The ministry of Dr. Leon van Rooyen has spanned over thirty-five years and five continents. As an apostolic leader, he has served as a missionary, pastor, teacher, evangelist, church planter, and relief worker throughout the globe. In both his public and private life, Dr. Leon strives to promote a love for God, a loyalty to the Church, and a passion for souls. In this case, he is committed to raising up servant-hearted leaders within the Body of Christ. From this vision, Global Ministries and Relief (GMR) was born.
As Founding President of GMR, Dr. Leon exemplifies that one can have a global vision without losing sight of the individual. Although reaching the masses is never far from his mind, specific and individual needs are undoubtedly close to his heart. As a result, much of his time is spent mentoring pastors, apostles, and developing leaders. In this case, he stands firm in his conviction that empowering these individuals through training is the greatest investment he can make. Every year, Dr. Leon travels to several nations to conduct leadership-training seminars in which he imparts powerful Biblical truths into thousands of eager spiritual leaders. Ultimately, he desires to foster maturity in these individuals and to see them reach their full potential by impacting their communities.
Although Dr. Leon now resides in Florida, he was born in Zimbabwe and grew up in South Africa. As an African, he understands the diversity of cultural needs and social concerns throughout his continent. Moreover, he is a compassionate man who has committed his life to aid the suffering. In this case, he has lived and worked in troubling areas, such as refugee camps, affected by civil war, famine, and flooding. Through these experiences, he has learned how to communicate effectively with people from all walks of life, from presidents and high-ranking officials to rural villagers. With this in mind, not only has Dr. Leon facilitated medical teams and equipment throughout the globe, he has also built numerous orphanages and fed thousands in their heartbreaking fight for survival. His ministry is ever-expanding and currently operates in the USA, Canada, India and the UK as well as in various parts of Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Unsurprisingly, Dr. Leon uses the motto of David Livingstone to describe his passion for the global harvest: “Anywhere, provided it be forward!”
Together with a united ministry team, Dr. Leon is resolved to train one million students. Thus far, he has launched over one thousand locally operated, church-based Bible schools or Schools of Ministry. In addition to having written numerous Bible training materials and books, Dr. Leon has developed an online Diploma program as well as an accredited Theological program. In an attempt to further expand his influence and accessibility, he has translated his training materials into a variety of languages such as Spanish, Telugu, Romanian, and Chichewa. With this in mind, GMR is currently committed to continue translating all training programs into even more languages including French, Urdu, Russian, Portuguese, and Swahili. Most recently, River Bible Institute the online Bible Training program was launched in almost every African nation.
Dr. Leon understands that global evangelism fundamentally begins with individuals who have experienced the healing, maturing, and equipping power of the Holy Spirit. With this in mind, Dr. Leon endeavors that every believer be equipped and mobilized for the purpose of the harvest by building the glorious Church.
Angel Tree Program Reaches Out
Every child has a story. For 1.7 million American children, that story is filled with the abandonment, loneliness, and shame that comes from having a mom or dad in prison. For many, it may also include following their parents down the same destructive road to incarceration.
What one church is doing to help break this cycle is connecting parents in prison with their children through the delivery of Christmas gifts. Every Christmas, people from Richmond help brighten the lives of countless children by purchasing, wrapping and delivering gifts on behalf of their incarcerated parent—not only delivering a message of love from parent to child, but also the true meaning of Christmas—the good news of Jesus Christ.
For the past eight years, Gateway Vineyard Fellowship has been a sponsor of the Angel Tree Program for Wayne County. This year the party will take place at Gateway Vineyard Fellowship on Monday, December 15 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. Each child will receive presents, given on behalf of their incarcerated parents, a great a free matinee movie and a night to celebrate the birth of Jesus. “Every year we see the children enjoy a special evening remembering the true meaning of the season. The message is that, ‘God so loved us that He sent His Son Jesus to offer us the gift of everlasting life,’” says Chris Monaghan, Senior Leader of Gateway Vineyard Fellowship. “We must never forget that it is better to give than to receive and when you give to the poor you are lending to the God Himself.”
Each year the members of Gateway share their Christmas party with the children and families of those in prison. “In the season of buy, buy, buy, it is great to have the opportunity to give, give, give… and in the end our soul is much more satisfied. This year we able to reach out to over 70 children in our county and help them have a better Christmas. So far, we have been able to provide hundreds of gifts, given out of the generosity of those in our congregation and our friends at Christ Jesus Community Church. There is no greater feeling than to look into the eyes of a child with a present that says, ‘Mommy didn’t forget you,’ or , ‘You are still special to your Daddy even thought I am not able to be with you’. Not having a father or mother in your life can mark a child for life- like a curse. That is where we can step in and make a difference to help break the cycle.”
If you would like to find out more about Angel Tree go to www.prisonfellowship.org/programs/angel-tree
Angel Tree is a ministry that reaches out to the children of inmates and their families with the love of Christ.
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GVF Announcements November 25, 2012
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GVF Announcements October 28, 2012
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GVF Announcements October 14, 2012
GVF Announcements October 7, 2012
GVF Announcements September 30, 2012
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In this 12-hour experience (usually Friday night and Saturday), Craig Hill teaches on video about the seven critical times in life that God intended us to receive blessing in order to establish identity and destiny for our lives. The teaching and small group ministry times in this weekend experience will give you great revelation about your own life, impact your relationships with your own children and provide a time where God can restore what you never received.
Anyone desirous of lasting change in their life, marriage, or family should attend. Many times we see unpleasant or unhealthy patterns in our lives but don’t know why they are there and/or can’t seem to change. This ministry is designed to identify root causes and bring lasting change to these areas.