Our God is Greater!

2 Chronicles 2:5-6  The house that I am to build will be great, for our God is greater than all gods. 6 But who is able to build him a house, since heaven, even highest heaven, cannot contain him? Who am I to build a house for him, except as a place to make offerings before him?

Our God IS greater than any other.  He is the only true God and worthy of all of our praises.  We are so very blessed that there is no house, church or building that can contain Him, yet He chooses to establish His Temple within us!   Let us proclaim the Name of the Lord and relish the fact that He chooses us to be His workmanship into this world.   As Global Advance, advances the Gospel, trains ministers, raises up Modern Day Esters, and brings rescue and relief to the persecuted church..... let us continue to dig in and push back the darkness, pray for favor, open doors and open hearts around the world.



Invitations are going out soon for the annual Dinner

Jonathan is pursuing a "matching donor" for a year end challenge

Clarity and vision in preparing for 2018


UPCOMING  EVENTS / CONFERENCES                    
Month    Days    Country       City                Type                        Lead
August    5-12    Cuba            Camaguey     Frontline Pastors    Jason Holland
August    8-10    India            Amritsar        Church Planting      James Chacko
August    14-15   Pakistan      Rawalpindi     Frontline Pastors    Daniel Rafique
August    18-20  Panama       Panama City  NextGen                  Bryce Manderfield
August    24-27  Ecuador      Largo Agrio    Frontline Pastors    Steve Lawson
August    30-1     Philippines  Davao City     Esther Initiative      Dorothea Shields


Blessings to you all,

John and Lisa 

Global Advance Prayer Team 



Prayer for Persecuted and Persecutors!

Matthew 5:44

44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.


We must, as intercessors for Global Advance take our prayers to a new level.  As we have seen through info from Alpha Relief, and in these emails from Oliver, persecution is taking on deeper, more often, and more insidious actions.   Feel free to post your prayers on GroupMe but please don't use names or specific locations.   


The email traffic below is between Ken and Oliver Zia in Pakistan.  Ken forwarded this to me this morning so that I could share with you all.





Brother Ken,

Thank you so much for keeping my family and I in your prayers in this time of need.


I went to Lahore to deliver a lecture on minority rights in Ambassador Hotel on 22nd July. THE WEATHER in Lahore was not good as well. I have been followed by the unknowns.


Then my fellows suggested me to remain inside, I wanted to see Pastor Daniel Raffique, and give a copy of Church Planting Manuel but then decided to hand over the copy to one of his branch Church members to deliver to him for the fourth coming Seminar in Rawalpindi in August. 


Thanks Lord for His Divine protection up till now. I believe the same in the future. Bro not I but the leadership in Quetta along with the youth needs your fervent prayers.


Another bad news the car of one of our church Pastors has been burnt completely by some unknown people while it was parked outside of the home. please pray for that family.



Glory to God for His Eternal Kingdom!

Daniel 4:3 How great are his signs, how mighty his wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion endures from generation to generation.


Blessings in the Name of our Lord Yeshua!  We are children of an everlasting Kingdom, let us celebrate the Loving Nature of our God!


Thanks for all you do!

John and Lisa



Prayer Requests:


Pray for planning of the Ambassador Celebration and Annual Dinner:

  • Ambassador Celebration @ Hope Center 10/6 invites will go out this week
  • Annual Dinner Light the Nations – “Dreams of God”, Thursday October 5th.
  • Pray for table hosts for Annual Dinner and guests new to GA


Jonathan & Ken making contacts for fundraising in Charlotte, NY & Pennsylvania trip (August?) – pray for the right contacts and appointments


Father we ask for Your Comfort, The Comforter in the Holy Spirit to stand fast with these who have had loved ones pass into Your care.

  • Pray for the Abujade family – long time partners; daughter passed away. Dr. Shibley’s heart is heavy preparing for the Aboujaoude daughter’s funeral.
  • Lorne Liechty’s mother-in-law passed away Sunday
  • Prayers for India – Pastor friend was shot/killed last week.  He has one of the largest churches in the area (Ludhiana).


Days With David attendees – If you know of any young ministry minded folks that would like to attend July 22-23?  Let Margi know if you need more details (it’s free, it will be here at Global Advance, and Saturday lunch is complimentary)


Dr. Shibley – Lake Shore Church is helping with an update for his book “Now that you are His”.   Pray for connection and resources to complete this work.


