RBDNA Training Centers Revival Update – November 2015

North America Revival Report

We wrapped up the month of October in Minneapolis, MN conducting an RBDNA Training Seminar. Pastor David Kent and the team at Christian Life Center served as wonderfulRevival - Baptism
hosts. Pastor Kent shared a tremendous vision to plant many churches throughout the Twin Cities territory to facilitate the vision of Revival as they reach for this mighty harvest! It was great to be joined by Missionary Mark Shutes as a guest trainer. We were also thrilled to see one baptized in Jesus’ Name during the service on Sunday at the host church!

Pastor McKinnies of Shawano, WI shares that plans are underway for opening their first House Church. Many miracles took place in a recent Crusade service with Missionary Mark Shutes ministering.

Our Reading, PA Training Center reports that they have completed Course 1A training and are moving into Course 1B. Due to the recent influx of new converts, they will be launching a House Church soon. Pastor MaGee also shares that they currently have two Bible Studies underway. For the year 2015, they have baptized 11 and 23 have received the Holy Ghost… five in October!

Pastor Ellingsworth in Finley, TN reports that training is progressing well and the team is focusing right now on  making contacts and securing Bible Studies.

The Training Center in Montgomery, AL is continuing to follow up on contacts from their recent Holy Ghost Rally as well as developing plans for a new cycle of outreach.

Pastor Mike Brown of Howell, MI recently shared with Missionary Mark Shutes of his vision to launch 16 churches in their territory! The RBD process will help to facilitate this vision.

Our Pine Bluff, AR Training Center shares that in a recent Holy Ghost Rally they baptized two and had one receive the infilling of the Holy Ghost!

Fevival - BaptismPastor Jacob Hedrick in Mooresville, NC Reports that their average Sunday attendance has risen by 15 in recent weeks in this North America Missions church. Launching four House Churches is now underway for this congregation.

The Sanctuary in Mtn. View, AR reports that during the month of October they have baptized seven and had several filled with the Holy Ghost! REVIVAL is happening in Mountain View!

Pastor Wilbourn in Lindsay, OK reports that in recent months they have baptized two and six have received the Holy Ghost. This Training Center is preparing to relaunch RBD!

Evangelism Director Justin Pollard of Orillia, Ontario shares that God has been providing many open doors in the past few weeks in their city. They have seen an influx of new people beginning to come to the church which is consistently seeing attendance in the mid teens to 20 weekly. Plans are underway to begin discipling these new ones. “God is moving on the hearts of the people!” Pollard states.

Yours for the cause of pursuing HIS will! REVIVAL will not happen by accident…it WILL come by DESIGN…

RBDNA Revival Update for October 2015

North America Revival Report

Pursuing Revival is the focus of our Monroe, Oregon Training Center recently refocused their RBDNA efforts by relaunching Course 1 training with a team of about 20 adults. In addition, they are taking the entire church through the Discipleship curriculum in preparation for moving additional students into the process.

Several new promising contacts, as well as potential Bible Studies, are the result of Evangelism efforts at 2.42 Church in Montgomery, AL. The church reports seeing many notable miracles and the working of the Gifts in their services.

Pastor Wilbourn, in Lindsay, OK, is developing a plan to launch a new group of students into Course 1 training, They are also planning to develop a house church to disciple several new converts that have come into the Church recently.

Our Wenatchee, WA Training Center started prayer walks in mid September. They have encountered many new contacts and six Bible Studies have been started. Two have been baptized and two received the Gift of the Holy Ghost last month.

Pastor Michael McKinnies shares that in Shawano, WI they are wrapping up Course 1B training with a class of 12. House Church launches will take place during this month!

Revival - BaptismThe Training Center in Reading, PA is completing Course 1A Training and looking to move into Evangelism soon. This church has seen 27 receive the Holy Ghost so far this year with about half that number having been baptized! God is pouring out REVIVAL in Reading and they are prepping to stabilize their harvest.

In Orillia, Ontario, they have seen a steady stream of first-time guests over the past several weeks in their Sunday worship services. This has resulted in their best attendance numbers since the inception of the Church. This leadership team is excited about what lies ahead!

Pastor James Gregory in DeSoto, MO reports that their team is about half way through their initial Course 1A class. They have set a goal to launch their first wave of House Churches in January, 2016!

Our DeKalb, IL Training Center reports that they are well into their second House Church Cycle with four groups currently up and running and a fifth group on the horizon. They have recently had eight baptized and the same number received the infilling of the Holy Spirit!
Revival - House Church
Pastor Hedrick, in Mooresville, NC, shares that they are preparing to launch four House Churches this month with the new converts that God has already given them. In addition they are gearing up for a Holy Ghost rally in the next few weeks! They currently have six active Bible Studies.

Our Conway, AR Training Center checks in to share that they have baptized two this past month in addition to one receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. Their groups are continuing to expand as they have two preparing for evangelism.

