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.

Christmas Newsletter

Dear Friends,

We are truly grateful to the Lord for what has been another blessed and fruitful year of ministry via World Outreach International (WOI).  While the world this year has been full of many natural disasters, political turmoil, economic chaos, and social unrest…nevertheless the Gospel has gone forward…especially so via WOI teams in Africa, the Middle East and the greater Asian region, where thousands have called on the Name of the Lord for the first time, have been water baptized and are now followers of the Lord. Praise His Name. And such ‘good news’ continues!

Family News. Other personal highlights for us this year have been doing the WOI 6 week Nations Course, celebrating Mary’s 60th birthday, and welcoming our first Australian grandchild into the family.

Steven, Deborah,Micah, Ruby, Zeke and Lily endured two major earthquakes in Christchurch before relocating to Tauranga last July. They communicated to us in January that they felt the Lord was stirring them toward a relocation. After this year’s devastating February 22 quake struck, and then what seemed like endless daily aftershocks, their thinking and plans became clearer!!

They are now enjoying the beautiful Bay of Plenty region and stable underground!

Stephen & Julie’s greatest highlight for the year was the birth of their first child and son, Josiah, born on October 05 in Brisbane.  He is such a cutey and a loyal All Black supporter!

David continues to serve with WOI (based in S’pore) in a cross cultural mobilization role, training and leading teams of young people on ministry trips to nearby nations.  When in S’pore he enjoys, amongst other things, involvement in reaching out to foreign students studying here. He and other team members have seen a steady number come to Christ.

It is our hope and prayer that this festive season will be a very special and memorable time as you enjoy and celebrate the ‘reason for the season.’   This year we have been truly blessed by your friendship, partnership and encouragement for the cause of world missions.

May God bless you.

John Elliott