Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Florida Plant: Building & Baptisms


Florida Plant Building Need  Baptisms & Ordination
  FLORIDA PLANT BUILDING NEED 
The (above) picture is the final piece of the puzzle with regard to maximizing the use of the current facility we are leasing on a monthly basis for the Florida Plant.  God has allowed us to partner with our Kenyan/Ugandan brethren to build thirty sanctuaries as well as the Bible Institute which is currently under construction over the last dozen years.  Praise Our Lord for His provision through the many individuals and Churches who believe in the Great Commission centered work God has called us to do.   We now find ourselves facing another building need but this time at the Florida Plant.   We have knocked out as many walls as possible to allow for continued growth but that has come at the expense of classroom space.  The shed we use for the Jr Church provided temporary relief but has also become overcrowded (BELOW) PICS.  So we are left with the option of looking for a new facility to lease or add another portable structure to our current facility.   We have agreed to purchase the (above) portable structure which will be moved and set up on our current property.  It is a 24x44' modular educational building which will be used for Jr. Church and double as a fellowship hall.   We have to use an outside tent for fellowships so it will be nice to be able to have meals on the grounds indoors.  

As you can see from the below picture, the new portable classroom will provide sufficient
         space for continued growth...

 Our "African" mentality has made us very frugal and we have tried to be good stewards with all that God has allowed to be apart of.   I believe this new addition is a low cost building which stays true to that ministry methodology.    We need a few ministry partners to come along side of us to bring this project to fruition.    If you can't give, you can pray that the Lord will provide for this worthy cause.   And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work.  The below thermometer is where we currently stand with fund raising.   

 
Salvations & Baptism
 As you can see from the (below) pictures, we are experiencing a steady flow of professions of faith and converts following the Lord Jesus in scriptural baptism.  After salvation and baptism we are privileged to carry them through a comprehensive discipleship program to help ground them in their new faith.   Many of our new converts are children but as you can see from these pictures, some are young adults as this young married couple trust Jesus as Lord.  

 Ordination Service 
We also had the recent privilege to ordain Bro. Brian Canaday into the gospel ministry.  He has been a humble servant of God for many years and has been a blessing to the Florida Church plant.   As our ministry spans two continents the Church plant needs a trusted and proven Man of God who can fill the pulpit and lead services in my absence on a regular basis. 

 We look forward to connecting with you in Knoxville at the ABA annual messenger meeting. Stop by our booth and say Jambo! Hola! or Hello!

Thank you for taking this journey of faith with us and we covet your continued prayers as we press toward the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus.      

In His Service,
Bro. Chuck & Sis. Terry Fernandez
Kenya/Uganda/Florida Plant


 

Monday, May 20, 2019

KENYA/UGANDA MISSION DEVELOPMENT

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Kerio Valley, North Pokot
Our Mission Team for our recent trip to Kenya consisted of my Pastor, Dr. Tim Myers, Myself and one of our newest additions to the Florida Church Plant, Maynard Saucier. 
Small teams help us logistically and enable us to accomplish more as we travel lighter.
Sometimes less is better and that is definitely true for our ministry and these short term trips.
The (above) pic is taken from the edge of the Kerio Valley as we descended to North Pokot.

As you can see from the (above) pic,  we required five star accommodations as we camp out in these remote interior regions.   Feel free to accompany us next time as we vacation in luxury!  Seriously,  there is no better to way to do ministry and connect with the people God has called us to reach.    Sleeping in these villages demonstrates great love and commitment for them,  the Lord's work, and builds relationships in a way that simply cannot be done from afar.    You'll know the home and heart of the people when you wake up to the roosters crowing, the goats and cows moving and watching their family get up and get moving for a new day.   Eating what they eat and sleeping in their compounds brings our relationships to another level.    When we say, "tuko pamoja" which means "we are together" in Swahili, we mean tuko pamoja.


