30th October, 2008
FLEE TO FORESTS AGAIN
While the Kinshasa DCI School of Mission
led by Dede Kikavuanga is
doing well, over on the far side of the country Congo's people are again fleeing
war and rape to risk famine by hiding in the forests as the old Hutu-Tutsi
conflict explodes yet again. This BBC
page and video explains it all. Dede asks for international prayer to help
to end the torment of this largely unreported war which has taken the lives of
YOU LEARN ENGLISH IN ENGLAND ?
Our reader Carlos Diaz en Chile
wants to know where he can learn English in a Christian environment in the UK.
This is not an easy thing to find these days. We told him about Functional English in
Whitby and put the words Christian Language School, United Kingdom into Google Chile for him with this positive result.
28th October, 2008
HONDURAS KIDNAP TERROR OVER
Our On-line Pastor in Honduras,
Ana, wants to say a big thank you to everyone for your prayers for Jose
Zaldivar. (See last week's news) He is at home again safe and sound
after being kidnapped by criminals. He was not tortured and the family
did not pay any money. When we prayed I saw that story from Acts 12.6
when an angel opened the prison door and Peter walked out. Maybe
something similar happened for José. All the parents here
are very happy with the news.
NEPAL SLUM LEARNS HOW TO ASK GOD FOR HELP
From Nepal in the shadow of Mount Everest Prem Thapa of New Wine Ministries
says thank you to everyone for their help with his five Schools of
Mission and especially for his recent three day visit into a slum where
he told the people about Jesus and taught them how to ask God for help,
both lessons from the free DCI School of Mission programme. Ninety-seven people became so excited by this good news that they asked Prem to return with more teaching.
INDIA: CONVERT TO HINDUISM OR BE KILLED
have told you a lot of heart-breaking news about the persecution of
Christians in Orissa. Click here
to see this week's BBC video report. One of our partners lives
Orissa and yesterday he risked his life to tell us about the
deaths of 150 people including 12 pastors, and the burning of more than
5000 houses and 150 churches. He sounded very different these days as
he told us about the night a mob came to kill him and when he ran to
save his life they burned the entire village down. He is being urged to
leave where he is now because no-one wants Christians
their homes or streets. Our partner has 13 orphaned children, 10 Bible
school students and his churches to look after at a time when the
militants have vowed to remove every trace of the Cross from Orissa.
24th October, 2008
THE COINS THAT CHANGE THE WORLD
Students at the famous Nottingham High School
in England recently made a map of Africa out of coins, with the shape
of Uganda in gold coloured currency. Altogether the coin map of Africa
raised over $2000 to increase the capital of the DCI Bank
for the Poor
in Aduku, Uganda which has helped over 160
families out of
WHERE IS GOD?
God is where we are weak, vulnerable, small and dependent. God is where
the poor are, the hungry, the handicapped, the mentally ill, the
elderly, the powerless. How can we come to know God when our focus is
elsewhere, on success, influence, and power? I increasingly believe
that our faithfulness will depend on our willingness to go where there
is brokenness, loneliness, and human need. If the church has a future
it is a future with the poor in whatever form. Henri
Nouwen said it after a long life of reflection, we
think the same.
FREE TRAINING MANUAL FOR PUPPETS
Click here to see and download
a very high quality training manual on How to Do Puppet Ministry by Capt.
Fred Mercer. The colour cover is here. In English.
22nd October, 2008
THE WORLD'S NOTICE BOARD
Mostert in Trompsburg, South Africa would like to hear from
anyone else in SA or Lesotho who is running a DCI style free School of
In San Cristobal las Casas - Chiapas, Mexico, Jaime
Patricio and his wife Lili have Schools of Mission in Spanish
running in three homes.
The French speaking School of Mission in Danane, in a
remote part of the Ivory Coast is having its first graduation on
December 6th. We are all invited. Mah
Malachie is the leader and they have a Bank for the
Poor as well.
21st October, 2008
MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT ON THE AMAZON - AND ALONE
Can you imagine arriving by air, which apart from a river boat, is the
only way into the centre of the Peru
Amazon, and there is no-one there to meet
you. That's what just happened when our partner Rolando
in Iquitos. After sleeping the night in a very cheap guest
he located the pastor and the church that he was looking for and found
them in great need. Nevertheless the very next day 30 people
leaders came from near and far for the opening of the first
free DCI School of Mission for the
Amazon. If you are near Iquitos ring Rolando on 01998832242.
20th October, 2008
ONE MAN LIGHTS UP DARK CORNER OF LIMA
Not many stories touch our hearts like this one from our taxi-driver
friend Juan in Lima-Peru.
