Nicaragua - VSOM Day 7

Good Evening, saints!

“But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:9‬ ‭

This scripture has never been more alive to us than it has been this week. We have reached our 7th day of this trip and have truly given our all! Though we don't like to focus on the fact that we're hot, tired or even overwhelmed at times, the truth is that these things can't always be bypassed as we are human beings in a human body. Many of us today have been dealing with minor coughing and allergies due to the dust and air quality in the city. But the beautiful news is that he is sufficient in these times of weakness. 

Today started off as normal with our wonderful Nicaraguan breakfast followed by 3 children's programs where we danced, preached and testified of the goodness of Jesus. Dozens of kids chose to receive Christ today!

We ended today by ministering in a Sunday service!
#PalmSundayNicaragua Our AMAZING 3rd year intern, Kayln Schmidt brought a word about PRAISE!
She did a phenomenal job! VSOM was also able to minister in dance and song. Not only did we get to pray over the whole church and bless the pastor and his leadership. They prayed over us! The pastor told us that he has been contemplating starting up evangelistic teams in his church to go out and minister in the community. Today he said that after spending time with us on the streets and having us minister in his church that he feels the Lord saying "it's time to raise up that team!"

It's amazing the impact that we can have. We came to Nicaragua for one week, during this week we ministered in a church, a pastor felt led to start an evangelistic team, a team will be raised, and souls will be saved! To God be the glory!

 For the GREAT things he has done!!!


Love, Brenden!

 

Nicaragua - VSOM

Tonight's Nicaragua update comes from first year Nancy Kisling:

Yesterday was an amazing day of ministry. We did 3 programs for the kids and had the privilege of leading a church service and watching God move mightily in the lives of his people.

Today was our third full day of ministry here in Nicaragua, and it just gets more incredible everyday! We traveled a little further away from the camp than usual to do two programs with the local church. I have been consistently blown away by the joy and commitment of Kings Castle and the local churches to making sure that children all over Nicaragua have the opportunity to know Jesus. Being able to take part in this ministry and loving on the kids has been one of my favorite parts of the entire trip.

After we finished the programs we got to go souvenir shopping at the artisan market, then our team leaders (The King'a Castle staff) said they had a surprise for us...
They took us to a steakhouse for dinner, and it was delicious. (You should probably be jealous. Just kidding. But not really, because the food was really good!)

After yesterday's fully packed schedule, it was great to be able to spend time enjoying each other's company and growing closer as a team. Today was truly a great day and I cannot wait to see what tomorrow brings.
 
Thank you so much for your your prayers and support,

Nancy

VSOM - Nicaragua Day 5

Good Evening family,

It has yet again been another wonderful day here in Nicaragua! The Lord has truly placed his hand upon this trip. From the time we stepped onto the Managuan soil today there was a sense of his presence. 

We began today with a children's program. We drove over an hour to minister to the most adorable children in Managua. I personally had the privilege of being a clown... (I behaved as myself, of course) But everyone was able to reach out to specific children that the Lord placed in their hearts... what a special moment.

After a wonderful time of rest/lunch we continued with two additional services. In these services we had the honor of praying over children who are in need or are experiencing issues within the family. Also, many children received the Lord as their personal Lord and savior! #CELEBRATE

We ended this evening by joining together with the King's Castle ministry school students. I'm proud to say that we brought the River to Nicaragua!! #FirstFridayManagua

Not only did we get to minister by dance and song...  but Pastor Alexsey and Taylor Davidson brought a wonderful word about The Power of God. Wow! What a service! We had a fire tunnel and healing broke out, the name of Jesus was lifted high! 

Te doy gloria, Jesús!

Thank you all for your prayers!!

Can't wait to tell you wonderful stories in person! 

Brenden Lewis

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VSOM - Nicaragua Day 4

Hey everyone! This update was written by 2nd year student, Carly Sage:

Today was our first ministry day, and I am overwhelmed completely with the heart of Jesus. We did several "programs" in different areas of Managua. Programs mean that we get to invite kids to come and play with us, and then we dance and do skits with them, preach the gospel, and pray! We did three today and we got to see so many kids. Some of us dressed up like clowns, others played soccer, and we loved on them.
   
