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Monday
Apr192010

Called to the Mission Field

Sean and Lisa Michaud founders of Kingdom Equippers Ministries International. (Click to enlarge)Sean and Lisa met at a church in Mobile, Alabama. During their very first conversation, they shared with each other their individual calls to the mission field. The two quickly realized that the Lord had a plan for their lives—together. Before stepping into missionary work however, they both sensed God leading them to saturate themselves in His Word. Not knowing what to do next, they made an appointment with their pastor to inquire about how best to prepare for the ministry. Their pastor mentioned a new school that his friend, Andrew Wommack, was starting in Colorado Springs. Despite the fact that neither Sean nor Lisa had ever been to the Springs, or heard of Andrew, excitement stirred in their spirits about attending Bible college, and they knew that this was God’s plan. The first time Sean and Lisa heard Andrew minister was at the opening rally the day before school started, and both were blessed.

Sean and Lisa became Mr. and Mrs. Michaud in 1996, while attending Colorado Bible College (later renamed Charis Bible College). After graduation in 1997, the Michauds, now united in marriage and preparation, answered the call to the mission field—in Russia. A pastor in Ufa, Russia had contacted CBC because he wanted to have a Bible college in his city. CBC-Ufa was opened a short time later, and over 100 students graduated from first year classes the following Spring.

Sean and Lisa opened CBC-Ufa in 1999, and more than 100 students graduated from first year classes the following Spring. (Click to enlarge)Since the establishment of the school in Ufa, the Michauds have moved around ministering in various countries including Lisa's former home, the Caribbean Island of Trinidad. There they helped Lisa’s parents pastor a church for several years. In 2005, Sean and Lisa returned to Russia and not only directed CBC-Ufa, but also began taking students on missionary trips to other Russian villages and cities. Some of these places were without a single church or pastor, so their outreach to other Russian communities was particularly vital. It was during this time that the Michauds founded Kingdom Equippers Ministries International, a ministry whose goal is to train laborers throughout the world to carry out the Great Commission.

Sean (above right) leads a discipleship class in Venezuela. (Click to enlarge)Unfortunately, in 2008, Russia changed their visa laws. Regulations now stipulate that visitors may only stay in Russia for three months at a time, and then they must leave for three months—without exception. Sean and Lisa’s three children, Rachel, Abigail and Jeremiah, were attending Russian schools, and uprooting them every three months would have been very difficult for them. The Michauds knew it was time to leave. Sean recalled asking God to show Him where they would go next. “I sensed the Lord say, 'Africa,'”
Sean said.

However, Africa wasn’t in the Michaud’s immediate future. They returned to Colorado in 2008 for the annual CBC Director’s Meeting. Sean explained to Andrew about having to leave Russia, which led to two opportunities. Andrew suggested that Sean and Lisa move back to the Springs and work for Andrew Wommack Ministries World Outreach and teach at CBC. Andrew also extended an invitation to Sean to travel with him to South Africa in July. After this trip with Andrew, Sean decided it wasn’t yet time to move to Africa, so he took the position with AWM World Outreach and CBC.

Durban, South Africa (above right) is located on the eastern side of the the southern tip of Africa. (Click to enlarge)Again in the summer of 2009, Sean and Lisa traveled with Andrew to Africa where they connected with some ministers from Durban. Sean and Lisa sensed that Durban might be exactly where God was calling them, and one more visit in November confirmed it. “I was able to travel to Durban in November 2009 and was able to minister in quite a few churches. Upon returning to the United States, Lisa and I knew that the Lord was directing us to Durban,” Sean explained.

With their family now settled in Durban, the Michauds have begun leading a Discipleship Evangelism class, and plans are in motion to possibly open a Bible school in June of 2010. As Sean and Lisa faithfully respond to God’s leading, He continues to use them to bring His good news to the world.

The Michaud family, Sean, Lisa, Rachel, Abigail and Jeremiah, missionaries to Durban, South Africa. (Click to enlarge)The Michaud’s have seen God work in amazing and miraculous ways over the years; however, they have also faced many challenges as missionaries. Sean encourages others being called to the mission field with this, “Fear of the unknown causes many people to do nothing. 'Where's the money going to come from?' 'Where am I going to live?' 'How are things going to pan out?' Abraham went out not knowing where he was going (Hebrews 11:8). Abraham went even though he had many unanswered questions. The answers to many questions are on the other side of obedience. We have discovered that God never leads by fear. We had to make the decision not to camp out on our fears and unanswered questions, but camp out on who God is, His faithfulness and what He's put in our heart.”

