Ministering To Children In The U.S.A

FROM THE DESK OF DAVID ABBOTT

Departure From The Norm
The norm in the industrialized world, there is no point putting on midweek meetings as children are heavily committed to other things. Sheridan, Indiana for years has been the exception to that with many attending every night for five nights, except this time! Initially it would appear they had joined everywhere else until we looked more closely. Then we saw five children who had proved over years they had hearts after God, in every one of my meetings. Being committed to their own church services and parents who back them. Normally teaching includes evangelizing, building up the weak and something deeper. This time God said the whole time was just for them. They began the week having the call of God and issues in their lives to hinder them like the bible Gideon. They ended the week like him, changed and in the victorious. One boy who always responds but after others on Sunday morning didn’t wait for me to finish my invitation but walked from the back to the front alone being watched by everyone then adults followed him. A child shall lead them!

Sheridan Elementary (Primary) School Revival
Wooden Christian CrossThe USA has separation of church and State but God has His foot in the door. Every Wednesday after school the “Good News Club” meets, the school secretary announces the meeting over the public address system just before the final bell. Then fifty six children gather in a classroom every week, this represents ten percent of the student population. I ministered there this time and they soaked up every word and then eighteen came out to be prayed for, for assurance of salvation.

Christian School Excitement
I went to the States with messages prepared for here, then God said “No, change that”, then gave me time to prepare anew. After the first session a very excited teacher who had been in told me. He had just finished one series and starting a new one and what God had given me was on the same theme as he was about to do and perfectly prepared the way for him. God is the perfect administrator putting all the right pieces together!!

It Ended As It Began
The final ministry of all in Denver ended as we began with a small quality, hungry group. The worship was amazing with God confirming He is there in small gatherings by sending His presence powerfully. The challenges involved cost but that was no obstacle they went for it and we ended with a powerful time praying over them. Final, final was the honour of ministering to the youth group many of whom had been in my meetings when I first went there. The leader Jedd, the pastor’s son God gave me a word for him before I had ever met him in person, today praise God he is living that word.

Much love,

David

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Norway Ministry Report

FROM THE DESK OF DAVID ABBOTT

Well God did it again, two events where it was more like being in the third world than Norway. In third world countries the children are quiet, still and attentive every meeting and all or everyone responds every time. This was Norway!! It is usually free expression, do your own thing and its subsequent challenges but children and young teens were like the third world. I believe that God is beginning to raise up a new generation of children there and they will stand for God and righteousness.

David Abbott Ministry To Children In Norway

The first day in the country was the busiest with four meetings, two in different Christian Schools and later in the week in another and all three the children were brilliantly behaved and almost all responded for prayer when it was given. I get a sense that God is again raising up schools to be spiritual birth and growth places. They were that back along but the enemy got in seeking to destroy and in a number succeeded. The ones that remain, now is their time and I believe they will go way beyond anything seen before. There are many testimonies now of wild children expelled from other schools now living, in their own words, ‘lives transformed by God’.

Two events have to have been some of the most amazing meetings since my first ones twenty eight years ago. I still can’t find the words to describe the amazing time God gave us. It began in the first meeting where we had the children/youth together and my interpreter friend said these are HUNGRY. After that we divided them, seven to ten years and 11 up with roughly fifteen in each and they were off. The younger group almost everyone responded every meeting but in the first a boy misunderstood the invitation for prayer and sat in tears because he thought he would not be able to follow Jesus because of it. That sorted he was glued to every word every session and in the last meeting with a radiant face spoke instantly in tongues. A group of youth were so hungry they sat voluntarily in on the children’s meetings then fifteen minutes later in their own. Another youth only sat in on the last children’s meeting, then responded with them and couldn’t stop speaking in tongues he was still talking away sitting back in his seat. The youth didn’t just soak up every word but seriously thought it through.  All but one responded in the first meeting saying they wanted God to have their whole lives not just their hearts. Then as we looked more deeply at what that step would involve and the cost just two responded. The others we could clearly see needed time to think this through so as not to make a rash decision they would not keep. One who did respond really battled before he got up but instantly he did God gave me a word for him and he sat down with a radiant face. The final youth meeting us leaders knew something special was going to happen. God laid it on my heart that during the invitation gentle worship music be played to help provide an atmosphere of the presence of God. That meeting they were not just attentive but awesomely attentive and at the end all but three were instantly on their feet and tears were flowing. I felt it such an awesome responsibility praying because this was a life changing moment for them. God challenged them that at camp He had drawn a line and could they, would they, dare they, cross it! And there they were. An amazing time with an electric atmosphere proceeded as we prayed for them and God gave me words for some individuals and then one for them collectively. They moved quietly back to their seats and my friend shared a word with them then they gradually drifted away and our heads were still swirling with what we had just experienced. A lady who sat in at the back said she knew the youths and the lives of those God gave words to and every word was speaking right into their situations, what a wonderful God. The camp ended but God hadn’t, an excited mother of a teenage girl rang saying her daughter told her that God had done something big in her but every time she tried to explain what she dissolved into tears. The mother of a boy also rang saying in the car on their way home he told her that he hadn’t responded in the final meeting, but as he sat in his seat (I couldn’t see him because of the children standing being prayed for) he said God met with him, he knew it was God because for no reason he began to cry but he felt an amazing great feeling inside. That night he was asking his mother questions about the Holy Spirit and ended up with him speaking in tongues. God still hadn’t finished with them yet.

