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Two Powerful Lenten Prayers: Repentance and Petition for Freedom of Modern Day Slaves

Written by students from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2010 and 2011:

Check out the article written in 2015 by now alumni on Human Trafficking and Pornography:

1: Lamentation over Human Trafficking

“Out of the depths we cry to you, O Lord” (Ps.  130:1);

Father, from the depths of our core where helplessness and hopelessness reside, we cry.  Our hearts are broken that your men, women, and children all over the world are bought and sold into sexual slavery and slave labor for the profit, pleasures, and comfort of others.  We cry for the slaves who are already crying out deep within because of the yoke of oppression they carry. We cry because they cry. We cry because your heart is moved the way a mother is moved by the cries of a hungry and thirsty child. In our tears, we are hungry and thirsty for your justice and mercy.

“Create in us a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within us” (Ps. 51:10). “So our spirit grows faint within us; our hearts within us are dismayed” (Ps. 143:4)

Jesus, we confess that we are part of the problem. We contribute to the injustice of slave labor with the things we buy and with the meditations of our hearts.  We repent for all the times we willingly submitted our wills to sexual perversion and exploited the beauty of your design in our brothers and sisters.  We have slept with darkness and therefore have perpetuated the evil of sexual exploitation against our brothers and sisters.

Spirit, we lift up those caught in the lust that causes them to pay for sex or view pornography. We lament over those that walk in darkness and help keep slaves in bondage, we cry. Lord, we lift up the exploiters- the pimps, johns, madams, factory, plantation, and brothel owners. We know it is your desire that they be redeemed as well. Lord, we lift up those who create the demand- individuals and families who exploit others for slave labor in their homes. As they sell, buy, and trade men, women, and children for pleasure or profit, we cry. Our tears fall with a confessing heart that pleads guilty of participation through consumerism and lust.

“Hear our prayer, O Lord; listen to our cry for mercy.  In the day of our trouble we will call to you, for you will answer us.” (Ps. 86:6-7)

Father, Son, Spirit, we ask that you would proclaim release for the captives, that they may know in the midst of their tragedy that you are good.  We repent for all the times we failed to pray for those in chains and hindered your justice from coming into the world.  We repent for all the times we turned our heads to the victimization of our brothers and sisters and said it was someone else’s problem and not our own.  We trust that you will guide us as a community in the fight against modern day slavery. We thank you and praise you for the work you are already doing and the people you are freeing from bondage all over the world, even as we pray. May your kindness lead us to repentance. May your grace lead us to action. May your mercy pour justice in our hearts. In Jesus’ name, amen.

——

II. A Lenten Abolition Litany

We are reminded this Lent that we have all been slaves to sin and death.   “We have all been there before, captive to the passions of our weak flesh, impulsively doing the will of our weakness. And like the rest, we were children whose nature deserved wrath. But You, exerting Your wealth, made a life for us together with Christ.”

(Ephesians 2.3-4)

Lord, our world has been deceived.  We pray this Lent against the industry of human trafficking, because when we do we are praying against many sins: greed, lust, materialism, apathy, prejudice, and selfishness.  Lord, we pray for our world, which is shackled in the chains of sin and death. In your mercy,

Lord, deliver us

Lord we cannot pray against modern slavery and mourn its existence without acknowledging our part in the mess.  Our shoes are saturated in the mire of slavery. Our bodies are covered with cheap products woven with suffering.  Our phones are smeared with the fingerprints of orphans.  The meditations of our hearts turn too easily into lustful desires.  In Your mercy,

Lord, deliver us

Lord, we cry out for enslaved women who are experiencing cruciform suffering every day, in vicious and nameless cycles of evil and degradation; Jesus, you know their pain.  In your transparency and vulnerability you are always with those who suffer and cry out for death. You can relieve them of the pain and give them life.  In your mercy,

Lord, deliver us

Lord, the darkness of sinful and selfish hearts thrives in our land. We cry out for enslaved men and children who may work from dawn till dusk in the Kentucky countryside for no pay. We pray against debt bondage. We pray against forced labor. Would you convict the hearts of a hundred slave masters today? In your mercy,

Lord, deliver us

Lord, in your Kingdom, darkness has no place.  All is transparent.  All is light.  Give us the courage to love those in chains in a way that defies a culture of materialism and sin. Awaken us as your body to embrace the plight of those who cannot defend themselves from the enemy’s agents of destruction. In your mercy,

Lord, deliver us

Lord, in your Kingdom you call each of us by name. Deliver us from our tendency to neglect our brothers and sisters, to ignore those who are sold like products all over the globe. Teach us how to be salt and light in this world; to be Christ’s hands and feet that walk into the dark grottos of civilization and unshackle the chains of idolatry and slavery. Lord, teach us how to LOVE. In your mercy,

Lord, deliver us

Remind us that we are our brother’s keeper. Free us from slavery to sin that we might be your deliverers through our prayers, words, and deeds. Raise up deliverers Lord. Make your church a house of justice. In Your mercy, build our empathy for those whose suffering knows no relief. May your kingdom come, Lord on earth as it is in heaven.

Amen.

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Asbury International

TRENDING GLOBAL EXPERIENCES AT ASBURY THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

 

 

Upcoming: April 8- 15, 2011:


Upcoming

Campus Life: Modern Abolition

Monday, April 11th, 2011 :: 7.00-9.00am :: Asbury House of Prayer

Looking for worshipers and activists, intercessors and non-conformists.  The Modern Abolitionists of Asbury Theological Seminary are looking for men and women who are willing to bring together the gifts of the Body of Christ, as the Spirit leads, to build God’s Kingdom in the area of freeing those affected by Human Trafficking

One of the ways we are being transformed and transforming the world in the area of Human Trafficking is through prayer.  On Monday Mornings from 7-9 am and Wednesdays from 12-12.45 pm, we will be meeting in the AHOP space on the camps of ATS. We would love for you to join us, helping us intercede for the millions held in bondage from Human Trafficking.

