Friday, April 15, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
We had a day off from our intense missions training on Sunday, so we decided to enjoy our day with some of our new friends from class!
Friday, April 8, 2011
Today and for the next few days we have a gifted couple who is teaching us how to do ministry with the power of the Holy Spirit - John and Sonja Decker. However the assumption was that everyone in our class had been baptized by the Holy Spirit and could speak in a unintelligible prayer language (or tongues, even though this is not necessarily the only evidence). Anyway at the end of session I raised my hand and said that I didn't have this gift and apparently I was the only one in the class. In the past I had been prayed over for it and even brought one of my friends to support me in getting prayed for and he ended up getting the gift instead of me! Even my wife has had it for years.Well, today Sonja prayed for me very simply and after I asked God to release it. She told me to listen because the Holy Spirit will tell me what to say. It took a few moments and I heard what this new language sounded like and I opened my mouth and began to speak it. I was reluctant because it was strange so I spoke it quietly and couldn't tell if it was really the Holy Spirit. But it just kept coming out of my mouth naturally. After we were done, I went to the bathroom to make sure I didn't lose it. Since no one was in there I just released it more and more and could really sense the Spirit's presence. As excited as I am about this, the baptism of the Holy Spirit is not about the gift of tongues, it is about moving in the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 24:29, Acts 1:8, 1Cor 14:4, 14-15). Thank you Lord!
I surrender, I give my life, I will give up everything, I will serve you whole heartedly...By the end of the week of FMI training, we have been transformed and our eyes has opened even wider. Training sessions from 8am-7:00pm have been many insightful sessions of hearing veteran missionaries advice, suggestions, and most of all their experiences on the field. It has been a priceless experience and definitely building lifelong family and mentors. Many times we were touched and tears would roll down our cheeks as we imagine and feel the love of God of what they have gone through for God. We went to the training with a time frame of 1 year in the Philippines... and we are now going in complete faith and moving as if it is for LIFE or until God moves us elsewhere. "Whole heartedly" has been the theme of this week. Worship whole heartedly, pray whole heartedly, and serve whole heartedly. Looking forward to the rest of the sessions this week and next: Marriage Enrichment, Ministry skills (Healing the sick, dealing with demons...) etc... On top of all that... the FOOD has been mouth watering delish!
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
We were blessed to be sent to Los Angeles to receive missions training, thanks to our church Hope Chapel West Oahu. Join us as we document our journey here for the next 2 weeks. We'll include more videos and photos, but we won't send email updates so you'll need to subscribe to our channel on YouTube or visit our website to keep up with the updates.
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