*Because many of
the writers serve in secure
countries, their full names are not listed.
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who
faithful (Hebrews NIV).
It was 4:30 in the morning when I hurried out of
leaving my girls still sleeping, and stepped lightly out onto the lower
[of the mercy ship m/v Anastasis]. My heart quickened as my
with each passing minute. Our arrival in New Zealand was expected any time
As we drew closer, the scene unfolding before us was
breathtaking. We could see beautiful lush, green countryside, rolling
and carpets of wild flowers in bloom; completely quiet except for the
which glided upon the still, ocean surface.
It was as though the King Himself was ushering us
in! I felt
a sense of awe and deep rejoicing in my heart. As I pondered upon the
and majesty of my King, I felt tremendously humbled. It seemed as if
Himself was honoring Ben [the ship's captain] and me, instead of the
around. It was as though He was showing us His pleasure that we had
persevere all these years. The King had indeed taken us through the Valley of Baca. He had helped us find
in that valley and now He was bringing us to this mountaintop. When we
weary and often discouraged, He had gently prodded us to continue on
felt like giving up. Many times, when we wanted to sit still,
our grief and despair, He was there, encouraging us to keep moving. He
enabled us to hold fast to the vision and not let go; to trust Him when
circumstances said that we shouldn't.
From Anchor in The Storm by Helen Applegate with Renee Taft. Copyright
Helen Applegate. Published by Frontline Communications, Seattle, Washington. Used by permission.
Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father, John 14:9.
I can remember struggling one night several years
how to answer the question posed by my then five-year-old daughter,
As she pondered Misha’s question, I realized that in
childlike simplicity she had asked a question that many people want
Perhaps adults state it differently, but the basic question is still
If there is a God, what is He like?
The Bible says that God is not finite like you and
He had made Himself known to us in such a clear, understandable way
that we can
know what He is like, “No one has ever seen God, but God the only
him known, (John 1:10)
I told my daughter what God looks like. I told her
looks like Jesus. Jesus is God in human form. We find many examples of
Jesus revealed the Father to us in the Bible. One example of this is
some Jewish mothers wanted Jesus to bless their children. His disciples
He was too busy, too important to be bothered by these mothers, but
scolded His disciples and told them to bring the children to Him. He
children in His arms and talked to them. He had time for them; He had
listen to their stories and hear about their games. He didn’t mind
dirty from little kids sitting on His lap, runny noses and all. Through
how Jesus had time for the little children, we learn that God has time
people. He cares, even about the little things in life. He is patient.
Father looks like His Son.
Floyd McClung, an American, directs Leadership Development Programs for
He lives in California, USA. Taken from The Father
Heart of God
by Floyd McClung. Copyright 1985 Floyd McClung Jr. Published by Harvest
Publishers, Eugene, Oregon. Used by permission
Your word, O Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.
faithfulness continues through all generations, Psalm 119:899-90
Or team was visiting school teachers in a country in
the Soviet Union. Reluctantly, we had had
permission to give them copies of the Bible. I saw the joy on each face
realized they had a Bible in their own language. I wondered how many of
teachers had even seen a Bible before.
We told the teachers that since all the Bibles
they should write their names on the covers. Those in my group refused;
felt it would be defacing this precious gift. So our team leader
they write their names on the inside of the front cover. “The cover is
Bible,” he said. Reluctantly, they agreed.
A short time later we started to teach the group a
hand motions. When the teachers were told to put their Bibles down so
hands would be free, they looked puzzled. With no chairs, they had no
put the precious Bibles except on the floor.
At last one young woman came up with an idea. She
lesson materials on the floor, then put her Bible on top. The others
did the same.
May we treasure God’s Word and handle it with
those precious Russian teachers did!
Frances, an American, is a freelance writer who lives in Austin, Texas,
Some people are mistakenly waiting to be sent to the
field before they witness regularly and are missing out on many
opportunities to lead people to a relationship with Jesus Christ.
As we continue to walk with the Lord, we grow in our
to be sensitive to His leading in our life, both in day-to-day matters
we are out sharing our faith with others. A good practice is to
schedule a time
into our weekly routine that we use specifically for sharing the good
about Jesus with the lost. We schedule and discipline every other area
life--going to work, recreation, entertainment, Bible studies, prayer
and so on. So why not schedule a weekly time to spend with
whatever type of outreach or friendship evangelism that seems
Don't just wait passively for it to happen, but
pursue "divine appointments" that the Holy Spirit arranges in the
course of your day. Often we are so engrossed in our daily affairs that
appointments just seem like another interruption. We must be alert and
On a recent plane trip, an elderly man sat next to
me. I was
physically tired and not really "in the mood" for witnessing, but
before long I struck up a conversation with him. Soon he was pouring
out to me in regard to his health, having recently been diagnosed with
cancer and given only three months to live. I asked him about his
with God, and he admitted that his recent diagnosis had awakened
hunger within him. On that flight I had the privilege of leading him to
Holy Spirit, please alert me to Your divine appointments.
