July 2020 360 Spotlight

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JULY 2020


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y wife, Bev, and I served as U.S. missionaries for 13 years. During those years, we saw the abundant evidence of how desperate Americans are for spiritual redemption and how eager they are for spiritual relationships. It was our privilege and great joy to partner with local churches through Assemblies of God U.S.

Missions to help connect thousands of Americans to the gospel of Jesus Christ. But sadly, far too many Americans still look to the wrong places to fulfill the cry of their souls. Light for the Lost always assisted us and other U.S. missionaries with funds for evangelism resources. Now that I am the Nation-

al Light for the Lost Director, it’s my privilege to continue that partnership. This issue of 360 Spotlight is about America. Our nation is emerging from a cataclysmic storm (COVID-19), and our people once again eagerly seek hope and answers in the spiritual realm. Light for the Lost stands ready to help point them to Christ and His gospel. Will you come alongside us today? Will you stand and raise your voice to God for America? Please set aside some time this month to pray for America, our schools, our families, and our leaders. America needs a powerful touch from God. America needs a spiritual awakening! Rick Allen National Director Men’s Ministries/LFTL


is gravelly voice trembled with fierce defiance, anger, and determination. I’ll never forget those words and what they spoke to me about America, my homeland. While filming the 2015 Celebrate the Light video on U.S. Missions with videographer Nate Sims in the Ocala National Forest in Florida, I encountered a troubled man named John.

LFTL funds provide children’s Bibles for Rainbow camps in Florida. Christianity, the church, the Bible, and Christians. There was venom in his voice. John had clearly been hurt by the church in the past, and he spoke angrily through his pain. He did believe in heaven but was adamant he could get there without Christ.

We met John in a camp of Rainbows, or “American gypsies,” and we asked him if we could talk to him about his spiritual beliefs, and his thoughts on the Bible.

John quoted Scripture with confidence like a Bible Quiz champion. He knew church history, apologetics and hermeneutics. The pages of his King James were heavily notated, highlighted and underlined. Christ’s own words, John claimed, validated his immoral lifestyle and beliefs.

John eagerly consented. Once the camera began recording, John launched into an expletive-laced treatise on

At one point, John quoted from the Ten Commandments. “Have no other gods before me,” he bellowed. “God admits

This is John, a Rainbow (or “American gypsy”) living in Central Florida.

USTRATE AMERICA’S then and there that there’s other gods!”

in the homeland. Not by a longshot.

John’s view on Jesus? “He is a good way to get to heaven, but not the only way.”

But there’s good news! Light for the Lost works with U.S. missionaries, to reach Americans like John. In fact, in the “Florida” CTL video you’ll see how a U.S. missionary named David Houck uses LFTL funds to minister in Rainbow camps.

I’ll never forget as he looked me in the eye and said, “I’m a nasty (expletive), I’ll admit it. But my shoulders are broad enough to carry my pack across the Golden Gates without His help. And I will do it!” Much of John’s comments, and those of several other people in the Rainbow camp, are in the “Florida” Celebrate the Light video at lftl.ag.org/Celebrate-the-Light/Video-Library.

“BUT MY SHOULDERS ARE BROAD ENOUGH TO CARRY MY PACK ACROSS THE GOLDEN GATES WITHOUT HIS HELP. AND I WILL DO IT!” I think often about John. He was just one man, but there are millions of Americans like him—looking for heaven but having no idea (or the wrong idea) of how to get there. John’s story is a sobering reminder that America desperately needs to be reached for Christ. Our work is not done

Please pray, and please give what you can, to help us present the gospel to Americans in a way they can understand. 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 dkersten@ag.org or call 417.862.2781 ext. 4174. He would love to hear from you.

Scan this code with your mobile device to see the 2015 Celebrate the Light video, “Florida.”


tudents in American colleges and universities are coming to Christ through the partnership of Chi Alpha, U.S. Missions and LFTL.

Chi Alpha reaches more than 22,000 students in 304 institutions across America.

British KU student Christian is baptized this year by Tanner, a KU Chi Alpha worker. Zach and Hannah Bowling are Chi Alpha missionaries on the University of Kansas (KU) campus, and they utilize LFTL funds to purchase FireBibles for students—many who come from overseas. “We really value LFTL,” Hannah says. “Having LFTL funds really helps us to purchase

U.S Missionaries Zach and Hannah Bowling, center, with Chi Alpha members at University of Kansas.

Monica, a KU student from Korea received a FireBible thanks to LFTL funds. [evangelism tools] now, and reach students now, instead of waiting to buy them over time.” Christian is a student from England who came to KU Chi Alpha meetings and received a FireBible from the Bowlings. Just four months ago, Christian gave his heart to Christ and was baptized shortly before returning to England! International students at scores of other institutions also receive FireBibles from Chi Alpha personnel. “We are so proud of the Bowlings and the effective ministry impacting the campus… through Chi Alpha,” says Darin Stroud, Ministries Director for the Assemblies of God of Kansas. “The partnership between the Assemblies of God Kansas and LFTL to be able to purchase and provide FireBibles to so many KU students is phenomenal. Thank you LFTL—they couldn’t do it without you!”



he COVID-19 pandemic caused thousands of churches to temporarily close their doors.

While many have reopened under certain restrictions, a large number wait for normal activities to resume. Pastor, during this time you should ask yourself two very important questions (if you haven’t already): How will I relaunch this church? Who will help me execute the plan to relaunch? In 30 years as a pastor, I often found that my men were the key to such questions. In a crisis, everyone helps. But MEN have unique strengths and qualities that you need. Your men will help you execute your plan to relaunch the church. But have you been investing in your men? Many pastors have not. Sadly, only about 10% of our churches have any kind of ministry to men!


and support you as you work to reopen (relaunch) the church? Men’s Ministries has created two FREE resources for pastors and men’s leaders. The first is LAUNCH: Starting a Men’s Ministry, nine steps to start a thriving local men’s ministry. Next is LEAD: Building Your Team, nine steps to cultivate your men to support you and minister effectively in the church. You can find LAUNCH and LEAD at men.ag.org, on the Men’s Ministries App, or by scanning this QR code with your mobile device. Whether you’re about to reopen, or already have, you need your men engaged with your plans. Ministering to them and creating brotherhood and fellowship amongst them will be a huge key to the success of your plan. Download and study LAUNCH and LEAD. You’ll be very glad you did! Dr. Jimmy White is director of discipleship for Men’s Ministries. You can email Jimmy at jdwhite@ag.org or call him at 417.862.2781 ext. 4171

If you’re not ministering to your men, how can you expect them to minister to

Access LAUNCH and LEAD at men.ag.org/discipleship/start or the Men’s Ministries App.


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