IF YOU CAN'T GO YOURSELF
THEN FOR CHRIST'S SAKE SEND SOMEONE ELSE
These striking words come Pastor Oswald Smith
in the mid-1900's whose church in Toronto then sent out hundreds of men
and women. Sending is one of the best things we ever do, today for
example Prem is sending five trained men to open churches in unreached villages in Nepal. Next week we shall be sending Rolando, our partner in Peru on his second journey to communities on the Amazon
starting Schools of Mission and churches wherever he is welcomed.
Rolando will be back in January, the men in Nepal however, are not
BUT IF YOU CAN'T SEND SOMEONE ELSE
THEN FOR CHRIST'S SAKE GO YOURSELF
In the middle of England is a run down and forgotten public housing estate where crime, drugs, violence reign and nothing but bad news ever comes out. One of our close friends, Richard,
found out that many people there have never even heard that there is a
God let alone One who loves them and cares about them. Richard can't
find anyone to send, or anyone to go with him so this weekend he is
going alone to meet the people where they live to give them a free back
from the dead Ian McCormack DVD
and a booklet about Jesus. He will be going back again and again
until new believers emerge and change the place for the better.
THOUSANDS WANTED BY NO ONE, LOVED BY GOD
It took eight years from the day we sowed the seeds of mission in their hearts but 18 months ago our friends Andy and Val answered the call of God to move to Northern Thailand, just 50 miles from China. Andy says that thousands of refugees from the Burma violence live nearby. Desperately poor Laos
is closed and so with nowhere to go, no nationality and no
help they easily fall into the hands of traffickers. They know
that no-one wants them but recently when 10 men and women came to
church and heard how God loves them and cares about them they gave
their lives to follow Jesus.
ONE FRIEND TO ANOTHER
I heard two things today. One, that our church has closed down its prayer meeting and second, how twenty-five years ago a Pastor Jim Cymbala took over a broken-down New York church in a bad neighbourhood with less than twenty-five members. I just read that Brooklyn Tabernacle
now has 6,000 people coming and this Pastor Jim said, "It didn't happen
because of programs, it happened because of intercessory prayer.
CHILD BURNED TO CURE JAUNDICE
Our partner in India, Daniel
has been telling us about one particular heart breaking
experience amongst many on a recent trip to rural villages where
people still believe that sickness is caused by evil spirits. The photo
shows a 5 year old child who was deliberately burned to cure
jaundice. Daniel took him for treatment to one of his Mercy Homes
and went on to say how very convinced he is that only coming to know
God's love and healing found in following Jesus can bring light and
hope to the millions of deeply superstitious tribal people that still
follow worthless medieval beliefs and practices.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Are you raising funds or raising friends ? If you only raise funds you
will have do it all over again later on, and again and again and
eventually you will get tired and people will get tired of you.
On the other hand if you take time to raise friends then some of them
will stay with you for a lifetime. Take a look at the Support Raising Seminar on the Money Forum page to find out more.
WHO DO YOU BELONG TO ?
We would like everyone - School
of Mission leaders, students, pastors and all the people who
pray for us to read this short one-page article called A Sense of Belonging which
beautifully explains the atmosphere of a safe place
that we are working towards for every one of us in the DCI
Fellowship to enjoy.
22nd November, 2008
SINGING IN THE RAIN
Would you like to hear our friend and partner Yoppi
singing a modern hymn in his Indonesia Bahasi language ? It is
really beautiful and Yoppi wrote the words and music himself. Click
here to listen to Kalvari. Yoppi told me that he
was just back from visiting a family of eight people who live so far
away that it took him an hour on his motor bike to
reach their home. However he said that he soon forgot the cold
when five of the family believed in Jesus and asked to be baptised just
like happened in the book of Acts. And now five of Yoppi
friends have left for Kampuchea which will make it our
first-ever contact with this country.
21st November, 2008
3000 PEOPLE TURN UP IN NEPAL
We told you last week that our partner in Nepal, Prem
Thapa was going to help with some special meetings last
weekend. Well, an amazing 3000 people turned up and Prem says
a big thank you to everyone who prayed for the occasion.
