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Colombia: I’m studying English and Arabic
have been studying English and Arab here, in Colombia, but I had to
quit my classes due to the difficult economic situation. However, I
have some books and I am studying English on my own at home. Do you
know anyone who can take me to study English and Arabic which is
crucial for my missionary work.
Martha Lucia Restrepo, Bogotá.
§ Martha, I am sorry but I do not know of any scholarships. Ask Arab World Ministries
for their advice, they are the Arab world experts. Consider
Linguaphone, BBC or Berlitz videos, cassettes and books - but you will
need self-discipline. Are there any Arab or English/American students
in the University of Bogotá ? Students are often happy to teach their
own language for a little money. By the way here is a . .
§ Major Arabic Christian website:
Arabic Bible in Word
Arabic Bible in Audio
Enter the Arabic Pages
Les and Pilar, the editors.
Central African Republic: A nation in turmoil
am trying to find words to adequately describe what I have felt, seen
and heard in the last couple of weeks. CAR is a nation in turmoil.
Chadian troops clutching Kalashnikovs ride the streets of Bangui in
their 4WD vehicles. There are countless robberies with violence. The
harvest will not come, because the seed did not get planted. Islam is
more and more in control of commerce, and now boasts that this once
Christian nation is more than 15% Muslim. Yet, despite it all there is
a hope among the believers that defies the outward circumstances. The
Spirit is moving in Central Africa. He is interceding, and He is
finding willing vessels to groan with Him in prayer. I have been
humbled and privileged to be working alongside some of these people.
More news to follow in the next edition.
Gail Dixon, Nations, Llanelli, UK
Honduras: The Lord has called me into missions . .
trouble is I don't know where or how to start. I have been a pastor
since I was 20 years old and now I am 34, married and with 5 children,
2 of whom we rescued from the streets. We are doing our best to open a
public shelter for such kids and we have also opened a small school for
the deaf people in our area.
Leonel Diaz, San Pedro Sula.
The same Lord who calls you is also the One who will give you the
grace, the guidance and the provision to follow Him in His mission to
the world. It sounds to me like you are doing a lot already. God bless
you. I think that these study pages will help you find the Lord's way
forward - 18, 17, 16 y 74a y 74b among many others in the School
of Mission. They are all free. Les, the editor.
Russia: Light And Darkness: Our Struggle
a lot of people we know stay up until 2 or 3 am almost every night,
then can't get out of bed till almost noon. Part of the reason is the
irregular length of days here in Russia. At the longest June day there
is almost no night, and at mid-winter solstice there is perhaps 3-4
hours of daylight in Moscow and less further north. In the Arctic
Circle you have six months daylight, then six months of darkness!
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former Soviet Union.
Robert Hosken, Moscow.
Peru: From the upper Amazon . .
few days ago a missionary came back from a place called Bolognesi which
is a village that I used to work in years ago. Today by the grace of
God just about all the community is now following Christ. For me
to hear how God has worked was very exciting because in my day there
was almost no fruit at all for our labour. It just shows how we
need to learn patience.
Alejandro Flores Atiaja, Pucallpa.
India: Report on our Bank for the Poor
has started repaying their loans. Two has already repaid the full
amount and started supporting a missionary with 250 rupees a month. God
has really blessed their cleaning liquid business. Now they are
producing 50 litres of cleaning liquid. The Bank has helped us to
help 60 people. Quail farmer also repaid his loan soon after he sold
his birds. He is also supporting his pastor with 300 rupees per month.
As the loans were paid through Bank people are so prompt to repay it.
If it were personal loan it will never be returned.
Pastor Daniel, Kerala.
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Mexico: OM Latin America's Dalit Project
are responding to a call to the 300 millions of Dalits in India. For
3000 years these people have been humiliated and despised because they
are the lowest of all the 6,400 castes or social classes in Hinduism
which says that they are reborn as Dalits as punishment for their
previous life. Dalits have little human rights and lack education and
decent work. Their name means untouchable. In 2001 they all renounced
Hinduism and thousands of them are now finding their way to the feet of
Luis Alejandro Machado A.
Thailand: Our building coming down in December
still need to raise a lot of money within 3 months with the other
remaining two to rebuild a building. This is extremely stressful for
us. We need all the help we can get materially and in prayer and every
offer of help would be truly appreciated. This cause of caring for
children with AIDS is very urgent.
Gareth Lavell, Chiang Mai.
§ You will find much more about Gareth and this beautiful work of compassion in our previous
editions. Now he is faced with this very real crisis and needs everyone's help to keep going for Christ and these kids. Les, the editor.
Bolivia: Peruvian missionary looks to Russia.
am looking for information, photos and training about Russia because
God is leading me towards Moscow. I know it is very cold there but I
love these people with all my heart.
Freddy Quispe Cuellar, Santa Cruz.
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Colombia: Are you in Canada - Quebec
We are looking for churches and God's people in Quebec as we are moving there. I lead in worship and my wife is a counsellor.
