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Philippines Crusade Outreach – 2013

 

I am still excited about how God worked with our team during our November 23 – Dec 2 outreach and crusades in Lasam and Lal-lo, two municipalities in the province of Cagayan, Northern Luzon, Philippines.

 During the six evangelistic crusades, the team of six Americans and eight Filipinos flowed seamlessly in the Spirit. We ministered the Gospel to 1,960 men, women and children. Ninety four percent (1,834) prayed to receive Christ!

 Our flight from San Francisco to Manila was smooth. We arrived in Manila at 3:40 am, but the next flight was delayed and we spent the 9.25 hour lay over in the airport – eating, reading and talking.

 The flight to the Tuguegarao, the Provincial capital of Cagayan was a joy. There were beautiful cloud formations and soon we were flying above the 200 mile long Cagayan Valley with the Cagayan River filling large and small rice fields on either side. This awesome Valley is ringed by mountain ranges on the east, west and south, crowned by 8,091 foot Mount Sapocox. The river’s three mile mouth empties into the Pacific Ocean, only fifteen miles from the Solomon Hotel in Lal-lo, our ministry “Headquarters” for the week.

 After a 1.5 hour van ride from the airport, we arrived at the Hotel at about 3 pm on Monday, December 2. We were very glad to see Cedric and Joy our amazing crusade coordinators and the leaders of the Good Shepherd International Fellowship Asia Foundation. It was also nice to take a shower and change our clothes after traveling for 26.25 hours. At 3:45 pm we we off to the first crusade site.

 From then on, God’s blessings were continually evident. Pastor Henry, the local crusade coordinator and the other local pastors did a great job in preparing the way for us. On Tuesday we proclaimed the Good News in a general assembly at an elementary school. On Wednesday we shared Christ with all the students at an high school called Lasam Academy.

 It almost blew my mind when the Principal of the Academy asked Cedric whether we would like to share in each classroom or have a school-wide general assembly. Cedric chose the assembly, and 630 students lined up and intently listened to the Gospel. It appeared that all the students raised their hands to receive the Lord. All this happened in less than 45 minutes! It was so easy.

 In a visit to the Mayor’s office of Lasam, we shared with and prayed for the City Councilors. One distinguished-looking lady Councilor shared with me how she became a Methodist. She also attended one of the crusades and came forward at the altar call.

 On another morning we prayed with Lasam’s police chief and his officers. During the morning outreaches 769 people prayed to receive Christ – a total of 2,603 for the crusades and morning outreaches.

A barangay (village) captain and/or some of the barangay Council persons were present at almost every crusade. Some responded to the call to receive Christ or to be prayed for personally. All willingly received prayer for them as a group.

 By the end of the outreach, 17 brand new-believer Bible studies were established in the barangays, including one at Lasam Academy! In one barangay, a brand new church started because of a single crusade. Word of these crusades spread beyond our time in the Philippines. In recent emails, Cedric and Joy told me two additional Bible studies that were established — one by a teacher and another in a barangay we did not minister in!

 Even the weather conditions worked to our advantage. It was the monsoon season in this region; the clouds and rain created perfect temperatures for us, never going much lower than 70 degrees or higher than 80 degrees.

 The Lord had told me that the trip was really going to benefit the members of our American team — and His word came to pass. The team members — my wife Nancy, our daughter Rachael, Terry, Mollie and Jillian — got along remarkably well considering our different personalities, the age range, limited missionary experience and the inconveniences of travel to and in a developing nation.

 Every team member grew more confident with each crusade. All handed out flyers from house to house with Filipino church workers, inviting the people to come to the crusade that night. All the members prayed for a line of people that came forward to be healed and for other needs.

 After the opening prayer at 5 pm each night, the outstanding worship team played for about 45 minutes. They “cleared” and energized the venue with God’s presence. As each team member felt ready, they had the option of greeting the people for five minutes, giving their testimony for fifteen minutes or preaching the main evangelistic message for twenty minutes. Each message was translated into Ilocano.

 Some team members had special ways to serve the people. Jillian was remarkable with the children — within a minute of arriving at the crusade sites (usually a covered basketball court with a stage), the children gathered around her. At the first crusade she had a dozen or more children playing a group game. She even made a new “best friend” with a girl her age.

