Nations: persecuted church
I want lasting fruit that shifts culture, renewing of the mind (Rom 12:2). In one meeting while I was speaking, a lady stood up and said that she could not hold it anymore, she had to share. She shared some of her story and said to everyone that they need to look at how they are raising their children. They need to change it, according to God’s ways. That was a powerful moment. She got it. In every culture there are things that contradicts God’s word. There are even family traditions and habits past down generations and we do it because “that is the way it’s always been done”. It is important to ask the Lord to give us eyes to see if there’s anything that has become “normal” to us but does not line up with His best, His Kingdom mindset.
Another pastor was studying at an academy. One day he was called to the office to see all the lecturers, the heads and two secret police agents. They questioned him about his faith. In the end everyone left except the secret police agents. He was threatened and had to leave the academy. He said he was a bad guy before he got saved but was never arrested, but now as a Pastor he’s been arrested. Both the pastors I spent time with were from another faith and then got radically saved. In their country the people believe if you are from that land, that you are from another faith. One pastor lost his one leg as a child. The prosthesis he has now is from former USSR 1970s design. It doesn’t fit right. He would love to have a new one with current design so he can move better and do more things with his 2 young boys. If you have a contact or want to help, please let me know.
In one meeting we prayed through generational curses and I asked the people to share what patterns they see in their family lines. It was an “a-ha” moment for many when they started to see. We prayed through it, they repented for the things they saw in their family lines, their culture and their own lives. It was a powerful time of people receiving freedom. The Bible says cursed is he who hangs on a tree. Jesus became the curse so that we can be free. It is the Divine Exchange.
One of the pastors was being persecuted while I was there. I was booked to minister at his church the last Sunday of my trip. He was falsely accused. In their court system the judge say “the person who broke the law, stand up”. You are guilty before you even stated your case. They’ve tried to register their church 3 times this year. The law is still on their side but another pastor was in prison for a year and then found “not guilty”. The church goers are harassed at their work place.
The pastor also came for personal prayer ministry. It was an incredible act on his end to be open to receive prayer ministry from a woman. The translator was also a woman. It was an honor to ministry to him. His heart is burning to see his city and nation change.
He came to the city to plant a church. Because of the persecution he was struggling with fear. There was a deeper root. As a child he was struck by fear through his father’s abuse. As a 7 year old he contemplated how to kill his father. When he got saved his heart softened. He was weeping as the Lord took the root of fear. Tears were streaming down his face as the Father’s love found him again and again. He received deep healing through the Truth the Lord revealed to him. His passion returned. When he left he said he’s got courage and fresh vision for what the Lord has for him. He could not come to the Sunday morning church service as authorities were watching him.
The meeting was translated into two languages. I felt the Lord wanted to encourage the church and I shared about it. During our meeting a lady, who was almost deaf in her one ear, all of a sudden started to check her ear and then with amazement shared how the Lord just healed her ear!! Nobody prayed for her. The Lord showed them that He was among them!! They were encouraged!! Prayer time was powerful. After lunch they all wanted me to pray over them. God’s grace, His enabling Grace is amazing. I saw a father there with his teen daughter and they were sitting together, with her head on his chest. That so encouraged me – the new face of father-daughter relationship in this land. God is healing the land.
In another country I ministered at an ICAP (International Christian Alliance on Prostitution and Trafficking) 3 day event. The attendees were several leaders from all the Central Asian countries. There were also a team from Thailand and one from Russia. These are grassroot leaders, rescuing people out of trafficking. I shared on processing pain and God’s love. There was deep healing during our corporate prayer time.
One lady came to me during the break. She was an older lady and shared with me that she received for the first time healing for what happened to her when she was young, when she was raped. The reality of that moment; here she is helping others who’ve been through trauma but she herself only received her first breakthrough today…
Leaders with healed hearts are much more fruitful. You reproduce who you are. Thank you, Jesus for all You’ve done.
We had the privilege to go to a lady’s home who rescues children. Several children were staying with her in the home. One boy showed us his scar of surgery he needed due to how his father abused him. They had to do surgery as he was hurt internally. His dream is to become a doctor to help others. One little girl’s mother is a prostitute. They all have an incredible story but in this place Jesus is brining healing to them and they are joyful. Some of the kids that grew up in her home are now lawyers and other professions. She shared with us how she was a victim of bride kidnapping (common in this land). A man kidnapped her, raped her and then she was forced to be his bride. Miraculously she was able to divorce him. Divorce not common here. The son from that marriage is now an adult and it is so beautiful to see how he honors his mother and helps her. We sat on the floor and she prepared a feast for us. What a precious woman she is. She has influence in her area, which also is incredible as a woman to have influence. She raises support to be able to look after the children.
I also had the privilege to minister at a safe house to women who are out on parole. Most of them were in prison for murder. Their stories are heartbreaking. One young women’s mother sold her for sex to fund her addiction habits. One day she was raped by a group of men who left her in the snow. She lost both her feet. One lady was in prison for a murder she didn’t commit. She saw two men murder the man she lived with, and then ran for her life as she heard them say they want to kill her too. In the end she was blamed for it. The police forced her to sign a document stating she was guilty. The one man who did it was a “main witness” in the court against her. She met Jesus in prison and received much healing during our time together. One day, while ministering at the safe house, one could hear the prayers from another faith outside… but in the room Jesus was setting someone free. What a moment!
CALIFORNIA TV SHOWS
Years ago the Lord gave me a heart for the world of people from another faith. I had no idea how I would ever connect. This year in November I had the honor to record 3 TV shows in CA that will be shown in the Farsi speaking world. Their viewers are 110 million people in Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan.
My first show’s focus is Jesus and the Cross with a salvation prayer time. The second one’s focus is the Father’s heart and third one healing of the heart. My Farsi speaking translator what was with me on the set, translating as I shared. She had tears running down her face during translating the second and third shows.
Please agree with me for hearts to be open to receive Jesus and for hearts and bodies to be healed in Jesus Name. The underground church is growing fast!!
In November I also took a team of 7 ladies to minister with me in Charlottesville, NC. It was such a precious time. Many received healing and breakthrough. We did several meetings and the team also shared testimony and we ministered to people. There were powerful physical and emotional healing.
There is so much more to share!
Thank you for your support. I would not be able to go if you didn’t say yes to the Lord. All glory and honor to Jesus. The ripple affect of all He’s done is continuing.