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South Asia Tragedy
|Our prayers and deepest sympathy
goes to all the victims of the South Asia tidal waves. We have
received stories of God's safekeeping but many, many more tell
of the unbearable loss of family, friends and homes. Our colleague
in Thailand, Gareth, has nine members of a short-term missions
team missing. Gospel for Asia http://www.gfa.org
have people on the ground in the affected areas and both they
and Tear Fund in the UK will be well placed to send help. More
in the next edition.
Les and Pilar, the editors.
At 80 years
of age senior minister Eric Maddison has released a treasury of
wisdom proven throughout a lifetime of pastoral counselling. Pastor
Eric has been a blessing to our lives for over 25 years and his
book is not to be missed at any price - but for free . . wow !
and Pilar, the editors
to see, read or download
Missions Day here is monthly not
We have declared the second Sunday of
each month as Missions Day to collect the offerings
for mission. We are organizing business activities to
train missionaries and send them out.
Juan José Giacobone,
§ This is serious commitment
- wow ! Over here in Europe, we struggle to persuade
pastors to set one day a year aside for missions, and
to hear what you do every month, this is music to our
ears and I bet it causes music in heaven as well.
Supporting the work of God
|Glory be to God for what it
is going on throughout the nations. Thank you, men and
women who have said "I am here, Lord". However,
as a church we also need to say "We are here, Lord".
Despite our many problems, we have started to support
two missionary families in Afghanistan and Mozambique.
Pray for me that I may continue supporting other missionaries,
and that the Lord may help me to bring a missions consciousness
into my church.
Alicia Corvo, La Plata
The boy who officially doesn't exist
|8-month-old Luka Eyvazov does
not officially exist because local authorities refuse
to issue birth certificates for children with Christian
names. Luka's father, Novruz Eyazov insists that children
are from God and when they told him to choose the name
of a famous Azerbaijani poet or writer instead, he responded
that Luke, as one of the Gospel-writers, will still be
famous when all the poets and writers are long forgotten.
Without birth certificates, people cannot go to school,
get treatment in a hospital or travel abroad.
Source Forum 18 News Service
From Robert Hosken, Moscow
Tens of thousands now follow Christ
|They have changed religion
in the past few years, and now they follow Jesus. New
house churches are being formed across the nation and
this movement is by far the fastest-growing Christian
group in the country. The new converts call themselves
'followers of Jesus' and keep their old names. Around
10% have seen Jesus in a dream or vision, or have experienced
healing in his name.
Source Swiss missions agency
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Are you a Friend of Africa ?
|We would like to contact pastors
and churches all around the world interested in working
in the evangelisation of Africa and the training of workers
and leaders in that continent.
Marcelo Satiro, Friends of
Going to the Pygmies
|My mission trip to Cameroon
starts January 25th and is a ministry of compassion project
including provision of clothes, food, prevention of epidemics
and basic literacy. Over a year ago God placed in my heart
this desire to go to Pygmies.
Missionary Vanilda Souza
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you taking meetings ? Yes ?
Are you seeing much fruit ?
Hmmm . .no ?
George Verwer tells you how to do it
Here are some items to keep in mind
as you speak.
1. Try to have your information
and facts correct and stick to what you know is true.
2. Try to stick to basic passages
where the call to prayer, action and mission is strong.
3. Take the grace-awakened approach;
never preach down to people, but always loving and esteeming
4. Be honest about your own doubts,
struggles and failures as well as the victories and
answers to prayer.
5. Don’t present overseas mission
as a superior calling for super- special people. Esteem
those who remain home in Market Place Ministry and sending.
Especially esteem those who are giving and praying.
For 50 years I have experienced it is easier to get
the go-ers than the senders. Push the book Serving As
6. Make sure you have a great display
of books and other materials. If they have their own
book display, try to push their items. Get permission
in advance for what you are planning to do.
7. Use Power Points and audiovisuals.
Test everything before the meeting and keep it short!
If you get others to testify, give them a time limit
and beg them to stick to it. Stick to your time as well.
8. Try to get personal time with
the pastor and other key people before or after the
9. Make sure everything is covered
with prayer. If possible, make prayer part of the meeting.
