We just wrapped up our Agape Christmas weekend where we hosted our biggest Christmas party EVER with over 500 children and about 200 adults in attendance. It was a beautiful weekend where the love of God was lived out and shown to children who normally receive very little and who NEED to feel God’s love in their lives desperately. THANK YOU to everyone who helped to make this weekend possible.
With the help of our faithful donors, we were able to bring children to our new ministry center for this event. Approximately 350 of the children were children who live and work in the inner city of Quito and receive nutrition in either the Genesis 7 nutrition center or one of our partner ministries. The remaining children were from the economically depressed neighborhood surrounding our ministry center. All of the children were excited to have the beautiful campus where they could run and play and enjoy the gorgeous sun shining day.
The day’s activities included a carnival, field games, crafts, coloring, a Christ-centered worship service which offered each child a chance to receive Christ and pray for their needs, a nutritious hot meal, and lots of great gifts. Their gifts included: either a doll or matchbox car, coloring book and crayons, pencil, bag of sweets, a framed photo of themselves, a long-sleeved shirt, new shoes and some of the girls received handmade dresses.
Preparing food for this big of a group over a 2-day period was a challenge in our small kitchen. We had the help of Narcissa, a sweet Christian lady who cooks for many of our visiting groups. To put in perspective, our grocery list included: 50 chickens, 400 pounds of potatoes, 3 crates of tomatoes, 30 heads of lettuce, 30 cucumbers, 100 avocados, 20 boxes of milk, 20 blocks of melting cheese, 35 gallons of cola and 700 tangerines!
Thankfully, all of the logistics came together beautifully and the day was without a hitch and FULL of smiles and laughter. It was a beautiful expression of the Father’s love for His children and we are blessed to have been used as a vessel to help make it happen. We pray that each of you have an equally blessed Christmas season.
Here you can watch a video recap of the day’s events:
Bobby, Tamitha, Jordan, Jonathan & James
Revival has broken out in Uruguay! After fifty years of spiritual drought, the church of Uruguay began to pray for revival. As they prayed, cried and fasted, God birthed a vision in the hearts of the pastors and leaders in Uruguay to plant fifty churches. During the past two years God has blessed their faithfulness and obedience to this vision and enabled them to plant thirty new churches.
I have the privilege of working with Uruguay’s new church planters. I have heard their testimonies and their passion to reach the lost. We have trained and sent them out to be effective witnesses and pastors in their communities. Each church planter is making a tremendous impact for Christ.
A group of nine pastors led by Kevin Wallace, Lee Nash and myself, went to Uruguay in November. During a four day blitz, we held revival services in thirty churches. On the fifth day, we had training conferences with the church planters and ended our visit with a large evangelistic crusade to about 2000 people.
Everyone was blessed by our visit. Each church planter received training and encouragement. Our revival services were marked by many salvations and miracles. We were challenged as we heard the stories of the church planters and visited their projects. One Pastor, Marcos, who has been enrolled in our church planting process, grabbed me and hugged me tight and through tears, said, “Thank you for this training process that prepared me to be a pastor and allowed me to fulfill my calling.” His words and passion have left me more convinced than ever that it is critical for us to train and prepare our church planters so that they may fulfill God’s calling upon their lives.
Revival has broken out in Uruguay! We thank God that He has given us and you the privilege of sharing in this revival. Please help keep the fires of revival burning as we continue to train and encourage church planters across Latin America. World Mission Project #102-9094
Reflecting upon my recent trip to Honduras, I find myself experiencing two extremely different emotions. One the one hand, I am extremely excited! The people of Central America are passionate for God. Only one word comes to mind to describe the church that I encountered there – HOT!!!! In Honduras and Guatemala alone, we planted more than 500 churches last year. During this intense week of training and planning, we are confident that more than 3000 churches will be planted in Central America during the next few years. All I can say is WOW! God is great and He continues to bless His church.
On the other hand, my heart is extremely heavy. Much of Central America continues to be ravaged by poverty and violence. The local newspapers were filled with stories of assassinations, murders, kidnappings, drugs and violence. In fact, recently one of our pastors, who had denounced the violence and drugs in his community, was killed while baptizing new believers in the church. Armed men burst into the church with machine guns and shot the pastor and many members in retaliation for the pastor’s words of peace. Again, all I can say is WOW! The sacrifice of our Central American pastors is overwhelming.
