Training Event in Nepal

We now have our first GFI training scheduled for Nepal the first week of December, 2012.  Our East African director, Westin, will be conducting the conference and workshop with invited pastors from all over the country.  Dr. Timothy Aryal is sponsoring it and translated the Wheel and Line tract; we have printed 20,000 copies which have been widely distributed through 5 main points.

Dr. Aryal teaches psychology in university and  pastors a church.  He is ready to begin a counseling/training center using our approach;  his wife is also a trained counselor.  In addition to his native tongue, Dr. Aryal also speaks Hindi which will enable him to do training in northern India.  Such training in this strategic area could be the launching of training in southeast Asia; much prayer is needed for the moving of the Holy Spirit in Nepal and  beyond.  Nepali is also spoken in Bhutan, a nearby country.  Thank you for holding this mission up in prayer as well as our support base here in the States.

New President

ANNOUNCEMENT TO ALL FRIENDS OF GFI:



The Board of Directors of Grace Fellowship International (with Dr. Solomon’s endorsement) has elected Dr. Brett Travis as the new President & CEO to succeed Dr. Charles R. Solomon who will now be known as Founder and President Emeritus.

Dr. Brett Travis

Dr. Brett Travis

Dr. Travis earned his D. Min. from Fuller Theological Seminary, his Masters in Counseling from Liberty University, and Masters of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He accepted this position on September 4, 2012 and began work on September 7, 2012.  We welcome Dr. Travis and his leadership skills to promote the message of the Cross to which Dr. Solomon was called of God in 1967.

May God be glorified through this transition: “For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen” (Rom. 11:36).

(GFI accepted the resignation of Stephen Phinney as Interim CEO effective May 7, 2012.  GFI is not in communication nor in partnership with IOM America or its affiliates.  If any of our friends and supporters in the US or overseas has questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.)

Malawi

Ministry in Malawi

A field report from Emmanuel Zgambo:

Ever since I accepted Christ as my Lord and Saviour, I tried to live the Christian life with my own strength.  Trying to be good in my own understanding and ways.  But I  noticed that I always failed and was lacking peace.  I always felt insecure about my salvation, and that I would lose it.  Sadly, there are still many Christians here in Northern Malawi that are still in the same situation.

When I started learning about the Exchanged Life [Gal. 2:20], I started laying down everything of me for everything of Christ.  Then I started experiencing a peace that cannot be explained but would best be experienced.  I now, after learning about the Exchanged Life, no longer strive but just abide in Christ and there in Christ I find fulfillment.  By allowing Christ to live His life through me, I now rest from trying to live it by myself and my own power.  I no longer live in fear of death or failure because I have learnt that this life that I have is not about me but about Christ who is in me.  Knowing this gives me a lot of fulfillment.

I realize that no matter how gifted I may be, or possessions I may have, it is only in Christ that I am complete.  Any self worth that comes from anything else apart from Christ is living a lie.  The Exchanged Life materials have greatly transformed my life.

All this has helped in the work that I do for the Lord here in Northern Malawi.  I am involved in training pastors and church leaders in Explosive Growth Discipleship Making and Coaching Discipleship Trainers, Training Life Group Leaders, and also doing One on One Discipleship [through Dynamic Churches International resources].  I am also leading a movement of Christians that is evangelising the unreached parts of Northern Malawi and putting the new Christians into Life Groups where they learn the Word of God together.

I am very grateful for your ministry [through Canadian co-workers, Hans and Elly Timmermans].

GF India Meeting

I was working on the agenda for the Annual general Body meeting of GCI till now. I have to sleep for two and a half hours before I get up to start for the meeting. For the travel convenience of PPT, we have arranged the meeting at Tiruvalla.

Also we have a half day seminar with Dr. Alex Mathew giving a talk on “Therapeutic Alliance in Christian Counseling.”  25 friends are planning to attend the seminar including one or two persons encouraged by our Indian friends in USA to whom I had sent the brochure. That is great. Pray for the blessings in both the meetings. We plan to give lunch to all. No fees is charged. If the participants are guided by the Lord, let them contribute.

God bless you all.

“…..Become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.”                1 Cor.9:22

“How hard are we prepared to work without counting the cost for the sake of the gospel? How generous are we in givng to those who give their lives to form Chrsit’s life in us?” Quotes from EWG

Prof. John Zachariah <jzacvakke@yahoo.co.in>

[designated support to GFI India can be sent via GFI Tennessee]

Endorsement from South Africa

 

… I want to write and tell you that GFI and in particular yourself, have always had and will always continue to have, my total and unconditional love, support and blessing in every way possible.

