Faith-Full

Submissive. Psalms 78:8 Be not like their fathers, A stubborn and rebellious generation, A generation that did not set its heart aright, And whose spirit was not faithful to God. Steadfast. Psalms 78:37 For their heart was not steadfast with Him, Nor were they faithful

Utterly Truthful. Proverbs 14:5 A faithful witness does not lie, But a false witness will utter lies.

Humble. Proverbs 20:6 Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, But who can find a faithful man?

Truthful Friend. Proverbs 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

Loyal. Micah 7:2 The faithful man has perished from the earth, And there is no one upright among men. They all lie in wait for blood; Every man hunts his brother with a net.

God’s Promises to the Faith-Full

Blessed. Proverbs 28:20 A faithful man will abound with blessings, But he who hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.

Righteousness. Isaiah 1:26 I will restore your judges as at the first, And your counselors as at the beginning. Afterward you shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city.”

Authority. Matthew 24:45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season?

Crown of Life. Revelation 2:10 Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.

Seven Reasons to Go

By Floyd McClung

That world is covered in spiritual darkness. Four billion people out of the 6.9 billion on this planet never heard the good news of Jesus, and are separated from Him by spiritual darkness, and even in some cases, deep deception. I have listed the reasons that compel me to go, and why I ask others to do the same, below.

However, these reasons will remain just one more list of things we "ought to do" someday, unless we submit our inner motivations to Jesus. May I request that you join me in thinking for a few moments about our reasons to make Jesus known to others? Would you please ask the Lord to speak to your heart as you read through this list?

The Lamb is Worthy

At the end of time people will gather from every tribe and tongue and nation around the throne of God to honor the Lamb of God, all worshipping in their redeemed cultures. They will gather joyously around the throne of God and celebrate the victory He has won on their behalf. The One who died a shameful death to redeem the peoples of the earth will be the object of honor and praise for all eternity. All of history will be consummated in the praise of the One who gave Himself for us. He died to make us a kingdom of priests. He set us free from religion and fear and superstition so we might freely enter His throne room of grace. Everything is headed for that day. All we do that has meaning will find its fulfillment at that celebration. May it come quickly, Lord Jesus! This is the mission of God, and that is the mission of the church of God. The church's ultimate purpose is not the programs we offer to people or the missionary outreaches we do, or our budgets or faith giving, our missionaries dressed in strange costumes, not even about the lost people or the needs of hurting millions. It is about Jesus, the Lion who became a Lamb, the Redeemer of the all peoples, the Savior of the world. He is our great goal. It is for Him. We go to others so Jesus will receive the just reward of His suffering.

The Lost Are Dying

Most of earth's population will spend eternity separated from God if they do not have a chance to hear the Good News of God's salvation. Eternity is real, and though many people believe theoretically in hell, they don't really believe that a “good God will send people to hell.” May God impress deeply on our hears the terrible reality of man's lostness without a savior. Men and women need forgiveness of sins. There is no other way for that to happen than Jesus. It is by hearing, believing and calling on His name that people are rescued from a certain, eternal, separation from God.

The Poor are Suffering

We can easily become immune to the horrendous suffering of the victims of drought, famine, poverty and injustice. It is only by the grace of God than our hearts can be filled with the compassion of Jesus. The Bible says that when Jesus looked upon the crowds, He had compassion. May we have the same response, whether it be to a neighbor in need, a child's face in a Christian advertisement, or a news broadcast from the Horn of Africa. We know the statistics, we hear and see the faces, may we now become hardened to their plight. There are only two ways to maintain genuine compassion: getting involved with the poor, and maintaining a lifestyle of personal devotion and prayer for the poor.

The Church is Commissioned

Jesus commanded us to go, and go means a change of location. We have been commissioned to go, teach, baptize and make disciples. There are people waiting for us to obey, whether it be the villages of North Africa or the mountains of Tibet. They wait for our obedience. The issue is not whether or not we are called. All are called. All are commissioned. It is a matter of location, of those in the church will join with God in sacrificial obedience. Willing hearts hear His voice. The Lord Jesus said to His disciples, "As the Father sent me, so send I you..."

The Believers Are Perishing

Without a vision greater than the pleasures of our culture and the comforts of life, we will perish. By joining God on mission, we find a vision worth dying for and worth living for. It is not enough to send our money, because money does not have to lay down rights, weep, or give itself. It is not enough to send native workers, because native workers cannot pray, love and disciple in our place. God uses people to reach people. He uses people to encourage faint hearts. If for no other reason, we must go for our sakes. If not, we will surely perish. For the sake of the church we must give our very best, lest we die from lack of sacrifice, from lack of personal involvement. If we will not, we will perish.

The Father is Waiting

The highest motivation for preaching the gospel is not what lost or needy people receive from our efforts, but what God receives from our love for Him. Joining God’s mission is first and foremost about God. He created the nations to seek after Him and find Him (Acts 17:24-26). He brought them into existence so they might find their satisfaction in their Creator (Revelation 4:11). The Father is waiting. He longs for the worship and obedience of His creation. He made the nations. He made them for a purpose. Like the father in the parable of the prodigal son, God is yearning for the peoples of the earth to come home to Him.

The Spirit is Moving

We are living in the time of the greatest revival in the history of the church. There have been times in church history when the Spirit has moved on one continent, and then other times when the Spirit has moved on another continent. What is unusual about this period of history is that the Spirit of God is bringing millions of people to Himself, simultaneously, on every continent. The church is growing mightily in China, Indonesia, India, Korea, Latin America, Africa -literally all over the world. God brought down the Berlin wall, and the communist governments of Eastern Europe, and now His Spirit is tearing down walls of fear and cultural separation that hide Muslims and Hindus and Buddhists from Jesus. It’s God's gracious invitation and the Church’s sacred privilege to participate in this unprecedented move of the Holy Spirit. Who would want to miss out on what our Father is doing on the earth?

God has chosen this time to gather people from all the peoples of the earth in a way He has never done before. It is the will of God for the Church to be part of what Father is doing. The Church is what God is doing; He is raising up a people for Himself from among all the peoples of the earth.

Choose Your Passions - Don't Let Them Choose You

A few years ago I was separated from my wife for eight months. I saw her occasionally during that time, but it was for brief interludes and never alone. Sally was caring for our daughter Misha at the time. Misha who was suffering from a muscular disease called fibro-myalgia. (she is now completely healed!) We had agreed to try anything that had a remote promise of relief for Misha's extreme pain, so Sally took Misha to medical clinics in Florida and California in search of medical help. I really can't complain about the long time of separation compared to what my daughter went through, but it had an effect on me. Especially the loneliness. Toward the end of our time of being apart, a work crew was doing renovation on our kitchen. I woke up in the morning to the sound of hammers and saws and went to bed with the smell of dust and varnish. I responded to all this by staying busy- from early morning until late at night. I hated coming home to an empty house.

This pattern of busyness continued when Sally returned. I stayed busy out of habit. I was hooked on the adrenaline of going, rushing, doing, being needed, and making decisions. Meanwhile, I was drying up inside. I hated the sense of spiritual emptiness it produced, and the superficial relationship I had with the Lord, but I subconsciously justified my condition because of my circumstances.

I learned one sure thing during this time: I could cruise along without spending much time with God. I could make do on grace. Later, I found out how bad the impact was on my spiritual life, but at the time I did not see it taking place. A subtle shift in my passions was going on. I wasn't as deeply concerned about the lost, the great commission, studying the word, and pressing into God to discern His will on the important decisions I was making. My passions were drying up. I was losing my spiritual edge.

The world outside my world seemed further away. I was less interested in loving people when they offended me, and I justified withdrawal from those who I couldn't get along with. I found myself backing away from challenges that previously had been a tremendous source of spiritual motivation to me. I started thinking about my future security more, but in the wrong way. I no longer welcomed the opportunity to lay down my life for Jesus.

