30th June, 2009
SOMETIMES IT'S THE SHEEP
THAT SEEK THE LOST SHEPHERD
pastor, our beloved shepherd, we don't really know what to say when our
friends see you going into the Internet shop every day to look for money from all over
the world. We always hoped that your first calling would be
to us not to the building project, the board meeting or the budget.
Once you told us that Jesus, the good shepherd said, "Feed my sheep and
care for my lambs." We like that. It bothers us when we see you so
anxious on Saturday because you don't have any food for us on Sunday
and so little time on Monday, or Tuesday. Even sheep know that you
will feel better if you spend more time with God and less time
with Google. So how about a little more feeding and a little less worry
about funding ? Luxuries we can live without, but we can't
live without your love. Come and see how we are doing, call us by
name, and always feel free to leave us to search for a lost
sheep rather than a lost e-mail.
From Proverbs 27, 22-24 and John 10.2
More articles like this, ready made for your magazine or bulletin,
and all free of charge, here in The DCI Collection.
29th June, 2009
In Kenya I personally saw the burning alive of five elderly men and women accused of being witches. Full BBC report here.
Pastor Billiance Chondwe in Lusaka, Zambia is asking for volunteers especially to teach children from baby class to grade seven at the church school.
The free DCI School of Mission is now available in the Luo language for East Africa.
28th June, 2009
AFTER SERIOUS ILLNESS
MELODIE, 17, IS HOME
many long days of waiting John
Duco in Paynesville, Liberia is very
happy that Melodie, his 17 year old daughter has left hospital. Melodie had the worst kind of malaria and hepatitis at
the same time which turned her body green. For days there was no
diagnosis or treatment until Melodie was moved through floods
and pouring rain to a German clinic where for $15 a day they
nursed her back to health. We thank God for answered
prayer and breathe a sigh of relief.
27th June, 2009
THE MONEY FORUM
when Abram and Isaac were walking up one side of the
mountain with heavy hearts, at the same time on the other side of the
same mountain and completely out of sight, the Lord was also making the
ascent. He was leading a ram which he tied to some bushes at the
top because he got there first, as he always does. The ram was left in
position ready to meet the need of Abram and Isaac who arrived a little
later on. But as they walked upwards expecting the worst they did not
know that out of sight their need was already met. They could not see
God's provision until the critical moment when the angel of the Lord
called out to them and showed them where to look. Then they discovered
their need was met, and it always had been. And as yours will be also.
In Matthew 26:32
Jesus said, "After I have risen, I will go ahead of you." In order to
keep this promise to his followers Jesus had to pass through
crucifixion, death, hell, rise from the dead and move a ton of stone
from the empty tomb, so do you imagine that
anything today can stop him being there for you ?
More in the Money Forum
WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE
OUR READER'S PHOTOS ?
see our Picassa Albums from around the
one and then click Slideshow to see the display.
26th June, 2009
DON'T MISS THESE FREE
CHILDREN'S LESSONS AND STORIES
Wycliffe Children's Team have a 12 brilliant interactive lessons with a teacher's manual here and here in Spanish, and a Children's Prayer Journey for Unreached Peoples here and here in Spanish. For even more really excellent children's materials in Spanish only click here
25th June, 2009
THE LAST RITES
AND WRONGS OF PATRICK
Patrick O'Ryan, was a well known handsome reprobate, embezzler,
womaniser and much more. One fateful day one of his victims finally
caught up with him and Patrick lay on his death bed. The village priest
hurried to him, saying with urgency, "Now Paddy, will you renounce the
devil and all his evil ways?" Paddy found the strength to open
one eye and replied, " No, Father, I will not. This is no time for me
to be making influential enemies."
DAY GOD BEGAN TO SPEAK IN LUO
Thank you to Martin for sending £100 to The DCI Fund to buy Bibles for people who can never
afford God's word in their own language.
Click here to see what
happened when Bibles in the Luo language reached these villagers in Uganda. The DCI Free
School of Mission lessons are now also available in Luo.
23rd June, 2009
ONE FRIEND TO ANOTHER
It was Henri Nouwen who said that we learn to love by choosing to take
small steps of love every time there is an opportunity. A smile, a
handshake, a word of encouragement, a phone call, a card, an embrace, a
kind greeting, a gesture of support, a moment of attention, a helping
hand, a gift, a financial contribution, a visit - all these are little
steps toward love. Each step is like a candle burning in the night. It
does not take the darkness away, but it guides us through the darkness.
