Biggest Attendance in 35 Years


35 Years in Japan

Hanging In And Not Giving Up 

I am thrilled to say that this trip has, like the other ones, been brilliant and different. I have been going to Japan for thirty-five years making thirty-seven visit and meetings have always very been small. But right back from the beginning to now I have always believed that one day I would have big meetings in Japan. Now praise God I am beginning to see it, the children’s and youth day meetings had the biggest attendance ever. It has been a long time of hanging in and not giving up to now see God is doing it.

Small But Hungry 

We began with a series of very small meetings that were not in my usual age group, but everyone was so hungry. I had two meetings ministering to a handful of elderly ladies who are being taken through the basics of salvation and two Bible study meetings and they were like children soaking up every word. One small church which is right out in the rice fields, it takes three hours and three different trains to get there for a ten o’clock meeting. They tell me that I am the only guest speaker they ever get so they look at my message as God giving them direction for the year. I can only say, that I am humbled to think they give me such an honour. They have seven children who when I first went were well under my age group but now are well inside it. They all including children want prayer and ministry after the teaching.

Joey’s Sad Story 

The first Sunday was in a church that took an hour’s drive away. The pastor I have known since he was fifteen and now he is married with twelve children. While we were waiting for the service to start a boy called Joey, an American/Japanese sat beside me and began to open up his heart to me. After the meeting, his second older sister asked for prayer and ministry. Later in the week, I had an afternoon in the Christian School connected with the church and Joey was there. He used to attend the school but doesn’t now, he was there that day for his protection. He lives with his father, grandparents and two older sisters. (Grandparents are the ones who make him go to a regular Japanese school). His mother is in the USA suffering with mental problems. The night before I was in school his mother turned up at his home unannounced where his grandparents refused to let her enter. She did this before and kidnapped the children taking them back to the States and hopping from motel to motel avoiding the police for six months. The police caught up with her because a friend found the children alone in the motel room while their mother spent a night on the town. The friend saw a flyer on the table that the pastor in Japan had circulated in the States which had his phone on. The friend rang the number and was told to call the police immediately while he put their father on the next plane to the States. Fearing she might try the same thing again and could easily intercept the children in their regular school so dad sent them to the Christian School where the pastor could protect them. In God’s planning, I was there that day and Joey responded for prayer, so input to him continued. All four children and their father attended the children’s/youth day, so I was able to minister and pray for them altogether and pass onto them a prophetic word a friend of mine in England had sent me. My friend had no idea what it was about, but I knew immediately and who it was for. I feel so honoured that God put me in the right place at the right time to help serve that family in need.

School Response 

The school has twenty-four pupils ranging in age from pre-school to high school. One five-year-old who is very hyperactive was kept out while all the others sat spellbound including one autistic boy who usually doesn’t sit still. At the end, only two didn’t respond for prayer and one of those is a handicapped downs syndrome.

The Children’s/Youth Day 

There were over fifty who were with us all three meetings and then others who came to just one or two meetings. Over the whole day we touched over seventy lives and having that number in Japan is equivalent to having hundreds anywhere else. Five churches were represented and not all were active spirit-filled churches, but everyone was so hungry for more that they, as it were, soaked up every word like dry sponges at a desert oasis. Some of the teaching times were long but they didn’t notice I believe that they would have taken more given a chance. It was two hours after we finished the final meeting before the last ones left they wanted to soak up the atmosphere. I felt to have invitations for prayer after the first and last meetings after the first about three quarters stood and the final one only two or three didn’t respond. Then when I finished not one had sat down they just continued to stand, soaking in the presence of God, eventually, I told them to sit down.

Icing On The Cake 

Sunday family service in my host church, the children on the front row were taking notes, drawing my drawings. At the end, it wasn’t a big response, but the needs were deep-rooted. The church has a lunch together every week and it takes time to clear the chairs and to set up to eat. I didn’t finish ministering and praying for the last one until well after the others had started eating. They were all adults except for a nine-year-old boy called Yu who was adopted when he was two and a half. Those first years he spent with a mother who had physically abused him. I noted him before the meeting being rebellious and with violent actions of his hands and arms towards anyone who told him or tried to get him to do anything. His mother tried to get him to sit at the front, but he was not going to sit anywhere except on a chair on its own behind the back row. There he sat perfectly still and listened to every word. (I was told that was a miracle, normally his attention span is only five or so minutes) His mother dragged him to me at the end and while explaining his background he was fighting her to get away. To pray for him like that would have achieved little but even with the rebellion I had seen and was seeing I felt strongly to get him to sit. I gently took hold of his arms my hands weren’t closed so he could pull away easily if he wanted. He didn’t resist but let me sit him down, I then laid my hands on his head. He sat there completely peaceful without moving the whole time I was praying; his mother was in tears the way he was responding to the spirit of God. He will need a lot of ministry and help but I believe that he literally experienced the love of God in those moments.


