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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The Wordless Book

Have you ever tried to lead a child or young person to Christ and struggle as you try to get them to understand the biblical principles you’re trying to show them? Here is a time tested resource available from Evangelism Training International that will fit that need.

The wordless book has been used countless times while evangelizing children and yet it has also proved to be a valuable resource when visiting foreign lands

The Wordless Book
The Wordless Book
and leading people to Christ with a limited grasp of the English language.

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Your Evangelism Questions Answered Here


General Questions

If you had the opportunity to have a personal relationship with your Creator, would you want one?

What would you say is a person’s greatest spiritual need?

Do you ever give much thought to God and spiritual things?

Has there ever been a time in your life when you seriously considered your need for eternal life?

In your opinion, what would you say a person must do to inherit eternal life and go to heaven?

Did you know that if you are born once, you will die twice, but if you are born twice, you will die only once (John 3:3 and Revelation 20:6, 14)?

If I could show you in the Bible how you can be 100% certain that you will go to heaven when you die, would you be interested in hearing about it?

May I take a moment to share with you what I know to be true about knowing God in a personal way?

Tell me about your most memorable spiritual experience.

Tell me about your church background. Did you go to church as a child?

How do you feel about your upbringing and your awareness of spiritual things?

How would you describe your life with God now?

How do you think a person begins a personal relationship with God?

When did you feel closest to God? What factors or influences brought you nearer to God? Would you like to sense a closeness to God that you have never known before?

On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being closest to God), where do you see yourself in relationship to Him? Where do you want to be? How do you see yourself moving closer to God? How can I encourage you to get to where you would like to be?

What gives the most meaning to your life?

What or who is your source of strength in your day-to-day living?

When you have problems or crises, how do you manage to get through them?

Is religion or God important to you? In what ways? If not, is there any particular reason why they aren’t?

Could we look at a few verses of scripture to see what God says about this matter? Would you be kind enough to tell me what you think this verse means?


Relationship Questions

Does God (or a higher power) seem personal to you?

Do you feel close to God?

What is your picture of God?

What has God done for you?

How is God working in your life right now?

Do you feel you are living up to what you feel God expects of you?

Are you comfortable with God’s guidelines and laws for living?

Do you feel there are any barriers between you and God?

Have you ever felt anything against God?

Have you ever done anything for which you feel God could not forgive you?

Do you understand the way to forgiveness and what it means?

Do you feel God has a plan for your life?


Devotional Life and Practice

Do you read the Bible?

Do you understand what you read?

Does Bible reading help in living? How?

Is prayer a meaningful part of your devotional life?

Do you feel you are growing spiritually?


The Church

Are you involved in a church? Do you attend the worship services of your church?


Religion and Illness; Dying and Death

Has being ill made any difference in your thinking or feeling about God or heaven?

When you are ill, do you have feelings that God is punishing you or that it is His will for you to be sick?

Do you trust God with your future?


These questions are great when you’re moving the conversation from the natural realm to the spiritual realm and trying to diagnose where the person is spiritually. Let’s be “soul-conscious” this month; having our spiritual antennas up, and looking for every opportunity to share the Gospel whoever the LORD leads across our path.


