Read and download our December 2018 Year-End Giving update below…

 

Fresh Start For All Nations has a vision… a vision to see men, women and young people FORGIVEN, FORGIVING and FREE!

The opportunities and invitations to see this message proclaimed to our neighbors, city, state, nation and to all nations are ever increasing – and we invite you to consider partnering with us in prayer and finance as 2018 comes to a close.

The needs are great, and our God is greater!
And as always, “No Pressure, Just OPPORTUNITY!”

Some of our present and projected financial needs for 2019 include:

  • Translating, Printing and Mass Distribution of Fresh Start Resources
  • Filming and Production of New Fresh Start Stories and Resources
  • Leadership Development and Investment
  • Domestic and International Trips

Read and download our November 2018 Year-End Giving update below…

 

When I consider the state of the world today, I see so much hopelessness. Whatever people have gone through or
are going through, they have lost hope through:

  • The outcome that they were hoping for and hasn’t been realized
  • The dream or desire that has gone unfulfilled
  • The ongoing injustice that they are facing
  • The pain that seems to have no end or escape

We do not see this as a crisis as much as we see it as a great opportunity- to invite men, women and young people into allowing The Lord to care for their hearts. And in seeing them set free from the debilitating effects of offense, hurt and loss, they experience something truly wonderful: REAL HOPE. Not the counterfeit that they were once seeking in the approval or opinion of another person… or in the falsely defining power of the past… or in anything or anyone other than JESUS.

Some of our present and projected financial needs for 2019 include:

  • INTERNATIONAL TRIPS
  •  Translating, Printing and Mass Distribution of Fresh Start Resources
  • Filming and Production of New Fresh Start Stories and Resources
  • Leadership Development and Investment

In John 8:31-32 and verse 36, Jesus says, “if you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free. So if the Son sets you free you will be free indeed.”

You could memorize all the verses about your true identity in Christ… but if you hold unforgiveness in your heart toward that critical, fault-finding, unaccepting person, there will be an invisible chain connecting you to their opinion and you won’t be free. But when you forgive, the chain is broken. And you’re free to go vertical and allow God to have the last say about your true identity as a son or daughter of the King.

But what does it take to see this realized, experienced and appropriated in our lives? Would you consider an “audience of one” perspective…

In your life, who are you “playing” to? When you “take the stage” in your relationships, workplace or any other setting, where is your focus? Who is your audience?

In other words, whose approval are you seeking? Whose opinion matters most to you? Whose standard are you seeking to achieve or live up to?

Imagine that you are in front of an enormous audience, in a huge stadium. In fact, the stadium is so large that there is seating for the entire population of the world – and every seat is filled. As your life is lived and “played out” on the field, do you think it is possible to please and live up to the expectations of every person in the stands? Or perhaps, to please just a select few and to try to keep them “happy” and satisfied?

When Jesus came to planet earth, He did so with submission and humility. He came to do the will of His Father, and sought only to please Him. (Philippians 2:5-9)

He knew that focusing on His Heavenly Father would be the only way to successfully navigate His mission on planet earth. When the entire audience of the world rejected Him, He looked into the stands and saw only ONE SEAT OCCUPIED – by His Father. He played to an “audience of one”.  And this very same perspective is what He invites us to consider and embrace: To make Him the reason for what we do – or don’t do. To realize that only Jesus satisfies – and that if He isn’t enough, no one and nothing will ever be “enough”. And this is the path to true sonship, daughterhood and living a love-motivated forgiven, forgiving and free life! A life that is focused on pleasing our Heavenly Father out of a heart of love and gratitude. A life that when lived for Him, blesses and benefits others.

The ministry of Jesus was not ultimately focused on serving, healing and preaching to people – He was focused on obeying and loving His Heavenly Father, and the many people that He served were the “beneficiaries” of His focus on His Father. He lived to an “audience of one”.

How about you? Are you living to an audience of many, or a few? Are you ready to embrace your true identity as you live increasingly to an “audience of one”? You can, and it all starts with your heart.

