John 3:16

TRAGEDIES! BUT OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP

(January 20, 2023) Ross and Donna, Mandate Ministries, share from Chiang Mai, northern Thailand…

Last weekend another Karen village was bombed by government jets in Myanmar, forcing the villagers to live in the jungle!

No crops, no shelter, and seemingly no hope as the world looks on indifferently.

Thank you to all who contribute to our efforts to help. Thanks to our rapid-response team, we were able to get food products, rice, dry foods, and oil, as well as solar-charged batteries for their torches (flashlights) to these desperate people.

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SPECIAL CHRISTMAS MEMORIES

(December 21, 2022) Maureen McQuillan responds to a thoughtful friend…

Dear Pastor Maureen

Just curious, my friend… I know you have lots of memories of experiences with God and life itself. Was wondering what special memories or thoughts come to you at this Christmas season? Rebecca.

Hi Beccie

Gosh, what can I tell you? I have quite a few… but, apart from great church carol services as a child praising God for the gift of His Son, Jesus, I’ll tell you of the two major ones that always come back to me, indeed I’ll always remember them, and have written about them before! (And a thought.. number three).

Number 1… Christmas Day itself
I can never forget Christmas Day way back in 1962!
Our precious daughter Wendy was born! Robert and I were so young, still regarded as kids in many ways, even though we were in our very early twenties. With the Lord’s help everything went well, including a miracle and other delights…

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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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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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AGNOSTIC JEWISH PHILOSOPHER FOUND JESUS AFTER READING THIS BOOK

(August 13, 2022) Mark Ellis shares the remarkable story of a martyred converted Jewish  philosopher… 

The German Jewish philosopher Edith Stein was born into an observant Jewish family on Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Hebrew calendar, also known as the Day of Atonement.

Despite her family’s strong faith, she became an agnostic in her teens and pursued an academic career, earning a doctorate in philosophy, summa cum laude, with her brilliant dissertation about empathy.

She joined the faculty of the University of Freiburg, where she became an assistant to Edmund Husserl, who had established the school of phenomenology.

‘This is the truth’
In the summer of 1921, Edith spent several weeks at the country estate of a pupil of Husserl’s who had converted to Christianity. One evening she picked up The Autobiography of St. Teresa of Avila. Captivated, she read the book throughout the night.

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HITTING THE MISSION FIELD RUNNING – IN HIS SEVENTIES!

(August 12, 2022) Michael Ashcraft brings an encouraging example-for-all story…

Full of youthful energy and untiring passion, German Gastellum wanted a bigger ministry challenge to pour his indefatigable self into – the mission field of Villa del Rosario, Colombia, just across the border from socialism-scourged Venezuela.

Chasing souls with vigour in his 70s
He was a spry 72 then! Yes, you read that right. Seventy-two years old! That’s when he started. Now, he is 75!

‘God gives me the strength through the Holy Spirit,’ he told God Reports at a June Bible conference in Tucson. ‘And the body is healthy. I have been through sicknesses and covid and all that, and I have survived that because of the high defences I have. One, I have spiritual defences; I have prayer and the power of the Holy Ghost working in me, and then I have normal defences and they’re kind of synchronised.’

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MY ‘HEART’ MAY FAIL… BUT GOD IS MY STRENGTH!

(August 6, 2022) Brian Bell reflects on the ‘heart’ …

My thoughts turned recently to Asaph’s Psalm 73:26 which says, ‘My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart…’ 

Just as we also may do today, the psalmist was struggling with what we might call apparent ‘injustices’ of life.

My flesh
‘Fail’ seems to be in the sense ‘to falter in weakness’ and this suggests to me not simply a failing as in a sudden moment of pressure, or by reason of sustained pressure – think of an elastic band – but a weakness which is a tendency, having always been there and always will be.

‘Flesh’ in its literal sense refers to our physical bodies. I’ve known many people familiar with weaknesses of their physical body to a greater or lesser degree; some who were born with or acquired a disability, and more recently those with cancers which have destroyed their formerly healthy bodies.

Even those of us who may not presently be affected by a specific disability or illness and are fortunate to enjoy general good health, realise the experience of others is a sufficient testimony to the fact that our physical bodies can falter in weakness!

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UNITED VISION FOR ONE BILLION SOULS BY 2030!

(July 25, 2022) Steeve Rees reports inspiring evangelistic news…

From Baptists to Pentecostals and everybody in between, people who believe the Lord Jesus wants to save at least one billion souls by 2030 also say his prayer for unity in John 17:23 is a key to breakthrough and harvest before the return of the Lord.

That is what was driving a diverse group of local, national and international believers to convene in Colorado Springs, Colorado earlier this month.

One billion souls harvest by 2030
Four ‘greats’ – unity, breakthrough, harvest and return – inspired national and global leaders, pastors, churches, ministries, and believers from across America and other nations, including many from South Korea, at a four-day summit of prayer, worship and missions-sharing.

While Evangelicals, Pentecostals and Charismatics are united in their desire for the Billion Soul Harvest (BSH), four of the eight billion people on earth have yet to hear the gospel for the first time. About one in four – or a little more than two billion people – call themselves Christians.

The Billion Soul Harvest Global Summit (https://www.billionsoulharvest.net) was stirred by Jesus’ vision of the fields ready for harvest (John 4:35). It sought to unite believers around the goal by 2030. But more than a billion is fine, too, if Jesus tarries after 2033.

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SO WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

(July 12, 2022) Richard Winter brings a timely challenge…

History records both good and bad times that humanity lives through! And we don’t need anyone to tell us that were living in difficult days today… we know! Indeed, bad times these days offer us a perspective of worse times to come!

This was true in the times of Jesus too! And one day He gave His disciples ‘a scripture memory test’ about Noah’s times, linking it to the end of time and His return from heaven.

Most people know the story of Noah and the ark Jesus referred to. Indeed everyone should take note of His Matthew 24:37-38 warning, ‘As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying, and giving in marriage, up to the day that Noah entered into the ark, and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood took them all away.’

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THE WORLD NEEDS MORE AUDRAS

(July 8, 2022) Carol Round challenges us to shine God’s love in these dark times …

Her bright, sequined clothing captured my attention. So did her jewellery. Wrapped around her left arm had to be at least a half-dozen sparkling bracelets.

A little along on my left in church, this precious girl was seated in a wheelchair. A man, whom I assumed was her father, sat in the pew next to her.

During our church’s short ‘meet-and-greet someone you didn’t come to church with’ time, I met them. When I walked over to shake their hands, the girl looked down, as if she were shy. She didn’t even acknowledge me when I said, ‘I love your glittery clothes.’

I introduced myself to her father. He then introduced me to Audra, saying, ‘She’s hard of hearing.’ Leaning down so I could get closer to Audra, I repeated my words, adding her name this time. Raising her head, she smiled at me.

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