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Team Uganda - Update #5

Team Uganda - Update #5

Wrapping Up

To say that Africa has been an adventure would be an understatement. We have truly encountered the love of the father in an entirely new way. We have loved and been loved in return. 

Our last week in Uganda has been incredible. The phrase “save the best for last”, comes to mind. The week started on Monday with ministering to each individual member of the Royal hope staff.  We saw incredible breakthrough as we prophesied and loved on these amazing people. My favorite moment being when one of the teachers had her eyesight completely restored. God is good and He loves his children so well.

We have encountered His love in a new way. It has been a privilege to be His hands and feet. The last few days were spent at the school, loving on the faces of those we have come so accustom to holding. We will miss the many little Ugandans shouting for the Muzungus (Lugandan for white peeps) to come play with them. Our team has been loved so well by so many. We have a new understanding of what it means to welcome and to honor. 

Our last night went off with a bang, consisting of drums, dancing, and experiencing the culture of the Pearl of Africa. We ate, we danced, and we laughed. Our hearts are full as we depart from this great country. There could be no better send off. Uganda has changed us all and we feel as though we have gained a new family.  

Thank you Uganda for loving so well. 

Blog written by Judah Legge

    

Team USA - Update #7

Team USA - Update #7

We are home! 

Our final days in St. Simons were filled with God encounters. Patrick Smith and Mike Mandel prayed for a gentlemen at a Red Box and he got saved! On Monday, the ladies got to be part of North Island Church’s women’s bible study. The ladies got the opportunity to honor one another.      

On Tuesday night we got to go to Mac and Allison's house (the Pastors) where we closed off our visit by discussing all the Lord had done while we were with them. They we’re excited for the seeds that were planted and grateful for us coming.  

From Jackson, MS to St. Simons Island, we have done what we set out to do. 

Lives were changed, the Kingdom was advanced, and people encountered the Father’s Love. 

Blog written by Lee Bradshaw

Team Nashville - Update #4

Team Nashville - Update #4

That's a wrap!

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Our outreach has come to a bittersweet end this weekend. 

We spent Saturday with the Foundry doing supernatural evangelism downtown. We split up into groups of three or four, where half of the crew did “treasure hunting” and the other half went out with instruments to minister to people with prophetic song. With as many people as we had, it’s safe to say we covered just about every street downtown and got the privilege to witness amazing heart changes, healings, and love encounters. This ministry not only affected the random citizens of Nashville, but it touched the hearts of many on our team. Some of us felt new passions awakening on the inside of us from the joy in this ministry.

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We saw hope restored, joy returned, and even healings within our own Team Home Plate! We then returned to the Foundry for a final get together/ cookout with all the wonderful staff and interns for the rest of the evening. We had a nice time of fellowship, volleyball, and stuffing our faces. Afterwards, a few of us went over to the famous soda parlor across the street and enjoyed some sodas and floats. Sunday afternoon we met for our final debrief after church at Burger Up to chat and process our experiences over our life-changing trip.

These past few weeks have been eye-opening and refreshing to see all the amazing things happening here in our home town. We’ve seen all kinds of miracles- from physical healing (a major theme of healing was backs and ankles/feet), to seeing driven homeless men find favor in getting a job only God could have provided. We feel absolutely honored and humbled to have been part of the prophesied “transformation in our city.” Great things are happening and even greater things are to come here in Nashville!

Blog written by Faith Boyce

Team USA - Update #6

The Goodness of God   

 During our stay in St. Simon’s Island, one of the members of the church at which we were ministering invited us to come and minister at his workplace. The man who asked us to join him at work is a high school English teacher. He welcomed us into his Bible as Literature senior class. We were given the incredible opportunity to do apologetics with the Bible Lit class for three days. We attested to the goodness of God and tried to handle some difficult questions. After the one of the classes, a few students stayed late and we prayed for physical healing. Alaina received a word of knowledge earlier in the day about some whose legs were mismatched in length. Two of the girls who stayed after class actually had uneven legs! We prayed and one of them was healed as we watched her leg grow out. She said that she felt her posture had shifted and her shoulders balanced after we prayed. After the last session, we stayed around and chatted with the teacher for a few minutes. The bell rang for the next class, a World Lit class, and we decided that we felt grace to stay and continue to minister. The tone of our visit changed as we recognized the presence of the Lord and the grace to prophecy. We then continued the apologetics with a question-answer format which ended with prophetic ministry for each inquirer. The questions soon faded as we began the hear requests like, “Tell me about myself,” and “Tell me about my past.” We then went into pure prophetic ministry and ended the class with a time of laying hands on a few of the students. We were blown away that Jesus would open a door for us to be His witnesses in a public school!

