By Michelle Ofori-Ansah

When we think of a “minister of the Gospel,” we typically think of an apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor or teacher. It’s unlikely we would think of the word smuggler, let alone a Bible smuggler. However, for CFNI alumnus Patrick Klein that is a large part of his calling, and he is anointed for it. For over 20 years, Patrick Klein has helped deliver over 1 million Bibles around the world through some of the tightest security on earth.

But why would a young man, full of vitality and promise, choose such a dangerous career path? Why would he reject his comfortable American life and even risk his life to bring Bibles into closed and dangerous countries? Patrick Klein describes his motivation this way: “When you see pain and suffering up close and personal, how can you walk away from it? How can I live a supposedly normal life, the American dream, knowing girls are being sold into sex trafficking, pastors need Bibles desperately, and there are children living in the sewers? If I really had the Spirit of God in me, things that break God’s heart are going to break my heart.”

By following his heart, Patrick Klein’s clandestine ministry activities have led him to rescue sex trafficking victims over the years in countries most people are afraid to even visit (the names of the specific countries are withheld because of the danger to Patrick and his contacts). For Patrick, darkness is a quest for light, and need is a call to action. He does not shy away from danger when the souls of people are at stake.

Patrick’s passion for the lost and hurting was sparked while on a CFNI summer mission trip. He was a CFNI student, and it was his first time intentionally breaking international law. Patrick had heard about the need in one Asian country for Bibles (there was only one Bible for every 300 Christians in this unfriendly-to-the-Gospel nation), and he and his team were going to do something to help meet that need. Patrick had Bibles hidden in his checked and carry-on luggage, plus the ones he had hidden on his body under his clothes. He didn’t realize it, but his career as a Bible smuggler was about to begin.

81-year-old man receiving a Bible for the first time after decades of praying for one.

Walking through customs, trying not to appear nervous, Patrick experienced almost immediate failure. Customs officials found the Bibles in his carry-on and checked bags, but they didn’t find the ones hidden on his body. They confiscated the discovered Bibles, but cleared Patrick to enter the country. Officially a Bible smuggler, Patrick now had to repack and hide these precious Bibles again. In a rough bathroom with a “squatty potty” (just a hole in the floor), Patrick struggled to keep his bag off the wet floor and his passport from falling into the hole as he transferred the Bibles from his body to the bag. It was an extremely humid 90 degrees, and sweat dripped off his body. His only thought was, “Lord, this is what I am created to do! I love this!”

Years later, Patrick regularly smuggles Bibles into that same country and others, trusting God to bring more and more Bibles through hostile borders. On one occasion, he and his team successfully stayed below the radar of customs inspection while carrying 2 duffel bags, each with 70 pounds of Bibles, through the airport. Ten people with 140 pounds of Bibles each somehow walked right past the customs inspectors.

They weren’t even stopped and questioned. Patrick’s team was invisible! He has seen God’s protection and intervention in similar ways for over two decades. “You know, I hear some people say, ‘I just want to win one person to Jesus in my life.’  Not me, I want to win millions, tens of millions. I want to do all I can to bring Him much glory in this earth.

Tribal believer holding a Bible in her own language.

Patrick doesn’t think this is all that spectacular. He just hears a call for help and moves to answer it. “We do some dangerous stuff in our ministry, but people put their lives on the line for the Gospel all the time. Why are we, as American Christians, exempt from that?”

Patrick tells a story of one of his regular visits to an orphanage in an Asian country that houses children of sex trafficking victims. One little boy contracted HIV from his mother, who has died of AIDS. “When he came up to me, my first thought was, ‘Oh, be careful, he’s got HIV.’ And I thought, ‘Wait a minute, Jesus wasn’t afraid of the lepers, so I don’t need to be afraid of HIV.’  So I scooped him up and spent time with him. I visit as often as I can; I’m like a father figure to him. My faith has got to be bigger than any disease.

Whether he is smuggling Bibles or rescuing women from sex trafficking, Patrick isn’t afraid to wrestle with the moral implications of this radical Christianity. One American pastor refused to have Patrick in his church because Bible smuggling breaks the law. This pastor said, “If God wants the people in closed countries to have a Bible, He will change their governments.” Patrick shares, “I thought, that’s easy for you to say when your office is full of Bibles and study materials. What about the Hebrew midwives who kept the Hebrew baby boys alive when Pharaoh decreed they be killed in Egypt? Or Corrie ten Boom who hid Jews in her house against the laws enacted by the Nazi government during World War II? We’re called to stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves, the weak and defenseless. I believe if Jesus were walking the Earth today, He’d be rescuing girls out of sex trafficking. If He had to turn over a few tables and brothels, then He might just do it.”

For Patrick Klein, Bible smuggling is an act of worship, obedience to his calling. Patrick lives by a simple creed: “My life is not mine; I was bought with a price, the cross. I can’t just do whatever I want to do. I belong to Jesus now, and my question is, ‘What do You want me to do Jesus?’” Not everyone can or should smuggle Bibles or rescue sex trafficking victims, and Patrick is not advocating breaking international law. But everyone has a role to play in the Kingdom. It may be traditional, unconventional or perhaps even radical, but whatever it is, it’s time to answer that call.

Patrick Klein ministering to children in Southeast Asia.

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Called to Love

(the story of Martin Borgai)

by Maria Erokhina

Martin Borgai has a unique story. From a wonderful encounter with the Lord that led him to quit his prestigious job and reach the lost in the slums of India, to seeing the power of God move in miraculous ways, his life is a testimony of God’s unfailing love.

“Martin, Come For the Work”

Martin grew up in Karnataka, in southern India. He enjoyed a successful career in aircraft engineering, had financial stability and a good family. However, he lived with a feeling that there was more to life.

Martin knew about God, but he had never experienced the depth of His presence. One day, as he was praying and asking God to make Himself known to him, God’s glory filled the room. The radiance was so bright that Martin couldn’t see the Person, only His white garments. Martin fell at His feet.

Jesus put His hand on Martin’s head and said, “Martin, come for the work that I want to establish through you in your country.” Martin replied, “Yes, Lord.” Immediately after that encounter, Martin contacted a pastor and was baptized. When he came out of the water, he saw the glory of God. That was another confirmation of the Lord’s calling. Martin resigned from his job and dedicated his life to pursuing God’s purpose for him.

