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God is Calling You to Partner with Him

There are two amazing privileges that God has given to man. The first is salvation, which is the privilege to enter into an intimate and eternal redemptive relationship with God, being saved by grace and being unified with Him in the love of God.

The second greatest privilege is to serve God with good works, which He performs through each of us as we allow Him to do so. God is calling you today to boldly partner with Him — by partnering with us for life!

PARTNER WITH US FOR LIFE

“O God, thou hast taught me from my youth and until now; I shall manifest thy wondrous works.” Psalm 71:17

We are confident in God’s calling, gifting, preparation and anointing upon our lives. We have been called out for the purposes of full time ministry. Through the power of the Holy Spirit we request that you join in with us right now to become our prayer and financial partners for life!

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Ephesians 2:8-10

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven!

THE CALLING OF GOD

To be called by God – Who would believe it? I became a Christian at the age of 16,  from a non churched family and two weeks later I found myself on my very first mission trip to Honduras, Central America. The things that God showed me and the things that I experienced caused me to deeply love God and the Latin peoples. I returned for more each year during high school and then…

In my Senior year of high school I thought that I had my life charted out, with plans to attend a Christian college and to become a youth minister. That summer after graduating high school I returned to Honduras where the Lord placed a definitive call upon my life to lay down my life for Him and to become a Missionary to Latin America. We were way back in the jungles of Honduras in a village called Las Delicious de Cuyamel and I didn’t speak Spanish at that time so I was providing rudimentary first aide to people as someone else preached. They brought to me a beautiful seven year old girl who had been playing in the jungle and a stick had inserted through her leg. Having no hospital, medical clinic, nor heath care workers in the region the parents had treated the child with a local jungle solution and wrapped it in cloth and banana leaves tied down with an old string. When I removed the layers and her injury to her leg was revealed I was suddenly agast! It was clear to me that none of the basic first aide items that I had were going to be sufficient to help this beautiful little Hispanic girl keep her leg. The red lines and streaks looked like downtown Dallas interchanges. Suddenly I was overwhelmed and it was in that still quiet moment that the Lord spoke to my spirit as clearly as anyone ever has spoken to me and He said, “Who will go for us? Who will help these people?” Before I could even think my heart had responded, “Here am I! Send me!”

God had just called me to become a Missionary to Latin America and I knew it as sure as anything else that I might know. It was a done deal and I loved it! Upon returning to the U.S. I quickly discovered that not everyone, including my own church elders, would be as excited or helpful in helping me to walk out my calling. I managed, with the help of God, to get 10 sponsors at $30 each for a period ending in 6 months. Then the Lord directed me to sell my truck, with which I was able to purchase a “One Way” plane ticket to Costa Rica. When I asked the Lord about the other half of the plane ticket He said, “Don’t worry about it. You won’t be coming back for a long time!”

This is how my life of faith as an 18 year old Missionary to Latin America began…

God is Calling You to Partner with Him

There are two amazing privileges that God has given to man. The first is salvation, which is the privilege to enter into an intimate and eternal redemptive relationship with God, being saved by grace and being unified with Him in the love of God.

The second greatest privilege is to serve God with good works, which He performs through each of us as we allow Him to do so. God is calling you today to boldly partner with Him — by partnering with us for life!

PARTNER WITH US FOR LIFE

“O God, thou hast taught me from my youth and until now; I shall manifest thy wondrous works.” Psalm 71:17

We are confident in God’s calling, gifting, preparation and anointing upon our lives. We have been called out for the purposes of full time ministry. Through the power of the Holy Spirit we request that you join in with us right now to become our prayer and financial partners for life!

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Ephesians 2:8-10

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven!

A MISSIONARY TO LATIN AMERICA

My first stop was to the nation of Costa Rica where  God had arranged for me to work with a team  of 10 missionary families outside of San Jose, in the Hatillo community. I lived with a great local family, attended church and I took Spanish language and cultural immersion classes at the Hatillo School of Language and Culture which had been set up by the missionary team. I took the L.A.M.P. Program course (Language Acquisition Made Practical) which actually means the following. Arrive in country, get taken to your host family, meet them and say goodbye to your local missionary for the next 3 months. Oh and if you see anyone, including a local missionary who speaks English, you may not speak English. In addition your teacher only speaks Spanish and you will be required to go out into the community and to speak to no less than 40 people daily. It was a “sink or swim” program. Glory be to God who helped me and gifted me with the ability to quickly become fluent in Spanish and able to read, write, translate and interpret from one language to the other. I even began to dream in Spanish and to have bilingual dreams. Finally one day in church it was like a switch was thrown and I remember clearly coming to the realization that I understood every single word in every song and every word that was being preached.

