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World Mandate 2018 Testimonies

It has been a couple of weeks since World Mandate 2018, but we’re still amazed at all God did! People encountered God like never before, and our faith was stirred time and time again by the worship and teachings. Check out some testimonies from some of our sites of the way God moved throughout the weekend:

FORT COLLINS //

  • “God used World Mandate to bring breakthrough in my life! I experienced freedom from decades of emotional trauma I had previously experienced.”

RALEIGH // 

  • “In Raleigh, God used World Mandate to lead people to fresh encounters. I am convinced my worship will never be the same after this conference.”
  • “I was experiencing back and leg pain. A few people gathered around and prayed for me, and the pain went away completely!”

ORLANDO // 

  • “God used World Mandate to ignite fresh passion for the nations in Orlando! Through existing ministry connections, we are planning a mission trip to Sweden this upcoming summer. After we announced the trip and shared vision 120 people immediately signed up to go.”
  • “I was born in Brazil and then my family moved to the U.S. when I was four-years old. We have been in a waiting game for citizenship with immigration for more than 20 years. By God’s grace, we fit in to a certain law that allows us to work and go to school lawfully. Prior to this, we suffered constant humiliation and discrimination for not having documents. Sport teammates would literally run from me after practice so they wouldn’t have to give me a ride home. I didn’t realize I still had deep roots of inferiority and pain from this until JT Thomas spoke and prayed for reconciliation. I felt the Holy Spirit bring to light all of my prior experiences that caused soul piercing rejections. Jesus met me there and took all of my grief. I was redeemed by Jesus and was reminded that I am a citizen in His Kingdom.”

WACO // 

  • “Here in Waco, God reached the nations! I met an Iranian man who found himself at World Mandate 10 days after giving his life to Jesus. He spent most of the day Saturday in our prayer room and is now connected with other believers who are helping him learn more about what it looks like to follow Jesus.”

These are just a few stories from the weekend, and we know there are countless more! We are believing World Mandate was only the beginning, and God is going to continue to move in each of our lives.

A Part To Play

God is on the move in Fort Collins and everyone has a part to play. Within a week of moving from Waco where Allison and I spent the last ten years working, volunteering and being on staff at Antioch as the Children’s Pastors, there was a blizzard at our new home. We quickly entered a new normal. In fact, as my friend Cody Frohman and I drove the moving truck full of all my family’s earthly possessions to Colorado, I realized things were not going to be the same when we got snowed in at a truck stop in Boise City, Oklahoma for more than 12 hours, leaving us to sleep in the truck cab. Imagine two grown men sleeping in a tiny truck cab, tough suitcases as pillows, no heat, with only Subway to eat.  Nightmare right?

No, actually, it was awesome because the adventure of a lifetime is found when you follow God’s will for your life

– when you walk in His purposes – and when you do it His way – in community and with the body of Christ.

Spending more than seven years on staff in Waco left us with many things, people and friendships to be thankful for. However, one specific entity I quickly became thankful for upon moving here was the amazing building we had. God has given me much to be thankful for as I moved to Fort Collins where we set up and tear down every Sunday in a local venue. However, it has been a great joy watching people from every demographic in our church being invested in the set up and tear down process.  Whether their part was setting up speakers, tearing down signage, or serving on and investing in a service team –

Everyone truly has a part to play.

A moving truck we own with our children’s ministry, sound equipment, band equipment, hospitality signage and much more gets driven to the venue week in and week out, and we could not do it without everyone being the body of Christ.

One of the initiatives I began brainstorming before moving to Fort Collins was developing a fundraising campaign for three strategic areas the church was seeking to raise money for over the next year: staffing expansion, a down payment for a permanent building and supporting an orphanage in Brazil. Those of us reading this who have been in Waco are very familiar with a campaign to raise funds. I was blown away again by the number of individuals who committed to go ALL IN for our building campaign. Why was this the case?  I believe it’s simple.

Romans 12:4-5 says, “For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”

We all have a part to play.

This is just one exciting thing I have seen God do as I have moved to Fort Collins. The reality is I see my part in all of these scenarios – but all the more I see the parts other people play. Often times we can discount our gifting or ability to contribute. We see high walls or process that keeps us from taking a next step.  Perhaps insecurity or position stands in the way.

