A Hero In Our Midst ...

Johnny Robinson

This month I wanted to celebrate the incredible accomplishments of one of our own. World Ministry Fellowship is made up many amazing people, but because of the size and scope of our organization, you may not have heard some of their stories. We have such a wealth of diversity in our fellowship, I wanted to introduce you to a hero in our midst, and to share some of their good news as well.

On Aug 3, 2019 Johnny Robinson was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame.

Yesterday I spoke with Johnny Robinson, and he gave me permission to share his wonderful story with you, our WMF membership. He said it was a long time coming, but God had a plan.

You will learn his incredible football history in the video below, but there is much more to Johnny’s legacy than football. Mr. Robinson heeded the call of God to enter ministry and founded the Johnny Robinson Boy’s Home in Monroe, LA in 1980. He has faithfully continued to run that ministry to troubled boys for the last 39 years.

A few years ago, Gov. John Bel Edwards proclaimed that May 1, 2016, be known as Johnny Robinson's Boys Home Day because it "has successfully facilitated thousands of youth from all over the State of Louisiana." That is the level of influence Johnny has had on his community.

I later learned that Johnny has also had to overcome many obstacles over the years. He speaks very carefully now because of aphasia - a speech-halting sickness that lingered after a stroke he suffered following quadruple bypass surgery nearly 10 years ago. Johnny fought through that stroke, and he beat the non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and thyroid cancer that followed within the same year. Even so, today at the young age of 81, you will still find him spending most of his time making sure the Boys Home runs smoothly.

It is so good to see this amazing man of God celebrated. Please click on the following link to view the Hall of Fame awards ceremony video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS4D_NDz0Dg

Johnny has been a member of World Ministry Fellowship since 1981, and asked that we pray for his ministry through the Boys home because “it is very challenging working with 16-year-old kids off the street….”

Johnny Robinson, you are in our prayers, and we are proud of you!

Thank you for all you are doing for the Kingdom!

Kindest Regards,

Tim McKitrick

PS You can learn more about Johnny at
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Robinson_(safety) .

The Season of the Feast of Tabernacles

As I write this email, I am thinking about the season we are in on the Jewish calendar. Yesterday was the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), a solemn preparation to enter his presence. So now is the season for the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) celebrations in Israel – a feast that speaks of glory, of harvest, of joy, and of rest in God. I see in these things our foundation for great hope in what is yet to come!

I love how the illustrations in the Old Testament serve as types and shadows to instruct and encourage us who live under the grace of the New Testament. The Feasts (Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles) illustrate God’s planned progression for our Christian walk and growth in the Body of Christ. The pattern shows us the journey from bondage to new birth in Christ (Passover), to empowerment and fullness in the Holy Spirit (Pentecost), and then on to maturity and fruitful harvest (Tabernacles).

The Apostle Paul tells us, “Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, fading though it was, will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious (1 Cor 3:7-8)?”

To this question my heart shouts a resounding YES! And we are part of the Holy Spirit’s glorious work!

Paul also tells us that the Holy Spirit is a deposit of our inheritance (Eph 1:13-14), a little bit of the more which is to come. And if the fullness of the Holy Spirit is just a deposit of that which is yet to come, as amazing as that experience is, how incredibly glorious must the church’s full maturity in her inheritance become!

How glorious it will be to see the Body of Christ come into maturity without spot or wrinkle (Eph 5:27)! And this is what we as ministers of the Gospel are called to facilitate, the maturing of God’s people. “To prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (Eph 4:12-13).

The Feast of Tabernacles is a harvest feast that speaks prophetically to the great outpouring of the Holy Spirit and harvest to come. It is a harvest feast that in the natural celebrates the glory of God with the Israelites in the wilderness, so how much more will its spiritual fulfillment in the coming age mean to you and me?

Be encouraged, my friend, you are part of God’s master plan!

