Students are being empowered for a lifetime of service to God through a full-time immersion program at Highlands Foursquare Church in Palmdale, California. Under the leadership of Pastor Ken Hart and Sean Sottile, The United Academy is actively training and mentoring young adults seeking to fulfill their call to ministry.
Through a partnership with a Ministry Leadership Development grant from the Foursquare Foundation, students of United are not only developing their Biblical understanding of service, they are participating in weekly outreach to families in their local community. Resources have also helped students put on three major outreaches throughout the year called “United As One,” utilizing local bands, guest speakers and food trucks. The events this past year, have seen more than 80 youth make decisions to follow Christ, and over half become engaged in discipleship.
Pray for the students of United Academy as they grow in their relationship with Christ and reach out with the Good News of Jesus to their friends and family members. Ask the Lord to bring more students to engage this transforming process and discover their life-long call for ministry.
United Academy partners with young leaders, Junior High all the way to College age to develop Biblical training and understanding (utilizing courses from: Life Pacific College), leadership competencies, spiritual devotion and hands-on training.
The Foursquare Foundation Board of Directors recently awarded 46 new evangelism and leadership development grants to fruitful leaders around the globe who are focused on God’s harvest of souls. Among a variety of Holy Spirit inspired strategies, the collective projects will mentor and prepare over 204 leaders for evangelim outreach, church planting, and discipleship of new believers in 24 countries. Highlighting God’s heart for the lost, the project teams will reach out and witness to over 418,942 people whom they anticipate will make decisions to follow Christ!
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We invite you to consider joining this group of Foursquare Foundation project leaders by considering God’s lead in submitting a grant application on behalf of your fruitful ministry outreach. Our staff of grant coordinators are here to help and happy to assist – please do not hesitate to contact us!
The Foursquare Foundation was created for a single purpose: To help accelerate world-wide, interdenominational evangelism focused on the investment into leaders who help transform people, cities and nations through the power of the Holy Spirit. To help resource fruitful evangelism efforts which reach and disciple people in all regions of the world to be followers of Jesus Christ. The Foursquare Foundation’s approach to fulfilling this mission is to help provide matching grants that help ignite an ‘afterburner’ effect which lasts in momentum well after Foursquare Foundation funding has ended.
*For more information visit our website and view the Foursquare Foundation “Grant Guidelines” (under the Grants tab) at: www.foursquarefoundation.net
“Feel free to begin translating,” Doug Bursch wrote with TEARS in his eyes. “This book will help people, it will change lives, and it will make the body of Christ stronger.” With that, he clicked send. Moments later, a precious woman of God read the email and began writing her own. “Begin translation,” Johnell Loop instructed with GREAT JOY as she transferred the final proofed edition of the first three chapters of Foundations of Pentecostal Theology for translation.
Think of the impossible dream in your heart. Now, imagine that it began to come true. How would you feel? Who would you tell? Your Friends? Your Family? Your Loved Ones? Exactly! Johnell Loop and the “Foursquare Resources for Global Leaders” project team, which includes Foursquare Missions Press, recently received a Foursquare Foundation matching grant. We are overjoyed to share this update with you, our beloved family, because long-held and cherished dreams are beginning to come true – right now.
As you are reading this story, National Leaders are beginning to receive key Foursquare resources, such as The Foursquare Gospel, Foundations of Pentecostal Theology, Disciples of All Nations, Doing What Jesus Did, and Women in Leadership Ministry, in a language that they understand. Spanish and French materials are being distributed at conferences and conventions in the form of books, CD’s, and flash drives. Currently, translation is underway in four additional languages, with more to come as funds become available.
Since the translation and distribution of all materials is field-driven, regions to reach during this initial phase include Africa, the Caribbean, Central and South America, the Indian sub-continent, and Southeast Asia. In the future, the project team knows that great need and desire will expand the project’s reach into other regions at a rapid pace. The Foursquare Foundation is pleased to be in partnership with the first phase of this important mission.
Pray that the translation and distribution of these vital Foursquare resources will take place as quickly as possible so that more leaders can be trained to reach the global harvest.
Join us on Saturday May 25th! Everyone is invited to participate with multiple churches and leaders around the globe in a unique evangelistic opportunity called “Global Outreach Day.” Virtually every denomination, culture, race and ethnic background are joining with 200-plus nations, in a massive one-day mobilization of the body of Christ. One focused day, one focused effort, to help take action in fulfilling the Great Commission in our generation.
What is Global Outreach Day? “It started with a single day, but is already growing into a mighty movement,” shared Project Leader Verner Nachtigal. “The Global Outreach Day was created to be an inspiring catalyst to help make it easier for every believer to intentionally step out together and share God’s message of hope. Whether it be by two, or in a group; on the streets, or at work, at home, in hospitals, prisons, neighborhoods, movie theater, parks, stores, restaurants and so on … Millions of Christians intentionally praying and stepping out all on the same day, to encourage and inspire each other. A wave of evangelism and salvation on May 25th to sweep the globe …”
“The G.O.D. website provides fun creative ideas for you to consider, and downloadable “How to” training resources and flyers for various countries.
