Christmas Parties 2007
from Luke 14, 12-14
Between now and Christmas
we have 3000 people coming for lunch . . .
In the upper reaches of the Peruvian Amazon 150 unreached natives are
about to have the surprise of their lives, and over in Brazil we are
welcoming 200 homeless street kids. Across in Africa, first of all in
Liberia we have invited 800 refugees, widows and orphans, followed by
100 veiled ladies in a deeply Muslim village in inner Cameroon. In
Uganda we hope to bless 800 or so AIDS and war widows, refugees,
disabled people, orphans and beggars with 400 similar guests in Malawi.
In India 200 slum children will have a Christmas, and in two Jakarta
slums, a lot of poor Indonesian people are going to be blessed.
There will be music, drama, stories, eating, drinking and gifts to take
home to celebrate and explain the coming of Jesus, God's greatest gift
to all of us. None of our guests in all their lives will ever have been
waited upon and served as if they were royalty. Please, please pray
every day for them, and for the people making it all happen, for God's
blessing, healing and salvation to flow through every event, and for
security as money arrives in some quite violent places, and for honesty
as that money is spent. We take nothing for granted and in fact we have
had plenty of problems already, especially in Liberia, the
blood-diamond country where life is very cheap.
With the poor and mean and lowly, lived on earth our Saviour holy.
(From Once in Royal David's city)
Les and Pilar
For the lost, the last and the least
See what this is all about. .
full information and photos here
The Worldwide Christmas Party
for the Poor in a nutshell . .
This is not a Christmas Party for the Church or for the
Missions School, it is for people on the streets who never get invited
to a party, not ever, and have nothing in life up to now to celebrate
anyway. Let the believers serve them as if they were serving
Jesus himself, let us treat them like royalty for the day, cook for
them, wait upon them, sing to them, and tell them all about the reason
for Christmas, the coming of Jesus, Saviour before sending them home
with a gift and an invite to come to church next Sunday as well. Never
forget the Luke 14.13 and Matthew 25, 35-40 verses because reading
these every day will keep the party in focus. Remember we are blessing
and thanking Jesus who we cannot see by blessing the poor who we can
see and among whom Jesus is deeply present. It is not to be an occasion
for endless preaching, it is a day to pour out the love of God on the
poor in a way that they will never forget. Talk to them, pray for
them, tell them why Jesus came and let them know that there is a place
in heaven prepared for them, and a place to serve and to be loved while
they live. Their lives can yet count for good and for God in the earth.
Why not do something similar yourself where you live ?
Les and Pilar
One centre was not enough . .
area around our new Children's Centre is much more horrible than we
knew before with young and old under the evil influence of Ma Devi, a
Hindu goddess. The gambling, prostitution, alcohol and marijuana is
more than you can imagine and last week 3 people died there. So we will
now open a second centre, a wooden shack really, for teaching more
children, with a health centre and a School of Mission. We feel led by
God to move our Church and to worship there.
From YM in Indonesia
Address removed for security reasons
Because it matters to
Him concerning you.
Pet 5:7b (Recovery version)
For prayer as often as you can . .
in Nottingham in radiotherapy, Silvia in Brazil in serious surgery,
Silvana in Brazil recovering after surgery, our friends E and F facing
prostate surgery, our friends T needing a new job and J urgently
needing to sell a house. The Lord says that "I will bless those who
bless you," Genesis 12, 1-2, this is our well-proven and highly trusted
foundational promise that has given us confidence to ask God for over
Les and Pilar.
you can't get out of something, then get into it, and get through it.
From the Outward Bound motto.
Arrested, threatened, accused and fined
fin Moldova . . .
believers were about to give out Christian magazines to students on 8
October in Tiraspol in Moldova, two State Security officers pounced.
The literature and a car were seized. The three men were interrogated
and threatened for days, accused of bringing in contraband
and fined. Anyone would think they had smuggled in illegal cigarettes,
alcohol or drugs.
Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service
Business for Mission banana plantation makes
The bananas in Burkina have made a first profit of £2,500 in
and for Burkina. It's going the right way.
Jonathan F, Cheltenham – UK
It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace.
Persecution and miracles
in India's village.
Persecution brings harvest in these
villages. We just had 30 baptisms but the police are always trying to
close down the house churches so we are looking to buy land and build
registered churches for these believers. One lady by the name of Gori
had a tumour in her stomach and was in severe pain but there are no
doctors or hospitals near by. At the point of death and was taken to
our pastor for prayer but the Lord had mercy on her and healed her on
the same day.
Pastor Daniel, Voice of Gospel, Kerala
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Due to too much rain in Lira and in
Africa . .
Our straw shelter for the Church for the Poor was blown away. We were
in such a terrible state with no place for training or Sunday. Suddenly
and without any knowledge of this God led you to send a £150
now we are building brick walls and a canvas roof.
Pastor George Purkweri, with DCI in
São João is full of
crime, drugs, witchcraft,
broken families and prostitution . .
But the people are open to God. Yesterday two
17 year old cousins of the lady who came to Christ last week, came to
pray and both turned their backs on the occult. There are 14 of us in
the new church and we are giving bible studies to 11 other people. The
School of Mission boys are a great help, and go evangelising their
friends and colleagues.
Silvana, church planting in Posso Alegre
mis-silvana @ hotmail.com
“Make all you can, save all you can,
So said John Wesley. However it
seems that many believers have decided that two out of three isn't that
I asked 4 Karen hill tribe people to come and
help me . .
I wanted to make our very tiny fish farm
bigger so we could get more food for our Bible school. They helped me
dig the fish pond and over two days Jesus through me won all four
souls. Another animist man gave his life to Christ this evening.
From Gareth, Tribal Discipleship Centre, Chiang
tdcchiangmai @ gmail.com
A gentle reminder
for Banking for the Poor
May I very, very gently and politely ask to everyone to always remember
that a Banking for the Poor project is a partnership between the DCI
Trust, yourself and the poor people who benefit from the
loans. It is part of that working together for you to tell us
over here what is happening each month to begin with because that helps
us to see the problems and give you advice that we have learned from
other Bank projects in previous years. If a Bank project is
successful then after one or two years we hand over the sole ownership
of the project to the leader's church and we can help to increase the
capital. Until then you are personally responsible for the
funds and for the careful operation of the project as part of our
Banking for the Poor
Seeing what life is like
in Zimbabwe . . .
When Jim, my husband went to get groceries for the orphanage he had to
walk an hour and a half in the heat on a dirt road, then wait an hour
for a vehicle to give them a lift to Rusape only to then spend hours
scouting for basic groceries but there were none. The generous people
at the home are looking after him brilliantly, he is really enjoying
his time there.
Anna Robinson, Nottingham - UK, Zimbabwe
annablambert @ yahoo.co.uk
A man appears before the pearly
"Have you ever done anything of particular merit?" St. Peter asks.
"Well, I can think of one thing," the man said. "Once I came upon a
gang of bikers who were threatening a woman. I told them to leave her
alone, but they wouldn't listen. So I went to the largest, most heavily
tattooed biker, smacked him on the head, kicked his bike over, ripped
out his nose ring and threw it on the ground, and told him, 'Leave her
alone or you'll answer to me. St. Peter was impressed. "When was this?"
The man looked at his watch and said, "A couple of minutes ago."
Last night happened a miracle . . .
healed ny baby daughter Dasha. At 3 am she was breathing hard and
crying. I had no medicine and all I could do was to have a lonely night
prayer. I was praying for her as she was hot as an iron and motionless
but finally she fell asleep and so did I. Next morning she was
Galina Artamokhina, Moscow - Russia
galinaomsk @ mail.ru
The School of Mission in Kiswahili is now
all the pastors in Tanzania and East Africa that are using these
lessons: Please always encourage the students to do the
of the studies and the written part as well. The whole idea
is that training comes by hearing, doing and reporting back as shown by
how Jewsus trained His disciples, not just by teaching words that the
listeners may or may not listen to. There is a world of
difference between training and teaching, but this needs to be
explained time and time again because church people are accustomed to
hearing sermons, but not necessarily doing what the preacher and the
Word of God says to them. I know you understand and when you see the
result of training rather than teaching your heart will leap for joy.
