Belize Missions Trip

Dear Friend,

Recently I returned from taking a team of 8 to Belize on a missions trip with Thirst Missions. This was a first time experience leading a team. The team came from as far away as Australia. While we had a schedule and itinerary God showed up each day in a variety of ways.

When we drove up to our accommodations we all looked at one another for surely this did not look like the hotel in the picture we were sent. Our hotel now looked like a ski chalet! There was a river out front. We had a kitchen, a bedroom in a loft, another bed and a pullout sofa bed! It was larger than many apartments. We were told that the hotel we were to stay in was in the middle of town and very noisy. We had air conditioning and a water cooler. What an upgrade!

The church we were connected to for ministry was a spirit-filled church. They worshiped in what looked like a picnic pavilion. There were no walls, only a cement floor and a tin rippled roof. We were welcomed and treated like royalty. The Holy Spirit showed up for ministry every time we had a service there. He is not interested in the type of building we hold services in, He is interested in the heart of the people. These people were hungry for more and the Lord answered them. We don’t have all the accounts of the many hearts that were touched and transformed, but many people cried, shook and laughed when encountering the Holy spirit.

One day we bought groceries for the poor. When I say poor, I mean poor. These people lived in shacks that you and I would not even put our lawn mower in. We had groceries for 6 homes. The first home we saw a teenager receive salvation! We saw 2 people fall under the power and a third receive prayer for healing of the kidneys. This goes to show that the power of God wants to be outside the walls of the church!

In one of the homes there was an old woman who had trouble seeing out of her right eye. The team had 4 people hear the Holy Spirit say to make mud and put it around her eye. So that was done, she washed it off, and her vision was better! Not fully restored, but almost! We believe God will fully restore it!

In another home, this was my favorite highlight, was a man crumpled over in a chair. He had been in a car accident 5 months ago. His wife had been killed. The man had 2 broken legs and a head injury. He could not walk except with severe pain and he used a walker. He did not walk much. Our team prayed and after a bit, they pulled him to his feet and he began to walk normally and he walked out to the end of his driveway! No more pain! He did not need his walker! A couple days later the pastor went to visit and the man was not home. He was out walking! He had 4 kids to take of.

We had many opportunities to minister. We went into the school and prayed for the kids. We went into the hospital and prayed for the sick. We held a youth meeting. We ministered in two churches a total of 5 times. God was there each and every day. We took 100 Bibles to them. We blessed and honored the church Pastors, the cooks, the maid and the guides.

Unto the Lord, be all glory, honor and praise!
Diane

Missions #4 church Rio

Whew! In a split second I was thrown back onto the floor bumping into my son who had his own prayer line. I was picked up and made my way back to the woman I had been praying for to see what was going on. I didn’t find out exactly what God was doing but I did see that she was crying and shaking. That’s a good sign suggesting the Holy Spirit was working. The Holy Spirit had come upon us both! He was pouring out upon many people releasing healing and freedom. My son and I prayed for every person there and they shut off the lights at midnight!

While we waited for pick-up to this church, our final one of four in Rio De Janeiro, our translator was hearing a testimony from the Pastor which would cause me to celebrate God for quite some time. He shared that after the last time we ministered in this church, they hit a bout of prosperity. They were able to buy two church vans, two new bathrooms, an air conditioner, new flooring, a new ceiling and enlarge their seating capacity! All this with offerings of less than one hundred American dollars! This just blew my mind. God does above and beyond what we can think or imagine.

I spoke on the miracle of the lame man beside the pool of Bethesda.  He was lame for thirty-eight years and waiting for the pool to stir so he could get in and be healed by the angel. Jesus comes to him and asks him what he wants. He responds that he wants healed. Jesus tells him to take up his mat and walk! John chapter 5. I encouraged people not to give up. Don’t give up on your miracle! Persist in what you know God can do and stand firm! If Jesus healed in His ministry we have every right to believe healing is also for us. As we meditate on the healing verses in the Bible we will strengthen and grow our faith to where we can receive. We have been given authority over all the power of the enemy.

To God be all the glory! To Him be all the praise! Every good thing and every person touched on our entire trip is all because of His love and power. We are simply vessels used to love people for Jesus and pour out His living water upon everyone we meet. I was in my element. I hugged many, cried with many, felt God’s compassion for many and we were treated like royalty. It was trip to remember.

Blessings

Missions #3 church in Rio

A healing meeting! Yes, that’s it! I was prepared. It was Sunday night and I would be speaking in the church of the Pastor’s home we were staying at. The Pastor stated how there were many who needed healed in his church. So I conferred with the Holy Spirit
and prepared to speak on healing and then pray for the sick. When we arrived at the church, I looked around. It looked to me like half of the congregation were young people. Oh no I thought. I asked the Lord. “Do you really want me to do a healing meeting?” Then He answered and said to speak on “Trust” again.

