A fellow faculty member asked Celestin Musekura what he was doing to prepare for his upcoming mission trip, and the Dallas Theological Seminary adjunct professor told her that he was working out to strengthen his back—in case he got beat up.
Evangelist Billy Graham lived 99 years, wrote 30 books, met with 12 sitting American presidents and preached the gospel to millions.
Christianity is exploding in Iran at the same time the government and religious authorities are engaged in unprecedented repression of believers.
Susie Jennings has a favorite saying: “God did not call the equipped, but He will equip the call.” And her life as one of the most unlikely homeless advocates demonstrates it through and through.
Most would give anything to make it in Hollywood or Broadway, and Ann Foster of Hurst, Texas, knew this was her destiny as a singer. Today, however, she is grateful that God had other plans.
For David Timothy, feeding the homeless is more than handing out hot, hardy meals. It’s about the relationships built along the way.
1n 1995, Heidi Baker, co-founder of Iris Ministries, along with her husband Rolland, daughter Crystalyn and son Elisha, left their comfort zone in California to fulfill the last leg of a divine prophecy. This was not their first time on the mission field.
In March of 2013, the eight children from Sierra Leone arrived in Tennessee. The couple describes the time as an “emotional roller coaster,” but they are so thankful that everything worked out.
No matter the circumstances, hope can tear down the barriers and offer some rest. OurCalling drives out to meet, serve, and invite these men and women to the facility for food, water, Bible study, and a visit to the warehouse. It is not so much about getting them off the streets, as it is about the restoration business—restoring lives, bringing hope, and teaching life skills.
When their church decided to send teams to various mission fields for 10-day trips, the Camiolas volunteered without concern for their destination. They wound up in Jos, Nigeria, in October 2005, working with a missionary who lived in a boarding school ...
“When you stand in front of Him, who is going to stand behind you?”
That is the question that led to John “Smokey” Reaves' transformation. Though Reaves had it all in the early 1980s—five nightclubs, seven restaurants and other businesses—he still felt a void. However, when a friend posed that question, Reaves began reading his Bible and attending Bible study until conviction occurred. In 1982, he stopped selling alcohol and no sooner closed down all his nightclubs. His decision cost a lot of money, but brought him unsurpassed peace.
Nestled just below Kijabe, Kenya, in the heart of the Rift Valley Region, sits a village offering hope and possibility to every child entering its gates. In January 2005, Dr. Bob and Julie Mendonsa stood looking over a five-acre plot of barren and dry land at the base of a mountainous landscape in a remote area known as Maai Mahiu.
ow much power does prayer really have? Some people pray once a day, others pray once an hour. For the Favor of God Ministries, prayer is everything. What started as a vision for Carol Vezey is now bringing Uganda closer to God. In her own words, Carol describes where she comes from and where the Lord is taking her to and what He is doing in her life. â€œThe Lord\'s harvest fields have been part of my life since before I was born!
The desire to live for Christ is far more than a mission statement housed within four walls and dusted off for Sunday or holidays. “We exist to connect ordinary people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ that results in a life lived courageously for Him; which is simply first being, then making disciples.” The “we” to which Bobby Minor is referring is Courageous Church, where he serves as Lead Pastor and Directional Leader. It’s also a well-stated reminder of the Great Commission to which we respond as believers.
If you think ministry is just about attending Sunday morning church service and Wednesday night Bible study, Cornerstone Baptist Church in the Fair Park area of south Dallas will expand your vision. Since 1988, Pastor Chris Simmons has been expanding the vision of what ministry is at Cornerstone and in the community.
You might have seen the commercials on VH1, BET, or Comedy Central. They’re beautifully produced but simple: twentysomething guys hanging out in a restored classic car, while one kid watches despondently from a distance. A girl living the popular life cuts class to sob alone in the high-school bathroom. For the online ministry Groundwire, these ads are the tools to connect with hurting teens and young adults.