 Time Of Testing 

Onwards to Malaysia and a mixed bag. I was asked to speak at a children’s church on the Holy Spirit and tongues but not told the leaders expected me to do it by puppet’s and clowning. You know me that is not in my ability neither is it the way I believe I should teach the word of God. There were forty in my age group and ten four and five-year-olds I allowed to sit at the back with their teachers. At the end, the leaders all marvelled at how everyone sat so quiet and still the whole time including the little ones. Of the forty thirty responded but most said they were not sure if they were Christian’s so we dealt with that first then onto the Holy Spirit. Almost all spoke in tongues, by now I was running twenty minutes late. I did feel I had a word from God for one child but thought the better of trying to say it so handed back to the leader. She said a few things then turned to me and said are you sure that you have said all you want to say. God was having His way, so I shared with the child. Now in spite of all of that later that leader said but God was not in that meeting. Clearly, God only turns up when we entertain!!

Refreshing Blessing 

The brilliant bit, in a different church I had an in-house day of seminars for children’s leaders. Fifteen very hungry and open leaders came and took every word even though some was very new to them. They asked very honest questions and though admitting that some that this was scary they wanted to go ahead and do it with their children. The next day I was speaking in their children’s church and again given the subject the Holy Spirit. There were about thirty very live wires before the meeting but while I spoke you could hear a pin drop including one hyperactive boy who had been climbing up the wall earlier sat still. Then later when prayed for he burst out in a beautiful tongue, nothing is impossible to God. All but one responded for prayer and most spoke in tongues very quickly. The leaders were bouncing around like rubber balls afterwards and excited to take the children on from here.

Thanks for your support, as always!

Much love ~ David


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Opposition to the Gospel in Indonesia


Trip number two for the year and this one was very different. There was the continuation of God moving in a new way that we have seen for over a year but also big change and sadness. An apt picture of this trip I think would be a trip like a bitter sandwich, two pieces of good fresh bread and a filling of burnt ashes.

The first slice of fresh bread

In a young teens service where the church has completely separate meetings for different age groups running simultaneously. I would say there was thirty to forty hungry teens there. They had an amazing time of worship where you could see and feel the Holy Spirit moving among them and I was able to flow in on that and see the Spirit continue. The teens were so hungry they were drawing the word out of me so when it came to the challenge for prayer everyone was on their feet. While my Japanese ministry team moved among them ministering to them I was able to share prophetic words with two after they were prayed for.

The burnt ash filling

The school in the slum where we have ministered for five years and I refer to it as the place where hidden away we are building a great and mighty army for God. Sadly, things have changed there and to cut a long story short God has been kicked out of the school. What a situation, what were we to do? Every one of us felt for the children’s sake we should go ahead and hard as it was TO not use the name of God or the bible. I was reminded by a friend that our mouths are gagged but not our hearts and the children have enough of God they will feel what is in our hearts and respond to that and God would do the work in them.

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Little diamonds in the ashes

Each day we had two school years of children so every day we had children who had been in our meetings before and received Jesus and had hands laid in them many times for different things. By the time we got to years five and six, they had been with us all five years. It felt like we were walking through burnt ashes but when we looked more closely there were little shafts of light bursting through the ash from the little diamonds saved by God.

Day one, two years ago we gave everyone in the school a t-shirt with the words revealing Jesus in three languages written on it. One boy didn’t wear his school uniform that day but wore his t-shirt. As soon as we walked in his face beamed and he put his thumb up. He sat glued to every word and looking at his face you could clearly see what and who is in his heart.

Day two, one boy came wearing his Jesus t-shirt under his shirt but as soon as school was over he took off his shirt revealing his t-shirt. During the break, yesterday’s children discovered we were in school so two boys, one who wore the t-shirt, and another skipped the rest of their lessons and joined in with us. I should really have sent them off, but I couldn’t find it in my heart as they were so hungry for more.

Day three, now with the oldest ones but still one girl whose face told she belongs to Jesus she came wearing her t-shirt in the open. Then in the break four boys and two girls from the classes the day before found us and they skipped their lessons to be part of us. Examples of the many little diamonds God has in that school. We must pray now that like God sent the raven to feed Elijah during the famine, so God will somehow feed these precious ones during their spiritual famine. Don’t let any be lost Lord because of man’s wrong decisions.

The final slice of good fresh bread, (this time a thick slice)

Out of a chance meeting by one of the team came a last-minute opening into another Christian school, one not related to the slum school. This one caters for those on the opposite end of the spectrum, the wealthy ones. We had all of the primary children as the principal said, the older ones often get a visitor but the young ones never do so as my ministry is to children they could have a treat. Afterwards, everyone was happy and later we got the word that the school is open to us next year to do as we like. In fact, it seems that some of the children want me to be offered a job there so that I could teach them all the time. I am honoured with the compliment, but!!!!  

The final meetings, a second meeting with the young teens I ministered too earlier in the trip and a supposed youth meeting in another church which became a family service. God moved in freedom there and many responded easily for prayer. Then a bonus on the final Sunday. A group of youth had joined us from another church for the Saturday night and then their pastor asked me to preach at his church. A brilliant time was had and God gave me a word for one boy.

