Marks of a Cult

Why are Baptists properly considered Christians, but Mormons are not? Why is the Jehovah’s Witness religion classified as an anti-Christian cult while Presbyterians, Wesleyans and Pentecostals are simply seen as denominations within the Christian faith? How does one differentiate between true Biblical Christianity and an aberrant religious movement? And just what are the marks of a cult? Watchman Fellowship, a great anti-cult ministry, states that there is an easy way to differentiate a cult from a church. The marks are as simple as add, subtract, multiply and divide. Add: Cults add to Scripture. The revelation of God provided in the Bible is never sufficient for a cult. Thus they must add to the written revelation of Scripture, usually with additional scriptures or with their own translation of the Bible. In this way we have books such as The Pearl of Great Price of the Mormons and the New World Translation of the Bible produced by the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Since the Bible claims exclusivity as the written revelation of God, we must see that other books, even if the followers of cults claim that they are equal to the Bible, must actually be over and above the Word of God. Subtract: Cults subtract from the person of Christ. Cults cannot tolerate the divinity and exclusivity of Jesus and thus usually reduce Him to being a created being. In some cases they make Jesus only a manifestation or mode of God. In either case, the role of Jesus as revealed in Scripture is diminished. Multiply: Cults multiply the requirements of salvation. Salvation, as it is presented in the Scriptures, is by God’s grace through faith alone. Cults continually add to the requirements of salvation, always adding human works as a necessary prerequisite to salvation. No cult teaches or endorses justification by faith alone. Thus all cults reject the very heart of the gospel. Divide: Cults divide the loyalty of believers. Each cult believes that it has exclusive revelation and understanding of God that ensures its followers are either exclusively God’s people or are somehow more blessed than others. Cults always seek to divide believers against each other based on the previous three marks. Thus cults are, by their very nature, divisive. Each one is proven to be true within the belief systems of several different cults including the Seventh Day Adventists, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the Mormons), Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Scientists, The Moonies, and Oneness Pentecostals (or the Jesus-Only Movement).

Are You A Rescuer?

“When He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd” (Matthew 9:36)

Are You A Rescuer?

