I am primarily an evangelist and teacher who travels around the world in apostolic ministry as God leads and enables me. In addition to preaching and teaching the Bible, I mentor our key partners to be more strategic and impactful for the Gospel in their countries and cultures, just as they continue to mentor me. I am relationally focused rather than program or project focused in ministry relationships and partnerships.
“I urge you, brothers…by the love of the Spirit,
to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me.
Pray that I may be rescued from the unbelievers…and that my service…
may be acceptable to the saints…”
(Rom. 15: 30-31)
Dear Ministry Partner,
When you receive this email, I will be airborne for Africa. It will be my first major international trip since completing the 40 radiation treatments for prostate cancer. While I still have some of the lingering fatigue from those treatments, I am trusting God for both the spiritual wisdom and physical strength for this trip. As all of my trips tend to be, this one will be diverse and fast moving. I will be in Kenya for the first week and Zimbabwe for the second week. Even though I will be in the “African bush” for some of the time, I still hope to be able to send a few brief reports and pictures – so be watching for those.
In addition to praying for my physical stamina, I also ask for your special prayers for my “…service to the saints” through the many items I will be taking in. As you know, I always travel as a ‘Pack Mule For Jesus’ – taking in as much as possible to meet spiritual and physical needs. That’s why the airlines hate to see me checking in! So first, pray that I will get everything on board. Then pray I will be able to get everything through the Customs in both Kenya and Zimbabwe duty free. Sadly, the airlines look for every opportunity to charge you ridiculous fees for anything and everything!
Solar Bibles, charging in the sunlight, and packed for Africa.
Pray especially for the several hundred “Solar Digital Players” with the Bible in Samburu, Turkana and Shona that I will be taking in for distribution. The devil always does all he can to stop the “sowing of the Word” through any medium – whether preaching, literature, music or “Solar Bibles.”
Finally, I am attaching an electronic copy of a brochure we sent out recently to people on our mailing list. It is a loving challenge not to take a vacation from giving during these summer months when giving tends to be down. Please click on the "Kingdom Advancing Ministry Summer 2016" brochure below for ministry opportunities, and please send in whatever gift you can to help us continue to “encourage, equip and empower” our many national partners in other countries.
Thanks for continuing to give spiritually and financially,
“Nation will rise against nation,
and kingdom against kingdom.”
Dear Ministry Partner,
It seems like 2016 is becoming a rerun of 1968 – the height of the Civil Rights Era. The old expression seems to be true that says: “The more things change, the more they remain the same.” That’s why many of us feel we are reliving the years of 1965 through 1968.
Much of our younger generation does not remember that it was the year 1968 that President Johnson signed the historic “Civil Rights Act” into law – also known as the “Fair Housing Act”. That watershed law prohibited any form of discrimination in the sale, rental or financing of housing based on religion, national origin or race. This Act is widely considered by many as the final great legislative achievement of the “Civil Rights Era” (1954 – 1968).
It was also in 1968, on April 4th, that James Earl Ray assassinated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis. His death in many ways led to a fragmentation and dissolution of the Civil Rights Movement. Since Dr. King’s death, the Civil Rights Movement has not produced another single leader with his unifying ability for African Americans. He was a unique leader with a unique message at a unique time in American history.
Ironically, Patt and I also look back to 1968 as the official founding of our ministry,“The New Directions.” As an interdenominational, interracial contemporary ministry group, we used music to “take it to the streets” as a positive demonstration of racial reconciliation in Christ. For the next dozen or more years, we made “loving invasions” into every bastion of segregation, prejudice and racism in the South and North. We called our events an “Action Experience in Christian Love.” For most people, it was a totally “new direction” in ministry. (Please click here to view other photos from our archives).
As God built us into an authentic covenant family through the reconciling love of the Lord Jesus, it spread to others. In heart after heart…home after home…marriage after marriage…family after family…church after church…community after community – we saw the “…dividing walls of hostility” fall that had been segregating people from God and from each other (Eph. 2:14).
Since those defining years of desegregation, a new generation of Americans – both Blacks and Whites – have grown up with little or no personal experience of the Civil Rights Era. For many of them, it is abstract ancient history. But the new generation of “X’ers” and “millennials” are painfully learning what our generation learned: while you can and should pass legislation against discrimination, you cannot legislate a change of heart. It was one thing for America to pass legislation abolishing the Jim Crow Laws that had mandated racial segregation in all public facilities. It was another issue to eradicate Jim Crow sentiments from the heart.
During the Civil Rights Movement, music was used to fan the flames of social change. The “protest music” of folk singers and rock musicians became the prophetic voice to many in that generation, that radical change had to take place. As one song said: “The times they are a-changing!”
But, millions found that while the “…answer was blowing in the wind,” those winds did not always change people’s hearts. During those earlier days of ministry when I spoke on reconciliation, I would often quote the rather humorous words of a popular folk song that said:
“…the whole world is festering with unhappy souls –
the French hate the Germans, the Germans hate the Poles;
Italians hate the Yugaslovs; South Africans hate the Dutch –
And I don’t like anybody very much!
The chorus concluded:
“They’re rioting in Africa, there is strive in Iran;
what nature does not do to us – will be done by our fellow man!”
It’s amazing how relevant those words are – almost a half-century later! It seems that reconciliation, like many other things, seldom lasts more than one generation.
NATIONAL HEART DISEASE...
Human history proves that laws about justice and equality are needed to regulate sinful behavior. Virtually every country has been guilty of some form of legal Apartheid by one race against another. Often it is the minority against the majority. Whichever group has the most power rules – or “might equals right.”
Apartheid is a disease of every human heart. We naturally want to differentiate, discriminate, segregate and dominate. It takes something supernatural – conversion, to cause people to repent of the apartheid in their hearts. Only a radical spiritual transformation can bring about permanent racial reconciliation.
Therefore, until beliefs are changed, behavioral modification will only be superficial and temporary – regardless of what our laws say. Until God’s laws of love are written on our hearts, no lasting change can take place in our homes or in our streets. Unless the heart is truly changed – nothing else will permanently change. Only God can change the human heart.
One of the things we personally learned during those early days of the Civil Rights Movement was that all of us are prejudiced to one degree or another. By virtue of the “original sin,” we all inherited prejudice through our common human father, Adam – prejudice against other humans because of our innate sin and selfishness. Every baby is born with a selfish, self-seeking nature. A baby always wants its way in everything. That’s why King David reflected: “Surely I was sinful at birth” (Ps. 51:5).
