...walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God... Colossians 1:10

March 1, 2017
Literacy Connexus is part of the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission 
Saturday . . .

Have you ever changed the course of your life with a last-minute decision? Picked the college you hadn't previously considered, switched career paths, said yes to marriage?
In his famous1963 speech, Martin Luther King, Jr. decided to deviate from his notes, midstream, and proclaim, "I say to you today, my friends, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream." He expounded on the theme, and I have a dream made history as one of the most memorable phrases ever delivered.
Are you up for a last-minute decision of your own? This Saturday's Metroplex Literacy Conference in Dallas has extended its deadline. It's not too late to sign up and participate in a day of learning and sharing about different aspects of literacy ministry.
A church-based ESL class

Among a great lineup of topics, Literacy Connexus will be represented in full force. We'll be offering workshops on:
  • Introduction to Literacy Tutoring for Church and Community Programs
  • ESL Classroom: Awake, Alive and Fun
  • Books for Kids in Summer Reading Programs
  • Ready for School: Literacy Learning for Children of Refugees
  • Campus Conversations: ESL Opportunities with College Programs

If you haven't signed up already, consider a last-minute decision for the Metroplex Literacy Conference. You never know how it could impact your own life and those you serve.    

Register for the MLC 

Christian Life Commission Advocacy Day . . .

Today we're at the Texas State Capitol visiting with our elected officials and advocating for the literacy needs of adults and children. Spurred on by a full day of advocacy and public policy-related sessions yesterday, we're grateful for the opportunity to connect with our government leaders, and hopeful of making an impact.
"This is a great time for Christians to engage in public life," said guest speaker Vincent Bacote, Associate Professor of Theology and Director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics at Wheaton College in Illinois. "Never let negative circumstances tempt us to believe, 'This is too difficult for God,'" he said.
CLC's Ferrell Foster with guests Vincent Bacote and Gabe Lyons 
Yesterday's lineup of speakers and workshops provided valuable insight on the top issues facing legislators this year, and reminders of God's goodness and sovereignty over all. 
One More Springtime TEX Workshop . . .

TEX Basic Apr. 7-8 (new date) Denton
Literacy Texas Symposiums . . .

Click here to register for any of the remaining 2017 Literacy Texas Symposiums
Gulf Coast Mar. 11
East Texas Mar. 25
South Plains Apr. 8
Faith-Based May 6
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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

To hear an mp3 recording of PrayerLine, click here. http://media1.imbresources.org/files/254/25468/25468-132499.mp3  

“So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger.” (Luke 2:16, NASB)

Hi, this is Eleanor Witcher of IMB’s prayer team, respecting traditions with you but honoring Jesus above all.

A baby boy in a manger, festive lights, lots of goodies to eat, parties, gifts, and the beautifully decorated Christmas tree . . . the Kwanga people of western Zambia have absolutely no concept of the American holiday called Christmas. The twenty-fifth of December will look and seem like any other day to them this year. There will be no extra-special food on the table, no holiday decorations, and certainly no gifts to commemorate the day. But the most heartbreaking of all is the fact that the Kwanga do not even know who Jesus is. They don’t know that He was born of a virgin and placed in a lowly manger, or that He was to suffer and die for our sins some 33 years later. 

Many Westerners have lost the wonder of Christmas. They don’t know that there’s something much more awe inspiring than the sparkling lights or colorful wrapping paper. Maybe some of them have never known about the wonder of God becoming a baby and being born of a virgin to be our Savior. Around the world, there are many people who see Western-style holiday decorations for sale or traditions promoted on television and adopt them without ever hearing of the incarnation of Christ because of God’s great love for them. What a sad shame it would be if that’s all we shared with the world! 

* Please pray that this will be the year that many Senufo Supyire in Mali, as well as people across the globe, will hear the truth of Christmas--that the Lord has come to bring joy and salvation to the world--and place their faith in Him.

* Pray for the Kwanga, asking that they will discover who this Savior is and why He was born in Bethlehem on that very special day.

* Bow in wonder as you encounter Jesus throughout this Christmas season.

***Our offices will be closed in honor of the birth of our Savior. The next PrayerLine will be distributed Monday, January 2, 2017. Merry Christmas!***

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