Spring... "A New Thing"

One of my favorite Scriptures is found in Isaiah 43:19.  

"Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.  

It reminds me that God is the God of "newness and freshness" and making things happen in ways we often don't perceive until it comes to fruition.  It reminds me to trust Him when I'm in the wilderness or desert.  He makes ways everyday that we often don't see, but by His Grace we know the peace of His presence.   Spring is always a "new season" budding and growing.  Let us take time as we see the physical presence of this "new season" to trust in His everlasting goodness.

 

URGENT:  

Pastor Khamh in Myanmar-  his house has been repeatedly attacked by vandals throwing rocks and painting graffiti while he is away doing ministry. He is concerned for his family’s safety. We are trying to raise funds to buy him a security system.

 

Please continue to be in prayer for the GA staff and family members.  Healing for illnesses, strength the be revitalized, and favor in every day life.  

Let us continue to give praise for the successful recordings David did last week!

Below is a list of upcoming trips.  Let us prepare the way "in the spirit" for these to be successful Kingdom wins all along and even before they take place.  Pray for prepared hearts of our Ambassadors, participants, and even the event location support team members.

 

Upcoming Trips are below:

Blessings, 

John and Lisa

 

Month   Days      Country, City                Type                                Lead

April     25-27     India, Shimla                 Church Planting            James Chacko

April     26-28     Pakistan, Sargodah      Frontline Pastors           Oliver Zia

May       2-3        China, Hefei                  Marketplace/CP             Steve Lawson

May       4-6       Croatia, Zagreb             Marketplace                   Ken Janke

May       5-6       China, Kunming             Church Planting/MMC   Steve Lawson

May       8-11        Nepal, Pokhara             Esther Initiative/FLP     Sally Knox-Witt/Steve Lawson

May       16-18      India, Jaipur                  Frontline Pastors          David Shibley

May       31-6       China, Chengdu            Church Planting            Jason Holland

New Texting App

New Texting Communications App

Good Day All!

Well.... we are moving into new realms of technology, so hold onto your hats!   Lisa and I have been using a group text app (GroupMe) for a couple of years now that really maximizes effectiveness and efficiency when sending group texts.   Some of the reasons to make this move are:

 

1. Some cell phone providers limit a group text to 10 recipients or respondents.   Our group has 15 now and may grow in the future.   This requires us to send out 2 different text group messages.  When a person in one group responds, the people in the other group cannot see it, read it, or respond.  This new system allows real time reading and responding by all members.

2. When using the GroupMe app it does not fill up your message texts because it is a separate app.

3. Since it is a separate app, it allows us to maintain threads of conversations and refer back to them easily.

4. You can use your phone or PC/Mac to view/respond to messages

5. Its FREE!

6. We will continue to use our IC website for regular postings, but will use GroupMe for real-time communications and emergency updates.

Each of you has already been set up as a member of Global Advance IC Team GroupMe account.

 

You can download the GroupMe app from the App StorePlay Store and Windows Phone Store. If you’re on a desktop, you can use the web version of GroupMe instead.

 

Here is the link to the GroupMe help page if you have any problems. (or feel free to call me, John @ 903-456-3409)

After you install the app, the Global Advance IC Team should be listed as a group.  Please send a message via GroupMe once you're connected.

We believe this will be a simple and effective way for us to communicate to each other.  Again, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to call .

Blessings and Thanks,

John and Lisa

 

Remind You...

2 Timothy 1:6

6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands,

Hello all our fellow lovers of the Lord Jesus Christ.   As we write this, there are trips about to embark this week to the far reaches of the globe.   Let us join in the Heavenly realm to "fan the flame of the gift of God upon each Ambassador, Host, and participant.   Lisa and I are praying that with each "touch of an Ambassador's hand" that the flame within them is passed on like a torch.  Each recipient then passing on that flame wherever they go.   Father may we be Your standard bearers, lighting the flame, reigniting the flame, in the hearts of those that Global Advance touches!

Blessings over you all in Christ Jesus our Lord!

John and Lisa

 

 

Upcoming Trips:

 

Frontline Pastors – Church Planters

DATE               LOCATION                    TEAM LEAD                LOCAL HOST

April   13-14     Kenya,  Butere               local host                    Shem Kihoro

April    14-15    Kenya, Murungaru          local host                 Shem Kihoro

April    20-21   Kenya, Madogo               local host                   Shem Kihoro

April    25-27   India, Shimla                   local host                   James Chacko

Marketplace

DATE               LOCATION                    TEAM LEAD                                LOCAL HOST

April    13-14   Cameroon, Douala         Steve Lawson                             Hal Rahman

April    17-22   Rwanda, Kigali               Jonathan Shibley/Ken Janke     Patrice Habinshuti

NextGen

DATE               LOCATION                    TEAM LEAD                                LOCAL HOST

April    13-15    Cameroon, Douala        Bryce Manderfield/Ken Janke    Hal Rahman

 

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Beloved in the Faith

Lisa and I want to encourage you today as beloved brothers (and sisters).  We are HIS Beloved and therefore whatever trial is upon us, we have His strength to stand fast because He is holding us in His arms.

 

I Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

 

Jonathan: 

•      Has confirmation for a donor match for the Spring!  Great timing with the appeal that will be mailed shortly.  Please pray that people’s hearts will be opened to the mission of GA and that they will join us as partners.

 

Dr. Shibley:

•      He has been teaching in Arkansas this week.  Please pray for all safe journeys and recuperation at the conclusion. (Naomi is with him).

 

Ken:

•   Is in Kansas City to teach Thursday through Sunday.

•   He is working on GA dinner theme in preparation for ‘Save the Date’ mail out in April.

•   April 9 is a large Ministry Information Event (MIE) atJoel Tiemeyer’s church (The Way Bible Church in Sulphur Springs)…. It’s the church Lisa and I go to, we’re super excited!!!!

 

Gareth:

•   GA and Alpha Relief database conversion happens this week! Pray!

•    Pray for open doors as we attempt to send funds into closed countries.

