News from GFI affiliates in other nations

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.

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.

Training Events at Grace Counseling India

Grace Counseling India has been conducting their one month biblical counselor training at their campus in Kerala, India. GFI’s John Woodward joined them May 7-14, co-teaching at the Institute and a three day seminar. A recording of one of his messages on Christ-centered Soul Care is online here: gfiworld.sermoncampus.info/20083384

Seminar Group at Grace Counseling India

Seminar Group at Grace Counseling India

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.

French / English Seminar Presented

GFI_QC_3_28_14On March 29th, a French & English GFI Exchanged Life seminar was presented in Montreal. The event was hosted by Grace Ministries International (church). The event was taught by Mr. Dominique Gallou. He and his wife, Eileen, are GFI- trained lay counselors who now direct GFI Quebec. An English seminar is being planned for June hosted by Bethel Chapel. Pray for God to grow this equipping ministry that is greatly needed in that province.
The French ministry’s web site is gfiquebec.com

Spiritual Clinics in Brazil

Two “Fermata” spiritual retreats for pastoral couples were conducted recently in NE Brazil. The ministry was sponsored by Churches in Mission. John Woodward co-taught the sessions with event leader, Edmund Spieker. The pastors received Portuguese

Fermata group at Juazeiro do Norte, Brazil April 3, 2014

Fermata group at Juazeiro do Norte, Brazil April 3, 2014

literature and digital resources to equip them to share the fuller message of the Cross in public ministry, discipleship, and pastoral counseling. Please pray the family of Pedro dos Santos. This precious team leader was called home to be with the Lord just two days after completing the second event. A photo album of the trip is online here.

Dynamic Discipling in Malawi, Africa

[Hans and Elly are alumni of the GFI training and use the resources effectively in Africa. Here is a report from them.]

Elly and I have taught the Exchanged Life using the Wheel and Line diagrams to groups of pastors, Christian leaders and also to villagers in Northern Malawi when we visited in May 2012.

About 1,400,000 Tumbuka speaking people live in the North of Malawi under very poor living conditions. This is the area where David Livingstone was about 170 years ago. Slavery in the past and more recently, AIDS have devastated these communities, destroying the values and skills needed for harmonious living. Love is not part of life, neither between parents nor toward children. Witchcraft and demon possession are common, causing fear and death.
These Malawians grow maize (corn) for food and some tobacco for cash. The poverty is astounding. People live in mud brick houses with leaky thatch roofs and work the land for a living. We work together with the Good Hope Team, which does a lot of humanitarian work and also shows the Jesus Film in each village they visit. We (the DCI Team) build on the Good Hope Team work by establishing one-on-one discipling and training leaders for multiplying Life Groups.

Elly and interpreter teaching "Wheel and Line" message in Malawi

Elly and interpreter teaching “Wheel and Line” message in Malawi

The Wheel diagram is a great help in teaching people to understand who they are in Christ. They realize that the problems in their life impact not only their daily existence, but also affect their bodies. We explained that once a person is born again, great help is available to make good choices. We taught them that the one in charge of their life (the one who is on the throne of life) determines whether they please God or not. As believers we can make choices based on what the Spirit tells us and based on God’s Word. The problem is not the problem, but how you deal with the problem is the problem.
The Line diagram helps people understand why we need to be born again. This is very helpful, because using the Line diagram people begin to understand that they belong to Adam’s family by nature and are lost. In order to be in Christ’s family we need to die to Adam’s family and be born again into Christ’s family and thus re-establish the spiritual relationship with God that was broken in the garden when Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
At present our DCI Team in Malawi makes teaching the Wheel and Line Diagrams part of their teaching schedule when training leaders and also villagers. As the DCI Team goes into the villages they teach the Dynamic Churches International one-on-one discipling and also how to have multiplying Life Groups. The booklets we use in the native Tumbuka language also have the Exchanged Life teaching right in them as well.

