Love Builds a Bridge

Rongin Ntirivamunda of Rwanda relates how two communities once separated during the rainy season became connected, and the surprising results for education, government relations, and church growth.

One Act of Love Changed 27 People

Nam is a community development practitioner in rural Southeast Asia, working with Food for the Hungry Int’l.  He has applied the DNA principles in the creation of an innovative rural church training program that God has used to dramatically transform several communities.  This program has become a model for others in the DNA network worldwide.

In this video, Nam shares a heartwarming story of the power of one simple act of love done in the name of Christ.

A Brazilian With a Mission

Ana Lucia Santos is a Brazilian woman with a mission. Her efforts were largely responsible for the recent successful conference, Transforme, at which Darrow Miller was a keynote speaker. Ana agreed to tell us a little bit about herself.

1. Please tell us a little about your background and story.

I grew up in the north part of Brazil. My father is a church planter and pioneering was part of our family life. He served in very unusual places, especially among the underprivileged and those in conflict with the law.

When I was nine years old, I received a specific call to be a missionary. At 17 I tried different venues, including attending 18 months of civil engineering school, starting a business and traveling. But God had in mind something bigger than myself, beyond my dreams.

At 20 I joined Youth With A Mission (YWAM). After attending the Discipleship Training School in Belem, in northern Brazil, I served with Mercy Ships for two years and then joined the YWAM base in Tyler, Texas. After completing two training schools (Evangelism and Frontier Mission), I decided to attend Foundations in Community Development training. This school was directed by Christine Colby, and Vishal Mangalwadi, Bob Moffit and Darrow Miller came together to teach at the same time.

By now I understood that missions was more than just saving souls. My heart for the underprivileged was growing stronger. I knew I had been called to see the invisible ones. But I also knew that feeding and clothing them wouldn’t change their lives. I might feel better, but God was directing me to see that even after teaching people how to fish if they couldn’t get into water to catch the fish, the whole lesson would be no more than a busy time of fellowship for everyone involved.

A new believer from a Muslim background once asked me, “What is the Christian way to be just?” As a Muslim he had trusted the Koran to teach him, but as a new Christian he didn’t have answers. For a few days I struggled with this question. I knew Christians had good motives, but we separate the “secular” and the “sacred” and end up using humanistic values and ideas.

I came to see that as agents of transformation we should be influencing decisions at all levels. We must make known God’s truth as the solution for the chaotic and corrupted systems ruling so many nations.

I began to ask God for His favor to get into the offices of policy makers and legislators in governments. Even Christians involved in government are often influenced by a Greek dichotomy and fail to operate from a biblical worldview in the area of justice. Instead of biblical concepts they use humanistic ideas in their life work.

It became my food to see God’s “Kingdom come and His will be done,” to see His Justice and Mercy applied. This is what I want to do until I die.

My desire is to influence decision makers as well those directly affected by those decisions. This why I am choosing this path of justice and mercy. In particular, I want to be directly involved in the rescue and restoration of children and women in high risk situations.

Another personal goal is to continue to help others connect their vocation with the Kingdom of God.

2. What has been your history with the DNA?

I believe my history with DNA started even before DNA started! In 1994 I met Darrow Miller and Bob Moffitt in Tyler, Texas. It was a divine appointment in my life; crazy, but good! Darrow and Bob were trying to see how the messages about worldview, the Kingdom of God, and transforming communities could come together. We were meeting in a classroom but I felt like I was inside a lab. My brain was exploding(!) but my heart was completely happy to know that God was giving me a tool that I must not let go of. I embraced both of these brothers with my heart and since that time we have worked together as much as possible. Whenever I work with them, I grow very much and I am able to take others with me.The DNA message was simple and challenging at the same time. When Darrow and Bob came to northern Brazil to hold a vision conference, more than 700 leaders and pastors attended.

Ana with family members

I joined a Brazilian development organization on their earlier days, CADI, a ministry that was just beginning in the south of Brazil based on DNA teaching. CADI has had strong success with concrete results in education, healthcare, business, and other areas.

Another turning point came after I started relief work at a women’s prison in Northern Africa in 1998. The prison management accepted our proposal and decided to train female guards to replace the male guard who often abused the prisoners. The trainer for the first week was Darrow Miller.

Many of the trainees in Darrow’s workshop were Muslims from the Ministry of Justice department. He lectured on the dignity of the human life, focusing especially on women. He was not allowed to use the Bible, yet was teaching Muslims the truth. I saw firsthand the changes in these women; they no longer treated the prisoners as inferior.

I came to see that we needed to redeem the church’s view of vocation. We needed to reach each individual so they could connect their vocation with the Kingdom of God as their specific calling. In my mind this was revolutionary; this could change the way we have been doing and perceiving missions. I loved it!