The School of Mission in Angola
Will have its first graduation of 38 students
in December. Some of them are people mutilated by the war and have no
arms or foot.
Pastor Weyi Nzuzi Mavakala,
Are there any Schools of Misión in
I would like to attend one.
Longchamps, Buenos Aires, Argentina
lliangreis @ hotmail.com
We have started the School of Missions in
May I inform that we have started the School
of Misión in Buenos Aires, with all the materials that are
We started our ministry ‘City of Refuge’ a year
ago. It is a great
blessing to us all, and more and more people are coming day alter day.
Ariel Lira, Villa Ballester, Buenos Aires.
lirapastor @ hotmail.com
Radio broadcaster needs
I have a radio slot and want to do a programme
providing Christian information but need some
advice and ideas how to organise it all.
Muñoz, Puerto Ordaz - Venezuela.
danilife2001 @ hotmail.com
Spanish Remar mission wants to buy large UK
For a rehabilitation centre. Planning
permission is a key deciding factor.
Contact Pastor Joaquin at Remar London
We invite any Americans, Europeans and Latin
Americans to join us in the largest area of the rainforest with many
native communities do not know God. Please contact us,
Lopez Reyna, La Asociacion Amar, Huanuco-Peru
olgalopez68 @ hotmail.com
I have got a job in evangelism amongst young people with all their
problems of drugs and behaviour. I need guidance to know how to get a
large meeting place and crentre from my local council.
Soares Silveira, Gravatai - Brasil
marcelo.mari @ ibest.com.br
We live on the River Napo along with native Quechuas, Secoyas and
Arabelas. Our leaders need tools such as solar panels, batteries, TV
sets, a conversor, a projector, and DVD to show Christian films.
Johel Zabaleta, Peru.
florez76 @ hotmail.com
Support offered . . .
I want to support churches already set up on in the process of being
planted in the Peruvian or Brazilian Amazon.
Vertiz, Amazonia, Peru - Brasil
jvertiz97 @ hotmail.com
We are willing to support projects in Togo, Mali, Burkina Faso, Benin,
and the Ivory Coast. We are interested in becoming project partners by
interceding and sending out resources. Each application will be
Silva, Santa Catarina - Brasil
geral @ missoes2020.org
I am an evangelical pastor with a BA in Theology and one PhD in Social
Sciences and Religion and another PhD in Christian Philosophy. I am 57
years old and single. How can I become useful in missions? Do I have
Ferreira Goyos, Salto - SP, Brasil.
impactoat @ uol.com.br
I would like to hear from people who work with or who would like to
work with the nomad Tuareg in Algeria.
Tegucigalpa - Honduras
nortedeafrica @ yahoo.fr
I want to reach unreached peoples with no church
I have been called to mission, and want to get
involved. I am ready to go, especially to India. Does DCI support
people like me?
§ Why not send us a definite proposal,
thought through and detailed, telling us all you intend to do, with
whom, and for which people group from the Joshua Unreached Peoples
List. Then tell us how you plan to go about it step by step, with
dates, and finally tell us all about your call and your testimony, and
send us some references from your church. We will take a close look,
and we will see if we can help you make a start.
The last word for today . . .
God uses each of us in His own way, I like to
think of us as an automobile assembly line. We each work at our
particular station adding our bit of value to whatever it is God is
manufacturing. Then we pass it on up the line to the next station. Your
station knows what nuts and bolts are need to finish the latest order.
My job is easy. I grease the wheels. It’s not complicated and
really blessed that I am able to do that job for God.
From the Gulf States