Training Event in Nepal

We now have our first GFI training scheduled for Nepal the first week of December, 2012.  Our East African director, Westin, will be conducting the conference and workshop with invited pastors from all over the country.  Dr. Timothy Aryal is sponsoring it and translated the Wheel and Line tract; we have printed 20,000 copies which have been widely distributed through 5 main points.

Dr. Aryal teaches psychology in university and  pastors a church.  He is ready to begin a counseling/training center using our approach;  his wife is also a trained counselor.  In addition to his native tongue, Dr. Aryal also speaks Hindi which will enable him to do training in northern India.  Such training in this strategic area could be the launching of training in southeast Asia; much prayer is needed for the moving of the Holy Spirit in Nepal and  beyond.  Nepali is also spoken in Bhutan, a nearby country.  Thank you for holding this mission up in prayer as well as our support base here in the States.

New President


The Board of Directors of Grace Fellowship International (with Dr. Solomon’s endorsement) has elected Dr. Brett Travis as the new President & CEO to succeed Dr. Charles R. Solomon who will now be known as Founder and President Emeritus.

Dr. Brett Travis

Dr. Brett Travis

Dr. Travis earned his D. Min. from Fuller Theological Seminary, his Masters in Counseling from Liberty University, and Masters of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He accepted this position on September 4, 2012 and began work on September 7, 2012.  We welcome Dr. Travis and his leadership skills to promote the message of the Cross to which Dr. Solomon was called of God in 1967.

May God be glorified through this transition: “For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen” (Rom. 11:36).

(GFI accepted the resignation of Stephen Phinney as Interim CEO effective May 7, 2012.  GFI is not in communication nor in partnership with IOM America or its affiliates.  If any of our friends and supporters in the US or overseas has questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.)

Ministry in Malawi

A field report from Emmanuel Zgambo:

Ever since I accepted Christ as my Lord and Saviour, I tried to live the Christian life with my own strength.  Trying to be good in my own understanding and ways.  But I  noticed that I always failed and was lacking peace.  I always felt insecure about my salvation, and that I would lose it.  Sadly, there are still many Christians here in Northern Malawi that are still in the same situation.

When I started learning about the Exchanged Life [Gal. 2:20], I started laying down everything of me for everything of Christ.  Then I started experiencing a peace that cannot be explained but would best be experienced.  I now, after learning about the Exchanged Life, no longer strive but just abide in Christ and there in Christ I find fulfillment.  By allowing Christ to live His life through me, I now rest from trying to live it by myself and my own power.  I no longer live in fear of death or failure because I have learnt that this life that I have is not about me but about Christ who is in me.  Knowing this gives me a lot of fulfillment.

I realize that no matter how gifted I may be, or possessions I may have, it is only in Christ that I am complete.  Any self worth that comes from anything else apart from Christ is living a lie.  The Exchanged Life materials have greatly transformed my life.

All this has helped in the work that I do for the Lord here in Northern Malawi.  I am involved in training pastors and church leaders in Explosive Growth Discipleship Making and Coaching Discipleship Trainers, Training Life Group Leaders, and also doing One on One Discipleship [through Dynamic Churches International resources].  I am also leading a movement of Christians that is evangelising the unreached parts of Northern Malawi and putting the new Christians into Life Groups where they learn the Word of God together.

I am very grateful for your ministry [through Canadian co-workers, Hans and Elly Timmermans].