The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Isaiah 40:3
From the Office of Chairman Simeon Strauser
In the same manner that the Lord God spoke through the prophet Isaiah for the people of Israel, God is speaking into the Church of today! By His voice, He shall bring comfort to his people (Is. 40:1). To them who are called by His name, charged with the work of the kingdom, He is calling into His harvest (Mt.9:38).
Calling all FG Clergy
In this day, may all the servants of our Lord Jesus, make haste to labor with a heart of zeal. May we heed the call, going therefore and making disciples of all nations in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Mt. 28), teaching that which our Lord Jesus commanded.
This October is a calling together of FG clergy and leadership – a preparing for the season of harvest ahead. Our Lord God is leading in the path ahead as preparation is made for His miracle working power in our midst!
Conference Topics and Breakout Sessions
‘Preaching the Pure Word of God’, ‘Standing for Christ in Challenging Times’, ‘Forging Ahead’, ‘The Post Pandemic Church’, and ‘Educating Leadership For Tomorrow’!
Evening revival services will include ‘Laying on of Hands’ and anointing for FG clergy and PST graduation and student recognitions.
Come believing – you will return filled and renewed in the Spirit.
Pastor Thomas Dowler’s vision for 2021 is that he will continue to carry the banner of the Lord – that all will see who he serves, and be touched as a result. While resident of Columbia, MO., Pastor Dowler leads the Gospel Ridge Church (top left) of St. Robert, MO.
Pastor Dowler states, for the past 24 years, ‘I have driven to this little church from 95 miles away’. He goes on to describe that he has always felt the need to. In speaking of the last 24 years, he says, ‘it has been one of the highlights of my life’, and while the numbers maybe deceptive, because many have come and gone, many ‘have had the chance to hear of this wonderful Jesus we love and serve’. Concerning the ministry throughout 2020, pastor Dowler shares, ‘the pandemic had hampered our gatherings for a time, but we resumed a normal schedule at the church. I believe we have come to appreciate how precious our time together is. I found myself doing a couple of virtual programs with little positive feedback. We really rather prefer the live congregation! Gospel Ridge Church is situated along the major highway of interstate 44 and at one of the gates of the army base of Fort Leonard Wood. We have been privileged to have had some of the soldiers visit over the years. My heart goes out to the fine young people who wear the uniform of this country! We will never really know the effectiveness of the ministry to we stand in the presence of the King’.
Full Gospel Assemblies joins Pastor Thomas Dowler and the Gospel Ridge Church in celebrating the 24 years of ministry unto the Lord Jesus Christ.
Precious greetings in the name our Lord Jesus Christ. Church, in this day, we give honor and glory unto His name, the name above all others. Christ Jesus, speaking of himself unto the disciples in the days leading to his crucifixion, spoke “Behold…….. the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death, And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third dayhe shall rise again”(Mt. 20). Blessed be his holy name! As we prepare with all God’s people the world over to celebrate our risen Savior, let us be reminded of Luke’s recording, wherein the disciples, following the breaking of bread with Christ, confirmed “The Lord is risen indeed”!! Let us offer the high praise of thanksgiving… ‘Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time’ (1Peter 1:3-5 ESV).
How does a Spirit-filled and Spirit-led life looks like? It is a life filled with awe-inspired reverence and obedience to God Most High. It is a life that puts God and His Kingdom first and doesn’t worry about the cares of the world. This kind of life is exemplified by the Taysan Full Gospel Church in Batangas, Philippines.
Everyday the church conducts prayer and worship gatherings in the morning and in the evening. At the moment, these gatherings are being done online because of stringent restrictions by the government regarding mass gatherings. But every time that restrictions are lifted, the church meets face to face in their sanctuary. At this time of pandemic, church attendance all over the world has significantly declined, but not so for Taysan Full Gospel Church. All glory to God! The church continues to grow as each member, young and old, takes evangelism and discipleship to heart.
Each time the church meets face to face, the space where they meet becomes more and more tight because new people are constantly added. Good thing, by God’s grace, Taysan Full Gospel church will soon have a larger and fully functional facility! By way of a gracious donation through Full Gospel Assemblies home office / USA, plans are underway for the purchase of a piece of land and subsequent construction of a new church building as soon as resources are available and restrictions have loosened.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…
The growth of Taysan Full Gospel church happens not just within their local church, but also in different areas as they do outreaches, following in the command of our Lord Jesus. They have an outreach in Tubahan (now Leviste) in Rosario, Batangas. They travel for about an hour by foot because there are no transportations that go to that place. In addition, the way is narrow and steep. Regular evangelism from house to house to share the gospel and disciple new believers is an ongoing work of ministry as this new congregation begins to grow.
Another outreach is in Bulihan, Rosario, Batangas. This outreach started last December 2020 when the Holy Spirit prompted the church to give Christmas Noche Buena packs to the families there, especially to the most needy. Each Christmas pack contained usual food items that Filipinos enjoy during Christmas. But of course, the most important gift that the church gave was the gospel of Jesus Christ. As the church follows the Holy Spirit’s leading in Bulihan, God never ceases to amaze them at how fertile the hearts of the people are. Every time they do Bible studies, they see people’s lives being transformed by Jesus.
At the moment, the church cannot visit Bulihan because of travel restrictions and because of a continued rise of Covid cases. However, this has worked for the greater good, as Manilyn Bolongaita, a young believer in Bulihan took the initiative to lead Bible studies for this new outreach. What she is offering is, whatever she learns from those who disciple her, she teaches to others. This is 2 Timothy 2:2 in action!
Praise God for all His works. Truly, when God is our Master, when God is the one who truly leads and fills us, His name is glorified and our lives are filled with true meaning. May the example of Taysan Full Gospel Church remind us always to give the reverence, obedience, and honor that God alone truly deserves.
Pray for favor for the building of their new facility.
Pray for the disciples in the outreaches to be strong in their faith in God. Pray that they will also be led and filled by the Holy Spirit.
Pray for the church in Taysan to continue to be built up in unity and love.
The Full Gospel Assemblies – Mexico 2021 National Conference was held this past June 17th to 20th. Church leadership and congregants from throughout the country and from the USA joined together at the host church – Divina Gracia in Monterrey City for evangelistic trainings and revival services.
This annual occasion aims to not only gather leadership together, but to build up and encourage new leaders and the church members for God’s mighty kingdom work. The strengthening of ministry relationships proves to be a blessing to all.
After a lengthy season of limited gatherings, it was a joy for all as the conference brought together some 100-150 participants for the activities each day. FGA – USA Spanish Ministries Director Pastor Reginald Licht gave a testimony about the moving power of God. Participants responded to the call of God as guest speaker Pastor Ben Vongsiri preached the Gospel. Only a few minutes into the word, two participants were touched by God, came forward and surrendered their lives to Jesus Christ, declaring Him their Lord and Savior! Praise the Lord!
Yielding to the Spirit of the Lord was found to be the source of refreshment from beginning to end as the many speakers from Mexico and throughout the United States spoke prophetic messages of strength and encouragement over the Church.
All conference attendees were smiling as they shared in a closing celebration with a decorative cake describing the foundational principles of FGA- Mexico: God, His love, His Word, His Spirit, His grace, and fellowship with believers!
In support of the growth of the church fellowship throughout the country, FGA-Mexico will be holding a second conference on November 22-29 in the region of Navojoa Sonora at “Jesus is My Refuge” (Tempo Jesucristo) church.