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A Pakistani Bishop in Exile

November 2018


How do you coordinate over 200 underground churches in the midst of Muslim extremists? Welcome to the world of Bishop Abraham Imran Bhatti.


A newly consecrated Anglican bishop, he’s been living in exile from his native Pakistan since 2015 when Islamic fundamentalists attacked his church in the city of Lahore and left him for dead. He has first moved to the Philippines and then to Kathmandu Nepal while he waits for an opportunity to move to Canada with his family. However, just because he isn’t in Pakistan doesn’t mean he doesn’t have his finger on the pulse of the plight of his fellow Christians in his native land.


Bishop Imran was born in Lahore, Pakistan in 1971 in a Christian home. He took his faith seriously from a young age, attending the local church in his neighborhood.


In those days, Pakistan was not as violent as it has become today, suffering from the extremes of Islamic fundamentalism. Christians, however, tended to live in gated communities, separated from the greater Muslim society. Christianity is approximately 1.6% of Pakistan’s nearly 200 million population.


As a teenager he started selling tracts by the railway station to Muslims who eagerly bought Christian information. He found that Muslims wanted to know more about Jesus, Moses, Abraham and Noah who are heroes of faith in the Qur’an. The tracts used Arabic names for these men of the Bible, which made Muslims much more accepting of the tracts the young Bishop Imran was selling.


He was educated in the faith and in time, became a pastor. Bishop Imran and his wife Nadia would develop a ministry that would reach far beyond their Christianity community in Lahore. Most Christians in Pakistan, live in their own neighborhoods, in semi-isolation with their Muslim neighbors. In some ways, this is for their protection in light of the growing use of blasphemy laws that are often used against Christians and other groups that fundamental Muslims consider as infidels. These communities are also designed to discourage evangelism. Bishop Imran saw the Gospel as going beyond communities and borders, keeping to Christ’s final commandment in Matthew 28:19: “Go all of you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” (NKJV).


In time, they would develop an active Sunday School program of over 200 children. They sought Sunday School material from the West, taking whatever, they could find and adapting it to their native Urdu language.


The Bhattis were successful in winning people to Christ. Unfortunately, their work on behalf of Christ did not escape notice of the more unsavory kind. On Sept. 16, 2013, Bishop Imran was stopped by two men on a motorcycle. He was warned to stop his Christian work or face severe consequences.


He went to the police to file what is called a First Information Report (FIR). This is the first step in filing a police complaint.


Dealing with police in many developing nations is not an easy task. There are high incidents

of corruption and sometimes the police demand money to file a case. In Islamic countries like Pakistan, filing complaints against Muslims by Christians often results in limited police action.


At first, the police wouldn’t accept the report. Finally, they did, and the perpetrators were thereby notified. The criminals responded by attacking his wife Nadia while she was traveling with her uncle and cousin. She was badly beaten, with injuries to her knees, feet, ankles and elbows, requiring her to stay in bed for two months to recover.


The next day, when Bishop Imran was taking care of his wife, he received a phone call from the perpetrators informing him to not only withdraw the FIR from the police, but to also immediately cease his Christian activities or face even more severe consequences. The harassment continued.


On March 6, 2014 while Bishop Imran was preaching at his church, a group of Islamic youths gathered outside to loudly sing Islamic songs. Bishop Imran is a soft-spoken man. He went outside and confronted the youth, asking them kindly to stop. They got angry and went to a nearby mosque. Their action was followed the next day by a group from that mosque when the church was holding its evening meeting.


The group was violent, breaking windows in the church. In their anger, they started to beat parishioners. They also announced, as they drew blood from those attending, that the church was to be closed and if they continued to worship, the church and the people worshipping would be burned alive. Sadly, for the safety of the people, the closed the church, although not officially.


Instead, they started meeting in private homes. They escaped notice for a while, but eventually the fundamental Muslims caught on.


They got a phone call again — this time threatening to kidnap their two children. The man knew the school they went to, along with the times of their activity. It was definitely a real threat conducted by organized Fundamental Muslims. The Bhattis made the decision to stop sending their children to school, even though they had already paid for three months of schooling.


The decision to leave Pakistan was not an easy one. April 15, 2015 was the final straw that forced them to leave Lahore. Bishop Imran and Nadia were having an anniversary celebration when a group of fundamental Muslims entered their home. Bishop Imran was badly beaten on the head and stomach and left for dead. His mother-in-law tried to intervene and was beaten and left unconscious. She died later of the injuries she received from these Muslim terrorists.


Days before the attack, a Muslim terrorist group known as the Suni Tehriq painted a cross on their house. While not offensive by American standards, this was nothing more than marking them for further violence. They further wrote that “they will cut off the heads of anyone who does not respect the prophet “Muhammad”.


Following the attack, they were forced to flee their homes. They quickly left and soon left the country. Their persecutors continued to look for them with plans to “finish” the work they had started.


With what little possessions they could take with them, they fled Pakistan first for the Philippines, and then they found refuge in Nepal. The latter is a very easy country to enter, even though it does not have a refugee program.


