Phillipe Scheidecker – Leader of the Paris Church: On Friday night, November 13th, terrorists staged coordinated attacks at six locations throughout Paris. Sadly that evening, 129 people were killed and 352 wounded. First of all we are deeply moved by your support on social medias, your messages, your profile pictures with the colors of the French Flag, and all your prayers!
It is a paradoxical feeling, being honored and blessed to serve Paris as it is under attack. We feel more like the French Resistance during World War II within the enemy lines. It is over the news that other strikes will happen in Paris and Europe, yet all the brothers and sisters here know that Jesus is the only cause worthy dying for! We are fervently praying that God will use peoples’ fears from this Satanic event to turn many hearts to the love of Christ demonstrated on His cross! Famille jusqu’à la fin!Joe Willis – Austral-China World Sector Leader: Lord willing, the Hong Kong Church – the twelfth (and last) Crown of Thorns City – will be planted in 2017! However, since several of our Chinese students from Sydney are “home for the holidays,” the plans for the first Hong Kong Service are in place! The service will commence at 11am on Sunday December 20th! Our venue will be the Lan Kwai Fong Hotel, 3 Kau U Fong, Central, Hong Kong. We will be speaking in English and translated into Mandarin!
We already have 25 people committed to coming! We are asking disciples around the world to pray for this historic event and if you have relatives in the Hong Kong area, please make every effort to have them attend! You can reach me at: email@example.com.Chris Broom – North USA World Sector Leader: God has truly blessed our efforts in the USA North Quadrant as all four of our churches – New York City, Boston, Chicago and Syracuse – far exceeded our Thanksgiving Missions Contributions by giving well over 10X our weekly contribution! Of special note, to insure a victorious Missions Contribution the next day, the Chicago disciples went above and beyond the call by going out and “tagging” in a snowstorm on Saturday, November 21st!
An Around The World Missionary TripKip McKean: In Exodus 33, after the Lord had told Moses that He was pleased with Moses, Moses boldly said, “Show me your glory!” This is what God did for all of us at this year’s European Missions Conferencesimply entitled, GLORY!
In the afternoon was the epic ENGLAND verses THE WORLD FOOTBALL MATCH! This year, England won and regained the trophy lost last year!
Sunday morning we met in a different and gorgeous place – The British Medical Association! The singing was “off the charts!”
(You can view The Hedgehog In The Fog at https://search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?p=hedgehog+in+the+fog&ei=UTF-8&hspart=mozilla&hsimp=yhs-003)Amazingly, the Moscow Church Inaugural Service was on February 1, 2015. Since that historic Sunday of 227 in attendance, God has blessed the 51 member Moscow ICC (17 on the Mission Team and the 34 in the Remnant Group) with 59 additions: 34 baptisms, 20 restorations and 5 place memberships!
Spying Out The Land In Lagos
Andrew Smellie – World Sector Leader of Africa: “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” (Isaiah 9:2)Greetings from Lagos, Nigeria! It was truly a privilege to visit this incredible country in West Africa from October 31st to November 10th! I am so grateful to report that God is moving in strengthening and multiplying the almost 600 disciples across the continent of Africa!
Thank you for your love to God expressed in your Missions Contributions which have allowed me to visit South Africa in March, Cote D’Ivoire in June for the First African Missions Conference, and Nigeria in November! God willing, Blaise Feumba and I will fly out early next year to the Democratic Republic of Congo in February 2016 to count the count with the 350 member Kinshasa Remnant Group! Pray for these incredible brothers and sisters as they are scheduled to have their Inaugural Service as a “church planting” in March 2016!Remarkably, Nigeria is the third largest English-speaking nation in the world after India and the United States, as well as the eighth most populous nation in the world – over 180 million people and growing! I was also surprised to discover that Nigeria is also home to the third largest movie industry after “Bollywood” (India) and “Hollywood” (USA)! It is known as “Nollywood!” Upon my arrival at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos on Saturday, October 31st, I was greeted warmly by Goodhope Atason, the former Mainline Church of Christ preacher who has joined our new movement, and two of his younger brothers who have also left the Mainline Church of Christ – Bobby (a movie director), and Lordson who “was” training to become a preacher in the Mainline Church of Christ!
Akin had become a disciple in London while visiting there for schooling, but when his visa had expired he was forced to return to Nigeria. Please pray for him and his family as they prepare to move to Lagos from Abuja – Nigeria’s capital – to be with the church!On Sunday, I was able to travel to Lekki – a suburb on Lagos Island! Here we had our first official Lagos Remnant Group Church Service in the apartment of Goodhope & Bonita Atason! In attendance were Goodhope, his wife Bonita, their four year old daughter Anita, Goodhope’s brothers – Bobby and Lordson, as well as Akin, Chuks (Goodhope’s friend), and Jane (the Atasons’ nanny)!