 The above pictures were taken during our evangelism efforts in the Pokot village of Chepsabei.   I'm not sure of the total count our National Pastors Led to Christ but I know there were many that day near a new well which the government has recently drilled.   We praise the Lord for every new convert but the well is truly a blessing to this village which is the site of our first Pokot Church plant.   During our early years of working in this village the Chief, the Elders and the members of the Church would regularly ask me to drill a well.  Terry and I really struggled with this as we knew it would be a blessing but we also knew they have survived by retrieving water from a not so nearby river for possibly hundreds of years.   We always believed that our main focus should be and needed to be evangelism, discipleship and Church planting.    We wish we did not have financial constraints but that is also the reality of being a Baptist Missionary.   So needless to say we believe if we concentrate on the eternal things, God would take care of the physical things which he did by providing a new solar powered well and a huge new silver storage tank which towers over the village some fifty feet, (the only one around for miles).    Matthew 6:32 & 33 really came to life in the Kerio Valley and while they know they government brought the well and water tower, they give God all the praise and all the glory.   Mat 6:32  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
Mat 6:33  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.     
 

In addition to village evangelism, we held seminars at multiple locations to build up and encourage our Pokot brethren.    Bro. Maynard taught on the life of Christ,  Dr. Myers taught from the book of Acts and I taught on knowing and identifying false Prophets.   People come from far away to hear the Word of God taught at these seminars.   What a privileged, honor and responsibility to help them rightly divide the Word.  

The above picture is of Bro. Maynard giving a blind Pokot Mama a solar powered audio Bible.   We know these Bibles are invaluable to those who cannot read or write but there are also these elderly Pokot Saints who can only hear due to blindness.   Rom_10:17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Karimojohg Tribe
Each and every audio Bible we  give away is a great blessing,  however the (above) picture of Dr. Myers giving out this one is truly awesome and special.   The lady who received the audio Bible is from Karamoja, Uganda.   She is the first of the Karimojong tribe of Eastern Uganda to receive the Word of God in her mother tongue.   This is exciting news as the Churches God allowed Terry and I to establish are now sending out evangelists two by two to reach unreached people groups and forgotten tribes.     Thank you for those of you who partnered with us financially to buy these Bibles. 
Tandaposa & Dr. Jackson
The (Above) picture is of Dr. Jackson and His wife who are the newest addition to our ministry team in the Kerio Valley.   They are from the village of Tandaposa where God has called Him to preach.    This is yet another new village our Landmark Baptist Evangelists have reached with the good news of the gospel.   Not only is it exciting to see God calling new men but while we were there, the village Elders donated a plot of land to build a future sanctuary.   There is also a very deeply personal praise from my heart in the calling of Dr. Jackson.   For it was only a few short years ago the fisherman, Pastor Jackson Ocouth from Lake Victoria went home to be with the Lord.    We know we will see Him again one glad day but we sure miss him dearly and it definitely comforts this Missionary's heart to know another Jackson has been called to preach the gospel.  Please pray for these new Preachers, Villages and Servants of God.   Thank you for taking time to travel our journey of faith with us and for all who faithfully support us through prayer and finances.   We can't do all that is being done for the glory of God without you and we need your continued prayers as we balance our foreign mission work with the Florida Plant and Prison Ministry.   

BIBLE INSTITUTE: DORMITORY AND CLASSROOMS
Our second week in Kenya was likened to the first in the sense that by God's grace we crammed about a months worth of work into a weeks time.  The focus of week two would be buildings, seminars and evangelism at the base of Mt. Elgon and Lake Victoria.   Part of that building process would include laying out the foundation for the dormitory and classrooms to train and equip our National Pastors to do what God has called them to do.     We have used the traveling seminary method for many years now, but the work has outgrown this method and needed a permanent place to bring these men of God to on a regular basis for teaching and training.   As I have mentioned in previous posts, the capabilities of the host Church and village were no longer adequate to host as many as one hundred Pastors, Preachers and  Evangelists at one time.    The location at the base of Mt. Elgon is as central as possible to service Mt. Elgon, Lake Victoria and the Kerio Valley.   We have prayed over this need and vision for many years now and we praise God for His hand of grace continues to be great upon us.  He also continues to provide through His local New Testament Churches as well as individuals He is using to accomplish His will and His work.    Thank you to all who have given to this worthy cause. 


