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.
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!
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.
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!