2014 was another wonderful year for Revival By Design North America…but 2015 holds tremendous potential!December found us in Missouri for several days. Our first stop was in Hillsboro, MO for an introductory meeting with pastors and church leaders from local churches. This meeting laid the foundational groundwork for an RBDNA Training Seminar next month!
We were honored to be in Joplin, MO with Pastor Frank Buchanan and the leadership team of Peace Tabernacle. This multi-campus church is primed to explode into Revival in this new year!
We look forward to sharing the process of Revival By Design in a greater dimension than we have up to this point. Several Training Seminars are already scheduled for early 2015 and we are working on many others throughout the year.
We are confident that our Training Centers will continue to experience greater growth in numbers as well as a deeper dimension in the Spirit! In just the first few days of the year, we are hearing some great reports!
Pastor, we want to encourage you as we enter this new year to contact us to see the potential the RBD holds for your local church. We would welcome the opportunity to work together to see UNPRECEDENTED REVIVAL happen in your territory!
Yours for the cause of pursuing HIS will! REVIVAL will not happen by accident…it WILL come by DESIGN…
Nuts & Bolts…
Daniel Fast Devotional: We are excited to announce the recent release of “The Daniel Fast, A Devotional” written by Nannette Elkins! This is available in paperback and e-book and would be a tremendous asset to the members of your church if you are planning a corporate fast as you enter the new year. Nannette is giving 40% discounts to pastors for multiple purchases for their congregation. Click this link for further details about the book and thank you for your consideration!
RBDNA Schedule: January finds us scheduled to hold three RBDNA Training Seminars. January 9-11 we will be in Cedartown, GA with Pastor Kenneth McClary and Turning Point Church. From there we travel on to Montgomery, AL where we will be at 2:42 Church and Pastor John-Paul Wallace, January 14-18. On Sunday the 18th, we will be ministering in the Sixth Anniversary Celebration of the church. The month wraps up on January 23-25 we travel to Brookhaven, MS to be with Pastor Brian Anderson and River of Life UPC.
North America Report…
2014 has been a year of continued accomplishments for Revival By Design North America. Several new Training Centers have been launched and many amazing revival reports have come in from across North America.RBDNA was granted endorsement from the Division of Education of the UPCI and we began the process of gaining endorsement from the UPCI.As a part of our continued curriculum development, we have made major revisions to Course 1, and are wrapping up a completely new Discipleship curriculum.
The RBDNA team keeps growing…and you are an integral part of that. We thank you for your partnership and continued support this year. We look forward to even greater things happening in the upcoming year!
Nuts & Bolts…
Daniel Fast Devotional: We are excited to announce the recent release of “The Daniel Fast, A Devotional” written by Nannette Elkins! This e-book would be a tremendous asset to the members of your church if you are planning a corporate fast as you enter the new year. Click this link for further details about the book and thank you for your consideration!RBDNA Monthly Training Center Report: We encourage you to bookmark this link for easy access to submit your Monthly Training Center Report each month. We would like to ask that if at all possible, you complete this report and email it back by the end of each month so that we can include the Victory Reports in our monthly newsletter updates that are sent out, in addition to the website. A great way to accomplish this is to set a repeat reminder for the 28th of every month to submit this report! Put those smartphones to use!Missionary Jared Staten: I wanted to take the opportunity to share with you that Jared Staten, Missionary to the Republic of Georgia is currently in North America on deputation. I would heartily suggest that you schedule him for a service while in your district. Missionary Staten has experienced tremendous growth through the RBD process, and will be a tremendous blessing to your church.
RBD Course 2: Several Training Centers have completed Course 1 training and are engaged in the Discipleship phase of teaching your New Converts. In order to keep the process moving and developing the necessary leadership structure to maintain growth, it is imperative to move your initial team ahead into Course 2 training. Please contact me ASAP to help develop this plan, answer questions and order this level of curriculum if you do not already have it.
