Monday, July 16, 2012
Bro. Shane Sands wrote a great piece about our trip to Scotland. Glory to King Jesus !! Prayer, Preaching, Hearts Broken, & Repenting! Posted by Shane Sands on June 25, 2012 at 11:50pm 11 Deliver those who are being taken away to death, And those who are staggering to slaughter, Oh hold them back. Prov 24:11 (NASB) How successful is open-air preaching and 1 on 1 witnessing? What does a result of weeks/months of fervent prayer and fasting look like? In the city of Glasgow, Scotland...it is manifested, described, revealed as broken hearts, questions about eternity, and people repenting. From the beginning Jeff Rose has impressed upon the team the necessity and importance of prayer....we are to be prayer warriors, men who humble themselves before the Throne of GOD diligently seeking HIS face. That is why before the teams ever came to Scotland...there was weekly prayer conferences for that very purpose. That is why appeals to you (Who are reading) and to the local Bodies of CHRIST were asked to be faithful prayer warriors. Unless the LORD builds the house the laborers labor in vain. Another aspect of this missions trip, a burden on Jeff's heart (As well as all who labor) is to proclaim the whole counsel of GOD. To boldly proclaim the gospel of the LORD JESUS CHRIST, but with compassion and grace; compelling and pleading with people to flee from the day of wrath. In our one to one witnessing...bring the Scriptures to bear so that CHRIST JESUS will be exalted and dependance upon the HOLY SPIRIT to break the hearts of hardened people. Saints, now, we come before you asking you even more to pray....and also....REJOICE. Ever since the end of the church service Sunday calling us to put on the full armor of GOD: 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Eph 6:10-13 the LORD has been pleased to let our eyes see and ears hear of HIS amazing grace. So what we have seen, we now make known to you. Since Sunday afternoon the schemes of the devil have come against us....yet the LORD led us in prayer and then those who preached...preached the Word even more intently and people were being broken hearted. As we had individual witnessing encounters peoples hearts were being pricked. There has been a lady, Hillary, who asked, "How do I repent?" and now the LORD burdened her heart to be in the house of GOD. There was Ellie and her friend who at first were very disrespectful, but after the preaching of GOD'S Word, when they were approached again by brother Frank....they were different...they apologized for their behavior and that of the crowds...they listened and and took materials with them. There have been amazing witnessing encounters which have occurred, not with the initial person(s), but with those who were listening not part of the conversation. Brother Robert had two individuals follow him over to cover from the pouring rain to continue because the LORD had burdened their hearts. Brother Paul was blessed to preach and witness to a hostel crowd, but by GOD'S grace to stand firm and to work in peoples lives. There have been so many people whom we have been blessed of the LORD to minister to in witnessing....many, to be sure, reviled and mocked, but more who with drawn faces had their eyes opened, their hearts exposed. Saints here are just a few of the people we ask you to keep in prayer...to share with your churches...to intercede on their behalf: Darren, Kirlen, Don, Ron, Ashley, Olivia, David, Sufyan, Iain, Ali, Scot, Shevel, Fodie, William, Jerry, Johnny, Muhammad, and Dave.....plus so many more like the lady, who after Brother Ken spoke and declared the LORD JESUS has been resurrected just busted out in tears!! Pray saints...pray! We have started to have many brothers and sisters come by and encourage/thank us for the work being done here in Scotland. They are being encouraged to go out and do the same. There was Rosh, a younger lady, who after receiving a tract...came back to pray for us and praise GOD for HIS faithfulness. But the two encounters I leave you with....must leave you with are the very reasons why I say REJOICE and now EVEN MORE pray! On Sunday while the Gospel of the LORD JESUS was being proclaimed an older man was sitting...listening and being brought before the cross. After the preaching Brother Ken went up to him. The man said he "was" a Christian at age 13, but fell away. He said there were things he heard which burdened him and he wasn't sure if it was to late for him. He asked Brother Ken, "Do you think it is to late for me?"...If your not in tears by now???? Brother Ken spoke with him and they prayed....the mans heart was broken....may now it be pleasing to the LORD to restore him. Then there is Audrey. Audrey is a young lady, who was walking by and heard the gospel being preached....she sat down to listen. When the preaching was over brother Shane Mahoney went over and started a conversation. She asked if Shane was a Christian. As the conversation progressed Shane brought up judgement day, GOD'S holiness, sin, and hell. She said she had never heard the gospel before and wanted to know how to be "SAVED." So the good news of the LORD JESUS CHRIST was given to her, to repent, and believe in the LORD JESUS as LORD and SAVIOR. With a real genuine godly sorrow, forlorn face...she turned to the LORD seeming to be blown away at what JESUS had done for her. The team prayed over her as she cried out in confession and repentance. She was given a New Testament, and directed to a local church....as the team was leaving...she said she would be there! Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD! HE has had mercy and given grace! We ask you to join with us and all the heavenly host in rejoicing over a sinner who has repented! Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD! Share with your local Body the good news of the grace of GOD being manifested in Scotland! Rejoice HE has granted you to join with and in this labor for HIS glory and kingdom! Praise the LORD! But now, even more, saints we humbly request you to even more be fervent in prayer. We know that no move of GOD goes unopposed by the evil one. Now is the time to stand in the gap....with all perseverance and petition to intercede. The LORD be exalted! Glory to GOD! Worthy is the LAMB! No King but CHRIST!