MAF PLANE DROPS MEN INTO CANNIBAL TERRITORY
We have just heard that the four friends of our editor in Indonesia
have now reached the little known Hopi Bungkus people in Papua. This
tribal name means "Without Clothes" because both men
and women live totally naked. We say thank you to the MAF pilot
who risked flying the team into the heart of the jungle to save them a
hard 14 day trek. Armenius has resigned his government job to
and live with these primitive people and pastor them. He is
24 years old and last week the jungle welcomed him with
For the next few weeks all four men will bring medical
food and the Gospel to the Hopi Bungkus and when it comes time for the
long trek home they have already been warned to avoid a
nearby tribe who are still known as cannibals. We are
hoping that the weather will be good enough for the plane to come back.
19th November, 2008
THE WORLD'S NOTICE BOARD
The Grow and Go
websites have some really excellent free literature which you
download and make into leaflets to give away. Our thanks to the author Phillip
Collier in the UK and to Samuel Nwadigo
in Nigeria for the news.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Our well known on-line lady pastor in San Pedro Sula-Honduras, Ana
wants to tell us all the Lord has showed her that the worsening global
economic crisis will not touch the believers who continue to give and
to sow no matter how gloomy the TV news may become because God knows
how to care for His people. You can see this in the story from
Exodus 9 and 10
when although there was darkness and disaster in
made very sure that there was still light and business as normal in
Goshen where his people lived.
18th November, 2008
CUBA'S FIRST EVER CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR THE POOR
People are beginning to get things ready for our annual Christmas Party
where our honoured guests are always the poor of the world. Click
here to read why this is and what we did last year. Our first
2008 Christmas Party will be in Camaguey, Cuba where Ranledis
are getting ready to welcome up to 1000 people on December 27th, old
and young alike. Many of our guests are disabled or abandoned,
some have lost everything in the recent hurricanes and all
survived 40 years of now ridiculous US led sanctions against them.
17th November, 2008
SWITCH THAT PHONE OFF: HAITI !
The Caribbean island of Haiti is the poorest country in
the West where you will find our very hard-working
partner Johnny Auguste in Les Cayes. He
just did a free seminar for pastor's to introduce our free School
and expects to start 13 free training courses by early 2009. Part of
the training is about the Economics of God's Kingdom and Johnny says
that since the seminar he has had a phone call almost every hour from
other pastors all wanting to hear the same teaching.
his boss at work told him to switch his phone off.
WELCOME TO PASTOR FELLY IN TOGO
We want to say a big thank you to Pastor Felly Nsungu
in Togo who has come to help us
provide e-mail support for our pages in French. His
wife is Faith and they have a baby, Philippe. Felly's vision is for the
expansion of the Gospel in North Togo where there are many unreached
peoples but where few people wish to go. Eventually Felly hopes to
reach into all of Togo and over the borders by training men and women
for mission and planting many new churches. He has already started a School
of Mission in Sokodé.
14th November, 2008
NEW CHURCHES OPEN ON TWO CONTINENTS
This weekend in Nepal, under the shadow of Mount
Everest our partner Prem Thapa
is holding a two day meeting in the heart of 4000 unreached people to
share the message of Jesus with them. At the end of November five
trained men will be sent out to open new churches in unreached
villages. In India,
despite all the persecution
our friend Pastor DV is flying 1,600 miles to North India with a final
word for ten men before sending them off confident that within a year
they will open ten new churches each. This has already
Andhra Pradesh and in Kerala where one pastor now runs 14 house
fellowships every week with around 20 to 35 people in each one. Over in
our partner of 15 years George Purkweri
is back on the road again after becoming
visiting some of the 24 Churches for the Poor that have opened in the
OUR KIND OF WORLD NETWORK
The wires are holding hands around the holes ;
To avoid breaking the ring, they hold tight their neighbours wrist,
And it's thus that with holes they make a net.
