Victories in Africa-CMM's Jean Marc's Team Ministers Glory and Healing!!!
Hi prayer partners. I have not had time to give you much of an update on the latest team that came, Jean Marc and Clelio, 2 Brazilians (one lives in the US and the other in Bolivia), and Reggie, Shannon and David, 3 Americans who live in Missississippi. They are all now either home or on their way home (3 of them are ministering in England on the way home). This is a praise report with some more prayer items to help guide your prayer, and I've included some pictures below.
We held an extremely effective 4-day pastor's seminar in one area, Macanga, with crusades whenever we could, mostly in the evenings. The testimonies from the pastors were very very encouraging. And some additional ministry in or near the mission base in Vila Ulongue. The Holy Spirit was there in power with many healings and deliverances. In just two days there were 4 deaf people that started hearing and 3 mute people who started speaking, one was both deaf and mute and God healed him of both. I loved the one who came up to the platform with his mother who said that he had not spoken at all in the last 5 years and his first words were to proclaim Jesus as his Lord and Saviour. Throughout the time the team was here we have collected a number of crutches and walking sticks from people who didn't need them anymore. The Lord gave a word that a lady whose skin in the face was all flaking off would be clear in 3 days, and guess what, she was (don't know what it was, but it sure made me think of leprosy). We always love seeing the glory of God manisfested on Earth, we usually are honored to be able to see a few of these but this is by far the greatest concentration of healings that I have ever been part of – ALL GLORY TO GOD, PRAISE HIM !!! And the people's reaction is just as you would expect, they are flocking to Jesus. One of the most encouraging things about all this is that for the first time I sense that the local Macanga pastors are ready and willing to keep introducing Jesus to the lost including the way that He has asked us to.
Mar 16:17 "And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons, they will speak in new tongues, …, they will place their hands on sick people and they will get well".
Together with such great successes and breakthroughs in the name of Jesus, we were not surprised to see a number of challenges trying to discourage us. In all the time we have been coming to Africa this is the most vehicle breakdows that we have endured. We lost a piston and cylinder head on one of the cars. We had at least 6 tires go flat, including 2 blowouts where the tire seemed to explode – there were children coming from the other side of the road bringing big pieces of rubber. Also many radiator leaks, and a number of fan belts which decided to come off their pulleys. The wife of one of the American missionaries needed to go into hospital back home for a few days with unexplained pain (turned out to be an infection), the mother of another fell ill during the trip. Enesia joined us near the end of the trip and as soon as she arrived started feeling pain like described of the team member's wife (again, an infection). I was so impressed that through all this, nobody in the team was fazed in the least, we are more than conquerors, and it is encouraging to see how much interest our obedience to God is causing in the enemy's camp – he's running scared.
Now that this part of the mission trip is complete, IT IS IMPERATIVE that the prayer covering continues for all of us, especially covering the part of the team that has returned home. Please keep praying, and let the Holy Spirit guide you in those prayers. Also please pray for the additional ministry in London that Jean Marc, David and Shannon will be part of in London on their way back home this weekend and next. Please also pray for the continued favor of the Lord on the funding for this ministry – the car issues made this trip much more expensive than expected – we were so totally blessed that one person has donated funds for 8 new tires (4 on bus, and 2 each on the other 2 vehicles). We are entirely at ease that He will supply EVERYTHING that is necessary to complete His work – I suppose that since at this time it is not obvious how He will take care of the activities for the rest of my time here in Africa until mid-December, it will just give Him the pleasure of surprising me, and I will just praise Him that much more.
I am now in Malawi while we fix the bus and buy parts for the other vehicles so we can fix them in Mozambique, and giving Kenneth and Enesia some time at home, and of course some rest for all of us. From Nov 17-22 we will hold a course at the Mozambique base for Foursquare pastors and leaders from the 20 new Foursquare churches started in this area, taught by the Foursquare Mozambique leadership. This will be the first of 4 courses necessary to train them and certify them as pastors. Please pray for a smooth process and effective teaching. Thank you Hope Chapel for your financial help so we could do this. Other than that week, the rest of my time here until I leave on Dec 12th will focus on setting future direction and vision, administration, and teaching the team in areas like running the businesses, etc. Please also pray that we are able to quickly sell the 100,000 bricks or so that we manufactured African-style in order to raise additional funds for the ministry.
Please also pray for Lindy, Joe and Charles who should have arrived in Cuba on Thursday. I have unsuccessfuly attempted to contact Lindy on route, and have sent emails asking the Cubans to let me know if they arrived safely, but no information at all up to now. I know I should not worry and Jesus is taking perfect care of them, but if any of you have heard anything please let me know.
May the Lord continue to bless all of you, your families and your ministries.
All for Jesus,
Here are some pictures from the team's visit:
Shannon evangelizing during car breakdown Preaching from crusade bamboo platform
Accepting Jesus at Crusades, Jean Marc & Clelio ministering
Healed of back pain Flaking skin on face healed
Crutches & walking sticks Lame lady walking
Reggie blending in Blending a bit more tricky for David
Ministry Team with Macanga Pastors Distributing Bibles