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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.


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


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


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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!



Calumbaya, Dolores Abra 13-Oct 104 80 84 20 2
Nagtipulan, Lagangilang 14-Oct 235 218 215 50
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
1369 1207 999 179 19 1


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

681 653 128 40 1

Total Crowd

Total Saved

Total Prayed For

Total FollowUp

Total Bible Studies

Total Churches

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Good Shepherd International Fellowship
219 “E” Street, Suite C
Davis, California 95616

Rev. Arthur W. Defenderfer Phone (530) 758-7750
Assistant General Superintendent E-mail gsifus@gmail.com Web Site gsif.org

35th Annual Conference

The 35th Annual Conference was held July 9-10, 2010 in Chico, California. Pastor Larry Lane of Neighborhood Church graciously hosted the Conference at Eglesla Christo Salva, the brand new Spanish church located on Neighborhood’s grounds.

The Conference theme was, Deepening Love, Multiplying Churches. Conference speakers were frontline pastors and missionary evangelists to whom God has given fresh and innovative ways to multiply churches and promote love and unity in the Body of Christ. Attendees included pastors, evangelists, intercessors and zealous believers from 27 different churches in California, New Jersey, Hawaii, Austria and the Philippines (Thirteen cities in the Sacramento Valley were represented.)

Heather Wurlitzer opened the Conference with anointed worship. The first speaker, Gaylord Enns, is the President of Servant Leadership Network and author of the ground breaking book, Love Revolution: Rediscovering the Lost Command of Jesus. Three days before the Conference Gaylord returned from sharing the “Love Revolution” at pastors’ conferences and crusades in Uganda and Ethiopia.

Gaylord pointed out that God wants us to put the corporate Body of Christ and the Kingdom of God first. He stated, “This is not about me and my kingdom … it is about the next generation.” He also emphasized that we need to live entirely out of the love, strength, grace and glory inherent in the New Covenant. If we try to live out of a combination of the Old and New Covenants we will weaken because, “The Law always empowers our weaknesses.”

Gaylord’s revelations on unity in the Body of Christ were instructive. He pointed out that The New Covenant introduces a “God styled” form of love and unity, because our triune God is love and dwells in perfect oneness. As His children, we are made in His image and are designed to share the Father’s love with each other. Gaylord also spoke of “Missional Unity,” a term that highlights the reality that the Body of Christ is relationally unified and called to corporately fulfill the Great Commission.

The next speaker was Jonathan Morris, the President of Strategic Partners Among Nations (SPAN) and Church Multiplication Coalition (CMC). Jonathan shared how an encounter with God and his own research led him to spearhead a new movement in world missions. Briefly, here is his story:

While Jonathan was part of a team doing crusades in the rural Philippines, God spoke powerfully into his heart. He said, “No one wants these people … but I do.” God also told Jonathan that He was upset that it had taken so long to reach the lost. After hearing from God, Jonathan has been totally convinced that, “Jesus deserves to be worshiped in every village.” He has dedicated the rest of his life to making that happen.

Jonathan started by working with Jill Boyonas, GSIF Asia Foundation’s President in the Philippines and an experienced crusade evangelist and mobilizer. After researching church growth patterns in the Philippines, they concluded that past evangelistic efforts were not adequate to reach the Philippines in their lifetimes. A new strategy was needed. Jonathan and Jill found a key component of God’s plan in India. There they found that pastors working together across denominational lines established thousands of churches—many more than they did previously when they labored independently of each other.

The success of the pastors in India led Jonathan and Jill to establish the CMC in the Philippines in 2006. They shared the church multiplication concept with ministerial fellowships they had done crusades for in recent years. They found many pastors who were zealous to join their own CMC pastors’ networks to cooperatively establish self- supporting Bible studies and churches in unreached villages. Jonathan and Jill, along with regional Filipino CMC leaders, encourage the pastors to continue to meet, pray and support one another and co-labor with American crusade teams.

The results have been encouraging. In CMC crusades from 2006-2009, 267,967 Filipinos prayed to receive the Lord. As a result, the local Filipino pastors and church planters started 3,404 new Bible Studies for the converts and 579 new churches were established. CMC research shows that one year after the crusades, 40-60% of the new converts remain in the Bible Studies and connected to the local sponsoring church.

