Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Success Without Compromise

Purpose, principle, purity and prayer are what made Daniel the successful man he was. We don't need to sell our souls to the devil to become successful is what we learnt at the HSI Community this week.

Monday, February 06, 2012

Lebanon 4: Faraya

I thought this was to be a day of rest before we returned to Dubai, but after a wonderful time in the snow at Faraya during the day, we went over for dinner at a friend's place that turned out to be a three hour prayer session that was anointed beyond measure. I was quite happy to end on such a wonderful note.

Accompanying me on this trip were brother Joseph "Barnabas" Khadige, his daughter Amanda, and Sharon and Leslie D'mello. It was a wonderful team that worked in complete unity and love, without the slightest element of discord, and I am sure that God will put us together again in the future. May God bless all of them mightily.

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Lebanon 4: Fr. Majdi at the River of Abraham

I met a wonderful man of God in Fr. Majdi who rehabilitates drug addicts in the picturesque town by the River of Abraham. After speaking to a group of his residents, he gave me the cross that he used to bless the mass for the past fourteen years. I thought myself really blessed. Speaking to the drug addicts itself was a touching experience and I hoped that what I shared with them about my own life and struggles made a difference to their own lives.

In the evening I spoke at an Armenian Church to members of an Armenian community. Was in a different mood here and the talk was lighter and more fun than what I usually give. Received an invitation to Armenia so add one more country on the list of countries to visit ....

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Lebanon 4: In Yahshoush

I concluded the Discipleship Program on Telelumiere in the evening. Earlier in the day the first session was telecast and the feedback was very good. While that was going on in homes, I gave a talk to a wonderful community in the little town of Yahshoush in Ftouh Kesrouan. There were a bunch of nuns in the middle of the congregation who really loved what I had to say. It was a happy day.

Friday, February 03, 2012

Lebanon 4: Day 2 of the Discipleship Program on Telelumiere

Day Two of the Discipeship Program on Telelumiere. The host of the program was a lady named Randa Choul, a person on fire for Christ if there was any. She stayed behind to listen to everything I had to say and invited me to appear on her own English language show when I was back again.

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Lebanon 4: Talk to Students at St. Georges School

I spoke to nearly 200 students at a local school in the morning, and if I had any concerns about their receptivity they all disappeared within a few minutes. By the end the session nearly half of them were in tears and I believe many received a great deal of healing. When Fr. Valentino, who had invited us to minister, told us later that the parents of the children wanted to hear me speak, I knew this was a very successful outreach.

In the evening I commenced the first of a three part series on Discipleship on Telelumiere. The program was supposed to be telecast live, but as there was another event taking place, they decided they would show it over three Saturdays instead. That worked fine with me, although I am sure a lot of people who had turned their TV sets on expecting to see me were very disappointed.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Lebanon 4: Brother Noor

My fourth missionary journey to Lebanon began today with a meeting with Brother Noor, an ascetic who runs the world's largest Christian Arabic language TV station in the world. He has not stepped out of his office in ten years! Despite the cold weather he was clad as usual in his threadbare robe and his face looked as angelic as ever. He had invited me to give HSI's Discipleship Program on television and that would be from February 3-5.

In the evening I met a Bible Study group run by an expatriate community resident in Lebanon. Over the course of the previous three visits they had all become good friends - Monique, Brid, Caroline and Co. - and I was as happy to meet them as I was to speak to their community. Nearly fifty people had gathered and I gave the talk on Fighting Fear that I had given in Dubai before I left. (Almost everyone testified later how the talk had delivered them of their fears. Praise God.)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Fighting Fear

Many of us live in fear – fear of death, fear of the dark, fear of animals, fear of being alone, and other assorted cripplers – but as Christians we do not need to be afraid. This was the subject of the talk at the HSI Communities this week.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


“Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams" (1 Samuel 15:22). We looked at this rather discomfitting subject this week in the HSI Communities.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Trusting During Trouble

We all face storms in our lives, storms that threaten to destroy us. But as Christians we needn't worry if we can only keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Seeking the Lost

The talk this week at the HSI Communities was about Seeking Lost Sheep, which is one of the main reasons for the existence of the church. Sadly, however, this seems to have slipped way down in the list of priorities with most churches becoming chest thumping grounds for the self-righteous rather than places of refuge for the lost. This turned out to be one of my most powerful talks, although it's likely to make a lot of people mad!