To one degree or another, all of us are like Cain who killed his brother, Abel. The Biblical record of that first murder is succinct: “Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him” (Gen. 4:8). That description is as current as our recent news reports about policemen killing blacks and blacks killing policemen. Like Cain, some kill their brothers in the streets with stones or bullets. Others do so with angry words of hatred. Still others do it quietly in the secret recesses of their heart as they muse over how they believe themselves to be superior to those of other races. But, personal and relational death still occurs in every situation.
In addition to having pride and prejudice through birth, we all have residual racism by culture, conditioning and choice. None of us is totally “color-blind.” We all have overt or covert prejudice against others – racially, sexually and socially. And we often use economics to reinforce those prejudices and “keep people in their place.” We use our economic superiority to segregate ourselves in gated communities with expensive walls of prejudice that buffer “us” from “them.”
So our message today is the same as it was back in 1968: Racism is not a skin problem…but a sin problem!
THE UNIVERSALITY OF RACISM…
Because sin is universal – racism is universal. This irrefutable historic and cultural fact is seen in the innate tribalism of Africa…casteism of India…oligarchy of Europe…and current renewed racism in America. It is because of this systemic sinful racism in the heart of every human, that history has experienced regular bloody manifestations of racial war, ethnic cleansing, tribal genocide, Nazi death camps and Russian gulags. It is that same racial sin that is causing a rebirth and resurgence in America of hate groups like the Black Panthers and White Supremacists.
In previous centuries, the sin of racial superiority was almost globally manifest through the subjugation in colonialism – which often put a cloak of “civilization” over their racism. But, sadly, that same racist spirit has continued in many of these same countries just as viciously through many forms of nationalism. These homegrown movements of nationalism often became little more than the legalization of selfish and savage dictatorships who were worse than what the colonialists imposed on their own people – especially those of other tribes or religions.
According to the UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees), there are some 60 million displaced people in the world today. The vast majority of them have been reduced to refugee status due to various forms of hostile racism, tribalism, genocide, ethnic cleansing or religious imperialism.
And ever since the horrific events of 9/11, America and the free world have been engaged in the “War on Islamic Terrorism.” From then till now, the world has witnessed the proliferation of Muslim radicals and jihadists who have a zero tolerance of anything and everything not Islamic. They continue to seek to impose their form of religious racism on the non-Muslim world through the forceful imposition of Sharia law.
I could go on and on with many more examples because I am personally familiar with them through our partnerships with strategic national leaders. Many face degrees of religious, political and economic racism, simply because they are followers of Jesus Christ. Christians across the globe are increasingly being singled out as the special target of prejudice and persecution.
In America, the same prejudice and discrimination is increasingly happening from kindergartens…to universities…to law schools…to the IRS…to the White House…to the Supreme Court. Having rebelled against the Judeo-Christian foundations of our country, the “elitist” liberal leftists seek to legally impose their mentality on all of society – especially Christians. Sadly, they have convinced and co-opted many Black Americans into equating the old Jim Crow Laws with any and every form of prejudice against homosexuality, bisexuality and gay marriage. In reality, their political and social agenda is really anti-Christian…anti-life…anti-marriage…anti-family…anti-responsibility – and anti-Black. And as we are seeing almost daily in the news, many of them have increasingly become anti-law and order through their anarchist mentality and methodology.
In all probability, all of this new birth of racism in America will only be intensified by the upcoming Republican and Democratic Conventions and ensuing campaigns, where the presumptive nominees and their political supporters will each blame the other for playing the “race card” to their advantage.
BROTHER AGAINST BROTHER…
This reminds us afresh of the accuracy of the Lord’s prophecy over two thousand years ago in His Olivet Discourse. In that teaching, Jesus gave a number of “signs of the times” to His disciples before He died on the cross. His crucifixion was history’s most supreme act of spiritual prejudice by sinful man against a Holy God! And yet God transmuted it into salvation for the world.
But, just as Jesus accurately predicted, there has been a steady increase in the intensity of “…nation against nation and kingdom against kingdom.”
As you know, when Jesus used the word “nation,” He was not talking about geo-political nations as our maps have portrayed. The word in the original is the word ethnos, from which we get the word “ethnic.” It means a group of people who are united by a common kinship, culture, or tradition. While their “kingdom” may have certain recognized geographical boundaries, it is their ethnicity that really holds them together more than their geography. Since many of these groups are nomadic and mobile, their geographical location may shift from time to time – but not their ethnicity.
Anywhere you travel in America or the world, you will soon come face-to-face with overt or covert forms of racial prejudice. You will find volatile situations of racial and ethnic tensions – just waiting for the right incident to set off conflict and violence. And not surprisingly, much of the world’s racism is religiously motivated. That’s why only spiritual transformation can lead to authentic social transformation.
It was that kind of radical spiritual transformation that happened to Saul of Tarsus on the Damascus Road when he met the risen Christ. Before that encounter, Saul was a caustic, bigoted “true-blue-Jew-through-and-through.” He was motivated by spiritual, racial and cultural pride and arrogance (Phil. 3:3-6)! Like so many of us, Saul’s world was neatly segregated between “us” and “them.”
But, God temporarily blinded him in order to make him see. He was blinded by light – the light of God’s revelation through Jesus Christ! In the process, he temporarily lost his sight – but gained new insight that forever changed him spiritually, racially, socially and culturally. As a result, he later wrote:
“From now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone, the new has come” (II Cor. 5:16-17).
So, it was only spiritual conversion that radically caused Saul to no longer see people from a human perspective – or from a “…worldly point of view.” And the one thing that killed the apartheid in his life was to see who Jesus really was – God’s Messiah and Savior of the world. Before then, Saul had seen Jesus through the blinded eyes of spiritual pride and prejudice. To him, Jesus was nothing more than a deceived Jewish fanatic with a messianic complex: Jesus’ blasphemy in claiming to be God incarnate got Him just what He deserved – crucifixion as an imposter! That was the “…worldly point of view” that Saul had of Jesus until He met the real Person on the Damascus Road. But, when Saul saw and heard the resurrected Christ, he cried out “Lord!” That spiritual insight into the nature of Christ forever changed his sight of every human as a potential “…new creation” in Christ Jesus. Forever thereafter, Saul saw people through the eyes of Christ.
