October 2006: Impossible Is Nothing

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1. Matters That Matter - Impossible is Nothing

2. Profound & Pithy - Proverbs from the Nations

3. Feedback - It's Your Turn

4. Contest #2 - Limerick Winners

5. Donna's Corner - Earthquake!

6. Gatherings Down Under & More

1. Matters That Matter - Impossible is Nothing

Recently I saw a series of TV commercials that totally captivated me. They were for a well-known brand of athletic shoes and were shown in conjunction with the greatest and most-watched sporting event in the world.

This is The Mundial - the World Cup of Football, the 'beautiful game.' (This game is dubbed 'soccer' by the uninitiated; this is a game in which the foot - as in 'foot'ball - is the main body part used in maneuvering the ball around 'the pitch'). In this sport 20 men in two teams chase this leather ball around a field using principally their feet, though heads, knees, shoulders and other parts of the body may also come into play as they skillfully pass the leather sphere from one to another; but never may the hands or arms touch the ball. Only the goalkeeper - the eleventh member of each team - is permitted to pick up the ball. It is indeed a beautiful game, full of rhythm, flow and almost nonstop back and forth action. This year's Mundial was hosted by Germany in an event that won the world's acclaim for smoothness and outstanding organization wherein 32 countries vied for the glory of winning the Cup. Italy survived an exciting month, emerging as the final victor.

Oh yes, those commercials on TV. The series is set in a dusty city square (maybe in Spain or Italy) and the two main characters are 11 year old boys.
One of these boys is dominant - we'll call him José - and he calls the shots, for they are about to pick their dream teams of famous footballers - kind of like Fantasy Football. José of course picks first, "Beckham!" he intones, and surprise! Out trots David Beckham, the England star. Next, his friend, the little-bit-chubby Jorgé calls out, "Zidane!" and who should appear, bouncing a ball and ready to play, but Zinedine Zidane, the French icon (who went on to win the adidas Golden Ball trophy at the Mundial itself).

 On and on the boys authoritatively summoned the superstars of the sport and each player appeared on cue until the eleven best players in the world were spread between each team. The rest of the series of commercials is of the two teams, each with their serious and dictatorial boy/coach interpreting the rules, meting out referee's judgments and generally ordering these incredibly wealthy and famous men around as if they were six-year olds.

At the end of the final scene, a window shutter on one side of the square is pushed open and a mother's voice is heard calling, "José - time for lunch!"
The famous footballers all fade away, José picks up his worn and scruffy football, and kicking dust, with head hanging down, he shuffles off home.
His 'impossible is nothing' dream has been shattered - till the next time.

It is nice to think that young José, with the skills and practice required of him, would indeed go on to become a world class footballer.

 Whoever created those commercials must have known the verse, "... with God all things are possible" (Mt 19:26b), and then turned it around and made it into a catchy slogan - impossible is nothing. Do we really believe that with God, impossible is nothing?

I suspect that many who serve and have served in our mission - and served well - are still nursing shattered dreams. It wasn't just Mom calling you for lunch that crushed your hopes and goals. Many of those dreams were born in the heart of God and for one reason or another - sickness, meager support, visa problems, prohibiting parents, various fears, the curse of debt, broken relationships, the lure of materialism and the striving for 'success' according to the world's standards - any of these may be responsible for your shattered dream.

I have good news. God is the God of the mending of shattered dreams, He is the God of second, third (and 273rd chances). For Him, impossible is nothing.

2. Profound & Pithy - Proverbs from the Nations

If you can talk, you can sing; if you can walk, you can dance. Africa

Tell me who's your friend, and I'll tell you who you are. Russia

Wherever the heart is, the feet don't hesitate to go. Togo

A joy that's shared is a joy made double. England

Visitor's footfalls are like medicine; they heal the sick. Bantu

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow. Sweden

Man plans; God laughs. Israel

When elephants fight, the grass is the one that suffers. Swahili

The beginning of health is to know the disease. Spain

It is part of the cure to wish to be cured. Latin

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book. Ireland

The death of an old person is like the loss of a library. Africa

(Found in Christianity Today, Aug 2006)

3. Feedback - It's Your Turn

Thanks for keeping this communication going. I have lost contact with everyone from my 1982 Christchurch, NZ DTS and my 1983-84 Mission Builders friends from Kona. eTouch is all I have left of YWAM. Craig Smith, USA

I was totally blessed reading eTouch - such a breath of past "fresh air!" Judy Erwin, of Striya (also known as Australia)

 And this from one of our Limerickers (see Section 4 for her contribution)

 I think the biggest joy one can have is being in God's will and doing his work! I have always had a heart for missions and I am not always sure what that means. Keep us posted on the camps. I would love to come back again!
Carol Hertig, USA

Un petit bonjour du sud à toutes et à tous. Bonne réception, que Dieu vous bénisse. Leila Castinel, France

 It's 'clean up the office day' and we came across eTouch . . . we are so blessed and encouraged . . . something always speaks directly to our hearts.
Claude & Wilma Rediger, USA

eTouch always bring me closer to YWAM although I'm no more working in YWAM but it gives me new inspiration and Zeal to pray for all YWAMers around the world. This issue I like, "Once a millionaire - Deal with God." I like this article so much. Notea Chongthu, India

Thank you! Makes great Friday night reading! Rita Pretorius, UK

 4. Limerick Contest Winners

 RULES: The limerick needed to adhere to the proper rhyming pattern and be about a YWAMer or an experience in or about YWAM. The panel of judges with their finely-honed senses of humor, have made their decisions. Judge's decisions are final.
We have two Third Place Finishers:

A guy who was messed-up and stressing
Decided to go DTSing
First he confessed
Then he got blessed
And now he's back home convalescing!
Christelle du Bruto, South Africa


 I long to go back to the land
 Of beaches and palm trees and sand
 To swim with the marlins
 Wear plumeria garlands
 And hear the Island Breeze band!
 Carol Herzig, Minnesota

Second Place goes to Stanley Wedin of Sweden, who, forsaking his mother tongue brought good humor into his limerick.

