Archive for December, 2010

You are we are joined in mind and heart to be world changers.  We have this in common.  We have found that prayer is the most important strategy in all that we seek.  Prayer must also be the first priority.

Consider a nation where we at FCM have poured out hearts, resources and tears in concert for 10 years.  We began our work there in April, 2001.  It was also the year of a terrorist attack on New York City Trade Towers, killing 3,000 people almost instantly. We have been at war with the terrorist ever since.

Please go within this blog to the excellent piece on Asia, done by Peggy Morton, to read of the political corruption and the class grip on the wealth by perhaps only one percent of the total population.  Here is a nation we know has enormous natural resources.  It is on the trade routes for all of Asia.  The opportunity for an economic and social transformation is apparent.  And yet, year after year, the poor get poorer and the rich get richer.

Let’s do this.  How many of us would pinpoint focus our prayers of this great little nation?  If you would be included, the best thing you can do to say “yes” is to write an intercession or prayer and then post it on this blog under Asia or Philippines.  That is something dynamic about agreement.  Please show your agreement.

For your convenience, here is Peggy’s post again:

Alert.net Country Snapshot: The Philippines is a fragile, unstable democracy plagued by high levels of corruption and political violence. Poverty is widespread. An improving economic growth rate in recent years has been insufficient to offset a fast growing population and extreme inequalities of wealth.

Alert.net News: MANILA, Dec 21 (Reuters) – President Benigno Aquino unveiled a plan focusing on measures to cut poverty to defeat Maoist and Muslim rebels. Since the late 1960s, the Philippines has been fighting leftist and Islamist rebellions that have killed more than 160,000 people, displaced 2 million and stunted growth in the poor but resource-rich country. Soldiers from close ally the United States have been operating in the Philippine south since 2002, providing medical care and repairing schools and roads to help defeat a small group of Islamist militants with ties to al Qaeda. “If we can stop poverty, then we can stop the war and the shooting,” Aquino said. (Excerpts from a much longer expose at Alert.net)

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Within the last 10 years, the Philippines population grew by 16M people, compared to 30M in the US. That growth rate represents about a 20% of the population in the Philippines, twice the growth rate of the US. The Philippines has 94M and the US has 320M people, so while the Philippines has only 30% of the population of the US, the Phillipines population is proportionally growing at twice the rate of the US.

In 2010, the Philippines had four times more people per area than the US. The population density comparison between the Philippines and the US is:

Philippines: 122 people/square km (50 people/square mile)

US: 38 people/square km (15 people/square mile)

For more demographics see the Philippines Alert.net country profile link to the right.

To bring these numbers down to terms of everyday life, imagine 3 more houses (or units) put on the property where you live. You would know your neighbors up close and friendly. The Philippines has run out of land and jobs for its people. The end result is that the lower echelon of society finds themselves being scavengers of the left overs. They live on the street, they live in the dumpsites, they live not day to day, but from hour to hour, trying to find enough sustenance to just stay alive, never mind get an education.

In the Philippines, about 100 families control most of the wealth, land, and political power. The country does not have a public school system like the United States. The wealthy send their children to private schools. Assume there are 10 family members for each of the 100 wealthy families, that means that about 1,000 people, out of 94M people in the Philippines, are getting an education equivalent to what we receive in the United States. The remainder of the population relies on humanitarian and missionary efforts to improve literacy and education.

The missionary arena is where Fullness in Christ Ministries is a major contributor. The ministry started over seven years ago, and within that period has educated over 1,000 of the least of the least, the poorest of the poor children in the Philippines. This year about 500 children are clothed, fed, and educated by the Fullness in Christ Ministries led pastors. The ministry goal is to reach 1,000 children in 2011. Imagine the impact of this effort on the Philippines? If the countries’ educated population base doubled through the work of the ministry – 1,000 more children would grow up to be well educated, Christian adults who can then become the future leaders of a country that desperately needs to have new blood in its governmental and judicial system. These same 1,000 children have families, and grow to become 2,000 people, who within a 100 year period would be able to move out of their family legacy of poverty and claim God’s inheritance – an inheritance of new wine, new wineskin, new provision for economic growth both in the family and within the nation, as they build their own businesses and industrial base. Compare this to the current system that is designed to benefit the wealthy, that is untouchable to the common person on the streets of nation, a system of the “Haves” and the “Have-Nots.”