 As you can see from the (above) pic,  Brother Maynard help lead the efforts to layout the dormitory and classroom for the Bible Institute.    He is an expert when it comes to building and construction and he is the type of man who you point in the right direction, turn Him loose and stay out of His way.  The truth is, our Kenyan & Ugandan brethren are perfectly capable of doing what we did with regard to construction as we have partnered with them to build twenty seven sanctuaries over the last twelve years.   However, they do love the enthusiasm and encouragement we bring during these short term trips and if we accomplish nothing else, we want to encourage them.   Our goal is to be a blessing to them and for them to say what was said of Paul and Barnabas to the believers of Antioch, Syria and Cilicia.   "It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul.   Acts 15:25  
In addition to the construction projects, we took time out of each day to teach those who had gathered in the middle of the week to meet with us at the base of Mt. Elgon.    Their hunger for God's Word was and is inspirational and challenging as there was always time made for Dr. Myers (Below) to teach them the truths from God's Holy Word.   

                                                           BAPTISM
One of the highlights of our trip was Bro. Maynard following the Lord Jesus in scriptural baptism.   Bro. Maynard has been a part of the Florida Church plant now for over a year and has been wanting to unite with us.  He was born again a few years ago but had not been baptized under proper Biblical authority.    Needless to say the Florida Church plant voted to give Pastor Peter Barasa (below) the authority to baptize Brother Maynard at His request on the Churches behalf.    We were excited to see Him obey the Lord's command and receive Him and His wife Julie who had scriptural baptism as the newest members of the Florida Church Plant in Brooksville, Florida.   How many white people can say they were baptized in East Africa?  It was for sure a great experience for all who witnessed this joyous occasion.  I later asked our Kenyan brethren if they had ever seen or heard of a white person being baptized by a Kenyan National? They responded with huge smiles on their faces, that Bro. Maynard is the first.   

The second construction site (below) was in a village named Chemondi.   You can see the steep western face of Mt. Elgon in the background of this picture.   This Landmark Baptist Church was organized eight years ago and has been meeting under a tent for the entire time.    We have done our best to move these Churches from houses to tents and then into a permanent building within approximately 3-5 years, however Chemondi seemed to fall between the cracks of our rapidly expanding ministry capabilities.    When our sending Church, 1st Baptist Church of East Bay, heard that the LBC at Chemondi had been faithfully meeting under a tent for eight years they immediately voted to partner with them to build a permanent sanctuary.  How many of us would be willing to set up and take down a small tent to meet under for even one year?   God has used Dr. Myers and our sending Church to evangelize, plant, organize and establish Churches all over the world for decades now.   Terry and I count it a blessed privilege to be small part of their Missions program.   
 

As you can see from the (below) picture, our last leg of the mission trip brought us to the shores of Lake Victoria.    We held a seminar at the Landmark Baptist Church at Wichlum Bay which is a large fishing village.   The brethren at Lake Victoria are predominately of the Luo tribe and this region seems to continue to be the hardest area to evangelize, disciple and organize Churches.   I won't get into all of the cultural reasons but we thank God for those who have stayed with the faith they have received from us which we have received of the Lord Jesus.    We believe God is still working in their lives and while the fruit may be in smaller quantities, it is no less important.    
VILLAGE EVANGELISM: LAKE VICTORIA
We were originally scheduled to do village evangelism at a new village near the lake,  however I felt led of God to help one of our struggling Churches, LBC Got with village evangelism.   This is the Church that has lost two great Pastors to malaria and balharzia over the last several years and has been on the verge of closing its doors.   I realize that the work God has allowed us to be apart of in Kenya and Uganda has regularly produced new and exciting reports but the reality is there are some Churches, while few in number, that are really struggling.   LBC Got is one of them.   Nothing I know of revitalizes a Church more than a good dose of salvation by seeing people saved and baptized on a regular basis.    So rather than focusing on a new village we wanted to invest in this struggling Church one more time.   We saw many trust Christ as we hiked the dusty village trails preaching the gospel and the word was spread throughout the village that the Church is still going on.  
 Please add this Church to your prayer list:
                                                LBC at Got.     
 
