Pete Grieg, author of Red Moon Rising and recipient of a vision that ignited a 24/7 prayer movement across Europe, wrote an epic psalm for the 21st century in which he asked the question, “What’s the vision?”. The answer- “The vision is Jesus. Dangerously, obsessively, undeniably Jesus!”
Ancient Path Ministries understands that if Jesus is our vision, our goal is to live into the Kingdom of God which to which He calls us.
Our story begins in November, 2006, in Jovellanos, Cuba, where God revealed his long since accomplished work in the lives of Pastors Jose Santiago & Kevin Jobe. Though both of us were working out our calling alongside our wives, Yamy & Tonni, from that time forward, we would walk together as family; in Christ and in flesh and blood.
To The Darkest Places
Late in 2010, God began to sew a new work. In a place where clashing strains of faith (be they godly or evil) mix into a thick and difficult spiritual stew, the Lord laid a new calling on the hearts of Jose & Yamy.
“Go to the darkest places. Go where light has been seemingly overcome. Go where the gospel has never flourished, where the spiritual forces of evil and darkness seem strongest. Go and take the light of Christ.”
They did not need to look far. Their hometown was home to the country’s worst spiritual strongholds. In awe and wonder that God would gift them such a calling, they gathered friends in January, 2011, set themselves to prayer, and marched forward.
Anointed to Bring Kingdom Light
They went armed with the promise of Kingdom God gave to the prophet Isaiah, and has declared fullfilled in Jesus Christ.
- Good news, broken hearts healed, freedom and release from darkness
- God’s favor, vengeance, comfort, and provision
- To displays of God’s splendor
A New Name. An Old Identity.
Within a few weeks, they were a church- La Iglesia Volviendo a la Senda Antigua (Church Returning to the Ancient Path). Within a few short months, they numbered over 150 and the race was on to find the financial support we needed from our friends in the US.
La Senda Antigua- Path of the Primitive Church
The church would be spurred on by Isaiah’s words and the example of the church of the book of Acts, the people who changed the world with the Gospel, living and moving as one in the power of the Holy Spirit, growing the Kingdom of God.
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”- Acts 2:42-47
In 6 years, God grew La Senda into the largest congregation in their town. Over 300 people are at work across the city of 55,000. They work building relationships, meeting physical and spiritual needs, and winning people to Christ. 10 strategically-placed Casas de Bendicion (Houses of Blessing) now serve as city-wide entry ways by which people seeking Christ may connect to the mother church.
On Palm Sunday, 2017, for the first time in the city’s history, all local churches were allowed to gather for a prayer march in the streets, culminating in worship at the city plaza with 3000 Christians from throughout the region. La Senda played a key role in organization, fasting, prayer and preparation, and Pastor Jose delivered the word that morning. God is moving.
You Will Be My Witnesses
As Jesus sent the disciples out in the power of the Spirit, La Senda has carried and now fuels the light in the surrounding region. We are training up and sending out Pastors into an widening mission field, now including 11 mission sites outside of Jovellanos; in large cities, small towns, and often forgotten farm villages. Many of these places had never heard the Gospel before. La Senda has even begun crisis relief ministry to the far eastern end of the island in the wake of Hurricane Matthew in 2016.
To The Ends of The Earth
Out of the seed planted years back, has now grown Ancient Path Ministries, a US-based 501c3. Kevin & Tonni Jobe serve as Managing Directors alongside an Advisory Board from Ohio, Texas, New York, and Jovellanos.
APM represents another broadening of the mission. As we travel across our nations, we discover in every place we set our feet God has raised up brothers and sisters in Christ to go to the darkest places; people called out for His purposes. Bringing Good News. Connecting In Christ. Building the Kingdom.
As we witness to the ends of the earth, we connect to each other and to the movement of the Holy Spirit, bringing together the faithful in Christ across false boundaries of borders, distance, cultural setting, denomination, etc. We are only beginning to walk out this mission.
With all wisdom and understanding, 9 he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.- Ephesians 1:9-10
It is to this end that we work. Together, armed with the good news and anointed by the power of the Spirit, we are the workers who build the Kingdom of God on earth. We rebuild, renew, and restore that which has been lost in a sea of bad news, obscured by godless darkness. We bring good news, connect in Christ, build the Kingdom. We become La Iglesia Volviendo a La Senda Antigua. The Church Returning to the Ancient Path.