Members of New Covenant church feed the hungry and share with them the Bread of Life, Jesus.

Martin knew that he needed to receive good biblical training in order to be prepared for ministry. He applied to Christ For The Nations Institute and was granted a CFNI International Scholarship. His two years at CFNI made a big impact on him. “I was trained, taught the Word of God and molded to be the person I am today,” he says.

While at CFNI, Martin seized every opportunity to learn, meet new people and to serve. “Before CFNI, I had a white-collar job; at CFNI I felt honored to clean up the campus. Christ had left His throne and washed the feet of His disciples, and I wanted to serve like He served,” he recalls.

Martin graduated from CFNI in 2004. In March 2005 he started New Covenant Church in his hometown, Karnataka.

A Life of Miracles

Since then, the church has grown considerably. They live like a family, sharing meals, praying and ministering to people in their community. Martin, his wife Prema and their three children serve in the church together. Martin says, “Women leading a church are not common in India. I know that the same Spirit that lives in me is in my wife, as He abides in every child of God. When my wife speaks the Word of God, God speaks through her.”

Pastor Martin praying before a shared meal

New Covenant Church reaches out to villages and slums, prisons and hospitals, bringing food, education and the Gospel to the poor and suffering. The church’s prayer team meets every night to intercede for the needs of the people. During one such prayer meeting, the team received a phone call from a married couple that couldn’t have children. Martin went to their house to pray for them. He realized that there was an obstruction coming from an evil spirit, and when he rebuked it, it left their home. Soon the couple was expecting their firstborn.

One day, a lady asked the prayer team to pray for her healing because she was suffering from severe pain caused by a tumor on her ovary. The prayer team commanded the tumor to leave her body. The next day, the doctor confirmed that she was completely healed. Because of her testimony, many people have come to the Lord.

Miracles like this happen in Karnataka on a regular basis. Broken families get restored, people become healed of various diseases and even hopeless situations turn around. Martin declares, “Wherever we go and preach God’s Word, He shows up. When we stand in faith, God confirms His Word. When we speak the Word, we speak the power of God. And when we speak the power of God, it accomplishes the will of God. But it only happens when we stand on God’s Word 100 percent, without even 1 percent of doubt.”

Preaching Through Love

New Covenant church exists to tell every person about the Savior’s love.

“We preach the Gospel through love,” says Martin. “Sometimes it’s difficult to love people who hate and reject us, but no matter what happens, love remains our choice. Jesus didn’t come to build Christianity. He came to liberate people, bless them and show them the righteous way. We’ve been following His example.

Love, servanthood, the importance of reaching the lost and unity are the foundational pillars of our church family. I learned these principles at CFNI. CFNI equipped me and made me confident that nothing can separate me from God’s love. Everywhere I go, I share what I received there.”


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Life Poured Out

(the story of Michael Lombardo)

by Maria Erokhina

The greatest quest of his life started with one encounter…an encounter that sparked a flame in his heart, a burning desire to make Jesus known. Today, his passion is to tell everyone about the fullness of life that can be found in Christ.

Not Alone in the Room

Michael grew up in a Christian home in New Jersey. In his teenage years, the world became more attractive to him than Christianity, and he went down the wrong path. He tried alcohol, relationship after relationship, even taking and dealing drugs. He thought these things would fill the void in his heart, and they did…but only for a while, leaving him broken, lonely and empty. Depression became his constant companion, pushing him to the brink of hopelessness. He started to hate his life.

His parents continued to pray for him, and Michael credits those prayers with saving his life. He truly believes that God preserved him in several life-threatening accidents, where the cars were totaled but he came out scratch-free. “It woke me up,” he says, “It made me think that God was with me, even though I wasn’t serving Him.”

Finally, he decided to give God a chance. One night, he prayed desperately, “If You’re real, I need You right now!” Michael thought he was alone in his room, but he wasn’t. All of his fears and anxiety left as the glorious presence of God filled the atmosphere. He was overwhelmed with God’s love, peace and joy. Then he heard God speak for the first time, “Son, I have plans for your life.” God delivered Michael from “sinful baggage” that day and restored every area of his life. From then on, Jesus has been his pursuit.

 From the Prayer Room to the Mission Field

The first worship album that Michael heard after his encounter with the Lord was Christ For The Nations’ album Overtaken featuring Kari Jobe, Rick Pino and Klaus Kuehn. “Listening to that beautiful worship, I cried like a baby in the presence of God,” he remembers. God began to speak to him about attending CFNI.

The youth that Michael shared the Gospel with during his first mission trip to Thailand

“CFNI has changed my life forever. I wanted to get the most out of my time there, to separate myself and get trained for my calling, but above all, I desired to know God. I spent a lot of time in prayer and worship, and my friends started calling me a ‘prayer room guy.’ I joined the evangelism team and began to step out and push myself beyond fears and comfort to do what the Lord has called me to do,” he says.

While at CFNI, Michael took his first mission trip to Asia, and that experience lit a fire in him to reach the world for Christ. When he graduated from CFNI in 2012, he got involved with missionary work. He’s served with such ministries as Iris Global, Global Awakening and others, and preached the Gospel in many places around the world. He met his wife Selina on the mission field. Their love for God and passion for the lost, broken and orphaned make them a powerful team. Together, they’ve witnessed many people saved, transformed, delivered and healed.

Walking In Divine Destiny

Preaching to the indigenous people of Bicol, Philippines

The Lombardos were doing missionary work in Cambodia when they found out they were expecting a baby. At that time, God showed Michael a vision of a fire spreading across America. They both knew God was calling them back to the USA.

In America, their beautiful daughter, Selah Gloria, was born. Michael also brought to life a project that God had put on his heart seven years prior – he wrote the book Born For More. He says, “The purpose of Born For More is to impart in believers a hunger for more than just going to church, working and doing life; a hunger for constant fellowship with God. Once we establish an intimate relationship with God, everything else will flow out of it, come naturally…The most life-changing revelation for me was that God loves me and longs for me. When I realized that, guilt and condemnation left me, and He became my passion. I wouldn’t even want to reach the lost and do the works of God if I didn’t walk intimately with Him.”

