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·fall 2009 ·free subscription· take a stand with the voice in the wilderness on the king james bible please read resolution on page 8 the voice of one crying in the wilderness prepare ye the way of the lord make his paths straight mark 1:3 contending for american freedom · contending for fundamental christianity


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printed missionary page 3 my personal message page 4 news bits page 6 nuggets of gold page 8 king james bible declaration page 10 is your light darkness page 12 religious news and comments page 14 venezuela 2009 page 21 the meaning of christmas page 22 death by denomination page 29 club mit in this edition ronnie and terry williamson evangelist/editor steve and rebekah lilly staff missionaries the voice in the wilderness is a nonprofit independent incorporation founded by rev dr j royce thomason d.p.d ph.d evangelist and medical missionary the organization is dedicated to the spreading of the whole gospel to the world especially in foreign lands the program consists of building mission stations supporting american missionaries and native pastors by partnering with the local church in various areas of ministry and preaching christ to the lost we are supported by the gifts of those who care contributions to the voice in the wilderness for projects or to support the ministry of a missionary will be used as indicated by the donor following approved policies and procedures gifts are tax deductible and should be made out to the voice in the wilderness a fundamental publication published quarterly in behalf of the work of the lord and preservation of the liberties of our united states printed sources imply from material from other does not necessarily an endorsement thisministry § § § from our family to yours may the birth of the king be remembered and our saviour exalted during this season ronnie and terry williamson steve and rebekah lilly for personal correspondence contributions address changes new subscriptions there is no subscription charge all interested people of good will may have a copy sent regularly to their address simply by requesting it address all correspondence to the voice in the wilderness po box 7037 asheville nc 28802 e-mail for address changes only sign-up for the weekly voice e-mail and blog dr ronnie l williamson dr j royce thomason memorial voice in the wilderness p.o box 7037 asheville nc 28802 voice 828 649-1043 fax 828 649-9784 write to us 2 · the voice in the wilderness · fall edition 2009


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e s dear friends in christ maybe i will be the first in 2009 to extend to you thanksgiving and christmas greetings this edition of the voice in the wilderness may be the last to reach you before year-end as we are able to only print quarterly so may we all be ever thankful for our saviour his love mercies grace and daily blessings as we celebrate his coming let us look for the blessed and soon appearing of our great god and king hallelujah 2009 is quickly drawing to a close for the voice in the wilderness this has been a productive and fruitful year one example is the missions and teaching project recently completed by staff missionaries steve and rebekah lilly we rejoice with the many souls that received the lord jesus christ as their personal saviour as well as the precious brothers and sisters of venezuela who were taught and encouraged in the word please note pages 14-21 for the report by the aquila/priscilla team in so doing what more could we accomplished in 2009 aim at nothing and one is certain to hit it praise the lord he gives us clear direction in our ministry and we need not shoot in the dark let us seek his leadership for new heights as preparation for the approaching year with thoughts of 2010 many churches plan new budgets stewardship campaigns mission revivals and the next year s calendar and so may god help us do all to the glory of the lord can we could we should we give of our best to the master take this brief questionnaire much of god s word did you read and study this year 2.did you memorize scripture see answer to specific prayer and rejoice in the salvation of precious souls 3 look around this sunday and count the number of those saved and baptized this year in your congregation 4 in the life history of your church how many preachers missionaries and new church plants here and afar has the lord called forth from your midst 5 from the young to the old from the cradle to the grave is there an active vital ministry for all or has the church relegated that responsibility to government and the secular continued on page 31 for more resources visit us online at ·3 d n s 9 s n t fruit six weeks of fruitful ministry in venezuela ·5 churches ·3 weeks of english outreach classes ·95 graduates from english classes


