AFM Ministry's David Shelton

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Pry Our Fingers Again


Ryan David Shelton


Father in Heaven,

 Once again, we hear the offer of your free grace extended to broken people,
      And once again, we stand in wonder and amazement.
Lord, if we are honest, sometimes your grace makes us uncomfortable,
     Because more than anything we want to have some role in our salvation.

 So remind us again, Holy Spirit, that the blood of Jesus cannot be purchased,
    Renew us in the wonder of completely unearned, unsought, undesired mercy and love,
That didn’t just throw us a life-saver when we were drowning,
     But dragged our dead and lifeless corpse from the bottom of the sea, and made us alive in Christ.

 Pry our fingers from our good works once again,
    So we can cling only to the cross of Jesus.

(From the Winnetka Bible Church liturgy for July 16, 2017.)

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Poverty is Bondage

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Difficult work of ministry

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Moving my blog

Due to great blogging features on Squarespace and our AFM ministry updated website being moved to Squarespace hosting, I am as well moving my blog over to our site for better integration. I may continue for some time to use this site, but simply post a link to my actual blog. It can be subscribed to just like on wordpress.

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Being a millennial New Yorker and actor, I’d like to think I’ve got pretty thick skin. Getting rejected is par for the course in the entertainment industry. The city doesn’t do you any favors — just try battling the check out lines at Whole Foods at 3pm on a Sunday. Heck, even the squirrels seems […]

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Nutrition and HIV

Latest blog by AFM Missionary Stephanie Bys about our some things we are facing with incoming orphans to our new home.

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As many of you know we have a sweet young girl named Robai coming to live with us who is HIV positive. Since I know very little about HIV I’ve been doing some research on the topic. My goal for Robai and any other child who stays with us is that they would do more than survive, that they would thrive.

fb_img_1487259888627-002For our HIV kiddoes we will be tweaking their nutrition some. It is my understanding that all the children here need more fruits and veggies, but especially the ones that are HIV positive. 2 weeks ago when we went and visited Robai and her school in Sang’alo she had several bumps on her arms, neck and face. When we asked if she was sick her pastor told us that the bumps are from the lack of fruits and vegetables in her diet. That will not be happening at Mercy…

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Our Biggest Need

Some have asked what our biggest need is, so I thought I would answer here. The simple answer is…support. Google defines support as to “bear all or part of the weight of; hold up.”…

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