Trash to Treasure – a personal story
November 03, 2009
There are times when others can say it through their personal story better than I articulate the theory and theology. Here is one from a brother in Kenya.
Dear John – Million thanks for your prompt reply and copy of ‘Releasing Kings for ministry in the Marketplace. It has to speak to all the bases covered, and that it is a huge blessing does not even begin to describe the experience of the revelation and power of answered prayer in a new profound way.
I must confess that initially when I began receiving your newsletters, I was tempted to dismiss them just as another prosperity gospel that has been so abused and misunderstood in this country. However I kept struggling with a feeling of deep yearning for spiritual fulfillment, a sense of direction and belonging that proved elusive no matter how hard I tried, no matter where I looked.
So when I read ‘Exercise your heart’, I bit the bullet and extrapolated by beginning to practice the contents of your newsletters that I had received to date and WHAM! Just like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle suddenly falling into place, I began to discover who I am and decided to shed the fear based worldview that had had me completely emasculated. I am undergoing an identity shift.
The articles completely resonated with my spirit, oh how I wish I had had them a decade earlier! I said yes lord make my name great (I now realize that its not a sin to ask God for that) never mind that I am nearing 50 (I am a Caleb!) I am certainly surrendering my mediocrity.
Previously, my self esteem had suffered a severe bashing (I had been laid off work, no job, no money, pending bills) was ineffective in ministry, the people I tried to evangelize laughed me out of town. I guess they could not identify with a God who could not come through for me. I almost gave up.
I have spruced myself up, groomed myself, dress well and hold my head high and guess what? Even the most unlikely of people have began seeking me out for advice on diverse issues ranging from marriage, parenting, relationships and even for financial assistance (which I don’t have – if they only knew!) Needless to say my confidence is on the rise, and I haven’t even begun yet!
That has confirmed that there is a price tag to ministry; money which I don’t have as yet but soon will and influence which is gaining momentum daily. Did I mention that there is a spring in my step?
So it’s like I have purposed to exercise my heart, move up from the mediocre mindset, from pew to purpose, get rhythm, and experience glorious freedom. Guess what? From Pew to Purpose got me seriously thinking about from grass to grace, from rags to riches, and from trash to treasure.
So I am thinking of… No excuse me (I have given myself permission to be childlike). I am shortly starting a dynamic/network/pilot program/ministry called TRASH 2 TREASURE that seeks to create a life changing experience for, and to empower, ignorant and/or frustrated Kings like I have been for the glory of God. I know you have a big part in it. Can I stand on your shoulder from faraway Kenya?
I completely agree with you that it’s all about the Kingdom and Kings; yes its all about me and I am going for it I am busting a few doors down! I am working on a business plan /proposal for Trash2Treasure which I will submit to you shortly for your perusal and perhaps approval; the approach and timing of my plan may need to be tweaked!
You have revolutionized my life and it’s my ardent prayer that many more lives will similarly be impacted. Thank you for being my friend and helping me feel appreciated and worth something the few times we have corresponded notwithstanding.
Sorry for going on but I just had to share my excitement. You are blessed of God.
Your friend. George from Kenya
P.S Incredible as it is, I believe I am beginning to get the rhythm.
John and Sue www.Releasing-kings.com
Ukraine – I’m off to the Ukraine with David Tinney and Poul Dalgaard for 10 days just before Thanksgiving. Since 2001, David has done over 100 business seminars in the Ukraine so he knows his way around. Poul is already operating businesses in Ukraine. We’re translating Desire to Destiny into Russian so we can have it available to help release Kings. If you have a business concept that would work in the Ukraine, let us know. Our goal is to turn the theology into practice and network new opportunities.
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How to Start a Small Group – Kings are increasingly getting involved in Bible study or mentoring groups to facilitate their “Release.” Here are some helpful suggestions www.Releasing-Kings.com/Starting-a-Group.html. We’ve also updated our Vision Brochure with graphics to show how to become a King and how you can help Release Kings.
French Translation – Releasing Kings is now available in French thanks to the efforts of Cees Bakker and Support Ministries in the Netherlands. In France, copies can be obtained from Editions Menor or Librairie Chretienne CLC. The Title in French is “Libération des Rois pour le ministère dans le monde du travail”. Cees is also the guy who made the Dutch translation possible – available through his website. He can be contacted for Releasing Kings conferences in France and throughout Europe.
Facebook – I’m starting to post more information on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/john.garfield1
PS: I want to recommend some follow-up reading.
Who is God by Harold Eberle provides the best explanation of a more relational view of God. It’s must reading that connects our perception of God with everyday life.
Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace takes that foundation into marketplace ministry and the entrepreneurial nature of Kings. Fruit in the marketplace naturally springs out of sound doctrine.
Desire to Destiny – Takes the foundation and marketplace ministry and puts them in the context of seven practical keys or stages of growth you can apply in your own life.
You’re invited into the vision to release Kings; communicate the message, make the money, and do the mission.
1.The Message – Our first goal is to get the Releasing Kings message into the hands of the messengers that will carry it… do it, preach it, teach it, example it.
2.The Money – The second goal is to help Kings break out of poverty by networking them with practical opportunities to prosper. We want to introduce them to the right people, the right opportunity, and the right financial approach.
3.The Mission – Network Kings with opportunities to mix business and missions. Accomplish the great commission through the marketplace and occupy the Seven mountains of: business, media, arts & entertainment, education and government in addition to the church.
You can get your copy of Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace or Desire to Destiny at