There are now over 150 CMC pastors’ networks comprised of over 2,200 pastors from different denominations. These networks are active in 60% of the provinces in the Philippines. In the first two months of 2010, CMC pastors’ networks planted 100 new churches.

At the Conference, Jonathan shared some great mission stories and showed a DVD in which he, Jill and African leaders discussed the way CMC is mobilizing pastors. CMC’s pastors’ network and church planting movement is now active in the Philippines, Myanmar (Burma), Peru, Uganda and Ethiopia.

Cedric and Joy Panis, CMC’s Regional Directors for Luzon (The Philippines’ large northern island), presented a very lively and informative video. It highlighted the progress in Luzon and provided timetables to establish more CMC pastors’ networks that will reach thousands of villages still without a church.

For over ten years Cedric and Joy have coordinated GSIF seminars for pastors in the Philippines. At these gatherings, Rev. Arthur Defenderfer and other American ministers encouraged the pastors to unify, love one another and faithfully fulfill their callings. Cedric and Joy are now pastors, crusade coordinators and vital members of the GSIF and CMC leadership teams in the Philippines.

The Conference host pastor, Larry Lane, presented a candid message summarizing the high points of 17 years of inspiring unity among pastors in Chico and in Central and Northern California. Larry continues to spearhead the Pastors’ Prayer Summits in the Chico area and many local and regional gatherings of pastors, church leaders, intercessors and churches.

Larry shared a summary of what he has learned in unifying pastors and working for revival. His five points are as follows: 1. Maintain a holy dissatisfaction and hunger for revival. Do not settle for achieving the “lowest bar” of change. 2. Relationship, Relationship, Relationship. He pointed out that, “You will never go beyond the level of your relationships.” 3. Faith. Pastors will not invest in anything they don’t believe will happen. 4. Develop Kingdom people, not Kingdom events. Release the Kingdom in your sphere of influence. 5. Perseverance. It takes years to get to know the people in the local church and the community.

Conference attendees were grateful to hear GSIF minister Mary McDonald share some highlights of her outstanding new book, Uncovering Love, Discovering Soul. She described how God designed us to love. Once we are born again, our spirit is designed to pour the Father’s love into our souls so we love one another as Jesus loved us. When this happens, we can proclaim the Gospel with love so that unbelievers can believe that Jesus is the Son of God.

Mary’s very readable book shares her difficult personal journey. She describes how she was transformed from relentless self efforts to earn God’s love, to resting in Him as a beloved daughter. After decades of striving, stress, guilt and condemnation she is now free to joyously flow in God’s lavish love for herself and others. The book also contains a clear Biblical explanation of the way God designed our spirit, soul and body to function and interrelate. Mary gave her book to everyone at the Conference who requested a copy.

Other highlights of the Conference included the ordination of Bill Wallace from Davis as a Licensed Minister in the GSIF. The prayers of the Aglow intercessors were significant, especially for those who received words of encouragement from them in the prayer room.

The GSIF leadership wants to thank Larry Lane, the leadership team and loving members of Neighborhood Church for hosting the Conference. All appreciated the volunteers from different churches who took care of the behind the scenes details including serving up a delicious free lunch for everyone.

Please contact Arthur Defenderfer if you would like a CD of any of the messages, a copy of Mary McDonald’s/or Gaylord Enns’ book, or desire membership in the Fellowship.

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Here are the results from a recent Church Multiplication Coalition outreach that was headed by Pastor Eric Moen from Truckee, Ca.  The 13 member team he headed worked with the Philippine leaders Cedric and Joy Panis.  The scripture that comes to mind is in the book of Acts – 16:5. “So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and they increased in numbers daily.”

Feb 12-22, 2010

La Union Crusade





2/12 Suyo, Luna

Ptr. Rodel Andaya

320 220 180 155 5
2/13 Mangaan, Santol

Ptra. Rose Otanes

210 153 160 31 4
2/14 Upper Talogtog, San Juan

Ptra Olive Catbagan

136 70 75 52 7
2/15 Cabugnayan, San Juan

Ptr. Randy Ilias

430 400 400 60 4
2/16 Balballosa, San Juan

Ptr. Danny Ragudo

180 165 170 54 3
Daytime Activities 977 949 989
TOTALS for LA UNION 2253 1957 1974 352 23

