Thursday, May 22, 2008

3-2-1 LIFTOFF!!

Hello everyone,
Great week of ministry!!

People are starting to make CONNECTIONS!!

Lindale Assembly held a special Compassion Outreach Event this past Sunday. There were about 145 new families in attendance. This past Tuesday, I was able to distribute 66 visitor information cards and prayer request cards to those who have been trained for the CONNECTIONS MINISTRY. They will be making calls this week to follow up on the visitors and prospects from this event.

For clarification purposes, Visitors are identified as those who simply filled out a visitor form during the service. Some of them have requested specific information about the ministries of the church. Prospects are identified as those who responded to the altar call for salvation and rededication and also filled out a prayer card with specific needs. The indicators, visitor or prospect, are simply the options available in the software that we are using.

The volunteers are excited about making the calls. I will get their reports back this coming Sunday, and hopefully there will be many in attendance as a result of this follow up. They are planning a very special Memorial Day Tribute service for this Sunday.

I met with Alvin First Assembly for the second in the training series. They are beginning to really see the potential for winning souls in their community. Many of them had specific questions about how to share the Gospel and expressed a real eagerness to "do it right."
They are planning a special Children's Day Camp in June that will help us in meeting people in the community, and gathering information that we can follow up on. Memorial day is this weekend, so we will not be doing training this Sunday. I'll be back to continue the training on June 1.

I was able to conduct the morning service at Imperial Valley Assembly this past Sunday. The congregation's response was very encouraging to the pastor of the church. There were 17 in attendance Wednesday night for the first in the training series. "Very encouraging" is an understatement, since their Sunday morning attendance is approximately 25 - 30 at this time! They have committed to the next 4 weeks for training. By the middle of June, we will begin doing the actual home visits. God is really blessing the beginning of this effort. He has already sent several individuals and couples, who do not regularly attend this church, that have committed to helping them get starting in reaching out to the community. This is going to be interesting to watch.

Emerge Church has experienced a few setbacks in the past week, but they are determined to carry out what God has called them to do, in relation to planting a church in the south central part of Houston. We have not been able to have our first training session yet, but are hoping that things will come in line soon. It is all in God's timing. Not worried, but please pray that God will open clear doors and opportunities for them.

I will be ordering the supplies, Bibles, 3 Essentials Books, prayer cards and bags this week. We should receive the first order in a couple of weeks.

I am also working on getting all of the training materials together in a workbook format and audio CD's, so churches can have it for training in the future.

I've been able to add a link on our webpage for those who wish to donate toward the CONNECTIONS MINISTRY as well. You can check it out by clicking here.
Contributions are tax-deductible through our 501(c)3 ministry, Inner Cities for Jesus, Inc.

Looking forward to sharing more Good News next week.

Rev. Teddy Levron

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