Those Who Grieve Well, Grow Well

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The goal of processing grief is not to understand the reasons for loss, but to receive God’s comfort in the midst of loss. Four responses to loss that will circumvent the comfort God wants to provide:

  1. Blame it on the devil – over spiritualize the loss
  2. Look for sin in the camp – try to find whose fault it is.
  3. Rationalize it – a head-level response.
  4. Ignore it and pretend it didn’t happen – a form of denial.

As leaders, we have the privilege of guiding people to grieve their losses well. A wise leader creates space for their followers to ‘pay attention’.

Four steps for healthy grieving:

  1. Pay attention to your heart, acknowledging the pain, loss, anger, and sadness.
  2. Don’t rush the time between sorrow and healing.
  3. Use the Psalms to give a biblical language to your grieving.
  4. Allow (when ready) the old to give birth to the new.

As I have grown older, I have learned to pay attention to my heart and to process my grief with God honestly. I have learned not to hide from my losses.

I have learned the hard way that past losses can negatively impact present relationships if not dealt with before God and with others.”

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Ten Responses To Conflict

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In my book Leading Like Jesus, I go through a Biblical approach to dealing with conflict. Here is a short portion of that chapter…

“It is hard to accept a conflict as unresolvable, but once we prayerfully come to that realization, it allows us to work through our part of it without unnecessary guilt or pressure. Paul and Barnabas never fully resolved their conflict over John Mark. The Bible does not justify the conflict; neither does it condemn either Paul or Barnabas.

How should we respond to a seemingly unresolvable conflict?

  1. Be secure in yourself. Jesus maintained a peaceful demeanor. When you are in turmoil, go back to God.
  2. Don’t react emotionally. Stay prayerful and practice the fruit of the Spirit. If you go on the warpath to attack others or defend yourself, no good will come of it.
  3. When you do respond, be concise and straightforward. Don’t offer explanations – you don’t owe them to people accusing you in the wrong spirit.
  4. Don’t draw attention to yourself. You are not the issue, even though others may target you or attack you. It may be an issue of incompatible vision or incongruent values, but don’t make yourself the issue.
  5. If given the opportunity, and you feel a release to do so, describe the issue clearly as you understand it. But only do this because you are led to speak about the topic calmly and in a respectful manner.
  6. Ask for a decision or response. It is not wrong to set a time frame for dealing with the issue. To drag it out may lead to an ongoing, unhealthy debate. Ask God to bring it to a head so everyone can move on with their lives.
  7. Ask people outside the situation to provide objective feedback. When faced with a conflict, I sought out unbiased, respected leaders to help me objectively assess myself and my responses. They offered affirmation, as well as feedback on my attitudes and actions. I also asked a trusted advisor to fly in and spend the day doing an “emotional and spiritual audit” on my heart. He asked very probing questions that I spent months reflecting on.
  8. Trust God to defend you. God may test you and allow you to be falsely accused, but someday the truth will come out. Keep your eyes on the Lord and be more concerned with what God thinks of you than what people think or say.
  9. Make up your mind to speak well of others. It is true – what we sow, we reap. This is not only true of sinful actions and words, but it is also true if we speak well of others we disagree with.
  10. Take time for your heart to be healed before you move into the next season. If you don’t, you might carry with you unresolved pain and bitterness towards others. This doesn’t have to mean waiting years for God to heal your heart. It could be as simple as winning the battle of forgiveness and laying down your rights – no matter how painful it my be – then moving on.”

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Leaders Speak With Authority

This is an excerpt from my book Leading Like Jesus: 40 Leadership Lessons From The Upside Down Kingdom 

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“The source of Jesus’ authority can be the source of your authority as well. He spoke with authority because:

  • He knew the Scriptures
  • He listened to the Father and obeyed Him
  • He did not use power over people
  • He embodied His message
  • He took years to prepare for His mission
  • He resisted the temptations of the enemy
  • His ministry to people was a lifestyle – whether in his work as a carpenter or in the season of discipling leaders for a new spiritual movement.

Let’s look at three types of authority exemplified in Jesus’ life.

  1. Derived Authority – Jesus’ authority came from His being. Spiritual authority was the sum total of Who Jesus was as a person: His character, wisdom, and the wise and timely exercise of His spiritual gifts.
  2. Delegated authority – Jesus was sent on a mission by the Father. Hebrews 3:1 says He was the apostle and high priest of our faith. As an apostle, He was a messenger. He was under authority. No leader can exercise authority if he or she is not under authority.
  3. Distributed Authority – Jesus did not keep His authority to Himself. He shared it with those He discipled. Jesus said, “As the Father sent me, so I send you,” (John 20:21), and He “gave to His disciples authority…” (Luke 9:1 and Matt.10:1). If we give away authority, we gain authority. If we try to keep it all to ourselves, we lose our authority.