In short, my passion for Jesus and the things he is passionate about was withering away. The fire was barely burning in my heart… it was not nearly as bright as it used to be. Deception was setting in. Things that I never accepted in my life until that time were now becoming acceptable. Tragically, I did not see it happening. Until it was almost too late, that is.

After Sally and Misha were home for a few months, I decided I needed a few days away to take stock spiritually. I have done this on a regular basis all my life, so it was not a new venture. I knew I needed to get alone with God, but I didn't how bad things had gotten. Like the wise man said, you don't know how sick you are until you get well.

It was during that time of spiritual inventory that I allowed God to speak to me. I asked Him to convict me of anything that was grieving Him, and He did so. I made a simple decision to start fasting again, something I had not done in a quite a while. I also renewed the discipline of journaling - carrying on a running dialogue with the Lord about the spiritual state of my heart as He saw it. Those two things alone turned me on my ear. literally.

During those times of crying out to God and listening to Him, He began to speak. He led me to focus on my passions, what excited me, what was most important to me, what got me turned on spiritually and emotionally, what I was willing to sacrifice for and life for. Out of the wasteland of spiritual dryness and passionless relationship with Jesus, I became desperate to share his heart. I cried out that he would not just renew me, but that he would reveal to me what He is passionate about.

It was about that time that I received a review copy of a newly published book by Inter Varsity Press. The title intrigued me: Six Dangerous Questions. The book was written by a friend, Paul Borthwick, so I was hooked. I wanted to know what the six dangerous questions were that Paul thought we should ask.

That little book and those six questions hit me between the eyes. (Sorry, I am not going to tell you what the questions are - you are going to have to find a copy and read the book for yourself to find out) Paul introduced the questions by revisiting the importance of having a consistently Christian worldview that actually affects the way we live. I was struck by the thought that it is possible, indeed it is common, to have evangelical beliefs while guided by a Babylonian heart. We can believe one thing with our head and live another way from our heart. Paul stressed the importance of our core values being consistent with our beliefs.

I jumped off from there in my deliberations and asked myself how is it that people develop core values, or passions, that are inconsistent with their beliefs? Borthwick said something that helped me work through this line of thinking. He said that there are three sources for a world view: / life experiences / beliefs / self-interests

Life experiences can certainly influence a person to live inconsistently with their beliefs. For example, if a person does not work through hurtful relationships in the right way, they will withdraw from the one who hurt them, or become bitter. Forgiveness is not optional for a follower of Jesus. And true forgiveness means letting go of the wrong done, to the extent that there is no withdrawal or avoidance going on.

Something I have learned about withdrawal from people is that it cannot be selective in nature. If you withdraw from a person, you have also withdrawn from the Lord. It may not become obvious, especially if we deceive ourselves by spiritualizing our actions, covering it up with pious platitudes, etc. (For example, "I have forgiven them, I just don't want to be around them, that's all." Or, I've done my part, now it's up to them." Or, "God knows my heart.") The point is: if you withdraw from a person, you have put a wall, and that means you are drawing a line and refusing to cross over it. Further, withdrawal is an act of self-preservation of self-protection. To protect oneself is a spiritual direction in life. It is statement about what is most valuable to you: your own life. It means we have made self-protection a higher value than laying down our lives. The two are incompatible. They are opposing goals, two foundational building blocks of opposing world views. To be a Christian is to take up our cross and follow Jesus, to die to self. And if we have died to self, then that death is to be worked out in every dimension and every relationship of our lives.

Life experiences, especially the hurtful kind can lead to inner vows that determine ones passions: a passion to love, forgive and reach out to others no matter the personal cost, or a passionate commitment to protect, preserve and provide for ones own needs and rights. It is these quiet, sometimes subconscious inner vows that make up one's core values and therefore determined the passions of our heart.

It is sad to see a poor girl scheme to marry a rich man, determined never to live in poverty again. Or a hurt Christian focus their life direction around the vow to never get hurt by another over-bearing spiritual leader. Or a workaholic slaving to get ahead in life to prove their worth and significance. These are core values, lived out as passions, sometimes disguised and sometimes defended, but always determining how we live life.

What does all this have to do with choosing your passions? Stick with me while I share another conclusion I came to while on my little retreat. I startled myself one morning when I heard myself say out loud, "You can choose your passions, McClung. You don't have to be a prisoner of your past choices of the value system of America." You can choose your passions? Where did that thought come from, and what does it mean?

It has been a liberating thought, one that has given me the impetus to analyze my passions as best I can and make some radical choices about how I want to live and what I want to live for. At the heart of my relationship with God is a profound sense of freedom to choose. Not that I have the willpower to carry out my choices, or the motivation even to make them for the right reasons, but there is a deep sense of respect in how God treats me. I have experienced it like a divine courtship, a wooing of the Spirit to respond to the love of Jesus.

More than freedom to chose is the awareness of just how different Jesus really is to everything around me. I made a list recently of the core values of Jesus. Then I made a list of the core values of my own culture, the American way of life I was raised to love, cherish and be willing to defend against against any enemy who would dare to take it away from us.

I concluded that Jesus stood for servanthood, sacrifice, dying to rights, humility, purity, and immense goodness and righteousness. Over and against that is what is most important to Americans: life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, comfort, security, tolerance, personal rights, status, power, wealth and fun. There is more, but that is enough to make the comparison. In making this list I was stunned by how deeply my own self-interests and life experiences had shaped my passions and core values.

I was disappointed to conclude that I was more American than Christian in many of my core values!

While reading Borthwick’s book I was simultaneously studying the gospel of Luke. I was surprised by a statement Jesus made in Luke 24, in which he stated to the disciples, on two occasions actually, that he was going to summarize the whole of the law of Moses, the Psalms and the Prophets for them. His summary was breathtakingly short. In verses 44-47 he says,

"This is what I told you...everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms. Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. HE told them, 'This is what is written: the Christ will suffer, and rise again on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness will be preached in his name to a;; nations..."

Not only is it very short, but incredibly simple. Jesus says that the whole of the Christian life is about two things really: his death and resurrection and making Him known to all nations of the earth.

I asked myself, “Is that what my life is all about?” Is that the core value that gives impetus and meaning to all the other values that shape my life and passions?

I decided to choose this to be the passion that is above all other passions in mylife, the core of the core, the reason for living my life. I decided that if that is the summary of the whole of the Bible, I was going make it the summary of the whole of my life: Jesus and the nations – all nations.

But that is easier said than done. And that is why I have decided to consciously, deliberately, by his grace, feed those two core passions. I have decided to fast and meditate on them. I choose them every day. Regularly I ask the Lord to reveal anything that is undermining this focus. I have looked long and hard at all other competing passions and I have chosen to kill them off.

I read books about Jesus and the nations. I choose my music, movies, how I spend my time, everything by whether it feeds and focuses those two passions.

I recognized a need for a values conversion in my life, and did something about it. I am focused on becoming a man who lives to make God happy, not vice versa. I have taken a good look at unbiblical American cultural values (because I am an American and my country of birth has had the greatest impact on my core values), and have decided to turn away from any and all values that kept me from my new found passions. Why? Because they are the good-life values that eat away at the Christ-life. They are passion robbers. They appeal to my flesh. They feed what is selfish and self-preserving in me. They are opposed to the cross-life, the life of the disciple of Jesus.

I have taken a good look at Jesus and how he lived his life and decided that is the way for me. If I want something more than Jesus, then what is it? And if I want something less than Jesus, why is it?

I have read and re-read the gospel of Luke and the book of Acts and decided to live like Jesus and the disciples. Pure and simple. Jesus is enough. I want to do church like they did it. Get rid of the complications and additions and excuses. Just do it like Jesus and like Paul.

That is what I have chose, the passions I have decided to live by. I invite you to do the same. Let’s do together what no other generation has ever done. Let’s finish the task given to us by Jesus. Let’s make disciples of all nations: every tribe, tongue, nation and people. Let’s infiltrates and influence every vocation and every village on the planet.