Together Michael and Selina founded Life Poured Out (a nonprofit organization based in New Jersey) with the mission to “reach the lost, ignite the church, serve the poor.” “The name, Life Poured Out, came from the truth that just as Christ poured out His life for us, we, in turn, can pour out our lives for Him. So many believers ‘get stuck’ in the four walls of the church while God is moving us to go into all the world, preach the gospel, drive out demons, lay hands on the sick…Our passion is to preach the gospel and to empower the Church to walk in Her divine destiny,” says Michael.

Leaving A Mark

Talking about the legacy he wants to leave, Michael says, “I want to be remembered as someone who looks like Jesus, shines His light and makes a difference in the world, but also, as a man who loves his family well. I want to bring as many to the Kingdom as possible, and pass the baton to my children.”

He adds, “Life is a process and a journey, but in every season let Him teach you, transform you and prepare you for what’s ahead.”

To learn more about Michael and Selina’s ministry, visit




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Permission To Dream

(the story of Lazarus Razaily)

by Maria Erokhina

This is the story of a man who decided to choose the important over the convenient and the calling of God over the plans of people.

Big Dreams, Big Challenges

Lazarus was born into an orthodox Hindu family that was deeply involved in witchcraft and suffered grinding poverty. At a certain point, his father became very ill and was dying. A Christian neighbor told his wife about Jesus the Healer and prayed for her husband. At that time, Lazarus’ parents didn’t know anything about Christianity, but they agreed to receive the Lord in hopes that it would make the father well. A miracle happened indeed – his health was restored.

The joy of sharing food and Jesus with the people of Nepal

After their salvation, the life of the family started to improve. Nevertheless, severe need compelled the parents to send their children to the orphanage. Fortunately, it was a Christian orphanage, where the children heard about Jesus on a daily basis.

From a very young age Lazarus wanted to become a musician. He had many other dreams, too, but the economic situation in the country and other challenges were steadily choking those dreams to death. Despair was growing in his heart.

In 2001, Lazarus got connected with a group of people who were passionate about the Lord and found the place where he belonged. He testifies that his real experience of salvation happened at that time. Although the circumstances around him didn’t change, hope started to rise in his heart.

A Step of Faith Leads to Breakthrough

Lazarus was serving with a ministry that provided food for homeless children on the dirty street of Kathmandu when he found two boys who “were different from the others.” Lazarus and his brother adopted these children while they themselves struggled financially. “Right after these kids came home, God abundantly blessed us; His favor opened many doors. Our life was changed after that,” says Lazarus. Now these boys have become young men who study at university.

Lazarus, Sajana and their daughters, Avani and Subani

In 2008, Lazarus married Sajana and they began to overcome life’s challenges together. His ministry was growing quickly. He was invited to lead worship in many different places and served in the leadership of several churches. Still, he felt that there was more to life. He always wanted to become a worship pastor and start a worship school that would equip worship leaders. He was surfing the internet, looking for a school where he could get trained for that vision, and came across Christ For The Nations Institute. He applied to CFNI and was granted an international scholarship that enabled him to attend.

A Year of Change

At CFNI, God blew on the cooling ambers of Lazarus’ dreams. He felt that God gave him the permission to dream big. God also told him, “If I am with you, it doesn’t matter where you are – in the USA, Canada or Nepal – I will take care of you.”

During his one year at the school, Lazarus found direction for his life. Among many other wonderful things that happened, he received a prophetic word that he would be a church planter in Nepal.

In Dallas, he got connected and served with a Nepali Church that offered Lazarus the opportunity to become a pastor and promised to help bring his family to the USA.

Ministry outreach to a Nepali village

“The dream of every person in Nepal is move to America and break free from devastating poverty and endless hopelessness,” admits Lazarus. Although staying in America (and leading a church!) was a great opportunity, he knew that God wanted him to go back to his homeland. He had to make a difficult decision.

“I knew that I was coming back to a life of struggle. I had nothing, I was going empty-handed. I had to start from scratch with no support,” he says. In the midst of the storm brewing inside of Lazarus’ mind, God assured him, “Trust Me and I’ll show you the next step. I will open doors for you.”

He decided to follow the Lord’s call, taking the road of hardship rather than convenience.

A New Start

When Lazarus came back to Nepal, he found three families that were in a critical condition. The children had lost their fathers and their mothers were struggling to make the ends meet. Lazarus used the money that the Nepali American church gave him and sent all nine children to school. This act of kindness gave each of them a start in life.

The joy that Lazarus shared with these families was his own, too. He even prayed, “If this is what You want me to do in life, I’ll be the happiest person.” When people heard about what he’d done, they started sending their support, and now they are collectively providing for 35 unprivileged children.

Despite the delight of seeing these children taking steps toward a good future, some of Lazarus’ expectations blew up in his face. The church in Kathmandu that he had served with before coming to CFNI refused to receive him back as a leader. His desperate attempts to be heard by the church leadership and serve under their authority were not successful. It was a challenging time for him.

Alleviating the suffering of the 2015 earthquake victims

At that time, Lazarus opened his journal and found the prophetic word he had received at CFNI: “You will be a church planter in Nepal.” He got encouraged. “This is why my church is not allowing me to serve with them! I am supposed to plant new churches!” he thought. He went to tell his pastor about this vision. In spite of the perplexity of the situation, the pastor prayed over him and released him with a blessing.

Lazarus’ family, including his parents, supported him. They began to meet on a daily basis, praying, fasting, studying the Bible and seeking the Lord. “From the very beginning, our vision has been to be a church that is worshipping, Spirit-filled and grounded in the Word,” says Lazarus. After six months, God started adding new people to their congregation, Levites Church, and many were saved, healed and delivered.

In March 2014, Levites Church moved from Lazarus’ house to a bigger building. They also planted a daughter church in the neighboring town of Makwanpur and played an active role in alleviating the suffering of the 2015 earthquake victims.

