Greetings from Manila, Sydney, Abidjan and Los Angeles! Elena & I arrived in the Philippines on Thursday night June 4th to help with all the preparations for the Inaugural Service of the Metro Manila International Christian Church (MMICC)! For the next three days we could not help but reminisce about bringing the original Manila Mission Team of 26 disciples in 1989! With joy we remembered that God provided the Makati Intercontinental Hotel as the cheapest venue! At that incredible service in 1989, God gave us an amazing attendance of 260! On this historic Sunday of June 7th, the 49 disciples of the Manila Remnant Group joined the nine disciples on the Manila Mission Team from LA at the same hotel in the same room, and God blessed the Inaugural Service of the MMICC with 306 in attendance!
306 attend the MMICC Inaugural Service!
To prepare for the Inaugural, we celebrated the Day of MERCY one week early on June 6th! The MMICC served the children of one of the more impoverished neighborhoods of Metro Manila called Payatas. Payatas is the home of 5,000 poor families who make $1 a day scavenging the dump-site for scraps of plastic, metal, paper and glass to sell to junk shops that surround Payatas. Here songs and food were shared with the very grateful children! As well, over 200 pairs of flip flops were given out!
Manila’s MERCY Ambassadors in Payatas!
The MMICC had an incredible beginning as in their first eight days, God showered them with eight additions – three baptisms, three restorations and two place memberships of disciples seeking revival directly from our former fellowship!
Ace was baptized by Michael Kirchner
immediately following the MMICC
On Tuesday, June 16th, Elena & I continued on our missionary journey and landed early in the morning in Sydney, Australia! Joe & Kerry Willis have done an outstanding job leading this now one year old church in this very atheistic country.
The McKeans’ first night in Sydney was spent
with the Willis Family – Joe, Kerry,
Ally and Luke!
Yet, this second year, the Sydney Church has not seen the forceful advancement for which they had dreamed and prayed. For the next few days, we spent time with the leaders listening to their perspectives, studying the Scriptures and praying.
Sean & Teigan!
Mason & Nathalie!
Two aspiring ICCM Students – Jenna and
Dean “The Machine” Lam!
The Clagues and the above leaders each
had a “D-Time” with the McKeans!
Then we preached to the church on Thursday night! On Saturday, Elena preached for the Women’s Day on the theme – LET IT GO! Praise God that Sydney’s 13 women disciples had an attendance of 34!
Themis is so excited about the
Sydney Women’s Day!
The success of the Women’s Day breathed
faith into the entire Sydney Church!
With this great attendance, the entire church believed again that “the fields are ripe for harvest!” (John 4:35) This Sunday, another awesome Chinese college student was baptized into Christ continuing to build the Hong Kong Mission Team!
I flew back with Elena to LA on Sunday, June 21st and met that evening with Tim & Lianne Kernan – who did a marvelous job leading LA in our absence – and the LA Shepherding Couples: Nick & Denise Bordieri and Tony & Therese Untalan to catch up on how the City of Angels Church was doing! A glowing report was given!
The next morning, I was off to Abidjan, Ivory Coast for the First African Missions Conference (AMC)! After four plane flights, I arrived at about 10PM on Tuesday night and received one of the warmest welcomes imaginable! Not only did the 75 disciples at the airport sing in French We Love You With The Love Of The Lord, but then I was ushered outside where I was presented with a gorgeous bouquet of flowers!
Kip receives his biggest bouquet of flowers…
It was also his first!
What a welcome!
Then to the beat of African drums, the Abidjan disciples spread a beautiful blanket on the ground and one by one different disciples danced on it for me as my formal welcome! Then Blaise Feumba whispered in my ear, “Bro, get ready because they would like to have you dance for them!” Andrew Smellie must have seen my facial expression, and encouragingly said, “Bro, just take my hand and follow my lead and I’ll help you out with the rhythm!” So Andrew and I danced for the Abidjan Church!
Micky and Kip meet for the first time!
In many respects, the AMC began in earnest the next day! I was blessed to have a brother and preacher from the Mainline Church of Christ in Nigeria – Benedict Atason – come from contact on Facebook! After three days of Bible study and discussions about the differences between the International Christian Churches and the Mainline Church of Christ, Benedict wholeheartedly decided to join God’s new movement and to bring those he influences in Lagos with him!
Benedict Atason (second from the left) – a Mainline
Church of Christ Preacher – joins
God’s new movement!
Officially the AMC began on Friday afternoon with the Bible Talk Leaders Session!
Friday afternoon’s Bible Talk
On Saturday, we had Men and Women Sessions in the morning. Then in the afternoon, we participated in a very moving MERCY Event of feeding the starving children in the heart of Abidjan!
The MERCY Ambassadors were so fired-up
to feed the children of Abidjan!
Saturday night a Great Banquet was held at Paul & Odile Bekoin’s house! An incredible feast was prepared which included such delicacies as fish heads and giant snails!
Paul & Odile were gracious hosts for the
Saturday Night Banquet at their home!
On the Sunday morning of the African Missions Conference, gathered with the 200 disciples from Ivory Coast were a total of 26 other disciples from the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, France, England and the United States! We had an amazing attendance of 498 with 12 baptisms and the restoration of Lyly Ngungu – the awesome wife of Micky Ngungu!
A rainy Sunday morning does not dampen the
spirits of anyone heading to the
AMC Worship Service!
The AMC Worship Service begins with an
African drum presentation!
Blaise & Patricia Feumba welcome
the AMC participants!
12 souls were baptized into Christ!
The 498 in attendance at the AMC Worship
Service display the unity that will
ultimately evangelize all
With so many remnant disciples in Africa joining the new movement, I am reminded of God’s words in Jeremiah 23:3-4, “I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and will bring them back to their pasture, where they will be fruitful and increase in number. I will place shepherds over them [so] they will no longer be afraid, nor will any be missing!”
I began to fly home that night… and after five flights arrived in Los Angeles late on Monday night tired but totally in awe of God and His forcefully advancing movement!
For the City of Angels Church, the months of May and June have been times of leadership transitions! The Spirit has sent out incredible leaders from LA: Kyle & Joan Bartholomew, Marc & Maika Carbonell, Zach Shields, RJ Castro, Johnny Cortez and Ariel Butler to Manila; Cesar & Debbie Limon and Fernando & Jackie Chavez to Portland; Anthony & Cassidy Olmos to London; Jake & Jen Ramsier and Curt & Morgan Valdez to Honolulu; Princeton & Joy George to San Diego; and Dennis & Corrina Sloan to Santa Barbara! In total so far in 2015, exactly 40 disciples have been sent out to strengthen and plant churches!
Princeton & Joy are now leading the
church in Sunny San Diego!
During this same two month span, we have welcomed several new leaders to our church family: Tim & Lianne Kernan from Toronto, Ricky & Coleen Challinor from Portland, Evan & Kelly Bartholomew from San Diego, Ron & Tracy Harding from Washington DC, Nick & Jackie Economo from Chicago, Rich & Angie Tabizon from Manila, Preston & Shawna Inkley from Boston, and Lou Jack & Cathi Martinez from Honolulu – who baptized their daughter Christine on July 4th!
Christine is baptized by her awesome
dad and mom – Lou Jack &
Also, we are beginning a training program for South Asia Missions in the OC Region of LA under the dynamic leadership of Luke & Brandyn Speckman – who oversee this geographic area of the world which includes the 1.27 billion people of India! Roger & Yassa Green of Chennai have just arrived to train for six months!
Roger & Yassa, welcome to America!
In addition, congratulations to all of our High School and College Graduates! A very special congratulations goes to Avrie Blackwell who was the Valedictorian for Crenshaw High School!
Cory Blackwell’s daughter Avrie is the
Valedictorian of Crenshaw
As well, congratulations to our Central Region Interns Bryson & Jazmine Okuno, who were married in their home city of Honolulu on June 14, 2015! Also we are so happy for Mike & Stephanie Schafer of the OC Region who were married on June 19th!
Bryson & Jazzy Okuno!
Our third wedding was of extra special joy because after years of living together Juan & Eunice Luna became disciples in the Southland Region, and then were married today! Their two kids Joey and Jenisis were as fired up as dad and mom!
Juan & Eunice Luna!
Even in the midst of all these transitions, in the first 181 days of this year God has blessed the City of Angels Church with 247 additions – 190 baptisms, 21 restorations and 36 place memberships! And to God be all the glory!
NEWS FLASH: The 2015 Global Leadership Conference is just days away! Though the “pre-festivities” begin on Tuesday, July 28th, the actual conference begins Friday morning July 31st and concludes Sunday afternoon August 2nd! Our theme this year is SAVIOR OF THE WORLD and indeed this is why we gather annually in LA for this historic seminar!
Register for the 2015 GLC today to worship
with disciples from all around the globe!
The registration fee is $175 again this year and you may register online at: 2015glc.eventbrite.com. So far 441 have registered. Our “break even goal” is 1,400! So please register today and pray for this life-changing conference!
NEWS FLASH – Nick Bordieri: “You’re So Special!” – The Seventh Annual International Day of MERCY! “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” (Galatians 5:6) Everyone needs that special touch of Jesus, and this is especially true for the poor and needy around the world!
I was so encouraged to receive the good news to hear about how each of you, MERCY Ambassadors, expressed your faith through love by touching the lives of those less fortunate across the globe from the Annual MERCY Community Day Fair in Hilo; to serving orphans in Santiago, Sao Paulo, Haiti and Phoenix; to community beautification projects in Chennai, San Francisco and Boston; to restoration projects in NYC; to youth education programs in Dallas, Syracuse and Washington DC; to serving those with disabilities in Chicago and Moscow; and to encouraging the elderly in Brazil and Houston; and feeding the poor in Abidjan and Manila!
London Ambassadors earned over $1,000 tagging
for MERCY’s Haiti Water Filtration Program,
which will supply over 20 water filters
to families in need!
For the International Day of MERCY in Los Angeles over 600 MERCY Ambassadors divided up into five super regions, and were provided the basics of disaster and emergency preparedness by the American Red Cross. The question is not if something happens, but when! By being prepared for what to do in a natural disaster or emergency situations, like fires, car accidents, shooting incidents and terrorist acts, we become part of the solution rather than victims that need special attention. Echoing the Red Cross’ slogan for disaster and emergency preparedness, “The worst disaster is not being prepared!”
In LA, the MERCY Ambassadors were readied
by the Red Cross for “when” disaster strikes!
The impact on the lives of so many around the world during the International Day of MERCY 2015 can be summed up by the three words in a card written by one of our youngsters to encourage the homeless in London: “You are special!”
I’ll close with a quote from Trina Strand, the Director of Janus Youth – a transitional housing program for homeless youth in Portland, “These kids get forgotten by everyone else, and the fact that you guys are here helping shows them that they matter!”
Thanks to Nick & Denise Bordieri – our Global
MERCY Directors – for coordinating all the
efforts of the MERCY Ambassadors!
Thank you MERCY Ambassadors for letting the poor, needy and less fortunate in your communities know that they matter to us and to God! Through your relentless efforts, the loving touch of Jesus is making them feel “so special!”
And now more good news from our world sectors around the globe…
HEADLINE NEWS – USA SW QUADRANT
Jeremy Ciaramella: In 1 Chronicles 28:17 it is written, “I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things have I given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you.”
In the Valley of “the Son,” we are rejoicing that God has blessed the willing hearts of the brothers and sisters! We blew out Special Missions with over 104% of our goal! God also blessed us with five additions in the month of June! We are so grateful for the efforts and creativity of our AMS House Church Leaders, Josiah & Kristin Smith! They planned the “So You Think You Have Talent” Event this year and rallied many in the church around this amazing production! Some very talented artists performed and were reached-out to as well as over $5,000 profit was raised for missions!
Joshua & Kristin Smith organized the “So
You Think You Have Talent” Event!
We also profited greatly from our brother Anthony Patterson’s visit to the African Missions Conference! Upon his return, he gave a very stirring and sobering account of his experiences in Abidjan, opening our eyes to how privileged we are in the USA!
On the streets of Abidjan, Anthony (second from
the right) hangs with Jonathan of LA, Lola
of Kinshasa and Jacques of London!
Anthony sharing about his adventures at the
AMC with the Phoenix Church!
The first of the five added to our number by God was an amazing single mother – Tasha Moore! She’s been attending church for almost a year and her oldest teenage daughter Jazylyn is now studying the Bible! Next, God brought us “triplets” on Father’s Day! He added a college student named Cisco, a single brother named Darryl, and the physical sister to our campus ministry women’s leader Brittany Bulerin – Deliisa! It is totally inspiring to see God change Deliisa’s heart from persecuting her sister to now living as a joyful and faithful disciple!
The Phoenix Brothers pray with Cisco as
he prepares to enter the Kingdom!
The Lord also added to our number our newest sister Regina Daniel, and so all of us are so very grateful to see God growing His church!
Regina rejoices in her salvation!
“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples!” (John 15:8) We are humbled and grateful to be witnessing our Father’s glory in Phoenix!
Victor Gonzalez: Greetings from Las Vegas! “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us…” (Ephesians 3:20) A year ago, David & Sonia Green came to Las Vegas as a part of the missionary group to strengthen the church! Now after having an awesome and productive year, they are being sent to Orlando as potential members of the Miami Mission Team to continue their training under our dear friends Matt & Helen Sullivan! I am super proud of my daughter and my son in the faith and even though it is very painful to separate from them, my wife Sonia & I understand that this is the price to evangelize the world!
David & Sonia are sent by the Spirit to
pursue their dream to help plant
the Miami Church!
Last week, we had Jonathan & Bree’s wedding! Today is David & Sonia’s last Sunday here in Vegas and we had an awesome Sunday, as well as another wedding – Saul & Shirlyn – and they were baptized immediately following the ceremony! It is incredible seeing God change their lives!
