80 Years Old, But No Retirement
Rev. Balentine of Texas
(Ordained by WCM in December of 1995)
Having celebrated my 80th birthday last summer, one would think that the time had come for me to retire, sit under a shady tree and give counsel to the young. However, such is not the case. I find that I am busier than ever.
I have expanded my teaching of comparative religion to include lectures to various local church groups. I find so many people bewildered and deeply troubled by the hatred that is rampant in all sections of the world today. Who is at fault? How could all of this been avoided? What can we do that would not make the situation worse? These are some of the questions that I, in my feeble way, try to answer.
On a lighter note, I have my marriage ministry, which I enjoy very much. I am looking forward to early March when I shall to to San Antonio, Texas, to perform the wedding ceremony for my grandson and the lovely lady who will become my new granddaughter. This will be the second of my grandchildren for whom I performed this service. Life goes on and can sometimes be a joy in spite of all the trouble in the world.
And so, for now, I plan to continue with what I have been doing. With God's help, perhaps this old codger can still make a difference.
My best wishes to you and all those ordained by World Christianship Ministries for a happy and successful new year.
Ministering in Nursing HomesI have been ordained in World christianship since April of 1993 and have been ministering in nursing homes. I am sending you a picture of my wife and I taken while we were singing at a home in Joplin, Missouri. I have been an associate pastor in California and pastored here in Oklahoma. There are so many little churches in this area, yet no one wants to minister in nursing homes, so we are enjoying the ministry that God has given us. We also have done weddings and funerals, but mostly enjoy the nursing home ministry.
Rev. Cox of Oklahoma
Visiting the Holy Land
Evangelist Sawyer of Scotland
(Ordained by WCM in 1984)
This year it was my pleasure to lead 20 members of my congregation on a trip to the Holy Land. We visited many holy sites and felt the presence of Jesus in so many ways.
Our church was organized in 1984 after receiving ordination from World Christianship Ministries. At that time we had meetings in my home. We started with 5 people and now have 55. Members of our congregation actively participate in coming up with new ideas for spreading the Christian word. thank you for ordination and the help you gave us. Your Christian service will always be remembered.
This summer we are expanding our ministry to include services in Ireland and the Ukraine. We will be distributing Bibles and teaching the Christians we come in contact with how to begin and organize their own new church.
Faith Outdoors, Spiritual Outdoor Adventures
Rev. Parfinik of Arizona
Faith Outdoors, Inc. is a Christian adventure education program that promotes, facilitates, and teaches spiritual and personal growth through outdoor adventure. As the director of Faith Outdoors, several individuals have approached me regarding marriage. Some of these individuals have requested that I assist in their marriage ceremony. These requests led to my leading prayers and speaking during the ceremony. Due to this coincidental involvement, I began researching a way to be ordained to provide a marriage service for family, employees and friends. The search ended with receiving ordination from World Christianship Ministries.
I plan on using my credentials to assist with and perform marriages. I have also taken the opportunity to take WCM's Bible study courses to further encourage me to use my credentials. I look forward to how God will use my new credentials to assist in directing Faith Outdoors and performing marriages.
Bikers for Christ
"Preacher Kelly" of Massachusetts
Since you last heard from me there have been a few changes in my ministry. I continue working as a missionary to the local motorcycling world and I have assumed the Eldership of the Massachusetts chapter of "Bikers for Christ." This assignment has taken up quite a bit of my time since the first of the year. We have conducted many bike blessings and helped out at the Cornerstone Ministry's tent. They have been feeding thousands of bikers for free who are going to and coming from the Laconia Motorcycle Rally each year. this has been going on for 28 years now under the leadership of "Papa Joe" Dileo. It is an honor and privilege to serve with him and the rest of the Cornerstone Ministry, and other Christian motorcycle ministries that participated in helping out.
I continue as the independent chaplain for the Xtreme Riders Motorcycle Club. My wife and I have also started a small home church geared towards the unbelievers, un-churched, and deceived believers. The format has been quite a change as almost everyone who comes to this church has never opened up a Bible. It has taken on the form of a cross between a cell-based church and Bible study. Coffee and dessert is the main menu and things are very informal and flexible.
