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Local couple returns from missions trip

October 4, 2011

Local pastor Ron Hesser with some of the delegates to the Johannesburg conference in front of a tent that Crio purchased for Crio Pastor John Lukusa, who was ordained two years ago in Poteau at Hosanna Christian Fellowship. The church is in the middle of a government housing project community called Buhle Park.

Southern Africa was the
focus of Dr. Ron and
Janice Hesser’s recent
ministry trip to Africa in
2011, sponsored by the
missionary support organization,
Crio Ministries,
they founded ten years
ago. Leadership conferences
were held in
Johannesburg, and Cape
Town, S. Africa, and one
in Lusaka, Zambia with
eight African nations represented.
More than 150 pastors
attended the three conferences
where discipleship
and service in the local
community were emphasized.
While Pastor Ron taught
the men, Janice led the
ladies in the Fruit of the
Spirit and marriage issues
for pastors' wives. She
also taught children’s
classes during the evening
church services, and the
last night in Lusaka there
were 88 kids present!
The ministry currently
oversees over 1,000
churches in Africa in 30
countries. They also operate
four orphanages and
twelve orphan projects
which support over 300
children daily with food,
school fees, clothing and
medical care. Twelve primary
schools, one high
school and twenty-four
Crio Bible Colleges are
also functioning on a daily
The primary purpose of
the ministry is church
planting with six tents, 84
churches/plots and seven
vehicles having been purchased in the five years the
ministry has been its own official denomination in
Africa. They have an ultimate goal of planting a church
in all 45 nations on the continent of Africa.
While in Lusaka, Rev. Hesser also ordained into the
ministry 14 graduates of the two-year Bible College
there. The second purpose of Crio is to train native pastors
to be effective leaders, and this was a confirmation
that strategy is working.
After the Lusaka conference, the Hessers drove out
into a rural area to visit one of five village churches in
Zambia they have constructed. In several of the villages
the local chiefs are giving Crio free land to build
on. The ministry then builds a pole/tin structure and
has a well drilled for clean water for the children. Then
a primary school is registered and started, and the building
is also used for church services on Sundays. The
chiefs also give extra land for the church members to
farm and provide food for the children. This makes the
government, the education system, business, and the
church all working in unison to help underprivileged
children prepare for successful adult life and productivity.
There are three more villages on a waiting list, and if
you would like to assist in these worthy projects you
may contact Janice at 918-647-7051.

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