Our time together will also consist of sharing testimonies of those affected by this injustice, joining our hearts for specific geographical areas with respect to certain themes, and seeking God’s will through praying His Word.  If you have any questions or need further clarification, please contact Colby.Cuevas@asburyseminary.edu or Gary. Liederbach@asburyseminary.edu. On behalf of the Modern Abolitionists of ATS, thank you for taking the time to think and pray about joining us.  Whether God would have you join us in these times of prayer or not, be blessed as you follow the Way, liberating the oppressed and taking stands for justice.

Ministry for Global Community Development: Local Service and Community Dinner

Mondays in April 3.30-6.30pm :: Wilmore

Join the weekly rhythm of formational family friendly service opportunities. Build relationships across the ethnic, racial, institutional and city boundary lines. Start your ministry now through experiential hands on service together with fellow community members, students, and families!

If you would like to be added to the weekly service mailer, please respond to gcd.asbury@asburyseminary.edu.”

E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism:

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 :: 8.15-9.30am :: ESJ Lounge

The seminar meets every Wednesday morning, 8:15-9:30am.  The focus of the seminar is on spiritual formation, community formation, and development of academic skills.  For more information you can contact the seminar facilitator Dr. Eunice Irwin.

Ministry for Global Community Development: Spiritual Formation for Global Citizens: Reflection in Common

Thursday, April 14,  2011 :: 6-7.30pm :: Richard Allen Chapel

We will reflect on “Appreciative Abandon.”  Masters include St. Paul, St. Teresa of Avila, John Wesley, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Future themes include:

  • Courage
  • Action and Peace
  • Compassion
  • Making the Best out of Hopeless Situations
  • Seeing the Image of God in Everyone You Meet
  • Learning to Call Forth The Best in Others
  • Appreciating Uniqueness in Others
  • Cultivating a Globally Responsible and Interculturally Sensitive Heart
  • Turning Depression and Fatigue on Its Head with Appreciation

Our schedule looks like this (session runs from 6-7.30pm in the Richard Allen Chapel):

  • Thursday, March 31
  • Thursday, April 14
  • Thursday, April 28
  • Thursday, May 12

We hope that you can join in this semester.

Campus Life: Church Planting Lecture and Informational Dinner

April 13 and 14,  2011 :: Location Varies- See Below.

The Reverend Dr. Tommy Gray an ATS graduate will be coming to Asbury Theological Seminary April 13 and 14th. Dr. Gray planted ClearBranch UMC in 1996 in the North Alabama Conference and was there 12 years as the church grew to over 1,600 in worship. Dr. Gray is now the Superintendent of New Churches for the North Alabama Conference of the UMC.  He is also working with church planters from three conferences developing a church planting network with a goal to plant Global Impact Churches in every major metropolitan area in North America in one generation. How is that for a goal?  Tommy (he is my DS and he cringes when I call him Dr. Gray) is on the cutting edge of church planting. He has read all the texts from this class plus more. He is going to the Exponential Conference, uses Griffith’s boot camp methods, and has a passion for transforming the church. I have served with Tommy in prisons and in the streets. He is the real deal and will assist you and have your back if you are in ministry with him. He believes, as do I, that the church is in a time of great opportunity and that God is in the process of birthing something that will have a kingdom impact. Do you feel a call to take part in this goal? If you are interested on learning more Dr. Gray will be speaking in Dr. McPhee’s 21st Century Church Planting course on April 13 at 6:15pm in SH 231. Interested students and their spouses are also invited to an informal informational dinner the following evening Thursday April 14th at 6:00pm at my house (Gary Liederbach) located at 703 Woodspointe Way, in Wilmore. Dr. Gray will also be available to talk with in the Student Center during the day on Thursday. He is also scheduling half hour interviews from 1:30pm-4:30pm. If you are planning on coming to the dinner or for more information contact me at gary.liederbach@asburyseminary.edu or at 256-302-3785.

 

Internship/ Job Opportunities

Students should take care to notice four internships/ job postings:

