Cambodia Report by Andrea Sekhin

We had a great School of Christ evangelistic service in Cambodia. We expected around 300 people, but 500 people came to the service. The atmosphere was filled with Holy Spirit and it was very easy to preach. People were listening to the Word of God with their full attention and more than 300 people received Jesus as their savoir. Hundreds of people were healed. We gave away 300 bags of food for the needy. Praise Jesus!

The meeting was right next to the village administration building and the administration people were very glad that we came to the village. Praise God, Cambodia is open to the Gospel. Thank you to everyone who prayed and supported financially, that made this event possible. We are the Church—the body of Christ; everyone is doing his/her part of the work God wants us to do and together we are gathering much fruits.

Keep the School of Christ work around the world in your prayers.

Myanmar Report by Andrea Sekhin

Statistically speaking, there is about 0.1% of Christians in this region of Myanmar. Pastor Vadim from Russia, who was in the School of Christ in 2003 in Ukraine, has a church which supports orphanages in Magwe, Myanmar, with 19 children. Pastor Vadim asked me for help so that they could have a School of Christ in Magwe. The leaders that work in that area need spiritual support, and there has never been a Bible School in Magwe before.

On the first day of the School, we had about 20 students. The Lord touched people with His Word and they told their friends that this was not a regular school where people get just knowledge, but God’s life comes, and people receive a great renewal. So on the third day of the School, we had about 30 people, which came from 10 different cities and 6 different organizations. The School was made up of pastors, missionaries, leaders, directors of orphanages, and teachers of Sunday Schools. The people testified that this was a miracle of God because they came from six different unions: Assemblies of God, Foursquare Gospel Church, Believers Church, Myanmar Evangelical Fellowship, Independent Church of Myanmar, and Baptists.

The School was held in a room in the orphanage; the room was small and the temperature outside was reaching 44°C (111°F). We had a pretty intense schedule. The School started at 7 am with one hour of prayer, then classes until 7 pm with short breaks. At 7 pm we usually were finishing with another one-hour individual prayer time. It was very hot in the room and the air conditioner wasn’t helping much but the students didn’t pay any attention to that. They were hungry to hear the Word of God.

After the School, people were testifying that their hearts were changed during these days and were filled with the Holy Spirit. We couldn’t finish all of the School materials, so I gave every student SD cards with video and audio in MP3 format, so they can go through the materials individually. They were very inspired and filled with God’s power when they went back to their homes. They can continue to work with new strength in this Buddhist country, where it’s very difficult to preach the Gospel. May the Lord bless them so their ministry will bring much fruit to the Kingdom of God.

Rikers Prison Report by Pete Spackman

Since February the School of Christ has been going to Rikers Island—New York City’s main jail complex. There are nine different prisons on the island, but we have concentrated on one, the Otis Bantum Correctional Center. It is by far the worst prison on Rikers Island. It is not like any prison I have been in before. Its America’s Lurigancho Prison (located in Lima, Peru), very violent and filthy. A recent article in the New York Observer stated that the CIA was going to investigate the practice known as “splashing” at Rikers. This is where prisoners throw urine, blood, feces, and worse, at guards. The city is planning to spend $700,000 of this year’s budget to find out exactly what kind of nasty fluids inmates are flinging at correctional officers. This disgusting practice is a felony, and the proposed tests would help investigators find necessary evidence to punish offenders. This is the situation at Rikers.

In February, the largest attendance at any of our services was eight inmates. This month when we returned we had sixty inmates. That is the largest crowd the prison has ever had in a religious meeting! In every service there were interruptions. In the last service the guards shut us down forty minutes early. They had received a tip that one of the inmates in the service was about to be taken out by a gang who was waiting for him. Despite all the interruptions, God moved in a great way. The worship, led by brothers and sisters from Times Square Church in NYC, was awesome. We had two ex-convicts and retired NYC detectives testify; then I preached. About two-thirds of the men made a commitment to the Lord. Praise God! We have a small group now studying the School of Christ. This has been a massive move going into Rikers Island, but I believe it is just the beginning. Two prison chaplains are working with us. Please pray for us that the Holy Ghost would lead us as we work at Rikers Prison. I believe Paul and Silas’ prayers and songs were the key to what happened at that prison in Philippi. What a great Gospel; even the vilest of men were loved on the cross. For the past twenty-seven years I have seen it happen over and over again!

Thank you for your prayers and support for the prisons of this world. When Paul and Silas were cast into prison in Philippi, whipped and chained, they had no idea what God was about to do through them. I had no idea either, but it has been an awesome journey. Again, thank you for your support of the SOC Prison Ministry.

Middle East Report by Daren Downs

At the end of January we headed back into Egypt. For the last three years we had faced many hindrances due to political and social situations throughout the Middle East. We were invited to teach the School of Christ to Assemblies of God pastors and leaders. The School was held in Alexandria with pastors coming from different parts of Egypt. This is a desperate time in the Middle East. It is a time when God’s people need answers; they need strengthening, and encouragement in this fight.

