29th September, 2008
INDIA: HANG YOUR HEAD IN SHAME
eye-witnesses, trusted men from one of our partners in Central India
have returned from Orissa to send us disturbing news of open
slaughter, gruesome and inhuman torture, and harassing of believers
whilst the authorities do nothing to help. They report that one young
pastor was forced to watch his own mother being dismembered in front of
his eyes and attempts are being made to poison the water tanks in
the refugee camps where thousands of people seek shelter and
safety. No foreigner is allowed to enter, nobody carrying aid, food or
clothes can reach there, hundreds of people are hiding in the mountains
with little to eat.
FIVE ORPHANAGES BURNED AND LOOTED: ORISSA
partner from South India has made a special journey to see for
himself what is happening. He told me this morning that over 5000
houses are damaged or destroyed including 136 houses belonging to his
own church members. More than 100 Christians have been killed, 50
of whom are missionaries and pastors. Five of his own orphanages
have been burned and looted and the children have fled to the
refugee camps despite the danger of poisoned water and food.
Thousands of other Christians have fled into the forests to save
their lives, including pregnant women who can only give birth under the
trees. Pastor's wives and children are being kidnapped
and forced to reveal information. Villagers are told to reconvert
to Hinduism if they want to return home. Our partner estimates that it
will cost US$50,000 just to restore the homes, clothes and belongings
of his own orphanages, children and church members in Orissa.
26th September, 2008
AFTER TWO YEARS IN IQUITOS: PERU
Christiam Manrique is 34, married to Rosa and they live in Iquitos,
the gateway to the Amazon in Peru. You can only get there by boat or
plane. Since 2006 they have been following the call of God and in just
two years their life and faith has attracted whole families to follow
Jesus. From very small beginnings in their own street they now have a
beautiful building and people talk about God's blessings on the church.
Well done, Christiam, next month you can meet our friend Rolando Canazas when he visits Iquitos to open a School of Mission program.
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If you live near Pelotas - RS, in Brazil then Pastor Fabricio Avila
wants to start a School of Mission and I am sure that he will make you
very welcome. Pastor Fabricio has lots of other good resources and
articles as well.
There's a church planting seminar in Man, Ivory Coast, November 10-14, with more than 20 denominations already represented. Pastor Doueu Zianssieu Patrice would like to invite you as well.
24th September, 2008
THIRD SCHOOL IN TWO MONTHS OPENS: NEPAL
It was only a few weeks ago that we told you about the new free School of Mission opening in Chitwan, Nepal under the leadership of Pastor Prem and his wife Elisa, who have three daughters of their own and 28 orphans in their home. Click here to see Nepal and Prem.
Prem told me today that he has started a third School of Mission at
Santi and he has 22 excited students there. All are ladies who are
so often neglected, but not here in the shadow of Mount Everest.
CULTIVATING THE TREE OF LIFE
One of our readers asked about our way of doing things so we we drew this illustrated diagram
for him, in English. There are hundreds of these trees of life in
session around the world each giving its own fruit of new leaders,
supporters and senders for the call of Christ. We call them free Schools of Mission.
22nd September, 2008
CHURCHES FOR POOR SPREAD LIKE A BUSH FIRE
It was only last month that we bought two huge oxen and ploughs for two of George Purkweri's
ten Ugandan Churches for the Poor. George is now so excited
because the people have told the story over and again about this
coming of God's mercy and blessing. So much so that he has opened
seven more churches in Aromo, Okwang, Adwari, Walela, Ayago, Apala and
Orum. George says that faith is moving like a bush fire over
the land. We are looking forward to buying more oxen and ploughs so
that Uganda's poor can cultivate acres of fallow
land abandoned during the 19 year war, now ended.
ONE FRIEND TO ANOTHER
you ever thought about the words "to them" in Genesis 1.28?
Before that on eight occasions "God said" and many things happened but
it wasn't until He made man that He could say: "to them." The
grass could be under His feet, the fish, birds and cattle could
come to His feet, but only man could sit at His feet and listen to His
word. What a difference and how happy He must have been to have have
someone who could listen to Him and speak with Him.
19th September, 2008
KINDNESS TURNS TO TRAGEDY OVER $4
the last day of Ramadan in Indonesia a kind businessman began to give
$4 to the poor. Within minutes a crowd of 5000 people gathered and in
the crush twenty-one mainly older women died and many others were taken
to hospital. As our partner there said, " Please keep on praying for my
country. There are so many things to do here for the sake of the
Kingdom and the people." Next week we hope to sponsor the start up of
five new micro-businesses for young people so that such a tragedy never happens to them in the future.