  1. Heart of God: International Ministries“: Haiti. We currently have an orphanage with 77 children and 12 Haitian staff members.  We are feeling urged by the Holy Spirit to develop a full-time support staff for the Director, relieving him of some of his duties and allowing him more freedom to evangelize among his own people (this is his first love).  Although we have just begun the search, we would like to be able to have someone ready to go in May, 2011.  The next several months could be spent in raising support and additional preparations necessary for a long-term assignment. Interested applicants can contact Jan Ross, President/CEO Heart for God International Ministries at jross@heartofgodinternational.org.
  2. World Hunger Relief, Inc.“: Texas. WHRI is a teaching and working farm, with an emphasis on sustainable agriculture as it pertains to the alleviation of hunger worldwide. Interns & Live-In Volunteers train at the farm, learning about sustainable agriculture and technology appropriate to the developing-country setting, and leave equipped for holistic ministry through agriculture. The intern assistantship lasts 13 months, and during that time, interns receive a small stipend and health insurance, plus room and board. Interns learn by doing hands-on farming, personal experiments, and by attending twice-weekly classes, covering a broad range of topics. The classes are taught by farm staff, seminary and college professors, and local and commercial farmers. Live-In Volunteers stay for as short as two weeks, up to one year. Live-In Volunteers work 25 hours per week on the farm in exchange for room and board. LIVs do not receive a stipend or health insurance, but are encouraged to participate in all aspects of farm life, including morning devotions and intern classes. Interested applicants should contact Asbury Alum Kelly Lawson, Education Coordinator for World Hunger Relief, Inc.at educationcoordinator@worldhungerrelief.org.
  3. Internships with Good Works, INC. Not sure what you are doing this summer? Why not consider a 9-week paid internship in leadership development working with youth and adults serving at-risk children, widows, people who struggle with disabilities, people who struggle with poverty and people without homes in rural Appalachia? THE COMMUNITY OF GOOD WORKS has been providing internship experiences for 17 years. This summer, we will hire 6-8 interns who will live in Christian community and…• Oversee the relational discipleship of the visiting teens and adults who are participating in a week-long Work Retreat during our Summer Service Program. You will grow in a deeper relationship with Christ as you serve with hundreds of youth and adults who will visit Good Works from all over Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, New York and Illinois.
    • Provide leadership for our every day Summer Kid’s Discovery Club.
    • Assist with the daily Summer Lunch/Community meal provided to children and adults in the Athens, Ohio area.
    • Provide leadership for our visiting short-term mission teams in hands-on projects that serve people at their homes in rural Appalachian, Ohio who are elderly and/or who have disabilities.
    • Provide leadership for a teen agricultural summer internship program. Be involved in establishing gardens at the homes of widows and citizens with disabilities.
    • Discover and participate in direct service to people without homes who live in our shelter – The Timothy House. You will see a different model of ministry with the rural homeless.
    • Work alongside our friends struggling with poverty as they participate in service and earn “points” to obtain cars, appliances and food through our Transformation Station.
    • Participate in FRIDAY NIGHT LIFE, our weekly community meal followed by health education, Kids Club, live music, poetry readings and other community building activities.
    • Experience leadership development as you interact with the Good Works staff on the issues of discipleship, ministry with the poor, community, poverty and justice in weekly discussions. The Summer Service internship begins on June 12 and ends on August 13. Applicants must be at least 20 years old or have completed one year of college. Good Works provides housing and most of your food and pays $1,500.00. Interns can also raise additional funds. The
    deadline for applications and references is March 31, 2011.THE NEXT STEP –-
    1. Visit our web site and explore Good Works
    2. Read through the section on INTERNSHIPS.
    3. Select Summer Service.
    4. Request an application through e-mail at goodworks@good-works.net. Applications must be completed by March 31st. Interviews are conducted at Good Works in April. THER INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
    • Good Works also offers a year-long residential internship with a stipend called APPALACHIAN IMMERSION for people 18 years or older. Interns live together in the Good Works Hannah House and are immersed into the many different outreach initiatives of Good Works.
    • Good Works also offers a one-week internship, called WEEK OF SERVICE (especially during the summer), for anyone 16 years or older. Visit our web page and click on INTERNSHIPS for more information.
  4. Missions to Czech & Slovak Republics. Since graduating from Victory World Missions Training Ctr, in 1992, the Bruners have helped establish four new churches, in Olomouc and Prerov, CR, and Trnava, and Senec Slovakia.  They have served as local pastors, taught in Bible School, raised up several music groups, and established Christian TV programs.  Their current project is a full service restaurant near Olomouc, Czech Rep. which also  houses an outdoor band stage, patio restaurant, a 6 room Bed & Breakfast, 2 indoor dining areas, and a seminar/ events hall.  It features live music each weekend in summer, and regular presentations of the Gospel thru testimonies, Bible stories, drama and skits, and numerous youth and children’s events.

Outline of the internship program:

Internships may last 10 days to 3 months, between May and Sept. 30.  Some winter months programs are available on request.  The intern is responsible for their own airfare to and from Czech Rep.  We provide lodging and food, and some ground transportation.  Lodging is free in our Podskali Center facilities.  Cost of food and ground transportation varies according to number of hours the intern works in our center.  For example, interns who work 40 hours per week in our summer program receive free board, and free transportation, each work day.

Applications should be returned by mail or email within at least 3 months prior to your arrival dated.  Forms be obtained by emailing us at: brunerslovakia@hotmail.com. Must be accompanied by written references from your Pastor or Youth Director, and 2 personal references.

Experience in missions is helpful, but not required.  Areas of need: food service and pre, music & drama, arts & crafts, English camps, sports & games, sound/lights tech., construction and maintenance.

Contact Information: Mark and Tommie Bruner USA service agency: RAIN 7600 Humbolt Ave. N. Brooklyn Park, MN 55444. tel. 763-566-7411.

Asbury International

TRENDING GLOBAL EXPERIENCES AT ASBURY THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

 

 

Upcoming: March 18-25, 2011:               Anticipating: March – Apr 8, 2011:

Reflecting

This last week, God networked his global church at Asbury at the feet of renowned teacher Marva Dawn and under the renowned film maker, James Ault.  Dawn outlined worship as resistance to the empire while Ault showcased his films on African Christianity. Meanwhile, a group of faculty and staff continued their long faithfulnes in discerning what global worship means for Asbury.  Dr. Tennent shared his vision of global worship to that group just days before Asbury’s International Alumni Leadership Team met on campus to discuss the future of Asbury’s global Alumni presence.  The group of Mondern Abolitionists focussed on prayer for Asia this week.  And on Monday, the Ministry for Global Community Development held their fourth annual Gender Equity Forum highlighting gender issues faced in the church.  Finally, the group of Monday servants gathered $200 worth of toilet paper to fill the shortening supply of personal items at the Wilmore/ High Bridge Community Center.

When it comes to global community and global opportunities, I sense this report merely brushes the tip of the iceberg of trending global experiences at Asbury Theological Seminary.

