|Posted on April 4, 2013 at 6:15 AM||comments (0)|
I spoke at Scoville Church of God in Booneville, KY for both of their Easter Services. It was nice being there as a guest speaker. The morning service was nice several people were touched by the message and had tears streaming down their faces. I was disappointed that nobody came forward when given the opportunity to accept Jesus as their Savior. We had communion, then I spent some time with all the children and went through the resurrection eggs with them, then they all went on an Egg hunt. They emptied their plastic eggs and turned them back in to the Egg Redemption Center for a prize. We all then had a wonderful potluck meal and I visited with so many wonderful people.
We returned at 7pm for evening services and the group was smaller instead of the about 50 to 60 in the am service we had about 25 in attendance. But the Holy Spirit was moving and several people came forward after service for prayer and a woman who was new to the church since we had last been there came forward for prayer for her right ear. While praying for her I felt a smal knot just behind the base of the ear disapear and asked her if she could hear now and she said yes with such a sweet smile then with excitement as if a child tasted a sweet treat for the first time and now wants another ask "Will you pray for my eye too". She said she felt the Holy Spirit all over her. It was such a sweet blessed time.
We look forward to going back in June and spending a week there.
|Posted on April 4, 2013 at 6:15 AM||comments (0)|
We were contacted at the end of February by Owsley County Outreach Corp. they are in desperate need of soup and canned meat for their backpack program. They asked if we would please do a food drive for them. Both the meat and soup need to be single serving size (the type you’d put into a child’s lunch box). We will be collecting donations for this from now until March 27th. Read more about this event or get donation information.
The Food was received at Owsley County Outreach Corp on Friday, March 29th and Cleda was very excited to see how much individual serving sizes of meat and soup was brought up and said thank so many times but the best was when we were finished unloading and she said with a happy grateful heart that it was enough meat & soup to last them for the remainder of the school season. Praise the Lord He provided through all of you.
We will continue to collect food for this outreach and take up what we've collect when we go up in June.
|Posted on March 8, 2013 at 1:35 PM||comments (0)|
The kiddos and I spent a good bit of the morning praising the Lord. We sang, danced, and lifted our hands to the Lord. At one point when I was driving it was all I could do not to stop and pull over on I-77 and have us get out of the van and just dance before the Lord.
The presence of the Holy Spirit was so tangible.
|Posted on March 8, 2013 at 4:45 AM||comments (0)|
Our instruction, discipline and correction as parents, must specifically direct our child(ren) toward an application (use, function, purpose) of God's Word. The attitudes and responses that we seek to develop in our child(ren) must follow expectations found in God's Word.
Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. 1 Peter 4:1-2 NKJV
Our children will naturally be attracted toward the desires of the flesh we have to help teach them to deny their flesh and live as Christ did. The consequences could are eternal.
Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child;... Proverbs 22:15 NKJV
For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. Galatians 6:8 NKJV
How do we raise these children in an ungodly world?
Seek His (God) will in all we do and He (God) will direct our paths. Proverbs 3:6 NLT
|Posted on March 7, 2013 at 4:35 PM||comments (0)|
Had a wonderful time today with several ladies at Lake Norman Baptist Church. Spoke on Behavior Training and many ladies seemed to be touch by the subject. Thank you Lord for giving me the opportunity to share my heart with others.
|Posted on March 1, 2012 at 3:55 PM||comments (1)|
I spoke at a women's meeting today in N.C. the meeting only had 10 ladies at it but God worked mightily. 1 salvation, 10 out of 10 gave bondages to God in written note. PLT. God is still on his throne. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MT3tn3mJ6Q
Thank you Lord for the opportunity to be a vessel. Almost every woman in the meeting had tears streaming down their faces. Travis cottrell - do it lord
|Posted on March 1, 2012 at 3:50 PM||comments (0)|
The Restoration to New Lifemeetings 02/08/12-02/12/12 was fabulous and truly marked by the grace ofGod. He showed up every meeting and ministered to hearts, minds, spiritsand bodies. Thank you so much to Ian Mitchell who provided the music, youhave a blessing from God and He will use you greatly. Thank you MelissaMitchell and Liam, Lana & Leif for giving up hubby and daddy 5 days in arow, God will richly bless you for your sacrifice. Thank you GatewayChurch of God for inviting us to put on these meetings, I pray that God will domighty things in the lives of your people and the community itrepresents. To my family; Jerry, Daniel, Ruthie & Naomi we goeverywhere and minister everywhere together. God is doing a mighty workin and through each of your lives; it makes my heart leap with joy to see youtransform before my eyes into being less and less of yourselves and more andmore of Christ.
Praise the Lord, the first night ofthe New Life Meetings at Gateway Church of God in Indian Land, SC. Therewas a small gathering but that didn’t matter to God. He showed up andshowed off. Before I was able to get into my message the Holy Spiritstopped me and reminded me what He told me earlier this week. So, Iadmitted to the audience that I must stop and obey the Holy Spirit.
