Miracles of LOVE

On Saturday Team USA started the evening with praying and prophesying over a family from Texas that has been volunteering with us all week. We loved encouraging our new friends and sharing our experience here with them. Mike prayed for the wife who had experienced migraines for over 20 years and she got healed! She came back after an hour and still had no pain!

That evening we had the opportunity to pray for friends and neighbors who work at the nightclubs and in the adult entertainment industry in Jackson. We have been deeply impacted by the way our new friends here in Jackson choose to love. They see their neighbors for who they are, not for where they are at or where they have been. They are not evangelizing in the traditional sense. Their “evangelism” is friendship and relationship. They call the gold out in each one, and speak truth and life over everyone they meet – in this case, neighbors who work at or patronize the nightclubs.

There is a woman they have been building friendship with for over a year who knew the Lord when she was younger, but due to tough circumstances had ended up working in the clubs here. This weekend we witnessed the Lord’s relentless pursuit of this friend, who said yes to Jesus and found the courage to walk out of the club in the middle of her shift. We absolutely witnessed a miracle that night. We are thankful for the power of prayer, and thankful for a father who relentlessly pursues his kids.

Sunday morning we participated in prayer walking through downtown Jackson. We felt saddened and amazed at the same time. We went through the old city, seeing many buildings that have been left there to become rubbish. Many of the businesses had left and boarded up.  As we walked and learned new things about the city with our missionary friend, we came upon a couple getting out of their car. We said hello and felt the Holy Spirit prompting us to speak with them. The wife share with us how active and thriving the area had been when she was a kid. We prayed with the couple, who turned out to be a reverend and a deacon from Kentucky, and felt the power of God as we prayed for and declared life over the downtown area. Then we broke out into an old gospel song, called “Victory is Mine.” It such a perfect song for this city, but also to sing over our own lives:

Victory is mine

Victory is mine

Victory today is mine

I told satan

Get thee behind

Victory today is mine!

We have been learning a lot about the love of Jesus on this leg of the trip. Love looks like a hug given to a new friend. Love looks like praying for someone. Love looks like giving a helping hand, whether that is serving food or serving in away that is unseen. It can look extravagant, but it can also be something that seems quite small --  but it’s not small in the eyes of Jesus. One of our members had a word that on this trip we would see how a small expression of love could undo so much of the mess the enemy has caused. This is something each one of us is learning while we are here in Jackson. In the words of one of one of our team members, “The Lord is bringing me love encounters with other people. He is teaching me how to love.” 

Love is mine

Love is mine

Love today is mine

I told satan

Get thee behind

Love today is mine!

Blog written by Lindsey Darnell. Video by Patrick Smith.