Because he drives at night Juan sees everything that is going on in the
streets. When he finishes at midnight he takes coffee, food
the offer of prayer to the homeless, addicted and prostitutes going on
foot alone into dangerous street corners because no-one will accompany
him. Just lately he saw one group who were so disgusting that even Juan
drove by, but later when he was praying for his own family he saw these
people in his mind and heard the whispers of God saying to go back to
them. Juan found them almost naked and for sale in the bitter
cold. As they welcomed the hot coffee Juan says they listened to him
speaking about God's love for them just as they are. They
hardly believe it possible, although it is true. He prayed, Father
forgive them for they know not what they do, and one man decided there
and then to follow Jesus. Juan says that as he prayed the
man's face turned to that of an innocent.
in your news
17th October, 2008
KIDNAP TERROR IN HONDURAS
Avilez who is our friend and translator in highly insecure Honduras, CA
has come with the shocking news that José Zaldivar, the son
Ana's friend, has been kidnapped and the criminals are demanding US
$425,000 for his life and release, a sum the family does not have.
After prayer Ana believes that José is still alive meanwhile
parents who are believers are negotiating, explaining and trusting God
to work in this terrifying situation. They would like us to join them
in prayer, and I think that right now would be a really good time to do
FOOD SHORT IN CUBA AFTER HURRICANE IKE
Our friends in Camaguey, Cuba Ranledis
say that people are having a tough time after Hurricane Ike and only
the mercy of God rescues them day by day. Last weekend though they did
something very special for 105 children who all ate well but then they
broke everyone's hearts by asking for food to take home to their
parents, but there was none. Ranledis is telling his congregation
to trust in the Lord daily and He will keep bringing them
through this scarcity.
15th October, 2008
FROM EAST TO WEST NEW SCHOOLS START UP
Today our partner in Lima-Peru, Rolando
Canazas flies to Iquitos
in the Amazon basin to help the churches there begin their own free Schools
of Mission to train leaders, supporters and senders for
mission in the interior. We were thrilled to find out that in
Nairobi-Kenya, Paul Lee's EAPTC School has now
opened 40 daughter training schools in 8 African nations, and in India
our partner Pastor Daniel now has training for
mission taking place in 11 locations across the land. Johnny
Auguste in Haiti will be hosting a conference
at the month end and he is very confident that the day after 15 new Schools
of Mission will start.
ARE YOU TIRED ? ARE YOU WORN OUT ?
In our Monday evening meeting, where everyone was tired out, our
visitor brought this lovely reminder from the words of Jesus
in Matthew 11, 28-30
to encourage us: Are you tired ? Are you worn out ? Are you burned out
on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life.
I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me -
watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay
anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll
learn how to live freely and lightly. We were tired, we did what Jesus
said and we felt better !
RARE AND BEAUTIFUL OCCASION IN FRANCE
We have three wonderful translators for our French pages, one is Jean-Francois
who lives in France which is quite a spiritually desolate place for
believers. Jean-Francois recently hosted a convention in Drome a town
in the beautiful Ardeche region and made both believers and unbelievers
very welcome. Everyone was asked to consider the question: 'Who is your
God?' and they were helped in different seminars to discover the many
idols that keep us all away from God. Jean-Francois says that it was an
occasion for believers to share their faith and joy at knowing Jesus,
especially when the churches from the surrounding villages came and
made it a celebration with their lively worship.
ONE FRIEND TO ANOTHER
we give generously with an abundance mentality, what we give away will
multiply. But as that happens people will want to make us kings or
queens! Then we have to go back into solitude to listen there to the
voice of God, who calls us beloved (and soon brings us down to our
proper size.) How true . .
From Henri Nouwen, Sabbatical Journey, from
10th October, 2008
LIVE BIBLE SCHOOL OVER THE INTERNET: COSTA RICA
In Costa Rica
one of the world's most stable and peaceful nations, Pastor Carlos
Rueda has been caring for people and teaching God's word for 23 years.
He would like us to know that he will personally teach live
classes from basics up to University level and also NT Greek over the
Internet to small groups or up to 500 individuals on-line at
anywhere in the world, with full use of images and diagrams. He has the
technology, you just turn up on-line. This is very special
so don't think twice, e-mail Pastor
Carlos for more information.
THE WORLD'S NOTICE BOARD
Pastor Moses and his graduate
Churchill from the Lilongwe School of
we are going over the border to Myombe-Zambia to start a free School of
Mission there. Over 40 students say that they can't wait to start.
If you would like to help open to Christian bookshop and library in Benin
a nation well known for its love of Voodoo, then Appoface
would welcome gifts of used books, leaflets and anything that will help
the believers there.
In Anyama, Ivory Coast, a country torn apart
by civil war, Desire Brito has a new School of
Mission with 10 people and plans another in Issia for
If anyone can help Maritza Hernandez in still
undeveloped and insecure Honduras with
videos in Spanish suitable for helping young people with their
spiritual and emotional life she will be very grateful.
in your news
FREE MEDICINE FOR THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN
Today we want to say thank you for a gift of £3200 which we
have passed on to our partner since 1984 Philippe
Ouedraogo in AEAD Burkina Faso.