 

IC:

We are inviting 2 new people to join the IC.   Jonathan has recommended Vinny Samuel (Vivek’s wife) and Renaue Thompson.   Lisa and I will be reaching out to them.  Please pray that if they are to join us, that the Holy Spirit will place that call upon their hearts.

 

 

Upcoming Trips:

Frontline Pastors

March       23-24        Pakistan, Sibi

April         5       Pakistan, Karachi

 

Frontline Pastors – Church Planters

April         6-7   Kenya, Machakos     

April         13-14        Kenya, Butere  

April         14-15        Kenya, Murungaru    

April         20-21        Kenya, Madogo        

April         25-27        India, Shimla    

 

Marketplace

April         13-14        Cameroon, Douala

April         17-22        Rwanda, Kigali 

 

Ester Initiative

April         4-6   India, Ludhiana

Our Healer - Our God

Father you spoke to Moses, to the Israelites and told them this from Exodus 15: saying, “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the LORD your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, your healer.

 

We know that Jesus bore our iniquities and by His stripes, we are healed; therefore both old and new Covenants with Your people You declare that You are our Healer, our Yahweh Rapha!      We desperately need Your healing across our people Father.  In the Name of Yeshua we ask for great and mighty miracles of physical, mental, and emotional healing.  All of which we receive on behalf of these mentioned and those not mentioned.  Loving and kind, gracious Father we love and adore you and worship our King Yeshua!

 

This week’s requests from GA:

  • Jonathan’s physical was today.  GREAT report on all evaluations… PRAISE GOD!!
  • Dr. Shibley has returned from his long trip in Africa – pray for rest and refueling
  • Ken Janke has returned from Bhutan – all 3 team members were sick on the trip; Ken is exhausted; however he says they had a mighty impact there in claiming Bhutan for Christ.  Pray for the people there.  Ken said there is a tangible feel of the enemy’s presence.
  • Ken’s heart is heavy with the passing of his brother and the impact on his family members.
  • Please pray for Irene Dufrene (Taylor) – her MRI revealed spinal surgery is need today or tomorrow.  She is at MD Anderson.
  • Pray for James Jensen – unspoken prayer
  • Katy Brank and family - mother passed away; Katy difficult pregnancy

 

 

Upcoming Trips:

 

Frontline Pastors

March       23-24        Pakistan, Sibi

April         5       Pakistan, Karachi

 

Frontline Pastors – Church Planters

April         6-7   Kenya, Machakos     

April         13-14        Kenya, Butere  

April         14-15        Kenya, Murungaru    

April         20-21        Kenya, Madogo        

April         25-27        India, Shimla    

 

Marketplace

April         13-14        Cameroon, Douala

April         17-22        Rwanda, Kigali 

 

Ester Initiative

April         4-6   India, Ludhiana

"Find rest in the traffic patterns of life" - Jonathan

Father we ask in the Name of Yeshua for Your covering to be upon each of these requests.  Today we rest with great assurance that none of these is outside of Your realm.   We desire to submit each one, confidently to You, not in our confidence but in complete confidence in You and Your desires.  Praise You oh God, everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, Holy Spirit!!!!!

 

Prayer Requests:

Jonathan      Several donor meetings/lunches THIS WEEK

Jonathan      Pray for God's favor in ways to get funding to SAARC area

General           Exec Council meeting Wednesday

David              Leaving for Africa on Friday - 15 days; pray for stamina, clarity, health

Gareth / Shirley        Audit going on; results to be sent to ECFA for rating

Gareth                        Contractors at GA: weed/mowers, etc.  BUSY

Ken                 SAARC Report being prepared for release next week.

Ken                 Leaves Friday for Jagdalpur, In – pray for Bhutan conference (lots of dynamic   tension – tribal uprising, etc.)

Ken                 GA annual dinner – working on concept/theme – pray for this

Ken                 Bombing last week in Lahor – friend of Naz killed

Amy                Preparing many intricate and complex international trips

Vivek               NextGen handbook and DWD handbooks to be completed this week and sent for printing

Alpha Relief (AR)      Benj    Must move out of home by next Sunday.

Alpha Relief (AR)      Benj    AR partner leaving to Pakistan to gather info – pray for God’s grace on his travels.

Esther Initiative        Whitney         Working w/Connie pre-event for Jagdalpur, India

                       

Message this morning from Jonathan:                  

            Find rest in the traffic patterns of life.      

            Good works you do flows out of who you are in Christ!  

            Find your quiet place (like Jesus frequently did):           

                        Pray without ceasing

                        Take a "mental trip around the world to pray over all nations.

                        In your prayer time, ask for the "Next Step".

Changing Times.... Steadfast God!

Mark 13:8-11

8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains. 9 “But be on your guard. For they will deliver you over to councils, and you will be beaten in synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them. 10 And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations. 11 And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.

 

The world is quickly becoming a more and more cumbersome place not only to do business, but to do ministry.   At every turn, the enemy, through deceived people are trying to press back against the proclamation of the Gospel.   Things that were once quite simple have become a multi-step process with many political “hands in the pie”.

 

I spoke to Ken Thursday morning and he asked for 3 areas of specific prayer and I’ve added 2 others.  Below these 5 items is an email just received from Ken via Amy Burch.   We need to keep these items in vigilant prayer throughout the year and in reality for the long haul as we continue to press back darkness by bringing His Light!

 

Ken

•       Communications – in general, for our team with our partners

•       Health for our GA team, International Coordinators and our Ambassadors – lots of attacks from the enemy right now

•       Finances – we are having serious issues getting funds into some countries with unstable financial infrastructures

 

John

·      Protection – Many countries are not only restrictive in Christianity, they are openly hostile.

·      Wisdom, awareness, preparation as we go into those “less than friendly” places

 

 

Prayer warriors, Ken asked me to send you an update on the trip he is taking next week. It will be very intense and needs some major prayer coverage, please. He also has some specific requests at the bottom of this message.

