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Report by Brad Long
Early in April we held Unit #6 of the Dunamis Project, Listening Evangelism, in Flushing, New York. That completes our series there which has been conducted in both Chinese and English.
Unit #6 pulls together all the teaching from the entire Dunamis course. The exclusive focus is on joining the Holy Spirit in dynamic cooperation to fulfill the Great Commission. Admittedly, many of us are put off by the subject of evangelism. First, we can be intimidated by actual faith sharing encounters where we intuit a lack of gifting in ourselves—“Billy Graham can do it, but not me!” Secondly, learning a certain method of evangelism can feel canned, even insincere. In the end, as much as we know we should share the Gospel with others, mostly we prefer to avoid the discussion and the practice. Read the rest of this entry »
Coming up in May, we are once again offering Growing the Church in the Power of the Holy Spirit. We at PRMI think this is a valuable event for pastors and other church leaders. But, we think it is even more meaningful to hear from a pastor who has read the book and attended the event. The following is a letter written by Rev. Phil Noordmans, pastor of Chinese Community Church in San Diego, CA. (www.ChineseChurch-SanDiego.com) recommending the event to others.
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During the Healing Conference in January, a college student received prayer. At the recent Dunamis Project in Grand Rapids she shared her testimony of a doctor-confirmed healing . Hear Jeanne Kraak’s report in the video below:
Sara (the young woman) also recounts the story in her own words. Read the rest of this entry »
Report by Brad Long
We are so excited to announce the launch of a new Dunamis Project Track in Montrose, Pennsylvania. About fifty people attended the opening equipping event, Gateways to Empowered Ministry, March 5-9. We met at the Montrose Bible Conference which was founded by R.A. Torrey during the great days of the revival sweeping the whole English-speaking world at the turn of the 1900s.
Previously, in August, 2013, we offered an event called Renewing the Legacy of R.A. Torrey at this site. There was a move of the Holy Spirit that seemed like touching the deep and mostly underground rivers of the Holy Spirit that had flowed when R.A. Torrey had filled up the Bible Conference with powerful preaching and teaching. These rivers of life into which we stepped had been kept alive by the many people who had been faithful to the founding vision at Montrose and the intercessors who had been praying for a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Read the rest of this entry »
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Our monthly givers keep us in existence! They maintain a basic level of support that keeps us going in those months when we don’t have events. Read the rest of this entry »
DFB&I Fellowship Meeting March 2014 – by Pauline Eyles
A Change of Date
Hi again. Time flies, and it doesn’t seem all that long ago I reported on the 2013 fellowship. But actually, it has come around quicker than usual as we experimented with changing the annual date from July to March (the summer calendar being so busy). Attendance was up, with over 25 UK delegates, 3 PRMI leaders (we were thrilled to welcome back Brad, Cindy and Maryellen) and 3 other visitors from the USA. Initial feedback on the change of date seems positive. Read the rest of this entry »
Recently we were very blessed to have our brother Bishop Abraham Nhial from South Sudan visiting with us. Bishop Nhial is one of the Lost Boys of South Sudan and author of “Lost Boy No More.” Please watch as Brad Long and Bishop Nhial discuss how to pray for South Sudan.
For more information about Bishop Nhial and his ministry please visit: www.lostboysnomore.org
Joe Schlosser, PRMI’s Director of Cyberspace Ministry, and his business partner Ben Cheek attended the Velocity 2014 (www.churchplanters.com) church planting conference in Atlanta last week. They presented “The Four Rules” of visionary leadership. These rules help leaders recover Jesus’ Way of managing organizational vision so both people and trust can grow, complexity can be overcome, and vision can give life and advance the Kingdom. During their presentation, PRMI and the Dunamis Institute were featured as an example of an “Intercessory” visionary climate that creates sensitivity to the Spirit while also being sensitive to people.
The response to the presentation was phenomenal. Although church planters with non-charismatic backgrounds were in the majority, the hunger to learn how to grow the church through cooperation with the Spirit was very high and many expressed interest in learning more about the Dunamis Project. Joe gave away some copies of Growing the Church in the Power of the Holy Spirit and many church planters requested prayer and ministry on the spot. Please pray for these courageous people and the new churches they will be founding to reach the unchurched.
