Every Tuesday night our school and two others have been going out on the streets of Kona, Hawaii to spread the Love of Jesus. With an average of 80+ students, we’ve been grouping up and hearing the voice of the Lord to evangelize and let people know about the Love of our God. From Atheists to Christians, we’ve encountered people from all walks of life and have been walking in obedience to what the Lord wants to say. For some, evangelism may seem like a sales pitch of our faith and just a convincing of the mind. But when you hear from the Lord of what He wants to say about His children, there’s not much to sell – rather it’s sold already. I just wanted to share a couple of my testimonies from this quarter thus far:
Silhouettes of Restoration:
On the first day of community outreach, we were excited as a school to see what the Lord wanted to do. I gathered with a few of my buddies from school and we just started to pray and ask the Lord for direction. “God, who do you want to speak to today?”, “Where will he/she be?”, “What will they be wearing”, “What are their prayer needs?”. After some prayer, we started to write down as a group what we felt the Lord was speaking. I instantly got the name Michael, and saw the silhouette of a very large man with a cowboy hat. The location I received was by the arcades on Ali’i drive downtown. Others had their own descriptions and then we were off to walk out in faith what the Lord had spoken. As we walked down town, we prayed for the sick, we prayed for those in wheel chairs and spoke to whomever we thought the Lord tugged our hearts toward. But nowhere in sight was there anyone with a cowboy hat. We went to the arcade and still, no sign of anyone. Hours had passed but I was so sure of what the Lord had spoken, and knew that the night wasn’t over. As we prayed for more guidance, we were led to just sit on the rock wall by the arcade and just wait. Low and behold within five minutes, across the street there was a man with a cowboy hat. My friend and I booked it across the street and ran toward the man and started to talk to Him. He was a very built man, above 6 feet in height, and had a cowboy hat - the identical image the Lord had given me! I asked what His name was, and He replied “Mike”. We found Him! The Lord was faithful to speak, and we were faithful to pray over him. We blessed Him with words of knowledge of his past, as the Lord told us that Mike used to go to church and that God was going to re-dig the old wells. We started to reveal his heart of Joy and righteousness that he carried. We then spoke life over him and told Him that God had planned for us to meet (We even showed him our notes on him!) and that God was calling and pursuing him. He stood speechless & shocked - agreeing with everything we were saying and we instantly knew God had worked on His heart.
After we said our goodbyes to Michael, God had more in plan for us. We then saw our other friends across the street worshipping on the rock wall by the ocean. They were singing prophetically over the city of Kona, as my friend was leading on the guitar- tearing and singing “Oh, how you love us”. One of the foundational beliefs we have is that worship enthrones our God (Psalms 22:3) over any physical area and changes the atmosphere with the presence of God. For 2 hours they had been worshipping with people passing by with no response. Then my buddy Sammy spotted a girl across the street that he felt the Lord wanted us to talk to. We just walked up to her and asked if we could pray for her. Instantly, God started to speak through my buddy Sammy that she was hurt from the church and had some resentment that the Lord was going to heal and resotre She responded with surprise saying “ Yeah, was I was baptized Mormon and have been bitter toward the church as an institution, and actually last weekend was the first time I’ve been to church since I was little”. The power of worship was so clear as our friends on the rock wall had been creating an atmosphere enthroning our King – at the same time causing anyone in sight to be in the presence of the Lord. We ended our conversation trading numbers to connect her with some sisters and we walked home knowing that Jesus had demonstrated His love that night.
Red Light Taxi
It was another Tuesday night, and as usual we gathered in small groups and headed downtown to see what God had in store. In this journey of hearing form the Lord, we really wanted to practice walking out in faith as nonchalant as possible – meaning not making it some event to just hear from him. So this time we didn’t really have any plans. We just wanted to walk up to whoever we felt the Lord wanted to speak to. No Agenda, just obedience. For a couple of hours we prayed for people and blessed them as we spoke destiny and words of knowledge over peoples pasts, but didn’t run into any receptive people. It was quite discouraging since the past weeks were so successful. We didn’t lose faith and continued to walk downtown. Then we saw four young kids and we all knew that the Lord was wanting to speak to these kids. My friend Greg walked up in faith and asked if we could pray for them. They turn around in complete surprised saying.. “ uh… weird, we were just talking about prayer”. We found out that they’re a local band and were really close friends. They weren’t believers and one was a self-proclaimed atheist. They were open to us praying for them and then God started to speak to all four of us, to each of them. God told us who the leader was, who the dreamer was, the compassionate, and who had much favor over his life. God had given me the nature of the group of friends and how they interact as God has hand chosen them to be together for a divine purpose. All of them were completely amazed in agreement to what God was speaking, especially the Atheist. We told them that God was pursuing their hearts and that God was alive and moving after them in Love. All of them knew Jesus had spoken loud and clear through four individuals (us) that they’ve never met in their lives. They didn’t give their life to the Lord right then and there, but there is no doubt that God interfered in their journey of life. I’m praying that we run into them again, and for God to drop bombs of love into Salvation!
