Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Ghana Graduation - June 2011


Dear friends,

I trust this has been a blessed weekend for you all. We have just finished a wonderful week at our West Africa Sub-regional Conference. This was hosted here in Ghana with thirteen nations represented.

On Saturday, June 18th, we celebrated our fourteenth annual graduation ceremony for African Centre for Theological Studies. Over 700 attended as we rejoiced with our eight graduates. Below is a link we thought you might enjoy. It is a presentation that was made during our graduation ceremony by A.I.M. worker Tyler Bryant.

Ghana Bible School Presentation

We appreciate your world vision and all you do to help us make a difference in Ghana and beyond.

Serving with joy,

The Nick Sisco Family

Friday, June 24, 2011

Revival Update from Spain

Barcelona Commentary
Rev. & Mrs. Nathan Harrod
Missionaries to Spain

Our First National Ladies Convention


In the month of May, we had our first ever National Ladies Convention in the city of Zaragoza. Ladies from all over Spain traveled to receive a blessing. We were privileged to have Sister Jessica Marquez, missionary to the Dominican Republic, come and speak during this great event. There were over 700 ladies that attended with many receiving the Holy Ghost during this two day meeting.

Record Sunday in Barcelona

The Lord is blessing the church here in Barcelona. Most Sundays we have been averaging over 350, but this past month we had a record Sunday with 445 in attendance. We have also had over 40 receive the Holy Ghost so far this year at "Los Pentecostales de Barcelona." God is bringing the increase!

Prayer Request

We are in the process of looking at several buildings for our new church. Please pray that God would give us favor in obtaining all city permits that we are required to have.

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





God Bless,
Nathan, Tanya, Alaina and Lincoln Harrod

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Africa in Revival - June


Benin
Randy Adams family

During Pentecost weekend, at two locations, forty-one received the Holy Spirit.

Botswana
reported by Pastor Lesang

On Pentecost Sunday, six received the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Equatorial Guinea
Regional Missionary Peter Mua family

Six received the Holy Spirit, six were baptized in Jesus' name, and three reported healing by the power of God.

Gabon
Randy Adams family

A pastor who was recently baptized in Jesus' name received the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Sunday.

During the weekend of Pentecost, two were baptized in Jesus' name and five received the Holy Spirit.

Ghana
Jim Poitras, Colleen Carter, & Nick Sisco families

A total of 191 received the Holy Spirit, and 128 were baptized in Jesus' name.

One preaching point was started.

Kenya
Jim Crumpacker & Patrick Groves families

A total of 119 were baptized in Jesus' name, and eighty-seven received the Holy Spirit.

Two preaching points were opened.

Liberia

Albert Stewart family

During regular services, 110 were baptized in Jesus' name and seventy-three received the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Nigeria
Gerry McLean family

A new church was dedicated with over 200 in attendance.

Two new non-UPC Bible school students were baptized in Jesus' name.

One pastor baptized five in Jesus' name.

Togo
Randy Adams & Mike Benson families

During the weekend of Pentecost, at the eight locations reporting, sixty-one received the Holy Spirit and fifteen were baptized in Jesus' name. One was also delivered.

Uganda

Phil Tolstad & Steve Phelps families

In six regions, a total of 269 received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and 135 were baptized in Jesus' name.

Fifteen new churches started.

Three churches have bought land and are building new buildings.

A presbyter and pastor prayed for a woman who was demon possessed and living in a cave. She was delivered and returned to her family full of the Holy Spirit and baptized in Jesus' name. Her family was also saved.

A village experienced revival when two demonic women involved in witchcraft were delivered and restored to their families.

A seventeen year old girl was attending church and being sought by her uncle to be a sacrifice for witchcraft. They had already prepared her funeral and grave, but she received the Holy Spirit and was baptized in Jesus' name during a prayer meeting.

Zambia

Gary Abernathy family

Recently over 1,000 ladies attended special services and eight received the Holy Spirit.