Congratulations to Saul & Shirlyn!
We are getting ready for an amazing GLC and super fired-up to have the opportunity to fellowship with disciples from all over the world!
HEADLINE NEWS – USA NW QUADRANT & CANADA
Cesar Limon: “In His defense Jesus said to them, ‘My Father is always at His work to this very day, and I too am working.'” (John 5:17) Grace and peace in abundance from the Portland Saints! Sadly this past week, Oregon passed a law where people are able to consume, grow and possess marijuana legally and now there are more marijuana shops in Portland than McDonalds or Starbucks! Satan is working to numb out people from reality but thankfully God and His church are working here to do just the opposite as this past month we held the first Portland – ICCM Session, hosted five MERCY Events, and we witnessed nine added to the Portland family – three baptisms, three restorations and three place memberships!
First to be baptized was Megan from the Singles Ministry; then Mercedes from the Latin Ministry; and lastly, Arrow at today’s service!
Megan gives the new Portland challenge,”The
Living Waters will reach you next!”
It was amazing how God worked with Arrow to bring him out! Arrow had a prayer Monday morning to find people to study the Bible with and about four hours later he met Jorge Castillo at PSU! Fascinatingly, that same morning Jorge had prayed a specific prayer for God to add more “arrows” to his quiver (Psalm 127:3-5)… Who would have thought that God would not just give him a great PSU student but that his name would literally be “Arrow!”
Baptisms are incredible, but equally awesome are restorations and this week Whitney Santos-DiLoreto, a very dear sister to many in the Kingdom, was restored to the Lord! She also gave birth this past week to her new baby boy, Noah!
Whitney gives birth to baby Noah the
same week she is restored!
Lastly it was amazing to have heroes in the faith Juan Carlos, his wife Betty, and his mother Blanca place membership with us from the New York City Church! Great to be in God’s SoldOut Movement! Mucho amor from Portland!
Heroes in the faith to many Juan Carlos, his wife
Betty and his mother Blanca all place
membership from NYC!
Jake Studer of Toronto: Warm greetings from the “Eh-Team!” We have had an exciting month as God has already richly blessed the work of the campus disciples with our first campus baptism of the summer on the FIRST day of summer – Father’s Day! Our new brother John Froese is a second year Criminology Major at the internationally renowned University of Toronto!
John’s baptism ignites the fervor
of the Toronto Brothers!
In addition, we are humbled to have celebrated our FIRST YEAR ANNIVERSARY today and enjoyed an incredible service complete with a commemorative video which can be seen on YouTube here: http://youtu.be/m5rcVzgzYUw. To God be all the glory!
The Toronto MERCY Ambassadors!
Jason Dimitry of San Francisco: “So the Word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly!” (Acts 6:7) June has been a month of incredible victories here in the Bay! We have seen the number of disciples increase by six giving us 106 sold-out disciples in the San Francisco Bay Church!
The SF Sisters adore their baby sister Rachel!
We were all truly blown away on Father’s Day when we took up our Special Missions Contribution collecting 144% of our Movement Goal! This abundance gives us the means to now see “the Word of God spread” to Sacramento, which means from a Pauline perspective California has been evangelized!
It was so inspiring last week to “spy out the land” with the Beases! Jacob & Courtney have so much vision for California’s capital city! Another highlight was seeing the beautiful wedding of Elliot & Camille Svenkeson!
Congratulations to Elliot & Camille!
So excited to see you at the GLC!
Jacob Beas: Greetings from the soon-to-be Sacramento Church! We are thrilled to report incredible news from the “spying out the land” trip we took with the Dimitrys on June 22-24th! It was both a faith-building and humbling time to visit the Capital of California and to realize that God has already given this incredible city to us! We made a special point of visiting the four largest campuses praying at each one for many souls to be saved there! Then we claimed the land by stomping our feet in unison!We were also able to take the majority of our mission team the following weekend for a day trip, imitating the faith-building time we had with the Dimitrys!
The Sensational Sacramento Mission Team!
We are eternally grateful for our amazing leaders, Jason & Sarah, who took us under their wings and have invested so much to get us ready for this mission! Can’t wait to be sent out at the GLC! See you there!
HEADLINE NEWS – USA SOUTH QUADRANT
Mike Patterson: “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” (Acts 20:24) Greetings from Gainesville! We have been in the race to win souls not only spiritually but physically as well! Our Annual 5K Run For Missions is a fundraiser for our Special Missions Contribution to support God’s work around the world. We run the race and then have church in the park!
Gainesville’s Annual 5K Run For Missions!
Congratulations to Jason (University of Florida baseball player and disciple!) who won the event this year! It was coordinated by our brother Brady Vaughn with this year’s theme being the Fire & Ice: Water Run!
Jason wins the prize “that will not last!”
We added a “slip and slide” in the middle of the race and at the finish line with participants being sprayed with water guns and possibly hit by water balloons! God helped us the following week to blow out our 25X Special Missions Goal by raising over $36,000!
The Gainesville Disciples were soaring
after blowing out their Missions Goal!
Not only are we running the race to raise money to win souls but also to complete “the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace” through people being added to God’s church. On June 24th after Men’s Midweek, we saw an incredible University of Florida student named Evenson baptized into Christ and then today we were able to witness an amazing young woman named Kelsey make Jesus Lord by entering the waters of baptism!
Kelsey surrenders all and makes Jesus
her Lord and Savior!
We also want to thank Anthony & Elizabeth Eckels for hosting an incredible Singles Retreat in Destin, Florida last weekend for the US South Quadrant Churches. We came back with a vision of an AMS Ministry and had our first ever AMS Life Group (Bible Talk) with five visitors at a coffee shop that was hosting an Open Mic Night! Please pray for our Bring Your Neighbor Day this Sunday! We look forward to seeing you at the GLC and to God be all the glory!
Tyler Sears: Greetings and “Howdy Y’all” from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW)! The last couple weeks have been encouraging as the Lord added three to our number – one baptism and two restorations! Several weeks ago Sarah was baptized into Christ after meeting Jodwin at his job. She was doing an internship and was impacted by Jodwin’s boldness and his life!
Also, Anthony & Kayla Clark were restored last week! After moving to DFW from Tulsa, Oklahoma for the sake of being in a SoldOut Movement Church, they shared how their sins had taken them out of the Kingdom but rejoiced at the chance to do it “God’s way” again! Shay & I were personally inspired as they were an answered prayer!
Anthony’s & Kayla’s restorations means
so much to Tyler & Shay!
Matt Sullivan: Greetings from the Orlando Church! Indeed, nothing is impossible for our God! We committed to the needs of the movement months ago to give $38,000 for Special Missions and to give again in November… but wanted to give all at once so our goal June 15th was $50,000! We then set a faith goal of $65,000! God did the impossible and blessed us with $76,106!
Another financial miracle was seeing God answer our prayer to have Adrian Jimenez come on Staff! So we prayed and his family committed to supporting him for a year full-time by giving his intern salary directly to the church! Also a joy to the entire congregation is our newest dating couple – Adrian Jimenez & Kacie Fligor!
Congratulations to Adrian & Kacie… Kacie’s
many friends are looking forward to
meeting Adrian at the GLC!
In the last three days, the Lord added to our number again as Dinayjah and Stefen were baptized from our Full-Sail Singles/Campus Bible Talk! And to God be the glory!
HEADLINE NEWS – EUROPE
Michael Williamson: Greetings from London England! Amidst historic warm weather here in the UK, it’s been a joy watching the Holy Spirit move through the London International Christian Church! God has blessed the church with eight additions and a new dating couple in the past five weeks! It was awesome to see two siblings come to the Lord; Jeanette Yeboha’s brother Ridge was the first to be baptized; then Kenny Giwa’s brother and semi-pro footballer (soccer player) Sadique was baptized a week later! The Kingdom unifying families is what it’s all about!
Sadique is so fired-up to have
a purpose beyond “football!”
The following week Sadique was determined to convert his best friend Michael who is actually just as talented on the football pitch! God blessed his prayers as Michael was added just a week later!
We then baptized an incredible young Hungarian woman named Eni (Annie) who’s gentle and quiet spirit refreshed the saints! Eni’s story is amazing as she was baptized into the Golders Green Bible Talk after her cousin, who stopped studying the Bible, gave her a share card and said that Eni would find the studies helpful!
Eni enjoying the Singles Retreat!
The following week, we hosted the Singles Retreat where an incredible zealous brother Sean, asked our dear sister MJ to be his girlfriend!!!!
Jenn Watkins not enjoying the Singles
Retreat as much as Eni!
We also restored our sister Stephanie at Campus Devo, and baptized an incredible Lithuanian single professional man named Arunis!
Arunis (pictured with his daughter Saula) was
baptized thanks to the prayers of our
Lithuanian brother Martynas
in the Stockholm Church!
The following weekend, we had an incredible Marrieds Encouragement Weekend, where we were able to have a lovely boat cruise, dinner and for “dessert” all the men recited poems to their wives (flowers in hand) in front of huge crowds in South London’s beautiful historic Richmond Area!
Lastly, Anthony & Cassidy arrived from LA on Monday and the church is so fired up! Anthony has already been dubbed “Instant Impact Anthony,” accompanied with his amazing wife “Kind Cassidy!” We are so honored to work side-by-side with this amazing couple building Europe for God’s glory! Thank you LA, and all who have poured their hearts into this amazing young couple!
Anthony & Cassidy are profoundly moved
by the love of the London Church!
Cassidy wilted hearts with her communion, and Anthony flat preached the Word at Bible Talk Leaders Meeting! Can’t wait to see you in a few weeks at the GLC!
HEADLINE NEWS – RUSSIAN COMMONWEALTH
Elena Sirotkina: Greetings from the Moscow, Russia and the Kiev, Ukraine Churches! This past month in Moscow started out great as we had the encouraging visit of Luke & Brandyn Speckman fresh from their missionary trip to Chennai, India!
With this boost in June, the Moscow and Kiev Churches added 11 new brothers and sisters by baptism! Our two great and faithful brothers from Congo – who were baptized less than two months ago – shared their faith with students in the People’s Friendship University of Russia. And so at the beginning of June, Stephen from Cameroon and Zhan-Pol from Congo were baptized!
The next Sunday, we had an amazing International Service where everyone came in costumes representative of their nationalities! It’s was funny, colorful and most importantly a fruitful service, where we witnessed four baptisms – two men and two women!
The Kapskys share at the International Service!
The Moscow International Christian Church!
The Moscow Sisters enjoy the fellowship
after the International Service!
So great to see how God is adding to the church in Moscow people from different nationalities who are living in Russia! This Thursday, we had the baptism of Timur from Kalmykia (Muslim Republic) from the Bible Talk of Timur & Vika Butakov! Now we have two brothers and a sister from this country! So pray for the mission team that God is forming for this great nation!
Our new brother Timur (left) from Kalmykia shows
Timur Butakov where Kalmykia is located!
Kalmykia is in red!
Another great news is from our dear church in Kiev, Ukraine! One year ago our daughter Sofiia was baptized into Christ! After one month, we were able to visit Ukraine and encourage our church there. On Sunday service, Sofiia met her friend Irina from Kids Kingdom! Irina, was very humble to ask Sofiia to study the Bible with her. Sofiia felt privileged to do it and after some time Irina was baptized!
Irina, who is 15 years old, prayed to be fruitful, and two months ago she shared her faith on campus and invited Ludmila, who started to study the Bible! Ludmila shared her faith with her roommate Alina and both of them decided to become disciples and were baptized! Then Alina asked her classmate Masha to help with preparation for an exam. Masha was kind and came to help, but Alina thought that she doesn’t have the money to pay Masha… Then she realized that she had a lot more than money – her faith and a little knowledge of the Bible! Masha was atheist, but because of Alina’s teaching from the Bible, she was interested to go to service. Last Sunday, we were able to see this miracle of faith as Masha was baptized!
Left to right: Sofiia studied with Irina; Irina
studied with Ludmila; Ludmila invited
Alina; Alina studied with Masha!
For the Day of MERCY, Moscow held a photo contest titled, “The Moment” to raise awareness for people with disabilities. Over 110 photographs from across Russia were displayed. This momentous event was attended not only by the public but also government delegates, sponsors and founders of philanthropic foundations!
Moscow’s Day of MERCY – “The Moment!”
On June 27-28th, we had our first Campus Retreat near Moscow and five new disciples from Ukraine registered and after 20 hours trip by bus came to their first Campus Retreat! In a time where the countries of Russia and Ukraine have a very tense relationship, it great to see that in the Kingdom there is nothing but peace and love! To Him be the glory!
HEADLINE NEWS – AFRICA
Andrew Smellie: To my African Brothers and Sisters: “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1) I thank God for the opportunity to have met all you at the First African Missions Conference of God’s new movement! It was a privilege to worship side-by-side with you as we prayed for God to gather His remnant from the farthest horizon! (Nehemiah 1:8-9)
Upon their arrival in Abidjan, Andrew & Patrique
are greeted in French with We Love You
With The Love Of The Lord!
Jacques Groenewald (left) of South Africa
and Tamru Belhu of Eithiopia!
I will never forget the privilege to feed the children for our Day of MERCY!
The International MERCY Ambassadors!
With Micky Ngungu leading the singing,
the entire Abidjan Church does the
“Spiritual Conga” around
Micky & Lyly are hugged by Kip
after Lyly’s restoration!
To God be the glory! It was especially encouraging to notice that the first two baptisms were Soumaila & Judith Gouba, who are now eager to start a remnant group in Burkina Faso!
A special note of thanks is due to Amadou & Angele Sountoura of the Mighty Abidjan Church for being such incredible hosts! Patrique & I felt completely cared for and loved. It is my hope that our time together was just the beginning of uniting our hearts as we serve together faithfully building our ministries!
