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Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. Matthew 11:11

For the last three and a half years we have done a survey of women who did notable things for Christ. We have talked about women in the Bible, early church disciples of Christ, and women in history who have served God with their callings in many different ministries.

It might be easy to get the idea that only martyrs or especially gifted women were important in the Kingdom of God. But let’s think about this. A missionary speaker told me once that actually it is more difficult to live the Christian life on a day-to-day basis. We really admire Felicitas and Anne Askew and Ruth Hege for their courage in the face of death. Truly they are an encouragement to our faith.

But this missionary said that it takes as much if not more courage to get up every morning and meet God in prayer and study and then serve Him throughout the day in whatever calling He has given us.

Another well-known servant of God, Mother Theresa, said that there really aren’t any big things done for God, just small things done over and over with great love. baby:least of theseJesus left ninety-nine sheep behind while He rescued one lamb. If we only minister to one person it is enough. If our donation to the local Crisis Pregnancy Center or our participation in one Pro-life march saves even one baby’s life there will be much rejoicing in Heaven.

Yes, we are all busy in different ways but each and every one of us can find even some small way to make a difference in our culture. There are many areas we can work in as I suggested in my last post (Christmas post, 2013). One area where Christians are having an effect is in the area of Pro-life activism.

Thanks to the work of many hundreds of people, the total number of surgical abortion clinics in the United States decreased 12% during 2013 from 669 to 582. That’s 87 places that will no longer be killing unborn babies!!! What a victory. While we owe a debt of thanks to major heroes like Abby Johnson and Lila Rose, a good part of the victory is due to us little people. Without our support the ladies in the forefront of the battle would be left alone with no troops to support them.

OperationRescueprotestorWe are the troops. Lets us continue in 2014 to press ahead. According to Operation Rescue’s president Troy Newman, “These numbers show that the pro-life movement is gaining ground and that the abortion industry is collapsing – mostly due to its own negligence and greed, which has been exposed by their unwillingness and inability to comply with even the most rudimentary safety standards.”

We must not give up on closing even more Planned Parenthood abortion clinics. Their abortion clinics account for 29.55% of all active surgical abortion clinics. Many people do not realized that PP makes millions of dollars off of abortions.

Now, the only provision of the new Obamacare act that seems to have begun to work is the money that Obama has given Planned Parenthood to promote their agenda. It is time to end it. Besides making everyone you know aware of the issues this year, resist being a part of the insurance fraud called Obamacare. I have opted out. No money of mine, even indirectly, is going to go to an organization that kills babies.

This New Year make every effort to do even small things for Christ. If every single caring Christian would just pledge $5 (the cost of one latte at the coffee hut) each month, we could go a long way to stopping the holocaust of the unborn in 2014. What a Happy New Year that would be!!!!

Most of us will never be considered “heroes” of the faith. But we are all part of the body, given our own gifts to serve others. We work in the Kingdom however God has called. We serve because we love the Lord and are grateful that though we don’t deserve it, He died on the cross for us and made it possible for us to have peace with God.

Isn’t that what it is all about? No matter what life the Lord has given us, we all want the same thing. At the end of it all we only want to hear our Savior say:

“Well done, good and faithful servant…”

May God bless us in the New Year with renewed compassion and love for Him and service for others.

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For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;nativity of Christ
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6

As we take time to celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ, let us also be thankful for the many blessings we have received.

Yes, our earthly government seems bent on making life miserable for us: socialized health insurance that is twice as much money and will deliver dubious benefits; invasions of our privacy as we travel; taxes skyrocketing; government subsidized banksters getting richer and richer while the average person cannot get a mortgage; women being victimized whether through human trafficking or being killed in the womb; and so much more. One might ask, “What is there to be thankful for?”

And yet, believe it or not, we still live in one of the wealthiest and freest countries in the world. We are still benefitting from the Christian foundation that our country has. No other country in the world was specifically begun with a Christian base. Our forefathers and foremothers wanted America to be a “City on a Hill and a Light Shining in the Darkness”. Our country was that for many years. It has fallen a great way down, but there is still hope.

Whether the government officials will admit it or not, Christ is still on His throne. He is still our “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” As we celebrate His birth, His first appearance, we also long for His Second Coming.

