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Children’s Ministry In Mexico, Then Back To England

FROM THE DESK OF DAVID ABBOTT

Dear Friends,

This trip has been a different and heart touching time, ministering in situations and into lives that nothing man can do will change, only God can make a difference, ministering in Mexico, and England.

David Abbott ministry in Mexico

This report is written differently to let you see the negative and positive sides of the trip. Mexico was twelve meetings in nine days, nine in Nuevo Laredo just on the Mexican side of the border and two State side in Laredo, Texas. Usually I go one hundred and fifty miles into Mexico but my missionary friend felt that Nuevo Laredo was the neediest place, you be the judge. Nuevo is a large sprawling city where I knew the government Marines are at war with the drug cartels and that the cartels recruit boys as young as twelve years old, many end with short lives. I now know the aspiring recruits at thirteen are trained to be hit men (cold blooded murderers). This was alongside absolute poverty, drug and alcohol abuse and the problems that accompany those things. Two nights we had meetings in suburbs where gangs operate who kidnap children to sell their organs on the black market. We asked a group of twenty children how many had fathers and only two had, some of the others were being brought up by grandma. This is only the tip of the iceberg of the things the children there face. I can only stand in awe of the God who allows me the honour to share Jesus and His hope of salvation with such as these. To lead them to know Him for real and even if not much of a future or a future at all they can have the bible hope to look forward to heaven. It was against this background that in most meetings we saw the kind of openness, hunger and responses I have been seeing everywhere this year.

We had two meetings in a drop in centre run by a pastor couple to keep children off the streets and away from the dangers. In the first meeting all responded for salvation and over half for rejection and inferiority. God then gave me words for four which pinpointed the hurts they had carried and what He was going to do with them now.

Luis is nine years old, he’s fatherless and no one knows anything about a mother but his grandmother gets him to everything going in the centre. Luis was one of the first to get to the front to receive Jesus. God showed me that Luis had a very tender heart but a hard crust had formed over it because of what had happened to him, as I prayed for him he nestled his head into my shoulder and made my shirt wet with his tears. Next day when he came the missionary said “he has a real sparkle in his eyes now”. Luis came out again on his knees on a hard broken ceramic tiled floor dedicating his whole life to God. God then encouraged him with a word about the calling on his life. You could say he is going for gold.

Alejandro is a tall, broad twelve year old and stands out. He broke down and just couldn’t stop crying when he got to the front to receive Jesus. He is also fatherless and on the second day his mother told me several weeks ago, in the night, he had a dream and in that dream he saw me coming there (he has never seen me in his life nor heard of me until this weekend). His mother said when I walked in Alejandro leaned over to her and said “that’s the man I saw in my dream, Mum”. He was very excited.

Another day saw blessing sandwiched between testing. On the way to the meeting we were pulled over by a corrupt policeman who demanded $500 U.S. or we would all be arrested (on a trumped up charge) but we didn’t have that kind of money. After some talking and praying the officer said he would be kind and reduce it by half, still praying, the officer said he would

follow us and the Pastor at the church would have to pay. We set off and after a while he gave up following. Praise God He delivered us.

In the meeting a boy sat following every word intently but as he came in and all the way through had a dead pan expressionless, straight face. But he was one of the first hands up and out for prayer for salvation. As I prayed for him his head was down then as he looked up his face, to say it was radiantly aglow with shinning eyes is an understatement but there is no doubt he met with God. He also has the call of God on his life. I found afterwards his mother’s non-Christian and he was brought by his aunt. Further ministry was cut short, the pastor said we had to leave now. I saw the end of the road was blocked by two big pick-up trucks and behind them were members of the Zeta cartel wielding machine guns and pistols. We were told under cover of other vehicles to turn the car around and drive slowly without lights on until we got out of that street and God protected us again. Could God have something special in His plan for that boy’s life that the devil doesn’t like?

Sunday morning service, what a meeting, again in Zeta territory! Five children responded to live for God and for righteousness, all children responded to clean up their lives. I then felt to bring out the first five and had a word for them collectively, as I gave it the presence of God fell. One girl began to weep then a boy soon all were weeping. I called up their parents and as soon as they got to the front they began to weep, the Pastor came up and she too began to weep. God was sovereignly moving and touching those lives by His presence. No one wanted the now two hour long meeting excluding worship to finish.

David Abbott children's international ministryBack to the relative safety and tranquility of the English countryside for the annual New Life Church, London’s annual camp. It was a children’s camp but has become just about for all ages and they had the same hearts and response as in Mexico. First night they were in school all day, travelled out from London, caught in traffic so didn’t arrive until late. The meeting was the latest ever at almost 22.00 but they sat on the hard floor in rapt attention (not one even looking tired let alone falling asleep) and almost all responded to deal with hardness in the heart. The next two days continued the same; one meeting the presence of God was so awesome in the prayer room afterwards as they dealt with issues of sin. The same in another as they followed in the words of the missionary Hudson Taylor,” Lord I hear you calling, here am I send me”. The concluding meeting all ages were praying for each other under a powerful anointing of the Holy Spirit.

So there it is, it was different, had new experiences, showed the hunger of today’s young and the awesomeness of the moving of God in hungry open lives. Thank you so, so much for helping to make that and so much more possible. Please continue there are many, many more who need this.