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Spiritual Gifts

Christmas is a time for gifts, but there is no better or greater gift giver than our Father in heaven. Not only did he give us his son Jesus, he gave us His Holy Spirit as well, along with bundles of gifts through him. We looked at Spiritual Gifts this week.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

For Such A Time As This

The theme of the conference I attended in Malaysia was "For such a time as this", based on the story of Queen Esther. The message, which impacted me deeply, was one that I shared at the HSI Community meetings this week. I'll put the notes up shortly and make a determined effort to get notes out on every talk I give henceforth.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

2nd CCR Leaders Conference for Asia-Oceania

I don't really fit into the slot of a CCR leader, but I decided to accept the invitation by one of the local parish priests - Fr. Ani Xavier - who heads the local chapter of the Charismatic Renewal to come for a leader's conference in Malaysia. I was glad that I accepted the invitation. Not only did I get to meet some anointed people of God, it was nice to have the opportunity to listen to preachers for a change (as opposed to preaching). One of them, a gentleman from Ghana called Mark Nemo, was particularly brilliant, and I returned to Dubai a happier man.

May God bless the Renewal with a fresh anointing and raise a new breed of Spirit filled leaders who will mirror Christ to all who see them.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Come All You Who Are Thirsty

Just before I travelled to Lebanon to address some of their political leaders I was beset with a sudden bout of inadequacy and unworthiness, wondering why on earth I was going to speak to people I knew nothing about. The night before I was to fly I went to my office and cried out to God to give me a sign that this mission was indeed his will and not simply something I wanted to do in foolish arrogance. After nearly half an hour of waiting for him to speak to me, he opened his mouth and told me to refer to his word. A little sceptically I flipped open the Bible only to find myself on Isaiah 55. If God had ever spoken to me through his word, it was this time and by the time I reached the end of it, all doubt was gone and I knew that I was to embark on one of the greatest missions of my life. This became the subject of my first talk after I returned.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Discerning God's Will

We'd all like to do God's will, but how does one discern it, really? Largely inspired by Peter Kreeft, this was the subject of the talk in the HSI Community in Sharjah today.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Lebanon 3: Talk to the Political Leaders

Telelumiere, an international Arabic language TV station operating out of Beirut, had organized a meeting of Christian political leaders in Lebanon and had invited me to deliver the keynote address. There were about two dozen of them in attendance, and I spoke to them for a little under an hour about the need to make a change to the country by incorporating Christ in their lives and in their policies. The session, which was broadcast live, would, over the next week, be telecast nearly a dozen times reaching an estimated audience of over 7 million people world wide!

In the evening I returned to the Franciscan Capuchin Friary in Mtayleb where I had an informal, but very anointed session with some old friends and some new.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Lebanon 3: Meeting the Patriarch

My third mission to Lebanon was even more extraordinary than the two preceding and given that both those were really spectacular, this was truly saying something.

I received a surprise invitation to meet the Patriarch of Lebanon His Beatitude Beshara Rai, who heads the Maronite Christians, on the first day of my two day trip. I found him a humble, gracious man who seemed very happy to meet us. He had already heard about me, and that was quite flattering.

In the evening I received another unexpected invitation to preach in a local Maronite church whose pastor was a gregarious man named Agnelo. He invited us to his house after the service and I was blessed to meet his family in addition to a sumtious dinner.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

The Surrendered Life

My first talk after my return from the US was on living The Surrendered Life. I was extremely jet lagged but felt myself moved to speak on the subject and I was glad that I did because it was a very anointed session.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Discipleship Program in New York

My final mission in the United States ended in great style with a full day Discipleship Program in St. William the Abbot Church, New York. With a fantastic choir to back me, it was a very anointed session and I knew I could return to Dubai with a satisfaction of a mission well accomplished. Return invitations to New York as well means that my return here is definite in Spring 2012.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Discipleship Program in Culpeper, Virginia

I hadn't planned on doing anything in Culpeper, Virginia except work on my books and do a few sessions with the youth. But God obviously had other plans, and a prayer with a young thirteen year old boy named Andrew, who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, led to me being invited to preach the Discipleship Program in a local parish. Boosted by a newspaper article about a preacher from Dubai, nearly 100 people attended the program that resulted in the formation of a new HSI Community, the first in the United States of America. But certainly not the last.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Discipleship Program in Burlington, North Carolina

My second mission to the USA started with a four hour Discipleship Program in Blessed Sacrament Church, Burlington, followed by a two hour session with the youth. This came close on the heals of an hour and a half long talk yesterday evening with one of the local communities. All were wonderful sessions, resulting in invitations to return in the Spring for more sessions in other parishes.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

From Little Acorns Grow Mighty Oaks

Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people (Matthew 14:19). This week I spoke of how God does mighty things from the little that we freely give.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Lebanon: Second Missionary Journey

The schedule for my second mission to Lebanon has been confirmed. It is pretty packed, but I am sure I'll be able to get in a few sights in the middle of it all!