My new brother Chris
Every Thursday we meet corporately on campus as all the students, staff and visitors gather to worship the Lord. We commonly invite whomever we meet on local outreach to this open gathering. This past Thursday was like any other ordinary Thursday and thought nothing of it. Service went as usual as we ended with closing worship and prayer for everyone. Then I saw a local kid, Chris, who I knew wasn’t from campus. I just knew I had to pray for him, but knowing my timid self, I hesitated in my seat. Then as he passed by, he himself said “what’s up” to me, and I knew God was telling me to stop wasting time. I greeted him back and said in faith “The Lord told me to pray for you”. I grabbed my buddy Sammy and we started to prophecy over his life. Words of knowledge came to me as the Lord told me that God was now placing a family in his life that he never really had; That in the past, the love he so naturally knew how to extend only returned pain causing him to harden his heart, and that God wanted to show him a relentless love that never bites back with pain – the Love of God. He said in response that the prayers were exactly right, and then the presence of the Lord fell heavy on him as he started to break down and cry. He said this was the first time he had cried in two years since His best friend died – and then said “ I’ve never felt a love like this before, a emptiness in my heart that nothing ever has filled till now”.
Last night I ran into him again on campus in our prayer room. After his first encounter with the Lord this week, he’s been trying to wind down his life away from the streets. Already the enemy has sparked assignments against him as I discovered local kids from Kona were seeking after his life. These were kids that he hung out with, and for “some reason” they started to turn on him. It seems that the moment we find true light in God, the enemy will do whatever it takes to take back control. We prayed over Chris for peace and protection and then God started to speak through one of our older staff members, Hannah. She said “….God’s telling me that your parents divorced, and that your mother has made a new family, but your mother right now is crying out for you to God…..”. Chris was in shock and started to break down again in tears as the Lord started to move upon his heart. God was exposing the biggest pains of his heart to reveal that He was the healer. Later he opened up to tell me that His mother right now was in Rehab. I was speechless in my heart, as I realized that the prayers of his recovering mother in Rehab were being answered through us to reach her son.
In Acts 2:17 it says:
28 "And it shall come to pass afterward,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh;
your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
your old men shall dream dreams,
and your young men shall see visions.
You and I are this generation that Joel speaks of. Our great intercessor & high priest is pouring out His spirit on to us to reach the lost through His own thoughts, and is asking us to agree and partake in His pursuit for His children. Paul clearly states in 1 Corinthians 2 “ my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God”. The power of God is not a mere convincing of the mind, but a piercing of the heart. With our team preparing to go to the Ivy League universities, we will not be taking our human intellects & apologetics to bring glory to God. Boston alone is an area where homeless men and women are geniuses and will blow any ounce of weak human apologetics of God out of the water.
In Corinthians 2 it says:
9But, as it is written, "What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him"—
10these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 11For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.
15And he said to them, "Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover."
We are preparing to be walking vessels of the Gospel and the power of God through sign, wonders and miracles. We are consecrating ourselves in sacrifice & obedience to become trophies of God’s mercy, grace and testimony. We are just asking for God to be God in these cities and putting our obedience & faith in what the Word of God says - and from the testimonies I described above, God is doing just that.
I ask that you be encouraged and not to be fooled by the lies of the enemy at what Jesus has done on the cross for us. He has forgiven and wiped away the sins of our lives so that we may walk in the fullness of dominion & authority as sons and daughters of God through the Holy Spirit. The very authority (Genesis 1:27-28) Adam & Eve lost to creation at the fall (Genesis 3), Jesus has returned to us so that we may fulfill the groaning that creation longs to see (Romans 8). All of mankind’s spirit is groaning for a savior, and there is no yoga class, self-help book or false religion that can take the place of Jesus’ personal, all consuming and purposeful love. The spirit of God, is after the spirit of Man – and only the God who breathed unto us can bring life back into us. And with His spirit we will be living out Isaiah’s prophetic word:
1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
Please pray for our team as we are preparing for the Ivy League Universities. We will not be there argue intellect, but to bring the presence of God through obedience of His Word, His voice, and through the enthroning of His name in Worship. Please pray for protection, spiritual tenacity, and emptiness to be obedient vessels for the Lord. The Jesus that we know is not a God that sits back and watches the world fade away, but is the God who speaks through those who are willing to live out Isaiah 61. God will Heal, God will show miracles, and God will read peoples lives to get straight to the Heart – and God IS using you all for this team whenever you pray.
I just want to end with this final testimony about our new brother Chris that I mentioned above. Just yesterday we had lunch with Him, and the Lord spoke to my friend John that God wanted Him baptized. John wanted confirmation in his heart, then minutes later his wife leans forward and says “God just told me he wants to baptize Him today” – Voice of the Lord CONFIRMED! By the time we had Coffee, he confessed on his own with complete joy that He wanted to be baptized – and so by late afternoon on Sunday – Chris officially accepted the Lord, confessed Jesus as His Lord and Savior and was baptized in the YWAM swimming pool into the Kingdom. (We Love you Chris!)
I can’t help but to always end these updates in thanksgiving, because your prayers and support are pushing God’s Kingdom forward. Your prayers have been invested into my life to be a witness of people’s eternal salvations. The Gospel is being preached, people are being saved, healed, delivered and most importantly – God is making Himself known.
This is why we’re here, and this is what you all are a part of.
Love you all more than you know