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By Choon Hua "Andes" Poh                               


Andes is from Singapore and has been a prayer intercessor for many years. She has evangelized in many nations. She loves Israel and spends a great deal of time praying for that nation and its people. Andes is a nurse by profession and uses her natural, professional and spiritual gifts to serve the Lord. Andes speaks Chinese and English.

 

Contact Andes at:

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Journey of my Life

 

Andes' Testimony

 

I was born in a Taoist-Buddhist family where we worshipped our late ancestors and other kinds of idols such as the kitchen gods, the wealth gods, monkey gods, goddess of mercy etc. We used to have a huge table full of all kinds of Chinese gods. My family was very superstitious and observed many Chinese religious festivals such as birthday of certain deities. It was a norm to have slaughtered chickens and ducks offerings to appease all these gods lest we offend them if we failed to do so. Ever so often I would give the gods a good wash to make them look clean and nice. I was adopted as the god-daughter of the goddess of mercy without knowing when I was a child. There would always be some kind of seal on our clothing to show that we had worshiped the gods and are �blessed�.

 

My family was very poor and my father was often in debts because he lost his business as a coffee shop owner. He was being accused by relatives for having failed in the business. He worked very hard and tried to pay off the debts but the accusations from the relatives put a lot of stress on him he ended up having heart disease and diabetes. He was wounded in many ways and worst off is our relatives began to stay away from us because we were poor. I remembered we used to have only green beans soup for our lunch and only had new sewn clothing on Chinese New Year day.

 

I have seven siblings and I am the second daughter in the family. We were very independent and most of the time we were left to fend for ourselves as both of our parents was busy trying to make ends meet. I was a very playful child and dislike going to school as my form teacher was very unkind and biased towards students who were poor in their studies. Obviously I did not do well. I remembered when I was seeking for my PSLE examination at the age of 12, I stood outside my corridor and prayed to the heavenly god whom I don�t even know about that I would pass this major examination as I did not want to disappoint my parents especially my father. In an amazing way I did quite well in the examination and went on to high school. Looking back I know the one who I prayed to was the God who created the heavens and the earth.

 

I was blessed with good classmates and I had a good friend who was a catholic and used to tell me that she went to church and worshiped Mary. Even though I was not a Christian then, somehow something inside me told me that if I should be a Christian I should worship Jesus and not Mary because I learnt vaguely from the school that Jesus died on the cross for our sins. But I never got to discuss Christianity with my friends because I always thought it was a western religion and I am Chinese and therefore I should worship the Chinese gods.

 

It was during the first year of my nursing training that one of my nursing friends invited me to church. I decided to explore and visit the church and I told myself there is no harm in getting to know more about what people do in the church. The speaker in the church spoke about the love of God from John 3:16 and invited us to receive His love. For the first time in my life I experienced the purity and holiness of such love which was not found in my Taoist Buddhist background, as I sat there listening to the word. I found myself wanting to receive this love and so I moved forward to be prayed for. At that time I do not know what it all meant to me. After that, my friends began to follow up and teach me about the bible. I experienced their love and care for me as their new friend. I accepted the Lord Jesus as my personal Lord and Saviour after I had studied with them for a while. I saw changes in my life. I became more caring and helpful in my family. The Lord granted me success in my nursing training and I had an opportunity to go to Scotland for my midwifery training after my graduation as a registered nurse in Singapore General Hospital.  

 

This was the highlight of our family and my father was very proud that he had a daughter who did well in her career to go overseas. At that time there were very few people who could afford to go overseas and I was the first among our relatives. This has also brought about healing to my father in some ways. He became more open to Christianity and later became a Christian before he passed away.

 

In 1989 I was able to use my midwifery skills to serve the Lord in Niger for three years in a mission hospital. I am very thankful to our Lord Jesus because I saw that not only is He working in my life but also in the lives of my family, changing each one of us for better use in His Kingdom. We became more united and forgiving, more accepting towards one another because we had experienced the power of His love.

 

�So may all your enemies perish O Lord! But may they who love you be like the sun when it rises in its strength.� Judges 5:31.


9/23/09

 

During the last year the Lord kept reminding me to go to the nations and share about His passion for His chosen people the nation of Israel. Indeed He had open many doors for me and had provided many resources and connections so that I could do this and I am really amazed. When I was in Barbados, my mission partner told me that the Lord is sending me to China this year to share with the believers there. And surprisingly, on my way back while transiting in London, I met some Israelis. I know somehow I have to make the Jew/Chinese connection even though I have no idea how it is going to happen.

 

I almost gave up going to China after I tried in vain to get a connection from various sources to go there. So when I received an email from one of the brothers who recently returned from China about the need for a volunteer to go and help a missionary couple in their needs, I was prompted by the Lord to go. Before this email, I also received another email from a Jewish friend who wanted to know more about the �Back to Jerusalem Movement� and the next day I attended the �Back to Jerusalem� conference whose main speaker was from Israel. This �Back to Jerusalem� conference gives me a clearer picture about the mandate that the Lord had given to the Chinese more than 60 years ago, to bring the gospel through silk route heading westward through the nations and all the way to Jerusalem as the final point. In this way all the silk route nations will have received the gospel. When I saw on the video the testimony of an elderly lady whose son was one of the pioneers in this movement, I knew that I was on the right track.