It will mean that many of the 3000 poor children in his 70 village
schools will receive free treatment and medicine in the year
ahead. Almost one hundred children have already been treated for
malaria and recovered. In the next month our friend Jonathan
going to Burkina to develop his banana plantation that is producing
funds for mission in Burkina. Michelle is going a little later to see
about drilling a well in a Muslim village and another friend John
will be also doing his excellent and not to be missed mobile Academy
of Mission there in November.
UGANDA CHURCHES FOR THE POOR GET A PASTOR
Our partner in war torn Lira-Uganda since 1995 is George
Purkweri. He has a School
of Mission, several Banks
for the Poor
and numbers of projects to bless the widows and orphans. We are very
good friends. Just this week he was telling me that in the last year he
has opened 20 churches for the poor but when it comes to
baptisms and giving communion he has trouble persuading
pastors to visit his congregations of blind people, lepers and beggars.
George himself is well trained so now Bishop Tom Okello from Uganda is
going to officially ordain George as a pastor. A thousand
6th October, 2008
ONE FRIEND TO ANOTHER
have just hung up. Why did he telephone, why did he e-mail me ? I don't
know! Oh, what's that ? I talked a lot and listened
little ? Forgive me, Lord, it was a monologue and not a
I explained my ideas and did not get his. Since I didn't listen, I
learned nothing. Since I didn't listen, I didn't help. Since I didn't
listen, we didn't communicate. Forgive me Lord, for you
us and now we are cut off. Adapted from Michel Quoist
THE WORLD'S NOTICE BOARD
There is a new School of Mission in
Abomey-Calavi, Benin if you are nearby. The
leader is Dagbo
In the Ivory Coast which is still
suffering after the 2007 war between East and West Nesson Celestin has
already trained 60 church planters and given each one
a bicycle. In January Celestin plans to open two Schools
of Mission in Duekoue and Man where he is being welcomed by
more than 300 interested students.
Matthieu Nshimimana has a School
of Mission in Bujumbura, Burundi
another African country still recovering from a terrible war.
Matthew welcomes everyone's support in prayer and is looking for
information on Mauritania and Orissa for his own prayer meetings.
in your comments
3rd October, 2008
FIRST YEAR STUDENTS OPEN NEW CHURCHES: ZAMBIA
Today has brought some some brilliant news from Mpika, Zambia where Solomon
Sibalwa lives. This year Solomon has opened two free
Schools of Mission
with 10 students in his own town and with another 15 some 100
kilometres away in Kopa and he says that they have already opened three
new churches and seven home fellowships with 126 people attending.
Solomon's plan is to open two more Schools of Mission and ten
more churches. Finding Bibles for everyone is Solomon's big
problem and so is the cost and difficulty of travel.
GOSPEL ARRIVES IN UNREACHED PAPUA GROUP OF 1000
Some years ago with the help of our friends in Burkina Faso we took some of the Bolon people off the Joshua List
of unreached peoples. In fact they were very grateful that someone came
to their villages with the gospel. These days we don't often
that anyone is going or being sent to an unreached people
but just recently we were reminded that one Indonesian church
sent a married couple to the really unknown 1,000 strong Aboy people
who live in a remote forested part of Papua. Most Aboy
are uneducated and many children are orphans because untreated malaria
and other diseases cause life expectancy to be so very low. This man
and his wife combine telling the story of God's love in Jesus with
medical help. We can tell you more in private if you write to us.
in your comments
1st October, 2008
THE BANKS THAT LIKE TO SAY YES
in Kerala, India is one of many of our partners who have a kind of Bank
for the local ladies, widows and orphans, and some men as well, who can
borrow money, seeds, animals, all sorts of things to begin to make a
says that last week he was able to help 10 ladies by providing
each with a sewing machine to start their own tailoring business which
will be able to support their family. He was very happy to see these
ladies and we are just as happy to be part of the blessing.
INDONESIA: HUGE HARVEST FIELD, FAR FROM EASY
We can't always tell you the names of our partners because of the risk
to their safety and Indonesia
is one of those places. We have heard this week about one training
school that has graduated 400 students over the last ten years and it
seems that most of them have gone to open new churches in the east. One
of our own partners is focusing on the west with a one year intensive
DCI School of Mission course. People in Indonesia talk about a move of
God even in Aceh which is a stronghold of the 150,000,000 strong
majority religion and where that terrible tsunami came
ashore. Our partner was telling me that in 2007 almost 300 churches were closed, destroyed or burned
in Indonesia and over the years thousands of believers have lost their
students and graduates of DCI
Schools of Mission or training centres linked to us should
see this page for help to
start new projects of church planting, unreached peoples,
training and blessing the poor.
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
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.
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
houses are damaged or destroyed including 136 houses belonging to his
own church members. More than 100 Christians have been killed,
of whom are missionaries and pastors. Five of his own
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
their lives, including pregnant women who can only give birth under the
trees. Pastor's wives and children are
and forced to reveal information. Villagers are told to
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.
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