Seasons of Change for Wakiso, Uganda

It’s strange to even discuss seasons when referencing a tropical area, for other than rainy and dry seasons, there are no significant changes.  The trees keep their leaves and they stay green.  The days are all about 12 hours long.  But when talking about spiritual seasons, there definitely was a change of seasons in October — especially for the Wakiso area, a suburb of the capital city of Kampala.

That evangelism is widespread throughout Uganda is well known.  However, there is great need for continued evangelism and discipleship, as evidenced by this last church planting team made up individuals Dean and Carol Niforatos are discipling in Colorado and joined by a team from West Virginia led by Shannon and Joseph Coenen.  Over the course of 10 days, more than 400 came to Christ, about 750 were filled with the Holy Spirit as began praying in tongues, almost 200 experienced physical healing, and nearly 30 were delivered of demons!

Clearly evangelism is not finished in that area!! As can be expected, neither is discipleship.  One young man was set free from demons after having attended a local cult church.  He thought he was being faithful to Jesus, yet was being led astray by a worker of the devil.  Pastors who attended the daily trainings responded that their faith was encouraged and their skills refined.

Yes, there has been a change of spiritual seasons for Wakiso, Uganda!  We are still getting reports of new people coming to Christ through the efforts of this newly planted church.  Muslims are being saved, more are being delivered of demons, the numbers attending daily prayer meetings are increasing.  Wakiso will not be the same in Jesus’ name!

Please continue to pray for Wakiso and the incredible growth numerically and spiritually taking place in the church.  The church is already outgrowing their currently rented space, and we are praying for enough funds to purchase land for this infant church.

Coenens Relocate

“Almost heaven, West Virginia, Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River…”

One could say that Shannon and Joseph Coenen are just “mountain people.”  After more than a decade in Colorado at the base of the Rockies, the Coenens are now in the Blue Ridge mountains near the Shenandoah River.  Joseph took a new job within the FAA after serving in air traffic control for 20 years, but Shannon will continue to serve GOF as President/CEO.  They are already seeing benefits of being near the coast when it comes to overseas travel, and being about 1 hour away from Washington DC should prove fun for sightseeing and helpful when needing to visit an embassy to address visa issues.  Hopefully the latter won’t be needed too often!  So if you’re ever near the Coenens’ new stomping ground, let them know.  They’d love to see you!

Though John Denver’s song says that West Virginia is “almost heaven,” a 2010 study revealed that West Virginia has many areas where less than 35% of the population claimed any religious affiliation whatsoever.  It is argued that the county where the Coenens are now living is one of the most unchurched counties in the state.  Could there be additional reasons the Lord moved them to their new location?

Here are some specific ways you can pray for the Coenens during this time:

  • Adjusting to their new environment — making new friends, finding a new church home, etc.
  • Ministry opportunities — job site, neighbors, community
  • Favor for Joseph in his new job
  • Upcoming ministry in South Asia
  • Staying connected with friends and family
  • Further definition of purpose for them in their new location
  • The radiance of Christ to show through them to others

In case you’re wondering what this move means for GOF, there’s no need to worry.  GOF was designed from the start to be mobile and to function from anywhere the internet can reach around the world.  This helps keep our overhead costs low, stretches missions dollars, and provides necessary flexibility to meet the needs of the organization.  So while Shannon may be in a different location, the functioning of GOF continues as normal thanks to modern technology and the dedicated service of the Board of Directors and volunteers.

For now, GOF’s mailing address is staying the same.  However, the office phone number has changed.  So here is all of GOF’s contact information to make sure your records are correct.

Global Outreach Foundation
PO Box 6759
Longmont, CO  80501
681-252-3707

 

Haven of Hope And So Much More

Dean Niforatos and Shannon Coenen just recently returned from time spent in Malawi, located in the southern part of the African continent.  Usually Africa involves heat and sweat, but Malawi was in its cool winter season — no snow, but plenty of cool breezes that required layering up for the outdoor meetings each night!  But the fire of God fell upon the people in mighty ways and great things took place!

The short version of the story is that the widow home, Haven for Hope, was completed and dedicated, area churches received ministry where about 250 accepted Christ as their personal Savior, more than 1,000 were baptized in the Holy Spirit, and the Lord did miracles.  But there is so much more to the story.  Read more