Amadou & Angele Sountoura – the Abidjan
Dear African Family, Let us all take the challenge to have weekly D-times with our discipling partners as we pray for God to bring forth an abundant harvest throughout the continent of Africa! Pray for the “reconstruction” of the Abidjan and Korezouzoua, Ivory Coast Remnant Groups (numbering about 140 and 60 respectively), where each member will “count the cost” to be added to the official membership list! Prayerfully, Abidjan will celebrate their Inaugural Service on July 19th and Korezouzoua will celebrate their Inaugural in late August!
Looking forward to returning to Africa in early 2016 with my wife and dearest partners in the gospel – Blaise & Patricia Feumba – to see for the first time our 325 member Kinshasa, DRC Church dynamically led by Micky Ngungu and Lola Lof!
Lyly points to Johannesburg on the Crown of
Thorns Project because with her restoration
the J’burg Remnant Group has begun!
For a slideshow on the AMC please see go to: https://drive.google.com/a/usd21.org/file/d/0B4P43SUHI40mUkE3N0ExYzR1Tk0/view! We are family…to the end!
HEADLINE NEWS – CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA
Alfredo Anuch: Greetings from Santiago de Chile! Although the past few weeks have been extremely cold here (it’s winter in the Southern Hemisphere!), the church has been completely on fire!!! In the last five weeks, God has blessed us with eight additions!
Ramón, the father of our young disciples Gonzalo and Paulina, came to visit and when he realized the changes in his children, he decided to study the Bible… In less than two weeks, Ramón was baptized! His words were, “Finally, after so many, many years, I’ve found the church of God!”
Ramón (striped shirt) is baptized because
of his children’s awesome example!
Onésimo & Jolymar, an incredible Venezuelan married couple, visited the church after finding us on the Internet! Onésimo, having studied theology and with an ample knowledge of the Scriptures, and Jolymar, a journalist by profession, became like children to receive the message and thus be born again!
The Central Sector Disciples are overjoyed
by Onésimo’s & Jolymar’s baptisms!
Equally encouraging, Jorge was baptized in the ICOC in 1990 which was the year that the church here in Santiago was planted! He was a faithful disciple up to 1996… After 19 years of being lost, José Andrés, our Shepherd-in-training, had Jorge on his heart. So José Andrés contacted him, talked about the Lord, and the new movement! Jorge was so excited that after a month of studying and repenting, he was restored!
Jorge is restored to the Lord by José
Andrés (left) and Giovanni!
And, this Sunday, Felipe – another Civil Engineering student at the prestigious Universidad Católica – was baptized! Malcolm met him and in just two weeks Felipe became a disciple! To God be the glory!
Felipe is baptized by Malcom and Gonzalo!
Raul Moreno: “For this reason I kneed before the Father, from whom every family in and on earth derives its name.” (Ephesians 3:14-15) Greetings from your fellow brothers and sisters in Sao Paulo, Brazil! We look forward to seeing all the churches at the GLC in just three weeks!
In June, the Lord was good to us as two more USP campus students were baptized! First Sandra was baptized who is doing her doctorate in Statistics! Then Rafael was baptized, who is in his first year doing Engineering! As well this past month, two amazing single women were baptized! Their names are Giovanna and Amanda! God has been very good to us! We love you with the love of the Lord!
Amanda (third from left) is the spiritual
twin of Rafael (fourth from the left)!
Carlos Mejia: “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8) Greetings from the SoldOut Movement disciples in Mexico City and a very Happy Fourth of July to all of our American brothers and sisters!
The month of June brought with it the spiritual winds of change with the bulk of the Supplemental Mission Team from Santiago arriving in June. Although change can be challenging (especially when moving from country to country) these 12 gallant disciples have given up every comfort for the cause of Jesus and have already strengthened the church here in immeasurable ways! We are all eager and excited to build a pillar church for all of Mexico and Central America!
The Mexico City Supplemental Mission
Team from Santiago!
Amidst all of the transitions, God has not ceased to add to our number through baptisms and several restorations! Noteworthy was the restoration of a very dynamic “veteran” couple, Hugo & Adriana Barcelo who came directly from our former fellowship seeking revival! After coming out to service to see a longtime friend Jose Luis Cruz be restored, they immediately recognized that this was the “church that they were baptized into!” As they traversed through the Bible studies, skillfully led by Jose & Daniela Otero, the Barcelos were asked how they felt about placing membership, to which they emphatically responded, “WE NEED TO BE RESTORED!” Many tears were shed as they shared at their restoration!
The Mexico City Church was refreshed
by the humility of the Barcelos!
And so all of us, together with the angels in Heaven, rejoiced in the fact that the Lord is gathering His remnant! And to Him be all the glory!
HEADLINE NEWS – PACIFIC RIM & AUSTRAL-CHINA
Kyle Bartholomew: “The Word of God continued to increase and spread!” (Acts 12:24) In early May, the Manila Mission Team was sent out from the City of Angels Church! Upon landing there was so much to do, but the Manila Remnant Group and especially Rich & Angie Tabizon made it a very smooth landing!
On June 7, 2015 was our Inaugural Service where 49 disciples from the Remnant Group and nine from the Mission Team saw God bring 306 and one baptism and two restorations! There were so many open people and remnant disciples! We so appreciate Joe & Kerry Willis, Michael & Sharon Kirchner, Kirk & Margie Hamula, and especially Kip & Elena helping with all the visitors that day!
The incredible Single Interns of the MMICC!
One very special remnant couple visited that morning – Simple & Jehney Castro! Though they were a bit distant at first they were quick to accept an invitation by the McKeans to study with them about the core convictions of the new movement!
The Monday night study with the Castros
(second and third from the right)!
The following Sunday was spectacular as we had 155 at service as Kip preached a great lesson on True Greatness! Other highlights that day included two more baptisms and the placing of membership by the Castros! They brought their four daughters, and at their time of sharing before the congregation, Simple in tears and holding up a very weathered Bible said, “For 14 years my life has been Hell! Though I have never missed church, when the former fellowship abandoned discipling and accountability, to my shame, I went back to my old sins even worse than before!”
Simple preaches with his weathered Bible
that discipling is a command of God!
This Sunday, the three oldest daughters placed membership – Kendi (pronounced “Candy”), Keyk (pronounced “Cake”), Chocolate Kisses – and the youngest – Caramel – was baptized! Needless to say, the Castros are a very “sweet” family!
The Castro Family – Jehney, Chocolate Kisses,
Keyk, Simple, Kendi and Caramel!
So just 29 days after our Inaugural Service, God has blessed us with 22 additions – 11 baptisms, six restorations and five place memberships directly from the ICOC!
Joel Tesoro was restored at the MMICC Inaugural
Service! Yesterday, he passed on into glory!
Amazingly, he was fruitful with May Kalalang
last Sunday and prayerfully will be fruitful
again with Astrid Castaneda this week!
Joe Willis: Greetings from the Kingdom “DOWN UNDER,” also known as the Sydney International Christian Church! If we could explain the love and joy that have been bred into the disciples by the Lord’s triumphant and gracious victories, it would be best depicted in Psalm 96:11, “Let the Heavens REJOICE, let the earth BE GLAD; let the sea RESOUND, and ALL that is in it!”
First off, on the 20th of June this year, God blessed the church with such inspiration through a gorgeous and spectacular Women’s Day! What a “faith-increasing” moment it was as the 13 sisters stepped up to the plate and were therefore blessed with an amazing total of 21 friends and family present! With the beautiful theme LET IT GO, the Spirit truly led the event to deeply impact everyone’s hearts! From vibrant sea-blue colors in flowers and decor, to heart-wrenching testimonies of young and tender-hearted Christians, to an outstanding powerful skit creatively pieced together, and to finally, the courageous barrier-breaking speech brilliantly done by Elena McKean, so many friends and family eagerly signed up to return for either Bible studies or to be part of Bible discussions!
The incredible Sydney Women’s Day!
In addition to God’s generosity and plan to encourage us with Kip & Elena visiting, at our church’s MERCY Event, we cleaned up a common beach area at Neutral Bay by taking away glass, drug needles, etc! A local resident took notice of the significant efforts made by the disciples who served wholeheartedly that day! This kind gentleman saw it in his heart to thank the Sydney International Church with a donation to Special (in a time of such need) totaling $200!
The Sydney MERCY Ambassadors!
Since Kip & Elena’s visit, with renewed vision and direction, we have seen a dramatic change in forceful advancement, starting with the baptism of our new Christian brother Calvin Shuen, an Australian national from Hong Kong studying at Macquarie University! This baptism is doubly special as he is the younger brother of our sister Themis, who had been praying to see her brother become a Christian this year as part of her “2015 impossible prayers!”
God answers Themis’ impossible prayer for
her brother Calvin to be baptized!
HEADLINE NEWS – USA NORTH QUADRANT & INDIA
Chris Broom of New York City: Greetings from “The City That Never Sleeps!” The disciples here have been working tirelessly to fund-raise for World Missions and now, the Global Leadership Conference! With a Missions Contribution goal of $148,000, the 136 disciples of NYC gave $156,905! Amen!
Then, in the spirit of missions, on Sunday June 28th, we bid farewell to some incredible disciples! First, we sent-off some of my dearest friends, Juan Carlos Garcia, his wife Betty, his daughter Samantha, and his mother Blanca to be with the Portland Church. Juan Carlos has been very ill for many years, is still in need of a kidney transplant, and is on dialysis every day. Despite all this, he has fought valiantly to build Spanish Ministries in all the churches that he has been a part of, and now as he returns to the Portland Church, we pray that he will be able to regain his health and be a powerful part of the Spanish Ministry there!
The Garcia Familia heads to Portland!
The Lord has blessed us to receive two incredible sisters: Hope Gbadayor, from the Syracuse Church, and Malorie Dela Cruz, from the San Diego Church who has come to train for the ministry alongside her boyfriend Amar Panduranga!
Amar & Malorie are thrilled to be
training together in NYC!
We were also thrilled to send Aaron Viscichini & Sharmayne Villarino to Manila to be a part of the Inaugural Service there! Sharmayne brought out 14 of her friends and family to church that day! Aaron & Sharmayne are engaged to be married on December 19th and are our newest Region Leaders as they now lead the Brooklyn / Staten Island Region!
Sharmayne’s 14 guests at the
MMICC Inaugural Service!
Aaron has hit the ground running and baptized two men at St. Francis College (both named John)! We are currently praying to baptize “3rd” John! Also, another CCNY student, Marcus, was baptized as well!
Aaron and Angel baptize John from
St. Francis College!
Finally, our incredibly talented brother Ernest Felton Baker, winner of the US Presidential Scholarship at the Kennedy Center, and a cast that included 18 disciples and some of our “talented teens” performed this month on the main stage at the historic 2015 Harlem Arts Festival! His Biblically inspired work HOME is an incredible performance that involved praise, hip hop, African, contemporary and interpretive dancing, hymns and sermons! When asked by the announcer what HOME was about Ernest said, “The journey from dark to light!” To God be the glory!
NYC Disciples perform at the 2015 Harlem
Arts Festival and look forward to
performing at the GLC
Courtney Parlour: This past month has been action packed here in Syracuse! Joel was grateful to see a lifelong dream be fulfilled as he went to the African Missions Conference! He came home with an inspired faith and vision! Thank you Abidjan Church for hosting such a historic weekend! This is only the beginning of the thousands of miracles to come! Also, we are very happy to have our Russian missionary home from Moscow, Oksana Ososkolo!
Joel overlooking Abidjan!
About nine months ago, Akilah was reached out to on campus by Miriam and Gina. She studied the Bible and almost got baptized but then walked away. The women stayed in contact with her and through their persistence and many prayers, Akilah was inspired to come back to church! She studied the Bible for a few more months and finally surrendered everything over to God! When it was time to answer the questions at baptism she quickly said, “Jesus is Lord! Let’s go!” She could not get into the waters of baptism quick enough!
Akilah so appreciates the Syracuse Church
the second time around!
Also, our brother Kwaku was restored today! He is more zealous than ever before to win Syracuse University to Christ! A special thanks to Chris Broom for preaching an incredible sermon today! Chris & Theresa and many other disciples from Boston and New York City joined us for worship today and then we had the amazing wedding of Tyler & Sarah Payne! We believe God is going to do countless miracles through them in the years to come!
Maria Franklin of Chicago: “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.'” (Lamentations 3:22-24) What an incredible month! Today we celebrated the Great Chicago Church’s Nine Year Anniversary! It was an awesome time of celebration of what God has done these past years!
Jay’s sermon however encouraged us to make tomorrow and the days to come the “Glory Days!” Of note of the original Chicago Mission Team, so many have been sent out from Chicago on other plantings all around the movement! That said only five remain: Jay & Barb Shelbrack, Joe & Denise Chiappetta, and my husband Anthony Franklin!
This month God has blessed the church with six additions – four baptisms and two place memberships! Two of the baptisms were daughters of members here in Chicago! Marisol is the daughter of Letty & Moises! Jennifer, a teen, is the daughter of Veronica who was just baptized in March!
Tashonna rejoices at her baptism!
Also of note, Walter, who is from China, was baptized and will be graduating with a Masters in Accounting at DePaul University!
This month we participated in our Fourth Annual Men’s Retreat with the North Region blowing out the competition and winning the coveted “Diotrephes” Trophy. (Diotrephes in 3 John “loves to be first!”) It was a day of food, fun and games!
The rules are laid out for the Watermelon
Eating Contest… No hands!
The final match between Omar and Theo
in the Arm Wrestling Contest!
Finally we are so fired up to have seven new Unpaid Interns for the Summer! Pray for us to have an incredible Summer Surge this month!
