Dear Ones, no wonder we encountered so much resistance when we arrived in the Port City of Barranquilla Colombia. We found out that there is a “well known witch” in this country who is situated across the street from the church with her 80 disciples. That is nothing for our God. We got our first session going and we noticed the picture on the wall, see the attachment. You all know the hand illustration we use about the church wanting impact in a community. We historically start with the programs to have an impact, but what we have learned is that you cannot have impact without a community of believers to support that work, you won’t have a community without unity that God builds through humility and humility only comes in Worship, as we see ourselves as compared to God and we become undone. You know we usually start illustrating this with the thumb, the Colombians started with the little finger, BUT they are using the illustration and their motto for the women’s ministry here is “Women learning to Listen for God’s Voice” . We taught last year in the School of Prayer that you can work from your Soul and maybe accomplish something for the Lord, or Work from a place where the Spirit controls and accomplish much. They really GOT IT. They are so excited about what God is doing in their midst. One woman who came last year to the School of Prayer came home and the leaders asked her to lead the Women’s ministry in her area. She said, like Moses, I am not capable. She is shy and quiet, she came for prayer because she wanted to be commissioned by US as we were the one’s who taught her about listening to God. She is the one who came up with the women’s ministry motto and they have a pin they where which she said opens many conversations with unbelievers and is leading to evangelism. My heart Sings when I hear that!
Marriage RX has been incredible, they are drinking it up, taking copious notes and we are blessed by what God wants to do here with the Pastors that are in the class. One observation was that with each session one of the pastors kept moving closer to his wife and finally ended the 4th session sitting with his arm around her. God is at work.
When Jody finishes teaching this Sonship class, we will have planted 10 Sonship studies around Colombia. People are so excited about learning to function in a spirit led life.
Gail got a word from the Lord about the articles in the Tabernacle in regard to healing prayer. She didn’t want to teach what she heard because she had never heard anyone teach this, (She will tell you about it in debrief) but a Pastor who is in her class as she was teaching began to say exactly what she had heard, so she relinquished the floor and he taught it. I captured a portion of it on Video. So much confirmation for us, we are on the right track, we are following in obedience and God is bringing the spoils of war to us in the willing hearts of these believers to learn. The missionary here said these are the poorest of the poor in this country…those that are at this school.
To illustrate that, Karen was teaching the worship track and one young lady didn’t have a bible with her. Karen had brought a spanish new testament with her and let the young lady use it in class. At the end of class she gave it back to Karen and Karen said, you’ll need it tomorrow so keep it. The gal said yes but I don’t want to lose it. Then Karen asked her if she owned a bible and she said, almost no one owns a Bible in our village. We use the Pastor’s Bible at church. Karen gave her the bible and she began to weep with joy that she could take it home.
Today as I was typing this one of the missionaries who is going through a particularly hard time right now as his mom is on her death bed in Denver, came over and thanked me for all the work I have done while here and with tears in his eyes said, “I am so sad this is the last day!”. We have been able to minister to him about things in his childhood that have just come to light and he is healing from so much pain. His wife is trying to understand all this pain and abuse and reconcile it with the people she has known as her in-laws. This was a God appointed time for us to be here.
Though we are also sad it is ending, we are blessed that most of the people who came for prayer this time came because they see there ability and opportunity to minister in their community and wanted to be “commissioned” to go and minister what they have learned. Jody taught in the churches here about stewarding what they have received, she equated the teaching to a seed you have received. You can eat the seed and have a meal or you can share it and bear fruit. They really understand the idea of planting what they have learned in others so that they bear fruit.
We could not do any of this without all of you praying for us and in effect holding up our hands. We are blessed to have such a great team, who each knows how to function in their gifts to bless the Kingdom Body. Be blessed as you share in this wonderful BOUNTY God is giving here in Colombia.
Love to each of you, we send a holy kiss!