The testimonies from last year are awesome. And so are the results! Millions of souls have already been saved.
Although Global Outreach Day is not about famous preachers and big tents, influential leaders and ministries from all over the globe are behind the Global Outreach Day, encouraging believers from every walk of life to participate. Partners include Christ for all Nations, Call2all, Campus Crusade for Christ, YWAM, Metro Ministries, Voice of the City, Generals International, Life without Limits, and many others …
The Foursquare Foundation is honored to be able to help partner too through an evangelism grant awarded to Project Leader Verner Nachtigal, the co-founder of Global Outreach Day, who is also providing pre-evangelism “Train the Trainer” events that are helping empower over 8M leaders with “How to Go” manuals in 9 languages. “Although many Christians want to reach people with the Gospel, shared Pastor Verner, they feel limited and inadequate, sometimes not even called to do it. We are providing spiritual and practical training for you to experience a real breakthrough in personal and corporate Evangelism!” You don’t need to be a “super-evangelist” with a “super-budget”. There are thousands of ideas and creative ways to lead someone to Jesus Christ. Let us help you to release your potential”…
The focus is not only to mobilize already active evangelistic people, said project leader, the aim is to see the WHOLE church – every single believer – stepping out on one day into divine action to reach the lost. All can join in. Simply pause, and ask Holy Spirit’s guidance in helping you consider the multiply ways that work best for you to reach out to one – or more – in your immediate sphere of influence.
Everyone can reach someone with the Gospel during the Global Outreach Day, Saturday May 25, 2013. Be part of it! Register at www.globaloutreachday.com
“… Go out there, step out in faith. Do something you haven’t done before!”
* A great opportunity too for participating churches to coach and provide personal follow-up and discipleship.
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“Through Holy Spirit-empowered evangelistic gatherings in eight districts of Kiribati, over 1,450 people have made decisions to follow Christ …”
Kiribati - The Foursquare Church of Papua New Guinea (PNG) is determined to bring the Foursquare Gospel to the “ends of the earth” through men and women of God, who have heard the call to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). One such man is Pastor William Yakumbu, PNG Missionary to Kiribati.
In partnership with the Foursquare Church of PNG and the Foursquare Foundation, Pastor William Yakumbu is on a mission to share the Good News of Christ with a nation that is facing significant challenges with environmental issues, high unemployment, and people struggling with substance abuse. Through Holy Spirit-empowered evangelistic gatherings in each of the eight main districts of Kiribati, over 1,450 people have made decisions to follow Christ, 8 small groups have been started, and a Foursquare Church has been planted! Through the leading of the Holy Spirit, Pastor William plans to plant three more churches and even more people for the Kingdom.
Evangelism Prayer Focus: Please pray for Pastor William and his team of leaders, as they follow-up and disciple the many who have made decisions for Christ; the financial needs of the leaders; and that the Holy Spirit would move in power and might to change lives, drawing souls into eternal relationship with Christ our Savior.
“For ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.’ But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, ‘How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!’” – Romans 10:13-15 NLT
“ … The Holy Spirit descended upon us so powerfully, that 67 of those present received the baptism of the Holy Spirit as we prayed … It is wonderful to see revival.”
In the past 12 months, Foursquare Honduras has witnessed 973 church leaders trained and equipped for effective evangelism and discipleship. As each Foursquare leader deployed back to their local churches to carry out the practices learned to their own communities, God’s presence and great expectation followed each. The project, “Generation 4-14,” is a targeted national strategy, mobilizing leaders from 10 Foursquare churches throughout Honduras. Focused on one of the largest unreached groups in the region, ages 4 through 14. Along with special music and puppet theaters, attractive literature, and personal invitations to neighborhood events are building bridges of opportunity for relational discipleship for both children and their parents.
Project leader Pastor Fanny Zelaya recently shared: “My heart was especially moved to see church leadership of all ages – young and old – commit to this training with enthusiasm. I was especially moved to see how God would not only save the lost, but also equip the saints. During one of our training sessions, with more than 200 church leaders present, the Holy Spirit descended upon us so powerfully, that 67 received the baptism of the Holy Spirit as we prayed! It is wonderful to see revival.”
When Pastor Fanny first challenged the leadership of all ten churches to a week of prayer and fasting, in preparation for the evangelism outreach to be held during Holy week, the Tocoa Foursquare church witnessed such a tremendous move of God’s presence during daily prayer and fasting, they extended their seeking of the Lord to an extra week. Other churches committed to expanding their church facilities by building new discipleship classrooms to facilitate the rapid church growth they are experiencing through this community outreach.
As the grant funded project term began to come to a close last month, reports showed 4,872 decisions for Christ had been witnessed, and more than 3,300 discipled at local Foursquare churches.
“… The gathering of the harvest begins with those who intentionally answer the call to go to their Jerusalem and make disciples. Because of their obedience, Honduras Foursquare is seeing an outpouring of Holy Spirit upon the faithful, and a great reaping of souls.”
