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One day in June my son, Dallas, invited me to preach to his family. ‘The Lord gave the Word’ (Ps 68:11) and they all watched in wide eyed, rapt attention, as it sank down into their ears. After some prayer and personal ministry, we enjoyed lunch and I left knowing we had genuinely encountered God together.

This open hearted, open minded invitation to say something to my own family in Jesus Name is a very great miracle indeed! Families are often deeply divided by walls of fear, unbelief and blindness or hardness of heart, so it's impossible to bear witness or share the Faith with one another - much less actually pray out loud together, freely.
Many years ago God gave me the promise, as He did my father before me, that ‘all your children shall be taught of the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children’ (Isa 54:13). My wife, Ginny, and I had three children and each of them had three, then last year we had a great grandson. So now there are thirteen, and all of them are learning to walk with God at some level.

Over the years there have been some wonderful days of blessing and breakthrough in many nations around the world. But the greatest success of my ministry has been to see our own children established ‘in the faith’ (2 Cor 13:5) and equipped to ‘teach others also’ (2 Tim 2:2) - especially their own children, to know the Lord.

            Grandma Crystal with Theo

The Lord said of Abraham, ‘I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do righteousness and justice...’ (Gen 18:19). These are my real credentials for preaching the Gospel!

'Release Ministries' began in the 1990's during a series of visits to Japan with veteran missionaries Donnel & Venda McLean. Our express purpose, burden and vision is to inspire, activate, release and establish spiritual gifts throughout the churches in an ongoing operative way. One day Donnel said, "This is a release ministry". Many years later it became obvious Team Thrust Ministries was outdated, needing to be retired and replaced. Pastor Doug Fortune then confirmed 'Release Ministries' to be the name of this new thing God is doing, so new governing documents were prepared. 'Release Ministries Society' was registered in Victoria as a corporation September 19, 2011, in Ottawa as a charity January 24, 2013. 
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