 

So within a week of preparation I was on my way to �D� City. My main responsibility was to help with some household chores in the �J� family. I did some household chores like marketing, cooking, cleaning and drying the clothes. It turned out to be a challenge when I have to cook for more than 20 people for their weekly Bible study meeting. All my exhaustion was gone when the people came and we had a good time of studying and fellowshipping with each other. They were very warm and open to share their needs. Everyone related to each other in a joyful way.

 

After the meeting, we prayed for some needs and one new comer came to know Christ. Besides my chores, I also had many opportunities to visit other groups and on last Tuesday together with some of the members we visited the 12th May 2008 earthquake epicenter disaster region of Yin Siu village. We saw much damage to the buildings, roads, bridges and the school that still remains. We stood at the mass graveyard and prayed for the families of the victims that the Lord will return them 7 fold of what was lost. We met a few families of the victims and through the prayers and sharing of the word, 4 came to know the Lord. We found out that two of the women who lost their daughters were now pregnant. Praise the Lord!

 

The service was conducted in a house and very much like our church, with young leaders mainly, whose faith is only less than 3 years. I witnessed a young student baptizing the believers. One of them was the guy who received Christ one week ago. The baptism was done in the toilet on a square shape boat float. These people were both young in faith and physically as well but I could sense their sincerity and their passion for God. Many of them even brought their parents and friends to the fellowship as soon as they received Christ. On the 2nd Sunday, a pastor shared about the gift of tongues and the Holy Spirit empowerment and at the end everyone raised their hands indicating their desire to pray to receive this gift. 

 

On one of our sight seeing trip back at Panda bear garden, I met some Israeli tourists. I know this is not by coincident. And on the last day before I left the city I shared with a small congregation about the need to pray for Israel. They were much opened; in fact one of them attended a prayer convocation last year. At the end of the service the members prayed for me.

 

The Lord had given me the privilege to see His work in the region of China and also to have a glimpse of what He desires the church to be. Romans 11:11-15 � by the love for the God to Israel to provoke the Jews to jealousy��I believed this is why the mandate was given to the Chinese.

 

 

The Caribbean Experience (16th June to 15th July 2009).

 

Barbados from 16th June to 2nd July and from 13th July to 15th July.

 

Ps 66:8 �Bless our GOD, O people, And sound His praise abroad.� �Commit your work to the Lord. And your plans will be established.� �When the man�s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him� Prov 16:3,7 These were the verses that the Lord impressed upon me on the morning before my departure to Barbados, Grenada, Caricou, St Lucia, St Vincent and Bequia islands.

 

I arrived in Barbados on 17th June. Barbados is a very small island like Singapore, it has an area of about 166sq miles and are divided into 11 parishes. It has a population of about less than 300,000 that are mainly blacks with their origin from Africa. It has a fairly stable political rule and economy doing well till recent crisis. Literacy rate is about 98% and the about 67% are Christians and Catholics. Many of them are very religious and practiced their faith only on Sunday. The Bible is taught in school.

 

During the 1600s, the Jews were received in Barbados when they flee from the Spanish inquisition. The Jews brought with them the sugar cane industry, windmill technology and started the first development bank in Barbados. They help to establish the economy through trading and built the first synagogue here.

 

Both Joy and I stayed at her niece, Katrina�s friend�s apartment which is about 20 minutes from the capital of Bridgetown by bus. We bumped into a local pastor who has been travelling to Ethiopia to do mission work and he gladly joined us in giving out tracts on the first day of our evangelistic work. We did most of our outreach in Bridgetown, and distribute about more than 13,000 tracts at the bus stations, shopping lanes, market places, on the beaches and throughout the island. We also did door to door evangelism with Joy�s cousin who is also a pastor of the local church and his church members. He led us to some of the dark alleys, the red light districts where we could reach out to the gamblers, drunkards, prostitutes and drug addicts.

 

To my surprise, most of the people welcomed the tracts and received them very well. Many read it aloud immediately and were stunted for a moment by the question written on the tract, �If you were to die today?� Some said they do not want to die now. Some said they want to go to heaven, but some stop to check out which denomination we are from, others would debate about the Christian�s practices such as: Do you work on Sunday? Why are Christians wearing make-up? Some asked if this is money� we found out later in St. Lucia, that the Chinese government had once given out money to the people in the streets in order to gain political favor. Apparently the Chinese government had help to build schools and tourist sites all over the Caribbean and had and still has some political influence in the Caribbean.

We also encountered members of the Jehovah Witness who debated with about the deity of Christ and their doctrine on the non-existent of eternal hell. They do not believe that Jesus is God and denied the Holy Trinity.

 

One morning during our devotion time at our apartment at Worthing we were delighted to see a rainbow when it was not raining at all, we took it as a sign of our Father�s approval of what we have done so far.

 

On 24th June, Tyrone, Joy�s first cousin, who is a fisherman has been doing outreach whenever he is not out to the sea. He brought us to a whole sale fish market where we did evangelism. We shared our testimonies and songs while the people were busy preparing their fishes for sale and doing their trading business. May these fishermen heed His calls and become the fisher of men just like what the disciples did in Jesus� days. In the afternoon we went to a nursing home and there we sang and gave words of encouragement to the elderly folks.

