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Dear all, Wow! Yesterday's event really reminds me of a vision that one of our prayer team saw more than a year ago. One of a tapestry of many messy, colourful threads...but turn it around to the other side, and there is a beautiful tapestry that God is weaving from the mess! There were so many people there, some with a few degrees of separation from other helpers, and there was no time for all to gather and discuss logistics - who was going to serve food, do admin, carrying and setting up tables, music, games, which guests we were going to "cover", but everyone just went in there and filled into different roles on the spot! Really cool to see the Lord's army at work! We sang this hymn at mass today, and it reminds me of what went on yesterday: "Seed, scattered and sown, wheat, gathered and grown, bread, broken and shared as one, the living Bread of God." Seed, Scattered and Sown Refrain: Seed, scattered and sown, wheat, gathered and grown, bread, broken and shared as one, the living Bread of God. Vine, fruit of the land, wine, work of our hands, one cup that is shared by all, the living Cup, the living Bread of God. 1. Is not the bread we break, a sharing in our Lord? Is not the cup we bless, the blood of Christ outpoured?..........(Refrain) 2. The seed which falls on rock will wither and will die. The seed within good ground will flower and have life...........(Refrain) 3. As wheat upon the hills was gathered and was grown, so may the church of God be gathered into one.....................(Refrain) Words: based on Didache, 1 Corinthians 10, and Mark 4:3-6, Dan Feiten, Gather, 1988 Tune: Dan Feiten, Gather, 1988 Psalm 146:7 "He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free" Juanita told me of elderly Uncle Yap who came down for the event, then hobbled back to his flat and came down again with a tube of styrofoam cups wrapped in aged plastic (he must have kept them for a long time). He passed them to her, saying he wanted to contribute them to the event. Awwww....melted my heart!!! :o) Reminds me of the bible story of the widow and her two copper coins. Mark 12: The Widow’s Offering 41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. 43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” My honour and pleasure to work alongside you, for His Kingdom's cause! God bless, Marie
"And if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday." - Isaiah 58:10 What we did this Easter weekend makes this the most meaningful Easter I have had to date, and my prayer is that just a light that is lit is not hidden, but put on a stand for all to see (Luke 8:16), that there will be many more Easters/seasons where His light shines through us - His beloved sons and daughters, co-heirs and co-labourers with Christ. On Thursday, we went knocking on doors at Block 3 Jalan Kukoh to invite people to a void deck party we were going to hold on Good Friday. We told people that we are a group of Christian friends who want to celebrate Jesus Christ/Good Friday with them - and to come for free food! As we invited people one household at a time, Daniel asked them if they had any pains on their body, if they needed healing for anything. And hence, it was a night where we healed the sick, cast out demons, and spread the good news - that Jesus has come to save, heal and deliver. Isaiah 61 in action - to proclaim good news to the poor, to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners; I was so blessed to see all this unfold - God working His miracles! The next night, on Good Friday, we had people of every race and religion come from all around the Jalan Kukoh/ York Hill neighbourhood. I prayed for a lady who is due to go for an operation next month to remove a fibroid, and as I laid hands on her, she soaked in the prayer, and at the end of the prayer, she smiled, repeated after me and said "Amen". This is the second pre-believer I prayed for this week, the other one was so overwhelmed by the prayer she hugged me, saying she had goosebumps (it's the Holy Spirit for sure!). What I realise now is that there are a lot of people who are very open to Christ - we just have to be bold and not fear the reactions of the minority that will not be receptive. Later, we gathered at the nearby playground and spoke about the Easter message as we lit candles to signify Christ's light burning brightly, and sang songs together (Rasa Sayang, a popular Chinese song and Give Thanks). It was so heart-warming to see everyone gathering round to enjoy this fellowship, I almost cried with joy! Praying for this nation to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. The Lord says "Ask of me and I will give you the nations..." They are already His. :o) "If death got the upper hand through one man's wrongdoing, can you imagine the breathtaking recovery life makes, sovereign life, in those who grasp with both hands this wildly extravagant life-gift, this grand setting-everything-right, that the one man Jesus Christ provides?" - Romans 5:13 MSG
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Thanks for sharing this Tim. I thank you for sharing your struggle to go back to Jalan shows that being obedient to God is often not about first and the feelings follow. I believe that Mr Wu is back in the arms of our heavenly Father, and that you and the people you went with to visit him were instrumental in leading him back to God. Revelation 3:20 "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me." Let me know how I can help with the Good Friday BBQ...I'll be there with willing hearts and willing hands. God bless!
