I have so much to tell you all and not anywhere near enough time to compile it all into a blog.
Sometimes I wish that there where someone following me around documenting everything like the early disciples. It would make updates so much easier! So, if you're a radical lover of Jesus and want to be a modern day disciple (AKA blog writer, videographer, documenter) let me know. Ha!
Now to the serious stuff.
SO MUCH HAS HAPPENED THE LAST FEW WEEKS!
I have seen healing, deliverance, and salvations! I have seen people from the church taken to whole new levels with God because of divine encounters. I have personally had financial, housing, and family miracles all take place in my life! It hasn't stopped! So, I want to share some testimonies.
A couple of weeks ago I went to visit a friend (who I was in Africa with) in a place called Derby here in the UK. I was only there for two days; so, things were all in the category of fun. I watched England beat Ireland in rugby. I met loads of new people and spent some awesome time with my friend. There was a birthday celebration happening for one of his friends in a bar at the center of town that Saturday night. The bar was surrounded by clubs and was packed full of people. (By the way, this is a university city-meaning party central)
I met all of these people for the first time as everyone was gathering to celebrate their friend's birthday. There were about eight of us total. I was being quite secretive about who I was and what I do - mainly because I wanted this girl to be celebrated properly. Generally speaking, when people know what I do, they have about a thousand questions and all the attention is shifted towards me. This was not the time for that. It was a time to celebrate this girl.
Well, my friend mentions that I speak Portuguese and Spanish. Consequently, the table starts asking me how I learned two languages (which I learned supernaturally-from God). I can't lie and say I studied for four years or something. So, I begin to tell them the story (at some point I will write a blog about this). Well, then the questions started; but, I wasn't hearing the questions because God starts speaking to me very clearly about this one girl at the table.
I ask her if I can share with her what I believe God is saying about her and when she said yes, I dove straight in.
Let me tell you, God wanted VERY strongly to show up that night because I was hearing some of the most detailed and accurate words of knowledge I think I have ever heard. Even to the point that I knew how she journaled (which was a very unique and unusual way).
I knew that one of the guys played guitar. I knew about an others current life circumstances and decisions that were being weighed (in extreme detail). There were even more things that were more detailed than that! I ended up delivering the messages straight from heaven just allowing God to use me as a mouth piece. I spoke over every single person and not one was left unchanged. They were all crying. They were in such shock and to be honest I was in shock too.
The words were accurate to the point that one of the girls was so shocked she accidentally broke her glass on the table!
They kept asking me how I knew all of these things about their lives which I then explained about Holy Spirit and hearing God's voice. Yea. This was going on until the bar staff actually had to kick us out because they were closing. What felt like minutes had actually been hours.
This group of people that I had never met before were hugging me and thanking me, some of them still crying. Then, they asked me if we could pray all together outside.While we were praying, I didn't say anything because I was in such awe of what was happening. They were crying out to God on behalf of the lives of all of those around them: the people going into the clubs, the homeless, the drug addicts and alcoholics, and even themselves. We were holding hands and I looked across the circle to my friend and almost at the same time we mouthed, 'what is going on...?' The tangible presence of Holy Spirit fell down in the middle of the street in the most unlikely of places. I wish it were filmed because words don't do the moment justice. It was incredible.
I later found out that, that had never happened to that particular group of people before. That most of them were new Christians so that moment was extremely monumental in their lives. They were going to the university campus ministry but (my friend) had never heard them pray out loud like that before. He told me that the leadership was really trying to get people more engaged so what happened on that street was not normal at all. He began thanking me and honoring me because of everything that happened. But seriously, that wasn't my agenda at all. It was simply because I chose to live in my identity and regardless of my agenda, I allow God to do what He wants. It's when who you are changes where you are.
As my friend and I processed later on that night the biggest conclusion that we came to was this: when you're living in your Christ-given identity, it doesn't matter where you are or what you're doing, it is inevitable that places and people will be changed forever.
Isn't it fantastic that our experiences in freedom can free others?!
About two weeks ago I was at a workshop for four days learning about 'how to deepen relationships and how to do them well'. I'm hoping that at some point I will be able to write a blog about the whole experience because it was revolutionary and life-changing; but, for now I'm just going highlight a few things.
One of the biggest set-backs to having a healthy relationship with someone else is not being vulnerable and honest with one another. We are often taught to protect ourselves from a place of fear. We are scared of getting hurt (so, don't get too close and you won't); but, the truth is that healthy vulnerability deepens and grows relationships.
But, if we want to be vulnerable we have to be committed to healing. We have to be honest with ourselves and one another and bring all those hidden hurts to the light. The fear of getting hurt comes from that place where you were once hurt before. But, living a life with walls the heights of skyscrapers puts limitations on all of your relationships! So, let's get healed up.
I received intense emotional healing during this workshop. I was freed from things that I've been holding onto for about eight years. I went through a process of freedom; and I walked away feeling changed forever. In the workshop, the facilitators teach you and enable you to help others receive their freedom using simple outlines. So, I left equipped and hopeful.
Little did I know that opportunity would be flooding into my life! In the first week I saw three people have intense and extreme breakthrough and freedom!
It was so simple, yet so powerful.
One of the women was telling me about how she was struggling with extreme anxiety problems. As we were praying and I was guiding her to declare freedom from the things she was battling, she remembered an incident from when she was a little girl. That incident had opened the door to anxiety in her life for about forty years. With Holy Spirit reminding her of that incident and bringing it into the light she stepped into her freedom.
She immediately felt peace and relief in a new way. And she is still walking in that peace!
(Just so you know I'm leaving out a lot of the nitty gritty for the sake of length; but, the point is she's freed)
I WILL BE HOME ON APRIL 6th!!!!!!
I'm so excited! It will be one year and four months to the day that I will have been gone.
I know many of you will probably want to ask 'what's next?';
but, be warned now, the answer will be, 'I don't know'
I am beyond excited to see my family and just enjoy home for a while.
You all are incredible! Thank you for being such awesome supporters!
Also be praying for me and some friends, over the next couple of weeks we will be going out into the club-scene to evangelize. We are starting the night ministering to women and men selling themselves or being sold in prostitution, then going to the pubs (or bars if you're American), then going into some of the most packed clubs of London to tell people about the One who loves them.