Coltin Rohn: Greetings from Boston – the land of many “hahvast fields!” “‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the Lord Almighty.” (Haggai 2:8) With a Missions Contribution Goal of $50,000, God gave us over $52,000 – thanks to 30 disciples giving well over 100%!
God also allowed us to baptize a physical therapist from Nigeria and is God’s encouragement to us and the movement as his name is “Endurance!”
We also had a great Day of MERCY as we continued our bond with the Lynn School District Coalition, and also with KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program)! Pray as Ted Karonis may become the Camp Director for “Camp Free” and would provide a way to help so many poor children throughout the North Shore!
Ted Karonis hard at work during
the Day of MERCY!
Debs Rajan of Chennai: Greetings from the land of 210 languages – India! Raja, my awesome husband, has deep convictions that in order to evangelize India and the surrounding nations, every disciple needs to know a minimum of three languages: English, Hindi and the local language of the state! So the Chennai disciples have started taking Hindi classes!
The Chennai International Christian Church!
Excitingly, Philip, a Pentecostal Pastor who was baptized in Chennai, went back to his hometown in Raipur and started preaching about his transformation and God’s new movement! To assist him, we sent Roger, Yassa, Parthiban and Amanda to study the Bible with his congregation! Bad weather, poor living conditions, different food habits – nothing could stop these valiant disciples from baptizing those who were willing!
So amazing, Anil, who was leading three churches, studied the Bible and went back to his churches and told them that “he is not a ‘true Christian’ so they too are not ‘true Christians!'” Then he too came to Chennai and was baptized!
The Chennai Disciples welcome the Raipur
Christians at midnight – Kingdom style!
Philip’s wife Pinky, his niece Dolly, Alisha and her sister Asha, her friend Princykala and Dhasharath’s wife Sushma all were baptized in the river! We now have nine disciples in the Raipur International Christian Church! To God be the glory!
Philip with his wife Pinky, Dolly, Alisha
and Anil the ex-Pentecostal Pastor!
Dear Brothers and Sisters: In closing, let us fall to our knees to praise our Almighty God and Father for an incredible 20X Missions Contribution in the United States Churches for international missions that now totals over $1,500,000! As well, let us give praise to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for the Day of MERCY celebrated by all 59 SoldOut Movement Churches in 29 nations!
Kip in his beloved Manila with the children
at Smokey Mountain in 1989!
Kip with the children of Payatas
in Metro Manila in 2015!
Let us continue to pray for what promises to be the best Global Leadership Conference… yet! “Finally, brothers, pray… that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you!” And to God be all the glory!
We are family… to the end,
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** May 31, 2015
Good News Email
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Dear <<First Name>>,
Greetings from Los Angeles! As reported in the last Good New Email on May 3rd, the month of May started extraordinarily for the City of Angels International Christian Church (CAICC)! On Friday night May 1st, we met together for the CAICC Basketball League Championship! Then on Sunday morning May 3rd, the congregation again met together for the glorious Manila Mission Team Send-Off Worship Service!
The 10 member Manila Mission Team is welcomed
by the 51 disciples in the Manila Remnant
Group with a “slaughtered pig!”
Since the departure of the Metro Manila Mission Team, the City of Angels Church has migrated to three Super Regions (composed of four regions each) which cover the vast five county area of Los Angeles where almost 20 million people live! So for our Tuesday, May 5th Staff Meeting, Elena & I met with the 12 Region Leader Brothers and Sisters on top of Mount Shalom (Mt. Hollywood) from which much of the Los Angeles area can be inspirationally viewed!
After a time of worshipful singing, the three new Super Region Leaders preached Jesus’ vision from Acts 1:8, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in JERUSALEM, and in all JUDEA AND SAMARIA; and to THE ENDS OF THE EARTH!” Since Tim Kernan will be leading the LA Church by next summer, he eloquently preached on JERUSALEM; Cory Blackwell, having deep convictions from all his years of raising funds for Missions Contributions, challenged us with the message – JUDEA AND SAMARIA; and Andrew Smellie, soon to be leading the Africa Missions Conference, delivered the inspiring close-out message – THE ENDS OF THE EARTH! Afterward, the brothers prayed in one group and the sisters in their group!
Tim preaching on Mt. Shalom!
The fired-up City of Angels Region
Saturday, May 16th was our May ICCM Session! In September, Dr. Tim Kernan & Lianne Kernan will become the President and Dean of Women of the ICCM – LA, respectively! As well, Evan Bartholomew has joined our ICCM Staff as a Graduate Teaching Assistant!
Dr. Tim Kernan introduces the ICCM’s newest
Graduate Teaching Assistant –
On the weekend of May 23-24th, Elena & I made the five hour drive to Las Vegas to preach for the church and to participate in the wedding festivities of Udo & Sara Ibe! It truly was a magnificent celebration where God was glorified!
Congratulations to Udo & Sara Ibe!
With their colorful traditional Nigerian dresses,
Udo’s grandmother and mom add to the
inspiration of the evening wedding!
The sacred wedding vows of disciples shine
bright in a world full of divorce!
Sunday, May 31st concluded almost five months of efforts to achieve our 20X Missions Contribution! Every member was striving to personally raise at least 20X their weekly pledge from the world or by personal sacrifice. From my perspective, this particular Missions Contribution was one of our most difficult because of all the transitions in our congregation for missions, which included five Regional Leader changes and 49 disciples sent to the mission field! So with a goal of $568,000, God blessed the CAICC with $580,200! Even in the midst of all the multitudinous transitions and monumental efforts to secure our Missions Contribution, in the first 151 days of 2015 the Lord has added to our number 196 souls – 157 baptisms, 19 restorations and 20 place memberships! And to God be all the glory!
NEWS FLASH: The inspirational theme of the 2015 Global Leadership Conference (GLC) is SAVIOR OF THE WORLD! Our theme as well as all of the lessons and classes at this year’s GLC focus on the Gospel of John! All of the Conference Program (as well as all of the Pre-Conference Festivities) will be held at the beautiful Anaheim Hilton at 777 West Convention Way, Anaheim, CA 92802!
Don’t miss out on the 2015 GLC – SAVIOR OF
THE WORLD – where disciples will gather
in LA from all around the globe!
The registration fee will be the same as last year – $175. The room rate is $139 / night. We are encouraging all GLC participants to stay at the Anaheim Hilton for not only your convenience, but to help us receive a huge discount for the rental of the facilities for the GLC! Please register for the GLC at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-global-leadership-conference-savior-of-the-world-tickets-16571799699. You may secure your rooms at the Anaheim Hilton at https://resweb.passkey.com/go/GlobalLeadershipConf2015. Please register today and pray for this historic event!
NEWS FLASH – Nick Bordieri: “Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.” (Proverbs 14:31) On June 13, almost 4,000 MERCY Ambassadors will be participating in the Seventh Annual International Day of MERCY! From North and South America to Europe to Africa to the Russian Commonwealth to India, Australia, the Pac Rim and the Hawaiian Islands, MERCY Ambassadors will be serving their communities in projects ranging from serving the elderly to caring for those with disabilities to providing for the homeless to encouraging the youth, just to name a few!
The almost 4,000 members of the SoldOut
Movement are the MERCY
“The worst disaster is not being prepared.” (American Red Cross) One of the highlighted MERCY Projects this year is Prepare SoCal, a partnership with the American Red Cross! For LA’s MERCY Project, almost 1000 MERCY Ambassadors will be trained to prepare for natural disasters and emergency situations and thus becoming part of the solution when – not if – something occurs! After seeing San Andreas, the Hollywood blockbuster movie that depicts powerful earthquakes running along the San Andreas fault from LA to San Francisco, I began to fully realized the importance of “being prepared!” Let us all remember to devote Friday, June 12, to fasting and prayer for the poor and needy around the world. To God be the glory!
And now more detailed reports from around Los Angeles…
HEADLINE NEWS – LOS ANGELES
Krystal Legarda: Warm greetings from beautiful Orange County! It was a bittersweet time for our region as we sent-off the San Diego Supplemental Mission Team! Although many tears were shed, there was much rejoicing as we “tore ourselves away from them.” (Acts 21:1) We have full confidence that God will use them in great ways in San Diego as they are truly many of our very best!
In the midst of all the transition, God added two to our Campus Ministry! Samantha, a psychology student at Cal State Fullerton was added through baptism!
Samantha trades worldly psychology
for godly theology!
As well, Karyn Bowman shared powerfully in tears of how far her heart had drifted from God in the past year. Although still attending church, she lived a deceitful life in deep darkness. God transformed her by “removing her heart of stone and giving her a heart of flesh,” as well as an overwhelming desire to live in the light! (Ezekiel 36:26) It was incredible to see Karyn restored to God’s Kingdom!
Luke & Brandyn warmly welcome back
Karyn into God’s Family!
One more very special addition this month to the OC Family was Lincoln Granados – the newborn son of Matt & Ana! Congratulations!
With the arrival of Lincoln, Matt & Ana
experience the miracle of birth!
Please keep Luke & Brandyn Speckman in your prayers as they are on their missionary journey to Chennai, India and Moscow, Russia!
The Chennai Disciples greet the
Speckmans at 3AM!
The Moscow Disciples also greet the Speckmans
with the SoldOut Movement Greeting –
We Love You With The Love
Of The Lord!
Chris Chloupek: “How ya do’in?” from the AMS Region! Recently, God has added to our number two young men, Carl and Anthony! Both are artists! Carl graduated from Columbia Film School and is excited to use his talents to serve God. He will work on our next short film that prayerfully will screen at the GLC! Anthony is an aspiring actor and singer!
Carl’s (above) and Anthony’s conversions
have fired-up the AMS Brothers!
We are so grateful for our AMS Family! We are continuing to grow in our “faith, hope and love!” I am especially proud of our fulltime intern, Nick Iadonisi! He was in charge of the church last week while Sonja & I were out of town. I heard from several disciples that he preached a powerful message on Sunday! I am also so grateful for Jason & Susan Bond, our seasoned Shepherding Couple, who really supported Nick during this week!
Congratulations to our newest dating couples, Matt & Naveh and John & Genina! (Matt is from the Southland Region and Genina is from the Central Region!)
Congratulations to Matt & Naveh!
Congratulations to John & Genina!
Lastly, as members of the Johannesburg Mission Team, Sonja & I are so honored to go to the upcoming African Missions Conference – EVERY TRIBE, LANGUAGE AND NATION! As disciples, we understand the call to serve God wherever we are called! Truly, THERE IS NO BUSINESS LIKE “SOUL” BUSINESS!
Bonita Holmes: Greetings from the mighty Southland Region where in the month of May God’s Spirit has been blowing His disciples from city to city according to His purpose! Last week, our dear brother Emmanuel Gonzales (Manny) was sent-off to serve the Lord in Portland, Oregon! Manny is one of the original nine that started the Southland Ministry! He has served humbly and powerfully since its start in 2011! We will miss him dearly, however we are even more excited to witness the amazing things he will do for God in Portland as a Singles Leader and Song Leader!
Manny Gonzales will become the Lead
Songleader for the Portland Church!
On that same day we welcomed a warrior princess in the faith – Tracy Harding and her oldest son Devon! Her husband Ron and their youngest son Dillion will be joining Tracy and Devon on June 13th! The Hardings, who led the Washington DC Church powerfully, will be a welcomed addition to the Southland Family!
Ron & Tracy Harding’s coming will help to multiply
the Southland Disciples!
God also blew our sister Dao Henderson to Southland! Dao is a graduate of Howard University and also comes to us from our sister church in Washington DC! By coming to the Southland Region, Dao is fulfilling her Kingdom dream to train for the Middle East Mission Team!
Dao moves to the Southland Region to train
for Middle East Missions!
This month, God blessed us with three baptisms! It is always amazing to see families come together as brothers and sisters in Christ! We witnessed the very heartfelt baptism of our new sister, India Smith, the mother of our beloved sister Jasmine Jennings! India has been around our fellowship for a number of years and has finally found her place in God’s Kingdom, a dream come true for Jasmine!
Jasmine’s (left) impossible prayer is answered
when her mother India (middle) is baptized!
Next, we welcomed our new sister Janae Stallworth, cousin of our sister MsChele Scorza! Janae realized quickly her need to be right with God and was baptized nearly overnight! Last but not least, we welcomed another sister, Destiny Pickett, whose incredible perseverance finally helped reconcile her heart to our Savior!
Destiny fulfills “God’s destiny” for her life!
As we reflect on the past month, we praise God that He allowed Southland to blow out our missions collecting nearly $70,000 to help save souls around the world! We truly are family to the end!
Kevin Hetrick: “Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.” (Ecclesiastes 11:6) The Lord God has privileged the North Region this May with victories which have been sought through prayer and diligent sowing in all areas of life! Seeing that a miracle was needed to reach our 20X Missions Goal, our whole region decided to climb to the mountain top in Santa Clarita and beg God, like the prophets of old, to make our hopes a reality! God was faithful as we were able to give generously for His Kingdom, exceeding our goal! If you would like, listen to Blaise’s inspirational sermon THIS GENERATION now posted on YouTube! (https://youtu.be/qyN9E4dchrI)
Blaise gets ready to preach to the North
Region on Mt. Shalom!
Also, leaders are rising up in our newly formed Latin Ministry Bible Talk! Our brothers Frank Bedoya and Sal Mosqueda and our sister Aurora Luna started our first “Charla,” reaching out to the Latino’s in our area!
Frank Bedoya, Sal Mosqueda and Aurora
Luna (above) are spearheading the
Another fruit was Alex Morales’ attainment of his Bachelor’s Degree from Cal State University Northridge (CSUN) in Sociology! Way to go Alex! Finally, the Lord’s grace was extended as Ruth Libsework was restored today to her “first love!” Having her back in the fellowship is such a blessing as she brings with her a great skill set, and more importantly, a newfound humility toward God’s Kingdom!
