2014

December 2014

Dear Friends & Family,

Happy Thanksgiving and an early Merry Christmas! I just returned from a two-week trip to Brazil.We had a very full schedule with events in many key cities along the southern coast. This was my first trip back in a year and it was good to be back with friends. I arrived in the state of Bahia in the city of Salvador to participate in a three-night event. It was like a reunion in many respects because three of the key musical performers who traveled with me a few years ago were present and we were all surprised to be back together again. Each night thousands of young and old filled the outdoor auditorium. Having done so much in the nation and because of our TV broadcast, I would find myself being recognized and cornered for pictures. I was honored, but I would quickly deflect all recognition to Jesus. Each night the Word went forth with great force and the altar was filled to capacity every service. It just never gets old seeing people respond to God’s Word in faith. We departed Bahia and headed down south to the city of Rio de Janeiro to have a service with my friend, Philip Murdoch. This was where my animal handler brought a new addition to our living examples, a 6-month old monkey named Abu and a horned owl named Victoria. Needless to say the crowds went nuts and the meeting took on a life of its own, literally. God moved in such a profound way that night, no one could deny that God was stirring the hearts of all in attendance. The next morning we met with friends, strategized about a new TV broadcast, picked up a few animals and drove 8 hours south to the state of Sao Paulo. Our stop was in the city of Campinas, where we held two nights of meetings. What an honor to see a young church embrace a heart for a generation and watch amazed as the Spirit of God was poured out on all who responded in faith.We then drove back to Rio and caught a flight to the capital city of Brasilia in the state of Goiás. This was new contact and was without question the wildest youth church I have been to in a long time. The church’s name was “Strong Arm of the Lord” and it showed in many ways. Covered in tattoos and with biceps as big as the snake, the people of this church opened their hearts to the message, and filled the altars, asking God to do more in their lives. The next morning we drove three hours to the city of Goiânia to meet with another new contact and hold three nights of service. As always, people would come to see the snake and the living examples but would have an encounter with Jesus that would change their lives in so many ways.

It was great to be back with Graca Filmes and my two friends who have done hundreds of meetings with me since 2010.

It was great to be back with Graca Filmes and my two friends who have done hundreds of meetings with me since 2010.

In each meeting there was always opportunity for personal ministry- Jesus was touching the hearts of the hurting in every service.

In each meeting there was always opportunity for personal ministry- Jesus was touching the hearts of the hurting in every service.

Three days later, we drove back to Brasilia and dropped off one of the animals we were using. It was interesting because my friend who let us use the snake was not a Christian nor was his family. His sister, however, had met us the previous week at “Strong Arm of the Lord Church” to drop off the snake we were going to be using. He began to tell me that his sister had an encounter with Jesus that night and could not stop talking about it and has decided to go to “SAOL” church regularly. I am always amazed when I receive reports like this. It shows me that everything we do is about “HIM”! You never know the impact your relationship with Jesus may have on a person’s life, even in the most unusual circumstances.

It was an amazing trip with hundreds receiving Christ and experiencing the loving embrace of a God who gave everything for them. We are continuing our plans to do even more in the nation of Brazil in 2015; please keep all we do in prayer! Thanks for helping us go!

I am so very thankful to Dave and Joyce Meyer for providing a copy of “Battlefield of the Mind for Teens” in Portuguese to each young person in attendance.

I am so very thankful to Dave and Joyce Meyer for providing a copy of “Battlefield of the Mind for Teens” in Portuguese to each young person in attendance.

November 2014

Dear Friends & Family,

It has finally begun to get cold here in the Californian desert; it is a much anticipated break. Change is always good, especially when improvement is the desired end. That is exactly how I feel about our current project. Youthbytes is going 100% digital in 2015. We are in the process of building a yearly, video-based, devotional APP for young adults, available for IOS and Android platforms. This will put all of our content, videos messages, teaching notes, prayers and scripture insight in the palm of every teen, in 5 key languages: English, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish and Korean. This yearly devotional will not only provide the truth of God’s Word in a clear and concise form, but will also bring a touch of geography, missions, travel and humor to the lives of all who engage it. Making our material available digitally enables us to interact with young people in a way that they are very accustomed to and comfortable with. I am confident that this move will give us access to teens in nations we could have never reached by traditional methods.

It has been a great end of summer with many projects being completed and others now being started. We will begin production next month here in California at the Salton Sea, also known as America’s Dead Sea. This is a message that I have wanted to create, explaining what happens to a generation when they embrace an attitude of entitlement. It is going to be an eye-opener!

We just released our latest YB DVD entitled “Lost Empire” filmed in Siem Reap, Cambodia at the Angkor Wat complex. This powerful message exposes why people’s visions and dreams can be destroyed and explains what we can do to resist these evil forces in our lives.

We have recently completed our “Lost Empire” program filmed in Cambodia; it is currently airing on Daystar.

We have recently completed our “Lost Empire” program filmed in Cambodia; it is currently airing on Daystar.

