Cicero: February 2012

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you” (Is. 60:1)
Dear friends and partners,

We are attempting in this letter to give you a quick update on the many happenings that we’ve experienced since last summer:

LOOKING BRIEFLY AT 2011 UP TO NOW

It’s been very amazing what God has been doing in 2011 in Tahiti. I have even been at loss writing a newsletter because of the many things that have kept us quite busy and which I am going to list non-exhaustively such as

– meetings (4 times a week) with an amazing sense of the presence of the Holy Spirit (we have never been so refreshed in almost 20 years of ministry as it has been with this amazing move of the Spirit);

– healing of hearts and bodies in an increasing measure (healing is really becoming the bread of God’s children and beyond that a blessing to anybody who receives healing just because we believe that God is a good Daddy and that He does whatever He does just because His nature is to love and to do good);

– transformation causing families to be blessed (such as this sister that has seen the Lord bring such a transformation to her life that her husband has been wanting to go to church and go to Bible studies after he had never had any desire for spirituality);

– the message of the Kingdom of God is really becoming the forefront message we see at the core of the Good News… it becomes increasingly obvious that as the Church becomes more concerned for the Kingdom of God to be manifested on earth (as it is in Heaven) and less with promoting herself that a much greater response is coming to the fore with people that have had no interest in Christianity as they’ve seen it for too long (self-righteous, judgemental, insulated from the world). There is great openness for a Gospel that brings forth the good news of life, forgiveness, grace, healing, and love and stays away from a doom and gloom message;

– that is actually what we are trying to convey to our students at the School of Transformation which has been taking place every Saturday afternoon since last Fall with 16 students enrolled (apart from a 6 week break from December 2011 to January 2012);

– in November and December 2011 we held 2 retreats with about 50 then 40 folks (with also children and some youth) that helped us bring home a greater understanding of our Father in Heaven that actually runs to us (see Luke 15–prodigal son story) and kisses us all over before we can even conceive of being able to run to Him with all the baggage of hurt, shame, brokenness and sense of worthlessness people carry in our islands. The son didn’t actually even feel worthy of being called a “son” and was willing to just being a “servant” (sounds like a lot of the Christianity we know where people can at best desire to serve God without that sense of being cherished by Him in such a very special and intimate way); of the things our Father has in store for his children making us aware of the gifts that each has received from Him in order to feel a part of His purposes over the nations which he is wanting to harvest ever since Jesus gave that mandate to His disciples to go… The second retreat was also a great opportunity to embrace His heart and His call as He gave us some understanding as to what to expect in 2012 (more miracles, greater abundance, more souls into the Kingdom, a greater sense of His holiness, a move toward greater unity in the Body of Christ, …)

– we now have gone out into the streets of Papeete a few times and believers (who actually come from various church backgrounds) are learning to reach out to others and use their spiritual gifts over people who do not have a clue about the great God we love and serve. Many healings have taken place at the Market in downtown as we’ve gone to the various store owners and offered them to bless their business. We have people get healed from kidney problems or even stomach pains, or high blood pressure. It is amazing to see the response of people once they realize that their sickness and disease is being healed by the power of His name and the laying on of our hands;

There is so much that we thank God for and we know that what we see now is just but a small beginning of what will become a tsunami of His glory over the islands of French Polynesia!! No doubt in our hearts by the way!!! Many promises have come our way and we know that His word will be fulfilled… i.e. that “the knowledge of His glory will fill the earth, like the waters cover the sea…”

KIDS’ CORNER

They are growing!!
– Kori (23) is currently in Cambodia touring South East Asia with her boyfriend (Alex). She went to the Philippines first (Alex joined her there from France) in November 2011 from Tahiti and then they went to Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Cambodia. Kori was excited to visit Aline’s family home town, Dalat (birthplace of Aline). Actually Kori took a one year break from her Political Science studies in France and she should go back to France to complete her studies next Fall.

– Erika (21 next month) is now doing a technical 2 year training in International Trade in Tahiti (after her 3 years as a BSSM student in the USA) — BSSM = Bethel Supernatural School of Ministry (she did 2 years in Redding, CA and 1 year internship in Maui, HI). She loves Zumba and is also a Zumba instructor which allows her to make some money and help finance her studies.

