30th April, 2009
FREE VIDEO AND FREE MUSIC
Gospel Jazz and Catholic Music Express have hours of free jazz and contemporary worship music on mp3's or podcasts from well known bands.
If you have never seen this world famous short video then clock on That's My King and be astonished at this live recording of SM Lockridge. Show it in church and expect everyone on their feet clapping at the end. Click here for an mp3 file
Don't miss this extraordinary 6 minute film, the winner out of 3,600 entries in the Food, Taste and Hunger category of the 56th Berlin International Film Festival. You never knew that your fast food might be served twice. With thanks to our friend Bobby in the Middle East for Chicken a la Carte.
29th April, 2009
THE MONEY FORUM
The USA and Europe are creating trillions of dollars to boost the world economy but how much is a trillion dollars? Click here
to see scientist Chris Martenson demonstrate how a stack of a trillion
dollars would reach 69 miles into the sky, truly an out of this world
solution! Don't miss his other brilliant short videos.
TALIBAN BURN CHURCHES
EXECUTE TWO IN KARACHI
Bobbie is the daughter of Edgar, one of our students from Pakistan back in late 1980's. These days Edgar leads a church in Pakistan, has a School of Mission with 20 students, and hopes to open Banking for the Poor
before long. This morning Bobbie passed on some disturbing news, "There
have been attacks by 100 armed Taliban in Taseer. Two believers were
executed, three churches were burned to ashes and the Cross was
trampled on the ground." The full story is confirmed by Christian
journalist Altaf Naseem on his news website for Pakistan and ICC- Persecution have
it on their front page. Last week we heard that the Pakistan government
has made a deal with the Taliban to allow them to govern provinces
within 60 miles of Islamabad, the capital, with medieval Sharia law, a
decision they and possibly the West will soon come to regret. I like to think that Isaiah 31.8 might still be prophetic as God's plan for today's cruel factions.
WORRIED FACES IN MEXICO
Our friend and translator in Saltillo, Jesus nicknamed Chuy, writes about the deadly swine flu that is sending waves of anxiety all over Mexico
and has the whole world on high alert. Jesus says that his
nation has wandered far from God in recent years by embracing drug
trafficking, violence and corruption to rise but now people are
wondering if even God has had enough. Chuy's church
is praying for a solution to this deadly plague and for the ears and
eyes of Mexico to be opened to returning to God's way for the nation.
If you feel anxious about this flu then employ faith and works now. Take all precautions, look after yourselves, buy Tamiflu or Relenza for your cupboard, and trust God promises of help in Psalm 91 (read now) or see and hear these verses of faith for times like these.
ANGRY BROTHER CAME TO FIGHT
Our partner Moses Aringo could not wait to tell us that when 40 believers came to Lilongwe, Malawi
for three days together nine local people saw this and decided to
follow Jesus and were baptized in the river. Now, one of these
men had been sent by his parents, strong followers of a
Middle East religion, to find his brother and to demand from him an
explanation of his commitment to Christ. Instead the angry brother
himself fell under conviction, wept powerfully, confessed that he was a
sinner and asked Jesus to forgive him and be his Saviour. He went
to the river and after he was baptized both brothers hugged each other
and wept some more watched by all the amazed people.
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We are very sorry to tell you that missions couple, Astrid and Edward, doing medical work for primitive peoples in Papua, have lost their 2 year old daughter, Vara, to malaria this week. We hope you will join us in a moment of prayer for them at this very sad time.
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BEFORE AND AFTER
THE MIRACLE OF A MODERN EDEN
Last week we went to see the Eden Project
in Cornwall, UK. Just a very few years ago this was an ugly, abandoned, polluted quarry and today it is an educational
attraction that is packed with visitors from all over Europe. Eden
could not be more spectacular to see or more beautiful in appearance.
You get a very real experience of both the tropical rain forest and the
Mediterranean climates inside the world's two biggest domes
each the size of many football pitches. Quite apart from seeing a
steaming jungle in the UK I was very taken by the astonishing
transformation of something which was dirty, dangerous and destroyed
into something of great value. The New York Times calls it "a
miracle." I thought that if this is what man can do with such a mess
how much more can God transform polluted, spoiled and abandoned human
beings who are of infinitely more value in His eyes, and that would be
an even greater miracle.
