Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Georgia Update


This month:
This month we began our new daughter work in the city of Khutaisi. We are sending our AIMer Daniel Detemple on the three hour journey to meet with about ten members of our church here in Tbilisi that were transfered by their university to Khutaisi. We see that God is opening the door there in that city and are doing our best to respond to it. Already there have been about 50 people who have said they were interested in attending a house church there.

Please Keep This work in prayer as we endeavor to see the Kingdom of God increase.

PRAYER REQUEST:
• Strength as we finish the work on the upstairs of our Tbilisi Facility.
• Finances to start on the downstairs.
• The new Congregation being planted in Khutaisi.
• Continued favor with those we meet.

Cooney Family Update


Remembering Momma Cooney
 Each time my family re-enters the U.S. we always hit the ground running. This time was different. As we landed in July, we knew we were facing serious challenges. My mother Cathy Cooney was very sick and weak from a degenerative lung disease she had been battling for years. We were able to see her for one day before she became unconscious and eventually passed away. We thank the Lord for saving us this opportunity! Momma Cooney was raised in Ireland, immigrated to the U.S. in 1963 and became a U.S. citizen. When I was on AIM, I was able to take her back to her home town (Charleville, S. Ireland) and also to see her family that now reside throughout N. England….it was a great spiritual journey. She was a devout catholic, avid tea drinker & walker. She came into this wonderful truth in 2000, was baptized in Jesus Name and filled with the Holy Ghost “singing in tongues” on her initial infilling. If you had met her, you’d have thought she was Apostolic all her life, full of joy, loving life and this great Truth. Before her passing she was excited to know that our family was returning to Ireland to reach her people with this great Apostolic experience!  Her memory will continue to live on in our hearts forever.

Deputation Update 
We began our deputation (fund raising) travels at the beginning of August. We’ve already travelled through Ohio, Michigan, Ontario, Wisconsin, Virginia & N. Carolina. People  have been baptized, received the Holy Ghost & miracles in our  services! We give God glory for what He has already done, and thank those individuals & churches for taking us on with monthly support!

We had the privilege to attend School of Missions in St Louis at the end of August. It was a tremendous time of fellowship & ministry with 27 missionary families from all around the world. During a moving service, we were officially commissioned for ministry in Ireland. We thank the Global Missions staff for the planning of this event; it was a special time for us. 

Blaze 
BLAZE EUROPE is a short term missions opportunity for you as an individual (Europeans and Middle Easterners only) to travel abroad to another country in Europe, be able to work with nationals in various forms of ministry, and participate in evangelism & reaching the lost for Christ! It gives you a chance to rub  shoulders with & glean from pastors, revival ministries and others like you that are searching for the Will of God for their lives. You would get to experience different people, cultures and ways of life that you may by no other means be exposed to. You'll meet new friends, deepen your walk with God and be transformed forever. Sound interesting? Log onto www.eurosoulwinners.com and click on the BLAZE logo and then on "about BLAZE" to find out more. Go on "application" download, fill out and submit. You'll be contacted afterward by a BLAZE representative. There are also some great fund raising ideas available to help you get started in preparing for your trip.

Youth Congress “UPROAR” – Holland
 
A fantastic opportunity & event for youth all over Europe is taking place at the end of December 26-29.  Be equipped for ministry during the Workshops Dec 26-27 & be inspired by great Apostolic preaching at Youth Congress, Dec 28-29. It’s highly recommended you attend both the Work Shops & Conference, but you have the choice to attend one or the other.  Log onto www.eurosoulwinners.com and click on UPROAR link for work shops, speakers & conference schedule information. Preregister online for this life changing event that will catapult you into 2013 with fresh vision & purpose for your life! Also look for the UPROAR events Facebook page!
Hosts: Rev Matthew Tuttle and Rev Mark Shutes.   