The Christian efforts of ministries, like Fullness in Christ Ministries, largely work behind the scenes with little fanfare. Is it not time to start promoting the positive Christian efforts of people and organizations who give sacrificially to support a nation, as opposed to those who give to support a war? The time has come for a new season of giving, the type of giving that reflects the economies of scale in the global world in which we currently live and work in. The type of giving that is built on love and not war. The type of giving that is reflective of Jesus’ walk in God’s world. Please pray about this issue and if God leads your heart to do so, please help the children rise into their inheritance by sponsoring their education. Take action now by going to Fullness in Christ Ministries’ website and selecting the link to “Sponsor A Child,” the link to “Ministry To Children,” and/or the link to become a “Vision Bearer” for the Filipino children.

Monetary donations can also be mailed to:

Fullness in Christ Ministries

P.O. Box 136117

Ft. Worth, TX 76136-6117

info@fullnessnetwork.net 

www.fullnessonline.org

Matthew 25:31-46 (New International Version, ©2010):

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

Good job Peggy.  Thanks for the information and inspiration this brings our hearts.


46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

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I have posted this comment on behalf of Peggy Morton:

Alert.net Country Snapshot: The Philippines is a fragile, unstable democracy plagued by high levels of corruption and political violence. Poverty is widespread. An improving economic growth rate in recent years has been insufficient to offset a fast growing population and extreme inequalities of wealth.

Alert.net News: MANILA, Dec 21 (Reuters) – President Benigno Aquino unveiled a plan focusing on measures to cut poverty to defeat Maoist and Muslim rebels. Since the late 1960s, the Philippines has been fighting leftist and Islamist rebellions that have killed more than 160,000 people, displaced 2 million and stunted growth in the poor but resource-rich country. Soldiers from close ally the United States have been operating in the Philippine south since 2002, providing medical care and repairing schools and roads to help defeat a small group of Islamist militants with ties to al Qaeda. “If we can stop poverty, then we can stop the war and the shooting,” Aquino said. (Excerpts from a much longer expose at Alert.net)

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Within the last 10 years, the Philippines population grew by 16M people, compared to 30M in the US. That growth rate represents about a 20% of the population in the Philippines, twice the growth rate of the US. The Philippines has 94M and the US has 320M people, so while the Philippines has only 30% of the population of the US, the Phillipines population is proportionally growing at twice the rate of the US.

In 2010, the Philippines had four times more people per area than the US. The population density comparison between the Philippines and the US is:

Philippines:     122 people/square km (50 people/square mile)

US:                       38 people/square km (15 people/square mile)  

For more demographics see the Philippines Alert.net country profile link to the right.

To bring these numbers down to terms of everyday life, imagine 3 more houses (or units) put on the property where you live. You would know your neighbors up close and friendly. The Philippines has run out of land and jobs for its people. The end result is that the lower echelon of society finds themselves being scavengers of the left overs. They live on the street, they live in the dumpsites, they live not day to day, but from hour to hour, trying to find enough sustenance to just stay alive, never mind get an education.

In the Philippines, about 100 families control most of the wealth, land, and political power. The country does not have a public school system like the United States. The wealthy send their children to private schools. Assume there are 10 family members for each of the 100 wealthy families, that means that about 1,000 people, out of 94M people in the Philippines, are getting an education equivalent to what we receive in the United States. The remainder of the population relies on humanitarian and missionary efforts to improve literacy and education.

The missionary arena is where Fullness in Christ Ministries is a major contributor. The ministry started over seven years ago, and within that period has educated over 1,000 of the least of the least, the poorest of the poor children in the Philippines. This year about 500 children are clothed, fed, and educated by the Fullness in Christ Ministries led pastors. The ministry goal is to reach 1,000 children in 2011. Imagine the impact of this effort on the Philippines? If the countries’ educated population base doubled through the work of the ministry – 1,000 more children would grow up to be well educated, Christian adults who can then become the future leaders of a country that desperately needs to have new blood in its governmental and judicial system. These same 1,000 children have families, and grow to become 2,000 people, who within a 100 year period would be able to move out of their family legacy of poverty and claim God’s inheritance – an inheritance of new wine, new wineskin, new provision for economic growth both in the family and within the nation, as they build their own businesses and industrial base. Compare this to the current system that is designed to benefit the wealthy, that is untouchable to the common person on the streets of nation, a system of the “Haves” and the “Have-Nots.”

