November 2015 - Archives

Light for A Dark Area

Light for a Dark Area

November 30, 2015 | Light Bearers

Oh, how sweet it was when the barge finally arrived bearing the precious Bible lessons from Light Bearers Ministry! It had been a long journey! Several months before, the container packed with Bible studies in French, Lingala and Swahili had left Jasper, Oregon. After crossing the ocean to Matadi port, the container had to be trucked 220 miles around unnavigable parts of the Congo River. Then, after unloading the Lingala Bible studies in Kinshasa, 600 more miles by barge were needed to reach Kisangani, the home of Congo Frontline Missions.

Congo Frontline Missions (CFM) is a supporting ministry started by Keith Mosier in 2008. It is located near Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a city of about one million in the heart of the Congo River Basin. This area is both unreached and remote, and today, CFM has the only foreign mission staff families within 300 miles. CFM’s focus has been to provide evangelism training for church planters at its training facility. In addition, CFM has a dental clinic, …
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We're All Special Needs

We’re all Special Needs

November 26, 2015 | David Asscherick

In 2014, Michael and Lisa Gungor, who together form the band Gungor , had a child with Down Syndrome. They named her Lucette, meaning “light.”

Also in 2014 a woman tweeted that she would face “a real ethical dillema” if she found out that she was pregnant with a baby with Down Syndrome. Richard Dawkins, the world’s best-known atheist, responded with this tweet: “Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice.”

Michael and Lisa wrote a song called Light in response to both the birth of Lucette and Dawkins’ tweet.

Prior to becoming a follower of Jesus, I worked for three years in a residential home for people with various developmental disabilities including Down Syndrome. This experience was more than a job for me; it ended up being one of two primary catalysts that prepared my heart for the Gospel.

I thought then, and still think today, that in many cases people with developmental disabilities are better off than …
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David Asscherick

Light Bearers

Does God exist? Can we know?

The Little We Know

November 12, 2015 | Ty Gibson

A rational appeal to the atheist:

Intending no disrespect at all to the scientific achievements of mankind, I want to call our attention to the fact that the human data bank of knowledge is minuscule compared to all there is to know. After about 500 years of scientific advancement, those who know the most tell us we know very little compared to the vast ocean of unexplored reality. If what we know is measured against what we don’t know, it is far more accurate to say we’re ignorant than to say we’re enlightened.

And the implications of our relative ignorance are significant.

This is one of the reasons why atheism is a bold claim that exceeds the boundaries of rationality. Atheism claims to know that God does not exist. But to say that God does not exist is a claim to know more than any human being can possibly know, by virtue of the fact that we simply don’t know most of what there is to know. So perhaps God exists …
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Ty Gibson

Light Bearers

Captives Set Free in Kenya by Meiring Pretorius

Captives Set Free in Kenya

November 6, 2015 | Meiring Pretorius

Prison Ministry

What message does one give to a prison full of inmates who committed capital offences? Most are sentenced 20 years or more. Others are on death row. As we approached the high-walled Naivasha maximum security prison, my eye caught the sign: “This is a crime free area.” I was not sure if that was supposed to give me comfort. I started my sermon with this ice breaker: “Seeing the high walls and all the security guards, I can assure you that I feel very safe in this prison. What the guards don’t know is that you are innocent, because you are forgiven. You are just experiencing the consequences of your actions.” While the smiles were still visible on the inmates’ faces, I turned to Isaiah 61:1 and read:

“The Lord has anointed me . . . to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.”

I wanted them to know that God’s love alone holds the key to their liberty.

Before the sermon, …
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Meiring Pretorius

Light Bearers Field Representative

Insulin Insufficiency in the Brain by Rise Rafferty

Insulin Insufficiency in the Brain

November 4, 2015 | Risë Rafferty, RDN

In Toronto, Canada, 1922, Leonard, a 14-year-old young man, weighing a mere 65 pounds, lay dying of type 1 diabetes in a hospital ward. At that time hospitals had dedicated wards where 50 children could be congregated, suffering the trauma and ultimate death of insulin insufficiency. For hundreds of years, up to that time, the diagnosis of diabetes in a child was a death sentence. A starvation diet was the treatment of the time. Leonard, though, would be the first to receive a new treatment, an injection of insulin. The initial injection was impure and Leonard suffered a severe allergic reaction to it. Days later he was treated again with a purified dose. This time it was a success.

Insulin is a hormone that you literally cannot live without. Just like a car cannot run without gas, the body depends largely upon glucose to produce energy. Insulin is kind of like the hand that opens the tank to allow glucose into the cells from the blood stream. Insulin brings blood …
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Risë Rafferty, RDN

Health Educator
Light Bearers

Entering the Glorious Land by James Rafferty

Entering the Glorious Land

November 2, 2015 | James Rafferty

“He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown…”(Daniel 11:41).

James White believed this power, spoken of in the final verses of Daniel 11, to be the papacy supported by the United States. Prophetic and historic evidence, as well as current events, support his interpretation as never before.

The idea that Israel and the Middle East are central to the fulfillment of eschatological prophecy has most of the world looking in another direction, while the purposes of the papacy move steadily forward. The present focus on Islamic terrorism is perhaps one of the cleverest smoke screens ever concocted to divert our attention from the divinely inspired prophetic picture laid out in Daniel 11 and Revelation 13. The fear of terrorism has led to the theft of our civil liberties, a direct fulfillment of the transformation from “lamb-like” to “dragon-like” noted in Revelation 13:11.

Yet the greatest and most significant mistake being made by Christians at large, and U.S. foreign policy in particular, is our refusal to …
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James Rafferty

Light Bearers