Friday, September 1, 2017

From Mary Ann's Desk...

“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all nations, and then the end will come.”
Mt. 24:14 NKJV
    Fourteen years ago, this month, I preached a message entitled “Finish the Work” in a Missions Conference hosted by Mark and Julie in their home church in Juneau, Alaska. It was the first of many times I preached that message. No matter when or where I was invited to speak for several years after that, the Lord directed me to preach that message. Again, and again.

Sadly, I cannot say that anything changed in those places where the message was preached.
The thread of the message was for the church to busy itself more forcefully toward finishing the work of the Great Commission. 
Several biblical examples were cited that showed the need for an assigned task to be completed before the next thing God wanted to do could be accomplished: Noah finishing the ark; Jesus declaring his sacrificial death was accomplished; Paul declaring that he had finished his course. So, also, God cannot do the “next thing” until the church finishes its assigned task: The Great Commission.
Now, fourteen years later, I find myself with a new assignment from the Lord. The focus is the same (Finish the Work); but, the angle is different. It is a cry for many more laborers to go into the harvest fields of this world. 
“Cast the net
to the younger generations
for full-time missionary service.”
I humbly suggest the greater focus must be on the unreached fields of this world, i.e. those unreached people groups that still have never heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 
According to the Joshua Project (a ministry of Frontier Ventures) and Global Frontier Missions, there are still about 6,500 unreached people groups in the world.
Of the 7.2 billion people in the world, these unreached peoples number 3.0 billion.
That translates into 41% of the world’s total population still has not heard the Gospel.
95% of them live in the 10/40 Window.
I cannot help but wonder...How long will it take for the church to complete its assignment in the earth? 
I do not believe all the missionaries must come from the American church. The job is too big for us alone. But, that does not mean America is excluded from sending more missionaries to these far-reaching parts of the world.
For some time, I have been telling our main leaders in Nigeria and India that it is time for them to look outside their own nations and engage in missionary activities to those nations who have not yet been reached. 
ALL of God’s children are responsible to Go, regardless of nationality.
It will not be easy. It will not be without sacrifice on everyone’s part. But it must be done.
May God help us rise to His occasion. I believe He is saying, again, I want you to Finish the Work.
Thank you for laboring with us in the fields where God has sent us. You are doing a good work. A necessary work. I believe your reward will be great in heaven. May it be so, is my prayer.
According to Pew Research Center, there are 2.2 billion Christians in the world today. This does not tell us that everyone else has not yet heard. It only tells us that in all the places where the Gospel has been preached in our time, 2.2 billion of those people have professed their faith in Jesus Christ for salvation. What it does mean is that there are still people in those reached areas that have not believed. That is why we have been saying for so many years….
Because there are over 4.4 billion people in the world who still need Jesus, I remain
Yours in missions,

Mary Ann Cassidy

News From the Dyars...

Greetings from Beautiful Northern California!
Another eventful month in the Dyar household. Claire and Josh are back from Europe and settling into married life here in Redding. Ellen is on her way to New York City with her sister Hannah and Mark is back from a wonderful (and successful!) trip to Juneau. Gospel Communicators is taking off and looking like it will become what Mark and Julie envision it to be - a help to those stepping out into ministry, and an income stream that will help support the work we’re doing overseas. 
He’s a good, GOOD Father! Mark’s two weeks in Alaska were quite a blessing. He was able to get a lot of work done on the siding job for Bill and Liz Paddock and preach twice at Juneau Revival Center (Praise Chapel). What a blessing! You can find both messages on itunes or via the link on JRC’s Facebook page. 
From time to time we like to share what God is doing in, through and for our girls, testimonies to His goodness that we hope bless and encourage you. You may recall that Hannah is in medical school, pursuing her calling to be a doctor. Ellen is hard after her God-given dream to shine His light in the musical theatre world. Somehow, the Father brought these two divergent paths together and both are now headed to New York City together! Another huge step towards seeing their destinies come to life!
Wow, time flies! Mark’s Kenya trip is right around the corner. He’s in full prep mode, working on messages, visas, tickets, etc. Gordon has the itinerary set and it’s a full one! Five conferences for pastors and leaders plus preaching each Sunday should keep Mark busy while he’s there. Mark will also be looking at some possible sites for the School of Ministry and talking to folks that might want to attend the school. We would ask that you keep this trip in your prayers. Kenya just had an election and there has been some “unrest”, so we’re asking that you pray for peace for Kenya and protection for Mark and Gordon as they minister.
    $1,000  - Airfare
$1,200 - Car Rental
$1,050 - Mark’s Room & Board
$400 - Manuals
$300 - Gas for Extra Travel
$250 - Portable Sound System

To date we’ve raised $750.00. 
Would you prayerfully consider helping us with these needs?
Thank you for all you do, your prayers and generosity make it possible for us to reach out to the “least and the lost”!
Yours for the Kingdom,

Mark and Julie

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

From Mary Ann's Desk...

“Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes ad look at the fields for they are already white for harvest!” John 4:35 NKJV
On January 20th, Inauguration Day, while I was taking in all the proceedings of that day, the Lord visited me with an open vision. The vision was of a handwritten note on scrolled parchment paper suspended in my field of vision. It was the answer to a prayer I had been praying for months and months: “Lord, if you’re not through with me, what do you want me to do?” As I began to read, Holy Spirit began softly reading it to me in my spirit. It said:

Notice that it said “generations” plural, and “full-time service.” Not part-time or short term. 
I asked the Lord how I was supposed to do this, seeing I have no church or platform from which to do it. I reminded Him that I have a mailing database, but it is limited and has a lot of senior citizens in it, like myself.
I reasoned that I would need invitations to churches or ministerial fellowship meetings to accomplish this new assignment. To date, I have cast the net in two churches and one annual ministerial fellowship meeting. All three times, the message was warmly received, and hearts were moved upon. There is, however, no visible evidence that the net has caught any full-time missionaries.
This does not discourage me. Fishermen often go fishing and return home with no fish. But they don’t stop fishing. They go again and again, and they catch fish. I, too, will continue casting the net.
In the beginning of all of this, I did not think I should share the vision in my newsletter because so many who receive it are senior citizens. As I have kept the “how am I to do this” before the Lord, I have come to know He wants me to share it anytime the Holy Spirit impresses me to, and by any means available to me. As a result, I am sharing it with you today in this newsletter.
I had failed to remember that my newsletter is read all over the world because it is posted on Facebook. 
Who knows who will read this and respond to the call of our Lord to full-time missionary service? Only He knows. 
It is not important that I know who or how many will respond to the call. The important thing is that I cast the net, leaving the results in His hands. Would I like to know? Of course, I would. If you have responded and want to let me know, I will be thrilled to hear from you. But that is still not the important thing. Your responding to the call is the important thing.
As for me, I am compelled to do everything within my power to deliver the message to as many as possible. 
Is LTI supposed to do anything further in this regard? I do not know. If we are, we will do it to the best of our ability with the help of the Lord.
I am certain I am neither the only one, nor the first one, to be proclaiming this message. I don’t personally know of anyone, but God is already moving in the earth with a fresh emphasis on missions, and the younger ones are a great part of that. 
For some reason, however, He wants me to proclaim it as well, with the added requirement of “full-time” service. As of this date, I am not aware of that part of the message being proclaimed by others. 
What does “full-time” mean?
 It means you lay down all of your personal ambitions in obedience to His call, devoting your life to this one thing: taking His Gospel to any nation(s) where He directs you. It is what the Apostles, including Paul, did when they left everything to follow Him. It is what He still asks of many of us in this present day.
It may sound too difficult to do. In reality, it is the most wonderful, rewarding response you can give, because it is His will for your life. And, that brings you joy, peace and fulfillment like nothing else can. In Matthew 10:39 Jesus said, “If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.” NLT 
What does “younger generations” mean? 
The answer lies in how we understand the word “generation” as we do in families. Grandparents are one generation; parents are the next generation; children are the next generation, and so on. I will be 79 years old in three months. I am one generation. The generation younger than me is my children, the oldest of whom is in her 50’s. 
If that is the way in which God is seeing “younger generations” (and I believe it is, because He said “generations,” plural), He is calling for anyone in my children’s generation, my grandchildren’s generation, and my great grand-children’s generation; even to those who may still be in their teens whom God is calling. Truth be told, God has a place for all of them to be used of Him. None of them are too young or too old. In Acts 13:36 Paul said, “For David…served his own generation by the will of God…” 
This, and many other examples in Scripture, lets us know God expects each generation to serve Him in their own time on this earth. He does not want any generation to be without a witness of Himself.
Is the Lord calling you? Has He called you in times past and you answered “No” or “Not now, Lord?” Multitudes, living right now, have not yet heard the Good News about Jesus. I urge you, as Jesus did in John 4:35, “…lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are…white for harvest.”
What will your answer be? I hope it will be a resounding “Yes!” 
I would love to hear from you.
I have not forgotten the other things I said the Lord has directed me to do – i.e., writing teaching materials. In all truthfulness, I thought I was going to be able to do exactly as I said. And I have tried. And tried.
In the trying, I discovered the subject “Follow the Leader” is so enormous I am not able to keep it in a concise enough form for 13 lessons on a quarterly basis. In fact, it becomes too complex, taking on a form much like an exhaustive study. That is not the goal; neither is it practical. Bud often told me, “Honey, you are too school marmy.” He was right.
So, I have mingled this problem with my prayers about “what do you want me to do,” and the Lord is beginning to give me a better understanding of how I should accomplish this task. I don’t have full understanding yet, but it is coming. I hope to have a good answer for you in the near future.
Confession - I believe I ran ahead of the Lord’s timing and understanding; offering my own perception of how to accomplish this. I pray both He and you forgive me.
There has not been a time, in a long time, when I/we have needed your faithful prayer and financial support to continue, like this present time. In fact, we really need a significant increase.
Either by God adding new partners to us or by moving on our present partners to give a little more each month.
I sincerely hope you do not read these remarks as a complaint, for it is not. There is no way for me to fully express how much you are loved and appreciated for your love toward us and your faithful partnership with us in the Gospel. Without you, and others like you, I cannot do what God has given me to do.
Please join in prayer with me for the needed funding to accomplish His assignment. Thank you.
Because there are over 4.4 billion people in the world who still need Jesus, I remain
Yours in missions,

