Thursday, 30 July 2009

FYI: H1N1/Swine Flu Symptoms

Lot's of you have written to ask about the flu... when I got it, I was not prepared with an understanding of the symptoms ... thought this was helpful!

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

#13 SMCI Campus Evangelistic Crusade 2009, Philippines Island of Cebu

Test Message From PMike:

"Although 4 of our team memebers are out with fever and many more are sick, we preached to 997 persons and 847 made decisions today!"


I Feel Better! ;)

Just want to thank the LORD for being my sweet companion during the H1N1! Truly I am feeling much better and on the way to full recovery.

Thanks so much for praying and for sending those encouraging emails!

Now, I need to ask you to pray again. Mike has reported that 4 of the SMCI Crusade team members are down with flu/fever common to the H1N1 symptoms--they are all Singapoeans--all young single adults. With the pandemic on the rise, we are being careful, but Jeremy and YuFei have had symptoms for 3 days, thus with all of them sleeping, eating, traveling and ministering together, everyone is exposed...
Please pray for a quick recovery and for wisdom to deal with this situation...

Obviously this will be yet another thing to contend with in the cause, so glad it's not a surprise to the leader! The LORD will show the way... please pray!

Monday, 27 July 2009

#12 SMCI Campus Evangelistic Crusade 2009, Philippines: A Day Of Rest! :)

The team took a much needed rest day today in CEBU...

Please remember them in prayer as they begin again traveling and proclaiming the Gospel!

"And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!"

Romans 10:15

#11 SMCI Campus Evangelistic Crusade 2009, Philippines

We give thanks!!!

Day 6, Saturday 18 July 2009

547 persons heard the Gospel today
518 made decisions

Day 7, Sunday 19 July 2009

PMike preached at GLCC, Dumaguete
Team traveled by Ferry to the island of Bohol

Day 8, Monday 20 July 2009

1224 persons heard the Gospel
659 made decisions

The team invited some students for a lunch meeting to hear the Gospel, they prepared 174 meals not knowing how many students would addend. 172 students attended.

In the evening evangelistic meeting, 69 students came forward for salvation and were dealt with in groups of 8!

Day 9, Tuesday 21 July 2009

1722 heard the Gospel
1305 made decisions

Day 10, Wednesday 22 July 2009

528 heard the Gospel
346 persons made decisions

Day 11, Thursday 23 July 2009

3007 persons heard the Gospel
2254 made decisions!

Day 12

657 persons heard the Gospel
414 made decisions!

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Point Me To The Skies

"While we do not court danger,
we are committed to a life which may involve it."
China Inland Mission Policy Document, 1948

The Amazing Story of Joan Wales

Just finished POINT ME TO THE SKIES, by Ronald Clements published in 2006 by OMF. It's a wonderful story of the hand of God in one life! Sent to China with CIM at the close of WW2, Miss Wales with her fellow missionaries spoke truth and love which is still making an impact for the cause of Christ some 60 years later!

A few things really spoke to me... the first being the fact that by being surrendered and flexible we are able to experience the Hand of God as He gently moves us through time and circumstance! A glorious reality missed by the inflexible too many times!

The second was the blessing of knowing nothing is wasted in God's economy! Miss Wales and the other missionaries she worked with had a relatively short time in the mountains of South-West China to reach two warring remote tribes before being forced from those they loved by the "long march" and communist take-over. They had surrendered to pour out their lives in that cold barren wilderness-but God had another plan. They were able to return many, many years later to find believers, formerly teens and children, now grandparents still believing the truth they had accepted!

The third thing I was moved by was the willingness to change with the times... in early days Miss Wales and the Broomhall family she served with took medical care, started a clinic, taught children to read. Sixty years later when they went back, there was a new China, with young people curious about the things that had been left out of their lives--wanting to learn to speak English. So now in her 80's, Miss Wales has gone back to those mountains to teach english to college students and young medical professionals... but all for the sake of just one hearing given to the Gospel...

There are places all over the world today where those in darkness have powerful wants that rule their passions! They want things you have. They want wealth. They want security. They want peace. They want to speak englishbecause they think that's one way to get the rest! And truly it is! Of those things, you can give them all... you have the wealth of the Bible. You have the security of the promises of that "great day" because you are hidden in the cross. You have the peace with passeth all understanding. You speak english! What are you doing with it all?

Thank you Miss Wales.

Saturday, 25 July 2009

#10 SMCI Campus Evangelistic Crusade 2009, Philippines- 2nd Week Comes To A Close!

Second Week Ends!

Week 2 was spent on the island of Bohol! For the first time since SMCI launched out on Bohol, they have had permission from High Schools to go room to room with the Gospel! The LORD gave great success and we praise His name!

