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The Person & Work of The Holy Spirit – 2024 Conference Report

This past February 23-25, 2023, many of the friends and partners of FirstLove Ministries who gathered last year at the Inaugural FirstLove Bible Conference, hosted by FBC Bagdad, came together again for the 2nd Annual FirstLove Bible Conference, with the theme: The Person & Work of The Holy Spirit.

Mission Trip to Nepal – December 2023

Our missionary trip to Nepal in early December was truly blessed of God and bore much needed fruit. We arrived in the city of Chitwan on Friday (Dec. 1) and checked into the Rhino Hotel where wild rhinoceroses and elephants daily visited the premises. On Saturday we were dispatched to preach at various local churches […]

Announcing FirstLove Missions Upcoming Trip to NEPAL

On November 29, 2023, FirstLove Ministries will be sending a team of 5 delegates to minister in Chitwan, Nepal at the Reformed Baptist Minister’s Conference. There will be over 300 pastors in attendance. The delegates are Dr. Edward Dalcour, Dr. Paul Nelson, Dr. John Waldrip, Pastor Joe Jacowitz, and Randy Evans. We will be preaching […]

2023 November Mission & Conference Report

God has been gracious to us as we traveled and ministered alongside the leadership and members of Sovereign Grace Bible Church (SGBC) in Lagos, Nigeria this past week.  The FirstLove team Joe Jacowitz, Austin Huggins, and Tom Smith arrived safely in Lagos on Tuesday morning, Oct 31.  We were picked up by the brothers of the church and […]

Upcoming Missions Trip to Nigeria just days away!

Pastors Joe Jacowitz, Austin Huggins, and Tom Smith, will leave for Lagos, Nigeria, on Monday, October 24, 2023, for a one-week missions’ trip.  Today, there’s a growing restlessness and anxiety all over the world, especially in Nigeria.  The last forty years of false promises of health and wealth by the false prophets in Nigeria, have left people […]

2023 Mid-Year Full Mission Report

NOTE: Due to the high detail density of the mid-year mission events, and the singular perspective provided by Austin Huggins, the following report reads as a personal journal entry style report. By The Lord’s miraculous and unexpected financial provision through an unknown saint, I was able to board the plane, Wednesday afternoon, for what was […]

Examining the New Birth – 2023 Conference Report

This year’s conference addressed the doctrine of regeneration, commonly referred to as "The New Birth.” Biblical Christians for millennia have asked of their families, friends, neighbors, and perfect strangers the all searching question, “are you Born Again?” In our day, though the phrase, “born again Christian” has become common place, and not given a second thought. We fear that this phraseology, or the doctrine of regeneration, has been absentmindedly set aside so that it doesn’t have the weight and meaning it once did....

SGBC Lagos Report

Since our last report early in 2023, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ has been gracious and merciful to us in the Gospel Ministry in Lagos, Nigeria. The following are brief remarks on some aspects of the work in Lagos.  We continue to receive and welcome visitors to our Sunday morning and evening worship services. On the average, […]

2022 Nepal Mission Report

The 7th Reformed Baptist Minister’s Conference was held on November 14-17 in Pokhara, Nepal. The conference was attended by 200 pastors, most were from various regions of Nepal, but some came from neighboring countries such as India and Bhutan. Many came from long distances on bad roads and buses; one pastor had indicated that he […]

2022 Nigeria Mission Report

Austin Huggins and Tom Smith had the privilege of ministering at Sovereign Grace Bible Church in Lagos, Nigeria November 3-7, 2022.  The focus of the ministry was the 2022 Lagos Bible Conference, Radio Outreach, and the 20th Anniversary Celebration of Sovereign Grace Bible Church.  On October 27, 2022, the U.S. Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria issued […]

Reformed Baptist Minister’s Conference – Pokhara, Nepal

On November 14-17, the Reformed Baptist Minister’s Conference 2022 will be held in Pokhara, Nepal. Paul Nelson, Edward Dalcour, and John Waldrip will be traveling to Nepal and speaking at the conference. FirstLove is sponsoring the printing of two books, Holiness (J. C. Ryle) and Body of Divinity (Thomas Watson). These books have been translated […]

2022 Lagos Bible Conference

On November 2-7, Austin Huggins and Tom Smith will be traveling to Lagos to participate in the 2022 Lagos Bible Conference, the 20th anniversary of Sovereign Grace Bible Church, and radio broadcasts. The theme of this year’s Bible conference is Strangers and Pilgrims – Separated and Engaged. Messages are planned on how Christians are on […]

Lagos, Nigeria Church Report

As we end this difficult year, the Covid-19 pandemic in Nigeria is reported to have entered the 4th wave with the omicron variant prevailing. Testing remains low with just about 3 million people tested in a population of 206.1 million people. Our church has continued to observe the recommended safety protocols (as best as we can), […]

2021 Nigeria Mission Report

Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. – Galations 6:9 Despite massively difficult travel restrictions, struggling to make visa deadlines, and almost not making it into Nigeria at all, the FirstLove Missions team was able to reconnect with our Nigerian brethren […]

Nigeria Mission Report 2019

Before leaving the Washington, DC area for Nigeria, Pastor Tom and Pastor Austin were already celebrating several evident victories that The Lord had secured for the upcoming mission. As many of our readers know, Pastor Joe Jacowitz had just recently entered remission from AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia), and was beginning a hopeful road to recovery, […]

2019 Mission Report

    ​The first portion of the mission was scheduled to take us to Marikina, Valenzuela (a new area for FLM), local churches, and a rally symposium. Pastors Nelson, Smith, Huggins, and Leo Galanza (FLM Philippines, Branch Leader) would carry the torch through the first two conferences in the Manila area.  Marikina  ​This year’s conference […]

Manila & Baguio in April!

