Dear Brothers in Christ! It’s happening again this year! The Men for God Conference is back and registration is open. We only have space for 400 men so register NOW before it’s too late. Click on the link below for details. Looking forward to seeing you there, Lord willing!
Today, I am pleased to announce the launch of the new and updated website for Joy to the World Ministries. Many thanks to Church OS for their hard work in helping us with the work on this new site. They have really been terrific. May the Lord continue blessing their work. Through this, we hope to share with you what the Lord has been doing among us in the past, what He is doing now as we look forward to what He will do in the future.
In turn, I hope that you will:
Join us in praising the Lord for His love towards us which love was demonstrated in the death and resurrection our Lord Jesus Christ.
Pray for and with us regularly as we continue to labor for the gospel that we may maintain and work towards the vision that the Lord has for us.
Spread the word concerning this work and recruit others to join us in doing #1 and #2 above.
Give financially to support this important work for the advancement of the gospel of Jesus Christ in the various regions where we are working and beyond.
Stay tuned. We will be posting regular updates on this site, so please come back and visit often. We want you to walk with us through the journey ahead as we apply ourselves with the Lord’s help to the task of “Taking the Whole Gospel, to the Whole Man and to the Whole World.”
Thank you for being such faithful and encouraging supporters. May the Lord richly bless you. To God be the glory!
“From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the LORD is to be praised!” Psalm 113:3
Most men are not satisfied with the permanent output of their lives. Nothing can wholly satisfy the life of Christ within his followers except the adoption of Christ’s purpose toward the world he came to redeem. Fame, pleasure and riches are but husks and ashes in contrast with the boundless and abiding joy of working with God for the fulfillment of his eternal plans. The men who are putting everything into Christ’s undertaking are getting out of life its sweetest and most priceless rewards (Excerpt from Secretary of the Laymen’s Missionary Movement, 1909).
This is why Joy to the World Ministries has organized the Men for God Conference – a conference for men which was born out of a deep desire to encourage and build up strong, quality and godly men for God who will serve Him as godly leaders be it in the home, church or the work place.
Most men are not satisfied by the permanent output of their lives.
Most men are insecure – and unsure of themselves – who they are and what they are really here for. So they hide their true identity in order to gain acceptance.
Most men are lonely – and secretly wish they weren’t – but are too proud to admit it.
Most men are laden with worry and anxiety over their finances – they can’t pay their bills and they are steeped in debt.
Most men have given up on finding any satisfaction in their lives – and are merely existing – living without any real God-honoring purpose.
Is there any hope for such men? Yes there is – the Bible gives instructions on what the LORD requires of us. By looking to Christ, we can find real meaning, purpose and satisfaction in our lives. Through Christ, we can enjoy God’s rich blessings to us and be a blessing to others. In Christ, we can live God-honoring lives day by day.
If you are a man living in Greater Vancouver, the Fraser Valley or Whatcom County, and need some encouragement in your walk with the LORD, I invite you to join me and other men this coming June at the Men for God Conference as we look into God’s Word for divine instructions on how to lives in such a way that we honor God, bless others and enjoy the abundant life that our Savior, Jesus Christ has purchased for us by His death and resurrection.
Twenty-five years ago, the Presbyterian Association in England, forerunner of EPCEW, was formed. The London Presbyterian Conference 2012 will, we trust, be a reminder of the grace of God over the last quarter of a century to our denomination, and an opportunity to engage with those who are interested in EPCEW and who are in sympathy with our desire to plant churches in England and Wales. The purpose of this conference is threefold.
To present biblical and warm-hearted Presbyterianism. This day will provide a window through which people can learn more of EPCEW.
To foster and develop our church planting contacts with a view to seeing new churches planted in the years ahead.
To be a rallying point for our church members as well as our office bearers.
We give thanks and praise to the almighty God for making the 5th Annual Missions Conference July 4-8 a success at the Kamuzu Academy, Mtunthama Kasungu under the theme, “Give us this day, our daily bread” taken from the fourth petition in the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:11). This has been one of the most productive and fruitful conferences. We give glory and honour to God for taking us to new heights and a step further in advancing the call to awaken the passion for missions not only in young people but even in pastors too.
PARTICIPANTS: This year’s conference registered 150 residential participants with a few operating from their homes. Participants were a combination of youths, laymen (elders and deacons) and pastors from Pentecostal, Evangelical and Presbyterian Churches in Malawi. We were encouraged also to have a missionary from Papua New Guinea, Gabriel Pondrun, serving here in Malawi; Mr. Hussein Latif, a Malawian missionary serving among the Muslims in Mangochi. These two were a great encouragement to the participants.
