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Newsletter May 2006


Touching The Nations








Daddy with his son'sDear Friend,


Thank you for your overwhelming response to the 3 testimonies we placed in our previous newsletter. Many people said that they were really blessed to see how God works in every nation and that He is working all over the world. Because of all the positive responses I will try to have at least 1 testimony of a person whose life has been changed because of Jesus Christ.



TANABAG OUTREACH



Just last week I have been to Tanabag to get prepared for our coming outreach on Saturday June 3. I was very overwhelmed by the needs. For example there are 12 children (ages between 6 months and 6 years) who are officially classified as having 2nd degree of malnutrition, meaning that they have physical weaknesses because of insufficient food or an unbalanced diet. Thanks to your support we will be able to help a little. Next to this we are planning to give away bibles, food, clothes, pens, notebooks, etc. If you feel to support this outreach please mention TANABAG OUTREACH on your check or electronic donation and 100% of the money received will be going toward the outreach. Thanks for your faithful support.




CHURCH



Last week we started our first Sunday School for children. About 10-15 kids showed up. We are excited about how God continues to bring more people to the church. On the right you will see a picture of the members who are coming to church. However, there are no college students on it yet. They will all be coming back again next month.

Awesome and exciting things are happening here. We have been invited by Palawan Technic Poly College (PPCI) to have bible study on campus. At the moment we are the only church who will be working on campus. This college has about 1000 college students, 1000 high school students and 1000 elementary students. We are very excited about this invitation and looking forward to see God touch many souls.



LebnitzTESTIMONY



(Lebnitz has been coming to church since August 2005 and will be part of my D12 soon.)


I thank the Lord for this fellowship because of this I got closer to God and eventually I got baptized (November 2005). Meaning I accepted God and committed myself to Him for the rest of my life.

Each time I receive more revelations about God and who He is. The Bible helps me a lot to become a mature Christian and to activate the Holy Spirit in me. I know now that the bible is the truth and is a guide for how we as Christian should live, so we must value it ….

Every word in the Bible is important and it can heal and help everybody to live a powerful and whole life in Christ. My biggest desire is to see lesser of me and more of the power of Christ in my life.


Lebnitz (2nd year College Student – Studies Tourism)



Flower, Barnabas and Caleb
That's it for this month. Hope you enjoyed reading our latest update and seeing some pictures. Please feel free to respond. We love to hear from you. Thanks again for all your help and being part of this ministry. Lots of love from the Philippines.

God bless,
Arthur Peter & family





THE HOUND OF HEAVEN RESCUED ME









Testimonies






      
      Testimonies is a free email ministry provided by
Touching The Nations to anyone interested in receiving stories and testimonies of what the Lord has done in someone's life. To receive these messages, please join our mailinglist Testimonies. 

      We want to thank everyone who sends us their testimony, and ask you to, please, keep on sending them. If you have a testimony that you would like to share, please send it to
touchingthenations@yahoo.com Thanks!!
     








THE HOUND OF HEAVEN RESCUED ME

I grew up in Sunday school, memorised the golden rule and how Jesus came to set the sinner free, i knew the story inside out and could tell you all about the path that led Jesus up to die.

But that's all Christianity was to me when I was younger, a story, words on a page of history. I didn't believe it was true; I didn't care if it was true, I did not understand the importance of the message of Jesus.


However when I was about sixteen began to wonder if anything I was learning could possibly be true. You see I had noticed something in christians that I couldn't see in any one else. I saw a peace, strength and an on going happiness in the Christians around me. Thus began the battle of my soul. I think deep down I knew that it was true, that Jesus was there, but my head was telling me differently. Although I wanted to believe because I knew there was something in it, I could see what it was. The main message of Christianity is that Jesus died to save you from your sins so that you can have eternal life. I wondered how Christians could be so amazed about that and base their whole lives on it. Why should I be grateful for that, it's not like I asked Jesus to die for me? I didn't really believe that I was a sinner.

I began to long for God's love, to belong to Him. Inside I knew it was
real, but there were so many niggling doubts inside that I just could not
ignore. I began to pray every night that God would find me and help me believe and trust in Him, I seemed to be getting nowhere...


