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Mar
21
by: SRC Church Planting

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Ron On The Road: Lucknow, India

Throughout the year, Ron Tobias travels to meet church planters all over the globe. These trips include opportunities to see how God is working through the churches and to make connections for future partnerships. In March 2017, Ron went to Lucknow, India with John Slavic, Hannah Mezzell and David Slavic.

Lucknow, India Update

IMG_0669Lucknow is located in Utter Pradesh state of India. It is only 1% Christian. The major religion is Hindu, but there are also a large number of Muslims. There are no large Christian churches in this area.

We arrived in Lucknow the morning of March 10th. After a quick nap to recover from the 22 hour flight, we met with 16 Pastors and trainees of the Good News Presbytery. They shared updates from both the churches and the training they are receiving. There are currently two active and thriving churches in this presbytery. Both of them are over 80 in attendance for their Sunday morning worship. Their pastors are training other interns for future church plants in the area. The churches also have a large small group ministry. One of the churches has over 250 people attending their small groups or cell groups has they call them. Transportation is difficult in Lucknow and so the cell groups are the only effective way of reaching many of the members.

IMG_0630On the following day we held a seminar on Reformed theology. All 16 pastors and trainees attended this seminar. It was a long but a productive day for these men. It was the first time some of them had been exposed to Calvinism, so there were lots of questions.

Sunday morning we attended services at both churches. We were able to share with the aid of an interpreter. It was amazing to be able to worship with our brothers and sisters in this beautiful country. Khen Tombing from Manipur state also joined us on Sunday. Khen is the director of the Presbyterian Church in India.

IMG_0626On Monday, we once again spent most of the day at the training center. John Slavic and I trained them in the Gospel Boot Camp. The pastors were eager to learn this material.

Tuesday morning before we left, we spent time discussingIMG_0631 the struggles of planting in this region of India. While we were here the people of India elected a new government that is considered to be radical Hindus. This new government will be hostile to the spreading of the Gospel. This will present new challenges in the planting of churches.

The rest of Tuesday and Wednesday were travel days as we made our way to Manipur State. This state is in the northeast of India.

Dec
15
by: SRC Church Planting

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Update from Steve Thiel in Windsor, Connecticut

We recently received an update from one of our church planters, Steve Thiel. Steve and his wife, Linda, have been planting Proclamation Church in Windsor, Connecticut.

Dear Friends of Proclamation Church,

We are so thankful for your faithful partnership in the gospel!

Rejoicing in a Wonderful Thanksgiving – I’m writing to encourage you about a number of exciting things going on at Christ Proclamation Church. For starters, we had wonderful special Thanksgiving services on Sunday, November 22nd. Our attendance that morning was 135 as I preached on “rejoicing always, praying without ceasing, and giving thanks in everything”. We then had over 135 that night for a potluck dinner, singing, and an extended share time where we did just that… “rejoiced always, prayed without ceasing, and gave thanks in everything”. It was wonderful! We also had a record high 25 ladies attend our monthly Women’s Rejoicing and Requesting event. One of the many unbelieving guests is now a regular attender at our Sunday morning service and adult bible study. Please pray that she and the other unbelievers in our midst would see the glory of the gospel and come to faith in Jesus Christ!

Looking forward to a Simple Christmas – We’ve just finished the book of John and are moving into our special Christmas sermon series this Sunday entitled “Simple Christmas – Clarity in the Midst of Chaos”. We’ve printed out 1,000 postcards that are being personally handed out by our congregation and sent to all the new residents in our area (banner attached). Please pray that many would come to hear the glorious message about Jesus Christ, that the gospel would go forward in power as I preach on Simple Hope (12/13), Simple Peace (12/20), Simple Joy (12/24), and Simple Faith (12/27) this Christmas season. When our eyes are fixed on the Lord Jesus Christ and our faith is grounded in His finished work on the cross, life gets very simple and we’re able to have clarity in the midst of the Christmas chaos. Thank you for your prayers!

Prayer Requests

Facility Request – We are outgrowing our current school facility (capacity = 135) and trying to put the details in place to migrate to a larger school facility (capacity = 250) owned by the same company. Please pray that the CREC organization would be excited and helpful in the process.
Outreach Focus – We have 1,000 postcards printed for our special Christmas sermon series entitled “Simple Christmas – Clarity in the Midst of Chaos”. Please pray that our congregation would be bold to invite and that many would response and attend our Christmas services.
Power of the Gospel – At the end of the day, there is only one thing that matters, that God would bless the faithful preaching of His Word that eyes might be opened and hearts might be touched to believe in Jesus. The gospel alone is the power of God for salvation (Romans 1:16). Please pray that many would come to faith in Christ this holiday season.
Thank you again for your generous and consistent support of our church planting efforts. We are so grateful for your prayers!!!