It was only when Saul had a correct view of Christ that he could have a correct view of other people. Paul’s conversion reminds us that it is impossible to have a right view of man when we have a wrong view of Christ!
His conversion was so radical that his name was changed from “Saul” to “Paul.” Because of his Damascus Road experience, Paul became a champion of equal rights for all people – especially Gentiles whom he had formerly hated. Overnight he changed from being a “Gentile hater” to a “Gentile lover.” Why? Because “…if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation…” And for Paul, that “anyone” included everyone!
It was that spiritual transformation that turned the Roman world, of institutionalized racism for a privileged few, upside-down. It also brought down the “…dividing wall of hostility” erected by the Jews through their sense of religious superiority. Salvation was not for a privileged few. It was available to everyone.
That’s why Paul lovingly and boldly proclaimed the revolutionary message of transformation that could only take place through the Gospel. While racial and social barriers existed in the world, Paul said that in the church “…there is neither Jew nor Greek, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian or Scythian, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:28; Col. 3:11).
That message of racial, social, sexual and economic reconciliation through spiritual reconciliation is still the ONLY solution to our new American divisions. Love is still the only lasting antidote to hate.
These next few months leading up to the Presidential election in November will give fresh opportunities for Christians to be God’s “salt”, stopping corruption, and His “light”, penetrating darkness.
Back in 1968, we realized that you do not gradually “drift” out of racism into reconciliation. It only happens with positive, proactive intentionality – beginning with a radical “change of heart.” When your heart changes, your will can resolve to change. Then and only then will we have the desire and will to be the “…ministers of reconciliation” that God called us to as His disciples. Both inside and outside God’s embassy called the church, we are to be “…Christ’s ambassadors.” It is through us that God is making His appeal: “Be reconciled to God” and be “reconciled to man” (II Cor. 5:20).
When we cease that “…ministry of reconciliation,” we are guilty of “…receiving God’s grace in vain” (II Cor. 6:1). That means that we are living as if Jesus never died to reconcile us to God, or reconcile us to others.
Saints, it is time for us to step into these growing gaps of alienation with the kind of words and deeds of reconciliation that will result in renewed racial and social changes for God’s glory and the good of others. These new expressions of social hostility only testify to the spiritual separation from God and His love that is generating all of this alienation of “…brother against brother.”
Let’s step into the gap of alienation with the reconciliation of agape love! It’s our only hope as a country. Politics cannot bridge these gaps – but the cross can!
In His Reconciling love,
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.”
Pastor Nima Tshering
Patriarch of Tibetan Christianity
(1916 - 2016)
Dear Ministry Partners,
On July 1st, God took one of His choice servants to heaven. In many ways, Pastor Nima Tshering was the Dalai Lama, or spiritual patriarch, to the Tibetan body of Christ. He was affectionately known as “Pala,” or father, to all who knew him, loved him and looked to him as their spiritual patriarch.
When I heard the news of Pala’s death, the words the Lord spoke about the patriarch, Abraham, came to mind:
“Abraham lived a hundred and seventy-five years. Then Abraham breathed his last and died at a good old age, an old man and full of years…” (Gen. 25:7-8).
Abraham is the most unique and revered spiritual patriarch in human history, equally revered by Jews, Christians and Muslims alike as the spiritual father of their monotheistic faiths. Billions of people continue to look to him as their spiritual head, more than to any other person in human history. He has no contemporary or peer among world religious leaders.
In a similar but smaller way, Pala Tshering was an absolutely unique spiritual patriarch. Pala was the “Abraham” of Tibetan Christianity. And like Abraham, Pala was sovereignly called and equipped by God to be His voice to Tibetans – still the least evangelized and most unresponsive people group on earth.
As a Buddhist monk for over 30 years, Pala was uniquely prepared by God to become His prophet, priest, pastor and patriarch to Tibetans – especially those in the Diaspora living in Nepal and India.
As you know from previous reports, it was our joy and privilege to have been in close partnership with Pala for the last several decades of his life. As he and Amala “adopted us,” they even gave us Tibetan names. I have two names: Jingmy (fear not), and Lundup (successful accomplisher). Patt has three: Acha (sister), Pema (beautiful flower), and Dechenla (one who brings peace). What an honor to be engrafted into this unique Tibetan family!
Pala named his ministry Champa Choeling, or “Place of Love.” Across the decades, it became the “loving home” for needy Tibetan children refugees – most of whom were orphans or destitute – who were welcomed as their own family. Along with his wife Amala, his son, Yacob, and daughter-in-law, Linda, they have practically ministered the love and compassion of Christ to needy Tibetans. And because of the giving of our American partners, we have supported them financially for over two decades. By God’s grace, that monthly support will continue – even though it is one of our single biggest monthly financial commitments.
While we grieve the loss of Pala as the Founder and Patriarch, we know that the unique spiritual legacy of Champa Choeling will continue under the leadership of Pala’s son, Yacob. So, just as God raised up Abraham’s son, Isaac, to carry on his unique spiritual legacy, He is doing the same thing through Yacob.
As a Tibetan by birth and a Christian by rebirth, Yacob is also uniquely called by his earthly and Heavenly Father to continue the work. Because he has been at his father’s side across the decades, Yacob will carry the baton forward and upward for God’s glory among the Tibetan people. God has given Yacob the same assurance He gave to Joshua when he took up the spiritual mantle of Moses:
“Moses My servant is dead. Now you and all these people get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land…as I was with Moses, so I will be with you;
I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Josh. 1:2-5).
While Pala did not live the 175 years that Abraham lived, or the 125 years that Moses lived, he did live 100 years and 6 months. As many of you will recall, we did a special feature on his “100th Birthday” that took place on January 1st (please click here to review that report).
Yacob with Pala and Amala on Pala's 100th birthday.
Let me share a portion of Yacob’s touching email about his father’s passing from earth to heaven that I received this past week (emphasis mine)…
Dear Brother Williams,
Greetings to you and Sister Patt in The Name of our Risen Saviour Lord Jesus.
Thank you so much for your condolence email which we here did receive.
