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Pastoral Couples Retreat

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Some of the participants at the pastoral couples retreat

Our experience with Fermatas and fellowship with S.H.O.R. Ministries — and our goal to minister to pastors — led to Grace Fellowship’s first Pastoral Couples Retreat August 22-24. It was facilitated by our board member, Dan Riley (and his wife, Kathy). The four couples had three days and two nights here in Pigeon Forge for rest, fellowship, and confidential share & prayer. The first night Chuck greeted them and Dan gave his Exchanged Life testimony. The second night, after supper together, John gave a PowerPoint summary teaching on the centrality of the cross for victory and ministry.

Dan writes, “I really believe we’re on the front of something that’s different from anything I see being done for pastors and wives. I hope this can be the beginning of an expanded ministry to leaders who I think will not only embrace the abundant life, but learn how to effectively share that in the places of influence they occupy. We learned from this launch and will be able to have an even better experience next time.”

We pray this retreat model will develop into a pattern of fruitful ministry in the years to come!

Bob Denney & Jim Herndon at DDX Media studio

Spanish Video Series Project

Bob Denney & Jim Herndon at DDX Media studio

We had two days of recording sessions this week at DDX Media in Pigeon Forge. Jim Herndon is teaching the Spanish edition of “For Me to Live is Christ.” Bob Denney is producing the series. We hope to finish up when Jim returns on August 4th. May God bless this video series intended for Latin American believers in the U.S. and other nations!

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Committed Christian Conference

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We’re thankful for those who attended the Committed Christians Conference in Sevierville, TN June 30-July 3rd. It was organized by our local friend, evangelist David Cobb (2nd from left). The other speakers were Preston and Diane Nix. (He is a professor at New Orleans Baptist Seminary, and she has a ministry to pastor’s wives: http://contagiousjoy4him.com). Recording artist, John Swain (right), led us in worship.

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Ministry Trip to Quebec and Ontario, Canada

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During June 4-12, John was back in Canada for some ministry opportunities. He preached at Peoples Church of Montreal and spoke at the Summit Conference hosted by Fair Havens Community Church in Beaverton, ON. Audio recordings of the Summit messages are at the church’s web site: http://fairhavenscommunitychurch.ca  Photos of this trip and other recent activities are at GFI’s photo sharing site: https://gfiworld.shutterfly.com

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Testimonial Video about the Wildfire Crisis

GFI alumnus, Kathy Gwinn, testifies of the devastating wildfires that swept through Gatlinburg Tennessee and the surrounding area of the Great Smoky Mountains on and after Nov. 28, 2017. Biblical and spiritual insights offer comfort to those who go through adversity. You can view and share it on YouTube here:

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Testimonial Interviews

speakerOne of the most uplifting ways to learn about the value of Exchanged Life discipleship and counseling is through testimonies. Grace Fellowship is beginning a podcast series of audio testimonies.

Listen to Dr. Al Scardino tells of his journey to know Christ as Life. Some time after resigning from the Roman Catholic priesthood, he embraced the plan of salvation and was born again. He shares about how he and his wife benefited from Exchanged Life Counseling in Colorado; he was later trained in this type of ministry in Florida. In 1988 Al became Director of Biblical Counseling at First Baptist Church of Atlanta under Dr. Charles Stanley, and led that staff and lay ministry for two decades. Listen/download here.

Lay counselor, Mary Louise McDonald testifies of her journey to experience Christ as Savior, Lord, and Life. She was trained by Dr. Judy Unruh and counseled at church and eventually from her home. In spite of a cancer battle and ongoing physical handicaps, Mary Louise draws on God’s grace and faithfulness daily. Listen/download here.