Blog written by Patrick Smith

Team Scotland - Update #4

Team Scotland - Update #4

The Prayer Space

We have loved our time in Aberdeen, our third and final destination in Scotland. Here we have partnered with Sheddocksley Baptist Church, which has shown us the same warmth and kindness we’ve encountered all over Scotland. Our time here has been busy and fruitful, and we have lots of exciting testimonies to share. Sheddocksley has great relationships with some of the staff and administration at Northfield Academy, a local secondary school. As a result, they’ve encountered incredible favor in the school. For the past four years, they have run a prayer space for the students as part of the school’s religious education. This year, we had the honor of helping set up and run Northfield Academy’s prayer space alongside Sheddocksley staff, and it was hands down one of the highlights of our trip.

The prayer space provides an environment where students can come and learn about, explore, and practice praying. We were amazed that something like this would be allowed to take place in a public school, and that church leaders would be invited in to share openly about their Christian faith! Students came into the prayer space one class at a time, heard a brief introduction, and then explored ten different prayer zones. Most of these kids have never stepped foot in a church. During the introduction, they learned that prayer doesn’t have to look like kneeling, bowing their head, and folding their hands, but that prayer can take the form of words, a picture, a conversation with God, a feeling of grief or loss, a simple “thank you” or “I’m sorry”, and much more. We shared that God doesn’t just listen, but he also talks to us, and that if we listen, we can hear what he is saying to us and about us – and that it is always positive, encouraging, and comforting.

Our team ran three of the prayer zones. At the “God’s Good Words” zone, two of us prophesied together over one child at a time, asking God what he wanted to say to them, and then sharing it. Kids were amazed to hear things that were true about their personality, character, and dreams and to think that God might actually see them, know them, and have positive things to say about them. As we shared his heart of kindness, love, and affection toward them, it was obvious that their hearts were melting. Many left with smiles that weren’t there before, heads held higher, and more confidence in their step. Where self-hatred and discouragement was, love and hope seeped in, unknowingly invading their heart and planting seeds of freedom and life.

At the “Picture Gift” zone, some of our team did the exact same thing through art. Each student who sat down was drawn a prophetic picture and given a word that explained the drawing. The students were amazed by the accuracy in these drawings. Madeline drew a pair of ballet slippers for a girl, who later shared that she not only used to be a dancer, but a ballerina! Prophetic art was stretching for a lot of us, but everyone who stepped out in boldness by picking up a marker was given a spot on word for students who walked away totally encouraged. At the God’s Good Word’s zone, we constantly had wide-eyed kids share their prophetic pictures with us in amazement when we gave them similar or the exact same words. This was by far the most popular zone. The kids were all so proud of their pictures, signs that God knew them, loved them, and was wholeheartedly for them. The best part was that they got to take them home as a constant reminder of those truths.

Our last zone was “Listening to God.” At this station, we had the honor of teaching secondary school students how to hear God’s voice, and it was absolutely amazing! We had bean bags set up in a relaxing atmosphere with paper and pens and the four keys to hearing God’s voice displayed on the wall. Someone was stationed there to walk the kids through the keys (quiet yourself down, fix your eyes on Jesus, go with the flow, and write it down) and to make sure they understood that the positive voice that was far kinder than their usual thoughts was God’s, while the negative voice that often liked to criticize was their own. We had them ask God questions like, what is your favorite thing about me? How much do you love me? What do you see when you look at me? Most of the students took this station really seriously, taking the time to quiet themselves down and focus on God, really positioning themselves to hear what he might have to say to them – and they totally heard his voice! Many of them wrote down amazing things about themselves and about how much God loves them, which they also got to take home with them. We reminded them that they could talk to God like this and hear what he has to say anytime they want by practicing these four keys.

Our team was blown away by the possibility of sharing God with students in a public school, but it was so much more than that. We were able to teach students how to hear God’s voice for themselves, empowering them to access his constant, close voice of encouragement and love. There was so much curiosity and wonder in the room. Some of the kids eagerly asked questions about how we were hearing God’s voice, wanting us to break down the process for them so they could try it themselves, but even those who weren’t as engaged left lighter and brighter than how they walked in. They encountered something life-giving in that atmosphere of peace, even if they weren’t quite sure what it was, and countless seeds were planted in their hearts through encouraging words and pictures. What an honor and joy it was to partner with God in speaking life over his kids!

