Preaching at Chapel Ridge’s 25th Anniversary

Sunday morning at Chapel Ridge.

“Like Jumping to Capri.”

Jeanne and I drove to Ottawa, Canada where we took part in the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Celebration of the church we began. It was wonderful seeing many old friends and partnering with Ken and Linda Roth, the present pastor and his wife. We took part in four meetings with Jeanne speaking to sixty women on Saturday morning.

On Saturday evening the church had a dessert fellowship with a audio-visual historical presentation and a time of sharing memories. I spoke on, “The Spirit of Caleb,” and how Chapel Ridge went up against the fortified cities – cities filled with giants. It was exciting to review the amazing world impact Chapel Ridge has had during it’s brief history. I know of no other church of its size that has launched as many churches, ministries, pastoral careers and missionaries as Chapel Ridge. Truly, CR has been and is apostolic Christianity.

Italy and Slovenia Ministry Report / Spring 2008

FRIDAY, May 23, 2008

Parma, Italy

WOMEN’S INTERCHURCH RETREAT…When I was here in the fall of 2007, I discussed with Mariela (Pastor Aldo’s wife) the possibility of   having a women’s weekend away and though it was tons of work she managed to accomplish the task with around 35 women attending. This meant that Pastor Aldo and I were bachelors for the weekend though we had to care for their daughter Rebecca. Being bachelors, I made hamburgers for Aldo, Rebecca and Osvaldo, the worship leader, and his two girls. The women all reported meeting with God in powerful ways. Mariela spoke on the Beth Moore subject, “Having a Mary Heart in Martha World.”



Pastor Aldo Cerasino, Mariela and Rebecca their daughter.







Ann Hinrich’s of Minneapolis put together a team of six (they had all been here before), four women and two men. They arrived in Italy before me and went right away to serve a church in Trento (the north of Italy). This is a relationship cultivated by them alone and they have been well received and very effective in their ministry, first to the youth and then in Sunday services. They arrived in Parma a day before me and while the women were away on the coast at the retreat, the men (Luke Hinrichs and Tom Mills) assisted Pastor Francesco Abortivi.


   The Minneapolis Team working the book    table on the streets of Parma..

eNewsletter Blog Winter 2008

Bethany College of Missions and Teen Mania Ministries

Bloomington, Minnesota

January 21-February 3



I think bringing me in to teach the Book of Acts in the coldest time of the year is some sort of way to get even with me for moving to a warmer climate. For two weeks, I had t he wonderful opportunity of teaching more than fifty future missionaries.
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More than twenty students joined me for lunch on

Saturday at Perkins Restaurant. Eleven demonstrated

an interest in serving with us.

Hope Lutheran Church

Coon Lake, Minnesota

January 27-29

Bible Conference

I have spoken here on several occasions in the past. Pastor Eric Burgdorf is a good friend and ministry supporter. although the crowds were small (cold weather but warm hearts), there was good fruit.

As always there were opportunities for personal evangelism.


  • Consultations on acci’s Parma Missionary Training School Initiative

Bloomington, MN and Parma, Italy

  • Bethany College of Missions and Teen Mania Ministries

March 9-20

Teaching Corinthians


  • Visit: Tim Comer, New Life Literature, Colombo, Sri Lanka

April 8-10

New Life Literature is our Norwegian partner ministry. In cooperation with them we assist in providing scriptures and Christian literature for China, India and most other nations of south Asia. We will be meeting with a variety of Christian publishers and mission societies during the three days he is here.


  • Visit: Roar and Lillis Halderson Strat, Oslo, Norway

May 10-13
Roar is a New Life Literature board member and Norwegian Director of Frontiers.


  • Bethany Wesleyan College, Sussex, New Brunswick

April 25-May 1

I will be teaching a course, “Preaching to the Unchurched.”


  • Parma, Emilia Reggio and Sassuolo, Italy

May 20-June 9

Teaching and Evangelism


  • Ljubljana, Slovenia

May 30-June 2

Church Growth and Evangelism Seminars


  • Bethany College of Missions and Teen Mania Ministries,

Bloomington, Minnesota

July 28-August 8

Apologetics in Evangelism


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