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Santa Cruz, Bolivia Meeting Report

Sunday, July 2, 2017 Evening Meeting

Tonight Bro. Patrick O’Shea, Sr. preached a wonderful message on Your Soul.

First he shared a part of his testimony with us.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, United States of America: When 13 I told my mother that every black person needed to be killed, and I wanted to be the one to kill them. Father was alcoholic and died when I was 15. I was full of hate. Later I got married and had a son, Patrick, Jr. God dealt with me on what it is to be a father with my son following me.

I knew two black men who lived different lives than anyone else. I had never had a black person in my house but I got so desperate for a better life that I went to them and asked them to come to my house. Before I went home I asked them how I could be saved. That night I got saved! My family didn’t like it, I wasn’t invited to their homes and gatherings anymore, and my father-in-law came after me physically. The time I got saved was shortly after my son got baptized in the Catholic Church and shortly after we left Catholicism. The Lord put us in a congregation in Chicago of about 400 people and we were the only white family there. The devil was trying to discourage me with everything I had said before and by thoughts of what people would think of me, but the Lord told me that evening, “I only see souls.” I realized my boy Patrick, Jr. had a soul and how I lived that’s probably how he would live.

You will never find satisfaction in life until your soul has returned to God. Your soul is valuable. Children are a treasure more then you could ever imagine. I labored hard for the salvation of my children.

“Your soul is continually in your hand.” You make decisions that have eternal consequences. Your greatest duty in life is that you care for your soul. What you possess in this life is meaningless compared to your soul.

Ezekiel 18:4 Your soul belongs to God, not to you. You will lose your soul by doing nothing.

I have 7 children and they are all saved; 2 are apostles, 2 are ministers, and the others are missionaries.

The devil had no right to your soul.

Matthew 16:26 Guard your soul. You need to be as spiritual as you can be. What will you give in exchange for your soul?

Sunday, July 2, 2017 Morning Meeting

Bro. Jacob Braun preached an excellent message on Unity.

Ezekiel 1:6,9, 12, 13

Our glorious times are just a foretaste of heaven. The Lord has bound us together, that’s why we have the fire. The unity ought to be more important than your small feelings. The unity is more important to me than myself.

Ezekiel 37:16-17, 21-22 Your name, language, and color doesn’t matter, what matters is that we are joined in one as these two sticks were.

Are you as one with the children of God as Jesus was with the Father?

Ephesians 4:2, 3

When others don’t show you love then you show them love.

Your battles are my battles, and your victories and my victories. We need to be thoughtful one of another. You need others people to be different than you.

Hebrews 10:24

Romans 12:10, 15

Often people that are critical are hiding something themselves. We need to say words that edify, not tear down.

Saturday, July 1, 2017 Evening Meeting

Bro. Isaac Thiessen preached an amazing message on The Spirit of Truth.

Zechariah 4:3-6

It’s better to have the truth with no feelings than to have feelings with no truth. There are bad spirits that can make people feel good. It’s very important when some spirit speaks to you that you check it with the Bible.

John 4:24 You cannot pray to the Holy Spirit outside of the truth. People connect the Spirit with their own feelings, their own thoughts, and their own dreams.

John 14:17-18; 15:26-27 When you overcome you give testimony of Jesus.

John 16:13 The Holy Spirit will never say anything outside of the Word of God. Feelings don’t mean that you have the Holy Spirit. If you want to see the Holy Spirit you have to see the unity of the ministry.

Revelation 12:1

2 Peter 1:19

Zechariah 14:7 says “…at evening time it shall be light.” We can say, that what we have is what Zechariah wrote about.

Acts 4:31, 32 If you have the spirit of God you won’t have a critical spirit.

Daniel 5:12

It’s the anointing that teaches us.

Towards the end of the message Bro. Isaac asked Bro. Patrick Sr. if he had something to say. Bro. Patrick Sr. started talking about the tower of Babel how the Lord disturbed their language so they couldn’t understand each other because they didn’t want to do the right. But on the day of Pentecost they could all understand one another. A sign of the Holy Spirit is if many people are together and they all understand one another.

What signs and wonders we have!

Saturday, July 1, 2017 Morning Meeting

Sis. Melissa Perez preached a message this morning on At the Feet of the Apostles.

Acts 2:40-43

Acts 4:31-35

The faith of these brethren had received visibility. They found themselves connected with the scriptures. By the fruit of the congregation you can see if the prophet is real. These brethren had a daily communication and that’s what moved the people who saw them. You don’t need to only bring your good things to the apostles, but they are ready to hear your troubles too.