Have you ever been to the beach?  Here in Florida, we often get extremely dangerous riptides.  For those non-beach goers out there, a riptide is where the waves come crashing into shore, and then the water returns, making a river with a very strong current going directly back out into the ocean.  If a person’s not careful, they can get pulled right into a rip current and very quickly end up1/2 mile off shore.  I once found myself in a riptide in Hawaii and almost lost my life. Many people drown every year from these deadly traps!      Recently, there was a story in the headlines that really moved me.  A large church youth group was visiting the beach on the west coast.  Without warning, a young man wading in the water was yanked by a riptide, was swept out to sea, and vanished.  Immediately, the panicked youth group relentlessly looked for him and called for help.  There was no trace of him.  In approximately10 minutes, the surf rescue team was on scene.  During the search, twenty-plus kids from the youth group, kneeling on the sand, sobbed uncontrollably and prayed, a truly heart wrenching sound and sight if ever there was one.  It took another 15 minutes before the rescue swimmers found his lifeless body floating in the ocean.  Time was of the essence and they had no time to waste.  They grabbed him and pulled him aboard the Jet Ski and rushed his lifeless body to the beach.  Then, to the absolute amazement of all, he miraculously was revived and saved!   In the same manner, God is pleading for us to rush to the masses and rescue them!  Time is of the essence!  What type of person could sit back on the beach in apathy while someone is dying in the ocean?  What kind of person could care less if the perishing person dies?  If they could ignore it, they’re heartless.  No, a person with any heart would do everything in his/her power, whatever it takes,
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to rescue the perishing.   Likewise, there’s a multitude all around us dying in a sea of sin!   Have you ever noticed that in a rescue attempt, the rescuer must go to the perishing?  The perishing doesn’t come to the rescuer.  I’ve never seen a drowning person swim to the lifeguard to ask for help.  The lifeguard rushes to the drowning person!  I want to challenge you to be a rescuer for Jesus and rush to that neighbor, friend, relative, classmate, or worker who’s perishing and tell him/her there’s a Savior who loves them and wants to come into their life to save them! Sadly, many lost people around us remain just that, lost forever, because we’re waiting for them to come to us!  But the reality is, most lost people have no intention of going to a religious meeting to hear a religious speaker talk about a religious subject in a religious place.  Often the biggest mistake Christians make in getting the Good News to dying people is we’re waiting for them to come to us.  Most of our efforts to change people’s destiny from hell to heaven focus on the lost coming to our meetings, to our buildings, to our places of worship.  Tragically, most of those lost and dying people remain just that, lost and dying!
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:19-20) But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8)    
They’re looking for a church about as much as a thief is looking for a policeman.  They’re not looking.  They’re not coming to us, so we need to rush to them!  We have to take the initiative and “go.”  Whatever the risk, no matter what the cost, we must rush to them and rescue them.  Dr. Chuck Kelly said, “The only thing that is worse than being lost, is being lost and nobody is looking for you!”  The question is are we even looking for them?   The great 19th century evangelist, D.L. Moody, once commented that one day he saw a painting that captivated him, and he immediately purchased it.  It was a picture of a man coming out of the stormy-tempestuous waves clinging to the cross with both arms.  Later, Moody said that he found another picture which spoiled the first painting altogether.  It was an engraving of a man coming out of the stormy-tempestuous waves clinging to the cross with one hand, and with the other hand pulling another person to safety.  Moody said, “That is what I like.  Keep a firm hold upon the cross, but always try to rescue another from drowning.”  As you and I tenaciously cling to the cross every day, I challenge you to reach out and grab hold of the perishing that are all around you in the sea of sin.  This same D.L. Moody said he envisioned himself in a lifeboat every day, and as he paddled in the sea of sin, his objective was to daily rescue as many perishing as he could before it was too late.  Jesus said, “Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” (John 4:35)   Maybe you’re thinking right now, “Well I just don’t believe in confrontational evangelism, I believe in lifestyle evangelism.”  So do I, that is, if you define lifestyle evangelism as making Jesus known every day as a lifestyle.  But if you mean never opening your mouth to share the life-giving Gospel, well I respectfully choose to disagree.  You see, there’s only one problem with that point of view; it’s unbiblical!  When you read the book of Acts, you see a common thread throughout the book, a common denominator.  The believers were constantly going out from the church and reaching as many people for Jesus as they could.  Throughout the Scriptures, you consistently see that the church was an offensive entity!  They didn’t sit around a campfire and sing Kumbaya.  No!  They were passionate about the One who was passionate for them!  The disciple’s earnest plea throughout the Book of Acts was, “Lord, grant that Thy servants speak with all boldness,” and they went into the highways and byways boldly and compassionately making Jesus known.  They were passionate about their Savior!  They wanted to make their Savior known because of the intrinsic fire and love that consumed their heart for their Savior.  The Bible says, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17).  They knew this, embraced this, and acted upon this.   Let me ask you a question.  Suppose you were walking down your street and you saw a family on the second floor of their house in the dining room.  They were eating, laughing, and enjoying themselves.  You probably wouldn’t want to interrupt them.  However, what if you walked by and saw raging flames engulfing the lower floor of the house; would you just walk on by?  No!  You would beat on the door; maybe even kick it down as you raced to warn them of their impending doom.  Even so, if we have any heart, we will rush to those perishing all around us. Jesus was approaching Jerusalem, and “When He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd” (Matthew 9:36).  The Greek word “splagchnos” is the word for bowels or intestines.  It means to be moved to the gut level.  In other words, Jesus was so burdened, so broken over the lostness of Jerusalem that he felt like He needed to vomit.  Are you so burdened over the lostness of the world to the point of being nauseous?  You see, having compassion isn’t just having sympathy or even having pity; it’s even more than being stirred emotionally or to tears.  Compassion means “being stirred to action.”  It conveys being proactive, taking initiative and doing something.

