Nova Scotia Update #3

Nova Scotia Update #3

WEEK 3 | Team Nova Scotia

And that’s a wrap, another fun snowy week in Canada! We went to the mall several days in a row for prophetic evangelism and came away with numerous new friends! In fact, we had so much favor there that the mall manager allowed us to let us set up tables in the main walkway to give out “Encouraging Words” (aka prophetic words)! We were surprised by how many shoppers stopped to receive words, not to mention curious store employees! 

We also hosted the “Spirit Cafe” several nights as well, offering the community prophetic words, physical healings, and inner healing sessions. As each night passed more and more people came to the church for supernatural encounters, including nonbelievers, critics, and random strangers we invited from our coffee shop visits! Numerous people came in skeptical and left with undeniably powerful experiences with Jesus! For example, one man had a miraculous physical healing in his shoulder, and his severe pain completely disappeared on the spot! 

We also hosted the second half to our inner healing conference, “Into the Deep.” On Friday we partnered with a “Catch the Fire” leader out of Toronto named Dan Slade. He delivered an enlightening message on heaven breaking into earth, and a vast majority of congregation came to the front to be filled with the Spirit! Then Saturday our team continued our series on inner healing- Trent spoke on Ungodly Beliefs, Gina taught on a Heart of Stone, and Tim explained the concept of Soaking. Then Morgan finished our 6th and final day of inner healing messages by speaking on Sonship. And for the first time ever, Nicole painted prophetically in front of a congregation. The church has already asked for us to come back, and some of us are already planning return visits! 

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The team also enjoyed numerous worship and prayer sessions at both the church and home of our hosts, Bill and Rosie Legge. And of course, no trip to Canada would be complete without a late night run to Dairy Queen for hot poutine (a Canadian dish made of fries, gravy, and cheese that we’ve come to love). 

We have more adventures coming up soon including visiting the hospital to pray, traveling to Shushan (a supernatural worship center), and touring historical sites! More on those soon, you won’t want to miss our next update! 

- Written by Cheryl Brehm

 Photo by Trenton Alan

Photo by Trenton Alan

 Photo by Trenton Alan

Photo by Trenton Alan

Nashville Update #3

Nashville Update #3

WEEK 3 | Team Nashville 

This past week has been AMAZING! It is such an honor continuing to see God being God in our very own home city!! We were able to prophesy over Elijah's heart ministry staff as well as 30 of their kids, It was so fun for us to be stretched in hearing Gods voice for others and get to encourage them!

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We have gotten to help out Elijah's heart in many different ways, this week we got to go out with ‘Papa Joes lunch express’. We catered food to a company and this will be a continuing thing that brings in money to fund the ministry. We also got to do ‘walk of love’. This is where we pack over 400 bags of snacks/food/toiletries and deliver them door to door in the local community. The needs are great and it is such a blessing to meet some of them! 

We got to be at the Foundry church for Meal of Hope, where our very own Will gave an incredible and powerful message about plugging into God. It was great to see people we've met the past couple weeks and hear some breakthrough testimonies. One of many, (Symone, came last week asking for prayer for breakthrough in getting a job specifically as a caregiver. We prayed, declared, and believed for that! This week she returned, having started her new job as a CAREGIVER). YAY JESUS! 

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We spent one day at the TN state capitol, in the old supreme courtroom. We got to intercede on behalf of our governmental leaders, the laws and people in the whole state of TN. It was powerful and intense! PRAISE GOD. Revival is coming. 

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Something we’ve loved throughout this past week is ‘Papa Joe time’ this is when we’ve gotten to sit with the leader of Elijah’s heart ministry and talk about everything under the sun as we dive into the Word of God. We love this man and it’s an honor to have him pouring into our team!! 

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God bless! 

-Written by Kati Thunborg 

 

 

 

Romania Update #2

Romania Update #2

WEEK 2 | Team Romania

Team Romania has been falling in love with the people and culture of this country! We had the joy of serving the community of Adi & Mia Pop’s church, New Covenant, and several other churches that Adi oversees. Emily Phillips kicked off the Sunday service (3/18) by sharing a detailed prophetic word the Lord gave her for New Covenant church, which left nearly the entire room in tears! 

Here is Hunter’s perspective from that morning:

“Sunday morning, Emily spoke at Adi’s Church (New Covenant Church). It was incredible to watch her share a prophetic word/vision that God had given her to share with the congregation.  She spoke there last year as well, but it was much different this year. Last year she shared a message, this year it felt like she delivered a prophetic word about seasons. The seasons of fire, water, and blooming. She explained how each person could be in a different season, but how God was cleansing the Church for a season of blooming. It felt like a word for the church, but also the Church of Romania. I was crying and most others in the room seemed to be getting touched by the Lord. I believe Emily delivered hope and promise to the church. It felt like she caught God’s heart for that particular congregation. It was amazing to see her be received as a minister and not just teaching a message. Everyone could tell the word was weighty and felt timely.”

Later that evening, Laura Watson led a healing meeting, where many got healed and set free! 

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“It’s absolutely been a dream of mine to lead a healing meeting! I’m discovering more and more of God’s heart for healing and I long to see people set free from sickness, pain, and any other kind of ailment. I got to share a few testimonies of how He’s personally healed me years ago and how He uses us to heal the sick… but the best part of the evening was the fact that little of it had to do with me! I just showed up with faith and God did the rest! The Healer did what He does best… HEAL! It was so fun to partner with God and watch the room be amazed by His goodness.

Many were immediately healed when Laura asked the congregation to stand up and repeat the “4 Line Prayer” after her, which says: 

“This healing belongs to me, Because of what Jesus did on the cross, I receive my healing now, In Jesus name.”

Our team members all received healing words of knowledge and we were all blown away by how the Lord moved through every prayer. The following Sunday, many came to the front of the church to testify of healings that occurred throughout the week. One man we prayed with for back pain had a dream during the week. In the dream, God touched his spine and he woke up from the dream completely healed! Everyone was blown away!

We spent Monday evening ministering to the youth and had the privilege of prophesying over every kid in the room. On Tuesday, we were invited to eat lunch at a couple’s home from the church and to share at their small group. 

Chris Bontempi shared his heart with the small group that evening. Here is a piece of his experience: 

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“The Holy Spirit was so thick and tangible in the room as I began to play my guitar. We were at a home group meeting with some of the leaders from Adi’s church and though many didn’t speak English, I invited everyone to join in with their own melody and song and to just get in a heart of worship and prayer. I felt like I should be coming to learn from them, but they expected to receive from me: First as a worship leader, then as a teacher. So I began to sing and as I sang, I could see an elderly woman just smiling at me. She stood up and prophesied over me. I was taken aback by her word of power that she imparted to me and it was further confirmation that this was a night to step into identity. This was my evening to share about forgiveness and restoration. Throughout the evening I shared my story and taught about Jesus’ love and forgiveness on the cross, which leads to freedom. I was blown away by how many people were impacted at the truths God spoke through me. To end the evening, we prophesied in groups of two and prayed for freedom and healing. God broke chains that night - not just in the community, but in me - and I will be forever changed.” - Chris Bontempi  

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We spent Wednesday, Thursday and most of Friday in the city of Brasov, which is a quaint, beautiful tourist city in Romania (all the European feels!). Our team had the gift of resting and recouping before a wonderful weekend of ministry and “family” time!

Jennifer Tomczak caught the heart of community this week when she wrote, 

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“This week was an incredible time of fellowship. We were invited over to the home of a couple from Pastor Adi’s church that runs a global ministry from Romania for an incredible meal and small group meeting. Then we took a team get away from Wednesday to Friday to the city of Brasov with Adi and his daughter, Andi. Lastly, we spent our Saturday in Adi and Mia’s home for a huge feast. I was so blessed by the fellowship and amazing meals! Their Incredible servant's hearts and amazing testimonies created life-giving moments for me. It left me in awe of the beauty of fellowship, family and the importance of community. 

One of my favorite ministry times was spent with the youth group. We set up prophetic booths and prophesied over each student. To see the accuracy in which the words were coming and the way in which each kid received it was so amazing! They were blown away by the confirmations God was giving to their hearts! Seeing people encounter the God who sees, knows and loves them is amazing! I was blown away by what God was saying about each of these kids! This week truly filled my heart to overflowing. I’m so expectant and excited for what’s to come for the church of Romania.” - Jennifer Tomczak

We arrived back to Targu Mures Friday afternoon and went straight to a youth meeting, where Hunter shared about Ungodly Beliefs. The team broke up into partners and we collectively prophesied over every youth kid in the room! Erica Roman did what she does best and found the “one” in the room that the Lord had for her to pour into. Here is her testimony:

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When it was time to prophesy I was immediately drawn to this girl in black. I felt connected to her as someone who was walking a hard road. I told her that I saw a shield before her. I honored her strength and ability to survive troubles and then invited her to let God and others on the other side of the shield. 

After each of us prophesied over one student publicly and then we spilt up to allow the students to come to us for words. I hated to not be able to follow up immediately with the girl in black who was clearly hiding distress. Hunter recognized my heart to go after the one and released me to go sit with her. 

