The September 2003 Pneuma Informer
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Reports from Around the World
Solomon Islands: revival in the Pacific
During a visit to the Solomon Islands in the southern Pacific, Rev. Dr. Geoff Waugh witnessed signs of revival. The following is an extract from his report: "For the past few months, the Government has been unable to pay many teachers, policemen and officials as the result of ethnic tensions, violence and financial problems. Many of the affected people have simply remained at home, thus hindering the course of justice and allowing the crime rate to rise. The crisis also led to a breakthrough—many people sought God for answers. In 2003, signs of revival could be seen particularly in Western District and many Christian churches in Honiara, the capital.
Youths experience the Holy Spirit
At the end of April 2003, for example, many children and youths in Marovo Lagoon experienced the Holy Spirit in a special way; many were filled with the Spirit, many lives changed. They started meeting around 5pm, singing, giving testimony and receiving visions from God. One policeman commented that the crime rate sank, and previous gang leaders now regularly attended the church services and prayer meetings. I was on the nearby island of Munda with Rev. Fred Alizeru in July 2003. Early that month, the Holy Spirit fell on children and youths gathered to worship and pray for hours. They meet every evening from 5:30pm until late. I encouraged them to also see their school as a missions field, to pray there with their friends, and not separate themselves. The revival has spread since Easter 2003 in Seghe and Marovo Lagoon, and is reaching ever more adults, who repent and seek more from God.
Many youths who were regularly in trouble with the police because of drug and alcohol abuse are now sober, on fire for God, and visit the services and prayer meetings every day. Adults publicly end long conflicts.
One Sunday, some 200 children and youths led services with 1,000 participants. Many children have visions of Jesus smiling at them during the worship times, crying over hard hearts, or of angels or hell. They have also seen Jesus standing with one foot in heaven and one foot on the earth, declaring his authority in heaven and on earth (Matt. 28:18). One boy prophesied for 90 minutes.
Many youths receive words of knowledge, particularly about hidden magic items or amulets. Jesus wants no rivals! Children repeatedly show their parents where they have hidden such things! If an adult would do that, there would be problems, but the parents are obviously able to accept this from their children. One boy spoke with the police, telling them that a man had been falsely accused of stealing a chainsaw, and named the true thief through prophetic revelation. Many adults are now eager to learn more about revival, now that it has begun. Many spiritual leaders on New Georgia and Honiara attend study courses and use the material to preach in the Solomon Islands' towns and villages."
Source: Geoff Waugh www.renewaljournal.com by way of Friday Fax 2003 Issue 33.
Global mission: from church growth to multiplication movement
"'Thomas', an Indian church planter, lies in a dilapidated hospital after being severely beaten for preaching the Gospel. He has only one thought: 'How quickly can I get out of here to preach again?'" writes Jim Montgomery, founder of the Dawn Movement. "One of the highlights of my life was meeting Dr. Donald McGavran, the father of the church growth movement. He taught me to measure the growth of churches, and to find out how to accelerate that growth in a healthy manner. Not long ago, ten percent growth per year was exceptional — for example a church growing from 100 to 110 or from 600 to 660 in one year. Today, though, we're experiencing something which far exceeds that, like throwing an old typewriter away, replacing it with the newest computer," he writes. "In traditionally unreached nations, but also in evangelised nations, we're seeing movements in which that which used to take decades is happening in years, months or even weeks. One recent report from Thomas' region, for example, tells of 32 missions teams which started with 2,616 house churches on 1 January 2002. By 31 December that year, there were 8,784 house churches — a growth of 236%! The number of Christians grew from 43,676 to 128,665."
Five reasons for twenty times the growth rate
Montgomery looks for the causes of this phenomenon, and finds five aspects which show the church around the world to be in 'one of the greatest paradigm changes in history': firstly, the fruit of two centuries of missionary work is that growing numbers of national Christians are taking the Great Commission in their own hands, developing their own strategies. It seems that massive growth is most possible where (secondly) the Christians are prepared to make sacrifices, and (thirdly) laypeople are strategically trained and sent out. Fourthly: the supernatural dimension; Steve Steele, President of Dawn Ministries, says "In India and many other parts of the world, you can regularly experience every one of the miracles described in the New Testament." Fifthly, "more and more church planters are working with models and tactics which can be multiplied endlessly, leading to a growth which is ten or twenty times as great as we ever dared to think. Even though the Western model of church, with pastors trained in Theological Seminaries, gathering Christians in expensive church buildings, is of value and will not simply disappear, it is the "simple churches"—simple, house church—like forms springing up around the world–which have the potential for rapid multiplication and exponential growth. This all comes together in a time when war and warmongering, spreading diseases, collapsing economies and governments, empty religions with unfulfilled promises and other insecurities and dangers are sending people on a quest for answers which can be found only in the Gospel."
Source: Dr. Jim Montgomery, Dawn Report 51/2003, by way of Friday Fax 2003 Issue 34.
