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: March 2011

Greetings,

(This is a fresh report from the S. Pacific island of Tahiti where Earl and Jana Thurner, Edualdo and Aline Cicero, and Torea and Teresa Manjard serve to bring transformation. They are all part of MorningStar/CMM Missions. Pray for them.)

It is evident that there is the beginning of a genuine outpouring of the Holy Spirit in French Polynesia throught the School of Transformation, weekly meetings and now being perpetuated in our Center of Transformation facility in the heart of Papeete which was birthed on Saturday, February 26. With very little advertising, the opening was packed out with 3 hours of ministry through many whose giftings and expressions were released for the first time. We will put together some pictures when we get back to the states.

To see grown Tahitian men weep watching a prophetic dance well over 40 minutes depicting the migrations of the Polynesian people, the coming of the gospel to Tahiti and the destiny of this nation to the ends of the earth was a profound moment. To see the man who has spearheaded the born again movement in the Protestant Church honored and then bless the facility as the people of the land immediately ushered in the face of God clearly felt by all. Ministering with his family and then pouring out his heart moved ours. The future President of a political party was honored, cultural expressions representing the Chinese who comprise 10% of this nation, music and dance flowing from the Marquesans, the Tahitians, and a group of young and youth expressing through hip hop dancing took place.These kids are not saved but through words of knowledge I gave the leader before Marama Night, hearts were opened and as those attending prayed for them afterwards, the Holy Spirit came upon many of them These are kids who have been broken and devastated but the Embrace of the Father has been coming their way. I cannot wait to meet with all of them this week, they are so close to being born from above. There will be the raising up of a global breed of revolutionary reformers and God will be birthing that in the months to come and a team of young visionaries who will pour out their hearts like water before the face of God for the lives of the young who are fainting from hunger at the head of every street will take place.(Lamentations 2:19). This facility will also be for the renaissance of the arts, painting, dance, culture, music, acting etc. beginning this wednesday night.

To see Tahitians who were touched through the original outpouring when I came 14 years ago and saw their culture released in the church now dreaming again, weeping under the power of God in every meeting, bringing their families without being asked and decorate the entire building in Tahitian style, buy tables, bring tons of food and minister Tahitian worship is so fulfilling. Three times we have been sent into the nation to usher in a move of God, three times we were stopped and the last time left in honor but in heart pain. In that moment over 5 years ago, a young man who knew nothing prophesied in Redding of all that took place and the day of return. After that, one of the leading intercessors in Heidi Bakers ministry graphically did the same. Bob Jones, a prophetic voice shared with Edualdo Cicero months ago about the school that would have to be birthed first and the impact it would have. We are part of Morningstar and our team is comprised of 2 other couples who are also. Just before leaving, Shawn Bolz team of Expressions58 church in Los Angeles who knew nothing of French Polynesia gave extensive and specific prophetic words over us. These words of clear identity and purpose and what would happen on this trip have been coming to pass daily here, it is really beautiful. That is the church we attend when we are back in Hollywood and we are just so privileged to love this nation.

To love a nation, to love all the body of Christ, to love the lost, to celebrate everyone and call forth the value and gold in everyone. To provide a place where God can rest His head and the Holy Spirit is given freedom. To honor all the ministries and reach out to all the ministers and churches is just shattering the witchcraft so many have been defiled by. Ever since we stepped out by faith to secure the facility in Papeete, God just began pouring out His Spirit in ever increasing ways. We are just so happy to see the dreams and visons of so many quenched by religious mindsets coming alive. And when they do, the result is powerful ministry coming forth from them in an atmosphere of love and respect and no control. A former associate pastor of the AOG has been under a visitation for weeks since Jana prophesied he would become a whirlwind. Caught up to heaven, he has been stunned by God in every meeting and out of that ministers the love and glory of God and people come under God’s presence like never before, a transforming presence, not just a touch of God but they really become different people. It is precious.

