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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Bolivia Report by Brian Larsen

In May, 2013, we graduated a School of Christ in Cochabamba, Bolivia.  Out of this school we are going to run seven  new  schools in different regions of the city (Quillacollo, Vinto, Tarata, the south, and villages beyond these provinces, and two prisons).  A flame has been kindled and it will begin a fire that will spread everywhere. Other students will be teaching the School of Christ in their churches, home services, and universities.

A pastor that went through this school went home and preached from his personal notes of the school. He said, “When the message was over and I gave the altar call, all the church came to the front and was on their knees asking forgiveness. It’s been years since something like that has happened.”  A brother in his sixties, a teacher in the university, had just finished building a building, and furnished it with forty chairs. He did not know what he was going to use it for. After attending the school he knew why he had built it. He said, “God was   keeping that room for the School of Christ. It is never to late to serve the Lord.”

After preaching the graduation service I had a chance to meet personally with the students that are going to open up new schools.  They will provide the facilities for the classes to be held in their area.  These pastors are on fire and excited about the School of Christ coming to their churches.

Graduating class of Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Graduating class of Cochabamba, Bolivia.

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