Finland Harvest Partner News



Harvest Partner letter from Finland October 2016






clip_image004Lataamo (Loading Station) at Hameenlinna


I wrote in March that young adults of Free Evangelical church started a new ministry – Loading Station – that will empower and give a place for service for young adults at our place. These meetings are held once a month in our Link Center at the moment. We will see how these meetings develop in future.

Meetings have been continued. New people have visited, around 200 persons during this year. Some of them have stayed and come back every time. Gatherings are more like a big family reunion. And the greatest thing has been that God has encountered us mightily. Attendees have mainly been believers, but at least one person has become a believer because God touched him during the meeting.

What is coming out of this? We are still not sure, but it seems to be more and more like a church, or community of people who want to encounter with God and to live as disciples of Jesus 24/7.

Heli and I are privileged to be part of the development process. We are also part of the leadership team as mentors and encouragers. What a change, what a great experience!


Links – our small groups


As Link Church, Church of God of Prophecy in Finland, we are having three small groups working at the moment. Groups meet in three different locations around an hour drive from each other. Links are helping people to stay with Jesus and to grow in Him.

It is so important that Christians are getting together. When we can pray for each other our burdens are lightened and we are giving thanks to our Lord Jesus together. I believe that multiplies our thanks.

There is a possibility to share insights and inspirations in the Link meetings. That gives a possibility to model how to walk with Jesus.

Leadership team


Bishop Endecott wrote in WWM October 2016 issue, that a leadership team has recently been strengthened and is helping pastor/overseer Satila. Faithful members of the team are seeking direction to reach out more effectively to our nation.

That statement is true. I can also see that God is answering to prayers and efforts in finding the direction. One of those answers is that we are getting familiar with Emotionally Healthy Course -material, that is developed by Pete Scazzero whom you might remember from our International Assembly. He was speaking to us there and I have found his material very helpful. As a team we started to practice Sabbath, a break of 24 hours once a week. That is a time to play and pray as Eugene Peterson describes the Sabbath.

I just read, ”It always seems impossible until it’s done – Nelson Mandela” And that describes our situation well. It just seems to be an impossible task to have an effective local church reaching out and influencing the nation.

Keep on remembering us with these impossible situations here!!


We need help


We are satisfied with the present situation. We have our calling together with other Christians. We are trying to fulfill that calling though it seems to be a bit different what I have expected it to be.

There is one area where we as a Link Church are not satisfied with: our reaching new people. Pray for us that we are encouraged by our Lord Jesus to share the Good News. Pray for us that we as human beings are willing to get close enough to those persons we could reach. Pray for us that we will stay long enough with these persons so that the Gospel can be contagious.

Pray specifically for youth in Finland. Many of them are lost. They do not know why they exist. They are not sure if there is a purpose for their life.


Yours in Christ Jesus!


Tapio Satila

Overseer/pastor for Finland



Contact information:

Tapio and Heli Satila

email: tapio.satila(ät)



Death Notice – Jean Talbot

Jean Talbot

Jean Talbot

Age 85 of Hendersonville, TN, was received into the merciful arms of the Lord on the morning of August 26, 2016.

She was preceded in death by her parents, H.M. and Beulah Cowan. Jean lost her first husband of eleven years, Glenn Blackburn; and then her second husband of ten years, John C. Talbot. Jean leaves behind her daughter, Amy Jean (Ted Bock) Dorris; sons, Andy Glenn (Sherry) Talbot, John Marvin Talbot; twelve grandchildren; thirty-two great-grandchildren; sisters, Juanita Weakley, Joyce Cowan; Carol Dupre; brother, Marvin Ray (Linda) Cowan; several nieces and nephews; and a host of treasured friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at “Team Isaac” or The Epilepsy Foundation at “Team Willpower.” Please be sure to click on the respective “donate” tabs and select the respective honor/memorial gift option.

The family will receive friends on Monday, August 29 from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. and again on Tuesday, August 30 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. A Celebration of Jean’s Life will follow visitation on Tuesday at noon. All will be held at Hendersonville Funeral Home, 353 E. Main Street, Hendersonville, TN 37075 615-824-3855 Interment will follow the chapel service at Brush Creek Cemetery in Smith County.