My next event was cancelled at the very last minute and the children’s leader was so excited with what happened at camp she wanted to do something more. She organised a follow up meeting for the young teens Thursday evening. No one even tries that in Norway, they say few or none come because they have so much homework and out of school activities they won’t miss. Well everyone was there apart from some who didn’t live on the island and with radiant faces. The presence of God was in the meeting again, I got excited and a bit carried away so the meeting was long but they never noticed or said anything. Almost all responded for prayer again and God gave words for several more. They drifted slowly away (normally they run) and again not the end. As they ate I was told there is a girl in the meeting room who wants prayer. She didn’t know what for just felt this strong urge to be prayed for again (she had responded earlier). As I laid hands on her God showed me some things, we prayed into them and she left with, well I can only describe it as a transformed face.

The final weekend, a children’s conference with four sessions and what was predicted to be fifteen to twenty attending actually was thirty one. I would say they were attentive and hungry plus. Nothing like this had been done before so basic first steps teaching and by the end almost everyone was filled with the Holy Spirit and loudly speaking in tongues. Many of them experienced the presence of God as a physical feeling for the first time and their faces were a picture. God gave me words for seven of which three have very strong leadership callings. One of the three was the main leader’s ten year old son and I was glad I had no idea who he was until way after I had given him the word or I might have had difficulty giving it. Helpers left saying “we need to do this again often, I will help”, so the scene is set for those children. Sunday morning parents, grandparents alike said that children and young people had gone home full, excited and volunteering details about what they had experienced Saturday.

So there we are, thank you so very much from the bottom of my heart for your huge and vital part in this trip. I couldn’t have done it without your help. Please pray for the next event at the end of October,  a weekend in Luxembourg.

Much Love and Thanks…

David

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Children in India & Uganda Being Healed From Rejection

FROM THE DESK OF DAVID ABBOTT

Dear Ones…

Well it was a very amazing time this trip. The orphanage in India, it was clear God had gone before and prepared their hearts as the meetings were some of the best ever. Whether in rejection seminars or meetings with all children I felt the responses were really genuine and their faces proved it by being different by the end. (Faces being the dial that shows what has happened in the heart). Because of school we couldn’t have the village children this time but pastors came instead. They said “God has opened our eyes to see that in our churches we only occupy the children with simple bible stories and games to keep them out of the parent’s way during the service. Now we see the potential in children, they can receive anything and their lives do change, so we must change our approach to them”, praise God.

Healing From Rejection Seminars

Children Ministry In India

Children Ministry In India

The rejection seminars, we had thirty one (should be twenty but you can’t turn someone away who wants to be free), no problem. They came with dull expressionless faces showing the pain they were carrying, so at the end when faces glowed we knew a work had been done. Four children who are now college students and have been through three seminar series each time making new steps towards their complete freedom. They did all the one on one ministry and were very sincere about it and took the responsibility of it very seriously.

The session on family breakup, death and sexual abuse was particularly difficult for the children but God had it in hand. The children sat praying themselves before I invited them for ministry and the Holy Spirit came among them was so strongly I delayed for ages to let Him do His sovereign work before I continued. We know that God cares for us as individuals but see also the lengths He will go to, to meet the needs of one of His hurting children.