 Rachael was great at greeting the crowds. She was her real self — positive, flamboyant and effective. Nancy preached the main evangelistic message at the last crusade. It was her first ever evangelistic message to a group (to see Nancy, Rachael and I ministering together was vision I’ve had for over 15 years).

 Terry may have been the team member most impacted by the outreach. Before his wife died Terry loved to witness and pray for people he met. I knew that if he came to the Philippines this ministry would be rekindled – and it was! In the Philippines the other team members often wondered where he went. We even developed a group saying “Where’s Terry?” — only to find out he was witnessing and praying for another person.

 Terry told me with tears that he understands more about missions and “will never be the same.” He was impressed with the Filipino team’s “professionalism and love”. He was “deeply touched” and grateful to “Cedric and Joy, from the bottom of my heart”. Amen!

 Terry shared a very transparent testimony of his struggles and how the Lord has helped him. He said that telling his story during the outreach was a high point for him, because it “opened him up” and was sure it “really helped the hurting people”.

I enjoyed sharing with the members of the Lasam pastors group and praise God for how he guided and anointed us all including Bishop Jun, my outstanding interpreter when I preached five evangelistic messages.

 The outreach was not without challenges. Your prayers made a difference along with the fasting and prayer of the Filipino pastors and their congregations. We all stood in faith when Mollie’s mom caught pneumonia the week before we flew to the Philippines. She was scheduled to watch Mollie’s boys; Mollie found someone else to stay with them less than 24 hours before we flew out from San Francisco.

 Some of the trials were relatively minor: my camera “disappeared”, Terry got sick near the end of the week, I battled a flu for a week after we returned and most of the team experienced exhaustion and jet lag.

 Other trials were more difficult to endure. Our return flight to Manila was canceled due to rain. This cost us about 24 extra hours of waiting and over $300. We had to call the three pastors back to the Tuguegarao airport; they were already on their way home and 40 miles to the north. They sacrificially spent the rest of the day with us, until we began our 11-hour bus ride to Manila. A bonus waited for Jillian in Manila: During our long lay over there, she enjoyed cruising the street markets for bargains to give her brothers and window shopping at the largest mall in Asia.

 Your prayers helped saved the lives of Cedric and Joy (our coordinators), Grace (the administrator and lead singer), Jun (the chief interpreter) and the van driver — on their 12 hour drive home to La Union Province — the van’s tire blew out when the driver was going over 65 mph. The tire was completely shredded, but the van did not flip over and no one was hurt. PTL.

 I trust this report encourages you and shows you how significant your giving and prayers are to the work of the Kingdom. Thank you!

 Arthur

Assistant General Superintendent

 

 

To the Philippines

To the Philippines in November

 July 6, 2013

Dear Friends:

Warm summer greetings.

In June the Lord gave me the, “Go ahead” to assemble team to hold six evangelistic crusades in the Philippines, November 23 through December 1st.

We will minister in the city of Tuguegaro, located in north eastern Luzon (the largest island in the Philippines).  Each night we will hold a crusade in a area where there is no church.  During the days we will be sharing the Gospel in schools, the regional jail and other places.

Our faithful friends, Pastors Cedric and Joy Panis will coordinate our time of ministry with an interdeminational group of local pastors and an outstanding Filipino worship team.  All have unifed to plant new Bible studies and churches as a result of these crusades.

 Founders of Jesus For Luzon (https://www.facebook.com/Jesus4LuzonCedric and Joy are also key leaders in the Good Shepherd International Fellowship Asia Foundation the Filipino arm of the Good Shepherd International Fellowship.

There is still time for you to join our team.  Think of the joy of seeing hundreds or perhaps thousands come to Jesus for the first time. I will train you (No previous mission experience necessary.) Interested? E-mail me at gsifus@gmail.com.

 Together with you in co-laboring in His love,

 Art

Assistant General Superintendent

January 2013

Pastors’ Prayer Summit

 Last week I had the joy of joining fifty seven other pastors and ministry leaders at the Youth With A Mission base about two hours near Chico, California for the twenty first annual North State Pastors’ Prayer Summit. The Spirit moved easily in us and in our midst as we humbly dwelt together in unity. There was sharing, praying, communion and healing times.