“The Treasure of the Gospel in the Wasteland”The 3rd Pastors and Church Leaders’ Conference Venue: Marikina Convention Center Date & Time: April 26, 2019, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Register “The Treasure of the Gospel in the Wasteland”Pastors and Church Leaders’ Conference Venue: Living Waters of Christ International MinistriesAddress: 6116 Gen. T. De Leon Road […]

2019 February Mission Report

This Mission Report actually begins January 2018 (the previous year) during the G3 Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. FirstLove Publications was attending G3 for the first time as an exhibitor where Mike Reid (pastor of Grace Fellowship Church in Davenport, Iowa), approached Pastor Joe and began a conversation about mission work occurring in areas within Kenya. […]

Nairobi, Kenya in February!

KENYAFebruary 4rd-11th, 2019 FirstLove Missions will be departing the U.S. on, or before, Monday February 4th and should be arriving in Nairobi, Kenya on the 5th. FirstLove will be breaking ground into this new country we have not yet been. Pastor Murungi Ingweta of Trinity Baptist Church is excited to host the FirstLove Missions team and hopes that the kind […]

2018 Field Update #2

2018 Nigeria Field Report #2 November 4-6 Sunday-Tuesday Sunday’s group photo of SGBC, Lagos, with Pastor Joe and Pastor Austin. On the first Lord’s Day of the mission we celebrated the 16th Anniversary of Sovereign Grace Bible Church, Lagos. Pastor Joe gave the message on “Enduring in Ministry”. It was well received as the brethren […]

2018 Field Update

The FLM Team arrived in Nigeria Tuesday afternoon where they were warmly received by the brethren of SGBC, Lagos. The resources brought in by the team were quickly unpacked and organized as fellowship and catching up with dear friends quickly took place. There would be a couple days of recovery from travel and important meetings […]

Lagos, Nigeria in November!

FirstLove Missions is returning to the nation of Nigeria:October 29th – November 11th FirstLove Missions will be departing the U.S. on Monday October 29th and arriving in Lagos, Nigeria on the 30th. Of all the nations that FLM ministers to, our history goes back the furthest here. Even before FirstLove Publications launched in 2006, Pastor […]

Super Typhoon & Recovery

Update Letter from Pastor Manny Vergara of the Philippines: Dear Bro Huggins,The Lord is good and His mercy abide with His people. The great storm passes and create a great havoc to our Region. Alot of landslide especially here in the Cordelliras. Many died because of it, houses covered up of earth and as of today […]

2018 April Missions Report

Arduous, physically depleting, and time intensive most accurate describe this latest particular mission trip to the Philippines – at least from a physical lens. From a spiritual lens, however, we would have to say that it was also one of the most rewarding, most spiritually edifying, and most encouraging mission trips to date. The opportunities […]

Persecution Report

Indian policeman joins 50-strong Hindu mob’s attack on churches Hindu mob raided five churches in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu yesterday (11 March), attacking and abusing Christians as they worshipped. Several women were stripped and beaten. The attackers, who according to witnesses were accompanied by a state-provided police officer, were part of Hindu […]

Luzon, Philippines in April!

FirstLove Missions is returning to the Philippine Islands:April 14th- 24th FLM Will be hosting 4 major Pastor’s conferences on the Island of Luzon: (2) in the Metro Manila area, April 16th  & 17th; (1) in Baguio City, April 19th; & (1) in Bontoc. April 21st. Dr. Edward Dalcour  Pastor Joe Jacowitz Dr. Paul Nelson Elder […]

2017 Nepal Mission Report

Mission Duration:​ November 26th  – December 4th 2017 “…Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine”. 2Tim 4:2 “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” […]

2017 Nigeria Mission: Final Report

Mission Duration: November 3rd – 13th, 2017 Mission work in the nation of Nigeria presents unique challenges when compared to some of the other countries that FirstLove has the privilege of ministering to. Some of these challenges may be encountered as early as the visa application process which is required for entry. Praise the Lord, […]

Mission: Field Update

Mission work in the nation of Nigeria presents unique challenges when compared to some of the other countries that FirstLove has the privilege of ministering to. Some of these challenges may be encountered as early as the visa application process which is required for entry. Praise The Lord, however, for He gives more grace. Even […]

“Send the Light” Post-Conference Report

Friday morning began at Sovereign Grace Baptist Church of Versailles, KY with almost 40 dear brothers and sisters gathered together in attendance from around the nation. These key personnel included pastors of various churches, street preachers, evangelists, mission workers, authors of notable books, and long-time supporters of FirstLove’s ministry. These likeminded Christians had come together […]

FLM Radio Interview

Listen to Pastor Joe Jacowitz on the radio program, “Iron Sharpens Iron,” with Chris Arnzen, as he shares his personal testimony, answers questions, and discusses FirstLove Publications, FirstLove Missions, and the upcoming missions conference in Versailles, Kentucky. (note: interview begins at the 01:11:30 mark)

UC Berkley Campus Outreach

Watch a group of students and FLM missionaries evangelize on the campus of U.C. Berkley through a song of praise . . .

Church Bombings

Dear Pastor Joe, Greetings. Just to let you know that I was not feeling very well last week. My blood Pressure seems a bit high at 140/110. I have taken rest for few days and I am going to the hospital tomorrow. The relief work in the aftermath of the devastating recent earthquake is going well. Last […]

Redeeming the Time

Watch Timothy Oliver as he evangelizes on the streets of San Francisco on the day of a Walk for Life event. Here is short 9-minute clip presenting a defense of life and a gospel proclamation . . .


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