The Reality of Hell

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These days, Christians put a lot of emphasis on the benefits and blessings of salvation, and very little about what they are actually saved from. I was reminded of that by Larry, who is currently working with us in Thailand.

There is a lot of misery that has been brought to us by what he calls “Hell’s Travel Agents”. They rattle off the attractive sales pitch, and hand out the glossy brochures, but what they’re advertising — alluring as it is — is Death. Our challenge is to show that reality, and to offer the choice for Life. And Larry’s new perspective is that that truth needs to be taken specifically to those travel agents, those who are actively ensnaring others in pain and suffering (you don’t have to look too far in Thailand), and show them that there’s a another way.

This new perspective entails a special boldness. Larry is asking for prayer in this. Pray for God-given opportunities to talk to new people, for the courage to stand up as a light in the dark, and for miracles in the hardest people’s hearts.

MEMO Makes it to the Local News!

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MEMO (medical equipment modernization opportunity) was recently featured on the Thunder Bay local news. This focuses on MEMO’s DOLLS project (dolls offering lots of love). There are many opportunities for you to donate to MEMO, either money, time or as seen here, sewing ability.

See the clip here (popup window alert, and may need Internet Explorer).

As stated in the clip, MEMO is currently responsible for shipping about $20M worth of hospital supplies to countries, like Cuba, that can put them to good use. Originally started in Thunder Bay, Ontario, MEMO initiatives are starting up in BC and Alberta. Drop us a line if you want to know more about MEMO and its opportunities, and how you can get involved.

Update from Mexico

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The Agua Viva building continues its remarkable progress. The top floor has been poured, and the concrete is finished. There is a team right now working on the plumbing and the interior walls. Another will be arriving shortly to put the Styrofoam walls on the top floor (needed for insulation against the heat). There were some anxious moments spent looking for the electrical junction box. The city was starting to talk about having to run new power lines with poles, run at the church’s expense. That’s an costly proposition! But the existing box was found, and so the job will be much simpler.

While all the work is going on with the building, ministry continues strongly too. The ladies on the team partnered with some people from Agua Viva and visited the General Hospital with 150 handmade sandwiches. Patients and their families often have to travel long distances to the hospital, and then sit and wait when they get there. Along with the food and drink they offered, the team also had a number of tracts to hand out. Not one was refused! It was an encouraging time of practical outreach, sharing that time with people at the hospital.

Update from Thailand

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Larry and Diane in Thailand are earnestly praying for more workers to be raised up within the country, and for there to be a spiritual reawakening there. Oppression is so evident, with many people worshiping false gods and focusing on misplaced priorities. But there is some hope too.

Through on-campus ministries, some are finding hope in Jesus Christ. What better time is there than when youth are making such critical life decisions, and are in a place to be asking such deep questions! Larry requests prayer for more opportunities for conversations to develop with students, and for ways that the Lord would clearly reveal himself to them. There are also some that are expressing a desire to learn more about God and His word, perhaps even at a Bible College. Pray for the Lord’s wisdom, guidance and provision for those potential leaders for the Thai church.

Join us in praying that the Lord would continue to use this couple to make a lasting impact in lives in Thailand, and that their heartfelt yearning for a real revival would be realised!

New PCA Home

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This update comes from John and Naomi, Mission Associates who do a significant chunk of work in Panama. Panama Christian Academy (PCA) is a school that they are working closely with, and it is currently renovating a new building to handle its recent rapid expansion.

There are still numerous legal and physical details to be worked out, but they are strongly hoping that the building will be ready for a March 12th start — a challenge as you can see by the recent picture. The school has been growing steadily and slowly over the last few years, but this year we are seeing enrollment jump from 200 to 300 students. This has required the greater space offered by this building, and bringing on new staff too (another process that is still underway).

Please pray for the transitions here, that teachers would feel settled and comfortable for the start of the year, and that the students’ education would not be adversely affected by the inevitable distractions. Pray also for John and Naomi as they train and work with the school’s teachers and staff, that they would be able to share solid leadership and principles with the school’s various leaders.