Norway and The Faroe Islands Ministry

FROM THE DESK OF DAVID ABBOTT

Norway and The Faroe Islands certainly continued in what God is doing but also went from glory to glory. Starting with a bang at a church camp in Norway with children and youth who are hungry, open and love to be in meetings. They were in meeting as soon as the bell sounded, no arguments or attitude and didn’t care when we went over time they were there to meet with God.

The meetings were in two age groups and both you couldn’t fault the way they sat and soaked up every word. The children’s first invitation for prayer every one of the boys responded and the next almost all the boy’s and some girls. The youth’s their first session I found myself straying far from my notes into what seemed to be the prophetic so in the next break I went to my room and spent the time seeking God. He confirmed what I had thought and also that He wanted to continue, so I could only go and be obedient. The next meeting was the children’s one where all the boys responded which afterwards Andres the middle of three siblings whose parents are going through divorce, he asked me if he could also be in the youth meeting. I was happy but not sure he would be able to handle it the way God was moving. Not only did he handle it but it was clear that God put the desire in his heart because the message God was speaking specifically spoke to him. He came out for prayer with the youth where the invitation was for those who knew clearly that God was speaking about them. God gave me a word for him about a strong call on his life that He was going to confirm to him again in other ways because he had always as far back as he could remember felt God had something special for him. He and his mother who was sitting at the back in tears, confirmed this was so.

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The youth were just gathering in the room for their final meeting when word came that one of the boys had, had an accident. A top doctor there from the church examined it and suspected a broken toe. Instantly the room emptied and us looking out of the window we saw this cloud of youth burst out of the door bare foot on wet gravel gather around the car the boy was in and prayed. Ten minutes later they were back in the room sitting attentively waiting to start. The hospital confirmed that there was nothing wrong, we believe he did have a broken toe and God healed it as the youth prayed. The boy is from a non-Christian home but told the pastor later that he desperately wants to go back next year.

God continued orchestrating His plan on our journey from camp on the car ferry. After boarding we went upstairs to the cafeteria for coffee and my friend was gone ages. The lady on duty that day was a lady from a church on another Island. Ten minutes later she came over to us, she had rung her husband and arranged for a gathering in her home of the children from their church later in the trip. That meeting was definitely a God thing and a double blessing to the mother who arranged it. There were six children of varying ages two were her son’s. Over the years I have spoken in many little house meetings like this in Norway and this one has to be one of the best. I had two sessions and their parents were there too and they were amazed at how quiet and still they sat paying full attention. One father cheerfully said they don’t do that for us. The second session four out of the six responded for prayer for assurance of salvation their hands going up instantly. After praying God gave me words for the oldest two. The lady who arranged it was so excited (double blessing), two who responded were her son’s, one who got a word was her eldest. After the meeting the youngest son (eight years old) went into the kitchen and said “that was great mum”. Went back into the sitting room got his blackboard and chalks and was drawing my stick men and giving a little message. His mother said that board was in the basement for years and never touched and the chalks had never been used.

In 2012 on the Island of Halsnoey we had a one off children’s meeting. Only a small number attended most from one family because grandma rounded up her grandchildren. One of the grandchildren God gave me a word for as he came in the door. I felt to keep it until the end, meantime observed a boy who intently listened to every word and responded for prayer. Afterwards his mother asked why her son was the only one I had a word for and I could only say because God only gave for him. She then told me that he didn’t want to go to the meeting so she said he should because God might just have something special to say to him, that was a word from God. His grandmother recently told my friend that, that word so impacted his life that he has never looked back since. Now as a mid-teenager he is the only Christian in his classes at school but he stands boldly for God in spite of the persecution he gets sometimes. There we see again that numbers don’t count with God, its people, its children that do.

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This year the meetings on The Faroe Islands were on the main island in a bigger church with more children but organised by the same couple as last year. The weekend before the camp the couple’s eldest son Isak aged nine went and testified raising the excitement level of the children by sharing how last year’s camp had totally changed his life and how exciting it was speaking in tongues and being used in the gifts, the leaders became expectant too. So this year Isak and his closest friend Elias were the ministry team. It was a very busy time with ten meetings in one and two half days with fifty children divided into two groups for teaching, seven to ten and eleven to fifteen. God warned us ahead to watch out as the devil was not happy and the first meeting he struck. It was the only meeting where both age groups were together and some parents got upset while the children had no problem at all. Almost all responded for the need in these days to have real assurance of their salvation, so many I had to get help ministering to them as it was too many for the boy’s alone. Later many said they now really knew that Jesus was in them. God showed us how to deal with that, the next morning we had the whole team working there together, we prayed had an amazing worship time and then no more trouble.