It has been a very sad and a shocking moment on the night of 1st July, Friday, time 9:15 pm, when Pala left us all to be with the Lord in a very prayerful and peaceful manner in the Hospital bed. I recall the moment when Pala called all of us who were with him to come close to his bed. Then Pala told us to sing this Hymn which was one of his favorites which he had composed:
"Tsowo Yishu tsen Chea shou rea,Tsowo Yishu Tsen nemsho rea,Tsowo Yishu Tsen thou shou rea.”
The words mean: "The Name of Jesus is the Greatest, Name of Jesus is the Sweetest, Name of Jesus is the Highest.”
After singing the Hymn, Pala led us in Prayer. Then he concluded with The Lord’s Prayer in Tibetan and the five of us close to his bed joined in the Lord’s Prayer. After the Prayer we all could see some kind of shine on his face and he looked very happy.
After Pala died in the Kathmandu hospital, we took him to his bed at Champa Choeling.
After recalling all these incidents and Pala’s passing away, it all seems that Pala knew in advance that His time was near to be with the Lord, but he never told us about it. Instead, Pala taught us all around his bed the ‘Greatest Sermon’ and lesson we here will never forget in our lifetime! Even on His deathbed with all the injections in both of his hands and his oxygen mask waiting to be put back on after he finished with Prayer, Pala led and taught us to Praise the Lord Jesus and to pray to Him even on his deathbed. We here Praise God that we could learn from Pala the ‘Greatest Sermon’ of his life for us!
Some of the young people from Champa Choeling
rode to Pala's burial service.
Yacob and some of the Tibetan young people carried
Pala's coffin to the burial site. At right, in fulfillment of
Pala's request, Pastor Hanok conducted the funeral service.
Yacob helped his son, Pala's grandson, Yondhen, bury the coffin, and prayed
a final prayer at Pala's grave.
Yacob and Hanok, two grieving brothers in Christ.
At right, Yondhen, Linda, Yacob and Pastor Hanok at Pala's grave.
We here would Praise God for sending Pastor Hanok to help us all to find a perfect place for Pala’s burial ceremony which was outside of Kathmandu. As Pala wished, we asked Pastor Hanok to please perform and lead the Burial Ceremony which Pastor Hanok graciously did. So we here do Praise God the Almighty for everything.
As the Psalmist says: “He makes me to lie down in the green pastures.” Since the graveyard is surrounded by green pastures, we here praise God for this great provision!
Please do continue to remember us here at CC and the entire “Tibetan Ministry” in your Prayers. The Tibetan Christian Community, as well as the Buddhist Community, all said during their visit to pay their homage and respect to Pala, that we have lost a dear father whom everybody called and revered as ‘Pala.’ A great vacuum has been left in The Tibetan Christian World.
With much Love and Prayers,
Yacob and all at CC.
It is hard for us in America to fully understand the challenge of finding a ‘Christian Cemetery’ to bury Pala. Since Nepal is a Hindu country, everyone is cremated. Christian burials are basically against the laws and culture of the land. So it is extremely difficult to find a peaceful place for a Christian burial. But through Hanok’s help, God provided that appropriate ‘green pasture’ for Pala to lie down in through death to await the resurrection.
FRIENDS AND PARTNERS IN LIFE AND IN DEATH
Since Pala was an early member of the Aradhana Church pastored by Hanok Tamang, they have had a spiritual friendship and partnership that spans several decades. On one of his last visits, Pala asked Hanok to conduct his funeral. This was a high and holy honor to lead the coronation service for such a patriarch as Pala. Here is what Hanok wrote me when he heard the news of Pala’s home going…
“God graced Pala to live 100 years and 6 months in the world and took him in heaven on July 1st…I remembered each important moment that I had the privilege of spending with Pala since I have known him for 36 years. As the pioneer patriarch and elderly saint, I have deep respect with high regards in my heart ever since God connected me with Pala three and half decades ago. Every time when I visited him, he always blessed my life. I am not a worthy person to describe what Pala possessed spiritually and morally. But I thank God for the life he lived and how he was such a source of blessing to so many. He indeed enriched my life and I will always remember the words he shared with me some weeks ago before his departure to heaven from the world. After visiting him I was about to leave the room, he grabbed my hands and asked me to promise to conduct his funeral and see that he was buried in a Christian cemetery. When I heard what Pala told me, my heart literally trembled with the feeling God’s strong presence in our midst. With the spirit of humility, I thanked God for such an important moment that He graced to us on that day.”
Hanok presented Pala with a cake on his 100th birthday
on January 1, 2016.
Pala prays on his 100th birthday.
The greatest certainty of life is death! Whether it is Pala’s, mine or yours – death is the ultimate statistic of life. There is still one death per person! Unless we live until the Rapture, none of us get out of this life alive.
That’s why the Bible, history, contemporary events and personal experience regularly remind us of the absolute certainty of our mortality. And that’s why we are not really ready to live until we are ready to die.
The Spirit said to John in his Revelation: “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord…” (Rev. 14:13). Note that crucial phrase “…die IN the Lord.” That reminds us that every human being either dies “…in the Lord” or “outside the Lord.” Physical death seals our spiritual state for all eternity! Or as the writer of Hebrews summarized: “It is appointed unto man to die once and after that to face judgment” (Heb. 9:27). No reincarnation. No second chances. No reruns. It is death and then judgment.
But for every Believer – like Pala – death is not the end of the story but the eternal beginning. Because of the resurrection of Christ, death results in gain, not loss (Lk. 19:17)…joy rather than sorrow (Matt. 25:21)…pleasure instead of pain (Ps. 16:11)…heaven and not hell…eternal blessings rather than eternal banishment (Matt. 8:12; 13:50; Lk. 13:26).
However, in spite of the certainty of our demise, we were not created for death – but for life! Every molecule in our DNA was designed for life – not death. That’s why the Bible calls death our “final enemy” (I Cor. 15:26). Because our loving Creator put within us His own “…image and likeness” – we are as eternal as God is. While we will all die physically, we will all continue to live somewhere forever!
But the greatest tragedy of life is not death. The great irony is not that all people ultimately DIE – it is that most people never really LIVE before they die! And no person can really begin to live apart from a personal relationship with God through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ (Jn. 5:24). Until a person is “born again” through faith in Christ, life is little more than a ‘living death’ spiritually, mentally, emotionally, relationally, socially (Jn. 3:3; Eph. 2:1).
