This past Sunday, Antioch Cape Town had their first Sunday gathering, and it could not have gone better. Antioch Cape Town has been in the process of launching a church with the intention of training and sending out South Africans all over the world. Senior pastors Jason and Ashley Kennedy were married in 2004 and wanted to plant churches all over Africa, but felt like Jesus asked them to stay and faithfully start churches in America. They worked for Antioch Ministries International and stayed in the U.S. for 10 years working with three different church plants. Ashley had been dreaming of planting a church in South Africa since she was a young girl. At World Mandate in 2000, Jason had an encounter with God that would also create a desire to see the nation of South Africa reached for the Gospel.
The dreams Ashley had and the words from God Jason heard began to come to pass when the Kennedy’s moved to Cape Town in June of 2013. Since then, they have had many team members join them to reach students at the University of Cape Town and young professionals in the surrounding area. It has been amazing to see the way Jesus has begun His church, and the team is expectant for what is to come. They are believing for students and young people to be transformed by the love of Jesus and get sent out to start churches across the earth.
Thanks for praying for the team in Cape Town, God is on the move!
Antioch Cape Town pastors welcome guests at their first Sunday service
Cape Town staff waits excitedly for guests to arrive
Staff members ready to greet guests and facilitate the first service
Team members welcome college students to the Sunday service
Team members pray for guests during the service
Antioch members lead a powerful time of worship
Antioch Cape Town team on the university campus
Each year, Antioch Discipleship School students take week-long trips to church plants around the country to encourage the churches and reach out in their cities.
This year, the 70+ students from the school were divided into five groups and sent around the country.
This group of students got to jump in with the Lawrence church the week of their second church service. They spent their afternoons reaching out on the KU campus and around the city in the evenings. One evening, they went to get some ice cream, and a few of them started talking to a group of freshman girls. That morning, someone on the team felt like God gave them a picture of a crescent moon. One of the girls was wearing a shirt that said “Crescent Moon” in large letters. They shared this with the girl, and she was encouraged and eager to meet up again. After meeting with one of the Waco team members several times, she came to church, stayed late to help and got connected to a leader from Lawrence.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Antioch A2 is a second-generation church plant, sent out just two months ago by Antioch Dallas to reach out to students at the university campuses and the greater Detroit area. In partnering with the Ann Arbor team, the students’ simple goal was to “make friends for the church.” While there, they had the first two college Lifegroup meetings and gathered contact information for many people who were interested in the church as they boldly reached out and shared the Gospel.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Thirteen students road-tripped down to Baton Rouge to partner with Antioch BR. The church there started their discipleship school this year with eight students, so the Waco students got to spend a lot of time with them – building relationships and reaching out on LSU campus together. They were amazed at the warmth and openness of the students on campus who were eager to be prayed for and encouraged!
The students who went to Norman were so encouraged by the culture of freedom and passion of the church there! The church provides rides to Walmart each week for the many international students at OU that are without transportation. Three of the students from Waco were telling people about this service when they met a girl from South Africa who invited them into her home. After talking to her for a while, she opened up and shared with them her birthday had been the day before, but no one had remembered. The students then bought her a cake, celebrated her and encouraged her with the love of God.
This team of students loved getting to partner with this church plant from Boston. While there, they reached out to students at ASU, which has almost 75,000 students. One afternoon, two of the girls walked around campus with signs reading “need some encouragement?” and “want a compliment?” hoping to start some conversations. They stopped to talk to one guy who said he could use some encouragement. They prayed and asked God to speak to him, and he felt like God told him how to save his marriage. After sharing more with him, he decided to give his life to Jesus! That night, he brought his wife to the college service, and she gave her life to Jesus as well.
Want to have a week like this? Get more information on Antioch Discipleship School.
Thank you to everyone for helping make the Your No Is Her Hope petition a huge success! Read the letter below from UnBound’s National Director, Susan Peters:
Wow! Thank you, Church, for helping spread the word about the Your No Is Her Hope petition. Since we launched the petition at World Mandate, more than 8,000 people have signed.
