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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!

— MLH

 

 

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SP True Stories: Payback for what the devil stole

22 Jun

(from a friend)

I was ordained into ministry in my early twenties.  During my ordination service, a woman come up and had a zip lock back of coins and a few dollars.  She said the Lord wanted her to anoint me with this small bag of money and said as long as I would serve the Lord He would provide for my financial needs.  She then proceeds to pour the bag of money over my head and prayed over me.  After the prayer time was over I picked up every single coin and dollar bill.  I don’t know how much money I picked up but I would estimate it to be around $25.00.  I keep it in a jar on my desk as a constant reminder of God’s promise of provision over my life.  I was tempted on many occasions to use the money when times were tight but each time I resisted the urge.  Over the past 12 plus years this little jar of money has seen me through many lean times yet His promise always came through.

I currently pastor a church in north central Wisconsin.  My jar of coins sits on my desk as a constant reminder of the everlasting promise of God over my life.  Unfortunately, the church was broken into over the Easter weekend and a small amount of money was stolen.  I came into the office on Monday to find my jar of money had been among the items stolen.  I was thankful the church had not lost much money in the burglary but I was upset that my jar of money was stolen.  I knew it didn’t have any magical powers but that was a tangible item that represented a history of God’s faithfulness in my life.  As I peered into the empty jar I noticed there was one penny stuck to the bottom of the jar.  I just shook my head in disappointment.

Around the same time my coin jar was stolen a friend of mine asked me to write a book endorsement for a book she was working on. I agreed and sat down one day and wrote the endorsement for her.  Several days later I received a thank you note in the mail from her with a check for $2500!  That’s 100 times what was stolen!!!  As I sat in shock reading the thank you note and staring at the check, the Lord whispered to me, “You may have lost your jar of coins but you haven’t lost My promise or favor over your life”

Several weeks later a member of my church brought a large bag of coins from his house for my empty coin jar.  My coin jar continues to sit on my desk full of coins and now contains a lesson that His promises and favor over my life are not something that can be taken from me.

God is Good All the Time!

— RH/WI

SP True Stories: A cool God-story ahead

17 Apr

(From a friend)

A family friend of ours was in need of a twin bed.  So, I went on Craigslist and found an amazing super clean twin bed, with box frame, frame, and a great head board with cubbies for $75 super close to me, that had just been posted.

When I showed up an older man came out and we began talking about hockey.  When I opened my tailgate I had K-Love playing and the song, God’s Not Dead, was playing.  The man made mention to the song saying it was a good song and asked if I was a believer?

Well one thing led to another, some good God talk was had, and when the bed was loaded in my van, he shook my hand, and gave me the $75 back, and told me to be blessed.    🙂

MC/MO

Testimony: He shall cover you with His feathers

23 Mar

Among several significant signs in our ministry, feathers have been a re-occurring one which always serves to validate whatever is happening at the moment and increase the level of faith in the room.

Here is a recent story of a string of feather appearances.

A few weeks ago, I was talking with a young friend over a Mexican meal while showing him pictures in my phone of my personal experiences with feather signs.  As I was telling the stories that accompany the pictures, a feather softly drifted down between us and landed on the edge of my glass.  I pointed it out and we kept talking about feathers and what they meant.  Shortly another feather about 1/4″ long drifted down between us, at which I licked my finger and caught it.  He was impressed, to say the least.  We continued talking about this type of ‘sign’, when not more than 5 minutes later a third feather about 1/2″ long drifted down between us.  Again, I whet my finger and gave it to him.  We were both amazed and delighted at the confirmation of Heaven’s approval.

Bear in mind that I want to be able to firmly believe what I’m seeing and saying, so I looked around the room and could not find any other feathers in the room, nor was there any evidence of birds or down-filled coats.

Well, less than a week later I was with Tim Nelson (director of Wilderness Prayer Center in Wells, MN) and we were driving in his pickup truck through the frigid cold and blowing snow.  At the moment that we were talking about the supernatural breaking into the natural, a feather drifted down from his truck cab ceiling.  We were both amazed at the timeliness of God.

Three days later I was speaking at the Upper Midwest Global Legacy Leaders Advance at Destiny Church in Rochester, MN where Rod Marquette is pastor.  I began to ‘water’ the atmosphere with the testimonies of various signs manifestations… and exhort the leaders that we should have an expectation to see supernatural signs take place in these very gatherings.  While I was speaking, several signs were observed and shared with those around.

– A gold colored flake appeared on a man’s hand.

– A feather floated down in front of a lady during worship.

– Gold dust covered both hands of a lady.  She showed everyone.

– A feather appeared on the sleeve of a lady’s sweater.  She showed many.

– A feather fell onto the sleeve of a man’s coat.  He showed it to others.

– Several physical healings occurred during the meetings.

Needless to say, faith for the supernatural experienced a significant boost.

After the ‘Advance’ one of the leaders texted me saying that while they were driving home, when they ejected a CD from their player, a feather came out with the CD.  Now, that is pretty cool because I’m not sure how that is even physically possible.

