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   The September 2001 Pneuma Informer

In this issue:
  • New On-line Articles at www.PneumaFoundation.org
  • Reports from around the world
    • Mozambique: Hunger for God in World's Poorest Nation
    • Morocco: Radio Evangelism and Follow-up Bringing Record Numbers to Jesus
    • Cambodia: 1,000 churches planted in 10 years
  • Thought to Ponder: Praying Large
  • "Do You Ever Wonder Why Things You Want Don't Happen?" Special article by H. Murray Hohns
  • Sponsoring Subscriptions
  • Excerpts from the Pneuma Review
  • Prayer Request & Praise Report

New On-line Articles at www.PneumaFoundation.org

You will find a new on-line article on the Pneuma Foundation website called "How to Work Toward Racial Reconciliation" by Cecil M. Robeck, Jr. This article appeared in the Pneuma Review and originally from the Summer 1998 (No. 1) issue of Reconciliation, published by the Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches of North America (PCCNA).

Stella Ramsaroop gives a lesson on contentment in "Great Wealth."

Take a look for yourself and tell others about these on-line resources.

Have an article or know of one that you would like to see available on the Pneuma Foundation website? Write Webmaster Dave Driggs with your suggestion.

Reports from Around the World

Mozambique: Hunger for God in World's Poorest Nation
Hunger for Bibles and Bible studies outpaces hunger for food in what has become perhaps the world's poorest nation. Over 3,000 churches have been planted by those trained by missionaries Rolland and Heidi Baker since their arrival in 1995. They report: "We will soon have reached the point where there is a church in every village in central Mozambique and southern Malawi. It is true: Jesus is the only hope for Mozambique, the only salvation for many. The churches have also started taking in orphans. Jesus reveals himself to many through signs and wonders, visions and dreams. We have never seen such a harvest. How true it was when Jesus said 'blessed are the poor in spirit'. Jesus finds the lost sheep, and carries them safely in his heart for ever."
Source: http://www.irismin.org

Morocco: Radio Evangelism and Follow-up Bringing Record Numbers to Jesus
More and more people in Morocco accept Jesus in their lives thanks to IBRA's intensified follow-up work. Several secret meetings with up to 40 attendants have been held during the last six months. When new churches are planted, it is often by one or two radio listeners who meet in a park or by a riverbank before they find a home where they can meet. Different follow-up offices in the Arab world now get in contact with around 1,600 listeners each month. It an be via letters, telephone, e-mail or by fax. This is a new record. The total amount of addresses to listeners has now passed 25,000.

One Arab listener wrote: "At a time in my life I was filled with the thought of taking my own life. I was not sure I wanted to live. Fortunately a friend of mine saw my situation and told me about your radio programmes. After listening closely I accepted Jesus in my life. Ever since that moment I have peace in my heart."

IBRA Radio, the Swedish Pentecostal Movement's radio ministry, reports that it is broadcasting the message of Jesus Christ in 60 languages to 110 countries, 200 hours daily.
Source: IBRA News Bulletin, 4 Sep 2001. http://www.ibra.org

Cambodia: 1,000 churches planted in 10 years From 1975 on, the Khmer Rouge systematically tried to eradicate all forms of religion in Cambodia. In 1990, there were only around 200 Christians in the nation, in ten or twelve house groups. "Starting in 1990, the widespread misery caused by the civil war opened new doors for the Gospel, because many felt that they had been abandoned by the Buddhist system," says Baptist mission strategist Bruce Carlton. A small number of foreign missionaries trained Cambodian church planters, who, together with radio evangelization, started a small number of churches. Around 1995, further Christian groups arrived in the nation, but this led to denominationalism and tension; at the end of that year, there were some 60 churches in the nation, in every province. Their aim was to plant one church in every district by the year 2000. At that time, the Baptists were the fastest-growing group, and had planted 120 churches by 1997, at which time Cambodia had some 20,000 believers. The decisive growth phase started in 1997, when the churches began to multiply themselves without intervention from national church planters or foreign missionaries. Church planting schools with the motto "KISS - keep it short and simple" played a key role. Today, a number of sources claim that the nation already has 1,000 churches and some 100,000 believers.
Source: Friday Fax 2001 Issue 33

Thought to Ponder: Praying Large

"This is our Lord's will, ... that our prayer and our trust be, alike, large. For if we do not trust as much as we pray, we fail in full worship to our Lord in our prayer; and also we hinder and hurt ourselves. The reason is that we do not know truly that our Lord is the ground from which our prayer springeth; nor do we know that it is given us by his grace and his love. If we knew this, it would make us trust to have of our Lord's gifts all that we desire. For I am sure that no man asketh mercy and grace with sincerity, without mercy and grace being given to him first." — Juliana of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love

Special to the Pneuma Informer:

Do You Ever Wonder Why Things You Want Don't Happen?

