On February 28, 2014, under strict doctor's orders, Apostle Ray Garcia obediently stayed home for four days. During that time, God gave Apostle Ray a dream. He saw a big building with a large parking lot, a spacious nursery for kids, a fully loaded playground and lots of classrooms for various types of training. That day, God revealed the full vision and mission of The Impact Center to him within an eight hour timeframe. The Lord showed him scriptures, what ministries to establish, and what it means to be the body of Christ. While writing out the vision and mission, there were several names that were considered for The Impact Center, however God made it clear what He wanted the name to be and what He desired the partners of TIC to do.
Apostle Ray still has the original notes that were penned during that time with the Lord.
The Impact Center began in a local hotel in Lawton, Oklahoma. Before that first gathering, the Lord blessed us with a brand new sound system. The banquet hall that was being utilized had a capacity of 40 people and after the first gathering, we had to look for other venues to accommodate more people. Within 3 weeks of the first gathering, the Lord provided us with a building!
The Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 28, Verses 18-20 is God's command to us all:
"Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore God and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age".
Our mission is to fulfill Jesus' command to make disciples of all nations by being a multi-ethnic and multi-generational center. The seven steps that will bring wholeness into the lives of the church (people) are:
Envision, Engage, Encourage, Edify, Establish, Equip and Empower
disciples to IMPACT one life at a time for the Kingdom of God.
Who Fulfills the Mission?
"And [His gifts to the church were varied and] He Himself appointed some as apostles [special messengers, representatives], some as prophets [who speak a new message from God to the people], some as evangelists [ who spread the good news of salvation], and some as pastors and teachers [ to shepherd and guide and instruct], [and He did this] to fully equip and perfect the saints (God's people) for works of service, to build up the body of Christ [the church]; until we all reach oneness in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, [growing spiritually] to become a mature believer, reaching to the measure of the fullness of Christ [manifesting His spiritual completeness and exercising our spiritual gifts in unity]."
We are Impactors on assignment to fulfill the commission that Jesus commanded us: to make disciples.
It is God's heart to make disciples so that they would be mature and intimate in and with Christ, to continue to grow in the life of Christ, serve in the body, and sow the Gospel of Jesus Christ into the lives of others and as a result: make disciples of all nations.
WE HAVE BEEN CHOSEN to build a church (people) out of the un-churched (lost people).
WE HAVE BEEN CHOSEN to minister to the religious people about the love, mercy and grace of God by our actions and teachings.
WE HAVE BEEN CHOSEN to bring freedom and healing to those who are hurting and in captivity.
WE HAVE BEEN CHOSEN to bring the multi-ethnic together to show a picture of the banquet table that is being prepared for God's children.
WE HAVE BEEN CHOSEN to bring the multi-generational together so that we can truly have an IMPACT with the presence of God and be a demonstration of the Kingdom of God on the Earth.
We at The Impact Center of Lawton have accepted the CALL and the CHALLENGE to bring transformation to our city, region, state and nation by fulfilling this assignment.
"But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right - the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also."
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