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Destiny Church, the place where LifeShare Church was birthed from, has a rich history of missionary work in the nation of Japan. Destiny's founder, Leonard W. Coote, was radically saved in the early 1900's as a young business man in that country. He then began to plant churches by faith. He married Esther and God gave them four fantastic children. When their daughter Ruth contracted tuberculosis he sent both Esther and Ruth on ahead by ship to San Antonio, Texas in hopes of treatment and recovery. Ruth was miraculously healed on the journey in a small african american church in California. Leonard rejoined the family in San Antonio just shortly after World War II broke out in Asia. Jesus miraculously provided a way of escape for this Christian family chosen for ministry.
While here in the city, this family did what God called them to do. Start a church and Bible school! They started Emmanuel Church in the east wing of the Tobin Center for the Arts. Later they started International Bible College. John Bell, Ruth's husband, eventually became the new pastor and changed the name of the church to Revival Temple. They served for over 40 years as lead pastor and also went on two missionary tours to Japan to plant more churches. Dave Bell, their son, succeeded them as pastor and renamed the church Destiny. Dave and his wife, Jodi, as well as their five blessed boys have made several short term mission trips to Japan to continue the ministry. Dave also produced a heart-felt Japanese worship album (free download).
Archie and Verna Alderson, along with their three awesome children, continued the work of the Coote's and Bell's in Japan for the next 40 years. They too started more churches for the glory of God!
Because of the vision that the Lord has given Pastor Ted and Anna Thevaos for planting LifeShare Church and other churches in the future, we feel compelled to support this Japan Mission into the future. There are now numerous churches in Japan that we are connected to through the Alderson and Bell families. Archie and Verna are some of our pastoral friends and we are excited to partner with them!
Stay tuned for upcoming ways to partner: prayer, giving and short-term mission trips!
I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10
We absolutely need your prayers! Jesus is our Divine resource and He's building His Church. "You can do nothing without me." John 15:5
It's going to take a great team of people to plant a new church in the northwest part of San Antonio. Begin asking God if he's calling you and let us know.
We need your financial support! It's going to take a significant infusion of capital in the first few years of this church plant to make it the success God wants it to be.
Join us in our mission of "connecting people to a loving Heavenly Father in everyday life!" Your generosity enables us to help more and more people find new life in Jesus. We are truly grateful for your giving heart and hope the convenience, simplicity and security of online giving will be helpful to you.
Financial giving can be divided into two categories: tithes and offerings. The Bible teaches us that we worship the Lord with our tithe, which is ten percent of our income contributed to the church on a regular basis. When we feel called to give over and above our tithe, we do so as an offering. At LifeShare, we believe so strongly in our mission and giving that we contribute 10% of every dollar you give to benevolence, city outreach, church planting, and world missions.
What you give helps us to save for a permanent facility for worship experiences. We are currently a mobile church and we have a plan to grow into a permanent facility from our launch date of March 5, 2017.
The Bible has much to say about giving! About 25% of Jesus' words in the Gospels are devoted to teaching us how to wisely manage the resources God's entrusted to us. In the entire Bible, there are over 800 verses that guide us in worshipping God through stewardship.
Giving is recognizing that God owns everything! All that we have comes from him, and we don't really own anything; we are only stewards - overseers or managers - over things that belong to God.
“For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the hills, and all that moves in the field is mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and its fullness are mine.” - Psalm 50:10-12
Giving is being like God! By receiving God's free gift of salvation, we are born again with a new nature and a new spirit that increasingly desires to give to others like God has freely given to us.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." - John 3:16
Giving is trusting God! When we are generous and faithful in managing and giving our resources, we show that our trust is in God - that God, not our possessions, is the source of our life.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” - Matthew 6:19-21
"The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully." - 2 Corinthians 9:6
"Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." - 2 Corinthians 9:7
"But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you." - Matthew 6:3-4
"Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need." - Malachi 3:10
Sunday Worship Experience
Place your cash or check gift in a giving envelope and one of our giving boxes.
Online giving can be used to make one-time donations or to set up recurring giving (requires users to register). Registered users may also track their online giving history.
You'll receive an annual giving report for tax purposes in January of every year or you can track your giving history online.
All tithes and offerings are tax deductible. IRS regulation states that in order for a contribution to be tax deductible, the giver must relinquish all control of the funds given. All tithes and offerings given are under the control of LifeShare Church.