Cuba SOC Graduates over 300 Students by Richard Goebel

The work of the School of Christ continues to grow in Cuba. Our Fieldworker, Pastor Reynoso, is a man who continually puts the work of SOC before his own safety. He has sacrificed all so that others may hear the Gospel and attend the School of Christ. The recent purchase of a bicycle has allowed Pastor Reynoso to travel greater distances to preach, and return home that night to be with his family. Prior to this, his mode of transportation, for the most part, was walking. He never asked for money or anything for himself; only for the work of God. He gladly lives a life of sacrifice and hardship to give all to the ministry of Christ.

Pastor Mercado, another Fieldworker working with the SOC, stated, “Our God always gives us the vision and provision. Even though the work in Cuba seemed so impossible in the beginning, we keep walking and looking to God.”

Customs has threatened to destroy our literature. We have been made to stand for more than two hours at the airport while they checked on our paperwork. We have been given stern lectures at passport control stations, all the while praying, knowing that if God has sent us, then all will work out according to His Will. On one occasion, when Pastor Mercado was entering Cuba with the SOC material, he was told that it had to stay with the government until he submitted a document giving him permission to bring it in. His response to the officer was, “In the name of Jesus, you do not touch one of these books. If you do, you will be in trouble with heaven itself.” After a great battle with the officers, he recovered the materials and brought them in. Thank God, He gave us victory!

We have now printed 1,000 SOC manuals inside the country, and they are ready to be distributed as needed. We have the manuals hidden, keeping them safe until we hand them out to the students. The Cuba pastors live and work under very difficult circumstances, but the School of Christ is now in eight provinces. We are running a SOC almost every two months, and graduating more than 300 students a year. Pastor Reynosa just graduated two Schools, one in Moa, with thirty-five students, and one at Guantanamo. The testimonies of what God is doing through the School of Christ in those who come to receive this message of Pentecost is impressive.

In Pastor Reynosa’s report last month, he said, “God is still good, and it is good to see how the School of Christ continues to advance in the Republic of Cuba. Since 2008, we have not stopped working to train the body of Christ using the SOC material. We are training and equipping the saints for the work of the ministry. In Job 8:7 it says, ‘Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.’ We are standing on His Word.”

God spoke to me over two years ago that we must work very quickly. Pray for our Cuban brothers and sisters as they carry the Gospel to their nation. The King is coming; let us be found faithful.

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Evangelism by Myanmar SOC Graduates by Andrey Sekhin

In March, 2016, we held a School of Christ in Myanmar. One of the students was Pastor Samuel. During the School, he asked if I would come and minister to his village because there were only three Christian families in the entire village, and the rest were Buddhist. I agreed to go.

When we arrived, we were expecting about 50 people to attend the meeting—there were about 400 people waiting to hear us! The crowd was large and nothing was prepared, so I climbed on the roof of the bus to preach the Gospel. Because of the crowd and the chaos; the village leaders shut us down. I prayed because of the missed opportunity to bring the Gospel to these hungry people that had never heard. With tears in his eyes, Pastor Samuel pleaded with me to come in December at Christmas time. He said the government would allow you to come and minister at that time of the year.

I have been praying and preparing for this Christmas Evangelism for eight months. Pastor Turnage gave his permission for the trip and sent the funds I needed for the crusade, travel, and to purchase each family a gift of rice. When we arrived, we were greeted by more than 300 adults and around 200 children eager to hear the Gospel. The pastors came from the surrounding villages to help with the music, and the distribution of gifts. I preached the Full Gospel, and almost all of them responded to the call for repentance.

Four pastors, graduates from the School of Christ in Myanmar, and I ministered in the village of lepers. The people there are not allowed to mingle with other villages. Doctors refuse to treat them, and their children are not allowed to attend schools with healthy children. We took Christmas as the opportunity to preach the Gospel of Christ to this neglected and unreached people. About 75 families came to hear us minister. Twenty people came forward and accepted Jesus Christ. While we were there, God laid on the heart of one of the SOC workers to start a church in this village.

Pray for the work and workers in Myanmar that we might reach as many souls for Christ while we can still work.

SOC in Andes Mountains Strong and Growing by Richard Goebel

SOC in Andes Mountains Strong and Growing by Richard Goebel

In October, 2016, Field-Worker Delvis Mercado and I held another School of Christ in La Paz, Bolivia, which is located at the top of the Andes Mountains. We had a very attentive and disciplined class consisting mostly of pastors who came from several different denominations. We are always grateful when we can have brethren from different denominational backgrounds come together and sit under the teaching of the SOC. During the days of teaching and prayer, walls of religious traditions were broken down, and a lot of repenting for having departed from the Word of God.

