March

Brazil March 2016

Dear Family, Partners and Friends, I hope this finds you doing well. I just returned from three full weeks of ministry, first in Brazil and then in Cleveland, Tennessee. I had the privilege of participating in a weekend of intense youth meetings with my friend Perry Stone. Every spring he and his team at Omega Center International hold back-to-back events called “Warrior Fest” which several thousand teens attend to experience a touch from God. When I arrived in Tennessee I had only been back in the country for 24 hours and was running on fumes; God, however, gave me the grace to share the Word with over 4,000 young people. As usual, the energy was charged and the response of the teens to the Spirit of God’s presence was at times overwhelming. The altar calls lasted for over an hour as we laid hands on hundreds of hungry hearts. The impact of the events will most assuredly be felt for months to come. I will be returning to their summer Reformation events, specifically addressing the problem with suicide in this generation. I know God is going to do something wonderful. The two previous weeks found me in the state of Brasilia in the nation of Brazil. As usual we arrived and hit the ground running, excited about holding some of our first “Life Events” in this wonderful nation. As you know, the Life Event strategy involves me utilizing the Sea of Trees video that we filmed in Japan as well as my personal testimony. Having held this type of event in other nations, I was anxious to see how it would be received in Brazil; the results were staggering. At each event, the spirit of God filled the churches, confirming that He was in fact ready to address this topic in typical God-fashion, with great power and freedom available to those who would respond in faith to Him. The churches we were working with were all new contacts and they did not know me or Jovembytes, which probably worked in our favor as there were no preconcieved ideas or expectations; what God did confirmed the we had no other agenda but HIS!

Each night the Spirit of God filled the arena as the Name of Jesus was lifted in worship!

Each night the Spirit of God filled the arena as the Name of Jesus was lifted in worship!

As with many of the churches in Brazil, video technology and wifi can be hard to come by, even in some of the biggest churches. I was a little concerned because my implementing the video section of the sermon was key to communicating the message effectively. By the grace of God, each church had some sort of video display system available and the meetings went as planned. In each event, the process was the same. I show the 12-minute section of the video then I preach for about 30 minutes, sharing the testimony of my father’s death and a portion of scripture that explains the spiritual battle behind what we are seeing around the world. As soon as I finish the message, I make a short invitation to those who are not only battling darkness and thoughts of suicide, but to those who have been impacted by this sinister spirit and are needing to forgive and accept life. Each and every time, hundreds came forward. At times it seemed like the entire church was at the altar crying out to God. What was happening was different than what we have been seeing in our other meetings in Brazil. We literally had young and old coming forward pouring out their hearts to God. As the worship team would begin to minister songs of life and freedom, the intensity would crescendo and you could feel your hair stand on end. We rebuked spirits of death, commanded demons to leave, and without fail people would begin to be set free, at time manifesting demons, who left in an awful shriek.

As the Spirit of God began to move at the altars, young and old began to weep and express their need of Jesus and His mercy!

As the Spirit of God began to move at the altars, young and old began to weep and express their need of Jesus and His mercy!

As with every event, we always make our discileship and leadership materials available. I’m so glad we were able to translate all of them into Portuguese six years ago.

As with every event, we always make our discileship and leadership materials available. I’m so glad we were able to translate all of them into Portuguese six years ago.

The pastors and leadership of the participating churches were amazed that there was such a response, and to see the power of God’s Spirit move in such dramatic fashion was at times breathtaking. This not only confirmed to them and those in attendance that God was in fact ready to deal with this issue first in his church, but ready to minister life to those who did not know Him. Many who were at the altar were not members of the church and were invited to come to our meetings as a last resort. In one memorable event, a pastor’s teenage daughter had been suicidal and depressed for weeks, having attempted suicide at one point this year and was determined not to come to the events. Through a series of God-ordained events she was in fact present and had a dramatic encounter with God. She came forward and as she said “something happened.” She was overcome by the Spirit of God and said she felt like something “left her”. She was visibly shaken after the event and was anxious to tell her parents what had happened. Apparently they had made an appointment for her with doctor the next day, to discuss what needed to be done to get her more help. I would have enjoyed hearing this girl’s story of freedom to her desperate parents! Jesus answered the prayers of many people and set this young girl free!

At each and every event, hundreds came forward in faith, receiving a powerful touch from Jesus.

At each and every event, hundreds came forward in faith, receiving a powerful touch from Jesus.

In another church the meetings spilled out into the street. At the altar there was young girl who came forward under great duress. She would not come into the church and at one point was clinging to a streetlight pole refusing to come in the meeting. After the message, a pastor took her by the arm and struggled to get her to come to the altar. When she saw me, she refused to look at me. She sneered and looked away. I descended the stage and walked to her. I knew that this precious girl was battling for her life and that she was under the influence of a spirit. As I approached her, the pastor turned her head to look at me. With desperate tear-filled eyes, she gathered the courage to move towards me. As she did, I could feel the anointing overcome her and she began to manifest. I laid my hands on her head, she was overcome by the Spirit of God and collapsed, weeping loudly. God did to her what only He can do. She was gloriously set free!

I could go on and on about how God honored this unique message and through the power of His Word, changed the hearts of thousands of desperate people. Thanks to your continued support, we are chasing a generation for Him, proclaiming that there is life and in freedom in the son, Jesus!

Thanks for your continued support - we could not do any of this without you!

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