God moved powerfully on the streets of Kona last night! It was 6:30 and we met in the classroom to split up into groups - one group to intercede and one to go evangelize on the streets. Once we had the groups determined we hit the streets! One of the very first words we got was "Ali'i - Where the sidewalk ends." (Ali'i is the street that Port YWAM is on) So my group walked down to the end of the street and started looking for someone to minister to. We started walking around and were looking for people that the intercessors got words for, but we kept going in circles and struggled finding anybody. Someone in our group felt that we were supposed to stay in one spot and wait for the right people to walk by. So we went and sat on the wall right in front of Port YWAM and waited for the people we had gotten words for, to walk by.
We had been sitting for about five minutes when a guy wobbled in front of us and was looking at us. One of the girls in my group said "Hey" and he said hi back. We started talking to him and he told us his name was Jeffrey and that he had just come to Kona. He continued to tell us that last year some of his friends slammed his head through the a window in a truck and threw him out and ran him over at 45mph, then they came back and robbed him. Jeffrey said that he was in a coma for almost 3 months and has 26 screws and 3 plates in his head and that he couldn't open his right hand all the way.
So we asked him if we could pray for healing over his body and he was very excited and said yes! We fully believed that we would see his hand open all the way and that he would no longer have any pain in his body! So a few of us started praying over him and praying over his hand in particular that he would be able to fully open it. We finished praying and we asked him to open his hand, but he wasn't able to!
Then he told us that he no longer had ANY pain in his body and that even though he couldn't open his hand, it was feeling better! We were so glad, and we prayed for him once more and then headed back to base. Right before we headed back, Jeffrey was already gone, we got a message with another word. The message said "WORD: man with mustache a near death experience. Jesus saved his life for a reason."
As soon as we saw this message we headed back to Port YWAM!! We ran into the room where they were praying and I talked to the person with the word and told her what had happened out there and what Jeffrey had told us! And then... (This is my favorite part) she said when she saw the picture she saw a truck!!! (Jeffrey was thrown out and run over by a truck) We had just finished praying with Jeffrey and after his healing we got a prophetic message to pray for him!! It was so amazing!
After we had prayed for him the first time and his hand didn't extend I felt like I was under attack. I heard things like "If God was all powerful he would be healed him." After seeing the message it was God confirming that we had done what he wanted us to do and I was so stoked to be a part of it!
Thanks for all the prayers!
Last night was the first night of community outreach! Wednesday is a busy day here in Kona, we have a cruise ship stop right in front of our bay and unload and load passengers for the next 8-10 hours. The water is too shallow around this area so there are little ferry boats that transport people. This being said, it's the perfect opportunity to reach out and talk with both tourists and residents of Kona.
Eventually at some point during the DTS, community outreach will mean going to a Marshallese community center and helping out by serving food and playing with the kids every Wednesday. But since we are just arriving and the planning hasn't gone as planned we decided we were going to do street evangelism!!
We split off into 2 groups, one group would stay behind and intercede while the other group would go out and evangelize. Whenever the group praying would get a word they would text it to us out on the street and we would look for whoever the word was for. Some words were very specific, like Mike/Michael from Switzerland, and a girl named Claire with a green shirt and blonde hair (these are real words we received); and others not so much, like someone in a red shirt. We would do our best to find someone matching the words we had received.
The night went on and we had gotten about 15-20 words but hardly any luck finding anybody that matched the words we had gotten. Most of the people we did interact with had already accepted Jesus as Lord. We stayed out faithfully looking but had a hard time finding.
Back at base while the team was praying two girls thought they saw a blonde girl in a green shirt at the restaurant next door! So they ran out to meet her and the lady was scared off and had told them her shirt was yellow. So they turned around and started to head back to base when they saw a lady that was sitting on the bench near the base.
They went over and approached her and asked her if she knew Jesus and she said she was a Jehovah's Witness and that she didn't want to talk with them. The girls kept talking asking the lady if she needed prayer and she said she didn't want any religion that doesn't believe in Jehovah to pray for her and one of the girls said "We believe in Jehovah too!" And the lady was kind of shocked and she let them pray for her. After they prayed she turned and told them, "You guys are an answer to prayer!! I was here to meet a man and I know it was wrong. Thank you! You're an answer to prayer!" And she ran off. They went back and continued praying and slowly everyone that was evangelizing came back.
Everyone felt excitement and joy and a stirring in their hearts! Although we didn't see anything happen out on the streets God was stirring up in our hearts a passion! It felt like we were training for the next time. Everyone is excited and stirred up and we know God is going to do great things!
So join us in prayer, extra prayer on Wednesday, that the Lord will use us to move in the hearts of people on the streets in Kona!!
Aloha! I have just graduated high school, and after looking into different options I feel the Lord is leading me to do a Discipleship Training School with Youth With a Mission in Hawaii.
I will be heading to Hawaii in April to start my DTS. I'm so excited to see what God has in store for me. Since I don't know my schedule yet I'm not sure how many times I'll be writing and updating my blog. As of right now, as well as during the lecture phase, I plan to update my blog at least every other week.
YWAM has GPS trackers on their ships for safety reasons so feel free to track where I'm at during my outreach at http://ywamships.net/ship-locator/. I'm not sure what the name of the ship is, but once they decide where we are going on our outreach I'll know the name of the ship