Apr 07

March Report from the Johnsons in Galway, Ireland

Greetings from lock-down in Galway.

What an interesting time we are living in right now! COVID-19 has reared it’s ugly head and spread all over the place, infecting people, and bringing death in it’s wake. As a result, Ireland has been on a lock-down. It started off that we weren’t able to shake hands or hug. Signs were posted everywhere about it. I actually thought it was a joke at first when our pastor told us we wouldn’t be able to shake hands with anyone at church.

Soon after that, social distancing came into effect, causing people all over the country to have to self isolate. Churches, pubs, restaurants, and other businesses are closed. Grocery stores have glass barriers protecting the cashiers, and signs mapped out on the floor, telling you where you can stand in relation to others. It’s wild.

The isolation hit us hard initially. I mean, we’re so used to connecting with people, doing ministry, getting out in the community. Despite the isolation, we’ve been able to reach out to people using social media. Thank God for modern technology! We have been able to talk to family and friends, share humor, and bring some hope to people who are feeling panicked. We’ve had conversations on Facebook that have really led people to an understanding of the Gospel. Earlier this week a girl randomly contacted Larena, telling her that she had some interesting circumstances happen to her and she didn’t know where to turn to for answers, but she knew us from a year she had lived in Galway and wanted to ask how she could receive Jesus! So listen, even tho the virus is shutting down church services… it surely can’t shut down church! We are the church. It’s not about four walls. It’s about each one of us living out the Gospel and sharing Christ with others.

At Galway Christian Fellowship, we’ve joined a team that will be assisting anyone in our communities with needs, for example delivering groceries, medicines, etc. Our church has also volunteered our team to assist with a local charity called COPE, who already provide meals for elderly in Galway. We’re attempting to be the hands and feet of Jesus in a time of crisis, so that needs can be met, and people can be supported.

It’s tragic that many businesses are suffering and may end up going out of business. My heart goes out to those who have lost their jobs as a result. This virus has many negatives, including the economic hit that many of us are going to face. However, I believe there will be certain opportunities that will open up that may not have been available before.

One opportunity that you all know has been on my heart for a long time has been the dream of a drop in center in the heart of Galway City. I have a strong feeling this economic downturn will actually open up an opportunity for us to get a prime location for an affordable price, especially at a time when other businesses will be struggling to afford their leases. We still need to raise the funds for this venture, but God has already confirmed to me that He will provide through people He is preparing to partner with us in this. I’m keeping my eyes open, and praying for guidance every day on this matter.

Pastor Sean Mullarkey, the national leader of Christian Churches Ireland was on national television (RTE) a few days ago, bringing hope and encouragement to a nation that is in desperate need of it. What a great opportunity for him to reach out to the nation. We pray that through this time of trial, many people across this nation turn their hearts to Jesus, and find the peace that only He can provide.

So, we are waiting this thing out, working from home as much as we can, assisting others when needed, connecting on social media, and spending time with each other. I’m so thankful for the family time we’re getting. We are finding creative ways to bring fun and adventure to each day. Isolation can be a depressing thing, but when we have each other to lean on, we can lift each others spirits when any of us are getting down.

I just want to encourage you all in this season. You may not be on lock-down like we are. Who knows, if you aren’t now, maybe you will be soon. I know they’re trying to decrease the rate of spread as much as they can. Just be safe out there. Stay healthy. I pray a blessing over each one of you. I pray for protection over your health. I pray for your finances. I pray for a peace that surpasses all understanding for those who are facing uncertainty with loss of work. I pray that God also uses each of you to be a beacon of hope to those you can impact in your own spheres. Thank you again for all of your prayers and support. You all mean so much to us, you have no idea! God bless! ~ Chris (L&A too)

PRAYER REQUESTS

Prayer Requests We would be honored if you would pray with us concerning:

Please pray God stops this horrible virus by sending out His angels to destroy this thing!
Please pray for the way this virus is effectng our world and economy-pray God will turn this around for His good.
Please pray for all the people who have died from this horrible virus, or are suffering with it. Pray for their families & loved ones as they will be unable to connect physically & their grief is real. Pray for emotional/mental/physical healing.
Please pray that God will open up more opportunities for us to share the Gospel with everyone we can in this time of isolation.

Support Information

If you would like to team up & contribute to this important mission, please make checks out to:

Hope Ireland Missions

229 W. Exchange St.

Crete, IL 60417
(Chris & Larena Johnston on the memo line)
TO GIVE ONLINE: Simply go to: www.hopeirelandmissions.com & click on “partner.”