Jesus deserves nothing less than our all.

Three African Mighty Men of God

These three young men are some of my newest hero's. They left two days ago from Cape Town on a faith journey to a distant African land to be and to bring good news to Muslims. If you think of Paul the apostle returning to visit the new churches that he started, then you have an idea what these 'mighty men of God' are up to. Two small, simple communities of new followers of Jesus came into being a few months ago. Now these men are going back to encouraged their new brothers in Christ. This expedition into Africa is their initiative, their faith and their planning and courage. They are putting the first ten verses of Luke 10 into practice.

They are being guided by the IntoAfrica team of All Nations, but they are ones who heard from God and are stepping out to obey Him.

Please pray for Valentine, Abel and Moses. They are being joined in a few days by Lucas and George. They are the fruit of our efforts here in Cape Town. Not us alone of course, but we can point to them as men we have been privileged to help train and impact for Jesus. Others have also made deposits in their lives... but isn't that the way it should be!?

Thank you for your prayers and your partnership.

With gratitude,

Floyd and Sally

Make friends. Have fun. Change lives! TDJ!

If you are between the ages of 17-30, check out Ten Days for Jesus! It's coming up soon - write today if you are interested! The dates are Dec. 4th to 16th.
What is Ten Days for Jesus? It's a movement which begun as an annual event based on the story of Christmas. It is hosted by All Nations every December in Cape Town  Young adults and students from all over the world commit Ten Days of their December holidays for Jesus.
What are the requirements? Complete an application to register your participation. Be at the venue on December 4th (till 16th). A participation fee of R1800 to cover food, accommodation and outreach costs. This does not include transport to and from the event.
Why do Ten Days for Jesus? To go to the best party in town - a Jesus party! It's His birthday!
So what happens during Ten Days?  Each participant is part of a small team. For orientation & team building on the first day, teams are sent on a challenge, an adventure race. Last year's included assembling a raft and competing to paddle across a small lake. The year before it was the "Table Mountain" challenge. This year we have something special planned, including tent camping on a beautiful Cape Town beach! From then on it is passionate worship, connecting hearts, serving the poor, and trusting Jesus to show up in big ways! I will be teaching, God will be worshipped, and there will be lots of great food and fun!  
Who comes to Ten Days for Jesus? Each year students come from all over Southern Africa, and sometimes from as far away as Germany, France and the USA.
For more information write to info@all-nations.co.za
See you there!
Floyd

Simple But Not Cheap

I believe being a disciple of Jesus is liberating. Not the cheap, easy kind of discipleship that offers lots of blessing with no sacrifice or accountability. I'm speaking about the simple-but-deep, lay-down-your-life kind of discipleship. Such discipleship is not for those who want to follow the latest spiritual fad, chase the newest/hottest experience being promoted on Christian radio and TV, nor am I speaking about find a quick, no-sacrfice solution to all our problems. Simple Jesus-style discipleship is for those who want genuine passion with depth in their walk with Jesus. Sally and I believe in that depth is found in the simplicity of a life lived 100% for Christ. Many Christian leaders have traded that simplicity and depth for hype, formulaic type programs, even selling the gospel for a donation. That is not what we see in Jesus as we read about Him in the gospels, nor is it what motivated the early believers, or Paul the apostle:

Acts 2:46 "So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart..."

2Corinthians 1:12 "For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we conducted ourselves in the world in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God, and more abundantly toward you..."

2Corinthians 11:3 "But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted away from the simplicity that is in Christ."

Loving Jesus, loving the lost, and loving each other. Simple, but deep. You can experience these truths quite quickly in one way, but spend a lifetime exploring them in great depth if you choose to.

The loss of simplicity in a complex, busy, hectic world is one of the major reasons why our lives lose meaning and purpose, why our walk with Jesus grows stale. Sadly, many church leaders imitate the consumer, "order one today for this low price" by offering everything for nothing. Maybe they they believe they have to compete with other churches, or "make something happen" to attract a crowd. In doing so, they lose genuine passion and their integrity. It is easy to get diverted and distracted from the simple beauty of a growing, contagious, deep, sometimes mysterious, but always compelling and costly relationship with Jesus.

Sally and I believe, with all our hearts, that if we follow Jesus, if we embrace true discipleship, we will grow deeper in Christ and experience Damascus Road kinds of God-encounters with God, personally and in our ministry.

We know God changes people, but we know as well that there is a price to pay. The price for Paul was to humble himself before God, turn from his sinful ways, and acknowledge how wrong he had been. If we want what Paul had, we will have to pay the price Paul paid.

We are seeing and experiencing these type of God encounters regularly here in Cape Town. Let me share about such encounter, told by one of the members of All Nations, Allison:

Gangsters love their guns. So when one of their guns is gone, they will do anything to get it back. So what’s a gangsters’ girlfriend to do if her notorious gangster boyfriend and a rival gangster are fighting over a gun? A good girlfriend will take the gun, run, and hide it ... even if she’s seven months pregnant and has a three-year-old at her side.

This was Jackie’s life before Christ. A life of drugs, sneaking drugs into prison, gangs, stabbings, fights, tattoos, running from the police, guns, and murder.

... I started a friendship with Jackie after her second child was born. Although Jackie was one tough cookie, I continued to visit her and her baby ... even though Jackie and I couldn’t have been more different, we developed an awesome friendship based on some pretty deep heart-to-heart chats. Chats about boyfriends, drugs, father wounds, past abuse, her baby’s daddy, dreams for the future, her boys, and her new life in Christ. I watched Jackie bloom into a beautiful flower. I literally watched this rough tomboy turn into a caring, young, feminine mother. I am so proud of her and the choices she is now making.

Jackie no longer does drugs, she no longer looks to men to provide for her, and she broke up with her deadbeat gangster boyfriend. Jackie is now a follower of Christ ... Aside from leading Bible studies out of her home, she visits young pregnant girls and educates young moms on infant care, all while raising her own two boys. She is living out Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart...”

into Africa

DIFFICULTIES AND HARDSHIPS...

It is these things I am afflicted & oppresed with; yet the wisdom of God orders them for my good. They keep me from trusting my heart. They convince me of the insufficiency of all inherent righteousness. They show me the necessity of depending on Jesus.They press me to pray. They show me the need to watch and be sober. And provoke me to look to God through Christ to help carry me through this world - Bunyan

EXPEDITION TO ANGOLA...

The beginning of the year saw us leaving on the 28th December to explore Angola. We attempted to cover as much territory as possible in the time available, seeking God’s face for church planting opportunities.

We explored the Cuanda Cubango province in the south.Throughout much of the 1980s and 1990s, Cuanda Cubango served as the location for the primary base camp of Angola's UNITA rebel movement. It was hardest hit during the war years.What can we say...
•Angola is a difficult country to enter and travel in (see above pic).
•Most of the villages have a church.  The province is highly evangelized. Although in these remote areas the adage, “In Africa the church is a mile wide and a foot deep” applies.
•There are countless opportunities for service…sport, reconstruction, education, health care, agriculture, as well as opportunities for church strengthening.
February saw the start of this year's church planting school with 45 students from around the world. Their outreaches headed into Africa, going to Zambia,
Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Namibia as well as our local areas of Ocean View and Masiphumelele. There are some amazing stories to be told.

