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Blue Mountains, NSW Australia
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Ministry - Beautiful Feet Task Force *
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Life Ministry Bible College, Hope College, Good News International University.
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In 1980 the organisation was founded by its director, Howard Sands, with a burning desire to both win souls and encourage the church to be active overcomers in everyday life, fulfilling the Great Commission. Born on the Scripture found in Romans 10.15, "How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of them that bring good news ..." B.F.T.F. is based soundly on the Bible as the Word of God, historically correct, spiritually powerful and relevant for today. We believe that outside of Christ man is eternally lost and that Christ's substitutionary and sacrificial death on the cross of Calvary is the only way which man can find peace with God and eternal life; it is therefore necessary that this gospel be preached to all men, everywhere.
Howard graduated from Life Ministry Bible College, Melbourne in 1976. He founded B.F.T.F. whilst on the ministry team of the Christian Convention Centre at Mildura, Vic. He has been, salesman, sales manager, branch manager and managing director of various business enterprises, Howard was awarded an honours certificate stage 2 from the Life Underwriters Association of Australia in 1987, he completed his Bachelor of Business with a double major in Business Management and Marketing in 1994 and received the Advanced Diploma in Christian Ministry from Hope College Gold Coast in 2000. Howard is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God in NSW.
B.F.T.F. is currently involved in evangelism and leadership training in Asia and Africa, particularly, India and Indonesia, Uganda and Tanzania. Howard has taken many small teams there to minister in evangelistic crusades and leadership conferences. He has ministered in churches and outreach crusades across Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, U.S.A., U.K. U.A.E., Romania, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Ghana, Cameroon, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Malawi, Zambia, South Africa.
Howard believes that the most effective ministry is achieved both in and sent out from the local church. Howard & Joy lived for 7 years in Wagga Wagga, N.S.W. where their 2 children, Kylie & Joshua were both born. Joy graduated from Vision Bible College, Sydney, CRC Bible School Victoria & Psalmody. At Wagga, Howard acted as church administrator and Dean of Part Time Bible School for Wagga New Life Centre. Howard has been an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God in NSW Australia since 1993, and for 2½ years Howard & Joy were the founders/senior pastors of Canberra New Life Centre, AOG. He was a lecturer & founding board member of the Canberra Ministry Training College a multi denominational ministry training college (now Unity College). They were active at Riverlands Christian Church, Penrith NSW for over 11 years where Howard was the Missions Director and board member, Joy was the Senior Pastor’s PA for 7 years. They have since pastored an AOG church in Sydney’s north west and now minister through regular victory services, missions and itinerant ministry.
Howard was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity in Sept 2014 at Chennai, India from Good News International University.
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