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The July 2006 PNEUMA INFORMER

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What's New at www.PneumaFoundation.org
New Featured Online Articles
New Links and Content Worth Noticing
Reports from Around the World
China: Religious books have hard journey before reaching shelves
Kenya: One Pastor's Story
News and Headlines
Report the News
Upcoming Conference
Resources You Can Use
Online Ministry Opportunity
Without-cost One Year School of Prayer
Excerpts from the PNEUMA REVIEW
Prayer Requests
Praise Reports
Support the Pneuma Foundation

What's New at www.PneumaFoundation.org

New Featured Online ArticlesNew Links and Content Worth Noticing
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Reports from Around the World

China: Religious books have hard journey before reaching shelves
Perhaps surprisingly, China's book lovers have ready access in the many bookshops in the country's cities to publications about religion. While very little - if any - tackles any connection between religion and contemporary Chinese society and polity, various publications discuss the history, doctrine and practices of the five approved faiths - Buddhism, Daoism, Islam, Catholicism and Protestantism - Forum 18 News Service has found. While state censorship persists, books promoting a particular faith and offering adherents texts to help their religious practice are difficult to find in general bookshops - though some innovative publishers have been able to get round official controls. Instead, religious believers have to seek out bookshops of the five state-sanctioned faiths, whose own publications cannot be sold in general bookshops as they lack official publication data. Private bookshops - such as those run by individual Protestants - can only stock devotional material that has slipped through the official net.
Source: Forum18 News Summary. Read the full report: http://www.forum18.org/Archive.php?article_id=808

Kenya: One Pastor's Story
Special report from Brother Nicodemus
I have been going under many difficulties in my ministry. In my area where I am living many are bound in traditional religion, idol worship, consequently this has challenged us to change the village and beyond, drawing many into Christ.
In a crusade that we held at Getumbe, 6th through the 9th of April, I really saw the Lord doing wonders. Many were healed instantly as they gave testimony. A woman aged 61 years old was healed after being prayed for, her eyes were aching and she could not see. Another lady in the meeting received a miracle of healing from her chest pains, which she claimed has been a problem of 6 years in her. We were opposed by forces against the work of God, but we faint not because we receive this mercy and have this ministry.
In the year 1999, in a house of prayer night watch a certain, a group of armed men attacked us and beat us terribly saying that we were making too much noise for them. We were praying with a loud voice and praising the name of Jesus, and we fainted not since we knew the one we are serving is a unchangeable God.
In 2003, a certain man aged 27 years that had been sick for 9 months was brought by his parents to a witchdoctor. His parents had tried to threat him but they were defeated and he was near the end. It is said that the man was witched by witchcrafts and was unable to talk, so his parents had no hope for him. I took a step of faith and talked with his parents about the word of God, about healing from Mathew 10:1, about the power that we have been given over unclean spirits and all manner of sickness and diseases. They believed, and when I laid my hand over the man he received instant healing. We rejoiced together in the Lord and glorified the name of Jesus.
On May 10, we preached to a man aged 35 years who was a witch doctor. We spoke with him from the word of God about the judgment of sinners in the Lord's Day. He accepted Jesus to be his personal savior and protector, and he rejected the "protection" he had as a magician. He allowed us to uproot the trees that he planted for protecting him from death.
I have seen the Lord working through us. Please continue praying for us. Pray for souls that the Lord my draw them to him through us and give us courage. Thank for your prayers and I conclude that peace and mercy of the Lord Jesus be with you always.

News and Headlines
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  • "Malaysia bans 18 books on Islam" (SEAPA) http://www.seapabkk.org/newdesign/newsdetail.php?No=489
  • China's 'Brother Z': A Christian Hero Needs Our Support" by J. Lee Grady (CharismaNOW). http://www.fireinmybones.com/Columns/071106.html
  • USA: "Center stage for a pastor where it's rock that usually rules" Rob Bell, a minister, is on a 21-city tour this summer taking him to venues usually presenting rock bands (The New York Times). http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/08/us/08minister.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
  • USA: "District pulls plug on speech" High school graduate censored for mentioning the Bible and Christ (Las Vegas Review-Journal). Link recommended by Karen M. http://www.reviewjournal.com/lvrj_home/2006/Jun-17-Sat-2006/news/8014416.html

See other news to pray and praise God about in the Prayer Requests department below.

Report the News
We are looking for stories about what God is doing in the world, reports about the persecution of Christians, and information about significant trends and ministry opportunities. If you have a news item to report, please send an email to the PNEUMA INFORMER. http://www.pneumafoundation.org/contactus.jsp

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Upcoming Conference

Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches of North America The 2006 PCCNA Conference will be held October 25-27, in Brooklyn, New York, with meetings scheduled at the Brooklyn Tabernacle, 17 Smith Street. Visit www.pccna.org for more information.


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Resources You Can Use

Online Ministry Opportunity

Ask the planet - via Yahoo.
The new Yahoo Answers site has characteristics of both chat rooms and bulletin boards. It allows anyone to post a question about anything, so that others can answer it. It is very easy to use you just need a Yahoo ID and then sign up for the Answers system. There are many questions in the religious section which give you the opportunity to provide a sensitive, relevant, biblical answer. But you will also see questions in many other subject areas which allow you to sensitively share a Christian worldview in a non-preachy way. For instance, there are frequent questions about movies which enable us to draw out Christian parallels, in the way that HollywoodJesus.com and MovieGlimpe.com do. And personal needs and worries are often posted in various subject areas. Answers posted at Yahoo Answers do not necessarily develop into discussion and feedback - though this is possible and those who posted the question can contact you privately.
Because of the popularity of the site, your answers are likely to be viewed by large numbers of people.
You can even make Yahoo Answers your browser homepage (or desktop shortcut) then you can skim through current questions any time you have a few spare minutes.
http://answers.yahoo.com
Source: Web Evangelism Newsletter July l (i) 06

