One of last year's X-star bands

In the city of Brest Los Vecinos band has been involved in the X-star music festival with some of the band members judging the festival contest. This competition of local youth bands, with the winner being featured in a final concert, is a major bridge building event put on by our partner ministry.

See a local news report on this year’s festival with photos of winning musicians and Los Vecinos performing in the final concert:  X-star Festival 2012.

Los Vecinos goes on to Minsk March 1 for final outreach events there. Please pray for good ministry opportunities and for endurance and good health for the tour members these last few days of the tour:

MINSK
Mar 1 Travel to Minsk
Public concert
Mar 2 Public concert
Mar 3 Church concert
Mar 4 Church service  (morning)
Mar 5 Travel home

 

The first question we usually get about this tour is — “Why would you go to Belarus in February — again — during one of coldest winters on record in Europe?”  Sure — we would love to enjoy this beautiful country sometime in more pleasant weather. But more importantly, this timing is strategic for helping our partner ministry there in a major annual event that is significant in their connection with young people and the community.

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Rino Beretta and mime team from Proclaim! Peru will be in Jacksonville in April for our Gala fundraiser and ministry in the area — but they’ll never make it this way.

You can help us get the mime team here by donating miles to Proclaim’s Delta account or making a cash donation to help with airfare. Contact the Proclaim office for information on donating mileage: [email protected]

904.739.0065

 

 

Ima Nade Director Branko Kovacevic

January 19-21: The 8th annual mission conference for Proclaim!-Croatia / Ima Nade welcomed a record number of church members and their leaders from Croatia and surrounding countries.

Speakers for the weekend were Proclaim Co-director John Bowers and Stuart McAllister of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries.

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There is an inexhaustible supply of wonder at the coming of God-in-the-flesh to redeem fallen humanity. There is an understated majesty of humility in that the Lord of hosts should make, by human measure, a shabby and threadbare entrance onto the world stage. The people of the earth are desperate for the trappings of grandeur and the comfort of riches.  Human leaders want to surround themselves with props which bolster their  desire to appear powerful and significant: the decorations of vanity.

God needs no such empty posturing. The son of man came as a human baby born to a poor family in an insignificant village to be the savior of all mankind, not just for those of society blessed. He came in the most commonly plain way imaginable. Torn cloth strips for clothing, a borrowed feeding trough for his bed, lowly shepherds as witnesses. The plan of God, the heart of the Father of lights was for the redeemer to arrive quietly unadorned by the trappings of wealth and power.  When human kings arrive on the scene they demand esteem, acquiescence and subservience . . . but the King of glory did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

Gratefully and humbly we serve this King, and desire that all would come to worship Him.

John Bowers

We are delighted to welcome Carey and Holly Holmquist to Proclaim! International. Their missions career of 31 years to date started with a short term commitment for each of them as single missionaries — Holly in Italy and Carey in Sweden. Together they have served  with Greater Europe Mission in Sweden, Belgium and Germany.

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GREG AND BECKY DAVIS  and family have returned to Germany for their second term with Proclaim. Now Greg is adding to his responsibilities serving in the recording studio of Janz Team and teaching in their newly formed music academy, SchallWerkStadt. This is a unique school offering practical training in music and the associative arts and intensive Bible courses to prepare young believers for future ministry and outreach through music.

Recently the audio students got practical training on an annual Advent tour in Germany helping with set up and assisting Greg who is the sound tech for the tour. In that process they also learned from experienced musicians who creatively communicated the significance of this Advent season. Greg says,  Danny weaves life stories into the performance and the message is clear: the reason we celebrate Christmas is because of Jesus.

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