– Silvio (19) is a student at LAMA (Los Angeles Music Academy) in Pasadena, California (where he was born during the Fuller Theological Seminary days…)!! This guy is a nut for guitar and is soooo passionate about that. He could spend hours playing and perfecting pieces of music. This is a good challenge for him because it’s the very first time he is on his own to care for his life and take charge (that’s another great learning experience…)

– Benjamin (17) is in vocational high school with us in Tahiti and loves his major in electronics and computer science. He is a geek and spends many hours on his PC doing graphic arts and watching Manga movies… He is a fan of rubgy and beginning in March he will be going back to play it with his club because he had to recover from a broken shoulder and wasn’t allowed to play for 6 months … very hard for him!!!

MOVING ON …
As for Aline, she continues teaching English one day a week at the local prison (for the last 3 years now). She loves every minute of it. She really believes revival is going to hit the prison. For years inmates have been singing praises and hymnals early in the morning and late in the afternoon in their cells. It is so easy to talk to them about Jesus, such an openness… amazing. She sometimes prays for them or chats with them about God and they are always so eager to listen . Somehow they sense she has a deep respect for who they are regardless of what they have done in the past. She also teaches French 10 hours a week at a junior high school nearby. Most kids come from very difficult backgrounds and there are many opportunities to shine for Jesus. The other day Erika said to Aline “Mom since you teach difficult kids (5 years now) you have been more patient” … Thank you Jesus! I guess she has learned not to judge so quickly and, honestly, when you know the background of some of these kids you wonder how they made it so far to survive and compassion does increase. In fact, 3 out of 10 students in her classes have their dads in jail.

I (Edualdo) am in charge of the ministry that by now you know as “Vision of the Harvest”. Some homeless are coming, people from all kinds of backgrounds. One of the things that come often in testimonies is that people feel loved and this is great news to us because nothing else would be meaningful without it! Since the last part of 2010 we have welcomed quite a few YWAM teams (from Hawaii, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Australia, Canada, France) coming for outreaches in Tahiti and her islands. We host once a month a night of Praise and Worship with different worship groups or individuals and the presence of the HS has been tangible. We continue the Marama Nights (evenings of fun, music and testimonies, prayers for the sick, for families and youth at the local Mc Donald in Papeete) once every 3 months or so. Last November, we’ve had the coming of Philippe Auzenet, a French evangelist and he held seminars on sexual identities (how to love, help and minister to those suffering with sexual addictions, abuse, etc). He also led a seminar on inner healing and suffering. He was well covered on local TVs, radios and newspapers.

Our hearts continue to burn for the lost and we seek God for creative ways to reach out also through arts and prophetic dance. We have a group led by a dancer who is on fire to share her passion for Jesus through dance. This month (February) we are focusing on intercession with intentionally seeking God for our lives to impact the nation.

PRAYER NEEDS

– continued hunger and a seeking of His face in our personal lives;
– ongoing spiritual and physical health;
– an increasingly focused vision toward the fulfilment of God’s will for our role in the nation of French Polynesia;
– protection and provision over our lives as well as Kori & Silvio who are currently overseas (South East Asia & USA);
– the needed financial breakthroughs for the cost of ministering in French Polynesia;
– the strategies that are needed to bring impact and transformation in the land;
– for God to bring those ministries that are strategically needed to bless our nation.

OUR SELECTION FOR YOU

World Prayer Assembly – The New Wave is Coming!

For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. (Habakkuk 2:14)

Cicero: Jan-Mar 2011

Blessings from French Polynesia!

It is such a joy and a privilege to be able to co-labor with you as Vision of the Harvest enters into one of the most amazing, impactive and fruitful seasons of ministry. You have been aware of what the Lord has been doing through this ministry over the last few years and months but now the heart of God to see the transformation of an entire nation has come upon us and our team. We are so thankful that we have had some wonderful supporters and intercessors for truly you are making history!

PRISONERS AWAKENED TO GODLINESS (a sign)
What has been happening in the prison with Aline is clearly an act of God. Throughout the day in the 4 buildings that house the inmates, praise and worship erupts spontaneously and is heard by everyone. Prisoners themselves are turning to God and a sense of the fear of God and honoring God is gripping the inmates. There is a reformation taking place in their lives. I will send a letter that an inmate wrote to Aline and also other testimonies. One thing we will be doing is sending more updates of the happenings of God so we do life together by seeing the love of God touch lives. Continue reading

Thurner: August 2008

The Wonder of It All!

