October News Update 2014

John & Mary are based in Singapore. John serves as the Director of World Outreach International (WOI), a multiracial fellowship of Christians and ministries focused on the least reached peoples of the world. WOI has more than 350 fulltime personnel serving in over 60 nations on five continents. John heads an executive team of senior missionaries, pastors and a board of leaders who oversee the field personnel, various ministries and WOI bases, around the world.

Dear Friends, What a year 2014 has been to-date!  At last month’s UN meeting of world leaders in New York, the Secretary General listed what seemed like a myriad of natural & man-made disasters / tragedies to have hit the world this year, stating there has never been so many major crises happening in one year all demanding intervention. The world’s attention (& rightly so) seems to be very much on the atrocities and evil personified being committed by ISIS in Iraq & Syria right now. In Egypt, the WO team led by Nathan Bassaly is involved in helping approx. 1,000 families from Syria of mostly women, children & elderly who have fled the fighting.

Then there is the Ebola virus pandemic, the severity of which is now starting to register with major world powers. We, the Body of Christ, can sometimes feel a little helpless in knowing how to respond to such crisis times – other than via prayer – which we should be doing! The words of Joseph in Genesis 50 where he says, (paraphrased) “what was intended for evil, God turned for good,” is a hope we must hold onto.  On the other hand there is a lot of good things happening in the world of missions.

John, MC Coetzee & Rod Talbot in South Africa.

John, MC Coetzee & Rod Talbot in South Africa.

Africa. There is a genuine sense that the Holy Spirit is doing a new thing on this continent, ie. in the north, south, east & the west! During our visit there mid-year we heard testimony after testimony of breakthroughs, a greater awareness of the presence of God, and the best of all – lots of souls been saved! The sense of a ‘new thing’ happening within the team of WO in South Africa, was also very tangible. Opportunities to form new strategic ministry partnerships, as well as new & open doors to minister in universities are ever before the WO team. Praise God!

Nations Course. The two World Outreach (WO) 6 week intensive cross cultural Nations Courses held in South Africa and Thailand this year went very well. In total 36 personnel from 16 countries attended. The modules were considered up-skill training for the seasoned missionaries who attended, whereas newer personnel found the material very insightful and extremely helpful. The second course was held in northern Thailand. The first Nations Course for 2015 will be held from April 26 to June 05 in Chiangmai.

Nations Course participants & facilitators in Thailand

Nations Course participants & facilitators in Thailand

New Applications. In the two WO prayer & fasting focuses in the months of January & July for the past two years, a major prayer theme has been the cry for more workers!  Last year saw WO endorse 23 new applications of folk wanting to serve with the organization, and as of last month another 22 have been accepted this year. Thank you Jesus!  With mission opportunities abounding on different continents today, the prayer cry for even more workers continues.

WOW. A World Outreach Women’s (WOW) retreat was held in Chiangmai, Thailand last month – the first of its kind for women serving in the Asia region. Mary spoke and participated in what all attendees declared was a truly wonderful time together. There was lots of laughter, occasional tears, moving times of praise, worship & prayer, impacting times of ministry, excellent food – all at an amazing retreat facility. The WOW were all of one voice in saying ‘it all ended too soon!’  It seems another similar gathering will happen in the near future.

The WOW delegation

The WOW delegation

WO2020. At a recent 5 day gathering of WO leaders in Singapore, we felt inspired of the Holy Spirit to not just be thinking 2014/15 when needing to make decisions, but also have in mind the year 2020, and discern what decisions we in WO leadership need to be making now for the future, so that the organization will also be both relevant & effective 5 years from now.  Some faith inspired prayer and discussion times made each day truly memorable. We will be sharing some of the outcomes with our different field personnel in the coming months.

Farewell.  After 3 years of amazing service as the WO Communications Manager, we have bid farewell to Donna Elliott who will be taking up a new ministry role with the WO Jesus Family ministry team in Osaka, Japan starting this month. Donna will be sorely missed by her Singapore teammates, and of course by those in the wider Mission. Rachel McColl will be taking over from Donna. More about her in the next news update.

Donna’s farewell Singapore team dinner

Donna’s farewell Singapore team dinner

Ahead. This month John will speak in America to some Spanish leaders (& their congregations) about how they can become more involved in missions – beyond the Spanish speaking world.  In November we will visit WO bases in both the UK and Europe, including celebrating the 25th anniversary of WO-Holland. Come December John will travel to Bangladesh to speak at the graduation service of the WO sponsored Christian Discipleship Centre (CDC) led by Vijaya Chowdhuri.

2015. Do set aside 08 – 12 June next year to join us at the WO Global Conference set for Chiangmai, northern Thailand. WO folk from all parts of the globe will be coming together – and you are welcome also!  Information on this very significant WO event will be on our website shortly.

In Closing. We have taken a bit of a hit re personal financial support this year, as a result of a change of circumstances with a couple of faithful & long standing ministry partners. Our role in WO is a non-salaried one, and we remain extremely grateful to the Lord, and honoured, to serve such a wonderful group of people. Please pray with us about this need. If you are not already aware, donations (via Paypal & Eway) can be made through the WO website ‘Blessing Centre’ at www.world-outreach.com/product-category/bless-a-woi-missionary  Your practical and prayer partnership continues to bless and encourage us greatly.

Thank you.

