Thursday, April 7, 2011

Time to Travel!

God has been working in miracles these last two months in Scotland! I want to give you guys a few testimonies of how He has been moving over here and in us.

Healing has been on the rise here. Devine healing, from the Lord. We have had several people in our DTS physically healed of chronic back pain, and even some of their arms or legs growing a few centimeters to match up with the other limb to fix the problem. (This was to realign the joins/or bones that were out of place, once the arm or leg grew a little bit it would realign the back/hips or shoulders to fix the pain). Sounds a little kookoo I know, but this is what's happening!
I personally have a story of healing to share with you guys. I'm not sure if any of you are aware of a severe ear problem that I have has since I was eight? My ear drums had burst while on vacation in the snow. Ever since then flying (hopping planes), going up into the mountains, and even swimming below three feet of water has caused serious pain in my ears. I always thought it was just something I was going to have to live with. We were in class one day and the speaker said "Does someone have a problem with their right ear"? I had to ask if she was serious. When she confirmed that she was I said "Well, heck yes I have an ear problem". She got me to stand up in front of the class and tell them the reason why I had ear problems. The speaker then led the class in a time of prayer over me. Everyone (about 25 people) surrounded me in a circle, laid their hands and me and started to pray for the Lord to come and heal a problem that had gone on for way too long. They prayed for about 20 to 25 minutes. After this time they went through a whole process of asking how I was doing and what was God speaking to me. I told them I felt like God was asking me to take a faith step and go swimming to see a complete healing come. (Now remember swimming= ear aches and infections). Several of the students confirmed this sense of water by either saying they saw a picture of me and water, or water pouring into my ear. (funny I know) So… a couple of days later I went to our local hotel and decided to take a step of faith and swim to the bottom of their pool and get my complete healing! I did it and there were NO PROBLEMS swimming 5 1/2 feet under water for a long period of time. Since then, I have flown to Sweden and back, no problem, driven on the motorway with only one window down (usually really difficult for me), no problem, and even been able to sit in a bath tub with my head under the water and there being no sign of any aching ears! Praise Jesus. You might not understand, but this has actually been a huge battle my entire life having ear difficulties. I always travel with antibiotics and ears drops. NO LONGER! THERE IS NO MORE PAIN!

Two weeks ago the DTS was involved in an event called Light and Life. It's a ministry here that sets up events kind of like a physic fair to draw people in. They offer Spiritual Readings (meaning prophetic words), Prophetic Art, Massage Therapy, Spiritual/Physical/Emotional Healing, Street Evangelism, and Dream Interpretation. This is all done in the name of Jesus. So when anyone asked you "what medium do you go through", we would answer Jesus Christ. Most of the time is an opportunity to pray for people and tell them what the Father is saying to them. I was working on the Healing team that night. A young woman came up to me and my prayer partner Rachel. We introduced ourselves and asked her why did she sign up for the "healing booth". She explained that she was only 27 but she looked much older than that. She had been a smoker and had quit the day before because it was prematurely aging her skin. She had very dark black and red rings under her eyes and aging spots all around her face. She wanted to know if we could actually just pray for her skin that it would change and she wouldn't look like and older woman any more. We told her the process of prayer, and how we pray in the name of Jesus and how He can heal all things. She freely accepted out prayer. As Rachel and I prayed for her I asked if I could place my hand over her eyes, again she accepted. We prayed for a few minutes this way and when I removed my hand from her eyes they were drastically lightened. We asked her to go and look in the mirror and tell us if she liked what she saw. She came back ecstatic! God had started the healing! We asked if we could pray again, because we believe the Lord gives 100% healing to us, He doesn't do things half way. We prayed again and the Lord continued to heal as Rachel and I got to witness years of harsh treatment physically leave from this woman’s face and her to be restored to her youth. AMAZING! WATCHING GOD HEAL SOMETHING AS SMALL AS SKIN DEFECT FROM SMOKING! Beautiful, really beautiful. This woman left that night full of joy form the gift the Father had given her.
That same night a little boy came in. He was only 6 and completely deaf. He received his full hearing that night in the name of Jesus when two people prayed for the Lord to reveal his glory to this little innocent life. For the first time he heard music. There was a worship band playing at that moment. When he turned and saw them, he took out his hearing aids and ran straight to the front of the stage just mesmerized by the sound. What would that be like to hear for the first time? Scary? Confusing? Elation? It's amazing to witness the miracles of God. He still does them to this day. The New Testament hasn't finished, we're just adding onto the book of Acts. (That's the book with a ton of miracles by the way).

I need to tell you guys about my outreach! We leave in a week to go traveling throughout Scotland bringing the Kingdom of Heaven here! Ah! I am leading a team of five students throughout the West coast of Scotland (the Highlands and Islands). For a part of our outreach my team will be camping and hopefully staying in Scottish host homes. Our first week will be spent camping on the Isle of Skye just going where the Father leads us each day.

My team practicing setting up our tent!

We will then be partnering with a few different churches working in schools and with youth on the small islands outlining the west coast. My team is definitely a go with the flow (as in the Holy Spirit) kind of team. We only have a few ministries set up here and there and the rest of the time we are just going to wake up in the morning and ask what God wants us to do that day. We will be traveling throughout Scotland until the very last day in May and then I will be off to Turkey for two weeks finishing the outreach portion of DTS with a smaller team. I will be going to southern central Turkey in a more rural area to reach out to the Turks. (If you want to know the city I will be based in please email me, I can't put that online any longer). With how God has been revealing himself in the base I am expecting mind blowing experiences out in the Nations. Our teams objective is simple: to love as God loves us. To serve, as God serves us. And to be His mouth piece for Him to move though.

Meet my team. We're posing in front of the mini bus that we will be using for
outreach that we have nic named Marv!

I am still in the process of raising my funds to lead my team. I have until Wednesday to raise about 700 pounds ($1,150). I will not be able to go out into theses nations if I don't raise all my support. I known it seems like short notice, but I have seen God move in a miraculous way here lately in finances. In the last couple of weeks we have seen THOUSANDS OF POUNDS donated to this school for outreach through other missionaries who are raising support themselves. I know God has told me to lead this team out into Scotland and Turkey. Would you be willing to pray and see if you would like to be a part of this two month mission and help donate to my fund raising? By the way, all this money goes towards gas money for the mini bus we will be using (we named him Marv), plane tickets, ferry tickets, food money, and accommodation.

I am so excited to get out there once again and see God move powerfully though peoples lives when they come to know what He's some for them!
Thank you guys for all your support!
Edinburgh Castle on the east coast of Scotland. It's like a fairy tail!