Sep 20: Notre Dame De La Semence, Maameltein (8 pm)
Sep 21: LIVE Interview on Tele Lumiere (10 am)
Sep 21: St. Raphael Chaldean Catholic Church, Baabda (4 pm)
Sep 21: Lady of Lebanon, Harissa (9.30 pm)
Sep 22: Talk at TeleLumiere, Dora (9 am)
Sep 22: St Elias Church, Antelias (8 pm)
Sep 23: St Francis Church, Mteileb (10 am)
Sep 24: Monastery of St. Elisha, Besharri (12 noon)
Sep 25: St Joseph Church, Tabaris, Achrafieh (11.30 am)
Sep 25: St Rafka Church, Himlaya (6 pm)
Sep 26: Lady Of Maaounat Church, Boulogne (7 pm)
I had made a lot of friends there on my last visit and look forward to renewing acquaintances and making new ones.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Running for the Prize

We continued the series on how to be more like Jesus with a talk based on Paul’s advice to the Corinthians on Running for the Prize (1 Cor 9:24-27). The more I look at the talks I am giving, the more I realize that this is truly the way for Christians to journey!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Getting Away From It All

In a world where everything from cell phones to pagers and people to parties compete for your attention it is vital that we "Get Away From It All" to be alone with God. That was the subject of the talk I gave this week at the HSI Communities and even as I gave it I realized I was onto the most tranformational subject since the Discipleship Program years ago. To be like Jesus we have to do the things he did, live the kind of lifestyle that he did.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Taming the Tongue

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be (James 3:9-10). We looked at how to tame our tongues this week.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Discipleship Program in St. Michael's Church, Sharjah

The three day Discipleship Program concluded in St. Michael's Church, Sharjah today. The church was packed. The audience was responsive. The anointing was huge. The parish priest was appreciative. And I was pleased, although Bob Dylan sang "Blowing in the Wind" to me for the rest of the night!

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

The God Possessed

Once God touches us, he possesses us. When he possesses us, he preserves us. Then he uses us. That was the essence of the talk on being God possessed, which is what all of us are. Unfortunately, most of us spend our time talking about being possessed by the devil. He is a defeated enemy!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Power of Forgiveness

The talk this week on the power of forgiveness was a follow up to the previous week's talk on outrageous love. There was a time when I used to give this talk every few weeks; it was almost a year since I spoke at forgiveness in the communities as a full subject.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Outrageous Love

Outrageous is defined as greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation. That's what God's love is like, but we sometimes fail to realize it. The talk in the HSI Communities this week was an eyeopener, and although presented in quite a different style from my usual vehemence, touched those it needed to touch.

Friday, July 08, 2011

Communities Meet

Because the new Asian Community in Dubai met at the same time as the HSI Community in Fujairah, I wasn't able to go to the latter very often; in fact I hadn't been there in a couple of months since the new one started. It troubled me, but there didn't seem to be much I could do about it, until somebody suggested I take the new guys with me to Fujairah one day. I mooted the idea with the group and it was well accepted, so this Friday morning, a bus load of us (45 in all) took off to the tiny Emirate. Not only was the session tremendously anointed, the experience seemed to bond everybody closer together, and I figured we'd do this more often in the future. (The picture is of the Asian community in front of the bus that took us there. I think there are a few still in the bus when the picture was taken. We had a guest from the Lebanese community with us.)

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Trial of Faith

We continued our talk of last week (Surving Storms) with a deeper look at faith and how God uses the trials we undergo in our lives to grow us in faith. This session was tremendously anointed. I always mean to put up notes of the talks, but there is simply too much on my lap to do so now.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011


We have begun inviting people to share how their lives have been changed through this ministry and the testimonies have been powerful. I will share some of these here.

