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Prayer of Protection….

About two weeks ago-  a very amazing thing happened one evening.  It was Saturday and we were hosting an amazing team from America (MOW- Mountian of Worship with Danny Steyne).  One of the big ministry focuses for the team was the Overwhelmed Conference in Nelspruit.  So we naturally wanted to be at all the sessions but with small kids, that is not always feasible.  So Jean asked me in the morning if I wanted to go to the morning session or the evening session…..and I exciting picked evening!  I asked a few friends from Backdoor to come with me but everyone had other plans, so I went alone (Jean stayed home with the girls).   So the Holy Spirit moved so powerfully that night and I was so super blessed and refreshed!  Several of us lingered at the altars soaking in the rich presence, until they were locking up.

As usual, I asked for some angles to guard the car and myself as I drove home.  Little did I know, that prayer might have saved my life….or at least my purse and/or car☺

I live in an informal township/settlement in South Africa.  Unemployment is super high and the community struggles with other huge issues like no water/high HIV rates/etc.  And like many other poor, urban areas- there is a very high crime rate.

So when I pulled onto the Backdoor road, another car was right in front of me.  There are no street lamps in these areas, so we did not see the ambush until it was upon us.  A car was parked vertically in the middle of the road to block anyone from getting by.  Men with objects were getting out and heading our way….I knew they were not coming to say “Hi” so I screamed “Jesus” and I went for it  I expected to hit that car since there was no way I could simply drive past…but I did!  I got by with out hitting the wall near the road or the car blockade.

Once I was safely past and down the road, I called the local police since I was concerned for the poor car in front of me (I had boxed them in!)   I went home a bit shaken and a bit heavyhearted for the other car.  The next day Pastor Jeffery (the most incredible Backdoor leader who always knows whats going on) asked around and he says nothing happened to anyone that he knows of (if someone got hurt/robbed) because the buzz on the streets would have confirmed it.  So we prayerfully believe that other car also got out and no one was hurt!

Friends, never underestimate the power of prayer…even the silly, half-hearted ones we say without thinking.

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.  James 5:15-17

These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the Mighty One with shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng.
Psalm 42:3-5

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Trees are planted!!!

 

We are so crazy blessed to share that the trees have been planted! At long last, over 1700  Macadamia trees make up MCV’s “Field of Dreams” sustainability farm. Since hydration is so critical in a successful transplant (the trees are four years old), our team prayed for rain. Wow, we got it! It has rained more in the past month than in the past five years! It might even be too much now, so pray for proper amounts!
Jean recently taught 1 Corinthians at the Bible school and began meditating on chapter 3 (such great passages on the church, leadership, and unity). We were especially drawn to verse 7 “So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who makes things grow.” Indeed, in the spiritual and physical harvest fields of Africa- only God can bring the increase. Of course we delight in every opportunity to prepare the soil, plant seeds, water them, and harvest… But because the Lord is the one who ultimately makes people/trees grow- we are liberated from striving or “works.” We train our hearts to be fixed on HIM, not the fields! Our purpose is not ‘great harvest’ (although that indeed is the result), our pursuit is becoming one with the Lord of the Harvest!
We are so thankful and appreciative for our global family. Words could never express the gratitude in our hearts for you….May each one of us grow, grow, grow where He has planted us! May the vineyards of our hearts abound in fruitfulness for His glory! We love and bless you!!!!
“They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor.” Isaiah 61:3

 

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The greater joy of giving!


Allow me to reflect from the deep, ponderous ‘Mama’s heart’ place today☺ It is a little long, but it will bless you if you hang in there…

Yesterday we celebrated our sweet four year old’s birthday. Our first gift from Papa God, we named her Johanna Joy (God’s gift of joy). For all who know her, Johanna is truly a bringer of great joy. Like any proud mama- my heart swells at the enormous privilege of loving, training and stewarding her well…..I say stewarding because she is not mine….even though she was biologically born to me…Johanna belongs to the one who formed her in the womb- our Heavenly Father. She is His daughter first and mine second. A very rich truth indeed. Something I am only beginning to understand…Since she is a daughter of the Most High King Jesus, how can I daily walk this out? When she is melting down? When she sick? What about on her birthday?

How many times have we read or spoken “It is better to give than to receive.” As Christians, if we truly believe this, what are we modeling to our children? A birthday celebration is just an easy example. If the day is centered around a child receiving, is our child perhaps missing out on a greater joy?

Please, please, please hear my heart. I am not against the traditional western birthday celebration! Of course we need to celebrate these amazing little people and lavish our love on them through gifts, cake, parties, etc. However, I do strongly believe the traditional birthday celebration can be improved by giving!

