Archive for February 28, 2011

“R-E-V-I-V-A-L … Prepare ye’ for the way of the Lord … I can feel revival coming, I feel it in my spirit, I can feel it in my bones… I hear the voice of one crying… from the widow walking through the rain of tears…I can hear the thunder in the distance, I can hear a storm brewing…..lay your burdens down…Revival’s with your mind!” Lyrics to “Revival” by Northern Irish Celtic Band Leader – Robin Mark, on the “Azusa Street Centennial: Sound of Revival” album.

I find it exhilarating to find our numbers increase as Spiritual Warriors hear the call to arms. I was especially moved by Marilyn’s and Peggy Caden’s remarks in the first post by Ras. First, I want to add to Marilyn’s comments the additional music video above for the song “Revival” by Mark Robin. The video link above provides beautiful, and extremely moving, imagery along with the lyrics. Just follow the YouTube.com link to hear this wonderful praise song.

Regarding Peggy Caden’s comments, I too am hearing from the Lord what she said, “This is an hour and I have a need…My need is for my Bride to heed! Heed what I say and tell her closely in this time.” I have been experiencing a “call” by the Lord in this “hour” to pray for many nations. In reference to Ras comments from the Lord, “This is a serious hour. Your prayers will move My hand and greatly influence my decisions,” I feel I have been taken to task on this issue. I have prayed hard over the last month, at several levels for a number of nations and individuals, and felt at times the inadequacies of my offering, only to be amazed, within the next 24 hours, to discover a positive “breakthrough” in the events or conditions of people I have been praying for. Truly the “hour” is upon us to pray for the nations…I feel very strong affirmations in what I hear from God on this issue.

The Lord has focused my heart at different moments on the United States, The Philippines, Thailand, and Israel, along with Israel’s sister nations of Egypt, and Syria and Iraq (which were both part of the original Assyria.) As a result, I have written a number of posts as I felt called to respond:

United States: THE SPIRIT OF GOD IS UPON US – CLAIM IT! LIVE IT! SPEAK IT!

Philippines: “…Whatever You Did For One of the Least of These Brothers and Sisters of Mine, You Did For Me.” Matthew 25:40

Thailand: Pray for the Nation of Thailand

Israel and Egypt: “IF EGYPT FALLS NOW, DOES JERUSALEM GO WITH IT?” – written by Peggy Morton

Please join in and contribute to this BLOG. It is the goal of this BLOG to generate a life of it’s own as prayer warriors request the intercessors join together in specific pinpoint prayer for a nation or individual. Thanks to the nature of BLOGS, as you comment or provide specific prayers for a target nation, the entry will be cross posted under the specific country to the right.

I look forward to where God will take us in this realm. Remember, every prayer is important, especially in the collective, as we act upon the Lord’s call: “Your prayers will move My hand and greatly influence my decisions.”

God Bless You All for Joining This Prayer Network!

February 27, 2011, Cagayan De Oro, Philippines

Last Saturday, we visited the “children under the bridge” in Villa Nueva, near Cagayan De Oro.  It was like a homecoming for me.  Several years ago, I visited these children, first arriving by climbing down a treacherous roadside embankment with the assistance of pastors attending with me.  It was almost pitch dark.  As we approached the children themselves, we saw them standing with bowls and spoons in hand before a fire fueled cooking pot from which they would receive a small portion of rice and even smaller piece of chicken.  The women cooking the meal were led by Pastora Bebe Durante, wife of Pastor Virgilio (we call him TaTa) Durante.  The children were broadly smiling and laughing with joy.  They were about to be fed.  The women were glowing with love and compassion from the joy of serving these children.  The children numbered about 50.

I was invited to greet and speak words of encouragement to these children.  Tears formed and flowed through my spontaneous smiles.  God put these children in my heart that night and I told them we would trust God to send those to school who wished to go.  They cheered.  When I arrived home, I wrote about these children.  God then raised up child sponsors for all those children.  The sponsors have been faithful these years to their sponsored child(ren).  It is a beautiful thing.

Several of these children have now risen to the top of their school classes.  Who knows but what a President of the Philippines will someday come from one such as these children under the bridge.

Now back to last Saturday.  Our team arrived at about 10:00 a.m. to see not 50 children but probably 150 children.  They danced several choreographed routines to our delight, sang some happy songs to us and even had a little soloist bless us with her song.  Pastor and Pastora Durante, together with their own biological adult children, Shaun Mark, Kaye Treasure and Jason serve with many from their church to minister to these children.  Pastors Durante and their personal family sponsor several children as well.

Good news is that the children under the bridge, together with their parent or parents (if they have them still) now attend the Durante’s church in the city.  A bus picked them up and brings them to church.  The church has grown to capacity of about 350 Sunday attendance.  They are needing to double their seating capacity and already have the physical foundations ready from previous structures beside the present auditorium.  Their present sound system is terrible but it worked for me last Sunday.  It needs to be totally replaced.

IMPORTANT.  I ask the Pastors how many children and qualified and ready for school but has no sponsor.  They immediately answered “20.”  We simply must trust God for those 20 faithful sponsors who will commit to these “20” children.  Bev and I are at capacity personally, sponsoring five children.  That is all we can afford.

PRAY.  Would you pray about sponsoring one or more of those “20” children?  If so, go to: http://www.fullnessonline.org and click on the button “Sponsor A Child” and you will be taken to a simple and easy way to sponsor a child:  $30.00 a month or $360.00 Annually.  Bev and I invite you to the team!

Bev and I surely hope you will respond in the affirmative.

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