You are doing a noble thing.

Love this article from Becoming Minimalist.

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A noble thing is to “have or show fine personal qualities or high moral principles and ideals.” And I think you are doing just that:

If you are working today to support yourself and your family—
you are doing a noble thing.

If you are being a good neighbor—
you are doing a noble thing.

If you are there for your friend when they need help or a listening ear
you are doing a noble thing.

If you are loving and raising your children in an intentional manner—
you are doing a noble thing.

If you are taking steps today to steward well the planet we live upon
you are doing a noble thing.

If you are contributing to your community in positive ways rather than harming it with destructive behavior—
you are doing a noble thing.

If you are offering kind words today—
you are doing a noble thing.

If you are making life easier for those who are suffering—
you are doing a noble thing.

If you are pursuing the interests of others rather than looking only to your own interests—
you are doing a noble thing.

If you are using talents and skills at your workplace to serve others—
you are doing a noble thing.

If you are an example of discipline and perseverance to others—
you are doing a noble thing.

If you are taking steps today to become more than you were yesterday—
you are doing a noble thing.

If you are hugging your child and expressing your love—
you are doing a noble thing.

If you are doing the laundry, washing the dishes, cleaning the floors, scrubbing the toilet, or picking up a mess that isn’t yours—
you are doing a noble thing.

If you are showing respect and honor to your parents and elders—
you are doing a noble thing.

If you are fighting to overcome an unhealthy addiction in your life—
you are doing a noble thing.

If you are displaying compassion and patience—
you are doing a noble thing.

If you are engaging in conversation with a desire to understand rather than persuade—
you are doing a noble thing.

If you practicing honesty when dishonesty might be easier—
you are doing a noble thing.

You are doing a noble thing with your life. Keep on keeping on.

Pray for Universities.

 

YWAM News for 08/31/2016

Pray for Universities

As the university school year begins in many places, we invite you to pray for universities. Specifically, pray for university students near you and for YWAM’s campus ministries around the world. YWAM has more than 90 campus ministry locations in countries across the world, such as Nicaragua, Tanzania, and Cambodia.

University World News reported in 2012 that the total number of students around the globe enrolled in higher education was expected to double to 262 million by 2025. Many of these students come from restricted-access nations. They are tomorrow’s world leaders.

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According YWAM campus ministry workers in Madison, Wisconsin, “The university is a key doorway for the Body of Christ to reach and teach the nations – especially through ministry to international students from creative access nations.”

To get a picture of campus ministry in YWAM, see YWAM Thailand’s university ministry page (pick Campus Ministries from the menu on the right), or view YWAM Madison’s campus ministry, or watch this video of a young man who came to Christ through YWAM Boston’s campus ministry.

Also, take a moment to think about universities in your area, and ministries to university students that you might know about. Most likely, many students near you come from countries far away. To get a picture of international student mobility, take a look at this interactive map. It shows where students go and where they come from in each country of the world.

Pray for Universities

Pray for universities and students near you

  • Pray for access to the Bible for all university students.
  • Pray for university professors and staff and that they would come to know the Lord and develop a biblical worldview.
  • Pray for college students to make time for worship and ask that our Father would grant them rich times with Him.
  • Pray for wisdom for university students to do well on tests, papers and projects and bring glory to the Lord.
  • Pray for solid relationships between students and their parents and for a heart of obedience when students are home.
  • Pray for healthy relationships for university students and that believing students would shine the light for unbelievers.
  • Pray for purity in thought, word and deed.
  • Pray for students to embrace God’s will for their lives.
  • Pray that the whole campus from the powerless to the powerful be reached with the whole gospel.
  • Pray for a biblical worldview to permeate universities through: discipleship schools, small group Bible studies, seminars, and conferences.
  • Pray that God would raise students who receive Christ today into future leaders in their nation.
  • Pray for the planting of campus fellowships and churches amongst the most unreached immigrant people groups and international students in universities. Pray that those students would be empowered to reach their own people throughout the world.
  • As a community, pray for God to reveal opportunities for campus based ministry in your local area.

 

Pray also for YWAM’s Campus Ministries:

  • Pray for YWAM’s Student Mobilization Centre. The mission of the Student Mobilization Centre is to mobilize university students of all nations on every campus worldwide to God’s purposes for their lives in knowing Him and making Him known through their life’s work.
  • Pray for potential student interns and YWAM locations to be linked together through YWAM’s Converge service. Converge is an online missions mobilization tool, a searchable registry of internship opportunities.
  • Pray for the equipping of new YWAM missionaries through focused training schools, such as the School of University Ministries & Missions.
  • Pray that many respond to Christ’s call to universities around the world.

 

Take action, and get involved with university ministry near you:

  • Engage university communities both near you and in other countries. Mobilize students to serve and learn about issues of poverty, disease, illiteracy, impure water, human trafficking, domestic violence, drug abuse, homelessness, at risk youth, etc.
  • Reach out to international students at a university near your YWAM location.
  • Set aside a regular time to prayer walk at local universities.
  • Pursue opportunities to partner with YWAM campus ministries. Invite a university ministry team to your location for ministry orientation or host a university ministry seminar at your base to learn how to interact with universities.
  • Sign up as a host with YWAM’s Converge service to get pre-qualified student interns for your YWAM ministry.
  • Share on YWAM’s Facebook page, post a picture and add a comment about how you prayed.
  • Follow YWAM on Twitter; search for #praywithywam and tweet about your prayer time or post a picture.

‘the kind of purity that can change the world’

Love this simple article on redefining purity.

Sharing some of my favourite lines.

As I dove deeper into this idea of purity, I began to realize it’s actually an invitation into freedom. We can sometimes get caught up in all the “no’s” of the bible and think that God is just another authority figure looking down on us and waiting for us to please Him. The truth is, God doesn’t say no to certain things to take away our liberty, He actually says no to protect it.

God wants freedom for you, not bondage. He wants you to wake up in the morning and feel hope and expectation for what’s to come, not regret about the night before. He wants you to find the man or woman of your dreams and feel loved by them, fully loved, because you learned to receive love in its purest form. He wants you to live your life knowing that who you are is enough. He wants you to be in places of influence, walking out the deepest dreams and desires of your heart, without worrying about anything stopping you.

Purity is evidence of God’s redemption story in your life. It’s deciding that nothing’s going to hold you  down, nothing’s going to hold you back, and nothing’s going to steal beauty, wonder, and goodness from your life. You’re free to live abundantly.

It may take every ounce of courage you have to live counter-culturally. It may take strength you never realized you possessed to say no to things the world places at your fingertips.

Purity may not get a lot of credit in our culture, but it is something worth fighting for.