Dr. Marshall Foster’s “Hope for Our Time” places history in perspective

By George Miller


Dr. Marshall Foster, Founder/President, World History Institute. Photo: CitizensJournal.us

Marshall Foster, founder of the World History Institute, was the guest speaker at the History Makers International launch of At The City Gates “Lights in the City” campaign on Thursday, July 30th at the Ventura Carrows Restaurant.  Dr. Foster is also chairman of the Global Prayer Strategy Initiative (publisher of the World Prayer Atlas).

“Our culture is about to be overwhelmed by evil forces,” said Dr. Foster, “and it is our turn to stand.  In this generation, Providence has chosen us to pick up the torch and continue the great cause of building the Kingdom of God.”

Dr. Foster’s message was “The Miracle of America” which needs to be remembered in light of the recent Supreme Court ruling on marriage.   According to Dr. Foster, “Where is our hope then?  Our hope is in the unstoppable, loving power of God which transforms and liberates nations.  The Kingdom of God has and will continue to spread regardless of the machinations of men and nations (see Psalm 2).” Foster is at least one remaining teacher who still believes that America is exceptional and presents abundant evidence to support his case.

Dr. Foster gave the audience his perspective on history, which he contrasts with contemporary secular teachings which largely fail to fully consider the impact of religion on it.  But, he has been doing that for many years. For instance, Foster co-produced and wrote much of the movie “Monumental,” which traces the role of western civilization and reformation Christianity in shaping the development and culture of the United States, key documents such as the declaration of independence, Constitution and the  many religious artifacts and doctrine embedded in the fabric of the nation,

CAPSTVlogoHere are Dr. Foster’s session videos, recorded by Peter Godinez and produced by Gail Nordskog, CAPSTV (Ventura) member. This has also run on cable channel 6 in Ventura:


Part I

Part II

Part III



Why this session?

Speaking after Dr. Foster was Michael Hernandez, founder of History Makers International, on the “Lights in the City” campaign. He gave us this brief preview before the event started:


At The City Gates is a grassroots citizens movement sponsored by History Makers International (a community benefit non-profit corporation serving communities in Ventura County):

  • Praying for reformation and revival;
  • Engaging the culture from a Judeo-Christian worldview;
  • Taking Biblical action that impacts local communities; and
  • Oversees “Lights in the City” campaign.

Call 818-263-9881.

Dinner guests will participate in small group discussions on how to engage locally in one of the Seven Mountains of cultural influence in society.

Attendees will select a sphere from which they wish to engage:

  • Government
  • Family
  • Media
  • Education
  • Business
  • Religion
  • Celebration (Entertainment)

Other spheres of engagement include:

  • Health
  • Culture
  • Technology
  • Sports
  • Freedom (Military/Law Enforcement/First Responders)

How do we see a whole nation transformed?   Both Loren Cunningham, founder of Youth With A Mission and Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, received insight about seven societal spheres in the summer of 1975.  This was confirmed a few weeks later by Francis Schaeffer, who established the L’Abri community in Switzerland.

At The City Gates “Lights in the City” campaign based on the “call to gatekeepers” (1 Chronicles 9, 23, 26) and the “call to rebuild the walls” (Nehemiah) is a campaign that is challenging Christians to engage a  societal sphere representing Jesus Christ and in effect becoming “Lights in the City.”

At The City Gates also hosts Prayer Walks on Second Saturdays from 10-11 a.m.  The next Prayer Walk is at KDAR (500 E. Esplanade Drive, Oxnard) on Saturday, August 8th.  Prayer theme is “Fill the Airwaves with Good News.”

Editor’s Note:  Those wishing to contact Michael Hernandez, a co-founder of the Citizens Journal and a former daily newspaper religion and news editor can email [email protected] or call (818) 263-9881 to RSVP for events or to share about “engaging culture” or “fighting for religious freedom.”


George Miller is Publisher of Citizensjournal.us and a “retired” operations management consultant, active in civic affairs, living in Oxnard.

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