Newsletter from Geneva, Switzerland



It has been a very busy month for us in Geneva!  Our last newsletter was around the time of the AMTC, Apostolic Ministry Training Center session for 2012. We had an amazing time with 12 students and 8 teachers as we took our Bible school to the next level!! With 9.5 hours a day, along with local evangelism and outreach, fellowship and other activities, it was exhausting, but life-changing—for the students, the teachers and also for us! During this time, we send the teachers to the local assemblies and even to other contacts that arose from the local assemblies, and around 20 received the Holy Ghost during the 10 days throughout the region!! Also a special thanks goes to Bro and Sis Negron and the Landstuhl church for hosting!!!


During July, August and September, we had Sister Amber Hackenbruch with us in Geneva, and she did a fine job in teaching Bible Studies, helping with the AYC, leading services, helping with worship and many other aspects. She has been a gem to us here, and we will miss her while she is fundraising in Alaska before trying to come back to Europe! With her assistance we could reach more saints and visitors personally.

As part of the AYC in July, we began holding Spanish services in Lausanne, Switzerland, where Brother Vicente Mestre and his family are ministering as a daughter work of the church in Geneva. They are doing a fine job, making many contacts with their very heartfelt and convincing ministry in that city. As a result they have been running between 10 and 20 and have had already one person receive the Holy Ghost and one person was baptized this last Sunday! We are very excited to see this work flourish in Lausanne, which is a target missions city for the German Speaking Nations region in 2012.

Prayer Requests and Financial Needs
  • Development and implementation of discipleship program
  • Music and ushering/greeting ministries to be strengthened
  • Incoming AIM workers supporting Geneva
  • A breakthrough in Lausanne in the church where they are meeting!
  • Renewed initiative looking for a long-term meeting location in Geneva

Monday, October 22, 2012

The Dabb Family


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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Africa Network of Prayer


 Calendar Events

04 Oct           EQUATORIAL GUINEA   Ladies Fellowship
05-07 Oct      NAMIBIA       National Leadership Training
06 Oct           EQUATORIAL GUINEA    Youth Visitation
09-12 Oct      KENYA           Leadership Workshop
12-14 Oct      ZIMBABWE   Midlands Youth Conference in Mbizo, Kwekwe
12-14 Oct      BURKINA FASO     Bible School Student Evangelistic Crusade
12-14 Oct      NIGERIA        Special revival services for a non UPC church
13 Oct           EQUATORIAL GUINEA     Youth Fellowship
13 Oct           CAMEROON   National Board Meeting
14 Oct           LIBERIA        Anniversary Service for the Clara McCorkle UPChurch
16-17 Oct      NIGERIA       National Board Meeting
16-21 Oct      TANZANIA   National Board Meetings and National Confrence
17-20 Oct      GHANA          National Council Meeting
18 Oct           EQUATORIAL GUINEA      Ladies Fellowship
18-20 Oct      LIBERIA       LNOP Prayer Revival in Buchanan
18-21 Oct      KENYA         Mt. Elgon Ladies Convention in Shihambi
18-21 Oct      KENYA         South Rift Men's Seminar in Elburgon
19 Oct           LIBERIA       Section V Fellowship Meeting in Zenzue
20 Oct           EQUATORIAL GUINEA     Youth Evangelism
21 Oct           LIBERIA        Section III Fellowship Meeting at Hope Center #2 in Unification Town
22 Oct-02 Nov   TANZANIA  Bible school term for GATS Diploma program
22-28 Oct      EQUATORIAL GUINEA     Intercessory Prayers and Fasting
23-26 Oct      MADAGASCAR   National Board Meetings/Special Leadership Seminar
24-26 Oct      LIBERIA     National Ladies Conference at Good Samaritan UPC Church
25-27 Oct      KENYA        North Rift Convention in Eldoret
25-27 Oct      KENYA        Coast Region Crusade in Mombasa
25-28 Oct      KENYA        River Yala Region Convention
26-28 Oct      ZIMBABWE   National Ladies Conference at Kwekwe Campground
27 Oct           EQUATORIAL GUINEA      Youth Evangelism
28 Oct           LIBERIA       Section I Fellowship Meeting at FUPC in Bomi Hills
31 Oct-02 Nov  MADAGASCAR  Three Marriage Seminars in: Morondava, Manakara and Andaboly
01-02 Nov      MADAGASCAR   Special Marriage Seminar for Married PK (Preachers' Kids)


