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Prayer Update April 2010
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2010 Church
Leadership
Conferences
DR Congo
June 2010

Rwanda
June 2010

Kenya (3)

June-July 2010

Costa Rica,
Ghana

date unknown
 
Did you Know?
  • Training of African church leaders is one of the most fruitful types of short term missions in the world!
  • Have you ever thought about how many great leaders in the Bible traveled as part of their mission? Jesus, Paul, Amos, Jonah, and Peter to name a few!
  • Some of the African churches with the most syncretism are ones started by western missionaries!
  • There are entire congregations which do not have Bibles.
  • There are virtually little or no discipleship materials written or available to a large majority of indigenous pastors.
  • Many pastors we work with have never attended a formal seminary. Some of them do not own Bibles.
  • Jehovah Witnesses are more active in passing out their version of the Bible than Protestants are in giving out Bibles.
  • The Great Commission is more than just telling the Good News of Salvation to those who have never heard! It is "discipleship, and teaching everything that the Lord has commanded us." Matt. 28:19-22!
 
Thank you to our board members at Equip Disciples for their counsel, support, and encouragement throughout the years! Joe Friberg- Pres. and Treasurer; Jennifer Carson- Vice Pres.; Tammie Friberg- Sec.; and members: Brad Scott; Mark Carson; Cheryl Allovio; Jeff Caffey; and Phyllis Hardy.
 

Consider serving with Equip Disciples this year!

Contact tammie@ equipdisciples.org for more information.

 

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New resources under Resources:

  • HIV/AIDS booklet has been posted in English and Swahili
  • Theological Discipleship manual in English has been updated

BikeRunWalk4Bibles

*** Benefiting Mission Arlington and Equip Disciples ***

This Sunday, May 2, 2010 !

4:30-8:00pm

Location: River Legacy Park, Elm Grove Pavilion 703 NW Green Oaks Boulevard, Arlington, TX, 76006

Walk Up Registration:

*Bring one new or gently used Bible for Mission Arlington

*and a $15 fee for individuals and $25 for a family.

T-Shirts first come, first serve.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

David's Barbecue "Since 1910"
2224-H W. Park Row
Arlington, TX  76013
817.261.9998
Don Wang Chinese Food Express
607 W. Park Row
Arlington, TX 76010
817.277.7099
Max Mechanical Air Conditioning & Heating
817.459.4100
972.233.1637

Register on-line at: ../Bike4Bibles or, we have walk up registration. You may purchase a Bible to give to Mission Arlington at the park. Sponsor sheets available to raise funds for more Bibles.

We will be selling some original Chinese paintings by artist, Mimi Cheung;

and homemade organic soap by Simple Pleasures.

All proceeds go toward purchasing Bibles to distribute in Equip Disciples summer discipleship conferences in Rwanda, DR Congo, and Kenya this year. Our goal is 700 Bibles, or $7,000.

 

Prayer Needs

  • Pray for the 5 conferences we will be leading this June and July in Rwanda, DR Congo, and Kenya.
  • Pray for our team members.
  • Pray for God to equip us, guide us, and prepare us for the many hours of teaching we will do.
  • Pray for God's spiritual and physical protection as we travel and work. And for our families back home.
  • Pray for God to give us insight into the spiritual needs of those who come, and how to answer cultural and doctrinal questions.
  • Pray for God to prepare those who are going to attend:
  • Pray for the strengthening of the church so that it can stand against false teachings, persecution, discouragement, and false religions.
  • Pray for the movement of God's people in Africa into the work of missions and church planting.
  • Pray for our partners: Alfred, Amos, Martin, Dieudonne, Kenneth, Charles, Timothy, and Alan.
  • Pray for the former youth soldiers with whom we will be teaching in Congo this summer.
  • Pray for our plans to start a self-sustaining business for the youth in Congo.
  • Pray for our collegue, Nathan, who is right now teaching our discipleship materials in India to indigenous pastors at a Bible College.
  • Pray for Lauren and Ben as they are translating our materials into Spanish.
  • Pray for Mimi as she is working on drawings for a Chinese version of our teaching materials.