Upcoming

Lexington Life: Scottish Country Dancing

Monday Evenings 2011 :: Arts Place, 161 North Mill St., Lexington.

Come enjoy classes in Scottish country dancing starting March 21.  Beginner’s class at 7.30pm, Intermediate and Advanced at 8.30pm. Cost is $25 per person for each 5-week session.  For Intermediate – $5/ class or $25 for 5 weeks.

To register, or for more information, call (859) 294-4790 or 396-1468 or email: pthdvg@uky.edu or shinson56@windstream.net.  Classes will cover Scottish country dance steps, formations and dances.  All classes taught by certificated teachers or the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.  Previous dance experience is not required, nor is it necessary to have a partner.  Come Dance With Us!

Lexington Life: Messianic Jewish Songwriter in Concert

Friday, March 18th, 2011 :: 7.3opm :: Church of the Savior

Join Joel Chernoff in concert.  Mr. Chernoff will share his gifts in concert on March 18th at the Church of the Savior 1301 Brannon road.  Concert is free. Donations accepted.  Hosted by Baruch Haba Messianic Congregation.  Find out more about Joel at: http://www.baruchhaba.org.

Campus Life: Modern Abolition

Monday, March 21th, 2011 :: 7.00-9.00am :: Asbury House of Prayer

Looking for worshipers and activists, intercessors and non-conformists.  The Modern Abolitionists of Asbury Theological Seminary are looking for men and women who are willing to bring together the gifts of the Body of Christ, as the Spirit leads, to build God’s Kingdom in the area of freeing those affected by Human Trafficking

One of the ways we are being transformed and transforming the world in the area of Human Trafficking is through prayer.  On Monday Mornings from 7-9 am and Wednesdays from 12-12.45 pm, we will be meeting in the AHOP space on the camps of ATS. We would love for you to join us, helping us intercede for the millions held in bondage from Human Trafficking.

Our time together will also consist of sharing testimonies of those affected by this injustice, joining our hearts for specific geographical areas with respect to certain themes, and seeking God’s will through praying His Word.  If you have any questions or need further clarification, please contact Colby.Cuevas@asburyseminary.edu or Gary. Liederbach@asburyseminary.edu. On behalf of the Modern Abolitionists of ATS, thank you for taking the time to think and pray about joining us.  Whether God would have you join us in these times of prayer or not, be blessed as you follow the Way, liberating the oppressed and taking stands for justice.

Ministry for Global Community Development: Local Service and Community Dinner

Mondays in March 3.30-6.30pm :: Wilmore

Join the weekly rhythm of formational family friendly service opportunities. Build relationships across the ethnic, racial, institutional and city boundary lines. Start your ministry now through experiential hands on service together with fellow community members, students, and families!

If you would like to be added to the weekly service mailer, please respond to gcd.asbury@asburyseminary.edu.”

E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism:

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 :: 8.15-9.30am :: ESJ Lounge

The seminar meets every Wednesday morning, 8:15-9:30am.  The focus of the seminar is on spiritual formation, community formation, and development of academic skills.  For more information you can contact the seminar facilitator Dr. Eunice Irwin.

Anticipating

Chapel: Rev. Dr. Frank Reid, III Speaking

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 :: 11-12.00am :: Estes Chapel

Estes Chapel welcomes Rev. Dr. Frank Reid, III.  “Dr. Reid graduated from Yale in 1974 with a B.A. in History and African American Studies. While at Yale, he served as the moderator and president of the Black Student Alliance (BSA) and had the opportunity to meet some of the top leaders of the world. During his college years, Dr. Reid answered his call to ministry and preached his trial sermon in August of 1971 at Metropolitan A.M.E. Church in Washington, D.C. When he received his license to preach, he became the 5th generation of his family to become a minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

The Rev. Dr. Frank Madison Reid, III is an internationally-known leader, a pre-eminent power speaker, a cutting-edge thinker, as well as a motivator who encourages and equips people to rebuild their broken lives and communities.

Ministry for Global Community Development: Spiritual Formation for Global Citizens: Reflection in Common

Thursday, March 31,  2011 :: 6-7.30pm :: Richard Allen Chapel

We will reflect on “Firm Compassion.”  Masters include St. Paul, St. Teresa of Avila, John Wesley, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Future themes include:

  • Courage
  • Action and Peace
  • Compassion
  • Making the Best out of Hopeless Situations
  • Seeing the Image of God in Everyone You Meet
  • Learning to Call Forth The Best in Others
  • Appreciating Uniqueness in Others
  • Cultivating a Globally Responsible and Interculturally Sensitive Heart
  • Turning Depression and Fatigue on Its Head with Appreciation

Our schedule looks like this (session runs from 6-7.30pm in the Richard Allen Chapel):

  • Thursday, March 31
  • Thursday, April 14
  • Thursday, April 28
  • Thursday, May 12

We hope that you can join in this semester.

Jessamine Life: Summer of Ministry, Brownsville Texas

Help support cross cultural ministry! Laura Rogers, a local community member, is planning to relocate to the Brownsville, Texas area in July.  From July to October she will be participating in street ministry, assisting with homeless and mercy ministries locally, as well as working with the University of Texas at Brownsville House of Prayer.  Please support  this upcoming ministry time by giving generously!