I am waking up in the mountain town of Matagalpa and my son and Amber, my daughter and Alex and the 3 kids are sleeping. My wife is up and as usual just worshipping. On Saturday morning Jed and Amber came and caught the meetings in the afternoon and afterwards, while the Kamps came in Saturday night and came to the meetings Sunday morning in Masaya and later in the day in Dario. It is a stunning thing to see your kids preaching under the power of God, weeping before the Nicaraguans, healing the sick and liberating the oppressed and sitting down with national youth leaders planning the outpouring on a generation this week and in the months to come.

My son Jedidiah came to his first meeting and while sitting in the chair during worship began coming apart as heaven opened over him and invaded him, literally invaded him and he had never, never experienced the love of God for people like that. He has been weeping everyday, just comes apart, weeping under a visitation of God.

I watched as his wife Amber and Jana along with the 23 year old national commissioning minster of the missionaries of the assemblies of God healed the sick on the platform. This gal, Sherling, was taken to heaven last week during one of our meetings and came back blazing with a vision of revival for the nation. She has come into the revelation of the gospel of the kingdom and says that she will not send out one Assemblies of God missionary again till they understand, live and demonstrate the gospel of the kingdom. The AOG are 1500 strong in this nation, the largest denomination. When you come to serve and have no interest in your own agenda, and we don´t, you can serve with the power of God to locate and release far beyond what you influence the other way. Our kids are sitting down and meeting those that will rock the nation. We already are working towards 50,000 youth and young adults in November with these leaders and we are of them because we have decided to pour out our lives, time and money into them.

I listened later to the testimonies of the ones that Jana and Amber prayed for. Amber had just got off the plane and had thrown up too. These people had walked 2 hours or more to attend the meeting, over 500 were in that one.

-a boy who was dragging his foot while walking was healed and walked normally

-a woman with some sort of disease tor 13 years, like the multiple sclerosis or something, it was bad, always in pain, was completely healed and her testimony rocked the place.

-some lady with tumors had them dissolve on the platform

-a number of elderly woman were healed of crippling arthritis

-a young man with a heart problem who said he lived with pain in his heart was instantly healed, all pain leaving

-many women with complications from childbirth were healed

-a man with pain in his eyes, people with spinal problems were touching their toes, some brought their children with fever or vomiiting and they were healed on the spot

-many with stomach disorders healed

One time at another meeting and some of these above were throughout the weekend, Pastor Harry asked how many were healed and hands went up all over the place.

Of course, the Spirit of God just descends and we have many pictures I think of the cry of the hearts of so many and the touch of heaven as a result.

Pastors came and I called them up and we laid hands on them, prophesied and they came apart under the anointing of God.

We had our Dario School of Supernatural Students with us on Saturday and they went throughout the place declaring the Lordship of Jesus Christ and destroying the workds of the devil. It always shocks people to see teenagers with us and women naturally moving in miracle power. It is the normal christian life, this supernatural life, no big deal.

Love

The day before the Saturday meetings I was told that there were maybe 70 other people from Dario, including our students who wanted to come to Masaya, Others from other villages wanted to come and to do so they would have to rent a bus, quite costly. I did not have the money. I had sent our tons of emails and no response except one brother who was trying to ge 50 bucks to me Then I was told later in the day that more people were coming and we needed to feed them. We already had given $500 to cook the food for those that were coming.

I remember the look on Pastor Harrys face when he asked me because he knew I had spent everything already. What would you do?

I thought to myself, is it worth it? I said yes, it is a no brainer actually. Two brothers sacrificed, love always finds a way to do something and I wept when I saw that bus pull in, I just turned around to a wall and wept. To see those faces, after a 2 plus hour drive, coming from villages to even start it, it was just too much.

And I wept when I saw the people walking hours to get to the meetings and stand in a long line as we fed them all, with food left over. I wept when I saw Jed and Amber flowing in the love of God, embracing and holding the people in their arms. I wept when I saw my daughter Jobyna preaching the value of the Nicaraguan people, and declaring their freedom and Amber dancing with the children, the young man around my son Jed. I nodded my head when Alex preached on the new sound in the earth yesterday morning.