RBDNA Schedule: December will hold additional opportunities to share RBD. On December 11, we will be meeting with a group of pastors and church leaders from the greater St. Louis, MO region to share the nuts and bolts of RBD. December 12-14 we will be launching Peace Tabernacle in Joplin, MO along with Pastor Frank Buchanan.
RBD Note: Pastor James & Sis. Virginia Holingsworth recently launched their church into Revival By Design. Within a few days of launching, God provided this incredible miracle! We are excited about what God has done, and is going to do in LaSalle/Peru, IL. Great REVIVAL reports are just beginning! For more information about this exciting miracle you can go to the church website at www.christapostolicsanctuary.org
Calvary Apostolic Sanctuary was finally holding its own after five years; starting out as a daughter work and then becoming autonomous this past year. We had been renting a small room in a large building for almost two years, and every week we would turn the chairs toward the back for our Kidz Church (KC) service and then (with 15 minutes to spare) we would turn the chairs toward the front for our adult service.
Each Sunday there were more and more visitors stepping around coats, Bibles, KC papers, props, and toys, just to find a seat for the next service.
First impressions were not very impressive, to say the least! Some simply told us they would not return until we had a place to take misbehaving children.
We had comfortable seating for 30 but there was no platform, so visual was always a challenge. The carpet was worn and had peeled up rips from front to back so we had to lay runners to keep people from tripping—and some tripped anyway.
Included in our rent payment was a permanently, grimy bathroom with asphalt splatters around the base of a very wobbly toilet, a moldy floor and sink, no hot water, and a door that enjoyed locking you in so others had to let you out. We were also blessed in attendance with creepy spiders, and the occasional frog, that found its way in during the wet months; and did I mention a leaky ceiling?
It was definitely a humbling place to call “home”, yet people felt God and continued to spread the word about a “new church” in town.
One particular weekend we had our normal chaotic Sunday! Kids were being kids, the vacuum was going, the helpers were tearing down props, people were visiting, prayer music was playing, and five or six of us were kneeling, trying to focus on God before the second service started. Several of us were at the point where we knew something had to give or we could not go on; we were simply at the end of our wits! So, once again we prayed for a building and had songs, preaching, and altar call, and then took some of our people home- thankful the day was over.
As we were locking up, my husband noticed a door to the front section of our building was open. He decided to investigate; afraid our KC kids may have opened it while playing.
“I am so disappointed…” were my husband’s first words when he got back in the car after investigating. He had planned to talk to our landlord about renting that section of the building after we raised the funds to renovate it into a church setting, but it was already being gutted. Someone had already rented it. Before we left the parking lot he called the vacationing landlord who said they were renting it to a gaming company who needed full room to back their trucks in and out of the facility. My husband expressed his disappointment and let him know we were outgrowing our place and would need to look for another.
Within two hours our landlord called back and said this: “I made a few phone calls and stopped all construction on that building until you can get in there and tell them what you want done. They were supposed to cut out two large trailer doors in the morning but I stopped them. I’d rather rent to you all and make other arrangements for the gamer guys if that’s okay. ” He went on to work out a deal and say he would not charge us for any of the renovations, and that his guys could have us in there within three weeks if that’s what we wanted.
We went from waking up on a Sunday morning with dread of the chaos we would encounter (just being honest), to not being able to get to sleep that night from the excitement of designing a new CAS the next day.
True to his word, within three weeks we had a complete and newly updated facility suited for CAS!! This included two easily-noticeable entrances, two KC rooms, two bathrooms, a storage room, a kitchenette, a foyer, and (most loved of all) a brand new sanctuary that doubles our previous long and narrow storage space!
The only way to describe what has happened here is a definite miracle that was specifically maneuvered by God!
Literally! On the same day He told me to hold on just a little while longer, God literally “opened a door” so my husband would be curious enough to investigate what would eventually be the new CAS.
After seeing how proficient the builders were, we decided to get a quote from them on eventually building a platform and office after we were settled in and able to raise the funds. They told us they would not charge for labor if we did it while they were already there, and quoted us a very reasonable price. We gave them the go-ahead and I spent the day thinking on a quick fundraiser that would raise the $800 needed.
