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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Tasmania and Australia Children’s Conference

FROM THE DESK OF DAVID ABBOTT

Dear Friends,

This year Australia began with a new introductory weekend in Hobart, Tasmania. From the first dinner meeting with leaders to the last service the excitement grew towards children’s ministry, climaxing at the end with a family service. At the Saturday night meeting with leaders and parents, a mother told me that she was supposed to be away on holiday right then but her young teenage son insisted that they come home early. His friend who had been under my ministry in his previous church had told him about my visit and he so wanted to be there. In the family service God gave me words for three children one of whom got more and more excited. After sharing with each I asked parents to come and join their child so I could pray for them too and low and behold the mother mentioned above came and stood with the boy who got so excited. A mother’s reward for sacrificing for her son’s spiritual growth and for the boy, as the bible says “God rewards those who diligently seek Him!!”

1402 Australia Tasmania Children Crusade David AbbottFrom there I went on to the annual children’s conference in the Tamar Valley, larger in numbers including some who have only recently been saved. We met with the young ministry team and all felt this year they were the key. They were to be team leaders leading by example and encouragement. They rose to the challenge beautifully, excelled and pushed the boat out into new areas. Several became amazingly prophetic and others were not just sharing scripture but exhorting with it. The children including the new converts were great followers and we watched them change in front of our eyes. My teaching was only really enhancing all the children and team had shared before me and presenting the challenge for prayer and ministry. The climax was the family service where the young ministry team were brilliant at sharing words and scriptures just like they were in the conference.

In the bible we read that when Andrew met Jesus for the first time he went off to fetch his brother Peter saying “come see I have found the saviour”. In Tamar Valley we had eleven year old Zac who was filled with the Holy Spirit and he went home at the end to his friend Naish’s house. There Zac talked to Naish about the Bible and Jesus, Naish said he had a Bible but not Jesus! Zac and his sister prayed for Naish and led him to Christ. Zac took Naish with him to church on the Sunday and I can tell you Naish’s face was radiant. Their Pastor has since told me that the other Sunday he had the privilege of baptising both Zac and Naish in water.

1402 Australia Tasmania Children Crusade David Abbott 2Before leaving Tasmania the young ministry team and I ministered in another church on the Island where I regularly go. It is a small church in a poor area and up to last year they only had one family with several small toddlers for their children’s work. The Pastor told me they were having an extension to the church building and believing that God will fill it with children. One year later God has given them literally a huge gift of the extension and the Pastor was able to take six children who have been added to the church to join in the conference. They all went home with changed lives and are the beginning of the filling of the church with children. At the meeting there the young ministry team were again stars ministering a number of times during the meeting. When the benediction had been said and some were leaving a man was brought to the front in great distress for the team to pray for. They prayed and so did his wife. I was told later she had been prayed for earlier because she was unable to pray in public!! Going back to the husband; while the team were praying the only girl on the team who has developed tremendous gift of prophetic visions was standing behind the man and nudged her grandmother and said she had a word for him. Grandma told her to share and when she finished the man turned round and said “you got that right girl”.

David Abbott Childrens Crusade Tasmania - Australia

On the mainland I was part of a very special children’s two day event where I had eight seminars teaching them on eight steps to effective praying. We had a small potentially powerful group for God. Their relationship with God and each other grew in leaps and bounds. The children were more than usually open in sharing their sin and bad relationships, praying for one another to be forgiven and set free. All but one instantly spoke in tongues when they prayed for each other to be filled with the Holy Spirit. One ten year old after speaking in tongues asked the others “did anyone else get a warm feeling in their heart” which several did. Shades of John Wesley when he got saved, he said “I felt my heart strangely warmed.” Their worship reached into the heavenlies and brought down the presence of God. What God started He continued, Sunday I was at another church but I am told from two sources that, that morning the children in the adult service testified of what God had done and were up at the front worshipping as they did in their own meetings.

