SOC Altered Pastors Life Forever

Brian Larsen – SOC Director/Vice-President (Left),  Brother Maxi – Field-Worker (Center),  Pastor Edgardo Noceda (Right).

 

Greetings, may the Peace of the Lord be with you. My name is Pastor Edgardo Silvino Noceda and I went to the School of Christ in Argentina in 2010.

At that time I was a Youth Pastor and worked together with Pastor Edvaldo Ferreyra de Melo. I attended the SOC because my Pastor asked me to go through the training, so that I could be of more help to him in the ministry. At that time our church was going through enormous conflict. Brethren were not getting along with each other or the ministers.

When I went to the School, I didn’t really understand what I was doing there. However, the Word of God says that when we are where God wants us to be, then we are in the right place, at the right time. When we began to study the series, “Unity of the Church,” God touched my heart. In Psalms 133, God, through the psalmist, speaks of how brethren are supposed to dwell together in unity.

God showed me a vision of the church where I was a member. He showed me a woman and her body was torn apart. Legs and arms were ripped off. God said, “I’m not coming for a wife like that. I’m coming to marry a bride, a beautiful one.” So I said to the Lord, “But Lord, who did this?” Then I looked back and I saw all the brethren in our church with rocks in their hands throwing them at our pastor and his family. I said, “Lord, why are they
doing that?” And He said, “You are doing it as well.” When I looked down at my hands, they were dirty from the rocks I was holding. That day, God helped me understand that we were not serving Him the right way. Since then, a change has started in my life.

Those 15 days in the School of Christ, (Monday-Friday for three weeks), prayer in the morning, and prayer in the evening has led me to an intimacy with God where He has taught me to seek Him.

When the School of Christ was over and I went back to my church, the first Sunday that I preached, I shared what God showed and taught me, and my experience in the School of Christ. I was a little afraid that the church would reject what God showed me.

But I started to preach out of Psalms 133 and told them the vision that God showed me and the shape we were in as a church at that time.

When I finished preaching, I wanted to invite the brethren to an altar service. Before I ever gave the invitation, I looked up and everyone that was present, including the pastor and his family, were on their knees before the Lord’s altar. They were asking forgiveness from God, and that He would restore their lives. From that day on, the ways of the church and every form of doing things has changed. Since that day, I shared with them how good it would be if they could go to the School of Christ.

To me it has been something that
altered my life, even until this day. I have been a pastor now for two years. Thank God, everything I share and teach to the church I pastor, is what I learned during my time at the School of Christ.

Pastor Edgardo Silvino Noceda
2010 SOC Graduate

Evangelistic Harvest Being Discipled in Mongolia

 Joel Pledge – SOC Director

 Andrey Sekhin – Field-Worker

 

Andrey Sekhin and myself just finished our second School of Christ in the Erdenet region of Mongolia. Because of time limitations, we had a two-week School. We met every day for two hours of prayer and six hours of teaching.

Most of these students were from smaller cities in Mongolia. When they arrived they talked about the struggles they faced trying to make an impact for Christ among their people. However, they all left the School renewed, restored, and committed to the work of the Lord.

There was a powerful move of God from the very start. When we started the lessons on the “Almighty Blood” series, one young man testified that he began to see the authority and power of the blood of Christ and the victory of the Cross for the first time. Another man told how God came down and convicted him of his sin and with deep repentance he asked God to cleanse him.

Several of the Mongolian church leaders said they knew that God was shaking the churches and leaders of Mongolia. Some churches were literally shutting down because of years of neglect, immorality, and false doctrine. There are, however, churches which are based on Truth that are witnessing and planting new churches. The church in Erdenet is such a church. The pastor related how when he assumed the leadership of the church 10 years ago, the church was almost leaderless. About one-third of the leaders had left in order to start other works. Another one-third backslid and left the church or fell into sin. The last one-third that was left was young and inexperienced—they were struggling to keep the church alive. Many people were still coming to Christ, but the church itself was too weak to disciple them. Last year, our first School of Christ ministered to their core group and stabilized the church. Soon the evangelistic harvest was being discipled and new leadership was being formed.

