2013

December 2013

Dear friends and family, As 2013 comes to a close I wanted to share with you a few testimonies that have encouraged us in many ways. As you know, Youthbytes was translated into Mandarin a few years ago. Our friend John from Hong Kong flew in and spent a week working hard getting all of the shows completed. Having ministered in mainland China many times over the years, I was thrilled to have an opportunity to get the finished product into the hands of those who need it most. Being able to sow into the local church in China can be tricky, especially if you want to do face-to-face events. Since it is not always possible to go, local distribution of our media tool was the logical choice. Working with established ministries already involved with college students, we found that Youthbytes was not only the perfect discipleship tool but also a great evangelistic weapon. The testimonies and reports we have been receiving are very encouraging. The concept and approach of the program is fast-paced and entertaining, but more importantly, is full of the word of God, communicating the basics of Jesus in a way that is easily and readily received by young and old alike.

John, the voice of Youthbytes in Mandarin, in the studio dubbing the program. He said “ Oh, it is easy to do Chad’s voice; he speaks as fast as most Chinese people!”

John, the voice of Youthbytes in Mandarin, in the studio dubbing the program. He said “ Oh, it is easy to do Chad’s voice; he speaks as fast as most Chinese people!”

As of last month we have distributed over 12,000 DVDs of the program in the Mandarin language at no charge to the recipients. The fruit from this endeavour can never be measured in natural terms, but in the light of eternity it is preparing hearts of a generation to live forever in HIM! Without your faithful support this would not be possible. Thanks for helping us reach a generation for Jesus!

Below are two testimonies from young adults who have shared how God has used Youthbytes to communicate Jesus to them.

“I am a Baima Tibetan, and my name is B.. M... Q.... I am now a high school student. Some people recently introduced me to Youthbytes. We watched the episodes and discussed them together. I was a man who did not know about sin and did not understand what it was. Because of watching Youthbytes, I confessed my sin and repented. Now, when I know I make a mistake, I correct it immediately. I know otherwise the sin will grow bigger and bigger in my life, and it will become very hard to correct it. With faith in Jesus and God’s grace, we know that the precious blood of Jesus washes our sins. He died so we can have life, as well as peace and hope. Until I watched Youthbytes, I did not know the purpose, plan and meaning of my life. Now I know God, and I understand that He can do what He wants to do in our lives. Thanks for your help and thanks for giving me the chance to watch Youthbytes for free. May God remember your work.”
My name is Wu ..........I am a college student; a classmate showed me the YB DVD. Through the DVD, I got to know God’s gracious love, to know and believe in Jesus. I did not know much about life. After watching the DVD, I started to know about sin; I can also see the difference between man’s love and God’s love. I got to know about the life we live, and that we can have eternal hope. I sincerely bless you and thank you, may God remember your love. After watching this DVD, I got to know that the most precious thing in people’s lives is to believe in Jesus; only if we follow him can our lives be meaningful. I did not know this before, but I know this now. Thanks for providing it to us for free!

October 2013

Dear Family, Partners and Friends, I just returned from a two week trip to the southern states of Brazil, Parana, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul. Having traveled to many of these cities two years ago, it was good to be back and see all that God has been doing. Working in conjunction with the International Grace of God Church, we had 20 meetings in 14 days in 17 cities. As with all of our events, we hit the ground running with very little down time before, during and after each city. What has been great about the ministry in Brazil is the Youthbyte product, or “Jovembytes” as it is known in Portuguese. After an explosive launch in 2010, it is awesome to see that the waves we created then are still making an impact 3 years later. With the release of our final fourth box and airing of the TV program we have become sort of a household name (haha). Using the snake as an object lesson in the beginning was almost an afterthought. Having used our python “Monty” in our very first episode, people just assumed that we used animals all the time; the rest is history. Even as we were scheduling these events, we specifically told the pastors that we were not bringing a snake with us on this tour. Well, the pastors had other plans - at each church, in each state, there was a person with a python or boa availing it to the meetings! Needless to say the people loved it and the teens were thrilled to get a glimpse of the snake; I usually ask the crowd, “So you came to see a snake in church? Really? Who brings a snake to church?” They always point and say “Only you, Chad!” confirming God’s amazing sense of humor!

14 days, 20 meetings in 17 cities in the states of Parana, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul.

14 days, 20 meetings in 17 cities in the states of Parana, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul.

Every meeting was visited by a powerful move of God’s Spirit.