Joe and Ben have produced a book on the topic of their presentation called Vision Can Do Anything. It can be downloaded for free from their website for a limited time. They will also be teaching a mini-course on vision beginning March 11th in partnership with the Dunamis Institute which will highlight “The Four Rules” of visionary leadership. During this interactive, 3-week course meeting one night a week via the internet, participants will be able to actively develop new vision for their churches or organizations through completing worksheets, sharing with others, and participating in the process.
Below is an infographic based on just part of their presentation, from what they call Rule One: People over systems. It takes a very practical resource-based approach to explain how Jesus was able to create a movement that grew by 300% a year for 250 years while modern missions struggles to keep pace with population growth and reach 3% a year. While this is just one perspective in an issue with a lot more spiritual, social, and systemic factors, we think it’s still pretty enlightening.
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Learn more by attending the online course, VisionCasting: 3 Key Strategies that Work in Cooperation with the Holy Spirit.
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“I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you know perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Is.43:19
These were the words the Lord gave us at the recent Listening Evangelism Dunamis in Takasago, Japan. He spoke this into a time of prayer on the second day and it was clear throughout our time that indeed, He was birthing a “new thing” in our midst.
About 1% of the population of Japan is Christian. This percentage hasn’t really changed since Christianity first came to Japan. Part of the work of this Dunamis Project was exploring the obstacles to the gospel going forward in Japan and praying that these be removed. And there are many! From culture to history to fear of rejection by families and friends. It is a dark context in which to live and share the gospel. And yet those who came to the Dunamis were eager to be equipped to do just that.
On the final day we invited people to come forward to receive prayer for empowerment and then those who wanted to receive an anointing for evangelism were invited forward. Almost everyone in the sanctuary came up for prayer. They know they cannot share the gospel on their own, and only under the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit can this work be done. We believe that part of the “new thing” birthed is these men and women equipped by the Spirit to join in the work of sharing the gospel and seeing the Kingdom of God advanced in Japan.
As always, we were greeted with incredible hospitality and love. Over the past 6 years we have been so blessed to get to know the members of the Renewal Board and Takasago Church (who have been our hosts). There were about 70 people who came to the event. About one quarter are pastors and the rest lay leaders and church members from all over Japan. From the beginning of this track, six years ago, they have been welcoming of our teaching and approach and eager to grow. We have heard consistently how much they appreciate the teamwork, discernment process and the opportunities to practice what they are learning.
The team included the Revs. John Chang, Peyton Johnson, Steve Thayer and myself. We were joined by three American intercessors: Alicia and Michael Talent and Annie Johnson (Peyton’s daughter). We were upheld by intercessors on-site (the second time we have had an on-site Japanese prayer team!) as well as hundreds back in the US from the churches of John, Peyton and Steve as well as PRMI intercessors. The event went smoothly and we didn’t have any warfare break in to cause disruption. Praise the Lord!
Steve Thayer, who led the trained and led the intercession team said,
“ Although I’ve not yet written a reflection on the trip, a couple of aspects impressed me from a prayer perspective. The first was how little of our intercession needed to be focused on spiritual warfare. There was relatively little spiritual opposition during the event (other than the confusion of Monday evening). In contrast to some other years, it felt that we were praying grace down from an open heaven rather than pushing away the powers of darkness. A couple of intercessors or participants had reported a vision of an angel over the sanctuary doing battle on our behalf – whether by an angel or outside intercession we were well covered. “
One of the goals for this week was to discern next steps in Japan. The Renewal Board reviewed our advanced courses and have asked us to return in February, 2015 to teach Growing the Church in the Power of the Holy Spirit. We all agreed this would be a good next step, focusing on pastors who want to cooperate with the Holy Spirit and see their churches alive and growing. We will be developing materials to send and praying about the teaching team over the next few months.
Please continue to pray for the work in Japan. Pray for boldness as these equipped men and women listen to the Holy Spirit and risk stepping into moments to share the gospel. Pray that the strongholds blocking the advance of the gospel be removed. And pray for protection against backlash for the participants (and leaders) of this Dunamis Project.