At the River in Nepal

I’m here in Hetauda, Nepal with Dr. Bill Pfoff of Clear Creek Charts ministry to train pastors. We are working with GO partner Babu Varghese of Nepal Evangelical Mission.  I’ll be teaching about holistic ministry through Community Health Evangelism.  Today we preached at two different churches. The churches worship on Saturday here since that’s the day people have off in this Hindu culture and Sunday is a work day.

This afternoon I had one of the best treats I’ve had as a missionary.  We got to go to the river to the baptism service for  23 young people from Blessed Children’s Home, the orphanage run by Babu and hiswide, Sabrita. It was a great blessing to be there and speakworlds of encouragement into the lives of these Nepali young people.  It also made me thankful for the opportunity GO InterNational has to partner with indigenous ministries around the world who focus on ministry to children.  The children at Blessed Hope Children’s home are loved, cared for, and taught about Christ.  We got to see the fruit of that work today.  Praise the Lord for all he is doing here.

There is still great opportunity and need here.  We’d love to share with you about how you can be involved in this wonderful ministry.  Just let us know of your interest.

 

Summer Medical Missions

We recently completed a great medical mission to Trujillo, Honduras where we served over 1300 people with eye care, dental care and medical care together with our partner Iglesia de Dios and Pastor Ivan Galindo Paz.   We helped the church minister in communities of Los Colonias where a new church has been established and Dos Bocas, where they have been praying for a medical team to come serve for years.  It is such a blessing to be a part of a team using medical care to share Jesus’ love with people.

We are currently looking for more volunteers for our summer 2012 medical mission teams.

June 20-28 we will travel to Bogota, Colombia to work with Children’s Vision International to bring medical care to the poor in Bogota and nearby villages.  We will also travel to Choco to serve in bringing care to this more remote area.  We will be having clinics and working with Colombian medical professionals as well.  We need doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists and others to help in our outreach.  You can click here to learn more.

July 13-22 we will travel to Yurimaguas, Peru to reach remote people in the Amazonia region of Peru.  We will serve in the village of Alianza as well as Yurimaguas.  GO has worked with our partner Wilkinson Grandez on projects in this region including church planting and provision of clean water.  This team will provide medical clinics and community health evangelism to add to the work.  We also need more doctors, nurses, dentists, and helpers for this team. You can click here to learn more.

Please come with us and experience the joy of serving the Lord through medicine and dentistry.  To God be the glory!

 

5 Observations About the Great Commission

5 Observations About the Great Commission

Mark 16:15-20

Prayer that I’ve been praying:  “Lord give us a greater ambition for the Great Commission

 

The Gospel is for EVERYONE.

  1. Mark 16:15—“preach the good news to everyone”
  2. Romans 3:23
  3. John 3:16
  4. Romans 1:16
  5. 1 Timothy 2:4
  6. J. Oswald Smith said” ‘No one has the right to hear the Gospel twice until everyone has a chance to hear it once.”

 The Gospel must be shared EVERYWHERE.

  1. Mark 16:15—“GO into ALL the World.”
  2. Mark 16:20
  3. Acts 1:8
  4. Acts 10:42
  5. Acts 17:30
  6. Romans 1:5
  7. Romans 16:26
  8. Colossians 1:6
  9. 1 Thessalonians 1:8

  The Gospel is the responsibility of EVERYBODY.

  1. Mark 16:15—“and he told THEM”–“Them” is His Disciples.
  2. Involvement in missions is a mark of true discipleship.
  3. The Great commission was not given to a select few.

 The Gospel requires our EVERYTHING.  

  1. If the Gospel is for everyone than we have to do everything possible to get it there.
  2. Acts 2:44  (When the Church was at its missionary best)  “Believers SHARED EVERYTHING.
  3. 1 Corinthians 9:22-23
  4. Matt 13:46   PEARL OF GREAT PRICE—sold Everything to purchase
  5. “The Christian is not obedient unless he is doing all in his power to send the Gospel to the heathen world.”A. B. Simpson

 The Gospel is an EVERYDAY event

  1. We often view missions as an annual event—not an everyday activity.
  2. Lifestyle of a world Christian
  3. In the Gospels—Jesus went EVERYDAY teaching, preaching, reaching
  4. Acts 5:42 
  5. Acts 16:5 

 Remember the prayer  “Lord, Give us a greater ambition for the Great Commission.”

