News from GFI related to North America

Conference & Workshop

We are thankful for those who came to the Conference Nov. 2,3 and the Workshop Nov. 5-8.  The groups included missionaries to Thailand, a youth pastor & wife from Florida, counselors from the Carolinas and a variety of believers desiring to grow and be equipped for Christ Centered Discipleship Counseling. We pray God will bless His truth to their lives and use them as ambassadors of the New Covenant.

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Christian Leaders’ Retreat

MainStayGrace Fellowship Int’l just sponsored a retreat for pastoral couples in Pigeon Forge, TN October 1-3. Pastors and their wives had an opportunity to get some rest, a change of scenery, and fellowship with one another. Pastor Dan Riley was host and prayer partner. Cathy Solomon organized the gift bags and arrangements, and John Woodward gave a PowerPoint talk about the importance of Christ-centered, Discipleship Counseling. We pray God’s blessing on the participants and their ministries.

Comfort and Hope

John and Linda Woodward appreciate the many prayers and expressions of sympathy since the home-going of their daughter, Sarah. Media elements from her Memorial Service of September 22nd have been posted here: jbwoodward.wordpress.com/editor/sarah

Thank you, also, to those who use GFI’s Memorial Fund for tribute giving.


Original Poetry

Where All is Right
By Dennis Newton

There are tears going up tonight,
Up to where all is right.
A cherished one has taken flight,
Up to where all is right.

There are prayers going up tonight,
Up to where all is right.
Sending up love with all our might,
Up to where all is right.

There is a child gone home tonight,
Up to where all is right.
Now dancing in the glow of God’s pure light;
Welcome home our child, where all is right.

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:17,18

The Blessing of Tears
by Charles Solomon

My heart goes out to you
As you have experienced great loss.
Our hearts are burdened, too;
And we’re thankful you know the cross.

The loss of a child is devastating;
You have sustained a broken heart.
Only the Holy Spirit can comfort
As the eyes with teardrops start.

The Spirit is faithful to ease your pain,
As in the depths of your heart He lives;
Only tears can vent your grief
As the Spirit His comfort gives.

Training Week

 

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We are thankful for those who attended the Exchanged Life Conference in Pigeon Forge, TN August 3,4. The “long distance travel award” goes to our team member, Charles Ambaka from Kenya. The Spirituotherapy Workshop took place August 6-9. The eight participants were excited to go deeper and get training and practice sessions to be equipped for Christ Centered Discipleship Counseling. The next Conference and Workshop are scheduled for November 2-8. All are welcome! See the Events Calendar for details and registration. Photos of summer ministry activities are at the online album here: gfiworld.shutterfly.com/pictures/2810

New DVD Album: How to Exchange Your Life

HTEYLFANO_2018_coverHow to Exchange Your Life for a New One by Dr. Phil Jones is an entry-level Bible study intended to reach and assimilate new church members. The booklet is available in the book store here. Grace Fellowship Int’l announces the publication of a new DVD album to accompany this booklet. These videos are about 15 minutes in length:
  • Sessions 1, 2: “Verify Your Salvation” – Dr. Phil Young
  • Sessions 3, 4: “New Life in Christ” – Dr. Dan Riley
  • Sessions 5, 6: “The Spirit-Filled Life & Victory” – Dr. Phil Jones
We pray that many small groups and churches will discover the strategic value of this outreach/initial discipleship kit. The DVD album is on sale for $39.95 at the online store or by calling 865-429-0450. Sample video sessions can be previewed at the How to Exchange Your Life for a New One resource page.

Committed Christian Conference

committedThe annual Committed Christian Conference was held July 1-3, 2018 in Sevierville, Tennessee. It was sponsored by the David Cobb Evangelistic Association.

The speakers were:

  • Preston Nix
  • Diane Nix
  • John Woodward
  • George Bellmany

Praise music sessions were led by recording artist, John Swaim.

The meetings were held in the conference room at Holiday Inn Express, 121 Nascar Dr, Sevierville, TN .

Audio recordings of the messages have been posted at:
https://dceaonline.wordpress.com

Dominican Republic Trip

by John Woodward

April 22-27 Linda and I ministered in the Dominican Republic. We were able to teach an Exchanged Life Conference and DominicanRepublic1Workshop to about 30 missionaries in Juan Dolio (east of Santo Domingo).  The equipping was taught with an interpreter and based at the campus of SCORE International. Participants received copies of Handbook to Happiness (20 in Spanish, 10 in English), the workshop notebook and a CD ROM for ongoing study and ministry. There were also opportunities to minister to some of the missionaries one-to-one. The testimonies and comments indicated that they really appreciated this teaching and equipping experience.

The GFI alumnus there, Erica Jude, gave testimony to the group of how God used the GFI conference and workshop (in Tennessee) in her life, and that she has been using this model at Lily House ever since.   At the conclusion they sang, gathered around us, and prayed. What a blessing.

Thursday afternoon we ministered at Lily House to the residents and staff. Learn more about this holistic redemption and rescue program for women here: scoreintl.org/ministries/lily-house

The SCORE house hostess was impacted by this message through hearing Major Ian Thomas over 40 years ago; she said that the conference/workshop explained these truths in a special way and that God applied the message to her life in a deeper way. The SCORE base also has a nine month GAP program for college students. They learn Spanish, D.R. culture, missions and Bible. This group has heard the wheel and line message through Erica, and now the GAP Director (who attended the conference/ workshop ) is using these materials with them too.

We give thanks for a safe and fruitful trip and request prayer for the Lord’s ongoing blessing on these ministries in Dominican Republic! Photos of this trip are at our gallery site: GFIworld.shutterfly.com

Nicaragua Trip

EXCHANGE LIFE UNITED CHRISTIAN MISSIONS PASTOR CONFERENCE – APRIL 2018

from Eric Harbinson in Nicaragua

Hans teaching the pastors

Hans teaching the pastors

WOW–God really does answer prayer! In October we prayed for God to provide specific Counseling and Discipleship resources. And as indicates in Eph 3:20– God answered and provided far more abundantly than resources. He also provided the team that was willing to travel to Nicaragua to teach this initial conference. NOW– the pastors and leaders prayed for their nation and in each other’s churches to be churches that are not limited by culture. They want to be effective to prepare leaders to counsel, reach and teach the people of their communities to change their country for God’s glory.

A special thanks to Grace Fellowship International for providing these materials, to Chilhowee Hills Baptist Church for allowing us to borrow these 3 men and to Mark McKeehan, Matt Paradis and Hans Haun for sharing their hearts for the Lord. They gave everything this week to these pastors and leaders. We are set for next steps– not just to spend a few days and give them a book, but to walk along side them, encourage them, model the material, observe and give them feedback to empower them to change their communities. GOD WILL GET GLORY!

Prison Ministry

One of the strategic opportunities do Exchanged Life Discipleship/ Counseling is in the prison system. We appreciate those who are using Grace Fellowship’s books and DVDs to minister to those who are incarcerated. Our associate, David Howell, is reaching 10’s of thousands through “How to Be a Child of God” booklets. Today we mailed out study Bibles and GFI books to prisons in Florida, Oklahoma and Arizona. Let’s pray for those who are in prison and for chaplains and volunteers in this field of ministry. For example, a volunteer is using the “For Me to Live is Christ” workbook and DVDs at this Oklahoma facility: