South Africa

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

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!