More in the News:
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Special Report: Spiritual Harvest in Peru
By Richard Twiss
The Pneuma Informer is pleased to share a report from First Nations leader Richard Twiss about a recent ministry trip to Peru.
It's hard to believe the national Peruvian tour we have been planning and praying over for the past eighteen months is now finished. ...
Read this article on the PneumaReview.com website: http://pneumareview.com/spiritual-harvest-in-peru
Read Any Good Books Lately?
An invitation to recommend books for review and the online reading list, by Mike Knowles.
Have you ever had an experience similar to this?
It's a warm summer evening, with just the slightest of breezes drifting through the neighborhood. You are sitting in your favorite chair, which has been re-situated beside a window to take advantage of the occasional movement of air. With a refreshing glass of iced tea at your side, you open up that new book on the gifts of the Spirit and begin to read.
Half an hour later as you finish chapter three, you turn the book over and lay it down open on your lap. With glasses in hand and a thoughtful expression on your face, you softly say to yourself, "Wow, I've never looked at it that way before. You know, I think every Christian leader should read this book ..."
Sharing with others how God has ministered to you can be a tremendous blessing. If you have read a good book lately that you think other Pentecostals/charismatics would enjoy, we would love you to share it with us. E-mail us your recommendation, and we will consider reviewing the book for the Pneuma Review
and the Pneuma Informer.
Please include a summary of what the book is about and why it was meaningful to you. Make sure to give us all of the necessary details about the book including title, author, and publisher, and if possible, where it was purchased. And if you happen to be an author yourself, let us know what you have had published and where we can purchase your works.
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To view recommended titles on the Holy Spirit, visit our reading list
Thoughts to Ponder
"You ought to believe something in life, believe that thing so fervently that you will stand up with it to the end of your days"
— Martin Luther King Jr.
"It is by presence of mind in untried emergencies that the native metal of a man is tested."
— Abraham Lincoln
Every man's a pilot in a calm sea, But who will steer the course through the storm?
"All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is for good men to do nothing."
— Edmund Burke
"You can not very well blast great rocks without the sound of explosions, nor fight a battle and keep everybody as quiet as a mouse... Friction and stir are the natural result of force in motion."
— Charles Spurgeon
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From "Rightly Understanding God's Word" Chapter Two: Learning Context. Part 2 of 2 by Craig S. Keener.
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From "Encouraging the Team" by Rick Kamrath. From the Worship Leader series.
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- Pray for believers in Kyrgyzstan: "End persecution or we seek asylum," Pentecostals tell President.
Pastor Vasili Kuzin of the Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ says his Church's open letter to President Askar Akayev vowing to seek asylum abroad if pressure on the Church is not ended is "a last resort." "We have no other way of attracting international attention to our unfortunate situation," he told Forum 18 News Service. Banned from registering in several towns and with its churches closed down or threatened, the Church now faces a tax demand of more than 100,000 US dollars, although religious groups are tax-exempt. Sharshek Usenov of the government's religious affairs committee rejects the Church's claims. "No-one is persecuting the Church of Jesus Christ and I do not understand what Kuzin aims to achieve with this letter," he told Forum 18.
The June 30 open letter to President Akayev, signed by nearly 10,000 church members, accuses the state of "using economic means to put pressure on believers." "Ethnic differences are being inflamed, the rights of ethnic minorities are restricted, and those who show themselves to think differently on religious and ethnic matters are persecuted," the church members complain. "The authorities are sending agents to infiltrate the church and are trying to destroy the church from within, using the National Security Service and the Committee for Religious Affairs to this end."
Source: F18News http://www.forum18.org/Archive.php?article_id=106
- Richard K. N. in Kenya has asked for prayer that God would provide the means for him to attend a Bible School in Canada.
- The volunteer staff of the Pneuma Foundation would like to ask for your prayers about finances for the Foundation. Giving has not been as regular this year, and this has prevented some new ministry efforts from being started. Please pray that the Lord would provide the money and helpers for what He wants to accomplish through this ministry. The ministry continues to be committed to not soliciting donations, and we greatly appreciate everyone who stands with us in prayer.
- Please pray for Micah, daughter of missionaries in Southeast Asia, that God would heal her quickly from the Tuberculosis she is being treated for.
- Brian LaLonde, co-chapter director of University Christian Outreach at the University of Michigan, has asked for prayer for effective outreach among students this Fall semester. He writes: "UCO has a webpage up at http://www.umich.edu/~ucoum/who/whoweare.html that describes pretty well what we're about. Please support us in prayer this fall as we're hitting the campus right now!"
- Pray for Vietnam: http://www.prayforvietnam.org A missionary-run site dedicated to seeing Vietnamese people, both in Vietnam and Cambodia reached with the gospel.
- Congratulations to Joe Joslin, contributing editor to the Pneuma Review, for passing his state exams to become a full radiology technician. It has been a long 3 1/2 years, Joe, and we celebrate your accomplishment.
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