The Bemidji Area Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship of America chapter will meet on Saturday May 1st at Mt. Zion Church starting at 8:00 a.m.
Our guest speaker is Mike Burkhart from LaPorte. Mike writes the following:
I was raised in the hills of middle Tennessee in a community named Big Rock. My father was a alcoholic who was rarely home. My mother was and still a person with unshakeable faith who could make the worst of times bearable.
I joined the Marine Corps when I was 18 and served 2 years where I gained life skills that I still use to this day.I also discovered alcohol and drugs.
Upon leaving the Marine Corps I drifted thru various jobs until one of my uncles helped me get hired as a deckhand on a commercial riverboat. I started riding motorcycles with folks I had no business being with and my drug use increased.
I started going in and out of jail for various offences which steadily got worse as time went on. I tried multiple times upon release from jail to quit alcohol and drugs on my own with very little success. Only after my conversion did I realize that you can`t defeat a spiritual problem using natural means. I was looking at some serious time in September of 1989 and decided to hang myself in the Sumner County jail, in Gallatin TN. But our Merciful FATHER had other plans and untied the knot as I hung and then also kept me from going to prison. From that moment to this very day, all I can say is, HE`s still working on me.Glory to HIS Name.
Come to our FGBMFA meeting on Saturday May 1st to hear “the rest of his story” and join with us in worship, praise and fellowship and bring a friend. Both men and women are most welcome.
Live Stream will be available at:
Miles Rouland spoke April 3rd.
We will be meeting on January 2nd, 2021 and Erick Rantala was our guest speaker.
Below is information from Erick:
Originally from Fort Worth, Texas . My family was church going, loving and moral. I grew up knowing about Jesus, but not having a personal relationship with the Lord. After 1 year of college I enlisted in the Navy during the Vietnam war. In retrospect, I can now see how the Lord protected me while I was in Vietnam. On my return, I went back to college and studied Mechanical engineering and worked as an engineer. I married Wendy Burgess the boss's daughter which was one of the best decisions I ever made. We both came to the Lord gaining the personal relationship with the Lord. We have 2 sons who are now married and 7 grandkids. I became involved in prayer, outreach and teaching the word before moving to Minnesota. In Minnesota, I became involved with Pray Bemidji, Minnesota Pray network, Heartland Prayer network and Reformation Prayer network. I Had life changing experience with Harvest Evangelism gatherings in Argentina. My wife in went home to the Lord in 2012. I am believing God for massive harvest of souls in these days and engaged in prayer for God to move and save multitudes.
at MT ZION CHURCH, 414 Lincoln Avenue SE beginning at 8:00 a.m. Use the entrance adjacent
to the North parking lot. Come and join in on the worship, testimonies and fellowship with the men and women for this time of refreshing in the Lord. Feel free to observe Social Distancing requirements and other recommendations.
See above for Live Stream Link
Our guest speaker will be Lonnie Sorrell from Bemidji. Lonnie grew up in Durham, NC. At age 13 he turned away from the lifestyle his parents were offering. By age 19 he was facing 15 years in prison. It was there that God made himself real and began His work of Salvation in him. He turned 21 while in Teen-Challenge and, no longer having the felony, God set him free. He went on successfully completing the Teen-Challenge Program and received certification as a Mail Room Worker and secured work in that field.
He continues; "I moved to Minnesota in 1982 to attend the North Central Bible College, where I completed 2 years of Studies of Psychology. My goal was to share the Gospel and have paying employment. I developed a Youth Prison Outreach ministry called "Time to Talk Hebrews 11:6. Following that I went through training for Prison Outreach.
As a businessman I learned and grew a lot attending Full Gospel Businessmen's meetings. As a multi-level marketer, I now head Destiny in the Works Graphics and Beatkeeperzoe Marketing. I attended John Maxwell Leadership Training to Lead and Coach with Integrity.
Last year the Lord led me to write a book entitled "Who Told you you Were Naked". I secured 3rd place in the Bemidji Ted Talks. My Subject was based on a revelation I got entitled "Racism begins and ends with the way we see ourselves in the mirror."
Come on Saturday December 5th to Mt. Zion at 8:00 a.m. for a time of fellowship with fellow Christian men and women. You will be informed, refreshed, challenged and blessed.
The Bemidji Area Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship America will be meeting on Saturday November, 7th at MT ZION CHURCH, 414 Lincoln Avenue SE beginning at 8:00 a.m. Use the entrance adjacent to the North parking lot. Coffee and donuts will be served. Come and join in on the worship, testimoniesand fellowship with the men and women for this time of refreshing in the Lord. We will observe all Social Distancing recommendations as well as other recommendations.
Our guest speaker will be Wilson Yazzie was born and raised in Chilchinbeto, Az on the Navajo Reservation. He was moved away from home at the age of four to attend Indian Residential School. While trying to learn English, he was punished if he spoke the Navajo language.
After he graduated from Phoenix Indian high school, he joined the Marines and served two terms in Vietnam. Upon returning from Vietnam he worked at Chilchinbeto day school where he met his wife Lynne. They moved to Elk River, MN where they got married in June of 1969. He worked at Mainline Trophies for many years, where he excelled at engraving and building beautiful awards and trophies.
