Next I had a series of one off, regular and new meetings. The first two were exploratory ones, one with a children’s leader the other children with the hope of more ministry in the future. They were on the Island of Halsnoey in the Bergen Fjord in a church where they teach children the things of God but don’t lead them into those things. The leader is desperate to see children move in and now with new vision she has set her heart to see the door open to me, please pray. Sunday morning we went across to the Island of Stord for a family service. Last year they had come to the place of having no children but more families have been added since and they have quite a little group now. It was a good time which I kept low key this time to let the children get to know me, as I will be back there next year.
From there we went straight over to the mainland to a place called Rosendal, for an evening family service in a house church. I had been there once some years ago when they only had a handful of children. Now they have quite a big group of children and young teens and everyone were brilliantly quiet and responsive including the tiny tots who sat with their parents while the others sat at the front.
At the end God gave me a word for a ten year old boy who He put on my heart the moment I saw him as I walked in the building but didn’t give me the word until I spoke it. His mother frantically wrote it down then they told me after the meeting that he was actually called before he was conceived! He has a sister and brother before him and his parents weren’t going to have any more but God told them they would have another who would be His for His use from that moment. They chose his name because of that, which means given to God. The word God gave me confirmed this to them once more and answered some of the questions this boy often asks his mother but she couldn’t answer. They also felt it was good for his older siblings to hear about their brother from someone who knows nothing, showing them it wasn’t something mum and dad had thought up.
The next highlight was the weekend in Stavanger, where it was definitely quality rather than quantity. A small group but one whose hearts were ready and hungry to go on with God. The challenge was the same as the first weekend with the same response and the same approach with children ministering to children in the last session but then with an extra. After they had prayed for each other I felt to bring out the mothers who had been with us all day and have the children pray for them. The mothers were so thrilled as all the children prayed loudly and the presence of God was so strong. One lady an intercessor came away in tears saying that one particular boy had prayed over her and though he had no idea he was spot on and his prayer was so powerful. Sunday was a family service which at the end God gave me a word for the boy who gave the powerful prayer. There is definitely a strong and powerful anointing on him and not just for prayer, the word was very clear.
So it was again a wonderful trip working with outwardly tough children but inside very soft and ready to go. Thank you so much for helping these children get all they did by your commitment to pray for them, God certainly answered your prayers and He will reward.
It was a fantastic weekend and start to my trip here in Norway and the organizers were so thrilled with it that at the final meeting Sunday afternoon they announced another one next year and booked me. Three churches joined together the city of Bergen giving between them 36 children and 14 adult helpers, my interpreter was a 17 year old young man from the organizers church, my regular interpreter of many years sat on the front row the first time in case he needed prompting but he was never needed in fact he said the young man was better than him.
We began with a meeting Friday with parents and leaders and i was very blessed by the large number who came. Then all day Saturday was a children’s conference where the children were all Christians but were not moving on with God but the children were very open and responsive. We had 3 meetings and had opportunities for prayer after the second two and each time everyone responded. Norwegian children are very strong will and only do what they want to do and do not do things just because you say too and I checked each time and they were genuine and not copying one another so their response was real. In the first two sessions I talked on why they needed to walk with God but presented the tough choices they had to make to do that and still they responded.
Then the last session the need of the Holy Spirit to help them walk with God and the bigger number wanted to be filled and a smaller number a new anointing so i had the smaller group minister to the bigger and lead them through. Some of the adult leaders were amazed because they had never seen children minister to children and were sure they would not be able to do it.
Last year God gave me a prophetic word for a then 12 year old boy in the organizers church called Andes and he has kept that in his heart all year and looked forward to helping minister with me this year. so much so that he is football mad and part of a team and his father said of his own choice he gave up the match this Saturday to be with us to help. I was very impressed by the way he ministered to the children in the ministry time, he would lay his hands on them and then wait in silence until God showed him what to pray.