Much love ~ David




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Tasmania and the Mainland


Here begins a New Year and as always there’s the thought “How can God ever do anything greater than he did last year”? This year the thought was even harder as last year was such an amazing year where God did way greater than I could ever ask or think. But as I am sure you can guess, He went and did greater with among other meetings four children’s conferences in three weeks.

Tasmania, Tamar Valley The scene was set beforehand when I met one night with the intercessors and the next the young leadership team. The young leaders were open and honest as they prayed for each other, so they set out a clean and anointed team. Zach who we have been following has had a very tough year but hung in and excelled in his ministry during the conference. We had seventeen including the ministry team of five (they were responding for themselves as well as ministering). The presence of God was so strong every meeting and you could hear a pin drop as the children literally soaked up every word. All but one responded every meeting even though the challenges were tough one’s fitting into the theme of; Having a pure heart, keeping it pure not defiling it with sin and living to please Jesus. We literally saw children change in front of us.

The final session on day one had them kneeling at the front before God, something you expect for the end of a conference not half way through. The young ministry team were kept very busy, but they loved it and as the pastor said in the Sunday service they grew in maturity and oneness as a team. The oneness was beautiful to see, they prayed individually but when the last in the line was prayed for and others were still praying the who had finished joined the ones praying so no one had finished until the last one had finished. We saw sign’s following the teaching of the word. I mentioned that as the children live out the theme miracles will happen without asking. A girl came to the conference limping on a very painful ankle which she had had for weeks. She just opened to everything and by lunchtime, she was completely healed (No one prayed for her), running and jumping on that foot and still was days later.

Tasmania, Hobart  Another very hungry group of eighteen with more young teenagers than children. The same rapt attention and the first day all but one responding for prayer every time except for one but he has had an exceptionally tough year. Day two, the first sessions less responded but the challenges were tough, and I was glad that they were really thinking before responding. The final meeting again all but one responded to be filled or get back tongues and all, but one did flow beautifully in tongues. One boy who was filled last year but didn’t get tongues this year instantly we prayed he flowed in tongues and looked up with a glow on his face as did the others.

Tasmania, Scottsdale  A very special little conference with just four boys aged seven to thirteen, but they were the hungry ones. They were hungry too, I could literally feel them drawing God’s word out of me, a very unusual but wonderful feeling. Then you couldn’t keep them down when an offer for prayer was made. I also felt very strongly that God is saying to them that they are all trainee leaders. Sunday in the family service the boys were my ministry team and the youngest boy came with a scripture God gave him for the meeting and he was spot on for what I was going to share. Jayden the oldest boy, he last year told me he would love to preach but only had half a message. No problem he preached his bit and I did the other half. During the year he has gone onto preach full messages several times and he sings in the church worship group.

Mainland,  New Gisborne with fourteen children. With the theme of water, they were full of life during activities and free time but glued to every word in the teaching. The spiritual theme going deeper in God and by the end, I think everyone responded to something and most responding for everything. When I prepared I had no idea that there would be a little group there who are about to go to High School this January and the teaching was just right for them and what they could face. I laid out clearly God’s way ahead and they all said yes God we want to do this. Two boys came aged about eight and ten and not from the host church. They, re so ultra-shy they literally clung to their mother like glue the whole time. In one session they stood for prayer which was a huge thing and breakthrough for them. I watched, and it wasn’t mother who sat between them who said or did anything to get them to stand, this was completely their own choice. Sunday morning, I went out with the children which was their final meeting of the conference. The children were so hungry for God that no one including me noticed that my teaching went on longer and so we finished after the adults did. All but one responded for prayer which was to make a final commitment to all God had said and a promise from them to go out walking with God and with the Holy Spirits help to work out the things He said.

Mainland, Diggers Rest  There was also a follow-up for three children who attended the children’s conference the weekend before. Two girls around eight years old became my ministry team. God has spoken to me about them during the week as I prepared so the only notice they had was ten minutes before the service started. Their response, without stopping to think, a big smile and a yes. They were brilliant, praying so loudly that everyone in the church could hear. Because of this, I knew that they were praying from their hearts and what God was telling them to say.

Thanks for all your support!  Much love ~ David

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A New Door Opens in Indiana, USA


A New Door Opens

As usual, I started with a few days visiting friends before going onto Indiana. Then the first tweaking, normally I arrive in Sheridan on Saturday but for some unknown reason to me, I arrived Friday. So I attended a prayer meeting that night which I have never been to. The leader there got excited about my ministry and to cut a long story short. He heard me speak on Sunday and by Monday I was invited to take a family service in his church on Thursday had lunch with both the leader of the children’s and the young teen ministry.  This was good news to me as I’m always looking for God’s hand of favor and an opportunity for a new gathering of children, hungry for God.

