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A Man and His Dream
"Behold, I have dreamed a dream." -- Gen. 37:9
 
how God has used them

Rev. Nolan B. Peschke founded the Good Shepherd International Fellowship in 1975 and was its General Superintendent until he passed into eternal glory on January 22, 2007.

As a young boy in Texas he was captivated by the words of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism: "The world is my parish ." This statement of Wesley's would influence his belief and conduct in ways that Nolan could hardly imagine.

From the early days of his pastoral ministry Nolan Peschke was burdened by the disunity he saw in the Christian Church. Historic and traditional churches had venues for fellowship and cooperation, as World Council of Churches. However, he saw no one bringing together denominational and non-denominational ministers in fellowship and cooperation. Evangelical, Pentecostal, and Charismatic ministers were sometimes welcome at city and town ministerial fellowships, but nothing existed on an international level that would also include traveling evangelists and Bible teachers who were in need of fellowship.

The prayer of Jesus, "Father, I pray that they all may be one as we are one...that the world may believe that thou hast sent me," kept challenging him as he looked upon the often unintentional disunity of the Christian churches. The situation appeared impossible, but he knew that Christ had not prayed in vain and that it was the will of God for Christian ministers of all churches to come together in fellowship. Jesus said, "Nothing shall be impossible to you" (Matthew 17:20).

Rev. Peschke prayed and sought God for a remedy for this condition. He involved himself in local ministerial fellowships wherever he pastored, yet his heart longed to see something greater. He earnestly sought the Lord in prayer. An inspiration came into his mind: Nolan began to envision an international fellowship of ministers from all churches coming together in love and unity, reaching the world for Christ and seeing Jesus prayer for unity become a reality.!np!

The Day of Small Beginnings

The prophet Zechariah wrote, "Who hath despised the day of small things?" (Zech. 4:10). In 1975, the Good Shepherd International Fellowship was born with a handful of ministers sharing Pastor Peschkes vision. Some scoffed, saying the task was impossible. Others were indifferent, but Nolan pressed on. He had received guidance from God. He knew from Christ's prayer, as recorded in John's Gospel chapter 17, that unity is God's will and purpose for His church. From a handful of ministers in 1975, the Fellowship today numbers some nine hundred members internationally and continues to increase.

 
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