Pastor Ron Hawkins reports that they have recently begun a push within the Church and have launched a brand new group of 18 into Course 1A training. This group will help solidify the efforts that are already taking place in this REVIVAL-minded church. Their current House Church is progressing well. The Church has caught afresh the vision of reaching 20% of their territory!

Yours for the cause of pursuing HIS will! REVIVAL will not happen by accident…it WILL come by DESIGN…

RBDNA March 2015 Training Center Updates

February was another great month for RBDNA!

Fayetteville, AR House ChurchPastor Greg Downs of Fayetteville, AR shares that their initial House Church is progressing very successfully with a consistent attendance of eight students! This group is being led by one of the recent new converts of the church! RBD is working!

New Life Tabernacle of Arab, AL is working through Course 1B, as well as being heavily involved in evangelism, as they work toward their upcoming Holy Ghost Rally. They are currently holding a Bible Study Blitz and it is paying dividends since they had three baptized and four receive the Holy Ghost in February!

Pastor Greg Davis of DeKalb, IL reports that their initial team is nearing graduation from Course 2, as their second cycle students are in Course 1B. They are planning to start at least four House Churches in the upcoming weeks. The church has recently concluded 10,000 minutes of prayer!. All of this has resulted in the church experiencing 19 consecutive months of growth! REVIVAL is happening in DeKalb!

Our recently-launched Training Center in Montgomery, AL has begun Course 1A training with their initial team. They are working toward an evangelism period in July and August with a Holy Ghost Rally tentatively planned for late August.

Sickness and extreme weather complicated efforts in Conway, AR during February. Pastor Bryan Shock shares that in spite of the circumstances, their three House Churches had a cumulative average of 21 students in attendance. In addition to this, they have several getting ready to move into Course 1B training and also have a recently graduated House Church couple preparing to launch their own House Church! They also report that one received the infilling of the Holy Ghost this past month.

Last, but certainly not least, is the report from Turning Point Apostolic in Ellettsville, IN. This church recently launched their first group into Course 3 training! They followed up the wonderful report of January with three baptisms and two receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost! This is leading up to the planned launch of a new round of House Churches in the weeks to come.

On a personal note for February, we were honored to be a part of the initial training and launch of two new RBDNA Training Centers. In early February, we were with Pastor Doug Ellingsworth and the wonderful church family of Finley UPC in Finley, TN. We ended the month with Pastor James Gregory and the team from Christ Apostolic Sanctuary in Desoto, MO. The latter meeting was held during a Winter Storm Warning that dumped eight inches of new snow. Following the conclusion of our seminar, Pastor Gregory slipped on the snow-slickened pavement, resulting in a fracture to his arm. While in the ER however, he did secure a new Bible Study with one of the health care workers attending to him. RBD causes you to always look for an open door!

Yours for the cause of pursuing HIS will! REVIVAL will not happen by accident…it WILL come by DESIGN…

RBDNA November 2013 Training Center Updates

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!

August North America RBD Update

August was a wonderful month for Revival By Design in North America! We were privileged to be in White Plains, MD with Pastor Curtis Eaby and the congregation of Crossroads Apostolic Church. We provided an initial Training Seminar to a very excited team that is hungry to experience greater revival in their territory. We were also honored to minister on Sunday, where there was an amazing presence of the Holy Spirit that challenged the church to get into the harvest field! We look forward to sharing many reports from this church.

Pastor Shane Chance shared the miraculous report of how they have acquired a new location for The Sanctuary of San Antonio. Not only did God double the size of the facility from their previous one, but He did it without raising their monthly expenses! They are now blessed with greater resources with which to move forward on the quest for revival! We are so excited about this miracle!

Pastor and Sister Thornton from our RBD Training Center in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, shared with us that they have baptized an additional three members of their House Church! They began this group by teaching the six week Bible Study and are seeing God move in a mighty way! The church is being strengthened in Pine Bluff!

Pastor Ron Hawkins and Turning Point Apostolic Church in Ellettsville, IN held their first RBD Holy Ghost Rally on Sunday, August 25. Evangelist Felix Crowder ministered in both the AM & PM services. A tremendous presence of the Holy Ghost fell in the evening service. One person received the Holy Ghost and at least four were refilled. There were four that were baptized in Jesus’ Name and at least 10 people claimed a miraculous healing in their body. Aside from these reports, the church is energized now to not only begin the discipleship of the many new souls that God has brought into the church over the past several months, but to return to the field and continue evangelism efforts to build upon this momentum. The church was filled to near capacity as many came seeking a healing touch in their life. In the next few days, two house churches will be launched with the prospects of 12 to 15 students becoming established in their relationship with Christ through the Discipleship training!

Reports continue to filter in that confirm that churches all across North America are in various stages of implementing RBD. In the upcoming days/weeks there will be Holy Ghost Rallies. There will be churches that will form brand new House Churches. We will have some Training Centers begin to train their teams in Course 1. There will be other churches that will be entrenched in evangelism. Please keep all of our Centers in your prayers for an unprecedented move of the Holy Ghost to transpire in their midst.

