Hey everyone, here comes another update from Mo i Rana!
God is continually doing good things up here and, we are weekly hearing testimonies from people in our team that experience how Jesus is using them in their everyday life. Here are some stories from us, and a small update on what we are looking forward to after Christmas.
December 7th our church had a stand downtown for a few hours beside a nativity scene in town. We gave out hot cider, gingerbread cookies and had some good talks with people out in the cold windy winter weather. For example one of the good talks we had was with a young girl from a high school in town that was so open for Jesus. After a good talk with her I (Eimund) asked if she wanted to experience God. She said yes, so I ended up holding my hands over here hands with a distant in between and prayed a short prayer and then asked if she felt something. Immediately she said that she felt heat on here hands and got really surprised and touched.
One time I was sitting in my lunch room, feeling really tired and I got a word of knowledge that the guy sitting in the other side of the table had knee pain. And I immediately thought, "No God, I´m to tired"but then I decided just before I left the room to ask if he had pain in his knee. And he surprisingly said “Yes”, then I asked for permission to lay a hand on his knee without letting him know that I was a Christian….then immediately after I took up my hand he said that he felt no pain. I then told him it was because of Jesus. Some weeks later I heard from a girl in our team that the word of this guy’s healing had been spread around in the entire shopping mall and that they know that if they need a healing they can come to me.
Another healing testimony from a few weeks ago happened when I was on my way to work and I saw two guys sitting on a beach outside a shopping mall. I got a word of knowledge that one of them had pain in his shoulder or elbow. I asked them and one of them said he had pain in his elbow, then I got to hold his hand for a second without letting him know that I was praying for him, then I asked him if he felt any pain when he moved his elbow. He responded with surprise that all the pain was gone, and after that I got to share Jesus with him!
There is a lot of exciting events that we are planning for the next year, here are a few:
From the 15-21 of January are we going to host a team from the Fire and Fragrance DTS from Kona, Hawaii! The first 3 days we are going to travel around in Helgeland (our region) to different small towns and have meetings in local churches and share Jesus with the people there. From the 19-21 of January will we have a worship and prayer weekend in our church in Mo with the same YWAM team, we are so excited for this week and expect God to move in mighty ways!
The 2nd-4th of February Rakel Fjellvang and I (Eimund) are arranging a youth weekend with a focus on giving youth in the area life changing experiences with God. This will include good teaching about how to live a supernatural-natural lifestyle with Jesus in your everyday life, and of course skiing and fun in the snow. Our heart and hope for the weekend is to gather as many youth in Nordland as possible and create a platform for them to encounter God!
At this camp are we so lucky that we are going to have a team from Veien Bible School to serve and sow into the youth with us.
(below: picture of our Thanksgiving dinner)
Since our last update I have had exams, worked at a middle school and worked a tiny bit at a cafe in town, and cut down the biggest Christmas tree I´ve ever had. I have also been a part of organizing a before Christmas service that we had in Familiekirka ( Family church). Because of the mountains, we haven´t seen direct sunlight here for many weeks, so we decorated for Christmas early, just to make it cosy.
I still love working at the middle school, and am trying to improve my Norwegian-English so I can have something useful to teach them. The students ( unlike my family) still think I have an American accent and help my self- confidence by randomly saying « Oh my God, she is so good in English!» ( to put this in context, most of them have never met another American. ) I am also entertained by some of their out of the ordinary comments like: « Are penguins real?» And if I lacked any knowledge of curse words before, I think I have been exposed to more than what I ever needed to know. That´s a bit about middle school life.
I have decided that to have more time and energy for work with the church, that I needed to quit my job at the cafe. Next semester is looking less busy and more focused on what we came up here to do!
Also, since we rent a huge house, we got to have the tallest Christmas tree ever :D