Salman (Solomon to us) was one in the rejections seminars this year. A small fourteen year old, his body stunted by the malnourished state he arrived at the orphanage in, he is not an orphan but came from a horribly deprived slum. He had lived in a tiny one roomed hovel with his alcoholic and abusive father and abused mother. In such places they brew their own beer from banana’s which makes a deadly potent brew. In his young years he witnessed his drunken father beat his mother often leaving her bedridden for days. At such times he and his sibling’s would be beaten just because they were there, got in the way or cried because of what they saw. Even when sober his father would scream and shout abuse at him never having anything good to say about him at. His older brother left the orphanage last year to go to college Salman and his younger sister are there now. In the seminars God positioned Salman on a table right in front of me where I saw clearly the signs of a boy carrying a huge weight of pain. (I knew nothing of the above at this point). After one session I felt God say take him aside and share with him what you feel and he confirmed it was right. I felt to say that I fully understood what he had gone through and his pain and made a promise that I would walk with him through to freedom and victory however long it took, to which a big smile came on his face. (At this point I had no idea all that my promise was going to entail then and I am sure in the near future). The session on forgiveness and letting go of the pain Salman really struggled hard and several times had his face buried into the front of my shoulder. But praise God he made it through (he will need more ministry and help to come right through).

At this point Samuel (orphanage leader) leaned over and said “his face looks like a beacon glowing away” and that was a very apt description. The following night we took the B.A.S.I C. teams out into a village for them to do their outreach programme and show me the new things God has given them. At one point Salman was on the front of the platform, Samuel said “his face is glowing brighter than the light bulb they had strung between two trees for light”. The devil was no way happy at gradually losing his control of Salman so the next day he hit back big time. We had taken the children on an outing ending in a small park full of playground activity things and a small museum. While there, there was a situation between two adults involving screaming, shouting, pushing and others joining the fray. (Unfortunately heated arguments in India go on a long time). Salman was standing back alone with the old seminar face. This situation was bringing up memories of his past so I rushed over comforted him, moved him away to talk and pray with him. Then saw two other boy’s one in tears the other distressed so I moved Salman over to them and ministered to the three.

Further along the path we found a group of girls in tears so we all ministered to them, all these children had been in the seminars. Throughout this I kept reassuring Salman that everything was okay. We headed towards the gate to find the argument had moved that way too and we were all locked in the park until that was solved or the police arrived. The other boys dropped away as they were okay so now on his own Salman said to me can we walk? For almost an hour until they let us out we had one on one time (rare opportunity in an orphanage of one hundred) he just talked the whole time opening up his heart so by the time we got back on the bus his shinning face was back. What the devil meant for evil God turned for good, giving one boy what he most needed and me to continue keeping my promise to walk with him. God hadn’t finished yet, Saturday afternoon we should have left on the night sleeper train for the fourteen hour journey to Chennai. When the tickets arrived we were number twenty four on the waiting list, no hope so we had to take the day train the next day. That afternoon long after we should have left I found Salman in a distressed state and needing help so in God’s arranging there I was to walk with him again.

The next morning when I left his face was radiant again but bless his heart he got up at 5.00 am to bring water to my room then waited hovering between the van and home for ages waiting to say and wave goodbye. This all meant that I lost a whole night’s sleep between the orphanage and Uganda. But it was more than worth it to be in the right place at the right time keeping a promise God asked me to make. God of course didn’t let me or the Ugandan children down, I arrived and got sleep then no jet lag so was refreshed by the start of the children’s conference.

Ministry In Uganda, Africa

Youth Ministry Team Going To Help In Village Outreach

Youth Ministry Team Going To Help In Village Outreach

In Uganda God continued as in India and the children’s residential conference all leaders agreed this was the best one ever. God having crossed the cultural barrier now this year made big strides towards our goal of raising up a model in Africa of what God can do in children. Then people can see the potential children have to be walking with God and active in ministry. We had fifty six children (extremely poor) they came with honest open hearts and changed. A special this year was the number of times the Holy Spirit came and filled the room with His presence. Times when the children stood in extended awesome silence that, that number of children together could no way do and for so long. I could only stand in awe and say nothing because I didn’t want to interrupt the Holy Spirit doing His sovereign work.

Most of our ministry team were new this time but looking at them minister you would think they had done it since forever. The worship teams were the same stepping out and letting gifting coming forth. Martha with a beautiful spirit moved with such a gentle anointing leading us into a place of high praise while Mariam took us right into the throne room of God.