New Tennessee Women’s Minister Named

Roxanne Corbett

     Roxanne Corbett

Roxanne Corbett is a native of the U.S. Virgin Islands and comes from a loving and musical family. She and her husband Nathan have been married for 28 years and are the blessed parents of 5 daughters and 2 granddaughters.
They served as missionaries to Japan for six years and while there she developed a love for ministry to women, youth, and children.  Since that time she has served the body of Christ as a worship leader, choir director, teacher, and women’s pastor.
In 2011, she received a B.A. in health administration and continues to love working in this area among seniors. For the past two years, she has served as the worship leader for Harvest Christian Fellowship in Knoxville, TN.  In addition to this ministry, she also served as the choir director for the Salvation Army Community Choir and now serves in KAIROS prison ministry international.
She is a licensed minister in the Church of God of Prophecy and is passionate about encouraging women and helping them learn about God through his word.   Over the next several years, her desire is to continue raising her family and to reach out to unchurched women with the good news of Jesus Christ.

Ruby Evans honored

Dear Friends,

The following is an announcement that is from WRJB RADIO in Benton County.  Ruby Evans is a long-time member of the Church of God of Prophecy (Rock Church) in Big Sandy, Tennessee.  She and her family are life-long friends with our overseer’s parents and grandparents.

Ms. Ruby Evans (Pictured Center)

               Ms. Ruby Evans (Pictured Center)


“Quite an accomplishment! She has had a rough month health wise, but is improving. Ruby was 83 in May. It was the end of an era at The Benton County School Board Meeting Monday as Ruby Evans took her seat as a board member for the final time. She’s retiring after serving on the Board of Education for 40 years representing Big Sandy.
She was first elected to the panel in 1976. School Board Chairman Joey Cooper stated, “we call her mama so that tells you the special place she has in our hearts and her heart. She’s been a great asset to our county.”
Director of Schools Mark Florence said, “on behalf of our entire school system, our community and especially this board, we appreciate all you’ve done. You’ve been a true blessing to Benton County Schools.”
In her remarks Ms. Evans said “I’ve served 40 years and this is a great board. There’s no reason for you not to continue to be great for the betterment of Benton County Schools. We’ve worked well together and I feel like we’re great friends. I appreciate and love each one of you.” WRJB and WFWL also salutes and thanks Ruby Evans for her 40 years of dedicated service to Benton County Education and wishes her a Happy Retirement!

99th International Assembly

Pastor Richie Horner Ordained Bishop

        Pastor Richie Horner Ordained Bishop

The 99th International Assembly is now history.  From the opening session, the Presence of the Holy Spirit was evident.  All throughout the week the worship, special musical guests and especially the speakers seemed well-prepared and everything was obviously bathed in prayer.

It was a real privilege to see Pastor Richie Horner ordained Bishop during the assembly, and to see many of our own Tennesseans participate in the worship teams.  Those who served as ushers made a great contribution to the success of the entire meeting.

By now, all of us should be aware of the three CORE values that were introduced in several-years-ago as part of the VISION 20/20 presentation.  These CORE values are Prayer, Harvest and Leadership Development.  This year, the International Assembly added a fourth CORE value of Stewardship.  It is important to realize that Stewardship covers more than the financial giving, but includes Stewardship of assets such as churches, parsonages and the campground.

By the end of the week, we all left Orlando with a special unction to complete the work the Lord has given us to do.

Finally, on Sunday of the assembly, the announcement was made that the 100th International (General) Assembly will be hosted at the Chattanooga Convention Center.  Tennesseans look forward to hosting the members and friends and members of the Church of God of Prophecy.

2016 International Assembly is Mobile

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Let’s Connect

Children’s Ministry Mini-Conference
Thursday, July 14 , 2:00 – 4:45
Location TBD

Hosts:  Alice Jarvis, New Jersey, USA and Ryan Green, South Carolina, USA

Children’s Ministry is hosting our first Children’s Ministry Mini-Conference here at the International Assembly. If you are a children’s ministry leader or volunteer, Sunday school teacher, family ministry director, or a concerned parent join us for a time of fellowship, instruction, interaction, and resource giveaways.

Our guest presenter, Dale Hudson, has been with us for several ministry events including ICM 2014 and IMPACT! HEARTLAND 2015.

DaleDale has been in Children’s Ministry for over 26 years. He is the Director of Children’s Ministry at Christ Fellowship Church in South Florida. He has co-authored seven books including his newest, If Disney Ran Your Children’s Ministry.

 Dale’s passion is helping children and families discover God’s life-changing grace. He is also passionate about encouraging and equipping Children’s Ministry leaders.