Igniting the Heart of Worship

Bringing God’s presence to the uttermost parts of the world

For two years, Lazarus diligently served the people God entrusted him with. He wanted to be a faithful steward of that most valuable treasure, but the dream of igniting the heart of worship in Nepal was still burning in his heart. In 2016, God said to him, “You’ve been faithful with what I’ve entrusted you, now I want to respect your desire. Do what you have in your heart.”

From then on, Lazarus’ worship and music ministry launched quickly. God started sending him musicians, musical instruments and other necessary equipment. Now his team of 15 dedicated people travels to different parts of Nepal and India, leading worship and teaching about worship. Lately, God has been opening some amazing opportunities for them to serve and glorify Him.

It’s About Him

“My life is given to me by God to praise Him, and all that I am doing is not about me, but about Him. It’s His business, and He is more concerned about it than I am,” says Lazarus. “God’s love is what keeps me moving forward. I get my inspiration, motivation, energy, anointing and resources from Him alone. Challenges will always be there, but we have to be more focused on God rather than the problems.”

Levites Ministry’s motto is simply “Nepal needs Jesus.”

Because of people with dedicated hearts like Lazarus, Nepal has hope. If would like to connect with Levites Ministry and be part of what God is doing in this part of the world, email Lazarus at



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Set Ablaze by His Love

(the story of Bernie Moore)

by Maria Erokhina

Bernie Moore is an evangelist with a distinct call from God. His passion to see the souls of men and women saved for all eternity keeps him going to even some of the most dangerous places on the earth.

“As long as there is breath in my lungs, I will preach the Gospel, and I will not rest,” he says.

Here is Bernie’s story.

One Day You’ll Do That

Bernie gave his life to the Lord on his 18th birthday. His girlfriend Nicole, a devoted Christian, had been inviting him to come to church and finally, he agreed. Since then, his life has never been the same.

When he got saved, he had a flashback to his childhood. He remembered watching a Billy Graham crusade with his mother at 8 years old. He was mesmerized by the crowd that went to the altar to receive Jesus. His mother noticed it and told him, “Bernie, one day you’ll do that – one day you’ll help a lot of people.” He never forgot those words.

Now that he had become a Christ-follower, those words echoed in his heart and my mind. He knew there was a call from God on his life, and he decided to follow it. So he left everything behind and moved to Dallas, Texas to attend Christ For The Nations Institute.

Listening and Learning

“I knew that my time at CFNI would be short, and I wanted to make the best of it,” recalls Bernie.

The main thing he learned while at CFNI was the importance of spending time alone with God and listening to Him. He says that this has impacted and is still impacting his life.

After his graduation, Bernie went back to his hometown, New Orleans, Louisiana and married his high school sweetheart Nicole. Bernie and Nicole served as youth pastors and student ministries directors for eight years when God asked them to step out in faith and move to Orlando, Florida.

Through several divine connections, God led Bernie to the corporate headquarters of Christ For All Nations (CfaN), the ministry of the Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke. As soon as the Chief Operations Officer at CfaN saw Bernie, the Holy Spirit told him to hire Bernie. After a few weeks of working at CfaN, Bernie started traveling with Reinhard Bonnke as his personal assistant.

Bernie developed a strong, intimate relationship with Evangelist Bonnke. “He’s been my greatest inspiration,” Bernie says. “He is a man of integrity, humility, holiness. He’s a hard worker. He’s constantly fellowshipping with Jesus. I was privileged to witness and learn those things from him firsthand.”

Bernie Moore the Evangelist

While working at CfaN, Bernie began to see clearly that God had called him to do crusade evangelism, but he didn’t know how or when that would happen. As close as Bernie and Reinhard were, he never told him about his passion. “I really enjoyed traveling with him, and I was waiting on God. I wanted to be faithful where I was,” he says.

In October 2008, Bernie went to Nigeria on his first international crusade with Reinhard Bonnke. As he watched over 1.2 million people gather on a dirt field, 800,000 of which made a decision to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior, he heard in his heart, “This is what I have called you to do!”

During the five days of the crusade, Bernie’s destiny was unfolding right before his eyes. Still, he was too scared to tell Reinhard Bonnke what he felt. On the last night of the crusade, Bernie told the Lord, “I won’t leave CfaN unless Reinhard blesses me.”

On their way back home, Reinhard pointed his finger at Bernie and said, “Bernie Moore the evangelist, don’t be afraid to follow the call of God that He has placed on your life.”

In January 2009, God told Bernie, “I want you to buy a suitcase. Put it at the foot of your bed – I want it to be the first thing you see in the morning and the last thing you see at night. I want it to be a constant reminder to you that this is the year that I’m sending you to the nations.” The Holy Spirit also revealed to him the specific day he was going to launch his ministry – June 1.

Two weeks after that encounter, Bernie received a call from an evangelist based in Germany. He invited him to do a crusade with him in Pakistan. Bernie asked Reinhard if he knew the man and told him about the phone call.

“Bernie, you must do it,” Reinhard said. “This is God’s call on your life.”

What Bernie didn’t tell Reinhard was that he had to pay $10,000 as his part of the cost of the crusade. Only a miracle would help him get this money, since the event was only a few months away, in April.

After a few minutes of silence, Reinhard turned to Bernie and said, “Just to prove to you that I believe that this crusade is God’s will for you, CfaN is going to donate $10,000 to you.” Needless to say, Bernie was shocked.

In May 2009, Reinhard Bonnke asked Bernie at breakfast, “Why are you not doing this? Why are you not starting your own ministry?” Bernie started giving him reasons: he had to take care of his growing family, he didn’t have any partners, and on top of that, he didn’t want to leave CfaN!

Reinhard Bonnke looked at Bernie seriously. “When God speaks – you go! You need to start your own ministry, and CfaN will support you; we will be your first partners and make sure that you’re successful in doing all that God asks you to do. Next week will be your last week at the office, and on June 1 you will start on your own!”

“June 1st!” Bernie gasped. Again, He knew the Lord was faithful.

Every Life is Worth the Sacrifice

Since then, Bernie has preached the Gospel in many nations around the world. To date, over 580,000 people have made a decision to follow Christ through his ministry; thousands have received miracles and healings, hundreds of new churches have been planted and many existing churches have been tripled and quadrupled in size.