In all my seventy-one years of life, I have never come across a more truthfully accurate, more powerful, more Holy-Spirit-filled, more Christ-centred, more blessed, more liberating, more victorious and more anointed message than the message promoted by yourself and by GFI through you, that “I have been crucified with Christ, that I no longer live, but that Christ lives in me and that the life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in, and of, the Son of God Who loved me and Who gave Himself for me.”

I have also in over ten years of involvement in Christian Counselling, not come across a more dynamically liberating, more anointed of God, and more successful method of counselling than the precept taught by GFI and by yourself, that the Holy Spirit is “The Counsellor” and not I.

I have had the privilege, the blessing, and the satisfaction of seeing the Holy Spirit, the “Wonderful Counsellor,” set many, many people free and have experienced the great joy of watching many people’s lives being radically and totally changed from the moment that they let go of the “self-life” (that is, letting it go to the cross of Jesus where it belongs) and allowing the indwelling Christ and the blessed Holy Spirit to set them free and usher them into the eternal life of their true identity “in Christ Jesus.”

I have also come to understand that the major problem in strained relationships. and particularly in marriages. is that invariably one of the parties (and sometimes even both) has a desire to change the other party in some or other way (to make them conform to their own expectations), not realising that it is IMPOSSIBLE, TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY IMPOSSIBLE for any one person ever, to change any other person. It just simply will not happen because it cannot happen. It is truly impossible. I do not believe that one is even capable of changing one’s own self, even if one had the good sense to try to do so. This is clearly the work of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit alone.

I have seen demonstrated over and over again, that it is ONLY the Holy Spirit Who can effectively change any living person. It is clearly the work of the Holy Spirit, and I have had the privilege and great blessing of seeing a number of people during counselling change almost visibly right in front of my eyes, as and when they suddenly “hear” and give heed to the Holy Spirit within. I have observed facial expressions, people’s entire countenances, change visibly before my eyes as they suddenly “let go” and allow the self-life to take up its rightful place in being baptised (immersed) into Christ’s crucifixion on the cross of Calvary, and thereby (Romans 6:3-8) also being baptised into His resurrection.

Chuck [Solomon], this “exchanged life” message is without any shadow of doubt, the most anointed, most successful, most liberating and most life-changing message that I have ever had the privilege and great blessing of coming across and I honour you and support wholeheartedly your decision to keep this precious God-given and God-anointed message pure and unsullied in GFI…

As for me and my household, we will follow faithfully and steadfastly in the anointed, God-given pattern which you have shown us and we will support you unfailingly and joyfully and gratefully in ever decision you make.

May God continue to bless you, provide for you and care for you, your entire family, GFI, all staff members, every single person involved in any part of your or the GFI ministry and you will always be in our prayers and we, with thankful hearts, praise our wonderful Father God and our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for setting us free by and through what we have learned and received from your hand over the years.

With all our love and blessings,
Gordon and Marcy A.

channel at Sermon.net/gfiworld

New Audio Message: The Nature of the Exchange

What do we mean by the term “Exchanged Life”? Although this is considered core knowledge in the GFI conference, the concept of exchange sometimes refers to what happens at the new birth, at other times, the breakthrough of appropriating our identification with Christ by faith.

Since Spirituotherapy focuses on the sanctification aspect, it may be useful to consider our understanding in the context of other viewpoints. John Woodward has presented a lesson titled “The Nature of the Exchange.” This is now available as a free audio message online with PDF notes: http://sermon.net/gfiworld/sermonid/1199786031 . The notes can be opened by clicking on the PDF button there.

channel at Sermon.net/gfiworld

The Key to the Christian Life

We appreciate opportunities GFI has had to minister at First Baptist Atlanta since 1980. Dr. Charles Stanley has a sermon online that gives a good summary of the essential counseling message: “The Key to the Christian Life.” It begins, “No one can live the Christian life in his own strength. Yet so many people try to do just that. They know God has saved them, but in practice, they believe a life that pleases Him is possible only through their efforts. This is how I felt for many years. Finally, God used They Found the Secret—a little book consisting of 20 spiritual biographies—to reveal something I had never realized: The key to the Christian life is to allow Christ to live His life through you. This truth revolutionized my walk with the Lord.” You can access his sermon outline and watch the video also: http://www.intouch.org/you/sermon-outlines/content?topic=the_key_to_the_christian_life_sermon_outline