One year ago on August 15, 2013 the ceiling in the building where we publish the Christian Worker Bible Study Series began to collapse. The damage would result in the eventual necessity of replacing the trusses and the total roof structure. An insurance company adjuster ordered us to immediately evacuate the premises and store our materials and equipment in five containers. We called our insurance company with our claim, and they informed us by mail that there was a question whether or not our insurance policy would cover the replacement costs. We then sent out an urgent prayer request for prayer to our partners in Africa, India, Cuba, Nicaragua as well as to our friends in the U.S.A.
P. T. L.! After waiting over three months for their decision, in the midst of hearing many negative reports, we finally received their approval. Nevertheless we continued to function, although greatly handicapped and operating with reduced facilities. Finally, after nearly a year of standing in faith and trusting God's promise and operating with reduced facilities, we are now back into our 5,000 square foot publishing building!
To view some photos of the rebuild project click on the link below.
All of us at G.Y.E. wish to express our gratitude to God for His faithfulness in fulfilling His promises and to the thousands of our friends around the globe who stood with us in prayer and faith during this difficult time. We announce that we are now back operating at full capacity making the Bible studies available to all who have a hunger and thirst to study the Word of God.
NOTE: As we moved our equipment and materials back into our refurbished building, we realized that we were greatly overstocked on many of our Spanish Bible studies. Therefore, we invite all of our U.S. customers to check our website for these "great deals" for many of our overstocked Spanish studies with discounts up to 60%
For our community of Orland, CA, this has been a month of both tragedy and hope. On April 10, 2014, a fiery head-on crash of a semi-truck and a charter bus filled with students occurred just about 100 yards north of our church property, which is located next to Interstate 5. There were students filled with hope as they journeyed to investigate their possible future enrollment in a North State University. The lives of so many, filled with hope for the future, suddenly were filled with heartache, sorrow and many questions.
The multiple sirens wailed as the first responders sped to the scene of the accident, guided by the column of thick, black smoke rising against the horizon. As the minutes and hours passed, the full extent of this horrific event began to unfold. Innocent teens looking forward to further education as well as productive lives, were among the ten fatal victims. We "Orlandites" were confronted with the fact that this was not happening back East nor in some Midwestern town. It was happening in our own community! Orland, California is barely visible on the map of United States, but now it was the focus of national news! How would the community, local government agencies and churches respond? A local town hall meeting later revealed the competency and speed of the first responders which included our volunteer firemen. The community response was so tremendous that the Red Cross asked that the public stop bringing food, water and blankets to help the victims.
Last Friday many in our community remembered another tragic, historical event which resulted in the death of an innocent and blameless person. Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God, gave up His life voluntarily on the cross. Sorrow and hopelessness also filled the hearts of His followers on that first "Good Friday". However, their sorrow and despair was changed into hope three days later as the word spread that Jesus was alive, and then they celebrated His resurrection!
In light of the tragedies of life which bring sorrow and despair, we who believe in Jesus Christ also often fail to come up with answers to life's questions of why. When we can't answer them and don't understand them, then we like Mary and Martha in the Gospel of John chapter 11, can also go to Jesus. When we do so, no doubt we will also hear the same message of hope that they received from Him: "Trust Me, for I am the Resurrection and the Life! He that believes in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live!"
The above is the title of a magazine article published by Global Youth Evangelism almost 50 years ago. The reason for this particular blog is to add a few more details
to the early beginnings of our vision that have already been posted about our history. The following are excerpts from this article:
Difficulty was not new for the little house church situated in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Before God began to visibly move, the congregation dwindled from 24 to 12. First one disappointment came and then another. The well for the church and parsonage dried up. Then a baby belonging to a newly converted couple died suddenly in the church. Yet the men of the church continued to meet for prayer every morning at 6 A.M., before they went off to work. One rainy Saturday night, a few souls felt burdened to go to the house of the Lord to pray. One by one people led of the Lord came from as far as twenty miles away to seek His face. Before any had returned to his home that night, they all knew they had experienced a supernatural oneness in the Holy Spirit. The God of glory had bestowed healings and under-girded the spirits of His people for the trying ventures of faith that stood ahead.
By this time God had started to work in our midst. His people had entered the conflict and they saw God move. A spirit of conviction rested mightily on sinners. Souls were saved at the Christmas play. One young man walked in the church door and down he went in the aisle, his strength departed from him in the strong presence of the Lord! Thirty minutes later he arose and headed for the altar where he gave his heart to the Lord. Another time , at a youth service, a carload of young "hoods" came in to creat a disturbance. The leader sauntered down the aisle smoking a cigarette, but before long both he and his gang were at the altar weeping before God. After many conflicts, a few defeats and several victories, our Redeemer was pleased to send His Spirit once again in a powerful way. On a Sunday morning, five or six fell under mighty conviction of the Holy Spirit. One young woman, a refugee from Castro's Cuba and a first time visitor to an evangelical service, fell to her knees crying out to the Savior to save her.
There is much more to the story and we will continue it at a later time.
As we read and re-read the testimonies of these encounters with God, our hearts are challenged to seek His face afresh and experience new adventures of faith and victory. The message to us today, is the same as it was to Israel in 2 Chronicles 30:6 " Return to the Lord and He will return to us".
