The Town of Many Hills

The Town of Many Hills

The Town of Many Hills

Lodwar, also known as the town of many hills is the largest town in northwest Kenya within Turkana County. To access the town from Nairobi, you will use the Nakuru-Kitale route which takes roughly twelve and half hours by bus or 1 hour 55 minutes on a flight. It is predominantly arid with temperatures as high as 38 degrees Celsius. The inhabitants are mostly Turkanas who have held strongly to some of their ancient cultural practices like early child marriages and wife inheritance. 

Illiteracy levels are high especially among those living in the outskirts of the town. Very few parents take their children to school. They stay at home looking after livestock. With the terrain being unforgiving, the young boys and girls have to travel long-distances in search of water and pasture for their animals. 

Other communities in the area are Somalis, Sudanese and a few Bantu speaking tribes. While some of the people practice pastoralism, others have gone into businesses, operating shops in the town. The businesses range from fish mongering, general stores and supermarkets, hotel industry, basket weaving, fruit and vegetable vending, just to mention, but a few. When it comes to religion, the townsfolk ascribe to Christianity and Islam while their counterparts (pastoralists) follow their Traditional African Religion (ATR) while others are Christians.

We were in Lodwar to attend and minister at a pastors and leaders training conference hosted by Kingdom Vision International Ministry. The delegates came from as far as Isiolo, Nairobi, outskirts of Turkana, the border of Kenya and Sudan as well as Lodwar itself.  It was a wonderful opportunity to encourage the brethren in the work they were doing of making disciples in the different areas they came from. 

During our interactions with the locals, we got to learn of the combined efforts between the church and the government to eradicate illiteracy and early child marriages. It is through community education that the Turkanas have started to see the value of taking their children to school especially the girl child. We heard amazing testimonies of how those practicing ATR were coming to the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ and how the Gospel has helped pave way to some of the changes in the cultural practices among the people. 

The passion and zeal these men and women have to reach their communities with the Good News is out of this world. They long for the day that the whole of Turkana County will be covered with the glory of God as the waters cover the sea. Through this trip we were able to see how as an organization we can position ourselves strategically to contribute to the work the church is doing. It is our desire that through partnerships with the various leaders we will be able to roll out Live School to empower them to continue running the race.

The Great Promise

The Great Promise

The Great Promise

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His son to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him – John 3:16

Martin Luther called John 3:16, the miniature gospel. All of the Bible; God’s plan for our salvation summarized into that one sentence, it is the sum and substance of the gospel. The way that God took to recover us from our lapsed state. But where does it all begin? When did God make this promise, and how did He go about fulfilling it? The answer is in the Bible. From Genesis to Revelation, we see the journey to the salvation of man.

In fact, the Hebrew term for Heaven or paradise is Gan Eden meaning literally, the garden of Eden. In the beginning, after creating man, God placed Him in the garden of Eden. When the word Eden is broken down and translated, we find it has to do with pleasure or delight.  Looking at Genesis 2:8, we see that God placed man in the garden of delight. So, from the start of time, we see that God’s desire was for man to be in delight (Psalms 36:8). Still, man fell after disobeying God and eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, which eventually led to banishment from the garden. They were barred entry into delight. This was both a physical and spiritual barring. They were physically barred from the garden and the tree of life, but they were also barred from the presence of God, who is the source of all delight. It may sound like a hopeless situation, but it is not. Still, at the end of the day, God loved them even though they had disobeyed Him and so He made them a promise that salvation would indeed come. He gave them a lifeline in the form of 5 simple but powerful words said to the serpent, ‘He will crush your head’(Genesis 3:15).  Here at the very beginning of sin, our merciful, kind, loving, gracious and the almighty God made the promise of redemption. The seed of the woman (virgin birth), would give a fatal blow to the devil and only His heel will be bruised, “That bruised heel is painful enough. Behold our Lord in his human nature sore bruised: he was betrayed, bound, accused, buffeted, scourged, spit upon. He was nailed to the cross; he hung there in thirst and fever, and darkness and desertion” (Spurgeon) All praise to Jesus Christ, our wounded Saviour (Isaiah 53:10-11). 

