Russia Report by Yakov Deminachuk

We had a great youth School of Christ this year in Ivangorod, Russia, with one hundred and thirty young people in attendance. The Holy Spirit came and filled the hearts of these young people. There was a lot of repenting, and many were baptized in the Holy Spirit. We prayed for many hours, and no one wanted to go to sleep at night. We witnessed the change that Christ made in each of their lives.

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The work of the SOC is continuing to grow and change lives in Russia. We are planning a full-time School of Christ in September of this year. We are continuing to translate the SOC for the deaf. It is very hard and a slow process but much needed. Andrei Kosygin is working very hard on this project to make it available so that all of the deaf can learn and grow through the teachings of the School of Christ. God bless you, and thank you very much for continuing to help us in our work here in Russia.

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Hungary Report by Lee Shipp

For many years, we have been privileged to travel to Hungary and meet with churches and their pastors and leaders, many of whom have been students in the School of Christ. Our trip to Hungary this year was very difficult with a great deal of spiritual warfare. There were many demonic attacks that came against us; but to the degree the attacks came, God’s grace went far beyond to give us what we needed. I’m amazed at the love of God, how much He loves us and loves His children. I’m amazed at what He did through our lives, and at the power of God to move among us and bring freedom and joy. We saw divine healings take place before our eyes, including healing of paralysis and disease.

We were part of the Pentecostal Holy Ghost Conference for Hungary. Pastors and leaders who had been students in the School of Christ for Hungary were in attendance. Pastor Tomas’ D’Nagy, our SOC director in Hungary, was our coordinator for this conference. He has worked for many years, introducing and leading the School of Christ, with a great burden to see the Power of God and the Life of Christ demonstrated in and through the believers.

The church that we were using for the conference had at one time been full of doctrinal error and in great bondage. The church members had lived in a compound, isolated from the world. The people lived with laws of holiness. They had no relationships with people around them or with other churches. The former pastor’s son became the pastor. God began to move in this young pastor, and last year he opened the doors up to the conference and the Lord delivered him. We have kept in contact and he said to me, “Last year we could not

deny the power, liberty, and freedom of God that was ministered to us. We knew we were in error and that God was not pleased with us.” He and some of his leadership began to take drastic measures to come out of this false doctrine. Because of this, they lost many of their people. Many left the church. He shared that he often felt like quitting, but the Lord gave him strength to keep going.

On the first night of the meetings, the Lord put a word in my heart about the threatening letter that King Hezekiah received from the King of Assyria. Hezekiah went into the temple and laid the letter before God and asked the Lord to look at the letter and open up his ears and hear what the evil king was saying against the people of God. God responded and delivered His people. I spoke about the blessings of God upon his people that causes the nations to fear God. After the sermon, the pastor of the church came forward to testify. He told of a threatening letter that this church had received that had caused much fear and turmoil. He said that in this message God spoke to them in detail on what the were seeking the Lord about. They were stunned as to how much the Lord loved them and would bring them this answer. This was no coincidence, but the moving of the Holy Ghost.

In the services to follow, the Lord continued to move in the people. From the depths of their being the people were crying to the Lord to be set free from their captivity. The Lord comforted His people with such grace and compassion. Then they started to embrace one another and pray together for each other’s needs. They laid before the altars in silence before God as though He was right before them. Glory to God!

The presence of God was very great among us. In Friday morning’s message about Jesus coming to give us life, there was a great unction of the Holy Ghost given to all. There was a faith that could be seen and felt and it was like Jesus went forth to war on our behalf. He so delighted the people that it broke forth into rejoicing and praise. In our closing service for the conference, there was great joy in all the people, and the Lord helped me give them good instructions from His Word about maintaining the victory and joy of the Lord.

One woman came to me and told me, “I’ve loved Jesus with all of my heart for 20 years. I’ve worked so hard to present myself to God in such a way that He would be pleased with me. In one day, the message that you preached, I realized it was not works, I was set free in the love of God.”

