Monday, August 12, 2019

Hope Now Missions Report

July 2019

Greetings to our friends and partners!


We're Sorry

We recently discovered that many of our emails have not been delivered to you as intended. We have attempted to fix this in our email system and hope that you are seeing this message now. :D Please accept our sincere apologies. We want to make sure to keep you informed of our actions on the field. If you would like to see any updates you may have missed, please take a few moments to scan through our updates on our website. (www.hopenowmissions.com/updates)


 Available for Services

A quick announcement: We will be in the USA from September 9 to October 10. We are planning to attend the UPCI General Conference. During our time in the States, we would love to be in service with you at your church! If you are interested, please connect with us, or your pastor, so that we can make arrangements. It would be a privilege to see you! Due to time constraints, we have limited availability, but we would love to connect with you if possible!

Planning Ahead

We’ve begun making plans and arranging schedules for the remainder of this year and next. Missionaries Paul & Darla Brochu will be going on deputation in April of next year, and we have been requested to fill in while they are traveling. Because of this, we are working to make this time of transition as smooth as possible for the church. We will be returning to the US from September 9 to October 10 to raise funds. We must have enough Partners In Mission (PIM) to guarantee our presence on the field while the Brochus are away. We are thankful for the opportunity to work with them and are honored to be furlough replacements while they are away. Paris Centre church is a great body of believers and we love them dearly.


Prayer for Muslims

A few weeks ago, we were pleased to host an international prayer team here in Paris. They were praying strategically through Western Europe in areas under the influence of Islam. Our prayer is that the truth of Jesus would be revealed to Muslims throughout Europe and the Middle East. The facility which we currently rent doubles as a mosque for Muslims in our neighborhood. We prayed over their prayer mats with faith, believing that they will encounter Jesus! The following day we visited the Grand Mosque of Paris and enjoyed a lovely tour. After the tour, we were released to wander the grounds. We were able to spend 30+ mins in prayer there, praying that they would have a divine encounter with Jesus. We desire to see God do a work in the Muslim community in Europe. Help us pray for them. We are thankful for the prayer team and their leadership for coordinating this effort.

Training Program

We have been working diligently to ensure the work here is as effective as possible. Due to our lack of facilities, it is a considerable challenge to train volunteers and have systems operational. We have no time or place to train or organize our team, so we have to think outside of the box. We are currently developing online training systems that will allow our teams to be operating on the same page. With the tools that we are developing, we will have team training, discipleship training, and Bible studies available online to help equip and support the ministry here. The tools and techniques that we are working on are being developed in such a way that they can be arranged to launch daughter works around the city and beyond. We are very energized by what is taking place on this front. 

Digital Discipleship Initiative

At the end of October, we have someone coming to help us video an 8-week discipleship series. It will allow new members of our church to become acquainted with our biblical values and beliefs outside of church service time. We are working to set up a studio in a section of our apartment to facilitate this project. We will require some lighting other equipment for this to come together. If you are interested in helping with this, it would be much appreciated. Just reach out to us and say, “I’d love to help with digital discipleship initiatives.”

Your love and support humble us. Your contributions do not go unnoticed. We pray that each of you is richly blessed as you sow into the work in France and around the world.

If you do not currently support our ministry and would like to, I invite you to visit www.HopeNowMissions.com/give. Any amount is significant in helping spread the hope of the Gospel. Thank you in advance for your generous gift!

Praying God's Blessings upon you all,

Baron & Jen Carson
Associate Missionaries to France

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 Will you help share the Gospel?

When you partner with us, you will share in the eternal reward of reaching lost souls with the Gospel message. Would you consider making a one-time donation or partnering with us monthly? 

You might be asking how your contribution can help. First, we must learn French and need to raise funds for a language school (approximately $3,500pp). Secondly, you can help with our recurring monthly expenses. These include transportation ($90), internet ($40), phones ($25), insurance ($100) and housing ($1,075). Even a small donation can make a big difference!
 
We have seen many lives transformed as people are healed, baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit, and you can be a part of that by praying, giving or going! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

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PRAYER REQUESTS

We have a few things that we would love for you to help us pray about:
  • Pray for Paris Centre Church. We need a permanent meeting location in Paris in which to have services, offices, and training space.
  • Pray that God will lead us to divine connections with people.
  • Pray for spiritual and physical protection of our leaders and ourselves.
  • Pray for laborers to help in the harvest. 

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Good News from Northern Europe


JULY GOOOD NEWS FROM NORTHERN EUROPE 


The end of the school year always brings a lot of activity at Harvest Bible College.  It was a great time of celebration as 14 graduated from both the part-time and full-time college. 

Staff and students enjoyed a great meal and fellowship at the Graduation Dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. 

