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Norway and The Faroe Islands Ministry


Norway and The Faroe Islands certainly continued in what God is doing but also went from glory to glory. Starting with a bang at a church camp in Norway with children and youth who are hungry, open and love to be in meetings. They were in meeting as soon as the bell sounded, no arguments or attitude and didn’t care when we went over time they were there to meet with God.

The meetings were in two age groups and both you couldn’t fault the way they sat and soaked up every word. The children’s first invitation for prayer every one of the boys responded and the next almost all the boy’s and some girls. The youth’s their first session I found myself straying far from my notes into what seemed to be the prophetic so in the next break I went to my room and spent the time seeking God. He confirmed what I had thought and also that He wanted to continue, so I could only go and be obedient. The next meeting was the children’s one where all the boys responded which afterwards Andres the middle of three siblings whose parents are going through divorce, he asked me if he could also be in the youth meeting. I was happy but not sure he would be able to handle it the way God was moving. Not only did he handle it but it was clear that God put the desire in his heart because the message God was speaking specifically spoke to him. He came out for prayer with the youth where the invitation was for those who knew clearly that God was speaking about them. God gave me a word for him about a strong call on his life that He was going to confirm to him again in other ways because he had always as far back as he could remember felt God had something special for him. He and his mother who was sitting at the back in tears, confirmed this was so.


The youth were just gathering in the room for their final meeting when word came that one of the boys had, had an accident. A top doctor there from the church examined it and suspected a broken toe. Instantly the room emptied and us looking out of the window we saw this cloud of youth burst out of the door bare foot on wet gravel gather around the car the boy was in and prayed. Ten minutes later they were back in the room sitting attentively waiting to start. The hospital confirmed that there was nothing wrong, we believe he did have a broken toe and God healed it as the youth prayed. The boy is from a non-Christian home but told the pastor later that he desperately wants to go back next year.

God continued orchestrating His plan on our journey from camp on the car ferry. After boarding we went upstairs to the cafeteria for coffee and my friend was gone ages. The lady on duty that day was a lady from a church on another Island. Ten minutes later she came over to us, she had rung her husband and arranged for a gathering in her home of the children from their church later in the trip. That meeting was definitely a God thing and a double blessing to the mother who arranged it. There were six children of varying ages two were her son’s. Over the years I have spoken in many little house meetings like this in Norway and this one has to be one of the best. I had two sessions and their parents were there too and they were amazed at how quiet and still they sat paying full attention. One father cheerfully said they don’t do that for us. The second session four out of the six responded for prayer for assurance of salvation their hands going up instantly. After praying God gave me words for the oldest two. The lady who arranged it was so excited (double blessing), two who responded were her son’s, one who got a word was her eldest. After the meeting the youngest son (eight years old) went into the kitchen and said “that was great mum”. Went back into the sitting room got his blackboard and chalks and was drawing my stick men and giving a little message. His mother said that board was in the basement for years and never touched and the chalks had never been used.

In 2012 on the Island of Halsnoey we had a one off children’s meeting. Only a small number attended most from one family because grandma rounded up her grandchildren. One of the grandchildren God gave me a word for as he came in the door. I felt to keep it until the end, meantime observed a boy who intently listened to every word and responded for prayer. Afterwards his mother asked why her son was the only one I had a word for and I could only say because God only gave for him. She then told me that he didn’t want to go to the meeting so she said he should because God might just have something special to say to him, that was a word from God. His grandmother recently told my friend that, that word so impacted his life that he has never looked back since. Now as a mid-teenager he is the only Christian in his classes at school but he stands boldly for God in spite of the persecution he gets sometimes. There we see again that numbers don’t count with God, its people, its children that do.


This year the meetings on The Faroe Islands were on the main island in a bigger church with more children but organised by the same couple as last year. The weekend before the camp the couple’s eldest son Isak aged nine went and testified raising the excitement level of the children by sharing how last year’s camp had totally changed his life and how exciting it was speaking in tongues and being used in the gifts, the leaders became expectant too. So this year Isak and his closest friend Elias were the ministry team. It was a very busy time with ten meetings in one and two half days with fifty children divided into two groups for teaching, seven to ten and eleven to fifteen. God warned us ahead to watch out as the devil was not happy and the first meeting he struck. It was the only meeting where both age groups were together and some parents got upset while the children had no problem at all. Almost all responded for the need in these days to have real assurance of their salvation, so many I had to get help ministering to them as it was too many for the boy’s alone. Later many said they now really knew that Jesus was in them. God showed us how to deal with that, the next morning we had the whole team working there together, we prayed had an amazing worship time and then no more trouble.