Here is Rania's testimony. When I first saw Rania in Lebanon, she was sitting in the front row of the auditorium where I was giving a talk. She had tubes coming out of her, attached to a stand, and I felt my soul hurt seeing her like that. I couldn't help but wonder how our Father in heaven felt and if he would heal her. He did.

And this is what Leena had to share. God healed her of water retention problems, delivered her of a habit of smoking, and taught her to laugh :)

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Surviving Storms

Mildred gave this talk and I was supposed to add my piece at the end of it, but we ran out of time. Her talk was really good, though, and I really marveled at how she has matured as a preacher. I will expand on stuff that she said the following week.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Being Totally Blessed

Paul, in his letter to the Romans, tells them: “I know that when I come to you, I will come in the full measure of the blessing of Christ.” We, too, are all meant to carry with us a full measure of Christ’s blessings. Regretfully, many of us don’t. We learnt how to be totally blessed in the HSI Community meetings this week.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Meet the Comforter

Last week we caught the fire of the Holy Spirit. This week we learned how to keep it burning.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Pentecost: Catch the Fire

Traditionally, the sessions we have been having over the years to commemorate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost have been tremendous and this year was no exception. It was power packed. Watch the DVD if you can.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

At the Right Hand of God

Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father. What does he do there? We looked at the answers to this interesting question this week in the HSI Communities and they were answers that uplifted, even as they surprised.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Living Stones

We are the Living Stones that comprise the building called the Church, built around the cornerstone that is Jesus. The way we live our lives determine the quality of the Church. How, then, should we live it? We looked at the answer to this question (and others) this week.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Power in the Blood

There is immense power in the blood of Christ, but many among us don't have a complete understanding of the significance of this power and its application in our lives. We looked at this important subject this week at the HSI Communities. The prayer session that followed this was amazing.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Breathing Life into Dry Bones

Ezekiel 37 tells a powerful story of God breathing life into dry bones. We believe that God is doing the same thing today: in the world, in the Church, and in the people. Breathing Life into Dry Bones was the message of hope this week.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

HSI Lebanese Community

Spent some time with the HSI Lebanese Community this evening, marveling at the way that God works in the lives of his children. Every single person there is on fire for Jesus and it is awe inspiring to see.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


They say there is no rest for the wicked. Doesn't seem to be much for the holy either! :) Despite arriving only this morning, I found myself giving a talk at the HSI Community in St. Francis of Assisi Church, Jebel Ali in the evening. And although I was quite tired, the talk, titled Harvest, turned out to be a pretty good one. Should get on Veritas TV soon.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mission Accomplished

Done in Africa, at least for this time, we were on a plane back home in the evening. I got upgraded once again, and this time I enjoyed what Business Class had to offer, rather than sleep it out as I had on the way in. As much as I love going on mission, spreading the word of God, I am never as happy as when I'm back home, and this time I was happier still because it was the end of my adventures for at least another three months.

Earlier in the day we went sightseeing, taking in one of the many Ethiopian Orthodox churches in the city. A large number of religions are traditionally practiced in Ethiopia, the most numerous today being Orthodox Christianity, followed by Islam. It was one of the first Christian countries in the world, having officially adopted Christianity as the state religion in the 4th century. 

Those who know their Bible would probably remember how Philip met an Ethiopian eunuch on the desert road that led from Jerusalem to Gaza and explained the Scriptures to him. Immediately after this, the eunuch asked to be baptized and took his faith with him to his country. This story is told in the eighth chapter of the book of Acts.

Monday, May 09, 2011

Back to Addis Ababa

We set off at ten in the morning on the long road to Addis Ababa, avoiding donkeys, cows, camels and goats on the way, going through a sand storm, followed by a rain storm, finally arriving at the Comboni Sisters convent well past 6 in the evening.

We had stopped by for lunch at a country club, which was so posh, it seemed quite incongruous in the middle of its simpler surroundings. The lunch was good, however, as was the company. Fr. Joseph drove us the 10 hours it took us to reach Addis. You'd never say this was a 65 year old man!

In the night, we decided to go to a local restaurant and ended up at the Yod Abyssinia (Abyssinia was the old name for Ethiopia) where we, quite literally, dug into traditional Ethiopian food. That's assorted food items heaped over the local bread called Injera. Everybody eats from a common plate, breaking off bits of Injera and scooping up whatever is placed on top.

