Cuba SOC Graduates over 300 Students by Richard Goebel

The work of the School of Christ continues to grow in Cuba. Our Fieldworker, Pastor Reynoso, is a man who continually puts the work of SOC before his own safety. He has sacrificed all so that others may hear the Gospel and attend the School of Christ. The recent purchase of a bicycle has allowed Pastor Reynoso to travel greater distances to preach, and return home that night to be with his family. Prior to this, his mode of transportation, for the most part, was walking. He never asked for money or anything for himself; only for the work of God. He gladly lives a life of sacrifice and hardship to give all to the ministry of Christ.

Pastor Mercado, another Fieldworker working with the SOC, stated, “Our God always gives us the vision and provision. Even though the work in Cuba seemed so impossible in the beginning, we keep walking and looking to God.”

Customs has threatened to destroy our literature. We have been made to stand for more than two hours at the airport while they checked on our paperwork. We have been given stern lectures at passport control stations, all the while praying, knowing that if God has sent us, then all will work out according to His Will. On one occasion, when Pastor Mercado was entering Cuba with the SOC material, he was told that it had to stay with the government until he submitted a document giving him permission to bring it in. His response to the officer was, “In the name of Jesus, you do not touch one of these books. If you do, you will be in trouble with heaven itself.” After a great battle with the officers, he recovered the materials and brought them in. Thank God, He gave us victory!

We have now printed 1,000 SOC manuals inside the country, and they are ready to be distributed as needed. We have the manuals hidden, keeping them safe until we hand them out to the students. The Cuba pastors live and work under very difficult circumstances, but the School of Christ is now in eight provinces. We are running a SOC almost every two months, and graduating more than 300 students a year. Pastor Reynosa just graduated two Schools, one in Moa, with thirty-five students, and one at Guantanamo. The testimonies of what God is doing through the School of Christ in those who come to receive this message of Pentecost is impressive.

In Pastor Reynosa’s report last month, he said, “God is still good, and it is good to see how the School of Christ continues to advance in the Republic of Cuba. Since 2008, we have not stopped working to train the body of Christ using the SOC material. We are training and equipping the saints for the work of the ministry. In Job 8:7 it says, ‘Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.’ We are standing on His Word.”

God spoke to me over two years ago that we must work very quickly. Pray for our Cuban brothers and sisters as they carry the Gospel to their nation. The King is coming; let us be found faithful.

Evangelism by Myanmar SOC Graduates by Andrey Sekhin

In March, 2016, we held a School of Christ in Myanmar. One of the students was Pastor Samuel. During the School, he asked if I would come and minister to his village because there were only three Christian families in the entire village, and the rest were Buddhist. I agreed to go.

When we arrived, we were expecting about 50 people to attend the meeting—there were about 400 people waiting to hear us! The crowd was large and nothing was prepared, so I climbed on the roof of the bus to preach the Gospel. Because of the crowd and the chaos; the village leaders shut us down. I prayed because of the missed opportunity to bring the Gospel to these hungry people that had never heard. With tears in his eyes, Pastor Samuel pleaded with me to come in December at Christmas time. He said the government would allow you to come and minister at that time of the year.

I have been praying and preparing for this Christmas Evangelism for eight months. Pastor Turnage gave his permission for the trip and sent the funds I needed for the crusade, travel, and to purchase each family a gift of rice. When we arrived, we were greeted by more than 300 adults and around 200 children eager to hear the Gospel. The pastors came from the surrounding villages to help with the music, and the distribution of gifts. I preached the Full Gospel, and almost all of them responded to the call for repentance.

Four pastors, graduates from the School of Christ in Myanmar, and I ministered in the village of lepers. The people there are not allowed to mingle with other villages. Doctors refuse to treat them, and their children are not allowed to attend schools with healthy children. We took Christmas as the opportunity to preach the Gospel of Christ to this neglected and unreached people. About 75 families came to hear us minister. Twenty people came forward and accepted Jesus Christ. While we were there, God laid on the heart of one of the SOC workers to start a church in this village.

