Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Last week during the classes on Holiness...

Last week during the classes on Holiness...The Lord really gave us a week of feasting on His Word and In His Presence.  The Lord really helped Bro. Daryl as he spoke Sunday, July 17th, and then as he taught classes on Holiness for 6 hours each day from Monday-Thursday.  The Lord helped Bro. Alberto as he preached on Tuesday night.  And the Lord helped Bro. Rigoberto as he preached this last Sunday.  We thank the Lord for His help, and His Sweet presence.  Thank you, Dear Jesus, for changing lives in a special way this past week!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

A great event for the Colombian Church!

Tomorrow starts a big week for the Colombian church.  We ask your prayers.  One of our CNC ministers will be here for a week and preaching and teaching on second blessing holiness.  Pray for souls to be Entirely Sanctified.  The pics below from the classes in March 2009 bring a lot of precious memories.

Our children love Pastor Pilmore.

Waiting for a class.

GHM Director teaching.

Pastor Jimmy preaching a short message.

Pastor Eisenhart preaching on holiness.  Afterward there was a beautiful seeking after God.

Food and fellowship thanks to Heather and to the rest for coming.
Daryl Hausman and Mark Becker working in the kitchen.

Pastor Pilmore getting ready to preach in a house service.
This week leaders are coming from Medellin and Cartegena as well as those from the church here.  Also Pastor Luis is coming from Peru.  Please pray for wisdom, anointing, and an outpouring of God's Spirit. 
Thank you,  Phillip

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Pics & video of our time in Peru

Here are a few more pics of our trip to Peru.  To read the previous posts click here.  Here Pastor Jimmy preached in a house service.  Downstairs they worked with fish (the cleaning not the cooking aspect) so imagine a rank odor filling the air as you look at these pictures.  Pastor Luis and his wife Natividad have been trying to point them to Christ.
Some of the people seemed hungry for Christ.  I found out later that among the people there was a drunkard and two people with AIDS.  What a privilege to point them all to Christ, the only one who can save them from their sins.
Another day, we went to Pachacute, a poor village outside of Lima, about an hour from Pastor Luis's house.  We took three different vehicles to get there.  I thought that these three wheeled taxis were pretty nifty.  After our two taxi rides we ended up taking a couple to get here on the last leg of the "journey."
Here we are in one such 3 wheeled taxi looking out at Pastor Luis and another taxi.
We arrived at Pachacute.  Notice the sand everywhere and the ocean in the background a few kilometers away.  No, we didn't take the time to go to the ocean while in Peru. 
We finally arrived at the just-built lean-to that was going to be the first service here.  No door, open gables, roof soon to sealed by laying a tarp over it, two light bulbs wired to a plug, sand floors and some bricks and boards to sit on made us just as happy as if we were in a cathedral.  Someday as the church takes off and the people get a vision, things get fixed up more.  But for now it doesn't look too out of place with the other poor shacks around there. 
 The first half of the service was singing led by Pastor Luis's wife Natividad.  Her voice carried well.  Good thing too because many didn't know the songs yet.  Between the songs Sis. Natividad gave some excellent exhortations along with a clear testimony of how God saved her from her sins.  This video clip shows them singing.
video

 Pastor Luis here is addressing the people.  And later he preached with fervor.

Pastor Luis gave me the opportunity to exhort the people to seek after Christ before he preached.  Notice that darkness has settled in.
Sunday was our last full day in Peru.  Pastor Luis gave me the opportunity to preach this Sunday in his church.  God led me to preach and use my testimony emphasizing salvation from sin and heart holiness.
God blessed the time with  a precious sense of His presence.  Different ones were weeping and seeking after God.  Afterward different ones gave their testimony.
Please pray for these different ones in Peru.  Pray that God will establish His holy kingdom there.  Pray that God will give us wisdom and holy fruit in working in Peru.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Sad goodbyes & Good news on our Visas!

Praise the Lord!  Good news on the Visas!  But first here are some pics of us seeing off Melanie.
Noah and I (below) are taking Melanie to the airport.  After which we had to run directly to the visa office.  Notice Elijah playing in the picture.  When Melanie started walking away Elijah began wailing and following her.
So Elijah walked with her to the guard house and amidst many tears gave her one last hug.  May God bless Melanie in Bolivia and in her last year of college at UBC.  She was a blessing to us and to the church here.
Now back to the good news on our Colombian Visas.  I just got home with all of our Colombian Visas! God is so good!
They are good for another 2 years.  And since this is our third Visa without problems, next year we are permitted to apply for a lifetime Colombian Residency.  And then no more of this constant paperwork.  Thank you for praying!    
Phillip

Friday, July 8, 2011

Where we are at on our Colombian visas

Praise the Lord!  Several days now we have been across town working on our visas.

