Monthly Archives: November 2012

Africa Inland Mission, International (AIM)

Recently, we featured a story on the remarkable life of Peter Cameron Scott, founder of Africa Inland Mission, International (AIM).
We thought we’d give you the opportunity to read more about this ministry, its history, and feature links to other information about AIM
.

An Introduction to AIM International
“With over 100 years experience, AIM International is an evangelical, interdenominational organization with the goal of seeing Christ-centered churches among all African peoples.”
Africa Inland Mission has over 930 people working in over 20 countries in Africa, all sharing the same goal of reaching out to those who have never heard the gospel.

To read about their history, click here

To date, over four million people worship in churches founded through the work of AIM and that work continues. However, we have a heart for African people, and that’s why our work isn’t restricted to the African continent but includes reaching Africans in the UK and Europe as well.
To read more, here is the link to their home page

Founded in 1895, Africa Inland Mission is an evangelical, interdenominational organization with the goal of seeing “Christ-centered churches among all African peoples.”

Serving across Africa, and ministering to Africans living in Europe, we work in partnership with the African church to reach Africa’s unreached peoples with the Good News of Jesus Christ.

 

Praising God for a Prophetic Homecoming – The Fellowship

Here is a wonderful story from “International Fellowship of Christians and Jews” website.

Praising God for a Prophetic Homecoming – The Fellowship.

Richard.Vincent.Rose.: Sermon Notes: Our Words Have Power and Authority

I thought I’d share with you some notes I took during a recent sermon on the power of our words.
Here is something I have been doing lately, and I invite you to see the power in this:

It seems that every time we are going through a tough trial or situation, there are certain Scriptures, or quotes (but especially Scriptures) which we cling to, we hold to. To build our faith and confidence, often “just get through,” we repeat these quotes throughout the day, at certain periods of the day, etc. I can’t imagine going through a tough time without doing this. But, how about every day-when things are going ok. Or … even going well? How many Christians do we all know who have note cards scattered/placed where they will be sure to see them. I do. Carol does. We have them placed all over the house and our office. I have placed note cards/Scripture cards on my visor out in the car or truck. In my wallet. I still do. While I have several note cards with Scriptures on “my” bureau, I often catch myself reading Carol’s cards, as she has them scattered … um … I mean, placed neatly, on “her” bureau. Often, “her cards” are just what I need as I prepare for the day. I am now being reminded that it is not just our words that have power and authority in our lives … but, other people’s words carry power and authority in our lives.

But, back to doing this on a regular basis, as part of your daily life, every day.
While I have always been an advocate of note-taking, and I mean taking as many notes as you can during a sermon (yes, especially when I’m speaking), I, honestly, had gotten away from doing this on a regular basis. So, I started taking notes again. Whether I am a fan of “Church Bulletins” or not (brutally honest, as we also supply these!) (I guess I still have a lot of the “old school” left), our church bulletins, which I make sure I receive each week, have the back page (interesting) reserved for “Sermon Notes.” Let’s face it-this is a great idea! Since I had gotten away from taking notes, this meant I no longer carried a spiral notebook with me to church. I was so classic: I started by continuing to take the notebook, and, each week, I’d take fewer and fewer notes. I even got to the point where I had decided that I was going to limit the amount of notes I’d take to one page, and one page only. This led to taking fewer notes. It would seem to almost anger me when the Pastor had a really great sermon going, and I was in danger of having to take more than one page of notes. Ok, I’ll admit it. I would become almost angry when it appeared that I might be in danger of filling a whole page of notes. Well, you know that about this time, my notebook became full. So, I just decided not to get another one. Meaning that now, I would just show up to church without a notebook at all. This led to showing up at church without even carrying a pen! The irony in this is that, as a writer, I always have to have a writing instrument with me. I have to have one in my shirt pocket, pants pocket, and if wearing a t-shirt, I will have an ink pen attached to the neckline of the tee. I have pens out in the garage, the shed, the truck (where I have pens everywhere, including stuck in the heater vents). But, when I stopped with the note-taking at church, I no longer carried one of the items most associated with my appearance. There seems to be such a metaphor in this.

