Ministry in London UK & Bolivia

FROM THE DESK OF DAVID ABBOTT 

Dear Ones…

This trip involved three countries and all can be summed up in the words, amazing, fantastic, God did it again.

Children’s Ministry in London

The annual New Life Church, Carroty Wood Camp

All agreed, this was the best year camp ever. It had the biggest number with three churches being represented but looking at them you would think they were from the same church. They were super attentive and responsive even Friday night when I wasn’t preaching until 19.45. They were in school all day, on a coach for two or more hours, arranged their tent interiors, ate, then the meeting. They were not tired or even struggling they were sitting on a hard floor totally attentive and then all responded at the end. (I was very short for their sakes). The same was true every meeting with some after prayer voluntarily going into the prayer room for further ministry and prayer. To crown it four children who had been working towards getting saved for some weeks received Him into their lives in the last meeting. Sunday night we were already getting reports from parents of changed lives.

Bolivia – (Arc) Boy’s orphanage

I have been going there for seven years now and this year like above they were super attentive. Every meeting there was complete freedom not one this time resisting in any way and the last one a very special beautiful spirit was among them. Because of their backgrounds of homelessness their responses are usually, a nucleus respond every time while others take time to seriously think through and make it by the end. This time not everyone came for prayer but they are on the way and will be followed up. After the final meeting many of them gave me a huge which is a big thing for them and more so the older ones so it means everything when they do it.

Bolivia, South America

Bolivia, South America at the foot of the Andes

Horror to a touch from God and a changed face

A new boy to the home since last year, unlike others has no father but a mother who hated him so he had been removed from her. She beat him often and one time set fire to him. He arrived there with bad molar with a big septic abbess underneath, it had been there so long his breath stank of rotting flesh. Dentist treatment is expensive seemingly his mother had made him so scared of going that no way would he let anyone take him. For months nothing would budge him getting several times as far as the door then panic and run. Finally he gave in and found relief. He was out for prayer most days but the final one he came through and afterwards his face was radiant and he was first to give me a huge hug.

Church – Bigger numbers and huge responses

First of four family services I had such a battle, I had what I felt was God’s word but I couldn’t get comfortable with it right up to the moment I stood to speak. As I opened my mouth God took over planned and unplanned came out and people were in tears at the front. The pastor was so thrilled he couldn’t stop talking about it.

Beautiful Bolivia

Beautiful Bolivia

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The boy who waited three years to be given a prophetic word by God two years later (last year) he stepped into the calling spoken in that word. He took over from the pastor’s son playing keyboard for worship. This year he confidentially leads praise and worship with his keyboard for the adult services. He plays solo anointed music on the keyboard while the pastor makes invitations. He is self-taught by God, never had a piano lesson in his life just like his mentor before him.

A personal note

The final Sunday morning service was also a baby dedication. It was for the daughter of one of the old boy’s from the orphanage. I felt highly honoured when I was told he waited until I was there because he wanted me to dedicate his child. I stood there holding that little girl in my arms with her big brown eyes looking up at me. I thought then I would rather be important in the lives of the poor who can give nothing because to this young man it meant everything that I would dedicate his daughter.

Much Love…

David

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Ministry in Mexico and Texas

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God can make a way where there is no way.

Mexico is certainly a stronghold of the enemy, every year he throws up something different to try to stop me ministering there. This year started as I entered the States in Dallas, the immigration officer displayed a very anti God attitude. I was cross examined at length about my visit and told clearly that they don’t need people like me coming in they have plenty of their own. Also that I needed a special visa to do what I do which I checked out on the internet and it is untrue. The whole time his hand was dodging between two stamps finally he settled on one which deliberately was the wrong one. He said he was going to put me on record which he didn’t because he had nothing to report me on but by giving me the wrong stamp which didn’t tie in with my electronic visa he was making someone else do it for him. After three nights crossing back to the States on the two smaller bridges and having some hassle but let go we crossed the main big one and I was pulled off into an office. There was a long row of officers who could have seen me but God had the right man come free first to see me. He questioned me pulled me up on his computer and said the problems I had was because I had been stamped with the wrong stamp in Dallas, he sorted it and sent me away. The next day we were told by my interpreters niece who is an immigration officer that what the officer did for me at the boarder was a God given miracle. If ever they find any discrepancy on a visa whoever is at fault they never let that person walk away. They are kept in detention until a thorough search is done on that person, praise God He did it.

