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Wesleyan men’s golf squad takes Dallas Baptist invitational

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By Josh Lacy
Special to Inside The Pew

DALLAS – The third-ranked Texas Wesleyan University men’s golf team notched  the program’s 197th win overall and second win of the season by taking the Dallas Baptist Patriot Invitational at the Golf Club of Dallas on April 10.

On April 9, the team posted the second best single round in the storied history of the program with an opening round of 269.  A second round of 284 put them at the program’s second best score through 36 holes and gave them a three stroke lead heading into Tuesday’s final round.

Nathan Anderson placed final round 282 with a card of 69. That round was not quite enough to catch the 1961 team’s performance at the Abilene Intercollegiate (a 54-hole score of 835 was again the program’s second best all-time), but it was good enough to run away from the field.  The Rams took the tournament by 13 shots over Lubbock Christian University, while top-ranked Oklahoma Christian University finished third at 849.

Meanwhile, Anderson’s 69 put him at -3 (207) for the tournament a vaulted him from a tie for eighth to the top of the leader board. Anderson finished in a tie with DBU’s Brandon Johnson and St. Edward’s University’s Santiago Quintero.  After a playoff that went three holes, Johnson prevailed as the individual medalist.

Zach Monson shot even par on Tuesday to finish in a tie for fourth, one stroke behind Anderson.  Jose Rolz shot 72 on Tuesday to tie for 14th (210) in the field of 96 individuals.  Joel Thelen shot 71 and tied for 17th at 211.  Dillon

Watkins shot a round of 76 on Tuesday and tied for 34th (217).  Dylan Anthony also competed as an individual and placed 67th with a score of 224.

The tournament was the final regular season action for the Rams.  They will compete for a ninth consecutive Red River Athletic Conference Championship when they take the course at Teravista in Round Rock, April 16-17.

Nearly 10,000 gather to hear Will Graham speak at Texas celebrations

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Special to Inside The Pew

Approximately 9,475 Texans heard inspiring messages of forgiveness, hope and purpose from evangelist Will Graham as he held the Red River Will Graham Celebration in Gainesville, March 16-18, and the Trinity Valley Will Graham Celebration in Terrell, March 23-25. More than 400 came forward at the invitation to make a decision for Jesus at the two events.

“We live in a world that says it’s all about you. But that’s not what the Bible says,” said Graham. “The Bible says that if you

Will Graham

want to be satisfied, you need to make God a priority in your life and make it less about you. The only way you can fulfill your purpose is to surrender your life into God’s hand.”

Dena Risinger, who chaired the Celebration executive committee in Terrell, said, “When we began this process many months ago, we assumed that this weekend would be a destination. Now I realize that this is just the beginning, and God has even more in store for our area.”

Johnny Leftwich, who chaired the Gainesville outreach, shared, “It’s been great to see the cooperation that we’ve had; hundreds of volunteers, people coming together not only in our community, but in our county. It’s been quite a joy watching people working together for one purpose and one purpose only: to see others begin a relationship with Jesus Christ.”

Graham was joined on-stage throughout the two events by a variety of musical acts. The Red River Celebration featured The Afters, one of today’s top Christian rock bands, who have had songs featured on many television shows, including “The Biggest Loser” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” The audience also had the opportunity to hear from the Northern Ireland-based Rend Collective Experiment, and hip-hop artist Tedashii.

The Trinity Valley Celebration featured music from Grammy Award-nominated band Fireflight and singer-songwriter Brenton Brown, along with Rend Collective Experiment and Tedashii.

Both Celebrations dedicated a morning to children with KidzFest events, featuring bounce houses, balloon animals, games, and a program tailored just for them by children’s performer Tommy Toombs.

Just prior to leaving for Texas, Graham was featured in a two-page article in People magazine. “I’m not used to that kind of attention,” said Graham. “It was very kind of them to do that, and the folks at People were great to work with. I’m very appreciative and very humbled to have had that opportunity.”

South Asia women bring Gospel to their communities

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ASSIST News Service

The other piece of the puzzle when it comes to raising up leaders in church ministry and outreach, Gospel for Asia-supported pastors don’t only look to the men in their congregations. They believe the women are just as important in bringing the Gospel to their communities and beyond.

GFA’s Women’s Fellowship groups help women grow in God’s Word, learn to share His love with their neighbors and receive basic education that may have been denied them as young girls.

Encouragement to Continue On

One Women’s Fellowship group worked together to hold two special services in neighboring villages in January. These were times for pastors’ wives and women missionaries to fellowship and learn with their fellow sisters in Christ, who were part of local church congregations.

Local pastors helped the women set up and prepare for the services, excited to help the women grow in the Lord.

Conferences like these, held in southern Asia, are rare chances for Christian women to fellowship with others beyond their local church.

During the sessions, pastors’ wives taught the women about God’s desire to work through them for His Kingdom. They taught that God does not consider women to be less important than men, as their culture often tells them, but that He loves them equally and has great plans for them.

Many of the women, relieved to hear this message, shared with joy and tears how God had spoken to their hearts.

Conference Leads to New Fellowship

In another region of South Asia, Women’s Fellowship members organized a large convention for 534 women representing 86 local churches spread throughout a large area.

The women worked hard to prepare the convention. Organizing the event even turned into a ministry opportunity. They shared Christ with the conference hall managers, who responded with interest. In the midst of the event planning, the women decided to start a new fellowship group in the area!

When the conference started, the sound of hundreds of women worshiping God in their own language filled the room. Then two leaders’ wives shared messages to encourage the women in their walk with the Lord and in their ministry to their neighbors.