Pangasinan Crusade





2/18 Lucap, Alaminos

Ptra. Maricar Lacorte

221 200 175 20 3
2/19 Victoria, Alaminos City

Ptr. Alex & Narcisa Brin

1025 800 920 60 6 1
2/20 San Vicente, Alaminos

Ptr. Arsenio Tarlit

200 102 74 12 2
2/21 Poblacion, Labrador

Ptr. Cesar Ignacio

264 96 140 50 5 1
2/22 Tugui Grande, Bani

Ptr. Jay Gamueda

178 129 76 34 4
TOTALS for PANGASINAN 1888 1327 1385 176 20 2







For more information on participating in these crusades check out the web for CMC : 4cmcinternational.org

or contact us at: gsifus@gmail.com

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Dear Saints:


I trust you are all well in Jesus.

Below is an excellent report about the results of a Church Multiplication Coalition crusade Pastor Mark and I partnered with in a small village in the Philippines in 2008. We praise God for fruit that remains.

Pastor Art

From: Joy Panis from San Fernando, La Union Province, Philippines
Sent: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 11:14 AM
Subject: Progress Report from Barangay Leg-Leg, San Juan

I received this great report from Sister Malou Binabice, the local ministry worker from Barangay Leg-Leg, San Juan where we had a mini crusade last November 2008 with
Art and Mark Gallego.

Sister malou writes:
“Greetings in the wonderful Name of our Lord Jesus!
We have already 6 ongoing Bible Studies in Brgy. Leg-Leg, with weekly home visitation and prayer meetings.

We are focusing our vision on our Children’s Ministry, beginning January 30, 2010, every Saturday, with about 60 children.

The young lady who was a rape victim and received Jesus during the crusade and got prayed for healing is now living the life of an active young person. God brought her back to a normal, peacefull life, without the pain in her heart.

In one of our Bible studies in a member’s home (Sister Fely is her name) her husband accepted Jesus during a Bible study last December. This man is now very active and supportive of our Bible studies; he is even the one who entertains us when we visit the family weekly.”

Sister Malou’s 1st request is for our prayers for the continued growth of their ministry in that village. There are many young people in that place that are out of school,and their ministry intends to impact these teens and young adults to get involved in Bible studies.
Their village was also affected by the typhoons and flooding last year. Recovery is slow, but they are sure of God’s faithfulness.

Secondly, Sister Malou is seeking whatever financial support that we can extend towards the work in Brgy Leg-Leg.
If you remember from our last visit, this barangay is quite a distance from the closest village or town.
Bible studies, visitation, prayer meetings, children and youth ministry activities have to be accomplished by means of tricycle transportation, and if they are short of funds…on foot. Bibles are also needed for their expanding bible study groups.

I told Sister Malou that we will be praying about these ministry needs even as we thank and praise God for the victory in Brgy. Leg-Leg!!

In Christ Alone,

Live a Life of Love
2 John 1:6

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Crusade report

Good Shepherd International Fellowship
Philippines Outreach
October 2009

The Mission Team

The Good Shepherd International outreach October 13 -26 to the Island of Luzon in the Philippines yielded tremendous fruit.
A team of six Americans (the team) ministered in seven Good Shepherd International Fellowship (GSIF-www.gsif.org) sponsored evangelistic crusades in unchurched barangays (villages), lead three GSIF sponsored ministers’ seminars and spoke in churches and at ChurchMultiplicationCoalition’s(CMC-www.4cmcinternational.org) first Luzon Regional Conference. The team consisted of Art and Nancy Defenderfer, Gaylord Enns and Shirley Trejo from California, Nelson Seibel from Pennsylvania and Raymond Walker from Hawaii.

