David & Sarah Clemente
The Clementes are non-residential missionaries with a vision to mobilize partnership and support for FMWM-Asia, to help in the cross-cultural ministry of Free Methodist communities and local churches around the world, and to provide support to pastors located in Southeast Asia. As a member of the Asia Leadership Team, Dr. David Clemente teaches missions and theology. He also travels to Asian countries to lead in weeklong seminars and assist our FMWM-Asia team members in the area of ministry development. Sarah’s additional vital role includes supporting the FMWM-Asia work as administrative assistant to the area director.Reproducible Bulletin Insert
Pray for:• wisdom and discernment as David teaches and leads different seminars around Asia
• travel safety
• FM churches in Asia as they continue to expand their vision for cross-cultural ministry and become vibrant witnesses to their local communities
• national church leaders from all our Asian countries
• Carmen and Jacob’s physical, emotional and spiritual growth
Sunday morning. Watching online services. Participating in various streaming video recordings and live worship experiences of local church services from all over the world. Listening to songs and sermons from pastors I personally know and some speakers, not too familiar, recommended by various friends. Singing along in my heart. Some songs are new, a few are familiar. Singers and speakers using different languages, some I am familiar with and on some instances unintelligible. Nonetheless, worship happens. Regardless of the many differing circumstances, God comes and visits me this Sunday morning, and I am joining countless others worshipping our Almighty Lord....
Because God is a Father to the fatherless, the protector of the weak, and a companion to the sojourner, then we should actively pursue services to the poor, the migrants, the widows, the defenseless orphans, the refugees, and other destitute people in all our missions work and Christian endeavors. (Psalm 68:5; Zechariah 7:9-10; Leviticus 19:9-10; James 1:27; and Luke 6:20)
Let me start with a story about a tree that gives comfort. When I was growing up in the Philippines as a young boy of twelve, I lived in a place that is very remote and accessible only by hours of walking. My cousins and I would hike to the nearby barrio for hours just to buy some food supplies, such as sugar, cooking oil, or bags of rice. On this particular hiking trail, we would often stop at one point under a huge mango tree. This is the mango variety where the fruit is fibrous and small, but extremely...
Mrs. Li is a neighbor and a friend. She works as a “collector of recycled materials,” gathering paper, throw-away plastics, and used clothes, and selling them to the nearby recycling company. She comes to our house and collects our stuff at least once a week. She is close to 80 years old and despite her age she still patrols our neighborhood for any recycling stuff. Lately, she has been frequenting our place because of the ever increasing number of items that I am trying to dispose of. Old computers, used clothes, unwanted books, and tons of knick knacks that we...
Today’s talk is on the theme of God’s visit in our lives. I will be sharing from Psalm 8:1-9, and talk about the sweetness and intimacy of the visit of the Spirit of God. I am hoping that, just like the Psalmist, we respond and say: “Oh Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” One of my missionary friend tells me of his experience with God’s visit. He is used to seeing God’s miracles and power from his everyday life. These are ordinary occurrences in the missions field. But with regards to God’s sweet visit, he experiences...
(Below is a prayer and response to today’s turmoil happening in the city streets of the USA.) Our Father in heaven, your word says we must agree “wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” We must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. (Philippians 2:2-5 NLT). We have failed you dear Father. We have lost the ability to look...
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David – July 13
Sarah – June 5
Carmen – November 18
Jacob – January 6