Here we are at a park doing some last minute paperwork.
Today the lady said that she is going to grant our visas.  There were several issues, some unavoidable, yet she is going much beyond the call of duty to work with us.  This is not the norm.  By the way her name is Diana and she asks for prayer.  She would have granted us our visas today but I didn't have the money with me and she can't give it to us until it is paid in full -- about $1,400 for 2 years of living in Colombia.  This had to come out of our Argentina budget.  I had forgotten how much it was, and I don't carry that kind of money around.  But we are so happy for this progress, for they don't have to grant us permission to live in Colombia.  And a lot of work has gone into this with the help of others.  God is so good!  I'm supposed to go back Monday and pay the balance and receive our visas!  Praise God!

Kimberly and Melanie relaxing while we did paperwork.
Noah and Elijah playing on the playground while waiting.  Somehow I can't find a picture of Sarah and Mary with us at the park.
Just before going in to have our paperwork examined
Please pray that these visas come through as promised.  Thanks,
Phillip

Friday, July 1, 2011

God's how-to regarding fasting

(Republished from first post on 6/15/07)

Jesus said that some things happen “by nothing but by prayer and fasting” I would think any prayer warrior would want this spiritual bunker blaster. But some are afraid to handle such a weapon or don’t know how. Others don’t realize the benefits of such.
God tells us how to properly fast in Isaiah 58. In vs. 3 and 4 we find that we must be holy, sincere, earnest, and charitable and not fast to be noticed. Fasting is to humble ourselves before God. (v.5) And God knows our intentions.
But what are the benefits? (v.6) Fasting breaks strong chains of wickedness, cuts loose heavy burdens, frees the oppressed, and breaks bondage. No wonder the devil tries to make the saints steer clear of fasting! Also, when we are not eating it gives us more income to help the poor, (v.7) which God wants us to do. One of the greatest misconceptions is that fasting will harm you physically, but God (v. 8) promises that your health will spring forth speedily. Dr. Joel Fuhrman (see his book Fasting and Eating for Health)and other doctors who specialize in fasting for treatment prove that fasting is healthy. Besides, Jesus would not advocate something destructive to His temple. Those who fast much testify to improved health and vanishing infirmities. Scientific studies show that those who have lived under fasting type conditions have longer life spans. Deny yourself and step away from the table, for many are digging an earlier grave with their fork.
Another benefit (v. 8) is that the glory of Jehovah will guard your back, similar to the children of Israel with Pharaoh’s army. When you call (v. 9) God will answer. When you cry, God will say, “Here I am.” God reiterates that with fasting you must live a blameless, careful, God fearing life, but if so, He will exalt your light in the middle of nowhere (v. 10) and it will break forth as the morning. (v. 8) Commentators believe that “light” refers to prosperity. Your darkness will be like high noon. Your every step will be ordained of God, He will feed your soul in famine, give vigor to your bones, and you’ll be like a flourishing garden and an eternal, artesian spring. Also they that are of you will build the old ruins, you will build the foundations of many generations, and you’ll be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of the paths to dwell in. Meditate on that! But God gives one final condition (v.13) if you want Him to heed your fast and bless you like this. Don’t meddle with His Day of Rest. That is, don’t do your tasks and pleasures, but honor God not walking in your own ways, not finding your own pleasure, nor even speaking your own words, and then to consider this type of life delightful. Then God will cause you (v. 14) to delight in Him, give your life the ride of its life with abundant blessing, and nourish you with the heritage that He has promised Jacob. That’s a fact; keep your end of the covenant and God will prove it to you.
For water-only fasts longer than several days or more: 1) Lead up to your fast eating raw fruits and vegetables. 2) Expect weakness, pain, dizziness, and cold from detoxification, slowed metabolism, and lower blood pressure. 3) Drink lots of pure water. 4) Come off long fasts (1 week – 40 days) with juices and broths for the first 2 days. 5) Then eat juicy fruits & vegetables (starting slowly) for the same amount of time as your fast. 6) Plan on loosing a pound a day. 7) If you break your fast with heavy meals or food too rapidly there could be dire consequences with acute pain or worse. For you must give your body time to build up its digestive enzymes again (yogurt cultures & probiotics help). There is a strong temptation to gluttony after fasting, but it is harmful and can go to accelerated weight gain with your slowed metabolism.  (If you are uncertain about fasting due to health problems, the above mentioned book would be an advisable read.)
-by Phillip
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