The Successful Crusade Pattern

The crusades coordinated by CMC are usually held in a barangay that has no church where a local pastor has a burden to start a church. These pastors and the local CMC coordinators are usually members of a local trans denominational ministerial fellowship.
In the early afternoon of the crusade day, the Filipino band members set up at the crusade site. Typically this was a concrete basketball court at the center of the barangay or on the grounds of a centrally located elementary school.
About 3:00 pm the team members started handing out invitations to the crusade from house to house in the barangay with the local pastor and his workers.
From 5 – 5:45 pm the band filled the barangay with what Cedric(head of GSIF-Asia) described as, “full blast volume, super fast; not churchy songs.” The music drew more and more adults, youth and children to the crusade site.
About 5:45 pm the entire crusade team gathered in a circle to intercede one last time for the people in the barangay, the crusade and the weather. Finally they ministered the Lord’s Supper to one another and prayer walked the basketball court.
At 6 pm Cedric introduced the barangay captain (and/or other barangay leaders, such as the principal of the school) to the gathering crowd. After they briefly welcomed the people, the team members from America were introduced.
Each night one of the team members was assigned to greet the people. Uncle Raymond became the peoples’ favorite greeter. He began and ended his salutation with a hardy Hawaiian, “Aloooooha.” Another team member then gave a brief testimony of their conversion, followed by the main evangelistic message by Gaylord, Nelson or Art. That night 125 people prayed to receive Jesus out of the 215 who attended.
After the alter call, those wanting prayer lined up in front of one of the six U.S. team members. An interpreter was assigned to each line and another Filipino recorded everyone’s contact information and any testimony.
Following the prayer time the new believers were exhorted to follow the “Four Steps to Christian Growth” — Pray, Read the Bible, Fellowship, Share Jesus with others. See Arthur Defenderfer Facebook site to see how Nancy did this) The new believers received follow-up material and an invitation to return the next afternoon for a free New Testament.

Preserving the Harvest – Crusade Follow Up

Some of the crusade team members returned to Dangdangla to follow-up the crusade Grace, a singer in the crusade band began the follow up by reviewing using the “Evangecube”, a cleverly designed Gospel presentation that uses pictures imprinted on a three dimensional cube.
After the Bibles were handed out, the local pastor invited the new believers to volunteer to host a new Bible study in their homes. In Dangdangla five Bible studies were established. By the end of the October outreach thirty seven new Bible studies were established in six barangays.

Another Crusade and a Miracle

Thursdays’ crusade was held in Barangay Lubing, a more suburban area. The venue was a lovely basketball court with a stage, both protected by a high metal roof. When the music team began there were only a few present. This spurred the team to pray more — and as usual the Holy Spirit did His part — 143 prayed to received Jesus.
In Lubing a man in his 70’s who was blind in one eye, received his sight after Shirley prayed for him.

Pastors’ Seminars

On Friday, October 16th the first of three GSIF, “Love and Unity with a Mission” seminars for forty four pastors and church workers in San Fernando. Some braved hindrances from landslides and flood damage to attend.
At this and the following two minister’s seminars, Gaylord, Nelson and Art sensed a genuine hunger for the truth in the pastors and church workers. Gaylord ministered on the the primacy of the Command of Jesus to us to love one another as he loved us. Nelson taught on the importance of characteristics and message of the Kingdom of God. Art pointed out that all of us must receive healing in our souls so that we will automatically love one another enough to work in unity to sustain a world transforming revival.
In different ways Gaylord, Nelson and Art underlined what Jesus prophesied — that if we loved one another in our being, with our words and with our deeds as Jesus did — the world will know that we are his disciples.
Everyone that attended each seminar received Gaylord’s’ book, Love Revolution: Rediscovering the Lost Command of Jesus and sincerely enjoyed having him sign their copy.

Crusade Victories Amidst Challenges

On Friday afternoon it started to rain and Cedric became concerned about the danger from landslides Cedric prayed fervently and displaying typical Filipino flexibility directed the team to minister in a church located in the middle of the most crime ridden area in San Fernando. God moved in a mighty way that night and sixty seven accepted Christ.
Our most spiritually challenging crusade was on Saturday, October 17th in Sevilla. The team sensed a spiritual darkness over the barangay and a downpour began just as the band began to play. The rain was so intense it scattered the crowd.
The team refused to give up and moved the crusade along exactly as planned while quietly rebuking satan and the storm while praying for God’s intervention. God gave victory — the rain stopped as the evangelistic message began. Eighteen received Jesus.

