Zprávy HCJB 11.6.2004

   CHRISTIANS LAUD LATE PRESIDENT FOR HELPING OPEN COMMUNIST AREAS As millions of Americans mourn the death of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, mission leaders are also saluting him for helping open Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union to the gospel. For example, OC International President Greg Gripentrog says Reagan's policies allowed the ministry to begin working in the former East Germany and then taking over communist youth camps in Russia. "We were able to take some of the communist camps and train churches in how to use those structures to preach the gospel to Russian youth," he said. "Every year for the last six or seven years we've seen an average of about 15,000 Russian youth come to faith." OCI's work also expanded into the Islamic republics in Central Asia, Gripentrog said, adding that he could not share details for security reasons. "The only way we can get there is as people provide funds for travel and materials, and then, we need people who are willing to go, to pay the price needed to see these people that have been cut off from the gospel for decades now. Now that the door's open we need people go through and reap the harvest that's there." (Mission Network News) LUTHERAN MINISTER IN DENMARK AGAIN SUSPENDED AFTER DENYING GOD The Lutheran minister in Denmark who proclaimed last year that there was no God or afterlife, was suspended for a second time Thursday, June 10, after ignoring church orders not to repeat those beliefs from the pulpit. The Associated Press reported that Bishop Lise-Lotte Rebel suspended Rev. Thorkild Grosboell, pastor of Taarbaek (a small town near Copenhagen), and handed his case to the government "requesting that it take the necessary steps." In Denmark Lutheran ministers are employed by the state and only the government can fire them and only with a recommendation from their presiding bishop. Grosboell has been under Rebel's strict supervision since he first was suspended after a May 2003 interview in which he said "there is no heavenly God, there is no eternal life, there is no resurrection." About 85 percent of Danes belong to the state Evangelical Lutheran Church, though just 5 percent attend church services regularly. Grosboell eventually retracted his statement and apologized for what Rebel had termed "provocative" remarks. His suspension was lifted. Yet he repeated those beliefs in recent weeks. Grosboell "again has spoken in a strongly provocative, hurting and confusing way," Rebel said. (Assist News Service) UKRAINE CONTINUES TO EXPERIENCE EXPLOSIVE CHURCH GROWTH In 1991 Gregory and Galina Sukhyna planted the Church of Praise in Krivoy Rog, a colorless city of more than 1 million in southeastern Ukraine. Dominated by heavy industry, the city is infamous for violent crime and drug addiction and has one of the worst reputations in the nation. Still, by June 2002 the Christian community there had grown to 33 churches, and the main church hosted a three-year Bible school with 75 students as well as a rehabilitation center for 35 people and a program to feed the poor. In the past two years the community has grown to 400 churches. Many of the new churches are in outlying villages, but some have been planted in Armenia, Central Asia and Moldavia. Gregory has a rule that churches are only planted in areas where none already exist. The key to church planting is social ministry and the working of the Holy Spirit, he says, adding that many people have been freed from violence, drugs and alcohol. Others have been healed from serious diseases. Most of the church planters are graduates of the prison Bible schools and rehabilitation centers. The most successful church planter is Galina, a grandmother who has planted 100 new churches with her team in the past two years. (Friday Fax) TEAM VISITS PAPUA NEW GUINEA TO LEARN ABOUT BIBLE TRANSLATION Wycliffe Bible Translators has sent a 20-member "discovery team" to Papua New Guinea to help with hands-on aspects of Bible translation and literacy work, including support work in the area. This focus is specifically designed for people who are interested in language work as it applies to Scripture translation. Papua New Guinea, home to more than 850 languages, has one of the most diverse indigenous populations in the world. Team members, who left June 3 and return Aug. 8, will visit remote villages, getting a first-hand look at Bible translation and literacy work. Activities include such things as assisting translators/literacy teams, participating in workshops and showing the "Jesus" film. (Mission Network News) * Staff members from the HCJB World Radio Engineering Center in Elkhart, Ind., are working with partners in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, to design and build a satellite radio network with at least 32 outlets planned. The first outlet went on the air in Port Moresby in January. Together with Wycliffe Bible Translators, HCJB World Radio also helped plant a Christian FM radio station in Kitai in 1996. ESL CLASSES AT HUNGARIAN UNIVERSITY OPEN STUDENTS TO GOSPEL Students in at least one Hungarian university are learning about Christ as they learn to speak English. Proficiency in a foreign language is a degree requirement, and English is generally the language of choice. Enterprising Hungarian missionaries have taken advantage of this opportunity and have provided students with practical help while interacting and building close relationships. The relationship building is accomplished not only through student-teacher interaction, but also in student-to-student relationships as committed Christians attend these sessions. Bible verses are occasionally used in the lessons and fellowship continues after class, providing opportunities for evangelism. (Missions Insider) * PARTNER STATION IN EMBATTLED CONGOLESE CITY RESUMES BROADCASTS Broadcasts from Radio Kahuzi, HCJB World Radio's partner ministry in Bukavu, Dem. Rep. of Congo, went back on the air earlier this week after heavy fighting disrupted power in the city of 250,000 near the Rwanda border for most of 10 days. "For the moment, we are the only private radio on the air in Bukavu," wrote Richard McDonald of Believer's Express Service, Inc. in an e-mail report on Wednesday. "So with our normal Christian programming, we are trying to reassure the distant populations that peace and calm are returning to Bukavu. We are thankful to be on the air after many difficult days with no electricity and varying stages of insecurity that began on May 26." McDonald added that government forces had captured the rebel insurgents with "very little, if any, loss of life." He urges prayer for "order to be reestablished among the military forces, and for civil authority to be established so normal life can resume." U.N. peacekeeping troops continue to patrol the streets of Bukavu to prevent further looting of shops and offices of humanitarian agencies. The troops are also working to prevent acts of retaliation among ethnic groups. Brig. Gen. Mbuza Mabe, the loyalist commander under which Bukavu falls, appealed to residents via U.N. Radio Okapi to remain calm. The dissidents had invaded Bukavu after they received reports that Mabe was killing Congolese Tutsis, known as Banyamulenge. McDonald said another 1,000 fix-tuned shortwave receivers built by Galcom have cleared customs in Goma and are ready to ship to Bukavu for distribution. "We sometimes toss one of these solar-powered radios to a passing armored troop carrier," he said. "The U.N. troops from South America, Europe or South Africa are happy to have it and to listen to our programming/music and the gospel along with development programs in health, hygiene and agriculture, as well as news." Radio Kahuzi, founded in 1992, broadcasts via FM (91.1 MHz) and shortwave (6210 kHz) in six languages -- English, French, Kikongo, Mashi, Lingala and Swahili. The station is among the first to be established via HCJB World Radio's "radio planting" ministry which helps establish local stations worldwide. More than 250 partner stations around the globe are now on the air as a result of this outreach. (HCJB World Radio/U.N. Integrated Regional Information Networks)

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