DIFFERENCE IN UGANDA
George and Jane Purkweri have been
visiting some of the 30 new Churches for the Poor in Uganda, baking bricks for new
buildings and training new leaders to care for the poor in the
villages. Click here to see some unique photos.
A DIFFERENCE IN NEPAL
Photos of a medical mission to 500 sick people in Nepal organised by Prem
Thapa for visiting doctors from the USA. Click here to see the photos.
A DIFFERENCE IN LIBERIA
Duco in Liberia lost his job in town his
church helped him and so did we to start farming to feed his family and
to have food to give to others.
A DIFFERENCE IN ORISSA - INDIA
Missal has been repairing believers homes that were destroyed
in the recent violence against Christians in
Orissa, India, and held a free training
conference for many pastors and their wives. Click here to see all the photos.
A DIFFERENCE IN CUBA
Every week Ranledis and María in Cuba bring
together abandoned or neglected elderly men and women for the
best day of their week. Click to see the photos.
THE MONEY FORUM
One of our readers in Nepal writes to say that the
money he was receiving from the USA is coming to an end, for
him and for many others, and asking what he should do? For 25
years I have said that it is a mistake to sell your church, your
vision, your call and even your soul to the West in exchange for a few
dollars because a final day always comes and then what happens? I
have always liked Paul's example in Acts 20,34-35 when he says that the
work of his own hands provides for his own needs, the needs of
his companions and gave him money to help the weak, because it
is more blessed to give than to receive. See Kingdom
Business in The School of Money and Money Forum for more ideas.
somebody is reluctant to support you, thank them, bless them and let
them go on their way. This is especially hard to accept if you have
invested time in making that relationship work, but you can't turn the
fearful into the faithful because that is God's job. He had a water
test to show Gideon who he could count on and who he could not. God told Gideon:
"You have too large an army and they will take the credit, so tell
anyone who is afraid that he may go home." At that 22,000 men left and
10,000 stayed but God said, "There are still too many so take them to
the stream and I'll make a final cutback." When the opposition is
marching in you can often lose the most support but don't
God is at work. The first cutback of 22,000 men, looked like
a disaster but it was actually a test from God to see who was
dependable. At the stream only 300 men drank from their cupped hands,
while the rest knelt down to drink. God then said, "I will use
those 300 to give you victory." The lesson is you need to be
to see the enemy approaching and those men who knelt down to drink,
sacrificed their vision to satisfy their immediate need. Never forget
that when it is God who reduces your support it is that He
to show you that with Him you can still can lead and move
even if you have lost everyone and everything. Are people around you
cutting back? Let them go in peace, bless them and trust God who has
something better in mind.
From the Word for Today and Our Money Forum
THE WORLD'S NOTICE BOARD
In Puerto Rico there's prayer for
healing in Manatí Medical Center every Monday at 7pm led by Dr
Nurse Pablo Vazquez Castro in Uruguay
is asking doctors with experience in caring for people with terminal
illnesses to contact him, Pablo is also preparing a medical mission to Russia.
In London, UK the Apostolic
Church of God are giving free clothes and food for those in
need. E-mail Pastor Ronald for more information.
CROWDS ASK TO FOLLOW CHRIST: ASSAM
David from The Asian Christian Development Programme,
a long established leaders training scheme in Pakistan
and India, has been telling us that
his friends in Assam,
India have baptised an amazing 1,297 people in January, another 1,080
in February so far and expect to have a further 1500 people prepared
for baptism by March. They say that God is moving with signs, wonders,
visions, dreams and miracles all of which are being documented.
Apparently local people are coming to the leaders and simply asking for
baptism in the Name of Isa Masih, that is Jesus,
something that has never been seen before.
FARMING GOD'S WAY
MULTIPLIES AFRICA'S CROPS
We have just heard about Farming
and we can't wait to pass this on to you. FGW trains and
the rural poor of Africa to release the God given potential of the
land. The FGW staff couple the Word of God with agricultural skills, to
bring harvests of both crops,
righteousness and care for the land. There are many
testimonies of the Godly multiplication of harvests for both
commercial and subsistence farmers. Click on the links for find out
FREE SCHOOL OF MISSION
ON THE ORINOCO RIVER
This is in Venezuela, where Pastor
Claudio Saavedra will open a new and totally free School
of Mission in Ciudad Bolivar
in March with 20 students coming so far and many more
if you live near don't miss the opportunity. Well done Claudio
and many thanks. We are here to help if you need us.