Toggle Commented Apr 2, 2011 on The Harvest is urgently ripe at Cafechurch blog
Hey Tim, we had one more team of 3 yesterday. Karen, Gim and I went to the upper floors Of Block 3 together, and were hugely blessed to be a part of this initiative. In the lift, a resident came in and saw us and our gift bags, and asked us where we were from. Thank goodness you prepared us for that question, because I was able to tell him "wo men ai shen, shuo yi wo men yao fen ai". (We love God and therefore we want to share God's love.) As we rang each and every doorbell, and knocked on every door, we were able to catch glimpses of people's stories. Old folks living on their own, young young parents with small children...Gim gift of languages got us speaking to many types of people - she translated and spoke to them in Hokkien, Mandarin, Malay! Wow! Karen was praying as Gim and I knocked on doors, and ta-dah...about 3 doors opened! God is with us. One of our knocks was answered by a University student, whose mum lived there. She said that she is a Christian, but her mum wasn't yet. As we got talking, I asked if I could pray for her and her family. She said that her mum loves living there, and has made friends with many of the neighbours, and even though her kids want her to move out into a "better neighbourhood", she resists it. Karen had a word for this young lady, telling her that God is in charge and she need not worry for all her needs. We prayed over an older gentleman who was coming out of his flat, and he was saying that all Gods are the same, and we shouldn't fight and argue. He received our hamper and saw the poem that Ananias had written and stated, "ni de shen shi ye su" (Your God is Jesus). So I asked him, "ni bai shen de shi hou, ni ke yi wen shen: ta de ming zi shi se mo. Ta hui gao shu ni" (When you pray to God, you can ask him what His name is, and He will tell you.) Karen and I prayed over his leg (he had shingles and is in a lot of pain), and he thanked us and went on his way. We also met a gentleman who is going to be baptized on Easter this year. He makes crosses and rosaries from wood to sell. He showed us some of the works in progress that he simply carves with a kitchen knife out of a block of wood. He shared that his wife gave him a bible and he reads and re-reads the Psalms. I shared my favourite Psalm of the moment with him...Psalm 16:11 "You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand." He showed me how his bible was bookmarked to the exact page and he was just about to read Psalm 16. We told him about Bible Study at the Book Cafe and asked him to join us. I asked him if he could tell us how He came to the Lord, and he said that God rescued him from the pit. Karen prayed over him and had words for him from the Lord. He messaged me almost as soon as we finished distributing the hampers, asking for the address of the Bible Study venue. Thank you Lord, please draw him and others hungry and thirsty for your Word to the Book Cafe to be fed. I was deeply and truly blessed by the experience yesterday, and all the stories I heard after that at the hawker centre from the other "troops". Please do share your stories. There is power in the testimony to encourage others to listen and obey. Deuteronomy 6:04. God bless!
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Nov 29, 2010
It’s been painful to wake up so early on a Saturday morning and drag myself (I just throw on a t-shirt and shorts, and go off in my glasses and flip-flops) to the Book Cafe, especially since most of you know, I love my sleep! BUT I have always been blessed for turning up. God always prepares us in advance with the tools we need for the road ahead, and together with new gifts of the Holy Spirit...this prayer exercise is really getting me excited and psyched for what the Lord has in store in the coming year for Cafe Church. Encouraged that the number of persons that met for the prayer meeting doubled from 4 to 8 this past Saturday, I pray that more people will sacrifice a bit of sleep to prep themselves to be used and useful in the Cafe Church ministry. Remember that “disciple” comes from the word “discipline”. I saw this on a little girl’s t-shirt yesterday: “The A Team: No Plan B”, presumably the tagline for the popular TV series in the 1980s that has recently been made into a movie. I thought it so apt to describe how we, the Alpha team, will be made to feel if we gather together in prayer for Cafe Church regularly and consistently. It reminded me of Heidi Baker’s reminder: “...too many of us have a “Plan B” ready to go in case God doesn’t show up...this kills our hunger. It also stops up the heavens when we channel our resources to provide for our own comfort instead of channelling them toward Heaven’s agendas. The wealth mindset, the mindset that prepares us to participate in the flow of Heaven to earth, is a mindset that embraces Christ’s command to seek the kingdom first, knowing that God will take care of our needs and desires.” I remember hearing Heidi Baker say this in a TV interview about her ministry in Africa, “If God doesn’t show up, we die.” Which is why when they operate from that stance, they have seen people raised from the dead, healing of the sick, whole villages saved, meat which is scarce miraculously multiply; hundreds and hundreds of times. And that should be how desperate we should be for God to show up right here in Singapore! “The reason we must leave our comfort zone is that we must have nothing but God to fall back on if we are going to tap into the wealth of Heaven.” – Bill Johnson
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