Testimonies are taken from the article "Fire in Our Time" , Behold He Cometh, published by Global Youth Evangelism, June, 1966 (Used with Permission)
Some time age we received this report from the brethren who are utilizing the Christian Worker Bible Study Series in the Island nation of Cuba.
" I trust that this report will give you an over-all picture of the work we have been able to accomplish with the Christian Worker Bible studies here in Cuba.
With several different printings we have been able to produce enough materials to help train over 55,000 men and women in the Bible both in churches and in prisons throughout our nation!"
If you have a story about your experience with the Christian Worker Bible Studies in your location and or ministry that you would like to share with the GYE family, we welcome your comments.
In Paul the Apostle's letters to the Ephesians and Colossians, one can begin to understand his position and practice concerning prayer. Both in Ephesians 1:16-19; & 3:19, 20 and then again in Colossians 1:11. He emphasizes the greatness of God's mighty power at work in us.
Rather than pray that the trials and persecutions of those first century Christians would cease or be diminished, he prayed that their understanding of God's love for them would increase. He prayed that the Lord would give them "mighty inner strength through the Holy Spirit". He seemed to indicate that the greatness of God's power within the believer would be more evident as a result of an increased understanding of how much God loved them.
In light of his own personal experience of having to depend upon the grace of God, he summed up his prayer to the Ephesians by writing: "Now glory be to God! By His mighty power at work in us, He is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope!" Eph. 3:20 (NLT)
Therefore, may our prayer life focus on the greatness of God's mighty power within us, rather than on the difficulties and hardships of any present trial or testing we may be facing.
I have recently been reviewing a couple of our Bible studies in the Christian Worker Bible Study Series titled Biblical Prayers. This review coincided with some recent challenges in the ministry of Global Youth Evangelism. We have always believed in the value of Spirit-led prayer and have practiced it through various decades, although admittedly in varying degrees. Yesterday, in a meeting with a dozen or so pastors and ministry leaders, I heard these words in a prayer: "Let us pray with the words from Your mouth". We sensed that this was a confirmation that we should refocus our attention on the patterns and the examples of the many effective prayers found in the Bible.
The following are some excerpts from the above-mentioned Bible studies:
"Through the centuries, powerful men and women of God have spoken and written about many outstanding concepts of prayer. Someone has said that “prayer is the subject most written and talked about in the Church but the least practiced.” Our doctrine says it is important to pray; however, while we are praying, it is often a temptation to think we aren’t doing anything for the kingdom of God. The truth is we are most effective as followers of Christ when we know how to pray effectively. The Lord changes hearts and lives and families; towns and cities are transformed; nations are shaken; all this is in the realm of possibility when God’s people begin to pray effectively!"
"It is not that we don’t believe in prayer. Most simply don’t do it, or at least not in a way that is effective. One of the purposes of this study is to examine the prayers of God’s people mentioned in the Bible, and hopefully, we as the Church of Jesus Christ, will receive a new or renewed vision to pray - until we as individuals are changed, until the Church is revived, until nations are shaken to the point of repentance and the powers of darkness are abated - so that the glory of the Lord will fill all the earth as the waters cover the sea. (Hab. 3:3)"
"Praying biblical prayers (or praying after the same pattern and using the same spiritual principles found in the Bible) gives us the assurance that we are praying in agreement with the word of God. We can be confident that God will always hear us and answer us. (John 11:41,42)"
"One of the surest ways to know that we are praying correctly is to pray in agreement with what God has already promised. Also, we can become an active part in the establishment of God’s will on earth when we pray in agreement with something that has already been prophesied in the Word of God."
"Thus, the question is not does one believe in prayer, not even do we pray from time to time, but are we effective in our praying. The greatest successes in the kingdom of God here on earth are the results of effective praying. Someone has said, 'When the house of God on the earth is a house of prayer, then heaven is most active.'"
(An excerpt from our missions page)
In early 1982, without knowing the full reasons for the trip but sensing that "God was in it", preparations began to be made to sail the Morning Star to the Marshall Islands. During the six month preparation time, which included repainting the boat and the installation of new equipment, the crew was aware of a constant urging from within. We were also blessed with many providential provisions of specific supplies needed for the 5000 mile trip.
Months later a clearer understanding of the purpose for the Morning Star's building and voyage to the Marshall Islands became apparent. At the close of a small church service on the Marshall Island atoll Ebon, Ebon, an elderly Christian gentleman came forward and through an interpreter expressed his gratitude to God for the return of the Morning Star to the Marshall Islands. He expressed, "Now I know that there is a God in heaven who hears and answers prayer." When asked if he had been praying for the Morning Star to return to his islands, he responded in the affirmative. Like a bolt of spiritual lightening the Lord spoke to our hearts and said: "You now have your answer. This is the reason you brought the Morning Star to the Marshall Islands, to be the answer to this man's prayer."
We will never forget the impact of that experience! God loves His servants so much that He will interrupt the lives of dozens of people at a cost of thousands of dollars in order to answer the prayers of His loved ones.