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


Monday, February 27, 2012

~Adopt a Window or Door -W. H. Dean Bible School/Managua, Nicaragua

LIVE from Nicaragua...

Please consider adopting a WINDOW or DOOR at only $120.00 a may be able to purchase only one or possibly you could donate five (5), (10) or more. Please contact Bro. Stephen Nix on his FB page at 'Stephen Nix'or contact Global Missions at UPCI in Hazelwood, MO. This would a great blessing to the Nicaraguan church and Bro. Nix to help in the completion of this building. They need to be using this beautiful school to teach, train, instruct and mentor students, leaders and pastors.

Below is a picture of a completed window:

God bless,

Jerry E. Powell
Western District GMD Promotion Director

Sunday, February 26, 2012

~Project for the country of Portugal - Oscar Rodriques family

Please consider supporting one of the above named projects for the country of Portugal

~W. H. Dean Bible School/Administration Bldg. - More Photos

Louisiana Men On A Mission
Bro. Alan Hennigan keeping up with the tile layers
Bro. C. W. Dowden suited up and ready to spray paint
Missionary Nix checking the paint job
The window my wife and I purchased
Our group leader...Bro. Kent Rhoads from Vivian, LA
The entrance way is getting a special design
Tile is complete in kitchen and dinning room area
Tile in Men's bathroom and shower
Bro. Alan Hennigan mixing 'mud' for the tile layers
'Work smarter, not harder' Bro. Vining 
The work day is over and we will soon be in our hotel

Stay tuned...more photos to come!

~W. H. Dean Bible School/Administration Bldg. - Additional Photos

After devotion and prayer Bro. Alan Goss getting us lined out for the day
Bro. C. W. Dowden getting the walls ready for texture
Tile floor nearly completed in this room
Lunch and rest - Tip Top chicken every day
Bro. Milton Vining texturing the walls
Missionary Stephen Nix conducting business while supervising
Bro. Kevin Reeves contemplating the next move
It's looking good brethren...keep up the good work
Bro. Lane Laborde and Bro. David Gunther figuring it all out before proceeding
Making good progress on the laying of tile in all of the bottom floor
Serious thinking and discussion by Bro. Alan Goss and Bro. Kent Rhoads
Back to the hotel for a well deserved meal and good night's sleep

More photos of the progress to come soon...stay tuned!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

~Work Continues on the W. H. Dean Bible School/Managua, Nicaragua

The above photos are from Day One...more photos to come in other posts. Please continue to PRAY that the financial need will be met so this beautiful building can be completed.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

~Barcelona Commentary - January/February 2012

Please continue to PRAY for ALL missionaries around the world. 

Barcelona Commentary

Rev. & Mrs. Nathan A. Harrod 
Missionaries to Spain
United Pentecostal Church International
Revival Report...

Bible Schools In Spain
Bible school training is an important part of the growth in Spain. We have Bible schools both in Madrid and in Barcelona. Recentley Missionary Gary Sones who is based 
in Madrid was able to aquire new facilites to accomadate the second full-time Bible school in all of Europe! In the first semester we had 83
Bible School In Madrid
students at these new Bible School facilities. This past semester we had a total of 140 students between our Madrid and Barcelona Schools.

Though they are now in the new Bible School in Madrid there is still construction to be done in order to complete the Bible School. If you are interested in investing in the future leaders of Spain you can send donations to the Global Missions Department:Project #103.FA.033215.22.2204._.280

Bible School
Students In Class

Starting the year off right
We were glad to have Evangelist Brian Norman with us to close out the year. During these services we had many 
people testify of physical healings and 13 that received
Holy Ghost
Altar Service
the baptism of the Holy Ghost. We have now had 19 receive the Holy Ghost in this New Year. God is doing great things!