 Evil vs good

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Most places the hunger in the children just like the children in Malaysia. All meetings were in very poor areas and one night we were told we were in the poorest area of Neuvo Laredo. Another we were told as we were leaving, a week ago the Zetta Cartel hit men were shooting teenagers dead on the streets. (As I said Mexico is always interesting). The meetings were mixed, seven were outreach, two family services and two where churches I visited last year. This year almost everyone there had attended last year so we moved onto Holy Spirit teaching. Most outreach meetings had forty to sixty children in and thirty to forty responded for salvation, some leaving with glowing faces. Some venues were tiny so they were squashed in like sardines in a tin but they gave immaculate attention to the teaching following every word.

A new evil raises its ugly head

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The exception to the above was on an out of town housing development. The children’s behaviour and attitudes were dreadful along with a strong defiance, I have never come across anything like it before in Mexico. We battled with that and my interpreter and I were aware that we were in a battle in the heavenlies too. Afterwards we found out why, the children of that development are heavily into a new type of Ouija board called Charlie, Charlie Challenge. It involves children calling up a Mexican demon who if it answers yes then it’s in the room and they can ask its guidance using yes no answer questions. I understand are causing havoc with behaviour in the schools. This game I understand is sweeping across Mexico and moving into the States.

Encouragement follows prophetic words

Most places God gave me prophetic words for several children each time and then He followed later with encouragement for me. A girl the pastor said had been given a very similar word not long ago. A boy, when the pastor closed the meeting shared how he was saved as a young man and the day after a lady gave him a word and now he is fulfilling that word. Now that evening his own son has just been given the exact same word that he had, had all those years ago. After one meeting a grandmother was bouncing around like a little rubber ball so excited that now four of her grandchildren had received prophetic words. She said last year I had, had words for two and now two more this year and one of them had words both years. Finally one night four received words and all were non-church families. Two of those sat on a row of not very well behaved children but they refused all efforts by the others to join in with them and sat glued to every word.

The Holy Spirit blessing

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATwo places were teaching on the Holy Spirit, the first one I am told that about thirty responded and only two or three left not speaking in tongues. One, a ten year old girl at the end her face was a radiant glow, she looked like an angel in glasses with tears running down her face. A little boy four years old was out to be filled, I had sent back some tiny’s who were disrupting the older ones but I felt the spirit say to me let him stay, my spirit said but I have to be fair I have sent others his age back but again the spirit said no he stays. So he did but I kept one eye on him all the time and the whole thirty to forty minutes we were praying for and instructing and he never moved a muscle. When we prayed he had his face held upwards, eyes tightly closed and a look of expectancy on his face so he received along with the others. He too was one of the grandchildren of the bouncing grandmother. The second place, a nine year old boy called Alvaro told my interpreter afterwards, “as David laid hands on me I felt this amazing joy go through him and I was speaking in tongues. Tears were flowing down my face but I was laughing. I thought how can this be, it must be the presence and power of God on me”.

Now we can see something of why the devil was so eager to stop these meetings going ahead, but as usual he lost, God won and many now have changed lives and in the midst of such danger, hopelessness and evil the hope of Christ for the future and a crown waiting in heaven.

Fort Worth, Texas Great Conclusion

Two meetings held on the grass outside of a women’s counselling centre with local African-American or mixed race children. Day one eighteen came responding like the Mexican children quiet, still soaking up every word. Then nine responded for salvation and a few others put their hands up but weren’t really ready so didn’t come out. The next day twenty three came and thirteen came out for prayer and among those were the ones who didn’t respond the day before. This day a number of the children didn’t come through to salvation and they knew it. I exhorted and prayed for them concerning low self-esteem because of what others say to them, about them or call them. I prayed again and they came through. A seven year old boy came to me later and said I know Jesus is in me now I can feel Him all over me.

 

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Ministry to the children of Malaysia

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MINISTRY IN MALAYSIA  Ministry this year was all in suburbs around the capitol city of Kuala Lumpur. David Abbott Children's Ministry in Malaysia Country Down, God Moving Up 

The country, the crime rate up requiring tighter security for house holders. Those pushing towards full Islamic law etc, rising up opposing crosses on front of churches and bibles being destroyed. Against that background I experienced some of the most amazing meetings I think I have seen there.

