Iraqi friend S: On site evaluation in Baghdad
The insecurity is so high that hardly anyone can imagine living like
this and people would rather go back to Saddam than continue under
threat. The city is completely destroyed, mainly by looters not the
Allies. Prices have at least tripled since the war and neighbourhoods
are building barricades to protect themselves. The looters are not
simply hungry people taking advantage but organized groups aiming to
create chaos in order to seize power and possibly install an Islamic
government. It is believed that foreigners are manipulating the looters,
people in hospitals heard Kuwaiti and Iranian accents. The situation is
chaotic, the Americans have lost control and do not know how to handle a
society ruled by Islamic or tribal codes, their forces are too small to
provide the protection required. Christians around the Middle East in
general feel very apprehensive due to the violence that is growing and
targets them as anti Arab.
Writer well known to us, anon for security
UK: Some poems of mine to read on a rainy day . .
Rev. Eric McKenna, Mansfield
Why wait till it rains? Although in England you will not have to wait
very long! If you like poetry with a Christian flavour and a
message in the verses you will enjoy Eric's poems.
East: Escaped by God’s providence . .
Our contact saw his wife and his young son brutally beaten with a
hammer and stabbed almost to death. Just seconds before the
terrorists were about to pierce the young man’s heart the police
arrived. This happened just hours after another son of a minister was
stabbed on the doorstep and left for dead. He was badly injured but his
mother opened the door to find him still breathing with difficulty.
Medical staff struggled to keep him alive and God’s providence made it
possible. This local family is under death threat by fundamentalists so
please pray for them.
Anon for security reasons, writer known to
Our latest news is that this young man is out of danger but his face
will be scarred for life. He carries no resentment for his attackers,
the mark of Christ in his life. Les and Pilar, the editors.
A friend of mine is a Pakistani Muslim
I would like to point him to Jesus but I don’t know how to share
the Gospel with a Muslim who is tolerant of other religions. If you have
any advice please write in Spanish
Singapore: As long as I have an ounce of energy . .
I will use it for the Lord and He will use you if you purpose it in
your heart to give Him your all. Those who are called must be willing to
pay the price to be chosen, no matter, at any cost. As His bride I
purpose to have a continual great romance with Him! Five years ago that
I became a widow and the Lord gave me assurances that my husband, a
born-again Christian is in heaven. What I did not understand was why He
waited forty years to call me to serve Him. My life is a miracle and it
belongs to the Lord. By the way, I am a Chinese and China is in my
heart and I have been teaching and preaching in China openly since last
year when the Lord miraculously opened a Big door for me to minister in
several churches and a Bible School.
Spain: Pastor Ruben Fernández
He has just been told he’s got a cancer in his pancreas and liver.
No surgery can be attempted. He was told he has only got a few months.
But we do know that God Almighty is the giver of life. Please, pray for
his wife, daughters, son-in-law, and the congregation. Thank you. God
bless you. Please, pass this on so that as many believers as possible
pray for him. Tell about this in your churches.
Reneé, Evangelical Church, Oviedo
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Congratulations on the 2,200,000 hits !
We would like to share with you that God has opened for us 60 hours
of radio per month in South California. The outreach is amazing.
Pastor Jorge G. Monzon
Thank you Jorge, and thank you to everyone who send e-mails of
congratulation. You would never imagine the struggle the Lord had to
convince us to start these pages and even then our first thought was
that if we touched 5,000 people it would be fantastic ! Les
and Pilar, the editors
Meeting for deaf Christians ?
I have heard that there will be a meeting for deaf Christian this
October in Korea. It is held every four years. As far as I know, some
7,000 deaf people from all over the world will be there. Does anyone
have any more information ? David and
Dámaris Romero-Gomez, Barcelona
Nigeria: Institute of Christian Communication
Our vision to train Christians to better communicate the gospel is
to take off in Lagos, Nigeria in May. The Institute is a project of
Journalists for Christ, Nigeria
Lekan Otufodunrin, Lagos
Amongst all the incessant plague of e-mail and web scams from Nigeria
at last here is a brilliant and honest web-site well worth a visit.
Les & Pilar, the editor.