Teaching on the Holy spirit many were filled in both groups, the younger group only a couple didn’t speak in tongues the older ones everyone did. The older group a girl was so tense she was stiff as a board so didn’t speak the moment she relaxed she was off. While a boy couldn’t because of his low self-esteem, a little talk and he just began to flow. As he left the meeting he walked over to me couldn’t speak a word of English but he gave me a huge smile and squeezed my arm, I believe that was his way of saying thank you. The final meeting, I spoke on giving their whole lives as an offering to God for Him to use as he wanted then tried several ways to dissuade both groups not to respond but they insisted on everyone responding. In the teens group I had hands up then down tried again to dissuade them but again everyone responded. As far as I can remember God gave words in every meeting and I don’t think I have ever had so much and the kind of feedback as I did this time. A father told us his teen son didn’t want to attend but dad said he would, after the first meeting he was the first to respond and God gave me a word for him, me knowing none of this beforehand. After that he told his dad I am fine now I want to go! After one meeting two said “that was the second time they had been given that exact word”. Another the leaders sat in floods of tears as the word God gave exactly described that child. The leader recording the words said she just had to send off immediately two words by SMS to their parents because they were so significant later the parents called back in tears. During a time in the presence of God I had a word for one and not wanting to disturb went unannounced to him to share it. Part of the word said to keep holding his hands out to receive more of God’s anointing. Two boys behind who were completely lost in God and so hungry, thought it was for them so immediately shot their hands out like rockets. I thought nothing more of it until next morning in the family service. I was giving my introduction and God pointed out the same three boys sitting in the same formation and said “now, emphasising the NOW (as I usually give individual words at the end) bring them up here I want to speak to them”. As God spoke the two faces were radiant and one had watery eyes, (these were young teens). I believe God was saying to them that He never leaves the hungry to go wanting or empty, they were still beaming when they left the church. God only knows His purpose in choosing to give those publicly.

The young teens final meeting was so special they just didn’t want the meeting to stop, we had worship which was awesome, I spoke and they all responded. As I prayed the presence of God filled that room even more and when I said the amen no one moved, they stood eyes closed hands held out. I needed to know from God what to do so they just stood in silence for ages. Then God led me to move among them giving words as He directed, still no one moved. God led me in several other ways, still they were totally lost. Eventually I felt I had to close though I get the feeling they would have gone on for hours more. Even then one I had a word for he just flopped down onto the edge of his seat hands still with palms up and eyes closed and stayed that way until the leader concluded and everyone slowly started to move.

As always, your support of this work touches my heart and His.  Thanks!

Much love ~ David

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Ministry in India, then on to Uganda

FROM THE DESK OF DAVID ABBOTT

Twenty Years in the Rajahmundry orphanage

Big change is taking place in the ministry in India and my whole time there changed only days before I left home. God, I believe has made it clear that the orphanage I have ministered in for twenty years is to relocate.

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When my pastor friend in Australia, John Barnes first planted the home twenty years ago it was located in on the rural outskirts of Rajahmundry. Now a four-lane highway has been built at the front of the home which took away some of the land and now  a building has put it in the middle of an industrial area. So with decreased land size and thick diesel fumes being pumped out of old clapped out trucks twenty-four hours a day it is not a good place for children to grow up. The changes work together for our good and the land has become prime land and heavily sort after so the plan is to sell that and buy a much bigger plot outside of a village where land is very cheap. The only hurdle is that they can’t buy until they have sold. So the home has closed temporarily and alternative measures set in place to cover the children until a new home can be built.

Children's ministry map - UK to IndiaI love looking back and seeing God’s planning. I was together travelling with John twenty years ago when he started the home and have ministered in it every year since. Now as we move into phase two of the orphanage ministry I am again with John but this time more involved in setting it all up. God’s aim in this I see is that I am now partnering with John, the Australian team and our friend Samuel Babu, director of the ministry in India. This makes me very happy as the orphanage is a place where my heart is.

Each morning I spent ministering in a new orphanage run by Samuel’s younger brother. The ministry and responses from the children were so in line with what God has been doing this year as I shared with you in my last report. I started a stranger to the eighty plus children but still right from the first message and onwards everyone responded for prayer and nothing we said would deter them. Everyone had eyes tightly closed during the invitation and as they stood. When teaching on the Holy Spirit and even more so during the praying for them the presence of God was awesome and you could see by their faces that they were experiencing it too. The rest of each day was spent working on getting a clear plan set for the future of the orphanage and seeing the temporary things set up to cover the children.

In the past few years, we have had thirteen young men, eighteen years old and onwards who have grown up in the home, coming back to help me and have me input into their lives. Most of them are fruit from the rejection and healing seminars I do. This year it was twenty and I felt so touched and honoured that they gave me this place in their lives. They did all the one on one ministry at the orphanage and helped in many other ways. Different ones had to leave at different times because of getting back to college or job’s, some left for lectures and came back when free and the final eight told us they made phone calls to change things so they could leave after me. What an honour!!