AFRICA REGION & BEYOND

29-30 Sept  USA    Pray for the meeting of the Global Missions Board as they meet at World Evangelism Center in Hazelwood, MO
02-05 Oct   USA    Pray for the General Conference of the UPCI being held  in St. Louis, MO
04 Oct    AFRICA REGION     Pray for Africa's Children
14 Oct     GLOBALLY   Pray for the French-speaking nations of the Africa Region and around the World

BURKINA FASO -  Missionary Ken Cantrell reports:  We are experiencing unbelievable moves of God in our Bible School Sessions. God has moved upon us in ways that I did not think possible. Burkina Faso has moved into a dimension of Apostolic Revival with signs following.

Our church attendance has more than doubled and in some churches tripled the last 48 months. Children are being baptized and receiving the Holy Ghost. We are seeing daily conversions.

Because of Compassion Services and a tremendous church in Wisconsin, we were able to deliver 1000+ pounds of grain to a village in the Northeast. The chief gave us more land than imagined. At first I thought it was about 2-3 acres.  He told me, "your land stops at the foot of that mountain."  The mountain seemed to go on forever... It was actually about 10 acres. We will be building a church there plus doing a project that will help the entire village.

Prayer request:  We are still working through securing our paperwork for the Bible School. The past 2 weeks I have been told by the mayor that the paperwork will be completed tomorrow. Tomorrow never comes as is customary in Africa. Still, we have spent literally 4-6 hours every day for the past few weeks sitting in offices only to be told to come back tomorrow. It has been exhausting to say the least. Tomorrow, I am scheduled to pass by again. Please pray protection upon these documents. We are in the final process of getting them completed.

CAMEROON - On October 10, a meeting scheduled with several French-speaking pastors in Douala who are interested in affiliating with the UPC of Cameroon.

LIBERIA - An asthma patient, a Muslim by faith, who lost his job as a result of a severe asthma attack, was brought to a 14 days fast and prayer, held by Gateway Preaching Point UPC; he was miraculously healed and filled with the Holy Ghost. The Church continued to pray for him and he was restored to his former job.

During the same period of the 14 days fast and prayer, a taxi driver ran into an unusual storm as he drove his passengers toward their destinations.  Some things, which seem to be grits of sand, got into his eyes; but he managed to safely stop the taxi.  His eyes mysteriously closed and all efforts to open his eyes were fruitless; he instantly became blind.  He was also brought to the same fast and prayer meeting. When the saints of God prayed for him, he was instantly healed and received his sight.  He also was restored to his taxi driving job.  He is now a member of the church.

MAURITIUS - Bro. Jeannot (from Reunion Island) will be conducting an evangelistic crusade in Rodrigues during October in an attempt to start a new church.

MADAGASCAR - General Conference was a great success.  Bible School Graduation took place during the Friday Morning service with 28 graduating students. During the three and half days, 2,298 received the Holy Ghost.

NAMIBIA - In our National Leadership meeting, we plan to again review our part in the Africa Vision. We pray that all our leadership will be united in fulfilling this. On the 5th of October, there will be a meeting with the church lawyer to work on the church registration. Pray for our missionaries, the Keith Ikerd family, as they travel in the USA, and also pray that the Lord will raise up laborers from within the church to help in the great Harvest.

NIGER - We were able to travel to Niger last month. The church is alive and well! We will be doubling the size in the sanctuary this month. Many repented, and 5 were baptized! 

In February, 2013, we will begin an annexed Bible School in the capital city of Niamey, Niger with the GATS program. It is exciting to see what God has in store for this country. Niger is 99% Islamic, but 100% Jesus Christ! "The earth is the Lords and the fullness there of." We are taking it back!