John & Mary Elliott

This is the personal newsletter of John & Mary Elliott, World Outreach International Director. As with all other World Outreach missionary personnel, John & Mary are non-salaried and trust the Lord each month to supply their personal needs.  With the change of circumstances for some of their long serving financial partners, John & Mary need to increase their personal support base. If you would like to financially partner with them, you can do so by sending support to any World Outreach International country office. Please clearly designate your gift when it is sent via a WO office. You can advise John & Mary via email:  john.elliott@world-outreach.com  They are happy to share more information with you.

World Outreach Country Offices:

  • New Zealand: P O Box 97230 Manukau 2241.
  • Australia: PO Box 5000 Sunshine Coast MC Qld 4560
  • Singapore: 2 Kallang Avenue, #04-09 CT Hub, Singapore 339407
  • Holland: PO Box 2549, 2002RA Haarlem.
  • USA: 615 East Sego Lily Drive, Sandy UT 84070.
  • UK: PO Box 9256, Market Harborough, LE16 0FH, UK

May News Update 2014

John & Mary are based in Singapore. John serves as the Director of World Outreach International (WOI), a multiracial fellowship of Christians and ministries focused on the least reached peoples of the world. WOI has more than 350 fulltime personnel serving in over 60 nations on five continents. John heads an executive team of senior missionaries, pastors and a board of leaders who oversee the field personnel, various ministries and WOI bases, around the world.

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John & Mary

Dear Friends,The first four months of 2014 have been full on for us, involving annual World Outreach International (WOI) prayer & planning meetings in Singapore, NZ and Australia, also visits to WOI teams based in neighbouring countries, and of course the wedding of David and Penny.

East-West Wedding. On a perfect weather day and picture book setting, David tied the knot with the lovely Penny in Northland, NZ on March 08. This was followed by three more wedding celebration dinners, ie in Chennai (Penny’s home city), Singapore (where they met five years ago) and Penang (where they are based). To be expected, each celebration was memorable, fun and very colourful.

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David & Penny

Nations Course. Head WOI facilitator, Hendrik V, reckons the most recent six-week WOI cross-cultural Nations course held in South Africa this past March/April period, was the best ever! Some 12 participants serving in six African nations attended. Feedback from them helped back up Hendrik’s assessment. More than 220 WOI field personnel have now undertaken this great course. Two courses are held each year with the next set for Thailand this June / July.

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Nations course graduates in South Africa

2014-Nations-CoverTestimonies. I do hope you receive and read our Nation magazine. It is full of wonderful testimonies of what the Holy Spirit is doing through ordinary people on different continents today. These faith inspiring testimonies hopefully encourage folk to believe the same can happen where they are living also. Why not!  When we spend time with our WOI missionaries, just listening to them give account of what the Holy Spirit does through them (& through the locals they are training), we can tell that their own faith is very much alive and hungry for more of God.

Opportunity To Serve. After three years of dedicated service, Donna Elliott will step down as WOI Communications Manager this August. WOI is on the lookout for a Senior Graphic Designer to serve WOI and in turn all those serving with the Mission. Please help us make this important vacancy known.

Ahead. One of the many joys in what we do is spend time with (potential) new missionaries and help answer their many questions. The next three months will see us involved in this and other WOI assignments in South Africa, Australia, Malaysia, and of course Singapore.

In Closing. We are extremely grateful to the Lord and to those who financially partner with us in our non-salaried position as WOI ID. Your practical and prayer partnership truly encourages us.

Thank you.

John & Mary Elliott

This is the personal newsletter of John & Mary Elliott, World Outreach International Director. As with all other World Outreach missionary personnel, John & Mary are non-salaried and trust the Lord each month to supply their personal needs. With the change of circumstances for some of their long serving financial partners, John & Mary need to increase their personal support base. If you would like to financially partner with them, you can do so by sending support to any World Outreach International country office. Please clearly designate your gift when it is sent via a WOI office. You can advise John & Mary via email:  john.elliott@world-outreach.com  They are happy to share more information with you. You can also donate via our website: www.world-outreach.com

World Outreach Country Offices:

  • New Zealand: P O Box 97230 Manukau 2241.
  • Australia: PO Box 5000 Sunshine Coast MC Qld 4560
  • Singapore: 2 Kallang Avenue, #04-09 CT Hub, Singapore 339407
  • Holland: PO Box 2549, 2002RA Haarlem.
  • USA: 615 East Sego Lily Drive, Sandy UT 84070.
  • UK: PO Box 9256, Market Harborough, LE16 0FH, UK

December News Update 2013

John and Mary are based in Singapore. John serves as the Director of World Outreach International (WOI), a multiracial fellowship of Christians and ministries focused on the least reached peoples of the world. WOI has more than 350 fulltime personnel serving in over 60 nations on five continents. John heads an executive team of senior missionaries, pastors and a board of leaders who oversee the field personnel, various ministries and WOI bases around the world.

Dear Friends,

Season Greetings! We trust that the coming Christmas and New Year celebrations will not only be enjoyable with family and friends, but also a time for all of us to reflect back over 2013 and also to look forward to another new year of opportunities in serving the Lord.

There were a number of highlights for us this year:

Family Tribe Visit. We had the joy of our three children, their respective spouses and all of our five grandchildren with us for two weeks in January.  It was also a joy for us to have Penny, David’s then girlfriend (now fiancé), join us during that time where she got to meet the rest of the family. It was truly a great way to start 2013. A fun time was had by all.20130108_134726

Field Visits. Spending quality time to strategize with key World Outreach International (WOI) leaders in Asia, Africa and Europe is always great time and resources well spent in our annual calendar. We come away from such times together with a greater appreciation of the sacrifices and commitment they all make – along with a renewed determination to represent them and their vision well.

