This is our last full day in Brazil before we leave to go back home tomorrow. I cannot wait to see Annalise's face at the airport when we come through the doors!!
We've been working at a different church past two days that is much larger. There are many children and youth who are very passionate for God. Brazil itself is not at a place of revival so much as Argentine or other cities in Latin America, but you can tell that people here are hungry and open for that to happen. We've been praying that it happens in their own land and they can take off with it. I believe that many children and youth were called into enormous destinies and calls of God on their lives last night. One of the things that has been the most stretching for me on a short term outreach trip is that I have been more used to the long term types of outreach where we lived in another country and got to know people better. Also, long term outreach places you in a more learning/dialoging position as opposed to imparting something to people. But I guess the whole reason behind imparting something to people here is so that they have the same experience themselves and can spread it around them here. And there have also been several times where we have been able to connect personally with people here and keep in touch with them. We all are kissing each other on the cheek :) The Latin American culture has been very refreshing for us and sometimes a little different from Northern China where we had been. We still feel called to go back to China soon, but sometimes it might be nice to take a little break in Latin America once every couple years on one of these trips. It has gone really well for me, even while being 6 to 7 months pregnant, and I have been surprised at the energy I've had. By the way, many testimonies of healing people have had have resulted in either salvation or returning to the church. There has been a lot of fruit, even though we have not seen any dramatic healing on this trip. Here is one more testimony to share ~
After the healing service, a young lady needed prayer for cartilage damage in her shoulder and back of knee from a sport called Jiu Jitsu (martial arts) that she used to do. She also had a sinus infection and headache, and near sighted vision problems. I prayed about 3 times for her, thanking the Lord in between, for each area needing healing or restoration. And I commanded the pain to leave in His name. Her sinus headache was gone and she was also able to read from a distance a sign on the wall and it was not blurry. During the whole time she was really being touched with God's presence and peace. Her shoulder and back of knee pain was also gone after praying, and she could bend her knee and move her shoulder in circles without pain. We thanked God – she could go out and do her martial arts sport again if she wants to now!
The next evening I saw her again and asked if she needed more healing. She said no, she didn't need any more, but wanted the Holy Spirit. She was very touched – God will move through her powerfully!