So, then I proceeded to telleveryone that God told me on Monday that I was to start the meeting by askingif there was anyone in the audience that was in need of healing, if so stand upand the first to stand God has promised he would heal. Three people stoodup, I was a little surprised that 3 stood up at the same time. So, I letGod do His thing while I went and prayed for them. One person was healedof a hurt leg, and two people were healed of throat problems. WOW,praises to our Lord, he is still in the business of healing and restoration.
The end of the service was great,two more people came forward for healing and one was very excited about thespot on their face being healed. My heart was so full because of thebrokenness of one of them that wanted to live a life of compassion for other asChrist lives.
I can’t wait to go tomorrow nightto see what God’s going to do in the hearts of the people. The only thingthat comes to my mind right now is the words of a song that Travis Cottrellsings “Do It Lord".
Praise the Lord, 2nd night ofNew Life Meetings and God is still on the throne, healing and restoring peopleto new life.
The message last night was aboutthe arsenal of weapons we have at our disposal to stand up against the devils“If” Scriptures used 2 Corinthians 10:5, 1 Corinthians 9:27, Philippians4:8, Luke 4:18-19, Mark 16:15-18, and 2 Timothy 1:7.
At the end of the service the HolySpirit called people forward, they came forward for healing and living a lifeof compassion and allowing God to manifest himself in and through them. God moved in hearts and they were transformed. He moved in bodies and 1knee was restored, 1 arm was restored, 1 leg was restored, 1 digestive systemwas restored and 1 hip was restored.
After praying for the person withthe hip problem, she was asked to lift her leg several times with each lift shewas surprised she could lift it and said “WOW that feels pretty good, then tooka step and with a more enthusiastic voice said “WOW that feels really good”.
Praise the Lord He is that sameyesterday, today and forever. His word is true. He manifestsHimself in and through all willing vessels.
The bottom line of the message wasdo you believe God or simply believe in God?
At the end of the service 1 personmade a dedication to start believing God and not just in him. 3 cameforward for healing. All were restored to new life through the power ofthe Holy Spirit.
Jesus is the same yesterday, todayand forever and His awesome power healed a knee, throat, ribs and ankle lastnight.
And a young boy was so inspired bythe Holy Spirit that he made a declaration that He wanted to live this life ofChrist and preach the gospel and heal the sick. Then asked if he couldpray for the next person and was allowed with guidance and the person’s throatwas healed.
The message was changed atthe last minute by the Holy Spirit to Hebrews 4:12; John 1:1-14, Mark 16:15-18,& Psalms 81:10.
When you open your mouth God willfill it and then Jesus being the word basically jumps out of your mouth and isnow alive and active and sharper than any two edged sword.
At the end of the service a younggirl came forward asking for prayer for her toes, she has inherited toes thatbend almost at a 90 degree angel to the side. She was anointed and prayedfor and before our very eyes we saw two toes become straight and the 3rd thebend decrease. We believe that the third will soon also becomestraight.
The last meetings message wason grace and I was completely broken, no one responded to any of theinvitations (salvation, showing grace toward others starting today, healing)and yet there was multiple people with tears streaming down their faces, onewas physically shaking but still refused to come forward. There werefaces contorted with tears unable to stop but still refused to come.
I closed the service with prayerand had to leave the sanctuary for awhile, praise the Lord; Ian Mitchell waswith us all week to play music and just stepped up, played and sang. Ijust cried and cried. Sometimes it can be heart grieving to see those sotormented and will not accept the way to freedom.
Two people came up to me after theservice when everyone was leaving to let me know that the message was forthem. :-( :-)
Praise the Lord later that day awoman I prayed for before church had complete release from her intestinalproblem.
God is still on His throne and Heis still in the business of setting the captives free, no matter what form ofbondage they are in.
|Posted on February 13, 2012 at 2:15 PM||comments (0)|
These meetings were fabulous and truly marked by the graceof God. He showed up every meeting andministered to hearts, minds, spirits and bodies. Thank you so much to Ian Mitchell whoprovided the music, you have a blessing from God and He will use yougreatly. Thank you Melissa Mitchell andLiam, Lana & Leif for giving up hubby and daddy 5 days in a row, God willrichly bless you for your sacrifice. Thank you Gateway Church of God for inviting us to put on thesemeetings, I pray that God will do mighty things in the lives of your people andthe community it represents. To myfamily; Jerry, Daniel, Ruthie & Naomi we go everywhere and ministereverywhere together. God is doing amighty work in and through each of your lives; it makes my heart leap with joyto see you transform before my eyes into being less and less of yourselves andmore and more of Christ.
|Posted on August 11, 2011 at 5:15 PM||comments (0)|
I'd love to call you but don't have your number programmed in my phone.
I will be speaking at Gateway Church of God this Sunday. I hope to see you.
Call so I'll know you are doing ok.
|Posted on July 25, 2011 at 6:48 PM||comments (0)|
Wow! What an experience! Being there with the people of Booneville was a life changing experience for all involved. We saw God move mightily during this trip. There were 19 children in attendance, six of which were children of the volunteers and were junior helps. Out of these 19, nine asked Jesus into their hearts and 10 were baptized, along with one Grandparent.
