And this Gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”
Matthew 24:14 NKJV
The ministry was a miraculous occurrence as our team preached 18 sessions at three venues in two days. It was a powerful time as our team poured into these pastors who were readily receiving the Christ-centered message. They were very hungry for the message. These pastors had felt very discouraged because of restrictions and a lack of funds. They went home greatly encouraged with the Gospel, with the Christ-centeredness of the message.
A team of four went into the cities of Orizaba and Mexico City. They ministered at a Family Conference held at the city’s theater in Orizaba, then ministered at a 3-day conference for pastors, leaders, and others in a church in the city. Pastors came from as far as 10 hours away from other states in Mexico, including Oaxaca, Cerro Azul, and Naranjo. The last portion of the trip saw a glorious time of ministry in Mexico City as we spoke with pastors and congregants alike, and this time of ministry included a Women’s Conference. The Lord moved powerfully, and we are looking forward to all we will do there in the months and years to come.
A five-person team, representing the United States and Poland, went into Islamabad, Karachi, and Lahore. This team was joined by other pastors of the nation as they ministered in these cities. This was a great time of ministry with pastors and leaders committing to preaching a Christ-centered message and others rededicating their lives to Jesus. At one of the tent-meetings, people came in great numbers to the Lord after hearing the Christ-centered message. We are making plans to return in the coming months with the possibility of going into another city.
Bishop Kariuki invited TFI to come in and hold conferences and meetings with the Maasai people in Narok with the Maasai and also to minister at his church in Nairobi. The team that went to Kenya flew from Serbia to Kenya and ministered in these two cities. It was a powerful time of ministry, and Bishop Kariuki joined in with the vision and mandate of TFI. We are making plans to minister in different parts of the country.
Ministry was powerful for our time in the two cities of Leskovac and Vranje. We had a team composed of members of four churches, including people from Croatia and Austria, who have joined in with the vision and mandate of TFI, and this team ministered to the Roma people of these regions. Ministry included a conference of preaching and speaking to pastors and leaders of various churches and ministries and also ministering to the Roma people in their homes and while we walked through their neighborhoods. Plans have been made to move forward in Serbia with the Roma people and throughout the country.
This trip included a two-person team with very effective ministry. It was our second time in Indonesia, and we were able to go into four different locations, Bali, Bandung, Medan, and Binjai. At each place of ministry, we were able to minister and open the time to the leaders and pastors for discussion and answering of questions. Ministry was powerful, and it allowed us to speak more closely into the lives of the Indonesian pastors and leaders. As a part of this trip, we were also able to take some time to build relationship with a couple in Singapore to build the ministry of TFI.
There were over 200 pastors and leaders in attendance at the TFI conference held in Lusaka, Zambia. It was a 2-day conference with effective ministry, and as a result, the three team members were asked to minister for different events throughout their time there, including a marriage seminar and ministering in three different churches on Sunday. Plans were also finalized, and more strategies and ideas were discussed for the upcoming Pan-South African Conference to be held in Lusaka in 2020.
Ghana, Togo, Benin
This trip consisted of three members, and they saw the Lord work remarkably in the nation of Ghana. There was a powerful time of ministry with over 6,000 pastors and leaders. We were able to see that the work of TFI has been effective in changing the message of those in Ghana, Togo, and Benin. One powerful testimony was the outworking on one pastor who brought the Christ-centered message with great authority and understanding. The messages were broadcast live online for all those who were not able to attend. We are seeing great growth in leadership and in apprehension of the message of Jesus Christ.
A team of five went to the Doulos Phos, a dry docked ship, to share at a retreat and conference. Pastors and leaders from more than five nations were refreshed and realigned to Jesus Christ. TFI ministered for three days and after hearing the Christ-centered foundational message of the Gospel, pastors and leaders were giving testimonies of how the Lord had spoken to them during this much needed time. They spoke of the impact these messages were having on their lives and in how they saw their walk, but more importantly who Christ is in them. Relations were cultivated, and communications were established with the many pastors and leaders present.
This was a first trip into the nation of Albania, and it was a powerful time of ministry. This trip consisted of a 12-member team, two members met us in Albania having come from Austria. Our host pastor was overjoyed to have us, and ministry time was anointed with pastors and leaders from the nation coming and joining together across denominational lines and cultural differences to hear Christ-centered messages. The Lord moved powerfully during this time allowing us to be unified with our brothers and sisters in Albania, truly knitting this part of the Body together in Jesus Christ, who is our unity.