In the evening, we shared our messages at Paynes� Bay Pentecostal Church in St. James parish. The congregation received us very well and was encouraged by what we were doing. At the end of the service, an elderly couple gave Joy and me $20 BD each. Later, Pastor Payne, his congregation members and Tyrone gave us a love gift of $1080 BD. This is the first time we received a love gift from the church. And this amount served to cover half of our flights to the other three islands, Grenada, St. Lucia and St. Vincent.

 

On he evening of 25th June, at the Methodist church, the pastor opposed the stand concerning Israel after I shared with the church about the uniqueness of Israel. He claimed that church has replaced Israel and God would not show favor to the Jewish people because they had rejected their Messiah. However, towards the end of Joy�s sharing about how Barbados has been blessed because of the Jewish influences in the early days, he said he might change his view later!

 

On 27th June, The Lord also opened the door for both of us to do broadcasting recording over the Christian radio channel. It was a very humbling experience for me as that was the first time for me. I did it so badly that I almost wanted to buried my head under ground after that but Joy encouraged me to trust in the Lord�s doing that He is able to take our weaknesses to bring glory to Himself. Indeed may His Name be magnified through the broadcasting that many who heard the program will be aware of the �One New Man� in Christ.

 

Grenada � the land of the Spice (from 3rd July to 5th July).

 

We arrived at about 12.30pm and Joy�s contact, Lucille picked us up from the airport and took us to her house which is in the outskirt of Georgetown. Lucille is a business woman and her children live near her. The house is seated on the slope of the hill and had suffered some damaged from hurricane Ivan in the past. Both of us were each given a small room to stay in. My room was facing the backyard it was hot and I could not open the window or door because of the mosquitoes at night. On the first night, It took me a while to fall asleep and just when I was about to do so, I saw a dark huge hand with some spirits in front of me and oppressing me on my chest so much so I could not move or shout. I fought for a brief moment to set myself free from this hand and I finally shouted �Jesus� loudly and immediately the darkness dispel and the hand was gone. I spoke to Joy the next day and we prayed over this. Subsequently the following two nights I could sleep well. This is a reminder that I must not take for granted the spiritual warfare that we are in that just because I am in a Christian family, that everything is going to be ok. I have to be vigilant and watchful, and this is when I recognize my need for my prayer supporters.

 

Emmanuel, Lucille�s son took us to Georgetown in the morning and that day we gave out about 2,000 tracts at the market area. As I stood there watching the youths, I felt burden for them, they were very secular and lost, even though they were taught bible in school and most of them come from Christian backgrounds but they do not read their bible nor go to church regularly and many do not have a personal relationship with God. Christianity is a tradition, a religion without a personal experience with their Savior.

 

At the museum, we met a British lady who is against the Zionist because her aunt and family were being chased out during the Gaza takeover when Israel became independent in 1948. We could sense her anger and unforgiving spirit asking why a good God could allow such a thing to happen to her family. We tried to explain our stand for Israel, but she could not accept it. Later on our way home, we prayed for God�s mercy upon her that she will forgive the wrong done to her family and asked God to remove any anti-Semitism spirit within the nations in the Caribbean.

 

We visited the Fort nearby and there I declared Psalm 2 for the nation. We also saw a Presbyterian church nearby, and I was disturbed that this church has been supported by the Freemason for more than 150 years. No wonder the church looks so dead. I was reminded of the Sardis church in Revelation 3:1 when our Lord rebuked this dying church. We prayed and confessed on behalf of this church for compromising. We asked God to break the connection with these ungodly ties.

 

On 4th July, both of us managed to get a cargo barge after missing the ferry to get to the nearby island of Carricou. Upon arrival at 3.30pm, after three over hours of a choppy water ride at sea, we found out that the last ferry to bring us back to Grenada was in one hour�s time! So we spent the next one hour giving out our tracts before we catch the last ferry back again. Anyway, Joy was able to seize the opportunity to preach the gospel on the van that took us near to the ferry point. On our way back on the Orisey ferry, Joy spotted a beautiful rainbow. We were overjoyed to know that the Lord has been with us despite of travelling over 5 hours and just do an hour tract distribution and without seeing much in Carricou. I managed to speak to an Indian couple and a nun of mother Theresa order about the blessings of the rainbow.

 

While I was sitting at the lower deck of the ferry, a few rows from where I was, I saw a little boy and his father interacting with each other. What caught my attention was this daddy was so loving and giving full attention to the boy throughout the two hours journey. They spoke to each other tenderly, play and just having fun together. This reminded me of Emmanuel�s daughter, Ponsau. Ponsau is about 7 years old, very lively, chatty and fun loving girl. She always wears a short pant and has no shirt on the top. We teased her for being topless but she said she wants to be like her daddy who apparently dressed like her, with bare chest. One could easily tell that she really loves her daddy a lot as she keeps calling out for him. She likes to be around him and would fuss around him to get his attention. She follows him wherever he goes, farming, swimming, fishing, picking mangoes or feeding the rabbits. She especially likes to show off her mini bicycle skills and her daddy would often warn her of the road traffic. She does not seem to demand anything from him except his attention. Obviously her daddy loves her a lot too. This loving relationship of a father and daughter reminds me of how we should loves our Heavenly DADDY, to be able to freely come to Him and drawing attention to Him without demanding for anything but just being around Him and be delighted with Him only. How beautiful and sweet this fellowship would be if we could just be like Ponsau in relating to our DADDY GOD.