Through tears she shared her story and for a while I just listened. When she was done I gently asked her questions and finally asked her if she wanted the peace that came with inviting Jesus into our lives. She did. It was a precious moment that I won’t forget. When we finished praying I asked her how she felt and she said she felt at peace, that Jesus was going to help her through her situation. I could see in her eyes and countenance a marked difference. I feel so honored to have been able to witness her step into freedom.” - Erica Roman

The ladies had a girls day Saturday morning and we all got our nails done before the Pop family invited us over for an incredible Romanian lunch! Mia, Adi’s sister, and their dear family friend went above and beyond to serve us. There was much anticipation for this meal because apparently, it was one of Hunter and Emily’s favorite meals from their outreach last year! We were overwhelmed by their hospitality, love and generosity. We’ve been blown away by the way they’ve loved us like Jesus! 

Sunday was a very full day of ministry. Erica Roman bravely sharing her testimony about God’s kindness in the midst of her story at New Covenant’s church. As a way to honor Erica’s story, the church leaders called up a long-standing and faith-filled widow to the front of the church to pray over and bless Erica, as this widow has seen God come through for her time and time again.

 Then we spent our evening at a church in Sighisoara (a city about an hour away from Targu Mures), where Emily shared her testimony of overcoming a Heart of Stone and created space for the prophetic to touch hearts. The last few days, we’ve flowed in more words of knowledge and spot on prophetic words than we’ve ever before! It was so incredible to see people set free by God’s specific words for them. The evening left us overwhelmed by God’s goodness and His love for people!

As our time comes to a close, we can’t help but feel a deep sense of gratitude! The Pop family and every connection we’ve made here feels like family. We’ve been greatly honored, trusted and loved by the leaders of many different churches. We recognize this is no small thing and feel extremely thankful!  

-Written by Laura Watson

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England Update #2

England Update #2

WEEK 2 | Team England 

Hello again from England! This update will focus on our time up in northern England, but let’s pick up where we last left off.

On Friday morning we hopped onto a train that would take us from Winchester to London within the hour. When we finally pulled up to the city the London skyline was there to greet us. We left the station for a hop-on-hop-off tour on a roofless double decker bus. Some of the sites we visited were Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and Trafalgar Square. From there, Chris and Will took us to an amazing pizza restaurant called Homeslice, then we walked it off by taking a stroll all the way to Buckingham Palace. (The award for best reactions throughout the entire trip goes to Bethany. Her face has consistently remained in awe of anything quintessentially British).

To wrap up our time, we made our way to the London Eye, a giant Ferris Wheel in the heart of the city to take a sunset ride. As we rose above the skyline we could see everywhere we had walked that day and watched as the sky turning into a bright orange. It was probably the best way we could have ended our day.

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Saturday we spent all day with the leadership at Level 10 Church, home to our good friend and SOSL alumni Kirsten. There Rachel shared her powerful testimony on forgiveness and Anthea had us in tears with her message on honour (that’s how the Brit’s spell it!) Then Will and Chris took the team out to eat real English food for dinner, which turns out is actually Indian food. So good! We headed back to the church for an evening session where Charis went up for round two of her Heart of Stone message. The evening ended with the team ministering to many people who came up for prayer.

Sunday, we woke up to Winchester completely covered in snow! Much like Nashville, when it snows in England everything shuts down, so there were no church services that day! It was unfortunate because is was supposed to be our last full day in Winchester, but was also a welcomed day of rest for the team. After everyone safely made their way to the beautiful home of the Law family, the day was spent doing some much needed team fellowship.

The first half of Monday was spent saying our farewells to Winchester. The Law’s treated us to a hike in the snowy New Forest where we encountered a group of wild ponies! It literally felt as if we had stepped through the wardrobe and entered into Narnia. After lunch, we headed back to WinVin where the bus from our next destination for the trip was there waiting for us. We said our teary goodbyes to the staff from Winchester then headed off for our new adventure in the north! That night we met the leadership and host families from Junction 28 Church and Hope Church. Just from the meeting, we could sense that these sister churches were full of people who are hungry for more of God and are expectant for what He will do during our time here.

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The next morning we split up into two team where the J28 group socialized with a group of moms and children who were new to the church, while the group from Hope Church went to a school assembly where Rachel spoke on being powerful in the Lord. Then we all met together for lunch at Hope Church where we were able to spend more time with the staff. In the evening, we held a prophetic night where we released encouraging words to individual from the front of the church. What’s great about prophetic is it can show you the Lord’s heart for people, and this was the night that our hearts began to swell for these churches.

Wednesday we split into two teams again and set off for two recovery centers for men coming out of addiction and homelessness. It was here that we saw really broken people be transformed before our eyes as we prayed over them for healing, restoration, and hope. Many of us spent time listening to heartbreaking stories and speaking Jesus’ love into their situations. Afterwards, Abbey was invited to give a short message at a school assembly about relationship with God. Then that evening we were back at Hope Church where Juliana spoke a killer message on an Introduction to the Prophetic and opening up a time for the congregation to practice prophesying over each other.

Thursday we met up for a lunch with the leadership at J28, then moved into a time for prophetic ministry. During the ministry time, Melissa headed off to the last school assembly invite on the trip where she spoke to a room of nearly 400 kids on being made in God’s image. After both meetings ended, the whole team left for an evening at a women’s shelter. Some of these women had been there for a while, and others had just moved in that week. Carolyn share her amazing testimony on Hearing God’s Voice, then the team entered into a time of prophetic ministry. The way God spoke to their hearts proved His gentleness and undying love for them. It was a night I know we’ll never forget.

The next morning we explored the neighbor by J28 and spent lunch eat fish and chips like a true British citizen. That evening we said goodbye to Blake (our only man in the team, God bless you) and headed off to the women’s shelter. The first night we were there, we weren’t sure how we were being received, but once we arrived we felt so welcomed by the residents there. Charis spoke again on Heart of Stone (round three!) and Ann shared her message on Father Types. After some time of ministry, we met up with the youth from Hope Church for some laser tag (shout out to Abbey - first place winner - who beat Pastor Danny’s winning streak), then hung out with the kids over pizza.

Saturday morning we headed out to a coffee meeting at Thurcroft, a new sister church to J28 and Hope, where we were able to pray over the church and the community. Blake, Bethany, and Rachel were also able to minister to a new believer who was in his 70s! Afterwards, we headed out to Meadowland Mall for some shopping, then Blake treated the team so some home cooked Mexican food.

Sunday morning we were split again between J28 and Hope Church. At J28 Blake spoke on the Father Heart of God and at Hope Bethany spoke on Physical Healing. After her message we saw significant healings and even prayed with a woman who decided to give her life to Jesus! That evening at J28 one of the pastors interviewed Blake, Abbey, and Ann at a worship gathering while Rachel spoke to the youth in Hearing God’s Voice and Melissa spoke to the children on being made in God’s image.

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Monday we all headed out of the city to visit the amazing Chatsworth House, which isn’t a house, but a large mansion. This was actually one of the film location for Pride & Prejudice (2005) when Elizabeth visits Mr Darcy’s home, Pemberley Estate for the first time. There was so much to see that it would have taken more than a day to explore. We spent 5 hours exploring the house, the vast grounds, and eating a delicious lunch at an onsite restaurant. Once we left Chatsworth, we made our way to our last ministry event of the trip. Our fearless team leaders Netty and Sheila spoke a powerful message on renewing your mind at a regional women’s meeting hosted by Hope Church. After the message, they led us into a time of ministry where we could identify any lies we had been believing and replace it with God’s truth.

The next morning, we all met at J28 to say our farewells to the leadership team. As we shared with one another what affected us the most on this trip, it has consistently been the one-on-one ministry interactions with had with people. Despite seeing people healing and getting spot on prophetic words, what has been the most impactful is see a person become acquainted with the love of Jesus. We are now in London and will be flying out on Thursday. This has seriously been the trip of a lifetime. We are so thankful for all the relationships that have been made and the lives we have touched. I am certain that our connections to these churches were made for a reason.

See you soon, America!
Love, 
Team #soundthecrumpet

-Written by Melissa Ramsaur, Photos by Charis Sims

 

Australia Update #2

Australia Update #2

WEEK 2 | Team Australia 

As our time on this side of Australia draws to an end, I can't help but look back over the past ten days in what can only be described as a feeling of reverent gratitude. Not only have both of the churches we've visited welcomed us as family, but they were willing to step back and give us complete freedom to lead wherever the Holy Spirit wanted to go. This created an atmosphere of breakthrough for each person on our team to grow in leadership and step into their unique giftings. 

On our third day in Melton, we hosted a creativity and soaking workshop at City West church where we set up a couple tables full of all different kinds of creative mediums. Some people brought their own paints, some brought colorful yarn for knitting. We spent the first hour connecting with the Lord through creative expression, then finished off with some soaking after a brief message from Barbie about the difference between soaking and striving. The testimonies afterward blew us away. Just as Moses's face shone when he came down from the mountain, you could see a tangible joy radiating from these people's faces as they shared on the microphone their encounters with the kindness of our loving God. It was so touching to see how intentional and person the Lord was about speaking life and identity into each person in their own unique way. 

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Later that night our team split up to lead the church's small groups. Each group was at a different house and the smaller setting allowed us an opportunity to connect on a more personal level. Casey Thompson, Molly, Cecilia, and Andrew led adult groups. Kasey Marcus and I led their young adults group, and Matt and Addison led the youth. The Lord showed up in powerful ways in each of our groups. 

At the young adults group, Kasey and I started off by sharing a bit of our testimonies, then we prophesied over each person. We saw some immediate breakthrough as we spoke, but we didn't realize how spot on and meaningful our words were until we received some feedback afterward. By simply being obedient and speaking what the Lord placed on our hearts, we were able to bring rivers of life to dry places and healing to areas that were in desperate need. Hearing the accuracy of our words was encouraging, but what truly amazed me was the outpouring of renewed hope and identity that could only have been accomplished by the power of the Holy Spirit. 