In Africa, many children never experience a birthday day celebration. Many families struggle to provide one-two meals a day, so something as luxurious as cake and presents are not an option. Because of this, children grow up not really knowing their birth date. A great example- Johanna’s best friend and neighbor, Panach.

We live in an informal settlement in South Africa where unemployment is crazy high and HIV ravages the community. Due to the felt need- our ministry started a daily feeding program for local children and adults. That is where we first met Panach. Johanna and Panach hit it off as fast friends. When walking her home one day, we discovered she living right down our street! Soon Panach became a daily part of our lives….racing to our house after school and staying till dark. We affectionately introduce her as our “day daughter.☺”

Since birthdays are in important part of our family, we asked Panch about her birth date several times…she never knew quite how to answer…Jan? Feb? As Johanna’s birthday got closer, Panach began to say “Feb 26” which was Johanna’s birthday.☺

So we asked Johanna what we should do? Like any almost 4 year old, she thought about her answer carefully. She was really looking forward to her party. “Maybe we can have the party for me and Panch?!”

We were already asking the Lord how we could use this opportunity for Johanna to give and not just receive. She already prepared special gifts for her local friends (little goodie bags with art work, fruit, candy). But now Johanna had another special mission…to love Panch well and give her the best birthday ever! And because sweet Johanna tapped into God’s truth- she super enjoyed her own special day with deep abiding joy!

Last year, an eight year old girl named Eden, asked everyone to give a financial gift to MCV (Michaels Childrens Village- the childrens village we help oversee in SA) instead of receiving presents on her birthday!. Although her love gift made several kids quite happy on their birthdays in Africa, we are pretty sure Eden experienced the greatest joy of all!

Fellow mamas- search out opportunities for your children to give especially on special occasions like birthdays, Christmas, etc. And model Christ-centered giving before them….it is the fast track to JOY in your home!!

 
Let each one [give] as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver [whose heart is in his giving]. 2 Corinthians 9: 7




He who gives to the poor will never want, but he who shuts his eyes will have many curses. Proverbs 28:27 


 In everything I have pointed out to you [by example] that, by working diligently in this manner, we ought to assist the weak, being mindful of the words of the Lord Jesus, how He Himself said, It is more blessed (makes one happier and more to be envied) to give than to receive. Acts 20: 35

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Pastors Advance 2014

Every year we look forward to the Pastor’s Advance- a time of refreshing, equipping, and impartation for the amazing pastors of Southern Africa. Pastors and leaders travel from all over South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and even a few from America. From the testimonies shared, this years conference was perhaps the best leaders gathering yet! The anointed preaching, the powerful worship/presence, and outstanding fellowship (and food☺) allowed all attending to truly “Advance” into 2014! Of course, my favorite speaker was Jean who brought an absolutely life-changing word about “Breaking the Poverty Spirit.” Please email us if you would like an audio copy!

 Another highlight was the amazing blessing of sd cards for cell phones with the complete Bible/Jesus film in several local languages for the leaders. One of the beautiful fetchers of this tool is that when leaders use it- the blue tooth technology allows the Bible verses to be sent to other cell phones in the area….cell phone evangelism! Pray with us for the prophetic harvesting of the atmosphere for Africa!!!

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Beijo!!!!

Forgive us for another lull in communication☹  Please know there is never a lull in Holy Ghost activity here, just in the ability to properly communicate it!  As always, we strive everyday to see Jesus in the one before us….asking the question “What does love look like today” to the ones He brings along our path.  Doing our best to balance this beautiful journey of loving HIM first and then our neighbor….while loving and training the little ladies of the tribe…Can you believe Johanna turns four next week!!!  And Gloria is a fearless, unstoppable toddler with such delicious cuteness, it is crazy hard to not drop everything and just devour her daily?  So we are grateful for the glorious grace which allows emails, FB, blogs, newsletters, etc go neglected while we champion the one before us!

We just wanted to quickly testify about our new car!   So many of you know our family struggle with having one vehicle (that I could not drive because I never mastered the standard).  After almost 6 years of grace for this situation- we realized the grace had run out.  Jean put a “fleece” of sorts out to Lord in early December that if $10,000 came in for our personal support, we would take the plunge and buy a car.  Although, we know God is able to provide that amount and much more- it was still kinda ‘pie in the sky’ request.  But do you know exactly $10,000 came in!!!  There was maybe $20 extra for the first tank of gas!