Every meeting was visited by a powerful move of God’s Spirit.

The response of the people to the Word of God was inspirational.

The response of the people to the Word of God was inspirational.

In each and every event, as the Word of God went forth, faith would rise in the hearts of the people and the spirit of God would do what only He can do, set people free. The evening services were packed with people standing for hours to hear and participate in the ministry. The altars were always filled with hungry hearts reaching out in faith. Testimonies of deliverance, salvation and healing were common. After the events, hundreds would come forward wanting to take pictures with the snake, share a report of what God had done or just want a hug of reassurance, appreciating that we had come to be with them. Daily radio and television interviews helped communicate the minstry and where each event was held. Thousands responded the call of salvation with great displays of emotion from the hurting and desperate. Jesus loves people and He confirmed it daily!

Since 2010 until now we have held over 250 meetings in Brazil, reaching over 500,000 teens with the Gospel. These events, combined with the sowing of Youthbtye resources and the television broadcast, has not only discipled countless thousands, but has empowered and equipped youth leaders all over the nation. The investment that has been made is continuing to produce fruit each and every day.

As you may or may not know, in January of this year there was a horrendous tragedy in the city of Santa Maria, a city where we had held meetings a year previously. An accidental fire in a local nightclub took the lives of 240 young people. I had the opportunity to visit the club, which is still covered in pictures of teens, notes from parents and countless vases of now withered flowers and cards. It was a moving scene, especially knowing that there were a number of young people from the church who died in the blaze. I do have peace knowing that the Christians who died received their reward in Jesus. We had a powerful event last week as young and old revaluated their hearts, remebering that our mortality is only overcome in Christ!

Thanks again for helping us go into all the world. We could not do what we do without your faithful support.

Thanks again for helping us go into all the world. We could not do what we do without your faithful support.

September 2013

Dear Family, Partners and Friends, I just returned from a month of meetings in Cape Town and the response from students and churches alike was tremendous. We have held over 100 meetings in South Africa in the past year and the momentum of our endeavors has begun to grow, not just through the television and media side, but through the communities as well. God has opened amazing doors of future ministry here that we are honored to invest in.

A great deal of our focus on this trip was in the extremely poor communities, including Mitchell’s Plain, one of South Africa’s largest townships. This colored community carries the burden of being neither black nor white and are therefore stigmatized in many areas of society. But it has been among this community that God has chosen to pour out His grace and power. The school events during the day have been unusual in that there is a diverse mix of faiths and ethnicity. Normally this would pose problems for any communication of the Gospel, but in fact it has been one of the strengths. Unlike the schools in the USA, we are allowed here to preach the Gospel in each and every assembly. Granted, some ask that we keep it a bit neutral, but all do encourage the communication faith, and I am more than willing to communicate authentic faith in Christ!

My friends from Radio Tygerburg in Cape Town were thrilled to get a picture with “Eve”.

My friends from Radio Tygerburg in Cape Town were thrilled to get a picture with “Eve”.

This young man recognized us from our Daystar program which airs in South Africa.

This young man recognized us from our Daystar program which airs in South Africa.

As the snakes are used as a visual example and the message that follows captures the heart, it is the manifest presence of God that confirms the word spoken. Young people begin to weep openly as God exposes the hurting areas in their hearts; addiction, rejection, suicide and hopelessness has left a generation hungry and desperate for answers. The message of Christ brings that hope in a powerful way.

At an event in an area called Valhalla Park, amid crack houses, gangsters and squalor, a school had a powerful visitation from the Holy Ghost. As we brought out the snakes, explaining the principle of everything that is small grows, the visual of the small, medium and giant snakes did exactly what they were created to do - expose the nature of sin.

As God stepped into the room, a hush descended on the 300 in attendance. Teachers, administrators and students looked at each other, amazed at what was happening and what they were feeling. The spirit of God was a tangible force, imparting life to all. After the event, the administrators were amazed, thinking our events were purely animalbased morality tales, not knowing that the snakes were strictly used as examples and that the real message and example was Jesus and His heart for young people! A week later we were in another school and the same thing happened; in fact it happens in every school and church we attend. Whether it be Brazil or South Africa, God shows up and shows off!

The principal from Valhalla approached me asking if we would please come back, that in fact the Muslim teachers and students were asking that we return, having never experienced anything like that before. I was thrilled to see that Jesus, when communicated in the purity of His Word, will reveal Himself to all men.