Ryan Keenan: Greetings from the Ventura Region Family! Interestingly, “Ventura” means good fortune and the month of May was no exception! Earlier in the month, Myra Hernandez, the mother of disciples Alex Hernandez and Anthony Zarate, became our newest “sister” in Christ! In her moving testimony, she shared how inspired she was by both of her sons’ godly examples!
Myra makes her good confession,
“Jesus is Lord!”
Then, yesterday, the entire church joined in worship with our sister church in Santa Barbara! We feel honored to send-out “our very best” – Dennis & Corinna Sloan – to continue the Spirit’s powerful work there as Richie & Elizabeth McDonnell move on to build the Washington DC Church!
Dennis & Corinna help each other to find
strength in the Lord for their new
ministry in Santa Barbara!
Lastly, with a 20X Missions Goal of $35,900, we tagged, tax returned, and trash-a-thon’d our way to a resounding victory of $39,109! Pray for us as we begin our Fruit Fiesta Summer Harvest Campaign! See you soon at the GLC!
Daniela Payan: Greetings from the Tribe of the Inland Empire! “You sent abundant rain, O God, to refresh the weary land.” (Psalm 68:9) The month of May has definitely been so encouraging, as the IE has been refreshed through five baptisms and one restoration!
Daniela and Jhoselyn joyfully baptize Araceli!
To kick-off our month, we witnessed a miracle as Shima, a Persian woman, was baptized into the Riverside Community College Ministry! Shima’s story is inspiring because being deeply rooted in the Muslim religion she almost stopped studying the Bible because of strong persecution from her family! But holding true to John 8:31-32 she made the decision to live out the Scriptures and allow God to set her free! Because of her strong convictions, she has been disowned by her family but holds to the precious gift of being adopted into God’s family and given spiritual parents and siblings in the faith!
Shima (center) joins the IE Sisters in their
weekly challenge, “You will be next!”
Also of special note is the graduation of one of our teen girls, Devon! She graduated with honors and was accepted to UC Irvine and will be studying Engineering! Lastly, I want to give a special thank you to Rebecca Rico for putting on the Inland Empire’s First Latin Women’s Devotional this past Saturday, entitled FEARLESS (SIN MIEDO)! We were blessed with speakers from Orange County – Sandra Zepeda and Lenny Garcia – and from Palm Springs – Patricia Velasco!
Lenny elicits a tremendous response from the
sisters as she preaches on purity!
The Latin Women’s Devotional Leaders – Rebecca,
Lenny, Daniela, Sandra, Myrna and Patricia!
It was an inspiring time and gave all of our Latin women great vision! Now we are looking forward to our next Men and Women’s Latin’s Devotional on July 11th! ¡A Dios sea la gloria!
Sal Velasco: Greetings from Palm Springs! It has been so exciting to see our God work through the amazing hearts of a young passionate and growing ministry of 34 here in the Palm Springs Region! We prayed and fasted and God blessed us as we surpassed our Special Missions Goal of $10,860 by $5,271!
The week after the special, a young college student at COD by the name of John was met by three different disciples in two very distinct occasions and locations! Our dynamic campus leader Alfredo Lopez met John on campus and invited him to church at the school! A short time later, a couple of brothers from our Marrieds Ministry, Daniel Lowe and Robert Kryler, were on the bus and they saw John reading his Bible. They shared their faith with him and later found out that he literally lives across the street from our brother Robert Kryler! God totally had John’s number, and John does actually have a number since he is the second string quarterback on the COD football team!
John had such a pure and eager heart for God that he diligently studied the Bible for a few short weeks, and then at our Tri-Regional Church Service in Riverside, John powerfully shared his convictions before getting baptized!
John cannot even imagine how awesome
Heaven is going to be!
God is truly blessing the faith and heart of the disciples out here in the desert where there is “living water!” And to God be all the glory!
Andrew Smellie: Greetings from the “Wild West” Region of the City of Angels Church! Today we had a Day of Celebration with food, fun and great fellowship in the park! Despite seemingly overwhelming challenges, our 67 disciples gave $94,517 for Missions – surpassing our goal by almost $4,000! To meet such a lofty sum, we started our First Annual “Pier to Pier” Run for Missions (from Santa Monica Pier to Venice Beach Pier) from which several disciples raised hundreds of dollars! One disciple, Ariel Hazelton, raised almost $1,200 in just three days after asking associates at her job to contribute! From taking on extra shifts to tagging, to literally praying to get money in the mail, the Lord truly multiplied our efforts!
Also of special note was the baptism of Ashley, a senior at UCLA! Ashley is a Pre-med, Physiological Studies Major who is applying for Medical School at UCLA! She just received a high-paying job for the summer working fulltime as an assistant for an Oral Surgeon in the area!
Ashley’s baptism has ignited the UCLA
Please join us in praying for the Harvest as we kick-off a Summer Campaign for the month of June and pray for our Father’s Day BYND Service on June 20th!
Steve Stencil: Greetings from the Mighty East Region! These past two weeks have been momentous and nothing short of miraculous as we’ve had the bittersweet privilege of sending-off the “Portland Eight” Supplemental Mission Team consisting of Cesar & Debbie Limon, Fernando & Jackie Chavez, George Castillo, Valeria Garcia-Pineda, Phillip Redmon and Monique Carrasco! We understand that God only sends out His best, which leaves the second tier of leadership the responsibility of “raising up and carrying the torch.”
The “Portland Eight” Going Away Party!
Serving as “interim Region Leaders” are Khamille Sarmiento and myself as we await the arrival of the East Region’s new Lead Ministry Couple – Lou Jack & Cathi Martinez of Honolulu!
Lou Jack & Cathi are excited to return
to the East Region of LA!
More great news are the baptisms of three campus women in just this past week! God was gracious enough to bless us with the spiritual birth of our dear sisters: Devon, Jessica and Kimberlin!
Last but not least, Sunday Service was a blast as the East Region met it’s Extended Special Missions Goal by over 100%! To God be all the glory for His ever present grace and mercy!
Mark Garrido: Good news from Central Region! This past month has been fantastic! Out of Central Region, we had the greatest privilege of seeing Kyle, Joan, Brett, Conner and little baby girl Bree Bartholomew sent out of LA to Metro Manila, Philippines to commence the evangelization of the Pacific Rim nations!
WEEK ONE: With so many sent out from Central Region, it was necessary for us to raise up new leaders! As we presented our plans to God, it became clear that the USC Campus Ministry should be led by Bryson Okuno & Jazzy Yogi, both transplants of Honolulu! The CSULA Ministry will be led by Jovanny Gochez & Sara Oros! The PCC Ministry will be led by Nathan Carr as our current leader Stefano Barbis is preparing to join Alfredo & Alejandra Anuch in the Santiago de Chile International Christian Church after the GLC where he’ll gather the Lima, Peru Mission Team! Of special note, the ELAC Campus Ministry will now be led by Jeff Martinez who is in fact an ELAC convert!
WEEK TWO: My beautiful and amazing wife Keri & I were blessed with the incredible opportunity to resume the good work that Kyle & Joan have been doing here in Central LA to prepare us for “Lord willing” the planting of the Guam International Christian Church in a year or two to come! Serving, preaching, Bible studies, vigorous discipleship, inspiring, challenging, refocusing, planning and setting goals for our region has made this month a truly delightful experience as we have been drawing close to God all together as a unified region!
The new Central Region Leaders – Mark & Keri
Garrido – are also the Guam Mission
WEEK THREE: “Work hard and pray harder” is exactly what we did and now comes the first fruits of the new Central Region Campus Ministry! The ELAC and CSULA men met a Chinese national Thomas on ELAC! Thomas had no knowledge of who Jesus is but after our combined campus efforts and patiently walking Thomas through the book of John and the First Principle Studies, it was nothing less than spectacular to see Thomas realize that he stumbled on the true Kingdom of God! Thomas simply had faith, repented and was baptized and is now your brother in Christ!
Thomas stumbles upon God’s true church!
WEEK FOUR: 20X Special Missions was achieved! Please be praying for us as many are studying and are near baptism!
Lance Underhill: Greetings from the Sold-out South Region! We are so excited and grateful having Tim & Lianne Kernan as well as their sons – Junior and David – back in the South! The Kernans’ love, faith, hard work and vision for the “tribe” here has inspired all of us and we anticipate the “miracles” that are about to happen!
Today, we witnessed our first baptism Chatara, since the Kernans were passed the baton! However, most exciting this month to Connie & me was the arrival “home” of our youngest son Joey back after four years on the mission field in Sao Paulo, Brazil!
The South Region gives a huge “Welcome
Home” to Joey!
Because of visa challenges, Joey has not been to a GLC since the Holy Spirit sent-out “The Seven” (on the Sao Paulo Mission Team) four years ago, with only one disciple who spoke Portuguese! Encouragingly on Joey’s last Sunday there, he preached to the whole Sao Paulo Church in Portuguese which now numbers 129 disciples!
HEADLINE NEWS – USA SW QUADRANT & THE MIDDLE EAST
“Mama Sonia” Gonzalez: God has been doing incredible things in the church in Las Vegas! Last Sunday was an exciting day for us, as we witnessed the marriage of my daughter Sara to an awesome man of God – Udo Ibe!
Weddings bring friends and family from afar! Elena
is a true sister to Sonia and an aunt to
the Gonzalezes’ ten kids!
Victor escorts his daughter Sara and
then marries her to Udo!
Like “a cord of three strands” Christian
marriage is bound together by
the Holy Spirit!
Of course ”Tio (Uncle) Kip” & “Tia (Aunt) Elena” could not miss it! So we had the great honor and privilege of hearing our brother Kip powerfully preach the Word at our Sunday Service! After a challenging message on bearing fruit that will last, at the end of the service two souls were added to the Kingdom by baptism: Naomi and Eboniee! Naomi is the teenage daughter of our sister Paula Deen! After studying the Bible, Naomi realized the cost of becoming a disciple was her life but quickly proclaimed “Jesus is Lord” and was baptized!
Karen, Naomi and Rent laugh at
the forgiven past!
That same day Eboniee, a campus student, was also baptized! After studying the Bible, her eagerness to “seek first the Kingdom” rapidly grew, leading to her good confession, “Jesus is Lord!”
We also had the incredible privilege of having our dear brother Blaise Feumba and his awesome family visiting for the wedding and doing communion for us!
Blaise & Patricia share for communion at the
Sunday Morning Las Vegas Church Service!
Veteran soldiers of the cross – Victor
Elena embraces the “Feumba Sisters” – Helena,
Odelia and “Mama Patricia!”
Today was the kick-start for our Summer Campaign! Also today, we sent-out two of our best to the West Region of the City of Angels International Christian Church: Arvind and Shamika – both baptized in Las Vegas and willing to “go anywhere, do anything and give up everything” for the Kingdom of God! We are also very excited to send-out at the GLC two more incredible disciples – Dayisha and Shay – to be part of the Sacramento Mission Team! To God be all the glory!
Joy Axelson: “Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” (John 12:24-25) It has been a bittersweet few weeks here in the Mission Bay Church in San Diego. After serving selflessly in San Diego for nearly five years, the Spirit has blown Evan & Kelly Bartholomew to meet the needs of the Orange County Region of our City of Angels Congregation! Together, with five other gallant disciples; Bobby & Kensey Merrett, Tyrone White, Amber Anderson and Alicia Amezcua they have become known as the “OC Seven!”
The OC Seven!
After a joyful but tear-filled Send-off Service in which all of the “OC Seven” played a role, the entire church went to an even more tear-filled Going Away Pizza Party! At this gathering, many shared about the spirit of family and love amongst the disciples in the Mission Bay Church that Evan & Kelly have cultivated through the Word! Pray for the OC Seven as they uproot their lives for the Kingdom and give their hearts to save souls in Orange County!
The laughter and tear-filled Going Away
Party for the “OC Seven!”
Amidst the tearing of hearts at the departure of the OC Seven, there has also been the buzz of excitement! Princeton & I have now moved down to San Diego to serve in this amazing church!
Princeton & Joy are excited that God has
given them the charge of the San
Five other disciples have agreed to join us as well! So far, we have been joined by Ryan Lomeli and Jennifer Garcia of Orange County, and Sarah Chang of the Inland Empire Region! Adam Blanco of Orange County and Carver Bedeau of New York City will also be moving down in these next two months! We are so humbled to work the harvest fields God has given us in San Diego! Please be praying for us in the Bay!
Jeremy Ciaramella: “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity… There the Lord bestows His blessing, even life forevermore.” (Psalm 133:1,3) Greetings from Phoenix!
We are so grateful for our unified movement of churches! This past week we had five incredible disciples visit us from the North Region of LA – David & Ashley Caldwell, Fred & Manu Batson, and Jonathan Panossian! Fred opened our service with a great prayer; Ashley shared vulnerably about the gift of the cross for communion; and Jonathan shared a presentation for contribution – “An Attitude of Gratitude” about his trip with the Feumbas to Haiti! It was so moving many were in tears realizing the suffering of their Hatian brothers and sisters! Thanks be to God that we can have unity in our fellowship so that we can see the needs worldwide and get inspired to go after raising money for Special Missions!
We are so thankful that God has sent to us Gabrille Murillo from Santa Barbara!
Gabby is a tremendous joy to the Phoenix Family!
Of course, her boyfriend Anthony is very
fired-up that she moved there!
We are also grateful that our dear brother Dan Cooke has been restored to the fellowship after a long, hard-fought battle against addiction and lukewarmness!
Dan shares about his long journey
to be restored!
It is was with bittersweet joy that we prayed over our beloved sister Santana DeJesus who will be going to DC with Richie & Elizabeth McDonnell and working as a fulltime intern with them in the Campus Ministry there! We are also excited that Monica Wilson has been appointed as our MERCYworldwide Intern! The church in Phoenix has raised 60% of its missions and we are very excited about our next AMS sponsored fundraiser – So You Think You Have Talent – which Planet Fitness has already agreed to sponsor!