Then a few days later, when they cleaned the room where the ‘Advance’ meetings were held, they found over a dozen more feathers.  Here’s the Facebook post from an elder of that church.

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“Wendy was cleaning the church sanctuary and found these little white feathers from all over the room. The same ones that were appearing last Tuesday during the UMGL meetings. Papa God is so fun!” – Cecil Calvert

As you might guess somebody commented asking if they were from a down-filled coat… and honestly I would ask the same question.  But Cecil commented that the feathers were from all over the room, not just in one place.  There had been NO birds in this room.  Here is a picture of the actual feathers.

And it doesn’t stop there.  (Remember the room has now been cleaned)  That following week during their school of ministry in the same room, three feathers were spotted as they fell near people during ministry time.

And… one of the students had a feather fall from the ceiling of his car while he was driving home from the ministry school that very evening.

Now I’m sure that for those who have never heard of feathers as a sign, you’ll likely have some legitimate and sincere questions.  But in my history, feathers are a bonafide manifestation through which God encourages His people.

What do they mean?  Well, Ps 91 says, “He will cover you with His feathers”.  So… He is here!  Or it could be an indicator that angelic help is present.  But in the very least, it means Father wants us to know that His manifest presence is among us.  And I’ll say Amen to that!

Thank You God, for the many times You break out of the unseen realm into the seen realm and use it to secure our hearts and our ways in You! 

— MLH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Testimony: Vial of oil refills

14 Jan
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Vials of oil from Bible

(From a pastor friend, Earl Ackley.)

Before leaving for a ministry trip to South Africa, I felt the Lord prompt me to take a vial of oil given to me by Mark Hendrickson.  He had heard that Pastor Cesar Nieto had a Bible that constantly leaked oil.  Mark and other leaders visited with Cesar, examined the Bible and confirmed that the manifestation was genuine.  The bible continually leaked oil without damaging the pages. 

While in South Africa, Greg Odell, a leader in the church had a birthday and we all prayed and prophesied over him.  I felt like the Lord said, “Pour the oil on Greg’s feet.”  I anointed his feet with half of the oil in the vial.  Afterward I handed the half full vial to Greg and said this was for his wife.  He handed it back to me and said he wanted me to anoint her.  When we came to the church for ministry, Greg’s wife asked if I had the oil with me to anoint her feet as well.  When I pulled it out of my pocket we were all amazed that the vial was full to the top!  So, after anointing her feet with most of the oil in the vial, I set it on the floor.  As soon as I did, Greg picked it up and exclaimed, “Look, it has just filled to half full again!”  I gave some of the oil to the pastor, some to Greg and anointed 10 more people with the rest of the oil.

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Oil from the Bible

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Every page glistened with oil

Sounds a lot like the Old Testament story of a similar miracle (I Kings 17:16).  Thank you, Lord!

EA/MO

SP True Stories: God financed my financial planning

9 Dec

(From a friend)

A couple months ago I started getting a desire to go through the Financial Peace curriculum again.  I wasn’t sure why, but just felt like it was right.

Last week I talked to our life group pastor about the dvd’s and kit…the cost is $100 (sorta irritated me a bit) but that’s another story.  I had him order a kit for us so we could get it this week.

On Sunday after worship, a guy walks up to me and says the Lord told him to give this to me……a $100 bill!  I had never met him before!  

God loves being in our business….and I welcome Him in!

AK/TX

SP True Stories: Email says, ‘House to gift’… “Yeah, right!”

30 Nov

(A testimony from friends)

We weren’t even looking for a house, when out of the blue an email arrived with the subject line that read, ‘House to Gift’.  We chuckled and thought, “Yeah, right!”  After reading and re-reading the email we decided to inquire as to why and how the sender even knew about us. 

The owner, a doctor, had relocated to another city and had this house for sale for two years without success.  One day at church he was lamenting to someone that he wished it could be used for ministry.  They responded by asking if he had ever heard of the ServantCARE network ministry.  He had not.  They gave him a list of five ministries who offered ministry to missionaries and he sent the same email to all five.  Only two responded and came to see the house.  The other ministry recognized that it was a better fit for us and declined the offer.  After several months of prayer we finally accepted his offer. 

The 6,000 sq ft home includes five bedrooms, 3 ½ baths and a 1000 sq ft detached garage… so it would require quite an undertaking to update and furnish.  We wanted to be sure it was a God assignment and not just a great offer.  Indeed, it was both!  Not only did the seller donate the home to the ServantCARE, but he paid all the closing costs and the first year’s insurance.  Since then, God has supernaturally provided for the updating and furnishing of the home in the most incredible ways.

God named the home ‘The Dwelling Place’ and told us that this home was to be available for the Body of Christ to come away to spend time with Him… or for personal/couples ministry.  We’re located at the foot of the bluffs in the small riverside village of Cassville, WI, just three blocks from the Mississippi River.  All are invited.

For pics and more info: http://www.servantcare.com/theDwelling.php  

L&A P/WI