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Leaving our new family in Melton was sad, but sweet. We built such a special connection with the members of City West church and although our time together was short, the bonds we formed went deep. After a relaxing afternoon spent all together, our host families made it abundantly clear that we're always welcome to come back and visit, then sent us on our way to our next destination. 

We arrived in Ballarat a couple hours later where we were greeted with a welcome dinner at Mount Clear church. The pastors there were so open and in tune with the Holy Spirit that you could almost feel revival about to break out. As we were leaving that night, we got hit hard with the tangible presence of God in the parking lot and the weightiness of the Holy Spirit set the tone for the rest of our stay in Ballarat. Before jumping straight into serving, we spent the next morning at the wildlife park befriending kangaroos. There were lots of other animals there, but a few of us were too busy fulfilling lifelong dreams to notice anything but the kangaroos. 

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Later that evening our team split up again. Half of us went to a prayer meeting and the other half were asked to speak to the worship team about spontaneous worship. While I didn't feel that I had much to share on that topic, since that's not something I've ever done before, our team felt like God wanted to release courage over everyone. So as an act of partnering with the Lord, I took the microphone and led spontaneous worship for the first time to show the church that sometimes courage looks like choosing to be defined by who God says you are, not who your fear says you are. It was a night of breakthrough for everyone who showed up. 

The next night we ran the church's prophetic ministry. Once again, seeing the accuracy of our words was amazing, but seeing God transform people's hearts was even more amazing. It was humbling to be able to speak into these people's lives, almost as if the Lord opened a window for us to see straight into their hearts and gave us the honor of calling forth what He had placed there. 

On Saturday night the pastors of the church took us to the White Night festival to go treasure hunting. Half of the roads downtown were closed off and thousands of people gathered to watch the light shows projected onto buildings all down the street. Our team split up into small groups and headed off to find our treasure. Casey, Addison, and I went with pastor Andrew and his sons to a BBQ place, where we got to speak into a young couple's life, pray over them, and bless them financially. Each team was ready and willing to go wherever the Lord sent us, and as a result, we all had divine appointments and spoke life into people who need it. 

We started off Sunday morning strong with worship led by Andrew and Cecilia, and during service Kasey Marcus, Addison, Cecilia, and Casey Thompson shared their testimonies with the church. The entire day was marked by freedom and as each person shared their testimony they unleashed over the congregation the courage to overcome and hope in the goodness of the Lord. Ministry time was lengthy and powerful. Person after person came up to lay down their burdens and receive prayer and person after person walked away changed and set free. Because this church was so hungry for God, and so desperate for a move of the Holy Spirit, that's exactly what they received. The Lord had set a fire in Mount Clear church and we got to be a part of it! 

We finished up our time in Ballarat with a night of worship and prophecy. Molly and I led worship with Andrew on the keys, Addison on guitar, and Matt on the bass. Almost immediately the presence of the Holy Spirit was heavy and tangible. After worship, our team stood at the front and prophesied. Once again, it was humbling to see the Lord use our team to heal broken hearts and set captives free. What the Lord ignited through us in the city of Ballarat is just the beginning. As we said our goodbyes that night, you could feel the Holy Spirit stirring within people's hearts, preparing for an even greater outpouring. It was an honor to serve at Mount Clear and we once again left feeling just as blessed as the people we ministered to. 

Written by Jordyn White 

Scotland Update #2

Scotland Update #2

WEEK 2 | Team Scotland 

This week we made the transition from our time in Aberdeen to the next stop on our trip, Edinburgh. On one of our last nights in Aberdeen we got to attend a traditional Ceilidh dance at Sheddocksley Church, which was a combination of men in kilts, intense dance steps to bagpipe music, and a group of 13 Americans in flannels teaching Scottish people to line dance. Needless to say, we had a blast. The following morning was our last Sunday church service at Sheddocksley, and Elyse got to share on UGBs, Taylor taught the children’s group on the prophetic, and Daniel gave a couple of prophetic words. It was amazing to see how impactful the UGB teaching was when ungodly beliefs were transformed into godly beliefs in peoples’ lives, and watching the couple of people get touched by the Father’s love as they were being prophesied over. We then got to bless and prophesy over the church staff and the pastor before beginning our journey to Edinburgh the following day. It was hard saying goodbye to all of the amazing people we met during our stay in Aberdeen, but we are so excited to watch Sheddocksley Baptist continue to grow and impact their community in tremendous ways! It was an honor for us to get to serve alongside them.

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Once we made it to Edinburgh we met up with Andrew Quinn, who is an SOSL alumnus from Edinburgh and is on staff at the Edinburgh School of Supernatural Transformation there. The next couple of days were spent exploring Edinburgh - sight-seeing castles and monuments, going for a boat ride on Loch Katrine, and hiking the Crags to overlook the city during sunset. The beauty of Edinburgh is something else!

On Thursday we began ministering to the staff of St. Mungo’s Church, leading them through a time of soaking, prophetic ministry, and personal ministry appointments. Throughout the entirety of our trip, the personal ministry appointments have been incredibly fruitful. Being able to talk with people through what they are experiencing, getting them to hear from the Father, and then guiding them into more freedom has been amazing and definitely a highlight of our ministry time. 

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That night we got to be a part of a ministry called Outpouring, which is a night of worship and testimonies put on by Bethany House Homeless Ministry. A couple of us shared testimonies of experiencing Christ’s freedom, and then we all had the opportunity to be on the prayer ministry team at the end of the night. The presence of God was so tangible during worship and testimony time, and getting to praise Jesus in the center of the capital city of Scotland was a powerful moment and felt like a declaration for the Kingdom here in this city! 

We are so excited for more ministry opportunities with St. Mungo’s and Bethany House, and getting to meet and work with the students and staff of Edinburgh School of Supernatural Transformation! 

Love, Team #ScotlandOfTheLiving

- Written by Elyse Youngdahl

South Africa Update #2

South Africa Update #2

WEEK 2 | Team South Africa

Hello from Nelspruit! 

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Before we dive into the past week, here’s a brief testimony from some of our hospital ministry last week: 

“During the second week of our trip, I had the privilege of attending Themba Hospital to minister to the patients there. Instantly at the door I was greeted by a patient there named Daisy. Our team had seen enormous breakthrough in her the week before. And we got there, we discovered she had been awaiting our return. She had the kind eyes of Jesus. She greeted me with a kiss to the cheek and told me how much she liked my beard (those are few and far between in Africa, hahaha). She took my hand and led our team to her room in Ward 3. Our team ministered in Ward 3 for quite a while. Ward 3 is the mental illness ward. I felt this growing desire in my heart to sing over her as we prayed for her, but my timidity held me back for a moment. I analyzed what the cost of boldness would be and I felt as though the Lord took me back to a memory at 15 where I first encountered his embrace through worship. I remember how that very moment changed everything for me. I knew the Lord had extended a shift for not only Daisy, but myself as well. I mustered my courage and sang the Bethel song, “Jesus, We Love You” over Daisy. After just one choirs, to my amazement, DAISY BEGAN TO SING ALONG TOO! And when we stopped, she didn’t! She had an encounter with the Father. We watched her countenance change, peace fill the room, and tears fill her eyes. It would seem that her breakthrough wasn’t just for her either, but that our entire team had been impacted. As we left this Ward to move to the next, this sweet encountered happened time and time again. Worship broke down barriers. It was a moment where the Lord turned my fear into faith. The risk had been worth it. I’ll never forget the presence in the rooms that day. It felt like it had the power to change anything. It was sweet and tender. We all had been clothed with a fresh blanket of love. Remember that the hospital was called Themba Hosptial. Themba in Siswate language means “Hope”.  Hope was ours that day. We took it boldly and it never left us after that.”

-- Worth Peppers

On Friday the 16th, we got to go door to door in the town of Backdoor, ministering to residents alongside several local pastors who attended Pastor Surprise’s bible school. Here’s a testimony from one of our team members.

“We were doing house visits in Backdoor which is this town like community on the top of a mountain. Our guide was named Pastor Jefferys and he was the most loveable human possible: he visits these homes in back door once to twice a week. Back door is recognized as the “lower income” community near Nelspruit. Pastor Jefferys had us experience the vastness that is Backdoor as we went through red dirt hills and large thickets to get to some of these homes. Now all of us are good for our monthly workouts- so thanks, Pastor Jefferys. :) 

We went through many homes- believing and praying for loved ones in the hospital and men needing energy and strength. We approached one house that had this amazing women who shared with us what her son was experiencing. He was out of work due to a work injury. His whole left side was unable to fully function. The part of the team that was there gathered laid hands on the man and we saw him instantly healed. It was amazing. He just kept thanking us. It was the sweetest experience seeing his eyes change from hopelessness to hope just by encountering his Maker. Our faith was building as we went from that house and say more people encounter the love of God through healing and encounters. We released prophetic words as we went declaring all that heaven had for these sweet people of Backdoor. Going over two more giant hills, Pastor Jefferys shared with us that we will now be heading to the local witch doctors house because she is ill and we needed to bless her. It was beautiful to see our team accept the news like it was part of our daily life- like walking into these homes and seeing people healed is just part of our DNA. We approach the witch doctors house and walked in, going through different hallways to get to her. She was laying in her bed with eyes of fear and frustration as we walked in. Her company welcomed us coming in to pray for her- for she needed a miracle. Some stood around her, some knelt at her feet and we spent the next ten minutes interceding on her behalf. The thing is- we don’t have to battle for what we have already received. We knew Gods heart for her. After the 10 minutes she shared reluctantly that her arm was starting to feel better- so we kept going. After another 10 minutes- we sang over her, we loved on her and we watched as she decided to vocally proclaim Christ as the ruling voice in her life. Half our team in tears- we watched as fear and anger left her eyes and hope filled the room. A witch doctors house went from heavy and dark to a dwelling place for God himself.”