Apr 07

Bishop Coulter: Pray and Speak BOLDLY

 

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Hi this is Bishop Bob Coulter with another TMCI say word of encouragement for the week.

I pray that you, your family and those you minister to have been protected from the virus.

I encourage you to pray the blood over your family, and over those whom God given you to shepherd. Our example is what the Israelites did during the Passover by putting the blood of the lamb on the doorpost to protect themselves. Let us pray the blood of Jesus Christ over our family, friends and the people we shepherd.

Our prayers of intercession are very important! I am reminded of Numbers 16:46 “Then Moses said to Aaron, “Take your censer and put incense in it, along with fire from the altar, and hurry to the assembly to make atonement for them. Wrath has come out from the Lord; the plague has started.”” Moses and Aaron interceded for the people and the plague stopped.
Rev 5:8 tells us that the golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints, are released in the throne room of God. Therefore, let us intercede for our loved ones by praying God’s word and the blood of Christ over our family, friends, and the people God has given us to shepherd.

The most powerful tool to change things around us is the word of God, and it is ours to use. Eph 6:17-20 tells us: And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints — 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Yesterday when Cheryl and I were reading our devotion from Sparkling Gems, by Rick Renner, he had an interesting teaching I’d like to share with you:
_Rick emphasized the “sword of the Spirit” seen in Ephesians 17 — it is a supernatural sword that has the power to drive back the enemy and deal a blow to his attacks against your life. When you have what I’m about to describe, it gives you supernatural sword power against the devil!_

_In order to fully understand Paul’s message regarding the sword of the Spirit, let’s look at what the apostle had in his mind when he used the word translated “sword.” In the Greek it describes the type of sword that Roman soldiers used in battle._

_Because the Roman army was so committed to warfare, Roman soldiers continually practiced the arts of warfare. One daily exercise was sword practice, which they undertook both in the morning and the afternoon. This is a good example for us to be committed to read and use God’s word daily in our lives. _
_The soldier’s job in practice was to learn how to take advantage of his enemy, hit him at his weakest point, and strike him so he could not respond. His aim was nearly always directed toward the area of the post that represented vital parts of the body. _

_The practices I just described are exactly what Paul had in mind when he wrote, “And take… the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God…” (Ephesians 6:17). How vital it is that we understand the sword of the Spirit!_

_Notice particularly where Paul said, “…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” This word translated “word” is rhema in the Greek, which refers to a specific, quickened word. In order to have a sword that penetrates a blow to the enemy, we need a rhema — a specific, quickened word from the Scriptures — placed into our hearts and mouths by the Holy Spirit. With a rhema from God placed in our hearts and mouths, we have “sword power”!_

Rick’s teaching reminds us, like the Roman Soldier we must practice speaking forth the word of God daily and, as verse 19 points out, we need to speak it BOLDLY. When praying, ask God to fIll your mouth with the word He wants you to pray. For example, when troubles come your way you can pray Ps 138:7, “I thank you Lord, Though I am surrounded by troubles, you will protect me from the anger of my enemies. You reach out your hand, and the power of your right hand saves me.” (NLT)
Remember when satan tempted Christ? Christ’s response all three time was “it is written”, and He then quoted God’s word to defeat him. Let us do the same.

So, remember your greatest tool is the word of God. As Heb 4:12 says, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (NKJV)
Let us use the most powerful tool the Lord has given us, and use it more effectively in our lives,
Have a blessed week.
Bishop Bob

Apr 05

Alternate New Normal By: Hannah S. Hunter

Alternate New Normal

By: Hannah S. Hunter

Isaiah 5:7a(NLT)” The nation of Israel is the vineyard of the Lord of Heaven’s armies. The people of Judah are His pleasant garden.”

Events occur that reshape or forever change us as individuals, families, towns, and nations. Each generation can point and say this defined us or our future. Never before have we experienced an event or chain of events that touched every nation on planet earth as the pandemic, or alleged pandemic, we find ourselves in.

In the land of my birth, USA, this time of the year finds us beginning to anticipate the emerging new life, spring, and the Easter holiday. Winter cold, starkness and darkness are about to become a memory. Many come out of hibernation to smile at the sun, plan get togethers outside, plant gardens, and new songs sung with a lightness to our steps.

