Carnaval Prayer Strikes in Bolivia

Crown of Bolivian intercessors

By Dan Fick

Carnaval Took Over Tried to Take Over Latin America

All across the con­ti­nent, peo­ple were begin­ning to cel­e­brate Carnaval, bet­ter known in the States as Mardi Gras. It’s a Catholic fes­ti­val with pagan roots, and in Sucre, is a time for drunk­en­ness, vio­lence, sex­u­al immoral­i­ty and idol­a­try.

Oftentimes, drunk par­ents will parade around town with their bewil­dered chil­dren in tow. Sucre’s Christian com­mu­ni­ty usu­al­ly takes advan­tage of the extra-long week­end to go out of town on a spe­cial retreat. But this year, God led us in a dif­fer­ent direc­tion.

Line of people praying over city
Rather than turn­ing tail and run­ning while the city went wild, we orga­nized inter­ces­so­ry prayer strikes.

Prayer Strikes

On Wednesday night, around 50 peo­ple gath­ered at church for a night of prayer and wor­ship. God’s pres­ence was pal­pa­ble. Then on Saturday morn­ing, near­ly 40 peo­ple from church came togeth­er to pray at a plaza that over­looks the city.

Sunday morn­ing, we had our usu­al Celebration Service, where I preached about being a church full of mis­sion­ar­ies. I chal­lenged every­one to be “salt and light” (Matt 5:13–16) for Jesus in Sucre. Monday and Tuesday, we had two more prayer strikes in strate­gic loca­tions.

A Long Time In Coming

Fifteen years ago when I was fresh out of Bible School, God gave me a vision and strate­gies to mobi­lize the Local Church in Bolivia to impact the com­mu­ni­ty specif­i­cal­ly through dis­ci­ple­ship, wor­ship, prayer and evan­ge­lism. Fast-for­ward to the present, I’m amazed at the plat­form God has given us. Now, we tru­ly are mobi­liz­ing the local church to impact the com­mu­ni­ty. I can’t begin to describe the deep sense of sat­is­fac­tion and won­der that floods my heart!


Dan moved to Sucre, Bolivia, in 2003 to work as a youth pas­tor and wor­ship lead­er of Piedra Viva Church. There he met Aylín and they mar­ried in 2007. In April 2011, Dan and Aylín assumed the role of lead pas­tors of the church, over­see­ing a vibrant, grow­ing body of believ­ers. Their heart is to see peo­ple touched with the life-trans­form­ing pow­er of God’s Truth and to raise up a church to reach every sphere of soci­ety for Christ.

Explore Missions the First Weekend in April

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Wanting fresh inspiration to live out the Great Commission? Feeling called to missions, but don’t know where to start?

Join us for Explore Weekend at World Indigenous Missions to catch a glimpse of what it means to live and min­is­ter cross-cul­tur­al­ly. You will dis­cov­er the vision and core val­ues that have inspired WIM mis­sion­ar­ies for over 35 years and learn how WIM can assist you in real­iz­ing God’s vision for your life.

Date

April 1–2, 2016

Friday, April 1, at 5:30 PM through Saturday, April 2, at 8 PM.

Registration

Space is lim­it­ed, so reg­is­ter now! Childcare is not pro­vid­ed. Questions? Feel free to con­tact us!

I’m from out of town and need lodg­ing

Cost (lodg­ing includ­ed): $60 per individual/ $100  per cou­ple

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Cost: No charge, but reg­is­tra­tion is required

 

Location

Long-Term Fruit in the Dominican Republic

man speaking to congregation

By Bill Otten

men preaching
Bill and Jerry

In 1989, I began part­ner­ing with WIM Missionaries Jerry and Miok Morris in the Dominican Republic. They were church planters there for eight years. To assist in their work, they led teams of youth and adults on short-term mis­sion trips to do street cam­paigns com­plete with music, dra­mas, pup­pets and preach­ing.

Over the course of 26 years, Jerry and I have teamed up to con­duct train­ing sem­i­nars and lead­er­ship con­fer­ences in Mexico, Venezuela, and most recent­ly, the house church net­works of China. Our rela­tion­ship has been a long and fruit­ful part­ner­ship of an evan­ge­list and an apos­tle.

