I WENT TO A STRIP CLUB

Such a great article. Thought provoking and necessary. Thank you for sharing.

just a jesus follower

strip clubA while back I was asked by a group of pastor’s wives to go with them to strip clubs.

That sentence alone sounds strange. But hang with me.

At first I was a little hesitant. And not for reasons you might think.

I love people. Especially ones who are broken; it’s part of my calling. But, given what I’ve walked through, I know how fragile broken people can be.

And I know how insensitive the church can be.

And I was uneasy.

But, these weren’t just any pastors wives.

They had a vision.

One that longed to love on women that society had thrown aside.

It reminded me a lot of Jesus.

So, I jumped on it.

Their plan was to visit these clubs once a month to deliver a meal and gift baskets. I joined them the first night and I’ll be honest, I had NO IDEA what to expect.

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21 YEARS AGO

It’s the twenty-fist anniversary of God outpouring the FIRE of His love in Toronto, Canada! That’s an incredibly joyful and thankful thought, but it’s also a very sobering thought!

John & Carol Arnott

John & Carol Arnott

We are so thankful for this renewal which is still continuing and impacting individual lives and nations. We are so thankful that we are alive for such a time as this.We are so thankful for the way that John and Carol Arnott and the team at Catch the Fire have stewarded this move of God, with faithfulness and integrity. We are so thankful for the impact, healing, blessing, and God-encounters we have received ourselves as a result.

But it is also sobering. Where have those twenty one years gone?! This is a big chunk of life! And how much are we going to allow this revival to impact the rest of our lives?

As we reflect today on all that our God has done, may we be freshly inspired to push into more of Him. May we love and hunger after His Presence more than ever. May we find new depths of personal renewal and healing. May we carry His amazing love wherever we go. May we allow Him to take us into all the changes He wants to, laying aside our fears and resistances.There’s still so much more of Him to be found.

REPORT FROM INDIA

Here, as I sit in my Indian home in the village in the Jalpaiguri jungle area, surrounded by the tea gardens which are nestled in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains, I feel that I have entered into the joy of God’s promise as an open Heaven is over this place, saturated by the prayer of the saints who live here. They are first generation believers. Early in the morning I am woken by the cockerel crow, then children singing worship and pray heartily to the Lord before they begin their daily chores and study before school.

People struggle to have enough to eat and live. Living conditions are basic and work is very hard. Many people have body pain, especially in their weight bearing bones because they carry such heavy weights and nutrition Is scarce and insufficient. Villages I’ve visited for ministry trips are largely made up of straw houses. Not many people can afford bricks and corrugated roofs. Churches are decorated with delicately cut out paper streamers and flags and the worship is led mainly by drums, but I have seen a few guitars and one keyboard.

God’s work here is huge and people are added daily. We have just held the first conference in the new building. About 400 people attended and everyone was fed for two or three days. 200 people slept here on mattresses with blankets hired and provided. Many were under plastic roofs with straw floors. The glory of God filled the temple and people were touched mightily by God’s powerful presence. There was lots of dancing, singing and laughter as the Indian people love to celebrate. It was almost like the X-factor as various young people came forward to perform. Young pastors encouraged and inspired the people to receive more of God as the Holy Spirit moved amongst us. Powerful preaching brought down the manifest presence of God and there were signs and wonders abounding.

From JP  November 2014

WHOLEHEARTED FAITH

Thank you for sharing this, Michele.

Note: I hadn’t meant this to be reposted initially, just to thank Michele. But somehow it reblogged! So let it touch you today. May Father bless you.

(Michele Perry was leader of IRIS ministries Sudan, for several years. Please visit her blog for more, or get her books from Amazon. And let’s pray for her, and for the ‘family’ left in Sudan.)

Wes

D. Michele Perry

picure-1 Leaving these two and the 120+ more behind ripped my world apart and my heart with it.  Daughter in the blue spent her first few weeks with us sleeping right by my side, that is when she slept.  Daughter in the sundress came into my world and shone with the truth of her name, Light of the Father.

It wasn’t supposed to be like this.  I was supposed to grow old seeing them grow up.  Be there for skinned knees and first days and graduations.  To celebrate dreams coming true and to catch them when learning to fly didn’t work out as planned.  Or at the very least I was supposed to die trying.

I didn’t have a plan B.  Plan A was everything.  Plan A was take hold of the nation Jesus had planted me in. Regardless of violence and danger and being allergic to the dietary staples and…

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TORONTO BLESSING

As I sit in my room in an unusually deep-freezing January in Toronto, I am thankful; very thankful. It’s the twentieth anniversary of the day the Holy Spirit came and poured Himself out in renewal and revival to a small Vineyard church near Pearson International Airport. Within weeks thousands were flocking to the nightly meetings from all over the world, with airlines putting on extra flights from the UK, just to accommodate all the Brits who wanted to go over.