OASIS OF PEACE IN CONGO VIOLENCE
The eastern part of DR Congo has seen some shocking cruelty in recent days,
see the February 7 news, but in it all Pasteur
Luc Tulinabo of L'Eglise Bethlehem in Bukavu
has opened a free School of Mission
starting with just 7 students. Luc deserves our congratulations for
teaching Christ and his ways, bringing hope in the middle of
IS EVERYTHING FREE,
There is no catch Luis, everything is
free. The studies, the advice, the e-mail
everything. Freely we have received, freely we give, that is our way of
seeing God's word and the way we have always worked. No-one in the DCI
network will ever ask you money, so go ahead, help yourself to all you
here to send
in your question
THREE DAYS IN JAIL
FOR MAKING CAKES: CUBA
We always encourage the Schools
of Mission to engage in micro-enterprise
to create funds locally and to show the students a way of financing
their future work. In Cuba
we were surprised to discover only last week that every business,
however small, still belongs to the socialist state and that is where
the profits must go, even if you get a licence to start. In fact, one
man, who we dare not name, was secretly making cakes at home to
sell - until the police came and destroyed his cooking pans
put him up in prison for three days. A court pronounced him guilty and
gave him a huge fine or a year in prison. Ouch ! Who can tell us how
the Cuban graduates can become self-supporting
AND CHILD SACRIFICE
IS BACK: UGANDA
Our partner in since 1994 in Uganda, George
who is known everywhere as the Pastor of the Poor, told us today how
worried he is that Uganda's children are once again being murdered and
sacrificed in a resurgence of old witchcraft ceremonies.
The remains of four children who were probably sold to the witch
doctors by very poor parents were discovered in George's district,
Lira, more elsewhere, and lately arrests
have been made. George says that the witch doctors have formed an
association and applied to Parliament for legal religious registration.
Local feeling is that they will most likely receive this,
prayer rises around the world. Uganda's children still have vivid
memories of the recent 19 year war when thousands of innocents were
kidnapped, raped or turned into child soldiers, and now many
of them again fear for their lives.
TWO NEW SCHOOLS OF MISSION
They are still very small, but that is how most begin and before you
know it new churches and care projects are opening everywhere. That
makes three free Schools of Mission in Cuba which is a very exciting
start for all of us. Well done to our partners Ranledis
and Maria. We are also hearing
about several new Schools opening in Haiti and several places in Peru. Click here to see the photos.
OUR BOOK OF THE MONTH
THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS
Beautifully written by Afghani Khaled Hosseini,
a UN Ambasador for Refugees this is a cruel yet brilliantly
written eye-opening novel about life in Islamic Afghanistan before and
during the recent Taliban occupation and 9/11, seen through the eyes of
two women. The kind of book you cannot close until you reach
last page. From only £1/$1/€1 on Amazon UK with reviews.
CAN YOU HELP US WITH ASIAN LANGUAGES ?
unique pages have thousands of readers in every country in Africa and
South America as well as the English speaking world. We would
to bring out editions in Korean, Japanese and later in Khmer and Thai.
We already have some pages in Urdu and Chinese. Would you
and join our team of volunteers to translate into these Asian
languages or help with making the web pages? Please say yes and e-mail Yoppi
Margianto in Indonesia or Les
Norman in the UK.
THERE IS NO GOD (THEY SAY)
Eight hundred buses
in London, Madrid, Barcelona and other European cities are
carrying banners to announce that there is (probably) no God, so enjoy
life. Funded by UK atheists, which is a belief
system or religion like any other although in this case with
they believe in the nonexistence of deity rather than the warm faith
and living hope that believers enjoy. The buses have given British
believers a very welcome conversation opener to explain
the gospel and the atheist buses which are the work
of comedy writer Ariane Sherine have
provoked thousands of conversations and acres of press
comment. Some drivers will not drive the buses
and London's streets now have Christian buses as well.
11th February, 2009
Nurse Caroline Petrie, who is 45, lost
her job after offering to pray for a sick patient and now all UK health workers and school teachers have been warned
the same can happen to them. Nurse Petrie's patient was not offended
but the supervisor was and the nurse was dismissed after 24
years of service. After a public outcry she has been given her job back
a Baptist, has vowed not to change because
she cannot separate her faith from her profession. Video
THERE IS NO GOD (THEY SAY)
WHO PRAYS LOSES HER JOB !