There have been challenges, too. Bernie has received many death threats and once, while conducting a Gospel Crusade in Pakistan, the radical clerics sent four individuals dressed as police officers to kill Bernie. God supernaturally protected him. Despite all these difficulties, Bernie doesn’t give up.

“When you walk with Jesus, He warns you, He helps you, He steers you away from danger. It’s never a dull moment,” he says, adding, “Eternity is too long and life is too short to say no to the call of God. What keeps me moving forward is the desire to see people snatched out of the arms of the enemy and placed into the arms of God.”

Bernie lives with a deep sense of urgency to preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth as quickly as possible. “What if you had a cure for cancer and knew that it could save thousands – but chose to keep it to yourself? We have something better than the cure for cancer – we have Jesus who saves from eternal hell, and we can’t be keep silent. How can people be saved unless someone brings them the Gospel? God is relying on us to do it – He never works apart from people,” he says.

Here is Bernie’s advice to Christians who want to step out of complacency and fear and begin to fulfill Christ’s commission: “If you don’t know how to start, go out to the woods and preach to the trees. Start where nobody can hear you, and then go the street corner where you can actually share with somebody about Jesus. Do it over and over again, until you get comfortable, until it becomes your second nature. You’d be amazed how many people God will touch through you.

When we speak God’s Word, it goes out like a dart, like a fireball that penetrates hearts, souls and spirits – and people will respond.”

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God’s Hands And Feet

By Michelle Ofori-Ansah

CFNI students fulfilled the Great Commission this summer as they went out preaching, teaching, feeding the hungry, loving orphans, hosting children’s camps and ministering healing (physical, spiritual and emotional).

One testimony from the United Kingdom team, Awaken UK, was of a disabled man who could hardly walk without running out of breath. He basically lived in his living room, as he couldn’t climb his stairs due to his pain level. After prayer by one CFNI mission team member, he could walk without difficulty, without pain and without his constant walking stick! God healed him through one student’s obedience.

journeyPowerful testimonies came from our Asia teams. During part of one trip, they traveled into the bush and found a people group who had been waiting for three years to hear the Gospel. Only six of them had ever heard the name of Jesus before meeting this team, but all of them were saved due to the students’ ministry! The team’s leader, Connie McKenzie, shared, “We met the people in a cave, and God gave many team members words of knowledge that led to people being healed.”

Another testimony from these Asia trips was of a genuine outpouring of the Holy Spirit in one of the schools where they ministered in Thailand. The students had never heard the Gospel before the CFNI team visited. When the gospel was shared, the presence of the Lord filled the room, causing almost everyone in the room to simultaneously weep and ask for prayer. They saw hundreds come to the Lord that day.

In another part of the world, South Africa, CFNI student Leah Hinkle shared the impact of her mission trip—these trips didn’t just change the people the students met, but the students were changed as well. “As a prospective student in the Global Missions major, this trip really opened my eyes to what my future holds: living boldly and maybe a little uncomfortably, adapting and thriving in a country — not my own — and loving people deeply, exactly where they are.”

mexicoThe Mexico trip’s team leader, Karen Padilla, shared an awe-inspiring experience of being God’s hands and feet. “Our team was evangelizing on the streets in Bahia de Los Angeles. They heard a voice that seemed to come from really far away. As they got near, they realized it was an elderly lady who was completely alone in her house. When they opened her door, she declared, ‘The Lord heard my prayers! I have been alone for two days, and this morning I asked the Lord to send His angels.’ She was 76 years old and was completely paralyzed. She had not eaten anything for two days, and it was very hot in her house. Immediately, some students from the team got her food and water. The rest of the team stayed, talked and prayed with her. We presented the gospel to her; she repented and accepted Christ as her Savior. Then we prayed for healing and the pain in her legs disappeared!”

holywoodCFNI had a team that remained in America for their mission trip. Shannon Johnson, CFNI’s Dean of Women, took her group to minister on the streets of Hollywood. Her most memorable testimony was of a drug dealer that the group encountered three times in two different locations. “At the final encounter, both the young man and his girlfriend gave their lives to Christ, handed over all of their drugs and received the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues! Over the weeks we were there, we prayed the prayer of salvation with 69 people, saw 67 healing miracles, had 15 people pray to receive the Holy Spirit, and we prayed for over 965 people!”

These testimonies are just a handful of the powerful and life-changing experiences of the teams all across the
world. We continue to send out students, staff, faculty and alumni Into All The World!

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Behold, I Send You

By Gordon Lindsay

First published in Christ For The Nations magazine August 1969.

“Know this—you have a great harvest field throughout the world. Therefore, go with great courage and confidence—reap as you go,” saith the Lord. “This ministry shall go out by literature; and it shall go out in public and in groups. For this is the hour of laborers. So, go while it is day and the night cometh when no man can labor. The harvest is passing, and the marketplaces are idle with men and women who will work, if you will go out and put them to work. And I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. This world is your parish.”

This message from the Holy Spirit keynotes the calling that God placed upon Christ For The Nations over 20 years ago. From our very beginning in 1948, the main thrust of our work was to reach men, women and children of all nations, creeds, and races with the message of salvation and deliverance through the saving blood of Jesus Christ. Along with the essence of the Great Commission of saving lost souls, we were committed to the task of bringing unity to the whole body of Christ. Our magazine was born, expressing the message of 2 Chronicles 7:14: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”


For many years we directed large evangelistic meetings, during which time a number of evangelists came into national prominence. Their campaigns were accompanied by some of the greatest supernatural visitations of God since the days of the Early Church. It was God confirming His Word, “And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following.”

In 1949, my wife and I made a ministering trip to Mexico to determine whether the sign-gift ministry was as receptive in other lands as it had been in America. We soon saw that this ministry stirred communities abroad as nothing else could and resulted in the conversion of such large numbers of people that it seemed imperative that God-called men should be encouraged to carry this message of faith to the foreign nations. Large campaigns were subsequently held in scores of countries where many thousands of souls were saved. In the course of time, this apostolic ministry spread to ministers and laymen of many denominations.

