Why should I spend an hour with the Lord when I do little with that time but think about people I am angry with or who are upset with me, books and pages that I need to read, and dozens of other silly things that happen to grab my mind for a moment?
The answer is because God is greater than my mind and my heart, and what is happening in this hour is not measurable in human success and failure. If I love God with my whole heart, mind and soul, then I should be able to spend an hour a day alone with the one I love. The remarkable thing is that sitting in the presence of God for one hour, day after day, week after week, month after month, even in total confusion and with myriad distractions actually, radically changes my life. Afterwards, I might think that the hour was useless, but after thirty or sixty or ninety such useless hours, I realize that a very small, gentle voice has been speaking to me far beyond my noisy mind, and life has moved on in the right way.
Adapted from Henri Nouwen, The Road to Daybreak.
Justice Heyford, Ghana says because of diabetes I have finally lost my left leg to amputation. Please do pray for me and encourage me in the faith that I may stand firm in the Lord. It is not easy but I know the Lord is on my side. I will send you the graduation pictures of our Schools of Mission students soon.
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I am ready to burn out for God. I am ready to endure any hardship, if by any means I might save some. The longing of my heart is to make Jesus known to those who have never heard. William Burns
I have studied it, prayed it, stood at the front to say yes to it, preached it, taught it, written it, given to it, sent people into it and believe me, paid a price for it. Yet when a teenage young lady came forward to read the Bible in last night’s church meeting, she turned to the final four verses of Matthew’s gospel, chapter 28 known as the Great Commission. As she spoke the Holy Spirit whispered in my soul, “You have forgotten all about it.” No-one else would know that, no-one would guess it, not even me, but it is true. In all the humdrum, everyday issues of life, church, health and holidays, sending funds and repelling frauds how easy it is to be consumed by the what and forget the why. Dust and ashes are the appropriate clothing for today. A return ticket to my first love is required.
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For 29 years we have done our best as a small group to support men and women in the developing world who have answered the call to the Great Commission on the basis that if we cannot go ourselves then we must send others. Why is it then that we have to say no to 9 out of 10 requests for help? We explain everything on this page – the DCI Money Forum.
We support men and women who make God’s love known by making leaders who go out and make life better for the poor.
Here are nine reasons from Paul, the apostle about why people get discouraged: The hardness of the journey; carrying rubbish from the past; believing words from the enemy; taking your eyes off Jesus and looking at the world; hiding secret or deceitful ways; being oppressed by the god of this age; personal empire building; physical tiredness, weakness or the dealings of God. We explain the full story and show you the way out in Dealing With Discouragement from the School of Mission.
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Living in Nairobi is a very different experience, like after dark you don’t walk anywhere. The nice part of town has armed guards, security gates and razor wire but over the high walls are 500,000 people in tiny one-room slum houses with no water, electricity or toilets. Whole families live in one 3m x 3m room. Hope to go with Spatial Collective into the Mathare slum to help people to organise services.
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There is a river that flows from the presence of God, and some remarkable trees grow alongside both banks. Remarkable because these trees never experience the falling leaves of autumn, and they give a new crop twelve times a year. The fruit is for food, and the leaves are for healing. Every month a new harvest is there to be picked and enjoyed. Every month. Every month.
For everyone in missions and for all those who have lost their jobs and can’t find another – for you who follow Jesus, every month there is a supply of food to be collected. For the nine or ten men and women in our fellowship, ourselves included, who can’t shake off the aches and pains with a couple of paracetamol and an early night, for you and for us every month God has provided a source of healing. Every month.
May this river of God and its orchard flow through your home, in the name of Jesus. May you find grace, together with us, to allow the greater truth of God’s word to displace the lesser truths of lack and illness. Do stretch your faith upwards and take what is provided. Grip hard, pull and keep pulling down because if you remember, these leaves and the fruit they hide do not fall by themselves.
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Victor Okorie, Nigeria says our Enugu DCI School of Mission has a first graduation in July with 25 students made up of 10 local pastors and 15 church workers. The students have led 80 people to follow Jesus. Sarwar Masih, Pakistan says we have five DCI Schools of Missions running well with students growing in Christ and the graduates are very effective. Pastor Emmanuel, Nigeria says our students doing the evangelism section have brought 19 new believers. Pastor Yoppi, Indonesia says we have the School of Mission in Tangerang and Mamasa and in Mamuju we have 46 new students.
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Today for the first time I heard about Destination Disease. This must be a virus – the one with no cure and no treatment. Aspirins do not touch it and taking it easy only gives it more space. If you always want to be somewhere else, we used to call it restlessness, you have got it. Trust me, I was a lifelong sufferer. A nun who fought the cloistered life until she found peace now says this, “We are in the right place now. It may not be the right place tomorrow, but if we open our hearts and minds to the love of God, he will guide us to where we are meant to be, at the proper time and in the best way.” I believe this is true. The truth is that the grass is not greener on the other side of the fence. The grass is actually greener where you water it. All it takes is a garden hose to turn things around and make other people want to be where you are.
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