You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have really lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love. Henry Drummond
As Christmas and New Year approach, I look back and realize that although the years may not always be as I have planned or expected them, God’s hand is always there, steadily guiding us. Here is a little glimpse of our lives in 2008.
Teaching. I enjoyed teaching both for YWAM in France, and our Mission Training School in Oslo.
Work. Guro has been working part time for a Norwegian company, and will start working 100% for Jesus Revolution again, in a couple of months. I have had an great time working with the Jesus People project.
Church. We became members of Jesus Church in Oslo, and have a great “house church” fellowship.
We are looking forward to see more of God in action in 2009!
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.
200 crazy people and my wife is teaching them… We arrived in Bologna on Monday, and since then it has been a blast. With around 100 Americans and 100 Europeans, we have had time in teaching, worshiping God and learning dance and drama as you see on the video! Why crazy people? Because they are dancing with temperatures of up to 44°C! Tonight we will have the first outreach in Bologna, and tomorrow we will travel down to Bari. I will keep you updated in the coming days.
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!