I leave for Bolivia on Monday 30 June and go from there to the USA on 8 July, arriving back in England on 31 July. Your prayers for this trip will be much appreciated.

Much Love & Thanks

David

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Successful Ministry in Japan & Malaysia

FROM THE DESK OF DAVID ABBOTT

Dear Friends,

Thank you so very much for your vital part in another fantastic trip to Japan and onward to Malaysia. The lateness of Easter meant I flew into Japan straight into my busiest time instead of getting a few days beforehand to get through jet lag. God was faithful and covered everything, He strengthened me and made sure no one missed out.  We had the Annual May camp and finally after twenty six years I was able to be there to be guest speaker at my host church’s Anniversary (normally I have to move onto Malaysia the weekend before). I was given the theme of “Raising up the Next generation”, this being very close to my heart I felt to make this the theme for every meeting in the country.

David Abbott Childrens Crusade Ministry Japan - Malaysia

Our annual Green Day children’s and youth day saw us with almost thirty, five to twenty one year olds, a big crowd for such a gathering in Japan. In the first two sessions almost everyone responded to be prayed for by three of the young ministry team who began their ministry with me in Indonesia. The last session I felt not to make that kind of invitation, knew I should do something but not what. Come the end myself and two of the adult leaders felt to go around, pray over and share words with individuals as God led us. By the end I would say everyone was shared with. We finished well after the advertised time but with such an atmosphere of excitement there, still no one wanted to go home.

Annual May Camp, this year involved six churches and me, a group of maximum sixteen, six to twenty one year olds, this is Japan! Meetings were a continuation of the above special day including the rapt attention during teaching and the same response for prayer. When hands were laid on them to pray you could literally feel their bodies responding to what was being prayed for them. One afternoon an extra meeting was put in because it was raining and no one could go out. The leaders felt that this should be used to have all from babies to the oldest youth at the front (these are the next generation we are raising up) and have the Pastors, guest speaker and myself pray for each one and share any words God gave for them. A fairly long and powerful time continued and everyone had at least one word said over them. Listening with one ear to what others were sharing I was encouraged to hear my teaching being confirmed and some specific direction being given to these young ones.

I am so privileged that God sends me to places to have years of regular input so I can follow individuals as they grow up. At the camp were three sisters, one I have known since she was five the others since birth. I have been blessed to able to help not only with their spiritual lives but major decisions, their futures and their husbands. Today I have the oldest ones two boys in my meetings, the second brought her first baby born last year to me to pray over her. She and her husband also asked for Gods wisdom and prayer as they are facing big new steps in their lives. The third excitedly shared that she is pregnant with her first and wanted advice on parenting. Four of their siblings are in my meetings and facing major decisions about their futures so they brought them to me to have the same input to them as I had the sisters. I set out by faith in this ministry forty five years ago never imagining it could or would lead to the place it has today, God is so amazing.

Shock horror!!

A much unexpected ending to Japan, I finished my last ministry and became sick with a viral infection. Feeling absolutely terrible and various symptoms there was no way I could fly on the next day and the airline wouldn’t allow me. A non-transferable ticket was no problem to change and I arrived four days late in Malaysia feeling great and fully recovered. The meetings that followed had the same feeling and responses as in Japan so my feeling is that God is beginning to move now in these lands and doing the same thing, raising up the next generation as ones He is going to use in a powerful way. We as the adults have to do all we can now to help to make this happen. It will not happen if we just sit back and watch, we have to be active, doing all we can big or small then God will raise up His army for His use, I will certainly do all I can.

My host church youth group in Kuala Lumpur, many have been in my meetings as children and now these last few years I have been back in their lives again. They have frustrated me somewhat, typical Malays shy and reserved I knew the potential inside but couldn’t get it to the surface. This time God enabled me to see right where they were really at so I could meet them there and so lift them. The result God did it, by the time I had finished one on one almost everyone was out. I was just praying for the last one and more came, one a young man was in tears, you can imagine that was a big thing for him letting tears show and showing that something real was going on in him. God gave me a prophetic word over them all and for some individuals. God hadn’t finished, next day (Sunday) I was there ministering at the family service. The youth and extras were there again and I had felt to take some of the theme I had in Japan “Raising up the next Generation”. Concluding I had all the youth stand at the front facing the congregation so I could present them as the ones I had been talking about. I shared their show of their hearts from the night before showing they were ready now, it was up to the rest of the church. The adults rose to the challenge and we all prayed together for this next generation. The atmosphere was electric with the anointing of God and feedback from adults at the end was the best. To top it when the Pastor finished he reminded the congregation that he had preached the same thing on Mother’s Day. I had no idea of that and he didn’t know before I stood up to speak what I was speaking on.

From there I had new places and ended for only my second time in Johor Bharu on the most southerly tip of the country. New places and new people so all introductory but very profitable for what I feel God is doing, and time well spent.

So nothing I can say really except, thank you God, you did it and it was amazing. Thank you too for so huge a contribution, God saw your heart and prayers and more than answered I am sure. So thank you hugely from me too, together we achieved what I believe God wanted.

Much Love & Much, Much Thanks…

David

 

 

 

 

 

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