Teaming up for ministry in Jamaica

FROM THE DESK OF DAVID ABBOTT

Had the honor of doing ministry with Pastor George Cooper, one of his sons along with his grandson (who is training for ministry). We flew into Montego Bay, Jamaica went along the coast to St Ann’s Bay then turned left up into the mountains to a place called White Hall.

David ministering to the children of Jamaica

David ministering to the children of Jamaica

Into The Lion’s Den!!

David & Andy ministering to young ones, hungry for God

David & Andy ministering to young ones, hungry for God

In Jamaica God sent me as part of a family team, a pastor friend of around twenty years from the USA, one of his sons and grandsons and this proved a vital move. The Island or certainly the mountain area we were was an enemy stronghold and he wasn’t giving up easily. We found leaders, teachers and generally a church which was discouraged, giving up the fight because the battle was too hard and just hanging in waiting for the end and their place in glory. We ministered together in two Christian schools and the host. Children being sensitive to atmospheres and feelings had picked up on the low morale and behaved accordingly. To begin with their behaviour and attitudes were bad and we had to reign them in, in order to get the word into them. With prayer, setting boundaries and consequences for crossing them we saw victory and changes in all areas.

The Victory That Came

David Abbott children's crusade ministry - Jamaica3The mission school where we spent most time, by day two we saw a complete change, children then responding because they had heard from God and really wanted to get their lives right. Two pupils became so hungry for God we saw desperation in their faces as we prayed for them and by the end God had clearly shown His call on their lives. The final meeting was awesome, as I spoke on heaven and hell the children were riveted, the presence of God was electric and the now few antics of the biggest rebel there were lost to the rest. Something good was clearly begun and we can only pray now that this will be watered and grow.

God’s Bonus

David Abbott children's crusade ministry - Jamaica4My friend’s twelve year old grandson Andy, clearly has the call of God on his life and is part of my ministry team in his granddad’s church. He was there for further training and not only had he prepared himself well for whatever God had for him to do but rose to every challenge for ministry and in his own life. He concluded his first mission trip by preaching his first message.

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Children’s Weekend – New Gisborne, Victoria, Australia

FROM THE DESK OF DAVID ABBOTT

There we had a children’s day one Saturday finishing on Sunday morning when I went out with the children. We had ten children some I knew well others not quite so. One Amy, she has a very sweet spirit a little shy girl but her face shines with Jesus and she has a clear call of God on her life. Shane from the moment he got saved has always had a close walk with God, last year he was filled and as his mother doesn’t have much English he reads the bible to her every night before he goes to bed. Eli, I have always known him as someone with a special relationship with God, always open and responsive, hears God very clearly and has a strong anointing and call on his life. Barsha an adopted girl with a lovely smile and really loves Jesus but admits she has a problem trusting people and therefore God too. Recognising and owning our problems is half way to being free so she will make it.

David Abbott Childrens Crusade - Australia

We also had two children who have different attention deficit problems and others in between so we had quite a mixture. But every session everyone was perfectly still and quiet glued to every word and then almost all responded every session for prayer. The presence of God was electric in every meeting a repeat of Tasmania. One session, all but one had responded, after being prayed for I really felt that something special had happened during that ministry time. I had them close their eyes and raise their hands if they literally felt the Holy Spirit touch their hearts while they were being prayed for and every single one did, I was tingling all over by then.

Sunday was the crucial climax and commitment time, after teaching I drew a large empty cross on the screen and all who were wanting to make that commitment and promise when they were ready to come kneel in front of the cross. There verbally themselves to make their commitment and only get up when they felt a release. All but one responded and they were on their knees before God for ages (I began to wonder if they were ever going to get up). Eventually Eli took his head off the floor and I saw his eyes were transfixed on the cross for absolutely ages. I knew he was seeing something so after I had prayed for him I asked him what he saw. He said he saw an angel come and site on the top bar of the cross and he couldn’t take his eyes off of it.

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Tasmania, Island of Australia off the South West coast of Victoria

David Abbott - Tasmania 2015

Teenage Ministry Team in Tasmania

This is our annual children’s conference in Tamar Valley Christian Church. As usual it was a brilliant time with this year many commenting on feeling a very special presence of God the whole time. One of the exciting things was God continuing what He began last year.  Last year, Zac then aged eleven after receiving the teaching went home talked to his friend Naish then twelve who lived next door and prayed for him to become a Christian.

Two weeks later both boys were baptised in water by the pastor. Since then Naish even though from a non-Christian background has to attended church as often as he can. Now a year later Zac had his disciple at the conference and he was so hungry he was out for prayer every meeting. He stepped out bringing spot on scriptures and words from God then was filled with the Holy Spirit which made his face literally glow. He told me with great excitement that he had often heard others in the meetings speaking and singing in tongues and longed to do the same and now he could join them. The Bible says “go into all the world and make disciples”, Zac did just that and now Naish says that he is working on another friend to do the same as Zac did for him.

Both asked to be part of the young ministry team and Zac was able to start when we took the team to another church to minister after the conference, unfortunately Naish wasn’t able to be there then.

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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

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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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