BURNING ISSUES

March 2024

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Hello,
Thank you Flame supporters for continuing to engage with us. I am excited about this Burning Issues – it has some outstanding articles, and it keeps you in touch with our exciting Kingdom business. See how the Lord is touching lives!

We will be investigating The Silk Road/Route this year and the article by Julyan Lidstone, who works with Operation Mobilisation, is a great introduction to the Silk Road. It is also a great prayer resource for us, particularly in the Intercession Hubs where we are praying for these nations.

If you are not signed up to attend an Intercession Hub, please contact tristan@flameinternational.org. We have 10 hubs up and running but if you like praying for the nations, please contact us, we want to flood the nations with prayer. It is good to do it with likeminded people!

We have the 3rd and final article from Jason Mandryk on the Barriers to the Great Commission, which has helped us understand the spiritual battle we are in to get to new nations and even to others we have been to before.

We have added a new feature in Burning Issues called Engage with Flame. Can I point you towards the Fireside where you can watch past recordings on our website or App, but also attend in person via Zoom to hear truly anointed speakers talk on a passion of their choice? Flame continues to be passionate about mission, please read the unique Field Report written by the lovely Lucinda Hibbert-Hingston, it gives insight to missions happening now. It is amazing to travel at this time when it feels the world is in chaos! Jesus is Sovereign over all!

Blessings Galore!
Jan

Jan Ransom, Founder & Director

Latest edition magazine articles 

Barriers to the Great Commission - Part3
March 1st, 2024
In the past two articles, we’ve established the internal challenges in the Church that present obstacles to the Great Commission, and we have examined the external challenges of the mission field that give our task its dizzying scale. In Part Three, we will look at what I believe is the most subtle, but most significant barrier to the fulfilment of God’s purposes for the whole world to be impacted...
GOD ON THE SILK ROAD
March 1st, 2024
Marco Polo In 1271 the 17-year-old Marco Polo set out on the adventure of his life. His merchant father Nicolo and Uncle Maffeo had been all the way across Central Asia to Beijing, where the great Mongol emperor Kubilay Khan had sent them back with a letter for the Pope. In his letter he asked the Pope to send 100 missionaries to teach his people Christianity and Western science, and some oil from...
FLAME’s call to THE SILK ROAD
March 1st, 2024
In the year 2010, Flame started building strong relationships with the Chinese underground church. In particular, Flame was blessed to partner and fellowship with Brother Yun, who many know as the “Heavenly Man”, and his ministry “Back to Jerusalem”. As a result, Jan received a calling from the Lord to minister to the nations in between Israel and China. Recorded in the book “Lighting Fires in the...
Field Report - ARMENIA
March 1st, 2024
“Do any of the worthless idols of the nation bring rain? Do the skies themselves send down showers? No it is you, O Lord our God. Therefore our hope is in you, for you are the one who does all this.”. Jeremiah 14:22 Sunday 8th October, at the appointed time we met up at Heathrow, bound for Armenia. In the lead up to this trip we had met on Zoom to pray and had communicated by WhatsApp as a team. T...
News from The Forge
March 1st, 2024
Isaiah 43:18, “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” We shouldn’t be surprised, it’s happened too many times for it to be so, but, it’s such an affirmation when Jesus moves in power in the lives of those who come on the Forge. We see healing, restoration, transformation and deliverance. We always...
FILMS: I Can Only Imagine
March 1st, 2024
The book review this month has somehow morphed into a film review, though it may not be the first time this remarkable feat has happened. ‘I can only Imagine’ is a movie with which some may already be familiar but will be new to many others, as it was for me.The title is that of one of the most popular songs on the current Christian playlists. ‘The song you know. The story you don’t’, says the DVD...
Barriers to the Great Commission - Part2
October 31st, 2023
In our previous article, we examined the main factors internal to the Church that stand in the way of the completion of the Great Commission. Put succinctly, a lack of discipleship is primary to why Christ’s final commands – including that of making disciples – continue to be largely ignored. Now we turn to look at some of the most significant external reasons why the Great Commission remains unfu...
Unmasking the Shadows of Shame
October 31st, 2023
During my time in Iran as a Pastor, a vivid memory stands out - the memory of Hoda1. Our paths crossed during one of the seminars I conducted, and she bravely opened up about her life. Hoda’s heart raced as she approached the podium to share her testimony. Hoda had been seeking counselling and prayer support to combat her deep-seated depression. The weight of expectation and self-doubt hung heavy ...
God’s Special People
October 31st, 2023
The New Testament people God chose to meet Jesus were, firstly, shepherds. At the bottom of society, they got the very best deal. Never before or since has anyone in the world seen an angel choir, possibly tens of thousands of them worshipping God with all their hearts; and hearing the inimitable praise-music of heaven! Yet now, heaven’s overwhelming joy was revealed to these shepherds alone. Heav...
The Flagship Programme at Ellel
October 31st, 2023
From mid-May to mid-July this year I had the privilege of attending the Flagship course held at Ellel Grange near Lancaster. The location is stunning with incredible grounds, views and a real sense of a place that has been prayed over for many years. Ellel describe the Flagship course as “A life-changing 9-week programme that helps you steer your journey towards personal growth, healing, prayer mi...

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