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August Update

2018-08-08 08:30:26 admin

Dear Friends and Ministry Partners,

Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ!  I’m writing you from Kolkata, India while visiting the girls homes.  Even in a dark place God’s presence is still so strong and His love is felt so tangibly.  I will speak more of the India trip in the next newsletter, but I have so much to say of the July missions trip to Cusco, Peru.

We had a great team from Esmirna Iglesia in Tarapoto, Peru that traveled to Cusco to do missions work with us in the mountainous region outside of Cusco.  The altitude posed a problem for some of the team.  Cusco sits at 11,500 feet above sea level, but we traveled much higher into a village/community that was 13,500 feet, which was above the tree line.  There were several farmers in this area and a school house full of children where we ministered.  The leadership of the school was so receptive and graciously allowed us to minister to all the children.  We led the children in songs, dances and my daughter, Leslie Austin, gave a quick encouraging word from the Lord.  We took gifts to them that were put together to meet their needs but also with things they would enjoy.

  

After going to the school we were able to travel further to another village and minister to children at a local church.  I was told they were amazed that someone from the United States would travel such a long distance to see them.  They were so respectful and listened to our message intently.  We were sharing the gospel to the deepest parts of Peru and we pray they never forget the message of the love of Jesus Christ.

  

In the evenings we had a conference in Cusco to area Pastors and Leaders.  The worship was amazing, the Word powerful and the altars were full.  Many received a touch from the Lord and were changed by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Leslie and I traveled back to Tarapoto, Peru where our FLM Bible Institute campus is located.  We spent a lot of time meeting with the different people that make FLM Peru a success, building relationships and visioneering for the future of FLM Peru.  We took time to meet with Pepe, who works/lives at the campus and takes care of the grounds.  The Bible Institute schedule was discussed with Pastor David Gomez and plans were set in place to get the Bible Institute certified with a Certification from the State of Peru and begin training ministers by March of 2019.

FLM invested to build a church in Trujillo, Peru.  This will make 58 churches that FLM has helped to build and the 3rd church for the year.

We feel the calling to invest in those called to work in the ministry and to disciple them.  We have a ministry called Fathering Leaders that is an intense two year discipleship program to help sculpt and mold solid and dependable servants of Christ in Peru.  In July we presented our graduates with their certificate of completion and blessed them.  We have now started the recruiting process for our next group that will go through the program.  It will start in January, 2019 and go through December of 2020.

We are working to have our website updated and are looking into accepting on-line donations.  Please be watching for the many updates that we are working toward.

Plans are set in place for our 2019 February missions trip to Tarapoto and Cusco Peru.  We already have a large group that have made plans to be a part.  If you feel God calling you to be involved please reach out to me and I will send you details.

2018 REVIVAL SCHEDULE

September 16-19                    Greely, CO – Glad Tidings Church
October 7-10                           McPhearson, KS – Crossroads Assembly of God

2018 MISSION TRIP SCHEDULE

August 5-11                            Kolkata, India – Girls Homes visit
October 21-27                         Home Mission Week, Back Packs, Diasozo Project
November 5-17                       Kolkata, India – Orphanages and church ministry
2019 MISSION TRIP SCHEDULE

February 2-12, 2019               Tarapoto, Peru – Pastor Conference, Medical Clinic, Counseling
July 27-August 4, 2019           Cusco, Peru – Machu Pichu, Kids Crusades, Nightly Conference
Our mailing address is PO Box 100, Rogers, AR 72757 and my email address is DAustin@FirstLoveMinistries.com.  If you are on Facebook please like First Love Ministries so you can receive our updates.  Thank you for being a partner of First Love Ministries.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​A Servant in Training,​​​​​

David Austin

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June Update

2018-06-06 22:23:00 admin

Dear Friends and Ministry Partners,

Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ!

There is so much excitement within First Love Ministries as we hear clearly from God the direction that will be taken in the future.  He is making the paths even more clear as we seek His wisdom and guidance by confirming things that have been placed on our hearts.

This month we will be traveling to Valentine, NE to evaluate the Diasozo project and determine what is needed to complete it and get a good grasp on the future plans.  There is a team of men traveling with us that have been working on the building for several years and will give good insight as to what will be our projects during Home Missions week in October.  We would love to see the building completed to a point where it can begin to be utilized for ministry in the capacity of its intention.

