A revolution caused by Jesus. That is what I have experienced in my own life, seen in many young people’s lives and desire still to see in lives all over the world. For this is true: when Jesus is preached, He is able to act, save and heal.
These last 6 years I have been able to receive wonderful, transforming and inspiring teaching and to travel around in Europe seeing people touched by the love of God. He is madly in love with us! His hands are stretched out all day, all night to people that right now don’t even care about Him. Our task is to let them know. And as we do this we are changed too.
One of my best years
One of the greatest years I had in Jesus Revolution, was in 2004. I was asked to be the team leader of a concert team going to the north-western part of Europe. Knowing I was inadequate in myself for the huge task, I cried out to God for His help and wisdom. As Jesus Christ said…, I did receive. Ideas, help and wisdom. It was a wonderful team, a wonderful tour and a wonderful bonus; I got to know Paul, who has now been my husband for two years, and I am extremely thankful to God for this precious gift. I learned many things throughout the year, also from mistakes. We all experienced that as we stepped out from our own comfort, we saw God working through us.
I still remember a concert in Holland as if it was last week. We were all very tired and ready for Easter holidays. A girl in the team was injured and I felt as if I had no strength for another concert. As we stepped out in front of the people, I felt God’s Spirit in a powerful way, many responded to the gospel and we were all amazed. Truly, “it is not by might and power, but by The Holy Spirit.”
One thing is sure; God can use anyone who makes themselves available for Him. It is up to us. Not to accomplish, but to be willing.
Lesson 1: The place in Europe where people are the most closed to the Gospel is in the brains of the Christians.
Wherever I have been, in the north, the south, east, and west of Europe, there is openness to the Gospel among the youth. I have yet to come to one place where more people are not interested than those that are. When I am out on the streets, I tend to be very selective as to who I would like to speak to depending on people’s appearance. However, I have discovered that frequently, those that are very interested are those that don’t seem to be on the outside.
Lesson 2: People want the supernatural — pray for the sick.
All over Europe, many of the people I have met recognize the genuineness of my experiences with God, but then go on to affirm that they need their own experiences to be able to believe. I have found out that asking people if they have pain anywhere in their bodies, and then praying for them, is a great way to witness. When Jesus heals them on the spot, they are immediately interested in hearing more. Try it out for yourself! The more you pray for the sick, the more you will see healed…
Lesson 3: People need to dissociate their thoughts of Jesus from their thoughts of the church.
I admit that this is a trickier one. The church has not always been a great example of Jesus’ love; as the DC talk song intro puts it: “the greatest cause of atheism in the world today, is Christians.” You can use this simple example that I was taught: Christianity can be assimilated to an orange. If you bite straight into it, it is very bitter. But if you take away the peel, the inside is very sweet. Often, if people look at Christianity, it looks rotten or bitter. This is because of the peel of man-made religion that has been put around the inside: Jesus. He is the very heart of religion, and will never disappoint. When people get this, their picture of God changes.
Hope this was helpful for you! Do you agree? Do you have any tips for witnessing?
What do you get if you mix a bunch of Jesus loving young people, train them for four days, and send them into the streets of a nation that is wide open to the Gospel? We have just come back from two amazing weeks of Summer Team in Italy, and God has done great things.
After five days of training in the north of Italy, we came down with around 70 young people to the city of Bari, in the south of Italy. After the first day of outreach, we found out that many young people there believed in Jesus, but had never experienced him personally, or understood why Jesus had died on the cross. It was the perfect environment for Jesus to manifest His love in healing the sick. One of the outreach groups prayed for a man in a wheelchair, having a leg shorter than the other. His sister exploded in tears when she saw the leg grow out in front of her very eyes. All of the people looking on gave their lives to Jesus. Other people were healed from bad eyesight, knee problems, and more…
One of my life’s best experiences
My best experience was the last night, for the very last streetmeeting that we had. After preaching the Gospel, I called for anyone with pain to come forth. At first no one came, but then a courageous lady with pain in both knees walked towards me. I prayed for her and Jesus totally healed her. Immediately one other old lady came, with pain in her back. Jesus also totally healed her, ad she left crying for joy. Five other people came, and all left healed. Then two guys came forward, one of them wearing a t-shirt with a big anarchy sign. Their words went straight my heart: “We don’t have pain anywhere in our bodies, but we have pain in our souls. What can we do?”. It was not so hard to explain the Gospel to them…
Photos and Videos
In addition to the testimonies above, so many lives have been changed, both the participants of the Summer Team or the people they met on the streets. It is such a blessing to see God in action! Here are some videos of what we did, and here are some photos from the whole trip.
