Monday, May 13, 2013

Half Way

Aloha! So much has been happening here in Kona, Hawaii! We are going into week 6 of the Discipleship Training School we are staffing, half way through lecture phase. We have been blessed with amazing speakers and leaders coming through here. The atmosphere here is passionate, loving, and crying out for revival in the nations and especially America! And it is coming, be encouraged! As staff we get to soak in all the teaching along with the students but we stay super busy (12+ hour days) with many meetings, planning for our summer outreach in Middle East, taking care of everyday life details, and we get to spend 10+ hours in worship & prayer every week. Its really all about Jesus and we're learning how to keep our eyes focused on Him through it all. I'll try to give you a little update on several things. Sorry its long due to my lack of updates. Honestly its been difficult to handle our schedule and find time.

OUTREACH: We are planning to go to the Middle East at the end of June with a group of 12 for 10 weeks. I can't give many details here, but we are super excited and it is going to be an amazing time of spreading love, joy, and hope! Logistical details are coming together slowly but surely. If you'd like to hear more please email us! Our school is also currently serving every week at a public beach park in the local community, showing love in simple ways.

TEACHING: WOW. We have learned a lot and our hearts and minds have been opened in new ways. Week 1 we had staff testimonies and saw God move in love and grace among the students. Week 2 was Pure Heart Inner Healing with Tom & Donna Cole. It was so powerful. There was confession, forgiveness, healing, and freedom. Jesus ministered to students broken hearts and brought healing. We saw men and women sobbing as they were embraced and encountered God's amazing love. Week 3 we had Trent from Boston teaching us about the historical man Jesus. It brought Scripture to life as we learned more about the culture of the time and imagined Jesus' emotions and actions in different stories and from His childhood. He is fully man and truly experienced everything we do and can understand us! So good! Week 4 our school leader Dan Baumann taught about simple love of Jesus and intimacy with Him. He lived in Afghanistan for 10 years and spent time in prison in Iran. His is a testimony of simply walking with Jesus in all areas of life and letting Him love us in new ways. Last week we had Christian Gonzalez join us. He is a Yale/Harvard student who has combined his strong faith with his studies and knowledge of many ways of thinking. It was so encouraging and we learned so many new things, especially about loving God with our minds!

TESTIMONY: Personally God has been speaking to us and drawing us closer to Him during this time. We have been super filled up and encouraged. We have seen many physical healings on campus, not to mention all the inner healing. Last Monday night I and some others prayed for a woman who had a lot of pain in her ankle. It kept her from worshiping in fulness and being active. After we prayed all her pain was gone! One of our students was healed from years of chronic back pain, another woman had chronic stomach pain/problem and was healed, and MANY others! Teams that are out on outreach now from here are sending in stories of supernatural signs, healing, and breakthrough all over the world. One team in DC met President Obama and saw a huge breakthrough among students at the University for the blind. In Amsterdam after much time in worship and intercession a whole row on the Red Light District was shut down!!! God's Kingdom is coming in the nations! Praise Him. Leaders in every sphere of society are coming from all over the world to collaborate here. Recently research scientists and professors gathered to discuss seeking God's answers for the worlds problems through science! Fascinating stuff.

US: We have been loving our time here and feel so honored to have this opportunity. It is a beautiful picture of God's creation and faithfulness. Thank you to everyone who encourages us with your love! We really love hearing from you so please email us and you can check out our pictures of Facebook. We have both struggled with sickness the past 4 weeks. We got sick and then 2 weeks later it came back. The doctor told us this week we both have bronchitis. There is no medicine so we need a lot of rest, which is difficult. Please pray that our symptoms would be gone!

Needs: Your prayers are so valuable! We need more prayer and financial partners. We are confident in God's call on our lives for us to be serving Him full time with YWAM. That means we don't have any income. Expenses are higher living in the US and we need extra funds for outreach travel and a large medical bill. Please pray about these things. If you would like to partner with us in some way click on the 'Partner' tab and contact us! Thank you so much! God uses individuals like you to enable us to reach many people with His love. Much love ohana (family)

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