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The November-December 2010 PNEUMA INFORMER

In this issue

What's New at www.PneumaFoundation.org
New Online Articles
New Links and Content Worth Noticing
Loren Sandford, "An Approaching Crisis: A Call for Charismatic Reform"
Reports from Around the World
Eritrea: New crackdown against Christians
Cape Town 2010: The Lausanne Global Conversation
Chile: Rescued miner gives testimony at Luis Palau festival
Police Attack Christians in Egypt
Pentecostals at the National Council of Churches
The Dead Sea Scrolls are being digitized by Google
Network Posts Alabama Revival Services Online
Prayer proves to be effective in countering terrorism
News and Headlines
Report the News
Special Report from Woodrow Walton: ETS 2010
Resources You Can Use
Stopping Human Trafficking in the USA
Christian Resources International
John Lathrop, "Bringing Light and Life to Nepal"
Excerpts from THE PNEUMA REVIEW
Charles H. Kraft, "Allegiance, Truth and Power"
Grady's THE HOLY SPIRIT IS NOT FOR SALE, Reviewed by John Lathrop
Prayer Requests

What's New at www.PneumaFoundation.org

New Online ArticlesNew Links and Content Worth Noticing
  • The Pneuma Foundation is pleased to add content to our website as a resource to our members and friends around the world. We also add links to content that we are not able to republish ourselves, but may be of interest. Here are some examples of links added recently to "Links to Articles & Books" www.pneumafoundation.org/links_articles.jsp and from "Links to Study Resources" www.pneumafoundation.org/links_study.jsp
  • The largest list of Pentecostal/charismatic Bible Schools available online anywhere. http://www.pneumafoundation.org/links_schools.jsp
    Add your school: http://www.pneumafoundation.org/links.jsp#link
  • Moved to the Fall 2010 Other Significant Articles.
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Loren Sandford, "An Approaching Crisis: A Call for Charismatic Reform"


An Approaching Crisis: A Call for Charismatic Reform

By Loren Sandford

Read this article at PneumaReview.com: An Approaching Crisis

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R. Loren Sandford, is the eldest son of John and Paula Sandford, widely recognized as pioneers in the charismatic renewal, prophetic ministry and inner healing. A graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary, Loren has been in ministry full time since 1976 and is the founding pastor of New Song Fellowship in Denver, Colorado, where he serves as the pastoral coordinator for the western region of Partners in Harvest, the church affiliation that has grown from the Toronto outpouring. He is the author of books including Purifying the Prophetic: Breaking Free from the Spirit of Self-fulfillment, Understanding Prophetic People: Blessings and Problems with the Prophetic Gift, and The Prophetic Church: Wielding the Power to Change the World. Loren is also a member of the Osage Nation, a Native American heritage he deeply treasures.
This guest article is used with permission. The author introduction was adapted.


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Reports from Around the World

Eritrea: New crackdown against Christians
The governor of the Southern Zone of Eritrea has ordered a crackdown on Christians living in his province.
Eritrean security officials rounded up 11 Christians, and their whereabouts remain unknown. They joined the over 3,000 Christians who are also being held illegally. Greg Musselman of Voice of the Martyrs Canada confirms the report, but observes, "It is so targeted toward a specific group, that it is sad there has not been more of an international cry." Despite the harassment and oppression, the Gospel is still going forward. In fact, years before the crackdowns began, God directed the churches to go underground. There, "Discipleship became very key and center, which it should always be. But in that case, they were really discipling the next leaders." Those who are free to follow Christ need to come alongside those who have no voice. "We need to pray the Lord would comfort our brothers and sisters, to go to the Father and ask that He would strengthen them, and that they would sense our prayers." Follow the links on the Mission Network News website to become involved in being a voice for the powerless. Full story: mnnonline.org/article/14927
Source: Mission Network News, 4 November, 2010

Cape Town 2010: The Lausanne Global Conversation
"Cape Town 2010 brought together 4,000 leaders from 198 countries to confront the critical issues of our time as they relate to the future of the Church and world evangelization. Participate online by watching video of the Congress sessions and joining with Christians around the world in related discussion." BrigadaToday put it this way: "Lausanne probably looks more like Revelation 7:9 & 11 than anything else on the planet."
conversation.lausanne.org/en/
Do not miss these video sessions to be encouraged and hear about what God is doing all across the world.