In the summer of 2004 I went to a Christian camp in Germany with some
friends from church. On the second day, we were in one of our meetings and the leader was talking about commitments to God. He said that perhaps there were some people who had never really been able to get it going with God, never had that intimate relationship wit Him, never seen Him face to face and at that point I just burst into tears because I knew it was describing me exactly. He asked anyone who wanted to know Jesus to come up to the front to be prayed for. At that point my heart began to pound inside my chest and I started to shake all over. I just knew that it was God drawing me near to Him, asking me to give my life to Him. Well in the end I didn't go to the front because I was shaking so much I'm not sure that I would have made it, but my group leader, who was sitting next to me, prayed with me and i asked Jesus into my heart.


Three months on and my life are so different. I have a peace that I've never known before and I know that all my sins are forgiven. Jesus love is so real and I sometimes wonder why I didn't see it before. Now Jesus is everything to me, more than a story, more than words on a page of history. Jesus died to save us from our sins and to bring us back to Him. No, I didn't ask Him to do it, but that's the most wonderful thing about it:


He was pierced for our transgressions
He was crushed for our iniquities
And the punishment that brought US peace was
Upon HIM and by HIS wounds WE are healed.
Isaiah 53 verse 5


Had Jesus not bore God's anger for us turning against Him, then all of us
would face an eternity of torture. To me this is the most wonderful thing
ever, because I know I face an eternity with Jesus and I pray that every one of you that reads this testimony will come to know the love of Jesus. 

If you are searching for Jesus, do not give up, because He will find you and then your life can never be the same. Someone described Jesus as the’ hound of heaven' and He's after every one of us. When we give our lives to him, he will write our name in the book of life.

Jesus has a desire to know anyone who will come to Him; He'll never turn
anyone away who is sincerely searching for Him.


Rebekah cole – united Kingdom
reebokcale@hotmail.com (probably has to be reebokcole@hotmail.com








      
      Just some legal stuff. Although Touching the Nations (TTN) does not intend to change, adjust, or reject your testimony, we retain the right to do so. All testimonies sent to Touching the Nations (TTN) becomes our property, and, as such, we will be free to do with the article as seems fitting. 

      PLEASE NOTE:
 Touching the Nations (TTN) is unable to verify the testimonies, and accepts all testimonies in good faith. We, therefore, do not take any responsibility for the testimonies posted. 







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WATCH WHERE YOU ARE GIVING

 






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touchingthenations@yahoo.com Thanks!!









Watch Where You're Giving

   I will never forget a woman who came to the food pantry at our
church. She also needed a little money to pay her next month's
rent. When she came into my office, it was obvious her front teeth
had been broken out. When I asked what happened, she said her
boyfriend, Freddy, had knocked her teeth out.

   I said, "He must not be a very nice man."

   She said, "Oh yes, Freddy is a nice man. He loves me and cares
for me." Then she asked me for half-a-month's rent. Our church
happened to have enough money to help her out, so I gave her the
money. This surprised her.

   She said, "So often when I ask churches for money, they don't
give me much help." Then she added something I will never forget.
She said, "You know, it's interesting to me how it's mostly poor
people who help poor people. The rich people really don't."

   The statement indicted me a bit because I thought of all the
times we had spent vast amounts of money to put on huge choir
programs, church building, fellowship, staff salaries and then said we didn't have enough money to feed the poor. I wonder if God was very impressed with our disclaimers. 

See: Hos 6:6; Ro 13:10; Jas 1:27 

-- Calvin Miller, "From Entertainment to Servanthood," Preaching
Today, Tape Number 132. --












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God Bless,
         Arthur Peter





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GOD HEALS LOWER BACK









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Touching The Nations to anyone interested in receiving stories and testimonies of what the Lord has done in someone's life. To receive these messages, please join our mailinglist Testimonies. 

      We want to thank everyone who sends us their testimony, and ask you to, please, keep on sending them. If you have a testimony that you would like to share, please send it to
touchingthenations@yahoo.com Thanks!!
     








GOD HEALS LOWER BACK


In 1987 I severely hurt my lower back. I knew nothing about the healing power of God or the gifts of the Holy Spirit. For 6 months I suffered pain and for much of that time I was unable to stand up straight or even walk. Pain medications, doctors, were doing all they could do, but I kept getting worse. I was afraid. I had little money, no job, no future and could not even take care of myself. All I could envision was surgery, extensive therapy, being in a wheelchair, unable to work physical labor, which was all I knew how to do at that time. 

