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Dear Friends,

The newsletter is late in getting out this month due to a number of factors that consumed our time. We are a ministry with a very small staff that operates on the local and international level. At times it can be frustrating as we want to do so much when there is so much tumult everywhere in the world but people are hurting and in need of help at the local level too. It is almost never convenient when someone asks for help. However, it is a privilege to serve Jesus Christ, the King of kings, and further His kingdom on earth.

The latter part of September and October was an extremely busy time at the church building to run cables, install the equipment and begin training on the new equipment for the web cast. It used to be that one person would run the audio in the sound booth but now it takes three. Progress has been slow because we are still waiting for two components but we are training on a weekly basis. We have made several test videos and are currently working out some problems that cropped up. I donít have a date to offer you but it is my desire to see the web cast up and running within two weeks of receiving the final components. The web site is becoming more and more active as we continue to use it to post articles, sermon outlines and MP3 files and soon we will be adding video too. People will be able to watch the web cast live on Sunday mornings and then download the video later in the week.

Pastor John and Aina were able to take some time off to rest and recuperate in the middle of September. While they were on vacation, John wrote part two of the series on genetically modified organisms. In the interest of producing a newsletter that is not filled with fluff, we had to wait while portions of the article were confirmed for accuracy and it took a little longer than expected. We are also including a write up on the current world economic crisis and its lasting effects that are leading us to the time of the Antichrist.

Finally, I want to encourage you not to be disheartened about all of the evil around us. The two major political parties have offered us terrible choices for the presidency and the homosexuals in California are pushing hard to keep their newly court recognized right to marry from being overturned by the will of the people. It seems that we are faced with corruption, immorality and conflict everywhere. Itís easy to get discouraged and filled with despair but donít forget the impact that just one godly prayerful person can have. Elijah was a man ďsubject to like passions as we areĒ but he believed in the power of prayer and earnestly asked the Lord to stop the rain. (1 Kings 17:1-7; James 5:13-18)

Never underestimate the power of prayer to change the status quo! Elijah didnít and this was before all of his recorded miracles. He was an unknown man until God activated him. He went through a lot of trials; some he passed with flying colors and others he failed. But he learned to completely trust and rest upon God. That is my encouragement to you; donít ever lose sight of who you are and the power you wield when you get on your knees to speak with Almighty God!

May God richly bless you today,

Charles Thorell


Volume 10, 2008