When we look back after taking many small steps of love, we will see a
trail of candle flames showing where we have been and discover that we
have already made a long and beautiful journey. To love is to think,
speak, and act according to the certain knowledge that we are
infinitely loved by God and in turn we are called to make that love
visible in this world lighting one 'candle' at a time. Today will
certainly bring us many opportunities.
Click here for our free collection of short articles like this one,
ready made to put in your church bulletin or magazine.
BY PRAYER, PILLS AND PHYSICIANS
AVILEZ RECOVERS AT NO COST
Our partner Ana
in Honduras who was so ill has had
her operation. Her daughter Claudia says that after prayer a
hospital offered to do the costly operation and nursing free of charge.
The surgeon himself came to faith as Ana spoke to him about Jesus,
charged nothing and all the medicines and meals were provided. Claudia
says thank you. Claudia, God's answers don't come any better than this.
20th June, 2009
FREE CHRISTIAN MUSIC
WEB'S LARGEST COLLECTION
All mp3's, chords, sheet music, lyrics, midi's are free with full
permission from the copyright holders. Listen or download here, use in
public, it's all free and legal.
19th June, 2009
DIFFERENCE IN BURKINA FASO
One family and their church in Nottinghamshire, UK are doing all sorts
of things to provide
free medical care for children through The
DCI Fund in the UK and
Philippe and Josephine Ouedraogo of AEAD
in Ouagadougou, our partners
since 1984. These days P and J have churches, training, plantations,
development projects - and 7000 mainly poor children in 70 village
schools. Click here to see new photos of
the medical team in action with the children.
WITH OIL, GOLD AND GEMS
WHY YEMEN IS IN WORLD'S BOTTOM FIVE
Life is slow here and backward although we are surrounded by modern
nations. Why is this ? The answer is in one word, Qat.
The people all
chew Qat, old people pregnant women, children, everybody. It's a leaf
that came from Ethiopia 25 years ago. Even our world famous coffee
plantations are now Qat fields. Our shops open at 8 for three hours,
then again at 4 for one hour and the rest of the time people sit in
groups with cheeks like balloons, chewing Qat. It makes them
hallucinate and they can't understand you. For all of our oil, gold and
precious stones we are the 4th poorest country in world, women are not
allowed to work, we have a war going on and at least 40% of our people
are illiterate. May God send his mercy to Yemen and help those of us
here who are giving education and medicines especially to Ethiopians
who are treated as third class people. We have removed the writer's
name for his
Click here to see the photos
FROM THE EDITOR
This is a rare view of Yemen
from the inside, a
country that most people know nothing about yet it is one of the
most unreached places, a place where every foreigner's life is in
constant danger as evidenced by last week's kidnap of nine men,
women and children. Of these, two Bible school nurses from
Germany and a Korean lady teacher have already been tortured and shot
dead. There is $275,000 reward on offer in Yemen for
17th June, 2009
THIS IS MY STORY
I am Maritza
Hernandez, 51 years old from
Choluteca, Honduras. It's a lovely corner of the world because this is
where I met Jesus who saved me and is now waiting for you to open your
heart to Him and be filled with his love. He will show you the way to
go and give you eternal life. There is no-one like my Lord, He has
filled my life with His glory and He is faithful.
in your story
OF THE END
OF 50 KILOMETRE WALKS TO SEE A DOCTOR
week sees the foundations being laid for Michael
Singini's new clinic
in Mbuzi Mzumala, Malawi a DCI Fund
project to end the 100 kilometre round
trips on foot to see a nurse. See 16 May news. Michael e-mailed to say,
"I am extremely over the moon. This is my dream coming true for the
suffering people in my area. I will die cherishing this golden and
wonderful miracle." The photo shows one of six piles of hand made
bricks. Click here to see more photos
FLOODS AGAIN IN LIBERIA
Duco reports five feet of water and a lot of cold, miserable
and homeless poor people around his church in Omega Tower, Monrovia.
15th June, 2009
PERSECUTION FAILS TO STOP TRAINING
made the headlines many times last year as Christians were forced to
flee burning houses and churches. Ajmad
Missal and his wife Mala have started the leader's training
again with a full house. See the photos here.