God Continues His Work In Individuals 

The children’s teaching week in my host, usually God homes in on one or two specific children for the whole week. But this time it was a different child each night and strongholds in lives where broken as God worked. Ricky who I shared about in July’s report had his prayers answered again. He was with us as usual on Monday his grandma’s day off where he became the third youngster I am training for ministry in that church. Then on Thursday and Friday, his grandmother got through her workload extra fast so could do the four-hour round trip to get him there. Thursday, he was due to have dinner with his unsaved grandpa which is a highlight of his week, but he asked grandpa if he could can so that he could be in the meeting to which his grandpa readily agreed. The twins (again I gave their details in July’s report) by an intervention of God were both with us for three of the day’s. Keagan the semi-invalid still walks without his frame and callipers. Kaidan when it came time to go home to his mother he got very upset, so his mother agreed for him to stay with his twin until Christmas to which Keagan shouted out “God answers prayer again”. There are strong indications that the boys will be able to stay together permanently one being Kaidan has a weak bladder and often bed wets. When being cleaned up marks were found on his body which he says are from the whipping he gets for bed wetting. Kaiden’s face is still radiant from when he became a Christian in the July meetings where it instantly changed from the sad expressionless face he came with. Monday night was his night for God to home in on him, then he responded for prayer. Abby also had her night, she is a very mixed up little girl with a terrible home background. She opened like a flower in spring her face likewise completely changed. The final night was awesome, our biggest attendance and a big reunion. Ethan and his siblings were with us, they live too far away to be with us all the time. The presence of God was so strong, you could visibly see Him working in each one making loads respond at the end. It was a thrill to see for the first time all three trainees, Ethan, Andy and Ricky standing side by side ministering to those who responded.

The Bridge Ministry 

For the second time, I ministered to a group of non-churched young teenagers in a coffee bar outreach called The Bridge. I prayed quietly while the leader went through what he had to say as the youngsters were backbiting, shouting at one another etc. The moment I spoke the first word the Holy Spirit came, and you wouldn’t think these were the same people. They were completely and utterly still their mouths never opened once and they followed every word. Afterwards, two of them told me details of what I had taught in July. During the meeting, I had already felt that God was working in them but this was not their time to responded.

The School Outpouring 

My final week in the Christian School where I had a precious time seeing God pouring out the oil of His Holy Spirit in every class with only one slight exception. One of the high school classes has a “pastor” for teacher and he doesn’t believe that certain parts of the bible are relevant today. But had those He touched anyway. I spoke in every class every day except for one. That day a teacher was off sick, and I was given her classes as well. Instead of me going into every class I was housed in one room all day and the children brought to me. Usually, I get breaks of different lengths between classes but this day I had five minutes enough to get one class out and the next in. Needless to say, I was tired at the end of it but fulfilled and thrilled at the extra opportunity I had to build into their lives. They were wonderfully responsive and open to respond for prayer and there was yet another special presence when we prayed for them.

Much Love ~ David

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Children’s Ministry in Norway ~ He Did It Again 


From the first meeting which was with a home group in Haugesund, I visit every year to share what God has been doing as they are a group of faithful friends who pray continually for this ministry. I also learned something there I never knew. The couple we stayed with who have known for twenty-eight years. Kristi ran the children’s ministry and I always thought that we were friends working together who had the same heart and vision for children. She shared that I was her mentor, I can only say this was a natural God-ordained relationship that He put together and we just did without putting any labels on it, surely that’s the way it should be.  

Stord Family Camp, Sounds A Bit Like Heaven 

One of the main events, the annual Stord Bible Centre family camp is best described by one of my friends who said, “it sounds like heaven.” It’s a busy but fantastic time with the children and youth separated for teaching and me doing both one after the other. The first night the meeting, just for introduction was from zero to ninety-nine years. The following six meetings was this touch of heaven, a presence I couldn’t describe in words but I had never felt anything like it before. The children and youth couldn’t be faulted on their stillness and attentiveness, hanging onto every word. The children found their own level, there was a group of eleven, twelve-year-old girls and a group of four younger boys. After the first meeting, the girls switched to the youth meeting and found their place there and received there, best to be where they can receive most. So, for most of the camp, we had a boy only meeting. 

God Has His Way 

The final meeting was very special, I hadn’t planned to speak on the Holy Spirit but I am glad to say that God did, He knows what I don’t. While teaching God steered me to the Holy Spirit and all four wanted to receive. With eyes closed and sitting all four put their hands up at the same time but one, he shot both up as high as he could get them then pushed down on his feet to push his body upwards. You could say that he was desperate to receive. All received but none spoke in tongues, I waited, I encouraged, I waited, still nothing then suddenly out of the blue they all began to speak at the same second no way were they copying! Then they didn’t want to stop in fact two were talking away under their breath in tongues while I was going through the does and don’ts of tongues. The boy who put both hands up is a walking miracle, he was born with a hole in his heart which the doctors thought was small. At the age of three, they decided to operate as he had little quality of life only to find the had a very large hole. Before I knew this the pastor and I had discussed that we both saw a strong anointing of God on him and God gave me a word for him.  

