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The Transformation & Persecution of Rabbi Dugarme

By Stephen Downie, Field Officer

Rabbi Dugarme was a Senior Rabbi in a Synagogue in Melbourne. He was in line to be the leading Rabbi in Australia. He was married and highly educated in Orthodox Jewry.

Someone gave him a copy of TPTL New Testament and he tentatively started secretly doing the Correspondence Course. Each lesson invited him to make the prayer of accepting Jesus into his heart, but he found it very hard and he knew the consequences. There came a time, after about two years, that he prayed the prayer for salvation and his life dramatically changed. He was born again but he was severely persecuted. His wife divorced him, the Synagogue leaders beat him up, punched him in the nose and threw him out. There is a grave in Jerusalem, because he is regarded as dead. He was a man normally of high social standing, but he became destitute and friendless.

He knew Johnny Cash the country and western singer. He went to a telephone box and used the phone on reverse charges. ‘Please put me through to Johnny Cash’ he said to the operator ‘Oh yeah’ she said. He gave her the number and June Carter the wife of Johnny Cash answered. ‘It’s the Rabbi’ she called out. Rabbi Dugarme explained his situation and how he was now a follower of Yeshua (Jesus). Johnny Cash arranged a plane fare to America and he stayed in the home of Johnny Cash and June Carter for 18 months. In that time he met Billy Graham and was a guest on the Crusade platform. He continues to be friends with Cliff Barrows.

The journey of his conversion began with The Pocket Testament League and he wishes to honour that ministry. He gives thanks to God for the love, compassion and acceptance of Johnny Cash and June Carter. Rabbi Dugarme is now a Messianic Jew and leads Bible Studies throughout Australia with a rich love of the Bible.

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A Sign of the Times

Stephen Downie, TPTL Field Officer Australia

Written by a 15 year old American student:

Now I sit me down in school where praying is against the rule
for this great nation under God finds mention of Him very odd.
If Scripture now the class recites, it violates the Bill of Rights.
And anytime my head I bow becomes a Federal matter now.

Our hair can be purple, orange or green, that’s no offense: it’s a freedom scene.
The law is specific, the law is precise. Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.
For praying in a public hall might offend someone with no faith at all.
In silence alone we must meditate, God’s name is prohibited by the United States.
We’re allowed to cuss and dress like freaks, pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks.
Guns are allowed, but not the Bible, to quote the Good Book makes me liable.
It’s inappropriate to teach right from wrong, we’re taught that such judgments do not belong.
We can get our condoms and birth controls, study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles

The Ten Commandments are not allowed, no Word of God must reach this crowd.
It’s scary here I must confess, when chaos reigns the school’s a mess.
So, Lord, this silent plea I make: should I be shot, my soul please take! Amen


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Thailand: 40yrs of Faithful Ministry

We celebrate 40 years of ministry in Thailand with Somchai Soonthornturasuk.
He began evangelizing on August 1, 1975 by distributing 100,000 Gospels of John, in the Thai language, on the back of a motor
bike, the bike has since been replaced by many vans over the ensuing years. As well as planting churches and preaching in churches, schools, orphanages, shopping centres and prisons, he and his wife Saengthong visit villages through jungles and conduct open air meetings all over Thailand and borders of neighbouring countries.

Thanks to Churches, individuals and Christian Enterprises for their faithful support in all that time. As long as this amazing couple have health they will continue in ministry.

It has been quite testing and difficult for the past three months to serve the Lord in the villages, because of Martial Law, but we can give thanks for His provision and safety.

February outreach was held at the Cambodian border in Eastern Thailand in the extremely difficult regions of Chanthaburi and Trat Provinces. Outlaws and bandits were a constant source of danger, some
tried to disrupt our open air meetings, but God protected us and we thank Him for the 12 people
who accepted Christ as Saviour. We have a small home church on Cambodia’s border.

