A baby…

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Global Transformation NetworkA baby….

A baby…that Kings travel by the star through the deserts…to see and bow before this child…

How has this baby impacted your life?

How has the birth of Christ impacted your life?

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Has HE been your Comforter: Shattered dreams, losses, grief, addiction?

Is HE your Deliverer: idols, depression, catastrophe?

As a woman: status, value, honor among men, mercy?

As someone living with disability: elevated, Luke 14, inclusion, affirmation
Through the decades the status of women is changing; heroines of the faith have shown this baby’s value of women. We gain glimpses of those living with disability as we age; we are so grateful that HE has elevated disability and age…and gives eternal life; HE gives us JOY inexpressible, enlarges the “eyes of our hearts” and deepens our ability to love. Christ is our recompense.
We are endowed with this baby’s gifts by believing and trusting in HIM, Christ only.

GTN shares and spreads the message of Christ to give hope, healing and wholistic health.

We need prayer and finances to enable GTN to continue to share and spread the Gospel Message…especially to the vulnerable, forgotten, downtrodden….

Merry Christmas to you with much love, Terry Taylor Graham, Diana Mood, David Graham

The Global Transformation Network, Inc., 719 maiden Choice Lane HR510, Catonsville, MD 21228
terry@gtininc.org; dianagtn1@gmail.com; dawitbg22@gmail.com
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A Christmas Greeting from The Global Transformation Network

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Global Transformation NetworkEnjoy this special season of celebrating Christ’s birth as we also look forward to His return. Each day, each New Year, brings a new sense of anticipation. “…So Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.” Hebrews 9:28

When we all get to heaven the distance between us will we be erased, and times of separation will not even be a faint memory.

Kindred spirits will be constant companions and the joy of the Lord will constantly fill our hearts with joy and thankfulness for God’s unbounded love and grace.

But, while fettered to this earth and its limitations, we must purpose to stay connected. Today, it is so much easier to “tesseract” with all the wonders of modern technology which transverse time and distance in a Nano-second.

We invite you to visit and “Like” GTN’s website, www.gtninc.org, and our Facebook page. We are strategizing how best to stay in touch with you and encourage you to stay in touch with us. Send an email, prayer request, photo, etc. We can connect and network in real time as never before…let’s use it to encourage one another and advance Christ’s kingdom on earth till He comes.

Come Lord Jesus,

Diana Mood and Terry Graham
The Global Transformation Network, Inc.

Why the Shepherds first?

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Global Transformation NetworkFour thousand years of Biblical promises, prophesies, hints, symbols, rituals, etc. were recorded before anyone knew precisely when the Messiah would appear in real time on earth.

Today, on Christmas eve, many try to reenact and consider what it was like on the night God became a newborn human being.

After all those years of waiting and hoping, God made this greatest announcement of all time…to a handful of lowly shepherds on a lonely hillside in the middle of night.

They were doing their jobs as usual, guarding a flock of vulnerable sheep. They were waiting for the sun to rise so they could warm up after a brisk night in the mountains surrounding Bethlehem.

They were nameless characters, yet, eyewitnesses to the most momentous news flash ever.….

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah (Christ), the Lord.”

This announcement thundered out of the mouth of a splendiferous Angelic figure illuminated by “The glory of the Lord.” As if that wasn’t already shocking enough, “Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:13

Wow! What a night! Who were these men? Why were they chosen above everyone else to see and hear such a wondrous message on the first Christmas eve?

As quickly as the angelic beings appeared, they disappeared. The shepherds hastily discussed what happened and ran down the craggy hillside to check out every stable in town until they found the newborn baby in a manger and Mary and Joseph just as they had been told.

After confirming the startling Good News the shepherds had heard, “…they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child. And all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.”

Having woken up most of the town announcing Jesus’ birth, “The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.” Luke 2:17

Today, approximately 2000+ years after Jesus’s birth, death, resurrection and ascension into heaven, no one knows when He will return to earth. We too have promises, hints, and symbolic foreshadowing’s of this greatly anticipated event.

A handful of anonymous shepherds were the first to receive the news of Christ’s birth. People living with disabilities, many of whom He healed, were constant followers of Christ before his death on a cross. Two marginalized women were the first to see and hear that Christ had risen from the dead. A group of rag tag followers witnessed the resurrected Christ ascend into heaven and were told by “two men dressed in white” that “This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen Him go into heaven.” Acts 1:11

So, like the Shepherds, the women, the disabled and the disciples…. we need tell others what we have seen and heard. We wait, as they did, for God’s remaining promises to be fulfilled. “For He is faithful who promised.” Hebrews 10:23

All of them were ordinary people like us, sinners in need of a savior. “…God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen.” 1 Corinthians 1:27

Glory to God in the Highest!