But I was specifically called to Honduras and that meant that I had to go to Honduras. My support ended and I had no plane ticket to go anywhere and no funds to do anything. A friend called and wanted to come down to visit during college Fall break. I reluctantly agreed, only because I had nothing, no money, no way to pay my host family any longer, only God – who as it turns out was exceedingly abundantly enough. My friend arrived and through a seemingly miraculous set of events, came into possession of a white envelope which he summarily handed over to me along with the incredible story behind it. When I opened it, there inside was $3,000 dollars in cash. After some time planning and praying we went to Honduras by bus through war torn Nicaragua at the height of the Contra War. God saved my life on that journey, but we will leave that for another time.

 

 

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Not long after my friend and I relocated to Honduras and began an export business by contracting for mahogany doors to be fabricated in Honduras and exported to the U.S. This became my “tent making” enterprise to sustain myself as a Missionary and would set in motion a lifetime of sacrificial ministry and missions work. Over the next couple of years I was blessed to help found and establish The Honduras Bible School and to sit on its board of directors.

As others joined in, together, we established two orphanages, a vocational agricultural ranch, a missions camp and helped the local church double in size and relocate to a new facility at the center of town. I also worked very closely with the churches in the remote mountain villages of San Antonio de Las Cabas, Las Delicias de Cuyamel, Las Playas, Las Casitas, Santa Cruz de Capapan, Rio Tinto and Culmi, among others. In those years God brought down teams of people who aided to establish a Christian elementary school, a middle school and a high school. God was glorifying Himself through those who He called and those who responded by going, helping, serving and giving of their financial resources.

Then to my amazement and in a totally unanticipated way God led me to Rosemary, who He had been preparing for me all the days of my life. She lived in the capital of Tegucigalpa and had been in an English language school for her entire life. We dated a couple of years across country and eventually in 1985 we were married both in Honduras and also in the U.S. We returned to the U.S. for one year and then went back to Honduras as a Missionary Team and part of the Team that helped establish Mission Predisan, which has become the largest healthcare mission to Central America.

I still hear those words as I looked into the frightened eyes of a little Hispanic girl way back in the jungles, “Who will go for us? Who will help these people?” No regrets! Dangers, perils, sicknesses, diseases, earthquakes, death threats, floods, hurricanes, lack of support- nothing can keep a Missionary from the call of God when he says, “Here am I! Send me!” The story continues over a lifetime of missions and ministry spanning more than 35 years… GOD IS CALLING YOU TO BECOME OUR PARTNERS FOR LIFE!

A PASTORAL MISSIONARY TO THE WORLD

“O God, thou hast taught me from my youth and until now; I shall manifest thy wondrous works.”

Psalm 71:17

It’s been almost four decades since I gave my life to Christ and He called me to be a Missionary to Latin America and since then He has given me the most amazing ministry partner in my wife. He  has also given unto us three wonderful, bilingual sons who love Him and serve Him, as well as a great daughter in law and two beautiful granchildren. To God be the glory for the great things that He has done.

During my lifetime of ministry and missions I have chosen to be self supported and I have paid a high price personally and economically. I’ve worked in government positions, private businesses and in my own business endeavors, all as a means towards answering God’s call upon my life and the life of my family. We are not novices and we are not hirelings, but rather we are good stewards, loving and caring people who love God and love people from many nations.

I spend about 25 years as a member of the Churches of Christ, which is where I came to faith and it’s my church roots where I have many cherished lifelong relationships and where I have ministered hand to hand in the U.S. and on the mission fields. However upon moving to N.E. Georgia the Lord specifically indicated to me that it was His will that we spend a little time with the Baptist. If you know me, then you will know that I protested. I said, “But I am not a Baptist” to which the Lord said, “I didn’t say that you are a Baptist – I said go spend some time with the Baptist.” Being obedient I went right up to a local Baptist church and summarily told the pastor that the Lord had sent my family to spend some time with them. I still remember the look on his face as a broad smile broke out and he welcomed us into a pastoral relationship. I served there on the Mission Development Team, the Choir and the Praise Team. I traveled to Brazil and to S.E. Asia with them and we were very active, as normal, in small groups.

Life was clicking along in spite of Hurricane Katrina having destroyed our home and having flooded three times in my home state of Louisiana. I was teaching our Adult Sunday School class at this Baptist church, although I was not a Baptist in my heart. Nothing wrong with Baptist, mind you, its just that I wasn’t denominational and had grown up in a non denominational mindset.

About 2 years later the Lord spoke to me again and said, “I want for you to go to the House of David!” I heard it in my spirit and I understood what was said, but I didn’t know what it meant. It was the same voice that had led me to say, “Here am I! Send me!” and the same voice that had directed me to spend some time with the Baptist, but this time I didn’t know what to do. I resolved that whatever that meant, that when I understood it fully that I would obey it.

