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Looking to Volunteer? Try Africa!

July 2018


    Why take any kind of vacation when you can take a trip that will make a difference in the lives of people! A mission trip to the African nation of Uganda is an ideal way to help people who truly appreciate volunteers coming to assist and train.


    These mission trips are led by Rev. Fr. Jan L. Beaderstadt, President of Renaissance Outreach Ministries of Greentown, Indiana. Fr. Jan is an Anglican Priest as well as being a canon of the Church of the Himalayas in Nepal.


    People are needed to train teachers, nurses in nursing schools, work on building projects as well as to train local people in better agricultural practices. Trips can be as short as two weeks or as long as six months. There is also a need for teaching tailoring as the diocese is opening its own tailoring shop to make clergy robes.


    Uganda is a peaceful country. Renaissance Outreach Ministry has been working in the far west of Uganda with the Anglican Diocese of South Rwenzori (Church of Uganda). When in Uganda, Fr. Jan trains priests, deacons and lay leaders for the Diocese. He also has a good ministry with non-Anglicans in the country.


    All trips to Uganda will include your choice of either trekking in the Rwenzori Mountains National Park, which are the highest snowcapped peaks of Africa or doing a jungle safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The center point of the missions is in the city of Kasese, which is close to both national parks.


    Uganda has electricity and you’ll find in Kasese modern conveniences. Entry into Uganda is easy and they welcome Christians who come to teach.


    For more information contact Fr. Jan at be.kultraining@gmail.com

Reporting from Uganda

Reverend Jan Beaderstadt

Staff Writer / International News

Pennsylvaina Commandery of the Trinity

Michigan / Nepal / Uganda






BLINDED BY THE LIGHT

Based on an interview of a Jihadist

June 2018


Can the Holy Spirit come upon non-believers? It certainly did for Adam Masereka, a former Muslim Imam as well as a former jihadist. He preached the message of John 3:16 from his mosque in western Uganda. As he says, he had no idea what he was saying, but after that message, he and 42 of his Muslim followers converted to Christianity.


Adam is now a lay reader at his Anglican Church in the Kasese District of western Uganda. Married with five children, he was raised a devout Muslim in a Muslim family. Of all his brothers and sisters, he was the most devoted to the cause of Islam. He was hungry to learn more.


Finally, he got his chance when he went for Islamic training in Kampala, the capital of Uganda. His father was proud to be able to send his son to the Jinga Mosque in Kampala where he would be trained in the most fundamental, as well as militant, mosque in the country.


Uganda is primarily a Christian country. Only once in its history was it ever Islamic, and that was during the dark days of dictator Idi Amin. During the four years Amin ruled Uganda with an iron fist, he murdered Christians in the name of Islam. Today there is a statue to the martyrs in Kampala, remembering those Christians who lost their lives during this difficult time.


Adam enrolled in the Jinja Mosque in Kampala which was training jihadists to fight for his faith. The training was rigorous during that year. Not only did he learn Arabic along with studying the Qur’an and the Hadith; he also learned how to fight and kill.


 “We were instructed in how to kill with hammers, knives, poison and spears,” explained Adam through an interpreter. Adam does speak some English, but it is weak.  What isn’t weak is his new zeal for Jesus Christ.


“We were trained to kill the kafir [infidels],” says Adam. Their rally cry was the ninth Surah of the Qur’an. This chapter is the last of the revelations of the prophet Muhammad and instructs the Muslims to kill in the name of Allah. As he explained, they were taught that jihad was the way of life in Islam.


After one year, he was thoroughly trained to be an Islamist Imam. He returned to his village where he became the Imam at the Mbata Mosque, leading daily prayers as well as preaching on Fridays.


Adam married a Christian woman. While it may seem odd to many in western countries, the jihadists are told to marry Christian women, often receiving bonuses from the radical mosques. It is believed that these children will be Muslim, therefore increasing the number of believers in the world.  Large families are very common in Africa, and are especially encouraged among the Muslims. They can spread the faith through proliferation.


He was enjoying his new life as an Imam. He had 82 people in his mosque and Adam was on fire for Allah. He was training his followers to become jihadists. As he says, the Qur’an instructs Muslims to be in jihad for their faith. He points to Surah 9:5 of the Qur’an for his marching orders:


“But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem [of war]; but if they repent and establish regular prayers and practice regular charity, then open the way for them: for Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.”