By the time I got off work that afternoon, my husband handed me the phone with a big smile and said, “Someone wants to talk to you.” It was Bro. Harold Koonce, a retired pastor from our mother church in Mendota, IL. He said, “Are you ready for a miracle?” And I think you know my answer.
Without knowing the amount needed for a new platform and office, he had raised exactly $800 by calling other Illinois pastors and presenting our need.
The family of God is simply amazing! Our God is truly awesome!!
Our first service in the new sanctuary was a Saturday night Spanish service and one received the Holy Ghost. Within the next three weeks at our Sunday services and at a neighboring revival, four more received the Holy Ghost. We have baptized two, with two more on the list, and we have continuously established new contacts and more home Bible studies.
We may just need to hold on a little while longer…and then… enjoy the ride.
North America Report…
Pastor Ron Hawkins in Ellettsville, IN, reports that due to renewed interest in RBD, they have launched a new group into Course 1A in an effort that has been tagged as“The Surge”! They have a goal of a late summer Holy Ghost Rally. They are also continuing to see spiritual growth in their new converts.
Our Monroe, OR Training Center states that they are averaging nearly 65 in weekly church attendance as they move toward a June 8 Holy Ghost Rally. In addition, as a result of RBD, they are looking to “relaunch” a Daughter Work that has been dormant for some time.
Pastor McNeely of Allen, OK, is excited to announce that they have launched the Church into Course 1A training!
McCormick’s Creek UPC continues to be very active in RBD training and results are happening. They have had five baptisms and six received the Holy Ghost so far this year! In addition to Discipleship and Course 2 training, they are focusing on strengthening their RBD Structure.
As our Center in Mendota, IL prepared to launch into evangelism in early April, Pastor Yeakel shared that they had gone seven consecutive Sundays with seeing someone either baptized or filled with the Holy Ghost! As a result of this, they have recently launched their first House Church. More great reports to follow as they prepare for their Holy Ghost Rally on June 8.
Pastor Parker in West Bridgewater, MA, shares that they continue to focus on Course 1A training. They report that so far this year they have baptized four and had four filled with the Holy Ghost. While this has been going on, Sister Parker shares a miracle of healing that took place in her body as some very serious blood clots simply dissolved! To God be the glory!
Our LaSalle/Peru, IL Training Center has begun Course 1A training with 13 students! They have had two receive the Holy Ghost in recent weeks also. We look forward to sharing a mighty miracle that God has provided for this church soon!
In Howell, MI they are preparing to relaunch their Course 1A group. Part of this will focus on moving evangelism into a new city that God is opening to them. They currently are operating one House Church with plans to launch a second one in May, as they recently had six filled with the Holy Ghost in a five week period. They also will be holding a Holy Ghost rally on June 8.
Pastor Ryan Kidder in North Little Rock, AR reports that their team is transitioning from Course 1A training and moving into Evangelism as they focus on their June 8 Holy Ghost Rally. This church will also be launching a House Church in early May to begin the discipleship process for some of the recent converts God has blessed them with. The Kidder’s are personally doing their part for church growth as they welcomed Rayland Rae Kidder into the world! Congratulations to the Kidder family.
Our DeKalb, IL Training Center shares that they are currently operating six House Churches with an average attendance of 41 weekly! They are continuing to see new souls baptized and filled with the Holy Ghost during this phase. The Sunday following Easter, they baptized two and had 203 in attendance, which surpassed their Easter attendance! Mighty Revival is happening in DeKalb!
March was another exciting month for RBDNA.
The first weekend of March, we were honored to be with Pastor and Sis. Dan Cox at the UPC of Warsaw, IN. We had a tremendous visitation of the Holy Ghost on both days of training, as well as during our Sunday service. An enthusiastic group of soul-winners is ready to move forward in taking dominion in their territory! We look forward with great anticipation to great REVIVAL reports from Warsaw in the months ahead.
God is continuing to do amazing things throughout our Training Centers. Aside from the reports we will be sharing with you, many of our churches have reported seeing souls baptized, filled with the Holy Spirit and lives being changed. This is truly exciting to see genuine REVIVAL happening today!
