News From The Ranch
Helping other ministries get on the Internet. Also includes the “Only One Move” story.
Helping Others Reach Out
One of the goals of our ministry is to use our knowledge of the Internet to help other ministries reach out over the Internet, too.
Most recently we had the chance to work with an evangelist from India. When he shared his powerful testimony with me, I asked him if we could tape it for broadcast over the Internet. He was not only glad to do it, but felt that this was an answer to prayer.
Although he preaches to thousands of people in villages throughout India, he seldom gets to preach to the higher caste Hindus. But because many of those in the higher castes have computers and access to the Internet, he may now be able to reach into their homes as well! Praise God for these new opportunities to reach people who might have never heard the gospel of Christ otherwise!
We recorded his story in both English and in Tamil, his native language, and put it on The Ranch website (Paul’s Story). He tells of how he had lost both of his parents at a young age, causing his entire family to consider suicide. During that crucial family discussion, a missionary came into their house and told them about the God who would never leave them nor forsake them. He concludes his testimony by saying: “Now, if you go to my village you will find not a single non-Christian in that whole village. All my people are blessed now. God changed the entire life of my whole people. They are enjoying the provisions of God and the blessings of the Almighty God. He still lives.”
Please pray with us, even right now, that God will use his testimony on the Internet to reach his people throughout the world.
As we get more involved in helping other ministries get online, we’ve created a new organization to focus on this aspect of our outreach.
It’s called Internet Media Resources and its primary purpose is to multiply what we do on the Internet a hundredfold by getting more ministries online, (hence the name of our new site, www.101sites.com).
This new outreach is fully supported by those who make use of the service. From time to time I hope to highlight some of these ministries here because I believe they will move you towards a deeper level of faith in Christ and a stronger commitment to action.
One of these websites is called Window of Opportunity (www.1040window.org) and is designed to educate Christians about the 10/40 Window. This area of the world contains the largest concentration of people who have never heard about Christ. Our desire is to motivate Christians to get involved in reaching out to these “unreached” people groups.
Another website is called Remember to Pray (www.101sites.com/prayer) and focuses on the ministry of an 81-year old man whose desire is to help us all do just that: “Remember to Pray.”
I hope you’ll get a chance to look at some of these websites on the Internet and encourage your friends to visit them as well.
Back at The Ranch we continue to receive letters that encourage us that God is at work. Here are some recent letters.
One man writes:
“I again would like to thank you for spending time with me yesterday… Many of your words are still ringing in my ears, and a difference was made. For the first time in several months, I actually got some sleep last night (just a few hours), but far more than I have been getting historically… With much of what you said bouncing around in my brain and proving much louder than everything else going on in there, I pretty much just passed out and for the first time in a very long time slept through the night (all 5 hours of it). That is really nothing short of a miracle…
“Secondly, and more importantly, I woke up with something that I have not known in at least two years and that is a sense of some peace. Can’t explain it really, but it’s somewhere between understanding on some level that I will be ok and actually having some value in life again.”
Another man who watches our broadcasts wrote:
“You have been there for me and you don’t even know me. …Thanks for all you do, not just for me, but for everyone that you encounter. I don’t want to leave Lana out. I have felt your prayers and maybe one day I will see you both in person to tell you how much I appreciate your ministry.”
And another writes:
“Just wanted to let you know that I have not as much as looked at any porn sites or inappropriate chat lines since Aug 24th [after we prayed online about this]…God is Good…God bless you in your ministry.”
I hope these letters encourage you, too, for without your prayers and support they would not be possible.
Only One Move
And here’s a story for those of you who need some encouragement in your own faith.
There was a 10-year-old boy who decided to study judo despite the fact that he had lost his left arm in a devastating car accident.
The boy learned quickly. But after three months, he had learned only one move. He asked his teacher to teach him more moves. The teacher said, “This is the only move you’ll ever need to know.”
Soon thereafter, the boy entered a tournament where he quickly advanced to the finals. His next opponent was bigger and more experienced. The boy seemed outmatched.
During the long match, and just when the boy was taking a beating, he made his one move. His opponent faltered and the boy pinned him to the ground.
After the match, the boy asked his teacher. “How could I win with only one move?”
“Two reasons,” the teacher replied. “First, you have mastered one of the most difficult moves in all of judo. And second, the only known defense against that move is for your opponent to grab your left arm.”
Sometimes your biggest weakness can become your greatest strength.
If your weaknesses are getting you down, remember these words from the Bible:
“The Lord said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’
“Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).
Please Pray with Us
Thank you Lord:
- for turning our weaknesses into strengths,
- for using the Internet to reach out to people around the world with the love of Christ,
- and for the prayers and support of those who make this ministry possible.
And Lord, we now ask:
- for these new Internet ministries to have long-lasting impact,
- for the wisdom of the Holy Spirit to know how to respond to those who write for help,
- and for more people to find their way to The Ranch so they can find their way to You.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.