3. How has the DNA message impacted your life?

By understanding that “In the total expanse of human life there is not a single square inch of which the Christ, who alone is sovereign, does not declare, ‘That is mine!’” The most impacting message is to see how Darrow doesn’t just teach it, but he lives it. Because of Darrow’s and Bob’s simplicity, even I am able to grasp how knowledge and revelation can come together.

4. What can you tell us about your DNA-type ministries or activities?

For the past four years I have been working with young people from my church. I see it as a golden opportunity, as most of them have graduated, and have been in some type of training (such as a YWAM Discipleship Training School) and they are so open to learn. We started by having field projects combined with our Mentorship Training School. Because people are different, we decided to include in their studies, the spheres of influence in the context of living here.

The experience has been amazing as I can see today how our students and church people talk about worldview, life work, and politics with a different view, having good consequences. It is still a small percentage, but my heart rejoices as I see that it is not just activities, but a small glimpse of what the Lord is doing around the world. I see today in some of our projects children not throwing garbage on the ground but starting to understand their role as God’s agents of transformation. At the same I see others in the field of politics doing and thinking differently because they see themselves now as monitors of laws, calling out the church into God’s mandate in this arena.

Transforme 2010 School Commissioning

5. What most encourages you about the recent Transforme conference?

The possibility to see more people engaged in the mandate of discipling the nations, leaving with a new paradigm and being inspired to connect their vocation with God’s Kingdom.

6. What do you hope to see different as a result of this conference?

I hope we come out with a mentorship network throughout Brazil, where individuals living in mega-cities or on the Amazon where there is little access to information, could exchange ideas and results as the message of Life Work is exposed.

Nigerian Leader Multiplies the Impact of DNA

Isaac Labani Sambo, a Nigerian attorney and capital market consultant, is highly involved in professional circles in his nation, including the governing council of West African Theological Seminary. Sambo has authored numerous scholarly articles, papers, and pamphlets on government policy, leadership, economic development, and youth development.

The following account is excerpted from a report Darrow Miller recently received from Mr. Sambo.

“I was in Singapore for a month’s Advanced Leadership Seminar of the Haggai Institute in March/April 2005. Before coming to Singapore, I had spent sleepless nights pondering the relationship between poverty and ignorance of the Christian’s rights in Christ encapsulated in Ephesians 1.

“And so it was in that frame of mind that I entered a Christian book store and picked up (and bought) their only copy of Discipling Nations: The Power of Truth to Transform Cultures. Even as I stood there reading the back cover, I knew I had found what I was looking for. The book has had a profound impact in my Christian walk.

“Discipling Nations showed me with poignant clarity that it is impossible to effect genuine political reform without reforming individual and societal character. Attitudes are forged by spiritual forces, not by legislation. Only the Word of God can change individual attitudes, and hence, communal and national character.

“When I came back to Nigeria, I started to promote the vision with my community, the Tangale in Gombe State, Northeast Nigeria. I began by writing and publishing pamphlets that were distributed widely free of charge.

“In late 2009, I got a letter from the Chief inviting me to a Vision Conference for the community. I had not had contact with him since 2005. To say I was surprised is an understatement; but with God everything is possible. In February last year, we held our first Vision Conference.

“At the national level, I have written articles that were published in national papers, and presented papers at different forums, positing that any society bereaved of serious moral purpose is suffering from “Moral Aids,” and in such a climate, no meaningful and sustainable development is possible. In my writings I have also tried to warn about the dangers of simply importing the World Bank development blueprint, since the World Bank is the power house of the secular mindset and proffers its development solutions through the prism of materialism. To that extent I have targeted influential Christian leaders and policy makers and have personally given a number of them copies of Discipling Nations and Against All Hope: Hope for Africa.

“In 2005, I wrote to Darrow Miller to inquire how to get involved in the larger network. When that did not materialize, I just did the things I knew I could do. For example, I started posting nuggets from Discipling Nations on my Twitter and Facebook accounts.

“Africans have a double jeopardy: we are not only enslaved by mental poverty, we are also being deceived into accepting the development blueprint of the World Bank, a blueprint drawn on the tenets of secular humanism. As George Washington said to the American nation in 1796, after serving two terms as the first president, “Of all the habits that lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would man claim the tributes of patriotism who work to destroy these great pillars of human happiness”.

“By the grace of God, my objective is to give Christian leaders—whether in our National Assembly, in the halls of governance, or in the marketplace—the vision encapsulated in Discipling Nations and Against All Hope: Hope for Africa. Our policy makers need to discern the materialistic spirit behind much of today’s legislation. In their work to pass new legislation, they need to realise the relationship between spiritual and physical realms and culture.

“I commend Darrow Miller and his associates for the invaluable resources they have given us in Discipling Nations and Against All Hope: Hope for Africa. These books represent a needed understanding about how the spiritual dimension impacts the physical realm at the level of culture, and how Biblical truths can free whole societies from deception and poverty.”

Isaac Labani Sambo

Abuja, Nigeria

Youth Serve Needy Kids in Jesus’ Name

Rev. Dr. Clifton Charles is Senior Pastor of the Worldwide Church of God (known in the U.S. as Grace Communion International) congregations in Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago. He also teaches economics at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados.