Blog written by Jessie Risman

Team USA - Update #5

Team USA - Update #5

St. Simon's Island/North Island Church

Our time on the Island has been exemplified, I believe, by a rhythm between "doing" and rest. Here are some highlights from this week:

On Monday night (3/23) the team women attended SOS, a ministry for young married/soon to married women.  We prophesied over each woman individually.  It was a blast to flow with one another and to see the words of encouragement hit the mark time and time again.  

Tuesday, 3/24:

In the morning most of the women attended a ladies study taught by Alyson Tucker, the pastor's wife. The women were finishing up a study that Alyson has been teaching on The Prayer of Petition.  Several women gave testimonies of how the teaching had impacted them. The team then spent the next hour or so praying over, encouraging and getting to know the women.

Concurrently, the team men plus Marakia and Alaina had the privilege of sharing in the classroom of Scott Infante. Scott is a member of North Island Church and teaches Biblical Literature and World Literature in the public school system. His class is made up of about half believers, half unbelievers. The teamed shared with the class through a question and answer format, plus one member of the team shared a "before and after Jesus" testimony. What a remarkable opportunity.

On Tuesday evenings the church has separate Bible studies for men and women.  Janie Levin (for the ladies) and Mike Mandel (for the men) taught on Ungodly Beliefs. Believe me, both of them knocked it out of the park!!!  Following the teaching, we prayed with each person there and continued to get to know these amazing men and women. Cool story...a husband and wife each received healing of a frozen shoulder.  Two different rooms, same God, same healing. Yay God !!!

Wednesday, 3/25:

Yay!!! Finally some sunshine. Though much of the day was spent indoors doing the following:

Emily, Alaina, Marakia and the men returned to the high school classroom where they were able to sow more seeds into the lives of these young men and women. They are returning again on Friday. [and just reported that today, Friday, they have stayed for a second class and are prophesying over students. Did I mention this is a public school?)

The rest of the team spent the morning in Brunswick at His Ministries. His Ministries is a daytime drop-in center that provides services for the homeless and those struggling with such things as addiction and prostitution. On this day there were only women in the center, but a team of men were headed out to take sandwiches to men on the street. The team got to pray with them before they left.The day our team was there Mary, herself fairly recently off the streets, gave a presentation on how to apply for a job. The team was so impressed.  There were many opportunities to visit with the women present and to offer prayer, encouragement and fellowship. 

That night we offered prophetic ministry at the church.  We had sign-up sheets that were almost completely filled up on Sunday.  That tells you something about the hunger and receptivity of these friends. With four teams and in two hours we prophesied over 40 people!!!  It was such an amazing time.  Such a privilege. So much life imparted. 

Thursday, 3/26:

Day off. Adventures in walking, beach time, hot tubs, marshlands, bike rides, dinner at Gnats, the day culminating in baby turtle rescue. Greenpeace got nothin' on us.

And then there was the matter of a small frog in the women's condo. That matter was also resolved peacefully for all involved.

Blog written by Sue Roth

Team USA - Update #4

Team USA - Update #4

After a restful Thursday, the team was back in full force on Friday.  Here's what we've been up to these last three days:

Friday, 3/27.

The team that was in Scott Infante's classroom on Tuesday and Wednesday returned for a third day. See next blog for a detailed report.

Friday night we joined with Scott and his wife, Jane, in an area of Brunswick, Georgia, where they have been building relationship and blessing the residents. They call this outreach "Pizza and Prayer."  We set out to visit many different apartments with pizzas and cokes. Many of the residents are "regulars" who they specifically try to visit, but there is enough pizza so that there is always opportunity to expand into new homes. Most of the people we met were very open to receiving prayer and the many kids greeted the team with great enthusiasm. 

Saturday, 3/28.

North Island Church sponsored a Father's Heart Workshop on Saturday. Teaching that day were: Bettye Stanley (Hearing God's Voice), Marakia Hughes (Forgiveness), Patrick Smith (Father Heart), and Alaina Williams (Father Types). They each did so well!!!  

Saturday evening we enjoyed a team dinner at Blue Water Cafe. Great time. And adding to the fun -- the cafe hostess and our waitress are both high school students who were part of the classroom ministry mentioned above. One is a believer, the other not yet. 

Sunday, 3/29.

Lindsey Darnell, Bettye Stanley and Emily Justice taught in the kid's church on the topic of "Hearing God's Voice." Each of the kids were able to hear something or receive an impression from the Lord. The rest of the team got to pretty much be "civilians" during the morning service...until the fire tunnel at the end of the service.   

Mac gave an awesome message on the Peace of God. So much truth. So much encouragement. At the end of the service, the team formed a Fire Tunnel and we were able to bless, pray, prophesy, encourage each one who came through. They then turned the tables on us and formed a Fire Tunnel to bless us.  It was off the charts!!!

