May 2006 :
I bring you greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. It has been more than busy these last weeks. I was honored to be part of a team that traveled to the Gulf Coast of Mississippi during the week of April 29 May 6 to help in the rebuilding effort of those who were devastated by hurricane Katrina. The team was made up of 6 women, 7 men. This team I believe was wonderfully put together by God. Four different churches were represented among us, but by the time the week was over it was impossible to distinguish any separation at all.
By Gods grace we worked being empowered by the Holy Spirit. There was such an attitude of serving unto the Lord; no whining was heard, no complaining, no back-biting, but great amounts of laughter and joy. The Lord graciously ministered to individuals He kept pains in the back, legs and other sort of things from interfering with the work we were about. The Church we were working with, the SafeHarborUnitedMethodistChurch, Moss Point, MS has been serving the community since Katrina, 8 months now; they have been in over 200 homes and completely rebuilt 75. What a testimony to the faithfulness of a people of God. Our team was able to take a 3 bedroom house of Mrs. Canfield 73 years of age from stud walls to finish with the exception of final finish coat of paint. What a joy to have been a part of this outreach of the body of Christ. So many people came up to team members and said, If it were not for the Church we would be in such a mess. My faith in the body of Christ has been strengthened.
One week later I was on an airplane heading for the Philippines. I arrived in Manila very late on 14 May. The next morning I would be traveling to Mindanao to be with Pastor Rudy Dalapu. When I sought out my ticket I was informed that there were no seats available. I called Pastor Rudy and we began to pray. It was not 1 hour when I received a call from the airlines that there was one cancellation and if I wanted it I could get to Mindanao by mid morning. Praise the Lord the maker of the way when there seems to be no way. What a joy to be greeted when I arrived by this wonderful man of God and his family. This is my sixth time to be in the Philippines. Each time the Lord extends the boundaries of ELIJAHMINISTRIES. I ministered on Wednesday night in a church in San Vicente. His presence was obvious by the response of those in attendance. Many came to repentance, many more to rededicate themselves to the Lord. I ministered here the year before and as a result this fellowship is taking evangelistic teams into the mountains to the remote villages to conduct crusades.
I also traveled to Bit-os and met with the leadership in the area and by Gods grace many were encouraged and built up. The next day pastor Rudy and I traveled to NorthernSamarIsland to the city of Calbayog. It is a long trip (22 hrs.). We needed to travel by bus then Ferry Boat then bus again to reach our final destination. We arrived late afternoon, rested and fellowshipped with the local Pastor and his family. The next day, Sunday, was a full day. I preached three times and each time the Lord was faithful to honor the declaration of His word. We traveled to a small village, Bilalaw, the electricity was out. The local Pastor was concerned, but in the dim light of candles and oil lamps the Holy Spirit poured out His grace. An older gentleman that was very ill and had heart problems was wonderfully made whole. The Lord stirred up the gift of a word of knowledge and it powerfully ministered to a 13 year girl and her family. The next day we were off and heading back to Buenavista, yes another 22 hrs. traveling. Pastor Rudy did not schedule a meeting for this Friday, so we attended the Intercessors for the Philippines regional meeting.
While sitting in the crowd of more than 200, the leader of the group recognized me from the year before when she attended one of the churches where I was ministering. She asked me if I would share a few words. I got up to speak and the Holy Spirit gave me a short message. At the conclusion of the message I explained the Shofar that I carry wherever I go. I asked her permission to blow it and when the sound penetrated the atmosphere Gods power descended upon us. People everywhere began to cry out, some started laughing, and others wept. This went on for more than hour. She asked me if I would be available to preach at their meeting on the following day. I did and this time the message was more prophetic it touched the people. Then I blew the Shofar and it is as if a clap of lightening struck the place, people went down all over the place. I am still amazed at how simple obedience releases the power of the Holy Spirit. I cant explain why that at the sound of the rams horn, in some places, the anointing of the Lord touches people as it does. Pastor Rudy and I went among the crowd of people ministering as the Lord directed.
The following day, Sunday we traveled by motorcycle to Dulag. We conducted a meeting with Pastor Ortega. This village is up in a remote area outside Butuan City. God never ceases to create in me a sense of awe. Here among simple villagers He shows Himself to be so gracious and loving. He knows were every person is and what they need most. That night I preached in Pastor Rudys church in Buenavista. I have grown to love these folks so much. Their steadfastness of faith and their love of God overcomes all obstacles.
I had the privilege to speak at a youth camp on Monday. What a way to end the trip. These young people were so enthusiastic and full of life. They received the word with great joy. Now here it was the 30th and time for me to head for Manila then home to the USA. Each one of you that read this report are so vital to the ongoing outreach of ELIJAHMINISTRIES. I thank you for all that you do to support the work and the vision of ELIJAHMINISTRIES. I pray the fullness of Gods plans for you come to pass