Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Africa in Revival Update

Burkina Faso
Ken Cantrell family

We just repaired a baptismal tank that had not been used in years. The pastors set a yearly goal for baptisms. Next Sunday one church is taking six to be baptized. This is half of the goal that he set for the next six months: "Focused Passion brings forth Conversion!"

Equatorial Guinea
Area Coordinator, Jim Poitras, reported by Regional Missionary Peter Mua

Four were baptized in Jesus' name, and three received the Holy Spirit.

A lady almost died from a miscarriage. Her husband called the church for prayer, and God miraculously healed her. Since then the couple have been baptized in Jesus' name, and the husband has received the Holy Spirit. We are believing that the wife will soon.

Jim Poitras, Colleen Carter, & Nick Sisco families

A total of ten baptized in Jesus' name at two of the capital city churches.

Over fifty attended the annual Minister's Wives Conference. We are truly thankful for the breakthrough in the Spirit, as these precious ladies were strengthened and encouraged.

Reported by Missionary Albert Stewart

In a revival service, nine were baptized in Jesus' name, and five received the Holy Spirit.

David Kline family

Nine received the Holy Spirit, and three were baptized in Jesus' name.

The current yearly totals are: 429 visitors, 43 filled with the Holy Spirit, and 43 baptized in Jesus' name.

Two youth were having trouble getting sponsorship for their college. The church prayed, and the Lord opened the door for both to be fully funded by scholarship. This is a great testimony for the youth and community because the National Scholarship fund had been depleted and new applications were not being received--much less approved.

Albert Stewart family

During regular church services, 110 were baptized in Jesus' name, and seventy-five received the Holy Spirit.


Chris Richardson family

At two Regional Conferences, a total of 229 received the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Tremayne Simoneaux family

A Regional Ladies Conference was greatly attended, and over 150 received the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Gerry McLean family

Five Bible school students were baptized.

A second year female Bible school student has begun meeting with a group of people in a small village under a mango tree. One of the Bible school instructors went to preach to the people; fifteen were baptized in Jesus' name, and seven received the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

One of our pastors witnessed to two pastors and baptized them in Jesus' name.

Randall Richardson family, reported by Pastor Mamy Razanajatovo

One was baptized in Jesus' name.

Phil Tolstad family

In four regions of the country, a total of 128 have been baptized in Jesus' name, and thirty-one have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Eight new churches have been started.

One church has doubled, and they have purchased land to build a church.

Another church has purchased land and finished their temporary structure to hold services.

Three new pastors have joined our church.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

FMD Praise and Prayer

Praise Report

From Brad and Regina Thompson (Guatemala)
: In the UPC of Guatemala, July is the month of the Bible School. As part of the celebration all our national churches, celebrated a day of fasting and prayer this past Sunday.


Our focus was to pray for the students, teachers, administration and for a miracle of provision. The explosive growth of the Bible School has caused unplanned expenses, and we are needing to erase our deficit. Monday morning I had an email waiting for me from a brother in the US. He had contacted me a few months back concerning a possible investment in the Bible School. He said that Sunday night I appeared to him in a dream, telling him to give the money to the Bible School! The very night of our prayer and fasting God began opening the windows of blessing for our school! This coming Sunday all of our national churches will be taking up a sacrificial offering for our Bible School. Pray with us that God would open hearts to invest sacrificially in our Bible School program. With 363 students enrolled this year we are experiencing a great harvest for ministry.

Prayer Requests

From Terry McFarland (Rep. of Ireland)
: Please pray for my brother Randy McFarland, as I just received a message that he had a stroke.

From Stanely Scism (South Asia / United Kingdom)
: Please continue to pray for a son of John Harvey in Hood River, OR.
One of the two sons, John Jr, is fine. The other son is in a coma and with brain damage. God can heal this just as well as he can heal anything else. Let's pray.

From Brother White (Malaysia/Indonesia)
: Please pray for Brother Samuel (Malaysia General Secretary for many years) who is having heart by-pass surgery in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.
He had recently gone through a procedure hoping that stints would take care of the problem, but it was determined that open-heart surgery was necessary. At the National Heart Hospital here, the first opening for the surgery was not until December. However, through prayer an opening has been made for him to have the surgery this week.

From Brad and Regina Thompson (Guatemala)
: Please continue to pray for Guatemala. We are still being hit with an overabundance of rain. This last weekend we had several additional mud slides. This afternoon the volcano erupted again, throwing ash and lava over 1000 feet into the air. Yesterday two of the main roadways in Guatemala City were blocked due to the bombing of a bus. Thank you to all who have been praying for the church in Guatemala and for our country. Please continue to hold us up in prayer.

