Time in Athens, Greece

I just returned from a short term mission trip to Athens, Greece to visit the work of Tim and Donna Sirinides. I traveled with the Rev. Dr. Rich Craven from Cornerstone Church of Skippack. It was an amazing time.

Tim and Donna minister with International Teams, which serves the refugee community worldwide. One highlight of the trip was having lunch with a man we’ll call Joseph. He’s from Afghanistan and has been a refugee for the past 20 years in several southern Asian countries.

A few years ago, Joseph had a business selling spare automobile parts. The Taliban thought he was making too much money, so they came and burned his business to the ground. Now he and his four children are in Greece, trying to survive.

Tim and I shared the love of Christ with him. Joseph also heard a message in his native Farsi language about Jesus. We were grateful that he was receptive, acknowledging Christ’s love for him.

After experiencing this, I can’t help but to think of how blessed I am. I heard a statement once that said if you have clothes on your back, a bed to sleep in, food on your table and spare change in your pocket, you are among the world’s richest people. Moreover, if you know Jesus Christ, you are the richest of all.

1 Corinthians 1:27: “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things- and the things that are not- to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him.”

National Day of Prayer

Father in Heaven, we come to You today with thankful hearts on this National Day of Prayer. On this occasion, we thank You for the education we have and the educational opportunities all around us- for ourselves and for our children.

Your word tells us in the book of Proverbs that “the beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord.” We know that our schools and colleges have not always respected this. So today, we ask that You work in them. Enable our educational institutions to return to truth and Judeo-Christian ethics. Provide our children with a safe atmosphere conducive to learning. Raise up excellent educators who fear You. Provide equal opportunities for every student to achieve their full potential.

We pray for spiritual renewal on our college campuses. Bless those ministries who encourage this. Establish an awareness of You that draws souls to Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior. We thank you for all that You have done, are doing and will do in this area of our nation. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Prayer at PA House of Representatives

On Monday, April 26, 2010, I had the pleasure of giving the opening prayer at the afternoon session of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.  Mr. Matthew Bradford invited me.  It was a great experience.  Mr. Frank Ianuzzi gave me a personal tour of this majestic national landmark, dedicated by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1904. 

The following is what I prayed:

 “Our Father in heaven, we thank you for this day, as You have gathered these men and women to make important decisions concerning our Commonwealth.  We thank you for their gifts, abilities and education.  They serve us and You as lawmakers of this great state of Pennsylvania.

 And yet, Lord, we understand that You are the ultimate Lawmaker.  Help our laws to reflect Yours.  Your word tells us in the book of James 1:5: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”  Father, again, help our laws to reflect Your law.  Give us wisdom and discernment to make choices that would glorify You, and that You would be pleased with. 

 I pray this in Jesus name, Amen.”