 

The team leaves Friday, March 3 to travel with a team to Jagdalpur, India for a Church Plant and Esther multi-initiative conference March 7-9. When they arrive in Raipur, India, they will need to travel 7 hours by car to the city of Jagdalpur. Pastor Ken has been told by our International Coordinator that the team needs to wear hats while they travel. He fears being seen transporting ‘white’ people into this very volatile area. It is so rural, the team will need to lodge at the conference center so that they are not seen traveling back and forth to a hotel, raising suspicion. The conference attendees (expected 350 men and 350 women) will be seated on the floor and the speakers will literally walk in between them teaching and ministering.

 

On the 9th, Pastor Ken and Steve Chandler will leave the rest of the team there (they return on the 10th) to drive 7 hours back to Raipur to fly to Delhi and connect with Joel Tiemeyer. They will leave on Mar. 10 to fly to Paro, Bhutan. Bhutan is a highly-restricted access country. They only issue 10,000 tourist visas per year. Flying into the only city in the country accepting international flights, they will be received by a government approved Tour Operator, who processed their travel visas, and will accompany them for another 7 hour drive thru the country, on Mar. 11, down to Gelephu where our International Coordinator lives.  They will lodge there for the night then continue across the border back into Northern India on the 12th. The Bhutan Frontline Pastors conference will be March 13-15 and they return on the 16th. The pastors in Bhutan are so afraid to convene in Bhutan they are holding the conference across the border in India. Pastor Ken feels very strongly that the team needs to arrive in Bhutan, “boots on the ground”, to pray and claim Bhutan for Christ.

 

Lots of travel logistics needing prayer coverage. Travel safety, stamina, physical protection, protection for the conference attendees in both locations, etc.

 

Jagdalpur team: Ken Janke, Steve Chandler, Connie Parker, Deane Parker, Lisa Hayman

Bhutan team: Ken Janke, Steve Chandler, Joel Tiemeyer

 

 

Upcoming Trips/Events:

 

March 3-5      Kenya, Vihiga                         Church Planting

March 8-10    Uganda, Kampala                  Frontline Pastors                   David Shibley

March 9-10    India, Delhi                            Marketplace                           Steve Lawson

March 12-15 Indo-Bhutan, Hatisar/Gelephu        Frontline Pastors           Ken Janke

March 13-15 Malawi, Blantyre                   Frontline Pastors                      David Shibley

March 13-17 Zimbabwe, Bulawayo            Church Planting                      Jason Holland

March 15-17 Dom Rep, Santo Domingo     NextGen                                 Bryce Manderfield

March 16-17 China, Zhengzhou                 Marketplace/CP                       Steve Lawson

March 19-21 China, Kunming                    Church Planting/MMC             Joel Tiemeyer

To Russia with Love

 

It reminds me of the old James Bond movie. (From Russia with Love).. so I had to adapt it for today's post!

Tuesday a team leaves for Russia and will commence a Frontline Pastors' Conference.   Things have changed in that country over the past year or so regarding open evangelism.    I spoke with Steve Lawson, Team Leader and he believes the messages that God has given him will be both educational and encouraging.    Please pray for health of the team.   Some of the team have had illnesses and/or illnesses in their families.   We plead the Blood of Jesus over each one's physical, spiritual and emotional well-being.   The hope of the world, our Savior is going to be lifted up at this conference and nothing the enemy has in store will falter His purposes.  

Psalms 57:2-3 I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me. 3 He will send from heaven and save me; he will put to shame him who tramples on me. Selah God will send out his steadfast love and his faithfulness!

Please continue in prayer for the conference in Nagaland India.   As you have received information this past week, things are still a bit sketchy.  I'm awaiting a report from Ken.   

Here are the remaining Trips/Events for February:

February14-16 India, Nagaland Dimapur Frontline Pastors  Ken Janke

February16-19 Russia, Moscow Frontline Pastors  Steve Lawson

February16-19 El Salvador, San Salvador  NextGen  Bryce Manderfield

February17-18 Pakistan, Sargodah  Frontline Pastors  Oliver Zia

February20-22 India, Vishakhapatnam Church Planting  James Chacko

 

We have a specific prayer request from Steve Lawson.  He is going on 12 trips with GA this year, leading 7 of them.  This is a great task before him.  He asks for resilience, favor in travels and peace and rest when he is home.  Let us pray this for all of our Ambassadors who give so much to so many for the Cause of Christ around the world.

Blessings,

John and Lisa

Lifting Up SAARC

We have the opportunity to share hope and resources to 7 countries.  Praise God for the roles that Jonathan and Ken will play in the days to come as they help establish Heavenly gates of hope for the attendees by the Power of the Holy Spirit!

"What a privilege we have to convene these amazing men of God from 7 countries!   Please pray The Lord leads Ken and I to discern strategy, direction, placement of resources and helps to best further God’s Kingdom purpose through these men and their networks.   Pray The Holy Spirit fills and empowers us to minister grace, encouragement, vision, hope and healing to these wonderful brothers (and some sisters)."

So grateful to the team.   Blessings to you!

JONATHAN

 

Praying For Friends

Praying for those In Harms Way

 

As we enjoy this Advent season, let us take pause to pray for our brothers and sisters around the world who, even today, exist in areas that their very lives are being threatened, families torn between Christianity and Islam, Hindu or any other of the false beliefs growing around the globe.

 

Father in the precious Name of Yeshua the Christ, we petition You for covering and protection of our precious fellow believers around the world.    We are thankful of our geopolitical position on the planet.   Despite its failings, we still enjoy in this Country great freedoms.  Let us not ever forget those of us that do not enjoy our the freedoms we have and the role we have to continually beseech Your protection, guidance and often your deliverance from persecution.

 

Mark 10:29-31

29 Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, 30 who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”

 

 

Prayer Points:

Vivek Samuel – in India making connections for 2017 events

 

Alpha Relief – Transition fully into GA and working to solidify year-end donors

 

Ester - New mentor groups starting, ;Church in Sulphur Springs interested in starting their own Esther mentoring group, Working on EI Ambassador retreat for January, Pray for article Whitney writing for underground church Pakistan.  PRAISE; 2017 teams are 90% filled!

 

James Chako – India/Ester Initiative:  Pray for his wife’s health, slipped discs so as of now she is unable to lead the event.