While laying in bed, I heard a preacher teach on that it is God's will for me to be healed. And I heard other people's testimonies of God healing their sick, diseased, and broken bodies. My faith began to increase as I heard the Word of God concerning Healing. I began to pray and ask the Lord to manifest His healing power in my body. I was desperate. And then I heard the preacher preach on giving an offering to God, tithe and get the windows of heaven opened up, so that God can bless me. I obeyed God's Word and emptied out my checkbook. (Don't do this unless God really speaks to you.) I gave everything I had. I gave my best, since God gave me His best, His only begotten Son Jesus Christ, who paid the price for my healing. 

This is when the battle in my mind started. All kinds of negative thoughts plagued me, but I kept crying out to God to heal me. I would hear voices telling me that I was going to be worse off because of my giving and that I was only buying my miracle. But I knew deep inside that my heart was sincere before God and that those thoughts were a lie because it is contrary to God's Word. Seven days after that offering , God visited me in my bedroom at 6 am. While laying in bed looking up toward the ceiling, I saw a vision. An actual window of heaven opened up and I saw the "Healing Hands of God" glowing with light and power descending toward me. I saw a pure white linen robe around these hands of perfection. God's glory emanated through the white linen robe. A ministering angel was now in my room. I did not see his face. With his left arm he picked up my whole body off my bed. And then with his right hand, he placed it on my lower back where the problem was. 

God's power went into my back and every bone began to crack and move into the correct place and every nerve began to mend. my body could not contain all of God's power. I actually could see a river of power come out of my mouth as I groaned. God's healing power filled my belly, my spirit, my back and came up out of my mouth. It was then that God gave me supernatural knowledge that my testimony will be powerful concerning healing, "Because you have believed in what the scripture hath said, out of your belly shall flow rivers of living water." 

All of the sudden, I was standing in my bedroom and the angel was gone. And I'm checking myself out amazed at what I just experienced. I kept saying to myself, "God really does heal people! God healed me! God healed me!" I still felt a strong Presence of God in my room. It was then that I heard the audible voice of God in the Spirit. God asked me a question. "Mike. Who healed you?" I was trembling when I said, "Jesus?" And then I heard these words, "It is the will of God for everyone to be healed. If you were to say it is not the will of God for everyone to be healed, it would be the same as looking into the face of Jesus in mockery saying, "Jesus! I don't believe you paid the price for me! Jesus! I don't believe that with Your stripes I am healed!" 
From that moment on I have always said it is the will of God for everyone to be healed. I will not mock my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I hope this testimony will help someone else to receive their healing from the Lord. God bless you!     

           Mike Dice







      
      Just some legal stuff. Although Touching the Nations (TTN) does not intend to change, adjust, or reject your testimony, we retain the right to do so. All testimonies sent to Touching the Nations (TTN) becomes our property, and, as such, we will be free to do with the article as seems fitting. 

      PLEASE NOTE:
 Touching the Nations (TTN) is unable to verify the testimonies, and accepts all testimonies in good faith. We, therefore, do not take any responsibility for the testimonies posted. 







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THE WATER

 






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THE WATER

It was one of the hottest days of the dry season. We had not seen rain
in almost a month.  The crops were dying.  Cows had stopped giving
milk.  The creeks and streams were long gone back into the earth.  It
was a dry season that would bankrupt several farmers before it was
through.  Every day, my husband and his brothers would go about the
arduous process of trying to get water to the fields.  Lately this
process had involved taking a truck to the local water rendering plant
and filling it up with water.  But severe rationing had cut everyone
off.  If we didn't see some rain soon...we would lose everything. 

It was on this day that I learned the true lesson of sharing and witnessed
the only miracle I have seen with my own eyes.  I was in the kitchen
making lunch for my husband and his brothers when I saw my six-year old
son, Billy, walking toward the woods.  He wasn't walking with the usual
carefree abandon of a youth but with a serious purpose.  
I could only see his back.  He was obviously walking with a great effort...trying to be as still as possible.  Minutes after he disappeared into the woods, he came running out again, toward the house.  I went back to making sandwiches; thinking that whatever task he had been doing was
completed.  Moments later, however, he was once again walking in that
slow purposeful stride toward the woods.