From church we went to a park by the pier and enjoyed a picnic with the church. Gorgeous sunny day...but chilly...so the party didn't last all day. Had to say goodbye to a few, but we will still be able to see some of our new friends before we leave on Wednesday.

Blog written by Sue Roth

 

Team USA - Update #3

Team USA - Update #3

RECAP OF OUR WEEK

We Will Go Arts woodworking shop

  • Its’ focus is Isaiah 61:3
  • Our team spent time that day helping to rearrange the wood to create more space in the building

The Fountain

  • This place has many different opportunities to serve: children with homework, bible studies, and playing basketball  
  • We helped serve the interns and interact with the kids in these areas

Canned Goods

  • It gave a hand on experience of helping hand out the food, as well as, getting to know the community better. 

Hands and Feet

  • This ministry provides away to meet peoples needs, whether that is through clothing to bedding to encountering the Father’s love through prayer

Yard Work/Maintenance

  • Around base 1, we helped clean up the area.
  • Stacking bricks
  • Break up pieces of wood and take the nails out them

Testimonies from Missionaries

  • They completely surrender to Jesus and He has set them free.
  • They share His LOVE with everyone

Praying and Prophesying 

  • From the people on the streets, missionaries, to additional volunteers
  • It felt like almost every time we talked to someone, we were praying and or prophesying over them.
  • People were blessed and felt God’s heart for them

GEORGIA

  • Prophesied over the congregation
  • Prayed for people
  • Then we were invited to visit a high school

Healings

  • Husband and wife had problems raising their arms and they can raise them to past their ears
  • Team member experienced numbness in her foot and it was healed

Blog written by Lindsey Darnell

Team Nashville - Update #3

Team Nashville - Update #3

Hello, Music City!

We’ve had an amazing time this week full of fellowship, ministry, and team building! 

This week we joined Family Affairs ministry for their weekly Saturday night church service. Sam, Tink, Faith, and Allie led us in praise and worship. Josh had the honor of teaching the topic of the Father Heart of God. Josh is such a gifted teacher and God so in it, with his message being so well received and relevant. Our team stayed around afterwards for a ministry time. A woman was healed and so many people were blessed with prayer and prophetic ministry. It was such a wonderful time of fellowship and a bittersweet time with Pastor Glenda and the family. 

We attended the Sunday morning service at One Stone Church. Their worship was beautiful! Pastor Mark extended the invitation for our team to prophesy over anyone in the church. Thus, after the service we spent a couple hours getting to hear God’s loving thoughts towards His children and blessing these sweet people with personal prophetic ministry. Pastor Mark and the church enjoyed this so much that they invited us to come back to train them in the prophetic. So Josh, Sam, and Tink led our group by sharing teaching on both Hearing God’s Voice and the Prophetic. We had a lot of fun playing activation games that night too! After prophetic games we prayed for some physical healing in the room. We then saw a young lady's left leg grow out!! It's so amazing to get to know people in our own city that are on fire for the Lord and hungry for more!

Team Nashville HomePlate loves to have fun… and that calls for a mid-week Fun Day! We went and played a game at the Escape Game! This was such a cool activity for our group to do- the experience was team-building and exciting- trying to solve a seemingly impossible mystery game full of details and clues, all before our time ran out in 60 minutes. Let’s just say that we felt (and acted) like the game was seriously happening! So fun! We celebrated our “escape” with a patio lunch afterwards because the weather was wonderful!

Thursday nights have become a highlight in our week during this outreach trip. Helping with The Foundry’s Meal of Hope is very practical yet also very Spirit-led. What a neat opportunity to get to help serve food and worship with folks from the community. Brie spoke on the subject of hope and shared some of her testimony… what a powerful night! God’s presence was really evident and touched many who were there. One couple was brought to tears by the hope and ever-present love of Christ. One of the guys that attended the service biked several miles because he felt like God had told him he had a message for him..and to quote him he said "Brie's message was exactly why I came here tonight." It was a sweet and successful last Meal of Hope for us.

We wrapped up our week by spending more time with our friends at The Foundry. We got to honor and love on them some more! We spent all of Friday morning sowing into them as much as we could. Faith taught on Soaking and she was amazing! She encouraged us in the importance of soaking, stillness, and rest. Then, we practiced! We then spent time soaking in the presence of God together and just resting. Our team also got to speak blessing and prophetic words over each of The Foundry’s interns/some staff members individually. This was really special because they've become such dear friends of ours and it was amazing to just hear the Lord's heart for them during personal prophetic ministry. We love them all SO much. 

