Letters of Appreciation
Sopp International Ministries
2 Corinthians 3:2-5: "You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men; being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone, but on tablets of human hearts. And such confidence we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God." (NASB)
Dear friends, as I continue to share with you a sampling of the letters this ministry regularly receives, please see it only as evidence of God's participation in this ministry and give God all the glory!
May our Lord lavish His blessings upon you!
God bless you, Minister Raymond D. Sopp
Letters To This Ministry:
Email: Dear Pastor Raymond, Love and Blessings be to you in the Lord. I have found the Truth of God from your teachings in your website, the teachings are almost next to the Bible. God bless you.
I have decided to make copies for our Crusade coming next week where we expect more than 2,000 people to attend. Let the Glory of God be Manifested through the teachings such that all the Muslims and the Mormons to accept Christ.
Love to hear from you and please uplift me and the work I am doing in your prayers. Allow me call the Crusade, Raymond D. Sopp Ministries Teaching Kenya Light for Africa. It is my Prayers that your ministry be our Ministry to have the teaching ready for us to reach Africa and the rest of the world.
Remain Blessed as I love and Hope to hear from you in the Love of God. Kenya
My response: Thank you for your very kind and gracious words toward both me and this ministry. If you call the Crusade by this ministry's name, please don't forget to add: To God Be The Glory!
Email: God bless you, you are a great and shining faithful light in this time of great darkness and you are blessing me mightily! I have just downloaded the PDF copy of The PORTRAIT of a CHRISTIAN and read the preface and first chapter, and am seeing more clearly now than years ago by His grace and to His glory, praise our awesome God. I've recently moved and my library hasn't caught up with me yet, so your offer of PORTRAIT in PDF has been a godsend. So have your MP3 sermons, one of which the LORD led me to yesterday morning. Well done, thou good and faithful servant and most treasured friend! Sincerely, Doris H. Canada
Email: Dear Minister Raymond, praise God. We are doing well by the grace of God. Hope you are well too. We have already 15 pastors going on with your teachings from the ministryís website, we start with 4 syllabus and we are going with it step by step through prayer. God has opened a way for us and the county government has given us a land free of charge to build for ministry. We are from Kisumu Kenya near the Airport, we are happy we can work together. Happy to hear from you again. Missionary Nashon from Kenya
Subject: The Work and Evidence of the Holy Spirit:
Hi Raymond, My name is Brian, today I came across your article (Heart-to-Heart commentary) on The Work and Evidence of the Holy Spirit. First off I want to say thank you for putting out time to write this it really has helped me in understanding and pointing me to scripture talking about the Holy Spirit. My whole life I grew up in a Nazarene church, they don't practice speaking in tongues there or really much of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Last year I joined a new church a good friend of mine invited me to and God has blessed me beyond measure on having the opportunity to listen to my pastors preach/teach from the word of God along with making new relationships with brothers and sisters there. Anyways to try and not make this so long, they speak in tongues there and I've always have wondered how you acquire that gift and I've heard some people use the term "baptize in the Holy Spirit/ghost" but I never wrapped my head around that because I believe that God empowers us with the promise of his Holy Spirit when we confess Jesus is Lord and have a true heart repentance of our sins and he gives us that immediately after as he promised. My heart longs for God, I believe in the power of the Holy Spirit and I just want more of Jesus. I know it's tough sometimes seeing many speak in tongues and I believe the enemy has been throwing evil lies at my head that I'm not good enough because I don't speak in tongues but I know from the bottom of my heart that Christ lives in me because my life is not the same and my desires are not the same and my own life can even be considered a miracle to some. This is it though Raymond, I'm sorry if this took a while to read I really appreciate the work and obedience you put into this article. God bless you Raymond! If you ever have time to text or talk I would LOVE to get to hear from you more, seriously. Thank you. ~ Brian from USA
Subject: Your sermon The Fast:
I listened to your message, The Fast, and thought it was full of solid truth and spoken in a very gentle way. It resonated in my spirit as a wonderful new way of looking at a Fast. Loved it! Also, years ago when I was first saved, I asked my pastor to explain the wine and the wine skins, because I knew there was something deeper there than I was getting. Well, needless to say, he didn't know much more than I did. I think the Lord was placing a question mark on my heart for the day I listened to your message. It was a great joy to glean from your insight. God Bless, Sue B. from USA
Subject: God bless you and welcome to Kenya to minister with us, Amen:
Dear Brethren, receive much greetings in the name of Jesus Christ. Brother, itís been a long time that we have not communicated with you. Here in Kenya our Lord God is doing great things. I downloaded the teachings from your website as you told me, and I have used these teachings to teach others. It has been of great help for me and the body of Christ Jesus here in Kenya. We do remember you in our daily prayers for you are one of our friends on our prayer list. God bless you, and pass our regards to all saints there and your family. Yours in Christ, Pastor Thomas O. from Kenya
Hello Minister Raymond D. Sopp: How are you? I pray youíre in best of health. My name is Fabian and Iíve been visiting your website and downloaded one of your mp3 sermons: The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me. Please continue your ministry for the glory of God. Itís been a blessing to me; all which you have written is from the source of God. I pray God gives you the grace you need to endure. Amen!