Alumni “Lifted” Concert - A great evening of music from past and present graduates 

Full Time Graduates—Class of 2019


MISSIONARY FIELD FELLOWSHIP 


This annual meeting for all missionary personnel in Northern Europe was held in Liverpool, England this year.  It was a great time of fellowship and inspiration.  We were honored to Have Bro. and Sis. Terry Shock and Bro. and Sis. Tuttle as our special guests.  Their ministry was a huge blessing to all.  Pictured below are the personnel that were able to attend. 


TO GREENLAND ONCE AGAIN 


Bro. Kelley made another very successful trip to Greenland continuing to build rapport with the group there.  Please continue to pray for this open door and that these people can be solidified in their connection with the United Pentecostal Church. 

Pastor Ib Nielson and Bro. Kelley


CELEBRATING!!!



In June, we celebrated 42 years of marriage and 36 years as missionaries of the United Pentecostal Church.   

Truly, God has been good to us and given us a great life together serving Him.  Our greatest joy is to see both our natural children and spiritual children serving the Lord and blessing the Kingdom of God.

THANK YOU for enabling our ministry in Northern Europe.



Monday, July 1, 2019

McBride June AIM Report



This month was so full we are not sure we can fit everything in our Newsletter! It started off strong with our time at the Robert K. Rodenbush (RKR) Training Center. Words can not express what has been imparted to us through our training. We had classes on Latvian culture, cross-cultural communications, Church structure, Spiritual Warfare, Intercessory Prayer, methods of Evangelism, how to build teams, and how to open up new cities with the Gospel of Christ. After classes, we followed up with practicum by having a week of prayer, fasting, and prayer walking, and then starting services in our home here in the city center. We have met many new people and are praying for God to reach them!

We also were apart of many events including:

- EME* Campus Ministries Seminar (June 17-18)
-An area wide Field Fellowship (19-20)
- Oneness Seminar for Russian Leaders
with Rev. David Bernard (June 21-22)
-GATS* Faculty Development Seminar (June 25-26)

*EME is Europe/Middle East
*GATS is Global Association of Theological Studies 

Rep. Dennis Uecker during our first week of training at the Robert K. Rodenbush Training Center. We learned about Revival By Design (RBD) Principles and were taught by many awesome men and women of God! 


We learned SO much in the Campus Ministry Seminar. We were taught and equipped on how to start services and Bibles Studies on University Campuses all over the world. We were thrilled to have Brother Showalter, Sister Sarah Mock, Brother DeTemple, and others share their experiences and advice!



Being a part of the Field Fellowship was such an honor (left picture). We were able to have a seat at the table as our Regional Director, Brother Tuttle cast vision for our region, Northern Eurasia. It was awesome to hear different Representatives give reports of what was happening in their country. At the end Brother Tuttle even asked a few of us AIMers to give a report. Michael gave a report for us and did a fantastic job! This was a humbling experience.
The Oneness Conference (Right Picture) with Brother Bernard was equally impactful. We had ministers from Russia, and several other former Soviet Union countries that cannot be mentioned. At the end, one was baptized and many ministers received revelation of Jesus Name. What a victory! 


Our Team 
We are blessed to lead an amazing team here in Riga! We have us, Alyssa Headings from Florida, Katelyn Gibson from Louisiana, and Sarah Harker from Ohio. We are sad but excited that Sarah and Katelyn will be leaving us this week to go to Poland. They are going to be a great blessing to the team there. (Top Left)

Dan
We met Dan very soon after arriving. He is the son of Russian Diplomats here in Latvia. We have had him in our home once a week developing a friendship with him. Pray for us as we work to reach Dan and his family. Also, we were able to give Dan his very first taco! That was fun moment. (Top Right)

We are TIRED!
This picture of Michael is the most accurate portrait of how we feel after this month. HOWEVER, every meeting, service, and class has been such a blessing. We could not be more thankful for all that has been imparted to us! (Bottom Left)

Urshan Alumni
Upon arrival, we were happy to see several familiar faces! We are happy to be here in Latvia with fellow Urshanites! Bonnie will be leaving Latvia this week to go to Jordan. Pray for her! The rest of us will remain in Latvia for the duration of our AIM appointment. We are grateful to have new and old friends here.  (Bottom Right)


We have been hosting a weekly game night every week except last week. We are so excited to have met so many amazing young people. We know God has big things in store for each of them. Please help us pray we will be sensitive and know when is the right time to share the Gospel with our new friends. 


After our week(s) of meetings, we are currently on a short trip to Poland. We arrived June 29th and will be leaving on July 3rd. We are here assisting our Supervising Representative drop off an AIM team that will be working in Warsaw. Poland currently has no UPCI Representative. Please join us in prayer for the team that is here to start a church. Also, pray the Lord will call a full time representative to that nation!

