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Africa Report and the New Year

Our trip to The Dominical Republic in the spring and two trips to Africa in the fall were very productive. The attendance in the Dominican Republic increased significantly and the final count of graduates in Nairobi, Kenya was 450. They were all bishops and pastors. Those bishops and pastors will take the school to their congregations next. We should have about 1000 new graduates this year.

This brief 7 min. testimony by Bishop Mophat Kilioba will present the value of our school better than I could. http://youtu.be/fCK24NuJPkw Bishop Mophat was one of my students in 1985 and is presently bishop over about 3,300 PEFA churches in Kenya. He is insisting all his leaders get an education through N2NCU. Our curriculum is available virtually free of charge to leaders in developing nations. Most of them have a full-time job in addition to pastoring. This is an affordable way for them to get an education without leaving their work.

In Kenya our team established new schools in a refugee camp in Northwestern Kenya. There are about 200,000 refugees there and several pastors among them serving about thirteen churches in the camp. Our plan was to establish schools in Burundi, but the civil unrest kept our team from going there. Instead our team went to Zanzibar to established new schools there. Zanzibar is an island off the coast of Tanzania and is 98% Moslem. Bishop Mophat had a meeting with one of the top leaders of Islam on that Island, so they know what we are doing.

We will be probably returning to the Dominican Republic next spring with the HPIM team. There is a possibility that I will also go to Kenya again with HPIM. Our HPIM theme this year is “Understanding and Activating Spiritual Warfare.” I will return to Africa with N2NCU in the fall for the graduation. All three of these trips will require me to raise funds again.

Meanwhile I am beginning to schedule ministry here in the States. I will be in Pennsylvania with a deliverance ministry next week. The HPIM annual meeting in Sarasota, Florida will be March 8-10. Beyond that I have not yet scheduled ministry. My annual tour of Western NY will probably be in April, but no dates are set at this time.

We have an anonymous donor who has offered $500.00 per month matching funds for any new donors who will pledge a monthly amount for one year. If someone pledges $100.00 monthly, for example, that amount will be contributed by this anonymous donor, so the income to On Word will be $200. If we have $500.00 total new pledges, that will be matched. Let us know if you are interested in being part of this fundraising effort.

As usual, we are looking forward to a very productive year.

Fount Shults
President On Word Ministries http://www.onword.org

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Report on Africa Trip

11/28/2015 1 comment

In early November AJ Baisch and I were privileged to speak at three seminars in Kenya. When we returned I had only two “work days” before I was scheduled to go to West Boylston, MA for a weekend ministry, then Thanksgiving came with a visit from our oldest son, LeRon, from Norway. I say all this as an “apology” for being so long to report on the Africa trip.

Harvest Preparation International Ministries (HPIM) sent AJ and me as a team to Kenya. They had arranged and promoted the seminars so that all we had to do was show up and teach. Our assigned topic was “Sent as Pure Light into Darkness.” Each of our three seminars attracted pastors and bishops from several different denominations. Without knowing the diversity of the groups, we spoke of the need for unity of the Spirit before our light would have any effect.

Our teaching and preaching dovetailed into one another with a great impact on the leaders present. It was like AJ’s preaching prepared the ground for my teaching and my teaching prepared the ground for his next message. All this was without any plan on our part. AJ is more like a motivator and I am more like an encourager. His messages motivated people to move “as one” and mine encouraged people to go forward in the unity of the kingdom.

At times, in all three seminars, we could almost feel the atmosphere vibrating with energy from what our Father was doing among the church leaders. We learned afterward that there had been some disunity and lack of cooperation hovering among them when the meetings were being planned. According to the reports of the bishops in charge of arranging the meetings, that disunity was healed completely by the time the sessions were over.

There were pastors and bishops from Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. I overheard a mention of one from The Congo, but I’m not certain. At any rate, the impact of our messages will make a difference in several of the nations in Africa.

Thanks to all of you who provided finances and prayed for us on this trip. We could not do what we do without your support and encouragement. Our “in country expenses” exceeded what we planned for. If we go again, we will be prepared.

On December 7 I will be going to Kenya again with N2NCU to participate in the graduation of about 1,000 students with an Associate’s Degree and some with a Bachelor’s Degree. If you would like to partner with us on this trip, send your check to On Word Ministries, 106 Ashford Ct, Myrtle Beach, SC 29588 or go online and send it through our website: www. http://onword.org/donate.htm

Looking forward,
Fount Shults, President and Founder of On Word Ministries
http://www.onword.org

Training Leaders Worldwide

The goal of missions is to develop leaders who can sustain the momentum of the kingdom without continued support from missionaries. Short term missions are part of that goal. Teams from many churches go to aid the missions in building, repair, medical help and general encouragement. This type of short term missions makes the burden easier for the missionaries who are planting churches and other ministries like schools and orphanages.

