China Report by Andrew Sekhin

We were invited to the Anhui Province in Eastern China to run a School of Christ. This is a very poor Province in China and is often referred to as the “Appalachia of China.”

Persecution of the churches is on the rise in China and, because of this, we encountered some problems with running this School of Christ. The church where we had planned to have the School experienced an increased and unwanted attention from the government lately and, as the result, the leaders had reasonable doubts that they might get arrested. We had to change the location at the last moment.

Our new place did not have a heating system and it was snowing outside. That made the temperature outside and inside almost the same. There were sixty leaders from local churches. Everyone had to dress very warm to keep the body temperature bearable, and we took short breaks for hot tea to warm us up. We still had classes all day long, and the people were very hungry to hear the Word of God. The cold did not bother them

Students told me, during the breaks, that they had once had revivals in their churches. Many people were saved, but something happened and the churches just became lukewarm. I believe that the Lord sent us to this place to change the situation in these churches with the ministry of the School of Christ.

These people were so eager to hear the Word and, on the last day, the Lord poured out His Spirit abundantly. People were crying out loud repenting, some were grabbing my hands and laying them on their head, and did not let go until I intensely prayed over them, many were healed.

At the end they begged us to come back again. We left them the School of Christ teachings on SD Cards and DVD’s. Praise the Lord for His miraculous work. He revived the leaders and they will bring revival to the people they are called to minister to.

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Kazakhstan & Uzbekistan Native SOC Team Being Formed

Praise the Lord for what He is doing in this region of the world through the School of Christ. Our missionary workers, known only as the “Ukraine Brothers,” report a growing demand for the SOC teaching. They have just graduated a School in Kyrgyzstan with forty-one ministers in attendance. Sixteen ministers were from Uzbekistan and twenty-five were from Kyrgyzstan.  The Brothers report that they are now forming a native team of workers made up of pastors and bishops who support the School of Christ and its teachings The “Ukraine Brothers” will train and oversee the work.  The work is growing and God is supplying the workers through SOC graduates called of God to be missionaries to their own people.

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The door has just opened up for us to work in the southern part of Kyrgyzstan where we have never worked before.  We will run our first SOC in the area later this year and fifty pastors have registered to attend. After the School a group of graduates will make a missionary trip to the Pair Mountain area which is located on the Chinese and Afghani border. They will minister to the unreached people of Tajikistan. The work of the School of Christ is now reaching into the south of Kazakhstan. These men of God, the “Ukraine Brothers,” have given themselves to taking the Gospel into areas that are closed to most of the outside world. They are helping to reap the end-time harvest while it is still day.

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First Full-Time SOC in Ethiopian Prison by Richard Goebel

We have had a great struggle getting into the prisons of Ethiopia. We have had services, I have preached in the prisons, but to run a full School of Christ has been most difficult. The Lord opened the door for us to run a School in the Hawassa Prison.

This School was very difficult and we had much opposition. However, the testimonies that came out of this School are awesome. During the classes, the place was filled with the presence of God. Pastor Okata, one of our leaders, felt they were as powerful as any School he had ever been in. In the four weeks we had powerful times of prayer and great repentance. It was the prayer of deep repentance that was so powerful!

In order to run the School, we had to agree that anyone who wanted to, could attend the classes. This demand was made thinking that we would not accept this condition. We gladly accepted and we graduated 165 students in this prison School.  At times we had as many as 310 listening intently to the teaching. At the end of the day, the students would preach to the other prisoners about what they had learned in that day’s classes. A total of 63 prisoners came forward to pray for salvation.  What God did inside the prison during this School is beyond words. The testimonies alone would have made the cost, the sacrifice, and the labor of this School, a success. There were many testimonies about the revelation of sin, repentance, the new birth, as well as the call of God on their lives.

The students, after they had attended the lesson of the day, would go to others and teach the lessons. They were not instructed to do this; no one told them to do so. They did so because the Life of the Spirit of God makes men do so.  One student said, “We have to do this because these lessons are very important for all the prisoners.”

During the School, the soldiers of the compound (the guards) asked for Bibles to read. One of the soldiers said, “The soldiers always hated to read the Bible, but today they want to read the Bible.”

It has been a long climb into the prisons of Ethiopia, but now, because of what God did in this prison, we have an opportunity to run the SOC in a different prison.  We are praying and planning that we will be able to run the second prison School in early 2016. I ask that you please pray for these Schools. Pray that we will see this kind of God-sent fire throughout the prison and villages of Ethiopia. Pray for us that we would be led of the Holy Ghost in everything we do, and please support this great work financially. We cannot go and we cannot send the native workers unless the Body of Christ supports the work with their giving.