First Church in Toronto, Ontario is moving forward in REVIVAL efforts! Last month they reported three in Bible Studies, as well as having one baptized, and one filled with the Holy Spirit!
Our Training center in Spencer, IN is still accomplishing consistent training in their first House Church. In addition, they are introducing many church members to the process of RBD through new home groups. This will prepare a brand new team to move forward in RBD Training later this year. This church has had five baptized and six filled with the Holy Spirit this year!
Pastor Charles Yeakel in Mendota, IL reports that they are wrapping up Course 1A Training and are preparing to move into Evangelism in mid April, as they point toward their initial RBDNA Holy Ghost Rally on June 8! God is already doing great things in this church as they have seen two baptized and two receive the Holy Ghost recently. They also currently have four people involved in Bible Studies.
Monroe, OR reports that they have completed Course 1A and are moving forward into Course 1B. They had two baptized and three filled with the Holy Spirit this past month, and are eagerly looking toward their initial Holy Ghost Rally on Sunday, June 8! God has opened the doors for many new contacts to be made already and their Evangelism phase is just beginning.
Pastor Parker in West Bridgewater, MA shared exciting news that they have baptized four and have seen three receive the Holy Ghost so far this year! They are also seeing the beginnings of two Bible Study groups forming as they near the launch of evangelism.
Our Training Center in Orillia, Ontario is looking forward to launching evangelism in early May. This group has been going through a period of intensive training, as well as some strategic logistical maneuvering, while they await the end that grip that winter has held on them. They are poised for a great REVIVAL in that city.
Pastor and Sis. Thornton, in Pine Bluff, AR are excitedly preparing to move into a new phase of evangelism, Bible Studies and an eventual House Church. We know this couple is going to see doors open for them!
The Allen, OK Training Center is preparing for their initial launch on April 6. Pastor McNeely has been preparing the church for this over the past several weeks and is now excited about seeing the launch! Let’s continue to be in prayer for them.
Pastor Ryan Kidder of Smokey Lane Apostolic Church in North Little Rock, AR shares that in the midst of attack of the enemy, that God is doing great things. While focusing on completing Course 1A training, they are seeing new souls born into the Kingdom of God! SLA is pointing toward a mighty outpouring in their initial Holy Ghost Rally on Sunday, June 8.
Our Training Center in DeKalb, IL continues to see tremendous things in the Holy Ghost! Their five House Churches are consistently seeing 30 or more in attendance weekly. In addition, they have seen their Hispanic group swell to about 30 as well. This group will be moving forward into RBD soon. This church has broken their monthly average attendance every month since they began RBD last August! They have seen three filled with the Holy Ghost this past month.
Pastor Mueller in Lake Station, IN shares that they should be moving forward in their Prayer Walks and Evangelism in the early part of April. This church is experiencing breakthroughs in the Spirit as God is showing them His mighty works!
In our Redmond, OR Training Center they are continuing with their initial Course 1A training with the goal of wrapping that up in May and moving forward into Evangelism shortly after that. During March, they were blessed by the ministry of Bro. Brandon Tittsworth (from the Monroe, OR Training Center), where on Sunday they broke the attendance record for the church since Pastor and Sis. Seibold arrived there over two years ago!
Lastly, Pastor Bryan Shock in Conway, AR reports that they currently have four House Groups meeting with a cumulative average attendance of 54. They held a Crusade Rally in March where they had 109 in attendance. During this service they baptized three and had at least 20 reports of miracles!
We give God all the glory for these wonderful reports, and the great doors that He is opening for churches across North America to begin taking dominion in their territory!
We continue to hear great reports from our RBDNA Training Centers from February! God is continuing to lead His people to open doors of ministry and results are being achieved.
There were also three RBDNA Training Seminars during February in North Little Rock, AR; Lake Station, IN and Newark, OH.
