Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
It is my senior year of high school and I can not think of a better way to end my school year then going back to Berlin Germany for the 3rd time to work with the wonderful organization European Initiative. The people who work at EI are some of the most spiritually motivated people I have ever met and have taught me so much about what it means to share your story with someone else. Here are the some of the statistics I heard about the first time I went to Europe that left me completely shocked:
Alarming statistics that confirm Europe’s spiritual decline:
This is why each year I send out these letters asking you to give money to send me to Europe. Your gifts are not to pay my way, but to pay THE way for these lost people to actually hear about the story of Christ that you and I are so familiar with.
For the trip, the amount for me to go is $2400 and $1200 of that is due this week (4/10/13) for me to pay for my plane ticket. I have the faith that God will deliver every cent of that money this week, and that is why I am fearlessly asking you to give towards this trip.
Email me at email@example.com for information on how to contribute!
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Saturday, September 3, 2011
There was this one song that our dance team performed called Your Great Name by Natalie Grant and it soon became our "Battle Song". Whenever the enemy was trying to stop what were doing we would always start dancing this song...and let me just say...the Devil did NOT like this song! Everytime it was danced, something would go wrong. [the time with the speakers...guess what song we were trying to play]. Once in at Alexanderplatz the girls had begun to dance this song and out of no where this man comes out to the girls (while they are dancing) and starts mocking them and dancing around them, but he always went around them as if he couldn't break into the circle. Well there is a part of the song that goes "The enemy, he has to leave at the sound of your great name," and at that this man starts running around their dance circle screaming "Scientology! Scientology!" Our leader Cedric stood in front of him and said "I rebuke you devil in the NAME OF JESUS!" and Immedietly this man stood straight up and saluted. and while Cedric and some other adults began to pray this man could not move as if something was holding him in place. When the dance had finished the man apologized and in a whole different voice said "I'm so sorry, I never act like that I don't know what came over me." and then he asked for more information about Jesus. God - 2 Devil - 0
While we were in Berlin we met a boy named Oliver who was about 16, 17 years old. He was at one of the outreaches and he sat through one of our entire outreaches just watching. Cedric went up to him and began to share Christ with him and he decided to give his life to Christ. the next day Oliver met us again for one of our outreaches and his countenance had changed drastically! He smiled constantly and he absolutely loved what we were doing. Once on the way to dinner he was walking with us and he passed a street musician under a bridge. I watched as he went over to the man took out his wallet and dropped some cash into the man's guitar case. He then sat down next to the man and started talking to him. he asked me to bring his dinner out to him and when i did instead of eating it he gave some to the man and began to tell him about Jesus! 24 hours after being saved and Oliver already began living out the commandment to become a missionary. God blessed us with him as another translator who could now share his own testimony! He had such a fire lit inside of him and it was amazing to watch it burn in this dark city. Cedric asked him on our last outreach day after church if he had started at all reading the German Bible we had given him and he said yes, he had 2 more pages left. and Cedric asked,"...of the chapter?" and he answered no, of the entire new testament! We were all amazed that in 2 days he had wanted to read so much of his bible! By the time we left he had already finished reading the entire bible. Now the night after the first church service we asked him to go to church with us the next day as well and he said he would meet us. But the next morning he wasn't there to meet us so we went onto church. We found out later he had been hit by a car on his way to meet us. [the devil once again] He is fine but still healing from it so I ask that you pray for our young brother in Christ!
The night we had our mini concert in Poland, there was a woman sitting on the front row after the show and our dance teacher Mrs. Scott went over to go talk to her. Mrs. Scott started talking to her about the message that was shared and talking about how God can free us from the sin and from the devil. and Catarina asked her, "The devil?" and Mrs. Scott said yes his name is Lucifer. and the woman leans over and says, "Oh, yes i know him, he talks to me all of the time" At this some of the other adults went over to Caterina and started talking about how Christ offers freedom from the devil you just have to accept His grace. They asked her if she wanted that and she said yes. So they started praying over her telling the devil he had no foothold over her life anymore and immedietly she started heaving, almost as if she were throwing up but you couldn't see what was coming out. She began yelling and screaming and the team in the room all began praying harder and louder. The dance team began to sing songs like "The enemy has been defeated" or The Great I Am (2:12) which says,
"The mountains shake before Him
The demons run and flee
At the mention of the name
King of Majesty
There is no power in hell
Or any who can stand
Before the power and the presence of the Great I am
While we were singing and praying she (or rather it) began to yell loud and curse and Jeff Serio shouted "In the name of Jesus, identify yourself", and a handful of people could here the words loud and clear when the voice came out of her saying, "I am lucifer". [Later after talking about it we realized that not everyone had heard what she said. To some (mostly the younger students) it sounded like she was just yelling and roaring, but to others they could here exactly what the demon had said very clearly which shows that God was shielding the ears of those who did not need to hear it!] So we all began praying harder and harder as the demons fought to stay inside of her. When we thought it was over, one of the leaders said it still wasn't out and that there was still something in her hands. we asked her if she had ever done anything evil with her hands and she said she used to work with energy and black magic. so again we began praying. We had to repeat the same process over her eyes as God revealed to someone else in the group another area of need. Several times we tried to get her to read the bible but once she was reading she would pass out. So finally we took out our prop bag and grabbed a white jacket (which was worn by Greg who played Jesus in the drama) and draped it over her. She had calmed down enough to tell us that she used to have these dreams that Lucifer would come to her and tell her she would never be free of him, and she would be in chains. Before she could ever find out how to break free she would always wake up. She had been having this dream for years...and it was only now she had found deliverance.
Catarina is now a born again christian free of the demons that were once inside her. She came out to dinner with us after that exhausting experience. She looked radically changed from when she had first came into the theater. We all celebrated and rejoiced in the victory God had provided.
(Not by might but my His Spirit)
Was this experience scary? No...not really. because at the time everyone jumped into a role. It really wasn't us working but the Holy Spirit. We had people as young as 13 on up on our team and yet everyone was moving in the spirit.
I feel so blessed to now have a powerful testimony to share. God hand picked every person in our team to be there for this and it something I will never forget.
I wanted you all to hear about this story because while its not something people like to talk about, it proves, the devil is REAL. demons are REAL. hell is real. But guess what also is real? God is REAL. God's POWER is REAL. God's LOVE is real. God's PROMISES are real. and God's WORD is real.
Every time we were spirtually attacked in Europe it made me smile to know that God is on my side. He is the Victor and he has already won.