#TeamOKlahoma is on their final stretch. The last two days they have been serving in Drummond, Oklahoma.
They marched in with crosses and prayer and literally canvased every home in the community with Burgers, Invites, Bibles, & personal testimonies of Jesus.
Multiple people surrendered their lives to Jesus tonight at the Family Fun night outreach aka. “The Carnival.”
Each student missionary is seeing multiple people come to Christ.
Two nights ago our team was challenged to pray and ask the Lord to speak confirming words to their heart and write them down. They were asked to pray in a small group. Write down what God spoke and then as they go minister look for what the Lord spoke as they sat silent in prayer. Amazingly each group returned with stories of God leading them to specific people that included those words spoken as they sat and just listed to the Holy Spirit speak to their hearts.
Often in ministry we teach people how to pray, but a large part of discipleship is teaching young believers how to listen.
Here is one encounter of how God moved students as they listened and obeyed.
“We prayed and as the team sat in silence they listened. One said, “ fire hydrant, another said, “dim street lights,” while another said “blue, and “daily bread.” None of these things came from the same person, but our whole team received something from the Holy Spirit. Our team loaded up and headed in the direction of “The Daily Bread”, the homeless shelter in Enid. Because one of our team members had seen a dim street light, Joey and knew Enid, he took us the “long way” around. As we crept along the street, all of a sudden we saw a fire hydrant, a dim street light, overlaying blue lights in the trees, and a lady walking by herself. We pulled over and 1 by 1 starting getting out of the vehicles. She was pulled back at first but then she recognized Joey who knew her from the Forgotten Ministries homeless shelter and started to relax. We listened to her talk and then someone asked if she had a relationship with Jesus. She confidently said, “ no.” Her name was Carrie and you could tell that she was familiar with the streets.
This was our moment. We talked with her, prayed with her, encouraged her, and we know that God moved in her life. She didn’t ask Jesus into her heart tonight, but as we showed her the list of things the Holy Spirit revealed to us, her face said it all, she was seen. She was heard.
Carrie said she was self reliant and didn’t need a God to care for her. But when asked if she would like prayer- she said we all need something and asked if we would pray for her to have a right, clear mind. That her head was not on straight at the moment and she needed to be able to think straight.
We prayed and loved on her. Gave her a blue Spanish bible that had fallen out of the van and asked her to give it to whoever she felt prompted. She kept saying- “I have never experienced something like this before. “
There was no one else on the streets. They were dark and empty, but she was there under the soft light, by the fire hydrant, near broken homes, and blue lights above her. God had led us to the right place at the right time to encounter Carrie so she would know she was loved by her Father in Heaven. “
Please pray for Carrie! Pray that what God began on the streets on Enid as some young student missionaries obeyed, will lead her to salvation later.
God’s Divine Appointment
Today we had the opportunity to do service projects in 3 different towns.
2 teams had the chance to go back to Waukomis, our very first city, and finish up a few projects that didn’t get done.
One was the house of Ronnie and Lisa, a couple that moved to Waukomis about a month ago and live in a condemned home. When our team showed up this morning, Ronnie and Lisa were not home. So they did the only thing they knew to do, pray and be RFA, Ready For Anything.
One ministry team went to a house 2 doors down from Ronnie and Lisa’s and knocked on the door. No answer. After a pep talk of knocking more boldly, Alesha knocked a second time, this time, a girl answered the door. She was shy and hesitant but her mom said to let us in to pray for her.
The team walked into the bedroom where the mom, Shelley, was in a cast and bedridden. The team prayed over her and began to hear a bit of Shelley’s story. She believed she was unworthy of love. She was angry with God. Alesha and Peggy both shared a bit of their stories with Shelley. She began to weep and longed for that love but didn’t feel worthy. The team shared that this was not by accident. What are the chances that she was at the carnival in Waukomis but wasn’t open to the Gospel. Yet today, as our team waited for further instruction, operated from a position to be RFA, her heart was soft to the Holy Spirit. What are the chances that 2 women would knock on the door of a home, who have similar stories as the bedridden Shelley? She didn’t give her life to Jesus today, but for the first time in her life, she was open to hear it.
Would you join us in praying for Shelley? Pray for the seeds to grow in her heart. These Divine Encounter moments are orchestrated by the God who sees all people and knows the deepest cries of their heart.
It’s Harvest Time....
Today we had an incredible opportunity to go back to Enid and engage with the Marshallese people; as well as, Grill Walk 4 communities sharing the gospel and giving burgers, while praying with each family as we went door to door. We had a unique opportunity to go back into Okeene, a city we were in last week, there we saw the footprint God had left on the local church from our team. For one of the Forgotten Ministries team members, he said, “It was amazing for me to step back into a place, my hometown, and love on a community that i grew up in as that bad kid.” Tonight, he was able to show the transformation God has done in his life through Jesus!
We gathered for debrief and the stories came flooding in. This night was different though. It wasn’t story after story of salvation, but story after story of vulnerability. It was stories of how God was putting this whole puzzle together in joining Awe Star with Forgotten Ministries and all these different churches and youth groups. They were stories of obedience even in the unknown. They were stories of stepping over fear to walk in the courage of the Holy Spirit. They were stories that unified our team. We spent an hour and a half in worship and fellowship (talking about the things of God) and it was special.
But the overlying story in it all, we need to pray for those who are laboring. In this part of Oklahoma, it’s harvest season. Several people we talked to, mentioned the harvest. They stood barefoot, weary, and sighed a relief that the harvest was through. It prompted us to pray deeper for the those who labor. Isn’t that the same heart in God’s Kingdom? The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Would you join us tonight as we pray for the laborers in the Kingdom of Heaven? Pray for God to renew their strength, refresh their souls, and breathe rest over them. May they not grow weary in doing good.