ICOM Graduation Class 2009ICOM SusanSeptember 6, 2009

The day was full with Dr. Eduardo Gonzalez speaking in Tyler to a full house crowd at the Church of Living Hope. He shared how we ask God for guidance on the important things but that we need to ask Him in everything. MVC-206SMVC-212SMVC-193S
The Graduation was filled with anticipation as we gave 44 rewards at various levels including the Bachelor of Theological Studies and the Masters of Theological Studies. Monday is the Labor Day Blast and the next week another chapter of the International College of Missions begins.MVC-191S

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Breakthrough Conference Day Three

Breakthrough Conference Day Three

Conference Feedback!

“Rick and I were there as well and we were so blessed to hear the zambian vocal group. They made the evening so much fun. I love that they interacted with everyone by trying to teach us how to sing in Zooloo. I can’s even spell it. It was such a blessing to meet other missionaries from all over the world and to know that they all had come together at this one place to fellowship and to worship God.

Praise God for Calvary Commission, the vision God has put in their heart to reach the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
This ministry is truely His hand and His feet.”

Saturday Report

The morning session opened with a report from Veteran Missionary Edward Mauricio. He spoke of the new tribal leaders that have been raised up and have taken over the reigns and have a vision for expansion in the tribal areas. With the new leaders taking the reigns over from where Edward once labored, he is now able to reach out into new areas and to meet new Pastors who are co-laborers in the harvest. Edward showed a video presentation of the new leaders and the fruits of their labor. There is an excitement of growth and of raising and training up new ministers

Colin Hurt expounded upon his first message of the Kingdom Word and how this is used in expanding the Kingdom and stepped into the message today of Kingdom Works. His text came out of Matthew 4 and as Jesus preached and taught the Kingdom Word, the result of this was signs and wonders following and that He had healed them all. He also shared that in order for us to be effective in true Kingdom expansion we need to have an intimacy with the Father to know the Father’s will. In John 14:12, “Jesus said, verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also and greater works than these shall he do because I go unto the Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it.” Pastor Hurt emphasized that we can be assured that God will answer the prayer because it has been revealed to be His will. It is again out of the intimacy with the Father. It is then when the Father reveals His will to the Son. Revelation of HIS Kingdom works will only result from the intimacy with Father. In His presence God reveals His vision.

The evening session also held a special event with the ordination of James Mbewe, Richard Jones, Alejando Blanco, Joel Olvera Trejo, and Maria Antonieta S. De Olvera. These are faithful stewards who received their Ministerial Credentials.

Brother James Walker shared on the importance of not compromising into the world and by sticking to our convictions. He says we need to be different and not allow ourselves to apologize for the Gospel. We need to be able to speak the truth but always be able to do it with love.

Eduardo Gonzalez spoke from the text of Isaiah 64, for it was just a small group of people crying out for the nation that changed God’s heart and response to their sins. He said that all the Heavens and the universe could not contain God and yet the people had built a temple for him to dwell in. He went on to share that God is looking to dwell in a humble and contrite heart and those who tremble at God’s Word. He had shared that a whole nation could be saved in “one day”. God was taking him to another level of dependence and commitment to see the great change that the Lord wants to do for Cuba. The Lord gave him a Word in Jeremiah 31:16 and the essence of that scripture is that “my life belongs to God”. The service was ended with a congregational cry of repentance for our country-for Cuba, For Mexico, and for all the nations.
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Breakthrough Conference Day Two

From Missionaries Elvin and Lesley,

Greetings from Liverpool, England –

Lesley and I were impacted powerfully by Calvary Commissions Breakthrough conferences in the 90’s and they are the main reason we have worked in prisons and inner cities in Europe for the past 9 years.

We are heading back to the Balkans at the first of the week and will be believing that your prayers will take us to those that need help and hope in the coming year.

God Bless – Elvin, Lesley,Ethan & Grace

Breakthrough Conference Day Two

The morning session opened with a powerful testimony from The Refuge Church of Lima Peru with Chrissy Ferguson sharing the excitement of the growth of the children’s Church ministry there in Lima. They were very thankful for all the school supplies, the clothing and the other physical needs that were met by various donating Churches and God’s people. They were able to help many single mom families of the Church and also help children get back to school with supplies.

