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 Kingdom Advance Missions Focus

August 2015 Issue

These monthly newsletters  focus on missionary's both at home and abroad.  These focus newsletters will focus on a different missionary each month.

This month our focus is on Apostolic Independent Missions (AIM) and Director Michael Couch.

God Bless,
Kingdom Advance Team


AIM consists of scores of churches and ministries scattered throughout the Philippine Islands. AIM's national convention is held in Cebu which is their headquarter's city. Beginning in 2011, Elder Couch makes two trips a year to the Philippine Islands. These visits consist of travel throughout the islands – by land, sea and air – to cities and villages to teach, preach, train and encourage saints and ministers; to determine needs for support; and to be in services in the National Convention, training and ministers’ seminars, and newly established works

AIM consists of about 65 churches with an average attendance of 40 members.



Michael Couch

Elder Michael Couch received the Holy Ghost at the age of 13 and began to preach in 1970 at the age of 15. He started full time evangelism in 1972 at the age of 16. He was married in 1975 to Barbara Chandler of Dyersburg, TN, and has 3 children. In 1979 at the age of 24, he founded and became the pastor of Apostolic Tabernacle located in Winnsboro, LA.

At the request of Evangelist Donald K. Lance, a long time friend, Elder Couch made a trip to the Philippines in April of 2011 and was requested to take the oversight of Apostolic Independent Missions as General Director and accepted. AIM was founded by Elder Lance in 1981, and he remained active in support and oversight of the missions until his death in July of 2013. Elder David Ogle of Bentonia, MS, is now serving as Assistant General Director in Elder Lance's place. 

Newsletters are mailed to the supporters regularly that show current progress going on in different parts of the Philippines.

AIM consists of scores of churches and ministries scattered throughout the Philippine Islands. AIM’s national convention is held in Cebu, the current headquarters city. 

AIM consists of abut 65 churches with an average attendance of about 40 members.

 The Board of Elders for AIM is: Elder Michael Couch (Gen. Director), Elder David Ogle (Asst. Gen. Director), Elder Jerry Bohol (Acting Secretary), Elder Lingo (Acting Treasurer), and Elder Leopoldo Quilaquil (Missionary Advisor).

 AIM’s vision is to:

1. Teach and train workers and ministries in Apostolic Doctrine.

2. Have revival in the current churches with souls added to the kingdom of God.

3. Support the Philippine ministry in establishing new churches with greater outreach

Some of the projects at this time are:

Planning and support for yearly convention; maintaining the church school on Camotes Island; maintaining and growing a Bible school; and the repair of buildings damaged by storms and/or earthquakes.

Their vision for future projects are:

Establish new churches and more Christian Schools; enlarge the Bible School; purchase land and build a headquarters building with an open air tabernacle.

Praise Report:

Renovations have been made to several churches and the school damaged/destroyed by an earthquake and typhoon. Revival is ongoing and new souls are being added to the kingdom of God. 33rd National Convention 2015 was phenomenal – many stated it was the most powerful of its 33 years. Some testified the services were the best they’d been in since receiving the Holy Ghost. Many left renewed in the Holy Ghost with a greater zeal to do more for the kingdom of God. New church in Basay, to be dedicated this fall.

Prayer Requests:

Strength, wisdom, unity, & direction of the Philippine ministry and works.
That God will continue to send forth laborers into a harvest that is truly "Great!"

The development, teaching and growth of the Training School.

Land and funds for headquarters building and tabernacle.

For more information on the work in the Philippine Islands, click here

Current Needs:

1.  $100,000 - Central Headquarters-The AIM group in the Philippines is in need of a central headquarters. This will include administrative offices, training classes, compact apartment for traveling ministers/missionaries, and an open air tabernacle for annual conference, revivals, camp meetings, etc.
The first phase of this goal is securing the land which is very expensive in the Philippines. Materials are also expensive but labor is inexpensive (a journeyman carpenter makes as little as $8 per day). We have qualified volunteer labor from the USA who have offered to make the trip and help supervise the project.

2. $6,000 - Annual Convention -Hundreds of ministers and saints from throughout the Philippines come together once a year for a time of refreshing, renewing, teaching, preaching, worshipping and loving their God. These services are invaluable for the Filipino saints. It is also a time of training, encouragement, establishing doctrinal issues and driving the stakes deeper for the ministry. The funds cover the cost of facility rental, food, and help to ministers who lack travel funds to attend.

3. $1,000 -Training School -This training in the past has given much needed training and tools to students with a desire to do a greater work for God. Graduates from the training are laboring in the field today helping to establish new works, teaching new converts, and training other workers. 

We see a great need to make this available to more students. The cost is $50/month per student. This $50 includes training materials and living expenses for the student as well as the expenses of bringing in instructors. The classes are 10 months long and trainees attend for two years for a total of $1,000 per student.

4. $100- One Year of Christian Schooling / Student enables a child, whose family could not afford the expense, to attend Christian School for a year. Christian School has been an enormous outreach and has impacted the community. It provides spiritual nourishment to the souls of the students in additional to the educational value. 

This yearly amount also provides a small salary for teachers and buys supplies and some food for students


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