August 15, 2013

Ireland - Day 4 (part 3) - Into the Night

Tonight is the night in Ireland when all the teenagers who have finished exams head out to party all night long in the streets of the major cities.  A group of us headed out to see what God would do in the midst of the absolute chaos - drunken brawls, carousing and just a very sad scenario for me, as a parent of two teenagers to witness.

God however had some crazy appointments for us and here are some of the highlights.  At one point, I was drawn into a pub with one of the YWAMers that was in the city on their outreach phase.  The name of the pub was "Vicartown" and since I am a Vicar, I knew God wanted to do something.  As I walked in, in addition to one of my favorite Smiths songs being played, I got a word of knowledge for one of the employees who had an injured hand/fingers.  I inquired and sure enough one of them had that exact problem, but they weren't on duty at the time.  I laid my hand on another of the server's hand and released a gift of healing for them to take to the injured employee.  The YWAMer will follow up with them.

Next I approached a group of teenagers and told them that we wanted to see miracles tonight and asked if any of them needed one.  One of them had an injured ankle.  He let us pray - and after the 2nd prayer he felt something.  He would need to check it out more thoroughly the following day, but it got their attention.  Then our team got to minister to about 5 or 6 of them individually which was far better than when they were all together - as they had all been drinking.  One of them opened up to me and asked if I could heal him "on the inside".  That led to a time of deep prayer and I got to break off of his life and past a lot of trauma and prophesy his destiny.  God really set us up with these guys.

After leaving there we came upon a group of 3 Romanians working in a restaurant.  I asked them if they needed a miracle.  One of them inside did as his hand/wrist was injured.  I held his wrist and prayed.  He was completely healed!  He was testifying to his other friends and even a Chinese customer who came in for food.  One of them was quite skeptical, but that was changing as we left.

A remarkable thing happened next - whenever I've been finding pennies recently the date on them has meant something important prophetically.  I found a coin as I was walking by a group and it has the date 2011 on it.  As I ask the Lord what it means for the teens we were passing by, I was impressed that it was a traumatic experience involving a car accident and someone's neck was injured.  I walk up to ask and sure enough this one young man was in a car accident in 2011 and his friend's neck was injured.  He was really, really intrigued.  He needed healing in his arm and I prayed for him and his arm/shoulder was instantly healed.  They he shared that he had fallen out of a window and that his back was injured.  I told him God would heal that too.  He let me pray for that and he was also completely healed.  He was literally the happiest guy you'd ever seen!  So thankful and using very colorful language to express his gratitude.  Then we gave him the number of some of our friends here in the city to follow up and pray for his friend with the neck.  Another wanted prayer for his grandmother's cancer which we not only did but are arranging for a follow-up visit for her too.

As I am walking by a McDonald's I get a distinct word of knowledge in my left knee as a man walked out of the restaurant and then re-entered to sit down with a group of friends.  I walk in and tell the table exactly what happened and ask who has the knee injury.  One guy begins to freak out as he has a brace on his knee (underneath his pants so I couldn't see it).  I had his friend lay hands on his knee and I pray and the knees is completely healed.  He gets up to check it out and is freaking out.  So much fun!

There were others healed too as we were a pretty large group.  It was a very powerful night of ministry and in the midst of a sad environment the Lord healed many people, some in dramatic ways and there were many prophetic words given to a lot of different people.  I think that some of the people who came to learn, were radically impacted by how easy it was to see breakthrough tonight.  

August 14, 2013

Ireland - Day 4 (part 2) - prepare yourselves!

We returned to the city of Cork and the atmosphere just felt different. We went to lunch and got some words of knowledge and were able to pray in the restaurant. We went to a Christian bookshop/coffee shop and got to pray for more people there. Then a couple with us went into a barber shop after Isaac of Ninevah had an impression that we were supposed to go in there. One of the employees was radically healed of an elbow condition and was so thankful to Jesus for what He had done!

Then the Lord opened up for us one of the most significant experiences I have ever had praying for people on the streets anywhere in the world.

We were with a Christian man in his 70's who had lived his entire life in Cork. He had given his life for the sake of the Gospel in this city. He had been with us the night before in a renewal meeting that we did and wanted to join us on the streets. He told us of the renewal that hit the Church back in the 1970's and how it eventually waned. He was a man who prayed with others for a revival to come to the city. I think we were about to see something that could be the start of an answer to the cry of his heart.

