The Foursquare Church in Comayagua, Honduras is witnessing God’s promises fulfilled as newly commissioned teams reach out into rural communities with the Gospel of salvation, and enfold new believers into discipleship home groups. This regional church planting initiative, led by pastor Gilberto Mejia, is training and equipping teams from 20 regional churches. The team reported 47 new believers visited churches after follow-up, many came as far as 60km away. Three new families opened their homes to host Bible studies, and a month later, three new locations have been identified as potential church planting sites, where currently more than 180 people gather weekly to hear God’s Word and be strengthen in the fellowship of the saints.
With the help of a Foursquare Foundation grant, outreaches are also increasing from quarterly to bi-monthly, more teams are being formed, and additional resources are being distributed for immediate use.
To date, Foursquare Comayagua has planted more than 200 cell groups for discipleship, and reported 8,300 decisions for Christ, praise God! 3,715 are currently being discipled at local Foursquare churches throughout Honduras.
Join us in praying for the National Foursquare leadership in Honduras, that God would continue to bless each team with his tangible presence, and further help identify additional church planting communities for the expansion of the Gospel and lasting discipleship of the new believers.
Oregon: The Salem Dream Center in Oregon has been reaching out to their community with the love and Good News of Jesus Christ under the direction of Project Leader, Craig Oviatt. Through a partnership between the Foursquare Foundation and West Salem Foursquare Church, The Dream Center has seen over 230 individuals make a decision to give their lives to Christ this year!
In addition to helping families transition out of poverty, illiteracy and language barriers, The Dream Center continues its work through several extension ministries. One in particular, Love Reins Ranch, is uniquely sharing the Gospel at a horse ranch where families bring children with disabilities for therapy. Not only are they seeing amazing results in the physical responses of children, the hearts of the parents are being changed towards God and the church. The Director of Love Reins, Katie, shares, “While the children who come to Love Reins Ranch usually are excited to jump right in, the parents, foster parents, and guardians are generally cautious. Not only are we using big horses around their children, but many have had bad experiences with churches (feeling their children have not been accepted).”
Prayer Request: Please pray that the Salem Dream Center has the resources to reach out to individuals in their community as the winter months close in. Ask the Lord for additional favor and other ministry partnerships that will enable them to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ!
Uromi, Nigeria: While secondary school children were on holiday, Project Leader Goddey Ebojie and the “Good News Proclaimers Evangelism Outreach” team went to work. They gathered professional teachers and public examination specialists in the city of Uromi to teach various subjects relevant to the students and their studies and, in the midst of holiday coaching, 350 young people made decisions for Christ! Praise the Lord!
“Evangelism methods are dynamic and adoptable,” said Rev. Ebojie, who also trained and empowered a team of medical personnel and support staff to care for people’s practical needs and proclaim the Good News in the process. As a result, 569 more people responded to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Wow!
Furthermore, Rev. Ebojie said, “We notice that people respond more to social service backed gospel,” which is why the project team also intends to drill a well to provide fresh water for a local village and plant a new Foursquare Church in a nearby location. “Because of the poor economic state of the people, simple gifts attracts them.”
Once people respond to the Gospel, the team disciples them via Sunday School Classes at church. They also disciple women and children from another faith in their homes, thereby ensuring that new converts need not fear husbands or fathers who would not want them to publicly identify with a church.
Evangelism Prayer Focus: Please pray for the 1,642 precious people who are walking with Christ as a result of this outreach. Pray for the growth, discipleship, and safety of the new believers and the project team, as well as for the successful conclusion of this evangelism project.
The Foursquare Foundation Board of Directors awarded 55 new evangelism and leadership development grants this week to a variety of quality pastors around the globe. Each leader, ultimately focused on God’s harvest of souls, will train, mentor and commission next generation leaders into community outreach, small group ministry, church planting, an array of other ministry efforts that will bring froth new believers and blessings in more than 26 countries.
Join us in Praising God for His continued Blessings upon us all … May Your Kingdom Come, Lord, May your will be done in each leader, and in each ministry project … For your Kingdom Glory, Amen!
