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The Faroe Islands and Norway Children’s Ministry

FROM THE DESK OF DAVID ABBOTT

Great Start

Two different Christian school’s where the presence of God was strong and pupils were held spellbound even the second school where it was last lesson on Friday. The Sunday family service where it was the feedback that was most exciting. More than ever before shared and each had something different that God had challenged them about from the same message, that’s God. The weekend didn’t conclude until I left for the coach on Monday after several one on one ministry and prayer sessions with people needing help.

Fruit That Lasts

Norway Children's Ministry

En-route to the annual church camp I called in overnight with friends in Haugesund. I was reminded of my youngest ever interpreter. He was eleven years old and made the mistake of saying to me he would love to be my interpreter one day. A few hours later my interpreter announced he couldn’t be there that night and so much earlier than he expected the boy was interpreting. The meeting was around the camp fire and he stood there wearing an oversized track suit and black lines on both cheeks where he had whipped dirty hands and doing a great job. Today he is worship leader in a local church in town.

Different Children & Youth

The camp was brilliant, we had fifteen children and fifteen young teens for the weekend. The two age groups had separate meetings so it was a busy but so exciting because God was at work. Norwegian youngsters are very strong willed so you can at times have some battles with some. Last year we had some minor battles but this time they came in and sat exactly where I wanted them too even the new ones. They were completely quiet and still the whole time and when it came to responses at the end most came out every time. We had a group of about five young teens who migrated to the back row. They were no trouble but I watched them when I made appeals and they had a code between them and it was everyone or no one, sadly it worked out in the negative. But the rest of the group were up and out every time.

Excited Mothers

Mothers shared lots of feedback about how their youngsters were so excited they were going to them after the meetings and sharing what was happening in them. They did the same with words God gave for many of them and I felt they were exciting words too. Mothers shared things like this confirms earlier words over them or confirms what they see in their child. This was so special, so often parents have to come to me to ask what is happening with theirs in the meetings because they don’t tell parents anything. Two days after camp we had a call from a mother saying her sons had been telling their non-church friends at school about the camp and some have said they want to come next year. It will be great if they do come but even if not it is a big thing for those boy’s to be sharing like this with their friends.

A Deviation From The Norm For Norway

faroe islands ministryI had the honour of flying to the Faroe Islands and the fifty fifth country that I have ministered to children in, in forty six years of ministry. Faroe is a cluster of eighteen volcanic islands shaped roughly like an arrow head midway between Norway and Iceland in the North Atlantic Gulf Stream. A population of just under fifty thousand and almost as many sheep, all grass mountains, no trees and the main industry is fishing. Two special bonuses for me, my friends of many years from Norway, Otto and Ingunn Benjamison joined me as we hopped over islands by tunnel and ferry to the third island of Sandoy where we ministered. Second, Eivind the husband of the couple who invited us there who is also the father of five children. He attended camps in Bergen in my early visits and he was nine, ten years old then, now I was working with him, such a thrill and honour for me. We were in a lovely little fishing village where two churches were involved, one came across from the main island and stayed on a campsite for the weekend to be in the meetings.

The Spirit Was Moving

We had roughly fifteen children up to thirteen years and twenty older teens. The locals had soaked the whole thing in much prayer and God more than answered. The children particularly were so hungry, open and responsive, they soaked up every word so praying for them it was easy they just came straight through. When they came to repentance and dealing with habitual sin everyone literally experienced the presence of God touch them and with tongues I didn’t need to give extra help to anyone they all instantly came through. On Sunday in a very packed family service they were all singing in tongues during the worship, that doesn’t usually happen. God began giving prophetic words for children in the first meeting which was only introductory, that rarely happens when I am on a first ever visit to a church, usually its towards the end. Also in the family service four children together were the ministry team praying for everyone who responded. I wasn’t missing out on that and afterwards we all said that we literally felt the Holy Spirit flowing out through their hands as they laid them on us and prayed. The final thing in the service which I felt was very significant, the pastor called the four children onto the platform got down on his knees and had them pray for him.

Out Of The Mouths Of Babes

Our host’s eldest son aged eight said to his mother on Sunday “mum you try really hard to teach us about God and you do a good job but I never realised before that I could get so close to God in one weekend”. Later on skype he told a friend that when he first spoke in tongues he found himself swaying from side to side and felt a bit light headed but not faint, (drunk in the spirit). I felt right from the beginning that God was definitely raising up a great and mighty army there on that island. The boy above, Isaac is being raised up as one of the key figures for what God is doing and going to do. He has a very powerful anointing on him and strong call from God. Plus his closest friend, they are like joined at the hip when they are together, he is from the other island and spiritually they are like a twin brother’s. I believe that God has plans for them beyond just friendship and they will be a mighty powerful force for God together.

The icing on the cake, when we left for the ferry at 20.00 which was after dark some of the children walked themselves to us to say goodbye and give us hugs. (It is a very safe place to bring up children)

The Older Youth

They were more held back (not such simple childlike faith) but those who did respond God met. With this group it was the feedback later that showed how much God had really done. Youth saying how God had opened their eyes to things, revealed what their continued sin was doing to Jesus, showed them wrong directions they were going etc. Three came round late one night with a card letter and gift where they opened their hearts sharing how the weekend had impacted their lives, that act said it all!

