To all of you who prayed for our trip to the Dominican Republic, thank you from the bottom of our hearts! We are so deeply grateful to God for the mountains that He moved, the heavens that He tore, and the lives that He shook. It was an incredible time not only for the country we were praying for, but also in our own lives as God rearranged and brought refreshing to us personally. In case you weren’t in on the email updates, here is the last one, to whet your appetite. God is good; He cannot be otherwise!
Abby W, Feb 20: One thing God has been teaching me lately is just how to pray (and live!) with the power and authority He has given me as His child. During this trip, I want Him to teach me more praying with authority, having perfect faith that He will do what He promised…
March 23: Over and over again on the trip, God assured me that this was His battle, and He was the one fighting. All I needed to do was hear His heart and agree with what He was already doing. And as I did that, God was so faithful in giving me the words to pray! I realized again that Jesus in me is what makes me strong. And because of Jesus in me, I do have the power and authority to cast down anything that does not line up with Jesus!
Naomi, Feb 22: My goal is to see someone receive hope. (I know this sounds really vague, but God keeps impressing me with the fact that so many of the women are where they are because of a loss of hope. HE says, however, that He has plans for them, plans to give them a future and HOPE.)
March 23: One thing I really wanted was to be able to see one of the girls receive HOPE, and that is exactly what happened as we talked to Joselyn. Especially when Thelma spoke to her just before she left, I saw the hope rising in her eyes that God does indeed have better plans for her and He is coming to do a new thing in her and for her.
Anna, Feb 22: I pray that God would reveal his heart concerning sex slavery or human trafficking to my heart so I know how to pray effectively day by day.
March 23: Wow, wow not in a million years could I have come up with what my own sweet Abba Father did to reveal His heart to me. I was before Him in prayer when out of the deepest corners of my being rose such intense pain and travail of soul…I asked God what is this all about??? When a vision as clear as glass came before me…A curtain opened and before me I saw many faces of dear people I love, my travail of soul got more intense and such deep wounds rose up in me..I was able to cry out in confidence: God, I give you all this pain. As only dear Abba Father can He came into my spirit with such amazing HEALING, washed me clean and filled me with His very own gentle Spirit, my cry changed from travail to joy unspeakable. Oh the sweetness of it all was too much for me and yet I was so so humbled to know it was none else but God who had just cleansed me, filled me with a love not my own. The sobering fact of the vision was that all those dear faces who passed before me were men, except my own dear Mama, now home with Jesus. Do I understand it all?? Not yet, but I had so many questions for God on my flight home and bless His name he keeps giving me revelation. One thing I do know, He did show me his heart for all the women in the D R. They need to find release for all the pain caused by men and find freedom to love men as He has called us women to love!!!
Joy, Feb 25: One goal I have for this trip is to walk in genuine, heavenly authority. I am looking forward to watching God be able to use me on a new level in authority against darkness, because of the choices I am making now to keep my body and emotions under the authority of my spirit, where THE Spirit of Truth lives!
March 23: Heavenly authority is no joke! I am so grateful that kind of authority is for every believer and my eyes were opened to the simplicity of God’s ways. We walk in authority of our own lives, God is able to trust us with authority over demons and strongholds of the enemy with no fear or trepidation. I especially remember the night I was holding a dear, tiny Haitian lady as her body convulsed and her face contorted in dark agony. I whispered in her ear to take every sin to the cross of Jesus and leave them there, and in a moment she relaxed and started praising God. It was so simple, and so beautiful.
Abby K, Feb 23: An expectation or hope I have for myself personally this trip is that I might be able to figure out my place in this fight against human trafficking.
March 23: Praise Jesus, He has begun to show me just that. From the very first days of the trip it was evident to me that He has put in my heart a deep desire to make sure that children have the education and protection needed to not be vulnerable to traffickers that might prey on them. Many times throughout the trip, I kept getting the word “prevention”, and I am so grateful to God for revealing this to me, through His word and through others. I am still not exactly sure what this looks like in my life, but I am confident that God will continue to reveal more specifically what His plan is for me, because He’s just amazing like that. 🙂
Yolanda, Feb 23: I’m trying to narrow down what l want to experience on this trip to the one top thing. : ) One big one is that l would love to make a DR friend… Someone who speaks English and can share hearts with. Someone who has insight on the subject at hand, whether her own story or concern for her people. l want this to be more then statistics and people out there but be able to connect with a story, a face, a real human with a heart!
March 23: The answer to my goal for the trip came about on the very last night of our stay. I had met and been able to talk to several prostitutes during the trip up to that time but I still hadn’t met my English speaking prostitute. God blessed me above what I could have imagined when walking the streets on that last night, God brought me in contact with Ermanie. Not only did she speak English very well, she was dissatisfied with her life. A girl who knew where she would go if she died, and wanted to get back to the God she used to know. When I asked how I could pray for her, her requests were that God would change her life and make her clean, “I know He can”. She only looked sad and thoughtful when I asked her if she would like to be clean that night, but I trust God will continue to water the seed that has been planted! Please pray for Ermanie when God brings her to mind!
Thelma, Feb 25: This desire on my heart is for at home just as much as on our trip, and I think maybe God will use the trip as an accelerator. The wish being this: to hear God’s voice speaking to me as clearly while doing and going and the actual hands on ministering as I hear Him in my quiet little house while drinking coffee and reading in my big, comfy chair. I love those times, but know there is more. And I want that. 🙂
March 23: One of my goals for the trip was to hear God’s voice speaking clearly to me while doing actual hands on ministering, whether prophetic, blessing, or for intercession. All praise to Jesus, He answered my prayer, allowing me to speak words of Life and Blessing to a prostitute we met on the street. Joselyn came to us asking for prayer because she knows her life is not right and wishes it to be different. I believe with all my heart she will be changed, for “Jesus has chosen her. She is a princess, and God loves her very much!”