Prayer for our database . . . Amy, Whitney, Benj and Vivek are working on much needed clean up.


Ester Initiative:

Whitney shared that her “Esther” in Peru (attended as translator for recent Ester Initiative event) is under heavy persecution in the Mountains of Peru.


Upcoming Events/Conferences:

  • Ester Initiative Brazil, July 28-29, Teams leave this Sunday
  • Frontline Pastors – Igniter: Islamabad Pakistan, July 21-22 lead by Oliver Zia




He IS our Fortress

As we have been praying, interceding, doing what many call battle in the heavenlies..... let us take heart, not grow weary or wonder where the source of our strength comes from.   These seemingly unrelenting attacks are clear evidence that the places that God has established Global Advance to enter in to are areas of the greatest need.  Not just immediate need, but long term Kingdom advancement.   In the midst of ongoing conflict we also need to remember that we have a place of rest and reassurance.    We can rest in Him, our Mighty Fortress!

All of Psalms 46 (one of our favorite Psalms by the way!) is a testament to His protection and covering of us.   Let us walk, talk, believe, and live accordingly.  Here are a few of our favorite 46's to share this week.

God is our refuge and strength,  a very present help in trouble. 
2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,  though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam,  though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah

6 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

10 “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;  the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

At the writing of this update, all the teams traveling are enroute to their final destination.  Let's continue in vigiliance....

UPCOMING  EVENTS / CONFERENCES                    
Month    Days    Country    City                        Type                                  Lead
June      21-24    Vietnam    Ho Chi Min City    Frontline Pastors/MMC    Jonathan Shibley
June      22-24    Peru    Lima                           Esther Initiative                Whitney Daugherty

Additional Prayer Points:

  • Pray that our friend Noshee in Pakistan would be hidden from those seeking to silence her proclamation of the gospel.                     
  • GA Staff and IC Team and Ambassador's Health


John and Lisa




To Him.... All Honor, Glory, Power

Hello All Our Wonderful Friends,

You guys are so amazing to walk alongside and work with Global Advance.  As you operate in the spirit through your prayers, you initiate the bringing of Heaven to earth.   Every prayer uttered does not go unnoticed by our Mighty Heavenly Father!


I’m sitting her listening to Pandora and Revelation song just came on.  I have to pause and ask you to join me as you read this, wherever you are, and lift high His Holy Name.  Revelation 5:13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”


I hope that you are now in a worshipful place of prayer… In this place let us come before the throne and seek His presence and His desires.    


Jonathan sent this to me today…..

  • Pray for Benj and I tomorrow (Wednesday) and Thursday we go to Colorado.  Tomorrow night  (Wednesday) we have a dinner presentation with supporters.   
  • Thursday we have an important meeting with World Challenge.
  • Friday night Dad and I have dinner with GA's  largest contributor.  He's been having some personal battles and it's an attack on his purpose.  Pray we minister grace to him.  Also pray we will have the opportunity to make an ask for his continued help.  This could be a huge swing if he says yes.  God is our provider!


Father God, Great and Mighty, we adore You!  We seek You and Your provision for Global Advance.  We pray that in each of these meetings that You El Elyon will be glorified and honored.    You know every need; physical, spiritual, and emotional that is on our hearts.  As we beseech You, hear our prayers not for ourselves or agendas but for Your Vision, the one that is cast and anchored within Global Advance.    Every need we attempt to fulfill can only be done with Your Hand firmly guiding and providing.  We thank You ahead of time for what You are going to do. In the Precious and Powerful Name of our Saviour Yeshua!


Additional Prayer Requests this week:  Please pray for wisdom, creativity, and attention to details.

  • Vivek and Amy are working on upcoming trips and annual dinner plans.
  • Shirley is wrapping up from audit and working on receipting changes.
  • Gareth is cleaning up our Database after Alpha Relief merge (coding, flags, etc.).
  • Please review the upcoming trips listed in our last post

In the Forefront..... He is our Front Runner

Deuteronomy 31:8 It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.

He is not just with us, He goes before us.  We shall not be in fear for our Lord is THE Lord, God of all creation.  Heaven and earth resound His Name.  We shall go where He calls!

Just a quick update for this week....    Please remember the following.....

