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South Sudan: Political turmoil is
mounting by the hour.
All the expatriate workers have been
evacuated because the South is just about to take over the city for Juba,
a stronghold of the North, and a terrible bloodshed is expected before
this war will be over. This is probably the largest civil war of the 21st
century, and it is inexplicable how little it is addressed in the
international arena. Some of our Sudanese friends said that even slavery
has been reinstated in some areas. The church there is booming, even
though it is not easy.
Name withdrawn for
security reasons, Middle East
Mexico: Looking to meet young
people . . .
Willing to serve in the missions field. My heart is
beating anxiously for the mission fields.
Esmeralda Margarita Lopez Flores. Reynosa,
Nigeria: Vision for young
I am 28yrs, a Christian and a Pastor. I am into teenage,
youths and Child evangelism. I have the drive to work with these young
ones coming up so as to build them more in the things of God. I beleive
that if we can get these young ones to God, their foundations will be
solid and the devil can't get them away. God has being so kind to me and
my parish, we have done few works out here and I believe it is time to
reach even far beyond our localities.
Daniel Junior Osagie.
Argentina: 200 children whose
education depends on us.
We provide Christian education according
to the Word of God, and the current crisis is really testing our faith. We
trust in God's provision and we would like to request your prayers on
behalf of the 200 children that depend on us. Our city has the highest
rates country wide of drug addicts and children with AIDS. If you know of
anyone who would like to support us sponsoring a child, please contact me.
I also need support for my twelve year old son who needs a orthodontic
treatment due to a serious deformation in his jawbone and a chronic
Elva Nora Benitez de
Pereira Da Silva, Posadas.
UK: Moved to the point of
I was so grateful for such a brilliant time at your DCI
World Christians meeting. Elijah thought he was the only one left but
there were still those who hadn’t bowed the knee to Baal and it was great
to meet like minded people and see others from around the world. Let’s
remind ourselves of Oswald J Smith who said of those involved in mission,
‘They are the aristocracy of the church’.
Burundi: No doubt about coming
Thank you very much for sending George Purkweri to
minister to Burundians. He arrived two days ago and with his team they are
being a blessing to us indeed. Considering the miracles the Lord is
performing though these servants we have no doubt that there will be
revival in Burundi.
Rev. Joseph Cimpaye,
Amsterdam: All Perspectives
teaching in a month.
January and June 2003. All the great content
from Perspectives plus students will spend most afternoons on the streets
of Amsterdam with the Turks and Moroccans living here.
Burundi: A voice from
Burundi is at the bottom of the pile, it really is the pits.
And yet there are some wonderful people here many, in fact. Some of in the
UK spend more on our pets than a family out here has to live on, which
can't be quite right. $3 is peanuts to us, and yet my old pastor's brother
died in his arms because he didn't have $3, yes that's $3, to buy the
medicine to heal the dysentery. This nation is teetering on the edge -
there have been a number of massacres in the last two weeks, 183 killed in
one, I am off preaching that way this weekend.
Simon Guillebaud, UK
The youth here are preparing a congress to get
involved in mission service. The training will equip them to serve outside
our country and also inside where the ethnic groups are.
Hugo Cori Colque, El Alto.
Ivory Coast: Deep crisis
It is true that the political crisis is deep here in the
Ivory Coast, the Americans and the French are already removing their
people from the country but some do not want to leave as they were born
here and have their lives here. We are in the capital, Abidjan. Here the
situation is calm except for the curfew which lasts from 8pm till 6am. The
main incidents are about 500 kilometres away. Please pray for the people
of God in this country.
Pastor Tim, Ivory
Central Asia: Anybody doing
contextual church planting?
Amongst the indigenous folk Muslim
From the Stronghold of
By Francis Frangipane.
matter what the enemy tries to tell you, Christ is God of the mountains
and God of the valleys. He has not stopped being God because you happen to
be in a valley. He is the God of glory, as seen in His power and miracles.
And in the valleys, He reveals Himself as faithful, loyally committed to
us in our difficulties and distresses. In all things and through all
things, He is our God. When we are on the "mountaintops" of our Christian
experience, we can see our future clearly. We have perspective and
confidence. However, when we are in one of life's valleys, our vision is
limited and our future seems hidden. Yet, valleys are also the most
fertile places on earth. Valleys produce fruitfulness. You can expect
there to be a harvest of virtue when God dwells with you in the
Sent in by Peter Besley, Christian
Counsellor, Torquay, UK.
Brazil: Amazed that Operation
World not in Spanish
Our organization is translating and producing
OW into Portuguese. If we can find a publisher that has a team of Spanish
translaters and would like to partner in this project, then we can ask
Patrick Johnstone for the rigths. Our aim is to see vital mission books in
David Botelho, Missão Horizontes
Venezuela: I have a burden for
the Tibetan people
I hope to be able to preach to them one day. I
would like to receive information on any mission work being carried out in
Johnny Guevara, Los
Central African Republic: Urgent
need for medicines.
Anatole Banga has a work among Pygmies. They
have been trying to open a clinic. They already have a simple school and a
church. The barrier to the medical work has been a lack of medicines. When
we visited last year we were able to take a small supply of simple things
like painkillers and antiseptic.One of the biggest killers in the nation
is malaria. Hospitals in the West routinely discard medicines that still
have a shelf life of one more year. Can you help us? Please pray for a
flow of medical supplies.
Gail Dixon, Nations
Mission, Llanelli, Wales.
Mexico: Congratulations on this
I was very surprised to see all that we can do to help get
the gospel to so many distant places so that whole tribes and uncivilized
peoples can be reached by mission. In our church we can get involved
through giving, prayer and fasting for missions work.
