The following are some very interesting replies to last week's article- "AFRICA BECKONS YOU": (1) DAVID SERVANT writes: Hi Andrew, and greetings from the Andes Mountains of Peru. I'm sure you knew that I would be overjoyed at your recent "Africa Beckons You!" article. Not because you mention something I once said in a sermon, but because what you have said is so true. There are so many frustrated revival and repentance preachers in the U.S. Yet the U.S. only represents 5% of the world's population. And most Americans have had ample opportunity to respond to God. Meanwhile, the majority of the other 95% are waiting to hear any biblical truth for the first time. So figuring out what we should be doing isn't rocket science. "Shake the dust off your feet and GO!" As you noted, in Nigeria, and elsewhere---even where some form of American "Christianity" has been embraced---the people have yet to hear the true gospel. And when they do, many respond positively, realizing that they've formerly believed a lie. I can't tell you the number of times in the past where African pastors have said to me, "We've never heard an American teach or preach what you have proclaimed." And if you can get out beyond the major cities of the developing world, you will go where Christians and pastors have not yet been corrupted by a false gospel, because generally few American preachers are willing to suffer outside the comfortable accommodations of a major city. (Praise God!) So I'm glad to hear that you are heading back to Africa. Africa needs you and thousands more just like you who will take a gospel of repentance and genuine faith to the multitudes. And there are places all over the world where humble men and women of God with a true gospel can spark major revivals. So go for it! And keep encouraging others to do the same! (2) TERRY PARKER writes: Just want to encourage you and confirm what you said in your latest email concerning taking the Gospel message to the Third World. My wife and I have been going back and forth to the Philippines for many years now, as we have a passion to take the Gospel to the nations. I got born again in 1988 and from day one I just had a deep desire to be a "missionary" or a minister of the Gospel. Within one year of salvation, I connected with a team of believers going to India. It was amazing as I experienced the power of the Holy Spirit flowing through my life into the lives of hungry recipients. The blind saw, lepers were healed, the lame walked, deaf & dumb were restored. Not to mention the countless number of people who came to the Lord. I, also, am a strong advocate for taking the Gospel out and majoring, or focusing in places where the message is actually received. I have always adhered to the Word, in that we are to shake the dust off our feet if we are not received in a particular place. When we first started going to the Philippines in 1994, our "Christian friends" said we were wrong to go before having successfully ministered in our own backyard. However the call was there and we just went, in spite of the opposition which seemed to always come from within the church. They said that the Philippines was a "soft" missionfield and that missionaries only go there for the easy pickings. Well, we certainly didn't see much response to the Gospel in our then home nation of NZ, so we head off for Davao City in the Southern Philippines. In the last 16 or so trips to the Philippines, we have witnessed hundreds of people surrendering their lives to God through the message of Christ we preached. Several churches have been planted and other churches here in Australia are now starting to get involved through prayer and financial support. This is just a taste of what God has done through our lives and through our simple willingness to go wherever He calls. There is so much more that we can testify to, but I'll refrain in this letter. We are not experts, religious bigshots, but rather just ordinary believers who believe what the Bible says. So, keep on preaching the truth brother. It will certainly bring some sort of persecution, but I seem to remember Jesus say that persecution was just part of the territory if we are to follow Him!!! Persecution just serves to make us stronger in our relationship with the Lord - hallelujah! So the remnant church continues to wage war and survive against the odds, Glory to God!!! (3) CARL HENDERSON writes: First let me agree with you completely about the fishing hole analogy and the call to world missions! My name is Carl Henderson my family and I are missionaries in the Philippines for the last fifteen months (see our website at www.m-o-r.net). We did evangelism ineffectively for 17 years in the US and effectively for 3 years after we discovered the Way of the Master (WOTM) and The Elijah Challenge (TEC). [Ed Note: One teaches you how to preach REPENTANCE, the other teaches you about performing MIRACLES in Jesus' name! - ed.] We did street ministry for about three years on the streets of Houston, Dallas, Galveston (during Mardi Grass), the Rio Grande Valley (US - Mexican border area) and a little in Mexico. Although we had success after learning and using the WOTM in the US, God called us to missions after I retired from my position in Federal Law Enforcement. When we arrived in the Philippines we found ourselves better equipped for ministry than 95% of the missionaries we met. Some have been twenty year veterans in the mission field and yet they don't know how to effectively share their faith or preach repentance. After our street experience we "hit the ground running" in the third world, and we have a greater ministry in just a few months than those who have been here for 12 to 20 years. Our experience (My wife and my two teenage sons and I) preaching repentance and witnessing on the streets of Houston left us very well prepared for the Philippines. We have had an amazing ministry here and God is moving all around us. We have seen hundreds come to repentance (not easy believism-"wonderful plan for your life" nonsense) and we have seen hundreds of people healed which we rarely saw in America. In seven months we trained 400 evangelists in "Way of the Master"/'Elijah Challenge' and they have planted churches (16 that we know of), baptized 100 believers in one village and started a church, tripled the size of their churches in three weeks, in one case a church of 36 members brought in 75 new believers in a single day's outreach. Many have told me we have to stop doing evangelism because they need to disciple the new believers. We have developed an obedience based discipleship program (versus the normal knowledge based programs) so they can disciple the new people quickly and get them into the harvest fields working. I strongly encourage street evangelists with a "Passion for God and compassion for the lost" to come to the third world and preach. They must really love the people because they are different than Americans, which can be trying at times but God is on the march in the third world and we must move where HE is moving. Get an easy to understand Bible (Non KJV - I came with a NKJV) so that those in there audience who are using English as their third or fourth language can understand (comprehension is more important than having the most accurate translation - most will only have a third or fifth grade English understanding) and come to Repentance (turning from sin). Preach the word boldly and with power, and watch how God will use them. I agree with you completely, and I strongly recommend that all with experience on the streets of the US, come! Leave their egos, comforts, expectations, and nationality behind, and serve as a child of the King, and help push back the darkness in the third world. Come to where the harvest is plentiful! Expect dirt, bad food, frustrations, inefficiency, difficult conditions at times, and smells, but souls will come into the Kingdom if they will preach repentance. We have it so much better than the Apostle Paul, how could we dare to complain!!!! I saw more fruit in three months on the streets of Houston preaching the WOTM (repentance) than in my previous 17 years of evangelism. I have seen more fruit in one month in the Philippines than in the previous three years preaching WOTM (repentance) on the streets of America. I have many times lain in my bed at night in tears; weeping with joy that God has used me so powerful in a crusade, where many repented, and miracles flowed like water. We experience things every month that I used to only read about in the Bible. Taste and see the Lord is good, but especially taste and see here in the Third World, where the hearts are tender... The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few... pray to the lord of the harvest, and just as important, obey and "GO."