However, in the Kingdom we all have a part to play.

God is doing a great thing in Waco, Texas and in His kingdom across the globe. You have a part to play.

In Response:

Have you paused and considered your part in God’s big story He’s writing lately?  I would encourage you to take some time to do so in the coming days because, the adventure of a lifetime is found when you follow God’s will for your life – when you walk in His purposes – and when you do it His way – in community and with the body of Christ.

By Noah Hutchison- Antioch Fort Collins Executive Pastor

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Movement Documentary Update

Hello from the Movement Team!

We’ve been in the process of editing over the last couple of months and we are really seeing the story come together. What we continue to see and experience is the steadfastness of the love of God for his people–that when people encounter Him for who He truly is and enter into a community where God’s love is released and pursued, lives are forever changed and set free. In some ways, trying to encapsulate that into documentary form is a challenge.

How do you sum up the unbelievable ways God is moving all over the world?

But what continues to pervade this story is the sheer power of simplicity in relationship with God and in loving others as a part of a community.

We’ve come up with a trailer and hope that it provides a little taste of what’s to come. The finished documentary will be coming your way soon!

Check out the trailer.

Thanks for all the love, prayers and support!

-The Movement Team

Follow the Movement Team’s journey from the beginning: Part 1 and Part 2

 

 

Summer Update – A Letter from Jimmy

“Do not say, yet four months and then comes the harvest. Behold, the harvest is now” (John 4:35).

It’s been a great few weeks of travel around the movement, getting to see God at work and calling us to believe Him for even more. I want to take you through my travels, give you insight into them and let you know we are all a part of something bigger than ourselves.

Tijuana, Mexico – I had the privilege of speaking to three of our  Antioch churches from Fort Collins, Ann Arbor and Wheaton, as they had gathered for their family mission trips in Tijuana. You would think when three different churches come together, it would be something like distant cousins at a family reunion. But it seemed like one church meeting together, and because of their common values and heart for Jesus it felt like home. We also had the privilege of going out to parks to preach the Gospel and see people encounter the power and presence of God. These are the things we not only love to do, but these are the things we signed up for. These are the things that make us Antioch.

L: Games are played with the residents of Tijuana, R: Students share the Gospel in Tijuana

L: A carnival held to meet new people. R: Sharing the Gospel with people on the beach in Tijuana

Next stop was San Diego, California. We had a board meeting with our San Diego church plant, All People’s Church, which is now five years old. They are continuing to see a harvest, with people being saved each week and the church being established and strengthened in God. Their training school is growing. They are sending out both short and long term workers around the world. More than anything, it’s always a joy to be with friends and to realize once again that Antioch is not only built on a common mission, but on committed relationships.

SE Asia – Antioch Waco had 52 students from our youth group and 18 adults in SE Asia on a short-term mission trip. These students had a life-changing experience encountering God personally, working together as a team practically, hearing the Gospel preached and seeing the sick healed. I am so proud of our youth pastors, Blake and Leigh Foster, and their team.

L: Youth in a school in India, R: Students traveling together by bus in the city

The reason Laura and I were in SE Asia was to be a part of our international strategy team meetings. This group serves our movement and our international work. They were great days of re-clarifying what God has called us to do and making the necessary adjustments so we can see Matthew 24:14 fulfilled in our lifetime.

The youth team with their leaders, Blake and Leigh Foster

I am so encouraged by the leadership of Jonathan, our Field Director, and his wife Nicole. They continue to lead with tremendous wisdom and compassion. I came out of those meetings realizing once again that we have the best possible team in the world to lead and oversee our people around the world. I could not be more encouraged as we look forward as a movement to impacting the world.

I wanted to update you on a few of my travels, and let you know a little bit of what’s going on so you know we are all a part of something bigger than ourselves.

I want to leave you again with a promise God spoke to us 23 years ago:

“Enlarge the place of your tent; stretch out the curtains of your dwellings, spare not; lengthen your cords and strengthen your pegs. For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left. And your descendants will possess nations And will resettle the desolate cities” (Isaiah 54:2-3).

In His strength and love,

Jimmy