Colegio Gracia y Amor
I was blessed with the opportunity to serve for almost two weeks at a school in Bogotá. It was a fairly small school, but the students were so sweet and were a joy to be around. I helped with English activities in grades 2-11 by teaching them PE games, answering questions, and doing classroom activities. I got to play in the staff vs 9th micro soccer game. I did also get to speak mostly in Spanish throughout each day. I trust God used me to bless, encourage, and share God’s love with the students and staff there. I also felt God’s love from them. One girl told me that she could see that the gift God has given me is real. I hope to some day visit the school again.
God has been blessing me with opportunities to minister to others lately. Several weeks ago I got to talk with a guy named David who walked into a store. He started sharing some things with me and the cashier and I got to pray for him, encourage him, and be a listening ear. On the first day of my work while walking to the school, I prayed for healing for a man’s (Sergio, I think) leg and arm. I could tell he had faith to be healed. I haven’t seen him since, but I know God did something. I also got to know an American guy I met in a grocery store a few weeks ago. We had lunch together a few days later and I prayed for him. He told me he felt great peace. God gave me some words to speak to him and I was able to encourage him in His walk with God. I was then able to meet up with him and his girlfriend later and pray for both of them.
I also had another unexpected experience with a friend during dinner. He shared about some things in his life and said he can feel a demon following him around and watching him. He also shared that he wants to experience God but never has and that he feels God doesn’t listen to him. I prayed for him and knew that he was going to experience God. I laid my hands on him and prayed, and he told me he felt an incredible peace and joy unlike he had never experienced before. He felt and experienced the presence of God for the first time in his life! I was able to encourage him, give him a prophetic word (I believe), and speak truth to him. I also told him he has authority to tell the demon to go. He told me the demon was hiding from him. He told it to go and it went! My friend was so excited.
Another divine experience was casting spirits out of a friend’s house. He had been telling me he was robbed several times and that something in the house felt off. Me and a friend went to pray. I felt a strong spiritual presence throughout the house and outside in the conjunto. I prayed for the inside and outside and my friend ministered to the wife/mother of the family. The heaviness outside left and the inside felt more peaceful. The guy told me he felt something leave the house when I was upstairs casting out the spirits. There were three other girls who were able to watch the kids during this time. It was a beautiful display of teamwork and God’s love.
Growing in the Spirit
It has been exciting so see God working so much in me and through me, especially since all that happened to me in North Carolina. I feel I am growing and learning so much about the spiritual gifts, and God has given me an anointing of confidence, faith, boldness, tongues, discernment, and authority. He has also allowed me to feel spirits on a whole other level and have the authority and confidence to tell them to leave. I am growing in hearing and trusting His voice in me. I continue to have dreams about using the name of Jesus in situations. I also continue to have impressions of preaching and healing in places. I am learning that there is power in speaking God’s truth and His word out loud and over myself. I believe I am called to be a messenger of peace, a leader, and an initiator. I have also been asking God for a supernatural anointing of Spanish.
This month of August I will be in Santa Marta serving at Colegio Cristiano Integral. I am excited to see what God has for me. I really sense that I will encounter significant spiritual warfare and opposition, but I am excited to grow in my discernment and in battling in the spiritual realm. Most of the fear and anxiety is gone. I am also challenged to be in the Word because I can’t be a man of the spirit without the Word. I also feel my wife is coming very soon. God has been so good and has surprised the mess out of me. I pray He keeps me humble and ignites a passion for prayer in my soul and a true love for people. To Him be the glory and honor and praise!
“Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” – Psalm 37:4
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?” – Psalm 27:1