Lord, there are lots of holes in my life.
There are some in the lives of my neighbours.
But if you wish we shall hold hands
We shall hold very tight
And together we shall make
a fine net to cover the world.
From the famous 1954 book Prayers of Life by Michel
"A truly heart-searching, compelling book."
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12th November, 2008
THE WORLD'S NOTICE BOARD
The AoG Church in Valparaiso-Chile has a free
seminar on inner healing with Steve Hawkins of OM Chile on November
27-29th with a Missions Conference on the Dalits of India on the 29th.
Thanks to Silvia
de Yanez for the information.
30, of Pergamino - Argentina speaks Spanish, English and French and is
trained and ready to serve with you in Africa or Europe if you need him.
I was asked last week about how quickly a School can teach the studies
in the free DCI
School of Mission ? Find the answer in the Leaders and
Supervisors section on the Information Page
which has 50 more answers as well.
ONE FRIEND TO ANOTHER
MAKING GOOD DECISIONS THAT MADE ME
Don't be making the same mistakes at 50 that you made at 20, ask God for wisdom.
Where you are now was determined by the decisions you made in the past,
so the key to a better future is to learn to make better
1. Never make permanent decisions based on temporary circumstances.
2. Don't let your emotions blind you, pray, weigh things carefully,
make a mature judgement.
3. Ask for advice, draw on people's gifts, don't be intimidated by
4. Take time to get all the facts, list all the
and the long-term result of each one because what looks good
may not look so good tomorrow.
5. You can't fight successfully on every front so choose your battles
carefully because some things are not worth fighting for.
6. Be realistic, don't waste your most valuable resource -
by taking on jobs you have no skills for, focus on your gifts
because that's where you'll succeed.
7. Allow yourself a 10% risk of being wrong, a 50% likelihood of
betrayal, and a 100% commitment to trust God as you go forward.
Edited from the UCB Word for Today, Bob Gass.
10th November, 2008
THE WORLD'S NOTICE BOARD
Christian, the 14 year old son of Pastor Omar
of Igual Guerrero - Mexico was kidnapped 6 weeks ago. Abigail
Oviedo is requesting information and prayer.
Diaz in Holyoke, USA wants to visit Africa, see the needs and
raise funds back home.
Student Israel Loyo,
20, from Venezuela has 2 months free for a missions trip to Peru if
anyone there would like to invite him.
in your news
8th November, 2008
INDIA: THE WORLD SAYS STOP THE VIOLENCE
I don't think that any news has ever brought us more eye-witness
reports, protests and responses than the continual and shamefully
unhindered persecution of innocent people in Orissa-India
simply because they are Christians. Squalid refugee camps house
thousands of men, women and children who have lost everything: homes,
clothes, Bibles, jobs and some have even lost their lives in beatings
and burnings. Reports are coming in of the torture and rape even of
nuns whilst Hindu extremists have now given all believers two weeks to
flee Orissa or face the worst. We are sponsoring one very brave pastor
to tour the camps to bring hope to the people who are in need of all
the other hand in Orissa itself nearly 130 people took water baptism in
five days of prayer and fasting with nearly 2000 people attending. Many
people saw this courage and gave their heart to follow
Our partner told me how elsewhere a 55 year old lady with an incurable
disease and not long to live was prayed for and has now completely
regained her normal health whilst another lady who was facing a leg
amputation also completely recovered after prayer in Jesus' name.
People find courage at the sight of the Living God walking with them
through the suffering.
7th November, 2008
THE WORLD'S NOTICE BOARD
From Switzerland Urs
who is the much appreciated editor of our German pages has sent us an
excellent article to complement last week's news item on the Church in
the post-modern age. Click here to read or copy it.
The School of Mission pages in German
have been completely revised and look really good. Eighty-five free
studies and all the advice and support you need to take the gospel to
others and to train them to become leaders.
The latest news from Papua, see the 31st October news, is that our
brave friends are now in the jungle that is home to the Hopi Bungkus
people. Two more weeks of walking still remains and one man,
Armenius, has malaria.