The Christian efforts of ministries, like Fullness in Christ Ministries, largely work behind the scenes with little fanfare. Is it not time to start promoting the positive Christian efforts of people and organizations who give sacrificially to support a nation, as opposed to those who give to support a war? The time has come for a new season of giving, the type of giving that reflects the economies of scale in the global world in which we currently live and work in. The type of giving that is built on love and not war. The type of giving that is reflective of Jesus’ walk in God’s world. Please pray about this issue and if God leads your heart to do so, please help the children rise into their inheritance by sponsoring their education. Take action now by going to Fullness in Christ Ministries’ website and selecting the link to “Sponsor A Child,” the link to “Ministry To Children,” and/or the link to become a “Vision Bearer” for the Filipino children. 

Monetary donations can also be mailed to:

Fullness in Christ Ministries

P.O. Box 136117
Ft. Worth, TX 76136-6117
info@fullnessnetwork.net
www.fullnessonline.org

Matthew 25:31-46 (New International Version, ©2010):

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

   34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

   37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

   40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

   41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

   44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

   45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

   46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

May we call your attention to a new post “Pray for the Nation of Thailand” by Peggy Morton.  Peggy is a member of Fullness in Christ Church, Fort Worth and works part-time for Fullness in Christ Ministries.  She and her daughter Samantha (Sam) are precious souls to us.  We introduce you and commend her and her writing, research and intercessions to you today.

Peggy has found a way to link “AlertNet” to blog in such a way that you can get instant background and current information of each country for which we pray.  We have used AlertNet before and find it to be most useful to inform our intercessions.  Go to Peggy blog entry “Pray for the Nation and Thailand” on the current blog, read and enjoy your intercession for Thailand.

Please join with us in this great quest for the nations.  Ask God to put them, Thailand in particular, in your heart.  The power of your intercession in unimaginable.  Thanks.

Thailand Needs Your Prayers

I have posted this comment on behalf of Peggy Morton:

BANGKOK, THAILAND, Dec 10, 2010 (Reuters) – The Thai military played a larger role in the killing of civilians during political unrest in Bangkok this year than officials have acknowledged, leaked state documents seen by Reuters show. Ninety-one people were killed and at least 1,800 were wounded during the unrest in April and May. More than 30 buildings were set on fire. It was the worst political violence in modern Thai history. (excerpt from a much longer expose.)

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Alert.net: Thailand is a constitutional hereditary monarchy with King Bhumibol Adulyadej on the throne since 1946 – the world’s longest-reigning monarch.

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The words underlined in bold above jumped out at me as I read these excerpts. Suddenly I find myself supernaturally in the midst of a chilling, bloody, civil war, a war that brings to mind the slaughter of Jews and Gentiles by the Eqyptian Pharoahs, when the Pharoahs felt threatened by a Christian uprising. The current Thai monarchy is feeling threatened by the “red shirt” protest movement and is quick to send in national troops to “control” the uprising of the people. I sit here in the natural, just having been given a scarf made in Thailand, brought to me from a missionary returning from a trip to the country. She so kindly thought to bring a Christmas gift back from her trip. Little did she know the mantle of grace shifted from the Thai people, to her, and then to me. A very small group of christian missionaries are currently in Thailand, striving to lift a handful of  Thai people out of abject poverty and into Christian beliefs. I think of the hands that made this scarf, hands probably used to sitting, and bowing, and praying to a Buddhist God, while I sat in church with the scarf resting on my shoulders, and prayed to Jesus to save these people for their own monarchy. I pray that the oppression of a corrupt, heredity monarchy, be lifted so that the people could be set free to live in peace. My friend was quick to point out that Thai people are full of grace and love, they are a giving people without the expectation that they are due a better life, a new life in a new country. They are happy to live in their homeland, and strive to give from their heart and to live their life in peace. Interestingly, the word “Thai” in the local language means “the land of the free.”