Church Visits. Whether in Asia or elsewhere, speaking in churches and keeping congregations informed of the exciting developments taking place in global missions, is always a bonus for us. Often times we hear people say they are unaware of ‘good news’ things happening. One example springs to mind, is that 11 of the 20 nations identified as places where evangelical Christianity is growing the fastest in the world– are Islamic nations. There is much taking place in regions of the world that you won’t read or hear about via any media – but happening it is, Praise the Lord!!

Leadership Visits. Twice a year in Singapore we host 10-12 days of gatherings including experienced, as well as ‘up-and-coming’ leaders, from within the organisation. We love investing ourselves in such quality people, who also help us in the day-to-day running of WOI. We continually thank the Lord for them.

For our ministry partners who faithfully stand with us in the cause of world mission, a BIG thank you – again!  We so need you! Nothing of eternal worth happens unless born in prayer, and we so appreciate those who link arms with us in prayer and intercession, asking for the Lord’s leading, protection and provision. We can’t do what we are called to do unless the Lord aligns hearts with us.

We praise God for you. Merry Christmas!

With much love,

John & Mary Elliott

This is the personal newsletter of John & Mary Elliott, World Outreach International Director. Along with all other WOI missionary personnel, John & Mary are non-salaried and trust the Lord each month to supply their personal needs. For those who would like to financially partner with John & Mary, you can do so by sending support to any World Outreach International country office listed below. Please clearly designate your gift when it is sent and email us at john.elliott@world-outreach.com. You can also donate via our website: www.world-outreach.com

World Outreach Country Offices:

  • New Zealand: P O Box 97230 Manukau 2241.
  • Australia: PO Box 5000 Sunshine Coast MC Qld 4560
  • Singapore: Ghim Moh Post Office, PO Box 048, Singapore 912732
  • Holland: PO Box 2549, 2002RA Haarlem.
  • USA: 615 East Sego Lily Drive, Sandy UT 84070.
  • UK: PO Box 9256, Market Harborough, LE16 0FH, UK

September News Update 2013

John and Mary are based in Singapore. John serves as the Director of World Outreach International (WOI), a multiracial fellowship of Christians and ministries focused on the least reached peoples of the world. WOI has more than 350 fulltime personnel serving in over 60 nations on five continents. John heads an executive team of senior missionaries, pastors and a board of leaders who oversee the field personnel, various ministries and WOI bases around the world.

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Singapore!  Some exciting developments and events have happened that we want to share with you.

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David & Penny at their engagement party.

David’s Engaged! Our youngest son David, sprang a surprise on his long-time girlfriend, Penny, when he travelled to Chennai, India earlier this month to pop the question! Although Penny’s parents and siblings were aware of David’s plans (as were we), Penny had no idea what was about to happen. She was called home from their church around 5pm on a Thursday night and brought up to the roof top of their apartment block where David and some local musician friends struck up the notes for David to sing Franky Valli’s song, “I can’t take my eyes off you.” He is a real romantic like his dad!!  “Yeah, right,” says Mary!!  John-&-Mary-'13He sang really well to a stunned young lady who eventually had a beaming smile on her face. With the song completed, he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. With the biggest smile ever, she said, YES!!  Penny’s family and ourselves were all obscured from her view at first, and we came out of our hiding places as he proposed. We are thrilled for them both. They plan to marry in NZ next March 08, then have another wedding ‘celebration’ in Chennai later the same month.      

2013-08-03-11.49.54WOI Meetings.  There have been a series of annual WOI leadership meetings in Singapore last month that coincided with the official opening and dedication of the new debt free WO International Office. It was great to celebrate God’s amazing provision with colleagues and friends. This year WOI has also launched five regional vision teams (RVTs), ie two in Africa and three in Asia. One outcome we are hoping from these strategic gatherings is to identify future candidates for consideration as regional leaders, who will relate to field personnel.  As we write this three RVTs have taken place in West Kalimantan (Indonesia), Mozambique and Thailand. The India sub-continent and West Africa are still to happen. We have been greatly encouraged by listening to what the Holy Spirit is saying through the participants about future ministry developments in their respective regions. These are exciting times.

Cover-frontNew Mission DVD.  WOI has just produced a 3-part teaching DVD series on cross-cultural mission designed for local church small groups. The goal of this series is to help Christian people understand the nature and challenge of missions through discussion and reflection. Check out the promo on the WOI website www.world-outreach.com  A small manual / notes comes with it. A great investment for your church programme in 2014!

legacy_logo_final_CS4_140513pOn-Line Legacy Magazine.  Those who know WOI are very familiar with our popular NATIONS magazine. Now we have launched a really topical and relevant on-line LEGACYMAGAZINE that covers a variety of issues. Check out the following link: legacymagazine.org

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House church meeting of new believers in Thailand.

Ministry Highlights.  The Holy Spirit continues to ‘WOW’ us by doing mind blowing and heart-warming things through different WOI teams. Despite the political chaos as well as social and economic upheaval in Egypt this year, WOI director there, Nathan Bassaly, reports thousands of former Muslims have now become followers of Jesus Christ. Other ministries there that WOI know, are reporting the same news. In Thailand, John & Nok, who head up a village house church movement, tell of literal miracles and numerous healings as new Thai believers reach out in witness and prayer to their Thai neighbours. Whole households have come to the Lord.  Our son David and the WOI church planting team he is working with in Cambodia, report 3-5 fold multiplication of village house churches planted within a 3-week period since their previous visit in going there to teach and train new believers on how to share their testimony and pray for the sick.

