“Ask of Me, and I will give you the nations as an inheritance.” Psalm 2:8
We have begun a prayer initiative for creating a 3000 person plus prayer movement specifically asking the Lord for a massive Disciple Making Movement, DMM, here in NE Ohio, using prayer calendars. We have created prayer calendars numbered 1 to 30 and pray each day for the person listed. This is a wonderful practice, that is bearing heavenly fruit! All our leaders and affiliates are being encouraged to do a calendar as well. We are hoping to use this calendar prayer methodology with all of the SBC pastors in our association.
My son continues to seek the Lord and is 8 weeks delivered from all temptations and withdrawal symptoms from a 31 year multi-substance addiction. This is a mighty miracle of our Almighty Lord Jesus!
We continue to have nominal believers in multiple Testimony church groups realize they have never understood the true gospel and are coming to saving faith, after being merely a friend of God for decades. Baptisms are coming for many.
The Lord Jesus has blessed our turn to emphasize the necessity of step by step obedience as a foundation for our movement. Teaching all our leaders the critical principle of step by step obedience.
Many more Testimony members are composing and memorizing their Jesus story testimony, and are beginning to share their story with others as a lifestyle practice.
Three Testimony women had their lives changed by Jesus forever at the women's Koinonia retreat this month. They are already encouraging loved ones to attend in the fall.
"If you love me, you will obey my commandments." John 14:15
We are so thankful for a breakthrough in my family. My son has been sober for 4 weeks. He has been drinking for 31 years. Back in December, Shawn had come to us and asked, "If I follow Christ, what do I have to do about my drinking?" By God's mercy, Dave answered, "I am not going to tell you that. My words have no power. But when Jesus tells you what to do with the booze, you will have almighty power with you to obey Him and be delivered!" Sure enough, on Sunday April 29th, the Lord spoke to Shawn and he told us, "This is my last drink ever." The next morning Dave wanted him to go to Stella Maris or St Vincent for detox, because ending his drug and alcohol abuse abruptly could be lethal. He refused, so we prayed, and Dave bowed his head. but Shawn said, "No Dave. Let's really pray!" and he held out his hands for Dave to grasp as they prayed together. Dave was led to pray for three things: 1- That the Lord would keep Shawn safe from death; 2- that the Lord Almighty would determine how much suffering Shawn would experience in detox, not the enemy or the natural circumstances; and 3- that Shawn would be instantly delivered forever from his addiction and lust for these things, as a mighty sign that God was with him. Wham! All 3 came to pass. Shawn has NO WITHDRAWAL DT'S! He has experienced a total deliverance from his enslavement to drugs and alcohol! Jesus is Lord!
Even more! My grandson was in juvenile jail, but this has turned into a blessing. He has been evangelized by his tutor there. He is praying nightly, reading the Bible, and going to Christian service. He is now out and in a group home. My granddaughter had been using heroine for 4 years. Last word was she is in a women's shelter rehabbing, got a job at Bob Evans and has a safe place to live.
A teen at Testimony at Greenbriar Apartments received Christ during a Discovery Bible Study and will be baptized.
K , at Testimony at the Parker Place venue is asking to be baptized after having received the Lord during a Testimony communion service there.
SC Singing Churchmen sang to five Testimony venues: Mentor Senior Center, Great Lakes Mall, Mary Rose Estates, Lithuanian Center, and Breckinridge Village retirement home. These men were very bold to share truth with 100's of people who would likely never go to a church where the true Gospel is shared. Praise the Lord for their ministry. Awesome. We have seen fruit from their efforts already!
Floating in an ocean of miracles!
Se have initiated a potential new Testimony venue in the back room at Legendary Tattoos. This was prompted not by myself, but by my son and several of his friends with histories of violent criminal activity.
This occurred because Shawn has been telling all his friends he is changing from the inside and that God wants him to follow Jesus and live a righteous life. How did this happen? OBEDIENCE IS THE SOIL OF MIRACLES! A month ago, Dave had asked his daughter Anna if she wanted to be an intern with him and plant church here in NE Ohio. Anna prayed and did not feel led. So Dave forgot about the internship until the Lord Jesus prompted him one day to ask Shawn to join him as his intern. Shawn was a rock hard non-believer and an addict! This was a crazy thought. Why did Jesus say this? Jesus spoke again, "Just do it." Dave obeyed. Shawn initially said no, but 3 days later, he said he wanted to "try it out."
So Shawn went to a 7am breakfast with Dave (he rarely ever rose before 11am) so we knew the Lord Jesus was with Shawn in power, as an answer to years of our prayers and tears. He was so uncomfortable at the meeting that he vomited after returning home (an exorcism of sorts?). Still he immediately called Tracy his wife and said, "It was nothing like I thought. Peaceful. I can feel myself changing on the inside, Tracy. I think God wants me to be like a soldier for God with Dave in his ministry!" Dave gave Shawn the next day off to "recover."
The following morning Shawn and Dave went to Jeff Bodziony's Forward Church to hand out bread to the homeless and needy ones. Shawn connected with Jeff a former convicted drug dealer turned on-fire pastor for Jesus. He came home to his tattoo studio and began announcing to the tattoo artists there what had been happening to him, and his intention to follow Christ with Dave. Within 5 minutes of being there a woman stormed in, walked directly up to Shawn's face and asked him, "Are you a Christian?" Shawn was dazed with amazement and did not know how to respond. "I don't know but I did go to a church this morning to hand out bread to homeless people." She said, "You're the one! You are why the Lord told me to come here." She was heading down Vine street to another shop when the Lord Jesus told her to turn around and go to Legendary Tattoos.
Later, Shawn was in the bar next door drinking a shot. But he was sipping it instead of chugging it. His friends were asking, "Dude, what are you doing? You're drinking like a girl!" Instantly Shawn just announced right out to these friends that he was changing from the inside and was beginning to turn away from drinking to live a righteous life following Christ. One buddy of his immediately grabbed Shawn and hugged him saying, "Praise the Lord, Shawn. I received the Lord when I was in prison (22 years for a capital offense). I want to journey along with you. I need to turn back and do this right now!"
Even later the same day, Shawn saw to drug dealers at the other end of the bar that he had known of rover 20 years. Suddenly their very familiar faces turn evil with demonic eyes and an aura around them that shook Shawn to his core. Shawn called Dave immediately to ask him what was going on! He was hysterical with fear. Even more, the Lord Jesus was telling Shawn to go and talk to these guys. He did! "Sup?" "Hey Shawn can you move this?" No way. I'm not into that any more. Not at all. In fact, I'm beginning to follow God and turn my life around." One guy jumped out of his seat and blasted out the back door like an expelled demon. The other guy began to cry and grabbed Shawn, asking him if he could help him get free of his evil life!. All this in one day! Lord Jesus how mighty you are!
We also initiated a new men's church at Mary Rose retirement center.
We also had breakthrough with a YMCA family where a teen girl who was cutting is now engaged in our meeting there and is seeking Christ. This is just another miraculous answer to prayer! This girl's brother has been praying with Dave for over a year that the Lord would draw his sister to follow Him. The brother is autistic and has numerous disabilities! How beautiful is that! The Lord is close to the lowly and broken! Yes He is!