In the meantime, we are thankful for what we have. This Christmas we can follow in Christ’s footsteps in bringing joy and peace to others. As you look around you at all of your material blessings, think about others who have few or none. What better way to celebrate the birth of the One Who came to bring peace and justice to the world than to share what we have with others.

There really isn’t any more wonderful feeling in the world than witnessing the joy of someone who has been given something unexpected. Isn’t that why we enjoy giving so much?

If you have run out of ideas for giving to the poor, here are some for you:

1.  Pray for those who are being persecuted in other countries. There are Christians in other countries who must celebrate the birth of the Savior in secret, if they are even able to get together to worship Him at all.

Nigeria:tabitha fundIn Nigeria for example, the Christians have been persecuted by the Islamic government. Muslims are allowed to kill Christians with very little repercussions. Followers of Islam can destroy churches, even burning them down with the Christians inside of them, without fear of arrest. The Christians practice their non-violent faith and do not retaliate. Because of this many have been killed and many have fled to other countries as refugees.

In Nigeria, where many Christian parents have been killed, a Christian organization has started an orphanage to take care of the children. It is called “The Tabitha Project” and you can donate to it if you wish. Groups such as Jubilee Campaign are working with the refugees. To find out more go to: http://www.jublieecampaign.org.

2.  Many cities have some time of Gospel Mission organization. Union Gospel meetUGM-580x300Mission exists in many large cities, including Salem, Oregon for example. If you wish to share the love of Christ in a more personal way you can get involved with such a Simonka Placemission. The rescued men and women need help in the form of prayers, meals, and friendship. You can show the love of Christ, Who “being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant and coming in the likeness of men.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” Philippians 2:5-8 Our Savior mingled with the poor and the downtrodden. This Christmas you have an opportunity to do the same.

3.  Every community has a food bank. As you are shopping for your own treats pick up some extra for those who are struggling just to pay their bills.

There are so many ways to show our thanks at this time. We are so thankful to God for sending His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. The best way to prove how thankful we are is to share with others.

Have a blessed Christmas!

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Patricia St. John (1919-1993) was a much loved and gifted storyteller and patricia st. johnmissionary nurse. Many thousands of children have enjoyed her stories over the past six or more decades.

Her own adventurous spirit led to a life that is as exciting as her stories. Patricia lived through many circumstances that would be the source of ideas for her stories. Based on real people and situations her stories are believable and children easily identify with the characters in the adventures.

It all started when Patricia was born during a storm. Her parents were returning to England from South America where they were missionaries. Patricia’s father taught in a Bible school there. After the ship docked at Southampton, Mrs. St. John had a fright when Mr. St. John lost control of the pram with their baby boy in it and they went for a wild ride down a hill. Mrs. St. John was expecting to have another baby in four weeks but due to the excitement went into labor early. The result was that Patricia was born four weeks early but healthy. This was a fitting beginning for the girl who would grow up to face danger and hardship to serve others.

Patricia and her brothers and sister grew up in Malvern, England. This was a beautiful countryside setting for the children. Their father was often away working at the Bible school and she missed him very much, but she loved God and understood the importance of telling others about Jesus and understood why her father needed to be away.

the-tanglewoods-secret-bigIt was in this wonderful country setting that the ideas would come for Patricia’s first book, The Tanglewood’s Secret. When Patricia was seven years old, her father moved the family to Switzerland for a year. Here would be the inspiration for Patricia’s book, Treasures of the Snow.

Patricia was a young woman when WWII started. During the bombing of London she worked as a nurse. Her brother, Farnham, was a doctor. After the war Farnham went to Morocco to work as a surgeon in a missionary hospital.

When her nurses’ training was completed Patricia worked for a local doctor for a time. Soon though Patricia decided to help her Aunt Clarendon run a boarding school. She was in charge of thirty girls. While there she told her charges bedtime stories that were very popular. While the children slept Patricia put her stories in writing. In 1947, the stories were published in a book called The Tanglewood’s Secret.