John Harper: An unseen hero of unshakable faith

It was declared “The unsinkable ship.”  Tradition tells us that an employee of the White Star Lines who built the Titanic boastfully stated that “Not even God can sink the Titanic.”  Many of us are familiar with the immense tragedy that happened over 100 years ago with the RMS Titanic, but there is more to the sinking of the Titanic than a historical tragedy.  There is a story of courageous heroism of a man with incredible faith.  Among all the passengers who boarded the Titanic, there was a simple man, a pastor whose name was John Harper, who was passionate about JESUS.  He was a man who was saved at the age of 13; GOD called him to preach at 17; and he was passionate about the Lord and His Kingdom. As John Harper’s life unfolded, one thing was apparent…he was consumed by the Word of God.  Every day after working at the mill, for over five years, he could be found preaching the Word of God on street corners.  John Harper loved his Savior and his heart was consumed with a fire that could not be quenched.  This fire was seen by Pastor E. A. Carter of Baptist Pioneer Mission in London, England, who called him to the work in a church.  This set Harper free to devote all of his time and energy for the Kingdom of God.  Soon, John Harper started his own church in September of 1896, now known as the Harper Memorial Church.  When asked by different pastors what his doctrine was, he consistently replied, “The Word of God.”  This church which John Harper started began with 25 members, and had grown to over 500 members when he left 13 years later.  During this period of time, he fell in love and got married, but was shortly widowed after the birth of their daughter, Nana. Almost as if God had been preparing him, ironically, John Harper almost drowned several times during his life.  When he was two-and-a-half years of age, he drowned when he fell into a well, but was resuscitated by his mother.  At the age of twenty-six, he was swept out to sea by a riptide and barely survived, and at thirty-two, he faced death on a leaking ship in the Mediterranean. On April 11, 1912, when the Titanic began her voyage, John Harper boarded the RMS Titanic with his six year old daughter, Nana, to come to America to preach a revival at the Moody Bible Institute.  There were three classes of passengers on board: first, second, and third class.  Aboard this luxurious ocean liner, there were some of the wealthiest people in the world desiring to embark on her maiden voyage.  While many passengers spoke of their next business deal, their acquisitions and material desires, John Harper could be seen diligently sharing the love of Christ with others.  In the days leading up to the tragedy, survivors reported seeing Harper living like a man of faith, speaking kind words and sharing the love of Christ. It was the night of April 14, 1912, when the RMS Titanic sailed swiftly on the bitterly cold ocean waters heading unknowingly into the pages of history.  As passengers danced in the ballroom and tried their luck at the card tables, John Harper put his daughter to bed and read his devotions as he did every night.  At 11:40 p.m. on that fateful night, the Titanic struck an iceberg.  The “unsinkable” ship was doomed once the ship’s starboard side scraped an iceberg, showering the decks with ice and ripping open six watertight compartments.  The sea poured in; either in disbelief or unaware at the time, passengers continued about their pleasures.  It wasn’t until the ship’s crew sent up a series of distress flares that passengers realized the seriousness of their situation.  Then chaos ensued.  It all happened so fast.  Harper quickly awakened his daughter, picked her up and wrapped her in a blanket before carrying her up to the deck.  He took his daughter to lifeboat 11.  As a widowed preacher, John Harper could have easily gotten on board this lifeboat to safety; however, it never seemed to have crossed his mind. He bent down; the flares reflected off the tears streaming down his face, he looked into his daughter’s eyes and told her that she would see him again someday.  Harper knew he would never see his daughter again on this side of eternity.  His daughter would be left an orphan at six years of age.  He then turned and rushed towards the crowd of desperate humanity on the sinking ocean liner. From a survivor we learn that he called out, “women, children, and unsaved people into the lifeboats.”  John Harper understood that there was a more important thing than surviving that terrible disaster.  He understood that there were those who were unprepared to face eternity.  He understood that believers were ready to die but the unsaved were not ready.  Harper then ran along the decks, pleading with people to turn to Christ, and with the ship sinking, he called upon the Titanic’s orchestra to play, “Nearer, my God, to Thee.”  Gathering people around him on deck, he then knelt down, and “with holy joy in his face,” raised his arms in prayer.  