From Bringin' 'Em Back Alive by Danny Lehmann. Copyright 1987 by Danny
Published by Whitaker House, Springdale, Pennsylvania. Used by
[from page 90]
Jesus went about...healing all manner of sickness and all
manner of disease
Here in the Philippines it is not uncommon to
"pigsa", or boil, because of the humidity and high bacteria count.
The first 18 months here I was boil-free. Then I developed not one, but
pigsa under my arms at one time.
After several days of excruciating pain I went to a
Afterward I prayed, "Please don't let me have to go through that
One month later I left for a three month furlough.
returned for another two-year commitment to disciple ex-bar girls.
One evening some of the girls were in my room. I
slight pain and bump under my arm. It really hurt, for the tiny thing
Only when one of the Filipinas examined and confirmed it, did the
I cried out to the Lord. God told the Israelites
they listened carefully to Him and did what was right in His eyes He
inflict any of "these diseases" upon them. Those diseases were the
ones inflicted on the Egyptians just a short time before. One of those
The next morning my pain had subsided some. Each
time I felt
the slightest pain I remembered the promise of God. I reminded myself
been listening for His voice and had not turned from Him. I was trying
By the next morning the pain and the bump were gone.
Word of God is true, every bit of it. I can stand on it and I can stake
The those young women also saw the power of God that
Let God be praised for His faithfulness to us and His Word for
Pat, an American, is on staff in the Philippines.
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old,
he will not
depart from it (Proverbs 22:6).
I was born into a missionary family serving God in
Africa. I grew up loving God while struggling with pride and a desire
independence--a battle between flesh and spirit for my soul.
How my parents must have prayed for me! They
me unconditionally. I remember one particular battle with my parents. I
to go to a night club in the city with some friends, and I wanted to
father's car to get there. The argument, which seemed to me an attack
freedom, lasted a long time. I did not trust my parents' motives. They
Perhaps to bring the argument to an end as well as
to make a
point, my father reminded me that had my own set of key to his car. He
I must decide for myself whether to go; whether to disregard my
concern for me. It was my decision.
Their love won out. I would not go without their
without their blessing.
A news flash later that week caught my attention. A
man my age had gone to that same night club the night I intended to go.
minding his own business, not making any trouble for anyone, he was
death in the parking lot.
That could have been me! I thought. My parents could
well have saved my life, although they did not know it.
Thank You, for the advice of others who love me. Help me to recognize
voice in them.
Stephen, is director of YWAM in South West England.
The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud
voices in heaven,
which said: "The kingdom of the world has become the Kingdom of our
and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever," Revelation
God isn't interested in shortcuts. Have you ever
thought about Jesus' temptation in the wilderness? What was the devil
get Him to do? I believe it was to take a shortcut, to avoid all the
humiliation of the Cross by going after God's will the devil's way.
The devil promised to give Jesus all the kingdoms of
world if He would worship him. God's goal in sending Jesus to earth was
His Son all the kingdoms of the world. One day, it is predicted in
the kingdoms of the earth will be the Kingdom of our Lord (Revelation
In a smaller way, this Kingdom is already coming through the Church of
Christ. But someday it will be finally and completely fulfilled when
returns to earth.
Satan was promising Jesus the instant achievement of
goal, sidestepping the pain and suffering of the Cross and the
Christ's followers for many hundreds of years afterwards.
What do we learn from this story? Jesus refused
Satan and we
must refuse him, too. We have to learn to discern when the devil is
a shortcut--when he is tempting us to do God's will the devil's way.
From Winning God's Way by Loren Cunningham with Janice Rogers.
by Loren Cunningham. Published by YWAM Publishing, Seattle, Washington.
permission. [from pages 95-96]
For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever
loses his life
for me will save it, Luke 9:24 NIV.
I remember holding the foot of the baby and
"She can't die, she is so young." I started to cry. I had never been
so close to death before. We could hear the bullets passing over the
in every direction. The four of us lay flat on the damp mud floor
small slum hut. We were caught in the middle of a gun battle between
People in Borel, one of the most dangerous
Rio de Janeiro were fighting against their rival neighbors, Casa
another shantytown on the opposite side of the mountain.
This was my new home, a far cry from London! But God
called me here to share His love, especially with the children. As the
continued I was gripped by fear. One of the gangsters was standing
roof. The mother of the baby told us a bullet had come through the roof
night before. I knew that if another bullet came through, one of us
My friends and I started singing to God. Instead of
we began laughing. Someone read from the Bible. I felt a Presence--a
right through my body. I knew God was telling us we were going to be
After thirty minutes the shooting stopped. No
hit the hut.