This year God gave me words for 4 others a mixture of boys and girls and we feel that next year we will raise up a young ministry team to work with me, make Andres the leader as its clear he’s a natural leader. I will have a session with them before hand and get them ready for the Saturday. Sunday afternoon was the closing meeting when the parents were invited to come too and we were blessed to see that they all came and not only brought younger but older siblings as well. So a great start.
That’s it for now.
Arrived safely in Norway for some exciting news of what God has done.
Years ago I used to come here to Bergen every year and lead a children’s conference with children from a number of churches. Then it came to an end and those children have grown up and the couple who have opened up the door for me to come here again used to be part of the leadership of that conference. They told me that a lot of the leaders in churches here now are ones who as children came to that conference, God equipped them for ministry then and now He has them in place. Also last year when I was here a then 12 year old boy from this couples church which is a house church. He’s called Andras and God not only touched him greatly and blessed him but changed his life. I felt then to ask him to help me this year and he has never forgotten that and is so excited about coming on Saturday. He’s now 13 and in this last year has become assistant leader in the children’s work in my friends church. Yet they say said before last year he hardly went to meetings because he is football mad and played every chance he had and he is giving that up on his own choice to be here Saturday.
I’ve just returned from a two orphanage trip in India which first took me south of Chennai to a place called Sankarapuram. I was joined by two members of my home church when in Australia. My first visit and physically a challenge, my bedroom for six nights was 34c which does not aid sleeping! That was easily put aside by the hearts and response of the children. There were 77, 7-15 year olds of which 20 are disabled in some way. They were like a parched dry desert getting some unexpected rain. The first meeting and I had their hearts, from then on during breaks I felt like father Abraham sitting with his nation as they sat crowded around my feet and chair all scrambling to get as close as possible. Each day when we left you felt like a wrung out cloth from all the tight hugs you got from them.
The leaders gave me permission to teach anything I like because they said, ‘these are only children and they can’t understand yet’. How wrong could they be! After teaching on repentance and salvation everyone responded and their faces changed and took on a shine. From then on everyday many, many of them would come up to me point to their hearts and say Jesus. When filled with the Holy Spirit almost everyone spoke in tongues though they had never heard tongues before and continued not only to speak everyday but louder each time. Over two thirds responded for inner hurt and pain and then later for forgiveness towards those who hurt them, yet again their faces changed. That morning before the meeting we had looked at each child’s handy work from the craft session the afternoon before. I came to an eleven year old boy and as I looked at his work he kept his head down and every word of praise he put it further down and no way could I get him to look me in the face and take praise for his work. If I touched him he his body went stiff. He responded for prayer that day and after the meeting came up to me and he took hold of my hand with a big smile on his face and gave me a hug. We left fulfilled that we had done what God gave us to do there and He had transformed those children’s lives inwardly and visibly on the outside. Sadly in spite of all the evidence the leader’s attitude towards the children’s ability to receive didn’t change.
I also had the privilege of speaking to a group of very dark skinned children in a gypsy village, very, very poor and the flies were over us in swarms. I was told they are normally almost uncontrollable, but not when the Spirit of God is over them and they sat so quiet and still listening to Gods word.
Next up to my usual orphanage in Rajahmundry where the meetings were just like a follow on from the first one except these are further on in God and a bigger number. Half way through my stay we were able to take them a step up in what God is doing and planning for them when I had the thrill of having my youngest ever interpreter in India. He is a fourteen year old boy in the orphanage who I had my eye on last year as he could speak quite a bit of English and I felt that God would develop that and use it which I told him back then. He has really improved and I noticed him interpreting me to other children in free time conversations. I asked him if he would interpret some for me that night which he did and my usual interpreter said he was very good. He interpreted my opening prayer and the introduction part of my message and by the fourth meeting he did everything, prayer, whole message and invitation for ministry and he didn’t need prompting once. Each time he interpreted he was smiling as he did it and beaming afterwards. This time God was bringing the new ones up to the place of the others in the basics (easy when they have such great examples all around them all the time). Several of the new ones at the start would not smile but by half way through my stay and God working they smiled all the time. God was dealing with some very deep rooted needs in so many and setting them free and asking all to make some tough decisions, which they rose to beautifully.
