Tuesday, September 13, 2011

shockwave challenge

PNatey (31 yrs) - Three weeks ago, I issued the Shockwave Challenge to our church. Share the gospel with at least one person a day. For the past three weeks, I have done just that. I have prayed with 25 people to receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior. I met one lady in Wal-Mart who didn't know she was going to heaven when she died. When I asked her if she would like to know, she said, "Of course! How do you know for sure?" I presented the gospel to her and she called upon the name of JESUS! I met five guys at the park one Sunday afternoon and after I asked them if they needed prayer, one of them said, "Yeah, you can pray that we'll go to heaven!" How about an open door of opportunity! They all thought that you get into heaven by doing good works. After I shared the true gospel with them, they all trusted Jesus as their only way into heaven.

I've had the opportunity to pray for so many strangers and their needs. I've prayed for family members with cancer, people with physical ailments and financial needs and I've seen God prove Himself faithful to His word. He said that He would be with us as we go into all the world and preach the gospel and that He would confirm His word with signs following. I've seen Him do that time and time again. I prayed with one lady who had just broken her hand and was scheduled to have surgery the next day. After I prayed for her, she could move her fingers with no pain. John 14:12 says that believers can do the same works as Jesus. It's time for those who believe in Jesus to start being Jesus to their world!

I'm committed to the Shockwave Challenge. Will you? Let's see what God can do when His body actually takes Him at His word and steps out in faith to reach others.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Impact 2011

Pastor Nate (31 yrs) - We just completed an incredible week of ministry at Good News Church.  We had a lot of laborers from Good News and Grace Christian Church (from Greenville, SC) hit the streets with us to pray for people and offer free bottles of water.  After passing out over 2500 bottles of water and ministering to over 3000 people, we saw 1024 people call upon the name of Jesus for salvation and each of them have their own story.  It's amazing what can happen in one week.

One day, I went with a group of guys to some areas on Wrightsboro Road and by the end of the day, our team of 4 had 34 salvations and 4 confirmed miracles.  John Whitaker (20 yrs) prayed with a young man who had been injured in a skateboarding accident and couldn't move his arm any higher than his shoulder without grimacing in pain.  After John commanded the shoulder to be healed in Jesus name, the boy lifted his arm high above his head!  He was so excited to get back on his skateboard again!

On that same day, I spoke with two ladies who both were experiencing pain.  One of them just had surgery and was in constant pain in her abdomen and lower back.  After I commanded the pain to go in Jesus name, she bent over and touched her toes without any pain.  When I asked how she was doing, she said the pain was 100% gone!  Afterward, I prayed with her sister who was wearing a wrist brace for support because she had carpal tunnel syndrome.  She took off the brace and said the pain that was there before was completely gone.  Later, I encountered a mother who wanted prayer for her daughter because she had recently found a knot above her chest and was in constant pain.  I ministered to this 15 year old girl and the knot was dissolved instantly.  When the family of 7 witnessed this miracle, ALL of them called upon the name of Jesus to be saved!  I'm so honored to be one of many who went about doing the works of Jesus this week and partnering with Him to see lives changed for GOOD!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A New Beginning

Pastor Nate (31yrs) - On Saturday, March 12, we sent a group of 27 adults, teenagers and children into various communities of Augusta with the sole purpose of reaching people with the gospel.  After a mere 2 hours on the streets, we came back with a total of 155 salvations and several healings.  My team went to Olmstead Homes and the park at Lake Olmstead.  While we were there, I'm happy to say that Andrew and Stephen took off on a mission.  They had a goal in mind and in the last few minutes of our expedition, they went over and prayed with 28 people to be saved between the two of them!  I was extremely pleased with their excitement and passion for reaching the lost.  It wasn't just about the numbers for them; it was about changing someone's eternal destiny! 

I met a family member of someone I knew and had the opportunity to lead her in the prayer of salvation.  She didn't know if she was going to heaven at first and wasn't happy with the life she was living.  We ministered to her and shared the good news with her and her friend.  They both got saved!  Afterward, I met her daughter and learned that they had been praying for her for a while.  Praise God for answered prayers and BEING the answer to someone's prayers!

I also met Kindel.  I was walking by his apartment when I saw his face behind the screened door.  I offered him some water and a prayer and he asked if we were trying to get people to join our church.  I told him we were simply there to spread the love of God and I began talking with him about Jesus.  He had his music blaring and told me to hold on while he went inside to turn it off.  When he came back and I began telling him about how to get to go to heaven when you die, he told me to hold on again and went back inside and shut the door behind him.  I prayed he would come back out because I didn't know if he was trying to dodge me or what.  He came back out and said he wanted his friend to hear it too, but she was trippin' and wouldn't come out.  I proceeded with the gospel presentation and got to the point of decision.  Kindel was concerned that we weren't in the right place at first.  He said, "Don't I have to be in a church to say this prayer?  Or get really quiet?"  I laughed and told him we were in the perfect place to say this prayer.  He was so elated when we said "Amen" and I gave him our gospel script to share with his friend.  He said the whole Jesus story seemed too good to be true.  Even though he didn't deserve a new beginning, he got one anyway.  That's what the good news is all about!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Walk This Way

Harry (14 yrs) - I was with Jason (16 yrs) at Oak Pointe. We were about to leave and go back to church. We saw a guy about a block away on the other side of the street. We chased him down and didn’t notice he had a cane until we got up close to him.  He looked like he didn’t want to talk to anyone. We asked him if he’d like to walk without the cane. He said he needed 2 hip replacements but had no insurance to get it done and was going to have to pay out of pocket. He was actually very open to what we had to say. We commanded whatever was wrong to be healed. Jason took his cane away from him. When he walked this time his steps were bigger than they had been before. We laid hands on him again. This time he said all the pain was gone. As we drove off we noticed he had his cane under his arms and he was walking normally.

Go for Broke!

Grayson (13 yrs) - I was with Wesley when we encountered a girl with broken toe. We had just heard about Harry and Jason running after people to pray for them for healing; so we ran up to this lady and asked her why she was having trouble walking. She said her toe was broken. We asked if we could pray and she said yes. She was better after we laid hands on her and she asked, "What was that?" So we explained the gospel to her and she prayed the prayer of salvation.

No More Sprain or Pain

Grayson (13 yrs) - I was with Eden (7 yrs) in Cherry Tree Crossing. We prayed with a lady named Denise. We noticed that she was sitting holding her ankle. She said she had just fallen down the stairs and sprained her ankle.  We prayed for her and commanded her ankle to be healthy and strong.  Afterwards, we told her to test her faith by walking and her limp was gone!  She was able to walk perfectly after we laid hands on her and prayed.

My First Miracle

Lindsey (13 yrs) - Hope and I were in one of the communities we visit often and there was a lady walking with her kids. We approached and asked if there was anything we could pray with her about.  She told us she had back pain and internal pain.  I asked her if I could lay hands on her and she said that would be fine. I took authority over the pain in the name of Jesus. After we prayed, she said the pain was immediately gone. This was the first healing miracle I have experienced at my own hands.