 

St. Lucia � Helen of Troy (from 6th July to 9th July).

 

We stayed at Maria�s (Joy�s relative�s) guest house which is about a short distance from the airport and town. She is a Roman Catholic and a nurse and spends her off days making roti and cakes to sell to patients and staff in Vieux Fort Hospital. Upon knowing what we are doing in her nation, she invited us to join her to do her �roti� rounds in the hospital so she could introduce us to her colleagues and so open an opportunity for us to reach out to them and the patients as well. We were very grateful for this opportunity to share the gospel and to pray for the sick. Maria is such a kind lady and very diligently runs her guest house besides her nursing work. She also allows us to stay at her guesthouse for free, such generosity! What a treat for us after those mosquitoes vested places that we had been in before.

 

We met Maria�s neighbor, Ann Margaret who attends Bethel Tabernacle church. She brought us to her church after we get to know her by divine appointment and shared her burden to pray as we walk along the road for almost 2 hours. The Lord led us to pray for the wellbeing of this nation that it will be released from the deceptive spirit of �Helen of Troy� and truly enthrone King Jesus.

 

We went to Soufriere to visit a nurse friend of our host and to do outreach in that town. As I walk into the outpatient department, I saw a young female patient who was crying because she was stung by a jellyfish. I took out the anointing oil and prayed for her healing. That was our brief visit to Soufriere.

 

St. Vincent (from 9th July to 13th July).

 

At about 8pm, we had arrived at a guesthouse which we someone had booked for us. It was next to the airport and once we arrived we realized that this guesthouse is part of a clinic. The room that we were to stay in was next to the runway; very gloomy looking and we both had a sense of uneasiness when we entered. We guessed it was used as a ward before and now converted to a guest room. We discussed briefly and felt we should not stay there. We searched for the cheapest hotel but it was fully book. We found one which is in town and the man on the phone agreed to send us a cab to take us there as it was getting late by now. On arrival at the hallway, a very hostile man confronted us and intimidated us with words, saying that we have nowhere to go this night and yet we want a cheap place. He claimed that he could give us anything we want and offer us food and wine. We sensed that he is not a decent guy and so we decided to try another place even though it was getting late. We took a cab and found out that the driver was quite drunk. Somehow he managed to deliver us to a decent hotel along the Sion (Zion) Hill road only to find out that it was fully booked. The kind lady manager helped us to find another nearby hotel. Finally we managed to book into one decent place to stay. We got EC$10 discount for each night and we took it as God�s sign of approval for our stay here.

 

St Vincent is another small island but more impoverish than the rest of the islands that we have visited. The streets and houses look old and dirty and not as organized. On 10th July, we went to Kingstown market place to do our evangelism. Many of them were very receptive but there are some who said they are alright and believed they can go to heaven. We met some Rasta men who claim they are the lost tribe of Israel; they lived a carefree lifestyle and believed that they should live as naturally as possible. They lived like hippies, unkempt, grew long dredged hair, and took their showers at the beach. Most of them are drunkards and drug addicts; they could not see the pathetic look on their bearded faces. They adamantly believed that they can go to heaven despite of their sinful lifestyle.

 

We finished our last bit of tract at Bequia Island which was a 1/2 hours boat ride from St. Vincent. We managed to do some sightseeing as the van driver took us around the island and also visited the turtle farm. On the last evening of our stay in St. Vincent, we saw another rainbow as we were swimming at the beach near the hotel. It is so reassuring at the end of our islands outreach that we saw the rainbow.

 

When we return to Barbados in the afternoon and on our way to visit Joy�s cousin Girly, we saw the fourth rainbow.

Isa 45:8 � Rain down from, you heavens from above. And let the skies pour down righteousness; Let the earth open, let them bring forth salvation, And let righteousness spring up together, I the LORD have created it�

 

On 14th July, the day before we depart Barbados, we were able to revisit the synagogue and present them with the gifts of a prayer shawl, Jacob�s out reach book �Why me?�,  gospel tracts and some donations for the building. Joy also presented some of the coins which we had picked up on the streets as a prophetic act of returning the blessings back to the Jewish people. Our prayers were that the Lord will advance His Kingdom from here and all the way to Israel, the Apple of His eye. We were thrilled when after this act, we met a Jew from Atlanta at the synagogue and we took some pictures with him. That afternoon we saw the 5th rainbow. By then Joy has gotten her Barbados passport and her ID card and is a full pledged Bajan again!

 

On 15th July at 1pm I left the apartment at Worthing, praying in my heart that I will be able to hitch a hike from someone who can take me to the main road to catch the bus to the airport. Praise the Lord, at the end of the first stretch of lane, a kind man who happened to be going to work in the airport agreed to give me a lift.