SHORT TRIPS

Namibia: To continue what has already been started. Building into the communities there through sharing the Gospel and starting discovery bible studies. When:    November/December 2010 Where:   Namibia – Rundu Length:   3 weeks

Zambia/Zimbabwe:

A trip to our All Nations bases in these countries.To build into the communities there through sharing the Gospel and starting discovery bible studies. When:    1st Jan 2011 - 16th Jan 2011 Where:  Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe or Livingstone, Zambia

Zanzibar:

To build into the Muslim communities there through sharing the Gospel and starting discovery bible studies. To encourage and strengthen what already has been started. When:    6th Nov 2010 - 4th Dec 2010 Who:      Open, approx 10 people Where:   Island of Zanzibar off the Tanzanian coast

Malawi-Mozambique Expedition: Exploratory trip into the south eastern parts of Malawi and northern Mozambique.This trip is in preparation for future ministry trips; to determine what is on the ground in respect of unreached areas and people and for possible future involvement. 

When:   9th Nov 2010 - 30th Nov 2010 Who:      2 vehicles, approx 8-10 people Where:   South eastern Malawi and Northern Mozambique

CONTACT US

Should you be interested in joining or supporting any of these mission trips or would like further info please contact us at All Nations - intoAfrica, on our email: intoAfrica@all-nations.co.za  or visit the All Nations web site: www.all-nations.co.za

Pray - Give - Share - Follow

 

Another Excerpt From Follow

From Floyd's new book Follow - available on amazon.com in the United States, or from All Nations office in South Africa: "Follow is about the foundation on which we build our lives – Jesus Himself. The only way we can truly authenticate ourselves as seekers and followers of Jesus is to measure ourselves by the life and teachings of Jesus. Not by our leaders or our doctrinal statements, just Jesus! Not by what church or organization we are part, but by Jesus Himself. And certainly not by the false 'self' which our culture tries to press on us of, 'what I have', 'what I do'. Just Jesus.

I have written Follow with the underlying belief that any hierarchy and all institutionalization of the church leads us directly away from Jesus Himself. We must, therefore, constantly return to Jesus as our source and our example for how to live. Studying His life, spending time in His presence, and seeking to be filled with His Spirit, these are our primary life-sources as individuals and as movements of Jesus-followers.

It is not easy to have a clear vision of the true Jesus, 'particularly when you live with a culture that is far askew' from His way. I grew up in a church culture that embraced racism. We were an all-white denomination begun in the Deep South in the United States. It took the speeches and civil disobedience of Martin Luther King to awaken my conscience to the evil of racism as a searching university student. It was only then that I realized I had inherited a Christian culture that I had mistaken for the teachings and practices of Jesus. King’s message of non-violence in the face of injustice inspired me to dream a bigger dream of what it meant to follow Jesus.

It is very hard to find Jesus when you live within a culture that claims to be Christian but is far from the Jesus way. I live at present in Cape Town, South Africa. I also visited South Africa many times during the apartheid years. White South Africans in those days claimed to have built a Christian nation. It was enshrined in their constitution. There were many South Africans who naïvely trusted the propaganda of the Nationalist Party who ruled the country. Instead of applying the radical teachings of Jesus to the racist doctrines of apartheid, they blindly trusted their leaders to think for them. It is a hard lesson to learn, whether in South Africa, Nazi Germany or the United States.

The answer? We learn that the servant Jesus did not come to set up 'Christian nations'. While on earth, Jesus modelled being an under-king. His kingdom was not married to any political party or country. We learn from this that we must continually go back to Jesus and His example of 'subversive resistance' to all that is contrary to His way. We must study His teachings, look deeply at His example, and ask hard questions of ourselves and others about what it means to follow Jesus. This applies to Republicans and Democrats in the United States, Tories and Labor and Conservatives in the UK.

In Follow I seek to ask hard questions of you in this book, what you believe and how you apply those believes to your everyday life. I have tried to put aside my own assumptions as I consider again what it means to follow Jesus, and I ask you to do the same. I believe and acknowledge that no one can ever claim to understand or know Jesus completely, but we can know Him with certainty. Not arrogant self-certainty, but with confident humility.

From My Newest Book - FOLLOW

Chapter Two: "Obedience"

"The transformation that we cannot bring about in ourselves, takes place in and through Jesus; through His extraordinary obedience of dying on the cross. I’m are not speaking of ordinary transformation, like transforming a house through the renovation of one room. I am speaking of an extraordinary transformation, the entire house being torn down and rebuilt. This extraordinary transformation impacts our reason for living and being. It gets to the heart of who we are. The obedience Jesus wants from us is motivated by His profound desire to set us free from our hiding places and false comforts to be who He created us to be.

To be transformed, an image needs a living, true object; Jesus is both the object and the means of our transformation. He longs to reshape us at the core of our being, to reach deep inside us and break away the veneer of plastic reality we have built around ourselves. The change which we cannot bring about in ourselves, takes place through Jesus – who comes to live His life in us. This is good news!"

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FLOYD

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"Jesus did not come to earth to set up "Christian nations". Jesus modeled being an under-king. His kingdom was not married to any political party or country. We learn from this that we must continually go back to Jesus and His example of "subversive resistance" to all that is contrary to His way...I seek to ask hard questions of you in this book, questions of what you believe and how you apply those beliefs to your everyday life..." From my new book, Follow, available from amazon.com

How to Witness on Trains, Planes and Automobiles

By Danny Lehman (honolulufrontier{at}gmail.com)

Jesus made it clear that his disciples were to travel, whether across the sea ("...into all the world...), or across the street "(like Philip), we are to put one beautiful foot in front of the other and GO and proclaim the good news (Rom. 10: 15).

In Bible times chariots were to people like the Ethiopian man what planes, trains and automobiles are to us today, simply modes of transport. Some of my favorite times of witnessing are when I am not intentionally "on outreach" but enjoying those spontaneous divine appointments that God arranges as I go about my daily routine-including travel-when I am "on the go". Let's learn a bit from the example of Philip the evangelist (Acts 21:8) and his encounter with his new African friend.
1) Get friendly.  First we see that Philip obeyed the Spirit's prompting to "go near" to the lone traveler. One of the first things I do before I board a plane is ask God to help me to "go near", get out of my introspection,  and be intentionally friendly  to the person sitting next to me. Then I make myself available to the Lord, keeping in mind Jesus' model of being a friend to sinners (Mt. 11:19). Not long ago I was on a plane sitting next to a little boy. His mother was seated a few rows up on the aisle seat. Before the plane took off I volunteered to switch seats with the mom simply so she could sit next to her son. In my new seat I found myself sitting next to a university student whose girlfriend had just become a Christian and had severed their relationship. When he found out that I had recently spoken at the church at which she was converted he was wide open and ready to hear the good news. God had set up a divine appointment and before we landed he surrendered his life to Jesus.
2) Get interested. Philip found a common interest with his new partner on the chariot, even though he was from another culture. He noticed him reading a book and asked him a simple question. On a flight  just last week my wife Linda and I sat next to a young lady who was reading a book on motivational speaking. I enthusiastically informed her that I was a motivational speaker and proceeded to give her public speaking tips.  All of my illustrations, of course came from the Bible and evangelistic messages! I gave her a gospel tract, sent her 2 books in the mail and just yesterday she sent me an e-mail promising to read them. We plan on following up on her.
3) Get verbal.  We also notice that Philip "opened his mouth" (vs.35). It is crucial that we get verbal in our witness for Christ. People do not get saved by osmosis or by basking in the bright light of our glowing glory! Faith comes by hearing God's Word and the "foolishness of preaching" (Rom 10:17, 1 Cor. 1:21). This brings up the key element of witnessing as we travel. Not only did Philip open his mouth but got specific and "...told him the good news about Jesus." (vs. 35). It's all about Him!
4) Get Christlike-in other words- serve ( "...the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve..."-[Mt. 20:28] ). A little over a year ago I boarded a plane and found a young lady sleeping in my previously assigned window seat. She complained about being jet-lagged and tired and informed me she slept better in window seats , so I exchanged my seat for hers. When the plane got to cruising altitude, I gave her both seats (and my pillow and blanket) and went to the back of the plane to do some stretches and read my pocket New Testament. I let her sleep for an hour and a half, came back and found an appreciative young woman open to the gospel. She gave her life to Christ and joined a church in California. Before we landed she told me she was the victim of a praying grandmother. Grandma and I were unknowingly "co-workers" with God in His harvest field! (1 Cor. 3:9,2 Cor. 6:1)
5) Get personal- Ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom ("...he who wins souls is wise- [Prov. 11 30]) in guiding the conversation from broad generalities to specifics. Personally inquire what ,if anything, is holding them back from committing their life to Jesus. While trying not to be pushy or manipulative, (you don't want to talk them into something that someone else can talk them out of), communicate the basics of the gospel message and what God offers to them and requires from them.
   Years ago Loren Cunningham was on an American Airlines flight from LA to Dallas. He was seated next to a psychologist (and confirmed athiest!) from New Zealand. In the course of his conversation with her he felt prompted by the Lord to share some Biblical principles on "8 Steps To Suicide", writing them out on a sheet of paper, not knowing she had previously attempted to take her life several times previously. At the bottom of the note he put three steps back from suicide including repentance and faith in Christ.
     Fifteen years later that woman attended a meeting in Tauranga,NZ, where Loren was speaking and enthusiastically told him how she had come to Jesus after reading a book that he had given her on the plane. She had saved the book and the note all those years, and pulled it out of her purse to show him. Loren recognized his handwriting and they rejoiced together at God's awesome ways!
    Recently as a result of the Iceland volcano, YWAM leader Gwen Bergquist was bumped from a flight out of Munich that she needed to be on in order to fulfill teaching commitments in South Africa. Miraculously a seat opened up and she "just happened" to be seated next to a fellow traveler who had a similar experience at getting a seat. As the conversation went on, Gwen gave the man a tract and proceeded to tell him about Jesus. It turns out that two week prior, another person had given him a tract and he described having the same "feeling" in reading Gwen's tract as he did with the other one. She followed the Holy Spirit's prompting and led him to Jesus on the plane. Like Phillip of long ago she witnessed "on the go".
    Evangelism is not just an event, but a lifestyle of Jesus' friends who simply want to make new friends who can become friends of Jesus. We're on a train bound for glory. As we go let's enthusiastically invite others to climb aboard!

