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Sweet Revival

"Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink - even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine or milk - it's all free! Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good? Listen, and I will tell you where to get food that is good for the soul!"   Sweat was running down my back as we finished off the Bible study in Siamate village. Our method is to remake the sermon given Sunday at our main church gathering into an interactive Discovery Bible Study at each of our village gatherings during the week. Once again the ...

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The Prince and the Pauper

The six of us sit around the common quest in Queen's compound, as customary – the men on little stools and the women on a grass mat - helping to pull the offensive strings out of the pumpkin leaves as we talk. The dog is lolling on the ground; the chickens alternating incursions onto the mat for bits of the morning's meal; the morning's fire sending a single fine plume from the center of the 3 rock “African stove”. Rodrick is translating, Twila, our newest intern, is getting acquainted with village life, and I have an urgent message. But first we visit. The ...

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JOY COMES IN THE MORNING

The small parcel of land between the Red Sea and the chariots of Pharaoh is a holy ground. It is a place where all thoughts are only on Heaven. No one is indifferent. No one is sinning and selfish. All are on their knees, hungry and waiting for one thing – the Voice of God. A hush pervades. There is no striving – the arm of the flesh cannot accomplish deliverance. Rather a peace of resignation to the Will of God. An expectation of His Intervention with Power. Faith rises in that Place. Unity is tangible. Fervency erupts unsolicited. Fear is replaced by joy at the ...

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Waiting for the Lord…

Ps 33:6* A king’s salvation is not in the power of his army; a strong man is not saved by his great strength. 17* A horse is a false hope; his great power will not make you secure. Our souls are waiting for the Lord; he is our help and our salvation. My heart is constantly tested to put trust in something besides Jesus. When there is a promise of new resources I find my hope and joy circling like a vulture, eyeballing a tasty, tottering doe - “Ah, this will propel us into success!” But when the day of trouble comes, my fear and doubt flare up like a prairie fire - ...

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UNDAUNTED COURAGE

“Undaunted Courage” an impacting book about Lewis and Clark, who, against all odds, faced and conquered the impossible. Their forward momentum was unquestioned – no peril or difficulty would dissuade them from their goal. Aaron and 2 of his boys Such an epitaph could be used of Aaron Mulenga. When we first met him in 2008 he was caring for 7 teenage orphans in his “home” - what most of us would call “rubble” - and running a feeding and teaching program for another 50 or more OVC's in the community. He had no source of regular income and only one supporter ...

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Contest: God vs. Witch Doctor – for kids

Here is a story of our stollen water pump - written for my grand daughters. Parental Guidance required...   We have a friend in the village named P__ (name hidden). He used to drink too much beer and lie and hit his wife and do all kinds of bad things. Then someone from one of the Mandate Teams met him and his wife, shared the stories of Jesus and P__ decided he wanted to follow Jesus and quit his sinning. So we baptized him in the Zambezi River and kept teaching him the Bible and encouraging him to live a good Christian life. And he did - for a while. But he always liked ...

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REPORT – MONTH OF JUNE 2012

CPX Team – Village Church Machasia, a new guy to the village, could hardly contain himself as he sat around the fire and heard the Bible story he had never heard before – God creating the angels. He and the other 6 Leaders asked so many questions – “why did God create Lucifer if he knew.... ?” At the end of the story they were all challenged - “who can you meet with this week to repeat this story with?” He knew right away. He went to the first person he could find – the headman of the neighboring village – told him the story. Then to the place he is ...

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“METHOD-ist” – A Worthy Legacy?

How would you like to start a movement that people would describe as “Oh, he's one of those “METHOD-ists”? Some movements are built on a powerful truth - “Sole Fide” of Luther. Some are built on powerful preaching – like that of George Whitfield. Some are birthed by the power of God – the Welsh revival. But John Wesley came with a simple methodology. He preached the simple, everyday gospel, gathered the repentant into small groups, gave them a Method to nourish their new found faith, and moved on. He developed methods that would require whole-heartedness ...

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MONTH END REPORT – MAY 2012

CPX Team - Village church The All Nations CPX team (9 aspiring church planters, including 2 lovely village-ready kids) is leaving us in a week after serving us tirelessly for 7 weeks. They worked in 4 villages, implementing their CPM principles. So after 7 weeks they have started 8 regular Bible Studies with 13 potential Persons of Peace (leaders). We had our first training for trainers (T4T) meetings on Sunday with these new disciples. At this time we have 3 regional meetings every Sunday. We will each week teach them a bible story (God's Story – going ...

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Month End Report – April 2012

MONTH END REPORT – APRIL 2012 Staff We have added a partner this month in Aaron Mulenga. He is a Zambian who has been caring for orphans in N Zambia. We met him years ago and have been mentoring and supporting him and his work for several years. We have invited him to come and serve with us for 6 months while we mentor him more personally and equip him for his calling of loving the least and the lost. Our hope is to build a partnership in N Zambia. We also welcomed Joey and Adrianne as interns for 6 months. Joey will be our construction supervisor, and Adrienne will ...

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