Tom Deuschle is the Senior Pastor of Celebration Ministries International which has 100+ churches all over the world. If you have never heard his story be sure to get a copy of his book, “Building People, Building Dreams” where he gives an account of how the ministry began, what God has done in his life, the ministry and even the nation of Zimbabwe.
Men like him are few and far between especially in a country that is very unstable and corrupt. The nation of Zimbabwe need more men like him that will make a positive difference in the people around them.
Here are 4 elements of his success pattern that you can learn from and apply to your own life:
1. A man of faith
Very few people would ever leave a comfortable position to allow themselves to be thrust into the jungle. God called Tom Deuschle to leave the USA where he grew up to begin a ministry in Rhodesia (which today is Zimbabwe) and in the natural it did not make sense to make the move.
“Faith sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”
What was worse is that Rhodesia was in the middle of a civil war when God called him to go there. The unfortunate thing is that he only discovered this when he had arrived. Many people would easily throw in the towel and return to their ‘normal’ life. The word of God says in Hebrews 11:6, “Without faith it is impossible to please God.”
2. Moral integrity
One of the goals of the ministry is to transform people’s lives through reformation. Reformation means changing a paradigm and adopting a new one to get a better result. In a country that has so many problems reformation is that much more of a big task.
His upright position however has taught business people how to run their businesses God’s way, men to love their wives and children, people to have a Kingdom influence in the marketplace, etc. Moral integrity can make you very unpopular with people but as you identify yourself with God He will identify Himself with you.
As mentioned in the previous point being upright makes you unpopular with many people, it’s just a part of life. Tom’s willingness to be identified with God empowers him to minister the gospel effectively. Most other believers’ confession and identity in Christ is weak and therefore lack boldness as a result. It is God’s desire to identify with you.
Men of courage speak truth even when it’s not popular but all for the purpose of building up people rather than just wanting to prove they are right. They are willing to stand for something and don’t fall for anything. Such men are really admirable and Tom is one of them.
4. A genuine love for people
Celebration Ministries International has numerous ministries that influence the lives of people in a positive way. This impact has come about because of a genuine heart for lost souls. This is what matters at the end of the day. God desires that not anyone perish but that all would come to a knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Destinies in people’s lives have been birthed because Tom serves people and ministers to them wholeheartedly. You never know whose life you will change by caring and following through on what God has called you to do.
I’m sure there’s more that can be said about Tom Deuschle and the great things that He has done for the Kingdom of God. What other amazing attributes can you point to? Let us know in the comments below.