Farnham asked her to come to Tangiers, Morocco where he was the director of thepatricia st john nurse Mission hospital. She decided to join him there. Morocco was a difficult place to live but Patricia was able to help many poor people there. The Muslims were suspicious of her and she had to be careful to whom she talked and what she said.

In the Muslim religion, women and children are not allowed to go to a male doctor that is not a relative. For this reason many women were without a doctor most of the time. Patricia used her own home as a medical dispensary and visiting room. The women trusted her and Patricia had many patients. She also traveled to nearby villages. Over the years many women and children came to the Lord.

The Muslim officials were against Patricia’s witnessing about Jesus Christ and asked her to leave after she had worked in Morocco for four years. It was very hard for Patricia to say “Good-bye” to so many new friends.

After traveling about for a while visiting other places, including Rwanda, Patricia returned to Tangier and set up a nurses’ training school that was attached to Farnham’s hospital. In 1974 the government took over the hospital. Patricia stayed on to nurse her ailing mother who had moved there to spend her remaining years on earth with her children. Patricia’s mother was too frail to move and Patricia loved and comforted her mother until Mrs. St. John went to be with the Lord.

In 1975 the Moroccan government ordered Patricia and Farnham out of the country. Patricia returned to England.

Over the next few years Patricia visited Beirut to care for her sister. She also went to the Horn of Africa when was a terrible famine there, the hardest hit country being Ethiopia. In 1985, Patricia worked among the poor starving people feeding and caring for babies. As usual after this experience Patricia wrote a book. This book, based on Ethiopia is called, I Needed a Neighbor.

For the remaining years of her life, Patricia kept busy. She died in her sleep on November 6,1993 after a short illness. She was missed sorely by all of the children who lived nearby. Her sister, Hazel, was able to soothe the children with the knowledge that Patricia was with the Lord Jesus, whom she had known since she was a child like them.

Besides children’s stories, Patricia wrote several serious works:

 – Life Everlasting (also published as A Missionary Muses on the Creed)

 – Missing the Way

 – Nothing Else Matters (based on events in the Lebanese civil war)

 – Patricia St. John Tells Her Own Story (formerly published in the U.S. as An Ordinary Woman’s Extraordinary Faith)

Children’s Serious Books:

The Safe Place

Prayer is an Adventure

A Young Person’s Guide to Knowing God

A Home for Virginia

Twice Freed

I Needed a Neighbor

An of course, the wonderful fiction stories based on real life events:

treasures-of-snow-dvd-bigRainbow Garden

Star of Light

The Secret at Pheasant Cottage

The Tanglewood’s Secret (Also available on DVD)

The Victor

Treasures of the Snow

Where the River Begins

We thank God for Patricia St. John. Her stories have not only provided uplifting and wholesome reading for children, but scores of children have come to understand more about their Savior and how to love Jesus through the ministry of this wonderful woman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)

GladysAylwardGladys Aylward was born in 1902 in London, England.

While working as a parlor maid in the home of Sir Francis Younghusband she would often take down and read the books he had in his library on China. God was placing a love for the Chinese people in her heart.

After attending a religious meeting where the speaker encouraged people to dedicate their lives to God, Gladys realized with certainty that God was calling her to be a missionary to China. She went to the China Inland Mission Center in London to train. She did not do well there and they advised her against going.

Gladys was certain about her call so she worked hard and saved her money. She wrote to Jeannie Lawson, a missionary who had been serving in China for many years about coming to work with her as her assistant. Mrs. Lawson accepted Gladys, but Gladys would later learn that Jeannie Lawson did not think Gladys would actually show up!

Gladys could not afford the fare on a ship so she traveled to China via the Trans-Siberian Railway. At this time, 1932, Russia was a communist country and there were severe problems there. When Gladys arrived at Vladivostok an officer tried to detain her. They would not let her back on the train. They forced her to stay in a rundown hotel room.

With the help of an unknown woman, Gladys escaped and sailed to Japan. God was in control and even though her trip turned out much differently than she had expected, she knew that she was right about her call to be a missionary in China.

When Gladys arrived in Tientsin she thought Mrs. Lawson would be waiting for her. But Mrs. Lawson had not traveled to Tientsin because she really didn’t think Gladys would make it. Gladys was disappointed but had little money and no other choice but to try and catch up with Jeannie Lawson.

