Wednesday, November 27, 2019: I received a text from Tracy Mayo; a young man who visit with me this past summer. He is now attending Louisiana college in Pineville Louisiana. He is also a friend of Andy Magee who teaches there. He wanted to visit with me. So, this morning we spent several hours together sharing things of God with each other. He would talk and I would listen; I would talk and he would listen. He has a hearing ear, and was open to the things of God that I shared with him. This became a God appointed time for me to disciple him. He will be coming back to see me before he goes back to college in a few days. We spent two hours together and ended with worshiping God in the Spirit. I thank the Lord for the opportunity to share with him.
There were others who came to the altar. I think there were 5 different men and 2 women who came to receive prayer at the TWO ALTAR CALLS. My brother Will came to ask to be a better father to his children as well after I appealed to the men in the congregation, “Who wants to be a better father to their children?” There was another REDEDICATION as well. I heard numerous responses of how God moved in the service and there were comments from some of how they had never attended a service quite like it. GOD IS GOOD. 2 Altar calls and many lives touched today by Abba Father!!!
This is a response about the Eva Church of God Service at Monterey by Tammy S. Thompson from a Facebook post: “Went to church with Jo Anna this morning to the Eva Church of God. Got such a blessing to be there with all of her church family. There were special speakers there today, and wow!!! They touched my heart and soul. People, think about what the drugs do to your family. It does not only affect you. Men, love your daughters and talk to them and allow them to talk to you and really listen to them.”
Another comment made by Carol Fairbanks about today’s service… “The message this morning spoke so LOUD to me. We are the KINGDOM COME. We all have a PURPOSE according to the KINGDOM of GOD. We all should be SEEKING His will for us and taking ACTION on that WILL. Also, the role of daddy’s with their daughters was really good. Daddy’s set the standard by which their daughters choose a husband. Daddy’s have to love their daughters and teach them their value. I was truly blessed by the message this morning.”
Hi Mr. Ables;
I just wanted to remind the elders that I am leading a group of 19 volunteers from across the country to minister in Olanchito, Honduras Dec. 27 through January 3, 2020. This is a group sponsored by Christian Veterinary Missions to assist Dario Delarca whom you've met earlier this year over lunch at the Latin Cafe. We will be supporting Pastor Dario Delarca's ministry by providing veterinary services in surrounding villages and reaching people for Christ with the gospel and encouraging them with prayer and fellowship. Last year, we saw dozens come to Christ for salvation, several healed from physical infirmities and specific prayers answered in ways only the Lord can orchestrate. There was even a mission field within the team that was realized and the fruits of which will alter the course of eternity to His glory.
We need the prayers of the elders more than the financial backing but both are sought. Last year in my pride, I just paid the pharmacy bill to support the mission without asking for help. This year, the Lord is putting heat on me to ask for it and I know He will provide in my obedience to His calling. Our medical supply bill is $4,536.74. I do not want to handle any donations so I have partnered with a local 503c ministry called Covenant Life Fellowship, headed by Robert Lindsay. This ministry helps bring others to Christ through evangelism, prayer and discipleship. It also helps those in financial need via contributions and supports short term mission trips like this one. The address is:
Covenant Life Fellowship
850 Strozier Road
West Monroe, La.
For anyone led to donate, please have them make their checks out to CLF and in the memo have them write "CVM Honduras". Robert will then pay towards my American Express credit card which I have used to purchase the order. I opened a new account with a drug company called Mid Western Veterinary Supply and all orders with this company are going strictly to that mission. That is about as transparent as I can make it. I can share the invoices with anyone who wants to see them and the Senesa forms required by Honduras showing all drugs being imported with quantities , lot numbers and expiration dates. I am also accepting donations in the form of over the counter supplies such as bandage materials and other non prescription hospital surplus which we do not have to declare to the Honduras.
