JESUS CHRISTIANS NEWSLETTER #112, JUNE 2009
We have a few interesting stories from around the world this month.
Boop spotted someone on the train from Mumbai to Chennai who was
reading a copy of Listening. The books have never been distributed
in India, so it was quite an amazing coincidence. Boop introduced
himself, and it turned out that the guy had received his copy from
Reinhard in London!
The daughter of Paul's kidney recipient (Sharon) wrote saying that
she wants to do something unselfish, and asked him to help her with
information on donating a kidney. Sharon also said that her 13 year
old son had written an essay about Paul donating a kidney to his
grandmother for his bar mitsvah.
Christine was nursing a friend in a hospital in Kenya, and there was
a 13-year-old boy there who had been deeply traumatised, so that he
had not been able to speak for quite some time. Chris organized for
him and some other boys to watch a video. Amazingly, after the
entertainment, the traumatised boy started talking, and by the next
morning, he was virtually back to normal.
Barry gave a free copy of "Destroyers" to someone in Sydney who had
no cash on him, and when the man returned from the bank, he handed
Barry $50. He asked a few more questions and then gave him another
$20. (Baz must have given the right answers!) Finally, he asked
Barry what he would do with the money, and Baz said that he shares it
with other Christians who all live by faith, and he gave yet another
We were asked to host a luncheon for a Government Minister who was
visiting our area, and after the luncheon the Minister showed a lot
of interest in our work and expressed a desire to work more closely
with us. We gave her a complete set of the Easy English novels.
During their outreach to Ireland, Ross and Jayme distributed
thousands of copies of our new DVD documentary ("More Than Just a
Band"). Hundreds of them went out at a university, where there
seemed to be some interest in the segment showing us giving out "free
hugs", because later in the week they saw about fifteen students
heading for town with a bunch of "free hug" signs. Seems we are
having an influence of some sort!
Alf had a family reunion in Norway at his sister's home. The occasion
was the christening of his nephew. Meaningful sharing occurred
between all members of the family.
Roland and Susan had a pleasant meeting with Bobby Kelly, the boy
whom they had been falsely accused of kidnapping about a decade ago.
Bobby is now a university student and still remains on friendly terms.
He viewed a copy of the new documentary, 'More Than Just A
Band' which features him in a cameo role.
Sue offered the new DVD to a woman who was on her way back to her
home country of Cyprus. Sue told her that one of the features of the
DVD was about Roland's donation in Cyprus. The woman had heard about
Roland's donation previously, back home in Cyprus, and so she was
looking forward to learn more about it on our documentary.
Jayme met a group of five women travelling in Ireland, who were all
from Kansas. They were surprised to learn that he had been born and
raised in Kansas, and so they all were happy to get a copy of "More
Than Just a Band" from him.
Bob had a nice visit with his mother in Manchester shortly before
flying out to Kenya.
The UK teams are finding that the first 50,000 copies of our new DVD
are going out very quickly indeed. Sue distributed 900 in one week,
and Alan did 923. Australia has ordered 20,000 copies, which are due
next week; and the U.S. has placed an order for 50,000 from India,
which may take a bit longer because of the time it takes to ship them.
Here is a link to the nine-part DVD documentary as it appears on
The reading program has resumed in Kenya, and it has brought a fresh
influx of local and overseas volunteers as well. We currently have
fifteen volunteers staying with us and are expecting more shortly.
Several teachers are close to winning either a sewing machine or a
bicycle, based on the outstanding performances of their students in
the reading program.
About 2,000 Christian books were distributed by a small team visiting
Kitale (Kenya) for a few days during the month.
Some hot discussion topics this month are:
Police abuse in the U.S. [welikejesus.com
Tarot cards. [welikejesus.com
The Pope on Facebook. [welikejesus.com
More on Homosexuality. [welikejesus.com
And more on Jeremy Kyle. [welikejesus.com
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