Thursday, April 30, 2009

Prayer Request from Mexico

Prayer Requests

From Superintendent T.W.Drost (Mexico):

Please pray for our people during this serious outbreak of the swine flu in Mexico - which has expanded.

In news conferences, over the past few days government officials seem to be reporting a bit more honestly than before, and now they are confirming over 150 deaths with the swine flu in Mexico City, and over 2,000 confirmed infected.

Thus far, Mexico is the only country that is reporting any deaths on account of the swine flu but, the more alarming news is that, they now have reported cases in over half of the 32 States in Mexico (the country) which increases the potential for greater harm.

We request your prayers for the over 80,000 baptized believers that we now have in all of Mexico, in over 750 Churches.

We are believing God for His protection. Also, the government has now directly prohibited any gathering of people (to reduce the spread of the disease), which means that we are not allowed to have services.

This prohibition has been declared for the entire country. Various district-wide events, that had been planned for this weekend, and for some time in some of our districts, have been canceled. That, of course, affects our people.

Prayer Request

Prayer Requests

From Georgene Shalm (Pakistan/Afghanistan): Please pray for the Christians in Pakistan.

I have just had a call from a pastor in Karachi. Yesterday the Taliban surrounded a church in one of the outlying areas of the city where mostly Christians (of all denominations) live, and where we have a UPC pastor and several families.

The Taliban harassed the people and forced many of them to leave their homes. Guns were fired and one child was killed; many, many more were injured. They have asked that our missionary family would especially remember them in prayer, that they would be strong in the face of persecution and that the Lord would protect them.

Africa Report

Africa Revival Reports April 2009


David & Alice Kline

The Klines arrived in Africa in November 1994 as Associates in Missions. Brother Kline taught in the Bible schools in Zambia and Zimbabwe and evangelized in different churches on weekends. Over 100 people were filled with the Holy Ghost in their weekend services.

Equatorial Guinea ~Regional Missionary Brother Mua & Area Coordinator Jim Poitras

The church is experiencing growth. Four were baptized in Jesus' Name and two received the Holy Ghost. Others have given testimonies of healing and being delivered by the power of God.

Gabon~Regional Missionary Brother Desire & Area Coordinator Randy Adams

A woman was baptized on Easter Sunday morning and came out of the water speaking in tongues.

Ghana ~Jim Poitras, Colleen Carter, & Nick Sisco families

Thirteen received the Holy Ghost at a regional all night service. Three received the Holy Ghost at a Bible school students church.

Guinea ~Reported by Albert S.

During a special revival service in the capital city, four were baptized in Jesus' name and six received the Holy Ghost. Guinea is a predominantly Muslim country.

Kenya ~ Jim Crumpacker & Patrick Groves families

Easter Regional Conference had over 600 in attendance. Sixty-four received the Holy Ghost and twenty were baptized in Jesus' Name.

Lesotho ~David Kline family

Certificates were awarded to those who completed the New Life classes and Sunday school teacher training. This month's focus was on water baptism. Thirty-six were baptized in Jesus' name and eight were filled with the Holy Ghost.

Liberia ~ Albert S. family

During regular church services twenty-three were baptized in Jesus' name and twelve received the Holy Ghost.

Nigeria ~ Gerry McLean family

Fifty-five were baptized in Jesus' name at a weekend revival. There are many new students at the Bible school, most who have never had any contact with the UPCI. Eight new students were baptized in Jesus' Name and nine were filled with the Holy Ghost. Three former trinitarian ministers were baptized in Jesus' Name.

Togo ~ Randy Adams family

During a Sunday morning service, eight received the Holy Ghost and ten testified of healing. As a result of the Radio ministry, seven more have been baptized in Jesus' name. During an Easter weekend revival, three adults and one child received the Holy Ghost.

Zambia ~Gary Abernathy family

During two separate prayer conferences, a total of sixty received the Holy Ghost and twenty-two were baptized in Jesus' Name.

Zimbabwe ~Tremayne Simoneaux family

Easter General Conference had one of its largest attendances ever. Twenty-six received the Holy Ghost and seventy were baptized in Jesus' Name. This was the most ever baptized in a Zimbabwe conference.


