The manifest presence of God is too good, too wonderful to resist. People want to draw close to Love. This is something I am discovering even more for myself as I watch the movement of God on the streets and in our ministry. There are many beautiful and exciting testimonies from these last two months with the Liberdade event we had here during the World Cup together with Exodus Cry. But one night definitely stands out as one of the top highlights of life since we arrived in Brazil almost 4 years ago.
It was outreach night, Friday night, and as I had prayed in preparation earlier I wishfully prayed for a big group, because I felt such a desire to dance and celebrate worshiping in the middle of the red light district over the salvations and victories we had been already seeing the past weeks. I felt like dancing in victory over that very ground was a key to seeing more freedom opening up over prostitution in Fortaleza. Our normal group would be around 12 people. Well, a few minutes before outreach started, several church groups just decided to stop in and get to know the Iris base and ended up staying for the outreach!
As we began making a joyful noise and celebrating at the plaza in the middle of the red light district with two guitars,a jimbe and ukulele, there was so much freedom. EVERYONE (around 35 people) was dancing, worshiping, and the heavens opened. We called 3 prostitutes walking by to join us, and after about 8 seconds of debating, they quickly joined us in the dancing! Two of those girls prayed to receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior that night, (after one of them manifested demons that were then cast out). As some on the team were ministering deliverance and leading the girls to The Lord, people began to come… families stopped and begged for prayer, a homeless man burst into the circle and started repenting on his knees, and encountered the mercy and love through the presence of Holy Spirit coming over him powerfully! Others just stopped and joined us for worship for the rest of the night, forgetting about their ‘night out’ plans. Another team member sat with a man who works at the most renown bar/ brothel in Fortlaeza who then wanted to become a believer! How did he come to join us? He was working in that very bar, located several blocks away and heard our worship, left his work to come see what it was, and got saved! We had no sound amplifiers, so we were shocked that he heard the noise from so far away!
Some of us went out to talk to the girls that were working on the corners, and on that night, almost every girl we spoke to said something along the lines of, “my greatest prayer is that I will be able to leave and never come back here again,” or even, “I need a light to highlight a new path for my life.”
THE HARVEST IS TRULY RIPE!
This night was a great joy and breakthrough after 2 1/2 years of on and off outreach in the same area. We are seeing victory, we are gaining ground in a place of battle with witchcraft and sodomy and well…. We are diving deeper and deeper in his glorious presence and transformational love.
As the season of Liberdade has wound down and we quickly shift into a new season with our Nepal team back, my overwhelming sentiment is thankfulness. I am so thankful for the outpouring of Holy Spirit who has lately been pouring out His wonderful presence in our house and all over our whole community in ways that leave us literally staggering. I am so thankful for salvations in the red light district and many more in Nepal and here at our Iris base! I am so thankful for my husband who is highly favored by The Lord (and smokingly handsome to boot) and for the two amazing little men who are my sons. And most of all I am thankful for Him who has saved us and set us free in His love.
Thank you all for partnering with us all the way out here in Brazil. It’s an exciting time for all of us here and we know that many of you have been an important part of this story that God’s writing in this nation. Please keep praying for us as we restructure this week to be able to accommodate all the amazing new missionaries and ministries God’s sending us!
Blessings to you all!