Another highlight for the Missionary was to be able to meet with a few of our key men (BELOW) from each region and map out our ministry strategy to include specific villages that need to be prayed for and reached with the gospel.    We fully acknowledge and understand that all that has been accomplished for God's honor and glory has been by His Spirit and His Power.  For without Him we can do nothing but with Him all things are possible.   We also know that He provides, directs and blesses according to His will.   Our desire has and continues to be to seek His will as we charted, plotted and direct the resources necessary to fulfill the Great Commission for such a time as this.    The most productive work done for our Lord is in the center of His will and time is too short to be plowing,  planting and watering in the wrong place at the wrong time.    We often refer to that type of ministry strategy as doing the right thing the wrong way.    God knows best and is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above that which we are able. 

NEW HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH...(below)
In Closing,  these return trips to Kenya on a regular basis are both exhausting and encouraging as they are very intense physically and spiritually.  However, with God's blessing we were able to accomplish most everything we had on our schedule and even somethings which were not scheduled.     We thank you for the opportunity to share our journey of faith and for every prayer and dollar given which enables us to do all that we do for the glory of God.   We also ask those of you who take time to read these journal entries/blogs but do not currently partner with us to prayerfully consider partnering with us
and be a part of this great work God is doing through
                       His weak and feeble servants.  
 
In His Service,
Bro. Chuck & Sis. Terry Fernandez
Kenya/Uganda/Florida Plant
                                                 JUST 4 FUN!
 

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Karimojong Reached with the Gospel & One Million Needed

Karimojong Ugandan Tribe reached for Christ

   Please pray for us as we return to Kenya/Uganda next week to encourage our brethren on Mt. Elgon, the Kerio Valley and Lake Victoria.   Over the next two weeks we will do village evangelism, building projects, seminars and distribute solar powered audio bibles. During our years in Kenya as full-time residents, Terry and I have worked with the Luhya tribe, the Luo tribe, the mountain Maasi tribe and the Pokot Tribe.     As you can see from the (above left) picture, we are now carrying a new language which is for the Karimojong tribe of eastern Uganda.   This is exciting news as the Churches God allowed Terry and I to establish are now sending out evangelists two by two to reach unreached people groups and forgotten tribes.   We stand in awe of what God is doing through His faithful Churches and we rejoice to see people who have not heard the gospel gladly receive His Word.   We glory only in the cross and praise our Lord for His great love and grace which is great upon us.   It does our hearts good to be able to hand deliver these one hundred and fifty audio Bibles next week so new converts can grow in their faith and walk with God.  Thank you for those of you who partner with us financially to buy these Bibles and to those who pray for us regularly.   
Rom 10:17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Kerio Valley Herdsman (below) learning how to use his audio Bible.
ONE MILLION NEEDED???


