Jane’s marriage was in turmoil. She felt rejected by her husband, and she was so lonely. Then the email came, “Would you be a test reader for our new fiction?” Jane had no idea that she was entering the gateway to an online pornography site that would engulf her.
Has your week of prayer emphasis gone stale? Do you need to cast a new vision for this important week? Praying for missions is a core value for Southern Baptists. It defines who we are and how we respond to the Great Commission. Your prayers this week are perhaps the greatest gifts you will give and the least costly. Here are some suggestions to make your emphasis visual, personal, and meaningful.
Are we losing the war on pornography? Many believe we are.
Does it affect you in the church? Absolutely. Researchers report that states with high church attendance have about the same number of subscribers to Internet pornography as states with lower church attendance. A 2011 Baptist Press article reported hardcore pornography is in the pastorate, within the church staff, and on seminary campuses.
Meeting in the Middle to Help Those Without
I admit it. I’ve been unprepared—numerous times. “Here he comes,” I think, watching him go from car to car, person to person. “He wants money. He’s probably going to blow it on alcohol. He looks like he could use a good meal. But I don’t want to enable his addictions. I don’t have any cash. What should I do, God?”
“Pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you” (2 Thess. 3:1).
After serving two years in the capital city in Madagascar, Tessa King, an International Mission Board missionary, moved to Tulear. This small city is a central point for several unreached people groups whose cultures are mostly oral. Tessa and her co-workers have found that Bible storying is one way to touch people’s hearts with the gospel.
Christian Women’s Job Corps (CWJC) of Philadelphia, Miss., and Hands of Hope, a CWJC site in San Marcos, Texas, will be able to expand their ministry to women in need through awards granted by the WMU Foundation.