I saw a group of teenagers sitting outside a cafe we were about to go into. I sensed that I was to approach them and ask them if anybody had any sports injuries, especially from either rugby or soccer/football. The one in the middle said he had a knee injury from a match several months before. He'd done physical therapy but it was still a problem. I told him that I saw people healed and he was willing to let me pray. I didn't lay hands on him; he laid hands on himself and I prayed a short prayer of 10 seconds in Jesus' Name. He took his hand away and could feel something happening in his leg. I told him that he was healed and went to rejoin my friends at the cafe. We could sense that things were no over. The group of friends with had grown from 3 or 4 to 7 or 8 kept looking over at us. They were discussing the miracle. Others needed a touch from God. Would they be able to conjure up enough courage to walk over and ask us. That is what I was praying for - that they would come to us asking out of their own hunger/desperation. I even knew what the condition was that they would come to ask about - I had gotten another word of knowledge about a groin/hip issue. Eventually it happened, about 3 of them came up and wanted to know if..... I interrupted them and said, "Don't say anything. I know what it is. One of you has a problem with your groin/hip and wants to be healed. The young man was shocked!!! I took his hand, prayed a quick prayer and sure enough the Lord came on his hip and he knew it was being healed.

What happened next was like it came out of a textbook entitled, "What you Dream will happen in the Streets". The whole group of them came up and were asking us questions. We began to prophesy over them and God was revealing the secrets of their hearts. They kept asking, "What is God showing you about me?" So not only did we keep prophesying, but we TRAINED THEM (a group of mostly nominal Catholics) how to hear from God and prophesy over each other. Some were seeing pictures and even a vision. Others were getting words/phrases. We were having a conference ON THE STREETS. You just have to picture what it looked like - five of us sitting in an outside cafe with a group of like 8 teenagers crowded around this gate/fence asking us question after question about God's power, His revelation, His healing. While this was going, another one of the team went over to the rest of their group (about 50 feet away) and offered the Kingdom. One soccer player had heard the testimony of the other soccer player who was healed and wanted healing as well. So what does our team member do? He has the young man who was healed, lay his hand on his friends knee and instructed him to say, "Be healed in Jesus' Name". Guess what happened? His knee feels different. Our team member asks, "How would you know if it was completely healed?" He says he'd have to run on it to know for sure. So off they go - the young man and our team member running for about 100 yards and at the end of it, he declares that he is completely healed! In fact, in the wake of that healing, he didn't lay hands on any other teenager, but had them only laying hands on each other and the Lord healed several other injuries. It was all like a dream.

At one point, I told that that this was better than ANYTHING else they could be doing - they agreed! Miracles are addicting! We arranged to provide further training/equipping for them via my podcast for when we left. They wanted to know how they could continue to hear from God, heal the sick and learn to grow in their newly resurrected relationships with God! We probably ministered in total to between 15-20 teens, both boys and girls and all of them hungry, even desperate to experience what God was doing. We will be working on follow up with them.

And to think it all started after a slow (if not discouraging) morning, where people were ignoring us (and one trying to attack me) and then one testimony, a single significant healing with no strings attached, provokes a group of teens to come and ask for more. They overcame their fear. They approached us, all of us at least 20 years older than them, and ASKED for the Kingdom to come to them.

I had said that when we met them, they were a group of nominal Roman Catholics, probably seeing little to no relevance in the faith that their parents and others had raised them up within. Well, they are NOMINAL no more!!!

Ireland - Day 4 (part 1)

Today was a day of radical contrasts. In one city, we could hardly get anyone to even receive prayer for their healing. It was such a dark, hard place. It didn't seem to matter who we talked to, from visitors to locals, and other nationalities. It was a HARD place to release the Kingdom.

At one point, I spotted a local man (in his 20's) with a broken arm and a full cast on it. He was clearly intoxicated and walking up to different groups of people (asking for money presumably) I walked up to where he was with a group of other men (that he had approached) and asked him, "What happened to your arm?". He looks at me and replays, "F_ _ _ my arm!". I told him that I just wanted to help him and he makes a fist with his other arm and comes at me and swings at my face! He missed horribly as he was so drunk, and slow that I just took a step back and was out of way. It was just so demonic. To get that kind of reaction when all I was doing was asking him what had happened. It was unlike anything I've ever encountered before, anywhere on the streets.