This activity went on for an hour: walk carefully to the woods, run
back to the house.  Finally I couldn't take it any longer and I crept out of
the house and followed him on his journey (being very careful not to be
seen...as he was obviously doing important work and didn't need his
Mommy checking up on him).  
He was cupping both hands in front of him as he walked; being very careful not to spill the water he held in them...maybe two or three tablespoons were held in his tiny hands.  I sneaked close as he went into the woods.  Branches and thorns slapped his little face but he did not try to avoid them.  He had a much higher purpose.  As I leaned in to spy on him, I saw the most amazing site.

Several large deer loomed in front of him.  Billy walked right up to
them.  I almost screamed for him to get away.  A huge buck with
elaborate antlers was dangerously close.  But the buck did not threaten
him...he didn't even move as Billy knelt down.  And I saw a tiny fawn
laying on the ground, obviously suffering from dehydration and heat
exhaustion, lift its head with great effort to lap up the water cupped
in my beautiful boy's hand.

When the water was gone, Billy jumped up to run back to the house and I
hid behind a tree.  I followed him back to the house; to a spigot that
we had shut off the water to.  Billy opened it all the way up and a
small trickle began to creep out.  He knelt there, letting the drip,
drip slowly fill up his makeshift "cup," as the sun beat down on his
little back.  And it came clear to me.  The trouble he had gotten into
for playing with the hose the week before.  The lecture he had received
about the importance of not wasting water.  The reason he didn't ask me
to help him.

It took almost twenty minutes for the drops to fill his hands.  When he
stood up and began the trek back, I was there in front of him.  His
little eyes just filled with tears.  "I'm not wasting," was all he
said.  As he began his walk, I joined him...with a small pot of water
from the kitchen.  I let him tend to the fawn.  I stayed away.  It was
his job.  I stood on the edge of the woods watching the most beautiful
heart I have ever known working so hard to save another life.  

As the tears that rolled down my face began to hit the ground, they were
suddenly joined by other drops...and more drops...and more.  I looked
up at the sky.  It was as if God, himself, was weeping with pride.  Some
will probably say that this was all just a huge coincidence.  That
miracles don't really exist.  That it was bound to rain sometime.  And
I can't argue with that...I'm not going to try.  All I can say is that
the rain that came that day saved our farm...just like that actions of one
little boy saved another.

-- Author Unknown --












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God Bless,
         Arthur Peter





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OUR GOD IS GREAT!!!!









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OUR GOD IS GREAT!!!

HE IS OUR GREAT PHYSICIAN.  I DIDNT EVEN KNOW I HAD CANCER, BUT THE LORDS HAND WAS ON ME AND IN AN EXTRARDINARY CHAIN OF EVENTS, JESUS HEALED ME!  I WENT TO THE DOCTOR FOR A SIMPLE COLD THAT SEEMED TO LINGER.  I PUT IT OFF BECAUSE I DIDNT WANT TO SPEND THE MONEY FOR A SIMPLE COLD, BUT I FINALLY GAVE IN AND WENT.  

WHEN THE DOCTOR WAS LOOKING IN MY EAR SHE NOTICED A MOLE BEHIND MY EAR THAT ALARMED HER.  SHE SENT ME TO A SPECIALIST TO EXAMIN THE MOLE.  THE SPECIAL KNEW THAT MOLE WAS NORMAL BUT WANTED TO DO A FULL BODY CHECK WHILE I WAS THERE - JUST NORMAL PROCEEDURE.  STARING AT MY SCALP, SHE CHECKED EVERY MOLE ALL THE WAY DOWN TO MY FEET.  WHEN SHE GOT TO MY FEET SHE NOTICED A SMALL MOLE BETWEEN TWO TOES.  

THIS ALARMED HER!  IT WAS JUST A NORMAL LOOKING MOLE TO ME...SOMETHING I WOULD NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS GO TO THE DOCTOR FOR.  SHE EXPLAINED THAT IN VERY RARE INSTANCES, A MOLE IN THIS LOCATION COULD BE THE RAREST AND MOST DEADLIEST FORM OF SKIN CANCER KNOWN.  SHE SUGGESTED HAVING IT REMOVED FOR A BIOPSY.  THE RESULTS CAME BACK - IT WAS THAT CANCER!  BUT HERE IS THE MIRACLE...IT WAS FOUND IN THE EARLIEST STAGES BEFORE IT HAD SPREAD, AND IT WAS COMPLETELY REMOVED  WITH A SIMPLE PROCEEDURE.  