HOW TO HANDLE WORK, MONEY AND LIFE
You can download some brilliant teaching in mp3 format from John Wright, the pastor of Europe's largest Vineyard church. Set 1 is for everyone who struggles to be a Believer at Work. Set 2 is all about Handling Money, so important in this year of global economic crisis, and Set 3 from the book of James is about How to Get Through and Grow When Life is Tough. I heard John teach all three series and thanked God for such sound teaching. (In English only, sorry).
THE WORLD'S NOTICE BOARD
There is a new outward looking church in Terrassa-Barcelona, Spain, with people from different countries. Monica has sent us the Centro Nueva Vida website.
Exodus East Asia in the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Malaysia
focuses on informing the church and families about the many issues
surrounding homosexuality and bringing faith and wholeness to
homosexual men and women who want to follow Christ. EEA have a conference in KL on May 22-23. E-mail
If you are in Myanmar-Burma then e-mail Juan in Chile who hopes to bring a team to Myanmar to help with education, health, church, drama and mission.
PEACE FOUND IN TIME OF HIGH TENSION
Writing from Bukavu in DR Congo, one the world's most tense nations, Pastor Luc Tulinabo says that with the help of the School of Mission students eleven people have decided to follow Jesus and have been baptised.
DESPITE DANGER IN INDIA
490 PEOPLE ASK FOR BAPTISM
Our partner Daniel
has made our day with the news that the work that was started in
Chattisghat State just three years ago, where there is plenty of
opposition now has 3,500 believers following Jesus together and another
490 have asked for baptism, which in India is a very serious and often
dangerous commitment. Daniel's delightful Mercy Homes
for children are the talk of everyone who sees them are now 90
strong in India and visitors have taken the concept to Mexico, Ecuador
and Peru as well. Three of the homes in India need a well digging if
that is something you would like to consider for around £500 each.
HERO OR FAILURE
AT THE END HOW WILL THEY REMEMBER YOU ?
I approach my 60th birthday things that I never thought about before
begin to appear in my mind. If it is the same for you then these two
very short articles from Henri Nouwen might appeal to you as much they
do to me.
Will we lose the game in the last few moments.
What shall we do with our lives between ages 60 and 80 ?
BECAUSE HE LIVES
CAN FACE TOMORROW
God sent his son, they called Him Jesus,
He came to love, heal and forgive,
He bled and died, to buy my pardon,
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives.
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives, all fear is gone,
Because I know, He holds the future.
And life is worth the living
Just because He lives.
See Benny Hinn sing "Because He Lives" on
11th April, 2009
Mathilde is the lady leader of a DCI
Banking for the Poor scheme in a
deeply Islamic West African village, far inland, where it is very
difficult for ladies to follow Christ or enter open society.
However when Aminatou heard that Mathilde was offering 0% loans to
women without asking them to become Christians she applied for a loan
to buy a large quantity of tomatoes which she then took to the city to
sell at a good profit. Now Aminatou buys seeds and insecticides for her
own garden, she can pay school fees for her children, save money and
she gets to talk to local believers as well. What a lovely story, thank
10th April, 2009
NOT FOR THE FAINT-HEARTED
BUT THIS IS HOW IT COULD HAVE BEEN
The Passion Of The Christ Trailer
See the crucifixion scene from The
10th April, 2009
Students in the DCI Schools of Mission face an
exam at the end but then
comes an even greater test from God who graduates them into the School
the Holy Spirit. In Psalm 66.10-12 you find the
program and notice that it is
God who is doing the testing. His first test is to
refine you as a future leader like silver which means that He applies
reveal impurities which rise to the surface. Next He puts you in prison
where movement is restricted by a lack of all things
although the demands and the call remain heavy upon you. Then
allows men to trample all over you and you go through the fire of
hot words with cold water being poured on your vision. All
to happen so that when God brings you into a place of abundance you
will not fall or fail Him.
9th April, 2009
SCHOOLS OF MISSION
Felix Niyongabo also has a
free School of Mission
in Burundi which has reached its
first graduation. Students are now
planting a new church in Ngozi-Busiga where a lot of people are waiting
for the opening. The DCI Fund has been pleased to add
to the large amount of
money raised by local believers to finish the construction this year.
Click here to see the photos.
IN BUJUMBURA - BURUNDI
Matthieu Nshimimana the leader of
one free School of Mission in Bujumbura, Burundi has sent us some photos of
some very happy students, click here to see the slideshow.
We wish them God's
very best blessings.
