New Web Site

Our affiliate ministry in Eden Prairie, Minnesota has recently unveiled their web site. Cross to Life Discipleship Ministries is seeing God’s Spirit transform the lives of hurting people through Christ-centered biblical counseling. They are part of the lay counseling team at Grace Church and also serve in the community at their Edina office.

Crosstolifeorgwww.Crosstolife.org

John Woodward of GFI is scheduled to present the Christ is Life Conference there October 11,12, 2013. All who are in that area are welcome to attend!

Renewal in South Africa

We just had a wonderful morning of quick fellowship with one of our trainees of many years ago. I think I have told you about him in the past. Drs, J. E. and his wife_____.

______’s [Her] life was changed dramatically by the Exchanged Life when we trained her and her team who are ministering to the homeless. After J______ saw the dramatic change in his wife, he wanted to know more. He invited us to train him and a cell group. During the training J______ had an encounter with the Holy Spirit and the old J_____ “died” (Luke 9:23).

Then he invited us to do the training with his elders. Now his whole church is based on the Exchanged Life (Gal. 2:20). He says that his whole ministry has changed and he now has a vision. The Exchanged Life is not just another course which can be ticked off as done.

He can now measure spiritual growth. He now knows what discipleship is. He now knows where other ministries fit in–after the Cross (Rom. 6:6-14) is applied. He has trained people in his church to carry the message of the Cross. His church is an example of how the Cross is the cornerstone and the message of a church. And his church is growing. It is not that he is interested in numbers, he wants people to know the Cross and as he says: “the Cross applied.”

He also started an English church, _____________ for the thousands of foreigners living in the Bellville area. This church is also growing…

Thank you again for sending [training materials] to us. It is of great value to all our trainees. When we go to Fish Hoek we will give it to Gordon to copy as well and also to our brother George.

Before we leave Cape Town we will invite all our co-workers from Cape Town and Surroundings and we will have a time of fellowship and thanking God. We will ask all the participants to give a short testimony of how God is using them. The aim is also to strengthen the network of all the ones who “died in Christ”. Wish you could all be here, We will let you know when it happens and we will make a video for you to see all your “offspring”.

We also had such good news from a young man Hendrik ministered to in Pretoria. He was in a big black hole and Hendrik kept on encouraging him and bringing him the Cross. Last night we heard that he has a steady job now and is a changed person. He wrote a poem to the Lord with Whom he is now totally in love with. As Amanda taught us: I AM IN LOVE WITH YOU. When we move to Pretoria we will be close to him and be able to disciple him.

We praise God to be part of this glorious ministry. Many blessings and favour to you all.
Hendrik and Nehlsie

[They supported through GFI’s missions budget]

Update from Romania

Greetings from Romania,
I just come back from a preaching tour in Bucovina (North Romania and Ukraine).  I established with pastors there to begin a training with some potential leaders in exchanged life counseling and discipleship. Please pray for me to be efficient in this work. We are going to start in October of this year.
Say hello to the GFI team.
-Peter Mihent
(GFI Romania)

A Response to Exodus International’s Apology

by Ron Browning, GFI alumnus and Christ-centered counselor at New Heart Expressions in Colorado.

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The closure of Exodus International saddens me. However, I am excited to see how the Gospel will prevail in the cultural climate of 21st century America. As gay marriage becomes more prevalent and traditional family values become the minority, it will be interesting to see God’s response and learn how we can be involved in His agenda.

In light of recent events regarding Exodus Int’l and her president Alan Chambers, I have been asked by several colleagues and students what my thoughts are pertaining to Exodus’ closing and Chambers’ public comments. There seems to be a sense of confusion and shared anger, left in the Exodus’/Chambers’ wake, amongst those who seek freedom from homosexuality, and/or those who teach freedom from such habitual sin. The LGBTQ community is reveling over the Exodus’ demise!

Chambers seems to have become the joint enemy, of both the Christian and LGBTQ communities, with statements like this from his public apology: “There were several years that I conveniently omitted my ongoing same-sex attractions. I was afraid to share them as readily and easily as I do today. They brought me tremendous shame and I hid them in the hopes they would go away.” Most of us, relate, don’t we? ‘If we can just make the sin go away…’

Chambers continues, “Looking back, it seems so odd that I thought I could do something to make them stop. Today, however, I accept these feelings as parts of my life that will likely always be there. The days of feeling shame over being human in that way are long over, and I feel free simply accepting myself as my wife and family does. As my friends do. As God does.”

Chambers’ apology can be found at http://exodusinternational.org/2013/06/i-am-sorry/. In this apology, he also states: “More than anything, I am sorry that so many have interpreted this religious rejection by Christians as God’s rejection.” I, too, share Chambers’ sorrow over the tremendous hurt many have incurred from offensive words, misguided judgments, and mistreatment. Without lending further conflict to the current perplexity, I believe the only clarifying response is a rejoinder, in light of the Gospel.

Continue reading…The Gospel and Homosexuality

Testimony from Venezuela

From Chuck Solomon:

This  testimony is from a brother with whom I counseled in Bogota.  He was totally defeated and, unknown to me, had his resignation in his pocket while counseling!  I am sending my crude translation that you might be blessed, also.

My dear brother: Thanks for taking your time to greet me [by email]. It really was a  blessing to be with you in Bogota.  God blessed my life with mighty power; I am very content with much energy and looking to the Lord with new strength.  There has been a dramatic change in my personal life which has now extended to the ministry.  I have shared the seminar of the Lines to two churches, including mine and there has been much power.  I have much peace and am enjoying the exchanged life.  Thank you for your ministry to me.  Greetings to your wife and staff.  (Deut. 1:11)  J. R.  –  Venezuela

47a3d929b3127cce98548f5b647400000035100Actm7Fu3asWrA  I also received a reply from a pastor in Guatemala who is responsible for San Salvador, Panama and Costa Rica.  He has been using my Handbook for 30 years and is sold on the GFI  approach … He wants to work with us to reach out to Central America and would like to have a seminar there.  When translation is completed on Gems and Jargon and The Rejection Syndrome, we will have a library of 6 books and 2  tracts in Spanish.  So we are set with basic materials to reach Latin America and have key contacts with which to begin.  Would that the U.S. were so open!!