Living Letters Mob Flier Jan 2010

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Living Letters church mobilization flier January 2010 edition. Article on Memphis crime-infested neighborhoods.

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Living Letters Mob Flier Jan 2010

  1. 1. living letters stories from the Great Commission cleaning up the neighborhood – here and abroad In one of the toughest crime- a variety of youth and adult outreach projects. The challenge of living in this infested neighborhoods of central Memphis, local believers are mov- community has helped prepare many ing in, pushing out the drug dealers of them for mission work overseas. and helping change lives. And after Some are partnering with IMB (Inter- training here, some are taking their national Mission Board) to go to some missions calling overseas. of the world’s most dangerous mission It’s a one-square-mile neighborhood fields – including areas of Central Asia, of about 9,000 people, where many Africa and South Asia. refugees from Africa and Asia have For Nathan Cook, a local believer, settled to make a new life for them- describing the transformation in the selves. But poverty and crime make it community is simple. a tough place to live. The area, how- “The general idea is for Christians to ever, is gaining fame for its effective move into poor communities and love homegrown array of ministries, and in your neighbor,” he said. “The problems many ways it’s undergoing a spiritual of the neighborhood become your face-lift. problems. People interacting who More and more faith-filled doctors, ordinarily wouldn’t interact.” nurses and teachers have moved into See the Winter edition of Commission Stories and the ‘hood’ to reach out to the commu- commissionstories.com for the full story. Commission nity. They’re offering free medical clin- Stories print magazine is offered free. Call (800) 999-3113 option 3, or visit imbresources.org to subscribe. ics, community clean-up efforts and commissionstories.com
  2. 2. Baptists see response after tsunami relief They lost their three children and seven other relatives in one day along the coast of India. Paramesvaran and his wife, Choodamani, had every reason to lose hope. After the 2004 tsunami claimed the lives of their family and more than 200,000 oth- ers in 11 countries, the couple struggled with depression and suicide. Their Christian faith, however, led them to start an orphanage for 20 children – many of whom lost parents in the tsunami. Backed with the gifts of Southern Baptists — more than $17 million donated for tsunami relief — an IMB worker helped the couple provide beds, clothes, school supplies and other needs for the children. Since then, all of the children have accepted Christ as their savior and some of them are working with Paramesvaran to share Christ with the community. Baptist relief efforts in the region helped prompt the beginnings of 1,400 house churches and 12,000 people accepted Jesus Christ as their savior. Learn more about Paramesvaran’s story at commissionstories.com. news from NAMB The morning mist lingers over the Appalachian Mountains as missionaries Charles and Marjorie Wilson open the doors of the Wheelwright (Ky.) Baptist Center for another day of ministry in the tiny hamlet. Forty percent of the people in southern Floyd County live below the poverty line. For 23 years, the Wilsons have helped meet the physical and spiritual needs of the community with support from Southern Baptists. Due to the current economic crisis, more and more people are looking for help. Baptist Centers are a beacon of hope to their communities. To find a center near you, visit www.namb.net/ministrycenters. Contact us for a free subscription. imbresources.org • (800) 999-3113 IMB and NAMB are supported by the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering® and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering®, respectively, and the Southern Baptist Convention’s Cooperative Program. Lottie Moon Christmas Offering and Annie Armstrong Easter Offering are registered trademarks of WMU®. JANUARY 2010 PP 183.9M 11/09 P5889-1

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