Without-cost One Year School of Prayer
There are keys to answered prayer. Best-selling authors, prayer leaders, and conference speakers, Eddie and Alice Smith, with the U.S. Prayer Center now offer their 52-Week School of Prayer online! Imagine receiving a unique lesson on prayer in your email inbox each week for an entire year! You'll never need to leave home to attend a class or pay an enrollment fee. They will teach you how to have a fulfilling quiet time; to experience intimacy with God through prayer; to pray our family and friends to Christ; and more. Appropriate across denominational lines. Offer it to your friends, your church, or ministry. Be one of 100,000 the Smiths will mentor with this free course. Receive as a bonus for enrolling the amazing PDF report, "138 Ways to Mobilize Prayer." Simply enter your first name and email address at: http://www.TeachMeToPray.com
Source: Brigada Today 2006/06/16

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Prayer Requests

  • Pray for the people of Somalia, Africa: In early June, Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, fell to an alliance of Islamic militias after they had fought for four months against an alliance of warlords. The "Islamic Courts Union" (ICU) Shura Council will act as a parliament in all areas the ICU controls. Its head, Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys (61), is designated as a terrorist by both the US and the UN. Aweys has vowed to enact Sharia (Islamic) Law across Somalia. He has ruled that Muslims who miss prayers will be regarded as infidels and killed. Three Christian men were recently shot dead. Some children of Christian Somali refugees in Kenya have been kidnapped by Muslim relatives and taken to Islamic institutions in Somalia for "rehabilitation."
    The situation in Somalia is dangerous and desperate. Please pray for God to intervene there for the sake of his Kingdom and glory.
    Source: World Evangelical Alliance Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin - RLP 386 "Somalia: Desperate Plight of Christians"
  • Monica in Pakistan writes: "Dear friends, Thanks for the prayers, when we pray from our core of heart our Lord give us answer. With your prayers I received the visa and went to the Netherlands and presented my research paper that was admired by the all participants. This all is because I have strong faith on God, he gave me this opportunity and confidence and the conference organizers funded me.
    "In these days my husband, my son and myself are planning to apply for visa. We want to take admission in religious school and want to do studies in theology. I am a Ph.D doctor and my husband is engineer but we want to study our religion more in depth, my father (late) was priest.
    "I request you all pray for us in getting visa and for financial problems."
  • Pray for the persecuted church in Uzbekistan, Asia: Uzbekistan, in Muslim Central Asia, is one of the world's worst religious liberty abusers. The violently authoritarian government labels all religion that is not "traditional" as "extremist" and "alien." Uzbekistan's small Protestant Church is accordingly severely repressed and persecuted. Persecution has intensified (along with the country's isolation) over recent years, especially since mid-2005. In June 2006 harsh penalties were introduced as punishment for "illegal" production, storage, importation and distribution of all forms of religious literature. Pastor Dmitry Shestakov, evangelist Lepes Umarov, and Baptist house-church host Viktor Vitkovsky are all presently facing criminal charges due to their ministry and witness. Pastor Shestakov has fled the country. Pray for God to protect, build and bless his Church in Uzbekistan.
    Source: World Evangelical Alliance Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin - RLP 385 "Uzbekistan: Protestants Severely Persecuted"
  • Pray for famine victims in Malawi, Africa: Malawi, one of the poorest nations in the world, is still suffering from the famine that reached its peak toward the end of 2005. Drought caused crops to wither in the brutal heat. The price of corn soared beyond the reach of millions, forcing many to fill their empty stomachs with wild plants. Many waded into crocodile-infested lakes to pull up the roots of water lilies.
    The president of Malawi declared the country a "disaster area," and warned that 5 million people, almost half the population, were threatened with starvation. In addition to famine, 14 percent of Malawians are infected with the AIDS virus; thus many farmers are too sick to work. They must choose to spend what little money they have on medicine or of food.
    Approximately 12 million people are still in need of food aid due to drought and disease.
    Ironically, most of the worst-hit villages were located in a fertile river valley fed with water from Lake Malawi. Farmers, however, who cannot afford wheelbarrows and other tools, had no way to transport the water to their fields.
    Christian Aid was able to wire emergency funds to The Church of Disciples Mission, an indigenous ministry in Malawi. Since food is available if one has money to buy it, native missionaries were immediately able to buy and distribute food to the starving, and continue to lend aid to those in need. Help is needed for the ongoing crisis.
    Churches started by the ministry have increased in number since the famine because many people learned about Christ's love through the kindness of the gospel workers.
    Source: Christian Aid [Missions Insider] "Famine victims in Malawi"
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Praise Reports

  • Sheryl Montgomery Wingerd writes: "My father Jim Montgomery, was admitted into the hospital because of severe pain in his neck and the inability to swallow. Tests revealed thyroid cancer which was pressing against his esophagus. It had also weakened a vertebra in his neck causing it to crack one night when he turned in his sleep.
    "The family spent a week with him at the hospital while more tests were done and treatment options given. In the end, my father and mother chose a natural treatment plan we believed to be God's leading, and we moved my father home to care for him there.
    "In the past few weeks he has regained much strength and he now has no more pain in his neck, though he still wears a neck brace. He is beginning to work again with new inspiration and vision, and a sense of God's hand and grace every day.
    "So many from around the world have told us that they are praying for him, and have sent many encouraging messages. How we appreciate those prayers and see the evidence of God's goodness day by day." (July 10, 2006)
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