Several years ago we made a commitment to build 100 churches in Peru.  At the beginning of the year we had built a total of 55 churches.  Praise God!  We will build 5 churches per year until we meet the 100 church commitment.  In order to build a church in Peru we require the congregation to own the land and also raise $2,500 on their own.  They are also required to turn in monthly pastor reports showing how the church has been doing.  Once the congregation meets all those requirements FLM will send them $2,500 to add to what they have raised.  These requirements help the church to have ownership in what they are accomplishing with God’s help and blessings.

In May we made investments to build two churches in Peru, pictured below.  One in Shapajilla(L) and the other in Dos Unidos(R).

  

We have three more churches that we are anxiously awaiting to build once we know all the requirements have been met.  God is truly blessing our investments into these churches.  The local church, no matter what nation it’s found in, carries the saving power of the world.  What an honor to help in this capacity.  Please pray over these two churches/congregations and their pastors.

The girls in India are doing well in their school work and growing so happy and healthy.  What a blessing it is, and we thank God for this great opportunity to minister to them in this way.

In May we got word from Asha, who leads FLM of India, that a portion of our land could possibly be washed away during the monsoon season if a retention wall is not built.  The land has five coconut trees and during the monsoon season the water erodes the land and this coming season the trees could be washed away.  It was very important that we get the wall built as soon as we could.  I’m so pleased to share that not only were we able to send funds to build the retention wall, but we were also able to build additional security walls as well.

  

First Love Ministries greatly needs your prayers and support as we work together to advance the kingdom of God and change history for so many.  There is such an anticipation of how God is going to use FLM to change the world.  HE walks before us and has anointed us for this occasion, so let us capitalize on what God has planned and purposed.  God is always faithful!

2018 MISSION TRIP SCHEDULE

July 14 – July 27                     Cusco, Peru Crusade/Street Ministry, Tarapoto FLMBI
October 21-27                         Home Mission Week, Back Packs, Diasozo Project
Dates TBD                              Kolkata, India – Orphanages and church ministry

2019 MISSION TRIP SCHEDULE

February 3-10, 2019               Tarapoto, Peru Pastor Conference, Medical Clinic, Counseling

Our mailing address is PO Box 100, Rogers, AR 72757 and my email address is DAustin@FirstLoveMinistries.com.  If you are on Facebook please like First Love Ministries so you can receive our updates.  Thank you for being a partner of First Love Ministries.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​A Servant in Training,​​​​​

David Austin

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April Update

2018-04-02 21:13:48 admin

Dear Friends and Ministry Partners,

First Love Ministries has had an exciting month.  I have been working diligently to prepare for our missions trip to Cusco, Peru in July and things are really coming together.  I anticipate God will move in a powerful way as we minister there in support of one of the Esmirna churches.  The team that goes on this trip will be doing one-on-one street ministry, children’s crusades, and nightly crusades showing the love of Christ to the wonderful people of Peru.  We will also take a few days to allow people to visit Machu Picchu and see one of the wonders of this beautiful world that God created for us to enjoy.  If you are interested in going on this trip, I ask that you email me at the address below soon because the price for airline tickets will go up the closer to our trip.  The trip is scheduled for July 14-21. We will arrive in Cusco on July 15th and fly out on July 21st.  I will be going to Tarapoto, Peru on the 21st to take care of business and then will fly back on the 27th after FLM business meetings.  The ministry team will fly home on the 21st.

In regards to India, it is important for me to travel to India and meet the children in the orphanages and spend some time with them and the amazing ministry team in place.  I have applied for my visa to India and once approved, I will schedule a trip to Bangalore and Kolkata.  I truly can’t wait to visit them and to love on these precious children that have been through so much.  God does amazing things with your prayers, financial support and time investment.  It’s making a difference!  One of our emphasis this year is to rescue more girls from the grip of the enemy and to pour life into them as we raise up the next generation to praise the Lord!  I know a few people that are already planning to go on this trip!  Going on this trip is something to consider and I know it will change your life forever.  We covet your prayers as God paves the way before us on these trips.  We have children that are in need of sponsorships, so please pray and join with us in our efforts as the Lord lays it on your heart.