Money is never asked for and is rarely received. This is by design, so that the Salvation Message of Christ's death and resurrection does not get lost with the all too common perception that the Lord's church is just out to get peoples cash. There is a motorcycle helmet by the door in case anyone wishes to donate. the Holy Spirit will determine when people start to donate or tithe. The majority of our membership is financially poor and they will learn to trust the Lord for their needs as He sees fit.
Please keep me in prayer as I have been suffering many persecutions at the job that pays the bills for even speaking Jesus' name. Please pray for more boldness as well as protection. Some of the members in Bikers for Christ first heard about it from me at this job, and I have been able to put my witness out there to many of my clients.
Licensed Practical Nurse in Hawaii
Rev. Atkins of Hawaii
As a Licensed Practical Nurse in Hawaii, I have had many opportunities to minister to the sick and dying, especially since most of my nursing career has been working in long-term care facilities. I truly felt the presence of the Lord as I walked the halls giving medication and treatments. The Lord gave me many opportunities to pray with the dying, and be a part of God's deathbed conversions. The peace that passes all understanding changes a frightened, lonely, painful experience into one of peace and tranquility. It truly is only our God, Savior, and Holy Spirit that can bring this transformation.
During the years I have also taught Sunday school, served as Sunday School superintendent, as Children's Church Minister, as salvation follow-up coordinator at a church and did volunteer work with a foundation.
Presently I am working with a street ministry helping to do outreach to the homeless. I am involved in a hospital ministry and prison ministry, and just went on a missionary trip to Africa as part of a team to do a crusade. I was also blessed to have a part in teaching the seminar's for the pastor's and their congregations. We were also selected to go to the churches in the area to preach the World of God, therefore I preached at two churches in Africa. I am still in communication with several pastors there.
It is only through World Christianship Ministries that I now have the full privilege of being an ordained minister. Now I am able to satisfy the requirements of man's law, to operate legally as a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
In the future, if it is the will of God, I would like to have a place of Bible study for the residents of our community. Also, if it is the Lord's will, I would like to start a church in this area. It is an area known for drug use, and also shootings. They really need help. Only Jesus can deliver them from bondage.
My birthday was this past Saturday and I am now 68. I am married to a supportive husband that allows me the privilege of going as far as my heart desires for the Lord. A am in excellent health and very active. I pray the Lord gives me more years to serve Him.
All Things New
Evangelist Burke of Georgia
Let me begin by saying thank you for this resource you have provided. Since receiving my ordination from WCM Jesus has led my heart with more intensity and direction.
I was raised a Jehovah's Witness from five years old to about forty. The last twenty years I was in and out because of doubts, not about god buy about the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society. I was at one point ordained by them but asked to have my name removed from their organization. It was a real struggle to be freed from the brainwashing. Once freed I really didn't know what to do.
I now have the opportunity to start my own ministry. I have filed for a trade name with my county clerk and my wife and I are printing tracts on our computer with the simple Gospel of Jesus Christ. We will hand these out along with a small New Testament to people interested in the message of Christ. I feel so good being able to be a minister of the Gospel.
Helping Those that are Turned Away
Rev. Hass of Missouri
I have performed nine wedding ceremonies since my ordination by World Christianship Ministries. Two of these couples were in immediate need of help as the grooms were due to ship out for military duty, and they had families to look out for. One of the couples was refused help by two other local ministers. One minister refused because the couple were not members of his congregation, and the other because the bride was expecting a baby.
I am so blessed with the help of your ministry. Blessed because I am able to help those people that are turned away, even when they are trying to do the right thing and marry and create the family unit that God instituted.
I leave my card at the Recorder of Deeds office (marriage license section) and they refer me to couples that are in need of a minister, as the judges no longer do wedding ceremonies. I am also the Chaplain for the Central Polk County Fire and Rescue Department.
