are believing and contending for
- a new Toyota
pickup truck $35,000
- our debts
to be erased $6,200
- plane tickets
- our third
building to be finished $10,000
- new monthly
donors to have 100% of our budget met
declare the time of lack is OVER!
BREAKS INTO OUR PRAYER MEETING
we had our first prayer meeting since our visitors
left 10 days ago, and we could not have anticipated what God was
about to do. I've been in Mali for 12 years, took
in the first kids 9 years ago, and have always dreamed to
see what I got to see yesterday.
was a Thursday as any other as we gathered in our living room to
worship and pray. We had just resolved some interpersonal
issues and started late. We
started off singing "Lord, You Are Good",
and what struck me right away was that everybody was actually singing
and I could hear their strong voices like I had never heard
before. We sang "My Redeemer Lives", and they
sang loudly with strong voices, raising hands, dancing and full
of joy. They requested "Undignified"
- a joyful dancing song - and danced and praised freely. They
raised their voices, praying loudly, lost in intercession.
Paul raised his voice above theirs and started making powerful
decrees about poverty being over, living in God's provision
and abundance, His glory and His kingdom and other promises God
has for us. You could tell He was inspired by God, and the children
responded with as much faith with their amen and
loud shouts. Everyone continued praying loudly, lost in His presence,
and they just started singing their own songs, faces and arms raised
to heaven, eyes closed, worshiping Him. Everyone fell to
went on for a while. Nobody looked at the clock. Nobody cared. They
were overcome by the presence of God. Then Paul
got up and said Randy & I needed to come into the middle.
He talked about holding up our arms so we'd have
the victory, and everyone grabbed our arms and held them up. They
all started praying for us with power. Then Paul prayed above their
voices and prayed for the glory of God. That's
one of those prayers where I respond immediately, and I sank
to the ground under the weight of His glory. They tried
to hold me up for a while, until they let me kneel on the floor.
I was kneeling on the floor, I started laughing
in the Spirit. And then I started weeping, as I
was overcome by love for my children. I started laying my
on each child's heart and just weeping and weeping in prayer.
Holy Spirit touched them powerfully. Some had already stood up but
sank straight down as soon as I touched them. They were still praying
loudly, raising their hands and faces to heaven. I had never been
able to get them to pray for more than a few minutes before!
prayed for Paul last. And then one of the kids spoke up to pray
for Paul, and another had received the same instruction
from Holy Spirit. So Paul was surrounded by our
children praying for him and was touched powerfully. Some
kids had tears run down their faces, and so did
Paul, who then hugged several children and just held them. WOW!
years ago God called me to Mali, and I started interceding
and weeping for a nation and a people I had never been to and who
I had never met in person, weeping over the Malians going
to hell every day as they had never heard the good news,
and crying out, "Send me, Lord!".
the past 9 years I have poured out my life to raise
up these boys to love God and have prayed and prayed, so many times
frustrated at their lack of passion for God and
inability to pray and worship.
dream has come true. It's a manifestation of the new
season we have entered. A lot has happened already as I
will share later, and there is so much more to come.
led up to this? What happend while Patricia King and Bruce
& Cheryl Lindley were here? You'll have to be
patient a little longer, as this breaking news postponed that report
until next time. Let me just say for now that their visit was absolutely
crucial to help us break through to the next level, more
than any other visitor has ever been.
pray for us and for our children that instead of going
back to their old ways, they would just go higher and higher
even as we prepare to leave for the summer.