Yours in Christ,
Steve

Dec
9
by: SRC Church Planting

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Street Evangelism in Brazil

Street Evangelism in Rio de Janeiro

In September, which is the beginning of Spring here in the Southern Hemisphere, our church and a group from Youth with a Mission, went to the street to share the gospel. We wanted to do something creative and at the same time keep the essence of the proclamation of the gospel. We set up a small stand with flowers and we started giving flowers to people and reading small poems about hope to them. That opened up the conversation and that’s when we shared about The GREATEST hope, The GREATEST change – Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. It was a great experience. We were in a famous square in our neighborhood. For many of us this was the first time we did this kind of evangelism. We really enjoyed it.
Thank you for your partnership.
Felipe Telles
Igreja Presbiteriana Raizes
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Check out our video from that day!
Jun
25
by: SRC Church Planting

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Ron on the Road – Dublin, Ireland

I have spent the last two days in Dublin Ireland, and am impressed with this city’s history and beauty. Ireland is know as the “land of saints and scholars” and yet evangelicals make up less than one percent of the population. Dublin is a city with a deep connection to Catholicism, and yet because of the scandals in recent years, and the growing liberalism very few people attend church.

I was able to meet with two pastors of two new church plants who are trying to bring the Gospel into this city. Steve Vaughn (pictured here)image1 leads Christ City Church in the Temple bar area of Dublin. They launched this church nine months ago and meet in a film studio on Sunday mornings. Steve is a bi-vocational pastor, he works at a multi-national tech firm as well as leads Christ City Church. The attenders of Christ City Church range in age of 18-25 years old, they are students and young professionals who live in the city of Dublin. Please keep Steve and his family in your prayers as the faithfully serve in this city.

I also met with Kieron Lynch, Kieron Lynch Kieron and Mark Smith are planting City Church Dublin. You can learn more about them and their church on this video. http://www.citychurchdublin.ie/city-church-video/ It has been both encouraging and exciting to see what God is doing through these church planters. They both shared many stories of people coming to faith, and lives being changed. 

They are also excited to see if their churches can be a catalyst for the beginnings a new church planting movement here in Dublin. 
Jun
23
by: SRC Church Planting

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Ron on the Road – London, England

Ron is on the road again, this time his travels have taken him to the United Kingdom. Here’s an update from “Ron on the road”

“This past weekend I was able to participate in the 25th anniversary of Dundonald Church in London England. This church is the home church for the Co-Mission church planting network.
Spanish River partners with this church and network to plant churches in the London area.
image2The senior pastor of the Dundonald Church is Richard Coekin, it is through his leadership and vision that they have been able to plant over 16 churches in London. They also have partnered to plant churches in South Africa and Belarus.On Saturday evening we attended a special dinner to celebrate what God has done, and is doing through the efforts of the Co-Mission network.

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On Sunday morning we visited Hope Community Church in Sutton. This church is one of the churches that SRC supports financially. Mark Fossey leads this church and is pictured here along with his family.

 

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On Sunday afternoon we met with Jay Mariner, who is planting a church in the Brixton community of London. Brixton is very diverse community that is dominated by an afro-carribean community. Jay’s comes from an interesting background where he became a christian while serving time in prison.He and his wife have six children and plan on launching this new church in September of this year.

 

Please pray for Richard, Mark and Jay and their families has they serve in London”

Jun
15
by: SRC Church Planting

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A Challenging and Exciting Time at Trinity Rivertowns

Jim Kirk, from Trinity Rivertowns, in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York wrote us this:

 “I would be grateful for your prayers in a challenging and exciting season of ministry here at Trinity Rivertowns.

First, the challenge. We’ve gained a reputation in Rivertowns for caring deeply about the arts and for having a number of professional musicians in our church. For this reason, last year we were approached by a local arts organization to help them put on a “music tour” of the area, hosting and curating a site for the event. The event comes up in June with 150 artists participating at 24 different venues and folks from Trinity Rivertowns put together an incredible line-up. We saw this as a natural opportunity for us to love our community and contribute to it.

Unfortunately, one very vocal individual in the area does not believe that we should be welcome to participate because as a pastor I do not perform same-sex marriages. This is not something I had a reason to publicize, but in a short conversation last year this individual engaged me on the topic. Now he is orchestrating a social media campaign against us, attempting to organize a boycott, and threatening to protest at the event.

We’re thankful to have received the full support of the organizers of the music tour and we do not expect this person to have a negative impact on this wonderful community celebration. But please pray that we would have wisdom as we move forward and grace to respond in humility and love. I trust that God will use this experience to grow us all in the character of Christ, who “when they hurled insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made not threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed” (1 Peter 2:23-24).