God Is There To Encourage 

The youth I felt this time was to be just a time of teaching for them. The last meeting God gave me prophetic words for two, one of the older youth, Hans Christian I had seen that his mother was sitting in at the back that meeting. As I shared with him I saw she was in tears, later over dinner she told us why. Evidentially two years ago I had, had a word for him the gist was that he would go through troubled times but God would be right there with him every moment. She said he gets on the bus every Friday going from his island to Stord for the youth meeting. Goes to church with the family every Sunday without question but he is going through the troubles right now. The gist of the word this time was of God’s reward to him and promised leadership in the natural and spiritual.  

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The Wednesday after camp we met the father of one of the younger girls who told him she loved the camp. She took with her a friend from a non-Christian home who went to her parents and said: “I am going to that camp again next year.”  

God Concludes The Camp One Week Later 

The next weekend owing to a cancellation and then a moving of an appointment God had me stay another weekend with the Stord church which it soon became clear that He wanted to conclude the camp in the church. On Friday, we had a youth meeting where most of the fourteen there were at camp and this time God said to make an invite for prayer. All but two of the youth and all the adults there responded. It was a very special time —  a bit of heaven again.  

Saturday night I had two sessions with youth on the Island of Halsnoey. There just three came but one was the pastor’s niece who was at camp and she responded for prayer in that meeting, God also gave me a word for her at the end.   

Sunday, I went out with the children and three of the four boys who were filled at the camp were there. They were glowing and the children’s leader who sat behind them before we went out said for the first time they were really worshipping and praising out in tongues. They then sat and soaked up every word during teaching as did everyone, I was horrified when I looked at the clock and saw I had been speaking for way longer than I planned.  But not all my fault, God did add in a bit about the Holy Spirit at the last meeting. I made an invitation for the things I had taught on and practically everyone responded. Then God said, “now invite for the Holy Spirit.” Three responded so as is normal I had the three filled at camp plus a girl who was already filled and wanted to help, they ministered and prayed. The three wanting – received and all quickly spoke in tongues. The four ministering were so excited that God had used them. Also, too was one who got filled, during the refreshment time I lost count of how many times he said to me “I am so excited, I am so happy” and his face was glowing. I am not sure though whether he or his father was the more excited when dad was told about his son. I am so glad that God had His way and allowed me the privilege of being a part of an amazing conclusion to the camp one week later.  

The Young Generation Rising Up Into Their Callings 

Arriving in Bergen I was told two pieces very exciting news. The church in Stavanger which first introduced me to Norway over thirty years ago and I have been involved with since. The pastor is stepping down in the New Year and will remain there for advice, help, and guidance when needed. The new pastor is Christian who I first met when he was eleven years old and was part of the first wave of children I had there. His cousin Benedicta and her husband will become new elders and her younger brother also. As a girl, Benedicta was part of the second wave of children I had there. Of recent years I have worked with Christian and Benedicta as they have been leading the children’s ministry  

This children’s conference in Bergen this year has a new leader, Cathrine who has taken up the baton from her mother. Cathrine is another who has come up under my ministry when she was a girl. Her husband Steiner has recently become the pastor of their church and her burden is to get the women’s and children’s ministry running properly. She was before the conference believing it would be the launch for the new way the children’s ministry is going to go and by the end, God had done it. 

Clearly A Move Of God’s Spirit This Trip 

We had eighteen children and as has been true throughout this trip the Holy Spirit brought the immaculate quiet attentiveness and again it was awesome. None of the children had ever met me before but in the first meeting, only two didn’t respond for salvation, a new commitment or a clean-up of the heart. In the second everyone responded to be filled and by the end, all but one was flowing in tongues. One of the older ones didn’t speak until after I had gone through my do’s and don’ts of tongues and had them speak in tongues the final time without me. As my interpreter said, many faces were radiant afterward. When Cathrine went to conclude the meeting, she was so in tears of joy she found it hard to speak. Her two daughters were in the meetings and had followed their mother and spoke in tongues. She told me Sunday that her oldest daughter Hope aged ten told her, “Mum if my bedroom door is closed please knock as I will be praising God in tongues.” The children’s leader of another church joined us with four children and her face got more and more excited each meeting then was in raptures when all of her children were filled. Afterwards, she said that she had been praying and longing for this sort of thing for children for a long, long time. An older boy who clearly didn’t want to be there and initially sat at the back facing away from us. His father almost dragged him up to sit with the others then sat next to him while he slouched in his seat the whole time. The second meeting the boy came back in on his own and went straight to the front row. He responded for prayer and when we went over time his mother came and took him out but a minute later he came back in on his own and stayed to the end. A four-year-old girl was there because her grandparents were looking after her as her parents were working and grandma was my interpreter. She sat there through everything and on the way home granddad asked her which part of the day did she liked best. It wasn’t the food or bouncy castle she said” it was when the boy was teaching us”. (I like the boy bit). Grandma rang on Sunday morning to see if she would like to come with them to their church and she bounced with excitement saying, yes very loudly.  