From his training, he knew the Pagans were Christians, and it was his job to either convert them or kill them. There was no other option; this directive was the word of Allah through the prophet Muhammad. Adam explained that this same verse is at the heart of all jihadists everywhere.

He led his mosque for five years. Then one day as he prepared for Friday’s sermon, he was reading Surah 32:13:


“If We had so willed, We could certainly have brought every soul its true guidance: but the Word from Me will come true, ‘I will fill Hell with Jinns and men all together.’”


As he pondered the meaning of this verse from the Qur’an, he suddenly saw a bright light. In the center of the bright light was a man he did not recognize. A voice from the light asked him, “Do you understand what you are reading?”

He replied he didn’t, so the voice asked him again, “Do you understand what you are reading?” Again, Adam said “no”. The voice from the light said, “Read the commentary.”


Adam did, and the commentary on this passage was from an Islamic scholar. The author wrote that it said that all men will go to Hell and then Allah will rescue those he wishes. The words “all men will go to Hell” troubled Adam. What hope did he have except to trust the mercy of Allah?


The voice from the light told him to get a Bible and read John 3:16. Adam had never owned a Bible, and only time he ever studied anything about the Bible was when his instructors taught him how to counter the Bible when witnessing to Christians. He had never heard of John 3:16.


His first reaction was that it was a demon talking to him. He tried to ignore it, but the message burned on his heart. He decided to see his cousin Moses who had converted from Islam to Christianity many years before. He knew Moses would have a Bible as he was now a lay reader in the Anglican Church in Uganda.


He opened the Bible. He didn’t know where John 3:16 was located, but the Bible fell open to the very page and he read the words “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” (NKJV).


Adam returned to his mosque to preach, but the Holy Spirit took control of him as he entered his place in the mosque. He preached a message about John 3:16. “I have no idea what I said,” noted Adam. It was preaching a foreign concept to his congregation of devout Muslims.


The congregation was confused. Many wanted to throw him out, but because he stood in the niche facing Mecca, Islamic law said he cannot be touched. This was holy ground, even if the message was certainly contrary to anything they had ever heard before.


He remembers finishing the message. When he stepped down from the sacred place and went outside, he was surrounded by members who tried to physically assault him. How could he preach Jesus and salvation in a mosque? Certainly that was their thoughts.


He escaped and went to back to his cousin Moses. After they talked, Adam was convinced that this was indeed the truth. On that day in 2011, Adam the jihadist became Adam the Christian.


He returned to his mosque, not knowing what might happen. He took a secret route that brought him back to his familiar surrounds. There were 42 of his followers who met him there. They told him, “you’re our imam. Whatever you decide to do, we will follow you.” That night, 42 Muslims also became Christians, following their Imam.


His wife, Jessica Biira, was elated at his decision to follow Christ. She had been forced to convert to Islam when she was married to Adam (In Uganda, marriages are usually arranged between families. The groom pays a very high dowry for a bride, often in the form of goats and money). She was raised Seventh Day Adventist, but is now Anglican.


When asked, she said it was a love marriage. There is no doubt about that today.  She did convert to Islam after their marriage, and was forced to wear the burqa. Once he converted to Christianity, the burqa quickly disappeared.


His father, however, reacted violently to his son’s decision to follow Christ. He took back the lands and house that he had given his son, and chased him, his wife, and his children away with violence. To his father, his son had died. The father even held a mock funeral where other Muslims were invited to attend. Adam showed up, not realizing that it was his funeral.


“Everyone ignored me,” said Adam as he reflected upon the funeral. No one would talk to him. It was like he was a ghost that no one could see. Being kafir (unbeliever), he no longer counted in the community.


Today, the father will have nothing to do with his son and his family seven years later.


More of his followers at the mosque became Christian, following their leader until the mosque finally closed. It is one of six mosques in that area that have closed because the Muslims there have accepted Christ.


The family problems didn’t end there. His father paid a man 100,000 Ugandan shillings ($35) plus promised a cow upon completion of killing his son. The man went to where Adam was sleeping and spent the night outside.


The man waited outside the door all night, but never saw him come out of the house to use the outhouse that night. Three times Adam went out the door where the man lay, but the man never saw him.


As the man waited in darkness, a blinding light came upon him. There was no electricity in the village at the time, and no other reason for such a light to come upon him. He shivered in fear, as he knew he was in the presence of something incredibly spiritual.


