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, July 31, 2011

~Missionary Prayer Focus, August 1st - 15th, 2011


Missionary Prayer FOCUS for August 1st - August 15th, 2011 - Please continue to keep all of our missionaries around the world in your daily prayer. It is much needed and greatly appreciated by all.

Monday Aug. 1st, 2011 - George and Cheryl Craft/Regional Training and Evangelism,  EME

Tuesday Aug. 2nd, 2011 - Richard and Coral Denny/RD South Pacific

Wednesday Aug. 3rd, 2011 - Phillip and Linda Walmer/Brazil

Thursday Aug. 4th, 2011 - Scott and Linda Guinn/Mexico

Friday Aug. 5th, 2011 - Robert and Beth McFarland/International Ministry

Friday, July 29, 2011

~PRAY Without Ceasing - from the McKinnies family - AIMers to Latvia

I Thessalonians 5:17, "Pray without ceasing."
The McKinnies family
The McKinnies Family
Associate Missionaries - Latvia

Dear Prayer Partners,

We thank you from the depths of our hearts for the prayers that have been sent up for us and for the great country of Latvia!

We are requesting special prayer for this weekend as we move into the next phase  of ministry. This Sunday we will be launching 
Hall Churches in the city of Pinki and in 
Riga City Centre.

Pray that God's Spirit will draw people to us as we evangelize these cities on Saturday!

Pray that God's anointing will fall upon us during these services and that the power of God will fall upon the people with demonstrations of miracles, signs and wonders!

Yours for the Kingdom!

Michael and Christine McKinnies
Associate Missionaries - Latvia
Apostolic Way UPC

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

~Update from Lesotho, SA - Missionaries David and Alice Kline


Greetings from the snowy Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho!

For the months of May & June the Pentecostals of Maseru Church had 19 people filled with the baptism of the Holy Ghost and 5 baptized in Jesus name! Thank You Jesus!

The GATS-L (Global Association of Theological Studies –Lesotho) has enrolled 14 new students for this term. We’re excited and the young people are enjoying the classes! Thank You Ladies Ministries for the generous giving to the training and development of future leaders & Pastors!

Throughout our churches in Lesotho, we are promoting personal Soul Winning & Home Bible studies. The Pentecostals of Maseru Church is having an attendance drive and our goal is have 250 people in church for October. Please help us to pray for the harvest of Souls!

A testimony: Little Justina, (14) has taught over 500 bible studies to her class assembly at her school. She has also won her Mom, aunt, 2 brothers (both feel a call to the ministry) and grandmother to the Lord. Praise the Lord for young people that are answering the call to reach lost souls!

In May, we were privileged to attend the South / Central Africa Sub regional meeting near Johannesburg, South Africa. Rev. David Wright from Maryland, USA, was the special guest speaker. He did a tremendous job and the Lord richly blessed us with his ministry.

Upon returning to our home after the Sub regional meeting, we found that our water pipes had busted due to the freezing cold weather. For the first time we saw the toilet water freeze!

Thank you for all the prayers and support!

Yours for Souls,

David A. Kline,
Lesotho, Africa

Justina in red coat, Ma’Susan, Ma’ Gogo, Aunt & brothers

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

~Featured Missionary and Country of the Week - Richard and Margaret Carver/Papua New Guinea


Richard and Margaret Carver

Region(s): South Pacific

Field(s): Papua New Guinea

Website: click here to visit

Bio: Products of the pioneer missionary efforts of Glen Bogue in Australia, Richard and Margaret Carver left Australia in April 1973 as pioneer missionaries appointed by the Australian church to Papua New Guinea (PNG). Beginning in a remote village in the mountains among primitive peoples, they established numerous churches throughout the Highlands. By 1985 the church had grown to over 7,000 constituents, and the Carvers became UPCI missionaries. In 1988 the Carvers moved to New Zealand. They went to Fiji in 1991 where he became the superintendent and Bible college president and began a large Bible college building program. In 2001 the Carvers located in Australia, pioneered a church there and, in 2003, took the oversight of the Cairns, Queensland, church. Carver again became the field superintendent of PNG in 2004. His other responsibilities include being the area coordinator for Australia, PNG, and Solomon Islands and supplying literature for the Pacific Region.