 

 

Trips/Events: First in 2017!

January    17-19        India, Bhopal             Church Planting

January    14-21        Nepal, Kathmandu   Church Planting

He is King of All

We Exalt Thee!

We have an urgent prayer request from our friends in Pakistan (please do not forward any of this information).

In the midst of urgent prayer…. Let’s begin this message and prepare our hearts by Exalting the Lord Almighty. For His marvelous ways, for His unending love, for His patience through Grace, and the deliverance of His saints!

A friend of GA in Pakistan lead a man, his wife and 3 daughters to the Lord. They were advised to live as secret believers due to the severe persecution potential. However these new believers, with great passion for the Lord Jesus Christ, shared their faith with family members. For the past long period of time these wonderful, sweet brother and sisters have been beaten daily by their family members and threatened with death. They were kicked out of their home and so took refuge with our friends. The family has followed and is threatening both our friends and these new converts with more beatings and death. One of the daughters is very sick and in dire need of better medical care. Their simple prayer request is for safety, provision to relocate these new believers to a safer city, and for on-going financial support to help this family.

We know nothing of persecution, as they and so many others do. We MUST then join with the powerful Army of Heaven to speak and believe for the needs of these precious children of the Living God.

When you have a few minutes (9 minutes), click on the link below and join Lisa and I in praising and exalting our Great God! (if clicking does not work, copy and paste this url into your browser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFRt6apaGuQ

We Exalt Thee

Prayer Points:

As we enter into the final weeks of the year, we must remain vigilant in prayer. We cannot lose focus in this time of much busyness.

Days with David: Next Tuesday will be a gathering of NextGen leaders. Let us pray for David’s anointing to be passed as a mantle of wisdom and encouragement to these up and coming leaders in the Kingdom.

We need media support now that Andy has moved on. He created many templates, but we will need ongoing creative and technical development.

The Annual Global Advance Open House will be on Friday, December 30th. This is to allow GA partners/friends to come with year-end gifts and say hello.

Continue to ask the Lord to send the correct tenant to occupy/lease the back portion of the GA office building.

Pray for wisdom and guidance as the team transitions Alpha Relief completely into the and under the GA operational structure.

Trips & Events:

December 2-3 Brazil Pelotas/Porto Alegre Marketplace Jonathan Shibley. Pray for the entire team. There have been some challenges in travel and sleep schedule. Jonathan has been under the weather with cold symptoms. We declare complete wellness and restored energy in Jesus Name!

December 5-8 Colombia, Leticia Church Planting Steve Lawson

Thanks Giving

Thanksgiving…..giving thanks, its what we’re to do!

As we write this prayer update, Lisa and I first want to give thanks to God for allowing us to be a part of this wonderful endeavor. After God…. We thank YOU. Each of you are such an encouragement and example to us! So to each of you we say thanks for being an “appointed counsel”….. for praising our Lord alongside us and for interceding for Global Advance.

And when he had taken counsel with the people, he appointed those who were to sing to the Lord and praise him in holy attire, as they went before the army, and say, “Give thanks to the Lord, for his steadfast love endures forever.” 2 Chronicles 20:21

Blessings and Happy Thanks Giving! John and Lisa

Prayer Points:

On-going…..

We need media support now that Andy has moved on. He created many templates, but we will need ongoing creative and technical development.

The Annual Global Advance Open House will be on Friday, December 30th. This is to allow GA partners/friends to come with year-end gifts and say hello.

Pray for vision and clarity as Jonathan and Ken determine what events will need to be added or eliminated in 2017. We ask You Holy Father for Your insight and wisdom for Your Kingdom purposes for 2017 to be made clear to these dedicated leaders. They only want to do what You desire, therefore please give them very clear direction in where to go and where not to go. In Jesus Name!

New…..

Please pray for a good tenant to occupy the back portion of the office building that has been vacated. We pray for a good steward and partner to be our tenant.

Pray for wisdom and guidance as the team transitions Alpha Relief completely into the and under the GA operational structure.

Upcoming Trips/Events:

December 1-4 Vietnam, Ho Chi Min City Church Plant/Joshua Nations Jason Holland

December 2-3 Brazil Pelotas/Porto Alegre Marketplace Jonathan Shibley

December 5-8 Colombia, Leticia Church Planting Steve Lawson

Thursday

Give Thanks Unto the Lord!

Good day dear prayer partners! Let’s first give thanks to our Great God, Heavenly Father, Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Who loves us and has brought us out of darkness into Light that we might be a reflection of His Light!

John 8:12 [ I Am the Light of the World ] Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

As we approach this Thanksgiving week, let us be especially mindful of the many things God has done for and through Global Advance. How He continues His work through the mission of Global Advance: “EQUIPPING LEADERS TO BE CATALYSTS FOR THE GREAT COMMISSION”.

Praise for the stream of donations that have recently been received that is making the fiscal year end on a positive note. We are still believing for a great outpouring of financial resources. Resources that will not only fill the needs but also provide funding for the Foundation.

Prayer Points:

We need media support now that Andy has moved on. He created many templates, but we will need ongoing creative and technical development.

The Annual Global Advance Open House will be on Friday, December 30th. This is to allow GA partners/friends to come with year-end gifts and say hello.

Please pray for Health and well-being for all GA staff (Amy, Marissa, and Ken have all been out sick this month) Father we know that the enemy wants to distract us from the mission of each and every believer. We speak a blessing of wellness and wholeness; mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally in the Name of Jesus! May everyone at GA, touched by GA, and supporting GA receive this blessing!

Pray for vision and clarity as Jonathan and Ken determine what events will need to be added or eliminated in 2017. We ask You Holy Father for Your insight and wisdom for Your Kingdom purposes for 2017 to be made clear to these dedicated leaders. They only want to do what You desire, therefore please give them very clear direction in where to go and where not to go. In Jesus Name!