Prayer wise, we need it to cultivate and fertilize the field we are entering or our work will be in vain. Effectual fervent prayer by people made righteous by their faith in God's provision by the blood shed by Jesus for our salvation, will availeth much. This journey into Honduras is not a check list situation to make me feel better about myself. I have never been down there that it didn't please the Lord to bless me with demonstrations of his presence and love for me and others! This is what ignites me. I long to walk with him in that kind of relationship where I am privileged to have a front row seat to his work because I said, "Yes Lord, I want to be with you in this." I just gets crazy when when we get in-tuned to what He wants to do and we head His call to "Come on!". Any way, the prayer support is huge. It prepares the way for His Kingdom to come and revival results!
Please pass this along so others will know about it. We are already planning for next year and would love to have anyone interested to come join us!
Thank you Robert!
Thankfully in Christ;
Jay Warford, DVM
Bro. Jerry Linhares and I were in a restaurant that we frequent.
The girl that waits on us is on a work-release program and is
recovering from addictions. As she waited on us, I felt the Lord
wanted me to give her a message of encouragement.
As I paid the bill, I asked her if she was a Christian. Her reply
being “ Yes”, I told her the message....
“ During the Holiday Season, the Lord is going to destroy the power
of that which troubles you.”
We both had tears as we parted.
I wanted to send an update about my time here at YWAM Kona and where I am even financially before we leave for Brazil. Thank you guys for supporting me in prayer and even supporting me previously financially in previous seasons. The school so far here has been so good. We have seen the Lord move in such incredible ways, and are continuing to see that! We have had several meetings where the Holy Spirit has broken out and even had some "rumblings" of revival here on the campus! Overall God is moving in an unusual way on this campus, and has really been brooding over us. It has been such an exciting time here at this campus! I personally have been focusing on my little team and preparing them before we leave for Brazil. Most of my team are young believers and God is transforming there lives at an accelerated pace! The Lord told me that he was going to give me young ones that would have "fiery hearts", but need intentional discipleship. And I can say it truly has been that!! My sweet little team are "diamonds in the rough" that God is cleaning and polishing to use for His glory (I would love for my students to be covered in prayer before we leave for outreach Dec 16. There names are: Meagan, Diego, Jacob, Lindy, Selah, Brynne, Hally, Hannah E., Hannah N. I also would love prayer for myself and co-leader Hunter). Please pray for continued breakthrough/ deliverance for my students. And, that God would bind our team together in love and unity. Also I would love prayer that my co-leader and I would flow together in the spirit and would walk in love and unity for one another as we lead this team.
I have such HIGH expectation for what the Lord is going to do with my team in Brazil! We will be there before and after The Send and I believe we will be apart of many salvations and divine encounters of God to change people's lives in Brazil. As a team we have felt lead to work in the red-light district, hardcore street evangelism, working with local churches/body of Christ, and helping other believers step into there call as missionaries to there nation and other nations of the world. We will be going to 4 different major cities in Brazil. We will start in Rio for 3 weeks, head to Curitiba for 3 weeks, Sao paulo for the Send, and then Fortaleza. We will be in all major cities!!! God is going to move!!!!! We will be gone from Dec 16- March 14
As for my finances I need about $1200 more to be completely set until March 14. I have the money for my flights/food etc., but still need money for medical expenses, items needed to purchase before trip, money for trip while there, etc. It has been honestly been such a miracle how all the other expenses have come in! I just was able to finish paying my last deposit of $2800 for travel expenses last night! I am almost there! I would love for prayer to see if you would feel lead to help me get the last $1200 before I leave. If anyone feels lead to do that you can either contact my mom Donna Hixon. Or you can pay pal me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like more information let me know!
Thank you Covenant Life so much for your continued prayers and support! I am looking forward to tell you all that God will be doing in Brazil. God bless you all.
