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MAY 2019

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Light for the Lost provides evangelistic resources for missionaries and missionary partners through five platforms: print, audio, video, internet, and technologies.

LIGHT FOR AN INCREASINGLY REDEEMED AFRICA!

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he following has been said many times about Africa: On any given day, there is more human suffering and spiritual darkness in Africa than anywhere else on earth. But there’s also more revival!

More than 22 million believers worship in African Assemblies of God churches. Africa can be described as an “increasingly redeemed” continent. That’s awesome, and I’m so thrilled Light for the Lost gets to be part of it.

We partner with our missionaries in Africa to see the gospel advanced using five platforms: print, audio, video, internet, and technologies. In this issue of 360 Spotlight, you will see just a few examples of how your prayer and financial support make an impact on the increasingly redeemed continent of Africa. Rick Allen National Director MM/LFTL


OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH AFRICA’S HOPE.

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FTL partners with Africa’s Hope to help resource missionaries, African pastors, and families in the churches with critically-needed evangelistic materials.

Here are two examples. First, we help translate Living the Truth, a seven-year congregational discipleship curriculum,

into 15 languages so it can be used by African believers as they minister in their communities. Also, we partner with Africa’s Hope to establish Print-on-Demand (POD) distribution centers in strategic locations. These amazing print systems enable national churches to locally print evangelistic materials at a lower cost. The first POD center in South Africa was just installed. Another is headed to Cameroon where missionaries Ben and Michelle Dunlap are thrilled about the evangelism potential. “The POD system is perfect for Cameroon,” Ben Dunlap says. “We’ll be able to serve Congo, Gabon, and Equatorial Guinea. We’ll be able to do all the printing ourselves now.”

Living the Truth books help believers learn about evangelism.

The Print-On-Demand system in South Africa.

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Four more countries are expected to set up POD distribution centers within the next six months. Thank you for helping us make such a difference in Africa!


An Idol Worshipper Becomes An Evangelist!

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met Pastor Jean-Baptiste in a place called Bilanga, on the edge of the Saharan Desert in Burkina Faso. His story is powerful, and Light for the Lost now plays a role in his ministry. Years ago, Jean-Baptiste created his own god. He dug a well with his own hands and gave a name to “the god of the well.” He prayed every day to this god to protect him from sickness and evil. But one day, Jean-Baptiste became deathly ill. He lay in his hut with high fever and felt his life slipping away. As he slept Jean-Baptiste heard a name in his mind: Jesus. He woke up. The fever and pain were gone. He was healed! A man stood over Jean-Baptiste, praying in the name of Jesus.

“These tools are helping me learn the words of Jesus to go to every place and preach,” Jean-Baptiste said. “Out here many villages have no knowledge of Jesus. They worship demons. God wants me to go preach in these villages.”

Jean-Baptiste telling us his story. As you read this, Jean-Baptiste is evangelizing in rural villages using tools provided with LFTL funds! Thank you for helping resource people like him. All over Africa, things like this are happening. Yes, Africa faces many serious hardships, but it also boasts the most robust church growth on earth!

Jean-Baptiste and his family. It was an evangelist who had come to share the gospel in the village. Jean-Baptiste was the first person there to believe in Jesus. When I met Jean-Baptiste, he was studying evangelism ministry with materials provided by Light for the Lost funds. I asked how they were helping him.

If you would like to designate a gift this month to Africa, please check the 360 Spotlight “Featured Project” line on the enclosed form. Dan Kersten is Director of Communications and Development for LFTL and MM. He was a ‘missions journalist’ from 2004 to 2018, during which time he wrote and directed LFTL’s Celebrate the Light. Email Dan at dkersten@ag.org or call 417.862.2781 ext. 4174. He would love to hear from you.


FREE STRENGTH THEME MATERIALS AVAILABLE!

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t Men.ag.org are FREE devotional, small group, and sermon materials from the 2019 STRENGTH theme. These resources are perfect for you to use next month on June 16, as we observe National Men’s Day in the Assemblies of God. We highly recommend you go to the site and click the STRENGTH “slider” on the homepage. The inspiration for this year’s STRENGTH theme is Mark 12:30. “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all you soul, and with all your

mind, and with all your strength.” When men live out this scripture, they can go much deeper in their walk with Christ and become priests in their home, their church, and the marketplace. Displaying Godly STRENGTH is essential for all men. No matter their physical abilities, their background, and age. Go ahead and get started downloading your FREE STRENGTH resources and get ready for National Men’s Day on June 16 next month!

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UPCOMING MM/LFTL EVENTS NEAR YOU. Contact your local district office for more info, to confirm event dates and venues, or to register for an event. Go to men.ag.org/events or lftl.ag.org/home#events to see our full calendars.

MEN’S MINISTRIES KANSAS C4 MEN’S CONFERENCE MAY 10 – 11 LOUISIANA MEN’S CAJUN GOLF CUP MAY 13 NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND MEN’S RETREAT MAY 16 – 18

POTOMAC MEN’S MOTORCYCLE RIDE JUNE 29 INDIANA MEN’S MISSIONS TRIP JULY 1 – JULY 4 SOUTHERN IDAHO MEN’S CONVENTION – TWIN FALLS JULY 12 – 13

MIDWEST LATIN MEN’S CAMP 2 MAY 17 – 18

WEST TEXAS FUEL MEN’S CONFERENCE JULY 23 – 24

NORTHERN CAL / NEVADA MEN’S ADVANCE – ELK GROVE MAY 17

WEST FLORIDA MEN’S CONFERENCE AUGUST 22 - 24

NORTHWEST MEN’S CONFERENCE MAY 17 – 18

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OHIO GAMEDAY MEN’S CONFERENCE MAY 31 – JUNE 1 ROCKY MTN. – UTAH MEN’S RETREAT MAY 31 – JUNE 1 NORTHERN CAL / NEVADA – MEN’S MISSIONS TRIP JUNE 17 – 22 SOUTHERN PACIFIC MEN’S CONVENTION JUNE 28 – 29

MISSISSIPPI LFTL SUPERINTENDENT’S CUP MAY 6 OREGON TOUR MAY 6 – 17 NEW JERSEY TOUR MAY 16 – 19 GEORGIA TOUR AUGUST 19 – SEPTEMBER 26

NATIONAL MEN’S DAY IS JUNE 16!


“THIS BROUGHT LIGHT INTO MY DARK WORLD.”

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n 1977, John Karanja was walking through a tea field in Kenya when someone approached him and handed him a Light for the Lost-funded evangelism course titled, “The Great Questions of Life” (GQL). John read it and realized he had no answers to such questions. He sat down in the tea field and committed his life to Christ. John later entered the ministry and led people to Jesus for more than 30 years!

“This brought light into my dark world,” John told us while showing us the copy of GQL he’d received back in 1977. “I found the light of Jesus Christ through this literature.” Someone like YOU gave an offering back in 1977, so that evangelism piece could be printed! Watch the Celebrate the Light video about John’s story at ctl.ag.org. At the bottom of the page, click: “2013 Celebrate the Light – Global University Kenya Video.”

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