Nation Course delegation in South Africa earlier this year.

Nations delegation in South Africa earlier in 2012.

Nations Course. The second WOI 6-week intensive cross-cultural training course began in Chiang Mai, Thailand on September 15. There was another good intake with 26 missionaries and/or missionaries to-be in training, participating from such countries as Australia, NZ, Korea, USA, Philippines, Indonesia, Germany, Belgium, Holland and the UK.  WOI will be conducting two more Nations Courses in 2014, one in South Africa (Mar/Apr) and in Thailand in the second half of the year. If you know of people who could benefit from attending a  training course of different cross cultural modules, then get in touch with us.

Opportunities To Serve.  If you know of any English teachers that would be willing to serve in either a language centre in Thailand or a school in N-E India for 12 months in 2014, then please have them contact us.  The need for both is quite urgent.

Coming Up.  We will be ‘on the road’ for much of the rest of the year with WOI meetings, speaking engagements and appointments in Australia, NZ, England, Europe, Malaysia and Bangladesh. Challenging but also exciting assignments ahead. We really do appreciate you covering us in regular prayer.  This year we have felt more spiritual opposition than in previous years.

In Closing. We are so thankful to the Lord for His faithfulness.  We know we are where He wants us to be, doing what He has called us to.  Your practical partnership and encouragement blesses our hearts. Thank you.

John & Mary Elliott

This is the personal newsletter of John & Mary Elliott, World Outreach International Director. Along with all other WOI missionary personnel, John & Mary are non-salaried and trust the Lord each month to supply their personal needs. For those who would like to financially partner with John & Mary, you can do so by sending support to any World Outreach International country office listed below. Please clearly designate your gift when it is sent and email us at john.elliott@world-outreach.com. You can also donate via our website: www.world-outreach.com

World Outreach Country Offices:

  • New Zealand: P O Box 97230 Manukau 2241.
  • Australia: PO Box 5000 Sunshine Coast MC Qld 4560
  • Singapore: Ghim Moh Post Office, PO Box 048, Singapore 912732
  • Holland: PO Box 2549, 2002RA Haarlem.
  • USA: 615 East Sego Lily Drive, Sandy UT 84070.
  • UK: PO Box 9256, Market Harborough, LE16 0FH, UK

April News Update 2013

John & Mary are based in Singapore. John serves as the Director of World Outreach International (WOI), a multiracial fellowship of Christians and ministries focused on the Least Reached Peoples of the world. WOI has more than 350 fulltime personnel serving in over 60 nations on five continents. John heads an executive team of senior missionaries, pastors and business leaders who oversee the field personnel, various ministries and WO bases, around the world.

Dear Friends,

Greetings! We trust your Easter celebrations went well.

Elliott family reunion

Elliott family reunion

Family Reunion. This year could not have started better for us in that we had the joy of having our three adult children, their respective spouses (except for David), and five grandchildren with us for the first two weeks of January. Much fun was had by all. Our little two-bedroom apartment at times was unrecognizable when 12, (sometimes more) people gathered to eat together and/or make plans for the day. It has been more than 20 years since our three, Deborah, Stephen and David, have all been in Singapore together.  Singaporean friends spoilt them all, making their time here most memorable.

Participants at the WOI leadership strategy review

Participants at the WOI leadership strategy review

WOI Meetings. It has been standard practice for some time now that the period from late January through to mid-February is ideal for different leaders within World Outreach International (WOI), to get together in Singapore to pray, talk, and strategize for the year ahead.  Three weeks of inspired, high powered, brain storming and/or brain draining meetings was the limit for most. As a result some exciting new ministry initiatives are to be launched during the second half of the year.

John ‘relaxing’ on holiday

John ‘relaxing’ on holiday

Time Out. One half of our annual holidays is usually tagged with a visit to NZ for a WOI and a WOI-NZ Board meeting in the February/March period. We have a favourite holiday destination up in Northland by a rolling surf beach where John’s parents built a simple, yet sturdy holiday home just after WW2. The seaside ‘bach’ (house) as it is known, has needed some long overdue repairs and painting. While we had some great walks on the huge white sandy beach and enjoyed the magnificent beauty of the area, most free time was spent painting sections of the exterior (John), and fixing things inside (Mary), so there was little time for fishing. John let the fish know he would be back!!

Moving Office. Just before Easter the WOI team in Singapore were packing up for a shift to our new office on the outskirts of the CBD. It was an emotional time for some long-serving team members who have enjoyed the very comfortable (rental) facilities these past 16 years.  Unfortunately there have been a number of delays in getting the keys, various permits and the renovation contractors started, so we won’t move into the new office until late April. In the meantime most team members will work from their respective homes. We continue to rejoice and praise the Lord for His provision of this new debt-free office.

New believers in Thai prison being water baptized

New believers in Thai prison being water baptized

Ministry Highlights. The Holy Spirit continues to do mind-blowing and heart-warming things through different WOI teams. Lorraine Dierck, WOI Thailand field leader, was in Singapore recently and shared testimonies of some wonderful breakthroughs. Her colleague, WOI Thai mission partners John and Nok and their team, tell of literal signs and wonders happening, resulting in whole families having come to Christ. Also some 18 monks and at least seven prisoners have been water baptized.  There is also testimony of a new believer who experienced a bumper crop of corn when he obediently obeyed the voice of the Lord to plant seed when local growing conditions were at their worst. John and Nok’s teams have recorded more than 12,000 baptisms in the past two years! All praise to the Lord.

