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Raising Leaders, Shaping Vision & Influencing Society Through Christ
Church Address: 1050 E. Palmdale Blvd., Ste. 209B, Palmdale, CA 93550
Mailing Address: International Central Gospel Church, PO Box 901251, Palmdale, CA 93590-1251
Phone Numbers: 661-874-5660 / 661-916-8844
Church E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sundays: 10am - Intercessory Prayer
Sundays: 10:30am - Worship & Celebration Service
Wednesdays: 7pm - Intercessory Prayer
Wednesdays: 7:30pm - Worship, Prayer and Teaching
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"My house shall be called a house of prayer unto all
nations." (Mark 11:17)
"Men always ought to pray and not to faint." (Luke 18:1)
The place and significance of prayer in the Father's
(God's) business cannot be over-emphasized. Prayer is
the foundation of any spiritual enterprise. Through
Prayer, we can tap into the supernatural power of God.
Prayer is the key that opens the iron gates; it is the
Christian’s primary source of strength; it is the weapon
that never ceases to expose, halt or neutralize Satan's
diabolic devices and schemes. Through prayer, countless
miracles have occurred (and still do occur): the sick have
been healed, the oppressed have been set free, acts of
divine providence have been manifested, wombs
condemned and medically labeled as barren, have
become fruitful and borne children. Through Prayer,
incorrigible lives have been supernaturally and
It is worthy to note that the desire to pray is
instinctive in all humans - it is not only Christians or the
religious who pray; to the contrary the "heathen," i.e.
even sworn and avowed atheists pray, especially when
confronted with crisis and other adverse life-situations.
‘Mankind’, oftentimes, recognizes his/her limitations
when faced with critical life issues, e.g. natural disasters,
separation from loved ones, sickness, death etc. and with
that recognition, usually comes a reaching and crying out
(i.e. prayer) to a "Higher Power or Being."
Many have specialized in using the term, 'Higher
Power', for the sake of political correctness. To us at ICGC,
however, this "higher power" is no abstract, intangible
person or substance, but the Living and Almighty God,
the Creator of the universe, and ALL things, both
visible (natural) and invisible (spiritual) (Geneses 1:1, John
1:3, Colossians 1:16)
THE REALITY OF GOD:
The Bible assumes the existence and reality of God
by simply stating that "In the beginning God..." (Genesis
1:1). It does not attempt to prove or explain His reality or
existence. God expects humanity to know instinctively
that He exists and is real, and to relate to Him
accordingly. When God becomes real and personal to a
person through faith in the substitutionary work of
Christ, He ceases to be a distant and abstract being (or
power). He becomes a friend, companion, comforter,
healer, provider, the center of one's affection, the silent
listener to every conversation – in a real sense, a very
personal God, the believer not only recognizes as God,
but also Abba Father – an Aramaic term of endearment. It
is this personal and dynamic relationship with God
(through Christ) that takes the chore out of prayer, and
makes it such a wonderful "love-affair" between two
spiritual beings - Almighty God and His redeemed People.
If two people are truly in love, they love to spend time;
quality time, together.
CONCEPTS IN PRAYER:
Prayer is to the Church, what a Big Mac is to
McDonalds - inseparable
Prayer is to the human spirit, what breathing is to
the body - indispensable
Prayer is a love-relationship and fellowship with a
Prayer is the Believer's weapon of war.
Prayer is never one-sided, but two sided, a
communion between the believer and Almighty
God; communion is always a ‘give and take’ affair.
Prayer cannot be limited geographically, because in
the realm of the spirit, there is no distance - prayers
made in America can touch lives in Africa.
Prayer must be made in accordance with the will of
Intercessory Prayer: As a priest (Rev.5:9-10), God has
called the Christian to "stand in the gap" for others.
Thus, the Christian is like an attorney or advocate, a
mediator, pleading the case of others before God -
both in the church and in the world.
Through Prayer, we plug ourselves into God's Power
socket - Hence:
No prayer, no power
Little Prayer, little power
Much Prayer, much power
The International Central Gospel Church,
California, is a full-gospel, missions-oriented ministry.
Consistent with its commitment to human dignity and
goal of influencing society with the principles of the
kingdom of God, through Christ, ICGC California will
pursue and promote issues of social justice through a
holistic application of the gospel to the needs of
humanity. In collaboration with others of like-mission
or faith, ICGC California will engage in preventive and
intervention programs through its Compassion &
Recovery Ministries, The OASIS OF LOVE. These
programs will be aimed at interrupting or
disrupting the Cycle of Poverty, in all its degrading
and dehumanizing forms, and fostering individual
and/or collective spiritual, physical, intellectual, social
and economic uplift among underprivileged people
groups and/or communities.
Philosophy & Rationale:
The Mission of OASIS OF LOVEis predicated upon
the Doctrine and Principle of Incarnation.
Principle of Incarnation:
In what is theologically referred to as ‘Incarnation’,
"The Word" (Jesus), "became flesh, and dwelt among
men" (John1:14). The doctrine of Incarnation,
demonstrates God's desire to be present where
humanity is, actively involved and participating fully in
mankind's everyday life.
