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Encountering God - Team Iceland

Encountering God - Team Iceland

This past weekend our team had the opportunity to host an Encounter Weekend for the church. An Encounter Weekend is a weekend where people push into God, focus on the Father, and walk through forgiveness. It's a three day intensive time that is focused on inner healing or healing of the heart from life's many hurts. We saw so much breakthrough and freedom in the hearts of the people as they forgave people who hurt them, abused them, beat them, and abandoned them. We also saw physical healings where people were healed of ear pain, headaches, and shoulder and back pain. One man gave a testimony of how he kept seeing himself so clean and pure just like his infant son. It was, by far, the most impactful time with the church yet. I can't wait to hear about all the incredible stories that have been birthed during this weekend!

One amazing experience was when we went to the Blue Lagoon, a naturally heated pool on the outskirts of the city. I, Cindy, was able to pray for an American citizen who lives here and was working there after marrying an Icelander. She was experiencing isolation and loneliness and I was able to pray that God bless her with close friendships and peace in her heart. It was a great moment to just show the kindness of God to point her out and minister to her in a normal way in her everyday life. 

The Blue Lagoon

Please pray for us as we go out and do street evangelism and love on the people in downtown Reykjavik. Also, pray that we have an incredible last 5 days in Iceland. We will be going to 2 different churches in Sunday so pray that we are able to bless the people at both churches! 

Awe and Wonder: Team Iceland

Awe and Wonder: Team Iceland

Our time in Iceland seems to get better and better with each passing day. I’ve found myself saying at the end of each day “this has been the best day ever.” I’m surprised at how each day there’s something new that either causes laughter within me, silence due to awe and wonder, tears of joy or even tears of compassion. God has been doing an intimate and very real work within our hearts. Our team is constantly being moved not only by the creation that surrounds this country, but also by the testimonies of its people. 

    During church on Sunday Mel and I (Cindy) had an opportunity to pray for a little 2 year old boy who had been life flighted from a small town to a hospital in the city after falling down a flight of stairs and hitting his head. I, of course, did a quick neurological exam while praying for healing and peace. Then, Mel and I were able to walk the mother through a prayer of forgiveness for the grandfather for not being there to protect and keep him safe, since he was watching the boy. We also walked her through forgiveness for the doctors for not doing a CT or MRI of his head to make sure he didn't have a bleed in his head. It was SO powerful! But it didn’t stop there. After church we saw the boy and his parents out at a restaurant and he was completely fine and back to his normal self. So it was encouraging not only to see a physical healing but healing within their hearts as well. 

    Tuesday we had the honor of being invited to Barbara's birthday party. Barbara is one of the pastors at Catch The Fire Reykjavik, the church that is hosting us while we are here. We had such a fun time continuing to build upon friendships and even meet new people. Towards the end of the party we were able to pray and prophecy over her as a birthday gift. After encouraging Barbara we prayed and blessed her. This was incredibly moving and an honor for all of us to witness and be a part of.

    One of the most incredible experiences we've had as team thus far outside of ministry was getting to see the Northern Lights. There’s really no words to describe what we experienced that night. It’s hard to put words to an experience that left us speechless…in awe and wonder at the majesty of the magnificent creator. We came face to face yet again with the reality of God’s beauty. 

Here's a quote from one of our team members, Jessie Risman, that pretty much sums up the late night adventure.

"Tonight I saw the northern lights dance across the midnight sky. I screamed. I squealed. I sobbed. It was the most captivating display of Gods creativity, kindness, intentionality and love and easily the most magical experience of my life. We are the wild lights that dance through darkness painting a picture of the fathers love."

    

Pray for us as we begin an Encounter Retreat at church tonight for the next 3 days. It’ll be a weekend focused on the healing of the heart. We couldn’t be more excited because we’ve already seen so much hunger in the people. They’re so open to the Lord and ready for more of Him. We are believing for deep encounters with the love of the Father as the Holy Spirit comes and administers healing to their hearts. 

Blog written by Laura Beth Harbin and Cindy Grecu 

Cultures Collide- Team Iceland

Cultures Collide- Team Iceland

Good morning from Iceland!! It’s Sunday morning here and we are getting ready to head out to church. Everything starts a little later here, including church, which is just fine with most of us. This morning we have the opportunity to do prophetic ministry before church and then Mel will be speaking on the Father Heart of God. 

    Just to recap the past three days, we left Nashville Thursday and arrived in Iceland bright and early Friday morning. After arriving, we headed to downtown Reykjavik to eat brunch and acclimate to the time change (however some of us are still working on that part). We did our best to stay awake through the rest of the day. However, Cindy was by far the most unsuccessful because she was falling asleep almost everywhere we landed. (haha) That evening some of us went to a worship night at the church and while we were there we had the opportunity to pray and worship with them. Mateo even had the honor of sharing part of his story that ministered straight to the heart of the people.

    Saturday we slept in and spent most of the day exploring downtown Reykjavik. We went to a beautiful, famous church named Hallgrímskirkja and then proceeded to walk to the coast of the North Atlantic Ocean…wind shield factor in full effect as we were all frozen. Walking downtown never seems to get old as the architecture is intricate and beautiful. There’s also a coffee shop just two blocks from us that is a major highlight and blessing for most of our team. Thank you Te and Kaffi.

Part of the team by the icy water!

Part of the team by the icy water!

    Last night we went to a leaders meeting where we worshipped, ate pizza, prayed and ministered. While we ate pizza we were able to begin to build relationships and create community. It’s truly been a joy and honor to get to know the Icelandic people. We have been welcomed so well and treated with such kindness. Mateo and I got to meet this beautiful couple and at the end of our conversation we were able to prophecy and pray over them and their marriage. To our shock they took our hands and it became a beautiful moment as cultures collided with our hands intertwined and hearts as one in Christ. Last night felt like the launching pad of something unique that the Lord has allowed us to be a part of here in Iceland and with this church. 

    Afterwards, we went for ice cream. We got slightly lost in translation as some of us accidentally ordered a whole liter of ice cream. Our friends thought it quite hilarious. We are excited to continue to build relationships and do normal life here with our new friends and family. 

    Thank you for keeping up with our journey! Please continue to pray for us as we share, teach, pray, minister and simply do life with people. The people here are so hungry for more of the Lord and it feels like an exciting time to be here. We are so thankful and undone by all the Lord has already done, not to mention the beautiful landscape that surrounds us! 

Blog written by Laura Beth Harbin

Outreach 2016

Outreach 2016

What does Outreach look like for the School of Supernatural Life?

 

It looks like our students taking the LOVE that they have experienced and their lives which have been transformed in the last months, to churches and ministries around the world. They will be encouraging leaders and communities through teaching, ministry, prophecy and mostly just by being carriers of the goodness of a loving Father. It isn't as much about what they do, but who they are and who they bring with them. Trips this year range from 10-21 days and are in  5 countries (including 3 in the US).

 
Two-thirds of God’s name is GO...
— Lyle Phillips

71 students and leaders are now literally around the world and since God is not bound by time or space, we get to enter into the synergy of our body of students hugging the world with the kindness, love and mercy of Father God. They are in Iceland, South Africa, United Kingdom, Australia, Jackson, MS, Auburn, AL and right here in Nashville.

You can follow along on this blog to read more about their trips in the upcoming weeks and follow Instagram for more amazing pictures.