David & Sarah Clemente
The Clementes are non-residential missionaries with a vision to mobilize partnership and support for FMWM-Asia, to help in the cross-cultural ministry of Free Methodist communities and local churches around the world, and to provide support to pastors located in Southeast Asia. As a member of the Asia Leadership Team, Dr. David Clemente teaches missions and theology. He also travels to Asian countries to lead in weeklong seminars and assist our FMWM-Asia team members in the area of ministry development. Sarah’s additional vital role includes supporting the FMWM-Asia work as administrative assistant to the area director.Reproducible Bulletin Insert
Pray for:• wisdom and discernment as David teaches and leads different seminars around Asia
• travel safety
• FM churches in Asia as they continue to expand their vision for cross-cultural ministry and become vibrant witnesses to their local communities
• national church leaders from all our Asian countries
• Carmen and Jacob’s physical, emotional and spiritual growth
What are the ways we are receiving outsiders into our circle of fellowship? At one time when an “outsider” and non-follower was seen casting out demons in Jesus name, Jesus told his disciples: “Do not stop him, for the one who is not against you is for you.” (See, Luke 9:49-50.) The first few times I read these verses, I thought about several questions: Who is this guy, this non-follower? What kind of preaching is he saying if he does not follow along with the disciples of Jesus? What really happens when he “cast demons in Jesus name” as the...
One time I was asked the question: "Why is it that the churches in Asia are growing fruitfully?" My answer is simply because Jesus is very real to Asian people. He lives in their daily lives. He meets all their human needs. Jesus brings healing, restoration of broken relationships, answers to financial problems, and fulfillment in their spiritual longings. To illustrate this reality among our Asian brothers and sisters, I am sharing here a story that was shared to me by one of our pastors. (Also, I have shared this in our Clemente Newsletter, June 2021.) Here is the story...
Good morning. Today, I will share about the new life that the Spirit of God gives to us. This Sunday’s talk is a focus on the work and person of the Holy Spirit. This is most appropriate as we celebrate the Pentecost Week and today’s Trinity Sunday. Our scripture texts are found in Romans 8 and Psalm 29. Let us read: Romans 8:15-16. “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ The Spirit himself bears witness with our...
One of my missionary friend told me of his experience with God’s visit. He saw God’s miracles and power in the missionary field. But, he experiences the intimate visit of God when he is out scuba diving and going under the waters watching creatures from the ocean. Another missionary friend told me that he experiences God’s sweet presence when he is taking a break and doing carpentry in his shop or work room. He imagines Jesus working with him doing wood work. Both of these friends are seeing the majesty of the Spirit of God in an intimate and renewing...
This is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad that He has given me a wife and life-partner who is a wonderful mother and a great person to be with. I am honored to walk life with her. I am sure my own mother from heaven is smiling and looking down on us with so much delight and admiration. Happy Mother's Day to Sarah!. Happy Mother's Day to all the women, the sisters, the significant others, whom we can honor and we all love. We rejoice that God has made you and allowed us...
What if there is a “red pill” you can take that would unplugged you from anything undesirable that you are attached to? Remember the movie where machines ruled and humans were treated like batteries? The red pill represents the choice to move forward. What if every Christian is given a choice to be fruitful? Would you make that choice? Read again the lectionary readings from the Gospels for this Sunday, May 2nd, from John 15:1-8. Jesus offers to us a life of “abiding in his love.” Go ahead and make that choice. Take the red pill and disengaged from your...
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