Our trip to Peru in late January early February had some highs and lows.  We had such a wonderful loving team on this trip.  Each member was so available and willing at every turn and very adaptable in the plan and schedule.  We held a Pastor’s Conference with over 150 pastors in the network that First Love Ministries invests.  We also held nightly services where God moved in a tremendous way and lives were changed!  The team that worked at the campus built a garden and fenced it in to keep the critters out.  They also painted one of the buildings in order to preserve it and make it look very nice.  Several team members held children’s crusades, gave out candy, taught the children and just loved on them daily.  Groceries were purchased and delivered for the MARU families and it was such a blessing and brought so much joy to the giver and reciever.  On Sunday morning before we left, our team split up and we ministered in 8 different churches.  God truly was with this team, but the trip didn’t end the way we thought it would.  Instead of hugs of joy and love, we left with hugs and tears of sadness and sorrow because of the home-going of our dear brother-in-Christ Paul Conger.  He will be greatly missed…until we see him again!

Here is a picture of the truck that we purchased while in Peru.  In April, 2017 we were all challenged in the FLM newsletter to help purchase a vehicle needed for FLM-Peru, with your help and support, we were able to do just that.  Praise God for His provisions!  God is our source and all good things come from Him!  Look at the smile on Reynaldo’s face in this picture!  He now has what was needed to travel to the campus and outlying villages to do the work of the ministry.

Thank you for your generous giving and support to make this happen.

I truly covet your prayers for the direction of First Love Ministries as we move forward with the ministry.  We are praying for the future and have such an expectancy of what God is doing and going to do.  As I have been praying I have felt God impress upon my heart the same word that Paul mentioned in February… “DELIBERATE.”  Our efforts and ministry focuses should be deliberate and exactly what God wants us to do during this transitional period.  There are exciting times ahead, so please keep us on your prayer list.

2018 MISSION TRIP SCHEDULE

 

July 14 – July 27                    Cusco, Peru Crusade, Tarapoto FLMBI

October 21-27                        Home Mission Week, Back Packs, Diasozo Project

Dates TBD                              Kolkata, India – Orphanages and church ministry

2019 MISSION TRIP SCHEDULE

February 3-10, 2019               Tarapoto, Peru Pastor Conference, Medical Clinic, Counseling

NOTE:  The revival schedule still has a lot of confirmations that we are waiting on.  You will see this schedule in the future newsletter but it is not available for this April edition.

Our mailing address is PO Box 100, Rogers, AR 72757 and my email address is DAustin@FirstLoveMinistries.com.  If you are on Facebook please like First Love Ministries so you can receive our updates.  Thank you for being a partner of First Love Ministries.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​A Servant in Training,​​​​​

David Austin

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January Update

2018-01-01 12:03:00 admin

January, 2018

Dear Friends and Ministry Partners

Happy New Year!   Cindy and I thank you for all your love, prayers and support. The number 18 in Biblical numerology stands for bondage. Let this be a year where we are set free from bondage.  I encourage you to live a life of integrity that is in submission to God’s perfect will for your life and not allow yourself to become enslaved to the trappings of this world.

Last August we went on a 21-day Daniel Fast.  The reason was two-fold; 1) to finish our book, “God’s Nature Resides in You,” and, 2) I kept hearing the word transition and I needed wisdom in how that applied to First Love Ministries. Praise God, the book is printed and ready to sell. In November I was ministering in Oklahoma. After the service a lady came up to me prophesying over me.  She said over and over that God kept saying the word “transition” about you while you were ministering.  She began prophesying then said, “I keep hearing transition.” I believe she was used to confirm what God had already spoken to me.

  1. God has called me to do the work of an evangelist. Our 4,904 evangelistic services confirm that.
  2. This being the year of bondage, I feel led of God to continue to focus on lives that are in bondage and in Jesus’ name, see them set free.  We were forced to make changes last year in India by the government of India. We have three girl’s homes that we have permission by the Indian government to support. We were forced to stop supporting our Indian pastors and two other smaller girls’ homes.  We were forced to stop our feeding program in Kolkata. Those three areas of ministry were deemed illegal by the government. If we would have insisted, they could have shut down all facets of ministry through First Love Ministries of India.
  3. The ministry in the Philippines has been emotionally draining because of the loss of lives that were martyred. But, needless to say, they are continuing to spread the Gospel. So, after much prayer, we will continue to love, pray and support them in any way we can, led of God.
  4. The ministry in Peru is not only stable but on the cusp of much growth.  The Residency Bible Institute opens in March. All of the correspondence schools have completed their tasks and as God leads, we will be opening more. The relationship with Pastor David and Pastora Teresa has deepened and I’m excited about planting more churches as God leads us. Sister Karen Gabe has fulfilled her original five-year commitment to First Love Ministries and we are seeking her replacement.
  5. The ministry in America, led of God, will make a transitional change. I’ve talked with several local pastors and church leaders. We are planning to open a Bible Institute in September 2018. It will be a three-year Bible Institute with thirty-four courses. It will include a summer internship stateside between the first and second year and a summer internship overseas between the second and third year. To apply for entrance to the Bible Institute, you will need the following three things: 1) Completed application including your explanation of God’s call on your life; 2) A pastor’s reference letter; 3) Graduation diploma or equivalent.