Thanksgiving Day offers a day of refuge in a world of Adversity and Strife

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GTNToday’s news is full of every imaginable form of depravity and perversion. Devastating natural disasters.   Catastrophic threats of global annulation. And much more. This is not new. All who have preceded us experienced similar adversities. Often worse than ours.

In 1723 the New England Colonies were attacked by the “rage and fury” of native American Indians, the ravages of contagious diseases and the “rapacious and bloody Pirates” on the sea coasts. Yet they set aside a day to give God thanks for “our invaluable privileges”, being “restored to health” the “great plenty of the fruits of the earth”. And “above all that He continues to give us the precious benefits and liberties of the Gospel.

In 1789, President George Washington proclaimed Thursday, November 26, as a national “day of public thanksgiving and prayer” in response to the Almighty’s care of Americans prior to the Revolution, assistance to them in achieving independence, and help in establishing the constitutional
government.

In 1863 Lincoln proclaimed that “the nation will celebrate an official Thanksgiving holiday on November 26, 1863.” This was issued immediately after “a civil war of unequalled magnitude” in which 620,000 men died in battle or from disease. “Notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore.”

Population has steadily increased, and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.”

Giving thanks is not just a religious concept, it is our shared American history. While you are enjoying your stuffed turkey, pumpkin pie, and time with family and friends, also remember to give thanks for all your struggles and trials.

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
I Thess 5:18

For history buffs…you can read all the original proclamations by following this web link:  http://www.pilgrimhallmuseum.org/thanksgiving_proclamations.htm

A Veterans Day Message from GTN

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Veterans GTNWe celebrate our US military on this Veterans Day…those who are active duty and those who are veterans…those who have been wounded and those who gave their last measure of devotion to preserve our country and way of life.

It is because of these soldiers’ love of our country and their military service that we enjoy our freedoms today. Words can never adequately express our gratitude for their great personal sacrifice and the cost they and their families have paid for these freedoms… especially as wives and children miss the service members’ daily leadership and investment.

The Global Transformation Network, Inc. (a 501c3 US non-profit), has trained many nationals in war-torn countries in East Africa, West Africa and the Caribbean. We have discovered the the 66 disability lessons that have been written, are most helpful to wounded soldiers and veterans from many countries that have experienced civil war; these disabled nationals embrace our lessons and our presentations.

Awareness and advocacy are critical resources to bring healing and health not only to those wounded in war torn zones around the world, but to all people living with disability. Many concepts are new to them.

In this small, but meaningful way, we hope to honor all men and women, who fight for justice and freedom.

“It’s hot, we work hard and we die.”

The Global Transformation Network

  Global Transformation Network AfarA wise, old Afar mid-wife in a remote village in northern Ethiopia shared this lament with Jean Kapsner, a veteran SIM nurse, after a high-risk pregnancy ended in death due to hemorrhaging.

 

Nurse Jean Kapsner shared her reflections with GTN on the plight of Afar women, gleaned from many arduous and sometimes dangerous trips to mobile health clinics in this relatively inaccessible region.

“The Afar women have nothing; they have no hope.”

Listen in below!

BUILDING THE SPECIAL NEEDS GTNET

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BUILDING THE SPECIAL NEEDS GTNET
GTNToday, building effective missionary networks around the globe is the single best strategy for tackling the most pressing special needs of persons living with disabilities.

 

For generations, individual missionary efforts have often been limited to local impact for people with living with special needs.

 

GTN plans to locate, identify, and publicize each organization, project, and training focused on engaging the common needs of those in the global disability community.  We’ll include the location, contact information and unique resources on an interactive global map. Our team is currently doing extensive research.  The result will be a powerful, yet simple, globally accessible, web platform to make this online linkage a reality.  We seek to promote multi-lateral, multi-national and multilingual collaboration.

 

The goal is to share information, strategies, experiences, resources, projects, organizations, and networks. This is imperative to achieve transformative breakthroughs in the lives of all seeking special services for special needs.

 

GTN urges all faith-based initiatives committed to engaging the
disabled with the gospel to use our on-line, disability focused,
informative, web map. Faith-based organizations will be able find
previously unknown resources, thus most effectively leveraging the
power of cross-collaboration and exponentially multiplying their
collective impact.

 

Today it is a vision; soon it will be an ever-expanding reality.
Like and follow our website…www.gtninc.org…to find out how things
are developing and when the interactive global map will launch.  On Launch day, we’ll send you an invitation to check it out.
When God’s people work together in collaboration, meaningfully
sharing the diversity of their strength, God’s Spirit is unleashed
in remarkable ways.
We envision that new Spirit-led special needs movements will emerge and flourish around the world.