Dabbs Family Report

DEPUTATION 2011

*43 Filled with the Holy Spirit!
*14 Water Baptized in Jesus Name!
*25,000 miles traveled.
*15 states, 2 provinces.

Currently we are in New Brunswick Canada.We will visit approximately 16 churches and attend the Atlantic District camp meeting and soon we will visit Wisconsin, Illinois and Oklahoma.

A special thank you to all who are new partners in missions and special project investors! Thank you to all who faithfully support us on a monthly basis in prayer and finance.

Thank you!

LJ would like to say “Xiexie nimen” or “Thank you to all!” of the children of Pleasant Hill Pentecostal Church in Corinth, MS, pastored by Bro. Kirk, who gave him a special Sunday School offering. Their offering was sent to FMD for his Education Project Fund! His parents appreciate their love for MK’s.


Reaching India through Singapore!

Sis Violet (left) came to Singapore from Punjab, India for a better economic future but received much more! She received the Holy Spirit and was water baptized in Jesus name. Johanna spent many hours investing into her, and Sis. Violet and Johanna won many Indian people to God through Hindi & Punjabi Bible studies. Violet returned home and preached in her father’s church and at least 24 received the Holy Spirit! After her father passed away last year, Violet returned to Punjab to help oversee 16 village churches. She has invited us to visit these churches to preach and teach and to bring teaching/training materials for these saints. If you would like to invest into this harvest, then invest into our Evangelism Project. Your investment will reap eternal dividends!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Scotland Aflame - May 2011


We’re Home!


We’ve been back in Scotland for nearly 2 months now and we’re finally settled into our flat in Glasgow. Thank you to the Kelleys for providing us with a place to stay and their hospitality while we were looking for our home. After a long road of travel in North America (over 25,000 miles this trip) we have a wee place of our own at last!

Doors Are Opening in the West End

As I’ve mentioned in the past, Jenny and I are starting a work in the West End of the city of Glasgow. In a city of around 2,000,000 in the amalgamated area, it desperately needs another Church. The West End has been, by and large, unreached up to this point. It is a section of the city with a culture and history all its own. This section of Glasgow is filled with folks from all over the world due to immigration, but also due to the large numbers of University students that walk the streets. Who knew that going to Glasgow you could literally “go into all the world?” Well, at least a lot of it.

We’ve seen God open doors for us in the way of the flat that we have moved into, which we got a deal on and which also has a large and open living area that we can fit several into for a Bible Study, or for fellowship. Also, we have a door that is open to us in the way of a place to meet. There will be more to come on that, but I’ll tell you that it is in one of the busiest places in the entire West End. Please pray that God will now begin to connect us to souls to teach Bible Studies to and that we may see a harvest in this our City. We believe God has awesome and powerful things in store. Thank you for partnering with us as we partner with Him. We love you all!

April
•April 7-9 Harvest Bible College “Open Day”
•April 15-16 Northern District Conference
•April 17 Jonathan preaching Sun. in New Life Church,
Parkhead, Glasgow
•April 18-21 40 Hours of Prayer for Parkhead
•April 21 First Home Group meeting in the WEST END
•April 24 Jonathan’s Birthday!!!
•April 27 Jenny teaches Wednesday Night in NLC, Parkhead
•April 28 Jenny’s Birthday!!!
•April 28 WEST END
May
•May 1 Jonathan preaching Sun. in NLC, Parkhead
•May 1 Jenny and Jonathan lead home prayer meeting
•May 4 Jonathan teaches monthly Wed. Men’s care group
NLC, Parkhead
•May 5 WEST END
•May 8 Jonathan preaches in Church of Hope (UPC),
Edinburgh
•May 11-12 Jonathan teaches at Harvest Bible College
•May 12 WEST END
•May 13-15 District Youth Camp, hosted guest speaker in our
home and helped with logistics
•May 17-19 Missionary Field Fellowship
•May 19 WEST END
•May 18 Jenny teaches at HBC
•May 19 Jonathan teaches at HBC
•May 21 March for Christ, fundraiser for the youth department
•May 22 Annual Missions Day, helped plan and run the day
•May 25 Jenny teaches at HBC
•May 26 WEST END
•May 27-29 Jonathan and Jenny chaperone HBC students to
London for weekend ministry trip (around 21 hours of bus
travel!)