The month of March 2009 was one of great victory in the Central District - which covers Mexico City. This city with its teaming 20 to 22 million people is a harvest field for the Gospel.

On March 16 we had a District Congress with over 2,500 in attendance: 118 received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and 19 were baptized. But, we also rejoiced in many healings and miracles. Three different people got up and walked out of their wheel-chairs! Many other miracles were reported. Here is a picture of one of the services:

We are so excited with the way the Churches are growing here in the Central District, where we also pastor a Church right in the heart of Mexico City. We now have over 70 Churches and Missions with over 80 Pastors and Ministers. Also, we have over 5,100 baptized in the Precious Name of Jesus.

Every first Saturday of the month we have a Monthly Pastors' meeting where all the Pastors come together for fellowship, reports and inspiration. This past meeting, the Pastors reported a total of 368 baptized and 264 received the Holy Spirit during the month of March 2009 – that’s just in Mexico City! In the former month of February 2009, we had 255 baptized in Jesus' Name. To God be the glory!

Please continue to pray for more Revival in Mexico - and especially Mexico City.

Tanzania Flash-Point

Dear Partners,

It is with great joy that the church of Tanzania welcomes back Bro. and Sis. Smoak!!!
After a year and a half of traveling, they are finally back in the country.

Bro. and Sis. Robertson wish to express a heartfelt THANK YOU to all of you who kept their family in prayer over the past few months. Here are a few updates:

*Chva'na and Tessa have recently enrolled in Sanford-Brown University, studying Dentistry and Dental Assisting respectivly.

*Kaylah has been given a clean bill of health and has returned to work after several months of medical leave.

*Kandra is enjoying time alone with Mom and Dad. She hopes to complete her High School education by the end of this summer!

Revival Fires Spreading Across Tanzania!

Dar es Salaam - Pastor Kashalilika has been giving Bible studies to 2 police officers. These officers have been attending faithfully for the past year!

Tanga - The church has tripled in the last year and God has used Pastor Omari greatly. In the past few months, 2 other preaching points have been opened and 6 new people have started attending the newly established home fellowship groups.

Kilimanjaro- While recently attending a church in the village of Malula, an elderly man came to the front to be prayed for. He has severe problems with his eyes. After a few moments of prayer, he returned to his seat. At the end of the service, he told his pastor, Pastor Kashili, that his eyesight had improved after the prayer!!!!

Thank God for His mighty power!

From crusades in corn fields, to power packed prayer meetings, and little mud church buildings full and overflowing...

REJOICE with us as we watch what God is going to do in the coming months of this year!!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Prayer Requests

From Phillip Rhoads (Suriname):
Please pray for my dad, Milton Rhoads, who is undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment for stage four cancer.

From Theresa Richardson (Mauritius/Reunion/Seychelles):
Please pray for our grandson, Ethan, (son of Joel and Lisa, missionaries to Gabon).

One of his ear drums ruptured and the other ear has an acute infection. The Dr. has put him on strong antibiotics. Pray for complete healing and that he has no hearing loss. Thank you.

Update on Corliss Williams, wife of C. Patton Williams, Florida District superintendent:
The oncologist diagnosis for Corliss is that she has Third Stage Diffuse Large B-Cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. The doctor was very positive about the success of treatment and with our faith in God as The Healer we are believing for her complete recovery.

They allowed her to come home late last evening to rest a couple of days and gather her thoughts. We have been bombarded with a mountain of information the last five days.

She will be hospitalized again on Monday to begin chemo-therapy and be in the hospital for four or five days. After that, the treatments will be done on an outpatient basis and continue for at least the next six months.

Prayer is our only need. Doctors can help but God is the One who heals.

Bangladesh Report

"I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. 3 O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together."
(Psalm 34:1-3)

Praise the Lord! We have just received a telephone call from Bangladesh informing us that the police and RAB (Rapid Action Battalion/SWAT) have rescued the capitol city pastor's daughter from her kidnappers, and have arrested the two young men involved in the kidnapping.

We thank the Lord for His mighty hand of Action during this time of need, and would also like to thank each and every one of you for your prayers! We love and appreciate you all so very much! We thank the Lord for this tremendous recovery, for many times in Bangladesh young people are kidnapped, raped and then killed.

Thank you so much for your prayers!
The James Corbin family