Dear Friends –September 1, 2018
Greetings and blessings to you in Jesus’ mighty name!
As we move out in ministry it becomes very apparent that there is no other area in the world that is so serious with God as East Africa. The Christians there are submitted and sold out for Jesus! The people on the street have a God consciousness that opens up their hearts to the Lord. The children are hungry for God and run to receive Jesus when an altar call is made. God is moving mightily there because the people’s hearts are open to receive more of what God has to offer them!
85% of people in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda that I have seen live in the countryside and raise their families centered in the church. What this means is that young people are raised with a Christian influence throughout these countries because of how they are brought up in the family. In Kenya Christian Religious Education is taught through Elementary School and High School. All of the Christian singing groups center their songs on Bible stories, schools are named such as Amazing Grace Secondary School, and Mustard Seed Faith Elementary School. Signs are posted on buses and trucks such as – Jesus Loves You, He is our Only Hope, Christ the Refreshing One (in Coca Cola script), Jesus the Eternal One, etc. What a unique place!
Christians in East Africa are praying seriously for other countries and for world problems and situations. Tanzania is surrounded and bordered by the 8 countries of – Kenya, Uganda, Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique. 3000 Pastors and Leaders from those countries just gathered together for five days of prayer and fasting in Tanzania. This was organized by the leaders of the Free Pentecostal Church of Tanzania who just hosted our international team meetings in the 3 Tanzanian cities of Bukoba, Tabora, and Kigoma.
We feel honored and blessed to be a part of what God is doing in East Africa. Now, it is our vision to take anointed, Spirit filled men of God from East Africa and other countries such as Pakistan into Europe, starting in Portugal. The Muslims are advancing in that part of the world as a result of weak and empty Christian churches throughout European countries. We want to help change that by bringing new life and the power of God with new refreshing emphasis and anointing from another part of the world, that being East Africa, starting and focusing in Portugal. It is called “Cross Fertilizing and Cross Pollinizing in the Spirit”. Will you help us pray for that? Europe is in desperate straits spiritually and proclaiming the Gospel is like chipping through granite. It needs a fresh breath of the Mighty Holy Spirit to come in great power and glory to break through strongholds! God has given us an in-road and we believe that Portugal can be open to receiving Jesus!
We want to bring a new “High Five” of blessing from God as stated in 1 Chronicles 29:11-13 –
“Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine;
Thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all.
Both riches and honor come of thee, and thou reignest over all;
And in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great,
and to give strength unto all.
Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.”
Damaris and I are leaving for Portugal on September 15 to follow up on contacts and to make new relationships. We will be going to “spy out the land” and explore the area of Porto, Braga, and northern Portugal. We will be meeting with Pastor Carlos and Ria Silveria from The Riverside International Church of Portugal, founded and headed up by Pastor/Dr. Eduardo Fernandes, who was part of our International Team of speakers in Tanzania on this last trip. Our goal is to lay the foundation for exploratory Outreach Ministry into Portugal, covering the whole country, in Sep/Oct 2019. We are focused to do exactly that.
We are on the cutting edge of new ventures in the Spirit and need your prayers! The world is our pulpit and it is not limited to one person! Our vision and heart’s desire is to utilize national, indigenous Christian leaders and workers to impact their own countries with the help of others from different geographical areas. What for one is their Jerusalem; is for another their Judea; or for another their Samaria; or for another the uttermost part of the earth! The mix, mingling, integrating, and association of God’s people from different areas of the world is very healthy and demonstrates a unity, agreement, and oneness that only The Holy Spirit can bring to the Body of Christ. There are no denominations in heaven! There is no division within the Body of Christ for as it says in Galatians 3:26-28 –
“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free,
there is neither male nor female; for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”
And again, we read in Ephesians 4:4-6 –
“There is one body, and one Spirit,
even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all,
who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”
Blessings, love, thanksgiving, and prayers for us all as we fight the good fight of faith,
Stan and Damaris Herpick