Dr. Shibley and the team is in India May 16-18.  I just received this from Naomi, "Hi John,  I heard from David.  The India team is together in J.  and they begin Tuesday (or this evening our time). All is well. Thanks for praying."    Father we know that You're with our team, because they are YOUR team.  We speak health, vitality, anointing, penetration of darkness, restoration of those that have fallen or are falling.... all for Your Kingdom and to Your Glory.  May the very lifeblood that flows through our team's veins, the authority of Christ be evident wherever they go.  May there be new openings in this region of China for the Gospel!


John and Lisa


Upcoming Trips/Events:

May     16-18         India, Jaipur           Frontline Pastors        David Shibley

May     25-26        India, Gurdaspur   Church Planting          James Chacko

May      26-27       Kenya, Ndeiya        Church Planting          Shem Kihoro

May     31-6          China, Chengdu      Church Planting          Jason Holland








Great and Worthy to be Praised!

Psalms 34:1-3

I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad. 3 Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!

As we join together to glorify His Name, we bring alms into the Holy of Holies.  Our voices, even our spirits cry out for the joy of the Lord.   May you be blessed as you bless those in and with Global Advance through prayers and encouragement!

Father in the Name of Yeshua.... hear our prayers. Bring forth Your loving hand in each and every situation that is being faced world-wide.  From Rockwall to Rwanda, we need Your Presence, Guidance, Peace.

Prayer Points:

The GA Board of Directors meets tomorrow (Thursday) at 9:30 am.  Please pray for wisdom, unity, and specific vision in critical areas of operations. 

We are planning our quarterly IC Gathering.  It is set for Wednesday evening, May 31st at 6:30pm at the Global Advance office.    Please RSVP you attendance, attendance by phone, or unable to attend.   You can RSVP via GroupMe or text John @ 903.456.3409.   


John and Lisa

Upcoming Trips/Events:

Month   Days       Country City           Type                                   Lead

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

May     16-18         India, Jaipur           Frontline Pastors        David Shibley

May   31-June6  China, Chengdu     Church Planting          Jason Holland



He Speaks and everything changes...

When we hear the voice of the Father it brings us into that intimate closeness that every person desperately desires.   A place of quiet, contentment beyond what the world understands, but we know it to be a sweet, sweet place.

2 Samuel 22:7 “In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I called. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry came to his ears.

Blessings and Thanks to you all for your continuing prayers on behalf of Global Advance,

John and Lisa


Prayer Requests:

Please pray for the Ministry Informational Event (MIE) this Friday in Mt. Pleasant.

Several Global Advance partners and their families are experiencing “attacks” in various ways – please lift them up in prayer, ask for encouragement, steadfastness, and reassurance in THE only One that can help them endure their trials.

In response, Jonathan provided the devotional at GA staff meeting today entitled “Being Gritty in God”; the theme was basically turning to HIS word when things are tough and we are under attack.  His Scripture references are below for your review and prayers:

Strength is a byproduct of joy and grace from The Lord
So much brokenness and pain… 

Psalm 119:28 My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.

Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble 

Psalm 22:19 But you O Lord, do not be far from me.  You are my strength; come quickly to help me.

Psalm 28:7-8  The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him and Hehelps me.  My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him. 

Eph 6:10  Finally be strong in The Lord and His mighty power.

Isa 40:31 But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.  

Mark 12:30  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength 

2 Cor 12:9-10  My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.   

Strength For….The Day!  
Habakkuk 3:19  The Sovereign Lord is my strength; Hemakes my feet like the feet of a deer, Heenables me to tread on the heights.

The Task!  
1 Chron 28:20  David also said to Solomon, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work.  Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you.  He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.” 

The Hurting: 
Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength; an ever-present help in trouble.  

The Afraid:
Daniel 10:19 Do not be afraid, you who are highly esteemed.  Peace!  Be strong now; be strong.

The Weary: 
Isa 40:29  He gives strength to the weary and increased the power of the weak.

For the Confused:
Josh 1:9   Be strong and courageous.  DO not be afraid; do not be discouraged, (dismayed), for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

For our Witness:
Eph 3:16 I pray that out of His glorious riches Hemay strengthen you with power through His spirit in your inner being

Upcoming Trips/Events:

Month   Days      Country, City                Type                                Lead

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       5-6        Entrusted Conf. at Trinity Church                       Dr. Shibley

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



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.



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:


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


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


DATE               LOCATION                    TEAM LEAD                                LOCAL HOST

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



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.



•      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).



•   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!!!!



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

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



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    



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    



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!



•       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



·      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.


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!



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:


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!


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