Coming Up. We will be ‘on the road’ for most of May and the first part of June – in Europe and South Africa, for various WOI assignments.  In South Africa we will be putting plans in place for the launching of new deployment centres in key ‘least reached people’ group regions. In July the first of four WOI Regional Vision Teams for the year will take place, this one in West Kalimantan, Indonesia.  Exciting times ahead.

In Closing. We continue to thank the Lord for His faithful provision these many years. We know we are where He wants us to be, doing what He has called us to. Your partnership greatly encourages and blesses our hearts. Thank you.

John & Mary Elliott

This is the personal newsletter of John & Mary Elliott, World Outreach International Director. Along with all other WOI missionary personnel, John & Mary are non-salaried and trust the Lord each month to supply their personal needs. For those who would like to financially partner with John & Mary, you can do so by sending support to any World Outreach International country office listed below. Please clearly designate your gift when it is sent and email us at john.elliott@world-outreach.com. You can also donate via our website: www.world-outreach.com

World Outreach Country Offices:

  • New Zealand: P O Box 97230 Manukau 2241.
  • Australia: PO Box 5000 Sunshine Coast MC Qld 4560
  • Singapore: Ghim Moh Post Office, PO Box 048, Singapore 912732
  • Holland: PO Box 2549, 2002RA Haarlem.
  • USA: 615 East Sego Lily Drive, Sandy UT 84070.
  • UK: PO Box 9256, Market Harborough, LE16 0FH, UK

December News Update

John & Mary are based in Singapore. John serves as the Director of World Outreach International (WOI), a multiracial fellowship of Christians and ministries focused on the least reached peoples of the world. WOI has more than 350 fulltime personnel serving in over 60 nations on five continents. John heads an executive team of senior missionaries, pastors and business leaders who oversee the field personnel, various ministries and WO bases, around the world.

Dear Friends,

Season Greetings! We are coming to the end of what has truly been a wonderful celebration time for WOI in this our 80th anniversary year. Our hearts continue to be full of praise to the Lord for His goodness and faithfulness. Reports from different continents tell of large numbers of new believers declaring their faith and trust in the Lord. Praise His Name! Ironically, I cannot recall a year where so many WOI personnel have been hit with illness, some very serious.

Mary with the Thurstons and Weavers.

Recent Travels. Last month we visited WOI country offices in England and Holland for annual board meetings, and spent time with Holland-based WOI missionaries, Trevor and Kay Weavers. John also ministered in a number of churches in both nations. The Christian community here has not been immune to the tough economic times that continue to plague Europe. Ministry feedback from folk was that they were so encouraged to hear of what the Lord is doing – elsewhere. It would seem that not much ‘good news’ is shared from European pulpits these days about the global work of the Holy Spirit. At the same time we also met with different couples who are in the process of applying to join WOI. They are quality people!  This year WOI has seen a steady increase in applications, with some 46 in the pipeline at this time.

With Patricia Green.

Germany. We were able to make adjustments to our schedule so we could visit Patricia Green for a day in Berlin. She seemed to be very pleased and encouraged by our visit. Patricia had just concluded eight weeks of treatment for a cancerous tumour lodged behind her nose / right cheek.  Praise the Lord, her doctors are very pleased with the MRI scan done recently that shows the tumour is continuing to shrink. To use her doctor’s precise word, the results are “exceptional.”  The night before we left, we visited Patricia’s Alabaster Jar team that reaches out to the prostitutes soliciting on the streets of Berlin.

With the Alabaster Jar team.

For some years now WOI has been in a ministry partnership with Globe Europe (GE), led by Brad & Jan Thurston. WOI has some excellent GE personnel serving with us in Africa and Asia. Our time together and discussions were about plans to expand this ministry relationship.

Field Highlights. We are greatly encouraged by some of the ministry reports that we have received recently from different WOI fields such as:

  • Six Thai Buddhist monks are now water baptised followers of Jesus.
  • Some 2,500 house churches planted among many different Least Reached People groups during the past five years in Indonesia.
  • A new openness for sharing the Good News with people in Egypt.
  • More than 140 Koti churches planted in Mozambique today, led by indigenous Koti (ie. first generation believers).
  • The past two years has seen approximately 12,000 former Buddhists in 20 Thai provinces become followers of Christ and scattered among 500 house churches.

Family Reunion. They can’t make it for Christmas, but our NZ based daughter Deborah, hubby Steve and four kids, plus our eldest son Stephen, wife Julie and son Josiah, as well as our son David who will come down from Malaysia, will all be here with us over two weeks from December 30 for a family reunion.  Whoopee!!  This will be the first time in over 20 years that our “three kids” have been together here in Singapore. We are really looking forward to what will surely be a very special time together.

Powerful.  A friend in India recently sent us the following testimony that we thought we would share with you. She said:

The 10 year old Tamil girl.

When conducting a youth meeting recently, the children were asked to pray for areas on a world map that had bright red shaded areas showing where unreached people are located. One 10 year old girl asked me what the large piece of land on the bottom right corner was. I told her that was Australia. I was a little sceptical why she was focusing on Australia, nevertheless I challenged her to ask God what she should pray for. She began praying and interceding and later came to me saying: “God said that He wanted me to pray for the churches in that country to catch the fire of the Holy Spirit, then they will all be filled with His power as most of the churches there don’t have this power”.

This is from a little Tamil girl who doesn’t know which countries are which on the world map, who doesn’t read English and who knew nothing about Australia other than they play cricket.’ (Is it possible the same applies to other nations besides Australia?)  