  The (Above) picture is over fifty years old and is a reminder that the goals and objectives we set for our ministry are very much in line with what has taken place in our great nation over the years.   History does repeat itself and as I reflect back on our Missionary Baptist Heritage, I see faithful Men of God laying the foundation for a dormitory facility at the Missionary Baptist Seminary & Institute in Little Rock, Arkansas.  To be used to house Preachers of the Gospel while they are being taught how to rightly divide the Word of truth.  My research tells me that their efforts to build what God had put on their heart would require one million dollars.   The Kenya/Ugandan Mission Development side of our Ministry is now at a place with thirty six Churches and nearly one hundred preachers/evangelist that we need to build a dormitory at the base of Mt. Elgon to house these Men of God as they receive necessary training.  During our upcoming trip to Kenya we will be forced to do regional seminars as there is no place for the men to sleep in the village which normally hosts these training seminars when we bring them all together from the three regions.   We use to bring the men together and they would sleep at the houses of the members of the hosting Church, but the group has outgrown these capabilities.   We have purchased a plot of land by faith believing that God will provide the Million needed to build the dormitory building.  Now, before you lose your mind, that is one million Kenyan shillings, not one million dollars.   Ok, you can take a deep breath because that equates to ten thousand US dollars ($10,000) which is a relatively small investment to make in the lives and ministries of these Men of God who are reaching more people for Christ each year than just about any other group in the world.   I don't want to call it a necessary evil, but I will say that asking for help on a continual basis year after year wears on the heart of the Missionary.  So to that end, I will tell you what my Pastor, Dr. Tim Myers taught me which Dr. Albert Garner taught him.  "Pray to God and tell the people".  (Repeat) "Pray to God and tell the people".  We humbly submit this need to God and His people, trusting that God's work done God's way will not lack God's supply.   Please pray about this major piece of the puzzle as we try to put these pieces in place to promote continued growth so that thousands more might be saved, discipled and many more Churches established.     
If you or your Church has any questions concerning this need, please feel free to drop me a line at missionaryfernandez@gmail.com
The group above are the Pastors which represent the Churches established over the last eleven years.  Keep in mind, this only one third of the preachers and evangelist we are currently working with.   
Phillipians 4:17  Not because I desire a gift:
             but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.  
Php 4:18  But I have all, and abound:
     I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things
         which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell,
               a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God.  
Php 4:19  But my God shall supply all your need 
                       according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  
Php 4:20  Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
In His Service,
Bro. Chuck & Sis. Terry Fernandez
Kenya/Uganda/Florida Plant

Thursday, January 17, 2019

2018 Year End Report: Kenya/Uganda Church Development

4667 PROFESSIONS OF FAITH
 
2018 has been a record year with regard to the number of professions of faith and baptisms on Mt. Elgon, at Lake Victoria and the Kerio Valley.  The collective Great Commission centered efforts of the Churches Terry and I help plant or have subsequently been planted over the last ten years and have resulted in 4667 professions of faith and 1343 baptisms during 2018.  To give perspective to this amazing work God is doing through these faithful Men of God on Mt. Elgon, the Kerio Valley and Lake Victoria,  I have included the total number of professions of faith in 25
States and 25 countries over the last year which is 12,294 in and through the
American Baptist Association.
Mungu Anaweza=God is Able!

New Churches continue to be organized and the Kenyan/Ugandan Churches which we include as part of the Church Develop side of our ministry now have grown to (37) in number.  They continue to bear much fruit through village evangelism as Evangelists are being sent out of each church two by two to preach the gospel hut to hut, and heart to heart.  Remember, when we are not there to provide transportation with a Turbo Diesel, they are biking and hiking by foot to teach all nations and every tribe about Jesus death, burial and resurrection. Their love for Christ coupled with a burden for the lost can be clearly seen through their consistent evangelism efforts year after year.  Please continue to pray that these servants will be steadfast, immovable and always abounding in the Lord.   You will find I have also included each village by name from the three regions our work encompasses.     ( Below Is a pic of the Pastors, many whom we personally led to Christ who love our Lord and are obeying Him by carrying out His Great Commission) There are also over fifty more evangelist's not pictured who work beside these Pastors doing evangelism.  
(27) Mt. Elgon Landmark Baptist Churches Kenya/Uganda
 
