August 2004 : Brazil
Greetings to all of you in the mighty name of Jesus. Just a note to update you concerning the trip to Sao Paulo, Brazil. I arrive early Tuesday morning and was greeted by my dear brother Rev. Jaza Dantas. He brought with him another, Pastor Edgar Da Silva. The drive from the airport into the city is fairly long due to traffic in this magnificent city of 22 million people. As pastor Edgar negotiated the lines of cars with the skills of a New York taxi driver he shared with me his testimony. I continually find myself in the company of powerful men of God. He told of the flow of miracles that has taken place in his family. As I sat and listened I was moved by presence of the Holy Spirit. I never get tired of hearing of the wonderful works of our God. Jaza, who I met last year, has brought together a team of men and women like Edgar that are looking only to please and glorify the Father. When we arrive at the place that I was to stay, I found out it was Jaza and his wife Celma’s studio apartment. It is on the 26th floor of a major building in the heart of the city. I can look out the window and have a panoramic view of the city. Jaza and Celma gave up their apartment and are staying with others while I am here. From time to time as I look out upon the city I begin to prophecy over the city for the blindness to be taken from the eyes of it’s inhabitants and that they begin to see the wonder of the Light and Life offered by the grace of God through the Lord Jesus Christ. The first night we drove to Suzano, a part of Sao Paulo, to minister to a church that Jaza planted. The Spirit of the Lord was very present. The following morning a meeting of five pastors and ministry leaders came together. We met in Pastor Edgar’s house. It was a time of openness and sharing of each visions and how they all flowed together for the purpose of God in this area and reaching beyond. I was asked to share the vision of ELIJAH MINISTRIES. Jaza had already given them a briefing but they wanted to hear it from me. Throughout the entire day until 10:00 PM it was a time of sharing, eating, and hearing each other’s hearts. I believe at the end of it all the Holy Spirit formed a strong team that will be poured out to bring the glorious light of the gospel to the city of Sao Paulo, to the nation of Brazil and beyond to all of South America and the rest of the world. I am scheduled to meet with a gathering of more pastors and ministry leaders on the 12th of August. Once again the meeting was in the home of a leader of a local church. There must have been fifty people present. I was so honored to be with them. I was asked to share the vision of ELIJAH MINISTRIES once again and give a word of encouragement. There was a pastor and his wife along with one of his leaders present that had not been with these other brothers and sisters before. They graciously recied and accepted him. After the message and the obvious presence of the Holy Spirit this pastor said to his wife and to Jaza, “”My ministry has been resurrected!”” Tomorrow night I will be preaching in another church in Suzano. Little by little and step by step the influence of ELIJAH MINISTRIES is growing in this area. It is not a testimony to me but to the Lord who has granted the grace and given the anointing in the “”going””. Saturday, Pastor Edgar Da Silva is to be ordained. I will be preaching Sunday morning and night in different fellowships. I would ask that you pray for these men and their families that are seeking to affiliate with ELIJAH MINISTRIES. On Monday morning I will be preaching on the radio to the city of Sao Paulo. I sense that there is poised a fresh release of an anointing that will come upon these men and those who are of like mind with us. I believe that this area will not be the same. All of you who are together with us in Christ are very much a part of what is soon to take place.