This (Genesis 3:15) is known as the protoevangelium the first gospel. “This is the first gospel sermon that was ever delivered upon the surface of this earth. It was a memorable discourse indeed, with Jehovah himself for the preacher, and the whole human race and the prince of darkness for the audience.” (Spurgeon) and this is true when everything seemed lost and the whole of humanity in dire straits, the Lord gave hope (Romans 5:8).  Our Lord showed us that not all was lost, He always had an eternal plan for us, a plan for our own good, for He is our reward (Genesis 15:1) and will bring us back to Him. The Lord saw Satan’s downfall at his first taste of victory (Luke 10:18) because He knew this was coming all along; it was not a surprise. Still, He gave Adam and Eve the free will to choose. There is beauty found in innocence, but the glowing brilliance of a redeemed heart (one who sees and understands the awe-inspiring might of God’s grace and love), is breathtaking. 

In this series, we will walk through the Bible and see how we got from point A (Genesis 3) to point Z(Revelation 7)

“You have made us for Yourself O Lord, and our hearts find no rest till they find it in You” – Agustine of Hippo

“This people I formed for myself; they shall show forth my praise.”      Isaiah 43:21            

How You Can Become a Missionary

How You Can Become a Missionary

How You Can Become a Missionary

Sing to the LORD, all the earth. Proclaim His salvation day after day. Declare His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all peoples. 1st Chronicles 16:23-24

All questions aside, the fact of the matter is, as a believer, you are called to spread the good news unless The Lord tells you otherwise. We do not all do the same thing or play the same roll when it comes to spreading the word, but it is our duty. 

Winning a war in a battle field involves multiple players with different roles for the war to be won. There is the commander, the soldiers/warriors, there are snipers/archers, the armourer, the people who bring food to the battle fields (a great example is David when he took food to his brothers 1Samuel 17:17). We can even delve deeper and see how each of these roles play into our battle for the Kingdom of God. We obviously know that Jesus Christ is the commander, but where do we as believers fall? We have the soldiers who risk their lives on the ground; in our case, those will be the missionaries who leave their homes and loved ones behind to spread the gospel in foreign lands or across cultures. Then the snipers, those are long distant combatants whose job is to provide detailed surveillance from a hidden point, those would be our prayer partners; praying for those in the field constantly (Ephesians 6:18) for our war is not of the flesh (2 Corinthians 10:3). There is the armourer, whose job is to make and repair the soldiers’ weapons and armour, in the case of missions those are the pastors and fellow believers whose job is to uplift and to admonish those in the field (Hebrews 10:24-25). Then there is the one who brings food to the battlefield; in our case they are the donors, those who donate money and gifts in kind like medical supplies, food, farming materials and many more.  All these people come together to fight the war for the Kingdom. All of us playing an important role, none can succeed without the other and the crowning jewel is Jesus Christ our Commander in Chief giving us graceful marching orders and the Holy Spirit equipping us with knowledge of the battle plan, guiding our steps with strength to face the enemy.

So, it is not really how to become a missionary but where in the battle does the Lord want you, what is your role. Prayer will guide you. The Lord will open your eyes to where you should be if you are willing. Fellow believers, let us go to the presence of God and ask where He wants us to be and how He wants us to help. For our commander has given us a command…

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”   Matthew 28:19-20

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8

World Mission Centre Signs Academic Recognition Agreement with Facultad Internacional de Estudios Teológicos

World Mission Centre Signs Academic Recognition Agreement with Facultad Internacional de Estudios Teológicos

World Mission Centre Signs Academic Recognition Sgreement with Facultad Internacional de Estudios Teológicos

We are glad to publicly announce that even in spite of the pandemic, we were able to sign off on an academic recognition agreement between World Mission Centre and FIET (Facultad Internacional de Estudios Teológicos) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

This agreement will give any Spanish-speaking Live School graduate the opportunity to continue with a Bachelors in Theology Degree via Distance Learning.

This was made possible because a similar agreement already in place between WMC and the South African Theological Seminary (SATS).

We are excited about what this will mean for many saints in the field, living in Latin America, who now can be further equipped for ministry.