I came from winter cold, dark and gloom
To Australia's sun where heat was like doom
Ooh, how will I get this DTS in my head?
Then I knew how! but my Aussie leader, he said
"Why's the funny Swede in the kitchen cold-room?"

 And the winner is . . . David Cohen, from Australia, the happy husband of former YWAMer Kathi Logan-Kemp (they were married in April 22, 2000). David asks, "Does the spouse of a former YWAMer qualify for the limerick competition?" Of course! David will soon receive in the mail, JoEllyn Wright's worshipful CD.

She was told that her life was a failure
"Don't let YWAM deceive ya and nail ya!"
 But the Lord had a plan
 When she met an ol' man
 And ended up down in Australia

From A. Nonymous - dishonorable mention . . .

A neat Kiwi lady named Joy
Had a most strong aversion to poi
"It's sticky and goo-ish
And tastes wallpaper glue-ish
So instead I'll teach intercession - oh boy!"

Good job, winners! Thanks to the thousands of others who entered the contest. (Well, as Joy Dawson always said, "If you're going to exaggerate, do it bigtime, otherwise you're lying." We had precisely 18 entries submitted. Am I OK Joy?)

5. Donna's Corner - Earthquake!

We Need Each Other!

A few days ago, on my way to Maui for a DTS, as I was just about to board my flight in San Francisco, I heard one of those dreaded announcements; "Your flight has been cancelled," and then, "There has been an earthquake in Hawaii. All flights have been cancelled and the ones in the air are returning. We can book you a flight tomorrow morning, but at this point we don't know if there will be any flights to the Islands; or we can book you to return home as soon as possible."

I didn't know what to do. Here I was, alone in the San Francisco airport. With tears running down my cheeks, I prayed, "God, I need grace, please help me know what to do." There would be no flight until the next day, so it was off to a hotel for the night.

 I was really confused, because I could hear this quiet voice saying, "Go home." I only wanted to be obedient to God. As I left home, just a few hours before the earthquake, I sensed God saying that He was going to do powerful things on this trip. Was the earthquake the 'powerful thing'?

I learned a lot! I started getting ready to go home, as the voice I heard sounded just like God, "Return home," but I couldn't understand why. Peter and I pray about every invitation and I had accepted several speaking engagements - DTSs and churches, on Maui, Oahu and the Big Island for the three weeks that I was to be away.

The voices of others were calling too, "Come home." It would be much easier to return home, be in a safe place and focus on my daughter Laurie's upcoming wedding. I said, "Lord, if you want me to go home, please confirm it. I only want to do your will." By now I was sitting alone in a hotel room, weak and cold, watching the news about the earthquake and trying to know what God was saying to me - I wanted His will.

 An hour or so after I prayed, two phone calls came from Maui, both from prophetic intercessors, one form the DTS director and the other from a businessman and pastor. They both said, "We believe you are supposed to come, God hasn't shown us you are to return home. You are needed." Then the peace of the Holy Spirit came, with His confirming word, "Persevere."
I phoned Peter, who was away from home, and he said, "I have peace you are to continue, I just wanted to know that it was safe."

What I realized was that the enemy can counterfeit the voice of God, if you are in 'shock' or emotionally upset; that's when we really need others! My flesh wanted to be in a safe and comfortable place, but my heart wanted to be obedient to God. In all this I hadn't taken a stand against the enemy.

What if my two friends in Maui hadn't been obedient to God in phoning me? In times of stress especially, we need others who are listening to God and walking in obedience! Together we will see His Kingdom come, His will be done.
Be encouraged and ". . . let us encourage others - all the more as you see the Day approaching." (Hebrews 10:25)

Love & Blessings,

6.Gatherings Down Under & More

January 14-20, Sydney, Australia with David Demian (Watchmen for the Nations)and with Peter & Donna Jordan, Contact: Peter West at westfolk@ozemail.com.au

 And then . . . Across the Tasman Sea to New Zealand for a unique Gathering/Camp
 January 20-27, Orama, on beautiful Great Barrier Island near Auckland -
 "Restoring the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers . . ." with John Dawson & David Demian; and with Peter & Donna Jordan.

Contact: Jeanetta McQuoid, rjmcquoid@xnet.co.nz or go to www.malachi-4-6.com

Looking even farther ahead, here's a sneak preview; June 4-8 (Korean - a first!) and June 10-16 (English) there will be two Gatherings in Chico, California . . .

Watch this space for more details in future editions of eTouch.

And for Europe's Summer Camps, contact Roy Jones, 
info@intouchcamps.com or go to www.intouchcamps.com

Dale Stone sends us this little heartwarming - yet challenging - story about Richard Wurmbrand, champion of the persecuted church throughout the world:
Wurmbrand, a pastor in Bucharest, told his young son Mihai, that what we give up on earth we will have in heaven. He had only one suit to wear but one day a church member gave him a brand new suit. Before he wore it even once, another member came asking for help - he needed a suit to wear to a job interview. Wurmbrand was happy to have something to do with his old suit, so he started to offer it to the man who needed it. His son Mihai interrupted, "Father, which suit do you want to wear in heaven?" Wurmbrand gave the man the brand new one.

Richard Wurmbrand claimed his new suit in February 2001. Maybe he has a rackful of new suits today. How many never-worn items of clothing are in your closet?

 That's all folks, except I'll leave you with the title of my next book . . .

"Conquering Procrastination - Sooner or Later"

Peter Jordan