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| This morning the
floods came again . .
This time we faced it with a smile and singing to the Lord. Thank
you for all your prayers and support. The flood has caused 70 deaths
and more than a million have suffered loss. People actually invite
more severe floods by changing forests into villas, and throwing garbages
into rivers. So we deserved the flood.
Yoppi Margianto, with DCI in Jakarta, Indonesia.
New Bank for the Poor in Malawi
Before the bank came these people had no employment, no hope and nobody
to help them, they only had their faith in God, but now by the grace
of the Lord they can earn a good living and have money to give to
others through their own businesses funded by micro-credits
from DCI, and supervised in Malawi by our friend Pastor Moises Aringo,
a graduate of the School
of Mission in Nairobi,Kenya.
Delighting leads to doing . . .
Doing without first delighting is doubtful . . .
Blessed is the man who delights in the law of the Lord; and in his
law does he meditate day and night. He shall be like a tree planted
by the rivers of water, that brings forth fruit in season; his leaf
also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper.
From Psalm 1 KJV
Pastor is a gifting not a title or a rank . .
To all the School of Misison leaders . . have your students done the
written work, the practical projects and the exam ? The students need
to think, pray, write and do what Jesus did, please do not graduate
students who have only sat through the lessons or give them the title
of pastor. Let them earn a church's recognition by doing what Jesus
did. About diplomas, each School of Mission should prepare its own
diploma in its own language, signed by local people who can be contacted
if there is any doubt in the future when the graduates show their
diploma. Nobody will believe that a diploma from the UK in the hands
of a village pastor is genuine. The local signatures are very important.
Les Norman, Schools of Mission Director.
Free School of Mission
Who will reach out to the Maasai ?
This is an African semi-nomadic people in Kenya and Tanzania whose
lifestyle centres around their cattle which constitutes the primary
source of food. . They always wear some form of red, however little.
Their society is patriarchical in nature with the elders deciding
most matters while laibons stand between the Maasai and their one
Who will pray with me and buy Bibles for the Maissai Maraa ?
Francis Obae, Kenya
As many rescues as you need . . .
And he (Jesus) did it, and he'll do it again, rescuing us as many
times as we need rescuing. You and you prayers are part of the rescue
operation, I don't want you in the dark about that.
Paul in 2 Corinthians 1.10, The Message
Dreams and visions of Jesus in all Muslim world
Men and women in closed countries without knowledge of the gospel
or contact among Christians have experienced dreams and visions of
Jesus Christ. Khalil, a radical Egyptian terrorist, changed from a
murderous 'Saul' to a forgiving 'Paul'. He set out to discredit the
Bible but could not; and although he despised Christians and Jews,
his heart was changed forever when the Saviour appeared to him in
a dream that penetrated his soul.
More Than Dreams
From Joel News
We feed lepers and pray for them.
They are very happy and so receptive to the gospel. No one wants to
speak to them and love them and they live in isolation.
Pastor Kizhakkevila Daniel, Voice of Gospel,
A DCI partner in India
§ To see a slide show of the leper colony please click here
You may find some of the sights to be distressing.
Man built church just to make village look good . .
The 100 "Christians" in the village never actually go to
the church, there is no pastor and only four people ever use the church
for one minute of prayer morning, afternoon, evening on Sundays only.
We held a first meeting in there and all the village came after we
visited every home. We are going to raise up a local leader and teach
every two weeks. There is so much to do, hundreds of villages, hundreds
of thousands of people who worship spirits amongst the tribal people
alone. We need lots of prayer and lots of support.
Gareth Lavell, DCI Partner in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Starting a Church for the Poor in Lira . .
Someone has promised me land, I just need chairs and a PA. It is raining
too much but I will soon put up straw walls and begin to worship and
fellowship with the poor.
Pastor George Purkweri, with DCI in Lira, Uganda.
In the end it will be OK . . .
He led you through the vast and dreadful desert, a thirsty and waterless
land. He brought you water out of hard rock and gave you manna to
eat in the desert to humble you and to test you so that in the end
it might go well with.
