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by davidnliney on Jun.05, 2010, under All

The vision is of an army of young people.

You see bones?
I see an army.

And they are free from materialism—
They laugh at nine-to-five little prisons.
They could eat caviar on Monday and crusts on Tuesday.
They wouldn’t even notice.
They know the meaning of the Matrix, the way the West was won.

They are mobile like the wind.
They belong to the nations.
They need no passport.
People write their addresses in pencil and wonder at their strange existence.
They are free yet they are slaves of the hurting, dirty and dying.

What is the vision?
The vision is holiness that hurts the eyes.
It makes children laugh and adults angry.
It gave up the game of minimal integrity long ago to reach for the stars.
It scorns the good and strains for the best.
It is dangerously pure.

Light flickers from every secret motive, from every conversation.
It loves people away from their suicide leaps—their Satan games.

This is an army that would lay down its life for the cause.
A million times a day, its soldiers choose to lose that they might one day win the great “well done” of faithful sons and daughters.

Such heroes are as radical on Monday morning as Sunday night.

They don’t need fame from names.
Instead they grin quietly upwards and hear the crowds chanting again and again: “COME ON!”
And this is the sound of the underground, the whisper of history in the making, foundations shaking, revolutionaries dreaming once again.
Mystery is scheming in whispers, conspiracy is breathing…
This is the sound of the underground.

And the army is disciple(in)ed—
Young people who beat their bodies into submission.
Every soldier would take a bullet for his comrade at arms.
The tattoo on their back boasts “for me to live is Christ and to die is gain.”

Sacrifice fuels the fire of victory in their upward eyes.
Winners.
Martyrs.
Who can stop them?
Can hormones hold them back?
Can failure succeed?
Can fear scare them or death kill them?

And the generation prays like a dying man with groans beyond talking, with warrior cries, sulfuric tears and great barrow loads of laughter!

Waiting.
Watching.
24-7-365.

Whatever it takes they will give:
Breaking the rules,
Shaking mediocrity from its cozy little hide,
Laying down their rights and their precious little wrongs,
Laughing at labels,
Fasting essentials.
The advertisers cannot mold them.
Peer-pressure is powerless to shake their resolve at late-night parties before the cockerel cries.

They are incredibly cool, dangerously attractive on the inside.
On the outside?
They hardly care!
They wear clothes like costumes: to communicate and celebrate, but never to hide.

Would they surrender their image or their popularity?
They would lay down their lives, swap seats with the man on death row, guilty as hell: a throne for an electric chair.

With blood and sweat and many tears, with sleepless nights and fruitless days, they pray as if it all depends on God and live as though it all depends on them.

Their DNA chooses Jesus.
He breathes out.
They breathe in.
Their subconscious sings.
They had a blood transfusion with Jesus.

Their words make demons scream in shopping malls.
Don’t you hear them coming?

Herald the weirdoes!
Summon the losers and the freaks.
Here come the frightened and forgotten with fire in their eyes!
They walk tall and trees applaud.
Skyscrapers bow.
Mountains are dwarfed by these children of another dimension.

Their prayers summon the Hound of Heaven and evoke the dream of Eden.

And, this vision will be.
It will come to pass.
It will come easily.
It will come soon.

How do I know?
Because, this is the longing of creation itself, the groaning of the spirit, the very dream of God.

My tomorrow is His today.
My distant hope is His 3-D.
And, my feeble, whispered, faithless prayer invokes a thunderous, resounding, bone-shaking, great “AMEN!” from countless angels, from heroes of the faith, from Christ himself.

And He is the original dreamer, the ultimate winner.
Guaranteed.

by Pete Greig

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Cambodia through blue eyes…

by davidnliney on May.26, 2010, under All

Anna & Tete

“Welcome to Cambodia!” accompanied by the traditional bow, was the greeting I got from every student, parent and guest as I stepped into the spacious yellow brick 4-story building, GR’s regional headquarters and the home of Cambodia Training Center in Phnom Penh.  This was graduation weekend, so the house was bustling with newcomers moving in, students running errands, Center coordinators trying to keep everyone on schedule, and Tete (remember her from a prior blog post?) mingling in-between everyone looking for one of her numerous “Ma’s”.