During March I spoke to 120 pastors and leaders at the Leadership Conference in Chonburi’s Banbung District, afterwards, with their assistance, we continued our outreach in the villages and towns. Praise and glory to God for 5 people who made a

Children and a youth camps were held at Khao Kro Church high in the mountains at Phetchaboon, they are the hill tribes, where 26 people accepted Christ. In April we held open air meetings at night in central Thailand near churches and night markets.
There were 8 who decided to accept Christ publicly and many showed great interest. We do want to thank you and glorify God for the 48 people who were saved.

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Report from Nepal

Please pray for recovery of the nation of Nepal since the 7.8 earthquake devastated their country. Over 8,000 people have lost their lives, 1000’s injured & homeless, homes damaged. Many ancient monuments and heritage listed buildings destroyed. This has been the worst earthquake in 80yrs.

Praise to God that Sandeep and his family are safe. $2,200 will be sent for practical needs of food, water and clothing. Sandeep is already helping at Sindupalcok, Nawalpur Villages.

We have received a request to print Gospels of John in Nepal following the first print of 100,000, another 50,000 and all have been distributed, given the earthquake we must respond to this call. Thanks to a Church in UAE for giving $1,900 towards Gospel printing.

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Ministry in Africa – Now in Australia

Elaine deRussel attends the Katoomba Baptist Church in New South Wales. She is in her eighties, used to be a missionary in Africa. She gives out John’s Gospel from TPTL in the Blue Mountain train. Recently she gave a Muslim man a tract, “Who on Earth is Jesus” and a copy of John’s Gospel. “Promise me you will read it,” she said. “Yes,” he replied.

I am sharing with you an abridged version of her story, “The Restraining Hand”.


In mid August we were busy in the daily round of our medical work when suddenly I was called to the dispensary to find an African with a
gun wound. I knew about leprosy, malaria, trachoma, conjunctivitis, and childbirth but not about a gunshot wound. My colleague and I asked for
God’s wisdom and strength. The Lord helped us! When he was healed and discharged, my life changed.

Two days after admitting the gunshot case we watched trucks go past with fierce looking armed Simbas. We knew a war was on.

From then on we heard of atrocities committed on anyone in a position of authority. We never knew when they would come to our compound demanding penicillin or ordering us to hand over the keys to our truck.

We heard reports of other missions razed. We came to dread the nights but always the Lord gave me the promise from His word to rest upon

Then it was our turn. At 2.30am one of the male nurses pounded on the door. “Madam,” he cried, ‘the Simbas have taken off Madam Doctor and they are gathering up all the whites.” I felt fear coming into my heart but God replaced it with His peace. Samuel, an African worker, weeping, said, “I will stay and die with you!”

At first nobody seemed to know what to do with us. Some of our captors were cruel; a few were apologetic. Later the manager of the cotton mill, Bill, was murdered. He was a kindly and godly man from Arizona, USA. The Africans pleaded that he be spared along with Jim, a British missionary school teacher. They were both beaten and killed.

We heard a radio report of a massacre, so we fled into the jungle. After a few hours of freedom, we were discovered in the early morning by ten boys from the youth movement. They were armed with spears and a metal club. They danced around us screaming and prodding us with their spears.

They marched us out of the jungle and forced us to walk on barefoot on sharp gravel. They beat me because they said I was sneering at them. In the goodness of the Lord, a mission-educated Congolese, now a Simba, intervened and told them to take us to a house. We spent the night on the concrete floor. We sought the Lord in prayer.

On December 30, things suddenly looked very bad to us. We heard the sound of exploding bombs, the rattle of machine guns. We knew the mercenaries were close. “O God,” I said, “if you don’t get us out today we will never get out.” The Simbas beat us with the butts of the guns. After what seemed an age some unshaven white men with machine guns called out, “Where are the missionaries?” Quickly we were helped into trucks and escaped with an armed convoy.

Within a week I was back in Sydney rejoicing with friends and thanking God for His great love and restraining hand.

Elaine deRusett has not given up!