 The Lord connected me strategically with a couple of the leaders. I had a blessed time as Gaylord Enns shared his deepening journey along the “Love Revolution” road. I made friends with a new Episcopal Priest, gave a box of books Mary’s Uncovering Love, Discovering Soul book to a charismatic United Methodist pastor in Yreka and explained how inner healing works with a pastor in a rural community church.

The Lord also graced me with the opportunity to pray during the beginning of a State wide conference call of intercessors who were finishing their thirteen month long prayer assignment to pray together for each of California’s 58 counties.

Great Testimony from our Filipino Missionaries

January, 2013

 Joy and Cedric Panis, GSIF Asia Foundation’s key leaders in the Philippines visited our church in Davis at a Sunday morning service during the holiday season while visiting their children in California. At a reunion lunch for the 2011 crusade team the Panis’ gave thrilled us with the following testimony:

Our first crusade in 2011 in a neighborhood of a city of Laoag in Ilicos Norte Provence, in Luzon. After the crusade, the team was asked to pray for a lady who had been bedridden for seven years because of a car accident. We prayed for her healing, but there were no immediate manifestation. Now the lady is walking without any aid!

 She was so grateful for her healing that she donated the money to build the new church that resulted from the crusade. The presiding pastor over that crusade was the one who lost his wife in the motorcycle accident the next day. He miraculously recovered from his severe injuries.

 Art  

Fellowshiping with Sacramento City Pastors

Summer 2012

Last week I went to the Sacramento City Pastors Fellowship luncheon in Sacramento. The Pastors Fellowship is definitely flowing in the center of GSIF’s vision for unity. It is only three years old and every month, 150 – 250 born again and Spirit-filled pastors from different denominations meet over a meal for fellowship, trust building and exhortation from the Word. They are also cooperating with over 425 church in a city-wide evangelistic meeting by Argentinan evangelist, Luis Palau, June 16,17.

 I was very impressed by the uplifting spiritual atmosphere of the assembly. Not only was there an external anointing in the room but my spirit sensed a deeper and joyful witness and connect, that I call, “a heart anointing”.

 The fact that so many pastors in the Sacramento region are attending the meetings, tells me that the Holy Spirit has initiated and is sustaining them. About five years I attended a prayer meeting of pastors in Sacramento. Before that group disbanded there were only about fifteen in the group, so the size of the current group greatly encourages me.

Foursquare Pastor, Mark Gallego joined me at the luncheon. As you may recall he ministered with me on a series of GSIF sponsored seminars for pastors in the Philippines about four years ago.

 Bill Wallace, a GSIF minister from the church here in Davis, will be leaving for his three month outreach to China June 20. I am sure he will appreciate your prayers.

 Together with you in loving as Jesus loved us,

 Art

Good Shepherd International Fellowship

2012 Annual Report

In 2012 the Good Shepherd International Fellowship (GSIF) supported front line servant leaders and ministers the GSIF who built the Kingdom of God through evangelism, church planting, Bible and literature distribution, feeding the poor, caring for orphans and encouraging church planters and pastors. Here are some of examples of what some of the GSIF members and our partners accomplished and are doing.

In San Fernando, Philippines, Cedric and Joy Panis administer the Good Shepherd International Fellowship Asia Foundation (GSIF Asia), Under its legal umbrella, their Jesus For Luzon group coordinates crusade evangelism in unchurched villages and urban neighborhoods, establishes community Bible studies, plants churches, networks and equips pastors and church leaders and empowers the poor.

Because GSIF Asia is registered as a foundation in the Philippines, doors are open for them to share the Gospel in government run organizations that bar church involvement. Joy, Cedric and their co-laborers teach Christian Values Education in public vocational schools and distribute thousands of textbooks, Bibles and school materials to public schools, libraries and daycare centers that GSIF minister Nelson Seibel and his wife Elaine ship to them from Pennsylvania.