Gasparillo, Trinidad – Trinidad is a cultural merging point. Its island brims with fifteen different nationalities sharing one common language (English). Y et a diverse variety of religions, including Hindu, Muslim, Animist, and Buddhist. One might dream it’s the perfect environment to establish a missions training center. A place that inspires and equips God’s people to make disciples and multiply churches. The “Transcultural Missionary Training Center” in Trinidad & Tobago is that training center. And it’s led by Foursquare Pastor Evert Mora, founder of the Foursquare School of Missions in Venezuela and the Director of Church Planting for Foursquare Venezuela, where some of God’s finest leaders are being prepared to launch out into the Nations.
In partnership with a Foursquare Foundation grant, the center opened its door this past August welcoming over 30 students from Latin America and the United States. Each being prepared for short or long term missions and ministry. Daily lectures include subjects on cultural sensitivity, world religions, global missions, languages, and a variety of other ministry topics. Student’s schedules include participation in local outreaches with area Christian churches immersed in Hindu and Muslim communities. In a recent outreach to children, more than 30 children accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior! Praise God. A super ending to a fun filled afternoon of choreographed dances, entertainment, painted faces, … and proclamation of the Gospel.
Currently, the 3rd overlapping training session is underway with two families committed to missions work in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
The project’s long-term goal is to provide a Foursquare presence in the region that shines God’s light through planting Foursquare churches throughout the island of Trinidad.
Please pray for the missionary training center as the Lord continues to speak to future missionaries to be trained and released into “all the World”. For more information, please visit their ministry website at: www.cemtt.org
Train up a child in the way he should go…
Ongwediva, Namibia: By linking arms with Liberty Heritage School and the Foursquare Foundation, project leader Festus Negumbo and Foursquare Ongwediva, the national church of Namibia is reaching the nation through Christian education.
“Future Leaders of Namibia” is a project designed to train and coach young spiritual leaders to disciple their peers and raise up more spiritual leaders in the process. God’s word is already reaching the lives of children and even impacting their parents.
Most importantly, the young team is gathering God’s harvest in creative ways – using sports, music, and drama events as an evangelism vehicle. “The children stepped up and assumed roles in leadership that we would have thought not possible,” said Pastor Festus.
So far, three teachers have discipled three small groups of students who are presenting the Gospel to others. When a teenager expresses an interest in knowing Jesus Christ, a peer begins to walk closely with him or her along a road of discipleship toward Christ.
As a result, 148 young people decided to follow Christ, intentional discipleship continues, more teachers and students are being identified as having spiritual leadership potential, and the team is sharing the vision with believers in the marketplace.
Evangelism Prayer Focus: Pastor Fesus invites us to pray “That Liberty Heritage will be a Pace-setter in our nation as we reach children both spiritually and academically.” Pray too for the future leaders of Namibia, that these teachers and young people will have an impact in every realm of society, from sports, music, and drama, to business and marketplace ministry. Everyone is part of God’s great work.
… May each increase in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man
SOUTHEAST ASIA – Training fruitful leaders and planting healthy churches can be challenging in most contexts, but under a political system where civil and religious liberties are restrictive to Christians (less than 10% of the population,) can often prove arduous and wearisome. Yet Foursquare Pastor H (name withheld) and his resilient ministry team refuse to let that slow them down.
Pastor H’s plan is simple and straight-forward: mobilize local Foursquare churches 1) by training healthy, evangelistic leaders to reach people with the Gospel; 2) to disciple those new believers; and 3) to plant churches. And he’s doing just that.
In partnership with the Foursquare Foundation, Pastor H’s project is equipping 430 leaders and planting churches to reach local communities. To date, over 70 people have made decisions to follow Jesus and many healings have been witnessed. By the power of the Holy Spirit and the Father’s immeasurable grace, this is only the beginning of a nation being won for Christ!
“And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-12 NASB)
Pray for Pastor H and his ministry team, so that they would be encouraged and continue to rely upon the Holy Spirit in the midst of political/religious challenges and opposition. And that God would continue to move in power to draw more hearts to Him.