The two teams I work with, HPIM and N2NCU, train the top Christian leaders in foreign countries. Our goal is to aid these leaders in mobilizing their local leaders to advance the kingdom in their own land. HPIM and N2NCU do not provide funds for living expenses or for travel. In fact, we cover our own expenses for travel as well as housing and food while we are there, and we leave a financial blessing for the leaders we serve.

N2NCU has developed a curriculum to give leaders an education in Bible and Theology. This is much needed in developing nations because men and women who are called to ministry have no time or finances to go away to college. They have full time jobs and pastor churches at the same time. Our program fills that vacuum by making the courses available virtually free of charge for the students in developing nations. Our schools are in Africa, South and Central America, India and will soon expand to other nations.

HPIM gathers leaders within the various countries and gives personal training on leadership principles. As we teach, we give the leaders an opportunity to get to know us and observe our lives in action. Solid relationships develop with many of these leaders, and this increases the effectiveness of the training. Our team has been in Mexico, Africa, India, and other nations as well.

Our next trip will be to the Dominican Republic April 27 – May 4. The expenses of the trip will include $500.00 for airfare, $100.00 for food and lodging and $100.00 for travel and some extra to leave behind for the leaders.

If you see this vision as worthwhile, please join us as prayer support as we touch the leaders who touch the nations. You can also support us financially. If you so desire, make your check payable to On Word Ministries, 106 Ashford Ct, Myrtle Beach, SC 29588, or you can donate online at our website: http://www.onword.org

Thank you in advance for your friendship and support.

Fount Shults, President, On Word Ministries: http://www.onword.org

Academic Dean: Nation 2 Nation Christian University: http://www.n2ncu.org

 

Ministry Report

02/28/2015 2 comments

MINISTRY IN HARLAN, INDIANA

Our ministry continues to expand. We taught at the School of the Word in Harlan, Indiana during the first three weeks of February and participated in the Leaders Alive International conference in the same city during the last week of February.

The majority of the leaders and lay leaders who came to the conference are from a Mennonite or Amish background. It is an honor to be part of the spiritual growth of these who are experiencing the freedom we have in Christ Jesus. Their hunger for the Word of God is obvious by their responses during the sharing time as well as the conversations during the breaks.

I saw the awesome work-ethic of these people transferred to the things of the kingdom of God. The memories of these times will become part of my life and teaching in the coming days.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Last summer we were part of a team that went to Santo Domingo to train leaders from all over the Dominican Republic. Our ministry was not yet known there, so the attendance was not as large as we expected (about 50 leaders with several locals). But there were some there who represented several other groups. They were “checking us out” to see if their people would receive benefit from our teachings.

There was a very positive response, and the leaders from other groups assured us that they would have their leadership at our next seminar. That seminar is scheduled for April 28 – May 1. Our expenses will include $500.00 for airfare, $100.00 for lodging and food and about $100.00 for travel etc.

NAIROBI, KENYA

Pastors and evangelists all over East Africa are presently enrolled in our N2N courses and working toward their Associates Degree. They are learning powerful principles for sharing their faith an advancing the kingdom of God. These pastors lead over 3,000 churches in Kenya and will take teach these principles to over a million believers.

 

Through our Community Development program they are also learning and teaching how to improve the health and environment of their people. They are learning how to grow their own vegetables, how to purify water, create fire bricks with waste as well as how to take care of their animals and farms. The Community Development program is already being used as an evangelistic tool because their unsaved neighbors are asking questions.

In December of this year we will have our first graduation ceremony for those who will have completed the requirements for the Associates Degree and a few who will have completed the requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree. We are expecting around 300 graduates.

THANK YOU

We are grateful to those of you who have held us up in prayer and supported us financially. We would not be able to do what we do without the support of the Body of Christ. After 40 years of teaching on college campus and training young people for the ministry, we are finally getting an opportunity to do what we trained others to do.

Thank you for your continued support.

Looking forward,

Fount Shults, President, On Word ministries www.onword.org

Academic Dean, Nation 2 Nation Christian University

www.n2ncu.org

Divine Appointment

While we were in Nairobi with Bishop Mophat, our President, Brick Cliff, mentioned that he wanted to get the material translated into French because many of the African nations are French speaking. Mophat left the room for a moment and returned with a man from the Congo who has been a translator for the UN. He has translated many documents from French to English and from English to French. He also was the interpreter for many speakers. This man agreed to do the work for less than a fourth of what it would cost otherwise.

We will soon be able to start schools in the French speaking nations. We already have contacts in several of those nations who are simply waiting for the courses to be available in French. Through these contacts we will also have access to other continents to expand even more. Using some of the money give for the Africa trip, On Word Ministries contributed $220.00 toward the French translation project. Those of you who supported our trip in prayer and with finances are partners in this expansion.

The potential of having our courses available in French is mind-boggling. Our contact in the Congo is overseeing over 8,000 churches, all of which are French speaking. When you add the other African nations that speak French, we are speaking of tens of millions of people who could be influenced by the N2NCU training. As I mentioned in the previous blog, when I saw this potential, I gave $220.00 of the money collected for the trip toward the development of the “French Project.” Those of you who supported us financially are partners in this venture.