Papua New Guinea

Independent State of Papua New Guinea

Area Coordinator: Richard S. Carver


Population: 6,000,000

Area: 178,703 sq. mi.

Capital: Port Moresby

Languages: English (official), Melanesian languages, Papuan languages

Religions: Protestant, 44%; Roman Catholic, 22%; local religions, 34%

New Guinea Island, the world’s second largest island, is located in the South Pacific, directly above Australia. The Independent State of Papua New Guinea occupies the eastern half of the island with 85% of its population being subsistence farmers. Because of the rugged and mountainous terrain which separates tribes and makes travel difficult, Papua New Guinea has over 750 distinct tribal languages (one-third of the languages of the world). However, the official language is English and the linga-franca is “PNG Pidgin.” The country is also one of the world’s least explored, culturally and geographically, and many undiscovered species of plants and animals are thought to exist in the interior of PNG. Somewhat larger than California, PNG is one of the few regions close to the equator that experience snowfall, which occurs in the highest mountains of the mainland. In 1973 the UPC of Australia appointed the Richard Carvers as pioneer missionaries to Papua New Guinea. In 1985, at the request of the Australian church, the UPCI assumed oversight of the flourishing church, registered as the United Pentecostal Assemblies of Papua New Guinea. According to the 2006 Annual Field Report, the UPA/PNG has 50,000 constituents, 237 ministers, 258 churches and preaching points. God has blessed the work and in 2005, thanks to Pastor Daniel Maxwell of Gerald, Missouri, and his awesome team of builders, PNG now has a training center in Goroka, operating as the full time national Bible school.

Additional Infomation for those interested:

~Puerto Rico, Trinidad, and Tobago - Summer Update from Gary and Kristi Landaw


Summer Update from
Gary & Kristi Landaw

Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago
SFC Moves the Gospel

SFC Moves the Gospel
Thank you to all who give to SFC!

SFCIn February we were able to get a new vehicle thanks to the Youth Division. Did you know that over the years we have carried children to church not knowing that they now would be leaders in the church. There are Pastors and their wives, Sunday School Teachers, Preachersetc that when not able to get to church when they were children rode with us.   Maybe this term we will have a future Evangelist? Bible School Teacher?  Who knows?

But we do know that without good transportation our work would be very difficultWe promise to continue make good use of our vehicle and to see the the Gospel of Jesus Christ is shared.

Youth martinsville

It was a privilege to have the Youth Group from Martinsville,Indiana come for a week to Puerto Rico. During that time they worked with us in two new areas handing out invitations and  as well as preached, sang, testified.  Thanks to Pastor Mark Abernathy for sharing the team with us

Trinidad and Tobago
This year Tobago is reporting more baptisms than ever before.

The church in Couva now has it's own facility. Thanks for praying and believing with us.


