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Monday, May 4, 2015

National Day of Prayer is May 7th


From the NDP Task Force:

"The 64th annual National Day of Prayer, May 7, 2015, will have profound significance for our country. It is an unprecedented opportunity to see the Lord’s healing and renewing power made manifest as we call on citizens to humbly come before His throne.

Our theme for 2015 is Lord, Hear Our Cry, emphasizing the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to place their faith in the unfailing character of their Creator, who is sovereign over all governments, authorities, and men."

The chosen Scripture for 2015 is I Kings 8:28: “Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day.”

The National Prayer for 2015

Heavenly Father,

We come to You in the Name that is above every name—Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Our hearts cry out to You. Knowing that You are a prayer-answering, faithful God—the One we trust in times like these—we ask that You renew our spirits, revive our churches, and heal our land. We repent of our sins and ask for Your grace and power to save us.

Hear our cry, oh God, and pour out Your Spirit upon us that we may walk in obedience to Your Word. We are desperate for Your tender mercies. We are broken and humbled before You. Forgive us, and in the power of Your great love, lift us up to live in Your righteousness. We pray for our beloved nation. May we repent and return to You and be a light to the nations. And we pray for our leaders and ask that You give them wisdom and faith to follow You. Preserve and protect us, for You are our refuge and only hope. Deliver us from all fears except to fear You, and may we courageously stand in the Truth that sets us free. We pray with expectant faith and grateful hearts. In Jesus’ name, our Savior.

Amen.

– 2015 National Prayer by Dr. Jack Graham

Hip-Hop for UNICEF

South Korean hip-hop star, San E immigrated to the U.S. with his family. He tells Billboard that when he would play Korean hip-hop for his American friends, "They'd be like, 'They can rap in Korean?' I always wanted to let everybody know hip-hop is worldwide; it can be rap in all different languages you never heard."

He had a dream to one day show the world the linguistic diversity of hip-hop, and now with the help of 13 international rappers, he's created #HIPHOPISHIPHOP, a showcase of multilingual flow. It's also a charity single: All proceeds will be donated to children's education through UNICEF.

Here's the list of artists and their languages:

San E: Korean
Strike The Head: Italian
Frenkie: Bosnian
Pendekar: Malay (Singapore)
Adx: Punjabi (India)
Valete: Portuguese
Mr Phormula: Welsh
Yacko: Indonesian
SadmAnn: Bengali (Bangladesh)
Julian Nagano: Japanese
Deeb: Egyptian Arabic
Mr. Skiin: Mandarin (Taiwan)
Redrama: Finnish
KRS-One: English (US)

Link: http://theweek.com/articles/549442/hear-what-rapping-sounds-like-14-different-languages

Happy Mother's Day

In the United States, Mother's Day is always celebrated the second Sunday of May. Larry Ferlazzo has created a list of sites for teachers to use in discussing Mother's Day with their students. A few of them are below. To see the entire list, go to the link.

Link: http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2009/04/13/the-best-sites-for-learning-about-mothers-day/

Best and Worst Countries for Mothers

An interesting map on the best country for mothers. You will be surprised where the US falls in this illustration.

LInk: http://chartsbin.com/view/stf?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+ChartsbinLatest+(ChartsBin%27s+Latest+updates)

Resources for Teaching about Racism and Freddie Gray

Larry Ferlazzo does it again with a great list of resources for teaching about racism, victims of police brutality, good cops, history, etc. from slavery to Freddie Gray.

Link: http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2014/05/05/a-collection-of-useful-posts-articles-videos-on-race-racism-help-me-find-more/

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