Upcoming Trips/Events:

December 1-4 Vietnam, Ho Chi Min City CP/JN Jason Holland

December 2-3 Brazil Pelotas/Porto Alegre Marketplace Jonathan Shibley

December 5-8 Colombia, Leticia Church Planting Steve Lawson

Thursday

Give Thanks Unto the Lord!

Good day dear prayer partners! Let’s first give thanks to our Great God, Heavenly Father, Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Who loves us and has brought us out of darkness into Light that we might be a reflection of His Light!

John 8:12 [ I Am the Light of the World ] Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

As we approach this Thanksgiving week, let us be especially mindful of the many things God has done for and through Global Advance. How He continues His work through the mission of Global Advance: “EQUIPPING LEADERS TO BE CATALYSTS FOR THE GREAT COMMISSION”.

Praise for the stream of donations that have recently been received that is making the fiscal year end on a positive note. We are still believing for a great outpouring of financial resources. Resources that will not only fill the needs but also provide funding for the Foundation.

Prayer Points:

We need media support now that Andy has moved on. He created many templates, but we will need ongoing creative and technical development.

The Annual Global Advance Open House will be on Friday, December 30th. This is to allow GA partners/friends to come with year-end gifts and say hello.

Please pray for Health and well-being for all GA staff (Amy, Marissa, and Ken have all been out sick this month) Father we know that the enemy wants to distract us from the mission of each and every believer. We speak a blessing of wellness and wholeness; mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally in the Name of Jesus! May everyone at GA, touched by GA, and supporting GA receive this blessing!

Pray for vision and clarity as Jonathan and Ken determine what events will need to be added or eliminated in 2017. We ask You Holy Father for Your insight and wisdom for Your Kingdom purposes for 2017 to be made clear to these dedicated leaders. They only want to do what You desire, therefore please give them very clear direction in where to go and where not to go. In Jesus Name!

Upcoming Trips/Events:

December 1-4 Vietnam, Ho Chi Min City CP/JN Jason Holland

December 2-3 Brazil Pelotas/Porto Alegre Marketplace Jonathan Shibley

December 5-8 Colombia, Leticia Church Planting Steve Lawson

Saturday

Moving Forward……

Please keep the GA Team as a whole in your prayers. This past month has been a good, yet full of changes and prospects for the future. The Dinner yielded more partners joining us in a variety of forms…. From prayer, to financial, to becoming an Ambassador. At the time of this writing there was approximately $100K in one time contributions and an additional $25K in on-going commitments! With that said, we must remain vigilant regarding prayer for our financials moving forward. GA is currently in a “good” position, but moving into 2017 we need an outpouring from Heaven to provide all that the team believes God is directing.

In addition to the financial picture, 3 of the GA team have moved on to other opportunities. Hallie, Scott, and Andy have made great contributions to the GA organization and we bless them as they journey on. Father may you bring them into Your Presence daily and equip them for the new works that You are creating!

Please pray for leadership and the team to gel into the positions that God has for each. For continuity in staff… for the right people, in the right assignments, for the long stretch.

Blessings and Love,

John and Lisa

Upcoming Trips/Events:

This Week Pray for Ken as he is in London meeting with key Marketplace leaders to establish relationships and prepare for further opportunities.

November 15-20 Zimbabwe, Bulawayo Marketplace Gareth Keown

November 3-13 United States, Various Cities NextGen Bryce Manderfield

December 1-4 Vietnam, Ho Chi Min City CP/JN Jason Holland

December 2-3 Brazil Pelotas/Porto Alegre Marketplace Jonathan Shibley

December 5-8 Colombia, Leticia Church Planting Steve Lawson

SPECIAL DELIVERY: As Matthew 5:13-14 says, we are the salt of the earth and light of the world. Please read the article about a couple served by Alpha that is showing Light into the darkest realms of our planet!

http://www.globaladvance.org/new-blog/2016/5/24/invasion-into-enemy-territory

PS…. be on the lookout for the upcoming November Prayer Force Update!

Thursday

Amazing, He Is!!!!

Revelations 15:3 And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and amazing are your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations!

Our God is, was and shall ever be AMAZING. His ways are beyond our scope of imagination and His works are as vast as creation itself.

The Holy Spirit was definitely at work this week at the Esther event in Brazil and the NextGen event in Columbia. There were supernatural manifestations of healing, salvations, and His Love poured out to all.

Let’s continue to give thanks for what our God has done this year with GA and look to a strong finish both event wise and financially. The dinner was a success with a good mix of one time contributions as well as ongoing pledges.

The Ambassadors Day of Training was both excellent in content and unifying in mission. Lisa and I believe that many relationships were developed that will grow the Ambassador network to provide not only more team members, but as an extension, financial and support resources for events around the world.

Please pray that the newly acquired back portion of the building is rented quickly to an appropriate tenant.

Please pray for Jonathan…… he is speaking this weekend to a large class at Lakeshore Church. We know that he is anointed to serve and proclaim the Gospel. He is also anointed to encourage and draw more people into the service of missions. Let this be our prayer…. “Encourage and Draw In”.

Upcoming Trips / Events

October 26-27 Kenya, Sotic Church Planting - Shem Kihoro

October 31-Nov 2 Myanmar, Taunggyi CP/JN -Jason Holland/Ken Janke

November 15-20 Zimbabwe, Bulawayo Marketplace - Gareth Keown

November 27-Dec 4 Brazil, Porto Alegre Marketplace - Jonathan

December 16-23 US, Various Cities NextGen - Bryce Manderfield

December 1-4 Vietnam, Ho Chi Min City CP/JN - Jason Holland

Friday

Praise God for His Moves!

Sorry for the brevity of this week’s update…..

Praise God for the events of last week, Ambassadors’ Training and Dinner were amazing. God moved and brought people together for many, many new and greater Kingdom opportunities. We saw and experienced new relationships and fervor for the ministry of Global Advance!

Prayer Points for this week….

The Shibley family will be out for the week, please pray for travel protection/favor/rest.

Whitney and the EI team leave for Brazil tomorrow.

Ken Janke leaves Wednesday for Colombia with Bryce Manderfield.