You can find us on facebook GaryKristiLandaw

Monday, July 18, 2011

~Amy Sawyer - Belize Update July 2011


Dear Prayer Partners,
Greetings in the lovely Name of Jesus!
I am happy to tell you that I completed deputation on May 1, and after some time off due to exhaustion, I will be headed home to Belize on July 30!  I am beyond excited!!  Thank you for your faithful prayers on my behalf that are ever needed and always felt.
I was privileged to attend the Rocky Mountain District Conference in AprilWhat a great move of the Holy Ghost; the people responded in a tremendous wayThanks to this district for $810 in PIMs and a good offering towards my various projectsIt was after this conference that I received the news that I could end my deputation.  Let me tell you that I love the Rocky Mountain District!  :-)
Let me give you some good news from Belize as well.
In the past few weeks we held 2 of our District Conventions.  There was a total of 109 that received the Holy Ghost and around 15 that were baptized in Jesus' name!  Revival is happening in BelizeThank you for praying for the wonderful people of this great country.
I would ask that you help me pray for strength in the days ahead as I return to Belize and begin the unpacking and setting up my house once againPlease pray that my container will arrive safe and sound....and for kind customs officers that won't charge a lot of import duty!  :-)
I appreciate your faithful prayers for me and the people of Belize, more than words could ever sayPlease know that I am praying for you as well.
Until next time,
Amy M. Sawyer
Missionary to Belize

Sunday, July 17, 2011

~Mexigram - July 2011 / T. Wynn Drost

From the email desk of Missionary T.Wynn Drost - General Superintendent UPC of Mexico

BIBLE SCHOOL IN MEXICO CITY. Here are some recent pictures the students in our Bible School in Mexico City, where we have three different formats, now with a total of 235 students.

Pictured above. Our Tuesday night Bible School with classes from 7 to 10 pm every Tuesday, and the class cycle goes for 10 months. There are 111 students in this format.

Pictured above. Also, a Saturday Bible School with classes from 9 am to 12 pm. This format was only started two years ago, but it is also catching on. We have 41 students in this format.

Pictured above. The most intensive course is the Summer Bible School, which started July 4th, and lasts for five weeks with 7 hours-a-day, from Monday thru Friday and four more hours on Saturday. This is mostly a internship format, with students coming from all over Mexico. They do in five weeks the 150 hours of classes that the other formats do in 10 months. This year we have 83 students in this format.
We started the first Bible School classes in Mexico City in 1992. Today we have a total of 31 teachers involved, most of whom have graduated from the four year (level) course. The Bible School has become a "greenhouse" for Pastors and Ministers entering the Ministry, but also for solidifying so many good saints in our churches in this great city.
I have a heavy teaching schedule for I teach, at least, one subject in every level and every format, but we love it! That is, besides pastoring a wonderful growing Church in the heart of Mexico City that now has over 600 members, which we also love doing! It's so wonderful and beautiful to Pastor!
CENTRAL DISTRICT GROWING! We are SSSOOOO thankful to the Lord for the tremendous way in which the Central District of the UPC of Mexico is growing. The Central District is simply Mexico City with over 22 million people.
JUNE REPORT! Every first Monday of the month, starting at 6 pm we have our Monthly Pastor's and Ministers meeting. It is always an exciting meeting with testimonies of grear victories, miracles and healings from the month before, and also a SHOUTING time of victory as each Pastor quickly reports the baptized and filled with the Holy Ghost the month before. In this month's meeting (July 4th) there were
A total reported of 282 baptized and
505 that received the Holy Ghost in June.
To God be the glory! The HG amount includes some Pentecost Sunday Rallies that were held on the Day of Pentecost in June. Please thank the Lord and rejoice with us!

            2011 NATIONAL CONVENTION. July 29-31, 2011. The UPC of Mexico has it's National Convention every two years, with Zonal (Regional) Conventions during the alternate years. This year our National Convention 2011 will be in the Sports Palace (Palacio De Los Deportes) in Mexico City. We are happy that, among the invited guests and preachers, we will have Rev. David Bernard, General Superintendent of the UPCI. We will have over 15,000 in attendance, and our goal is to see over 1,500 receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Yes we can, and will! Why not plan to come and be part of revival Check us out:

Rev. T.W.Drost - General Superintendent UPC of (011-521) 55-5438 1013 cell phone

County of Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

~Tolstad/Uganda update - June/July Newsletter 2011

Dear Partners and Friends,
I want to thank all the Churches and Pastors that we have been in during our deputational time. Starting in Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama going to the east coast going up from South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia to Pennsylvania. We so enjoyed being with you and sharing the great things God is doing in Uganda.
On May 31 I returned to visit Uganda and had three conferences and a General Board meeting. We planned out the rest of the year and encouraged them to continue to evangelize and reach into new areas. The month of June was reported with over 359 people receiving the Holy Ghost, 219 baptized in Jesus Name and 17 new churches started in Uganda.
In Ogollo, West Nile Region, at a revival crusade a husband asked the church to come and pray for his wife. She had become possessed by demons, had run away and was living in a cave. The Pastor, Presbyter and some Elders went to the cave and prayed for this woman, that she would be delivered and have her mind returned to her. After a few moments of prayer, the demons were cast out, she received the Holy Ghost and was baptized with her whole family later that day!

In a prayer meeting in the Northern part of Uganda, the prayer meeting lasted for three days, 52 people received the Holy Ghost, a deaf mute man was instantly healed and returned home and brought his whole family to the church and they were all baptized.

In a Prayer Meeting in the Rwenzori Region, a 17 year old girl died in the Church. The Pastor tried to call the police several times, but they would not answer their phone. He felt that God wanted the Church to pray for her to be completely healed and brought back to life since God stopped the police from coming. The Church prayed and the girl was restored completely and is part of the Praise singers in the Church Today. She comes from a strong Muslim and Witchcraft family in the village but has committed her life completely to the Lord!
Sunday June 12 was a special day! As the Assistant Superintendent Christia Mwenymewnyi was married in Kampala. It has been a long time in coming! We congratulate Bro and Sis Christia!
Following the wedding I was able to attend the East Africa Sub Regional Conference in Nairobi. It was a great time of fellowship, planning and teaching. It was so good to hear the great reports of Revival in East Africa.
We returned to continue deputation! We are scheduled to be on the road into early 2012. Trusting we will be able to be with many of you as we travel. Sis Tolstad will be able to travel with me on deputation after her surgery she had in March. (She had fallen in Uganda and had damaged her hip and it had to be replaced as it had deteriorated).
We are praying we will be able to finish raising our budget as quickly as we can, to return to Uganda. If you are able to increase your PIM commitment, it would help us finish much faster. At this time we are needing 76 more $50 PIMs to finish our budget. (**Note - I believe there are 76 pastors or individuals who could easily take on a $50.00 a month commitment for the next four years and get these wonderful folks back to the field - the editor).
Thank you for your faithful support in Prayer and finances, we could not do the work in Uganda without you. Please continue to pray for Uganda and our time on deputation here in the US.
Phil and Twyla Tolstad, Uganda
Sis Tolstad with "Little John" one of our orphans we care for, he is being presented with a new crutch as he has outgrown his old one
Pastor Christia and his new Bride.
East Africa Sub Regional Meeting 

 Preaching at a outside service at a market in Llama, East Uganda

Seminar under the tarps in Butema, Pastor Maloba John, Lake Victoria Region 

New Church in Arua Town, Pastor Valentino Amua West Nile Region
Phil and Twyla Tolstad
The country of Uganda

Monday, July 11, 2011

~Suriname News Flash - June 2011

Suriname News Flash

June 2011

Hello from the Rhoads family in SurinameBelow are a few activities from the month of June.

June 1
The largest Open Door Group divided, bringing the total to five groups now meeting in Paramaribo.

June 3-4
Capital city church youth retreat, with twenty-seven youth and young adults present.

June 8
One person received the gift of the Holy Ghost in the newest Open Door Group.

June 12
Pentecost Sunday service in ParamariboOne person filled with the Holy Ghost and person baptized.

June 24
Bible study in one of Suriname's prisons.

June 25
Home Bible study conducted in a new village.

June 26
Brother Edwards, vice-president of the United Pentecostal Church of Suriname, ministered in the capital city church.

**Check out baptismal pictures in Suriname here.

Thank you for praying for our family and for the church in Suriname.

The Rhoads Family
Missionaries to Suriname

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