Hut in Uganda

Hut in Uganda

Two boys, Julius and Anton both fourteen preached every day in the conference, in the village outreaches and Sunday service. We also had a third boy Timothy who came to me on the last day saying he felt called to be a preacher so he preached then and did it just like the others. They had all really prepared beforehand so everything they said they backed with scripture and every time their preaching backed up what I had. One session I didn’t get to speak at all, Julius preached and God said now make the invitation and pray for the children, I was very happy with that. My interpreter now fourteen, Emmanuel a boy with definitely a gift from God as he struggles in school. He rose to his challenges, interpreting and helped baptize children in my final meeting of this trip.

So there we are the half has not yet been told but enough to say thank you for the vital part you have played in this exciting trip. Some of the poorest of the poor received from a God who loves them so dearly. Thank you for your love and commitment.

Much Love & Much Thanks

David

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God At Work Among The Children Of Bolivia & The USA

 FROM THE DESK OF DAVID ABBOTT

 Dear Friends…

Bolivia: Daniel & Eliam

Bolivia: Daniel & Eliam

In Bolivia and The USA God continued the work He has been doing this year. Bolivia, the orphanage (The Arc) the boys thought very seriously about what God said. The challenges were tough and we didn’t want them to respond because it was the right thing to do and they did that. Every meeting my interpreter and I said we could see on their faces their minds analysing what God said. A handful responded every day making a new step each time towards handing over of their whole lives to God. After that first meeting a few more were added each day to the handful as more made the plunge until the last day when almost all were there. The final meeting was electric with the presence of God especially when we ministered to those at the front. When all were out I felt to do what I don’t usually do, I said if some are still battling it’s not too late you can come any time before I finish praying and I will pray for you. Shortly after one of the older boy’s came with tears in his eyes. He was one we had been rooting for but every sign was he was not going to respond so we were excited that God did it. There were several older boy’s with tears which shows God was really working, boy’s off the street just don’t do that. 

David Abbott children's ministry worship Bolivia 2014In the church, meetings whatever kind were abundant with response and changed faces. One boy, twelve year old Eliam I shared two years ago that on the Sunday morning God gave me a word for only one, him and I learnt afterwards that for three years he had been desperate for a prophetic word. The end of my time came each year and nothing but he never got negative or gave up just kept on believing and God honoured him. This year God is beginning to fulfil his word. Daniel the pastor’s son who was the first person God gave me a word for in Bolivia. He has to go to Norway to complete his education and one of his ministries has been playing key board or guitar in the adult church worship team. He was worried who could take his place and God has raised up Eliam to do that. It has been a great discipleship situation, neither Daniel nor Eliam have ever had any music lessons, they are both called and taught by God and I saw them ministering and they are great. 

David Abbott children's ministry USA 2014On then to Indiana, USA and a very different scene to Bolivia, there it was a mixture of battles and blessings, Bolivia had been easy compared to there. Every day we had the lunch club, a free hot meal for children on welfare which this year was opened up to any adults also. This is an outreach situation which in the past has seen fruit with a number of them also coming to the meetings every evening in my host church. This year was different, there was a battle raging in the heavenlies and on the ground, not one response and what was very close to none coming onto the evening meetings. All we seemed to succeed in was almost emptying the room. Monday started with a full house of I guess fifty to seventy and by Friday it was only a handful. People have become so hard towards the gospel that they would sacrifice free hot meals and free food from the food bank every day to avoid hearing the gospel. By Friday we were discouraged until God stepped in and said now I will show what you were there for all week. The reason was twelve year old Trent, he had sat most days eating not far from where we stood to minister then on Friday he said to me, “I never heard about Jesus before, see I haven’t ever been to church but I thought what you said is cool and thank you”. It felt like a nice scar washer to end with, but that was just part of God’s overall plan. Starting at the beginning, Trent had until earlier this year been living fifteen miles away David Abbott children's crusade 2014from Sheridan where I was ministering. In February his home was destroyed by fire, the family lost everything and God had them rehoused in Sheridan where he now came to the lunch club. Friday night one of the girls, Hannah also twelve, from a non-Christian family but had been feasting on the things of God all week. She came so excited that she had brought a friend with her and I have to admit the pastor and I could hardly believe our eyes, in walked Trent. I believe that her excitement was a God thing because she (though she didn’t know it) she was allowing herself to be a player in God’s plan for Trent. I watched him during the meeting and everything about him said that God had already prepared his heart for this moment. Never been in a church in his life but he did his best to get the words and join in choruses he didn’t know or understand. He literally sat on the edge of his seat glued to ever word and then was first on his feet for prayer. I took one look at his face and said to him, “you already know that something is happening inside of you that you have never known before”. Yes he said “I am tingling all over” and his face lit up. The rest was one easy step and he walked back to his seat filled with Jesus and sat with his head down praying silently. Later we gave him a New Testament and you would think I had given him a pile of dollar bills his face lit like a beacon. Seeing him with it I overheard Hannah bless her, say to him “that is the best book you could ever have and you need to read it every day, it will do you good”. The end is not yet, the next morning we joined a pastor’s prayer meeting held in a big fire station with the chaplain to the firemen. We shared Trent’s testimony and the chaplain told us he remembered that fire well because he stood in the garden while the house was burning and talked with Trent.  Does God have a plan for individuals lives? 