 

In another colored school we had many young people approach our team after the event and want to speak to us. Muslim girls would come forward revealing self-inflicted scars, done in desperate attempts to silence the internal pain they were experiencing, asking if we could pray for them and expecting Jesus to really help them. Stories of sexual abuse, incest, suicidal thoughts, anorexia, addiction, divorce, adultery and possession were common as the young people approached us for prayer.

This type of thing happened again and again, regardless of the school or color of their skin, Jesus wanted to touch and heal all who were in need.

After a week of school meetings, the culmination was a 3-day weekend event at a local school or church. These meetings were designed to avail the young people to come and experience more of what God had started during the week. As the churches filled and expectant hearts expressed faith, God again showed up to continue His mighty work. Young and old not only experienced an 18 foot, 260 pound python, but were touched by the power of the Gospel and the presence of God.

We also held Life Events, meetings whose sole purpose is to expose the lie of suicide. Utilizing the powerful tool “Sea of Trees”, these events are a continual source of life and deliverance. As the church lights fall, the video begins to play. Without fail, in every event we hold, young people will begin to weep before the conclusion of the video. The power of God will fall at times with such force, that people will fall from their chairs, manifesting the pain and spiritual bondage that is slowly killing them. After the video I share a very short message about my father, his suicide and the freedom that Jesus can bring, and the altars are open for prayer. Hundreds of young and old alike come forward desperate to receive a touch from Jesus. And without fail, their faith, in Him, is always rewarded.

Stories of deliverance, healing and salvation continued for days after the events, confirming to me that we desperately need to get the message of LIFE to a generation before it is too late.

I have already confirmed 4 events in South Africa for 2014, and Cape Town is quickly becoming a destination ordained of God. Although it was an unusually long trip, I felt it was necessary to invest on many fronts, realizing the seed planted today, is tomorrow’s harvest. I am confident that our efforts are not in vain!

Thanks again for your continued partnership; we could not do any of this without you!

Chad & Shay Daniel

July 2013

Dear Family, Partners and Friends,

I hope this finds all doing well. I just returned from two of my favorite Central American countries, Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Working in partnership with my friend and missionary Dan Salas, we have been connecting with and providing Jovenbytes material to television broadcasters in the region for the past 18 months. We began broadcasting on Enlace this past December, as well as on Channel 21 in Nicaragua in late 2011. The response we have received has been exciting and unexpected. We were informed that our show, which airs on the Enlace youth network, is one of the most popular and commented-on programs on the network. They are also considering airing the program on a number of different affiliates, which will give us an even greater outreach into South and Central America. We were also able to provide the “Sea of Trees” and “Samurai” suicide shows in Spanish, which will begin airing next month. God has opened many doors of opportunity during the past two weeks; it is overwhelming to see what God will do as we step out in faith and obedience.

Praying for a young girl who was struggling with embracing her call; God’s grace overwhelmed her!

Praying for a young girl who was struggling with embracing her call; God’s grace overwhelmed her!

I met two of the youngest ISOM students at a graduation service in Limone, Costa Rica; these two are on fire for Jesus!

I met two of the youngest ISOM students at a graduation service in Limone, Costa Rica; these two are on fire for Jesus!

I will be leaving for South Africa at the end of the month. For the past year we have been preparing to launch our “Converge” meetings in Cape Town. We have been working together with Joy magazine, which not only has given me a monthly article since March, but has faithfully promoted the upcoming events and Youthbytes in their monthly publications. In March of this year I was able to meet with one of the country’s largest book distributors. After some back and forth communications they committed to distribute Youthbytes in their bookstores around Africa starting next month. This is another avenue by which we can reach and disciple a generation in South Africa. The conclusion of these events will have us completing over 150 meetings in the past 12 months, establishing our methods and outreaches as a proven strategy to touch communities while empowering the leaders with much-needed tools to disciple the harvest

It is always time well spent when I get to minister with my friend & missionary extraordinaire, Dan Salas.

It is always time well spent when I get to minister with my friend & missionary extraordinaire, Dan Salas.

My new friend Pastor Angelo in Guapiles, Costa Rica, with his staff after our youth service.

My new friend Pastor Angelo in Guapiles, Costa Rica, with his staff after our youth service.

We began airing Jovenbytes, Youthbytes in Spanish, on Enlace Juvenil in December of last year. The response we have received from them has been exciting. They will now begin airing our program on the main station all throughout Central and South America.

