Last time I wrote to you I was in Okeechobee, Florida, my american home. Right now I am sitting at the airport in Stockholm and I have just landed here after traveling for 16 hours. I left West Palm Beach yesterday morning (Tuesday, November 9th) and it has been a long and hard ride. Did not manage to catch any much sleep really. My flight to Vasa is delayed with 1.5 hour, so I decided to update the website while waiting here at the airport and share what is on my heart.
Last time I wrote we had just been ministering to the children on the Real Life Childrens Ranch in Okeechobee as well as done the TV recordings for TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Networks), one of the biggest Christian TV networks in the US.
Our journey continued and on Thanksgiving we were part of the "thanksgiving feed" in Fort Pierce, where all churches and ministries came together and served as one body. It was such wonderful to see this as I have been talking to the Lord and asked Him about all these different "denominations" we have in the world. So many times the word of God speaks about ONE church. The fact is that there are 38.000 denominations of the one church Christ founded 2000 years ago. I just wonder how this thing happened and I know that it started with the Roman Catholic church being built the same way as the Roman empire. From there the church has split into different directions and for ages this fact has been confusing people. Which church is right? Why so many different churches but the same God? The questions for the seeker are way too many and it brings confusion.
My conclusion is that it always have been people with different opinions and where we people have disagreed there have been division. Does this division come from God? The answer is NO! Division NEVER comes from God as He loves the church and as earlier stated the world of God is clear with that there is only one church. The church and the body of Christ are the same thing. What do you think Peter and John and these first apostles that after Pentecost became many more had said if you asked them if they were "pentecostals", "baptists", "lutherans", "methodists"....? They would have NO clue what you are talking about. Their desire has been to do what Jesus, Himself called them to do and this same desire has grown in me during this trip.
Me and Garry played during the "thanksgiving feed" where the body of Christ served over 13.000 portions of food to people in need. That is what I call christianity and walking in faith. It was a same kind of miracle like the miracles Jesus did with the fish and the loaf.
The following day we ministered to around 50 young men who were part of the Teen Challenge program in Vero Beach and these young men really needed to hear the good news about Jesus Christ without any ingredients of man made rules or religion. It was a wonderful day and I pray that many of these men were impacted of what Jesus is able to do. He is able to change ANY situation!
As I stayed for a couple of nights in Fort Pierce we played and shared at Faith United Church during their Harvest Gathering the following night. Sunday morning was an early morning as we had two services at Common Ground Vineyard Church in Fort Pierce and both services went really well. People were touched and the name of Jesus glorified.
December 2nd I held my first memorial service as a licensed minister under Fountain of Life Church. It was one of Garrys best friends who died almost four years ago and now it was time for the memorial service in Stuart, Florida. As all funerals and memorial services, it was a very emotional day but we knew Garrys friend is at home with Jesus now as two week before he moved home I happened to be in the area and after two nights of sharing he gave his life to the Lord and that moment I will never forget.
Wednesday night at Fountain of Life Church was a fun night. Me and Garry had company on stage and Skip Frye and his wife Nancy were part of that evening. We also had a special guest on keyboards, Fritz McIntyre who used to be the original keyboard player for the english pop band Simply Red from 1984 to 1996. Another man with a changed life and of course we featured Brother Fritz in an episode of Life in Him.
The weekend we spent in Fort Myers. Saturday night we ministered at Centennial Park, downtown Fort Myers and Sunday morning I shared and ministered at Central Foursquare church. We had a great time and now it was time to take the car to Okeechobee and leave some of the stuff there for next time.
The last two days were really emotionally hard for me. After being together with Garry and so many other wonderful people such as Pastors Dave and Linda Robertson from Fountain of Life Church in Okeechobee, I felt miserable but the same time I was very homesick.
Now I am close to home and I am soon home together with my family. I am looking forward to take it easy the rest of the year and next year starts with my 8 year celebrations at Kvevlax Missionskyrka, January 3rd. It is the exact date since I entered the church that became my spiritual home 8 years ago. The same night I was delivered from alcohol and this is a night when people should bring all their unsaved friends to church. More information about this later.
A busy 2015
We are currently working on the coming year, 2015 and it will be a happening and busy year. In the middle of January we are doing a two week tour of Sweden. In March it is time to continue the work in Florida and in April, May and June I will be doing two trips to Germany and one to Israel, so the calendar is filling up.
I really feel that a change is coming and therefore we are minimizing the work in Finland. I have one meeting at Sion church in Helsinki, January 28th when I return from Sweden. Next summer is also going to be different since we are going to be out with the custom-, classic-, hot rod- and racing car people and on their different events to show the love of Jesus. There are many Christian motorcycle ministries and this vision about reaching the car people is becoming reality. We are going to break new ground as well as build up the work in both Germany and USA. Also the new album is under work and it will be released during 2015.
As we are growing and doors are opened we are NOW looking for monthly partners, both in Europe and in the USA from next year. We believe that if we come together as one church as the body of Christ and support each other we all can do so much more and there will be less souls in hell and more souls in heaven. That is the main purpose. We are also going to do some changes in the Life in Him TV production as well as the video blog to reach a wider audience world wide. You can watch the daily video blogs from the last trip here
. Thank you all for encouraging, praying and supporting.Together we saw people become new creations in Christ Jesus!
Wish you all the best and God's richest blessings!
Pontus J. Back