Light for the Lost (LFTL) serves to “empower the church to provide God’s Word for every person on the planet.” Providing a variety of resources such as audio, visual, and printed materials, LFTL has one guiding principle: all Light For The Lost assistance must be to provide resources directly related to evangelism.
LFTL is dedicated to sharing the message of Christ globally and is resourced by congregations from all walks of life. Through the generous giving of churches, individuals, and businesses, LFTL is assisting missionaries and missions projects around the world with evangelistic resources to share the message of hope.
John 4:35 says, “Look at the fields...they are ripe for harvest.” LFTL provided resources are multiplying and empowering the efforts of missionaries in communicating the story of Jesus to a 'ripe field of people.' Are you ready to make an eternal impact?
Contribute today with a special gift and/or sign-up to give monthly through our Councilman program. Councilmen are individuals that contribute monthly and receive a special newsletter once-a-month sharing testimonies and stories of what their contributions are doing.
"Our message must never change. But our method of spreading that message must change or we will doom millions who have never heard of Christ."
– Sam Cochran
In 1953, a young insurance consultant by the name of Sam Cochran saw a vision of people of every race extending their hands toward heaven, desperately reaching for the Message of hope.
An idea was birthed to provide evangelism resources to assist missionaries in reaching people all around the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Traveling the southern California region, Cochran and three other men shared their vision and immediately began raising monies for literature needs.
The ministry quickly developed into what is now called Light for the Lost. A volunteer charitable ministry of the Assemblies of God, the faithful giving investments of core supporters and churches fund the mission of LFTL. Since its inception, LFTL has raised more than $300,000,000.
Funding resources such as audio, visual and printed materials, Light for the Lost has one guiding principle: that all assistance must be used to provide resources directly related to evangelism.
One Message. Many Languages.
Celebrate the Light
For 60 years, Light for the Lost has not wavered from the vision God gave to Sam Cochran to send the message of salvation through Christ in many languages around the world. This heartbeat for souls brings us to the next chapter of LFTL with the introduction of Celebrate the Light, a multimedia mission-focused initiative to fulfill God’s command and reach lost people. Since our inception, LFTL has raised over 300 million dollars for missionaries and outreach centers to share the gospel of Christ. We continue that great journey with Celebrate the Light.
As part of Celebrate the Light, local churches can host a Celebrate the Light service. This service is an opportunity to connect the congregation with the mission of LFTL and allow each person to prayerfully stand with those who are in the harvest fields and give of their resources to equip missionaries with evangelism materials to reach the lost. What better way to celebrate Him than by partnering with missionaries and providing them the means to tell others about Him?
Rick Allen serves as the national director of Men's Ministries and Light for the Lost (LFTL). Under his leadership, LFTL launched a very successful media project, Celebrate the Light (CTL) in 2013, which shows local churches how LFTL is being used around the world and how churches can partner with LFTL. Appointed as the national Men's Ministries director in January 2016, Rick is assembling a strategic team and discipleship pathway for men of all backgrounds and spiritual growth levels.
Prior to his current appointments, Rick served as the district church enrichment director of the Arkansas District Council (2001-2005). During these four years, he assisted the district superintendent with the mentoring ministry for pastors through the District Coaching Group and oversaw the local church leadership development ministry through the Arkansas Cohort Group. He also served as a U.S. Missionary with Book of Hope USA, the Arkansas District, and the Assemblies of God National Office (2001-2014). Rick held senior pastorates at churches in Arkansas and Tennessee and held youth pastorates in Texas, Arkansas, and Tennessee. During his youth pastorate in Tennessee, he also served on the National Child Services Agency for the United States Senate.
Rick and his wife, Bev, have two children and two grandchildren.
For full bio and picture, download Rick's media pack.
Jimmy joined the national team in November 2016. Jimmy has been in full time ministry for over 30 years; 22 of those years as a senior pastor in Arkansas and North Texas. He has also held youth pastorates in West Florida and Arkansas. Jimmy earned his bachelors from Southwestern Assemblies of God University. He earned his Master of Divinity and continued by earning Doctor of Ministry from Oral Roberts University in 2000. He is an adjunct professor for Southwestern Assemblies of God University teaching in the Master of Organizational Leadership and Doctor of Ministry program. He has taught for the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, School of Urban Ministry, and the University of Phoenix.
Jimmy and his wife, Renata, have been married since May 1989. They have three children and one grandchild.
Dan serves as the Director of Development and Communications for Men’s Ministries and Light for the Lost. Dan Kersten has a strong passion for missions and ministry. He has worked in the fields of ministry development, communications, and fundraising for the past 15 years. His ministry includes all forms of communications from our office, and overseeing Celebrate the Light (our LFTL media fundraising presentation). He will be engaged to create, develop ministry resources for leaders and men, and assist our districts/networks and local churches to assimilate our resources.
Dan is a 2003 graduate of Evangel University with a B.A. in Journalism. From 2004 to 2018, Dan worked as Director of Advancement Communications for Barefield and Associates, an agency that partners with Assemblies of God ministries for fundraising and promotions. In 2013, Dan began writing and directing Light for the Lost’s bi-annual Celebrate the Light campaign.
Dan has traveled to 37 countries gathering media for promotions, fundraising, and donor ministry. He is a writer, photographer, communicator, and a dedicated missions partner. He and his wife, Tara, live in Springfield, Missouri, with their son, Omar.
Angie joined the national team in November 2014. She is a licensed minister with the Assemblies of God. As a minister, she has served as a children’s pastor, youth pastor, and Sunday School teacher, but her passion is missions. She has served on several missions trips to various locations including Ireland, Romania, El Salvador, Guatemala, Italy and Salt Lake City, UT. She is a 2004 graduate of Southwestern Assemblies of God University with a B.A. in Church Ministries and a 2006 graduate M.S. in Practical Theology. Angie is currently serving as the Discipleship Pastor at Life360 Fairbanks in Springfield.
Angie assists the national director with day-to-day operations including speaking engagements and travel. Please contact her for information regarding Rick's calendar.
Casey joined the National team in March 2017. She is a 2013 graduate of Evangel University with a B.S. in Education and a minor in Biblical Studies. She has a heart for serving others. Her spare time is dedicated to her passion for historical multicultural studies and genealogy.
Casey provides support to projects, tours, and events. Please contact her for information regarding available resources for your district tours and events.
Melanie has served on the nation team since April 2007. She and her husband, Brandon, have three boys. Melanie is a 2003 graduate of Evangel University with a B.A. in Biblical Studies with an emphasis in Missions. She has participated in missions trips to locations including Argentina, Ecuador, New Zealand, Croatia and Bosnia, and Indianapolis, IN. Her calling to missions is being realized by her ministry role at Light for the Lost.
Melanie oversees the financial responsibilities of LFTL and Men's Ministries and donor giving of LFTL. Please contact her for questions regarding missionary applications, district balances, and commitments.
By getting involved in Light for the Lost, you can be part of providing a variety of resources, including audio, visual and printed materials, for our missionary efforts around the world. Your sacrificial giving assists LFTL in its continuing effort to spread the Message of hope to people all over the world who need Jesus.
There are two ways you can contribute to LFTL: Through ongoing giving by becoming a Councilman, and by giving directly to one of our many special evangelistic projects.