I will be in Brazil this month holding meetings around the nation. Please keep these events in your prayers, as I need all that I can get!

Thanks again for standing with us. If it were not for your faithful support and prayers, we could not continue our global advance!

Chad & Shay

We will be in Brazil for the next two weeks speaking to tens of thousands of young people. Please pray for us!

We will be in Brazil for the next two weeks speaking to tens of thousands of young people. Please pray for us!

August 2014

Dear Friends & Family,

We hope this letter finds you doing well. Here in Redlands, school has begun; Max is now a sophomore (with a driver’s license) and Rhett is in eighth grade, participating a new sport for him: golf. Shay continues her part-time work at the Children’s Assessment Center of San Bernardino; you can check out this amazing facility on their website (created and maintained by Shay) at cacsbc.com. We are truly amazed at how fast time flies! It has been a good summer, with many irons in the fire.

We started recording “Youthbyte Radio” in June. This project consists of 15-minute programs which are being aired on eight radio stations so far. We currently have recorded 65 programs, with plans to have over 100 recorded by December. Earlier this week we also launched our “Youthbyte Radio” podcast, which will be available to the public next week. If you have access to iTunes or a smartphone you can access it. We will release a new episode every Tuesday; I think you will enjoy these entertaining and informative discussions.

I purposefully spent time here in the states this summer in order to spend some quality time with my family, create the radio program, as well as complete five new Youthbyte teaching tools along with five new television programs. As we prepare for 2015, we have ten new shows in the works that will cover very specialized topics that will bring the truth to a generation in a way that only we can do!

If you have access to the Daystar network you can catch our 30-minute show every Saturday at 12pm (CST). Check your local listings for channels and possible schedule changes.

I will be participating in a number of local events in September and October, with plans to return to international events (India and Brazil) in the month of November. Please keep these upcoming trips and us in your prayers.

We just released our latest YB titles entitled “Traps” which exposes the traps that are set for all humans, both natural and spiritual.

Thanks again for standing with us. If it were not for faithful support and prayers, our efforts would not be possible.

July 2014

Dear Family, Friends & Partners,

I hope this finds you doing well. I just returned from Cape Town, South Africa, where we are continuing our work in some of that nation’s poorest communities. One of my main focuses on this trip was to hold “Life Events”, exposing the lies of suicide with the truth of God’s word. Our first event had over 1300 young people in attendance with hundreds responding to the freedom that only Jesus can provide. The strategy is the same for every event. I utilize the “Sea of Trees” video combined with the story of my father’s suicide, making the relevance of the message a reality. As tears of hope and smiles of deliverance streamed down the faces of those at the altar, I was distinctly aware of one thing: we must stay on the offensive, attacking the lies behind suicide that are taking thousands of young lives around the world, every week. In every meeting, whether it be a school or church event, the magnitude of the suicide problem was very evident. It was also evident that most churches and schools do not talk about this issue, much less provide real-life spiritual solutiuons and application. Those who responded wanted help and desperately wanted to know if freedom was in fact a reality. It was truly amazing to see God’s grace provide strength in times of real weakness for many of these kids. The shame and rejection that these kids deal with is at times unbearable and keeps them in a place of silence and isolation. After the events, pastors and leadership teams shared testimonies of how God was using these events to not only open the spiritual eyes of the hurting, exposing the lies of the enemy, but to also begin the much-needed dialogue on suicide and its effect on families and communities. Please pray that God will give us even more opportunities to communicate the life and freedom found in Christ to a generation who is at the greatest risk.

I was honored to again be with our friends at Hillsong Church in Cape Town. Willing hearts responded to His Word!

I was honored to again be with our friends at Hillsong Church in Cape Town. Willing hearts responded to His Word!

In every service young people were overcome by the presence of God, weeping as God touched their hearts!

In every service young people were overcome by the presence of God, weeping as God touched their hearts!

Our Youth Jam event was held on South Africa’s public holiday called Youth Day. Mitchell’s Plain was the community chosen for this outreach. Known as South Africa’s largest township, it has deteriorated over the past 25 years into an urban ghetto, a home for gangsters and drug dealers. Working in conjunction with Tygerberg Radio and local churches, we were able to promote the event on every program they broadcasted. Utilizing local and international musical guests, we not only had a concert but an event that celebrated the community and promoted hope to a struggling generation. Over 2500 young people attended the event with lines forming outside for four hours before the doors opened. As the Word of God went forth you could feel that God was wanting to deposit life into the attendees, and the altar call confirmed His heart for even the most desperate. Hundreds came forward weeping, believing that God was going to do good to them! The reports we have been receiving have been very encouraging, so much so that we are planning on holding many more similar events in the next year. Thanks again for helping us go!

I am thankful to Joyce Meyer Ministries for provding us with the book, Battlefield of the Mind for Teenagers, which were handed to teens at each event.

I am thankful to Joyce Meyer Ministries for provding us with the book, Battlefield of the Mind for Teenagers, which were handed to teens at each event.

I just completed filming our latest YB episode entitled “Deep” off the coast of South Africa. Yes, I was with the Great Whites!