One of those was Subash who was the reason I first started doing rejection and healing seminars in the home every year. While ministering to him God showed that he had been abused by multiple men before he came to the home. He opened for ministry and saw a lot of deliverance but when he left the home he cut himself off from us. But I never let go of him in my heart I hung onto him in regular prayer as I knew he was very vulnerable out there in the world. This year out of the blue he came back and in a meeting just for these boys. Subash was listening intently and giving me eye contact then, at the end he came for prayer and his radiant face came back.

Here’s a photo of some of my young men. From the left, the first is Subash, second Naveen and in college another set free from sexual abuse, third Kota who from the start always looked on me as his father figure.

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Kota graduated from college in April and immediately he got a full-time job with good pay, he is from the lowest caste, the untouchables and by that should not go to college or be employed but God has done it. Next Aakash, when he was young the day I left he would hang onto my waste crying his eyes out. He still hangs onto me when I go. Bandi always did and still does call me his best friend. Finally, Smiler (not his real name but I can’t see him as anything else). Before he was set free from hurt, his face was dead serious and he never smiled and hugging him was like hugging a lamppost. The moment he became free he looked up and he was beaming from ear to ear and still does every time you look at him.

Salman another of my boys his father is a chronic alcoholic and so there was no money for him for the bus fare to join us so we went to where he lives to fetch him. It was quite a long way away and the scene we saw was heartbreaking, such poverty in that slum, words can’t describe what we saw. His father wouldn’t come out to us at first as he was a bit the worst for alcohol and this was early afternoon. When he did he looked a mess and his face covered in scars from drunken fights. Salman isn’t an orphan but his mother who is a sweet tiny lady had him and his older brother put in the orphanage because when the father is drunk he verbally and physically abuses the boys; there are younger sisters but he doesn’t touch them. Also, the mother has no money to feed the children properly because the father takes all to buy alcohol. I gave Samuel some money to buy the mother a 25 kilo bag of rice for her as I can’t give her money as the father will take it away from her. Salman’s face lit up like a beacon when he came out and saw us standing there. He really loved being in the old building with us and with the other boy’s and he was brushing away tears as we drove out of the compound to take him to the bus station. Please pray for Salman as Samuel and I feel that God has a special plan for him in that slum. We feel that as soon as the orphanage is rebuilt we will again rescue him and get him through college so that he can earn a good wage. With that, he won’t have to live there again but will be able to go to be used of God there. The hindrance to this his father who wants to use him the same way he does his older brother. When there is work on the land he sends the brother and then takes all earnings away from him to buy his alcohol.

Moving on to Uganda

Children's ministry from India to UgandaOnwards then to Uganda and in keeping with God’s moving, we all felt that this was our best camp so far. We had the biggest number, last year we had eighty children at camp and this year it was one hundred and ten without helpers. The children were so obedient (Ugandan children usually aren’t so), open to move with God and teachable. Any correctional points I made they changed immediately. We had a young and older ministry team, the young ones were all new to the team and everyone was an orphan from a very bad background. The older were a group of older girls who have been on the team from the first camp. One of the younger ones, very small for his age was so excited at being asked to join the team you would think we had given him the crown jewels. Another, Brian – he’s nine, an orphan living with a very elderly grandmother and two cousins. His grandmother at her age can’t cope with bringing up young children so she always calls him a naughty boy. He isn’t really, he just craves love and attention but he does so love Jesus and he is amazing to watch worshiping. With his whole body, he reaches out to God and almost immediately gets lost in His presence.

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Brian and his friend Timwa worshipping

 

Both my missionary friend and I felt that God wanted Brian on the team and giving him responsibility a few hugs every now and affirming him often as being a good boy, he just excelled in every way. We all saw the children visibly change as the days went by, faces that on arrival were long and expressionless took on big smiles. Dull eyes sparkled, those not already in the meeting room ran in as soon as the drum sounded. The third day we had the moist awesome worship time I have seen in all the camps, almost everyone was on their knees, tears flowed from some and they were being led by some of the youngest in the camp. We concluded camp with the usual baptism service where fifteen were baptised, some had only been saved and filled during this camp.

So, different but still the same, amazing time we’ve seen all year so far and I trust the end is not yet as we still have quite a bit of the year left to go. So thank you so, so much again for your invaluable part on this trip. Together God used us to reach some of the poorest and lowest of the low children with the exciting message He has given to all so far. God excludes no one whoever they are, whatever culture or background. And I’m grateful for that!

Much love ~ David.

