Personal Stories

Speaking in 'other tongues' by the Power of the Holy Spirit

Throughout the Church there are varied opinions and beliefs in relation to the phenomenon of 'tongues', ranging from assertions that such occurences died out with the death of the apostles and therefore no longer occur and should never be regarded as authentic, to the belief that these and other 'spiritual gifts' are imperative and vital for the effective work of the Church.
Monday, November 20, 2006   read more | 12265 reads

Dealing with Grief

One thing that has puzzled me in my 25 years of following Jesus, is that some sorrows can last for years with no sign of ever abating, and others, perhaps more devastating, are relatively easily resolved.
Friday, November 10, 2006   read more | 6297 reads

Confrontational Love

Why they chose to sit near us was a mystery. We would have prefered that they didn't because they were foul-mouthed and offensive. The two girls were in their teens and had matted hair, blackened eyes and numerous body-pearcings. The 4 boys were similarly bedraggled...
Friday, November 10, 2006   read more | 9609 reads

What on Earth is Eritrea?

Who would really believe my remarkable story if I told them? But this is the truth. This is what actually happened to me... Mysterious things happen all around the world - despite what the sceptics say. Anyone who has spent a long time in Africa will know this. Mystical experiences are part of life there. But in my own home in Melbourne all those years ago, a strange occurrence happened to me - and it sparked a chain of events that eventually led me on this very unusual safari to east Africa.
Friday, November 10, 2006   read more | 10640 reads

Finding God in the Storm

In my heart I have felt betrayed by God... like he called us out on a limb to take steps of faith, only to abandon us and let us fall, to feel the pain of isolation and the loneliness of defeat. God has been silent, and as one who has known the sound of His voice in the past and as one who understands that true life only comes from every word which proceeds from His mouth, that silence has been a burden too heavy to bear. But after a long silence, last night God showed up...
Friday, November 10, 2006   read more | 20417 reads

Reflections on Suffering and Knowing God

How can we really know God? How can we trust him when bad things seem to happen to good people? Why does God allow suffering, accidents, diseases and natural disasters?
Friday, November 10, 2006   read more | 10545 reads

River in the Heart

Ingrid Wilts is a single woman, a missionary from Holland, who came to Uganda in 1981 to serve Jesus. Since then she has been robbed at gunpoint, shot, maligned and falsely accused of practising witchcraft, being a rebel leader and a political agitator. Ingrid has emerged as an inspirational testimony of enduring faith.
Thursday, November 9, 2006   read more | 9467 reads

I Was Healed of AIDS

The testimony of Kisakya Jannipher.
Thursday, November 9, 2006   read more | 27065 reads

Jesus Christ

The birth of the Jewish Messiah (Saviour) was foretold by prophets hundreds of years before Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem of Judea. His birth and life and death fulfilled hundreds of Old Testament prophecies, yet most of the Jewish nation did not believe. The first believers, however, were Jewish and it is through their testimony and written account of the life of Jesus that we have the New Testament today. According to the prophecies of the Old Testament, the Messiah was not only destined to be a saviour to the Jewish people, but he would also be 'a light to the gentiles' so that non-Jewish people could find God too.

  • Jesus was, and is, unique for many reasons. Apart from being a profound and insightful teacher whose life stands as a credible witness to a radical new way of living, Jesus was unique in the following ways:
  • Jesus had no earthly father: His mother Mary became pregnant by the Holy Spirit
  • Jesus performed powerful miracles: These miracles were numerous, well-documented and witnessed by many.
  • Jesus revealed the character and nature of God the father through his life, love, teaching and his death.
  • Jesus died unjustly, willingly taking the punishment for our sin, even though he lived a righteous life and deserved no punishment.
  • Jesus died, was buried and rose again, revealing himself to his followers and meeting with them over many days, after which he returned to heaven in bodily form.
  • Jesus promised that he would continue to be available to his followers by means of the Holy Spirit. The gift of the Holy Spirit is promised to all who believe, enabling them with 'gifts' to serve and glorify God.
  • Throughout history, even to this day, Jesus continues to empower his followers around the world to spread the good news about God's free gift of eternal life which is available to all who will believe.
  • Jesus promised that he would return to judge the world and to deal forever with the problem of evil. He may return at any time.

Why I Believe

I first came to believe in Jesus Christ at the end of a long philosophical search. Having been a church attender with my family as a boy, the full reality of God's love and plan for the world (or more specifically, for me) didn't hit me until Jesus came into my life in 1978 through the life and testimony of a Chinese-Malaysian student who was studying with my brother.

Saturday, November 4, 2006   read more | 108462 reads

The Power of Hope & Faith: Nakato's Story

When a Light to the Nations team from Australia visited a Ugandan village in September 2005, they did not realise that their presence would bring about such a change in the life of one young woman who had lost all hope.
Nakato sick in bed

When we found Nakato in the village near Jinja she was in advanced stages of sickness due to HIV/AIDS. Nakato was a Muslim and married to a Muslim man when she contracted the disease. Unable to care for herself, her husband or her children, Nakato returned home to her mother where she could be cared for, and to get help caring for her children. As the AIDS related symptoms increased, Nakato realised that death was approaching. In desperation she surrender her life to Christ, fully expecting to die.

Sunday, October 22, 2006   read more | 16538 reads
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