Friday, April 29, 2011

Outside the Box OUTREACH!!

I must admit, I got a little emotional at the faith night at Power Balance Pavilion (formerly Arco Arena). I stood there in a crowd of, I don't know how many, (maybe 6000-7000) and I watched Lincoln Brewster lead all of us in worship as if we were in a church building. In my view were the 3 chairs right next to the court where Mike (from the Kings), myself and Pastor Chuck Ferguson had sat. We had sat there as I shared a dream of having this very moment... 2 YEARS AGO!!! It was just like this: bands before the game, Lincoln Brewster after the game... and here we were... and look what God did! It might take a few minutes for me to share this amazing story!!!!

Two years ago it was just an idea, and we thought it could happen but it was cancelled... blaming the NBA. Last year, we tried again and had the date set... but again it was cancelled. Real quick, it was then we talked to the Sacramento Rivercats (AAA for Oakland A's) about having a faith night, which went great in 2010. Now, the Sacramento Mountain Lions (UFL Football want us to host and plan their 2011 faith night - with almost 20,000 fans at every game).

From the success of our 2010 Raley field event, we were asked by the Kings about possibility of trying it again. I met with VP of Kings, then I met with the NBA and we got the go ahead. Amazingly, the Kings canceled the night 6 weeks ago, because they would only allow Lincoln Brewster to play acoustic, with just a small setting, because of the logistics of setting up sound, stage, etc. I emailed the NBA immediately, offered our sound, stage, etc... told them we could be set up in ½ hour, but don't give up on this idea. Lincoln Brewster had already committed to this evening. Next thing you know, we were back on... and 3 weeks before the faith night, Lincoln Brewster offered his sound equipment.


Biggest special event "by far" of the year... and can't remember a bigger one in recent years. It all happened on Friday March 18th at the Power Balance Pavilion (formerly Arco Arena) They expected only 3-4 sections to be used for the post game concert with Lincoln Brewster, but instead 14 SECTIONS WERE PACKED FULL OF PEOPLE!!! We had our equipment set up and we had 5 bands playing before game. We had amazing worship led by Giovanna Cox before the game and at halftime too!!! So many King's Fans came drifting up and many joined in for worship! Amazing, amazing, amazing, plus souls were saved!!!!!

Yeah, as I stood there among the thousands, looking at the 3 chairs that we sat in with this little idea that we presented to the Sacramento Kings...I was also thinking about how 6 weeks ago, all of this was cancelled. I just stood there in a sea of people amazed at what God had done. I thought about the idea, the work, the struggle to see it happen, and... yeah, seeing what God did with a little idea, I got a little emotional!


Don Cox (NCA DYD)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Impact Montana

A cultural experience is waiting for you without even leaving the country. Most of us have had to take a history course that taught us about Native Americans or have seen an old western with a poor depiction of what took place in the establishment of our country; but no matter which side you fall on in relationship to this subject we cannot deny the needs of a nation of people.

This is our inaugural trip to two communities on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in southeastern Montana. We will be ministering to the kids and teens of Lame Deer and Busby through VBS-style outreach and sports. What a great adventure it will be to have the opportunity to reach past cultural barriers and generational wounds to reconcile and minister the love of Jesus to a hurting reservation.

Join us as we GO to the Northern Cheyenne!

July 23rd – July31 2011

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Impact Wisconsin

One reason that I recommend ANYONE for going on a Mission trip is one simple word: PERSPECTIVE. This PERSPECTIVE rocked my world the first time I served at a Special Needs camp as a young teenager. My life has never been the same. Year after year I found myself returning, again and again and again, to serve people that I had intended to “help” but in all reality THEY had “helped me”.

PERSPECTIVE. When does it happen? Maybe when you take someone swimming who has NEVER entered the water because of their disability. Perhaps it occurs when you take a physically disabled person rafting, rock climbing, or horseback riding, something they NEVER deemed possible. Possibly it happens as you help someone accomplish a simple task like tying a shoe that you typically take for granted every day. Or just maybe it happens when you experience (believe me it IS an experience) a service filled with special needs people worshipping with all their heart & soul. The bottom line is that after a week of serving a group of people who are often looked over by our society, your life is changed. PERSPECTIVE.

There are now 50 million Americans with disabilities, and many of those are NOT a part of any church. We have an unreached people group in our own back yard, and one thing you will learn from this trip is that while there ARE many disabled people, there are NO disabled SOULS.

Come experience an amazing week with us, serving a people group that is ready for an IMPACT!

