03 June 2010
There could no doubt whatsoever that I was meant to be on this latest trip to Japan, Philippines and Malaysia. As we all know Britain’s air space was completely closed for six days in April and reopened only the day before I was booked to fly so I was able to get away on my flight. Also I would normally have booked to fly out earlier in the week to give myself time to get over jet lag before ministry started. There was no reason in my diary to stop me doing that so God was in it right back when I booked the flight. I arrived there on Friday and began ministry on Saturday evening and God continued to undertake for me.
Saturday night I spoke at a banquet for the homeless, though this is out of my area of ministry a lot of them are almost illiterate but even those who are well educated their life style turns them into simple people and they like teaching with illustrations. The work among them is a slow step by step sowing of seeds into their lives before they make a response.
Sunday suffering from jet lag and only three hours of sleep I was up at 5.00am to get the train and arrived at the church at 9.30. There it was a family service followed by shared lunch then sharing what God is doing around the world. This meeting unexpectedly quite a lot of people asked me to pray for them resulting from what I shared, even though I wasn’t teaching or preaching. After this I was asked me to pray individually for three couples as the church has started a Christian school (the first time in all my visits I have come across such a thing in Japan). They are about to open it up to any children to go and one of the couples involved are trained in working with emotionally damaged children. It was a great time of ministry and the presence of God was very strong throughout. To be expected I slept most of the journey back.
Next was a youth day in my host church where we had thirteen teenagers which for Japan and the age group was a huge crowd. They were very open, all but one responded instantly for prayer in the first session to deal with areas of sin in their lives. Not so many responded in the second session but that was because the challenge needed thinking through before promises were made to God and I made the invitation that way. But we were able to pray for some and I was happy with those because I know their hearts.
The weekend began my very busy week. First I was in a regular church where the number of children and young teens has increased dramatically over the last year. I had two sessions with them on the Saturday and after the second one several were either filled with the Holy Spirit or a new anointing. Sunday was a family service where we all prayed for the young ones there and God gave me words for three children at the end. One was very encouraging in that the word was about God making him like a castle on a hill etc. Afterwards his mother told me that their family name translated from the Japanese means “God’s Castle”.
The annual children’s and youth camp this year was different in that as God said in words that were sent to me it would be a time to come down from the mountain top and work out what they have experienced. So it was more teaching which they certainly lapped up and then sending out to do and not so much hands on and prayer. There were two occasions when we did pray for them but even that was done en-mass. All through the camp different ones came to me at different times saying they very much needed what God was giving them, so He knew what was best. The day after camp was a teaching day for children’s leaders where an unusually large number attended then at the end one older lady was filled with the Holy Spirit and another received a new anointing. God concluded Japan with a great final meeting in another regular church and then a very nice farewell thank you meal in the evening with my close friends there.
Next stop was The Philippines and the Island of Negros to join up with a team from a church I go to in Tasmania. I had been to Negros two years ago for the first time over night to do seminars on children’s ministry for church leader’s this time was mainly for the children. I was based in a BMI church in Bacolod city and for one of the main events jeepneys were sent out to four slums where this church has planted churches to bring children to us for the afternoon. A few parents came too and together we had one hundred and fifty. The afternoon was divided into two sessions and a cooked meal for them at the end. In the first session about ten responded for salvation and recommitment including a mother and the second almost all were filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues and got very excited about it. The following day we had a children’s leader’s morning where about fifteen came and all were prayed for individually at the end. I was also asked to share my testimony with the older youth group to motivate them to seek Gods plan for them whatever their background.
Then to the grand conclusion of the trip in the North of Malaysia where I have had six meetings over three days which worked out as six meetings in two days. There was a variety of meetings with two children’s, two youth and two parents’ seminars covering three churches. The children and youth (a lot of the youth in my host church I have known since children) all were so open and we had many to pray for after each meeting for different things. With the host church children we had three Chinese Malay boys who were prayed for, for salvation. For one a twelve year old it was clearly God’s time for him, he had never been to any church before his mother dropped him off and left him. When we prayed for him he had his head down and on finishing when he looked up his face was radiant and of course no one had told him this could happen. The parent’s seminars in both churches I was given the subject of “Bringing up children in the twenty first century” and that was so well received with many genuine questions afterwards. All of this provided a great ending to the trip.
All is left for me to say is a huge thank for the huge part you played in the fruit of this trip, as usual I couldn’t have seen it without your help and input.