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DOVE Christian Fellowship International (DOVE International) is a worldwide family of believers in Christ involved in churches and ministries located in six continents. As an international family, we are diverse in culture and background but share a common God-given vision, values, mission, and commitment to start and nurture churches and ministries to transform communities throughout the nations.
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DOVE International added 2 new photos.Saturday, March 18th, 2017 at 7:20am
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DOVE International added 2 new photos.Thursday, March 16th, 2017 at 4:19am
EAT YOUR LETTUCE by Diane Omondi...

Through most of my growing-up years, my parents owned a restaurant. We ate most of our meals there, with a nice salad bar available just about any time of the day.

My father usually made sure that he had a salad along with his lunch or dinner. As long as he ate lettuce, even if it was thoroughly doused with Thousand Island dressing and the rest of the meal was fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, a few vegetables and chocolate pudding for dessert . . . that didn’t matter. He believed that as long as he faithfully included a salad, he would stay healthy and even lose weight.

“No, Father,” we would tell him, “it does not work like that. Just eating lettuce doesn’t make you lose weight if you eat all these other things along with it!” He was never convinced.

This Lesson From My Father is sort of a reverse truth, that is, a way of thinking that is not at all accurate. It makes me think of how some of us handle our spiritual diet. If we have a dose of Bible reading in the morning, or a few minutes of prayer, we think that we can take in whatever is streaming through the computer feed or TV screen the rest of the day. We can listen to junk, look at junk, read junk and even think junk. Because we have done our spiritual duties, the rest doesn’t really matter. We assume that surely God will protect us and keep us healthy in spirit as long as we include something good in the mixed-up heap of what we take in.

Again, “No, it does not work like that.” One insertion of the Word or one chorus of praise does not suffice. We are called, rather, to dwell in God’s presence and cut off anything that contaminates.

Sure, it is still good to eat your lettuce. A lot of it, actually! But what else are we eating along with it?

~ Diane

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DOVE InternationalSunday, March 12th, 2017 at 3:48am
Larry & LaVerne on line teaching on Husband and Wife Team Ministry at DOVE Hopewell Leadership and Ministry School
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DOVE InternationalSunday, March 12th, 2017 at 2:59am
Sam Smucker teaches at DOVE Hopewell Leadership School on Pioneering Faith...
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DOVE InternationalThursday, March 9th, 2017 at 5:18am
It is very exciting to witness what DOVE Global Partners have together been able to do. I want to share another one of the good reports with you in this letter.

Ten years ago, believers gathered together to worship God in the humble village of Kadawa in the western part of Kenya. Hesbone and Violet Odindo were still serving in DOVE Nairobi, but often travelled to this their rural home village to give direction to the beginnings of DOVE there. They had a vision to see the community transformed—changed completely.

In January 2017, ten years later, LaVerne and I had the privilege of attending the 10th anniversary of DOVE in Kadawa. Restoration Community Church (RCC), now arguably the largest church in the entire DOVE International movement, is not only a vibrant congregation but is also the catalyst for a church planting movement comprised of ten celebrations meeting in towns and villages around Lake Victoria.

When the Odindo's moved from Nairobi to Kisumu , they stepped out by faith, giving up good jobs, in order to help this community that was on the verge of extinction because of HIV AIDS and the relentless cycle of poverty. Hesbone decided that God could save the community, and wanted to do it through them.

At the anniversary celebration, we heard many amazing "before" and "after" stories that showcase what God has done through RCC. Things are very different than they were "before" DOVE. Many have heard the Good News of salvation and are growing in faith. In addition to church planting, RCC focuses on holistic transformation. Through a strong network of partners, they have been helping the vulnerable in the community: eight orphans have gone to the university and 38 are in secondary school because of sponsorship, the widows' farm supports fifty widows and many who did not have houses now have them. These are just a few samples; I could go on and on . . . . Truly, God restores all things.

Our DOVE Global Partners have had the privilege of supporting this ongoing testimony. Specifically, funds were given to help finance this ten-year anniversary celebration of the goodness and faithfulness of God. Thank you for being a part of the DOVE Global Partners team. You are blessing to the body of Christ around the world!

Sincerely,
Larry Kreider
International Director
DOVE International

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DOVE International added 4 new photos.Friday, March 3rd, 2017 at 2:30am
Men Being Men in Capetown, South Africa

Swimming, zip-lining, fishing, boating and... baptisms. These activities filled a whole weekend for the men and youth of House of Praise in Capetown, South Africa during our December men's camp. It was a really good weekend and everyone had fun. The place where we were staying had no electricity or running water other than what was pumped from the river. We had no program or theme. There was no pretense or attempts to behave in a "churchy," religious way.

The original intent was to have a youth camp but we decided to invite all the men from the church because it is so valuable for them to spend time with the younger guys, most of whom have little or no contact with their fathers. We wanted to change the image coming from negative role models found by default in the form of gangsters and drug dealers in the society.

There was a river with boats and a zip-line that we could use as much as we wanted. The first day the youth were afraid to use the zip-line but by the end of the weekend most of them had conquered their fears and used it. We also had a spontaneous baptism for six of the guys. We are planning for more of activities like this because it is extremely beneficial for the young and old alike, for development into and confidence about manhood, and a lot of fun!

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How can God be good and allow us to suffer?
March 15
Down through the ages, man has asked the question, “How can God be good and allow us to suffer?” We face struggles in life for a variety of reasons—sometimes it is a consequence of our own actions, or because we live in a sinful world, or demonic affliction. Being faithful to God does not guarantee...

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