I remember sharing on how brilliant God is. He created the heavens and the earth.
He created you and I and knows precisely how we operate. He knows every gift, talent
and all our potential. When you consider that He is more than a genius surely we know that He, God, has a solution to all and every problem. Prov. 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.”  If we lean on our own understanding we shall live with limitations. We see only the natural and will see the negative. It takes spiritual eyesight to look into adversity and see the positive possibilities of the supernatural power of God. There is victory in Jesus!

This verse is relevant to my life right now. It’s a season of waiting upon the Lord and trusting. God bring us to these places periodically to give us opportunities to rely on Him in ways we haven’t needed to before. This is a place where we need the revelation that God is good, He is for us, He has great plans for us and is preparing us for the season ahead.  If we don’t have these attitudes in place, we will not wait well and may form our own plans rather than hearing His. There is new and greater strength to be gained in times of waiting.

After the message my son and I prayed for everyone in the church. A short bit into the
prayer time, the Lord asked me to hug everyone I prayed for.  I cried with many people. It seems that once I wrap my arms around people, I can literally feel His love  encompassing us both and through the tears freedom emerges! Many tears were shed that night as were many burdens bringing new freedoms! The prophetic gifts that my son and I carry were also flowing. It was a time of encouragement and strengthening. I give all glory and honor to my Lord for the privilege of sharing His word and loving people for Jesus!!

Blessings

Missions #2 church

“Wait wait! ” my translator said shaking her finger while laughing. I had just finished a story about how God gave me a ham gravy recipe. I had overcooked the ham for an Easter dinner and there was no gravy. My husband needs gravy with his ham. I was wondering what to do when the Lord broke through my thoughts and said “orange juice, cinnamon, water and flour.”  While the class I was sharing in knew English, periodically my translator would have me pause while she restated my words in Portuguese to make sure everyone understood.

I was sharing in a Sunday School class of a very large church in Rio de Janeiro. The topic was from Proverbs 3:5-6.” Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” I was sharing on trusting God. I trust in Him everyday all day. I would not want to live a day without the Lord. He is my love, peace, joy, wisdom, comfort, strength, power, fortress, and my best friend. There is nothing on this earth that compares with Jesus. Not a thing. It doesn’t take long to realize that our own problem solving mechanisms fall way short when compared to the power of God activated in our circumstances. We simply activate His power by praying in faith, relying on what Christ has already done, and trusting in His word.

After the message, my son and I had an amazing time giving prophecy and praying for every member of the class. Our translator worked with us carefully sharing in Portuguese all that was said. It took us a couple of hours but it brings great joy to my heart to be able to minister to everyone and encourage them in the Lord. There were many hugs given and friends made. It was simply glorious! May God be honored and glorified! It is all about Him and what He wants to accomplish in each and every person’s life. He continues to transform us each day into the image of Christ Jesus!

Missions

Dear Friends,

We came to a standstill. There were five of us inside a small car driving to our first church to preach at in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The news spread through the traffic jam. Rio was involved in a massive protest against the government to oppose rising costs in the economy. We would soon come to find out over one million people were involved. How long we would sit there, we did not know. The church service was to begin at 7:00pm and it was already past that time. I was thinking how people handle traffic jams in the USA. Usually it is with much complaining and frustration. Yet our Brazilian friends seemed hardly phased by it. They are used to traffic jams everyday. They kept my son and I in good spirits and for the most part, relaxed. We were in this traffic jam about 2 1/2 hours. It was by the grace of God that we were able to endure happily.

I believe we all need the grace of God everyday to happily handle the affairs of life.
In the natural, a traffic jam for even one hour, let alone 2 1/2, would create intense frustration. The grace of God is available to us to handle any adversity that life throws at us. Let’s keep our joy!

2 Corinthians 12:9
“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

We arrived at the church at 9:20pm. The congregation had already been there over two hours. The worship was over. I had anticipated, earlier in the day, that once we arrived at this church I would worship and hear what the Lord wanted to speak and do. Now I am arriving past the hour of worship, past my bedtime and having just endured a lengthy traffic jam.

The Lord filled my heart with His. I looked into the eyes of the people and felt the compassion of Jesus. He was there with me. He had a word for these people about “release.” He wanted to free the captives. He wanted to free the hearts of the oppressed. He wanted His people to know how much He loved them, cared for them and would provide for them. I began to speak His heart and feel His love. I called the children up on the stage to pray for them. The Lord did not have me share too long, for more importantly was the ministry time where we would pray for each one and hug them for Jesus. His grace is sufficient or more than enough. All my tiredness went away. It was an awesome night with many people coming into freedom. I give all the glory to Jesus, my best friend forever!