Teaching on the Holy spirit many were filled in both groups, the younger group only a couple didn’t speak in tongues the older ones everyone did. The older group a girl was so tense she was stiff as a board so didn’t speak the moment she relaxed she was off. While a boy couldn’t because of his low self-esteem, a little talk and he just began to flow. As he left the meeting he walked over to me couldn’t speak a word of English but he gave me a huge smile and squeezed my arm, I believe that was his way of saying thank you. The final meeting, I spoke on giving their whole lives as an offering to God for Him to use as he wanted then tried several ways to dissuade both groups not to respond but they insisted on everyone responding. In the teens group I had hands up then down tried again to dissuade them but again everyone responded. As far as I can remember God gave words in every meeting and I don’t think I have ever had so much and the kind of feedback as I did this time. A father told us his teen son didn’t want to attend but dad said he would, after the first meeting he was the first to respond and God gave me a word for him, me knowing none of this beforehand. After that he told his dad I am fine now I want to go! After one meeting two said “that was the second time they had been given that exact word”. Another the leaders sat in floods of tears as the word God gave exactly described that child. The leader recording the words said she just had to send off immediately two words by SMS to their parents because they were so significant later the parents called back in tears. During a time in the presence of God I had a word for one and not wanting to disturb went unannounced to him to share it. Part of the word said to keep holding his hands out to receive more of God’s anointing. Two boys behind who were completely lost in God and so hungry, thought it was for them so immediately shot their hands out like rockets. I thought nothing more of it until next morning in the family service. I was giving my introduction and God pointed out the same three boys sitting in the same formation and said “now, emphasising the NOW (as I usually give individual words at the end) bring them up here I want to speak to them”. As God spoke the two faces were radiant and one had watery eyes, (these were young teens). I believe God was saying to them that He never leaves the hungry to go wanting or empty, they were still beaming when they left the church. God only knows His purpose in choosing to give those publicly.

The young teens final meeting was so special they just didn’t want the meeting to stop, we had worship which was awesome, I spoke and they all responded. As I prayed the presence of God filled that room even more and when I said the amen no one moved, they stood eyes closed hands held out. I needed to know from God what to do so they just stood in silence for ages. Then God led me to move among them giving words as He directed, still no one moved. God led me in several other ways, still they were totally lost. Eventually I felt I had to close though I get the feeling they would have gone on for hours more. Even then one I had a word for he just flopped down onto the edge of his seat hands still with palms up and eyes closed and stayed that way until the leader concluded and everyone slowly started to move.

As always, your support of this work touches my heart and His.  Thanks!

Much love ~ David


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Ministry in India, then on to Uganda


Twenty Years in the Rajahmundry orphanage

Big change is taking place in the ministry in India and my whole time there changed only days before I left home. God, I believe has made it clear that the orphanage I have ministered in for twenty years is to relocate.

Children's ministry - India orphanage

When my pastor friend in Australia, John Barnes first planted the home twenty years ago it was located in on the rural outskirts of Rajahmundry. Now a four-lane highway has been built at the front of the home which took away some of the land and now  a building has put it in the middle of an industrial area. So with decreased land size and thick diesel fumes being pumped out of old clapped out trucks twenty-four hours a day it is not a good place for children to grow up. The changes work together for our good and the land has become prime land and heavily sort after so the plan is to sell that and buy a much bigger plot outside of a village where land is very cheap. The only hurdle is that they can’t buy until they have sold. So the home has closed temporarily and alternative measures set in place to cover the children until a new home can be built.

Children's ministry map - UK to IndiaI love looking back and seeing God’s planning. I was together travelling with John twenty years ago when he started the home and have ministered in it every year since. Now as we move into phase two of the orphanage ministry I am again with John but this time more involved in setting it all up. God’s aim in this I see is that I am now partnering with John, the Australian team and our friend Samuel Babu, director of the ministry in India. This makes me very happy as the orphanage is a place where my heart is.

Each morning I spent ministering in a new orphanage run by Samuel’s younger brother. The ministry and responses from the children were so in line with what God has been doing this year as I shared with you in my last report. I started a stranger to the eighty plus children but still right from the first message and onwards everyone responded for prayer and nothing we said would deter them. Everyone had eyes tightly closed during the invitation and as they stood. When teaching on the Holy Spirit and even more so during the praying for them the presence of God was awesome and you could see by their faces that they were experiencing it too. The rest of each day was spent working on getting a clear plan set for the future of the orphanage and seeing the temporary things set up to cover the children.

In the past few years, we have had thirteen young men, eighteen years old and onwards who have grown up in the home, coming back to help me and have me input into their lives. Most of them are fruit from the rejection and healing seminars I do. This year it was twenty and I felt so touched and honoured that they gave me this place in their lives. They did all the one on one ministry at the orphanage and helped in many other ways. Different ones had to leave at different times because of getting back to college or job’s, some left for lectures and came back when free and the final eight told us they made phone calls to change things so they could leave after me. What an honour!!

