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Mission: Unbound Conference Singida 21-30 June 2017
I (Andrew) volunteered to teach at this conference in the Rift Valley region of Tanzania at the kind invitation of John Paul Ngotty, leader of Tanzanian Catholic Charismatic Renewal.
A highlight for me was the praise and worship. When it was time for a break, I could simply ask the inspirational Ebenezer worship group for a song, and get something like this video above - beautiful!
Paul writes: ‘I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.’ Romans 12:1
Tanzanians worship with their whole body. This trip was a beautiful experience of whole-hearted spiritual ‘body worship’ from our Tanzanian brothers and sisters!
It was also a joy to see groups of people using their training to quietly and gently pray for freedom for each other without the fuss of traditional ways of deliverance - which in Tanzania can be confrontational, as in the UK. I heard stories of deliverance ministry gone wrong, and I understood then the need for training in Unbound ministry to avoid these problems.
I’m grateful to the St Albans Verulam House Trust for helping to fund this mission. Andrew
“I love God for welcoming me.” Francis
A witch doctor’s story
Francis from Uganda shared during Renunciation class his experience of saying ‘No’ to witchcraft in the name of Jesus.
‘I am from a family of eleven children, eight boys and three girls. My mother is a witch doctor and the sister whom I follow is also a witch doctor. During a time of sickness and suffering, my mother told me that the spirits torturing me wanted me to also become one and if I accepted I would become okay.
Due to several complications of sickness and suffering and since it was a family trade, I also became a witch doctor. I started the trade by operating using three different spirits; Marine spirits, Koromojong and Madi spirits.
Later, I realised that many different spirits started joining the three and as a result my suffering increased. Due to the sufferings, I told my mother I wanted to join prayer instead of being a witch doctor. She told me ‘do whatever your heart is leading you to do’.
I told her to count me out from traditional or occult involvement. After this, I joined the Companions of Jesus prayer group in Holy Rosary parish Gulu. I took all the ‘witchcraft tools’ to the prayer where I was told to renounce all the spirits. This was my first time to hear about the 5 Keys.
And now I thank God because I am now free from those severe complications. I am now a full time member of the deliverance and music teams of the prayer group. I love God for welcoming me.
At the Unbound Conference in Singida I got what is called full joy, and I realise a lot of blessing which is great. God is never silence. God is great, I praise His name.’
Francis Nyeko, Member Companions of Jesus, Gulu - Uganda
At the recent Hungary conference, Fr Roman from Warsaw gave the talk on the 5th Unbound Key - the Father’s Blessing, and he opened with, ‘This last key is the most important key’. It came to me as something of a surprise. This last key is not an afterthought, a simple blessing of what has gone before to seal what has happened. Now, do we realise that, or are we just wanting a ‘quick fix’ of ‘getting free’? A quick fix is falling short of the ‘one thing necessary’ Jesus spoke of to Martha when her sister Mary made the choice to sit at his feet - that is, become a student follower of Jesus.
There’s nothing, nothing, so transforming as experiencing the love of Father God. Since my trip to Poland and experiencing personal Intercessory prayer in the Lodz House of Mercy I’m:
- more relaxed
- more peaceful
- trusting of God in all kinds of situations
- wanting to give people (and God) my attention and presence rather than rush on to the next thing.
And my secret delight is knowing more deeply than before that I’m loved. Spoken over me in prayer were the words, ‘You are beloved son of God, you were born in the heart of God.’
We notice when we pray with people that the Father’s Blessing can be the most moving and healing, freeing, experience of the entire prayer session. Fr Roman did not let this go unnoticed. This is Belonging, going beyond just relief from the things that hold us back, to the real freedom of knowing the security of having a heavenly Dad. The witness who wrote the gospel of John wrote of Jesus: ‘But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.’ John 1:12 Andrew
See photos of the Hungary Conference here
Freedom Sculpture by Zenos Frudakis, Philadelphia. Zemos wrote:
‘I created the Freedom sculpture because I knew that the struggle to be free was not just a personal one but universal to the human condition.’
The Japanese Art of Kintsukuroi: in this Japanese artistic repair technique the cracks in a broken bowl are repaired with gold - creating something more beautiful than the original. Wikipedia says the artist
‘treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.’
Similarly Jesus often heals our brokenness and restores us when He sets us free - weaving our scars into gold by His grace, making us, His creations more beautiful than ever, to His glory.
(shared by James)
How a loaned copy of the book SHOULD be returned. This person prayed through it, wept over it, dog-eared it, and was set free by Jesus!
‘I no longer live in fear and dread but live in hope and the promises of God. My journey has only just begun and I feel like my life is just starting over again.’
Sometimes we just need a little encouragement to get free…
Moving video of a horses rescue in the Netherlands. Take the time to watch - the music is contemplative…
Q. what makes the horses take the risk and allow themselves to be rescued in the end?
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