I just completed filming our latest YB episode entitled “Deep” off the coast of South Africa. Yes, I was with the Great Whites!

February 2014

Dear Family, Partners and Friends,

I hope this finds you doing well. I just returned from South Africa after three weeks of ministry and adventure! As usual, God ordered our steps and made sure that His Word did not return void. We began our tour in Johannesburg expecting God to do something wonderful in the lives of young people. With meetings being held all over the city and surrounding province, our schedule was jam packed with little room for error. Each day we had meetings and interviews with radio and television stations, not only promoting the meetings in the area, but promoting the Youthbyte discipleship tool and TV show. All of these interviews were interesting because we always had “Eve”, our giant python, with us. Needless to say, each interviewer had to think on their feet as she slithered her way through the studios. It was sight to behold! 

God was faithful, loving those who thought all hope was lost; mercy always prevails!

God was faithful, loving those who thought all hope was lost; mercy always prevails!

Our python Eve made a splash in every TV and radio interview. Let’s put it this way - they will never forget who we are or the message of Jesus we proclaim!

Our python Eve made a splash in every TV and radio interview. Let’s put it this way - they will never forget who we are or the message of Jesus we proclaim!

Our meetings in the evenings were tremendous. At the conclusion of each service, teens would rush forward being arrested by the spirit of God. Tears of repentance and heartfelt cries to Jesus could be heard in each and every meeting, again confirming to me that God’s heart is to be a father to a generation. We saw thousands of young lives committed to Jesus in each and every meeting, not includng the countless others impacted via the live TV and radio broadcast of our events.

The conclusion of our Johannesburg trip was a promotional event held in conjunction with one of our distributors in South Africa. They requested that we bring the snake and much to my surprise, they asked me to do a live presentation, explaining what Youthbytes is and how we use the snake to communicate Jesus. Represented were numerous buyers and bookstore owners who were amazed at the simplicity of the message, yet relevance to young and old alike. I am believing that this event will open more doors to see Youthbytes distributed around the nation.

As we began our 12-hour trip from Johannesburg to Cape Town, our “Mystery Van” broke down. Not just once, but 5 separate times, with the last being in the Karoo, one of South Africa’s largest deserts. Battling the torrential storms, sweltering temperatures, 18-wheelers and Cape Cobras, we made the best of a crazy situation, not allowing our joy to be quenched in any way! In the van we had a pit-bull and 4 giant snakes, and no one was willing to stop and help once they saw the snake logo on the doors, much less our unusual cargo. After much prayer and assistance from friends, we made it to the Cape. It took a total of three days to get home; it was a glorious time and a great test of patience!

Arriving in the Cape, we hit the ground running with 3-4 meetings a day. Having already established our presence and ministry in the past year, our calendar was full. Schools, universities and churches clamoured to get us scheduled for an event. Working in conjunction with Tygerburg Radio, we had a promotional team at our disposal, assuring that each meeting was not only full, but broadcast live across the Cape. This media exposure opened even more doors of ministry with radio and TV station employees, seeing our van on the highway, and pulling us over to schedule interviews and programs with their network as well. God has opened so many doors and given so much favor; we are anticipating Him to do even greater things on our return trip in June.

Our meetings in the schools were also very encouraging. Speaking to some of the most at-risk teens in the world, we were able to see the grace of God impact gangsters and drug addicts in a personal way. Unlike schools in the US, we are able to openly communicate Jesus and emphasize the power of His Word. After every assembly kids would come up for prayer, some just wanting to talk and to be encouraged that in HIM, there was always second chance. In each of these schools we are establishing Youthbyte viewing centers, giving opportunity to those who want to know more about Jesus.

Using a tragedy mask, I explain how most teens try to hide from God and the people who love them the most.

Using a tragedy mask, I explain how most teens try to hide from God and the people who love them the most.

Our televsion interviews always opened doors for the televison show to be aired locally.

Our televsion interviews always opened doors for the televison show to be aired locally.

One of the highlights of our ministry are always the “Life Events” (anti-suicide meetings) that were held at 3 different churches, one of which was broadcast live around the globe on Spirit TV. Without fail, the message of hope in Jesus would ring out as I shared my personal experience with suicide and the death of my father. Utilizing our video entitled The Sea of Trees, the message of hope was constantly being communicated. The topic of suicide can be tough to discuss, especially in church, but as with most uncomfortable issues, it is best to meet it head-on, and that is exactly what we did. It was amazing to see the reaction and great need present in the lives of so many. The response from the participating pastors was one of disbelief and thankfulness, realizing that the enemy is specifically targeting a generation with destruction, utilizing suicide as one of his sinister weapons. I am always overjoyed when Jesus destroys the work of the devil in the lives of people! In fact, the Sea of Trees DVD has recently been released in Christian book stores across South Africa. Please pray that this anointed tool gets into the hands of those who need it most!

Thanks again for your continued support and friendship; we could not do any of this if it were not for you!

Chad & Shay Daniel