Gareth Lavell, following Jesus in Chiang Mai, Thailand says the photo shows boys from our Boys Home packing gifts from readers of this page to take to the Myanmar refugees at the UN camp that caught fire leaving 90 dead and 3,500 homeless. Officially, a cooking fire got out of control but many report fiery packages being dropped by a helicopter. Gareth’s own photos.
For the man who was phoning from Denver in Colorado, it was 3.45 in the morning and his coffee was strong. Moneygram was returning a transfer of just £50 that we had sent to Brazil and informing us that our account with them was closed. Western Union did the same six months earlier, but not nearly so nicely. At least the people at Moneygram said that they were as sorry as anyone can be at such an unearthly hour. If you send funds to more than ten nations, regulations say you must surely be money laundering, and on the blacklist you go, with no appeals and, “Have a good day, sir.” When we sent money to Liberia, the United Nations intercepted it. For Myanmar, it was Singapore who sent it back. The USA blocks every gift to Cuba. Curiously though, once they had looked us over through dark sunglasses, it was a gambling syndicate in Moscow who quite legally took our money via Switzerland. Amazingly, it re-emerged in dollars from under the counter of a grocery store in Cuba. Paul, the apostle, said that against showing love, creating joy, promoting peace, staying full of faith and being patient, kind, good and gentle, there is no law. There may be no law against it, but take my word – some financial people and politicians go out of their way to make doing good as difficult as possible. It might be my imagination but was it because of the banks that Saul of Tarsus changed his name to Paul from Antioch so he could continue sending offerings to help people in mission? Perhaps we shall have to do the same?
Myrt Bradley, following Jesus in England says the Catholic Charismatic ladies prayer group in Malawi send a big thank you for their Bibles in the Tumbuka language. They are thrilled with their precious gifts. Also each village Headman has his own copy, two copies are in each village for people who read Tumbuka, love Jesus and who will read the Bible to the people. I gave our last Bible to a young lady who is the nursery school teacher in Mzimba. She held it to her heart, fell to her knees, hugged my knees and sobbed with sheer joy at receiving her own Bible. This made a profound impact on me.
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Tukiko Omosso, following Jesus in Tanzania says we are looking for people to come and do mission with us on the Lake Victoria Islands to reach the fishing communities.
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One year ago the doctors told me that I had less than 12 months to live. So it is with great joy that I give thanks to God that not only am I still here but I am feeling great. I am on a third cycle of chemotherapy, very active, eating everything and working all hours. Daily I choose life not death, and ask specifically for God’s blessing not to pass me by. At Easter my business is always quiet yet after prayer, in two hours we received a whole month of orders. The same evening, I went to a healing service in Birmingham. When the preacher finished he called for a John from Nottingham, saying the Lord had spoken to him about me. He anointed me with oil, called the elders to lay hands on me and the whole church prayed for the cancer to stop. Thank you to everyone, your prayers continue to be answered.
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Fr Donald Thomas, Melbourne, Australia says if you or your church or mission will send me your prayer request we will pray for all in need, at anytime, but we do not send donations.
I want to simplify your life. When others are telling you to read more, I want to tell you to read less; when others are telling you to do more, I want to tell you to do less. The world does not need more of you; it needs more of God. Your friends do not need more of you; they need more of God. And you don’t need more of you; you need more of God. For we do not progress in the Christian life by becoming more competent, more knowledgeable, more virtuous, or more energetic. We do not advance in the Christian life by acquiring expertise. Each day, and many times each day, we need more of God. From Eugene Peterson.
See some very moving Before and After photos from Terry and Ann Carpenter’s Rescue Centre for Malnourished Infants in Ghana. Many babies are brought in hours from death and leave with life, health and hope. Click here to read Terry’s very moving report.