Valerie Rivera also gave a report of the growth of the Church body there in Lima Peru. She also preached a strong Word from the second chapter of Acts. She preached from the standpoint that the Church of Acts is our model for the Church today. She stressed that the same attributes of steadfastness, unity, love, and fellowship were key ingredients for a healthy Church to be effective in God’s hands. She stated that a true disciple should be seen by serving the Lord with gladness and singleness of heart. There should be true fellowship with God first and then with others and this would lead to true fellowship with the Spiritual family. It was an awesome blessing to see the celebration of the 5 year anniversary that the Church experienced this year and also the expectancy of growth and community impact in the next 5 years.

Pastor Alejandro Blanco shared a powerful message of how God’s mercy and love delivered the van load of youth from certain death. Even in the midst of this great tragedy they experienced even a greater depth of God’s love, healing, and faithfulness. From the very first hour of the accident, there was a continual report of miracles and God’s hand of help being shown through the Church body. There was a greater revelation to all the van riders that God truly has a purpose and a destiny for their lives. He again shared the great need for married workers to be house parents for the children at the Josiah and Bethany Children’s home. There is a real need for helpers to come and be able to spend the much needed time to help raise the children.

The entire audience then walked outside to the groundbreaking for the new Student Life Center Building. It was a literal ground breaking with a dozier driven by a ministry friend, Leo Renterias, who has pledged to prepare the site for the new building. As he started the motor, we lifted up praise to the Lord who will supply the need for the completion. The steel building is on order and Mike Adams has committed to pour the foundation. We have to get the plumbing and pad ready in the next few weeks.

Dr. Joe Fauss and Tina Hill presented an exciting new building project that is taking place at The Refuge in Elkhart, Texas. Frank Graham, from the Chapel of Hope Ministries, is working alongside of Calvary Commission to erect a multi-purpose dormitory, retreat, and education center. This is a giant step forward to help expand the bed space available for The Refuge and also provide an opportunity for spin-off retreats and ministries.

The Zambian Vocal Group presented and enjoyable concert that focused solely on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The audience responded with fervency in their interaction and was an enjoyable time for all. One of the highlights was to be able to see Marty Thomas, Dr. Joe Fauss, and Glenn Clark with the best of their abilities try to dance alongside the Zambian Vocal Group. The night was closed with an acapello worship song to the Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world.

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Breakthrough Conference Day One

Conference Day 1September 3, 2009

Conference Day 1 TwoConference Day One ThreeThe first morning of the Breakthrough Conference 2009 opened up with a packed house and hearts expecting and the Holy Spirit pouring out in the Worship service. Doctor Eduardo Gonzalez gave a report of the Cuban Church even as they struggle with major difficulties, God is giving them victory.

Pastor Colin Hurt spoke on expanding the kingdom and proclaiming the Kingdom Word of repentance towards God and faith in Christ Jesus. He shared on the Beatitudes of Matthew 5 and that the Church body should not be just proclaiming the Beatitude in words only, but be living them out in their daily lives.

The afternoon session opened up with anointed and fervent Worship and brother James Mbewe, Calvary Commission’s missionary to Zambia, gave a report on the Zambia Vocal Group Academy and of the latest missionary outreach to Zambia 2009.

Missionary Glenn Clark gave a report of the countries that he ministered in this year, including Kenya, the Congo, Zambia, Lima Peru, Cuba and Reynosa Mexico. He shared the passion of how God changed him from being a full-time contractor into a full time missionary contractor for Jesus. His message spoke on the encouragement of getting out of the boat. It admonished the Church to take their eyes off of the storms of life and place their eyes back upon Jesus as He bids them to come to step on the waters of faith and to fully surrender and submit to the calling of God in their lives.

The opening report of the ministry work in the prisons of Belize was shared by Jeff Nickell. It is very exciting to see the work and the expansion of Aftercare Ministry being offered for men released from prison. Jeff also shared his heart of a 50 acre piece of property that he believes God is ordaining for future discipleship of men released from prison. Jeff also shared that it has been over 20 years since he has been released from prison and has been in ministry faithfully sharing God’s love to prisoners in Belize.

Dr Eduardo Gonzalez, Pastor from Cuba, brought a message that charged the congregation that it is not time to stop running. He shared the message of not being content on where we are at, and as the Apostle Paul shared, “The one thing I do is to not look behind, but to press on to the high calling that is in Christ Jesus.” He says that today is the day of Salvation. Time is short. There is no time to waste. We must keep moving forward. We must make every effort to continue to spread the Gospel. One must keep their sight on Christ. We must exert every muscle, and in this race we must abide by the rules. There is no time to slow down or to be content with where we are at. We must finish strong.

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