2014 Annual Mission Report

2014 Annual Mission Report of Faith Covenant International

United States

During 2014, I continued to travel throughout the United States, preaching and teaching in churches and home groups. I traveled to twelve states during the year, including several return visits to some of them.

I have continued to teach the truth about Islam, including:

  • The God of the Bible and the god of the Qur’an
  • What is Jihad?
  • The Role of Women in Islam
  • Deception of IslamIs there Salvation in Islam?

And, I share the plight of the persecuted church, our brothers and sisters around the world suffering as they stand for Jesus. Also, as I shared in last year’s report, the Lord has been impressing upon me more and more to focus my teaching on prayer and fasting, revival and spiritual restoration, spiritual warfare and personal renewal. More and more He is emphasizing the vital importance of teaching the uncompromised Word of God. So many claim to be Christian, and yet there is no fruit of the Spirit reflected in their lives. Evidence of a true relationship with Jesus Christ will manifest in the fruits of the Spirit.

Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

James 1:22-25 “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

Prayer Points:

  • Open doors and invitations to share Truth, the Gospel of Jesus Christ
  • Open doors for sharing about the persecuted church and the truth about Islam
  • Open hearts to receive His message of Truth, Grace, Peace, Joy and Love
  • Protection over myself as I travel, teach and preach and over my family as they remain at home
  • Provision for travel and ministry expenses
  • Prayer partners to lift up the needs of FCI and those we serve

Pakistan

During 2014, each month I joined with our pastors in Pakistan and India for three days of fasting and prayer. I was also able to do some teaching via Skype. I have received many reports of what special times of encouragement these were for our leaders.

I just received the 2014 reports (still more coming in) from our ministry partners in Pakistan. Praise the Lord!

  • 110,260 heard the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
  • 6,136 made a decision for Jesus Christ
  • 632 were baptized
  • 3511 experienced a physical healing
  • 10 families (averaging 6-7 members each) were freed from the slavery of the brick kilns. Their debts were paid, they were placed in safe homes. Jobs have been provided so that they can support themselves and children are now able to go to school – uniform, school fees and supplies are paid for. These families are now self-supporting and are growing in the Lord
  • 3-4 girls were freed from abusive/slave-like situations, and are now in safe places for healing and growing
  • 36 students graduated from Faith Covenant Bible College
  • More than 300 churches have been established throughout Pakistan
  • Outreach continues to the Kalash people in the far northern part of Pakistan. (The Kalash are originally of Albanian descent). This is a particularly dangerous region because it is not only very mountainous, but the Taliban are active there.
  • Ten thousand bibles were distributed in Pakistan in 2014 through Voice of the Martyrs. We also provided study bibles for all of our pastors in Pakistan

Prayer Points:

  • Those who made decisions for Jesus Christ will grow in the grace and knowledge of Him.
  • Persecution is increasing throughout the country – pray for protection for our brothers and sisters
  • Pastors in Pakistan have very limited means for being self-supporting, and the greatest need is for them to be able to minister fulltime, discipling and raising up disciple-makers These dear brothers and servants of the Lord are greatly challenged to have the resources to start up small/micro businesses. And, even if they did have the financial provision, finding properties where they can conduct business is almost impossible (because they are Christian). Even if a business is actually established, the majority of potential customers are Muslim and will not do business with Christians.
  • Provision for these pastors is CRUCIAL so that the Gospel continues to be shared and the Kingdom of God advanced in Pakistan. $100.00 per month provides for a rural pastor and his family $200-300 provides the needed support for an urban pastor and his family.
  • Financial provision to purchase motor bikes for pastors so that they can carry the Gospel further,. The cost of each motor bike is about $1000.
  • Financial provision to free more families from the brick kilns
  • Financial provision to free more girls from abusive/slave-like situations
  • Financial provision to help the newly freed brothers and sisters be established in safe places
  • More bibles are needed, at a cost of $5-6 each (including shipping and customs charges)

Sri Lanka

We returned again to Sri Lanka in the fall of 2014. More than 300 pastors and ministry leaders gathered for leadership training and ministry during the day, and evangelistic services in the evening. This year we also added a day long ministry event for youth. Praise the Lord! More than 400 youth came together. How encouraging to see that God is raising up leaders for the next generation of ministry.