So we feel like Jesus kissed us again with this amazing blessing of a car.  So we named her ‘Beijo’ which is Portuguese for kiss☺  Every time we drive her, we are reminded for His lavish love which kisses us daily in so many ways…

We are praying for HIS kisses to be felt in your life.  May we each pause constantly and enjoy our Jesus and His face in the ones before us. 

Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth— for your love is more delightful than wine.
Song of Songs 1:1-3

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Papa Rolland’s visit!

 This weekend, we were hugely blessed to have Papa Rolland Baker join us for a three-day conference in celebration of Iris Revival Church’s third birthday!  People joined us from around South Africa, Mozambique, and the world (even guests from Belgium!) The Holy Spirit rocked the services as the hungry cried out for more of Jesus! What an amazing time of teaching and encountering Christ. Truly 2014 is the year for birthing the miraculous….what an amazing kick-start for our precious local family! Pray with us for God’s greatness and glory to be fully displayed in our little corner of the world!!!

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A Key for Christmas…

Peace and Joy from South Africa!

“Tis the season to be BUSY….Fa,la,la,la,la,la!” Once again we face an amazing, but hectic holiday season. Already full schedules have to make room for parties, Christmas outreaches, shopping/gift giving, and huge needs from every direction. Anyone else feel overwhelmed or stressed?

We believe Jesus has given us the key to thriving (not just surviving) the Christmas chaos! After studying the gospels, we find Jesus was never stressed out or frazzled ….he did get tired, but he was never burned-out by the swarming, needy, and demanding crowds. What was His secret? Jesus only did what He saw the Father doing (John 5:19-20)! He didn’t care about doing everything expected or pleasing everyone around Him….He cared about pleasing and obeying the ONE He lived for!

We shared this truth with our leadership team recently and we were super blessed by the amazing strategies God revealed. This year we are committed to doing only what we see the Father doing…Allow us to share one special vision we have about this Christmas…

We will be welcoming another little princess into our home. No, we are not announcing a pregnancy…this little princess came to MCV in 2012 from the local hospital- neglected, abused, malnourished, and very sick from HIV. When praying about this Christmas, we kept seeing her face. We thought it was kinda odd…she is very content with her MCV family. But when we heard her housemother would be leaving to visit family for an extended time, we knew P was to come home with us. We are crazy excited to see what God has in store for her and us during this next season.

Friends, what do you see the Father doing this Christmas? Extravagantly loving a rude neighbor? Going the extra mile for a wayward family member? Throwing a party for those who could never repay you? However He leads you- we are praying this holiday season would be so full of HIM that heaven invades earth! May His abundance flow in every way. Remember wise men still seek HIM! By offering HIM everything, we present Him with eternal gold, frankincense and myrrh!

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Rest, Refreshing, and Revelation!

On Tuesday 11/19 at our monthly base leaders meeting the
word of the Lord came forth. “As you rest I will bring refreshing and
revelation!” The 3 R’s…What I saw in the Spirit was as we rested, as we waited
on the Lord, refreshing rain was washing over us removing all the dirt (stuff)
that was hindering us from receiving revelation and stepping into our destinies
in God. I felt like the Lord was saying it is a season of being not just doing.
It is to be a season of building foundational relationships for 2104 and
beyond.
    
We are now entering the “holiday season” Thanksgiving-Christmas-New
Years, a time to celebrate with friends and family. However, we all know how
busy things get during this time of year. In times past we have found ourselves
exhausted and overwhelmed by all the demands that have been placed upon our
time. This year by the grace of God we are determined to find the place of rest
that brings refreshing and revelation. My wife said, “We need to be more like Jesus.
 He did only what He saw the Father
doing.” As a ministry we see many needs, there are many demands, and many
opportunities to demonstrate the love of God! Sometimes the best thing to do is
to respectfully say “no.” Rather than do, do, do we can and should just be,
with HIM!!
   
When Jesus appointed the twelve they were first called to be with Him!
(Mark 3:14) And then they were sent out to preach the kingdom of God. First and
foremost in our lives must be our time spent in His Presence seeking His Face!
Jesus must be the reason for the season. We must put HIM first in all we do.
Everything we do should flow from our intimacy with HIM! As we behold Jesus we
will become like HIM! Worship HIM! Behold HIM! And become like HIM! Jesus only
did what He saw the Father doing! Contrary to popular belief He did not heal
all the sick or feed all the poor.  At the pool of Bethesda there was a great multitude of sick
people, however Jesus only healed a certain man who had an infirmity for 38
years.
    