In Closing, we remain very grateful to our ministry partners whose encouragement via prayers and practical giving allows us to serve the Lord, serve WOI, and serve a truly fantastic body of missionaries. The prophetic words heard at this year’s different 80th celebrations, tell of even greater outpourings of the Holy Spirit. We hope you too are hopeful and expectant for what the Lord will do.

Abundant Blessings,

John & Mary Elliott

This is the personal newsletter of John & Mary Elliott, World Outreach International Director. Along with all other WOI missionary personnel, John & Mary are non-salaried and trust the Lord each month to supply their personal needs. For those who would like to financially partner with John & Mary, you can do so by sending support to any World Outreach International country office listed below. Please clearly designate your gift when it is sent and email us at john.elliott@world-outreach.com. You can also donate via our website: www.world-outreach.com

World Outreach Country Offices:

  • New Zealand: P O Box 97230 Manukau 2241.
  • Australia: PO Box 5000 Sunshine Coast MC Qld 4560
  • Singapore: Ghim Moh Post Office, PO Box 048, Singapore 912732
  • Holland: PO Box 2549, 2002RA Haarlem.
  • USA: 615 East Sego Lily Drive, Sandy UT 84070.
  • UK: PO Box 9256, Market Harborough, LE16 0FH, UK

July News Update

Dear Precious Friends,

World Outreach International (WOI) is in a good place!  What a wonderful 80th anniversary celebration we have just had in Thailand.  This was our second WOI 80th regional celebration this year. The 240+ participants came mostly from the greater asian and south pacific regions with a few visitors travelling from as far away as the UK and NZ.  Inspired! Encouraged! Challenged! Totally exciting! Best conference ever!.. These comments summarise the type of feedback our office in Singapore has since received.

The entire delegation dressed in the costumes of their country of service.

We came together to honour the Lord for His faithfulness and His goodness. A five member music team from Singapore volunteered their time and paid their way to come and lead us into the presence of the Lord every morning and evening. They were great! The presence of God was so real and precious throughout the four nights and three days together.

Enjoying the presence of the Lord during amazing worship times.

The plenary sessions, the electives, the practical interactive sessions, the topical breakout groups, and evening ministry sessions were incredibly powerful and so well received. One visiting pastor said, “I didn’t know I would be so blessed and inspired by attending a mission conference.”  Prophet / Pastor Alex Larsen once again blessed us by personally prophesying over every single / couple / family / team. Wow! People were so blessed and blown away (in a positive way) with what was said. Thank you Alex & Elaine for coming.

Another highlight was when we publicly acknowledged 25 folk who have served with WOI between 20 – 52 years!  A group of young adults then paired off with each one and prayed over them, then these ‘soldiers of the faith’ prayed for the younger ones. This too was powerful. A very moving moment.

Mary presenting recipients of the long-time service award with their certificates.

The following is some of the feedback we have received:

Missionaries:

“This is the most exciting conference I have ever been to.” (Jason)
“As newcomers to WOI we felt the warmth & welcome of our new family.”  (HK & Victoria)
“The conference was like an oasis for us. We feel so refreshed.” (Chaiyot & Gail)
“What an exciting moment this was in the mission’s history.” (Eliza)
“I was so encouraged to see so many young people attending.” (Joy)
“We left the conference with fresh faith for the harvest ahead.” (Jo & Jenny)
“This celebration showed me the value that WOI gives to those serving God.”  (Doi)
“I loved the great times we had in the presence of God each day.”  (Lumlang)

Visitors:

“What a super bunch of people!”  (Godfrey)
“This conference was a defining moment in our lives & ministry.” (Chris)
“The field reports were like listening to the book of Acts being read out.”  (Hwee Keng)
“Coming a long distance to such a conference was one of the best decisions we have ever made.” (Dilys)

Indonesian representatives lead in traditional Dayak costume and dance.

In the next few weeks we will be posting some of the anniversary teaching sessions on-line for all to hear.  You will be blessed by listening to these.

We returned to Singapore feeling both privileged and honoured to be serving such wonderful and dedicated people in God’s kingdom. Thank you too, for partnering with us in prayer and in financial support which allows us to continue serving God’s amazing ‘saints’ who are giving their all on five continents of the world. We will all share in their reward.

Be blessed.

John & Mary Elliott

This is the personal newsletter of John & Mary Elliott, World Outreach International Director. Along with all other World Outreach missionary personnel, John & Mary are non-salaried and trust the Lord each month to supply their personal needs. For those who would like to financially partner with John & Mary, you can do so by sending support to any World Outreach International country office listed below. Please clearly designate your gift when it is sent and email us at john.elliott@world-outreach.com. You can also donate via our website: www.world-outreach.com

World Outreach Country Offices:

  • New Zealand: P O Box 97230 Manukau 2241.
  • Australia: PO Box 5000 Sunshine Coast MC Qld 4560
  • Singapore: Ghim Moh Post Office, PO Box 048, Singapore 912732
  • Holland: PO Box 2549, 2002RA Haarlem.
  • USA: 615 East 9800 South, Sandy UT 84070.
  • UK: PO Box 9256, Market Harborough, LE16 0FH, UK

John & Mary are based in Singapore. John serves as the Director of World Outreach International (WOI), a multiracial fellowship of Christians and ministries focused on the least reached peoples of the world. WOI has more than 350 fulltime personnel serving in over 60 nations on five continents. John heads an executive team of senior missionaries, pastors and business leaders who oversee the field personnel, various ministries and WO bases, around the world.