Early Christian Missionaries

Early Christian Missionaries

Early Christian Missionaries

Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other. (Isaiah 45:22)

For my eyes have seen Your salvation, which You have prepared in the sight of all people, a light of revelation to the Gentiles and glory to Your people Israel. (Luke 2:30-32)

Who were the first witnesses for Christ? The first people to sacrifice their lives for the spreading of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the light of revelation reflecting the radiant Glory of our risen Christ? We find them in the book of Acts (Acts 8: 1-4), this is right after the stoning of Stephen and there is a great persecution of believers. All believers apart from some of the apostles, scattered throughout Judea and Samaria and they preached the word wherever they went. Jesus very clearly told them to look beyond Jerusalem and bring the gospel to Judea, Samaria, and the whole world. But to this point, Jesus’ followers had not done this. They may have stopped in Jerusalem and made a great church there were it not for the persecutions; but instead, they were blown away like the spores of a mushroom or like seeds, planting the word of God in the hearts of all the people. Sometimes God will shake us out of our comfort zone in order for His will to be done. And in this case the end result of the persecution was God’s glory. So, my fellow believers let our lives be a seed for Christ wherever we may go.

In Acts 8 we meet the first believers to leave Jerusalem, though at this time they mostly preached to the Jews (Acts 11:19); but who was the first person to go out and spread the Good News to the Gentiles? This was Paul. Now let’s go back to Acts 7 and meet Paul, rather, let us go back and meet Saul. Saul was a young man at the time, a young zealous man with loyalties that lay on the wrong side. As the Sanhedrin rushed at Stephen in rage to stone him, they left their garment at Saul’s feet (Acts 7:57-58); and in chapter 8 we see that Saul consented with pleasure and delight, the stoning of Stephen. Fueled by the murder of Stephen, he became more furious in his persecution of the church of Jesus Christ. It is hard to believe that this is the very same man whose letters we read in the new testament, who would later become the greatest preacher of the Gospel.  A thing to be admired is Paul’s single-minded focus and dedication. He was always earnest no matter what he did. When he persecuted, he did it with all his might; and when he was converted, then he preached with all his might. 

Let us now fast forward to Acts 13, where Paul and Barnabas are called to leave their church in Antioch and they heeded the voice of the Lord and left. First, they went to the Jewish synagogues but the Jews rejected the good news and so they went to the Gentiles who received the word with gladness (Acts 13:48-49). This was the beginning of the Christian movement and as we read through the book of Acts, we will read about the persecutions and all the sacrifices made to further the good news to the lost. It is the same even in the recent history of Christian missions. In 1956 a group of five young men gave up their lives to the cause, in an attempt to share the good news with the Aucas tribe. This sacrifice led to an upsurge of missionaries and even opened the door to the Aucas. 

I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them in as well, and they will listen to My voice. Then there will be one flock and one shepherd. (John 10:16)

Christian Missions is dotted with men who loved God above their very own lives and their purpose was obedience to the utmost regardless of the cost. The invitation to carry the Gospel forth remains binding on the Church of Jesus today, but the sad reality is that there are still many that are yet join the fold. Will you go for them? 

The Gateway

The Gateway

The Gateway

We left Nairobi for Mombasa on October 10, 2020 with an objective to ascertain the status of the Church and its future as well as our work in the region. Mombasa is a key gateway to the East African coast and the Indian Ocean Isles where the Gospel is yet to penetrate. Thus, we spent October 11 scouting the city and going through to the Fort Jesus which is one of the crucial entry points and served both the Sultans and the Portuguese in precolonial era. Through our strategy meeting, the need to mobilize the church on the mainland to reach the Isles became evident, spurred by the growth of other faiths in the area and the proximity of the church to the Unreached. In comparison to other parts of the country with a higher population of Least Reached Peoples, Mombasa is fairly accommodative and although there have been terror activities in the past, there has not been a targeted attack on Christians.

From Mombasa we went through Mwatate to Godoma, a small distant village on the foothills of Vuria mountains (the highest peak in the Coastal Region).  With Covid 19, a number of our partners had been greatly impacted and we wanted to connect and encourage both the pastor and the Live School facilitator who also doubles up as the head teacher of a high school in the same village. The meeting with the pastor and his family was a real encouragement of obedience and faithfulness to God. He had an unspeakable joy sharing about God’s goodness with us.

While Covid 19 had affected a number of churches in the area to the point that they were unable to resume meetings even after the government revised the previously set restrictions and control measures, God had in this period allowed them to push on with their church building project and had recommenced gatherings in observance of the new policies and directives issued by the government. 

He was the first pastor in the area to host a Live School in the area. He attested to its positive impact and change on the trainees’ attitude to service and ministry as well as character development. The church now has labourers who can guide others to go on outreach while the facilitator admitted gaining knowledge that has greatly helped her to serve better and develop confidence in preaching the Word of God. The curriculum further influenced their way of prayer and they have seen many unbelievers drawn to Christ.