Ephesians 4:11-13

None of us has an excuse not to do well, we have apostles and prophets. You are safe at the feet of the apostles.

After service we had baptism!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Tonight we had about 48 visitors. Quite a number of visitors were from a ranch about an hour away from us, a pastor with most of his members came.

Bro. Patrick O’Shea Sr. preached a very serious message on The Judgment Day.

Preachers are cruel if they don’t tell you of the judgment to come. Sin will bring you to hell. The fear of hell is an excellent means to keep you from hell.

Revelation 20:11-13

God has a book of your life, there is nothing secret in your life from Him. Sin has a rippling effect. You’re worse than the devil if you’re not trembling. No one is going to heaven by chance. You need to watch how you walk. How many people have you led into sin? You need to examine yourself. You need more fear of God. You have any problems? You better do something now, you don’t want to bring the problem to God in the judgment. God is looking at what motivates you to do what you’re doing. What is the reason you are living?

You don’t want to be around weak preaching.

Psalm 76:7

It’s time to be your spiritual best!

After service we all ate together yet and visited with the saints and visitors.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Thursday evening Bro. Jacob Braun preached a much needed message on, Your Present Moment.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-4, 8

Every moment is important in God’s eyes.

Philippians 3:13-14

Paul was very useful because he lived in his present moment. Most people live in their past or in their future, but your most important time is your present moment. The devil doesn’t care if you say you want to be spiritual “one day”.

2 Corinthians 6:1, 2

If your life has been messed up it can be fixed today. If you want to be closer to God you can get closer to Him today. Some people say they can’t do well because of their past, but they need to do something now. I don’t want to come to my death bed and see all the opportunities I missed in the past.

Revelation 10:1

We can rejoice in what God had done in the past, but He is doing that now again in our time. Be like children, they are always concerned about the present.

NOW is the time to pray, to bear a soul burden, and to be on fire for God!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Tonight Bro. Isaac Thiessen preached a wonderful message on Loving Yourself. 2 Tim. 3:1-5

A selfish life is a hard life.

Matthew 16:24-26

A real Christian is willing to go through some things.

Luke 23:34, 35

Galatians 2:20

Revelation 9:6

2 Kings 4:31-34 Elisha had more life than the little boy had death.

2 Kings 13:21

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Tuesday morning and afternoon we were in Santa Cruz, which is about 2 to 2 ½ hours away from the colony where we have services. We packed basically everyone into vehicles and a bus that we rented, and went to town for street meeting, to take our services to the streets. We got to town and we started setting up the sound system. As we were preparing, people had already started gathering to see what we were doing there. Then, as we started singing, more and more people gathered and listened.

Some of the brethren had wonderful testimonies of salvation and how the Lord fully delivers. Bro. Patrick O’Shea, Sr., Bro. Jacob Braun, Bro. Isaac Thiessen, and Bro. John Hildebrandt preached to the people in English, German, and Spanish, and begged the souls to consider their ways and stand right with God. Some people seemed to be against it very much and yet they stayed and listened. Let’s continue to pray for the seed that was sown, that it could grow and bring forth much fruit

Monday, June 26, 2017

We are thrilled that the time of our meeting here in Bolivia has finally arrived!

The Lord abundantly blessed our service tonight as congregational songs were sung and some of the saints testified of how wonderful salvation really is.

Bro. Patrick O’Shea, Sr. preached an amazing message on Man, in God’s Image.

Genesis 1:26. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…

God took special care to make man because he was to be in God’s Image, and have God’s reflection. We are supposed to be a looking glass so that when people look into our lives they see God. Man lost the reflection of God and became the reflection of the devil. You’re gonna have to be in God’s image to make it to heaven. We have to know what the image of God is. How can we be the image of something if we don’t know what the image is?

Scripture teaches that you become what you worship. Psalms 115:4-8 says, “Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: they have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: they have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat. They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.”

Romans 1:21 Men take great efforts to try to erase God out of their minds.

Preachers who don’t show you the real image of God make Him look weak.

What is your God like? Who is he like? Is he your strength, your power, and your might?

2 Corinthians 3:18 The veil is taken away, the Lord is revealing Himself to us, and changing us into His own image.

2 Corinthians 4:6-7

You are bound to manifest what you believe and to make known the secret of your life as far as possible.”

Every time you see God you’ll change.

We had about 16-20 visitors.

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