A few weeks ago I circulated the fact that one of our brothers had renal failure and that he had no money to pay dialysis treatment. I pointed out that AICW had no funds – the Canons do not cover the subject of finance – but the Treasurer of the church I founded with Ann in 1992 (Jean Blackburn), created a fund where members of the congregation placed donations to help those on the mission field. It is from that fund that I was able to send 500$ US by Western Union to our brother in Burundi.
A former OXFAM worker who is a member of the Jávea congregation, pointed out to me that Burundi is the HQ of the World SCAM by internet, and I knew of people whose friends had received eMails alleging the writer was the victim of thieves and stranded in a foreign country, with the request always that the rescue money be remitted through Western Union.
Yesterday I received news from +Nitonde that the money had been received, together with a letter of thanks and receipt for the money from the Hospital.
I trust others among you will be able to assist.
I have no news from our brother Bishop in the UK is progressing, but please continue to pray for him. I wrote some weeks ago asking if I might reveal his identity, but have not had a replied.
Your brother in the work of evangelism
In Europe today is not only ASH WEDNESDAY but also ST. VALENTINE’S DAY, when people send greeting cards bearing words of love and affection, and often unsigned – leaving the recipient to guess who sent it. Yesterday was PANCAKE TUESDAY when crepes are traditionally fried to use up the ingredients that might be tempting in the period between today and Easter.
I received this interesting explanation from Archbishop Russ, whom I have known – but never (I think) met since 2003. I found it very interesting:
Today begins the period of Lent. I have often wondered were the name “Lent” originated. According to my research here is the answer. For those of you not interested you may skip the next two paragraphs.
In the English language, Lent was formerly referred to by the Latin term quadragesima tanslation of the original Greek tessarakoste, the “fortieth day” before Easter). This nomenclature is preserved in Romance, Slavic and Celtic languages (for example, Spanish cuaresma, Portuguese quaresma, French carême, Italian quaresima, Croatian korizma, Irish Carghas, and Welsh C(a)rawys).
In the late Middle Ages , as sermons began to be given in the vernacular instead of Latin, the English word lent was adopted. This word initially simply meant spring and derives from the Germanic root for spring (specifically Old English lencten; also the Anglo-Saxon name for March—lenct—as the main part of Lent, before Easter, usually occurred in March). In modern Dutch, the word for “spring” is still “lente”, while the 40-days fasting period is called “vasten”. The use of this particular term to describe the period at this point is unique to English.
Lent is a season of soul-searching and repentance. It is a season for reflection and taking stock. Lent originated in the very earliest days of the Church as a preparatory time for Easter, when the faithful rededicated themselves and when converts were instructed in the faith and prepared for baptism. By observing the forty days of Lent, the individual Christian imitates Jesus’ withdrawal into the wilderness for forty days. All churches that have a continuous history extending before AD 1500 observe Lent. The ancient church that wrote, collected, canonized, and propagated the New Testament also observed Lent, believing it to be a commandment from the apostles. (See The Apostolic Constitutions, Book V, Section III.)
As you know, Jesus retreated into the wilderness and fasted for forty days to prepare for his ministry. It was for Him a time of contemplation, reflection, and preparation. By observing Lent, most Christians join Jesus on His retreat.
Lent consists of the forty days before Easter. In the western Church, we skip over the Sundays when we count the days of Lent, because Sunday is always the joyful celebration of the Resurrection. Therefore, the first day of Lent in the western Church is always a Wednesday.
During Lent, ancient Christians mourned their sins and repented of them with sack clothe and ashes. Therefore on Ash Wednesday, when we begin a period of sober reflection, self-examination, and spiritual redirection we seek the face of God asking Him to show us our sin and repent in humility before Him.
As the Priest or Minister places ashes upon our heads we are graphically reminded of our mortality. “Remember O, Man Dust thou art and to Dust You shall return.” It is a dramatic reminder that we will all die. Only God has no beginning and no end. All we are will one day crumble and return to dust, THEREFORE, YOU HAD BETTER GET RIGHT WITH GOD AND DO IT NOW.