Faith and Hope in India
Pastor Parminder of India
Here in India it is not easy to bring others to Christ. There is much discrimination, but it only makes me work that much harder. Gradually I am meeting with success in my ministry. Souls are being saved! I find my faith constantly tested, but my faith in Christ is unshaken. Whatever the cost I will not slow down. There is much to do, and in this country, life can be very short. Your ministry gave me hope and opportunity in a country (india) where there is often not very much of either.
My 100th Wedding Ceremony
Rev. LaPenna of New York
Today I performed my 100th wedding ceremony! I have 32 more booked for this year with more coming in daily. I am the official minister at a local country club as well as 3 wedding halls. I have had to stop advertising as I am booked up to December. thank you for being there when I needed direction in my life. the Lord has chosen me to do His work and I will do it proudly. I have 57 people in my congregation so far and most are from my weddings. People ask me about the Christian religion and I tell them who we are and what we are about. they truly love the Lord but are simply lost lambs in the meadow of life. I show them the way home..
The Most Christian and Sincere Ministry
Rev. Nelson of New York
I had written to every mail order ministry and internet ministry I could find. After prayer and searching the Word, I found world Christianship to be the most Christian and sincere ministry out there.
Having had several months to go over all of your handbooks and Bible study courses, I wanted to commend your efforts in these areas. I found the study courses to be refreshingly true to God's Word and without denominational bias. furthermore, the handbooks and other reference materials are exceptional and I am sure I will refer to them many times in the future.
I also was very excited to receive the very professional certificates your ministry awards, and the careful way in which they were sent by mail.
Six Services in One Day
Evangelist Tumbiolo of New York
I was ordained by World Christianship in May of 1992, and have since been ministering in many places. Just last winter I went to Mississippi and preached at the state prison in Jackson. I did six services in one day for the men inmates and one service the day before for the women inmates. Many inmates came to Christ during these services.
For the past 4 1/2 years a few Christians and myself worked on an "outreach center" that we started in Long Island, New York. We worked with the homeless, drug addicts, alcoholics, hustlers and prostitutes.
As of late I have been doing guest preaching and speaking around the Long Island area. God is on the move and I thank God for the help World Christianship has given me by ordaining me in 1992. I am very happy to be a minister (evangelist) ordained by World Christianship Ministries. God has really used you to help me in the ministry. To God be the glory for the work he is doing through your ministry.
Truly a Bridge
Pastor Billington of Illinois
Thank you so much for making it easy to gain credentials that will enable our ministry to move forward. Your ministry is truly a bridge for those like me that seek to do the work that God has laid out for us. You have given us support, encouragement, credibility and accountability.
Like many, I had been seeking programs through which I could be ordained in a traditional manner only to find that often denominational stumbling blocks were placed in the way of those who truly want to witness for Christ. Each organization had its own rules, and the expectation is that if man-made rules conflict with scriptural principles, the denominational rules prevail. In good conscience, I could not undertake such a course of study knowing the compromising outcome.
My husband and I have been led to found Heartland Christian Fellowship, which specialized in building relationships between God, others, and ourselves in accordance with the Great Commandment.
we are gust speakers in local congregations, hold relational Bible studies, and counsel individually, since we are certified Christian counselors trained to help people in recovery from life's hurtful situations. Future plans include creating coordinated written material and to have a house church.
NEWS IN BRIEF
From Pastor Krekoryan of Canada
I enjoyed your courses so much because they constantly have me reading important parts of the bible for answers to the simple questions you ask. I never realized I could learn so much from courses that are so easy to complete, but learn I have. Your questions always seem to highlight important parts of the Bible. When I have found the answer to the question, I still want to keep reading.
From Rev. Ferris of Australia
Being a Christianship minister has great rewards. I have been very busy over the last two years. I have developed a senior ministry for seniors over 50 years of age. My ministry is called the Acorn League.
From Minister Cowles of England
I thank you for the very full package that I received with my ordination. I don't know how you can do so much for such a small offering.
From Minister/Evangelist Wilson Sanchez of Mexico
I have recently received my certificates and Bible study courses from World Christianship. your courses are a blessing! Even though I have been in the ministry for 20 years, I am surprised how much I am learning from your courses. My wife and I began our church in 1985 with eleven people. We are now renting a movie theater and our Sunday morning services average 700 people. We also have 3 churches in other cities.