Again, what a privilege we have to partner with these amazing ministries here in our own city. Nashville… we love you!!!!

Blog written by Kari Brandon

Team Uganda  - Update #4

Team Uganda - Update #4

Greetings from Uganda! 

Last weekend, we held a conference for the staff of Royal Hope Academy. The team taught on topics such as Hearing God’s Voice, The Father Heart of God, Father Types, UGB’s, Forgiveness, and Prophetic Ministry. After learning to hear God’s voice, one of the staff members shared with Laura Beth that he felt like God was telling him that He wanted to teach him more about the Father heart of God and what intimacy with Him looks like. The very next day was the session that Laura Beth and Tiphani taught on the Father Heart of God! 

After teaching on prophetic ministry, Cary led the staff in a couple of activities to help activate them in the prophetic. During the very first round they were facing the wall prophesying and Jeanet, one of the ladies on staff, got the name of the person standing behind her! Watching their excitement grow as they practiced was priceless. They caught on immediately! Praise the Lord! After us ministering and prophesying over them, they began to prophecy over us! 

A couple of mornings at Royal Hope Academy were spent taking photos of sponsored children and helping them write letters to their sponsors. We spent Monday afternoon doing arts and crafts with all 400 kids at the school, teaching on identity and creativity. Paint, beads, paper crowns, and giddy smiles were everywhere! Our team has been so blessed by the staff and kids at Royal Hope Academy. They have taught us so much these past two weeks. We are excited to see what the rest of our time here in Uganda holds. 

Thank you for keeping us in your prayers! A little over half of our team have struggled with sickness in varying degrees the past week or so, but we are all feeling much better now – praise God! We’d appreciate your prayers as we continue to recover.

Blog written by Morgan Fite

Team Scotland - Update #3

Team Scotland - Update #3

Stopping for The One in Scotland

This past weekend, the Scotland team made a quick trip to Edinburgh with the one and only Quinn. That’s right, SOSL alumni – we got to hang out with Quinn all weekend in Scotland. If you aren’t already jealous, then you must not know Quinn. He is an SOSL alumni and former small group leader, who lives in Edinburgh, where he helps lead the Edinburgh School of Supernatural Ministry. Quinn was our lovely tour guide for the weekend. He is absolutely amazing, and we had a blast hanging out with him in Edinburgh.

Quinn came all the way to Glasgow to drive us to Edinburgh. When we arrived at our Edinburgh headquarters, which happened to be a penthouse flat with a killer view of the city – daughtership has its perks, y’all – his precious mother was cooking a fantastic feast for us. While she continued cooking, we got to meet Christy, SOSL’s #1 Fan. This is no exaggeration. Christy is only fifteen, though her maturity, wisdom, and dreams would tell you otherwise, but she reacted to meeting a team of SOSL students like most fifteen-year-old girls would react to meeting One Direction.

Christy was glowing with excitement from the moment we walked in the room. She has wanted to attend SOSL forever and plans on going after she finishes university in 2022 – mark your calendars, because it will be a year for the books! She knows more about the school than we do, after studying the website and everyone’s social media. She even asked some of us how many absences we had, knowing graduation was coming up and having memorized our graduation requirements. Christy is obsessed with SOSL in the most beautiful way. Her iPhone background is the SOSL logo, and she nearly lost it when we gave her an SOSL pen and highlighter as a gift. Christy is a firecracker whose heart is unbelievably hungry for more of God.

We had the opportunity to prophesy over her while we waited for dinner. All of us gathered around Christy on the couches and shared God’s heart for her. We could have prophesied over her all night, and we really wanted to. Prophesying over Christy was easy. The excitement she feels for SOSL is nothing in comparison to the excitement God feels about her and her future. We got to know her over dinner. Over and over again, Christy said it was the best night ever, the highlight of her life. 

The next day we joined an outreach team from Bethel at the Edinburgh School of Supernatural Ministry (ESST) which meets every other Saturday. There was something so special about having students from California, Tennessee, and Scotland all worshipping together in one room. The Bethel team ministered to ESST students in the morning, sharing some stories and prophesying over some of the students. After lunch, Carlee gave her amazing sermon on Ungodly Beliefs. Students were taking pictures of her slides and sharing them with friends on Facebook. We also had the opportunity to prophesy and pray over the ESST students during some ministry time.