Pray for the work and workers in Myanmar that we might reach as many souls for Christ while we can still work.

SOC in Andes Mountains Strong and Growing by Richard Goebel

In October, 2016, Field-Worker Delvis Mercado and I held another School of Christ in La Paz, Bolivia, which is located at the top of the Andes Mountains. We had a very attentive and disciplined class consisting mostly of pastors who came from several different denominations. We are always grateful when we can have brethren from different denominational backgrounds come together and sit under the teaching of the SOC. During the days of teaching and prayer, walls of religious traditions were broken down, and a lot of repenting for having departed from the Word of God.

I am so thankful that God allowed me to be present at the School in La Paz, and to witness the move of God that took place in the lives of these pastors and workers. The work of the SOC is becoming stronger in this area of Bolivia, and it is my prayer that we will begin to truly see a revival among the people.

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On the last night in La Paz, I met with a group of University students who I had met last year at the School of Christ. They have been meeting just to pray and seek the face of God. They began these meetings after some of them had gone through the School of Christ. They are praying to become a vessel of God in their country. What a joy to see them praying and worshiping in Truth and the Spirit of Holiness. I encouraged them to go on with God, and I hope to spend time with this group of young people on my next trip.

While I was there I was asked if I would be willing to travel to the remote areas and meet with churches that are made up of indigenous people. Praising the Lord for another open door I humbly said, “YES.” As we drove, the pastors explained that almost no one is willing to travel to these remote indigenous areas to preach the Gospel. One pastor said, “They are too poor, and few have a desire to come this far, except a few who want to take pictures that they then use to raise money!” How sad! At the first church we visited, the pastor and his wife greeted us with much love and excitement. After visiting with them for a while, it was clear that we needed to come and run a School of Christ for pastors in these remote areas. The Pastor said he would like to host it in his church.

In the second church we visited, the presence of God was very strong. When I finished preaching, there was almost no one left in their seats; they all were at the altar praying and reaching out to God. At the end of prayer, the pastor, with tears running down his face, said to me, “God has spoken to this church today, and we will not be the same.” This pastor is going to work with us, helping to set up the SOC in the indigenous areas.

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Also on this trip, Field-Worker Delvis Mercado ministered and introduced the School of Christ in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. The last night of the meeting 80 souls came forward to rededicate their lives to the Lord Jesus Christ, and asking God to sanctify them for His service. It was a powerful time in the Lord.

I am very encouraged about what God is doing in Bolivia. I believe we are seeing the beginning of a strong and true work of God being born in this land. We continue to see God open the doors for the School of Christ. Please pray for us that God’s Word might have free course.

Nicaragua School and Conference by Dr. Marion Dodson

The School of Christ leaders from several South American countries met for a time of fasting and prayer, and the graduation of the School of Christ in Tipitopa, Nicaragua. This meeting was held at the newly constructed facility of the Abundant Faith Church. This wonderful building allows us to house thirty students and gives the School a permanent location in Nicaragua.

Leaders from Cuba, Columbia, Bolivia, and Honduras, attended this Time of Renewing. We began each morning at 5:30 with prayer. Past and present SOC Directors came to minister in the services. The altar was filled each night with the leaders seeking the Lord. Their prayer was that they would be faithful in taking the Gospel of Christ to Central America. What a blessing to hear the outstanding testimonies of what God is doing in the different countries. This was a time of strengthening and encouragement for the leaders and students of the School of Christ.

It has been several years since I have traveled to Nicaragua. What a blessing to see and hear what the Lord is doing through the SOC in this country. The work continues to expand, and we are now moving into the indigenous regions with the Gospel. It is our desire to take the School of Christ into these remote and unreached regions this year.

Please continue to pray for the Directors, Field-Workers, and Leaders as we move through as many open doors as possible before the night comes, when no man can work.