The Bhattis were officially declared refugees by the United Nations. Since that time, they have been living in Kathmandu where they have lived off assistance by other Christian groups.


It was in Kathmandu that they met Bishop George Pierce and became involved in both his seminary and the Church of the Himalayas. Imran was ordained a priest and in June, was consecrated a bishop. In June, he also was one of two to receive his Doctorate in Ministry from the newly organized Jesus Seminary of the Himalayas, which was founded by Bishop George Pierce.


Bishop Imran has continued to work underground in his native Pakistan. He has networked to create house churches and currently there are nearly 100 pastors who have a minimum of six house churches each. These pastors have requested that they become Anglican.


At present, Bishop Imran is a man without a country. He is trying to immigrate to Canada where he will remain Bishop in Exile for the Church of the Himalayas in the Province of Pakistan. His family lives day by day as they wait for the opportunity to leave their refugee status behind and start their new life in this new ministry. They may not be welcome in their native land, but their heart still bleeds for the Christians as well as misguided people of this fundamental Islamic country.

Reporting from Uganda

Reverend Jan Beaderstadt

Staff Writer / International News

Pennsylvaina Commandery of the Trinity

Michigan / Nepal / Uganda






Newly Knighted

October 2018


Welcome new knight, Sir Jan L. Beaderstadt. Sir Jan will be reporting for the international news and I am excited to welcome him. He has led a fascinating life and will be sharing with us.


1.) Tell us a little about yourself.

     Born Dec. 6, 1955 in Lansing, Michigan. Grew up in Lansing, moved to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in 1976. I was a journalist and became a newspaper publisher in Calumet, Michigan in 1982. Followed my call to ministry in 1988, when I became a pastor with the United Methodist Church.


     I began doing mission work in 1998, when I first went on a short-term mission trip to Nigeria. Since then, I have made yearly trips to Africa and Asia. In 2008, I resided full time in Bangladesh for about four years, living in a village called Senerganti Mission where I had a Bible School.


     I am the founder of Renaissance Outreach Ministry in 2000 and am its president. It is a mission society which is dedicated to training pastors and church leaders in developing nations. We have trained around 50,000 pastors in nearly 20 years.

      I am married, to my wife Barbara (40 years this Sept. 30th) and have two daughters: Teija (husband Trevor Cottrell) of Canton, Michigan and Shainna Beaderstadt of Turner, Michigan.


    Education, I hold my doctorate from the Jesus Seminary of the Himalayas in Kathmandu and attended Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, graduating in 1997.


     I became an Anglican priest in Nepal, with the Church of the Himalayas, as I became good friends with the founding bishop, Bishop and Dr. George P. Pierce. I was working with him on the Jesus Seminary of the Himalayas and was one of the first to receive their doctorate degree from this Seminary in 2018. I was made a canon of the church in February of 2018 and it was announced that I am bishop – elect of the Church of the Himalayas, to be consecrated in February of 2019. I will be Bishop Ambassador as well as in charge of education for the Church of the Himalayas.


     Bishop George went home to the Lord in June of 2018, and the other professors (mostly from USA) requested that I become the seminary president. At the request of the Diocese of South Rwenzori, we are working to open a campus in Kasese. Uganda.


      Currently, my ministry splits its time between Nepal and Uganda where I am working to train pastors and priests. The Jesus Seminary of the Himalayas is probably my biggest project that I am undertaking in order to provide good theological education to rural pastors and priests. While ours is an Anglican Seminary, it is open to all who want to study. We are awarding a basic program, M.Div and PhD levels.


2. How did I end up in Nepal?


     Because of visa, I had to leave every six months from Bangladesh and Nepal was the easiest country to enter as they have visa upon arrival. I ended up falling in love with this country tucked away in the Himalayas. It is home of Mt. Everest as well as eight of the 14 highest peaks in the world. In 2012, Bangladesh was getting dangerous with Islamic fundamentalism creeping in from Pakistan and Afghanistan. Once I met Dr. and Bishop George Pierce, we started working closer and closer together. These days Bangladesh is better than it was six years ago, although there are still pockets of Islamic Fundamentalism.


3a. What is Nepal like?


     Nepal was a monarchy until 2007, when it became a constitutional republic. The switch to republican form of government has been difficult with at times over 100 political parties. It is primarily a Hindu country with a strong Buddhist population. Islam is 4% but Christianity is growing rapidly. Today it is around 15% Christian, although official reports by government try to claim it is only at 1%. Everywhere you go you meet Christians and see churches. Most churches are independent, Pentecostal churches. Pastors here have little to no theological training which creates its own sets of problems.


     These days it is not always a friendly country toward Christianity by government standings. There are new laws against “forced” conversion which can have a variety of interpretations. This is part of the reason why I don’t stay full time anymore in Nepal as it is difficult for foreigners to stay. As tourists, no problems, but difficult if you try to establish a business. The bureaucratic corruption is terrible, typical of South Asia.


