A PASTORAL MISSIONARY TO THE WORLD

“O God, thou hast taught me from my youth and until now; I shall manifest thy wondrous works.”

Psalm 71:17

It’s been almost four decades since I gave my life to Christ and He called me to be a Missionary to Latin America and since then He has given me the most amazing ministry partner in my wife. He  has also given unto us three wonderful, bilingual sons who love Him and serve Him, as well as a great daughter in law and two beautiful grandchildren. To God be the glory for the great things that He has done.

During my lifetime of ministry and missions I have chosen to be self supported and I have paid a high price personally and economically. I’ve worked in government positions, private businesses and in my own business endeavors, all as a means towards answering God’s call upon my life and the life of my family. We are not novices and we are not hirelings, but rather we are good stewards, loving and caring people who love God and love people from many nations.

I spend about 25 years as a member of the Churches of Christ, which is where I came to faith and it’s my church roots where I have many cherished lifelong relationships and where I have ministered hand to hand in the U.S. and on the mission fields. However upon moving to N.E. Georgia the Lord specifically indicated to me that it was His will that we spend a little time with the Baptist. If you know me, then you will know that I protested. I said, “But I am not a Baptist” to which the Lord said, “I didn’t say that you are a Baptist – I said go spend some time with the Baptist.”

Being obedient I went right up to a local Baptist church and summarily told the pastor that the Lord had sent my family to spend some time with them. I still remember the look on his face as a broad smile broke out and he welcomed us into a pastoral relationship. I served there on the Mission Development Team, the Choir and the Praise Team. I traveled to Brazil and to S.E. Asia with them and we were very active, as normal, in small groups.

Life was clicking along in spite of Hurricane Katrina having destroyed our home and having flooded three times in my home state of Louisiana. I was teaching our Adult Sunday School class at this Baptist church, although I was not a Baptist in my heart. Nothing wrong with Baptist, mind you, its just that I wasn’t denominational and had grown up in a non denominational mindset.

About 2 years later the Lord spoke to me again and said, “I want for you to go to the House of David!” I heard it in my spirit and I understood what was said, but I didn’t know what it meant. It was the same voice that had led me to say, “Here am I! Send me!” and the same voice that had directed me to spend some time with the Baptist, but this time I didn’t know what to do. I resolved that whatever that meant, that when I understood it fully that I would obey it.

Some time later an amazing thing happened to me while traveling to our oldest son’s college graduation at LSU, in Louisiana, my home state. It occurred to me out of the blue to stop by the nearest bookstore and to grab the first book off the shelf in the Christian section and to purchase  a cup of coffee to read a bit.

I picked up a book called, “Fasting” and I had never fasted before, nor been taught about fasting so I began to read it. Mind you that I had been without food many times before, but not as in a decisive willful fast. I began to get very interested in the little book and it was at a good price so I bought it and I took it back to Georgia with me where I finished reading it.

As I finished reading the book at one of the last pages it spoke about the author of the book, Pastor Jentezen Franklin and that the church he pastored was in Gainesville, Georgia — at that very moment that same soft voice said, “That is the House of Joseph that I told you about! An anointed place with an anointed leader who I am using for my glory!”

Of course the guidance was that we move to Free Chapel and that we become members there in that non denominational charismatic church, which has been our home church for about 8 years now. (2017) I enrolled in the School of Discipleship completing the Impartation Level and being certified in small group leadership as well as completing, Next Steps Training. It was at Free Chapel where the Lord baptized me in His Baptism of the Holy Spirit in fire and in power. Its definitely a life altering blessing with which He also imparted to my wife and I gifts and a mantle for leadership. We are faithful members at Free Chapel, where our Senior Pastor is Pastor Jentezen Franklin. After receiving the Baptism in the Holy Spirit in Power the Lord ignited in me the calling back to full time ministry, but on a global scale. He gave me a Dream, A Vision and a Calling, and He gave to me a Ready Word that I am still trying to get my understanding around fully today. It’s all so huge…

Then in 2011, as I was writing my series of books called, “The Ruach Breath of Life Series” the Lord spoke to me in my spirit very clearly and very precisely saying, “From this day forward you shall be known as Pastor Jedidiah.” He was showing me an amplification of my lifelong calling as a Missionary to Latin America, by calling me “Pastor Jedidiah” which simply means, “Pastor beloved of the Lord!” It is His way to remind me of His everlasting love. But in that leading was also the understanding that His calling on my life had expanded to become an international pastoral missionary calling. He was calling me to become a “Pastoral Missionary” or a “Pastor to Native Pastors serving in the world’s hardest places.” I fully embraced that expansion of my calling and stepped fully into it in a self supported way and funding the ministry expansion as well. I became the President of Mission Del Caribe 501(c)(3) where I had historically been Vice President and so began an international expansion of our ministry from Latin America into the world.

Since then we have expanded the ministry to work with pastors in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Uganda, South Africa, Kenya, and many other nations. I work to mentor, lead, guide, bring up, help, fortify, assist, train, disciple and to provide platforms and systems by which our pastors can be funded in a tax deductible way. I also manage all of the day to day ministry work of Mission Del Caribe in tangent with our Executive Director Kashi Daniel, of Lahore, Pakistan. Together we minister to native pastors and their families, we invent, create, design and build the internet platforms needed for them to have a website presence, a donation form and reporting capabilities. We channel their support to them monthly and through them we work with orphans and widows to aid them in their afflictions. We work to plant native led non denominational churches and to disciple native pastors.

The Lord has done great thing and He is manifesting this verse through us. “O God, thou hast taught me from my youth and until now; I shall manifest thy wondrous works.” Psalm 71:17 Many thousands have came to faith in Jesus in some of the world’s hardest places, through the work of God’s suffering servants the native pastors. They are God’s overlooked gems in the field and they are key to the harvest. Side by side with them we have planted hundreds of churches, fed thousands of hungry children, helped hundreds of widows in their afflictions, helped hundreds of children attend Christian led schools, and we have been blessed to have many, many spiritual sons and daughters among the nations for the glory of God. But it’s not over yet! Not by a long shot!

The Lord wants to use me minister locally in English and Spanish, to travel and minister regionally, nationally and internationally helping people to live faithfully in these last days. The only thing lacking is for you to respond to the vision of God for the support that I need to step fully into this new phase of God’s work. We have to have partners like you because God loves to work through people who He can bless and astound with His favor and provision for every good work. “Here am I Lord!” “Send me, again!” – but this time with the support of a vast multitude of Your people that we might win a victory for the Kingdom of God, such as has not been seen in modern times!” “O God, thou hast taught me from my youth and until now; I shall manifest thy wondrous works.” Psalm 71:17