Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Kids experiencing God in New Zealand

Last weekend was our annual Touching Heaven Kids Conference held in Auckland, New Zealand.  Kids aged 8-13 years came from different places in the North Island and encountered Jesus.

Conference sessions, practical electives, small group times, crazy games, awesome praise and worship, healing the sick, hearing God's voice... all part of the fun! :) 

Here are a few words from the kids...

Touching Heaven Testimonies 2010

God helped me learn about him and how much I love him and care about him.  And showing me all those faces in my mind.  I had a great experience.
In my elective he showed me how to talk to people and have the courage to ask people if they wanted prayer for their injuries.
I saw a tree with my name on it.  God loves me.

God really touched me this weekend.  I really felt God.  I had visions, saw healings and saw many prophecies.  Thank you so much God.
I’ve experienced God’s love and anointing. 

I had a vision and I saw and angel.  I was blessed with the holy Spirit

He taught me how to talk to him and he showed me how to heal the sick.  He also used me to call his summon his kingdom and bring it to earth.
This weeked I had so much fun!!! Now I know lots of things about God.
God has helped me make new friends.  I saw the sick healed, saw visions. I can concentrate on worship.
I saw visions, made new friends, got to know God more, talked to him and had so much fun.

God filled my heart with love and joy.  I like the dance.
The worship was good so in my life I can do it myself.  It made me stronger.  Next time when we do come, we will have a good time.
God was there.  I danced.  I was filled with his love.  I felt happy.  I felt warm when people prayed for me.  Now all I can say is I love you Lord.
This weekend I learned that God heals people and that He loves me.
God taught me how to pray for people if they really need it.  Also he taught me how to listen to him.
I have experienced God’s peace and seen people healed either partially or fully.  Our prayers doubled a boy’s vision which was pretty sweet.
The presence of God fell on me.  I had !!!lots of visions!!! I heard his voice.
God has shown me some pictures that were AMAZING.  One of them was fire.
God healed someone through me and it was really cool to see her face when she found that she was healed.
God has helped me to be more confident to pray out loud and has drawn me closer to him.  He helped me to be able to worship him in the band and actually worship freely and be able to life up everything to the Lord and lift up my hands and just worship!

I got healed of my headache and my knee muscles were healed.
I went on the treasure hunt of God.  We went with our group to the mall and we were looking for the person God gave me that was wearing a pink top and blue jeans, so i found her and I prayed for her and she got healed from back pain. 
I met new friends, had awesome visions, played cool games, had a good sleep, worshipped and praised God and was filled with God’s love.
At 2010 TH conference I saw several different visions, felt God’s amazing presences and God also made me more confident in him.  I enjoyed the drama session.  Can’t wait till 2011.  Go God! 
God touched me and I saw a vision of angels singing songs of praise

Healing – and I really enjoyed it AND, words, pictures from God – I really enjoyed that too.  I liked the worship.
He talked to me for the first time.  He showed me visions for the first time. He made me not shy to worship.
It’s been great seeing God at work, healing my wrist and showing me prophetic pictures.  Yey God.
I asked God to fill me or just come to me and I felt the Holy Spirit in me.
Some people and I prayed for someone and his eyesight improved/doubled
I came a lot closer to God.  I made a lot of new awesome friends.  I learnt how to praise God in other ways.  I learnt how to pray for other people and heal them.  I met some really cool leaders who prayed for me.
He’s opened my heart up more to him and shown me his love.  He’s helped me to understand him more and shown me his glory!! God is awesome!  I loved this camp.  Can’t wait to come again!
He maked me more awesome!
He made me hear.  He opened my heart.  He loves me and he made me really happy.
When I was getting prayed for I suddenly felt joyful.  I didn’t know what happened until my leader said “When God’s holy Spirit comes on someone you might feel happy and joyful”.  So I had the Holy Spirit come on me.  That was the first time that happened!
I asked God to help me get closer to him and during praise and worship today I felt unstable and I was rocking back and forward and felt really warm!
God has healed my back.  He has helped me connect.  He has given me more confidence to pray.  I felt what it was like to have his mighty presence in my heart.  I experienced angels and Jesus.  The Holy Spirit surrounded me with his warmth and love. 
I felt more loved than I ever have.  I was touched spiritually and humanly.
I really felt God’s presence in a way I hadn’t felt it before.  I saw people get healed. I prayed for healing on my friends arm and it started to heal.  I’ve never done that before. It was SOOO fun!!!!!!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Touching Heaven Kids Baguio

It's only day three of our five day Touching Heaven Kids in Baguio, Philippines.

Everyday God's presence has been increasing.  Everyday He has been touching their hearts.  Everyday our young people have been serving with energy and passion.  Everyday I'm just amazed at what God is doing here.  

To see such a team of youth revivalists rising up and ministering was so far from reality a year ago.  Now... well there is no holding them back....

To see our children worshipping God with such passion ... well, I'm actually speechless and feel undone.  I'm amazed at God. His goodness.  His love.  His power.  His faithfulness. 
 Take a look at this rough video I captured on my photo camera. Not the greatest quality I know, but hopefully will inspire and encourage us all - that the King loves us!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Miracle Rain

Well, I'm exhausted but wired and have to write this before I sleep.  Tonight we had a "Prayer Encounter" Evening for our youth.  It is an interactive environment where they can walk through rooms in the building, which are set up as different prayer stations, with different ways of praying.  We had a powerful time and at the end we gathered together to worship.  That morning God had shown me a picture and said "Ask me for rain".  I thought he was speaking spiritually but tonight I felt like we were to ask him for rain in the natural.  You see, the Philippines is in the middle of a terrible drought.  We have had no rain for months!  Every day is dry.  Many farmers are losing their land and livelihood.  Everything is parched.  We have had city water in the pipes for about 3 hours only in the last six or so weeks.  There are power cuts throughout the Philippines as the dams are so low and there are electricity shortages.

