Team-Led Local Church Renewal Events in International and Cross-Cultural Settings
Although ARM’s team-led local church renewal events are most often done as weekend events in local churches in the United States, ARM has accepted invitations to do them in international settings as well. The Life in the Spirit Seminar has been done in The Philippines, Poland, Paraguay, Russia, Slovakia, Tanzania, Brazil, Peru, Nepal and England. The Lord Teach us To Pray seminar has been done in Slovakia and Nepal. The Lay Witness Mission has been done in Mexico, New Zealand, and Australia, and there are still websites for the Lay Witness Mission in Ireland, England, South Africa and Canada.
A trip to Liberia to do Life in the Spirit Seminar and Lord Teach Us To Pray is planned for May 2010. The team will work with around 500 people at the United Methodist School of Theology at Grbanga.
Future locations for trips that are being considered are: Ghana, Nigeria, India, Russia, Zimbabwe and Tanzania.
You can read more about these seminars by clicking here.
The team that went to Peru got to meet with Methodist Bishop Jorge Bravo and the bishop shared that the coming of the ARM team fulfilled a prayer of his for renewal in the 132 Methodist churches of Peru. All of his district superintendents were full participants in the seminars.
They had 80 participants at the first seminar and then 225 including 100 pastors and church leaders at the second. People were filled with the Spirit. There were healings, reconciliations, restorations and new joy was experienced.
One of the District Superintendents has scheduled a LISS that they will be leading themselves, now that they have seen it modeled by the team. This is our ultimate goal in each of our international settings.
In addition to international ministry, ARM has been invited to do our team-led local church renewal events in Spanish speaking churches here in the
The Lay Witness Mission, Lord Teach Us To Pray, and Life in the Spirit Seminar have all be done in prison settings. Some have been done in retreat settings, cluster, district and conference settings; and we are exploring opportunities to do them at retirement centers. Normal schedules for these events are modified as needed for these unique settings.
A final thought… If ARM people are willing to go to jail or around the world to respond to a request to minister, they are SURELY willing to come to YOUR CHURCH to minister. Schedule ARM’s events at your church.
In behalf of the whole
Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan, Baguio Episcopal Area, UMC
I was so blessed by the new things done at Aldersgate 2009. I liked the Pastor’s
Pastor Elijah Lorenzo, Sicsican Matanda UMC
Before I attended Aldersgate 2009 in Baguio City, I was suffering from pain in my right breast which really bothered me, but I thought to myself that this pain will be healed once I enter the Teacher’s Camp where the Aldersgate Conference was to be held. And, thank God, God really heard my prayers because I was instantly healed of my pain up until now. I was so tired doing ministry for the whole year of 2008 plus the many problems and challenges I have met during the year. Aldersgate refreshed me so much, especially the Pastor’s
Pastor Linda Cruz, Triumph With Jesus Church
For more information about Aldersgate activities in The Philippines contact Lourdes Juane at email@example.com.
Cross Cultural Resources
Join a Team
If you are a trained team member who would like to be considered for international ministry teams please email the Director of Church Relations, Rev. Frank Billman. You will be sent a team member update form that we will use to update your information in our database and add your interest in international ministry.
Support International Ministries
How can you help ARM respond to more of these requests? At least two ways. First, get trained as a team member for one or more of our team-led local church renewal events either at your own church or at our annual Power Up training event.
Second, gifts to ARM designated for international ministries are needed for translation and printing of materials and to support the expenses of the host churches who are often poor.