Thursday, July 28, 2011

Scotland Aflame - June 2011


Jonathan and Jenny Follmer
AIMers to Scotland
City: Glasgow
Supervising Missionary: Robert Kelley


Moving In

June was a very busy month filled with activity and change. It concluded the year for the students of Harvest Bible College and saw most of them return to their respective residences and fields of labor. We wish them all God’s best!

With the school year in the past, our focus was able to shift to other things. Missions Week of the UPC of Great Britain and Ireland helped to spur along that transition. During the Missions Week, churches all across the UK were executing plans they had made to reach into their communities with the Gospel. Amongst other things that we did in Glasgow, we used this opportunity to have a joint Church endeavor into the West End. With a mini-bus and a station wagon, we took saints from the Church in the East End to hit the streets and pray in the West End, where we have a home group. Another car of ladies went to our home to pray for the work and our community. Awesome.

God has been opening doors for Jenny and I in the West End and establishing us in the area. Now, we are moving in with prayer and focusing on breaking into the community more. We know He has great plans for this work and we feel directed of Him in our endeavors here. More to come!

*Please continue to pray for us as we reach out, that God would help us to walk in HIS vision and that He would lead us to hungry souls for the harvest! In Jesus’ Name!

Current Needs: Jenny and I need finances for a vehicle (about 5,000 USD). We have a temporary vehicle that we are borrowing at the moment, but really require our own. Prayer for this and support are greatly welcomed!

JUNE
•June 1: Jenny teaching at Harvest Bible College
•June 2: Jonathan teaching at HBC
•June 2: WEST END meeting
•June 5: Jonathan leads service at New Life Church, Parkhead
•June 9: WEST END meeting
•June 10: Jonathan and Jenny teaching at HBC
•June 11: Jonathan transports ladies from NLC to “Ladies in ACTSion Day” in Sunderland
•June 12: “Pentecost Sunday” Jonathan leads worship
•June 15: Jenny teaching at HBC
•June 16: Jonathan teaching at HBC
•June 16: WEST END meeting
•June 18: Helped at Nottingham Church dedication service
•June 21-24: Jenny (with her devoted assistant Jonathan)
cooking for students, staff and guests of HBC
•June 22: Jenny teaching at HBC
•June 23: Jonathan teaching at HBC
•June 23: WEST END meeting
•June 27-July 3: Missions Week in UPC GB&I
•June 29: Joint Church prayer walk in the WEST END!

*Plus everything else we’re involved in!

Mexigram - July 2011

BIBLE SCHOOL IN MEXICO CITY

Here are some recent pictures of the students in our Bible School in Mexico City, where we have three different formats, now with a total of 235 students.


Pictured above.
Our Tuesday night Bible School with classes from 7 to 10 pm every Tuesday, and the class cycle goes for 10 months. There are 111 students in this format.


Pictured above. Also, there is a Saturday Bible School with classes from 9 am to 12 pm. This format was only started two years ago, but it is also catching on. We have 41 students in this format.


Pictured above. The most intensive course is the Summer Bible School which started July 4th and lasts for five weeks with 7 hours-a-day, from Monday thru Friday and four more hours on Saturday. This is mostly a internship format, with students coming from all over Mexico. They do in five weeks the 150 hours of classes that the other formats do in 10 months. This year we have 83 students in this format.

We started the first Bible School classes in Mexico City in 1992. Today, we have a total of 31 teachers involved, most of whom have graduated from the four year (level) course. The Bible School has become a "greenhouse" for Pastors and Ministers entering the Ministry, but also for solidifying so many good saints in our churches in this great city.

I have a heavy teaching schedule for I teach, at least, one subject in every level and every format, but we love it! That is besides pastoring a wonderful growing Church in the heart of Mexico City that now has over 600 members, which we also love doing! It's so wonderful and beautiful to Pastor!

CENTRAL DISTRICT GROWING!


We are SSSOOOO thankful to the Lord for the tremendous way in which the Central District of the UPC of Mexico is growing. The Central District is simply Mexico City with over 22 million people.

JUNE REPORT!


Every first Monday of the month, starting at 6 pm, we have our Monthly Pastor's and Ministers meeting. It is always an exciting meeting with testimonies of great victories, miracles and healings from the month before, and also a SHOUTING time of victory as each Pastor quickly reports the baptized and filled with the Holy Ghost the month before. In this month's meeting (July 4th), there were

a total reported of 282 baptized and

505 that received the Holy Ghost in June.

To God be the glory! The HG amount includes some Pentecost Sunday Rallies that were held on the Day of Pentecost in June. Please thank the Lord and rejoice with us!

2011 NATIONAL CONVENTION

July 29-31, 2011

The UPC of Mexico has it's 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. We are happy that, among the invited guests and preachers, we will have Rev. David Bernard, General Superintendent of the UPCI: 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: www.ipumex.net.

Missionary T.Wynn Drost

General Superintendent UPC of Mexico

Update from the Cooneys










Phase 1 of our deputation is complete. When we got our van Fall of last year, it had 9,600 miles on it. It now has 45,000! Since our last update I’ve traveled through Texas, Oklahoma & Illinois. Three U.S. states with 1st class people and Wide Open Spaces!