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USA & Bolivia Ministry to Children

FROM THE DESK OF DAVID ABBOTT

INDIANA

The trip this year was in reverse order so the start was in Indiana and from the word go God was again doing His new thing. The annual children’s worship and teaching week was definitely quality and not quantity. For the first time came little seven year old Reegan brought by his great grandmother. Reegan has cerebral palsy, he walks with the aid of callipers on both legs and one crutch, he has a twin brother who is normal and living with his birth parents while they put Keegan up for adoption. The weekend before our start his adoption was finalised by the great grandmother’s granddaughter. Put that aside he is a radiant glowing little boy who I first met last November when in the Good News club in his elementary school I had the privilege of praying for him to receive Jesus. He recently told his great-grandmother that since November he has felt great all-over. He was so hungry for God, the first night his hand was up to receive before I had even finished explaining what we were praying for then up again when I had finished. After praying for him with a glow on his face he said, “My heart feels wonderful.” His adoptive mother is not walking with God so he’s not fed all the right wording so what he describes each time is exactly what he feels as he has real experiences with God. At the end of the meeting God gave him an amazing prophetic word, not for healing but experiences he is going to go through with God and the ministry that will lead him too, this had him bouncing on his seat.. The next night he was out again and this time, the presence of God hit him and he had to be assisted to his seat saying “this is amazing, this is amazing”. It was also Kynan’s special time when he was very young his mother was sent to prison for several years and he coped with it by locking up his heart. For years he has had an expressionless look on his face and denied who he is by always role playing some mystical super hero. He could go through a whole week of meetings and not respond once and if on an occasion he did when you laid hands laid on him you could feel him resisting. Not this time, he was out for prayer every night, there was no resistance, his face changed a degree each time until the third night when while praying for him God gave him a prophetic word which he acknowledged. As I was praying for him I suddenly saw him without me telling him too hold out his hands open them, symbolically giving God the key to his heart. When I finished praying his face for the first time in years looked normal. The rest of the time he was out for prayer almost every day and now you could hug a normal boy and not a lamp post.

The two boy’s in training Ethan now thirteen and Andy fourteen again made new steps by moving into prophetic praying. It began when we were speaking at a family service in a neighbouring church when the pastor and his wife came for prayer. They said nothing but when they had finished the pastor grabbed the microphone and said, “Wow that was amazing they knew nothing but were spot on.” Another lady who had come out for healing came afterwards with tears down her face saying they had prayed for her need but then went on to pray about things they knew nothing about. Later on Sunday at the host church even though a lot of adults were out for prayer I felt they had to pray together for each one as they are more effective that way. This time I watched the faces of those being prayed for and for everyone there came a point when huge smiles came across their faces, clearly the point the boy’s became prophetic. The teaching we did three way with my goal that in November I will do much less, them more to the end they do it all. In fact the pastor and I are looking forward to the day when we sit in the service and do nothing and the service is taken completely by three young people. The pastors youngest daughter, fourteen has been helping her father with worship for some time but been very shy about it. She too made new steps this time and on Sunday she was singing and playing her guitar out loud equal with her father for the first time.

I had probably one of the best times in the Christian school for a summer break, the children’s hearts are now well prepared for the week I will spend with them in November. God has given me a bonus too, the principle asked me for November if I will also have a meeting with her teachers to teach them how to reach and lead children spiritually. She wants to be more effective in following up after my visits as she now looks on my visits as us partnering together in the ministry in her school, I find that a great honour, praise God.

BOLIVIA

Childrens ministry Bolivia 2016Bolivia began with a challenge when I arrived and my luggage followed forty-eight hours later. That no way affected the continuing flow of God’s spirit and blessing. In the orphanage (The Arc) there are eleven new boys this year all rescued from a Roman Catholic home that has closed. Those boys aged six to eight to compound the bad start they had, had in life they had never gone beyond the grounds of the home from the moment they entered it and the only ones who got attention from the staff was the one who shouted the loudest. Church meetings to them were something ritualistic and boring so a place play up as much as they could. The staff in the Arc have worked hard with them and in the second meeting, almost all of them responded for salvation along with some of the original ones who needed a spiritual clean up. From then on they were glued to every word and out every time for prayer. In the church family services, they told me in advance that the people had a real high expectancy for God to move and He certainly didn’t let them down. For reasons beyond any ones control my visit had to be at the end of July rather than the beginning, the beginning is a school holiday. In spite of school the next morning they were in the meetings every night in bigger numbers than usual and their children there too. The responses from those for prayer from all ages was bigger, faster and more enthusiastic than ever.

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There were two special meetings. One when I spoke at the opening meeting of a youth camp in the foothills of the Andes. We sat in the open air on big logs around a campfire, cold on your back and warm on your front and the oldest boys from the Arc were among those there. When it came to the prayer time all but one stood to their feet, I prayed then as God gave me one long prophetic word for them all an awesome feeling of the presence of God feel like God giving them hugs. The second in the arc when God was giving words to three of the original boys who are among the most vulnerable and needy there but ones so desperate to walk close to God. Each word was different though about His love for them and more. As I gave each their word they moved their head forward and tucked it into me as if they were receiving that hug from God, their faces were radiant as they left the front.