The next day I found myself too scared to even think
going outside. I prayed and God answered, "I want you to be prepared to
die for me." It was the hardest prayer I ever prayed, but I did it.
God.” Immediately the fear lifted. It seemed that because I had
life to God, Satan couldn't use the threat of losing it against me
Your peace is beyond understanding, Lord. Thank You that I can
rest in Your
Sarah, from England, works with Street children in Brazil.
As I was walking toward the classroom, I felt tired
in spirits. My husband had left the day before for a month-long
Albania. I was staying in Texas to work with a children's discipleship
camp. We'd never been separated that long; I missed him already.
I had worked hard all day with administrative
duties. I really
enjoyed what I was doing but it had been a long day. I took a message
classroom and turned to go back to my office.
Just as I came around the corner of the building a
gust of wind blew over me. Although it had been stormy that morning,
was now clear. The tree ahead was shaken with the force of the wind. As
the wind on my face, it was as though God was shouting, "I love you!"
I felt refreshed. Within ten minutes I was no longer sad and tired; I
Later I thought of the Scripture, "The joy of the
is your strength." I realized my strength was not in my ability to
out my duties. Nor was it in my husband's love, which seemed so far
God was teaching me that my strength was in His joy.
pleased that I had chosen to follow His direction to work in Texas
while He led
my husband across the ocean. I believe He used the wind to convey His
me. He loved me and was pleased with me. In that truth lay the strength
task before me.
Thank You, God, for using nature to convey to me Your love.
Sandy, an American, ministers at Christian Heritage School in Texas.
We had been staying at YWAM's West European
Center in Austria for orientation. The van we planned to take on a six
outreach to Bulgaria, Albania and Yugoslavia had developed steering
Our command of the German language wasn't any better than our
ability. We didn't have any idea what it would take to fix the problem.
A neighbor, who sometimes worked on cars, told us
part we needed, but when we found it, we were horrified to learn the
$600! That certainly wasn't in our outreach budget! Since we were
leave early the next morning, we had no choice. We knew God is bigger
budgets, so we prayed that He would make up the difference.
Throughout the trip we continued to pray that the
would hold out. We did all the little things we could, like take side
through Yugoslavia to avoid expensive toll roads.
Equipped with a Guide to Yugoslavian campgrounds, I
for directions to our night destination. After driving all day our team
tired and very anxious to eat.
Instead of finding a campground at the given
found a hotel! Inside, we were told the campground wasn't yet
day, they told us, there would be a beautiful campground with
facilities out back. Today, however, it was only a dirt field. Today
it was only a dirt field covered with cottonwood trees.
The hotel managers felt so bad about turning away
full of hot, dusty people, they offered to let us put up our tents for
stayed a week, using the hotel's toilets and showers. They charged us
nominal fee for electricity.
By the end of the trip, we had money to cover every
God, once again you’ve proved you have your own way of making
Sandy, American, Slavic Ministries
My husband Floyd and I place a high priority on
time together. We often plan in enough time to walk together to our
meetings or appointments. We use that time to talk and share together.
exercise is great too! You might find it enjoyable to cook a meal
talk as you work, or do the weekly shopping as a team. I read one
a pastor's wife who described her marriage as "a marriage on wheels."
Her time together with her busy husband was scarce. One day she had an
She suddenly realized how much time he spent behind the wheel of the
visiting members of their congregation, so she decided to be with him
car. With no phone or doorbell to intrude, they had plenty of
peace, privacy and growth in their relationship. She took along little
to do while her husband made pastoral visits and ran errands for the
Floyd and I often can't be together because of his
travel schedule. Something I like to do is send cards ahead to greet
him at his
various destinations. In this way we can together even while we are
also have a special little bank where I regularly put some of my loose
to save for doing special things together when he is home. It's amazing
quickly the coins add up. We have enjoyed some very special times
thanks to that little bank.
It is easy to become so busy with outside interests
begin to take each other for granted. When we do this we don't take the
time to be together that nourishes our relationship. I once had someone
that spending time together with our marriage partner was "an
waste of time." If so it's a necessary extravagance!
Remind me, Lord, when I'm too busy for relationships that
From Where Will I Find the Time? by Sally McClung. Copyright 1989 by
McClung. Published by Harvest House Publishers, Eugene Oregon. Used by
Permission. [from pages 42-43]
Behold, you will call a nation you do not know, and a nation which
not will run to you, because of the Lord your God, even the Holy One of
for He has glorified you. Isaiah 55:5 NAS
When I first joined the staff of YWAM in my home
Canada I wasn't sure what God wanted of me. I wondered, What is my
are my giftings? Have I missed God somewhere along the line?
During a time of private prayer I asked God, "What
country should I pray for today?" I was surprised by His answer. Into
thoughts came the name: Greenland.
