LOVE CONQUERS ALL

Forty-three years ago January 2017, Kuulei and Tom O’Dowd were joined together in marriage in Honaunau, Hawaii.

Both still stand amazed how God brought a wild New York young man over 6,000 miles to the shores of Kona to witness to, win, woo, and then wed his beautiful flower … Kuuleilani-nani. In spite of coming from different places and cultures, God proved faithful. Years have come and gone and they remain strong in His grace.

The O’Dowds have given the world the message of His Word. They have been invited by Church of God teacher Benson Vaughan to teach missions classes at the Church of God Seminary (SEMISUD) in Quito, Ecuador. Tom is thrilled to teach world missions to students who will take the gospel into South America, as well as to the uttermost reaches of the world. The O’Dowds have been able to equip pastors and students from around the globe to go into North Africa, the Middle East, Malta, Asia, and other areas that need the Word of Jesus Christ.

Besides being active in their new church, Grace Fellowship Church of God, the O’Dowds will be doing some major missionary travels this year in North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Malta, Albania, and Austria. They are praying about going into Asia, as well as back to Ecuador, visiting Paraguay and Chile while there. The O’Dowds have found God’s people are the same all over the world; we may be separated by geography and language, but we’re all united by the love, grace, and Spirit of God.

Click here to support Kuulei and Tom O’Dowd through online giving.

WALTRIP MINISTRIES: New Ways to Reach the Unreached

Associate Missionary Blayne Waltrip’s ministry involves teaching at Bible schools and seminaries around the world training pastors, leaders, and church planters. He also helps national and regional leaders to develop formal and informal education by developing new schools of ministry in various countries.

MANY TRAINED

Since 2011, thousands of leaders, pastors, and church planters have been trained around the globe, including Australia, China, France, Belgium, Canada, Germany, England, Ireland, Scotland, Switzerland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Spain, Kenya, Tanzania, Uruguay, and the USA.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Blayne’s upcoming schedule is off to a running start this year, and he will visit Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, California, Brazil, Argentina, Washington state, Switzerland, Belgium, Albania, Ireland, Czech Republic, India, Japan, and beginning in 2018 in India and Kenya.

A new high quality “Planting Healthy Churches” course (Bachelor’s level) was developed with Multiplication Network for schools around the world.

TESTIMONIAL

One of many testimonials states: “There is a growing need for Dr. Waltrip’s specific bent of ministry, because as we inch closer to fulfilling the Great Commission, the Holy Spirit is revealing new and creative ways to reach the unreached ones so very dear to God’s Heart. And that’s exactly what this ministry is about—finding new tools and methods to help equip the laborers in their work at the very frontier of missions.”   Safire Bose, former ASCM student from Bangladesh

Click here to give online to support Blayne Waltrip, reaching the Unreached.

COOPERATION COMES FROM VARIOUS PLACES

In recent posts, we reported that Lee University adopted the Church of God Phebe Grey Orphanage in Liberia as its project for missions efforts. The main thrust of the emphasis brought new items for the school via books for the library, school supplies, a new science lab, and so forth.

A young lady by the name of Lindsey Slaughter, who is a home missionary through Indian Ministries of North America located in Cleveland, Tennessee, contacted Lee University with this message:

“We receive many donations throughout the year, and, at times, become overwhelmed with extra blessings. I recently attended Lee U. chapel and heard Pastor Jimmy Harper say that donations of books for the library at the school in Liberia were being accepted. Here at IMNA, we have several boxes of age-appropriate and topic-appropriate books that were donated to us to distribute, along with several library organization items. I hope our donations will benefit the efforts in Liberia.”

An unexpected source will provide more blessings for a needy project through cooperation efforts.

To assist and partner with Phebe Grey Orphanage click here.

MISSIONS FOR CHRIST

Short-term Missionary Evangelist/Educator Manning Thornton is excited that his wife, Jane, has joined him to work fulltime at his Missions for Christ office and to travel in ministry with Manning overseas. Their previous schedules prevented them from celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays together. Now they will also have more time to communicate with their great supporters and partners.

South America

For several years, teaching and training has been done in Colombia, South America, with Missionaries Wayne and Phyllys Woziak. This year in the school, a class of 30 young men and women will be pastors and leaders. For the past eight years, 85 percent of the graduating classes have planted new churches!