If you would like more information, please contact Laura at “laurakathrynrogers@yahoo.com”

Internship/ Job Opportunities

Students should take care to notice four internships/ job postings:

  1. Heart of God: International Ministries“: Haiti. We currently have an orphanage with 77 children and 12 Haitian staff members.  We are feeling urged by the Holy Spirit to develop a full-time support staff for the Director, relieving him of some of his duties and allowing him more freedom to evangelize among his own people (this is his first love).  Although we have just begun the search, we would like to be able to have someone ready to go in May, 2011.  The next several months could be spent in raising support and additional preparations necessary for a long-term assignment. Interested applicants can contact Jan Ross, President/CEO Heart for God International Ministries at jross@heartofgodinternational.org.
  2. World Hunger Relief, Inc.“: Texas. WHRI is a teaching and working farm, with an emphasis on sustainable agriculture as it pertains to the alleviation of hunger worldwide. Interns & Live-In Volunteers train at the farm, learning about sustainable agriculture and technology appropriate to the developing-country setting, and leave equipped for holistic ministry through agriculture. The intern assistantship lasts 13 months, and during that time, interns receive a small stipend and health insurance, plus room and board. Interns learn by doing hands-on farming, personal experiments, and by attending twice-weekly classes, covering a broad range of topics. The classes are taught by farm staff, seminary and college professors, and local and commercial farmers. Live-In Volunteers stay for as short as two weeks, up to one year. Live-In Volunteers work 25 hours per week on the farm in exchange for room and board. LIVs do not receive a stipend or health insurance, but are encouraged to participate in all aspects of farm life, including morning devotions and intern classes. Interested applicants should contact Asbury Alum Kelly Lawson, Education Coordinator for World Hunger Relief, Inc.at educationcoordinator@worldhungerrelief.org.
  3. Internships with Good Works, INC. Not sure what you are doing this summer? Why not consider a 9-week paid internship in leadership development working with youth and adults serving at-risk children, widows, people who struggle with disabilities, people who struggle with poverty and people without homes in rural Appalachia? THE COMMUNITY OF GOOD WORKS has been providing internship experiences for 17 years. This summer, we will hire 6-8 interns who will live in Christian community and…• Oversee the relational discipleship of the visiting teens and adults who are participating in a week-long Work Retreat during our Summer Service Program. You will grow in a deeper relationship with Christ as you serve with hundreds of youth and adults who will visit Good Works from all over Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, New York and Illinois.
    • Provide leadership for our every day Summer Kid’s Discovery Club.
    • Assist with the daily Summer Lunch/Community meal provided to children and adults in the Athens, Ohio area.
    • Provide leadership for our visiting short-term mission teams in hands-on projects that serve people at their homes in rural Appalachian, Ohio who are elderly and/or who have disabilities.
    • Provide leadership for a teen agricultural summer internship program. Be involved in establishing gardens at the homes of widows and citizens with disabilities.
    • Discover and participate in direct service to people without homes who live in our shelter – The Timothy House. You will see a different model of ministry with the rural homeless.
    • Work alongside our friends struggling with poverty as they participate in service and earn “points” to obtain cars, appliances and food through our Transformation Station.
    • Participate in FRIDAY NIGHT LIFE, our weekly community meal followed by health education, Kids Club, live music, poetry readings and other community building activities.
    • Experience leadership development as you interact with the Good Works staff on the issues of discipleship, ministry with the poor, community, poverty and justice in weekly discussions. The Summer Service internship begins on June 12 and ends on August 13. Applicants must be at least 20 years old or have completed one year of college. Good Works provides housing and most of your food and pays $1,500.00. Interns can also raise additional funds. The
    deadline for applications and references is March 31, 2011.THE NEXT STEP –-
    1. Visit our web site and explore Good Works
    2. Read through the section on INTERNSHIPS.
    3. Select Summer Service.
    4. Request an application through e-mail at goodworks@good-works.net. Applications must be completed by March 31st. Interviews are conducted at Good Works in April. THER INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
    • Good Works also offers a year-long residential internship with a stipend called APPALACHIAN IMMERSION for people 18 years or older. Interns live together in the Good Works Hannah House and are immersed into the many different outreach initiatives of Good Works.
    • Good Works also offers a one-week internship, called WEEK OF SERVICE (especially during the summer), for anyone 16 years or older. Visit our web page and click on INTERNSHIPS for more information.
  4. Missions to Czech & Slovak Republics. Since graduating from Victory World Missions Training Ctr, in 1992, the Bruners have helped establish four new churches, in Olomouc and Prerov, CR, and Trnava, and Senec Slovakia.  They have served as local pastors, taught in Bible School, raised up several music groups, and established Christian TV programs.  Their current project is a full service restaurant near Olomouc, Czech Rep. which also  houses an outdoor band stage, patio restaurant, a 6 room Bed & Breakfast, 2 indoor dining areas, and a seminar/ events hall.  It features live music each weekend in summer, and regular presentations of the Gospel thru testimonies, Bible stories, drama and skits, and numerous youth and children’s events.

Outline of the internship program:

Internships may last 10 days to 3 months, between May and Sept. 30.  Some winter months programs are available on request.  The intern is responsible for their own airfare to and from Czech Rep.  We provide lodging and food, and some ground transportation.  Lodging is free in our Podskali Center facilities.  Cost of food and ground transportation varies according to number of hours the intern works in our center.  For example, interns who work 40 hours per week in our summer program receive free board, and free transportation, each work day.

Applications should be returned by mail or email within at least 3 months prior to your arrival dated.  Forms be obtained by emailing us at: brunerslovakia@hotmail.com. Must be accompanied by written references from your Pastor or Youth Director, and 2 personal references.

Experience in missions is helpful, but not required.  Areas of need: food service and pre, music & drama, arts & crafts, English camps, sports & games, sound/lights tech., construction and maintenance.

Contact Information: Mark and Tommie Bruner USA service agency: RAIN 7600 Humbolt Ave. N. Brooklyn Park, MN 55444. tel. 763-566-7411.

