THE HISTORY OF HIS GATHERING MINISTRIES Spring 2019 His Gathering Ministries started as a Skype church that bridged from our office in Colorado Springs, Colorado to a living room in Garibaldi, Oregon. There were about 20 faithful people who sat and waited to hear the awesome message of God’s unconditional love. That was in the fall of 2010. Bill and I were second year students at Charis Bible College and working full time as prayer ministers for Andrew Wommack Ministries. In May of 2011 we walked down the aisle at our graduation ceremony, and just as politely as possible, left the reception, took off our caps and gowns, and were in our U-Haul headed back to Oregon … same day! The Lord had already given us our assignments… and we said yes! We landed in Cornelius and camped at friends’ house and in July of 2011 we purchased a house to live in and flip as we have done many times. Along with the financial support of many people who have believed in our message and in our delivery style; flipping houses is a big part of what has kept our ministry going forward. From Cornelius … several times a week we drove to the coast to minister. In February of 2012 at a Gospel Truth Rally with Andrew Wommack we met a couple from Milwaukie. They asked if we would lead a bible study in their home in Milwaukie. We said yes! In the fall of 2012 we sold the house in Cornelius and moved to the coast to continue ministering at His Gathering on the coast, and to take care of aging parents. We then started commuting to Milwaukie once a week. In December of 2012 we had outgrown the home in Milwaukie and we rented a dance hall. In April of 2013 we were made aware of The Milwaukie Center and that was our new location. His Gathering Milwaukie has gone through a lot of ups and downs. We have lost count of how many people have come, stayed awhile, and then gone off to bible college in Colorado. The Lord has worked with us in physical healings, baptisms, baptisms in the Spirit, marriage counseling, personal counseling, weddings, and funerals. We have loved a lot in Milwaukie. In 2017 we were blessed and positioned to help Charis Bible College Portland and its Directors Tom & Dixie Montano get on the ground. It had been one of the directives we had received from the Lord: to be ready to receive and bless a bible college. Early this year we learned that CBC Portland is being closed as are many of the smaller bible colleges due to lack of funding. At this point Bill and I had been commuting back and forth from the coast of Oregon to Milwaukie for 7 years …. once, twice, three times a week. Our faithful Trailblazer has just under 300K miles on it, but the Lord keeps it going strong. After concluding care for our parents we put our house in Garibaldi up for sale …. for 2 full years with few bites and no sale. We had wanted to sell, and it made sense to us to move to Milwaukie and continue to grow with the ministry there … the Lord had other plans. It took us awhile to align ourselves with his calling; but once we were positive … we said yes! As the bible college was preparing to close, and with it becoming clear that the Lord was preparing us for a new work …. it also became obvious that the Lord had been preparing Tom & Dixie to Pastor the church in Milwaukie. On June 2nd we will be praying over them and setting them aside as Pastors to that body. They truly have shepherds’ hearts and we have no doubt that the ministry there will grow under their nurturing in the Lord. We are thankful for His provision of the Montano’s to take this body of believers, who we deeply love, and tend to them.
OUR JOURNEY GOING FORWARD WITH HIS GATHERING What the Lord has strongly laid upon our hearts is to take the message of His unconditional love and goodness to the Astoria, Oregon area. Once we were clear … and said yes to the Lord … within a few days our house and adjoining property sold on the same day to two separate buyers. That same day we made an offer on a bank owned home about half an hour north of Garibaldi, yet an hour south of Astoria. Our offer was accepted that same day. Our launch into Astoria is going to be through a Charis Bible College Church Plant. Our first meeting was Thursday, May 2nd. We believe this is the beginning of a whole new chapter for His Gathering Ministries, for ourselves, and for the people in the NW corner of Oregon and SW corner of Washington who haven’t found their place in the body of Christ. We believe that the love of God (which is without conditions) and the grace of God (which means He has done it all) is liberating and we feel compelled to go … we said yes! If you would like to partner with us in taking the gospel to Astoria and beyond; your participation would be greatly appreciated. We know that this ministry is good soil for your seed. We have seen the harvests of the past and have no doubt that God will do beyond what we can think or imagine going forward! Along with both of us having a strong desire for planting a church; Bill has a heart and a vision to be on radio in Astoria and to minister to the nations who come into that port on ships from all over the world. Along with this we look forward to having bible studies in the surrounding towns. We are so excited to see what the Lord has planned and so humbled to let Him walk it out through us … we say yes!!! Blessings, Sherry & Pastor Bill