I bowed my head when my grandson Davon Moses laid his hands on the eyes of a young girl who just wanted to see Jesus and she was weeping convulsively last night. I grinned when I saw my grandson Antonio was playing with the Nicaraguan boys and communicating through sign language.

I think it was worth saying yes. I think it is worth it to make you aware of your need and mine to do something to shape history.

This Week

There were many more miracles and testimonies, people coming to God and lives being transformed. People having heavenly visitations and seeing the unseen.

We are seeing the comning together of an alliance of young men and women, national leaders among the young, and that is really an amazing thing. They want this message, this life, this school, this fire and demonstration they are witnessing while with us. These young leaders stay at our house and hang with our kids and that is the phenomenal thing. Last night at a restaurant, sharing, dreaming, planning, the revolution of the Holy Spirit to affect the nation and all Latin America. They are all in.

Jana and I step aside. Of course, we can minister but it is time to release them. Our kids will be doing the preaching and ministry all week long, and flow with our team of pastors who preach and already flow in power, all of them 30 or younger.

-on Wednesday, Jed will be the main speaker at our School of Supernatural Ministry In Dario..Alex will probably teach and maybe the gals too, it is their night

-on Thursday, the kids will be ministering at what they call a youth congress, a gathering of hundreds of youth up in Matagalpa with Israel Rosales, the one helping to co-ordinate the 50,000 young adult gathering in November. He was rocked by God in a meeting we had, I told you about him

-On Friday, Jed is speaking and the others are ministering at a youth concert in Managua with Pastor Juan Jose Escobar

-On Saturday, it is the youth congress in Managua……minimum of 600 people, we could have had more but we are paying for the food, the transportation, maybe 11 buses and all the other expenses to see an outpouring upon the young. Sherling, Israel, and other youth pastors will be there.

They will work side by side with our kids who are the featured speakers and ministers so to speak.

-Saturday night- the kids are going to another church in Managua to preach

-Sunday morning….we will all be up early to drive nearly 3 hours to feed a village of 500, the whole village and minister to them. We have planted a church there and I would love to buy the rest of the baseball equipment, I bought some months ago, and have a huge baseball game. We want to build a kitchen in that village in a small home, so we can feed monthy. We are also looking into electricity and water they do not have.

Things happen all week and there we have some other services that we could do, a radio spot, stuff like that, we will see.

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I invite you to weep with me. I really do. I encourage the families of these kids to step and start to support them in truth.

Saturday was the celebration of the revolution and the Sandinista victory. Hugo Chavez,the president of Venezuela, the FARC of Columbia, President Manuel Ortega, an embracer of Iran and his wife who is a practising witch who actually held a national witchcraft congress, all celebrated and glorified the devil.

So an antichrist atheistic godless, USA hating and Jezebel spirit rules this nation so of course, I can always say that we and you are being battled by principalities and powers who are hindering you and us from doing what God wants. So greater are they than who lives in us. Greater is fear than faith that works by love. Baloney!

That felt good, haven´t used that word in years. Witchcraft is scared to death of the Christ of God and those who are willing to demonstrate real love with real power and let the Holy Spirit be free in the land. Witchcraft plants suspicians and thoughts about those like us and others, cripples generosity and overwhelms with every reason in the book why not to smash it right in the face with brazen bold acts of faith.

There is a new breed of believer, a real believer actually,who is breathing destiny and releasing it everywhere, loving not their lives unto death.

This morning the needs are there once again. Oh my brother, if you only had more than enough. I do, I have God and there will be others, maybe you, who will stand with me and weep when the buses roll in, when the village gets fed, as the miracles flow, as a legacy of children and grandchildren begins to form and young everywhere in this nation are awakened to their destinies.

When people see fathers and mothers with sons and daughters and their spouses and children standing on a platform, going throughout the crowds and embracing as a family the broken and hurting. A sight rarely seen. I ask none of them to be in our ministry by the way, I have no agenda in fulfilling prophetic words over our lives and theirs through my agenda. I want what is best for them, I just try to do what God wants, His way, that is all I care about.

Maybe a bit too long, but try one on me if you want, you always get a reply, you are valuable, chosen, a heavenly being called to leave an imprint of His love on this planet. We bless you and deeply appreciate those that just love to take risks to see heaven explode with joy because you stepped out, seeking to lose your life and not save it, holding nothing back like Abraham because you love God and yearn to love others….

Another Day To Live From His Heart