Hey everyone! I wanted to update you guys on some of the things that The Lord is doing here in Fortaleza. Every Saturday afternoon/evening, we have “Adventures with God.” This is a time where we spend a couple of hours in worship and listening prayer to see what the Holy Spirit wants us to do. Sometimes we just spend this time in worship and intercession. Other times we hear the Holy Spirit telling us to go and minister in various ways and places. If you haven’t already read my post “A Night at the Brothel”, then you should go back and read that one first. So, before I tell you about Dragao do Mar, I want to give you an update on what The Lord has been doing with the brothel.
Last Saturday, we went back to the brothel to spend time interceding and asking God to come and encounter the prostitutes and bring freedom and salvation. During our time of listening prayer before we went out, Ariana received a word from the Lord about the brothel being like Jericho. The Lord was saying that, just like God gave Jericho into the hands of the Israelites, He was giving the brothel to us. He also said that He wanted us to walk around the brothel seven times praying for the walls to come down. We had a fairly large group, so we split into three teams. One team walked around the brothel seven times while praying for the walls to come down. Another team walked up and down the street in front of the brothel while praying. My team sat in front of the wall near the gate of the brothel as we prayed. As Lorelei, Nadyla, Bruno, and I sat there at the wall praying, a car full of guys pulled up right in front of us. When they got out of the car, Lorelei asked Bruno if he wanted to pray for them. As we were praying for them, the Holy Spirit gave Bruno a word about one of the guys not being able to sleep well at night. After we finished praying, the guy asked how we saw that he couldn’t sleep at night. When we told him that God had revealed that to us, you could tell that it really impacted him. I could tell that he was going to be thinking about that for a while. Please pray with us that the Lord will continue to encounter him and draw him in! After they went inside, we continued praying. After a few minutes, I saw a vision of water forming on the sidewalk at our feet and flowing down the sidewalk toward the gate of the brothel. I wasn’t sure what it meant at first, so I continued praying and asking the Lord what the vision meant. As I was sitting there, I looked down and saw two pieces of chalk on the ground at my feet! The Holy Spirit told me that He wanted us to write prophetic words and scripture on the sidewalk in front of the brothel. So we began writing words that we felt the Holy Spirit speaking over the brothel and the people inside. We wrote words like Liberdade (Freedom), Reconciliacao (Reconciliation), and many others! We also wrote some verses of scripture. As I prayed about what to write, the Holy Spirit led me to Colossians 1:13-14.
“13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” – Colossians 1:13-14
The Lord gave me a vision showing me that those prophetic words and scriptures were seeds that He was planting. He showed me that the water that I had seen was to water those seeds. I saw the seeds going into the ground and being watered. Then I saw them sprouting and vines growing along the sidewalk up the wall and into the gate. I saw that they would produce fruit and eventually overtake the brothel! After a while, we regrouped across the street to share what we all were feeling. As I shared my vision with the team, Bruno felt the Holy Spirit was leading him to pour out his bottle of water in front of the wall. This was a prophetic act showing that God was going to water those seeds that were being planted. As Bruno and I went back across the street and began pouring the water on the ground along the wall, the guard saw and recognized what we were doing, He asked us to put some on him as well as the chair he was sitting in! This really blew our minds! It was amazing how The Lord was already working and giving us favor with them! The Lord spoke to us and said that He wanted us to pray there for at least thirty minutes every night for a week. We have been there every night this week interceding for the stronghold to be broken down. Last night was the seventh day, so we were excited to see what the Lord was going to do! We had a time of worship and listening prayer to see what adventures the Lord had for us. We felt that the Lord was leading us to go to Dragao do Mar, which is a very dark place in the city that we haven’t focused on very often. I will share what happened there later. We also knew that the Lord wanted us to go and pray at the brothel. So after we finished our time at Dragao do Mar, we went to the brothel. When we arrived, we greeted the guards and began praying. After a few minutes of praying, one of the guards came over to talk to us. He shared how he had already been drinking a lot that night and that was not very happy. He said that He lived in the countryside outside of the city. He spent several days a week working at the brothel and only stayed at home the days that he didn’t work. He told us that his wife was eight months pregnant with a baby boy. He said he drinks so that he doesn’t have to feel sad about being away from his family. He told us how he had a very dark past and used to be a drug dealer. He had come close to death many times and felt that God must have a purpose for him since he was still alive. He said that he really believed in god and had faith in Jesus. There is so much religion here in Brazil, especially with Catholicism. Almost everyone believes in God and many say that they are Christians. The guard shared with us how his heart was very hard and even as we prayed for him he couldn’t feel