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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

April 12-19: Zimbabwe in Shambles, Free gospels of John, Gary Weeks' CD, WorldMapper, Update on Abdul; Ted accepted at Oxford, Company named Bookling

Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe's women now have an average lifespan of 34 years, the lowest in the world, acccording to a UN report released earlier this week. (Men: 37 years.) Zimbabwe was one of the most prosperous African nations just a few years ago. Today, it is in shambles. Inflation is at at least 800% (compare to Canada's: about 2%). Adult HIV prevalence: 20%. AIDS deaths each week: 3,000.

Last year, the dictatorial president Robert Mugabe (82), in an attempt to "clean up" Zimbabwe, ordered the bulldozing of countless slum/shanty town shelters. At least 700,000 already-destitute people--men, women, children--were displaced. People are starving. See a BBC web video about it here and pray for Zimbabwe. (Sources: UN, BBC, ZimbabweSituation.com, ZWNews)

Personal Evangelism
Get a free gospel of John from LivingWater.org. Or make a small donation and get a box-full. Version: "Logos21" (General Editor: Arthur L. Farstad, also Executive Director of the NKJV). Great to give away! Give them to: people you meet, friends, your taxi drivers, etc.

Also good to give away for evangelistic purposes: Gary Weeks' "Eternity" CD. Also free. Contact me if you're interested.

Miscellaneous
Don't forget "Operation Send-him-to-Afghanistan."

Amazing world maps that we can use to pray for the world: WorldMapper. Maps adjusted for population, land area, births, etc.

Update on Abdul Rahman. Received the following from a missionary couple in Afghanistan today:
"Since Abdul Rahman, the convert who was facing a possible death penalty, was moved to Italy his case appears to have moved off the radar. But the issue of freedom of choice in religion will definitely reappear. Some in the streets say he should die as he has disgraced the religion of Islam. Others say that he should have the freedom to choose. Pray for the future of Afghanistan."

Personal News:
For those who know my brother Ted, rejoice with us over his official acceptance to a Postgraduate Diploma of Theology (a prerequisite for a PhD) program at Oxford University (UK) this Fall. That means Ted and I will be based in the same city (London) for the school year 2006/2007!

"Bookling" (and bookling.com) was the winning name in the "Name-that-company" contest. We have defined a "bookling" as an "adorable little creature that loves books." We asked Dave, the one who suggested the name and therefore also the winner of the contest, what he will do with the grand prize - a $50 missions gift certificate. He was unsure how he could possibly spend so much money, but is leaning towards buying some Logos21 gospel of John booklets (above) for his multicultural high school students. :)
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APRIL

15 Mon (1) 8:30am VT prayer mtg, (2) 11:45am ph call (Dr-Tw), (3) 11am-7pm office cleanup + dinner, (4) 8pm Skype (RM)
16 Tue (1) 10am-1pm time w/ GD, (2) 2:30pm pick up Mum from YYZ, (3) 7:15pm patch prayer mtg
17 Wed (1) 9:30am VT Bible study, (2) 11am Cdn l'ship mtg (SN,VS)
18 Thu 10am mtg (SN)
21 Sun (1) 6am Easter sunrise service, (2) eve PJT staying over
22 Mon 4pm Easter - Kingston
24 Wed 6:30pm mtg (PY+) - Tyndale boardroom (ground fl.)
27 Sat (~J in Guelph)
28 Sun (1) 1:30pm Mum's 70th b'day! - Guelph, (2) 4pm patch Bible mtg
29 Mon (1) 8:30am VT prayer mtg, (2) lunch (MF's b'day)

MAY
10 poss. 10am CCWM b. mtg
13-19 poss. Europe trip
17-19 MoveIn Europe conf/gathering
25 Sat poss. MI Scarb. gathering
31 Fri poss. 10am online MI b. mtg

JUNE
1 Sat poss. MI Scarb. gathering
15 Sat Prayer Journey (poss. Houston)
16-23 poss. time in Arkansas
25 special event w/ ~J
25-29 poss. Marketplace conf. - Manila

JULY
1 Mon Canada Day - time w/ J/BA+
27 Sat (1) 1pm wedding (NA+) - Etobicoke, (2) 5:30pm wedding (C/C) - Kleinburg, ON

AUGUST onwards
Aug 12-16: Kids Kapers camp
Sep 13: poss. 10am MI b. mtg
(Oct 4-6: BAM conf - Silicon Valley, USA)
Oct 22-25: poss. conf - Edmonton
Nov 1-2: poss. Nepal prayer b'fast w/ TH
Nov 22: poss. 10am MI b. mtg
Dec: poss. Australia; Indonesia
Apr 20-22 (or 6-8; 2020): First Chair retreat