The finale just topped all off. In a multi-cultural church in Sydney thirteen, 7 to 16 year olds gathered for the weekend. They were open and ready so quickly cleaned up their lives, two received assurance of salvation and almost all instantly flowed in tongues and when asked about living for Jesus all were instantly on their feet. On Sunday without prior warning I felt the youngsters should lay hands on the adults who responded, which they were happy to do. Many adults responded all prayed several times and adults were very thrilled.

A testimony to finish, one teenage boy there didn’t respond to be filled with the Holy Spirit, but his father was desperate for him to receive. Dad asked if he wanted us two to pray for him to which he gave a fairly typical reply “don’t know”. I felt to say if dad said he would give you something you desperately wanted what would say, “yes please” was his reply. You say “don’t know” to God’s great gift, so tell me honestly do you want the Holy Spirit? “Yes” was his reply. We prayed and he instantly had a beautiful tongue, Sunday morning he was hanging onto every word preached.

So there we have it, the beginning of the year has gone with a bang. THANK YOU JESUS. Let’s believe together that it will only go onward and upward through the year. Thank you for the major role you played, your input was invaluable.

Much Love & Many, Many Thanks…

David

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Indiana Mission Trip and Denver CO

FROM THE DESK OF DAVID ABBOTT

Dear Ones,

David baptizing a child in water in recognition of their faith in Jesus Christ for salvation.

David baptizing a child in water in recognition of their faith in Jesus Christ for salvation.

This time a short, challenging and fantastic trip, beginning in my usual area south of Indianapolis with a Friday to Sunday of one off meetings in different churches, some places I knew the children others not. One off meetings are not the best with children especially if they have never met me before. I finished those feeling I had missed the goal but the leaders everywhere were thrilled and excited by the results. One of the meetings presented an interesting scenario, a children’s club in a church I had never been too but all of the children I knew from being in their own churches. The leader who I had not worked with before led two games that were also teaching principles to the children and those principles were the theme of my message. Clearly God had put that together then He followed through and at the end every child, the leader and two pastors were out for prayer.

Monday to Friday and the Sunday were the key meetings, in my host church teaching on hurt, pain, rejection and the effects these have on lives. From the moment I emailed the pastor and he agreed that this was what God wanted the spiritual warfare began, the devil fought letting go of those children. We could see why because this group on the inside looked like the casualty department of an accident and emergency hospital. But from God’s side many have the call of God on their lives and He has given us glimpses on occasions of what He is raising up there. So the devil was not going to release them without a fight, but he is a defeated foe since the cross and though he did keep us on our toes and working for it God had the victory. The first couple of nights only a few responded but God had fore warned us about this but that great victory would also come and it did. The final nights of the series every single child was on their knees at the front and ministered to one on one after they had laid themselves before God. Even on the toughest subject, the need to forgive those who had hurt them. Two who we knew had been seriously abused and two with a lot of anger issues were out every night for prayer and help. One older boy who had never been before got save earlier in the week and was also out every night for prayer, his face was transformed and was glowing by the end.

Children leading others in the Communion.

Children leading others in the Communion.

We finished up on Friday breaking bread together as a celebration and thanks to God for setting them free. This was led by the two boy’s aged eleven and twelve who I have the privilege of training for ministry and they were brilliant. To crown it all on the Sunday morning we were able baptise in water where six of the children who had been set free and now felt they were ready to make that important step and two ladies. A bonus on the week was to go into the local State elementary (junior) school and speak at their Good News after school club. Forty children were there covering all ages and at the end over twenty five responded for salvation.

Then to Southern Indiana to a church which has been tested, decimated in size and almost closed but God is raising up again. It is tied to a Christian school through the pastor’s wife who works there. They always allow me unlimited access to the children to teach and minister whatever God tells me with no limits. Children from kindergarten to top middle schoolers soaked up every word. The principle at the end told me that she hadn’t heard a negative word or comment from teacher or pupil, in fact she had, had so many good comments that she had lost count of how many. In the church we had two nights with several churches coming together in their building,( rarely happened in the past). One a church meeting and the other an early American Thanksgiving feast outreach. In both I had the children to teach and almost everyone responded for prayer every time. Both nights a twelve year old came who several years ago I knew had the call of God on his life. He was wonderfully restored to God and left excited to be prepared for God’s work again.

