Awake Deborah
Mag. Claudia R. Wintoch
July 30, 2001




Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.(Lk 18:1)

God spoke that verse to me at the Awake Deborah conference. Throughout the conference again and again we were encouraged to keep praying with perseverance for our unsaved family members, and not give up. I really needed to hear that and God's encouraged me greatly that way, showing me that He desires my Mum, brother and the rest of my family to know Him much more than I do.

You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart. (Jer 29:13)

I put this verse at the beginning of my last e-mail and God has kept His word. Before the conference God had increased my hunger for Him greatly, also by reading The Threshold of Glory with testimonies of womens' encounters with God's glory. All I wanted was HIM, His presence and glory, nothing else was important.

The conference was two and a half days, in Fargo, North Dakota, just over an hour from Grand Forks. There were a few hundred women from the region, me seemingly being the only non-North American. Awake Deborah conferences are held all over the country. It's a ministry coming out of Brownsville, Pensacola, Florida, but it's reaching the whole body of Christ. We had great women of God who were preaching powerful messages: Brenda Kilpatrick, Dotty Schmitt, Dianne Sloan, Lila Terhune. Before we'd worship the Lord for an hour or so, which was absolutely wonderful. I enjoyed being in His presence, giving my everything to Him.

There wasn't any personal prayer ministry, but on the second night, they made a fire tunnel, which I hadn't seen before. Ministry team members and the speakers would form a tunnel. Then we'd slowly walk through, while they laid hands on us to pray and move us on. God touched me powerfully. I stayed in His glory for a long time, wanting to be consumed by Him, dedicating myself totally to Him. When I got back to the others (we were quite a few people from two churches here in Grand Forks), we had a great fun time together in His presence. I was actually unable to speak for the rest of the night. Having seen His glory and holiness, all I could say was Jesus.

On Saturday morning we had one wonderful long meeting till 2 p.m. One speaker shared that a new season of miraculous healings had started in the US, with many ministries seeing a significant increase of people being healed. So she prayed for God to heal the sick in that place. While she did, God touched me powerfully, speaking to me (ask me personally if you want to know).

Being back, I can honestly say that the glory of God has renewed me, transformed me, drawn me closer to Him. I have such a hunger to pray, be with Him and read His Word, spending precious time with Him. Praise our wonderful Savior!!!

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. (Jam 1:5)

This week will be the busiest of all for me. I've just found out that I have to hand in the report (what I've done, what I've found out, where to go from there etc.) on my linguistics class on Friday already. Also, I should do a presentation probably some time this week. It's kind of hard to get into linguistics after the last few days but I know that His grace will be sufficient (2.Cor 12:9) for me.

I've also found out that my classes will already end on Wed, Aug 8. That increases the chances of making it back to Kansas City in time for the Friday night revival service, for which I've been praying. At the conference I found out that the free car won't work out all after all - there's not enough time. Thanks for your prayers. I know God has another car for me somewhere else. I might be getting a ride down to KC with a Christian truck driver, so God will.

Finally, I forgot something exciting in my last mail: I've experienced my first tornado! Actually, not really, just the warning :-) That was quite an excitement. The tornado was directly approaching Grand Forks. I was after midnight and we all had to go down to the basement, waiting until the danger was over. Interesting experience. Might not have been the last time, since Kansas City is also in a tornado area.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.

Love you all,


Mag. Claudia R. Wintoch

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