Blessings

Missions: India trip

“Watch out!” I screamed in my head as our taxicab driver played chicken with an oncoming car, motorcycle, bicycle, rickshaw, pedestrian and cow. This was to happen time and time again. I eventually learned, that while a traffic collision seemed inevitable our driver expertly avoided any calamity. Soon I was able to sit peacefully in our mode of transportation and smile out the window.

Welcome to India! The land of fascination. People are everywhere, crowds of them, just like vehicles of every shape and size. Cows and dogs share the narrow roadways. Rickshaws, a three-wheeled bicycle pulling a two man cart, is a means for a man to support his entire family. Motorized rickshaws are tiny three-wheeled half enclosed cars which buzz in and around traffic. My friend Cindi and I had the experience of riding in one of these. It was quite the test of courage.

India has been on my heart for the last one and one half years. After two trips falling through, this one God endorsed. It was a trip led by a west coast ministry, who helps oversee thousands of churches in India. Our leaders were seasoned experts in the travel, food, culture and customs of India. We were in good hands. They traveled us around by plane, train and boat. Ministry was premiere on our agenda, however we did manage to see the Taj Mahal at the end of our stay.

Our mission was to strengthen the Christian Church Pastors with teaching on the prophetic and the apostolic gifts and offices. After the teaching, our leader would release the team to prophesy and pray over the congregation. We released many words of encouragement and saw hope restored after breaking oppression. Our leader also released the team to minister in various house churches. He would inquire of the Lord and the Lord would show him what people were to go where, to minister in which church. I had the honor and privilege to share in three different village and house churches. This brought great delight to my heart and I am immensely grateful to the Lord for such an assignment!

We had a special farewell for the first congregation we ministered to. A couple of team members had the God inspired idea to purchase Indian slipper socks for the people. We would then pray over each person’s hard, dry and cracked feet while pulling on their socks. This turned into quite an emotional experience and many people were weeping as God released freedom into their hearts. It was a time of honoring them and blessing them. Then in return they gave us scarves and hats. We received their blessing as well. I love the way God works. I love the way He delights in us honoring one another.

Our team leader’s wife, Ann, is a worship leader. She led us into the heavenlies each morning with worship before our journeys got started. God touched each of our hearts during this time to draw us closer to Him and whisper new revelation to us. Ann also had opportunites to share and minister. During one occassion at a large church she closed her teaching with worship. The presence of the Lord showed up in a mighty powerful way. People were still as statues sitting in their seats encountering the Lord. I saw a young man who was having an extreme encounter and felt led to go to him. As I gently laid my hand on his back he wept and wept. We cried together. I did not know his story I only knew that my heart was responding to his cry unto the Lord. Eventually he stood to his feet, raised his hands and went into non-stop prayer in his prayer language. I found out the next day that he was a Pastors son and had strayed from Jesus. He returned his heart to Jesus and his prayer language was restored!

Cindi and I were released to minister at a village church which was an hour and fifteen minutes away. The drive was bouncy and bumpy. I breathed a silent prayer that I would not have to use the bathroom for the next six hours. For a bathroom in the countryside of India leaves much to be desired. Upon arrival we found the people had been waiting on us for over two hours. They had been sitting on the hard ground. The women in their beautiful saris on one side, the men on the other. The children were on the women’s side. We immediately began to share, talking briefly to allow plenty of time to pray over each person. There were about 250 people there. The people sat under a thatched roof. The women looked like a rainbow of color, signifying God’s promises. We prayed for everyone and we saw people delivered, healed and set free from oppression. It was a glorious time and one that brought delight to my heart. This was the highlght of the trip for me. I hugged many a person, cried with some and determined to contend for greater healing anointing to see God’s miracles next time. I prayed for a man with leprosy and two young boys with rickets. While I saw no immediate physical healing, I do believe God touched their hearts.

Ann had a worship session prior to us seeing the Taj Mahal. I went to it and layed down across the bed in the room. Soon the presence of God came upon me and for the next three and one half hours I could not move. The team had left and then came back to get me. This encounter is all about intimacy and revelations of God’s love. It was delightful!

I led a woman to accept Jesus during one of the meetings. Thank you Lord! I praise you for that!

The trip had God’s grace abounding in it. I experienced no stomach ache, headache, tiredness or diarrhea. I did catch a cold on the return flight, but not while I was there. I even had non-spicy foods to eat. I was not scared nor fearful. The Lord’s angels encamped around us. I am truly thankful to my husband for blessing me to go on this trip as he stayed home and interceeded for me. I am indeed thankful for the Lord calling me to India for I expect to return and continue advancing His kingdom. I am thankful to my dear friend Cindi who traveled with me for she is also anticipating returning.

In closing, the greatest grace on this trip was seeing people with spiritual eyes and not seeing their impoverished living conditions. In estimation I probably ministered to more than two hundred people on this trip. Multiply that by fifteen and you see three thousand people being touched by the Lord. Praise the Lord!