Traditionally, the ashes for the Ash Wednesday service come from burning the palm fronds from the previous year’s Palm Sunday celebration. If you burn the palm fronds yourself, do not add any other ingredient—just burn the ashes plain. Add a little oil to the ashes so that they will stick to people’s foreheads. Of course, it is easier to purchase them from a religious supply house. Don’t overestimate how much you need! It is amazing how far a small amount of ashes will go!
Some people only celebrate the happy times in Jesus’ life: Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday, and Christmas. But I think as disciples, we should also watch and pray with Him on Maundy Thursday, stand by Him at the cross on Good Friday, and retreat with Him into the wilderness during Lent.
May this be a time that we all sincerely seek the face of God and ask Him to search our lives and see if there be some area from which we need to sincerely repent.
Archbishop Russ McClanahan
Every Province or Diocese within AICW has to comply with the AICW Canons (that I inherited as Primate) but is otherwise completely autonomous. AICW does not request a tithe or proportional payment on size of congregation, and for that reason we have no funds to dispense in times of need of any congregation or clergy member.
Brother Nitonde Dieudonné of Burundi has made me aware of his kidney failure and the need for dyalisis.
Peace from heaven be with you wish you a wonderful month with your family and the Church you represent.
I would like to inform you that i have been diagnosed with Chronic Kidney failure and at the moment am being supported by the dialysis,machine with a lot of pains waiting for treatment, the pain has been on going for sometime and i have been visiting the hospital whenever it occurs, am recommended to have the haemodialysis treatment but the amount needed is quite alot for drugs and General treatment i kindly request for your prayers.
PARTICULARS QTY TOTAL UNIT
Dialysis machine costs 16 times(4months) $ 550
Purchase of drugs $ 400
Total amount of money needed $950
I hope to hear from you soon
Yours who loves very much, +BP Nitonde Dieudonne, Episcopal church of Burundi
Thank you for your response, because of time difference i couldn’t reply you in time, the names to use by Western Union: NININAHAZWE JOSIANE TEL: 79516274 Bujumbura, Burundi,
send me the details after you have sent to me so that my daughter can pick the money to enable me start treatment to reduce on the pain am having
May the Lord Protect you and the AICW family
In a world where the Internet and eMail are misused frequently, I urge those of you who can to send a donation to our Brother by Western Union, that will be converted from our own currency to $ during the transaction. The eMail address for our brother so that you can ask your own questions is: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
A Medical Report in .pdf form is attached. If you need a different format (like jpeg) please tell email@example.com
I urge you to be as generous as God allows. ++Clive (Primate Archbishop)
For some months I have been aware that one of our number has been suffering with cancer, but I also acknowledged his right to privacy.
Today I have received an eMail from Primate Archbishop Peter Younghusband, who has AICW responsibility for UK and Ireland. The aggressive cancer has caused ++Peter to be very tired and lethargic, and in November he will start a new course of medical injections, to which he is not looking forward, but believes it may be one of the ways in which God will bring about his healing. ++Peter was spending much time in prayer and plans for the future of AICW, and I ask that you pray for Pauline and that her husband, their family and friends will see God at work. ++Clive
I knew I had not communicated with the AICW family for some time, but had not realised how long it has been. Bishop Peter in the UK has shown his willingness to expand our tent, but surgery has brought many ambitions to a halt, but he is hoping to be ready to wear the other side of the yoke by the end of this year. Two weeks ago we were invited to attend the 50th Anniversary of our smallest seed in AICW when those living on SEALAND (a British fortress built 16 miles offshore in WWII to defend Britain against German bombers) which around 50 people in families occupied it after the British Government left it – it’s purpose service. Prince Michael who rules the Principality of Sealand, has written a history of their occupation, and gave it to Royal Navy Reserve Divisional Chaplain, Douglas Perkins, when and his wife, represented AICW and read a greeting of congratulation the AICW has sent to the Anniversary occasion. Much of my time has been taken with concern about my wife, Ann, who lost 22.5Kgs whilst the Hospital argued about whether she was allergic to Gluten. By keeping to the new diet, she has gained weight and – God Willing – we are believing she will be back to her ordinary weight early in 2018. Currently, with the help of +Luthando in Port Elizabeth, we are processing new applications from Kenya, Malawi and India