Finally to Denver, Colorado to a very select group of children, small in number but rich in openness and hunger for God. One of those was only four years old but he sat so still listened, his hand was up with his eyes closed and he was out with the others for prayer. Small in number but some received Jesus, some were filled and on said last year she wasn’t sure she was really filled but this years she knows without a doubt and had a fluent tongue. The conclusion a youth meeting with a lot out of my age group but many of those had been in my meetings when they were young and still love the stick men teaching and haven’t lost the desire to go after all God has for them.

So here ends another year of overseas ministry and looking back I have to say it has been quite a year of the amazing working of God in young lives. He has spared them nothing, held back nothing from them, he hasn’t judged them by the outside but by the desires of the hearts. Many, many parents and leaders testify of children’s lives not only now changed but transformed by what God has done or is doing. Importantly you have been such a vital part of all of this, I am only the arm that has the privilege of going out and seeing all this first hand. But you left behind are so vital as it is us together. I couldn’t have seen what I have seen without you praying, interceding and giving so thank you and bless you so much from the bottom of my heart. I trust and pray that God will give you a wonderful Christmas and New Year celebration time with all those you are sharing it with and I look forward to another year of us working together for His kingdom in children’s lives.

Bless You & Much Love

David

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Norway Children’s Ministry Trip

FROM THE DESK OF DAVID ABBOTT

After a very fast turnaround of two days I was out of Uganda and into Norway and off to a flying start. The first weekend I had six meetings and two informal gatherings between Friday morning and Sunday night. Everyone a continuation of all I have been seeing all year, clearly God is moving in Norway in the same way. Children in Norway are not compliant in fact they are strong willed and responses can be hard work. But none of that, every time an invitation was made for prayer almost everyone responded. Two meetings were in two different Christian Schools both had the same response, in the biggest I had sixty twelve years old and upwards. The principal sat at the back and had a few tears as he saw the response, he said he never expected so many to respond so quickly. The Principal of the smaller one was equally as thrilled seeing what happened with hers. Numbers don’t count to God where the hearts are open he will move and work.

Bergen NorwayThe next weekend initially I misunderstood, I knew there were two small churches under the same pastor who were having a weekend way together. I thought there was a speaker for the adults and me for the children. But it was actually the children’s and young teens weekend with parents and adults also there. We had the best chapel room to meet in that had all the sound equipment etc while the adults met in a smaller less equipped room for bible study with the pastor. It was busy as they wanted the children and teens taught separately but it was worth it. Each session I had the up to eleven year olds first to teach and minister to, they went off for activity and the twelve upwards came in for their time. Both groups had their challenging ones but the majority in both had hungry hearts after God. Many were filled with the Holy Spirit and God gave me words for more that I would usually have in that situation. God fed them and gave them glimpses of the future. God blessed me giving me a young teenage girl as my interpreter for all the children’s sessions. Children’s leaders who sat in were eager to get prayer for themselves and their ministries and had wet eyes as they saw the response of the different ages.

Stavanger continued on from the above. We had a small select group of ten children and two thirteen year olds who all responded as above. Every session everyone was on their feet for prayer including the teenagers who were my ministry team. One of those two comes from a fairly tough family background but all the years he has been in my meetings he has gone after God and has a beautiful spirit of the presence of God radiating from him. One session I asked him to pray for everyone as the Spirit led him I had no idea what he was saying but knew in my spirit that something special was happening.  My interpreter told me he was praying very sensitively and prophetically for everyone. Then when he prayed for his younger brother they were crying on each other’s shoulders. As he prayed the presence of God was so strong and the children when prayed for without being told sat down and were still and absolutely quiet soaking up that awesome presence.  Sunday in the family service where we had the biggest number there in several years he again prayed for those who responded and also in that service two people had words for me.