*Plus everything else we’re involved in!



Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Austria Update

There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a seed which you have planted within the heart and life of a lost soul begin to grow and flourish into a hungry thriving soul that
is passionate and in love with the Lord!

Many great men and women have sown into this young man’s life, David Guca, over the past few months and even years. The seeds they have planted. Seeds of prayer. Seeds of friendship. Seeds of love. And seeds of commitment where definitely not in vain! The season of reaping is now!

It is my delight to announce and to proclaim to you that David Guca was baptized in the wonderful saving name of Jesus Christ this past month! There is an expectation in the air here in Vienna! God is beginning to draw unto
salvation those people which we have been praying, fasting, and believe for.



I speak by faith. David Guca will receive the gift of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues! There is already a seed that is beginning to birth and grow, and will soon become that gift of the Holy Ghost.

Aside from the great news that David was baptized and will be receiving the Holy Ghost. He is now already in his second week of a 12 week home bible study, Exploring God’s Word! This is so encouraging and inspiring for not only those who have planted these seeds in his life years before, but it is also an encouragement and a testimony for the rest of his family.

I want to encourage those of you who have been sowing seeds in the lives of your lost loved ones and friends. It is not in vain! God is not mocked. You will reap what you have sown! In due season you will reap a bountiful harvest! Keep sowing and believing.

Your AIMer,
Rev. Stephen M. Merritt

Mexigram - June 2011

FOUR CATHOLIC PRIESTS BAPTIZED!

Among the many wonderful things that God is doing in Mexico, we've had four Catholic priests baptized in the Name of Jesus in the last couple of years. Two of them were Bishops in the Catholic Church. Pictured below are: Rev Martín González, Vice President of the UPC of Mexico (he has baptized two of the ex-priests); ex-catholic Bishop Ernesto Blanco (baptized in early May 2011, recently), ex-catholic Bishop Roberto Piñeiro (baptized in October 2010), and Brother T.W.Drost.


Each one of these ex-priests is becoming a powerful testimony, traveling to different churches to give their testimony. Many are being baptized and filled with the HG in their services. All four of them have not only been baptized in Jesus' Name, but all of them have also received the baptism of the Holy Ghost.

Recently (two weeks ago), we had Brother Piñeiro preaching and giving his testimony in the local church that I pastor in Mexico City and, that Sunday, there were 15 baptized and 13 received the Holy Spirit.

When they preach at a church, they start speaking dressed as a priest and, as they give their testimony, they progressively take their robes off-explaining what the various pieces represent. They end up putting a suit coat on, saying that now they don't need those robes for they are free and today they are Ministers of the true and genuine Gospel! In fact, they have become passionate about the One-God message and baptism in Jesus' Name!

Brother Ramón Casillas, who was the first ex-priest to be baptized, in March of 2009, is a Licensed Minister with the UPC of Mexico. He started a church in the center of the city of Zamora, Michoacán, and is doing VERY well, running over 100 in their regular services. He also started a Christian Re-Hab Center for alcoholics and drug addicts. He presently has 37 men and young men, ex-alcoholics and druggies-some of them picked up from the very streets of Zamora. Brother Casillas is doing a tremendous job with these. I was recently visiting him and was VERY impressed.


Pictured above: Brother Ramón Casillas leading the service in the Church he started in Zamora.
Pictured below: The group of ex-alcoholics and drug addicts doing a drama presentation in the service. Very impressive!


If someone feels lead to help in Brother Ramón Casillas' ministry and efforts to reach the hopeless, please contact us.

