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First Day Report in South America with Norberto and Katherine

I get off the plane in Barranquilla Airport after travelling for 2 days. Very tired and desperate for a bed and they take me to a reception from their House Church and that goes for 2 hours.

Already I have been told Norberto and Katherine have visited  HAITI ( where there was a cyclone) and they now have contacts with 55 Churches and 7000 are doing the Correspondence course.

The On Line Correspondence course has so far got over 3000 participating.. Norberto is servicing this on his own so he will need help. It is in Spanish and they are getting requests from all over the world.

They have opened an office on a street front given to them by a Christian who has allowed them to use the front lounge as an office and storage area for the gospels.
It has a Neon sign out the front: The Pocket Testament.

The House Church of about 25 people are expected to go on to the streets and knock on doors. One man started in the Church and was put to work talking to people on the streets.
It is an expectation. You don´t sit in this Church.
So far the street ministry has started 7 House Churches and they have a goal to start 70 Churches this year.

They are going into the Amazon jungle meeting people who live there and already they are translating the gospel of John to provide Scriptures for them. People are becoming Christians in the Jungle who have never read the Bible. There  are 3 distinct groups who live in the Jungle of about 200000 people per group.

I have told them about a Church in Adelaide who got this project in South America under way.
They will ask for help with printing 50000 gospels for Haiti, 50000 gospels for the Amazom jungle and a further 100000 gospels for Latin America.

They are saying how glad they are an expert in Evangelism has come back to them and I am trying to get a word in and say to them I am here to learn from them..

But I think I can help them with understanding what happens when they share the gospel.
There is much joy according to Luke 10:1-21 but look out because you are in the territory of darkness and pulling down the strongholds of Satan.
¨ I saw Satan fall from heaven¨said Jesus.

There is a Wind Blowing here in South America and Norberto and Katherine have no connection with the mainline Churches because they do not want to be tied down to that dreaded PC.
They do not follow an order of service.
Its about Praise, testimonies, communion, prayer and the Word.
It is as close to Acts 2 as you can get.

I have suggested to them already: As the Church grows, do not get a bigger building.
Start another Church.
They have got a wisdom here that can only be from the Holy Spirit: people from the street are put into a House Church and they are not trying to assimilate them straight off into the main Assembly.

This is a great example of doing our humble bit and letting the Holy Spirit take over

Stephen Downie
TPTL Australia.

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Second Day Report in South America by Stephen Downie

The big question is: Why is this blessing happening in South America and it is rare news  in Australia?

I have watched the people and the neighborhood.
They still have people selling bread, ice cream,vegetables, anything you want and people are in the streets with their wares. There is not the social security we have in Australia.
They are used to people contact here and people know each other in the street.
It is normal to be stopped in the street.

Street witnessing does not have the stigma here as it does in Australia.

I can remember Australia used to be like this in the 1950´s
I even remember the dunney man picking up the pan and seeing it drip down his hat. I was only a child.

We have become suspicious, hostile to interruption and the Church failures has taken its toll.
Business has taken over the minds of people and that has made us more secretive, private and isolated.
This means we have a different environment in Australia.

However the Holy Spirit is in the business of breaking down walls.
Yet there is a stubborn wall that even God has trouble with. It is unbelief!

Norberto has just told me of an experience with a man who had been shot. He prayed for him and there was a healing which gave him an open door into his community.

In Australia now there is a common thought the Church is irrelevant, the Bible is for former times and we are moving on from the historical importance of Christianity People have lost the historical perspective in Australia.
We are back in the Book of Judges where everyman did that which is right in his own eyes

It is a very dynamic place in this House Church..
A young man has just come in and he preaches in the jungle.
I told him not to get sidetracked by doing other things. He is a Missionary and that is his gift.
A young married woman comes in and she had a dream which told her to pray for her neighbour. She was scared and left it for a week. She goes in next door and the lady is pregnant and bleeding. (Medical services are poor so they believe in prayer).
She prayed for her neighbour and the bleeding stopped and now she will come to the House Church next weekend.