 

June News Update

Dear friends,

World Outreach International (WOI) is in a good place!  With 2012 being our 80th anniversary year, it is a time where we not only look back and rejoice at past achievements, but we are also praising God with what is happening on different fields – right now!  In a WOI leadership meeting earlier in the year, a prophetic word was given that basically said: “Watch Me, watch what I’m about to do!”  

BREAKTHROUGH is a word commonly used among a number of the WOI teams this year.  In previous years there had been some encouraging ‘fruit’ to show for one’s labour, yet today in some countries (not all), it is harvest time!  Reports from the India sub-continent, West Africa, Indo-China and SE Asia, tell not of a trickle, but more like a flood of new believers surrendering their lives to Jesus Christ.  For example, in 2009 a WOI church planting team in Thailand saw 500 baptisms, whereas in 2011, the numbers grew to where more than 4,500 Buddhist background believers have been baptised and are now followers of Jesus, including six Buddhist monks. One of the exciting aspects of all this is that the majority of the harvesting is not done by foreign missionary personnel, rather by the new believers themselves, who boldly and courageously go and tell others of what the Lord has done for them. The WOI teams in these places are busy training disciple-makers to go and train new and committed disciples for Christ.

ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION At the WOI 80th celebration held in South Africa this past April, we got to hear first-hand encouraging ‘harvest’ stories from those in attendance.  For example, over 7,000 new believers in Burkina Faso, over a period of three years, have become disciples of Jesus. Praise the Lord!  With more than double the delegation numbers expected at next month’s 80th anniversary celebration in Thailand, compared to the South Africa event, there will be even more field personnel ready to share what the Holy Spirit is doing in their regions.  The Kingdom of God is expanding very nicely thank you very much!  But WOI teams are not satisfied. We long to see and hear of even greater harvests!

COMING UP This month we are involved in an intensive seven day cross-cultural training course in Malaysia. In early July we are speaking to the latest batch of students graduating from the WOI six-week Nations course in Thailand, and that will be followed immediately by the WOI 80th anniversary celebration in Chiang Mai, where more than 240 are registered to attend.

PLEASE PRAY We all like to hear positive and encouraging reports of what the Lord is doing, yet it is not a time to let our (spiritual) guard down.  This year a steady number of WOI personnel and ministry partners have been hit with various kinds of physical and spiritual attacks including Myeloma (a cancer of the blood), broken bones, blurred vision, malignant tumour, heart attack, pancreatic virus, accidents, and one co-worker’s mother was recently killed. We know only too well that followers of Jesus Christ are in (spiritual) warfare, and none more so that those serving on foreign fields. Please remember us in WOI in prayer.

We really do thank the Lord for your encouragement and partnership with us. Be blessed.

John & Mary Elliott

 

This is the personal newsletter of John & Mary Elliott, World Outreach International Director. Along with all other World Outreach missionary personnel, John & Mary are non-salaried and trust the Lord each month to supply their personal needs. For those who would like to financially partner with John & Mary, you can do so by sending support to any World Outreach International country office listed below. Please clearly designate your gift when it is sent and email us at john.elliott@world-outreach.com. You can also donate via our website: www.world-outreach.com

World Outreach Country Offices:

  • New Zealand: P O Box 97230 Manukau 2241.
  • Australia: PO Box 5000 Sunshine Coast MC Qld 4560
  • Singapore: Ghim Moh Post Office, PO Box 048, Singapore 912732
  • Holland: PO Box 2549, 2002RA Haarlem.
  • USA: 615 East 9800 South, Sandy UT 84070.
  • UK: PO Box 9256, Market Harborough, LE16 0FH, UK

John & Mary are based in Singapore. John serves as the Director of World Outreach International (WOI), a multiracial fellowship of Christians and ministries focused on the least reached peoples of the world. WOI has more than 350 fulltime personnel serving in over 60 nations on five continents. John heads an executive team of senior missionaries, pastors and business leaders who oversee the field personnel, various ministries and WO bases, around the world.



April News Update

Dear friends,

2012, the 80th anniversary year for World Outreach International (WOI), is well and truly underway, and what a good start it has been.  I hope you can say the same! 

The new WOI office will be in this CT-Hub Complex.

New WOI Office Singapore: Towards the end of 2011 we needed to make a decision about whether or not to renew another two year rental contract for the WOI office in Singapore. While praying about this and other decisions that needed to be made, the Holy Spirit spoke into my heart, ‘it’s time to buy!’   Predictions about the world’s fragile economic situation for 2012/13 were anything but positive, with many respected folk saying the next two years were not a good time to take unnecessary risks. While holding all this before the Lord, He spoke Ecclesiastes 11:4 to me: “He who watches the wind does not sow, he who watches the clouds does not reap.” It was as if the Lord was saying, ‘who will you listen to?

After sharing all this with our WOI colleagues (who were unanimously in favour), we said ‘yes’, let’s do it.  Local friends helped us negotiate a good price for an office in a very good location. With no funds, yet with faith in our hearts, we agreed to sign a ‘purchase to buy’ agreement that would then require a 15% deposit within three weeks of signing.  The Holy Spirit then dropped the words into my heart, ‘watch me!’ What has followed during the last four months can only be seen as a miracle!  Through the generosity of ministry partners, WOI personnel, and people we have never met, the new WOI office will be completely debt free by the end of this month! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! All Glory to Jesus!

Father’s Passing:  In amongst all that was happening in Singapore, John’s 88 year old Dad passed away on January 6th. While he had not been well for some months, his death still came unexpectedly because he had been doing better with his health. Along with our children, extended family members and friends, we enjoyed celebrating Dad’s amazing entrepreneurial life.

