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The Worldwide Christmas Party
for the Poor 2007 . .

The Party happened this year in the Peruvian Amazon, Uganda,
Liberia, Indonesia, India, Malawi, Brazil and Cameroon. Click on the country names to read the organizers report. Click here to see the photos: Page 1 and Page 2 Over 3000 disabled people, AIDS victims, street kids, homeless people, beggars, widows and orphans enjoyed a day they will never forget, eating, drinking and being served by smiling believers, and after an explanation of the reason for Christmas they went home with a gift to commemorate God's greatest and best gift of all, to them and to everyone, Jesus - Saviour, Healer, Provider and Giver of Hope.
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Alexis was a commander in the rebel MPIGO movement based in Danane, Ivory Coast.  In 2004 when the war was at its height, he was strongly touched by the Lord and put down his weapons. As a result, he was imprisoned by the other rebel chiefs who saw his conversion as a betrayal.  We prayed, he was released, and was baptised in water and then baptised in the Holy Spirit. That was four years ago when the conversion of this man was one of our encouragements in that difficult crisis.
Mah Malachie, Danane - Ivory Coast
mah_malachie @

"Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown" and he replied,
"Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way!"
King George VI of England, New Year 1940


They all ate and were satisfied,
and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of bread . .
but then they asked what shall we do with what is left over?"
With whatever money and food that is left over from the Christmas Parties for the Poor I would do this: Go yourself and take a small group from the church around the streets to where the poor, the crippled, the homeless and the beggars are hiding, and go to them with bags of food and drinks once every week to bless them until the money runs out.  This is what some believers in our city do for the many men and women who are living outside in cold winter nights.  The most important thing is to spend time with the street people and the poor, to go to them and to talk to them where they are not waiting till they come to church.  Take church and God's love to them, accept them, pray with them on the streets and treat them as human beings not as rubbish to be cleared from the streets by the local government. The people who go with you will learn the values of God and His Kingdom as they walk with you. Be a pastor to the poor, God will bless you and the poor will love you and hug you for caring for going to see them.
Les Norman, DCI England
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If you are in missions in India or Afghanistan please write to me.
Rosa Maria, 32, São Sebastião - Brazil
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A VHP sponsored attack dampened Christmas as at least six churches were set on fire in Orissa's Kandhamal district.
Reported by several readers in India

I was born into a Moslem family but I am now saved by grace. Disciples of All Nations works through audio visuals, radio and campus ministry and many are deciding to follow Christ.
Awudu Razak, 31, Kumasi - Ghana
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Let me try and reply to the questions you have raised from Myanmar
where you face severe difficulties in opening a School of Mission.

In fact although your unenviable situation is unique to Myanmar the fact is that in many countries there are severe restrictions of one kind or another. This is why we have adopted the simple, easy to adapt and easy to hide discipleship principle as shown by both Jesus and Paul. We have turned away from the typical and expensive to operate Western model of the special Bible School building with professional paid staff and so on. Our course discipleship not a degree course, it is training not education, it is doing what Jesus did not listening in a classroom. In my view the way forward in Myanmar is to do what Jesus did in the way that he did it in the country where he lived, one that was severely oppressed by a military power from overseas working through a hostile religious system, a land where the people had very few rights and little liberty or money. How you work this model of discipleship out is for you to decide, whatever you do your School of Mission will be born and will grow and be a blessing by your faith and by your prayer.  The Lord knows the exact situation in Myanmar and He has a word and a way forward for you that takes into account all the restrictions, laws, ideas and issues that prevail in your country.  You may have to do things a very different way from the usual ways that the church has tried and failed with. Thank you for the invitation but even if I come to Myanmar I could not help you because I know nothing about how to do things in your country, all I can do is to open the New Testament to the gospels, then to Acts and then to some of Paul's' letter's and read the scriptures to you and pray for revelation from heaven to come into your soul and mind from Christ. I can do that from here and so I shall. The Lord says that it is He who holds the key of David, the key that opens doors that no man can close, and closes doors that are not good for you to go through, and so he makes sure that you cannot open them. My advice to you is to pray, pray and pray some more, and prepare to be different, to be radical and to learn new ways from Jesus.  Follow Him and you will not go wrong.
Les Norman, DCI England
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All the Bible School teachers and students are going as a team to tell people about Jesus over 300 miles away from our capital Yangon. It is 8 hours away by bus to the school mission field and a leprosy mission at another place. May you remember us for the journey and that God may open the people' hearts.
Name removed for security reasons - Yangon - Myanmar