We began airing Jovenbytes, Youthbytes in Spanish, on Enlace Juvenil in December of last year. The response we have received from them has been exciting. They will now begin airing our program on the main station all throughout Central and South America.

Alonso Perez of Enlace Juvenil was thrilled to receive more Spanish Jovenbytes - what a great partnership!

Alonso Perez of Enlace Juvenil was thrilled to receive more Spanish Jovenbytes - what a great partnership!

May 2013

Dear Family, Partners and Friends,

The temperature in Southern California is beginniing to spike and this means only one thing: head south of the equator to the nation of Brazil.

I will be leaving for the state of Rio in early June, excited to again be with friends and a generation who is hungry to know more abpout Jesus. It will be a fast paced two weeks with 2-3 services per day. It is exciting because I will be releasing more Youthbytes in Portuguese!

Our latest Youthbyte release “Traps” is scheduled to be released this summer. Yes, that is an actual bear trap

Our latest Youthbyte release “Traps” is scheduled to be released this summer. Yes, that is an actual bear trap

In February we began filming another Youtbyte episode entitled “Traps.” This is a piece that I have long wanted to create and we have stepped out to do it. Working with every sort of trap know to man, we discuss the traps that the enemeny sets for us and how we can, in Christ, see our lives set free in all areas.

Cambodia 2 discs set entitled “The Call” is in production and almost completed.

Cambodia 2 discs set entitled “The Call” is in production and almost completed.

In November of last year we traveled to the nation of Cambodia and filmed an episode of Youthbytes that has been 10 years in the making. Having traveled to Cambodia for many years, I have had numerous ideas about using this nation as a back drop to share about the call of God on peoples lives. For two weeks we worked in oppressive heat and conditions that reminded me of a sauna, to create a tool that will provoke an honest response in the hearts of young and old concerning the plan that God has for each of us. As we put the finishngi touches on this episode I ask that you please continute to keep not only our outreaches in prayer, but our production schedule as well. We have a very limited staff in the production arena, 2 to be excact, and the amount of work and ideas that are generated and produced can only be acconplished by nothing less than a miracle from heaven, your prayers ensure we meet the dealines as they become clear. Thanks again for helping us stay on the creative cutting edge of media production.

HOME SWEET HOME

The family is all doing well. As winter ends and summer approaches ,there is a change of activities for all of us. In july it will mark 6 years of our transition to California. Even though we have some of the most liuberl agun laws in the countrywe have aclimated to the desert climate., we have enjoyed making our home here.

Shay is as active as ever, being a mom and wife to me and two active boys keeps at the top of her game 24/7. She has recently begun to volunteer at the Children’s Assesment Center in San Bernardino county and is enjoying her interaction with children in need.

packagChad, Rhett, Shay & Max

packagChad, Rhett, Shay & Max

Max will be 15 this summer and is involved in music, water polo and skateboarding. He has had opportunities to lead worship at two different churches in town and it is great to see his gift begin to develop and mature on many levels.

Rhett is as active as any 12 year old should be. With soccer, snowboarding and school, he is constantly on the go.

Brazil is still at the forefront of our outreaches; we have the opportunity to travel back the state of Rio and participate in a series of monthly events during the 2013 calendar year. Should these plans finalize, we will have the opportunity to speak to hundreds of thousands of teens all over the nation. We are also releasing our 4th and final box of “Jovembytes” this year. After having a strong advertising push at Expo Crista in September, we are finalizing the printing and packagChad

March 2013

Dear Family, Partners and Friends,

I hope this finds all doing well. As you read this letter I will have been away from home for 30 days, not because Shay ran me off, but because I had many open doors of opportunity to share the Gospel with thousands of people in Southern Africa. As you know, we had landmark meetings in Johannesburg in September of last year. The response from schools and churches alike encouraged us to continue building on the momentum we have. Working in partnership with churches and relationships we developed last year, we set a heavy schedule of meetings in many areas of the city. These included schools, both public and private, churches and open air meetings. At each venue we brought the snake and iguana, using them as examples of how people hide from things in their life they want no one else to see. Each and every time this message is communicated, we see the same reaction: lives being convicted of sin and the grace of God being poured out to repentant hearts. Another aspect of our outreaches are the Life Events we hold in different parts of the city. Based on our video “Sea of Trees”, I expose the lie behind suicide and how this insidious spirit is affecting young and old around the globe. Without fail, in every Life Event held, there is always a demonic manifestation. In our Johannesburg event we had no less than 6 young people scream out as the demons in them cowered in the presence of God. After talking with the teens after the event, they acknowledged that they were being tempted with thoughts of suicide, were involved in the occult, had attempted suicide, or had someone close to them commit suicide. Regardless of the doorway or sin that bound them, God was faithful to see hurting hearts and set them free! We are continuing our outreaches in South Africa with a large citywide set of events scheduled for July in the city of Cape Town. Please keep these meetings in prayer; we know God is going to do something wonderful!

