Here comes another update from us in the North! (Eimund)
Since last newsletter we have seen God bring some literally amazing breakthroughs.
The first weekend of Easter break we got an invitation to preach at a morning meeting in a youth camp an hour away. I shared my testimony of how God used me as a teenager to see healings and salvations in my middle school. And after I was done with my message I got the crowd of 50-60 youth to stand up with me and pray, while that happened I sensed God tell me to pray for the sick.
I ended up asking if there was anyone with any pain in their body, and eventually a girl came up that had little pain in her back. Then I got some youth to come forward to pray a short prayer of healing over her, and immediately after the prayer she got totally healed! Because of this healing another youth that was little farsighted came forward, we prayed a short prayer for him and he could immediately see better!
Then a girl with knee pain came forward, and a guy that was hard of hearing, and another man who couldn’t hear so well and had ringing in his both ears. So we got the whole crowd of youth to stretch out their hands and pray “in the name of Jesus be healed”. One by one they testified that they were totally healed in front of the entire crowd! This went on and we saw at least another youth that claimed he had ringing in his ears that was totally healed. We experienced that nearly everyone we prayed for in that meeting got healed!
These youth would never have experienced God in such a powerful way if I had only preached, what people need is an encounter with God!
Nesna 16 April: (Eimund)
April 16th Maria Kogstad (from our team) and I went to Nesna to reach out to the youth at the local Christian High School there. Every morning the school has a short chapel meeting with the youth where a brief message is shared. This time I got the chance to share my testimony and the simple gospel for the whole school.That was such a precious moment since this school has a big majority of non-believers! We as well are getting better connections with the students because we have visited so much, and in the evening we gathered a good group of youth for a meeting in a local church.
So the youth in Nesna is definitely hungry for Jesus, and we have the privilege to share him with them!
A few of us joined Eimund and Maria in Nesna for the meeting in the evening, and we got to meet some of the students that came. We just hung out with them, shared some of our real life with Jesus, had some really meaningful conversations and got to encourage many of them. Also, we just had fun playing music and being with them. It is really beautiful to have a place where youth know that they are welcome to come as they are, ask any kind of questions and that we can just share Jesus and our honest life with them and let them know that they are so valued.
Everyday testimony (Eimund)
Two weeks ago I went on a run in one of the nearby trails, and I ran by a couple with many dogs. I felt God told me that one of them had pain in their knees. So I asked them, and the man responded and said that was him, and he had been in serious pain the last days. Then I asked if I could touch his hand, and immediately he felt a difference! He got a little bit freaked out, but was not yet a hundred prosent healed so I got to touch his hand again and he got nearly hundred prosent healed. Then they thanked me and asked me if I was a healer, but then i got share that this is Jesus and that he longs for a relationship with them!
We have another team from the Fire and Fragrance DTS (YWAM) in Kona, Hawaii here right now, but we´ll fill you guys in on that in the next letter, that will be longer and with more pictures!
Eimund & Cassie
When you are a missionary there are challenges that you would not have if you chose a more "A4" kind of life. However, with God the blessings are always much bigger than the challenges. To see lives changed by the power of the Gospel and people growing in their faith is a reward in itself. To experience God's guidance and provision builds more faith than 100 hours of teaching could ever do.
The last month here in Poland has been a good and busy month where we have experienced God's guidance and goodness.
An interesting experience
This last month I had quite an interesting experience. As me and Kasia were leaving the church after a Sunday meeting, a couple stopped us. We started to talk and they said they recognized me from a video with Torben.
They told me they had not been saved for so long and that they did not belong to any particular church. After getting saved, they got in contact with another Norwegian who is working with house churches in Poland. So now they had started to weekly gather friends in their apartment.
This was very interesting, so I asked where they lived - and guess what! They live only with a 10-minute-walk from where we live!
Here is a little update on what God is doing in Poland. This year began with some rather big changes when it comes to the team stationed here. Michael returned to Denmark and Anna is now back in the US to gather more support. But Kasia and me are still here, though, and God is doing great things in Poland.
New disciple training program
One of the exciting projects we have been working on the latest months is a new disciple training program. Our dream is to make it become a daily Bible school, but in the starting phase it will take place two weekends every month for a six-month period.
We wrote the last newsletter when we were in Bergen at the Nations Callings missions conference, right before we left for Belgium. It was a bit of a whirlwind, but so very worth it! We felt like just being with old friends, other Nations Calling missionaries, telling stories, and getting prayer with people from Jesus Fellowship was so refreshing for us.
After we got back from traveling, we had a couple fun weekends with visits of Per-Øystein, then Fredrik Skoglund. Since then we have been doing normal life in Mo, which consists of evangelistic admin for Eimund, and teaching and studying for Cassie. We are in Mo for Easter break, and feel that it is so good to just have time to relax and be at home! Here are some stories from the previous month, hope you enjoy them!
If there is one song that became the theme song for the Nations Calling conference this year, it was Lindy Conant’s song “Every soul”. Traveling back to Poland, after some amazing days in Bergen, I could hear the chorus being repeated in my head:
Jesus you, you're worth it all
It was almost like God had pushed the repeat button to make sure that I got the message.