As the sounds of terror and mayhem continued, Harper focused on his God-given purpose. Survivors reported seeing him on the upper deck on his knees and surrounded by terrified passengers, he was sharing Christ and praying for their salvation. The ship began to lurch and break apart.  Most people thought it was an explosion; actually, the gargantuan ship was literally breaking in half.  At this point, many people jumped off the decks and into the frigid, icy, dark waters below.  John Harper was one of these people who were forced to jump into the icy waters.  He swam frantically to all the perishing he could reach, beseeching them to turn to the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved.  That night 1,528 people went into the frigid waters.  John Harper was seen swimming frantically to people in the water, leading them to Jesus before the hypothermia became fatal.  Mr. Harper swam up to one young man who had climbed up on a piece of debris.  John Harper asked him as he gasped between breaths, “Are you saved?”  The young man, who was near shock, replied that he was not.  John Harper then took off his life jacket and threw it to the man and said, “Here then, you need this more than I do” only to then quickly swim away to other people. A few minutes later, Harper swam back to the young man and succeeded in leading him to salvation.  Of the 1,528 people that went into the water that night; only six were rescued by the lifeboats, and John Harper was not one of them.  In his last moment, this tireless man of undying faith continued his life pursuit of winning lost souls.  As his body succumbed to the intense cold of the icy water, his body frozen, but his heart afire, John Harper’s beckoning call to the lost and perishing before he slipped under the water was, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31). Four years later, a young Scotsman by the name of Aguilla Webb, who was one of the six individuals pulled out alive from the icy waters stood up in a meeting in Hamilton, Canada, and gave the following testimony: I am a survivor of the Titanic. When I was drifting alone on a spar (wood debris) that awful night, the tide brought Mr. John Harper of Glasgow, also on a piece of wreck, near me. ‘Man,’ he said, ‘Are you saved?’  ‘No,’ I said, ‘I am not.’ He replied, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.’  The waves bore him away; but, strange to say, brought him back a little later, and he said, ‘Are you saved now?’  ‘No,’ I said, ‘I cannot honestly say that I am.’  He said again, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved,’ and shortly after, he went down; and there, alone in the night, and with two miles of water under me, I believed.  I am John Harper’s last convert. Does Hollywood remember this man?  No.  It doesn’t matter, Heaven does!  This man’s heroism will be ringing throughout the eons of eternity.  This faithful servant of God lived his life for an Audience of One.  While other people were trying to buy their way onto the lifeboats and selfishly trying to save their own lives, John Harper gave up his life so that others could be saved.  John Harper was truly the hero of the Titanic!  When the Titanic began her voyage there were three classes of passengers: first, second, and third class, but when she came to her abrupt end, history records only two kinds of passengers: those who were lost and those who were saved.  Even so, God’s word divides all humanity neatly into only two classes.  “And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life” (1 John 5:11-12).   There’s a lost and dying world of people who are drowning in a sea of sin, who desperately need to be rescued.  May you and I be passionate, relentless, determined, and consumed “Life-Savers” for Jesus! “Greater love hath no man than this that he lay down his life for his friends…”   John 15:13 The great hymn writer Fanny Crosby penned these powerful words in the hymn Rescue the Perishing:   Rescue the perishing, care for the dying, snatch them in pity from sin and the grave; weep o’er the erring one, lift up the fallen, tell them of Jesus, the mighty to save.   Rescue the perishing, care for the dying; Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save.   Though they are slighting him, still he is waiting, waiting the penitent child to receive; plead with them earnestly, plead with them gently; he will forgive if they only believe.   Rescue the perishing, care for the dying; Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save.   Down in the human heart, crushed by the tempter, feelings lie buried that grace can restore; touched by a loving heart, wakened by kindness, chords that were broken will vibrate once more. Rescue the perishing, care for the dying; Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save. Rescue the perishing, duty demands it; strength for thy labor the Lord will provide; back to the narrow way patiently win them; tell the poor wanderer a Savior has died. Rescue the perishing, care for the dying;  