That’s why the Bible exhorts us to: “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Ps. 90:12). Pala experienced that radical conversion through the Holy Spirit that transformed him from a Buddhist monk to a Christian pastor. As a result, Pala lived the rest of his adult life for God’s glory through reaching his fellow Tibetans for Christ. Because he had received a “…heart of wisdom,” he made every day count for the Lord. He spent over 15 years of his life translating the Old Testament into the “heart language” of Tibetans. In addition he wrote hymns in the Tibetan language and musical genre – just like King David did in his day.
Pala with the solar powered 'Oral Bible'
translated into the Tibetan language
spoken by the common people.
By God’s grace, we were able to help Pala and Yacob produce an “Oral Bible” several years ago in the Tibetan language spoken by the common people. Through Yacob’s special gift of evangelism, these players have been distributed in Tibetan Refugee Camps in Nepal and India, as well as among the Diaspora in America. So while Pala’s earthly voice has been silenced through death, we rejoice that his reading of God’s Word has been forever captured through these MP3 solar players! As a result, what was said of righteous Abel can also be said of Pala: “By faith he still speaks, even though he is dead” (Heb. 11:4).
In honor of Pala’s long and fruitful life of translating, preaching, teaching and putting God’s Word to music in the Tibetan language, I hope many of you will give a gift of $25 or more so we can order more of these “Solar Oral Bibles” in Tibetan. That’s the subsidized cost of one solar player. Please help me take in as many as possible for Yacob to distribute to Tibetans who are still living in spiritual darkness on my next trip to Nepal this fall.
And I ask that you continue to pray for our beloved Tibetan friends and partners – especially for Pala’s widow, Amala. Also pray for Yacob and Linda as they pick up the baton of God’s Word left by Pala, and continue to carry it to the Tibetan world. While this “Tibetan Patriarch” has died – God’s Word has not. Together we can see the greatest spiritual breakthroughs in the Tibetan world as we continue to build on Pala’s legacy.
In His Comforting Love for them,
JL & Patt
PS: For those of you who have not read the book that Patt wrote on Pala’s life, we would like to send you a free copy, as long as they last. It will not only bless your life, it will help you pray more intelligently for the Tibetan people who continue to be so resistant to the Gospel.
“And the Lord was adding to their number
day by day those who were being saved.”
Dear Friends & Partners,
Nepal continues to be one of those countries where God is sovereignly and supernaturally building His Kingdom and growing His church at an exponential rate. Informed missiologists quickly point to the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal as one of the spiritual “hot spots” where the Holy Spirit continues to be poured out as on the Day of Pentecost. This supernatural revival has been going on for decades, until recently, without much foreign intervention or manipulation.
OWNERSHIP OR PARTNERSHIP?
After the word began to spread in America and the west about this great spiritual revival that is taking place in Nepal, it became a “mission magnet” that has attracted thousands of foreigners. Sadly, most have not gone in to support the indigenous church and assist the national leaders. Rather, they have gone in to establish their own work in Nepal. They did not go to Nepal to align themselves with what God was doing there – but to re-align the young Nepali church with their own theologies, traditions and denominational distinctions.
In the early days of my travels in Nepal, I strongly sensed that I was experiencing an authentic First Generational Church – just like in the book of Acts. As I often described it to others, the Nepali church had not existed long enough to be “divided by theology” or “bound by tradition.” No one had heard of a Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian or Pentecostal. They were all just the Body of Christ. And, like in the New Testament, they named their churches not after men – but after Biblical names or geographical locations (Aradhana means “worship”; Joti means “joy”, etc).
Does this mean that the young Nepali church was a perfect church? Obviously not. It was no more perfect than the one in the book of Acts – or your own local church! But, was God doing a unique work there through the Holy Spirit and under the Headship of Christ? Absolutely!
In those days, there was an incredible pristine purity and spiritual unity that only a sovereign Holy Spirit could create! And much of this purity and power was the result of the fires of persecution that the Nepali church had experienced since its supernatural inception. There were few leaders or even ordinary Christians who were not in some way persecuted for their faith.
Because Nepal was the world’s only “Hindu Kingdom” at the time, all other religions were illegal. As a result, the Constitution of Nepal mandated the following:
And yet, the church grew exponentially day-by-day and week-by-week – and continues to grow to this day and hour. Sadly, the “fires of persecution” are once again heating-up against Christians in Nepal. In spite of the declaration by the new Constitution that Nepal is a “Secular State” rather than a “Hindu Kingdom,” new opposition is growing as a result of the revival of Hindu Fundamentalism. Just recently, eight Christian leaders were arrested and jailed for public preaching. Even though they have now been released – this is evidence of a revival of opposition in the face of the explosive church growth that is taking place.
Exhorting new believers before their public baptism.
AN AVALANCHE OF FOREIGNERS…
While we rejoice in the baptism of new believers, much of the original pristine purity and power has now been lost as a result of the well-intentioned and well-financed intervention by foreigners – mostly from America and Korea. That’s because far too many of these western Christians went there with the attitude of “teaching the Nepali church” – rather than “learning from the Nepali church.” They went with the mentality of “ownership” rather than “partnership.”
So in the last couple of decades, the invasion of foreign missionaries has been like the Judaizers who followed the Apostle Paul. They arrived in Nepal with their “circumcision knives” in hand and their “denominational flags” flying. They came to put their theological “brand” on the nascent church! In the process, a lot of spiritual cattle rustling has been taking place! Another sad result is the unhealthy dependency on foreign dollars that has been created among many Nepali pastors.
It has been our privilege to be deeply involved in Nepal since 1989. And as always, we went in the spirit of partnership, in response to the invitation of the indigenous church and her leaders. From the very beginning of our involvement, we worked as a close partner with the National Churches Fellowship of Nepal (NCFN). It is the oldest and largest fellowship of indigenous pastors and leaders in the country – now with over 1,000 member churches.
We have also been in close fellowship and partnership with Pastor Hanok Tamang, senior pastor of the Aradhana Church, one of the oldest and largest in the Kathmandu Valley. (Helping expand their building was one of our earliest projects in Nepal). Pastor Hanok was the President of NCFN for nine years, serving longer than any other President. He continues to be a part of their Advisory Board.
Pastor Hanok shares at a recent training
seminar for some of his key church leaders.
