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God’s Plans for You

THE WORD IS: For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 LB

THE POINT IS: So what’s the plan? You were built for greatness. After all, the great and mighty God is the one who created you. The Source of greatness is found in God alone. Great expectations come from a great God; and the Lord God Almighty has great expectations for you. When God is your source, greatness is your destiny. God wants the best for you. God has great things in store for you. God can make you the best that you can be. That is why He sent the Lord Jesus Christ to you. When Christ comes to indwell you, He becomes your very life. And it doesn’t get any better than that!

 THE APPLICATION IS: Do you want to realize your true potential? Then stop just dreaming of greatness, and start living your dream! Give yourself completely to the Lord Jesus Christ and discover the difference that Christ can make in your life. As a new creation in Christ you become the best that you can be. You can’t improve on God! God created you anew in Christ, and as with all of His creation, God declares you very good! Your destiny doesn’t have to be merely a future hope. It can become a present reality! Are you living your destiny? If you allow Christ to live His life through you, you will! But you must stick with The Plan. And then you’ll have a future to look forward to!

Lewis & Lue Gregory

TGIM, Jan 14  http://www.sourceministries.net/L_Gregory

Nepal Trip Report

Excerpts from the recent Mission to Nepal

…I am delighted to present my Mission to Nepal from 28th November to 21st December, 2012.

I was requested by Dr. Charles Solomon to travel to Nepal on his behalf in the month of September 2012 where he had been invited by Dr. Pastor Timothy Aryal, a brother he has known for over twenty years without physically meeting. Pastor Timothy has translated the Wheel and Line Tract into Nepalese. After three months of preparation that included prayer, fasting, physical training and reading, I flew out of Nairobi , Kenya on the 28th of November via Qatar and arrived at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu – in Nepal on the 29th of November 2012.

…Nepal will remain a memorial in my life due to the culture shock that I came across. According to World Health Organization Kathmandu the Capital of Nepal is the dirtiest City in the World. This is evidenced right from the Airport upon arrival where you see dirt and the chaotic way taxis and Motorbikes jostle for Passengers. One has to wear masks due to high levels of pollution while walking, riding and driving in the city…Despite the fact that Nepal is the second richest Nation in the World after Brazil in water resources, with thousands of rivers flowing from the Himalayas, yet there is a great shortage of electricity. The population experiences power blackouts of ten to twelve hours a day. Water is available but a visitor has to take great care due to high levels of pollution.

It is said that Eight of the highest peaks are found in Nepal. Nepal has a population of between 25 and 30 million People. The Country has 50 Million Tourists (the number could be higher ) that visit annually. The majority come for pleasure and trekking. The average literacy rate is 39%…

Hinduism and Buddhism are the major regions will idols and shrines all over. In 2006 Nepal was declared a Secular State but these two major religions have a big influence on how the Country is run.

PROGRAM:

On the 29th of November I spoke in a House Fellowship. On the 30th November I visited Pastor Timothy at the Hospital he had been admitted and prayed for him.

On 1st of December I spoke in two services at Abundant Life Church…When I made an Altar Call tens of People responded for prayers touching different issues.

The training began on the 2nd to 7th of December in a Training Center located in a mountain range. Pastor Timothy had invited a number of Pastors and Christian Counselors that spoke and understood English from all over the Country. Thirty had indicated that they were coming but only eleven turned up. Due to his hospitalization it became difficult to do follow up with some failing to show up because of lack of finances.

The good thing is that the ones that attended came from different regions of the Country. Just to mention but two; one Pastor traveled for two days on a bus and one was a missionary serving in Nepal from Kerala in India.

I introduced G.F.I. and the God given vision and Mission on 2nd at night. On the 3rd in the morning we started marathon sessions beginning with the Conference…There several marked testimonies of transformation as the sessions went on, and by the time we were starting the Workshop in the last two days of the training it was evident that the training was not just equipping the them as Students, but a platform for their personal entry into experiencing their co-death, burial, resurrection and ascension with Jesus Christ.

One student testified and of wished that the training had come up earlier because a friend died due to emotional problems which she says, with the training she had received, she could have counseled with her.

A Pastor that traveled from a town towards India decided to go Change the name of His Church…after the message of the Cross became alive in him, he said he needed a name that will point at what the work of the Cross accomplished for him.

It is also worth noting that several evenings we trekked to share and pray on the ranges for Nepal and the Countries of the World. After a group photo we had lunch exchanged contacts before returning to our different destinations.

…After a treacherous drive through a mountainous road we arrived in Nawalparasi and after offloading our luggage we took to the road with The Wheel and Line Tracts in Nepalese to witness to Villagers who are known us the Indigenous tribe of Nepal.

