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    John is President of the NACEPF Ministries in Johnston RI. His testimony was routed in the Catholic Church's Charismatic movement dating back to the early 1970's. Listen to how John's sisters Charismatic conversion lead him to seek the Lord and discover a changed life under the guidence of the Holy Spirit. John's misinstry has spread throughout the world, Visit John's web site at www.nacepf.net to discover how the Lord has utilized John's hard work for His purpose!

    To listen to John, click the following link and choose Launch Jukebox:

    http://www.sermoncloud.com/fgbmfi-ri/john-primeau/

    Larry DeNofio gives testimony to the power of the Holy Spirit at work. Larry's talk encourages all Born Again businessmen and woman to listen to the promptings of the Holy Ghost and to be available to spread the good news in the work places around the world.

    To listen to Larry, click the following link and choose Launch Jukebox:

    http://www.sermoncloud.com/fgbmfi-ri/larry-denofio-full-gospel-businessmans-luncheon-chapter/

    Our speaker for May 2009 was Scott Virgulak. Scott found himself reaching out to God in search of a cure from chronic Lyme Disease. Listen to Scott's testimony as to how the Lord used Scott's suffering to direct him to the Big Brother mentoring program. Other speakers confirmed the 2 Corinthians 9 experience, including Alan Pinchook, Joe Zito, and Frank Brisette.

    To listen to Scott and the others testify, click the following link and choose Launch Jukebox:

    http://www.sermoncloud.com/fgbmfi-ri/scott-virgulak-and-others/

    The speaker for April 2009 was Alan Pinchook

    To listen to Alan's testimony, click the following link and choose Launch Jukebox:

    http://www.sermoncloud.com/fgbmfi-ri/alan-pinchook/

    Our speaker for March 2009 was Reverend Willie Moody. He is the associate Pastor at the Solid Rock Church in Cranston. He was in the business world in New Jersey. He has a degree in mental health and a Masters Degree in Public Health and has worked in mental health therapy. He had a personal encounter with Jesus Christ over thirty years ago. He shared his testimony of his relationship with "Jesus" and How followers of Christ can be made whole mentally as well as spirituality.

    To listen to Reverend Moody's testimony, click the following link and choose Launch Jukebox:

    http://www.sermoncloud.com/fgbmfi-ri/reverend-willie-moody-at-fgbmfi-providence-ri-march-11-2009/

    Our speaker for February 2009 was Ron Lheureux. He is the owner of Cornerstone Contractors, a home building and remodeling business. He and his wife are involved at New Life Worship Center. Before coming to Christ his life was in a mess. He went to jail for a number of years where he was introduced to Jesus. He begin to study the Word of God which the Holy Spirit used to bring about transformation in his life. He will share with us how he came out prison penniless, and how the Lord helped him start a business and enabled him to prosper in his business as well as in his soul.

    To listen to Ron's testimony, click the following link and choose Launch Jukebox:

    http://www.sermoncloud.com/fgbmfi-ri/ron-lheureux-testimony-at-providence-ri-fgbmfi-luncheon-february-11-2009/

    The speaker for the January 2009 meeting at the Radisson was Sean Carew from Providence Rescue Mission.Sean tells his life story from unsaved, through difficult times, how he was led to the Lord, and how his walk has led him to become the Executive Director of the Providence Rescue Mission.

    To listen to Sean's testimony, click the following link and choose Launch Jukebox:

    http://www.sermoncloud.com/fgbmfi-ri/sean-carew-testimony-at-the-fgbmfi-providence-ri-1-14-2009/

    Our speaker this month was Edward Freeman, the President of Freeman's Food Service and Freeman's Catering. He shared with us how the Holy Spirit brought him into a life changing experience with Jesus; then baptized him in the power of the Holy Spirit. His heart's desire is to have Jesus as the center of his life.

    To listen to a recording of Ed's testimony click the following link: FGBMFI/edward_freeman_december_2008.dvf

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    Our speaker for October 8th 2008 was Thomas Romano, an attorney in Rhode Island. Tom and his family attended church and considered himself a Christian, until the Holy Spirit sent someone who challenged him about what it meant to be a Christian. He decided to search the Bible for the truth. Tom came into a greater understanding what it meant to be a Christian and made a decision to follow Jesus.

