November 15, 2019
Greetings Pastors and Spouses, Prayer Partners and Friends;
Before heading to Iowa for ministry last weekend, Beth and I had the opportunity to attend the sectional minister's meeting in Kenosha, WI. The speaker was Doug Clay, the General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God. While we had previously communicated via letter and email with him, we had never met in person. It was great to meet and to briefly visit. In our CLOSING THOUGHTS we'll share some of what he shared in his presentation.
From there we traveled to Iowa. What a great Sunday we had! Let me tell you what God did!
TAMA, IA - This past Sunday morning and evening, Beth and I ministered at Celebration Church (Assemblies of God) in Tama, IA (located about 60 miles northeast of Des Moines, IA); pastored by Kenny and Sharon Mervin. This was our fifth time to minister at Celebration Church and we were asked to minister on the Holy Spirit. After the morning message, several responded to the first altar call to commit their life to Christ, recommit their life to Christ or to make things right with God. After the second altar call a number of people came forward to be baptized or refilled with the Holy Spirit. It was exciting watching people getting baptized in the Holy Spirit while others were being refilled. Meanwhile on the other side of the altar people were being refreshed in the Holy Spirit. At the end of the Evening Service people filled the altar desiring God would use them in greater ways in the power of the Holy Spirit. It was a fantastic day with a great group of people. We thank God for all He did and we thank you for praying.
CARROLL, IA - This coming Sunday morning and evening, Beth and I will be ministering at First Assembly of God in Carroll, IA (located about 75 miles northwest of Des Moines, IA); pastored by Dave Hagen. This will be our first time to minister at First Assembly but we got to know Pastor Hagen when we ministered in Wausau, WI where he was the Youth Pastor at the time. This Sunday we have been asked to minister on the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Please join us in praying that God will pour out His Holy Spirit in these services. We need Him again this week!
ONLY REMAINING 2019 OPEN DATES - The only remaining open dates in 2019 are: November 24 (Thanksgiving weekend - need to schedule in southern Wisconsin or northern Illinois), December 1 (A.M. only open - P.M. already filled), December 15 and December 22 (Christmas weekend). Pastor: let us know if you would like to schedule any of these dates.
MAILING UPDATE - This is the time of the year when we do our mailings to schedule services for 2020. We're now working on the mailing to the churches of the Illinois District. Please join us in praying that the doors will open wherever God would want us to minister.
INFO AFTER CLOSING THOUGHTS - At the very end of the emailing please read the paragraphs about - MINISTRY CAR FUNDRAISER, BILL'S BOOKS, GOODSEARCH and FACEBOOK.
CLOSING THOUGHTS - Earlier we mentioned the minister's meeting we attended last Saturday where Doug Clay, the General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, was the speaker. Some of the insights he shared that morning were: (1) not all churches are going to be mega churches but all churches can be and should be churches of influence in their community, (2) 95% of the Assemblies of God is outside the United States, (3) Trinity Christian Center (Assemblies of God Church) in Singapore recently had 19 million dollars given in faith promises toward missions, (4) there are more Assemblies of God churches than McDonalds, (5) some challenges facing the American evangelical church today (Assemblies of God, Baptist, Evangelical Free, etc.) are: (a) today people have digital relationships with less face to face interaction (the church must find creative ways to have personal fellowship), (b) shifts in preaching (preaching has often shifted from what do you know to what do you feel - this leads to Bible illiteracy), (c) travel sports clubs (the church must find ways to disciple people when families can be gone for weekends at a time during sports seasons), (d) politics (enemy trying to divide the church over politics), (e) religious freedoms (days of religious freedoms could be numbered), (f) relaxed morality (Biblical moral standards being relaxed today), (g) sacredness of truth (truth to many is becoming relative), (h) poorly discipled Christians (have limited opportunities to disciple - churches have less services today and statistics show that today a "faithful church member" is only in church one out of every three Sundays). These are just some of the challenges facing the evangelical church in America today and in each case creative solutions must be found. But inspite of the challenges - Jesus is still building His Church! Jesus said, "...I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it." (Matthew 16:18).
Now let's agree together for another great weekend, praying God will pour out His Holy Spirit this Sunday in Carroll, IA!
Together in His Service with You,
Bill & Beth
MINISTRY CAR FUNDRAISER - Last month we started our 22nd year of traveling as evangelists. Over the past 21 years we have driven over half of million miles in ministry travel, have spent over $50,000 in gas for ministry travel and have gone through three cars and almost our fourth car (we buy a low mileage used car and drive the car up to 200,000 miles and then start to look for another car and the "used-up ministry car" then becomes my "around town car"). Our present ministry car has 177,000 miles so by this time next year we will again be shopping for another car for ministry travel. Starting this month and for the next year we will be raising funds for our next ministry car. If you would like to donate to our "car fund" using your credit card you can go to our website at and click on the "donate" icon. It's simple, safe and secure. If you would prefer to donate using a check - please make the check out to "Fresh Fire Ministries", mark it "car fund", and send it to: Fresh Fire Ministries, P.O. Box 372, Whitewater, WI 53190.
BILL'S BOOKS– Both books I have written, “More Power – Supersizing the Working of the Holy Spirit for Life and Ministry” (a guide to the baptism in the Holy Spirit) and "God's Power Tools for Life and Ministry" (a guide to the gifts of the Holy Spirit) are available through Amazon. People have been ordering them and buying them in our services! The paperback versions are available for $12.99 at Amazon and the eBook versions on Kindle are available for $3.99. You can order either book by clicking here. [The third book, 'Helping Others Receive the Gift' is a compilation with several other authors published in 2008.] If you enjoy the books, go to Amazon and write reviews. The reviews will inspire others to read the books.
GOODSEARCH – Each time you make a search using GoodSearch as your search engine and have selected us as the receiving non-profit organization, we get a donation to our ministry. The easiest way to remember to use GoodSearch as your search engine is to make it your home page. If you are interested, click here. Search for 'Bill Juoni Fresh Fire Ministries', click, and follow the instructions. If you have any questions, please feel free to either email us or call us.
FACEBOOK – Each week Beth continues to make new friends on Facebook. If you are new to our emailing and would like to connect with her on Facebook, create an account, and make a friend request to “Beth Ann Murray Juoni”. It's been incredible to see the people she has connected with from across the country and even overseas. We have found former parishioners, pastor friends, evangelist friends and many new friends.
rekindling and fueling the fire