Pastor Scott Wilbourn, in Lindsay, Oklahoma, reports that they have begun Discipleship training, two nights a week, as they prepare to launch their church into RBD training and evangelism. Several obstacles precluded this church from moving forward for a few months. However, once Pastor Wilbourn set his mind to beginning, God began to work in a miraculous way…including a new job for him that now gives him more flexibility and time to spend in the church, as well as providing a door into the community through this job to make brand new contacts!
In Monroe, Oregon, Asst. Pastor Brandon Tittsworth reports that they have between 16 and 20 students regularly attending Course 1A. They are also holding eight Bible Studies currently and the team is actively seeking others to become involved in a study. While all of this is happening, they are also seeing new people in the altars seeking God!
Pastor Willie Thornton in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, shares that they are preparing to do some follow-up training and will then be relaunching new evangelism efforts. They have a great anticipation that God is going to lead them to hungry souls.
The First Church in Toronto, Ontario reports that they have begun two new House Groups/Bible Studies. In addition they share that four have been baptized and four have received the Holy Ghost since the beginning of the year!
Turnpointe Church of Conway, Arkansas shares that their current three House Groups are continuing to accomplish training at different levels. They report that one has been filled with the Holy Ghost this year.
Pastor Curtis Eaby in White Plains, Maryland tells us that they currently have three House Groups meeting with plans to launch another during March. They are also gearing toward Holy Ghost Rallies in both May and June!
Turning Point Apostolic Church in Ellettsville, Indiana reports that their two House Churches are still progressing, as well as the RBDNA team being trained in Course 2. They are planning a major outreach event in conjunction with their Easter Drama and will also be launching new teams into Course 1A within the next few weeks.
Pastor Charles Yeakel in Mendota, Illinois states that their initial Course 1A training did get underway at the first of February in spite of battling much severe weather. They are also looking at developing outreach plans as they gear toward their first RBDNA Holy Ghost Rally in early June.
The RBDNA Training Center in Spencer, Indiana confirms that RBD Course 2 training continues, as well as House Church Discipleship training. In addition, they are getting others involved in home groups to become comfortable with the many facets of RBD as they work toward launching another Course 1A group later this summer.
Extreme weather conditions have also had a toll on the Orillia, Ontario Training Center. Pastor Kerr shared that they are encountering snowbanks as much as five feet deep! The team is using this time to become very familiar with both the Course 1 and Discipleship curriculum as they gear up for an early May launch into evangelism!
Smokey Lane Apostolic Church in North Little Rock, Arkansas reports that they are moving into Course 1A training, with a focus on launching evangelism and their Holy Ghost Rally taking place on Pentecost Sunday!
Pastor James Parker reports in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts that they have eight students being taught Course 1A currently. While the extreme weather has also hampered them, they are on target for the start of evangelism in April and their first Holy Ghost Rally in late May. They have also baptized two this year and seen two filled with the Holy Ghost!
In DeKalb, Illinois, their five House Churches are going very well with an average attendance now moving up into the 30+ range! They have also begun a monthly “Hall Church” meeting where different House Church members are involved in the service.
We are excited about what God is doing throughout our North America Training Centers! These reports will just keep getting better as many of the newer Centers that are currently coming on line begin to move into evangelism and their Holy Ghost Rallies! We look forward to sharing these additional reports with you!
North America Report…
We were then privileged to spend an amazing few days in Alexandria, LA attending BOTT (the theme this year was REVIVE!). It was a blessing to get to see several of our RBDNA Training Center pastors there as well as make some connections with pastors who are seeking some answers to experience a new outpouring of REVIVAL! We are confident that some of these contacts will begin to seek God for direction regarding RBD and how it can make a difference in their local assembly.
After exiting, and rare Winter Storm Warning in Alexandria, we made our way to North Little Rock, AR to hold RBDNA Training for Pastor Ryan Kidder and the Smokey Lane Apostolic Church. Again, God worked in incredible ways throughout the entire weekend as we launched yet another Training Center to go forward and take dominion in their territory!
At least two additional RBDNA Training Centers will be launched as a result of this Seminar. God is mightily opening doors!