Check Out CPx!

Leadership and Church Planting Training in Cape Town, South Africa

Four days ago 41 students from 9 nations graduated from our leadership and church planting training program called CPx - located in Cape Town, South Africa. 24 of the graduates are joining my wife and I full time to plant more churches in Africa. Others are entering the market place or returning to work with their local church to make disciples that make disciples. If you want to learn more about All Nations or the CPx curriculum, click here. If you attend CPx, here is what it will do for you:

CPx will do the following for you:

  • Encourage you with creativity and confidence to discover new expressions of missional church
  • Empower you with practical tools to initiate spiritual conversations and make disciples
  • Envision you to dream about how to utilize God's gifts and passions in you to serve the poor
  • Enlighten you with insights into how to ignite movements to Christ that transform people's lives
  • Equip you to be a simple church planter
  • Engage your gifts and callings to grow and become more effective

That's what CPx can do for you, but more importantly, CPx points you in a whole new way of doing church, and that is to do it for God! We believe that church and mission exist because worship does not exist for many people. We do it for Him to receive glory and for the broken and lost of our world to receive mercy. Our church is for others, not for ourselves. But in living this way, we find God receive's more glory and we receive more blessing. He is the goal and we are beneficiaries. All Nations Cape Town believes passionately that church is an overflow of the love that exists between the Father, Son and Spirit, through us, for others.

When you attend a CPx you don't learn about church planting, you join us as we do church planting together, in the communities, among the people. There is a curriculum and lots of great teaching and discussion, but every week you get a chance to put it into practice, to see it really working in people's lives! It is not theory you learn, but a way of life!

If you have a burden to reach the unreached, be engaged with the unchurched, to bring justice and hope to disenfranchised and the poor, CPx is for you!

If Cape Town is too far away, or our start up date of February 7 doesn't work for you, check out CPx in the United States here.

For more information, write to Registrar at julianna@all-nations.co.za.

Church Planting Curriculum for CPx

All Nations, Cape Town, South Africa

CPx is a part of All Nations Family, an international alliance of missional communities, ministries and members committed to making disciples, training leaders and planting churches. CPx focuses on the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts as our primary texts for learning how to fulfill our goals of disciple making, church planting and leadership training. We believe in the whole Bible as divinely inspired truth, but we have found it helpful to focus on Luke and Acts for the primary text for our curriculum. 

All Nations Cape Town is a network of simple churches that gathers for celebrations every few weeks as a church family. We are called to plant churches through holistic disciple making. We dream about igniting movements to Christ. CPx students become part of the All Nations community for the time they are with us, working side by side with our long term members as they serve the poor and share the good news in the communities where we work. In this way the students are drawn into a “church planting experience” and not just a program about church planting.

We see the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts the same way the author Luke described them: as “orderly accounts” of the life of Jesus and the growth and expansion of the church. These two books tell the story of how Jesus catalyzed a disciple making movement and then continued to ignite many more movements through the church after He ascended to heaven. The Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts are “Part One” and “Part Two” of the life of Jesus, first in the flesh, then in the church. We believe passionately in the church of Jesus Christ. We believe His church is the hope of the world because Jesus is the hope of the world in us, His people. We are devoted to being and doing church for Him, and for the sake of others who do not know Him.

We not only want to live like Jesus, but also learn to reproduce the life of Jesus in others. We call it “church planting”, but really we are trying to plant Jesus through making disciples and igniting in them a desire to be and do church with passion and purpose, with minimal dependency on us as outsiders.

The driving passions of All Nations CPx are three fold:                 

• Worship

• Mission

• Community

These three ‘vision-values’ of All Nations and CPx are simple, yet deep. We believe in them passionately, but are still learning about them as we devote ourselves fully to Jesus, His mission and His church.

Worship - We seek to love God by setting aside time each day for prayer and reading the Word – both as individuals and as a community. We do this to allow God to love us and for us to love Him in return. If we are to serve the poor and reach the unreached, we know we must die to ourselves and find our identity ever more deeply in Christ. Worship is our source and our goal. It is our lifestyle and our passion. It includes every aspect of how we live life, but is nurtured in an intimate and personal times alone with Jesus.

Mission – We see church as a community of people who are committed to obey God’s mission. Out of our love for God we are drawn into his mission to plant churches filled with lovers and friends of His son, Jesus. Mission flows out of hearing and obeying Jesus call to love God and make disciples. We are committed to loving the world by finding creative and effective ways to share the good news of Jesus, and as we do that, to find the “good soil” type of people Jesus spoke about in the parable of the sower.

Community – We try to love each other through transparency, accountability and investing intentionally in one another’s lives. We believe in discipling each other, not just the lost. To love each other this way, we know we must be loyal, truthful, and accountable to each other. We are a community of friends called to do life together. Church is a way of life to us, not a series of meetings to attend. We believe the church is the hope of the world because Jesus continues to touch the world in and through the church.

The Learning Path of CPx – Six Stepping Stones

Think of the curriculum for CPx as a pathway to follow, not a set of static truths to memorize. We emphasize grace-empowered obedience as the primary way to follow this path together:

“So be sure to pay attention to what you hear. To those who are open to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But to those who are not listening, even what they think they have will be taken away from them.” … Someone told Jesus, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, and they want to see you.”

Jesus replied, “My mother and my brothers are all those who hear the message of God and obey it.” Luke 8:18-21 NLT

Each new group of students in CPx are invited to join us in the All Nations church family in Cape Town as we seek do what Jesus taught us to do: “pay attention to what we hear…to hear the message of God and obey it” (Luke 8:20).  CPx students become part of the All Nations community as we seek to be obedient followers of Jesus. Learning never stops for us. We are a church community that longs to be like Jesus, and because of that, we feel free to keep learning. It is embarrassing sometimes to acknowledge how far short we fall of how we want to live, but this gives us freedom to be honest about our failures, our disobedience and our need for God. Tofollow Jesus for us is to learn and grow in God’s grace through transparency and in accountability to one another.

