Stephen Prasad Testimony

Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Prasad

Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Prasad

Brother Stephen Prasad is the Director of HIMIndia partnered with Jeffrey Hawkins HIMIndia U.S. Coordinator. Stephen was born in 1975, raised a Hindu and saved to new life in Christ in 1994.
Read his testimony HERE
Thank you for praying for and partnering with this indigenous ministry training pastors, planting churches and making disciples in India.

Stephen and Glory were married in 2011.

Contact Jeff Hawkins for more information on how you can partner with HIMIndia.

Jeff@HBMin.org

OR Phone: 337-718-1453

Zambia July 2013

Lou Ann and Jeff Hawkins – HIMAfrica

HBMZ Matthew Daka, Livingstone Pastors Banda, Muyimbango and Soko, HBM President Johan Gous
HBMZ Matthew Daka, Livingstone Pastors Banda, Muyimbango and Soko, HBM President Johan Gous

In July Lou Ann and I were privileged to be with our Zambian brothers and sisters in Livingstone and Mazabuka. Steve Slater, Debbie Morris, Heather Reynolds and Karsen Davis joined  Johan and Lida Gous  and us partnering with pastors Soko, Banda and Muyimbangu to share the gospel in Zecco Compound.

The week was filled with the joy of experiencing the impact of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the saving of souls.

Jeff and Johan met with the Livingstone HUB to encourage them in the making of disciples and pastoral training. Pastor Steve ZeccoChildrenSlater challenged the men from 1 Timothy.

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Lou Ann, Heather and Karsen spent the first week working with children in Zecco and also at the Kwathu Children’s Home.

The second week most of the team went to Mazabuka to work with children and conduct a pastors conference. Lou Ann and her two young ladies worked in a small village at the home of District Leader Michael Mufaya.

Mazabuka District Pastors

Mazabuka District Pastors

Pastor Steve, Johan, Matthew Daka and I spoke to the Mazabuka HBMZ district pastors. This was an encouraging time as well. The ministry in Mazabuka continue to grow as the pastors disciple their churches and other pastors in the Word of God. Pastors who had not received study Bibles were blessed with a copy at the conference.

The Dignity Project is also being enlarged in Mazabuka with the acquiring of 10 acres of land from an area Chief. A widow and orphan ministry will be developed along with a gardening/farming project to teach new techniques and help the church to sustain itself. There will also be chicken and other animal husbandry projects.
Pray for Carl and Ilna Paalman who will be coming to this site to oversee the project.

Thank you for praying and partnering with Lou Ann and me “Helping Indigenous Ministries in Africa.”

We appreciate you. Please follow us here and on Facebook.

Leaving for Zambia

Pastor Matthew and wife Jude with Jeff and Lou Ann July 2012

Pastor Matthew and wife Jude with Jeff and Lou Ann July 2012

Lou Ann and Jeff are boarding their flight to Zambia today. It will begin in Knoxville, TN, overnight in NY and tomorrow continue to Johannesburg arriving Friday morning in Livingstone.

Thank you for your prayers. Special thanks to you who have contributed to this trip. Praise the Lord for His gracious work in each of us through Jesus Christ’s Spirit and Word.

The mission will begin with an evangelistic outreach in Livingstone, partnered with local churches. Lou Ann, Heather and Karsen will minister to orphans in Livingstone and children in a village outside of Mazabuka. Jeff and Pastor Steve will teach at a pastor’s conference in Mazabuka.

Jeff and Johan will also finalize business concerning property in Mazabuka for the Dignity Project. Big thank you for those who partnered with us for this. May the Lord raise up many monthly partners for the Ministry in Zambia.

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Be Blessed!

Jeff Hawkins
HBMZambia Coordinator

OFF to INDIA

Stephen and wife GloryJeff Hawkins is going to India on February 1 and returning the 26th. The mission is to work with Stephen Prasad of Gospel to the Perishing Souls in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Jeff and Stephen have been working together since January of 2008.

On this trip Jeff will be sharing the HUB model of disciple-making and church planting and teaching in 5 pastors conferences. The topic of study will be The Holy Spirit in the New Testament and You. Jeff will also speak at several gospel crusades to be held during the month.

Thank you for your prayers and support.

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How To Find God's Will?

