Monthly Archives: June 2011

Successful Malaysian meetings for God’s glory

These Malay children received prophetic words about God's call on their lives

Let me begin this time by saying a huge thank you for your prayers and support that helped produce the fruit that’s mentioned and not mentioned. I have been in Malaysia which began unusually for me; I had very little sleep on my thirteen hour flight. I know now that this was the attack invoicing great blessing because as you see below that continued as in other trips.

After rest time we got under way with a seven hour train journey to the southern most city of Johor Bahru where I had eleven meetings in three days in a church there. First, a day in a two hundred and fifty pupil home school centre (ChristianSchool) run by the church. Ages ranged from pre-school to top senior, but being given all the time and freedom I wanted we divided them into two groups for teaching and still had plenty of time to pray for the large number responding from both groups and to share prophetic words to some in both. After the younger pupils meeting a teacher came to me who also had her own children in the school. She was excited, saying her family was now complete, all of her children except for the youngest had, had words given over them and her youngest was one of those God gave me a word for. That night and the following morning saw five hours of seminars for children’s leaders where over fifty from five churches and the school teachers attended. That concluded with praying for four for the Holy Spirit and over half of the rest for needs connected with their ministries.

After lunch a meeting with the youth leadership team who were in a state of discouragement and needing some lifting. Ending the day with a youth meeting where many ended up at the front, on their knees crying out to God. The finale, Sunday morning was two meetings with junior church children from the five churches put together. The parents were very keen for their children to go on with God as they had to get them to church for 9.00am on a Sunday morning when their meeting didn’t start until 11.00am and then we had the children until 12.30pm. While the children had a break during the morning at the pastor’s request I was whisked away upstairs where the adults were finishing their worship to share what was happening downstairs and for the church to pray for me. Almost one hundred children attended and I had been asked to speak on the Holy Spirit in one meeting and using the gifts the other. Between sixty and seventy were filled and most spoke in tongues. In spite of asking me to teach it the leaders were sure no child would share in the gifts as they were far too shy and reserved. (Cultural Malay Reserve) So what did God do, eleven shared words and in His sense of humour the first to break the ice was a tiny little girl, under the age limit really, she barely came up to my knees when she stood up. As Barbara said when I told her “the others probably thought if she can do it so can I”, God will use any available channel.

Back to Kuala Lumper and a four day stay in a new orphanage; they had fifteen children ages five to sixteen and were crying out for help for their children. Two of their teens, once walking with God were now rebelling against Him. I had three meetings a day with the morning and afternoon teachings being repeated as the children attend local schools where the Malay system is half day schooling. Children in such situations have many hurts inside but first to see them walking with God. They responded including the rebellious ones and opened their hearts to deal with sin and habits. Everyone was filled with the Holy Spirit and they were so open they spoke out almost instantly, next morning they told me they had been using their language on their own and again we did it collectively. I loved seeing their faces when they received to say they were radiant or beaming doesn’t do them justice. One fifteen year old whose face lights up every time he laughs any way, his face was indescribable.

From the second day they had begun to find the trust that they felt able to begin opening up their lives. Now I was able to make a start looking at the pain they carried in their hearts and began teaching on fear and discouragement. Everyone continued to respond, tears flowed from several and personal ministry was important but their lives in different ways showed change. One girl every time she had hands laid on her went rigid, the last meeting she smiled and stood relaxed. A boy who would never look you in the face began to give eye contact. As I left they all blessed me with thank you cards they had made themselves and I was so touched by the words inside cards from an eight and fourteen year old. They wrote “Thank you for loving me.” A bit of my heart stayed behind in that place and they will certainly need our continued prayers and I will need to return. In fact they had it worked out, I said I would come back next year, they said no you can’t, you can go away this weekend but you must come back to us next week. What an honour!

The concluding weekend iced the cake. Saturday we had Level Up (our leadership training seminars for children aged nine to thirteen). This year a hundred from ten churches and at least one children’s leader from each church attended. None of the children had been to us before and again they defied Malay culture and were far from being shy and reserved. All three sessions, teaching on subjects they gave me a huge number responded for prayer, we were very busy. The last session, a huge crowd were filled with the Holy Spirit and almost shouted out in tongues instantly. My coordinator coming in during this could hardly believe it was Malay children. I didn’t teach on the Holy Spirit I just felt I should offer the opportunity and they just came. I also had words for eight children during the day opening up the call of God on their lives. As everyone left a boy came to me and said, please pray for me and see what God has for me, such hunger as you can imagine God met him. Sunday I was ministering in this same church we used for Level Up and unknown to me at the time, four I had words for were from this church. I concluded the meeting by bringing before the church these four, to show that I publically stand by what I receive for children but also to put together before the church the children and their parents so both will be prayed for and encouraged.

So what an amazing time, God did it again. I believe we did all that He wanted to be done and lives are different because they really met with Him. Thank you again so very much.

Much Love

David

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Cambodia’s howling dogs and loud mouthed toads

God's precious children of Cambodia

I flew out to a different Japan; the earthquake and tsunami have changed things. Japan has not known national power cuts since the end of world war two, the south of the country produced many fresh foods which at the moment can’t be eaten and the food they do have has a fear hanging over it in case it came from the north. My flight out usually full had only fifty on a large Boeing 777. Narita airport, Tokyo is normally a thriving metropolis but resembled a ghost town. Many waiting areas were cordoned off and in darkness giving the building an eerie feeling.

