Saturday, December 4, 2010

Missions Conference 2010

… I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. John 4:35

We were blessed to have five foreign countries represented at the GBFPC Missions Conference this year.  Bro. Shreckhise (Honduras) and Bro. Debrun (Marshall Islands) both preached tremendous messages on Thursday and Friday nights.  Bro. Wheeler (Philippines) and Bro. Keith Nix concluded on Sunday and we had wonderful time in the Holy Ghost. 
From left to right: Bro. Lawrence, Bro. Eckels, Bro. Solomon, Bro. Debrun, Bro Shreckhise, Bro. McMillan  and Pastor Bradford
Bro. Shreckhise
Bro. Keith Nix
Bro. Wheeler
The Around the World Dinner is always a great time of food and fellowship. It gives us a chance to meet each missionary family and learn more about each country.  There were eight different food booths each representing a different country or region and an international bakery. From Chow Mein to Fried chicken and from Lasagna to Pickled Tongue, we had it all. There was something there for every palate. I think it’s safe to say that no one left hungry.

The Southern Booth with Sis. Denise, Sis. Genie, and Sis. Michele
Scotland with Sis. Jamie, Sis. Sherrie, Sis. Tammy and Sis. Teresa
China with Sis. Mona, Sis. Shandi, and Sis. Kaufman
The International Bakery with Sis. Bradford, Sis. Gregg, Sis. Stacy and a few admirers
Sis. Solomon and Sis. Wheeler
Bro. Keith Nix

Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Day After

“And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. -Revelations 22:12

This year at GBFPC, the YPOWT youth group put together a phenomenal play. The play told the story of a group of young people’s decisions at the second coming of Jesus Christ. Some chose to follow the Bible, and lived a life devoted to God. Meanwhile, there were others in the play who were distant and unmoved by the matter, thinking that there would be plenty of time to make things right. The message was extremely realistic and impacted many of its’ viewers. With so many reliable volunteers, everything was carefully organized and successful. The play was performed on October 15th and 16th and there were impacting altar services both nights.

Pastor Bradford giving opening remarks the first night

Chris (Bryce Cosme) invites Alicia (Lacey Newton) to a revival service

The singers and musicians did excellent

The last church service before the Rapture

All of the youth hang out at the local pizza parlor after service

Mark (Trent Rodriguez) doesn't tell good jokes - "ANYONE WANNA' BUY A POLLO?"

A family's last dinner together before the return of the Lord

Cody and Sis Michelle

Landon (Jordan Johnson) tries to convince his sister, Lauren (Brittney McAlister), to serve God

Andre (Chad Bradley), Eva (Eva Rivas), and Mark (Trent Rodriguez) await for their typical ride for school

Derek (Daniel Granillo) realizes that Jesus has returned leaving him behind

Those that were left behind return to the church realizing it is too late to reconcile with the Lord

The Antichrist (Bro CJ Casey) addresses those taking the "mark"

Mark is force to take the Mark of the Beast

A soul (Stephany Bradley) has entered into heaven

"Well done, my good and faithful servant!" say Jesus (Laren Kaufmann) to Alicia

"Depart from me!" Jesus tells the unfortunate (Jace O'Guinn) as the demons of hell approach

Entering the Judgement, Andrew (Chad Bradley)

The Hell scene

Satan (Buddy Purtell) confronts the crowd

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Bethel Day

We had our annual Bethel Day fundraiser on Saturday, October 30th and it was a huge success. Over 250 people attended this event including students, student families, visitors and GBFPC members. We had game booths, a snack shack, bounce house and face painting, wheel barrow races, toe sack races, tug o' war, a dunk tank, and fun, fun, fun. The Kern County Fire Dept. and the Bakersfield Police K-9 unit also made a showing.
I wouldn't be a GBFPC event if we didn't have some praise and worship. We were blessed by our Youth Choir once again.

The highlight of Bethel Day is always the annual football game between the Bethel Boys and OATS (others, alumni, teachers and staff). It was a close game with the OATS winning 21-14.

The Bethel Boys

Bro. Harold Dansby and Bro. Kevin Condren cooked up a spectacular tri-tip dinner that was enjoyed by all.

Enjoying the puppet show

Tyler taking a dip in the chocolate fountain

Thank you Bethel Staff and GBFPC Sunday School Dept. for all of your hard work!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Peru Mission's Team Lands Safely In LA

***UPDATED***: The mission's team has arrived safely at GBFPC. Thank you for your continued prayers, financial support and desire to see the Kingdom of God grow during this trip. May God bless all of you. We will be having a presentation during Thursday night's worship service detailing the Peru Mission's Trip.

After flying all night from Iquitos, Peru, the team has landed safely in Los Angeles. They are expected to arrive at GBFPC around noon.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Days Six & Seven- Iquitos Crusade Concludes

The Peru Missions Trip concluded Sunday with a powerful move of the Holy Ghost at the Iquitos Training Center. Bro. Bradford charged the Iquitos young people to lead the church in worship and to allow the Holy Ghost to define the church.

The service concluded with Bro. Bradford calling the GBFPC team to the front of the church. He instructed Bishop Nix and the Peruvian ministry to lay hands on and anoint our young people. Then, he instructed the GBFPC team and the Peruvian ministry to lay hands on and anoint Bishop and Sis. Nix. After, he instructed the Iquitos Training Center to come forward and the GBFPC team to minister to them.
Bro. and Sis. Bradford each ministered to the the preachers and their wives in a training session this morning. Bro. Jeremy Brock then ministered to the church and was followed by Bro. Bradford.

At the crusade service last night, Randy, Brittney and Heidi ministered in a Spanish rendition of Freedom. Bro. Bradford ministered last night also. Several people received the Holy Ghost and were healed in the three crusade services.
The team will be flying from Iquitos to Lima tonight. They will then fly overnight from Lima to Los Angeles and arrive around 8:30 am. Please continue to pray for the team's safe return home.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Day Five- Iquitos Crusade Begins

Day five of the Peru Missions Trip concluded with a crusade and a powerful move of the Holy Ghost at the Training Center in Iquitos. The crusade opened with Bishop Nix asking those who were sick to come up to the front so the ministry could pray for them. A first time visitor came to the front and began to pray. She received the Holy Ghost and later took off her neck brace while testifying that she believe God healed her.

Bro. Bradford ministered and at least one other person received the Holy Ghost and many of the local members were renewed in the Holy Ghost.

Earlier in the day, the team visited local churches and prayed that God would send the churches great revival. The team also visted a local market and witnessed a rooster being slaughtered`

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Days Three & Four- Snake Farm, Amazon & Floating Restaurant

Days three and four of the Peru Missions Trip are complete. While on a boat tour of the Amazon River, the team visited a snake farm complete with monkeys, snakes, birds and other animals. After the snake farm visit, the boat tour took the team into remote areas of the Amazon near Iquitos to get a glimpse of the villages on the Amazon.

After the tour of the Amazon River, the team headed back to the hotel to prepare for one of the highlights of the trip: eating dinner at the world famous floating restaurant on the Amazon River.

Today, the team visited the Iquitos Zoo and an Indiana church located in the Amazon that is pastored by Bro. Miguel Angelo. There were several first time visitors in service tonight and many of them were young children. The GBFPC young people led them in two Sunday School songs and one worship song. Bro. Chad Bradley did a Word Shot and Bro. Jeremy Brock preached.
The team will be helping the headquarters church in Iquitos with outreach for crusades on Friday and Saturday. Please continue to keep us in your prayers and check back for more updates.