Asbury International

TRENDING GLOBAL EXPERIENCES AT ASBURY THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

 

Reflecting: February 4- 11, 2011:                Upcoming: Feb. 11-18, 2011:                    Anticipating: February 2011:

Reflecting

Int’l Student’s Dinner with the President:

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

40 International Students and their families gathered for a time of appreciation for Asbury and to ask questions to Dr. and Mrs. Tennent. The dinner was a beautiful moment of fellowship.  After reflecting on the new family housing project, Dr. Tennent fielded questions about his plans for the ongoing global exchange he envisions for Asbury as well as the intercultural sensibility training for Asbury’s frontline staff who work with international students on a regular basis.  The dinner ended with a time of prayer.  Mrs. Julie Tennent prayed for the international students first.  Then the students gathered around the Tennets and prayed in the more than 10 languages represented.

Upcoming

Student Life: Modern Abolition Group

Mondays and Wednesdays :: Asbury House of Prayer

Looking for worshipers and activists, intercessors and non-conformists.  The Modern Abolitionists of Asbury Theological Seminary are looking for men and women who are willing to bring together the gifts of the Body of Christ, as the Spirit leads, to build God’s Kingdom in the area of freeing those affected by Human Trafficking

One of the ways we are being transformed and transforming the world in the area of Human Trafficking is through prayer.  On Monday Mornings from 7-9 am and Wednesdays from 12-12.45 pm, we will be meeting in the AHOP space on the camps of ATS. We would love for you to join us, helping us intercede for the millions held in bondage from Human Trafficking.

Our time together will also consist of sharing testimonies of those affected by this injustice, joining our hearts for specific geographical areas with respect to certain themes, and seeking God’s will through praying His Word.  If you have any questions or need further clarification, please contact Colby.Cuevas@asburyseminary.edu or Gary. Liederbach@asburyseminary.edu. On behalf of the Modern Abolitionists of ATS, thank you for taking the time to think and pray about joining us.  Whether God would have you join us in these times of prayer or not, be blessed as you follow the Way, liberating the oppressed and taking stands for justice.

Wilmore Life: South Pacific Night At OMS!

Friday, February 11, 2011 :: 6pm :: OMS Missions Center

Come join Asbury student John Jording and his wife Suzannah.  The Jordings will share about t heir ministry in the South Pacific.

Wilmore Life: The Whole Gospel for the Whole World Mission Conference.

February 13-20, 2011 :: Wilmore United Methodist Church

  • Sunday, Feb. 13 :: 8.30 and 11am Wilmore United Methodist Church: Preacher, C.V. Elliott
  • Wednesday, February 16 :: 5.30 Wilmore UMC: Meal Cuban Food
  • Wednesday, February 16 :: 6.15pm Wilmore UMC: Program focus on Cuba – Diane Sanchez and Reynir Rosales giving testimony
  • Sunday, February 20 :: 8.30 and 11am Wilmore UMC: Preacher Rev. David McFarland from Nathaniel Mission in Lexington.

Ministry for Global Community Development: Local Service and Potluck Opportunities

Monday, February 14th, 2011 :: 3.30-6.30pm :: Wilmore

GCD is starting up the Global Community Development Monday Project from Feb. 14th: “Sharing God’s Love on Valentine’s day”, February 14th (Monday).  Join the weekly rhythm of formational family friendly service opportunities. Build relationships across the ethnic, racial, institutional and city boundary lines. Start your ministry now through experiential hands on service together with fellow community members, students, and families!

We are having a “soft” start, and we are NOT having potluck for the first Monday on Feb. 14th. We are starting potluck on Monday, Feb. 21st. PLEASE bring some hot dishes as this semester will be full potluck. Please meet at 3:30pm on Feb. 14 (Monday) at GCD center (next to Cluckers) (* we might meet at student center if the weather is too cold.  Stay tuned!).

We would LOVE to have you there.

If you would like to be added to our weekly mailer, please respond to gcd.asbury@asburyseminary.edu.”

Beeson Center: The Beeson Lectures.

February 15-17, 2011 :: Estes Chapel

  • Tuesday, Feb. 15 :: 11 am Estes Chapel: “Redemption in Suffering”
  • Tuesday, Feb. 15 :: Noon: Talk Back Session in Cordelias
  • Wednesday, Feb. 16 :: 10 am University Chapel: “Obedience, Key to Revival”
  • Wednesday, Feb. 16 :: 3pm BC231/232: “Preaching Seminar: Preaching in the Spirit
  • Thursday, Feb. 17 :: 11am Estes Chapel: “Acts 9:1-19, The Secret in Suffering”

Join guest lecturer Dr. Jeannine Brabon Professor of Biblical Hebrew, University Foundation Biblical Seminary of Colombia. She received her Bachelor in Education from Asbury College and Master of Arts in Religion at Asbury Theological Seminary in 1981.  She also completed advanced studies in Biblical Hebrew at the Complutense University in Madrid, and was rewarded an honorary doctorate degree in Christian ministry from Asbury College.  Brabon has been a professor at the University Foundation Biblical Seminary since 1986 as a missionary in her own country under the covering of OMS International, which has sponsored  her for more than 30 years.

Upcoming

Global Community Development: Trip to the Freedom Center.

Saturday, February 19th-Sunday, February 20th, 2011 :: Cincinnati

Join the crew for the 2011 formational trip to the Underground Railroad Freedom Center.  Come along and bring your families on this overnight or day trip.  The group leaves at 8.30am on Saturday and will spend the day 10am – 5pm in the museum.  Then the group will eat and reflect from 3.30-5pm.  Day trippers are asked to stay for the reflection.

