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Quaker Life – July/August 2013

Missions Above the door on the inside of his room a college friend had hung a sign above the door stating, “You are now entering the mission field.” Upon first discovering his message, I asked him why he had placed it there, and he explained, “Each time I leave my room for the wider world, I read that sign. It…

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Ramallah Friends School

FUM’s Ministry in Ramallah Leads to Greater Opportunities

By Nadia Nubana – 2007 Ramallah Friends School graduate Nadia Nubana, currently enrolled in a six-week internship at Reid Hospital, is temporarily living in hospital provided housing on Quaker Hill. That she can see the headquarters of Friends United Meeting from her apartment has significant emotional impact for the young medical student from Palestine, and thereby, as they say, hangs…

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Passages: Quaker Obituaries – July/August 2013

BRINDLE Linda J. Brindle, 62, died, on Friday, May 24, 2013 at Indiana University Ball Memorial Hospital following a three year journey with cancer. Linda was born in Mount Holly, New Jersey on March 9, 1951, the daughter of Quaker Missionaries, Lawrence “Larry” and Lucille (Brotherton) Pickard, but was raised in Council House, Oklahoma. She was a graduate of Friends…

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The Role Of Outreach

By J. Brent Bill Outreach. Isn’t that just advertising? Aren’t we Quakers against advertising — creating a false need in someone for something they don’t want or need? Like a new car or whiter whites? No, outreach isn’t the same as advertising! That’s one thing that we are stressing in the New Meetings Project (NMP), a program of FGC. We…

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Book Reviews – July/August 2013

It is Finished: Finding Lasting Victory Over Sin By David Wilkerson Chosen Books, 2013, 192 pages, $13.99 Do you want an “ironclad pledge” that has “the power to release in all believers the overcoming strength to be more than conquerors in these last days? According to David Wilkerson, author of The Cross and the Switchblade, and Teen Challenge Founder, one…

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Missions, Missionary to Missional

By Robert J Wafula One day after providing a PowerPoint presentation entitled the Foundations of Friends Mission in East Africa, my wife, Nancy and I shared a table with a young couple who exhibited a desire to go to Africa as missionaries. I encouraged them by mentioning names of a few missionary Friends I know out in the field, examples…

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Seasons – Scripture For Living

By Manny Garcia This month I had the privilege of reading Parker Palmer’s book Let Your Life Speak. A couple of years ago I was encouraged by a friend to read this book, but, as I got a few pages into it, I decided that it was a little dry for my taste. What a difference a couple short years…

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What Is My Call To Action?

By Betty Tonsing My guess is that those who read Quaker Life are driven by personal missions in their lives. I have always referred to mine as “a call to action.” Central to my life has been my faith — not necessarily as a Catholic, but as a deep belief in God, in that Jesus’ message on earth was about…

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Life Lessons

By Oscar Lugusa I thank God for the chance to serve in both pastoral and teaching ministries and I humbly acknowledge that it is through these ministries that Jesus continues to speak to the world. My work, in fact, my life is reflected in George Fox’s words, “Let your life speak.” My life speaks of the love of Christ, and…

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Short-Term Missions: Evangelizing Americans

By Cherice Bock I went on a short-term mission trip to Mexico with my six-year-old son and about 90 other Friends from Oregon over Spring Break. I’m not always a fan of short-term mission trips, because sometimes it seems to be a lot of expense just so Americans going on the trip can have a chance to travel somewhere and…

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