Chile: Rescued miner gives testimony at Luis Palau festival
God has used potential tragedy for His glory. When 33 Chilean miners were trapped under the earth for 69 days, one of them, Jose Henriquez, requested Luis Palau audio Bible messages. Henriquez, who became known as "the pastor," eventually led 22 of the men to Christ. When Palau went to Chile for a week-long outreach campaign, he asked the recently-rescued Henriquez to speak. After hearing his story, thousands more came to Christ. Pray for these new believers.
Source: Mission Network News, 5 November, 2010. Full story: http://www.mnnonline.org/article/14932

Police Attack Christians in Egypt
As Americans prepared to enjoy Thanksgiving with family and friends, Christian Aid Africa Director Rae Burnett received an urgent plea for prayer from one of the Egyptian ministries helped by Christian Aid:
"Today we had evangelical outreach but it was cancelled because the police are destroying a church in the area where we live and serve. So Christians gathered in front of the government building to protest. To everyone's horror, the police opened fire on them. An unknown number of people have died so far and many others are injured. More than 100 were arrested.
"Muslims were even hitting the Christian children in schools and people who were going to church in the morning. Children and churchgoers fled and remain frightened in their homes. No one is able [to] leave home or to go any place. It is something like war between the police and the Christians.
"So please pray for us, our workers, and the people we serve who are in the middle of this battle. Please pray that the Lord will comfort the families of these martyrs and give speedy recovery for those who are injured and in dangerous situations. "Some public hospitals have refused treatment for wounded Christians. So the only choice is to either die or pay for the private hospitals which are very expensive. Very few can afford the fees. So pray for help for those people and that 100 person are still arrested we hope they be free soon. Pray that the Lord give supply for repair the damage to church buildings, and that the whole situation will calm down in peace."
To help Christians in this emergency in Egypt, visit this page from Christian Aid: christianaid.orgcart/response/20101129Egypt.aspx
Source: Missions Insider Report, November 29, 2010. http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs012/1011289464089/archive/1103996419676.html

Pentecostals at the National Council of Churches
"Pastor Presents to National Council of Churches," Faith News Network (November 23, 2010), http://www.faithnews.cc/2010/11/23/pastor-presents-to-national-council-of-churches/.
Tony Richie, a regular contributor to Pneuma Foundation publications, was invited to speak at the National Council of Churches of Christ General Assembly which convened in New Orleans on November 9-11, 2010. His presentation was part of a centennial celebration of the famous mission conference conducted in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1910.

The Dead Sea Scrolls are being digitized by Google
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2371109,00.asp
Thanks to Web Evangelism Bulletin (October 2010) for suggesting this link.

Network Posts Alabama Revival Services Online
Since mid-August, former Brownsville Revival pastor John Kilpatrick has seen thousands of people flock to revival services being held four nights a week at the convention center in Mobile, Ala., where he now leads Church of His Presence. The blind are seeing, the lame are walking and the deaf are hearing, he says, at what he believes may become another long-running revival.
Three services, held Nov. 5-7, have been made available for viewing online at global network GOD TV's video-on-demand site, god.tv/video. The meetings are posted in their entirety and equal more than 10 hours of viewing time.
Source: CharismaNews, Nov. 11, 2011. Read the full article: charismamag.com/index.php/news/29532-network-posts-alabama-revival-services-online-

Prayer proves to be effective in countering terrorism
13 countries experienced suicide attacks in 2009. There are ways to counter the ideology that creates new suicide bombers, and prayer is part of the solution. In the Middle East, a disillusioned man named 'Harvey' was training to be suicide bomber, but something wasn't right. He cried out to God to show him the truth, and after seeing Jesus in a dream, Harvey began to follow Him. Harvey was eventually discipled by a PIONEERS missionary. Pray for Harvey's faith to grow.
Source: Mission Network News, 4 November, 2010. http://www.mnnonline.org/article/14926