REUNION - Our Pastoral Classes will begin in October.  This course will continue for 8 months.

SEYCHELLES - Pray for the process of starting a new church work.

SOUTH SUDAN - Pray for the establishing of new strong churches.  Also, pray as we continue with Leadership Training.  We always ask that you remember to pray for continued Peace in the country.



Vietnam Update

Baptist Meeting - South Vietnam

Our recent trip into Vietnam with Ryan Franklin from Alexandria, Louisiana and Anthony Needham from Stephens, Arkansas was a huge success.

Part of the Baptist Group


We met with 75 Baptist home church leaders and their wives in South Vietnam for a one day seminar. After our teachings and Bro. Franklin’s anointed lesson on receiving the Holy Ghost, we led his entire group into the presence of the Lord. Several received the Holy Ghost and were baptized in Jesus’ name!

REUNITING  WITH  FORMER CONTACTS

The past two years I have been trying to re-connect with former leaders I taught and baptized in the early 90s. Bro. Vo, a pastor and businessman I taught years ago, attended the Baptist seminar and was thrilled to have our Acts 2:38  message confirmed to his friends.

ACTS Bible College

We have 76 day students and 31 night school students enrolled this year at ACTS. Each year I try to find  English speaking young people to train for the future work in Vietnam.  Thanks to our friends and partners in the United States, the school is hosting five Vietnamese exchange students.

We also want to thank the POA of Alexandria, LA once again for providing 1/2 of each Bible school student’s tuition this year. We are also blessed to have Sis. Kendra  Shock working with us at ACTS as an AIMer. She is the daughter of Bro. Terry & Sis. Melani Shock of Alexandria, LA.

John Wolfram (right) and Bro. Vo. (Left) were reunited at the September seminar. Bro. Wolfram taught and baptized this man and his family in the early 90s. 
Ryan Franklin (center) and Anthony Needham (left) are a great blessing to our work in Vietnam. This is the third trip for Bro. Franklin  and second for Bro. Needham.
Pictured above are the five Vietnamese students we are training at our Manila Bible College this year.  They represent five different groups I am working with.

Revival Report from Barcelona


Holy Ghost Outpouring in September!
During the month of September, we have had a great outpouring of the Holy Ghost in our church in Barcelona. We are excited to have had over 20 people that have received the baptism of Holy Ghost for the first time and 12 that have been baptized in the name of Jesus.


People receiving the Holy Ghost
Bible School
This month we began classes again in the Bible school in Barcelona. We have 46 students that are currently enrolled in our school. God is going to do great things through these that are committed to studying His Word.

Bible School
 Thank you for supporting "Sheaves for Christ"
Thank you for supporting Sheaves for Christ. Your sacrifice helps missionaries to purchase vehicles on the foreign field. In this video is a short "thank you" from our family.

Sheaves for Christ Video 

Deputation Schedule  

We will be in:
Mississippi  Sep 25-30
Tennessee    Oct 9-21
Missouri       Oct 23- Nov 4
Indiana         Nov 6-18
Illinois           Nov 27- Dec 16
Alabama      Jan 2-13, 2013
BOTT           Jan 15-17, 2013
Arkansas       Jan 20 - Feb 3, 2013
Texas            Feb 5 - 24, 2013
South Texas  Feb 26 - Mar 24, 2013

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

God Bless,
Nathan, Tanya, Alaina and Lincoln Harrod

The Republic of Georgia Update


This month:
This month has been very busy and exciting. Our Sunday services have grown to average 110 a service. We are excited about what God is doing here in Tbilisi. We began our new Bible School semester at our training center with a total of  37 participants. 30 of  them are in our “Discipleship” level, and seven are in our ministers training level. I cant wait to see how God will move in these lives. We baptized a young Georgian by the name of  Georgi this month, and he is on fire for God. I am training him to be my translator for services since we have experienced an increase in Georgians that have been showing up at our services. This month we had 22 Georgians, 3 Indians, 3 Cameroonians, 9 Americans, and 78 Nigerians in one service. God is establishing an international work here in Tbilisi. Thank you to everyone who has invested into the work here in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Prayer Focus:
1. Safety during the Georgian Elections.
2.  Provisions for the finances to complete the first floor of  the facility.
3. Breakthrough in the Spirit.
4.  A revelation of  the Mighty God in Christ.

