Testimony: Gold flake changes everything!

25 Jun

One Friday night a few years ago, I was invited to host an ‘encounter God’ evening at a house of prayer in Madison, WI where Dave Gerry was the director.  I was given full liberty to do whatever the Lord inspired me to do.  So I decided to celebrate some of the signs that have occurred in our ministry.  We projected them up onto the large screen and I told each story. 

Between stories, I invited us all to be as sincere and passionate as we could in a time of intimate devotion with Jesus.  We told Him how much we loved Him and how special He is to us. 

The objective was to use the ‘signs’ to inspire and increase our love for Him.  It is our experience that more signs appear as we allow our hearts to become acutely ‘enflamed’ with love for Him. 

Well, we had seen nothing by the end of meeting so we prayed for all those with physical ailments… body ministry style.  There were many pockets of prayer in the room.  And here’s where things get interesting…

Rufina, a 70-year-old widow from the Philippines, asked for prayer.  As she was being prayed for, she opened her hand and found a 1/8” rippled flake of ‘gold’ (I have no idea if it’s real gold or not).  

She showed it to those who were praying for her.  And as you might guess, everyone soon rallied around to view this phenomenon. 

I had never met Rufina before, but I found out 1 1/2 years later that she was a cook at the local YWAM base and always longed to go on a mission’s trip, but had no finances.

Surprisingly and without any announcement from me or anyone, people spontaneously began to throw green cash at her feet… such that for about 5 or 6 feet around, the floor was littered with cash… a total of $485.  But so far we’ve not even come to the best part.

A year and a half later I met her in a conference.  I exclaimed, “Rufina, how are you?  I’ve told your story many times.  Do you still have the gold flake?”  She immediately opened her Bible and I saw that it was taped next to the very verse we had rallied around when she got the flake.  But then she excitedly continued, “You have to hear what has happened since then!” 

Notice the verse that we had rallied around, that night!

“Forget the former things: do not dwell on the past.  I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up: do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” – Isa 43:18-19

And that’s exactly what happened for Rufina!!!   Here’s the rest of the story…

After that night, money began to strangely come to her.  So much so, that she had enough to go to Africa and India on her first missions trips.  She preached her first sermon and people got saved.   She went to the next town, preached again and more people gave their hearts to the Lord.

Listen to the transformation that happened to her as she shares in her own words, “Now I just back from South Africa and India.  It just the boldness in my spirit to share the GOSPEL to everyone… which I never did this before.  I got the courage to speak to the Churches and Schools and prayed for the sick and visited hospital & prayed for them.  God’s heart with compassion to the people flows through me so much that I cried with them & begged them to understand that the only HOPE of life is found in JESUS CHRIST alone.”

Is that good… or what!?!

Back home, the money continued to come, so she traveled to the Philippines to see her own family and many of them came to Jesus.  After she returned home, more money came to her and she was planning another trip to minister to her people.

And that is all good, but here’s the important part: She hasn’t asked for money!   (For more on this principle of living within Father’s provision read my book, entitled Supernatural Provision.)

As fun as that little gold flake was, it was not the main event!  Everything changed from that day… the spiritual atmosphere shifted for Rufina.  God truly began a “new thing” in her life. (Isa 43:18-19)  He created “a way in ‘her’ desert” and “streams” began to flood her “wasteland.”   Her dreams began to be realized… at 70 years old!  That gold flake was a sign from God which signaled a radical and change and launched her life in a completely new direction.  

So do I love signs?  You better believe I do!  Do I love Jesus much more than signs?  Absolutely!  And guess what…?  Every time the signs appear, they help me fall more in love with Him.  And always, the signs serve to anchor my heart in more awareness of His loving care! 

Thank you Lord for You… and for Your signs!





12 Responses to “Testimony: Gold flake changes everything!”

  1. Colette June 25, 2017 at 3:51 PM #

    Good one!

    • Mark Hendrickson June 26, 2017 at 2:54 PM #

      Colette, Fun fun!!! As you and Jamie well know, it’s a ton of fun to watch these God-stories take place… and then to brag on God by retelling the testimonies as often as we can. More, Lord!!

  2. lisacervera June 25, 2017 at 6:19 PM #

    AWesome testimony!! Thank you for sharing!

    • Mark Hendrickson June 26, 2017 at 2:51 PM #

      Lisa, I have quite a few of these testimonies… and decided I might as well tell them. They certainly inspire me and hopefully inspire the readers also!! Blessings!!

  3. preferredrideservices June 25, 2017 at 8:14 PM #

    It’s interesting how our conciousness effects and impacts the nature & quality of reality we experience

    • Mark Hendrickson June 26, 2017 at 2:49 PM #

      Very good Max! The Bible says, “According to your faith be it unto you.” – Matt 9:29 And, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” – Prov 23:7 All it takes is one God encounter… then our thinking gets changed… then our ‘reality’ gets changed.

  4. Scott Phipps June 26, 2017 at 6:34 PM #


  5. Brent Welch June 27, 2017 at 7:01 AM #

    Hi Mark!

    Great story about Rafina! Thank you!

    My wife Marianne and I, (whom you met in Holmen, WI @ Noffke’s home), now live in the Madison area. I’d love to attend prayer gatherings in Madison if you would be willing and able to connect me.

    Thank you brother and God bless you!


    Brent J. Welch brentjwelch@gmail.com Cell: 608-386-6333


    • Mark Hendrickson June 27, 2017 at 11:21 AM #

      I sent you an email with some contact info. Let me know.

  6. Laura Jacobson June 28, 2017 at 11:05 AM #

    I love reminders of those meetings in our HOP venues. Thanks, Mark. Miss you.

    • Mark Hendrickson June 29, 2017 at 11:43 AM #

      Yes, Laura. Those were some good times. Been too long since we’ve connected. Miss you too! Blessings!

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