Finally you will remember twelve year old Andy from the Sheridan church who God has put under my wing to train for ministry. He continued to make new steps and on his own this time. His friend Ethan who has been training with him for reasons I don’t feel I should explain was not with us. Please pray for Ethan many things are against him but the call of God is still on his life but it is not being developed. Andy whose heart is so to please God rose to his challenge. Completely his own doing he came to me after the first meeting and asked what I would be speaking on the other nights so that he could prepare his heart properly to minister the best to the others. I felt it was time he began to bring exhortations from scripture in the meetings. His response was I will pray, the next day when I asked him he said God says I should take hold of my courage and I am ready to speak. He did too, a constructive little word given boldly and clearly then at the end one of the boy’s there received Jesus into his life as a result. 

So thank you so much for sharing with us in this, your part was vital and I know you will be encouraged and blessed by the way God moved and answered prayer. 

Much Love & Much Thanks…

David

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Children’s Ministry In Mexico, Then Back To England

FROM THE DESK OF DAVID ABBOTT

Dear Friends,

This trip has been a different and heart touching time, ministering in situations and into lives that nothing man can do will change, only God can make a difference, ministering in Mexico, and England.

David Abbott ministry in Mexico

This report is written differently to let you see the negative and positive sides of the trip. Mexico was twelve meetings in nine days, nine in Nuevo Laredo just on the Mexican side of the border and two State side in Laredo, Texas. Usually I go one hundred and fifty miles into Mexico but my missionary friend felt that Nuevo Laredo was the neediest place, you be the judge. Nuevo is a large sprawling city where I knew the government Marines are at war with the drug cartels and that the cartels recruit boys as young as twelve years old, many end with short lives. I now know the aspiring recruits at thirteen are trained to be hit men (cold blooded murderers). This was alongside absolute poverty, drug and alcohol abuse and the problems that accompany those things. Two nights we had meetings in suburbs where gangs operate who kidnap children to sell their organs on the black market. We asked a group of twenty children how many had fathers and only two had, some of the others were being brought up by grandma. This is only the tip of the iceberg of the things the children there face. I can only stand in awe of the God who allows me the honour to share Jesus and His hope of salvation with such as these. To lead them to know Him for real and even if not much of a future or a future at all they can have the bible hope to look forward to heaven. It was against this background that in most meetings we saw the kind of openness, hunger and responses I have been seeing everywhere this year.

We had two meetings in a drop in centre run by a pastor couple to keep children off the streets and away from the dangers. In the first meeting all responded for salvation and over half for rejection and inferiority. God then gave me words for four which pinpointed the hurts they had carried and what He was going to do with them now.

Luis is nine years old, he’s fatherless and no one knows anything about a mother but his grandmother gets him to everything going in the centre. Luis was one of the first to get to the front to receive Jesus. God showed me that Luis had a very tender heart but a hard crust had formed over it because of what had happened to him, as I prayed for him he nestled his head into my shoulder and made my shirt wet with his tears. Next day when he came the missionary said “he has a real sparkle in his eyes now”. Luis came out again on his knees on a hard broken ceramic tiled floor dedicating his whole life to God. God then encouraged him with a word about the calling on his life. You could say he is going for gold.

Alejandro is a tall, broad twelve year old and stands out. He broke down and just couldn’t stop crying when he got to the front to receive Jesus. He is also fatherless and on the second day his mother told me several weeks ago, in the night, he had a dream and in that dream he saw me coming there (he has never seen me in his life nor heard of me until this weekend). His mother said when I walked in Alejandro leaned over to her and said “that’s the man I saw in my dream, Mum”. He was very excited.

