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HOLY SPIRIT LANGUAGE KEEPS MISSIONARY FROM BEING EATEN BY CANNIBALS!

(November 30, 2022) John Sherrill shares an amazing story the most amazing story from the heart of Africa in 1922.

That year, Reverend Henry B. Garlock and his wife Ruthanne, of Toms River, New Jersey, volunteered for a dangerous assignment: they were to go to Africa as missionaries to the Pahns, a small tribe in the interior of Liberia. No missionaries had ever before worked with the Pahns. The reason was simple. The Pahns were cannibals!

The Garlocks (right) arrived in Liberia and set up camp with a group of African Christians whose tribal boundary touched that of the Pahns. Almost immediately Mrs. Garlock came down with malaria. Their meagre medical chest was soon emptied and still her fever rose. Garlock had a difficult time persuading the natives to take a short route to the coast for more medicine because the way led through Pahn country.

At last, however, Garlock convinced the chief that it was possible to skirt the danger areas, and that if medicine didn’t arrive soon, Mrs. Garlock might well die. One morning at dawn a group of men left the compound and headed out, filled with misgivings, to bring back supplies.

Captured by cannibals
About noon the head carrier suddenly appeared in the doorway of the mud hut where Mrs. Garlock lay. He was out of breath. In gasps he blurted out what had happened. One of his men had been captured by the cannibals. The African assured the two missionaries that unless the man could be rescued, he would be eaten.

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SHARING THE GOSPEL WITH WORDS  – AND DEEDS!

(November 20, 2022) David McGuire, missionary to Romania, again uses his camera to ‘write’ reports and share some updates…  

We’re called to share the good news about the Lord Jesus, the Saviour of the world. The world is in terrible trouble these days and we believe that James’ teaching of James 2:17 must be active if we’re to reach lost souls with the gospel!

And what did the apostle say? The Message Bible pulls no punches – Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense? 

Consequently, we endeavour to act as Christians should, meeting practical needs as well as sharing our faith. Hence we join with others here in Romania to reach out however we can expressing the love of God, whether it’s…

  • Kids ministry – sharing Jesus with children
  • Buying and transporting needed food to troubled Ukraine
  • Supporting refugee Ukrainians
  • Reaching local people
  • Building homes for the homeless
  • Praying for needs, not just preaching, or
  • Training sessions on divine healing, spiritual warfare, and overcoming Satan

1. Children’s ministry
Many kids here have never heard of Jesus or His gospel message of love and forgiveness of sin, and we continue to reach such with the good news, using biblical cartoon movies. Praise God that they’re attentive and that several have accepted Jesus.

As well as regular gatherings, we treat them with special meals and outings… below Left: Tigmandru summer kids on a trip to the zoo Centre: happy kids. Right: Summer outreach camp (our daughter Sabrina, in black, top right).

2. Helping Ukrainians
(i) Needs

We don’t work alone but continue to associate with other Christians and teams reaching out to this troubled nation… getting badly needed items and transporting these up to Ukraine.

Left: Food and clothing Centre 1: Needed stoves Centre 2: YWAM Cluj’s Nieck (He comes from Holland) buying food Right: Packing potatoes

Have Trailer: Will Travel! Queuing up at Ukraine border…

(ii) Sheltering refugees
Encouraging those who have made it to Romania to settle peacefully, even supplying Ukrainian food!

3. Local outreaches lead to salvations and baptisms
Tigmandru outreach with seven churches attending. Blessing some new converts ready for baptism.

4. Building homes for the needy
This aspect of our ministry continues. As many know, I delight to use my building skills and with others we bless homeless people, especially for gypsies… and take the opportunity to share Jesus as we build.

Right: 77-year-old Phil France from Sheffield, England came here to help build this house in Danes.

5. Prayer opportunities
Team members take every opportunity not only to tell of Jesus but to pray for the sick showing His love of all.

Most times we stand and pray.

Sometimes we really have to get down to business as it were! 30 minutes of sincere prayer, then healing came to this person’s foot, praise God.

6. Teaching and training
Below:
Equipping leaders conference, Tigmandru. Michael Cantrell teaching on biblical use of finance. Marcel and team teaching on worship. Norman Patterson teaching on  Today’s Church. Me, David, teaching on divine healing. YWAM group that was taught spiritual warfare by me.

7. Yoked partnership
As James went on to teach in verse 22 – ‘Isn’t it obvious that faith and works are yoked partners, that faith expresses itself in works? That the works are “works of faith”?’ 

We appreciate your prayers. This really supports us in our ministry here for the Lord. May God use you too whether you are to reach out to needy people, especially to witness Jesus.

With my wife Rodica (my gifted fellow-minister) and Sabrina (See Sabrina’s challenging October article – What is the True Christian Lifestyle). We can be contacted/supported via link below.