My mind began to race thinking about those 3 words, “Wide Open Spaces.” Pray the Lord of the harvest to send forth labourers into His harvest, “Wide Open Spaces of Opportunity.” Look up Abraham, I will make your descendants as the stars of the sky, “Wide Open Spaces of Promise.” Isaac found a well that he didn’t have to strive for, redug it and called it Rehoboth, “Wide Open Spaces of Abundant Provision.” I believe we are entering a time of Wide Open Spaces, a time of greater revival, a time of greater challenges and a time of exercising & stretching of our faith like never before! Expectation has never been higher in the
body of Christ!

I’ve had great services these past couple months, here are a few highlights of those that have walked into their Wide Open Spaces:














Unlike most missionary deputations, our family has a 1 year gap before we reconvene with the rest of our deputation in August 2012. We’ve been given a temporary assignment by our Regional Director to oversee the Church of Acts in Vienna, Austria beginning August 2011. Our family has been apart since February; we’re looking forward to being with one another again, looking forward to new challenges, growth, experiences and revival!

We have some extra expenses during this transition that we could use assistance with, i.e. flight & moving costs. We are returning to the field with roughly 1/3 of our budget for the year. We appreciate any love offerings or new PIMs during this time. Thank you for your support--prayerfully & financially!

Rev Joe, Fanny & Jaylon Cooney
Missionaries to Ireland- Evangelist to the World

Holy Ghost Outpouring in Barcelona, Spain - Missionary Update

In the month of July, we had our annual regional conference here in Barcelona. This is a conference where the churches in our region of Spain come to worship together for a weekend. We were happy to have Rev. Eli Hernandez, evangelist from California, and his family preach this great event. They did an outstanding job.

We had a record attendance of 831 during this event and 62 that received the gift of the Holy Ghost for the first time! There were also over 50 miracles reported, one of whom testified that she had no use of her right hand before, but when the power of God touched her, she was completely healed and was able to write me a note testifying of this miracle.



We are in the process of starting another daughter work in the Barcelona area. Please keep us in your prayers that the Lord would guide us in this endeavor.

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

God Bless,

Nathan, Tanya, Alaina and Lincoln Harrod

Monday, July 11, 2011

Austria Update


Greetings friends and family,


First and foremost. This past week was incredible. We had a blessed weekend with our AMTC session in Nurnberg, Germany at Bro. Scott’s church.

Bro. Andreassen and Bro. Craft did a fabulous job teaching. Every word that was spoken during these sessions was so anointed. The Spirit of God was so rich it was almost tangible. God truly had His way! Lives were changed. Barriers were torn down. Hearts uplifted. Hope was given. And the path to revival is that much more paved!

Bro. Craft teaching on faith, and how we can all, as ministers and leaders, do the great things Jesus Christ did through our faith in Him.

Bro. Andreassen is talking about letting ourselves be more open to receive the bountiful blessings and anointing from God!

The rest of this newsletter may be a little different compared to the last few that were sent the following months. But, a newsletter is simply a method of spreading good news through a letter, which is what I am going to do. I must point out what great men and women are laboring here in the German-speaking nations of Western Europe. They have got ahold of something great! And the news must be told! Being able to work with men and women who understand what true ministry is is such a blessing and honor. The missionaries and ministers within the German-speaking nations of Western Europe have grasped the revelation of true ministry. It is evident through their faithfulness, commitment, longevity of desire, humbleness, passion, and simply an awareness to not fulfill their will, but God’s will. They understand that ministry is not always going where you “want” to go. Not always going where you feel that God has called you. These men and women understand that ministry is not always easy. But, they know without a shadow of a doubt that ministry is going and helping where the need is.

Another great thing about grasping onto the revelation of true ministry is the fact that once we obtain this revelation our entire outlook on our individual ministry will change. Meaning that we will not stress and worry if we don’t meet OUR expectation. When we preach or minister in some form, we will not feel the weight of failure because no one received the Holy Ghost or no one received a miraculous healing. But, once we have this revelation, we will know that it is not up to us to fill this person or that person with the Holy Ghost, or it’s not up to us to make sure this number of people receive a healing. But, it is solely up to us to have the faith and the works through our ministering. And the rest is up to God. God has blessed these Western European Nations with many fine men and women of God who understand exactly what is being said here!

I must give honor where honor is due. And honor must be given to Bro. and Sis. Robinette and Bro. and Sis. Craft. These great people have influenced and impacted the lives of many. Thank God for their true desire for ministry.

These are just the very few of the many great men and women who understand the revelation of true ministry!

I hope this newsletter finds each of you at that perfect moment!