Second Email: Thank you Minister Ray for your website and the lessons you have posted. I have read the chapter The Shepherd Boy and about to read it again so I understand 100% of all thatís within that lesson. Iím not working now, but once the Lord make funds available I will buy your book, The Portrait of a Christian. I know that God was the one who did the writing; you were just the pen. Fabian from Jamaica
Thank you for your article (Heart-to-Heart commentary) on The Work and Evidence of the Holy Spirit which I just read this morning. It really spoke to my heart. My background is Assembly of God and my husbandís is Baptist. He wonít attend a church that claims they believe that ďtheĒ evidence of having (baptized in) the Holy Spirit is speaking in tongues. I could never understand why they claim this in their doctrine, nor could I figure out in my mind how to explain why. They leave many people out of their church by doing so. Now I understand: I speak in tongues, but I do not believe you need to put it in your doctrine as ďtheĒ evidence. I believe it is a gift, and a precious one. A believer in Godís word, Joni from USA
Subject: Prayer Request:
Dear the servant of God. I received and listened to your sermons and I am very much blessed, may the Lord bless you as you blessed me with His eternal word. I believe that our friendship in the gospel will be everlasting as long as we live. Apart from copying the sermons and giving to others, as you suggested, I am arranging for a conference to teach people from your sermons. The meeting is scheduled from 1st. of November to 5th. Please, I kindly request you to pray for me to get the basic requirements needed to hold this important meeting. Your brother Vincent and Alice from Kenya
Subject: No More Questions :)
Minister Ray, I really, really, enjoyed asking you lots of questions. I feel like your ministry has accomplished that which it set out to do in my life. I am on Chapter 20 of your book (The Portrait of a Christian) and I can now say 100% that I am definitely a Christian. I am not perfect and the Holy Spirit has a lot more work to do on me, but I finally get it. The very fact that I desire to be godly proves I am a Christian. Only the Holy Spirit within me can produce that desire! What I need to do now is just continue to pray and seek God! I feel free!
I feel like I have reached a new level of maturity in Christ. Praise God! When I purchased your book, I purchased it to see if I was truly a Christian and it took me awhile, but the very fact that God was convicting me of sin shows that I am a true daughter of God. God took your book and used it to show me my heart (my heart needs a lot of work), but the very fact that the Holy Spirit showed me my heartís condition means He is disciplining me and if He is disciplining me it means I belong to God.
I am smiling right now and I am filled with joy, yet I am sad at the same time. I am sad because God told me to stop asking you so many questions because you have a ministry to attend to. Asking you so many questions is hindering you from ministering to the people who really need your ministry so I must be obedient and stop Emailing you so much. I will definitely be praying for you and I want you to be encouraged, because your ministry has changed my life forever. Glory be to God and to God alone! Thank you so much Minister Ray. You will be in my prayers and I will definitely spread the word about your ministry! Thank you and God bless you always and forever, Christine C. from the USA
Subject: RE: Tape Request:
Good Afternoon: First, I would like to thank you for the sermon tapes you sent. I received them (all eight) two days ago. I must tell you they are wonderful teachings. May God bless you so much for the messages on the tapes. They are unique in every way. Thanks so much and I will distribute your sermon tapes so that most, if not all the people in my community will hear the word for themselves. Thank you so much. Brother Stanley M. from Zimbabwe
Brother Raymond, Greetings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Thanks for your reply to my letter that I wrote to you a couple of weeks ago. Itís good that it successfully reached your desk. Keep up the good work of service. I will keep you informed about my progress and the teachings that I have been printing from your website as Iím using them to preach and teach. Very wonderful teachings they are brother Raymond. Always be strong in the Lord and in the might of His mighty power, running this race faithfully knowing that at the end is a wonderful crown which awaits you. Blessings from our Lord Jesus upon you and upon the vision that God entrusted to you to oversee. Yours faithfully, Brother Javan M. from Kenya
Hi! I just wanted to let you know I went to your ministryís website and I wanted to tell you that I think you are a man after God's own heart. Most ministries online or on television these days concentrate so much on asking people for money to buy their books, tapes, cd's, dvdís, or whatever. Most of these evangelists are multi-millionaires who are in all actuality giving very little back and aren't doing much to help those in need.