My flight took me to Gatwick airport, I arrived at 05.30hrs on 16th July and I took a coach to Heathtrow airport for my transit at 21.25hrs. I decided to have a shower at the airport and then go to Buckingham palace to pray for England. It was about 20yrs ago that I passed by London when I was on my way to Africa. I recalled that I was pick pocket and lost all my money. Praise the Lord, He used the church there to give me a love gift which was the exact amount that I have lost. I recalled also of the many good blessings that I have received from Britain when I first came here for my midwifery training. I was a young nurse then and this country received me well and allowed me to be trained. It was after the midwifery training that I went to serve in Africa for three years.

 

I stand in the gap for Singapore and Britain as Singapore as a nation had been blessed under the British rule. Now my heart was filled with joy and gratefulness for being blessed by them and being able to stand in the gap for this land. May the good Lord bless the queen and her royal family. I sensed that we need to continue to pray for them.

 

While window shopping near Trafalgar Square, I met some Jews from Tel Aviv. I greet them shalom and was prompted to give them tracts. Later on we met again in another shop and had a brief conversation with them.

 

I arrived home on 17th July, I was relieved that there was no restriction from my entry after coming from oversea. I was glad that my well used luggage bag and the wheel broke only when I step into my flat. Hallellujahs! He looks into all our details in life. This is the God we trust in.

 

Shalom,

Andes Poh

Insertion by K. Joy Sandiford: I just now received an email from a friend in Pakistan that said, "I also want to tell you that in Pakistan all people still call him Mohammad Obama. They think that he is still Muslim."  What does that tell you about the times we are living in? Every nation in Africa I visited Obama's picture covered vans and buses, t-shirts and all types of clothing -lassos, magazine covers, newspapers, calendars in many of the houses I visited. It was impossible to move around in Africa and not see his picture. He is the great black hope for all of the world. But I caution you that God will not share His glory with anyone, He is a jealous God. Read this newspaper exert:

America in the Middle East

Obama engineering 'most serious crisis in 61 years'

By Stan Goodenough
May 05, 2009

US President Barack Obama appears to be setting course for a major confrontation with the Israeli people and government.

Reports from both sides of the Atlantic indicate that the new American president plans to show Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the people who elected him, just who calls the shots.

Tuesday Ha'aretz disclosed the ominous contents of "a classified telegram received in Jerusalem a few days ago" in which Obama's National Security Adviser, General James Jones, advised an unnamed European foreign minister that "unlike the Bush administration, Obama will be 'forceful' with Israel."

"The new administration will convince Israel to compromise on the Palestinian question," Jones wrote. "We will not push Israel under the wheels of a bus, but we will be more forceful toward Israel than we have been under Bush."

For the last month Andes taught on the nation of Israel in Kenya how God has not forgotten Israel as seen in Romans chapter 11. Anti-Semitism is on the up rise and many congregation around the world think that the church has replaced Israel. These are the scripture verses used by Andes to teach about the nation of Israel while in Kenya.

Ezekiel 5:5 - Thus saith the Lord God; This is Jerusalem: I have set it in the midst of the nations and countries that are round about her.

Zechariah 1:17 - Cry yet, saying, Thus saith the Lord of hosts; My cities through prosperity shall yet be spread abroad; and the Lord shall yet comfort Zion, and shall yet choose Jerusalem.

Zechariah 2:12 -  And the Lord shall inherit Judah his portion in the holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again.

Zechariah 8:3 - Thus saith the Lord; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the Lord of hosts the holy mountain.
City of Truth, the Holy City, the City of Peace, the City of David, etc.

Zechariah 8:2 - Thus saith the Lord of hosts; I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury.

Micah 4:2 - And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

Ezekiel 39:23-25 - [29] And the heathen shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against me, therefore hid I my face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so fell they all by the sword. [24] According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions have I done unto them, and hid my face from them. [25] Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name;

God hid His face

Romans Chapter 1-8 - Salvation by grace

Romans Chapter 9-11 Israel to be saved not cast away

Romans Chapter 12-16  Put Christian principles into practice

Romans 11:11 -  I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.

Romans 11:12 - Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?

Zechariah 8:23 -  Thus saith the Lord of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.

Romans 11:13-15 -  [13] For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office: [14] If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them. [15] For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?

Romans 11:17 - And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;

Romans 11:16-23 - [16] For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches. [17] And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; [18] Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. [19] Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. [20] Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: [21] For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. [22] Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. [23] And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again.

Romans 11:24-27 - [24] For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree? [25] For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. [26] And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: [27] For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

Rev. 7:4-8 - [4] And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. [5] Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand. [6] Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand. [7] Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand. [8] Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.

Romans 11:28 - As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes.

Ephes. 2:14-17 - [14] For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; [15] Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; [16] And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: [17] And came and preached peace to you which were afar off (Gentiles), and to them that were nigh (Jews). Christ is the peace between the Jew and the gentile - together we are one man.

Isaiah 62:6-7 - [6] I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence, [7] And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

Psalm 122:6 - Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

Genesis 17:8 - And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.

Zech. 14:16-18 - [16] And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. [17] And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain. [18] And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the Lord will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.

Is there any doubt that God has an eternal plan for Israel? These are the days of deception and popularity. I assure you, God is not deceived but we will be and although he is not popular on the earth, Psalm 24:1 states, "The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein."

 

 

4/28/09

 

Muna asifuwe! (praise the LORD!). Ps Titus, his mum, Joy and myself went to visit an home run by Bishop Buyi and wife Allen in Uganda on 16th April to 19th April. It is about 3 to 4hrs by local bus to their home in Mbale. Praise the LORD that the custom border check was a smooth one as sometime the immigration officers may tried to find fault in order to get some money.
 