ISNT OUR GOD GREAT!  HE LED ME TO THE DOCOR FOR A SIMPLE COLD, ONLY TO HEAL ME OF A DEADLY DISEASE.  I WOULD HAVE NEVER WENT TO A DERMATOLOGIST ON MY OWN AND THEREFORE THIS MOLE WOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN FOUND.  THE LORDS  HAND IS ON US PROTECTING US WHEN WE DONT EVEN KNOW SOMETHING IS WRONG.  HE IS MY HEALER AND I GIVE HIM ALL THE HONOR AND GLORY.  I THANK AND PRAISE HIM - IN JESUS NAME.  AMEN



SINCERELY - GENA

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      Just some legal stuff. Although Touching the Nations (TTN) does not intend to change, adjust, or reject your testimony, we retain the right to do so. All testimonies sent to Touching the Nations (TTN) becomes our property, and, as such, we will be free to do with the article as seems fitting. 

      PLEASE NOTE:
 Touching the Nations (TTN) is unable to verify the testimonies, and accepts all testimonies in good faith. We, therefore, do not take any responsibility for the testimonies posted. 






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SOME TALK THE TALK, BUT MAY STUMBLE WALKING THE TALK

A man was being tailgated by a stressed-out woman on a busy boulevard.
Suddenly, the light turned yellow, just in front of him.  He did the
right thing, stopping at the crosswalk, even though he could have
beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection.

The tailgating woman hit the roof, and the horn, screaming in
frustration as she missed her chance to get through the intersection
with him.  As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window
and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer.

The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up.  He took her
to the police station where she was searched, fingerprinted,
photographed, and placed in a cell.

After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the
door.  She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting
officer was waiting with her personal effects.

He said, "I'm very sorry for this mistake.  You see, I pulled up behind
your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping the guy off in
front of you, and cussing a blue streak at him.  I noticed the 'What Would
Jesus Do" bumper sticker, the 'Follow Me to Sunday School' bumper
sticker and the chrome-plated fish emblem on the trunk. Naturally, I
assumed you had stolen the car."

-- Author Unknown --













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God Bless,
         Arthur Peter





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FINALLY PEACE!!!









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FINALLY PEACE!!

From the time I was very young, I felt that I was different from the other kids that I knew. I was incredibly sensitive to things of a spiritual nature. Without having an explanation, I often knew things that I had no natural way of knowing. I knew there was a spirit realm, because I had seen spirits. Since I knew of their presence, it seemed only natural to seek what I could learn from them.

I grew up hearing Christianity presented in many forms, but none of it ever sank past the surface. I heard the teachings of how Jesus was God’s Son and that He had died for our sins so that we could one day live in heaven with Him. I knew the hymns, and even memorized a few Scripture verses. However, none of it was real to me. I watched the lives of those Christians who taught of a Savior, and they seemed empty and shallow.

In my early teens, I left any consideration of Christianity behind, and began searching for truth elsewhere.

I committed myself to learning all that I could of the spirit realm. Years were spent exploring several different belief systems, but never embraced a particular one. I was quite eclectic in my practices, but was never very humble in my opinions.

My outspokenness eventually caught the attention of a woman who had years of experience in the occult. She followed a European Tradition, and I was immediately impressed with the position and power that she had. The opinions I expressed seemed to interest her, and she respected my boldness.

After spending a lot of time getting to know each other, she offered to assist me in my spiritual search.

Within a matter of months, I traveled to the UK to meet other members of a European coven. I was impressed with what I found, and eager to learn what I could from them. There was a darker side to this tradition that appealed to me. It offered a sense of power and mystery that I craved.

My journey eventually led me to Ireland, and when I set foot on the Emerald Isle, I immediately felt as if I had come home. I loved everything about the place. In the Celtic beliefs, I found a spirituality that made sense to me.

I was still influenced by aspects of what I had learned in the UK, but primarily I became a Celtic Pagan. The tradition that I learned had been passed down through generations, too secretive to ever be written down. I met many different gods and goddesses, and sought their assistance in my journey. Truth and knowledge were my pursuit.

I traveled back and forth between Ireland, the UK, and the United States for the next couple of years. I was relentless in my pursuit, always attempting to gain a little bit more knowledge, power, and position. The rest of my life became secondary to my search.

However, I eventually began to realize that I wasn’t finding fulfillment. That little bit more was always just out of reach. I knew that something was going to have to change in my life, but was at a loss when it came to figuring out what I needed. I was prepared to take my own life, rather than meet failure.

