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  • How do I start spiritual practices? Wednesday, September 28, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson When I start something new, I go a little too hard. If I’m going to start a new exercise routine, I buy all the gear and create an unsustainable workout plan. Whe...
  • What does the Bible say about prayer? Wednesday, September 21, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson Prayer is a mystery to me. Sometimes it comes so naturally that I feel like I’m in a constant state of prayer, and other times it just feels rote. One thing I wi...
  • How do I breathe in God? Wednesday, September 14, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson Have you ever had the wind knocked out of you? It can be a terrifying experience. The first time it happened to me I was 8 years old. As I was swinging across the monkey...
  • What habits do I need to stop? Wednesday, September 7, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson In this week’s YouVersion Reading Plan , Day 1 introduces us to the idea of spiritual practices as a form of training. Just like an athlete or musician trains to be...
  • Why can't I rest? Wednesday, August 31, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson There is a room in my house that has no modern technology in it except for a record player. I sit and look out the window in my leather chair, with my feet propped u...
  • How am I broken? Wednesday, August 24, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson In Rev. Doug Meyer’s message on Sunday, he said that the first step to healing the brokenness in others is to recognize how we are broken. I’ve been meditating ...
  • How can I be more like Jesus? Wednesday, August 17, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson In this week’s Life + God Podcast episode, Rev. Gracie Millard and I talked about the different understandings of grace identified by John Wesley: prevenient, justif...
  • Do I need community? Wednesday, August 10, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson I am an introvert. If you’ve met me, that might be a surprise to you because I’ve been told I exude confidence and come off as an outgoing, outspoken person. It ...
  • Does God care about money? Wednesday, August 3, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson I have trust issues. My default setting is to assume that someone is trying to take advantage of me or manipulate me in some way. My guard is always up. Don’t worry...
  • Can I disagree with the Bible? Wednesday, July 27, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson How do we approach Bible stories that leave us discontented? To try to wrap my head around some of the weirdest Scriptures, I’ve explored historical and cultural ...
  • Whose side is God on? Wednesday, July 20, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson At the root of humanity, we are tribal. We establish both figurative and literal borders to separate ourselves and create safety. We label individuals or groups who don&rsquo...
  • When Bears Attack Wednesday, July 13, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson And now for a Bible story that needs no introduction, 2 Kings 2:19:25: Now the people of the city said to Elisha, “The location of this city is good, as my lord sees...
  • Do the ends justify the means? Wednesday, July 6, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson This question is full of ethical dilemmas. We ask, “Do the ends justify the means,” when we see someone with good intentions, trying to get to a righteous place, ...
  • Do you wrestle with God? Wednesday, June 29, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson We’re having a little bit of fun this summer with our worship series Weird . In this series we’re taking a look at some of the weirdest stories from the Ol...
  • Where is the Holy Spirit? Thursday, June 23, 2022
    by Pam Taylor I’ve always tried to be in tune with the Holy Spirit. As a child, my mother prayed to the Holy Spirit, asked the Holy Spirit for help, and referenced the Holy Spirit quite of...

Learning with Distance Mentoring

I am Brooke. Pray with me today: I pray that God forges relationships between the distance mentors and the students. I pray that as they learn English, they also feel God’s grace and love through these relationships. Every student on an MDIM scholarship – 8th grade through university – has a Distance Mentor. What, you ask, is a Distance Mentor? A Distance Mentor is an American counterpart for these Mozambique scholarship students, offering them invaluable exposure... Read More
at Friday, April 27, 2018
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A Life in Recovery

I'm Rev. Doug Meyer , Associate Pastor of Caring Ministries. Participating in the Reckless Grace worship series has been an amazing experience! It has allowed me the opportunity to do a check-up of my own growth, as well as an opportunity to share my journey with those in the Trietsch community. I have come to appreciate my personal journey of truth-telling. The growth opportunities that come with it will be a never-ending process. My struggle with the power of pornography started at... Read More
at Thursday, April 26, 2018
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I Dream of being a Doctor

I am Harate. Pray with me today: God, thank you for allowing me to continue school because of the generosity of someone I don’t even know. Pray that others are given scholarships as well. Meet Harate. Harate lives with her mother and father and one of her brothers. She also has 2 sisters and 2 brothers that live elsewhere. She has a desire to further her studies at the university level once she completes grade 12. "My dream is to be a medical doctor because I like biology... Read More
at Thursday, April 26, 2018
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God is Present