Like most Christians, never before had I prayed for
Greenland. I went to the world map on the wall. There it was, that huge
land to the east of Canada.
Are there any people there? I thought. There must
doesn't usually ask us to pray for rocks and snow. So I prayed.
in my mind and I became curious. Before long, the "G" encyclopedia
was pulled off the shelf, and new information about this remote place
filling my mind. I made a three-week visit there and discovered the
island in the world to be a place of rugged and treeless beauty. Its
population of 54,000 is scattered along the barren coastline. There are
towns and villages.
We moved to Greenland and began a ministry to its
That first prayer was over ten years ago. Over 120
have participated in YWAM outreaches in Greenland. God has allowed us
ministries in Greenland to see a tenfold increase in the number of
There is much yet to do to bring these precious Greenlandic people to a
life in Christ. I've found my niche. More importantly, I see God's
faithfulness and love to every people group of the earth.
Errol, a Canadian, is coordinator of YWAM-Greenland.
If from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if
you look for
him with all your heart and with all your soul, Deuteronomy 4:29 NIV.
I was doing street evangelism with a group of DTS
in the homosexual district of San Francisco. Two students and I got
conversation with three homosexual guys hanging out on the street.
I started to tell one guy named Phil about Jesus and
loved for us. Phil told me he was desperate for a change in his life.
Everything was going bad: he had no money, no job, and was about to get
out of his apartment.
He said that under normal circumstances he wouldn't
listened to a thing I had to say. But as he was walking down the street
night, he had said, "God, if you're really real, please prove it."
Ten minutes later I was talking to him about Jesus.
Right there on the corner of Castro Street, Phil
Jesus into his life. He repented of his sins and asked for forgiveness.
praying he said he felt like a huge weight was gone.
Phil chose to make changes in his lifestyle,
to church. He wanted to join a support group for people leaving the
That night God showed once again how much he loves
Thank You, God, that Your timing is perfect.
Becky, an American, serves on staff of YWAM-San Francisco.
O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that
him, Psalm 34:8.
Our large extended family lived on city-farm and
entertained house guests, including European hitchhikers. Some of these
stayed to become a part of our household for several months at a time.
was Mauri, a disillusioned French girl.
During the year she lived in our home, Mauri learned
English and became a Christian with a call on her life to evangelize in
"Wonderful!" I told her. But I explained that to
become a missionary she must first graduate from a four-year Bible
apply to a mission board. "If accepted," I added, "you'll spend
about two years raising financial support."
"No," she protested. "I need to go sooner
One day while I was sewing and praying for Mauri the
Spirit directed me to turn on the television. Reluctantly I obeyed.
On The 700 Club, Pat Robertson interviewed a man
Cunningham. This was the first time I had heard of Youth With A
the interview I sensed God telling me that was what He had wanted me to
I didn't want to mislead this "foster daughter,"
so I began to inquire about YWAM. I learned that a young couple who
YWAM would be visiting our area soon. I made arrangements to meet with
Although I anticipated language problems for Mauri,
everything worked out. The couple spoke fluent French. In fact, they
leaders of the French speaking YWAM school in Switzerland. They
question Mauri and I fired at them.
Mauri has since graduated from a Discipleship
School in California, done evangelism in several countries, served for
years in Asia and, together with her husband, is currently a leader of
Oh, Lord, Your way is perfect. Your Word is proven true and
Beverly and her husband, both Americans, serve as directors of YWAM in
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus,
John Wesley and his brother, Charles, and George
are credited by modern historians for preventing a bloody revolution in
England's streets and alleyways. Yet clergy of his day called him a
sometimes locking him out of their churches. Many times he narrowly
being killed by mobs stirred up against him.
Wesley accepted this as the norm, proof that he was
God in his ministry. One day Wesley was riding his horse along a road
occurred to him that three whole days had passed without any
even a brick or an egg had been thrown at him for three days! He was
He stopped his horse and fell down on his knees exclaiming, "Can it be
that I have sinned, and am backslidden?"
He prayed, asking God to show him if he had done
A rough fellow on the other side of the hedge,
prayer, looked across and recognized Wesley. "I'll fix that Methodist
preacher," he said and picked up a brick and hurled it at him. It
missed him, but Wesley jumped up shouting, "Thank God, it's all right!
still have His presence."
How long has it been since anyone threw a brick at
everyone likes you, are you sure you are following Christ?
If you do what is right, accepting full
your actions and fully obeying the will of God, you will go through
men do not understand and you lose your reputation. The wonderful thing
this is, your only reputation will be His reputation.
From Winning God's Way by Loren Cunningham with Janice. Rogers.
by Loren Cunningham. Published by YWAM Publishing, Seattle, Washington.
permission. [from pages 64-66]
It was spring 1992, and New Zealand was experiencing
water crisis. A lengthy drought was drying up the hydro lakes.
blackouts were threatened.
