The following emails are only a small portion of our most recent global “Good News” email reporting all that God is doing in the SoldOut Movement of churches around the World. “The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia – your faith in God has become known everywhere.” (1 Thessalonians 1:8) It is so inspiring to be part of a unified movement of churches that work together to see the world evangelized in our generation! Every week it builds my faith as I read all that God is doing through disciples around the globe. Right here in the Mighty Denver Church, God has been moving in incredible ways! In just 18 weeks, God has graciously added 18 to our number bringing the total number of disciples in the Denver church to 38. Last week, Matthew and Marlo Lovacheff visited from Kansas City, MO and were so blown away by the love, faith, and zeal of the church that they immediately decided to place membership! They shared that they were ready to embrace God’s amazing plan for their lives by once again being part of a movement that is unified and that has a plan to “Win the Nations” for Christ in this generation! Now, lets read more “Good News” from distant lands…
Los Angeles, IE Region – Ighodaro Odighizuwa
Greetings of love from the Inland Empire! This week was very inspiring and faith building as our brother Dr. Erik af Klint of Stockholm prayed on Monday to baptize someone on Sunday, but since he had no Bible studies he began to fast and pray! Then on Tuesday, he met William! And today, William became our brother in Christ! It’s only in the Kingdom of God that a Nigerian college student gets to work side-by-side with a Swedish doctor to baptize someone! We truly do serve a God that can do the impossible!
Los Angeles, OC Region – Chris Broom
“All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation… We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us!” (2 Corinthians 5:18-20) Friday, God allowed us to be His “ambassadors” to over 400 teens through “180 Worldwide” – the benevolent arm of the CR Ministry that Russ Preston, a Shepherd-in-Training here in Orange County, has founded! Two of our “Mighty Men” in the Teen Ministry, Eliseo Escobar and Emanuel Jimenez, approached their teacher wanting Carl Buckner – a disciple and Gospel Hip Hop Artist in the OC Region – to perform at their high school assembly. Carl, along with Russ and his amazing wife Lana, were excited when this incredible opportunity came!
At the school assembly, Carl shared his testimony while vulnerably addressing his past; being in a gang, drug and alcohol abuse and eventually going to prison. Russ was also able to share about his past and how his addiction caused such devastation in his life. Afterward, Carl did an amazing job performing two songs off of his new album which both the teachers and students loved!
During one part of the assembly, the students were given a piece of paper asking them three questions: 1) Has your life been negatively impacted due to drugs? 2) Do you use drugs? and 3) Have you ever been offered help for you or someone else because of drug abuse? Sadly, 70% of all the students answered that they had been negatively affected as a result of drug and alcohol abuse within their families or themselves, and 50% said that they currently use drugs or alcohol on a daily basis.
Excitedly, many teens approached us wanting to change their lives! We exchanged numbers and emails. Most exciting of all is that we had some of those students show up for Teen Devotional that night!
During the Devotional, Russ received a text message from one of the teachers saying, “Russ, thank you for today, it was a powerful message! It’s something that kids at a public school rarely hear or talk about. Praise God!”
Las Vegas, NV – Daniela Payan
“The Lord looked down from His sanctuary on high, from Heaven He viewed the earth, to hear the groans of the prisoners and release those condemned to death.” (Psalm 102:19-20) Greetings from “Saint City!” God has definitely been hearing “the groans of the prisoners” in Las Vegas, and has answered by adding two campus students to our ministry! With Jason & Sarah out of town for LA’s Married Retreat, the Vegas Church didn’t miss a beat! The sermon was entitled ‘The Real Jesus’ and focused on the book of John. We were privileged to hear three of our “Young Gunz:” James Mitchell, David Jefferson and Emilio Bonilla! We were both inspired and challenged to keep Jesus as Lord, focus on real miracles, and show real love!
I’m super fired up for, and proud of, the CSN Campus Sisters and their tireless efforts! Today, Kristina – a CSN campus student – was baptized! Having had a troubled and abusive past, Kristina was contemplating suicide. However, when she saw some of our campus disciples having a Bible study, she immediately approached and asked if she could study the Bible! Her heart when she began studying the Bible was, “Whatever the Bible says about my life, I’m going to change it!” Tears were shed, and hearts were mended as Kristina put her past to rest by making Jesus the Lord of her life!
Also, God blessed our group with the addition of Jessica Pengra, placing membership from Eugene, Oregon! Having recently been restored to the Kingdom, she drove 16 hours straight to join our church here in the desert! We’re super grateful to God for this amazing young woman, who will undoubtedly be a tremendous inspiration to our campus ministries! These additions mean that in the first 28 weeks since the 15 disciples from LA and Portland planted the LV Church, God has poured out His blessings “from His sanctuary on high” with 26 additions! Amen!
Honolulu, HI – Lou Jack Martinez
But God never forgets those who “seek [Him] with all [their] heart.” So 10 years later, Joseph Ortiz spots a Church invitation ad on Craigslist from the Honolulu ICC – inspired by one of the Kingdom’s Social Media Experts Martin deCampo from the IE!!! Joseph called my number, came to church, and quickly realizes “this is the church my cousin invited me to that seemed to vanish from the face of the earth!”
He was quickly born-again, but not without a fight expertly fought by Joshua Aguirre who helped Joe to work through some very tough issues in his life! It feels “sooooo good” to do something that a first seems “soooo foolish” – placing an ad on Craigslist – and then God blessing your faith with personal fruit!
Sao Paulo, Brazil – Raul Moreno
“For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” (1 Timothy 4:8) Greetings from São Paulo to all of our beloved brothers and sisters around the world! This week was truly awesome as we put the above Scripture into practice! We all need some “physical training!” In our spirit to imitate the City of Angels Church and the rest of the US Churches, we had an Olympic Sunday! This is our equivalent to The Labor Day Play Day And Picnic in the States, since we don’t have that holiday! So, we rented a gym and had service there!
Afterward, we had lunch and proceeded to participate in many sporting events which was an incredible time of fellowship! The events were: Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Men’s and Women’s Volleyball, Basketball and Tug of War! We also had a competition for the best fans among our two regions! And as it turns out, the East Region narrowly beat the noble efforts of the undermanned Center/South Region! But the highlight of the week was witnessing two incredible campus men be baptized into Christ! Ramon, who happens to be an USP student, was baptized after Men’s Night on Wednesday! Then, Friday after our Campus Devotional, Eduardo was baptized from FATEC University! Both of them are fired up for Jesus and His mission!
Kinshasa, DRC – Lola Lof
Greetings from the Democratic Republic of Congo! “For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness, love and joy by the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 14:17) It was a week full of joy for us in Kinshasa to see our sister Laurette completing her studies at the university as she is now an engineer in computer science! On this grand occasion, her parents Hermando & Lili, who are Bible Talk Leaders, invited brothers and sisters to celebrate together with them and it was awesome!
After eating, drinking and dancing, we all have our eyes focused on the main objective of saving souls. Of special note, the power of the Holy Spirit had impact over four people and plunged them into the waters of baptism: Jean, Rocky, Sylvie and Betty! They then were introduced to the church during our congregational service which gathered 317 in attendance! We hope to conquer all the territories for Christ!
I hope you are encouraged as I am to see all that God is doing around the world…
To God be all the Glory,