Ministry Essentials

till Christ is formed in you

Responding to COVID-19 —
See our Igniting Hope posts below

Our Mission

We exist to spiritually nourish Christian leaders by
   Joining their journey of faith
  Challenging their assumptions about life and God
  Igniting a deeper hope in Him


To God

We are able to help others connect with God when we ourselves have a deep connection with God.  Try using a Walking Prayer as one way to deepen your connection with God: Take a slow walk paying attention to the ground and to the movement of your feet.  Allow your mind to slow down as well. Walk somewhere and on the way, recite scripture or ask yourself what obstacles prevent you from having a closer relationship with God.  When you get to your destination, simply rest in God. Remain. Converse with God in whatever way you like. As you take your return walk, continue your conversation with God with an awareness of His presence as you reenter your life.

For additional ideas, go to Resources We Provide.

To Each Other

The blog article “The Care and Keeping of Your Missionary” provides practical suggestions you can use to care for your global worker.

For additional ideas, go to Resources We Provide.

To the World

As the world faces the growing health crisis posed by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), will you pray for those infected, for the families who have lost loved ones, for the health care workers who are providing care at the risk of their own health, for the government officials who have to make difficult decisions, and for the Church around the world as we bring hope and comfort in the midst of the spread of this virus. Watch this Prayercast Video by Mission Network News as we join as one in prayer.

In this time of uncertainty and chaos Hong Kong churches are currently banding together around the Word of God and Lent.  This short video below offers an invitation to let the Spirit of God and the Word of God come together in our lives for an inside out kind of change. You’re invited!

For additional ideas, go to Resources We Provide.

Igniting Hope

Joining Together: 30-Days of Igniting Hope in Uncertain Times
Day 16 – Renew

God is at work. In me. In you. In us. Even when we can’t see it, articulate it or define it. He is at work. What a relief! And joy! It’s not up to me to figure it out (or you either!). It’s not up to me to effect my change (which is good because I couldn’t get myself as good as I’d like). It’s up to God.

I love the words of The Message for Ephesians 2:1-10:

“…We all did it, all of us doing what we felt like doing, when we felt like doing it, all of us in the same boat. It’s a wonder God didn’t lose his temper and do away with the whole lot of us! Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us…now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness on us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it.”

ACTION:  If God is working in you, what pressure or fear can/will you release? Enjoy for a moment the reality of His thorough rescue, love and kindness towards you. What does it feel like? What does it wake up in you?

 You can interact with these posts on our Ministry Essentials Facebook page and find prior days in our Joining Together journal on our Resources We Provide page.

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