Dale’s presentations are filled with great information you can take home and apply as well as inspiring stories of his own struggles and triumphs in children’s ministry.  You won’t want to miss —

If Disney Ran Your Children’s Ministry
Last year over 118 million people walked into a Disney park.  Most of them were kids and parents. Disney knows how to connect with families. Discover 10 secrets from their success that will help you build the children’s ministry you’ve always dreamed about.

10 Simple Ways to Improve Your Children’s Ministry NOW
Looking for some simple, easy ways to improve your children’s ministry NOW? We’ll share 10 simple steps you can take that will have an immediate impact and take your ministry to a new level.

Get connected with Children’s Ministry at the international office. Meet our team. Learn about the ministry and leadership development opportunities available to you.  Get free children’s ministry resources and win even more!

LET’S CONNECT at the Children’s Ministry Mini-conference, Thursday, July 14, 2:00 pm-4:45 pm.

Children’s Ministry Leadership Luncheon
Date, Time, Location TBD

National, regional and state children’s ministry directors—join our international office team for fun, fellowship, and food. Let’s come together to discover how we can better develop leaders who will impact kids eternally. NOTE:  This is an invitation only event.

CM Resource and Sales Table

Take time to visit the Children’s Ministry Resource and Sales table in the White Wing Christian Bookstore. Our children’s ministry resource coordinator, Julia Timson and her team, will be glad to talk with you about the newest and best children’s ministry resources as well as training opportunities that are available to you. We want to connect with you so we can keep you posted on what’s happening in children’s ministry here and around the world.

Chaplain Training


Dr. Douglas Stephenson, Chaplaincy Ministries Director, will be teaching The International Association of Community Service Chaplains (TIACSC) classes Levels I and II prior to the General Assembly in Orlando, Florida July 9-12,  2016.  Completion of Levels I and II certifies the graduate as a Basic Level Community Service Chaplain. 

Level I will be taught on Saturday and Sunday, 9-10 July.  Level II will be offered on Monday and Tuesday, 11-12 July.  Classes begin at 8:00 AM.  The cost to each participant will be $85 per course. All classes will be taught at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel. This chaplaincy certification course is endorsed by the Pentecostal Theological Seminary, Cleveland, TN.

Please register for these CSC I and II courses by going to the website: and click on the registration link.  You can contact me by email at: or snail mail:  35 Dee Vue Lane, Rossville, GA 30741.  Please call me at 423-432-2715.

Death Notice – Peggy Jean Ward Watson

It is my sad duty to share that Peggy Jean Ward Watson passed away early this morning.  Among the many survivors are Bishop Joe Watson, the District Presbyter for the Jackson Region of the Tennessee Church of God of Prophecy, and Brenda Prince, the spouse of our Lenox Church in West Tennessee.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:

Visitation:  Wednesday 5:00 p.m. to closing
Services: Thursday at 2:00 p.m.

Johnson-Williams Funeral Home in Newburn is in charge of services.

NOTE:  An updated obituary will follow this information.

Please be in prayer for the entire family.

Death Notice – Fred Creasy

Creasy Fred

Mr. Fred Creasy age 93 of Westmoreland passed away Sunday, May 22, 2016. Funeral services for  Creasy will be conducted on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 1:00 PM at Woodard Funeral Home with Bro. Glenn Creasy and Bro. Leon Graves officiating.  Interment to follow in New Hope Cemetery .  Visitation will begin on Tuesday, May 24, from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PMWednesday, May 25, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Service Time.

Mr. Creasy was retired from the Sumner County Board of Education as a Bus Driver after many years of service.  He was a United States Army Veteran and proudly served in World War II during which time he received the Purple Heart.  He was a member of Lakeside Church of God of Prophecy and was a retired deacon of the church.

Mr. Creasy was preceded in death by his
Father Willie Thomas and his Mother Neeli Goad Creasy

He is survived by his
His loving Wife of 70 years- Roberta Coley Creasy of Westmoreland TN.
Son- Kenny & Kathy Creasy of Westmoreland TN.
Son- Mike & Joyce Creasy of Murfreesboro TN.
Son- Steve & Sandy Creasy of Merryville TN.
Daughter- Carol & Larry Harrison of Gallatin, TN.
Grandchildren: Shawne Creasy, Shane Creasy, Kendra Gregory, Kyla White, Kristen Leath, Chad Harrison, Stacey Harrison, Spence Creasy, Jonathan Creasy, Jessica Creasy, Jacob Creasy, Jennifer Creasy.
Sister- Janice Cook McMurtry
As well as a host of Great Grandchildren, Nieces and Nephews.