It's 5 am!

This was my first visit to the Center, which puts kids in their early 20’s through a year-long Bible/Evangelism/Church Planting/Skills/English curriculum, at the completion of which they’re assigned to a service location or ministry in accordance with their vision and calling.  It quickly became obvious that when Liney and David had described the program as “intense,” they truly meant it—5 AM prayer and a full class/study schedule are strictly adhered to, every student has rotating cooking/cleaning/shopping duties, and the first street witnessing opportunities are generally presented as early as a month or two into training.

Trully and Esther, who run the Center don’t cut the students any slack either—the fans in the boys’ dorm kept breaking for some reason, so when fan #4 got brought in, the boys promptly disassembled it in the hopes of using it as a guide to fix one of the 3 broken ones.  As typically occurs in such circumstances, the ultimate result was a broken 4th fan.  After getting thoroughly scolded for poor stewardship, Trully’s verdict was no more fans for boys. “If you feel hot at night, just ask God to send a breeze,” she instructed.  For a little over a year now, the boys have been relying on the Lord for cool nights. Laughing

In conjunction with my initial administrative duties, I got some visibility into the ministry coverage the Center provides in the area.  There are currently 24 Home Groups under the oversight of the Center and its students.  About half of them are in Phnom Penh, and the other half are in the nearby provinces. Cambodia has in the recent few months been prophetically named the Place of Harvest, which is quite supportable by the degree of activity surrounding the Home Groups.

Village waiting to be changed

In a couple of provinces, the Chiefs have already invited the students to minister to the villages neighboring those currently visited, however there are only so many hours in a day…  The Center’s game plan is to identify leaders in the existing Home Groups, individually disciple them, and send them out to their neighbors to continue spreading the News of God’s love.  Another strategy being implemented this summer in Timuy province is starting a school for children, who remain largely unattended during the day as the parents are look for work.  By serving the families this way, the students hope to develop relationships with their parents and eventually start meeting in Home Groups.

The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few…

Anna

Anna Verbytska is Global Renewal’s newest face in Asia. She represents us in Singapore and is an immense asset to the administrative team in our centers. Anna also likes to eat bugs…a delicacy in Cambodia…Yes, she really did!

After

Before

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Announcing the Birth…

by davidnliney on Feb.23, 2010, under All

michelangelo-creation-of-adamSo finally, after a gestation period rivaled only by whales and elephants…                Global Renewal is LIVE!

We would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge the blood, sweat and tears of the many who made this happen:

Web designer summa cum laude: Shibu George (and his dear wife, Joyce, who gladly sacrificed her husband on the altar of bytes and bits).

James Mathews and Lance Abraham who smithed our words and steered our paths and made us rich–two cents at a time…(as you can tell, they didn’t get to edit this)…

Sunil Samuel …our patient project manager…

James Chacko whose culinary delights brought in the means to begin this journey (remember the Website Bake Sale???),

Steve John who designed a logo beyond our expectations,

Ed Parker and Charles Moozhi who can tell stories without words through their photos and video,

and everyone who worked and waited …THANK YOU!