DCI IN THE
UK WELCOMES PARTNERS
FROM UGANDA, INDONESIA AND SWITZERLAND
For the last 12 days the first ever DCI group going back to 1983,
from Nottingham, England have really
enjoyed welcoming partners Yoppi from Indonesia, George from Uganda
and Michael and Emily from Switzerland for an international
get-together that everyone enjoyed. Great times of fellowship and
worship have made us friends for life. Click here to see the photos
7th April, 2009
THE WORLD'S NOTICE BOARD
Jorge Luiz, 37, would like to
invite you to a Mission Conference in Conceição do Coité City, Bahia, Brazil on 19-22 November.
Razak Ibrahim, 32, who is with Mid-Ghana Bible Collge in
Kumasi, Ghana invites all believers who
have left Islam to follow Christ to join a very special support
organisation. Awudu understands the problems and family
issues as he has been through them himself.
Pablo, 34, from Apodaca, Mexico has 3rd International
Conference for Cell Churches that he would like to invite you
to come to.
6th April, 2009
ARE YOU IN LIBERIA ?
We are looking for a responsible and competent man or lady of proven
integrity to be our volunteer representative in Liberia, to check out applications
for help and supervise projects that are approved. Write to Mrs
Sally Griffiths with your full details please.
DIGITAL EVANGELISM DAY
is the month to find out how to use the Internet to communicate your
faith with thousands of people worldwide who are ready to listen and
discuss things with you. Learn
more here and it's all free.
5th April, 2009
WILL YOU SMILE OR WINCE IN PAIN ?
Enjoy this short video of some real bad
parking, allegedly taken by the security camera in our church car park,
but we don't believe that !
4th April, 2009
MORE POOR IVORY COAST VILLAGERS
GET A CHANCE TO PROSPER
Our partner in just about the remotest part of the Ivory Coast Mah
has granted micro-business loans to four more poor villagers, adding
them to the existing list of clients who are finding a way out
poverty. They made the occasion into a happy ceremony. And at the same
time Mah's wife gave him a new baby boy. Thousands of congratulations
from everyone here.
3rd April, 2009
THE WORLD'S NOTICE BOARD
Claudio Salazar, 45, who is a male
nurse in Venezuela wants to hear from
readers in Indonesia because he wants pray
for the land and visit professionally.
David Meza, 40, also from Venezuela is starting a
network to support churches and groups in mission, training and church
planting at home and overseas.
David Armadà of EMSI
Misión in Spain, our friends behind free medical
treatment for thousands of poor villagers in Burkina Faso and Peru tells us that Terrassa TV has
broadcast a program about their work. See it here.
2nd April, 2009
ROBBED OF EVERY THING HE HAD
FIRST FIVE MINUTES
Within minutes of arriving in Sierra Leone our friend John
Duco from Liberia
was welcomed by being robbed of every last thing he had by the driver
of a motor-cycle taxi. These coastal West African states have
sad history of blood diamond wars
which left people with their arms, noses and ears cut off; corruption
and devil worship is everywhere. Our bank will not send money
there, neither will PayPal or Ikobo, and not even the money-sending
mafia in the UK will deal with the money-mafia in Monrovia
and that tells you everything ! John is brave man but he goes into
these dark places of the earth that Isaiah 45.3
talks about, knowing that in the darkness there is hidden treasure to
be found. And so it was because in Bo 16 people decided to
Jesus after 1,275 people heard the gospel. In Kenema 6 new
believers came forward and a free
School of Mission started up with 25 students.
THE MONEY FORUM
One of our friends who lives in the very heart of the Arab world has
found a way to bless the poor knowing that it is better, as Jesus says,
to give than to receive. He said to me yesterday that sometimes when he
meets lowly people like toilet cleaners he senses that God has
something to say to them so he shows them a cross that he
discreetly on a chain, points skyward and says "Issa,"
that is Jesus. Then he blesses them with some money
often the reaction is priceless. He says that doing this is
difficult and the warm feeling he gets from having obeyed God is worth
more than any amount of money.
31st March, 2009
CONTROVERSY OF THE MONTH
IS FOREIGN AID HURTING AFRICA?
Dambisa Moyo writing in the prestigious Wall
says that $50 billion of international assistance goes to Africa each
year yet evidence overwhelmingly demonstrates that this aid has made
the poor poorer, and the growth slower leaving African countries more
debt-laden, more inflation-prone, more vulnerable to the currency
markets and more unattractive to higher-quality investment. It's
increased the risk of civil conflict and unrest. Moyo says that aid is
political, economic and humanitarian disaster so it should be cut off
and alternatives introduced. Read Foreign Aid Is Hurting Africa. Do
you agree ?
