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Growing the Church in the Power of the Holy Spirit: Pilot Course at Calvin Theological Seminary

by Mary Sterenberg

During the months of March and April 2016, The Growing the Church in the Power of the Holy Spirit teaching was piloted as a 6 week course rather than a 5 day conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

In an effort to impact Calvin Theological Seminary students and to try to make it as accessible to them as possible, the course was held in the auditorium of the Seminary on Friday afternoons when there were no other assigned classes. It was advertised broadly to the region.

Holding the course over a six week period worked well for this demographic. Some who could not make the schedule of a typical four or five day conference were able to set aside six Friday afternoons. It also gave participants the chance to read the chapters of the book prior to the lectures, and to practice what they had learned in between classes.
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Dance Lessons

by Rod Pinder

by Rod Pinder

We twirled. We dipped. We leapt. We spun. We danced. In early May about 35 people from both US coasts and numerous points in between converged on the Community of the Cross in Black Mountain, North Carolina to learn how to dance in cooperation with the Holy Spirit.

This year’s Growing the Church in the Power of the Holy Spirit conference was exhilarating. We not only learned about that dance but actually experienced it in so many ways. The Spirit led, we followed. Read More →

Dunamis in Eastern Europe: Invitations and Open Doors

by Frank Drake

by Frank Drake

Around the first of the year 2016, a former staff member at First Presbyterian Church of Norfolk, VA, who is currently serving as a missionary pastor in Prague, The Czech Republic, came back to Norfolk and issued us an invitation to send a Dunamis-related ministry team to Prague to make presentations on the Person and Work of the Holy Spirit at their church’s semi-annual retreat. Read More →

A Testimony from Tikkun International Annual Conferences

Carrying the Torah

Carrying the Torah

by Doug McMurry

by Doug McMurry

Brad Long, Jeanne Kraak, and my wife and I (Doug & Carla McMurry) attended the Tikkun Leaders’ Conference in Baltimore, June 1-3, and we McMurrys stayed on for the annual family conference through Sunday. Our purpose was to continue to build a “ligament” (a spiritual connection) with Messianic Jews, as guided by the Holy Spirit during the last four years. Read More →

The Challenges of a Secret Agent for Jesus

Mary Ellen Conners

Mary Ellen Conners

When I was a child I loved to read stories about missionaries, full of adventure and miracles. As an adult, I joined the missions committee in a large church–I was again secretly thrilled by stories of “secret agents for Jesus” who went into closed countries where they risked imprisonment for sharing their faith.

This spring I had the opportunity to join a representative of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) World Outreach to pray with and for workers in a Southeast Asian country. They are some of those “secret agents” for Jesus. I admire them greatly, but it was not because of their thrilling lives. Rather, I admire their perseverance and love for the people they live among.

These workers don’t live among a primitive people in the jungle, but in a big city crowded with people. They face stresses that may be similar to yours.

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Spring Harvest, UK: Game Changers

Vol. 36 SH Paul and CindySpring Harvest is a Christian family conference that has been meeting in the UK for more than 30 years. At its peak, over 56,000 people gathered over 12 weeks in 4 venues. Today it is still the largest gathering of evangelical Christians in the UK. In 2016 it was hosted in two resort venues over 4 weeks. The theme was “Game Changers”. The conference brochure said “our theme this year reminds us that as we encounter God the natural response is to sign up for his mission: as he has changed the game for us, we become game changers for him.”
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Seeing the Power of Jesus to Heal Today: Two Testimonies of Love and Healing

Jeanne Kraak

Jeanne Kraak

On Easter we celebrated Jesus’ resurrection. Because of his life, death, resurrection, and glorification we can truly find hope in the face of great loss that we might experience here on earth. In early March I heard a testimony about this from two individuals at the Iowa Dunamis #4, The Healing Ministry of Jesus Christ.

David and Sally VanderLeest have been Dunamis Project participants in both South Dakota and Iowa. The following is David’s testimony to the tangible presence of Jesus Christ following Sally’s unexpected death.
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Preparing for Pentecost

Special Greeting Dove DescendingMost of the time, we are caught up in the challenges of daily life. This is also true for the church. We are consumed with the opportunities and challenges of just dealing with the pastoral needs of the members or with the needs of those around us.