Patrick Morley said  “If the Great Commission is true—then our plans are too small.”

 

Ephesians 3:9 (New Living Translation)

9 I was chosen to explain to everyone this mysterious plan that God, the Creator of all things, had kept secret from the beginning.

 

“If God’s love is for anybody anywhere, it’s for everybody everywhere.”Edward Lawlor, Nazarene General Superintendent

Why Not Just Send Money?

“Why not just send the money?”

Having led short term mission teams for thirty years, that is the one question I have heard a thousand times or more.  “Wouldn’t be easier and more effective to just let the nationals use the money we spend to go on a team? 

Maurice Stevens our founder at GO InterNational use to say, “you cannot send love in a care package.”  God did not so love the world that He sent money – He loved us by sending His only Son, to leave the comforts of heaven and come live among us and to redeem our lives.

Last week in Siuna, Nicaragua we saw Jesus.  Oh yes, He came disguised as the sick, the poor, the lame, the destitute and the lonely.  Great numbers of people came to the little wooden building out in what seemed to be in the middle of nowhere.  Our doctor from Nicaragua pressed into three days two hundred and thirty two patients.  All received medical attention, medicines and prayer.

Our pastor from Williamsburg, VA, David Ford led our prayer ministry team.  His church members volunteered to head up the pharmacy and registering patients.  Others led back yard VBS for eighty children for several days.  Sewing classes, construction on the new church, Bible and tract distribution put the Gospel on display.  And when Jesus said, “If I be lifted up, I will draw all men to myself” He was right as always.  Several patients found more than medicine to give relief to their physical maladies, they also found healing for their soul.

Sure, money could have been sent, and the construction site would probably look as it does today, still under construction.  But all the other blessings would have been missed:

 Happy smiling children, the wonderful relationships forged between Americans and Nicaraguans, the new found hope through prayer, healings that were testified to in evening services and of course eternal salvation that came to many, something money just cannot buy!

 Thanks again for “standing in the gap” for Jenny, for me and the whole team.   Seed was sown in good soil, hope was birthed and the joy of the kingdom expanded because you cared enough to send us.

 Pray for our next venture into Bogota, Colombia July 8-16.   And thanks for sending your special gifts that are invested in people for God’s Glory.

In Him,

Larry

4 Contaminating Spirits within a Congregation

4 Contaminating Spirits within a Congregation

By: Rev. Bert L. Jones 

1. A Complaining Spirit

Num. 11:1,4

Num. 14:2, 27-29

Acts 6:1

Phil 2:14

Jude 1:14-19

2. A Critical Spirit

Num. 12:1,8

Mark 14:3-9

Acts 11:1-4

3. A Cowardly Spirit

Numbers 13:32

Numbers 14:36

Rev. 21:8

4. A Spirit of Contempt

Numbers 14:11–44

Numbers 15:31

 

NOTICE the difference in Spirit

 

Spirit of Moses (Numbers 11:16, 25; 12:3)

a. Is a Spirit of Humility

 

Spirit of Joshua(Joshua 1)

a. Is a Spirit of Strength and Courage

 

Spirit of Caleb. (Numbers 14:24 NIV)

a. Is a Spirit of wholehearted loyalty

 

I COR. 10:1-6

Honduras Update

The Garifuna race started with a shipwreck in 1602.

 

When the slaves escaped from the Spanish schooner they mingled with the natives of St Vincentislands and thus this black carribbean people eventually developed into their own culture and settled many of them along the Guatemalan andHondurascoast.

 

Last week our GO medical team of twenty two people served in four Garifuna communities out the town ofTrujillo,Honduras. The medical team served nearly 1500 patients ranging from dentistry, general medicine, OBGYN and eye exams and treatment.  The response

was simply overwhelming.  Five thousand tracts were distributed and many people prayed

with our team members.

 

Our partner Pastor Ivan Galindo Paz has led his church for nine years in Puerta Castilla,

a deep sea port nearTrujillo.  Prior to our medical, a work/witness team of twenty folks

came and helped put finishing touches on his new church building.  Sewing classes

and VBS kept our team serving throughout each day.  They also visited seven churches

in seven nights!

 

Thanks so much for praying and supporting our teams.  We are all blessed to witness

the Holy Spirit at work inHonduras.