From this perspective, we believe that the Gospel
should not be relegated to the spiritual realm, where it
only touches the hearts/spirits of men; it must also
take on "flesh" or substance in its application. In
essence, the Great Commission: “Go and make
disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of
the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost...”(Matthew 28:18-
19, Mark 16:15 – 20), with its focus, traditionally, on
SOUL-WINNING and DISCIPLESHIP, must operate
concurrently with the Great Commandment: "Thou
shall love the Lord thy God" and "thou shall love thy
neighbor as thyself..." (Matthew 22:36-40), which is a
call to Social Work, Service and Justice. Practical
solutions to real human need (Felt-Needs), in other
words, must be seen as part of the gospel message,
and therefore included in its delivery. ICGC’s focus,
theologically and practically, will be the TOTAL MAN –
Spirit, Soul and Body (1st Thessalonians 5:23).
Christ forgave sins (spiritual dimension) during His
earthly ministry, but also healed physical diseases
(physical dimension). His Mission Statement outlined in
Luke 4:18 had a ‘holistic’ bent, which means: Practical
benefits were offered to those who believed - the poor,
oppressed, the brokenhearted etc.
The Apostle James:
James, the Apostle, reiterates this by stating
that, "pure religion... is to visit the fatherless and
widows in their affliction" (James 1:27). He states,
furthermore, that: "If a brother or sister be naked and
destitute of daily food...and you give them not those
things which are needful to the body, what does it
profit?" (James 2:15-16).
It is against this backdrop that Pastor Rick Donkor:
Lead Pastor of ICGC-California initiated the
establishment of OASIS OF LOVE...
Where a deficiency exists in the physical, social,
and/or economic order or conditions of a people or
community, therefore, it is the goal of ICGC to
intervene, where our resources allow and enable us,
regardless of race, color, creed or gender, and help
bring help and healing, under the auspices of our
Compassion and Recovery Ministries: OASIS OF LOVE
ICGC plans to pursue and undertake the following
project goals, among others, under the auspices of
OASIS OF LOVE (501C3), our Compassion and Recovery
Ministries. They include:
1. Create an Entrepreneurial Development Board:
Most people, given the opportunity, and
consistent with the innate human desire or
quest for dignity and significance, will rather
work for a living than wait to be given a
Spirituality and Prosperity (Financial) can co-
exist. God is not against financial and
material prosperity; in fact, you can have as
much money and material things as you
want, as long as they do not have you.
Create an environment conducive to the
cultivation and development of an
entrepreneurial spirit in the House of God in
general, and in the ICG Churches which the
Lord may lead and enable us to plant.
Encourage business ownership among
Christians in general, our members in
particular and the general community at
Conduct seminars to these ends.
Establish vocational training centers that will
facilitate the acquisition job skills by the
socio-economically challenged and
marginalized people-groups in our
Job search issues: completing applications,
creating resumes, preparing for interviews,
dressing for success. etc.
2. Establish a Youth Center - Diversion Programs for
Providing a Practical Alternative to Life on the
streets for Youth in our community, through
the establishment of diversion programs.
Incorporate the Total-Man/Woman Concept
into youth programs and activities.
Youth Career Counseling Services and
Vocational Training Programs.
ESL programs for marginalized people
groups; removing language barrier and
empowering people to enter mainstream
GED Classes and Tutorials.
After school programs – extra-curricular
Computer Literacy Programs - bridge the
digital divide/gap between rich and poor.
Crisis counseling and Intervention for
troubled teens; runaway kids, pregnant teens
Partner with community institutions (e.g.
police department, probation officers,
juvenile hall and other institutions) to
undertake diversion programs.
3. Establish Recovery/Addict Programs: Disrupting
the Cycle of Abuse:
God created ‘man’ in His image, whole, and
complete, with no defects or deficiencies;
any distortions, wounds or imbalance caused
by any form of abuse or violence (sexual,
physical, verbal or psychological) is a
deviation from His original intent or purpose.
Establish abuse prevention programs
Establish rehabilitation centers for substance
abuse/chemical dependency; offer drug &
alcohol counseling services
Offer anti-gang and anti-drug programs for
Provide services to victims of violence and
abuse: Sexual - rape/incest/molestation
victims. Physical - Victims of domestic
violence; shelters for battered women etc.
Address compulsive behaviors and related
issues, e.g. alcoholism, workaholism, sex
addiction, eating disorders (bulimia,
Day-care centers - Support single parents & two-
income families in our church and community.
Fitness Programs – Balance Spiritual Life with
Physical Health and Fitness.
Food/clothing distribution to the urban poor and
Cultural awareness and sensitivity
programs/seminars: making our racial/ethnic
diversity a strength, instead of a weakness.
5. Establish Christian Educational facilities:
Schools - Create a healthy Christian environment
in schools, so kids can develop Godly, moral
convictions, while achieving academic excellence.
6. International – Resource Center:
To always maintain a Christ-like sensitivity and
compassion towards those in other parts of the
world, who may be less privileged than we are in
the United States, with respect to, their dignity as
humans, condition and standards of living.
Become a resource center, providing hope for
living and impacting destinies through the
provision of food, clothing, medical supplies and
educational resources to the less fortunate in
America, and the two/thirds (2/3) world.