At the end of 12 days the Lord allowed the team to speak the Gospel to 24,032 people. Of those folks, 17,437 have made salvations decisions.

Mike is preaching in Bohol in the church we partner with there on Sunday. Then the team will take the ferry to Cebu to begin on the next island. Please pray for safety, strength, and power for the Spirit!

Monday, 20 July 2009

Are You A Contagious Christian?

Received this from a great friend, Jeff Redlin, today! He wrote it for this Sunday's bulletin! With his permission, I wanted to share it with you…

"With the recent outbreak and world-wide attention placed on the H1N1 virus, the word "contagious" has a predominantly negative connotation. However, the church today could use a good dose of "Contagious Christianity" that would pose a serious threat to the "health" of this Satan's kingdom. In Matthew 23:15, Jesus strongly condemned the outreach methods of the Pharisees. He said, Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. The problem was that the Pharisees didn't have anything in them that was contagious to give. They had to work extremely hard to make one "convert", and in so doing, made him even more the child of hell.

"However, when the woman of Samaria met Jesus at the well, she recognized her condition, trusted Christ, and became contagious! The result was that many others "caught" what she had. After she met Christ, she ran from the well, forgetting her water pot, and couldn't help but to bring others to Christ. In verse 39 of John 4 we read, And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman… Have you caught what she had? If so, I hope you're contagious!"

Sunday, 19 July 2009

The Greatest Disease Is Not Swine Flu!

Having Swine Flu (H1N1) this week, I was supposed to be resting, and frankly, I have been very faithful to sleep and try to recover! Tonight my fever is down to 37.54 which is 99.6F and I truly believe by God's grace I am on the road to recovery! Thanks LORD!

I have had plenty of time to pray and think about things... like the bombings in Jakarta... time to consider the global threat of a pandemic, and time to evaluate the condition of the US economy-well maybe not that much time! :) I was wondering what effect these and other circumstances we see would have on missions-specifically the new door open in the largest M country in the world through which we are forging!

Feeling a bit sorry for myself yesterday, I picked up the biography I had been reading to "take my mind off my troubles" and read about someone else's. ;) Fervent In Spirit, is the biography of Arthur J. Bowen, missionary to Africa at the turn of the 19th century. It's quite an insightful and encouraging read...

I came across the record of disease and famine and other circumstances threatening the work in Africa in the 1890's and read this quote written on the cusp of plague and setbacks:

"The greatest plague in Africa dos not come from deadly germs..., but
because of the ignorance concerning the love of God. Sin is the greatest disease in Africa, as it is in all the world, and how thankful we should be that there is a cure for this in the Gospel of God's grace."
Arthur J. Bowen 1899
How true. There is nothing new under the sun. God doesn't miss germs and let them sneak in unwanted. He has the plan--we can trust HIM! The plagues come and go. Governments rise and fall. Enemies advance and are defeated. But God's grace goes on and His mercy can overcome all! The glory and grace of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the eternal cure. Thank you Lord.

Saturday, 18 July 2009

#8 SMCI Campus Evangelistic Crusade 2009, Philippines

Day 5, 17 July 2009

1607 persons heard the Gospel (mostly class to class and personal

1153 made salvation decisions

All the new believers are receiving follow-up materials (the Be Sure! booklet) and are being linked to a team for follow-up discipleship. Please pray about on-going ministry to the new believers!

A Look Ahead For Prayer:

Day 6, Saturday, 18 July 2009

The teams will be supporting our local churches in Negros Occidental with outreaches in 3 locations and personal evangelism! Please remember them in prayer!

Day 7, Sunday, 19 July 2009

The teams will be dividing up to attend and minister in our churches in Bayawan, Guihulngan, Dumaguete, and Tanjay.

Friday, 17 July 2009

#7 SMCI Campus Evangelistic Crusade 2009, Philippines

Day 4

3486 persons heard the Gospel!
2729 made decisions for Christ!

Text from PMike:
"We are all well.
Excited about what the LORD is doing.
Our teams both Singapore and Philippines and U.S. guys are doing great!
Very proud of them."

#6 SMCI Campus Evangelistic Crusade 2009, Philippines

Day 3

4041 persons heard the Gospel
3066 made decisions

More details to come I hope... they are up early and out late... remember them in prayer!

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

#5 SMCI Campus Evangelistic Crusade 2009, Philippines

Day 2:

3452 persons heard the Gospel

2386 people made salvation decisions

The team drove 4 hours early in the morning to the campuses!

It was a great day, a long day, a grueling day... a victorious day!