And remember, “it’s NEVER too late, for a FRESH START!

 

Read and download our complete Fall 2018 Celebration update below…

 

 

Read and download our January 2018 Year-End Giving update below…

2017 is past, and we have entered a new year, a “fresh start”…

At times like this it is common to REFLECT on that which was experienced in the prior year.
You may REFLECT on memories; both good and bad. Or you may recall goals; achieved or unachieved, accomplishments and significant life events. As you think about these things and others, how does it a affect you? Perhaps there is some joy – maybe some bright spots and a few fond memories?

But do you also find yourself discouraged by the unmet goals that you set out to accomplish? Do you feel any anger or frustrated over someone else’s choices and how they have affected you? Is there any depression linked to an unmet desire or a dream that you did not see realized. Or can you identify with a vague uneasiness and overall lack of peace and sense of purpose as you head into another year?

In Proverbs 27:19, God’s Word says:
As water reflects the face, so one’s life refects the heart.

We cannot REFLECT something that we are not aligned with. You will not see your face in a mirror – unless you are facing it and focusing on it…
The world is filled with people who are allowing themselves to REFLECT what has been done to them, or what they themselves have done, or not done. They have chosen to ALIGN themselves with these things and their lives now REFLECT them… And whatever we ALIGN ourselves with will either DEFINE or REFINE us.

As Proverbs 27:19 clearly states, our lives will be a direct REFLECTION of the condition of our hearts. And that reflection will reveal either INFECTION or AFFECTION:

The INFECTION of not fully participating in allowing the Lord to take care of our hearts; allowing unforgiveness or ungratefulness to occupy any part of our hearts, and looking to anyone or anything to satisfy us – when only Jesus can, will, and wants to!

Or, will our hearts be a REFLECTION of AFFECTION?
A love-motivated life that is lived-out with others as a response to the love that we ourselves have experienced – in being first FORGIVEN and LOVED by The LORD!

What do you want your life to REFLECT this year, and in the years to come?
Are you allowing what you have done or experienced in the past, to DEFINE you in the present?
Do you want to be free from the effects of those offenses, hurts and losses – and to invite Jesus to use it all to REFINE you MORE and MORE into HIS IMAGE?
Will you ALIGN yourself with HIM so that your life might REFLECT more of HIM?

You can, and it all starts with YOUR HEART.
And remember, “It’s NEVER too late… for a FRESH START”!

-David Anderson on behalf of the Fresh Start Team

Read and download our December 2017 Year-End Giving update below…

 

The Power of A Story of IMPACT!

It has been another wonder-FULL year of spreading the TRANSFORMING FIRE of FORGIVENESS! I recently received this encouraging note from a dear friend and ministry partner:

“My dear brother Steve,

You probably don’t know what a huge impact you have made in my life and in my ministry! I continue to use Fresh Start principles in my own life. The ones that I learned during our wonderful time of ministry together in 2012 (Kenya, Africa). And Fresh Start principles are at the core of the “Principles of Effective Leadership” conferences that I’ve been leading.

Many people have been so impacted by these Biblically based principles. In fact, I have been invited to Rwanda and Burundi this coming year to present the leadership conferences. The reason given to me for the invitation to Rwanda is that there are so many people still hurting from the genocide that took place there back in 1994. The teaching on forgiveness and healthy hearts is what they need. So Praise God – it’s amazing that HE can use a guy like me to minister in such places to such people. I am so thankful for you and how God has used you in my life!”

-Dave Penner with The Josiah Foundation (www.josiahfoundation.com)

year-end giving, fresh start trip kenya 2012, dave penner

 

FRESH START NEEDS YOU!

Please consider investing in one of the following projected financial needs:

  • TRIPS: Botswana, Africa 2018 / $3500 per person / projecting a team of eight (one of several invitations & opportunities)…
  • TRANSLATION & PRINTING PROJECTS / FRESH START RESOURCES LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
  • FILMING VIDEO STORIES

December 2017 Year-End Giving Update