As we braced for the worst, we received a call from
Christian businessman. God had been speaking to him about the need for
Zealand Christians to pray for water. He and others realized that God
allowing this crisis to capture the nation's attention. God was calling
Zealand to repentance.
Sensing a need to call Christians to prayer, our
asked us to design a full-page ad for all major newspapers. He agreed
provide the necessary funds for the venture.
We accepted the job and sought God earnestly for a
The result was simple, yet powerful. The New Zealand national anthem, a
with meaningful lyrics and recognizable by everyone, became our
the background were ominous storm clouds representing God's response to
The ad kicked off the four-week Prayer for the
Campaign. A committee set up a toll free hot-line, organized regional
coordinators, issued press releases, and arranged radio interviews. It
estimated that over 20,000 Christians prayed and fasted each Wednesday
God brought rain, we believe God had a higher
mind. We believe that through the prayers of His people, God will begin
reign more in this nation. The obedience of our Christian friend has
that, even from our desk, we can make a difference for His Kingdom.
Mark, from New Zealand, serves on staff of Media Plus in Hawaii,
The family of God is incredibly diverse, yet many
believers are ignorant of the importance of having many ministries.
Once I was
talking to a Christian leader in a youth ministry, when he said to me,
the local church was doing its job, we wouldn't need to have special
like this." What an incredible pressure we put on local churches to be
whole Kingdom of God represented in one place. No wonder pastors feel
stress. They feel obligated to meet everybody's expectations. The
disappointment and discouragement.
There is no absolute model for what a local church
be. I once spent an afternoon with over one hundred spiritual leaders
several denominations. We tried to come up with a uNIVersal definition
biblical local church. You may think that it was an easy task, but if
consider all the cultures and circumstances of people on the earth and
examine the diversity of models in the Bible, you will begin to
frustration. After many hours of discussion, we had produced many good
but no absolute definition other than "people moving together under the
lordship of Jesus."
To build a mental model of the ideal local church
impose it upon ourselves is to participate in cultural idolatry. We are
called to build model ministries but to build the Kingdom of God.
The great blessing of the Kingdom is not sameness
uniformity but creativity and diversity. A local church will never do
of Wycliffe Bible Translators, and Wycliffe will never do the job of
Crusade for Christ. Praise God for that!
We don't need to compete. We must be honest about
contribute with our strengths and celebrate with joy the great
ministries given to our generation by God.
Thank You, Father, that each of us is needed in our place in
From Taking Our Cities for God by John Dawson. Copyright 1989 by John
Published by Creation House. Used by permission. [from pages 108-109]
In a giant rubbish dump I discovered that nothing in
ever wasted when placed in God's hands. As a single mother from
have spent the past five years working among the Filipinos at Smokey
Manila’s city dump. My initial response when asked
to lead a
Bible study for women living at the dump was, "I've never held a Bible
study in my life." But I felt the Lord wanted me to do it, so I trusted
Him and took the step of faith.
For our first Bible study, God impressed me to tell
about the importance of being a woman. But five minutes after I
started, one of
the women walked out. I told my story of a broken marriage, single
and the loss of a child.
They said, "But you're from Australia."
I said, "The problems are no different there, except
that I didn't live on a garbage dump. The change came from within, and
healing came from Christ. I had to be willing to trust God.”
From that time, I really had their attention. They
hear more about marriage, children, families, and divorce. This was a
challenging subject for women from a desperately poor community where
alcoholism, violence and immorality are rife.
By the end of the study, they had tears. No one had
ever them that women are important.
Lord, nothing goes to waste with You; You make everything
Barb, an Australian, serves in the Philippines.
Then Peter said, "See, we have left all and followed you." So He said
to them, "Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house
parents or brothers or wife or children for the sake of the Kingdom of
shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age
everlasting life (Luke 18:28-30 NKJV).
One day the Holy Spirit illuminated the passage for
had been ministering in Nigeria for many years. It was a continuous
feed and clothe my family and keep current with the rent.
The situation was desperate. Our rent was 14 months
and the landlord's lawyer was threatening us with an eviction notice.
knelt with me in prayer to claim God's promise.
My wife also confessed to the Lord that she
released me to His care. Then she claimed one hundredfold from the
Lord. I also
claimed the hundredfold over our three children and my wife.
The first answer was released the following day when
N400 to pay the rent. A fortnight later while I was ministering away
my wife got N1000 to pay the balance on the rent. Since that time our
have not been overdue. Today we are able to contribute to the support
Thank you, God, you are more than faithful.
Ayo, a Nigerian, is serving the Lord there.
