Seattle, Washington: “The Word of God continued to increase [numerically] and spread [geographically]!” (Acts 12:24) God is leading His movement to more and more USA cities! On Sunday, October 25th, the announcement was made that the Seattle Mission Team will leave from LA at the same service that the Lagos Mission Team will be sent out – April 3, 2016! Joel & Courtney Parlour of Syracuse feel very honored to lead this momentous planting!
Kyle Bartholomew of the Philippines: Greetings from the Metro Manila International Christian Church! Upon the mission team’s arrival, we decided to begin focusing on three main campus areas. 1) NORTH: The University of the Philippines and Ateneo led by Zach Shields & Ariel Butler. These are arguably two of the top three universities in the Philippines! 2) WEST: The Manila Campuses led by John & Anna Malnegro. This area consists of a large collection of universities, namely La Salle University which is considered the other of the top three universities in the Philippines! 3) CENTRAL: The Makati/Mandaluyong Area currently led by Jason Alejandro and Rose Sabrino. This area also holds a number of great universities such as RTU and University of Makati!
Please keep us in your prayers, as “the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few!” (Matthew 9:37)
Joe Willis of Sydney, Australia: G’day Family! “Clap your hands, ALL YOU NATIONS; shout to God with cries of joy.” (Psalm 47:1) It brings us such joy to be able to share with you all the incredible things God is doing through our campus students! There is definitely an emphasis on students here in Sydney, as 19 out of our 35 disciples in the congregation are studying either full or part time!
Our largest campus ministry is on Macquarie University, which is led by our dating couple Sean & Teigan! We have five full time students! We playfully (and joyfully) call it the “Chinese Ministry” as Sean & Teigan are the only two that aren’t Chinese! Although this is true, God has been able to use them powerfully to baptize Calvin, Dean “The Machine” (who also leads a Bible Talk on campus), Jeremy and Maggie – all Chinese young people! Despite the culture challenges coming to Australia from China, these dynamic students have grown an amazing amount in such a short time and have really taken up the calling to go back to Hong Kong when God calls them!
Excitingly as well, we have our first ever Women’s Day coming up this Saturday with the theme UNMASKED! Helen Sullivan of Orlando will be the keynote speaker!
Coltin Rohn of Boston, Massachusetts: Greetings from Boston, the “Promise Land” of Campus Ministry! Truly from a campus ministry perspective there is no other city in the world quite like Boston! Being only about 90 square miles, Boston has a population of over 650,000 people, making it the fourth densest city in the USA! Amazingly Boston is home to 56 different colleges and universities! Boston is also home of the oldest University in America, Harvard founded in 1636! Boston University is our largest college with over 41,000 students while second is Northeastern with 37,000 students! Amazingly, out of 655,884 people living in Boston, 336,273 of them are students!!! Pray for us as God has given us such a great charge in campus ministry!
Starting 2015 with only nine campus students, God has blessed us with 19 campus baptisms! We now currently have disciples enrolled at Berkeley College of Music, Boston College, Boston University, Fisher College, Northeastern, Mass Bay Boston, and the University Massachusetts – Boston! As well this year, the Spirit restored a very dear sister to many in the movement Bridgett Corban of Portland, Oregon! Of course it only took one campus retreat with Boston, NYC and Syracuse to help her see she should no longer “be conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed!” (Romans 12:2) Thank you Joel Parlour, Chris Broom, Syracuse ICC and NYC ICC for making our Fall Retreat a time that we all could fall back in love with God and His family! This was one of the best retreats ever!
Grace and peace in abundance from Portland’s VISION ON CAMPUS Ministry! Imitating our first century brothers, we also have had daily Bible Talks on campus and we have seen God do “extraordinary miracles” as we have witnessed seven campus baptisms in the last seven weeks and one restoration! So since the Supplemental Mission Team from LA arrived in June, God has multiplied the Portland Campus Ministry as we started with 11 students and now we are at 24 awesome campus disciples!
To make it fun, we had creative games, which bonded the visitors and the disciples! Our band also entertained us with Christian Rock Songs! The band attracted many musicians to join us as well!
In the month of August and September alone we had 16 campus baptisms! In the beginning of this year, we were only on three campuses. Praise God now we are on 10!