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David and Rodica McGuire are missionaries in Sighișoara and have built many homes for the poor in that area, especially among the gypsy communities, as well as outreaching to children who have never heard of Jesus, using cartoon DVDs. Link: OnlinerConnect@gmail.com.  Recommended: David’s own story A Work in Progress  (Amazon)
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THE BATTLE FOR ETHIOPIA

November 11, 2022) Elizabeth Kendal requests urgent prayer for Ethiopia…

On Saturday night October 22, gunmen believed to be from the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA – formerly known as ‘OLF-Shene’) stormed the Midre Genet St. Mariam Church in Gebre Guracha.

Inside the church – which is located around 160km north-west of Addis Ababa in North Shewa Zone, Oromia Region – were priests, deacons and a church administrator who had gathered for an all-night prayer service.

Murder and abductions
One deacon was killed in the attack
and 11 others were abducted. By November 4, one priest and the church administrator had been ransomed. To date, the whereabouts and condition of the other nine captives remain unknown. North of the capital, Addis Ababa, with three sides adjoining Amhara Region, North Shewa Zone (Oromia) is 84 percent Oromo, 15 percent Amhara, 5.3 percent Muslim and 94 percent Christian.

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AMID CHALLENGES AFTER COMMUNISM, HE FOUND HOPE IN JESUS

(October 28, 2022) Michael Ashcraft shares…

The discouraging thing about Romania was not the breadlines. It was the utter lack of hope!

Even after communism fell, the leftover lifestyle was colourless – work, work, work. Ovidiu Rusu (right), because he had read widely, dreamed of greater things and despaired of a life assigned by socialism of being just a part of the machine to support the state.

‘When I was a child, I was not aware of how bad communism was. But as I became a teenager and then a young man, it was a struggle not seeing a future. There were no opportunities. All the doors were closed,’ Ovidiu says on a Virginia Beach Potter’s House podcast. ‘I told my friends, “If the end of the year catches me here, I’m going to kill myself. I don’t want to live this life.”’

Walking on eggshells lifestyle
Life in Brasov under communism, according to Ovidiu, was characterised by:

  • Fear of authority. ‘Anybody with any measure of authority wants you to feel that they are the boss. Authority is there to harm and humiliate you. You live walking on eggshells.’
  • Poverty and boring food. ‘You have just five options to eat and you cycle through them. I remember being tired of beans and rice. You have one pair of shoes, one pair of pants, one coat. You sew it to fix it.’
  • You as an individual don’t count.
  • Thinking is squelched. ‘Because people who think for themselves are dangerous.’

Even the fall of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu in December 1989 did not immediately usher in a change of life. Though freedoms were introduced, life continued to appear pretty dull and opportunity-less.

The legacy of communism was atheism. His parents had never attended the Eastern Orthodox church much, but a lot of other Romanians did as a passive resistance to communism. Ovidiu didn’t believe in God because that’s what they had taught in school.

Thinking that if life were to change, he would need to do something himself, Ovidiu decided to flee the country with some of his young adult friends. Their plan was to make their way to France and join the French Foreign Legion. They had heard that the pay was good, and you could apply for citizenship in France.

Crying out to God
But they got caught and gaoled.

‘I was very, very distraught,’ he says. He kept trying to escape Romania, but nothing worked. That’s when he decided on suicide to escape Romania. During the last two weeks of 1992 he stayed in his room, pacing and smoking. He avoided his friends and his girlfriend. He was stewing.

Though he didn’t believe in God, he cried out to Him. ‘If you exist you have to do something,’ he said.

On December 31, his mom sent him to the bread lines at 4am. You had to get up early to get the special bread that is customary for New Year’s Eve. ‘It wasn’t a line, it was a mob, and I’m right in the middle of it,’ he remembers. ‘I was standing there frustrated, angry, desperate, no hope.’

He noticed a young guy working his way through the crowd. ‘Excuse me, excuse me,’ he pushed gently through, coming straight over to Ovidiu, whom he addressed. ‘I know you from the neighbourhood,’ the young man said. He began witnessing to him about Jesus.

‘I had cried out to God three days earlier, and the first time I step out of my house, God sent this guy to talk to me,’ Ovidiu marvels.

What hit him was the young man assured him that God would take care of his future. ‘That was my struggle,’ Ovidiu says. ‘That was what I was fighting with inside. I could not get his words outside of my head. God was working in me.’

 (Above: The church in Brasov)

Ovidiu went to church that very night. The Christians were praying, thanking God, in a circle. Ovidiu accepted Jesus into his heart.

Growing in the faith
‘The factor in my salvation was the feeling of desperation, the lack of hope for a future. I was feeling trapped. Living in a communist country, you know this is the place I was born, this is the place I will die. I wanted to do more. I wanted to be part of something’ he added.

At the time, there was a revival among young people sparked by missionaries from Germany and elsewhere. ‘I was 23, and I was one of the older people getting saved,’ Ovidiu says. He attended a church led by Richard Brooks, who preached hope and faith, an enticing novelty for Romanians.

‘I was just amazed at the preaching,’ Ovidiu says. ‘I was open. Pastor Brooks was the right man at the right time. He was a man of faith. He was an exciting man, he was happy. He had an attitude that everything is possible. That’s exactly what we needed because we grew up in communism in which nothing is possible and all the doors were closed.’

Ovidiu grew in his faith and knowledge of the Bible. Today, he is a pastor in Brasov.