While in Africa I made many new friends. This was the only one that bit me.

While in Africa I made many new friends. This was the only one that bit me.

Me and Danie inviting people to the open air event that night. We drew quite the crowd!

Me and Danie inviting people to the open air event that night. We drew quite the crowd!

What makes our events unusual and readily recieved in different cultures is the fact that we operate completeley out of the religious box. Yes we reach teens, but the majority of our events are focused on people, young and old who do not know Jesus. It is not very often that a communicator comes to town, a Christian one at that, and brings a 20 foot python and iguana to use as an object lesson. It captures the imagination and stirs the heart of the religious to come and see what is going on.

When they arrive they have no idea what to expect, but God knows exactly what He is doing. As the message and examples are used and the Word is read, the Spirit of God begins to move, and many times in a very dramatic way. The tangible presence of God fills the enviroment and the people are amazed that something this weird could capture the hearts and minds of those in attendance. We have done hundreds of meetings like this around the world and without fail, Jesus convicts, loves and redeems the lost in the crowd. The demon possesed cry out and the sick are healed. This is the beauty and simplicity of the Gospel. When we go and seek the lost, using what God has placed in our hand (for me it is a snake- so weird!) He will always show up and show off, confirming His Lordship over every man’s life!

 

The ministry events in South Africa were incredible, but given the proximity of other nations located in Southern Africa, we chose to expand our outreaches. Our first stop was Swaziland. Having visited Swaziland many times over the past 10 years, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to hold a youth event there. This was only possible with the cooperation of two other ministries, Healing Place Church and Challenge Ministries. Each of these organizations were more than willing to offer their time and services to see this event accomplihsed. We utilized the same model we have been using in Africa. We hold school events during the day and invite them to the evening meetings, in this case held at Healing Place Church. The three day event culminated with over 500 in attendance the last night and countless rededications and salvations. God was faithful as hungry, wounded hearts responded to the power of His Spirit present in each nights service. I was thrilled to see that in a nation steeped in withcraft and ancestor worship there is a generation who is willing to throw off the traditions and superstitions of the past and press into a relationship with Jesus.

Adam & Kim Braud - Pastors HPC Swaziland

Adam & Kim Braud - Pastors HPC Swaziland

Our next stop was the nation of Mozambique. This is a fascinating country, one that I had never had the opportunity to visit over my many years of travel in Africa. Torn by civil war and political disputes, Mozambigue resembles something that one may see in the middle east. Dirt roads, narrow streets, walled compunds and much more. It was however a great place to have a youth event. Working again with Healing Place Church, we were able to hold a one night event in the capital city of Moputu. It is always a challenge to go to a new country not knowing the nuisances and customs of that nation. I must admit I was a little intimidated. But as usual, God showed up and showed off as He has done countless time before. I was excited to see young people stand to accept a call to ministry and for those who made fresh commitments to Jesus. God is truly no respector of persons and He is committed to impart grace and mercy to all who would call on His name and respond to the gift of His son Jesus.

Young people came forward to accept Jesus in the city of Bulembo!

Young people came forward to accept Jesus in the city of Bulembo!

500 young people attentivley listen to the message, and look at the Iguana.

500 young people attentivley listen to the message, and look at the Iguana.

The Youthbytes van all tricked out for work in the townships of Johannesburg.

The Youthbytes van all tricked out for work in the townships of Johannesburg.

Me and my son Max will be traveling to Costa Rica this summer. Youthbytes, Jovenbytes, went on the Enlace network early this year and we have recieved wonderful feed back. We will be visiting the station, connecting with friends and doing a few television interviews for them. We will then travel to Nicaragua to visit with another televison station in the capital city of Managua and hold a few church youth events. None of this would be possible if it were not for my favorite missionaries, Dan & Cindy Salas who have graciously offered to host us and feed us in their beautiful home located in San Jose Costa Rica!

Thanks for your continued support and friendship, we could not do any of this with you!

Chad & Shay Daniel