Meanwhile, unbelievers are being drawn in as the Kenya bishops and pastors reach out and help their communities in many practical areas of life, including health, nutrition, farming, livestock care, etc. Pastors are watching and using all kinds of material from our community development series. One pastor in the slums of Nairobi is teaching rooftop gardening. One has not bought vegetables for over a year now. They are enjoying harvests of fresh vegetables grown in old tires on the roofs of their small tin shacks or in their yards.

Other pastors are growing Meringa trees and using the seeds to purify their water and the leaves to supplement their diet. Others are seeing an increase in milk, meat, eggs and general productivity of their animals.

It was so exciting to realize that the key bishops and pastors are discovering God’s call to be community leaders of real influence, bringing the people of their communities out of spiritual darkness and helping them come out of poverty and disease. This cannot help but draw many to listen to the good news of life in Christ Jesus. It’s already happening.

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Looking forward,
Fount Shults, Academic Dean, N2NCU http://www.n2ncu.org
Founder and President of On Word Ministries http://www.onword.org

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Nairobi Seminar

We had about 100 bishops and pastors attending our seminar in Nairobi. Bishop Mophat Kilioba is the General Overseer of 3,130 PEFA churches (Pentecostal Evangelist Fellowship of Africa) in Kenya. He organized the seminar for the top leaders of the churches he oversees. He was one of my students at Elim in 1985-86, and testified before the group of how his life was profoundly affected while he was at Elim. I am honored to have been a part of his journey.

Bishop Mophat has a strategy to influence the entire nation of Kenya politically, economically and spiritually. His vision goes beyond pastors and churches. He is training his bishops and pastors to reach out to their communities. He is insisting that all his leaders use our N2NCU training to become educated. Many of those pastors have never had any Bible training at all, not even Sunday school. The ministry level of many of the pastors has increased greatly due to the training they have already received.

Bishop Mophat began with his bishops who oversee 18 regions and 300 districts. Each of these bishops is over several churches. Some of these churches have over 1,000 members. After training the top level leadership, the pastors of local church leaders will be next in line to receive the teaching and training, then the members will be included. The church as a whole will become educated in Bible and ministry.

They are also using the Community Development program of our sister organization, “Pursue Hope,” to reach out to their respective communities and teach practical ways to improve the life of the people. We have training on animal husbandry, agriculture, water purification, health and hygiene etc. These and other skills are much needed throughout the African nations. The pastors are using this program as an evangelistic tool. As the communities see the improvement of life in their area, they are already beginning to come to Christ. This includes many Muslims.

We will be graduating several hundred students next December with either an Associate’s Degree or a Bachelor’s Degree. This pressures me to record more classes next Spring. This will require preparation and travel expenses to go record the classes. The estimated cost for this project will be around $1600.00. If you would like to participate in this vision, send your contributions to On Word Ministries, 106 Ashford Ct, Myrtle Beach, SC 29588.

There are many other profound things to share, but those will have to wait until another blog. Hopefully I will have pictures to share soon. Our photographer will edit his pictures before he makes them available.

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Looking forward,
Fount Shults, Academic Dean, N2NCU http://www.n2ncu.org
President, On Word Ministries, http://www.onword.org

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Father Was There

05/24/2014 2 comments

The room was silent; no one spoke, and no one moved.

The pastor dismissed the people, but no one budged from their seat. I had finished teaching these leaders about some pitfalls leaders fall into and how falling into the trap affects their relationships with their family and the church community. I also gave guidelines on how to overcome some of the results of falling into the trap . After asking for feedback there was only stillness. Obviously the people had really heard the word and were processing it. The silence itself was feedback that told me our Father had planted the word in deep in their heart.

Earlier in the day I had spoken to group of church leaders who are networking toward bringing unity among the churches in the greater Rochester area. As I sensed the spirit of these leaders I was encouraged. They are genuinely interested in unity beyond merely getting together for events. Their heart is to have the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace as each does his part in ministering to the community at large. There was good feedback from this group also. They discussed strategies to encourage those of different ministry focuses to flow in their gift. They also wrestled with the implication of the concept of unity I had presented.

Here are some of the questions they tossed around the room: How can we avoid having an agenda; or should we actually embrace an agenda? How can we know if we have an agenda we aren’t aware of? What do we do when we sense that someone else has an agenda contrary to what we’ve heard from God? How can we know we’ve really heard from God and not just come up with our own vision? There are no easy answers to any of these questions, but it’s good that these leaders were willing to bring the issues into public awareness. Each leader must find his or her own answer in the presence of Father God. Many wrestle with these questions without seeking wisdom from others.

These Rochester leaders know the need of listening to the wisdom of others. None of us have all the answers. That’s one reason why we need unity in the Body of Christ. In my opinion, these men and women are on the way to experiencing a new thing in the greater Rochester area.

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Always looking forward,

Fount Shults

President and Founder of On Word Ministries

http://www.onword.org