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Gloria, the top graduating student at Myanmar Evangelical Graduate School of Theology (MEGST) in Yangon, receives her Bible dictionary and commentary from Australian missionary, Paul Barker.

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ear Dr Paul How are you? I hope you are fine. By the grace of God, I am also fine. First of all, may I personally thank you for coming to our graduation and for speaking the Word of God to us. Thank you very much for the Bridgeway Bible Commentary and the Bible dictionary that I received on my graduation day. Please convey my heartfelt gratitude to the donors. May the Lord bless them more abundantly. These books will be a great help to my teaching ministry in the Bible school and also to my translation work. I am teaching English for one month to the teenagers at Taungphila AG Church. I have twelve students and the first class started on 5 March 2012. I will teach at least one subject at Maranatha Bible College in Kalaymyo. This is an undergraduate school of theology. The Board of the school has not yet assigned me the subject(s) that I will be teaching. Classes will start in the first week of June 2012. Currently, I am translating a mission book called Communicating in Jesus’ way from English into


Burmese. While I was at MEGST, the Revd Dr Peter Thein Nyunt asked me to translate this book. I love translation work so if you have any books to translate I am happy to help you. Every Saturday at 4:00 pm my sister, Kezia, and I teach Sunday school at my house. Each week there are between 30 to 40 children. We teach Bible stories and salvation in Jesus Christ. My sister is also a student at Maranatha Bible College. She has just finished her third year. She will be a final year student in June 2012. As I am doing these ministries I also help with ministries at my mother church as needed. During this week we have Children’s Camp at our church and I also teach in the afternoon sessions. In the future I would An SPCKA grant has made like to upgrade my possible the provision of a theological education to Bridgeway Bible Commentary PhD level. I have started and a Bible dictionary to learning the German 21 students graduating language. I want to be with a Master of Divinity expert in German in the from Myanmar Evangelical future. Graduate School of Theology Suh Suh (my fiancé) (MEGST) and 7 students and I have a great vision graduating with a Bachelor to open a public library in Theology from Holy Cross in Yangon that contains Anglican Theological College, both secular and theoYangon. logical books. Please remember me and the ministries I am doing and also Suh Suh in his studies. Please also give us some encouragements and advice for our future ministries from time to time. Thank you very much. May God bless you. In Christ, Gloria will provide a Bible dictionary Please pray that Gloria and other Bible and commentary teachers throughout Myanmar will to Bible college continue to faithfully equip evangelists, graduates as preachers and pastors to build up the they take up body of Christ. pastoral duties.

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For over a decade former corporate executive and training consultant Andrew Yuan Da Tong and his wife Li Er Ling have exercised a ministry to thousands of couples and parents across China.

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A heart for happiness Why do passions fade and people regret marrying the person they once loved? How can we prepare ourselves for lifelong happiness? What can and cannot be overlooked when choosing a spouse? Years of experience as a Christian marriage counsellor have convinced Andrew Yuan that the quality of our relationships depends on character. It is personal character that enables us to avoid emotional traps and make clear choices. And it is by developing character that marriages survive and even flourish in tough times. Please pray for the editorial staff at Christian publisher ZDL Books in Beijing as they encourage, train and nurture local authors. SPCKA has agreed to help fund the publication of Marriage: A covenant for life by Andrew Yuan. Pray that this book will reinforce and extend Andrew’s flourishing ministry to couples and families throughout China. www.zdlbooks.com/english/followme

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will finance an initial print run of 15,000 copies of Marriage: A covenant for life by popular local speaker and counsellor, Andrew Yuan.


