission: Caminemos Juntos in Brazil

“Passion for the Americas” was the theme of the Caminemos Juntos 2017 conference, a conference with more than 200 Anglican representatives from North, Central and South America held in Recife, Brazil, with the goal of catalyzing mission and church planting throughout the continent. This second annual gathering of Caminemos Juntos in South America brought clergy and […]

Nov
12

Teaching Sunday school in Madagascar is an exciting experience

Teaching Sunday school in Madagascar is an exciting experience.  It is a special call like no other.  The only tool the teacher has is the Bible.   In most of our Churches, children are the majority.  Sadly, some of these children have no one to teach them, but these children hunger and thirst for righteousness.  The […]

Nov
11

Gracias, Papa

One of my favorite songs is called Alaba a Dios (Praise God.) To me it is exemplifies the Honduran faith.  It is about praising God no matter what.  Praise Him Simply praise Him If you’re crying, praise Him when you’re tested, praise Him you’re suffering, praise Him no matter what, praise Him He will listen to your praises […]

Nov
09

Hurricane Harvey and Lessons You Taught Us about Open Adoption

A few weeks ago I was with my family in Frisco, TX escaping Hurricane Harvey. That week was a whirlwind of emotions. Every day we were bombarded with images that reminded us of how very uncertain our future so often is. That deep and ongoing uncertainty is an emotion I am all too familiar with; […]