Second, something exciting. Last Friday was one of the most encouraging days from in our entire journey of church planting as Linda and I gathered with a dozen adults (and a dozen kids upstairs) to launch Alpha Course in our home with a few other leaders from our church. Alpha is a short, practical introduction to the Christian faith with dinner, a talk on some aspect of the Christian faith, and conversation. More than half of of the group were non-Christians, folks who have been away from the church, or new believers and it would not have gone better. This Friday we gather again to discuss the question, “Who is Jesus?” and we expect a few more people to join us. In this setting, we are creating a space where others can voice their questions and consider for themselves what Christians believe. Please pray for this gathering and all who will attend.

If you are ever in the NYC area, please give us a call!

In Christ,

Jim Kirk

Apr
2
by: SRC Church Planting

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Prayer request from Nathan Riley and Hub City Church in Albany

Wanted to fill you and the SRC family in on some urgent news and prayer requests. This last week has been crazy, this last 12 hours even more so.

As you maybe knew, we launched Hub City Church back in January in an old grocery store that we were able to lease. It was a great spot, and after a lot of work it started to feel like home to us. Two weeks ago we were told to vacate because the owner had sold the building… Bummer. So we spent all last week packing moving, cleaning, etc. But God provided, and we were able to relocate to South Albany High School. This last Sunday was our first in this new venue and it was great! It was the most well attended gathering since our launch, and we loved it! As an added bonus, they allowed us to store all of our stuff on sight (no need to trailer anything!).
I awoke to a phone call at 5am this morning informing me that a 4-alarm fire had been reported at South Albany High School. The building was leveled and declared a total loss. And 100% of all that we own as a church (sound gear, instruments, kids stuff, hospitality, decor, etc) was completely destroyed in addition to the building where we were planning to host our Easter services.
We now have no gear, no venue, and no immediate plan, though we are working on all of this right now.
I wanted to send this email in hopes that you and the SRC family could hold us up in prayer. It’s been a trying season, and while we believe God is with us it is a rough time.

Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for the support and prayers.

Peace,
Nathan Riley
Lead Pastor, Hub City Church
Albany, Oregon

Mar
9
by: SRC Church Planting

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Great things are happening with our Eurasia Partners

Orphan Children Drawn Closer to God

01_VBS_ChurchWithoutWallsMembers of the local church organized a Christmas camp called Give Hope, for orphans at a local orphanage. This boarding school has 155 children, most of them (80%) are orphans with no relatives: children without parents or relatives in general (died, deprived of parental rights, etc.), and the rest 20% have only one of the guardians (only a father or a mother, or relatives) who for various reasons cannot provide for their children or take care of them.

Our Christmas project consisted of several parts. The first part of the project was a Vacation Bible School (VBS) itself and a final part was a concert with the presentation of gifts to the children.

Our team consisted of twenty three people. Fifteen members of the team were Christians from our church. The rest of the team was composed by volunteers: youth and teenagers who either did not know God, or had only a small knowledge of Him.

The main goal was to draw children closer to God, strengthening their knowledge about Jesus Christ. Also through this camp we wanted to show the orphans what real Christmas was, and how the birth of Jesus Christ affected the world, and in particular all of us.

Did we succeed? Absolutely!

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Orphans heard the Gospel, received a lot of positive emotions and at the end each one received a wonderful Christmas gift that was lovingly collected from the residents of the city. Christians have been able to get out of their comfort zone, serve society and respond to their needs. It was nice that eight unbelievers guys, who first visited as volunteers, they all became friends with the Christians of our church. Of these eight, seven young men began to attend small groups, Sunday services and other activities of our church. And just four days ago one girl from the team of volunteers repented. This is a victory! Serving God by participating in the needs of society, we sow the seed of the Gospel to unbelievers, and it brings a good result!

Thank you, friends, for your prayers and financial support of the Christmas VBS!  We together were able to make a Christmas celebration for orphans and show the love of God for these young children who most need it!

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Galina, a teacher in the orphanage:  “Thank you for the work that you do. It was nice to see a lot of smiles and happy faces here in the orphanage. These small gifts let children think that they are not alone in this world. This is a good project, and you do well. In this world, it seems that our orphans are forsaken by our state and our nation. On your arrival time goes differently. We begin to understand that we are not forgotten, and we are needed. And children become kinder and more open.”20_VBS_ChurchWithoutWalls

Feb
19
by: SRC Church Planting

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Vision 2020 Bethel Gospel Church Hyderabad, India

Pastor Sudakar has been partnering with Spanish River Church since 2010. Click on video below to see Pastor Sudakar discuss the impact of SRC, David Nicholas and how teaching the Bad News and Good News has had in Telanga State, India and his vision for the future.

Feb
11
by: SRC Church Planting

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News from Cuba

SRC Friends,
During my trip to Cuba in mid January, I had interesting conversations with leaders regarding US-Cuba relations. Read some brief descriptions of what we discovered in the newsletter below. (click on the link below)
 
Pray that God will continue to lead these leaders as new opportunities and possible threats affect their ministry.
 
Allen
 
J. Allen Thompson, PhD

Cuba Newsletter 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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