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Training the trainers With the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1990, Cuba adopted a more tolerant attitude towards religious expression. Within five years the church doubled in size and has continued to grow rapidly. Over­ ‘Would you be generous flowing churches are enough to send me a book planting house churches by mail? My return payment locally and further afield. would be to really make the The huge demand most of it to teach the Bible to for pastors and church my congregation. If this is not planters has been magnipossible, I will understand.’ Carlos fied by the exodus of experienced pastors to the United States. Training pastors to meet this need is challenging. Typically seminary students are already pastoring congregations. Most can’t afford to relocate or study full-time. In a country where transport is scarce and costly, extension courses bring Bible training to local church communities. Over a thousand church planters, pastors and members of their congregations are currently studying the MOCLAM (Moore College in Latin America) intensive Bible overview certificate courses. They represent twelve denominations and eleven of Cuba’s fifteen provinces. These courses are sponsored by Cuba for Christ and have proved to be self-replicating. Already there are four generations of students who have been taught and tutored by course graduates. Trainers are training trainers. will pay for the To meet the demand for books publication and generated by these courses distribution in Cuba of publisher Torrentes de Vida has 1000 copies of Preaching begun printing books in Cuba. the whole Bible as Funds raised by book sales will help Christian Scripture by subsidize course administration. Graeme Goldsworthy.

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Based in Kianjai, Word of Life Ministries offer a sponsored one-year certificate course to Kenyan church leaders. SPCKA has been asked to help stock the college library and provide book prizes to graduates.

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Weapons of war ‘For over twenty years I have preached using the Bible alone. But now, thanks to SPCKA, this useful book will help me grow in Bible knowledge and make disciples of Christ.’ Pastor John Karuu received his Swahili edition of the Africa Bible Commentary during our graduation ceremony with tears of joy. ‘This gift fulfils my long-time dream. It is my weapon of war.’ Such books are not accessible to pastors, especially in this isolated part of Kenya. The provision of this valuable reference is considered a miracle by our graduates and will transform their ministries. Lack of good Christian literature is becoming a great hindrance to church growth and evangelism. We are deeply thankful to SPCKA and those behind this donation of fifty commentaries and pray they will will provide a continue to support us in this way as the theological need for books is great in this place. graduate or In His exciting service pastor with Peter N. Ibui a copy of the Principal Africa Bible Word of Life Bible Training Centre Commentary.

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hen the Khmer Rouge came to power in 1975 they put into effect their plans for Year Zero; the removal of all traces of civilization so that there could be a fresh start. This included the elimination of property rights, money and, of course, books. The educated were systematically eradicated. Soldiers would pretend to attempt to read the instructions on a medicine bottle. Anyone who came forward to offer assistance was shot. A sure giveaway, wearing glasses proved fatal. This three-year reign of terror successfully erased a generation of teachers and an entire national literature. Cambodia now has a youthful population but few experienced teachers. Cambodians value literature highly; they count among their national heroes poets and lexicographers. Unfortunately, even educated Cambodians now find reading a challenge. Many Khmer books are hurried and literal translations of English titles and make little sense. They promise knowledge from the outside world but prove impenetrable. Fount of Wisdom (FOW) is an indigenous Christian publisher helping the Cambodian Church to grow in faith and to love and serve Jesus Christ through excellent literature. FOW works with both Cambodian and international authors to produce books for pastors, families, young people and children and so far has produced more than fifty titles. The Director, Chim Titmakara, oversees the work of the eight national staff and works in partnership with a number of foreign missionaries. The translation of a comprehensive Bible dictionary is underway and local writers are being trained and encouraged. During the Vietnamese occupation in the 1980s Makara’s parents moved to take up teaching positions in Phnom Penh. So while he enjoys the benefits of a city education his rural roots enable him to identify with the needs of the majority of Cambodians who still cultivate rice or work on the new plantations. Yet Makara and his team at FOW face formidable challenges. What sort of book will communicate the


Fount of Wisdom Director, Chim Titmakara, and his team are making a unique contribution to the rebuilding of Cambodian culture and Khmer literature.

hope of the gospel to a reader who never completed primary or secondary school? How can good books be made affordable to someone who earns less that a dollar a day? The FOW office is located in the middle of Phnom Penh, a thriving capital city of more than two million people. More than thirty universities and numerous other institutions promise a brighter future through education and vocational training. A new generation is hungry for new ideas, security and hope. This is a great opportunity for the gospel, and for Cambodian Christians to reach out with a message that has a sure foundation. To this end, FOW seeks to provide books that will strengthen Christian leaders, so that they might be better equipped to teach, challenge and edify those entrusted to their care. Pray for Fount of Wisdom Director, Chim Titmakara, and his staff as they endeavour to nurture local writers and generate a vibrant body of indigenous Christian literature. will fund the SPCKA has agreed to help equip publication this the publishing office and provide year of the publishing capital. Please pray that Khmer translation the Cambodian church will find crea- of Preaching Mark tive ways to foster a reading culture. by Phil Crowter. www.fountofwisdomph.com