Wilson and Lynne adopted Wilson’s little brother, Mark, after their father passed away. Wilson then moved on to Northwester Bell telephone where he worked as a lineman. Their daughter, LaRee, was born during that time. He struggled with PTSD and alcoholism through it all and that caused him and his wife Lynne to separate for 3 years. After they reconciled he worked back at Mainline Trophies during the day and the Anoka school district as a custodian at night. Wilson’s granddaughter, Anneke, was born December 1st, 2000 and she gave him such great joy. It was a promise to her that led him to seek treatment of PTSD.
March of 2019, the Lord led Wilson back to Vietnam with the Christian humanitarian group, Vets with a Mission. When he left Vietnam all those years ago, it was a war torn country with so much suffering. This time he was able to go back with a group of doctors, nurses and Vietnam Veterans to help provide medical care for those in need. He had worried about the people of Vietnam for many years and to be able go back and help them, make friends with a General he once fought against, and attend a wonderful Easter service has helped to heal his soul and ease the PTSD symptoms. His mind is clear, he has less fear and paranoia and is more open and trusting of people. Wilson likes to keep busy and making and selling Navajo jewelry is his hobby.
Our guest speaker is Philip Rose from Bemidji. He and his wife recently moved here from California to be closer to their son, Paul, who is Pastor at Bemidji First Assembly in Nymore. They have 3 sons, all of whom are Pastors, and 14 grandchildren.
Philip accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior in a Fox Hole in Vietnam. He told the Lord that if He would get him out of this Foxhole in Vietnam alive, that he would serve Him all of the days of his life, God did and Philip has served Him ever since.
He served in the military for a total of 25 years including the US Army from 1969- 1972; 3 years as a Combat Engineer, 1 year tour of duty in Vietnam, and served 8 months in Germany as well as in manyother countries. From 1986-2008 he served in the Air Force at March Air Force Base in Moreno, California: 2 tours of duty in Kuwait and Kryquestan, worked with the Secret Service on Transportation in Support of a Presidents Wife, assembled weapons including bombs, laser guided bombs, tested missiles and ejector seats for fighter planes.He retired in 2008 as a Chief Master Sargent, E-9.
From 2009-2014 he worked as a Security Guard at a High School in California.
He also taught Adult Sunday School for 7 years, Junior High Kids Klub for 4 years, and
attended Chicago Bible College to be a Marriage Counselor.
Come on Saturday October 3rd to Mt. Zion at 8:00 a.m. for a time of fellowship with fellow
Christian men and women. You will be informed, refreshed, challenged and blessed.
Jason Riggs, Field of Operations Captain in Beltrami County
Our guest speaker is Captain Jason Riggs from the Beltrami County Sheriff's Department having joined the Department in 2004. He was born in Bemidji, grew up in Deer River, enlisted in the United States Navy in 1990, serving until 1995. He enlisted in the MN Army national Guard in 1996, serving until 2001. He completed the Hibbing Range Technical College Law Enforcement program in 1998 after which he married the love of his life, Kathleen in 1998. He began his career in Law Enforcement in 2001 with the City of Deer River. He then worked full time at the Juvenile Center in Grand Rapids as well a part time Police Officer in Deer River and Floodwood. He has also worked for the Leech lake Police Department, the Leech Lake Indian Reservation, and was the Blackduck City Polce Chief until 2004. At that time, he became a Deputy with the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2010. In 2011 he was elected as Mayor of Blackduck and served for 1.5 years. In 2011 he attended the 247th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA. In 2019 he was promoted to the rank of Captain and currently serves as the Headwaters SWAT team Commander, having been on the SWAT team for 17 years. He is a member of Bemidji First Assembly Church in Nymore.
Come on Saturday to hear his captivating and challenging testimony. You will be BLESSED!
Come on Saturday' September 5th at 8:00 a.m. for a time of fellowship with fellow Christian men and women. You will be informed, refreshed, challenged and bless
Coffee and donuts will be served. Come and join in on the worship, testimonies and fellowship with the men and women for this time of refreshing in the Lord. We will be observing all Social Distancing recommendations as well as complying with other related recommendations as you are comfortable with. One day in the future we’re certain that we’ll return to normal, albeit a new normal.
Devin Barrett is the leader of a evangelistic ministry called eternally king ministries. A young evangelists and a construction worker In the local area of Bemidji MN. He has been married for 3 years and has his first little one on the way. Devin has grown up in Bemidji and has been involved with groups in the past such as YWAM and most recently Christ for all nations.
He is burning to preach the Gospel of the kingdom to the world and especially to the youth of America upon college campuses. Already the ministry eternally king ministries has been going for 5 years and seen much fruit in our local area as long as the surrounding areas. His passions and wife’s passion are to see the proclamation of the Gospel and the transformation of college campuses. Hoping that thousands of college students give their life to the lord in the next few years.
(Devin Barrett with his wife Breanna Barrett. At Christ for all nations in Orlando.)
When possible, we record speaker presentations to make them available online for those who are unable to attend.