Find out how you too can apply for an Evangelism Grant through the Foursquare Foundation
Bukavu, DR Congo: “He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,” is project leader Rev. Kiza Goderive’s mission statement. Hence, Mrs. Goderive and the “Restoring Brokenhearted for Christ” team spend their time gleaning along the edges of our Father’s harvest fields looking for widows, vulnerable women, and orphans who have been traumatized by ongoing skirmishes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. At times, overcoming fear and insecurity is a real challenge in the war-torn nation, but women like “Mama” make all of the effort and danger worth it. You see, Mama was married, but when the rebels entered into her village, they raped her. And as a result of that unpleasant incident, her husband left her. When the project team first found Mama, they wasted no time and began to minister to her and pray for her husband. When they returned to Mama’s house to follow up with her, they learned that God had answered their prayers. “After one month, her husband came back to apologize to her, and they are now together again.” Praise the Lord! To date, this door-to-door evangelism team has seen over 3,291 precious people like Mama make decisions for Christ. They have also baptized 891 new converts in water, seen 184 people receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and heard many special praise reports. Additionally, five small groups and four Foursquare churches have been planted in the local region as a result of this unique outreach, with which the Foursquare Foundation is privileged to be in partnership.
Evangelism Prayer Focus: Please pray for the DR Congo and the safety of the team. Kindly pray that Almighty God will strengthen them more and more, and give them opportunities to serve and minister to widows, vulnerable women, and orphans. Amen.
How do you minister to your neighborhood when you don’t even speak the same language? Pastors Leaf and Joanie Zwerling, along with their community of faith at The Shepherd’s House, in Thousand Oaks, CA, are finding unique ways to accomplish this very task. Located in the midst of a significant Spanish-speaking population, their church is offering welcoming community events designed to share the love and Good News of Jesus Christ to families speaking both the English and Spanish languages. In partnership with a Foursquare Foundation grant, Pastor Leaf’s evangelism efforts are helping inpact their community through grocery and park outreaches, door-to-door evangelism, vacation Bible school, and other such gathering events where the Gospel has now been shared with hundreds of families. To date, over 40 people have made the decision to follow Christ, while a variety of small groups are helping to disciple and train these new believers, integrating them into the community of faith.
Pray for The Shepherd’s House as they continue to be intentional about reaching out to their Spanish speaking community this coming Easter. Ask too that the Lord would provide a strong Spanish speaking team to serve and lead these new believers as they grow in Christ.
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Project leader Jochen Geiselhart believes, church growth begins in the hearts of called leaders –as well as the hearts of churches that send them out. Through personal coaching, weekly training sessions and retreats, Pastor Jochen and his leadership team are preparing some of Foursquare Germany’s finest young leaders and pastors to bring forth God’s manifest purposes in their historical homeland where 2.5% today are considered evangelical Christians*. Offering a 2-tiered incarnational approach, weekly training sessions inside the classroom, as well as outside the classroom, is providing foundational roots, solid theological training, lasting relationships, and variety of community outreach opportunities designed to bring forth new believers and discipleship. This regional project, based in Baden-Baden / Frankfurt, is also in process of launching similar training centers in the north, west, and central Germany, where four new church plants are anticipated to emerge in the cities of Gaggenau, Buhl, Freistett, and Offenburg. Along with regional Kid’s Camps and ALPHA courses held in 10 churches, this project anticipates sharing its training with other Germany speaking countries including Foursquare Austria and Switzerland.
Visit their website: Foursquare Deutschland: http://www.foursquare-deutschland.de
(*Source: “Operation World,” Jason Mandryk – www.operationworld.org)
Cambodia – The Holy Spirit is bringing healing to rural Cambodians, both spiritually and physically through the ministry of Dr. Lina Ro. A medical physician, and licensed Foursquare Pastor, Dr. Ro has an incredible passion to share the Good News, and offer medical assistance to those who cannot afford it, or where it is not readily available. Orphaned as the result of genocide caused by the Khmer Rouge regime, Dr. Ro knows the pain and loss that is brought by sin and life apart from Christ. More importantly, he has experienced the love and restoration that can only be found in the God of the Bible.
In partnership with the Foursquare Foundation, Dr. Ro and the Cambodian Foursquare Church are conducting medical and dental clinics in rural areas throughout Cambodia. Patients are seen by doctors, diagnosed, treated, and presented the Gospel by local pastors. For those who make decisions for Christ, they are connected to the nearest Foursquare Church for follow-up and discipleship.
To date, over 15,000 people have made decisions to follow Christ, during this project term. Of those, 3,567 are being actively discipled, 1,649 have been baptized in water, and 1,210 have been baptized in the Holy Spirit. What an incredible work the Holy Spirit is doing!
Evangelism Prayer Focus: Please pray for ongoing support of medical supplies and medical professionals, both local and international, to continue in the efforts of Dr. Lina Ro’s ministry. As well, that God would continue to empower Dr. Ro to administer healing physically and spiritually by the abundant power of the Holy Spirit.