By H. Murray Hohns

Read this article at: http://pneumareview.com/things-you-want-dont-happen

Sponsoring Subscriptions

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Excerpts from the Pneuma Review

The Pneuma Review is a quarterly printed journal of ministry resources and theology for Pentecostal and charismatic ministries and leaders.

Invitation to Participate: Introduction to "Worldviews in Conflict: Christian Cosmology and the Recent Doctrine of Spiritual Mapping" by Larry Taylor

It is my privilege to introduce this paper by Larry Taylor and a dialogue about a subject many have not stopped to think about and to weigh.

Our subject is the teaching of spiritual mapping, identifying and expelling territorial demonic forces. This teaching has not been extensively challenged in Pentecostal/charismatic writings. In fact, the opposite appears to be true, the practice of spiritual mapping has been readily accepted.

Not just to rock the boat, Professor Taylor of Portland Bible College is asking us to consider on what basis this teaching has been accepted. Is spiritual mapping biblical doctrine, or is it derived from another source?

If spiritual mapping is a biblical teaching, we perhaps should all be involved in identifying and systematically removing the forces of evil from our neighborhoods and nations. If spiritual mapping cannot stand on scriptural grounds, its validity and our participation should be evaluated in that light.

Brother Taylor has invited response and interaction with himself on this subject. The Pneuma Review's editorial committee has been endeavoring to locate a participant to respond to this paper. If all goes as planned, Taylor's paper will be presented in two parts, followed by a rejoinder by someone offering another view of spiritual mapping, then followed by a response by Taylor. You are invited to write in and interact with this subject, whether you have an insight or a disagreement.

As with all articles, and especially controversial ones, the views expressed in this dialogue are not necessarily the views of all of the editors or the membership of the Pneuma Foundation. It is our privilege to present differing viewpoints that encourage the free exchange of ideas among disciples of Jesus. I hope that you will participate in this discussion.

Raul Mock, Executive Editor

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Larry Taylor's paper on spiritual mapping will appear is appearing in Fall 2001 and Winter 2002. Subscribe to the Pneuma Review today and don't miss an issue.
Read part 1 at: http://pneumareview.com/worldviews-in-conflict-christian-cosmology-and-the-recent-doctrine-of-spiritual-mapping-part-1/

Interview with Lee Grady: Special to the Pneuma Review

Read the full article at: http://pneumareview.com/interview-with-lee-grady

Book Review:

Israel's Divine Healer. Michael Brown. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1995. Pp. 462.

Read the review at: http://pneumareview.com/israels-divine-healer/

Prayer Requests:

  • Please pray for the United States in the aftermath of the multiple terrorist attacks on September 11. Pray for the families of those who lost loved ones in these murderous tragedies. Pray also for a spiritual awakening in the nation and swift justice for those behind these attacks.

    Missionary friends of the Pneuma Foundation sent this note on September 12 from Hiroshima, Japan:
    "Hello Brothers, We are very sorry for this evil act against innocent people of your country. We are so much concerned about you and if there is anything we can do, count on us. Tonight I led an intercession prayer meeting in favor of the american families of the people from WTC and Pentagon. I'm not american but I now there a lot of pain in many people, maybe someone you know personally. May the Lord's peace and grace be upon you all."

  • Jithin Jose, whom we prayed for last month, writes: "Internal bleeding has recurred in my legs. My right knee is swollen due to blood filled in the junction. I have terrible stiching pain and could not sleep during last night. I am bed-ridden and cannot even sit down. Nothing can be done medically in my case. We are praying to our Lord for relief. Perhaps Jesus wants me to suffer with my American brothers who got injured in the great tragedy. Glory to Him!" Please pray for Jithin that God would heal him of his blood disease.

  • Please pray for the needs of the Pneuma Foundation. The following items are needed for the office: a digital postal packaging scale (approx. $75); a short supply cabinet (approx. $70). There is also a need to reprint envelopes and letterhead in the near future. The check-size envelopes that are included with all of the Foundation's outgoing mail will cost about $85 for 1,000. Letterhead will be $110 per 1,000 sheets. Journal sized envelopes will be $100 per 1,000.

Praise Reports:
  • One of the founders of the Pneuma Foundation has recently purchased a Copier/Printer/Scanner combo for use in the Foundation's offices. This is an answer to prayer, thank you for all of your support.

  • Please send us your prayer requests and praise reports. We have a great God who always meets our needs.
  • If you would like more information about how you may help in meeting these needs, please E-mail Member Services.