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from here and there a pro-family advocate is outraged that a california public school teacher would pass out homosexual pledge cards to her kindergarten students the pledge cards were produced by the gay lesbian and straight education network and featured oaths that students would not use anti-lesbian gay bisexual and transgender language or slurs that students would intervene on behalf of homosexual students when possible and that they would actively support safer school efforts in the same report on foxnews com a spokesperson for the school agreed that the pledge was inappropriate for the kindergarten students and said that the pledges were meant for middle school and high school students hite s newsletter who is lubna hussein a pantwearing rebel ­ maybe under islamic law she could have received up to 40 lashings the sudanese female journalist had violated the decency law by wearing pants and was fined $200 hussein has declared not to pay a penny and vowed to keep wearing her trousers isn t it amazing how this dress clothing modesty issue keeps popping up around the world sadly churches in america are plagued not only by a comeas-you-are casual mentality but i defy you to preach about my clothes attitude an open obvious in-your-face refusal to respect the pastors request is weekly exhibited by those who profess to love the lord but disobey his commands church meetings are fraught with obscene exhibitions these carnally clad seem to have addiction withdrawal symptoms when not adorned with the world s fashions world magazine 2009 reported ­ venezuelan president hugo chavez arrived in moscow september 10 2009 ready to buy tank and other weaponry sufficient to double his armored vehicle arsenal chavez has previously amassed tanks at the colombian border and has renewed tension over colombia s plan to allow u.s troops to use colombian bases for anti-narcotics 4 · the voice in the wilderness · fall edition 2009


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operations the moscow stop was part of a world tour that included six countries in iran chavez emphasized the axis of unity between the two countries and announced plans for a nuclear village in venezuela with iranian assistance so that the venezuelan people can count in the future with this marvelous resource for peaceful uses the two oil-rich states plan to trade uranium yet to be mined in venezuela for nuclear energy produced in iran which has earned tehran un security council sanctions think about it the earth s climate has always changed with cycles of warming and cooling ­ the temperatures in the 20 th and 21st centuries are not outside the range of natural variability the hypothesis that humans can actually change climate is unsupported by evidence from geology archaeology history and astronomy although man-made increases in co2 may theoretically contribute to temperature rise such links have not been proven ­ and there is abundant evidence to the contrary true climate science acknowledges many variables ­ including the shape of the continents and sea floor the pulling apart and stitching back of the crust changes in the earth s orbit changes in solar energy supernoval eruptions volcanic activity ocean currents and more co2 is not a pollutant ­ global warming and high co2 content bring prosperity and lengthen your life global warmers use computer models to manipulate and simplify scientific evidence ­ enabling the modeler to produce a predetermined outcome impressing only those with little or no scientific training the belief in human-induced global warming is an urban atheistic religion disconnected from nature that fills a yawning spiritual vacuum in the western world heaven and earth by ian plimer the obama administration is working overtime to weaken immigration law enforcement measures as a way of granting back door amnesty to illegal aliens at a time when many local law enforcement agencies are finding success in stopping illegal immigration crime the obama administration has decided to interfere according to the houston chronicle several members of a key u.s house committee called for greater oversight of a controversial federal program that allows local law enforcement to detain suspected illegal immigrants citing a recent report that questioned it effectiveness the record is incomplete at best as to whether or not this program is a success said house homeland security chairman bennie g thompson d-miss who also raised concerns about the potential for racial profiling why are local law enforcement news bits continued on page 6 ·5 for more resources visit us online at


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entities investing in this program the davidson county nashville tennessee sheriff s department significantly reduced crime in the two years after taking advantage of this federal program 287 g more than 4,000 jailed illegal aliens were placed in removal proceedings but still the obama administration and leftists in congress are not convinced they will not stop with misleading government reports and kangaroo court congressional hearings it is clear which side the obama administration is on when it comes to illegal immigration incredibly house speaker nancy pelosi recently told a group of immigrants both legal and illegal that enforcing our nation s immigration laws is un-american judicial watch verdict on june 25 2009 barack obama convened a by-invitation-only immigration summit at the white house as the washington times reported the meeting included 30 lawmakers and news bits continued from page 5 was almost entirely made up of lawmakers on the record of supporting a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants ­ the portion of the plan that critics label amnesty the group was mostly made up of democrats but among the republicans was sen john mccain mr obama s opponent in last year s election who led the 2006 and 2007 efforts this white house meeting was nothing more than a closed-door strategy session for supporters of the obama comprehensive immigration reform plan that will include amnesty for the 12-20 million illegal aliens in our country today an amnesty plan for illegal aliens is just one more example to drive america as far left as possible as quickly as possible and on as many fronts as possible amnesty for people who break the law including illegal aliens makes a mockery of the rule of law and the principle that no one is above the law amnesty is also ·preaching should comfort the distressed and distress the comfortable sword staff ·some succeed because they are destined to but most succeed because they are determined to unknown ·grace is but glory begun and glory is but grace perfected jonathan edwards ·someone said `there must be a god because it is so evident that there is a devil 6 · the voice in the wilderness · fall edition 2009