When I orga­nized a return trip to the Dominican Republic recent­ly, Jerry was thrilled at the prospect of return­ing to the field of his labors. Twenty years had passed since we last worked togeth­er there.

man playing guitar and singing
Jerry lead­ing wor­ship

During the trip, Jerry was great­ly hon­ored by gifts and awards of appre­ci­a­tion from the church­es as a “father in the faith” for all his church plant­i­ng and dis­ci­ple­ship work. Some of his dis­ci­ples are now pas­tor­ing large church­es or pros­per­ing in busi­ness. One of the young peo­ple from Jerry’s youth min­istry is now pas­tor­ing a church of 2,500 with sev­er­al more church­es plant­ed. The believ­ers poured out their grat­i­tude for the work that was accom­plished so many years ago. Many tes­ti­fied to us how their lives were changed in those days. During the trip, per­haps as many as 75 prayed to receive the bap­tism with the Holy Spirit.

Today, the small towns are now large cities, the dirt roads where out­door cam­paigns were con­duct­ed are now paved and the small works are now church­es of thou­sands! The gospel seed has done its work; to God be the glo­ry!


Bill Otten is the founder of Lifeline International, a min­istry that has touched over 50 nations pro­vid­ing min­istry, equip­ment, lit­er­a­ture, finances and oth­er forms of prac­ti­cal help to church­es and min­istries around the world.

Passing the Torch: Kids in Missions

Man telling Bible stories to crowd of captivated children

By Ron Mouser

Boy holding Bible lesson
Nine-year-old Bible teacher

Am I going to have to wait until I’m an old man to teach peo­ple about the Lord?” our nine-year old son blurt­ed out in frus­tra­tion. Earlier, Caleb had over­heard my wife and me dis­cussing who would run her week­ly Bible class in the vil­lage dur­ing her absence… and he felt like it should be him. After all, I had just prayed with him the night before about God using him to min­is­ter to oth­ers. This was his oppor­tu­ni­ty.

But there are about 30 kids in the class. Many of them are around your age or old­er. I don’t know if they will lis­ten to you. And mom­my and dad­dy won’t be there to help you,” Ivonne insist­ed.

My lit­tle boy’s eyes looked watery as I leaned over and hugged him.

Prepare your lesson and pray,” I whis­pered in his ear. “If it’s the right time, God will open the door.” So Caleb pre­pared a kids’ Bible class com­plete with songs, top­ic-relat­ed games and col­or­ing pages. We rehearsed the Bible sto­ry and its appli­ca­tion on our way out to the vil­lage. And then it hap­pened. Nobody else was pre­pared to take the group, so I assigned a few ladies to assist my nine-year old son as he taught his first one-hour Bible class.

At the end of the study, he was ecsta­t­ic and I was amazed at how once again God had tak­en a bad sit­u­a­tion and brought some­thing beau­ti­ful out of it.


Ron and his fam­i­ly are full time mis­sion­ar­ies with World Indigenous Missions in Chiapas, Mexico. This sto­ry was orig­i­nal­ly pub­lished in his e-newslet­ter. Click here to sub­scribe.

Watch the New Missions Documentary Now

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We are very excit­ed to announce the release of our new mis­sions doc­u­men­tary, Committed to His Harvest. We worked very hard with Creative Impact Ministries (they did most of the work), and we couldn’t be more pleased with the result. Our goal is that peo­ple every­where, nor­mal peo­ple, would real­ize that God is call­ing them to the Great Commission.

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Why are we excited about missions?

When the Great Commission is ful­filled, God will received the praise He deserves. Psalm 145 comes to mind. Verses 3 through 7 say:

Great is the Lord and most wor­thy of praise;
his great­ness no one can fath­om.
One gen­er­a­tion com­mends your works to anoth­er;
they tell of your mighty acts.
They speak of the glo­ri­ous splen­dor of your majesty
and I will med­i­tate on your won­der­ful works.

They tell of the pow­er of your awe­some works
and I will pro­claim your great deeds.

They cel­e­brate your abun­dant good­ness
and joy­ful­ly sing of your right­eous­ness.

Amen. May it be so. He is wor­thy of it all.