Extreme weather conditions, as well as waves of sickness, seemed to dominate many of the reports that came in from our North America Training Centers this past month. But in the midst of obstacles…God is still doing a great work!
Pastor James Parker in West Bridgewater, MA shares that as they are launching into their initial Course 1A training, God is doing marvelous things! One man associated with the church felt the need to construct and erect a cross on the exterior of the church building in order to more easily identify the building as a church! This has been a desire for quite some time, but through the renewed vision, God moved upon this man to accomplish the task!
In White Plains, MD, Pastor Curtis Eaby reports that they are wrapping up Course 1A training with plans to move into Evangelism by mid to late February. In addition, they are currently in various stages of progress with four House Churches and the possibility of starting a fifth one shortly!
Pastor Ron Hawkins, in Ellettsville, IN, states that the two House Churches currently underway are still progressing nicely. In addition, their RBD team is well into Course 2 training. He also reports that for the year 2013, there were 30 baptisms and 15 that received the gift of the Holy Ghost! This represents a doubling of what they experienced in the previous year. He shares that their overall attendance gain was approximately 12.5% from the year 2012. God is doing awesome things there.
The UPC of DeKalb, IL launched six House Churches in January. The potential attendance in these is over 50, including leaders. While the weather and sickness has had an impact upon these as they launch, we know that God is laying the foundation for great things to continue to happen in DeKalb! Pastor Greg Davis also shared that they have experienced a 16% increase in their attendance by the end of the year, with the months of August through December each being record highs for the church!
Bro. Justin Pollard, of the Apostolics of Orillia, Ontario, shares that they have completed Course 1 training with their team, and are beginning to work through the Discipleship curriculum in order to become completely familiar with it. Due to several circumstances, they will be looking to launch into their first cycle of Evangelism in late April to early May! Their goal is to be completely familiar with all of the curriculum and principles by the time they begin outreach, with an anticipated goal of at least two House Churches! God is doing the miraculous for them in working out the logistics to strategically take their city. This small, but mighty, group is shaking their city!
Pastor Willie Thornton, of Pine Bluff, AR shares that they had one receive the infilling of the Holy Ghost this past month! God continues to show this church that they are on the right track with steady results!
First Church of Toronto shares that they had two baptized last month, as well as three participating in Bible Studies. Pastor Tim Pickard is continuing to lead this church forward as they address some structure and administrative needs before refocusing on increased evangelism efforts.
We continue to give God great praise for these reports! The Church has never been in a better position to reach our world! We are truly thankful for pastors and churches who have a burden to go beyond the norm to experience UNPRECEDENTED REVIVAL!
DWhile December is often a time of pause for many ministries, it continued to be fast-paced for RBDNA!
We were privileged to travel to West Bridgewater, MA in December to hold an RBDNA Training Seminar. We not only enjoyed training a core group of leaders of the church pastored by Bro. James A. & Sis. Carolann Parker, but also had at least two other churches represented during this training. God is positioning this church to move forward with a strategic growth plan that will result in taking dominion over the territory that God has called them to take. The energy and excitement of this team was refreshing and we look forward to sharing many great reports from them over the upcoming months!
We were blessed to be able to follow up and minister to the church on Sunday morning, even though Mother Nature threw us a weather punch. At least six inches of snow fell overnight, but temps did warm up as dawn approached, turning the snow into a quagmire of slush. This did impact the crowd, but the presence of God was with us in a marvelous way! We thank Him for His protection upon us as we traveled over 2,000 miles during a time of uncertain weather!
Pastor Mike Schmelzer, Winona, MN, shares that they continue to see first-time guests in their services every Sunday. While they are still completing some of their initial training, God is responding to their fervor and desire by opening doors for new contacts and Bible Studies to be accomplished ! They are currently holding two different House Church meetings each week!
McCormick’s Creek UPC, in Spencer, IN, is continuing to train new disciples in their House Church and will be launching the team into Course 2 training this month. One of the attendees in the House Church is being trained via Skype! There are creative ways necessary sometimes to build the Kingdom of God!