Finally to Bergen, as my friends there say there is always a battle over spiritual things in that city and we certainly had one.

Bergen Norway Children's Gospel Ministry David AbbottThe battles were hard but the enemy couldn’t win because of the presence of God and the almost desperate hunger after God of the children and young teen’s hearts. This is Norway but I was working to try to dissuade them from responding laying on strongly the cost, the negative responses of others and the devils opposition to those who go after God and his plan for their lives but still they came. We had the biggest number there for several years and some of the biggest responses. The teaching was based in Esther as she risked her life to save her people, trusting that God would go with her. In all the teachings I over emphasised that God would not withhold blessing if you said right now I am not ready to say yes but still a large number responded. I want to share a lovely example of how God went before me to confirm that He would not withhold blessing for a no right now answer. During teaching I pointed at one boy as an example, as I did God said to me that pointing was significant I have a word for him. I carried on teaching but God said “no you have to tell him that now”. I back tracked and said “at the end God has a word for you”, I had nothing at that point. As I made the appeal God gave me the word for him but said now is not the time. That boy chose not to respond and at the end God said now is the time. So I was able to share the word and reinforce to them God’s unconditional love. So all is well that ends well!!!!

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The missionary is home on furlough now and emailed me to share: The Sunday after I left the thirteen year old interpreter interpreted for her the whole meeting, the first time with someone other than me and a different accent. The children’s leader said that one of the primary children I had baptised in water asked to preach a message God had given him. He preached a quite long constructive message on “not all who call me Lord, Lord will enter the kingdom of God”. Now four others are also lined up to preach, God is raising up child preachers in that land.

Please pray for us this month, I am home the whole month (very rare for me) pending the birth of our third grandchild and our daughter Ellie and husband Tom’s first. At the point of writing the baby is breech and in spite of Doctors help it refuses to move. So we await the phone call that could come anytime and in the car we go to near Bristol. The moment she gets any kind of contraction at all she has to go straight to hospital where they will decide whether to give her a c-section or let it go to a natural birth. Please pray for a safe birth of a natural normal healthy child.

Thank you so much for the bottom of my heart for your help in leading these children of Norway into a new place and walk with Him. I believe that we have been a part of a new thing God is beginning there and He will continue in spite of the enemy’s hatred of it.

Much Love & Thanks

David

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An India Trip, then on to Uganda

FROM THE DESK OF DAVID ABBOTT

Dear friends,

1309 India Childrens Gospel Crusade David AbbottThis was a trip with many twists. All was well until the day I was leaving on the night sleeper to go to India. I opened an email from the orphanage I was going to in Andhra Pradesh telling me of strikes halting all public transport in that state for any four days out of seven. Chennai where I land is in Tamil Nadu so that bit was okay. Barbara and I agreed together that God still wanted me to go, so off I went. At Heathrow my plane out was delayed by three hours owing to body work problems, finally arriving in Chennai at 6.00 am. There all went extremely well until I came to exit arrivals. There we were ushered backwards while we watched the army bomb squad test and open a suitcase left by the arrivals door. Fortunately for us all its only contents were someone’s dirty clothes!

Abbott Ministry in IndiaI was there and in God’s hands. No chance of getting to Andhra Pradesh then but the day after I arrived God opened the door for me to go down south five hours by road to an orphanage I have been to once before. It’s well remembered as the place I caught malaria! I spent two days there before I could get a seat on a plane to Visaq three hours from Rajahmundry, my original destination. Arriving at the orphanage it was soon clear why God sent me there. A Christian orphanage and school run by a Christian but great need among the children and staff. Most of the children there now are different to when I was last there and the leader told me only two out of the eighty nine were Christians. So into the gospel message we went all three sessions and the result, different children. When I made an invitation to receive Jesus almost all responded apart from an older Hindu boy and the youngest children. The final session the invitation was to put their lives in God’s hands to live for Him as Peter in the bible did and almost the same number stood and prayed from their 1309 India Childrens Gospel Crusade eatinghearts, a wonderful conclusion The final evening a large group of the older ones asked me to go for a walk with them. They speak very little English but as we walked they individually pointed to their hearts and said, ‘Jesus’. They knew his presence in their lives, praise the Lord. I left rejoicing that, ‘all things do work together for good’ and that I had been where God wanted me to be.