Anyway, back to the point of taking notes on the back of my church bulletin: Since I was really feeling conviction for not taking notes (not for the action of taking notes, but for the benefits the Spirit knew I would receive from doing it), I did what I saw other church members do: Use the back of the bulletin for taking notes. Should I also mention that, in the days when I was an avid note-taker, with pen and notebook, that I used to frown, judgmentally, at those who would do this? So, I started taking notes on the back of the church bulletin. God would even add additional notes to the sermon, as well!
It was then that I discovered what all this note-taking was all about. I placed the church bulletin, on the inside front cover of my Bible, on top of the note cards (with Scriptures) I keep there. When I do my daily Bible reading, which is first thing in the morning and the last thing at night, the first thing I do is read at least one of the special Scripture cards (all of which pertain to something in particular I am praying and seeking God for), before I begin my Scripture reading. But, what I started doing, is reading the “Sermon Notes” from the bulletin, instead of the note cards. It is remarkable how, each day, as I read the notes from Sunday’s sermon, it exactly pertains to exactly what I am now, today, praying and seeking God’s help for. We always hear, and know, that God gives the Pastor a message specifically tailored for the congregation-what they need to hear right now. After all, that’s the point, right? The Pastor hears from God, what the congregation needs to hear. While we all know and believe this, to see it “play out” in real life is, well, amazing.

I hope this helps you. You have to read your Bible. Every day. Yes, as often as you can, and certainly make it a priority to read first thing in the morning and the last thing at night. And, keep those cards with Scripture verses where you’ll see them-every day. God will use whatever means necessary to get the Word you need to hear to you. To keep the Word in your heart, it has to enter through your head. Make sure you place His Words where your head will be. I didn’t even mention mirrors, refrigerators, doorways, but, you get the idea. And, keep taking those notes. On whatever paper necessary. I know that some of my best writing was done on napkins, inside of torn-open envelopes and paper bags. Once, I wrote a poem on the outside of one of those white paper bags on the back of airplane seats, if you know what I mean. God’s Word, and your words, whether written or spoken, carry authority.

At some point, I should include the notes taken exactly as I wrote them, on the “Sermon Notes” back page of the church bulletin:
As always, the notes followed the sermon, and some additional words Jesus gave me as I sat and listened. These are all just as I wrote them:

Jesus is King-Now! Not just in the past or future-But, Jesus is King right now!
What I say-What you say-is important.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”
Or, translated,
“Ruin and victory are in the power of the tongue.”
Proverbs 18:21

God’s Words bring life-Our words bring ruin.
Matthew 4:1-11:
Jesus didn’t give an opinion:
“It is written … “  “My Father says …”

What you say matters: Matthew 12:34-37.

“Whosoever shall say  … and not doubt in his heart … but believe that these things which he saith shall come to pass, he shall have whatsoever he saith … believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” (Mark 11:22-24).

As believers, our words are the most powerful thing we have.
Satan has no power over God’s Word.
My words carry the authority of God.
My words release the power of God.

“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16).

We didn’t choose God first-He chose us.
My words impart salvation to the lost.

Bring your problems to God first-Not to your friends.

Blessings,
Richard.Vincent.Rose.

