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


Tuesday, January 31, 2012

~CSI Thanks YOU for your Generous Support


Thank You For A Wonderful 2011
It was once said, "Nobody can do everything, but every-
one can do something." Compassion Services Inter-
national together with your support was able to do some
great things in 2011. We want to thank you for your
sacrifice to help the hurting around the world. So many
people have given of their time, talents and finances
enabling humanitarian aid to be sent around the globe.
In 2011 your gifts have reached the people of Japan and
Myanmar and continued to help the people of Haiti as
they continue their rebuilding efforts. Most recently aid
was sent to earthquake victims in Turkey and to flood
victims in the Philippines. 2011 was a year when disaster
struck close to home as tornadoes ripped through
Alabama and Joplin, MO. Because so many of you gave,
CSI was able to send financial aid and supplies to many of
the families directly affected by these tragic events.

CSI continues because of your faithful support. The
words thank you cannot begin to convey how much CSI
appreciates every person who contributes their time,
talents, resources and finances to ensure that those in
greatest need receive the aid they so desperately need.

2012 promises to be an exciting time for CSI and we are
glad that you have partnered with us to reach out to a
world in need. As we continue to focus on helping the
hurting around the globe let us remember the words of
Winston Churchill, "We make a living by what we get, but
we make a life by what we give."                  
Rebuilding in Haiti
Food Distribution in Japan
Tornado Destruction in Alabama

Thank you again for your sacrificial giving and for helping us 
to fulfill Matthew 25:40 and James 1:27.

With Great Appreciation

Compassion Services International
3333-1 Rue Royale
St. Charles, MO 63301

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

~The Mark Alphin Family - Finland

FIT logo
Finland's Intercessor Team
Prayer Focus
The Mark Alphin Family-UPCI Missionaries, FINLAND                                                   
January 2012

Thank you for supporting us in either prayer, finance, 
or both. You are receiving this email in response to your
commitment to seeing an apostolic voice rise in Finland.                                                            


The dawning of a new year nearly always brings a mindset of
change. No matter what one is considering, whether it be weight,
relationships, job, relocation, etc., it always involves changing
something about 'life.' Looking back over2011, we can see where
our family experienced a whole lot of change! And, from where
we stand, it has all been good. God has been faithful. Our team
connection has been strong! And, we have been involved in 
praying for specific FIT requests in which God has moved 
in a miraculous way, astounding multiple doctors and proving
that time and space does not matter to the Master Physician!

2012 and Finland - here's what we've planned so far (just in 
a nutshell, mind you, in order to save time and space):

"Light and Might"
In 2012, we are purposing to pray "Light and Might" into the 
spiritual atmosphere of Finland, asking God to illuminate 
the spiritual darkness with His Holy light while dispatching 
angels to fight - with might, strength, and anointing - in 
order to take territory from the evil one."Ye are the light of the
world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men
light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; 
and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light 
so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and 
glorify your Father which is in heaven."(Matthew 5:14-16, KJV)
Our prayer is that His light, within us, would shine brightly before
the Finns!

30 days of Prayer and Fasting
The Europe/Middle East Region is in the midst of a 30-day period
of prayer and fasting for the Europe/Middle East. If you are interest
-ed in joining us, we welcome you to do so! Sis. Jerolyn Kelley, the
EME Prayer Commission Coordinator, had some great fasting ideas:
no sugar, tea/coffee, eating one meal a day, fasting until a certain 
time each day, no meat, chocolate, bread, internet, newspaper,
and read nothing but the Bible. There is certainly more than one 
way to deny ourselves, and with the right motive, our efforts serve
to draw us closer to Him.

Read It Through!
Our family is planning to read the Bible through at least once this
year. Won't you join us? There are a number of programs available
to assist you in making it an easy task, not to mention it has lasting,

Home Bible Studies
Our goal is to reach out to others on a personal level, share our
knowledge of Jesus, and help others develop a relationship with
God that is built on Truth found in the Word of God. All of us will
be involved in teaching Bible Studies!

Looking ahead
In August, the EME Prayer Commission will bring a small team of
intercessors to Helsinki, Finland, in order to conduct prayer walks
in various areas around the city. We are thrilled that our country
was chosen for such a venture, and ask that you help us prepare the 
spiritual atmosphere for a great awakening in the hearts and minds 
of men. We will be sharing more about this as the date draws closer.

Thank you for being a part of Finland's Intercessor Team.
We could not possibly do 'what we do' without you!

Glenda Alphin
UPCI Missionary, Finland
EME Prayer Commission Member

~Suriname News Flash - December 2011

Suriname News Flash

December 2011

Seasons Greetings!
We trust you and your family had an enjoyable holiday season, and that you will be blessed during 2012.

Trip to Aruba
In December we visited Aruba, where we met with some contacts. Aruba currently has no United Pentecostal churches, and is considered a target nation. Please pray that a church can be established there.

Special Prayer Request
The church in Paramaribo met in a hotel conference room for several years, but had to move in November due to remodeling. The congregation currently rents an auditorium on an hourly basis. While church buildings are not everything, we feel a building will be a blessing for the stability and future growth of the work. Please pray that the Lord will provide a suitable location.

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

The Rhoads Family
Missionaries to Suriname

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Sunday, January 1, 2012