As the move of the Holy Spirit continued, the ministry of this organization continued to spread into wider horizons—specifically, we were moved toward more permanent methods of evangelization. In 1953, we were asked to participate in and publicize a Native Evangelist program through our magazine. For several years we devoted our efforts in that direction, and during this time, large numbers of native evangelists were commissioned to go forth and carry the message of Christ to their own people.

We continued to embark on soul-winning projects on an ever-enlarging scale. Included was the building of evangelistic centers in strategic locations in the world. This was done on a cooperative basis with various missionary societies. Another effort included the World Friendship program, which sent over a million dollars worth of relief supplies to Korea and to the Arab people in Jordan. Still another phase was forming the Full Gospel Fellowship of Ministers and Churches International. This is a fellowship and not a denomination. It encourages the recognition and cooperation of God’s people, whoever and wherever they are, according to John 17:21.

Yet, with all these things, God still had more plans in developing our potential in bringing Christ to the nations of the world. It is significant to note here a very important aspect of service within an organization. God can “use” organizations, but organizations can never “use” God! We have endeavored to put ourselves at the disposal of God’s perfect will and follow His guidance, even when at times, it may not have appeared, by men’s concepts, that it was the best course of action. With this attitude of service, God began to extend us further into areas of ministry which went beyond anything we could have imagined.


Now, over 20 years later, we are engaged in the full thrust of three vital missionary programs of sound and proven evangelism. First, the Native Church, which to date has sponsored 1,800 churches in 60 foreign countries. Second, Literature For The Nations, which publishes soul-winning, 32-page books in 35 foreign languages. Third, is the ministry to the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel. Our Mount of Olives center is the base of operations in the Holy Land. We publish in Hebrew and Arabic and also sponsor churches in that area.


As an interdenominational organization, we work with all Christians everywhere, regardless of their particular church affiliation; and we believe that the underlying love of Jesus Himself should bring all born-again believers together, not in Christian competition, but in a harmonious united effort for winning lost souls—not by any specific doctrine, but by the saving blood of Jesus Christ. We pray that this work will not be a mere human work, but a true ministry of the Holy Spirit, that each phase of our organization will be anointed by the power of the Holy Spirit. The message of salvation for the lost souls of billions of people in this generation is too urgent for the exaltation of any one man or organization. The hour is upon the Earth when God’s people must go forth in Christian love, lifting up the Name of Jesus before all nations!

Now, as I bring this portion of the story of Christ For The Nations to a close, there is one more thing that I wish to point out. I believe that a new move is about to begin in the Church of Jesus Christ. It is a sovereign move of the Holy Spirit to bring God’s people together into one—a move preliminary to the Second Coming of Christ. Jesus prayed, just before He gave His life on the cross saying, “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world might believe that thou hast sent me” (John 17:21).

It is essential that the Body of Christ become one in Spirit, to fulfill the prayer of Jesus. This does not mean that there will not be different churches and groups, or that God’s people should not be “loyal” in a special way to those with whom they are working. But the hour of the competitive spirit, the petty rivalries and seeking preeminence is over. We must find a way we can recognize all members of the Body of Christ. We must find a way for the ministry gifts that God has set in the Church to be used to benefit and bless the whole. We will always have denominations and groups, but we dare not allow this to divide the Body of Christ, or to build fences that separate God’s people from each other.

God is pouring out His Spirit today upon the old historic churches. Let us, therefore, who have enjoyed the great Pentecostal blessing beware that we do not become complacent and rest on our laurels, lest the warning of Jesus find fulfillment in us. “The first shall be last, and the last shall be first.” Above all, let each one of us make our full consecration to fulfill our part in Christ’s Great Commission—the evangelization of the world. Then will Jesus our Lord return to the Earth again and take us to be with Him. As He said, “And this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” (Matthew 24:14)

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Something More Than Healing


By Gordon Lindsay

Few chapters can surpass the power and charm of Psalm 91. It, with Psalm 23, is memorized more than any other portion of the Old Testament. But how few claim its treasury of promises! Read it and read it again. But remember, with every promise there is a condition. The condition preceding fulfillment of the promises of Psalm 91 is given in the very first verse: “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”

It is a secret place, and therefore, few know about it, but the promises are glorious to those who enter in. No wavering— there must be complete consecration to God and His Will forever. Let us notice the rewards to those who count the promise true:

  • Saved from traps.
  • Immune from pestilence.
  • Safe from the terrors of night.
  • Protected from weapons of man.
  • Saved from catastrophes.
  • Protection from accidents.
  • Family protection against plagues.
  • Dominion over Satan.
  • Deliverance from trouble.
  • Promise of long life.

What a legacy! Yet, it is available to the humblest believer who chooses to dwell in the secret place of the Most High.

No one has suggested that the New Testament Christian discard Psalm 91. Its glorious promises are for all who claim them. New Testament Christianity lives in the spirit and power of the promises. Jesus Christ was the perfect example of a man who was never sick. Foul disease has no place in the holy Body of Christ, and each believer is a member of that Body! Disease, then, should have no part in its members.

When God created mankind, He commissioned them to have authority over the Earth and the living things that dwelt therein. The boundaries of that dominion must also include the diabolical forms of life that Satan has thrust upon the human body to destroy it. Let us rise in the Name of Jesus and claim our inheritance. It is for us.

By being well and strong, we glorify God and fulfill His will. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Just as you reject the suggestion of evil, which comes from Satan, so reject the symptoms of sickness, which are also Satan’s evil suggestions. Cast evil from you, and by faith take His Life and identify your life with His. It will no longer be your life, but Christ Who dwells within you.

As you have consecrated your soul to the Lord, now consecrate your body. Shall we not claim the promise that John the Apostle gave us when he wrote: “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers” (3 John 1:2).

Excerpt from The Voice of Healing October 1948.