The bishop and his wife take in about 40 orphans in their home. Some of them their parents died of AIDS, their age ranges from about 5yrs to 20yrs. They have 6 children of their own and the eldest daughter died last year at the age of 22. Bishop Buyi works as a welder to help to pay for the needs of the home and the children's education. Some of them are in high school whereas others in their primary school and kindergarten.
They also run a kindergarten in their church call New Jerusalem church which is about 5min from their home. They are now in the process of getting a license for the orphanage.
In the day time, some of them will go to school and some helps in the household chores when they are off from school. All the older girls learn how to cook, sew and do house work. His older son helps the father in the welding shop in Mbale town. Every evening about 8.30pm they have a family devotion and older ones takes turns to share a bible passage before their dinner. Liz is about 12yrs old and she preaches to us and encourages us to learn to love, respect and forgive each other in the family. It is good for the children to remember to show love and concern for each other as so many of them stay together under one roof. The younger ones worship together with the rest and it is a family affairs. They were trained also to pray and everyone prays even the youngest knows how to pray. It is very encouraging to see them standing up and worship and pray earnestly even though they were so young. 
On our first morning we went to the kindergarten and taught them songs, games and tell them bible story. There were about 30 children in the class run by two teachers and they had very little teaching aids, only a blackboard that could hardly write on. Most of the learning are done by just repeating what the teacher say.
On the last evening, Joy suggested that we mend the children's clothes because we saw that some of them were wearing clothes that were torn and tagged. As we mend those clothes they began to bring us more torn ones, and some of the clothes would have thrown away and beyond repair! Ps Titus told us to pray for the orphans and as we laid hands and pray for them, two of the ladies broke down and cried uncontrollably. We do not know their background but we sensed that they have many past hurts and so we to speak, encourage and pray for them.
Even though our stay were short but we could sensed that they were very appreciative and joyful to see us extending our hands of friendship to them. We gave them about US$100 and prayerfully it will help them stretch their resources for a long time. Please do pray for these needy ones that the LORD will help them to grow up as godly men and women and being independent and useful in their own communities.
Shalom,
Andes

 

4/1/09

 

Dear praying friends,


Mungu akuburiki! that's God bless you in Swahili. Praise the Lord for providing the rain for the last 3 days. We went to Maseilo again yesterday morning as the response was very good on Monday. It is about an hour drive from Bungoma where i stay with Pastor David and his wife  Susan. Pastor Titus lives in Bungoma but he pastors the church in Maseilo where we visited. His church members help to build a small house next to Pastor Leonard, his assistant pastor so that he could stay over the weekend to minister to the congregation. I could see that the members respected and love him and his wife. There were about 10 -12 of us in the team including Pastor Titus and Pastor Leonard. We split into two teams with Joy leading one and I lead the other team. My team visited about 16 families and  many  were backsliden Christians. Most of the backslidden were  men  of the house. Many became disillusion about  their Christian faith because of poverty, lack of rain for the crops, diseases and immorality. As our team spoke and share the word with them many confess their willingness to come back to the Lord. We anointed them with oil and encouraged them to re dedicate their lives to the Lord. We also pray for those who are sick. I gave out some of the vitamins, iron and Panadol tablets to some of the women. We also encounter some encouraging people. One elderly lady, named Grace had 5 cows and were able use the profit made from the cow's milk to help some of the poor children. She is the main bread winner of the house. We encourage her to share the gospel with those whom she has helped. We sang and danced with one family as they rejoiced over the goodness of the Lord. Helen a team member was especially encouraging to me and she was very zealous to share with her people about the word of God. She told me next time when I come back she will give me one big sweet potatoes. On Thursday we will go back and help Pastor Leonard to plant the peanuts on the ground that was leased. All profits will go to grow more peanuts and hopefully the profit will be good enough to bless the community there. Joy gave some money for Pastor Titus to buy 4 Swahili bibles and we gave them away to the members who do not have the bibles. I believed that this early morning rain is an encouraging sign to the people. God indeed is good and He has responded to the cry of their hearts. The people here do need encouragement as they had gone through hard life, struggling constantly with poverty, diseases and corruption that is so prevailing at almost all level, one member expressed that it has also creep into the church and this is indeed very sad. Please continue to pray that the word that is sown will bear eternal fruits and multiply in the kingdom. May the Christians repent and rise up to  shine as light in this dark and needy country. May the Name of Jesus is really lifted up high so that all men may drawn to HIM, may His Name not be put to shame because of our poor testimony. Thank you once again for sharing this work with me through your prayers.
Shalom,
Andes

 

