Children’s Ministry In Mexico, Then Back To England

FROM THE DESK OF DAVID ABBOTT

Dear Friends,

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

David Abbott ministry in Mexico

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Much Love & Thanks

David

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Successful Ministry in Japan & Malaysia

FROM THE DESK OF DAVID ABBOTT

Dear Friends,

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

David Abbott Childrens Crusade Ministry Japan - Malaysia

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

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

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

Shock horror!!

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

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

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

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

Much Love & Much, Much Thanks…

David

 

 

 

 

 

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Indonesia, India, and back in England

FROM THE DESK OF DAVID ABBOTT

Dear Friends,

Soaking Up God's Word In School

Soaking Up God’s Word In School

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

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

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

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

God's Healing Power For Rejection Of Children

God’s Healing Power For Rejection Of Children

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

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

Much, Much Thanks & Love
David

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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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