Vietnam Report by David Jacobson

The Day Brother Clendennen went home to be with the Lord, he uttered, “Fruit, fruit, fruit everywhere.”

Looking back over the School of Christ we just finished, we can testify that his utterance was even more prophetic than we could have imagined for Vietnam. The nation of Vietnam was very special to Brother

Clendennen. Years before the Vietnam War, the Lord spoke to him in a prayer meeting in Eagle Lake, Texas, just one word—Saigon. He went to a map to find out where it was located. In 1968 he and his wife, Janice, traveled to minister in Saigon, Vietnam for the first time.

The first School of Christ was taught in 2008 by Brother Ken Geisendorfer in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Other Schools followed, not only in Ho Chi Minh, but also in the Northern part of Vietnam.

At the request of the Inter-Evangelistic Movement, we returned to teach the School to their senior pastors and leaders. They were so hungry for the Word of God. Right from the beginning of this School, you could feel the seriousness and attentiveness of the class. Students were greatly touched during the morning and evening prayer meetings. The interpreter was so on fire for God, and was so devoted, that when he received our offering to him, he gave it back to the SOC. His only focus is Jesus and the Kingdom of God.

After prayer one morning I was asked if some of the students could give the testimony about the revival in Ca Mau, Vietnam. They reported to us that the revival spread so quickly in Ca Mau that believers that had only been saved for six months were placed over as sixty new converts. Others that had been saved as little as eight months, have been placed over one hundred new converts. Over the last three years, three thousand people have received Christ, and one thousand are faithfully attending church. Because many lived too far away to attend the church, they have created approximately one hundred cell churches. Many of the cell churches are running up to one hundred people. There is a great need in this area for leadership training.

During a SOC lunchbreak, I asked the Ca Mau students approximately how many people were receiving Christ each day in that area. They told me that as many as thirty to forty people were coming to Christ during healing services; and during personal witnessing as many as two or three per day.

The students from Ca Mau that were attending the School testified that this revival was brought about by prayer that the SOC taught. When they first started to pray, they knew they had to go out and witness. Only a few received Christ; but they began to pray 24/7, and now people are drawn to the church by the Spirit to get saved.

Several days into the School, the pastor of the church where the revival started came. He was a graduate from the 2008 class taught by Brother Geisendorfer. The pastor testified to the SOC students the importance of prayer and its effect on the ongoing revival. The pastor said that at first, getting up at 6:00 am was very difficult. After a while it became a way of life and he could not wait to get to prayer each morning. He testified how important the Blood Series is, due to the multitude of deliverances that they have been challenged with.

He told how the neighbors that lived next door to the church became very angry with them because of the commotion, and would throw rocks at the people. After a while they moved and the church now has the house, and they are using it to house people that have come for prayer. People are coming to the church that need healing and deliverance, and they come to stay until their needs have been met. Their greatest desire is that we return to have a special School for the Ca Mau leaders who desperately need the training.

The people that God used to bring this revival were totally illiterate. They could not read or write their own Vietnamese language. They have now led businessmen, doctors, lawyers, dentists, and all other professionals, along with the everyday worker to the Lord.

The pastor of the Ca Mau church expressed his gratitude to Brother Clendennen for leaving the Vietnamese this gift, to the SOC for continuing in the work, to Brother Ken Geisendorfer for coming and teaching, and to us who are continuing to bring the School of Christ to Vietnam. Please keep this work in your prayers.

Myanmar Report by David Jacobson

The following is an email report received from Bro. Ko Aung concerning the result of the February School of Christ held in Keng Tung, Myanmar. Continue to pray for the county of Myanmar, as we know the time is short and we want to be found working for the Lord.

Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
Greeting in our Lord’s name. I hope and pray that all of you and your families and ministries are well in His grace and power. Church planters from our organization attended the School of Christ in Myanmar. I have seen such a change in their prayer life and they are now boldly sharing the Good New of Christ by the power of Holy Sprit. Many people accepted Jesus and were baptized. We are very blessed by all of the School of Christ workers who came and brought the School of Christ teaching. The photos are of my church planters baptizing the people that accepted Christ. God bless you all.
-Ko Aung, SOC Field Director

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Tachileik, Myanmar Report by David Jacobson

God met us mightily at the Tachileik, Myanmar Conference in April, 2013—but not without a fight.  Our speaker became very ill as he was boarding the plane from Taiwan and had to return to the states.  I knew that the Lord would have us go on with the Conference, so I had to preach. God was with us and all the needs were met and the glory of God was revealed to everyone that attended.

A Spirit of revival was present right from the beginning, and the attendees who consisted of pastors, leaders, and lay people, were greatly touched by the Spirit of God and the teachings of the School of Christ.

The highlight of the conference was when two Burmese pastors came forth asking that we teach a School of Christ in their area which is located about 120 miles from the border in the Shan State of Myanmar.  They want the thirty-five pastors they are over to go through the SOC. They also want to invite other churches and leaders to come as well.

Upon returning home, I received the following email from Pastor Ko Aung stating his desire along with some pictures of this work in the Shan State.