“When you fish for fish, you catch something that’s alive that’s going to die.

When you fish for men, you catch someone dead that’s going to live.”

 

 
Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save.   Are you a Rescuer for Jesus?  Our goal at ETI (Evangelism Training International) is to train followers of Jesus Christ to become passionate “Rescuers for Jesus Christ.”  Come join us in the harvest.  Would you consider partnering with us by praying and investing your time, talent, and resources to reach the multitudes that are perishing?  THANK YOU! GOD bless you as you consider partnering with us in this great calling.  

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Seeing The Shanty Towns of South Africa For The First Time

Poor American = Rich African

The experience of seeing the shanty towns in South Africa for the first time. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” (Luke 4:18-19) “Stop the car” I yelled out to pastor Malvory as we drove down a steep hill in East London, South Africa. He pulled over to the side of the road wondering what was wrong. It’s been said that a picture speaks a thousand words and did this one ever! I didn’t want to miss this one. Quickly, I grabbed my camera and jumped out of the car to click one of the most profound pictures I had even taken in my life. There, sitting on the top of a hill, was a beautiful church shining in all her glory. Surrounding the perimeter of the church grounds was a huge block wall that must have been at least 10 feet tall. On the other side of the wall was some of the worst abject poverty that I had ever seen. Jesus said that a city set on a hill cannot be hid; likewise, it was obvious that this church was not hid from this community. The ultimate question I had…was the community hid from this church? A fence or a wall conveys the message “say out!” It says, “We’re here and you’re there. You stay on your side and we’ll stay on our side.” As I pondered the immense perplexity of the scene, I couldn’t help but wonder what was that church doing to reach the multitudes on the other side of this wall? Were they proactive and reaching out to a lost and hurting world on the other side of the wall or were they an island unto themselves? Were they impacting these needy people or were they now an isolated, insulated, inoculated institution completely oblivious from the obvious plight of the hurting outside and below them. I still wonder to this day. The reaction cannot be described adequately with words when a person sees the poverty of Africa for the first time. As a westerner, one realizes very quickly that the poorest of poor in America is wealthy in comparison to the majority of Africans. I remember driving down a road in Malawi with pastor Malvory years ago. I had an empty 2 liter bottle as trash so I asked pastor Malvory what I should do with it; he simply replied, “Throw it out the window my brother, they can use it!” Although I was puzzled, I threw the bottle out the window. The bottle had hardly hit the pavement before someone rushed over and grabbed it. I was amazed to say the least. What we count as trash in the western world, they count as treasure and utilize almost everything. We complain about having to get up from the table to get a glass of water; yet many Africans don’t complain about walking miles to get contaminated water. It’s been said that the greatest crime in the Sahara Desert is to know where the water is and not to tell. I believe that the greatest crime in modern Christendom is to know where the “Living Water” is and not to tell. May we cross the street to the other side and rescue the perishing; care for the dying!

God Is Kicked Out of American Schools, Shows Up In Africa!

Invitations To Schools In Africa

The experience of being invited into schools in Africa contrasted with the godless schools of America. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD: and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.” (Psalm 33:12) “Brother Dave, when you Americans kicked God out of your schools in the 1960’s, He showed up in Africa!” These words from South African pastor Malvory Peffer continue to resonate in my ears since the day he spoke them to me long ago. Over the years, the LORD has allowed me to go on many mission trips to numerous countries. The first mission trip I ever went on in the early 1990’s was to the former Soviet Union. Before I even got off the plane, it didn’t take long for me to understand the repercussions of a country that decides to remove God from its moral fabric. What was the end result? Complete and total hopelessness! Very few people smiled; alcoholism was rampant, corruption was everywhere. My interpreter Max told me that the reason nobody ever smiled in the Soviet Union was because they’d been told for over 70 years that there was no God and they had no hope. He then said, “Dave, over here in the Soviet Union, the only time people laugh is when they’re drunk or they’re crazy. When Americans come over here, they’re always laughing; we know that they’re not drunk, so we just assume that all Americans are crazy.” In retrospect, America had better repent quickly as we are rapidly descending down the same path. Before America ever became a nation, its foundation was strong and the children’s education was strong. From the 1690’s to the early1900’s, the New England Primer was the primary textbook used. The children would learn the alphabet as such, “A-In Adams fall we sinned all. B-Heaven to find the Bible mind; C- Christ crucified for sinners died…” The philosophy was that if children could learn to read, they then would be able to read the Bible and thus become better citizens. Contrast that with today’s philosophy which is diametrically opposed to the Word of God. In the early 1960’s America took prayer out of school; in 1967 America decided to remove the 10 Commandments from its public schools and decided not to be governed anymore by God and His principles, and knowingly or unknowingly, embraced humanistic ideologies. The result has been complete and total havoc and erosion from the core principles that made America great and what she was founded upon. In used to be in America that the top problems in public schools were running in the halls, talking out of turn, and chewing gum in class. Now the major issues are teen pregnancy, drug abuse, murder, etc. When looking at the schools in America in relation to the schools in Africa, there is no comparison. Illegal in America, but legal in South Africa, we have open opportunities to share the Gospel in the public schools? Aren’t those closed to the Gospel? Not in Africa! Statistics reveal 85% of all people who get saved will do so before the age of 18. We are very aware of this fact. E.T.I. is fortunate to have almost carte-blanche access to share the Gospel with millions of kids! We understand that these kids are the future of Africa and that GOD has opened an incredible door of opportunity! Usually, we share the Gospel to the entire school. It’s not uncommon for us to share the Gospel at 3 schools in a day, with 900-1,200 kids at each school. If you do the math, that could be an average of 3,000 kids a day, 15,000 kids a week; 60,000 a month; 720,000 a year; that’s almost 3 million kids hearing the Gospel in just four years! What’s more, the students, the teachers, the principles are begging us to come. We must move quickly as these open-doors could close in the near future. One of the greatest sights and sounds is watching and hearing almost entire schools invite Christ into their lives! We have had so many kids come up to us afterwards and tell us “I feel so different!” These kids are very serious about their faith and the majority comes from homes where they have basically nothing. Please pray for us and consider joining us on our team! Jesus said, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me.” (Matthew 25:40)

