Mission trip to India

For two and half weeks seven-eight of us travelled around North-East India preaching, praying for people and imparting a touch from Jesus to people’s lives. We visited seven areas where we were hosting conferences and meetings, were able to join in with the local Indian worship and meal times as well as seeing the Holy Spirit move mightily. Trevor, Sharon and Drew brought wonderful, life changing teaching to the people we met about things such as living supernaturally, accessing heavenly places and receiving an impartation. In some places Sharon and Katherine would play and sing whilst people were being ministered to. In many churches hundreds of people literally fell down like dominoes, one after the other in fast succession under the power of God. It was incredible!

On the way there on the plane and at the airport my ring and brooch broke as the superglue came unstuck. I felt God say, for the people we would encounter, that what has been stuck will become unstuck. Whilst there I was privileged to pray for many people that we met. In Gangtok, surrounded by 100’s of people lying on the floor, I prayed for a few people who were standing! They reported they had been healed of leg pain, chest pain, pain down one side of their body and in their arm and after someone thrust a phone into my hand asking me to pray for their friend over the phone, sinus problems were healed! Several people gave their life to Jesus and a couple were delivered from a demon, one during the lunch break! At a different church in Gangtok I prayed for two people for their chest & head, and knees & hip. They both said that they were healed! I also prayed for a little boy who would not eat accompanied by a desperate Father. Having previously seen breakthrough when praying for this with someone else I am believing for a breakthrough for him.

In a small place in the hills again 100’s fell like dominoes and people reported feeling better after I prayed for their heart & fear and memory & vision.

In Kalimpong and Darjeeling hundreds of people received an impartation from God and were touched by the Holy Spirit, often falling over, crying and laughing. We gave prophetic words to many, which seemed to really touch them.

In one small church high up in the hillside near Darjeeling my friend shared a word about them having swords in their hand. It just so happened that this day I was wearing my prophetic warrior sword necklace and just before, during the worship, God had said to me “put your hands out”. My eyes were closed and I saw in my hands a gold sword. I saw dragons and snakes all over the region and as I whirled the sword around they were chopped into tiny pieces and I felt the spiritual atmosphere was cleared. I only realised this was significant enough to share this with the church after my friend had shared her word. Afterwards the pastor’s wife approached me with tears in her eyes and said that there was a Buddhist monastery on one side of them that worshipped dragons and a temple on the other side that worshipped snakes and this had really helped her! Wow, I had no idea! God really was doing something powerful. During the afternoon meeting a couple of people gave their life to Jesus, two girls were healed as Trevor spoke and about 10 people spoke in tongues for the first time. Afterwards we were praying and prophesying over people and I gave a word to this pastor’s wife, which to me did not seem very significant. She started crying and later said that I had answered something she had been talking to God about and that she had been so blessed. She had actually served me lunch two years previously and so it was great to be able to be a blessing in return.

We spent an afternoon at an orphanage that Trevor and Sharon set up in Siliguri and were able to play with the children, paint the girls’ nails and take them gifts. It was great to see them and spend a bit of time with them and the family there whilst fighting off the mosquitoes!

The morning that we flew to Calcutta I saw a pair of scissors cutting bondage over the area and breaking chains. I saw a layer of covering over the area being cut open. It was like a protective layer, such as a plastic covering when you buy something new or the skin that forms on milk. Underneath it had been forming, like being in a cocoon, but it was now ready to break out and blossom. It was timely being there as they were in the middle of their Durga Puja festival and every night the streets were full of noise and music until very late, lined with people visiting temporary temples to honour this Hindu god and taking money before transporting these statues into the river on our last night. It was sad to see and we could instead bring light and the few days we spent there were full of lively worship, dancing and singing. People gave their life to Jesus, were released into their gift of tongues and were all prayed for. One night many of them were just desperate for a hug and circled all around me waiting their turn. One older lady clung to me for about five minutes on one side whilst I carried on hugging people on my other side, just so in need of that physical touch. I could relate and so knew what she needed and was able to give that to her. I felt like I received hug therapy from them all too! The following night several hundreds were lined up for prayer. I went along the lines praying for each person until I lost my voice and started whispering! A couple of them fell onto me, so touched with the power of God and we prayed for one who was screaming loudly to be released from a demon. At the end I was surrounded by over 20-30 people grabbing at me from all angles to pray for them although I still could not speak! One lady who had been in pain kissed me whilst crying as she felt so much better after receiving prayer. Another lady was unable to see. I put my hands on her eyes and prayed. She started swaying under the power of God and I caught her as she fell to the floor. I had to turn to the remaining people still tugging at my arms but left believing she must have been healed as she was so touched by God.

It was such a privilege to be a part of bringing a touch of God into these people’s lives, whether that was in the message, giving them a prophetic word, seeing them healed, giving their life to Jesus, praying in tongues, receiving the Holy Spirit and being drunk, laughing or falling over, or simply just giving them a hug of love that they needed. Our trip may have been short but I have no doubt it would have been very significant for many of them. We travelled a lot and it was great for us to often see such beautiful surroundings and to have their wonderful curries two, sometimes three times per day!

Thank you to anyone who prayed for my requests! It definitely felt that we were well protected at all times, even when we had a puncture, I mostly slept OK, I did hear a lot from God and we had wonderful peaceful team relationships and laughed lots! I was reasonably ill but I was able to mostly ignore it and it did not get much worse until after I got home! Praise God!

Reporting back…

Caroline Harvey, who grew up at St John’s and is currently back with us recently travelled to different parts of the world in Christian service. Here is what she reports from her trips.

