From Around The Edge
On July 13 EIGHT of us piled into 2 cars and headed for Vancouver. (Actually it was Surrey!) The drive itself was a ton of fun and was a great time to deepen friendships. At every pit stop a few people moved from one car to the other. The road trip there and back was like a ‘mobile retreat’ in an of itself!
When we arrived at our location at Pacific Life Bible College we felt like we were home … among family! After the hugs, and bathroom breaks … we entered into a wonderful time of worshiping our Lord Jesus Christ together. The entire weekend was so GOOD in so many ways. We loved being with our family in Vancouver area. Thank you for hosting us! We enjoyed times of payer, worship, equipping and deepening our friendships and our commitment to BE THE CHURCH in simple organic ways as we follow Jesus into the lives of others.
Here is a short video of the highlights…
A few weeks ago some of us baptized a new lady to our home church in a neighbours hot tub. This came after some very strong and direct spiritual battles for freedom and healing. Praise the Lord – she did it – the Lord did it! Generations were changed and healed that night! Coming out of the water she said “I didn’t expect that.” Expect what? “That strong wind that came through. That was crazy”. There was no wind, but there was for her! We read John 3:8 to her – “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit”. We all were blown away!!!Ryan
“We knew this young man (K) through business, since he was 27. Today he is 41. I always talked to him about the Lord and prayed that one day he would come to know Him. We tried to be a good witness all along.
Our friend K was raised with a Catholic Mother and a Hindu Father. He often talked about God, but didn’t know the One True God.
Years ago he met a young woman, fell in love, got married and had two young children. Unfortunately the marriage went sideways and is now ending.
K came to stay with us just before his court appearance. He was very upset about what was happening.
We asked K if we could pray for him before he went back home to face his court date. He said ‘yes’, so the day of, we got up early to pray with him and I felt the prompting of the Holy Spirit to ask him if he wanted to receive Yeshua and be born again. Without hesitation, K said “Yes”!!
We prayed with Him. Many tears of joy were shed.
Our dear friend went home and the judge found favor with him, entitling him to 50% custody of his children which is what he wanted along with some other financial considerations.
He is down here for a visit tonight, which is our House Church night! PTL!
God’s timing is always so perfect!!! He is so faithful!!
Sometimes it seems like it takes a long time for a friend to come to know the Lord but it will all be worth it in the end!!”Stephanie
Earlier today John and Tim were meeting at a restaurant with a few people to share about THE EDGE. At one point our server, who had obviously been ‘listening in’ to our conversation asked us something like, “Are you guys like … involved in a church or religion?” We began to engage in a fascinating conversation asking her what she thought about the church and about Jesus. She was very interested and came back several times to re-engage with the conversation. Finally she sat down with us to talk more. We left our contact information and were able to share with her how much Jesus loves her and challenged her to ask God to show Himself to her. She told us to come back to the restaurant again so she could talk more. We intend to! We thank the Lord for this opportunity to plant the SEED of his KINGDOM in this young woman’s heart.Tim
Thomas & Tim met at a coffee shop to pray and listen to God before they went out (just as Jesus sent the 12 and later the 70) to look for ‘people of peace‘ whom they could share the Gospel with. “We were going out knowing that we would be sowing seeds of the Gospel, or to harvest what others had planted” says Tim. The 2 men went with some nervousness, but also a sense of authority and that Jesus was leading them. They felt led to a condo complex and once there Jesus directed them to knock on doors where the yard lights were on. They did and had some excellent conversations with several people, thus planting seeds of the Kingdom. The highlight of the evening however was when, after a bit of friendly conversation, one young gentleman said, “I’ve been wanting to read the Bible, but just haven’t gotten around to it”. They asked if he owned a Bible, to which he replied ‘no’. Then they asked if he would be open to them returning to share and discuss the Bible to which he declined, but he did readily accept the gift of a Bible!! Pray for this young man to read the Bible and find a relationship with the author Jesus Christ!Tim
The Rundle HC had a rich time celebrating the Passover Seder together on April 14th. We had about 18 adults come and experience the deep truths hidden within this festival – many for the first time. One of the most meaningful symbols is the hiding and then the finding of the “Afikomen” (Bread of Affliction), which speaks to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus in the Messianic observance. We highly recommend this to all our home churches. Please contact us if you would like some help leading in this.John & Trish
We celebrate the baptism of an entire family…in our bath tub! (Reminds me of Acts 16:33, where the jailer ‘and all his family were baptized’!) We are overjoyed to announce new members of God’s family! It was the most humbling privilege to baptize our friends Taryn, Tyler, Sanaa and Neela. On Resurrection Sunday, they came with open hearts and faith by the power of the Holy Spirit.” What a privilege it is to follow Jesus into the lives of others!Nick and Vanessa and kids
We had a tremendous week! A strong relationship is building, and it’s a source of encouragement for all of us. We continue to marvel at how the Lord is speaking the same language to both movements, despite the language barrier between us. Each time we see them and enter into their lives, the relationship goes deeper, and we know we are not alone in this movement. The Lord is a rider on his white horse, riding across this land.John
Listen to this!! One house church had been discussing and studying COMMUNION and how God will often pour out his blessing when we partake of the elements in faith, remembering and celebrating God’s supreme sacrifice for us. Later that week one of their HC members woke up in the middle of the night with an illness. She awoke her husband and together they shared in communion. Yes … in the middle of the night. In that moment and by God’s grace she was healed.Tim
Maaaaaan! God is good! He is faithful when we step out to be used by him. Many lives were touched yesterday. Thanks everyone for your prayers!