We had a meeting with another pastor who hosts a Live School in Mwatate from whose interaction, it was clear that we need additional centres in Mwatate which is growing to be the county headquarters for Taita. There are however many areas in Mombasa that Live School must penetrate in partnership with the local church. While we focus on Live School roll out in the Coastal Region, we intend to start a leader’s missions training that will in turn lead the mobilization process in the local churches in Mombasa, Voi and Mwatate. 

October further saw us start our online footprint for the purpose of sharing our work in Eastern Africa with a wider audience. Our Social handles are: @wmcea on Instagram and World Mission Centre Eastern Africa on Facebook. Kindly remember us in your prayers especially for matters mentioned here-above. We also invite you to like and share our social handles and newsletter with your family and friends. 

October 2020 India Letter Hindi

October 2020 India Letter

भारत के अगुवे, संचालक और छात्रों के नाम सन्देश – सितम्बर 2020,

प्रिय मित्रों 

केपटाउन से यीशु के अतुलनीय नाम में आप का अभिवादन

कोरोना महामारी का समय अत्यधिक लम्बा होता जा रहा है  और निश्चित ही इस ने हम सभी को अत्यधिक प्रभावित किया है; इस के कारण हमारी कलीसियाओं में आराधना करना बंद हो गया है, जिस तरह से हम अपने अन्य परिवार के सदस्यों से मुलाकात करते थे, उस में व्यवधान उत्पन्न हो गया है, प्रत्येक की वित्तीय वास्तविकताओ को नष्ट कर दिया है

हम सभी के मष्तिष्क में यह प्रश्न है कि हम इस महामारी और तालाबंदी में किस प्रकार से जीवन निर्वाह करें 

    1. हम अपने आप को प्रेरित करने और ध्यान केंद्रित करने के लिए जो कुछ कर सकते है, उस को करें। प्रश्न यह भी है, कि जब परिस्थितियां कठिन हो उस समय हम किस प्रकार से स्वयं को प्रेरित रख सकते है ।
    2.  हम स्वयं पर और अपनी परिस्थितियों पर अपनी आँखों को लगाये। चाहे परिस्थितियां कठिन ही हो, पर जो बुरी परिस्थियाँ आपके साथ हो रही हैं, उन पर ध्यान न दें, जितना अधिक आप अपनी समस्याओं पर ध्यान केन्द्रित करेंगे उतना ही वे आपके मष्तिष्क को प्रभावित करेगी, और अंततः यह आप के ऊपर हावी हो जाएगी।
    3. स्वपन देखना कभी भी बंद न करें। महान विचार अधिकंश्ता हमारे द्वारा आते है, जो वर्तमान परिस्थितियों को एक तरफ कर देते है, और आपके चारों तरफ जो संभावनाये है, उनको देखते है।
    4. अपनी परिस्थितियों से परे देखे और प्रभु से प्रार्थना करे कि आप को स्पष्ट भविष्य देखने मे वह सहायता करे। इस को दर्शन कहते है। मात्र आज और कल को ही न देखे । दो, तीन या और अधिक वर्षो को देखे 
    5. कुछ सम्भावित लक्ष्यों को जिन को प्राप्त किया जा सकता है, उनको दिनांक के साथ लिख ले कि आप उन को कब तक प्राप्त करने की आशा करते है। प्रत्येक दिन इन लक्ष्यों को देखे। यह आपकी सहायता करेगा कि आप भविष्य में प्राप्त परिणामों की तरफ अपने ध्यान को केन्द्रित कर सके। बाइबिल मे हबक्क्कू कहता है कि हमको अपने दर्शन को स्पष्ट रूप से निर्मित करना है, और उसको पटियों पर लिखना है ताकि प्रत्येक उस को स्पष्ट रूप से देख सके।
    6. अपने प्रियो से संपर्क बनाये रखे, हाँलाकि आप उनसे मुलाकात करने नहीं जा पा रहे है, उनसे फोन पर बाते करे, उन को सन्देश भेजे, उन से सम्बन्ध स्थापित करने के जो भी संभावित साधन हो, उन का उपयोग करे।  
    7. सम्बन्धों को न छोड़े – मानव के रूप में हमारी इस प्रकार से सृष्टि हुई है कि, हम को अन्य लोगो के साथ सम्बन्ध बनाने की आवश्यकता होती है । इस ही कारण से हमारे परिवार और कलीसियाये हमारे जीवन के एक बहुत महत्वपूर्ण तत्व होते है। इस ही कारण से बाइबिल हम को सिखाती है कि विश्वासियो की सभा में सम्मलित होने को हम भूले नहीं।