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AUSTRALIA

Just talk

A moral story by Gillian Porter

Justin Denholm’s interest in ethics began in medical school when his Christian faith was challenged by numerous ethical dilemmas. ‘It rapidly became clear to me that ethics dominate every part of life. The real challenge is to recognize the ethical question and work out how to engage with it.’ Talking about ethics:   In his search for Christian Negotiating the maze books around the subject of Justin Denholm ethics, Denholm found that there Acorn Press 2011 was a lack of literature to equip ISBN 9781617506086 Christians to understand and acornpress.net.au knowledgeably converse with others about ethics. ‘I found a lot of literature about ethical theories but there was a lack of practical guides for everyday Christians.’ And so the idea for Talking about ethics: Negotiating the maze was born. The manuscript for Talking about ethics won second prize in the Young Australian Christian Writer Awards in 2009. This was confirmation for Denholm that the book should be put forward for publication. Released by Acorn Press in 2011, Talking about ethics is a practical and thought provoking introduction to the world of ethics. While academics, philosophers and others who want to ask big questions will find it useful, this is a book that appeals to the novice: anyone who is looking for a Christian approach to answering the hard, practical questions that arise when we attempt to live faithfully in this world. Throughout the book we are provided with stimulating questions and case studies that help relate the concepts to our own situation. By putting into practice the principles described we are able to recognize and think more clearly about the ethical questions we face every day. We are also encouraged to use ethical questions to engage with others in a meaningful and evangelistic dialogue; taking into account both their


For Justin and William Denholm, ethics begin at home. ‘Daddy, was it okay for Bruce Ismay to leave the ship before the women and children?’

ethical framework and our own. Denholm acknowledges the strategic role played by the Young Australian Christian Writer Awards. ‘It was a privilege to receive the award, but even more helpful was the encouragement and support provided to find a suitable publisher.’ Gillian Porter works as a doctor and is studying full time to complete a Graduate Diploma of Divinity. She loves engrossing books, blogging, good coffee, stitching in front of the TV and her husband Chris. Entries for the 2012 Young Australian Christian Writer and 2012 Australian Christian Teen Writer Awards close on 31 May 2012. With the Young Australian Christian Writer Awards, SPCKA discovers and encourages new writers. A $2500 prize is given for the best unpublished manuscript by an Australian under 30 years of age. Supplementary awards include a $1000 prize for writers under 18 years of age. Entry Forms can be found at: www.spcka.org.au

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G’DAY FROM SPCKA AUTUMN 2012

Show and tell John the Baptist came baptising with water to reveal the Word become flesh to Israel (John 1.31). But, how could God possibly pass among us unnoticed? Why did we need to be told?   There are three reasons. First, Fount of Wisdom Director, Jesus is not what we expected. Chim Titmakara, with We want God to change the SPCKA’s Michael Collie. world. But we don’t want him to start with us. We don’t like adventure. We don’t like surprises. Jesus is what we needed. Jesus is not what we wanted. Jesus is not what we expected. Second, there are different ways of knowing and different types of knowledge. There is knowledge that we can acquire through reason, observation and testing. And there is knowledge that we can only receive if it is given or revealed to us. The most important things we know, we have to be told. We need to be told that someone loves us. This is knowledge we cannot acquire in any other way. I can take my wife out to dinner. I can do the laundry. I can massage her shoulders. And still she will say: ‘Tell me that you love me.’ We have to be told that Jesus is the Chosen One. This is information we cannot acquire in any other way. Third, when the Word became flesh and dwelt among us he waited to be introduced, because God is shy. The Son of God came to show us what God the Father is like. When God came to visit, he came seeking intimacy; his glory veiled. This same Jesus is waiting to be introduced to your neighbours, colleagues, friends and family. How will you show and tell? Michael Collie National Director michael.collie@spcka.org.au

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