Greeting in Jesus name! I am Ko Aung, the one who attended your School of Christ’s training in Myanmar. It was so great for me in your training and we were so blessed through your training. If you want to do this training in Myanmar, East Shan State, I can partnership with you; I am the leader of 23 churches. I desire to do training because all the church leaders under me are laymen, they never went to Bible School.  I hope and pray that you can come and open a School of Christ.  My place is 120 miles from Thailand. We talked about this when I met with you at  your conference. 

After entering Myanmar you will see idols everywhere.

After entering Myanmar you will see idols everywhere.

Attendees worshipping at the Tachielak Conference.

Attendees worshipping at the Tachielak Conference.

Participants on the last day of the conference.

Participants on the last day of the conference.

Pastor Stephen (left) is over 12 Four Square churches with 300 youth, and Pastor Ko Anug (right) is over 23 Four Square Churches in Shan State.

Pastor Stephen (left) is over 12 Four Square churches with 300 youth, and Pastor Ko Anug (right) is over 23 Four Square Churches in Shan State.

Thailand Report by David Jacobson

We arrived Saturday, February 23rd, around 1:30 pm and prepared for the next day’s ministry at MCA’s largest church in Mahachai, Thailand. We found ourselves in a war with the enemy as we discovered the next morning that the taxi driver stole all of our cameras and equipment on the previous day.

Leaving Bangkok early in the morning, we caught four different types of transportation, starting with a fast paced half-mile run to catch a minibus. During our time aboard the train we met a British woman who was suffering from damaged discs in her back. She allowed us to pray for her.  She was a bit stunned at our boldness. We prayed that the Lord would heal her and that she would come to the saving knowledge of Christ.

Two hours later we finally arrived in Mahachai at the MCA Church where we had preached the previous year. What a joy it was to see graduates from the 2012 School of Christ and hear how the Lord is using them at the Mahachai church in outreach and church helps ministry.

After Bro. Noah preached and gave an altar call; many came to rededicate themselves to do what the Lord had called them to do.  One man, Brother Joe, who had been our interpreter last year, wept and wept as he received confirmation during that time of prayer a specific direction that the Lord wanted him to go.  His vision from the Lord was to be a missionary in the city of Mahachai. He was to preach the Gospel boldly in street evangelism and outreach to the Burmese migrant workers who reside there.

As we fellowshipped at lunch with the congregation, a local man who had attended the service, wanted us to pray that he be delivered from demon spirits. We laid hands on him and prayed that the Lord would set him free.  Praise God, he was set free.

Conference in Mahachai, Thailand.

Conference in Mahachai, Thailand.

Prayer meeting after service at the Mahachai Conference.

Prayer meeting after service at the Mahachai Conference.

Bro. Noah and Bro. Joe, our translator at the 2012 Conference.

Bro. Noah and Bro. Joe, our translator at the 2012 Conference.

Local man delivered from demon spirits.

Local man delivered from demon spirits.

Thailand Report by David Jacobson

After ministering at Mahachai, a distant suburb of Bangkok, the team traveled to Nobo, Thailand to preach, teach, and visit a missionary friend, as well as some School of Christ graduates.

Former SOC students are being taught English by Missionary Ginger so that they can enter an approved Teacher Training College in New Zealand. The teaching degree they will earn will allow them to return to Myanmar (Burma) with an opportunity to preach the Gospel in that nation.

While we were there the team of missionaries taught day and night, not only English but the gospel to everyone that attended.  Bro. Somchai’s vision is that everyone who is involved in his schools must attend the School of Christ; teachers, parents, and students.  As a result of this training his schools have obtained the highest ratings above all the schools located in the refugee camps.  What is unique to this outreach, although in its infancy, is that this Teacher Training College is fully accredited and will allow graduates to be certified teachers or attend advanced training in other institutions located in other countries.  So not only will these SOC graduates take the Gospel with them, but also a viable skill that can both open doors and supply much needed funding as well.

Currently, Pastor Somchai is working to get full government approval to open his mission schools in every city of Myanmar.  Through these schools the truth of Jesus Christ through the SOC will be presented.  Praise the Lord!!!

Christ for all Nations Church where the classroom for Missionary Ginger is located.

Christ for all Nations Church where the classroom for Missionary Ginger is located.

Missionary Ginger teaches former School of Christ graduates English so they can study at an approved teacher training college in New Zealand.

Missionary Ginger teaches former School of Christ graduates English so they can study at an approved teacher training college in New Zealand.

Sister Ginger leading a service of former SOC students.

Sister Ginger leading a service of former SOC students.

Bro. Tony teaching night class.

Bro. Tony teaching night class.

Students listening to preaching.

Students listening to preaching.

Kachin State student with his only ragged shirt, desires to return to the war torn state and help his people.

Kachin State student with his only ragged shirt, desires to return to the war torn state and help his people.

Teacher Training College students and missionaries.

Teacher Training College students and missionaries.

Sister Ginger’s living quarters in Nobo, Thailand.

Sister Ginger’s living quarters in Nobo, Thailand.