The Legacy Chronicle of Christ For The Nations
VOICE OF HEALING
Gordon Lindsay's ability to sculpt words led him to document the supernatural revival of healings and miracles that occurred throughout the United States in the middle of the twentieth century. His message and his magazine was called The Voice of Healing. Seeing the need to communicate the message more intensely he started a publishing company. On July 8, 1948, Lindsay incorporated the publishing company in Shreveport, LA to report the global work of the Holy Spirit. The original incorporators were Gordon Lindsay, Jack Moore, and Anna Jean (Moore) Price.
Four years later, on October 28,1952, Gordon and Freda Lindsay moved the organization to 1600 Bonnie View Road, Dallas, TX, and incorporated The Voice of Healing Publishing Company, under Texas law. The original board members of the Texas corporation were Gordon Lindsay (Chairman), Jack Coe, Velmer Gardner, A.A. Allen, Clifton Erickson, W.V. Grant, Gayle Jackson, Raymond T. Richey, L.D. Hall, and Richard Vinyard.
As the revival spread oversees, the Lindsay's turned their eyes to the nations of world and established a "Winning the Nations" campaign where they distributed free literature and helped build local churches in developing nations. The waning healing movement in the United States, coupled with the magnitude of the worldwide harvest, led Gordon and Freda Lindsay to change the name of the organization. On March 30,1967, the ministry was renamed Christ For The Nations.
Focusing more on the apostolic ministry, Gordon and Freda Lindsay released the ministry's print shop to their eldest son, Gilbert, and the new company was named Lindsay Printing. Thereafter, the collapsing Soviet Union opened the door for Lindsay Printing to spread worldwide. In 1990, Gilbert renamed his company World Wide Printing when overseas operations opened. Today, Gilbert Lindsay and his family print millions of Bibles from their Belarus plant.
The same year that Christ For The Nations changed its named, 1967, Carole (Shira) Lindsay moved to Israel and became an Israeli citizen. In 1977, she married Ari Sorko-Ram and together they direct Maoz Israel Ministries, which began a year earlier. Shira and Ari have been pioneers of the Messianic Jewish movement in Israel and have published Maoz Israel Report since 1979.
In 2012, their musical daughter, Shani Ferguson, a Israeli Messianic Christian Artist, released Garden of Secrets after an earlier release of Close in 2009. The Lindsay family believes it is no coincidence that Israel was recognized as a nation in May 1948, in the same year that Gordon Lindsay founded the Voice of Healing (July 8, 1948). Shira's calling to Israel was an extension of the Lindsay Legacy to the Middle East, and the world watches as she reports the unfolding events that surround the tiny nation.
CHRIST FOR THE NATIONS INSTITUTE
In July 1970, Gordon and Freda Lindsay saw the need to impart apostolic teaching and equipping the Church with ministers who would preach the purity of God's Word. Christ For The Nations Institute (CFNI) became the educational arm of the ministry when the Lindsay's purchased a bankrupt nightclub and used it as a teaching center. The name "Christian Center" became known in Dallas as the place where faith in the supernatural was taught. CFNI was the fulfillment of Gordon Lindsay's last vision before his home going on April 1, 1973.
The ten-man board voted Freda Lindsay as their leader and her administrative prowess expanded the campus to 85 acres as the Institute grew and the need for student housing increased. Her heart for the world also grew and mission projects continued to expand. Freda's passing on March 25, 2010, left a legacy that will continue throughout the generations. Today she is known as "Mom for the Nations."
DENNIS LINDSAY ADMINISTRATION
Dennis Lindsay became President of Christ For The Nations in December 1985. Fourteen months later, February 1, 1987, he launched a new dimension of CFNI education with the purchase of 12 acres of land and buildings near Montego Bay, Jamaica. CFNI's Third Year School of Missions began on the Caribbean Campus. Later, the Third Year Program was moved to the Dallas campus when CFNI began an expansion of other third year programs. At the Lord's behest, the Lindsay's donated the beautiful $5,000,000 Caribbean property to Youth With A Mission after fifteen years of successful Bible School ministry.
Creation Science attracted Dennis Lindsay's passion and he followed in his father's footsteps by writing about his own interests. In Spring 1990, Dennis wrote his first book, Foundations For Creation Science. By 2011, he had completed Part 2 of the 17th Volume of his Creation Science Series, entitled The War On the Authority of Scripture.