We have prayed, fasted and sought Godly council as First Love Ministries continues to transition as God directs. It is not our goal to find more things to keep us busier. It is simply our heart’s desire to listen and obey our Heavenly Father’s leading. We continue to covet your prayers and support as God leads you.

Below are pictures of the Christmas parties for MARU children in The Philippines and Peru.  Thank you for your giving.

    

2018 MISSION TRIP SCHEDULE

January 21                              San Jose, Costa Rica—our 57th country in which to minister

January 27 – February 6       Pastor Conference, Work on FLMBI Campus

July 14 – July 27                     Cusco Crusade, Tarapoto  FLMBI

October 21 – October 27        Home Mission Week, Back Packs, Diasozo Project

If you are on Facebook remember to like my page Paul Conger or First Love Ministries so you can receive the daily blogs we do. We have children available for sponsorships on our website. We also love to receive your prayer request on www.FirstLoveMinistries.com Our mailing address is PO Box 100, Rogers, AR 72757. Our office phone is 479-925-3794.

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December Update

2017-12-05 21:46:22 admin

December, 2017

Dear Friends and Ministry Partners

Merry Christmas from Cindy and Paul. We pray you have a wonderful time of family and friends celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Thank you for all your prayers, love and your financial investments.

With your giving we were able, led of God, to help a retired minister in the Houston area. To continue his dialysis he had to be flown out of the area after the storm. Thank you for your giving which enabled us to do this.

This year we were able to give away 395 back packs on the Red Bud Indian Reservation. At the beginning of Home Mission Week, several ladies went through each back pack. The school asked us to do so to verify there aren’t any fluids or pencil sharpeners (which have blades) etc. They then sorted them by grades and male or female. On Thursday we pack and go to St. Francis School. We unload at the school and they start to bring the kids. It’s a lot of work but brings us such joy to see the smile of a child. Dixie (thank you Dixie), the last couple of years has been organizing things during the Home Mission Week. I want to give special thanks to the churches that helped us in this ministry. The churches involved in supplying materials were: New Hope Assembly, Rogers AR; The Ridge. Pea Ridge AR: Crossroads, McPherson KS: Assembly of God, Hill City KS: New Life Assembly, Beloit KS: Assembly of God, Osborne KS; Cornerstone Assembly, Red Cloud NE:  Living Waters, Courtland KS; and, Fresh Fire, Valentine NE. Below are pictures of the back packs.

    

Years ago when I gave my life back to Christ, I was so thankful for salvation. I felt so clean and pure. But I also remembered my calling and thought how I would have to simply try and be the best Christian I could be but never fulfill my calling. After a couple years, God woke me in the night from a dream. I went to the living room and knelt, wept and prayed. God spoke to me that he was restoring the call of God on my life. I was elated and tears of sorrow turned to tears of joy. I remember one day reading about a famous evangelist had preached over 3,500 times in his life. I was amazed but saddened thinking that could have been me. I could have preached 3,500 times if I hadn’t wasted seven years of my life. A few months after that, a lady I really respected at church told me God was going to restore all that the locust, the cankerworm, the caterpillar and the palmerworm had tried to steal out of my life. Friends the service I held on a Monday night in Hutchison KS last month was my 4,900 service. 3,500 was a long time ago.  God has restored and added. Cindy and I are so thankful for your prayers. We give God all the praise for all he has done through the years of ministry. Next year the Lord willing we will surpass 5,000 times that we have ministered.

2018 MISSION TRIP SCHEDULE

January 27 – February 6                                Pastor Conference, Work on FLMBI Campus

July 14 – July 27                                             Cusco Crusade, Tarapoto  FLMBI

October 21 – October 27                                Home Mission Week, Back Packs, Diasozo Project

If you are on Facebook remember to like my page Paul Conger or First Love Ministries so you can receive the daily blogs we do. We have children available for sponsorships on our website. We also love to receive your prayer request on www.FirstLoveMinistries.com Our mailing address is PO Box 100, Rogers, AR 72757. Our office phone is 479-925-3794.

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