This rural area of Kentucky is truly like stepping into a third world country, in many ways. Some of the children that attended the VBS didn’t have running water in their homes, many still used an outside toilet (outhouse), and many homes were made out of particle board or whatever was available. Many are hungry and, because of the lifestyle, must look out for their younger siblings.
There is one story that has been repeated to me several times, since we’ve returned. During lunch, on the first day of VBS, the children went downstairs to the basement to be served. Two siblings were in line together and the older sibling was first. The lunch worker handed the child a plate of food, but the child refused to take it, until his sibling had food too. At first glance, this was sweet, but then we saw all the children acting this way in so many different areas that we soon came to realize that it is out of necessity that these children must look out for each other, because there is no one else that will do it. It really makes your heart cry to see a 6-year-old making sure that a 4-year-old has food.
Another story that has been retold, time and time again, happened on the last day, when the children were being bused back home. On this particular day, each child was given a box of food. When the driver got to the last child’s house, there were two boxes of food remaining. The child tried to refuse one of the boxes, because she thought it wasn’t right to take both, but the driver took them both into the house anyway. The exterior of the house was shaped like a box and made out of particle board, with no paint, no finishing touches, and no nothing. The girl was so embarrassed that she exclaimed, “I hate having an outside house”. The driver thought that she was referring to the exterior of the house but soon discovered that she meant an “outhouse” or an outdoor toilet, because her mom was in the bathroom (outhouse), when they arrived. But, even through all the embarrassment, the child was still so excited to get these boxes of food that she could not wait to open one of them, before the driver could leave. With joy and excitement, she then exclaimed, “Cereal! We never have cereal!…”
The thrill and excitement that many families don’t see on Christmas Day, with a multitude of presents and thousands of dollars spent, was shown for a simple box of cereal!
There is one more thing that I’d like to mention. Even though most of the families live in poverty, having very little as far as the standard is in many areas of the United States, there is greater contentment and happiness than I’ve personally seen in most of the places I’ve ever lived or visited.
I have been forever changed because of this trip to Booneville, KY.
Recently, we went back to Booneville, KY. For the weekend of July 4th, we put on a one day event (speaking, food, games and fireworks). During the morning service, we had people come forward for prayer; we saw people healed, released from bondage and relationships mended. Praise God! He is doing a great work in the lives of His people. We were also blessed to receive an update on a woman for whom we prayed for physical healing and a release from bondage, during our original visit. One month later, and she was still doing fine. Praise God; Prais God; Praise God!
My beloved, do not be afraid to step out when the Holy Spirit speaks to you. These are the last days, and His word tells us that He will pour out His spirit on His sons and daughters, in the last days.
Here are a few more write ups from some of our team members:
I do not even know where to begin. There is so much hardship in the lives of the children that we ministered to, physical, emotional and spiritual. It is hard to imagine the day to day lives of people right in our own back yard, especially when you see such critical physical needs. But God sees them and loves them right where they are. I am so thankful that I was able to be a vessel to take God’s love to our neighbors. I was involved mainly in providing crafts for VBS. Even though I did not spend as much individual time with the kids as others in our group, the last day several children hugged me and told me that they loved me and would miss me. It’s hard to believe that VBS and a little food could have such an impact! I KNOW that it not only impacted the hearts of the children involved, but will trickle down into the families of those children and even the community! – Amanda
During this mission trip, I was amazed at how bad the poverty levels were in the town of Booneville. Driving on back roads, I saw sheds that people live in, people gardening many live off what they grow, and people suffering or being content with what little they have.
The children that came to VBS were so well behaved and thankful for what they had or were given from VBS. I was touched when I saw their faces light up when they decided to follow Jesus and was reminded of how I felt when I did as a child. They do not envy because money has no real value to them at this young age and because they are not really exposed to it.
I’m so glad I was able to come on this mission’s trip and that I shared the love of God through this life that I have been blessed with. I’m going to miss these children so much – but not the ticks!!! Ha ha. - Kristin
I am very grateful to the Lord for the privilege of being a part of this wonderful experience. There are many things that touched my heart, but a few really were special. The way the children in a family looked out for each other was so special. One in particular was a little boy and his younger brother. When he was offered a plate of food at lunch, his first response was, “My brother is hungry”. He would not eat until he knew his brother would eat also. A few words spoke of a protective love that isn’t shown often enough in our world. It really touched my heart. Another incident was seeing a mom that came and stayed all day with her children, and watched as they sang songs and did the motions, played games and won prizes. At first she just sat and watched, but after a little while she was singing, and clapping, and doing hand motions. Her smile just kept getting bigger. What really made another impact on me was an older man that came to be baptized at the river. His mom was standing on the bank and when he went under water she threw her hands up to God and started praising Him out loud. When she finished she shared that her son had been one of the worst drug dealers in the county, and had gotten saved, and had just sealed it with baptism. She glowed with joy and thanksgiving to the Lord. That man had joined hands with a few of us at the church before we came to the river to pray for a woman for healing. What a great God we serve. His mercies and blessings to us are never ending. Thank you Lord Jesus! - Lee
Thank you for partnering with us,
Rev. Pamela M. Willhite