    To listen to a recording of Tom's testimony click the following link: FGBMFI/

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    On September 10th 2008, some of the men who usually attend gave short testimonies of their personal experience of their relationship with Jesus Christ and how they hear the Holy Spirit speak to them regarding everyday problems. As we know we were created by GOD to worship Him and praise Him in and for all things. He wants to be involved in every aspect of our lives; however He gives us free will to choose. The following men gave testimony: Dave Moretti, Dennis Derocher, Arther Hunt, and Rick Roderick.

    To listen to a recording of each testimony click the following link: FGBMFI/ septspeakers _2008_09_10.dvf

    Note: This recording was made using a proprietary format from Sony. If you do have the plug-in for Windows Media player for this format, click below to download and install it.

    Our speaker this month was Father Peter M. P. Mongeon, a priest of the Archdiocese of New Orleans and a Woonsocket native. Father Mongeon is a graduate of Providence College and the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. After ordination to the priesthood in 1983, he went on to serve as a college chaplain at Georgetown University, Tulane University and Florida Southern College. After a period of study at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy (the Vatican's school for its diplomatic corps) he returned to the United States for an assignment as an Air Force chaplain. Retiring from the Air Force in 1992, he returned to Rhode Island for cancer treatment. God miraculously healed him and every since he has been conducting parish missions and healing services across the country.

    To listen to a recording of Fr. Peter's testimony click the following link: FGBMFI/fr_peter_mongeon-aug_2008.dvf

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    Our speaker on July 9, 2008 was Kevin Dodge . While he was in prison for twenty five years the Holy Spirit revealed Jesus to him. He asked the Lord Jesus to forgive him of his sins and he repented for all the things he had done wrong. His life began to change as he prayed and started reading the Bible. God began to show him who Jesus was, not only as Savior, but also his Lordship and as friend. Kevin began to share his experience with others as time passed. He is out of prison now and is in the ministry and is an excellent speaker.

    To listen to a recording of Kevin's testimony click the following link: FGBMFI/kevin_dodge _2008-07-08.dvf

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    Jayson Lavers shared his story with us on June 11, 2008

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    To listen to a recording of Jayson's testimony click the following link: FGBMFI/jayson_lavers_2008_06_11.dvf

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    John P. Mentus shared his story with us on May 14, 2008

    Big John is the president of R.I. Men of Hope, a prayer group of men who work with churches and mens' groups that have a desire to be men that walk in the gifting and calling of God that is pleasing to the Lord Jesus. John shared how he and other men and their pastors went to a Promise Keepers conference and how God got a hold of him and his life has not been the same.

    To listen to a recording of John's testimony click the following link: FGBMFI/John Mentus-May 2008.dvf

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    Gary DeGraide shared with us on April 9, 2008

    Many of you will remember Gary DeGraide on the radio, Lite 105. He has been a part of our fellowship and sharing his testimony in the past. He retired from Lite 105 and is now involved in ministry helping people get victory in their lives by the power of the Holy Spirit.

    He shared his testimony of how the love of God brought about a change in his life through Jesus Christ and how the Lord is very real to him everyday.

    To listen to a recording of Gary 's testimony click the following link: FGBMFI/Gary DeGraide-April 2008.dvf

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    Roland Boucher shared with us on December 12, 2007

    Roland is a CPA at Cardi Construction Corporation. He takes people on mission trips to the Baltic States several times a year. They share the Good News of Jesus Christ as the one who forgives our sins, gives us life and health. They see the Power of the Holy Spirit working in peoples lives to transform them and heal them.

    To listen to a recording of Roland 's testimony click the following link: FGBMFI/roland_boucher_2007_12_12.dvf

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    Ray Tierney shared with us on November 14, 2007

    Ray is retired as a Postmaster from U S Postal Service. He and his wife have three children, the youngest is a senior in high school.

    He surrendered his life to Jesus at a Full Gospel Banquet at Valley Steak House in the Spring of 1973. His heart's desire is spending time in the presence of the Lord, experiencing the reality of the Kingdom of God. He is gifted in music, leading people in worshipping the Lord. He will share with us his testimony of the Holy Spirit leading him and giving direction to his life.