Sunday all the children sat at the front and when it came to the challenge for prayer the children’s hands were up and straight on their feet before the adults were. God gave me prophetic words for two children, Cathrine’s daughter Hope and a boy whose family I discovered have only been in the church for six months. The boy was fighting tears at the front but had to let them go when he sat down. The pastor was so elated by the conference said that next year he wants the conference to be bigger and longer and including other churches. 

Much love ~ David

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Children Respond in Rajahmundry, India


The Ark Orphanage 

 This India trip began with ministry in the Orphanage, near Rajahmundry which was my second visit. There was a great cheer as we walked in, all praise to God and the children exceeded that by soaking up every word. I would say they were hungry plus and at the end of every session, it was a total response for prayer. I tried every appeal to make them really think before responding and that they didn’t have to respond that they could wait and think more but they were having none of it they were up for prayer. The final session was very special to one hundred children from four to sixteen all glued intently to every word. I spoke on committing their whole lives to God, not just their hearts which is only a small part of them. When I came to prayer everyone responded as they had been doing so I had them put their hands down and went through everything with a strong emphasis on, you must think and make really sure you want to do this and still, every hand went up. Then followed an amazing time in the presence of God as my young team of students went in to minister to them. One tiny little fellow on the front row who was one of the youngest struggled with his eyes bless him, during the teaching but was determined he was not going to sleep. He responded then as soon as he was prayed for he sat down and immediately his head went onto the floor and he was fast asleep. By then it was seven thirty at night and they had been in school all day before the meeting. The first two days there was public holiday around Independence Day but the final day was school as normal.  

Village Outreach In Child Care Centres 

170831 David Abbott INDIA 1Next began five days of a new ministry. Two villages where many of the children from the old orphanage came from, now have child care centres instead. They have three locations in each village where any children come after school to do homework, have a Christian meeting and take home food to feed the whole family. For my meetings, all three centres in each village were put together in one place and over one hundred children attended each day in both villages. Most of the children were from non-church families, a lot from Hindu or Muslim backgrounds. Most had parents who were illiterate and or work long hours on the land leaving the children generally to fend for themselves. But each night those children even the youngest ones sat quiet and still and gave a beautiful instant response to the call for salvation. My student ministry team was kept very busy ministering to them but they felt they hit a brick wall in the children. The next morning, I woke feeling that even though they had responded they hadn’t come through to salvation because of very low self-esteem.  Some because they were continually told how bad and dreadful they were and they would never do good so when prayed for they felt that Jesus wouldn’t accept them. That night it was pouring with rain but very few were missing and everyone had to walk to the meeting! The, beginning of the meeting there was some restlessness because some adults were standing at the side and talking loudly while I was teaching. My interpreter, in the end, had to get angry with them before they would stop, the devil is never short of a trick to hinder. Peace was then restored to the rest of the meeting. I ministered on what I had felt that morning and everyone responded. The student ministry team moved in and when they had finished ministering I saw this amazing scene before me of children with glowing faces, the team had led them through to salvation. When I made the invitation for prayer one boy near 170831 David Abbott INDIA being prayed forthe back shot his hand up first before Samuel had even finished translating. My eyes lingered on him and I had this strong feeling from God that His anointing was on his life. I told Samuel I was going to bring one boy up so that I could pray for him and as soon as Samuel saw him walking down the aisle he felt the same as me. As we talked and prayed with him he responded positively to every word. The next day he told us that he had gone home and before he went to sleep he had talked to God about the call on his life. That final night I put him under the wing of one of the ministry team to help him to get involved in ministry. I spoke on how to walk with Jesus and when it came to the invitation for prayer. I had said if you really want to walk with Jesus knowing it will be hard sometimes. Samuel had only translated the first bit and all their hands went up, they were going for it. 

Going After The Wandering Sheep 

With children in school, I couldn’t have meetings in the day time but God had plans. We went out to the slums and villages looking for ones we had lost track of during the last year. One such person, we went many miles to his village looking for him, he was in fact away working in Chennai. But in seeking him we found two others we had completely lost track of. One who had left the orphanage eight years ago and he showed us his treasured file of notes that he had taken in my meetings back those years ago. He is going on great with God and went back with us to join the ministry team. The other left five years ago and he is teaching in the Sunday School in the church he attends. So exciting to see the fruit that has lasted.  

The one We Couldn’t Find Came Back 

The young man we originally went looking for, two days later he just walked through the door of the home. He had heard we were looking for him so he took four days off from his work and travelled back, he too joined the ministry team. Another one who left several years ago and was the one God used to instigate the hurt, pain and rejection seminars I used to do in the old orphanage when we discovered through a prophetic word that he had been seriously sexually abused before he joined the home. He was living in a hut in a slum and has struggled in many ways since he left but he is still free and has a radiant face 

So there we are another great and blessed time working with hungry and open hearts. Thank you for being such an intricate part of this trip in the vital part you played, may God richly bless back to you from His abundance. 

Much Love & Much Thanks ~ David

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Ministry in England, Luxembourg, Bolivia, and USA

A little globetrotting this trip in England, Luxembourg, Bolivia, and USA. Different cultures, backgrounds and circumstances but God worked the same in all. 