Evangelistic Outreach: Project Namibia 2013

Project Namibia 2013

It has been reported that over 90% of the citizens of Namibia are professing Christians and yet crime within the church is rampant. News reports indicate the pastors as well as other senior church officials have been found mismanaging church funds running into millions of dollars (Namibian dollars, not US). Other pastors have been caught up in crimes such as rape, counterfeiting US money (in the millions of dollars US) and for running scams of one sort or another. All of these crimes have caused a serious degradation both morally and spiritually. In short, Namibia needs Jesus. Only Jesus can convict these ungodly pastors and church leaders of their many sins. Only Jesus can bring Light into the darkness which these fallen Christians have allowed into their country. This is where ETI enters the picture when it comes to introducing people to the Gospel. We can train Namibians to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with anyone and everyone they desire to share it with. Our biblical approach to training foreign nationals in evangelism is a tried and tested method. Our training teaches people how to train others in evangelizing their friends, families, neighbors, or even their co-workers. The drawback is that we must be able to go to Namibia in order to conduct these training seminars. As you could well imagine, it takes money and other resources to put these training sessions on. While some ministries shy away from discussing financial matters regarding their trip, we here at ETI are glad to make a general outline of expected expenses for prospective donors to read. These figures presented below are estimated based on research as well as our experience in conducting similar trips into the areas where the Project Countries are located. Once you have read these figures we would like to us to ask you to pray for God’s guidance about your own participation in our trip the Southern Sudan. Perhaps you or the company you work for may be interested in sponsoring our trip to Southern Sudan. Or perhaps God’s leading you to sponsor a certain portion of our trip such as the Bibles and supplies or even the vehicle rental.

Project Namibia 2013 Financial Needs

Approximate funds needed are in parentheses. (All in USD)

Project Namibia 2013 Financial Needs

Approximate funds needed are in parentheses. (All in USD)

  • Project Namibia: Pastors Food and Lodging. ($3,500)
  • Project Namibia: Bibles, Workbooks, Supplies. ($700)
  • Project Namibia: Airline Transportation. ($3,200)
  • Project Namibia: Hotel Expenditures. ($500)
  • Project Namibia: Land Transportation. ($700)
  • Sponsor complete Namibia trip*. ($8,600)
  • *We will be doing two trainings: one on the west and one on the east side of Namibia.
  • These trips also include other misc. expenses not limited to:
  • Different pastoral training materials.
  • Evangecubes, wordless books, etc.
  • Printed handouts

Relevant Facts About Namibia

Namibia is quite large in land mass but it is rather sparsely populated located on the southwest coast of the African continent. The low population, in the area of the low 2,000,000 mark (about the size of New Mexico), is attributed to Namibia’s harsh geography. There is the coastal Namib Desert, as well as the central semiarid mountains, and the famous Kalahari Desert east of the mountains which make life so difficult. In regards to other capital cities of the other countries in Africa, Namibia’s capital city of Windhoek with a population of less than 250,000 is quite small. The spoken languages of Namibia are English, Afrikaans, German, and indigenous languages of course. The two main religious preferences are Christian and indigenous beliefs. With a higher than normal literacy rate of 84% combined with a GDP per Capita of $6,900 (USD) there is a disappointing statistics that reports the life expectancy is only the age of 49.

