RBDNA June 2015 Training Center Update

Numerous RBDNA Training Centers are in the midst of their initial Course 1 training as they gear for a mid to late summer Holy Ghost Rally. God, however, has already begun to move in these churches as they show their devotion to taking back spiritual dominion of their territory! These are just a few of the update reports from May.

Pastor Gregory from Desoto, Mo shares that Course 1 training is continuing even in the midst of numerous other activities on the church calendar that are taking place. One of these activities finds that Pastor Gregory’s daughter, Amanda, is currently in Ireland on an AYC Missions Trip. We are certain that this will have an impact upon her life as well as the cause of Revival back in MO!

Great things are taking place with the Orillia Pentecostals, as reported by Bro. Pollard. They have recently begun a new Bible Study with a couple that God brought to them with plans for a new House Church to be launched from this study. They also have two other studies in process and it looks like another will soon begin with contacts who have reconnected after an absence of several months. This flurry of activity is the fruit of a lot of very hard work in Orillia, Ontario.

Pastor Ellingsworth of Finley, TN reports that in the midst of Course 1A training, God has already opened the door for a new Bible Study. They also report one baptism and one Holy Ghost infilling this past month!

Turnpointe Church of Conway, AR shares that they currently have two active Bible Studies in progress and also had two baptisms in May. One of the teams of two that graduated from a Home Group setting are in their period of evangelism with the goal of launching a new group just weeks away now! Pastor Shock continues to see growth in both the physical numbers as well as spiritual maturity of the church.

Pastor and Sis HedrickPastor Hedrick and the congregation in Mooresville, NC have just wrapped up their first full month of RBD training and they have set a goal of launching three House Churches later this fall! We also wish to congratulate The Altar of Lake Norman as they move into new worship facilities this month. They are preparing for the harvest! I would urge you to take a few moments and visit their website to see this new facility, as well as check out their promotion of how RBD will work in their church.

Turning Point Apostolic Church in Ellettsville, IN has recently launched a new House Church group. This is a result of new souls that God has brought to the church with several groups involved in different levels of training. Pastor Hawkins continues to note the spiritual growth that has occurred in the church as a direct result of their involvement with RBDNA.

Pastor Downs in Fayetteville, AL shares that they had one of their contacts receive the Holy Ghost in House Church recently. Also as a result of RBD, they are seeing a greater retention of their new converts. As a side note, the Downs family shared a recent miracle as God breathed life back into Sis. Downs’ body after being completely unresponsive for more than two minutes. Follow-up testing shows that there are no indications of any damage or abnormalities in her body. We truly serve a MIRACLE Working God! We rejoice with Pastor and Sis. Downs in this great report!

New Life Pentecostal of North Little Rock, AR reports that they currently have two House Churches with about 10 students in each. They also have a group reviewing some of the Course 1 lessons, with plans to move forward into Course 2 shortly. Pastor Melton also notes the new spiritual depths that people are reaching as a result of their involvement in Revival By Design.

Pastor Wallace of 2.42 Church in Montgomery, AL shares that they are continuing Course 1 training as they gear toward a late August Holy Ghost Rally. The team continues to experience tremendous visitations of the Holy Ghost during their training and this is motivating them even further toward their impending time of evangelism and teaching Bible Studies! The Wallace’s also have a daughter, Emilie, who is on the AYC trip to Ireland as well. Another RBDNA Training Center that will be impacted by the cause of Global Missions!

First United Pentecostal Church of Reading, PA is just in the beginning stages of launching RBD. Pastor Magee shares that the church has been seeing an influx over the past severalMay 2015 Revival 2 months of new converts and sees the value of RBD in not only retaining this new growth, but developing, equipping and empowering them to go back into the harvest field and reap the harvest. During a recent Revival the weekend of Pentecost Sunday, they saw five baptized in Jesus’ Name and six received the Holy Ghost! More great things are coming from this REVIVAL church in the Keystone State!

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

A Miracle Maneuvered by God!

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.

CAS Miracle - Old Sanctuary

CAS Original Sanctuary

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!

CAS Miracle - New Church pic

Brand new Greeters Area and Restrooms

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.  

CAS Miracle - New Sanctuary

CAS New Sanctuary with all the “Extras”!

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.

RBDNA April 2014 Monthly Training Center Update

North America Report…

April was a month marked by getting many of our RBDNA Training Centers moving forward. We had several Training Centers that launched Evangelism this month as they geared toward their upcoming Holy Ghost Rallies. Several have already reported that God is opening amazing doors even before they have begun this phase. God always responds to our sincere desires to reach the lost!Of course April was also marked by the Easter season. Like most other churches, many of our RBDNA Centers reported record attendance for Easter Sunday. However, this year a more concerted effort is being made to stay connected to those guests who made it a point to join them in worship. As a pastor, it will be great to recall the crowd from Easter and realize that will soon be the normal as the Church takes dominion in its territory!

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!

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