Our 40th Wedding Anniversary:

Standing on the hills of Judea, Israel.

On March 11, 40 years ago, we said ‘I do’ to each other… amongst other things! Back in 1972 we had no idea whatsoever that 40 years later we would be serving the Lord in missions, and living the life we are today. We wanted to do something very special to celebrate this milestone and decided to join some friend’s 10 day tour to Israel last month.  What a great decision that was. It was a such a wonderful experience that has provided many happy and lasting memories.

WOI 80th Anniversary, South Africa:

South Africa 80th anniversary group photo.

We arrived in South Africa (from Israel) to finalise arrangements for the first of two WOI 80th anniversary celebrations this year. The first was set for April 1 – 5 near Pretoria with 118 WOI field personnel serving in Europe, the Middle East and the continent of Africa, along with 30-40 day visitors/observers. The second anniversary will be held in Chiangmai, northern Thailand from July 9 – 13.

“Fantastic” was a common verbal expression of gratitude used by different participants as they began to leave the retreat centre on the last day. There was a wonderful sense of the Holy Spirit with us throughout, right from the very first meeting. Many encouraging prophecies were shared during the four nights and three days together, along with some powerful words that were brought to WOI as an organisation. We also had lots of fun together. The plenary sessions, the different regional field reports, the electives and the evening meeting ministry times were very well received. Prophet/Pastor Alex Larsen prophesied over all the participants and everyone came away with a fresh ‘word’ from the Lord.

Joseph (from Burkina Faso) really got into the ‘spirit’ of things when we celebrated with a 80th anniversary party on the last night.

Here are just a few testimonies from WOI personnel:

From the first meeting to the last, I just wept, not sorrowful, rather joyful with the presence of the Lord ministering to me from day one.” (Christine)

“It was a wonderful time of fellowship, passionate worship, powerful prayer, prophecy and inspiring teaching. We also had a lot of laughter and good food. I was refreshed in body, soul and spirit. Thanks everyone.” (Stephanie)

“I must say we really enjoyed the celebration, especially the worship, the teaching sessions and the field reports. We were inspired and empowered anew. Thank you for all who organised things, and for spoiling us.” (Martin & Simonne)

“The best time ever!” (Chris)

“For us the celebration was a time of spiritual refreshing and hearing from the Lord.  All the messages touched our hearts. We are so blessed to be part of WOI.  It was great to come together to worship and thank God as well as enjoy great fellowship.” (Nathan & Sawsan)

Anniversary participants dressed in national costumes reflecting the culture they work in.

From guests and observers:

“We are friends of several WOI missionaries and really appreciated the opportunity to attend your 80th anniversary celebration. We were impressed by three things in particular; (a) the strong emphasis on supporting the individual’s calling and ministry; (b) 80 year old WOI’s willingness to adapt and be flexible in a changing world; (c) an infectious sense of humour and joyfulness that prove that WOI is a family. We were personally deeply blessed by participating in this celebration.” (Ernst)

“Thanks for a great conference. I nearly didn’t make it but by God’s grace I did in the end. This celebration shaped my way of thinking, my vision and my ministry. I was looking for a lot of answers which I received by the end. Everything was well organised and a blessing to us all.” (Thuens)

We came to the conference with the expectancy of hearing from the Lord – and we were not disappointed. From day one we only experienced love, acceptance and encouragement. We felt like every teaching session was talking to us and we were encouraged and strengthened at each session. We have come away from the conference different people. More sure of ourselves, more sure of our calling and that we are in God’s will. We feel so light, the heaviness of the last couple of years has been taken away and we are going back to Mozambique with new zeal and purpose.” (Eugene & Tina)

Want to do something radical this year?  Join us at the WOI 80th anniversary celebration in Chiangmai, northern Thailand, July 9 – 13!  You won’t regret it.  

Email john.elliott@world-outreach.com or visit www.world-outreach.com and we will be happy to send you information pertaining to this exciting event.  The very nice hotel staff in Chiangmai want us to confirm numbers by May 30. Don’t delay!  

We really do thank the Lord for your encouragement and partnership with us for the cause of world missions.  We can only do what the Lord makes possible through faithful ministry partners. Be blessed.

John & Mary Elliott

This is the personal newsletter of John & Mary Elliott, World Outreach International Director. Along with all other World Outreach missionary personnel, John & Mary are non-salaried and trust the Lord each month to supply their personal needs. For those who would like to financially partner with John & Mary, you can do so by sending support to any World Outreach International country office listed below. Please clearly designate your gift when it is sent and email us at john.elliott@world-outreach.com. You can also donate via our website: www.world-outreach.com

World Outreach Country Offices:

  • New Zealand: P O Box 97230 Manukau 2241.
  • Australia: PO Box 5000 Sunshine Coast MC Qld 4560
  • Singapore: Ghim Moh Post Office, PO Box 048, Singapore 912732
  • Holland: PO Box 2549, 2002RA Haarlem.
  • USA: 615 East 9800 South, Sandy UT 84070.
  • UK: PO Box 9256, Market Harborough, LE16 0FH, UK

John & Mary are based in Singapore. John serves as the Director of World Outreach International (WOI), a multiracial fellowship of Christians and ministries focused on the least reached peoples of the world. WOI has more than 350 fulltime personnel serving in over 60 nations on five continents. John heads an executive team of senior missionaries, pastors and business leaders who oversee the field personnel, various ministries and WO bases, around the world.