But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, (Galatians 4:4)
Father, please help us receive everything you send us; help us receive Jesus into our hearts.
to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. (Galatians 4:5)
Jesus, so much of the Church is in foster care and has never received the adoption you offer. Help all in this diocese know their adoption as sons of your father.
And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” (Galatians 4:6)
Holy Spirit, help us know God as our father, and be able to cry out to him as sons whenever we are in need.
Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. (Galatians 4:7)
Holy Spirit, set us free from bondage and slavery to sin and help us daily grow into that sonship to God through Christ Jesus. Thank you.
Jan. 7: 103 * 114, 115; Deut. 8:1-3: Col. 1:1-14: John 6:30-33,48-51
Eve of 1 Epiphany: — * 104; Isa. 61:1-9: Gal. 3:23-29; 4:4-7
Sunday: 146, 147 * 111, 112, 113; Gen. 1:1-2:3: Eph. 1:3-14: John 1:29-34
HC: 89:1-29 or 89:20-29; Isaiah 42:1-9; Acts 10:34-38; Mark 1:7-11
Notes from the Front Line
***** Date: Fri, 06 Jan 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote…
Have you become spiritually apathetic? Have you lost your way or started to backslide? Stop, turn around, change direction, repent, and walk towards the Lord. He is waiting for you with open arms saying, “I’ve missed you…”
***** Pray for the lost and the least: Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Fri, 06 Jan 2012
Subject: VERY URGENT urgent urgent prayer needed.
This has just come in from Mark Featherstonhaugh, If you can Please Pray Now!!
Can you please send this out urgently? From Steve at Ratanak UK. “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.” Proverbs 31:8
Sincere apologies for sending another email so soon but I just received this update. It serves to remind us of the continued battle to ruin these young lives. I must admit to being incensed over this. If ever there was a time to storm the gates of hell it is now. Thank you so much for your support and encouragement.
We’ve just heard Y’s mother has convinced her to go back to the brothel tomorrow.
We’ve had her counselor and our staff trying to convince her not to go. She said she has to do what her mother wants. When we reminded her how terrible it was in the brothel and how she wanted to kill herself, she said she prefers death rather than the enduring the emotional abuse of her mother. She is depressed and demoralized…
We’ve told her we can help get her sister out of the brothel… But like a victim of domestic violence, she can’t believe that we can save her sister or her from this mess. Y is even defending her mother’s decision saying, ‘if my mother knew how bad it was in the brothel, she would never have sent me there — she just doesn’t know how bad it is…’ Her mother keeps telling Y that she is very sick and has lots of hospital bills, even though we’ve said we could help her mum with any medical issues. Every little girl wants their mummy to love them and it’s devastating for them to think their mother has betrayed them. And that’s probably the real issue she’s struggling with…
Just keep praying up a storm that Y will see the truth and stand up to her mum and that God will supply a supernatural solution… God’s love is bigger than our love.
If you are struggling to understand this situation you might like to read the following Blog by a partner.
“Saturday I met with one of the girls at one of our aftercare homes. She had asked us to protect her two little sisters from the horrors of child sex trafficking she had experienced. Bravely she shared the details of her trafficking and abuse from the age ten until fifteen when she was rescued and brought to ARC.
It amazed me how she could share such painful experiences without shedding a single tear. But things changed when I asked if her parents were involved in her trafficking. Her immediate response was an adamant, “No!” Of course this seemed difficult to believe considering the young age at which she was first trafficked, and that she continued to live with her parents for the first two years of her being trafficked. So I said, “If you really want your sisters protected you need to let us know everyone that was involved in trafficking you.”
This time, in halting words, she explained that it was her parents who first took her to the man who trafficked her. It was her parents that took her to him over and over for the next two years. Now the tears flowed. And it was clear that of all the unbelievably painful abuses she has suffered the betrayal by her parents was by far the most painful…the one most difficult from which to heal…the most difficult to forgive.
Steve Norman | Director – Ratanak International (UK) http://ratanakmissions.blogspot.com/2011/11/ratanak-uk-team-beauty-for-ashes.html