Pray for the Phoenix Church to blow out
their Missions Contribution!
We were also excited that God gave us the grace of supporting the Guam Mission Team efforts by calling Rico & Janelle Jones to LA to train with our dear friends Mark & Keri Garrido! To God be the glory that we can be a family, unified in heart and purpose, sharing all that God gives us in His people and His wealth with one another for a common vision – to evangelize the nations in this generation!
Richie McDonnell: Greetings from sunny Santa Barbara (SB)! It has been an incredible month of May! We had our first Santa Barbara wedding; the new SB Church Leaders – Dennis & Corinna Sloan of LA – placed membership; and the Spirit has sent us out to lead the incredible Washington DC Church!
Santa Barbara’s very first convert, Alex, who was baptized almost two years ago as a UCSB graduate student, married Bria, one of the original SB Mission Team Members from Chicago, on May 10th! It was such a privilege being able to reach out to Alex at UCSB, study the Bible with and baptize him, and then to perform his wedding ceremony! God really does have great plans for us when we choose to seek Him with all of our heart! (Jeremiah 29:11-14)
Alex & Bria are fired-up after
their first kiss!
Lastly, today’s church service was one to remember! The Ventura Region of the City of Angels International Christian Church joined the Santa Barbara Church for the Spirit’s sending-out of Elizabeth & me! We will be accompanied to DC by three other SB disciples! It was truly a remarkable worship service with the family! After 706 days, I preached my final sermon in Santa Barbara, titled, PERFECT GIFT FROM HEAVEN (James 1:17) where I thanked God and everybody in the Santa Barbara Church for making these past two years the best years of our lives! There’s so much to reflect on and be grateful for from our time in Santa Barbara: our son Sawyer being born, going into the full-time ministry for the first time, and being appointed an Evangelist and a Women’s Ministry Leader, just to mention a few!
Elizabeth & I believe that we both really “grew up” while we were in Santa Barbara! We are going to miss this great church so much (and meeting for Sunday service right next to the beach), but we are excited for the next great adventure that God is taking us on in Washington DC!
Elizabeth, Sawyer, Nikki and Richie on their way
to Phoenix for their first stop!
Please pray for safe travels as we make our journey across the country!
HEADLINE NEWS – USA NW QUADRANT & CANADA
Gabe Reed of Eugene: “Paul entered the synagogue and spoke boldly there for three months, arguing persuasively about the Kingdom of God. But some of them became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way. So Paul left them. He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. This went on for two years, so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the Word of the Lord.” (Acts 19:8-10)
Greetings from the Northwest and Canada World Sector!! I am writing this from our dear partners in the gospel Jason & Sarah Dimitry’s apartment after an amazing weekend with the electric San Francisco Bay International Christian Church (SFBICC)!! My wife & I are so grateful for their friendship and leadership! We have learned so much from them and hope we can imitate and bring many of the great qualities we have seen in them and in the SFBICC this weekend back to Eugene!
In month of May in Eugene, we have seen four more added through the waters of baptisms!! Two from Oregon State University (Riker & Christina) and two more from the University of Oregon (Kelli & Ezra)!
Kelli (above) and Ezra are baptized into the
crankin’ University of Oregon
As well, we were privileged to send-out two more disciples to the mission field: our dear Maddie Hackett to the West Region of LA and the beloved Brooke Helm to San Francisco to get ready to go back to her home town on the Sacramento Mission Team!
I just want to take the time to lift up our amazing Campus Ministry! This time last year, we had just nine people in our Campus Ministry with just three full-time students at the U of O and one at Lane Community College. Today, after a year of bold preaching and daily Bible Talks, our Campus Ministry stands at 27 strong disciples! Amazingly these original nine disciples did not just grow numerically but also expanded geographically! We now have a presence on the two top schools in the state of Oregon – the University of Oregon and Oregon State University – bitter rivals in the world!
In the world, the University of Oregon (left) and
Oregon State (right) are bitter in-state rivals!
The UO and OSU Disciples after repenting
So, we have six fulltime students in Corvallis, Oregon at Oregon State University; one student at Western University in Monmouth, Oregon; one student at Lane Community College; and now seven students at University of Oregon (including myself)!
Daniel and Sierra – the Eugene
Campus Interns – have had a
This summer we will cap off the year by watching our dear sister Megan Loheed graduate with her Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising! Megan walked onto the U of O as the only student in the Campus Ministry! Now, four years later, she will leave behind 27 amazing disciples! And what does Megan want to do now that she’s has her BA Degree? She’s going to be a missionary on the Sacramento Mission Team! Thank you Kip, Tim and Jason for your call to refocus on the Campus Ministry! Pray for us as we dreaming of ways to make this next school year even more glorious than this one!
Jason Dimitry of San Francisco: Greetings from your family in the Bay! God gave us great victories in May with six additions, including Brooke Helm from Eugene who placed membership to be on the Sacramento Mission Team!
A baptism that particularly ignited the church was that of Tyre Ellison, a UC Berkley starting football player and graduate! Though nobody told his mom or ex-pastor the location of the baptism, they somehow showed up with several members of his church and other members of his family and tried to argue and physically pull him away! It was incredible to see him stand up to them about his convictions and victoriously march toward his baptism even receiving persecution all the way to the waters! When Tyre came out of the waters, the church erupted in joyful celebration as they watched him stand “strong in God’s amazing grace!” Since then, his mom came to church and apologized; his sister came to Bible Talk; and his brother is studying the Bible!
Tyre is baptized despite incredible
Even during his playing days at UC Berkeley,
Tyre had a heart for people,
This week it was great to have Cesar & Debbie Limon and the awesome Portland Supplemental Mission Team visiting the Bay Area! I can’t wait to see all that God is going to accomplish through them in that beloved church!
Sunday service today was incredible as we had Gabe Reed of Eugene preach and we saw Fred, a newly restored brother, baptize his 70 year old mom Margarita!
Fred is overjoyed to baptize his mom
Margarita into Christ!
Lastly, we were honored to appoint John & Laura Zamora as a Shepherding Couple for our East Bay Region! These incredible “veteran” warriors laid their lives down to help plant the church here in San Francisco and served as a great foundation. They literally housed all 15 members of the original mission team during the initial planting! Grateful for the Kingdom and to God be all the glory!
John & Laura Zimora are appointed a
Shepherding Couple for the
SF Bay Church!
Ricky Challinor of Portland: Greetings from the City of Bridges!!! This Sunday was one for the history books! We took up our Special Missions Collect and with a goal of $63,720 we raised over $75,000!!!! I am so proud of the church and all the hard work every disciple has put in to make this year’s missions a total success!
However, the real highlight was that we had the City of Angels Supplemental Mission Team place membership along with three other amazing sisters totaling 12 additions! Today Coleen & I presented Cesar & Debbie Limon – the new Portland Lead Ministry Couple – with a carved lighthouse to “pass on” this incredible congregation into their hands as they truly will be a “shining light” to this city!
Ricky presents the Limons with a carved
lighthouse to “pass on” the leadership
of the Mighty Portland Church!
I am so proud of Cesar to see the incredible man of God he has grown into and his wisdom in the ministry as he blew out his first sermon entitled, THE GREATEST FESTIVAL, which of course is Heaven!! Every single person walked away inspired by his lesson and impacted by Debbie’s vulnerable communion! We have full confidence that this incredible couple will do “even greater things” than we were able to accomplish! (John 14:12) We of course ended the service with a prayer on our knees as the Spirit sent us off!
The Portland Eight: Jorge, Emmanuel, Valeria,
Debbie, Cesar, Monique, PJ, Jackie &
Today was one of those hard times to say goodbye, but Coleen & I are very excited to be with the City of Angels Church Family in the South Region with Tim & Lianne Kernan!
Jen, Everardo, Frida, Ricky, Coleen, Caleb and
Liz will arrive this week in LA!
Jake Studer: “Even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.” (Nehemiah 1:9) Warmest greetings from Toronto! God is certainly blessing the Northern Land of Canada richly as more families are “giving up everything” and moving back into the city to be close to the disciples! Two remnant families – the Sylvesters & the Lalois – are scheduled to move in June!
And of utmost excitement was the baptism this month of Elle Weber, the daughter of our dear original Toronto Remnant Group couple – Harvey & Nanette Weber! Truly an example of God’s love and faithfulness to a couple who continues to display their love and faithfulness in the work here!!
Harvey (second from the left) & Nanette (right) are
so encouraged that their daughter Elle has
joined them in the Toronto Church Family!
Pray for us to continue to be used by God to forcefully advance His Kingdom in Toronto, in Montreal and into all of Canada! To God be all the glory!
Jeremiah Clark: Greetings from the Mighty Denver Church! The last few weeks have been truly faith-building and inspiring as God continues to grow the church both numerically and geographically! First, God has added a new House Church (HC) as we officially planted the East HC led by the dynamic couple – Matt & Marlo Lovacheff! Last week, they had their Inaugural East HC Service and the Lord blessed the 10 disciples of the East HC with 55 in attendance! Matt preached his most powerful and inspiring lesson to date, as he encouraged everyone to give their full hearts to God and His mission!
The first service of the new East House Church!
Also, we were able to see another addition to our powerful CU Boulder Campus Ministry as Vi was baptized into Christ!
Vi embraces the joy of her salvation!
We love you all and are inspired to be part of a worldwide movement! To God be all the glory!
HEADLINE NEWS – USA SOUTH QUADRANT
Ron Harding of Washington DC: Greetings from the Capital of the United States! “So the Word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith!” (Acts 6:7) I am so very encouraged by the absolute focus of the church as we approach my last week here in DC before moving to LA to serve alongside in the Southland Region with my dear friend – Cory Blackwell! The DC Church has surged forward week after week, adding 12 souls in the last nine weeks!
Chad Welch converts his nephew Natthun!
While we’ve seen campus students and family members converted, most special to me personally was the story of Bayarmandakh “Andy” Byamba – a Mongolian “Christian” minister who knew Enkhee Ganbaatar (now in the West Region of LA) before Enkhee’s conversion two years ago! After Enkhee & Termma moved to Los Angeles last year, our valiant Northern Virginia Ministry Leader – James Haynes – continued to reach out to Andy! After months of studying, just as in Acts 6:7, Andy the Minister “became obedient to the faith” making Jesus his Lord and was baptized for his salvation! Andy’s wife is now studying, and James, along with the other two members of the over 30 year old “Veteran Club” of Jack McGee and Ben Eisenschmidt, will be having “Chariot Ride style” Bible studies with Andy’s entire church over the next several weeks!
Andy – the Mongolian Preacher – “becomes
obedient to the faith!” His wife is
studying and collectively they
say, “Our entire church
I am personally in awe of the Lord and His miracles here in DC! To Him be all the glory, honor and praise forever!
Melanie Coyle: God blessed the Houston Church by surpassing our Special Missions Collection this past Sunday! Our faith goal was $31,660, but God blessed us with $32,255! Each Bible Talk pulled together to help one another with their goals, remembering Galatians 6:2 – “carrying each other’s burdens!” One of the highlights was our first Teen Car Wash where they raised over $350 washing giant pick-up trucks!
God also blessed us this past Friday with two baptisms, Troy and Jules! A couple weeks ago at Men’s Midweek (held at the University of Houston), John Smoot prayed in the opening prayer, “God I pray that any men who hear this prayer will come over to hear your Word preached, make a decision to study the Bible, and become a disciple!” Troy, a U of H Engineering student, heard the prayer, walked over, and joined the men for Midweek! Troy immediately began studying the Bible and was baptized on Friday!
Troy (third from the right) joins the Houston
Brothers in giving the charge,
“You will be next!”
Following Troy’s baptism, Jules, a musician and student at Houston Community College, was also baptized! Jules is a talented performer and was invited by Brittany Smoot at Starbucks! God continues to encourage the Houston disciples because of their faith, sacrifice and perseverance! Pray for us!
Matt Sullivan: “You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great.” (Psalm 18:35) The Lord is stooping down mightily for the incredible Orlando Church as we have had 21 additions in the first 22 weeks of 2015 – 16 baptisms and five who moved in!
Debra – a UCF Senior – celebrates her salvation!
Brianna – another UCF Student and RA in her
dorm – is baptized at Orlando’s Annual
Cocoa Beach Church Service!
Please be praying for us as June 14th is our Special Missions and to date we have raised just over $26,000 and are forging ahead for a victory for the Lord! We love you guys and are especially committed financially and in heart to the missions work internationally… We through God’s power will not let you guys down!
HEADLINE NEWS – EUROPE
Argo Arneson: The Lord appeared to us in the past saying, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” (Jeremiah 31:3) Greetings of love from Stockholm, Sweden! Our Mission Team is doing great because God is “teaching, rebuking, correcting and training” us so that we may all be “thoroughly equipped” and ready for our Inaugural Service on September 20, 2015!
Argo Arneson – the charasmatic
Evangelist of the
We have also seen how true Jesus words are when He said, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them.” (John 6:44) God blessed us with an incredible baptism of a great sister named Lina! Lina is single mother of two beautiful children and she was met by our brother Simon when they were studying nursing together four years ago! She even came to our Sunday Service three years ago! We all witnessed how our Father God has been drawing her “with unfailing kindness” all these years towards Jesus and felt incredible joy seeing her enter into God’s Kingdom this past week!
Our new sister Lina is totally unified with
her Stockholm Sisters!
A unique outreach of the Stockholm ICC is through music as we have several former professional musicians in our fellowship! But every now and then the brothers get together to simply entertain the disciples with a Jazz Jam!
Our “baby brother” Kenneth leads
the Stockholm Brothers Jazz Jam!