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Daily devotionals based on by Oswald Chamber's My Utmost for His Highest
Marlene D. Bergman, 68, Ancaster -Canada

In the last three months we have planted a new church in the Basque Country of Spain and we are truly amazed to find just how many towns in this region have no established live church.
Gaston Oviedo Videla, 34, Vizcaya - Spain
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Our convention was the best ever. We served about 7800 meals, about 246 people responded to the call of God. Many alcoholics and demonic oppressed were set free from alcoholism and Satan and many were healed physically. Emirates Airline donated 1000 blankets, 4000 toys and 5000 sticker books for our Mercy Homes.
Pastor Daniel Varghese, Kerala - India

Many of you have been asking how things are in Kenya . . .
In the violence after the disputed presidential election thousands have lost their lives, and hundreds of thousands their homes in slums and villages. By God’s grace our family and our workers are fine except for one of our elders who lost his son who was killed by police brutality. Many foreign organizations have evacuated their staff. There is a temporary break at the moment since former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan arrived in Nairobi for mediation effort but no one knows when and where next clashes may break out. The ethnical unrest even affects the churches where different tribes come to worship the Lord together. Though it is mostly portrayed as a conflict between Kikuyus and Luos, the reality roots much deeper in Kenyan history with tribal grudges which have been there for many years only being fuelled by this political firestorm. Very unfortunately, in western Kenya some church members burned alive their church-mates of another tribe by locking them up in the sanctuary. Kenya is going through the most painful part of its path to mature democracy since independence. Your prayers will surely help in this time of uncertainty for many Kenyans, including our workers many of whom are scared. Also, kindly pray for us to wisely encourage leaders without showing favouritism during this sensitive time. Thank you for keeping us close to your hearts and in your prayers.
Paul & Eunice Lee, Nairobi - Kenya

In Search Of The Living God is a free to download book on Prophetic Evangelism with many prophetic encounters described in detail and lots of invaluable insights on how to move in this area of ministry. Reading this book will inspire and equip you to start or to develop your gifting in this area of ministry. You can access this book by clicking on the hyperlink below and you may print it if you wish.
Eric Mckenna, Mansfield - UK

I am happy to tell that we have bought 18 goats good size at 45,000 shillings each (£15) and we will find many more up to the value of the £1100 gift that DCI supporters sent to buy goats for orphans this Christmas. These first goats will go to the widows and orphans in Barlonyo Camp where over 300 people were massacred in one day not long ago.
George Purkweri, Pastor of the Poor, Lira - Uganda
purgeorge2000 @

At the Ivory Coast School of Mission the students received their diplomas in front of pastors from other churches. Four graduates have opened new  churches and one is ready to open a new School of Mission. We have 15 registered for the next course.
Pastor Mah Malachie, Danane - Ivory Coast
mah_malachie @

We are looking at opening 17 new training centers this year and we have more requests from our graduates for Banking for the Poor loans for micro-businesses. Our training program will reach five of the sixteen counties of Liberia this year if we can find ways of buying motorbikes or bicycles to transport ourselves. A friend in the USA sent 1,800 Bibles to our School of Mission as his contribution to our training of men and women for Jesus, as we really needed them.
Pastor John Duco, Monrovia - Liberia
pastorduco2002 @

God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits,
to the woman who diligently seeks.
It's a good thing to quietly hope,
quietly hope for help from God.
It's a good thing when you're young
to stick it out through the hard times.
When life is heavy and hard to take,
go off by yourself.

Enter the silence.
Bow in prayer.
Don't ask questions.
Wait for hope to appear
Don't run from trouble.
Take it full-face.
The "worst" is never the worst.
Why? Because the Master won't ever
walk out and fail to return
If he works severely, he also works tenderly.
His stockpiles of loyal love are immense.
Lamentations 3, 19-33, The Message

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