“Prayer is the key that unlocks all the storehouses of God’s infinite grace and power. All that God is, and all that God has, is at the disposal of prayer. But we must use the key. Prayer can do anything that God can do, and as God can do anything, prayer is omnipotent. No one can stand against the man who knows how to pray and who meets all the conditions of prevailing prayer and who really prays. ‘The Lord God Omnipotent’ works for him and works through him. ” R. A. Torrey
As I am blessed with a rich community of praying people. I come before you with specific requests for a month that is rich with kingdom opportunity. I know without a doubt that the prayers of those that love us have ushered us forward beyond anything we could have imagined for ourselves in ministry. Especially the prayers of my parents whose prayers I depend on, and know are the first that are carried up to the ears of God as the sun rises and are repeated often before the sun sets.
This month is a bit unique as we will be visting 3 countries and 4 Squads in little over 2 1/2 weeks of travel.
We begin on the 6th on March with our travel to Haiti to visit the Squad we are coaching for the year, C Squad.
Returning on the 10th we board a new plane to Thailand on the 12th of March (yes we will only be home 1 day to repack) and will be there until the 18th. Then on the 18th we will be in route to China until the 22nd.
During that time we will be with W,X & Y Squads.
Prayer requests -
Personal – Travel grace, minimal to no jetlag while on the field, connections of all flights, no lost luggage, health, energy and both earthy and divine connections would all be made.
Now for the good stuff -
I’m asking for a downpour of the Holy Spirit for each persons individual journey. Only the Holy Spirit can minister to almost 200 people and give them each exactly what they need.
That God would break down any walls that hinder them from wholeness.
That their hearts would be ministered to and healing would flow to them, and through them.
I ask for a great revelation of the love of God.
Empowerment of His Holy Spirit of their lives and teams.
Release of their gifts and talents to further the Kingdom.
Courage and boldness to permeate them through and through.
Vision to impact the Nations for the years to come.
Wholeness and Holiness of their minds, body and spirit.
Souls, souls, souls, souls, souls, souls, for the Kingdom.
Territorial strongholds would be pulled down and Kingdom ground taken all around the world.
Yes, we might as well go big, or go home!
I stand as a witness to declare that the hand of God is moving through this generation in ways that motivate me forward with fresh courage, hope and excitement.
Wrap us in Isaiah 61 and Ephesians 1:17-19
Here are a few stories from the field to stir your spirits to pray.
Krystle Desales on the A squad fell in love this month with baby Crystal in Mwanza, Tanzania. Baby Crystal has hydrocephaly which means there is fluid in her brain. Krystle started to pray… http://krystledesales.theworldrace.org/?filename=what-you-did
“I left the hospital unsettled, still thinking about Crystal and her mother. I prayed that God would just miraculously heal her. Two days after the hospital visit, I looked at my bank account and noticed someone put in one hundred dollars into my account, which is the exact amount Crystal needed for the surgery. I know that this wasn’t just some coincidence, some fluke chance that this happened…This coming Monday on February 6th, baby Crystal is having surgery. After 11 months, finally she is receiving the miracle she has been waiting for. “
Allison Prysianzny on the W squad is in Mozambique. She writes a blog about being ‘up and healing before noon,’ and describes just another day of ministering in the bush! Read about the healings here: http://allisonprysiazny.theworldrace.org/?filename=up-and-healing-before-noon-just-another-day-on-the-race&bookmark=true#comments
“One man in particular stands out in my memory. He showed us how he couldn’t lift his right arm and then pulled up his sleeve to show the little razor marks the witch doctor had cut into him. He said he had been there many times, but he still couldn’t lift his arm. We prayed for him and watched as he lifted his arm high above his head. PTL!”
Jamos and Emily Mitchell, also on the W squad in Mozambique, share the below story about how God showed up and moved during a spontaneous prayer time in the middle of the marketplace. Read an excerpt below and check out more here: http://jamosandemilymitchell.theworldrace.org/?filename=african-adventure-into-the-bush
“It was around 8am and we stopped for some bread and bagia in a small town. Let’s be real, I also wanted a Coke Zero. Felito (our pastor) wanted to see a man who he met at an outreach event 10 years earlier, who was saved and now a pastor in the town. We met up with the elderly pastor and prayed for him before we left. When we were done praying for him in the street, there was a crowd gathered and they wanted prayer for themselves!
First, a lady, who was selling pineapples on a blanket on the roadside wanted prayer. She could not believe that we would pray for her – for FREE! We were like, ‘yes, of course, we would love to pray for you’. Each time we were in a circle praying, and when one person was done, another person made their way into the circle and we surrounded them in prayer! People would tell us if they were sick (most were) and one man had even visited a witch doctor to help with his arm, which he could not lift up at all. The witch doctor (who you pay money to) made small cuts in his skin and he had the scars to show us. We prayed over his arm and when we were done, he could lift it above his head! Another miracle!
The praying continued for nearly 2 hours and when we were done, another man who was healed, came up to the pastor, Felito, and said, “ I want to give you land to build a church in my village – so that my village may know God and be saved” So, he hopped on the back of our truck and we headed to his village to see the land he was going to give our pastor to plant a church. AMAZING!”
Shayna Black, Y squad, took personal money and helped feed a whole community after she heard God speak to her this week.
So, after much prayer and conversation with our contact, this is what God said to do.
“Feed the village!” -God
So this is what we did with the money:
35-25kg bags of rice
32-50pkg/box of noodles
It went to feed 35 different families in the village both Christian and Buddhist alike. Here’s the crazy cool part……
Our contact later told me that he had prayed for 2 years for someone to come help him feed his village and here I was answering that prayer!”
Check out pictures here: http://shaynablack.theworldrace.org/?filename=part-2-seeing-gods-plan-photos
Stephanie May (A squad) has an incredible way of telling her story and how she is experiencing the Holy Spirit on the Race–as NOT creepy. Her whole perspective has changed because she’s seen the Spirit manifest. She’s learned to prophesy, pray in the spirit, and has witnessed healings. Read her story here: http://stephaniemay.theworldrace.org/?filename=7A35CE9F101140A78B4227CF9A6B53
“We walked into a room that looked like every other African living room, concrete with a set of curtains and some tacky fake flowers, and sat down to wait.
A few minutes later, an old woman walked into the room. ‘Walked’ is a stretch. She hobbled in, dragging one of her legs, holding herself up on the crudest set of crutches I’ve ever seen. Her face was screwed up in agony, and she barely got herself the five feet to a chair before slowly and painfully lowering herself into it.
Without missing a beat, we got to work, praying for healing. A half an hour later, I was holding the woman’s hand as she took her first pain-free steps across the floor. She walked 15 feet heading straight for the door. She stopped there, looking out at the world she had been missing, before turning and walking again.”
This is kind of a different update for Friday Updates, but this blog from Leah Malone on the C squad caught our attention. Her uncle with Downs Syndrome passed away this last week and she went home for the funeral. She writes about his life, his relationship with Jesus, and what he has taught her. It is beautiful. http://leahmalone.theworldrace.org/?filename=pancakes-on-friday
“…Thanks to my uncle, I have the most vivid picture of what that looks like [to receive the kingdom of God like a child]. For example, in the last year of his life Jerry loved his Bible. He hardly went anywhere without it. He would read his Bible all the time. The funny thing is…my uncle can’t read! You would look over and his Bible would be upside down and sideways but his lips would be muttering something 100 mph! I love it. You tell Jerry that Jesus loves him and he believes you. You tell him Jesus died for him and he says ok. You tell him he’s going to heaven and he just smiles. Pure faith…so beautiful. I decided today that I’m actually super jealous of him.”