Down Under

At a crusade in Yombi, Australia, a man at the back of the congregation screamed loudly, shuffled down the aisle, as stiff as a board. He spun around and went to the altar. Later, after his salvation, he related he was resisting going to the altar. He had been listening to the services outside the building for several days, but that night he felt a fire in his feet, and something pushed him off his seat. By the time he reached the altar, the fire had come up his legs, but left at his conversion. The man’s adult son had been saved in the morning service!

On to Africa

In December, Manning will again be preaching at the Church of God Uganda National Conference held in Kampala. Another tremendous move of the Holy Spirit is expected this year, as every altar service pastors and leaders are crying out to God.

Manning says: “We go in the name of the Lord. We go for the Lord.”

Project Number 065-0184

God’s Second Great Gift to Me

It’s funny how a major health scare will help you put things that are really important into perspective.

cbo-border-graphic-2016In 2011, at the age of 46, I was diagnosed with lung cancer. Needless to say, my family and I were devastated.

That year our Christmas started in March. After surgery, one of my doctors didn’t hold out much hope for me without rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. However, he did not have the final say regarding my treatment plan. My God said: “You do not need chemotherapy and radiation, for I have healed you.”

Christmas that year was more special than I could have ever hoped or asked for. I received a second gift from God for which I could never repay—my healing. I am here today to tell you I am still walking in that healing and I have been declared cancer-free!

golden-article-picJim Golden is Manager of Information Technology for Church of God World Missions

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Restoration International Outreach Missions Banquet

Giving Above and Beyond “Intentions”rio-griffis-hepperly-banquest_0487

“To go boldly in Christ where no one dares, to shine His light, to share His name, to meet the need, to help, to feed, to reach this world ’til Kingdom come.”

With a resounding affirmation of this theme, RIO Missions President and Pastor Ron Hepperly and over 200 supporters, leaders, and friends of RIO Missions gathered Friday night, November 11, for their annual celebration of what God is doing around the world.

RIO Missions’ commitment to “Loving God, Empowering Families and Reaching the World” has led to more than 16 years of global impact, 600,000 plus reached, 200,000 plus salvations and 1000 plus church plants.

Joining the celebration as guest speaker was Dr. David M. Griffis, General Director of Church of God World Missions, who inspired his listeners with the admonition that “The Bible is a Book of Missions” from Genesis to Revelation, because God is a God of Missions and following the example of Jesus, we too must fulfill the Great Commission.

Pastor Ron Hepperly is being used of God in novel and groundbreaking ways. Pastor Ronnie, as he is known to his church, is the senior pastor of the RIO network of churches, based in Maryville, Tennessee, near Knoxville. RIO serves communities from its original site and other locations, and is also a global missions and church planting organization.

rio-hepperly-jar_0479Although the participants at this banquet were a reflection of the broad support and reach of this vital ministry, using a small plastic jar with a faded white label and a slit in the top, Pastor Hepperly illustrated the “missions money” faithfully saved by an elderly member of the congregation who recently died. With the impact of this little story, he challenged everyone present to give above and beyond their “intentions” as this dear lady did with untold joy.

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Indonesians Praying For America!

14947641_708079726008788_9016546208214732466_n-2Tommy Smith, Regional Superintendent of Indonesia, reports that one of his constituents, David Ferry Tasik, has felt the call to be a missionary… to the United States! Tasik ministers to Indonesian populations in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Indonesian-Americans number roughly 100,000, and there are also many non-citizen immigrants in the United States on work or student visas. While many of these are Christian, there is also a large percentage who are Muslim or Buddhist. As such, reaching them is an important goal.

Tasik has called on the people he ministers to, as well as the Christians in Indonesia, to pray for the United States in the face of the political and civil tension that has been building for the past several years.

Committing one nation to pray for another is a daunting task, but also one of importance. The Bible says that “where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them,” [Matthew 18:20,] and that such unified prayers are things of power indeed. So when a nation or people group commits to such a prayer, God cannot help but hear and respond. As they pray for us in our times of trial, let us also pray for Indonesia.

