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Want to serve as a GO TELL Intern next summer?

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Are you looking for something to do this summer that is fun and exciting

and will help you grow in your relationship with the Lord?

We know just the thing…

Participating in our Summer Internship program at GO TELL Ministries

Our GO TELL summer intern program is growing every year. This summer consists of the following:

  • One week of training at the GO TELL camp facility in Toccoa, Georgia.
  • Two weeks of hands-on ministry at GO TELL Student & Kids Camps in Toccoa, Georgia.
  • End-of-the-summer overseas mission trip to Nicaragua.
  • Friendships with other interns from across the country that will last a lifetime!

We currently partner with the following Colleges & Universities: 

Campbellsville University (Campbellsville, KY)

Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA)

North Greenville University (Tigerville, SC)

Southwestern Seminary (Fort Worth, TX)

The College at Southwestern (Fort Worth, TX)

Truett-McConnell University (Cleveland, GA)

We are also accepting applications for those who may not attend a partnering school but desire to serve as a volunteer next summer!

 

Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Click here to apply today!

2017 Camp Registration: Now Open!

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God’s Word is taught by today’s leading Christian authorities.

STUDENT & KIDS CAMP!!!!

Georgia Baptist Conference Center: Toccoa, Georgia

WEEK 1: JUNE 24-28  (Saturday-Wednesday)
WEEK 2: JUNE 28-JULY 2 (Wednesday-Sunday)

“GO TELL Camps are the most exciting youth camps in America! There is no greater music and teaching anywhere.
Your students will leave blessed and excited.
I highly recommend GO TELL!”

– Dr. Johnny Hunt, Pastor of FBC Woodstock, Woodstock, GA

 

 

Explore Liberty University: GoPro Giveaway

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Connect with Liberty University

You could win a GoPro and free CFAW registration.

 

GO TELL and Liberty share a similar vision: to transform the lives of young people. At Liberty, our motto of Training Champions for Christ fully encapsulates what we do on campus. By combining rigorous academics, NCAA Division I athletics, positive social environments, and the foundation of a Christian worldview, we equip students to make a difference in the world.

As a member of the GO TELL community, you are invited to join us on campus this year for two of our biggest events:

  • College For A Weekend (CFAW), Nov. 10-13, gives students the full college experience. Stay in a residence hall, attend classes in your area of interest, cheer on Flames Football against Charleston Southern, and see NEEDTOBREATHE in concert! CFAW is your ticket to see everything that Liberty has to offer.
  • Winterfest is Liberty’s annual New Year’s music festival, held Dec. 30-31. Get a taste of our campus facilities during the day, and spend the evenings attending live performances by Newsboys, for KING & COUNTRY, Crowder, RED, and more!

As a special opportunity for GO TELL campers, we’re giving away a GoPro and a free CFAW registration! To enter the drawing for this exclusive gift, simply fill out an inquiry online. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Office at (800) 543-5317 or admissions@liberty.edu.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely,

Larry Hoezee, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Resident Enrollment Management

Liberty University  |  Training Champions for Christ since 1971

2016 Summer Newsletter

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We have recently completed our 28th year of GO TELL Student Camps. Only Heaven can measure the spiritual impact that was made on so many lives! Churches from 13 states attended this summer and more than 500 campers made commitments to Christ and over 40 answered the call to full-time Christian service.  To God be the glory!

“I love GO TELL and I love the things God has done in my life.”              -GO TELL Camper

Our 30 summer interns were used of God to help us reach over 600 people with the Gospel this summer through our camps, inner city ministries and our missions trip to Nicaragua.

“What a summer! This summer was hands down the best of my life.” – GO TELL Intern

If you are a partner of this ministry through your prayers and financial support, these testimonies are wonderful fruit! The Apostle Paul said, “Work at telling others the Good News…” (2 Timothy 4:5). Thank you for helping us do the work that is dearest to the heart of God – reaching the lost. We cannot do this work without you!

 

Click here to Read More Testimonies from this Summer!

Come See Us at Winter Jam

We are partnering with Winter Jam in select cities & we need your help to pass out information about GO TELL Camps this summer!

For those groups who have a minimum of 5 volunteers help at Winter Jam, you could receive a camp scholarship toward the 2016 camp season ($300 value). Contact our office at info@gotellministries.com or 770-622-5600, ext. 20, to let us know if you’d be interested in helping us!

Come see us when we are near you:

January 15:   Jacksonville, FL

February 6:   Atlanta, GA

February 11:  Augusta, GA

February 12:  Greenville, SC

February 13:   Knoxville, TN

February 26:   Columbia, SC

February 27:   Greensboro, NC

March 19:         Birmingham, AL

 

Nearly 900 make decisions for Christ in NC

Nearly 900 make commitments to Christ during GO TELL Columbus County, North Carolina Crusade

Amid calls from emergency personnel to stay home during the 1,000-year flood, close to 900 people made commitments to Christ, with more than 500 of those being for salvation, during the Rick Gage GO TELL Columbus County, North Carolina Crusade on Oct. 4-7.

There also were greater than 10,000 in attendance at the South Columbus High School Gymnasium.

Also, the GO TELL and BMX bike teams spoke in seven school assemblies to 4,000 students.

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The students also were encouraged and challenged to be winners in the game of life by the message given by GO TELL youth evangelist Steve Paysen.

Other GO TELL guest speakers included Tony Nolan and Adrian Despres with Newsong as musical guests.

GO TELL Columbus Chair Brenda Jolly said, “After a year of intensive planning, work, organizing, training and praying with all of our hearts, we opened the first night of the crusade amidst predictions of the ‘1,000-year flood’ at South Columbus High School Gymnasium in Tabor City, North Carolina – not the football stadium as we had planned for all those months. We held off making the final decision of whether to proceed or not until 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4 – mainly due to county emergency agencies broadcasting for people to stay off the roads for their own safety.  Our executive team talked it over, prayed and decided to go forward with plans altered to meet inside the school instead of on the field.

“The confirmation for us was when 400+ counselors walked through the door, holding their Bibles, umbrellas and huge smiles. They drove through the rain and wind to be ready to lead others to the Lord. We even had a couple of people telling us we should cancel for the protection of those driving to the crusade. Instead of cancelling, we flooded the airways and social media with the confirmation that the crusade would go on but for everyone to make wise choices about their personal safety and if the roads in their area were not safe, please stay home and PRAY!

“As 7 p.m. neared on Oct. 4, I could barely believe my eyes when people began to arrive and we actually needed an overflow room to hold the audience – close to 1,200 people. That night 80 decisions for Christ were made. It was absolutely the right decision to press on and ignore the enemy’s attempt to cancel.

“Each night the crowd grew – as did decisions – with the culmination of over 300 decisions on Wednesday night. Total decisions that followed, through counseling, were well over 800 people of all ages, walks of life, races and gender. Other opportunities surrounding the week of the crusade yielded 25 decisions at the North Carolina Boys and Girls Home and 19 at two prisons. More than 150 were observed coming forward during the invitation but returned to their seats without following through with counseling.  With decisions made prior to the crusade from messages preached by Rick Gage and Steve Paysen plus those at the crusade, we believe the number of decisions for Christ to be close to 1,000. IN THE MIDST OF TERRIBLE WEATHER!

“To me, it was as if God said, “Okay, you have worked, planned and executed on every level possible. Now step aside and watch what I am going to do – and, boy, did HE!

“The rewards extend beyond what our hearts and eyes witnessed at the crusade as Christians are networking together now as never before – regardless of denominations, races, cultures or other man-made boundaries. We believe this number of decisions will double as they now become working Believers and bring family, friends, co-workers and even total strangers to the saving knowledge that Christ died for all and He is waiting for them to simply say yes.