— Brittany Hamilton

Friday through Sunday marked the last of our days at the Gutshwa revival. By the time Sunday came, we felt like family, since we’d spent every night of the week together. During our last few nights there, we got to minister in deliverance and those who had been dedicated to unholy spirits were released from bondage. Judah taught on allowing the Lord to minister to us in the midst of mourning, and many were able to access parts of their hearts that had been hidden for a long time. 

On Saturday, we spent much of the day doing door to door ministry in Guyshwa before the evening service. At the local bar, our team got to see eight people miraculously healed. A woman whose spine had been curved had it straightened before our eyes. Several backs and knees were healed. One young man whose knee was healed was so excited about his pain being gone that he tried to offer our team money! (We refused it, for the record haha). 

The children of Gutshwa knew our names and wrote their names in our journals and took cell phone pictures with us! Members of the church asked us to stay with them indefinitely! We were given seats of honor at the church’s three-year celebration! God is good, and our family is growing larger day by day. 

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Monday through Wednesday of this week, we got to spend time ministering to the mamas, missionaries, and children at Michael’s Children’s Village, where we are currently leaving. Some of our guys helped missionary Michal build the foundation for his house, dozens of us babysat the kids at different intervals, Worth and Blake led worship at a morning meeting, and we all prophesied over the kids on Wednesday night. Here’s a little story from one of our team members:

“On March 13th, we walked the streets, to share the love of Jesus, with a ministry called “Dignity Project.” They cultivate relationships with women and girls in brothels and love on them. A lot of them have come off the streets as well! 

We had a meeting before we went out with three ladies with the ministry. We had a time of worship and prayer before. After worship, they told us to ask the Holy Spirit if there was a vision, name, or word for someone in the streets. 

Everyone closed their eyes and asked, including me. When I asked, I had a vision of a young adult girl in a pink shirt. It was very detailed that I could even see her face. In the vision, I was holding her and singing “You Are My Sunshine.” At the time, I didn’t know what it meant. I didn’t know if I would actually have to hold her and sing to her, or there was a word behind the vision. Maybe even both. But for myself, I do not sing. At. All. Even when I’m in the car with friends, and singing my heart out, I’m mouthing the words! So for me to sing would me dying to myself if we are being honest here. But I knew whatever He had planned I would say “Yes!”

After the meeting, we walked the streets. By the end of the day I did not see the girl. But I knew to trust Papa God. So I waited everyday until I knew. She was “The One” for me. 

On March 21st, we had a time of worship with everyone in the Michael’s Children Village. Before we started, I had someone come up behind me and give me a hug. I turned around and it was the girl from my vision! She even had a pink shirt on! 

We’ve been here for almost two weeks at this time and never crossed paths with her. I said to her, “I don’t believe we have met yet! My name is Mackenzie. What is your name?” She replied and her name was Sunshine! My mind was blown. But, I did not say anything to her about the vision I had. I felt like I was supposed to wait. So I did just that. 

Later that evening, MCV had a Family Night with all the kids and mommas there. We didn’t know what we were doing there until an hour before. Judah told us we were going to prophesy so everyone would get a word. I knew I got the green light from the Holy Spirit then. 

Now, it was time to prophesy. I went up to her and asked if it would be okay for me to give her a word! She shook her head and said, “Yes.” I proceeded to tell her about the vision I had a week prior. While I’m telling her, I have a conversation with Jesus in my mind. 

Backstory, whenever I talk to the Father, He always calls me, “His Sunshine.” The song “You Are My Sunshine” is very dear to my heart, and He always says that is our song. 

Continuing on, I asked Him what I should do. He said to me, “Share our song with her just like the vision.” So I asked her if she ever heard the song before and she shook her head no. I told her I felt like Jesus wanted to share the song with her just like He would. I held her in my arms and sang her the song. After singing the song, I gave her a prophetic word the Lord laid on my heart for her and it all intertwined with the song. I was about to let go but she held on tighter. I heard the Father say, “Sing it again.” I did three more times. As I let go, a tear from each eye streamed down her face. 

At this moment, I knew why I was here in South Africa. I was here for her. I was here to share His love to our MCV family, people on the streets, and more. But I knew for a fact that she was “The One” I came for. I knew I was here for her. 

I fought with the Lord many years that I would not come and here I am. And from the beginning to end I have seen His faithfulness. As the saying goes, “God is good all the time, and all the time God is good.”

— McKenzie Barton

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Thursday was Ellen’s birthday and the first day of our safari in Kruger Park! Even though it was unseasonably cold and rainy, we saw every animal we had hoped to see, including lions, elephants, zebras, giraffes, hyenas, leopards, and baboons. We even had the pleasure of having a few monkeys steal food from our safari truck while we were at a rest stop!

Love, #SouthAfrica2018

- Written by Lisa Muloma, Photos by Killian Rose 

 

Nova Scotia Update #2

Nova Scotia Update #2

WEEK 2 | Team Nova Scotia

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Hey there friends! We have some awesome updates from our week here in Nova Scotia! 

Over the weekend we hosted an inner healing conference (similar to an “Encounter Weekend”) and opened it to the public - we were blessed to have 65 attendees, including an entire youth group from another church! 

On Friday Austin started off strong with Hearing God’s Voice, and Saturday our ladies brought it in full force- Nicole spoke on Forgiveness, Ashley taught on the Father’s Heart, and Gina finished with Father Types. It was a very fruitful conference that led to a powerful culmination on Sunday when Trent taught on creating a Culture of Honor. Everyone was so touched when we honored the church leaders, Bill and Rosie, in front of the congregation and gave prophetic words to the members of the church! 

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During the week we hosted a Spirit Cafe for the community and had many opportunities to pray for healings, give prophetic words, and offer personal ministry times. God showed up in a number of ways, one of which was a miraculous healing! A member of the church was healed of her rheumatoid arthritis, and complete function was restored which allowed her to bend her knee back and forth for the first time in 5 years! Jesus also addressed her heart murmur, allowing her to walk up stairs without any labored breathing! God spoke to her personally saying, “You didn’t want to be healed because it would mean not having things to talk about in your conversations with friends.” Then our team followed with, “How about talking about the goodness of God to fill the void!” Yay God!! 

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We also went on a few fun adventures! One night we bundled up in below freezing temperatures and went searching for the Northern Lights and star constellations. Trent captured some stunning images- in fact, he started a new Instagram account for his nature photos, so make sure to check it out at @trentonalan_nature! 

We’ve got awesome plans coming up, including prophetic evangelism in the mall and our second weekend of inner healing teachings! Until next time!! 

- Written by Cheryl Brehm, Photos by Trenton Alan

 

 

     

Nashville Update #2

Nashville Update #2

WEEK 2 | Team Nashville

This past week we have seen God moving in power and love in Nashville! Thank you for your prayers for our team and for our beautiful city.

At the beginning of the week, we served the “Babes with Babes” ministry at Grace Center. We helped to prep, cook, and deliver healthy and nutritious meals for families in the church with newborns in a great time of transition and need. 

Throughout the week we also partnered again with the Foundry. We helped serve in their weekly “Share Meal” on Thursday to the homeless and low-income in the downtown community. Morgan Jae shared her testimony and a message on honor. The prophetic ministry afterward powerfully demonstrated God’s love for the detailed fabric of each individual’s lives. Many were touched by the love of Jesus. Being deeply known by the Father is a true desire of each human soul.

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Over the weekend, we did prophetic ministry with the Foundry staff and interns. What a fun, passionate group! We enjoyed lunch and fellowship together at the downtown Farmer’s Market. 

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We also met various people throughout the week at restaurants and coffee shops that Holy Spirit highlighted to us, and we have been able to encourage and speak the Father’s love over them. The power of the Gospel is simple. 

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We met a new friend named Lexie on Monday night at Vui’s and the next night she came with us to The Belonging church service and to the Share Meal at the Foundry on Thursday. She is hungry and searching for truth! 

Another friend we met was a sweet lady named Ruth, who is a nurse about to leave for Bangladesh to work with the Rohingya refugees in Myanmar.

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Here is the feedback from Ruth that she emailed us which sums up how the Father loves, knows, and sees His kids with utmost detail and attention: 

“Thank you so much again, to you and your ministry team. I cannot even describe how the Lord used you all to be His voice of love to me this afternoon. I've actually never been to Crema before, but I had a little time this afternoon, and I felt the Lord inviting me on a "date" with Him, so I went. It still brings me to tears how He met me there by lovingly bringing you all to speak His love over me and lift me in prayer. Sometimes He, in His incredible wisdom and love, ordains the clouds to cover our hearts for a season, but how lovely it is when He finally lifts them and lets us see in daylight what we could only blindly trust in the dimness. Thank you so much for being sensitive to His Spirit and opening your hearts to care, to be used by our beloved Lord to lift the clouds. You all are precious. May our marvelous Savior continue to bless each one of you and minister through you to a lost and dying world! Praying for you!”

We are so encouraged by how God is moving powerfully! 