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a slap in the face to the thousands of people around the world who are playing by the rules filling out the required paperwork and waiting in line to enter the united states legally with our economy struggling and unemployment hovering at 10 the obama plan to push for amnesty at this time is especially infuriating the last thing the american economy needs is a new surge of illegal aliens coming across the border to take already scarce jobs away from american workers judicial watch government take over-the widespread dismay as our government proposes to take over the management of huge new swatches of the economy all the while spending like a drunken sailor may just be in time to stop the worst parts of president obama s domestic agenda what s changing people s mind about the plans to expand government in all directions perhaps they re realizing that in the end they are the other people whose money our president is counting on to finance his ambitious plans the pending healthcare reform read[s socialized medicine by increments llegislation contains more new taxes that will hit the middle class hard ­ running the doctors and the hospitals remaking the energy sector to avert climate change reorganizing banking and finance retooling the auto industry unless you buy the absurd proposition that the federal government manages things more economically than the free market we re going to have to pay a pretty stiff bill at some point healthcare reform ­ the part of obama s agenda most dangerous to our liberty ­ is inspiring urgent the most outrage and he could very needs well manage to pass a the voice in the wateredwilderness office down version administration of healthcare expenses and reform still finances for upcombad enough ing apm teaching that the [statists can outreach gradually improve it into the socialized system they want elizabeth kantor/and rightly so conservative book club it s about abortion ­ at a recent unfpa-sponsored forum on sexual and reproductive ·7 news bits continued on page 28 for more resources visit us online at


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the king james b whereas 2011 marks the 400th anniversary of the 1611 king james bible and whereas the king james bible is based on the masoretic old testament compiled from the ancient old testament manuscripts guarded and handed down by the masorete hebrew scholars and the received text known as the textus receptus majority text or byzantine greek text preserved by god through godly men ps 119:89 and whereas over 47 spiritually qualified scholars academically superior in biblical languages and related areas in which no group of translators has before or since been endowed by god to undertake this divinely inspired work ii tim 2:21 and whereas modern bible versions have been heavily influenced by corrupted text discarded and rescued from obscurity being revised updated altered by men that denied inspiration and inerrancy men who were evolutionists rationalists and theological liberals i tim 6:20&21 ii cor 2:17 ii tim 3:8 i thess 4:7 [i thess 4:1-8 and whereas the biblical english of the king james bible is faithful to the original hebrew and greek text proven for 400 years in spiritual power clarity readability poetic majesty reliability yet with a surprisingly small vocabulary simplicity yet soaring to lofty heights matt 5:18 ps 119:9-11 89 103 105 152 160 ii tim 3:16 and whereas god is not the author of confusion so obvious among users of modern versions when congregations watch projections on big screens of multiple bible versions and cannot even turn together as believers in the same bible to read recite or study the scriptures together i cor 14:33 and whereas king james bible users hold dear the privilege 12-b · their voice in the wilderness 8 · the voice in the wilderness · fall edition 2009