Mrs. Jolly continued, “This saving power of grace was exemplified as we witnessed example after example of people responding to God’s call on their lives. It came powerfully, simply and without hesitation like it did for:

  • An 82-year-old man who had spent his entire life in church, even serving as a deacon. He never felt sure he was saved. Now he knows.
  • The news reporter who covered the GO TELL Columbus story from the beginning. Conviction set in; and on Monday night, he surrendered his life to Christ.
  • A grandfather, father and two children in the same family – the grandfather and father being men who had been prayed for by family members and church family for years.
  • A husband, wife and teenage son whose family unit was facing divorce. They reunited in the counseling room, and divorce proceedings were dropped. That family is now committed to Christ!
  • Hundreds of teens – big, tough football players, cheerleaders, all races, all ages, surrendering to God’s call, streaming down the bleachers and folding chairs with tear-stained faces.
  • The women who came forward even before the invitation was given.
  • The man who traveled from two hours away because a friend begged him to come ‘just one night.’  This man lost his son in April to suicide, his fiancée to another man in September and haIMG_7738d purchased the gun to take his own life.

“A young man driving his car through a bad neighborhood as he talked with hismom on the phone. In front of him, stretched across the road, were five black teens, trying to block the road. The mom on the phone begged her son to hit the gas and let them know he would not stop – for them to get out of the road. He did so, and all but one scattered off the road. As the driver neared the sole remaining black teen in the street, he slowed down, rolled his window partially down and waited to see what the guy would say. The teen called him ‘a fool’ and said,‘Don’t you know I’m a gangster? The driver responded he was not a gangster but the teen needed to get off the road and quit frightening people. That night at the crusade, the driver in this story was serving as a counselor. As he watched the hundreds of people coming through the doors for counseling, his eyes met the eyes of the same black teen he had encountered earlier that day who came because there was free pizza and stayed to ultimately meet God face to face.  The black teen extended his hand to the counselor and apologized for his actions earlier that day and continued to give his life to the Lord as well as a friend who came with him.

“There are many stories that are still coming in, and it’s hard to find a place in our county that has not been touched by the results of God’s move. Everywhere I go, people are commenting on the amazing changes in people’s lives. The vision of people almost running to the altar will be forever burned in my brain and heart, and I am a new person because of what I’ve seen and felt as a member of the best team God ever put together to do His work.

“I’ve been asked several times throughout the process if I would do it again, knowing what I know now. The answer was always yes but sometimes reluctantly due to the frustrations of the moment. If you asked me that same question today, my response would be:‘How much do I need to pay to be a part of this movement?’ TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

“The real work has just begun. Stay tuned as you will hear much more from our county and what we are going to do, with God’s help, to turn the tide against the enemy and win the battle for God,” Mrs. Jolly concluded.

Rev. Roger Parsons, pastor of Old Zion Wesleyan Church, said, “Rick Gage is the ‘real deal.’ His passion for souls is contagious. His ministry is truly anointed.

“This week God rekindled a passion for evangelism in this pastor’s heart. I went to the crusade to help others, and God helped me through Rick and the team,” he said.

“What happened in Columbus County NC needs to happen in every county in America. This is our hope for America!” he added.

Also, Rev. Parsons said, “One couple traveled two hours to be here. It would usually be one hour, but they drove around flooded highways. When the invitation was given to come forward, they rededicated their lives and two-year marriage 12144660_1624545967798797_9061021932285433598_nto Christ.”

Tina Smith said, “My daughter rededicated her life to the Lord on Oct. 5. She is 11 years old, so I just thank you with all my heart for reaching her.”

Outreach Co-Chair Bo Shaw said, “I had a great experience with the GO TELL Crusade. All the planning and preparations were worth its reward with more than 850 souls saved. WOW! STILL EXCITED that God allowed me to be part of the process. The question ‘When is the last time you cried for souls?’ is still echoing in my mind. I refuse to be a professional Christian. I intend on using every tool possible, as God allows, to win souls.

