We’ve added several short videos to our video page…experience different aspects of our ministry through these sights and sounds!
We’ve added several short videos to our video page…experience different aspects of our ministry through these sights and sounds!
Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you.
Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Hebrews 13:7
The recent Gathering in Germany of most of our Proclaim community from their ministries around the world was the perfect setting for grieving the loss yet celebrating the life of our dear friend, colleague, and leader, Bob Johnson. Since August we have been trying to come to terms with the reality of this loss so soon after Bob’s condition had seemed to be improving. His wife Alyce has been the one to give the rest of us consolation and strength as she has truly experienced a supernatural peace and comfort from God who has sustained her.
At the Gathering John Bowers led the teaching sessions each morning looking at some of the admonitions in scripture to “Consider . . . ” The first day began with: Consider your Leaders. This was an emotional, but uplifting and God-honoring time as we shared together so many remembrances of how Bob’s life has impacted ours in ways that are worthy of imitating.
We are sharing here a video that we watched together that morning, produced by Marj Speiser, which beautifully captures the spirit of Bob’s life and ministry.
My first job in Europe was typing for Bob Johnson. When we went to Belgium in 1982 where Jim taught at the Bible Institute, I worked as a secretary at the school. But every Friday I went to the Johnsons and attempted to keep ahead of Bob, then Northern Europe Director for Greater Europe Mission, typing up the reams of correspondence he cranked out by hand on legal pads. It was fascinating as through those letters I learned about ministry all over Europe, both in our mission and other missions, as well as in national movements. Only much later would I begin to understand the weightiness of Bob’s interactions and influence on all these fronts. Through that I got a glimpse of the vision and leadership of this dedicated, charismatic, innovative, and a little bit ADHD missionary. That’s why, when Greater Europe Mission polled the troops as they were looking for a new mission director, I responded that it would be their loss if they considered anyone other than Bob Johnson. Of course, as God would have it, they did consider others and in retrospect I realized that God in His wisdom had a more creative agenda.
As it was, God had planned for Bob and Alyce to be put in intensely challenging life experiences that grew and purified them and proved their faith. And in His great sovereignty, he prepared them and led them to Proclaim where Bob’s insight is indelibly etched in the forming of who we are as a mission. In these years I have come full circle editing reams of Bob’s writings – everything from foundational documents to, most recently, the tour manual he was passionately writing right up till God took him home. And Bob, with his gift of storytelling, has gone way beyond the documenting of guidelines for a successful tour – he has penned a history and journey of Proclaim! International. Through his keyboard he has both impacted the course of Proclaim as a mission and powerfully recounted and recorded God’s faithfulness through it all.
Bob is so desperately missed – but he gave more for the sake of God, for his co-workers, and for a spiritually needy world, than most people will in a much longer lifetime.
Well done, good and faithful servant.
Sunday, September 30, 6:30 pm, Proclaim musicians along with guest musicians at Christian Family Chapel led in an evening of praising the Lord. Music from Kim Peterson’s brand new CD was featured and we shared victories and challenges from God as he is growing the ministry of Proclaim! Check out Kim’s CD: Like Stars in the Night
Taking the word of hope to those in society who are hopeless sometimes means boldly taking the stage in the market place of ideas; other times it takes the path of walking with people in the corridors of their private prisons.
Proclaim missionaries Marvin and Lisa Klein have just returned to France where Marv will serve local churches and reach out to communities through a ministry called Celebrate Recovery — providing hope of release through Christ for those struggling with behaviors that damage the person or their relationships. During the past year he has given leadership in launching Celebrate Recovery in a local church in the US Northwest where they have been based for home ministry. Now other leaders are in place to carry on that work as Kleins return to Europe. We are encouraged about the potential of this ministry as the French language materials Marv has developed can be used as a resource in other French-speaking regions like Haiti and Africa.
Marv and Lisa will also be involved with a TV channel which broadcasts Christian television via satellite around the Mediterranean, targeting North Africans. Marv is helping establish the US office for that organization, and Lisa will edit video for their broadcasts. We are grateful to have Marv and Lisa with us in Proclaim adding new dimensions in surprising people with the gospel.
Proclaim 2012 Gala video
See What a Proclaim! Tour is Like
964-Pound Weight Loss in Less than a Week
Hi Croatia – Soul Tattoo is Coming!
Proclaim! Tour in Greece – Spasenie
Art with Heart – Leah Heinemann
Proclaim! International Gala in Jacksonville
Belarus Tour Photos – Los Vecinos
Los Vecinos Band in Belarus
8th Annual Mission Conference in Croatia
Welcome Carey and Holly Holmquist
Greg and Becky Davis in Germany
So, you didn’t make it to the Proclaim Gala this year?
Here’s a chance to see what all the excitement was about.
If you missed it the first time around please join us for a
quick glimpse through this virtual Gala experience.
Photos: Jeff Westcott Photography
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This captures experiences and impressions on a 2011 tour through the eyes of the sound tech David Cook who is now with the Proclaim tour in Croatia and Bosnia —
Proclaim tour live
produced by Alex Sims
From this . . .
To this . . .
