Welcome, Reader Friends! This is Dee. We have a special treat for you today! Many of our subscribers are involved in the Lord’s work around the world. You are the “Special Forces Christians” that David Telbat writes about in his books and stories. You are living what he is writing! (True, maybe you don’t carry non-lethal weapons and do all the wild things his characters do! 😉 ) But we thank you for serving the Lord wherever you are—whether in another country, or next door. Enjoy this interview with one of our subscribers!
Subscriber Dennis F. Shares about his Ministry!
Dee: Today, we introduce you to Dennis Feely and the ministry he is involved in. Welcome Dennis! Thank you for joining us today! Please tell our readers a little about yourself.
Dennis: My mom was Jewish and my father was what was termed in the WW2 era – a Protestant. It made for an interesting upbringing. I always thought I knew God and Jesus but I did not, only knew about them. Through a variety of life circumstances, I met my wife in 1989 and surrendered to the Lord in 1992. I was a slow learner and not until early 2000 did I realize I was playing a game—a dangerous one, and finally started to get serious about God.
My wife, Jennifer, decided to get her college degree and started taking on-line classes. One of them was on evangelism—street witnessing using the Way of the Master from Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron. As she started witnessing using this biblical way as Jesus did, I started seeing my lack of caring about the lost. God started to really change us both…
Dee: Thanks for sharing some of your background with us, Dennis. It’s amazing how God draws each of us from so many different walks of life. Praise the Lord that you listened to His call! David Telbat also uses The Way of the Master as a teaching tool for evangelism. It’s powerful and effective. Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron are great to watch in action on their show too. (I’ll put a link to that ministry at the end of the interview.)
What is the name of your ministry?
Dennis: FFM Ministries. It is an abbreviation from Fishers For Men. We are an evangelistic ministry, training, equipping, and encouraging believers.
Dee: Fishers For Men—great name! What led you to work with FFM Ministries and how long have you been working with them?
Dennis: Jennifer and I founded FFM in 2008 after listening to a message at a Transformed Conference. The speaker said if your church is not out on the streets and fulfilling the Great Commission, then start your own ministry. So we did. We found we needed to establish a non-profit corporation and obtain 501c3 IRS designation to be able to go to different events and operate ‘legally’ in Florida. We then re-located to Texas where we are also a registered non-profit.
Dee: What a blessing to be able to start such a ministry. All things are possible when the Lord calls us. Besides evangelizing on the streets, what other kinds of things do you do?
Dennis: We saw the need to get more laborers into the field to witness the Truth and the Gospel for Jesus Christ. By setting up evangelism classes at different churches, we were able to train and equip believers to go into the world.
We train and educate with videos and role-playing in the classes. After finding many people were absolutely terrified to even hand out a tract, we worked on the class materials, primarily using the Way of the Master, and started through an 8 week class, to encourage believers to witness. We also go into the streets and witness. Eventually the ‘students’ understand this is a life-style, not just a once a month or once a week event.
Dee: Good point, that it’s a life-style, not just a weekly event. And practice helps it become easier.
Dennis: FFM also saw the need for getting tracts and Bibles to smaller ministries, especially outside the US. We started a few ministries within FFM.
FFM has been very busy over the last weeks and we have many new stories for you to read. Many people have received tracts and heard the True Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We have been blessed by hearing the salvation testimonies of some of those we witnessed to and encouraged as well. This month has provided some wonderful blessings preaching the Word and witnessing. Many of these stories are found at the Fishers4Men blog site.
Dee: That’s wonderful, Dennis! I’ve read some of these testimonies and I encourage our readers to go check them out. We receive your newsletter as well. I’ll put links to your sites at the end of the interview.
Please give us an idea of your other ministries that operate under FFM Ministries.
- Fishers4Men—Ministry to the lost souls around the world
- LifeLine® –Taking the message of the Redeemer to a people group often forgotten in Nursing Homes and Rehab Centers. We have seen many people repent of their sins and put their faith in the risen Lord! Pray for FFM as we look for local Rehab centers in the Dallas Metroplex that will allow us to come in and speak to the people.
- Great Commission Mission—Getting Gospel tracts and Bibles into the hands of the lost. This FFM outreach has been part of many Bible distributions. In the US, we give out the Gospel of John, Old/New Testament Bibles, and New Testaments to those who want a Bible.
Dee: Those sound great, Dennis. There’s such a need in places like rehab centers. We’ll pray that the Lord opens many more doors for FFM. David Telbat works with many prisoners in California. On a much smaller scale, he also supplies Bibles to men who seem sincere in their faith. Praise the Lord, God continues to work even in the hard-to-reach places of the world!
What other countries does Fishers4Men work in?
Dennis: Besides working through outreaches, universities, and many cities across the USA, we have supplied tracts and/or Bibles to the Ukraine, Philippines, Russia, Nigeria, and Peru.
We’ve also provided Evangelism Training in the US, the Ukraine, Philippines, Netherlands, Germany, Puerto Rico, and Nigeria.
Dee: Praise the Lord for this great work, Dennis! Is there a special experience you would like to share with our readers?
Dennis: There is not an isolated experience because each day brings more blessings. Never ending amazement in seeing people when the “Light” comes on. Never ending SHOCK as we hear from people saying things like, “I’ve been in church most of my life and I never knew why Jesus had to come, die, and be resurrected.” What a tragedy in today’s churches. There is still so much work to do.
But there is nothing special about us. God will use you if you are willing to go. One of our beautiful saints says all the time: “What part of GO don’t you get – the G or the O?” Going can mean go next door to your neighbor or go and pray for others.
Dee: Amen! Are there ways for our readers to get involved in what FFM is doing?
Dennis: Pray for the lost, pray for FFM Ministries and our group of believers who faithfully witness to the lost.
Donations are greatly appreciated and we want to make it clear that 100% of all funds received go directly to outreach events, Bible and tract purchases, and training materials for others. [Donations are tax deductible.]
To date we have provided over 1/2 million Bibles, tracts and other materials. Go to our website and subscribe to our monthly newsletter to see what we are up to…
In closing, I encourage every reader to pray for David Telbat and his ministry and staff. Writers who stay with the Word and reach the persecuted and lost are very few and need our prayers.
Dee: Thank you for that, Dennis, and thank you for being a subscriber to Telbat’s Tablet. We’ve appreciated your comments and reviews that you’ve left for David from time to time.
And thank you for taking time from your busy schedule for this interview! It’s been a joy to get to know you better and to see that there really are “Special Forces Christians” out there! 😉
[Update: We pray that you’ve enjoyed getting to know Dennis and his ministries. Unfortunately, this ministry is no longer in operation, though Dennis and his wife continue to serve the Lord in other ways.]
Find Way of the Master Ministry here.
Until next time, may God bless you wherever you serve,
COMING UP: Next WEDNESDAY, David shares a page from his Writer’s Tablet titled, “Adventure Writing Thoughts and Plots,” when he gives us insight into his novel writing preparation.