Thank you for your support and on-going prayers for us. We are truly grateful. This year's trips will be a challenge to us as we are doing five 3 day intensive conferences in a row, in 3 different countries.  Pray for our strength, our voices, our health, our team members, and for the absolute guidance and wisdom of the Spirit in all things. There is not a day that passes that we are not aware of the prayers you all offer on our behalf. We literally feel the undergirding and the incredible work of the Spirit. He gives us what we need for each day and for each moment.  May God bless you.

 

Recent News:

BikeRunWalk4Bibles event is to be held this Sunday, May 2 to raise funds for Bibles to be distributed in Africa. It is going to be a pleasant evening- looks like the rain is coming beforehand to cool it all off for us!  We will have some painting for sale by our friend, Mimi Cheung. And also some homemade organic soaps. All proceeds will go to support our missions this summer. We want to thank our sponsors: David's Barbeque, Don Wang, and Max Mechanical!!!

We are still in need of a good PR person to help us with registration for our conferences in Africa and general ministry helper. Please contact tammie@equipdisciples.org if you are interested.

Equip Disciples started a youth Bible study for grades 8-12 on Friday nights focusing on in-depth study of the book of Philippians and basic theology. Youth are welcome. Contact tammie@equipdisciples.org for information.

Mimi Cheung is working on Illustrations for an upcoming Chinese version of Theological Discipleship.

Lauren and Ben Escoto are working on a Spanish translation of Theological Discipleship.

 

Ministry Needs

Consider giving a one-time gift, or sign up to give automatically each month.
*We have a special gift of appreciation for donations of $100 or more--see details below!
Theological Discipleship Manual
1 per month = $5/month or $60/year
Order-one-give-one = $10

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Bibles
1 per month = $20/month or $240/year

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Equip Disciples Printshop / Bookstore in Nairobi, Kenya
To provide printing and distribution of materials in East Africa. $3500 needed.

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Café for Former Child Soldiers in DR Congo
To provide self-sustaining support for ex-child soldiers' training and school fees and daily needs. $1350 needed.

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Thank You for your Support!

While Supplies Last, we will send everyone who donates $100 or more to Equip Disciples, a bar of homemade organic hand soap made from goats milk and essential oils. This soap was donated by a friend who makes it, and is very good for your skin. 
Equip Disciples is a 501(c)(3) non-profit ministry.
All donations are tax-deductable.
 

Discipleship Corner...

Appearing to FAIL

 

   

by Tammie Friberg

Failure...not a very positive word in a high achievement and materialistic world. But it is something we all face at some time in our lives...whether it be due to neglect, sin, wrong methods, or just circumstances.

This article is not about the failures that come from moral impurity, sins, or neglect. And it is not even about using the wrong methods or ideas....as I have heard youth say to one another's attempts at building or repairing something ("fail" or "That was an epic failure").

Feelings of failure may also occur when we are absolutely working hard and doing our very best for God, and in the world's eyes or in our own perception, we may appear to fail.  Maybe we are really failing...or maybe what we determine as failure is really something else that can somehow be used for the building of the body of Christ and the glory of God. 

Think about it for a moment...so many of God's great leaders experienced failure in the eyes of the world. Now, you may be saying, "Yes, I know. But...(fill in the blank)"  So let's take a moment and look at what the Bible says about success and failure. Hebrews 11:36-40 describes believers who experienced mockings, scourgings, bonds, and imprisonment. They were stoned, sawed in two, died by the sword, wandered about in sheepskins, goatskins, destitute, afflicted, and mistreated. They wandered in deserts, mountains, caves, and holes in the ground.  Talk about failure!  My son would probably say epic failure.

Paul reminds us that we are pressured, crushed, perplexed, persecuted, struck down...always carrying the death of Jesus in our body.  He does not say we will go about in the successes of numbers, popularity, status, or importance. All of these things are so that as we carry the death of Jesus in our body, the life of Jesus may also be revealed in us! We are always to be given over to death to bring others to light. Paul used terms like labor, hardship, trials, all in relation to his ministry. It is about God's glory and building the Kingdom, not about us. And it has more to do with us not changing the message and calling we have received from God just because we seem to fail in the world's eyes. We must be careful not to look at the wrong clues to determine God's will for us! 