So for some time the young people passionately cried out for rain.  First in the natural, but then also in the spiritual.  We rejoiced, sung and danced as we declared that Forever, God is faithful and His love endures forever.  As we were preparing to leave....the youth started shouting "It's raining!!"  and it was..... 
God truly is faithful.  All the way home, the kids were just saying over and over.. "It's a miracle.  God is so good."

He loves the Philippines.   And so do I.....

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Support coming in for Helen's training

God is so wonderful! Helen is an intern with us full time with a small allowance and accommodation provided by us.  After praying, she felt to go ahead to study a Bible Degree program but a money miracle was needed.  This last week we had a substantial gift towards Helen's training.  Not only is it the money for the course that is so great, it is the expression of God's love towards her and her continually growing knowledge of the Father heart of God.  Thanks generous people.


Just wanted to let you know we have a new computer for the youth at homework club to use.  All we need now is an internet connection!  But in the meantime they can use to type assignments.  Thank you Jesus!

We have a small library of books for those with no homework to read.  Here are some boys enjoying them.

Anyone like to donate more books? 
Hard at work... soon will be devotions then dinner. :)

School Sponsored Kids Party!

We had a fun time on Monday night as the 31 children His Heart sponsors to school were invited to a party wonderfully organized by Paige.  We see these children often, but every quarter we gather them together for a special night of encouragement and ministry. 

They enjoyed games, snacks, prayer, worship, awards, dinner and a movie.  To top it off, the Elementary aged children received shoes from Life International Ministries in the USA. 

It's hard to express to you what a difference school sponsorship can make in the life of a child and their family.  We have literally seen lives do a U-turn as we reach out with this tangible expression of God's love.  
Thank you sponsors for your compassion and love.


Worship and prayer for success in their study and life

New shoes! Yay!

Thank you Lord! You are changing lives!

Monday, February 15, 2010

New Daily Feeding Program

Today was a great day at Dona Aurora Bueno Elementary School!
His Heart began a new feeding daily feeding program for approximately 23 malnourished children. This is in an area that we have been wanting to reach for sometime and it is now coming to pass.

Washing hands first

Ready and waiting!

Macaroni soup with sausage and nutritious leaf vegetable from the Philippines

Eating! :) Angela & Helen with the Principal

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Homework Club

A few weeks ago we started a homework Club for high school aged youth. It became obvious to us that our sponsored students and many other children from poor homes, were very disadvantaged because they had no access to resources.

They simply don't have money to go to the internet cafe to research. Additionally, most of them come from a squatter community and to find peace in small shacks is very difficult, let alone have a table and chair with light to work at.

So we have put together a simple program endeavouring to help them have the opportunities that many others have - the Homework Club.

The young people arrive after school, have a brief afternoon tea and come inside ready to study. After praying for each other, that God will bless them in their studies, they begin. If they have homework, they complete that or revise. Older students and adults help younger ones if possible. We are praying for at least two computers and an internet connection so that they can use the internet to research or to type assignments.

After an hour of quiet working, we have a short devotional and worship time. These young people are passionate for God and its always hard to stop worshipping. :) However, we have a full hot dinner waiting for them. They eat happily - often having plates of seconds. They leave smiling... and we know their hearts have been touched by the tangible love of God.

Monday, January 11, 2010

God showing up with the youth

I got a report from Helen our Filipina intern the other day telling me of what God did last Friday night. She has been with us for about 4 months full time and has grown so fast in her responsibilities and in her walk with God. It's so encouraging to watch her minister, even though she is a young Christian. She was nervous and worried about leading the youth alone while we are gone and she shared that the night before she was praying. "I was about to sleep, I was really worried on which ones first to do coz there’s lots I wanted to speak about for the youth night, but I just told God, “Lord you will lead tomorrow right you will just used me”. And I really can’t explain if I am half asleep, or awake, or just dreaming coz I saw Jesus entered at the door and sat at my bed and hold me and just said, “Sleep don’t worry”..." God is so good!

I am praising God that we can be here in New Zealand and yet He continues to pour out His presence in Baguio. While we are gone, the ministry is being led by locals which is a real milestone.

Read more of what she says...

"While I was sharing I felt that Jesus just told me to just worship him that night and so I told them that supposedly I have something to speak about but I really just want to follow Jesus. So I told them that we will just welcome the presence of Jesus which is really strong.

After sharing it I prayed and first time to really say everything that is in my heart. And we worship again, while worshiping I saw angels ascending on the stairs from the office and on every entrances, so I told them that and everyone is like overwhelmed and just opened their hearts to receive from Jesus , I prayed for everyone and just continue to worship for hours, everyone is just really in deep worship, lying on the ground with their hands raised, kneeled for long time, standing undisturbed.

After worship and praying when we looked at the time it’s already 10:30 and I was like oh my gosh your parents would get angry at me, so I told them if you go home could you share what you saw to them(hehe). And I just asked if they want more sharing and everyone’s like yes, yes, yes please even if late..

Everyone seems to see same things like angels singing with us, shao saw what I’ve seen, angels ascending. One saw his self running after Jesus. One said everything or every movement just stops. Bonnie said he felt Jesus’ hand on his shoulders. One saw a king on his throne. Someone saw vision of jomard just clapping and praising God. One saw a picture of flower(us), water(Jesus) and sun(God). One said she felt we are soo crowded in the room, coz angels are too many..

Sorry very long, I’m just soo excited to tell you everything."

Thank you Jesus! We can trust you with everything.
Thank you everyone for continuing to pray for Helen and the local leaders.