Ma. Elena De Sánchez, San Luis R.
Senegal: Request for
To assist us in training 500 youths for practical
ministry preferably across Europe from where the gospel originally reached
us. Most of the teachers around us here lack the Holy Spirit. This country
people need more of exposition to the gospel than just miracles which they
also experience from their gods. Also we need at least 200 copies of
English or French bibles to serve our new converts.
Apostle Solomon R.E, Dakar
Egypt: Why all these
Why not all become one in Jesus who is one with
God, I want to know what are reasons behind that. Is there a history of
all the denominations. I want to see what God did to start all the
Anon by request,
Editor: Here is my answer for the many who have
the same question.
Uganda: Mission trip to
We had never met our hosts except through the e-mail so by
faith we left Lira without knowing where we were going to. We spent a
night at Kampala, then 9 hours to Rwanda, then another 9 hours along the
insecure mountains to Bujumbura. One of the Burundian pastors had a vision
of my colleague Pastor John Kukiriza so he was so excited to see in
reality what the Lord had showed him and they realised that we were God’s
messengers. We were late but we had the meeting and 30 people gave their
lives to Christ. They could not organise open-air meetings due to
insecurity. We had 3 sessions in the mornings and preached the gospel in
the afternoon with salvation, deliverance and baptism of the Holy Spirit.
In all the mission was very successful. We are grateful for your prayers,
financial assistance and providing this connection to Burundi.
Pastor George Purkweri, Lira.
UK: Quote from John Stott
‘A Church not engaged in mission is guilty of apostacy’. From
‘Motives and Methods in Evangelism.’ Couldn’t have put it better
Middle East: Suggestion for the
It has to do with the use of a much hated term by
our Muslims neighbours: "Crusade". Every time this term is used, a whole
range of mixed feelings comes to the surface as the term brings negative
images and connotations such as imposition, intolerance, destruction,
hatred and imperialism. As far as we can, could that word be replaced for
less offensive alternatives?
for security reasons, Middle East.
France: Our G12 church has gone
off to a start.
God is good and we are believing for
multitudes to be won. Until next time, God bless!
Paul van der Hagen, Lyon.
Cyprus: SAT-7 begins regular
broadcasts for Iran.
Church leaders in Iran admit that almost half
their adherents have emigrated since the 1979 Islamic revolution, reducing
the Christians to about 160,000. Many of these, including some in the
priesthood, are desperately in need of the encouragement that a television
service can provide. The TV will also address the real interest in
Christianity by many outside the church. Satellite dishes are illegal in
Iran but as many as 20 million people may already have access to satellite
TV. The number of dishes in Afghanistan is unknown, but sales are also
growing fast. http://www.sat7.org
Persian World Outreach, USA.
Pakistan: 75 students graduate as
And 51 new congregations have been started. Now is the
time to replicate this among Afghan Refugees who are receptive in these
days. One million out of the four million refugees have already returned
home. We are concerned that new congregations should be started among them
and Afghan laymen trained for the new congregations and that a team of
Afghans be trained to go back to Afghanistan and continue the work. I am
in Pakistan 18 Oct-13 Dec.
David L White,
USA: We are serving the Latino
We are launching a project that will provide media
coverage by using several means, our evangelistic and ministry programs
aims to provide a point of contact between young people and the mission
world for Hispanics an Anglo-Saxons. We urgently need information on what
is happening in the mission field worldwide, and personal experiences,
Allan Gonzalez, Costa
Holland: New initiative - Mission
Mission Team is an international team of young
people,who will be trained on the job to do youthwork in catholic
parishes, dioceses etc. Youth can apply to be part of the Mission Team,
for either three months or for the whole year. Each module has a specific
focus. Mission Team is a cooperation between Holland Catholic Charismatic
Renewal and Kerygma Teams. www.kerygmateams.org.
Relay European Christian
Thailand: 1 out of 5 children in
the developing world
Never make it past their 5th birthday? 1 out
of every 6 children living in Thailand. still lives in poverty? More than
600 million children worldwide live in families that make less than US$1 a
day? In Thailand we have a HIV and AIDS Medical Home Care Project and our
Orphaned Children's Educational Project.
Gareth Lavell, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Peru: I feel a burden for the
churches without training
I am very grateful to you for allowing me
to share with others your lessons. It is my desire that the church of the
Lord may be built on His Word and Spirit.
Jorge Otero, Lima.
India: Tamil Nadu bans
This legislation will seriously affect all churches and
activities in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It will affect the orphans
that we support in Madurai, and could lead to cancellation of plans to
preach there. It could also set a precedent for other Indian States to
Santa Fe: I would like to serve
either in Africa or India.
I do not belong to any denomination, I
only believe in God and in his teachings. I am 40, single and without a
profession. Maybe what I want will be not possible without been able to
offer any professional expertise. Please contact me.
Marcelo Carlos Mensa.
Mexico: I am praying for each
Blessings to all the missionaries and projects that have
been announced here.
Russia: 11 on Practical
Ministries, 9 in School of Mission.
Last Friday we had our
"introductory semester" only 3 people came but that's the way Russians are
-- they trickle in late then make up the work. About 3 of the 11 and 9
people above are studying the courses over the Internet.
Robert Hosken, Moscow.
USA: George Patterson new e-book
We know that evangelism, discipleship and reproduction is
vital to the growth of any healthy church. But how do we do all this
without a big budget and expensive equipment? What's more, how can we
train and reproduce leaders in different cultural situations? "Come, Let
Us Disciple the Nations" will guide you.
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