Greetings from Lima!
I waited until completion of the Marketplace Evangelism Workshop before sending a new update, because I’ve learned that what happens on a session-by-session basis doesn’t really give a picture of the total success of the seminar. Tuesday evening we had 42 registrants, and by the last session that number had increased to over 60. The first session was good; the class was attentive and receptive to the Word of God. The second session, however, was a different matter. But, PRAISE GOD, the final session was a mighty demonstration of His power at work in the lives of believers.
In the first session we teach about the importance of having a deep personal relationship with the Lord, the importance of knowing and meditating on His Word, and the need to be filled with the Spirit in order to release His power in ministry. Before the class one of the students, a 19-year old girl, told me she wanted to be filled with the Spirit, and my taxi driver, who was also a student, had asked the same thing. At the end of the first session we extended that invitation, and several came forward with those two, plus many more who desired a fresh infilling. The first in that category was the pastor of the host church.
About midway through the seminar we teach the importance of hearing from the Holy Spirit before ministering, because sometimes the reason a person asks for prayer is not the real need. As a demonstration of that importance, we invite those who are sick to come forward, then pair them up with students who have been at the first two sessions. We ask the students to pray and ask God to reveal to them by the Holy Spirit what the real need is. For example, a person might be asking for a prayer for healing, when the real need is to establish a relationship with the Healer. In every previous workshop the response to this instruction was wonderful. A few did say God revealed the real need, then I would coach them on how to minister to that need. However, most of the students would tell me they weren’t hearing anything. I told them not to worry about it, and not to condemn themselves over it; the final session would bring it all together for them.
In the final sessions we teach how to release the anointing, and the different methods of healing that are demonstrated in the Bible. Last night as I explained each of the methods I called out a specific health issue, then paired up the person who responded with one of the students. I coached each one as he or she ministered to each person. In every case there was an immediate release, and symptoms disappeared.
At first, it was difficult getting the students to volunteer for ministry. Many of them were afraid they would “miss it”. But gradually their faith levels and their confidence increased as they saw God use the others who were willing to take a step of faith, and most of them had an opportunity to pray for someone. Five of them got to lead somebody to Jesus! Halleluiah!
At the conclusion of the workshop we presented certificates of completion of the course. For many of the graduates, it was the first time they had ever been acknowledged for any kind of success, and it was a great time of celebration as, one by one, we called up each graduate and presented him or her with the certificate.
Today at noon we will meet with our good friend, Bernabe Ardiles, to pray with him over his wife, Susana, who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. We will pray that the facts line up with the truth of God, and that she will be healed. Then, this afternoon Marsha will speak at a women’s meeting at La Roca (The Rock), where our spiritual son and daughter, Jose and Marlene Navarro, are pastors. Saturday we will spend time with other spiritual kids, Antonio and Debora Meca and their children. Sunday I will preach in La Roca in the morning, then we will be off to Emanuel Bible Church, where our first Peru kids, Jose and Raquel Vicente, will be celebrating the church’s 13th anniversary. Marsha will speak to the women; I will speak to the men; then I’ll preach an evangelistic message in the evening celebration. We are looking forward to a great time with them.
Monday we will have lunch with Pastors Arturo and Soledad Ramos, pastors of Catedral de Fe (Cathedral of Faith), then spend the evening with the Vicente family before heading for the airport and back home.
We are always grateful for your prayers and support. Thank you for being a part of this ministry. God bless.