They presented dances from various tribes and one, in particular, was simply awesome with its energy. The dancers galloped like horses and the speed with which they moved may have put the horses to shame. The video here (this one isn't mine) would illustrate.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Day 6: Dongora, Sidama Zone

For my final talk, I preached at the home base of Dongora, in the Church right behind where we lived. Every place had some wonderful choirs, some two and three, but here there were four! The childen, who welcomed us with flowers, formed one. Elderly ladies formed another. And there were two others groups comprising young men and women. All were dressed, as usual, in colorful robes. The videos should provide an idea of how vibrant the celebrations are.

I gave my signature talk on love here, ending with everybody holding hands, and although we couldn't sing Let There Be Love, we sang an adapted version of Living Water, Flow On. For the "homily" I preached on the gospel reading for the day: The Road to Emmaus. It was a great end to a great mission and I think my father in heaven would have been well pleased.

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Day 5: Cukko, Sidama Zone

Much closer to home than the previous locations, Cukko (prounounced Cucho) offered me a church to preach in. Again, it was packed to capacity, and although there were people from all age groups (they sit in age brackets!), I was pleased to see a lot of youth present. I spoke to them about getting out of the boat if they wanted to walk on water after the mass that followed my session.

One of the blessings of this particular  has been to participate in mass twice a day! We'd attend mass at the "home" church in Dongora after we had finished the Divine Office, and then again after each session. On one occasion, we were blessed to have mass concelebrated in English by the three resident priests, with only the three of us in attendance, along with Sr. Christine.

The three priests were inspirational. They were all Italians who were resident in Ethiopia for much of their lives. Fr. Bruno, the oldest had been there for 65 years, Fr. Joseph for 45 and Fr. Paulos for 25. We were all so blessed to be with them, true missionaries!

Friday, May 06, 2011

Day 4: Rasa, Sidama Zone

If I felt like Jesus preaching the sermon on the mount at Gidiwo, here I felt like Jesus being welcomed into Jerusalem! Our hosts waited for us about a kilometer from the place I was supposed to preach, greeting us by strewing rose petals on the ground and presenting us with a bouquet, before leading us in dancing procession to our destination. Their love and warmth really touched our hearts.

Storm clouds threatened overhead as I preached, but just as it had happened in the days past, the rain fell only after we got back home. Today's rain's blew the Internet connection off, and I would be able to access it again only at Bolo Aiport in Addis Ababa as we were getting set to fly out.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Day 3: Soddo, Sidama Zone

One of the things that fascinates me about Africa is the patience the people there have. They can, quite literally, wait for hours for something to start, and as everything here started far later than scheduled, their had their waiting cut out for them.

The other thing that fascinated me was their hunger for the word of God. Many of these places were far from the beaten track, yet they hiked their way to it, some for miles! I couldn't help but think how comfortable many of us had become in our own lands!

The Soddo session was wonderful, especially as I was beginning to get into the flow of things, and I knew this mission was going to be one of my more memorable ones.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Day 2: Gidiwo, Sidama Zone

More people were present at Gidiwo than Wo'merera. So many, in fact, that we had to move from the little church the program was scheduled to be held in to the little hillside at the back, and I felt every bit like Jesus preaching his sermon on the mount.

I spoke on forgiveness here, and it made for a wonderfully anointed session, although my translator got a bit of a scolding because he was not being particularly faithful to my preaching! He must have figured: who would know? lol

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Day 1: Wo'merera, Sidama Zone

We began the mission with a session at Wo'merera, a ninety minute drive from Dongora where we were staying. It was held in a tent that was overflowing.

As nobody spoke any English, beyond a smattering of it, I had to use a translator; an over enthusiastic local named Johannes, who would be with us right through the trip.

I didn't think I was my best, but as Fr. Paulo, an Italian missionary who had been in the country for over 25 years and had organized my missions, thought it was very good, who was I to complain?

In the evening I had another session with some youth and I think I succeeded in inspiring some of them to go out into the vineyard and do some harvesting!

Monday, May 02, 2011

Addis Ababa

Brother Manjula and myself at Bole International Airport

An upgrade to Business Class helped me to have a comfortable journey to Addis Ababa but it only added a couple of hours to my cumulative total of 4 hours sleep in three days! I figured I'd get some added shut eye on the 8 hour road trip to Dongora, where we would be staying, but the bumpy ride made for some very disturbed rest. Sr. Christine Bejjani, who arranged my visit to Ethiopia, was at the airport to welcome us, along with Sr. Azab, a native nun.