Tillie Burgin is on mission to transform her hometown. A native of Arlington, Texas, Tillie serves as the Executive Director of Mission Arlington, a non-profit organization committed to serving the Lord and their community 364 days a year. Now in their twenty-seventh year, Mission Arlington is devoted to meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of those around them.
This is the growth plan for The Village Church and its young pastor, Matt Chandler. The Village has increased from 160 people in 2002 to an average weekly attendance of 8,200 today at the flagship church in Flower Mound and its campuses in Dallas and Denton, which beam in Chandler’s sermons.
J. Lee Grady is the finest commentator on the charismatic-Pentecostal church movement today and one of the best religion columnists in the country.
If you ask me for a man that has lived for 108 years on earth, still standing, preaching from the pulpit without a cane, taking no medication, has all his teeth, hair and vision intact, still travelling locally and internationally, I will gladly present Bishop Otis G. Clark. Known as the world’s oldest evangelist, Clark is quick to clasp his strong historical hands together, display an exuberant grin that defies age and lets you know with bright eyes like that of a kid eyeing a Lollipop “I am trying to keep up with the young folks.”
Iris Liang was brought up to do it herself, never to take a handout.
Her parents were raised in Communist China at a time when religion was forbidden. They came here to live out the American dream, sending their daughter to an Ivy League college, where she was expected to follow in their footsteps of hard work and upward progress.“I grew up with a really works- and merit-based mentality,” Liang says. “My parents came to America to get me the American dream. That meant if you worked hard enough and got a good education, you could climb the ladder and get to the upper middle-class lifestyle. They sacrificed a lot to get me here.”
Arch Bonnema’s mission couldn’t be plainer. It encircles the towering ceiling of his McKinney home, inscribed in gold letters: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…” Though Bonnema, 56, has launched several successful businesses and played an important role in the early success of the filmThe Passion of the Christ—he purchased all of the seats in Plano’s Cinemark Tinseltown 20 for opening day, and gave away the 6,000 tickets—orphan homes are the focus of his time and money today. Since 1991, he and his wife, Sherry, have tithed a minimum of 50 percent of their finances and work hours to missions, including their own ministry, My House.
When Rev. Vernon Fernandes was very ill two months after his birth, his praying grandmother offered him to God. Little did she know what she was staging her family, native country of Tanzania and the world as a whole for. Today, Rev. Vernon Fernandes is the Senior Pastor of Agape World Ministries and founder of the most effective TV station in East Africa. Known as Agape Television Network, it is an inspirational Television Station that offers family programs ranging from children shows to youth talk shows and preaching via TBN. It is located on the spectacular Mbezi Beach in Tanzania and reaches out to 6 million viewers.
The Bible School Gordon Lindsay had been led to establish was in the 4th year when his busy life was ended by a sudden heart attack during a service. CFN’s 10-man Board replaced him by his wife, a challenging request for an overloaded lady in shock and grief. But Freda’s faith, strength and wisdom, as always, brought her through. Always a devoted co-worker, she found her own place as the guardian of his legacy, as well as an energetic administrator, world-traveler, speaker, and woman of God, whose labors, and visions, and accomplishments have set a record, no doubt.
The Binkleys wanted to meet every need they saw. While in Vietnam, an encounter with an â€œenemy became a story of forgiveness.â€ On meeting a man who had lost three sons in the flood of 1999, and had his only surviving son confined to a wheelchair, Bruce\'s eyes began to fill with tears.
A.J Gordon declared that "You can do more than pray after you have prayed, but you can never do more than pray until you have prayed. Prayer is vital in a believer's life as it's the only way in which man being mortal connects with God the immortal." The bible repeatedly admonishes believers to pray.
He is known among his congregation for his powerful anointing for miracles and for saying, "Let somebody shout Hallelujah!" each time he mounts a podium. General Overseer Enoch A. Adeboye is the renowned head pastor of The Redeemed Christian Church of God worldwide based in Lagos, Nigeria.