August Mission Report

“WHEAT AND TARES”

 

In Matthew 13:24-30, “Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.” Jesus gave this parable of two seeds: wheat and tares. It is a revealing and frightening Truth. I tremble at the responsibility every Christian has to know the Truth. I also tremble at the responsibility of the School of Christ International to be pure, holy, and steadfast in the work God has called us to. We must examine, not only our personal salvation, but our every action in our daily walk with God. We must realize that all will not be known until the end, but it will be made known.

I know, beyond any doubt, the School is the unadulterated Word of God. I knew the fully surrendered life lived by Pastor Clendennen, the founder of the School of Christ. I know God has honored His Word to untold multitudes throughout the world. My burden today is for those of us who remain after Pastor Clendennen’s death. Are we willing to leave everything behind and sacrifice everything for those who are now our responsibility to preach the Gospel to? It is going to take nothing less for us to do the Will of God than it did for the Gospel preachers and pioneers who proceeded us.

And then the Lord says, “Gather the wheat into my barn.” It is a story of the evil work of the enemy. It created great difficulties for us, but in the end, the Lord wins. It is the end that matters.

God said through the prophet, “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11). I thank God for the continuing burden and vision I have for this ministry and for all who share this vision and burden with me. Let us be faithful to Him in this effort until the end.

God bless you. Pray for all of the workers with the School. Pray for the greatest harvest of all time.                  Robert Turnage – SOC President

First SOC Among the Rohingya People in Myanmar

 School of Christ students in Rakhine State, Myanmar.

 

In April, 2018, I traveled to Rakhine State, in Myanmar, where the Rohingya people, one of the world’s most persecuted minorities, live. A civil war has been going on for decades in this hate-filled corner of the world. News agencies are calling it the worst humanitarian crisis since WW2. It has outpaced the Syrian crisis, yet with little media coverage from the West, there are few who know about these forgotten people. But it doesn’t matter, our God knows exactly who and where they are.

It has taken us four years to develop a relationship with the local people and gain enough trust to be able to run the SOC. Many different Christian ministries in the country working together made this possible. Even after we had scheduled the School we still faced difficulties and had to move the location of the School at the last minute due to the fighting. Fifteen pastors were unable to attend because their villages were caught up in the violence and all roads in and out were closed.

We had eighteen full-time students and the School grew to twenty five as we progressed.  The Lord moved in a mighty way during our time together. The prayer meetings were very sober with many tears and cries of repentance. We taught the School with a   white-board, drawing diagrams to illustrate many of the spiritual truths of the Word. The students came alive as we went through the nature and the process of sanctification and the work of the Spirit in the life of the believer.

The joy of the Lord began to bubble out of them as we went through the “Blood Series” and we all danced and shouted at the close of the day. Legalism and bondage to denominationalism also began to melt away as we covered the Grace of God, the One New Man, the formation of the Bride of Christ and who they are in the earth.

The change on their faces was awesome to watch as the Lord moved deeper and deeper, day by day. Many were hard people because of what they have experienced in such a terrible environment. However, the Lord knows how to melt the hardest hearts and His gentleness know no bounds. On Friday afternoon we laid hands on two students and sent them down the road to an English school to share the Gospel. They came back two hours later rejoicing that ten souls had prayed the prayer of repentance and had received Jesus. Hallelujah!

At the graduation the students testified for almost an hour of what the Lord had spoken to them during the lessons and prayer times. Three young men who had attended the School stood at the close of the graduation and made public confessions of Christ, sharing how they had been Born Again during the School. We went out rejoicing and praising God for all that He had done during our time together.

We were also able to provide three MegaVoice units with the teachings of the School of Christ to one evangelist, one church planter, and one superintendent.  These men were very blessed with the ability to go back over the lessons to keep the Word from being stolen away by the wicked one. We have already received many more invitations in the region, and have fallen in love with these dear people. It was an incredible time in the Spirit of God.

Praise the Lord! Thirteen people were baptized in water on Sunday following the School of Christ.  Glory to His name!

SOC Field-Worker – Brother N.

 

18 Churches Planted by 2010 SOC Graduate

SOC Vice-President Brian Larsen (Left), Pastor Antonio Balmacedo and wife (Center), and SOC Worker/Translator Maxi Mitano.

 

My name is Antonio Balmaceda, and I am a missionary/pastor along with my wife, working in Posadas, Misiones, Argentina.