Jesus said, “There are rulers who lord over people…they try to exercise authority over people…” (Matt.20:25 paraphrase) Those who think in terms of being “over” people, miss the truth of what Jesus taught in these verses. Leaders should not aim to be over those they lead, but for them. If you serve people, you influence them, and if you influence them, you have authority in their lives. Authority is not taken from people, it is offered to people.”

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Leadership Tests

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“God does not initiate every human situation that tests us, but he uses them all.

A leadership test is a crisis, big or small, that God uses to teach us to depend more deeply on Him. Testing is one of the least understood aspects of God’s ways. We often ignore God’s testing in our lives, to our great detriment.

God-orchestrated tests in leaders’ lives usually produce one or two results: drawing them closer to God, or pushing them further from God. That is a choice we must make for ourselves – God will not force us to trust Him.

Below are the components of unique tests we go through as individuals and the common tests most leaders go through at some point.

Components of God-appointed Tests:

  • Difficult Circumstances (or a crisis) – If it wasn’t difficult, it wouldn’t be a test.
  • Desired Response – God wants us to seek Him
  • Delight – God delights in our growth as we develop deeper dependence on Him. This is the reward He gives us for passing the test.

Common Tests for Leaders:

  • Rejection – Dismissal by friends, family, or trusted co-workers
  • Isolation – A wilderness time of loneliness or confusion
  • God’s Silence – When God does not speak
  • Integrity – To be true to our convictions no matter how hard
  • Hearing God’s Voice – Knowing it is God speaking
  • Obedience – Doing what God says, no matter the cost.
  • Laying Down our Rights – Not insisting on having our way
  • Word Test – Obeying God’s direction to us
  • Faith Test – Believing God in spite of overwhelming odds

All leaders are tested and we will do well to recognize the test and its importance for our development as wise and faithful leaders.”

 

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A Very Simple Thing…

This is a little story from my book Leading Like Jesus.

“Living in a small Holland village, I remember walking down a long hallway in the training center I led. It was very early in the morning so I had the building all to myself for prayer and meditation. As I paced up and down the hallway, I noticed a candy wrapper thrown carelessly on the floor. I thought to myself, “I must say something to the students about being so thoughtless.” Back and forth I walked, repeatedly passing the wrapper. Praying. Seeking God. Annoyed with the students. Then I heard a still small voice: “You pick up the candy wrapper.” I protested, “But if I start using my quiet times in the mornings to pick up candy wrappers, where will it end?”

Through the hallway window, I could see a few other randomly scattered bits and pieces of paper around the campus. I pictured myself marching from one end of the campus to the other, using my precious time to pick up scraps of paper all day. But the voice persisted, “You pick it up and don’t lecture the students about it. Just do it and carry on.”

And so I learned ‘The Lesson Of The Candy Wrapper’. Just do it. Don’t call attention to yourself. Don’t consider any task too lowly for you to do. Don’t fancy yourself too busy to pick up candy wrappers.”

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The 10 C’s of Team Selection

This is a portion from Leading Like Jesus that I believe is helpful to those who lead and pioneer new movements …

“Don’t let desperation for help drive your team building! Jesus chose team members prudently.

Effective leaders have a clearly defined set of qualifications for team members.

Team Selection Guidelines:

  1. Courtesy – Do they know how to respect other team members? Are they collaborative in their approach to decision making?
  2. Chemistry – Do they have good chemistry with you as the team leader and with others on the team? Are they likeable? Can they have a good time with those they work with?
  3. Competence – Do they have the skills necessary to add strength to the team?
  4. Character – Do they display servant leadership qualities? Do they show integrity? Are they reliable and do they keep promises?
  5. Core Values – Are their core values aligned with those of the rest of the team?
  6. Courage – are they willing to take risks? Do they exercise faith and take on new challenges when called upon?
  7. Capacity – Do they have the emotional capacity for leadership responsibility? Can they handle stress and pressure?
  8. Culture   – do they work well with people of other cultures? Are they sensitive and adaptive to different cultural contexts?
  9. Calling/Commitment – What are their spiritual gifts? Do their gifts complement the team? Do they have a clear call from God to serve with you?
  10. Clear Expectations – Have you discussed your expectations and theirs?