Tommy & Poppi Smith

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INDIAN MINISTRIES OF NORTH AMERICA ASSISTS FLOODED AREAS OF NORTH CAROLINA

hughes-nc3Indian Ministries of North America’s thrust is to minister to the Native American element in the United States. When Hurricane Matthew forcefully struck along the Eastern Coast of North America, North Carolina suffered some of the worst effects of the storm, particularly extensive flooding.

North Carolina has a strong representation of Lumbi Indians, and is was to this group IMNA made inroads. World Vision of North Texas supplied insulation for teams from IMNA and they installed insulation in several Lumbi Churches of God, one of which was located next to a river that overflowed. Enough insulation was left for IMNA to share with a church connected with another denomination, as well.

In a few weeks, IMNA will take more insulation to North Carolina, this time for individuals to use in replacing their homes. Johnny Hughes is the director IMNA.

Project Number 753-0073

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Missions Week Liberia

p1070174-mov-15_20_27_18-still001The students of Lee University are doing their part to provide for the Phebe Grey Orphanage, and now it’s your turn! Last year’s efforts at the orphanage would not have been possible if it weren’t for donations and support from churches around the world. Much has been accomplished, but there is much still to be done.

The goals for this year’s extension of the Liberia project are to improve on-site security, continue renovations to the property, further expand both the library and the computer lab, construct a science lab, consistently provide better meals, recruit and retain more teachers who have a heart for Christ, and provide better health for students by increasing the protections against malaria.

The several hundred students of the on-site school, as well as the inhabitants of the orphanage itself, are excited and grateful for all that has been accomplished so far.

Books, for them, were a rare luxury until 2015’s Missions Week project provided 700 books as the beginning of a library, but that number needs to be significantly higher and the titles need to cover a much broader range of topics and educational benefits if this library is to truly succeed in educating these children.

A science classroom would help broaden the education of the orphanage’s students, increasing their likelihood of entering university and successfully escaping the poverty that has many Liberians bound. For many career fields, a grounding in physics, chemistry, or biology, is a useful tool. Modern agriculture, for example, relies heavily on biochemistry to improve crop yields and soil sustainability, and the proliferation of bio-science educated farmers could help to provide meals for all of the nation.

Proper nutrition goes far beyond rice and beans with the occasional selection of vegetables and less frequent chicken; modern understandings of bioscience indicates that students who are malnourished find it harder to focus on their studies, and there is more to good nutrition than simple calorie intake. With better food provisions, the students would study better and think more clearly in addition to the known benefits to overall physical health.

Malaria and other mosquito-borne illnesses are extremely common in Liberia. According to Dr. Carolyn Dirksen of Lee University, everyone the team met on their trip last year had suffered from malaria at least once, and most had suffered from it annually. Access to malaria-blocking medication and the provision of more mosquito netting would help protect the lives of the children. The WHO estimates that mosquitos are more deadly than any other creature on Earth, including human beings. Far more people die per year from malaria and other mosquito-borne illness than all the wars, all the murders, and all the oppression of dictators all over the world.

Finishing the work at Phebe Grey will not be possible without the support of individual donors and churches. To provide for the needs of these orphans and staff, we need your help. To donate, click HERE.

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WAYNE PEREL—AN EXAMPLE OF GIVING

nasa_logo-svgWorld Missions donor Wayne Perel has been a faithful financial contributor for many years and lives in Florida.

Wayne is 77 years old and was employed with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) before his retirement. Along with his global influence by contributions to World Missions, he is impacting lives in another form. He prays from the time he awakens until 4 pm each day, as from 4 to 7 pm he goes to the beach to witness. Last year alone, he witnessed 27 conversions and also 17 were baptized in water. Earlier when Wayne would go to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, to visit his parents before they passed away, he would go door-to-door witnessing. Wayne attends three churches … one Caucasian and the other two are Hispanic. He does not speak Spanish but Wayne enjoys their worship—the passion, power, and prayer the congregations exhibit. In one of the Hispanic churches, a man personally translates for Wayne.

As is the case with many who begin to age, Wayne is dealing with some health issues: if he sleeps one hour, he’ll awaken dizzy. He wants to be able to sleep at night. Doctors do not know what is causing the problem. God is his hope.

Wayne desires to keep the witnessing effort ongoing—globally and in the community, even though his energy is waning. Life is becoming more difficult for Wayne—regardless, he will continue to regularly send his financial support. Wayne says: “All I do is to the glory of God!” And God will take care of the rest!

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