ESST does community outreach in the afternoon. We split up into groups to join them for street art and treasure hunts. The street art group drew prophetic pictures for people and delivered them with an encouraging word. We thought this was brilliant because they were able take something tangible home to help them remember the word. Our treasure hunting teams went to the park and some local shops, where we got to pray and prophesy over people. Shelly and I were paired with an ESST student named Emily. Just as we were about to run out of time, the three of us found a man who matched nearly all of our clues – brown shoes, green jacket, grey hair, sitting on a bench, near a river. Mike had a lot to say about religion. Much of his life had been defined by disappointment and loss, and it was obvious that he had built some very sturdy walls to protect himself from encountering any more of it. We had what some might have left thinking was a discouraging conversation with Mike. He spoke very negatively about religion and people of different faiths, blaming them for many of the world’s problems. Mike expected us to push our faith on him, but instead we gave him space to verbalize what he was feeling. He expected us to argue with his strong opinions, but instead we listened. Shelly shared a bit of her story with Mike, connecting with his experiences of loss, and then we honored Mike, his intellect, his passion, his heart for justice, and his resilience. Without being weird, we loved Mike through listening and spoke life over him through honoring the person he is. After we left, we prayed elsewhere in the park for God to continue loving on Mike and calling him to life. Sometimes planting seeds simply looks like listening well and pointing out positive characteristics in someone who may not be able to see them. God is faithful to water and grow those seeds, no matter how small they seem.

The next day Quinn gave us a little tour of Edinburgh before we headed to Aberdeen. It was a fun and restful day of exploring a beautiful city. We saw some incredible views, Edinburgh Castle, and the Royal Mile. Our time in Edinburgh flew by, and to most of us, it seemed like we didn’t do much while we were there. We had been praying that God would do just as much in 24 hours in Edinburgh as He did in a week in Glasgow, and he absolutely did.

We did a lot of ministry in Glasgow, especially pouring into the leaders who pour so much into others. In Edinburgh, we learned that stopping for the one looks different everywhere, and it brings more fruit than those doing the stopping ever get to see. We’ve been hearing testimony after testimony about how impactful our quick visit to Edinburgh was. My favorite example is an email from Christy’s mom, sharing that after our visit, Christy prophesied over some of her friends at school – friends who are not believers, in a secular environment. This was her first time ever to prophesy. Here is what Christy’s mom had to say:

It seems to me that you were able to 'call out' things which we have known were in her, but which she hadn't yet been able to fully step into. Hearing the Father's heart for her has released a grace in her to be what He sees. One of you had described her ability to naturally speak Jesus to her friends, and to draw them to Him without them even realising what was happening. She had been chatting to these girls at school about Friday evening - just still so excited about it - and had talked about the prophecies she'd received. They asked what a prophecy was, and she said 'It's when someone listens to hear what God is thinking about you, and then they tell you'. She let them hear a couple of the prophecies you'd given her, and her friends thought it sounded so good that they asked if Christy could 'do it for them' - and she said yes!! She said to me that she wasn't sure she'd 'done it right', but I am so confident that God honoured her boldness and her faith in that moment. Her friends loved what she spoke over them, which seems like a win!

I wanted to let you know this little story to let you see the impact of what you are doing. I guess one of the difficult aspects of a ministry trip is that you have to move on, and don't always get to see what happens next! Your visit has been so significant for Christy, and at such a critical point in her personal and spiritual development. We are so grateful to God for this blessing, and utterly amazed at His hand in the intricate network of connections over many, many years which led to your team being in Edinburgh this last weekend, and to Christy being able to spend time with you. 

Blog written by Jessie Risman

Team Uganda - Update #3

Team Uganda - Update #3

LOVE

There are several testimonies, experience and encounters from today. At first it seems difficult to compile them into one story, However, it's actually really simple. The one story is this, it's love. 

Though we  saw some incredible things today while ministering and doing what Jesus did, none of it was possible nor mattered if there wasn't love. Love is the expectation. Love is the drive. We are compelled by love. We go out as an act of faith through hope with love himself. That's what today was: an act of faith, through hope, with love. 

Our team headed out with a few of the staff from My Fathers House to do ministry in one of the slums in Kampala. When we got there we split into groups of two or three and partnered with one of the staff in order to have a translator. That in and of itself was an incredible blessing and honor. We all enjoyed getting to connect with the staff today and look forward to many more sweet moments with them. 

Today we came face to face with brokenness and said "no." Instead, we chose to partner with truth and say "yes" to Jesus. As a team we saw a lame leg become whole, a headache leave, depression be broken off, a life given to the Lord and then filled with the Holy Spirit. We layed hands on the sick and watched them recover, saw hope arise and dreams come to pass. We prophesied into people's lives and believed and hoped for their best because we know who OUR Father is. We hugged, held and kissed people of all ages. There were moments when we didn't go up to anyone because people were coming to us for prayer. We were astonished at the hunger that these people had for wholeness. 