Cedric and Joy also founded the Church of the Good Shepherd in La Union. This fellowship impacts their region with Bible studies, leadership training and outreaches to the community such as weekly tract distributions, vacation Bible schools, and community feeding programs and school age foster care.

Revs. George and Elaine Yakovlev have a multi-national ministry. Throughout 2012 they ministered to and financially supported churches in the Country of Georgia, the Ukraine and India and host a regular Russian language satellite radio program.

In October, George and his son Daniel ministered in churches in the capital of Armenia and assisted impoverished believers. They also ministered in first youth conference held in western coast of the Country of Georgia. About seventy of the five hundred youth in attendance accepted Christ and forty were filled with the Holy Sprint. The Fellowship joined the Yakovlevs in underwriting this historic gathering.

Maria Strong (she is in her seventies) oversees about twelve churches in Chihuahua and other states in Mexico with the help of her son Ronnie and daughter Susanne. 

Bill Wallace from Davis, California has an on going ministry to Chinese nationals who attend or work at the University of California. Almost every month members of his Bible study in English accept Jesus. When they return to Mainland China he disciples them via Skype and e-mail. For eighty six days last summer he ministered in China following up on new believers, leading their friends and family to the Lord and encouraging them to join local churches.

The GSIF provided, guidance, prayer support to Pastor Mark Gallego’s November, 2012 outreach in the Philippines. Pastor Mark, his daughter Nichole, his son David and David’s fiancée, Nichole held crusades in four villages and shared the Gospel to the student body at a high school in central Luzon. In Luzon over 2,100 people heard the Gospel, resulting in 1,589 new deliverers and sixteen new Bible studies. I

In Surigao City, on the north east tip of Mindanao, David ministered to 850 youth at a conference organized by twelve churches. Pastor Mark also ministered to 725 pastors and leaders in three leadership conferences and preached in seven churches.

The GSIF partnered with Foursquare Pastor Mark in assisting pastors and congregations under Pastora Navarro recover from a powerful typhoon the devastated most of the eastern Mindanao.

In late December, Mike DiSanza accompanied his wife Ann was invited to be the pastor on board of a Norwegian Cruise Line ship of 5,000 passengers. Seventy six received Christ at four services. Mike led 1,000 police to the Lord at a large Cops For Christ (CRC) meeting in San Paulo Brazil. Mike is one the founding leaders of CFC.

Thank you again for your love, prayers and giving. We are praying for you.

Together with you in loving as Jesus loved us,

Arthur W. Defenderfer

Assistant General Superintendent

 

Testimony of God’s Love

God Loving Me Perfectly

August 26, 2010

God: I am perfect. There is nothing imperfect in Me. I am perfect. I don’t need your perfection. I love you perfectly. Your imperfection doesn’t change My perfect Love for you. What do you think? Do you think that you can change Me? I can’t change. I love perfectly.

Joy: What about the law?

God: The law never made them perfect. The law in your heart does not make you perfect. Your perfection comes from nowhere in you. You have the Holy Spirit to lead you and to guide you, but that doesn’t make you perfect. My Love for you is not based on your needing to be perfect. I loved you first. I have always loved you from the beginning. Just because man sinned doesn’t mean that I stopped loving you.

Joy: How do You see me then?

God: My Love loves no matter what. Sin keeps you from believing that you are loved, because it makes you think that you need to earn it when you mess up. Nothing changes My Love for you. You can’t change it. You can’t change Me. I am perfect and you are not.

Joy: What about Jesus? Why did He have to die?

God: You are just like you never sinned. I can pass over you because of the blood of Jesus.

Joy: Why did He have to die? How does that have to do with You loving me?

God: I can do everything to try to have a relationship with My people. I can do everything, but that is still a one-sided relationship. I did everything for My Son and He did everything for Me.

Joy: Can You talk to me about Your Love for me and help me to understand how You see me?

God: I see you the same way I see Jesus. My Love is the same for everyone because I am Love. How can I show you that, Joy? How can I help you to see that all I am is Love and that that never changes no matter what you do? How can I prove that to you?

I want you to believe it as much as I love you. I want you to understand me and why I do what I do; it is not to make the world perfect.