We left for Simara District for on the 12th of December. While in Simara I conducted Water Baptism for Eleven Believers on the 12th, spoke in two services, ministered in several homes, invited to speak in two Schools. There are those who gave their lives and received physical healings after the ministry of the Word and Prayer. One Brother was overjoyed when his Hindu wife gave her life to Jesus after many years of waiting.

On 14th December I traveled to Janakpur District. Upon arrival in this town that is 10 Kilometers to India I almost broke down in tears because of desperation I met on the ground; I looked and met high levels of poverty I had never seen in life. I thought I had seen it all until I boarded a very old bus to continue to my destination in a village that is three Kilometers from India. The bus had some Passengers sitting on top because there was no more space on the inside. It was saddening seeing young girls from Nine years of age married as wives. Many spend their time on Paddy Farms (Rice Farms ), looking malnourished and weak . It was too heartbreaking to behold.

…Our host, who is a teacher by profession, is a bold minister of the Gospel. Through him a whole Community responding to the message of the Cross, not mentioning the Chairman of the Committee who has donated land for the construction of a Church.

We held a Church Service on the 15th that was attended by a good number of people. After speaking in a Church service that was conducted in our Host’s compound we took Motorbikes and hit the dusty road that leads to India. We made many stops in the Villages, markets and Business Premises that are owned by People known to our host.

It was joy seeing a number give their lives to Jesus with one young who was driving a tractor. Upon sharing with him the word of God, he without resisting gave his life to Christ, then proceeded with his journey. Thereafter we travelled to the Border with India where we were allowed to only after the Bridge that connected the two Countries.

On the 16th we traveled back to Simara where I spoke in my last night service that we witnessed deliverance in Peoples lives. I actually cast out demons from two Ladies. There was joy and celebration after these two were delivered. Many others after seeing what the Lord had done came forward to be prayed for over various ailments. Many pleaded that I should extend my stay but I told them I had to leave for Kathmandu to prepare to fly back to Kenya.

I returned to Kathmandu on the 17th and spoke to the Leadership of Abundant Life Church in the evening. On the 18th and 19th I visited several families to minister to people with various needs that required prayer. In one of the visits it was joy witnessing a Hindu Lady who had laid sick in bed for a year give her life to Christ. On both days I also spoke in two house Fellowship. On 20th we had our last fellowship with Pastor Timothy’s family before being escorted to the Airport for my flight back home, carrying a lot of memories with me.

…Once again with humility am sincerely grateful for according me the opportunity to represent all of you in Nepal. I believe that Jesus was glorified in Nepal. All glory and honor I give to God our Father,

– “Westin”

If the Lord leads you to contribute to such GFI mission trips, you can donate online here.

 

New Year’s Hope

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures” (James 1:17,18).

As we enter a new year it is so reassuring to know that there is no “variation or shadow of turning” with our God and His purpose. By “bringing us forth” through spiritual rebirth, we have salvation and the dignity of being a pledge of the full restoration of earth in the future realm of God’s Kingdom.

The apostle Paul was also encouraged in this hope:  “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it [Genesis 3] in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees?
But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance” (Rom. 8:18-25).

At GFI we give thanks for God’s faithfulness last year and joyfully anticipate what He wants to do through us in 2013!

In December we welcomed a new board member–Dr. Dan Riley. Dan serves as Senior Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Knoxville, TN. He was guest speaker at last year’s GFI Ministry Luncheon. (His testimonial video is on our web site’s video channel.) We give thanks for our other current board members: Bob Sorenson as chairman (Iowa), Mr. Peter Frey (Switzerland), and Chuck Solomon.

We are anticipating a more detailed report from GFI Africa Director, Westin. We have heard that his ministry trip to Nepal was a fruitful time. Europe Director, Peter Mihent, has been able to acquire land in northern Romania. He envisions a counseling and training center there!

We always appreciate notes from alumni and former counselees. Here is one that just arrived:

“Chuck, Thanks for all yo do in continuing the emphasis of the Cross! You have pioneered a message lost in today’s churches. I continue to be blessed by your ministry into my life and consequently into the lives of those God brings across my path. What a blessing to see the joy in lives set free. Paying for your continued health and strength. ” – R. A. (Montana)

And we thank our supporters and intercessors for continued partnership in the ministry of international biblical counseling, training and equipping. God bless and guide you in this new year.

Yours in Christ,
John

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New Daily Devotional Volume

Think Victory_2_web.jpgOur friends at America’s Keswick Bible Conference (in Whiting, NJ) have just published a second volume of daily devotionals. GFI’s John Woodward is one of the contributors.

We have appreciated the opportunity to network with AK through providing a course for their KIBS evening Institute (2011) and welcoming Colony of Mercy staff at GFI training events.

The book can be ordered online here:
http://www.americaskeswick.org/233853.ihtml?id=233853&productid=26675