Including kids, we had 14 people and 1 dog come out! Some from the Edge, and some new friends we met through thelastreformation com. I’ll share some stories from the group.
One shopkeeper asked for prayer for emotional healing, and she was instantly flooded with love and peace as God touched her. Another man, God healed all the pain in his knees and feet and he was very excited and wants to meet again to learn more about Jesus. Another guy God healed all the pain in his back.
We also prayed for a young homeless guy who had cancer, and the kids brought him hot chocolate and food. The kids also gave out some money and gift cards to some other people in need. We also met one guy who found Jesus 18 months ago, when Jesus broke his alcohol addiction, however he needed new hips, so we encoured him and prayed for his hips. He didn’t have any pain at the time, so we are believing all is better for him!
One lady started manifesting evil spirts right in the parking lot when a couple approached her, and she swore she would never acknowledge the name of Jesus. However, after and hour of prayer and singing worship, she was totally set free and then she gave her life to Jesus!! AMEN! She also wants to stay connected to learn more about Jesus.
I am so humbled by yesterday, and I want to grow to get to know our good God more! and to be used by Him! The Word is truely alive and active!!Steve
Earlier this week, we hosted my wife’s birthday party at our friends restaurant. We have known “S” and “A” for several years. When we first met them they told us they do not believe in God. Over the years, we continued to love them, bring friends to their restaurant and we have become genuine friends. It is not unusual for us to invite them to come stand beside our table when the food comes and we thank God for the food, for them and ask God to bless their restaurant business.
On this evening, we invited over 20 of our friends; from our HC, from the Edge and other friends to join us at their restaurant for a party. It was a casual ‘come and go’ time as people ordered their food, laughed, hung out, blessed the owners and wished my wife a ‘happy birthday’!
Near the end of the party, there were about 12 of us remaining … “S” and “A” (the owners) joined our group around a large table, where we were all settled in for more conversation. Someone in the group suggested everyone go around and ‘bless’ the birthday girl, which we all did … including “S” and “A”. Then it struck me … we were being the church right there! As we were leaving, “S” and “A” kept telling us how they could feel LOVE … and that this is the way people should live. We just kept telling them that they were feeling and experiencing the love of God.
What a great evening as we followed Jesus into the lives of these wonderful, hard-working people and we had the privilege of ‘being’ the church right there in their restaurant!Tim
God has been working in our home church. Since we have started I have seen some of us share and pray in ways I have not seen them before. For example, one night we had some new people share quite a bit on their lives as well as give some insight on scripture. Another night we were discussing just the Gospel in general because some visitors came, and everyone was just sharing about who Jesus is and I really felt in that moment that the Holy Spirit was pouring over us. That same night was the night that one of them had prayed and it was such a blessing to hear him pray for the first time. He first said .. “I’ll pray. But how do I pray ?” We said .. well you can speak what is in your mind/heart, whether it is to ask Him for something or to thank Him for something and when you feel you are done just say “in Jesus name I pray. Amen.” And he just went for it. and it sounded so natural for him. I was shocked but in a good way. I honestly could not stop smiling after that =) Also it has been great to see a new leader lead some nights as well. I think everyone is just excited and looking forward to not only love each other but to love God and to do His work.Kalvin
There are so many stories, but I’m going to share this one with you for now. In behind the scenes, our prayer team went to do a house blessing – which turned into that, and so much more with a couple in our community. The wife of the home had literally packed her husband’s bags the night before and was ready to leave him the day we had scheduled to come… After we all did much listening, witnessing, encouragement, and prayer, they are joining with God in fighting for their family and for his kingdom. 2 demons were kicked out of their home, the husband prayed for his family and protected his home spiritually for the first time. The next day, my friend told me that she had unpacked his bags, that they started getting rid of any possessions that they would be ashamed to show Jesus, and that her husband has been praying for their family constantly. Today, she committed to start memorizing this scripture about running the race (Heb 12:1-3), so that she can use it as her sword and shield. There have already been some bumps along the way, but we take heart in the Lord and we will continue connecting with them. Glory belongs to God alone! Please, would you continue to lift up this family with us?Vanessa