Testimonies from February 2012
Answers to the prayers of many…. Hi there! God hears our prayers! I know it might seem like stating the obvious, but over this last month I have seen extravagant demonstrations of God’s heart as He has responded to the prayers of those desperate to hear His voice. Thank you for praying for Peter Young’s ministry trip to Peru. I cannot even begin to explain all that God did in the four days that Peter was with us. People broke down as they heard God’s heart towards them and there is a new faith and expectation for a fresh move of God in our congregation. On the Thursday Peter came with me to Santa Monica prison to minister to the ladies. I wasn’t quite sure how to organise it, but I felt I should ask him to prophesy over all the girls publically. It was a risk, but one that I felt I had to take. Most of these women have never had any contact with the supernatural power and love of God, yet as Peter spoke God’s word over them—words of hope, redemption, future and love—I could see them being touched in a profound way. One young girl who was visiting the group for the first time committed her life to the Lord and another, who said to me later that she was on the point of giving up in her faith, told me that she had asked God for a sign that He was real and that this was the answer to her prayers. Over the last few weeks we have also seen a number of amazing answers to prayer, girls have
Answers to the prayers of manyâ€Ś. seen restoration in relationships with family members and others are now awaiting the possibility of new reductions in their sentences. Please pray that as the girls go to court in the next few weeks, God will give them supernatural favour with the judges and lawyers. Peterâ€™s time spent with our church was also very special. He spent time with the leadership and worship teams and everyone was greatly encouraged by the words that were shared with them. Many received answers to questions that had been in their hearts and there is a new commitment to go deeper into the things of God On the Saturday morning Peter held a workshop for those members of our church that desired to be able to flow in the gift of prophecy. In the past there has been so much abuse of this gift in the church, that many were initially quite wary of what would happen. However, God has really gifted Peter to be able to communicate the heart of this gift in a very balanced and healthy way. It was so wonderful to see people stepping out in faith and giving others a word for the first time. It really feels like it was a week of breakthrough for many. We really are expectant to see what God has for our church in this next season!
In the Communityâ€Ś. I continue to enjoy my work with the kids in the community libraries of Villa Maria. We have been running holiday craft programs for the kids, teaching them the art of â€œarpilleriaâ€? (a Peruvian art technique that uses fabric scraps to make images). I also held a drama workshop for some of the smaller kids (which was far more challenging than I expected!). As much as I am enjoying my work there, I must also admit at the same time my heart is becoming increasingly burdened for these little ones. Over the last few months I have started to see aggressive behaviour coming from some of the kids in the Simon Bolivar library. At other times they display certain attitudes and actions that are completely unbefitting kids their age. Many of these children come from very broken homes. Their parents spend much of their time away working or drunk and some are even in prison. As a result the kids spend a lot of their time playing in the streets and are exposed to all kinds of influences. I am so aware that I am there for only 2 hours a week and have such limited time with them to make a difference. I really am praying that God will give me wisdom in how to share Him with these little ones. I so desire to see them living joy-filled, God-honouring lives that shout His glory to their communities.
In the Community…. Thankfully all is going really well in our little library in 19A. Although this is a far poorer community than Simon Bolivar, the children who attend here show a real desire to read and learn. This last Friday we had “pirates” as our theme for the day. We made pirate eye patches, listened to a story and played some pirate games. The kids seemed to have great fun. Two weeks ago, Charo Rios, the wife of the gentleman who runs the library, approached me and asked if I could come and visit her to discuss some “ladies’ matters”. I went a few days later and was amazed when she started asking me some marriage advice (despite the fact that she has been married 20 years and has a family that I really admire). Her family does not know Christ yet, but it was such an awesome opportunity to be able to share some solid Biblical principles for marriage. She is becoming a good friend and I am really trusting that through me, God can make His love and goodness known to this family. Please pray that, despite the short time I have with them each week, God can use me to make Him real to these children and to be a support and encouragement to them. Please also pray for the salvation of the Rios family. They are an incredible example in their community, but how much more so when they can be an example for Christ.
Some prayer requests…. Please keep Jaime in your prayers… As part of his new position in World Vision, he is responsible for organising the Vision Fest concert on Friday 23 March. The aim of this concert is to unite Christian youth from across Lima with the purpose of mobilising them for works of social transformation in their churches and communities. We are trusting that 2500 young people will attend the event and that from this group will arise to pioneer outreach works in their churches. This is a huge event. Please pray that God will give Jaime the capacity and wisdom to organise the event with excellence. Please also pray that the young people of Lima will respond to this call to make a difference in their communities.
Thank you…. Thank you so much for standing with us in faith and prayer for the work that God is doing here in Peru. Jaime and I are so thankful for all that you sow into our lives and ministry. Thank you for every encouraging email, every prayer, every gift. May God honour your faithfulness and fill you with joy knowing that lives are being impacted on this side of the world because of you! Much love,
Jaime and Kim
Jaime and I would love to hear from you: please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or you could call on +51 990 50 1552. My skype name is kimmysol.