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s bible declaration to take their bibles to church with the ability to read in unison search the scriptures together memorize and quote the bible together plus follow the pastor as he reads and preaches from the king james bible amos 3:3 acts 17:11 and whereas the modern bible proponents continue to produce version after version seemingly unable to settle on the best version but ever switching changing and publishing more versions matt 21:12 mark 11:15-17 luke 19:45-48 james 1:8 and whereas the source and text of the king james bible is the standard for the inspired and divinely preserved word of god and without doubt english speaking people throughout the earth will continue to see god use his book the king james bible in the preaching teaching soul winning church planting and missionary endeavors until all shall be fulfilled luke 11:35 rev 22:18-19 be it resolved the english speaking christian needs to keep reading studying memorizing teaching preaching and holding forth the word of life the old king james bible amen ps 119:9 11 38 89 john 1:1-5 eph 4:14 eph 5:6 phil 2:16 i peter 3:15 ii peter 1:19-21 rev 22:18-19 the voice in the wilderness would like to request your participation in the above resolution supporting the king james bible please enlist as many signatures of family and friends that would stand with us in celebration of the 400th anniversary of god s preserved word for english speaking people around the world forward your collective signatures to the voice in the wilderness po box 7037 asheville nc 28802 for our upcoming publication name city state ·9 for more resources visit us online at their voice in the wilderness · 12-c


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is your light darkness is your light darkness is yo is your light darkness is your light darkness is your light darkness these are the words of jesus as he teaches about the light within the body what a startling statement he is making how is it that light can be darkness is there such a scientific phenomenon in the physical realm obviously this is a possibility in the spiritual today must a gospel preacher expose the blindness of this age darkness depravity and devoid of discernment all characterize this generation the light the truth ­ christ is hid from them they tolerate the ways lack of morals and customs of this world with a vicious intolerance of the godly and righteous the eye of light they plucked from its socket to leave a blackened wound of blindness o dear god help the blinded eye the fallen-in-the-ditch the blind trying to lead the blind the eye is evil and the light be darkness even in the church some have taken the light of god s love grace and mercy to their license licentiousness and lust thus the truth of what christ said if thine eye is evil thy body also is full of darkness it is this evil liberty taken that blots the light from the eye sinful desires have blinded the light of christ and no longer can we spiritually see and discern the world will kick the gold dust of materialism into the eye of light and darken the understanding as well mammon is an enemy of the light many a minister and believer has fallen into a dark place in pursuit of this world s glitter then there are those who refuse to be taught the spirit will guide they have an impression this education stuff is not of the lord soon the blindness of ignorance fills the eye with darkness obviously the devil himself is persistently firing his darts of evil at the eye of light can this occur in what may initially seem to be the most noble of pursuits we are not talking a heart of evil pursuing the darkness of the alleyway or gutter but the desire that seeks a noble and high office yet along the journey the flesh arises and darkness steps on the scene charles h spurgeon illustrates it this way i have also seen this light turned to darkness in the case of the student who has gathered great erudition and enrolled himself among the learned he begins to criticize do not condemn him for that he judges very properly at first he criticizes things that ought to be criticized but he stops not there once having his critical faculty aroused he is like a boy with a new knife he must cut something or other nothing comes in his way more often than the scriptures and he must have a cut at them he whittles at genesis he makes a gash in deuteronomy he halves isaiah he takes slices out of the gospels and cuts the epistles into slivers 10 · the voice in the wilderness · fall edition 2009 take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness luke 11:35 is your light darkness is your light darkness is yo


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is your light darkness is your light darkness you see he has so sharp a knife that he must use it by-and-by from a critic he advances to an irreverent faultfinder and from that to an utter unbeliever hard in the mouth and stiff in the neck his light has blinded him he has taken his own eye to pieces that he might study its anatomy and henceforth the light will be of no more use to him than to the dead it has been my experience to hear several dear friends in the ministry say this verse should read or this word would be better translated maybe their intentions were good in the beginning but that new penknife got the best of them and soon began to cut out the very light they once embraced with modern bible versions the word has been cut criticized and corrected until the light which was in them has become darkness some in their zealous pursuit have even called it higher urgent criticism it was a big bang heard round the world needs ­ the darwinian evolution of the bible is this natural selection or yet survival of the fittest whichever bible sells the most survives funds for printing take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness rlw needed by january 2010 $13,400 one of the most important documents a man ever signs is his will i can tell better what a man had in his heart by reading his will than i can by reading his obituary his obituary tells the world what his friends thought of him his will reveals what he had in his heart a m vollmer for as a man thinketh in his heart so is he proverbs 23:7 out of the heart are the issues of life proverbs 4:23 a bequest in your will to the voice in the wilderness inc can assure that the outreach of this ministry at home and abroad will continue after you have gone to your eternal reward prayerfully consider us in your estate planning thank you is god s work in your will is your light darkness is your light darkness for more resources visit us online at · 11