Christ For The Nations was birthed out of one of the greatest healing movements. CFN continues the healing legacy of our founders, Gordon and Freda Lindsay. This past September, we truly experienced Deuteronomy 30:19, as we pursued life and blessings at the Voice of Healing Conference 2015. We are still overwhelmed by the testimonies of healing and miracles that happened. The full broadcast will be on Daystar soon (check our social media for updates) and on GodTV in January 2016. Prayer and ministry are available on campus at The Healing Place. For more information, visit our website To register for the next Voice of Healing Conference visit

annessaAnnessa Myricks had a chronic case of fibromyalgia. For almost one year, she could barely walk and couldn’t open her hands without severe pain. She was in and out of the hospital five times in just the last four months. After prayer and ministry at the VOHC, she is completely healed and has no pain at all!


samuelSamuel Then, CFNI student, had severe asthma since he was 2 months old. He couldn’t do anything physical, and at least twice a year he was hospitalized due to breathing problems. When he moved to Dallas, he had to use a nebulizer four times per day. After a word of knowledge was given by Heidi Baker at the VOHC, he was completely healed and can breathe without trouble, even during three hours of sports activities.

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It’s Time To Speak Up

By Michelle and Solomon Ofori-Ansah

Whose voice do you obey and whose authority do you submit to — God’s, or the government’s?

ultrasoundGianna Jessen, against all odds, survived a late-term, saline abortion. This procedure is designed to suffocate and burn a fully developed baby while it is still inside her mother’s womb. Yes, it is legal in America. Unlike most babies, Gianna escaped this grisly death. She was born alive! Her chances of survival were still very slim. However, because a nurse, not an abortionist, was attending her birth mother, an ambulance was called, instead of them administering death. Each year, in the U.S. alone, over 1 million babies are legally killed in abortion clinics in a silent holocaust. Not sentenced by a bloodthirsty tyrant, but by the Supreme Court of “We The People of the United States.” In this holocaust their guilt is not their race or ethnicity, but simply their fragility and innocence. They are the pre-born.


Main gate and railroad to Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz Birkenau
Main gate and railroad to Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz Birkenau

Throughout history and up to the present day, the human race has gone through periods of extreme social injustice. In Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany, Jews were considered less than human, and over 6 million were killed in concentration camps. The apartheid regime of South Africa legislated a system of racial segregation that kept blacks from mixing with whites, suppressing the majority black population. This prevented blacks from determining their own destinies in their native land. Long after the abolition of slavery in America, the Jim Crow laws in the American South kept African-Americans from voting or riding at the front of a bus—and seemed to give implicit support for the beatings and lynchings of blacks. Wherever there has been change or improvement, it is because men and women of conscience and courage refused to be silent, and therefore, participate in the injustice. Wherever there has been no voice of advocacy, the darkness lingers.


Our culture seems to be changing right before our eyes. Or maybe it is just the hidden things coming to light (Job 28:11, Daniel 2:22). The moral pendulum of America appears to be swinging further away from anything remotely Christian or even civilized. On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of homosexual marriage, affirming and legalizing a practice that the Bible clearly states is a sin and an abomination to God (Romans 1:18- 32; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; 1 Timothy 1:9-10). By legalizing it, the Supreme Court in effect makes it illegal not to recognize it. Thus, more than recognizing the freedom of people to engage in a homosexual marriage, it denies others the right to follow their consciences and practice their faith without the fear of persecution. In fact, Christian bakers and florists have already been fined and told that they have to provide wedding cakes or flowers for homosexual marriage ceremonies, despite their religious convictions. This is just the beginning.

The LGBT community holds parades and protests in support of homosexuality.
The LGBT community holds parades and protests in support of homosexuality.

As the Christian church was still recovering from the shock of the Supreme Court’s ruling, an even more outrageous and gut-wrenching evil came to light. A horrifying video (the first of many) emerged showing Planned Parenthood’s doctors callously discussing how they dismembered pre-born babies’ body parts, while they are still alive, for them to sell. They even described live births and “harvesting” the baby’s organs, which led to the baby’s death. Yes, this is happening in America! And yet, in a recent national poll, 65 percent of Americans still do not favor defunding this infamous organization. How would you respond if we said that America is a state sponsor of terror; condoning and funding a different type of terror of its own citizens—the most vulnerable little ones? We would never consider ourselves a rogue nation or compare ourselves to Nazi Germany, and yet, we watch as these innocent lives are destroyed — and we have been watching for over 40 years since Roe v. Wade was passed.


So what do you do in a time of apostasy, when a nation is in gross moral decline? What do you do when society says something is right that is so obviously wrong? Whose voice do you obey — God’s authority or the government’s authority? As Christians, we must recognize that God’s authority is the highest authority for our lives. An example of this is found in Acts 4:19: “But Peter and John replied, ‘Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges!’” The apostles recognized that God was the One Who they had to obey.

lawAsher Intrater in his book, Authority: Biblical Principles of Spiritual and Delegated Authority, states, “Governments have authority in issues dealing with political and civil affairs. They do not have authority within the family.” What this statement means is that the government cannot and should not be allowed to tell us that we have to accept and condone homosexual marriage or any other type of immoral behavior. Government has no right to tell us how to live in our families, and it does not have the right to decide the value of life and which babies can live or even at what stage of development they can be killed. The Apostle Paul in Galatians 1:14 declares, “But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb . . .” He was echoing a central, biblical teaching that life begins at conception, in the womb. Abortion then cannot be justified, legally or in any other way.

The government cannot and should not be allowed to tell us that we have to accept and condone homosexual marriage or any other type of immoral behavior.


In spite of the overwhelming biblical evidence that homosexuality is a sin, people who do not condone the homosexual lifestyle are generally accused of being haters and homophobes. Dr. Michael Brown, a Messianic Jew and professor of Bible and Hebrew studies (formerly an adjunct professor at a CFNI affiliated Bible school), wrote a book called Can You Be Gay And Christian? He states, “You are created to be a child of God, a servant of the Lord Jesus, a world-changer and a history-maker in Him . . . The ultimate issue is not homosexuality or heterosexuality. All human beings fall short of God’s standards in many ways, and all of us — heterosexual and homosexual alike — need God’s mercy . . . and need to turn from our sins and ask God for grace to lead a holy and virtuous life.” So the issue is not a stance against homosexuality. It is against all manner of sin and iniquity. This is a call to take a stand for God — a stand of righteousness that is not born in legalism and condemnation, but in grace and truth.

