August 2015 Newsletter

 

Newsletter for Sozo Ministries, Inc

August 2015

Sozo Ministry Update

We have received our 501(c)3 status, and in near record time!
According to the IRS frequently asked questions page, once they receive your application, it can take up to 10 months for them to review it and make a decision. Based on other organizations we know personally, this whole process can actually take twice as long. However, the grace of God seems to be on our side, and from the day I received a notice from the IRS that our application paperwork had been received, it was less than one month for us to get our letter of approval.
We are now, officially a 501c3, tax-exempt organization. What this means is that any financial donation made to Sozo Ministries or one of our missionaries qualifies as an income tax write-off for the donor. As this was one of our biggest hurdles in launching the ministry, and yet it went more smoothly than any of us could have expected, we are now fully convinced God is leading the way.

Ingram Family Update

The day after we received our tax-exempt status as an organization, my wife and I received more good news. We are pregnant! The new addition to our family is expected by the end of March. Hopefully that is just in time to get a passport before our extended summer travels come around.Speaking of travels, I am on my way to Uganda again this month. Though I had to cancel about 12 weeks of plans and speaking engagements due to the changes in my ministry, marital status, and financial situation, there were two Ugandan pastors who were persistent in their desires for me to come. Thanks to much prayer and enough frequent flyer miles to make a way, I will be travelling to Uganda from August 15-31. I will be taking part in the Youth Ablaze conference for a third year in a row, followed by a week with a newly-formed, small village church doing an evangelism training event, outreach, and open-air meetings. Please pray for my ministry work, as well as my family who are unable to travel with me this time.

Last month we shared the first in a series of videos with Sozo President, Scott Ingram explaining our “cultural values” as a ministry. Here is number two.

Healing Testimony

Before you go, check out this healing testimony from Sozo Vice President and Evangelist, Bobby Mann:My Father-in-Law, Bill, began to experience severe kidney pain around the end of June/beginning of July, and the pain became so severe that on July 2nd he went to the doctor. The doctor ordered an ultrasound, which resulted in the discovery of a mass on his kidney. It was unclear what the mass was or if it was cancerous, so the doctor scheduled him to have a CT scan on July 5th.My in-laws came to our house that weekend to celebrate the July 4th holiday, and Bill asked me to pray for him before they left. He sat down in our kitchen and I laid my hand on his back, over the area of his left kidney, and prayed for complete healing in Jesus’ name.

On Monday Bill went back to the doctor for the CT scan, and had a follow-up appointment on Wednesday, July 7th, to discuss the results with the doctor. When he met with the doctor, he actually told Bill that he “had no answers†as to how a mass that was clearly present in the ultrasound could have totally disappeared when they did the CT scan! Bill told the doctor that he had been healed by God, and while the doctor wasn’t ready to agree, he did admit that he had no other explanation.

Praise God who not only forgives all our sins, but heals all our diseases (Psalm 103:3). Jesus doesn’t just heal to prove He is God or to validate a message; He heals because it is His nature to heal. He heals because He is good. Thank you Jesus!

You can go here to share this healing testimony with your friends and family.

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