Toronto BlessingAnd twenty years later, the phenomenon of revival continues, and countless lives globally have been changed for the better, as they have experienced God the Father’s tangible love, received revelation and healing, and entered into deeper intimacy with Jesus.

In Golden Valley Church (then known as New Life Church, Churchdown) we initially experienced this revival in 1994 as a result of Rodney Howard-Browne’s visit to Birmingham, where we hungrily queued to attend the meetings and encountered God’s amazing Presence in a new and intimate way, with much joy and laughter, tears and cries, shouting and shaking, falling and resting. We were never the same again, as Holy Spirit kept on coming. Over the following days and months, Continue reading “TORONTO BLESSING”

TWENTY YEARS ON… WITH THANKS

guest post by Kathleen Wright 

I have felt the Holy Spirit twisting and turning within me for a couple days regarding the 20 year anniversary of overwhelming visitation of God Almighty at an unknown church nestled next to a huge airport near Toronto.

Let me use an analogy. Also about 20 years ago most people did not have computers or access to the internet. Those who did found it very slow. And it was mostly just text, not much color or graphics, very little sound or motion. But now it is common, and even among the poorest nations somewhat available. What little we had we treasured and marvelled at in the cyber world 20-some years ago. In fact, it was through the baby internet that many of us old timers first got news that God was doing supernatural things (and extravagantly!) in our own lifetimes!

ctfSometimes having an abundance of something for a long time dulls us to its marvels and preciousness. God has ALWAYS been doing something supernatural with humanity and always will. But sometimes is it is relatively dry in many, maybe most places. We read about the supernatural in the Bible and in biographies of evangelists and missionaries. We longed to see something supernatural at least once before we died! But 20 years ago, everything changed. Suddenly the floodgates burst open. There had been serious leaks happening already, and some of them are direct forerunners to what began in Toronto. But Toronto impacted the WHOLE GLOBE with with too many signs, wonders, and miracles to even categorize, let alone count. And that ended up not even being the BIG thing. The BIG thing was the Heart of God, and his tender fatherly-ness, all open and exposed and lavishly poured out on us. My eyes are tearing up as I write.

I write all that to say this. A few of us have open doors to return to Toronto on January 20 and celebrate God’s unbelievable love for us there, but millions who have been touched do not have that opportunity. My heart cries out for you all over the globe, to take a bit of January 20 and passionately and reverently thank God for lavishing Himself upon humanity in our own lifetimes. Imagine the outpouring of love and gratitude arising from all over the planet, for what happened that one day in the dead of winter twenty years ago. And for what is as now as common and accessible as today’s internet. I wonder what would happen in the spirit, if such an outpouring of worship happened January 20. Will you join me?

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Kathleen Wright

 Kathleen and her husband Cameron, are pastors of New Day Community Church, Kalamazoo, Michigan, US – a partners in harvest church. This post originally appeared on Facebook. Shared with permission.

REPORT ON PRESENCE KEEPERS

by Jean Packer

It was a great pleasure to again welcome Jeremy and Connie Sinnott to our church for the ‘Presence Keepers’ Conference. Like us at Golden Valley Church they have a passion to see the Body of Christ drawn into intimacy with God through worship and soaking in His presence where hearts are healed and renewed in preparation for the coming Bridegroom.

The conference was well attended by people who came from a wide range of churches and areas. All of us had been drawn by a desire to have a deeper knowledge and experience of God in our lives. Jeremy and Connie led us in worship that was beautiful and gentle, yet tremendously powerful. There was a great sense of God’s Presence that arose and emanated throughout the place that lasted all weekend.

Throughout their teaching and sharing, we had fun and laughter with Jeremy and Connie. Connie shared how she used a little buzzer that went off every ten minutes that reminded her to praise and thank God for all her blessings and circumstances, which is so important to do. It was so refreshing in the way they taught us not to have a divide from God that made it easier to receive. They exhorted us to practice intimacy with God’s presence and to have a deeper knowledge of His heart of love for us and explained how we need God to be able to flow out of us to reach people and touch hearts. We can do nothing of ourselves. We need to be channels for Him. It was also wonderful to have time to experience some special times of ‘soaking’ up His presence and our Heavenly Father was able to gently draw us closer bringing release and freedom as He touched us. Our lives were opened up to Him in a deeper way.

Faith levels continually rose as the manifest presence of God came down. Signs and wonders were demonstrated on our second day and healings were in our midst.

Prophetic sessions were also arranged for people who wanted some encouragement from God over their lives and these proved to be enjoyable and affirming both to those who prophesied and those that received. It is such a joy when we allow God speaks and we receive all He has for us!

The ‘Fire Tunnel’ at the end of our meetings was magnificent! We all lined up and went through the tunnel formed by leaders (some of us several times)! We were enveloped by the Holy Spirit’s power and we mostly staggered through with much hilarity and laughter.