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Prayer Update Christmas Day, December  2008
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Potential
2009 Church
Leadership
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Ghana
March 2009
Kenya
July 2009
Rwanda
July 2009
DR Congo
July 2009
Costa Rica
date unknown
 
Prayer Needs

*For God to bring the right team members for the trips this year.
*For planning and preparation of the conference with the purpose to expand God's Kingdom and strengthen the churches.
*For our friends and partners in Africa: Alfred, Joe, Amos L., Amos K., Dieudonne, Martin, Mbusa....
*For peace in Congo.
*For the believers to keep the faith and expand God's Kingdom.
*For continued fruit from the conferences last year.
*For God to provide for us.
*For God's wisdom and direction.
*For God's protection.

 

Report from DR Congo

Equip Disciples has been seeking partnerships with others who are providing hunger relief and discipleship/ evangelism materials for the many displaced people living in Goma, DR Congo due to continued fighting in the region.  In addition, we are currently helping to support 7 of the child soldiers from last summer who have no place to go, until they are able to provide for themselves. 

 
Report from Kenya

Recently we have been testing/trying out the Bridges evangelistic materials (from Crescent Project) on a few pastors from Kenya. These materials teach others how to "build bridges" in sharing Christ with Muslims.  We are looking forward to future possibilities for churches in Kenya using these materials. 

 

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*HIV/AIDS booklet has been posted in English and Swahili

Merry Christmas!

Feliz Navidad!              Noheli Nziza!

Come, they told me...

 

pa rum pum pum pum

 

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Nakutakia Krismasi Njema!  Joyeux NoŽl!

 

501(c)(3) Status Received!


Our finest gifts we bring...
pa rum pum pum pum

The IRS has issued the determination letter for our 501(c)(3) status on December 2! Rejoice with us that once our application made it to a reviewer, it was really a painless process. The determination is, of course, retroactive to the beginning of the ministry.

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donations
or postmarked by December 31 will count for 2008. We will be issuing year-end statements to contributors shortly after the close of the year.

Thank you for your support in the start of this ministry!

 

Crisis in Congo

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or anguish or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
(Romans 8:35--HCSB)


I am a poor boy too...
pa rum pum pum pum

Since our time in Goma, DR Congo last summer, rebel forces have caused much destruction and terror through-out eastern Congo.  These forces even now surround the city of Goma, putting Goma and its citizens in great danger and cutting off food supplies to the city.  Goma has had large numbers of displaced people coming into their city for refuge from rebel troops who forced them to flee their villages and homes. But, in the midst of living in fear and short supply of food, local believers have been extending their care to the displaced people coming into their city. They have been taking these refugees into their own homes and providing them with food and shelter. Believers have opportunity to minister to over 15,000 people who need food, blankets, cooking utensils, and Bibles. Here is an account from one of our partners in DR Congo:

"Many people have been displaced and the town of Goma is full of IDP's [Internally Displaced Persons].  The rebels are reported to be at 10 miles from Goma town northwards. In the rural areas, they have gone up to almost 80 miles from Goma and families have been displaced, houses and shops looted in those areas.  People are hiding in the bush while some have gone as far as Butembo. The humanitarian and security conditions are unbelievable. 

"In one city at 50 miles from Goma, the rebels are reported to have killed/slaughtered more 150 young people.  Some were beheaded and dumped in pit latrines. It is a pity. People are traumatized. Some days back, the children who are living with me were able to bring willingly each some of his/her own clothes to me before I left for work and the each told me, 'This is what I also want to reach my peers in the camp.' In our family daily devotion, which we hold each evening after meal, I asked them why they did what they did.  One said, 'It is because I want to be like Jesus.' Another said, 'It is because of the passage we read three days ago.' So from this situation, the Lord is helping us to grow. 

"The Lord has given us a new opportunity to have now activities of teaching and discipling among the displaced people in our midst. Pray that we will not only focus on feeding and clothing these dear ones but that we will also reach their souls with adequate teaching and discipleship so that they may discover the Lord speaking to them in this horrible situation."

The fast of the Lord is, "To break the chains of wickedness, to set the oppressed free...to share your bread with the hungry, to bring the poor and homeless into your house, to clothe the naked when you see him..." (passages from Isaiah 58:5-12).

