As you read this month’s report, you will see the acceleration of ministry taking place around the world. Now we are in the middle of our most active months for Leadership Summits, teams, and outreaches taking place throughout the FCF family. Below are just a few of the reports we are sharing with you.
I just returned from the Dominican Republic, and in just a few short days Bob and I will travel to Europe and Africa for three months of ministry. We start in the Ukraine and then travel on to Africa where we will minister in seven Leadership Summits and five smaller relational gatherings.
The theme this year for the Leadership Summits is “The Gospel” and “the Believer’s Ministry.”
Preparing to share along these topics, we know that the Gospel of Christ is the power of God to bring people to salvation. We want to model the ministry of Phillip and preach “Christ” among the people: “Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them. And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did” (Acts 8:5-6 NKJV).
It was a short trip over a weekend to conduct leadership training with two churches and the pastors. This is one of my favorite venues to minister. I love working with pastors and their key leaders. We trained them in the DISC, which is a behavioral assessment that helps people know their predominant style of communication and behavior. I love watching the light come on as people discover more about themselves and how God made them. Also, pastors gain insight into their core leaders: their strengths and styles and what they add to the team. One pastor commented to me that he now understood why some of his leaders were frustrated. He had them in places that did not suit their behavioral style. Consequently, he would make the adjustment. How that makes me rejoice! Every person is gifted by God, and each of us are unique and are perfectly designed by God to bring our supply to the Body of Christ and to the people around us. When people understand how God “wired” them, they begin to rest in who they are and stop trying to be like someone else. That is freedom!
I was blessed to have two other ministers with me: Wilma Sonera, who was our translator, and Lynette McCleland, who has traveled many times with me overseas. On Sunday, Lynette and I split up and each ministered in one of the churches. God used both of us to bring a timely word that set each church into another level for God’s purposes. In both our services, we saw people come to Christ! Now that is the best fruit of all!.
FCF Philippines Leadership Summit
FCF Pastors Jason and Terry Meechan of Kona Faith Center in Hawaii were the speakers at the Philippines Summit. They share a wonderful report. “We had a great time in the Philippines. The Filipino people are wonderful. They are warm, friendly, and welcoming. I spoke on “The Gospel” and “The Ministry of the Believer” during the Summit. The Summit was well attended with 60 to 80 adults, most of whom were ministry leaders with the majority being pastors and their wives. Dutch is doing a great job at gathering the pastors in Cebu for the work of reaching out to the tribal pastors. It seemed like more than half of the pastors and wives were in the tribal pastor group. The people seemed very receptive to our ministry. One of the most encouraging things was the number of young leaders. Terry spoke at a church comprised of mostly twenty somethings, most of who came to the Summit. I am constantly amazed by how much I enjoy worship on these trips. One of the most interesting things to me is that both Terry and I felt at home with these people. Family is family, and we definitely have a great family in the Philippines.”
One of our FCF ministers is tenaciously working with Tibetans in the Himalayas. He writes, “We had a pastoral empowerment program in Dhading May 8-11, 2017. One of our ministry focus is to equip our leaders to play the active and creative roles in their own Churches and communities. There were 145 pastors gathered. Phurpu and Pemba have introduced them the pastoral care and counseling that has been very practical for them. They are very excited to implement the teachings in their lives and ministry. We also taught them how to be self-sustain in their lives and ministry. It was big blessings and eye-opening for them.”
Once again we cannot fully express our gratitude for your partnership in the Gospel. We are able to stretch further in our global reach because of your faithful support and prayers. Your prayers for the upcoming Leadership Summits and travel is greatly appreciated. We look forward to sharing the reports from our time in Africa and Ukraine.
Co-Laboreres together in Christ!
Gail J. Buse