“Rick Gage, what can I say but I’m in awe of the way God uses your ministry. I had the privilege to meet a young man, 16 years old, who was weeping for the salvation of his friends. This could one day be our Rick Gage in Columbus County. To sum it all up, I just want to say, ‘Lord, I thank You!’” Shaw added.

Commenting on this crusade on the GO TELL Facebook page, Dakota Michelle Meece said, “The Kingdom shall increase if faithful laborers will work the fields that have a harvest that is white hot!”

Also on the GO TELL Facebook page about this crusade, Denise Huggins said, “If your youth have not been to GO TELL Camp, I strongly encourage you to sign up and go! If you think the crusade was awesome, GO TELL Youth Camp is just as awesome!”

Smit Williams added, “Thanks for all who brought worship to our county and praise Jesus for showing up and showing out! Thank you, Lord, for all those who will follow You today!”

Pampa, TX Crusade sees 800 commitments to Christ

Rick Gage GO TELL Crusade Pampa, Texas sees 800 commitments to Christ

More than 800 commitments were made to Christ during the Rick Gage GO TELL Crusade Pampa, Texas.

In a town of 18,000 people located about 75 miles east of Amarillo, there were greater than 10,000 attending the four-night crusade Sept. 13-16 at Pampa High School Football Stadium.IMG_7179

This crusade was sponsored by Pampa area churches in Texas, calling themselves the Pampa Ministerial Alliance.

Planning began in January 2015 with “raising funds, praying, publicizing, inviting, working on the worship music, preparing counselors and the follow-up ministry, setting up the stadium, working on hospitality and much more,” said the crusade’s Facebook page administrator Ed Sattesahn.

Before the start of the crusade, Steve Paysen, with the Rick Gage GO TELL Crusade Ministry, shared in the morning service at Pampa First Assembly of God. Paysen then spoke at the Pre-Crusade Youth Rally when more than 60 young people came forward for salvation or rededicating their lives to Christ.

“Also, over 150 young people came to be prayed for that God would use them to reach their friends for Christ,” Sattesahn said.

On the first night of the crusade, Sattesahn recalled, “The home field stands were almost filled. The message by Rick Gage was great, and over 200 people came forward and made a decision for Christ. God is good in His grace toward us in ‘that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.’”

Jan Cory said, “I am 63 and have been involved in church my entire life. The Rick Gage Crusade was the most meaningful event in which I have been involved. The crusade was bathed in prayer months before the crusade began. God ‘showed up’ in a big way in Pampa, Texas. The Holy Spirit touched lives, and over 800 decisions were made for Christ.

“As the crusade began, I felt a nudge to invite a friend who is a believer. She came and brought five young ladies with her. All of them made decisions for Jesus. What a joy to see these –  as well as many, many others – say yes to the One who loves us completely,” she said.

“If you have the opportunity to have this crusade in your town, say yes. Get involved. Be a part of God’s plan for the salvation and restoration of others. Maybe even your own!” Mrs. Cory added.

Following the crusade, Co-chair Byron Williamson, senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Pampa, said, “Between last Sunday and this Sunday, we will baptize 25 with more still being followed up plus four new families are joining the church that had no church home.”

Williamson noted that the Rick Gage GO TELL Crusade team’s emphasis on follow-up “was better than I’ve ever seen at similar mass evangelism efforts.”

Counseling Chairman Dallas Stringer, senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Pampa, said they baptized 14 after the crusade and have six more planned with 15 in the New Believers’ Class.

Finance Chairman Billy Smith said this crusade “was the most remarkable Christian event I had the privilege to witness in my 33 years of living in Pampa, Texas.”

When asked to be the crusade’s finance chairman, Smith said, “I accepted immediately as it has been –and always will be – to answer God’s call in my life. My fear was: ‘What if we could not raise the money?’

“My first response was to pray to the Lord for guIMG_9449idance. Then my next response was to join the Prayer Committee for the crusade,” Smith said.