Pamela, Prathap, Parthiban, Satish who is doing his Masters in Economics and Amelya Arputharaj who has done her Masters in Business Administration, are dedicated to organizing these events and to generating new studies! We will be having our next Campus Chronicle Event on November 29, 2015! Prayerfully, some day it will be “chronicled” that not only every campus in Chennai was reached with the gospel but every campus in India! To God be all the glory!
Eugene, Oregon: The following is the inspiring Welcome Video at the “Tribe Retreat!” The Tribe Retreat was held by Western USA, Canada and South Asia World Sector in Eugene, Oregon on October 9-11, 2015! This video was produced by the talented Eliott & Camille Svenkenson of San Francisco! Enjoy!https://www.dropbox.com/s/ipv8oldll2zz9mf/thetribews_retreat_2015.mp4?dl=0
Los Angeles, California: This is a must see! The gifted Heather Harvin of the AMS Region sings at the City of Angeles Church SINGLES NIGHT OUT Devotional. Heather encouraged all the participants by singing her rendition of the late Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You. This prepared our hearts for the topic of the night which was Having Great Relationships In God’s Kingdom starting with God! God will always love you!!! https://youtu.be/QpnbtNZrhJQ
Los Angeles, California: “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9) On Saturday, October 10th, the light of love shined brightly in the North Region with the wedding of Salvador & Perla Mosqueda! “Sal” as we affectionately call him was restored about two years ago from our former fellowship and has been praying earnestly to find a wife! God answered his prayer! Relatives and parents and many disciples from our former fellowship came to celebrate the union of these two incredible disciples! To God be the glory!
As well, let’s welcome “Baby Audrey” born July 17th at a very healthy 8lbs. 13oz.! Congratulations Ed & Alicia Washington of the AMS Region on their beautiful baby girl!
Joseph Nihal Estep Jr. was born on September 6, 2015 to Joe & Capil Estep of the West Region! Capil was courageous throughout her pregnancy until the end! (John 16:21)
The most beautiful little girl was born to first time parents Pat & Sparkle Boea who lead the Vine City Sector in the Southland Region! Mila weighed in at 8lbs. 13oz.! Pat shares, “What we love about our little Mila is her spunky personality! She is so innocent, talkative and fun loving! Our lives have been forever changed for the better as a result of her birth! She has helped us to understand God’s love on such a deeper level. She is such a great addition to the family and we couldn’t imagine our lives without her joyous presence. Daily we are reminded of the Scripture that says, “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from Him.” (Psalm 127:3)
In retrospect, Meena’s life is a modern day fairytale! She grew up on the streets and hardly had three meals a day. She started working at a very young age as a maid to help both herself and her family, as her dad had passed away when she was 12 years old. She worked for 10 years and supported her family. After getting into a relationship, she was rejected by her boyfriend because he found a “better bride” who was wealthy. Because of this her mother used to beat her and said that she was a burden and a disgrace to them.
Her former boyfriend’s words to her that she was a “beggar” and her mother’s words that she is a “disgrace” kept playing on in her mind and she decided to end her life. As she walked towards the railway station, she questioned God, “Do you exist? Are you for real? I dare you to change my life. Maybe I should just die.” She sat down waiting for the train to arrive, so she could throw herself in front of it and end her life. As she waited, Gayatri came by and invited her to church! Gayatri shared her life and about Jesus being the Savior! She also shared Jeremiah 29:11 that God had a plan to prosper her! Meena accepted God’s Word and was baptized!
Tim Kernan of Los Angeles: “And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ Then I said, ‘Here am I! Send me.'” (Isaiah 6:8) Greetings from the City of Angels Church Campus Ministry! Lianne & I are extremely honored to lead this incredible group of disciples, as well as the remarkable South Region! So far in the LA Campus Ministry this year, God has blessed us with 158 student baptisms giving us over 300 sold-out disciples on 31 campuses! Also, at the upcoming 2016 Winter Workshop on January 8-10th, to further the Tyrannus Project to have disciples on all 56 campuses of LA, we are praying and planning that the Spirit sends out Bible Talks to at least three more key campuses!