(Left) Street outreaching with Pastor Ovidiu

If you want to know more about a personal relationship with God, go here

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 GodReports.com, founded by Mark Ellis in 2009, is devoted to promoting Christian missions by sharing stories and testimonies from missionaries and mission organisations. Reporter, Pastor Michael Ashcraft is also a financial professional in California.
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IRRITATING ROOMMATE WOULDN’T STOP TALKING ABOUT JESUS

(October 13, 2022) Michael Ashcraft shares…

The roommate of Tom Payne annoyed the hell out of him! Quite literally.

‘Just shut up!’ he said in his mind, frustrated that Jeff would argue with Louie, who had got saved, and that he had to listen to it in their one-bedroom apartment.

Fears become a reality
So when Louie got cornered by a Christian and acceded to go with him to church one day, Tom offered to provide the alibi when the Christian called to accompany him to service. ‘Just hide in the bathroom, and we’ll tell him you’re not in,’ Tom told him.

Tom, then 19, had come from New York to Prescott, Arizona, because it was famous as a college party town. ‘Getting saved wasn’t part of the plan. We were in a prolonged adolescence with the feigned attempt at getting an education,’ Tom said on a Don’t Sell the Farm podcast.

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ROCK ON!

(October 10, 2022) Richard Winter highlights what’s never optional for any Christian…

One of the most famous landmarks in the world is Italy’s Leaning Tower of Pisa. My wife Wendy and I had the privilege of seeing it a few years ago.

It’s not famous because of its height – only 179 feet tall – nor its architecture… there’s plenty of examples of Romanesque buildings around the Tuscany area. But it’s famous for one reason – because it leans!

Building began in 1173, so it’s been around 840 years. And it leans one-twentieth of an inch every year.

Although they’re predicting that it’s going to fall at some time in the future, they have done a great job of fixing the foundations that should stop a complete tumble.

Strong foundations are vital!
incidentally, the word Pisa means ‘marsh’ or ‘marshy ground.’ So if there’s any indication as to why the tower has been leaning, it’s got very unstable foundations.

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HUNGERING AND THIRSTING AFTER GOD!

(October 03, 2022) Ross and Donna, Mandate Ministries, share from Chiang Mai, northern Thailand…

Greetings from Chiang Mai! Thanks again for your faithful prayers and support of our ministry here.

The following are some recent highlights.

Ka-ren Bible School ‘invasion’
What an amazing time we had at a five-day training program for Ka-ren pastors, evangelists, and Bible students at the Ka-ren Bible School! Absolutely love those guys! I (Ross) shared the teaching with Donna, and my stepson, Adam from USA.

We had a powerful time in God’s presence during the sessions. We absolutely love it when the Holy Spirit ‘invades’ our meetings.

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‘GOD’S SMUGGLER’ BROTHER ANDREW PASSES TO HIS REWARD

(September 29, 2022) Mark Ellis honours this late servant of God.

The legendary Dutch-born Bible smuggler, Andrew van der Bijl, fondly known as Brother Andrew, who used his VW Beetle to deliver Bibles into closed communist countries at the height of the Cold War, is now with his Saviour. He was 94.

In 1967, he published God’s Smuggler, which tells the story of his conversion to Christ and adventures as a Bible-smuggler behind the Iron Curtain. When he crossed heavily-guarded checkpoints into closed countries, he was known for praying, ‘Lord you made blind eyes see. Now I pray, make seeing eyes blind.’

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JESUS STANDS AT THE DOOR OF YOUR HEART

(September 28, 2022) Norman Moss tells a children’s story – and invites you to share such Bible-based stories with boys and girls as you have opportunity, encouraging them to know about Jesus and accepting Him as Saviour and caring friend. (The subheadings below are a guide).

As D. L. Moody was so concerned to reach children in his troubled day, more than ever so should we be in these desperate times. Remember Matthew 18:14GNB! ‘… your Father in heaven does not want any of these little ones to be lost.’

Hi boys and girls… as you know, we all have a heart inside us. It’s what we call an organ. And a healthy heart keeps us alive by pumping blood around our body.

Now it’s hard to draw a picture of a real heart but often you’ll see it drawn something like this…

Good! You’re all so attentive, boys and girls.

A very special organ
Now then… the heart I want to talk about to you is something very special, very important. You know… those feelings, emotions and desires inside us, especially with which we love people.

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WHAT IS THE TRUE CHRISTIAN LIFESTYLE?

(September 19, 2022) Sabrina McGuire, 14-year-old daughter of missionaries to Romania, shares her first mission camp experiences…

The title above is a question I’ve asked myself many times before… and recently found some answers.

I had a great opportunity to go to a YWAM Christian camp where there were teachings on spiritual warfare, prophecy and many other subjects. Great teachings… but yet my heart  hungered for more. I never truly knew how to really practise Christianity in the real world… and I wanted to!

Blessing people
Fortunately we campers were told that our second week of camp was a mission trip to different locations in Romania. During that week we did volunteer work for churches, kids and food bases… and it proved to be a great way of blessing people as well as being blessed ourselves.

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