CHILD TALKS ABOUT GOD AT SCHOOL
MOTHER FACES JOB LOSS
Can you believe that school secretary Jennie Cain, from Devon in the UK,
faces losing her job for sending an e-mail to church friends asking
them to pray for her 5 year old daughter Jasmine, who was in tears
after being publicly reprimanded by a teacher for talking about heaven
and God with a school friend?
BRITISH LIBRARIES MOVE BIBLE TO TOP SHELF
The Daily Mail
in Britain reports that librarians are being told to move the Bible to
the top shelf to avoid giving offence to followers of Islam. This also
means that Christian works with major historical and literary value,
will also be out of sight.
10th February, 2009
THE WORLD'S NOTICE BOARD
If you are in mission in Angola then please e-mail Pablo
Romano from Argentina.
In one poor part of Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela, after a year's work Claudio
Saavedro is happy to tell us that 20 people are meeting for
worship under a tree, and have plans to begin building in 2009. See Claudio's
Norman from Leeds, England and 16 university friends plan to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise thousands
of pounds for orphans in Tanzania. For more information and
to sponsor them write to Lizzie.
9th February, 2009
ONE FRIEND TO ANOTHER
Did you know that it is not easy to distinguish between doing what we
to do and doing what we want
to do. Our many wants can easily distract us from the true
that leads us to the fulfilment of our vocation, or calling.
Whether we work in an office, travel the world, write books or make
films, care for the poor, offer leadership, or fulfil unspectacular
tasks, the question is not, "What do I most want?" but "What is my
calling?" The most prestigious position in society can be an expression
of obedience to our call as well as a sign of our refusal to hear that
call, and the least prestigious position, too, can be a response to our
calling as well as a way to avoid it. When we are committed to do God's
will and not our own we soon discover that much of what we do doesn't
need to be done by us. We engage in uncommanded work. What we are
called to are actions that bring us true joy and peace. Actions that
lead to overwork, exhaustion, and burnout can't praise and glorify God.
What God calls us to do, we can do and do well.
7th February, 2009
THE WORLD WEEPS WITH EASTERN CONGO
Writing from the very heart of the multiplied massacres taking place in
eastern DR Congo Joel
Banga asks for prayer and moral support for the people and
for his organisation which is trying to help hundreds of rape victims
and the many orphans. He will tell you more if you write but beware
that the photos he has are appalling beyond words. Our partner from
Felly is willing to go to the area but to be of any use a
team and resources need to come together. Try to watch this
week's Dispatches from Channel Four on
your PC and see the Human
Rights Watch website which has war victim's own stories.
6th February, 2009
IS IT FIVE TO MIDNIGHT IN ZIMBABWE ?
With continual political upheaval, food, water and sanitation
shortages, cholera Zimbabwe now has a 100 trillion
dollar bank note. Despite all this our partners Anna
and Jim write to tell us that the children's home that they
support is still a very happy place. The leaders drive 3 hours to Mozambique
to receive incoming money to buy food and pay the bills back home. We
hear that Zimbabwe's people know that it is only a matter of time
before things will get better.
5th February, 2009
LAUNCH OF THIS NEWS PAGE IN ITALIAN
Click here to see the new page. If you
would like to join our worldwide team of volunteers to translate
into Italian, please write
to us, you will be very welcome.
4th February, 2009
THE MONEY FORUM
update some investment advice from Jesus: 'Don't focus on investing in
this world, living for today, chasing the next purchase or experience
here, where banks go bust, house prices fall and stock markets crash.
But focus on investing in heaven, where the bank will never go bust,
the mansions will never lose their value and there is always a
guaranteed eternal return. For where you put your investment shows
where your attention, your commitment is. In the middle of the global
money mayhem, we need to stand out as people who are different. Some
things that have got blurred must come back into focus: God as our
provider; the practice of trust and gratitude; God's glory as our
primary aim, not our own comfort and financial advancement. Christians
are not insulated from the economic freeze, but God is bigger than our
financial difficulties and his perspective is Matthew 6:19-34.