From Rev. O'Neale of Barbados in the Caribbean
Thank you very much for sending me my ordination certificates and other documents, handbooks and courses. I am conducting private church meetings in my home and am proud to display my certificates.
Evangelist Cook of Iowa
Practicing the piano for her "Music Ministry"
Ordained by World Christianship in 1991
From Rev. Jackson of Florida
I learned of World Christianship Ministries from another gentleman here in Florida that had been ordained by you. He had begun his own small church in the country after ordination and was pleased that he could call WCM anytime for advice. He had many good things to say about you. As for myself I plan to begin a nursing home ministry. I have noticed that mainstream clergy seem to ignore these people who have believed in God all their lives. I will do weddings on the side to support my work.
From Rev. Foster of Virginia
I just wanted to take a few minutes to let you know how we have been doing since being ordained by World Christianship Ministries in April of 1991. We started a small church on our property and it grew pretty good. In January of 1992 we formed Harvest Time Ministries. We also have a ministry that provides food, and clothes to the needy. We've also had quite a few people saved, and I feel this is the main reason for our ministry. I have also had the pleasure to preach at a few local churches. I would like to thank you and your ministry for getting me started.
From Rev. Freeman of Ohio
Since becoming ordained by World Christianship in May of 2001, I have received the authority to solemnize marriages in Ohio. I have also preached at the Justice Center in Cleveland, and at the Mansfield Correctional Institute.
From Rev. Barnes of Ohio
During the past 6 months I have preached 13 times at a community church, made 25 hospital calls and 3 nursing home visits, assisted in one funeral and performed two others, counseled twice and did tow "chalk talks." I am presently working on having home church meetings.
From Rev. Dr. Howe of Arizona
Since ordination from World Christianship I have been in the process of putting a ministry together where I can perform weddings, baptisms and funeral services. My main goal, however, is to put together a grief ministry and a ministry for the sick and dying, mostly on a volunteer basis. I also want to work more with people who have lost or are losing a pet, as that is as hard as losing a loved one when you have a strong bond with them.
From Minister Hamner of Nova Scotia, Canada
We continue to expand our ministry to the islands in the South Atlantic. We now have an outreach ministry to Jamaica, the Bahamas, Barbados and the Dominican Republic. Ordination by WCM has taken us a long way in the last 6 years.
From Minister Fournier of California
My certificates and materials arrived today and were just amazing. You deliver more than you promise, by far! Checkpoint Ministries thanks you so much and has plans to have you ordain our next two ministers as well. I have done several weddings as a marriage officiant and was blessed to have your Marriage Minister handbook as a reference that gets right to the point.
From Reverend/Evangelist Storrs of Pennsylvania
Most recently I have accepted a position as assistant pastor at a church in Mansfield, PA. I lead worship as well as speaking at different times. My personal ministry, Sacred Heart, is still continuing to thrive as I travel to churches speaking on the arts and their use in the Christian church. this coming august I will be speaking at a Baptist Men's retreat. The Lord just continues to open doors and I continue to listen for His voice and perfect will.
From Pastor Smith of Tennessee
My dad and I are still holding prayer meetings at home and services at local retirement homes. We also travel to the state of Kentucky and have services at a convalescent home. People have heard about the great times we have at the services and people off the street are beginning to attend. We have seen God heal at our services and also souls have been saved.
From Minister McMillan of Washington / Oregon
I was ordained by WCM 10 years ago when I lived in Washington state and had a successful marriage and nursing home ministry after ordination. I now live in Oregon and was happy to see that Oregon changed their marriage laws to make it easier to do weddings here. Now it's about as easy as Washington was. I continue with my Christian work and thank you for ordination and all the informational material that helped me to get started. An associate has joined me in my ministry and we are making plans to now branch out into California. Your ministry has been a blessing.
From Rev. Buell of Mississippi
Over the last 20 years I have referred many people to your Ministry for Christian ordination. All have been happy and impressed with your program. May your works continue to reach out and expand the Christian Faith, and praise our savior, Jesus Christ