Sincerely,

Tim McKitrick

It is Time to Take the Next Step

For many people, this is a time of year for new beginnings. Students take their first step into a new school or training adventure. Moms drop their kids off at school for the first time, or perhaps see them leave the nest to venture out on their own. Other folks may have secured a new job or are beginning a new season of life.

Whatever the challenge, it is often quite intimidating. For some it will mean a first step into a completely new environment or assignment. But for others, it will be an equally exciting, and very important next step, into the fulfillment of their calling in God.

Has God been talking with you about that next step he wants you to take?

I would like to encourage you to learn from the lessons of the Israelites in the wilderness. When you are going through the wilderness (difficult situations) on your way to God’s promised land, don’t stop. Don’t give up on your promise, and don’t stop your journey! Know that God is still with you, He is still on the throne, and He still wants you to step into the good things He has planned for you.

Be bold enough to take that next step in possessing your inheritance, your promised land. God is faithful.

Please know that your ministry family in World Ministry Fellowship is proud of you, of your efforts in God’s kingdom, and your perseverance to maintain a Godly influence on those around you in this life. We are all in this struggle together!

Your kingdom breakthrough, your inheritance, is just a little further down the road. God is with you, keep moving. It is time to take the next step.

We are cheering for you!

All the best,

Tim McKitrick

Convocation Recap

What an amazing Convocation!

As we continue to process all that God was doing in our midst at convo, I find myself struggling to find words that adequately describe what I saw happening around me.

The best I can come up with is that I am overwhelmingly thankful.

I am thankful because:

- I saw God drawing people to himself. Meeting people with hunger for more of him, both young and old, with incredible power and grace.

- I saw the ministry of the Holy Spirit manifest in our midst, with gifts in open operation, meeting the needs of our ministry family.

- I saw the indescribable joy on the faces of those experiencing the love, presence and power of God, some for the first time, and some for the first time in a long while.

- I saw God’s presence bring a people into unity and love at a level that is most rare and precious in society at the present.

Thank you so much to everyone who made this event possible. Only heaven knows the importance of your efforts to the success of this event. Please know that you are greatly appreciated!

It is a blessing and an honor to be part of an organization that promotes such true Kingdom Fellowship.

Well done World Ministry Fellowship!


Sincerely,

Dr. Tim McKitrick

Countdown to Convo 2019

We are SOOOO excited about how everything is coming together for Convo 2019. We have been working to add opportunities for you to receive more from God during your valuable time spent at Convo this year.

I ask you to make every effort to be here and part of all that God does at this year’s get-together. It just wouldn’t be the same without you!!

Here are just some of the special events that are planned for you:

Dr. Jon Chasteen, President of The King’s University at Gateway and Lead Pastor of Victory Church in Oklahoma City will speak Wednesday evening and Thursday morning following the Missions Panel discussion with Darrell Sutton.

We are adding a special
Men’s Panel Discussion with Dr Bill Buker during the Women’s Thursday afternoon meeting with Dr. Faithful Manjoro-Mutibvu.

Pastor Terry Marris, Senior Pastor of Grace Church in Del Rio, TX, will speak Thursday evening for our WMF International Missions Night hosted by our International Missions Director Darrell Sutton.

WMF Executive Board member and Founding Pastor of House of Worship in Owings Mills, MD Pastor Fiifi Pentsil, will speak Friday morning.

There will be a number of special break-out sessions to enjoy the Friday of Convocation as well.
Leadership Development I – Dr. John Thompson – 9:00 Friday Morning
Emotional Health and Ministry – Panel Discussion – 9:00 Friday Morning
Leadership Development II – Dr. John Thompson – 2:00 Friday Afternoon
World Ministry Practicum – Dr. Paul Freeman – 2:00 Friday Afternoon

The Ordination Service will be added to our updated Friday Night Banquet and will honor not only those being ordained, but also those being licensed by WMF this year as well. This will be a Holy and special time together as we wind up our week together in God’s presence.

Please register now and make plans to attend these important meetings.

See you there!

Dr. Tim McKitrick
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