In 2010, I found myself without the strength to continue in the ministry, and was at the point of choosing to leave the ministry entirely. During that difficult time in my life, I met a pastor from Bolivia who told me about the School of Christ and how it changed his life, so I contacted the SOC Director, Brian Larsen, over Argentina. I applied immediately to be a part at the School that was beginning in February 2010, and I was accepted.

To me, every prayer meeting and every lesson was unique. A change and transformation took place inside of me that, after some time, was manifested outwardly.

After I finished the School of Christ, God took me to different places in South America, and everywhere I went, if I had an opportunity to preach the Word of God, I would use the lessons from the School of Christ manual.

Since I graduated, and until today, I have planted 18 churches. I am also in charge of supervising 7 of those churches, as well as a prayer site on a hill overlooking the Parana River. God is helping me to train brothers who feel the call of God to be a pastor or worker. On April 30, 2018, I started a SOC night video School. The classes are filled with pastors and leaders from local churches in my area.  I am teaching, preparing, and establishing them with the basics, and focusing on the restoration of Pentecost and revival.

I am thankful to God for the School of Christ! Pray for the pastors and workers in Argentina and South America.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Antonio Balmaceda

 

India School of Christ Reunion

When Pastor Osborne called to ask if the School of Christ could help financially with the expenses of the India SOC Reunion, I immediately felt this was ordained of God. These three men of God preached, encouraged, prayed, and fellowshipped with the attending pastors and workers, all former graduates of the SOC.  The work of God, through the School of Christ, continues in India.                   Robert Turnage – SOC President

 

Pastor Jeff Osborne (Left), Daren Downs (Center), and Fred Wynn (Right).

 

On Thursday, April 12, 2018, I set out on a journey to meet up with Brother Fred Wynn and Brother Daren Downs in India. We landed in Trivandrum on Saturday, and on Sunday the 15th we were in service with a local Pastor. What a blessing it was to see the people praising and worshipping the Lord in a wonderful way.

Our next stop was Adoor, India, where we began the School of Christ Reunion on April 16th. It was a three-day event that proved to be a very memorable experience. It had been 13 years since I had been in this very facility and now to be back in the same building, meeting with many of the former students of the School of Christ  that had attended  the SOC Reunion 13 years earlier, was amazing! The Lord showed Himself strong every day; the messages were powerful, the prayer meetings wonderful, and the outpouring of the Spirit was  life-changing. The devil tried to stop the meeting but God prevailed! By the last night we had over 200 in attendance.

From Trivandrum we made our way across the country to Bantumilli Andhra Pradesh, home of Mizpah Pentecostal Church, Noel Victor, and his family. We had a special service on Friday night, April 20th, and the Lord moved wonderfully.

We must pray for this work! Surely the hand of the Lord is upon these men as they endeavor to reach the unreachable.

Pastor Jeff Osborne

“And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” –  Matthew 24:14

 

 

First SOC Graduation in the UAE

First graduating SOC class in the United Arab Emirates.

 

The first class of the School of Christ International in the United Arab Emirates was a success. We had forty-one graduates on May 25, 2018, after three months of evening classes. These forty-one students came from the Emirates of Dubai, Sharjah, and Abu Dhabi. It was so amazing how the Lord put them all together since most of them work on different schedules, but, the Lord made a way for them to finish the School of Christ classes.

The entire class is now wanting to share with others what they have learned from the School of Christ.  God has also placed in the hearts of these graduates the desire to be part of the promotion of the second class of SOC in UAE. Because of their eagerness, we are now looking at three venues so we can run the SOC at all three locations simultaneously starting on October 11 and graduating on December 7.  The three areas are in the Emirates of Dubai, Sharjah, and Fujaira. Students will be coming from five of the seven states of UAE namely from Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujaira, and Abu Dhabi. Praying that before we start the next Class in October, we can penetrate the remaining two Emirates of UAE.

We are also praying that next year, from UAE, we can start SOC in the countries of Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and other Arab countries.

Thank you very much for your continued support and prayers for us. Praying for you always. We Love you both.

Your partner in the ministry of SOC,

Bro. Fernando Reyes

Fernando Reyes – SOC Field-Worker

 

SOC President Robert Turnage greeting graduates and friends, by video, at the first SOC graduation in the UAE.