     The people are very friendly and open to Christianity. The mountain areas are inhabited by tribal people who are descendants from Genghis Khan. The people are wonderful to work with and have a great attitude. Very humble people.


3b. What is Uganda like?


     Uganda is a fun place to work. Winston Churchill called it “The pearl of Africa” because of its beauty, it is a land of lakes and mountains. The highest mountain range in Africa is located here. The Rwenzori Mountains are snowcapped. The jungle national parks are incredible where you easily see thousands of African animals in one day.

The Ugandans are very friendly people who have a desire for learning. They take notes, ask questions and are genuinely happy when people come to assist them. In 2018, I taught nearly 15,000 people in 10 weeks.


4a. Church of Nepal


     The Church of Nepal, which I have partially explained, was founded by Dr. and Bishop George Pierce. It was the first entry of Anglicanism in the country. Unfortunately, about the same time, the Bishop of Singapore extended Anglicanism in the country. The Singapore deanery is very small with around 16 churches to our 125. Because of South Asia jealousy, getting the two organizations to unite has proven difficult. Bishop George desired this, but the Bishop of Singapore is not interested at this time.


     The church has expanded across not just Nepal, but we now have house churches in Bhutan. We have a small Bible School outside of Bhutan in India where Bhutanese priests come to be trained. In Bhutan, Christianity is still illegal, although the church is growing underground there.


     In addition, we have churches in Pakistan with nearly 200 priests working in house churches in an underground movement. While Christianity is legal in Pakistan, the fundamental Muslims create all sorts of persecution for Christians there. Our Bishop for the Province of Pakistan is a refugee in Nepal who is still working with the church in his native land.

My current role, as noted above, is Canon of the Church and Bishop-elect.


4b. Church of Uganda


     My work in Uganda is entirely with the Diocese of South Rwenzori where I work training priests, deacons and lay leaders. I am friends with the bishop there and work very closely with the diocese there.


5a. Christianity in Nepal


     Christianity was illegal before 1990 and by 2000, the country was ½% Christian. Today it is around 15% with great growth in the mountains. This rapid growth (it’s the fastest growing country for Christ in the world) has seen a pushback from the Brahmans as they feel threatened by the growth of the church. This has led to anti-conversion laws being passed. Their enforcement is spotty, depending upon the level of Brahman persecution in a given area.


      The biggest problem with the church is the lack of organization. Most churches are independent and would do better if they had some connectivity. Jealousy is a major problem in South Asia. This is the character of Hinduism and its caste system.


5b. Christianity in Uganda


     Uganda is 86% Christian with the Anglican and Catholic being the predominant churches. Islam has never been strong, but today is around 12% and with funding from Islamic countries, it is attempting to gain strength in the country.

I am working in the Diocese of South Rwenzori which is far western Uganda next to The Congo. We have seen over 3000 Muslims convert to Christianity.


6a. Examples of God working in Nepal


     In Nepal, it is the miracles, especially from the mountains. People are miraculously healed when a Christian prays over them. I have personally witnessed and experienced this when I was teaching in the mountains. The miracles of Acts are alive and well there in Nepal.


6b. Examples of God working in Uganda


     The miracles here in Uganda tend to be among the Muslims who are having visions of Jesus. I wrote about this for a previous issue of Chevaliers magazine.


7. How can we help?


      Renaissance Outreach Ministries has a very tiny budget of around $22,000 a year which covers our pastor’s seminars and some of our expenses. I support a lot of my ministry through my social security check.


     In Uganda, we need help in establishing Medical Outposts in the Rwenzoris. Right now, I need to raise $15,000 which will fund ten medical outposts in remote villages. In these places, there is no medical facilities and there is a need for midwives. Right now, I have agreed to help the Church of Uganda to establish these ten outposts. The outposts will be staffed by a government licensed nurse. These nurses will be selected from those graduates who have a call to ministry and in these villages, they will serve as nurse and pastor.


     The Church of Uganda will allow their church buildings to be used as medical centers, which means we don’t have to construct buildings. This will significantly lower our start-up costs. The money will be part of a revolving fund and each outpost is expected to pay back the money over a given period of time. This is a revolving fund, and the money paid back will go into this fund to start additional medical outposts.


     Each outpost will be under the supervision of the government of Uganda as well as the Church of Uganda. We already have the nurse/pastors lined up; all we need is the $15,000 to open the ten outposts ($1500 per outpost).


     In March, my wife Barbara is coming to Uganda to train preschool teachers and we need additional volunteers to come with her. The Diocese of South Rwenzori has issued a decree that each church will open a preschool. That is 520 new preschools for the diocese! Most of them will be in rural areas.


     In Nepal, we need prayer as well as those who can come to train our theology students. Same with Uganda. Instructors can come for short term missions of 2 – 3 weeks to teach a module.


     Wow! I hope that we can support Sir Jan in his endeavors. Certainly, we can support him in prayer. If you have questions for Sir Jan please contact him at his email, be.kultraining@gmail.com.

LTC Steve Wornoff USAF ret.

supersteve99@sbcglobal.net

Bureau Chief 

International News

California






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