It is great to see the African church rising up and staying strong in the midst of great difficulty.  It is a blessing to our hearts.  Equip Disciples has been seeking ways we can help them in their hardships. If you would like to give to this opportunity, Equip Disciples is seeking to meet some of these needs in a small way and by partnering with other organizations to provide some food and Bibles to our partners there in Goma.

 

Informational Meeting


Shall I play for you...
pa rum pum pum pum...on my drum
Please pray for the right volunteer teachers in the training conferences for the coming year.

Informational Meeting: Planning meetings begin Sunday January 11 at the Friberg's house 1010 Loch Lomond Dr., Arlington, TX 76012 (see details). You can also contact tammie@equipdisciples.org.

Church Leadership Conferences in the works:

  • Ghana, West Africa (March 2009)
  • Kenya, East Africa (July 2009)
  • Rwanda, Central Africa (July 2009)
  • DR Congo, Central Africa (July 2009)
  • Costa Rica (date unknown)

Personnel needed: Seasoned Bible teachers; HIV/AIDS awareness teachers; computer PowerPoint & Bible Software teachers (in Kenya); other special topic teachers; Youth workers (in Rwanda--including sports coaches, Bible study leaders).
Requirements: immunizations; preparation meetings; travel insurance; Passport.
Volunteer Cost: estimated at $3,000
Basic Information: Conferences last from 8 to 5 each day, and in the evenings we pray and share together from the Word of God and the days experiences. We typically stay in a hotel or guest house in a large city. We pay careful attention to security issues in each country. Volunteers must be active in their local church and have gifts in the area of service where they want to serve.

 

Discipleship Corner:

My Favorite Scriptures on Teaching


I played my best for him...
pa rum pum pum pum

by Tammie Friberg

You might say that everyone is a teacher in some regard as others watch what we do and what we say, how we handle difficult situations, how we spend our time and money, as well as what we truly value. The Apostle Paul takes note of this kind of teaching when he wrote his friend Timothy saying, "You have followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, and endurance, along with the persecutions and sufferings that came to me..." (2 Tim. 3:10-11, HCSB). Note that Paul not only taught by his words, but by how he conducted his life even in the midst of suffering and persecution.

Below I have included some of my favorite Scriptures about teaching in the Bible.  I find these intriguing. See if you can guess who is speaking or who it is about, and the setting of the following Scriptures.  Answers follow this section below.

1. "Let my teaching fall like rain and my word settle like dew, like gentle rain on new grass and showers on tender plants.  For I will proclaim the LORD's name, Declare the greatness of our God!  The Rock--His work is perfect; all His ways are entirely just.  A faithful God, without prejudice, He is righteous and true." 

(Deut. 32:2-4 HCSB). What beautiful words, and spoken by a true teacher. Can you guess who said it? This person was about to die and was trying to leave the teachings of the LORD in the hands of the people. But, the people had been rebelling and even with this person's leadership, it was hard to see if they would continue listening to God's ways when he was no longer with them. It was Moses who said these words to the people of Israel the same day the LORD told him to go to Mt. Nebo where he would die.  Moses' carried a burden for the people of God.  He said these words because he wanted them to remember the things God had taught them, to nourish themselves on them, and to teach their children these things so that their devotion would remain with the Lord. He experienced the burden of teachers...to establish the people theologically and obediently so that they would be strong enough to withstand temptations through the discipline of daily spiritual nourishment. 

2. The Scriptures say of him, "...The gracious hand of his God was upon him, because _______ had determined in his heart to study the law of the LORD, obey it, and teach its statutes and ordinances in Israel."

(Ezra 7:9-10--HCSB) This passage of Scripture is describing Ezra.  It was Ezra who led the people of God back to the Promise Land after exile (sometimes called, the Second Exodus).  He had the same teaching heart as Moses in the first Exodus. God's gracious had was with him! Great leaders were those who stood before their people and taught them God's ways.

3. I love this one, "...Look! the men you put in jail are standing in the temple complex and teaching the people."

(Acts 5:25-HCSB).  This took place when Peter and the apostles had been put in jail and an angel had released, instructing them to go teach in the temple again.  After being arrested again for teaching in the temple, they said to the Sanhedrin, "We must obey God rather than man." 

4. Many Scriptures contain phrases such as, "__________ went about teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom..."; " __________ went to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom." "Every day in the temple complex, and in various homes, they continued teaching and proclaiming the good news..." ; etc.