News and Headlines
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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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Special Report from Woodrow Walton: ETS 2010


Read this article at PneumaReview.com: Highlights from Evangelical Theological Society 2010

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Woodrow E. Walton, D.Min. (Oral Roberts University School of Theology and Missions), B.A. (Texas Christian University), B.D. [M.Div.] (Duke Divinity School), M.A. (University of Oklahoma), is a retired Seminary Dean and Professor of biblical, theological and historical studies. An ordained Assemblies of God minister, he and his wife live in Shattuck, Oklahoma. Walton retains membership with the Evangelical Theological Society, American Association of Christian Counselors, American Society of Church History, American Academy of Political Science, and The International Society of Frontier Missiology.


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Resources You Can Use

Stopping Human Trafficking in the USA
Mission Network News produced an excellent introduction to what the sex trade is in the United States and how your church can be involved in abolishing this horrible injustice.
Part 1: The U.S. sex trade flourishes: number of enslaved minors increasing. Anywhere from 100,000 to 300,000 young girls are enslaved in the U.S. each year and raped for profit. mnnonline.org/article/14718
Part 2: The U.S. sex trade flourishes: how adolescent girls become slaves. Deceived and taken advantage of, why the young women caught in slavery cannot escape. mnnonline.org/article/14722
Part 3: The U.S. sex trade flourishes: who's in charge?. Traffickers are motivated by greed, have a capacity for violence, and they know how to hide from authorities. mnnonline.org/article/14726
Part 4: The U.S. sex trade flourishes: your role in the fight Why the church must to respond to this evil and how it should do so. mnnonline.org/article/14734
See also: Theresa Flores provides tips on trafficking prevention Her book, The Slave Across the Street, is an autobiographical account of Flores' own horrifying experience as a teenage sex slave living in the suburbs. mnnonline.org/article/14920
Trafficking outside the USA: India and West Bengal There are approximately 3 million trafficked victims in India, huge brothels with 50,000 slaves. mnnonline.org/article/14921 | Every Child Ministry offers trafficking prevention training in Uganda (June 20-21, 2011) and Ghana (November 7-9, 2011). mnnonline.org/article/14922 | Cambodia Sponsorship program defeats poverty, prevents trafficking, and offers hope of the Gospel. mnnonline.org/article/14825

Christian Resources International
Old books can be sent to Christians in need
Who knew getting rid of old books could be so rewarding? Connie McCallum says the Christian Resources International Bare Your Bookshelf program has helped believers around the globe. "We receive daily letters from people in other countries saying 'thank you' for sending a Bible to them because they would never have an opportunity to read it for themselves." Many of the letters express the way a Bible has changed lives, as was the case for one man in a country north of Ethiopia. "He sent us a 'thank you' yesterday, tell us how much it impacted his life and how it has changed his family because he received that." So don't sell those garage sale books just yet. Participate in Bare Your Bookshelf by sending in old Bibles, theology books or devotionals. Check our Web site for details. "If you really want to be blessed and you are looking to get rid of an extra Bible that you have laying around your house, Bare Your Bookshelf is a great way to do that."
When Pneuma Foundation Executive Director, Raul Mock, wrote to CRI with concerns about their acceptance and distribution of books that are favorable to the charismata, their Operations Manager, Matt Way, responded by saying:

I appreciate your concerns over the book acceptance policy. This subject has been a real concern in the past, so we always approach the subject with some sensitivity. Since this has and is such a sensitive subject, the Board of Directors has implemented the Book Acceptance Policy which I'm sure you have found online.
CRI does hold a rather open policy on book acceptance. We are not in the habit of trying to censor Christian literature that is sent around the world and we do trust that the Lord will guide the readers of the material into all truth as found in the Bible. CRI is a non-denominational ministry which means we are not formally aligned with any denomination. Therefore, CRI does have on its' shelves and in packed boxes books that are Charismatic, Hyper-Calvinistic Theology, Arminian Theology, etc. The idea behind the book acceptance policy is to have a policy in place that allows volunteers and staff to filter out books that may have a direct negative impact on new believers or would have little to no spiritual benefit.
If you are interested in either seeking to donate or requesting materials, contact Christian Resources International through their website: www.cribooks.org
Source: Expanded and adapted from Mission Network News, 15 July, 2010. http://www.mnnonline.org/article/14475

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John Lathrop, "Bringing Light and Life to Nepal"


Read this story, with update, at PneumaReview.com: Bringing Light and Life to Nepal

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John P. Lathrop, M.A. (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary), is an ordained minister with the International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies (formerly the Christian Church of North America). He is the author of Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers Then and Now (Xulon Press, 2008).


