On Wednesday night Dec 9, we were invited by a new family to their home in Veracruz to share the Word of the Lord. We were so excited. Another open door. More people to hear His word. More people to know about Jesus. We began to sing praises and worship the Lord in that home and the Lord just took over the service! His presence filled the house and we began to lay hands on and pray for them. One lady was leaping, an old man was crying, a teenage girl who was trying to hold back what she felt, began to weep uncontrollably, and another young man was standing with his head bowed down, completely in tears, and his arms trembling! Jesus was in the house and they were experiencing his mercy and power and love!
That following Saturday, in our service at Talin, we had some new children who came. 3 beautiful little girls. As the people began to pray and worship the Lord, the power of the Lord filled that place, and those 3 little girls couldn’t contain what they were feeling. Big beautiful tears began to roll down each of their cheeks, as they felt the love and power of Jesus! It was so wonderful!!
Then on Sunday, the family from Veracruz came to our church in Puyo for service. They brought other family members with them. After the sermon was preached and altar call given, they began praying. The Lord again moved on them. As we prayed for them, I saw a new teenage girl there, just sitting still, watching her family cry and leap and dance and worship Jesus, and I leaned over to her, and spoke, “When we feel Jesus, it is something that we cannot contain!” And as those words came out of my mouth, she let go! She had already been feeling Jesus, but she was holding back, being in a new place and not knowing anyone there, but the Lord let me speak those words to her, so she could let go! And she did! She began to sob big tears in the presence of the Lord and pray!
I have typed all of this, feeling such emotion as I write it. Not just because we had wonderful services, but because within this 5 day period alone, every one of these people that I have written about, had NEVER felt the presence of the Lord, EVER. Not one single time…..in their whole lives! They told us things like, “We have never felt anything like this before”, and “I felt Jesus for the first time ever in my life tonight”. Oh how my heart was so moved! While I have been feeling His presence and enjoying basking in it for over 34 years, they had never felt it before. Never. Oh, my heart broke at that thought, and of how many more there are just like them, who are waiting to feel Jesus for the first time and know that He is real, that He is alive and that His word is true! They never felt Him before…..until this past week. And now, THAT has changed everything! Praise the Lord! I’m so honored that Jesus sent us here so that these Ecuadorians might know Him, might feel Him, and might experience His presence, not just one time, but over and over and over again!