30th March, 2009
IS FOREIGN AID HURTING AFRICA?
This article shows the glaring stealing of international aid funds.
Greed prevails. What is needed is a tidal wave of micro-enterprise
development funds for trustworthy people.
There is no doubt from our mailbag that Africa is addicted to aid. Most
people write for hand-outs instead of hand-up's into long-term
solutions through work.
Norman, The DCI Fund, UK.
Our partner in Malawi Moses
Aringo says that the DCI micro-enterprise
there has been a great blessing to many but many more are coming to ask
for assistance. Typically, Miriam, a widow who is sick with AIDS victim
borrowed 12000 shillings to start a charcoal business and has repaid
4000 so far. A Mrs Madise sells eggs with a loan of 15000 shillings and
the income is a great help to her family. And Moses report tells of
many more poor families now prospering.
In northern Uganda George
Purkweri tells the story of one widow who borrowed just one
chicken from the DCI Chicken Bank. From that one
chicken she now has 18 hens laying eggs and this pays the school fees
for her family.
29th March, 2009
HOW NORMAL ARE YOU ?
"During a visit an asylum, I asked the director: "How do you determine
whether or not a patient should be kept in?" "Well," said the director,
"we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket
to the patient and ask him or her to empty the bathtub." "OK, I
understand," I said. "A normal person would use the bucket because it's
bigger than the spoon or the teacup." "No." said the director, "A
normal person would pull the plug. Do you want a bed near the
window?" With thanks to our friend John
Clements for making us laugh. Do it again John.
28th March, 2009
HOW CAN I JOIN THE DCI FELLOWSHIP ?
We have no formalities or registration process because we are not an
institution, more of a fellowship based on following Jesus and His
call. You are simply welcome, and we have a special page
to help you make a start. We are a group of like-minded men and women
working together all around the world, supporting each other's vision
to reach the lost, the last and the least. We like the small group
principle of Acts 13.1-4
which leads into worship, prayer, being open to the Holy Spirit and
sending people out to be a blessing. The way forward is to begin
talking to us and working with us which will lead in time to a
friendship and then you can share your resources of men, money and
materials with others and they can share what they have with you.
27th March, 2009
THE MONEY FORUM
The falling value of the pound and the dollar is significantly reducing
the value of gifts sent overseas. In Japan, the £1 they had a
year ago is only worth 62p this month, the equivalent
38% pay cut! If you are supporting people in mission, they will
probably never say anything so why not ask how they are doing ?
26th March, 2009
CUBAN UNKNOWINGLY WALKS
THE FOOTSTEPS OF GEORGE MULLER
In the 18th century it is recorded of George Muller
that without making his wants known to any man, but to God alone,
he cared for thousands of British orphans. This week I asked
young friend Ranledis
in Cuba how he was managing with his
crowd of neglected children and
elderly people. He replied that funds are always at zero for buying
only by faith in God do they proceed. Typically last Sunday the cook
arrived to find the cupboard empty, so she and Ranledis turned to
prayer and waited. Within 15 minutes a man came with some money.
Click to see more photos. To join us in
supporting Ranledis click
25th March, 2009
DID ANYONE DESIGN THE UNIVERSE ?
Pastoral advisor John Lennox MA, MA (Bioethics), PhD., DPhil,
DSc, Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University, Fellow in
Mathematics and Philosophy of Science, lectures
on Science and Religion and has been in public debate on the Design of
Universe with famous atheist Richard Dawkins. Engage brain and
follow the riveting trail (in English) on You Tube.
I saw the full brilliant DVD from Amazon
and even felt a twinge of sympathy for Dawkins under the withering
arguments of believer Lennox. Every School of Mission should
24th March, 2009
THEY PLAN TO TURN
SOUTH PACIFIC UPSIDE DOWN
Writing from Fiji Marion
Male is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Christian
Training Centre in Labasa. Marion says that she has never
forgotten how the first money for her work came from the DCI
Now ten years later God has really blessed NCTC and the students go
out to many villages.Marion says that the training centre
has taken shape from nothing to where they are now and these
Fijian guys intend to turn the South Pacific upside down for Jesus.
Congratulations Marion, it is great to hear from you.
23rd March, 2009
THE WORLD'S NOTICE BOARD
BBC Africa has these top tips on how to succeed in business from
Africa's entrepreneurs, great reading for all of the DCI Banking
for the Poor clients.
Patrick O'Connor writes to say a
big thank you because after 16 years in Honduras he is now going to India and will be teaching the
free DCI School of Mission studies there.
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