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ADAPTING, IMPROVISING: STRENGTHS WE POSSESS
he COVID-19 pandemic affected everyone—our churches, congregations, districts, and the national office in many dimensions. Our missionaries were affected significantly. However, our ability as a movement to adapt in adverse conditions, adjust, and even improvise has been a source of strength and comfort.
I want to publicly commend our General Superintendent, Doug Clay, the Executive Leadership Team of the U.S. Assemblies of God, and the directorship of our missions departments for providing incredible leadership through this COVID-19 pandemic. They didn’t panic or overreact, but led the way with great spiritual sensitivity and wisdom. Their words and ac-
tions have given so many the needed push to continue in the battle. Our LFTL/Men’s national team along with our district/network LFTL/ Men’s leadership teams have the highest degree of confidence in our leaders in the event of COVID-19 recurrences in future. Churches and missionaries worldwide displayed courage and ingenuity and seized upon opportunities to minister to people and reach them for Christ. In this issue of 360 Spotlight we salute missionaries and churches that innovate and adapt in trying times so that Christ’s gospel can be shared everywhere. Thank you for standing with LFTL and Men’s Ministries! Thank you for giving and praying so this world can hear about Jesus and come to know Him more. Rick Allen National Director Men’s Ministries/LFTL
CELEBRATE THE LIGHT HISTORY OF MISSIONS W
eâ€™ve taken note of many marvelous ways in which churches and missionaries have innovated during COVID-19. But LFTL is no stranger to the need to adapt and improvise. Below are just a few examples. You can see all of these in Celebrate the Light videos at lftl.ag.org. Scan the QR code here to go right to the video library. Enjoy watching these missions videos. Weâ€™re very proud of them.
Missionaries use LFTL funds to share Christ with Iranians and even send thousands of gospel pieces into Iran without having to cross the border into the country.
This video shows how an entire ministry/evangelism training program in Spanish was delivered to 4,000+ pastors on the island of Cuba without having to produce a single printed item.
A woman on the other side of the world about to commit suicide; how an online message of hope in her heart language made the difference.
VIDEOS SHOW LONG INNOVATION FLORIDA
How can people living “off the grid” in poverty, and with very low literacy, study and experience the gospel? One U.S. missionary found a way using LFTL funds.
Thousands of women and girls in Spain are sex slaves. Ministry to these women and girls is extremely restricted, and dangerous. LFTL partners with national workers who have found clever ways to give them a chance at freedom.
Many pastors in Armenia must learn the Russian language in order to study a copy of the Bible they can understand! LFTL and FireBible have a solution to this problem. Watch the video to find out more. None of these incredible stories would be possible without your support of LFTL! Thank you for all you do to enable us to resource missionaries with evangelism tools in unique ways worldwide! Dan Kersten is Director of Communications and Development for LFTL and Men’s Ministries. He was a ‘missions journalist’ from 2004 to 2018. Email Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 417.862.2781 ext. 4174. He would love to hear from you.
THE TWO “SACRED COWS”
bove, on the left, is one of my favorite missions pictures, showing true improvisation so the gospel can be shared. On the right is a reminder of why we must embrace and encourage such improvisation. I call the left photo “The Sacred Cow.” In Southern Africa, missionaries brought “The Jesus Film” to show in a rural village they’d identified as needing a gospel witness.
They had a portable generator to power the projector but no white screen, so they improvised…with a cow. Now look at the other photo. That’s an idol of a sacred cow in India, where all cows are sacred. I’ll never forget watching an elderly woman in southern India as she hung garlands on a white cow, stepped back, folded her hands, bowed towards the cow,
and prayed. In Hindu temples I’ve observed people kneeling before figures of cows to worship. It’s difficult, but not impossible, to bring the gospel to such places. But it takes innovation. As long as there are “Sacred Cows,” we must be willing to resource such endeavors. To our missionaries and national partners, we salute you! People are hearing about Jesus because of your hard work. LFTL will remain at your side, providing funds for evangelism ministry…even if it involves a cow. And a special thank you to every family and church who has continued giving to LFTL during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your sacrifice and faithfulness are inspiring and appreciated. - Dan Kersten, LFTL
NEWS YOU CAN USE ABOUT UPCOMING MEN’S EVENTS
en, you’re probably tired of hearing the phrase “new normal.” We are too, but we also have to accept that many things this year have had to drastically change. Fortunately, a man is uniquely created by God to adapt and change when necessary. Here is some helpful info you can use to adapt to the “new normal” and how it’s affected everyone’s calendars. CHECK THE CALENDAR Check the Men’s Ministries events calendar on the App or at men.ag.org to see if district/network men’s events near you have been cancelled, postponed, or are unaffected by COVID-19.
Thousands of men were not able to attend spring or summer men’s conferences, retreats, or camp events due to COVID-19. Many men’s events are moved to the fall/winter. A NEW EVENT FORMAT? Other events already scheduled for September, and later, had to adjust their dates, or added an online streaming option. For example, the North Carolina BIG MAN Event has been reformatted to take place online on September 12. Men can go to a church in one of six locations in North Carolina to be part of the event. One day, six cities!
GET ON ZOOM I should have bought stock in Zoom! Everyone’s using Zoom now. Numerous districts/networks are hosting frequent Zoom “man talks.” Southern California, South Pacific Hispanic, and Southern Missouri are just a few. These are great times to connect with other men and have a brief men’s devotional. MAKE CONTACT! We encourage you to contact your local Men’s director to get more info about what’s happening near you. You can find his name and contact info at men.ag.org/district-directors, or get on the Men’s Ministries app and click About/Meet Our Team/Men’s Directors Nationwide. Please know that we pray for you and look for ways to resource and serve you. We’d love to hear from you if you need prayer or encouragement. May your fall and winter be filled with great experiences, and many opportunities to share Christ with others. Dr. Jimmy White is director of discipleship for Men’s Ministries. You can email Jimmy at email@example.com or call him at 417.862.2781 ext. 4171
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