Last week, I said ‘see you later’ to Dr. Steve Mills, Dr. Gail Stathis, and many other friends. We had just completed a missions conference at Phoenix Christian Assembly, which is pastored by Don and Gerri Grosvenor. Pastor Kemp Holden with Worldwide Missionary Evangelism was the key note speaker. Dr. Steve, Dr. Gail and I got to speak about our various missions, and how they all relate to Vision. Further, and to my great delight, I met several former graduates from the US and beyond who are in full time missions work; and are also Vision graduates. Several are involved in church planting movements, others in counseling or teaching ministries, but all are active in the work of expanding the Kingdom of God.
One of our graduates, Evangelist Larry Hrovat www.faithofthenations.com just returned from Cuba. He preached to over 4,000 Cubans at a time, conducted a school of ministry; saw hundreds of salvations, and many miracles. His statement to me was, “they need Vision…more than evangelism.”
Cuba has an open heaven but the need for teaching and training is immense. When I told Brother Larry that we had hundreds of students already in Cuba, he rejoiced! We still need more…and stronger leadership. This is why, as the Lord orchestrates it, we are going to help Dr. John Delgado get to Cuba. We need to re invigorate our leadership there, and begin to strategically expand our outreach to Cuba. Please pray with us.
Also, Dr. Gail Stathis shared with me some delightful news…we have a strong and growing Bible College in Syria. Yes, right in the middle of that war torn nation, God is moving, and pastors are being trained for effective work, both for now and for when peace comes and the doors for the gospel open wide. It reminds me some of the former Soviet Union, when it fell, the doors opened wide for the gospel and church planting…we need trained leaders to shepherd the churches that are established, and Vision is on the ground, doing its part. Please pray for our Syrian brothers and sisters. Keep the Ukraine and Russia in your prayers as well…that peace will again be established, and the gospel will continue to move forward.