Brazil Ministry Trip 25 March – 14 April 2015
Video Report https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMX8M-n4Ba0 (4 mins 27 secs)
Ministry Trip Report: Goiás State, Brazil 25th March -14th April 2015, by Director Peter Marchand.
This was our second ministry trip to Brazil by invitation, building upon relationships formed in 2013. We opened with ministry at the Vineyard Church in Brasilia, followed by an adopted church there. From there we went to take a few days break in a rustic historical town, Pirenopolis, but found I was preaching in two churches there, with a request to return and speak in another church, and a Pastors and Leaders gathering, the following week. Great to be wherever and God blessed marvelously.
Probably the highlight was the climax of a large church’s annual Missions Conference in Goiânia, where I spoke on Easter Saturday evening and Easter Sunday morning. It is a numerically large church with many church plants in Brazil and other parts of the world. Great honour to be part of that! However, the lowest point for me came that afternoon when I was taken to the dead body of a 25-year-old lady awaiting burial, with a huge expectation from the people that a raising from the dead would occur. It did not. And I did not pray for it. That presented me with a challenge I have not previously met, and I am still processing.
The remainder of the trip went well, but naivety and inexperience on the part of the organizers meant that attendance at the final weekend Conference was poor. So the programme was rescheduled and we concluded in a large Assemblies of God church in Goiânia—I felt a bit like an intruder, but people came forward for salvation so heaven was rejoicing, even if I was a bit confused! (And they asked me back!). Another good moment was an unscheduled visit to the second largest university in Brazil, the Pontifical Catholic University of Goiâs, where we met with students (see picture below). Overall we visited 9 churches in three cities and one town, and donated a new laptop to a young fledgling ministry.
There was a strong urgency from each place for me to return this year, but I offered July 2016.
Thanks so much to all who financed and prayed for this trip. You made a good investment.
One final observation—when I returned from Uganda in January I had malaria, and when I returned from Brazil in April my back completely seized up. On both occasions I was incapacitated for a couple of weeks. Next time, please keep praying even when the trip is technically concluded!
Northern Uganda Ministry Trip 2015 – report (video reports below)
Ministry trips such as the recent one to Kigumba, Uganda are not for the fainthearted! A brief note to say that I was not able to complete the final day of the programme. I was taken back to Lira, diagnosed with “+2 (on 0-3 scale) strong malaria” and put on intravenous drip. I needed to complete three doses in 24 hours in order to reach Entebbe in time for the flight back to UK. It is a 7 and a half hour journey, half of which is on abominable roads. The young driver, doing his best, hit a pothole at such speed that I hit the ceiling of the vehicle and cracked my head open! Blood everywhere. We pressed on, only to be stopped, not surprisingly, a few hours later by traffic police and given a hefty speeding fine. It was after taking advantage of hooking in behind an ambulance moving at high speed to Kampala that my faith level hit its peak and I asked him to slow down as I felt I was not yet quite ready for Glory. However, we reached Entebbe just as the gate was opened to check in for my flight. Upon contacting Milton to say I was back home safely, he replied to say the malaria had now hit him (at least he didn’t need to get to Entebbe!).
Kigumba is a town in Masindi District, the centre of witchcraft and sorcery in Uganda. Our visit there was, again not surprisingly, strongly opposed – we had under-estimated and not researched sufficiently. The entire programme was accomplished except for the final church Service on Sunday, at which the pastor, who was the co-ordinator for the Conference and Crusade, spoke in my place. A significant number of people responded publicly to the calls to follow Jesus, and countless people were delivered through the power of the name of Jesus, of demons which manifested as they approached the stage, throwing them into fits and convulsions, flailing their arms and legs wildly in the air, and trembling and shaking and shuddering (it’s all in the Bible!). We give God the glory. Pastors and church leaders gathered for four consecutive days, putting aside for the first time their pride and jealousy, back-biting and criticism, and applauded again and again as I urged them to fight the real enemy, and not each other.