लाइव स्कूल के सन्दर्भ में:

    1. अपने छात्रो के साथ कृपया सम्बन्ध स्थापित रखे 
    2. यदि आप मुलाकात नहीं कर पा रहे है, तब आप स्वय लाइव स्कूल के सत्रों को देखे और इस प्रकार से आप अपनी कक्षा के अन्य लोगो से आगे हो सके और जब कक्षाए प्रारम्भ हो तब आप अपने छात्रो की सेवा और संचालन और अधिक उचित प्रकार से कर सके। 
    3. जब आप छोटे समूह में सम्मलित होना प्रारभ कर पायेगे, उस समय कृपया लाइव स्कूल को अतिशीघ्र प्रारम्भ करने का प्रयास करे। 
    4. यदि यह संभव होता है, तो उस ही लाइव स्कूल यूनिट का उपयोग करते हुए, एक और लाइव स्कूल को अपने निकटतम ग्राम या कस्बे मे प्रारम्भ करने का प्रयास करे । जिस से जो समय नष्ट हो गया है उस की भरपाई कर पाए और कम से कम समय में अधिक से अधिक लोगो को प्रशिक्षित कर सके।

    यह स्मरण रखे कि लीडिया और मैं आप के लिए प्रार्थना कर रहे है, और परमेश्वर से मांग रहे है कि वह आप को निरंतर सुरक्षित रखे और यदि आप स्वस्थ नहीं है तो वह आप को स्वास्थ्य प्रदान करे।

    आप को आशीष प्राप्त हो 

    विल्ली और लीडिया क्रू

    October 2020 India Letter

    October 2020 India Letter

    October 2020 India Letter

    Message to the India Leaders, Facilitators and students – September 2020

    Dear Friends,

    Greetings from Cape Town in the matchless name of Jesus.

    The COVID pandemic is dragging on for far too long and has certainly affected all of us in profound ways; keeping our churches from meeting; preventing family and friends from getting together like we usually do; destroying the economic reality of everyone. 

    The question that is on all our minds is how to survive the pandemic and the lock-down. 

    I have a few suggestions that are helping me and pray that they help you as well.

      1. We must do all we can to stay motivated and focused. The question is how you stay motivated all the time, even when things are difficult. 
      2. Take your eyes of yourself and your circumstances. Do not dwell on the bad things that are happening to you, even if it is difficult. The more you dwell on your problems the greater they will become in your mind and they will eventually overrun you.
      3. Never stop dreaming. Great ideas often come through us putting our immediate circumstance aside and seeing the possibilities around us
      4. Look beyond your circumstances and ask the Lord to help you see the future clearly. That is called Vision. Don’t just look at today or tomorrow. Look a year, two and more ahead. 
      5. Write down a few achievable goals with dates when you hope to accomplish them. Look at these goals every day. This will help you focus on the future outcomes. The Bible teaches in Habakkuk that we need to make the vision plain, write it on tablets so that everyone can see them.
      6. Keep contact with those that are dear to you, even if you cannot visit them; phone them, send them messages or use whatever means possible to keep contact. 
      7. Don’t give up on relationships – As human beings we have a built in need to relate to people. That is why the family and church are such important elements in our lives. It is also why the Bible teaches us not to forsake the gathering of believers.

      In the context of the Live School:

      1. Please keep in touch with your students.
      2. If you cannot meet, then keep watching the Live School sessions yourself and in this way get ahead of the class so you can be of better service to the students when the school re-opens.
      3. Once you are able to meet in a small group, please move forward quickly to start the Live School again. 
      4. If at all possible, try to run a second Live School in a nearby suburb or village, using the same Live School unit so we can catch up on lost time and train many more people in the shortest possible time.  

      Please know that Lydia and I are praying for you, asking the Lord to continue to protect you and if you are not feeling well to heal you.

