PRAYER LETTER OF CHALLENGE LITERATURE FELLOWSHIP
Psalm 63:1 “...O God, You are my God; I will seek You
earnestly; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You, as in
a dry and thirsty land, where no water is.
|MY SOUL THIRSTS FOR YOU
The Psalmist has no doubts about his God and his
personal, intimate relationship with Him; “thou art my
God” and why should any true believer have any doubts?
The straightforward, clear language of this opening sentence
should be our personal declaration rather than the doubtful
expressions so often heard among Christians.
Possession breeds desire. “You are my God,” therefore “I
seek You Earnestly”; Knowledge of our God should not be a
hindrance to our earnestness in seeking Him, but it should
be the cause of it. How can I seek another man’s God? It is
with a passionate desire that I seek after Him whom I know
to be my own and he who truly longs for God longs for
Him not only now but for all eternity.
Genesis 2:7 “And
The Lord God
formed man of the
dust of the ground,
and breathed into
his nostrils the
breath of life; and
man became a
God put my soul in me, and gave
me life, He placed eternity in my
heart and by His grace He placed a
desire in me to seek to know Him
who made me.
Thirsts for You
He does not say my soul thirsts
for water, but my soul thirsts for
You Lord, nor does he say my soul
thirsts for deliverance out of this dry and thirsty land, but
that my soul thirsts for You, my fl esh longs for You. Thirst
is an insatiable longing after that which is one of the most
essential supports of life; there is no reasoning with it, no
forgetting it, no despising it, no overcoming it by patiently
waiting. Thirst will be heard; If we thirst it is because the
brain signals thirst, the whole man must yield to its power;
It is that same divine desire that The Lord creates in the
heart of the regenerated man through His grace; only God
himself can satisfy the craving of a soul truly made to thirst
by the Holy Spirit.
“My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.”|
“Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters.”|
“Jesus stood and cried out, If anyone thirsts, let
him come to Me and drink.”|
“And He said to me, It is done. I am the
Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him
who thirsts I will give of the fountain of the Water of Life
I will seek You earnestly I will diligently seek You, as men
seek after gold and precious stones that are of the greatest
True happiness can only be found when our soul is
satisfi ed and our soul can only be satisfi ed when God
quenches the thirst in our soul.
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For the wonderful gifts and help provided through
our supporters and volunteers.
Appointment of Sheldon Samual as Director for
Destiny Communications in India.
Appointment of an editor and sub editor in India to
work on a contract basis.
Safe travel of Carl
Carmody as he represents
Pray for the set up of Destiny Communications – its
purpose is to transform Asia through media and for
the launch of the quarterly newspaper Challenge to be
known in India as “Destiny — A Challenge To Better
Living” which is set to take place in April 2009.
Challenge staff both permanent and volunteers
For the huge impact of the Christmas edition of
Challenge as many churches use it to reach their
For our Global Partners and for the Challenge
Pray that the
Lord will call
for Joe Attwater
as they leave
pursue new areas
for the position:
To be called of
God into this
ministry on a
long term basis. To have experience with desktop
work. Needs to have a heart for mission, evangelism
and to share the vision of Challenge in wanting to
communicate Christ to those who do not know Him
as Lord and Saviour.
A COUNTRY FOCUS
Last month, Carl Carmody represented Challenge at the
offi cial launch of the Destiny paper in the Indian city of
Hyderabad, where the paper is to be printed. Whilst in
India, Carl appointed an editor and sub editor on a contract
basis in partnership with Asia Evangelistic Fellowship and
also negotiated with a printer.
The paper is to be called “Destiny — A Challenge To Better
Living” to compliment the work that A.E.F are already
doing under the banner of Destiny Communications.
Sheldon Samuel has been appointed as director of Destiny
Communications in India.
The first print run is expected
in March/April 2009. The
paper will be distributed
into 3 cities Hyderabad,
Bombay, which have a
of 35 million. The
initial print run of 50,000
copies will be in English with a
view to produce a separate edition
completely in the Hindi language.
Sheldon Samuel has anticipated that within twelve months
the Challenge distribution will have grown to 300,000
copies per edition.
Although the Indian economy has grown steadily over
the last two decades, wealth distribution in India is fairly
uneven. The top 10% of income groups are earning 33%
of the income. A quarter of the nation’s population (more
than 300 million) earns less than the government-specifi ed
poverty threshold of $0.40 per day.
Over 800 million Indians are Hindu followers, 134
million Muslims, 23 million Christians, 19 million Sikhs
and 8 million Buddhists. What a potential harvest fi eld for
the Kingdom and for the Glory of God.
AEF is also launching a training centre to train pastors
and outreach workers. These staff will also be used to
disciple those who make a profession of faith in Jesus
Rom 10:13-14 “...whoever shall call on the name of the
Lord will be saved.” How then shall they call on Him in
whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe
in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they
hear without preaching?
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Born in 1933 in
South Australia, I
grew up in a happy
household with three
brothers, until alcohol
took charge of my
father, and violence
and arguments made
things upsetting for all
members of the family.
When I became a
Christian later in life I
was convicted to forgive my father for all the ill will. And I found
that a very hard thing to do.
I began working at the Government Printing Office in Adelaide,
and in 1961, I married Lynette Parker, who was from WA. Five
years later, we moved to Perth, where we raised 3 sons and a
In 1973, one of my brothers lost his 8-year-old son to Meningitis.
As I knew him to be a Christian I wondered how he could cope
with the loss of his son, but I saw a peace about him and his family
that I could not understand.
Desiring this for my family also, we began attending a small
church in Beckenham, where my wife Lyn soon came to know Jesus
Christ as her Saviour. I used all sorts of excuses against making a
commitment, but a few months later I gave my heart to the Lord
at Lyn’s baptism.
In 1989, Lyn became ill with breast cancer, and passed away the
following year, aged 50 years (and on my 57th birthday). The grief
I had at that time was an experience new to me and I did not know
how to handle it, because our families lived far away from us. Our
friends at the fellowship were a wonderful support.
After the death of Lyn, when time for annual leave came
around, I began spending my time at Challenge. We had attended
the inauguration of Challenge when Pastor Eric Evans started
Challenge Literature Fellowship with a group of willing helpers,
a few years earlier.
When the Government Print was closed in 1995, Carl Carmody
offered me a position at Challenge to put my printing skills to
That same year, I also met my present wife Margaret Castlehow,
who had lost her husband to illness. Between us we have 9 children,
26 grand children, and 11 great-grandchildren.
It might be a surprise to many that as a printer I have read many
words, but I have difficulty in reading the Bible. As a typesetter, I
got used to reading words and they went straight to my finger tips
on the keyboard to type words, and often the words never sink into
my brain. So when I read God’s Word with Margaret we read it
aloud so that I can take in what I am reading.
As I have just celebrated my 75th birthday, the Lord has blessed
my wife Margaret (73) and myself in many ways over the years, as
we serve Him in our various ways.
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