I am David McCormick. Pray with me today: I pray that we will feel God’s presence and comfort as we work to rebuild after the storm. I pray for health and sustainability for our community as we recover. David McCormick, Global Health Missionary (UMC) in Mozambique reported that on February 15, 2017, Cyclone Dineo made landfall on the Inhambane Province. This storm brought winds in excess of 120 miles an hour. The roofs of many of the hospital's support buildings were... Read More
at Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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God Pursued Me

My name is Mike Chasteen. I have been a member at TMUMC for 20 years. Although admittedly, spent the last several years attending other churches or not attending at all. Six years ago, I went through a divorce. In several ways it was a blessing because it made me take personal inventory and step off the hedonic treadmill my life had become. Additionally, I met the most incredible and amazing person in my wife today, Gwen. Through Gwen, I have learned patience and... Read More
at Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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He Will Not Leave the Orphans

I am Audrey Watkins. Pray with me today. Bless all children. May they find hope in their community for a bright future and a promising life! In 2015 we arrived at the Carolyn Belshe Orphanage in Cambine to visit the children. This is always the highlight of the Trietsch Mission Trip to Mozambique, knowing we will have so much fun playing games, singing songs and coloring with the precious children of God. When you walk on the property, the children quickly come up to grab your hand... Read More
at Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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A Vision of Hope

I am Arlindo. Pray with me today: Lord I pray for the Center of Hope. I pray for the health care workers who are trained at the center and for the community who receives health education there. I pray for the health of your children, both young and old, who live in Mozambique. If God gave you a vision of a hospital with no patients, what would you do? If you lived in a country with a population of 23 million, a life expectancy of 40 years, a literacy rate of 50%, more than 2... Read More
at Monday, April 23, 2018
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God Always Provides

I am Virginia. Pray with me today: God, thank you for providing. Thank you for the opportunity to work hard and provide for my family. Thank you for my customers. My name is Virginia and I live in Mozambique. I have lived a typical life for a woman in Mozambique. It is not an easy life, but God always provides. In 2015, my husband became ill and could no longer hold a job. I prayed to God to help us find a way to take care of our family. I had no skills or training and only a 7th... Read More
at Sunday, April 22, 2018
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God's Whisper Changed Everything

I'm Elizabeth McCormick. Pray with me today: Pray that my family and I may be agents of change and reconciliation for Christ. Pray that we are instruments of God's love and peace. I pray too that you will consider where God might be calling you to serve. I recall being a young teenager sitting in the pew on a particular Sunday when my body and my spirit were awakened. A missionary came to share her story about how God was working in and through her in Africa. At that moment,... Read More
at Friday, April 20, 2018
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Seek Justice, Walk Humbly

I am David McCormick. Pray with me today: I pray for God to guide the ministries in Mozambique. I pray that as people come to the rural hospital and the Center of Hope, they will not only experience physical healing and health, but feel your love and grace. I was born into the United Methodist tradition, being introduced at a young age into the workings of Vacation Bible Schools, Church Acolyte, and confirmation. In high school, through my involvement with the United Methodist... Read More
at Wednesday, April 18, 2018
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Passing Love Forward

I am Amman. Pray with me today: I want to give you praise for the good things you are doing in Mozambique. May you grant me the strength and words to continue to extend the love and sense of family already in this place to those neighbors who we are still looking to reach. Rungo was born in Mozambique, HIV positive, mother died in childbirth, his father left the area, raised by his grandmother. The local medical staff denied the request for antiretroviral therapy (ART) for Rungo. If... Read More
at Monday, April 16, 2018
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Being an Overcomer

I am Mechaque Nhantumbo. Pray with me today: God, thank you for being with me regardless of my circumstances. May others feel your strength and the encouragement of others. Mozambique Development in Motion (MDiM) is passionate about helping Mozambicans become self-sufficient through entrepreneurship. So when Mechaque Nhantumbo applied for seed money to jump-start his chicken farm, MDiM program director Amman Fabio appraised his potential as a businessman carefully. Mechaque is a... Read More
at Saturday, April 14, 2018
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