10. Try to be clear and specific.
Give invitations for commitment and at least to be willing
to get involved more. Isaiah 6:1-8. I get people to
pray that prayer, ‘Here am I, send me’ urging them to
realize that the Holy Spirit may send them across the
street or across the sea. Standing with you.
George Verwer, Founder
Chairman, Missions Mobilisation Network
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Go see this beautiful, unique website
It is worth a visit to this website http://www.undertheacacias.org.uk
for the sheer beauty of what is on there, not just the
sights of remote West Africa but the beauty of Jesus
that comes through Keith Smith's words, his vision and
the way he has laid down his life for these people for
the twenty years we have known this man of God. Go visit,
send a message to encourage Keith, he deserves it.
Les and Pilar, the
Remember the moped story last month . .
|"It took years for Philemon
and his wife to save £125 and then to borrow £100
to buy an old moped. Then in the very taxi taking him
to buy the moped a thief stole his money. " Now this
. . Philemon and Elisabeth are coming in to hear some
good news and to go home on a new not old moped today.
Thanks in Jesus' name.
Pasteur Philip, AEAD-DCI,
§ Thank you Philippe, that
is very good news. It will be a good day for them and
that makes us very happy. Jesus yet again restores all
that the locusts had eaten. Nothing better.
Les and Pilar.
The day the fear of God fell . .
I am writing from Peten, Guatemala's rainforest.
I represent a Christian ministry - Remar. We loaned
a house and garden to a poor family who no-one would
help, but even so, and on this holy ground, they complained
and turned their backs on God. At that very moment,
a lightning bolt came down and killed them. The fear
the Lord has fallen on all of us.
Rui Figueiredo, Flores,
15 day trip in Orissa and Nepal.
Several healings and many decisions to
follow Christ made my heart glad. In Nepal 10 young
men gave their life to Jesus and made a commitment to
serve Him alone. God is opening new areas way up in
Himalayas. Anyone out there who has been called to work
among Mongolians living in remote areas?
Pastor Ganesh Chitnis,
Christians found after 40 years alone . .
|We just returned from a very
successful and blessed 10 days to Orissa and Chhattisgarh
States, visiting our churches and Houses of Hope for children.
One church was in a dense jungle forest infested with
wild animals with no electricity in the village. We met
a few elderly people who testified that they had been
baptized by my father the late Rev. Allison Joseph some
40 years back but since there was no follow up these believers
were left all alone. Now the Lord led us back and we have
appointed one of young evangelist and started a regular
church service. A new House of Hope has been started at
Bijapur which is a very backward, poor and pathetic village
infested with Naxalities terrorists. Road and bridges
are blown up by bombs and threats against conversion are
pasted on trees. This area needs lot of prayer. Every
evening we had gospel meetings and nearly 70 people gave
their hearts to Jesus, others rededicated themselves to
the call. Twelve were baptized in very cold waters. One
young child with a hole in the heart was healed by prayer
in Jesus name.
John Joseph, Central India
Again, Churches attacked and bombed
|About 50 people
attacked a Pentecostal church being built, in Lampung
province, southern Sumatra on Nov 27. They used machetes,
bars, crowbars, and other weapons to destroy the building.
The local government basically did nothing to stop the
anarchy, "We couldn't prevent the massive move, it's
spontaneous, without provocation. Anyway the church didn't
have permission," said the sub district head lightly.
Those Moslem people said that they wouldn't permit any
church to be opened in their area. A regulation made by
the former government obligates Indonesian Christians
to get permission from both local and national government
before opening a church. This is a kind of persecution
in our country, since in practice we can hardly get permission
from our neighbours. Meanwhile, two more churches in Sulawesi
suffered a bomb explosion and gunfire last Sunday, when
they were holding evening services. Please pray more for
Name withdrawn fro obvious
Writer well known to us.
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A forgotten mission field.