 

Ministries We Support: Great Vision Pentecostal Church & Ministry: Arusha, Tanzania, East Africa

It is our honor, privilege, and great blessing to hear from, and serve, dear Brothers and Sisters all over the globe. For several months, we have been blessed to have been able to correspond with Pastor Daudi Msimbe, who, along with his wife, Georgina, are founders and directors of Great Vision Pentecostal Church & Ministry of People Shipping Centre, located in Arusha, Tanzania, East Africa.We are blessed to have many contacts on the continent of Africa, through hearing from ministry teams and individual Christians who live and minister there. One reason that Tanzania has such a special place in our heart is because of our association with Compassion International.   
There are so many others in great need there.
We are sharing with you some pictures and information about Great Vision Pentecostal Church & Ministry of People Shipping Centre, located in Arusha, Tanzania. How blessed we are here in the ‘States, and they would be the first to witness to you about how blessed they are over in East Africa. We have included pictures of Pastor Daudi and  Georgina Msimbe, their church, images from their services, and a couple of baptism pictures. As powerful as these images are, there is just something about a baptism, which stirs something special within our soul. Praise Jesus! One Spirit. One Savior. One Baptism. One Church. One World. One Heaven.

Hello to our friends in Africa! And, to our friends everywhere.
Please enjoy the pictures, and please note that we have included contact information (mailing and email) for the ministry. We close the article with a personal message we received from Pastor Msimbe.
Blessings to you all, everywhere,
Ted and Carol
“I am very happy to send our greetings from Tanzania.
Thanks and you are most welcome to Tanzania and I will be happy one day to meet face to face.
A greeting all of you in the name of our Lord Jesus,”

Daudi & Georgina Msimbe
Founders & Directors
Great Vision Pentecostal Church & Ministry of People Shipping Centre
P.O.BOX 13437
Arusha Tanzania
East Africa
+255 754 22 84 77
+255 755 56 54 73
greatvisionpsc@yahoo.com

Heroes of the Faith: Peter Cameron Scott

“Will you seek a life of self-glory and applause in the entertainment world, or will you dedicate your life to My service?”
Here is the remarkable story of Peter Cameron Scott, founder of
Africa Inland Mission, International (AIM).
This is reprinted from
Christianity.com:
“Will you seek a life of self-glory and applause in the entertainment world, or will you dedicate your life to My service?” Standing on the steps of the opera house, Peter Cameron Scott heard the voice as clearly as if God had taken a man’s form.

In that moment, he made a fateful decision. He would obey God. His decision laid him in a grave in Africa at the age of twenty-nine. By then he had already buried his brother John, all alone in Africa. Was it worth it?

Peter was born in Scotland (where he once attended a Dwight L. Moody evangelistic meeting and was deeply moved by the singing). His family moved to Pennsylvania when he was a young man. Christians, they refused to allow him to enter the field of opera. Instead, at twenty-two, he joined the Christian Alliance Training Institute in New York. This was one of the works founded by A. B. Simpson, which became part of the Christian and Missionary Alliance.

Peter was too impatient to finish the course. Africans were dying without knowledge of Christ. He gathered seven eager young men and they sailed for the Congo. Peter’s brother soon joined him. Before many months, with his own hands, Peter buried him. John had contracted one of the dreaded diseases of the Congo.

It was evident to Peter that he would have to leave Africa himself or die, he was so sick with malaria. He went to England to recover. There he read about the mission work of others. Weak and depressed, he did not see how he could return to Africa. Kneeling before the tomb of David Livingstone in Westminster Abbey, he read these words:

Other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring.

He rose with renewed determination and hope. He returned to America and founded the Africa Inland Mission. When he went back to Africa, it was with a new team. On this day, October 17, 1895, the men landed at Mombasa, Kenya. Peter did not know it, but he had less than fourteen months left to live.

He pressed inland to plant missions and share the gospel. His efforts were heroic. However, few Africans turned to Christ. Peter contracted deadly blackwater fever. He died on December 8, 1896.

After his death, his teammates also died one by one. Others came to replace them, some carrying their supplies in coffins! Such dedication eventually opened the hearts of the Africans. In time, several African nations became largely Christian. Kenya is one of those. With less than 1% Christians in 1900, it is 79% Christian today. Peter Cameron Scott helped plant the seeds for that church growth.

Please click here to go directly to AIM’s Website:
http://www.aimint.org/eu/about/69-aims-history