Getting to Know ‘Shepherd’s Gate Ministry’

Shepherd’s Gate Ministry, a Full Gospel Assemblies partner ministry in Weirton, WV is sharing the name of Jesus wherever the opportunity opens.  Their vision is to bring the gospel to the nations in the most efficient way possible by supporting and equipping indigenous workers and pastors to take the gospel to their own people. Shepherd’s Gate Ministry was founded by Pastor Terry Blake and has been tenaciously serving the Lord Jesus for the past thirty years.

This ministry began following a two-week mission trip to China. Pastor Terry had the opportunity to spend a day with a family of the Bai minority people. He and his companion did their best to share Jesus with this family and two of their friends. Pastor Terry shared that the experience was exhausting, and worse, at the end of the day the only thing they accomplished was to offend one of the friends. He was frustrated and that night Pastor Terry cried to the Lord to show him what went wrong and what was he missing. The Lord showed him that in that particular instance people had believed a lie for so many generations that it has become the truth to them. It was then that he understood that the change he could bring in short-term mission trips was extremely limited.

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Graduate of PST – Maranatha Institute Pastors Congregations in Mangochi, Malawi

Chiyembekezo H. L. Mpakati graduated from PST-Maranatha Institute in Malawi in the fall of 2020.  After graduating from the school, he has shown growth in the knowledge of the Word of God and zeal for church ministry. He now pastors Christ Alive Mission Church in Mangochi, under which are three other churches whose names are Kapako, Namilanza, and Kasabwe. By God’s grace, Pastor Mpakati also oversees these three congregations.

Mangochi is a strong Muslim district in Malawi. According to the 2018 census, 72.6% of those who reside in Mangochi are Muslims. Pastor Mpakati perseveres in pastoring the church, evangelism, and discipleship. He narrates that he has witnessed many things that God is doing among this community.  He reports that many are coming to know Christ through the work of preaching that the church does. Some openly join the church while others opt to join Bible studies secretly.

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