From Deuteronomy 8.15. NIV
Find the man or woman of peace . .
In Luke 10.6 Jesus tells the disciples to stay with the man of peace
that they will meet because these people becomes the base from which
the gospel moves onwards leaping from one person to the next and to
the next. Men and women of peace are the keys that open the community,
pray and ask to meet and serve them.
Only six pastors in vast desert province
Oudalan is half the size of Wales and these are great guys, serving
God and sharing Christ faithfully in difficult situations. I try each
week to visit one pastor, and seek how to help them move forward.
We are looking for ways to help them start small businesses that will
provide for their families and to pursue their ministry. See my website
for lots of photos and information.
Keith Smith, Gorom-Gorom, Burkina Faso
Do you want to be on TBN channel?
Jaime Abreu who lived among indigenous tribes for more than 15 years
in South America, will be on TBN TV with a regular programme all about
world missions. Any Spanish speaking missionaries who want to talk
about their work and call can contact Jaime.
Jaime Abreu, 37, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Two kinds of rest, one is given, the other
found . . .
Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry
heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let
me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will
find rest for your souls.
Matthew 11, 28-29
Remembering the day . . .
Coincidentally 30 years ago almost to the day I gave my life to Christ
because of the patient and long-suffering witness of one of the Gideons
and because of the gift of a pocket New Testament that I read when
I was sick. In between the word of God and the help pages in that
special Gideons edition I met Jesus. From time to time the Gideons
in my local area invite me to speak in their regional conferences
bcause as I often say to them as they go into schools and prisons,
you never know who you are speaking to and what God can do. This
month also marks our 25th silver wedding anniverary and 25 years since
hearing the call of God that turned into DCI as it is today.
Burma orders Christians to be wiped out
A secret document leaked from a government ministry in Burma contains
point by point instructions on how to drive Christians out of the
state saying, "There shall be no home where the Christian religion
is practised" and calls for anyone caught evangelising to be
imprisoned. It advises: "The Christian religion is very gentle
identify and utilise its weakness." Burma is known for
widespread reports of religious persecution, with churches burnt to
the ground, Christians forced to convert to the state religion and
their children barred from school.
Peter Pattisson, in Burma for the Sunday Telegraph
For all who are just little older and greyer
I've been carrying you on my back from the day you were born. And
I'll keep on carrying you when you're old. I'll be there, bearing
you when you're old and grey. I've done it and will keep on doing
it, carrying you on my back, saving you. I am God, the only God you've
had or ever will have - incomparable, irreplaceable. From the very
beginning telling you what the ending will be, all along letting you
in on what is going to happen. I'm in this for the long haul, I'll
do exactly what I set out to do.
From Isaiah 46, 3-4; 9-11. The Message
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John Edmiston, Los Angeles, USA.
Help training pastors to start in Zambia
Untrained pastors are a big issue here, training is unaffordable by
the poor so please help us set up a simple yet effective programme
like the free DCI School
Jim Malasha, 56, Lusaka, Zambia.
Listening in the desert of Israel
From June 20 to 30 we have a special conference to listen the voice
of God and we believe that the quiet of the Israeli desert will be
a good place.
Eduardo, 30, Beersheva
Take the quiz - have you got peace with God
Go to Agape-Biblia in Moscow, the quiz is here
choose your language at the top. Do the quiz and send in your questions
for grrat personal support from Robert Hosken, missionary in Russia
for over 40 years.
Are you raising your own support for missions ?
page has invaluable information for all Christian workers who
are raising support. Sorry, but it is only in English. And there is
our own page too here.
The one person
who could make
the most difference in DCI right now would be . . .
A full or part-time Personal Assistant for Les
Norman, someone who could work from home to handle our communications
and keep things running for us, especially when we are away. Language
skills especially Spanish would be really good but we might even have
a way round these issues for the right person. Any age, from students
to retired or disabled people; time and help given to raise your own
personal support and expenses paid. IT skills and a missions heart are
essential. Maybe we know you already and you would like to get more
Contact Les Norman
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