Italy lies crippled by centuries of superstitious
religion and ignorance of the glorious truth of the
Gospel. Contemporary materialism and a growing mystical
quest for subjective, relativistic truth drive many
to explore a host of religions. The cults are growing
and Islam is officially the second religion. Meanwhile,
the Evangelical Church in Italy tends to be 'small and
well-divided'! All this sums up to the pressing need
for Christians everywhere to join in prayer and intercede
for Italy. Will you be a part of this, accepting the
challenge to "wrestle in prayer" - to bring
this vast country and its millions before His throne.
Andrea at IBEI
Coming home from Argentina
|I arrived in Argentina
6 years ago, from my country, Kazakhstan, where I used
to work for God. Now, I must return to my country with
the ministry that God has given me here. I need everything
and especially your prayers for me and my family.
Danil Mandrigin, Buenos Aires
Memories for a lifetime
|The last look upon those isolated
villages, the kind where we spent most of our time in
Mozambique was one filled with tears, as I cried again
for the beautiful, extraordinary, hungry, dying children
whom I have come to love and care for so very much. See
my web pages for more.
Eddie Brito, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Training here on the front line
|For the first time I want to
train 13 missionaries next July and August here in my
home country. I need prayer support for God to give me
and the missionaries all the resources we need to go to
villages to plant churches.
Pastor J. Neville, Freetown.
Buddhist monk follows Jesus
|Our church had a Buddhist monk
come to our Sunday service in full saffron robes, it was
"kind of weird" but awesome and he gave his
life to Christ. Seeing him attend our service after being
a Monk for 3 years in the Temple and then see him give
his life to Christ, it just blew me away. I am so in awe
at how God is working showing me what he can do through
others. He was brought to church by a Vineyard mission
team who have known him for several months and have been
teaching him in his Buddhist temple. He is still living
at the temple until the church can help sort out living
and a job. He could be jailed for his conversion.
Name and location removed
for security reasons
Writer well known to us.
Big smile in the Shan slum
|I went into the Shan slum and
plan to go in again next week and take in rice and blankets
and also a Christian puppet show to give them the message
of Christ. I already gave out over 100 Christian tracts
in the Shan language but there was one guy who said I
cannot have one of those. I asked him why not ? He told
me that he was the only Thai guy in that slum and the
tracts where in the Shan language. I said don't worry
I have a tract in Thai and this brought a great big smile
on his face. Off he went back into the slum house clutching
the tract tightly like he had just won the lottery. I
also gave out a tract to the community leader in the slum
and we got a great welcome. We are now waiting on the
full permission to go in regularly from the Thai landowner.
Please pray that this permission is gained and we have
free access to spread the gospel and teach these poor
mis-placed and mistreated people. They need the Lord more
than anything. Please stop whatever you are doing and
pray for a moment for this slum situation and that God
will bring the masses to His feet.
Gareth Lavell, Chaing Mai,
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I need Bibles in Portuguese
Can anyone tell me how to obtain Bibles
in Portuguese for free.
Maria del Carmen Pereira,
Alternative technology small business ideas
Here is a very important website: http://www.itdg.org/
It gives a whole list of projects which are perfect
for the developing nations to adopt and use.
Les and Pilar, the editors
Is it later than you think ?
The late American President Ronald Reagan,
who was a born-again Christian, once said 'It is later
than you think. These words have taken on a new meaning
to me this week. I witnessed a young Chinese couple
have their car hit from behind on the motorway by a
foolish speeding driver. I saw their car fly over the
crash barrier and into a ditch. My initial response
was that they would be dead but they not only survived
and also I managed to chat with them. I asked if they
had faith in God which they said they did, and I told
them God had kept them alive for a purpose. You can
imagine my surprise the next morning when I met with
my prayer partner who told me that he had also been
in a car accident. Truly, it is later than we think.
We support the missionaries
Missionaries are sowers of the Word
in barren lands. They prepare the ground so that others
may reap the fruit of their effort and tears. A missionary
life is a hard one. Nowadays, many of the missionaries
we support in countries as difficult as Mongolia, Morocco
and Pakistan are being persecuted and have gone underground.
They endure all kinds of calamities for the sake of
the work of our Lord Jesus Christ. We give prayer cover
to missionaries and leaders in 38 countries, and we
can also support in prayer people from your church.
German J. Rivas, International
Prayer Network, Maracay
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