“As the early weeks went by, my fear was replaced with faith. I witnessed how the people are longing to be closer to the Lord. I saw the money raised with the prompting of the Holy Spirit. It came together so quickly it seems. I witnessed people from all congregations coming together in love and working together in all facets of the crusade,” Smith said.

“Then, when the crusade came, I saw the stands in our football stadium filled. I saw people from all over the community worshipping God. My heart was so filled with this experience. Then, over the four nights, I saw more than 800 people come down to be saved,” he recalled.

“I feel I looked up and saw Jesus smile,” Smith added.

“The first Sunday after the crusade, I saw and heard about a large number of baptisms in almost all the churches. I am so encouraged as I see the counselors working continually with those who came down to be saved. This event was – and will continue to be – a blessing from God,” he noted.

Smith said, “I would encourage any community to seek out a crusade from Rick Gage to their city.  I believe he and his organization are a blessing to rural America.”

 

Toccoa Teamwork Leads to More Than 700 Commitments

More than 700 commitments to Christ, including 300 salvation decisions, were made among more than 11,000 who attended the Northeast Georgia GO TELL Crusade at 7 p.m. May 3-6 at the Stephens County High School Football Stadium in Toccoa.

This town has been the location for nearly 30 years of GO TELL Student Summer Camps at the Georgia Baptist Conference Center with two weeks of camps scheduled for late June and early July this year. Thousands of students and their leaders have received Jesus for salvation. Some of those students, now youth leaders, have returned with their students.

During the crusade, evangelist Rick Gage was joined by speakers Scott Camp, Adrian Despres and Steve Payson, worship leader Chuck Sullivan and guest artist Joy Fowler.

A global evangelist for around 25 years, the Rev. Gage said, “The key to the spiritual impact we all witnessed was a result of the many months of God’s people praying. Also, there were hundreds of volunteers working for nearly a year preparing for the four-day event and strong leadership who led this evangelistic effort.”

One of three co-chairs along with Isaac White, pastor of Hurricane Grove Baptist Church, and Danny Yearwood, Billy Shaw said 51 churches, including at least 10 denominations and more than 500 volunteers, were involved, beginning with the Prayer Team in November.

“Our little town of 10,000 people will never be the same. It’s certainly the talk of the town. It just couldn’t have gone any better,” Shaw said.

“It was a team effort. No one individual gets the credit,” said Shaw who knows about teamwork from when he was a Georgia Tech football player and an offensive guard for the Buffalo Bills from 1960 to 1969.

The only member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame who played his entire career in the American Football League, helping to lead his team to AFL titles in 1964 and 1965, Shaw said he has lived with his wife in Toccoa since 1973 and has never seen a crusade of this magnitude.

Shaw said he was asked to be one of the co-chairs by his pastor Andy Childs of Ebenezer Baptist Church. “A group had been talking for several years about a crusade, but it wasn’t until October when the Lord let them know the timing was right.

“It was probably more fun than I have had in a long time but a lot of work. Every chairperson did just a marvelous job,” Shaw said. “Now our goal is not to let it stop.”

The worship leader’s wife of The Ark in Toccoa, who works at Shepherds Hill Academy, was able to bring six young men to the crusade. “All six received Christ as Lord and Savior,” said GO TELL Outreach Team Leader Jim Howard, senior pastor of The Ark.

“Many came forward for salvation for the first time, and many Christians came to the center of the field and fell on their faces rededicating their lives to Christ. Men, women and teens laying prostrate in the grass before God, humbling themselves as the Holy Spirit washed over them with love, forgiveness and restoration,” the Rev. Howard said.

Upon the crusade’s conclusion on May 6, the Rev. Howard said there were “countless testimonies of the power and working of the Holy Spirit in countless lives. The fire of revival among believers is beginning to spread as pastors and churches are already planning continued joint events in prayer, outreach and fellowship.