In the morning, Adam opened the door and found the man there. He looked at Adam and said, “Since I tried to kill you and failed, I’ve decided to follow your God who is a living God.” He became a Christian on the spot, and took the name Enoch to replace his Muslim name.


Today, Adam and Enoch are good friends and serve in the same church side by side.


Adam kept moving around to avoid persecution. He was taken in by one associate pastor and then went to the Anglican Bible College in Kisinga, Uganda, where he became a lay reader for the Anglican Church. Today he is the lay leader in his church at Bisibya Church of Uganda.


He and his family stay in the house that the church gives to the lay reader and farms a small plot of land that the church owns. There’s no doubt he’s worse off financially than before with the loss of property. But for Adam, he’s found peace. Rather than being trained to kill Christians, he teaches Arabic to Christians and works in helping former Muslims who have now become Christian.


He still struggles. He would like to buy some land so he can farm. Ideally, if the Anglican church opens a new seminary in the area, he could become a teacher to the seminary students about Islam with his vast knowledge of its inner workings.


His greatest loss was his daughter Shamim who is now 12. When his father kicked him off his property, he was able to leave with two sons and a daughter, but his father kept Shamim. The father had taken care of his granddaughter when Adam went to the jihadist school and the two bonded. The Anglican Church is trying to find a way to remove the girl and reunite her with her parents. Uganda recognizes Sharia law as one option, so it has been hard to return her to her family.

Adam saw the man in the light one more time after his conversion. He told that it was at his baptism that he saw the light. He now knew the man in the light was Jesus.

Reporting from Uganda

Reverend Jan Beaderstadt

Staff Writer / International News

Pennsylvaina Commandery of the Trinity

Michigan / Nepal / Uganda






Anti-Conversion laws passed in Nepal

June 2018


The new government of Nepal has passed new anti-conversion laws. While not naming Christianity, it is a jailable offense to change religion.


In Nepal, Christianity has grown significantly over the past 18 years from 1/2% to 18%. There was a huge jump in believers after the devastating 2015 earthquake that left nearly 9000 dead.


Many people converted in Nepal after the earthquake after they saw the aid given by Christian workers in the rural areas. They saw love in the eyes of the Christians while HIndu Astrologers were predicting a 10.0 earthquake and everyone was going to die. Their predictions never materialized.


The penalties for killing a cow was increased form 4 years in jail to 12 years. Cows are considered sacred in the Hindu religion and are worshipped as gods.


The Hindu party (RPP) was badly defeated in recent elections, but pressure from Prime Minister Modi of India is allegedly responsible for some of the new laws. Modi visited Nepal in May, and while he was here, churches were burned across the country by fundamental Hindus. Two churches were also bombed.


In spite of the persecution, believers in Nepal remain strongly committed to Christ. Evangelism continues to happen in spite of jail threats. Please pray for the Nepali Christians.

Reporting from Uganda

Reverend Jan Beaderstadt

Staff Writer / International News

Pennsylvania Commandery of the Trinity

Michigan / Nepal / Uganda






THE MUSLIM REVIVAL

May 2018


What’s going on?


Would you like to know what’s going on with our brothers and sisters in other Grand priories? I can

Imagine that around the world Templars are servicing the Lord Jesus Christ and making a difference. That's what I plan to bring to this column. World news. Unfortunately it’s taking longer then I thought so hang in there…it’s coming



Muslim Revival

I have seen a number of claims on the Internet on the fact that thousands of Muslims have been going to Christ. At first I thought it might just be fake news but then I started to dig a little deeper and found out some very interesting information.


Just last month 200 former muslins were baptised during a training conference in Europe. Mission leaders are saying that the numbers of Muslims becoming Christian is more in the last year then over the last thousand years of missions work.


We see on the news weekly terrosit attacks around the world by extremist Muslim groups. Probally most of you have heard in the past how hard mission work was among Muslims and how little was the fruit. I was extremely blessed and encouraged to find out that God is changing things.


Why

Utlimately it is because God is preparing a great great great end time harvest where millions will come to know the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior. But there are some practical reasons to.


  1. Political Islam is driving Muslims to Christ. Religious Islamic dictorships are depriving people of fundamental human rights and leading them into despair.