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Our Hearts Were Strongly Committed…

Reported by Somchai Soonthornturak
TPTL Evangelist, Thailand

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight.” (Ephesians 1:3-4)

It is our pleasure to share what God has done in our ministry during the months of May to August. Heavy monsoon rain, storm and flooding made it difficult for us to hold open-air evangelistic rallies, but, thank God, we were able to preach in schools, village halls, homes, and streets as well as distribute the Gospel of John and Christian booklets and tracts in government flats, slums and schools in Bangkok
and upcountry.

Climbing up the 5 to 8 storeys flats to hand out the Word of God to people in every unit was a challenge. Saengthong and some volunteers were not able to do it, so they visited the slums. The living conditions in the flats were bad, hopeless.
We saw groups of people gambling, consuming alcohol and getting totally drunk, and smoking opium and cigarette. Young people huddled in
various corners sniffing glue. “Who is responsible to reach out to people in about 1,500 slums in Bangkok?” We thank God for calling us and giving us a burden for these people to bring them “out of darkness into His marvellous light” (1 Peter 2:9)

One morning an elderly woman, carrying a cleaver, stepped out of her unit and rushed at us. She was against us and wanted to evict us. We thank God for His protection; no one was hurt. We continued our distribution work, and shared our faith in Jesus with those who showed interest. We believe the Lord was with us in our work and we praise Him that 22,000 copies of John’s Gospel were distributed.

From the last week of July to the first week of August our Outreach Ministry took us to Northern and Central Thailand. We held open-air meetings and children’s programs in the villages of Tak’s Mae Sod and Mae La Mardi Districts in Northern Thailand, along the border of Myanmar. Rainstorm, unusual low temperature at night and a two metres high flooding in Mae Sod hampered our work greatly. Our equipment suffered extensive damage. While travelling along the muddy road to the hill tribe villages, Saengthong and I and our team of four young men and two women from Suphahburi Church had an accident. Thank God that none of us was hurt. There was no damage to the van and we were able to continue and complete our program. Despite all the difficulties and hardship that came our way, our hearts were strongly
committed to the Outreach.

We joined hands with the churches in Central Thailand in the provinces of Suphanburi and Kanchabiri to reach out to local villages. The
villagers welcomed us openly and readily accepted the Gospel of John and Christian booklets. Large crowds of people gathered at the open-air rallies in school halls, basketball courts, and homes to hear the Gospel stories and the preaching of the Good News of Jesus Christ, as well as enjoy Christian music, films and testimonies. Many stayed after the program to talk and seek answers about the meaning
of life and faith.

We truly thank God for His provision and protection. We glorify Him for 64 people who accepted Jesus Christ as Saviour. Please pray with
us that the Lord will continue to use us to bring more people to salvation in Him, especially during our Christmas Outreach in the months of October to December.

Please pray with us for:

  • Journey mercies as we travel from place to place to preach the Gospel of Jesus
  • New believers that they will grow spiritually
  • Follow up courses for those who have committed their lives to Christ
  • TPTL Churches in Thailand
  • TPTL Church Camps, Youth and Children’s Camp during October
  • New believers who have been baptised
  • Correspondence Course students
  • Saengthong’s and my health
  • George and Rita Galieh’s partnership in our Christmas Outreach in November and December

May God bless you all richly and grant you strength, love, wisdom and peace!

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137 People Committed to Jesus

Reported by Somchai Soonthornturasuk – TPTL Evangelist – Thailand

Warm greetings and love to you from all of us here in Thailand in the precious name of our Saviour and Mighty Lord, soon to return Jesus Christ! We thank Him for allowing us to serve Him and to share His great love through His Son, Jesus Christ, with all people here in Thailand. He has blessed and continued to bless our ministry and our family. All praise be to Him!

We thank all of you for your encouragement, support and faithfulness in prayer! Some of you have been doing this for many years. We thank God for every remembrance of you.

It is our pleasure to share with you what God has done in our 2013 Summer Evangelistic Outreach Campaign during February, March, April and May. We have many exciting experiences and stories to share but it is difficult to tell all of them. We will therefore just highlight some stories and show some photos.

