Update from Doug Stringer and Somebody Cares
Doug Stringer’s Latest Book: In Stock Now! Many people say this is Doug’s best work yet. More than just a “how-to” book on fathering, Who’s Your Daddy Now? is about the multi-generational anointing God wants to release corporately on individuals, generations, and even nations that are fatherless. This book will answer the cry of an emerging generation looking for the three “A”s—the AFFIRMATION, ACCEPTANCE, and APPROVAL of a father—and a former generation learning how to be their fathers and mothers while pointing them to their Heavenly Father, through the Spirit of Adoption! You can order your book online at www.dougstringer.com or at www.amazon.com. Who’s Your Daddy Now? will also be available at your local Lifeway Bookstore, Barnes & Noble, Wal-Mart, and other outlets. Honorary Degree from Logos University Logos University will be conferring the Doctor of Human Letters (L.H.D.) to Doug Stringer during their graduation ceremonies scheduled for June 29 in Miami . The L.H.D. is an honorary degree normally reserved to recognize authors. Doug earned his Doctor of Religious Philosophy in Leadership and Human Development from Logos in 2001. His book, Born to Die, was endorsed by the school’s president, Dr. Charles Travis. SCA Hosts John Mulinde and David Ravenhill “God is causing us to stop and look at a lot of things.” “We’ll never pray the same again—we can’t.” “God did heart surgery on us!” These are some of the comments heard following Pastor John Mulinde’s recent visits to Baltimore and Houston. The Baltimore meeting was not on Pastor John’s original U.S. schedule, but leaders meeting with Doug Stringer during his visit there in March asked him to extend the invitation. Pastor John accepted, and over 110 pastors and leaders from Maryland and Pennsylvania met with him for a day, crossing racial, denominational, and even geographic boundaries—including the historically significant Mason-Dixon line . As leaders cried out in personal repentance, God began to heal deep-seated wounds that had been neglected for years. “Gatherings like this just don’t happen in Baltimore ,” many of the pastors said. Later that week in Houston , Pastor John—whose World Trumpet Mission is based in Uganda —imparted the message of living a surrendered life, set apart for God, through the course of five sessions held in three days, beginning Thursday evening April 12 and concluding mid-day on Saturday, April 14. “As John took us deeper and deeper and deeper, God began to do heart surgery for many of us who have a heart for the Lord and a genuine love for our city,” says Doug Stringer . “But by gathering for these meetings, He was putting us on the same page at the same time. As we surrendered ourselves anew to God, there was a sense that He is up to something fresh.” After the Houston meetings concluded, Pastor John traveled to the Woodlands TX to speak on Sunday night and Monday, during which time he commented that in all of the U.S. cities he has visited—though each one has a redemptive value of key significance—there seems to be something really deep and rich that God wants to do in Houston. Preparing the Way Just a few weeks prior to John Mulinde’s visit, SCA hosted David Ravenhill, son of the late revivalist Leonard Ravenhill, as he ministered to Houston leaders with the message of “Surviving the Anointing.” Many believe these back-to-back meetings—the first with a powerful message of perseverance, the second with a piercing message of surrender—were no accident. “We had been trying to schedule David for nearly two years, and our calendars finally coordinated in March,” Doug says. “Then John’s U.S. office in Orlando called and said he wanted to come to Texas in April.” Through David’s message, he says, God was preparing our hearts so we can survive whatever He does. “He was reminding us that we should never take ourselves too seriously, but we should always take God seriously.” The Nations Are Here… Following Pastor John’s message during the Friday night meeting in Houston , Doug Stringer had a sense that he was to call forward everyone who was born in another country but believed God had divinely brought them to the city of Houston . “To our amazement,” Doug says, “it was a such a large number and such a beautiful mix of ethnicities and cultures. I had them face the congregation, and we prayed for them and welcomed them. It was encouraging to see all the people God has brought to our city and to our nation. He must be putting something together that He would see fit to bring people from all the nations to us to encourage us, to stand with us, and to intercede on our behalf.” … And The Women Are Coming! Three significant women’s events this year that are being held in Houston have asked for Doug Stringer and Somebody Cares to be involved with them. Standard Bearers International will be hosting Captured Conference—for young women, by young women—May 18-19; the Wailing Women of Nigeria will be here July 19-21; and the Lydia Conference will be here September 28-29. Could God be bringing these groups here—each of which stands for consecration, purity, devotion, and intercession—as a tangible sign of the revival He wants to birth in our city then to take to the nations? “In 2001, during