My Brother’s Keeper

Well? Are You?

Recently I came back from Africa from our ninth trip. The LORD showed up in such powerful ways and did amazing things! We trained believers in three different cities in South Africa, shared the Gospel to over 900 children at one time, etc., etc. It was wonderful! I met for the second time a very eminent dentist that is passionate about reaching people for Christ. With joy on his face, he told me how he strategically structures a conversation with his dental assistant on spiritual things while he is working on patients. Dr. David will say to his assistant,“Mandy, what do you think the Bible means when it says you must be born again?” They then converse back and forth while the patient is being worked on. Dr David told me that his patients never get upset; but on the contrary, they find the conversations very intriguing. I watched the joy on Dr. David’s face transform to a look of great concern as the topic changed. Dr. David was trained at one of ETI’s trainings in Johannesburg, South Africa over three years ago and learned how to be an effective and powerful witness for Jesus. Since then he has taught believers in Lesotho, Mozambique, and India how to share the Gospel. I mentioned to him how the Muslim influence was pushing southward and the line where Christians and Muslims intersected in Africa was around Nigeria. With the pain and concern in his heart visible, Dr David said, “Brother Dave, no my brother. That is not correct. That used to be true, but in recent years the Muslims have pushed much farther south.” Not wanting to miss a word, my eyes were fastened and I was now hanging on his every word. “Dave, in the last several years, that line has moved much farther south. Now the Muslims are very thick in Malawi and Mozambique. It used to be that Namibia was completely Christian, but many Africans are becoming Muslims in Namibia and the Islamic influence is spreading quickly even in Namibia.” With my mouth hung open in disbelief, I asked him why. Dr. David informed me of an astounding reality in Africa. He said, “In Africa, death is a reality and many people die from AIDS, famine, disease, and war. As Africans are confronted with death, most have little or no money, so they go to the church asking for help to bury their loved one. Many churches turn these hurting people away and tell them that since they’re not part of their congregation they cannot help them. In desperation, the people go to the Muslims and ask for help. The Muslims tell them that they will not only help them with the expense to bury their loved one, but they will help them get back on their feet after this tragedy.” I was completely astounded to say the least! It sounds like this should be what the church is doing! This should be a wake-up call for the church of Jesus Christ! We cannot stick our heads in the sand and pretend this will go away. We must be proactive, roll up our sleeves, and start loving, living, and sharing Christ not only with our words, but with our actions. Remember, people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care!

God’s Plan For The Moringa Oleifera Plants

A Plant Leads ETI To The “Lost Boys”

“A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.” (Proverbs16:9) “Man’s goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?” (Proverbs 20:24)
It was strange! It was weird! Through a series of events, the LORD introduced me to a plant called the Moringa Oleifera. Native only to Africa, India, and the Philippines, this plant has 7 times more potassium than bananas; 4 times more vitamin C than oranges, 3 times more calcium than milk; 3 times more Vitamin A than Spinach, and contains all of the essential amino acids that the human body needs. Commonly known as the “miracle tree,” the plant is drought resistant, yet it grows 12 feet the first year. If that weren’t enough, ancients of old have known that when the seeds are crushed, not only do they produce a very healing oil, but they actually purify contaminated water. For some reason, the LORD led me to purchase some seeds over six months ago, I planted them, and ended up having many little Moringa trees; still wondering why I had planted them. It was then that the LORD led me to a man who was one of the Lost Boys from Southern Sudan. This man, when he was a child, was one of 30,000 children who fled on foot from Muslim rebels, and walked over 1,000 miles. As he walked with thousands of these other children, many of these kids died from starvation, from thirst, from lions, from disease, from drowning, from being shot, etc. Out of the 30,000 children that started the journey, only 12,000 survived. He, and his now wife, were two of the survivors. It turns out this man ended up being exiled to America and now is getting his doctorate at the University of Florida in nutritional biology. The LORD prompted me to ask him if he ever heard of the Moringa tree awhen we first met, and he said no. As I began to tell him about it, his countenance visibly changed with great excitement. To make a long story short, the LORD strategically put us together, and now we are making plans to go to Southern Sudan and train many pastors. In the meantime, we have given numerous plants to Jacob and his wife Linda. They also have planted many seeds in Southern Sudan when they went back in December. Jacob is also consider doing his doctoral thesis on this amazing plant. I just received this email from Jacob and thought it would greatly encourage you:   Dear Pastor David Hook, Greeting in the name of Jesus Christ our savior and our King. I am writing this email to introduce you to one of my best friend and a brother in Christ, pastor Matthew Madit Riak. Pastor Riak is also one of the Lost Boys of Sudan and we resided together in Michigan. God has called Pastor Matthew to return to South Sudan and establish the St. Luke Seminar School in our state of Jonglei. A couple weeks ago, pastor Riak came from South Sudan and he is now traveling across the U.S. to give speeches about what the lord has put in his heart regarding establishing the Christian college. Soon, I would like three of us to have telephone conference. Also, here is Mathew telephone number if you get a chance to catch up with him: 616-745-0869. I had shared the vision that you have to come and teach the pastors about the word of God and the good news of Jesus Christ! Pastor Matthew, please allow me to introduce my good friend Pastor David Hook. Pastor David and I meet in December before we left to South Sudan. Pastor Hook has a passion to come and teach the pastors and the pastors can go and teach the community about the good news of Jesus Christ. Pastor David and Pastor Malvon from South Africa would like to come soon to South Sudan and train the pastors. As I have discussed with you earlier, these pastors (David and Malvon) God has choose to come to South Sudan. Again, I am looking forward to talk to you guys soon. — God Bless, Jacob Atem, MPH President, SSHCO PhD Student Health Services Research, Management, and Policy University of Florida