Cape Town is a beautiful place between the mountains, the ocean, the people, and most of all what God is doing here! The team and I arrived three weeks ago after three days of travelling, (longest flights of my life) and after a couple days of getting over jetlag we started ministry. Some of the ministries we are doing is leading worship at the University of Cape Town, preaching to a youth leadership team, and also working with kids in schools, helping them with school work, playing with them, helping feed them, etc. On the first day of ministry we were at the school and the kids were praying the Lord’s prayer in Xhosa. All of a sudden one the guys that was with us gets a word of encouragement for one of the four teachers standing there. This turned into us telling them the gospel and four of them gave their lives to Jesus on the spot! What I love about this is that we are able to see them each day and walk with them rather than just letting them figure it out on their own. The next morning, I brought my guitar and we did worship. The teachers ended up grabbing the kids and we worshipped as apart of the school! As we continued on that day we went door to door in the townships and as we got invited into an older ladies house her and her friend gave their lives to Jesus as well! All in all, after three weeks of being here we have seen SEVEN salvations, TWO people baptized in the spirit, and have planted over FIFTY seeds (planting a seed is praying for/ talking with a person.) I have thoroughly enjoyed our time here so far and I feel like I am gaining even more resolve that God is leading me towards this nation unto the D.R. Congo. I leave for the D.R.C. October 28th for a one week trip with the ministry there called Rally International. Finally, after two years of waiting I am so thankful for the opportunity to strike the ground of this nation. Please continue to pray for me as I go: That the trip would be effective, for wisdom discernment & understanding, for safety, for no sickness, and for God’s help in what it looks like to start a prayer room here in South Africa and the DR Congo! Last prayer point is for the team, everyone seems to be getting sick and it’s preventing them from doing ministry, please pray for healing! I am so thankful for every single person who has given towards this trip and has prayed for me. Your prayers are such a huge impact so thank you so much! The Sound of Heaven is being released through prayer & missions!
Back in May I took my first of three "big" trips towards establishing a prayer room in the DR Congo. The first one was Nepal to help another team start a prayer room in Kathmandu! My time there was so strategic and divine to the point where I found another prayer room nearby and so I went to go visit it and I ended up meeting a Congolese refugee there! What are the odds of that? I learned a lot of practical and spiritual things on that trip concerning establishing a prayer room. As I move into this next step of the journey I am going to be boarding a plane for Cape Town, South Africa next week (Sept. 23.) While I am there I will be networking, scouting, and serving the local ywam base there! An amazing opportunity has arose also where I was invited by the ministry in the DRC to come up for a week while I am in South Africa. So to my amazement yet again the Lord has made a way where there was not one! I just booked my plane ticket yesterday and on the last week of October I will be in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo! I am so excited to finally strike the ground in the DRC! Please pray for me as the next step of the journey continues!
What a month it has been! Since my last update we have seen over 30 salvations, some amazing answers to prayers, and an awesome story of how God continues to provide for this dream He has put on my heart. We had our Jesus Burgers outreach where we hand out free burgers to the homeless and community in Kona while having a two hour worship service going on. At the end of the night we go up and preach the gospel plain and simple! This Jesus Burgers I got the opportunity to share alongside my brother-in-law Seth. As I was praying before I got up I kept asking God to speak through me. I shared two stories that conveyed the heart of God and then Seth came up and brought the simple gospel and when he asked who wanted to respond over 30 HANDS shot straight up in the air! It was a great time and I am so thankful I got to be apart of it! As you all know I have been praying and planning for this trip to South Africa for around six months now. Along with praying for this trip I have been praying for God to open doors in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Well the Lord has answered my prayers and now it is looking like I will be able to connect with Rally International (The ministry in the DR Congo) while I am in South Africa! I am so excited and expectant for this three month trip to South Africa this fall. I am looking to network with leaders there, scout out the land and see the possibility of moving there, and serve the YWAM base that is in Cape Town. God has always been faithful to His words and He always will! I am in awe of His provision these past couple of weeks. From providing money for gas to literally providing money for a deposit on a flight to South Africa as my card is being typed in! (contact me to hear that whole story!) So as I write this update I do it with a full heart of gratitude. I am thankful for God's grace and mercy which I don't deserve and I am thankful for friends and family that champion me and this vision of seeing a prayer room established in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Thank you to everyone who has given towards this dream already and thank you for everyone who is praying for me (it's working!) Here are few needs until my next update, please contact me if you want to talk more!