Ottawa Lighthouse Church in Ottawa, IL reports that they are seeing their team challenged as they proceed through Course 1A training. Pastor Glenn Townsell shares that there is great expectation for what the new year will hold for the Church as they move forward into revival.
Pastor Randall Pitts in Duncan, OK shares that they will launch a group into Discipleship Training this month as they prepare them to move into RBD training later this year.
The Sharp’s, in Del City, OK, share that dozens have experienced the infilling of the Holy Ghost this year! They will be launching a new team effort into Course 1A shortly, as they continue to impact their territory.
In DeKalb, IL, Pastor Greg Davis reports that following a tremendous Holy Ghost Rally in early December, they are now finalizing preparations to launch five House Churches in Discipleship Training! They also reported that at least six notable miracles were reported from their rally.
Crossroads Apostolic Church in White Plains, MD is seeing great results as they progress in their initial training. Pastor Curtis Eaby shares that they currently have two House Churches training their new disciples, with the possibility of establishing two additional groups in the very near future. The church team is already putting into practice the concepts and principles that they are learning through the Course 1A training and are seeing significant results in their services!
Pastor Tim Pickard in Toronto, Ontario reports that over the past two months they have had 15 people in active Bible Studies. Evangelism efforts continue on a regular basis to prepare the Church for the next phase of growth. There have also been six people baptized, and one received the Holy Ghost, during this time.
Our recently launched Training Center in Orillia, Ontario shares that they are wrapping up Course 1A training at this point. God has miraculously opened many doors for new contacts already during initial training phase. As a confirmation of God’s favor on this church plant, they were recently given permission to erect their own permanent sign along the street of the church they are currently renting! Look out Orillia, when this team launches into evangelism in March!
The RBDNA Training Center in Lindsay, OK reports that as they have begun the launch process in their church that God is already opening doors! Pastor Scott Wilbourn shares that they have recently welcomed two new families to the church! In addition, a young couple that they had lost contact with nearly two years ago, recently reconnected and they are now being taught a Bible Study! How exciting Revival is!
Finally, our Training Center in Ellettsville, IN experienced the harsh results of a flood recently. This has resulted in extensive damage to the Educational area of the church building, along with the fellowship hall. A significant portion of the parking lot was substantially damaged as well. This resulted in the church being forced to cancel its schedule of services the Sunday before Christmas. When the doors were reopened for service on the last Sunday of the year, the sanctuary was nearly packed to capacity as an awesome presence of the Holy Ghost filled the building. During worship service that morning, the mother of a young man made her way to the altar where God wonderfully refilled her with the Holy Ghost! They had one other baptized and another filled with the Holy Ghost this past month. Try as he might…the devil cannot stop a genuine move of REVIVAL! Please keep Pastor Ron Hawkins and Turning Point Apostolic Church in your prayers as they deal with the realities of clean-up and restoration.
We give God great praise for these reports! We stand on the brink of an Apostolic outpouring as we continue to spread the Gospel and make disciples! We encourage you to share these reports with others in order that the Kingdom would be glorified!
The month of November continued to show that Revival is not something to hope for, but is attainable through a plan and practice.
In the middle of the month, we were privileged to spend some extended time in Ontario, Canada. The first week we did some follow up leadership training and took part in several ministry opportunities with our RBD Training Center in Toronto, pastored by Timothy Pickard. Still basking from the Holy Ghost outpouring in late October, this church is now in the process of working to disciple these new ones, as well as refocusing efforts on continued evangelism and outreach. One of the Sectional Coordinators shared that they had a follow-up meeting for dinner with a young lady they had taught a Home Bible Study. During their meal, the young lady boldly announced that she needed to be baptized! After quickly settling the bill, all three of them went directly to the church where they baptized her! This shows the importance of continued connections even after the completion of the HBS!