Upcoming Events

October 21-22 Brazil, Porto Alegre Esther Initiative Whitney Daugherty October 21-23 Colombia, Medellin NextGen Bryce Manderfield October 26-27 Kenya, Sotic Church Planting Shem Kihoro October 31-Nov 2 Myanmar, Taunggyi CP/JN Jason Holland/Ken Janke November 15-20 Zimbabwe, Bulawayo Marketplace Gareth Keown November 3-13 United States,Various Cities NextGen Bryce Manderfield December 1-4 Vietnam, Ho Chi Min City CP/JN Jason Holland December 2-3 Brazil, Pelotas/Porto Alegre Marketplace Jonathan Shibley December 5-8 Colombia, Leticia Church Planting Steve Lawson

Thursday

Light The Nations

Good Day in the Lord! May His Light be a beacon in and through you as you go…. As Global Advance goes across the world, we are “Lighting the Nations” with His Ligt!

John 8:12 [ I Am the Light of the World ] Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Blessings,

John & Lisa

Prayer Points:

Ambassadors’ Training

Annual Dinner

Alpha Relief Event

Esther Initiative – web portal

Upcoming Trips/Events

End of year donor “match”

Ambassadors’ Training and Annual Dinner

We are embarking on a very BUSY week at Global Advance. This upcoming week includes the Ambassadors’ Training as well as the Annual Dinner “Light the Nations”. Please remember these daily asking for all attendees to be free to come, to participate, to receive, and then to go and do the Kingdom work that will be imparted into them at these events.

Alpha Relief

Alpha Relief is holding an event in CA. Please pray for no earthquakes, that the Lord would move mightily in the meeting with NextGen Arab Conference, and for protection for Muslims & Christians meeting together.

Esther Web Portal

Pray for successful beta testing and use of the new Esther Initiative web portal. That there will be no glitches and smooth access of information.

Trips/Events

October 21-22 Brazil, Porto Alegre Esther Initiative Whitney Daugherty

October 21-23 Colombia,mMedellin NextGen Bryce Manderfield

October 26-27 Kenya, Sotic Church Planting Shem Kihoro

October 31-Nov 2 Myanmar, Taunggyi CP/JN Jason Holland/Ken Janke

November 15-20 Zimbabwe, Bulawayo Marketplace Gareth Keown

December 16-23 United States,Various Cities NextGen Bryce Manderfield

December 1-4 Vietnam, Ho Chi Min City CP/JN Jason Holland

December 2-3 Brazil, Pelotas/Porto Alegre Marketplace Jonathan Shibley

December 5-8 ColombiaLeticia Church Planting Steve Lawson

Donor Match

Father in the Name of Jesus, we are joining in prayer, believing for a great outpouring from Your Heart’s desire for finding for GA. We come before you asking for the “heart of a donor” to be touched to make the commitment of a “match”… a large match. Father we then ask for those whose hearts You will touch to sow into this contribution in order to complete the matching dollars. We trust that as You move, we will steward Your resources allocated to us for Kingdom purposes. We look forward to the outpouring and declare it done in Jesus Name.

Sunday

IC Prayer Gathering

Thank you all for your love and care for GA and its people. Following is the transcript (as best as we have captured) our meeting from September 28th. Please let us know if there are any corrections.

Blessings, John and Lisa

Jonathan welcomed us all with grateful thanks for our role as faithful intercessors. For our care and love for Global Advance, the Team, Events, and Participants in Events.

Shared the prophetic word spoken to him regarding a “season of rest”. There will be activity, not striving, but in the midst of activity there will be rest. He was very encouraged by these words. He encouraged us to approach the Throne of Grace and pray in agreement over these prophetic words.

He has been diligently moving on things, praying into things, gaining ground, but in some things not hearing a clear word from the Lord. We all have opportunities to be discouraged but he is simply choosing not to receive it! Global Advance is in a good place, going forward in a great fall season. 2017 is gearing up to be an amazing year. This year the team has covered a lot of ground. It has been a year of getting prepared to be propelled into the future. Global Advance responded after last year’s summit celebrating the 25 years of Global Advance. Global Advance has responded to almost all needs and requests that have come from people that attended the summit. Thanks and appreciation for the IC

He encouraged us to pray in alignment with what he believes are key areas:

Direction (hearing clearly from the Lord), Provision, Right people in the Organization.

Jonathan has rediscovered the topic of prayer this year, focusing on study and praying the Lord’s Prayer. Not praying it ritualistically, but from the heart. He feels confident after praying that he is praying in the right direction…..Jesus told us to pray that way.

He believes that change is continuing, however, we are coming out of a season of immense change.

Naomi talked about how she is handing over all her responsibilities and trying to download her institutional knowledge that is beyond “operations” to Shirley. Trying to help Shirley assimilate as she takes on a lot of responsibilities. Letting Shirley know how Naomi “would do something”.

She shared that Jonathan was going to share about the prophetic word of “bumper Crop”. She shared about the farmer who contributes proceeds from his corn/grain sales once a year. However today he called and said he had some soybeans that he was giving and she should call and get it sold. It was unexpected and is just another aspect of God providing the “bumper crop”.

Jonathan said during the Monday team prayer meeting he shared the quote: “where the finger of God points, He provides”…. To encourage the team. During that meeting he received 2 calls. One from Viet Nam, Global Advance has been supporting for 8 years, they want to provide a gift TO Global Advance. Then he got an email from a homebuilder that had made a commitment almost a year ago. JS hadn’t heard from him even after reaching out several times. The email said that the company had made an oversight and they would be sending Global Advance 3 checks that almost make up the total amount.

Jonathan reminded us that its not all about money….it (bumper crop) can apply to a lot of things. He just wants to encourage us (IC).

David shared that Jonathan has always been a champion of tools and resources. This has been an exceptional season of production of resources.

IC has prayed for many years over the LifeBook project. The meeting with the potential publisher went well yesterday. Pray that David will do all he is supposed to do with regards to the publishing. He believes it’s the first or second best written book…. Pray that the ego “stuff” will get out of the way of the process and the Lord to use it as He wants.

This is the 3 volume LifeBook series, 52 lessons. Multi-year…acutally almost a multi-decade project.

