“A faithful Catholic who loves me has a fuller reward than an unfaithful Pentecostal.”
Sitting at my uncle’s funeral the other day in a Catholic mass I heard the Lord say that to me. God looks on the heart and the light you have that you are walking in. He does not see as man sees. My uncle remained a Catholic all his life but he was born again, loved Jesus, and is now with the Lord.
Jesus and His early disciples were Jewish, not Catholic or Pentecostal. My sadness is over denominational Christians who are not being fed the living word of God and are not growing spiritually, not learning who they are in Christ, not growing in faith and exercising their authority as believers. Many never grow spiritually beyond babyhood, and into becoming real disciples of Christ.
I AM BORN AGAIN!
When I got born again I went back to the Catholic priest and asked him what it meant. He told me that it means when you get to heaven you are brand new. That day I decided never to return to the Catholic mass. I didn’t know a lot of Scripture yet, but the Spirit of God said: “If the blind lead the blind they will both fall in the ditch.” I’ve been growing spiritually ever since and increasing in the light and revelation of the living Word.
BAPTIZED WITH THE HOLY GHOST!!!
“And you shall receive power after the Holy Ghost is come upon you…” Then I got baptized with the mighty Holy Ghost and began to pray in tongues. Oh how my life changed!
EXPLOSIONS OF REVELATION IN A DYNAMIC BIBLE TRAINING CENTER!
Then I attended a dynamic Bible training center and the revelation of the living Word exploded in my heart. There were times in class when I wanted to run around the classroom as my heart became so filled with the light and revelation of God’s life giving Word that was sharper than a two edged sword.
Then all I wanted to do was to preach this eternal Word to the ends of the earth, and to shout it from the housetops. He lives! He lives! He lives!!! Jesus is alive!!!
I LEFT ALL, NOW I HAVE IT ALL!
Here I am now 40+ years later in my 5th decade as a born again Spirit-baptized believer and minister of the gospel. I left home at 18 and never looked back. I left houses, lands, mother, father, brother for the sake of the gospel and now I have 100-fold of them. So Jesus answered and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life. (Mark 10:29-30)
AT 60 NOT SLOWING DOWN!
After having lived in 3 nations for years and then traveling to many others to preach the gospel I am now in my 60s and traveling to several nations this year fulfilling very strategic, high-impact assignments. We are not slowing down or looking to retire. God is our strength!
SOW AND/OR PARTNER WITH US! THE NATIONS ARE WAITING, THE HARVEST FIELDS ARE RIPE!
Perhaps you’d like to sow a financial seed or become a partner with us as we father and mentor the younger generations and multiply our fruit by many more years. Prayerfully consider sowing into the following God-ordained endeavors:
GUINEA BISSAU: Last two weeks of March; a team of evangelists and teachers are traveling with me to begin sowing precious seeds of the gospel with miracles in preparation for a full blown invasion of the entire nation at the end of the year.
As many as 50 evangelists may take part in this nationwide invasion as we partner with CFAN, the late Reinhard Bonnke’s ministry, now led by a former student of ours, Evangelist Daniel Kolenda. How exciting!!!
GAMBIA: End of October-early November, Carolyn and I have received an honorable invitation by a former student and graduate of our Bible training center in Gambia, now a bishop, to lead and minister in a regional conference with many former grads, ministry colleagues, and the body of Christ in attendance. We are rejoicing in this opportunity to impart spiritual gifts that the saints might be established!
COLOMBIA: end of August-early September, Carolyn and I are leading a small team into a multi-city big church conference ministry tour arranged by one of our adopted spiritual sons and daughters, a precious Colombian couple that is lighting fires in their nation. The Lord has already dropped an explosive prophetic word in my heart for the nation. Many will turn back to God with all their hearts and the flow of the Word and the Spirit shall be rich.
KOLKATA, INDIA: This will be my first time to India as we lead a team of young people into the harvest fields of one of the most demonic cities in the world. It is a precious seed into a nation where Carolyn’s mother served in a cult for over 30 years of her life before having a deathbed salvation. Glory to God! I am looking forward to giving some people exposure to real missions and having the Lord break our hearts for a dying and forgotten city and nation in need of so many more gospel laborers.
IRAQ: This trip has not been finalized but it’s a Middle Eastern nation and work led by two of our former students networking with many others in the region to raise up prayer bases and churches in the Muslim world.
Other trips and evangelistic invasions into the Islamic stronghold of North Africa are under discussion. Pray for an open door of utterance. I received a prophecy in the form of a word of wisdom that the next wave of harvest for some missionaries we work with in Africa would be in the nation of Chad. It’s already happening. This is super exciting!
Visit our website Holy Fire Ministries ( https://www.holy-fire.org/donate ) and sow a financial seed or partner with us in collaboration with other ministries in the taking of nations for JESUS.
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HOLY FIRE MINISTRIES PO Box 4527 Windham, NH 03087
Many thanks, much love, and many blessings!!!
Bert and Carolyn