Hi,  as a part of sharing ideas on what we are studying in our care groups at NHF, our group (STUDIO) studied Psalm 1 (Chapter 1 of the study guide) last week.

Jenny and Jimmy Ahn led the study and one of the things that they did with the group was to memorize Psalm 1 during the group meeting. We memorized and recited to each other the first 3 verses of Psalm 1. It was good to have these memorized as it caused us to meditate on them during the week as well.

Also, if anyone is interested, there was a very good sermon by Tim Keller on Psalm 1, titled “Bridge to Prayer”, which is a good companion to the study. If you like to hear the sermon, here is the link:

http://sermons.redeemer.com/store/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&product_ID=18791&ParentCat=6

Thanks and we would love to hear from other groups what they are doing in the Psalm study.

-chae –

on behalf of the STUDIO group.

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Dear Prayer Partners,

I hope this email finds you all well.  We are doing well despite all the headlines we have been making on the major news sites.  It has been quite eventful these past couple of weeks, but we are thankful that it has been very peacefully resolved here in our city.  [ … ]

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Update: D. & J. (China)

April 19, 2010

As of April 16th . . .

Dear all,
 
1.       Visas
  Yesterday, we received some bad news.  The US embassy in Beijing denied brother B’s visa application.  The US visa officer didn’t even bother to read the biography, recommendation and invitation letters I sent and so didn’t realize the importance of brother B.  From the world’s point of view, brother B does not look impressive.  He walks with a limp and looks quite humble.  As I said before, while we have many challenges ahead, our biggest obstacle is NOT the Chinese government.  While the Chinese government might see these men as potentially dangerous because of their spiritual movement impact, the US government can’t see why men of such humble backgrounds would be of any importance at all  If the visa officer had read carefully the documents before him, he would have realized that he was interviewing an  important Christian leader in China who oversees an enormous number of churches, comparable to the entire size of Boston.

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As of April 14 . . .

Dear all,

Here are some immediate answers to our prayers! 
 
1)       Pray for Visas!  Brother A’s visa was accepted this morning!  The story is amazing.  Brother A told me that he had heard from other foreigners in Shenyang that there was only one Christian in the Shenyang US Consulate office, an African American.  Guess who was arranged to interview brother A?  Praise the Lord for our African American brother whomever he is!  He asked Brother A some basic questions on Christianity.  Who was the mother of Jesus? Who was at the Last Supper? Where is your church located?

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Update: D. & J. (China)

April 14, 2010

Request, as of April 12 . . .

Dear prayer partners,

Thank you for your prayers. In our last prayer letter, I mentioned bringing 20 leaders to Redeemer this Summer (May 31-June 25) for urban CP training with Tim Keller and Redeemer.  This is in preparation for an urban CP movement this is taking place in the urban centers of China where we want to see 2,500 church planted in urban China in the next 5 years.  
 
 How can you pray for this?

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The short notice notwithstanding, these events are sure to be worth a gander:

12 CITIES | 12 CONVERSATIONS

“In 1974, Billy Graham convened 2,700 Christian leaders in Lausanne, Switzerland to mobilize the global Church and respond to the issues of their day.  From October 16–25 in Cape Town, South Africa 4,000 pastors, teachers, ministry professionals, and young visionaries from more than 200 countries will continue the tradition to determine how today’s Church responds to our own challenges.   To prepare for Cape Town, 12 Cities will host 12 Conversations to hear from this generation on the issues,” such as poverty, HIV/AIDS, trafficking, injustice, persecution, diversity, globalization, relativism, consumerism, war, environment, power, recession, race, new media, postmodernity, social action, Gospel, proclamation, education, etc.

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A few months ago, our congregation collected a special offering to benefit the victims of the January earthquake in Haiti.  Almost $3,000 was raised, and a check was mailed to Churches Helping Churches, a Christian organization created “to address the immediate and long-term needs of churches when disaster befalls a country, region, city, or people in the spirit of Galatians 6:10 — ‘. . . let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.'”

CHC trusts that “[r]ebuilding churches is a means of restoring infrastructure in a country through which aid can flow into local communities which so desperately need it.”  Phase One of CHC’s action-plan in Haiti has been established; you can read more about it here.