While Hanok continues to pastor the Aradhana Church, he has a growing apostolic ministry all over Nepal, as well as among the Nepali Diaspora in other countries. He is constantly sought as a speaker for special church events, to baptize new believers, to ordain new pastors and leaders and to inaugurate new projects.
Hanok preached at the 20th anniversary service for the
Agape Baptist Church of Chitwan. The service was
followed by the ordination of 6 pastors, 7 elders
and 11 deacons and deaconesses.
In addition to his other roles, Pastor Hanok has spearheaded the majority of the relief and development work that we have helped with since the devastating earthquakes in April and May of 2015. Because of the quick and generous giving of our American partners, we have been able to deliver tons of aid, and build scores of temporary homes. Currently, we are focused on rebuilding churches that were damaged in the earthquakes. (Please click here to view previous reports).
To help in transporting aid workers from Aradhana out to the field quickly, we assisted in the purchase of a number of motorcycles for Pastor Hanok’s volunteers.
Motorcycles to advance the work and speed the Gospel!
These two brother-builders, Bhairam & Joshua, headed up the construction of all
of the Agape Metal Homes we built, and are now spearheading the rebuilding
of key churches that were destroyed. They are very thankful to our partners
for providing the new motorcycles for their work.
Through recent timely government regulations, all buildings have to be built with a new safer, earthquake-proof design. Our mutual friend, Michael Orsillo, has helped Hanok in this area. He is an architect who has made many trips to Nepal across the years to help build churches, homes and water projects for the needy. He has designed a new church model from stones or cement blocks that is much safer than the older traditional buildings. Because of the style and building materials, there will be far fewer deaths or injuries from future earthquakes. Each of these churches average between $3,000 - $5,000. The cost depends on the location of the church, and the amount that the local people are able to contribute toward the building project. The following pictures are of churches that are now in progress…
Pastor Italal Chepang and his family outside the old Ghattekhula Church
built in the traditional way using stone. This church is a 5 to 6 hour hike
from the closest road!
A happy pastor with his newly rebuilt church.
Pastor Omkar Ghalan and his wire stand in front of the
newly built Khahare Bijay Church, which will hold 400
people Nepali-style, seated on the floor. This church
was rebuilt through our ministry partners in Hong Kong -
some of whom will attend the dedication of the church
The newly completed Titre Church, built with the new
earthquake-proof style that will help in avoiding
future deaths and injuries.
Pastors Hanok & Caleb at the ground-breaking for the Tinpiple Church, a
larger church under construction by the brother-builders, Bhairam & Joshua.
This church is in their home village, where no church has ever existed before!
SPIRITUAL & PHYSICAL WATER…
Because the Aradhana Church is a center for so much holistic ministry, there was a need to dig a new well there for drinking, bathing and toilets. I thought you would like to see their method of digging a well by hand. Each of these wells cost an average of $1,000 - $2,000, depending on location.
After the well was dug, the young people of the church carried out the mud.
Pastor Hanok then tested the water for drinking and bathing.
A NEW HEIR…
Before transitioning from Hanok, I want to share his good news with you, that he is now “Grandfather Hanok.” His adopted son, Simon, and daughter-in-law, Osin, recently gave him a grandson, Simon Peter. This grandson is a special blessing to Hanok since he lost his own son, Suman, a few years ago.
Simon Peter sleeps peacefully with his Grandfather Hanok, and with his mom, Osin.
THE MIRACLE CONTINUES…
As I close this first report on Partnerships in Nepal, I want you to be blessed by this update on Bikram and Aruna Chapang. As many of you will recall from one of my earlier reports, Bikram was almost killed in the earthquake (please click here to read their story). He spent 3 days and nights buried under the church roof and walls that collapsed on him. The pastor who was pinned near him died after surviving a day or so under the rubble. Finally Bikram was rescued, but lost his left arm that had been crushed under the debris.
Because of the support of our partners, we first bought Bikram a motor scooter so his wife could drive him to school to complete the dual degrees he is now working on – one secular and one in theology. Now we are in the process of building them a home.
First of all, we had to help them buy a small piece of land where they could build a house near their Chepang village. This was a dream come true for them since they never imagined owning a piece of land with their own house.
Bikram & Aruna at the small one-room shack
where they have been living.
Pastor Hanok joined them for the dedication of the land before the building started.
Bikram & Aruna are joyfully anticipating moving into
their new home very soon - thanks to your love,
prayers, and generous giving!
A FINAL OPPORTUNITY…
The Dhading district is an area where the earthquakes were especially devastating. Hundreds – including many Christians – lost their lives as their homes were destroyed. The local believers have sacrificially given to build their church back – larger than ever. When completed, it will hold 1,000 people. But they need $5,600 to complete the large roof. We hope that God will move one of our partner churches or business entrepreneurs in America to help them complete this roof where Christians will worship for years to come.
This local pastor is trusting God for the funding to complete a church
for his congregation in the Dhading District.
Since I have run out of room – and you are out of time, my next report will update you on two more of our strategic partners in Nepal, Pastor Gyan Sunawar, and Sangge Sherpa. Until then, know how much Patt and I appreciate all that you help us make possible in countries like Nepal. Your prayers and financial support have helped us to be on the “cutting edge” of what God has been sovereignly and supernaturally doing in Nepal for decades!
For His Kingdom in the Kingdom of Nepal,
JL & Patt
PS: If you have not already received a copy, please let us send you a FREE copy of a booklet about the growth of the church in Nepal titled: "Nepal: What God is Doing At The Top Of The World" by Pastor Hanok. You will be edified and inspired as you learn more about what God’s Spirit is doing in Nepal to build and expand His church.
“I always pray with joy because of
your partnership in the Gospel
from the first day until now…”
Dear Ministry Partners,
In my last ministry report, I shared “A Potpourri of Partnership” that focused on some of our African partners. Specifically, we reported on Yaw Asante in Ghana, Komivi Christopher Ayiboe in Togo and Stakwell Yurenimo in Kenya. Patt and I appreciate you for taking the time to read about them because through us they are your partners and national missionaries. I will be reporting on other African partners in future eNewsletters.
