NEO Team Update 6-27-19

NEO Team Update 6-27-19
Dear NEO family,

Our youth camp, Sacred Spaces, was held last week at Camp Bond. A special thank you to:

  • God, for all the spiritual victories and breakthroughs!
  • NYI President Ryan Amey and staff for planning and leading a great camp. It was not only helpful spiritually, it was fun!
  • All the pastors and youth sponsors who gave of their time to serve our youth at camp. What a gift!
  • Speaker Nate Cook, the band Kaleo and the Camp Bond staff. Pastor Nate not only gave superb messages, but he also gave every student a link to a free book to help them make space for God to carry on the good work He began in their lives at Camp.
  • All the students who participated. One of the Camp Bond workers told me that the NEO campers were the kindest and most cooperative group with which she had worked!

District family, please join me in praying now for Nazarene Youth Congress July 9-14. Let’s pray for a revival to break out though the youth on our district and across our great church.

July 12-15

Please be praying for Beckie Richburg and the children’s leadership team as they prepare for Kids’ Camp July 12–15!

Registration is open for kids who have completed the 1st through the 6th grades. Go to to register.

Disaster Response in Muskogee

A huge thank you is due the Disaster Response teams from West Texas and North/East Texas who have been helping in Muskogee for the past two weeks.

Distinguished Service Awards

The NEO Missions Council had the honor of presenting Distinguished Service Awards to Priscilla Brown (received by her daughters, Diane Downing and Kim Winn, pictured above left), Naoma Hemphill, Phyllis Mayberry, and Janice Hall (pictured above right). We are very thankful for your many years of service to Christ and His Mission!​

NEO May Reports

I Want to Celebrate. . . 

David Stevens, Vinita. . . A young couple attended. They said they are interested in learning to play guitar and drums and play for worship. She has a beautiful voice and he is practicing drums. We had a practice session and are planning more. Also, in spite of all the weather-related issues our monthly average is close to last year’s average.

Cary Tipton, Mannford Grace Family WC. . . Thankfully no weather damage to the church and insurance is in effect. Praise God. Looking forward to four baptisms on June 16th.

Brian Loderhose, Owasso Silver Creek. . . It’s a great opportunity to be a safe haven for the community during these times of storms with our storm shelters.

Carl Brown, Hominy. . . I thank the Lord for His mighty hand of protection through the storms and through the floods. Many have had homes damaged by flood and wind, but no lives were lost here. We had several families in our basement through the storms and met many that we did not know, but now have become friends. God does move in mysterious ways His wonders to perform. We are blessed and continue to trust and live by his grace and love.

Tim Odom, Collinsville. . . Had a great service with Mother’s Day and Baby Day combination, just saw God working to bring the oldest mother and the youngest child together. Celebrated with those graduating this year and a great time of fellowship.

Fabian Correa, Owasso Silver Creek Iglesia. . . Family members of church members are starting to congregate with us. New members continue growing through Discipleship studies.

Casey Hollingsworth, Miami New Life. . . We recently hired a couple to be our youth pastors. God is already using them to make a difference in our youth. The youth reached out and helped a lady remove a storage building that was damaged due to the tornado. Our church led multiple tornado/flood relief events. We opened our church to a displaced family and allowed others to use it to store their belongings. We fed a meal for the Red Cross to those displaced by the flooding. We continue to show the love of Jesus to those around us believing that the Kingdom of God will come!

Mark Smith, Drumright. . . Two people received Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Fabian Correa, Tulsa Cielos Abiertos. . . We enjoyed a Graduation Celebration for two High School grads and one GED also a Family Campout this month. May 29 we started music classes for those interested in playing an instrument in church. 11 youth and children have started learning.

Brady Thelander, Sapulpa. . . We spent the final Sunday of May cleaning up the damage to the church property after the tornado. It was really special to have teams of people from our church out helping the neighbors clean up. Many thanked us, and some said they were going to visit us for a service. In a time of crisis, our church was a benefit to our community.

Ronnie Baker, Tulsa Audacity. . . Our church has really stepped up and volunteered countless man hours in all the exciting things happening around the facility.

Muskogee First. . . Pastor Drew Dinnel (and wife Megan) joined us on May 19th as our Lead Pastor. Welcome Home, Drew and Megan!

Steve Brown, Cleveland. . . We had the sweetest spirit in our services this month. In one service, we had a lady commit her heart to the Lord, and we had many people drop the chains that had held them captive. On Mother’s Day, we had approximately 85 join us for lunch as we celebrated moms. God is working and moving in His church in Cleveland.

Otoniel Dannemann, Tulsa Fuente de Vida. . . Five people came to Jesus this month in our Wednesday service and in a Bible study in one of our homes.

Austin Troyer, Tahlequah. . . One of our couples is going to be married and have expressed interest in becoming members. We put together 30 crisis care kits and celebrated our graduates from high school. The Lord has been at work in our worship services and has called us to do new and exciting things for Him.

Anthony Beville, Bristow Fellowship. . . Thank you, Jerry Wilburg, for inviting Pastor Dale Fillmore and other men from Okmulgee Church to complete the installation of our LED lights in our sanctuary. What a true blessing you are. We were also blessed by our own with a donation of flooring materials by one member and the donation of labor by another to update our kitchen. We enjoyed a fish fry on May 4th thanks to the help of our Free Will Baptist friends.

Jason Isaacs, Tulsa Kaleo. . . God is good! Kaleo had a great month. God is good and He is moving at Kaleo Church.