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religious news and comments according to a quote by professor sweeny evangelical divinity school professor in church history most evangelical scientists support theistic evolution if sweeny s claim that most evangelical scientists support evolution is correct it is incomprehensible yet this seems to be the dominant view within evangelicalism reformed protestant seminary professor david englesma writes the historicity of genesis 1-11 is widely and increasingly denied in evangelical and reformed circles prof engelsma also writes `the figurative interpretation in evangelical and reformed churches of the opening chapters of genesis are presently serving the theory of theistic evolution hite s newsletter how did just a few early christians change the world yet millions of christians are changed by the world journalist ted byfield says the world was convinced of the truth of the gospel by how christians faced the most gruesome tortures and death how has homosexuality gained such acceptance in such a short time by our culture a whole generation is now officially being trained in gross immorality as schools have degenerated from teaching value to promoting homosexuality what will be the consequences for our nation hite s nl vereide and the family abram vereide and doug coe you may or may not recognize james dobson chuck colson and pat robertson might ring a bell if half of the tangled story of the family and c street is true the perverted depths of american government is beyond return it s sad to think the twisted religion of power would move behind the scene of the national prayer breakfast back to 1953 they talk jesus as believers but who is this jesus they talk about out of his scandal and expulsion from d.c tom delay even admits the involvement deal cutting in-fighting drunken orgies and perverted religion of leaders from both parties the power brokers behind the politics big money and faith weave a perilous entanglement stretching around the world with this past election it is no secret the american people have been sold out christian hard rock and hip hop artists converged on the 12 · the voice in the wilderness · fall edition 2009


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twin cities this past summer for rock the river an evangelistic concert tour that hoped to reach youth with a positive message of hope sponsored by the billy graham evangelistic association the tour was scheduled to visit four cities each concert was to feature seven hours of music interspersed by brief messages from franklin graham minnesota christian chronicle/hite s nl christians can t lose the fight over marriage in the western world ­ and non-christians can t win it says christopher ashe in a position paper for the christ on campus crusade initiative marriage is `part of the created order he says so it `exists as a significant institution in the world whether or not societies conform to its beneficial disciplines ashe reminds christians that when we try to convince the lost world that marriage works best when done god s way we have no reason for desperation ­ as if anyone or any group could destroy marriage it is not within the power of humankind finally to destroy created order he says what in the world/hite s nl healthcare sharing ministries lobby to be heard ­ representing about 34,000 families but growing healthcare sharing ministries hcsm in which a pool of believers share their insurance costs are pouring limited resources into lobbying efforts to ensure they are not left out of a final healthcare overhaul but they face a long road samaritan ministries international christian care medishare and christian health care ministries are not recognized by the federal government as official health insurance providers that s bad news if congress passes a bill that includes mandates requiring individuals to purchase federally approved insurance plans such mandates are gaining wider bipartisan acceptance and are expected to be a part of any changes we are looking at complete obliteration of the ministries as they exist warned james lansberry president of the alliance of health care sharing ministries these groups should be worried mandates would grant broad new enforcement powers to the treasury department which would task the irs with collecting the penalties for individuals and employers who forgo governmentapproved insurance the mandate is going to be a bigger problem than people think worries lansberry it s a backdoor reduction in our freedom to make individual healthcare choices edward pitts world for more resources visit us online at · 13