Enlarge the place of your
stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords,
strengthen your stakes. Isaiah 54:2 NIV.
imagine the Lord stretching us for His purposes, but I have seen
in my life that He asks for our cooperation to be stretched. I realized
when I was praying about making a commitment to teach at the InternationalChristianSchool
in Kona, Hawaii.
Everything in me cried out against this commitment. I felt ready
anything but teach.
Eventually, I decided to ask the Lord why this decision was such
struggle for me. He showed me clearly that inside my tent, my ability
children had already been exhausted. I had no more room in my heart for
children. I felt it cost too much to love them.
God showed me that if I were willing to have my tent enlarged,
capacity of my heart could be increased. This increase would not come
mystical way. He would provide the means necessary.
I agreed to cooperate. For years after that He sent just the
people my way to accomplish His work. It was not always easy. Sometimes
fought to pull back the ropes and move the tent pegs in closer, to make
space smaller. But by His grace and persistence, my tent enlarged. The
Do you feel stretched? Maybe you need to consider asking the
open your heart to the things that will stretch you.
Some of our tent-stretchings are difficult. God asks us to
cords in anticipation and to move our stakes well out.
is developing the InternationalChristianSchool
program, in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power, I
Joe has a great relationship with his five-year old
Nick. It's the sort of relationship that makes me smile when I see them
together with their heads bent over an anthill they've come upon, or
and laughing while flying a homemade kite in a field.
I once commented to Joe that I admired the way he
much time out from his already-crowded schedule to spend time with his
response was interesting. He told me he wanted Nick to grow up and
ideals--to love serving the Lord and care for the world around him. Joe
that for Nick to enter into his world, he first had to enter into his
world, and so he worked at becoming his son's best friend. Joe built
into Nick's life through playing games with him, talking, listening and
Joe's desire to reach out to his son is very much
desire to be our friend. Jesus entered our world to show us the Father.
as a friend to those who needed Him. In John's Gospel Jesus tells us
the Father has sent me, I am sending you" (John 20:21). Jesus wants us
reach out to others as He reaches out to us. This is one of the signs
Father, help me to so live that I express the love of Christ
From Wholehearted...Letting God Shape Your Whole Life by Floyd McClung.
Copyright 1990 Floyd McClung. Published by InterVarsity Press, Downers
Illinois. Used by permission. [from pages 153-154]
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the
that will be revealed in us, Romans 8:18 NIV.
Ever since Kobus Fouche and his family joined the
in Hong Kong his heart had been for the Chinese people. He longed to
Christians he pastored in the Yuen Long church mature in their faith
their friends and family saved.
Kobus didn't possess extraordinary talent. He was
down once by a missionary agency in his home country, South Africa,
wasn't an eloquent speaker. Yet, he possessed a determined spirit. His
discipline, long hours of study, and love for the Chinese, enabled him
preach and write his sermons in Cantonese. He especially enjoyed
ancient written characters and their relation to the Bible.
Kobus fasted for 14 days, asking God to send revival
church. He told Flippie, his wife, that he wanted revival at any cost,
it meant he had to lay down his life.
For some time Kobus had struggled with pains in his
39-year-old body. Doctors treated the symptoms, but never found the
Finally, in excruciating pain, he entered a government hospital.
After ten days of testing, the worst was
cancer. Even in the midst of the pain Flippie and their children felt
strength upholding all of them. Kobus responded to the diagnosis with
expressing his love for God and promising never to give up his faith.
When others asked Kobus how he dealt with the pain,
answered, "God's grace is seeing me through."
Twelve days after his diagnosis, Kobus Fouche met
face-to-face. Even in the worst of his suffering, Kobus' rock solid
faith was a
source of real strength to his congregation and family.
During my School of Evangelism Outreach, I was part
small team in Belize, Central America. One day we hiked to a remote
Kekchi Indians. These are descendants of the Aztecs who live a simple
lifestyle, seeking out their existence through farming.
I worked with another student doing child
entertained the children trying to demonstrate basic Bible truths
pictures and gestures. The children were captivated by the brightly
While trying to teach a Bible verse, my friend
"First John, four, eight." The children mimicked him. He continued
with "God is love."
Again the children repeated his words. He gave the
who correctly repeated the verse a colorful sticker. Each child tried
be heard above the others.
I realized the children had no idea what they were
They were only repeating the phrase so they could get a prize. My
overlooked the importance of bringing true understanding to the
Often, do we as Christians settle for reciting the
words in our effort to please others and get our reward.
Father, I want more than rewards. I want true understanding of
Your love and
Your ways. When I communicate with others, help me not to stop short of
understanding for them.
Dave, an American, serves as an administrative assistant in Texas, USA.
If the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it:
if not, it
shall turn to you again, Luke 10:6.
We had been praying for guidance about where our Far
Evangelism Team (FEET) team should go. We believed God was leading us
Sikkim, a former Tibetan Buddhist kingdom. It has been a state of India
years. While still in India we were discouraged from going to Sikkim
restrictions against spreading the Gospel.