- Written by Kelsey Edgecombe

     

Romania Update #1

Romania Update #1

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WEEK 1 | Team Romania

Something feels special about this trip to Romania. Our team is small, so small, in fact, that the trip should have been cancelled. But we were given special permission to move forward and with that permission came a sense of intentionality and purpose. Small, but mighty. 

After smooth travels we landed in Romania, tired, but full of anticipation. Adi Pop, our host and the overseer of many churches here in Romania, picked us up and took us through a scenic route through the villages and countryside of Romania. The land was vast and full of rolling hills and winding roads. Farmers had just recently tilled their fields revealing acres of rich, dark soil. The houses we passed ranged from beautifully manicured homes to old wooden farms. 

We settled in on Friday and then Saturday morning we ventured out to get groceries where we got our first glimpse of gypsies. Two women stood examining the fresh carrots, their clothes vibrant and flowing, bold colored ribbons woven into their braids. 

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Later that evening the girls on our trip joined in a woman night at Adi’s church. We were pleasantly surprised that in Romania, International Women’s Day is a widely celebrated holiday comparable to how we celebrate Mothers Day. Mia, Adi’s wife, is very passionate about empowering women in the church and uses this holiday to embolden women to speak. 

This was the first night that we were able to start to connect to the people here and they received us with such warmth. It was particularly impactful for Emily Phillips, one of the leaders on the team, as it was a bit of a homecoming for her: 

"I went to Romania last year and fell in love with it. The people, the churches, the architecture, the land. After returning home I kept praying and praying that one day I could go back because it became so dear to my heart. Sure enough, the Lord opened up the door for me to not only come back but lead the trip, and when I heard my eyes filled up with tears of excitement and anticipation. I could feel that the Lord was going to do amazing things there again and I was so excited to be a part of it. What has blessed me so much is coming back to familiar faces and friends who feel like family. I did not know what to expect but people remembered me and ran up to me telling me how glad they were to see me back, and giving praise reports from things that our team did last year. It has been so amazing to see the fruit of things I helped partner with last year. I am seeing the fruit of relationships from last year, and now more than ever I feel so extremely close to the people here. Getting to build deeper relationships with the people of Reghin and Târgu Mureş has been so much fun, and to grow closer to the pastors who have such wisdom and vision for their churches and city. Now I realize that this is not just an outreach to Romania, but a bridge of relationship being built, a partnering in love and friendship for God's future over Romania, and I love that the Lord is letting me be a part of it!”

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Sunday morning Erica Roman shared her testimony of God weaving His kindness into her tragedy. There were few dry eyes in the room when she was done. 

Here is her experience in that moment:

“I started sharing my experience through my blog a week after my husband died. For nearly two years I have shared written snapshots of what it is like to be a young widow and all of the trials and triumphs that come with being forced onto such a journey. Because of my experience at SOSL I have been able to find healing and restoration of my faith. Choosing to tell my story through the lens of God’s kindness was a challenge. I’ve shared my story in pieces, but never as a whole and never from a mic. It was a healing moment for me. At one point, I had to pause and catch my breath as I explained the harder part of my story. When I confessed that it was the first time I was sharing publicly the congregation began to clap. Their gentle applause wrecked my heart in the best possible way. I was able to make it through my message and before my eyes I saw people connecting to the idea that not only is God great, but He is good. Seeing the people respond during ministry time and thank me afterward, brought purpose to the pain that I had endured. Not only can I see God’s goodness in my life, but I’m seeing God use my story to reflect His goodness to others.”

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Wednesday we took the morning to rest and then Jennifer Tomczak spoke at Adi’s church. She taught on the Father Heart of God. It was a powerful teaching an a breakthrough night for many.

“Speaking was something I knew I would have to do at some point but I wasn’t sure how I would feel about it. In worship, before I spoke, God gave me this vision of Him standing behind the podium and waving for me to come up. I knew in that moment He would be with me the entire time. It was this sweet sense of assurance that He had my back and that I had His “stamp of approval”. I had been terrified of public speaking my entire life but in that moment there was an ease and a peace to it. I was worried how my message would translate but Holy Spirit needs no translator. The beautiful people of Romania are hungry for more of Gods presence and they dove right in with me. Many of them came up at the end further confirming to my heart that what I had to share was caught, that my story crosses cultural lines, and that God is so faithful. Love needs no translators. When I was praying about Romania I felt like God said to love! That prophesy, teaching, miracles were all second to love! I’ve seen the power of a smile and the lasting impact of a hug. More than anything people just want to know that they are not alone and that there’s hope! It’s amazing to see the power and connection that happens when we open our eyes and ears and allow our hearts to connect! The people of Romania are so loving! Each time I go to minister to them they minister right back to me!”

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Thursday night we were invited to another home group. Laura Watson had the exciting privilege of teaching a group consisting wholly of brand new believers how to hear God’s voice. 

“The evening was beautiful. Through rolling hills, we drove deep into a village where we captured a new facet of Romania’s culture. A family from the church hosted the evening inside of their home. They honored us in their hospitality and were eager to receive the Jesus inside of us. As I sat across from well-lived faces - faces that had seen things I hope I never have to see - I gave all I had. Everything God’s given me, I want for them and more. Many experienced the love of the Father directly from Him that evening; For those who didn’t feel personally connected with the Father, they directly experienced Him through our team. Oh the joy that came when we practiced listening to God’s voice and many heard from Him! Oh the healing that flowed when people received prophetic words from our team for the first time! I left having a knowing in my heart: I am made for this very moment. What an honor it is to serve the One who gave His all for us! What an honor it is to have teammates that walk confidently in who they are and who freely give all they’ve been given. We are grateful!”

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Friday, one of the members of the Rehgin church gave us a tour of the instrument factory where he works. It was amazing to see the process of crafting all sorts of stringed instruments. Two of our team members left with an instrument of their own. After the factory the pastors Adi and Levio took us to a beautiful restaurant up in the mountains for dinner. The only thing better than the food was the view. 

It was great to have some fun before going into our final night of ministry at the Gypsy church in Rehgin. It was a powerful evening that began with a time of blended English and Romanian worship.

Chris Bontempi shares what it was like to worship across cultures:

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“Laura and I had been invited to join the Romanian worship team to lead for the service. Neither of us knew what to expect, but we said yes knowing that God would show up. With my new guitar in hand, we walked through the doors to a group of smiling faces. This... these people are the reason why we were here. God had trusted us with His most treasured possessions. I felt extremely unprepared as we met with the two women we would be leading with. They had picked songs that we knew, but the catch? We would be singing in English and Romanian. Every other verse and chorus we switched languages and God showed up in a way I’ve never experienced before. His Spirit was so very heavy to the point that my hand was shaking and I had trouble playing my new instrument. To stand in His glory as two nations joined together in unity to declare His goodness is indescribable. Heaven descended on earth that night and I will be forever humbled to have had that experience. I walked into the evening feeling so weak, but when we are weak, He is strong. And His strength and His presence goes before us always. There was a moment during worship that I just stood back and felt his goodness. I could barely stand under His glory and presence. We had joined the angels in the throne room and not a life in the building wasn’t impacted.” 

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The night continued with Hunter Phillips, our other team leader teaching on Hope and then we prayed for nearly every person in the church to be filled with the Holy Spirit. So many hearts were touched, so many stories we could tell. One that stood out was when a pregnant woman came forward. The doctors were worried about the baby’s development. When a hand was laid on her belly for prayer the baby immediately kicked hard. The mom jumped in surprise and excitement. It turns out, the worry had been that the baby wasn’t moving enough. So we prayed that the baby would be filled with the Holy Spirit too. 

After the first week, we are already in awe of what God is doing here. There is so much more to come and we are looking forward to seeing what else God has in store for us as we fall in love with the people of Romania. 

Love, Team #Road2Romania2018

- Written by Erica Roman

     

England Update #1

England Update #1

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WEEK 1 | Team England!

Greetings from Winchester, England! Grab a ‘cuppa’ (cup of tea) and make yourself comfortable as we share with you what has been happening with Team England. Outreach so far has been, for lack of better words, profoundly incredible. The Lord has already touched so many lives in such a powerful way and it’s only the beginning of the trip! After landing in London on Friday morning we were picked up by our gracious hosts Will Law (an SOSL alum) and his brother Chris Law, and were taken to their hometown of Winchester. Here in this beautiful town full of deep history, rich architecture, and great coffee, we will be spending the first half of our 21-day trip. After we arrived, we dropped our things off at Winchester Vineyard (aka WinVin, our lovely host church), then headed into town for some much-needed lunch and coffee. That evening, we attend a meeting at WinVin where we not only met the pastoral team, but got to prophesy from the front. The feedback from people there was that they felt greatly encouraged and so known by the Lord. With one family we were able to pray for a son who had lost his way and that he would experience breakthrough with the Lord. (Hold onto the thought for later!)

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Saturday we had most of the day off and were able to spent time exploring the heart of the city. At the Great Hall we visited the enchanting garden of Queen Eleanor and saw the Round Table of the legendary King Arthur. Then that night we attended the first of a series of Creatives Nights here at WinVin where Anthea shared an inspiring message on creativity!

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Sunday was Mothering Sunday! (The UK’s version of Mothers Day). This was a full day as the team split into two groups. The first team stayed at WinVin where Bethany had the opportunity to speak to the youth on physical healing. Not only did many of the kids receive healing, but were able to go into the main church service and pray for healing there! These kids are so bold and courageous! We also ran a morning and evening Prophetic Appointment room (modeled after our Prophetic Ministry at Grace Center). Ann and Abbey were able to prophesy over a young man who we later found out to be the son of the family we prayed for breakthrough over Friday night! There has been a common theme on this trip of divine encounters where the Lord has lead specific people to us, often times not knowing the how or the why, and we are able to share God’s heart for them in what seems to just the right timing in their life.