Jeff and Lou Ann Hawkins

Jeff and Lou Ann Hawkins

GOD’S WILL is not as elusive as people make it out to be. God’s will is plainly spelled out for all of us in the Word of God. God’s Word is a lamp that lights our way in life’s journey (Psalm 119:105). The problem is that too many are ignorant of what God is saying in His Written Word. It seems much easier to “imagine” God’s will because “He spoke to me in my heart” or “It feels right.” Both of these approaches may satisfy what “I” want but it is most certainly NOT what God wants. Our heart is deceitful and wicked the Psalmist said “who can know it?” Don’t “follow your heart” if you want to follow God’s will. Follow His Heart as revealed in the Word of God. Obey the Word of God. He will take care of the details.

The objective way to “hear” God is by reading His Word in submission to the Holy Spirit and then obeying the principles He lays out for us to live by. Romans 12:2 tell us to “Not be conformed to this world, instead be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” To renew our mind we must put something in it that has the power and purpose to change it to understand God’s ways instead of the worlds. The problem is we have spent a lot of time putting “garbage” (the world’s thinking) into our heads and guess what? Garbage comes out!   “Garbage In. Garbage Out!”

The Word of God is a “cleansing” agent. It will cleanse our mind and heart. The Word of God is “alive and active” and it “judges the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” It is by the Word of God that we are able to see what God sees in our heart that is “laid naked to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do” Hebrews 4:12, 13. James calls it a “mirror.”

Here are some things that are “no brainers” concerning the Will of God.

  1. It is God’s will that you have an enduring faith, because without it you cannot please Him. And Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. (Hebrews 11:6; Romans 10:17) Simple faith in the Lord Jesus saves us (eternal life) and enduring faith gives victory in our daily Christian life and eternal rewards to the glory of God.
  2. It is God’s will that your minds be prepared for action. The action that He is looking for is HOLINESS. To be holy means to be separated from sin and to God. (1 Peter 1:16; John 17:17) This holy life can only be accomplished by trusting in the Spirit of God who enables you to obey the Word of God. Be filled with the Word and controlled by the Holy Spirit. Colossians 3:15, Ephesians 5:18
  3. It is God’s will that you “fervently love one another.”  (1 Peter 1:22-25)
  4. It is God’s will that you be sexually pure. (1 Thessalonians 4:1-8) ALL sex outside of marriage is sin!
  5. It is God’s will that you “rejoice always; pray all the time; give thanks in everything; do not quench the Spirit of God; do not despise the preaching of the Word; examine everything (through the grid of God’s Word) and abstain from all forms of evil.”        1 Thessalonians 5:16-22
  6. It is God’s will for you to make disciples of everyone, everywhere, all the time until the end of your time. Matthew 28:16-20

God’s will is God’s Word. If you are obeying God’s Word you can be assured that you are in God’s will. When our hearts and minds are in tune with God because we are listening to His clear voice in the Written Word of God and obeying what He plainly says, we will be “walking” in the will of God. The STEPS of a RIGHTEOUS person are directed by God. Psalm 37:23. So, be wise in your decisions and MAKE THEM!

In other words, live your life in  accordance with the Truth of God’s Written Word.” Its as simple as that. He takes care of the rest.

God wants you to be in right relationship with Him so that He can use you when and where He wants to. He does not need you to DO something FOR Him. BUT you need to be right with Him, so that He can use you to do what He wants to, where He wants to and when He wants to. The Written Word of God is the key to knowing the truth. God’s Word is TRUTH.  John 17:17. You can’t go wrong or be wrong if you are obedient to the Word of Truth and pursuing God in it.

So if your heart is burning and yearning to “go” to a certain place or to do a certain thing, pursue it with wise and thinking and a humble heart as you “obey” the “revealed” will of God in the Word of God. Make the best decisions and preparations that you can and then “GO” for it. Listen to wise counsel. That does not mean listening to what someone else “thinks” God is telling you to do. BUT listen to them when they are evaluating your character and steps according to the Word of God. We do have blind spots.

The Christian life is an adventure. You can be sure that the Lord will direct your steps as you follow Him in His Word.

The Word is God’s flashlight for your life’s journey.

Turn it on and start walking according to the “will of God.”

Jeff Hawkins is the "Zambia Coordinator" with Hope Builders Ministries, P.O.Box 317, Greenwood, VA 22943
Email: Jeff@HBMin.org