Another day saw blessing sandwiched between testing. On the way to the meeting we were pulled over by a corrupt policeman who demanded $500 U.S. or we would all be arrested (on a trumped up charge) but we didn’t have that kind of money. After some talking and praying the officer said he would be kind and reduce it by half, still praying, the officer said he would

follow us and the Pastor at the church would have to pay. We set off and after a while he gave up following. Praise God He delivered us.

In the meeting a boy sat following every word intently but as he came in and all the way through had a dead pan expressionless, straight face. But he was one of the first hands up and out for prayer for salvation. As I prayed for him his head was down then as he looked up his face, to say it was radiantly aglow with shinning eyes is an understatement but there is no doubt he met with God. He also has the call of God on his life. I found afterwards his mother’s non-Christian and he was brought by his aunt. Further ministry was cut short, the pastor said we had to leave now. I saw the end of the road was blocked by two big pick-up trucks and behind them were members of the Zeta cartel wielding machine guns and pistols. We were told under cover of other vehicles to turn the car around and drive slowly without lights on until we got out of that street and God protected us again. Could God have something special in His plan for that boy’s life that the devil doesn’t like?

Sunday morning service, what a meeting, again in Zeta territory! Five children responded to live for God and for righteousness, all children responded to clean up their lives. I then felt to bring out the first five and had a word for them collectively, as I gave it the presence of God fell. One girl began to weep then a boy soon all were weeping. I called up their parents and as soon as they got to the front they began to weep, the Pastor came up and she too began to weep. God was sovereignly moving and touching those lives by His presence. No one wanted the now two hour long meeting excluding worship to finish.

David Abbott children's international ministryBack to the relative safety and tranquility of the English countryside for the annual New Life Church, London’s annual camp. It was a children’s camp but has become just about for all ages and they had the same hearts and response as in Mexico. First night they were in school all day, travelled out from London, caught in traffic so didn’t arrive until late. The meeting was the latest ever at almost 22.00 but they sat on the hard floor in rapt attention (not one even looking tired let alone falling asleep) and almost all responded to deal with hardness in the heart. The next two days continued the same; one meeting the presence of God was so awesome in the prayer room afterwards as they dealt with issues of sin. The same in another as they followed in the words of the missionary Hudson Taylor,” Lord I hear you calling, here am I send me”. The concluding meeting all ages were praying for each other under a powerful anointing of the Holy Spirit.

So there it is, it was different, had new experiences, showed the hunger of today’s young and the awesomeness of the moving of God in hungry open lives. Thank you so, so much for helping to make that and so much more possible. Please continue there are many, many more who need this.

I leave for Bolivia on Monday 30 June and go from there to the USA on 8 July, arriving back in England on 31 July. Your prayers for this trip will be much appreciated.

Much Love & Thanks

David

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Successful Ministry in Japan & Malaysia

FROM THE DESK OF DAVID ABBOTT

Dear Friends,

Thank you so very much for your vital part in another fantastic trip to Japan and onward to Malaysia. The lateness of Easter meant I flew into Japan straight into my busiest time instead of getting a few days beforehand to get through jet lag. God was faithful and covered everything, He strengthened me and made sure no one missed out.  We had the Annual May camp and finally after twenty six years I was able to be there to be guest speaker at my host church’s Anniversary (normally I have to move onto Malaysia the weekend before). I was given the theme of “Raising up the Next generation”, this being very close to my heart I felt to make this the theme for every meeting in the country.

David Abbott Childrens Crusade Ministry Japan - Malaysia

Our annual Green Day children’s and youth day saw us with almost thirty, five to twenty one year olds, a big crowd for such a gathering in Japan. In the first two sessions almost everyone responded to be prayed for by three of the young ministry team who began their ministry with me in Indonesia. The last session I felt not to make that kind of invitation, knew I should do something but not what. Come the end myself and two of the adult leaders felt to go around, pray over and share words with individuals as God led us. By the end I would say everyone was shared with. We finished well after the advertised time but with such an atmosphere of excitement there, still no one wanted to go home.

Annual May Camp, this year involved six churches and me, a group of maximum sixteen, six to twenty one year olds, this is Japan! Meetings were a continuation of the above special day including the rapt attention during teaching and the same response for prayer. When hands were laid on them to pray you could literally feel their bodies responding to what was being prayed for them. One afternoon an extra meeting was put in because it was raining and no one could go out. The leaders felt that this should be used to have all from babies to the oldest youth at the front (these are the next generation we are raising up) and have the Pastors, guest speaker and myself pray for each one and share any words God gave for them. A fairly long and powerful time continued and everyone had at least one word said over them. Listening with one ear to what others were sharing I was encouraged to hear my teaching being confirmed and some specific direction being given to these young ones.