      Many blessings

      Willie & Lydia Crew

      Please click on Youtube link below to hear a very encouraging video from World Mission Centre Founder Willie Crew

      September 2020 India Letter

      September 2020 India Letter

      September 2020 India Letter

      Dear Brothers & Sisters, 

      Greetings to you all in the name of most High God Jesus Christ.

      I am thankful to God for this great privilege to share the word of God to encourage you especially in this time of pandemic. I am also thankful to World Mission Center for giving the opportunity.

      By God’s grace we are doing well and experiencing the special motivation to continue the work which God has called us to do. 

      God has promised us to give special Joy which we can experience in this pandemic, lockdown and during crisis time.  The Joy of Christ:  John 17: 13 “They may have my joy filled in themselves” 

      If there is anything that we need in our life as Disciples of Jesus in this time of lockdown, it is the Joy of Christ.  Jesus spoke many times to his disciples about His joy being complete and full in them. His disciples were filled with joy as they realized who they were: children of God and joint heirs with Christ. Don’t deny yourself that which is your birthright as a child of God. Don’t be satisfy with a joyless life. . Rom 8: 16-17  

      They had once been helpless victims of death, but now death had no hold over them (1 Cor 15:55- 58), With such a marvelous Salvation experience with Christ, now could the disciples be anything less than Joyful?  

      It is a Joy that can’t be shaken in difficult circumstances. This is the kind of joy that Christ is willing to give you. 

      The second thing we are praying for you all is God’s Abundance in your Life : 2 Cor 9:8, 12:9 

      When you relate to God you always deal with abundance, for God does nothing in half measures. If you are going through any kinds of crisis I want to encourage you that God is with you and he will not leave you in crisis.  

      When you seek to perform a good work that God has asked you to do, you will always find ample supply of God’s grace to sustain you. 

      When you make mistakes in the work God has appointed you to do, God’s grace forgives you, sets you back on your feet, and gives you strength to continue the work. 

      When you complete the task God gave you and no one express thanks for what you have done even then the Father’s grace surrounds you, and He reminds you that you have a heavenly reward where everything you have done in the Lord’s service will be remembered. Matthew 6:33-34

      Lastly but not the least, I want to encourage you that we are very privilege that God has chosen us to be a part of HIS kingdom’s plan and our Lord with us, his grace is upon us, he has accepted us as His son’s and daughter’s, so let us humble ourselves and receive his Joy and Abundance in our life, family and the ministry which God has called us to do. May God bless you. Thank you   

      Anil Kr. S.

      August 2020 India Letter Hindi

      August 2020 India Letter

      मसीह में प्रिय भाइयो और बहनों 

      हम आपको अपनी प्रार्थनाओ में निरंतर स्मरण रखते है और आपके लिए पिता परमेश्वर का धन्यवाद करते है। हम परमेश्वर पर भरोसा करते है, कि आप इस कठिन समय में निराश नहीं होगे वरन आप अपने को और अधिक प्रज्जवलित करेगे जिस प्रकार पहले कभी नहीं हुआ होगा । यह हमारे ह्रदय की प्रार्थना है कि इस अंतिम समय की फसल इतनी अधिक हो कि आप का जाल फट जाए, और अधिक स्थान को बनाने के लिए आप को अपने तम्बुओं के खूटों को बाहर गाड़ना पड़े।

      प्रेरितों के कार्य मे – परमेश्वर कहता है “कि अन्त कि दिनों में, मैं अपना आत्मा सब मनुष्यों पर उंडेलूंगा और तुम्हारे बेटे और तुम्हारी बेटियां भविष्यद्वाणी करेंगी और तुम्हारे जवान दर्शन देखेंगे, और तुम्हारे पुरनिए स्वप्न देखेंगे।“ प्रेरितों के कार्य 2:17 