  1. Wars and conflict. It is Christian charities that in many cases provide aid and assistence to Muslim refugees opening them to hear the claims of Christ. They see the compassion and love of Christ in action and it softens their hearts.


  1. Miracles, healings and answers to prayer are drawing hurting Muslims to Christ. In Iran the response to the miracles of Christ is so great that no other countrys is experiencing such groweth of Christianity. The response is growing greater and greater each day.


  1. Christian radio and tevelsion is having a tremendous impact in Muslim countries. There are now 24/7 Christian TV and radio stations that can go and reach where “human” missionaries can’t go.


  1. Churches are redevolping their outreaches to Muslim countries after a long dry spell. All the termoall, the refugee crises, war and conflict has broken down many of the political and family structures that have hindered the Gospel.


  1. God is exposing the truth about extreme Isalm. Many are now seeing that Isalm has roots in violence and where it dominates so does violence. (This is not to say that the average Muslim is violent. But in many cases political, extreme Isalm is.)


Dreams and Visions of Jesus

The most fasnicating fact that I found was the overwhelming numbers of Muslims who have claimed to have seen a vision of Jesus and have decided to follow Him. Not all have seen visions but many have. I was so encouraged to read that because that tells me that GOD IS WORKING! Don’t be discouraged by the negative news reports. God is working.


Saying all that it is still very difficult and dangerous for Musilms to come to Christ. One of our Templar brothers has met a Muslim family and he is interviewing them to share with us next month in this column. If you know of Muslims who have come to Christ or have lived in Muslim countries and they would be willing to share their testomonies please contact me at   supersteve99@sbcglobal.net. It would be a blessing to us all.

Reporting from California

LTC Steve Wornoff USAF ret.

supersteve99@sbcglobal.net

Bureau Chief / International News

California





Brigadier General Ronald S. Mangum named Deputy Regent OSMTJ

April 2018


I Have been personally asked to share with you by our Grand Prior a letter from the General but first a little about Ronald Mangum. 


After 35 years of service to the U.S. Army, Ronald Mangum retired in 2004. His last assignment was in Speical Operations in Korea. 


Born in Chicago, Illonois on 14 November 1944, General Ronald Mangum has a BA in History from Northwestern University where he continued on to receive a Juris Doctorate Degree. 

In addition to this and about the time of his retirement he received an MA Degree from Norwich University in diplomacy and military science.


Now the letter from General Ronald S. Mangum.


"There appears to be a great deal of confusion and misunderstanding over recent events in our Order. Our Regent, Dr. Hastier, has asked me to be his assistant. My job is to assist him in every way possible. I replace no one because my position as Deputy Regent did not previously exist. If some feel 'displaced', that is their choice, not mine. I have been a member of the Templar Order for more than 25 years, and our Regent has been my dear friend for that time. As Deputy, I take no action in my own name; any action that I take is in the name of and with the approval of our beloved Regent. It has always been my goal to unify the many branches of Templarism, and I will continue to work toward that goal under the leadership of Dr. Nicolas Haimovici-Hastier. I hope that our Regent and I will continue to have your support. 


Brigadier General Ronald S. Mangum, Deputy Regent."

Reporting from Pennsylvania

Willard N. Carpenter

Demelun@hotmail.com

Communications Executive Officer

Senior Editor / Pennsylvania






Seaking Witnesses!

April 2018


I will be writing the International section for our newspaper. I am really excited about this opportunity! I will be focusing on the international Christian community. 


 God is doing some incredible things in the world. Unforntuately many times we don’t hear about them. We hear about the shootings, the bombings, and the wars but not about God’s working. 


 You may be familiar with some of these things; some of the things I share may be new. But most of all I want you to be encouraged. 


God is not dead. His church is growing. The church of Jesus Christ is not a defeated church. 


 In order to accomplish this I need your help. I am looking for missionaries or contacts in overseas countries. I want to tell their story about what God is doing. 


We really want to get to the grassroots. To hear what is really happening. If you know of anyone servicing overseas who would be willing to share please let me know. 


Probally the best way is by email (although snail mail is fine too!). I would be glad to contact them and then report what God is doing back to you. We can then all rejoice together! 


 I live in West Sacramento, California and am retired. You can contact me by my email supersteve99@sbcglobal.net. I look forward to talking to you!

Reporting from California

LTC Steve Wornoff USAF ret.

supersteve99@sbcglobal.net

Bureau Chief / International News

California