Impact Wisconsin June 26th -July 2nd

Friday, April 1, 2011

Impact Haiti

Haiti was not even on our mission's radar until January 12, 2010. The disaster that took place in this small country affected the world and also our PCG fellowship. We have a campus in Port Au Prince. When we found out that we had 1500 people living in tents on that property we sprung into action. What our team saw upon arrival was beyond explanation. Hundreds of thousands of people living in tents with many family members buried in concrete graves. We knew our task was to be the LIGHT in the darkness and share HOPE. Over two trips last year we ministered to kids, teens, and whole families living in small tents. Every day we would wake to the chatter of kids wanting to play; so we played. I was moved by an article preparing for our trips in 2010. It stated that the kids were doing what they do best, and that was play. We took basketballs and soccer balls to provide an outlet for kids and adults. God works very simply and all He needs is our availability and effort. We cleaned debris, put tin roofs on schools, cleaned blocks for building and painted. One afternoon we set up a medical clinic to treat simple wounds, cuts and bruises. Hundreds of people lined up to have someone care for their needs. Many of their needs were beyond our expertise, but what we could give was our heart of love and take the time to pray with each one. Acts 3:6 says "Then Peter said "Silver and gold I don't have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk."

The Stories of need are seemingly endless and far too many have not experienced firsthand what is taking place in the poorest regions around the world, making it easy to become numb. Haiti, Africa, Central America, Asia, and the Middle East are places we hear about on the news frequently. We have become so saturated by the media that we have begun to think we can't really make a difference. One of the most amazing stories that came out of our team's first trip to Haiti is of the government liaison that told them what a huge impact is made when everyone "just does their part." I have seen firsthand the reality of what a small group of passionate hearts can do, and am here to tell that it only takes one person to change someones story. Haiti is full of people that need a smile of hope and a hand of kindness.

Who is waiting for you?

Join us on a trip to Haiti August 21st-28th or Oct 16th-23rd!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Impact Honduras

Imagine, if you will, traveling up the side of a Central America mountain in a Toyota 4runner. The only road is actually an old river bed, but that doesn’t matter because you are on the adventure of a lifetime. Upon arrival in this remote village, it doesn’t take much to realize that traffic is rare. The people run to see what the commotion is about and stand wide-eyed as the “gringos” unload. We had come to visit the site where a new church will be built, and we see the people clearing the land by hand with machetes. The pastor is an 18 year old young man who is receiving his degree at the PCG Bible Institute a couple of hours away. He is full of zeal for the Lord and passionate about leading his people to Jesus!

Now, journey with me to another village not too far away from there; where we have come to share our stories and testify to the amazing healing power of our Savior. As the service starts, the room fills with women who have suffered unimaginable acts in a culture that has stood silent on such matters. While our stories of hope begin to unfold, the Holy Spirit unravels the years of pain that has been inflicted. From young to old we are privileged to see the divine rewriting of their stories. To see firsthand the reality of Beauty for Ashes is something that has an eternal impact.

A couple of hours from these villages is a community tucked away on the side of a mountain where God is moving. The Pentecostal Church of God Bible Institute is located on a little piece of heaven. To see the stories that are being written and changed in this place that will literally reach across a nation stirs an undeniable fire. You don’t have to walk far from the campus to hear the ringing laughter of children. Our school is full of young leaders being given a unique opportunity to get a Christian-based education in an impoverished country. As in any culture, their vigor for life is contagious and a good reminder of why we were created.

Even as I sit remembering these stories and the forever IMPACT that was made in my life through them, there is a verse in Proverbs that comes to mind. King Solomon wrote in Prov. 11:25 “The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.” The inspiring fire that’s caught, the hope that’s brought, and the difference that’s being made all combine into an awesome opportunity to refresh and be refreshed. These stories have just skimmed the surface of what one can experience on a Mission Adventure to Honduras.

Are you ready to GO?

GO with Impact to Honduras July 31- August 8th

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Monday, March 7, 2011

The Untold Story

It’s here! 2011 has come flying in and with it the opportunity to forever change your life and impact the world! We are going to take some time over the next few weeks to tell the stories of lives covered with the fingerprints of God and the ones He sent to touch them, but every life is a story. You have a story; your grandma has a story; the Bible is full of stories of men and women of God who stepped out in faith and forever changed history! One of the saddest things, though, is a story unlived.

In Eph 2:10, it tells us “For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” We were created as a masterpiece with a story to live! We never know what kind of an impact He wants to be made in someone else’s story by us stepping up to live ours. Has your story been impacted by someone taking the risk to reach out and touch you? What are the untold stories that lie ahead for you and others?

You are invited to join us in changing the stories in the lives of people around the WORLD! Whether you go on one of our adventures in the States or travel with us to a foreign country, I guarantee you will have the opportunity to look back at the end of the year and know that you touched someone’s life. The joy on the faces of children in the Appalachians who receive Christmas, the tears of a woman who has just experienced the healing hand of God in Ethiopia, and the salvation of a young man who found hope in Haiti are just a few of the examples of how God changes the world through people “doing their part.” Please pray about taking the time to GO with us in 2011 to make an IMPACT!

For a complete list of 2011 trips OR to download your Impact Missions Adventures TRIP APPLICATION go to today!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

7 Observations About Generation Y (Millennials born 1984-2002)

Observation #1: They Want to Belong Before They Believe.