This was one of the most profitable trips I have ever made to Egypt. We saw God do more in a week than we usually would see in several weeks of work and ministry. One of the pastors that had planted a new church asked for prayer. He said, “I have had bitterness in my heart and it is hindering me. I want to be free.” He testified the last day that we were together that he had made the decision to forgive. You could see the change in him. Several told me, “Our minds are being opened. What is being taught is changing our thinking. We are being changed.”

Several former students attended the week with us. What a blessing to see one of them pastoring a great church near the pyramids in Egypt. Another is an associate pastor. We thank God for the fruit that has come from the former students of the School of Christ.

During these trying times in the Middle East there are actually more doors open to us than in the past. This summer we have been invited to return and minister to over 100 Pentecostal pastors in Egypt. More than a hundred churches from all over the nation will be represented. This is a great opportunity to speak to the Pentecostal Church in this crucial time for the Arab nations.

We received an update from Nabil and Amany on the work among the Syrian refugees in Jordan. They travelled there last year and found a people open to the Gospel. They went from house-to-house visiting the refugees and ministering to them. There are several other Egyptian missionaries working among the refugees as well. One of them is a former student of the School of Christ in Egypt.

A Syrian woman was fleeing the war in her country with her family. Her son, who is nineteen years of age, had been wounded fighting for the Syrian government forces. He was treated by the Israelis, but had not fully recovered and was suffering as his mother led the family on their journey to the refugee camps in Jordan. The Syrian woman said, “I had no food to feed my family and I didn’t know what we could do. One night I had a dream in the early hours of the morning. I saw a white river flowing and a man dressed in white clothing approaching the river from the other side. He began to say to me, Come unto me! I responded, who are you? He said, I am Jesus. Come to Me. I said to Him, the current of the river is too great and the waters to deep. I cannot cross. He then walked over to a tree that was at the water’s edge. With His hand He gently pushed the tree across the river and said, Hold onto the branches. He then gently let the tree lift and carry me over to Him. I woke up and found my son with a very high fever. I had no medicine so I put a cool cloth on his head. I began to pray, Jesus, if that was you in my dream, touch my son. The fever went down, and the woman testified that if she had not woke up at that time, her son’s fever could have taken him. A few hours later there was a knock at the door. It was early in the Middle East, and it is very uncommon for someone to visit you at such hours of the morning. The Syrian woman said, When I answered the door, there stood a man whom I had never seen before. He handed me some money and said, Here is some money to buy food for your family. The woman said, Not only did Jesus come to me in my dream, He came to my home and provided for my family.”

This story demonstrates to you and me just how far-reaching the love of God is for lost humanity, that when there is the absence of workers He can still reach the lost. The Syrian woman still didn’t fully understand the Gospel. A former student of the School of Christ explained to her the Good News. She is now a born-again believer.

Nabil and Amany hold Sunday School for the children from the refugee camps. They teach them about Jesus and sing Christian songs. Some of their mothers came to the church with them as well. When Sister Amany has an opportunity to share with them she said, “I shared with them about Esther. How she was an orphaned girl raised by her relative, Mordecai. How the king chose Esther and when she rose to become the queen, the prayers of this woman saved a nation. I then asked them, “How many of you know someone that has died as a result of the war in Syria?” All of them raised their hands. I then told them, “God has kept you alive for a reason, and you need to find out why.”

When you see the plight of these suffering people, many times you feel like there is nothing you can do. I want you to know that you are doing something. Your prayers are reaching people that you could not otherwise reach. God is taking your heartfelt giving to reach people that we could never reach.

Keep praying for this work. Remember the pastors in Egypt and the Middle East. They desperately need our prayers to strengthen them in these trying times. Remember Nabil and Amany and all of the former students of the School of Christ as they minister and reap the harvest of the Middle East. Thank you and God bless you for supporting this work.

Honduras Report by Paul Newby

The School of Christ in Tela, Honduras, was a remarkable School. It was deep in the heart of African Palm trees just north of Tela.  We drove for hours into, seemingly, the middle of nowhere, but it became crystal clear that God knew where we were!  He was precious in our midst. We are extremely thankful for Brother Rojer and the fifteen graduates. We know that they will spread this glorious Gospel throughout the   jungles and coastal regions of Honduras.

Just as the “rainy season” begins to set in here in the tropics, the Holy Ghost sends the “latter rain” in La Bomba, Honduras. Pastor Jose Martinez initiated the School of Christ, and ten local pastors from the area attended.  On the first day of the School, all of the pastors (students) began to weep and cry out for God’s presence in their lives.  It was amazing to see the Holy Ghost move in each of their lives.

We praise the Lord for the move of God we are experiencing through the work of the School of Christ in Honduras.

Graduates of the Tela, Honduras School of Christ
From the very first day of the School of Christ the students began to weep and cry before the Lord