3/28/09

Dear Friends,
I arrived safely in Nairobi and was welcomed by Joy, Ps David and Hilda. Joy and Ps David travelled about 10 hrs from Bungoma to fetch me. We spend one night with Ps Caleb and his family in Nairobi and travelled to Bungoma the next day. On our way we saw the vehicle of the President Kibaki and him waving at us as though to welcome us the foreigners. We stayed at Ps David and his wife Susan's place. I understand that there are about 80% catholic and many Christians are not born again. Many of them can speak English and Swahili. The people were very friendly and very easy to strike a conversation with them. On 28th March we went to the market place, we sang a Hebrew song and gave out tracts to the traders. We dropped by at two shops and started our conversation with the shop owners, to my surprise they were very open to be prayed for. They requested that we prayed for their businesses and one of the owner was a Muslim lady and she too was open for us to pray for her. We invited them to join us in the worship service the next day. I saw indeed they were very open and keen to know more about Christ. On Sunday, Joy and myself shared in the church. I shared about why we need to pray for the nation of Israel and encouraged the church to pray for the land. We kneel down to confess the sin of neglecting Israel and asking God for mercy. We also pray for the rain as this was their main concern and I blew the shofar at the end of the prayer. Praise the Lord indeed He is merciful and He heard the cry of the Kenyans. it rained in the afternoon. I recognized that this is indeed a sign to encourage them to continue to pray for Israel and Kenya.
We went to a nearby village and give out quite a lot of tracts. At one of the compound we saw a drunken elderly lady kneeling on the ground, half was naked and speaking nonsense. Joy went forward and speak about Christ's love to her. It was amazing how she calm down after that although she understood God's word spoken English. She began to cover herself as we brought her clothes and brought her to her house. As we move forth the children began to follow us and very soon there were about 20-30 of them surrounding us. So I taught them two simple Sunday school songs and have them sang with us.  At almost the end of our evangelism along the way, we saw a big bully grabbing hold of a younger guy and threatened to beat him up unless he pay up his money. We do not quite understand what the dispute were all about but it was quite clear that he was trying to have his way. Joy tried to be the middle man and calm the situation but to no avail as he wanted the money. We did not have any money with us and so was unable to solve the problem with it. We prayed and hope in our hearts that the matter will be solved without anyone getting hurts. The passerby just stood around and watch the scene and no one try to help. I guess this is quite a common scene and everyone get use to it, they just want to see what is the outcome but will not want to get involved lest they themselves also get into trouble. Later we found out that the younger guy paid him only 50bobs (only a few cents, I think), and the matter was solved. Was the Lord trying to teach us to rise up when we see injustice and fight for the rights of human being? Was He trying to tell us do our bit, pray and leave the outcome to Him? Was He telling us not to do anything since we don't really know who is really in the wrong for what we see may not necessary be what it really is? I leave the judgment to you. May the Lord grant us wisdom and quick to know what to do when such a dispute rises again.
Shalom,
Andes

 

12/22/08

Last evening is the first day of of the 8 days of John 10:22. We saw Jesus in Jerusalem in the temple area of the Solomon's Colonnade during this feast. So what is Hanukah all about? It is called The Holiday of Lights -- celebrating the miracle of a little oil that lasted eight days, and continues to illuminate our lives to this day.

Hanukkah (also spelled Chanukah or Hanukah), is an annual festival of the Jews celebrated on eight successive days to honor the restoration of divine worship in the Temple after it had been defiled by heathens. The return of their religious liberty was to them as life from the dead and, in remembrance of it, they kept an annual holiday on the twenty-fifth day of Kislev. Kislev is the third month of the Jewish calendar corresponding, approximately, to early December in the Gregorian calendar. Jesus kept this festival John 10:22

The biggest lesson of Hanukkah was the power of the spirit, the ability of God's people to live by God's commands. �Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts (Zech. 4:6). In between the Testaments, around 164 B.C., the Maccabees (or Hasmoneans), led by Judah Maccabee, wrested Judea from the rule of the Seleucids�Syrian rulers who supported the spread of Greek religion and culture. Hanukkah commemorates the recapture of Jerusalem by the Maccabees and the establishment of the Temple. The Temple had been profaned by Antiochus IV Epiphanes, king of Syria and overlord of Palestine. The Maccabees ruled Judea until Herod took power in 37 B.C.E.

In a miraculous way God supply them with the oil to light up the temple for 8 days when the supply of the little oil could only last for one day.

It is a reminder for us that God is able to use the little that we have to stretch His resources so that our body the temple of the Holy Spirit can continue to do His work. God has proved this to be true during my recent Peruvian trip when our little "5 loaves and 2 fishes" financial resources was stretched by Him to serve not only our needs but the needs of others. It multiplies miraculously!

Have a blessed Hanukah!

Hasamech! (happy holiday)

 

12/17/08

Current status in Singapore

About 18-20% of the Singapore's population is Christians, including the Catholics. Buddhist is about 65%, Muslim about 20-30% and Hindus about 10%. There is some degree of religious freedom but we cannot out rightly preached to the Muslim population.

The Protestant churches are very busy churches filled with all kinds of events in evangelism and other outreach activities. The last 10yrs or so I saw an increased awareness of prayer networks and also an increased flow of teachers from all over the nations far and near, even from Africa to come and speak and prophesized over our nation. Singapore has experienced some revival but not very significant as yet. The Christian population has actually increased. People are hungry and discontented; they desire spiritual food and many Christians visit other congregations and attend different teaching sessions after attending their own church service. Some churches are very gifted in healings and those who needed healings tends to go there for obvious reasons.

