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Salvation and healing included in dedication services

by: Kathleen Thomas Gaspar

FAIRPLAY, CO: To the delight of a large congregation of joyful church members and visitors from the local and regional community, dedication services for Faith Freedom Fellowship were held Sunday, Oct. 29, in the church's new sanctuary.

Leading the church in praise and worship were Pastors Grady and Jody Miller, and joining the celebration were Dr. Dave Duell of Denver-based Faith Ministries International, the Rev. Ron Marquardt of Solutions Ministries, Huntsville, AL, and Clint and Andrea Herrema, FMIN members.

Dr. Duell, founder of the 144-church FMIN in which Faith Freedom Fellowship partners, also ministered with Pastor Grady Miller during the morning service, leading believers to divine healing and Baptism in the Holy Spirit.

The two men of God shared testimonies of their experiences in the world's mission fields, and Dr. Duell, who had returned from South Africa two days prior to the Fairplay dedication, recounted many instances in which the love of Jesus Christ and the healing power of the Holy Spirit had manifested in those God had called him to heal.

He told those in at the dedication that he felt the divine presence of Jesus as he walked into the sanctuary that morning, and as service continued, several believers came forward to receive their healing and Gifts of the Spirit.

The powerful service was concluded with prayer for the new building and for the continued growth and strength of the ministry, which Dr. Duell said will grow with the blessing of God.

His words reflect not only new growth but also expansion the church has seen in the last several years.

The Fellowship itself began in 2000, and Pastor Miller, who has pioneered churches in the Great Lakes states before "retiring" to the Colorado mountains in the 1990s, said he and his wife "caught the vision" in January 2001 that they should shepherd the new Fairplay flock.

Initially Faith Freedom Fellowship met for services on Sunday evenings at St. Joseph Catholic Church, moving first to the South Park High School Cafetorium and later to the Park County Fair Barn. The church moved to its present location in spring 2005.

Work on the sanctuary, done largely by volunteers from the church and the Fairplay area, began with the groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday, May 20, and the final certificate of occupancy was issued by Park County Building Department during the week prior to the celebration.

Pastor Miller leads a full-Gospel, Word-based fellowship every Sunday at 9:02 a.m. and imparts the Word of God during Wednesday night Bible studies that commence at 6:30 p.m. In addition, Friday nights are devoted to Intercessory Prayer beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The church also serves as a meeting place for the non-denominational Christian Women's Fellowship, which meets the last Saturday of each month at 10 a.m.

For more information on Faith Freedom Fellowship, call 719.836.1753 or visit www.faithfreedomfellowshipfairplay.org.

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