I am so thankful that God allowed me to be present at the School in La Paz, and to witness the move of God that took place in the lives of these pastors and workers. The work of the SOC is becoming stronger in this area of Bolivia, and it is my prayer that we will begin to truly see a revival among the people.

On the last night in La Paz, I met with a group of University students who I had met last year at the School of Christ. They have been meeting just to pray and seek the face of God. They began these meetings after some of them had gone through the School of Christ. They are praying to become a vessel of God in their country. What a joy to see them praying and worshiping in Truth and the Spirit of Holiness. I encouraged them to go on with God, and I hope to spend time with this group of young people on my next trip.

While I was there I was asked if I would be willing to travel to the remote areas and meet with churches that are made up of indigenous people. Praising the Lord for another open door I humbly said, “YES.” As we drove, the pastors explained that almost no one is willing to travel to these remote indigenous areas to preach the Gospel. One pastor said, “They are too poor, and few have a desire to come this far, except a few who want to take pictures that they then use to raise money!” How sad! At the first church we visited, the pastor and his wife greeted us with much love and excitement. After visiting with them for a while, it was clear that we needed to come and run a School of Christ for pastors in these remote areas. The Pastor said he would like to host it in his church.

In the second church we visited, the presence of God was very strong. When I finished preaching, there was almost no one left in their seats; they all were at the altar praying and reaching out to God. At the end of prayer, the pastor, with tears running down his face, said to me, “God has spoken to this church today, and we will not be the same.” This pastor is going to work with us, helping to set up the SOC in the indigenous areas.

Also on this trip, Field-Worker Delvis Mercado ministered and introduced the School of Christ in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. The last night of the meeting 80 souls came forward to rededicate their lives to the Lord Jesus Christ, and asking God to sanctify them for His service. It was a powerful time in the Lord.

I am very encouraged about what God is doing in Bolivia. I believe we are seeing the beginning of a strong and true work of God being born in this land. We continue to see God open the doors for the School of Christ. Please pray for us that God’s Word might have free course.

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Nicaragua School and Conference by Dr. Marion Dodson

Nicaragua School and Conference by Dr. Marion Dodson

The School of Christ leaders from several South American countries met for a time of fasting and prayer, and the graduation of the School of Christ in Tipitopa, Nicaragua. This meeting was held at the newly constructed facility of the Abundant Faith Church. This wonderful building allows us to house thirty students and gives the School a permanent location in Nicaragua.

Leaders from Cuba, Columbia, Bolivia, and Honduras, attended this Time of Renewing. We began each morning at 5:30 with prayer. Past and present SOC Directors came to minister in the services. The altar was filled each night with the leaders seeking the Lord. Their prayer was that they would be faithful in taking the Gospel of Christ to Central America. What a blessing to hear the outstanding testimonies of what God is doing in the different countries. This was a time of strengthening and encouragement for the leaders and students of the School of Christ.

It has been several years since I have traveled to Nicaragua. What a blessing to see and hear what the Lord is doing through the SOC in this country. The work continues to expand, and we are now moving into the indigenous regions with the Gospel. It is our desire to take the School of Christ into these remote and unreached regions this year.

Please continue to pray for the Directors, Field-Workers, and Leaders as we move through as many open doors as possible before the night comes, when no man can work.

Russia Report by Yakov Deminachuk

We had a great youth School of Christ this year in Ivangorod, Russia, with one hundred and thirty young people in attendance. The Holy Spirit came and filled the hearts of these young people. There was a lot of repenting, and many were baptized in the Holy Spirit. We prayed for many hours, and no one wanted to go to sleep at night. We witnessed the change that Christ made in each of their lives.

The work of the SOC is continuing to grow and change lives in Russia. We are planning a full-time School of Christ in September of this year. We are continuing to translate the SOC for the deaf. It is very hard and a slow process but much needed. Andrei Kosygin is working very hard on this project to make it available so that all of the deaf can learn and grow through the teachings of the School of Christ. God bless you, and thank you very much for continuing to help us in our work here in Russia.

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Hungary Report by Lee Shipp

For many years, we have been privileged to travel to Hungary and meet with churches and their pastors and leaders, many of whom have been students in the School of Christ. Our trip to Hungary this year was very difficult with a great deal of spiritual warfare. There were many demonic attacks that came against us; but to the degree the attacks came, God’s grace went far beyond to give us what we needed. I’m amazed at the love of God, how much He loves us and loves His children. I’m amazed at what He did through our lives, and at the power of God to move among us and bring freedom and joy. We saw divine healings take place before our eyes, including healing of paralysis and disease.