God is really blessing in India, down south we had 77 orphans, 20 are disabled some severely. After the first meeting I had their hearts and from then on they were like a dry desert getting rain they just soaked up every word. Everyone responded for salvation and from then on without me saying a word or telling them would run up to me and point to their hearts and say Jesus (they don’t speak any English). Most responded for Baptism Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues though they had never heard of tongues or heard anyone speak in before. From then on everyday I had them praise God together and every time they got louder until the last meeting I have never heard a small group so loud. They stood with their hands raised eyes closed praising away. After speaking on hurt and pain in the heart over two thirds responded and then the same ones the next day responded for forgiveness towards those who had hurt them. There was one boy who could not look me in the eye when I praised anything he did and he wouldn’t hug anyone. He responded for both and after the meeting the usual crowd of boys were around me and I felt a hand take hold of mine I parted the group to see it was this boy and he put his hands out and hugged me. This all happened because of God because the leadership of the orphanage when I asked if it was okay to teach certain things replied teach whatever you like because these are only children and they can’t understand yet, they are not old enough (7 – 15 year olds). Still after all the evidence by the end their attitude hadn’t changed and there was no excitement over what God had done in the children from them. Truly these children are in God’s hands to keep them, which He will do.
Now I am north of Chennai for a week.
Thats it for now!
David Abbott of Cornwall, England
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The Lord has allowed me the privilege of ministering the gospel of Jesus Christ to children in many nations of the world for many years.
Here’s a report from June 09 from my home base country of England:
Kentish Town was truly amazing and we all felt this was our best year ever there at this weekend camp. We had bigger numbers because we normally have only 7-11 year olds this year we had a bigger place and had 7-15 years. Also a few of my young ministry team from the Good News Crusade Camp joined us because I will not be there to help them this year. Two father’s drove 4 boy’s down from Northampton and a father his daughter from there. A mother brought her daughter from Essex and another came from North East London so we had 50 altogether.
It was a residential weekend and we always have a prayer meeting for the adults there at 7.30 am the two mornings but this place is where two Decembers ago after my visit we started a Saturday evening children’s prayer meeting for the nation and revival and 15 go every week. So this year we decided to make a voluntary prayer meeting for the children also at 7.3 am. Sat morn 25 got up for it and they couldn’t get all into the room so others did come but went away. So Sun we swopped rooms and we adults had the smaller and almost all the children came this time and packed the room out. This is after little sleep on Fri Night, a very full day on Sat and not in bed until 11.00 pm but still they got up and filled the 30 minutes with continual prayer.
Every session almost all were up for prayer and they were making very tough decisions and being set free from hindrances to standing for God and for righteousness in their lives. Many voluntarily came at the end of the weekend and said we have been set free now please pray for us that we will go to school and be different even if we stand alone and get persecution, that was their hearts. The final session on Sun I did praying for the nation using Daniel in the bibles prayer and at the end loads came up to pray for the nation and their prayers were so sincere. Then We all joined hands mixing the ages and spoke out loud together several times the prayer of Daniel. Finally I felt we should put all the children and young people in the centre and us adults make a circle arround them and we pray for them and over them. Afterwards two of the adult leaders said to me if I hadn’t done that they were going to ask for it as they felt we should do that. We felt very much that this generation of young are a very special and chosen generation who God is raising up to use in these last days but they need us adults to band arround them and be their covering and protection. One of my young ministry team from Northampton, he’s around 9-10 years old. In the second morning prayer meeting he had a word which we felt had to be shared for all in the final meeting. He saw two apples on a tree, the first was big and rosy and feel off the tree but it rotted on the surface of the ground. The second apple was a tiny puny little thing very insignificant, it too fell off the tree but it went into the ground and produced a huge tree. The lady in charge of the children and I together felt the big apple was us adult generation and the small one the young generation. That we had a chance but hadn’t done what God wanted so He is raising up this young generation who will go and do what He wants. We adults are not finished with but are now needed as I said for the young. Quite honestly if we had that group for a week we would have revival at the end they are so ready and with eager hearts.