From there we traveled a little further north to Orillia, Ontario. Here we took part in the initial training of the leadership team of Orillia Pentecostal Church, pastored by Bro. John Kerr. This team is very excited about utilizing the potential of RBD to begin making inroads into the city that God has called them to. On Sunday, following our opportunity to minister, we commissioned Bro. & Sis. Kerr, as well as Bro. & Sis. Justin Pollard, who are working with them to go into the field, spread the Gospel and make disciples! Already they are sharing reports of doors that are opening to make new contacts, even while they are continuing their Course 1A training. God is doing great things in Orillia.
Pastor Curtis Eaby shares that they have one House Church underway and are presently establishing a group of new converts in their relationship with Jesus Christ. In addition, they baptized two and had one receive the Holy Ghost this past month. Course 1A training continues with a cycle of evangelism that is planning to launch after the first of the year.
Pastor Scott Wilbourn of Lindsay, OK is launching their first cycle of training this month! We are looking forward to what God is doing in this congregation!
Our Spencer, IN Training Center is preparing to start an additional House Church shortly. Their current House Church is training eight members, with one of those attending via skype! Makes me think of the old saying that where there is a will…there is a way! They have baptized one and had two receive the Holy Ghost and continue to see consistent walk-in guests in their services as a result of their outreach effort in October. They will initiate Course 2 training this month.
Pastor Willie Thornton of Pine Bluff, AR, reports that they are still seeing visitors coming into their regular services. They are working to transform these guests into connections as they work to get them involved in Bible Studies.
Turning Point Apostolic Church in Ellettsville, IN continues to see mighty things happening. In early November, they hosted the Indiana Bible College Chorale. This resulted in an overflow crowd, where numerous miracles were claimed! In addition, miracle reports have been shared in almost every service this month, as well as baptisms that have taken place. The depth of spiritual impact upon this church is still amazing. Their two House Churches are still continuing to establish recent new converts.
Pastor Mike Schmelzer in Winona, MN shares some exciting news as they continue their Course 1A training of their team of ten. Since their decision to implement RBD, they have seen God open many doors, as well as send them several new walk-in guests. During this time, their attendance has more than doubled! They have started one House Church to disciple new converts, with the possibility of starting another very soon. They had two receive the Holy Ghost this past month. In addition to the discipleship training, they have Bible Studies taking place on Monday and Wednesday evenings.
Finally, this month we share a great report from Pastor Greg Davis in DeKalb, IL. They have had 18 in attendance as they near completion of Course 1B. He reports that here have been 47 involved in Bible Studies! This past month saw six baptized and three receive the Holy Ghost! They held introductory meetings for a “Meet & Greet” session in five locations that will serve as House Church locations after the first of the year. Since August, Bro. Davis shares that their average Sunday attendance has grown by 20%. Beyond that, they are seeing a 36% increase in other regular services which show that those who were just attending on Sundays are now beginning to take part in the other services as well. We ask that you join the DeKalb church in prayer for their Miracle Crusade service which will be held this Friday, December 6 in which they are looking for a mighty Holy Ghost outpouring!
We give God great praise for these reports! We stand on the brink of an Apostolic outpouring as we continue to spread the Gospel and make disciples! We encourage you to share these reports with others in order that the Kingdom would be glorified!
October brought more reports of exciting things happening in our RBDNA Training Centers.
Catoosa, OK continues to experience steady revival. Pastor Dougherty shares that they had one baptized last month.
Pastor Bryan Shock in Conway, AR reports that their first House Church is preparing now to transition into RBD Course 1 training. We look forward to hearing more great reports as a new round of evangelism will soon be launched into that city!
Turning Point Apostolic Church in Ellettsville, IN is seeing a solidifying of their two House Church groups. Since these two groups were started several weeks ago, both of them have added new members. There is a high level of the presence of God being felt in the Hall Church services as well.
First UPC of Toronto recently concluded their WorldView Missions Conference. This annual event is always a tremendous boost for the local church as well as Missionaries who are able to be a part. This year proved to go beyond the norm as there were 28 people who were filled with the Holy Ghost! This event caps a long list of miracles that God has done in this local assembly of the past several months!
These are just a few of the reports that I have received over the past few weeks. Please help us to encourage our community of RBD Training Centers by sharing what is happening in your church!