Recent Happenings from Whit Since January 1, 2016
I've been afforded the opportunity to preach at two churches since January 1, 2016. Hannah has accompanied me in leading music and worship both times. In each church service we have been able to minister to congregants at the church ALTAR through the ministry of PRAYER. While serving at Lone Pine Baptist Church we were able to bless and pray over Jill Rowan’s new granddaughter and her daughter-in-law. We also prayed for direction concerning their church, since they do not have a pastor right now. We were honored to serve them last Sunday Morning.
Thank you brother Joey for extending an invitation to Hannah and I to minister with him today in Monterey, Louisiana at Eva Church of God. The congregation was well attended and many were expectant for a move of God. The church service lasted almost 2 hours this Sunday morning. Carol Fairbanks shared her testimony of how God has RESCUED her from the perils of Addiction from substances. She appealed to those in the congregation to SURRENDER their life FULLY to GOD. Before even preaching a word, I had a strong sense from the Holy Spirit to open the ALTAR up before the song service was complete. Hannah led us in worship to the song, “I Surrender All” by Lincoln Brewster. One young man came forward to SURRENDER his life fully to the Lord. It was a beautiful picture of what surrender looks like! As many of us prayed with and over him he cried out to the Lord as he received CHRIST AS SAVIOR AND LORD of his life.
Testimony by Gary Lively from Honduras
I had the privilege of preaching at Pastor Dario’s Church while we were in Honduras. He felt strong that he should interpret for me. I spoke out of Psalms 34. The people were very attentive and responsive. At the end of the service many came forth for prayer. Tim Smith, Dwayne Bell, Kevin Nugent and I all moved about the crowd laying hand on many and believing God for healing and restoration in the lives of those who stepped out by faith for prayer. We prayed for them in English and obviously most of the people we were praying fro did not
understand what we were saying but we knew God would hear our prayer and move in the lives of the Honduran people. Many were in tears as we embraced them and prayed. After the service ended pastor Dario was speaking with a lady wearing a white shirt, he turned to the crowd and asked “who prayed for this lady?” I recognized her and told him I did. She was speaking to him and raising her arm up and down while speaking in her native language. Dario told us she was praising God for healing her shoulder area. When she arrived at church, she was not able to lift her arm but after prayer she had full movement. Healing was claimed over her and Jesus Christ received the glory.
Only God! Only God can give a person the opportunity to have a meaningful relationship with teens from another culture and country in two chance meetings during two chance years. To love and encourage a kingdom son and daughter like that is a privilege and to be invited into their lives is priceless. They are the future of the kingdom of God in Honduras, and of Honduras.
Oh yes, the gifts? After our thirty minutes of precious conversation and sharing about their lives, and the goodness and faithfulness of God, I told the brother, “I have a couple small gifts for you and your sister. God likes to give good gifts to His children. I felt like He prompted me to bring these to you and your sister. Can you follow me over to the mission house? I’d like to give them to you in private so it doesn’t cause any problems with others.” He smiled in agreement understandingly. I told him as I handed them to him in a clear zip lock bag, that I had in mind for his sister to get the phone and he the iPod, but I knew they were close and could share or do as they wished. It was like he didn’t even hear what I said as his eyes got big and he exclaimed, “My sister has been saving and praying for an iPhone for six months! She will be sooo happy!” “And I and my friends on the worship team can use the iPod to learn songs and help with worship!” “Do you want to give it to her?!” he said excitedly. “Well,” I replied, “I think I’ll just let you give it to her to avoid any attention.” He nodded, but I could tell he didn’t like my idea too much and wanted me to give it to her. So, I said, “OK, let’s go. I’ll give it to her.” He motioned her over some distance from the others, and I gave it to her. I don’t even remember what I said, but I was trying to be discreet and quick. She saw it and let out a little scream in excitement, then bounded to me and hugged my neck tight. Suddenly, nothing else mattered. God, you are good. And you love to give good gifts to your children. Sometimes I forget.