Nor was this the end of the twists, not an hour from the orphanage the car broke down and we had to wait for a replacement to pick us up. A day later, a journey by road, air, then road again and I was finally in Rajahmundry and being met by some very excited children. The down side I had only three days instead of nine so a revised programme was arranged. But the up side I was greeted by testimonies from my extra visit in March. In that series of rejection seminars were two boys of the same name, both brought along after the first session by their friend. The older of the two has now left and is the first to go to bible school because he feels the call of God to ministry. The other had been sexually abused when young resulting in extremely bitter anger towards the abuser. We saw his face changing as he kept receiving ministry but now it is radiant and he has a very soft and gentle spirit, in total a completely different boy indeed.

1309 India Childrens Gospel CrusadeI was able to make a start on taking the second group of children through the rejection seminars. I intended there to be twenty again but ended with twenty four as you can’t reject children from a rejection seminar!! This time I had a small ministry team of three boys to help me who were set free in the March series one being the younger of the boys mentioned above. They soaked up every word and at the end of each seminar everyone responded and put their pain on the cross. One sixteen year old was in tears as he confessed his hurt to God and was crying on my shoulder for ages. At the end of the first seminar when I dismissed everyone, no one moved. I thought to say it again but the pastor/interpreter said no they are under the influence of the Holy Spirit. When they finally moved it was in absolute silence, unheard of normally! As we went on we began to see children change but sadly I had to stop with six more seminars to go. So even though I said that this year’s extra visit was a one off I have to go back next April for a very flying visit to finish as twelve of this group graduate in June and could have left the orphanage before I go in August. (I haven’t space in my diary to make just one longer visit in April or before that) Please pray for this.

To complete the trip by the time I came to leave the orphanage to go to Uganda the strike had intensified and roads in and out of the town were being blocked now to private vehicles as well as commercial. I had managed to get a flight out of Visaq again but had to get there. We found that there was a small window sometime every night when roads were not blocked so we finally left there just after mid-night. I arrived in Uganda having lost one and a half nights of sleep and somewhat tired but God had gone before me and my friend there had felt that the first two days should be free days before we went into a busy schedule.

Preaching Gospel Under Tree (mostly Muslim children)

Preaching Gospel Under Tree (mostly Muslim children)

In Uganda I had the joy of being joined by Jan Otto & Rossa Nesse, a couple who are close friends of twenty years and Pastors from Norway, so we were able to enlarge the programme this year. Jan Otto ministered in church services while Rossa had two days of mainly ladies meetings and a youth day while I had for the second year a two day children’s residential conference in the host church, children’s ministry in two villages and a children’s day.

12-13 year old Preacher (middle) &Interpreters

12-13 year old Preacher (middle) & Interpreters

The conference was special, we had just over eighty children who had hearts after God, were beautifully behaved, always on time for meetings (very un-African) and the presence of God hovered over the place. There were beautiful times of worship led by children and ended the conference with a rip roaring time of praise and dancing African style and they loved it. We had eleven in the ministry team of children, some were new to in the team and we saw lives change as they ministered one on one. Ministries and giftings developed and new ones were raised up. My first ever child interpreter in Africa now thirteen interpreted more times this year than before and for the first time interpreted a whole message and the call for prayer. Another twelve year old launched out and interpreted part of my message in one meeting while another thirteen year old who knows he is called to be a pastor preached his first message. He made the mistake of telling Janet my missionary friend there of his call and that he would like to start to preach sometime. She brought him to me where we found he had a message on his heart so to his shock I said next meeting you can share it (He never expected to do it while I was there.) He went beyond anything I could imagine, he spoke for about fifteen minutes, stopping to let my adult interpreter translate to English as he went along. I expected that he would just speak and my interpreter would simultaneously translate it for me, that was so much God for his first ever preaching. The ministry concluded with baptising six children in water including our boy preacher.

