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Mission Devotional - November 16, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus. Speak your good news to our hearts and souls this day, that we might be captured with your great affection and filled with the joy and the gratitude that come from being truly yours. Amen.

Scripture: Luke 8:1-3

Journal: What good news does Jesus want to proclaim to you today?

Reflection: "What do you want first, the good news or the bad news?" When someone asks you that question, which one do you typically pick? And why? Do you want the good news first, in order to soften the blow of the bad news? Or do you want the bad news first, hoping that once it's out of the way you can then focus on the good news? I don't know about you, but when I hear that question I usually can't get past the fact that there is bad news. That is the part that tends to consume me. Which makes me so glad that Jesus didn't approach people in that way. His message was all about good news. In fact it poured from his mouth and his heart wherever he went. I think that's because good news is something that can't be contained. When we have good news to tell, we must tell it. And that is exactly what Jesus did, he came to tell us the good news about God. He came to tell each one us that: "You are loved. You are valued. You are not alone. You are cared for. You are somebody. You are significant. You are a work of art. You are God's masterpiece. You are beautiful and strong and brave. You are Sought After. You are beloved. You are forgiven. You are redeemed." And not only that, but he also came to tell each one of us that: "God is good. God is kind. God is loving. He is faithful and he is trustworthy and he is sovereign. He is strong and he is mighty and he is just. God is full of mercy and compassion." Now THAT is good news!

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Manuel and Annabella Valverde are involved in church planting and leadership training in Guatemala. Manuel started the Francisco Lacueva Theological Seminary (STFL) in 2012 and they now have 14 students. Pray today for Manuel and Samuel, a pastor from Venezuela, who are creating training for 2 groups of pastors in Cuba who say that they are desperate for training.

Mekong Ministries' vision is to see churches among every Mekong People group that are spiritually healthy and glorifying God, reaching beyond themselves and planting churches in nearby unreached villages and unreached peoples. They seek to facilitate indigenous and Biblical church planting movements among unreached peoples of the Mekong Region. Pray today for the 3 new TL church plants in Laos who need your earnest prayer support for continual evangelistic efforts, encouragement, growth, and joy and strength in standing against governmental and registered church pressure.

Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that you are a loving and faithful God who longs for intimacy and union with each of us. May we be captured by the beauty and the wonder of that good news today, and go forth into your world to bear witness to that good news to all who come across our paths. Amen.