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Excerpts from THE PNEUMA REVIEW

THE PNEUMA REVIEW is a quarterly printed journal of ministry resources and theology for Pentecostal and charismatic ministries and leaders. For more information about THE PNEUMA REVIEW, and to learn how to subscribe, please visit: Introducing THE PNEUMA REVIEW. www.pneumafoundation.org/intro_pr.jsp

For a full index of the contents of all Pneuma Review issues, visit: http://www.pneumafoundation.org/pr_archive.jsp.





Charles H. Kraft, "Allegiance, Truth and Power"

From the Fall 2010 issue

Allegiance, Truth and Power: Three crucial dimensions for Christian living
By Charles H. Kraft

Read the full article at PneumaReview.com: Allegiance, Truth and Power

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Charles H. Kraft, Ph.D. (Hartford Seminary Foundation), is Senior Professor of Anthropology and Intercultural Communication, Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, California). He has served as a missionary in Nigeria, and professor of African languages at Michigan State University and UCLA. He has published widely both in missiology and in African linguistics, and his books include Christianity in Culture (1979 and revised 2005) and Worldview for Christian Witness (2008). www.fuller.edu/faculty.aspx?id=3546

Footnotes appear in the printed version of this article excerpt.

Read the rest of this article and many other articles in the Fall 2010 issue of THE PNEUMA REVIEW www.pneumafoundation.org/intro_pr.jsp


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Grady's THE HOLY SPIRIT IS NOT FOR SALE, Reviewed by John Lathrop

From the Fall 2010 issue

J. Lee Grady, The Holy Spirit is Not For Sale (Grand Rapids: Chosen Books, 2010), 235 pages, ISBN 9780800794873.

Read the review at PneumaReview.com: http://pneumareview.com/lee-grady-the-holy-spirit-is-not-for-sale/

Reviewed by John P. Lathrop

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John P. Lathrop, M.A. (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary), is an ordained minister with the International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies (formerly the Christian Church of North America). He is the author of Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers Then and Now (Xulon Press, 2008).

Read more reviews and other articles in the Fall 2010 issue of THE PNEUMA REVIEW www.pneumafoundation.org/intro_pr.jsp


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Prayer Requests

  • "I read your articles on the infilling of the Holy Spirit. Please pray that I be filled. I desire this gift more than my own life. I am at the end of myself and can't go further without God's movement. Thank You!"
    Michael - Reference Number: 90043337

  • Missionary beaten in Nepal. Indra Rai Waglan, a Gospel for Asia-supported missionary, was brutally beaten on 17th October 2010 in Nepal by six men, who accused him of blasphemy, reports VOM Canada. Indra has a broken rib and bruises all over his body. The incident happened when the missionary and an elderly believer were traveling to a neighboring village to conduct a prayer meeting. The six men, who attacked the missionary were identified by the police and their case is before the court.
    Prayer points: Pray for the healing and restoration of Indra Rai Waglan. Pray for protection over local Christians and missionaries in Nepal. Pray for police and governmental officials, in charge of keeping security and religious tolerance in the country.
    Source: WEA Religious Liberty Prayer News, November 15, 2010
  • A missionary in the Middle East writes, "I'm a pastor in the Philippines and my brother invited me to help him in his ministry in Dubai. I am here now with my wife and we will stay here for two months more.
    "Please pray for revival here in Dubai. That many will be saved and experience the power of God in their lives - complete freedom, fire and focus in their lives.
    Thanks for your prayers. God bless you all.
    "In Christ,"
    - RV. Reference Number: 90044096