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REACHING THE PEOPLE OF SOUTHERN AFRICA

            We at Global Youth Evangelism give praise to God for His faithful sustaining power!  2015 is our 50th year of service to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and His Church. In this, our year of Jubilee, the Lord continues to increase the outreach of the Christian Worker Bible Study Series. As 2014 came to a close, we received the following reports from the Southern part of the African continent. Missionaries and national leaders are using these Bible studies to help them train pastors and workers for the work of the gospel.

           In South Africa proper, pastors are being trained and graduated from different Bible schools.  (A few years ago we received word that the Christian Worker Bible Study Series had been translated into the Afrikaan language).  In addition to South Africa, this same South African missionary has also provided our Bible study materials to help in training pastors and leaders in the countries of Malawi and Mozambique.  (Mozambique uses the Portuguese language version of our Bible studies.)
          Last month, we also received a report from Namibia.  There, several of the Bible studies have already been translated into the Kwanyama language for the training of pastors and workers in that country.  This nation  is located just south of Angola in the southern part of Africa.
          Finally, we also received a newsletter from Angola that reported the graduation of about 20 Bible school graduates in Sao Tomé (Saint Thomas).  This small, Portuguese speaking, Island nation is located farther North just south of Nigeria.

         As previously mentioned, Global youth Evangelism is celebrating its 50th year of ministry. (1965-2015) Please stay connected for details as plans are developed for our celebration!

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Bible Study Blessings From Around the Globe!

One of the many blessings we receive while being in contact with various ministries and individuals around the globe, is to receive their testimonies and comments about the Christian Worker Bible Study Series.
The following are some of these testimonies our office has received:

Missionary in Chile:
"Thank you for the new studies in Spanish... I teach a course on Christian Education in our national Bible college...I have included this good material, (the Christian Worker Bible Study Series)  for use in our churches...I trust that more [people] will take advantage of it."

Missionary in Colombia:
"On behalf of Colombian pastors and believers I want to express our gratitude to you for the excellent materials that your organization has made available...  We have started a program of local Mini-Bible Schools in our churches.  We are planning to make a special effort to train our lay workers. Since we are facing increasing guerrilla activities.there are many places where we can no longer send full-time pastors, but only work through our lay people."

Angola, Africa:
"Thanks for all you have done for Portugal, Angola and Sad Tomí!  We have about 5,000 students studying your courses in Angola. PTL!!  Thanks for all you're doing."

A Midwestern Pastor in the USA: 
"We have just learned about the Christian Worker Bible Study Series, and we are excited and anxious to get started.  We are a well-established church, but we have been negligent in our obedience to the Great Commission.  The Lord has been speaking to us that we need "to get" to the people with whom we are in contact every day!  We have been an established church for ten years and have failed to make a significant impact on our community.  We believe this is going to change."

Local church lay workers in the USA:
"Just a note in with this order to tell you how much help these workbooks are to our new converts.  My husband and I teach the New Life Class here at our church.  We start a new class about every eight weeks and so many tell us how much they enjoy working in the books and how much they have learned."

NOTE TO MINISTRY LEADERS:  You may download a free "Pastors/Leaders Packet" with ideas/instructions on how to start your own Mini-Bible School in your group or ministry. From the menu bar on our homepage, select "RESOURCES" then PASTORS/LEADERS and choose either Spanish or English packets.

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Evangelism Into Southern Mexico & Central Africa

VALUE IN THE INSIGNIFICANT:
Several times in this blog we have shared reports from different places telling of the thousands who have benefited from The Christian Worker Bible Study Series, and we have been encouraged by these reports. Today we will share a couple of individual experiences which have also been an encouragement to us. These individual reports are examples illustrating the truth that nothing is insignificant in the Kingdom of God. ("You have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things." (Matthew 25:23 NKJV)

SOUTHERN MEXICO:
Several years ago, a former graduate of our Bible school in Guadalajara, Mexico asked me to return and help him teach a Christian Worker's conference. On the very first day I was approached by a local missionary who said: "So you're the one who helps produce the Christian Worker Bible Study Series". He then proceeded to relate an experience that happened during a mission outreach in the Southern mountains of Mexico. In a small, primitive and insignificant village, tucked away in the mountains, they met a family of new believers. They did not even have a Bible, but somehow were receiving inspiration from a small booklet titled: The Christian Worker Bible Study Series, study of Galatians! The word of God is like a seed that will grow where ever it falls into the soil of a hungry heart! (Luke 8:11)

CENTRAL AFRICA:
While I was reflecting on that memory, I recalled that years ago, our office received a request for a Bible study from Central Africa. The request was a note scribbled on a food-stained sheet of blue paper. The sheet of blue paper was the inside cover torn from our Introductory Bible Study. The note said: "I was visiting a friend in his home, and he served me a piece of bread wrapped in this paper. When I returned home, I read the words printed on the paper that spoke of a Bible study that was produced for all who have a hunger and thirst to know the truth of God's word. How can I get the Bible study described on this sheet of paper?" He was hungry for more than physical bread, which can never satisfy the spiritual hunger of the soul!