Just as we saw this on the horizon a diabolical terrorizing thing called by letters and numbers came first, crawling, then crashing upon us. Trying to snatch and destroy our hopes, dreams, and plans. Now we are faced with a choice, and yes, we do have a choice. Do we panic and hoard or do we tap into the faith we have been declaring with our mouths?

Go back to our map and follow the directions carefully. There is no hidden agenda or traps in the map designed by the Creator. He has our GPS and it leads to hope and life. You will never end up lost or at dead end nor an empty lot.

Scripture above is one He took me to this morning. Immediately I was in the spirit in that place. Oh, how lush is His vineyard. How pleasant is His garden! This was in a time when the kingdom of Israel was divided, and they were in great rebellion. Yet God was speaking their future to them. Yes, we must repent. We must let God deal with us as persons, families, churches, and nations. For He longs for us to align and each nation fulfill its’ destiny and work with His Holy Spirit to bring in the greatest harvest yet.

In no way am I minimizing our present circumstances of great discomfort and loss of our axis on which our life turns have been knocked off kilter. Yet we have a choice how we shall walk and who we choose to focus on. This will not last for eternity. As Ecclesiastes says there is a season for everything under heaven.

Do we descend into fear and chaos or do we choose to get up and start a new road to “new normal?” Each day asking God before we get out of bed to order our thoughts and our steps this day.

Recognizing that since I have been living in Africa basically since 2014 I have a leg up on many of my fellow Americans in forming a new normal. I am here to tell you we can do this. Elisabeth Eliot, who lived with a new baby in the jungles of South America after her husband was murdered by the very ones he was reaching for Jesus, did not know how to finish his wiring of the compound, nor translate the Word into their language, and certainly not pastor a church. She chose not to run back to her land but adapted the mantra of doing the next thing there was to do.

When our open-air market was closed where we buy necessities like food, supplies for our homes, and sell to make a living with abruptly shut down accompanied by threats and beatings we could only retreat to our homes. Curfew prohibited evening or early morning movement when water is hauled and preparing for the day and survival is carried out.

God just changed how we do church. He also took us back to our first altars and ministries- our homes and families. I can tell you He sent a lime. That may seem so small to you. I had a rare glass of coke and I love lime squeezed in it.

Two women with small children felt to bless the prophet on their land and come to help me clean, haul water, and do laundry once a week. We carried our Muslim neighbors’ oven to our kitchen, and I taught the grandbabies how to bake a chocolate cake African style. The rich aroma took us to a pleasant place and the taste put smiles on all faces. We shared with everyone in our compound.

Many are watching- our children, our neighbors, those we lead, our nations, our world- all looking how we conduct ourselves and the decisions we make in this season. Let us be found faithful.

Our annual conference, missions, crusades, church services all are a vapor in this season. We go deep in Him for long periods of time, but where do we pour when we emerge from the bed chamber? I have made it a point five mornings a week to gather my grandchildren and take their focus off the news and local shenanigans.  It benefits us both.

I have them set up a store and give them matchsticks. They are empowered to shop, purchase, and work together to get things when they cannot leave their compound. We watch videos of seals and wonders of the world.

Today we built a fort, crawled in, read a book all snuggled together, and then we visited the Alps in winter and got lost and cold till the Saint Bernard came with our flask of chocolate and warmed our insides. Those mighty dogs than laid by us to keep us warm and we were safe and at peace. A perfect picture of our God in this season.

Shalom. Resurrection is on the way!

 

Apr 04

We have made a decision to postpone the Women’s Conference and issue this call to prayer

After much prayer, We have made a decision to postpone the Women’s Conference and issue this call to prayer:

Let us unite in prayers for each other, our families, our president, our nation, as we are called to do in 1 Timothy 2: 1-2  A Call to Prayer

First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be offered for all men, for kings and all those in authority, so that we may lead tranquil and quiet lives in all godliness and dignity.

 

Apr 01

Encouragement from Bishop Coulter: Don’t Miss the Opportunity audio

 

Mar 30

CARES Act PDF

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Mar 28

Very Important Request from Richard Wiggins, TMCI Missionary in Nigeria

Well like you folks in America we here in Nigeria are locked down.

Our cases as reported are small.
However I suspect there are alot more than reported due to lack of proper medical expertise.
Our prayer is for sustained protection. We are fully trusting God for that.

Critical Prayer Need

Saturday the 21st I was returning from building site of place of refuge to my residence. I was run off the road and hit a pole in my Land Cruiser. It was completely destroyed. The other driver left the scene.