anything. Please join us and pray for The Lord to encounter him, soften his heart, and save him! While we were talking to him, the other guard came and said that the manager invited us in to pray for the girls. There were only a few girls in the front room and we got to pray for them and prophesy over them. There were still men coming in and out as we were praying for them. It was really sad knowing that they had no idea how much they are worth to their Heavenly Father. They told us how they didn’t want to be there, but they felt like it was all they could do. It was great to be able to share with them what God thought about them and how they were precious to Him! They were very open and wanted us to pray for them. We also invited them to come to church and to our missions service. Please join us in praying that the Lord will continue to encounter them and bring them into relationship with Him! It is amazing to see how God is giving us favor to be able to go into this brothel and bring His Kingdom! God is continuing to open doors and we are seeing more and more cracks in the spiritual walls of darkness around this stronghold. Please pray that just like He made the walls of Jericho crumble to the ground, He will bring down the walls of this stronghold. We are really excited to see what God is going to do next! Now, remember how I told you we went to Dragao do Mar before going to the brothel? That’s where things got really crazy…
Dragao do Mar is a place that we haven’t really focused on very much. Spiritually, it is a very dark place. Many of the teenagers hang out there at night, and many of them are involved in the occult. When we got off the bus, we prayed and split into small groups to go out and minister and see what the Lord wanted to do. My group had just walked across the square when we saw a guy running toward the street with a bunch of his friends chasing him and yelling for him to stop. He was really upset and wanted to kill himself. His friends said that he had problems with his girlfriend or something. He was fighting them and they were trying to subdue him. We saw that this was clearly demonic and as we began to pray for him, the demons began to manifest. He started screaming and growling at us as we prayed over him. He continued to fight as his friends held him down. They asked us to continue praying for him. As I prayed for him he was cursing us and threatening to kill me. He said he was going to “knife” me, and I later found out that one of his friends had taken his knife off of him. We continued praying over him in tongues and commanding the demon to come out of him. This went on for quite a while, but the demon wouldn’t come out. His friends were also all around him speaking things over him, but I couldn’t understand what they were saying and doing. It was clear that they knew what was going on, but something was off about it. Then I noticed that they had upside down crosses carved on their arms. Then it all made sense…. they were Satanists. They didn’t want to let him kill himself, but they didn’t mind that he was possessed by the demon. They began mocking us because the demon wasn’t coming out. They were laughing and saying that what we were doing wasn’t helping. We continued praying over him as he kept cursing, making obscene gestures, and laughing at us. This went on for about an hour and it felt like we weren’t getting anywhere. We began to see that the demon was welcome, and that he wanted it to be there. This was very frustrating for us. I know that God can do whatever He wants, and that he has given us all authority to cast out demons.
18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[b] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20
7 And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers,[c] cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay. – Matthew 10:7
I also know that we have free will, and that God does not force himself on us. I know that God can easily cast out the demon, but He may not choose to do so if the person wants to keep it. I know that unless the Holy Spirit comes and fills the empty space left by the demon, there is no point in casting it out. It will only come back with more like itself. So this is something that I want the Lord to teach me more about. I am asking God for more authority and more wisdom on what to do in situations like this. I know that God wants freedom for these people, but what do you do when they want and invite these unclean spirits into their lives? There is also the possibility that this was more of a distraction tactic of the enemy to keep us from doing anything else. It was making a huge scene and there were many people gathered around watching. It was very hard because it was not at all a controlled environment with all the other Satanists around opposing what we were doing. Join us in praying that God will increase our discernment in dealing with these types of situations, and that He will give us more authority. That was by far the most intense situation I have seen with demons manifesting that much. I know that my God is Lord of All and is going to crush the enemy under His feet! The enemy works much differently here than he does in places like the US. The darkness here is very blatant. Pray for us as we continue to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to earth and push back the kingdom of darkness! Our God is King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and everything on earth and in the heavenly realms will bow at his feet! Join us in praying Ephesians 1:15-23
15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love[f] toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
Thank you all for your continued prayers and support! Your prayers are more powerful than you may think, and we appreciate them greatly!