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Dec012011

The Bligs: Moving With God

Andrew with CBC-Chicago graduate, John Blig, at the 2011 Minister's Conference in Colorado Springs. John is the pastor of Oasis Light Church in San Antonio, TX.
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In 1994, Romanian worship leaders, John and Michaela Blig, traveled to the United States to visit family. During their extended visit, the pastor of the church the Bligs attended in North Carolina recognized the call of God on their lives and ordained them. As the couple began their return journey to Romania, they were unaware that they would one day return to live and minister in the U.S.

Back in Romania, the Bligs continued to lead worship. They served at national Christian conferences, and were part of leading large evangelical crusades. Shortly after their return, John helped his sister find a church to attend in central Romania. As part of his efforts, he contacted an organization called, Assisting Romanian Churches (ARC). During his conversation with Michaela and John Blig.
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ARC representatives, John found that the ministry was in need of Romanian interpretors, and he offered his service to them. Eventually, his association with ARC led to the Bligs assisting with the planting of four new churches in Romania. Together the Bligs trained leaders for each church and pastored two of the new churches themselves.

In 1999, just as their ministry was taking off for the Bligs, John heard God tell him to join his family in Chicago. I heard the Lord say, "I have a plan for you there," said John. The couple obeyed, and the Blig family immigrated to America.

Once settled in Chicago, the Bligs and their children became members of a local church congregation. One particular Sunday, Andrew ministered at the Bligs new church. John and Michaela One of John and Michaela's Worship CDs. (Click to enlarge)enjoyed Andrew’s teaching and it changed the course of their ministry. Prior to hearing Andrew, John had determined that he was going to attend Bible college, and had purposed to do so in Oklahoma. After listening to Andrew, the Bligs discovered Charis Bible College, and the CBC extension school in Chicago. John and his family passed on moving to Tulsa and gladly enrolled at CBC-Chicago.

While John and Michaela were attending classes at CBC, worship artists, Charlie and Jill LeBlanc ministered at the school. It was during the LeBlanc‘s teaching that John received direction from the Lord about what the family's next step would be after graduating from CBC. “I had an open vision of the Lord Jesus saying, ‘My son, go to San Antonio and open an oasis of light for Me there.'"

The Blig family (L-R) Jason, Melody Joy, Michaela, Harmony Grace and John (Click to enlarge)Following graduation, John and his family, obediently did exactly what they heard the Lord tell them to do. They moved to San Antonio, Texas and launched a church called, Oasis of Light. John and Michaela currently pastor the growing church and co-direct Oasis of Light Bible School. Their Bible school utilizes Andrew's teachings and CBC curriculum on DVD. The Bligs teach their church members and students that our loving, Heavenly Father has a great purpose and an awesome plan for each person. They desire to help each person find their own significance, plan and purpose.

Both John and Michaela have a sincere heart for evangelism, and they believe the Lord is leading them to plant more churches in the United States, Europe, Russia and muslim nations in the Middle East. “I am just waiting for direction and timing from the Lord,“ John said with anticipation.

The Bligs have committed to follow God’s plan for their lives, and the fruit of their faithfulness is evident as they continue to share the almost-too-good-to-be-true-news around the world.

Reader Comments (3)

I'm glad to read about 2 of the persons whit which I grow up in my faith. I say just GO ON John (Nelu) and Mihaela

December 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRamona

Knock 'm alive in Texas and elsewhere. U r a blessing!

December 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrufus whynot

Michaela is a blessing in my life as I've only known her a year........but she has an optimism and compassion for people that reminds me of the respect and social graces my grandmother had towards people. Thank God for the Bligs.......:)

December 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdelina

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