  Personally I thought that maybe the heat would get to me, or I would get sick, but not even losing luggage has made any difference in the spirit of this team. We love this city, and we love what the Lord is doing. We see Him around every corner, and we see Him in every face. The church was never meant to be American, it was meant to be everyONE. My heart is so full to see more of the church here in Nicaragua. God really loves Nicaragua.
   
  To end our day of Ministry today, we led a church service here in the city of Managua. Brenden led worship with Caleb and Juleah, Nina shared her testimony, we got to share a dance and a skit, and then pastor Joey and I preached the resurrection of Christ. We laid hands on everyone in their church and played with so many kids. Their church was beautiful.
     
   Thank you for all of your prayers and love at home. We can really feel your support! We love you all the way from Nicaragua!

VSOM - Nicaruagua Day 3

Good Evening folks!

What a wonderful time in the Lord we've had these last hours. Though we haven't actually begun our ministry to the people of Nicaragua, we have began to prepare our hearts and body's. Today we practiced our dances and learned many other dances and dramas that the Nationals taught us. It was truly a joy to worship with with fellow believers of other languages and of course another nation. :)

The food... Mercy!!! The food has been PHENOMENAL here. Don't be surprised if VSOM comes back a few pounds heavier! The rice soup at Panera has absolutely nothing on the rice and beans here! #GiveHimPraise

We are so thankful for the hearts of the people here to serve us as we serve them.

Today ended with us spending time with Jesus and pressing into his heart. Oh how I want to love people the same way Jesus loves them...

We are beyond excited to start street ministry tomorrow! We will be doing four kids programs/services tomorrow, as well as one adult service in the evening.

Church, please keep us in your prayers, we have seen several attacks so far but nothing with stop us from sharing the Love of the father.

 "Until Every tribe and tongue sings God's praise... send us out!"

Goodnight y'all!
Love you!!

Bren Lewis

VSOM - Nicaragua Day 2

Hey everyone! We are finally in Managua and here at the camp! Unfortunately our bags are still in Atlanta but we are making it work. We are headed to a WalMart first thing in the morning. Then we have our training day tomorrow where we will learn all the dances and dramas we will use the rest of our trip.

The students have been unbelievably calm and flexible! Please keep us in prayer!

Pastor Joey Yergan

Associate Pastor/Victory Christian Center
Director/Victory School of Ministry

VSOM in Nicaragua - Day 1

Hey everyone! Thanks for praying for us as we leave for Nicaragua with VSOM! We are so appreciative of those of you covering us in prayer!

We are off to a rocky start to the trip but everyone's in good spirits! Due to much confusion and delays we have been unable to leave Cleveland. Our flight was delayed 4 hours. Then once we finally boarded, we had to get off the plane due to electrical problems. Thankfully, Delta has given us vouchers for a hotel ...and food.

The plan is to arrive in Managua tomorrow night! The team has had an AMAZING attitude throughout despite all of the confusion and waiting. They are such heroes! Please continue praying for us that we have safe travels!!!

Joey Yergan

Associate Pastor/Victory Christian Center
Director/Victory School of Ministry

Nicaragua Team Last Update

Our Nicaragua team is home safely! We are so proud of them for the way they ministered there! Thank you so much to everyone who prayed for them while they were in Nicaragua! The following is the final update from their team leader, Mandy Diaz.

 

Hello everyone!

Although we are home safely and catching up on sleep, we left a part of our hearts in Nicaragua.

Words can not describe how we fell in love with this country and the people there.

 

From the time we got there till the day we left, there was a constant impacting of lives. Whether it was people on our team, the National team or the people of Nicaragua. I can honestly say that not only did we minister to the people of Nicaragua but we were able to lift the arms of the staff and leaders. Being able to serve and bless the staff and team was truly a blessing in itself

 

The evangelism team did 10 programs. We ministered at schools, villages and at a local hospital. Through the 10 programs we reached 1014 people, 145 salvations and prayed for 900 families with problems. We also helped at the camp painting the dorms and were able to finish 4 rooms and 2 hallways with some help from the construction team.

