Stories & Wins

Everyone has a story, and every story matters. There is nothing more powerful than a changed life, and your story could be the catalyst of hope in the life of another.


Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Sycamore, Meadows, Hispanic, African, and Online

  • A girl who attended Celebrate KiDS for the second time came in with such enthusiasm and excitement to see her leader! She was ready to get in the environment and was thrilled to show that she had her offering and Bible.  Each time a child comes back they learn more and more about Jesus and His love for them!
  • A Nursery team member has been taking the time outside of service to get to know families and parents of the children that are being cared for. She has made an amazing connection with a mom and her little guy and this relationship is blossoming outside of the church walls. What a great example of building relationships and the church becoming family!
  • On one Sunday we had over 70 Sudanese individuals from the community visit our African service. They were impressed and are planning on coming back.
  • During our time of worship after the message when we talked about the word of substitution. We had a couple who have been separated for 17 years come forward for prayer, and eventually allowed us to start the process of walking with them towards healing.
  • The Celebrate team has been continuing to build relationships with the people in the Terry Redlin Community during the free lunch programs on Friday. One small example of our continual gain of trust comes from a very shy little girl who has come to the lunch every Friday that we are there. On every other day, she has been too shy to look at us or eat around us, but this last Friday she walked in the door and looked directly at us, smiling and waving the whole time. It gave us such a joy to see how our commitment to Terry Redlin has been positively affecting the relationships between Celebrate and the community.  Many families and children are getting excited about the free Celebrate Sports Camp and Family Night coming up!

Church Plants
(* denotes churches in pre-launch phase)

Billings, Montana*

Celebrate Community Church
Casey & Amanda Clausen

  • Prayers were answered for a young man that has been connected with the church plant – he is successfully completing an in-patient program for drug addiction, and his plan is to continue meeting with the church.
  • Through a local nonprofit that aides homeless youth the church has been able to give away Bibles, which has resulted in a morning Bible study with several youths.
  • More relationships are being built within the chamber of commerce and Celebrate Church.

Brandon, South Dakota

Celebrate Community Church
John & Dayna Semchenko

  • We had a first time family shared that it has been a hard first year of marriage.  They accepted an invitation to attend Celebrate as their weekly commitment to work on their marriage.  They have come for several weeks and are beginning to open up about the issues that have been a barrier in their marriage.
  • A man who has started attending indicated that he had not been to church in 10 years, and that he has been overwhelmed by how welcome he has been made to feel by the people and the services.
  • Another returning guest has inquired about beginning to mentor through LSSD in Brandon.  We will have 4 men serving as mentors in BV elementary schools.
  • On July 14th we had 39 youth and parents at our Youth Bonfire and BBQ.

Canton, South Dakota

Celebrate Community Church
Brian & Jennifer Loy

  • 6 new people began attending church this month.
  • We have been working hand in hand with the ministerial association for the upcoming July 29th revival service here in Canton.
  • We have been asked to partner again with the athletic programs in Canton High School for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year.
  • Prayer requests: We are developing a very solid leadership team in Canton.  I will begin shaping that into what the district guidelines are over the next few months.  But truly excited about the people God has brought into the fold to help lead the church ministry. As I transition my leadership team, there are bound to people who are hurt and upset by the people chosen.  Pray for pure hearts, understanding hearts, and passionate hearts.Pray as I work to heal hearts without bringing entire situation to the table.  This is going to be a very difficult task.  But with God anything and everything is possible.

Charleston, South Carolina

Residuum Church
Blaze & Alison Johnson

  • Aaron and Rachel — Aaron is a nice guy and was asked by a coworker to help him find a church, Aaron came to our church and felt at home right away.  Two weeks ago, Aaron gave his heart to God.  We met with them this past week and Aaron expressed that he had never made a commitment to follow God under his own volition before, he said he wants to learn as much as he can about God.
  • Daniel and family- Daniel has been coming for about a month and a half, and is the brother of one of our launch team members, Michael. Michael had us start praying for Daniel in February as part of our prayer campaign. Three weeks ago, Daniel and his wife stood up to make a commitment to follow Christ. Michael is overwhelmed by God, as since other family members of theirs have started coming to church.
  • Jason has been coming for 2 years, but said it clicked with him a few weeks ago during one of the messages and he recommitted his life to God.  He has since shared the Gospel with his coworker and the coworker has since committed his life to Christ under the discipleship of Jason.  Jason has committed to lead his coworker in a bible study.  They have committed to read a one year bible plan together every morning.  Disciples making Disciples.
  • Prayer requests: Please pray for our family and that we will be a church that God will be able to trust His people with.

