At one of the Saturday morning sessions, Frank taught on the importance of unity, exhorting the pastors to break down the walls of suspicion and fear that divided them. He encouraged them to recognize their need for each other, and the importance of mutual support. He showed them from the Word that this is not only acceptable, but it is key to releasing all that God intends for them and their city. They quickly and humbly responded to a call to repent of divisions and be unified.
The Saturday event also included teaching on the family, and provided special times for the almost 80 children present! It surprised the church leaders to see our team taking turns ministering to both the adults and to the children.
“We Want To Take Our Place!”
It is often considered “un-macho” for Latin American men to be actively involved in church. Most churches are made up of women and children. It was important to encourage and enfranchise the men in their leadership role and responsibility in the Church, and one evening of the conference was devoted to just that.
The response of the men was inspiring. As a matter of fact, we have rarely witnessed a group of men more responsive to the Word and the Spirit.
The teaching time by the brothers on the team was followed by a strong time of prayer and repentance. Men chose to be set free from all that had kept them from God’s highest purpose for them. The team prayed for and ministered to the men, and the men also prayed for each other. Frank concluded the time by leading the men in a strong proclamation of their freedom in Christ. They rose up and declared, “We want to take our place in the Kingdom of God, as His men, as men of God.” The praise to the Lord that followed affirmed their declaration, and just about took the roof off!
Behold Your Handmaidens
While the men gathered, the women also met for a time of teaching, encouragement and prayer. It was equally powerful and precious, as God affirmed to them their worth and value as women, wives, mothers, and ministers of the Gospel.
The Weight Of God’s Presence
The next evening was also tremendous. As the team gathered ahead of time for prayer, an incredible stillness entered the room. A powerful “weight” of God’s presence blanketed us, and some of us could hardly stand or speak. We were experiencing a manifestation of God’s overwhelming love for the people of Belize. Quiet, prophetic words began to come about the love of God, and a mist of His love raining down. There was such an indescribable peace as we yielded to the power of God’s love in our midst, and ministered to one another.
The team received the Holy Spirit’s direction to minister God’s love to the leaders and others that would attend that night. We were sensitized to the fact that everything we did in Christ’s name must be about God’s love for His people, and our extending His love to them.