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Praying for the Muslim World

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Posted by Celeste McDonough on

The Muslim month of fasting, Ramadan, this year goes from May 27-June 25. When I think about Muslims all over the world working so hard to draw close to God and earn his favor, my heart is filled with gratitude for Christ’s finished work: "No one will be declared righteous in God’s...

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Tags: muslims, prayer, ramadan

How can Jesus love me, when Christians hate me?

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Posted by Celeste McDonough on

As Americans, the whole world is watching us. Sometimes our nation’s political climate makes a bigger impact on the work of missions around the world than we can ever imagine. Just last week, I received a letter with the following comments from a friend serving in the Muslim...

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Tags: christmas, love of jesus, muslim, prayer

But what can I do to stop human trafficking?

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Posted by Celeste McDonough on

Human Trafficking - it's a huge problem on a global scale. Sometimes it's easy to wonder what one person can do. But, during ArtPrize 2015 here in Grand Rapids, you can take a stand on behalf of those trafficked. Calvary is partnering with Wedgwood Christian Services' Manasseh Project to host...

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Tags: community, manasseh, prayer, trafficking, wedgwood, artprize, blue candle

Can God use your skills, passions and time?

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Posted by Celeste McDonough on

The answer is YES! There are opportunities here in Grand Rapids, opportunities around the world, and opportunities to lift up our missionaries in prayer. Here are just a few: Opportunities in Grand Rapids: Alpha Women’s Center of Grand Rapids is hosting Walk for Life 2015 on the campus...

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Tags: central asia, global, local, prayer, teachers, ukraine, volunteer, kids life bible clubs, alpha womens center

Global Prayer Digest: Uzbeks in Ukraine

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Posted by Celeste McDonough on

The Global Prayer Digest is one of the most powerful prayer tools available for expanding your prayer life for the nations today. Years ago, when my family first started to explore the world through God's eyes, the Global Prayer Digest was one of the first and best resources we used. Today, you...

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Tags: central asia, prayer, uzbek, global prayer digest

Take a stand for Life

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Posted by Celeste McDonough on

From February 18 to March 29, our community will take part in 40 Days for Life … a groundbreaking, coordinated international mobilization. We pray that, with God’s help, this will mark the beginning of the end of abortion in our city — and beyond. The...

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Tags: lent, prayer, pro-life