GENERAL COMMENTS AND OBSERVATIONS:
This year’s conference registered a high number of pastors in comparison to the previous conferences. This is a great development because it is these pastors who will be instrumental in transforming their churches as regarding to missions work. After training these pastors it is evident that they have realized there is work to be done in regard to missions and have embraced the call to missions hence will be in the fore-front in their churches advancing this cause.
This year’s conference has made a great difference as the participants agreed with the organizers to set the course for missions in Malawi. This was supported with a special offering on each of the conference days. By the end of the conference a enough money was raised and some pledged by the conference participants to support work of missions in Malawi. Following this, two faithful men responded to the call into local missions in a Muslim-dominated area in Mangochi District where they will be working for a month – the month of August this year. We thank God for this amazing response.
During the conference, a local mission’s body was prayerfully chosen comprising of 10 people from among JTW Missionaries and others. The role of this Missions body will include identifying mission’s fields, receiving, recruiting, sending and supporting missionaries into various mission fields both locally and internationally.
It has been noted from people who have been attending these conferences in the past that there is a need to follow these annual conferences up with smaller seminars (mini-conferences) at regional level. This is a call that came in from the participants to JTW and has to be considered as it would greatly help participants to keep in touch and encourage each other.
To keep the focus on missions and the servant self-watch in the ministry. It has been agreed that next year’s seminars will be designed as special classes (running progressively throughout the conference). This will allow the participants to concentrate/focus on their area of calling and will equip them with necessary materials for their particular ministries.
RECOMMENDATIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES: Many participants hailed JTW for organizing these conferences and recommended the following issues:
That we should be conducting follow-ups conferences with participants at regional level (at least once) before the next conference.
That the missions’ board should be maintained and that its functions should be open to all those willing to serve in missions. Any open opportunities should be communicated to them.
One participant pledged to continue supporting the cause of local missions not only by praying but also by giving financially.
Many participants have at least made a commitment to continue attending the coming conferences.
SUMMARY: It was a great JOY to see what God is doing in Malawi in the area of Missions work and to be a small part of it. We are so grateful and thankful to the Almighty God for connecting JTW Ministries with not only Malawian believers but with so many across the world with a common vision of serving the lost world for the sake of God’s Kingdom. We hope to reach new heights and sail into deeper waters in this cause for Christ’s sake.
Speaking at this conference was, Rev, Fletcher Matandika, Dr. David Reimer, Rev. Charles Morris, Rev. Stephen Roberts, Mr. Hussein Latif, Mr. Khembo Elliot, Mr. Confex Makhalira, and Mr. Joseph Matandika.
It is with many thanks and praises to the Almighty God for making the five-day Preaching Conference that took place in Uganda from June 4-8, a great success. The conference was organized around the theme, “The Supremacy of Christ in Preaching” with the aim of equipping pastors to faithfully preach Christ from all Scripture. ALL the conference messages can be accessed here for FREE. Please feel free to share them with others as you have opportunity.
The conference drew participants from ten (10) different countries (i.e. Malawi, Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Congo, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Cameroon and the United States of America). For us, this was a great milestone and we praise the Lord for making us a part of it. The majority of the conference participants and speakers are gospel ministers from various denominations. Some are Bible College and Seminary students.
The conference was very important as it provided participants with very helpful tools for ministry. The teachings and presentations were quite transforming to many of them. This was evident in the testimonies from many of them who agreed that the conference will certainly have a great impact on their ministry and personal lives.
We have invitations to continue hosting such conferences in the future. Many pastors were asking if JTW can consider organizing a similar conference in their respective countries next year. Most of them promised/pledged to help with organization of similar conference in their home countries. This gives a clear picture that there is a great need among pastors for refresher courses as well as theological training and such conference.
Many of the pastors who attended the conference were lay men who have the passion to preach and for ministry. With their passion many have at least founded a church and others are helping with newly founded churches but their lack of proper theological training poses great challenges and threats to their ministries. This was evident in the questions they were asking and some of the issues that they are struggling with in respective church ministries. Such issues included women in ministry and polygamy among pastors. These two issues took ground in all the days of the conference during the panel discussion session. This is a clear picture that many of them need a proper doctrinal and biblical background.
It was truly a privilege to speak at the conference alongside great men of God like, Rev. Dr. Dennis Johnson (my former seminary professor from Westminster Seminary in California; Rev. Dr. John Carson who currently serves as a theology professor with the Mobile Theological Training Team (MT3) of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church; Rev. Timothy K. Hoke, who is an instructor of biblical and pastoral studies at the African Bible University in Kampala, Uganda; Rev. Jerry Maguire, pastor for Redeemer Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Concord, Massachusetts; Rev. Gerald Sseruwagi, pastor for New City in Kampala, Uganda and Rev. Dr. David Eby, Dean of Graduate Studies at Westminster Theological Seminary in Uganda.