Terrific thought: “If your vision doesn’t scare you, it isn’t big enough.” This comment by Angus Buchan, whose book (and DVD of a full-length feature film) called “Faith Like Potatoes” is worth the read, got me to thinking about my vision for what I am doing here at Ralph Howe Ministries for the Lord. And it scares me. This apparently is a good thing.
I don’t often speak of the things we are planning because of the fear that people will think we are “blowing our own horn” here at this ministry. However, really it should point people to what God is doing and bring Him praise and the glory. Afterall, if the vision is beyond our abilities and giftings – then it will scare us and point to God all at the same time.
Just briefly off the top of my head some things we are working on…
1> Converting 30 discipleship classes (each 8 weeks long and containing the equivalent of a Bible School course at the lower levels of the 30 courses or a seminary class as you reach the upper levels) to a correspondence format so they can be offered on line through this web site. They will also be translated into Rusian so that we can continue to train and disciple people in the many nations who speak Russian.
This is a major project that could absorb one person full-time for more than a year. However, with several volunteers now working for us we are hoping to have a good portion of the work done before year end (at least the first 10 courses).
2> Our radio program – THE POINT – has gone through many changes in the past three months and the new format is slowly coming together. We have plans (by the end of September we are hoping) of going from twice weekly to five nights a week and by year-end to be on air seven days a week. We have purchased new equipment to allow us to do “voice overs” and “mixing” as well as recording teachings live so we can then edit and broadcast them. We are currently researching what would be needed to have several of these shows take on a phone-in format. We are already set up for interviews and will be entering that field of broadcasting this month.
3> Research is on-going regarding establishing an internet 24/7 Christian radio station that would combine talk and music… and, of course, be available worldwide.
4> In combination with Bob MacDonald Ministries we are co-authoring and co-publishing a series of 20 booklets (40 pages) covering all the basics of the Christian faith. These could be used in home groups, discipleship situations, church plant situations, and one-on-one. These will be available in paper and e-book formats and made available as they are ready – one at a time.
5> We have plans to continue developing our overseas office located in Ukraine. Just 10 days ago we shipped over the funding for the purchase of a new laptop computer so that the person who works there for us can keep current on the emails and other correspondence needed on a daily basis while travelling and ministering in his own growing (and very anointed) apostolic ministry. In line with that, I have begun applying my faith towards the purchase of a ministry vehicle foe our staff member there so he can begin to drive to events and not be as reliant on the public transportation stystem of buses and trains.
6> We are also working on the content for a school for apostles and prophets (2 weeks in length for Level One) that will see the light of day in January, 2010. This includes writing the basic theological and biblical content of the school and having it translated into Russian and distributed ahead of the actual school. Then, writing the practical side of the teachings which we would then teach in person at this school.
7> Already my office alone is answering ten to fifteen emails a week from Russian speaking nations (some in English and others needing translating) as well as I send out a personal e-news bulletin about what I am doing, our plans, and other personal comments to those who will be part of this training. As well, we are working on a bi-weekly e-newsletter that would contain a lot of basic teachings on apostles, prophets, and the prophetic which will be translated and sent to a substantial (and growing) mailing list. We are also working at expanding the Russian speaking section of our web page.
8> Working on several major writing projects – the first book is tentatively titled: “You Are Born Again If…” and deals with the fact that many in the born again Church worldwide are truly not saved but have simply switched religions and are holding to the outward form of our religion but denying the life-changing power of it. This is based on 1 John and is a burning passion in my heart.
I am also collecting together my material and reseach for writing 7 other books (140-150 pages) which will form a series of basic teachings for the new expression of God’s Church that is being raised up around the world today (a move among those in their 20-30’s). Some of these books are already in outline form and others are simply in the collecting material and sorting information stage.
There are many other things that are still in what I call the “Dreaming Stage”. The projects listed above are simply the ones we have already begun to take action on and that are “in process” at the current time.
I am not sharing these plans and projects to raise money (as we don’t appeal for funds in any way in this ministry). I am not looking for encouragement as I am definitely not discouraged (I have never been this excited about ministry in the 40 years I have been preaching). I share these in the hope that you will see what an awesome God we worship and serve and that, if led to, you might pray for one or more of these amazing projects that the Holy Spirit has us involved in.
I am reminded of a comment by William Carey (missionary and great Christian of olden days) who once said: “Attempt great things for God and expect great things from God”. That is really all I am doing!