I am so privileged that God sends me to places to have years of regular input so I can follow individuals as they grow up. At the camp were three sisters, one I have known since she was five the others since birth. I have been blessed to able to help not only with their spiritual lives but major decisions, their futures and their husbands. Today I have the oldest ones two boys in my meetings, the second brought her first baby born last year to me to pray over her. She and her husband also asked for Gods wisdom and prayer as they are facing big new steps in their lives. The third excitedly shared that she is pregnant with her first and wanted advice on parenting. Four of their siblings are in my meetings and facing major decisions about their futures so they brought them to me to have the same input to them as I had the sisters. I set out by faith in this ministry forty five years ago never imagining it could or would lead to the place it has today, God is so amazing.

Shock horror!!

A much unexpected ending to Japan, I finished my last ministry and became sick with a viral infection. Feeling absolutely terrible and various symptoms there was no way I could fly on the next day and the airline wouldn’t allow me. A non-transferable ticket was no problem to change and I arrived four days late in Malaysia feeling great and fully recovered. The meetings that followed had the same feeling and responses as in Japan so my feeling is that God is beginning to move now in these lands and doing the same thing, raising up the next generation as ones He is going to use in a powerful way. We as the adults have to do all we can now to help to make this happen. It will not happen if we just sit back and watch, we have to be active, doing all we can big or small then God will raise up His army for His use, I will certainly do all I can.

My host church youth group in Kuala Lumpur, many have been in my meetings as children and now these last few years I have been back in their lives again. They have frustrated me somewhat, typical Malays shy and reserved I knew the potential inside but couldn’t get it to the surface. This time God enabled me to see right where they were really at so I could meet them there and so lift them. The result God did it, by the time I had finished one on one almost everyone was out. I was just praying for the last one and more came, one a young man was in tears, you can imagine that was a big thing for him letting tears show and showing that something real was going on in him. God gave me a prophetic word over them all and for some individuals. God hadn’t finished, next day (Sunday) I was there ministering at the family service. The youth and extras were there again and I had felt to take some of the theme I had in Japan “Raising up the next Generation”. Concluding I had all the youth stand at the front facing the congregation so I could present them as the ones I had been talking about. I shared their show of their hearts from the night before showing they were ready now, it was up to the rest of the church. The adults rose to the challenge and we all prayed together for this next generation. The atmosphere was electric with the anointing of God and feedback from adults at the end was the best. To top it when the Pastor finished he reminded the congregation that he had preached the same thing on Mother’s Day. I had no idea of that and he didn’t know before I stood up to speak what I was speaking on.

From there I had new places and ended for only my second time in Johor Bharu on the most southerly tip of the country. New places and new people so all introductory but very profitable for what I feel God is doing, and time well spent.

So nothing I can say really except, thank you God, you did it and it was amazing. Thank you too for so huge a contribution, God saw your heart and prayers and more than answered I am sure. So thank you hugely from me too, together we achieved what I believe God wanted.

Much Love & Much, Much Thanks…

David

 

 

 

 

 

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Indonesia, India, and back in England

FROM THE DESK OF DAVID ABBOTT

Dear Friends,

Soaking Up God's Word In School

Soaking Up God’s Word In School

This letter is somewhat different in that it reports from short visits in three countries with a few days home in between each one.  Indonesia was the longest stay being twelve days. There again I joined with my missionary friends from Japan and they had with them four children from their church aged seven to thirteen. This meant I was able to build into them and begin to equip and use them as a ministry team. They were ready for the challenge and rose to it beautifully, they grew spiritually in leaps and bounds and are now eager to continue as my ministry team when I am in Japan in April, May this year.
There plans changed at the last minute and we didn’t go to the Island of Kalimantan as last year but stayed in and near the capitol Jakarta. Most meetings were pioneer for my ministry to see what God opened for the future and He has certainly done that. We started with the only return visit to a church in Banduny where unfortunately a split had occurred during the year and left its resulting problems. Also that area is a particular Muslim stronghold and we were not allowed to walk just a couple of hundred yards down the road from the church to the Pastor’s house, we had to be driven, as the locals could see us as foreigners come to pollute the area with Christianity and the church pay the price. The children there, though less in number and in confusion over events were none the less hungry and responsive to the call from God to get up and get going. The ministry team were able to get well involved in their first go at one on one ministry as every child responded for prayer and they also performed a drama before I ministered.