Jonathan let us know that the update of the 2Tim2 website is almost completed. It is clean, beautiful and a great tool to help pastors globally. Church plant manual has been updated as well as the “Raising up Modern Day Esther”

The word a few years ago was “tools.”

Jonathan shared a quote: “Sometimes we overestimate what we can get done in one year, but underestimate what you can get done in 3 years.”

David discussed the overview of the NextGen survey and how the results will not only help Global Advance drive effective programs, but also will be a resource for churches around the world.

Naomi mentioned that the results from the NextGen survey noted the top 2 desires from the NextGen participants were: 1. help Family and 2. how to communicate the Gospel.

David shared that the new edition of Entrusted will have a Scripture index of 416 referenced Scriptures!

John covered the GA Global Prayer Force Document and the upcoming Ambassadors’ Training Day and Global Evening of Prayer (both are detailed in the handouts you were emailed)

Prayer Time

Naomi Lord You are the Sustainer of our own personal live, our salvation, homes, ministry, lives, our work….You enable us! The portion of blessings given to us is amazing. We believe with Jonathan for direction for him, the Holy Spirit is working in him and praying he is open and sensitive to hear. Increase the anointing and release the power of the Holy Spirit to hear and obey. We know that the provisions You have done for this ministry could not be held in any book! All the changes in the ministry are ways that God is bringing the right people to GA. We would lay aside stress that plugs up our ears to heart from You. We speak these words of laying aside over Jonathan, he is asking and receiving . There is a shield around him from money issues, people problems, believing hat the Lord will walk with him, with his ears and heart attuned to the Holy Spirit.

Lisa
Ps 55:22 Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.

Thank You Father for all the conferences, men and women. Thank You for sustaining them. They are excited for learning better to share the Gospel. Thank You for the prayers that have been answered and the Ambassadors that have stepped up.

Lisa keeps hearing that pastors voice and she prayed specific prayer over him.

Roger Thank you Father for all of the vision You are giving to the leadership. Thank you for the prophetic word spoken related to bumper crop, then the way You allowed man to demonstrate the affirmation of the Word in the selling of the soybeans. That we would see the actions that You’re taking and the work You’re releasing into GA. Thanks for the leadership of those at GA. Thank You for speaking to Jonathan’s heart and that his greatest desire is to hear from Your heart. Ask that those that You are bringing to GA will have the ears to hear. That these people would come alongside GA with their gifts and combine with the current teams gifts. As ambassadors are preparing for this meeting that You are manifesting in their presence . The price that the ambassadors are paying, participating in the vision the Lord is speaking over the earth, it is well worth it.

Roger declared over GA that there will be a releasing of vision in the nations even with men who are in leadership in places that haven’t seen the vision. There would be a vision from GA that would cause their hearts to be stirred to move towards what God wants them to do in the movement of His Kingdom.

Earl Thinking about the schedule, that this is not Your schedule, this is mans schedule. But that they will work in and amongst Your divine schedule. There will be divine appointments and meetings that You will schedule that aren’t seen on this schedule. Pray for Jonthan and the teams and planners that they always remain attentive to hear Your voice when they are setting up schedules and plans. Always asking Lord, is this correct and what we’re supposed to do. If there comes a conflict in 2 schedules You would intervene and direct so that the right decision is made to make the most impact for Your Kingdom. So that no one is left out from hearing the encouraging words these teams can bring. The right schedule already exists in Your will and become manifest in this next year.

Charlotte Shared this in light of what Earl prayed, and also Naomi and John. I keep having this come up. From a dream a week ago…. She heard 2 words “Vantage Point”, a place or position of viewing something, you have an advantage because you can see things you wouldn’t normally be able to see.

Speak over Jonathan and all schedule planners and activity that GA is engaged with. Vantage Point, we speak this over GA tonight, thank You for them being able to come to a higher place, to a place that as believers we are seated with Christ in Heavenly places. Thank You for the Vantage Point so that Jonathan and others will be able to see exactly what’s going on to assess things not by the mind, but engage with the mind of Christ and see how things need to be handled, be scheduled, what needs to be given attention, how something might be done differently. Thank You that You would grace them with this Vantage Point, to see beyond what they have seen before. Declare that GA will operate from that place, that Vantage Point.

Larry Thank you that we are reaching new people in new ways. Lord give us the tools and technology to reach this next generation. Provide the means to reach this next generation in ways we’ve never done before

Earl Agree with Larry about reaching the NextGen with the information they need. For Jonathan and the other men…… they will have an explosion of opportunities to reach NextGen.

Kathy Fields are ripe for harvest, that there is a fire to burn in hearts to bring people to Christ. Thank You for the resources to reach. (Sorry Kathy, we couldn’t hear all you prayed on the recording.)

John Look at the schedule and see that there are fewer NextGen events, but yet there is a great fire. Seeing thousands of faces reaching out to their generation and those reaching out to their generation and those reaching other generations.

These NextGens may be called “the generation”. There is passion in this generation. This is a generation that can leave a legacy, let us be the ones to help them leave the right legacy.

Naomi To sow the seed of legacy of leadership of GA beyond Jonathan. Praying for the one that will be leading GA after Jonathan. That person is one of these NextGen leaders. We believe and speak Your Hand for guidance, training, preparation for that person.

John Join together and pray for the one that will follow JS in GA leadership, for their protection, equipping, their future spouse,

David Speaks blessing over that young man, preserve him for Your purpose, and no design of the enemy will prosper or come to pass.

Remaining conferences of this year, 9 training events. Praying for abundant supply for each of them.

For the matching challenge would be in the amount the Father desires and that there will be an immediate desire in people’s hearts to contribute to surpass the match. Believing for a large influx of provision.

Winds of change occurring in our nation, give us sensitivity to adapt as we need to without ever compromising Your Word of calling upon us. Give us winsomeness and wisdom. Praying for the Father’s will to be done in the elections. That which is most conducive for the advance of the Gospel would come to pass. Have mercy on our nation.