Our teams (Good Hope and DCI) have handed out 22,000 Tumbuka New Testaments since 2012 and are handing out 30,000 more this year. These New Testaments, provided by the Canadian Gideons, are given to families, one to a family. The DCI Team seeks to establish Life Groups in the villages and train a Life Group leader/trainer so the vision for group multiplication can continue. Thousands are finding freedom in Christ through this process. The Malawians in Northern Malawi are very open to the Gospel. They have lost the understanding of how to live harmoniously together as a community and as a consequence a lot of dysfunction exists, not only on the family level, but also in their community. Once the Good News is preached and people are being saved, the whole situation changes. Alcoholism goes down, crime goes down, and families are beginning to live together in a loving relationship. We often hear them say, “We knew our life style was evil and wrong, but we didn’t know how to fix it. Now we know and we will change.” And they do, right away!

For more on their ministry, visit: northernmalawinews.wordpress.com

Grace Counseling India Update

From Executive Secretary John Zachariah:

Visit to Chennai Tyrannous Hall: I was in CTH on 22nd and 23rd February for the CTH Managing  Committee meeting. At present there are 5 believing students staying and doing studies in different Colleges. They are being discipled and trained for life and ministry under the leadership of Dr. Abey Alexander of Christian Institute of Management, staying in the Campus as Voluntary Resident Staff.

Chennai GCI Centre:  CTH, under St. Thomas Evangelical Church of India, was constructed in 2003 under my initiative and started functioning in 2006 me as the Executive Director. We made an agreement with the Church and CTH for a space in the CTH for the regular and permanent use for Grace Counseling India for Counseling and Training. Mr. Samuel Chandran and wife were taking care of the activities of the Centre and supported financially for a few years.

I had apersonal interview with the three students available and took a session on their True Identity in Christ.

Capt. T. M. Cherian and his wife Capt. Latha underwent GCI training program in 2012. Cherian was helping the students in their spiritual and personality development after their training with GCI. As per the decision of the GCI Governing Board, he has taken charge as Counselor and Trainer at GCI Chennai Centre (in the space provided in CTH) from December 2013. He is doing counseling to other people who come to him at the Chennai GCI Center on appointment.

GCI Chennai Centre Training Plans: We plan regular week-end or evening training programs, after May 2014, for those from the big city of Chennai who are interested about the Exchanged Life Counseling under the leadership of Capt. Cherian. Capt. Cherian and Capt. Letha are planning to attend the special GCI Seminar at GCI Centre, Kottayam from 7th to 10th May 2014 when John Woodward will be with us. They may stay back till John W leaves. Capt. Cherian will be a faculty for the training program taking some sessions for the trainees.

Pray that there will be great ministry in Chennai through our this GCI Chennai Centre under the leadership of Capt. Cherian and Capt. Latha in the years to come.

STECI Church worship – Sharing of the Exchanged Life message: On Sunday the Pastor gave me opportunity to give the message during the Church worship and to talk on Spiritually Mature Believer. God helped me share about Christ-centered life as the only alternative to self-centered life and the means to Christian maturity. The message was new and real to most of the members and they appreciated the message. I hope I will have more opportunity to conduct an Exchanged Life Seminar in the days to come for the Church members. The Pastor is one who was mentored by me years back.

Grace Counselor: The quarterly publication of Grace Counselor will be published within two weeks after 5 years gap as  January- March Issue 2014. The matter is gone to press with Cherian Zachariah as Editor and Deepak doing hard work on the same. This quarterly was greatly appreciated by the readers in the past and there were enquiries about the quarterly all these years. We go with the publication by faith as we have yet to find funds for the same.

Pray for all these needs and opportunities foe His glory and for the furtherance of the ministry in the country.

In His Grace and Love,
John Z.

[To partner with Grace Counseling India financially (single donation or recurring), please use the international fund at GFI’s web site.]

Punjabi Translation

PunjabiDr. Charles Solomon’s Wheel and Line tract is available in 45 languages. This week a new Punjabi translation was completed and posted to the GFI web site. Pray that people in Pakistan and surrounding areas would discover, read, and believe. The Urdu translation (for a part of India) was revised.

Multi-language tracts are here.

Middle East Ministry

Recently we had the opportunity to help “feed” some spiritually hungry people overseas. Pray for many in those nations to hear the Gospel through radio and satellite TV.

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