Lectionary Selection: Mark 8:31-38 or Mark 9:2-9
Prayers for India:
Gracious God, we want to take this time and simply thank you. Thank you for the life you have given us and the wonderful opportunities you give us to serve others. It can be a scary thing when we think of denying and putting aside our own desires, stepping out of comfort zones to go serve someone else. It is such a beautiful thing because in serving others we grow, we get to learn more about others, about you and your infinite love.
We pray for the Diocese of Durgapur and all the projects they have going on especially the Human Trafficking project and Durgapur Child Study & Development center. With human trafficking numbers increasing in India, we pray that there are more people at the Diocese and surrounding the Diocese will be willing to but aside their desires, be brave, be bold and go out there and serve. There is a real need here surrounding the children and their futures.
In your precious name we pray, Amen.
Mission Stewardship Moment from India:
Surrounding the Diocese are poor and marginalized neighborhoods filled with children. Many of these children do not have the means to get an education and many start working from a very young age. The Diocese has taken in hundreds of children and provided them with a proper education in Christian institutions. They have really seen the need in their community and they are taking action.
One of the programs is the Durgapur Child Study & Development Center. This center allows children to work on their school material with the help of teachers. This space has been created for them to have their study time and teachers are there providing help. Providing for the children to better themselves and grow. Around sixty children currently attend the after-school center. Thirty of those children live in the hostel and the rest in the surrounding poor neighborhoods and transportation home is provided after the center finishes.
When I think of Mark 8:31-38 and how we must deny ourselves and pick up our cross, I think of the people and job that is being done here in the Diocese. Putting others before ourselves is a beautiful thing!
Let’s keep the Diocese and all workers in our prayers.
(Prayer and Mission Moment by Joanines Adorno-Diaz)
Mission Partners in India:
- Centre for Social Equity and Inclusion
- Christian Medical Association of India (CMAI)
- Christian Medical College, Ludhiana
- Christian Medical College, Vellore
- Church of North India (CNI)
- Church of South India (CSI)
- Church's Auxiliary for Social Action - CASA
- Darjeeling Tibetan Refugee Center and Tibetan Children's Village
- Deep Griha Society, Pune
- Family Village Farm and King's Matriculation
- Henry Martyn Institute for Research, Interfaith Relations and Reconciliation
- Indian Samaritans, New Delhi
- Lady Doak College
- Pravaham, Vellore
- Student Christian Movement of India
- Tamilnadu Theological Seminary
- United Theological College, Bangalore
More information on India: http://www.globalministries.org/india
Global Ministries Mission Coworker in India:
Joanines Adorno-Diaz is member of Casa del Alfarero (Disciples of Christ), Indianapolis, Indiana. She serves as a Global Mission Intern with the Church of North India. Her appointment is possible thanks to gifts to Disciples Mission Fund, Our Churches Wider Mission, and your special gifts.