I read this today about a mother’s idea of a conversation between the two embryo (little people really) that she carried in her womb:
Two Babies Talk In The Womb, of Life After Delivery, in a Parable on Faith Faith is a tricky thing. It’s complete confidence in what we cannot see (Hebrews 11:1). But how can we possibly believe in something we can’t see? After all, if we can’t see something, how do we know it’s there? Well, there’s a parable that’s been circulating across the internet in which two babies talk in the womb. And their discussion about life after delivery and the “Mother” is a beautiful analogy meant to parallel faith and God! “For we live by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7 Like many inspiring movies and books, this short story may be fictional. However, the impact that this work will have on its readers is very real. Enjoy! “In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: ‘Do you believe in life after delivery?’ The other replied, ‘Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.’ ‘Nonsense’ said the first. ‘There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?’ The second said, ‘I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can’t understand now.’ The first replied, ‘That is absurd. Walking is impossible. And eating with our mouths? Ridiculous! The umbilical cord supplies nutrition and everything we need. But the umbilical cord is so short. Life after delivery is to be logically excluded.’ The second insisted, ‘Well I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here. Maybe we won’t need this physical cord anymore.’ The first replied, ‘Nonsense. And moreover, if there is life, then why has no one has ever come back from there? Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery there is nothing but darkness and silence and oblivion. It takes us nowhere.’ ‘Well, I don’t know,’ said the second, ‘but certainly we will meet Mother and she will take care of us.’ The first replied ‘Mother? You actually believe in Mother? That’s laughable. If Mother exists then where is she now?’ The second said, ‘She is all around us. We are surrounded by her. We are of her. It is in her that we live. Without her this world would not and could not exist.’ Said the first: ‘Well I don’t see her, so it is only logical that she doesn’t exist.’ To which the second replied, ‘Sometimes, when you’re in silence and you focus and you really listen, you can perceive her presence, and you can hear her loving voice, calling down from above.'” Living By Faith It’s not always easy to trust in what we can’t see. It’s a choice we have to make. And thankfully, our Father God understands our struggle. He loves us like a parent. With faith as small as a mustard seed, He will move mountains (Matthew 17:20). So it’s our prayer that you will make the choice to believe! Where will you spend your eternity – Smoking or Non-Smoking?
Of course there is only ONE CHURCH, and that was established by God to commemorate the Crucifixion and unfair death of His Son, Jesus. We know, like any village, there are many houses, all of which the owner’s think their’s is special. Our minds may immediately think of Rome or Canterbury, but there are thousands of churches who believe themselves to be the unique successor to our Saviour.
Even within a church (and it suits me to use Church of Rome as an example) there are hundreds of different groupings of people with beliefs and practices they believe are unique and correct. The Roman Church has both Pentecostal and Evangelical groups that are worldwide, but let us not confuse Roman Evangelism with that of Our Father and His Son. We need to remain faithful to OUR beliefs, shaped by Our God, following and preceding the death of His sinless Son.
There can be good and eatable parts to a ‘bad’ apple! The Anglican Communion News Service published today tells us:
The Bishop of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, Howard Gregory, has called for equal treatment for male and female victims of rape, a clearer definition of rape, and for an end to the exemption that prevents men being charged with raping their wives. He also called for the current legal prohibition against anal sex to be removed.
The Bishop of Burnley in the north-west England diocese of Blackburn, has accused priests of deserting the nation’s poor and working class areas. In a speech at the evangelical New Wine festival, Bishop Philip North told the stories of people who had come to faith through ministry in deprived areas, before saying: “I could tell plenty of stories like that, stories where people from hard backgrounds living in the toughest parts of the country have come to faith in Jesus Christ through passionate and committed Christian ministry which has combined service and proclamation. What worries me though . . . is the stories I cannot tell.”
