JUNE 2023 NEWSLETTER

When God is moving, witnessing Him at work is such a joyous and priceless gift.  Dr. Steve and I just returned from Zimbabwe with our hearts and minds full of gratitude and uncontainable excitement. In just two short weeks, we witnessed miraculous physical healing, hundreds giving their lives to Christ, and thousands of Christian leaders from around the globe worshiping and praying together for the Holy Spirit’s divine movement.  We  experienced divine appointments and gratefully stepped through open doors to incredible ministry opportunities.  Dr. Steve and I were so blessed by the overwhelming hospitality of Celebration Churches International including Pastors Tom and Bonnie Deuschle, their gifted pastors and leadership teams, and the powerful conference they hosted.  It was against the backdrop of their generous hospitality that each miracle took place. 
    

The first miracle was for Anna, a physician’s assistant who has committed her life to Jesus and helping the sick. She fell ill, and within a few short days, doctors advised her family that there was nothing else they could do except to prepare for her passing. Anna’s miracle stretched across continents – a woman dying in Arizona receiving the healing prayers of pastors from across Africa interceding together in a prayer room in Harare, Zimbabwe. The very next day, Anna was walking and, shortly after, discharged from the hospital after doctors declared her healing a “medical mystery.” Having received God’s healing, she is declaring it to the medical community and anyone else who will listen!  Watch the short clip of intercessory prayer for Anna.
      

The next divine appointment began with a tap on the shoulder and an invite to teach Lemba pastors at Yeshua College.  Dr. Steve had been trying to make this connection for two years! The Lemba are of Jewish origin.  Their DNA has been tested, and the Lemba are found to be of the Kohanim, of the priestly tribe of Levi. For thousands of years, the Lemba have maintained their Jewish religious practices. The nation of Israel recognizes the purity of their Kohanim lineage and has recruited members of the Lemba to be trained in performing the priestly Temple duties in preparation for the building of the Third Temple.  The privilege of providing training to Lemba pastors, playing even a small part in equipping them to fulfill their crucial prophetic roles, was overwhelming.  Even more exciting is that we are now in dialogue about how to provide additional biblical training for the pastors in training at Yeshua College!  Watch a short clip of Dr. Steve’s seminar at Yeshua College.

We have been sharing about the revival sweeping Africa, South America, China, India, and the Middle East. Fifty thousand people are coming to Jesus EVERY DAY!  The numbers are simply staggering!  We met Bishop Dag Heward-Mills, a man God is using in mighty ways to preach the Gospel across Africa.  We were there as he gave a salvation invitation, and hundreds of young people responded in faith to give their lives to Jesus.  We invite you to watch a short clip from the ministry of Bishop Dag that powerfully illustrates how the Holy Spirit is moving mightily in Africa to bring people to Himself.       

With this many people coming to faith daily, we are urgently reminded that only 5% of pastors globally have the biblical training they need to be fully equipped  for every good work, and most importantly, training to rightly handle the Word of Truth in an increasingly deceptive world.  We need your financial support to meet the urgent need – please prayerfully consider helping to equip pastors and Christian leaders who will serve the thousands coming to Christ every day.  Click here to partner with us in this crucial ministry at this pivotal time in history.   

This brings us to the third divine appointment and second tap on the shoulder.  It was from a man we have been reaching out to unsuccessfully for well over a year.  We had no idea he would be at the same conference in Zimbabwe, let alone the same dinner.  Pastor Getahun tapped on Dr. Steve’s shoulder and said, “My spirit leapt within me when you were introduced, and I know I am supposed to work with you!”.  Pastor Getahun oversees over six hundred churches in Ethiopia and understands how crucial it is to train pastors and leaders.  He oversees a Bible college, and we are in prayerful dialogue regarding ways the Fully Equipped Bible Institute can help meet the needs of equipping pastors and Christian leaders in Ethiopia. We invite you to pray with us for wisdom as we map the path forward together.  In the meantime, please watch a short clip from Pastor Getahun to understand the profound impact his ministry has on the nation of Ethiopia.  Please remember to pray for him, his family, and his nation.

Bishop Dag's Healing Jesus Campaign

Pastor Getahun from Ethiopia

 We were privileged to teach seminars at Celebration College, an outreach of Celebration Churches International in Harare, Zimbabwe. Dr. Steve’s seminar offered an introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics, the study of the general principles of biblical interpretation, which are essential to a proper understanding of Scripture that provides the basis of sound biblical theology.  Dr. Vickie’s seminar highlighted the high priority God places on godly character.  She illustrated the importance of “being” in Christ” before “doing for Christ”,  intentionally building godly character, putting practical safeguards in place to protect integrity, and implementing crucial spiritual disciplines that are integral to the spiritual life of an effective leader.     

Our interactions with Celebration College were very positive. We are in ongoing dialogue about the most effective ways to work together in equipping pastors and Christian leaders across Africa and beyond.  Please join us in prayer for wisdom regarding next steps and the Lord’s favor over each of the students and leadership team at Celebration College!

WHAT'S NEXT?

 After such a fruitful time of ministry and connections in Zimbabwe, we are responding to the needs shared with us and are moving forward quickly.  Our U.S. accreditation process is underway, and further curriculum development has taken a top priority to meet the urgent needs of fully equipping our brothers and sisters for every good work in God’s service.    

Our summer courses start in August and include Homiletics  and Spiritual Leadership courses.  More information about these courses and enrollment will soon. The Homiletics course is appropriate for pastors, while the Spiritual Leadership course is appropriate for all believers.  Remember, the goal is that the man (and woman) of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work!   

Thank you for being passionate about God’s Word and His people!  This is an exciting time in history, as we witness this mighty move of God and join in His work to equip those He calls.  May our Lord bless and keep you, make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you and those in your care!

Serving together 

 

Dr. Victoria Isaac, President

The Fully Equipped Bible Institute

Equipping and training selfless, godly leaders is considered the greatest need of the global church by the World Evangelical Alliance. The Fully Equipped Bible Institute is responding to this urgent need by providing formal biblical education for pastors and Christian leaders serving in difficult and dangerous places.  Tuition costs are intentionally kept quite low to prevent finances from becoming an obstacle to biblical education, which leaves a substantial funding gap. We need your help to equip these pastors and leaders.  We can’t do this without the body of Christ coming alongside us to support this work. As God leads, please sow seed into fully equipping the Christian leaders God is raising up right now to serve the thousands of people coming to faith daily! Every dollar counts, and no gift is too small.  The Fully Equipped Bible Institute is an IRS registered 501(c)3, and we will provide you with a thank you letter that can be used for tax purposes.

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