    Jeff Kleinman shared with us on October 10, 2007.

    Jeff Kleinman was raised in a Jewish family. He and his wife Nancy (also Jewish) raised two beautiful children, Jason and Julie. Jeff graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in Business and Marketing. He worked with his Father in the family business until his Father retired. He continued in the business in Providence and later expanded the business in Cranston. He shares with how the Holy Spirit began to bring alive some of the Old Testament Scriptures (the Torah) about the Messiah. He made a commitment to Jesus as his Lord. He sold his business a little later and became an evangelist in this country and India and to Israel. He has returned to the business world. He owns his own business in Florida. He is truly in love with Jesus.

    Our speaker Wednesday, September 12, 2007 was Richard Roderick . He is retired from the City of Providence Water Department. His wife is a teacher. He invited Jesus to come into his heart and change his life over ten years ago. He was baptized in water two weeks later and has been baptized in the power of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. He is involved with Pastor Femi in the ministry at church. Richard loves Jesus; he loves to talk about what Jesus has done in his life.

    Ed Lambright shared with us on July 11, 2007. A brief autobiography and pictures from the meeting follow below:

    I was introduced to my father and stepmother on a southern Ohio farm at age six, having lived with my Grandmother prior to that time. I was introduced to Christianity at around age ten. I was kidnapped by my own mother and step-grandfather about this time and began to develop some strong rules about trust. I guess I never really trusted anyone after that and thus when I was first saved in a Nazarene church in the hills of Southern Ohio , I guess I didn’t really trust the call that, was placed upon my life at that time at age twelve. I’m not blaming this on anyone but myself, for I had dreams of wealth and prosperity that being a minister of the Gospel, in my mind, could not fulfill. I became a dreamer, a loner, and man of fantasy and fiction. Even my relationship with God was a delusion. God became my sugar daddy for needs, and seldom did I give Him the honor and respect that He deserved. I became such a dreamer that I could lie to the Pastor and his daughter in such a believable way as to eventually cause hurt. I left home at age fifteen, after an argument with my father. I broke his heart and caused him to give up on his life of farming and move north to the city. I eventually located my real mother and lived with her long enough to see why Dad had allowed the divorce between them. On Father’s Day in 1960, I returned home to Cortland , Ohio , to finish my High School education. It was at this school I met the girl of my dreams who became my wife.

    In 1961, still not totally yielded to Christ, I graduated high school and attended Eastern Nazarene College . I attempted to find God on my terms by singing in a quartet for the College, the “Redemptionares,” I believe. I only attended for a year and a half and joined the Navy, mainly to avoid being drafted into the Army. I served in the US Naval Submarine service for ten years. I went from enlisted to the officer ranks after completing a BS degree at Miami University of Ohio in mathematics and systems analysis. I left the service in 1971 as Weapons Officer with a rank of Lieutenant Commander. During my ten years in the service, I continued to seek God on my terms, in the Blue Jackets Choir, attending Chapel services at will, but through it all God continued to give me every chance to repent and to serve Him. In 1964, I married my wife, and while in the service we had two beautiful children, our son, Jim, and our daughter, Janet. After getting out of the service, I first worked as a Refueling Officer at Electric Boat in Groton , CT. In 1972, I went into photography full time, a business I had been working with since 1968 while at college. My wife and I both worked in the business for nearly 25 years. We were successful and liked our business, but we could not find happiness in anything we had done. I worked hard and was even installed into the International Professional Photographers Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City . In video, I won a bronze Tele award in 1993 for best director of a low budget film, “Time for a Change,” a prison training film.

