Names are very important. In scripture, people were given names that indicated their character or nature, or had a prophetic significance. Abram changed his name to Abraham and Jacob's name was changed to Israel. The angel told Mary that her son was to be called Jesus... and the angel told Elizabeth to call her son John.
The name of this ministry is also significant and was not chosen because I needed something that sounded good. It was the answer to prayer.
The Lord had been speaking much in many ways over an extended period of time about His plans, reminding me of the early experiences and visions He gave me in the mid 1970 era, most of which had mountain themes. Late in 1991, He showed me a vision of a mountain that was shrouded with a thick heavy cloud. A large right hand appeared out of nowhere with the forefinger and thumb extended as if to grasp something and the other fingers curled into the palm. This hand grasped the cloud and began to lift it upwards and to the right, away from the mountain. The Lord instructed me to read Isaiah 25, which states-
I then decided to relocate to Mount Tamborine in Queensland and a picture began to unfold. One evening, Jesus visited, reminding me of those experiences of the 1970’s and the visions flooded back. He said that it was now time for their fulfillment. Something brand new was happening and at that point, I asked what name I should call this new ministry. He replied, “Bashan Ministries”. The ministry name is therefore His choice and not mine. After researching the name, I discovered some very interesting facts. >>>>
It was not until after I moved to Mount Tamborine, that I discovered the similarity between the Bashan of Israel and Mount Tamborine, Australia, but we went there for a specific assignment and that assignment has been completed. For many years, Marge and I functioned in an itinerant role, traveling to the United States, Japan, India, Canada, Europe, Africa and elsewhere, with material circulated in many other nations, but always had the vision of creating a ministry center that would be vastly different to what is often seen in Australia. This is now starting.
We did that and the dream became reality. Many years ago, the Lord said, "Robert, the day will come when people will walk through the doors of your church and into the tangible presence of God. Watch and see what I will do". We have already witnessed this.
I had previously visited there to speak with the leader of the denomination to which I then belonged to talk over the matter and he was prepared to assist me.
Everything in that passage of scripture related directly to us. For example, the great river mentioned is our River Murray. The Lord in essence then told us, "what are you waiting for". He said that He was closing the door in Queensland and was opening doors for us in South Australia. We made the decision to move and once we did, things fell into place so well and so quickly, we felt as if we were dreaming.
I am not advocating that everyone does such a thing, but it seems that many ministries I know in the United States grew suddenly and in amazing manner only after they moved. Now that our assignment on Mount Tamborine is finished, we have moved on and now reside in Victor Harbor, a beautiful historic place a short drive south of the city.
It is a sleepy hollow at times but it is a holiday hotspot in season, There is a unity amongst most believers that is rare. There is an "atmosphere" about the place that engenders much community interest and involvement with a high proportion of volunteers. I believe that this could ba a place where God can move in a wonderful way, if His people permit Him.
Practical aid also extended to other ministries and churches.
Training is an inherent part of our vision. We include this in the practical aid section to help other ministers and ministries by training them in the ways of God. We do not plan on having a bible school as such as there are enough already in existence, with varying degrees of success but aim in teaching God’s people principles of faith, ways of living and ways of obtaining revelation from God for themselves. This training will be by all possible means.
Our vision is to reveal his ways as well as his acts to God’s people. We are committed and dedicated to preparing the saints for the imminent return of Jesus and to the spreading of the Gospel in the whole world… to every tribe and nation in accordance with His great commission.
The core of this part of our vision is depicted by our motto, “Preparing the way”. We function like a modern day “John the Baptist”, who came to God’s covenant people telling them to get ready for the coming of Messiah. It is evident that a very large portion of he church is simply not ready for his second return and without getting off onto tangents and the like, our objectives are to reveal the ways of God to his people so that they will be ready. John was in fact a revivalist. He was the voice of revival speaking life into dead religion, turning people away from rules and regulations that religion binds people with, towards true emancipation that can only be found in Jesus. He did everything wrong according to the way most ministries or denominations think today! He deliberately sent his disciples away by redirecting them to Jesus.
Part of our objective is to help the restoration of all of the five Ascension Gift Ministries to the church. According to Ephesians chapter four, they are the Apostle, the Prophet, the Evangelist, the Teacher and the Pastor. They have been provided to release the saints into the work of the ministry and come into a full knowledge of the truth. Our desire therefore is to see Christians everywhere, regardless of race, color or denomination, fully liberated and enjoying all that God has for them and thus fulfilling the great commission to preach the Gospel in every nation.
We will do these things by-
Global evangelism is obviously on his heart and he has placed this desire on our hearts.
I am committed to global evangelism, because Jesus said that his gospel had to reach into every nation, tribe and village before he returned.We can reach these places with television and in person and my goal is just that.
The Internet is a powerful tool that we are working with. I dislike keeping statistics if they are used for incorrect purposes, but we do need to ascertain our performance to ensure that we are functioning well as wise stewards of what God gives us.
In essence then, without having a literal church building at present, our present "congregation" is more than 10,600 each week.
Thank you for your time and support.