January 2005 God's Voice Worldwide From Dr. Mark Virkler
Author of Communion With God and President of Christian Leadership University
Vision: To Saturate the World with Communion With God
This newsletter contains: Communion With God Ministries Annual Report; Attend an Upcoming Seminar Free; New Translations Posted; Nigerian Broadcasts Producing a Great Harvest; God's Transformation in a Small Group; Dream Interpretation: Guinea Pigs
Communion With God Ministries Annual Report
This has been a great year for Communion With God Ministries and Christian Leadership University. Both ministries have continued to grow and be a blessing to people all over the world. I continued doing weekend seminars an average of three weekends a month, as well as spending a week in Nigeria with a team from Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship. Communion with God Study Guide continues to be our best seller, followed by Prayers that Heal the Heart. Both books are mightily used by God to bless, heal and set people free.
Our books are now translated in at least 15 languages that we know of, with books or articles in 13 of those languages available at www.CWGMinistries.org/translations.htm for free downloading. And we are delighted that people around the world are taking advantage of the opportunity to obtain copies of these books. Following is a summary of the number of downloads during 2004 in each of the individual languages available.
|All Languages Total||28979|
We are especially excited to see a large number of downloads in such languages as Chinese and Arabic. Truly, the internet has enabled us to send the message God has given us to those we would otherwise be unable to reach.
In addition, the internet is our greatest source of customers and students. Our son, Joshua, has done extensive research that has put us on the cutting edge of internet advertising. He has been able to position us as the number one site on search engines like Google for searches related to Christian Counseling, How to Set Up a Bible School, and various Theology and Divinity Degrees. Overall, between the two websites (CLU and CWG), we had around 500,000 visits this year. That's nearly 1400 people each day. Those half-million visits averaged about two page-views each, so almost 1,000,000 pages were viewed. They spent a total of 12,100 hours viewing the sites, which is the equivalent of about 500 days or 16 solid months of one person continually viewing the websites.
It has also been a great year for Christian Leadership University. We enrolled 429 new students in 2004, bringing our cumulative total to 2167 students. (Some of these have already graduated.) Our students enrolled in exactly 1000 new courses this year, and 607 courses were completed, 53 of them by our prisoner students.
Christian Leadership University awarded 56 degrees in 2004:
Perhaps the most exciting statistic is that we now have students enrolled from 68 different countries! What an amazing blessing to be able to disciple so many people from all over the world!
Communion With God Ministries continues to be almost totally financially supported through the products and services we offer. Less than 2% of our annual income is from donations. I guess we are better at marketing than we are at asking for money! Who knows how many more people we would be able to touch if those who have been blessed by the ministry would begin to support it regularly. We believe we are good stewards of what the Lord gives us, personally and corporately giving tithes and offerings, and being frugal with our resources. In this new year, would you ask the Lord if He would have you sow into the good ground of Communion With God Ministries? I believe you will be blessed for it!
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|Jan. 7-8||Communion With God||Toronto, ON|
|Jan. 14-16||Communion With God||Genesee, PA|
|Jan. 21-23||Communion With God||Albany, NY|
|Jan. 28, 29||Communion With God||Brinston, ON|
|Feb. 4,5||TBA||Vernon, WA|
|Feb. 25-27||Communion With God||Santa Rosa, CA|
New Translations Available
Prayers That Heal the Heart has been translated into Korean and may be purchased through Sun Park [email protected]
Gusto Gadama, our friend in Malawi has recently completed the translation of Naturally Supernatural into the Chichewa language.
A. Israel Krupanandam has translated Prayers That Heal the Heart into Telugu.
Thank you so much to those who have worked so hard to make these translations available! We are very grateful. We have received several offers from individuals around the world to translate our books into various languages. We appreciate each and every offer. If you would like to volunteer to translate any of our materials, please contact Mark Virkler.
Nigerian Broadcasts Producing a Great Harvest
I have been watching and listening to your gospel broadcast for a few months now, and I wanted you to know that you were very instrumental in helping me finally accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I had been blessed with great health, income, safety and my family. Yet, there was still emptiness. But now, I cannot even describe how happy, free, and complete I feel.
I listened to your radio program today, titled PRAYERS THAT HEAL THE HEART, and after fifteen years of hurting, I was finally able to forgive my dad for the incest he had subjected me to... and tell him I love him.
I now attend services at Bible Believing Church in my community. Please pray that I may always remain as strong in my faith as I am now.
THANK YOU, and may God continue to bless you as you guide us to HIM, through your daily gospel messages on Nigeria Radio.
God bless you Pastor,
Yours truly in Christ,
NOTE: The ministry responsible for these broadcasts would like to receive more audio and video tapes from us. If you are able to give toward this fruitful opportunity, please help us.
God's Transformation in a Small Group
Mr. Virkler I just wanted you to know the good report. We finished the course and we had 13 graduates. They are all so excited about it and have talked to many other Christians in our church as well as sharing with family and friends. I have been asked to teach it again soon! The students were all touched in a mighty way by God Himself though this experience. The testimonies at the end of 12 weeks were amazing. Also the sharing in the class time was so precious many said it was the best group they were ever in and the most authentic. Praise God I give Him all the glory! I also did the whole course over again as I was teaching and God met me in different ways than I had experienced the first time through! I did have the students fill out evaluations so I will learn from them on what improvements to make for next time.
I and many others have been praying for revival in this area for at least six years and expected it to come in a "big" way maybe in a big meeting or event. Just like God coming to Elijah, He was not in the whirlwind but in the still small voice. God has revived me and the individuals in the class in a mighty and personal way Himself through CWG and His still small voice! Isn't it always like God to be creative and different than we expect! The fire of His love and truth has come into individuals and is spreading over this Capital District area. Thanks so much for being faithful, diligent and pressing into what God had revealed to you.
Many blessings, Barb
Dream Interpretation: Guinea Pigs
Dream: There were some wild Guinea Pigs in my house. Sometimes I would catch them, stroke them, and play with them. If they got away it didn't matter because I could catch them again.
Background: I was not aware of anything happening in my life when I had this dream. As result of this dream I did look at my life more closely.
Interpretation: Guinea Pigs are rodentsa species of mammal characterized by large front incisors used for gnawing. To me that definition could be applied the small sins that sneak into our lives and begin to gnaw at us, to grow, and soon to multiply. They are best dealt with at the early stages.
Effect on My Life: As result of this dream I looked more closely at my life and found that I was indeed 'entertaining' sin. I argued that this was just a small thing, soft, and even cuddly. I was comfortable around it and actually believed I could control it. As I argued and debated these thoughts within, the Lord seemed to quietly wait. Eventually I concluded that sin, regardless of size, is bad, and that since God hates sin I should, too. I confessed it, asking Him to take it from me. In doing so I had taken another small step toward becoming more like Jesus my goal in life.
Steve and Dianne Bydeley are authors of the book Dream Dreams, as well as a companion workbook, teacher's manual and seminar audiotapes. They offer a 12-week Internet Dream Interpretation Mentoring course wherein you are personally and confidentially coached through your dreams.
The Lord uses dreams to bring healing, improve marriages, parenting skills, workplace relationships, friendships, give encouragement, and more. Steve and Dianne lead seminars and workshops, bringing people into healing and a more intimate relationship with God and others. Credits for the 12-week Internet Dream Interpretation Mentoring practicum are available through CLU. Contact them at [email protected] and visit their website at www.lapstoneministries.org.
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