Wow this, my final overseas trip for this year was the icing on the cake, the grand finale. The first eight days were based in Sheridan, Indiana and an itinerary with two or three meetings everyday often getting up at 5.00am to travel to the location of my first meeting. This included, Pastors meetings or Pastors prayer meetings, an early Morning Prayer walk, men’s breakfast, lunch meeting with missionary from El Salvador, high school Christian union and Christian school chapel meeting, covering five different churches and two schools. All God blessed and many of all ages were ministered too and prayed for. There is a new hunger for more of God and to get moving in Him. This culminated with four days of children’s bible camp meetings. Those children were a perfect example of how the body of Christ should behave. We had four consecutive nights of two hour long meetings from 6–8.00pm which consisted of praise, worship, teaching and individual ministry. A nucleus of twenty, six to twelve year olds attended every night with a total of thirty different ones over the whole time. Considering these children had been in school all day then in church for four days they were not falling asleep in the meetings.
The feedback from parents was not that they had made their children go, on the contrary the children made sure their parents took them. One mother said one evening they were running late and her son was so upset all the way there because he was missing the praise and worship. Walking in he brushed his brow and said “woo, at least I don’t miss the teaching”. Go for it children!!! The result of this hunger was tough decisions to make which if followed through is not going to make their lives in the world easy but we saw the best fruit we have seen in that church in a long time. There is a stirring, God is on the move.
- Day one – was a hundred percent response from the children to go after a heart of Joshua who was prepared to trust God when the greater majority didn’t.
- Day two – almost all on their knees or prostrate on the floor at the front, laying down at the cross the things in their lives which were a hindrance to them being used by God. During ministry they told us things like addiction to game boys, friends who lead astray etc were being laid at the cross.
- Day three – almost all filled with the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues including several who had mainly from fear not received in the past let go and burst forth. One, the boy who had been upset at being late just couldn’t stop and got louder and louder and the next night his worship was interspersed with bursts of tongues. A number were under the power of the Holy Spirit, not knowing the jargon they said “I feel all woozy”.
- Day four – about half of them received and shared words from God making one complete message when all put together.
Sunday morning family service concluded those meetings when the children shared, many of all ages responded for prayer and then a water baptism service where several children were baptised and I had the honour of baptising the eleven year old boy there whom God has given me to train in ministry. During my summer visit God revealed through three witnesses the clear and definite call to ministry on his life and this time he began to step into his Timothy training. His natural character is quite shy but with his heart to serve God he rose to every challenge I gave him. He was so thrilled and his father was elated and very proud. The Pastor too as this is the second child that God has raised up in his church during my years there. The first one today is a husband, father of two and has a very anointed ministry which is being used in a number of churches in that area. I left there with the pull on my heart that if my next days were not already booked and I could have stayed on another week with that same group of children then at the end they would be unrecognisable as the same children.
But more was to come as I was ministering to children in a numerically growing Christian School in Southern, Indiana for the next four days. There were new children but the response from everyone was that of dry sponges soaking up the first taste of water, they were hungry and open. I had thirty, eight to fourteen year olds, from a mixture of Christian and non-Christian homes. I had as long as I wanted and a free hand to say anything or do anything. In the last two days meetings in particular the presence of God was so strong the whole meeting. Each day we went step by step through the steps to biblical repentance and salvation and then on the final day made an appeal and practically all responded, then I was able to pray with them individually, afterwards the faces of some of the children were radiant. To follow-up I went into the classrooms and talked and shared with the children and that was very valuable. There are children there who clearly have the call of God on their lives and one such boy I was able to share with. Several parents told of how their children had gone home excited and full of what had been happening. Every child gave me a letter or picture and I am assured by teachers that they were not influenced in what they said it came from their hearts, taste some extracts;
- Jacob says – The prayer you prayed changed me this morning, Jesus is now in.
- Garrett – Thank you for helping me clean out my heart and get Jesus in, I am now like Joshua (in the bible) going a new way.
- Tracie – I know my heart has changed, I want others hearts to change too.
- Justice – God has touched us all.
- Anon – I was a dumb black sheep, now I have Jesus in me.
- Ryan – Drew me pictures of a heart full of sin and one full of Jesus and said ‘me now’ with an arrow to Jesus.
- Grace – I prayed the prayer a number of times but this time I know Jesus answered I know He is in me.
Out of the mouths of babies God has ordained praise.
The end is not yet, with what God did, the excitement of principal, staff and many parents, when I go back in the summer they are on holiday. But they are going to open the school and give me several days of meeting and make it an official school event. Letters will go home with every child at the end of term then every parent emailed and texted near the time, glory to God.
Finally, onto a very different scene altogether on the island of Haiti, I was last there six weeks before the terrible earthquake and then there was such poverty I don’t know how the ordinary person managed to live. I knew I was going back to a worse situation but what I found was far worse than imagined, the cost of food alone has quadrupled. The highlight for me was three visits to tent city, the homes of three to four thousand people made homeless by the quake and still two years later living in the tents given as temporary accommodation. This is just the biggest settlement there are numerous all over the city, there is now no grass area’s left in the city all are covered in tents. You stand on top of the hill and below is a sea of tents spaced just a body width apart. For my safety I was only let go in a short distance inside the perimeter as the spirit of voodoo has created a vicious bitterness and resentment towards the rest of the world who they say let them down and demand our help. The same venom we saw displayed on our TV screens a few weeks after the quake. I had the privilege of ministering in three schools on the perimeter set up to educate the orphans living there. One of these was just a line of old city buses driven up there stripped out and used as classrooms, the others either made of sheets of plywood or plastic canvas. Inside all classes meet in little groups in the one room and there only equipment is a black board made of a sheet of brown hardboard nailed to the wall. The teachers are teachers who lost their jobs because their school was destroyed and they are teaching for nothing just to keep their hands in. The really sad ones are the children who look at you with blank faces and stare with dull almost unseeing eyes, occasionally you can get the odd one to smile but most are expressionless. Children without hope and not much of a future, I felt humbled to bring hope and a future to them through Jesus. Their behavior generally was not immaculate like the usual Haitian pupils but they listened well and many responded and I was able to pray with them and lead them to Jesus. I can honestly say that some did have changed faces after prayer.
I was given some money to buy food which we were able to bless fifty families with a small bag of rice one of beans and a small bottle of oil, enough to feed a family of seven for three days. I spent all of my time this visit going into schools and preaching the gospel and saw a huge number respond for salvation but the above schools where the special ones for me.
With this final report for the year I also send you a copy of my proposed itinerary for next year 2012.
So it was quite a trip and I am sure you will agree it fulfilled the words used to describe it in the first line. But I will also add here once again it was only what it was because of God’s anointing and us working together. I had the privilege of going and seeing God work but only because you gave financially to enable me to go and you were in constant prayer protecting and praying in the blessing. So a huge, huge thank you for this and every trip we have done together this year, it has been spectacular.
With Much Love & Huge Thanks,