Reaching the uttermost regions of the Earth.
“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
Over the years, the Church of the Living Word has expanded its efforts beyond the Syracuse community in an effort to help many people overseas that have been in physical, financial, and spiritual need. As a Church, we want to do our part in helping to spread The Great Commission of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord commanded His disciples to go out into every portion of the world to share the Gospel message (See Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15-18, Luke 24:46-48, and Acts 1:8). Our hope is that as we are able to assist those in other nations, they in turn will be able to carry the Gospel “to the uttermost part of the earth.”
Early in the work, Pastor Robert J. Mazur met some Canadian Saints who were pastoring a Bible believing, Spirit-filled local Church in Granby, Quebec. As a result, an informal spiritual relationship was developed between us and our Canadian brethren.
Paraguay and the Ukraine
In the mid 1980’s, we aided a native Church of Spirit-filled believers in Paraguay. We helped them build a local Church so that they in turn would be able to reach out to the people of their surrounding areas. Later on, we began to offer assistance to the suffering (and sometimes persecuted) Church in the Ukraine.
Living Word Church was directly involved with a mission outreach to a church in southern India as well as some children’s orphanages and a theological school to train pastors.
At the same time the Lord is using us to encourage various Churches in other countries, He is also sending many international visitors our way. At Living Word Church, one can expect to see quite a variety of folks attending. There have not only been visitors from all parts of the United States at just about any given time, but there have been Saints from England, Canada, Trinidad, Cuba, and Ghana as well. During the 1980’s, there was a small group of Russian immigrants who found our Church. Pastor Bryan M. Rocine and other Saints reached out to these people and spent a period of time teaching them how to improve their English speaking abilities. Back around the year 2000-2001, many young men from the Sudan visited our congregation. Living Worders have helped them get started on a new life here in the United States. We have also had visitors from the countries of Togo and Kenya in Africa, Puerto Rico, India, and from other South East Asian nations. For nearly two decades, many young students from South Korea have attended Living Word Academy and even graduated from there! What a blessing it is to see people from all over the world rejoicing and praising the Lord Jesus Christ! Such an image brings to mind the apocalyptic vision of Heaven that the Apostle John received in the book of Revelation. John states, “After this I beheld, and, lo a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; and cried with a loud voice, saying, ‘Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb’ ” (Revelation 7:9-10). Anyone who is a Born-Again believer until the time of death or The Rapture will be a part of that Heavenly scene, no matter what country he or she comes from!