WIN and DISCIPLE ONE MILLION Thru Establishing
Bible Schools and Churches Around the World!
The Lord said to me many years ago to "ASK FOR THE HEATHEN"...
Ask of me, and I shall give [thee] the heathen [for] thine inheritance,
and the uttermost parts of the earth [for] thy possession. - Psalm 2:8 KJV
I asked the Lord for 100,000 people - He said; "Linda, that's not enough, I don't have very many people asking."
So I said, "OK, I'll ask for 1 million." Then, my mind started to kick in and thoughts came rushing in that said, "How are you going to reach 1 million people?" I knew it wasn't going to be me, or my strategies, it would have to be GOD'S STRATEGIES! I committed it to prayer, making videos, social media and a Thought for Today blog.
THEN...several years later God opened the doors to start Bible schools around the world. We have 300+ students, 800 waiting to start! Become a PART!
Here's my story:
Around 2000, I was in prayer at our church in Faribault, MN and
I felt Him say to me to "Ask for the heathen" according to Psalm 2:8
Ask of me, and I shall give [thee] the heathen [for] thine inheritance,
and the uttermost parts of the earth [for] thy possession.
I said, "Ok Lord, I'll ask for 100,000" thinking that was a lot. He then
said, "No, that's not enough, I don't have enough people asking." So, I said, "OK, Lord I'll ask for 1 million." Right after I said that I was bombarded with the thought of how crazy I was for asking for so many people - I didn't know how to reach that many people. But, I committed it to the Lord and prayed.
Several years later, around 2006, as I was going through a advanced leadership training, our team went up on one of the peaks in Phoenix, Arizona and our assignment was to write down what we felt we were to do for the next 10, 20+ years of our life. As I was praying, I felt the Lord say, "Start 100+ Bible schools". Again, I thought, "I don't know how to start that many Bible Schools!" So, I wrote down in my journal, "Start 100+ Bible schools". Again, I committed it to the Lord and prayed.
Pastor Tim and the CFC Churches had been working with the ministry of Chosen Generation Hispanic Church, in Owatonna, MN for many years and had been taking a mission team to Saltillo, Mexico where Pastor Jose Esquivel and his family are from. The first few years were hard to breakthrough. The people were not very receptive. It was like breaking up fallow ground. I started going with them, I think my first trip was in 2014.
Each year, we would see more and more people saved. In 2015, we had held a village crusade and no one was coming. We found out they had boycotted our meeting.
We decided to go door-to-door and share Jesus with them. The first house we went to the man said, "The village women are not in their homes, they are down at the community room." We headed there and looked in. The room was filled with women. Pastor Jose looked in and said something to the women. I peaked my head in and said "Hola!". They told Pastor Jose, have her come and speak to us. I shared my testimony, and when I asked who received Jesus, it looked as if they all had prayed to receive Jesus in their hearts. There were 18 women in the room that day.
After I got back home to Minnesota, I had a dream. I dreamed I had babies that I couldn't feed. They were going hungry. I awoke and I knew it was about these women. They were saved - but were not getting fed the Word of God and my heart was very grieved.
I spoke to my husband about it and he said; "Why not use the International School of Ministry?" We had used the video school for our 1st church in Faribault, MN and it was a great blessing to us and to our church. Dave and I both graduated from ISOM. We even raised up a couple within our church to become the pastors, so we could go start another church in Phoenix. We had them go through ISOM, and they have successfully been pastoring since then.
I called Pastor Jose and asked to meet with him about starting a Spanish Bible school in their church in MN, and to see about starting ISOM in Mexico. I met with him, Servando and Lilana Sanchez (who had been praying about a Spanish Bible School). They were excited and started a ISOM school in the fall of 2015, and recently graduated 47 students. Servando and Lilana are now overseeing the Mexico Bible schools too!
June 2016, we took about 20 Spanish packets from ISOM down to Saltillo, Mexico and met with about 20 pastors/leaders. (See photo below). From that meeting, within one year we had over 300 students.
One year later, June 2017, we had a pastor's breakfast in Saltillo with over 50 pastors and leaders. Many shared what has happened since they started the Bible school in their church. One pastor said he has grown out of his building, and had to move into a bigger one and is already growing out of that building! Many powerful testimonies they shared.
God also opened the doors for us to go to Monterrey, Mexico and hold another pastor's breakfast with over 30 pastors and leaders. From those meeting we now have 53 churches that are waiting to start with 800 students! (See note below from Rosario - Mexico Coordinator and Promoter)
Pastor Javier is trying to do the Bible school with just the book, because he doesn't have TV. Another woman pastor has been given the DVD's and books, but is waiting for a TV to get started.
We held our CFC World Mission conference this past week and from it I shared the vision and "WHY START BIBLE SCHOOLS" and bearing fruit for the Kingdom. Since that conference, we have more churches that want to get started with schools. Willie Lumantas from the Philippines and his wife Lydia have asked to start. They have students waiting. Willie told me he has about 125 pastors he knows, as well as churches that he personally started that he and his wife Lydia said may want to start too, when they learn about it!
It is costing us about $1000 to get one school in Mexico started with a TV, books, miscellaneous DVD, USB, pens, etc and help with tuition for about 20 students, for the five trimesters. We are believing for the money for the license for the Philippines too. We also are believing for a printer that can print the books for the school. God is doing a great work! We know that $65,000+ is nothing for the King and His Kingdom!
I believe these Bible schools are the source that God is going to use to WIN 1 MILLION souls through the people He will raise up through ISOM!
One day we will all look Jesus in the eye - face to face and give an account for our life and be rewarded - based on what we did for His Kingdom! My heart's desire and what motivates me everyday is when I look into Jesus' eyes at the Judgement Seat of Christ - that He will look at me and say, "...Well done, [thou] good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord." - Matthew 25:21 KJV
Pastor Linda Cross speaking at the World Mission's conference at CFC Edina. She shares the vision for
"How to be Effective" and "Why Start Bible Schools" in this video...
Here's the playlist for the videos I shared at our church on Sunday - the same message I shared at the Mission conference - I shared the vision in more depth....
Pastors David & Linda Cross
Christian Family Church
P.S. Here's a letter from an anonymous donor who said the Lord
had been after him to send us a donation for the Bible schools...
he said "I know you are praying people" and sent $600.
These are the kind of things that you know God hears and this is His
FACEBOOK ISOM ISOM page...