We began a three-week School of Christ in Limerick, Ireland, with eighteen full-time students from eight different nations including England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Taiwan, America, Canada, and Nigeria. There were ten local students that were able to attend part-time.
At the end of the third day, one of the students wrote the following: “We have just started Series Four on the “Almighty Blood.” I feel like I’ve been here for a month already, we have covered so much ground. There is such a sweet fellowship between the saints here, it’s like family. Praying, loving, and serving one another, eating and fellowshiping together, having all things in common with one mind and purpose to see God’s Son made alive in a dark world.”
From the beginning of the School, God dealt with many issues in the lives and hearts of students. As the Lord began to speak to hearts there were times of conviction and weeping, but there were also times of great joy and thanksgiving.
We began with early prayer, followed by nine lessons throughout the day, breaks, fellowship, and times of prayer as we earnestly sought the Lord. I believe that the Lord brought this group of students together for this specific time.
On the Friday of the second week, at the end of the first message on the Holy Spirit series, things suddenly changed in the classroom. Tiredness and weariness were lost in a conscious awareness of the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit. It was like the Spirit of God took complete control. People were baptized in the Holy Ghost, others were refilled, and others challenged to seek the baptism. By the end of the day we were left knowing we had been in the presence of God.
The School was held in a building on the main street of the city. Due to the heat, the door was left open for most of the time. During tea breaks the students stood on the steps of the building. As a result there were many remarkable opportunities for the students to witness to sinners passing by. As we prayed one afternoon, a young man was drawn in by the noise of prayer. He just stood staring in amazement. He said this was beautiful, and then spent an hour after the prayer meeting listening to the Gospel. Several sinners sat in on lessons, and after the Spirit fell, local unsaved family members were drawn to the early prayer meeting and began seeking salvation.
Prior to coming to the School, many of those in the class had been living in intensive spiritual warfare. The School of Christ was vital in making them to stand strong and return home with new faith to fight a good fight. The message of the “A New Cruse” and the “Vessel of Recovery” challenged the entire class.
There is always a grave seriousness at the end of a School knowing that every truth that was heard and received will be tested upon returning home. Pray for the work and workers in Ireland as we reap the end-time harvest for God.
Keith Malcomson – SOC- Director
Testimony: “In these three weeks at the School, the Lord has helped me to realize that I am nothing and He is everything, that I’ve been bought with a price and my life is not my own. God has shown me the things that I need to let go of in my life (Col.3:1-2).” — UK Student
Testimony: “God touched my heart several times to tell me that I needed to change. Three significant works are highlighted as follows: First of all, be a praying Christian. Second, repentance. Third, to be His vessel. I am not the same. I commit myself to walk with God, to put God first and to evangelise His Almighty Love. May the name of Jesus be glorified!” — TAIWAN Student
Testimony: “I am a former seminary student and I have been involved in ministry for the past ten years. When I came to SOC my intent was to increase my Biblical knowledge and to add another credential star in the crown of flesh. God convicted my heart on the issue of discipline of time, and of taking His Word seriously. He exposed the hidden sins of my heart. I confessed and repented and He freed me. God changed my life through the teachings of Bro. Clendennen. I am a new man in Christ.” — USA Student