The Western District Welcomes You!

Thank you for visiting the Western District Foreign Mission's Department blog. Our intent is to provide you, the pastors, ministers, and saints of the Western District and the United Pentecostal Church International as well as our friends who would like to visit a place to be informed of events happening in our district and to share their thoughts concerning missions with us. We appreciate you taking the time to look over our site, to read the different posts, and last but not least to share your thoughts.


Missionaries traveling in our district:

May 2012

~Dwane Abernathy - Belize, Central America
~Robert McFarland - Israel/Palestine

June 2012

~Robert McFarland - Israel/Palestine, Middle East
~Jason Long - Nicaragua, Central America

July 2012

~Crystal Reece - Tonga, South Pacific
~John Hemus - United Kingdom, Europe

August 2012

~Crystal Reece - Tonga, South Pacific
~Cynthia White - Jordan, Middle East


Sunday, February 28, 2010

NEWS UPDATE - Earthquake in Chile

As many as 100 people are trapped in the rubble of a building that collapsed Saturday in the quake-ravaged city of Concepcion, the city's mayor told Reuters.

Concepcion's mayor Jacqueline van Rysselberghe said on national television that "time is of the essence to save the people" stuck in a 14-story building and criticized the government's slow response in the aftermath of Saturday's 8.8-magnitude quake.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Missionary Shane Hayes Reports from Chile

Missionary Shane Hayes Reports from Chile: there has been loss of life in the local assembly, at least in ConcepciĆ³n. There was a Tsunami there. He said there are ships and shipping containers in the middle of the downtown area. A 20 story apartment building has collapsed, trapping people inside.... There are buildings with people trapped in......side, but are about 2 collapse, prohibiting rescue. Fires throughout the cities...

Please continue to pray for the missionaries, pastors and members of the local churches.


BREAKING NEWSA massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile early Saturday, collapsing buildings, killing dozens and downing phone lines. President Michele Bachelet declared a "state of catastrophe" in central Chile and said the death toll was rising.

Chile's top emergency official said at least 78 people were killed

There have been a number of aftershocks to hit Chile since the quake, the largest one registering at magnitude 6.9, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

"It has been a devastating earthquake,"

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Stewardship versus Ownership

Stewardship is all of our responsibility with emphasis placed on our stewardship versus ownership.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Haiti Update

Update on Haiti from Scotty Slaydon

To say that the response from our UPCI churches to the Haiti disaster has been incredible would be an understatement.

Friday, February 12, 2010

The Grandquists travel to Malta


We really cannot say all that we felt or experienced as we flew into the beautiful, gothic Island of Malta, Italy.

It is legendary with it's rugged cliffs and churning coast line. The splendid ancient architecture calls for the respect of anyone who loves the old world. Beyond these breath taking descriptions, we found the heart of our dear missionaries and friends the Kirby Parkers filled with faith and hope for the people of Malta.

We took a team of powerful inspirational young people with us.
They poured themseves out in every church service, and in outreach on the streets. We saw a great move of the Spirit, several were filled with the Holy Ghost experience. It impacted the work in a positive lasting way, and it changed us also... Thank God for people who love the Work of God, who willingly give and willing go!

Richard Grandquist

Sunday, February 7, 2010

The Apostolic Way

The Apostolic Way

We, the body of Christ, have a moral and spiritual responsibility to become the most powerful, prolific and dynamic apostolic church in the world.

We will accomplish this as each local assembly, pastor, church leader, and saint of God becomes more influential, inspired, anointed, and more capable than anyone else at defining, and then serving the CAUSE greater than our own.’

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Consider the following: Ten Second Motivators

Meditate on the following statements:

"The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed" -- Hudson Taylor

"He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose" -- Jim Elliot

"The true greatness of any church is not how many it seats but how many it sends!" -- Unknown

"If the Great Commission is true, our plans are not too big; they are too small." -- Pat Morley