To prepare for the Inaugural, we celebrated the Day of MERCY one week early on June 6th! The MMICC served the children of one of the more impoverished neighborhoods of Metro Manila called Payatas. Payatas is the home of 5,000 poor families who make $1 a day scavenging the dump-site for scraps of plastic, metal, paper and glass to sell to junk shops that surround Payatas. Here songs and food were shared with the very grateful children! As well, over 200 pairs of flip flops were given out!
The MMICC had an incredible beginning as in their first eight days, God showered them with eight additions – three baptisms, three restorations and two place memberships of disciples seeking revival directly from our former fellowship!
On Tuesday, June 16th, Elena & I continued on our missionary journey and landed early in the morning in Sydney, Australia! Joe & Kerry Willis have done an outstanding job leading this now one year old church in this very atheistic country.
Then we preached to the church on Thursday night! On Saturday, Elena preached for the Women’s Day on the theme – LET IT GO! Praise God that Sydney’s 13 women disciples had an attendance of 34!
With so many remnant disciples in Africa joining the new movement, I am reminded of God’s words in Jeremiah 23:3-4, “I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and will bring them back to their pasture, where they will be fruitful and increase in number. I will place shepherds over them [so] they will no longer be afraid, nor will any be missing!”I began to fly home that night… and after five flights arrived in Los Angeles late on Monday night tired but totally in awe of God and His forcefully advancing movement!For the City of Angels Church, the months of May and June have been times of leadership transitions! The Spirit has sent out incredible leaders from LA: Kyle & Joan Bartholomew, Marc & Maika Carbonell, Zach Shields, RJ Castro, Johnny Cortez and Ariel Butler to Manila; Cesar & Debbie Limon and Fernando & Jackie Chavez to Portland; Anthony & Cassidy Olmos to London; Jake & Jen Ramsier and Curt & Morgan Valdez to Honolulu; Princeton & Joy George to San Diego; and Dennis & Corrina Sloan to Santa Barbara! In total so far in 2015, exactly 40 disciples have been sent out to strengthen and plant churches!
To God be the glory! It was especially encouraging to notice that the first two baptisms were Soumaila & Judith Gouba, who are now eager to start a remnant group in Burkina Faso!A special note of thanks is due to Amadou & Angele Sountoura of the Mighty Abidjan Church for being such incredible hosts! Patrique & I felt completely cared for and loved. It is my hope that our time together was just the beginning of uniting our hearts as we serve together faithfully building our ministries!
For a slideshow on the AMC please see go to: https://drive.google.com/a/usd21.org/file/d/0B4P43SUHI40mUkE3N0ExYzR1Tk0/view! We are family…to the end!HEADLINE NEWS – CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICAAlfredo Anuch: Greetings from Santiago de Chile! Although the past few weeks have been extremely cold here (it’s winter in the Southern Hemisphere!), the church has been completely on fire!!! In the last five weeks, God has blessed us with eight additions!Ramón, the father of our young disciples Gonzalo and Paulina, came to visit and when he realized the changes in his children, he decided to study the Bible… In less than two weeks, Ramón was baptized! His words were, “Finally, after so many, many years, I’ve found the church of God!”
Philip’s wife Pinky, his niece Dolly, Alisha and her sister Asha, her friend Princykala and Dhasharath’s wife Sushma all were baptized in the river! We now have nine disciples in the Raipur International Christian Church! To God be the glory!
Let us continue to pray for what promises to be the best Global Leadership Conference… yet! “Finally, brothers, pray… that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you!” And to God be all the glory!