To most folks these two incidences may seem to be insignificant. However, to the workers and staff that have labored during the past thirty plus years to expand and increase The Christian Worker Bible Study Series, they are much more! We are encouraged to keep on with the ministry that He has placed in our hands. Thanks be to God that in His faithfulness, He has enabled Global Youth Evangelism to introduce these Bible studies around the globe into six continents!

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Fire in Our Time - Part 2

As we post the "rest of the story", we would like to relate one more testimony before we get to the reason for the title of this article.
"A new convert fell ill and doctors told him 'you're going to die; there is nothing more we can do'. That night, after three hours of waiting on God's hand, the elders and this young man witnessed the power of the Lord as God raised him up from the agony of his death bed. The next morning he was up early to complete a bit of yard work neglected during his illness.
Time would fail to tell of great testings and great miracles, including the meeting of impossible financial needs not mentioned to anyone but our gracious Provider."
Now, for the reason behind the title of this article.
"It was a Tuesday evening service; great fear and great expectancy possessed the people. The Holy Spirit took charge of the church service, and people were entering in to know the Lord -- the atmosphere seemed charged! Suddenly the Holy Spirit broke forth in waves throughout the congregation and men could not stand to minister because of the strength of His presence. Soon after this outpouring, a commotion erupted outside as firemen with hoses and axes went about to investigate the building. It seems that one passer-by and then another had reported that the top of the roof was engulfed in flames. They saw fire on the roof! The fireman didn't know what to make of it. But we did." 
NOTE: All these events happened in a small church hidden away in the Santa Cruz mountains; it seldom ran over 120 in number. The nearest town was more than ten miles away. Out of that small insignificant beginning, the Lord has raised up a ministry, (Global Youth Evangelism) that has touched six continents with the word of God!

To conclude this blog posting, we refer to the words of Jonathan, son of King Saul, in 1 Samuel 14:6 "... it may be that the Lord will work for us. For nothing restrains the Lord from saving by many or by few." (NKJV)
Testimonies are taken from the article "Fire in Our Time" , Behold He Cometh, published by Global Youth Evangelism, June, 1966 (Used with Permission)

 

 

 

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FIRE IN OUR TIME, The Early Beginnings Of Global Youth Evangelism

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) 

 

 

 

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ISRAEL'S PILE OF STONES (Joshua 4:6&7)

            Several events of the recent Thanksgiving season, along with some comments in a recent newsletter of a fellow minister, drew me to the Apostle Peter's second letter. Several times in his letter he exhorted his readers to remember. Memory for many is a "mixed bag" of some good times, but also contains experiences we would rather forget.
           Returning our focus to Peter's letter, it appears that he was stirring up their memories with words of warning previously declared by the prophets of old and spoken of by his contemporary apostles, to better prepare them to avoid to pitfalls lethargy and deception.
          However, the comments in the above-mentioned newsletter caused this writer to recall and focus on several personal experiences of powerful movings of the Holy Spirit over the past decades. The effect being twofold; first, as a reminder that God the Holy Spirit is still desiring to transform lives through the miraculous, and secondly it awakened a cry and spiritual hunger that too often dozes in the comfort and blessing of daily living. Thanks be to Jesus who is always faithful, even when we are not. (2 Timothy 2:13)
             We wonder are there others who perhaps remember powerful times when the Spirit moved in our midst, but somehow these experiences have faded into just memories of how things used to be. If we cry out to our faithful God, He will begin to stir our hearts, not just to remember the piles of stones of past experiences and ask "what do these stones mean?" (Joshua 4:6, 7) , but crying out to our faithful God to move again by the power of His Spirit and transform our churches, our cities and our nation so that we also can set up our own piles of stones.  Stones as memorials to contemporary exploits of our Mighty God! May those who come after us ask: "what do these stones mean"! 
           There is something deep within me desiring to declare the words of Elisha as he struck the waters of the Jordan River with Elijah's mantle: "Where is the Lord God of Elijah?"! Are there others who will join in the cry?
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