Traveling by bus, train, and mule, Gladys eventually caught up with Mrs. Lawson in Yangchen, in the Shansi province. This area, south of Peking (now Beijing) was very mountainous. The town of Yangchen was on a major trade route. This would play a part in the ministry that the two women would have. Unfortunately, it was also play a part in the coming war when the Japanese would invade China.

Mrs. Lawson was a tough boss, but wise and strong in her love for the Lord and the Gospel and the Chinese people. She thought of a way to witness to them. She and Gladys and their cook, Yang, turned the building that they were living in into an inn. They placed straw and food out for the mules. It was Gladys’s job to go out in the evenings and get the caravans to stop for the night at their inn.

Gladys was nervous the first time she tried her new task. She still did not know Chinese very well, but no language was necessary as she went outside and grabbed the lead mule by the rein and led it into their courtyard. The mule willingly followed hoping for the food and rest. The men in the caravan stopped in the inn for the night.

This night and many more to come, Jeannie and Gladys gave the men noodles and a clean place to sleep. The travelers got even more than they bargained for – free entertainment! Mrs. Lawson would tell them stories about Jesus. Her stories became very popular with the mule drivers. Many of them became Christians.

One day Jeannie Lawson fell and hurt herself badly. She died only a few days later. Now Gladys and faithful Yang were alone to run the inn. Mrs. Lawson had kept it going with an allowance from her home. That was gone too. Taxes were due. Gladys did not know how to pay them.

God had a plan. A few weeks later, Gladys met the Mandarin of Yangchen. The horrible of practice of footbinding had recently been outlawed but many women were still trying to follow the ancient custom. The Mandarin needed Gladys to by his foot inspector because she could go into the women’s quarters where men were not allowed. He was willing to pay.

Gladys was ecstatic. This job would not only give them some money so they could pay their taxes and other expenses, but it would give her many opportunities to share the Gospel. Gladys traveled to many places in the district to reach the women. This was also part of God’s amazing providence. Later her knowledge of the mountains would help her when she needed to get orphans out of Yangchen during the Japanese occupation.

Up until this time many Chinese were suspicious of Gladys as they had been of Mrs. Lawson. The women were referred to as “White devils”. The Chinese people shunned them and even children would occasionally throw mud at Gladys.

Again God provided a way to help with this situation. The Mandarin summoned Gladys one day to help out with a prison riot. Gladys was not sure why she, a woman, was asked to go into the prison yard and try and quiet the men. The soldiers in charge of the prison had given up. The convicts were on a rampage and many men had been hacked to death by some of the others.

Gladys asked the Mandarin, “How can I do that? They will kill me too.” He responded, “Oh, no, they can’t! You say you have the living God inside you. They can’t kill you. You must stop them!” Gladys thought that God would keep her alive if it was meant to be. And so, Gladys walked right into the prison courtyard and told the men to be quiet.

The men quieted down and eventually told Gladys why they were rioting. Gladys helped to bring about prison reform. About this time the people stopped calling her the “White devil” and began to call her Ai-weh-deh, “the righteous one.”

Some time later Gladys came upon a woman beggar and a child who was apparently kidnapped by the woman to help her in her begging. The woman was willing to sell the little girl for ninepence. So Gladys bought the girl and named her “Ninepence”. Later Ninepence brought a little boy into their home. Ninepence promised to eat less if only they could keep the boy. Of course, Gladys said “Less” could stay and be part of the family.

Gladys became a Chinese citizen in 1936. She dressed like her people and this helped to make her witnessing effective.

Yangchen was bombed by the Japanese in 1938 and most of the townspeople fled. Though her heart was aching for her people, Gladys had the joy of hearing from the Mandarin that he had decided to become a Christian!

With her heart aching Gladys moved to Tsechow. She was hoping to be safe here. While she was here some Chinese nationalist soldiers stopped at the mission looking for a place to stay. General Chiang Kai-shek was a Christian and had told the Chinese soldiers that they would be safe at Christian mission sites.