LBC Mawe Tatu: 28 saved/ 18 Baptized,  LBC Soysambu: 12 saved/ 3 Baptized, LBC Namarambi: 75 Saved/ 17 Baptized, LBC Chelekei: 129 Saved/ 43 Baptized, LBC Matili: 9 Saved/ 2 Baptized,

LBC Chenjeni: 126 Saved/ 24 Baptized,  LBC Mayanja: 56 Saved/13 Baptized, LBC Kibuki: 49 Saved/

5 Baptized, LBC Sirongo: 113 Saved/ 77 Baptized, LBC Chemondi: 103 Saved/ 53 Baptized,

LBC Cheptabrubru: 189 Saved/ 25 Baptized, LBC Kipsigon: 66 Saved/28 Baptized, LBC Cheptguruguru: 183 Saved/ 40 Baptized, LBC Huruma: 177 Saved/ 103 Baptized, LBC Chemta: 82 Saved/ 34 Baptized

LBC Panandeka 260 Saved/ 38 baptized, LBC Cheptandan: 147 Saved/ 55 Baptized,

LBC Chesokwo: 176 Saved/ 85 Baptized, LBC Cherwondoi: 224 Saved/ 111 Baptized, LBC Ndivisi: 219 Saved/ 48 Baptized, LBC Saboti: 94 Saved/ 12 Baptized,  

LBC Butiru: 134 Saved/ 59 Baptized, LBC Cheptais 142 Saved/ 61 Baptized, LBC Kaboriot 117 Saved/ 67 Baptized, LBC Nalondo 159 Saved/ 66 Baptized, LBC Malomonye 188 Saved/ 87 Baptized, LBC Lunyu 191 Saved/ 120 Baptized.  
 
I fully realize that the names of the villages listed above do not register with you, but I personally, along with our team of USA evangelists have been involved in some of those evangelism efforts.    

The Picture (BELOW) are Eight of the Mt. Elgon Pastors preparing to go do village evangelism.  Our challenge has always been: "If we reach one village for Christ, why shouldn't we reach the neighboring five villages?"  Their love for the Lord as the Apostle Paul said constraineth them and has led to the salvation of thousands on Mt. Elgon.  It does our hearts good to see what started after the 2008 clashes is going stronger than ever by the grace of God and for the glory of God!
                             New Bible for New Convert at Malomonye, Mt Elgon 
Kerio Valley Landmark Baptist Churches Kenya/Uganda
 
The (below) picture is Pastor Timothy Loquardo and a young convert named Lokiru who is leading Pastor Loquardo to his home country of Uganda.  The area is called Karamoja and is some 200+kms from North Pakot where our Kerio Valley mission work started.
 
   They would spend several days in this new area visiting multiple villages preaching the gospel where they saw dozens of Ugandans profess faith in Jesus Christ.  Praise our Lord!!  Our prayer is that these converts will be organized into bible studies and eventually become New Testament Churches who will send out more evangelists until the gospel is preached to the uttermost parts of the earth.   Act 1:8  But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
 
Our USA Team also spent three days in the Kerio Valley leading dozens to Christ.
     When looking at our year in review, we see God's hand of grace continues to be great upon us and we know that we could not do all that we are doing without a group of faithful servants and Ministry partners who come alongside us to fulfill the Great Commission.  Once again, thank you for faithfully holding the rope and thank you for allowing us to share what God has done in 2018.  To God be the Glory!  Great Things He Hath Done!!

 In His Service,

Bro. Chuck & Sis. Terry Fernandez

Kenya/Uganda/Florida Plant
 

Monday, December 31, 2018

2018 Year End Report: Breaking Down Walls & Setting Captives Free

                                                                 Opening Up Parking Lot

2018 has been another year of building as we continued growing spiritually and numerically.  To facilitate the numerical growth we cleared the lot next to the building we are currently renting to increase our parking lot size.   The parking lot is the first impression and when first time visitors cannot find a place to park they don't feel very welcome.   We are thankful our Landlord allowed us to use the neighboring lot at no additional charge.   It has already been a blessing for special events. 
 