Consider what Paul said in 1 Cor. 4:9-13.  "For I think God has displayed us, the apostles, in last place, like men condemned to die: we have become a spectacle to the world and to angels and to men. We are fools for Christ, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored! Up to the present hour we are both hungry and thirsty; we are poorly clothed, roughly treated, homeless; we labor, working with our own hands. When we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; when we are slandered, we entreat. We are, even now, like the world's garbage, like the filth of all things." What if Paul had the worldly pressure to appear successful, and yet all of these things happened to him! It seems he might be tempted to water down the message or just please people.  But note that he was always concerned about the maturity of the flock, even when he himself appeared to fail the test- 2 Cor. 13:9. In fact, he seemed to say that appearing to fail was just part of building up the body to maturity. After all, how can we pour our lives into true discipleship and appear to be successful in a world that looks for numbers, wealth, and popularity? Paul said, "We rejoice when we are weak and you are strong" (2 Cor. 13:9).

Maybe it says something about our perception of things. I guess what I am saying is that just because we seem to fail, we may be doing the right things.  We need to evaluate what we are doing and where God is leading, and also evaluate our methods.  But, we must not give up what God has placed on our hearts just because it seems to fail in the world's eyes. The key is to be steadfast, always abounding in the work of the Lord.

I have thought often in my own life, how I have spent so much time studying the Word of God to be a good teacher. I went to seminary, taking classes for 5 years and soaking up all I could. I taught in many Bible studies. But sometimes only a few people would show up for a Bible study. I labored for years like this, and sometimes being so discouraged. And I would see others who did very little study, but had huge numbers of people.

I even had very discouraging things said to me.  On one occasion, I was with a group of women and one of them said "Tammie, your Bibles studies are really good.  But, this other study over here is absolutely the best." It was the start of a new Bible study year. I can say all the women in that group were not encouraged to come to my study!  I also had someone say to me, "You are not a leader, look at the few numbers in your study."  This person would quote John Maxwell's statement in his book on leadership, "If no one is following you, you are only taking a walk."  While I think this saying is very cleaver, it is not Biblical. Paul spoke of places where all of the disciples abandoned him. Consider too, the prophets most always stood alone. I would say, that crowds are fickle. Jesus said, "Where the carcass lies, the vultures gather." He was speaking of the popularity of false prophets! So it is not always true or credible to gauge God's will and call for us by numbers, or the success of our ventures. Noah and his family were the only ones saved through the flood! And Lot and his family were unable to influence people in Sodom and Gomorrah. And remember, Paul himself said he seemed to fail! But, he was all the while teaching depth and maturity into believers across the world!

I always thought, "Why God?" But eventually, and through many trials, God brought us to begin this discipleship ministry. He used all those years to make us stronger, more enduring, and preparing us for something greater. It would have been easy to listen to others, rather than God. It would have been easy to melt away in the pit of discouragement. But, what I have learned is that when we are weak, we have to rely on God.  And when we rely on God, He is strong through us. As we prove ourselves faithful even in the smallest things, God will give us more responsibility. Now we are teaching hundreds of people each year. But it was years of faithfulness that "proved" us and refined us.

If you are going through discouragement in ministry, evaluate- but don't give up! It is God who calls you and burdens your heart with what He wants you to do for Him.  Our human nature desires to stand before the numbers. But perhaps we should be more like Jesus, concentrating on the few. I think Jesus saw the few as those who were more serious about knowing Him.  With a few, He was able to go into more depth of teaching.  And with a few, He reached the world!  We will be rewarded for the quality of our work, not the quantity. What is required of a good steward is that he be found faithful. Don't be discouraged...

Blessings and peace as you press on.

He has given us the privilege,
since we have been rescued from our enemies' clutches,
to serve Him without fear
 in holiness and righteousness
in His presence all our days.
And child, you will be called a prophet of the Most High,
for you will go before the Lord to prepare His ways,
to give His people knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins.

(Luke 1:73-77, Zechariah's Prophecy
concerning his son, John, HCSB)


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