Boy Preaching

Boy Preaching

Then followed two days of ministry in two different villages, the first was the furthest away and Jesus style, preaching to seventy-three children under the shade of a tree. Most of those were from Muslim homes but there with parents’ permission so I was able to preach the way of salvation as normal in the three teaching sessions and finish with an invitation for prayer, only word it getting to know Jesus better and leave the rest in God’s hands. In the second village we had one hundred and fifty all manly Christians in a little mud wall church building. In all three sessions almost all responded and the three who were not already Christians got saved. We divided the ministry team into two and added those who had been baptised and had a ministry team of ten different children each day to take to the villages to minister with us. Our young child interpreter translated two messages and invitations and for the first time translated for me the local language into English (much harder to do than the other way). The final meeting all of us felt that he was ready to go it alone and my adult interpreter should not come in so that he could not just fall back on him. The young man rose to the challenge and he did it perfectly so it has been decided that next year at only fourteen he will be my only interpreter doing everything, he is very excited. During the year one of the leaders will take him under his wing and use him to interpret. At thirteen and only his second year of doing it, he had translated six half messages, three whole messages and once the opposite way around and he had had no opportunity to translate in a public meeting since I was there last year. The other young interpreter translated for two half messages and the young preacher preached again for longer this time.  So again this year I saw more of my heart’s desire fulfilled seeing children in Africa use their gifting to minister and serve God.

David + Interpreter

David + Interpreter

I know that you didn’t know all the details all the time of what was going on but I am sure that at times God led you to pray in strange or different ways because He knew what was happening. All I can say is that God worked the practical details out, sent the blessing and touched lives in both countries and I had to just follow after Him. Thank you so very much that you prayed, interceded and stood together with me. I was very much aware that I was not alone in this but we were together across the miles working together, bless you so very much.

Much Love & Huge Thanks,

David

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Visit to the Billy Graham Library

FROM THE DESK OF DAVID ABBOTT

While visiting close friends in North Carolina I had the privilege of visiting the Billy Graham Library and Family Home Place in Charlotte. It was a very touching and memorable experience that will stay with me.

You look at the home he was brought up in and then in a mock- up of the farm barn you go through he stages of his life. Though you are of course looking at the man and his great feats but at every stage he preaches the cross of Jesus which has been his life and points everything back to God.

David Abbott at Billy Graham childhood home 2013

David Abbott at Billy Graham childhood home 2013

 

The presence of God is strong everywhere there but the most awesome part is the finish. Normally in such exhibits the last thing you see is and experience is the person so you are left with that image. But not there, as you enter the last stage you are given a decision Billy Graham librarycard then you sit for ten minutes in on one of his crusade meetings where Billy preaches a complete gospel message. As he makes the appeal you see the outline of the cross in lights. The doors at the side open and you walk out through the centre of a series of crosses whose edges are made from lights like on the screen. Then right in front of you on the wall you see a huge picture the size of a public cinema screen of the crosses on Calvary’s hill. So you go away not with the picture of the man in your mind but the picture of the message of the man’s life, the cross of Christ. As you exit there is a ministry room and counselors who are ready to talk or minister to anyone after hearing the message and needing help.

Conclusion, a great man with an amazing and successful ministry but yet a humble man to the end and a great role model for us all.