- Prayer for my passport to make it back to me before I leave for South Africa (I had to send it in because of some errors made by the gov't)
- $2,800 for my trip to Africa
- Prayer for my team (of 6) pray for unity and boldness to preach the gospel
- Prayer for me to hear God's voice clearly and have wisdom as I move on towards the next step of establishing a prayer room in the DRC
Things are in full swing out here at the University of the Nations. We just sent out another wave of missionaries on their three month outreaches (182 students to over 20 different nations!) With one wave going another has come as this quarter starts, and I am expectant and full of faith for revival to break out and spread. For these past few months I have realized something, that we are moral agents concerning a move of God. I also realized that it very much depends on my willingness to have no compromise in my life. What am I allowing to hinder a move of God in my own heart?
"If God spoke from heaven in a loud voice and asked, "Do you want revival?" would you dare to say yes? If He asked, "Are you willing to make the sacrifices?" would you dare to say yes? When He inquired, "When should it start?" would you answer, "Let it begin here, let it begin in my heart now"? Would you dare to say so to God if you heard His voice call you?" - Lectures on Revival by Charles G. Finney
As I continue on in this journey of seeing a prayer room established in the Democratic Republic of Congo I want everything in my life to be burned away that is not of God. I don't want to see how close I can get without crossing the line, I want to see how far I can run from it. Some things I would really appreciate prayer for is that God would send me a team. "Though none go with me still I will follow" I am going with a team or I am going alone, either way I am following what I feel the Lord is telling me to do. But with that said I would be grateful for a team. Thank you so much to all of you supporting right now in prayer and finances none of this would be possible without you. Your reward is eternal in Heaven!
"The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps." - Proverbs 16:9
I have been processing my trip to Nepal for the past week and there are a couple of key things I have taken away from the trip that have really shed light on my next steps towards the DR Congo. First is that what I noticed when I was in Nepal was that one of the main reasons, I believe, that the prayer room that they were establishing was doing so well was because they were doing it in a group together in full agreement. The old African proverb came into my mind after seeing this, "If you want to go fast go alone; if you want to go far go in a group." I think that I just saw an affirmation of how important community was after being around those guys pioneering in that nation. Secondly, after seeing the importance of community I saw a huge net of opportunity where the idea of gathering friends to go pioneer was a DTS. Now I'm not saying it is the only way but I do think it is a great way after seeing seven of the sixteen teams in Nepal while I was there. So with that being said I have made just a slight change in my plans for the next months. Instead of going to South Africa for one month I am going to go for three months, Lord willing. I will be doing the same thing (scouting, networking, and serving) My hope is to grow my team with people who are all in full agreement around the words the Lord is speaking for Africa (specifically the DR Congo.) Onward we go towards the next step!
