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Rick Warren and the Church in America

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Rick Warren was my guest in hour three of today’s program, and he generously agreed to stay after the broadcast and tape another long interview which will air this Friday –Good Friday– which focuses on the Church in America. The transcript of today’s show will be posted later tonight here, and the podcast here. Friday’s conversation is centered on the mission of the American Church. Rick’s new magazine, The Purpose Driven Connection, is intended to serve the Church both at home through its small group ministry, and in inspiring it to go abroad with a reformed and revitalized sense of mission.

Speaking of mission, here’s an e-mail in response to yesterday’s conversation with two leaders from Amor Ministries, which has seen a huge drop-off in students willing to spend spring break in Mexico building houses for the poor:

Hugh, Thank you for your “plug” for Amor and for the safety of those who labor on behalf of their housing ministry. The youth and adults from my congregation here in Hawaii have built three homes with Amor (we try to go every other year). With Amor’s help I was able to dispel the fears and concerns that some of the youth’s parents had about their children’s safety when we took out trip last summer. That concern almost scuttled the trip. But we went, a house was built and lives in Mexico and lives in Hawaii were changed for the better. I can think of few transformational mission opportunities that carry more “bang for the buck” than working with Amor Ministries. The security they provide is more than sufficient but it is hardly necessary in the areas served by Amor. Much of Mexico is corrupt, yes. But most of Mexico is safe and full of honest, good and hard-working people . . . including the neighborhoods served by Amor. There are, of course, places to avoid but Amor is not in close proximity to any of them. I plead with church groups everywhere: Take a stand! Don’t instil unnecessary fear into the hearts of our youth who are eager and ready to serve and to love their neighbors in an impoverished country next door to our own. Go to Mexico with Amor. Build a house so that a family waiting for your love can turn it into a home.
Aloha In Jesus, Jim Tweedie, Pastor, Mililani Presbyterian Church, Oahu, Hawaii


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