SOC Transforms Lives of High School Students by Richard Goebel

SOC Transforms Lives of High School Students by Richard Goebel

In November we traveled to La Paz, Bolivia, for a week of services and to graduate students that had completed the School of Christ. La Paz is the highest administrative capital in the world, resting on the Andes’ Altiplano plateau more than 11,975 ft. above sea level.

The people were very attentive to the Word of God, and after many of the services the people were seeking God, repenting, and worshiping at the altar for quite a while.

The students were so affected by the School of Christ. The graduation was wonderful with tremendous testimonies of what the Lord had done through the lessons of SOC. One brother said, “The School challenged in a way that my words cannot say. So much of what we have been doing in our churches is not Scriptural. This School has made Christ real to us.” Another brother, Joel said, “The lessons of this School have made us different people. It has affected our prayer and our study of God’s Word, and it is affecting our churches.”

While there I met a group of High School students that had attended a previous School. They had been so affected that they told others. During the services, these young people were rejoicing in the Word. They gathered around us after the services and wanted us to know that they had heard the lessons from the School of Christ, and that they were committed to following the Truth of God’s Word. They said that they are fasting and praying on the campus, they are witnessing on the streets, and they are praying with young people. They are believing God to send revival. There was a genuine love and hunger for God among these young people.

The pastors that we graduated, and other graduates from previous Schools that we met, were serious men of God. They spoke about the great work that lies before them of reaching their country with the message of Pentecost.

There is a great need to reach the indigenous population across the top of the Andes Mountains. These people live in almost complete isolation, and we are going to have to reach them. We had to travel two hours further north into these areas to see the people, the culture, and the great need. We must reach these areas with the Gospel while Christ gives us time. I ask that you please pray for Bolivia and the great and effectual work of the School of Christ.

I pray that this report will encourage you to give to the work of the School of Christ as we labor to go to the unreached, and preach Christ.

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New Doors Open in Mongolia for SOC by Joel Pledge

New Doors Open in Mongolia for SOC by Joel Pledge

Pastor Darkhan Mukhko listened to the School of Christ on MP3 in 2013. The Lord really touched his life and he was determined to attend a School when he could. In the spring of 2014 we held a School in the south of Mongolia. Even though Pastor Mukhko lives in the north he traveled by car across Mongolia to attend the School. He was stirred in his heart after each lesson and he knew he must bring the School of Christ to his city. In the fall of 2014 we held a School in Darkhan, Mongolia. He came and felt we should bring the School of Christ to Northeast Mongolia near the Russian border to the city of Sukhbaatar.

We saw the Lord move from the very first day of the School.  The students came from sixteen locations in Mongolia and the local people came to hear the lessons in their spare time. One woman testified that on the second day of the School she was freed from the habit of smoking and others testified of healings. Their lives were changed because of the true foundation taught by the School of Christ.

Every morning and evening during an hour of individual prayer, students fervently prayed to receive the revelation of what they had heard from the SOC lessons. One woman came to tell us that God had called her to go to China as a missionary to preach the Gospel to the Mongolians who live there.

Once again we saw the Lord bring life into the hearts of His people through the School of Christ. Leaders were filled with the power of the Holy Spirit and revived. They left to go back to their churches to bring revival to their people.

We have already finished the translation of the School of Christ into the Mongolian language. It is only in the electronic format now, but we are currently working on the written format.  The videos of SOC are available on YouTube in the Mongolian language for all to view. I have heard testimonies from Christians who have been blessed by viewing the SOC on the internet. Each student upon graduation was given a flash card and MP3 disk with the SOC teaching to take home with them.

Thank God for His work in Mongolia, so many lives have been touched by the School of Christ. We are seeing more doors open up for ministry.

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China Report by Andrew Sekhin

We were invited to the Anhui Province in Eastern China to run a School of Christ. This is a very poor Province in China and is often referred to as the “Appalachia of China.”

Persecution of the churches is on the rise in China and, because of this, we encountered some problems with running this School of Christ. The church where we had planned to have the School experienced an increased and unwanted attention from the government lately and, as the result, the leaders had reasonable doubts that they might get arrested. We had to change the location at the last moment.

Our new place did not have a heating system and it was snowing outside. That made the temperature outside and inside almost the same. There were sixty leaders from local churches. Everyone had to dress very warm to keep the body temperature bearable, and we took short breaks for hot tea to warm us up. We still had classes all day long, and the people were very hungry to hear the Word of God. The cold did not bother them

Students told me, during the breaks, that they had once had revivals in their churches. Many people were saved, but something happened and the churches just became lukewarm. I believe that the Lord sent us to this place to change the situation in these churches with the ministry of the School of Christ.