    Still no happiness could be found. Jim Pothier, then president of FGBMFI, kept asking me to attend one of their dinner meetings, rubber chicken and the works. Finally I accepted for no matter where I would go to photograph anything, Jim or his buddies would be there to spread the Good News. They were happy. I was not. They weren’t perfect, and I knew I wasn’t either, though Satan tried to use that to separate us. Jim has gone to be with Jesus now, but one thing I am happy for is that he never gave up on me. I certainly was worth giving up. I was everything a Christian shouldn’t be, and most of all, I was a hypocrite. I went to church, sang in the choir, sang specials, and palled around with the minister, but I wouldn’t have known Jesus if I’d met him face to face. Everyone in the community thought I was a good man. The First Selectman, the Lion’s Club President, the Senator, and the Congressman all thought I was okay. I had been president of service clubs and chairman of town festivals, but inside I was the unhappiest man around town. In the presence of others, I appeared to be happy. After a series of hard events in my life, I began to realize that I wasn’t as durable as I thought I was. I had money, I had success, but I hurt so deeply I couldn’t find a cure. Finally I went to the rubber chicken dinner of the FGBMFI and listened to other men who used to hurt and now had found peace, glorious peace. They had fallen farther than I had, but I had fallen far enough. I didn’t want to lose everything to drugs or alcohol. I didn’t want to lose my family to lust and depravity. I wanted what they had now, and I didn’t want to reach a lower state to get there. I wanted it at any cost. Any cost? Yes, at any cost. And it came so swiftly, so wonderfully, so joyously. Any cost was the answer, willingness to pay the price that could not be paid. The gift was free but the price was submission, obedience, a turning around. The call had not been lifted, and I was willing to give it all away just to trust and obey. I gave up my business, my lifestyle, and it was worth it all. There was joy, there were rivers of happiness flowing from deep within that could not be controlled. I traded myself for His Spirit. I became a new creation in Him who made all things. He could have done it without me, but He chooses to do it to whosoever will submit on his own.

    I became clay in the potter’s hands. I became broken so He could renew me. I am yielded to the Maker’s hands. His will is my will, and I chose to serve Him. My friends have asked me why I serve a God who demands me to give up all that I have given, and I explain that I am not forced to do anything, but because of my love for Him, I cannot do enough for Him. My studio, which once profited from the flesh, became a studio for Christ and an instrument for His glory. I still can’t get enough of His Word. It was in 1993, almost 40 years since I first met Jesus, that I really knew Him as my Savior. Since then I have attended Bible College , taught in Bible College , and helped in every way I can to build His Kingdom. I no longer have a studio; I’ve given it away. I no longer cherish the things of this world, for I have left them behind me in a dimly lit memory. Old things have pasted away and all things are becoming new. I am no longer without joy. I no longer fear death. I am at peace doing whatever it is that God opens His doors for me to do. I have much growing to do, but I am friends with the best Teacher of them all.

    On June 5, 2005 , I put the finishing touches on an urban ministry center for Reverend Richard Sfameni, Victory Assembly of God, Providence , RI . It was a project of faith and a lesson in trust. God has had a plan through it all, and only the future will reveal the totality of that plan. I look eagerly forward to the next project that He has to assign for me.

    Since that time I finished my MA in Urban Ministry and I am presently working on my Doctorate of Ministry and Gordon-Conwell. I am the Senior Adult Minister at SAAG and have just completed the credentialing process for the Assembly of God. I stand ready to answer my Savior’s call where ever He should lead me.

    The speaker for May 2007 was Doug Beimler, who is SVP of Sales with a global talent management firm, Lee Hecht Harrison. He is an active lay leader at the Church of Emanuel in Foxborough. His advanced education includes a Master of Religion - Leadership & Business Ethics as a student at Gordon Cornwell Theological Seminary. Doug will share his personal testimony of how, four years ago, he gave his heart to Christ and the Lord guided this prodigal son home. He has experienced the remarkable difference of having a personal relationship with Christ has made in him and his family. He and Melyssa, his wife of 21 years, have two children, Max and Lauren.

    The speaker for March 2007 was Ray Farnum . He worked at Electric Boat as a quality Control Analyst for over twenty years. His wife is a teacher. He will share how he has come to love Jesus and serve Him as his personal Lord and Savior. God changed his life near his 50th birthday. Ray was not looking God, but He called him at 3:00 a.m. while he was reading Psalms 66. "Come, all you who fear God, and let me tell you what he has done for me" . Read Ps 66:16 He is now in full time ministry and serves as the Lord leads.

    To listen to a recording of Addison 's testimony click the following link: FGBMFI/ray_farnum_2007_3_14.dvf

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