"Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord. He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse." Malachi 4:5,6
This is the heart cry of God for His children and their parents in these very last days of earth's history before Jesus comes again!
Fifteen years ago God led April and I to walk away from our secure conference position as a youth director to launch a new ministry - Kids in Discipleship. Our marching orders from God were to begin a ministry that would equip parents to disciple their own children to Jesus. We left what was known to launch what was unknown. We did not know where God would lead us to begin this new ministry or how He would provide. We hoped to find a church somewhere where I could pioneer this new ministry as a pastor. We resigned from our position and walked away. The last day of our paid vacation we received a call to begin this ministry as a pastor in the Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church. We did not know at that time just how passionate God was to gather His parents back to His children!
For the last fifteen years we have had the joy to pioneer this ministry as an associate pastor in Collegedale and for the last four years as a senior pastor in Clovis, CA.
During this time God has taken this ministry around the world to every continent except Antartica. It is God who opened the doors to train leaders around the globe to equip the parents to disciple the children.
Over the last few months God has stirred our hearts with the nearness of the coming of the Lord and with the huge need of millions of families who still have not discipled the new generations to Christ. Countless children who are growing up without the friendship of their Savior can still become disciples of Jesus whose faith in Christ will turn the world upside down. Who will call the fathers and mothers back to their children before it is too late?
Two weeks ago, God called out to me with His still small Voice in the early morning hours. He called me to His Word in Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 and whispered to my heart about His holy and perfect timing. He called me and April to once again leave our comfort zone, our paycheck and security to champion the discipling of the new generations to Christ.
Three weeks from today on January 1, 2017 we will step out in faith to give our full time service to call young and old around the world to have a daily personal revival with Jesus in His Word and in prayer. We will call parents to make their own homes a Discipling Center for Christ. We will seek every possible way to unite schools, churches and homes to partner in discipling the new generations!
Beginning January 1 we will give our volunteer time to our precious Clovis church and our full time to cry out to God to open the heavens with the cry of Elijah to call the fathers and mothers back home.
In the last few months doors have opened to disciple God's children in schools, churches and through governments in a most amazing way. As we step out in faith join us in praying that God will bring us an army of volunteers to speak, write and provide training to every nation, people group, community and home. Let us move swiftly!