If One Suffers…

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We are in a period of suffering. I just got off a ZOOM call with Aila where he described the anguish in his heart from team members and disciple-makers (500 families averaging 8 members per family) who have no food for their families. This is a result of a continuous sequence of famine, flood, locusts, Covid-19, locusts and now more famine. ​

This has happened over a period of more than a year. I can not imagine being in a more dire situation apart from a war.

I was reminded of my reading this morning in 1 Corinthians 12:26, ”…if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it…”.

These last several weeks I have been talking with people all over the world, hearing about their situation, struggles, progress and their heart, faith and sacrifice for the Lord. But talking with Aila this morning broke my heart at the suffering and impossibility of the situation.

I am suffering in my heart right now for Aila and his team in Northern Kenya. You know others who may be suffering. Take a few minutes to pray for them. Perhaps call them to encourage them. Truly our hope is in the Lord – where else can we turn?

May Aila and you see the provision and deliverance which comes from the Lord.

Maranatha (Come Lord Jesus)
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Repentance

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“Repentance” is seldom used in our Christian world. We don’t like the connotations that something we did was sinful and we need to change. But the concept has Biblical roots.

Nehemiah repented on behalf of the nation of Israel, confessing the sins of the people (Nehemiah 1:4-11). Daniel did the same in a different place (Daniel 9:3-19).

Perhaps the Lord is calling many of us to repent on behalf of the Church or our nation.

The Lord calls each of us to confess our sins. The one who says he has no sin is deceiving himself (1 John 1:8-10).

Repentance is agreeing with what the Lord says about us and then changing our ways.

In these days of the virus, what does the Lord want us to repent of?
Is the Lord laying on our heart the need to repent for our church, the Church, our city or nation?

Take a few moments to ponder these thoughts and then act as He leads.

Maranatha (Come Lord Jesus)
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Hypocrisy

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Matthew 23 is a sobering assessment of the religious leaders of Jesus’ day. Jesus did not waste words or try to minimize the judgement these leaders would face because of their hypocrisy. Eight times He said, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites”. (See Matt. 23:13-33)

If you or I were on the receiving end of His judgement, how would we feel? No doubt they felt what we would but even more so, because Jesus condemned their duplicity in front of the crowds. There was no place for them to hide.

In this seventh decade of my life, I check myself regularly, am I a hypocrite? When I see something in Scripture or speak about some topic or see an issue in a fellow believer, I ask, ‘Do I do this? Did what I say or do match what Jesus would want’? Jesus hates hypocrisy.

Take a minute to ask the Lord to search your heart and reveal anything He wants you to confess and change.

We really need others to help us walk in a manner worthy of our calling in Jesus.

Maranatha (Come Lord Jesus)
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Spread the Blessing, Not the Virus

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From our partner Timothy Olonade:  On God’s Mission in the Covid-19 Era

Many know about Covid-19 global scourge. Yet not everyone knows of the Saving Strength of our Lord and King!

All through Jan to March 2020 when Covid-19 gained global notoriety, it slowed down but could not stop God’s Worldwide mission. In spite of its battering of individual lives and nations, locally and globally, God’s saving grace remains undiminished worldwide.

In our small corner, over 1,500 leaders were mobilized, trained and equipped with mentoring and discipleship skills to participate in engaging and expanding God’s frontier mission in all spheres of life.

The true measure of our faith is not really that we survived the Covid-19 in Q1 2020, but that we’ll gain wisdom and strength to live each day in the coming months. Taking it as a precious gift from our timeless God. Though things may get worse before they get better! With God, getting better they will!

Starting from 1st April we must rise in faith to spread the blessing, not the virus; spread hope and faith, not despair and panic; and spread His grace and mercy, to a world trapped in gloomy mess.

Now that the glamour of the world dims, let’s promote His global glory and His salvation for all peoples. We can send you a personal copy of ​our “7 Simple Ways to Spread the Blessing in Covid-19 Era” if you ask.

Some of our partners, church/ministry members and friends are already doing this. Not giving in into despair – they’re giving their treasure to God’s mission in this trying time.

Do you know that God is never in a panic mode over any temporary chaos in any generation, no matter the magnitude? We believe this pandemic will result in God’s global fame, revival and the awakening we’ve been praying for. How? The Eternal God is your refuge and underneath you are His everlasting arms!

Together we’re coming out strong, safe and secure in the hollow of His hand!

God’s Servant & Yours,

Timothy Olonade
Jos, Nigeria