May 30, 2017
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Greetings from New York City, Moscow, Manila, Honolulu and Los Angeles! Highlights of my month-long Missionary Journey included witnessing the moving "good confession" of Ali – our sixth disciple at Columbia University, an Ivy League College in New York City! In Moscow, almost 250 disciples gathered for the Second Eurasian Missions Conference from Russia, Ukraine, England, Sweden, France, America and even one from Brazil – Vaitsa! In Manila, I was able to meet with each of the principals of the three schools attended by the children of "squatters," where on Saturday of the 2017 Global Leadership Conference we will hold MERCY Events! In Honolulu, I was able to meet with the Church Leaders to discuss forceful advancement in our now three churches, as well as the future plans for Guam! Then upon returning home to LA, Elena & I participated in the glorious 10th Anniversary Celebration Weekend! This commenced on Friday evening with a Dinner Cruise where all of the leaders of the Tribe World Sector gathered to honor the "Original 42" that planted the City of Angels Church in May 2007! Then, two days later was the historic 10th Anniversary Sunday Worship Service, where the Toronto Supplemental Mission Team was sent out by the Holy Spirit! And to God be all the glory!
At the 10th Anniversary Dinner Cruise, "The 42" -
who planted the City of Angels Church in 2007
and who still live in LA - were recognized
with commemorative plaques! The first
baptism - Jared McGee (front) -
was also honored!
RD Baker – Lead Evangelist of Dubai: "Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord." (1 Corinthians 1:31) I am so excited to "boast" about the miraculous things that God is doing in the Middle East through the mighty Dubai Church Family! While April continues to steadily recover from her recent health issues in Los Angeles, the disciples in Dubai are keeping the mission alive! On Friday after church, our new brother Fredrick from Cameroon was baptized! Amazingly, the Spirit has blessed the Dubai Church with 7 baptisms in the 7 weeks that April & I have been here in the USA!
John (left) and RJ (right) praise God
for Fredrick's baptism!
The church is being nobly led by RJ Castro and Dao Henderson, who have truly taken on our hearts for building family! Excitingly, one of our incredible remnant couples – Praveen & Angel Bisht – have been officially appointed as the first Shepherding Couple-in-training for Dubai!
The Dubai ICC Leadership Team - Praveen & Angel
Bisht (left) and RJ Castro and Dao Henderson!
April & I are also grateful for Cory & Jee Blackwell's recent 10 day visit to Dubai as they are the World Sector Leaders for the Middle East! Cory was able to preach at two Friday Worship Services! The Blackwells so greatly encouraged all of the Dubai Brothers and Sisters!
Cory & Jee Blackwell were moved to tears at the
end of their 10 day visit with the
Dubai Church Family!
As God continues to resurrect His Kingdom in Dubai in this "Year of the Impossible," we praise Him for the 19 baptisms in the first 20 weeks of 2017! Amazingly, after just 8 months, God has grown the original 6 Mission Team Members – along with the 7 restorations and place memberships in the Fall – to become 30 sold-out disciples who are ready to continue multiplying!
The Dubai Church sends their love to all of their
Sister Churches around the world!
Thank you for the thousands of prayers for April as we remain hopeful of our return to Dubai after the GLC! We praise God as well for the incredible hearts of the disciples in the USA who have been so sacrificial in the Spring Missions Contribution as these funds help to support RJ, April & me!
Raja Rajan – Lead Evangelist of Chennai and Overseeing Evangelist of India: Greetings from Chennai! The Lord has been doing amazing things throughout India, a nation of 1.3 billion lost souls! In Delhi, the remnant group led by Jeffrey & Reena Norris has grown from two to six in four months! Jeffrey & Reena are doing a tremendous job holding down the fort until the Delhi Mission Team of 40 disciples from Chennai arrives in April 2018!
The Delhi Remnant Group awaits the 40 Member
Mission Team from Chennai scheduled
to come in April 2018!
In Bangalore, Christopher & Maria Anthony planted the church with just six on the mission team in December 2016! God has blessed them with nine baptisms since January! The latest are a married couple Venkatesh (from a Hindu background) and Yasmin (from a Muslim background), who studied the Bible, made Jesus the Lord of their lives, and were baptized into Christ!
Venkatesh (formerly Hindu) & Yasmin (formerly
Muslim) are now united in Christ!
The first church planting from Chennai - the
Bangalore International Christian Church!
In Chennai, Satan hit us with many fall aways at the beginning of the year! However, after this pruning, the Lord has blessed the efforts of the Chennai Church, as this year we have seen 68 additions – 61 baptisms and 7 restorations! We are now at 213 disciples strong!