This was just one of many, many meaningful and touching moments during our week in Honduras, but one that was deeply meaningful and personal for me. God reminded me of the importance of “living love.” Sometimes we can feel how much He loves others when we cannot feel how much He loves us. That kind of love is stilling and reorienting. That’s seeing His big heart for people, for all people, again. It’s reconnecting with your creator, and your Heavenly Father. :) Amen.
Dwayne Bell www.afriendoftheking.com
January, 2016: The testimony continues from Honduras.
A couple days later I met her older brother, a teen keyboard player and worship leader, who told me that their father had been murdered a few years earlier, and that his sister was going through a very tough time. He implored me to pray for his sister, which I agreed to do. Being very touched with their close sibling relationship and their plight, I prayed for them both for the next year. Among many other things, I prayed God would bring a good stepdad to care for them.
I didn’t know for sure if I would go again to Honduras this year until the last moment, but felt the strong leading to go and committed just days before the trip began. When leaving the house, I saw an unused iPod and iPhone on my desk and felt the Spirit say to take them to the kids as a gift, the phone for the girl and iPod for her brother. If indeed I should even see them again, I thought to myself? I’ve been on ten or more short term mission trips and things like this aren’t usually done and are discouraged for obvious reasons. I’ve never done it before. But I didn’t want to reason away what I was pretty sure I’d heard, and determined to follow the Spirit’s leading as He unfolded the circumstances.
Just when it looked as if there wasn’t going to be a chance to meet these siblings the Lord brought the opportunity seemingly in an instant during lunch at the pastor’s conference. Before going to lunch, I noticed the items in my suitcase and counseled with a brother on our team who had been to Honduras many times and had a good report with these teens, about the appropriateness of these gifts. His counsel was, if the Lord told you to do it, do it. Just give them in as much privacy as possible and perhaps ask that they not make it widely known. It was counsel that seemed spot on to me. At lunch, I sat at another table with leaders and new friends, but toward the end of mealtime noticed that Tim was sitting with the siblings and two others directly behind me. I recognized this as the Lord’s timing, excused myself from my table, and joined them for a very precious and mostly private time of sharing about their lives. With the older brother translating for me and also joining in the conversation, I learned that their mom had remarried a dentist. I asked if he was a good dad to them, and both said yes, with them adding, “He’s very honoring of our mom, and he takes good care of us.” I inwardly paused and silently gave much glory and heartfelt thanks to God. :) God answerer's prayer, for His care for orphans, and His is faithfulness to his word. There was talk about a boyfriend, some joking but serious counsel about going slowly in relationships, as I supported her brother’s counsel to her, and added that she was most beautiful and loved. I reminded her that this year I still see a little sadness in those beautiful eyes, but only a fraction of what I saw last year. And I reminded her that the Lord was in the process of taking it all away. She smiled with her big, silent smile that could light up a room, and certainly lights up my heart.
January 16, 2016: from Dwayne Bell:
Last year on this same XMA-led trip to Honduras, my first trip and perhaps Robert and Jerry’s last, after prison ministry during the day we were taken to a Celebrate Recovery meeting that night in an Olanchito church. Unexpectedly at the end of the meeting I looked across the room at a beautiful, teenaged girl and the Lord almost instantly gave me a word for her!? I approached the group leader and asked if I might speak the word to the girl and pray for her. She nodded and summoned our group’s interrupter who was standing nearby. The three of them listened and the word went like this, “You’re a beautiful girl, with good character, and a big, deep heart. But there is a deep sadness in you that is destructive to your future. The Lord wants to heal you and take that sadness away, perhaps little by little, and He wants to be your Father.” Then I prayed a blessing on her and that the Lord would bring His words and purposes to pass for her. She stood, hugged me, then stood back with big crocodile tears running down her face, and looked deep in my eyes and I into hers for several seconds. Then we smiled slightly at each other and nodded understandingly, turned and left the building. I felt our hearts were joined forever over that moment and that word. Yet I didn’t know if we would meet again on this side of eternity?