Global economic systems are built on shifting sand. God's economic
systems are built on solid rock. They are immovable, eternal, often
invisible and always focused on His glory which makes today a time to
invest, not to back away, a time to renew support to mission, a time to
care for those in need, a time to demonstrate a different Kingdom. More
in the Money Forum
Myles Wilson, The
Gift Horse E-Bulletin
2nd February, 2009
SUCH A THING AS DEJA VU ?
in 1985 I met a young man by the name of Philippe who was one
the first educated people who were emerging in his nation of Burkina
in those days. He had a vision, a passion, a wife, a first
and they lived in a shed made from cardboard, pieces of wood and metal
which leaned together in the dusty playground of a school where
Josephine taught a class of 80 children. Water ran through the
home, but ideas ran through my mind and one-line prayers ran through my
heart. Since 1985 in answer to prayer God has used Philippe
Josephine to transform village and after village and
now educates over 3000 children in 70 village schools; they have
churches, a bank for the poor, training for leaders, clinics and a long
list of people and development projects under their wing. We
never realized just how much good work would spring from such a small,
week a young African man from Malawi
sat in our lounge, shivering with cold even though he was wearing
pullovers, jackets, a heavy parka and a fur hood. His name is Michael
and he comes from Mbuzi Mzumala, "over the South Rukuru river
where the crocodiles are" near Zambia. The nearest school and
clinic is 65
kilometers away making a fearful local mortality
rate and a staggering 98% illiteracy rate. Like Philippe, Michael and
his wife are also educated and have spent a year in the UK
hours in two menial jobs to raise money. So far they have
personally funded, built and staffed a new village school and next on
the list is a much needed £5000 clinic, and £10000
vocational school for Michael's village.
week it was Michael that was sitting on the sofa but somehow space and
time opened and it was Philippe I could see as scenes from the past in
Burkina Faso danced behind my eyes. Was it that funny thing called "deja vu"
which means "I have been here before," or was it God saying that when
His time comes to change a nation He first looks for a man who will
follow and obey Him. Back in 1985 God found such a man living in a shed
in Burkina Faso and I am now wondering if He has not just found another
man, this time for Malawi. I am excited that we and our
supporters may be able to be there in the beginning of
something very special.
1st February, 2009
MILLIONS FACING STARVATION.
See this urgent video message from
Kumi Naido in South Africa.
WHY ONE TAXI DRIVER GOES
WHERE EVEN ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD
Our taxi driver friend in Lima, Peru
who regularly visits the poor in a distant village, and after midnight
takes food, coffee and prayer to people in the darkest streets
Lima. Some say that this is crazy but Juan says that Jesus has
done even more crazy things for him like saving him from certain death
at least 20 times over the years, and then he tells the story of how
after prayer God healed him of hernia and prostate problems
without surgery or pills, which he had no money for anyway. Juan says
he goes where no-one else goes because the people he finds
have never heard that Christ died for them so they
God's forgiveness and love. Catch a Lima taxi and if
driver is singing to God instead of cursing the traffic - that must be
THE WORLD'S NOTICE BOARD
We have found lots of free audio Bibles, Christian and Classic audio
books and mp3 worship songs for you to enjoy at Audio
Registration is open for 3rd session of the Lubumbashi
School of Mission in DR
Congo, in four centres. Contact Pastor Jules Wazeng
$20 you can sponsor all the travel, food, accommodation and notebook
for one of one hundred pastors to come to a much needed conference
amongst all the intense persecution in Orissa, India.
In Berahampur, February 10-13. Contact
FOR EVERYONE WHO THOUGHT
COULD DO NOTHING IN KUWAIT
oil wealth may be visible in Kuwait but people like the street cleaners
are so poor they don't get to see any of it. Winter temperatures get
down to 3ºC and street people shiver. This is where Operation Hope
steps in. Started in 2005 by an American lady this mercy mission is now
run by many local people who collect coats, gloves and long underwear
and then drive around the city looking to bless the poor workers they
THE WORLD'S NOTICE BOARD
Paz in Arecibo, Puerto Rico combines medicine with
a Bible teaching and healing ministry. You are welcome to get in touch
or visit Luis's excellent website
In Moquegua, Peru Anamaria Velasquez
who is 49, is looking for help to open a shelter for the many young
abandoned pregnant girls to give them a better way forward than
abortion or adoption.
If people in your church are losing their jobs, overtime or bonuses and
the recession is beginning to bite, this article in English will
be very helpful to you.
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