One Hundred Ten To Twelve Year Olds 

You could hear a pin drop and then a huge crowd was at the front with almost all leaving speaking fluently in tongues. Quiet and still and the first to speak was one called the “monkey”, he can never sit still and into everything he shouldn’t. The pastor told this group if by next Saturday more had decided they wanted to be filled they could ask their teacher and join the 7-9 year group where I would be. The day after this meeting every child and teacher had asked to join the younger group next week. The first to ask to go down was a big boy who is solid muscle and no one in the class can stand against him, in his school he is a gang leader. All I can say is “to God you get the glory and I feel it such an honour”, how many older children volunteer to go in with a group of younger children especially as they have come out of that group themselves!!!

Children’s Pastors Promises Fulfilled

Before the above meeting God highlighted seven children to me who He had His call on. Kept back when others left the front God gave me one word for the seven and one for an individual. He was among the youngest, by far the smallest and younger of four siblings, God has for him a powerful ministry. Five years before when the pastor was called God told him He would raise up seven pastors under him who he would mentor. I didn’t notice the number God highlighted until pastor told me and he had counted them four times to be sure. Topping it, he told me the word God gave me for the seven was the exact same word God said over him five years ago. To top it he said all of the seven had come of age to come into this group when he took over so they have been with him for all of the five years.

Two Hundred And Fifty, Seven to Twelve Year Olds 

They were amazing, so hungry and I don’t count numbers but the children’s pastor’s wife told me that ninety five children were at the front to receive and the pastor said that practically everyone left speaking in tongues. I instructed and used those who had been filled the week before to do all the ministry with these new ones. They rose to the challenge beautifully and I was able to go around to each one as they ministered and check the one they prayed for was speaking in tongues and then encourage them that indeed it wasn’t me that God answered but it was their ministry and prayers that God was answering. We concluded with God giving me prophetic words for six more children.

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Children’s Ministry In Japan

God Covers My Mistake

Due to a slight oversight on my part, I ended up landing in Japan going straight into Tokyo and to the Christian School I am involved in. I had a wonderful time ministering with no hint of tiredness or lack of concentration. But I did feel God’s anointing and a lot of children responded for prayer at the end.

Should It Happen To A Children’s Ministry

I have been involved for a number of years in a small church in the south that makes for a long day. It involves rising at four, catching three trains each way and getting back early evening. This time the pastor told me that every year they take the message God sends through me as the direction for the coming year.

Children’s And Youth Day

This year had a bonus, over thirty attended plus a few adults who were not related at all to the youngsters but came because they wanted to. All were so hungry you could literally feel them drawing the word out of you so the messages became longer than I planned in my notes as God added more as we went along. Then all ages responded together for prayer after the sessions.

May Camp

God Brought Them – Usually we have gone to a conference centre but because of cost it was decided to hold it in my host church. The result was to reach children and young teens from six different churches four of which we have not had contact with before. We didn’t advertise or send out invites it was friends inviting friends and God using the Japanese trait of trust and over forty attended.

They All Became One – Coming from so many different backgrounds to begin with some were like fish out of water but being willing to step out of their comfort zones they were soon all praising, worshipping and responding the same. I never saw them getting into their own clicks but a stranger looking in would not be able to tell that they were from different church backgrounds.

The Army Is Rising Up – We finished camp with a very different looking group than we started. During the course of all the meeting I think everyone had responded for prayer for something and some every time. The final meeting was awesome as almost everyone left their seats during a Godly silence making a commitment to God to walk in the things they had responded for during earlier sessions.

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Jakarta Indonesia Ministry for Jesus

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Most of the ministry was in the slums of Jakarta, Indonesia with one weekend in Bandung.

The Blessing Invoiced

The night before the main meeting in Bandung my missionary friend Ricky and I had a bad night. Long spells awake, one time I woke with a traumatic dream. The devil was invoicing the blessing to come and it was indeed special. Sunday morning, Ricky had the adult service first where he felt a great anointing and big response for prayer. I followed with Sunday school where they topped and tailed the group adding two extra younger age’s one end and the young teens group the other for this occasion. The presence of God was electric, no one even stirred and a large number of children ended being filled and one ten year old boy as soon as he spoke in tongues the flood gates opened. The teachers who had joined me at the front were so excited.