A new three-part BBC television series exploring pilgrimage will follow seven famous people as they embark on a 15-day pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago in Spain. The Revd Kate Bottley, vicar of Blyth and Scrooby with Ranskill, and Chaplain of North Nottinghamshire College in the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham, is one of those taking part. Bottley became famous in the UK after staring in the Channel Four programme Gogglebox, which looks at how people watch television. She is now a presenter of the popular Songs of Praise television programme and BBC Radio Two’s national Sunday morning early breakfast programme.
The Pope has called for a Forum to that will include discussion of a thesis on the 95 new aspects of evangelism, but we must remember that this is Roman Catholic evangelism, and may have nothing in common with Christian Evangelism, when Christ alone forgives our sin and changes the lives of sinners or brings them healing.
Religion is again gaining the headlines. Keep praying and labouring where God has placed you. Another man’s pasture may LOOK better than where God has placed you, but HE knows HIS plans for your future and the sheep he has given to you for safe-keeping till the day Christ’s return. ++
My dear children
I suspect I am not alone in feeling that as the years advance the energy is reduced proportionately, I always said that I would die preaching in the pulpit, but God had other ideas. After I had finished my Sermon, and folded my notes, I suddenly found my lips mouthing out loud “I have an important announcement, from this moment I have resigned as Pastor of this church. It is a long story, but Jávea Evangelical Church was founded 22 years ago, and is NOT a member of AICW. I did not discuss the announcement with anyone (wife, son, congregation – or even God – because He knew that I would refuse to give up. He took the decision and mouthed the words through my lips. By the time I heard it, it was too late.
We are no longer from this weekend responsible for the Spanish version of THE WORD FOR TODAY by Bob Gass, after 20 years. We published our final edition of JÁVEA JEARD. It all became too much for us, following my multiple illnesses. Ann has also been very unwell, losing 22 Kgs of weight whilst Consultants argued over whether or not she was a Coeliac. She is, and allergic to GLUTEN that is used in baking and other food products.
We continue to grow as a Communion with three new applications in a week, Malawi, India and the Phillipines. The Vicar General of Malawi wrote (and I an grateful to His Grace Archbishop Peter McInnes of Australia for forwarding it to me:
Greetings from your flock in Malawi and I am Rev Fr. Joel Lewis Malanda Vicar General of the Malawi Province of Anglican Communion Worldwide.
I am Vicar General and was elected by the church when we established it in 2014 and they saw it fit because when I was in the Diocese of the Upper Shire Canterbury Anglican was Vicar General hence I am so.
The photos I have sent are of churches we have here in Malawi and we are growing from strength to strength.
We have women ministry called destiny women and south here their uniform is brown skirt and white short sleeve blouse while north is white skirt and white long sleeve blouse.
Youth too is active in the church. North has no priests currently, me and Fr. Michael Mtambo visit them but have candidates to be ordained we have no Bishop.
Fr Michael and I are two priests who were serving the church from its establishment until last year when we requested a bishop who is not Anglican to ordain the other six priests, we have Frs Lawrence Chipoya, Wilfred Kangoya, Beston Mitulo, Harrison Luka, Ganizani Makhuluzo and Bernard Kasanga to come to total number 8 priests.
We are very happy that we are now recognized worldwide.
We also humbly request the new logo from communion the one we have will not be in use from now.
Also all correspondence be addressed to the office of the Vicar General and we wish Your Grace the holy ghost continue leading you for the betterment of our church worldwide.
In His Vineyard
Rev Fr Joel Malanda
We are suffering heat of 40-50º but it is the humidity that folk are complaining about. I regret that these few words have taken so long to reach you, but my energy has ‘got up and went’. Please convey my episcopal greeting to your congregations.