In one week’s time we will leave to Italy for a mission trip gathering around two hundred young people. We will first spend 4 days together in Bologna, in the North, training in dance, drama, receiving teaching, and preparing the way together in prayer and worship. Then will be split into three groups traveling to three different destinations.
Mission to Bari
We will going with a group will be heading for Bari in the south of Italy, a city of 330 000 people. Down there we will work with the local churches to do street evangelism, creative performances to share Jesus with people. From my previous experiences in Italy, the youth are very open to the Gospel. With Italy being a religious nation, most young people believe in God, and have a fear of death and hell, but have never experienced Jesus personally. Whereas in France most conversations would revolve around the existence of God, in Italy the main aim will be to tell the youth how to meet with Jesus.
Leading a team
I have been asked to lead the group in Bari, which amounts to around 70 people. This will involve teaching, overseeing the outreaches, and dealing with quite some practical issues. Pray that God would help me and give me wisdom for those days!
This year we have the joy of leading what is called “headquarter team”. This team deals with all kinds of practical matters at the base in Oslo. Here are the different people that are part of it:
Has been a part of Jesus Revolution for 6 years. He has been working as a sound and light technician with one of our musicals, and leading a mobile team and a base team in different parts of Europe.
Has been a part of Jesus Revolution for 6 years. He has been working as a sound technician in concert teams, and is the “internet, network and fileserver man” at the base, people are constantly in the office asking for Thorsten, he’s the man!
Espen Frøyshov, Norway
Espen has been a part of Jesus Revolution for 6 years. He has been working with media, touring with a musical, and is now responsible for the partners department at the base, as well as other areas. He has a Master of Science in Engineering cybernetics;
Karoline Humlestøl and Kristine Tolås, Norway
Karoline has been part of Jesus Revolution for 3 years, she has been singing with 2 of our concert teams and is now assisting Kristine for the “food department” at the base, which with so many people living at the base, is no minor job, believe me.
Kristine has been a part of Jesus Revolution for 5 years. She has been touring as a dancer with our concert teams, and assisting the “schools manager” with many different tasks. She is now sick and has to relax until at least easter, so you can pray for her!
Well I will make the long story short, but I have this friend in Oslo that invited me to pizza on the day when the celebrate Abraham. He was going to pray at the mosque and invited me to join him just to visit, and it turned out that I had a really good time there! I was able to speak to the Imam and ask some question, and then a young guy asked me what I thought about being there, so we got to speak some more, which was very cool! Loved it!
For those interested, here is a link to an article about the celebration that have on wikipedia.
Here is a website that you can give to any muslim friend that you have spoken about Jesus to, it is about former Muslims that have had dreams and visions about Jesus and became Christian.
Well it has finally been decided! From January onwards, we will be staying in Norway to work with Jesus Revolution. We will still visit France regularly and travel there with the concert teams, but we were only going to be two people going back to the French base, so we decided that it would be wiser to work from here. Feels a bit strange, to move from a place you have been living 5 years, and we will miss the people, the weather and the food :-). But we will make it up with norwegian brown cheese (hmmm) and weather (skiing) and fish for breakfast :-)… Just kidding, Norway is a great place to live, and we know quite some people here, so it will be a pleasure to move! Here is some Norwegian humour that I like :-).
Yep…we don’t only work in Jesus Revolution, we also know how to have a lot of fun…here are some photos of the “bad taste party that we had at the base in Oslo last Saturday, and a video of the breakdance contest, that Guro and I won!!! Woohoo!