a time of distress following the 9/11 tragedy, we sowed into the Global Celebration for Women—our city, our ministry, and even myself personally,” Doug says. “I believe we are now reaping from the seeds that were sown at that time as these groups of women are coming to sow back into our city.” Days of Prayer Don’t forget the National Day of Prayer on May 3, followed by Global Day of Prayer on May 27, Pentecost Sunday. Nearly ever nation in the world is expected to be participating this year! Doug will be in Brazil during that time, speaking first with George Otis at Transform Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, then as the keynote speaker for Rio’s Global Day of Prayer. Nearly 500,000 people throughout that one nation are expected to participate! Are Things Accelerating? As a member of the Sentinel Group’s Transformation Associates, Doug was recently in Seattle with core leaders from around the world whose communities have experienced, in varying degrees, sustained and transforming revival: Ruth Ruibal from Cali Columbia, John Mulinde from Uganda, Alistair Petrie from British Columbia, friends from Fiji, Roosevelt Muriel from Columbia, apostolic leaders from Brazil—including Nueza who is of Japanese ancestry and regarded as a spiritual mother in Brazil—and many more. “These are key leaders from all over the world who are literally modern-day transforming revivalists,” Doug explains, adding that many of them are on the Transformation films. “It was a very humbling moment for me to be with all of them and to interface with them.” Many of them, he said, mentioned how God is doing things in other countries that we don’t hear about. In the midst of the challenges in Iran , for example, the church is alive and God is doing supernatural things! In the past two years, reports say that a minimum of 500,000 people in Iran have come to Christ—250,000 in the last six months alone! “As the church,” Doug says, “we can’t look at what the world’s communication tells us. We have to look instead at what God is saying to us and what He is telling us to do so we can be prepared as the body of Christ and the bride of Christ to have a global impact in the times in which we live.” Doing the Stuff At our Somebody Cares communities across the globe, we continue reaching out to the lost daily by being a tangible expression of Christ:
- In Houston , our Family Reach initiative continues to progress with the set-up of our life skills computer lab and our mentor training program. Over 40 reps from ministries across the city attended
our first mentor training class, utilizing materials prepared by Operation Blessing.
- At Easter, SCH held a Good Friday service for Hurricane Katrina transplants from New Orleans who live in a seniors apartment complex where we have held weekly Bible studies for over a year. As they have been studying Doug’s Born to Die book together as a group, many have made first-time or renewed commitments to the Lord.
- SC Tampa Bay prepares for their annual CareFest celebration, which expanded from two cities in 2001 to 14 locations in 2006! Last year, CareFest volunteers completed 175 projects and provided over one million dollars of good and services to their communities.
- Doug will traveling to the Tampa Bay area in May to speak at a businessman’s breakfast hosted by SC Plant City, then visiting new SC affiliates in West Pasco County and St. Augustine.
- SC Pampa just held their “Golden Towel” awards banquet to honor those throughout the city who volunteer faithfully in compassion ministry. Our newest chapter, SC Brazos Valley, is hosting Nicky Cruz at “Street Fest” on May 19.
- SC Warren PA/Jamestown NY is working on their coffee house/drop-in center and planning ahead for their back-to-school backpack outreach.
- SC Southeast Texas and SC Jasper/Newton Counties continue with rebuilding work from Hurricane Rita.
- SC San Antonio partners continue to reach out inner city young people and families in need, and SC Humble continues their ongoing skate park, cyber-café, and youth church ministries.
- SC New England and SC Great Lowell opened their men’s discipleship home in August 2006 and a women’s home in January 2007. They also have weekly services at Community Christian Fellowship Street Church , host local ministry leaders on their own television program, and reach out to youth with Christian concerts and other events. Former Harlem Globetrotter Melvin Adams will be part of an outreach to the local high school, where SCNE ministers to 90 homeless youth who attend there.
- New affiliates and chapters are being formed in Tomball TX (just north of Houston ) and Southwest Houston, in the Stafford/Sugarland area.
Thank You For Caring! It’s your partnership with us that makes all of this possible! By laboring together, we become a mended net that brings in a harvest for these last days! Thank you for your faithfulness in prayers and giving. Turning Point and Somebody Cares are faith ministries that operate solely on the financial and prayer support of our faithful partners. Donations may be mailed to TPMI or SCA at PO Box 570007 , Houston TX 77257 , or visit www.somebodycares.orgto make your donation online. Somebody Cares America is a member of the Evangelical Council of Financial Accountabilty.