Dell Rapids, South Dakota

Quarry Rock Church
Milt & Maddie Borah

  • Making great progress on our building renovations. New roof, porch, painting, etc.
  • Did 2 weddings and 3 baby dedications resulting in several new families coming to QRC for the first time and have been coming regularly since.
  • Spent a week in San Rafael, MX and got congregation excited about missions in Mexico. Purchased them 40 new chairs and 20 Spanish, large print Bibles.

Fargo, North Dakota*

Story Church
Wade & Chelsey Coffey

  • Started a women’s LIFE Group with 11 signed up and 8 in attendance on the first night; and started a men’s LIFE Group with 12 signed up and 11 in attendance on the first night!
  • The husband of a young woman in our church who recently committed to Christ, got baptized, and committed to being a part of the Story launch team, accepted Jesus Christ himself after attending our church for only 6 weeks! He was agnostic and VERY closed off to churches not even 2 months ago. Now he is not only a Christ-follower, but also going to be baptized, is attending our men’s LIFE Group, and is wanting to serve!!!
  • Increased tithing after a two week series on putting God first and giving.
  • Prayer requests:
    For several new people who have recently started attending our church and/or LIFE Groups to come to accept Christ.
    Continued direction and wisdom from God in EVERYTHING we do.

Lake Andes, South Dakota*

Don Ryswyk

  • We are moving closer to the church plant.  We are working on signs and the old church property will be cleaned up. 10 people from Celebrate in Sioux Falls came down to help us clean up.
  • Celebrate Brandon has taken a significant interest in the Lake Andes plant.  One Brandon attendee promised to be in attendance on the first Sunday of the Lake Andes Church.

Omaha, Nebraska*

Meadows Church
Monte & Jody Gannon

  • We have outgrown our first environment for Sunday worship and now meet at a business in Bellevue NE! We see our launch team continue to grow.
  • We started our 3rd Life Group and have plans to start a 4th one soon!
  • We had four new guests join our Church the day after our July outreach event in the park!

Prayer requests

  • Pray for God’s guidance and wisdom as the foundation of our church is formed.
  • Pray for the outreach events that we are planning for August and September.
  • Pray for the leadership of our church, that we continually lead and love by example.

San Rafael, Mexico

Celebrate Community Church
Eliud & Brenda Garza

  • Averaging 4 first time guests a week. We have 16 for the month.
  • There have been healing miracles during the services. Last Sunday people had an opportunity to testify. One of the testimonies comes from a single mother of 2 that just started coming to church. She was supposed to have surgery to remove a small tumor on one of her ovaries. When we prayed for her she said she felt something warm running through her body. The day of the surgery the Doctor told her that the tumor had disappeared and didn’t need surgery. Praise God.
  • Our most recent Life group has been a total success last Friday we had 47 adults in attendance from town and 30 kids and with the visit of the Celebrate missions team and some people from Celebrate San Rafael the total attendance was 108.

Yankton, South Dakota*

Celebrate Community Church
Jeff & Alane Todd

  • Alanes health: Alane passed a kidney stone Friday. This was incredibly painful, yet God protected the timing. This was the only day I was in Yankton the whole week and the next day we moved!! She recovered so nicely that she was able to participate in the move. She’s amazing!! The outpouring of love and prayers were deeply appreciated.
  • Move: Despite a last minute change by Uhaul (we had to drive to Brookings Saturday morning to get a truck), we were still able to move the rest of our stuff Saturday the 15th! We had over 30 Celebrators help out and our neighbors made treats for everyone. We now are officially Yanktonians!!
  • My position: In the short time I have spent in Yankton, I really love the position I’ve been given (Coordinator at Boys and Girls Club Academy). I get to lead an incredible team of young staff and build relationships with families in the community on a daily basis. Also the leadership team at the Yankton club is fantastic and we are getting along great!
  • Please pray for: Relationships we are establishing ; Boys continue to adjust to their new community ; Rest–we are all exhausted after a big week); Alanes continued health; Both our positions, still lots to learn!!;
  • Patience as we wait to close on house in Yankton

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