The man in charge of the soldiers was Colonel Linnan. He had come to ask Gladys to help the Chinese by becoming a spy! Dressed like an old Chinese woman, Gladys could move around in the mountains that she was very familiar with and report on the movements of the Japanese troops. Gladys did this for some time; Colonel Linnan stopped by the mission and received her reports often. They soon fell in love.

Eventually the Japanese in the area became very strong. Colonel Linnan wanted Gladys to flee to a safer part of China with him but she could not leave her people. Though there was a price on her head for her capture, Gladys decided to leave in her own way taking her orphans, nearly 100 in number, to safety.

Gladys went to Yangchen and got the children together and began their Gladys Aylward, a missionary in China, leads over 100 children to safety during the China-Japan warincredible twelve-day march over mountains and rough terrain with very little food. Sometimes friendly Chinese would give the children as much food as they were able. Other times they slept on the cold mountainside after no supper.

On the twelfth day they reached the Yellow River. There was no way to cross. The children were tired and hungry and growing weaker by the day. But God answered their prayers again. As they were singing and praying a Chinese soldier heard them and told them where they could get a boat. The soldiers helped the children across.

There were still some difficulties to come. Some villages would not open their gates to the children. Eventually they found a train to take them. Gladys became very ill after so many days of sleeplessness, lack of food, and exhaustion. She and the children finally arrived at Sian. After seeing that the children were safe and fed, Gladys collapsed.

Local Christians took Gladys to a hospital. When she recovered she began a new work. She helped missionaries care for refugees.

Because she never fully recovered from injuries that she had received in China she needed to return to England for an operation in 1947. She wanted to return to China but the communists were not letting missionaries back in. Gladys helped China by traveling all over Britain and speaking on behalf of the Chinese people.

In 1957 Gladys sailed for Taiwan where she helped in orphanages, taught Bible classes, and preached the Gospel.

Gladya Aylward with childGladys continued to help orphans, even taking one in during the last days of her life on New Year’s Day in 1970. Gladys fed and bathed the baby and tucked the child into a crib. Gladys went to sleep that night in Taipei and woke up in Heaven.

There are many books, articles, and even a movie about Gladys Aylward. The movie stars Ingrid Bergman and is titled, “The Inn of the Sixth Happiness”. I highly recommend it. It is fairly accurate but more of the Christianity could have been brought out. For example, in the movie the children are singing “This Old Man” when they are crossing the mountains. In fact they were singing, “Count Your Blessings”.

When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,

When you are discouraged thinking all is lost,

Count your many blessings, name them one by one,

And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.

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And my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God (I Corinthians 2:4).

“The evil spirits ruled the Balangaos’ lives by their unceasing demands for sacrifice.”(From: “And the Word Came With Power” published by Wycliffe in 1992.)

Joanne Shetler and her friend Anne Fetzer stepped into a situation that required all of Jo Shetler 2-06the courage they could muster as well as much grace from God. But they had confidence that they were called of God and felt the power of His love and protection.

The Balangao people in the northern Philippines had asked for translators to come and translate the Bible into their language. They were not pleased that two tall women came instead of the men they were expecting. But Joanne and Anne were up to the task.

And God blessed them and the Balangao’s over the coming years.

If therefore the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed. (John 8:36)

In this posting it is not my intention to just recount her story. Please get the book mentioned above. It is truly exciting to read about God’s love for His people. Here, I want to emphasize one point – the spiritual warfare that Joanne encountered.

In the United States people have a hard time believing in demons or evil spirits. We are so skeptical in our western, materialist world that we think they don’t exist. I believe that they are very real, but manifest themselves differently in different places. The devil is behind much of the evil in our culture; I don’t know how to explain the number of late term abortions for example without the knowledge that Satan hates God, life, and humans who bear the image of God. Satan behaves more subtly in our country.

In remote cultures like Balangao the evil spirits manifest themselves more openly because the people do believe in them. And the demons keep the people in tremendous fear.

jo-shetler teaching kids to readThe Balangao village was two days journey from civilization via difficult roads. The Wycliffe Bible Translators, who sent the women, were not sure that Joanne and Anne would be able to survive. The Balangao people were traditionally known as headhunters. This practice had lessened but tribal warfare ending in killings was still known. The Wycliffe director did not think it advisable to send women but no one else was available and Joanne and Anne so firmly believed that this was where God called them that they talked the director into sending them.