Much love…

David

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From UK to India to Uganda

FROM THE DESK OF DAVID ABBOTT

Children’s Ministry in India

Challenging But We Did It

Arriving we had a challenge to achieve the goals of the rejection/restoration seminars. My suitcase delay lost one day (two seminars) another day was lost later and then the school after giving the children attending the seminars permission to miss school for three days at the last minute announced exams on those days. Half the group had to be in school in the morning, the rest in the afternoon. (Typical situation in the third world you have to be ready for anything just go with the flow). Rearranging of the teaching was done, I need eight sessions but it had to be squeezed into five. Some parts had to be cut out and on the days they were in school only one session could be done in the morning then repeated in the afternoon. What the devil meant for evil God turned for good as an amazing time was had.

The Fruit Is There

Christian Children Ministry to India orphanagesAlmost forty children attended the seminars, I can have more attending now as I have a handful of trusted children who have been through the seminars at least twice who under my supervision now do the one on one ministry. It is so exciting seeing the healed ministering to the hurting and who better to do it as they know the thoughts, feelings and reactions because they have been there themselves. These seminars have become a big life changer since God told us to begin them. Many who have been through the seminars are totally unrecognizable now. One little boy, he is younger than we usually take on the course and new in the home. The moment I saw him I felt he should be a part. At the start he had a dull blank face by the end his face shone with a huge smile.

The Moving Communion service

Communion - giving of thanksWe always finish the seminars with breaking bread together as a celebration of what God has done. This year in my view was extra special and I got a double whammy with the school exams making me repeat three sessions. I felt they should make the communion as a point of contact they can bring the devil back too when he tries to give them the pain back. When under attack they can pray immediately, “Hey devil — on that day in that room I took the communion as a sign that I had been healed of the pains in my heart so get you behind me in the name of Jesus”. There was an awesome presence of God as two of those who have experienced a lot of freedom from pain served each one with the elements and then took them together.

Sunhil, (Smiller)

He was in the second set of seminars we did and I shared his testimony at the time. When he first came he never smiled, his face was dull and if you tried to hug him he kept his arms by his side and went stiff as a board, it was like hugging a tree trunk. After receiving his first lot of healing he had the biggest smile I have ever seen, it seemed to go from ear to ear and now several years later every time you look at him he bursts into that same smile. If you hug him now he doesn’t want to let you go. He is in his second year studying four subjects at university and maintaining his freedom from hurt and walk with God. He returns to the home every year while I am there to get more input and help me in the seminars.

Good Examples To Follow

Sunhil is one of twelve young men who have grown up in the home and are some of the ongoing fruit of the seminars that we know of. In the past most have left and we don’t see or hear of them again but these having been freed from their pain are wanting to continue to get input. They all have strong walks with God, beautiful spirits and wonderful examples for the younger children to look up to and follow. I noticed many times that loads of the older boys in the home are attaching themselves to these young men when they are visiting. Natural God made mentoring relationships which is brilliant. Another wonderful thing about these young men is that they are all from the untouchable caste. This means they should never be educated or employed and only if anything get menial temporary labouring jobs, but most end up begging or in crime. These have all been educated, passed their high school finals and now studying college courses. One is doing very well studying a civil engineering course.

Uganda

More Time, More Work, But Worth It All

This year we added an extra day to the children’s camp and then had one day of village outreach making eleven meetings in four days. At camp we had almost eighty, seven to thirteen year olds, one hundred with helpers and workers. Every session was a challenge for them but they rose to it and almost all responded every time so the young ministry team were kept very busy. The last but one meeting almost all were filled with the Holy Spirit and when it came to tongues I didn’t have to tell one child to stop speaking the local language. Normally you have to say that to a number but everyone instantly spoke in other tongues and very loudly too. The final meeting I had the thrill of baptizing twenty nine children in water.

Christian childrens ministry of Christ in Uganda

Village Outreach. Dividing We Multiply

Again I think the best, there were two hundred children in the meetings, (biggest number we’ve had). The first meeting was chaotic as sixty of were under seven (under age to be there). The younger ones were distracting the older as my ministry isn’t geared to them. Second session Janet (missionary and friend there) she and another took the under sevens out and taught them on their level. The result, both groups were awesomely spellbound the whole time and of my one hundred and sixty all responded for salvation. That is a normal response in rural third world countries that is why I believe so much in one on one ministry which the young ministry team there do so brilliantly.

Older Michael

Now twelve years old and a member of the young ministry team. Last year he asked to attend camp in spite of having had a year where he stopped going to church having fallen away from God. We were happy for him too but not to be part of the team just be in the meetings and lay his life before God. He submitted whole-heartedly to that and responded every meeting and by the end we invited him back on the team again. He learnt his lesson and this last year  has walked close to God and now is not only a valuable member of the ministry team but also is one of my interpreters along with my main one Emmanuel who is now aged fifteen.

Young Michael

Eight years old and youngest sibling of Emmanuel. Last year he was a little monkey and wanted to be baptized, his mother one of the church intercessors said she wanted him too but felt he was not ready, we all agreed with her. This year he was a different boy, his responses to God were real and he changed, he was one filled and his mother freed him to be baptized this time. He unlike his brother is very shy so we were very happy when he accepted our invitation to join the ministry team for the village outreach. Then even happier when to our amazement he, having been told he didn’t have too he was laying hands on children and praying for them.

Thanks for your support…

Much love,

David

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