Ministry in Pangasinan Province

On Sunday morning the team spoke in local churches, then traveled south to Pangasinan Province where they held four more crusades. In Pangasinan the team clearly saw how the landslides and floods destroyed crops and properties as a result of a recent “super typhoon”. That passed over Luzon Island three times. Cedric said that when the typhoon hit his house, “It sounded like a 747 was on top of our roof.”
On Monday morning, October 19th, Gaylord, Nelson and Art ministered to 237 pastors in Dagupan at the second GSIF pastors’ seminar.
Probably the most memorable crusade was held at an elementary school in Lambayan, Pangasinan on Saturday, October 18th. The school principal who greeted the crusade crowd had lived in Lambayan her whole life. She was so impacted by the crusade that she released the entire school to attend the follow-up session the next day (314 teachers, students and new believers attended).
This is how this crusade changed Lambayan as reported by Cedric – But the best miracle for me, was … our first crusade in Pangasinan, with the school… were there was not a church there, and they are now meeting there every Sunday, a church of around 200 attendees, and they have said that there was never a missionary who went there, and they felt that they were forgotten by God, but guess what, GSIF ministries went there and proved to them there that God sure does love them… That’s the best miracle I’ve seen on our crusades… and the very first time they clapped their hands for getting a Bible… imagine, they never even had a Bible before… super great our God is !!!!
The next three crusades, October 19 – 21, were in the rural barangays of Sonquil, Calberg and Sundcoy. Each one showed what happens when God’s love and the Gospel touches the open hearts of Filipinos. In these three crusades over 840 people heard the Gospel, 360 prayed to receive Jesus, 23 new Bible studies were started and one new church was birthed. In Suncoy over 500 people heard the Gospel, one crippled man walked and the Lord sovereignly delivered a lady from a devil.

Ministry Connections Discovered in Manila

At the invitation of CMC President Jill Boyonas, Gaylord and Art ministered in Manila at the first CMC Luzon Conference. Alongside CMC leaders from the U.S. and the Philippines they spoke to sixty CMC Regional Network Chairpersons and ten candidates for CMC Provincial Network appointments.
As Pastor Powell Lemons, a CMC Board Member and seasoned crusade evangelism leader, reviewed the history of American missionary work in the the Philippines, Art was amazed that he and Powell had worked with some of the same evangelistic pioneer leaders in the Philippines, including Filipino Romeo Corpuz, “the father of crusade evangelism” in the Philippines and evangelist Bill Baxley from California.

Sharing God’s Heart for Souls

Gaylord and Art were very impressed with the sincere hearts and the church planting vision of the CMC leaders. They well on their way to their goal of planting churches in the 26,000 unchurched barangays in the Philippines.
Gaylord and Art were deeply moved when CMC President, Pastor and businessman Jonathan Morris shared with tears his 1999 supernatural encounter with God. What God whispered to him shook him to the core of his being and launched him on a quest to encourage, mobilize and network national pastors all over the world to work together to multiply churches in unevangelized villages.
After studying the results of crusades on church growth one year after the crusades were held, Jonathan found a significant key to church growth. When local pastors would establish Bible studies with the new believers the day after a crusade, up to 34% of those who accepted Christ at the crusades were still attending church. When no Bible studies of new believers were established there was frequently no church growth after one year.
Based on Jonathan and Jill’s extensive crusade experience, their research in the Philippines and observing a successful church multiplication model in India, they established CMC in 2006. The CMC model has proven successful in the Philippines and is spreading to other countries.

Partners in Ministry

The partnership of GSIF with CMC makes spiritual sense. Both are committed to working and networking in love and unity across denominational lines and national boundaries. GSIF’s mandate from God mandate to encourage pastors and to impart to them the spirit of love and unity, helps preserve and enlarge the harvest. In the words of the psalmist, Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity… for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life forever more. (Psalm 133:1, 3b)

A Glorious Conclusion

After ministering in churches in Manila on Sunday morning, October 25th, Gaylord and Art spoke to 215 pastors and church workers at the final “Love and Unity with a Mission” seminar. Following the seminar one of the key leaders told the Art, “This was the best pastors’ seminar that we have had.”
All together, the team ministered personally to over 2,500 people including 506 pastors and church leaders at the GSIF seminars, 1,816 people in the crusades and 75 leaders at the Luzon CMC Conference. At the crusades 923 people prayed to receive Jesus, 588 attended the follow up sessions, 37 Bible studies were started and two church were established.
The team gives their sincere appreciation to Jill and the CMC leaders for their heart felt love of souls, their hard work and their visionary leadership. They praise God for their ever resourceful coordinators and their special friends — Cedric and Joy Panis.

Contact Art if you want to assist in the work of the GSIF. (gsifus@gmail.com)

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