Severe Weather Encountered While On Mission Trips

God Is In Control

Severe weather conditions you have encountered while travelling or during a missions trip. In Africa, the weather can be very diverse and unpredictable. I remember one day preaching to many children and teachers at an orphanage. It was hot and calm outside. All of a sudden, there was a horrendous sound that was deafening. A violent hurricane force wind seemed to come out of nowhere and began to shake the building. The metal roof was pounding; debris was flying, the Africans unshaken. Just as fast as it came, the wind was gone. The weather can change very quickly in Africa. Malvory and I stayed in one small village in Malawi where there was a huge mountain. There; in the middle of town, was a monument remembering all the lost people who died from a freak storm. As I read the plaque, I was amazed to find out what had happened. A major cloud bank pushed up against this huge mountain outside of town, stalled, and unloaded a massive amount of rain in a very short time. Without any warning, an enormous torrent of water came rushing down the mountain and over 100 Africans were swept away to their deaths. It was so tragic; so sad. One of the most dangerous shipping areas in the world is at the southern point of Africa near Cape Town. There the warm waters of the Indian Ocean meet the cooler Atlantic Ocean. One can visibly see a line where these large bodies of water converge. Many have lost their lives in this tumultuous area. This area can be very cold and rainy in the winter months and snow can be found in some of the mountains. It is also the home of “air-jaws”; where some of the largest great white sharks come flying out of the water ambushing helpless and unsuspecting seals. The farther north you go towards the equator, the warmer it gets. The warmer it gets, the higher the incidence of mosquitoes resulting in higher cases of malaria. This deadly sickness kills millions of people every year in Africa. Fortunately, mosquitoes in South Africa don’t affect people as much there as they do in the northern countries. I remember on my first trip to Africa, we were out in the country and I was playing around, acting like Steve Erwin. “Crocky” I said, “This is one of the most deadly snakes in the world” as I joked around sticking my hand in a hole. Suddenly, an old timer said with great concern, “Ahhhhhh…I wouldn’t do that again if I were you!” “How come” I said with a sheepish grin on my face. This native African said, “Because we recently cleared off the brush around this lake and have killed over 100 death adders and they live in holes just like the one you stuck your arm into.” Gulp! It was then I realized, “we’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto.” What a wake-up call. Africa is home to some of the deadliest snakes in the world, including the black mamba which can kill a person very quickly. An African once told me that you have to be very careful walking down a trail at night because often what appears to be an innocent stick lying across a path can turn out to be a deadly snake that is warming itself on the warm sand. If you step over it, it could be fatal. As in any place on the mission field, it’s important to be wise and most importantly be prayerful. There is no safer place to be than in the center of God’s will! When you’re on the mission field sharing Jesus; there’s no need to fear, for you are right in the center of God’s will. It was Jesus that said in the context of witnessing, “I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:20) What an exciting adventure to be a pioneer with Jesus!

People Return From First Soul-Winning Outing

Bringing In The Sheaves

Seeing the joy in people when they return from their first soul-winning outing. “The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.” (Proverbs 28:1) A great man of God from India who had started over 100 churches once spoke to me and said, “Brother Dave, when a person leads someone to Christ for the first time, it’s as if you took a little child and put him in a darkened room; then stuck a piece of candy in his mouth…It wouldn’t take him very long to say, ‘Hmmm, that’s good I want another!’ When a Christian leads someone to Christ for the first time he says, ‘Hmmm…that was great, I want another’. It puts a taste in his mouth that he will never get over!” Over the years, the LORD has allowed us to do many evangelism trainings across the globe. Whether we’re in Africa, the United States, Jamaica, the Virgin Islands, etc., we always want them to go out at the end of the training and practice on the streets what they have learned. Without exception, no matter what the country or culture, there is always a common denominator; people come back with total joy and jubilation. There’s a synonymous pattern that consistently occurs when they return; two things that the people say. First they say, “I can’t believe how easy it is to share the Gospel!” Secondly, “I can’t believe how open the people are to the Gospel!” Then they proceed to share the supernatural stories of what the Holy Spirit did. I love the story in Luke 10 where Jesus commissioned and sent out the seventy disciples two- by- two to share the Gospel. The story picks up in Luke 10:17-20 with the disciples coming back from sharing the Gospel and says, “And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit…” The disciples experienced firsthand the supernatural “exousia” authoritative power when they stepped out of their comfort zones, obeyed Jesus, and went out and shared the Gospel. The end result was complete and total joy! Psalm 125:5-6 is so powerful, “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” When we go, and consistently sow the Word of God to a lost and dying world; watering the seed with the tears of a broken heart, we will doubtless come back with total rejoicing. Bill Bright, the founder of Campus Crusade for Christ said that only 2% of believers in the western world consistently share their faith. That means 98% of Christians in the western world have gone AWOL! Obedience is the ultimate test of one’s faith. When a believer determines in his heart to obey Jesus and share the Gospel, he will see a side of God that most believers never see. The Holy Spirit then uses that individual as a piece of conduit to flow through to bring salvation to a lost person. God’s not looking for ability, He’s looking for availability! When He sees a willing and available vessel, He will use them greatly “for the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him.” (2 Chronicles 16:9)