I felt strongly that God was sending me this year for a special purpose and in the first week and my main event it became clear. From the beginning God didn’t do things according to my plan. Normally each event is taken separately with its own self contained teaching, but not this time. The day after arriving was a public holiday and a children’s and young people’s day where I began a series of teachings entitled “rise up and be the people God is calling you to be”. We began there continuing through the family service on Sunday and the May camp. The camp involved six sessions which at the end the organisers called a breath of fresh air in the midst of disaster, fear and pain. The pastor in charge said it was the biggest and best we have had in a number of years with a core number residential of thirty two and at the second night meeting we had fifty two. (InJapanyou can’t get everyone together at one time even during holidays). This year only two churches participated instead of the usual three, the third one the pastor decided I would cancel and not come in the light of the possible dangers so sent most of the church up to the disaster area. We didn’t neglect that, at the end of our camp we prayed over a group of the young people who were leaving right then to go up to the North.

After the first meeting the praise and worship was amazing with none of the usual Japanese reserve. One song became our theme song where the chorus talks about them rising up, setting their eyes on God and going forward, which fitted with what I was sharing. They sung that with gusto and danced like David with all of their might. At the end it was decided that one of the pastors will take a group of young people from camp up to the disaster area to sing and dance this song to the survivors. Every meeting practically everyone responded for prayer only two were not Christian but much repenting and dealing with issues in lives was done. A number were filled with the Holy Spirit and then immediately they prayed for a big crowd to receive a new anointing, people left camp different. Camp didn’t end when we left the church that night a group came back to the Pastor’s home with us where one who only came one night to camp was ministered too. The following Sunday encouragement and follow up continued in the other church I was ministering in. To God be the glory, there was a line of mothers said how excited they are about how their children came back from camp. One said her son (a little hyperactive but not in meetings) came home changed and saying he enjoyed the meetings because he could understand because of the pictures. Another who had seven there said every year her children come home from camp excited and on fire for God. She was thrilled that through camp her children find their own walk with God outside of Mum and Dad. In the meeting a large number of adults responded for prayer and I was able to follow up on some children from camp. I finished in Japan with a series of great one off meetings, one being a meeting to speak to all the church leaders. Usually as I travel I am only let loose with the children’s leaders so this I believe was a very important time and the feedback would agree with that.

Next stopCambodiawhere I was based in a church in the capitolPhnom Penh. They gave me a packed week of meetings but several really stand out. First teaching in the bible school in the city, there were just over forty students all but two were young people. It doesn’t matter what kind of ministry they go into, to go into it with a heart and some vision for children and to use it where ever possible will be invaluable.

Then came some ministry close to my heart; ministering to the poorest of the poor. I had two sessions with children living on the rubbish tips. It was a very exciting time with approximately one hundred and forty to one hundred and fifty of all ages as it would be in that situation. From their backgrounds they were a lively bunch but quite attentive during the teaching. Those most interested slowly slide themselves to the front during the teaching and some of those sat in raptures watching and listening. Many, many responded for salvation and were prayed with and beyond that only God knows. I was given money at the last minute and so was able to get a goodie bag for everyone who came. It consisted of a whole variety of edible treats they wouldn’t get, some healthy some not so. You should see their faces when they got them they were so excited as it was a surprise to them. They dug into them immediately with great gusto; it was a thrill in itself just to witness it.

Thirdly an incredible journey out into one of the provinces with a four hour bus journey (most luxurious part, though the road surface

The lorry is a flat wooden platform with a small motor perched on the back, underneath are two sets of train track wheels. This then travels at a fair rate of knots along a disused single track railway line.

took much to be desired). A twenty five minute ride with three adults plus two back packs and an over night holdall squashed onto the double seat of a moped. Finally twenty minutes on a lorry, (not what you think). A lorry is a flat wooden platform with a small motor perched on the back, underneath are two sets of train track wheels. This then travels at a fair rate of knots along a disused single track railway line. Heath and safety would have a heart attack, no safety rails (nothing at all along the sides) no seat belts you just sit on the flat bed. I must say that at the other end I had a very numb (!!!!!!!!!!!). It was very primitive out there we stayed the night in what looked like a small rectangular box on stilts with no toilet or bathroom, we slept (or tried to) sleep on the bare wooden floor with howling dogs and loud mouthed toads underneath us, BUT we were made so welcome! It was a privilege to share in their home and so worth it all to see God work in those precious children’s lives. Many responded for salvation with the final meeting on Sunday morning putting the icing on the cake. All the older children responded for prayer then one twelve year old when I prayed for him God gave me a prophetic word. After our meeting we went upstairs to the adult meeting where I was to share about my work. As I was sharing that boy came and sat on the top of the stairs and immediately God said bring him before the church. I ended with that and praying for him and his parents together. Later the pastor told me they have not had words over children before but they were not surprised that God picked out this boy.

Finally I spent a day in a school run by missionaries in a village near the capitol. Hardly any of these children were from the church, but it was like speaking to a group of church based ones. They soaked up every word and were so responsive for prayer. When I arrived only a few were saved by the end all the rest had responded for salvation and all for other needs in their lives.

So ends what I have to say was not only a fantastic time reaching the most highly educated from Japan and the uneducated and poorest of the poor in Cambodia. But it was also more than normal a trip that God definitely sent me on. Thanks you so very, very much for being a part of this tremendous trip and helping to make it happen.

Much Love & Thanks,

David

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