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!

The Upper Room…Not A Destination

On the day that the Church was born, Peter shares with us in Acts chapter two the account of the events that transpired that day. Verse one tells us that when the Day of Pentecost came, they were all gathered together in one place, the Upper Room. In previous reading we find that there was a group of 120 gathered there that day. Suddenly, there came a sound like the blowing of a violent wind from heaven that filled the entire room. They saw what appeared to be like tongues of fire and it came to rest upon every one of them. And all of them were filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak in other tongues as they were enabled by the Spirit.

The Upper Room

We live in a society which has become extremely self-focused. The mantra is rapidly becoming prominent that the only person that matters is “Número Uno”! Social media has actually helped to degrade our personal interaction. It is easy to slip into a mode of selfishness where we lose sight of what we can do to help and minister to others. We see this in the parable of the Good Samaritan. Those who were expected to help made excuses as to why they could not or would not help the injured man. Yet the one who was notorious for their unwillingness to express love to their fellow man, was the one who stopped and sacrificed to help him.

Imagine if those 120 that morning had embraced this mindset! What if they had stayed within the four walls of the Upper Room to just bask in this wonderful experience that had just taken place? What if they would have chosen to just take the attitude that, “I am worthy of this blessing since God chose to pour it out on me and not someone else?”

But what we quickly see is that these 120 newly-filled with the Holy Ghost, quickly moved forward to emulate the Great Commission. They went out into their world, and began to share their experience and what had just happened to them! They entered that room as fearful followers of a leader who was no longer with them. They left that room as emboldened and empowered soldiers ready to share the Gospel of a risen Savior with the entire world! And they began at Jerusalem, just as Jesus had told them they would do before He ascended to Heaven.

So they leave the safe confines of the Upper Room and go out to begin their ministry and the results are astounding…they experienced a 3,000 soul revival that first day!

Mark 16:15It is imperative that we mobilize and empower the Church in this day to not keep our experience confined to ourselves, but to get it out into the world in which we live. We are the Body, and God will use His Body to reach the world!

Pastor, Revival By Design is a blueprint that will absolutely help you to train, equip and energize your congregation to get outside the four walls of the Church and move into the harvest field as strategic soldiers with a renewed hunger for evangelism. It will also assist you in developing a church structure that is suited to accommodate the mighty harvest that God desires to give! Please contact us for more information on how you can see this, and more, happen in your church!

Miracle At Manchaca

Resurrection Sunday, 2013 was a record breaking event for Apostolic Life Center!

New building, 150 in attendance, record-breaking crowd, Easter Drama, Sign Praise Team, Anointed Preaching, awesome altar service, lunch was served, and a candy rain with the results of three being baptized in Jesus’ Name and three baptized in the Holy Ghost!

Outwardly it may appear these events started and ended that day. Far from the truth!  Of course we all know it began on the Day of Pentecost in an Upper Room over 2000 years ago!  But when did Pentecost actually start for Apostolic Life Center?  It began when two people sold out to the call of God and moved to Austin, Texas to plant a church.  From that time until now, Pentecost happens every week!  Just like on the initial outpouring on the day of Pentecost, it always begins with a few and multiplies as the LORD adds to the Church such as should be saved!

In October, 2012, Pastor John Ratka traveled to Pearland, Texas where he was privileged to attend training for Revival by Design, taught by Bro. Douglas J. Elkins, Regional Coordinator, Revival By Design, North America.

From that time, Pastor Ratka organized quarterly all-night prayer meetings, scheduled days of fasting and began teaching the Revival by Design Discipleship course to Apostolic Life Center weekly.

The sower sows the word.” Mark 4:14 (NKJV).

Spring break week in March, the Church went to a nearby neighborhood daily, witnessed, played games with the children, served food and made new friends!

Pastor Ratka baptizing one of the many!

Pastor Ratka baptizing one of the many!

What were the results? The week before Easter on a Wednesday night, something started to break in the Spirit!  One person, who had been taught a Bible Study about a year ago and had previously been baptized, received the Holy Ghost!  Then three more on Easter Sunday!

Tuesday night, the Church came back together for our weekly prayer meeting and two of the people who had attended Easter wanted to be baptized.  The Spirit of GOD filled the baptismal room where their Mother and other sister were standing!  Their Mother raised her hands while standing at the foot of the baptismal tank and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit of GOD fell on her!

As we were worshiping  the other sister said she wanted to be baptized!  She received the Holy Ghost while still in the water!  All to the Glory of GOD!  These new babes are now bringing all of their family to church! This week we had the privilege of baptizing their Mother! This is PENTECOST!

Since the beginning of January, we have experienced eleven baptized, eight filled with the Holy Ghost and five that have come back to God!  Thank you Jesus!  It’s His Revival by His Design!Receiving The Holy Ghost!Another Manchaca Baptism!

Manchaca Baptism

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