I do not see the world as a bunch of messed up things–messed up and doomed. I am not depressed. My Love is poured out. I am poured out. I am given for you. I have poured out Myself for you.

What can I do to help you understand My sacrifice for you? What can I say to prove it to you? You are special. You are My child. You believe I love you when you want to. You believe that when you feel happy and are having a good day that you are loved. If you are depressed it is because God must hate you and not love you at all.

What if My Love was not dependent on your mood? What if My Love was always the same and you just don’t believe it all the time? What if I was totally for you and ready for you? I want you to take what I have.

There are no conditions for My Love. There are no conditions to taking My Love. It is available. There are no conditions. You think that you have not met all the conditions for My Love. You think that one day you might get there, but that you aren’t there yet.

You are there now. You don’t have to do anything, go anywhere or become anyone to receive My Love. There is no waiting in my kingdom; it is now. The time is now and I want you to have My Love now. That is what will change you. It is not changing yourself so you can have My Love.

Are you getting it? My Love is free and for the taking. It costs nothing for you and everything from Me; that is the preciousness of My Love for you that you don’t have to do anything to get it. No waiting, no cursing, no problems can keep it from you My child. It is always here. That is how precious I am. That is how neat it is, you would say.

I am loved by those who receive the gift that is there for them. The moment is now. Take My gift of Love and secure it and then you can live My Life. You can be free and be able to live. That is My purpose. Take the Love and go with it. Please know that.

August 27, 2010

Joy: If You don’t need my perfection, what do You need from me? I thought I couldn’t get Your Love until I was perfect. So, I’ve been very depressed because I knew I could never earn it: so, what’s the point of living?

God: My Love is free. If you had to earn it, it wouldn’t be Love. My Love is a different kind of love than you know. My Love is free because I gave everything, so you could get it for free; that is why I love you. Love means you don’t have to do anything to get it. It is free – that is Love – no conditions.

There are no conditions when I love; it is for always. My Love is non-conditional. It does not love you because of something you have or something that looks good on you.

I love you. I love who you are. I love who you are just as is. You are the one I love.

Joy: What about having to keep the law to be accepted by You? I don’t understand?

God: The Law protects you. You are living in My protection when there are walls around you that you don’t cross – that is protection – that is My Love.

Joy: But man kept going outside the walls?

God: Man didn’t understand My Love for them. It is My Love that keeps you protected. It is My Love that wants to take care of you. It has always been a law of Love.

Joy: Why would You give Your people a law they couldn’t keep?

God: It is My Love which keeps them believing that in My Love is what keeps you. That is what always keeps you safe. I have not changed.

Joy: Why do You want to love me? What are Your motives? Are You loving me to get something from me?

God: There are many reasons for why I love you. Do you want me to tell you why I love you?

I love what I see in you. I love to see you, to look at you, to be around you. I love being with you. There is nothing better than to just be with you, spending time with you. I love to be with you.

Remember that it is I who loved you first. I wanted to love you. I like to love you and spend time with you. It is a joy for me.

There are so many reasons why I love you. I give. I always give. That is why Love gives. I always love no matter what. I always love no matter what I get.

Joy: Can You please answer my question?

God: I want you. I want to give Myself to you. I want to give to you. I want to care for you. I want to heal you. That is part of loving you. I want to be there for you, give everything to you – I love for it. It is not something that I am not passionate about. I am passionate about you and for you. You can have it. You can have that passionate Love you long for.

You have to believe that I am for you and want to give it to you. You are worth it. You are the object of My affection and love. Do you understand the relationship? It is really all about that. I am the Lover. I love my people. You are the object of My affection and desires and have always been; that is who I am. I am tearing down the walls in you. Now you are seeing me for who I really am and it hurts you (Joy: It hurts good). My Love is patient, so I have longed for you for a long time.

Joy: What else would You like to tell me? Hooray! (I feel all of heaven rejoicing!).

That is it!!!! This is what I have waited for, for so long. You love me!!! I love you!!! We can be together!!! What a joy!!! There is no distance between both of us. John 17.

Ps 28:7

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

Philippine Crusade Jan 2011

Here are the results of the recent crusades in the northern province of Luzon, Ilocos Norte, Laoag City.