Right now we are seeing God raise up leadership for evangelism and church planting. They NOW have 35 people ready to go through the School of Christ, and then immediately go out into a neighboring town and start a new church. What a miracle of God! Just a short time ago they were struggling to stay alive, but because of the School of Christ the church is growing, disciples are being trained, and leadership is being established.

The Mongolian leaders are receiving numerous calls from people wanting to attend the next School of Christ. They are preparing groups all over the country to go through the School; 30 people in the northwest, and another 30 in the southwest. There are people in the south and east waiting for us to come to their area.

God, and I emphasize God, is shaking the churches of Mongolia. They are searching for Truth that will provide a strong foundation for growth. They believe the School of Christ is the answer. We agree! The School provides the Truth needed to overcome sin and false teaching. The answer to the problems of the church is a call to repentance.

If God will supply, we could have a School of Christ in July and another one in the fall. We are ready to move forward in faith to strengthen the existing churches, and make it possible for them to plant new churches across the nation. Will you answer the call of God? All we need to fulfill the Will of God is for God’s people to give. This is the time for Mongolia.

Joel Pledge – SOC Director

 

June Mission Message

 Robert Turnage – President

 

A friend of mine wrote a song entitled,

 “WHY SHOULD I FEAR”

The lyrics of the song are: “Why should I fear when the Lord is on my side, Why should I fear in His love I’ll safely hide; He is to me my Fortress and my Rock, Tell me why should I fear.” A wonderful song founded entirely on the promises of God.

In Psalms 121:1-8 King David wrote, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.”

David experienced the greatest joys and experiences of life—He also knew the lowest of lows. Many of his problems came from his enemies but, he brought many of these problems upon himself. He saw his enemies destroyed, and, even though he paid an enormous price for his failures, he learned to always turn to God every time and in every situation. God was everything to him and he, in the end, had peace with God and could rejoice in His Deliverer.

We should live so before God that when we are under attack by our enemies or by our own actions, that we can go humbly before Him in every time of need and crisis in our lives, including times of uncertainty and fear. He is our Shelter and Rock Who deserves all glory and praise in each victory He provides.

Nicaraguan Prison Update

Thanks be to God that the School of Christ continues to advance in the Nicaraguan prisons. Two years ago when the door opened up for us to teach the School of Christ in the National Penitentiary System, our first duty was to train and equip chaplains and ministers.

Pastor Gustavo Miranda, SOC field-worker and head of the prison ministry, said, “We had been living very comfortable in our way of witnessing the Gospel, but after going through the School of Christ training, our lives are forever changed. We have been challenged to seek the Lord with more intensity and with fasting and prayer. The inmates are now receiving the Gospel of Jesus Christ with power and authority.”

Another SOC worker, Pastor Wilber Martinez, testified that the prison authorities have sought him out asking him to continue preaching to the prisoners inside the pavilions, because they believe that the School of Christ is the answer needed to change the lives of the inmates.

In March, we celebrated our third graduation of the School of Christ in the prison. The director of prisons authorized the 80 SOC students to attend the graduation. This made big news! The media was invited into the prison to see what the School of Christ was doing. God allowed the SOC workers to speak to the entire nation through the national media and tell them that Jesus Christ was the reason for such a change in the prisoners’ lives. We are now receiving requests to go into other prisons. To God be the Glory!

The vision of Pastor Clendennen, “Pentecost is a message of hope that brings liberation and life to the elect,” is now our vision. We will continue to work for Christ until His return.

 

Soc Trains Pastors and Missionaries in Karelia, Russia

School of Christ Students in Karelia, Russia

 

We have just finished the School of Christ in Karelia, Russia that started in February and ran through March, 2018. The 25 students were made up of pastors and missionaries from different regions of Russia.

We were joined by former graduates of the School of Christ on February 23, and we started 3 days of fasting and prayer. It was wonderful to see pastors and missionaries revived and uplifted in Christ.

The work is very difficult and I ask that you please remember in prayer the work and workers of SOC in Russia and the surrounding areas.

Yakov Demianchuk
SOC Field-Worker