March 2018 LFTL Spotlight

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Light! t’s time to Celebrate the me to share Thank you for allowing ition of a bit about our four th ed ). Our latest Celebrate the Light (CTL

e believe 2018 is going to an amazing year for LFTL, and YOU are a major reason. Thank you for your prayerful commitment and financial gifts as we share Christ in our l world. One of the foundationa e brat Cele resources we use is the Light (CTL). CTL is our multimedia resource for pastors r and churches to share with thei had congregation. If you haven’t the chance to watch any of our ctl. CTL videos, please go to www. ring sha are we This year first three victorious stories. Our gee refu the stor y comes from situation in a sensitive area of the world. Our missionaries are using LFTL funded resources g to assist people who are fleein for g chin sear d, elan their hom a new home, and trying to find nd peace in their lives. Our seco stor y comes from one of the the largest populated countries in


t world. This stor y brings to ligh s the power of reaching hundred an ing mak and of thousands ld. everlasting impact in the wor g brin will y stor We believe this how der won who y man to e hop s the gospel is changing people’ es com y stor nal fi our And hearts. y stor is Th es. from the United Stat and rch, chu l loca the to is directed er how it can reestablish the pow ns. atio greg con its in lism of evange This stor y is a testament to the , power of God to restore, save heal, and bring hope. Recently, one pastor shared CTL in his Sunday morning service in rural West Texas. n to Here’s his testimony as give r, ecto Dir L LFT as Tex t our Wes Billy Snider: “Hello Billy. Wanted to share some exciting news with you. We had a Celebrate the Light service

download on CTL is available for free CTL is powerful, our website. This year ’s hear tbeat of moving, and shares the TL . evangelism through LF continued on page 2

o last Sunday. Presented the intr te ebra "Cel the and n from Rick Alle os. the Light full presentation" vide 00 Since then, we've had over $5,0 L LFT for in e com gs erin off in and an additional $2,300 in pledges! PTL!” Friends, join the growing number of churches using CTL the to present the need to reach our lost for Christ. Please contact nal itio add any d nee office If you e information or resources. Onc g win allo for you again, thank of Light for the Lost to be one from ves iati your missions init your home or business. We t to appreciate your commitmen ends the to pel gos the ing further of the world.

RICK ALLEN National Director MM/LFTL

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1 AG WORLD MISSIONS Refugees are leaving the difficult countries in the Middle East. They desperately wish to find a new home and a new hope. It is to this region of

resources they will have the ability to read, listen, and watch how Jesus can be Lord of their life, home, and future. In this edition of Celebrate the Light, you will accompany these amazing missionaries as they provide people with hope and engage in one-on-one explanations of salvation through Jesus Christ. Please continue to pray for those these missionaries come into contact with. Pray that they have open hearts to receive the Word. Also, pray for our missionaries as they place themselves in danger to share the love of Christ.

2 pain and fear that we are sending LFTL resources to share in the opportunity for the untold thousands to find Christ. Missionaries are meeting

and befriending Iranian tourists and students and giving gifts of Bibles and evangelism materials. We know that the true source of hope can only be found through Christ, and through LFTL


Our second story begins in India with the dire need of connecting new believers to an increasing need of trained pastors equipped to share the gospel and raise up strong Christians to overcome the spiritual darkness that surrounds them daily. The India Assemblies of God is in the middle of the most aggressive church planting campaign in modern missions history—25,000 new churches by 2020. Light for the Lost and Global University have made this a mission that matters and are partnering with the Indian churches to train those who are pastoring the new churches and discipling the new believers, through the India College of Ministry (ICOM). We must raise up and train at least 30,000

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individuals to lead the ever expanding demand of church growth in India. Through this strategic mission, we will be able to

prepare trained pastors and leaders to launch the most amazing church planting system. However, it will not happen if we cannot train and equip these fellow believers. In this edition of Celebrate the Light, you will see how ICOM is making it possible to train 30,000 Christian workers who will make reaching the church planting goal possible.

plateaued or declining churches to become the beacon of light they were in their past. In 2012, Bethel Assembly of God in Rapid City, South Dakota, had plateaued. Pastors Gerad and Melanie Strong brought their ministry team to the Acts 2 Journey, and the resulting transformation has been incredible. In this edition of Celebrate the Light, you will see the retelling of Bethel

Assembly's marvelous journey of health and growth, and learn about the potential for our Fellowship through Light for the Lost’s partnership with Acts 2 Journey. LFTL understands that if leaders and churches are not evangelistic in their values and vision, the church is doomed for decay and even closure.

3 ACTS 2 JOURNEY ™ Our last story shows how LFTL is equipping church leaders in the United States to reach their cities regardless of size. More than 8,400 U.S. Assemblies of God churches are either in decline or have plateaued. The Acts 2 Journey is helping hundreds of these churches get back on the Acts chapter 2 model of growth and health again. The Acts 2 Journey assists

"I am grateful for the investment LFTL is making in the Acts 2 Journey to assist churches around the world in fulfilling the promise given in Matthew 16:18. Together, we are building the church!" Alton Garrison Assistant Superintendent

Light for the Lost Spotlight is the official voice of Light for the Lost, the missions focus of the Assemblies of God. National Light for the Lost Director: Rick Allen; LFTL Advisory Committee; Designer: Josh Thomassen. LFTL may be reached at 1445 N. Boonville Avenue, Springfield, MO 65802. Please feel free to visit our website: or send us an email at: If you are a missionary or missions partner that utilizes Light for the Lost funds and would like to send us your story, please email us at Copyright © 2018 by Gospel Publishing House, 1445 N. Boonville Ave., Springfield, MO 65802