The second team left Winchester to head for Bognor Vineyard in Southsea, England. There, Charis gave a powerful message on Heart of Stone, which is based on Ezekiel 36:26. The reaction to the message was so strong that many people within the congregation came up for ministry. For over an hour, we were able to speak the Lord’s promise of hope and healing and encouraged them to continue pursuing wholeness with the Lord. Then in the evening we were in Portsmouth Vineyard for a service where Netty and Blake lead worship and Melissa shared a message on Soaking. Towards the end of the service, we took time to prophesy and do prayer ministry with the members there. We walked one lady through a forgiveness prayer for a family member who had wronged her 15 years ago and immediately felt the weight she had been holding onto lift off. Not only did her countenance change, but she couldn’t stop expressing how much lighter she felt after we had prayed with her.

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Monday we spent some much needed free time out in Winchester when Blake, Abbey, and Ann encountered a homeless man. Through this encounter, the Lord spoke very powerfully to our team about why we are here-- to love on all broken hearts, because when we love the least of these we have loved Jesus Himself. In the evening we split into two teams again. On the campus of Winchester University, Blake shared on the Father Heart of God with a student led worship meeting and the rest of the team were able to prophesy over the leadership within that community. In the meantime, the other team attended a regional Pastors’ Dinner and were had the privilege of honoring and encouraging the incredible leadership there.

The next day, we all set off for The King’s School where Carolyn taught at an assembly of students ages 11 through 17 on Hearing God’s Voice, then the rest of the team took time after the meeting to prophecy over the incredible Headteacher. The rest of the day we had off, so we did some shopping in a neighboring city, then attended an Evensong service at Winchester Cathedral where we listened to a heavenly boys choir and visited the final resting place of beloved English author Jane Austen (*internal screaming*).

Wednesday evening, Blake and Charis gave an extensive message at Level 10 Church on How To Read The Bible, which incorporated teachings from our Year 2 Bible studies. The teaching included 5 steps for reading the Bible.

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Thursday we split into two teams again. Netty, Anthea, Melissa, Ann, Charis, and Carolyn attended a leaders’ lunch at WinVin where they were able to do prophetic ministry for each of the church staff. After that, they meet up with the rest of the team who had returned to The King’s School. Abbey had the opportunity to share with the students there a groundbreaking teaching on Prophecy, then took the time to give encouraging words to the students along with other members of our team. Then in a smaller classroom with a group of older students, Juliana shared her powerful testimony of Forgiveness. In the evening, we had the privilege of attended Will Law’s Life Group where Ann shared on Father Types, which lead into an open time of prayer ministry.

The Lord is doing a powerful work here on the hearts of the English people. This country is rich in religious history, but we believe there is a legacy being built of renewed hearts that have been set free to carry Kingdom revelation that will spread like a wildfire. The best is only yet to come.

Love, Team #soundthecrumpet

- Written by Melissa Ramsaur

     

Australia Update #1

Australia Update #1

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WEEK 1 | Team Australia!

After thirty hours of travel time, we finally got off the plane in Melbourne and hit the ground running. We met our host families, took an hour to get cleaned up, then jumped right into prophetic ministry at a church in Melton. On the way there our host family, the pastors of the church, told me and Molly about how they opened up the sign-up sheets for receiving a prophetic word and within a couple hours every slot was full. Their church is so hungry for more of what we carry. It was an incredible blessing to speak life and destiny into person after person, sharing the Father's heart for them. We only got a small glimpse of their congregation that night, but it was immediately obvious to us that we were surrounded by people that were very familiar with the Holy Spirit and were desperate for more of the Lord. 

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     The following morning we met back at the church where Andrew did an incredible job of leading us in worship, accompanied by Matt, Addison, and I. During worship, Barbie and Kasey shared the creative nature of the Holy Spirit with the church by doing some prophetic paintings at the front (both of which turned out beautifully). 

     For the teaching, Molly shared a powerful message about bitter root judgments that perfectly balanced some hard-to-hear truths with the redemptive power of a loving God. She had us back and forth between laughing out loud and sitting in awe of the revelation bombs she dropped with such ease. The congregation was greatly impacted by her message and when it came time for ministry, half the church went forward for prayer.  We spent nearly an hour praying and ministering to so many beautiful people, uprooting ungodly beliefs, breaking generational chains and blessing families. When we were finished, the children of the church ran up and gave us little brown packages with pictures they had colored, scripture verses, and chocolate coconut treats they'd made as a thank you gift for our team. 

     All in all, our first full day in Australia was a total success! The kindness of everyone we've encountered has been so humbling, and at times having the privilege of serving such an amazing group of people feels more like a blessing for us than it is to the church. Even though our focus is on pouring out everything we've learned this year, the Lord is so good that he's pouring right back into us! 

We have a few more days here in Melton before we move on to the next city and we have some very exciting things planned. Thank you for all of your prayers and support! God is going to continue to move in the hearts of our team and everyone we encounter. Australia here we come! 

#downundawundas

- Written by Jordyn White

Scotland Update #1

Scotland Update #1

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WEEK 1 | Team Scotland!

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After 39 hours of travel, we made it to our first destination - Aberdeen, Scotland - late in the night of the 9th. It was a lot of traveling, but with a combination of coffee and Holy Spirit, we made it! We were greeted at the train station by our amazing hosts, the leaders of Sheddocksley Baptist Church, where we have had the privilege to serve at this week. 

Our first day of ministry was on Sunday the 10th. A couple of us had the opportunity to help in the children’s ministry and got to pray and prophecy over all of the kids in the group. Another small group of us sang hymnals at an elderly home, and also got to share a teaching and a testimony. The rest of the group was at the church that we are guests at, and Richard got the opportunity to teach on honor and Bethany shared a testimony with the congregation. On Sunday night, we got to be a part of a creativity night at the church, and Morgan shared a teaching on creativity while others had some personal ministry appointments to listen and love on those that wanted ministry. After Morgan’s teaching, the rest of the night was spent having fun being creative! One young woman was especially touched by a prophetic word she had received in the morning service and she made a drawing of the word to remind her of it, and it was so incredible to hear how transforming the day had been for her and how touched by the Father she felt. 

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Our week began with starting to set up “prayer spaces” in both a local high school in Aberdeen and the church, where students got to explore different zones (“letting go” zone, happy memories zone, “God’s good words” (prophetic) zone, prayer zone, identity zone, etc.) that make space for experiencing the Father’s love. We all had a blast being creative and coming up with different ways to make the space fun for the students. While part of the group was setting up, another group was getting to help with the “Little Fishes” group that the church hosts, which is a group of Non-Christian mothers and their toddlers. They got the opportunity to lead them through a couple of children’s Sunday school songs, and also got to pray and prophecy over several of the mothers and their kids.

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Tuesday was the first day of hosting the prayer space at the middle/high school (secondary school, as they call it) and it was absolutely incredibly seeing the Lord love these kids through the prophetic words we shared with them at the “God’s good words” zone. Another zone that was really impactful for the kids was the letting go of fears, and replacing them with who God is - “El Roi”, “Elohim”, “Yahweh-Nissi”. It was amazing to see kids who were not Christians encounter the love of Jesus and be totally different by the time they left the prayer space. While some of us were at the school, another group of us got to lead a staff devotion at Sheddocksley Church where Allison shared a message and we got to bless the church staff with worship and prophetic words. That night we had a blast hosting the young adults of the church for a taco night at our house and blessing them! 

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The following day some of us were at the school again for the prayer space, once again getting wrecked by the amazing love that the Father was pouring out on these kids, while another group was helping with the first day of prayer space at the church. The classes that came through the prayer space at the church were younger, and they were super impacted by the identity station, where they got to pick out positive words about themselves and we also got to add words that the Lord was saying about them. We fell in love with all the adorable little kids with the cutest Scottish accents, and so many of them were excited to have made grown-up, American friends! That night we hosted a healing night at the church, where Madison shared a message on healing and we saw the Lord heal people! Level 10 pains being completely rid of! 

On Thursday morning we got to go into downtown and see the beach, and all of us got to try a full Scottish breakfast. (Haggis and black pudding! Don’t ask what’s in them!). Later, a group of us got to lead a school assembly at the same school that we had the prayer space at, and Michelle shared the gospel and the team prophecied over several students and two of the teachers. The power of God’s truth was so present, and a lot of the kids were hearing the gospel for the first time! 

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Friday was jam-packed with personal ministry appointments at the church, and the Lord showed up with so much freedom and encouragement.

We can’t wait for what’s next! Getting to serve the wonderful people we are meeting here in Scotland has been amazing, and watching God move in everyone’s lives has been absolutely incredible to watch! 

Cheers!

- Written by Elyse Youngdahl | #ScotlandOfTheLiving

 

South Africa Update #1

South Africa Update #1

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WEEK 1 | Hello from South Africa!

We landed in Johannesburg on Friday after a fifteen-hour-long flight straight from Atlanta. We spent the night in the beautiful aviator hotel before boarding a short flight to Nelspruit the next morning. As we drove through the South African countryside for the first time on our way to Michael’s Children’s village, we looked out at the lush green landscape and the new and beautiful animals. It began to sink in: we were actually here. At Michael’s Children’s village, we were met by Comella and Teisa two missionaries stationed at Michael’s Children’s village, and they gave us a history of the place and showed us where we would be living. We also had our first encounters with the beautiful children who call MCV their home, as we introduced ourselves to them jumped on trampolines with them and held them in our arms. That night, we all stood outside in awe as we watched our first of many South African sunsets. 

