It’s hard for me to put into words what we experienced this weekend as our hearts were knitted closer to God’s heart and to the hearts of the 140 who gathered in Tranqueras, Uruguay. There were pastors, church leaders, and families from 5 churches present. We arrived Friday evening and we started the second Module of Year 2, "Lord, As Families, Teach Us to Pray!" Friday evening, after soaking the environment in praise and worship, Pastor Antenor who arrived Thursday from Peru, Timbrel (my wife), and I all tag-teamed in the teaching and times of facilitating ministering to the Lord and allowing Him to minister to all of us. Timbrel felt the heart cry of the room, like a bubble trying to get to the surface, which was expressing the deep hunger that was deep inside each person. She called forward those who were hungry for God, and asked them to declare their hunger to Him. People started pouring out their hearts to God and deep prayers of hunger and desperation flowed along with many tears. We continued and taught through some of the lessons and saw God bring breakthrough in many lives.
It was a beautiful evening, but yet I felt there was more, like we were missing something. As I wrestled with the Lord Friday evening afterwards, I heard His sweet voice say, “They’re crying out in hunger, give them the Bread of Life.” I remembered that all prayer starts with receiving the love of God and recognizing that the relationship we have with God through Christ is a relationship of Father and son. God wanted to love on His kids and satisfy their hunger. Saturday morning I was so full of anticipation as I knew something powerful was about to take place. We again worshipped and soaked the environment with praise. I called everyone who had clamored their hunger to come and receive the Bread of Life and something beautiful began to take place. It’s hard to describe, but the best I can describe it is that God began pouring His love over us heavily. Everyone in the room soaked in the love of the Father for over an hour. We did nothing else in that hour as God mightily loved on His kids. Everyone in the room was changed. Wow - talk about changing the way the rest of the day went. Every teaching, every worship song, every time of ministering to the Lord and allowing Him to minister to us was so full of trust and confidence. We knew we had our Father’s love and acceptance and we let Him do whatever He wanted to do in us as we went through the rest of the day. Many found freedom and hope and we dedicated ourselves to the hard work of building upper rooms of prayer in our homes. Everyone present was marked by this weekend and we all know it. What happened Saturday morning was life-changing. We ended that special time by pouring out oil as an offering of praise and declaring what God did as Holy to the Lord!
I was so thankful for Pastor Antenor. His tender heart and his gift of teaching was used mightily by our God. Seeing God connect the hearts of these two countries (Peru and Uruguay) was powerful. He left this morning, as he put it, more blessed than anyone else who was there.
Thank you for praying. Thank you for holding the ropes for your brothers and sisters in Uruguay. The Kingdom is advancing! The best is yet to come as families begin building upper rooms of prayer in their homes. Pray for us as the enemy is about to lose even more ground.