THE WORLD'S NOTICE BOARD
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From Chambly in France Gerard Bourdage wrote to ask if we could help him find an evangelical church in Madrid, Spain. Here is a list to choose from, Gerard.
17th September, 2008
SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL IN PERU ANDES
Take a look at these photos from the high Peruvian Andes and you will see Rolando,
our partner in Lima making a number of extraordinary wheelchairs out of
plastic patio chairs. Rolando has given the gift of mobility to
these disabled people who up to now could only lie down all day.
When Rolando saw this he said how he began to pray for a way to
help and was startled when God answered him immediately with this
very cost-effective solution.
WHEN HURRICANE IKE CAME DOWN THE STREET
At last our friends in Camaguey, Cuba, Ranledis and Marilee are back in touch after Hurricane Ike
came onshore down their street. They have stories of 245 kph (150 mph)
winds hitting them for hours on end. Many buildings collapsed, roofs
were ripped off and the sea came in. After seven days with little
food, no power and only contaminated water to drink amazingly both they
and everyone at church are all well. Sadly a neighbouring village
has only four of the thirty two houses still remain standing. Food
is hard to find but the BBC reports that Cuba is working hard to get things to normal again after it's worst storm ever.
15th September, 2008
SPANISH MEDICS TO TREAT THOUSANDS FREE
We have known Dr Angel Olmo
and his wife Abigail for over 25 years, he is an eminent surgeon in
Spain and she is his theatre nurse. This December their mission which
is called EMSI is taking a team of 48 people to give free medical treatment and surgery for thousands of poor people in Burkina Faso
and every one of them will hear the gospel and be offered prayer. There
is considerable excitement that some totally deaf children will hear
for the first time. This month EMSI have shipped a 4x4 truck and a van
filled with surgical equipment, medicines, toys, clothes and a bottling
machine to set up a clean water micro-business. The DCI Trust is
truly proud to support this mission.
KENYA TO MALAWI, NOW INTO ZAMBIA
The leader of the free Schools of Mission in Malawi is Pastor Moses Aringo who himself is a graduate of the Nairobi EAPTC School of Mission.
Moses says that he was amazed to see students coming all the way from
from Zambia who soon asked if Moses would take the teaching over
the border because many others were waiting to learn but couldn't
afford to leave their jobs. Moses said Yes, and now there is a new
instant School of Mission in Myombe, Zambia.
12th September, 2008
ORISSA ASKS FOR YOUR HELP
Our trusted partner in India Pastor Daniel
has shocked us with his news that 111 homes of believers that attend
his churches in Orissa have been burned to the ground in the recent
wave of persecution and people have lost everything. Even three of his Mercy Homes orphanages have been looted and wrecked. He has heard that the people are desperate for food, clothing and soap.
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If you suspect that stress is making you ill don't wait till you burn-out. Mike Frith of OSCAR, the UK's finest mission information site recommends the free diagnostic question and advice sheets from the renowned Headington Institute.
10th September 2008
AFTER THE HAITI CATASTROPHE: CUBA
Since our friends in Camaguey,
Cuba sent us a hastily written e-mail on Monday to say that Hurricane
Ike was due to come ashore any moment precisely where they live we
have heard nothing, except to say we have seen these frightening BBC pictures of what happened there. We are waiting anxiously for news of the many children and elderly people who Ranledis and Marilee tenderly care for.
SACRED FOREST LOSES SECRET FOLLOWERS: IVORY COAST
There is a free School of Mission in Danane, one of the remotest parts of the Ivory Coast and Diongbeu Hermann Tiemoko
is a recent graduate from there. Diongbeu wasted no time in
opening a new church at Bouleu where he says God is doing some
wonderful things. Forty-seven villagers are growing in their new faith
in Christ having turned their backs on worshiping the spirits of the
nearby scared forest. Now they are looking at ways of defeating
poverty by creating new jobs and businesses.
ONE FRIEND TO ANOTHER
thing I have asked, one thing I do, one thing I think, one thing I need
is the message of Psalm 27:4, Luke 10:42 and Philippians 2:1 and
3:13. It seems that the Lord prefers that we who love Him listen
to Him that we may know His desire, rather than do things for Him
without knowing His will.