Dr. Brown advocates a compassionate approach to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) community. He says further that Jesus “practiced transformational inclusion, which I wholeheartedly advocate, not affirmational inclusion, which the LGBT community advocates … We are to reach out and resist, meaning, reach out to LGBT people with compassion and resist gay activism with courage.” He is describing the importance of building relationships with homosexuals, but not to the point of compromising the biblical standards by which we live our lives. The believer must submit to the authority and truth of God’s Word, while saying “no” to moral relativism and degeneration in our society.


Abortion survivor Gianna Jessen describes the impact of compromising in the face of pressure. “We will have to give an account as a nation, before God, for our apathy and for the murder of over 50 million children in the womb. Every time we falter in courage as individuals and fail to confront this evil, I wonder how many lives have been lost in our silence, while we make sure we are lauded among men and do not offend anyone? How many children have died, been dismembered and their parts sold for our ego, our convenience and our promiscuity? … The blood cries out to the Lord from the ground, like that of the blood of Abel. Not one of them is forgotten by Him.”

Each year, CFNI students take a stand against abortion as part of the Life Chain event.
Each year, CFNI students take a stand against abortion as part of the Life Chain event.

Where do you stand as the silent holocaust goes on? Acclaimed author and church historian, Dr. Eddie Hyatt, writes, “There were Christians in Germany who opposed Hitler and the Nazi regime, but they were a minority. Too many yielded to Hitler’s intimidation and took the path of least resistance— the path of silence.” One of those who did not stand silently by and who opposed the Nazi regime was Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He was eventually hanged for his resistance. He declared, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil; God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

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Kingdom Influence in the Marketplace

by Will Ford

My father once told me the story of a man who went to Nelson Rockefeller to make a business offer. Rockefeller decided not to take the deal, but as a consolation, he offered to allow the gentleman the opportunity of walking with him on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. When Rockefeller walked on the floor of the exchange, everyone took notice of the person walking with him. Rockefeller lent the credibility of his trustworthy and powerful name to this man; as a result, people who would not listen to him before were suddenly willing to hear what he had to offer. Rockefeller added importance and weight to this man, who was now able to find investors for a multi-million dollar deal.

Proverbs 22:1 says, “A good name is more desirable than great riches.” The reason being that a credible reputation carries “weight.”


One definition of weight is the sense of someone who conveys importance just by their presence. When someone influential walks into a room, people take notice.

The primary Hebrew word for glory in the Old Testament is kabod, which means “weighty presence.” When Solomon dedicated the Temple, we see that the glory of God fell and the priests could not stand in order to minister (see 2 Chronicles 5:14). The priests fell to the ground, coming under the literal weight of God’s presence. Kabod was carried by those who had weight or importance. As they made decisions for their culture, their decisive words had weight because of their fellowship with God. The weight of His glory empowered their authority, and God released His influence through them to advance His Kingdom. With His glory, God bestowed upon them His importance.


In the book of Acts, we learn that we are to be partakers to a degree of the same glory. According to Acts 1 and 2, 120 disciples spent 10 days in obedient fellowship with God in prayer. Much like their 120 priestly forerunners in 2 Chronicles 5:12–14, when the glory of God fell in the Upper Room, these “priests” had a hard time standing up as well. As a result of their intimate fellowship with Christ, when they used Jesus’ name, He backed them up. You see, it is one thing to walk with a Rockefeller, but it is another thing altogether to walk with the Rock of Ages.

Not only could everyone recognize that these believers had been with Jesus by their words, they also saw that He still walked with them through the person of the Holy Spirit. Jesus’ followers had the influence of heaven because He gave them the credibility of His name. This was possible because they had an intimate relationship with Christ.

As Christ’s followers walked into the room, so to speak, the whole atmosphere changed. People recognized their importance to God as He worked with the believers, performing signs, miracles and wonders. Lost people understood their importance to the Lord through the disciples’ message of Christ’s love for them. The weight of His glory produced incredible results. They spoke and ministered in great power and authority, and people received what they had to say. On the Day of Pentecost, about 3,000 souls were added to the church (see Acts 2:41).

Paul was by no means a spiritual gunslinger, but he definitely threw his weight around in the right places. He did not throw his weight or influence around earthly men first; he initiated it first in the heavenly places through prayer. He was known there because he walked with God. From the example of Paul and the other disciples, we learn a powerful truth regarding the weight of Jesus’ name and our relationship with Him. It is simply this: When your name is written in heaven, Jesus gives you His glorious name to write history on earth.

The apostles’ intimate fellowship with God resulted in His glory being released through them. Cities and entire regions were changed because the weight of God’s influence empowered the believers’ Kingdom message.


Just as God used those early disciples to transform the world, He wants to use His disciples today to transform the workplace.

My friend Falma Rufus is an awesome woman of faith and prayer whom God has used powerfully in the workplace as an intercessor. She was working in a corporate office when God began speaking to her about her co-workers. Falma started going to work early every day to pray for them, anointing their chairs as she did so. On occasion she fasted for them as well.

Doors began opening for Falma to share God’s love with her co-workers. People shared their life circumstances with her. Some came to her office for prayer for physical ailments and were healed. Before long Falma’s office had developed a reputation that she was not even aware of. She would come back from meetings or from lunch and find people sitting in her chair. She finally asked one of her co-workers what was going on. Her co-worker replied, “Oh, I thought you knew. People call your chair the ‘healing chair.’ We come into your office because there’s a presence here.”

The weight of Christ’s influence changed the atmosphere of Falma’s work group. Believers and unbelievers alike were drawn to her office, and many lives were saved, healed and changed because of her relationship with God. God also blessed the work of their hands, as Falma’s group was among the top performers in their company. And because Falma proved herself to be a woman of integrity, God also gave her influence in company decisions. Her superiors held her in high regard, and Falma’s words had substance because she walked into work with the Rock of Ages.

When you go to work, does the atmosphere change when you walk into the room?

If you wholly set yourself apart and abandon yourself to God, He will use you — as a carrier of His glory — to change the atmosphere of your home, neighborhood, workplace and region. When you fellowship with God in worship, fasting and prayer, people will begin to look around and say, “Who just walked into the room?” Then you can introduce them to the influential Person you are walking with: Jesus.

Do you feel called to bring Christ into the marketplace? Go to to learn more about CFNI’s Marketplace Leadership Major.

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