Much love ~ David

 

 

 

 

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What God has been Doing and will be Doing in Children in 2016

FROM THE DESK OF DAVID ABBOTT

ONE ~ Raising up a great and mighty army

2016 David Abbott 1Not an army with gun’s and tanks going out to kill and destroy but a huge great number of children and young people who will go out living for God and for righteousness, who live to please God and who God can use now and in the future. Not necessarily going out preaching or carrying a huge bible but those who when others look at them they see Jesus. By the way they live, the things they do and don’t do others will see that they are different. These will come from places, peoples and situations we least expect as well as from those we do. This is illustrated in the story in Ezekiel 37:1-14.

In Ezekiel’s valley were a mass of completely dried out bones, in other words completely useless. God said can these bones live, Ezekiel’s reply “you know Lord” in other words, I can’t see it but you can do it.

God said to him speak to these bones, he had a hard choice but he did it and so opened the way for God to do the impossible.

The second time he was told to speak to the bones was easier and so on so the end result the bible says was they stood up a great and mighty army.  So this great number that God is raising up many will come from the peoples and places we least expect, they will be the ones we least expect, the ones deemed useless and hopeless just like a valley full of dried out useless bones.

They will be the ones like Ezekiel who will say “I can’t,  but you can, God” so they will show the power and glory of God by allowing Him to do the impossible through them. They will make the bible live today.

TWO ~ Those who will be prepared to learn to recognise the voice of God and listen.

2016 David Abbott 2This is illustrated in the story of the young boy Samuel in 1 Samuel 3:1 – 21
Israel was in a very sad place where it says that “messages from God were very rare and visions were quite uncommon.” Isn’t that like the times in which we are living now?” Where even many of our, in quotes Christian leaders have lost the ability to hear the voice of God through the written and prophetic word much like Eli? In the midst of this God raises up a young boy who is different. He starts off a trainee of the priest Eli doing probably manual menial tasks in the temple. One night Samuel and Eli have laid down on their beds and a voice calls Samuel’s name, he doesn’t recognise God so thinks is Eli and rushes to him. Eli sends him back to his bed saying I didn’t call. This happens three times and finally, Eli realises it must be God and tells Samuel what to do. Let’s think as far as scripture lets us there was only two people in the temple, Samuel and Eli so if it wasn’t Eli? The fact it took God three times of calling for Eli to realise it was God points to the fact that Eli had lost the ability to recognise the voice of God. Samuel didn’t recognise Him either but that wasn’t his fault he was only a boy, a trainee, Eli had failed to teach him to recognise the voice of God. So what did Samuel do, went back to bed and did exactly what Eli told him, no questions, arguments etc. He just went back and did what he was told and God spoke clearly to him. Following this the bible says in 1 Samuel 3:19 that Samuel grew and the Lord was with him and we see that a mark of Samuel’s life throughout was that he always recognised and heard the voice of God.

So this great number of children and young people who God is raising up will be a generation that learns to recognise the voice of God and listen to him.

THREE ~ They are the ones who will make the right choices (God’s Choices), not necessarily the ones their parents did and will act on those choices.

2016 David Abbott 3This is illustrated in the stories of two generations who arrived at the river Jordon had the same message from God but made different choices and reaped the fruit of those choices. Found in Deuteronomy 1:21 & 1:26-28, then in Joshua 1:10 &:16.

The first generation (Moses Generation) were a generation who knew the power of God from the plagues in Egypt etc. They had the word from God to go in but looked at it through their natural senses and said no God we can’t. Forty years later the children of the (Moses Generation) the (Joshua Generation) stood in the same place their parents had and had the same message just different wording. Nothing had changed in the promise land to when their parents stood there except that God (In Quotes) made it harder to decide because the bible tells us that when Joshua got to the Jordon it was just after the rains had come and the river was deeper and wider. But this generation’s answer was “we will trust you and do what you tell us” and in saying that to Joshua their leader they were saying it to God.
So these that God is raising up are those who will make the right choices even when it doesn’t fit into the understanding when those before them or even their parents have made the wrong choices they will still make the right choices, God’s choices and make the bible live.

So putting together the three thoughts, we see a picture of what I see God has been doing so far this year and I believe will continue to do for the rest of this year. It is the thing I have been talking about and praying for, for a number of years and I am now beginning to see it happen. I believe this is only the first steps and more will follow after this as more rise up to take on the challenge. So what is it we have going on?

God is raising up a generation of children and young people who are the ones we least expect, the useless and hopeless ones coming from places and situations we least expect. But they will together make up a great and mighty army (great number of people) who will show the power and glory of God by allowing God to do the impossible through them and so make the bible live. They will recognise the voice of God and listen to Him and those who make the right choices (God’s choices) even when it doesn’t fit into their understanding and when those older than them or even their parents have made the wrong choices they will make the right ones.

