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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Family of God

While we have been busy in Costa Rica, (more on that later), Jim and Nita Tarter have been getting it done in India! They spent 6 weeks traveling to ATC fields in North and South India.


Sometimes it’s is just best to hear it straight from the horses mouth. I submit the following email as written to David from the leader of the movement in South India.


Dear Pastor


Greetings you in the name of Lord Jesus Christ. We are well by the grace of God and through your prayer . So haw are you and where are you.Thank you very much for sending in our aria to Dr. James and sister Nita trained and build up in the Lord Jesus Christ to many Pastors and Leaders. it was blessing for us that Dr. James and Dr. Nita have came in our place and done very under full things. They Teach the pastors and leaders Godly way. all the Pastors and leaders very blessed with their conference or seminary . They not only Teach but also they did great things, that is they fasted in our place for peace , they prayed for the seek people and God did under full things through them , Through their prayer God Heal some people.Even they said their lives testimony and encourage Pastors, Leaders, And belivers too. So thank you very much for sending to them in our place. Ones again Thank you very much for your fund for Children's. I got it from Dr. James and Dr. Nita.. Which church have given this money kindly give thanks on behalf of us. I am very greatful to that churches. and friends who have given this money for Children's .

Ones again thank you very much for your Love and Care To all up us.

Please continually pray for us.

Your in His Love and Grace

Bikram


The older I get the more I truly appreciate the body of Christ, warts and all as my father-in-law use to say. It is the expression of God on the earth. None of us have all the answers. Baptists don’t own the corner on preaching the Word of God. Charismatics don’t own the corner on exercising the Gifts of the Spirit. Pentecostals don’t own the corner on demonstrating the Power of God. Methodists don’t own the corner on sharing the Charity of God. 1 Corinthians 13 says we all know in part and prophecy in part. The point is: We need each other!


Paul says it best. “For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly....” (Romans 12:4-6) For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ...For the body is not one member, but many...But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired...If they were all one member, where would the body be? But now there are many members, but one body...And the eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you"; or again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you."...So that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.” (1 Corinthians 12)


Each one of my 3 children is very different from the other. Each one has a unique way of thinking and expressing. Nothing pleases me more as a mom than to see my children enjoy one another. We literally bless God when we, His family, love, share, care, and enjoy one another, especially in our differences.


Thank you Jim and Nita for giving your part this summer. Thank you First Baptist Pensacola and Grand Parkway Houston for giving your part to our family in India.


Joy

Thursday, July 8, 2010

A Shift in Syria


I recently had the opportunity to travel with a team, including my daughter, from Winston-Salem, NC to Syria. I had not been to Syria before and was somewhat surprised when I found out that the pastors we would be visiting had active churches that had the freedom to operate “above ground”. My surprise continued as we crossed the border from Lebanon into Syria, where the roads improved and there was even a Dunkin Donuts. Syria is a beautiful country, and the history certainly would justify a tour of the country. But we were there to encourage pastors and to see how Answering the Call might be able to assist them in their efforts. I continued to be encouraged as the first church we visited seemed to be well established with several discipleship ministries and an impressive outreach effort. So, when we received an invitation to meet the man responsible for multiple churches in Syria, we went to the meeting expecting to be surprised and excited by this expanding effort.

When we arrived at this pastor’s office, it became clear that he was bothered by something, and I started to wonder if we should leave. As it turned out, he had just received a message that one of his churches had been shut down by the local government with no explanation. This was the first time something like this had happened and there was concern that this closing might not be isolated, but actually represent a shift. Well we stayed, talked and prayed, and I believe the Lord allowed us to offer him at least a bit of encouragement.


On the next day, June 6, our only Sunday in Syria, we worshipped with an incredible body of believers outside of Damascus. The pastor of this church has done an amazing job of unifying denominations in his town and has developed a church with members of various backgrounds. We shared testimonies with members of the body, shared a meal, and had an amazing time of worship. Amazing in that the three of us that did not speak Arabic were equally moved by the time of worship, feeling the Holy Spirit move, without understanding a word of what was said…Our amazement in the joy of the worship was enhanced by the fact that this very church had recently been told that they would be shut out of their meeting place (an apartment) if they could not prove that their body was composed of a majority of people with Christian backgrounds.


Our worship that Sunday and the incredible joy present in that body of believers was a humbling reminder that the church is not a building but a group of people united their belief and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. And the body of believers in Syria seems to be entering a time when their freedom to meet and worship in public will be challenged. It has been said that “June 12, 2010 may have been the saddest day for Christianity in Syria” when the police entered and closed four additional and major churches, telling the pastors they could not meet until further notice.


So please pray for our Syrian brothers and sisters in Christ. Pray for protection, unity and wisdom as they are forced to deal with new and sometimes unknown challenges. And pray for how the Lord would have ATC be involved…


Courtney Mauzy