"RESTORING A VISION & EVANGELIZING NATIONS" RAVEN MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL IS COMMITTED TO TAKING THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST TO A LOST AND DYING WORLD. CHARLES SPURGEON SAID, "IF SINNERS BE DAMNED AT LEAST LET THEM LEAP TO HELL OVER OUR BODIES. LET THEM GO WITH OUR ARMS AROUND THEIR KNEES. LET NO ONE GO THERE UNWARNED OR UNPRAYED FOR."
We are restoring the vision to the Church and then evangelizing nations with the Gospel!
RAVEN Ministries serves as a “Revolutionary Voice” for the last days Church. Our PASSION is for the person and presence of the Lord Jesus to be made known throughout the World, and our MISSION is to preach the uncompromising Gospel of the Cross in churches, neighborhoods, streets corners, slums, and anywhere that there are lost and dying people needing to hear the good news of salvation, or moved from a place of religious complacency and into an intimate and expectant relationship with Christ Jesus!
— Our Mission
Preaching the uncompromising Gospel of the Cross in churches, neighborhoods, streets corners, slums, and anywhere that there are lost and dying people needing to hear the good news of salvation, or moved from a place of religious complacency and into an intimate and expectant relationship with Christ Jesus!
— Our Vision
We are restoring the vision to the Churchh and then going and evangelizing nations with the Gospel
— Our Story
What do you think is the greatest need in regard to the Church today, “I was asked as we sat ther in Denny’s Restaurant on interstate 40 in Amarillo, Texas that afternoon in early 1996.
Sitting ther with a cup of coffee and paper napkin in front of me. I jotted down my answer as i also spoke it out loud. “We have got to restore the vision to the Chruch and then go and evangelize nations with the Gospel” On that paper napkin I wrote what would be the basis of the vision and mandate tha the Holy Spirit would drop in my heart. From that came the acryonym that would vbe used to describe this calling R.A.V.E.N or Restoring a Vision & Evangelizing Nations. “RAVEN” would then become the outreach ministry arm of our local church (Dayspring Ministries) as well as the vehicle used to ignite the fires of revival and a passion for the Great Commision in cities and churches accross the Nation and beyond. Locally, RAVEN would reach into our community through our chruch each saturday morning with tfree bread (1st Kings 17:6), servant evangelism and “front porch” discipleship. We would eventually start a free Jesus Cafe’ that would serve as many as 250 sit-down meals to the homeless and needy of lunch followed by a voluntary service afterwards that would draw 125-150 people.
Raven was also invited to particiapte inmany local outreach events that needed evangelism-oriented praise and worship ministry and experienced soul-winners
It was february of 1996 though that truly established the minsitry of RAVEN in what it is today. Pastor Troy was invited to bring a group to an outreach in New Orleans that was held in conjuction(and in response to the annual Mardi Gras). Having never been to New Orleans, he initially made light of the invitation but that soon changed when he was told, There are an average of 2 million visitors that attend this event and and they all need what we have: JESUS. That settled it! Nine soul-winners would climb in a borrowed van and make the 925 mile trip from Amarillo, Texas to New Orleans and they would never be the same.
Crossing in to Jackson Square that night, the RAVEN team was confronted with things not seen even in the seediest areas of their town: witches, worlocks, psychic, tarot card readers and tens of thousand of deperate souls. Pastor Troy recounts that he was felling overwhelmed at the sight when the voice of the Lord spoke to him saying, “When you see it like I say it, then you will do it like i did it”
The next year the team grew from nine to twenty. A year later it had doubled again and within a few years they were chartering busses and taking 90% of their congregation along for this annual mission trip. It was during theses times that Pastor Troy knew the Lord would eventually have them take RAVEN into New Orleans full-time. He and Melanie began to pray the Lord birthed in their heart a passion to have a place in New Orleans to host ministry teams year round, train people for mininstry and stir the fires of true revival in the hearts of God’s people.
In 2003 Pastor Troy & Melanie and their two children moved to New Orleans and were soon joined by several from their church including Pastor Alex & Holly Hill, Pastor Thomas & Doree Derick, Nick and Cindy Castro and Elva Villa. The work continued and evemtually would spread out accross the United States and also leading teams of RAVEN’s into other Nations!