Go Ye by James Rafferty

Go Ye

by James Rafferty  |  June 26, 2017

ARISE Australia is five years old and each year has been a wonderful experience. The dedicated staff of the North New South Wales (NNSW) Conference and the workers directing the program make the impact of this 15-week Bible school tremendous.

Here are the numbers:

48 students (including 3 last minute additions in week 12) 4 rebaptisms 5 first time baptisms 1 contact from last year baptized 13 requests for baptism (contacts from this year’s outreach) 1 atheist physics lecturer converted 1 heroin addict delivered 1 powerful community service project in the wake of a natural disaster 1 testimony after another of God’s grace and power

Let’s start with the cyclone that hit the Queensland Coast right in the middle of the school session: record-breaking floods; several deaths; and thousands of people evacuated from their homes. The planned evangelistic series was postponed and so the students fully engaged in community outreach during the day time which meant that classes ran at night. Students spent three weeks engaging with the locals by shoveling mud, water blasting houses, and clearing flood debris from …
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James Rafferty Co-Director
Light Bearers

There Is No Greater Power Than the Power of Testimony

by Light Bearers  |  June 2, 2017

At Riverside Farm Institute we feel that God has been working in many amazing ways, so we just must share some of them with you!

Our Education Department now runs two classes of students each year. Towards the end of each program, before the students graduate, a three-week crusade is held. Three thousand copies of Light Bearers Bible lessons are reserved for the evangelism and lifestyle students who, together, hold the crusade.

In our Evangelism Department, we currently have 47 Bible workers who are based in different provinces of Zambia. These soldiers of the cross gather as much literature as their pockets can hold. They are able to take tracts by the thousands! Various local churches and companies also use thousands of these silent messengers as they run their church and district evangelistic crusades across the country.

These soldiers of the cross gather as much literature as their pockets can hold.

In Zambia, we have various student groups which are active in evangelism. Coming from high schools and universities, the students work through forums and campus ministries to use gospel …
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Light Bearers a publishing, training and evangelism ministry.
Sweet Sleep by Risë Rafferty

Sweet Sleep

by Risë Rafferty, RDN  |  May 31, 2017

Time is central to planet Earth. Every facet of this globe is regulated to some degree or other with time. Creation was based on time segments. Separate and unique accomplishments were designed in each sequential day. Heavenly bodies were assigned to direct seasons and periods. Time is valued as it relates to the possibilities it contains and therefore is extremely precious. Most of us receive monetary remuneration of our work in the context of time. Our level of education is largely quantified in relation to how much time we spent in study. We typically assess projects and chores on how much time they require. Even the level of intimacy in our relationships is largely based on time spent with each other.

Rarely do we seem to have enough time. We keep track of days, hours, minutes, and even seconds to maximize time. Our attempts at accomplishing, experiencing, and enjoying everything we need or want often results in time being sacrificed from another aspect of our lives. Sleep is one of those time slots we rob from the most to provide …
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Risë Rafferty, RDN Health Educator
Light Bearers
Super Knowledge by Ty Gibson

Super Knowledge

by Ty Gibson  |  May 29, 2017

We are creatures of “knowledge.” Our entire existence is shaped by what we know and how we know. According to the Bible, there is a regular, run-of-the-mill knowledge, and then there is a kind of knowledge that operates at a deeper, wider, higher level.

“We know that we all have knowledge (gnosis). Knowledge (gnosis) puffs up, but love edifies” (1 Corinthians 8:1).

Paul wants us to understand that knowledge without love is worthless—and worse than worthless, it makes us arrogant.

In Ephesians 1, Paul prays that we will receive, “the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge (epignosis) of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened” (Ephesians 1:17-18).

Here he uses the Greek word for knowledge, gnosis, with the prefix epi, which is a grammatical amplifier. Epignosis is deep knowledge, crucial knowledge, super knowledge. Later, in Ephesians 3:19, Paul prays that we will “know the love of Christ which passes knowledge (gnosis).” There is a knowing that surpasses all common knowledge. If you know the love of Christ, you are intelligent on an otherworldly level. Epignosis isn’t necessarily …
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Ty Gibson Co-Director
Light Bearers
My Prodigal Paradigm Shift by Ethan Bird

My Prodigal Paradigm Shift

by Ethan Bird  |  May 26, 2017

My parents thought I was going to Ecuador to be a student missionary. I was really going so I could run away from God as I knew Him. I was drawn to the Latin surf scene, the gorgeous women, and the freedom to pursue my new pornography interest away from my sheltered subculture. After years of spiritual disillusionment, I had given up on trying to reach God. Ecuador was the logical next step. As a “student missionary,” I could explore another lifestyle without unnerving or disappointing my family.

Growing Up with God

We were missionaries in Taiwan when I was a kid. My family was constantly planning worship services and hosting Bible studies. I was baptized at age nine, partly because I wanted to be an example to the guy my dad and I were studying the Bible with. I also thought it was time to grow up and take responsibility for my relationship with God. So I squared my shoulders under the weight of my expectation of being a better person, instantly.

When I was 13, our family moved …
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Ethan Bird
I Wish I Could Tell Her "Happy Mother's Day" by Ty Gibson

I Wish I Could Tell Her “Happy Mother’s Day”

by Ty Gibson  |  May 12, 2017

My mom was a force of nature. As poet Barbara Kingsolver once said, “Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” That was my mom. Fiercely independent, she left home at 15 and got a job as a waitress. The popular, cool guy in town swept her off her feet with his charm. And that’s how the world got me, her first child. She gave Johnny Gibson an ultimatum: “We have a baby now (that would be cute, chubby little me). Stop the partying and let’s be a family, or I’m leaving.” He promised and failed, promised and failed, promised and failed. So she left him to raise me on her own. There we were, then, just the two of us.

She was beautiful and as a result was invited, or rather “scouted,” to attend high society parties at which were politicians, actors and singers. (Believe it or not, there are people whose job it is to go to restaurants and stores and find beautiful young women—and young men—and invite them to the parties of the rich and …
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Ty Gibson Co-Director
Light Bearers
Running Back and Forth by Ty Gibson

Running Back and Forth

by Ty Gibson  |  May 5, 2017

Hello friends of Light Bearers!

There are so many exciting things going on here at the ministry, I can hardly keep up. But I’d rather be busy than bored. I’m sure you feel the same. I recently read in Ezekiel the mind-blowing fact that we’re not alone in our busyness:

“The living creatures ran back and forth…” (1:14).

“The appearance of their workings was, as it were, a wheel in the middle of a wheel” (1:16).

So, get this: there are angelic beings in heaven, and what are they doing? Running back and forth. They are so busy executing tasks that they move as fast as possible. And they must be highly organized, because their “workings” are pictured as intersecting wheels of activity.

That’s how the work of Light Bearers feels at times—actually all the time. And it is such a joy to be part of this team. Allow me to share with you a few of the things God has us doing presently.


As I write, I have just returned from holding a series of meetings …
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Ty Gibson Co-Director
Light Bearers