Granted there were also many times that we prayed and nothing seemed to happen in that moment. But rather than it bringing disappointment, it built faith. It caused us to lean even more into Jesus, the great physician. Today was a treat. The Father is so kind. Sure there's been several overwhelming and contradicting emotions due to injustices and feeling like we can't do anything, yet Jesus has been so good to us. He's taking us into deeper trust in Him and allowing us to partner with Him and ultimately connect with His heart. 

So, I don't think many of us new what to expect today. We simply went in trusting and believing God is who He says He is.  He is faithful. He is good. He is love. Past all the dirt, differences and language barriers...we loved. 

Blog written by Laura Beth Hardin

Team USA - Update #2

Team USA - Update #2

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.

Team Uganda - Update #2

Team Uganda - Update #2

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For a majority of our trip we will be ministering at My Father’s House. Monday we visited for the first time and our hearts were deeply moved. From the moment we arrived we were wrecked with the honor, hospitality and love we received. As we walked up to the school the choir welcomed us by singing, “welcome to the Pearl of Africa.” As we walked inside, hundreds of faces greeted us with eager smiles and cheers. Many of us spent the morning in tears as we worshiped with our Ugandan brothers and sisters. The authenticity, passion and desperation that filled their worship was incredible. 

We were able to spend the afternoon playing with the children as well. Their smiles were so beautiful and laughter so joyous as we did relays and games.  We even shared Bible stories with some of the children.  

In the evening we were able to worship with the staff, and once again the desperation in which they worshiped touched our hearts.  The presence of the Holy Spirit was so real, so sweet, and so full of joy! We were able to give each staff member a prophetic word during this time as well.  It is an honor to serve with these people!  They are so hungry for the Father.  Truly inspiring! 

Our hearts have also been broken. All of the children longed for love and affection, many of them were sick. Children lined the outside of the school gates telling us how hungry they were, that they were very poor. Other children played in the garbage pile. Some of us had seen this before, others had not; but none of us had words to express everything we saw and experienced.

    We are so grateful for My Father's House and what they are able to do to with the children here.  We are blessed to serve along side them for the next couple of weeks!  If you are interested in learning more about My Father’s House or sponsoring a child more information is available at www.myfathershouseintl.org

For the rest of the week we will be doing ministry in the slums and preparing for a conference we will be doing at My Father’s House this weekend.  We look forward to updating you as our week unfolds. Thank you for your prayers!

Team Uganda - Update #1

Team Uganda - Update #1

Greetings from UGANDA!

Excitement brewed within all of us as the wheels of the airliner touched African soil. There were no missed flights and no lost luggage. The journey to Uganda was long, exhausting, but at the same time incredibly smooth.  After about 24 hours of travel time we finally walked off the plane from Amsterdam. The African air is so much warmer than the climate we have just left. Two kind faces awaited our arrival—Maggie and Excel, representatives from My Father's House, greeted us with warm smiles.

We purchased our visas, packed into our Volkswagen vans, and were off.  We drove through the city of Entebbe. The windows were rolled down exposing us to the smells and sounds of the Ugandan night. The smoky scent of wood fires and street food flooded the air. The sounds of the city surrounded us and only intensified our excitement.

          We arrived at our base around midnight. We are staying at a beautiful guesthouse in Busega, just outside of Kampala. The hospitality has been incredible! The Ugandans are so welcoming and kind. Finally we rested.

We woke up this morning with the air humid and filled harmonious sounds of celebration from a church down the road. Today has been a day of rest. We've worshiped, we’ve had community; we slept and are now ready for what lies ahead.

 Tomorrow we head to the school (The Royal Hope Academy) our hearts are filled with expectation for the goodness of God to be revealed. We are here to love and be loved.  So now we wait to see what tomorrow brings. Much love from Team Uganda!

Blog written by Judah Legge

Team USA - Update #1

Team USA - Update #1

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Two days in and we’re already amazed at the things God is doing in Jackson. We spent the first day praying for people and handing out clothes at a pavilion-Bible study. We got to encourage the weak and speak life into a city who’s fallen on hard times.  

After resting up from a great first day we spent the second day learning more about the history of We Will Go Ministries. It’s an incredible story of how God called the Lancasters to the missions field of Jackson, MS. We’ve heard stories of His miraculous provision and seen with our own eyes the buildings He’s provided. Go check out more about them at wewillgo.org 

At the end of our second day, we got to play and minister to inner city kids and adults at The Fountain. A $1 donated YMCA (miracles, right!)  that’s been converted to an outreach center. There were bible studies, basketball, nail painting, and foosball. We saw God move on little kids hearts and bring peace and love to a people who do not yet know their identity in the Lord. The Lord is moving and we're thrilled to be a part of His work!

