Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, whose we are and whom we serve. Let me start by appreciating you as a partner in Freshdew. We can never thank God enough for you and others in the Circle of Partnership who believe enough in the vision of Freshdew to commit their resources to the airing of the program.
This month I may not be writing much, but I have decided to open up my heart and share with you certain things about the Circle of Partnership. As partners we share one another’s burdens, and this is a burden we need to share and act upon together.
We recently celebrated our twentieth anniversary and we could never have gotten this far without our partners. It is past time now for us to take steps to the next level God has in store for us. We have stayed on this mountain long enough.
6 “The Lord our God spoke to us in Horeb, saying: ‘You have dwelt long enough at this mountain. 7 Turn and take your journey, and go to the mountains of the Amorites, to all the neighboring places in the plain, in the mountains and in the lowland, in the South and on the seacoast, to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, as far as the great river, the River Euphrates.
8 See, I have set the land before you; go in and possess the land which the Lord swore to your fathers — to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob — to give to them and their descendants after them.’
Deuteronomy 1:6-8 NKJV
The need to expand our partner base are the steps we need to take. I have meditated on how to do this without ever resorting to gimmicks and [Name], you are part of the solution. How? Do I hear you ask?
In a local church setting, church members usually keep the burden of bringing in more members for the pastor, the shepherd. That is so wrong, but sadly it is the norm. Let us look at the animals: It is the sheep that give birth to sheep. The shepherd only nurtures the sheep and tends to them, welcoming them into the sheepfold but the shepherd does not get pregnant with sheep. In the same way, the Lord opened my eyes to see this where the expansion of the Circle of Partnership with Freshdew is concerned. Our partners have also been quiet for too long. I have been conscious that on Freshdew I do not teach on partnership enough, but the truth is that if we are a Circle of Partnership, the responsibility is also that of our partners, not only do our partners need to constantly seek God on how much they give, but we need to talk and speak and engage.
19 Who is he who will contend with me? If now I hold my tongue, I perish.
Job 13:19 NKJV
We need to tell others about Freshdew first of all. We need to retweet, share and like everything on our social media pages @FreshdewTv. Do all our family, friends, coworkers and colleagues, church brethren, neighbours and everyone we meet know about Freshdew from us? There are so many ways to watch Freshdew: on TV, on Facebook (FreshdewTV), on YouTube. You can listen on radio as well. These details are on our website: freshdew.tv. Then we need to take it further and invite them to join the Circle of Partnership. A lot of people have grown on the Word from Freshdew for years and decades, but they are not partners. Where are we missing the connection? This is a very sobering season. There is work to be done. It is by the grace of God upon us that we will expand the Circle of Partnership.
8 Now Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim.
9 And Moses said to Joshua, “Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.” 10 So Joshua did as Moses said to him, and fought with Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.
11 And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.
12 But Moses’ hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.
13 So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. Exodus 17:8-13 NKJV
Aaron and Hur held up the arms of Moses and sustained the ministry of Moses while Joshua executed the ministry battles. After such a battle it is likely that Aaron and Hur may have been overlooked as the role they played was not visible and obvious like that of Joshua. That would not be partnership as Aaron and Hur were probably even more relevant as partners than Joshua for if they did not hold up the arms of Moses as he held up the rod of God, Joshua and the army would have been defeated. That is how powerful partnership is and we must let others know. [Name], you and every partner hold up the arms of Freshdew as we continue decade after decade to minister the life changing Word of God that is a cold refreshing drink in these last days. I praise God for you.
This is another Scripture that shows the power of partnership. When David had to go out to battle to rescue the wives and children that the Amalekites had kidnapped in Ziklag, he went with 400 men and left 200 men to watch over the supplies. That was a job that needed to be done. Somebody had to do it and since the 200 men were not able to go to war, they did that job. Were they partners with David? Well obviously, the 400 macho men who went with David did not think so. This is however what David said.
18 David got back everything the Amalekites had taken, including his two wives. 19 Nothing was missing. They found all the children and old people, all their sons and daughters, and all their valuables. They got back everything the Amalekites had taken. David brought everything back.
20 He took all the sheep and cattle. His men led these animals to the front of the group and said, “This is David’s prize.”
21 David came to the 200 men who had stayed at Besor Ravine. These were the men who were too weak and tired to follow David. They came out to meet him and the soldiers who went with him. They greeted David and his army as they approached. 22 There were some troublemakers in the group who went with David who started complaining, “These 200 men didn’t go with us, so why should we give them any of the
things we took. These men get nothing but their own wives and children.” 23 David answered, “No, my brothers. Don’t do that! Think about what the Lord gave us. He let us defeat the enemy that attacked us.
24 No one will listen to what you say. The share will be the same for the man who stayed with the supplies and for the man who went into battle. Everyone will share alike.” 25 David made this an order and rule for Israel. This rule continues even today. 1 Samuel 30:18-25 ERV
That is the rule of partnership. We are a circle. The presenter / teacher on Freshdew, the partner who gives N20,000 weekly, the partner who gives $5 monthly – we will all share in the prize alike. This is the beauty of partnership. We must know it to be able to invite others in.
1 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:
2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers,
disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,
4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 2 Timothy 3:1-5 NKJV
Yes, these are the last days. No joke. I feel a sense of urgency like never before to get the undiluted Word out fast. Satan is glorifying self in these days. Self-love, selfishness, self-righteousness, self-consciousness, self-preservation etc. It is ugly. Only magnifying the message of selflessness and God’s kind of unconditional love can overcome this in these last days. We can carry this message. There are people God still expects us to reach. If God expects us to reach them, then we can. Expansion is on my mind. Daily TV is on my mind. Africa is on my mind. Are these on your mind too? I share these with you as partners so that we can be of one mind – the mind of Christ in this matter. May we as partners receive even more abundance as we give and fulfil our ministry holding up the hands of Freshdew.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God;
18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints —
19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel,
20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. Ephesians 6:17-20 NKJV
6 “Sword of the Lord, you have not stopped. How long will you keep fighting? Go back into your scabbard! Stop! Be still!
7 But how can the sword of the Lord rest? The Lord gave it a command. He commanded it to attack the city of Ashkelon and the seacoast.”
Jeremiah 47:6-7 ERV
The sword of the Spirit, the sword of the Lord, the Word of God in our hands will never rest. We will not cease teaching and expanding. We cannot be put away. We cannot stop. We have a command from the Lord, we have land to possess and together we will possess all in Jesus’ name.
Please enjoy my gift this month of the audio of the twentieth anniversary documentary as seen on TV by clicking here.
Again, I would like to ask our partners to do a sample giving exercise on our website. We are currently fine-tuning our site, so it is easy for people with debit / credit cards to give online. It would be nice to get your feedback on this at email@example.com Also the phone line for calls from within Nigeria is 0700-FRESHDEW which is: 0700 3737 4339. For calls from outside Nigeria the number would be: +234-700-FRESHDEW which is +234 700 3737 4339. The lines are open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, except on Sundays when it is open from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Thank you for your partnership and your prayers. The Circle of Partnership will continue to grow, and flourish and we will all share, and share alike.
Electronically signed by
Pastor Nkechi Ene