Clifton and his wife, Pearl, planned and hosted DNA vision conferences in Trinidad in 2009 and in Tobago in 2011 which were facilitated by Bob Moffitt and Darrow Miller.

Clifton and Pearl were married in 1973. They have no children. Pearl travels with him most of the time as an active ministry partner.

In this brief video about the impact of DNA principles, Pearl gives two accounts of youth who take Jesus’ love to kids in needy neighborhoods in the Caribbean islands.

Breakfast in Barbados

Rev. Dr. Clifton Charles is Senior Pastor of the Worldwide Church of God (known in the U.S. as Grace Communion International) congregations in Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago. He also teaches economics at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados.

Clifton and his wife, Pearl, planned and hosted DNA vision conferences in Trinidad in 2009 and in Tobago in 2011 which were facilitated by Bob Moffitt and Darrow Miller.

Clifton and Pearl were married in 1973. They have no children. Pearl travels with him most of the time as an active ministry partner.

In this brief video about the impact of DNA principles, Pearl relates the service of two women who feed hungry school kids out of love for Jesus Christ.

The Power of Disciplined Love

Rev. Dr. Clifton Charles is Senior Pastor of the Worldwide Church of God (known in the U.S. as Grace Communion International) congregations in Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago. He also teaches economics at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados.

Clifton and his wife, Pearl, planned and hosted DNA vision conferences in Trinidad in 2009 and in Tobago in 2011 which were facilitated by Bob Moffitt and Darrow Miller.

Clifton and Pearl were married in 1973. They have no children. Pearl travels with him most of the time as an active ministry partner.

In this brief video about the impact of DNA principles, Pearl tells what happened when her Trinidad & Tobago church discovered the power of sharing Jesus’ love.

Jesus Loves the Prisoners

Rev. Dr. Clifton Charles is Senior Pastor of the Worldwide Church of God (known in the U.S. as Grace Communion International) congregations in Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago. He also teaches economics at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados.

Clifton and his wife, Pearl, planned and hosted DNA vision conferences in Trinidad in 2009 and in Tobago in 2011 which were facilitated by Bob Moffitt and Darrow Miller.

Clifton and Pearl were married in 1973. They have no children. Pearl travels with him most of the time as an active ministry partner.

In this brief video about the impact of DNA principles, Pearl shares the moving account of joining others to minister to women in prison and the transformation that Christ has worked.

International Youth Movement Launched from Seed Project

Gizachew Ayka serves as director of Win Souls for God Evangelical Ministries, an organization seeking “to bring the street children of Addis Ababa [Ethiopia] out of their misery into a stable life with well-being.” Gizachew also leads Hope for Children, a relief and development organization serving among extremely poor children of Ethiopia.

Gizachew was first exposed to the DNA over ten years ago at a vision conference, facilitated by Bob Moffitt and Darrow Miller, in Addis Ababa. He was invited to the conference by his Sunday School teacher, Demelash Lemma. Today Demelash is Horn of Africa coordinator for Samaritan Strategy Africa.

In this brief video, Gizachew shares the story of a dynamic work that started with two young men at a vision conference and since has grown explosively and is serving needs in multiple countries.

Watch Vishal Mangalwadi on Christian Television Network

We are happy to forward the following announcement from our colleague, DNA Ideas Shaper, Vishal Mangalwadi.

America became the greatest nation on earth because the biblical church and family invented and promoted education that sought Truth – Veritas. On Wednesday and Thursday (Sept 21 & 22) the Christian Television Network (CTN) will broadcast two interviews with me on Herman and Sharron Show that explain how America can be transformed again.

Following the broadcast, both interviews will post at www.RevelationMovement.com. After that we will upload more videos explaining the theology of transforming a nation. We need friends who will help start a robust debate by sharing their insights and questions online.

The theology I am presenting is so practical that it will be misunderstood as a “strategy” if looked at superficially. However, once you have gone through the videos you will agree that, in fact, it is seeking to recover the Truth dimension of the Gospel that has slipped out of American evangelicalism and therefore from the academy and the nation itself.

As America loses Truth, it will inevitably lose freedom.  As America collapses, Democracy and Capitalism will become dirty words, inseparable from corruption. It is easy to borrow two trillion dollars more. It will not be easy to repay. Debt, deficit, and unemployment will drive America into unjust war. The worldview that birthed the Just War Theory is already history. That is why at this very moment America is supporting Europe’s unjust war in Libya (notwithstanding the fact that Libya needed a change.) The 20th century arch-villain was the first Protestant nation in history – Germany. The arch-villain of the 21st century will be the most Protestant nation on earth – the United States of America! Unless, of course, the Lord grants us a Third Great Awakening. …

Looking forward to your prayers, continuing support, as well as proactive response at www.RevelationMovement.com

– Vishal Mangalwadi