The youth leaders of another church who are unable to minister freely came Saturday night and all 3 of them were visited by God in their seats and this went on for the entire meeting. Edualdo who was interpreting for me was struck by God and as he was interpreting he released such a wave of joy and refreshing over the people. A Mormon from Moorea came with a friend to the opening. This man was prophesied over on the front lawn of some of our teams home in Moorea and fell out under the power of God on the lawn. He wants to be a part of what is happening. What a trip. Came on the boat to Tahiti. The 84 year old woman from Toulouse, France who was healed of major back problem was revelling in the Lord all day. We already have an outreach ministry in Moorea and those that came to it are already contacting us to return to bring more people. Broken and devastated marriages were healed in a few hours, so wonderful. A woman whose husband burned her with cigarettes and has a son 9 who I told you about that got saved also has a 4 year old who the father rejects. She comes every week and is being so touched by God and this boy represents the orphan and fatherless who are so many in this nation. We will love them, we will see them know Abba.

Tonight we will stand outside the prison that Aline Cicero ministers in. Something supernatural is happening in the prison. In the 4 buildings that house the prisoners spontaneous praise and worship erupts throughout the day. Now from 5 to 6;30 each morning they sing and there are scheduled times and one of them is at 6 at night. We are going to just listen to them before we birth the prayer ministry at the facility. This is truly astonishing and a sense of God is permeating the prison. Pray for Aline who goes in every week and she was being paid by the government but they told her that they could no longer do so, she teaches English, so she goes in for love which has touched the prisoners.

God has breathed on what is happening and has given us such great people to work with who will be ministering in the school and meetings when we return to the states for a month. The Manjards will do 2 weeks of teaching on the prophetic as they are graduates of Morningstars School and activating the students and out to the streets they will go. It is amazing that the school grows every week, with new students joining and visitors coming to be a part of it. It is a school of transformation, being formed into the likeness of Jesus Christ and demonstrating the miraculous, all motivated by LOVE. We have rejoiced to see them healing the sick as we gather together and declaring the words of God over many. A woman who had a major heart problem was healed being prayed for over the phone and there are other testimonies.

After the opening we all shared in tons of food and fellowship and to see so many from different walks of life and fellowships enjoying each other is just so much fun. We are all doing life together and this is our theme. We are just a part of seeing God touch a nation. We shared the testimony of the guy who was being evacuated from Moorea to Tahiti on the Aremiti 5 because a nail in his foot had infected and was spreading up his left side into his chest and he was scared and in pain. Edualdo and I prayed for him, the pain left, he was healed and God came on him Later we came to see him and the stunned staff of the boat was there and we gave words of knowledge over each of them and a woman who got out of her seat to see what was going on and as the boat landed all invited the Lord into their lives. It is harvest time. Even the man who did the air conditioning in the facility was touched by God as we were sharing with him after the job. Hope to buy him lunch this week and see what God will do.

To touch a nation, we have been instructed by the Lord not to start a church or for me to be a pastor of a local church. We came to serve the nation, the body of Christ with a clear vision of how to begin and He will lead us as we look to Him. So on Sundays if we are not ministering in a church or going to another island to minister, Jana and I go to a local church, and for now it is the one we birthed, Full Gospel Church of Polynesia and love the people and worship with them. Almost all our team goes also and it was wonderful seeing everyone on Sunday and listening to the man Jana and I married, who is now the pastor. His wife and kids were there from Maui and the leadership we instituted in 2005 is still the same and we honor the work they are doing. We have met with the President of the French Assemblies of God twice and building a great relationship. His brother lives on Moorea and brings people from the church under his brother to the meetings and they were so touched by God also. What a time to be alive!!

We are thankful for the ministries from France that will be coming to bless the nation and now we can host them in our own facility. There are some teams coming from the USA also and we know others have a heart to love this nation and we enjoy working shoulder to shoulder with all the body of Christ and serve in any way to see the gift they are opened by the people of the nation.

We bless and thank all of you who have been praying and supporting us financially and as you continue to do so, we will continue to see Him accomplish more and more. There is so much more to share and we appreciate your prayer for the meetings Friday and Saturday night, Janas class on Saturday morning and the School of Transformation which meets Saturday afternoon. More of Him, More of Him. Doing His will is success, that is all we care about.

earl and jana
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Earl and Jana Thurner