After writing the report below, I saw the news of the latest Brussels-like multiple suicide bombing at the airport in Turkey. At this writing around 50 have been confirmed killed with another 150 wounded. This latest act of Islamic jihadism has happened during the last 10 days of Ramadan – the holiest days of the holiest month for Muslims. This month is like Christmas and Easter combined for Muslims. Just to remind you, Ramadan is the 9th month of the Muslim calendar and commemorates the revelation of the Quran to Mohamed. This reputed “revelation" from Allah to Mohamed mandates total submission (which is the meaning of Islam) to the “5 Pillars of Islam”:
But as I share in my book, A Christian Perspective of Islam, the 6th Pillar of Islam is jihad or “Holy War” against everything non-Islamic. It is the “Great Commission of Allah” to Islamize the whole world and bring it under Sharia law. And a crucial step in that direction is the necessary establishment of a global Caliphate, or Allah-ordained world ruler. That’s what Mohamed set out to do in the Seventh Century from the Arabian Peninsula. And the Caliphs who ruled after him almost succeeded through their Ottoman Empire. Because they had sided with the Germans, their last Caliphate was disbanded in Turkey in 1928 after the end of World War I. They have been seeking to re-establish another Caliphate ever since – one who would ultimately conquer the entire world for Allah. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has declared himself to be that new Caliphate. And through ISIS, he has the rest of the free world “on the run” playing defense against his “JV Team” of Islamic radicals. And the headquarters of his new Islamic Caliphate is right next door to Turkey in Syria and Iraq.
Baghdadi obviously does not speak for all Muslims worldwide. But it is an irrefutable fact that he and his fellow jihadists are clearly motivated by their Muslim faith. As Islamic Fundamentalists, they see themselves as the “purest” believers in Allah and the most “dedicated” followers of Mohamed. And their loyalty is constantly being demonstrated by their increasing acts of bloody terrorism validated by their cries of “Allahu Akbar” — or “God is great!”
Once again, we see that their god is not our God. Allah and the God of the Bible are eternal poles apart. As Christians or Jews, we do not believe in the same God as the Muslims. Our holiest observances of Christmas and Easter are completely different spiritually than anything Islam has to offer. At Christmas, we commemorate the Incarnation where “…the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (Jn. 1:14). And at Easter we commemorate that the one true God “…gave His life a ransom for many” (Matt. 10:28) by dying on the cross for the sins of the world. Both of these cardinal concepts of Christianity are total anathema to Allah and Islam!
So these latest terrorist suicide bombings in Turkey reveal again that “their god is not our God.” Allah mandates the taking of life – especially of all infidels. Jesus Christ poured out His life for everyone – even for the infidels who disbelieved in Him. As Paul reminds us: “God demonstrated His own LOVE for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). No verse in the Koran comes even close to that truth!
So while Ramadan is based on “good works” to try and earn Allah’s approval; Christmas and Easter remind us that God loved us and chose us before the foundation of the world. We receive that reality by FAITH – not by works. Ramadan is a dead end. Christmas and Easter lead to abundant life now and eternal life forever! Now that’s a faith worth living for – and whenever necessary, dying for!
So don’t drink the Kool Aid of political correctness that says Allah, Jehovah and Jesus are all the same. It’s a deadly pluralistic concoction. Drink exclusively from Jesus Christ, the "water of Life” (Jn. 4:14) who alone can quench the deepest thirsts of the human heart! It’s the only solution for the world – whether Muslim, Jew, Hindu, Buddhist, atheist or secularist. And it’s the only way to stop Islamic jihad and win the “War on Terrorism”... you can “bet your life" on that truth! Sadly, these latest Islamic suicide bombers in Turkey “bet their lives” on a lie – which took them straight to hell, not to paradise. And submitting to Allah will do the same for anyone who believes in his lies – whether they are a “Moderate Muslim” or a “Radical Jihadist!”
Speaking the truth in love,
This week, I want to shift from Africa to Asia – specifically India. We will start out in Northeast India and then move South…
Johny & Angie Sampang
West Bengal, India
Johny & Angie Sampang with Johny's father, Dr. Suresh Rai.
Johny is the son of Dr. Suresh Rai, Founder and Medical CEO of the Holy Palace Hospital (HP) in Naxalbara, a former political hot-bed of Marxist and Hindu radicalism. We have been in partnership with Dr. Rai for a number of years – helping him expand his “bush hospital” that ministers to the poorest of the poor, as well as trains nurses for medical ministry in the spirit of Mother Theresa. (Please click here to see a previous report).
Several years ago, Johny joined his father on staff at the Hospital as Administrator. But, as a talented musician, he also assists in the musical ministry and leads worship at the Hospital and daily chapel. In addition, he has a passion for sports and has helped establish a sports component to the ministry of HP as an outreach to the youth in the surrounding villages – the vast majority of whom are Hindus.
Johny and his wife, Angie, have wanted children for some time but were unable to have any. However, through some timely medical intervention, they conceived – and Angie gave birth last week to twin sons! So, I now have two more Indian grandsons!
In Indian tradition, young mothers usually go back home to be with their own mothers the last couple of months for the birthing process. So Angie said good-by to the Holy Palace family and went to her home in the mountains.
Angie with the nursing staff at Holy Palace before she left to be with her mother.
At right, Johny accompanied Angie to her mother's village.
There were serious complications during the C-section. Angie was in grave danger, complicated by her rare blood type. For a time, the doctors prepared Johny and the family for the possibility that she would not survive – nor would the twins. But as Johny and her family prayed for her, God miraculously intervened, the correct blood type was found and rushed to the hospital, and she was rescued from death. Soon two healthy baby boys were born.
A double blessing with twin sons!
We rejoice in the answer to prayer and the healthy delivery of these two handsome sons!
While Angie was away those last few months, preparing for her delivery, Johny was busy finishing the home that we have been helping him build over the last year. He put the finishing touches on the house and moved in. Soon Angie and their two sons will move back home and live in their new house.
Their new home is right around the corner from the Holy Palace Hospital.
So, the traditional "Indian Moving Van" brought over the furniture.
We also helped Johny develop a large pond beside his house to raise tilapia fish. Additionally, we planted a large ¼ acre drip irrigation garden to produce fresh veggies. The pond and the garden will provide fish and produce, both to eat and to sell.
The large pond that will be used to raise tilapia fish.
Please continue to pray for this holistic medical ministry in West Bengal where both spiritual and physical fruit are being brought forth for God’s Kingdom.