Cambodia

I have never come across a country more in need of love and support than Cambodia, with the majority of the population extremely young and uneducated, because the older and more educated people were killed by Polpot’s regime. Many cannot read or write and feel their only choice is to turn to prostitution or sell their children into trafficking. XP Missions helps to prevent and rescue victims of trafficking and to care for people afterwards, providing opportunities for work.

I spent a month doing an internship with Patricia King’s team and ministry in America and then nearly a month with their mission’s team in Cambodia. Each day there in the capital, Phnom Penh, was completely different praying for people, telling them about Jesus and showing them God’s love. We visited many slums; washing people’s feet, taking children a hot lunch, teaching Bible study and English groups, leading people to Jesus and praying for healing. One lady, Im, received healing for backache and headache and then received Jesus. I was so amazed to see what some of the young children from one slum, who met each week for a type of Sunday school, were capable of. They were so young yet had visited 3rd heaven, spoke in tongues and clearly heard from God. The team had done an amazing job of discipling and teaching them. In the hospital we prayed for each patient and took them food parcels. Many reported feeling much better. One 80 year old lady had just received surgery. She felt so great after receiving prayer that she wanted to go home and never having heard of Jesus before, welcomed him into her heart.

One day we walked down a busy main street, stopping at businesses and offering to bless them. People were also healed and 2 young girls and a lady working in prostitution gave their lives to Jesus. Her name sounded like ‘Alone’. Such joy filled her eyes and I assured her she would never be alone. I did not want to leave her! One morning, we walked around the local area, handing out food to many girls working in prostitution who were still out and prayed for the people we met. One man had severe pain in his teeth, but after a couple of prayers said the pain had gone by 95%! One night we hired a karaoke booth, usually hired by men, for around an hour and a half, which came with 3 girls, none of whom wanted to be working there. We just loved them! We sang and danced with them, gave them gifts and told them through interpreters how much Jesus loved them. At the end the girl I was with would not let go of my hand and kept hugging me, kissing me and telling me she loved me. She was so touched by God’s love; we did not want to let each other go. Visiting a local silk farm, we prayed for a lady working there, over 80 years old, who relied heavily on her eyesight for work. Her eyes were healed and we could visibly see the difference. We also led a Bible study group for women who had left the sex trade and are now employed by the team over there. They have been taught to sew the most beautiful bags, which are for sale online. We all shared testimonies and it was great to meet them. XP Missions also set up a children’s home, where a few children who were severely abused and neglected are cared for 24 hours per day. It was a privilege to visit there and meet the children.

2 overnight bus rides gave us 1 day in Poipet, on the Thai border, where lots of trafficking occurs. We walked up and down the border praying, joined with local teenagers to feed some street children and prayed for a family with a very unwell baby in the slums. Just after praying at the border, in a casino bar, just before a Thai lady sang, the usual music was suddenly interrupted when ‘No Longer Slaves’, a Christian song, by Jonathan and Melissa Helser came through the speakers. We could not believe it!

Vietnam

We visited Vietnam for a few days, where you are not allowed to talk about God. We prayed over the waters in a boat and around a government building, saw the effects of the Vietnam War and Agent Orange at the museum and the actual Chu Chi tunnels, close to Ho Chi Minh City, which were all pretty shocking. People there are still affected by this today. In the red light district, we prayed walking up and down and had foot massages with some of the girls and guys working there in prostitution, with the premises doubling as a ‘massage parlour’. We smiled God’s love to them and prayed blessings over them. They seemed really touched and it was good to be a light in such a dark area.

America

Previously, I spent a month in Maricopa, Arizona doing an internship at Patricia King’s church, mostly a media church online, and organisation, XP Ministries, with 13 other interns and their lovely team. We were mostly at the church building 8am-4/5pm each day, joining with their staff for team prayer time, sometimes praying in tongues for the whole hour and then often in teaching for the day on topics such as extreme prophetic evangelism, accessing 3rd heaven, practicing different prophetic exercises on each other, etc. We each preached for a few minutes and we spent 3 days serving at their huge Women on the Frontlines conference in Phoenix with Patricia, James Goll, Gloria Copeland and many others speaking.

One afternoon we took to the streets of the local area in Maricopa. Our group felt led to speak to a group of teenagers. One of our team heard from God that many of them were being abused and prophesied over several of them. Being from England, I stood out and one guy said to me “I knew I was going to meet someone from across the world today”. I told him that God had sent me to him to tell him how much he was loved and how God wanted a relationship with him and what this could be like. He was completely fixated on every word. I asked him, “How does that sound?” He said, “It sounds like just what I wanted to hear!” We prayed for Jesus to come into his heart. It turned out he had just got out of prison for a very serious crime but looked so happy and full of joy next time one of our group members spotted him!

I found myself praying for people in a swimming pool and a supermarket. Most people were so eager to receive prayer for themselves or their friends if you stepped out and offered. Many testimonies were shared about the huge impact of just telling someone that God loves them. People working at a checkout burst into tears on hearing this. I learnt to hear more from God and have more of a constant communion with him. Each time I asked someone for advice the answer was often “Ask Holy Spirit”! So I had to learn to do that more!

Personally, I was met with such love by all of the team, in America and Cambodia, the people who welcomed me into their home and the other interns. People were telling me they loved me when they had only known me for a week or two and they genuinely meant it. Their aim as a ministry is to make love their highest aim and they definitely achieved that and touched my heart. How many people can we reach and touch with that as our aim?

Thank you to anyone who prayed for me. I had typhoid and worms but other than that all was fine!

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