Later when we returned to the city of Cork, we discovered something that might very well explain what happened. A woman told us after we explained what kind of morning we had had in the aforementioned city that the main "white witch" (knowing full well there is only one kind of witch, namely demonic ones) in all of Ireland lived in that city. She knew the house and pulled up the address on Google maps and took us to street view - to my shock and amazement, when she zoomed in on the actual street, it was the SAME STREET the man tried to hit me on. In fact, it was only about 200 feet away from the very spot where my incident had taken place.

August 13, 2013

Ireland - Day 2 (part 2)

I forgot about a significant encounter we had in a coffee shop.

After a Church service we went to meet some guys, and I had a word of knowledge and asked the Brazilian woman serving us if anybody needed healing. She was so funny, "what is healing"? She started asking the other staff what the word meant as she didn't know. The owner/manager? told her it is like what a doctor does. She says, "Oh yes, I need that ALL OVER". Anyway, the owner needed healing and let us pray. The Lord began to bring healing to his arm (later he said, "what if I don't believer"? to which I said, "as the Lord has begun to heal your arm, you are starting to believe". He smiled.)

Then it was the Brazilian's woman's turn. She sat down with us and basically opened up to all the healing that the Lord would bring to her - for her heart, for her body. We ministered to her for quite a long time - prayed for her and released the Kingdom of Heaven. She had a major encounter with God and it changed her countenance completely from the one we encountered when we walked in. Numbers were exchanged and she will be followed up by an Portuguese speaker here in Dublin and also will be connected with another Brazilian friend of ours.

God is so good

Ireland - Day 3

I don't know where to start - as we visited some tourist sites and wandered around the streets of Dublin, we saw a number of significant healing miracles and prayed for literally several dozen people.

A few of the highlights - and we had several different teams so I can't even summarize their stories!

Saw an African muslim man radically healed after we were led into a store, got a word of knowledge and even the actual department the man worked in. He'd been attacked by gypsies (a racially motivated attack) and the Lord broke off the shock and trauma and healed his shoulder which led to an opportunity to share some powerful things about Christ.

The Lord revealed by word of knowledge thing after thing about these two Iranian muslim girls - a girl's dizziness, the hearing problem for one of their sisters along with a skin condition. We got to pray for it all - the thing they were the most shocked about was that God was revealing things - God was speaking which muslims don't believe is possible! It enabled us to share quite a bit about the nature of God and His love (things Islam doesn't teach). they were clearly impacted by all that happened.

A young woman from South Korea with no faith at all was healed from a shoulder problem and that led to her to open up her life to let Jesus heal her heart - which she testified that He did! one of the most significant individual healing encounters we saw all day! She will be coming to Church.

A homeless young man from Russia let us minister to him for quite a while - the Lord came upon him as we prayed for him and ministered to him prophetically. It was a deep time of ministry and an opportunity to express God's love in a way that left us all very touched.

A security guard's back problem was revealed by word of knowledge. I introduced myself and he let me lay hands on him and pray. He testified to how the Holy Spirit had healed him when a priest had laid hands on him years early and invited the Holy Spirit to come. It was time for a "refill". The Holy Spirit began to move on his back. He was tangibly being touched by God. He then shared with one of his colleagues who later ended up giving me a powerful prophetic word and just encouraged me in a deep way. I walked out of the building under the influence of the Holy Spirit in a powerful way.

There were just so many others on the street that we had a chance to pray with, prophesy over and just love on. Some of them we didn't see breakthrough with their conditions, but we had really no negative experiences as people thanked us and appreciated what was done.

That evening we had a large meeting in a Church where there were 70+ people and as we moved into a time of prophetic ministry and healing again we completely lost count of all that the Lord did - backs were healed (including curvature of the spine), necks were healed, chronic pain left, shoulders were healed, an achilles heel, knees and I am only sharing what was seen (remembered) from one of the healing lines - there were 6 or 7 other healing lines and therefore I am way underestimating all the Holy Spirit did.

Ireland - Day 2

Word of knowledge at a Church service for a knee and it was healed - he testified in front of the congregation. This led to the praying for a number of others.

That afternoon we saw the Lord touch a man's back in a shop - he could feel God's presence on him in a tangible way.

in the evening, we had an evening with a group of believers where we did a lot of prophetic ministry and also words of knowledge leading to healing. so many different people were touched and healed that we completely lost track - great problem to have.