Prayer Points:

  • Safety, protection and provision for our brothers and sisters – especially as persecution is increasing in their country
  • We plan to return in 2015 with a team, to provide additional leadership training and encouragement for our partners there. We hope to extend the training time to a full week.
  • Please pray for wisdom and discernment for God’s timing, and also for provision for travel and outreach expenses.
  • Financial provision of monthly support for pastors

United Arab Emirates

The Lord provided the opportunity to travel again to UAE in the late fall. Our brothers and sisters there are so appreciative when we come, and frequently ask us to come again. Our visits provide a special time of encouragement. Just as they are grateful for our encouragement to them, we find ourselves encouraged by their faith and stance against persecution. It was a special blessing to ordain a pastor in December.

Prayer Points:

  • Provision of financial resources for pastoral support, so that more pastors will be able to focus on ministry fulltime. Pastors work full time as well as pastoring the church. They truly need prayer support.
  • Disciples need to be raised up to more effectively spread the Gospel in UAE

India

During 2014 we saw wonderful growth in our ministry outreach in India. FCI is now supporting 29 pastors in India, with most of them serving at least two churches each. Praise the Lord! We now have more than 60 FCI affiliated churches, known in India as India Bible Church. We were also able, because of the generous support of our partners, provide bicycles for several of our Indian pastors. These bicycles enable our pastors to travel farther and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with more people – many of whom have never heard the name of Jesus.

Prayer Points:

  • As in so many nations today, the persecution of Christians is increasing greatly in India. The political party now in power – BJP – represents the more fanatical Hindus. That means a greater threat to our brothers and sisters. Please pray for God’s protection and provision.
  • Our lead pastor in India was beaten two or three times in 2014. Please pray protection over him and his family as they continue to stand for Jesus.
  • Our hope is to return to India in 2015. Please pray for God’s wisdom and discernment and for His provision of the resources for travel and ministry outreach.
  • India is in great need of more bibles

England

We were able to travel to England in the summer of 2014 for several days of ministry outreach. Our visit provided much encouragement for brothers and sisters there. It was indeed troubling to witness the increasing influence of Islam and Muslim culture in the United Kingdom. It is becoming a “breeding ground” for terrorists.

Prayer Points:

  • Protection for our brothers and sisters, as persecution and Islamic influence increases there
  • Divine appointments for them – open doors to share the Gospel

South Africa

We traveled to South Africa in early fall. We thank God for several wonderful gatherings. We rejoice as our church there has doubled in size. Brothers and sisters are engaging in prayer and fasting. Because of the generous support of our partners, we were able to purchase a car for the pastor, enabling him to take the Gospel further and reach more people. In addition we purchased a video projector and a laptop for the ministry there. And FCI is also providing $500 per month support for one year for the pastor.

Prayer Points:

  • Pray for God’s provision of a church van that would enable them to reach further into the community and bring people to church – $15-20,000 dollars
  • Pray for a larger hall available from the public school or funds for land purchase and construction of a church building. Note: SA is beginning to restrict the building of churches. For approximately $100,000. land could be purchased and a large home constructed – with a large meeting hall.
  • Persecution is happening here also. Persecution takes different forms in different countries, but it is increasing in so many.
  • Pray for God’s protection and provision for our brothers and sisters in SA

 We continue to be overwhelmed as God moves mountains all around us! We praise and thank Him first and always for Jesus Christ. And, we thank Him for the family of Christ, brothers and sisters who are partnering with us to advance the Kingdom of God into the communities of great need. Because of your faithfulness in prayer and financial support, the Gospel of Jesus Christ continues to reach some of the least reached peoples of the world.

 

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