Some time later an amazing thing happened to me while traveling to our oldest son’s college graduation at LSU, in Louisiana, my home state. It occurred to me out of the blue to stop by the nearest bookstore and to grab the first book off the shelf in the Christian section and to purchase  a cup of coffee to read a bit. I picked up a book called, “Fasting” and I had never fasted before, nor been taught about fasting so I began to read it. Mind you that I had been without food many times before, but not as in a decisive willful fast. I began to get very interested in the little book and it was at a good price so I bought it and I took it back to Georgia with me where I finished reading it.

As I finished reading the book at one of the last pages it spoke about the author of the book, Pastor Jentezen Franklin and that the church he pastored was in Gainesville, Georgia — at that very moment that same soft voice said, “That is the House of Joseph that I told you about! An anointed place with an anointed leader who I am using for my glory!”

 

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Of course the guidance was that we move to Free Chapel and that we become members there in that non denominational charismatic church, which has been our home church for about 8 years now. (2017) I enrolled in the School of Discipleship completing the Impartation Level and being certified in small group leadership as well as completing, Next Steps Training. It was at Free Chapel where the Lord baptized me in His Baptism of the Holy Spirit in fire and in power. Its definitely a life altering blessing with which He also imparted to my wife and I gifts and a mantle for leadership.

We are faithful members at Free Chapel, where our Senior Pastor is Pastor Jentezen Franklin. After receiving the Baptism in the Holy Spirit in Power the Lord ignited in me the calling back to full time ministry, but on a global scale. He gave me a Dream, A Vision and a Calling, and He gave to me a Ready Word that I am still trying to get my understanding around fully today.

It’s all so huge… Then in 2011, as I was writing my series of books called, “The Ruach Breath of Life Series” the Lord spoke to me in my spirit very clearly and very precisely saying, “From this day forward you shall be known as Pastor Jedidiah.” He was showing me an amplification of my lifelong calling as a Missionary to Latin America, by calling me “Pastor Jedidiah” which simply means, “Pastor beloved of the Lord!” It is His way to remind me of His everlasting love. But in that leading was also the understanding that His calling on my life had expanded to become an international pastoral missionary calling.

He was calling me to become a “Pastoral Missionary” or a “Pastor to Native Pastors serving in the world’s hardest places.”

I fully embraced that expansion of my calling and stepped fully into it in a self supported way and funding the ministry expansion as well. I became the President of Mission Del Caribe 501(c)(3) where I had historically been Vice President and so began an international expansion of our ministry from Latin America into the world.

Since then we have expanded the ministry to work with pastors in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Uganda, South Africa, Kenya, and many other nations. I work to mentor, lead, guide, bring up, help, fortify, assist, train, disciple and to provide platforms and systems by which our pastors can be funded in a tax deductible way.

I also manage all of the day to day ministry work of Mission Del Caribe in tangent with our Executive Director Kashi Daniel, of Lahore, Pakistan. Together we minister to native pastors and their families, we invent, create, design and build the internet platforms needed for them to have a website presence, a donation form and reporting capabilities. We channel their support to them monthly and through them we work with orphans and widows to aid them in their afflictions.

We work to plant native led non denominational churches and to disciple native pastors. The Lord has done great thing and He is manifesting this verse through us.

“O God, thou hast taught me from my youth and until now; I shall manifest thy wondrous works.” Psalm 71:17

Many thousands have came to faith in Jesus in some of the world’s hardest places, through the work of God’s suffering servants the native pastors. They are God’s overlooked gems in the field and they are key to the harvest. Side by side with them we have planted hundreds of churches, fed thousands of hungry children, helped hundreds of widows in their afflictions, helped hundreds of children attend Christian led schools, and we have been blessed to have many, many spiritual sons and daughters among the nations for the glory of God.

But it’s not over yet! Not by a long shot! The Lord is showing me Bogota, Columbia as a focus of something new that is sprouting up. The Lord wants to use me in frequent travel to Columbia to take what we began with in Central America and to plant it into South America and specifically starting in Bogota, Columbia.

I’ve already sown all of our family’s resources into the ministry work that we have quietly, obediently been doing – so now its time for you to stand with us as “Partner for Life!” in prayers and in financial support.

My understanding is that I am to be based out of the U.S. with frequent trips into Latin America for mission trips, leading groups, and for preaching, teaching, discipleship, church planting and extended stays as needed. The only thing lacking is for you to respond to the vision of God for the support that I need to step fully into this new phase of God’s work. We have to have partners like you because God loves to work through people who He can bless and astound with His favor and provision for every good work.

“Here am I Lord!” “Send me, again!” – but this time with the support of a vast multitude of Your people that we might win a victory for the Kingdom of God, such as has not been seen in modern times!”

“O God, thou hast taught me from my youth and until now; I shall manifest thy wondrous works.” Psalm 71:17