Back in Jakarta we had three days in a church run school in a very poor area where women were washing clothes and people bathing in a very murky polluted river. Each day we had a different age group, seven and eight, nine to eleven and twelve to fourteen and we had a free hand to teach. The young ministry team got fully involved with a drama and one gave a testimony each day. The children were like sponges soaking up every word and the first two days groups almost all responded for salvation which kept the ministry team very busy praying for them.

The second day the presence of God was so strong in the classroom while the children prayed the sinner’s prayer and were prayed for, many witnessing to feeling His touch. A few were wiping away tears and most were not from Christian families. There were several there who God highlighted in my heart but I felt now was not the time for words for them. The pastor told us later this was the first time the gospel message had been preached and children given opportunity to receive Him into their lives. He has longed for this as his vision has always been for the school to first build the spiritual and second the academic. So he has asked me to return to the school every year and help him build his vision and go on into the fullness of the Holy Spirit and more. The final day was a new age group added to the school and a higher percent Muslim and so we had to share the gospel more carefully and wisely and no invitation for prayer given. We had a number of one on one meetings with different pastors and small group meetings filling our time. Dates are set for next year with definite visits to Banduny and the school in Jakarta so please pray that God will open the other doors that He wants. Sitting like the ham in the sandwich was Tetbury, just a drive away from home. This is always very special as I am working with a man who I became friends with when he was eleven and now he is a father of teenage children the eldest at university. The time there was definitely high quality, it was a wide age range but every meeting everyone responded, one didn’t make it public but she was very shy and responded inside. Judging by the feedback the adults there helping were just as challenged and blessed as the children. I left with a definite feeling that some very important work had been done by God in those lives that will change them.

The finale was WOW. Not only was it the only time I had free to go for an extra trip to India and the only time I could get air miles tickets but it was without a doubt God’s ordained time. He packed more than one could imagine into just two and a half days. To start with on day one all children should have been in school but it was recently made a public holiday because of being one of the election days. Then my final part day the school allowed the children to have the day off for my meetings. So I was easily able to finish off the series of rejection seminars with the orphanage children which is what I went to do. Those final seminars were precious the presence of God was so strong The children continued to open up on hidden secrets of abuse and seek to be set free.

God's Healing Power For Rejection Of Children

God’s Healing Power For Rejection Of Children

The final seminar on forgiveness which we concluded by taking the communion together, was the hardest one but I saw something break in their lives and many showed visible signs of a new freedom and joy from then on. God hadn’t finished yet, a number of local Pastors meet in the orphanage every week for prayer and so hear and pray for my ministry. They asked if they could bring
children from their churches over the weekend to receive ministry. So on Saturday they brought one hundred village children and Sunday one hundred and thirty six. They sat and soaked up the word and as they were all new to me I took the two days to go through the way of salvation and then made an invitation in the last meeting. Almost every one responded, they all prayed the sinner’s prayer en-mass and then were prayed for individually by the young ministry team from the orphanage. The local Pastors 1404 Ministering to Children Who Become Teenssat amazed watching children ministering to children but saw what it did for both sets of children and left thrilled. There is still more, over the two days forty five ex-residents of the orphanage came back to see me and share their lives with me. I was speechless at the honour and blessing they were giving me and the wonderful examples of God taking the ‘nothings’ of this world and making them ‘somethings’. Every one of those forty five are still walking with God and are today either studying in college, finished studies and have full time jobs or went straight into jobs. They are all doing something including one disabled boy, and in India they usually don’t get regular jobs, but he has a job training to be a Clerk in the office of a big transport company. They are mostly are from the untouchable class and often don’t get to do the sort of things above.

On the train back to Chennai I had a phone call from the Principal of a school, as a result of the meetings with the village children. He has asked me to go to his school, 650 strong, when I am there in August. He says they need Jesus! So there it is, God has more than done it again in every place and all glory and honour goes to Him, I am just so privileged to be allowed to have a small part in it along with you. I know that I could not have kept up the pace and done what was done without your vital part in it. Thank you, thank you so very much for all you did in your part of these trips. I pray that God will mightily bless you as a result, I have the blessing already seeing it all happen first hand.

Much, Much Thanks & Love
David

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