 

Larry

Colombia Pastor Training

More than a gentle breeze swept through, the wind of the Spirit could be tangibly felt as the hearts of pastors and church leaders worshipped and experienced the living God this past week in Colombia.

Last Friday after four days of teaching and preaching 265 pastors and church leaders received communion in Bogota, Colombia.  The scene was a retreat center outside Bogota on a large farm.

The Holy Spirit was our main teacher, reminding us all of the need for a fully surrendered heart, the call to reconciliation and to unity of the Spirit.  Unity among pastors is now paving the way for greater outreach and strong efforts to help transform their cities.  One evangelist testified that thousands of people were gathering for prayer vigils determined to strike against the waves of immorality and drug strongholds in the country of Venezuela.

By the end of the conference 750,000 tracts were distributed to all the church leaders to assist them in their evangelistic efforts.  Plans for year round training events are now being considered as a follow up to this nation wide conference.  Invitations for future events came from other leaders from around Colombia.

Excitement and anticipation filled my heart as pastors prayed for me and others that God will strengthen and help us all to work together to fulfill the Great Commission.

Thanks so much for “ holding our hands up” during this past week.  Sunday morning January 8 our team spread out around the city of Bogota preaching the Gospel and the response was overwhelming.  Many people are seeking the Lord, and we know that God is attracted to hungry hearts.  Continue praying for Colombia and our GO partner Guillermo Parra.

We look forward to a nation wide conference in January 2013, and I dare to believe God will honor the efforts of His servants in Colombia to further expand the Gospel.  To Him be all the Glory and Honor.

Gratefully,

Larry

When the Storms of Life Come

Proverbs 10:25 (NLT)

When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but the godly have a lasting foundation.

 

Psalm 107:29  (NLT)
He calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves.

 

I was flying this past week to speak at a missions conference in Florida while the storms were heading toward Wilmore, Ky.  It was a little unsettling to know that I was going to be going up in a plane in those storms and even more unsettling to know that I was leaving my family behind.  As I was thinking about the storms that were predicted to come I thought about the two verses above.

 

1.            Notice that is say’s “When the Storms of life come”.  It’s not a matter of “if the storms will come” but “When the storms of life come.”

 

2.            Notice there is a difference in how the wicked respond and how the godly respond.  I have witnessed the godly when they face the storms of life. They have a LASTING FOUNDATION.  They are planted securely on the SOLID ROCK of Jesus Christ.

 

3.            Notice that when the storms come–  “God calmed them”.   I love the song that say’s sometimes He calms the storm and sometimes he calms the child.  What a great message.

 

I hope that you will build your life on the solid foundation (like the man who built his life on the rock— not the sand) And when those storms come— that you will experience His peace as your feet are firmly planted on the rock.

 

God Bless

 

Bert

Peru Update March 1, 2012

Thanks so much for praying for our recent team to Peru.  Truly God “is able to do above and beyond all we could ask or think, according to the power working within you, to Him be glory in the church throughout all ages, world without end.” Eph 3:20,21

Yes, and amen, to Him be all the Glory!

 

Highlights of His Glory was to bring us to the Chauita Indians for a day of medical relief and Pastoral training and to bring Bibles and study materials for these precious believers living on the Huallaga river.

 

To God be the glory for Divine appointments that led to the salvation of our bus driver.  Neverhave I seen such a glorious transformation of life as that of Jorge.  From the beginning he attended all of our services and God’s loving condition brought him into a loving and spirit filled relationship with the living God.  His facial countenance changed so dramatically it was evident to everyone he was a changed man, and was eager to share with everyone around him.  He and many others found themselves confronted with the claims of Christ.  To God be the glory for those who discovered Christ as their Savior.

 

We saw God’s Glory in a united service of twenty one different churches in Alianza, Peru.

Wow!  Unity on display truly brings God honor.  Jesus prayed in John 17 that unity was the secret to world evangelism.  The world wants to see love in action.  “By this shall me know that you are my disciples if you love one another.”  John 13:35.

 

God protected us, provided for us and directed our steps every day.  How can I thank you for standing with us? To see God answer prayers daily is no doubt one of the greatest contributor to our faith in Him.

 

Pray for the new church plant that is nearing completion in Yurimaguas.  Pray for the hundreds of Bibles and tracts to find fertile soil and for renewed hearts of pastors.

 

We returned filled with joy and for that to God be all the glory!

 

In Him,

 

Larry