There is a River whose streams make glad the city of God … Psalm 46
Foursquare Pastor Gary Hornsby, founder and director of The River’s Edge Ranch, and his associate Big Al Aceves (former Mongols biker gang leader) are helping men find Christ and wholeness after being caught in the depths of addiction, gang life, prison and hopelessness. Situated in California’s beautiful high desert, their 20-acre ranch, once used to rehabilitate ailing and injured horses, is now holy ground for the caring and discipleship of approximately 400 men since it’s beginning. A place where men progressively grow in relationship with Christ as they study the Word of God, serve the community, work the grounds, and care for horses, cows, and aviary of birds and other animals.
Pastor Gary shares about the impact of The Ranch on each individual man:
“The individual learns his new identity in Christ…being born again, having that life-changing experience with Jesus Christ and understanding what Christ created them to be. The fruit beyond that…once the man gets healed and gets whole, then his marriage begins to restore. Once his marriage begins to restore, then his family gets restored. This place is a place of restoration.”
The Foursquare Foundation has been honored to be able to help partner with resources for the development of men at The Ranch as leaders and disciples of Christ, through equipment, supplies, leadership and outreach materials.
Be sure to watch a video about The Rivers Edge Ranch to hear personal testimonies from some of the men at The Ranch.
Please partner in prayer that the Lord will provide further support to The Ranch to increase the amount of men they can house and disciple. They are planning on a 40-man bunkhouse, as well as two windmills to help replace their electricity costs
‘Go out … compel them to come in, that my house may be filled …’ Luke 14
What impact can one ministry make in a country where social services have left the disabled seemingly invisible, and hidden from public view? One Foursquare ministry in the Middle East (name withheld) is discovering a ripple effect of joy as they deliver wheelchairs and hope to families living with disabilities. “Our outreach ministry is more than dropping off a wheelchair,” shared Project Leader (name withheld,) it’s about changing the hearts, minds, and lives of whole families. It’s about helping transform society’s view on the quality of Life, village by village, person by person.”
Sponsored with Friends of Kardelen, and a Foursquare Foundation grant, the “Reach Me” project is helping provide the gift of mobility, while sharing the Good News of salvation to children and adults living with a variety of disabilities.
A new reality TV series is underway, capturing home visits that can be viewed on Satellite TV or DVD. Each of the 13 episodes filmed by the project team are designed to help generate compassion awareness as well as a hunger for spiritual truth. 5 free wheelchairs are given away during each half hour segment, featuring highlighted moments of the professional care given to each family, along with spiritual tips and encouragement for life’s uncertain challenges. An interactive website connection is provided for prayer and discipleship opportunities.
In the days to come, the project team anticipates seeing a momentum of more families being enlightened with God’s tangible Love and healing presence … To date 5 decisions for Christ have been reported through this media evangelism project.
May God continue to increase our harvest hunger, (entrusting the 99,) to go after the lost one … Matthew 18:12-14
The Missions Base of the Foursquare church in Bolivia trains leaders for short and long term missions, as well as offers continuing education courses to various Foursquare pastors. A recent MLD grant helped increase their student base training, and hands-on evangelism training in and around the major cities of Sucre and La Paz. Led by Brazilian missionary and pastor Marcelo Dallabrida, in partnership with the National Foursquare Leader Ruben Baldiviezo, recent missions outreaches sent out 2 teams to Puerto Quijarro and Ucureña for a week of evangelism outreach to public schools and large city plazas. Working in unison with local churches in each city, each site becomes a training place for church leaders to build upon for 30 days of follow up and discipleship of new believers. To date 1,001 decisions for Christ have been reported through the Base evangelism outreaches! And 67 leaders and pastors have been trained and prepared for effective missions.
Join us in Prayer: Pastor Marcelo is asking for prayer, that God would continue to expand the work of ministry they have been called to do. And to effectively develop the local Bolivian leaders to lead the Base in the future.