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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Announcing “Site License” Option for Online Lecture Series

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Grace Fellowship announces a new policy to help ministries cultivate biblical counseling teams. As of May, 2017 there is a new option to take Solomon School Online Lecture Series.

Previously, those walking through the Exchanged Life Counselor certification process would register for this 25 video & notes series at the individual rate ($325) and view them on their own. Although the single viewer track is still standard practice, now ministries have the option of purchasing a site license for this module. For a one time fee, your ministry team will have open access to the 25 online lectures and notes.

Some ministries will fund this $1,000 fee by identifying it as a sponsorship project. (It is easier to raise funds for a one-time site license that will have ongoing benefits for the whole ministry than for an individual’s expenses.)

One advantage of the site license is the use of the video lectures as a group training process. This is how our affiliate in Minnesota, Cross to Life Discipleship Ministries, went through this module of training. The use of the videos in a group setting allows for helpful discussion, feedback, and application to your local ministry.

The other requirements for individual certification remain the same, although some ministries also do the Exchanged Life Conference as a group via DVD rather than (or in addition to) the live event.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact John Woodward at GFI. God bless the development and deployment of Christ-centered counseling ministries!

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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.

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Mission Trip: Swimming and Sharing

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Champion swimmer, Bonnie Glasgow, has attended GFI’s Conference and Spirituotherapy Workshop. At age 50 she had a transformational breakthrough with an Exchanged Life counselor in Texas. Bonnie’s testimony was included in the workshop video that is online here: vimeo.com/89142581. Below is a news clipping from August 26, 1977; she won two more medals in 1979 in Mexico City.  Bonnie is scheduled to have an international trip (Tunisia, Sicily, Italy and Switzerland) May 12-July 12. It will include swimming and sharing the good news of Christ as Savior, Lord, and Life. Let’s remember Bonnie in prayer; she wants to use her influence as a champion swimmer to herald the Rest of the Gospel.

 

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