From the Soul Winner's Devotional
What do the baseball player Mickey Mantle, the missionary Hudson
Taylor, and the Japanese captain Mitsuo Fuchida, who led the bombing
raid on Pearl Harbour, have in common? Answer: They all received Christ
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Taize: This year it's Hamburg!
The next young adult European Meeting will take place in Hamburg
over the New Year. The news comes as thousands of young adults come and
go in Taizé throughout Easter. Following after the last meeting in
Paris attended by 80,000 the Hamburg gathering will be a new
"pilgrimage of trust on earth" that the Community has been
following for over twenty-five years.
The Taize Community, France
India: 5 new village churches at Easter
I could see the work of the Holy Spirit in these village meetings.
Please do pray for the new believers as they face a lot of persecutions
from the community some are facing court cases, as they have
become Christians. In Chattisghat two pagan priests came to the
Lord and are leading hundreds of their followers towards the Lord. The
authorities insist they build a church and meet there. We are badly in
need of 500 Bibles in Malayalam and Telungu.
Pastor Daniel and Lily
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Chile: Saharauis people group
These are nomads in North Africa. As a missionary church, we have a
family working there amongst them. For security reasons, I can’t give
any further details but if you are interested, please write to me.
Victor Hugo Quezada, Punta Arenas
China: Emma from Taizé writes . .
To ask for people to keep China in their prayers at the moment
regarding the SARS virus. There are a lot of very frightened and
confused people here, both residents and foreign teachers like myself.
We are not really sure what is going on, as the government has a
tendency to keep various things under cover, as do many other people.
Taizé Community, France
Colombia: Want to be missionaries . . .
We have no missionary experience and are praying for a place to be
trained and for a place to go with our two children. Please, let us know
if you know of a missionary training centre we could attend. We work
with the deaf people of our church
Luz Patricia Maldonado Arenas, Bogotá
Middle East: Are you in ministry in the Arabic world ?
It has recently come to my attention that Time magazine is
researching Mission to Muslims and is out to collect sensitive data on
how this is achieved. You know how dangerous this would be if published
openly, so remember before sharing any information with seemingly
interested people, especially over the internet that one mistake can
cost someone’s life.
GPP, Eastern Mediterranean
Northern Ireland: Please pray for my friends Sam and Victoria
Sam is principal of a Christian school in India with over 400
children. A few weeks ago Sam's mother died suddenly and last weekend
his father died very suddenly. It is a great blow to this family. Thank
David McFarland, Craigavon
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New Bible School on second lesson
The students are very grateful for the teachings they are getting.
Let me tell you that they are so enthusiastic about it that they are
already thinking about the graduation day and they are praying that you
might visit us.
Luis Alberto Montoya Neyra, Huacho
Thank you Luis, we are thrilled that you have overcome all the
problems and got started and for graduation day - if only we could ! Les
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Thailand: Tentmaker missionary seeks fund raising info
Do you know of any worthwhile websites dedicated to this issue ? Can
readers send me their ideas please.
Bruce, have you seen http://www.peopleraising.com/
and then a search on Google with the words
tentmaking+fundraising will bring up a list of sites to explore.
Our own Money Forum might help http://www.dci.org.uk/main/money.htm
Gospel leaflets for children
We have literature for adults for our door-to-door work but not for
the many children asking us. Do you know where we can get free supplies
in Spanish ?
B.Gajardo Q, Huillin
We need evangelical literature for free distribution and looking and
have been praying for helping hands.
Rev.S. Babu Rao, Hyderabad.
We need prayer and Christian magazines, tracts, books, bibles for our
most needy pastors in network.
Babu Roa, John and Luis, you should take a look at the Scripture
Gift Mission page http://www.gospelcom.net/asgm/languages.php
They have materials in many languages, and I am
sure that they will do their best to help you. Les, el editor.
Back from the mission in Rwanda
These people are really crying for revival so much and they need
God. God took us safely to the Rwanda border but then the enemy gave me
such stomach pain that I reached Kigali in such weakness that I felt
very sick. But when the brothers prayed with me God healed me and I was
able to teach where the people of God were so much touched and tears
rolled everybody's eyes. The power of the Holy Spirit reached many
corners of Kigali and people were following us wherever we were going.
Even at night people sat for many hours saying tell us about your God. I
talked with them about a mission training centre in Rwanda and they
welcomed it greatly.
Pastor George Purkweri, DCI Network, Lira,