THURSDAY 1 SEPTEMBER
‘Who works out everything in conformity with…his will.’ Ephesians 1:11 NIV (2011 Edition)
Your Personalized Road Map
The Bible says before you were born: ‘Every day of [your] life was recorded…Every moment…laid out before a single day had passed’ (Psalm 139:16 NLT). God personalized a road map for your life ‘in conformity with…his will.’ And it’s your job to discover it and walk within its confines. A respected pastor says: ‘You may know your ultimate destination, but need guidance on how to get there. First and foremost, “God’s Word is a lamp for your feet and a light for your path” (Psalm 119:105). He sees the big picture…the shortcuts and pitfalls…Don’t look for external guidance…the Holy Spirit lives inside you, and it’s from within that you’ll get the inside track.’ Meditate on these Scriptures and make them personal prayers: ‘God has made us what we are…to do good works, which [He] planned in advance for us to live our lives doing’ (Ephesians 2:10 NCV). ‘The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives’ (Psalm 37:23 NLT). ‘You clear the way for me, and now I won’t stumble’ (Psalm 18:36 CEV). ‘Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take’ (Proverbs 3:6 NLT). ‘Behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or…left’ (Isaiah 30:21 NLT). At the end of his life Paul could say, ‘I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith’ (2 Timothy 4:7). Notice, sometimes Paul had to ‘fight’ to stay on course, but by God’s grace he made it – and so will you!
FRIDAY 2 SEPTEMBER
‘The children God has graciously given your servant.’ Genesis 33:5 NIV (2011 Edition)
Dad, Treasure Your Children
We live in a day when kids have never been given more of the things they want, and less of the things they need. What do they need? You! Not trinkets, treasures, and toys, but your love and your time. Read these unsettling words in a Newsweek column entitled, ‘Dear Dads, Save Your Sons,’ by psychologist Christopher Bacorn. He tells about an anxious mother in her mid-thirties who came to his office with her fifteen-year-old son. The boy’s dad had left four years before. Since then the teenager had descended into alcohol, gang membership, and violence. The mother had nowhere else to turn, and it was obvious the boy was at best a hostile participant. After attempting for thirty minutes to crack the steel vault of this boy’s heart, Dr. Bacorn realized the futility of it all. He wrote these poignant and sad words: ‘I’ve come to believe that most adolescent boys can’t make use of professional counseling…What a boy can use, and all too often doesn’t have, is the fellowship of men – at least one man who pays attention to him, who spends time with him, who admires him. A boy needs a man he can look up to. What he doesn’t need is a shrink…As a nation we’re racked by youth violence, overrun by gangs, guns, and drugs. The great majority of youthful offenders are male, most without fathers involved in their lives in any useful way.’ In Genesis we read that Jacob was a successful businessman, but he discovered that his greatest earthly treasure was ‘the children God has graciously given to your servant.’ Dad, have you discovered that?
SATURDAY 3 SEPTEMBER
‘God…comforts us…so that we can comfort [others].’ 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV (2011 Edition)
Ministering to Others (1)
Years ago a lady visited an orphanage and asked the matron, ‘Is there a child here nobody has offered to adopt?’ The matron replied, ‘There is. She’s ten years old, not much to look at, and she has a hunchback.’ The lady said, ‘That’s the child I want!’ Thirty-five years later the director of the Orphanage Inspection Department in Iowa submitted the following report on a state-run facility: ‘This home is outstanding. It’s clean, the food’s good, the children are well-cared-for, and the atmosphere is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. The matron, Mercy Goodfaith, has a soul that oozes love; she has such beautiful eyes I forgot how homely her face was – or that she was a hunchback.’ Because a Good Samaritan had the courage to love and nurture a little girl others overlooked, Mercy Goodfaith went on to share that same love with hundreds of other orphans. Paul says, ‘God…comforts us…so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we…received.’ And Billy Graham adds: ‘Those who have suffered the most are best able to comfort others …to empathize with [their] afflictions because of what they’ve experienced…Our sufferings may be hard to bear, but our goal should be to learn all we can from what we’re called to endure so we can fulfill a ministry of comfort as Jesus did. “Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted” (Hebrews 2:18 NIV 2011 Edition). The sufferer becomes the comforter in the service of the Lord.’