Building update:


We are celebrating the completion of  the 2nd floor of  our facility this month. The sanctuary, two bathrooms, and two small offices that double as  a Sunday school class and a storage room have finally been completed. There are, of course, the usual small odds and ends to be finished, but God has made a way in the middle of  what was thought impossible. I want to say thank you to every person that has made this possible. Thank you for allowing God to use you for the kingdom. Every chair, piece of drywall, screw and drop of  paint have been a product of  your giving to God. This is what the book of Acts talks about when it said they had all things in Common. You felt our need and responded to it. To God be the Glory.

Jared

Hello from Korea

I am determined to more regularly update you all on the happenings of my life on the other side of the world. It is still hard to believe how quickly time flies. I fear that I shall be forever saying such.

Pastor Kang
Pastor Kang of Kwangsan United Pentecostal Church in Gwangmyeong has been visiting family in the United States but is set to return sometime this week, as the “young people” are to have dinner with him this Sunday.

In the weeks in which he has been gone, Sis. Kim and our assistant pastor have ministered in the services. I am pleased to say that the young people have continued to have our Bible study class after the noon meal (the one at which the church family always eats together after the morning service). The young people try to talk as much as possible in English for my benefit (at lunch and in class), and I am grateful.

The continuation of the class makes for a normal busy Sunday schedule.
Morning Bible Study
Morning Service
Meal
Youth Bible Study
Sunday School
Afternoon/Evening Service (It starts at 3 p.m.)

The back-to-back schedule does serve to keep me hopping, and I would not really have it any other way. As most of the above is conducted in Korean, my brain does get a little weary and my gratitude for my translators, predominately Sis. Kim at present, increases. I really need to study Korean more!

In conversations with Sis. Kim and others, I have discovered that there have been 3 churches in Daejeon. All have failed, commonly because they did not hold to the doctrine and left the organization. Daejeon is a university city with a strong scientific community. It is something I love about my current corner of the world; yet, so many here do not comprehend their desperate need for God. Pray with me.

My G3 students are that much closer to becoming high school students, and I am already thinking about how much I shall miss them. I will have enjoyed (mostly enjoyed) two years with them. If I remain at this school, next will be my third year with the “new” G3 students. I will have been with them for their entire middle school experience. An odd thought as I consider my future in this country. There adds another matter for prayer.

I have enjoyed a short work week due to the Chuseok holiday which gave me a five-day weekend which I spent mostly with my friends in Seoul. One of my friends is currently on holiday in the States and generously offered her home to me so that I would not need to come back and forth between Seoul and Daejeon or stay at a motel. This is my public thank you for this great kindness. During my time there, my friends and I had a wonderful time hiking, riding bikes, celebrating a birthday, watching a street magic show, and meeting some new faces. I also ran into a friend from university who has recently started teaching here in Korea (Those who volunteer to feed the homeless on Saturdays may remember her: Beth Ann). I missed the subway to enjoy a great chat with her. I love moments like that!

Some pictures from my Chuseok holiday: 

Achasan
Crazy Mr. J, street magician (Photo by Katie)
Friends (just before our bike ride)

The month of October is full of wonderful breaks: Club Day, Sports Day, and the school festival, as well as the previously mentioned Chuseok. It is nice to have a slower work pace, though the students might not share my sentiment today as they have exams next week. Pray for my students as they prepare for their exams. I shall see many a sleepy face in class today.

For now, I will say goodbye. I look forward to our next exchange. As I receive news from home, know that I am praying for and with you all. It makes me wish I could be there with you, but I know...


The best is still yet to come,
Heather