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Transmission: MAY 2015 PDF Print E-mail

The cry of faith!

Do you ever find that it is tempting just to switch off? When we hear the news – earthquakes, refugees drowning because no-one will take them in. Islamic State perpetrating yet more atrocities, and so on – it is easy to feel overwhelmed. It is not because we don't care, but because we feel so helpless.


There were not many in a more helpless situation than blind Bartimaeus sitting by the gates of Jericho. He was a despised beggar. Even when he called out for help, people rebuked him and tried to take away the one thing he had – his voice. Yet, he would not be silenced. He was calling out to his Messiah. He was claiming his covenant relationship as a son of Abraham. It wasn't a cry for money, it was a cry for mercy: Son of David, have mercy on me! (Mark 10:48).



He was using a Messianic title. He was calling out to his Saviour for mercy and, because he persevered knowing that he had a right to ask, he got what he desired – the miracle of sight. I don't think it was just incidental that he sat by the gates of Jericho. His stronghold (blindness) was broken as he cried out to the Lord. Jericho's walls came crashing down as the Israelites cried out in obedience to God's command. The cry of faith is a very powerful thing.


We are in a blood covenant with Jesus, the Son of David. It doesn't matter if we feel as though we are blind beggars, we have the right to come to Him and cry for mercy. Yes, for ourselves, but our cries can also see strongholds crumble! There are still many who will try and silence us. Even sometimes our own heart will tell us that our prayer does not count. However, that is a lie. Our prayer is powerful and effective. Jesus has given us His word: If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it (John 14:14).


Let's turn our anxieties into prayer. Let's choose to make supplication rather than join the crowd saying how awful things are in the world nowadays!

Gail Dixon

 

 

Central African Republic
In a world whose news is dominated by ISIS, the Central African Republic hardly gets a mention, yet this country also needs our fervent prayer. The leader of the mission we work with (name withheld for his security) sends out reports as often as he can. April 27: Barbaric cruelty has rooted itself, has taken up residence in the mind and mentality of our fellow Central Africans, and the evangelisation of towns across the country has become an urgent priority. Yesterday in the Pk 12 sector of Bangui a young man was bitten by a snake, which was enough for three other people to be accused of witchcraft and buried alive. We do not know where the country is heading. Please continue to pray for us.

If you would like to receive his reports please email Dan Hulland. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Egypt: Project Antioch
Following last year's successful Project Antioch, Egypt my People is holding two more, similar short-term projects this summer in the UK. Each involves five weeks' preparation in Llanelli followed by two weeks' outreach in London. Members of the first team will arrive at the end of May. Please pray that they will be able to get visas in time.


David, one of the EMP leaders, married on Saturday May 16 in Egypt. He and his wife will be coming to help lead the programme. If anyone in Llanelli knows of an empty home they can use/rent for two months, please contact us. It would be good, at the beginning of their married life, for them to have some private space rather than living in St Elli, our busy accommodation building, or sharing with others.

If you are able to help, please contact Gail Dixon. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Lesotho: Gap Year or Year of your Life
Ntai Pheko, our colleague and friend, who leads a mission movement, Operation Up, is preparing this year to launch a new initiative in 2016. “This is the program where we are going to challenge school leaving or other graduating / graduated young people, of our nation to consider giving about 12 months of their lives to serve the Lord. They will be trained in Missions and other basic theological subjects for 3 months. We want to use Gap year as a Mobilization tool where young people will be afforded an opportunity to offer their lives for a short term missions involvement, and exposed to the needs and challenges of Missions in other nations and peoples.” Although the idea of a 'gap year' is one we are used to in the West, this will be faith-challenging in every way for Ntai and his trainees.

If you would like to receive Ntai's updates, please contact Kathy Coupe ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

 

When Ntai, a senior pastor and Bible lecturer in Lesotho, responded to the Lord's call to mission several years ago, he had to give up his house, salary and car. After renting for several years, he started building their own home, and last year moved into it. However, it is still just a basic shell with a roof. It needs about £10,000 to finish it. Is it possible that we could see this project completed this year, so that he can start his new phase of ministry without the burden and physical work of the home?

If you would like to help, again please contact Kathy Coupe.