We had no contacts there, yet several of us were
with Luke 10:6 which speaks of a "man of peace."
During the five-hour bus ride through the foothills
Himalayas we prayed silently, yet desperately, for God to provide the
of peace." I also asked Him to break through the normal resistance of
people toward the Gospel.
After we arrived we were taking our things from the
the bus. A man asked, "Are you the YWAM team?"
Uncertain of his intentions I asked, "What YWAM
"The YWAM team from Hong Kong."
When I admitted we were, he said, "Please follow me,
have rooms ready for you."
His name was Solomon, meaning "peace." I’m still
not sure how he found out about our arrival.
During our four days in the city of Gangkok we
more than 4000 people, about 14% of the population. Solomon said he
hard to believe the openness he saw.
Thank You, Father, that You are aware of our needs and make
us. You do exceedingly abundantly above what we could ask or think.
Joe, an American, is a member of a FEET team in Hong Kong.
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, Psalm 107:2.
I have found writing my own Gospel tracts to be
When I first got involved in literature evangelism, I often felt
with the particular tracts that were available. I was never comfortable
the "Frankenstein' type"--the kind with a cover cartoon of a person
screaming out in agony from the flames of hell. I felt I could avoid
of excess by writing my own tracts.
In general, I have found people more receptive if I
giving them something that I've written. There is also something more
about handing out my own tract; it is an expression of my heart on
You may like to consider writing your own tract and
it printed. You can have a thousand copies typeset and printed for less
hundred dollars. Keep it short and to the point. If no ideas seem
appropriate then write down your testimony, put your picture on the
it, passport style (but smiling), and call it, "My Story," or
something similar. Be sure to include your name and phone number on the
people can contact you personally if they want to know more. Be
remember, keep it simple.
Show me, Lord, what is the heart of my personal story that will touch
From Bringin' 'Em Back Alive by Danny Lehmann. Copyright 1987 by Danny
Published by Whitaker House, Springdale, Pennsylvania. Used by
[from page 103]
One of the DTS students at the YWAM base in
was responsible for burning the trash. He often used this time to pray
Sometimes he forgot the size of the fire. One time the fire burned so
it scorched the neighbor's fig tree.
As one of the leaders I mustered the courage to talk
neighbor. He was furious. I promised we would compensate the man for
when we had money to do so. We prayed for God to provide specifically
The neighbor was a keeper of bees. The next morning
up and discovered a large hive of bees in our fig tree. Excitedly, I
door to the neighbor to explain that God had answered our prayers. The
came and removed the hive of bees to his property.
The next morning, the bees were back in the YWAM fig
thought they were another set of bees and excitedly tried to offer them
neighbor. The neighbor explained that the bees we had given him the day
had simply returned to their home. He asked what good these bees were
wouldn't stay on his property. I promised to pray for God to change the
The man came again to remove the bees to his
they've stayed there ever since.
David, an American, is a leader at YWAM Chile.
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow Me,
We had the wrong address. We were three Westerners
way to deliver Bibles to a pastor for his underground church in a
country.” Now were were lost.
The next morning after praying, we decided to try
address. This address was given to us by a pastor who told us he goes
once a week to pick up his mail. The chance of hitting the 15-minute
opportunity and finding him there was small. We waited for the evening
twilight, then, with some trepidation, we hailed a taxi.
We looked in vain for the address, but the street
blocked short of our number by a maze of lanes and paths. We begged the
to wait for us and set off into the labyrinth of darkening lanes. Once
street and amongst the lanes, we became hopelessly confused and were
to give up when an angel appeared, or so he seemed to us.
Riding a bicycle, he loomed out of the gathering
and indicated he would help us. After reading the address on a slip of
he motioned for us to follow him and rode off into the tangle of
soon spotted a six-story apartment building. It was the address we were
Upon clambering and stumbling through murky darkness
top floor, we spotted a slit of light under a door. This was our
Wheeling around, we found that our angel-guide had disappeared. We were
own. After a hesitant knock, the door swung open to reveal an elderly
As we asked how we could find the pastor, a figure came into view from
room. He had arrived only five minutes before, received his mail, and
already preparing to leave as we knocked.
God had led us unerringly to the appointment.
Peter, a Canadian, leads YWAM Associates, a ministry to former YWAMers.
During the offering time at the Kona, Hawaii YWAM
felt prompted to give a financial gift to the base. After much prayer
instructed me to give $500. To pledge this large of an amount would
tremendous sacrifice. Recent surgery had incurred a large debt.
I had no idea the extent of the sacrifice until the
when I took my car to a repair shop for minor maintenance. After a
check-up, the mechanic discovered $500 worth of repairs. Where will I
with this kind of money, I wondered, especially now that I've pledged
amount to the base?
