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   The July 2001 Pneuma Informer

The July 2001 Pneuma Informer

In this Issue:




Pentecostals Have Biblical Beliefs

Recent research by Barna Research demonstrates that Americans attending classical Pentecostal churches (such as the Assemblies of God and Foursquare) are more likely to have biblical beliefs than those attending a church of any other denomination are.

Of those categorized by denomination in the survey, only non-denominational church attendees were nearly as likely to believe basic Bible doctrines such as the sinlessness of Jesus, the accuracy of the Bible, heaven cannot be earned by good works, the reality of Satan, and the all-powerfulness of God.

See the full article here: Barna Research Online



The 19th Pentecostal World Conference
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Resources You Can Use: Answer Magazine


Looking for a way to reach every household in your community? Try sending Answer Magazine.

For as little as $25, anyone in the US can send an evangelistic newsprint magazine to the first 125 people in their postal carrier route. Every issue includes articles such as "Forgiveness Doesn't Come Easily," "Jesus Christ'God's Appointed Savior, or Self-Appointed Fraud?," "Successful but Asking: 'Is This All There Is?'" and "Improving Your Marriage" that challenge readers about spiritual, moral, and family issues while presenting a clear gospel message.

This magazine's ministry is based on the concept of Christians in every community sharing Christ with their neighbors until every family receives it. The circulation of Answer is based on sponsorship of communities by donors.

Perhaps your congregation could start a sponsorship campaign that could generate enough funds to reach every family in your community. You may also purchase multiple copies of the magazine issues inexpensively to distribute through your ministry. This magazine might make a great, substantive "tract" to leave with someone.

For more information about Answer Magazine, write Answer Magazine, PO Box 94368, Birmingham, AL 35220. Or call: (800) 578-7594.




What is God Doing in the World?


God Heals Severe Back Problem
Andy Chambers, an Englishman living in Jyv'skyl', Finland, sent the following report: "I was in Denmark last month, and met a young man who had been healed in a conference at which I spoke in 1993. He was about 15 years old at the time, and had had a distorted spine since birth—a hereditary condition in his family for three generations. During a prayer time, he was suddenly able to straighten himself, and ran around the room shouting 'I'm healed!' A medical examination revealed that he had grown by 5 centimeters (2 inches). He spoke about his healing on the radio one year later, and later still in national television. His healing has lasted to this day, and was recorded in the Danish national medical archive as being unique in national medical history. Around 25 other people reported being healed of back problems during the same conference."
Source: Friday Fax Issue 25, 29th of June, 2001


Ethiopia: Moslem walks again
Tenalem Mulugeta is an Ethiopian evangelist who has been working in the region between Dembi Dollo and the Sudanese border since 1998. When he arrived in Modscho, he initially experienced significant resistance: people pelted him with stones and beat him with sticks. He was severely injured. One day, the people wanted to test whether the God of whom he spoke really has power, so they brought him an 18-year-old Moslem who had been confined to his bed for five years. Tenalem laid hands on him and prayed. The youth was healed immediately, jumped up and shouted "Jesus is Lord!". He was the first in Modscho to be baptized and start following Jesus. When they saw what happened to the young man, the people also brought a 12-year-old girl who had been lame for 18 months. She was also healed, and the people's hearts were opened for the gospel. Many are now Christians, and new churches have been planted. "Eat what they give you" (Luke 10) Tenalem set off on the long journey to Mira, on the Sudanese border. On his arrival there, 5 men from the Opo tribe came to him, and asked him three times whether he really had come because he loved them. Tenalem told them yes, he had come because he loved them. They decided to test him, saying that if he really loved them, then he would eat their food. If he did that, they would believe him, otherwise they would kill him. It was a hard test, because the food was mice and rats, which Tenalem had never eaten. He asked to be allowed to pray before the meal, and was then able to eat the 'regional specialty'. Following his successful completion of the test, the tribesmen were convinced that he really loved them, and hugged him. Some 100 people gathered to hear the gospel, and accepted Jesus as their savior.

The Snake God - or Jesus?
One problem remained: the tribe had previously worshipped the Boa as their god, and brought sacrifices in a particular place. The Opos were now afraid that the snake would harm them, but Tenalem told them that they now served the true God and need not be afraid. He lifted his hands and asked Jesus to demonstrate his power by killing the snakes. As he was praying, everyone heard a loud rumbling. They went to the place where they brought their sacrifices, and found the snake dead on the ground. This convinced the new believers that Jesus has power over all spirits, and were baptized.

10,000 members in 2 1/2 years
Tenalem belongs to a group of 100 evangelists sent out by the Full Gospel Believers Church in Addis, Ethiopia. During a 2 1/2-year training and support program, these 100 evangelists have led around 10,000 people from mostly unreached tribes to Jesus, and established many churches for the new believers, according to a report from the German mission agency "Aktion fuer Verfolgte Christen" (Action for Persecuted Christians). Confirmed Source: Hans Ollesch, AVC, translation of report appearing in: Friday Fax 2001 Issue 25, 29 June.