 

Celebration Mobile Team
May 26-30, the team will be walking and worshipping from Llanelli to Chepstow (Llanelli, Neath, Merthyr Tydfil, Cardiff, Chepstow) in order to witness to Christ by carrying a large cross. They have discovered, to their great surprise, that many British people have no idea about the meaning of the cross, and its use in such a public way draws an interested crowd. Please pray for witness opportunities, stamina, safety ... and feet!

If you would like to find out more please contact Suk Kwang Jung. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Frontline Nations
One of their families will soon leave Llanelli to investigate the possibility of developing a small team in Germany. Two others will go with them whilst considering their next step. The team parents have organised a small Korean school on Saturday mornings so that the children can continue to learn their Korean language and culture.

Celebration for the Nations in Korea
This worship intercession for revival is now in its second year focussing on Korea. This year is the 70th year since the division of the nation and there is much prayer that, just as the Lord brought Israel back to their land after 70 years in Babylon, the Lord would restore the people of Korea to each other at this time.
The main Celebration for the Nations will take place in Seoul, August 10-15. August 15 is the actual anniversary of liberation from the Japanese that ended World War 2. We will have twelve hours of continuous worship on that day. From the Celebration, teams will go out to Japan, Israel, Turkey and into China along the border of North Korea. The purpose will be prayer, worship and evangelism as opportunities occur.

UK Parliamentary Elections
For those of us in the UK, we awoke a couple of weeks ago to a surprising new political landscape. The previous day, whilst people were voting, everybody in our Centre had joined together to pray for God's mercy on this nation; that Christians in the UK would be free to share their faith; that the UK would be able to continue to send and receive Christian missionaries; that the UK would be a safe place for those who are persecuted; that there would be a clear majority for one party; and that the UK would be(Christians in Parliament is an all-party parliamentary group at Westminster. a beacon of righteousness and a moral compass in a world of increasing darkness. Whatever our political persuasion, we need to continue to pray for our political leaders (1 Peter 2:13-17).

(Christians in Parliament is an all-party parliamentary group at Westminster. http://www.christiansinparliament.org.uk)

 

UKVI
Everything is going smoothly again and we are receiving visa-holders once more. Currently we are sponsoring 9 Ministers of Religion, 29 Religious workers and 45 dependant spouses and children. We also have 7 student visitors. In total we are responsible for 90 people most, but not all, based in Llanelli.

 

New Nations Team members
This coming August we will be delighted to welcome the Joo family to our team to help with administration. They have spent the last 11 years working as administrators with Wycliffe in Korea and now feel that the Lord is calling them to be with Nations in Wales. Their two children are 13 and 1. None of the family has lived outside Korea before so it will be a huge cultural, spiritual and linguistic challenge. They are being very courageous, especially as their English is not very strong. They, and we, feel that this is part of the answer to prayer about more Nations workers. We have been without Koreans on the Nations team for a couple of years and have really missed that.


More administration help
But we will still need more admin support – someone, or a couple, who are British and can work with us on the legal, financial and general administrative side.
It is a great privilege to know that the background work undertaken by administrators has a direct and profound effect on the missionary situation around the world. They provide the secure environment where people of many nations can train and be transformed into part of God's end time army. Administration is vital to this vision of Nations. It is not the poor relation of mission, but one of the foundation stones of a missionary organisation.

Do you know those who could take up this challenge? Could you yourself?

For further details please contact Steve Coupe. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

St Elli Flat
We are aiming to renovate the flat on the top floor of St Elli, our accommodation building, as soon as possible and already have some of the money needed for this. We so thank the Lord for His provision.

... And finally ... in an exciting project of our own ...
Crossroads : October 10-17, 2015
We are excited to be sharing about a new initiative called Crossroads (click here: PDF file). This is a one-week residential course of teaching, community living and discovery for Christians who are longing for a deeper walk with the Lord. All adult ages are welcome. We believe the Lord has given this opportunity to us to offer individuals an opportunity to deepen their walk with the Lord.

Usually our time in Nations is given to helping leaders and their mission teams from around the world, but for this initiative we would like to concentrate on people based in the UK.

For more information, please contact Kathy at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Blessings to you all,
Nations Llanelli Team