Team building presents many opportunities to learn humility and grow in wisdom. The principle of multiplication goes hand in hand with the principle of selection.  Jesus came to launch a movement. To do that, He needed trustworthy men and women to lead and reproduce the movement.”

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Three Reasons To Spend Quiet Time Alone With God

  1. God wants it – one should not take lightly an invitation from the Creator of the universe to be with Him
  2. We need it – we need the wisdom, forgiveness, power and spiritual food for our soul that only God can give.
  3. Others wait for it – they need our prayer.  God has chosen to use the prayers of spiritual leaders as a way of partnering with Him to accomplish His purposes in other people’s lives.  Without prayer, God has chosen to limit what He does.

Prayer is not about a thing to do, but a person to talk to.  It is not about a duty to perform, but being with our closest friend.”

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Prayer Essentials for Busy People – Part Two

WHY PRAY?

To strengthen my own resolve in prayer, I made the following list in my journal of biblical reasons for prayer:

FOR HEALING OF OUR LAND & REVIVAL OF GOD’s PEOPLE  ~  2 Chronicles 7:14  “…if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place.”

FOR WISDOM & DIRECTION  ~  James 1:5-8  “If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get His help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open.”

FOR OUR SOUL TO PROSPER IN GOOD HEALTH  ~  3 John 1:2  “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”

FOR HEALING & FORGIVENESS  ~  James 5:13-17  “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

FOR A CLEAR CONSCIENCE  ~  Hebrews 13: 18  “Pray for us; for we are confident that we have a good conscience, in all things desiring to live honorably.”

FOR HOLINESS FREE FROM ANGER  ~  1 Timothy 2:8  “I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting”.

FOR THE WORD OF THE GOSPEL TO GO OUT SWIFTLY  ~  2 Thessalonians 3:1-3  “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.”

FOR KINGS & ALL IN AUTHORITY  ~  1 Timothy 2:1-2  “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.”

FOR REJOICING IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES  ~  1 Thessalonians 5:16-22  “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.”

FOR OUR PEOPLE TO BE FILLED WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD  ~  Colossians 1:9-14 “For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.”

FOR ABOUNDING LOVE  ~  Philippians 1:9-11  “And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”

FOR THE FEAR OF GOD  ~  Proverbs 1:28-30  “Then they will call on Me, but I will not answer;  They will seek Me diligently, but they will not find Me.  Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord, they would have none of My counsel and despised My every rebuke.”

FOR PARDON FROM INIQUITY  ~  Numbers 14:19-20  “Pardon the iniquity of this people, I pray, according to the greatness of Your mercy, just as You have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.” Then the Lord said:“I have pardoned, according to your word;”

FOR STRENGTH FOR THE TASKS GOD GIVES US  ~  Judges 16:28-29  “Then Samson called to the Lord, saying, “O Lord God, remember me, I pray! Strengthen me, I pray, just this once, O God, that I may with one blow take vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes!”

FOR DELIVERANCE FROM OUR ENEMIES  ~  1 Samuel 7:5-10  “Samuel said, “Gather all Israel to Mizpah, and I will pray to the Lord for you.” So they gathered together at Mizpah, drew water, and poured it out before the Lord. And they fasted that day, and said there, “We have sinned against the Lord.” And Samuel judged the children of Israel at Mizpah. Now when the Philistines heard that the children of Israel had gathered together at Mizpah, the lords of the Philistines went up against Israel. And when the children of Israel heard of it, they were afraid of the Philistines. So the children of Israel said to Samuel, “Do not cease to cry out to the Lord our God for us, that He may save us from the hand of the Philistines….Then Samuel cried out to the Lord for Israel, and the Lord answered him. Now as Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel. But the Lord thundered with a loud thunder upon the Philistines that day, and so confused them that they were overcome before Israel.”

FOR LEADERS TO TEACH THE GOOD AND RIGHT WAY  ~  1 Samuel 12:23-25  “Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you; but I will teach you the good and the right way. Only fear the Lord, and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you. But if you still do wickedly, you shall be swept away, both you and your king.”

FOR GOD’s PROMISES & CALLNG TO BE CLEAR & TO COME TO PASS  ~  1 Kings 8:26-30  “And now I pray, O God of Israel, let Your word come true, which You have spoken to Your servant David my father. “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple which I have built! Yet regard the prayer of Your servant and his supplication, O Lord my God, and listen to the cry and the prayer which Your servant is praying before You today: that Your eyes may be open toward this temple night and day, toward the place of which You said, ‘My name shall be there,’ that You may hear the prayer which Your servant makes toward this place. And may You hear the supplication of Your servant and of Your people Israel, when they pray toward this place. Hear in heaven Your dwelling place; and when You hear, forgive.”