Pictures and a fuller report to follow. Thanks to every one of you who prayed for us, and for the many kind words of encouragement especially when you heard I was sick. We’re in this together! So job done…what next, eh? Ah yes, Brazil…
God bless you, friend and partner
Northern Uganda Ministry Trip 2015 – video reports
“Every prayer a powerful weapon…”
For the next two weeks I am requesting that you pray for our partner Milton Ogwal and myself and our ministry team in northern Uganda. We return to a town we first visited in 1995. As a result a church was begun there and has since grown and has started several other churches in the area. We will be gathering Christian leaders from all denominations from over the whole District for training and encouraging and empowering, and then holding open-air meetings to declare the truth of the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ. A daily scedule is attached for those of you willing to pray daily for us.
The regular posts will continue when I have returned to UK. Hopefully, we will be able to send some intermittent updates and reminders thanks to Evee Serwaa Kusi.
2 Thessalonians 3.1: Finally, brethren, pray for us that the word of the Lord will spread rapidly and be glorified, just as it did also with you;
Colossians 4.2-4: … praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ … that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak.
God bless you for partnering in this vital and valuable way with us, and to those of you who have supported this Ministry Trip financially.
Peter Marchand, Director
FUTURE MINISTRY TRIPS
Northern Uganda: 15th – 27th January 2015. 4 day Open Air Outreach, and Leadership Training Convention
Goiania, Brazil: 25th March – 13th April 2015. 5 day Missions Conference as guest speaker. Seminar Teaching and Church visits.
Any financial assistance with these ministry trips is most welcome as we fund them all. God bless you! 3 John 1.7-8
NORTHERN UGANDA: 19th June – 2nd July 2014
It was an outstanding Ministry Trip. Outstanding in terms of the favour of God on the preaching and teaching, praise and worship, and ministry. Outstanding also in terms of challenges.
Challenges: we survived a near fatal road accident as we travelled from Entebbe to the north. As we overtook a long series of six lorries and trailers at high speed the final one pulled out into the road to avoid children and forced us off on the other side. We thank God there were no children or people there, or rocks, ditches etc. Our main team vehicle has been repeatedly broken down due to faulty repairs on the front wheels – at one point we finally walked to our destination. Old school missionaries! Since we arrived Milton’s daughter collapsed and was in hospital with advanced malaria, his son was taken to hospital with a serious bacterial skin infection, his wife’s car broke down leaving her stranded in a remote part of the bush, her father was taken to hospital expected to die, we have had no electricity for three days so have prepared by night by candle and torchlight and no outside communication because phone batteries are down and not possible to charge! The District Security officer refused us permission in four venues on the grounds of security so we had to relocate at the last moment. This is because El Shabab have made it clear Uganda is their next target after Kenya because together the two countries fought against them in Somalia, so this whole nation is on the alert – even body scanners are used on everyone in larger church gatherings especially where there are foreigners. Milton is facing two outstanding court cases against him, one of which is coming up this week, as he is working voluntarily for the government rooting out corruption here in the north. Five cases against him so far have collapsed! Say no more … that’s the bad news!
The good news… over 150 key church leaders from a variety of denominations gathered for three days from the whole District (roughly the size of Kent, UK). They were remarkably attentive to and appreciative of the teaching and preaching. Some had come by motorcycle, most by bicycle and others on foot. We fed them throughout and provided sleeping mats. We were following up an initial one day visit last year. This is in the region that was devastated by rebel activity in recent years. They have lost everything – homes, farms, cattle, crops and almost hope. That’s why we are there – to help them regain hope and reconstruct their lives, their dignity, sense of well-being and so much more. We also revisited Kaberamaido on the first Sunday. We have been there many times. We were last there in January 2013 for a major open air outreach and were following up, to demonstrate they are not just another place in a list of places, but people we relate to on a regular and permanent basis. The reception was overwhelming.
We thank God so much for His provision and protection in all ways, and you for reading this and supporting us in whatever way. We will share the fruits and rewards when the time comes. I will write another report when the mission is complete. Please pray for continued favour with God and man in every respect.
We took a day’s break from ministry to prepare for the second half of the trip. During the day we also investigated buying local language Bibles and bicycle spares, as both are in great demand. We were able to give 12 Bibles to those in need and who could not afford – that emptied the bookshop! When more become available we will distribute to others, together with bicycle parts as these are the two simplest and greatest needs for pastors and leaders where we are.