Thanks to all the generous donors who made this possible. In less than one week $5000 came in and we were able replace the 1000 lbs of equipment you see above with individual units — a total of 36 lbs that fits in a suitcase! Now the system is on its way to be used for the first time by the band Soul Tattoo going on tour to Croatia and Bosnia. Click on this link to meet the band and hear some of the music: http://www.reverbnation.com/soultattooeu
Proclaim!’s newest band on their 1st tour delivered a powerful message — leaving an indelible mark on hearts — in city squares, cultural centers, a jazz club, and a prison in Croatia and Bosnia. This multinational group, including the five-member band and a big support team of sound and video techs and set up crew, brought together motivated proclaimers from seven countries.
The band based in Kandern, Germany, worked hard to prepare an excellent presentation with a clear message, and believers in the churches in Croatia did their part in making the most of the opportunity by spreading the word.
Check out the band on their profile at Reverbnation to meet the band members, hear a couple of their tunes and see the tour schedule:
See photos of the tour on Proclaim’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.384105901638783.77017.113784272004282&type=3
The tour took them to these locations, in most of which multiple events were scheduled:
• Northern region: Thessalonika, Alexandroupoli, Katerini
• Southern region: Corinth, Athens, Greek Bible Institute
Their ministry to a variety of nationalities — including Greek, Russian, Ukrainian, Moldavian, American, and even some from closed countries — was met with a warm response from all ages and every cultural group. It is encouraging that every sponsor asked them to return.
Following the tour the team was able to speak with some church leaders on a deeper level, resulting in an invitation to return next year to do leadership and ministry development training in addition to the concerts. Their vision is to include leaders from several other countries to benefit from the training.
In the meantime, some of the leaders in the Greek churches have been invited to visit Spasenie in Belarus to participate in some of their activities early next year.
We love to see cross-cultural relationships like this flourish! Please pray with us for God’s direction in future ministry opportunities in Greece.
Leah Heinemann is a Proclaim Associate in Dallas, a visual artist developing the ministry Fellow Artists Reaching Out. Leah and her husband Mark lived for many years in Germany raising their family, ministering in a theological seminary, and touching lives in their community. Now based in the USA Leah teaches art in public school, and through Fellow Artists Reaching Out she encourages Christian artists to use their God-given gifts for His kingdom. But her heart is never far from those ladies in Germany that she poured herself into teaching evangelistic aerobics classes and sharing her artistic gifts and herself.
As often as possible Leah finds a way to get back and continue pursuing or encouraging ladies she has known in Germany, or even to go to other countries where there is great need for God’s love and truth to be revealed. Speaking to women’s groups, teaching art classes, setting up her easel in the city plaza — her art opens doors and her heart communicates God’s love.
Last summer Leah created this painting to use as an illustration as she had opportunities in Germany to speak on John 15:5, following up with women she has ministered to in the past and making new contacts.
At our recent Proclaim! fund raising Gala evening guests were challenged to Fuel the Fire and Fan the Flame of God’s work through Proclaim!
We are thankful that our desire was fulfilled to have new people as well as long-time supporters join in the evening. Even many who know Proclaim well had no idea of the extent and diversity of the work Proclaim is involved in throughout the world.
Our audience got a glimpse of a few of these Proclaim! pursuits, as Co-Director John Bowers shared five snapshots of Proclaim ministries through live interviews and photo illustrated stories.
We thank God that as many caught the vision, over half of our $80,000 financial goal for the event was met. $43,000 has already been given or pledged, but a significant need remains for funding our ministry commitments for this year.
Please consider making a donation at the link below to help meet the goal. Or contact the Proclaim office [email protected] about making monthly donations for the remainder of the year. Thank you for helping Fuel the Fire and Fan the Flame!
Gala photos by Jeff Westcott: http://jeffwestcottphotography.com/
Song number 2 is fresh out of the mixing studio: I Am Yours Jesus. LISTEN TO IT NOW Ten to go!
Just $1428 more in donations and the CD project budget will be met. The exciting conclusion draws near!
CLICK HERE and scroll down to PETERSON CD PROJECT to donate online and help us get to the goal!
Go to Proclaim! International on Facebook to see photos of Belarus tour life.
In the city of Brest Los Vecinos band has been involved in the X-star music festival with some of the band members judging the festival contest. This competition of local youth bands, with the winner being featured in a final concert, is a major bridge building event put on by our partner ministry.
See a local news report on this year’s festival with photos of winning musicians and Los Vecinos performing in the final concert: X-star Festival 2012.
Los Vecinos goes on to Minsk March 1 for final outreach events there. Please pray for good ministry opportunities and for endurance and good health for the tour members these last few days of the tour:
|Mar 1||Travel to Minsk|
|Mar 2||Public concert|
|Mar 3||Church concert|
|Mar 4||Church service (morning)|
|Mar 5||Travel home|
The first question we usually get about this tour is — “Why would you go to Belarus in February — again — during one of coldest winters on record in Europe?” Sure — we would love to enjoy this beautiful country sometime in more pleasant weather. But more importantly, this timing is strategic for helping our partner ministry there in a major annual event that is significant in their connection with young people and the community.
You can help us get the mime team here by donating miles to Proclaim’s Delta account or making a cash donation to help with airfare. Contact the Proclaim office for information on donating mileage: [email protected]