When I saw your book for sale (The Portrait of a Christian) I regretted that I could not buy it, because it looked like a great book. My family is going through some extremely difficult times right now, but the good Lord is providing for all of our basic needs, just no extras. When I saw that people could read an unedited version of your book online, I was in a complete state of disbelief! I have never seen a ministry that will let those who don't have the means to buy their books or tapes still receive the wonderful message they are providing. Thank you so much for what you do! I hope God truly blesses you in abundance. Your sister in Christ, Lindsey B. from the USA
Subject: The Portrait of a Christian:
I just started reading the book online, and your words are going directly to my heart. It makes me wonder how I can love the Lord so much, and be such a sinner. My dad died last year and he was, to my sister and me, the truest Christian we ever met. I want so much to be like him, and be as sincere and truthful about who I am and what I believe in, but I fall short so often. Thank you for writing this most important book, next to the Bible. I will order a copy so I can highlight the places that I need to work on.
I am praying for you and thanking God for you and your ministry. Please pray for me and my family. Thank you, Mary R. from the USA
Subject: Thanks be to GOD!
I praise GOD for the call He has put on your life. Your book is a word of exhortation and encouragement to me. Thank you for being obedient and living up to your calling. GOD bless you! Blessings, Brother Doug S. from the USA
I have just checked out the ministry's website and there's several things I like about you:
1) You want to know the truth Ė no matter what.
2) You will tell others the truth Ė no matter what they think.
3) You are willing to help others find the truth.
4) You back everything up in Scripture in both Old and New Testaments.
5) You make it easy to access through downloadable MP3's.
6) You make it easier to understand, because you come at it with so many examples.
I just listened to your sermon titled: Devoured by Satan. I know, without a doubt, I am being called to serve God through my singing. I also know that Satan doesn't want me to succeed. I can't tell you all the obstacles that have been put in my way. This sermon was very helpful. I felt encouraged today. Thank you. I'm not sure just how I will share your website with others yet, but I will. Please keep me in your prayers as I will you. In HIS service, Eva M. from the USA
Subject: Bless You!
Brother, Sopp. I found your letter (commentary), entitled, "When God Says No." I want to thank you for your obedience to God to write this word and to share it via the Internet. I was so incredibly blessed by this. I was charged to provide encouraging words at a women's fellowship gathering this Friday and the Lord gave me, "when God says no" as the topic to speak about. I am not a preacher, but I take speaking to God's children seriously. I am a shy person by nature, but God is giving me boldness to declare the oracles of God. I feel that God led me to your commentary. I will read it as part of what God has shared with me. Thank you, Brother. I pray that God blesses you and your family. For Christ's Sake, Sheba S. from ?
Subject: God Bless you:
Hello Servant of God. Iím Pastor Eva of the African Church Planting Network. It's always with a great sense of pleasure that Iíve been visiting your website for several weeks now and I can feel Godís word touching me from within my soul. I so pray many other Pastors, Christians, and the God's Word thirsty multitude from all around the globe be as blessed as I am. Pastor Eva N. from Central Africa
To: Raymond D. Sopp: Greetings in Jesus name. Your ďHeart-to-HeartĒ commentaries have been a blessing to me. I am glad to have visited your website. Pastor Michael M. from Nakuru, Kenya
Subject: News and prayer letter
Just to also inform you that I have received the 3 copies of your book, The Portrait of a Christian, you sent by mail in good condition. I have added them on our Bible school library shelves. Already our Emmaus national co-ordinator saw them, pick one up and read it. He is interested in having a copy for himself, can you post him a copy? Gideon K. from Nigeria
Subject: Praise God
I'm glad to salute you through the Mighty name of our beloved Lord Jesus Christ. It is a great job that God is doing through you. I met a friend who lent me your sermon tapes; the teachings changed me until I became saved. I'm now a new creature and the old is past. I'm looking forward to God doing His will through me. Barasa W. from Bungoma, Kenya
Thank you for requesting my friendship! Your profile is awesome and your sermons sound wonderful. I love the titles of your blogs and look forward to reading through them soon. I am thankful for good ministers who teach truth from God's Word.
Being raised a Mormon all my early life, I detest false teachings to the bone! I was saved in 1991 by the Grace of God and met Jesus in my living room one night while pouring out my heart to him in utter surrender! What an amazing treat that was! I will never forget His presence within me as He filled me with His Spirit. I am so in love with the Lord! Thank you for being a friend in Christ and I can't wait to learn more about you! Love, Miss TeeJAy from USA
Subject: Sopp Ministries:
Sunday, I preached your first message (Jesus Instructed Them To Tell No One!) to the church members. They really enjoy the message. I also introduced you and your ministry and told them about your efforts. They showed a desire to read your book and literature in Urdu and I told them that at this time it is not possible, but when the Lord provides the resources to translate your literature into Urdu, and for printing, we will provide them copies. So I am keeping the one I preached and Iím reading your second message: ďSatan, Disguised as An Angel of Light" This message is also wonderful, but it's also a tough message. In Christ, Rev. Shakeel M. from Pakistan
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