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October 2013

GO-TELL / CBN AFRICA

In this issue:

Your Partnership Report

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CBN’s Surgery Program Expands

What does it mean to keep the Sabbath nowadays? Superbook news. A word from the Director, K Strugnell

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Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. (Matthew 10: 8)


CBN’s Surgery Program Expands Giving a new future to more people by RON OATES Director, CBN Humanitarian Operations and Disaster Relief

About 10 years ago, Gordon Robertson asked us to develop a program that would provide cleft lip and palate surgeries to impoverished patients who could not afford this procedure. Since then, friends like you have provided thousands of these surgeries around the world. However, our CBN offices began seeing thousands of additional children and adults who needed other types of surgeries—from heart surgery to repair of clubfoot. This past year, we expanded our program to include a much broader range of “Life-Changing Surgeries.” I regularly travel to our CBN offices all over the world, and I wish you could meet the many men and women who were blind, but can now see after a cataract operation. Or watch a child’s entire future changed by the repair of a cleft lip or palate. It’s a great privilege for all of us at CBN to be God’s hands and feet in ministering to those in need. And we are especially grateful to our partners, who provide the resources to reach out with the love of Jesus Christ in tangible ways.

Life changing meals The Holkay sawmill employs 120 people, many of whom are HIV positive. One worker was gravely ill in 2010, and resigned – “to go home and die”. He was given ARVs and cereal food, supplied by RuCare. The 41kg man left, and they thought they’d never see him again. Then in January 2011, he returned – got into his truck and declared that he is back! His weight had increased to 60kg and he was working a full day again. For two years he worked, without problems. He believed his medication, and RuCare food was responsible. A few months ago he reported that he was ill. He was sent to hospital, weak and tired. It turned out he had felt healthy and strong so he stopped eating the cereal food. Immediately he started eating the food again and he was in top shape soon. Workers report that they experience the benefits of eating this cereal. It’s packed with all the nutrients they need. We’ve started distributing the cereal food in our own projects and the report is the same, adults and children are stronger and full of energy.

Pictured above is Tsanta who had corrective cleft lip and palate surgery in Johannesburg, in 2010, with the help of CBN.

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As our partners, your support helps us provide this food, and helps people live a fuller life!


As Seen On 700 Club Pat Robertson answers your questions

Bring It On

What does it mean for Christians to keep the Sabbath nowadays? The Bible says that God labored for six days, and on the seventh day He rested. God didn’t rest because He was tired. He ceased from His labors because He had finished creation, therefore He hallowed the Sabbath day. When Jesus interpreted the Sabbath, He said, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.” Human beings require a day of rest. Working seven days a week with no break, followed by seven more days of work with no break, will eventually destroy your mental, physical, and spiritual health. Any society that encourages people to work seven days a week, week after week, will ultimately destroy its people. We must have a day off for rest and refreshment. Even many churches have missed this important truth. Some churches have Sunday school, two worship services, then an afternoon meeting, and an evening service of some sort. Then they have youth group, and more in the middle of the week. Although it is wonderful to have so many spiritual activities that people can enjoy, God’s people must have time to rest and nurture family relationships, too. The Sabbath should be a day of rest, not frantic spiritual activity. It should be a time to read the Bible, to pray, and to consider heavenly things—to recharge your spiritual batteries. That’s what keeping the Sabbath holy is all about. It may not be easy, but practise setting aside one day each week for essential rest, prayer, relaxation, and close communion with the Lord. The remaining six days of your week will go much better!

The first phase of the new imagined Superbook is ready for release and we are excited about the news! Please pray with us, that it may be on the small screen by Christmas! A DVD release, accompanied by a curriculum is to follow. Our new website www.superbookza.tv is now live, although elements of it are still under construction. There is enough material to hold the attention of children, ages 5-11, including games, bible studies, competitions and bible characters related to the series. There is also a great Gospel Presentation for the young - in English, and the exciting thing is we are working at having it translated and voiced in Afrikaans, Zulu, Sotho and Xhosa. The new Superbook is produced and created by an Emmy award-winning team of artists and story-tellers whose credits include Mulan, The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast. But most of all they have created characters that relive the greatest stories ever told in animated form. God bless you as you pray and begin believing for the salvation of many children in our country and around the world!

Changing Lives, through sport! In Zambia, Pastor Salim runs a CBN Media Ministry Centre – introducing many to Christ through Christian movies. Pastor Salim has a heart for the youth of Africa and has started other programs, like Sport Outreach. Pastor Salim believes in identifying gifts and talents, and developing their skills. Pictured above is one of his Soccer teams. Pastor Salim is able to offer counselling and mentorship through the Word of God. He does not ignore their physical needs either; the program offers reading material and food too. This is just one of many ways you are changing lives. Your continued support is crucial in reaching out to others in need. May God bless you for making a difference!

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Change (to transform or convert) A better covenant ... established on better promises (Heb 8: 6) by KEITH STRUGNELL, Director

“Change is here to stay” goes the saying. Things in the world are constantly changing. That’s not a bad thing as long as there is progress in the right direction, although sudden changes are hard to get used to when we are creatures of habit or routine. The world wants us to change in order to keep up to date with the latest in fashion or technology. People want to change themselves, their homes and their cars. Sometimes it is by replacing the former model or image, but sometimes by a complete “makeover” of the former. The best changes are not the physical changes that can be seen from the outside, but changes in the heart that cannot be seen outwardly but are distinctly different from the previous status quo. Changed lives tell a better story than any material changes. How aptly the Bible describes the changed life - Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (2 Corinthians 5: 17). It also says that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life (Romans 6: 4). Only God remains constant in a rapidly changing world. For I am the LORD, I change not (Malachi 3: 6) and Jesus Christ [is] the same yesterday, and today, and forever (Heb 13: 8). Having realized the changes that the LORD has made in our own lives, and seen the difference in the lives of so many others who have put their faith in Him, we know that He will continue to bring about changes in anyone who surrenders himself/herself to Him and makes Him LORD of his/her life. This is the motivating factor in our vision to present the constant goodness of God to a changing world (Romans 2: 4). We are so grateful to you for your partnership in this quest. The stories in this edition are but a microcosm of what happens every day in the lives of countless numbers who benefit from the physical as well as spiritual help that by God’s grace we are able to offer through your prayers and gifts. Thank you for standing with us. All Bible references are from the KJV

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Do you know someone that needs life changing surgery? Perhaps you’d like to donate to this program or sponsor an individual? Here are some of the Surgeries and Treatments our Surgery Program includes: Appendectomies; Burn treatment; Cataract removal; Clubfoot; Cleft lip/palate; Cyst removal; Ear surgery; Goiter; Hernia; Intestinal obstruction; Obstetric fistula; Trachoma eyelid reversal. Write to us at producer@go-tell.org Banking details for your convenience: Go-Tell Communications, ABSA Bank, Branch code 631205, Account 1021591676; Credit cards: Donate online at www.go-tell.org or call 011-622-4608 for Payment Express

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