Proverbs 25:25 "Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land."


URGENT: WORLDWIDE DAY OF PRAYER FOR PEACE IN THE UKRAINE

The Kiev church has urgently requested a worldwide day of prayer for Monday, Sept 8th, for peace in the Ukraine...

Ebola Update: Letter From Sierra Leone

Monday, August 25, 2014

Greetings to our Brothers and Sisters,

We would like to express our thanks and appreciation for the money sent to us through HOPE worldwide. We are purchasing and distributing food items and raising awareness about Ebola prevention. We are thankful for everyone who sacrificed to help us in this time of great need; we also pray that God will remember them.

International Youth Programs Coordinator Position Available

HOPE worldwide has an immediate opening for a full-time International Youth Programs Coordinator at its Wayne, PA headquarters office. This position will report to the Director of International Youth Programs. The primary responsibilities of this position will include coordinating and promoting the HOPE Youth Corps and providing administrative support. Qualified applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or two years of applicable experience and excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills. Experience serving as a HOPE Youth Corps or AmeriCorps member preferred.

ENTRY 201: AUG 22-24 Job & His Friends Scene 2-A Job 3-14

This entry covers three days of reading (my conference has started!) and contains very useful lessons for anyone who WANTS TO BE A BETTER FRIEND and a HEALTHY DISCIPLER, specifically touching on STRESS & MENTAL HEALTH, HOW TO TALK TO A FRIEND WITH AN ILLNESS, and EMPATHIC LISTENING. 

Baptised at 102 - a "young" disciple of Christ

August 9 is a special day for Mama Rebecca Kotane. In 1956 she was one of 20 000 women who marched to the Union Building in Pretoria to protest against the carrying of passes as stipulated by the country's Apartheid laws; and now it also the day she became a disciple of Jesus.

Caption: MaKotane getting baptised by Eugene Malao.

ENTRY 200: AUG 21 Job & Suffering Scene One Job 1-2

Today we begin a four entry long study of the book of Job. This first entry hits topics such as OUR REPUTATION WITH GOD, FEARING GOD FOR NOTHING, and HEALTHY SURRENDER. 

 

ENTRY 200: AUG 21 Job & Suffering Scene One Job 1-2

Today we begin a three entry long study of the book of Job. This first entry hits topics such as OUR REPUTATION WITH GOD, FEARING GOD FOR NOTHING, and HEALTHY SURRENDER. 

 

UPDATE: Responding To The Ebola Threat In West Africa

Clean Water DistributionAugust 21, 2014 - Thanks to the support of our disaster response donors, HOPE worldwide has been able to send US$10,000 to help meet the urgent needs of disciples and their communities in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia due to the outbreak of the Ebola virus. Below is a list of our partner churches that have received funds and are assisting their members and communities with basic needs.

Eglise Chretienne de Conakry

Conakry, Guinea - Funding: US$2,000

Funds will benefit:

ENTRY 199: AUG 20 Nehemiah 8-10, 13, 12:27-47 (weird order)

Today’s entry is the end of Nehemiah and almost our last entry in the Old Testament…wow! The year has passed by so quickly! This reading focuses on LOVE FOR GOD’S WORD, HOLY FEAR OF GOD, REPENTANCE, AND TAKING SIN SERIOUSLY.


Now, back to the last phrase of chapter seven, and onto chapter 8: 

ENTRY 198: AUG 19 Nehemiah 7, 11, 12:1-26

Today’s very short entry is about LEADERSHIP, INTEGRITY, and SPIRITUAL FRIENDS. In Chapter 7 we learn what Nehemiah looked for in a leader: he picked his brother, Hanani, because “he was a man of integrity and feared God more than most men do.” Integrity is what determines your actions even when no one is looking, and fear of God is what determines your actions because you know God IS looking! There are many things to look for in a leader for God’s people. People-skills, speaking ability, focus, determination, work ethic – all of these are important.

ENTRY 197: AUG 18 Nehemiah Faces Opposition Nehemiah 4-6

This entry covers such diverse topics as RESPONSE TO OPPOSITION, USING YOUR GOD-GIVEN TALENTS, TAKING SIN SERIOUSLY, LEADERSHIP, and INTEGRITY. 

 

In chapter 4, the opposition was heating up. I have taken the liberty to re-write the first three verses – see if this resonates with you…

 

Disciples from Uganda & Rwanda: Hunger for Training at the ICOC Leadership Conference

20 disciples from Uganda & Rwanda attending ILC Singapore!

When it was announced that Singapore would be hosting the ILC, a few disciples in Uganda and Rwanda decided that they were going to do whatever it takes to attend.  No more watching from afar. They wanted to experience it first hand.

ENTRY 196: AUG 17 NEHEMIAH REBUILDS THE WALL Nehemiah 1-3

This entry covers PRAYER, CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY, and TEAMWORK. 

According to Dr Smith’s chronology, Nehemiah’s account begins in 445 B.C., fourteen years after Ezra’s second wave of exiles returned to Jerusalem. While Ezra and friends have made some headway, they have been hampered by several issues, including sabotage from political enemies. Smith says:

 

ENTRY 195: AUG 16 EZRA AND THE SECOND RETURN Ezra 7-10

This entry focuses on topics such as GOD DOING AMAZING MIRACLES WHEN WE MAKE OURSELVES AVAILABLE, PRAYER, CONFESSION, HATRED OF SIN, and REPENTANCE. 

 

Once again I will rely on Dr Smith’s insights to help us place this section of scripture chronologically. As we read yesterday, Dr Smith surmises that Malachi paved the way for the renewed zeal of the work in Jerusalem, as well as for the second waves of exiles who returned: 

ENTRY 194: AUG 15 PROPHECIES OF MALACHI Malachi 1-4

This entry covers topics such as assurance of God’s love, giving God your leftovers, and our attitude toward contribution, as well as a FREE BIBLE TALK!


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