Eager to learn, many of the women recorded the messages on their cell phones so they could listen again and share it with other women who couldn’t attend.

During the three-day convention, the ladies also performed cultural programs, took an offering for their outreach and participated in a Scripture memory competition.

The women went home with many new ideas and motivation from the Lord.

“We hope that all the women will shine like bright morning stars in the days to come!” wrote a GFA field correspondent.

Read more about how God is working through the women of Asia at www.gfa.org/womens-ministry/womens-ministry-about/.


‘God healed my wife of breast cancer’

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By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries

Vasiliy Voytovich, one of the pastors at the Full Gospel Church in Dunedin, Fla., agreed to share with the ASSIST News Service how “God healed my wife of breast cancer.”

Voytovich, who is also the President of God Heals Broken Hearts Ministries (www.godhealsbrokenhearts.org/), movingly told the story of how his wife, Lyubov, who was 32 at that time, first discovered she had a lump in her breast.

“It was back 1955, when we were living in the small town Stebnic in the west of Ukraine, that she first she had pain in her left breast and noticed lump

Vasiliy Voytovich and wife, Lyubov

there,” he said. “She went to have it checked out and the doctors, who had not yet discussed surgery, started her treatment with chemotherapy. It was then that I felt prompted of the Lord to pray for her complete healing.

“So I gathered my children together — older son Nikolay 14, daughter Nina 12, and youngest son Vitaliy 10 — and we began to pray for a miracle.”

“At that time, she felt a pressure in her throat and chest and she was so scared that she was dying and yet here we were all praying for her healing. She felt so bad and, at that time was not even praying, just crying.

“However, our prayers were so powerful that, after asking for her healing, we started to thank God for His answer. Then my wife said that in the background she heard a voice that said, ‘BELIEVE.’ She then asked what she had to believe, as she wasn’t even praying or asking about anything.

“She heard us thanking God for her healing, and so she asked God: ‘Do I have to believe that I am healed’ and she heard the reply, ‘Yes!’ After our prayer we knew that she had been healed and were so happy about the miracle.

I asked my wife to check to see if the lump disappeared, but she was not ready at that time. We waited for few days and then went to see the lady doctor who had initially diagnosed her. I was able to observe the change on the doctor’s face when she couldn’t find anything.

“I told the physician not to be surprised, as we had prayed for a miracle and I added, ‘She is healed now. That is why you cannot find anything.’ She replied: ‘You are blessed that you can believe.’

“An X-ray was performed and it confirmed that she was now free from cancer,” he said. “Three years later, when we moved to USA, a biopsy was performed because of my wife’s history of cancer and the chemotherapy treatment, and it was confirmed again that she was cancer free and this has continued with yearly mammograms.”

He went on to say, “It is very much strengthened our faith (me, my wife, and our children) and it showed us how powerful is our God even today. He has His plans for us. He loves us very much and now we share that good news with others who needs that encouragement.”

Besides his pastoral work at the Full Gospel Church in Dunedin, Florida, he also works at the local Health Department and his wife is an RN at Largo Medical Center.

“In our church we have 150 members (Russians and mainly Ukrainians, with some Polish, Hispanic and English people,” he said.

This pastor and his family have truly learned from this healing that indeed, “God Heals Broken Hearts.”

Note: Vasiliy Voytovich, is also the founder of the Happy Family (www.happyfamilymag.com) Christian online magazine. He can be contacted by e-mail at: voytovichv@gmail.com


Muse: What to do when forgiving is the hardest thing

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By Pastor Grelan Muse Sr.
Inside The Pew

Remember the talkshow from years back called “Forgive or Forget”?

The program was hosted by Mother Love and Robin Givens, and individuals went on the show to discuss horrible events in their lives. The offender and the hurt individual discussed the situation amongst themselves and with the audience. At the end of each segment, the host asked the hurt individual if he or she would forgive or forget the act.

For some people, that is a difficult question to answer. Do you forgive the person yet never forget what they did? Or, do you hang on to the anguish and anger of the past wrong?

One of our followers on Twitter presented a thought-provoking answer to the question. He posted his answer as a health tip: “Pray for then sincerely FORGIVE someone who hurt you and you’ll soon feel better spiritually AND physically.”

Possessing a negative mind keeps you from experiencing the peace Christ Jesus has given to each of us. Do not allow the past to dictate your future. Colossians 3:13 reads, “Forgive as the Lord forgave you” (NIV). It is God who forgives us daily for our missteps, so it is only fitting that you pray to overcome your woes, and pray for the person who has offended you. I will admit that forgiveness is a hard step to take, but as Christians we must let it go and move on. Forgiveness is the just thing to do, and it is required because our Heavenly Father tells us to do so. Paul said in Romans 12:12 and Romans 12:17 that we must be patient in affliction and faithful in prayer and not repay evil for evil (NIV).

There are many people I have encountered through the years in ministry who have been hurt by a loved one – mother, father, sibling, spouse, etc. There seems to be no closure in their minds or in their hearts. What eventually happens is these individuals began to transfer their negative energy onto other people. But, praying, shedding some tears, and talking about their situation will allow people to release that negative energy and live a renewed life that is not filled with stress.

It is my prayer that individuals who deal with forgiving someone remember that Christ promises in Matthew 6: 14-15 that “if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men of their sins, Your Father will not forgive your sins.”

Grelan Muse Sr. is founder of Emanuel and The Mainline Ministries Inc. (www.emmnetwork.org), a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, and Inside The Pew (www.insidethepew.net). Connect with us @PewTalk on Twitter and @Inside The Pew on Facebook.