Our ministry requires constant travelling, especially to places where the Gospel has not been preached. Generally people in various villages and towns are receptive of our visit and show interest in the Living God. We prayed for 100 people to come to know Christ. Praise God, 137 people accepted Him as personal Saviour!

Our February Outreach was held in Northeast Thailand-Cambodia border, in the extremely difficult regions: Buri Ram’s Lahan Sai, Ban Kruat, Pra Khon Chai, Pra Sat, Kap Coenng, Sangkha. Bandits were a constant source of danger. Some of them tried to disrupt our open-air meetings. We thank God for protecting us; and we praise Him for 32 people who accepted Christ as Saviour. We thank the pastors and members of churches in the surrounding areas for their support and warm fellowship. We are praying that God will lead us back to the Cambodia border again in the near future.

On March 2 to 15 I led a Leadership Conference at the Prayer Mountain in Chonburi’s Ban Bung District. About 100 pastors and church leaders attended. After the Conference we went to Eastern Thailand to continue our Outreach Campaign. Teams of volunteers from local churches helped to distribute the Gospel of John and Ed Long’s booklets on Loneliness, Worry, Fear and Life after Death at the fresh food markets, weekend markets, villages and individual homes. Open-air evangelistic meetings were held at night. Praise and glory be to God for 42 villagers who responded to the altar calls to commit their lives to Jesus. There were many who showed interest.

During the month of April, Saengthong held a Sunday School Teachers Training Course and a Children’s Summer Camp at Thaveeponsipachan Church in Suphanburi Province, 90 Sunday School Teachers from Central Thailand attended the training and about 200 children came to the camp. Open-air meetings held near the church and in different villages and night markets brought a total of 56 adults and children to Christ.

The month of May was a very wet season. Heavy rain made it difficult to hold open-air meetings. But, thank God that we were able to hold a few meetings in school and church halls. Many copies of the John’s Gospel were distributed in villages, government flats and slums. We also talk to small groups of people about salvation in Christ. Praise God for 7 people accepted Christ as personal Saviour.

We thank God for the 137 new Christians! They have all been encouraged to attend local churches. Some of them have been given the Holy Bible. We are grateful to God for His protection in some dangerous encounters along the way. We thank Him too for numbers of Bible College students spent their time with us to practice doing evangelism.

Please Pray with us for:

  • Journey mercies as we travel from place to place
  • New Christians that they will continue to grow spiritually as they participate in the follow-up program
  • Preaching God’s Word throughout Thailand
  • Correspondence Course students
  • Saengthong and my health and safety
  • Our TPTL Churches in Thailand
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TPTL Ministry, Myanmar

Reported by Joseph Rajan – TPTL, Myanmar
It is always good to serve the Lord and to be a blessing to people who do not know Jesus as personal Saviour. Through preaching, teaching, reading God’s Word, and evangelism, many people are being transformed by the power of Christ. Psalm 111:10 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow His precepts have good understanding.” Worldly wisdom can leave our life empty but Godly wisdom reveals to us the ultimate truth that is found in Jesus and God’s Word.

“Scorpion” and “White Snake” are the most dangerous and notorious gangs in Myanmar. They are famous for all kinds of evil. At an evangelistic meeting recently, I heard the testimony of Yan Naing, the leader of these gangs. Many people were astonished at what he said. Many young people did not believe that such a thing had taken place.

Yan Naing, street fighter, drug user, drunkard, evildoer, was imprisoned for 12 years. He was also infamous during his jail term. Two years before his release he met a Christian lady who had been visiting her brother fortnightly. She gave him some Christian literature and a New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs (NT+Ps+Pv) and encouraged him to read them. She also talked to him about God’s love and how Jesus died on the cross.

Yan Naing became a changed person. People in the prison noticed it. With the help of some fellow prisoners who had become Christians, he started worship services for prisoners. After his release 2 years ago he established a self-supporting prison minsitry and rehabilitation centre. Today, he and a group of former prisoners visit prisons, rehabilitation centres and shut-in alcoholics and drug addicts around Myanmar, sharing the Good News of Jesus with them, and giving them the Gospel of John, NT+Pr+Pv, and Ed Long’s booklets on: Fear, Anger, Loneliness, Life after Death, Investing in the Future, Heaven. Praise God!

