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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

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

The Spiritual Marketplace

01/01/2015 4 comments

Several people very close to me have said, “You sell yourself short. You make too many things available for free.” I’ve heard that many times through the years, and I heard it again last month.

My response is on several levels. First, Jesus’ said, “Freely you have received; freely give.” He also said it’s more blessed to gives than to receive. Jesus never asked for money, yet all his needs were met by those (mostly women) who followed his ministry. He actually believed what he taught about his Father who provides for sparrows being faithful to take care of men and women who are of much more value than sparrows. I also believe.

My second response is that my concern isn’t how much I can receive from the spiritual marketplace, but how much value I can bring to the table. I really believe my Father will take care of my financial needs simply because he loves me. His care for us isn’t tied to the value we bring to the marketplace. Yet, at the same time, I know he has given me much and I love sharing the insights he gives me without cost. For many years I have done short term mission work at my own expense.

My third response is that viewing life in this world in terms of the marketplace, judging everything by the “bottom line,” is like using the Temple as a place to buy and sell. Buying and selling as such is not the problem, but measuring everything by the “bottom line” is defiling the Temple and using those who come to the Temple to increase your own “bottom line.” This doesn’t reflect the glory of the God who gave his Son.

I seldom asked for finances up till now. For several years I sold audio teachings when I ministered in various churches. It definitely helped financially, and people were blessed to have them to listen to slowly and take notes. But I felt the Lord calling me to make the audio teachings available for free on my website. I began posting the teachings for a free download, or to listen online. You can go there now and listen online or download to your MP3 player.

Our understanding of life changes as we grow. I have a new understanding of finances now. Like every other missionary, I need finances to do what I do. Jesus needed finances to do what he did, but income was never his focus. He even allowed a thief to handle the offerings to his ministry. I refuse to make money my focus. Last year Father reminded me of a text, “You have not because you ask not.” So I began to ask for finances for travel expenses. The money for our trip to Africa came in within less than four weeks. Last summer all the finances for our trip to the Dominican Republic came in within about two weeks.

My focus in life is to the glorify our Father and to the honor those who value what he has given me to give to others. Now that our ministry is reaching out to many parts of the world, our financial need has increased while our availability to travel and minister in the States (where honorariums are available) has decreased. This puts us in a position where we simply must ask for finances to cover travel expenses as well as the cost of living.

The purpose of this blog is not to ask for finances, but to let you know why we will be requesting donations more often in the future than we have in the past. We request that you ask Father if he wants you to partner with us in the vision of touching the world with insights from his Word.

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

Follow Up on Our New Direction

In our last blog we outlined the new direction On Word Ministries is taking. On Word is joining hands with Win Ministries in bringing quality biblical and practical teachings to leaders and potential leaders in third world countries. You can read about them on their website is http://www.winministries.org  Qualified leaders will be able to receive college level teaching free of charge for the first year and only $5.00 after that. An associates Degree, a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree will be available to those who complete the various levels of training.

We are now international missionaries based in the United States.e

We failed to mention two things in the previous blog. Firstly, we did not make it clear that Lynda and I will continue to be available for prayer ministry. As time permits, we will continue to minister to individuals who are seeking personal freedom from issues that cause problems in their life. Our Father has blessed us with insight on how to effectively bring people into the presence of Jesus to receive healing and divergence. We will not neglect to make that gift available to the Body of Christ. We will also continue to be available for seminars and retreats when we are in the States.

Secondly, we did not clarify how to respond to the news. If you want to keep up with our journey and pray for us, there are several ways to do that.

1. You may enter your email address above to the right,

2. You may ‘friend’ us on Facebook (Fount Lee Shults),

3. You may “like” our Facebook page (On Word Ministries)

4. You may email us at fount@onword.org or write us at 106 Ashford Ct, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29588.

If you desire to partner with us financially in reaching leaders with quality teachings, you may donate through our website, http://www.onword.org by clicking on the ‘Donate’ button. You may also send checks, payable to On Word Ministries, to the above address. All donations are tax-deductible.

We have a very small overhead, so you can be assured that your offering will go directly to our support. All of it will be used to advance the Kingdom rather that to pay office staff. We have no employees, and our office space is provided free of charge by Pastor AJ Baisch of Harvest Community Church.

One final note: I will return to the blog series on Orphan Thinking as soon as I finish working on the notes for students of the courses I recorded last summer. Brick Cliff, the president of Win Ministries, wants me to do several other courses next spring, so there will be another busy time later. Thank you for bearing with us in this time of transition.

Looking Forward,

Fount Shults

President and Founder

On Word Ministries http://onword.org

New Vision

09/11/2012 7 comments

Lynda and I are entering a new phase of ministry. The first part of our time together was spent with me studying Biblical Content, Biblical History, Biblical Languages, Church History and Theology. Then the college professor era began. I taught Bible and Theology on college campuses for 40 years while Lynda was raising our six children (with some help from me). We retired from the college campus in 2004, but did not retire from ministry. At that time Lynda joined with me in the ministry. For eight years we have been traveling among the churches teaching and doing prayer ministry together.

During those eight years we have known something new was on its way, a new direction and a new vision for our latter years. That new thing became clear to me while I was recording some teachings for Nation 2 Nation Christian University in Harlingen, Texas. Brick Cliff, the founder and president of the school invited me to be the Academic Dean of the University and assist him in establishing schools in 3rd World countries. I accepted the challenge and adopted the vision.

Lynda and I are now international missionaries based in the United States. If you want more details on the vision, go to http://www.winministries.org and look it over. Brick gives a clear statement of the vision in the “About Us” link. They should have a new website for the University up before the end of the year.

The focus of the vision is on nations where pastors are poor and have no seminary training. They are definitely called to pastor, but they need training. The N2N University will make the teachings and credits available to leaders and potential leaders in 3rd World countries free of charge for the first year and for $4.00 a year after that. The reason for the freebie is that leaders in those nations have no money and no time to go away for seminary training.

That means there will be no financial remuneration for the services I render and no money for travel expenses. Like all missionaries, we will need to raise support for travel and for living expenses. If you would like to partner with us in prayer or with financial help, or if you simply want to stay in touch with this development, please respond to this message. We will put you on the list of those who want to keep up with what we are doing and where we are going.

Looking Forward,
Dr. Fount Shults
Academic Dean
Nation 2 Nation Christian University