Since then, our days have been varied and action-packed. 

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We’ve spent quite a bit of time with our family at Iris Harvest church in Nelspruit, which is led by Pastor Surprise Sithole and his wife, Tryphina. We went to a church service there on our second day in South Africa and we have had the opportunity to lay our hands on the congregants there, prophesy over them, share in corporate prayer and worship, and receive from them as well. It’s a beautiful thing to realize that our church family roots stretch so deeply and across so many continents. 

We have also attended church and done door to door ministry in a small town called Backdoor where Pastors Surprise and Tryphina also started a church several years ago. The community was once so violence and drug-ridden that it was a “no-go zone” even for police! It has been completely transformed thanks to the persistence and prayer of dedicated pastors and the supernatural power of God. This Thursday, our whole team went to backdoor and ministered door-to-door. We saw a witch doctor give her life to Jesus for the first time, saw several physical healings and even saw a lady get delivered from demonic fear and anxiety. It was a beautiful day of seeing the Lord minister in love and kindness to a community that is in a beautiful transformational process.

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We were also blessed to be here the same week as the annual Gutshwa revival, a week-long celebration with consecutive nights of worship, teaching, and prayer. Our team has happened to be here during the revival for the past three years, and they were so so excited to have us with them. Pastor Surprise spoke on the first day of the revival and blessed the congregation, which he had helped to plant. On Wednesday, Lisa taught on forgiveness, and several people came up for an altar call, and they made a decision to let go of bitterness and judgment and enter into the freedom of forgiveness. On Thursday, Ellen, Ryan, and Worth taught, prophesied, and sang over the church, even though they hadn’t been told before that they would be called upon to speak! The Holy Spirit moved powerfully at the revival and He was faithful to fill their mouths with exactly what the people needed to hear. 

On Tuesday, our team went with Tonya, Sylwia, Natalie, and Noni to minister with Dignity Ministries. With them, we went into brothels in downtown Nelspruit and spent time blessing the women there, many who were only teenagers. We had lots of favor there, with several girls seeking us out and asking us to come and pray for them and sing with them. We saw deliverance, joy, and kingdom goodness in the middle of one of the darkest places any of us had ever seen. We were also able to spend time with some of the men who were loitering near the brothels, sharing the father heart of God with them and seeing several healings and salvations. 

Our team has also gotten the honor of ministering with Comella at the local public hospital, going room to room praying for the sick and the mentally ill. We’ve seen the presence of God meet us and encounter dozens of patients, bringing grown men to tears in a culture where emotion is very rarely displayed. The Holy Spirit has also been very faithful to lead us to the wards where we should go and we’ve had incredible favor with the nurses at the hospital, who let us into rooms long after visiting hours are over and often have asked us to come and minister to particular patients. 

Back at Michael’s Children Village, we’re loving our time with the missionaries and mamas and children on the base. We’ve spent several mornings babysitting the youngest ones while their regular caretakers take breaks and go to meetings. We’ve had beautiful times of worship together in the communal hut in the middle of the base. We’ve had long conversations around the dinner table about the Lord and our own stories and everything under the sun. We’ve killed many ants and run screaming from many lizards. We‘ve dried our laundry outside. We’ve tried lots of new foods. We wake up to the sounds of children laughing and singing. We love it here. Praise God! 

Love, #SouthAfrica2018 

-Written by Lisa Muloma

 

Nova Scotia Update #1

Nova Scotia Update #1

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WEEK 1 | Greetings from Team Nova Scotia!

It’s been an incredible first week in the gorgeous country of Nova Scotia (its name means “New Scotland” and it’s located on the Atlantic coast of Canada).

Our trip has been full of adventures so far, from hosting a “Spirit Cafe” for the community to evangelizing in local coffee shops and malls, to exploring the breath-taking coastal views. We’ve encountered unparalleled favor with our hosts Bill and Rosette Legge, whom we considered our second parents within five minutes of meeting them (they are the parents of Judah and Bethany Legge, who are also on SOSL trips to South Africa and Scotland). We’ve also found favor in the local community, specifically in the area of food. Much to our delight, we’ve been blessed with delicious double dinners daily!

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Our serving here has been incredibly fulfilling and fruitful, most recently through the Spirit Cafe where we offered the local community a menu of Spiritual Readings, Prophetic Peace Treatments, Physical Healings, and Spiritual Cleanses. We were surprised by the number of people who came out and by the wide diversity of their spiritual backgrounds and beliefs. In fact, so many people came that a few had to be put on the waitlist for our next Spirit Cafe night- word spreads quickly in this quaint community! 

We also had the unique opportunity to attend the grand opening the “Hope Project,” a faith-based residential home that provides therapy to women suffering from addictions. The anointing on this ministry has already captured the attention of newspapers and news channels, so we know God’s got great things in store for them. We felt so honored to be there watching it unfold! 

We’d also appreciate your prayers- this weekend we will be hosting an inner healing conference that is a variation of an “Encounter Weekend.” We so desperately want them to encounter the Father Heart of God during this time! 

Stay tuned for more updates! Don’t forget to follow our adventures through our hashtag #JehovahNovaScotia! 

- Written by Cheryl Brehm

 

Nashville Update #1

Nashville Update #1

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WEEK 1 | PRAYER, SERVICE + COMMUNITY

Outreach has been off to an incredible start. It’s amazing to see all that God is doing in this city, our city. Thursday, we kicked off by connecting with one another as a community at Adam and Anna’s house for lunch and worship. We were then honored to go serve and share a meal with the friendliest people at The Foundry. They have been so kind and welcoming to us. One of our team, Kati, preached an incredible message on 'Hope' that opened up the room for ministry time and people were healed. Adam got a word of knowledge about healing and one kind soul got heart healing, quite literally and figuratively. He began to tell us his testimony of how God has been after him and meeting him in the greatest ways. His chest/heart pain went from a 7 to nothing after we got to pray with him! HOW INCREDIBLE!!!

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On Friday things just kept getting better. We got to meet up with Papa Joe at Elijah’s Heart and listened to his heart and testimony. Then we watched a movie based on his life, extremely touching. If you haven’t seen Unconditional yet, go watch it now! It was such a joy and treasure seeing Papa Joe and his team come alive when he started telling us about the community we were serving. We prepared for Saturday and then headed out and connected together as a team. 

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Saturday, was a treat. We got to meet even more of the Elijah’s Heart team and some volunteers. We spent the morning putting together bags of food and snacks and then got to go out into the JC Napier community and hand them out. There was so much food! We packed over 400 lunches and bags of snacks! It was quite the experience. It was funny because Saturday called for rain, but the rain got pushed back until Sunday. What a warm treat for everyone for sure. In the middle of all of it we gathered around to pray at one point and the team leaders’ two-year-old excitedly exclaimed, “Look it’s our family!” and that blessed each of us because it gave us vision to see that we weren’t here to just serve a community and that’s it. We are here because we are serving family being in community with family. After a filling lunch at Gabby’s Burgers, we returned to the Walton Cottage and debriefed about the day and our experiences thus far. It created a great atmosphere for us as a team to bond, connect, and get really vulnerable with each other. We got to talk about the revelation of a two-year-old and how she was able to catch something about this trip that I think will continue to shape and impact the trip, this city, and each of us way beyond April 1.

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Sunday, plans changed, and we got to surprise our family at The Foundry by showing up to their Sunday service. It was a great time and such a refreshment to our team. We got to listen and learn from Pastor Sarah McCloud on being better stewards of our TIME as one of the most precious resources on earth. We learned about being Tenacious, initiating Intimacy, grasping our Measure, and being Exuberant. We definitely have some things to chew on for a bit that are going to transform our perspectives. All in all, this trip has started out so powerfully and strategically intentional of the Lord. It’s so easy to see His heart for our city and so inspiring to see Him moving greatly in our own back yard. Nashville, none of us are going to be the same. #VIVANASHVEGAS2018

- Written by Andrea Richardson, Photos by Cooper Alan

 

Nashville Update #4

Nashville Update #4

The final week of #Nashfilled2017 turned out to be the fullest week yet. With time spent ministering at One Stone Nashville, doing supernatural evangelism with the Foundry, and wrapping up loose ends (literally!) with some jewelry making and Walk of Love prep with Papa Joe, this week kept team Nashville busy, full, and having fun! 

Supernatural evangelism with the Foundry was an exercise in spontaneity and joy. Team Nashville split into groups with our Foundry friends to sing prophetic songs over people, do prophetic watercolor and face paint, go on treasure hunts, and encourage people on the street! We heard some really cool testimonies of God’s goodness, and of our own growth in stepping out and being bold in speaking (or singing!) what we heard the Lord say. 

Our time with One Stone on Sunday morning was incredibly fulfilling, as we had the chance to prophesy over nearly their entire staff of volunteers, as well as over folks in the church during both morning services! Many people were super blessed by our words, and we received a ton of feedback and testimonies of how “on pointpretty much all of the words of encouragement were! We also had the chance to do a teaching on the prophetic on our final night- which Juliana led- followed by activations that gave One Stone members a chance to practice hearing God’s voice for each other in a safe learning setting!

