The Western District Welcomes You!

Thank you for visiting the Western District Foreign Mission's Department blog. Our intent is to provide you, the pastors, ministers, and saints of the Western District and the United Pentecostal Church International as well as our friends who would like to visit a place to be informed of events happening in our district and to share their thoughts concerning missions with us. We appreciate you taking the time to look over our site, to read the different posts, and last but not least to share your thoughts.


Missionaries traveling in our district:

May 2012

~Dwane Abernathy - Belize, Central America
~Robert McFarland - Israel/Palestine

June 2012

~Robert McFarland - Israel/Palestine, Middle East
~Jason Long - Nicaragua, Central America

July 2012

~Crystal Reece - Tonga, South Pacific
~John Hemus - United Kingdom, Europe

August 2012

~Crystal Reece - Tonga, South Pacific
~Cynthia White - Jordan, Middle East


Thursday, June 24, 2010

**The Wooden Pledge

The following was from a tribute to John Wooden by Michael Josephson, founder and President of the Josephson Institue - Center for Youth Ethics

John Wooden, basketball coaching legend and hero to many, passed away on Friday at the age of 99. But the example he set, and the homespun wisdom he offered, will surely leave a powerful and lasting legacy.

The Wooden Pledge

The tidal wave of praise and tributes commemorating Coach John Wooden's passing makes it hard to add something new. My effort is the following pledge derived from his Pyramid of Success and some of his favorite maxims. I invite you to take the pledge and pass it on to others.

I pledge to improve and safeguard my character and to myself be true,

     being faithful to my convictions in all I say and do.

I will strive to do what's right and let my conscience be my guide,

     knowing my worth is measured by what I am inside.

I'll take on each day enthusiastically and give every task my all.

     I will not whine, complain, or make excuses, even if I fall.

I will live my life with purpose, thinking ahead and having a plan.

     I will never allow what I can't do interfere with what I can.

I will find opportunity in adversity and do things right the first time through

     and never be afraid to change or try something new.

I will be patient, poised, and confident, working toward each goal,

     being sure to govern my emotions and demonstrating self-control.

I will count my blessings daily and be grateful for what I possess,

     getting joy from moderation and avoiding all excess.

I will work hard and take initiative in order to excel,

     and I'll make big things happen by doing the little things well.

I will pursue victory with honor, not letting praise or criticism change how I act,

     and I'll strive to be worthy of pride and emulation, in reputation and in fact.

I will be sincere, honest, and loyal, worthy of other's trust.

     I will be respectful and responsible, doing what I must.

I will always act with fairness and show others how much I care,

     and I'll be a good citizen and always do my share.

I will live my life with dignity, passion, and fun

     and make each day my masterpiece when all is said and done.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Guatemala in Need!

6/1/2010 - Updated report from the UPCI/Foreign Missions Department
Greetings from Guatemala!! Late Saturday night we sent out an urgent prayer request for the country of Guatemala. We are very grateful for the prayers of so many of our friends and supporters.

On Thursday afternoon Guatemala was hit by a fairly strong earth quake centered just outside of Guatemala City. A few hours later the Pacaya Volcano had a catostrophic eruption, shooting lava, debris and ash over 4500 feet into the air.

Devastation in Guatemala, Central America

The following is a report from the UPCI/Missions Department:

We ask your prayers for the nation of Guatemala as it has been hit with a devastating tropical storm and volcanic eruptions.