Then The Bonus

The oldest two of the team of children (natural sisters) from the church in Japan ministering with me they also got filled and tongues with floods of tears. The end was not yet, Ando the other missionary friend himself a youth leader felt to give a low key invitation to the young teens to be prayed for. Everyone came at which point Ricky came in the door to see what was happening as we were way over time. He was immediately roped in and the three of us moved among them ministering as the Lord lead, many were prophesied over and some were really hit by the power of God.

Responding to God's Holy Spirit in prayer

Responding to God’s Holy Spirit in prayer

God’s Army Continues To Be Raised Up In The School

Listening intently to God's Word

Listening intently to God’s Word

We had three days ministering in the church school in the slums of Jakarta. We had two age groups for the whole of each morning covering the entire school in three days. The first day was mainly with new children who by the end of the morning most had responded for salvation. The next two days was moving the children on in God from last year and they were ready, they soaked up every word and eagerly came for prayer to receive or change. The young Japanese team were kept very busy both days ministering several times to each child as they came for different things. Ando and I moved in bringing prophetic words both for individuals and for whole classes.

Day two was special for three boys who God gave us words for, we were told afterwards by their teacher who is mother to one of them that they have no fathers and her son says he wants to be a preacher. Day three was a group Ando and I had seen last year that God especially has His hand on. When we walked into the room we could feel the presence of God so strong, there was a sort of aurora around the children and we began to see the start of them getting lost in God’s presence. Session two God said to me to lay down what I planned this was His time. He gave me a quick on the spot word to share and all the rest of the time was one on one ministry to the children by the young team, Ando and his sixty nine year old father and myself. We just moved, prayed and spoke as God led us and the children soaked it all up. Remember here this is a church run school in a very poor area where the children wouldn’t be able to go to school but can because they are sponsored. There are children from all kinds of backgrounds including muslim but we know that God has given us this school to train up and equip a great and mighty army who He will use.

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It Shouldn’t Happen To A Missionary

To get to the school you go so far by road then leave the minibus and walk as the only way from there is on narrow paths weaving between the huts the people live in. One day there was a lot of rain early and the paths were flooded to above the ankles so the only answer was off with shoes, roll up trousers and wade our way there they said we looked like a line of duck waddling along.

Another day going to a children’ cell group we set off into the Jakarta traffic which is always bad but this day was horrific. After five hours of sitting in the bus on the high way we had only done what should have been three quarters of an hours distance. Now late so we called the cell to be told we still had an hour’s journey to go before we got to them so to abort and go home. Easier said than done as traffic was only slightly improved the other way. Back at our accommodation we found on the internet the source of our problem, the group One Direction had a concert in the city that night and we had hit their traffic, sadly not the traffic going to our meeting!!

Children’s Cell groups In The Slums

Teaching God's Word

Teaching God’s Word

The leaders asked me to lead them into the Holy Spirit and tongues as none of the children in these groups was spirit filled. The first one was the kind of children I love to minister too. We were in the dirtiest, smelliest slum I have ever been in in my three visits to Indonesia, far worse than where the school is. The children’s skins were black not the usual light brown because they are outside in the sun all the time. The meeting room was like a sauna, there was twenty five children a handful of adults plus the team. It was a tiny room with no windows, low ceilings, single door to enter and one small floor standing fan at the back and an outside temperature of thirty five centigrade. By the time we started we were streaming with sweat and by the end our cloths were literally stuck wet to our bodies. The children as they stood at the front being prayed for had rivers running down their faces. But it was so worth it all as loads responded for salvation, loads more were filled and some received both. Two slightly older boys were slow get tongues but then couldn’t stop. As I finished they were still going and back in their seats as the leader rounded off and closed they were still going. The next night’s cell group was a total contrast, a nice wide concreted road surface big room with ceramic tiled floor and air conditioning but the response and fruit was exactly the same. God doesn’t look at the outside but the heart and in both groups He found the same hungry open hearts.

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Teaming up for ministry in Jamaica

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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

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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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