"For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to
him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall
we be saved through his life!"
Romans 5:10

#4 SMCI Campus Evangelistic Crusade 2009, Philippines

God Has The Plan!
He Proved It Again On The First Day!
NORSU, Bayawan

On Monday, the first day of the campaign, the teams journeyed to the campuses of Bayawan for a day of class to class and mass evangelism!

When they arrived, the school had changed the plan without informing them. Instead of allowing for the Crusade as promised, they had called a campus work day and put all the students to work in teams around the rooms and property! When Mike and the team met the administration, they were told there was no way they would change the plan unless it rained and the students couldn't work. The team said, "OK!"

They went outside and PMike said, "Do you have your umbrellas?" The team said yes, they were ready and they prayed! Immediately it started to rain, and it rained for two full hours! Work day cancelled!

471 students stayed back for the preaching and personal evangelism and 300 made decisions!

That's the first day.

Wow... how great is our GOD!

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

#3 SMCI Campus Evangelistic Crusade 2009, Philippines


Today, Tuesday, 14 July
Universities in Guihulngan
Tomorrow, Wed., 15 July
a.m. Room to Room* in Universities in Dumaguete
p.m. Mass Evangelistic Meeting in the Evening

Thursday, 16 July
Universities in Bais : Room to Room*

Prayer Requests From the Team:

1. unity, power and clarity as the teams proclaim the message
2. fruit that abides
3. travel safety
4. heath--especially their voices
5. Ben (USA) flu
6. Rei (Singapore) flu
7. Kim Coogan (Philippines) sick
8. Kim Cheong (Singapore) sore throat

*room to room refers to times when universities have granted permission to enter classrooms during classes and give the Gospel for 30 minutes.

Opportunities for Teaching English!

There are a few remaining openings! We are still looking for more people who are willing to come to Southeast Asia and teach english this September! I know it's short notice, but it's an exciting open door we can't wait to push through!

If you are interested in coming for a semester or more, please let us know immediately.

If you can't come, be on your knees about it!

If you want to help a teacher to come, contact us and we will let you know how to do it!

Let's do it together...

"we are the body...

let's get those hands, feet, and hearts going!"

#2 SMCI Campus Evangelistic Crusade 2009, Philippines (Newly Updated)

First Day:

2239 persons heard the Gospel today

1366 made decsions

The first day was spent on Negros in Bayawan! God answered prayer with some rain enabling them to preach at NORSU, Bayawan!

All is well... pray for these who have trusted and for the follow-up beginning immediately!

Second day of sowing is in progress now--the team is in Guihulngan.

Sunday, 12 July 2009

#1 SMCI Campus Evangelistic Crusade 2009, Philippines

Starting Tomorrow:

Sunday, 12 July 2009, 7:48 pm

The teams have arrived safely and had a good Sunday.

Tomorrow they start in Dumaguete.

Praise: 3 Campuses on Bohol have granted permission for room to room! Thank God for this miraculous breakthrough--only He could have done it so it must be the
right time!

Friday, 10 July 2009

Timothy House, Cambodia

The Girl's Dorm Is Just About Finished!

The Boys' Dorm Has Begun!

First Stop--Dumaguete, Negros Occidental

Friday, 10 July 2009

Teams from Singapore, the US and the Philippine Islands will be traveling Friday and Saturday to Dumaguete where the outreach will start.


-classroom to classroom
evangelism in Dumaguete has been approved for the
President of the


-for safe travel
-unity for the team
-power in proclaiming
-open hearts/distractions

Thursday, 9 July 2009

The Summer Crusade is About to Begin!

Did you know that there is a full scale evangelistic crusade about to begin in the Philippines?

Are you are part of it? I hope so!!

It's amazing what the LORD is doing so far... we just got news that "class to class" evangelism has been approved in Negros--even though there were H1N1 concerns that threatened the work! The teams are assembling from all over the world and the goal is to reach 40,000 souls with the Gospel!

The evangelistic team led by Evan. Mike is made up of our own SMCI Team and workers in the Philippines, college students from different states in the USA, and a team from our own GLCC in Singapore! All these Netcasters have joined together for a total of 5 weeks of evangelistic meetings on 5 islands and 55 campuses!

There has been great victory, but there is opposition as well! Let's join them in the battle!
For the duration of the campaign, why not . . .commit to pray every time you eat! Pray in your quiet time, pray in your family devotions!

As you are reading this, why not add yourself to the Evangelistic Team right now, and commit to pray? It's not too late! Pray for ...

...the LOST
...for those proclaiming the truth
...for the administration that needs to give the permissions for preaching
...for safety, boldness, strength
...for provision

"Meet you at throne!"
“I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of
Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.”

Psalm 81:10