8th September, 2008
THE COURAGE OF THE TAXI DRIVER: PERU
We have a friend in Lima, Peru. He is Juan,
the taxi driver. When he finishes work at midnight he takes food and a
few words of God's love to street people, and prays with many of them.
Just lately he hasn't found anyone willing to go with him on Thursdays
into what he admits are dark and sometimes dangerous places, like the
street where the male prostitutes gather but Juan told me that they
listen to him carefully and treat him well. He is sure that some will
soon decide to follow Jesus. For 3 years Juan has also
visited a forgotten village called Picapiedras where he speaks in
the parks and baptises people in the open air.
BAPTISM: NOW OR LATER ?
Chuy from Mexico asks what we think about baptising infants. Personally I am very committed to the baptism of believers of all ages but I do now that many churches prefer to baptise infants
into God's covenant. We dedicated our infants to the Lord in
childhood and we were blessed to see them choose believers baptism for
themselves later on. It was a great occasion.
5th September, 2008
MY COUNTRY IS DYING: HAITI
From the middle of this catastrophe, Johnny
Auguste told me this morning with undisguised
anguished, "We need mercy, no more water, 200 people are dead, Many thousands are on roofs with no
food, water or shelter and will surely die."
FUTURE OF B2 STEALTH BOMBER REVEALED
Recently our small town was startled by the sight of a USAF Northrop
Grumman B-2 Stealth Bomber flying low and
slow over our homes. No UFO could have commanded more attention.
Teenager gang members shouted their excitement. Aged men gazed
awestruck into the sky. Neighbours who had not paid their
local taxes went behind closed doors. Drug dealers hastily retreated
into the shadows. Apparently it cost 23 billion dollars to design this
spectacular weapon and the one we could see cost $566,000,000 to make.
The Bible promises in Micah 4 that one day swords will be melted down
and made into ploughs when Christ returns and brings peace. So I did
wonder how many very hi-tec ploughs we might get from each Stealth
Bomber ? And will they be as hard to see as the bomber is?
GUNS AND MACHETES ALREADY PLOUGHS: UGANDA
Over $2000 with love from Costa Rica has been sent to our friend George
Purkweri in Uganda to buy six huge bulls and two ploughs
which will be loaned to widows and orphans in three of ten new
Churches for the Poor in the heart of the former 19 year war zone.
Families will take turns to cultivate the abandoned land. We
are excited about seeing all ten towns using ploughs
instead of guns.
HURRICANE WIPES OUT SCHOOL OF MISSION: HAITI
Three weeks of Hurricanes Fay, Gustav and Hanna with more
on the way
has brought the death toll in the West's poorest nation Haiti
177 and rising with many thousands facing the total loss of their homes
and possessions. See
BBC Video of Haiti floods. The School of
Mission in Miragoane is flooded and
everything inside has been ruined. There is not one water pump in the
town. Our partner Johnny Auguste
is receiving calls from anguished students, family and friends all over
the country and hardly knows what to say or do next. He is exhausted.
Food is short and our hearts go out to him and his people.
THE TENDER FACE OF CUBA
We have two new young friends in Camaguey, Cuba, Ranledis
and his wife Maria who not only open churches but have a very tender
vision for 100 poor children who come most days for a
care, school help and food. Some many abandoned and ill-treated older
people have also found a home there. Ranledis and Maria support this
from their own jobs and now they have started a first School
to raise much needed leaders. There is some land nearby and apparently
just $5000 will buy them all the space they need for future training,
food production and care facilities. We hope to be able to help them.
1st September, 2008
INDIA TURNS BLIND EYE TO ANARCHY AND DEATHS
The bad news from Orissa, in India continues unabated. The BBC News says that 10,000
Christians are in refugee camps. Our partner John
asks us to tell everyone that many churches, orphanages, school
building and houses have been destroyed this past weekend and more than
70 Christians have been killed. A 200 strong mob was reported heading
towards his own churches and orphanages causing believers to stay awake
all night fearing attack knowing there is no help from police or
government. John said that in Sindhibhata all the Christian women and
children have fled into the jungle while the men hope to guard their
houses and property.
GRADUATION IN AFRICA'S HEART: BURUNDI
One of the Schools of Mission in Burundi is
led by Felix
there on the Great Lakes in the very heart of Africa. Felix began with
26 students but over time one died, nine gave up and three did not pass
their examination. However thirteen rightly proud graduates did receive
their diplomas and three of have a vision to open new churches
this still very unstable and often dangerous land. We congratulate
Felix and his men, they have done well.
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