Friday Evening and Saturday
Things have really accelerated and so much has happened it is hard to know where to begin. First of all let me update you on the rest of Friday. Simon safely arrived after he and Dan got lost on the way back from Riga. In fact, they got lost after two minutes. It seems travel throughout this trip has been the biggest challenge!
Back at base camp we had a youth evening led brilliantly by Monica and Joy. We had the chance to pray with many of the youth. However, it was not until Sunday evening that we saw real break through with these guys (details later in blog).
Saturday – Treasure hunting hits Madona!
Due to very little time left to blog what follows is a very brief summary of events as so much has gone on.
The team eventually travelled over to Madona (another story in itself). We had teams of four with a Latvian / English mix. Here are some of the highlights from the hour on the street.
Kirstie / Anna / Dave and Robert (NFI plant in Latvia)
Clues that matched
Pinnafore dress / Chimney / Lion / Traffic Lights / Denim
They saw three teenage girls walking near the bank that had a lion in it’s logo. In the background there were two distinct chimneys and they were standing by traffic lights. One of the girls had a denim pinafore. Anna and Kirstie approached and explained why they had picked them out. They asked them if any of the other clues made any sense; which they didn’t. However, she did want prayer for emotional healing. While they were praying Anna sensed that the emotional issues were to do with her family and being let down. This led to tears and the lady was clearly impacted by God. They asked her what she thought about being picked out and what she felt about Jesus. She said that she loved Jesus and that she went to the Lutheran church. They encouraged her and left her with some literature.
Rasma is a very sweet lady who had served us lunch even though she would rather have wanted to be out treasure hunting. During lunch she fell over and hurt her ankle. She already had other injuries and she felt some of the clues on one of the maps fitted her and asked for prayer. Mark and John prayed and she was healed from her neck and back that day and her ankle had fully recovered by the following morning!
At the end of the day some people stayed with families in Madona while the lightweights came back and had a camp fire, lots of laughter and a sauna to top the day off!
On Sunday the team went to a morning service in Madona and evening youth service in Ergli. This was a service not quite like any they have had before.
Simon preached on the Kingdom coming through tribulation followed by bringing some of the team up to do prophetic ministry. This led to many of the congregation being prayed for. What follows is some of the many highlights:
Old Woman called Anna (in an honouring sense)
An old woman called Anna was prayed for by Anna Heasman. Her knee pain that she has had for many years was completely healed. She also had numbness in her thigh that improved during the prayer.
Mel had a prophetic word for a young guy called Oscar about being distracted with a certain relationship. He was amazed with how accurate the word was and was not only challenged by the word, but hungry to learn how to develop the gift of prophecy. So Mel, being an activator, got him to practise straight away! He immediately got something, which really encouraged him.
Anna also had prophetic word for man and saw him in a boiler suit and a spanner in his hand. She asked him if he was a mechanic and whether he liked to see things worked out intricately. Anna felt God was saying that he was too big to be worked out and it wasn’t what he knew in his head, but what he knew in his heart. It was his first time to church and no-one knew him, but later found out that he was in fact a mechanic!
In the evening the team went over to Ergli for a youth meeting. The service started with worship before Anna, Rob and Monica shared how lives had been impacted in Bedford through treasure hunting and hearing the prophetic.
Simon then preached a shortened version from the morning service and gave teaching on how to pray for the sick. Then he asked if anyone had any ailments and people gathered around them. The team saw a throat, necks, back and knees healed. Below are some of the highlights.
Joy prayed for Agrita. She explained that she had arthritis and that she was pain even when standing there to receive prayer. Prayed a simple prayer, “be healed in the name of Jesus Christ” and prayed for every bone in the body that Joy could remember across neck, arms, ankles, backs, legs in general and joints. First of all nothing happened. Prayed a second time and she said “this is really funny, I don’t have pain in my knees any more.” Went on and shared that in the meeting. Later in the evening when Joy asked how her knees were, Joy also asked if it was just the knees. She explained that she had pain in all her body, but it had now all disappeared. Joy then overheard heard her having a conversation with someone else who asked her are you going to come on the adventure camp next year? She said “YES!” and she was really excited about doing that. She said that the last time that Marvin had asked her there was no way as she had pain just walking to school.
Calle is a Swedish man who came to Bedford last weekend to treasure hunt. He has been in Latvia involved in missionary work for many years. In Sweden he used to be a construction worker. While at work 12 years ago he fell down a 25 metre lift shaft which the doctor said he should not of survived. He broke his neck and had it in a metal brace for many months. Since then he has been in constant pain in his back and neck. Nick and Rob prayed for him during the meeting and he felt heat in his back. At the end of the meeting Rob and Simon prayed for him and after a few minutes all the pain left him amidst laughter and crying.
Richard, Mel and Kat prayed alongside a Latvian who had asked for prayer. The guys explained to the Latvian how to pray for her friend and let her pray. To her amazement she was instantly healed! The exciting thing is that the Latvians are starting to realise that it is nothing special about the team, but the power of God can and does move through anybody.
Next one could not leave Latvia without a Fire Tunnel! Katie was particularly impacted, after initially being sceptical! She even ended up going through twice!! Her son Jonathon gave his life to the Lord after going through the tunnel.
The youth then came back to base camp where we all shared stories from the trip, hot dogs (Latvian style) and played silly games into the night.
This leads us to the end of our blog which, although as reliable as the Post Office has been this last month, hopefully has encouraged you all. See you soon and please read the last paragraph from Dan who helps lead the mission here with Dustin.
Dan feeding back
“You have been a fantastic team. How do you put a team together like this? Yesterday I was watching how people react to your ministry. You are such a professional team and should go around and do this all the time. There are so many churches in Eastern Europe that would benefit. Anyway, it has been a huge blessing. To really encourage you guys you do have a very special gifting to encourage.”