The major cities of the United States are changing both in their belief systems and ethno-cultural makeup. How should the Good News be presented to them in order to be Good News? Besides sharing biblical inspiration plus stories of God's grace at work through our ministry in various parts of the world, I hope to address this and many other issues important to our Christian faith.
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View of Table Mountains
Cape Town, what a spectacular and scenic city surrounded by the majestic Table Mountains.
Monday, Moments after arriving at Cape Town Airport.
Yesterday we held one of our congress briefing sessions in a small town called Wellington, about an hours' drive from Cape Town. This happens to be the town where Andrew Murray, famous for His faith-based ministry over a hundred years ago, was based.
He ran an orphanage and there were times when there was nothing for the children to eat. But as they prayed, God would miraculously touch somebody to show up with supplies for the orphans. Most significantly, His prayer birthed a revival in South Africa that spread in many directions across Africa. There are amazing tales of God's move then as the man of God spent many days in prayer for revival.
A statue of Andrew Murray
outside a church in Wellington
Today, a hundred years after his death, his books on prayer are some of the most refreshing one can ever read. I was refreshed seeing the place where he ministered in the city of Wellington and left to ponder whether I can trust God in the same measure as He did for the sustenance of his ministry work. Whether revival can be equally experienced in our time. Why not revival now during our generation? Why not us?
Doug speaks to congress staff
On the Lausanne Congress, Doug Bardsal, Director of the Congress, spoke to the congress serving teams highlighting the key aspirations of the congress. Short video to follow soon when I can download it.
None of us wished for it. But COVID-19 delivers to our doorstep what is, perhaps, the greatest evangelistic opportunity of our lifetime. It is an unusual opportunity in the Twin Cities, North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and around the world. A scared world is open for spiritual business. The masks are off. People are open to hear that there is hope through Jesus Christ. For the church, the times we are in may have changed, due to COVID-19. But the mission we are on has not changed . The need to share the hope Jesus provides is now more urgent than ever. Our nation is now the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. Severe cases and deaths are mounting from coast to coast. Doctors, general medical workers and other essential service providers continue to do all they can to stave off the pandemic. 3 million Americans have lost their jobs. Children across the nation and worldwide are out of schools. Our economy and other global economies remain on shaky ground. All professional s
Our Mission in Kenya Continued well. He is humble, he is joyful, and he works hard to make a difference among a Kenyan rural town's community. That is Dr. Nathan Matasi, a gynecologist serving in Kitale town, Western Kenya. There are hardly any hospitals in this part of the world. The one government operated hospital in Kitale town serves a population of over one million people from the town and the surrounding rural farm communities. Sammy and Gary share a moment with Dr. Matasi next to a corn field in Kitale on Tuesday morning before heading out for the prayer service in Nairobi, some 400 miles away. Here you will find patients sleeping on the floor in overcrowded hallways, pregnant mothers sharing beds, and daily lines forming at the out-patient unit. There are hardly modern equipment available for the few qualified doctors and nurses to use for diagnostics or treatment. Majority of the patients can hardly afford to pay for quality medical attention. Yet it is
It is the Christmas season 2009. Like Joseph and Mary 2000 years ago, a young couple are on the virge of the birth of their first baby boy. Although they are doing everything to prepare for the big day, it still catches them by surprise. Instead of the regular 40 weeks, the baby is arriving six weeks early. Because they are not expecting it this early, their bags are not packed nor is the nursery fully furnished. Safe for an early morning warning in a dream to the father to prepare to be in a delivery room and with assurance (from the Lord) that it would be o.k, the day started off as any other day. At 6:00 AM, the couple prays together for about 40 minutes in their home in Victoria. They take showers. At about 7:30 AM, the husband goes to work briefly from his home office while the wife prepares something for their breakfast together. Within a couple hours they will have a routine prenatal doctor's appointment. Later in the evening the wife's sister and her two beau