2011 NATIONAL CONVENTION

The UPC of Mexico has its National Convention every two years, with Zonal (Regional) Conventions during the alternate years. This year our National Convention 2011 will be in the Sports Palace (Palacio De Los Deportes) in Mexico City, July 29-31, 2011. We will have over 15,000 in attendance, and our goal is to see over 1,500 receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Yes, we can and will! Why not plan to come and be part of revival? Check us out at: www.ipumex.net.

Please pray for continued revival in Mexico!


Thank you,
Bro. T.W. Drost
General Superintendent UPC of Mexico

Africa Network of Prayer


FROM THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR:

My wife and I feel very privileged to work with the Africa Region. This is an especially busy time for us as we travel from one area of this huge continent to the other. From the end of May through June 26th, we participate in three sub-regional conferences. The first one was last week in South Africa for the South/Central Sub region. The other two are coming up in this month: June 13-17 in Nairobi, Kenya for East Africa and June 20-24 in Accra, Ghana for West Africa.

Pray for the national churches in these three sub regions of Africa. They are gathering together their Africa Regional Missions offerings that supports our Africa Regional Missionaries. We presently have two families under appointment and very much need to reach out to other countries that do not have a UPCI voice. That requires everyone doing what he or she can and working together.

Pray for our Regional Missionaries, Bro. & Sis. Peter Mua in Equatorial Guinea.

Pray for our Regional Missionaries, Brother Gistophe and Sister Clarisse in Congo.

Pray for Regional Missionary Cezar Moraes and his family from Brazil who work with the church in Mozambique. Bro. Vagner Moraes and his wife are also working with his parents. Congratulations to Bro. Vagner and Sis. Teresa on the birth of their first child-a beautiful baby girl born in May.

The recent sub regional conference for South/Central Africa was great. The conference was held near Johannesburg, South Africa. There were seventy to seventy-five leaders present from nine countries in the sub region. Much was accomplished in planning the fulfillment of the Africa Region Vision. We are committed to establishing a United Pentecostal Church in every nation and to see the continued growth of each of them. Pastor David Wright, Annapolis, MD, USA blessed the leaders with his anointed preaching. Bro. Nick Sisco, GATS coordinator for the Africa Region, was also present for the entire sub regional conference. He did an outstanding job of presenting the GATS program and explaining its benefits. This will bless every country of Africa and in this sub-region almost every country is already a member nation. The others are in the process. He was able to spend time with leadership from each country to answer questions and to help them to better understand how they can improve their Bible Schools and align it with the Global Association of Theological Studies.

Thank you for your continued prayer support,
Jerry R. Richardson
Regional Director, Africa Region

Calendar of Events

4 June LIBERIA Apostolic Man's Ministry Workshop, Apostolic Praise
3-4 June ZIMBABWE Ladies Conference in Matebeleland Section
4-7 June UGANDA Northern Kyoga Conference
4-8 June MALAWI Regional Director and wife visit along with Pastor Gary Keller
5 June LIBERIA National Ladies Fund Raising Program, Section IV
5 June MALAWI Big Sunday in Blantyre
5 June NIGERIA New Church Dedication in Benin City
6-12 June GHANA Pentecost Week
6-19 June LIBERIA Regional Visitation, Sinoe County
8 June UGANDA Mt. Elgon Conference
9-11 June KENYA East Africa Faculty Improvement Seminar-Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Madagascar
9-12 June UGANDA Rwenzori Regional Conference & General Board Meeting
9-12 June KENYA South Rift Region Pastors Seminar at Kaptele
9-26 June MALAWI Regional Ladies Conferences
10-11 June ZAMBIA National Ladies Conference (Speaker: Sis Vickie Richardson)
11 June ZIMBABWE Bible College Graduation
12 June LIBERIA Pastor Anniversary, New Life UPC
12 June LIBERIA Honoring Program, Section I
13-17 June EAST AFRICA East Africa Sub Regional Conference in Nairobi
14 June GLOBAL Focused prayer for the French-speaking countries worldwide
15-17 June SOUTH AFRICA Southern District Youth Conference in Cape Town
17-18 June CONGO (Brazzaville) Ladies Convention in Talangi
17-19 June KENYA Nairobi Region Pastors Seminar
18 June GHANA Bible School Graduation
18-26 June MALAWI America Youth Corp
19 June LIBERIA Sectional Fellowship, Sectional III
20-24 June WEST AFRICA West Africa Sub Regional Conference in Accra, Ghana
22-25 June LIBERIA Apostolic Men Revival, Section IV
23-26 June MALAWI National Ladies Conference in Blantyre
23-29 June LIBERIA Fast and Prayer/Revival, Zion UPC, Section IV
24-26 June SOUTH AFRICA Central District Youth Conf.
24-26 June ZIMBABWE Regional Conference in Binga
24-26 June MALAWI AYC Crusade in Matindi village
24-26 June ZIMBABWE Matebeleland (North) Conference
25 June CONGO (Brazzaville) First Prayer Ministery in Quenzé
26 June LIBERIA National Ladies Fund Raising Program
26 June KENYA Meru Church Dedication
28-29 June MADAGASCAR Regions B & F Ministers Conference in Moramanga & Tsiroanomandidy
29 Jun-3 Jul MADAGASCAR Regions B & F Conferences in Moramanga & Tsiroanomandidy