Beautiful Bolivia's Andes Mountains childrens ministry

A  look over Cochabamba to the foot hills of the Andes mountains.


God’s Love For Those In The Poor Inner City 

Beginning at Carroty Wood with new Life Church, London and a full camp of seventy-five adults, teens and children. They arrived Friday excited and left Sunday even more so. Officially it was a children’s camp with the others there as helpers but such was their hunger for God that all ages were responding for prayer. Wonderful to see different ages praying for one another as every time almost everyone responded. This included Friday night when they had been in school all day straight to a long coach journey arriving starving so were fed and the meeting didn’t start until eight o-clock. The praise and worship was led by young people who brought in the presence of God that came like a surfing wave rolling over everyone and they soaked it in. 

The programme included an early prayer meeting each morning which though it was voluntary practically every child was there. Day one quite a few didn’t feel they could pray out loud but after a day of receiving and being changed by God the second morning, I saw only two who didn’t pray. As leaders, we were blessed to have children coming outside of meetings telling us of things God was doing in their lives which we were not aware of.  

God’s Love For The Underprivileged 

James who I have known since he was a little boy shared his wonderful testimony of how he was saved at age seven in a camp. When James and his younger brother started going to the church they were quite wild but from when he got saved he hasn’t looked back only gone forward into more and more of God. James comes from a very sad and difficult home background, he lives on a typical inner-city council estate with his grandmother. He is a very quiet shy boy, at school he didn’t promote himself or miss behave so he was over looked. But not by God, different church members took him under their wing to give him extra tuition in subjects they are skilled in. He passed all his exams with very high grades and was accepted in a very good London university. He lives at home continues to attend the church regularly and he told me the first thing he did when he started in university was to get into the Christian union.  

God’s Love For The More Privileged 

A little hop then to Luxembourg for another camp, this time of twenty children and four teenage helpers. These children were generally from much better backgrounds than most of the first camp but their hearts and responses were the same as those less privileged. In some senses, they were like a mirror image. Friday night after the meeting finished I took all the ten-year olds upwards aside for ministry and they just soaked it up. Even when we had a minor interruption from outside they never lost any concentration and we just carried on as if nothing had happened. Saturday morning everyone put their hand up in secret then stood instantly for prayer. As I moved along and prayed for them you could feel their open-hearted receiving of what was being prayed for. (It’s a feeling that is almost impossible to describe but very real). I am told that these children are not used to having words given over them but in one discussion group I sat in on two asked if God would give them a prophetic word. Sure, enough God rose to their desires and the following morning as I was praying God gave me words for them. The icing on the cake was the final meeting on Sunday when every one of them responded to be filled with the Holy spirit and not only did everyone speak in tongues but from the first utterings they were speaking out so loud.  

God’s Love For Those From The Streets 

David Abbott children's ministry Bolivia 2017

Then a big hop, to Bolivia and ministry in the boy’s orphanage called “Arc de Jesus” and a church. The whole week in both was truly refreshing, so easy going like the Holy Spirit was hovering over everything. The orphanage the older ones responded to some things and were seriously thinking through and weighing up others. The children were open and responsive to everything. One meeting where they were unusually restless was the one that had the biggest single response with the most older ones included.  

Generally, the boys are a little slow to respond some taking a few days before they will because on the streets you lose all trust in people. Though a new seven-year-old in spite of starting life with a mother who first tried to get rid of him by feeding him rat poison when that didn’t work she put him out on the street, through the week he gained such a hunger for God.  I have been going there for eight years and there are some wonderful trophies of God’s changing grace in lives. One now young man in university, my first visit he didn’t respond until the last meeting and as I prayed for him he put his head on my shoulder and cried for ages. That was a huge thing because for a boy on the streets to cry is a sign of weakness. That broke something in him and every year since most times he is out for prayer for something. This year on the second day he said he was sorry he missed the first meeting as he had to sit his final exam but he was very nervous about his results so prayed together. Sunday after the service he said with a big beaming face he had passed every exam so far. Then Monday, I went to the home to say goodbye and his face shone again, he had been on a computer and got more results which again he had passed, only one result then he didn’t have. Next, he really touched my heart as he gave me a card he had painted himself and inside he desperately wanted to tell me himself (not through the interpreter) what God had done in him in the meetings. He can’t speak English so he went to the effort to go university used a translation programme so that he could write in the card in English. 