We read the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts, then, with this path in mind:

Persistent Prayer – We know that the transformation we want to see among neglected peoples in Africa cannot take place without entreating God in passionate prayer. We believe God is not only sovereign, but that in His sovereignty He has chosen to reward those who desperately and diligently seek Him. We look to the book of Acts for insight and inspiration for being people of passionate prayer.

Sharing the Gospel – We the good news of Jesus with those who don’t know Him. As we do that, we try to apply the lessons Jesus taught His disciples in Luke 10: to pray, preach the gospel, heal the sick, and find spiritually hungry people. The goal is to find the person of peace Jesus mentions in Luke 10 and disciple them to disciple others.

Discipling People of Peace – The parable of the sower guides our search for spiritual seekers. We believe that we as outsiders will not be as effective as insiders in discipling and transforming a community in need. We long to see the power of God at work, saving and delivering and transforming people as they believe and receive Jesus. Jesus told His disciples to heal the sick and cast out demons as they announce the arrival of His kingdom. When Jesus sent out His disciples in Luke 10, He told them to look for a “person of peace”, i.e., someone who is welcoming, spiritually hungry, willing to invite you into their network of friends and family, and prepared to obey Jesus.

Gathering Seekers in Discovery Bible Studies – This step on the journey of church planting is called "gathering". This happens by starting what we call “discovery bible studies” or a "DBS". A discovery Bible Study is a group of seekers who are gathering around a person of peace and they study the Bible together. We assist the person of peace to start a discovery Bible study by getting his/her friends together and “discovering” the truth as they read and discuss the Bible together.

Establishing Simple Churches – We encourage “DBS’s” to grow into simple churches. The transition from a Bible study to a church happens when there are more believers than non-believers, baptisms are taking place, they take communion, and local leaders are recognized and appointed. 

Multiplication – Jesus commanded His disciples to make disciples who “teach them to obey all the commands I have given you…” (Matthew 28:20). Paul instructed Timothy to pass on what he taught Timothy to “faithful people who would teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2). To be catalysts for a movement to Christ our efforts have to go beyond us, and beyond our disciples. That means multiplication, not just of individuals, but of simple churches that start more churches. 

Topics Covered in the CPx Teaching

What are the topics we focus on in CPx? They are drawn from inductive discovery Bible studies in the gospel of Luke and the book Acts. We follow the growth of the church as it spreads from Jerusalem to Judea to Samaria to the ends of the earth, and as we do so, we try to learn practices and principles that can guide us as we make disciples that are catalysts for movements to Christ. Guest teachers and staff teach and guide discovery Bible studies on the following topics:

    • Catalyzing a movement to Christ through finding “good soil” people and persons of peace – Luke 8:3-13 and illustrated throughout Luke chapters 4-9
    • Finding and discipling persons of peace to be the gatherers of others to hear and obey Jesus – Luke 10
    • Holy Spirit gifts to be developed and used in outreach and community – Acts 2, Acts 13 and 14
    • Discipleship paradoxes– learning to think differently about discipleship and making disciples – Luke 5 to Luke 9
    • Multi-cultural community – Acts 2,13 and 15
    • Learning to think in new paradigms about church as creative movements not static institutions – Acts 2 and Luke 5:27 – 6:19
    • Evaluated experience is the best teacher: learning to continually evaluate one’s experiences through debriefing, question asking, and personal reflection – Luke 10: 17 – 21 and Acts 20:17 – 21:14
    • Discovering the gospel as the “God story” with the goal of faithfully communicating the good news of Jesus, in the context of the culture and loyalty to the Word of God – Acts 13:13-41, 17:16-34
    • Distinguishing between being a natural church planter/gatherer, and one who makes disciples through creating “access ministries” – learning how the two work together to catalyze movements to Christ – Luke 4:18-19, Acts 6
    • Adjusting leadership styles from directive to facilitative, and from a teaching style downloading information to empowering others to discover truth in “discovery” Bible studies - Acts 17:11
    • Serving as “outside” leaders who empower “inside” leaders to lead emerging new churches – Acts 14:20, 23, Luke 10:5-10
    • New Testament decision making; the roles, authority and responsibilities of elders and apostles in church planting movements; learning how to apply the same principles to resolving conflict and making decisions in teams – Acts 15
    • Discerning and developing the five complimentary equipping gifts that all believers have in various measure (teacher, pastor, prophet, apostle and evangelist):
      • Apostles: Apostolic church planters are creative people who re-imagine how to do church and then exercise faith and vision to pioneer new communities and movements in new places and new ways to mold the church-planting model to fit cultural challenges. They are idea people who whole-heartedly believe that truth applies to all peoples and cultures and they don’t try to change the people or the gospel as they bring them together.
      • Pastors: Pastoral church planters care for people and encourage and build up local leaders. They are mentors who truly believe in and support the people they are raising up. They offer an understanding ear and an empathetic shoulder when things are frustrating in the church planting process. They are shepherds who love to pour into those pouring into others. They are empowerers of others. They have hearts of mercy for the broken and downcast and often create ministries of care that connect to the poor, marginalized and downcast in society.
      • Prophets: Prophetic church planters go on treasure hunts for “people of peace”. They receive words of knowledge to unlock hearts and encourage movements. They receive warnings and intercede for the movement not to be led astray. They are sensitive to know where the Lord has sent His Spirit ahead and where He is already working, especially if the area is difficult to access. They discern spiritual attacks against the new believers and help spot false teachers and false prophets.
      • Teachers: Church planters with a gift of teaching know how to lead people to God’s word when they come with questions. They rise up other teachers to give the churches solid foundations of truth. They can take groups through specific passages where the Lord speaks about what people in the group are going through. They exemplify a deep knowledge of being obedient to the Lord. They impart a concern for sound doctrine and obedience to the Word of God.
      • Evangelists: Evangelistic church planters are the seekers; they are fishers of men. They have an anointing of favor with people and the ability to speak about spiritual things easily. They are great for finding people of peace and discerning who is really hungry for the Lord. They introduce the presence of the Lord into conversations and relationships where He wasn’t previously welcome.

Typical Week-by-Week Themes in CPx

√ Week One –  Welcome and Orientation 

 Week Two –  Sharing the Gospel

 Week Three –  The Empowering Presence of the Holy Spirit 

 Week Four –  Discipleship  

 Week Five -  Church Planting – Part One  

 Week Six –   Leadership 

 Week Seven –  Kingdom Culture and Cultural Dynamics

 Week Nine –   Prayer, Worship and Warfare

 Week Eight –  Suffering, Sacrifice and Simplicity 

 Week Nine –  Church Planting = Part Two  

√ Weeks Ten to Twenty – Outreach Prep and Team Outreaches

√ Weeks Twenty-One to Twenty-Two – Travel Back to Cape Town, Debriefing, Graduation, and New Members Orientation For more information, write to Registrar at julianna@all-nations.co.za

All Nations Cape Town, www.all-nations.co.za and www.floydandsally.org March 16, 2010

Why We Must Love Osama Bin Laden

It is the best of times and the worst of times for Sally and me right now.  This little literary phrase really boils down our lives. We are so thankful for you and others who have stood alongside us through so much, so of course we want to keep you informed to what is happening in our lives. I’ll start with the “best of times”.

Ministry is exploding. The Church Planting Experience (CPx) training school is raising up new leaders, with our students learning everything from inductive Bible study techniques to how to reach Muslims to a trade (like how to run an Internet café or a preschool, to enable them to be self-supporting as they move into closed nations).

These reports back to us from countries where we have sent workers have been beautiful:

“One of the young men … actually said he had been waiting for somebody to come and teach himabout the Bible, as he was eager to know more but couldn’t find anybody to help him.”