Asbury University Chapel: Founder of XXX Church, Craig Gross

February 21-23, 2011 :: Hughes Auditorium

  • February 21st, 10am.  Asbury University Chapel
  • February 23rd, 10am. Asbury University Chapel

Ministry for Global Community Development: Spiritual Formation for Global Citizens: Reflection in Common

Thursday February 24, 2011 :: 6-7.30pm :: Richard Allen Chapel

Semester Themes include:

  • Courage
  • Action and Peace
  • Compassion
  • Making the Best out of Hopeless Situations
  • Seeing the Image of God in Everyone You Meet
  • Learning to Call Forth The Best in Others
  • Appreciating Uniqueness in Others
  • Cultivating a Globally Responsible and Interculturally Sensitive Heart
  • Turning Depression and Fatigue on Its Head with Appreciation

Our schedule looks like this (session runs from 6-7.30pm in the Richard Allen Chapel):

  • Thursday, February 10
  • Thursday, February 24
  • Thursday, March 10
  • Thursday, March 31
  • Thursday, April 14
  • Thursday, April 28
  • Thursday, May 12

We hope that you can join in this semester!

Lexington Life: Walk for Warmth

February 26th, 2011 :: Lexington

The Walk for Warmth will be held on Saturday, February 26th from 10 a.m. to noon, starting and ending at Phoenix Park (in front of the central branch of the Lexington Public Library). Register online at www.walkforwarmth.org, and help fight homelessness.

Help prevent homelessness in Lexington. Join us for the Lexington Rescue Mission’s 4th Annual Walk for Warmth to raise money for our Homeless Prevention Program. This program provides emergency financial assistance for rent and utility bills to families in need in addition to budget counseling, case management, resource referral and spiritual care. For every $100 raised, we can prevent an individual or a family from being evicted or having their utilities shut off.

Internship/ Job Opportunities

Students should take care to notice two internships/ job postings:

  1. Heart of God: International Ministries“: Haiti.  We currently have an orphanage with 77 children and 12 Haitian staff members.  We are feeling urged by the Holy Spirit to develop a full-time support staff for the Director, relieving him of some of his duties and allowing him more freedom to evangelize among his own people (this is his first love).  Although we have just begun the search, we would like to be able to have someone ready to go in May, 2011.  The next several months could be spent in raising support and additional preparations necessary for a long-term assignment. Interested applicants can contact Jan Ross, President/CEO Heart for God International Ministries at jross@heartofgodinternational.org
  2. World Hunger Relief, Inc.“: Texas. WHRI is a teaching and working farm, with an emphasis on sustainable agriculture as it pertains to the alleviation of hunger worldwide. Interns & Live-In Volunteers train at the farm, learning about sustainable agriculture and technology appropriate to the developing-country setting, and leave equipped for holistic ministry through agriculture. The intern assistantship lasts 13 months, and during that time, interns receive a small stipend and health insurance, plus room and board. Interns learn by doing hands-on farming, personal experiments, and by attending twice-weekly classes, covering a broad range of topics. The classes are taught by farm staff, seminary and college professors, and local and commercial farmers. Live-In Volunteers stay for as short as two weeks, up to one year. Live-In Volunteers work 25 hours per week on the farm in exchange for room and board. LIVs do not receive a stipend or health insurance, but are encouraged to participate in all aspects of farm life, including morning devotions and intern classes. Interested applicants should contact Asbury Alum Kelly Lawson, Education Coordinator for World Hunger Relief, Inc.at educationcoordinator@worldhungerrelief.org.

Asbury International

TRENDING GLOBAL EXPERIENCES AT ASBURY THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

 

 

Reflecting: January 2-8, 2010:                           Anticipating: January 9-15, 2010:

Reflecting

Beeson International Center: “Incoming Beeson Pastors”

Usually the Beeson Center is bustling in January.  This year, the 3rd year international cohort arrives in February.  So get ready to welcome back our brothers and sisters as they leave their ministries and families for a 6 week intensive stretch toward their Asbury DMins.

Campus Life: “Students Serve in Haiti”

MDiv Students Colby Cuevas and his Wife Brittany and Jonathan Hansen devoted their holidays to ministry.  They served a in a local church and her community on the ouskirts of Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince.  Colby reflected on the ministry:

Overall, the trip was a huge blessing to me as my heart was once again “strangely warmed.” Ironically, seminary has a way of making
bones dry and hearts weary from the amount of books to be read and papers to be written. However, I have looked into the eyes of God
through the people of Haiti and have seen the flames of love burning in His heart. Although poverty, disease, and corrupt politics ravage
Haiti, God is at work and cannot be stopped. I am also confident that God is doing a mighty work in me and will continue to work through me after seminary thanks to your encouragement and prayers. God willing, I hope to return this summer with Brittany by my side to further participate in God’s work of advancing His Kingdom in Haiti. Please keep
the people of Haiti and Brittany and I in your prayers. Again, I cannot thank you enough and look forward to seeing you soon. “To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen” (Phil. 4:20).

Administration: Asbury Hires New Dean.”

Asbury has named their new dean “Dr. Anne Gatobu” who will preside over the School of Practical Theology.  Of Asbury’s four schools (Theology and Formation, Practical Theology, World Missions and Evangelism, and Biblical Interpretation and Proclamation), the SPT trains future pastors, leaders, and counselors, for the challenges of global and local ministry.

Dr. Gatobu brings her years of training and experience into this new leadership role.  She and her Husband Harun, along with their three boys, also run FOWCUS-Kenya a ministry to orphaned children and women.