Why has the Australian Church lost its bearings?
We have become sensitive and afraid.
We are in bondage!
We have lost our liberty and freedom.

Does not Peter tell us that revival must begin first with us.

I have told Norberto that as long as the Lord keeps him reaching into far flung corners of South America we will support him as long as the Lord provides.
50000 gospels for Haiti, 50000 gospels for the 3 groups of 200000 people in each group in the jungle and 100000 gospels for Latin America.

THIS IS DAY TWO in South America
Stephen Downie
TPTL Australia

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Report from Nigeria

By Pastor Udeme Eyeni

Distribution of John’s Gospels continues with street Evangelists Stephen and Elisha. Gospels have been distributed to a house church called Greater Light Ministry. Many souls are being won through the use of John’s Gospels our stocks are likely to be exhausted around March.

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Report from Nepal

By Sandeep Sikarmi

Correspondence classes were held at Kritipur and Alpha and Omega Churches in Kathmandu. The Church
members were excited and happy to complete the courses and feel blessed. A further 50,000 Gospels of John are being printed, thanks to TPTL supporters.

Please pray for our country and our family. We are suffering shortages of all food items, medicines, electricity, fuel, gas and a lot more. We are in full crisis and paying high prices for our daily needs. Please uphold Nepal in your daily prayers that we can return to normality. By the Grace of God we are somehow surviving.

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Report from South America

By Norberto Diazgranados

Outreach took place in Los Patios, Villa del Rosario, Cucuta (near Venezuela) and our ongoing work continues in Barranquilla. We have just finished our last period of evangelism in a rural area. On January 10, while we were preaching, in one of the side streets a couple of men crossed over, running really fast, when they reached us they just fell to their knees crying out to Jesus. How awesome it was to see them coming to Jesus that way!

Both were living on the streets for more than 10 years, they were also drug addicts and alcoholics. One of them testified that the Holy Spirit spoke to him while he was consuming drugs saying go to that lady giving
out Gospels, because I am going to set you free from drugs, sin and alcohol through My Word. Today he is new man. Free by the power of Jesus through the reading of the Gospel of John. He came and has joined us in Church this week.

Praise God for the funds to print 40,000 more Gospels of John.

Pray for a training seminar in May to coincide with Stephen’s visit.

Outreach programs and Gospel distribution in 2016.

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A new project in Vietnam

PROVIDING SCRIPTURES

Gospel tracts were distributed in the Highlands of Vietnam by a group of Christian people from Ulverstone in
Tasmania.

Duchy is a returned Vietnam soldier who first went to Vietnam with a rifle and last December returned with the Word of God. He joined the family of Jonathon, Ahn & Sarah to hand out to the Pastors Christian Vietnamese gospel literature. There has already been much blessing.

Four Pastors from Jer-rai, where we meet in a local Church. Anh my wife,met one of the Pastors last year and they took away 3,000 tracts, 200 full Vietnamese Bibles, 50 Hymn books in Jer-rai and 70 New Testaments. This resulted in 26 new believers and I am sure there are more to come. This December we gave 6,000 tracts and again prayed over the Gospel seeds and shared our testimonies.

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Report from Thailand

By Somchai Soonthornturasuk

Our Christmas outreach campaign was successful and we give praise & glory to God for the past three months where 200 people made a decision to accept Christ for their Saviour. We do appreciate and thank you for your prayers and TPTL’s planning to arrange the finances for us to print 100,000 Gospels of John.
• Pray for Stephen & Pastor Jordan’s visit to Thailand & their Ministry to the Thai people in April.

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Solar Powered Audio Bible

By Stephen Downie, TPTL Field Office

The Solar Powered Audio Bible is read by actor David Suchet. Excellent for the visually impaired, shut-ins, meditation & quiet times. Simple to use, cost effective, small & durable. With inbuilt speaker & earphone jack for private listening.
Available in English or Spanish.
Ring the Office to order 02 9502 2982