The first three months of 2015 have found Deacon Larry Oney, Founder of Hope and Purpose Ministries, busy laboring in the vineyard of the Lord. He was invited to preach and teach at several of the sessions during the annual Come and See religious event during Carnival in Mato Grosso, Brazil. 120,000 people gathered from February 14th through 17th for four days of preaching, teaching, fellowship and sharing the joy of Christ Jesus. The sincere devotion and humility of Brazilian Catholics created a faith-filled atmosphere in which the Holy Spirit moved in a powerful way.
Deacon Oney preached at several sessions on four key scriptures:
Since we live by the spirit, let us keep step with the spirit (Galatians 5:25);
But you dwell in holiness O Praise Israel, (Psalms 21:22);
I came to serve not to be served (Mark 10:45); and Do whatever He tells you (John 2:5).
Shortly after he returned home to Louisiana, Deacon Oney was on another Spirit-led assignment, this time preaching a parish mission in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada at St. Thomas Aquinas - Canadian Martyrs parishes. Deacon Larry enjoyed the hospitality of the Metlej family during the mission. He focused on topics that he will consider in a later book, centered on divine mission, divine appointment and divine battle and victory.
Later in March Deacon Oney joined together with wife Andi to minister at the annual New Orleans Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCRNO) Regional Conference. The theme of this year’s conference was “Set Free”. Deacon Oney and Andi were two of the main speakers at the event, which included talks, daily Mass, worship and praise and a special track for youth.
Through events like Come and See in Brazil, the Divine Mission Lenten parish event in Canada and the CCRNO conference, Hope and Purpose Ministry moves forward to fulfill its core mission founded on three Scriptures: To expand the Kingdom of God, (Matthew 10:17, NAB); To heal the broken-hearted (John 10:10, NAB); and To give people hope and purpose (Jeremiah 29:11, NAB).