Special Prayer Requests

BURKINA FASO
The city has not yet completely calmed down. Hundreds of students have been protesting, and police were out in the streets of downtown shooting guns. No one was injured or killed, but we need the peace of God to rest upon Burkina Faso.

BURUNDI
On June 3rd, a special day of prayer and fasting is being set aside for God to guide us and provide the best property for Bible school/Head Quarters in Bujumbura. We will appreciate all the prayers that are offered to the Lord for this important decision and purchase.

MALAWI
We are busy making preparations for AYC's upcoming visit to Malawi on June 18-26. We are praying for a week of impartation between the youth of America and the youth of Malawi. Pray for their safe arrival, as well as several important services they will be apart of.

NIGERIA
We are excited about the church that has been built in Benin City. The dedication of this is June 5th. Missionary Sim Strickland (Greece) will be in attendance as this is a church plant from a convert he made in Greece. Also, June 9-12 will be a non-demoninational prayer conference and crusade in Enugu. Missionary Gerry McLean has been asked to speak to ministers in the day sessions and also to preach one of the evening services. Pray that God will use him in a special way.

TANZANIA
Regional youth conferences will be held throughout the country during the school break in June. Pray for the young people of Tanzania.

Praise Reports


BURKINA FASO
Several pastors we have been in contact with have shown interest in working with us. We have begun to baptize and to focus especially on doctrinal training.

CAMEROON
Eight were baptized in Banga Bakandu. Seven received the Holy Ghost in Mile 16 town. Three received the Holy Ghost in Buea Town.

CONGO (BRAZZAVILLE)
We give praise to the Lord Jesus for the 27 preachers and church workers who attended a recent three-day leadership seminar. All are excited to go forward!

MALAWI
During the District Ladies Conference in Kasungu, 48 ladies received the Holy Ghost. Also in a village service, six received the Holy Ghost. The headquarters church has been over 100 in attendance each Sunday for a month.

TANZANIA
We have finally received a clear title on the church property in Dar es Salaam and construction has started. Thank you for your prayers.

ZAMBIA
Recently, Missionary Gary Abernathy along with guest speakers, Rev. Jonathan Arneault (Gulf Breeze, FL) and David Geri (Pensacola, FL) traveled to a rural area, Lukwipa. We want to praise God for the seven (7) who received the Holy Ghost during that day of services!

ZIMBABWE
In a new work, ten (10) were baptized. In Cowdray Park, five (5) were baptized, and three (3) were baptized at Matopos Rd Church, Bulawayo during the month of May. Sis. Dorothy Edwards reports: We have started a Junior Club every Friday afternoon. On May 1st, we had over 80 children (ages 4 to 12 years old) just from this local neighborhood. We thank the Lord for this and pray this will increase as time goes by.