Sunday, August 13, 2006
ONGOING IMPACT FROM THE PROVINCIAL CAMP
NOTHING...ABSOLUTELY NOTHING CAN TAKE THE PLACE OF THE HOLY SPIRITS POWER!!!
One of the most excitng events of 2006 was the Provincial Youth Camp! We are stll reaping the fruit from this groundbreaking event! The youths are still on fire; there's and upbeat "lets-get-on-with-the-ministry" atitude in the church. Praise the Lord!
Here is an excerpt from Michelle´s (my wife) report concerning the camp:
The theme of the camp was "¡Aviva el Fuego!" ('Fan into flame' the gift of God... - 2 Tim.1:6). The main teaching, devotionals, were based on 2Timothy - very appropriate texts for the young people.There were 4 different workshops to set us all on fire - Leadership,Spiritual Warfare, Worship, Evangelism. The opening sessions by Shawnee Lyons (our Bishop's wife) led us into a much-needed discovery and assessmentof our spiritual gifts and ministries. We had the priviledge of having the great Alf Cooper (Anglo-Chilean evangelist) as our main speaker. ALL WHO ATTENDED THE CAMP, NOT ONLY THE PARTICIPANTS BUT ALSO THE LEADERS AND ORGANIZERS WERE BLESSED OUT OF OUR SOCKS AND MINDS!!! From the first eveningof the talks, youth were dedicating their lives to Christ, being restored,the move of the Spirit was so powerful, no one got away untouched in one wayor other... Throughout the week-long camp, lives were being healed, therewere miracles, signs and wonders, deliverance, inner healing, - you name it!!! Every night there was a special visitation of the Lord, the HolySpirit was present in a myriad ways... IT WAS MIND-BLOWING NOT ONLY TO BE MINISTERED TO BUT TO BE ABLE TO MINISTER 'OUT OF THE BOX'!!! The youth fromthe youngest to the oldest were ministering to each other and even to their leaders.
It was a real ROCKING TIME! As in the camp, we sang, danced, praised God with all our strength and mind and soul... and believe me we were all really and still are physically exhausted, so it was a work of the Spirit! A Pastor from Panama preached a powerful sermon on Ananias and Sapphira (definitely not an easy text!) We all feel a bond in the Spirit to pass on what we have received during the time of laughing, weeping, persevering, empowering in the Spirit this past week. It is contagious and is spreading like wild fire!!! Praise God!!! May this be the beginning of great revival, evangelism and discipleship for all our countries and this wonderful continent!
I am so encouraged to see so many of our youth - Alvaro, Alfonso, Julio Bascuñan, Gabriel, Sisy, Olguita, Gigi, Zulma, Andrea Rojas, Julio Cesar, Marisol, Nathaly, Karla, Gerardo, Andres, and Elijah, our son, being set free into their calling and giftings. this is but the beginning of so much more to come! Please keep us and the youth in our churches and other countries in your prayers - you and all our overseas partners have a very important roll to play in all of this and we desperately crave your intercession and prayers.
Editor's Note: TO GOD BE THE GLORY, GREAT THINGS HE HATH DONE!