Much love…

David

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Amazing Children’s Ministry in Mexico

FROM THE DESK OF DAVID ABBOTT

Well God did it in Mexico too with an amazing outpouring of His spirit but He did it in a very different way than the previous countries. I would say that what we saw was a divine moving of God as so much of it was when He took over rather than what we did. I can honestly say that I don’t think I have ever seen anything like it before in my years of ministry. The meetings were long because the ministry after the teaching often lasting anything one to one and a half hours which neither we nor the children noticed the length. This along with the huge numbers of people crossing the bridge into the USA we had long waits at the immigration and hence not getting into bed until 1-1.30 am. At the weekend having two meetings a day we stayed over there all day so it was a busy time but so worth it all to see those precious children moving out under the power of the Holy Spirit.

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The meetings weren’t big, seventy was the biggest but most less, the children were all extremely poor and it was all new places so I majored on salvation, having a real experience with Jesus under the banner of them being raised up by God to be a great and mighty army (Huge number of children) He is raising up for Him. Those who will stand and be counted, stand for God and for righteousness and vessels He can use in these days.

He began in a small way and then…

God began in a small way in the first meeting and then rose higher and higher from there. The first was a last minute thing and was actually their normal prayer meeting with some children present and turned over to a regular meeting. But children responded and God gave me words for a couple and one was a God planned thing. The pastor of the last church we were in had a hand in setting up this one so he went with us to the meeting. But earlier in the day that pastor had the need to visit one of his leaders and during the conversation felt to say that often when parents faithfully serve God one or more of their children will receive a call from God. That night the couple decided to also go with us and took their youngest boy, at the end they sat in amazement as the first one God gave a word too was their son. From there we just saw into the heavenlies and I believe it was the children’s hunger to hear and receive that brought us into a very special move of the Holy Spirit. They were glued to every word like dry sponges at a desert oasis with big numbers responding for salvation or re-commitment etc. Then when we brought out those who God had a word for and after sharing the words and praying for them I would normally finish but this time God would take over. Tears began to flow first from those at the front then spread to the others, they just cried and cried often moving into deep sodding from their spirits which God showed us He was dealing with deep hurts and pain in their lives.

 

Mexicans told us that those we were working among are children who traditionally are starved of affection so what we saw next was a real breakthrough for them. Wet with tears they wanted to be hugged and then wouldn’t let go, when we went to let go they clung on even tighter, sometimes it was individual hugs others group hugs. Then it spread to parents coming up and reaching out to their children and having family hugging’s together. (Malachi 4v6 says, He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the children to their fathers) All this and we hadn’t said a single word but a number of meetings I left with my shirt wet with the tears of children.

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Sebastian reaching out to God in prayer…

One night the meeting was in a fairly newly planted church meeting in the pastor’s garage so it was fairly small. There God gave a word about a very strong anointing He had put upon Sebastian, a short eight or nine-year-old with a spiked Mohican haircut. While he was crying on me he was also drawing in long deep breaths as if he were sucking in as much of the Holy Spirit as he could. He then began drawing other children around him in little groups and they were crying on each other and Sebastian was laying his hands on different ones and praying for them. This God developed as we saw that adults were looking a bit bewildered by all this so we explained it was a divine moving of God and if they wanted they could come forward and experience it first-hand. As adults came the children led by Sebastian gathered around them one by one crying out to God and weeping over them and they didn’t just pray and go they were ages with each one. A very precious sight was when Sebastian’s mother came to the front and he led the other to pray and cry over her. This sort of thing had never happened in the church before and we never told him to do this we were just observers of what was happening. This was him led by the spirit of God, him responding by doing what God led him to do and others being blessed as a result. With a start like this one can’t begin to imagine what God has in store for him as he continues to walk with Jesus and live for Him. At the end, his face wasn’t just radiant but aglow.

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Sebastian praying for adults and children…

Looking at an overview now, I don’t think I have seen so many siblings in a series of meetings have words at the same time and in each case, I didn’t know they were siblings until afterward. One meeting the church is unique in that it only has children in it (this is only the second time I have been to such a church and both are in Mexico). The pastor told me that a brother and sister I had words for were the two he started the church with. In a roundabout way, he invited them to a meeting he had and they went and haven’t stopped. Still they are the only Christian in their family. This same church there was a word for the pastor’s son who told me afterward that this was the third time in different churches I had had a word for his son. I had no idea as God gives me things I deliver them then it goes out of my mind.

The final meeting in Mexico was powerful…

The final meeting in Mexico was the last great day of the feast without a doubt. It was under a canopy on some waste land opposite the church. Most there were church based children and as you would expect God had planned ahead for them. Among the messages God gave me for this trip, there was one which I tried to give a number of meetings before and God said no, here He said yes. Many responded to deal with things in their lives but when we came to giving words from God, He changed things.