Another man said—from the Muslim nation where our team is working:

“Some of our guys have a group meeting in a park nearby almost everyday to read theNew Testament and talk about Jesus. We also have some of our team members reading through theGospels with one of the local Imams [Muslim leaders] and other men we’ve met on theisland. Some of our ladies met 12 students at a local school who wanted Bibles and havebeen meeting to discuss the life of Jesus and his teachings...”

Muslims are coming to Christ. Muslims are responding to the Gospel in our ministry, and in huge numbers all over the world. I know Muslim terrorists are at work around the world, which raises the question, must we love Muslims even though there are terrorists among them? Sally and I have chosen not to operate in fear because of terrorists. We take the Bible literally when it says we should love our neighbor as ourself.

Why? I refuse to be afraid of Muslims because I want to see people the way Jesus sees them. I reject fear because that plays into the hands of a few violent extremists who want to see a gulf of fear and prejudice between Muslims and the good news of Jesus.

I don’t fear terrorists because fear is not of God. God loves the whole world, including the Muslim world—even the terrorists who, like Saul before he “became” Paul, hate and kill Christians. God loves the world so much that He sent Jesus to redeem the world by dying for it. In the same way, God has called us to lay down our lives to bring people to faith in Jesus. We cannot win those we fear and hate.

One more deeply penetrating reason not to fear Muslims: The terrorists are the ones who areafraid! Muslim terrorists are a tiny, tiny minority of a huge religious block of people in the religion called Islam.  They are afraid because the good news of Jesus is impacting millions and millions (this is not an exaggeration), of Muslims. They may not understand the spiritual dynamics, but there are spiritual forces at work to stir up hate and fear.

They are coming to faith in Jesus in the Middle East, in Indonesia, and here in Africa where we live. Terrorism is the response of a losing cause ... it is almost as if there is a spiritual force stirring up terrorists to detract true followers of Jesus from loving Muslims, and we must not be thrown off by this tactic. We must stay focused on praying and loving and taking the good news of Jesus. Jesus called us to love not hate.

We must not draw back in fear, but move forward in faith! I want to encourage you and other friends and fellow believers: the Lord loves Muslims. And we are thrilled to be a part of raising up a movement of disciple makers to take the Gospel to them. Just this week I heard from one of our teams in a Muslim country that they have begun three "underground" churches among Muslims who are coming to faith in Jesus.

God is at work bringing people to Himself like never before in history—and we are so grateful for your prayers and support that allow us to be part of what God is doing! The Lord is using you in ministry with us here in Africa and the Middle East —your prayers, your gifts, your encouragement makes it possible. Thank you!

In spite of the good news, this also seems to be the worst of times for Sally and me. Sally and I see the “worst” of times as God’s opportunity for the best, but it is still hard. We know tough times are God-given opportunities to grow, but that doesn't make them any easier. God is using what we are going through to refine us. In that light, here is what’s been hitting us hard these days:

First, Sally’s had a rough go of it physically, dealing with painful shingles for several months now, as well as two major dental surgeries that cost us a lot ($9,500 which we had not budgeted for).

Secondly, we’ve experienced a family member in crisis. We’re helping and praying, but it’s touched us deeply, both emotionally and financially.

Also, I’ve been somewhat overwhelmed on a personal level. The ministry activity is thrilling … but the long days are just that, long and tiring. I’m still praying (and I hope you’ll join me in this) for a gifted assistant. Plus, and it's embarrassing to say this, but I sprained both my wrist and my ankle in a nasty fall a bit ago (I’m happy to report I'm healing ok - fortunately the x-rays came back negative yesterday - no break or fracture).

All in all it's been an emotional few months, including a lot of highs and some lows. As we look ahead, we see so much potential, especially in the Muslim world. But both Sally and I also feel a little overwhelmed with the personal challenges. We see the Lord's blessings, but we also see the practical realities, such as our need for help to cover the “extra” expenses, as well as our regular living costs.

If the Lord leads, whatever you could offer toward these needs would be a tremendous blessing. I have provided details below for your convenience. Regardless of whether or not you can send a financial gift, we’d love to hear from you with any prayer requests and any family news you can share with us. We would love to partner with you in prayer as you pray for us.

Thank you for standing with us in the face of many challenges. May the Lord bless you with His grace and mercy.

Thank you for your love and prayers,

Floyd & Sally McClung

P.S. If you’d like to read more updates on how lives are being touched through our training school CPx, please visit the outreach blog of our teams at http://cpxoutreach.posterous.com Thank you for your prayers and support!

Support Address in the USA: All Nations Support, c/o Walsh and Washburn, 5360 College Boulevard, Suite 100, Overland Park, KS 66211 - Please attach a note that says your gift is for Floyd & Sally McClung

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Amazing African Women Film Society!

In the last few weeks we have had one wonderful breakthrough after another here in Cape Town. We have often asked the Lord for keys to reaching one of the disadvantaged communities here in Cape Town, and it has come through the high school. Below are some of the highlights shared by the CPx students (CPx is our training program) who have been given an open door to the high school and through the students to the teachers, parents and leaders in the community. One of the keys to making disciples and planting churches in Africa is finding the right access to people's hearts... this time found it in the most unusual way... Be encouraged as you read!

Floyd and Sally McClung

AMAZING AFRICAN WOMEN FILM SOCIETY

Fourteen girls attended Karl and Julie’s new after school club: the “Amazing African Women Film Society.” We bribed them with snacks to get them there – then taught them how to interview each other, answer questions and film it with a FLIP video camera. Each girl took a turn being the camera woman, acting as the interviewer and answering questions as the interviewee.

We showed them the interviews at the end of class, and they were so excited to see themselves on film! Not one of them owns a camera, and we are doubtful they have ever seen a video of themselves.

Over the next few weeks we will be bringing in “Amazing African Women” guest speakers, giving the girls an opportunity to interview and film them. In the end, we will show the girls how to make a movie of these “Amazing African Women.” We are thrilled to build relationships with these precious girls!

"On Sunday, the 16th of May I will never forget as I have finally given all I have to God!"

Last weekend we held our leadership adventure camp with the Ocean View High School student council (prefects in South Africa). The students joined us for two nights of non-stop action over the weekend at a camp near Hout Bay.

It was amazing! We kept them busy with games, teachings, small group discussions and adventure activities (obstacle course, problem solving outdoor events, etc.). The teachings incorporated many Bible verses from Proverbs, compelling video clips and inspirational life lessons. During the last session we spoke openly about God’s love for them.

Here are some quotes from the students after the camp:

“All my life I wanted to fit in – but now I know that I’m different and will make myself known to people all over the world…I will make a difference in Ocean View.” (Johannes did a talk on not fitting in, but standing out)

“I must learn to trust and be open with the Lord”

“You can do good stuff without anyone beating you down” (which is the crux of many Ocean View problems…you can’t paint your house in Ocean View without the neighbors accusing you of trying to be better than them.)

“I can keep believing that my life can be a success.”

“I learned how to uplift myself when I am surrounded with evil.”

“God gave you something that no one can take away from you.”

“Please keep up the work you are doing. Even if you don’t see it now your work will impact the lives of many.”

“On Sunday, the 16th of May I will never forget as I have finally given all I have to God.”

We grilled “bread on a stick” at the barbeque (literally dough on a stick you cook over a fire), Johannes did a “leap of death” from one tree branch to another (physical illustration of his talk on “jumping into life”), and seven kids made a decision during the last session to “seek after God.” Yes – you heard that right – at a public school retreat! We are blown away about what the Lord is doing with these kids and are excited about following up with them!

SCHOOL ASSEMBLY

Suretha spoke during a school assembly on addiction and brought in a guest speaker who gave an amazing testimony. He was a former gangster who went to prison and spoke about how God freed him from addition and a destructive lifestyle.