Report from Spain: Barcelona Commentary

Youth Convention

This past month the first national youth convention of Spain was held in the city of Murcia. We were excited to have over 500 young people that came from all over Spain to be a part of this national event. During this first youth convention we were happy to have Missionary and President of the work in Spain, Gary Sones preach as well as Pastor Tony Suarez (Norfolk, Virginia). During the convention there were 13 that received the Holy Ghost for the first time! This is an exciting time for the UPCI of Spain, the young people of Spain left the conference on fire and excited about impacting their cities and churches.

Pastors Retreat

In the beginning of June we held our 2nd annual Pastors retreat. We have now grown to 37 churches throughout Spain and there has been a great need to minister to the new Pastors of this nation.
We are thankful that Rev. & Mrs. Luis Paez (San Diego, CA) were able to come and speak to the Pastors on the subjects of "marriage and family." They were a tremendous blessing to the Pastors of Spain.

Prayer Requests

That God would open the doors for a larger building for the church that we pastor in Barcelona.
For the city of Barcelona and the 4 million souls that live in this area.
For our Pastors and national leaders

For the 46 million souls that need to hear the gospel throughout Spain

Thank you for all your prayers and support. Together we are claiming Spain in Jesus' name!

God Bless,
Nathan, Tanya, and Alaina Harrod

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Revival in Africa

Randy Adams family

In 2009, 460 were baptized in Jesus' name, and 360 received the Holy Spirit.

Over fifty received the Holy Spirit during Pentecost weekend.

Burkina Faso

Ken Cantrell family

Several received the Holy Spirit in the missionary's first service on the field.


Richard Smoak family

Over 250 women attended the first national ladies' conference.

Weekend meetings at two churches resulted in fifteen receiving the Holy Spirit.

Central African Republic

Mike Benson family

A demon possessed women who hadn't eaten or drank in seven days was delivered in Jesus' name and completely healed. The Assistant Superintendent also testified of being healed of AIDS.


Randy Adams family

Twenty-eight were baptized in Jesus' name, and eleven received the Holy Spirit.


Jim Poitras, Colleen Carter, & Nick Sisco families

During student ministry in one region, forty-one received the Holy Spirit, and four were baptized in Jesus' name.


Jim Crumpacker & Patrick Groves families

A total of thirty-three were baptized in Jesus' name, twenty-nine received the Holy Spirit, and twenty-eight testified of healing.

A Trinitarian pastor was baptized in Jesus' name after twelve years of receiving a one God witness.

A backslidden pastor repented and returned to our church after many years.


David Kline family

Four received the Holy Spirit.

A lady was healed of a tumor under her eye that was leaking and causing a rash around the whole eye. Prayer was made before she was to go for surgery and the tumor disappeared.

The missionary's brother was baptized in Jesus' name in the USA. This is an answer to prayers made for twenty-three years and fifty weeks.


Area Coordinator, Randy Adams

Three were baptized in Jesus' name and five received the Holy Spirit in the past few months. One person was delivered from AIDS, and another was healed of a lung problem.


Chris Richardson family

In the Northern Regional Conference, a total of 239 were filled with the Holy Spirit.

A local church in the capital city reports forty-five being filled with the Holy Spirit in a recent revival. There were several miraculous healings during that same revival meeting.


Tremanye Simoneaux family

Twelve received the Holy Spirit in a special service in one district.


Tremayne Simoneaux family

Four pastors and two local preachers were licensed in one region.

South Africa

Dan Davis family

Seven were baptized in Jesus' name and six received the Holy Spirit at one church.


Richard Smoak and Jim Robertson families

Pastor installed at a preaching point with sixteen newly baptized and a total of thirty saints.

395 attended a regional meeting. Sixteen received the Holy Spirit, sixteen were baptized in Jesus' name, and one received healing.

Twenty-four attended a regional seminar for church elders and leaders. There was a mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and new direction for evangelism and church growth was received.

A total of fourteen were baptized and twelve received the Holy Spirit in two other places.

The daughter of national secretary-treasurer was healed of a disease the doctors were unable to identify.


Randy Adams & Mike Benson families

Seventeen received the Holy Spirit in the past month. In addition, over fifty received the Holy Spirit during Pentecost weekend and at least twenty-nine were baptized in Jesus' name.

An outstanding pastor's leadership conference was held at the new Bible School building. Seventy-five pastors attended and were greatly encouraged during the four days. They represent seven French speaking West African nations (Togo, Benin, Burkina Faso, Niger, Gabon, Ivory Coast, and Central African Republic) and millions of unreached souls.


Phil Tolstad family

At the Western Regional Conference, ninety-one received the Holy Spirit, and seventeen were baptized in Jesus' name.

Twenty-one received the Holy Spirit and ten were baptized at a seminar.


Tremayne Simoneaux family

A total of five churches from two different regions have requested to join the UPC. Teaching is being given to ensure that they understand and believe our doctrine and vision.