 

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Ministry Report: UK, Bolivia, USA

FROM THE DESK OF DAVID ABBOTT

A different start with the first weekend in England at the annual New Life Church camp. Over the years this camp has evolved from a children’s to a church camp today. We had roughly equal numbers of adults, youth and children while retaining its heritage as a children’s camp. All ages responded together with the same deep desire to have their hearts changed and set on fire. It didn’t matter whether they were camper, leader or helper they were there crying out to God and we saw changes in them. The presence of God was so strong every meeting as they worshiped and listened to the word and very strong when we had the different age praying for each other. All left on a high.

Bolivia mapIn Bolivia I had two meetings a day, every morning in the Ark (orphanage for ex-street boys). Every evening meetings in the church with different age groups and three family services plus the usual Sunday morning family service. The devil was most unhappy but in his attacks only confirmed that God was doing key things in lives, the church and the orphanage.  My interpreter came under continual attack in her head, face and mouth. But nothing was going to stop her and with prayer standing against him we did I believe all that God wanted us to do.

Orphanage in the Andes

Orphanage in the Andes

In the Ark the boy’s have been through a tough year and needed a lot of encouragement and lifting up. There was a nucleus who responded for prayer every session then every meeting it was exciting to see more give up the battle and follow. Battle is / was too much for some, visible in their faces and then the change to sheer joy after they had been prayed for. Many continued to receive more in their lives in the evening meetings. The day I left I went to the Ark to do some one on one ministry sessions with some God particularly laid on our hearts. Each one opened up some in tears sharing some well hidden secrets about their pasts which now have been hindrances to their walk with God. As we prayed for them with the laying on of hands I could feel the Holy Spirit moving in them and a lightness come over them as they were set free. For all of the boy’s the hugs they gave me some I felt as if I was going to explode in pieces showed the work God had done in them.

In the church the responses for prayer where big in number and not finishing sometimes until nine thirty, ten at night didn’t bother any age group or parents. God gave prophetic word to many, again across the ages. The highlight for me has to be God saying yes, to starting a ministry team of children and showing us the first ones to be part of it. I am sure you will agree that it is fairly clear why the devil was so upset by these meetings!!!

Children ministering to one another

Children ministering to one another

Then to Indiana (USA)  and a week of two meetings a day beginning with the lunch club, a free meal each day during summer holidays for those on welfare. Not the easiest place to minister but more than worth it as a brother and sister from there then came to the meetings in my host church and ended up being saved and filled. There we had a nucleus of fifteen who came every night with a total of about twenty and about thirty five different children over the week. They were so open and hungry for God that even though the decisions they did. I made it very clear that God wants action and not just words but still all or almost all responded every time. The pastor described the scene as them almost saying, come get on and pray with me. I had the joy of starting to build a ministry team of children there, beginning with two boy’s aged ten and eleven who I already knew have the call of God on their lives. Very different boys, one is secure and confident and from good Christian stock in parents and grandparents. The other is the opposite, shy nervous, lacking in self-esteem and self-confidence and from a non-Christian home. But both excelled in doing all the one on one ministry with the children and also with all the adults who responded in the family service on the Sunday morning and that led to a very exciting testimony; An intercessor of mine in South Carolina had sent an email to me with a word for the pastor’s wife where I was which I had given to her privately earlier. When the two boy’s had finished praying for the adults I felt strongly that they should both go and pray for the pastor’s wife. She was looking after the two littlest of their grandchildren and couldn’t come out. I told them to both pray and from their hearts what God said to them, they rose to the challenge and she said that as one prayed his prayer was pastoral and the others was prophetic. The prophetic one in his prayer had said exactly the word that the intercessor had given her (confirming it). That one was the ten year old from the non-Christian home and he had no idea what he was doing except doing what I told him and praying what God said from his heart.

Then to finish in the Christian school, though it is still summer holidays the parents have to go in for a meeting with teachers and to enroll their child for the next year so I had meetings with the children while their parents did their thing. I had different age groups each night and they were generally hungry and soaked up every word.

So different but great and a huge, huge thank you to you for your vital role in seeing the fruit. I so enjoy working together with you.

Much Love & Much Thanks

David
 

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