News from GFI affiliates in other nations

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Curitiba, Brazil Event

[from John Woodward]

The Lord blessed the Curitiba Fermata for pastors and lay leaders last week. About 65 attended from 10 churches.

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My interpreter on Thursday, Peter, took his new copy of Portuguese Handbook to Happiness to work on Friday. (He serves as a chaplain at a nursing home.) A Catholic nun saw the book and was intrigued by the title and diagrams, so he gave it to her…We pray God will use the fellowship, messages, literature and data CDs to maximize the Fermata experience in their lives and ministries.

Our team for this week’s Fermata is Edmund, Ursula (his sister), pastor Luciano (an apprentice from Curitiba) and myself. On Sunday we had a couple of flights and landed at Recife (northeast). After a few hours our team took a bus (a nice coach) on a 6 hour overnight ride west to Triunfo. Once we arrived at SESC retreat center, it was a welcome sight. The 30 couples (from 4 surrounding states) are due to arrive today. Please pray for us, my sessions and the one who will interpret for me.

Edmund’s wife, Marli, was with us for the Curitiba event, but has meetings this week for the international TransWorld Radio program she directs–Project Hannah.

Thanks for your interest and prayers.

Mindanao

Outreach in Philippines

This email was received this morning from the Philippines. The new Maguindanaoan translation of the Wheel & Line tract will be printed this weekend.  Please pray for tract distribution and training of the Muslim Tribal Group Leaders. The PDF of this translation is here.

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“Beloved Dr. Chuck,

…Our proofreaders said, [the wheel and line tract is a clear Maguindanaoan translation, even kids could understand the message of wheel and Line in Maguindanaoan (Muslim) language… Praise God, thank you so much for continued prayer. I believe this time is Harvest Time. My Plan for distribution is this coming June 26-27. First, we will gather the Muslim Tribal Groups Leaders here in Davao Region, we will have orientation first about its content . Then we will equip them with prayers and truths from the wheel and Line tracts. The next step is house to house evangelism and as the Lord will reveal strategies thru His Word, backed up with deep and intense prayer.…This Saturday the printing begins,

I came from that [conservative Muslim] bloodline, But I believe Zech. 4:6: “‘not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the LORD.'” By the Grace of God, I pray every day that all the Muslims here in Philippines will open their eyes to the Truths that will bring them to Jesus our Lord and Savior.

God bless and [provide] more Power!

In His love and Prayers,
Aslerado and Maribel Lumimpa
Grace Fellowship Int’l in Muslim Mindanao
Panabo City, Philippines “

South Africa

Update from South Africa

 

Piet duToit and family

We are busy with our 5th seminar in our six week seminar tour in the Northern part of our country. Next week we will be visiting a church in the Kwazulu-Natal Province in the eastern part of South-Africa. It is a great pleasure for us to travel various parts of our country to visit different churches with the message of the Cross. The Christ-Cross Centered Counselling model gets more interest from congregations too.

The moment that people realize that they are living out of a wrong identity and that their self-centeredness are the actual problem, their spiritual eyes open to come to the Cross! Another “Wow” moment are when they hear and realize what really happened on the Cross, not what happened to Jesus on the Cross, but what happened to them in Him on the Cross!! Therefore, we can honestly report that we experienced lots of blessings during the last month while sharing this powerful message of the Cross.

…We pray God’s blessings over you and the Grace Fellowship International personnel. It is a great honor for us to be part of the GFI family.
Regards.

Piet & Sylvia du Toit

Kuils River, South Africa.
Email: piet@lusanti.co.za

May 15: John with GCI co-founder, Professor P.P. Thomas

Ministry in India

This week and next week GFI partners with our daughter ministry, Grace Counseling India, to provide Christ-Centered Counseling training. John is there for the conclusion of a training module at their ministry center in Kerala. May 18-21 will be a conference for pastors and lay leaders of St. Thomas Evangelical Church of India. The speakers will be John Woodward,  Alex Mathew, and John Zachariah. The GCI web site gives the details: GraceCounselor.org. Intercession for these events is appreciated.

May 15: John with GCI co-founder, Professor P.P. Thomas

May 15: John with GCI co-founder, Professor P.P. Thomas

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Handbook Published in Pakistan

Our strategic partners in Pakistan have translated Handbook to Happiness into the local Urdu language. The first printing arrived in time for Christmas. Now let’s pray as this church sends sample copies to selected Christian leaders in the country. When the senior pastor’s father read Handbook, he was impressed that this message could be used of the Lord as a catalyst for personal renewal and church revival there. Wouldn’t it be ironic if those churches lead the way as an example to American churches in making the fuller message of the Cross central in ministry.

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Pakistani Independence Day photo

 

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Developments in Pakistan

Handbook to Happiness is coming off the press in Urdu in Pakistan.  Via Skype, Chuck Solomon spoke to a group of 500 at a church in Lahore, Pakistan at 3:00 A.M. on November 13th.  Each attendee received an Urdu Wheel & Line tract to refer to during his lecture, and each will receive a Handbook. Pray for the translator, Simon. His father (also a pastor). He believes God will use Handbook’s message to spark revival in the churches there.

See a photo book of the church herePakistan.

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Mission Trip To Philippines

philippinesGFI board member, Hans Haun, left November 13th for his mission trip to the Philippines.  He will have an exchanged life conference in Bohol this week for 30+ pastors.  On his way home on the weekend, he will lay over in Manila and speak with 5-6 pastors from a large church there.

GFI missionary, Perfecto Mumar, will be hosting the conference and Pastor Joel (GFI trainee) will also attend.  Please pray for all the pastors involved and Hans.

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Conference in Gabon, Africa

GFI associate, Jacques Ngaliema, recently gave a conference at the end of June in Libreville, Gabon, Africa. He reports,jg_gabon_6_14

“The message of the cross changed the life of many people. One of the testimonies is of brother Franck. He experienced rejection after the death of both parents who died in a car accident; he was a baby and the only one who survived. At the age of 13 Franke discovered that the one who raised him was not his mother, but his aunt. He was suicidal without knowing the root cause. He was one of the people who exchanged his life for the Christ-Life. I preached in the church, Seed of Life, that has a Bible school and plans to include the Exchanged Life (Galatians 2:20) in their curriculum.”

Please pray for the advance of the French ministry there.

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South Africa Conference

A English / French conference was presented at Word of Life Church in Cape Town South CapeTown_SA_3_14Africa, concluding on March 2nd. The teacher, pastor Jacques Ngaliema, has been trained at GFI, TN with an internship at our sister ministry, Curare (with Hendrik and Nehlsie DeBruto). God touched and guided many to “cross the Jordan River” by appropriating their co-crucifixion and co-resurrection with Christ. Participants were also from Nigeria, Namibia, Congo, and Gabon. Pray for Jacques as he counsels and teaches the victorious life in various places.