So when Pentecost comes around each year we tend to look up from our concerns and say, “Wow, times flies! It was just Easter, now it’s Pentecost! How did that come so fast?”

I invite you to step back, pause for a few minutes, and think afresh about Pentecost and what it means for us today.

In Acts 1:8 Jesus says to his disciples, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” In Acts 2 we see this happen: The Holy Spirit falls upon the disciples, they are filled with the Spirit, and Peter stands up and preaches about Jesus the Messiah.

The result? Thousands come to faith and then “they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and the prayers. Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles.” (Acts 2:42-43)

The result of Pentecost?

People came to vibrant faith in Jesus, healings and other miracles were part of the daily experience of believers, people were set free from evil spirits, Satan’s kingdom was pushed back, and believers engaged in rich fellowship and earnest prayer; all this was the result of the Holy spirit coming upon men and women and empowering them to be witnesses to Jesus.

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At PRMI we have been blessed to see people filled with the Holy Spirit and empowered to be witnesses for Jesus taking their places in fulfilling the great commission.

This happens every time we offer Dunamis, Ignite, Upward Challenge, or With The Wind. Worldviews get stretched by the teaching, the fellowship and prayer cover make it safe to be open to experience the Holy Spirit, and people’s lives are transformed.

Here are words from a recent participant in Dunamis in Nicaragua. Vincente writes to teacher Chris Walker:

The most common questions I asked myself were: “Why some speak in tongues and not others? Why some are healed when they pray for them and not others?” When I was in the seminar of Dunamis, the most shocking idea to me was that the Holy Spirit acts on the person (empowerment) and within the individual (growth in Christian character) and both are important.

The work of the Holy Spirit upon a person is episodic and is to minister to others.

This was what I liked, because I think [it’s] a well-balanced explanation: that God wants us to grow internally, but also uses us with power at specific times to minister to others. Now, Chris, I’m trying to apply what we learned. Learning to collaborate with the Holy Spirit.”

Chris said that watching this man during the Dunamis was amazing; he was transformed by the teaching. “He’s like someone experiencing snow for the first time–the novelty and power of this explanation has impacted him.”

We share these stories in our publications and hope that as you read them, you are inspired by them. We are.

We pray that this Pentecost you experience anew the Holy Spirit coming upon you, empowering you to be a witness and equipping you to do the works that Jesus did (John 14:12).

Below is a link to four brief videos which may help you as you prepare to ask the Holy Spirit to fill you afresh.

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    Click here to view the Preparing for Pentecost Video Series

May you know the Holy Spirit’s work within and upon you and find your place in fulfilling the Great Commission and advancing the Kingdom of God.

A Milestone for Gateways Dunamis In Spanish

I stood there in joy, trembling with excitement, while tears formed in my eyes.

Gathered around a cardboard box with a blue lid that once held reams of paper, a local church was dedicating 30 copies of the Gateways Dunamis manual in Spanish.

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That group of people, plus intercessors from our own networks, had prayed long and hard for this moment–and now it was real.

The last few months of translating the approximately 88,000 words of the manual–plus the full set of Gateways slides–was being set apart for the Gateways Dunamis in Matagalpa, Nicaragua.

The local Nicaraguan leadership team, who have been praying for this event for the last few months, have also helped to pray this reality in.

A milestone towards the Spanish Mobile Dunamis has arrived.
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Intercessory Prayer Mobilization for Advancing the Kingdom of God

In this second decade of the 21st century, there are great worldwide movements of the Holy Spirit taking place that are growing the Church and advancing the Gospel. PRMI’s role has been, and will continue to be, providing the contexts for fulfilling Acts 1:4-8, which includes our programs and ministries – from the equipping through the Dunamis Project events to Growing the Church to Ignite.

In this moment, God is calling PRMI to sustain our equipping programs for enabling Christians to be empowered witnesses to Jesus Christ. This is needed more than ever before! The Holy Spirit has also called PRMI to take part in building an army of intercessors and spiritual warriors. As part of building this army of intercessors, we want to provide a means for you to grow in your calling of prayer. We offer the following opportunities through equipping and engagement to focus on particular prayer needs. Please pray and see how God is calling you! Read More →