Report: 2012 Global Leadership Conference – Chosen
Greetings from Los Angeles! What an incredible Global Leadership Conference, entitled, CHOSEN – Spiritual Leadership In The Days Of The Judges! A total of 876 were registered for this momentous event from all around the world! So encouraging have been the reports of radical decisions taken by so many that participated! Sunday’s Worship Service with an attendance approaching 1,400 was highlighted by two baptisms, two restorations, and four place memberships – which included Oleg & Aliona Sirotkin from Kiev, who have moved to LA to begin training to lead the Moscow Mission Team in 2014! To close the service, we all fell on our knees as the Spirit sent-off five mission teams: Boston, Mexico City, Orlando, Paris and San Francisco!
Also, of historic importance were the appointments of: Ricky & Coleen Challinor – Evangelist & Women’s Ministry Leader; Aurora Gonzalez – Women’s Ministry Leader; Jeremy Ciaramella – Evangelist; and Tracy Harding – Women’s Ministry Leader! Equally exciting were the reinstatements of Lou Jack & Cathi Martinez – Evangelist & Women’s Ministry Leader; and Theresa Broom – Women’s Ministry Leader. And so moving was Andrew Smellie’s appointment as only the second Missions Evangelist in the SoldOut Movement!
Of special note during the conference: While talking on the phone to Tim Kernan, Blaise Feumba and Amadou Sountoura (all French speakers), Micky – a leader in our former fellowship from French-speaking Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo – made the decision to join God’s SoldOut Movement! He leads 130 disciples and all want to join as well! Tim (of Paris), Blaise (of London) and Amadou (of Abidjan) will be traveling to Kinshasa in two weeks, to facilitate Micky’s group uniting with our present Kinshasa Remnant Group led courageously by Lola Lof.
Also, at the Global Leadership Conference, it was announced that the Spirit has begun a new remnant group in Bangladesh, a Muslim nation with 165,000,000 lost souls! In addition, it was confirmed today that we now have new remnant groups in Alakanuk, Alaska and Manila, Philippines! The Alaska Church will be led by Jim & Deana Blowe, and discipled by the Challinors in Portland!
The Manila Remnant Group has formed because a very brave sister, Gina Dela Peña (a former Women’s Ministry Leader), refused to back down on her convictions about the Lordship of Jesus and her agreement with the Scriptural stands of the SoldOut Movement, and so she was painfully “disfellowshipped” today. I encouraged her to “leap for joy” at Jesus’ words, “Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their fathers treated the prophets!” (Luke 6:22-23) Let’s pray that like the judges, whom we studied at the GLC – Ehud, Gideon, Samuel and Deborah – our dear sister’s courage rallies others to God’s movement!
Throughout the conference, there were workshops and special presentations centered on honoring God through excellence in our outreach to the poor and needy – MERCY, Songleading, Administration, and our Global Internet Ministry!
Heart-felt thanks goes out to Tim Kernan – the Director of the 2011 and 2012 GLC’s – and all the others that made this year’s GLC one of our very best! For 2013 and 2014, Chris Broom will serve in this capacity!