We are constantly amazed at what God is doing in and through UnBound, and are humbled to be a part of it. It was amazing to see thousands of people respond and take up the cause at World Mandate, and we know He has something big planned as we all continue to raise awareness.
Next, we will take the petition to Congressman Bill Flores (R-TX 17th District) to let him know this is something people in his district and throughout the United States care about. Please pray this will be the start of some important conversations that will move us forward in the fight against sex trafficking.
As our initial push is over, it is imperative for each of us to continue carrying this understanding of the connection between sex trafficking and pornography. People need to know that when we choose pornography, we choose to allow and encourage the abuse of women and children exploited through the pornographic industry. And as long as we stay silent and allow pornography to run wild, we keep the primary gateway to sex trafficking open.
The online petition is still available, and we encourage you to keep asking people to sign. May this be something we talk about as believers – holding each other accountable, praying for breakthrough and believing that we serve a God who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think.
In His grace,
Find out more about Your No Is Her Hope and access the petition and other helpful resources.
To learn more about UnBound, visit UnBoundNow.org.
This morning at World Mandate, Antioch senior pastor Jimmy Seibert shared powerfully, inviting us to say “no” and step into the inheritance and freedom that is ours in Jesus.
“When we say no to sexual immorality and specifically pornography, we begin the process of ending human trafficking.” – Jimmy Seibert
It’s time to do something now.
1. Sign – urge our government to tighten restrictions on pornography. Add your name to the petition.
2. Share – Everyone needs to know the connection between pornography and human trafficking. Help get the word out and share this video with your friends and followers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: http://antio.ch/herhope
3. Say No – If you struggle with pornography, it’s time to get out.
- Get real. Confess everything to someone you trust. Create a game plan for freedom.
- Get accountable. Talk about when it started, why you do it, what needs to change.
- Get community. Join a small group of others fighting the same struggle.
- Get filters. Install online accountability. (x3watch.com and covenanteyes.com)
Dear Antioch Family and Friends,
It has been a few weeks since I have seen you face-to-face, and I really do miss being with you. I wanted to give you an update of my most recent travels and all that God is doing in our movement.
A few weeks ago, I traveled to Mongolia to celebrate the twenty years our team has spent there. There are now upwards of 3,000 people meeting all over Mongolia out of our movement. Recently, our long term workers, along with our college team and Serve team, started a new church for college students and young professionals in the middle of the capitol city. What an incredible work God has already done over the last two months! More than 200 people are gathering there now, worshipping Jesus and being transformed by the grace of God. Mongolia is now the second fastest growing economy in the world. God is at work in every way in that country and our team gets to be a part of shaping its future for the glory of God.
From Mongolia I flew to Utah, where we gathered with 350 of our leaders and staff from our 25 U.S. churches. I am so encouraged that God has called us not only the unreached of the nations, but the unreached of our own nation as well. The stories of people being saved and lives being transformed continue to pour in. One of the most encouraging things about our time there was that I did not know half of the people. The new leaders being raised up and added to our work in the United States makes me so expectant for and excited about the future.
Our travels concluded after Laura and I had the privilege of speaking together at a conference outside of Frankfurt, Germany to a group called the “Greater European Mission.” The Greater European Mission has been around for 60 years, starting Bible schools and church planting throughout Europe. We met with more than 500 workers from around Europe. Their stories of what God is doing there would blow you away! God is moving in Europe like they have not seen in years. I also had the privilege of speaking alongside Dr. Crawford Loritts, the Senior Pastor of Fellowship Bible Church and a leader in Campus Crusades and Promise Keepers. I look forward to continuing our friendship with them as we all work together to see the name of Jesus high and lifted up.
Wherever I go I see people who are hungry for Jesus. It gives me great hope that Isaiah 60 will come to pass in our lifetime. I am looking forward to being back in the pulpit this Sunday, and on August 25th I’ll begin a series on Romans. I can’t wait to see you again, face-to-face!
In His strength and love,