Their basis for making decisions is more relational than logical. If you hope to get them to embrace an idea-embrace them first.

Observation #2: They Want an Experience before an Explanation.

They want to do or see something. They want action and interaction. So instead of asking, “What do I want to say?” we should ask ourselves, “How can I say it creatively and experimentally?”

Observation #3: They Want a Cause Before They Want a Course.

If you want to seize the attention of students today, plan to give them a reason for why they need to listen to your words.

Observation #4: They Want a Guide on the Side Before They Want a Sage on the Stage.

When students were recently asked about their heroes, for the first time in over twenty years they did not list an athlete at the top of the list. Their number-one response was “Mom and Dad.” They’re looking for mentors-authentic mentors.

Observation #5: They Want to Play Before They Pay.

Usually, they love events but don’t enjoy the process of growth.

Observation #6: They Want to Use but Not be Used by Others.

They don’t want to be a project or the target of some marketing campaign. They want to take the initiative and remain n the driver’s seat.

Observation #7 They Want a Transformation, Not Merely a Touch.

It used to be that communicators needed to have interesting information. Next, it was good stories. Then, it was audiovisuals. Later it was to share experiences. Now I believe students want experiences that literally transform them in the process.

THIS excerpt came from the book “Generation iY -Our Last Chance to Save Their Future” by Tim Elmore it is a GREAT read for leaders.

Friday, January 7, 2011

A 12 Year Old Minister...

We love sharing stories of how God is using this generation! Check out the following story...

Caleb Israel Means
12 Year old Minister

Caleb Means is from Elkins West Virginia and is the son of former WV District Youth Director and Bishop, John and Lisa Means

Caleb was born September 16th 1998 and from the start his life was severely challenge. Caleb was born with a massive heart defect that nearly claimed his life. He was a miracle and all knew that God had to have great plans for his life and a call was obvious. Caleb had his first surgery when he was just 3 days old and that was to keep him alive until the heart surgery could be performed in Morgantown WV. 2 days after the first initial procedure Caleb had his two major vessels detached from his heart, reversed and reattached.

I recall the doctor stating that it was going to be a long haul to recovery but what he didn’t realize is that God was at work. Caleb was suppose to spend 2 months in the hospital, have another heart surgery at age seven and could be on medications until the age of 21. From the day of his surgery Caleb was home in 3 and a half weeks, was off all medications in just 2 months and has yet to have another surgery. The Heart Specialist stated that it was like it was all scripted. This past July the Doctor stated that Caleb was just another healthy boy and has been a complete success story, As well he was told he could not play aggressive sports; He just completed his 2nd year of football and usually finished in the top 3 in conditionings.

God has had his hand on Caleb’s life from the beginning. Caleb is called to minister the gospel of Jesus Christ and is being used in a great way. He helps His Father in there Church (New Life, Elkins WV) and often Ministers on Sunday evenings as well as Evangelize. Caleb often Ministers about being obedient to God and drawing close to the Lord and possesses Wisdom beyond His years.

Caleb was invited to minister at a Church this past year and had a message prepared for the service, in there travels to the church he looked at his father and stated ‘’ Dad I think I’m going to talk about faith tonight’’ not realizing God was about to do a miracle. Being obedient Caleb ministered on faith and gave an invitation, several people came for prayer and God was at work. At the end of the alter service the Pastors husband came forward to be prayed for in which being diagnosed with cancer and had received a negative report and was under treatment. He stated that he felt that the Spirit of the lord had spoke to him to be prayed for, Caleb laid his hands on the man and prayed a prayer of faith and healing, that night he received the miracle of his life. He went to the doctor and he was cancer free. Caleb has been used of God to pray for people with heart problems as well. This summer in a local Church Caleb ministered and there was a tremendous response at the alter service where several teens, young people and families where prayed for and received salvation.

God desires to use this generation and make a great impact through them. When I see Caleb I often think of David, a young man that makes mistakes but a young man that has a genuine heart for God and people. To me it is an overwhelming honor to be able to drive Caleb to preaching engagements and support him, there is no other feeling like that. I recall when we fount out that we where going to have a son. The Holy Spirit whispered to name him Caleb Israel, Caleb meaning bold one and Israel one who prevails.

Story by: John Means

Thank You John for sharing this story...let the REVERSE MOVEMENT continue!!!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

5 Reasons To Attend an ILD ENCOUNTER

1.Connections.What a great place for you as a leader to connect with other leaders with similar passions from all over your region, as well as connect with our National leaders.

2.Speakers. You will be inspired by the leaders who will be communicating this year at the encounters.

3.Shannon Odell. We are privileged to have Pastor Shannon with us this year at the encounters, you will love hearing from him. For more info visit

4.Venues. You will be inspired by both of our host Churches.

5.The Cost. It’s FREE. We have purposely made our encounters free, to invest in as many leaders as we possibly can…don’t miss this incredible opportunity and make sure to bring a leader with you!