Category: Inspirational Notes

John Mark Louse: A light to Karamoja

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This is a story of a Karamojong warrior turned Christian. The Lord Jesus Christ appeared to him out of a light and spoke saying, “I have chosen you to be a light to your people. You are going to begin this ministry here in Teso, and you will continue with it even up to Karamoja and other lands.” Today we are witnesses of a great ministry that shook that primitive region of Uganda. Dead people were raised to life and incurable diseases got miraculously healed, but above all, the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ was preached in its purity, undented with denominational dogma or theology. Once again we have had the opportunity to see that God reveals Himself in simplicity. Brother John Mark Louse went to be with the Lord on February 26, 2015. He was 60 years old. He was survived by his wife and 12 children. This book presents to you a story of his life and some sermons he preached. It is our hope that through reading this testimony your heart will be stirred to earnestly contend for the Faith that was once delivered to the saints.

Although he left to be with the Lord, his influence and legacy was not interred with his bones. It will live long in our memory, as a witness, that an Apostle came our way”  – In Foreword by Bro. JAMES VEREMU

Introduction by Bro. ISAAC WONYIMA

Epilogue & Testimony by Bro. RICHARD GAN

Taking the Name of the Lord in Vain

Thou shalt not take the NAME of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain” (Exo.20:7).
What is this NAME that we should not take in vain? A “name” in God’s economy of words is not merely a label for identifying things or persons. A name is a testimony of a character. Remember when Jacob wrestled with that angel? He said, “Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel, for as a prince hast thou power with God” (Gen.32:28). Remember Simon who after receiving and speaking a revelation had his name changed to Peter? A name was a testimony of what had happened, or a life which had been lived.
Likewise, God’s name is a testimony of His Character. As a Saviour He has been revealed to us in the Lord Jesus Christ. When we get baptised in the Name of the Lord Jesus (Act.2:38) its a testimony of having died to ourselves and rising to live by the testimony of God’s life, His Name!
Thus, to take on the name of Christ but yet live a contrary (sinful) life IS TO TAKE THE NAME OF THE LORD IN VAIN. Isnt that what Proverbs 30:9 tells us – “lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain“? Yes, when we lie, steal, and do all such sinful acts WE TAKE THE NAME OF THE LORD IN VAIN! Therefore, “Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity” (2 Tim.2:19)!

Being right

By Watchman Nee

Watchman Nee (1903-1972)

Nothing has done greater damage to our Christian testimony than our trying to be right and demanding right of others…We ask ourselves, Have we been justly or unjustly treated? and we think thus to vindicate our actions. But that is not our standard. The whole question for us is one of cross-bearing…

A brother in South China had a rice field in the middle of the hill.In time of drought he used a waterwheel, worked by a treadmill, to lift water from the irrigation stream into his field. His neighbour had two fields below his, and one night, made a breach in the dividing bank and drained off all his water. When the brother repaired the breach and pumped in more water his neighbor did the same thing again, and this was repeated three or four times. So he consulted his brethren. “I have tried to be patient and not to retaliate“, he said, “but is it right?” After they had prayed together about it, one of them replied, “If we only try to do the right thing, surely we are very poor Christians. We have to do something more than what is right“.

The brother was much impressed. Next morning he pumped water for the two fields below, and in the afternoon pumped water for hiw own field. After that the water stayed in his field. His neighbor was so amazed at his action that he began to inquire the reason, and in the course of time he, too, became a Christian.

So, my brethren, dont stand on your right. Dont feel that because you have gone the second mile you have done what is just. The second mile is only typical of the third and the fourth.

(Excerpt from Sit, Walk, Stand).

“I felt a thing run away…” (Remembering brother John Mark Louse)

Testimony of Healing by Bro. Jesse M. Nzima

Jesse and Moudy Nzima

I remember one Saturday morning, during the period of brother John Mark’s visit to Lusaka, in the year 2014, I suddenly developed stomach pains. The pains didn’t seem serious at the time but as the day progressed the discomfort intensified.

We were scheduled to have meetings at brother Andrew Phiri’s home later that Saturday  afternoon. The home was about 10 kilometers away from where I lived. I then realized I would not be able to make it for the gathering because of the sickness. I told my wife and the young girl we kept in the house (her niece) to proceed for the gathering.

I went to bed that night with the same problem and I was hopeful it would improve by morning. Sunday morning came and there was no improvement. We were scheduled to have a double service that Sunday. I again advised my wife to go to church without me as my condition was not improving. The brothers at church learnt of the problem the previous day. Since I’m a very expressive and noisy person, it was apparent that my absence was felt.

When my wife left for the service that is when Satan buffeted me and the real battle with diarrhoea started. I would not last five minutes before racing back to the toilet. This went on for about six hours continuously.

This kind of diarrhoea was unusual. I later noticed that the appearance and smell of stool changed. There was now a very bad stench of non-stop black stool. I lost strength and my anal area was burning. I started feeling weak and drowsy.

I lay back on my bed and started asking God to have mercy on me. I remember praying as if I was dying as the situation proved helpless. I prayed for so many things including many people I knew and family members. I asked God to have mercy on them. I also asked Him to forgive me for the things I had not done right and for the people I had not helped in my walk with God to witness my faith.

Then between 1 and 2 PM in the afternoon, something happened to me (before this I had desired for Brother John Mark to come pray for me as he was scheduled to pray for people with different needs). I heard some faint voices and laughter approaching my gate and I knew it was brothers coming over to see me during the lunch break. My heart suddenly leapt for joy. As soon as I heard the voice of Brother John Mark, I felt a thing run away (literally running away!) from my stomach through my anal area. Immediately my problem left me and I knew I was healed. This happened just before the brothers entered the house.

After entering the house brother John Mark offered a simple prayer. I told him that I would accompany the brothers to church after that. After I said that, Brother John Mark told me that I had done a good thing to obey God’s voice by not staying in bed after the prayer. Now you know that when you have severe diarrhoea, the public is one place you don’t want to hang around. Thoughts started flooding my mind and I asked myself if I knew what I was doing but my heart was too overwhelmed with joy to entertain that kind of reasoning. I went on to attend the second service and to my surprise I didn’t have the problem again. I started thinking that maybe it would start in the evening but it didn’t. I remember Brother John Mark looking at me after the service and assuring me that the problem was over and that it would never trouble me again.

On the way home I was carrying my wife’s bags and one of our twin boys in my hands. Brothers John Mark and Andrew Phiri looked at me from brother Andrew’s car, and brother John Mark jokingly said. “Look at how this man is confidently and energetically carrying bags, who would know he had diarrhoea a while ago?” I could not hold back my laughter.

The Lord did a miracle that day. But all this was on the basis of my faith, I had confidence in the gift God had put in brother John Mark. I believe he can do it for you. “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Heb 11:6).

|| Read about the Call and Ministry of John Mark Louse here.