Ministry pioneers Sean and Lisa Michaud were called to the mission field, and He who calls is faithful (1 Thessalonians 5:24).

Visit the Kingdom Equippers Ministries International website to learn more about the impact the Michaud's ministry is having in Durban, South Africa.

Thursday
Mar252010

"Why Can't We Do That?"

Transformation in South Africa

Andrew and the Reddiar family.
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The Gospel Truth message has radically transformed the lives of Mark and Samantha Reddiar. “It has changed the way we think. It has changed the way we do things,” says Mark. “It has changed everything. Now, without trying, we do more good than we ever did when we tried to do it on our own.”

Their journey began when a friend of Samantha’s encouraged her to listen to Andrew Wommack on GOD TV, but they almost missed the message. “We turned it on once or twice and were not really impressed,” says Mark, “because it was this quiet, sitting-down-in-a-chair type of thing—not what we are used to with the other ministers we listen to.”

Andrew on the Gospel Truth programFortunately for their hometown of Durban, South Africa, the Reddiars tuned in again and were captivated by Hannah Terradez’s miraculous healing. After the program, they said to each other, “These are normal, ordinary people. Why can’t we do that?” And they did. Since they first heard Andrew’s message, Mark and Samantha have led nearly 500 people to Christ and have seen another 700 people healed.

The first thing they did after watching Hannah’s story was go to the AWM website. “We got onto the website immediately and started downloading the free MP3s,” says Mark. “That has been a blessing like you wouldn't believe.”

Samantha describes herself as being a completely ineffective Christian before she heard the grace and faith message: “I was saved and I knew about God, but I didn’t know who He was.” She and Mark now spend up to two hours a day listening to Andrew, and they have devoured all of his teachings. “The most important thing we’ve learned is that God is real,” she shares. “He has never been this real to us, and He becomes more real each day. We have been absolutely transformed.”

Samantha and Mark Reddiar
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Once they understood healing, Mark and Samantha asked to lead a training seminar at their church in Durban, where they trained nearly forty people to heal the sick. “Our congregants became empowered and went out healing people, bringing them into the church,” says Mark. “It grew the church to such an extent that our pastors approached us and said, ‘You need a place in the ministry.’ And they honored us by ordaining us as evangelists for the community and for the church.”

The Reddiars’ passion is to see the lives of others transformed, as theirs have been. “Our families and our friends, people in our church, have literally been set free when we tell them about grace and how their sins have been forgiven,” says Samantha. “It’s not a fear-based salvation; it’s just freedom and absolute love.”

Mark and Samantha now host a weekly healing service at their house, and some people travel nearly fifty miles to attend. “The first person we ever prayed for had cancer,” says Mark. “She went back to one of the biggest hospitals in Durban and got a report that she didn’t have to go through chemo anymore because the cancer was gone.” At their first church ministry session, God showed Himself strong on their behalf. A policeman came forward, having suffered eighteen years of neck pain from a work-related injury. The pain was so bad that he was no longer able to work as a law enforcement officer. “He later told us that after we prayed for him, he had his first good night’s sleep in eighteen years,” shares Mark.

Mark Reddiar sharing the Word of God. (Click to enlarge)Mark and Samantha now see God do things every day that they didn’t even know were possible just a few years ago. “We were plugged into religion, with no reality of who God was,” says Samantha, explaining that they have unplugged from the system so they can learn who God truly is and share the message with others in their community.

The Reddiars are amazed by how God’s Word has come alive for them. As they share the message of grace and faith and how it has affected their lives, they are seeing the people around them transformed as well. “We’ve now taught more than seventy people to heal the sick using the power of God and things we have learned through Andrew,” relates Mark.

However, in spite of the hundreds of people whose lives have been changed, much remains to be done. “People here are desperate for the true Word of God,” says Samantha. She and Mark believe that the churches in their area are mired in religion and need to return to simple faith in the Word of God. “It’s a desperate situation because we are starved of the Word of God,” she explains.

Mark Reddiar ministering (Click to enlarge)Andrew Wommack has never visited Durban, South Africa, yet his teachings have made a dramatic impact. “Because of what God has done through Andrew, our lives have been changed,” says Mark. “The lives of people we know have been changed. The people we’ve taught how to heal have seen miracles like you might not believe—signs and wonders. They have prayed for people who had bones out of place, which have then moved back where they should be. It has been amazing—a wonderful journey. God has used us to influence our community in such a way, it’s beyond our belief."

Reprinted from the article It's the Fruit that Counts, found in the upcoming Spring & Summer 2010 edition of Andrew's Gospel Truth magazine.

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