October Mission Offering Update: World Mission Offering

Our October Mission is the World Mission Offering. This year’s theme is “Celebrating New Life in Christ – On Earth as in Heaven (Matthew 6:10)”.

This offering goes to support the work of the American Baptist Board of International Ministries as well as our special focus missionaries, Dan and Sarah Chetti, serving in Lebanon and Dan and Sharon Buttry, serving as Global Peace Specialists. This year there is a special emphasis on ministry in Cuba.

We have received $445 toward goal of $850.

October Mission Offering Update: World Mission Offering

Our October Mission is the World Mission Offering. This year’s theme is “Celebrating New Life in Christ – On Earth as in Heaven (Matthew 6:10)”.

This offering goes to support the work of the American Baptist Board of International Ministries as well as our special focus missionaries, Dan and Sarah Chetti, serving in Lebanon and Dan and Sharon Buttry, serving as Global Peace Specialists. This year there is a special emphasis on ministry in Cuba.

We have received $155 toward goal of $850.

October Mission Offering Update: World Mission Offering

Our October Mission is the World Mission Offering. This year’s theme is “Celebrating New Life in Christ – On Earth as in Heaven (Matthew 6:10)”.

This offering goes to support the work of the American Baptist Board of International Ministries as well as our special focus missionaries, Dan and Sarah Chetti, serving in Lebanon and Dan and Sharon Buttry, serving as Global Peace Specialists. This year there is a special emphasis on ministry in Cuba.

We have received $100 toward goal of $850.

Mixon Muses: World Mission Month

This is a season of change – some large, some smaller. This is the season in which we move from summer to autumn. It’s harvest season in agricultural settings. Along our tree lined streets, the urban forest turns various shades of red and yellow and orange in spite of (maybe in defiance of) the California myth of balmy climate and eternal sunshine. The trees still understand their fundamental make-up. The change is inevitable and necessary for their survival.

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October 2016 Mission Offering: World Mission Offering

World Mission OfferingAmerican Baptist International Ministries is supported solely through the generosity of churches and individuals. Their primary fundraising vehicle is the annual World Mission Offering. Currently about 100 full-time missionaries, along with short-term missionaries and mission partners, serve in more than 70 countries. Their central mission is to help people come to faith in Jesus, grow in their relationship with God and change their worlds through the power of the Spirit. Churches may also give through their budget to a missionary of their choice (Targeted Giving).

This year’s theme is “Celebrating New Life in Christ – On Earth as in Heaven (Matthew 6:10)”. This offering goes to support the work of the American Baptist Board of International Ministries as well as our special focus missionaries, Dan and Sarah Chetti, serving in Lebanon and Dan and Sharon Buttry, serving as Global Peace Specialists. This year there is a special emphasis on ministry in Cuba.

Our goal for this offering is $800.

“Of Gods and Men”- and ISIS

In the WorldDear friends,

Sharon and I watched “Of Gods and Men” last night, the story of the monks of Tibehirine, Algeria who were martyred during the war in 1996. (I’d seen it before in a jet-lag haze on an airplane; it was Sharon’s first time to see it–the movie is in French.) It is a moving story of life and death, of love, struggle, faith, and courage. Their witness is a faithful alternative response to Islamic extremism rather than the fear, Islamophobia, hate, and enemy-creation that is going on around us.

I wrote about Christian de Cherge on Read The Spirit and in “Interfaith Heroes.”  De Cherge’s final letter home, released after his death, is one of the most beautiful testaments I’ve ever read. The movie ends with selections from the letter, which concludes with a note to his killer:  “And to you, too, my friend of the last moment, who will not know what you are doing.  Yes, for you, too, I wish this thank-you, this “A-Dieu,” whose image is in you also, that we may meet in heaven, like happy thieves, if it pleases God, our common Father.  Amen!  Insha Allah!”  If you want a fuller read about the story, I recommend John W. Kiser’s The Monks of Tibhirine:  Faith, Love, and Terror in Algeria.

On our recent 2 months in the Middle East Sharon and I were in a constant context of the violence of the Islamic State.  We had to change travel plans in Lebanon one day because of an ISIS incursion that left 8 Lebanese soldiers dead.  We had students from Syria and Iraq whose homes had been destroyed in the wars.  The Jordanian pilot’s death by burning stirred up so many in the region.  Then the 21 Egyptian Christians were beheaded in Libya by IS just as we flew into Egypt.  We preached at a church where some of the members were from the community of those folks and had just returned from comforting the families.

What should we do?  More violence?  That seems to be the only answer that the U.S. knows.  Our invasion of Iraq led directly to the on-going chaos of the region.  Our supposedly surgical drone strikes kill so many civilians that they have contributed to growing hostility in Pakistan and destabilization of Yemen.  Peacemakers need to be like good football (a.k.a. soccer) players–you don’t go to where the ball is but where it will be.  We need to not be reactive, especially with the near-sighted and narrow-minded 24-hour news cycle that fills so much of our media.  Instead we need to do the long-range hard work of building the things that make for peace:  Working for gender justice and the empowerment of women, building inter-religious connections and understanding, teaching nonviolence and conflict transformation especially with religious roots, supporting grass-roots reconciliation initiatives (and they are there!), and praying for one another and our enemies.

Peace,
Dan Buttry

 

 

Trip Notes from Dan Buttry in Israel

Dear Friends,

Actually, Sharon and I are in Nazareth, Israel, but most of our time this past week was spent in Bethlehem in Palestine. We have been teaching at the Bethlehem Bible College.  It is a partner institution with the Nazareth Evangelical School where we were the previous week. Continue reading Trip Notes from Dan Buttry in Israel