Blog written by Lee Bradshaw

 

Team Nashville - Update #1

Team Nashville - Update #1

Nashville Home Plate Update!

Team Nashville has arrived! ..wait, just kidding since we're already here! Day one began on Thursday by meeting up with the staff and interns from the The Foundry. The Foundry is an incredible ministry located in Nashville that we have the honor of working with for the next couple of weeks. Every Thursday night, they feed the homeless community at an event called Meal of Hope. We got to help with that by serving in the food and drink lines while Allie Hayes and Sam McLeod lead worship. Tiffany Jo Barnett then gave a powerful message on forgiveness and led a ministry time with the rest of the team. The whole night was amazing and a great kick off into our outreach! 

Friday morning our team went to East Nashville to minister to Family Affair Ministries. Wow, the anointing in this house was just refreshing! Over the years, their staff has faithfully served their community and consistently poured out love to everyone that comes through their house. It was such an honor to be able to bless and honor them! We entered into spontaneous worship and gave a lot of personal prayer and prophetic ministry. We were even able to play with some of the children of the house and sing worship songs with them! We're astounded at how much they love on their community and the hunger that they have for MORE. It was such a wonderful time pouring in and having fellowship with family.

That night we went back to the Foundry and joined them for their Friday night worship event called "Friday Night Fire"!  For 22 years they've been worshipping every Friday night for hours! Come on! It was incredible! 

Saturday afternoon we met back up at The Foundry for prophetic teaching and games! Yay! Jessie Seal taught on the prophetic and it was amazing! It was awesome to share what we've learned about the prophetic with this group of people who are familiar with it but hungry for more! Tink McLeod led us in some activation games and we were blown away by what God was doing JUST in those games! The testimonies were incredible. Then the foundry interns taught us about prophetic worship and other creative arts. We then activated what we had learned by moving into a time of singing prophetically over a few people and the atmosphere in the room shifted. There's something so powerful about releasing a prophetic word through song. We were undone by the glory! Sam McLeod then gave a quick message on Treasure Hunting and had everyone in the room amped to go and find God's treasure! Lastly, our team stood up and got to prophesy over some individuals and honor them. The Holy Spirit was definitely present and it was a really special time. We are beyond blessed to be working with The Foundry and Family Affair Ministries! We can't wait to see what else Father God unfolds over the next few weeks!!

Blog written by Tiffany Jo Barnett

Team Scotland - Update #1

Team Scotland - Update #1

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Hello from Glasgow!

The Scotland team arrived yesterday, and we brought the sunshine with us! Folks here said it was the prettiest day Glasgow has had in weeks. Those of us who have traveled internationally before were blown away by how smooth and efficient our travels were. We made all flights without experiencing a single delay, had plenty of time to get to our gates without rushing, and never had to wait long for a connection. Hats off to Charlene for booking a fabulous itinerary! Upon arriving in Scotland, getting through customs was a breeze and all luggage was accounted for. 

We found favor on the first flight with a sweet flight attendant who had just been to Scotland for a wedding. After finding out we were headed there, he told us all about his trip. Later he returned and dropped a huge Delta bag stuffed full of snacks on my lap. “These are for your travels! I hope you enjoy Scotland!” Little did he know he had delivered them straight to the team foodie. After he found out there were ten of us, he ran back to gather more snacks and brought us a second bag.  Our love tanks were full after this surprise snack attack!

We were greeted at the airport with the warmest welcome. Our lovely hosts had already memorized our pictures and greeted us each by name. We went straight to Queen’s Park Baptist Church (QPBC) for lunch with some of the staff. The church looks more like a castle and overlooks Queen’s Park, which is the lush green you would imagine a park in Scotland to be. After coffee and tea and an overview of our week (our shapers were well loved with the detailed schedule and information packet), we walked up the hill to take in the view of Glasgow. This city is breathtaking, and the people are warm.

We ended our first day with a beautiful meal prepared and served by volunteers at QPBC. To say we were well fed would be the understatement of the century. Some of us grabbed seconds of dinner and thirds, yes thirds, of a variety of homemade Scottish desserts.  

The Scotland sweethearts are already falling in love with the incredible QPBC staff, our welcoming host families, and the gorgeous city of Glasgow. We’re so excited to see what God has in store for our time here!

Blog post written by Jessie Risman