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aquila/priscilla ministry to our faithful supporters and those who care we are privileged in this edition of the voice in the wilderness to open our ministry travel journal so that you can read the specifics of the teaching endeavor that the voice in the wilderness s aquila/priscilla team completed in mid-september this is not simply a report of how steve and rebekah lilly served in venezuela but a testimony of the great things our lord is accomplishing through the partnership of those who are answering his prayer request to send forth labourers truly you will see how the fields in venezuela are ripe to the gospel and while many christians are working in the harvest more labourers are needed to stop those dictators socialists communists and occults who desire to spoil the fruit please read with an open heart and allow the holy spirit to direct you in applying your feelings for missions toward action in your own life and local ministry for surely we all can daily do more to gather his harvest until he comes pre-journal in 2005 we made our first trip to venezuela under the aquila priscilla ministry because of that ministry our hearts became emblazoned with the need of the venezuelan people and our desire to return for ministry only intensified as the time past what a privilege it has been to continue serving as staff missionaries for the voice in the wilderness even as satan himself has sought to destroy the voice through verbal attacks and financial downfalls committed to maintaining that voice through this ministry we accepted the lord s open doors for extra jobs which provided a financial base to continue while still keeping our ministry responsibilities our extra jobs began to pay bills and miraculously provide additional money for projects early in 2009 the lord once again impressed upon us the need to help in venezuela in february we stepped out on the faithful footprints again and placed $150.00 into a savings account and began preparing letters and a dvd presentation to mail to supporters stating that our financial needs in returning for a six week ministry in venezuela would be $10,000 the goal seemed daunting but knowing this was clearly god s direction we continued working praise the lord days arrived several times as we checked the mail and opened special gifts for our trip from those who cared as the $150.00 gradually grew we contacted one of our host pastors bro carlos ramos and began to work with him to schedule six full weeks of teaching preaching and training soon trip dates were finalized airline tickets purchased and our savings account was depleted because we desired to be a blessing through the voice in the wilderness ministry we continued to pray that god would provide the complete $10,000 so that this teaching trip could be fulfilled debt free our extra job money added to the account up until the week before our departure and then the lord revealed his surprise our church in the mountains committed to give and then the lord took over the service and a special offering was taken which doubled the gift with six additional dollars to spare with goal met we wrapped up office responsibilities and boarded a plane with our pastor praying that we 14 · the voice in the wilderness · fall edition 2009 venezuela 2009


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y would run into president chavez and win him to the lord first few days aug 5-7 bleared-eyed from our overnight flight to venezuela we deplaned to find our luggage and walk through customs steve was relieved that our handchimes made it through inspections only the wordless key chains seemed to be of curiosity to the agents pastor rafael was there to meet us with his neck in a brace due to his recent car accident and help us get from the international to the national airport after a four hour layover and forty minute flight to barquisimeto we finally placed our feet on the grounds of our home for six weeks and shook hands with our two host pastors bro carlos ramos and bro estelvio garcia they drove us to the apartment in sabana de parra the church ladies from pastor estelvio s church and bro garcia owner of the apartment had worked hard to prepare everything to be perfect for us it is more fruit very nice 3 bedroom 2 bath kitchen air condition in one room yea no running water yikes we apm s venezuela left soon after to go to the bible institute graduation service when we arrived dad had just been picked 2009 up from the airport and was preparing to preach the ·5 vacation bible graduation message 8/6 bro carlos came and schools took us to barquisimeto a large city 30 minutes away to shop for things we would need 8/7 sunrise in ·2 youth camp sabana de parra isn t the only thing that wakes you weeks car horns do as well then soul-winning in a new church plant area chivacoa three were saved ·12 sermons week one aug 8-14 preached 8/8 steve taught on being a godly father in the ·10 specialty men s sunday school while rebekah taught on being daughters of the king with the ladies at the sabana classes taught de parra church for the night service we were at bro carlos s church where rebekah enjoyed playing the keyboard for song time since this new church has no one who can play for them 8/9 started english lessons at bro estelvio s church this morning 39 were in attendance with all ages present bro estelvio and his wife xiomara are eager students they want to learn english so they can talk to dad without an interpreter vbs for the afternoon was canceled because the person with the keys to the public school where the vbs is to be held for the week could not be found 8/10 english classes esl in the morning still having difficulty with the water problem it has to be trucked in everyday but when it comes we are teaching and when we return the water is out the key was found and vbs began this afternoon with steve teaching about heaven over 20 children came to be saved still no water pastor estelvio came and set off a continued on page 18 for more resources visit us online at · 15



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