There is also an increased influx of other religious groups which was not here before like Falung Gong, Nepal Buddhism, Thai Buddhism etc. This could be due to our nation having many foreign workers about 1 million out of 4 million of our population. At the same time Singapore has become very affluent and many people travel frequently either for leisure or for work. These gave them the opportunities to bring in other kinds of religious influence. Recently we have begun considering passing laws for euthanasia and alternative lifestyle such as the gay and lesbian lifestyle. We are now in the process of building the first two casinos in Singapore. Our teenage pregnancies, rape cases and violence activities are increasing. There is a recent report of our HIV cases jumping by astonishing rate since 10 years ago. All these developments are only found in these recent years. In the past these issues were not even thought of.

Sad to say the churches in Singapore are not very united especially between the evangelicals and the charismatics. There is a recent court case about a certain bible Presbyterian Church suing a bible school due to some doctrinal changes. There is also a division among the older Chinese leaders and the English speaking congregations. In 1978 Billy Graham prophesized that Singapore will be the Antioch of Asia as of yet, she has not rise to this status yet.

There was a time when we sent out many missionaries and funds overseas but I am not sure if there is an increased of the amount. We have mega churches about 15 to 20 thousand people, the biggest so far and many small churches felt intimidated and insecure, fearful of loosing the members. At the same time the economic crisis had hit us hard and many lost their jobs. Our divorce and suicide rates are increasing. Yet I see the grace of God upon us. It was also about 10 years ago that Singapore churches began to embrace Israel, there is an increased number of people who passionately support and pray for Israel frequently. We have an increase in the number of people going to Israel. My sister is going with her church in February.

So you can see there is a lot that we need to pray for Singapore. I believe the Lord is giving us a window of opportunity to prepare ourselves for greater breakthroughs and shakings. Many believed that we have been spared from many natural disasters and crisis because of our connection with Israel right from the very beginning when we became independent. Our first Chief Minister was a Jew. I believe he had strong influence in our government and up to now our government always emphasized on righteous ways of leading the country. There are only about 2000 Jews here and most of them are religious from European countries. We also have two synagogues.

Please do join me and pray for this nation that Singapore will reach her God given destiny...the Antioch of Asia, the gateway of mission in the east. Many nations are waiting for us to lead and we must rise up! Rise Singapore! Isaiah 61:1

12/3/08

I arrived in New York on 20th Oct not knowing that I was in the midst of the most challenging time of American history�. The Presidential election and the economic crisis, both has global effects on many nations in the East, like the nation of Singapore. I counted it a privilege to be able to be in New York at such a time as this. And was glad to stand in the gap for America with my American friend, Joy, whom I got to know when we were in Israel. She was very concern about the current state of her nation and we soon join hands in prayers, one from the west and the other from the east, as  the Lord has purposed it.

We visited Ground Zero and St. Paul�s Church, which is just a few meters away from Ground Zero. Apart from the construction works that is going on, there is hardly any traces of the destruction from the 9/11 terrorist  attack. Life goes on as usual and there seems to be a quick removal of the traces of the disaster as if the people are trying to erase the tragedies and buried their pain for all who were and all that was lost. We saw many visitors, some still trying hard to forget the pains as they pay their respect to the lost, others stood in awe of what evil can do to innocent lives. We stood there asking for God�s forgiveness and mercies over wicked deeds of the terrorists. We pray for healing and restoration of those who lost their loved ones. Above all we prayed for salvation because only Christ has the answer to the world�s pains.

We also prayer walk at the nearby government building, asking the Lord to grant wisdom and understanding for the current leaders to lead with the wellbeing of the people in their hearts. At 67th floor of Rockefeller Center we saw the beautiful skyline of NYC and I was reminded how Jesus also was taken to the high mountain by the devil in Matthew Chapter 4. The devil showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor and challenged Him to bow down and worship him and He will be given all that He saw. Our Lord�s reply caused the devil to flee! I wonder how the leaders of  the world would react if the same challenge was given to them. We prayed that they will not betray their own nation and sell the lives of the people away for their own selfish benefits. We prayed that the leaders will have the fear of God in their hearts as they rule the nation. Psalm 33:12 �Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people He chose for His inheritance.�

In Washington DC we prayed for the Holy Spirit to come upon the land as we sang and worship Him in the midst of the falling rain� we declared that He is Holy and there is none like Him, the Lord God Almighty. Revelation 4:8. May His holiness influenced every aspect of the society, the government, family, education, business, arts, entertainment, health and the church.

On 29th Oct we prayer walk in the downtown Wall Street area as we heard that Cindy Jacob and her team will also be there to pray for the economic crisis. We did not know how and where the prayer event will take place. But  the Lord led us. The weather was cold with rain and hailstones falling on and off. We stood at a corner of the building next to New York Stock Exchange Building, praying for God to intervene during this time. After praying for a while we suddenly spotted a woman speaking to a TV camera, we soon founds out that she was Cindy Jacob and the God TV crew broadcasting this prayer event. She kindly allowed us to join her team as she lead us to pray at the site of the bull statue. She asked the team to kneel down and confessed the sins of Baal worship. As she spoke we saw a ray of bright light shining through the group.

One of the leader shared that as he was praying for this event the Lord showed him the vision of  the Lion of Judah standing above the bull and the bear (the symbols of economy control), it was an assurance of God being in control over the financial situation. Hallelujahs! The Lord reigns!

 

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