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“Surely the Lord is in this place!” Gen. 28:16

Sunday, July 6

The Lord’s Day

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Minute for Mission:

Medical Benevolence Foundation

Study group at Tumutumu Nursing School Photo by Molly Wyenberg

 

Study group at Tumutumu Nursing School

 

Photo by Molly Wyenberg

 

Lucy Njeri Maina is a student at the Presbyterian Church of East Africa’s Tumutumu Nursing School in Kenya. Her parents are farmers in an economically challenged area of central Kenya. Lucy has four siblings, and her family sold three cows to pay the tuition so she could pursue her dream of becoming a nurse. Unable to pay for the second year, she had to drop out. Lucy held onto her hope and passion for becoming a registered community-health nurse and was overjoyed that she was granted a scholarship and could resume her studies the following year.

Lucy excels in her studies. Because of the help she received, she has a passion to mentor other students and especially encourage those from needy backgrounds to hang on to their hopes of a career in nursing.

The Medical Benevolence Foundation (MBF) believes that training nurses is one of best ways to build effective, sustainable health care in developing countries. But MBF’s work involves more than just medical training. Proclaiming the gospel is an integral part of the ministry, which works with and through international partner churches. Christian principles of compassion, integrity, and grace are foundational elements in the training program. The goal is to graduate skilled nurses who will serve in Christ’s name in hospitals and clinics throughout the country.

MBF also supports nursing schools in Malawi, Haiti, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Give thanks for the schools and the opportunities each student will have to directly touch countless lives with the gospel.

—E. Andrew Mayo, executive director, Medical Benevolence Foundation

Let us pray

Gracious God, today we ask you to bless the nursing schools of our international partner churches. Grant success and encouragement to each student. Empower staff and students to be agents of your grace and healing. And may you receive all the glory. Amen.

Sunday Lectionary and Hymns

Gen. 24:34–38, 42–49, 58–67
“Great Is Thy Faithfulness”
PH 276

Ps. 45:10–17
“Jesus Shall Reign Where’er
the Sun”
HB 496, PH 423

or

Song of Sol. 2:8–13
“For the Beauty of the Earth”
HB 2, PH 473

Rom. 7:15–25a
“Lord, When I Came Into This Life”
PH 522

Matt. 11:16–19, 25–30
“O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go”
HB 400, PH 384

Let us pray

Gracious God, today we ask you to bless the nursing schools of our international partner churches. Grant success and encouragement to each student. Empower staff and students to be agents of your grace and healing. And may you receive all the glory. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 108; 150
First Reading Numbers 27:12-23
Second Reading Acts 19:11-20
Gospel Reading Mark 1:14-20
Evening Psalms 66; 23

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