TO NOURISH THE LIFE OF CHRIST IN US PERSONALLY  ~  John 15:5  “ I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

FOR GOD TO BRING ABOUT JUSTICE FOR HIS PEOPLE  ~  Luke 18:7-8  “And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”

TO SEE THE BEAUTY OF JESUS  ~  Psalms 27:4-6  “One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek:  That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple. For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock. And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.”

FOR FULLY DEVOTED DISCIPLES OF JESUS’ CHURCH TO GO, TEACH, BAPTIZE AND MAKE DISCIPLES  ~  Matthew 28:18-20  “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “ All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

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Prayer Essentials for Busy People

We need time with the Lord every day in order to live victorious lives and enjoy His grace in difficult circumstances. Communion with God must be the cornerstone of our lives otherwise our emotional and spiritual well runs dry. We need time with God for our fears to be calmed, our wounds to be healed, and our perspectives to be in line with His.

When communion with God stops, our faith level drops and we start listening to the lies of the enemy. Discouragement takes hold of our hearts, and passion for Jesus dwindles.

With the stress and pressure that goes on in our lives, we need consistency in our times with the Lord. There are certain aspects of our relationship with God that never change, though change takes place around us.

The Lord’s Prayer is one simple model that can help us have that consistency. This prayer model is easy to follow at any time of the day – while you are driving to work or going for a walk – yet it is rich in substance, taking you ever deeper into God’s heart.

The Tabernacle model teaches us how the people of Israel were to relate to God. God gave Moses the design for the tabernacle in Exodus 25 – 31. I encourage you to get a diagram of the Tabernacle from your Bible or borrow one from a friend who has a study Bible so you can visualize it.

Each station of the tabernacle was important to the people of God in those days, and though the symbol has changed, the meaning is still the same for us.

The Tabernacle Model of Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer are linked in that they both describe essential ingredients of our walk with the Lord:

AdorationOur Father in heaven – Altar of Incense 

ConsecrationHoly be Your name – Altar of Sacrifice/Burnt Offerings 

Intercession Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven – Mercy Seat/Ark of the Covenant 

Infilling & personal supplication Give us this day our daily bread – Table of Showbread & Golden Lampstand 

Cleansing & forgiveness Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who have sinned against us – Bronze Laver 

Spiritual warfare Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one – Outer Court 

Worship & declaration For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever! – Altar of Incense 

The seven elements of the Tabernacle are as follows:

Altar of Sacrifice – The Altar of Sacrifice was where burnt offerings and sacrifices were offered to God for the sins of the people. Jesus is our sacrifice. It is vital that we “die daily” to sin, i.e., confess our sins each day and receive God’s forgiveness. Paul says in Romans 6:11 that we should consider ourselves dead to sin and alive to God because of Jesus’ death for us. It is a powerful thing to daily confess our sins and sorrows, and then receive His forgiveness and grace. See Galatians 5:24, Philippians 1:21, Galatians 2:20, Romans 6:6, 2 Corinthians 1:9

Bronze Laver – The bronze laver in the tabernacle was the place of cleansing. It was a bowl that contained water for cleansing. The bronze laver symbolized the need of the priests to be clean from sin as they came into the presence of God. We have an invitation from God: we can receive washing of our minds and hearts each day if we simply ask and receive by faith. John 13:6ff, Titus 3:5, Ephesians 5:26

Golden Lampstand – On the Golden Lampstand stood a candlestick, or menorah. The Lampstand provided light for the priests as they entered the “holy place.” It symbolizes the presence of the Holy Spirit to guide us as we live our lives each day in the “holy place” of our work and family life. It also represents Jesus, the light of the world. This part of the tabernacle reminds us to be filled with the Spirit. We need to consciously ask for and receive the fullness of the Spirit every day: God invites us to ask for the fruit and the power of the Spirit of God each day, and to ask Him to give us wisdom for the decisions we must make. Ephesians 5:18, Acts 4:8, 31, 9:17, Acts 5:32

Table of Showbread – The Showbread symbolized that God sustained the people of Israel. Each week twelve fresh loaves of bread were placed on a table in the Holy Place of the Tabernacle. In the same way, we are sustained by the word of God. It is bread to our souls. We need the word of God, both written and spoken, to feed our hearts and keep us alive spiritually. “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that precedes from the mouth of God.” Deuteronomy 8:3, Psalm 119:9-11, Romans 12:2. Acts 4:31, 13:5, Romans 10:17, 2 Corinthians 2:17, 4:2, Ephesians 6:17, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, Hebrews 4:12