Your AIMer,
Stephen M. Merritt

Africa Network of Prayer - July 2011


Calendar of Events

29 Jun-03 Jul MADAGASCAR Regional Conferences B and F
01-03 July TANZANIA Mara Regional Conference
03 July KENYA National Youth Day
01-03 July SOUTH AFRICA Central District Youth Camp
05-06 July MADAGASCAR Region E Sunday School Seminar
05-06 July MADAGASCAR Region E Preacher's Conference
05-18 July UGANDA Pastors' Seminar in Kibaale
06-10 July MADAGASCAR Regional Conference Region E
07-10 July KENYA Lake Ladies' Convention
07-10 July MADAGASCAR Region A Sunday School Seminar
07-17 July NIGERIA Advanced Leadership Training Seminar; Guest speaker: David Huston, Carlise, PA.
08 July LIBERIA National Board meeting
09 July UGANDA Crusade in Pallisa/Katome
09 July UGANDA Leadership Meeting in Hoima /Kiboga
11-17 July GHANA National Youth Week
13-15 July TANZANIA Tabora Regional Conference
13-16 July LIBERIA National Ministerial Seminar
14 July GLOBAL Special Focused Prayer for the French-speaking countries in Africa and around the world
14-16 July KENYA National Evangelist & Prayer Coordinators Seminar
15 July LIBERIA Minister prayer & tarry day
15-16 July KENYA Nairobi Region Ladies' Convention
15-17 July SOUTH AFRICA Pastor's Wives Retreat/Cape Town
16 July CONGO (Brazzaville) Church Workers Seminar
16 July UGANDA Leaders in Bududa /Tororo
17 July KENYA Kisimu Church Dedication
17 July UGANDA North Kyoga Regional Board Meeting
18-20 July TANZANIA Ziwa Regional Conference
19-20 July MADAGASCAR Region B Sunday School Seminar
19-21 July MADAGASCAR National Board Meeting
19-22 July MADAGASCAR Region A Youth Camp
20-22 July MADAGASCAR Region E youth Camp
20-24 July GHANA Ministers & Ministers Wives Conference
22 July LIBERIA Pastors Meeting, Faith Tabernacle
22-24 July TANZANIA Shinyanga Regional Conference
24 July UGANDA West Nile Region: Ogolot Outreach
26-27 July MADAGASCAR Region B Sunday School Seminar
27-29 July TANZANIA Mwanza Regional Conference
28-31 July MADAGASCAR Holy Ghost Crusade/ Sainte-Marie
20-31 July UGANDA Seminar in Isinde
31 July LIBERIA Section I Fellowship, Coffeesuah

PRAYER REQUESTS

REACHING AFRICA'S CHILDREN
Pray for Africa's children!
Focus prayer on the fourth day of every month at 1400 hours (2 p.m.) for the 1.2 billion children around the world the world between the ages of 4 and 14. Seventy percent of these children are in the most unreached areas of the world in the 10/40 Window! Let us pray for Africa's Children!

CONGO (Brazzaville)

We are having a little difficulty with one of our churches with a dispute over the land rental. Please help us believe for a solution to this difficult problem.

LIBERIA

Please pray for the Liberian Government to accredit the Maranatha Bible College. This is the only Apostolic Bible College in Liberia.

NIGERIA

Missionary Gerry McLean has been asked to speak on 3rd July at a non-UPCI church on the subject of One God and Baptism in Jesus' Name.

SIERRA LEONE

Pastor Christopher B. Conteh, Superintendent of UPC SL, requests prayer as he returns to Sierre Leone from the Sub Regional Conference that took place in Accra, Ghana. He wants to take back all he has learned during the conference and implement it in his country. Also, during the month of July there will be several seminars taking place for the National Board, pastors, and national leaders for the Youth, Men, Children, and Ladies Ministries.

SOUTH AFRICA

Several of our pastors had deaths in their family. Please pray for the families of the following:
1. Death of Pastor Simon Africa (Potchefstroom)
2. Death of the father of Pastor Monare (Polokwana)
3. Death of the Mom of Pastor Lionel Adams (Eldorado Park)
4. Death of brother of Missionary Sherry Davis

PRAISE REPORTS

UGANDA
There are so many great things that God is doing in Uganda that I can only share a few of them with you. In the Mt. Elgon Region, ten new Churches were added to the UACU: three new church plants started and seven more have joined us with the pastor receiving the Holy Ghost and being baptized in Jesus Name this past month. Just in the past couple of weeks, Missionary Tolstad was in one service with the three new churches, there were over 150 in attendance and eight received the Holy Ghost.

In the Lake Victoria Region, another three new branches were opened in the southern part of the District. Thieves stole over 115,000 bricks that were being gathered to build the walls of the church, but the police found the men and are making them return them--plus requiring them to give extra bricks as payment for stealing church property!

In the West Nile Region, 54 received the Holy Ghost at a Prayer and Fasting Seminar! In Paluga village during the past two months, 154 people have received the Holy Ghost! Two new churches were added on Sudanese Border Crossing Town.

It also seems that a wave of great miracles have occurred in all areas of the country as our pastors are preaching the Gospel. These miracles are producing great interest in the church as a place where people know how to pray. It also is bringing persecution as the Trinity churches are continuing to work against the UACU. At the Regional Conference, the Trinity pastors were at the road turning people away from our Conference Services. Of course, all this did was spur interest in the people wondering why these pastors are afraid of us. God is preparing to do great things!