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Prayer Requests:
God has really been moving here in Latvia. He has been speaking, and we are listening! Here are a few ways you can specifically pray for us during our time here:
1.) Pray for us to be led by the Holy Spirit about the right time to approach people with the Gospel.
2.) Pray for our small group.
3.) Pray that God will continue to speak to us about our future in missions. 
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If you would like to become a partner with us as we AIM for the United Pentecostal Church International (UPCI), there are various ways to give!
You will need our account number which is 435813.
1.) You can call 636-229-7966 to make a donation over the phone.  
2.) You can text "AIM65" to the number 71777
3.) You can enroll online to become a PIM (Partner in Mission). The PIM is NOT an automatic withdraw and has to physically be sent in.
4.) You can mail a check to 36 Research Park Court Weldon Spring, Missouri 63304. It should be made out to Global Missions and memo'd to McBride AIM Account 435813.

Please note if you give money directly to us, we cannot issue you a tax-deductible receipt or give you Global Missions giving credit.




Friday, June 14, 2019

Luxembourg Mission Update


Greetings from Luxembourg in the Name of Jesus! 


 The first week of May we hosted a team of prayer warriors from Scotland, United Kingdom, Norway, Romania, Austria, France, and Luxembourg which joined in prayer for four days straight.

Many times what we see in the physical realm is a “reflection” of what is taking place in the spiritual realm. During this prayer event the Grand Duke of Luxembourg’s funeral was held and his son, the Duke of Luxembourg, assumed his title and role. There was a shift in national authority. I believe there was a shift in spiritual authority in Luxembourg during this time as well. My attention was directed to Exodus 2:1-4. I felt that something had been “born” that could no longer be hidden. It would be protected and placed in a “flow” that would deliver it to its destiny!




There are 170 different nationalities in Luxembourg and we want to reach them all with the Gospel. We are trusting God’s direction to lead us to key people in each community to “unlock” that family, cultural group, city, or region.

An interesting door the Lord opened is a Bible study with a Roman Catholic lady from Costa Rica who is married to a French atheist (top picture). She recently got the revelation of Oneness and God is doing great things in her life!

Two new families we have started meeting are a Russian family (left) and an Indian family (right). We believe this connection will be key in reaching the Hindu community in Luxembourg.



Thank you for your faithful prayers and sponsorship!

In His Service,
Jeremy & Khrista Favors




Saturday, June 1, 2019

Good News from Northern Europe


The past month has been more than busy, and it has been a joy to experience God’s abundant blessings in the midst of severe challenges that we have faced.


Your part in our ministry means more than we can ever adequately express.  Our hearts are full of gratitude.  Rejoice with us in the reports below.

NATIONAL LADIES CONFERENCE 


The Ladies in ACTSion Department of Great Britain & Ireland conducted a wonderful ladies conference this year.  The theme of the conference was “Building Bridges”.  Each speaker was blessed and anointed of the Lord and ladies were ministered to in a wonderful way.


Harvest Bible College took a missions trip to Romania in April.  Also, the Regional Prayer Trip to Luxembourg took place.  Both of these trips were outstanding and will be reported on in our next Partners in Missions letter. 


HIGHLAND AWAKENING CONFERENCE IN ELGIN, SCOTLAND 


AIMer, Derek Fyfe, felt a need and desire to have a conference that focused on the north of Scotland and the needs of this area.  This proved to be a great time of challenge and inspiration.  Bro. David Trammell and Missionary John Hemus ministered powerfully.  Lives were blessed and inspired during this conference. 







Japan Harvest


Dear Partners for Japan,

Praise the Lord!  This month, we have still been focused on language study and are established in our weekly study routine. God has blessed us with great teachers and we’re so thankful for this opportunity to further our Japanese skills. Language study is our top priority right now.

The church is enjoying meeting in a nearby community center that is a hub for many local events including one of our Japanese classes. It is conveniently located near two main train stations. We are taking our weekly prayer meetings to the streets and beginning to pray at the city offices in each of the seven wards in Fukuoka. Believing that this will open up those areas to receive the light of the gospel. We have already seen a positive result from prayer in the first ward-Sawara Ward.

Please keep the saints in Hiroshima in prayer. We will be traveling there soon to visit and encourage them. God has great things for that city and we are already setting our eyes on a disciple there who will be able to lead the work in the future

AYC is coming to Okinawa in June! Though we will not be attending this year, we are keeping everyone in prayer and are eager to see great results from the time of God’s impacting these young lives in Japan.

General Conference in Nagoya was wonderful! There was a great sense of unity among the leaders and saints, which we know attracts the favor and blessing of God. Brother Joe Ellis and Brother Eli Hernandez ministered in the day and evening sessions. People were healed, filled with the Holy Ghost, and some were baptized in Jesus’ Name when they returned home. We are so blessed to be a part of the Japan United Pentecostal Church.

In a land where idolatry abounds, God has His church that is happily worshipping and serving the one true God. Each day, we are challenged by His call and trusting in His power to impact Japan. Please pray for the prefectures in Japan that are listed below. THANK YOU for praying and for giving so that we can continue to GO. Praying God's blessings on you and your families,


For the Japanese,
Les & Laura Clevenger


Japan's Prefectures (States)