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Knock, knock…who’s there?

by davidnliney on Feb.18, 2010, under All

At the DoorSome months ago, we learned a new song at church:

I’D RATHER BE A KEEPER OF THE DOOR

AND KNOW THE POWER OF YOUR PRESENCE LORD

TO BE ABLE TO GAIN ENTRANCE

RIGHT INTO YOUR HOLY PRESENCE

I’D RATHER BE A KEEPER OF THE DOOR

ONE THING I ASK 
AND I WOULD SEEK

TO DRINK THE WATERS FROM YOUR LIVING WELL

MY HEART AND FLESH
 CRY OUT OH GOD

TO KNOW YOU IN THE PLACE YOUR GLORY DWELLS

I WOULD LET THE DOOR SWING WIDE 
INVITING EVERYONE TO ENTER IN

SHINE THE LIGHT AND SHOW THE WAY (Song by Josh Dufrene, David Binion)

That song brought a whole new meaning to the Scripture found in Psalm 84: I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. I had always taken that to mean “I’d rather take the lowly role of being a doorman in God’s house…” or  “If I can just stand at the threshold of His house…” Humble, but that’s not what it entails.

In John 10, Jesus declares: “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.” If Jesus is the Door, and we are the Keepers-what does that mean? It means if we don’t open the door for people, they will never enter in…

2 Kings 22 shows us that the keepers of the door were ranked right behind the high priest and the priests. They kept watch at the doors. They made sure nothing unclean entered in. Doorkeepers collected money for the temple and threw out anything idolatrous.

In I Samuel, we read that Eli sat at the door of the temple-it was there that he observed Hannah praying. But we read of Samuel, Hannah’s offspring, that he woke up in the morning and opened the doors of the temple. As you progress in ministry, you may come across some Eli’s: they’re sitting-they let others open the doors; they will die sitting-sometimes falling backward.

But we must open the Door. Open them every chance you get. Take advantage of every opportunity to take people beyond the veil. Bring them to the door. May we never get too big to remember that our highest calling is to stand at that door and when the Shepherd’s voice comes, open it so that His sheep can enter in and find pasture.

Twenty-four years ago, I left home with a Bible and a toothbrush…to become a doorkeeper. That job has taken me to Central America, the Caribbean, Papua New Guinea, Southeast Asia, the projects of NY, the streets of NJ, the homes of the lost and forgotten, the affluent and broken, the huts of former cannibals and the playgrounds of fatherless children.

We are Keepers of the Door–Guardians of His presence, Custodians of His courts, Curators of His majesty. We hold such power in our hands today-never exploit it, lord it, or abuse it. Hold that handle with sacred honor and unsullied purity.

After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. Keep your eyes focused there, on that open Door and may His kingdom come, may His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
 
Let’s go forth, grip that handle,  swing it wide, and bid them enter…Let’s go, they’re waiting.


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Wake Up Call

by davidnliney on Jan.07, 2010, under All

littlegirl1In December of 1865, the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States officially abolished and prohibited slavery and involuntary servitude.   An incredible day in the history of our country …and a great example for the world.   But the history books lulled me to sleep.   I have always thought of slavery to be something in the past.   Something distant.

 

I was wrong.

A couple of months ago while in Cambodia, I realized that what I thought to be a terrible chapter in world history closed had simply gone …underground.

Human trafficking is the politically correct words used to describe what is quite simply …slavery.   It’s time for the church to be a great example for the world and strike back against this injustice.

 

And we are.

You can help young, native missionaries to spread the Gospel of peace and the good news of prevention—so another life can escape the snare.

We work with existing anti- trafficking organizations to ensure that a haven is created in the safe houses through spiritual warfare and intense intercession. Finally, we seek to identify and enable those on the road to rehabilitation with all the tools they need to come back to safety…back to LIFE.

Human trafficking is the 2nd largest organized crime in the world.   Estimates have between 2 and 4 million women and children were trafficked as slaves …since just January of last year. Twice as many people are enslaved right now than there ever was during the transatlantic slave trade.

I recall the famous words of Robert Kennedy – ” Each time a man (or woman) stands for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against an injustice …he sends a tiny ripple of hope ….and those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

We’re determined to close the chapter on this piece of History …once and for all.   “With God nothing shall be impossible…” Every time you decide to make a difference, you represent a ripple of hope that forms a mighty current of change.

Together, let’s Stop the Stain.

www.globalrenewal.org

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