What a wonderful day we live in to be working for God and to be a small part of what God is doing through the School of Christ under the leadership of President, Robert Turnage, Sister Brenda, and their staff.
Warden Burl Cain called my son, Pastor Donal Chance Jr., to come to his office at Angola Prison two years ago. Warden Cain said to him, “All I hear about among the inmates in the Angola Camps is the School of Christ, Bible Tabernacle (Pastor Donal Chance Sr. Church), and New Life Ministries (Pastor Donal Chance Jr. Church.) What are you doing to make such an impact upon these inmates?” Pastor Chance Jr. said to him, “We are only lifting up Jesus and trying to help the inmates.”
Warden Cain was so impressed with the changes he was seeing in the inmates that he asked Pastor Duke Downs and myself to come and minister to his prison pastors. I asked Warden Cain was there something special he wanted us to minister to and his response was, “Minister to them in such a way that when they go to other prisons they will be missionaries.” The School of Christ has been the tool through which God has used to make all of this happen.
Just over two months ago our first missionary was sent from Angola to a prison in Winnfield, LA. Missionary Filds has already made an impact in the Winnfield Prison in the short time he has been there. The Chaplain has now asked us to come and do a two-night revival at Angola. There is a great move of God in Angola State Penitentiary. All for the Glory of God!
The country of Venezuela needs our prayers like never before. They are facing much political unrest along with a food shortage and killings. Yet in all of this chaos and unrest, the School of Christ lives on with thirty students attending our latest School. We had to take a different approach because of the turmoil, so we split the thirty students into three different locations. This worked out great because the cost of running Schools was cut and the Wayuu Indians loved the convenience. Over the years we have seen many churches planted because of the great impact the School of Christ made on the lives of graduates.
The prisoners in Louisiana State Penitentiary that are going through the School of Christ International send their thanks and love to the staff and President Darrell Turner for providing them with these materials. It is truly a blessing and a life changing opportunity for them.
Warden Burl Cain called us to his office 3 months ago and learned of our missions work, home and abroad. He gave us one of the greatest assignments of our ministry. He asked us to begin a mentoring program for the 30 plus prison pastors in Angola. His mission was for us to train them in such a way that we make missionaries out of them after going through the Power of Preaching and School of Christ materials. What a humbling assignment! He also gave us the authority to plant Bible Tabernacle and New Life Ministries in the prison. At present, 2 pastors are going through the school to do just that.
I personally would like to thank the School of Christ office and Sister Brenda Turnage for producing the booklet on the Power of Preaching. We are presently able to put this booklet in the hands of the prison pastors and their staff. It has proven to be very effective. To God be the glory!
We are planning to have the graduation of 20 inmates in the near future. Please keep Angola in your prayers. They may be locked up, but they will never be locked out from what God has in store.
With great joy, I write this letter to give a report on yet another School of Christ International among the Wayuu Indians of Northern Venezuela. Even with the devil fighting every step of the way, through finances, material distribution, political unrest, economic crisis, and drug trafficking, the Lord made a way! Sister Brenda Turnage and Sister Donetta Dufrene pushed forward with every hurdle being a mountain. The School started on time with ten men and two women. Graduation was held on October 19, 2013, with testimonies of how the Lord stirred every heart. Thank you to those who have sacrificially given. Once again, the labors of Pastor B.H. Clendennen live on.