It’s been over a month since I went on my trip with H.E.L.P. International to the Navajo Nation in Arizona. My heart was to update you sooner. Between the busyness of life and ministry and waiting on the team to pull together photos so we could have some to share with you here we are… and we’re excited to be updating you now! (Lesson learned: I need to work on taking photos on missions trips!) Thank you to everyone who partnered with us in prayer and finances to make this trip possible.
Eight of us made the journey through the Rockies to the Navajo Nation in Northern Arizona in mid-August. It was a privilege to go and serve the vision of H.E.L.P. International to empower the local church to reach their people. Because the needs of the Navajo people are so great, most of what we did on the trip was to serve in practical ways such as painting and installing a door at the church, and handing out a truckload of goods to the people.
On Saturday we handed out a trailer full of clothes, books, car seats, beds, cribs, toys and other goods. At least sixty people came through and received. We also had an area where a few of us set up to minister to the spiritual needs of the people through offering prayer and encouraging words. Most of the people who came were focused on receiving material goods and it was great seeing them go through everything – just like it was Christmas! Towards the end of the day a gentleman named Darryl came asking for prayer for freedom from alcoholism. He was planning on going to a rehab facility that coming Monday. We told him that we could pray that God would release His power for freedom from alcoholism but it is far better to know the Deliverer personally. I asked if he had a personal relationship with Jesus. He didn’t, so we told him about how when you come into faith in Christ that you are united with Jesus in his death, burial and resurrection (Romans 6). The old man is done away with, and all is made new. He wanted that and received the free gift of salvation and righteousness, and placing faith in Jesus Christ, and receiving the freedom that only Christ can offer. We prayed for him and encouraged him to continue to rehab and plug in to the church we were ministering at. He came to church the next day. We are believing that God is bringing to completion the good work He has started in Darryl.
That day, we also had the opportunity to minister to a dear lady, Hope, who was struggling with loneliness and having a hard time sleeping. She also came to church the next day and told us that she had already experienced some breakthrough, having slept the best she ever had that night.
I was given the opportunity to preach at the service that day and I shared on the new creation reality – redeemed, reconciled, brought into union with Christ. It was exciting to be able to preach there, not only because I love seeing the Kingdom released and revelation of all Christ is done being poured out, but also because it is a part of me stepping into the prophetic destiny on my life.
At the end of the service, we called out words of knowledge and prayed for the sick that day as well. Someone after we had gone to the restaurant for lunch shared that she had every one of the ailments our team had called out, but she was too afraid to come forward for prayer. We released healing to her as well.
I loved having the opportunity to combine the power and prophetic with practical expressions of the love of God on this trip. I firmly believe in doing the works of Jesus, who healed the sick, raised the dead, ministered to broken hearts, and met practical needs through feeding the hungry crowds who came to hear Him speak. It is in these practical demonstrations of love that the kingdom is displayed.