Father You turn us and we will turn, heal us and we will be healed. We petition You for that tonight. And that we walk in the spirit of 2 Chron 7:14, walking in a sprit of humility before you. Not looking to any political savior, but to the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. We believe You to open wonderful, anointing doors. We commit our way to you. We believe You for good things. We pray for those among us who are challenged physically. Prayed for Earl’s healing and long life. Make him to be vigorous and strong all the days of his life.

For Keith, asking for healing and wholeness and touch upon him, raising him up in strength. Believing You will make him a sign and wonder in this earth. Thanks to him and Jeanna for their hearts and prayers.

Over our GA Team, for a spirit of unity and grace. Blessings over those who have departed and Halley as she transitions. Go before her with favor and we bless her! We ask that she would feel the love and care of this family toward her. That every desire of her heart that comes from you would come to pass.

As a new team member comes, and others, we ask for a complete gelling in the spirit that the team would work together as a well oiled unit. We trust that the Oil of His Spirit to be poured into and over any cogs that might need it.

Praying for the ambassador day and dinner…. Lord let your presence permeate these events and Your grace overflow. That everyone in attendance be strengthened and their vision focused on the fields white to harvest. In them and around them, in their churches, and neighborhoods and to the ends of the earth.

We pray that You will bring everyone that You desire to be there, and we declare they will be there. And the same for the dinner! We ask for a great outpouring of generosity and love, a oneness of heart and sprit. Lift the heart of Your people at those events. Let us be an encouragement. We pray against the enemy that has intentions against these event we command him to stop NOW in the name of Jesus Christ, that there is no point of entry, that he can’t even harass us. That You go before us with strength and grace and glory… Father we thank you and commit our way to you. As Jonthan said, where Your finger points, Your hand provides…. And we have seen it even this week.

Phyllis After hearing all of these prayer requests….. the upcoming year…… You have been leading to cover all of this with a circle of fire from heaven above that will enclose all that is being done and planned. That the anointing of the Holy Spirit will be so powerful on all this that it will be like the Hand of the Lord is underneath every activity. Opening doors that weren’t expected to open, a crowd of people that show up that were not expected because their hungry for the Gospel.

The simplicity of the Gospel, that Jesus preached, preached by anyone in the field that will draw many. It will be so simple that even a child will understand. Father we claim more souls for the kingdom of Heaven during this next year for GA, more than even more than the entire past 20 years. A magnitude of the Holy Spirit unrestricted, full of freedom, glory, light, power…. And the light will shine in the most dark places and the people will come out and be saved. It will be glorious harvest of souls saved through GA, by Dave, Jonathan, Naomi…. That they will look back this time next year and say wow!

People will be so drawn to GA events, some don’t even know why they’re coming. Walking a great distance, 20 miles… but they are drawn by the Holy sprit, that the love of Christ. We thank You for the liberation of souls that You’re going to bring in this time of harvest.

Prayed for David and Naomi and Jonathan and families in health and for everyone that is part of GA to walk in prosperity and power.

Prayer Ended

Jonathan shared about the Market place team, a couple of ladies at the airport in Peru lead someone to the Lord. At the tri-nations event, pastor from Pakistan. He got his visa and is going to be able to come to dinner, first trip to America. He did devotion one morning at tri-nations. There was the tory of the bookstore owner who sells Bibles. A terrorist came in and told the owner that he was there to blow up the store and kill him because he sold Bibles. The bomber asked the owner if he had any last wish. The owner asked the bomber to look at a plaque on the wall (1 Cor 13). The guy read it, closed his jacket covering the bomb and left the store. In the mean time, the bomber had a visitation in a dream from Jesus. He came back a few days later to the bookstore and told the owner, “I want to know this Jesus”!!!

Jonathan said, Saul was terrorist of church, there are a lot of future Pauls out there!

David….. Biblical requirement of those days was to see the Lord. Today visions are being seen by jihadists.

Jonathan shared that the event in Nepal had 500 attendees. Pastors represented every district in Nepal. Committed to plant 250 churches this next year.

Phyllis Testimony about conference she was told to pray about Bataan and Nepal.

Earl Father you have entrusted us with the Gospel, David with this book, and now we entrust it to the publishers that You guide every move and step in the process and You bring it out on the other end ready to be used as a tool to spread the Gospel, especially to the NextGen.

Thursday

Friends together and Friends of God!

Good day friends!!!!

It is such a wonderful thought that we know each other as “friends” through Global Advance, but even more special is that Christ calls us His friends. We are truly blessed beyond measure that the Creator of the Universe has chosen us to be His children. 1 John 3:1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.

Love to you all,

John and Lisa

Prayer Points

Ambassadors’ Training & Annual Dinner Remaining September Events and October David’s Health Ester Initiative IC Gathering

Ambassadors’ Training and Annual Dinner

Feverish work continues on all aspects of these events. Please pray for each action item that needs to be completed to be done in perfect timing, for every staff person involved to have the energy and knowledge to accomplish every task, for every participant to be blessed even before they arrive and that they are imparted with the specific knowledge that the Father wants to grant each of them. For attendees of the dinner to develop a deep, deep heart for GA and as such choose to become a regular, consistent partner.

Global Events

September 21-25 Zambia, Lusaka Frontline Pastors Mike Johnson

October 21-22 Brazil. Porto Alegre Esther Initiative Whitney Daugherty

October 21-23 Colombia, Medellin NextGen Bryce Manderfield

October 26-27 Kenya Sotic, Church Planting Shem Kihoro

October 31-Nov 2 Myanmar, Taunggyi Church Plant/Joshua Nation Jason Holland/Ken Janke

David’s Health

Let us continue to lift up David as he has a very busy upcoming schedule. Father in the Name of Jesus we speak healing according to 1 Peter 2:24, by “His Stripes” to the illness, symptoms, and sources. Believing that “all is well with him”!

Ester Initiative

Please pray for the completion and “blessed effect” the new book "Mentoring Esthers" will have on women around the world. This is a follow up to Esther manual for practical tips to form groups and draw mentees together.

IC Gathering

Please be in prayer, preparing for our meeting next Wednesday, September 28th!