One of those was Subash who was the reason I first started doing rejection and healing seminars in the home every year. While ministering to him God showed that he had been abused by multiple men before he came to the home. He opened for ministry and saw a lot of deliverance but when he left the home he cut himself off from us. But I never let go of him in my heart I hung onto him in regular prayer as I knew he was very vulnerable out there in the world. This year out of the blue he came back and in a meeting just for these boys. Subash was listening intently and giving me eye contact then, at the end he came for prayer and his radiant face came back.

Here’s a photo of some of my young men. From the left, the first is Subash, second Naveen and in college another set free from sexual abuse, third Kota who from the start always looked on me as his father figure.

David Abbott - ministry in India 2016

Kota graduated from college in April and immediately he got a full-time job with good pay, he is from the lowest caste, the untouchables and by that should not go to college or be employed but God has done it. Next Aakash, when he was young the day I left he would hang onto my waste crying his eyes out. He still hangs onto me when I go. Bandi always did and still does call me his best friend. Finally, Smiler (not his real name but I can’t see him as anything else). Before he was set free from hurt, his face was dead serious and he never smiled and hugging him was like hugging a lamppost. The moment he became free he looked up and he was beaming from ear to ear and still does every time you look at him.

Salman another of my boys his father is a chronic alcoholic and so there was no money for him for the bus fare to join us so we went to where he lives to fetch him. It was quite a long way away and the scene we saw was heartbreaking, such poverty in that slum, words can’t describe what we saw. His father wouldn’t come out to us at first as he was a bit the worst for alcohol and this was early afternoon. When he did he looked a mess and his face covered in scars from drunken fights. Salman isn’t an orphan but his mother who is a sweet tiny lady had him and his older brother put in the orphanage because when the father is drunk he verbally and physically abuses the boys; there are younger sisters but he doesn’t touch them. Also, the mother has no money to feed the children properly because the father takes all to buy alcohol. I gave Samuel some money to buy the mother a 25 kilo bag of rice for her as I can’t give her money as the father will take it away from her. Salman’s face lit up like a beacon when he came out and saw us standing there. He really loved being in the old building with us and with the other boy’s and he was brushing away tears as we drove out of the compound to take him to the bus station. Please pray for Salman as Samuel and I feel that God has a special plan for him in that slum. We feel that as soon as the orphanage is rebuilt we will again rescue him and get him through college so that he can earn a good wage. With that, he won’t have to live there again but will be able to go to be used of God there. The hindrance to this his father who wants to use him the same way he does his older brother. When there is work on the land he sends the brother and then takes all earnings away from him to buy his alcohol.

Moving on to Uganda

Children's ministry from India to UgandaOnwards then to Uganda and in keeping with God’s moving, we all felt that this was our best camp so far. We had the biggest number, last year we had eighty children at camp and this year it was one hundred and ten without helpers. The children were so obedient (Ugandan children usually aren’t so), open to move with God and teachable. Any correctional points I made they changed immediately. We had a young and older ministry team, the young ones were all new to the team and everyone was an orphan from a very bad background. The older were a group of older girls who have been on the team from the first camp. One of the younger ones, very small for his age was so excited at being asked to join the team you would think we had given him the crown jewels. Another, Brian – he’s nine, an orphan living with a very elderly grandmother and two cousins. His grandmother at her age can’t cope with bringing up young children so she always calls him a naughty boy. He isn’t really, he just craves love and attention but he does so love Jesus and he is amazing to watch worshiping. With his whole body, he reaches out to God and almost immediately gets lost in His presence.

Uganda children's ministry 2016

Brian and his friend Timwa worshipping


Both my missionary friend and I felt that God wanted Brian on the team and giving him responsibility a few hugs every now and affirming him often as being a good boy, he just excelled in every way. We all saw the children visibly change as the days went by, faces that on arrival were long and expressionless took on big smiles. Dull eyes sparkled, those not already in the meeting room ran in as soon as the drum sounded. The third day we had the moist awesome worship time I have seen in all the camps, almost everyone was on their knees, tears flowed from some and they were being led by some of the youngest in the camp. We concluded camp with the usual baptism service where fifteen were baptised, some had only been saved and filled during this camp.

So, different but still the same, amazing time we’ve seen all year so far and I trust the end is not yet as we still have quite a bit of the year left to go. So thank you so, so much again for your invaluable part on this trip. Together God used us to reach some of the poorest and lowest of the low children with the exciting message He has given to all so far. God excludes no one whoever they are, whatever culture or background. And I’m grateful for that!

Much love ~ David.

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