Two Raised from the Dead in Mongolia
Axel Fischer, leader of the mission agency 'HELP' in Ulaanbaatar, reports: "In the past two months, we have heard of two people being raised from the dead through prayer. In both cases, the person had died in hospital, and their death and resurrection were confirmed by doctors. Naraa, a Mongolian Christian who we have known for years, reports: 'One night, the desperate relatives of a man who had recently died asked us to come to the hospital. There are no doctors in our area, so we are often called on to pray for the sick. God has healed many people. I know that my God performs miracles, so I went to pray for the dead man, who was already cold when I arrived. After five minutes of prayer, he opened his eyes. His resurrection was the talk of the village. All the relatives gave their lives to Christ on the spot.' Badulzi, a pastor and close friend, told us the following: 'A young girl in our church died, but her Christian friends didn't want to accept her death. They believed that God could do wonders, so they prayed and praised God at her bedside for ten hours, until she returned to life. The doctors and other witnesses were astonished and could hardly comprehend that Jesus is also Lord over life and death.'"
Source: Friday Fax Issue 26, 6th of July, 2001. HELP International in Ulaanbaatar




New Equipment Available and Items Needed

Recently acquired items:
  • IBM Thinkpad laptop computer was recently donated to the Pneuma Foundation for use by the editors.
  • CD-RW drive (Writable/Re-Writable) will be available soon for long-term electronic backups.
  • The HP Laserwriter IID has been repaired and is working great.
Equipment needed:
  • External DOCSIS compliant Cable Modem, approx. $150
  • Copier/Fax/Inkjet Printer combo such as the HP Officejet, approx. $200
  • Digital postal packaging scale, approx. $75
  • Printing equipment: folder, inserter, binder/stapler, commercial paper cutter


There is also a need to reprint envelopes and letterhead in the near future. The Executive Committee has found a local Christian businessman who offers reduced prices on printing: The check-size envelopes that are included with all of the PF's outgoing mail will cost about $85 for 1,000. Letterhead will be $110 for 1,000 sheets. Journal sized envelopes will be $100 for 1,000.

Please contact Member Services for more information about donating equipment or helping purchase specific items.




Book/Periodical reviewers wanted

If you have recently read a book that others could benefit from, consider writing a brief essay and submitting it to our reviews department. Mike Dies, the book and periodical review editor for the Pneuma Review, is always looking for fresh perspectives and insights. Essays on significant books of interest to Pentecostal/charismatic church leaders are always welcome. Write to the Editor for more information.




Thought to Ponder: Drifting towards holiness


"People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated."
— D.A. Carson from For the Love of God




Excerpts from the Summer 2001 issue (Vol 4, No 3) of the Pneuma Review

The Pneuma Review is a quarterly printed journal of ministry resources and theology for Pentecostal and charismatic ministries and leaders.



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Robert W. Graves is the author of Increasing Your Theological Vocabulary, Praying in the Spirit (Chosen, 1987) and The Gospel According to Angels (Chosen Books, 1998). He is a Christian educator and a former faculty member at Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Texas. He can be reached through E-mail by contacting Member Services.




Full article:
"God's Heart for Unity" from the Worship Leader Series, by Gary Best
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From Worship Update (1st Quarter 1997), "God's Heart for Unity" '1997 Mercy/Vineyard Publishing, P.O. Box 68025, Anaheim, CA 92817-0825. USA. http://www.vmg.com Used by Permission.




Editorial:
"Consumer or Consumee" by H. Murray Hohns


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Prayer Requests
  • Persecution threatens Christians in India: Pray for the Christians, especially Christian leaders, who are being violently and systematically persecuted in India. Hopegivers International has specifically asked for prayer for Dr. Samuel Thomas' health. He is suffering from high blood pressure but refuses to leave the 1,600 orphans in his care while he were to travel for medical treatment in the USA. Hindus in India have as many as 330 Million gods they worship, and while most are not violent in their reaction to Christianity, fanatic Hindus have recently increased their political power and threaten to undermine many freedoms and sanction government supported persecution of Christianity. Please pray that in the midst of these trials that what Satan meant for evil will become an opportunity for spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • Dave and Debbie Johnson, missionaries to the Philippines, have asked for prayer regarding their relief efforts related to the recent eruption of Mt. Mayon. They report: "Just a couple of weeks ago, Mount Mayon erupted again spewing ash into the atmosphere and sending molten lava down the mountain toward the homes and farms of thousands of Filipinos in our area. Over 42,000 have been evacuated by the time of this writing. Our province has been put under a 'state of calamity' because of the destruction of the volcano and people in our Assemblies of God churches are hurting. One pastor whose church is close to the mountain told us, 'it used to be that Mount Mayon erupted only once every 10 years. Now it is erupting every year and our people no longer can find a way to make a living.'" They need additional funds over their regular budget to assist the evacuation and relief efforts, and are asking for prayer about the many desperate needs. Dave Johnson has contributed articles to the Pneuma Review and is presently involved in the translation of The Full Life Study Bible into a local tongue. The Johnsons may be reached at: davedeb1 [at] attglobal.net.
  • A number of international ministries are calling for a day of prayer on July 29 for the nation of Colombia. The South American nation is one of the most violent nations on earth, with paramilitary groups (many of them Marxist) and drug related violence regularly erupting. In the last three years hundreds of churches have been closed and over 50 church leaders have been murdered. Please join with believers all over the world in praying for this needy nation.
Praise Reports
  • Richard Twiss, President of Wiconi International (www.wiconi.com), reports that the First Nations ministry team that recently traveled to Tibet has returned safely and with many stories of God's provision and opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus Christ in this closed country.



  • Please send us your prayer requests and praise reports. We have a great God who always meets our needs.
  • If you would like more information about how you may help in meeting these needs, please send an E-mail to Member Services.