14th June, 2009
PIG FLU FEAR
Moses Aringo our
partner in Malawi writes to say that his School
of Mission in Mzuzu has 15 students, all doing well and so is
the Bank for the Poor and the Mzuzu
Church, but the students who are in the Zambia School of Mission want to
change their pig farm project for goats because they are frightened of
flu pandemic, although this has nothing to do with keeping
13th June, 2009
THE MONEY FORUM
DCI has never been a fund-raising
organisation, no appeals, no magazines, no offerings, rather we are a
gathering point for givers who want to bless the lost, the last and
least of the world. Today our Money
Forum has two new pages, one for people who want to avoid the
traps in giving,
and the other is advice for people who are fund-raising
on the Internet.
12th June, 2009
DEATH AND DISAPPEARANCES
Our friend and partner in Peru Rolando
is immersed in the pain of his nation at the unnecesary deaths of up
to 80 Amazon Huambisa and Aguarana people and police when
broke out during a protest in Bagua. Rolando said to me
friends and fellow believers have either disappeared
taken refuge with 1000 others in the Catholic Church. This You Tube video shows very grim
scenes. More from BBC News or in Spanish BBC Video
11th June, 2009
ONE FRIEND TO ANOTHER
while back an Asian pastor I know all but sold his soul for a
dollars a month to an American church which gave them an instant
overseas program and photos of their their name over a shack
faraway place. Now, as always happens, they have quit.
Their e-mail talks about about falling income, the US
economy, cut backs and so on, but when I saw it the
gave the game away. The e-mail program added it own little
message: "Sent wirelessly from my Blackberry," a Blackberry being
the latest, top of the range phone that costs a lot
those few dollars for the front line. I say, "Shame on you sir."
10th June, 2009
9th June, 2009
Chuck Stevens from Canada will
you his latest ten-track worship CD Harvest of Love, for free. Download here. Thanks Chuck.
in the UK helped her church to put on a special day of food, care and
pampering for abandoned teenage mums. Pilar has 300 poems in
Spanish free here.
John Duco from Liberia is back safe and sound
from his trip to the Krahn unreached peoples. More news is coming.
Singini is happy because his wife Emily gave birth to a baby
girl, and he has gained funding from The
DCI Fund for a clinic in rural Malawi. To celebrate both baby and
clinic share the same name - Witness.
Adam Colson at Lake
of the Woods Church, Virginia USA is teaching the DCI missions
module and his students have led 10 teenagers to Christ just
this year alone.
ANGELS AND DEMONS
My church comforts the sick and dying and feeds
What does your church do ?
Cmdr. Richter, Vatican Swiss Guard.
Robert Langdon (played by Tom Hanks)
7th - 8th June, 2009
Uganda has taken 30 young
off the streets and will train them in sewing. He
has only 5 machines and needs 25. Click for photos
Les Norman says that while funds last if you buy
one sewing machine at £70 for George The DCI Fund
will add another £70 and make it two.
Nshimimana in Burundi has 60 people in the
Kirundi School of Mission. They have
finished the Evangelism Course
and are now on the Mission Course. They just baptised 5
Pastor Felly Nsungu in Togo invites you to the first
Kinshasa School of Mission in DR Congo, July 12. Felly's
struggled through suffering, war and hunger but all made it in the end.
in Uganda says his Business
for Mission plantation is giving jobs
and hope to poor people. Click here for new photos
of weeding, fencing, fruit and
pineapples going in and coming up.
Sammis Reachers in Rio has a blog
full of mission links for
people in Brazil.
Norman the editor is looking for volunteer
translators for Italian,
Russian, Arabic and Asian languages and an assistant pagemaker
for Yoppi in Indonesia.
Ana Avilez in Honduras has had a big 7.1 earthquake which brought
running into the streets in their underwear, kneeling and crying out to
God thinking the end of the world had come.
6th June, 2009
NETWORK NOTICE BOARD
in Trompsburg, South Africa welcomes short term
missions and volunteers and would like to hear from Schools
in South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia and
Our friend Pastor Daniel has 90 Mercy
in India caring for
900 children and slum kids. He needs to find $60 to
buy uniform, books, a bag, shoes and an umbrella for
each child. If
you would like to help Daniel please e-mail
danger areas Chattisgah and Orissa, India, Saroj
Kumar Hial has opened a School
of Mission in Hindi
for poor untrained pastors in remote places.