I praise God I emerged with only a bruised sternum and am doing fine. However this is our only mode of transportation to reach the people here in Nigeria. We currently supply 5 orphanages and many impoverished people. It has carried us to 29 out of 36 states in Nigeria to the Glory of God. There is not enough provision at this time to replace this vehicle without sacrificing the means to continue to supply the people and continue building the place of refuge.

Also the poverty level here was already extreme and will only worsen. Not to mention the sharp increase in violence and persecution here. We need to be able to reach these people.

Pray that God makes a way. Even though we do not understand all of this and what God is doing we trust He has a higher plan. Frustrated and desperate but not in despair.

Thank you and God bless.
Richard and Toyin Wiggins.
Walking in the Mission, Nigeria.

Mar 24

Encouragement from Bishop Bob Coulter – Be Proactive audio Message

Mar 21

FREE resources to minister and witness at Home and around the World

GO HERE to see just a few of the free RESOURCES available for you to begin, or continue to, have Church, Bible studies, hold prayer meetings, even connect to family and friends as a group

https://www.tmciworld.com/resources.html

“There many ways to connect and “forsake not the assembling” of ourselves together. Through cell phones, computers, tablets we can utilize FREE resources to meet and broadcast: Facebook live, Zoom, Free Conference Call to name a few. We will have some of these resources listed on the web later this week You can do live video, or just audio. On the worldwide web we have an opportunity to actually reach people that might never darken the door.

If you are a church or have a regular Bible study or meetings in your home, I encourage you to use the internet to broadcast your message to your members to encourage them. Many churches already broadcast on Facebook. If you not broadcasting, I encourage you to make it happen.” READ FULL LETTER HERE

Mar 19

Bishop Coulter: It is time to BE PROACTIVE!

**Bishop Bob Coulter with another TMCI word of encouragement for the week.**

Isa 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. (NKJV)

The Coronavirus is still with us and the fear and panic are rising. I believe this could be the church’s greatest hour, if we do not fall into fear and join the panic. Remember Rom 8:15-17 Tells fear is not our inheritance.

In the verse in Isaiah I just read, God tells us not to be dismayed for God will strengthen you and help you. He will uphold you. This virus not a surprise to God.  In Heb 13:5 God assures us “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Now is the time for us to walk out Prov 3:5, Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

We, the church, must bring hope and life to our Sphere of Influence. First, I would suggest that you start by protecting your home and family by praying the blood of Jesus over your house and family. Repent of anything that is not godly in your home and lives. I would suggest you anoint your doors and windows with oil and pray the blood of Christ over the entire house.
Ex 12:13, which is our example, says: The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.

We are in a spiritual war against the Coronavirus, and the spirit behind it creating fear and the panic. The church must not be absent for this war.  We, the church, are the only ones who have the authority and power, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to bring the battle to the enemy and win.

We must be proactive by interceding in the situation. We must pray life into our sphere of influence, our country and the world.

I know the U.S. Government has requested no gatherings of more than 10. While that limits many physical meetings, God has given us a tool that we can still bring the Gospel of Peace and Hope to many. It is called the internet. There many ways to connect and “forsake not the assembling” of ourselves together. Through cell phones, computers, tablets we can utilize FREE resources to meet and broadcast: Facebook live, Zoom, Free Conference Call to name a few. We will have some of these resources listed on the web later this week You can do live video, or just audio. On the worldwide web we have an opportunity to actually reach people that might never darken the door.

If you are a church or have a regular Bible study or meetings in your home, I encourage you to use the internet to broadcast your message to your members to encourage them. Many churches already broadcast on Facebook. If you not broadcasting, I encourage you to make it happen.

Start a Bible study online and hold prayer meetings online. In April TMCI will start holding Internet connecting conferences on the first and third Monday night of each month. On the Second Monday we will be having a prayer meeting for the nation. The fourth Monday we have World Prayer when we pray for our missionaries and the countries they serve. We encourage you to join us.

Lastly, let us remember this: Prov 18:21 also tells we can speak death into the situation. Let us speak death to rumors and misinformation that cause panic and let us speak DEATH to the virus and kill it.

Speak forth and bring life to those around us and speak death to the Coronavirus. Use the authority and power you have in Christ’s name, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to call the Coronavirus null and void.  Mark 11:23 gives us that authority:   For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.

Let us let God use us to be part of the solution and the use us to bring revival in the land. This is our opening to make this the finest and greatest hour for THE Church.

Be Blessed,
Bishop Bob

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