While I was back in the States, an old acquaintance introduced me to some of her friends. I knew from the moment that I laid eyes on them that there was something different about them. I could sense that Something within them made that difference, and it raised my curiosity. These people were Christians, but unlike any others I had ever met. They invited me to their home for dinner, and that was the beginning of a whole new world for me.

They offered me friendship and love, and as our relationship grew I watched their lives closely. Without any grandeur, they possessed a spirituality that I admired. I began to learn everything I could from them, looking for the source of their peace.

The following months were a very confusing time for me, trying to maintain my own relationship with the entities I served, while interested in the claims of another God. Unconsciously, I was trying to live with a foot in both worlds.

It was around that time that I stumbled across Jeff Harshbarger’s testimony. His claim of being set free from Satanism drew my attention, and I contacted Refuge Ministries. Jeff and I began to talk, and I immediately recognized a difference in him as well.

I was thrilled to have found someone who knew the world in which I was involved, someone who had actually been there himself. Gradually I began sharing my dilemma with him, and began asking my questions. He and his wife offered support and friendship during a time when I felt that no one could possibly understand my pain. Their unconditional love saved my life.

Stepping back from day to day activities, I took some time to analyze my life. I had traveled the world, gained power and respect, but could not find peace. I wrestled with uncertainty for quite some time, walking a razor thin edge between hope and despair.

I was drawn by the idea of a God of love, a God above all other gods. I began to urgently study the Bible, wanting to know as much as possible. The more I sought after His Truth, the more it became clear to me that this was what I had been looking for all along.

After carefully considering the matter, I made the decision to completely commit my life to Christ. The months that followed were filled with a whirlwind of changes. Daily my relationship with God grew stronger, and I found the freedom that He alone could offer.

The years I spent following the left-hand path are a constant reminder to me that there are others searching for the same things I did. God has gently filled me with the desire to share with them what I have found. Just like those who took the time to provide me with the help I needed, I want to make myself available to help others in any way I can.

Jeff and Liz helped make that possible by inviting me to become a staff member at Refuge Ministries. Together, we instruct others about the dangers of the Occult, and other forms of Paganism. God used Refuge Ministries to change my life, and I know He is using it to change the lives of others.

Annie Fintan (March 2005)
Refuge Ministries  
 





      
      Just some legal stuff. Although Touching the Nations (TTN) does not intend to change, adjust, or reject your testimony, we retain the right to do so. All testimonies sent to Touching the Nations (TTN) becomes our property, and, as such, we will be free to do with the article as seems fitting. 

      PLEASE NOTE:
 Touching the Nations (TTN) is unable to verify the testimonies, and accepts all testimonies in good faith. We, therefore, do not take any responsibility for the testimonies posted. 






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AND THEY CRUCIFIED HIM

 






Spiritual Reflections





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touchingthenations@yahoo.com Thanks!!









AND THEY CRUCIFIED HIM

A medical doctor provides a physical description:

The cross is placed on the ground and the exhausted man is quickly
thrown backwards with his shoulders against the wood. The legionnaire
feels for the depression at the front of the wrist. He drives a heavy,
square wrought-iron nail through the wrist deep into the wood. Quickly
he moves to the other side and repeats the action, being careful not to
pull the arms too tightly, but to allow some flex and movement. The
cross is then lifted into place. The left foot is pressed backward
against the right foot, and with both feet extended, toes down, a nail
is driven through the arch of each, leaving the knees flexed. The
victim is now crucified.

As he slowly sags down with more weight on the nails in the wrists,
excruciating fiery pain shoots along the fingers and up the arms to
explode in the brain -- the nails in the wrists are putting pressure on
the median nerves. As he pushes himself upward to avoid this stretching
torment, he places the full weight on the nail through his feet. Again
he feels the searing agony of the nail tearing through the nerves
between the bones of his feet.

As the arms fatigue, cramps sweep through his muscles, knotting them
deep relentless, and throbbing pain. With these cramps comes the
inability to push himself upward to breathe. Air can be drawn into the
lungs but not exhaled. He fights to raise himself in order to get even
one small breath.

Finally, carbon dioxide builds up in the lungs and in the blood stream,
and the cramps partially subsided. Spasmodically, he is able to push
himself upward to exhale and bring in life-giving oxygen.

