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The third week of our training here in Hemet, California, is to be an ordinary STS workshop led by the attendees of the past two weeks of training. My role is to oversee (with another instructor) a team of people leading the workshop. Then we have one last week of training here before I take off to lead training in Guatemala for ten days.
Source: [tis] Hope 😍 – 20/2016
I hope you are encouraged by this update from Caleb Suko, who was a guest on the Engaging Missions Show. If you enjoy this short update, please check out his blog and podcast at SukoFamily.org
Summer is a very busy time in Ukraine. Here in Odessa, along the shore of the Black Sea we have hundreds of thousands of tourists. This drives prices up on rentals and makes it very difficult for many of the refugees that we work with. Currently, the group of about 500 refugees is negotiating with the city concerning their living arrangements. It looks like they're going to have to start paying regular rent where they are staying in a government building. Few have the means to pay this rent so some are considering going back to Eastern Ukraine. Prayers for this group of refugees is appreciated as well as for us as we minister to them.
I hope you are encouraged by this update from Rich Frazer, who was a guest on the Engaging Missions Show. If you enjoy this short excerpt, please check out the full newsletter and consider subscribing, as well as partnering with Optional contenthim financially and in prayer.
We in the SOS International Network recently had the opportunity to recheck the route we were traveling during the Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers in Bangkok, Thailand. We determined that we have been on the right track for the last 37 years, equipping leaders to fulfill their ministries in their own context and nations! Being in a conference of 3000 men and women who are committed to the same strategy reminded us that we have been doing the most effective mission work being done today. We are more confident than EVER that we are accelerating world evangelism and disciple-making by developing healthy leaders who will lead and develop healthy ministries that will reach and disciple communities, cities and nations.
Source: Right on Target – Full Speed Ahead!
Lee Wood of 1 Body Ministries had some very encouraging stories to share. I asked him if I could put them here (for you) and he said I could. So here you go.
Met Abdu Muhammad at our block party which was attended by refugees from Somalia, Syria, Ethiopia, Myanmar and others. He told how as a Muslim in Ethiopia 7 years ago he had a dream in which a bright light was shining on him and told him the Koran was wrong. The voice told him to go to Djibouti. He had no passport or money but went to the bus station and was met by a man he didn't know that helped him get there. He was taken in and cared for by people he did not know in Djibouti. While there he heard the gospel and came to faith in Jesus. He immediately began sharing Jesus with Muslims and has been tortured, threatened with death, beaten etc… He joyfully says this is nothing to him. He had another dream a year ago and was told to come to the United States. He has been here for two months as a refugee and lives in the apartments across from a house church we have in the community. On Saturday he is fasting and praying and he comes over to the block party and begins to boldly share the gospel in Arabic with our Muslim neighbors. Please pray for him and us as we co labor with one another in the community. That's him on the left in the picture with the guys arm around him.
Tonight as leaders we gathered at the Fieldhouse to dedicate it as a space committed to focus on 3 things: love God, others, and to make disciples who make disciples. We shared what God was doing in our lives and house churches, we prayed with and for one another, we shared a meal and the Lords supper, we worshiped in Psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs and sent out missionaries from our movement to another nation to reach unreached people groups there.
That all might know,
Some photos from Lee
This is an update from Chuck Huckaby.
“I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.” (John 4, v 38 NIV)
On Saturday we did a house blessing. A man going through a divorce had been referred by his cousin and his daughter texted me to set it up a few days before.
We went trusting the Lord to do something great and we were not disappointed!
Our hearts went out to the people and they were responsive as we blessed the home and declared the power of Jesus Christ for them and over their home.
They were all baptized believers in background, but have been having some issues.
The father has a step son in the military and in a local mental treatment facility. He mentioned visiting him and I offered to visit and pray with the young man and we set up a time.
Today we went to the mental facility. The young man wanted God's help but was not able to explain the Gospel well so we covered that from “Creation to Christ” and what it meant to follow Christ (7 general commands of Christ).
I asked him if he wanted to follow Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior? If so I asked him to say that to the Lord in prayer.
He prayed a heartfelt and beautiful and unprompted prayer!
The father and I prayed for him in Christ's Name and especially for him to be strengthened by the Holy Spirit and be healed of any weakness or infirmity.
I talked to him about spiritual battles ahead and told him the story of the Prodigal Son.
He told the story back to us and we talked about how this story was told originally to show how The Father receives and rejoices those who repent and return to the Lord!
I told him when doubt comes to remind himself “You are this son – you have the Father's robe, ring, and rejoicing now that you have repented.”
I'll be following up with him/them on the commands of Christ and basic “identity in Christ” material which I will teach to the father and son for them to teach other.
I have to work fast with the son – he may leave the area as soon as July 13.
May the Lord continue and prosper what was started!
If you're wondering why the particular verse from John was chosen this family knew and felt loved by a faithful Christian man in our church who was especially kind to the young man now in treatment. When I learned that, I told them God had simply sent us to continue the mission this man had started.