 

The construction team worked very hard on a steal building, painting the entry gate, the guards shack, building desks and shelves for the students. Although  we were not able to finish the steel building, we were able to leave the finances so they can hire the National Team to finish it this week.

 

I know we made Victory proud but most of all Jesus!

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Nicaragua Team Update #3

Exciting things are happening in Nicaragua! Thank you so much for the continued prayers as they are ministering this week. Here is yesterday's update from their team leader, Mandy Diaz.

The construction team is making wonderful progress on the steel building they are building. The evangelism team has put on 5 programs and prayed for many families.

We as Victory had the opportunity to bless the staff and the students today. They have been the most gracious hosts and we're beyond thankful to be served by them.

Continue to pray for us, Nicaragua is a special place that is ready to receive Jesus.

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Nicaragua Team Update #2

Our Nicaragua team is off to a great start! Please continue to lift them up in prayer as they minister to the people of Nicaragua! Here is yesterday's update from the Nicaragua team's leader, Mandy Diaz:

Hola!
We have only been here for 2 days and all I can say is wow! Holy Spirit is so evident in this ministry and the Castle Team is phenomenal.

Our work week hasn't started yet and we are already so blessed. Yesterday we started learning our program for the Evangelism team and were able to love on kids from the orphanage. The kids were so lovable, our time together was short but it blessed us immensely. They stole our hearts.


Today we went to Tipitapa for a Church Service. Dawn and Kenny were able to share each of their testimonies. The Pastor told us it was very impactful. We also had an opportunity to pray for the people that came forward after the service. It was a powerful time and His presence was so strong. The language barrier was not a factor because we prayed and Holy Spirit took care of the rest. Donielle also had a word for one of the ladies which gave the lady confirmation about a dream. Please continue to pray for us as we start our work day tomorrow. #impactingaculture #worldchangers

 

 

2017 Nicaragua Team is Leaving February 11th!

Please keep the Nicaragua team of 10 in your prayers as they are departing for Managua, Nicaragua. They will be serving under King's Castle Ministries alongside missionaries, Steve and Kim Sobey. They will be departing Saturday, February 11th and minister there until their return February 19th. They will be evangelizing to the people there as well as constructing a metal building that will be used for their ministry. 

Here is the team:

1st Row (Left to Right)  Laci May (Boardman), Donielle Fox (Boardman), Dawnielle Ballard (Liberty) and Mandy Diaz (Liberty) 2nd Row (Left to Right) Kenny Sigurani (Coitsville), Larry Pifer (Coitsville), Ed Rudolphi (Coitsville), Jason Stere (Coitsville) and Kevin Diaz (Liberty) Missing: Andy Diaz (Coitsville)   Stay posted for daily updates on what Holy Spirit does while our team ministers in Nicaragua!    

1st Row (Left to Right) 

Laci May (Boardman), Donielle Fox (Boardman), Dawnielle Ballard (Liberty) and Mandy Diaz (Liberty)

2nd Row (Left to Right)

Kenny Sigurani (Coitsville), Larry Pifer (Coitsville), Ed Rudolphi (Coitsville), Jason Stere (Coitsville) and Kevin Diaz (Liberty)

Missing: Andy Diaz (Coitsville)

 

Stay posted for daily updates on what Holy Spirit does while our team ministers in Nicaragua!

 

 

From Our Heart to Our Hand

We hear on the nightly news of the latest heartbreaking event that has taken place, and think to ourselves, "this world needs Jesus!" The choice of whether we shake our heads and feel overwhelmed by the issues, or partner with God in changing our world is entirely up to us. God's love has always been an action, but what does it look like to love like Him?

 

The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand (Matt 2:3) is something John the Baptist proclaimed as he prepared the way for Jesus to come. Many times we loose sight of this truth. As sons and daughters of God, the Kingdom of Heaven is truly at our hand to release in our world, and reveal Jesus. However, many times we feel overwhelmed by the world's issues, and that in the natural what is in our hand isn't enough. That's because it's not...

