The day after Jane went to be with Jesus, the Lord made it clear to me from Ephesians 1:11 that her home-going was part of his perfect plan for her and for me. God did not take away the tears that came daily but he did meet me daily with His comfort. During the months that followed, God took me into a season of worship, like I had never experienced before. Two years later, it has increased more and more.
A couple of months ago, our FFC team was in Nepal. A country that is made up of 80% Hindu, many Buddhists and a few Christians. We arrived on Friday and on Saturday morning (their Sunday), we went to church. When we entered, there were just two rows of plastic chairs in the very back of the church. The church was fully carpeted and was divided down the center by a 4 foot wide carpet of a different color. The women sat on the right and the men sat on the left.
People were kneeling and some were prostrate before the Lord in prayer. After a while the worship started. It was amazing. Pure, clean, holy worship before the Lord. I had moved forward in the church and when I turned around to go back to my chair, the four firefighters from our FFC team were on their knees worshiping the Lord. What a magnificent way to start our week.
HALLELUJAH, HALLELUJAH, HALLELUJAH, HALLELUJAH, Rev. 19
A law was put into effect in 2017 by the radical Hindus, that if a Hindu changed his religion he would go to prison for five years. And I believe that the same was true for the one that did the proselytizing.
The venue for our training was at the National Armed Police Force Acad- emy. The plan was for me to present the gospel on the last of our five days of training at the Academy. Only by the grace of God did two pastors from Nepal show up 10 minutes before I spoke to give me some guidelines. We were going to show Cheyane's short video of his escape from death. Prior to his rescue, he said he had a great peace about dying and said Lord I am ready to go be with you. I was told that I could tell his story. I told the audi- ence of 15 to 20 high-ranking policeman and about 100 civilians why
Cheyane had peace about dying. I told them that when he was playing football for UCLA, he went to a Bible study and invited Jesus into his heart. Then I told the audience the kind of prayer that he would have prayed. " Lord Jesus I know that I am a sinner and I need you as my savior. I believe that you died on the cross for my sins. You paid the price for me that I could not pay. I ask you to come into my heart right now to be my Savior and my Lord."
About that time three of the officers ran out of the room. One went to call the commanding officer. The other two met the pastor who had helped me with the content of what I was to say. He persuaded them that I wasn't do- ing the wrong thing. Meanwhile I continued with Cheyane's prayer. "I give my life to you Lord. Help me to be the kind of man that you want me to be, that I might be a witness to others for you. In Jesus name I pray, amen".
At that moment our Nepal contact ran into the room to stop me from saying anymore. Actually I was finished. The timing was perfect. I apologized to the audience. I told them I understood it was against the law for me to speak more. I said "God bless you " and sat down. Only God knows the fruit that will remain from that day.
Following our mission to Nepal, I returned to Haiti once again. We arrived on a Tuesday and on Wednesday I had the privilege to speak at a very large church in Carrefour.
The focus of the meeting was prayer and worship. When we arrived at 8 AM, the church was totally packed out on the ground floor. The people must have started coming shortly after 6 o'clock. The worship was beyond what I can describe. At one time, there was a crescendo that lasted 10 or 15 minutes. Every hand in the audience was raised and was waving in praise to the Lord. I have never experienced anything like it in my life. At times the entire congregation were on their knees, some laying prostate on the floor, praying. At about 10 o'clock, I took us on a fast trip through the book of Philippians. Then the worship started again and continued until af- ter 12 o'clock. The only way I can really explain it, is I don't think I'll see anything like it until I am in the presence of the Lord. The finale was mag- nificent. As everyone was totally worshiping the Lord, they started to exit
from the front rows and then move to the back, all the time singing at the top of their voices. HALLELUJAH JESUS !!!!!
Four years ago in Haiti, God gave me the opportunity to present to a voodoo priest the plan of salvation. We spent about an hour and a half to- gether and at the end of our conversation he said, "one thing I know about you, you are a Man of God.” When he said that, I pictured Jesus walking down a dirt road alongside of a cemetery. A demonic man came running down out of the tombstones naked and fell at the feet of Jesus. "What are you going to do with me Jesus, Son of God?" All of the demons knew who Jesus was and were terrified of Him. When the voodoo priest said he knew I was a Man of God, I knew I had the same protection that Jesus had. The voodoo priest would not dare do anything against me. At that time, I had no idea the power that a voodoo priest had. At the end of our conversation, his staff prayed to receive Jesus, but not him.
I met with him again last week. In the first part of our conversation he men- tioned three or four times about me being a Man of God. God again, con- firmed in my spirit that we were safe in his presence. Since our first meet- ing four years ago, I have learned much about the satanic power of voodoo.
Ephesians tells us that our God is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. That is the same power that the Father used to raise Jesus from the grave. This is all the time, in every area of our lives. Let's call upon our Lord, to fill us with his mighty power every moment of our lives.
Colossians encourages us to live our life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, and growing in the knowl- edge of our God. And give joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of His holy people in the kingdom of light. Let's finish well, walking in the power of Jesus. God bless you much. Love you much.
Your brother in Jesus, John