After wrapping up two full days of evangelism training at the Evangelism and Cross Cultural Missions conference in Maracay, we had a worship and prayer event, particularly seeking a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit for the work of evangelism.
The leadership team discerned together that God wanted to touch upon three themes in particular:
- A fresh confidence
- Removal of guilt from failures
- Creativity to apply what had been taught.
This went well with a leading I had received about a message on nurturing your evangelistic passion.
As I preached that night, I felt a nudge of the Spirit to change direction by adding another point to my message:
Many of these pastors
- felt broken over past evangelistic failures.
- felt unworthy because of personal struggles.
- carried wounds of emotional hurts in their life situation.
A blog post cannot adequately describe how the Lord used that word to open up some power prayer ministry. But this word of blessing over these pastors unlocked some healing prayer and restoration to many of these pastors.
We moved into an extended time of prayer and personal ministry, with the leadership team doing much of the personal ministry, mostly for reasons of language. The Lord ministered healing and restoration during this time..
As I listened to testimonies during the debriefing time afterwards, it was clear to me that the Lord had done a truly deep work in the life of many of these men and women as they were preparing to return to their ministry contexts in the next day or two.