Evangelistic Outreach: Project Malawi 2013

Project Malawi 2013

Malawi is one of many tourist spots in Africa that tourists flock to on a regular basis. With terms like the warm heart of Africa, or another well-known description is Africa for beginners. There’s a beautiful lake there, appropriately named Lake Malawi that has been nicknamed the lake of stars. It is reported that Christianity plays a role in the lives of those who live in Malawi, but it is a tainted relationship for many. It is recorded in 2 Corinthians 11:3-4 “But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted– you may well put up with it.” As prominent as Christianity is to them as they also make it a habit of practicing certain African rituals along with “Christianity”. Malawian men profess to be Christians and yet they practice polygamy extensively and in religious activities known as Gule Wamkulu. Gule Wamkulu is a secret cult as well as a ritual dance where men dress up in masked outfits made of straw and wood. The make themselves out to be various African wild animals, dead spirits, and even people representing slave traders of old. The majority of these characters are clearly meant to represent evil beings. Along with this watered-down Christianity you can find Islamic cultists due to the numbers of Muslim citizens living in Malawi. Unlike the usual disputes that occur between Christians and Islamists there are rarely, if ever, any sort of confrontations that occur between them. The reason for this is because Malawians place an emphasis on deity worship and is unconcerned about what the form of the devotion is that they practice. It’s safe to say that you can see where the Gospel is sorely needed in Malawi to combat the encroachment of godless religious practices from condemning people to an eternity in hell. And it needs to be said that where Christianity already exists there needs to be more training that is biblically based. The course materials used by ETI is all Bible-based from the start to the finish and we don’t allow anyone on our mission trips to use anything but our biblical materials in our training sessions. There are a great many challenges to proving these evangelistic training sessions in Malawi, but there are also great rewards. Once you have read these figures we would like to us to ask you to pray for God’s guidance about your own participation in our trip the Southern Sudan. Perhaps you or the company you work for may be interested in sponsoring our trip to Southern Sudan. Or perhaps God’s leading you to sponsor a certain portion of our trip such as the Bibles and supplies or even the vehicle rental.

Project Malawi 2013 Financial Needs

Approximate funds needed are in parentheses. (All in USD)

Project Malawi 2013 Financial Needs

Approximate funds needed are in parentheses. (All in USD)

  • Project Malawi: Pastors Food and Lodging. ($2,500)
  • Project Malawi: Bibles, Workbooks, Supplies. ($500)
  • Project Malawi: Airline Transportation. ($3,300)
  • Project Malawi: Hotel Expenditures. ($500)
  • Project Malawi: Land Transportation. ($700)
  • Sponsor Malawi trip. ($7,000)

Relevant Facts About Malawi

With a population of over 12,000,000 Malawi is about the size of the state of Illinois population-wise so it is a good sized country. Its capital city is Lilongwe with somewhere around 600,000 residents. Language is English along with Chichewa and the major religions are Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Muslim. The life expectancy is quite low at 39 is understandable when you consider the GDP per Capita is but $600 (USD). The literacy rate of Malawi is mid-range at 63%. Also a notorious exported of cannabis known as Malawi Gold, in Chichewa, it is called “chamba”. Chamba, known as one of the most potent psychoactive pure African sativas, is known as the best chamba one can find in the entire world. Chamba is so popular that the tourism and economic profit is such that the drug is considered to be one of the “Big C’s” as a Malawian export. These are: Chambo, known worldwide as Tilapia fish. Chombe which is tea and of course we have Chamba known by the more popular moniker of “Malawi Gold”.