The team leader was Arthur Defenderfer and the members were all from the congregation of the Word of Life Christian Center.  Over 1300 people were prayed for with many signs and miracles of healings reported.

EVENING CRUSADES

Barangay                        Crowd         Saved        Bible Studies

Brgy 1 Poblacion               148               136                       2

Brgy 2 Poblacion              107                 46                        4

Brgy 62-B Navotas           107                40                         6

Brgy 30-B Sta Maria         120                 42                        2

Brgy 39 Pasiocan              235                 172                      4

Nalbo                                178                  151                      4

Raraburan                          189                146                      2

Brgy 16                                 77                     9                     2

DAYTIME OUTREACHES

Location                                 Crowd                             Saved

Laoag City Mayor’s office           22                                    22

Laoag Provincial Jail                   65                                    65

Ilocos Norte Gov. office               1

Pacay Lake High School            477                                 477

Burgos Cafe                                   3                                    3

Oct 2010 Philippine Crusade

SEIBEL-TYRREL TEAM
It’s really great to have electric power and internet back on, after so many days of intermittent brown-outs due to the typhoon’s damage of power lines.
We covered 8 villages in 10 days, traveling between 2 provinces of Abra and La Union — I can’t keep track of how many kilometers we traveled by van, jeepney, tricycle and even on foot – but I am sure that every inch covered is an inch advanced for the Kingdom!
God showed us His favor everywhere we went. The province of Abra is considered a “political hot spot” due to the upcoming village elections, but we experienced nothing but the people’s generosity and friendship. We were warmly welcomed by the mayors of the 2 towns that we visited.
One mayor even asked us to hold our evening crusade right in their town plaza so that all the towns people can attend and be blessed!
After the crusade, the mayor and his wife invited our whole team for dinner, and we were escorted back into the city by  their provincial guards.
We also visited a public high school with more than 450 students, met with the principal who was more than happy for us to share the Gospel with their students and teachers.
In La Union, we were met by Typhoon Juan!
In spite of the bad weather, people came out to listen to the Word and received prayers.
One evening crusade had to be canceled because typhoon signal #3 was raised in our area, and the village people were all taken to an evacuation center.
The following morning, we went to the evacuation center and held a mini crusade right there!
People came to the Lord and received prayers from the missionaries, and 3 Bible Study groups were formed.
During our last evening crusade, one family came forward to request special prayers in their home because they have been experiencing demonic activities there.
So we all walked to their home, prayed for them..and this morning, we just received news that there is now a Bible Study in that home!
We have so many more individual accounts of how God showed His amazing power, love and answered every prayer..
The joy of the Lord is our strength!
Joy
JESUS FOR LUZON STATS  

 








SEIBEL-TYRREL TEAM






BARANGAY/TOWN/PROV DATE CROWD SALVATION PRAYER/HEALING FOLLOW UP BIBLE STUDY CHURCH
Calumbaya, Dolores Abra 13-Oct 104 80 84 20 2
Nagtipulan, Lagangilang 14-Oct 235 218 215 50
1
Poblacion, Lagangilang 15-Oct 288 251 175 40 5
Agpay, Burgos La Union 16-Oct 203 189 88 20 2
Suguidan Norte, Naguilian 17-Oct 136 128 109 10 3
Pugo Sagapan, Bauang 18-Oct





Dili, Bauang 20-Oct 78 43 55 34 4
Sagayad Relocation, CSF 20-Oct 325 298 273 5 3
TOTAL
1369 1207 999 179 19 1








DAYTIME ACTIVITIES






Nagtipulan Day Care Ctr 14-Oct 30 30



Nagtipulan Elementary 14-Oct 68 68



Tagodtod Nat’l High School 15-Oct 450 422



Naguilian Jail 16-Oct 12 12



Pugo Evacuation Ctr 19-Oct 56 56 50 40 1
COSTW 20-Oct 65 65 78


















TOTAL
681 653 128 40 1
SUMMARY






Total Crowd
2050




Total Saved
1860




Total Prayed For
1127




Total FollowUp
219




Total Bible Studies
20




Total Churches
1