Does this mean we are on holiday? We are slacking? Not doing anything?
Certainly not! There are many divine appointments, ministries, gatherings,
church and home visits, graduations, and even a wedding. By His grace, we have
decided to work smarter not harder. Having been base directors for almost 5
years, we are by the grace of God beginning to figure things out. (Yeah Right?)
As a community of believers (“as laid down lovers”) we have decided to create a
culture of honor. In honoring, in preferring one another, and in serving each
other we will be more effective in advancing of the kingdom of God, because we
will be operating out of rest rather than responsibility.  (The 3 R’s) The Spirit of God is
speaking a word in due season. He who has an ear to hear, let him hear what the
Spirit is saying!
Remember wise men still seek HIM!!
  
Jean Nicole
Base Director
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Healing!

Today I (Teisa) experienced heaven on earth! God’s supernatural healing power invaded my body! Divine atonement. What Jesus purchased on Calvary. The childrens’ bread. Another favorite nickname is ‘normal life’ for the true believer! But healing was nowhere near normal for me this month. What started as a migraine progressed to a nightmare sinus infection. Due to the intense swelling, certain nerves were impacted and the throbbing pain spread to my ears and teeth. My entire head was exploding and the days turned into weeks… Of course we sought prayer, anointed with oil, rebuked the devil, searched my heart for any sin/unforgiveness, took hot baths, used heating pads, went to the clinic, and popped pills like crazy…some things helped, but the pain always returned with a vengeance.

I had arranged home-visits for the visitors during the afternoon with Pastor Jeffery since I was unable to go. One of our favorite ministries, we love sending teams to pray for the sick, lead people to Jesus, and treasure hunt (prophetic prayer and proclaiming of the gold in people’s hearts/lives). Miracles are normal during home-visits. Suddenly, the Holy Spirit light bulb went on☺

So after I had basically given up on being healed, Jesus kissed me with Luke 17:11-19. The leapers were healed ‘as they went.’ By faith, they acted upon His command and got healed along the way. I watched Heidi Baker experience healing in this fashion time after time….she would be crazy sick and yet she would still go on outreach to preach/pray for the sick and often she would return home healed! I had even experienced this healing before. Sadly, my pain induced fog kept me reaching for Advil instead of my Bible and faith-filled history.

The instant I agreed to go on the home-visits, something shifted in my heart and I was healed! Breathing deeply with no pain, we went from house to house releasing God’s Kingdom with miracles following. Like giddy little girls, we experienced the atmosphere of heaven- joy unspeakable and full of glory!

But why now? Why not before? Why do some get healed and others not? I do not have the answer to those questions…But I am learning to ask better questions. “Jesus, how can I say thank you?”

So after a time of giddy worship, here I am blogging. My heart is bursting with thankfulness and need to express it…I hope this testimony inspires you to press into Him more…use your itty-bitty seed of faith to move a mountain for His glory….reach beyond yourself and love someone sacrificially…believe the impossible…and remember to say thank you when the normal happens!

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Into the fire without being burned…

It started as any other hot and windy day at MCV.  The kids were home from school due to
the school holiday, so we planned some fun water games for the afternoon.  As our visiting team prepared the water
slide and Toddler pool, the cloud of black smoke in the distance seemed to
mushroom bigger and bigger.  We
knew there was a fire down the road but it was a good distance….I called Jean to come back to MCV so we could watch things better (he could drive around).

The winds seemed to pick up and the smoke clouds got bigger
and closer.  From the Prayer Hut-
one could see the wall of fire in the distance….and it was moving our way
quickly!  Local fire crews,
helicopters and planes were doing all they could to stop the seemingly out of
control blaze.  So we gathered
together to pray- our children stretched out their hands towards the fire and
took authority over the fire.  The
kids disbanded back to the water games confidant that God would stop the fire.
Just in case, the adult staff began taking preventative
action- watering down the area in the fires path, reviewing the evacuation plan
in place, etc.  Several of us
watched the flames engulf a hector of trees just half a kilometer way.  The wind was still blowing strong in
our direction and all that stood between MCV and the fire was a small
fire-break and then huge overgrown lot with trees, scrubs, grass.  The smoke was beginning to water our
eyes and the heat was increasing.  I even called our driver Wonder to return to MCV just in case we had to get the kids out quickly.  Much to our dismay, there was another fire on the opposite end of the
property (beyond our fence but still close).  Things were looking bad, bad, bad.  BUT GOD!
Suddenly both fires seemed to stop.  Even with the wind still blowing in our
direction- the fire did not progress! 
We had prayed for a wall of protection earlier and we were now witnessing
it!  The Kingdom of heaven invading
earth once again!  Another miracle
reminding us of Jesus power and love! 
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of
those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.”  Romans 8:28
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