“God has truly opened the door for an awakening in Northeast Georgia. Pray with us that we will continue to have the desire for the Holy Spirit to stretch our vision, breakdown barriers and shape us into His Church as each pastor and Christian alike deals with the reality of His Truth. It’s All About Him! And the Gospel works if we “Go Tell!”

Before the crusade, the Rev. Howard said, “As we have been praying during this GO TELL event, He is drawing the lost by the power of His Holy Spirit. I was able to lead a young lady at my laundry to the Lord this morning.

Also before the crusade, the Rev. Howard recalled, “I am so proud of how the teams were willing to go out in this rainy weather, sharing Christ and inviting everyone to the crusade. God blessed with five salvations and a lot of good ministry. It is so good to see ‘The Church’ come alive by the power of the Holy Spirit with joy, excitement and believing God for boldness to declare their faith, to hear members of different churches of different denominations all sharing how God is drawing the lost and building faith and relationships.”

Again before the crusade, the Rev. Howard said, “We went to a trailer park in the Toccoa area. We shared about the crusade, invited them to come and prayed with two people to receive Christ.”

Also, four more received Christ that day. “God’s Spirit is moving mightily because of the prayers and the confession of His Son that are going up in the Toccoa area,” he added.

During the April 29 pre-crusade youth rally, there were 24 salvation decisions.

Shaw said the Rev. Brett Sanders, youth pastor/associate pastor of the First Baptist Church of Toccoa, brought a bus of young people to the crusade and had five receive Jesus for salvation on the bus going back to the church.

As a result of an evangelism class earlier in April, a young lady led an acquaintance to the Lord. “We got to talking, and I started sharing my testimony and witnessing to her. She was in a bad spot and started crying. She had had a few bad experiences with churches at a very young age and had carried hurt for over 35 years. She had never given her life to Christ. I got to lead her in the prayer of salvation! God lifted that hurt off her shoulders. It was so amazing how He spoke through me and used me. Chains were broken. Bondage that was there for so long was broken. It was an amazing experience that words can’t describe. She was someone hurt and had so many excuses why not to follow the Lord fully. The Holy Spirit spoke things through me that she knew, without a question of a doubt, it was God. If it wasn’t for that class and for us going out that Saturday, I’m not sure I would have had the confidence.”

Kim Finley of Broad River, who helped with outreach and sang in the GO TELL Community Choir, said, “This GO TELL has really impacted my life. It helped me grow in my faith. The outreach helped me learn to witness. Before I was scared to. I rededicated my life on that Sunday. That was the first time I felt God. I let everything to God that happened in my past because it was pushing me away, but now I’m not afraid to take a stand. Thanks to GO TELL.”

Also a member of the community choir and outreach group, Sarah Leverett, a lifelong resident of Toccoa who belongs to Tate’s Creek Baptist Church, said, “Both were really important groups to me because I love to sing and I love to go and tell others about God and who He is. GO TELL was an awesome thing to be a part of. When I first heard about it, I was all excited. I enjoyed working in it and would enjoy working with the GO TELL Camps anytime it’s available. My faith has definitely become stronger in all of this. I love God and my family and friends and would love it to be where everyone has Jesus In their heart. I thought it was amazing for around 700 decisions to be made. I’ve never been a part of anything like this. It was so amazing for me to see everyone just being saved and being welcomed into the family of God.”

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Students and their leaders worship alongside dedicated, passionate artists; and no life goes untouched. For more than 26 years, God has anointed and used GO TELL Camps to evangelize and disciple tens of thousands of students and their leaders.

 

WEEK 1: JUNE 22-26
Georgia Baptist Conference Center
Toccoa, GA
WEEK 2: JUNE 27-JULY 1
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Conference Center
Toccoa, GA
WEEK 3: JULY 6-10
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Speakers Include: Christian Newsome, Travis Crim, Clayton King, Adrian Despres, Tony Nolan, Daryl Jones, Scott Camp, Josh Smith, James Merritt, and Rick Gage

Special Guests: Humble Tip and Meredith Andrews

 

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