We were part of the Pentecostal Holy Ghost Conference for Hungary. Pastors and leaders who had been students in the School of Christ for Hungary were in attendance. Pastor Tomas’ D’Nagy, our SOC director in Hungary, was our coordinator for this conference. He has worked for many years, introducing and leading the School of Christ, with a great burden to see the Power of God and the Life of Christ demonstrated in and through the believers.

The church that we were using for the conference had at one time been full of doctrinal error and in great bondage. The church members had lived in a compound, isolated from the world. The people lived with laws of holiness. They had no relationships with people around them or with other churches. The former pastor’s son became the pastor. God began to move in this young pastor, and last year he opened the doors up to the conference and the Lord delivered him. We have kept in contact and he said to me, “Last year we could not

deny the power, liberty, and freedom of God that was ministered to us. We knew we were in error and that God was not pleased with us.” He and some of his leadership began to take drastic measures to come out of this false doctrine. Because of this, they lost many of their people. Many left the church. He shared that he often felt like quitting, but the Lord gave him strength to keep going.

On the first night of the meetings, the Lord put a word in my heart about the threatening letter that King Hezekiah received from the King of Assyria. Hezekiah went into the temple and laid the letter before God and asked the Lord to look at the letter and open up his ears and hear what the evil king was saying against the people of God. God responded and delivered His people. I spoke about the blessings of God upon his people that causes the nations to fear God. After the sermon, the pastor of the church came forward to testify. He told of a threatening letter that this church had received that had caused much fear and turmoil. He said that in this message God spoke to them in detail on what the were seeking the Lord about. They were stunned as to how much the Lord loved them and would bring them this answer. This was no coincidence, but the moving of the Holy Ghost.

In the services to follow, the Lord continued to move in the people. From the depths of their being the people were crying to the Lord to be set free from their captivity. The Lord comforted His people with such grace and compassion. Then they started to embrace one another and pray together for each other’s needs. They laid before the altars in silence before God as though He was right before them. Glory to God!

The presence of God was very great among us. In Friday morning’s message about Jesus coming to give us life, there was a great unction of the Holy Ghost given to all. There was a faith that could be seen and felt and it was like Jesus went forth to war on our behalf. He so delighted the people that it broke forth into rejoicing and praise. In our closing service for the conference, there was great joy in all the people, and the Lord helped me give them good instructions from His Word about maintaining the victory and joy of the Lord.

One woman came to me and told me, “I’ve loved Jesus with all of my heart for 20 years. I’ve worked so hard to present myself to God in such a way that He would be pleased with me. In one day, the message that you preached, I realized it was not works, I was set free in the love of God.”

I can’t thank you enough for your prayers for all the Lord did and will continue to do.

Germany Report by Keith Malcomsom

At the end of April 2016, we once again held the School of Christ in the Eastern region of Germany, south of Berlin. We had 31 students, which included pastors and missionaries, who gathered from different towns and cities in Germany for this intensive time of prayer and the teaching of God’s Word. Several visitors attended the evening meetings and were blessed.

Time and time again students testified of the impact made on their lives as they would come down the stairs each morning for the 6 a.m. prayer meeting, and hear people already praying. One mature believer who ministers to several churches said, “I would never have thought that I would see such prayer meetings in Germany.” The Lord really met with us as we prayed in the morning and night meetings.

In the evening meetings we had some very special times in the presence of God as people were filled and refilled with the Holy Spirit. Christ is indeed the Baptizer in the Holy Ghost. There has been much of teaching on the Holy Spirit in Germany but not with a Biblical emphasis upon holiness, Christ, and the Scriptures. It is very encouraging to hear young believers who desire to serve God, recognizing the need of clear teaching that will restore Godly order to the Church.

I cannot over emphasize how vital and life-changing the School has been in individual lives in recent years. The brother who helps organize everything on the ground for us went through the SOC in Limerick, Ireland, at our annual European School taught in English. Although at that time he could only comprehend 20% of the English, it deeply impacted his life and created a deep burden to see the School run annually in the German language. One of the leaders said this was the best School yet for them in Germany. One young German lady involved in missionary work in Africa said this time “revived my spiritual life a lot.”

I am so thankful for the Truth contained in this School, and I am very aware that the Church of this hour needs it more now than ever before. Never has the need for Truth been so great in Germany and Europe. We deeply covet your earnest prayers that the Lord will move upon many hearts, and especially prepare leaders, preachers, and pastors as we prepare for other Schools in Germany and Europe.