UPDATE ON SOUTH, MESO, LATIN AND CARIBBEAN AMERICAN DISABILITY TRAINING

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GLOBAL TRAINING UPDATE

SOUTH, MESO, LATIN AND CARIBBEAN AMERICAN DISABILITY TRAINING

GTNLast month, South, Meso, Latin and Caribbean American Disability Training Champions, Marcello and Sylvia Lopez, presented disability and micro-enterprise lessons during Week 3, Sept 18-22, 2017, at the first CHE Internship Training at the CHE Training Center in Guatemala.

 

Dr. Hugo Gomez, Co-Founder and CEO of Global CHE Enterprises (CHE) and Regional Coordinator for Mesoamerica for GCE, reported all are having a good and highly productive experience and that “he has seen the Holy Spirit working among all the trainees and trainers!”

 

Global Transformation network The CHE interns are from Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras, Belize, El Salvador and Nicaragua. Visit the website below to see the trainees currently at the GCE Training Center in action.

 

 

Join us in prayer and praise for a fruitful time of sharing and learning about disability ministry as Marcello and Sylvia share their own personal story of their son, Phillipe, how the Lord has led them into this new phase of ministry for them and to equip this new batch of interns to become more effective, informed advocates for persons living with disabilities back in their home countries.

GTN joins GODesign & Voice of the Wilderness Development Organization in the HOPE CENTER project for disabled

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gtnGTN is joining two organizations, GODesign (USA) and Voice of the Wilderness Development Organization (Ethiopia) in the HOPE CENTER project for disabled children in Afar. GTN’s role, projected for completion by June 2018, is to train the new Hope Center staff in foundational principles of how to most effectively love and serve this needy population.

Stay tuned for more details as they develop. Visit this website to see the most current updates on the project’s formation.  www.godesigninc.org

AFAR QUICK FACTS

GTNThe Afar Region in the Danakil Depression of northern Ethiopia is:
  • The hottest place on earth in terms of average year-round temps
  • ​One of the lowest places on earth at 410’ below sea level
  • Desert, without rain most of year.
  • An active volcanic area with many hot springs
 The Afar People are:
  • 2 million
  • 99.99% Muslim
  • Pastoralists, nomadic herdsman

10/4/2017 Prayer and Praise Intercession List

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 October 4, 2017

9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the LORD and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

1 Colossians 1.9-14

Prayer

  • That the Lord avert and downsize storms that threaten life and the way of life.
  • That He bring compassion to these areas that need recovery.
  • Bless those first responders and officials that have acted wisely.
  • Continued prayer for the total rebuilding of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
    Recovery in TX and FL.
  • For those affected by the floods in Bangladesh, India and Nepal have killed 1200 people and affected 16 million others. There are few safety networks or resources.
  • For the Rohingya Muslims as they flee through mountains…a 3 day treck…from Myanmar to Bangladesh because of injustice…they have no legal papers and are not welcomed in Bangladesh….many diseases plague them.
  • For the violence in the US and around the world. There have been 272 incidents of shooting in 2017 in the US. This is more than 1 day in Afghanistan.
  • For the healing of those injured in Las Vegas, healing for their broken hearts because of major life changes, healing for those who have lost loved ones.
  • That those in remote areas with few or no health clinics will receive immunizations which prevent disabilities…like polio.
  • That new laws will be enacted which will improve health around the world.
  • For Terry’s pending knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus.

Praise

  • For stirring the hearts of those to give funds to those affected by the recent tragic weather events.
  • That Dave is feeling better and walking 2 miles and empowering the doctors to diagnosis the problem.
  • That You have received Ed into your arms and his suffering is over.
  • The Lord that Saudi Arabian women will be able to drive starting in June 2018.
  • That an Ethiopian government official promised Dr. Katherine Hamlin that her hospitals would no longer be used to surgically repair obstetrical fistulas…but rather will be used as neonatal units…by 2020. That means that recent laws against early marriage and marital abductions are beginning to take effect. Dr. Hamlin’s hospitals, 5 in Ethiopia and others in several countries, have given women dignity and the ability to return to home.
  • That more girls are able to enter schools and be educated. While there is still much work to be done around the world, progress is being made.
  • We praise the Lord that about 100 Nigerian girls were returned from Baka Haram and are now in school after a year of counseling.
  • We give our gratitude to the Lord, Jesus Christ for giving each of us a home in America. We are proud to be Americans. The character of those who have fought, and the many who have given their lives for our freedoms exhibit character that challenges the rest of us, are such models to our children.
  • The police, first responders and military honor our country, our flag and us.
  • For citizens who love and serve during times of crises and first responders who sacrifice their lives for the rest of us and for the police and military who expose themselves to death to save us in storms and terror.

Please,

if you have any words or insights from Him, share them with us in the comment section below and we will be glad to add them to each days list.  If you prefer to submit your prayer or praise request anonymously, you may do so by sending them to Terry@gtninc.org

If you would like to join our group of Intercessors, please email Terry@gtininc.org.

Blessings to you,

The Global Transformation Network