NT+Ps+Pv Project:

Over 35,000 copies have been distributed in many parts of Myanmar, and about 10,000 copies will be sent to the Irrawaddy Division and nearby areas soon. People are receiving and reading the Word of God with joy.

In early May this year I attended the Myanmar Youth Global Conference in Chiang Mai. Over 3,000 workers from Myanmar and many other countries attended. I was so happy to see, among the delegates, workers from Thailand reading NT+Pr+Pv! These were lowly paid workers. to have a copy of their own was a great blessing to them.

Benjamin from the Anglican Bishop’s Court in Palletwa on the Chin Hills bordering the Rakhine State where peace and tranquility do not prevail said, By God’s grace I received copies of John’s Gospel and Ed Long booklets from some friends. We do not have the opportunity to share the Good News in person with the Rakhine people up in the mountains due to the situation there. But we manage to get some of the booklets to them and this is the best way to share salvation in Jesus with them. Please send more booklets to help us in this ministry.

Praise God forfunds received for the printing of 50,000 copies of John’s Gospel, 60,000 of Ed Long’s booklets: the distribution of NT+Pr+Pv, and the transformation of Yan Naing’s life.

Pray for the printing and distribution of John’s Gospel and Ed Long’s booklets; the ministry of Yan Naing and his friends; the transformation of the lives of those who read the books they have received; peace and tranquility in Myanmar; and good health for Joseph and Molly.

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Storm and Flooding didn’t stop Outreach

Greetings and love from all of us here in Thailand in the precious name of our soon to return Jesus Christ! We continue to be committed to serve Him through our outreach ministry, and we thank you for your encouragement, faithful prayer and support.

Severe flooding occurred during the 2011 monsoon season, triggered by the tropical storm, “Nock-ten”, at the end of July. It spread through the provinces of Northern, North Eastern and Central Thailand along the Mekong and Chao Phraya river basins and inundated parts of Bangkok in October. In some areas flooding persisted until mid January.

A total of 815 people lost their lives and about 14 million people’s livelihood was greatly affected. More than 900,000 people lost their jobs. There were symptoms of hopelessness, depression, and stress, especially among people in underdeveloped areas. Many suffered from health problems.

We thank God that our TPTL Compassion and Care Program, through volunteer teams, were able to distribute foodstuff and clothing to the flood victims. Our volunteers also helped to rescue people affected by the flood, clean the streets, repair damaged homes, and provide temporary shelters.

During this worst flooding that our country had ever experienced, we continued our evangelistic outreach, as well as distributing the Gospel of John and Christian Literature in schools, slums, government flats, and houses in Bangkok and upcountry.

Our Christmas Outreach (12th November to 11th December) was again led by George and Rita Galieh, and their son, Michael. This was their 18th year of partnership in this ministry.

They preached in Government schools, Buddhist schools, private schools, jails, hospitals, national parks, orphanages, shopping centres, markets, slums, hotels, churches, and in open-air meetings.

Their gift of music, art and preaching made significant impact on the lives of people, especially those who, by God’s grace, committed their lives to Jesus Christ.

In Buriram Province in Northeast Thailand, George and Rita presented the Gospel stories through drama to students and teachers in schools. Some headmasters told us that they had never seen such an amazing program and that the students were very lucky to see it. It is heart-warming that they want us to visit the schools again.

We thank God for His abundant blessing, provision and protection throughout our outreach during Bangkok’s worst flood. 21,500 copies of the Gospel of John were distributed. 96 students and adults accepted Christ as their Saviour. Praise and glory be to God!

Please pray with us for:
• New Christians that they will grow spiritually
• Summer Outreach from February to May
• Journey mercy as we travel from place to place
• Our TPTL churches
• Compassion and Care Relief Program
• Our health
• Youth and children’s camps during summer.