It all began in 1957 or thereabouts. I was 8 years old and getting ready to go to sleep one night. My mother reminded me to say my nightly prayers. Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take. Amen! The words I had just uttered shook me deep in my soul. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take. Is it possible that I could die in my sleep? I am only 8 I protested. But it could happen I suppose. If I did die, would the Lord God take my soul to Heaven? Was I good enough for God to take me to His heaven? I didn't find an answer to that question until I was 21 years old. No! I would never be good enough! God revealed to me that I desperately needed a Savior just like every other human being! I needed Jesus the Christ to save me!
I cried out to Jesus and He saved me on October the 3rd, 1970. I totally surrendered to Jesus as Lord of my life that day. I asked Jesus what He wanted me to do. Jesus said to me, "I want you to preach the Gospel for me, and to be my Missionary." I said ok! You are now the Lord of my life! About one year later I joined Christian Missionary Fellowship and attended their Bible school. I met Gretchen Pfenning in Bible school. We fell in love and got married on December 9, 1973. We had 4 children. In 1978, God told me I was a church planter, and we started our first house church. I officially began our mission on my 30th birthday July 20, 1979.
I took my first mission trip to the island nation of Haiti, and I was totally hooked on missions. In 1985 I began to travel from town to town and hold Bible teaching seminars. In 1991, God told me I was called to be a church planting apostle. I continued to minister anywhere I could. In 1994 God sent me back to Bible school, and I attended Colorado Bible College (now called Charis Bible College). I graduated in 1996, and was ordained by Andrew Wommack in 1997. While attending Bible school again, God told me in 1995 to "Take Twelve!" men and disciple them, and train them to plant churches. I was to replicate myself in my disciples. I graduated in 1996, and was ordained by Andrew Wommack in 1997.
I had 12 men for a while, but 2 of them have dropped out. Even Jesus had Judas Iscariot betray Him. I am looking and praying for 2 men to replace them. Six of my disciples live in Africa and Asia. I have been discipling and mentoring them for 8 years since 2012. During those 8 years we have translated my booklet Heaven Here I Come! into 10 foreign languages and distributed thousands of them for free! We have developed 6 Bible schools (which we call Freedom Bible Academy) in 5 foreign nations.
We also have 7 children's homes for orphans in those same 5 nations. We have about 180 children that we help to feed, house, clothe, and educate. Most of our homes are called God's Mercy Children's Homes. Our Mission is primarily a teaching and training mission, training my disciples to train our Bible college students to evangelize and disciple people back in their own villages and towns. We also train them to plant churches in their own homes.
Please pray for our Bible School directors and students to reach out to their own families, friends, neighbors and acquaintances with the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. Please pray for our children's home directors to bring our orphan children up in the training and admonition of the Lord Jesus!