Hours of limitless pain, cycles of twisting, joint-renting cramps,
intermittent partial asphyxiation, searing pain as tissue is torn from
his lacerated back as he moves up and down against rough timber. Then
another agony begins: a deep, crushing pain deep in the chest as the
pericardium slowly fills with serum and begins to compress the heart.

It is now almost over. The loss of tissue fluids has reached a critical
level. The compressed heart is struggling to pump heavy, thick,
sluggish blood into the tissues. The tortured lungs are making frantic effort to gasp in small gulps of air. He can feel the chill of death creeping
through his tissues.

Finally, he allows his body to die.

All this the Bible records with the simple words,
"and they crucified Him" (Mark 15:24).

-- Author Unknown --













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         Arthur Peter





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Newsletter April 2006


Touching The Nations








Barnabas sleepingDear Friend,


 

           On Sunday April 9, 2006 we had our 1st year celebration. It was on April 10, 2005 that we had our first service. What has happened in this past year and what is the vision for this coming year. 

Summary
          It has been one year ago that we started the church. Starting with zero members and no connections the Lord brought us to Puerto Princesa City. Now one year later we have had 14 baptisms and the church has grown to about 20 people. The church has at the moment 3 cell groups (LIFE group meetings). One lead by a member of the church and two by me. Finally we also had a Christmas outreach in Aborlan (1,5 hour south of city) were we reached about 500 people with the Gospel and were 30-50 accepted the Lord.

Vision
           For the coming year we believe the Lord has just started. We are praying that by the end of April 2007 the church will have more than 100 members and that the church will have about 6-12 LIFE group meetings led by my 12 disciples. My main focus will be on my 12 disciples, preparing and teaching them for the ministry.

          Last month I said I would ask some of the members for their testimony of what God has done in their life. I mainly asked my potential 12 disciples to write their testimony and because of space I will only post 3 of them. Next month I will post another 3 until they all have been posted.


Rio LynnTESTIMONY 1

           There is a big change in my life since I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior, King and Father. He touched my heart and embraced me to let me know that He will always be there for me, no matter what.

           The most wonderful thing that God did in my life is how He healed me from asthma. Now I am able to do anything because I can breathe freely.

            So I thank God for all your help and for sending Arthur Peter to the Philippines. Now I am able to study the bible and can get to know Him better. Thanks to all your help I can shout “I love You Jesus Christ!!”

 

Rio Lynn (College Student – Studies Education)


Ate MalouTESTIMONY 2
Last December 1999 I had a very big problem with the dad of my children. He had another woman in his life and totally abandoned us. I had many sleepless nights, no appetite, always angry and no peace of mind.

Until I met my long time friend, I shared my problem with her and she invited me to attend their Sunday worship. At the very moment I asked the Lord will He put me to sleep that night and help m to accept all these problems patiently. That very same night God gave me a sound sleep without taking any tranquilizers and He even got the thorns in my heart. Then January 2000 my youngest and only son died, as if I had the whole world on me, but because of God’s love I was able to face life. But after 2 years I was a backslider then and became my old self again. My life had no direction until last August 2005. Cynthia invited me to join the church.

As soon as I joined the meeting the Holy Spirit gave me the gift of excitement. From then on I am always looking forward for our next meeting. I even joined the D12 meetings and I am very active in planning projects for the church.

I want to thank the Lord for Pastor Arthur Peter. For his teachings that made me more a matured and fulfilled Christian. I have learned that there is no big problem with a BIG GOD.

 

Thanks,

        Ate Malou


 
Baby AnnTESTIMONY 3

Before the day of my baptism, my life was so miserable, a lot of problems, many unanswered questions kept hunting my mind e.g. what was my purpose here on earth? Why is God punishing me with all these problems? Peer pressure, family problems, etc. etc. Life felt so dark and tiring.

            But when I accepted God in my life everything changed, it was like I was born again. I feel like a person full with strength, courage, faith and determination to continue my life with God.

            All the unanswered questions that kept haunting me started to become clearer. It was so good to feel the Holy Spirit in me. I am starting to know my purpose here on earth. I am very thankful to the Lord that He changed my life from darkness into light, hope, purpose and direction.

 

Baby Ann (College Student – Studies Education)


         The members of the church are all excited and ready to face the Youngest son - Calebcoming year. We as a church would like to thank you for all your help and support during the past year. Without all your prayers, support and help this would not have been possible. May God bless you abundantly above all you can ask or think.

                    God bless,

                               Arthur Peter & family






 
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