                                                                     BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS                  
While the parking lot expansion was timely, I can't say the same thing about the sanctuary expansion.    We have proven the well known Church growth principle to be true that states the following:  when you reach 85% capacity, you need to enlarge your building or you will return back to the 70%-75% level.    That is exactly what we experienced this year at The Florida Plant and I can sadly say that our recent renovations were about six month's too late.   Nevertheless, knocking out two walls, building a platform, adding 24 seats and adding a Baby Grand piano has been a welcome change to our faithful members as well as first time visitors.   Hey, nobody said we had it all together but we do learn some of our best lessons from experience.   As you can see from the (below) pic, the welcome expansion has also made our building feel more like a sanctuary.      

                                      (Above) Completed Platform with new Baby Grand Piano
SETTING CAPTIVES FREE!

My prayer is that you will become very familiar with the young man in the above pics.  His name is Ryan Smith and he is one of the men I have been discipling at Cross City Correctional Institute over the last few years.    It has been a real joy to watch this young man grow in his faith and answer the call of God on His life to preach God's Word.   He has been out of prison for four month's now and He is eagerly working through an intense Missionary Baptist training program.    Ryan believes God is calling Him to preach God's Word in and through our Prison Ministry.   Due to travel restrictions as a result of the conditions of His release, he is somewhat limited but we are traveling to him on a regular basis and he is attending two classes per week via Skype.   Last week he actually preached his first sermon since His release to the folks at our Church plant via Skype.  (Pictured Below).    My hope and confidence is in the Lord but it's a blessed privilege and honor to train up new Men of God.    I have seen a passion and love for Christ in Ryan that seems to be very rare in America but we have seen in the lives of the Men of God we have trained in Kenya and Uganda.   Please pray for Ryan as he fulfills his calling. 
(RYAN SMITH PREACHING HIS FIRST SERMON SINCE HIS RELEASE)
BEARING MUCH FRUIT

The Prison Ministry is not the only area of our ministry which is bearing much fruit.   Our youth ministry is also one of the most fruitful areas of ministry.   I often say, "if we cannot reach anyone else in America in 2018,  WE WILL REACH KIDS!"  Many say you cannot build a Church on youth but we believe God blesses those will love and bring children to Christ and consequently blesses the Church.   This is where having a Wife with a servants heart becomes a great blessing and asset to this Missionary.   Terry helps me run van routes, helps me schedule and train workers and is personally involved in discipling a handful of children at a time.    Don't worry, LOL, She's not a Youth Pastor, but she is one of the best youth workers I have ever known is better equipped than many Youth Pastors that have worked under my leadership over the years.    We have seen great growth and literal life changing transformation taking place in the lives of many of these youth.   Please pray for us as we need another van to start another route next year.  If your Church has one sitting and want to get rid of it, email me at missionaryfernandez@gmail.com.  
 
In order to facilitate continued growth in 2019 we are going to have to pray for God's provision and direction with regard to a larger facility for worship, education and fellowship.  (Note: Removing the wall took out two of only four classrooms we have).   We need your continued prayers and support as we press towards the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus.    We have seen twenty seven professions of faith during the course of 2018 through various ministries and outreaches.  Twelve of them have followed Christ in scriptural baptism and are we are continuing the discipleship process of many.   137 was our record high in attendance for a special promotional event we held in November.  We could not do all that we are doing without a group of faithful servants who come alongside Terry and I to fulfill the Great Commission.  God's grace has been great upon us and we thank Him for our ministry partners who are faithfully holding the rope.  Thank you for allowing us to share what God has done in 2018.  We pray you have a Happy and Blessed New Year.
 
 

 In His Service,
Bro. Chuck & Sis Terry Fernandez
Kenya/Uganda/Florida Plant