 1 Thessalonians 1:6-10: “You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. 7 And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. 8 The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it, 9 for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.”

Phillipines, Thailand, North Korea, South Korea and Japan

Prayer for the Nations of Asia and The Pacific Islands

Seek out and ask the Lord to guide you to intercede for Japan, North Korea, South Korea, the Philippines and Thailand.

Many people have asked us, “Just how do I go about interceding on behalf of a country and its people?” We suggest that you follow the Alert.net link to right to view the Country Profile. Alert.net provides a profile for every country that will give a feel for the people and culture. Then review the “News and Alerts” for that country. These two resources will give you a good feel for the pulse of what is going on in and where to focus on specific, pinpoint prayer for the country. For instance, I know fairly little about Thailand. With these two links, I can have a fairly comprehensive idea of what type of intercessory prayer may be needed for that country.

Alertnet is an awesome site! We already have a posted prayer on this blog for Ethiopia that came in right after we posted the Middle East map. This is so great because with just the framework in place, the posts and prayers start to create a life of their own as they transition to a global prayer network! It has been our desire for a long time to see this come to fruition. We hope you will be as blessed by it as we are. God Bless You!

 

United Kingdom - England and Ireland

Prayer for the nations of Ireland and the England

United States and Canada

Prayer for the nations of The United States and Canada

Liberia, Somalia, Sudan, Eqypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Jerusalum, Isreal, Syria, Iran, and India

Prayer for the nations of Israel (with special emphasis on Jerusalem), Syria, Egypt, Iran, Somalia, Kenya, Liberia, Sudan, Ethiopia, and India.

Not to worry.  Lord, I am asking when the kings have finished what you have intended, please move the on to other lands.  The hearts of the kings are always in your hands.  We ask that you bring justice.  Show mercy Lord, but complete the job of cleaning the house.

Awaken the church!  Let it hear the sound of My voice.  God has called you with a calling like unto the calling of Jeremiah:  Jeremiah 1:4-5 (NASB) “Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,  you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.”  Let us pray for the body of Christ and its leadership to pick up this mantle.

The church has a mandate from Heaven:  Jeremiah 1:18-19 (NASB)  “Now behold, I have made you today as a fortified city and as a pillar of iron and as walls of bronze against the whole land, to the kings of Judah, to its princes, to its priests and to the people of the land.  They will fight against you, but they will not overcome you, for I am with you to deliver you,” declares the Lord.”

Give church leaders the courage of Jeremiah to speak out against injustices.  Lord Jesus, rise up so the church can rise up in this hour.

We are seeing the dawning of a new day for the Body of Christ.  The King of Kings has spoken and He will prevail.

God Is Answering!

Posted: December 7, 2010 in Uncategorized

1 Chronicles 16:31 (AMP) “Let the heavens be glad and let the earth rejoice; and let men say among the nations, The Lord reigns!”   And now we pray this prayer back to God!  For He is doing great things in nations and governments.  May it be agreed and established, “The Lord reigns!”

Thank YOU for praying with us.  God’s answers are already manifesting.  Can you see them?  Keep it up!

AMERICA:  Let us rejoice that governments are responding to our prophetic intercession.  When we dare and even enthusiastically pray for nations and governments, God hears these prayers.  He is not a god made with human hands but God Almighty who is sovereign over all things.

Looking with spiritual eyes, you can see God at work in the faces and eyes of D.C. elected officials.  Pray that those in rebellion will be humbled into obedience to God’s word.

Pray for the hearts of the American people to be convicted of sin and the need for righteous living.  Ignite the churches to come forth boldly with the gospel and take a stand for Godliness.

KENYA:  There is a stirring in the Kenya’s leadership.  Lord, hear our prayers for a breakthrough to shake Kenya and all East Africa.  You hold the leaders’ hearts in your hand and turn them as you please in the same way you direct the rivers and oceans in the natural.  Give a moral breakthrough of epic proportions.

Since we began praying for Kenya, I have had no less than four Kenyan pastors write to me to bless us and offer themselves.  They ask for our help.  Pray that we can get into position to give them the greatest gift, the Good News of Jesus Christ and with it the righteousness and morality so needed.  May it be so Lord.

ENCOURAGEMENT:  God is showing us how He is hearing our prayer.  Do not let up.