The January 2002 Pneuma Informer
In this Issue:
- David Driggs, the Pneuma Foundation Webmaster, has successfully configured a search utility on the www.PneumaFoundation.org website. Found in the upper right hand corner of every page, as of January 2 there are over 170,000 word search list items.
- On-line article from the Pneuma Review: Further Reading: Pentecostalism and Ecumenism from Amos Yong's important series "Pentecostalism and Ecumenism: Past, Present, and Future" — added December 31, 2001
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Reports from Around the World
Africa: A mile wide, but only an inch deep?
"Africa's church is like a shallow river: a mile wide, but only an inch deep," a quote attributed to English theologian John Stott, is no longer true, according to the African leaders. "Africa's spirituality and passion are impressive, and it depends on how we define depth," says Ngwiza Mnkandla. "The moment we copy Western models of church and leadership, we lose ourselves. When we accept our inheritance from God with dignity, the depth grows, and we see all sorts of indigenous breakthroughs." Christian leaders such as Dion Roberts in Abidjan lead churches with an attendance of 200,000. The Nairobi Lighthouse Church, founded by Don Matheny, has trained its members so well that literally everyone is able to lead people interested in Christianity to Jesus. The same day, pastors visit the new believers, often leading the whole family to Jesus and planting a house cell. The church has an attendance of around 6,000.
Source: Friday Fax 2002, Issue 2.
China and India: three reasons for church growth
The continued growth of Christian churches in China - mostly underground house churches - has something to do with three convictions widespread among Chinese Christians. The Chinese love the progression 'good, better, best', so the three mottoes are "It is good for a Christian to lead someone to Christ. It is better to plant a church. It is best to plant a church-planting movement," according to Steve Steele, CEO of Dawn Ministries. "Indian Christians have three similar convictions: every Christian can plant a church; every house can become a church; every church can become a Bible school."
Source: Steve Steele, DAWN Ministries
by way of Friday Fax 2001, Issue 48.
Malawi: The Jesus film on the mosque wall
Danie Vermeulen, previously a pastor in South Africa and now strategy advisor for church planting movements, reports of a church planter in Malawi who has planted 30 churches among the Yao, a predominantly Muslim tribe, in the last 30 years. Most of the churches were the result of 'power encounters' such as healing or deliverance from demonic powers.
"I recently saw 2,000 Muslims decide to follow Jesus," says Vermeulen. "We arrived in a Muslim village to show the Jesus film. There was not a single Christian family in the village. Our projection screen was too small, and the largest white wall in the village was that of the mosque. We asked the Imam, who granted us permission to show the Jesus film there. That evening, hundreds saw the film, and the Imam was the first to respond to the call to follow Jesus. So many were set free during the ensuing prayer for deliverance from demonic powers that most of the villagers decided to follow the Imam's example. In 5 days, 2,000 Muslims became Christians, and 5 churches were planted to help the people in their new-found faith."
Source: Danie Vermeulen
, DAWN Africa; by way of Friday Fax 2002, Issue 2
Thoughts to Ponder
Read Thoughts to Ponder: January 2002 now on PneumaReview.com
Excerpts from the Winter 2002 (Vol 5, No 1) issue of the Pneuma Review
The Pneuma Review is a quarterly printed journal of ministry resources and theology for Pentecostal and charismatic ministries and leaders.
Read the full article by Jon Ruthven, "Upon This Foundation: Ephesians 2:20 and the Gift of Prophecy" now on PneumaReview.com
Read the triple review by Grant Hochman now on PneumaReview.com
- Friends of the Pneuma Foundation working in southern India have asked for prayer as they seek to evangelize the animistic Betta Kurumbar people.
- The Wiconi International "Dancing Our Prayers" ministry team will be at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City from February 14-17. They will be sharing the gospel with thousands of people from around the world during "prime time" on one of the main public stages. The team will give eight, one-hour, Native dance and music presentations over four days as well as ministering at a local church. Please pray for the team to have an effective outreach that clearly presents the gospel and ministers to people where they are at.
- A couple of recent events acted as a reminder of God's provision for the writers and editors of the Pneuma Foundation: Kevin Williams feared he had lost a complete article that was to appear in the Pneuma Review, however the file was recovered with no data loss. Also, Raul Mock was faced with numerous technical difficulties in setting up a new computer used for the Pneuma Foundation and then was assisted by www.PneumaFoundation.org Webmaster David Driggs to configure it correctly. This also provided a new system for President James Dettmann, which he hopes to use to contribute even more to the operation and publications of the Pneuma Foundation. Praise God for His provision!
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