Developing pastoral leaders and strengthening local churches! That’s what we do. You and me, together we affect whole regions of the world. Lives are being changed by the Word of God delivered to them through you. Your generosity sends teams and it’s time to go. First to Nicaragua on November 27, 2015 and then to India in late January of 2016. Teaching, preaching, spreading the gospel, encouraging leaders, strengthening local churches, dedicating recently completed training centers and so much more!
Nicaragua – November 27 to December 8
Steve leaves the day after Thanksgiving to fly to Nicaragua for two weeks. This will be his third trip this year and his presence is much needed by the leaders of the twelve churches that Herald of Faith works with in the Atlantic coast region. Rod Westbrook from Australia will join Steve to help the leaders of the churches and give guidance in troubled times. You have sent teams to this region since 2004 and the churches are growing in God’s wisdom and understanding, in fact, recently God has been stirring the leaders there to turn from their cultural ways to the Word of God like never before.
It sounds good, and is good, but with those actions have come cultural resistance. As the pastors take a stand for holiness and righteousness the conflicts have been dramatic, and at times even life threatening! Steve and Rod are going to share God’s comfort and encouragement and help them make decisions to stand in the face of every enemy attack – it’s a spiritual battle that has many people blind to the truth. The bottom line is that there has been some sin among the young people and as it is being dealt with by God, pastors and police. Please pray for the pastors, leaders, and church members affected, also for Steve and Rod. Please invest your prayers and finances in the transformation of this region of Nicaragua. God is doing a good thing.
Trip cost = $3980.
• $1580 – Airfare for Steve and Rod
• $700 – Hotel (There is a new hotel in Bluefields – $31 a night, so we are giving it a try!)
• $1400 – Food and local transportation ($50 per person, per day x 2)
• $300 – Conference costs
It has been 35 years since Steve has been in India. Winston and Ingrid have made the long journey with Joel Mattsson-Boze and people from his church several times, but Winston said it is time for Steve to go. So, in late January of 2016, Steve, Kathy, Joel and four others will leave for India. This will be a long trip and we will visit three separate ministries in three different parts of the country.
There is the construction of the training center for leaders in Nellore, India. For years now Bro. Vijay has had to rent facilities to hold the monthly Skype training sessions that Winston and Steve have done. There is the hope of another training center in Chennai, where you help Bro. Emmanuel feed children in the slums each month.
Although the government has taken a stand against the spreading of the gospel across India, still the work goes on by courageous people who continue to preach, teach, make disciples and extend His kingdom in India. The good news is going forth. You and I will be there to help.
You have helped print the “Leadership Development Workbook” in Spanish and English, and now a pastor friend has offered to have it translated and printed in Telegu a local dialect of India. He has even offered to pay the first $1,000 for the printing. Steve will have the privilege of teaching from the book in their language in each location.
Estimated cost for this three week journey to India is $10,000! You may ask, why spend $10,000 on travel when it’s a little dangerous and you could send books and teach via Skype for a tenth of the cost?
Because God is sending us. Christians need community with other Christians and we are to go into all the world. Missionary work is about leaving one’s comfort zone to encourage and help others who may not have the opportunities we enjoy and appreciate. It’s about loving God and His people and helping them to do the same. It’s an investment in the Kingdom of God and the return on your investment is eternal.
Steve and Kathy Fitzpatrick, Winston and Ingrid Mattsson-Boze and all that give and labor for His Kingdom though the work of Herald of Faith
P.S. Join the Journey! Invest your prayers and dollars – in Nicaragua $3,980 and India $10,000 – to develop pastoral leaders and strengthen local churches.