February

February 2016

I turn fifty this month, and although I can’t say I feel any different emotionally, physically it is obvious that the millions of miles traveled have taken their subtle toll. The small aches and pains are to be expected, but like the Apostle Paul said in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me,” and it is that very strength that is at work in me as we press into 2016. We have completed the Youthbytes app as of last week and it is in review process with Apple and Google. This will be a 52-week video devotional with accompanying written devotional, scripture and practical relevant prayer. Designed to be used daily or weekly, the content is sure to encourage, convict and empower all who engage it. We are also partnering with YouVersion, the Bible app company, to publish our Youthbtyes app in Mandarin. This is an exciting opportunity and it is scheduled to launch with them this summer. We are also finalizing this app in Spanish, Russian, Portuguese and Nepalese, and the exciting thing for me is that we are making it available for free! Beacuse of the faithfullness of God and you, our supporters, we are able to fund these projects and put the power of disicipleship in the hands of the those who desire to grow in their relationship with God. As soon as the English version is released I will send out an email and letter informing you of its availability in iTunes or the Google Play store. Please keep these last few details in prayer.

It is always an honor to be with Perry Stone. The TBN broadcast we recorded exposed the lies behind suicide.

It is always an honor to be with Perry Stone. The TBN broadcast we recorded exposed the lies behind suicide.

In February I had the opportunity to travel to Atlanta and be a guest on the TBN Praise the Lord program hosted by my friend Perry Stone. We had a great talk about teen suicide and the hidden motivations behind it. Along with other special guests, we exposed the lies of the enemy and encouarged teens and parents alike to speak words of life over a generation! We had some great response when the program aired last week. While there I also had the opportunity to be a part of a global leadership forum designed to talk about international strategies to disciple the nations. It was a candid and informative couple of days.

As you know, we went to Israel last year to produce four TV programs in and around Jerusalem. We will be finishing up the editing of these programs and preparing them not only for broadcast, but to be utilized in the app as well. We have had a lot of requests for Israel-based messages shot on location and they are almost done.

Max and I will be leaving for Brazil in the next two weeks for 14 days of ministry. Max has sharpened a unique gift in photography over the past couple of years and he will be documenting all that God is doing in this wonderful nation. He will be 18 this summer; it seems like it was only yesterday that he was a little boy crying as I left to go on another overseas adventure. I’m excited that in the past four years he has been able to see firsthand all that God is doing in the lives of people around the world. Rhett is recovering from his motorcycle accident last month and is anxious to get his cast off and continue his normal, active 15-year-old schedule. Shay is enjoying her position at the Children’s Assessment Center of San Bernardino. Her love and passion for children has never waned and I’m thrilled to see her walking in the grace God has given her!

Thanks again for your continued prayer and financial support.
In Jesus Name - Chad & Shay

We have finally completed the Youthbtye app! I’m excited to see it released next month in the iTunes app store and in the Google Play store. Once it is launched we will then launch the Spanish, Portuguese and Russian versions. I am thrilled to put this discipleship tool in the hands of those who need it most. When it hits the stores I will let you know! It is going to be FREE!

February 2015

Dear Friends & Family, Belated Happy Valentine’s Day! February has been a very busy month and we still have more than a week left. The last week of January found me in Cleveland, Tennessee with my friend Perry Stone and the Omega Center International participating in their annual Winter Reformation event. Over 2000 teens filled the auditorium, each anticipating that God was going to speak to them personally. I was requested to bring my large python Twinkie to the event. This made for interesting conversation considering the fact that the original snake handling movement in churches began less than 10 miles from Cleveland. This made for a very entertaining evening. As with any event that the snake is introduced at, the example is easily understood and quickly embraced (no pun intended) As I unpacked the message, you could feel the spirit of God beginning to move on the hearts of all in attendance. The altar call was a powerful time of encouragement and deliverance, with Jesus responding to each heart that softened before Him. The following Saturday morning I flew out of Atlanta to be a part of a missions event in my home town of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Although I have been an official “non-resident” for almost 20 years, I do very much consider myself to be southern at heart. Healing Place Church has been an integral part of my missions adventure since the early 90’s and to be able to partner with them in this weekend event meant the world to me.

As usual, I had the opportunity to bring out my living example “Twinkie” on the Friday night event. As he began to squeeze me you could hear the crowd gasp!

As usual, I had the opportunity to bring out my living example “Twinkie” on the Friday night event. As he began to squeeze me you could hear the crowd gasp!

The Spirit of God was quick to encourage and exhort the hurting.

The Spirit of God was quick to encourage and exhort the hurting.

After returning from Baton Rouge I made my way to Sacramento, California to be a part of a youth event that has always been an incredible blesssing to me. Since 2000 ( yes, I had hair the first year) I have been honored to be a guest speaker at “Camp Paradise.” Young people from all walks of life have been a part of these events and I have watched many of them grow up before my eyes. The intimate enviroment gave lots of opportunites for personal one-on-one ministry, something I rarely get to do in much larger events. As He always does, Jesus showed Himself strong in the lives of all in attendance. Next weekend I will be staying home and will be the guest speaker at the San Bernardino Rock Church’s youth event. This is gonna be a blast! Pray for me!

I had the opportunity to go back home to Baton Rouge this month to be participate in HPC’S missions weekend. What an honor to encourage the church to “go into all the world”!

I had the opportunity to go back home to Baton Rouge this month to be participate in HPC’S missions weekend. What an honor to encourage the church to “go into all the world”!

It was great to be able to have Joyce’s book available for each teen. They were thrilled!

It was great to be able to have Joyce’s book available for each teen. They were thrilled!

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