Back in my room I knelt in prayer. Moments later I
convinced that the Lord's will must come first. I would obey the Lord
it meant parking the car and walking.
On Monday I paid the first $100 installment on my
my way home, I stopped to pick up my mail. As I tore open one of the
I was amazed to see seven checks drop out. They were repayment for
claims I'd made a year ago. The insurance company had gone bankrupt,
been negotiating with the insurance broker for over a year to receive
on these claims. The checks came to a total of $499.72, just 28 cents
the $500 that I'd committed to the Lord.
God knew the checks would be coming, but wanted to
see if I
would give sacrificially to benefit His Kingdom. I passed the test. I
confidence, certain the money for car repairs would arrive from His
hand at the proper time.
Lucy is an American.
Before I became a Christian, I wandered around on
"hippie trail" for several months, Then I met a couple who invited me
to visit The Ark, a place of ministry in Amsterdam.
There I spoke with others about my life and their
commitment. Even as we discussed Christianity, I didn't feel
were people with an authentic, functional faith, and they were relaxing
around. I found myself impressed by them. After about an hour, I
hosts into the dining room for dinner. As we entered, the rest of the
were sitting down at tables adorned with tablecloths, flowers, and
Their faces were not somber, but full of life and laughter.
Soon a large man (6-feet, 6-inches tall) with a long
ponytail and beard greeted us. His name was Floyd McClung, and he was
the community. Still a little uneasy, I was taken by surprise when
introduced me as their dinner guest. The community responded warmly. It
welcome contrast to the impersonal ways of the hippie trail. After
designated community members served a hearty meal family-style to each
By the time dinner was over, I knew there was something real about
After several weeks of mingling with these
made my first tentative steps toward following the Lord Jesus Christ,
became an active member of The Ark community.
Looking back over my own conversion, what attracted
the person of Jesus Christ was not words or systematized Gospel
Rather, it was the practical demonstration of genuine care and concern
group of Christians showed toward me.
Let my life be so filled with You, Lord, that others will be
drawn to Your
Kingdom through me.
From A Heart for Others by Andrew Jackson. Copyright 1992 by Andrew
Published by YWAM Publishing, Seattle Washington. Used by permission.
So this was where the men were condemned to death! I
watched a movie of the Nazi War Crimes Trials many years before. Scenes
my mind. Horrible scenes. What atrocities mankind had committed
We had a few days free during a teaching trip to
we decided to visit some of the places in Nurnburg made famous by
Hitler. Nothing about the building distinguished it as having
importance. Our hosts, American missionaries stationed in Germany, had
The man in the small office where we were directed
down a hallway into a modest sized room. To the left of the judge's
the seats where jurors had listened intently. Beside him the witnesses
poured out their stories. In front was the table where the men being
As I grieved over what had happened, my sorrow
turned to joy. Our missionary friends told an unusual story, taken from
The Sword and the Swastika.
During the trials, an American military chaplain had
assigned to work with the accused men. He spent hours...weeks...months
them. He listened to them and told them of God's love and
When the end of his tour of duty drew near, the
wrote to his wife, begging her to agree to an extension of his tour of
She and the children had longed for his return but, with agony of
complied. The chaplain stayed on until the end of the trials and the
of those condemned to die.
Of the ten put to death, eight had prayed asking for
forgiveness for the terrible things they had done. Our loving Father's
forgiveness has no limits.
Beverly, an American, is a Bible teacher who leads YWAM Writer's
lives in the United States.
God's word to us was simply, "Go," so we left our
native New Zealand and arrived in the United States with our two
step of faith had not been without incident. We had faced many
the most troubling of them was affecting our nine-year-old daughter,
The day before we left New Zealand Michelle
developed an ear
infection. Over the next month her hearing grew worse. A doctor said it
recover on its own.
A few weeks later, Michelle awoke in intense pain. A
pediatrician referred us to an ear specialist. One of Michelle's
ruptured. Substantial hearing loss had occurred because of fluid behind
eardrums. The specialist said it would not drain naturally. There
seemed no way
other than surgery.
But we were to face another hindrance. The cost of
was to be US$2500, a lot of money for any YWAMer. We were very anxious.
prayed for healing and for God's highest purposes in the situation.
The next day we noticed that Michelle's hearing
have been restored. Could God have really healed her? Were we
God's provision just as we had heard other YWAMers had? We immediately
back to the specialist.
Hearing tests confirmed that Michelle now had
hearing. The stunned, previously articulate doctor could only say, "It
seems to have gone." Contrary to his previous statement, there was
way to correct the problem-nothing is impossible for God!
Many months have passed. Michelle has experienced no
infections or deafness. But more than that, long after this young girl
a woman, she will remember God's faithfulness to her when there was no