APRIL – MAY
A team of five joined the TFI-Philippines President and other leaders in the Philippines for three weeks of training for pastors and leaders in five different regions in the nation. TFI went into three new cities, and had the opportunity to speak at a large conference being held in one of those cities. Pastors and leaders responded with great joy and excitement at hearing Christ-centered messages that were brought with simplicity and clarity. Conferences consisted of presenting what it meant to preach a Christ-centered message, the impact it could have, and then demonstrating a Christ-centered message. Ministry was powerful and full, and plans were made for our return.
A team of two ministered and taught at a TFI conference in Togo. It was our 4thtime in Togo, and we were able to hear testimonies of the pastors and leaders from the surrounding areas that conveyed a clear understanding of Christ-centered preaching. These pastors and leaders had committed to preaching this message and were seeing the impact it was having in their congregations.
A team of six went into five regions and six cities, (two of which it was out first time there), while on this trip. We held conferences in these cities, and in Kumasi, we held a two-day conference. During this time, we conveyed a Christ-centered message from all the different team members and also taught on what a Christ-centered message is and the benefits to preaching one. Pastors and leaders from all these areas were trained and encouraged in this message while we heard testimonies from those who had heard us in 2015. They spoke of how this message had changed their lives and their ministries. People spoke of never being the same again. It was a powerful time of ministry.
A team of three went into two countries in South Asia through a connection into these nations. It was here that we ministered to pastors and leaders from areas that have seen oppression and persecution. In one area, there was a large contingent of young Christians (15-30 years old), and they were on fire for the Lord. We heard of their need for the Christ-centered message in a country whose population is more than 88% Muslim but where there was a thriving Christian community hungry for the Word of God. We took this message to them and there was a great reception of the message.
USA (Corpus Christi, Texas)
The symposium was full of so many voices from different nations all speaking a Christ-centered message. We had people representing the Philippines, Croatia, Austria, India, Pakistan, Vietnam, Kenya, Poland, Hungary, and so many more. We heard from women and men alike who are in ministry and have laid hold of a Christ-centered message. There were testimonies, panel discussions, exhortations, videos, table talks, and relationships built at this symposium. People were bathed in a Christ-centered message, and they also heard what it meant to live and preach and a Christ-centered lifestyle.
TFI went to Poland on the behest of one of our connections. A team of three went to Poland and ministered in Legnica where the congregation was truly impacted, asking questions and wanting to hear more of the Christ-centered message. It was a wonderful time of ministry.
This was TFI’s first time in Zambia, and the team was able to minister at a conference to about 150 pastors and leaders, including sessions for youth pastors and leaders, youth, children’s church leaders and workers, and preaching at individual churches around the city of Lusaka, Zambia. The Christ-centered message was received by all present, and there was a resounding commitment to preach and live Jesus Christ. Plans were made to return in 2019 and in 2020 to coordinate a South African conference with pastors and leaders from all nine South African nations
Two TFI team members went to the Philippines for month of August where they went from region to region teaching and training different aspects of a Christ-centered message. During these times, pastors and leaders were able to have open discussions about what a Christ-centered message looks like and sounds like. This type of training was a first for TFI, and it was met with great success.
Our TFI team went to Croatia, making our first trip to this country. Pastors and leaders came from Serbia, joining together with those pastors and leaders from Croatia. Many were apprehending the Christ-centered message as brought from different TFI team members. The invitation came for TFI to come next year to Serbia. The message, Jesus, as the Lamb King, was preached powerfully and people committed to living and preaching a Christ-centered life and message.
The Fellowship International came alongside another strong and viable ministry, bringing what God has mandated we take to the nations, a Christ-centered message. The team ministered at their conference, and the reception of the message was very high. It was at this conference that the doors for Zambia were opened when one of the speakers heard the Christ-centered message and asked that TFI come to Zambia.
The TFI team received a warm reception as they went to Indonesia for the first time this year. Doors were opened and TFI was presented to the nation with a well-attended conference and time of ministry. The leadership was apprehending what Christ-centered leadership looks like, seeing that leaders must make Jesus not only Lord, but the center of life, ministry and everything.