      इन अनिश्चित समयों में, हम आपको प्रेरितों के कार्य की पुस्तक में जो चेलों के उदाहरण प्रस्तुत किये गए है, उन को स्मरण रखने  और उनसे सीखने के द्वारा सामर्थी बने रहने के लिए प्रोत्साहित करते हैं। जब यीशु स्वर्ग में उठाया जा रहा था, उस समय उसने अपने चेलों को निर्देशों और प्रतिज्ञाओ के साथ इस पृथ्वी पर छोड़ दिया। उस की वह प्रतिज्ञा आज भी हमारे और आप के अन्दर निवास करती है। यीशु के निर्देशों का पालन करने के द्वारा चेलों ने धन्य पवित्र आत्मा को प्राप्त किया। वही पवित्र आत्मा जिसने उन्हें महान कार्य करने के लिए सामर्थ प्रदान की,  आज भी वह हमारे और आपके द्वारा कार्य कर रहा है। चेलो के द्वारा जो उसने प्रेरितों के कार्य की पुस्तक में कार्य किया, उसने कलीसियाओ को स्थापित किया और राज्य के सुसमाचार का बहुत तीव्र गति से विस्तार किया, हमारी प्रार्थना है कि काश परमेश्वर का पवित्र आत्मा आप को भी उसी प्रकार से इस्तेमाल करे प्रत्येक गाँव, कस्बे, शहर, और भारत के प्रत्येक प्रदेश में, उत्तर से ले कर दक्षिण तक, और पूरब से लेकर पश्चिम तक कोई भी ऐसा व्यक्ति न हो जिसने सुसमाचार को न सुना हो। काश भारत में कलीसिया एक ऐसी सामर्थ बन जाये जिस को कोई नहीं रोक का सके। मैं इन दिनों में अलौकिक सामर्थ की वर्षा की घोषणा करती हूँ, जिसका वर्णन योएल भविष्यवक्ता ने किया था और प्रेरितों के कार्य 2:17 में  इस को पुनः दोहराया गया है – काश अभी से आप के घरो से इसका प्रारम्भ हो जाये, जब आप अपने परिवार के साथ प्रार्थना करने मे समय व्यतीत करते हैं, उनको आत्मिक रूप से सामर्थी बनाते है और आगामी पीढ़ी के लिए कलीसिया रोपण करने वाले, पास्टर, मिशनरी, सुसमाराचार-प्रचारक, परमेश्वर का भय मानने वाले, राजनेता, डॉक्टर, कल के अगुवों की पीढ़ी को निर्मित करते है। जैसा कि परमेश्वर ने प्रतिज्ञा की है कि वह अपना आत्मा तुम्हारे बेटे और बेटियों, युवा और बूढ़े पर उडेलेगा, जैसा उसने कहा है, वह वैसा ही करेगा। काश उसका राज्य आये और वह आपके घरों में स्थापित हो जाये, और वहाँ से सड़को पर चिन्ह और चमत्कारों के द्वारा प्रकट हो। ठीक उसी ही प्रकार से जब पतरस ने पवित्र आत्मा की सामर्थ्य मे होकर प्रचार किया और 3000 लोगो ने पश्चाताप किया और बपतिस्मा लिया और कलीसिया मे सम्मलित हो गए, उसी प्रकार से आपके गांव में, आपके कस्बे में, आपके शहर में, आपके भारत में आपके और आपके परिवार के माध्य में भी ऐसा ही हो। परमेश्वर पवित्र आत्मा आपको अलौकिक साहस प्रदान करे ।

      आज जब आप इसे पढ़ रहे है, काश आज आपके ह्रदयो और मस्तिष्कों में यह प्रतिज्ञा सक्रिय हो जाये। महान अवसर प्रतिकूलता में निहित होते है, इसलिए आप इस अवसर को अपने समुदाय को आशीष प्रदान करने, उत्साहित करने, दूसरों के लिए प्रार्थना करने, अपनी सम्पति को अपने पडोसी के साथ साझा करने, में उपयोग करे, ताकि पवित्र आत्मा आप के हाथ के कार्यो में गुणात्मक वृद्धि कर सके, ताकि लोग यह देखने के योग्य हो जाये कि आप का परमश्वर ही सच्चा और जीवित परमेश्वर है। काश आपका मस्तिष्क परमेश्वर के राज्य के विस्तार के लिए परमेश्वर के विचारों और रणनीति से भर जाये। जब परमेश्वर कुछ करना चाहता है – तो कोई भी उसको रोक नहीं सकता है! जहाँ पर कोई भी मार्ग नहीं होता है वह वहां पर मार्ग को निर्मित कर देता है, जब विरोध बढ़ता है तब उसकी प्रतिज्ञा को स्मरण रखे, कि हथियार तो तेरे विरुद्ध उठेंगे और वह तुझ पर कभी भी प्रबल नहीं होगे – जब आप भारत को यीशु के लिए मांग लेते है, तब परमेश्वर आपको आपके क्षेत्र में विजय प्रदान करेगा। आमीन, और फिर आमीन 

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