Mary Ann Cassidy

News From the Dyars...

Greetings from beautiful Redding!
This has certainly been an eventful summer. Josh and Claire are enjoying their honeymoon in the UK and Spain. Mark is rehabbing his shoulder and preparing to leave for 2 weeks in Alaska. Julie is beyond busy with her job at the Redding Civic and preparing to launch Gospel Communicators here in California.
About the Alaska trip. Mark’s been trying to get back to Juneau for a while and it’s finally come together. Mark will be preaching at our old church, Praise Chapel, twice. He’ll also be doing some work on Bill and Liz Paddocks house. You might remember Bill, he went to India with Mark several years ago and is now pastoring Praise Chapel. We’re believing that the Father will use this trip to help with some of the expenses for the Kenya trip. 
    Pastor Gordon is a busy man. He recently went on a trip to Tanzania. He shared with pastors and leaders there and believes this to be an open door for us! Look for a future trip to include Tanzania.
Everything is set for Mark’s arrival and according to Gordon folks are really excited. The teachings on Kingdom culture have really struck a chord with the Kenyan church. They’re actually co-laboring with the Father to transform the cultures in their churches! The goal for the September trip is to show them how to steward what God is doing in their churches and how Kingdom culture can work outside the church.

$1,000    - Airfare
$1,200 - Car Rental
$1,050 - Mark’s Room & Board
$400 - Manuals
$300 - Gas for Extra Travel
$250 - Portable Sound System

Would you prayerfully consider partnering with us for these needs? Let’s join our faith and watch the Father make this happen!
Thanks for your radical generosity, your prayers, and your co-laboring with Jesus to see His will done for the least and the lost!
Yours for the Kingdom,

Mark and Julie

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

From Mary Ann's Desk...