The principal has been very pleased with our interactions at the school and has indicated that the high school will be an open door for All Nations involvement for years to come!!

Short Term Team Reaps Fruit of Long Term Workers in Zambia

One team of students from our church planting school (CPx)are now in Zambia. They are working with a long-term team of students who are graduates of past CPx's. The long-termers have been telling the God story, laying foundations in villagers minds about the foundations of the gospel: creation, rebellion, sacrifice, return/repentance/ commission. Recently there was the beginning of a reaping of the seed already sown:
"We are doing great after showing the Jesus film in the local language in the local villages. Its was nice to see quite a sizable number of people come to our property from Singanga, Lyooka and Komayana villages. What we did before and while the people watching the movie was to intercede and I think that kept every one of us busy connecting with the heavens.

After the movie Namisha got to share a message with them about how Jesus longs to be their Friend and that He is the nne that connects us to God and without Him we can never come to a loving relationship with God. After Namisha finished sharing what God had put upon her heart.I challenged the team to reach out to people and find out if anyone of them wanted to have a relationship with Jesus and we saw quite a few of them being prayed for and giving their lives to Jesus. What I also sensed is that a good number of them were so shy and ashamed to step forward and be prayed for. So those who gave their lives will be followed up tomorrow and that’s what I have been encouraging the team to get in their homes and asked them if they can find out more about the decision those people made just whether they were serious about it. I will follow-up a young man whom i prayed and really wanted to give it all to Jesus. I ask him whether He meant what He was saying and he told me he did. He wants his life to turn around and follow Jesus".

A CPx report from Cape Town

A report from team leaders Brandon and Juliana Jones, students in CPx who are now working in a local community called Masi here in Cape Town:
Candace and Nick are from Zimbabwe could be the catalyst for a move of God throughout the Zimbabwean social network of Masi. Brandon and Lifa met them through another Bible study among some Zimbabweans. They said they would like to have a Bible study in their home, so Brandon and Sbu went to them last Friday and led a Discovery Bible Study (DBS) with them, a simple method of prayer and Bible study. During the study, it was obvious they were seriously contemplating the Scriptures (the story of creation). Afterward, Nick said he hadn’t invited any of his friends or neighbors to the group because he wanted to see what it was like for himself first. Now, he said, he wanted to share what he had learned immediately with his neighbors. Brandon and Sbu suggested he lead his neighbors in the study of the same set of Scriptures the next day, and then they could meet the following Friday and talk about how it went with Brandon and Sbu. Nick and Candace agreed! Saturday, they led the DBS with their neighbors and friends!This is exactly the kind of empowerment we are hoping to see — Africans empowered to experience God for themselves, not dependent on Western missionaries.

Holistic Discipleship and Church Planting

“Planting churches among unengaged and unreached people groups really means engaging in holistic discipleship. To start simple churches without caring deeply about people's whole lives is pretty superficial, and to be engaged in transformation of people's social and economic circumstances without leading them to faith in Christ and gathering them in new communities of faith, is to not care about their eternal salvation and spiritual growth.” - Floyd McClung

“An individual gospel without a social gospel is a soul without a body, and a social gospel without an individual gospel is a body without a soul; One is a ghost and the other a corpse.”

- E Stanley Jones;

How To Pray For a Nation in a Time of Crisis

When a nation is in crisis we can either see what God sees for the nation, and align our hearts and thoughts with Him, or we can be overwhelmed by circumstances and allow offence and cynicism to take control of our heart. We can see how God sees and have faith, or we can see evil and tragedy without discernment - and lose faith. There is no in-between place for the heart of a Christian. The nation of South Africa has faced a very serious crisis in the last few days. A well known political figure was murdered last weekend. Though two farm workers have turned themselves in to the police for the crime, the murder is being attributed to the influence of a radical political youth leader in the nation and his racist rhetoric.

These happenings have touched a raw nerve in both the white and black communities. There is great concern and fear that the racial divide in South Africa will be deepened. The old wounds of apartheid have been reopened. The pain of the Afrikaner people has been touched deeply. Everyone is aware that if the nation goes the direction of Zimbabwe, immediately to the north, South Africa will be plunged into economic ruin and racial conflict. There is a fear that a civil war could take place.

How do we respond to such a crisis? Do we take sides and let the divide deepen in our own hearts?

Does the word of God have anything relevant to say about such a crisis?

The prophet Daniel in the Bible was a teenager when he was taken captive by the invading armies of Babylon. Daniel as a 16 year old was violently ripped from his family and all that was familiar to him. He was sent into exile, then forced to serve as a slave to the most brutal and wicked man on the earth. Daniel was surrounded by demonic religions, pagan idolatry, palace intrigue, and still he kept faith in God - and he became a political leader of great influence.

There is no other book in the Bible that so uniquely reveals how the destinies of nations are impacted by the choices of ordinary people. We see one man pray, and the nation changed. We read the story and watch a young man given a role of counselor to kings. We are given insight into the throne room of God as the curtains of heaven are drawn back. We watch God judge His people, and overturn rulers and kingdoms to accomplish His secret plans.

There is just one prophetic message in the book of Daniel: kingdoms come and kingdoms go, but God’s kingdom is forever! The message of Daniel is intended to inspire people to discern what God is up to in a nation, then align their lives with what is on His heart, with His purposes. We learn from the book of Daniel that God reigns over the affairs of nations and it is He who allows and uses rulers for His purposes. We learn we are not to panic or loose heart – God is at work.

It is important for Christians today to understand the message of Daniel: if they do not they will have only a human perspective tainted by political views and ethnic considerations. The book of Daniel is not in the Bible for us to speculate about the future, but to understand God’s purposes in the present.

The two most powerful passages in the book are two prayers of Daniel. From these two prayers in chapters two and nine, we learn how to pray for a nation in time of crisis. The prayers of Daniel are located in chapter two, verses 20-23, and chapter nine, verses 3-19.

How to pray in a time of crisis:

  1. Focus on God’s character. Acknowledge God’s goodness, His greatness, and that He is ultimately in control. (Daniel 2:20-22 and 9:4,7,9). Refuse to be more impressed with sin or evil people or wicked rulers than with God’s greatness and goodness. Faith for a nation in a time of crisis comes from being impressed with God, not circumstances.
  2. Thank God for what He has shown you in the past as you prayed for your nation. (Daniel 2:23, 9:3). If you have not prayed with fasting and brokenness and humility for your nation, ask God for forgiveness.
  3. Declare to God in faith that He raises up kings and presidents, and He removes kings and presidents. (Daniel 2:21). Daniel believed his own king in Jerusalem was removed, and the king of Babylon was raised up to judge the people of Israel. God brings governments down if they do not govern righteously. God uses wicked nations to bring judgment on His people.
  4. Confess the sins of your nation in humility. Name the sins of the people specifically. Notice Daniel identified with the sins of his people. When he prayed he said, “we have sinned”. (Daniel 9:3-6, 9, 13)
  5. Acknowledge that the judgment of the Lord on His people are deserved because of the sins of their sins. (Daniel 9:11-15)
  6. Call upon the mercy and forgiveness of God. Daniel believed there was only one hope for the nation, and that was the mercy of God. He appealed to God to be merciful. (Daniel 9:4,9,18-19).
  7. Pray for God’s own sake, for His glory. As you pray, be more concerned for God than for the people or yourself. Too often our prayers are based on what we want or what we feel; our prayers become self-centered. (Daniel 9:18-19)

A Prayer for Faithfulness

A prayer written by one of the students in CPx, our training program for leaders and church planters.

“I want my behaviour to be consistent; I want my initiatives to be creative; I want my teaching to be truthful. I want my compassion to be real; I want my heart to be tender; I want my word to be reliable; I want my gifts to be available; I want my emotions to be stable; I want my attitude to be suitable; I want my life to be reproducible; I want my work to be sustainable; I want my deeds to be honourable; I want more of You and less of me.”