July 2015 Newsletter

 

Newsletter for Sozo Ministries, Inc

July 2015 Newsletter
Who We Are: Cultural Values
     Culture is important. It could be described as the identifying characteristics of a group of people, which mark their values, habits, and goals as a collective. Much of the time, cultural distinctives go unrecognized and are therefore often unintentional. For example, Sozo Ministries is based in Texas. One of the cultural traits of Texans is that they are exeptionally friendly, even to strangers. This means that it is not uncommon to drive down the road waving at people in oncoming traffic. However, this same trait would seem quite peculiar if I were to travel to New York City and wave at passing cars and pedestrians.
Just as people from certain cities, states, and nations have distinctive cultural habits and attitudes, so also are businesses, ministries, and organizations marked by the collective distinctives of its people and leadership. As such, we at Sozo Ministries have decided to be intentional about our cultural values from the beginning, so that as time goes by, people joining our ministry or travelling with us on short-term missions will know what to expect and what they will experience while doing life together.

     The “cultural values” of Sozo Ministries are intended to be the guide for not only how we lead the ministry, but how each board member, missionary, and evangelist leads their day to day lives.
While some of these values should be universal to all believers, we feel that they must be plainly spoken and written down, so that none of them lose our attention and focus as time goes by.

    Our “cultural values are as follows:
  • Bible-Loving: By this we intend that everything we do is led first and foremost by the scriptures. As we believe that the Old and New Testaments are the complete and authoritative word of God, we look to no other place as the final authority for God’s revelation in the pursuit of godliness and salvation issues.
  • Intimacy-Led: Though the Bible is God’s complete revelation to mankind as a whole, we also believe that the Holy Spirit lives inside each believer to make that revelation personal and practical. Our desire is to spend time with the Lord daily, to hear His voice, to discover His heart, and then to go out and do whatever He tells us to do.
  • Identity-Driven: As the people of God, called into new life by Jesus Christ, it is imperative that we learn who God says that we are and begin to live out this new identity. It is only by becoming who He calls us to be that we are able to accomplish the things He asks us to do.
  • Revival-Longing: As we read the scriptures and Christian history, and see the many great moves of God which brought salvation to the lost and renewed holiness and power in the church, we cannot help by cry out, “do it again, Lord!” Revival is our hope for this generation, therfore we long for, pray for, and work for the day He sends another Great Awakening to the world.
  • Empowerment-Focused: Our ministry aim is not that we would be the best preachers and ministers for the gospel, building a reputation for ourselves. Our highest calling is taken from Ephesians 4:12, “to equip the saints for the work of the ministry.” If our accomplishments don’t empower others to do the same work the Lord has called us to, then in the end, we have failed.
     Understanding and living these things out is so important to our hearts, that this month, Sozo President and Missionary, Scott Ingram, has begun recording video teachings explaining each one a little more in depth. Here is the first video teaching, “The Heart of Intimacy.”
 

The Heart of Intimacy
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In Other News
     We want to say a big “Thank You” to Billy Carruth, one of our board members and the Executive Director for Light Twenty Four for including Sozo Ministries in their missions worship night on June 29, in Arlington, Texas. It was an enjoyable time of fellowship which highlighted 5 different missionary groups. The name of Jesus was lifted up and His heart for the lost was felt by all who attended.
     Secondly, one giant praise report is that Scott Ingram’s flights have been booked to travel to Uganda in August where he will take part in the Youth Ablaze Youth Conference at Pearl Haven Christian Center in Mbale, then spend a week doing evangelism training and open-air outreach with a small village church plant. Please keep him in your prayers as he makes his final preparations this month.
     If you are interested in traveling to Uganda with Scott next summer on a short-term team, where you will receive ministry training and get plenty of hands-on experience sharing the gospel and ministering to others, you can contact us for more details at info@sozoministries.net.
A Quick Note to Donors

          To those of you who have faithfully supported the missionary work of Scott and Liz Ingram in the past, once again we want to say “Thank You!” All of the incredible things the Lord has done over the past few years have only been possible because of your faithful support.
As Scott and Liz now lead out their missionary calling through Sozo Ministries, your continued prayers and financial support are vital to their success.
As always, you can find donation information for Scott on his personal website, www.AnthonyIngram.com/donate/.

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