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Colombia Outreach: Medellín ; August 16, 2014

Medellin

Thank you all for your prayers and support during my time in Colombia! It's a privilege to be here as an extension of my friends and supporters back home. God is moving powerfully here! I'm excited to be able to exalt the name of Jesus and declare to you some of the amazing things He has done.

My outreach team was in the city of Medellín from August 12th through the 15th. In Medellín, many amazing things happened that made me feel like I was living in the middle of Jesus' instructions to His 72 sent-out disciples:

"When you enter a house, first say, 'Peace to this house.' If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will return to you. Stay in that house, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house. When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before you. Heal the sick who are there and tell them, 'The kingdom of God is near you.'" (Luke 10:5-9)

For our 4 days in Medellín, my team stayed in the house of a generous family. Our host was truly a man of peace to us, and acted as a guide to take us to all the different ministries we partnered with. Several Christian university students also live in his family's house, and they generously gave their rooms to us for our time there. The family and students cooked breakfast, lunch, and dinner for us every day, without us ever asking for it.

On our first day there, during a break, we were talking with one of the students living there, a young man named Jay. We'd seen him walking with a cane since we arrived, and we asked if we could pray for him. He told us there was a problem with his leg and hip. So we laid hands on him and prayed, then asked if he felt any better. He walked around the room and kept pausing and looking at us, smiling because he was so surprised that he had no more pain in his leg! Jay was completely healed. Not only could he walk without his cane around the room, but then we all hiked to the top of a mountain in the center of the city. Jay came with us, and felt fine all the way up and back. "Stay in that house… Eat what is set before you… Heal the sick who are there." The kingdom of God surely is near us!

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This is a view of Medellín from the top of the mountain we climbed. The mountain is in the center of the city so you can see the entire city. It was quite a view! At the top of the mountain we planted one of our team's two stakes, a prophetic act of claiming the land for Jesus. It was a powerful moment as we shouted "Jesús es Rey" (Jesus is King) over the city!

Another highlight of our time in Medellín was spending a day at a ministry in a poor neighborhood. It is a ministry called Pa' Mi Barrio (For My Neighborhood), which works with the children in the neighborhood. The ministry provides classes like Art and Theater to supplement their regular school classes, and provides lunch every day. We spent some time with the teenage students and prayed over them after hearing some of their testimonies. Then we ate lunch with and played with the younger children, and in the afternoon we went around the neighborhood praying for a couple of families.

That afternoon we went to the house of a widow who had lung cancer. We came to pray for her healing, but while we were praying the Lord revealed unforgiveness in her heart that was at the root of her cancer. We asked her about it and she said she had never forgiven the men who killed her husband. My team prayed while the director of Pa' Mi Barrio led the woman through forgiveness. She accepted that she needed to forgive those men just as Jesus forgave her own sins, and willingly repented of her unforgiveness. After that, the director told the woman that if she wanted God to heal her, then she would need to give up her smoking, the physical root of her lung cancer. The woman agreed and decided to quit in that moment. With peace and even joy in her face, she got up and got her pack of cigarettes, then tore them in half one by one. She threw her ashtrays away too. Although we believe in faith that her cancer was healed, we do not know for sure. But to me, the miracle was the woman's immediate response and her visible faith and trust in God. It was a testimony of the Holy Spirit giving her grace and empowering her to give up both unforgiveness and smoking. It was a privilege to be there and be a witness as God set her free from what had been entangling her!

Jesus is just so good and nothing but good! In Medellín we saw so many Colombian brothers and sisters touched by His love. His compassion for the poor and hurting flowed through our simple prayers, healing hearts and bodies. He used our little four days in Medellín to show His love to His Colombian bride. I wish we could have spent more time there, but we shall see if God brings me back!

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