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Parents and children in the love of God…

Among the five receiving were nine-year-old Diego, a boy who soaked up every word all the meeting through and one with a radiant face. God said he had a Joshua calling on his life which he was ecstatic about. Having shared and prayed for them God had already told me that those five should pray over the others. I invited those who wanted to be part of the great number of children God was raising up all over the world to be used by Him (part of my message) to come forward. Almost all did and so without prior warning or instruction, I set the five off to pray over each in the line individually with the laying on of hands. It took a long time as there were quite a few children in that meeting but the five prayed for each one for the same length and same enthusiasm. Diego was absolutely radiant at the end and he so wanted to say goodbye as we left that he stayed until after midnight when we finally left to do so.

So now I think you can see why the meetings were so long and so exciting, with the ministry of the children going on anything from one to one and a half hours. But when God moves as he did here no child is distracted or bored with so much time being needed. Even those not involved in the ministry, giving or receiving sat still and respectful through it all.

Much love,
David

PS- I am also seeking intercessors who will pray for our ministry and meetings.  Over my four decades of ministry, having people committed to pray and to hear from God have inspired me in the work with spot-on words and prophecies.  Let me know if you’re interested.

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God Moving in Japan & Malaysia

FROM THE DESK OF DAVID ABBOTT

Well what can I say, I can no way find the words to express properly what God did on this trip to Japan, it was a heavenly experience. The main events were all in or around the city of Shizuoka, half way down the main island of Honshu.

Fruit That Lasts

At a day of fellowship and worship I met up with a missionary couple whose four children had been in my meetings and camps thirty years ago. They shared, today the four are all involved in their local churches and the two girls are missionaries in different African countries.

Record Breaking Numbers With No Advertising

May camp this year was the biggest with sixty five children, youth and a few adults who didn’t want to miss out come together without advertising and for some quite a distance. God brought those He wanted by word of mouth, friend telling friend and a number came to stay even though it wasn’t residential. The missionaries had fifteen sleeping on floors in their home, one set of parents who came the furthest put their camper van on the church car park to stay in so that their children could be there.

Spiritual Dry Sponges

Three long meetings per day, awesome worship times and a pin could be herd dropping during the teaching. Milestones in their lives reached; one, after teaching some effects of sin like fear, guilt and condemnation they flocked out for prayer and many tears were shed. Two, once again almost all knelt at the front on a hard floor to put their lives into God’s hands for Him to use as He wants. A big deal in Japan as the expectation on every young person is to go to university and then get an executive type job. God’s plans could be different!!

They Didn’t Want It To Stop

The church still has a bible study on a Saturday night, the one after the camp which I was speaking at the number of young people and children far outweighed the number of adults by a long way. They showed their hearts by their actions.

Orphanage In Malaysia (In and around KL)

David Abbott - Glad Tidings Malaysia ministry to childrenI arrived and straight into ministry for three days in an orphanage I have not been to before. It’s run by a large Anglican church and takes children from a slum up behind the building and currently is almost all boy’s from Indian backgrounds. Initially they gave me short and tight restrictions on time but after the first day doubled the time I could have. I felt what God wanted there was for me just to teach and be the love of God to them and the results proved it true. They changed so much by the end, to begin with they were very rigid and formal but soon they fought to sit by me and wanted to spend every bit of time they could with me. After meetings the boys would voluntarily sit in a group at my feet wanting to talk and share. Even some of the older boy’s had wet eyes when we said goodbye, why?
The staff consists of house mothers only and doing a brilliant job I might add but there are four girls and the rest are boys; no one visits them and they were desperate for male input.

Weekend One

Then began two, in quotes “out of this world long weekends with back to back meetings dodging between two churches” Glad Tidings (GT) A.O.G. and Dream Centre (DC), Spirit filled Methodist. Beginning Friday night with (GT) Holy Spirit meeting, where I had about thirty to forty 7 – 12 year olds. Last year they asked me to speak on Holy Spirit, this the gifts and in response twelve for the first time used the gifts. Because of the message they together brought ten were filled and almost all the rest stood for a new anointing of the Holy Spirit. Saturday morning in (DC) children’s leaders seminars and prep for the next Saturdays Children’s Holy Spirit Day. Afternoon, meeting for twenty special needs children with disabilities across the spectrum. During the preliminaries I was praying as literally several were bouncing off the walls. God stepped in and during my short teaching they were very still and extremely quiet. I prayed individually for them and most happily allowed me to put my hands on their heads. A few didn’t so I felt God say hold their hands and that they were happy with. One half way through my prayer put his head on my hands, I gently took one hand up and onto his head and he was happy for it then. Then back to (GT) for the first of three main services, one then and two Sunday morning. The two biggest meetings were Sunday morning but in all three large numbers responded and willingly went to the front for prayer. That’s a big thing for Malays as they by nature are very shy reserved children and will put their hands up but not go out, their leaders were very excited.