Anticipating

Global Community Development: “MLK Events”

In 1983, President Ronald Regan signed a bill enacting the Federal Holiday to remember and honor Dr. King. In 1994, communities began honoring the day off as a “Day On”.  In that spirit, the Asbury community will gather with the Lexington celebration on January 17th, 2011 and return for an afternoon of service.

  • The caravan for the march leaves at 8.30 am on Monday, January 17th, 2011.  The festivities last until noon.
  • We will gather back up at the student center lobby at 2.30 pm for an afternoon of service.

Campus Life: “Church Planting  Seminar”.

Wed. January 12th at 12:00pm (Cordelia A & B) Come and HAVE LUNCH ON US as we hear Rev. Matt Johnson, pastor of The Community United Methodist Church in Boone County, KY, and Rev. Kevin Burney, District Superintendent of the Covington District, tell us the exciting things happening with this innovative idea for church planting.

Asbury International: Trending Global Experiences at Asbury Seminary

ASBURY INTERNATIONAL:

TRENDING GLOBAL EXPERIENCES AT ASBURY THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

Reflecting: November 29-December 3, 2010; Anticipating: December 6-10, 2010;

Reflecting

E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism: This past week in the weekly ESJ seminar, five Asbury professors presented on their experiences at Edinburgh and Capetown.  Dr. Kima Pachuau and Dr. Terry Muck reflected on their time at the Lasaunne missions conference while Dr. Steve O’Malley, Dr. Beverly Johnson Miller, and Dr. Eunice Irwin reflected on their time at the 100 year celebration of the missions confrence that changed the world.

Of note, during the session was the chance for the participants of the Wednesday seminar to reflect on how God has worked in the world in the last 100 years.  Members from Kenya, Uganda, China, Papau New Guinea, Korea, and India all testified to God’s great work in each place.

The ESJ Seminar in Missiology meets every Wednesday morning, 8:15-9:30 am.  The focus of the seminar is on spiritual formation, community formation, and development of academic skills.  For more information you can contact the seminar facilitator Dr. Eunice Irwin.

Chapel: This last Friday, Dean of Chapel JD Walt hosted the final of three conversations aiming to enrich the chapel experience. Walt led the group as they honed in on a definition of global worship and surveyed five preliminary non-negotiables of any global worship experience: mutuality, testimonies, full sensory, variety, and shared leadership.

The group will gather again in April to sense whether or not these elements get us closer to a “global worship experience”.  To engage with the conversation contact Keith Jagger at keith.jagger@asburyseminary.edu

Campus Life: On Friday, the International Leadership Team hosted a Christmas Party for its international students and their children.  The crew deliverede presents to over 100 children.  Presents were collected from the gracious Asbury community.

The party was also a celebration for Asbury’s Graduating International Students from India, Nigeria, South Korea, Philippines, Brunei and Pakistan.

Anticipating

E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism: Next week will be the final week of the semester at the weekly World Missions and Evangelism seminar where world renown missiologist, Dr. Robert Priest will encourage participants with a conversation on global mission.

The ESJ Seminar in Missiology meets every Wednesday morning, 8:15-9:30 am.  The focus of the seminar is on spiritual formation, community formation, and development of academic skills.  For more information you can contact the seminar facilitator Dr. Eunice Irwin.

Campus Life: One of the finest examples of our global community at Asbury is our Singing Seminarians.  With representatives from Asia, Africa, and North American, this fine musical group presents its annual Advent Service.  The service begins at 6.00pm in Estes Chapel.

 

Global Community/ Local Service: An Asbury Service Learning Entrée

Global Community Development Mondays: Journal Entry 2.

Monday- June 14th, 2010: Garage Sale

Our next phase in the transformation of the garage included a garage sale to 1. get rid of a number of items that we could no longer use, and 2. make a few dollars in the mean time that will go toward the refurbishing of the garage.

We started with an all-day prep on Friday.  10 volunteers showed up throughout the day, though one intercultural moment particularly caught my eye.  We rented a dumpster (now just about full) for the weekend.  At one point we had four men carrying a monster of an air conditioner long dead to the dumpster.  Two hands belonged to a Kenyan, two to a Zimbabwean, two to a Ugandan, and two to an African American.  As we continue to search for beloved community, I saw a sparkle in that moment and watched the community grow closer as they participated in something as simple yet profound as a shared mission to clean up a garage.

The next day brought about 40 community members to Cox’s in search for treasures and furniture’s we were selling.  We made, in total, $111.00.  Though not our goal of $200, there were a few elements of the day simply priceless.  The sale itself brought together our local community and our global Asbury Community.  Not only were the patrons given a chance to mingle with folks from Korea, Kenya, and Singapore, but the event allowed for peoples from all social classes to connect.  We ate lunch after with the totality of our volunteers (about 8 in total), and again every social class (except of course the wildly rich) were present.  As I will continue to testify, the energy at Cox’s has the power to divide our community and the power to bring us together.  It also contains the most intercultural potential I’ve seen on campus.

One conversation stood out to me the most.   There was a North American, Kenyan, and African American standing together helping oversee a portion of the sale.  Their conversation started in small talk but led to a robust discussion on initiation rites and manhood.  The two North American men lamented about the lack of initiation rites in the US while the Kenyan man reflected on his 2 month wilderness passage and how it laid out the expectations for manhood very clearly.  Though it was just one conversation, it represents hundreds of conversations I’ve heard over the course of five years.  While we can have these conversations over lunch or as we walk together, I have witnessed these intercultural interchanges as a usual circumstance when our global community finds herself in shared local missions.

The Mission Continues: every Monday, including tonight (October 4th) 3.30-5.30pm,   at the Global Community Development Center, next to Cluckers.