Altar of Incense – The Altar of Incense was symbolical of worship. Jesus longs to receive our worship by the choices we make, the thoughts we think, and the words of praise we offer Him in adoration. Our lives are to be incense to the Lord (2 Corinthians 2:14). He never grows tired of our worship. Worship allows intimacy to grow between the Lord and us. It is the love language of the heart. Genesis 22:5, Deuteronomy 11:16, Psalm 67:1-4, Psalm 86:9, John 4:21-24, Romans 12:1, Revelation 5:9-10,

Mercy Seat – Ark of the Covenant – The mercy seat was the lid that went over the ark, where the stone tablets of the law were contained. The priests sprinkled the blood of sacrificed animals on the mercy seat. The mercy seat symbolizes the mercy of God that covers our lives – and it represents God’s invitation to us to offer prayers and intercessions for others. An intercessor stands before God and asks for His mercy to be given on behalf of other people. Such an invitation should not be ignored or turned down! Acts 6:4, 12:5, Romans 12:12, Ephesians 6:18, Philippians 4:6, Colossians 4:2, James 5:15, Mark 11:24, 13:33, 14:38, 1 Thessalonians 5:25,

Outer Court – After the priest ministered to the Lord on behalf of the people, he went to the outer court of the tabernacle and ministered to the people on behalf of the Lord. When we marry our passions for life with our calling to tell others about Jesus, our worlds come together. We don’t have to live fragmented lives. As followers of Jesus, we are commissioned to go into the world on His behalf. We each have a sphere of influence that God gives us to tell people about Jesus. When this happens, we find deep fulfillment and the satisfaction of living whole-heartedly for God. Genesis 1:28, 12:1-3, Psalm 67:1-4, Acts 1:8, Matthew 28:19-20

 

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Devastation in Nepal

The earthquake devastation in Nepal keeps getting worse – more than 8,000 dead and many more missing and injured.

Are the earthquakes in Nepal judgment from God, like one Christian blogger suggests? No way. Some believe the predominantly Hindu country is being judged by God. Obviously, God has a right to judge any nation any time He pleases, but I don’t like such “hind-sight” prophetic utterances. They are without compassion.

I visited Nepal the first time in 1974. The Nepali church was small back then, about 1500 people. Today it is more than 600,000 people – and growing! A contagious, nation-transforming church!

I don’t relate to the so-called prophets who jump on bad news after a calamity or disaster and state emphatically, after-the-fact, that these events are God’s judgment.

Why would God judge a nation where the church is exploding in growth and having such a huge impact on people’s lives? Nepali people are open to the gospel, not resisting it.

These so-called prophets of doom have a limited perspective, and often judgmental attitude.

When Sally and I lived in Afghanistan in the early 70’s, we trained and sent a team to pioneer a ministry to back packers in Nepal. Many young people came to Christ through that ministry. Including many Nepalis.

We continue to be involved in Nepal through our All Nations workers, including sending more than $24,000 for food and shelter from South Africa and the United States in the last few days.

I have included an excerpt from a report by one of our All Nations workers below… it is incredibly moving.

NEPAL NEWS

PREPARING TO TAKE FOOD TO VILLAGEThis is the old man who has lost his house and 11 family members. He just easily said, “Madam, I don’t need a house. Use that money to send food to my village.” It’s been 12 days and his village has not received one grain of rice. We have arranged with a different organization to take them food Sunday but he really wants to take them some today. This picture is him preparing to take food and water to his village. Please keep giving if you can. The need is so great!

We have done some immediate relief work with food and stuff, but what we are mainly concerned about is how to get people back on their feet so they can work and feed themselves again.  Lots and lots of organizations have come in with food and tarps and things, and we’re really thankful for that!  But what about a few months from now?  That’s what we are worried about.

Our focus has been on helping our own people and our own neighborhood, because nobody is helping them.  So basically we are building or helping build homes for at least seven families.  I just had a meeting with one group of five families who are relatives that all lived in mud houses.  We discussed what we can do, what we can salvage from the wreckage (mud houses), and that soon we will be digging them a well (maybe even today) and then when we can start the demolishing process, it will be mostly in their hands.

The other person we’re helping is Babita’s family, our first believer.  Their mud house looks okay from the outside but the inside and supports have completely crumbled.  For the time being, their family of five is living with us.  Another family of three, a mother and her two children, are permanently living with us because their mud house was also destroyed but it’s not their own land.

KIDS WE ARE HELPING FEED IN NEPAL

These are some of the kids that Heather and Maika, our All Nations workers, are helping.

 

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