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Weekend Two

At GT with more children attending and a second opportunity to use the gifts. A bit hesitant to start but once under way ten shared, the message completely different to the previous week. A large number were again out for prayer. Saturday, the Children’s Holy Spirit Encounter day at DC with one hundred and fifty eight attending and God did beyond all we were thinking. After teaching on the gifts thirty three stepped out in visions, interpretations and prophecies which God gave one message through. The next session and twenty five shared gifts and a different message came. This and the next session large numbers wanted to be filled and because of the need God started a young ministry team of around twenty five (not in my plans). God gave me different scriptures for seven children about leadership then the ministry team prayed for them and had very specific words for them. The leaders had been wanting to see this kind of thing for several years.

Couple of Testimonies

Max last year when he was filled was seven, he took to heart me saying they needed to practice their tongue every day and God would give them more. His mother wondered why every day home from school into his room and shut the door. Sometimes he didn’t come out for an hour so after a week she was a bit concerned took a peek to find him on his knees speaking in tongues.

The senior pastor of the church told us on the way to the main service that two very excited girls ran up to him. One said they had shared a vision and the other had prayed for five children and they spoke in tongues. In his sermon he quoted a vision that one of the children had received during Encounter.

Final Thoughts

To God be the glory for all He has done through the ministry to children.  Without the adult leaders working hard with the volunteers in the churches, it wouldn’t be possible.  I am grateful to them, and to the Father who loves us so much.  And for those who pray for this ministry and those who support us, I am also very grateful. I pray that God repay you many times over for what you have sown into ministry to children.  Stand with me for God’s continued provision.

Much love…

David

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Ministry In Haiti’s Tent City & More

FROM THE DESK OF DAVID ABBOTT

Haiti children's ministry- David AbbottMy trip to Haiti was shall we say somewhat different to what I am used too. A short, sharp, in – have as many meetings as possible –  and out again as the country is still not the safest place in the world for foreigners to be. They do now have a police force and the United Nations troops have almost gone. Ground officers in twos are armed with hand guns and others only go out in sixes with hard helmets and body armour with hand and machine guns. Haiti still has to be the poorest country I go to; Uganda is very poor but Kampala poor as it is, is like Times Square compared to Port-au-Prince. Many even main roads in the city have returned to their original dirt roads, rubbish piles up on city streets and eventually is burnt right there. There are no rules on the road, no road markings and no traffic lights its every man for himself doing whatever to get where ever he wants to go.

Amazing Ministry in Haiti

The ministry times were just like what has gone before in other countries so far (amazing) but was also a very sad when you look at the state of the country. We had two days in a Christian school with one hundred and twenty children sponsored from the USA to be there. Many responded for salvation but some others were quite a challenge too. When God began to move and He showed that they behaved that way because they had themselves been hurt and so their instinct now was to hurt others. We were able to begin to minister into their situations and leave the children and their teachers some goals to work towards.

Haiti ministry to children outside - David AbbottThe same nights we were in the host church at what they called days of children’s revival. Many children from the church came but this is the third world and so many adults related to the children and many who were not also attended. They were different to the school children and were beautifully quiet still and responsive so many responded each night for prayer for things to help them walk more closely to God.

4 Million in Tent City

The final day we were in a very special place, close to my heart. We were in a church the pastor we were working with planted right on the edge of tent city. This is a place where approximately 4,000,000 still displaced people from the earthquake six years ago are still living in the United Nation temporary relief tents. There are children there who have lost many relatives, some living with one or more parent, others with relatives and still more who have been taken in by caring families who have survived. Then the final group the saddest of all who are children who should still be dependent on adults in their lives to care for and protect them but they have no one so they are fending for themselves. Some were quite wild who came but there were two boys, who I guess where about ten to twelve years old and they really touched my heart. They were all over the place in the meeting doing all the wrong things but as we came towards the end and began to pray for the children they came out. When I finished praying they were standing one each side of me and gradually put their hand into one each of mine. From then on and this is the third world and the meeting went on a whole long time more, they stood dead still by me holding my hand and every time I looked at them they gave this huge smile. If I let, go of them for whatever reason as soon as my hand was free theirs was in it again. All they wanted was to know they were loved and accepted and have a friend and when they found it, it brought peace and calm into their troubled lives. Sadly, though this is the minute fraction of those who have such need in this one place, but I praise God that He gave me the privilege of helping even the few. So there it is, a sad situation but also a blessed one for some.

All of the above are reasons I have stayed the course with children’s ministry for over four decades.  Ministering among the poorest of the poor, who cannot repay with money, is what inspires me to continue.  I am repaid, however, with great rewards in heaven from the living God, who loves these little ones with the perfect, self-sacrificing love that comes only from Jesus Christ our Lord.  If you’d like to know more about our work, click the Contact tab.  Love to hear from you.

Much Love…

David

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