 

When the little boy gave Jesus his 5 loaves and 2 fish (John 6) he could have easily thought his portion was too small to make a dent in the issue and not offered it to Jesus. But, Jesus didn't ask the little boy to feed the masses, He asked him for what was in his hand! In the natural what was in the little boys hand wasn't enough, but when he was obedient and gave Jesus what was in his hand He made it more than enough.

Last Monday on Halloween night 5 homes from 4 different cities took the compassion in their heart for the people in the neighborhoods, and used what was in their hand to love over 570 total in their world. They were an incredible example of what it looks like to reach their world in a practical, yet powerful way. We celebrate what God did through their obedience, and look forward to what He continues to do through the rapport and relationships that were built!

What does your heart recognize is a need in your neighborhood or the world? We challenge you to ask God how He wants to use what is in your hand to change the issue. Give it to Him, even if you feel like it isn't enough. Let Him multiply what you have to make a true, lasting impact in someone's life. Let Him do big, supernatural things through you so all the world sees is Him; So He gets all the glory.

Scotland Update #5

Another beautiful and sunny day that the Lord has blessed us with in Scotland! Many have told us that this sunshine is very unusual, and without a doubt a blessing from God.

To start off our day, a small group went with Mike and successfully climbed Arthur's Seat, an over 800 ft., steep and rocky climb, to a breathtaking view of the city.

Natalie, Pam and Tim, then shared with a group of 35 or so high school students, about their experiences on the mission field around the world. During Tim's time of sharing, he had the kids close their eyes and imagine that they were riding a boat across the Amazon River, and just as the boat arrived in a small village on the other side, and he said, " Now open your eyes, and don't be alarmed", the fire alarm went off in the school!! We all had to exit the school, and wait for the "all clear" to go back in. We were happy to see that all of the students, and some extras, came back to hear the rest of the story. The leaders were very encouraged by this, because they said that the students didn't have to return if they didn't want to. A thought that Mike had about the timing of that fire alarm was, The Lord is sending the fire to Scotland!

Another group went to George Watson's private elementary school to work with the younger students. After Steve's strong man presentation, a 10 year old girl came up to him and said, "Sir, thank you so much for teaching me more about God". What an awesome way to end the presentation.

A third group went to All Saints Cafe to help serve breakfast/lunch, while interacting with all of those who entered. They also prayed for a man with medical issues.

In the afternoon we hand some free time to spend on the Royal Mile, shopping, walking, taking a tour of the Edinburgh Castle, St. Gile's Church, and enjoying a coffee or Chai tea at Starbucks. 

Thankful for another full day of sharing, fun, and a goodnight's sleep!

Pam Beebe

Scotland Update #4

The Lord moved in amazing ways today. Before we departed for the day, we were treated with a proper Scottish breakfast. After, our group was split into three teams. One to minister at the church cafe, and the other two we were sent into the schools. God opened up amazing doors yesterday and we felt the Holy Spirit working. We gave our testimonies and told the kids of what God had done in our lives. Steve did his "Strong Man," act, and the kids soaked up every second! In the evening, we hosted a youth cafe. Sonya, Natalie, Cassie, and Steve, all spoke what God laid on their hearts to share. It was a powerful night. People are being reached, and we can already see it. Thank you all for your continued prayers. You're also making a difference in this country. 

Cassie Sage

The team is doing great. We did 6 school groups on Tuesday - primary and high school. Steve the"redneck"  has been a hit with the young and old alike. 

Sonya led a song with motions which the kids loved. Gwen interacted with the kids doing crafts. We ended the day at All Nations Church at an informal cafe meeting where Nattalie led. Everyone is tired and stretched but I believe Holy Spirit is pleased.  Bill

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Scotland Update #3

Today was a school holiday here in Scotland. So this was our "free day".

We went to the Scotland parliament for a tour and met at the end in a conference room for prayer. We spent the afternoon by the North Sea shore in North Berwick and ate some great fish & chips. Some climbed a wee hill (614 feet) and others enjoyed some small town shopping.