‘Why are you so fearful?’ Mark 4:40 NKJV
Don’t Be Afraid (1)
Notice how the disciples reacted to the storm on the Sea of Galilee, and see if you recognize any of the same traits in yourself: 1) Fear makes us doubt God’s care. The disciples asked Jesus, ‘Do You not care that we are perishing?’ (v. 38 NKJV). They didn’t ask about His strength: ‘Can you still the storm?’ Or His knowledge: ‘Are you aware of the storm?’ Or His know-how: ‘Do you have any experience with storms?’ Instead they voiced doubts about His character: ‘Do you not care?’ If you let it, fear will erode your confidence in God’s love and make you forget His faithfulness. 2) Fear makes us reach for control. Jesus was asleep, so the disciples woke Him and said, ‘Do something, quick!’ Fear comes from a perceived loss of control. When we’re afraid, we grab for a component of life that we can manage – like our diet, or our job, or the neatness of our house, or in many cases – people. The more insecure we feel, the more controlling we tend to become. 3) Fear makes us forgetful. The Bible says, ‘He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick’ (Matthew 8:16 NKJV). What a résumé! But fear gives us spiritual amnesia; it makes us forget what Jesus has already done and how good He has been to us. And what was Jesus’ response? ‘Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?’ Faith doesn’t eliminate fear; it silences it, robs it of its power, and draws us closer to God. And when that happens things begin to change for the better.
WEDNESDAY 17 AUGUST
‘Oh, that [we] would give thanks to the Lord for his goodness.’ Psalm 107:8 NKJV
Don’t Be Afraid (2)
When you’ve been through hard times, it can make you want to cut back on trusting God, and start playing it safe. When you’ve been through back-to-back storms, the security of the harbour starts looking good. Now it’s okay to rest and regroup, but don’t settle for safety and miss what God has planned for you. The Bible says: ‘Those who go down to the sea in ships, who do business on great waters…see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep. For He commands and raises the stormy wind, which lifts up the waves of the sea. They mount up to the heavens, they go down again to the depths; their soul melts because of trouble. They reel to and fro…stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end. Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses. He calms the storm, so that its waves are still. Then they are glad because they are quiet; so He guides them to their desired haven. Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness’ (vv. 23-31 NKJV). Where do we see God’s wonders? In life’s storms! Jesus issued 125 recorded commandments. Twenty-one of them are ‘Don’t be afraid’ or ‘Have courage.’ The second most common commandment, to love God and your neighbour, appears on only eight occasions. That means the one statement Jesus made more than any other was ‘Don’t be afraid!’ Why? Because He wants you to trust Him more!
‘When the Spirit has his way with us.’ Galatians 5:17 TLB
Always remember that no matter how long you walk with God, your carnal nature never improves. It never becomes more like Jesus, even over time. That’s why we’re told to ‘crucify’ it daily (See v. 24). Even the apostle Paul struggled with his lower nature: ‘We naturally love to do evil things…opposite from the things that the Holy Spirit tells us to do; and the good things we want to do when the Spirit has his way with us are just the opposite of our natural desires. These two forces within us are constantly fighting…to win control over us, and our wishes are never free from their pressures…But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control’ (vv. 17, 22-23 TLB). You ask, ‘Is such a lifestyle even possible?’ Yes, but you must do these four things: 1) Remember that Satan never takes a day off. You’re constantly in his crosshairs, so you must protect yourself with God’s Word and prayer. 2) Identify the sin you’re most prone to. The Bible says, ‘Lay aside…the sin which so easily ensnares’ (Hebrews 12:1 NKJV). Why? Because the area of your greatest weakness is the one in which you’ll constantly be attacked. 3) Keep your spiritual tank full. ‘The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace’ (Romans 8:6 NIV 1984 Edition). 4) Walk in God’s strength, not your own. Does the fight ever end? No, but God’s power plus your choice to obey and keep fighting, always lead to clear and lasting victory.