(Matt. 4:23; Matt. 9:35;Acts 5:42- HCSB). These are a few of the Scriptures describing a traveling type of teaching ministry.  Note that Jesus and the early apostles were dedicated to this traveling type of teaching ministry. 

5. "...teaching them to observe all that I commanded you...

(Matt. 28:20- HCSB). The last phrase of the Great Commission. It is the one most commonly left out in the practice of modern day missions. Our job is not finished with witnessing, it includes teaching as well.

6. "These people honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me.  They worship Me in vain, teaching as doctrines the commands of men."

(Mark 7:6-7; Isaiah 29:13--HCSB). Jesus and Isaiah both quoted these words of God. We must never forget that the tendency to replace God's teachings and mandates with men's is true through the days of the Bible.  We are not exempt from the same mistake today.

7. "And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also."

(2 Tim. 2:2--HCSB). Paul encouraged Timothy with these words.  Teaching is a stewardship. This passage has become one of the central purpose statements in discipleship ministries such as the Navigators.

8. "He got into one of the boats, which belonged to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from the land.  Then He sat down and was teaching the crowds from the boat."

(Luke 5:3-4-HCSB--the great fish catch, the call of the first disciples).  God brought teaching opportunities to Jesus. God will bring opportunities to us to teach in unlikely places also.

9. "He went through one town and village after another, teaching and making His way to Jerusalem."

(Luke 13:22-HCSB). It is interesting Jesus was teaching everywhere He went and also pressing toward his own death.

10. "They must teach my people the difference between the holy and the common, and explain to them the difference between the clean and the unclean."

(Ezekiel 44:23--HCSB). This is the Lord's charge to the priests.  Is it not part of the job of teachers also to teach discernment?

11. "The goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith."

(1 Tim. 1:5--HCSB--Paul, in a discussion against false teachers and false doctrine).

12. "Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?..Again I am in the pains of childbirth for you until Christ is formed in you"

(Gal. 4:16, 19--HCSB). Paul was speaking to the Galatians, whom he had reproved greatly. The "theory" that people should always, "feel good" after we have taught them is indicative that our culture has a problem with honesty and pride.

13. "Wherever the carcass is, there the vultures will gather."

(Matt. 24:28--HCSB) Jesus was teaching on the popularity of false prophets, i.e. the carcasses. Some people believe the greatest teachers are those with large crowds. But this may not be true.

14. "Let's go back and visit the brothers in every town where we have preached the message of the Lord, and see how they're doing."

(Acts 15:35-36-HCSB).  This was right before Paul and Barnabas had a disagreement and split ways.  Paul and Barnabas establishing a ministry going from one place to another strengthening the churches and checking on them from time to time.

15. "For the time will come when they will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will accumulate teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear something new. They will turn away from hearing the truth and will turn aside to myths."

(2 Tim. 4:3-4--HCSB) Paul describes well the crowd mentality to choose teachers or pastors that do not challenge the status quo.  Note his exhortation following in verses 5-6a, "But as for you, keep a clear head about everything, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelists, fulfill your ministry. For I am already being poured out as a drink offering..." We must remain true to what the Lord has taught us in His Word and fulfill our teaching ministry, even though we might ourselves consider our work to be poured out on the ground to no avail. Yet to God it is our offering!

16. "For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of God's revelation.  You need milk, not solid food.  Now everyone who lives on milk is inexperienced with the message about righteousness, because he is an infant.  But solid food is for the mature--for those whose senses have been trained to distinguish between good and evil."

16. (Hebrews 5:12-14). Paul is addressing the problem of immaturity in the church.  It is interesting that he describes those who have trained their senses (plural) to discern right and wrong, as those who have moved into maturity.  Mature believers have to some degree, paid attention to their spiritual eyes, ears, touch, smell, and taste in regards to various teachings, and activities. Those who are mature must be careful who they teach the more mature lessons to in the body of Christ.  Meat is not appropriate for babes. 

Remember that we are all teachers every minute of every day. May the Lord be honored in your life and bless your teaching with much fruit in the lives of those in your care.


Then He smiled at me...
pa rum pum pum pum...
me and my drum

Have a Merry Christmas!

Instruct a wise man, and he will be wiser still;
teach a righteous man, and he will learn more. 

(Proverbs 9:9--HCSB)


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