God’s Love For The Very Poor 

David Abbott child dedication Bolivia 2017

In the church for the last three years, I have been blessed by dedicating babies. This year’s was half Brazilian but the previous two have been children of boys I have known in the home and now married. The first one he waited almost a year after his daughter was born for me to dedicate her. Now she is a very pretty, four-year-old who loves to stand in the aisle during worship and copy the movements of the church dance group. This time I had the privilege of praying over one from the home and his fiancé who will be married now. A first, I was asked to share a short word with the church worship group before their practice. It was special as the keyboard player is the boy a few years ago who waited in hope for three years for God to give me a word for him. The next year he was fulfilling that word playing keyboard but having had no piano lessons before. He’s a youth now and even though playing like a professional on Sunday as I waited to preach God gave me a further word for him that he is about to move into a new higher realm in his ministry. (I believe prophetic playing) His face beamed as I shared it and he wouldn’t let me go as he hugged me afterward. After that service, the pastor said that he has never seen literally everyone so very quiet and attentive, even the tiny tots and adults who normally are easily distracted weren’t, such was the presence of God there. The evening meeting ended emotionally as many were out for prayer for feelings of hopelessness or feeling they were only doing ordinary dumb things, many shed tears as the pastor and I prayed for them. 

God’s Love For The Hurting 

A hop up to Indiana, USA where we had an amazing week where God was ministering to very sad and hurting children. The devil didn’t like it so he had a lot of negative things going on in the background. The biggest number we had on any one night was twelve. Of those, a few were regulars, a couple new, the rest ones who had been in the past and were eager for God and now God drew them back again to further work in their lives. Enjoy the testimonies below. 

Andy, one training for the ministry he made big strides forward. When he was young his mother was in prison and if no one was around he would sit by me and open his heart sharing what he was thinking and feeling, he hit teenage years and changed. He’s fifteen now and back like when he was young. I asked him if he wanted to minister this time, he replied “I thought through my teenage self-consciousness and determined in my heart that I am going to minister, as usual, whatever” and powerfully he did too.  

Ethan, now fourteen he was only able to be with us one day because of his parent’s marriage breakup his mother had to move the children to another town. This time was more for him than ministry, for the first time he was able to open up and share with me how he had suffered at the hand of his father and how it is affecting him.  

Ricky, thirteen small in size but big on smiles, sadly his father is in prison. He only gets to the meetings once a visit, he lives far away and his grandmother must do two, two-hour round trips to get him there and home and she can only do it on her one day off. Ricky responds for prayer and you can tell straight away tell that God has touched him. After the meeting, he desperately plus wanted to come again but his only slight hope was that his mother could be persuaded to bring him on Sunday but grandma didn’t give out much hope. God though responded to Ricky’s hearts cry. Two days later was grandma’s birthday and right out of the blue and never done before her boss at work gave her the day off on full pay.  Now free she brought Ricky to the meeting on the one night I spoke on the Holy Spirit. Ricky was first out to receive and instantly flowed in tongues, doesn’t that sound like God at work? 

Anna, eight she’s one who has come on and off in the past this time she was there every night. She radiated Jesus but so wanted more she was out almost every night for prayer. Her mother told us when she picks her up every night Anna sits in the car and tells her all she received from the meeting.  

Keegan, he’s our eight-year-old disabled boy whose great grandmother brings him every time I am there. He used to have big heavy iron calipers on both legs and walked with a frame. This time he excitedly walked me to the front of the church and said right here on this spot last year you prayed and now I don’t use my walking frame anymore. The huge calipers have gone too and he has only small hard plastic ones and he walks, runs, jumps with his radiant face like any other child. He’s out for prayer every time but this time his greatest joy was to bring his twin brother Kagin to the meeting. Kagin is a physically normal child so his mother kept him and put Keagan up for adoption so he only sees his twin a few days twice a year. Kagin never goes to church but he was captivated the whole message and put his hand up for salvation. He stood and wanted his brother to stand with him but Keagan wouldn’t usually then the child sits down but Kagin stayed standing. I ministered to him and the first thing I saw was his face had changed. Up to then his face had been dead pan, long, straight and never changed, now he was smiling. He told me he had a lovely little feeling in his heart which he had never had before and he couldn’t describe it. I also witnessed in my spirit that he didn’t understand, it was totally new to him but he had received Jesus into his heart. For me at age eleven I went only one night to a crusade meeting and received Jesus it was real and I am still going. Afterwards, he was running, playing, laughing and having fun with the other children. His great grandmother was laughing and crying at the same time but added please pray for Kagin as the home he lives in is rife with the sins of Sodom & Gomorrah.  

Gods Love For The More Privileged 

Finally, the drop down to Southern Indiana and the Christian School where they see me as their missionary. The school returned early from the summer break so I could have a day sharing with the teachers then two full days with all the pupils. The school theme for the year is the fruits of the spirit which opened a great opportunity to further build into the pupil’s lives. The local church I am involved with this visit it was the pastor’s eight-year-old son Victor’s special time. He suffers from middle child syndrome, he has always been fine relationship wise but in the meeting’s, he’s been my test. This time in the final meeting it was his night. He sat on the edge of his seat glued to every word and at the end he was the first one up on his feet for prayer. After the meeting, I saw him sitting on his own looking at his bible and felt a strong urge that I should go over and sit with him. It was a walk of faith as I had no idea why I had to go to him, but as I obeyed God filled my mouth. It ended with him for the first time opening his heart and was crying in my arms. We prayed together and his face was a picture of joy as he walked away. 

Much love ~ David

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