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

Meeting Malvory Peffer For The First Time

ETI & God’s Love In Africa Unite

A friend once asked me what it was like when I met Brother Malvory for the first time and how God moved the two of us to work together. Proverbs 20:24 says, “Man’s goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?” It was in 2007 when I was invited to go to Africa with a church group. Although the LORD has allowed me to go on numerous trips to other countries, this was my first trip to Africa. I had been praying and seeking God’s face concerning whether I should go or not, and actually had some earthly reservations about going, but still felt He wanted me to go. I didn’t want to go on a “glorified vacation”, but wanted to work hard. My plea to the Lord was, I want to be God’s man, in God’s place, at God’s time for such a time as this, to be used to greatly impact His Kingdom! As we arrived in Africa, we were met with a nice combie (big van) to pick us up. We stayed at a very nice bed and breakfast and a hotel while we were there and it was comfortable. We helped teach some pastors at a church; it was wonderful, yet something seemed missing. Little did I know that God had entirely different plans for this trip! Proverbs 16:9 says, “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.” As the group split up and went different directions, God sovereignly planned that I would go way out into the country where tanother pastoral training conference was taking place. Although it wasn’t much of training, the LORD allowed me to have one hour to share, train, and inspire these pastors to be sold out/passionate witnesses for Jesus. As I went back to my seat, I heard a voice behind me say, “My brother, I must speak with you!” As I turned around, there stood before me a man with a smile as big as he was with a glimmer in his eyes. As we began to speak, I found out that this man had been through the fire! He lived and grew up under the evil apartheid system where 20% of whites ruled the 80% of blacks. This racist political regime seemed to discriminate and permeate almost every facet of this man’s life; yet, going through the fire he did not get burned, but came out as refined gold. “What a man of God” I thought. Pastor Malvory was a man of fervent prayer and had been in the ministry for over 30 years. As David and Jonathan’s heart became knit, so our hearts immediately became knit together; we both knew it! Shortly after we met, Malvory said to me, “My brother, I believe that in this life, God brings some people into our lives for a reason; He brings some people into our lives for a season; and He brings some people into our life for a lifetime…My brother, I honestly believe He has brought us into each other’s lives for a LIFETIME!” This was evident as our hearts resonated with the same passion, the same goals, and the same love for people and the lost. We wanted our lives to make an eternal impact for the Kingdom of God! Malvory then said to me, “My brother, how about if I take you around and let you see the ‘real Africa’ and how most of the people really live?’” I then got permission from the person who was leading the trip. That afternoon, in a few short hours, little did I know, my life would be radically changed forever! Malvory took me to a little two bedroom house where an old lady watched over and took care of 25 AIDS orphan children. My heart just melted and broke as I held and hugged these little children with the sentence of death upon them. We shared the Gospel with them and numerous kids invited Christ to come into their hearts. Malvory then took me to several AIDS hospices where many of these people were in the last stages of this ravaging disease. We shared the Gospel with them and several gave their hearts to Jesus. We went to squatter camps and saw the most deplorable conditions imaginable. I remember going into a lady’s house (if you could call it that) that was built out of trashed wood, metal, or anything that would hold it together. She had a sheet for a door, no glass in the windows, a dirt floor and was laying on a cot eaten-up with AIDS and close to death. After praying for her, we left and I was changed. After musing on all that the LORD had shown me, how could my heart not be changed? I went there to minister, but I was ministered to! It was this turn of events that the LORD used to begin ETI’s great work in Africa! Since then, GOD has set a fire in our hearts that has not gone out; but on the contrary, has intensified into a raging inferno! Since the day that God set up this divine appointment for Malvory and I to meet, He has allowed us to train many pastors, do open air preaching, preach and encourage believers at a myriad of churches, preached in prisons, public and private schools to tens of thousands of kids, with principals, teachers, over-comer groups, AIDS clinics, orphanages, on the streets, etc., etc. We know and are confident that this is just the beginning! We have determined to let the size of our God determine the size of our goals (Ephesians 3:20; Psalm 118:23; 1 Corinthians 1:31). The open doors are incredible and we are asking the Lord to continuously rise up warriors to join our army with their time, talent and resources. The time is short; the needs great! Malvory and I are faithfully praying, trusting, and believing that the LORD of the harvest is going to bring us many laborers to help bring in this vast harvest! Will you join us?