The next District Leaders Convention was as well attended as the first. The mobilisation and ground work had been done well beforehand, and over 150 delegates were in attendance, representing 18 different denominations and networks. They have never met together before – many barriers and divisions, suspicions and prejudices were broken down, and new relationships, contacts and connections were made. They are expecting many more at the next Convention! The climax of the two days of teaching was a message on the essential importance of the continual refilling of the Holy Spirit for leaders to remain strong and effective in ministry. Every single delegate, including bishops and many zonal leaders came forward for prayer and the laying on of hands for the baptism in the Holy Spirit. We give God all the praise, thanks and glory!
The final Sunday we spent at a town church some distance away. Attendance was low because of confusion about the time of the Service. Normally they hold two Sunday morning Services but as we were travelling from some distance they decided to combine into one, but failed to communicate clearly. Never mind – the gospel was preached and those present warmly received and appreciated the message of encouragement.
The final day in Lira was spent sorting out business, discussing the future, updating on the remaining support we are providing for widows, orphans and others, settling finances and accounts, and producing many more copies of the teaching notes. The next Ministry trip to northern Uganda is planned for January 2015, to include a major open air outreach in a new area, and another District Pastors and Leaders Convention.
Thank you for partnering with us in this particular Ministry trip. Please continue to pray for us as we return and for good lasting fruit. Milton’s family all came out of hospital, the vehicles are roadworthy again, and the Court case against him was defeated. We thank God. (Power and internet connection remained dodgy throughout!)
God bless you so much for standing with us. The next Ministry Trip is scheduled for mid-September in Andhra Pradesh, India. More news about that in due course. All the glory goes to God!
NORTHERN UGANDA: 3rd – 18th February 2014
For a Power of Jesus Around the World churches Youth Convention, an open air Crusade and to follow up churches planted by us since 1994. Unfortunately this had to be cancelled due to the Director’s personal circumstances
GHANA: 1st – 8th January 2014.
This was scheduled primarily to attend the Wedding of Evelyn Agyemang, Administrative Assistant with Inn CM in 2013-14, and to follow up former members of The VOICE, an International church planted by us in the UK in 2005. All went very well, and the Director was privileged to preach at the Thanksgiving Service the day after the Wedding. He also was invited to speak at another church in the area. He was hosted by our Ghana partner and his wife, Kwadwo and Akua Kyeremateng and their family. It was a wonderful opportunity to see how God is continuing to work in and through the lives of previous VOICE church members now they have returned to their home country.
Sadly the trip in April 2014 was cancelled due to the Director’s personal circumstances. He had been invited as guest speaker at Missions Conference, with ministry elsewhere. God willing it will take place over Easter 2015 to coincide with the Missions Conference in Goiania next year.
Our previous Brazil Ministry trip, from 17th to 29th October 2013 was been successfully completed. We thank God for His provision and protection. We were warmly received everywhere we went, and God moved powerfully in touching lives for salvation, re-commitment to Christ, empowering for ministry, and healing. We received one testimony of a man healed of cancer – “I am the Lord and I do not change” (Malachi 3.6). We give all the glory to God. See Inn-visuals.
For a video summary and some stills, check out our Inn-Visuals page.
HISTORY AND BACKGROUND
The Director was privileged to work with Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke and to host him and the Christ for All Nations core team for a major crusade held in the largest marquee ever erected on British soil, at the Kent County show-ground, Detling. The event was called “Crossroads 2000” and took place in December 1990.
As a result of that, Peter Marchand was commissioned by Reinhard Bonnke (one of our Patrons) to continue that kind of ministry in countries and places where Reinhard himself could not go. Consequently, Inn Christian Ministries was established as a Charitable Trust in 1991 (Reg. No. 1009911). The “For Jesus” truck was purchased and the ministry of open air evangelism in Britain and the continent of Europe began.
The Gospel was taken to towns, villages, marketplaces, shopping precincts and sea-sides, predominantly in Spain, and Portugal. From this emerged the invitation to minister in the same way in Uganda and then in India. Please read reports below.