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Missions

Evangelism Training International is committed to the Great Commission here in the USA and abroad as well. This section of our web site will be used to show various missions trips that Dr. Hook and other members of the Evangelism Training International team has had the privilege to be a part of. While some feel that it may be ineffective sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those of other countries due to language, cultural or religion barriers, it is the desire of those of us at Evangelism Training International to go where needed and where God sends us. No matter the country or culture we are eager to train others to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others so they may share in the eternity of Heaven promised to those that believe in Jesus Christ and his payment for our sins on the Cross of Calvary. If your church is interested in training or materials please contact Dr. Dave Hook for more information using our Contact Us link at top of your screen. For more information about our current list of evangelistic projects you may use the handy drop-down list at the top of your page or this list below: Have you ever been interested in taking a mission trip to the continent of Africa and have some questions needing answered? We have a free informational page here on our web site that will answer your questions about a mission trip to Africa. If you have still more questions then please feel free to contact us with them. We would be glad to answer your questions about traveling to Africa.

Evangelism Training – Africa

“Christ For All Nations” is a powerful slogan used by several ministries that work exclusively on the African continent. While that is a great slogan we here at Evangelism Training International would rephrase that slogan as “Christ In Africa” for that is where the heart of E.T.I. lies. Elsewhere on this web site you will see it written that we have a heart for Africa but go where the Holy Spirit leads our feet. Africa has such a need for a regional evangelism seminar where we train pastors to train their ministries and congregations in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those who live in and around their areas. An evangelism training conference will literally flood an area with people who have learned how to properly and effectively share the Love of God with their fellow countrymen. Church leaders, ministry staff, and even lay from South Africa to the northernmost shore of the continent of Africa are contacting us and asking us to hold an evangelism summit in their area so that others can come to know Jesus Christ as their Savior. If we train a pastor and that pastor trains just two more people then you will have three people sharing the Gospel. Referring to the chart below you will see that if each person just witnesses to or trains two others then you will have 31 people doing it in no time at all. Multiply this by many pastors who attend continental evangelism sessions and you will soon see how successful this African evangelistic campaign can become. Please pray with us and ask God what country on the continent of Africa he would have us go to. Next, please pray and ask Him how He can use you in these African mission projects. Please don’t hesitate to contact any of us here at E.T.I. about setting up a training session to train your lay people and ministry personnel on sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with a dying world. We, all Christians, were charged with the responsibility of sharing God’s perfect message of Love with others and our ministry is ready and able to teach you how to effectively share the Gospel. Won’t you please pray and ask God how He can use you in our ministry? List of the sovereign states and dependent territories in Africa. Algeria (People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria), Angola (Republic of Angola), Benin (Republic of Benin), Botswana (Republic of Botswana), Burkina Faso, Burundi (Republic of Burundi), Cameroon (Republic of Cameroon), Cape Verde (Republic of Cape Verde), Central African Republic (Central African Republic), Chad (Republic of Chad), Comoros (Union of the Comoros), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Republic of the Congo (Republic of the Congo), Côte d’Ivoire (Republic of Côte d’Ivoire), Djibouti (Republic of Djibouti), Egypt (Arab Republic of Egypt), Equatorial Guinea (Republic of Equatorial Guinea), Eritrea (State of Eritrea), Ethiopia (Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia), Gabon (Gabonese Republic), Gambia (Republic of The Gambia), Ghana (Republic of Ghana), Guinea (Republic of Guinea), Guinea-Bissau (Republic of Guinea-Bissau), Kenya (Republic of Kenya), Lesotho (Kingdom of Lesotho), Liberia (Republic of Liberia), Libya (Republic of Libya), Madagascar (Republic of Madagascar), Malawi (Republic of Malawi), Mali (Republic of Mali), Mauritania (Islamic Republic of Mauritania), Mauritius (Republic of Mauritius), Morocco (Kingdom of Morocco), Mozambique (Republic of Mozambique), Namibia (Republic of Namibia), Niger (Republic of Niger), Nigeria (Federal Republic of Nigeria), Rwanda (Republic of Rwanda), São Tomé and Príncipe (Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe), Senegal (Republic of Senegal), Seychelles (Republic of Seychelles), Sierra Leone (Republic of Sierra Leone), Somalia (Somali Republic), South Africa] (Republic of South Africa), South Sudan (Republic of South Sudan), Sudan (Republic of the Sudan), Swaziland (Kingdom of Swaziland), Tanzania (United Republic of Tanzania), Togo (Togolese Republic), Tunisia (Tunisian Republic), Uganda (Republic of Uganda), Zambia (Republic of Zambia), Zimbabwe (Republic of Zimbabwe)