Europe is on the verge of a new revival and even though there are many dark numbers when it comes to Christianity in Europe I believe God is looking at the potential and not the problems. Let’s start talking to the mountain about how great our God is, rather than speaking to God about how big the mountain in.
From the first meeting on Friday evening I felt there was an expectancy in the air and a “here am I, send me!” attitude in the hearts of many of the people. Dag Rane preached about our calling and I believe this released a hunger in those who were there - a longing to step into the call God had for them. This was confirmed as several people came forward after the prayer to share about the countries God had put on their hearts.
Fire and Fragrance
We were also blessed to have YWAM’s Fire and Fragrance team leading the worship. After all, what is more fitting than having a YWAM team leading the worship at a mission conference?
As many probably already know, YWAM has been a pioneer when it comes to sending out both missionaries and short-term mission teams and the latest years it seems that more and more ministries are starting to focus more on Europe. I do believe God is starting to stir up a new passion for reaching this continent with the Gospel and I feel blessed to be able to take part in what God is doing.
As Nations Calling we want to train, equip and send out those who are willing to go and our prayer is that God will start to speak to you.
If not now - then when?
The Lord of the Harvest is asking “Whom shall I send, and who will go”. Now let us pray that many new workers will say “Yes!” to God’s call.
Hey everyone, here is a new update from the start of 2018!
From the 14-23 of January we had an amazing team from the Fire and Fragrance DTS in Kona Hawaii visiting us. During that week I went with them to a small town by the coast. The team got permission to share Jesus in normal classes with many different students at a Christian high school, where they invited the youth to come for an open meeting at a local church. We did not know what to expect for the meeting, but over 20 students came. The meeting was only some worship, testimonies, the gospel and a alter call. At least 2 people gave their lives to Jesus and some got some strong encounters with the love of God. «I didn’t believe what I saw when the team in such a simple and challenging way shared the gospel and saw such a fruit!» This is proff that the simple gospel is enough!
In the next weeks we will be discipling these youth together with the local church
Germany and Switzerland:
Steinar Lofnes and I attended the School of Awakening in Lorrach, Germany from the 24-26 of January. This was a school with focus on teaching, equipping and meant to inspire Evangelists to hold big campaigns/stadium events in the Western world. The entire event was arranged by Ben Fitzgerald and his team in Germany. They have earlier as many know arranged big evangelistic stadium events in Germany, Sweden and Czech Republic the last three years.
This school had a lot of good practical teaching, but the best thing about the whole conference was to be in God´s presence and to connect with evangelists from all around the world.
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.
Read how God interrupted a street meeting and opened the door for a team
to preach the Gospel to the homeless in a Catholic church
To stand on a bench in town to preach the Gospel is not a typical "European" thing to do, but God has never let Himself get limited by what people think is "normal". When the team from the Veien Bible school was in Poland, we experienced that this perhaps a little non-traditional way to preach the Gospel opened the door we hadn't even thought about.
It started with Steinar standing on a stone in the pedestrian area and starting to preach the Gospel. While he was standing there, a man approached him, started to comment and then walked away.
After a little while Steinar stood on the stone again and started to preach the Gospel one more time. The same man approached him and interrupted him, asking if he could preach to the homeless.
Before the team trip we had been talking about a possibility to talk to the homeless, alcoholics and drug addicts, but we didn't have any contacts there so nothing had been done about that. However, when that happened, we understood that God had intervened.
#TeamMo from left: Therese, Marie, Sebastian, Anders, Andreas, Tonje (kids:Luca and Aleah), Rakel, us and Maria ( not pictured)
Exciting from the start
In August the entire team, us included, arrived in Mo i Rana, and on August 27th the church officially welcomed Andreas and Tonje Fjellvang as pastors of Familiakirka. ( middle)
The team consists of 8 people that simply love Jesus and want to see Mo impacted by the love of God, both in the church and in the community in many different ways. We all have committed to serve under Andreas and Tonje in Familiekirka for two years.
People are open
Each of us on the team has gotten a normal job and are committed to sowing into and blessing the city. We work at clothing stores, kindergardens, restaurants, a cafe, and a school. Many of us have already seen healings happen at our workplace when we have prayed for our co-workers. We have also experienced that since this is an unreached area in many ways that people haven't been exposed to religion. This makes most people very open for Jesus, and most of them are really positive for prayer and the supernatural....
I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.
Many have the idea that Europe is a closed and cold continent when it comes to God and the Bible, but this is not true. Thousands of people all over Europe are already seeking God and many of them are sitting at home searching the Internet and reading their Bibles . They just don’t know any Christians that can help them find their way and all to often there are no Christian fellowship in the town they are living.
A seeking soul
Some weeks ago we got contacted by a lady who wanted to get baptized. I got kind of puzzled and ask to meet her first so I could hear her story. It turned out that she, as most Polish people, had grown up as a Catholic. But as she was reading her Bible she did not recognize what she saw in the Bible with what she saw in the church.