“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

Joyous greetings in Jesus’ wonderful name. My heart is full of expectation. I believe the Lord is doing glorious things in the earth again. It may not look like it where you live, but I believe it is coming your way if you hunger for it. So, I encourage you to look for it like Elisha told his servant to look for a cloud bringing rain after three years of no rain. And be ready to enter in and receive when it comes.
Ministry Report
I just returned home from a speaking engagement in Waco, Texas, at the World Bible Way Fellowship Annual Camp Meeting. I am happy to report that the sweet presence of the Lord was in every service. All who attended went home richly strengthened and blessed. 
I am especially glad to report that the Lord blessed me with a wonderful anointing to deliver the message He has recently given me to declare wherever a door opens to me. The title is “The Call, The Need, The Generations.” Hearts were mightily moved upon as God poured out His Spirit in that service. There is nothing more wonderful than to be a useful vessel in the hands of the Lord. To God be all the glory. He does wonderful things.
Health Report
I just had my third check up to see if I am still cancer free. Guess what! I AM still cancer free, and I believe this will continue to be my report. Praise you Jesus!
July 14-16 – FWC Family Reunion, Family Worship Center, Leesville, LA, Pastors Mike & Terina Jackson
July 25-27 – Global Roundtree Connection, Worldwide Evangelism, New Orleans, LA, Dr. Kemp Holden, Chairman
I look forward to seeing all of my ministry friends who are a part of these fellowhips while we enjoy the presence of the Lord together.
Interwoven into this schedule, I have been asked to be a part of the summer teaching staff for the Adult Bible Study on Wednesday night in my home church. I and three others will be teaching one  Wednesday night each in the months of June, July and August. My subject for these sessions is “The Body of Christ.”  It gives me joy to minister in my home church any time that I am asked to do so.
Mark’s Upcoming Trip to Kenya
I also ask that you prayerfully consider the needs for Mark’s trip to Kenya, and to respond as the Lord leads you. Thank you.
To Our Partners
You are such a tremendous blessing to us. You are key to everything we do for the Lord. We bless you and thank God for you. My prayer for you always is that He will continue to watch over you and provide all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 
Because there are over 4.4 billion people in the world who still need Jesus, I remain
Yours in missions,

Mary Ann Cassidy

News from the Dyars...

Greetings from beautiful Northern California!
wow! What a month! Claire and Josh are now Mr. and Mrs. Smith. And yes, we think of the Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie movie, too. That’s the good news. The not so good is that they’ve been stuck here in Redding thanks to the endless miles of red tape our government generates. Josh is British and, even though he’s married to an American citizen, getting his residency has been a months long effort and they’re not done yet.The better news is they got word today that Josh will have permission to leave the country no later than Thursday. Remarkable Father we have! He can move even the US government!
Mark’s shoulder is improving, slowly but steadily. At this point it looks like surgery will be avoided. Praise God! We would ask that you continue to pray for complete (and accelerated) healing.
Well, plans have changed again. You might remember that Mark and Julie were supposed to go to Mozambique with another ministry and Mark was going to “piggyback” the trip to Kenya on to that trip. However, there have been some developments with I Reach Africa that have delayed their plans for 12 to 18 months. We can’t give details but we do ask that you would pray for Tracy and her staff. They need favor with the government and a hedge of protection. But again, Jesus has this! Airfares are cheap right now and this change will add very little to the cost of the upcoming Kenya trip.
Pastor Gordon has been hard at work and it’s coming together wonderfully. Five meetings with both rural and urban pastors and leaders. What an honor! Our hope is that Father will use Mark to bring cultural changes in the church and radical changes in hearts. 
God has given Mark three topics to share: Friendship-Love Manifest, Spiritual Fatherhood, and A Bride fit for the King. Mark will be leaving September 13 and returning October 3.
Here is a quick breakdown of needs for the September trip:
$1,000 - Airfare
$1,200 - Car Rental
$1,050 - Mark’s Room & Board
$400 - Manuals
$300 - Gas for Extra Travel
$250 - Portable Sound System

That’s a total of $4200 needed in the immediate foreseeable future.

In addition to these needs, we would also like to raise another $1,000 to help some of the less fortunate people with their accomodations. 
Thanks for your radical generosity and your heart for the least and the lost!
Yours for the Kingdom,

Mark and Julie

Sunday, June 4, 2017

From Mary Ann's Desk...

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” II Timothy 2:15 (NIV)

Greetings of joy and gladness to you today. I trust you are doing well and enjoying the rich blessings of God in your life.
As I write, our nation is entering its Memorial Day holiday in which we give special honor and remembrance to all our military personnel, both past and present, for their heroic sacrifice to defended our nation, and others, in the pursuit of liberty and peace. They are worthy of our honor, and we gladly give it.

It reminds me of another set of military personnel who are also worthy of honor for their personal sacrifice and dedication to the advancement of liberty and peace. They are an army for the Lord. They have, and do, serve Him in full-time leadership ministry for the advancement of His Gospel which brings salvation (liberty) and peace from God the Father to all who believe. They could have chosen many other vocations. Instead, they chose to answer the call of God to preach the word, pastor churches, go to the ends of the earth, evangelize, plant churches, raise up qualified church leaders, etc. We at LTI are among that number. But today I want to place us to the side and honor the rest of you for your life’s work. In my opinion, it is the most noble work that can be done among men.