In Uganda, the social needs were so pressing that we realised we must seek to meet these to the best of our ability. Thus, the Social Action programme began.
RECENT MINISTRY TRIPS
Northern Uganda: 17th to 30th January 2013. Peter Marchand with Inn Christian Ministries (Uganda)
The focus of this Ministry Trip was open air evangelism rather than encouraging believers. The first two days were spent preaching hope to communities struggling with HIV/AIDS after the horrors of the insurgencies in northern Uganda and the atrocities wreaked by Joseph Kony and the LRA. We then moved for two days to a large town suburb where prostitution and drunkenness are prevalent. The gospel was clearly and boldly preached with good amplification, and there could be none in the area who did not hear. Many quietly responded to the calls to salvation through faith alone in Jesus Christ, even as they sat at their market stalls. The whole place became the scene of great rejoicing as we concluded. The church reported many new people attending the following Sunday. From there we moved on to Kaberamaido where we were warmly received by the District officials and civic leaders. The mornings were spent teaching pastors and church leaders from far and wide and many different church networks and denominations. “Your teaching was as if you were looking into our hearts,” said the Chairman of the Kaberamaido Pastors and Elders Fellowship. The main thrust, however, was the gospel meetings where we saw hundreds respond eagerly to the appeals for salvation. A particular highlight was the huge response from young and old, male and female to “join the mighty army of preachers of the Gospel around the world .”
The Open Air Crusade at Kaberamaido
A Personal Perspective on an Overseas Ministry Trip by Evelyn Agyemang
Being my first Ministry Trip, I was both excited and nervous. I had heard so many stories about the people and place and it was a great time to finally match names with the people and see these places firsthand. It was an honour to be invited and be alongside Pastor Peter as he ministered to all sorts of people from different backgrounds and to see so many, particularly kids, being saved.
It was a wonderful experience, worth all the setbacks.
Watch Summary videos:
Northern Uganda: 23rd March to 3rd April 2012, Peter Marchand with Inn Christian Ministries
Touching down again at Entebbe reminded me of the twelve consecutive years of fruitful ministry in northern Uganda. A six year break to establish The Victory Outreach International Church England (The VOICE) in Gillingham, Kent had come to an end, and I felt “at home” again on the mission field. This time, due to time constraints, I took the Mission Aviation
Fellowship (MAF) small 2-seater plane north to Lira. What a wonderful reception! It was as if I had never been away.
First stop – Kaberamaido, with Berea Christian Ministries. We have been there many times before and held two major mass evangelistic outreaches, together with Conferences for pastors, leaders and church members. Happily, so many of those who gave their lives to Christ on those occasions are continuing in the faith, in a number of different local churches. The remainder of the week was spent revisiting church networks with whom we have worked in the past – particularly Power of Jesus around the World, Victory Outreach Ministries and Living Waters Pentecostal Ministries. Perhaps the highlight was the return to the very first rural church I visited, in 1994. The church has suffered so much, particularly from the LRA. Three times they have been scattered, returned and rebuilt. Resident still was Milton’s 93-year-old father, as strong as ever, still riding his bicycle and pleased to overtake men many years younger, and still serving as an elder in the church! Milton arranged that visit as a prophetic sign marking the beginning of another new season of fruitful friendship, fellowship, and combined ministry. We thank God!
Also noteworthy was the renewed fellowship with Victory Outreach Ministries, who had commissioned me, together with Pastors Charles Okwir and Robson Atoke, to establish a VOM church in UK (The VOICE). Personally also it was wonderful to meet again with so many of the original Inn CM Uganda Outreach Team, many who have been with us since 1994. All of them can scarcely wait for us to reconvene and get on the mission field again! Our plan is two visits per year, one specifically geared towards mass evangelism, the other for strengthening churches and church leaders. We really need renewed financial and prayer support. Please ask God if you are one of those He wants to facilitate these desperately needed outreaches. We do not pressurise or manipulate for money, but simply make known our request and trust God for finances. See 10 minute video on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6k6zF6RAEE&feature=youtu.be or enter Inn Christian Ministries