Rubble of War

Perhaps you heard in the news earlier this year of renewed fighting in South Sudan.  In short, it is a conflict for control between government troops and soldiers supporting the former Vice-President.  But it’s the people who are taking the brunt of this conflict.

Ruins of Bor, South Sudan

Ruins of Bor, South Sudan

Despite a cease-fire agreement signed in January of this year, fighting continues today.  We learned earlier this week that fighting this month has deeply affected the pastor and church plant in Bor, South Sudan.  The pastor’s house was burned to the ground and the church was looted with all sound equipment, generators, etc. were stolen.  Though minimal compared to the thousands that have been killed in this conflict, the fact remains that our brothers and sisters in Christ desperately need our help!

Current housing situation

Current housing situation

We don’t know yet the full extent of how many within the church are homeless, but this we know…these people have known little of peace, so many are faced with rebuilding from nothing.  Pictures we’ve received show that many are living beneath mosquito nets and makeshift tents.

Will you show your support for these, your fellow believers, and encourage them in ways unimaginable?  Yes, the needs are many and will be extensive for a length of time, but don’t allow physical distance or the magnitude of need sway you from supporting them with your prayers and finances.

Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.  – 2 Corinthians 9:10

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The Super Bowl and It’s Dark Side

By Shannon Coenen

SuperBowl.HumanTraffickingI am a football fan.  I like watching the game.  I enjoy cheering for my team.  But there is a dark side to the Super Bowl that many don’t know about, and it’s time we do.

Because of the large numbers of people that gather for a sporting event like the Super Bowl, there is an increase of human trafficking as well.  Though most commonly attributed with the sex industry, human trafficking goes far beyond that.  Trafficked individuals may be forced into labor within factories, domestic service, and agriculture or forced into service as child soldiers.  However, the largest percentage of trafficked individuals are for prostitution.

An estimated 800,000 people are trafficked worldwide each year, creating a $32 billion business.  The U.S. alone has approximately 14,500 – 17,500 humans trafficked into its borders, 50% of whom are children.

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So…back to the Super Bowl.  Statistically there is an increase in human trafficking surrounding the Super Bowl each year.  In fact, the Super Bowl is commonly known as the single largest incident of human trafficking in the United States.

In 2010, there were 10,000 prostitutes brought in for the Miami Super Bowl.

In 2011 Dallas Super Bowl, 133 prostitution arrests were children.

While most trafficking is for the sex industry, Super Bowl trafficking also includes forced labor for service industries and domestic help.

Clearly our prayers are needed!!  Let us pray against this horrid treatment of humans!  Pray specifically that the Spirit of God would convict those involved in enslaving others, that His protection would be upon the victims and that they would receive freedom, and that all who intend to pay for services of victims would be foiled in their plane and encounter Christ instead.

On February 2nd, I’ll be watching the game.  I’ll be cheering for my team.  But I’ll also be interceding for those who are involved in the dark side of the Super Bowl.  May the Light of Christ be found there and the immoral business of enslaving and trafficking humans be broken in Jesus’ name!

GOF Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

10yearsIn January 2004, GOF came into existence.  Now we celebrate our 10th anniversary!  What an honor to have served more than 1 million people around the world, bringing the message of freedom, healing, and power in Christ and through His Spirit!

We thank you for your support of GOF through the years.  We couldn’t have done this without you and we consistently pray that the Lord will bless you financially, spiritually, emotionally and physically for your faithfulness to Him.

Here are a few things you can expect this year as we celebrate what God has accomplished through us:

  • Expanded outreach and church planting
  • Continued discipleship of national pastors and leaders
  • New FREE Bible studies available for personal and/or group study
  • Refreshed look to our website
  • Outreach to internationals based in America
  • MOST IMPORTANT:  Leading people to Christ, seeing them filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, and equipping them for Godly living!!

We truly appreciate your prayers for GOF’s leadership and missionaries, countries in which they minister and for all who send these laborers into the field.

The victory of the last 10 years is the Lord’s, but as the body of Christ we will rejoice as well!

GOF Welcomes New Board Member

FerranteWelcome aboard to Steve Ferrante as a new member of the Board of Directors.  Steve is Lead Minister at Park Fellowship Church in Estes Park, CO and has extended ministry experience.

A law enforcement officer for 20 years, he answered the call to full-time ministry and later ordained by the founder of Overland Missions, Philip Smethurst.  Steve then served as an associate pastor at Calvary Christian Center in Inverness, FL for 8 years before the Lord called he and his wife, Lorna, to Estes Park at the beginning of 2013.

Both Steve and Lorna are passionate to see people changed by the work of Jesus, the truth of the Word and the power of the Holy Spirit.  This is demonstrated through their involvement in youth ministry, deliverance ministry and missions work.  Steve has been overseas, primarily in African nations, ministering in the Word and power of the Spirit.

Steve and Lorna have been married more than 30 years, have 4 children and 4 grandchildren.

Many thanks to Steve for accepting the call to join the GOF Board of Directors.  Welcome!

Colorado Gives Day = Good Stewardship

CGD 2013_MasterColorado Gives Day equals good stewardship.  How?  Tomorrow, Dec. 10th, is an opportunity to donate to GOF with:

  • NO transaction fees —  100% of your donation goes to GOF.
  • ADDED funding to your donation —  FirstBank Incentive Fund will contribute an additional amount to your donation.

Afraid you’ll forget to donate tomorrow?  Pre-shedule your donation to count for Colorado Gives Day and reap all the benefits.  Just click the box that says “Schedule donation for Colorado Gives Day.”

Thank you for all your support of GOF.  We so appreciate the prayers, encouragement, and financial support you so generously give!