Shonnah Bentley and son to take over Todd's Uganda Village

Fresh Fire Ministries will no longer be Fresh Fire, but will surrender the name to Todd, since he was the ‘founder.’ Further, it seems that Todd’s soon to be ex-wife and son will now take over Todd’s ‘Uganda Jesus Village.’ My guess is, is that Shonnah is getting the ministry in the divorce preceding due to the divorce – it makes the money – while Todd gets the FFM name, as it is now a name associated with an adulterous, pedophile, drunkard.

The purpose of this letter is to provide you with an update of the ministry as well as give some vision of where we plan to go from here. The first news item that we wish to bring to your attention is that Todd Bentley has resigned from his involvement with Fresh Fire Ministries Canada and will continue a process of restoration under the capable leadership of Rick Joyner and his association. Because Todd founded Fresh Fire Ministries, we feel it appropriate and honorable to give FFM’s name to him to use as he chooses when he starts ministering again in the future. We here at FFM are in the process of changing our name to reflect our present and future focus as we continue with the God-given mandate for this ministry. Check back with us soon to see our new name, logo and image.

The Lord has dramatically expanded our vision both nationally and internationally. On an international level, we will continue our crusades with FFM associates, inviting and equipping teams of passionate and like-minded believers to join us. In keeping with the original mandate of the ministry we will remain focused on working together to bring in the end time harvest around the world as we champion the call to transform nations.

Many of you have inquired regarding the status of the Uganda Jesus Village (UJV). You will be delighted to know that we are scheduling a trip in the Spring. This will be an exceptional trip, in that Shonnah Bentley and son Elijah will be part of the team! As you know, Shonnah was one of the original founders with a vision for rescuing and establishing a safe place for the children to be loved and restored. Presently, we have rescued and are caring for 64 orphans with a vision for 500 children, as we continue to expand in personnel and resources.


Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

16 thoughts on “Shonnah Bentley and son to take over Todd's Uganda Village

  1. I am saddened by the divorce of Todd and Shonnah Bentley as much as everyone else in the Body of Christ. But the hatred that you have put forth through this media to slander Todd’s name does not represent the heart of Jesus in any capacity. And it is has been my experience that when people fight against the Body of Christ that God will take off His protective covering from that person and often times dangerous things happens to that person.

    Case in point…a small church on Skid Row in LA had a person who was being really mean to the pastors and one day he was found dead with his throat slashed.

    I would highly recommend that you not let the enemy of our souls use you to rant and rave about a man of God with all of his failings…Trust me when I say that God has a way of dealing with His own Children and He doesn’t need you to do that for Him.

    Call on the name of Jesus if you get into a pickle…the same one that Todd calls upon every day and He will save you from the punishment that is coming your way for being so mean and cruel to one of God’s very own.

      1. And 4 years and some change later I agree!! Penny I would be careful of planting curses while using the LORD’s name in vain! He is a GOD of judgement and even destruction of those who choose not to follow Him but to His children (and no one on earth knows) He is merciful and full of GRACE!! I pray you have found this out and are no longer using the heartbreaking stories of death “scare” people into repent!

  2. Penny, your post was not only ungodly, it was cultist in its not even slightly vieled threats. Utterly disgusting.

    Todd Bentley is a disgrace but your post reveals the mindset behind people who blindly follow him and THAT is really frightening!

  3. Hey, just wonderin’, anyone remember the cross? Remember we’re supposed to carry our own and follow Jesus? The glory comes with the cross, and is commensurate with suffering for the gospel (see Romans 8 I think – we share in His glory if indeed we share in His sufferings). Where’s the cross in all this exchange?

  4. Depends on how you look at it – it’s because of satan that the cross was necessary – not FOR him, but to OVERCOME him. And how did Jesus do it? By forgiving those who sent Him there, saying they didn’t know what they were doing. Aren’t we supposed to do the same, bearing in mind that a judgment day is coming for us too, and it has to do with every word that comes out of mouths (or perhaps also typed on the internet?) I know what I’m talking about – satan’s biggest ploy in all of this is to (1) find Todd’s weak spots and exploit them to the max, then (2) get people judging and condemning in order to bring the same on themselves, so the whole world will scoff at God’s people.

    1. It was not because of satan.. it was because of us. We choose these things, daily.

      Actually, Scripture doesn’t record a judgment day for the righteous.

      Todd isn’t a Christian.

  5. It is appointed once for men to die and after that the judgment (Hebrews 9:27). I’ll let God decide about Todd – I think there’s enough mercy for even him when he repents.

  6. Jesus’ blood is sufficient and shed for all mankind! If Todd has repented of his sins he’s forgiven, period! I hate sin and the destruction it causes, but God and only God is our judge. I’m not on anyone’s side but Jesus’. I pray for unity within the whole body of Christ and that we would stop throwing stones at each other. I pray that we would love one another and lay die our lives for each other! I thank God for His forgiveness, restoration and unending love for all if us. Blessings.

  7. Penny you spoke well, so often we take too many things into our own hands God never called us to stand in on His behalf, Jesus paid the penalty for every person known unto mankind, and the only unforgivable sin is blasphemy of the Holy Ghost. I say this, How dare we Judge those that God readily forgives and while the blood is still on the mercy seat there is remission for our sins. I fear for those who put words in Gods mouth and make judgement on His behalf, when things don’t fit into our ideology then its about time we got on our knees and start crying out for their souls with a pure heart before the Father.

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