Continue to pray as we strive to gain a foothold in the city this summer so that we can officially launch the Stockholm Church in September! And to God be all the glory!
Michael Williamson: Greetings and love from London, England! God is AWE-some! With a faith goal of £65,000 (US$99,243) God blessed months of bucket shaking in tube stations (tagging) and financial sacrifice as the church raised £69,786 ($109,734) to blow out our 20X Missions Goal! God also added five souls this month to the Kingdom in baptisms!
Bucket Shaking allowed the London Church to
annhialate their Missions Goal!
We started out the month with a bang at the University Of East London (UEL) as we were not only nominated the Top Student Society on campus, but at Devo we baptized Sandra an incredible campus student who was met at the “Freshers Fair” through the outreach of our UEL Campus Society SWAG (Students Who Apply God)!
A few days later on Sunday, Berenice – a young single woman – was baptized! She was met by Michele over a year and-a-half ago and after a wild follow-up story began studying the Bible again! She then attends our incredible Women’s Day and decides to LET IT (ALL) GO and study the Bible! Berenice comes from a religious background where her father was a very famous Pentecostal Pastor in Romania, and she even went to Africa at her own expense on missionary trips to “save the lost!” After doing her timeline with the sisters, she grabbed Michele’s pen and crossed out her whole religious experience and said that means nothing now! It was incredible to see “the scales fall from her eyes” as she became a true baptized disciple and the first seed for our Bucharest Crown of Thorns planting in 2021!
Berenice is the seed for the Bucharest,
Romania Church Planting!
The following Friday night at Devo another campus student from Poland was baptized into Christ, Peter! Also, we saw “love in the air” as campus student Frank Simelane asked Ashley Mathos to be his girlfriend!!
Then on Sunday, a Portuguese family was united in Christ as Regina the wife of our brother Helio was baptized!
Regina is now united with her
husband in Christ!
The following Sunday, Doyin also made Jesus Lord after studying in less than two weeks! She was met by Maria on her way to our Women’s Midweek Service! Doyin attended with her and has been an incredible addition to the church with her infectious energy and warm heart!
The angels rejoice at Doyin’s baptism!
To capitalize on “Footy Fever” this past weekend with England’s FA Cup Final on Saturday, we had our first official 2015 “Football Service” entitled WHO DO YOU SUPPORT? The energy was electric as disciples from over 30 Nations with hands in the air shouted team names while donning matching team jerseys to play seven minute round-robin football matches! We then had a nail-biter of a final as Ashley Adjai led his team to victory over a powerful, stacked team with semi pro player Sadique – who’s counting the cost!
Ashley leads his team to victory!
The London Church has “Footy Fever” and is
“hot” to use it for evangelism!
Lastly the church is incredibly grateful to the Mighty LA Church for sending Anthony & Cassidy Olmos who will arrive in London late June! With their coming, Lord willing, we will begin regional services this year to achieve geographic expansion and even more numeric growth! To God be all the glory!
HEADLINE NEWS – RUSSIAN COMMONWEALTH
Larisa Kaminskay: Hello from Kyiv, Ukraine! May was a fruitful month for the Kyiv ICC! Three souls were added to our number through baptism, and now we are 25! God worked powerfully through Oleg & Elena Sirotkin, as they spent four weeks with us in April during their efforts to secure proper papers for their children. From their many efforts, on May 12th, we had a double baptism: two friends – Liuda and Alina – were baptized into our Campus Ministry! It’s very encouraging that Liuda was invited by Ira, who is only 15 years old and only half-a-year in Christ, and whose zeal inspires all the church! Another good news is that Liuda – while studying the Bible – invited her dorm roommate, Alina! They began studying together and were baptized the same day!
Liuda (second from the left) and her roommate
Alina (second from the right) were
baptized on the same day!
On May 24th, God blessed us with one more baptism! Kostia is the husband of our sister Natasha, who was recently restored after more than a 10 years living a non-Christian life! Her persistent prayers were answered, and now Kostia & Natasha are united in Christ!
Natasha was so fired-up that her husband
was finally baptized into Christ!
Elena Sirotkina: Greetings from Moscow! In the remarkable month of May, God bless the Moscow Church with seven new brothers and sisters! We are happy to welcome our new sister Evelina, who was baptized in early May, and then our brother Alexiy, who was baptized after a long search for the “true church!”
It is truly wonderful to see how God fills our “international church” in Moscow with brothers sisters of different nationalities with a dream to return to their own nations to lead them to Christ! Vadim from Ukraine was baptized in May! He was impressed with seeing the changes in his mother after her baptism! Then on May 17th, Tatyana from Kalmykia, one of the regions of Russia, was baptized! She grew up in a Buddhist family and steadfastly observed these traditions, but she met Victoria – a disciple of Jesus! Tatiana understood that only Jesus died for her sins and was physically resurrected from the dead! And He is the only Savior! Along with her, in this day in Moscow, was baptized Stephen – our new and very grateful brother from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo!
Moscow’s outreach has become quite
international as Tatyana comes from
a Buddhist background and
Stephen is from the Congo!
The next week, we witnessed the long-awaited restoration of Tatiana! It always touches my heart when God’s children come back to the Father and say, “I’m not worthy,” because it reminds us of just how merciful our Father really is!
Then on Saturday, the church gathered at one of the train stations of Moscow to meet with songs our sister Zoe and her little daughter from Yekaterinburg! Zoe left the church several years ago and married and went to live in France. She realized that without a relationship with God and service to Him, nothing makes sense! Zoe has met with the leader of the women of the Paris Church, Prisca Scheidecker, and shared that she is divorced and wants to return home to Russia and to be with the church. Prisca inspired Zoe immediately go to Moscow and go our church! Eventually, Zoe sold her car and went to Moscow with her young daughter. And today all of our church celebrated the restoration of Zoe to the movement of God’s Kingdom!
The Moscow Disciples welcome Zoe and
her precious daughter Tanya!
Zoe gets a little help from Tanya
during her restoration!
HEADLINE NEWS – AFRICA & THE CARIBBEAN
NEWS FLASH: Please pray for all the churches in Africa as we prepare for our First African Missions Conference in Abidjan, Ivory Coast from June 26-28, 2015! Our theme comes from Revelation 5:9, EVERY TRIBE, LANGUAGE AND NATION (TOUTE TRIBU, LANGUE ET NATION! – in French)
The historic 2015 AMC Conference
is just one month away!
It is going to be exciting to fellowship with our French-speaking brothers and sisters in the Ivory Coast, as well as to gather remnant church leaders from Cameroon, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Kenya and Uganda, who represent the almost 500 remnant disciples throughout the African continent! Speakers include: Andrew & Patrique Smellie, Chris & Sonja Chloupek, Amadou & Angele Sountoura, Micky Ngungu, Lola Lof, Nick Winn, Kip McKean, and many more! Pray for this historic event!
Nick Winn of Gordon’s Bay: “It is the Lord Christ you are serving!” (Colossians 3:24) Straight forward and to the point, as long as we know who it’s all about, He will give victory upon victory!
Since returning from LA and the Winter Workshop in January, the church in Gordon’s Bay has had many ups and downs in the form of persecutions, restorations and of course the remarkable visit of Andrew & Patrique which inspired the group in an amazing way! But yesterday and today we saw two wonderful additions to the church! Amid heavy persecution from her husband, Elena Pokotylyuk and her mom Anna – both from Ukraine – studied the Bible! Elena, who speaks good English, studied with the sisters here and was baptized yesterday! And Anna, who studied via Skype in Russian with Sasha Korotova of Moscow was baptized today with the entire church in Moscow watching the baptism live via Skype!
Meet Elena (left) and her mom Anna!
After Elena is baptized, the next day she
helps her mom into the water
to baptize her!
Nick broadcasts Anna’s baptism to the
Moscow Church Service!
The Moscow Brothers and Sisters witness a
miracle of technology and the Holy Spirit
in Anna’s baptism!
Anna talks with and is encouraged by many
of the Moscow Disciples!
What a faith building day as the Spirit broke down language barriers and distance to show that truly “nothing is impossible with God!” (Luke 1:37)
Blaise Feumba – the Overseeing Evangelist of Haiti: “For we know, brothers loved by God, that He has chosen you, because our Gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the Word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.” (1 Thessalonians 1:4-6) I can only imagine the overwhelming joy of Paul the Apostle when he received the news that the Thessalonian Church was still growing even though he only spent three weeks there to plant the church!
I am equally amazed by the work of the Holy Spirit in Haiti! 19 new sold-out disciples were baptized as the result of our 10 days trip in April! Marvelously in this month of May 10 more people were baptized in Port-au-Prince and Mirebalais! Our latest planting in Mirebalais, started during our trip with the proper conversion of Louisius Exilien a former Pentecostal preacher and his wife Mary, now have 16 sold-out disciples after the baptism of three more souls this month!
Anel baptizing Marie Josette In Mirebalais!
From the left – Alexis, Brunson the former Church
of Christ preacher, and the seven
converted this month!
So, the Haitian Story continues… After the conversion of Alexis at the August 2013 GLC, we now have 160 disciples in Haiti in five churches after only 21 months!
Alexis Turgeau’s baptism at the 2013 GLC!
Finally, 12 disciples in Mirebalais after undergoing the training received with the Lifestraw Water Filter provided by MERCYworldwide, are now thrilled to have “the privilege” of drinking clean water! Please keep the Haitian disciples in your prayers!
Micky Ngungu: The Kinshasa Church, blessed to be the second largest in the movement with over 300 disciples, continues to grow in number as the Lord added to our number five more souls this month!
Junior rejoicing after his baptism!
Jonathan (center) a campus student
is baptized into Christ!
Of note was the restoration of a student named Brunel who left our former fellowship seeking revival! Brunel is now ready to start a new Bible Talk at the University of Kinshasa!
Lola, my awesome fellow church leader, and I are so eager to attend the African Missions Conference in Abidjan at the end of this month! Pray for us! And to God be all the glory!
HEADLINE NEWS – CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA
Adriana Gomez: Greetings from the Bogota ICC! This is an example of our unity in Christ… Some months ago, a Colombian couple had fled our country threatened by evil people! They arrived to Chile and when they and their children were hungry, cold and practically naked, they contacted the church there and the disciples helped them, showing them the true love of God! The news traveled across the Andes Mountains and their families wanted know “that kind of Christian people” here in Bogota! Last month, the wife’s sister, Elena was baptized in Christ, and recently, her parents, Joaquín & Belén were baptized in Christ too! Also, Elena’s other two sisters and their husbands and children are now regularly attending church!
Elena with her parents Joaquin & Belen Gomez
who are now her brother and sister in Christ!
Also, another Colombian was recently baptized in the LA Church! He shared his faith with a very close friend here in Bogota! She called us and started to study the Bible… And Marta Lucia Rodriguez was baptized in Christ too!
Adriana Gomez (right) with Marta Lucia, our
new “baby sister” in the Lord!
Our heart was touched when Hector (my awesome husband) told us about his encounter with Milton Puentes, baptized eighteen years ago in our former movement! He lost all – marriage, family and wealth – when after the crumbling of our former movement he turned back to the world. Today, he was restored to the Lord and added to His family again!
Hector Gomez (right) with his friend Milton
who was restored today!
Now, after a year of our adhesion to the SoldOut Disciples Movement, our Remnant Group has grown to 19 brothers and sisters in Christ! And to God be the glory!!!
Raul Moreno: “And the Lord added to their number…” (Acts 2:47) The Lord was so good to us here in São Paulo as we had eight additions in the past four weeks! Jefferson and Clara were baptize from USP University; Jefferson studies Math and Clara Natural Sciences!
Jefferson (above) and Clara are welcomed
additions to the awesome USP
Then, two incredible physical sisters were baptized in Patricia and Priscila! Then, we had two amazing restorations in Eduardo and Andreia! We also had the privilege to receive Olimpia Argueta as a missionary from LA, and to tearfully send Joey Underhill back to LA after serving the Lord here as a missionary faithfully for almost four years!
Eduardo, Olimpia and Joey!
Finally, an awesome single named “Mesias” was baptized! “Mesias” means “Messiah” so with that name I’m confident he will bring many to the ultimate Messiah – Jesus Christ! We love you with the love of the Lord!
Carlos Mejia: “After He drove the man out, He placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.” (Genesis 3:24) Greetings from Santiago! Today was an historic day in Santiago as the Lord has allowed us to “hand over” the church to our dear friends Alfredo & Alejandra Anuch, the first Chilean nationals in the history of this movement (and the ICOC) to lead the church in their home country!
Lucy & I presented Alfredo & Alejandra with a Bushido sword, or “Samurai Sword,” which is an emblem of power and spirit! The very possession of such a valuable instrument imparted to the samurai warrior a feeling and an air of dignity and responsibility! It was also a symbol of what was to be in a Samurai’s heart and mind – loyalty and honor! A Samurai would choose death over living with a false heart. As we presented Alfredo & Ale with two Samurai swords, I read from Genesis 3:24 and charged them “to guard” the church with their sword of truth, which is the Word of God!
Carlos & Lucy present Alfredo & Alejandra
with Bushido swords!
Although we were honored and glad to be a part of this significant event, it was also a bittersweet time as it was the last service here in Santiago for Lucy & I and the remaining five missionaries that are leaving for Mexico City! We were so moved and many were brought to tears by the lyrics in a song performed by the church band and written by our amazing sister Mirza entitled, Gracias which of course means “Thank You!”
Carlos & Lucy and the Santiago
Over the past few months, each Bible Talk has been working hard for Special Missions! Today we were able to see the fruit of that labor, as God blessed our 14X Contribution with $20,000 USD! It has been incredible to see the hearts of all the disciples as they sacrificed to do their part in seeing the world evangelize in our generation. To God be all the glory!