The women faced many problems: leeches that you couldn’t feel until they’d sucked a lot of blood, a basic diet of only rice often, learning a difficult language, and loneliness from being so far from home. Above all this, when Joanne and Anne arrived they found that the infant and sometimes mother, mortality rate was very high. The Balangao’s had no midwives. Joanne was able to use her jungle camp training to aid the women in childbirth. And since the Balangao’s feared the spirits so much that they did not go through childbirth without making many sacrifices to the evil spirits, the natives really needed Joanne. Even if the people met the evil spirits’ demands, the spirits often took the Balangaos’ children or crops. Many more babies were born alive and healthy after Joanne came.

The problem of spiritual warfare is not often talked about in missionary stories though it is very real and spiritual warfare was pervasive in Balangao. The high infant mortality rate was often the work of the evil spirits who would be very angry if the people did not make sacrifices to them to appease them. Joanne and Anne knew that the Lord had sent them to do more than just translate the Bible; He had sent them to proclaim freedom in Christ, real freedom. The Balangao’s needed to be free of the evil spirits.

The first time Joanne and Anne encountered the evil spirits was when they tried to help a sick boy. Joanne gave the boy penicillin and he seemed better but the people were afraid to give him the needed second dose. A spirit medium had been contacted and she told the people that the spirits were angry. She spoke to the people in a male spirit’s voice. They made sacrifices to the spirits instead of giving the boy the medicine. In this case the spirits demanded three pigs, two chickens, and some rice and wine and beads. The boy’s father met the demands and the next day the dying boy was well. The evil spirits really do have power. This is why the people caved to their demands.

At some point, Anne felt led to go home and marry a former boyfriend. This left Joanne alone, but a man in the village, Canao, had “adopted” her and she had some protection. Canao and his son, Doming would accept Christ and eventually go on to work to further the gospel.

Joanne had encounters with many mediums during the years that she was in Balangao translating the Bible into their language. The spirits through the mediums threatened Joanna but of course as a Christian she was protected. Little by little people began to want to be free as Joanna was.

One story is about Forsan, a small and crippled medium. When she decided to give her allegiance to Christ the spirits tried to kill her. Joanne encouraged her to be brave and tell the spirits to go away. Forsan put her trust in Christ and survived to the amazement of the villagers.

In another incident, Tekla, a Balangao woman who never did sacrifice to the spirits and also accepted Christ through Joanne’s teaching, screamed for Joanne’s help one day. This time it was another sick boy. The people were prepared to meet the demands of the spirits as recited to them by Chalinggay, an old spirit medium. When Joanne arrived she realized that the voice coming out of the old woman was the voice of the evil spirit. Joanne was so angry she did something that she had not done before. She had been trying to be careful how she treated the mediums, but this time she grabbed the old woman’s shoulders and pushed her out of the door. Joanne commanded the spirits to leave. The people in the room were afraid. When the spirits had been disobeyed before the evil spirits would make more people sick or even kill them.

There was something else different this time. The boy’s father had become a Christian and now the son wanted to be a Christian also. This is what had angered the evil spirits. The people told Joanne that the boy would surely die since she kicked the medium out. But Joanne replied, “You watch, that boy won’t die. You’ll see that God is stronger than the spirits. He’ll keep him alive!” Joanne and Tekla prayed over the boy and he lived.

Now the people had seen that God was stronger.

As the people began to see that the spirits had no power over those who obeyed God they began to seek out Joanne. The Bible study Joanne had started grew from sixty to over two hundred. They all wanted to know “Who is this God who has more power than the spirits?”

Yes, evil spirits are real and thankfully Joanne relied on the One Who has the power over them. This story sounds strange to our western ears, but it is repeated in many other countries around the world.

Joanne Shetler still ministers today giving seminars around the world. Doming, her doming Balangao“little brother” who helped her much with the Bible translation died in 2007. Over a thousand people attended the funeral of this faithful Christian man who had helped translate the Bible, was a pastor, teacher, and mentor to many young men.

 Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven. Luke 10:20

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