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Revival in a tent and a preschool - Team South Africa

Revival in a tent and a preschool - Team South Africa

Over the last four days, we have seen and experienced God move in many, many ways.  Here are just a few testimonies and stories of some of the unique things the Lord has done during the last couple days.  

Salvations

On Wednesday, we joined with Jean Miller in the weekly feeding program that provides a full meal to the Backdoor community on a daily basis.  Approximately forty people arrived including around twenty children, and before the food was distributed, Marla shared a message on “Friendship with Jesus.”  Afterwards, she asked if there was anyone there that wanted to receive Jesus as Savior, and about twenty of the children came forward and received Christ!  It is truly amazing how the Lord opens the hearts of his children, and how physical needs often open the door to minister to spiritual needs.

Physical Healing

This weekend we had the honor of attending and speaking at a revival in the Gutshwa community and celebrating the church’s first anniversary.  The revival was full of amazing worship, prayer, and messages brought by Andrew, Hope, and Zach.  On Friday, before he preached on Physical Healing, Andrew heard a word of knowledge to go outside the revival tent and wait.  He went outside the tent, and as he walked around and waited on the Lord to tell him what to do next, two women came up out of the field nearby and walked up to Andrew.  He and a local missionary who was standing nearby prayed for one of the women and her painful, deaf ear opened up and she was able to hear again without any pain.  God is so kind to speak in ways that we understand, and we are learning as a team that He trusts us to take a risk, step out in faith, and act upon what He has said.  When we act upon what God tells us, faith is activated and that is when miracles happen.

Freedom

Before the revival service on Saturday, we split up in groups and visited homes in Gutshwa to pray for people and invite them to the services.  At the last house we visited, a sweet lady named Anna was excited to see us and wanted us to pray for her.  However, not long after we began blessing her, her back and neck became very painful and the pain moved around.  Her countenance became more hostile and she wanted us to stop praying and leave.  We continued to pray peace and healing over her and took authority over her mind, body, and home.  As soon as I invited Holy Spirit to remove any spirit that was tormenting her, she let out a deep breath, hunched over, and as all the pain left her body, she began to cry tears of joy.  At this point we hugged her and invited her to the service that evening, and told her that Jesus loves her wants relationship with her.  Later that evening we saw her at the service worshiping with the community.  There is truly freedom where the Spirit of the Lord is!

As a team, each of us is encountering the Father in new ways.  Jonathon and Kelsey are incredible leaders, and I speak for everyone when I say that it is an honor to follow their lead and serve with them.  We could not be more encouraged and excited about what God is doing.  Overall, we have been blown away by how smooth everything has gone, and despite the annoyance of an ant infestation in the group home, we are very grateful for everything we are experiencing. 

 We do ask for prayer for guidance and open hearts as we will be doing an outreach in the bush community of Secunda this week.  Almost two weeks into the outreach, the group misses loved ones, spouses, and friends.  Thank you for your prayers and support!

Blog written by Phillip Wennerstrom

Miracles, Adventure, the Local Church: South Africa So Far

Miracles, Adventure, the Local Church: South Africa So Far

Greetings from beautiful South Africa!  After a lengthy flight from Atlanta to Johannesburg, a miraculous luggage recovery, an overnight layover, and a final leg to Kruger, we drove to Michael’s Children Village in White River, South Africa, which will serve as our home base for the next three weeks.  As soon as we landed we hit the ground running, and the last four days have already been full of amazing experiences and adventure.  Our outreach here in South Africa really revolves around Michael’s Children Village and the weekly ministries that they conduct in White River, the Backdoor community, and Nelspruit.  What we have done so far is jump right into the stream of service that the local pastors and missionaries, including Pastor Surprise and Jean and Teisa Miller, are pouring out into the surrounding communities.  Here is a brief rundown of what has happened so far, how we are doing, and prayer needs and opportunities.

Wow.  That’s the word I keep hearing my teammates say, and it is really the best word to describe this beautiful place and wonderful people.  The two local churches that we will be attending and serving with are the Backdoor Church and Iris Revival, both of which were planted and are pastored by Pastor Surprise, and on Sunday, March 5, we had the privilege of worshiping with each congregation.  That morning, while the rest of the team were at Backdoor Church, Brian and Katie Hess had the opportunity to attend a local bush church in Barberton, and Katie was asked to speak on the message of the Father Heart of God!  After the service Jean brought Brian and Katie to a nearby house to pray for the healing of a mother who was suffering from terrible headaches and pain in her feet.  While they were there they also prayed for an older woman who had been practicing witchcraft, and after praying for both ladies, the mother and older woman were totally healed and delivered!

Backdoor church

Backdoor church

Yesterday five of us went to a local hospital to pray for patients and the rest stayed here at M.C.V. to do children’s ministry.  We saw a bunch of people get healed at the hospital!  One sweet lady whose headaches completely went away after we prayed for her, was certain that we had some kind of magic, but my favorite part was to tell her (and each person) that Jesus loves her and that He sent us here to tell her that he knows her and wants relationship with her.  The Lord is so faithful and kind! We are thrilled to be here and to be apart of what the Holy Spirit is doing, and we are growing closer through prayer and worship.

As we continue to serve, we are asking prayer for strength to get over the last bits of jetlag and overall wellness.  Pray also for revival and signs and wonders as we will be holding revival services this coming weekend.  Thank you for your prayers and support!

Blog written by Phillip Wennerstrom

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.