HEADLINE NEWS – PACIFIC RIM & AUSTRAL-CHINA
Kyle Bartholomew: Greetings from Manila, Philippines! We are so very grateful for all of the churches around the world who sacrificed by taking up a Special Missions Collection this year which has enabled us to be sent out to the Philippines!
It has been an amazing past three weeks since the mission team arrived! I am happy to report that all of the mission team members are settled into their new homes and have fallen in love with their new country! We have all been working hard as we prepare for our Inaugural Service on June 7th with a prayer goal of 261 in attendance since the original Manila Mission Team in 1989 had 260 at their Inaugural Service! Excitingly, 343 people have already committed to come to this historic event at the Intercontinental Hotel in Makati with just under a week to go!
Rich & Angie Tabizon have valiantly led the Metro
Manila Remnant Group and will return to
LA to lead the AV Region!
We have also been solidifying our convictions as we just finished a three week First Principles Course! Amazingly, with all the distractions of getting settled, studying for First Principles, and preparing for the Inaugural Service, God has already begun to display His power among us! We have already seen three precious souls baptized (Lou, Christialyn, and Cherry) and two restored (Rogelio and Annaliza) in the past three weeks, and there are a lot more that are close to being added! Mabuhay! (Live long! in Tagalog)
Lou is the first baptism after the Mission
Cherry (left) and Christialyn (second from the
right) are baptized by Cathy and Gina!
Rogelio (above) and Annliza were gently
restored to God and His church!
Liz Okuno of Honolulu: “On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.'” (John 7:37) If there is a woman who is thirsty for God’s Word, it is Kristen! We first met Kristen about a month ago near the Art Building on the UH Manoa Campus! My boyfriend Kawika & I were sharing for Bible Talk and God planned that our paths should meet Kristen! We invited her to Bible Talk and she eagerly accepted! Kristen later shared that, at the time, she felt lost and confused! She was searching for more from life! In her Bible studies, she drank deeply from God’s Word, and I had the privilege of witnessing the “living water” refresh her soul! “The burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs…” (Isaiah 35:7)
With her soul finally fulfilled with God’s Word, Kristin was asked to give up everything for Jesus and His Kingdom, and she was baptized today in the beautiful Hawaiian waters and now she is your sister in Christ!
Kristin is overjoyed that all of her sins
On a sad note, we said goodbye to Lou Jack, Cathi, Christine and Philip Martinez today and sent them off with several gifts from the Islands, and of course, a whole lot of love and ALOHA! We are so grateful for all they taught us and shared with us, and know the Honolulu Church has been both edified and solidified, and is ready now to MULTIPLY under the new leadership of Jake & Jen Ramsier and Curtis & Morgan Valdez of LA!
The Martinezes Farewell Party!
The Ramsiers will again lead the congregation and the Valdezes will lead our new West Region!!! Please keep Honolulu in your prayers!!!
Curt & Morgan Valdez will lead the new West
Region of the Honolulu Church!
Joe Willis: Greetings from Sydney! We were blessed to welcome another beautiful Aussie woman into the church this past weekend as Kate Dillon was baptized into Christ! The 20 year old, hair dresser was going through a lot at the time when Kerry reached out to her while she was getting her hair done at the salon where Kate works.
She first came out to church while Kyle & Joan Bartholomew were here on their way to Manila and was particularly moved by Joan’s communion! She started studying the Bible and realized her need for God and soon decided to get baptized! This girl has persevered through so much to get to where she is today and we couldn’t be happier or more proud of her and her decision to make Jesus Lord! Welcome to the family Kate!!
Jenna was very instrumental in
making Kate into a disciple!
HEADLINE NEWS – USA NORTH QUADRANT & INDIA
Chris Broom of New York City: The Bible says in Psalm 145:7, “They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.” Truly, May has been an incredible month with much to celebrate! First, God added six more to our number – three baptisms and three place memberships! Of special note was Bonnie, a Chinese engineering student and the first baptism in our newly formed Columbia University Bible Talk! And she was baptized during finals week! Bonnie was one of three freshmen selected to go on an all-expense-paid trip to Japan, where the student ambassadors visited prestigious universities to help “bridge the gap” between the two countries!
The NYC Sisters celebrate with Bonnie (center),
who is their first baptism at
The celebration continued as 16 of our disciples have graduated this month from various academic levels and schools including Manhattan’s prestigious New School and Seton Hall University!
Mario celebrates with his wife Kayla as she
graduates from the City College
of New York!
Shannon stops to get a “selfie” as she graduates!
Some of the NYC graduates take a moment
to smile for the camera!
In closing, I want to highlight an incredible sister in the New York City Church, Nicole Garland! May was a month to remember for Nicole as she graduated from our Chemical Recovery Ministry, led powerfully for the women by Dejaimenay Pedican! Nicole was also able to fundraise over $500 from her office for our upcoming Missions Contribution, and thanks to her boss matching all she raised from her other co-workers! Then, she was blessed by God with a pay raise! Finally, as Nicole went to sign the papers for her new apartment that she would share with her soon-to-be husband Vladimir Antoine, she saw that the realtor had lied about their income, saying they made more than they did… probably to give them a better chance of getting the apartment! Knowing they could deny her the apartment, Nicole told the truth! Amen! Not only did they give her & Vladimir the apartment, but since the realtor was fired, they saved $1,175 on the realtor’s fee that they did not have to pay!
This past Saturday, she married her best friend, Vladimir Antoine! The wedding was absolutely breathtaking and we enjoyed wonderful fellowship with disciples who were visiting from Los Angeles, Boston, Washington DC, Dallas, Syracuse and Toronto! So awesome to be a unified movement of churches!
Congratulations Vladimir & Nicole!
Brian Carr of Boston: Greetings from the land of many “hahvest fields!” “The wind blows wherever it pleases… So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” Super excitingly, Sean – a grad-student from Beijing, China – started coming to church and immediately fell in love with the fellowship! So this month after a few weeks of studying the Bible, Sean was baptized into Christ in the Charles River! God continues to build the Hong Kong Mission Team!
Thomas no longer doubts that Jesus
is the resurrected Lord!
Other additions are also coming soon as Tyler Payne & Sarah Polum of the Syracuse Church will be placing membership in Boston on June 7th! Thank you so much to the Syracuse Church for sending us such an incredible couple!
Tyler & Sarah are so excited to become a part
of the dynamic Boston Church!
It has been nothing short of a faith-building time this year raising Special Missions! Our great God has blessed the efforts and hearts of the disciples by allowing us to surpass our Special Missions Goal this year!
Finally, the Spirit has decided to blow Preston & Shauna (soon to be the Inkley’s on June 6th!) across the country to be the Campus Ministry Couple in the Antelope Valley Region of LA! I originally thought the Spirit was blowing a bit too hard as it can be so challenging to say goodbye to your best friend! Preston and I have grown so close and it has been such a privilege to walk together and see him grow up spiritually over the years. I’m so proud of the man of God that he has become and I’m reminded in our friendship of Proverbs 18:24, “There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” God has raised him up to be an amazing peer to me and a great leader! I speak on behalf of the whole church when I say it’s hard to lose someone like Preston, but we are fired-up to be part of a sold-out movement of churches and we are willing to do what it takes to see this world evangelized in our day! We will miss them both so much, but we are excited to see the great things they are
going to do in the AV!
Brian and Preston – best of brothers
and best of friends!
Jay Shelbrack: Greetings from Chicago! We have had a month filled with activity! We had 11 graduations, tagging for three Saturdays, our Latinfest, a new baby, and our send-off for the Economos to LA! The Latinfest was amazing as we had Sal & Patricia Velasco, the Palm Springs Region Leaders of LA, come to inspire our Latin Ministry as they preached powerful lessons for both a Friday Night Devo and the Sunday Service! Latinfest was indeed a fun-filled day with special entertainment, a bounce house for the kids, face painting, clowns, basketball, volleyball and of course great food!
We are also fired-up to announce three new fulltime paid staff who will be helping us take the Chicago Church to another level: Stephania Brooks, who turned down an acceptance letter to Medical School to work in the West Region; Marlyn Montano who will be co-leading the Central Region and the Latin Ministry with her husband, Victor; and finally Umberto Muniz will be training to lead the West Region with its many campuses while being a student at Dominican College!
Chicago’s three new interns – Marlyn,
Umberto and Stephania!
We also had three additions for the month – two baptisms and one restoration! Joshua who is the brother of Jesse Rhobles was baptized! Marcus, who was met by Omar and who are both personal trainers, had rejected God’s plan for his life but couldn’t deny the truth and has become very bold even confronting his former minister who agreed to study the Bible!
Marcus enters God’s wonderful light!
Finally Anna DeBarras, the sister of Nikki and Maria, has rededicated her life sharing how discouraged she had become without God in her life!
Anna – the beloved sister of Nikki and Maria –
is restored to her first love!
Finally today was one of mixed emotions as we said goodbye to our dear friends Nick & Jacque Economo who have served the church as Administrators, the Web Deacon, Secretary on the church board, and the overseers of all of our printing! They have been with us for seven years and have been a very foundational couple! We are truly excited for them as they have taken on a great role as World Sector Administrators for the City of Angels Church!
The Shelbracks and the Economos prioritize the
Kingdom over valued relationships!
Please pray for us as we fight to glorify God with our lives and for next week’s Special Contribution!
Courtney Parlour: “‘I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the Lord Almighty.” (Haggai 2:7) God is shaking up the city of Syracuse, New York! These past few weeks have been exciting as we are wrapping up our fundraising for missions! Some of the amazing women in the church put on a Rummage Sale that was an astonishing HIT! We had advertisements in the newspaper, on the radio, sign holders on the streets, a bake sale, and lots to sell! Not only was it a great way to raise money, but also to empty our homes and share our faith! Hundreds of dollars were raised in just a few hours!
God is also shaking up the campuses here in Syracuse! This week it was very encouraging to watch another OCC student baptized – Tilia! She is a vibrant young woman and has already brought out many of her family members to church!
God and the angels applaud Tilia’s decision to be
a sold-out disciple of Jesus Christ!
And a couple of weeks ago, we saw another amazing thing happen! Never, to my knowledge, in the 22 years of the Syracuse Church has someone been baptized on the prestigious Le Moyne University Campus. About a month ago, God just so had it that some of the brothers would run into Andrew while hanging out near the campus. He is a pre-med student and on top of that he is in three Honor Societies, serving as the president of one of them! Amidst finals and studying for his MCAT, Andrew studied the Bible and made Jesus Lord of all!
Andrew’s baptism gives God’s movement a
foothold at the prestigious Le Moyne
We are very excited to now start up a Bible Talk at Le Moyne College in order to reach the amazingly gifted 3,600 students! Pray for our boldness!
Debs Rajan: Namaste! (Greetings in Hindi!) Thank you LA for sending Luke & Brandyn Speckman to Chennai! We are very grateful for the partnership to evangelize 1.7 billion souls in the Sub-continent of Asia! The disciples have been very encouraged by their Scriptural teachings!
The Speckmans and Rajans have formed an
unbreakable bond through their vision to
evangelize all of the Sub-continent
of Asia in this generation!
Last Sunday, was our monthly Evening Campus Service for which our 30 campus students had 88 in attendance! Tharas Richard, another student from the prestigious Loyola College, who came for the event studied the Bible and in just one week was baptized today!
Several games were played during the
Evening Campus Service!
The fruit from the Campus Event – Tharas –
makes Jesus his Lord!
There has been so much fruit this entire month! God is truly multiplying disciples!
Zanya, another teen, steps out on faith and
becomes a baptized disciple!
Contrary to popular opinion, “lightening does strike twice,” as my husband Raja struck again by snatching another soul from Satan’s clutches! I’m reminded of Acts 18:8, “Crispus, the Synagogue Leader, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard Paul believed and were baptized!” Philip, a Pentecostal Pastor, came to Chennai from Raipur for a Pastors Conference and was rushing to catch the train when Raja invited him! Raja persevered with Philip through phone calls and emails for more than two months and convinced him to come and visit the Chennai ICC Church! Philip travelled more than 1,000 miles (32 hours by train and bus) just to visit the church! At his very first church service, Philip was touched by the love of the disciples and humbly accepted that he was not a Christian! After studying with Raja, he made Jesus the Lord of his life with tears and was baptized!
Phillip – the Pentacostal Pastor!
Phillip – the baptized disciple!
Philip’s hometown of Raipur!
Philip went back to Raipur with another disciple Suraj and they are now studying the Bible with nine others from Philip’s old congregation! Already, Dhasharath, a former soldier of the Indian Army, has been baptized!
Suraj baptizes Dashrath after he listened
to Philip’s testimony and the
Word of God!
So now in the SoldOut Movement in India, we now have churches in Chennai, New Delhi, Bangalore and Raipur! And to God be all glory!
Dear Brothers and Sisters: In closing, let us all praise God for the phenomenal 20X Missions Collection taken in the United States Churches for international missions now totaling over $1,500,000! Now let’s pray that God will multiply these “loaves and fishes!” (Matthew 14:19-21)
Please keep on praying for the Inaugural Service of the Metro Manila International Christian Church just a week away! After the Inaugural, Elena & I will travel to Sydney to once again be side-by-side in the Lord’s work with Joe & Kerry Willis! We will return to LA on Sunday, June 21st. Then, Lord willing on the 22nd, I will go to witness the miracle of the First African Missions Conference in Abidjan, Ivory Coast! If all goes as planned, I will return June 29th!
In closing, thanks for all of your gracious greetings on Facebook and in cards on my 61st Birthday on May 31st! This last picture was one of my favorite cards!
Kip’s favorite birthday card from his
youngest granddaughter – Scarlett!
“Finally Brothers, pray for [Elena & me] that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you! May the Lord direct your hearts onto God’s love and Christ’s perseverance!” (2 Thessalonians 3:1, 5)
We are family… to the end,
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