Our last few days with Papa Joe were spent learning about another aspect of Elijah’s Heart ministries and helping out with some prep work for ongoing activities. We got to help prepare for a jewelry-making element that they are building into the ministry to teach some work skills to those they serve! 

Overall, team Nashville had a blast these three weeks learning to grow in boldness in speaking God’s heart, walk in relationship with our brothers and sisters in Nashville, and do our part to transform our beautiful city by being ourselves and loving well, and being willing servants. 

And that’s a wrap for #Nashfilled2017. We’ll see ya next year!

Nashville Update #3

Nashville Update #3

What an awesome second half of the week - the theme seems to have been food! A chilly Thursday began with a meal at the Foundry for local leaders where we had the privilege of meeting others with a heart for our city and hearing some of the things they had been doing. Our kind team leaders had prepared chili for us to chill out together in the afternoon, and the evening was spent with the Foundry at the Meal of Hope for the second time. Jesse spoke about the purpose of prophecy and we were able to minister to people by giving words of encouragement. The Lord showed up with the bread of life and several people gave their lives to the Lord after tasting and seeing that he is good! Afterward we ‘sealed the night’ with the Foundry team, made a fire tunnel and had a spontaneous time of worship!

Friday began with preparing for Queen’s Night - transforming the community center into a banqueting room fit for a queen. What fun to be creative with glitter and voile! It was beautiful later to see the women presented with a rose, escorted to their seats, served food and honored for their leadership. We teamed up to give encouraging words to each of them and they were showered with gifts to take home. We helped clear the room but the Elijah’s Heart team took everything back to their base and set up for the Walk of Love before we arrived the next morning! They are truly tireless selfless lovers of God and others!

Saturday morning dawned cool but sunny – perfect weather for the Walk of Love. While Papa Joe organizing the team like a wise general, the bagging up of food for the Walk of Love looked like a production line, powered by Christian songs with a great rhythm! 400 bags later we were on our way - knocking doors with the cry “Free snacks, Walk of Love team!” It was such a joy to bless the community. There was even candy for the children!

Monday and Wednesday we were with Papa Joe for a series of book fairs, where books are given to children of all ages (good reading is the foundation for all learning). It was a joy to see children picking out books that would be their very own.

On Tuesday we met with the leadership team at One Stone to find out about their vision and history. We had the opportunity to prophesy over their staff and finished with a spontaneous time of worship in their sanctuary.

Team Nashville also took a hike round Radnor Lake, ate good food together, and chilled with popsicles – where a photo opportunity became a naturally supernatural opportunity as we traded prophetic words for someone taking a group photo for us!

Romania Update #2

Romania Update #2

We're two weeks through our outreach already and team Romania is doing great! Last Tuesday, we visited a local Life group from our first church in Targu-Mures. Marion and Krisstina were our wonderful hosts! They cooked us a feast of ribs, chicken, pork, eggplant, and tons of classic Romanian dishes. Our hearts and stomachs were filled as we then had the opportunity to minister to about 15+ people. We prophesied over everyone in the room and followed it with Adam leading worship and Tim bringing a healing message on soaking in the presence. We saw many hearings that night and ended with Tiphani singing over the people as they soaked. 

Wednesday the 15th we did some sight-seeing in the city! We tried incredible doughnuts and cappuccinos as well as listened to our host Adi while he gave us the background history of the city and how communism affected it. 

Later that night, Dabney spoke to a women's home group about passing the baton and Tiphani spoke to the worship team on worship and creativity! 

Thursday, our team went on an adventure to a walled in city. We visited a museum that had artifacts dating back to about 1200 BC. 

Thursday night the 16th, Bethany Legge brought an incredible message on the prophetic. 

On Friday Morning, a small group of us visited a couples ministry headquarters and prayed for them. They work with orphans, giving them life skills and teaching them about value. Later on that night, Tiphani and a team led worship and Neil preached on healing at the youth group. We saw people healed of back pain as well as prophesied over a good number of the kids there. We played games with them, had dinner, and quickly learned that Romanians LOVE putting corn on their pizza. 

Saturday our team was blessed with a feast by our hosts Adi and Mia! They fed us SO much classic Romanian food. We tried pork fat that had been salt cured for a month. Many of us could only have about a tiny bite because it was so salty. 

That evening, the guys on our team went to a Romanian soccer game and did some supernatural evangelism while the women on our team ministered at a women's night. Dabney spoke about spiritual parenting and how we need to receive as well as pour out. 

On Sunday our team went to a new church called Grace Church in Reghin, Romania. Adam spoke on the Father heart of God in the morning and we listed to the Romanian worship team as they led with some of their cultures musical aspects. It was such a treat! Later that night, Tiphani led worship and Hunter spoke on the prophetic. We quickly realized that this church had completely different dynamics than the first church we were at. This church is full of gypsies and we've had so much fun connecting with them!

Monday the 20th, Neil spoke on healing to Grace Church and we saw everyone healed! Back pain, knee pain, headaches, eyesight, and hearing have all been healed! We are so blown away by everyone's hunger in this church to receive healing physically and spiritually. 

On Tuesday our team went to Grace Church for a prayer meeting. We came together with the church to pray for breakthrough in their city. We ended the night by praying over families and for healing. 

On Wednesday our team had the day off! We walked around the town and some of us went to the zoo! We also caught up on some much-needed rest. 

On Thursday we passed out invitations to people in downtown Reghin to come to a salvation and healing meeting on Friday! We saw a couple people healed and saved while we were out! Thursday night, Tim spoke on hearing Gods voice and the team prophesied and prayed afterward. 

Our team would love prayer for health and divine appointments! 

Chickamauga Update #2

Chickamauga Update #2

Hello, again! We are having a blast partnering with the church to give away all that’s been given to us. Our leaders, Faith and Tetra, reminded the team that Grace Center has been called an “apostolic resource center” and that we get to be a part of living out that call by equipping Covenant Life with the resources to hear God’s voice, minister in the prophetic, receive inner healing, and live an abundant healed life!

What We’ve Been Up To

In addition to kicking off a supernatural evangelism youth event last weekend, we teamed up with the church’s inner-city ministry, Jeremiah Junction, and talked on hearing God’s voice to elementary to college-aged men and women. After learning to hear God’s voice, one of the teenagers saw a picture of God holding a little girl. It took her a moment before she realized that that little girl was her! My highlight was getting to look into a young woman’s eyes and speak worth into her soul.

That Sunday Morning, year two student, Mateo Palmitier spoke a powerful message on Honor. The team also got to minister prophetically to the church, as well as pray with people after each service. Already, we have testimonies of healings and answered prayers:

“We've been getting word back from church members for how they've quickly seen breakthrough after our team prayed for them! Last Sunday our team prayed for one of the Staff members of Covenant Life, Crystal, and we prayed for healing in her back, and for favor her home and car that she and her husband have been struggling to sell for a long time. The following Tuesday, we saw Crystal and she informed us that she'd gotten her first bids on both her house and car AND that her back hadn't been hurting since we prayed for her!! So exciting!

Another man that we prayed for on Sunday, Craig, had been yelling in pain whenever he would stand from a seated position because of what he thinks is a hernia in his stomach. We immediately tested it after praying if he was still in pain rising from a seated position and he wasn't. We talked to him a few days ago, and the pain is there every once in a while but he has to really move around to look for it. We are believing for full healing, and are hoping for an official report once he goes to the hospital!” (Tetra, team leader)

Jake Boyce, year 1, and Charlotte Largen, year 2, prayed for a man named Shawn. Shawn asked for prayer for his son, Cameron, who was sick at home. When Shawn and his wife got home, the babysitter told them that their son randomly got up, ready to play around the same time that Jake and Charlotte prayed for him! These are just some of the many many testimonies that are coming back to us!

We also got to share on hearing God’s voice and on the Father’s heart with the youth group. We prayed with them for a real-life impartation of His love. I would have raised all my funds for the one girl that encountered the Father's Heart for the very first time. I prayed a simple prayer: "Father, would my arms be your arms", and I held her until His love melted away the pain.”

We also have been ministering to the staff on topics ranging from forgiveness to inner healing. The staff has set such an example of humility for the rest of the church! We set up chairs where each staff member was invited to release shame or guilt from the past. We call this “walking in the light”.

One of The most impactful moments for me so far has been sitting on the other side of the "walking in the light" chair. I'm reminded of that verse where Jesus asked the question which is easier, to tell someone their sins are forgiven or to tell them to take up they're mat and walk. Getting to partner with King Jesus and look someone in the eye and tell them that their sins are forgiven is beyond humbling but it's also one of the most exciting parts of our journey because we get to see people walk away in freedom. That shifted my perspective in realizing just how powerful the cross is because I'm reminded of my own journey towards freedom and the kindness of God to walk with me in the process” (Charlotte Largen, year 2).

Mateo gave a live-demo for the staff on how to give a prophetic word, prophesying and teaching at the same time. We are being stretched in new ways as the church staff is eager for God to invade their lives and equip them as leaders to carry out a new move of God!

The Power of Prophecy

Jake prophesied over a young man at Jeremiah Junction, named Shamar. Later that night, the Lord repeated the prophecy Jake gave to Shamar in a dream! The Lord told Shamar He was set apart and anointed.

“The whole situation was humbling because I felt like I had so little to really give, but the Lord took it so much further than I ever thought it would go with the little I gave him.” – Jake Boyce, Year 1

God is clearly at work! We are hosting an Encounter Weekend for over 120 people this weekend, so keep us in your prayers. One hundred and twenty lives are about to be transformed from the inside out!