I can’t thank you enough for your prayers for all the Lord did and will continue to do.

Germany Report by Keith Malcomsom

At the end of April 2016, we once again held the School of Christ in the Eastern region of Germany, south of Berlin. We had 31 students, which included pastors and missionaries, who gathered from different towns and cities in Germany for this intensive time of prayer and the teaching of God’s Word. Several visitors attended the evening meetings and were blessed.

Time and time again students testified of the impact made on their lives as they would come down the stairs each morning for the 6 a.m. prayer meeting, and hear people already praying. One mature believer who ministers to several churches said, “I would never have thought that I would see such prayer meetings in Germany.” The Lord really met with us as we prayed in the morning and night meetings.

In the evening meetings we had some very special times in the presence of God as people were filled and refilled with the Holy Spirit. Christ is indeed the Baptizer in the Holy Ghost. There has been much of teaching on the Holy Spirit in Germany but not with a Biblical emphasis upon holiness, Christ, and the Scriptures. It is very encouraging to hear young believers who desire to serve God, recognizing the need of clear teaching that will restore Godly order to the Church.

I cannot over emphasize how vital and life-changing the School has been in individual lives in recent years. The brother who helps organize everything on the ground for us went through the SOC in Limerick, Ireland, at our annual European School taught in English. Although at that time he could only comprehend 20% of the English, it deeply impacted his life and created a deep burden to see the School run annually in the German language. One of the leaders said this was the best School yet for them in Germany. One young German lady involved in missionary work in Africa said this time “revived my spiritual life a lot.”

I am so thankful for the Truth contained in this School, and I am very aware that the Church of this hour needs it more now than ever before. Never has the need for Truth been so great in Germany and Europe. We deeply covet your earnest prayers that the Lord will move upon many hearts, and especially prepare leaders, preachers, and pastors as we prepare for other Schools in Germany and Europe.

Israel Report by Curtis McGehee

israelWe are witnessing in Israel a rapid and strong growth, with the gathering of Arab speaking people coming to Christ. Working together with Pastor Marwan Beem, we have seen the Lord open doors across Israel. The majority of the Pastors of the churches we are associated with in Israel, have received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and believe in the power and gifts of the Spirit.

These pastors and churches are on the front line of evangelism; many of them in Muslim neighborhoods and in the West Bank. So many of these churches face considerable persecution for their commitment to Christ. In the news we hear much about the recruitment of young men and women to the demonic-inspired terrorist movement called ISIS. The Holy Spirit of God is also recruiting and calling young people to Christ and His Church.

We know the plan of God is the local church. There is a strong Arab Pentecostal church in Israel. This church believes the same as you and me. These are churches that depend on the power of the Holy Spirit. The majority of these are first generation believers; they have no Azusa Street revival or any Pentecostal history to look back to, yet, like the pioneers of the American Pentecostal movement, they have a deep-rooted faith in the promises of God.

The value of the Arab Pentecostal church in Israel is indescribable. I am humbled in the presence of these precious people; I am awed at their courage and devotion to our Lord Jesus Christ. These churches are working alongside the Christian Jewish community in Israel. These Arab speaking congregations are strong supporters of the State of Israel and many of their sons and daughters serve in the Israeli military.

A flood of refugees from across the Middle-East has come into Europe. Most of these are Muslims, and many of them are coming to the churches in Europe looking or answers. These pastors in Europe do not speak the Arab language, but have contacted the ministers we work with in Israel, and have requested that the ministers come to Europe and preach the Gospel to the refugees. These ministers from Israel are going to Europe and, as a result, many are coming to Christ.

God’s promise is through Isaac, and we must stand with Israel. The Church is often viewed as anti-Arab, but we must never forget our Christian Arab speaking brothers and sisters or the Jewish Christians and others who are caught in this conflict. Millions on both sides need to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The way we bless Israel is by taking the Gospel of Jesus Christ to this nation.