His enthusiasm to authenticate the Bible and his willingness to fight the battle being waged in the American school system over the integrity of Scripture caused Dr. Lindsay to join forces with Dr. Thomas Sharp of the Creation Truth Foundation to build The Museum of Earth History (MOEH) on the CFNI campus. As with most museums, the artifacts and mission are continually expanding, but the museum was opened for viewing, by appointment only, on July 18, 2011.
The Lindsay family believes that reaching the youth for the Lord is essential to reaching future generations. In July 1990, Youth For The Nations (YFN) was established to give teenagers an experience with Christ that they will never forget. Each summer, the Dallas campus hosts five weeks of YFN and provides an enriching spiritual experience. One week is reserved for a Spanish speaking camp and young people from all over Central and South America come to experience God's presence at CFNI.
Seeing the success of YFN, and the need for a children's summer program, the Lindsay administration started Kids For The Nations (KFN) as well as Pre-teen Impact. Each summer, the CFNI campus is swarmed with over 6,000 young people who are impacted with the Gospel!
CFNI provides International Work Scholarships to a few students who desire to attend the Dallas campus, but cannot otherwise afford to attend. Student demographics reveal that one-third of the enrolled students come from countries other than the United States. This multi-cultural, international flavor only accentuates the name Christ For The Nations.
For those students who can't come to Dallas, an Association of Bible Schools (CFNABS) was launched in Winter 1993 to provide an educational affiliation with the Dallas school and camaraderie among other Bible Institutes. These indigenous Bible schools provide their own faculty and staff to impart the apostolic vision of evangelism, church planting, worship and music ministry, cross cultural discipleship, as well as ministry to orphans and teenagers. Each Bible School is unique and offers academic and practical training programs that are determined within the national context and culture, but they are always biblically based.
Meanwhile, in August 1995, Dallas' expanding third year schools began with the establishment of the School of Leadership and Pastoral Ministry, which was followed by additional schools including: School of Youth Ministry, School of Worship and Technical Arts, School of Children's and Family Ministry, and School of Healing. In August 2011, CFNI converted the third year schools into Majors Programs and began offering Associate and Bachelor Degrees.
Under the Dennis Lindsay administration, the ministry grew and became known as a bastion for worship. Each year, the student body records a live album to leave a historical, musical record of the Lord's activity for the year. On September 21, 1995, Kevin Jonas formed CFN Music and began distributing music throughout the United States. In 2011, Christ For The Nations signed their 37th album and future recordings with Integrity Music to expand distribution.
The Board of Directors authorized Christ For The Nations to function as a church covering for local churches around the world and in 1991 the Alumni Ministers' Fellowship was formed to be the ministerial licensing and ordination arm for alumni. Nine years later, in December 2000, the Fellowship opened its arms to non-alumni and the name was changed to Christ For The Nations Fellowship of Ministers and Churches (FMC.) Presently, the organization has about 1,100 members and 75 affiliated churches and ministries.
A GLOBAL IMPACT
In October 2007, Dennis Lindsay announced his wife's newly established Healing Center on campus. In 2012, Ginger Lindsay, currently Alumni Director and Vice Chair, followed her heart to once again facilitate an ongoing emphasis of healings and miracles, leading her to discontinue twenty years of Women's Conferences and to establish a Voice of Healing Conference to promote the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit. Since the early days of Gordon Lindsay, prayer has been the most prominent focus at Christ For The Nations and is believed to be the primary reason for the supernatural work of God. Prayer Rooms are installed in almost every building and regular prayer meetings are conducted at the Gordon Lindsay House of Prayer (GLHOP) by both staff and students. Each class begins with prayer and each day (except Wednesday) begins with a combined chapel service that is filled with praise and worship to our Lord.
CFNI has trained almost 40,000 students, including renowned world leaders of governments and international ministries who have impacted their nations with balanced, biblical teaching and with the same Presence of God that they experienced on the CFNI campus.
Christ For The Nations has reached into 120 nations, publishing books in 83 languages. They have distributed nearly 61 million copies in 320 translations. There has been over 103 audio books read in 18 languages with over 6,100 downloads in 33 countries. Additionally, some 2,100 electronic print downloads have occurred in 40 countries.
Christ For The Nations' alumni teaches the Word of God in 48 Associated Bible Schools around the world. They can be found in 35 different countries in Africa, Asia, North America, Caribbean, Central America, South America, Europe, and Oceania.
The Lindsays believe that their support for Israel, their contributions to orphanages, their aid to worldwide relief projects, and their assistance to help build almost 13,000 churches in over 100 countries has resulted in God's blessings and favor upon the organization. Since its inception, the Lindsay Legacy has contributed more than $100,000,000 toward the work of the Lord, mostly in developing countries.