We also met with an attorney to get our church registered in Nigeria! On Wednesday, we were able to check out locations for our Inaugural Service. Pray for us to nail down the Eko Hotel on Victoria Island! (“Eko” means Lagos in the Yoruba language!)On Thursday, Goodhope and I were able to take a short plane flight to visit his father and our dear friend Benedict in Umuahia, a city east of Lagos in Abia State. (Nigeria has 36 states!) In Umuahia, I was able to meet Benedict’s wife Felicia and his other two children – Queenette, who is preparing to go to Law School, and Princewill, who is in high school!
Please pray for us as God is working powerfully to gather the remnant in Nigeria! As I prepared to write this message to you, I was connected – through a disciple in our Manila Church (May Kalalang) – with a former ICOC Evangelist in Nigeria – Bolaji Akinfenwa – who is eager to join God’s new movement! Truly, God is saying to us, “The time to plant Lagos is NOW!” Please pray for our Inaugural Service on April 24, 2016! And to God be all the glory!2016 MISSIONS CONFERENCES NEWS
The Latin America Missions Conference will be held in Mexico City on February 11-14, 2016. The theme is LA GRAND COMISION. It will be held at the Hilton Mexico City Reforma. Lord willing, the Bogota (Colombia) Mission Team will be sent off that Sunday! Register at:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-latin-american-missions-conferencela-gran-comision-tickets-18183388003. Carlos Mejia (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the Director.
The Brazil Missions Conference will be held in Sao Paulo on February 19-21, 2016. Raul Moreno (email@example.com) is the Director.
The African Mission Conference will be held in Lagos on April 23-24, 2016. It will be held in conjunction with the Lagos ICC Inaugural Service that Sunday! Andrew Smellie (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the Director.
The Eurasian Missions Conference will be held in Moscow on April 28 – May 1, 2016. Oleg Sirotkin (email@example.com) will serve as the Director.
The Austral-Pacific Rim Missions Conference will be held in Manila on June 16-19, 2016. Since some neighborhoods of Manila are “third world,” MERCY Day on June 18th will provide some very special opportunities for MERCY Ambassadors to serve! Kyle Bartholomew (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the Director.
The Global Leadership Conference will be held in Los Angeles on July 31 – August 2, 2016. Lord willing, Dubai (United Arab Emirates) – the Eleventh Crown of Thorns Church Planting – will be sent out on that Sunday! Tim Kernan (email@example.com) will once again serve as the Director.
The European Missions Conference will be held in London on October 27-30, 2016. Michael Williamson (firstname.lastname@example.org) will continue as the Director.
The South Asian Missions Conference will be held in Chennai (India) on November 4-6, 2016. Lord willing, the Bangalore (India) Mission Team will be sent out that Sunday! Raja Rajan (email@example.com) will serve as the Director.
Paris, France: Sandra Vignault was happily married to Kevin Toto on October 31, 2015! Disciples came from London and LA to support this amazing couple on their special day!
LOCAL LA NEWS
Tim Kernan – World Sector Leader of Western USA, Canada and India: Greetings from the palm tree lined streets of sunny Los Angeles, California! “The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord. David the king also rejoiced greatly!” (1 Chronicles 29:9)
First and foremost, I would love to share with you all the excitement and joy felt across the whole City of Angels Church last Sunday as we blew away our 9X Thanksgiving Special Collect Goal! With a target of $284,000, the whole church generously gave $330,651 – 116% of our goal! Disciples in every region celebrated that God had used them in such a powerful way! I will personally never forget the Friday before this special collect. As I was driving, Lianne my wife made our last contribution “to Special” as a family over PayPal. She then joyfully gave me a high five and exclaimed, “We made it babe! Our Special is all in!” My eyes filled with tears as I realized for the millionth time what a lucky man I am to have a wife who shares my passion for God and His mission! Thank you again to all the amazing disciples, husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters for your incredible sacrifice!
As well, the Central Region had another terrific week as Mark & Keri Garrido spearheaded God giving them five additions in the last six days – 4 baptisms and 1 restoration!Finally Lianne & I are so grateful to have our parents in the faith, Kip & Elena back in LA, safe and sound, after a vigorous missionary journey around the world! “One who is taught the Word must share all good things with the one who teaches.” (Galatians 6:6) Everyone here in LA cannot wait to wrap our arms around the McKeans tomorrow morning at Staff and show them how much we missed them! To God be the glory!
Dear Brothers and Sisters: For those disciples in the United States, this Thursday is Thanksgiving Day! Most Americans consider that the “First Thanksgiving” was celebrated by the Pilgrims in the Autumn of 1621. From firsthand accounts, this feast lasted three days, and it was attended by 90 Native Americans and 53 Pilgrims. The Pilgrims were so thankful that the Native Americans had not only taught them to grow corn but how to live off the land (and even to eat eel) when their supplies had dwindled to nothing. Much later in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln – in the midst of the heartbreaking American Civil War – proclaimed a “National Day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our Beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens” to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November!