6th November, 2008
NOT ALL THE NEWS FROM DR CONGO IS BAD
Our warmest congratulations to Jules
Wazeng in DR Congo for good news that 69
of his Lubumbashi and Kawama Schools
students have completed their courses with success and Jules says that
they will now open new churches, more training schools and
help the poor. Many important figures from the government and churches
came to the graduation. Jules, we are thrilled by what you are
achieving and encourage you to go on to train even more good men and
women who will go and bless the lost, the last and the least.
5th November, 2008
WITH LOVE FROM THE AMAZON
Today we were so touched to receive an e-mail from a 17 years old young
lady called Luz Fiorella Solari Estrella, which roughly translated
means the light of the sun and stars. Isn't that beautiful?
(which rhymes with Ruth) lives on the Amazon river in Peru and she
wrote to say thank you all that she is learning in the free School
of Mission that Rolando
Canazas is teaching in Iquitos
at the moment. Luz says she and all her family are praying for us and
hope that we are well. We are thank you, Luz, and we are
for your friendship and prayers.
4th November, 2008
WE ARE LISTENING: EDITORIAL
For the many believers caught up in the violence of Congo and Orissa
these terrible days bring an opportunity to serve as well as to suffer.
There is not a lot that we can say to you who tell us your
heart-breaking stories. There is not a lot we can do from so far away
but we do promise not to leave you alone without a friend who will
listen to you and pray for you. I recently learned that the word
compassion means "suffering together" not solving everything. Compassion
means going directly to those people and places where suffering is most
acute and building a home there. God's compassion is total, absolute,
unconditional, without reservation. It is the compassion of the ones
who keeps going to the most forgotten corners of the world, and who
cannot rest as long as they know that there are still human beings with
tears in their eyes.
3rd November, 2008
THE SNAKE AND THE WITCHDOCTOR: UGANDA
It's the kind of story you hear in old Africa but
this happened only last month. Our partner George
Purkweri went with the people from the Church of the Poor in Barlonyo to explain the gospel
in a village called Agweng where fetishes
incite demons who still terrorize the people. In fact five teenagers
have died this last year apparently taken by a very big snake which
disappears when the villagers try to kill it. They say that
ago one family welcomed a witchdoctor and allowed him to leave
that snake for protection. George says the villagers were anxious for
the the visiting believers to pray in Jesus' name and as they
so demons threw many local people to the ground
were set free. In the end 36 people decided there and then to follow
Christ and they formed the latest Church for the Poor. Of the snake
there is no further news.
IS POST MODERNISM A THREAT OR AN OPPORTUNITY ?
Last night we experienced an experimental post-modern Christian meeting
which rewarded Trent Vineyard
in the UK with a huge gathering of many hundreds of excited young
people. In a newly opened £4,000,000 extension we
multiple wide screens, compelling video presentations and an excellent
band. As we entered we were all given an oversized jigsaw piece which
we later fitted on to a giant board as part of a prayer to find our
place in serving together, and then individual photos of hundreds of
our faces swirled around the big screens and came together to form the
word ONE. It was all quite remarkable, hardly recognizable as
church as we know it but if this is how faith will spread in the
post-modern western world then we don't have too much to be afraid of.
31st October, 2008
SOPHISTICATED AND PRE-CIVILISED: SAME PLANET
Over in Papua our friend of a friend Adri who is partially sighted and
a 50 year old pastor named Abimelekh are today hiking into the thick
jungle to spend a month with an unreached people called the Hopi
Bungkus whose name means literally, "Without Clothes" because
live totally naked, both men and women. The first time that Abimelekh
went to them they tied him and were about to punish him until
Lord helped him to explain why he had come. We will be
for news and to see what can be done for the Hopi Bungkus but we
already know that medicines and means of radio communication are near
the top of the list.
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unreached peoples, and blessing the poor.
30th October, 2008
CONGO VILLAGERS 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 millions.
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