The TFI team went to shore up the work they have been doing in the Philippines, bringing more training to the TFI regional leadership.
TFI went in and ministered in training sessions for pastors and leaders from access-restricted nations of Asia. We ministered in two different regions, the northern and then the southern, with ministry in English, Mandarin, and various other languages. Representatives came from one of the most access-restricted Asian nations, and we made connections into this nation. They were receptive to the Christ-centered message with some committing to preaching a Christ-centered message.
This was a first-time for TFI in Pakistan, and the pastors and leaders were greatly receptive. They were able to hear a Christ-centered message that was focused on the Jesus Christ, the Lamb, as well as be encouraged in giving Jesus Christ everything for He has chosen you. Pastors and leaders determined to preach a Christ-centered message.
GHANA AND TOGO
A team of seven Americans and one Polish pastor went to Ghana and Togo to shore up some of the work we had done in five regions the previous year.
TFI brought a training conference to a church in Austria where leaders and pastors from surrounding areas and the church were encouraged and trained in leading and teaching in a Christ-centered way.
In Portugal we made a connection with a pastor who has a congregation of people from many denominations and formerly from other religions. Relationship began to take root. We are looking forward to communications to come.
USA (CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS)
The launching of TFI-Zimbabwe was a great success, and we were brought to our knees under what the Lord showed Himself to do. Pastors and leaders from different denominational backgrounds came together and joined hands in committing themselves to the work the Lord is doing through TFI. Pastors and leaders came from as far as the country of South Africa, and invited us to come into their nation in the coming year.
A TFI team went into two Asian nations, and we were able to preach and speak into the lives of pastors and leaders from access-restricted nations through a Christ-centered message. Doors were opened into other nations, and connections were made.
TFI and a pastor from Poland who joined our ministry team had the privilege to speak and encourage the leaders of TFI-Togo, as well as bring a Christ-centered message to pastors and leaders who came together in the city of Tabligbo. The Lord ministered to all present, and there was a commitment to preaching a Christ-centered message from leaders and pastors present.
A team from the US and a pastor from Poland went into the four cities of Koforidua, Obuasi, Sunyani, and Komasi, as well as into the capital city of Accra. The pastors and leaders in these regions were encouraged and moved to commit to preaching a Christ-centered message, as well as coming together and showing their support of the vision of TFI.
TFI sent a team to meet with a leader of leaders in access-restricted nations. It was a productive time in which we were given open doors into many Asian nations, and relationships began to blossom.
USA (CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS)
This was our first stateside training symposium, and it was a great success. We heard from our international president, Pastor Don Leavell, as well as from pastors from around the world. There were speakers, preachers, panel discussions, and much more. It was the beginning of something wonderful to come each year.
Our TFI ministry team ministered in Feldkirch and attended the S.O.W., a training opportunity for ministry leaders from Europe, primarily from the Balkan nations.
TFI was introduced in Veracruz, Mexico. The door is open to expand throughout the region. TFI is now working in both Northern and Southern Mexico.
The Philippines – Ministry & TFI Leadership Training. Seminars in Eastern Visayas, Central Visayas, Davao, Bicol, National Capital Region, and Cordillera.
Cambodia – Seminar introducing TFI to over 100 pastors in the region of Svay Rieng. Ministry in several villages in the area.
GHANA, BENIN, TOGO
Pastor & Leader Seminars were held in these three nations, and TFI was officially launched in several more regions of Ghana, as well as in Togo and Benin.
KOCHI & HYDERABAD, INDIA
TFI Teams ministered for the first time in Kochi, and then traveled to Hyderabad to minister to the pastors and leaders of Sion Fellowship.
Pastor Don Leavell ministered at the request of Pastor Yoon at three venues.
A TFI team ministered in Makati, Metro Manila.
TFI was officially recognized and commitments were made to partner together in taking a Christ-centered message to the nations.
Pastor Don Leavell was one of the team of speakers for B.L.A.S.T. Ministries’ annual School of the Word (S.O.W) held by Franz Lippi. (B.L.A.S.T. – Balkan Loving Apostolic Serving Team)
TFI-Ghana was officially launched in four regions: Brong Ahafo, Ashanti, Eastern, and Volta. Attendance was overwhelming and required that additional seating be brought in at most venues. Encouraged and fortified, pastors committed to preach a Christ-centered message.
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