The evening was a team work session in preparation for 5 school sessions tomorrow. At 10 pm  several of our team went to the city center at 10pm for an outreach.

Pray for the team today as we form 3 sub-teams for out reaches in primary and high schools, neighbor hoods, and an evening youth cafe. 

Our Scotland team has safely arrived in Edinburgh, and is already ministering!

Our good,good father

  Sunday was an awesome day, we started with fellowship and singing to OUR GOOD GOOD FATHER. That was the theme for the day and it was amazing that everywhere we went these were the words spoken. Our first service was at all Nations, a neighborhood church that truly has people of all nations. Steve entertained them while telling of God's love, all were amazed by his strength, and touched by his heart.

   Our next service was at Bridge Family Church, a small but growing church as prophesied by Steve and the pastor. It is truly amazing to me at the unlikely places you will find a church here in Scotland, when there are so many empty church buildings. It has been prophesied that there will be a move of God in Scotland, and it will be the youth that will lead it, which leads to our next service.

   We went to Elim Church in Morningside District. We ministered to the youth, Steve sat and encouraged and ministered to the youth, he has a heart that is bigger then he is. Cassie gave her testimony about The Father and her father, how God works! Then Natalie sat and took us to The Lord, such a gentle, loving and fierce heart she has. Once again it is the younger generation leading us to God and showing us the way. 

   I am so very excited about the rest of this trip and what God has for us and this country.  

 JoAnne Bolinger

 

Off to Edinburgh!

Tomorrow at 1pm our Scotland team will be leaving for Scotland to work with Message of Hope. They will be ministering in several schools, ministering on the streets, and in a couple of churches. Please keep them in prayer during this time as we believe for revival and awakening in the land BACK to the heart of God. He's the desire of the nations, and we are so excited to send this team to reveal Jesus through both spiritual and practical ways.

L-R: JoAnne Bolinger, Sonya Garcia, Pastor Natalie Haines, Tim Beebe, Pam Beebe, Steve McGrenahan, Cassie Sage, Cecelia Burns (Poland New Life), Sue Fredell, and Elder Bill Fredell. Missing: Gwen McCool

L-R: JoAnne Bolinger, Sonya Garcia, Pastor Natalie Haines, Tim Beebe, Pam Beebe, Steve McGrenahan, Cassie Sage, Cecelia Burns (Poland New Life), Sue Fredell, and Elder Bill Fredell. Missing: Gwen McCool

Stay posted for daily updates on what Holy Spirit does during their time there!

This Past Weekend for Victory Compassion Ministries...

You know you live a rich life when it takes an entire hand to count all of the events happening in a single day that are all connected in some way for the sake of the Kingdom!

Victory Compassion Ministries was blessed to be a part many wonderful events around our city. Here are a few we want to highlight...

We had our Compassion 5K event at Roosevelt Park bright and early Saturday morning. There were many people and families who came out and it was truly a wonderful time! We are so very thankful to all of our sponsors! Especially Trolio's for being our timing service, and donating all of our T-shirts and medals, and Chick-fil-A for donating delicious sandwiches! We also would like to thank our incredible volunteers. Steve and Maria Hoffmaster putting in countless hours of canvassing, donated water, granola bars, and apples, and putting together several lovely baskets for our drawing! Alyssa Jones organized all our registrations, Suzie Dobson went above and beyond to take care of tables, Danny Yergan got the sounds system, and the list goes on! To all of our volunteers (Danielle Vitto, Alisha Hetherington, Mark & Alan Summers, Jennifer Miller, Joelle Johnson, Maranda Fordley, & Nicole Bone) thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all you did to help make this day a success! We couldn't have done it without each of you!

Another event that took place Saturday afternoon was the Lincoln Knolls Better Block that our friends at the YNDC hosted right down the road from our community center. The Linc busted out the Victory Kids bounce house and set up a cookie decorating table for the kids! The whole afternoon was full of life! It was truly such a pleasure to get to meet more people in the community we love so very much. A huge thanks to Derrick McDowell, Amanda Prentice, and Phil Macri for representing the Linc at this event and revealing Jesus to all who came!