Historically, the church has flourished during times of intense suffering and persecution. What is occurring now in Central America now is no different. In the midst of intense pain and suffering, Jesus Christ continues to offer hope through His church. Thank you for partnering with us to train and send out 3000+ church planters in Central America who will offer the hope of Jesus Christ in the midst of intense persecution and suffering. For $100 per month, or a one time gift of $1200, you can help ensure that our church planters receive Biblical training, mentoring and practical resources, like Bibles so that they can effectively share the Gospel “until all have heard.” Please send your tax-deductible gifts to World Missions, P.O. Box 8016, Cleveland, TN 37320-8016 and designate your gift for Latin American church planting Project # 102-9094
John 12:32, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”
Jesus said if I be lifted up then I will draw all men unto me. I am continually amazed at how our Latin American church planters take this simple promise to heart and put it into concrete actions. Last year we trained more than 850 church planters and this year we are going to train and send out more than 1500 church planters. Praise the Lord!
The passion and complete abandonment for Jesus of these church planters continues to inspire me. Listen to some of their testimonies:
From Uruguay: “God has given us great goals for the church we are planting. We hope to have 80 members within 6 months and within 1 year; we plan to open a feeding center for children. Please pray for all of these things to happen in Jesus’ name.”
From Bolivia: “I used to be the type of man who spent his time drinking with his friends. When I came to know Christ, my life changed completely. Now I am working for the Kingdom of God as a Pastor. Please pray for our church to continue to grow and multiply.”
From Columbia: “I used to be an abusive drunk. God shed His mercy on me and saved me and changed my life completely. Now I use the things I experienced to help others come to know Christ. God helps me to preach salvation and do His work. I pray He will help me to reach my town for Him.”
I hope that their stories touched your heart like they touched mine. I pray that these testimonies challenge you “Lift Jesus up” this week.
We are approaching our goal to plant 8000 churches throughout Latin America. If you would like to partner with us in training and sending church planters, please contact us or send a donation. Please pray for me as I will be in Honduras next week to launch an initiative to plant 3500 new churches in Central America. Later this month I will lead a team of pastors to preach in 30 new churches that we have planted in the past 2 years.
Thank you for supporting our work to plant new churches UNTIL ALL HAVE HEARD!!
In July, Lee University’s Campus Choir brought a group of 80 to Ecuador for a mission trip. Choir directors, Jimmy and Johnna Phillips, led an inspiring and energetic group of choir members as they ministered throughout Ecuador. Also, accompanying the choir were several medical professionals who brought many supplies and medications along with them.
Throughout the trip, medical clinics were held in 6 different locations, assisting over 1,200 people. The medical professionals were a tremendous help to the people here by diagnosing and offering solutions for various problems. Each patient was able to receive a supply of vitamins and various other medications as needed.
The medical help was a great blessing, which was made even greater by the miraculous hand of the Great Physician Himself. After visiting the medical professionals, each patient would hear the Gospel message and receive prayer. During this time, MANY miracles took place. It was like the stories in the Bible were coming to life right before our eyes as blind eyes were opened and the lame began to walk again. In all, over 120 people were healed and over 100 people received salvation!
Here are a few stories of the miraculous events:
- A lady came into one of the clinics on crutches – had been on them for quite some time – and left healed with her young daughter playing with the crutches going down the street.
- A young boy came in with one blind eye and was healed – HE COULD SEE!
- An older man was healed of a cancerous tumor in his side.
- Another lady came in and could hardly stand straight or walk and left running down the street she was so excited that she was healed.
We praise God that He still heals and deliver!
One of the clinic locations was our new ministry center (Agua Viva). This was only the 2nd event ever held here as we had only purchased the property weeks before. We were still unknown to this strict Catholic population, yet they came to our event with smiles and gratitude. The people were greatly touched by the ministry of the Campus Choir group and this event helped to establish our ministry among the community.
In the evenings, the choir performed at various locations around Quito. In these events, many lives were touched through the powerful ministry of Campus Choir. One location was at the nearby San Luis Shopping Mall. This was the first time EVER in this history of this mall that they have allowed an evangelical Christian group to perform. They did place restrictions that were very difficult for this Spirit-filled choir to abide by, such as no lifting of hands in worship nor outright proselyting. It was moving to see the choir members holding each other’s hands to prevent the accidental breaking of the rules and then to look out at the audience and see THEIR hands lifted and tears flowing as the Spirit of God moved even in the midst of restraint.
Thank you to Campus Choir, medical professionals and Lee and Marsha Nash who coordinated the trip on behalf of Redemption Point Ministries. You all definitely blessed Ecuador in ways for which we are still seeing the fruit.