And now that I have re-earned my “wings to fly” again, I hope to get back to India for a visit with everyone at Holy Palace by early Fall.
Now jump on your mental airplane and fly with me to Northeast India to the State of Manipur…
Pastor Soia Chinkhosoia
Like most of our other partners, Pastor Soia is not a stranger to our American partners. We have been in a close ministry partnership with him for over 2 decades (please click here to see previous reports). While he is a small man in stature – he has a giant’s heart for the expansion of God’s Kingdom among the tribal peoples of Manipur.
Soia is an evangelist rather than local pastor. He travels around Manipur holding evangelistic outreaches, teaching seminars, VBS programs for children, distributing Bibles, and other ministries to nurture and strengthen the local church.
Since it is a very poor area, there are many physical needs that he constantly tries to meet. Just like the US is currently experiencing devastating floods in the East and ravaging fires in the West, the people of Manipur face many natural disasters. Recently there were severe hail storms that came with the monsoon rains. Most of the homes are built out of woven bamboo with thatched roofs and some have metal sheeting. Most of those roofs on the homes were destroyed.
Soia appealed to us via email for help. Because of the proactive giving of our partners, we were able to immediately send funds to buy food and roofing materials. But, as is often the case in these countries, getting the resources to the point of need is not easy or quick. Soia had to hire jeeps and a truck to get the food and supplies to some of the remote mountainous areas.
Following the truck on foot on the narrow mountain road.
As is always the case on trips like this, there is at least one flat tire!
Along with the distribution of physical food, there is always the distribution of
spiritual food through the sharing of the Gospel.
Please continue to pray for Soia, as he is your hands, feet and mouth to these remote Manipurians that you may never see until heaven. But many will be there, because of your practical partnership with Rev. Soia through JLPF.
Now, we must take a long trip from Northeast India through Kolkata (Calcutta) and then on to hot and humid Chennai (formerly Madras)…
Dr. Ezra Sargunam
After changing planes in Kolkata, we fly directly to Chennai – a city of some 10 million people! Here we will meet one of our oldest and boldest partners in India, Dr. Ezra Sargunam. He has been the presiding bishop of the Evangelical Church of India (ECI) for several decades. I first met him when Franklin Graham asked me to represent him in dedicating some churches and “Jesus Wells” that had been sponsored through Samaritan’s Purse. From the moment we met, God knit our hearts together in love.
Because we have been in close friendship and partnership with Bishop Ezra and ECI for over 30 years, we have had the joy and privilege of sharing many cutting edge ministries together (please click here to see a previous report). As a result of his “forceful faith” (Matt. 11:12), ECI now has planted over 10,000 local churches, 5,500 of which are house-churches. They average planting 3 new churches every week in some part of India. They also have 13 Bible Schools and Seminaries throughout India to train pastors for these churches.
And while Bishop Ezra has passed the baton of leadership to his associate of a half-century, Bishop Sundar Singh, he will never retire – any more than I will! He will be the ECI champion for their Centenary Goal of 100,000 churches and 10 million Believers!
Bishop Sundar Singh is commissioned as the
new presiding Bishop of ECI. Having been at
Bishop Ezra's side in leadership for 50 years,
he will continue the passion of ECI for years to come.
I was supposed to be a speaker at the “Diamond Jubilee” of ECI that was to have taken place in January of this year. At that time, Bishop Ezra was to pass the leadership of ECI to his associate, Bishop Sundar Singh. But Chennai was hit with a devastating flood that submerged much of the city under water for days and weeks. (please click here for story of our participation in flood relief efforts).
As a result of the flood, the Diamond Jubilee had to be postponed until June. By then, I had been diagnosed with prostate cancer and could not travel. Sadly, I had to miss this historic event. But, we still participated through our prayers and financial support – especially for Bishop Ezra’s program of providing 3-Wheel Scooters to the handicapped.
Through a timely gift from one of our ministry partners,
we were able to purchase 10 of these Tri-Scooters for the disabled.
The scooters were distributed at the Diamond Jubilee.
In honor of Bishop Ezra’s upcoming 78th birthday, they are mounting another project to provide goats to widows, with a goal of 200 goats, at a cost of $12,000. We have already given a “seed gift” of $3,000 to jump-start this project for widows. Each widow will get 4 goats. Then they will give back the first-born for another widow.
NEW ECI HAPPY HOME
The architectural rendering of the new "Kolkata Happy Home."
This spacious new facility will cost approximately $90,000,
and has been fully underwritten by one of our ministry partners
who has a real heart for children.
We have been supporting this home for many years through a doctor friend of our ministry. But it is in an old land-locked building in a slum area of Kolkata where there is no space at all for the children to play outside.
So, thanks to God's provision, we are relocating this home to the beautiful and spacious campus of the Calcutta Bible Seminary (CBS). Since many of the students are regular volunteer workers with these children, this will be a win-win for everyone. The kids will have ample room to romp and play – with grass under their feet. And the CBS students will have immediate access to the children without having to ride a bus or rickshaw the many blocks to the old location.
At left, the children playing with the CBS students on the campus during
one of their recent outings. Soon, they will be here permanently in their
beautiful new "Happy Home." By God's grace, we hope to relocate them
and dedicate the new home by January, 2017. In the group picture at
right, the children as they are today, in good spiritual and physical health
because of Chritian love and compassion. Many of these precious children
once slept on the streets, in the slums, or at the railway station.
Thanks for taking the time to make this quick tour of India with me from the Northeast to the South. Patt and I hope you have been blessed and encouraged by seeing some of your India partners and projects.
Since next week is July 4th Week when so many people are on vacation or break from work, I am going to send out two eNewsletters this week – both on Asia. Because we visited with several of our partners in India through this letter, later this week we will fly north from Delhi to Kathmandu, for a “Potpourri of Partnership” in Nepal.
Be watching for that next eNewsletter because we have so much to share with you about what you are helping us do there in that Himalayan Kingdom…
Extending His Kingdom through partnership with you and them,
JL & Patt
PS: Patt and I encourage you to be a proactive partner with us by forwarding this eNewsletter to some of your key friends. In addition to the stewardship of your finances, the stewardship of your friendships is one of the ways you can increase your impact for the Kingdom of God. You can never anticipate how God might use some of your friendships to result in strategic Kingdom partnerships. So before you close this report, take a moment to forward it to several key friends. Thanks!