New AIMers
Nutt family
David Nutt Family
We are happy to have a new Associates In Missions family working with us here in Barcelona. The David Nutt family have been a blessing since their arrival in October. They have been helping in all areas of the church and a great help in teaching home Bible studies. We are always looking for dedicated people that desire to come on AIM and be a part of the work that God is raising up in this nation.

Plans to start another church

In order to reach the masses of people that live in our part of the country we MUST start new churches. With the help of the Lord we have started two new churches this term and our goal is to start another church this year before we begin our next deputation. This year we have begun having house meetings and bible studies in a new city outside of Barcelona. We ask that you would pray for the city of Manresa that God would lead us in establishing a new church in this city. Recently we have had as high as 20 people attend this house meeting in this city with no church.

Thank You!

Thank you for all your prayers and support. Together we are claiming Spain
in Jesus' name!
God Bless,

Nathan, Tanya, Alaina and Lincoln Harrod

Family of 4
Harrod Family
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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

~January 2012 Mexigram - Revival in Mexico!

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

MEXICO CITY ANNUAL MINISTERS' CONFERENCE.  We have 28 Districts in the UPC of Mexico, and during the months of January and February of each year we have all of Annual Ministers' Conferences in each District throughout the country.  It means a lot of traveling for us, since we go to all of them (as the General Superintendent of the UPC of Mexico) and chair in each District Ministers' Assembly.  But, those more than 8,900 miles aren't as tiresome when it means seeing and being part of the revival blessing that is taking place in this country. During each District Assembly, aside from the election of each Districts' officers (including each District Supervisor or Superintendent) we also collect and verify the statistics for each District.
THE CENTRAL DISTRICT is the largest (statistically, not geographically) of all the Districts, and we had our Annual Central District Conference on Saturday, January 7, 2012.  The Central District encompasses Mexico City, which has a population of over 22 million people.  It is no longer the largest city in the world, but is now in third place.

Above is a picture of the Central District Pastors and their wives, in one of the services on the 7th of January.  Aside from this annual Conference, we have monthly Ministers' meetings, each first Monday night of the month.  It is always a tremendously exciting time where the Pastors report baptized, filled with the Holy Spirit during the former month, besides any new Churches, missions or miracles!

Pictured above is a banquet type meal that the Ladies of the Central District provided and set up, with 296 present - which included Pastors, their wife and children.
STATISTICSEach year, in every District, we collect a Census, which is included in the each District's Annual Report to their District Assembly.  In the Central District we now have:
104 Pastors in this mega-city, with close to 100 Churches and Missions.
We now have over 7,000 solid faithful baptized believers.

Pictured above is our CENTRAL DISTRICT BOARD.  Besides being the General Superintendent of the UPC of Mexico, I am also the Central District Supervisor - elected by the Pastors in this District to that position.  I also pastor in this city.  To my right (in the middle) is Brother Alberto Gutierrez, the Central District Secretary.  He pastors two Churches with over 500 baptized believers between the two.  To my left is Brother Gustavo Aldana, the Central District Treasurer, also pastoring (he is also a top executive of Colgate-Palmolive, here in Mexico).  The rest are all Sectional Presbyters, voted on and elected by the Central District Pastors.
As a note of interest, on the far left front row (beige suit) is Brother Filogonio Zapata (Presbyter) who pastors two different churches in the city.  He is the grandson of a very famous General during the 1910 Revolution here in Mexico, whose name was Emiliano Zapata.
*MEGA-CITIESA mega-city is one that has a population of over 10 million people.  In a recent United Nations report, the five largest mega-cities in the world are: Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Mexico City, Bombay, Dhaka, and Delhi.  Mexico City (by far!) is the one with the most UPCI, Jesus' Name, Pentecostals.  We are very thankful to the Lord for that.  Although, the first United Pentecostal Church in this city was started in 1991 - not that long ago.  We are experiencing revival!  To God Be The Glory!
We cherish and appreciate your prayers for continued revival in this mega-city!
Rev. T.W.Drost - General Superintendent UPC of (011-521) 55-5438 1013 cell phone