God bless you, and Thank You for serving.

NIGERIAToday I am reporting on the books that have been purchased for the Cassidy Memorial Leadership Library. Our dear friend, Pastor Robert Wells, gave $500 last year for this very purpose, and we are most grateful for his help in this worthy endeavor.These books, along with the others that have been purchased and donated, are making it possible for the Nigerians who are preparing for full-time ministry, or are already in full-time ministry, to present themselves to God as approved workers who correctly handle the word of truth.
No one can correctly handle the word of truth unless they have been taught it by reputable men and women who, themselves, know how to correctly handle the word of truth. Especially, when they have come out of various kinds of spiritually dark religious practices into the light of the glorious Gospel. They must first be taught. And, in addition, they need good reference books to assist them in their continuing studies of the word.

My heart is overjoyed!

Chuwang was able to purchase 28 books for $325. Average cost per book: $11.60. This list of books could not have been purchased in the US for that amount of money


The balance of $125 was used to build more book shelves which were needed to house the books.
I want to list these books for you so that you can see the quality of the library that we are developing.

Culture to CultureFinnis Jennings BibleOne Hundred Great Leadership IdeasNave’s Complete Word Study BibleThe 40 Most Influential Christians That Have Shaped What We Believe TodayManaging God’s MoneyThe Portable SeminaryThe Hendrickson Parallel BibleThe Scripture Reference BibleInjuries of the MindThe Meaningful LifeThe Student Bible AtlasThe Art of LeadersChristianity Through The CenturiesSolid AnswersThe Doctrines that DivideThe Reformation of the ChurchThe Cost of DiscipleshipSixteen Men with a MessageActs of the Apostles,Christ in YouNew Testament IntroductionComplete Bible StudyA Pre-Marriage Counseling Handbook (2 volumes)Inspiration and Canonicity of the BibleLeading the Way Jesus WouldThe Best of Bible PathwayThe 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth
Last year, we kickstarted the library off with 38 books that came from our own personal library plus books that were purchased with $200 from LTI’s General Funds. Most of these books are reference materials, including such titles as

Strong’s Exhaustive ConcordanceI Declare – (31 promises to speak over your life)Top 10 Goals of a Great LeaderTheology One and CultureNew Matthew Henry’s CommentaryNew Bible Dictionary New Dictionary of Christian ApologeticsThe Complete English Language CompanionLeadership: Facing and Overcoming the Storms
These are not the only books in the library, but they are almost all of the reference books in the library. We still want to add more books like these we have listed for you.
In fact, Chuwang sent me a new list of 29 books he wants me to review for purchase. All of them are good. He is putting together the cost for them. When I get that figure, I will pass it on to you in the event you may want to help purchase these additional books. Some of them are:

Smith and Peloubet’s Bible DictionaryBaker’s Bible AtlasUnger’s Bible Atlas (I sent a copy of Halley’s Bible Handbook)Christian MartyrsPhilosophy of Christian EducationA Primer for Christian DoctrineSystematic TheologyThe Final Return
And more.

In addition to all these books, I sent twelve  copies (if my memory serves me right) of Pastor Steve Dixon’s book Honor Still Works to Nigeria. David Smoot distributed them to Rev. Maiwa’azi Dandaura, whom we have worked with all our years in Nigeria, and others from our annual Leadership Conferences. Thank you, Pastor Steve for your contribution to our efforts. We appreciate you very much.

Financial ReportThank you for praying with us regarding our financial need. I am happy to report that donations last month were up, and I/we are most grateful. We ask that you continue praying with us as we are still a bit short of meeting our basic needs.

TO OUR PARTNERSA great big Thank You to our regular monthly financial and prayer partners. That is what keeps us going. And we appreciate you more than words can say. I like to think of financial support and prayer as the arm of Aaron and Hur who lifted Moses’ arms during the time of battle. As long as they kept Moses’ arms lifted, Israel gained the victory. Thank you for lifting our arms. God continue to bless you and enrich you in all ways, is my prayer.

Because there are over 4.4 billion people in the world who still need Jesus, I remain

Yours in missions,

Mary Ann Cassidy