True Light Fellowship Virtual Missions Conference

September 18, 2021

11:00 am


Conference Speakers

Magna Sutherland

Magna Sutherland, since her childhood in Trinidad, was set apart by the Lord unto the nations.  In her teen years, she rejected that call,  thinking that cross-cultural ministry (missions) was for “older people with boring lives”.  However, as the Lord led her to pray for the lost and particularly the unreached, she felt a  deep burden and in brokenness responded to the call to, “come and follow me.”

Magna's preparation came both through ministry experience and formal study.  In ministry, she served in outreach, worship and teaching, and let short-term missions trips.  Her formal education includes a theology diploma and certificates in teaching and missions.  Magna, graduated magna cum laude from Temple University,  earning a BBA in Finance & Risk Management.  For 15 years, she worked in the financial sector sharing the gospel to the unchurched.  After years of serving on the field,  Magna completed her MBA in Economic Development at Eastern University, which is designed t help cross-cultural workers to make a  holistic and sustainable impact as they serve developing nations.

Magna lived in West Africa for 9 years and served local churches and denominations in leadership & discipleship development.  IN the Benin Republic, she started ministries to empower university students and village women.  In her missionary journeys Magna served the Lord in other parts of Africa, India, Israel, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Alongside her beloved husband, Dr. Winston Sutherland, she founded Liberty International Learning Center, a holistic discipleship development ministry.  Winston is God's special gift to Magna.  Its a testimony that if you delight yourselves in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart (Ps.37:4).

Dr. Winston Sutherland

Dr. Winston Sutherland comes from a family of God fearers. From an early age, he
grappled with the deep and meaningful questions of life. Why are we here? What lies beyond
the grave? His book, Informed Faith: Reasons For The Hope Within, reflects this journey.
These questions led him on a quest for truth. He enrolled at Dallas Theological Seminary
and earned his Masters’ in Theology. Shortly thereafter, he earned his Ph.D. in Higher
Education at the University of North Texas.
Winston has served as a College Professor and Administrator. He has directed Mentoring
programs and First-Year Experience programs and served as mentor to doctoral students.
He has also conducted seminars on Leadership and Success Strategies to organizations
and universities both domestically and internationally.
Dr. Sutherland has served as a missionary to Africa, Antigua, and India.
With his beloved wife, Magna, he founded the international Non-Profit organization,
Liberty International Learning Center whereby they operate a Bible Institute, an Empowerment
Center & Global Outreach.
Published 3 books: Informed Faith, Fatherly Influence, So Great A Salvation
He is host of Open Door TV program

John Spadafora

“John Spadafora grew up in Philadelphia, graduated with bachelors and master’s degrees in music and theology, and later worked in Italy for 18 years, integrating his faith and music as a church-planter. He returned to the U.S. to continue with Crossworld as Director of Church Engagement.  He facilitates relationships with churches, serving them through dialogue, networking, writing and speaking on global and disciple-making themes, casting vision for all professions to be leveraged locally and globally as a primary venue for God’s transforming work.  John and Diane have been married 42 years, live in the Philly area and have three adult children and three grandchildren.”

Temwa Wright

Temwa Wright serves as Executive Director of Pamoza International, a missions organization working to improve the lives of people in rural Malawi, Africa. As a native of Malawi, Temwa experienced the work of missionaries in her country but she rarely saw any that looked like her. After living in the U.S. for 23 years, God called her to missions work full-time, starting with Malawi. She left her job and walked out on faith and has not looked back since. Her organization, Pamoza, reaches more than 15,000 people each year by sharing the Gospel and addressing community development needs. Pamoza’s approach is to train indigenous missionaries and local community members to meet their own spiritual and physical needs. Temwa attends church at Freedom Christian Bible Fellowship in West Philadelphia where she has been a member for over 14 years. Her passion in the church is exposing people to missions. She resides in West Philadelphia with her husband, James Wright, and two children Emmanuel (14), and Samuel (12). Her oldest child, Evelyn (20), is in college in Hartford, CT. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11


True Light's concept of discipleship is to bring people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, teach them how to live their lives consistent with the Word of God, and prompt them to action in the community to form a continuous circle of ministry.  Thus, believers practice their discipleship by rehabbing homes for the needy, participating in food and clothing drives for the homeless and less fortunate, and by providing tutoring programs, employment services, as well as various types of counseling to the community-at-large.

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives,and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty all them that are bruised..." Luke 4:18

We seek to cross all cultural, traditional, language, socioeconomic, and geographical boundaries to take the gospel of salvation and deliverance to the lost, the suffering, and the dying, that they may come into the knowledge of Jesus Christ our Savior.


True Light Fellowship Missionary Outreach Efforts

The True Light Fellowship church vision statement is “Reaching to Rescue and Teaching to Transform”

We have done this in many ways through the preaching of the word of God and through our missions ministry outreach efforts.

In our earlier days of ministry True Light held missionary boot camp training where seasoned missionaries would train incoming missionaries with a call and desire to “go ye therefore” to the world and teach as they have been taught. We would simulate field like experiences that would take us out of our normal life pleasantries and routine experiences. You were encouraged to open your mind, to open your heart; you were encouraged to be bold for the Lord and to be flexible because it is not all about you.

Over the years there were many missionary trips to Jamaica teaching and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.

In 2007 we joined with members from various churches and traveled to Burkina Fasso West Africa to join in a global worship experience that was awesome!

In 2008 True Light members and church elders traveled to Lagos Nigeria West Africa where the gospel of Jesus Christ was taught to many. Our church was very instrumental in the building and completion of the True Light Fellowship Academy which still stands today and there have been many youth that have graduated to this day. Great things happen when we work together as a unified body for the building up of the Kingdom of God.

Today we are still keeping the vision statement strong for the Glory of God. True Light is one of many churches that feeds the homeless monthly through the Chosen 300 organization. We go into the Philadelphia Prisons CFCF for Men and The Riverside Women's facility preaching to gospel. The True Light Missions Ministry visits the sick and shut in, we visit nursing homes.

We go to the streets of Philadelphia witnessing, singing praises to God and preaching the gospel. We go into the Eliza Shirley Shelter for women men and children.

We collect toys and clothing for the Family Manor Shelter for Women and Children. We have toy drives at Christmas holiday so that no child is without and we have sent barrels of food to Bamboo Ridge Jamaica and support Benin West Africa.

All through the pandemic we held food giveaways freely giving fresh fruit and vegetables to the community and church members.

Today we continue with our food giveaways and all of our outreach efforts serving and reaching to rescue those who are in need of help from the troubles of this world.

As in the book of Nehemiah 4:6 “The people had a mind to work” In various translations this reads; the people had a desire, the people were enthusiastic, the people were committed, the people were determined. We are the people who are committed, determined and have a desire to serve and preach the word of God to the down trodden and to those with a broken heart, to set the captives free.