5th June, 2009
MORE ANGELS THAN DEMONS THIS TIME ROUND
you remember a couple of years ago the Da Vinci Code film
was said to pose such a threat that pastors and priests
everywhere put on special meetings to
denounce the heresies and inaccuracies and to prepare their members for
It was of course a deliberate Hollywood trap to give the film
thousands of pages of free publicity. In
fact compared to
2000 years of far worse
attacks, Da Vinci Code was merely a passing
fly bite. Very few believers became
confused and the unbelievers, not being theologians, enjoyed the crazy
story. Well, Tom Hanks is back
and Angels and Demons is in the
cinemas with a similar
totally unbelievable all-action story, although this time the Catholic
Church comes out
reasonably OK and the re-creation of the Vatican's art treasures and
private buildings is spectacular. Neither is the Vatican
itself unhappy calling the film a couple of hours of harmless fun.
The churches didn't take the bait this time so Dan Brown's
book is down to half price
in some shops. I just bought a copy and you know something,
night I just couldn't put it down. I only wish the church I go to was
this exciting !
FOR THE POOR
THE IVORY COAST
One of the best things that DCI does anywhere in the world is to offer
interest free micro-credit loans to poor people, widows and orphans who
often cannot even sign their name but they know how to work hard if
given the chance. A little start-up capital, say $100, and poverty
the family for good. Latest clients in the Banking
for the Poor scheme
led by Mah
Malachi in remote Danane - Ivory Coast, are Faustin with a
small shop, Yvonne who is selling firewood, Prisca with a small food
shop and Cale who sells fish.
3rd June, 2009
KATHMANDU CHURCH MEETING BOMBED
Our partner in Nepal, Prem
Thapa e-mailed news that a woman
carried a handbag bomb into Assumption
Church in Dhobighat placed it under her chair, asked for the toilet and
left moments before a major explosion which has left three dead and
many injured. Prem asks for prayer for Nepal's believers as opposition
intensifies from the shadowy militant Hindu Nepal Defence Army.
2nd June, 2009
PAKISTAN STUDENTS AND STAFF
SAFE IN LAHORE BOMBING
The leader of the Schools of Mission in Pakistan,
Pastor Sarwar in
Lahore itself has e-mailed to say, "Thank God that through your prayers in the
past we all are safe and well under the arms of Almighty God. The bomb was at a
police station about 10 miles from our home. Thank you very much for your love
and care." Our sympathy and prayers are with the many innocent victims caught by
this Taliban bomb blast and the one that followed in Peshawar.
1st June, 2009
HOW IT ALL
STARTED FOR ME
RANLEDIS PEREZ, CUBA
When I was 10 I met the Lord through some missionaries but until then I did not
even know there was a God. At 13 I took up weight-lifting and won 6 medals in
national events and went on to study physical education. I kept on worshipping
and seeking God although my parents did not accept my faith and my father even
threatened me. When I started my degree I was a full-time leader in my church
but then the university told me find a job in sport. Following Christ has
brought me attacks but look - I was born in a wooden house in a place which is
not even on the map; I deserved nothing from God yet He has given me a wife, a
home, a church and parents who have accepted the Gospel. My mother serves in
church and my father listens to my sermons. I never thought things like this
could happen. I only decided to follow God whatever the consequences but He has
always poured His help, patience, love and goodness into my life.
here to send
in your news or story
WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE
OUR PHOTOS ?
see our Picassa Albums from around the
one and then click Slideshow to see the display.
for Schools of Mission around the world
for Banking for the Poor projects
for projects to help orphans and the poor
to see some of the people in the DCI family
are we ?
here to see our Vision and Values statement.
Click here to see an
illustration of what we do, more or less.
Click here to see our statement
here to see a forthcoming Wikipedia article
on our work, researched and
written independently of ourselves as part of academic studies
requested by the
prestigious Fuller Seminary in the USA.
HOW YOU CAN HELP US
to join us?
here for a special page
ABOUT THE EDITORS
Norman is a writer, guest speaker, and the editor of these
pages that call attention to the lost, the last and the least of the
world and the work of DCI people and projects for the poor. Since 1977
he has been following the call of Christ. He is
to Pilar and they have three children.
Find out more here
enquire about a visit to your church, group or conference click
We will e-mail you a
reminder every month
in your question, news or story
of all previous editions
To the ends of the earth
till the end of the age.