I flew out of Kona, HI April 29 by myself to head towards Kathmandu where I would meet my team. Upon arriving to Nepal I was greeted by a lot of interesting smells and a friend who took a look at my guitar and two bags and said "yeah, that'll work." I realized what he meant by that as we walked up to his motorcycle! We wedged my guitar in between us and I wore one backpack while he wore the other and we went on to the guest house that I was staying at. This was my first introduction to Nepal! Since then we have had worship and prayer times and gone out and preached the gospel and prayed for people. Prayer & Missions in action at it's finest! One of my favorite stories here so far has been one day where we had a prayer set and worship time in the morning then went and grabbed lunch and went to the Market place to go preach and pray for people. Our translator asked me once we got there what we were wanting to do. I told him probably just pray for people and tell them the gospel. We looked around and saw one guy leaning against a wall and he just had no emotion in his face. So I said "what about him?" We went up to the guy and prayed for him and then began to tell him the gospel. Once we finished we asked him if he wanted to know this God through Jesus. He answered yes. If I am being honest I was caught off guard. I am so used to an appeal or an attempt at arguing from the other person that I wasn't expecting such a willing response. So I said "No no no do you want to surrender your WHOLE life to Jesus?" and he said yes! I just paused in disbelief and looked at m friend who was translating (he was a new Christian so he was looking with the same disbelief as me!) We both starting laughing and said we should probably pray so we led the guy through the sinners prayer and then invited him to the local church that is there! It was a privilege to get to be apart of this guys journey of surrendering to Jesus. The look in his eyes as I began to tell him about Jesus' sacrifice was priceless! Thank you for all who have sown into this trip. Whether through prayer or finances you all share in this victory too!
I start the journey to the Himalayas tonight! Thank you to all of you who have sown into to this trip. I am full of faith, expecting God to move in whatever way He wants! In Psalm 119:24 David says to God "Your testimonies are my delight; they are my counsel." How true is that! Yesterday I sat down in the morning with the Father and began to recount all the testimonies of His Character in my life. From Financially providing in every way, to providing me with a car, a place to stay, vision, friends, a great school, His kindness and mercy continue to humble me. I could go on and on with how much being friends with God and learning to surrender more and more to Him have impacted my life. Any doubts or worries I had about this trip were gone the moment I sought the "counsel of God" I cannot deny His faithfulness. His grace that has shown itself new to me each morning. I am so excited to go on this adventure in seeing a prayer room established but even more so I am excited to go on a trip with my Father to a land I have never been to before. To learn more about who my Father is and tell people about how good He is! For the sake of not getting too sentimental I will simply encourage everyone to set your heart on the promises of God and I assure you that you will be satisfied feasting on His faithfulness! I cannot wait to update you guys soon!
As one quarter ends another begins! It is always exciting to see a whole group of new people giving up seasons of their lives to see the Great Commission fulfilled! We just had our first ministry night with this group Monday and we saw 14 SALVATIONS & 10 PHYSICAL HEALINGS! My fiery sister got on the microphone and preached the gospel simply and shamelessly, and then 14 people came up to the front to surrender to this Grace! This is only the first ministry night and we are so excited for what God is going to do over these next three months! There is so much faith rising after Azusa Now! I am so expectant for the next great awakening!
Over the next months ahead I will be taking a series of trips (Lord willing.) All unto establishing a House of Prayer in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The first trip is to the Himalayas to help set up a house of prayer . This is going to help me see what it looks like to start a prayer room in a foreign country. I have always had a picture in my head of me sitting at a table with Jesus drinking coffee and looking at the mountains. In a few weeks I think that I will finally get to do that. I believe God is going to use me and my guitar while I am there and people are going to get saved! I am flying out of Kona towards the mountains April 27 so if you have a minute a quick prayer would be greatly appreciated! In closing I just want to, with a full heart, say thank you so much to all of you who have supported me in this journey of mine of seeing the sound of heaven released through prayer & missions. I pray you are blessed ten fold for your sowing into the kingdom!
"I will delight in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word." - Psalm 119:61
As this quarter draws to close we send out a few hundred people in more than a couple of dozen teams to different nations across the world for 3 months to carry the gift of the gospel to those who have not heard it. In this quarter we have seen 10 salvations, 50+ healings, people freed from depression and fear, real time answers to prayer from our intercession sets for countries on the other side of the world! We have seen people encounter God and catch His heart for prayer! A live album was recorded to capture the moments when we met to worship Jesus! (Release date coming soon), God opened a door and now I have begun planning a trip to the DRC for next year 2017! I sit here in the middle of the Pacific to say that the times are not dry and barren but full and ripe! Jesus is returning!