Miller Seynel Duran Sua, Bogotá.
Bangladesh: Taizé with the Garo minority
the help of the Church we would have lost our values and our culture,"
said a one of the young Garos during a recent Taizé meeting in
Bangladesh. Among the workshops: "How can a very small Christian
minority share the faith with other people?" "What are the Garo values
that must be preserved at all costs?" Five trees were planted in memory
of the first Garo Christians in India and Bangladesh who not only
received the Gospel, but gave their whole lives to take the Gospel to
others which at the beginning was a dangerous thing to do.
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Pakistan: Nobody wants to come these places . .
are ministering among the poor, needy, helpless and unreached people,
specially among those who are working at the bricks making factory who
are just like the slaves of Egypt. We are working in villages among the
neglected people, nobody wants to come this place, nobody wants to
start Church here, nobody wants help in this place, people are living
in mud houses. There is no life and no clean drinking water. I am
thankful to God who led me here and gave me a vision for God's work. We
started with few but now by the grace of God we are leading three
churches. Please keep us in your prayers as this is very hard time for
Pastor Labin Taj, Lahore.
France: Puffing for Pygmies around Paris . .
well and truly puffed my way round the 42 km of the Paris Marathon in
3hrs 57 minutes and Ł800 was raised for a dispensary in Central African
Republic. A number of colleagues went to the forests of Bobelé for a
significant conference to bless this people close to God’s heart. From
the Pygmy huts to the office of the Prime Minister the team were able
to share deeply a God inspired vision of reconciliation for this
Robert Reeve, Nations en Marche, Lille.
Brazil: My mission is as a social father . . .
In a house with 10 girls who are without father and mother, and girls
in risk situation. Me and my wife be with necessities to go for other
missionary country. My need is to develop my talents of evangelism in
poor areas. Is more good your
site for my studies. I'm sorry, but my English is more bad. Please pray for our dreams. Thank you.
Hamilton and Sandra.
Burkina Faso: Captivity and Liberty
In the main prison in Burkina there is now a small Fulani church
starting among the inmates. It was great to see how they are developing
traditional music for worship and their openness to the good news of
Christ. Pray for those who are following up this work, as there are
unique problems of discipleship once prisoners leave.
Keith Smith, missionary to Fulani people, Djibo.
is a friend of ours from years ago. I have spoken in that prison he
mentions and seen dozens of men from many different tribes respond to
the gospel. This is brilliant news, very well done to you and your
colleagues. Les, the editor.
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Middle East: Four Iraqi children with severe cancer . .
more expected to come this month. Jordanian families are needed to open
their homes for these children since they can not afford to stay in
hospital. I called the hospital and they told me that some of the
children cannot proceed with treatment due to funds problems. The
hospital phone is 00 96 265 35 30 00 in case you want help. They speak
fluent English. I am going there with my mother since the mothers
accept her more as a female. We are going to give them small presents
and some Christian colour books. Please pray for these kids, nothing is
more innocent than children and may God help us to help them to end
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India: Over 200 Churches planted in our States.
congregations are from different backgrounds, their lives changed
dramatically bearing fruits. The tailoring school going on well with 15
women and girls learning and hearing the Word of God. Your
are a blessing to all of us. All the children in “House of Hope” doing
well, growing in wisdom and the fear of God. We are concentrating on
youth to catch them young before they are lost in the world. All of our
Pastors and lady Pastors doing well, their congregations growing.
Anti-Christian forces are on rampage once again in many parts of our
country. Some churches were burnt and workers are beaten badly. A
terrible law banning conversions has been passed in the next state. An
evangelist can be fined up to $10,000 and 5 years in prison. Thanks for
all your support.
Pastor SJ, AP.
Ghana: Presbyterian Evangelistic Fellowship
are into research, mobilization, training, outreach and holistic
ministries and entrepreneurship, productivity and literacy training.
Pray for the Lord to send in people to support our work here.
Rev. Dr. Nana K. Ofori Akuffo.
France: Ready to launch a Christian magazine.
will be the first of it kind firstly in English and then in French. I
know it is not going to be easy and I need your prayers.
John Kudjo, Paris.
Kurds: Bible in Sorani and Kurmanji ?
I would like to obtain two copies of the Bible in Sorani and Kurmanji
so I can study them with my Kurdish friends.
§ For multiple copies of Kurdish Bibles go to Orientdienst Postfach 45 46,
D-65035 Wiesbaden, West Germany. +49 (611) 940 61 38 or fax: +49 (611) 940 60 4. They understand English.
Tony, DCI England.
Northern Ireland: Peru missionary in intensive care
Morrow is a missionary in Peru and is very ill in intensive care in
Lima after emergency surgery. Please pray for his recovery and
for his family. More information is on our website.
Russia: My web page about Jehovah's Witnesses.
Vladimir Rumyantsev, St. Petersburg,
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