These people were so eager to hear the Word and, on the last day, the Lord poured out His Spirit abundantly. People were crying out loud repenting, some were grabbing my hands and laying them on their head, and did not let go until I intensely prayed over them, many were healed.

At the end they begged us to come back again. We left them the School of Christ teachings on SD Cards and DVD’s. Praise the Lord for His miraculous work. He revived the leaders and they will bring revival to the people they are called to minister to.

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Kazakhstan & Uzbekistan Native SOC Team Being Formed

Praise the Lord for what He is doing in this region of the world through the School of Christ. Our missionary workers, known only as the “Ukraine Brothers,” report a growing demand for the SOC teaching. They have just graduated a School in Kyrgyzstan with forty-one ministers in attendance. Sixteen ministers were from Uzbekistan and twenty-five were from Kyrgyzstan.  The Brothers report that they are now forming a native team of workers made up of pastors and bishops who support the School of Christ and its teachings The “Ukraine Brothers” will train and oversee the work.  The work is growing and God is supplying the workers through SOC graduates called of God to be missionaries to their own people.

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The door has just opened up for us to work in the southern part of Kyrgyzstan where we have never worked before.  We will run our first SOC in the area later this year and fifty pastors have registered to attend. After the School a group of graduates will make a missionary trip to the Pair Mountain area which is located on the Chinese and Afghani border. They will minister to the unreached people of Tajikistan. The work of the School of Christ is now reaching into the south of Kazakhstan. These men of God, the “Ukraine Brothers,” have given themselves to taking the Gospel into areas that are closed to most of the outside world. They are helping to reap the end-time harvest while it is still day.

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First Full-Time SOC in Ethiopian Prison by Richard Goebel

We have had a great struggle getting into the prisons of Ethiopia. We have had services, I have preached in the prisons, but to run a full School of Christ has been most difficult. The Lord opened the door for us to run a School in the Hawassa Prison.

This School was very difficult and we had much opposition. However, the testimonies that came out of this School are awesome. During the classes, the place was filled with the presence of God. Pastor Okata, one of our leaders, felt they were as powerful as any School he had ever been in. In the four weeks we had powerful times of prayer and great repentance. It was the prayer of deep repentance that was so powerful!

In order to run the School, we had to agree that anyone who wanted to, could attend the classes. This demand was made thinking that we would not accept this condition. We gladly accepted and we graduated 165 students in this prison School.  At times we had as many as 310 listening intently to the teaching. At the end of the day, the students would preach to the other prisoners about what they had learned in that day’s classes. A total of 63 prisoners came forward to pray for salvation.  What God did inside the prison during this School is beyond words. The testimonies alone would have made the cost, the sacrifice, and the labor of this School, a success. There were many testimonies about the revelation of sin, repentance, the new birth, as well as the call of God on their lives.

The students, after they had attended the lesson of the day, would go to others and teach the lessons. They were not instructed to do this; no one told them to do so. They did so because the Life of the Spirit of God makes men do so.  One student said, “We have to do this because these lessons are very important for all the prisoners.”

During the School, the soldiers of the compound (the guards) asked for Bibles to read. One of the soldiers said, “The soldiers always hated to read the Bible, but today they want to read the Bible.”

It has been a long climb into the prisons of Ethiopia, but now, because of what God did in this prison, we have an opportunity to run the SOC in a different prison.  We are praying and planning that we will be able to run the second prison School in early 2016. I ask that you please pray for these Schools. Pray that we will see this kind of God-sent fire throughout the prison and villages of Ethiopia. Pray for us that we would be led of the Holy Ghost in everything we do, and please support this great work financially. We cannot go and we cannot send the native workers unless the Body of Christ supports the work with their giving.

Venezuela Report by Donal Chance

Due to the continuing unrest, many Americans have been banned from traveling to Venezuela. Missionaries have also been arrested. Yet in the midst of the unrest God has helped us to set things in order in case this day came. We through the School of Christ International, forewarned them to plant crops, raise animals, fast, pray, and continue to run the School of Christ. They prepared themselves and are continuing to do the work of the Lord through the School of Christ.

Russia Report by Yakov Demyanchuk

This week held a School of Christ for young people. We had 127 students in attendance.

Last night in the service there was a powerful presence of the Holy Spirit. For hours there was singing, praying, and tears of repentance. It was after midnight when the students returned to their cabins to sleep. Praise the Lord!

Please keep this School in your prayer. God is doing a might work in these young people’s lives.

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