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Stomach Stone Can’t Stop This Student!

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Praise the Lord, my name is Eunice M, the third born in a family of four. My father passed on while I was a little child and my mum was left with four of us to take care of and provide all we needed. At the age of six I was admitted in class one and when I got to class eight this thing turned around against me. I still remember one good Saturday when our uncle who was living in Nairobi invited us for a party after he had come back to the village for Christmas celebration.

After we had eaten as much as anyone needed, I went back home to my mum that night I did not sleep. There was such terrible pain in my stomach that I thought I would be dying the next minute. From that day I developed a problem in my stomach and there was a hard thing like a stone in my stomach and I could even feel it. Because I had done my class eight exam at the end of that year the results were now out and I had done so well; but the devil wanted to destroy my life.

In January 2011 I received an admission letter to one of the best girls High Schools in our area but I could not go, the reason being that I was going through severe pain and my mother could not manage to pay my school fees. I then moved from the village to Mombasa to stay with my cousin and also to seek for advanced treatment.

We went from one doctor to another and one church to another for prayer and also one native doctor to another but it did not get well.

In 2011 August a friend invited us for a Gospel Crusade in Kongowea (Mombasa) where we lived and attended on Sunday. After the preacher had preached on how Jesus healed all manner of sickness and diseases, I requested everyone who was believing God for a miracle to believe as he prayed.

As the man (who was a Mzungu [white person], Steve) was praying, I felt fire in my stomach and as though there were things that were being removed from my stomach. I didn’t even bother to keep thinking about it because it was a problem I had gotten used to. Later when we went home that night I realized that there was no pain and that hard thing in my stomach had disappeared! Praise the Lord I was healed.

The following Sunday I went to church and felt so good. The same day I give my life to Jesus and my life was totally free.

In January 2012 my pastor organized my going back to school class 8 and I accepted. I sat for my final exam at the end of the year 2012 and I passed so well.
In January 2013 I was admitted to a High School and through the assistance of my Pastor I began my secondary education and am well to this day of writing this testimony.

God has done great miracles in my life.

May His Name be praised now and forever! Amen.

Supernatural Seed-Sprouting!

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Wisconsin misses you (okay so I’m taking the liberty to speak on behalf of my whole state). We are looking to be more activated in the gift of faith and healing. The seeds you planted are sprouting. Local denominational pastors are even preaching the supernatural and healing. Some churches are writing “to become a center of healing” into their mission statements. And others are ready to launch into regular community healing services, and I know a few who go to the streets looking for opportunity to pray with people. I’m so blessed to see a shift in attitude. I’ve always known my region was a “religious” area that valued the religious dos and don’ts, so this is exciting to watch. Its becoming normal to believe for the supernatural. I just want to thank you for speaking into my region and planting seeds in our atmosphere. I wanted to share with you a few things I see and hope to encourage you. And if you’re ever in Wisconsin again you know you have a place. Be blessed.

Choose Whom You Will Serve!

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I recently saw this piece of well-intentioned “advice” that was posted on Facebook and noted that very similar “sayings” have also been again circulating for a while:

“Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy.”

I understand why this sounds good, because it focuses on self.  It sounds especially good to someone in a very difficult or “chronic” situation – more on that later.

But where is Jesus in this advice?   I’m glad he didn’t walk away from us (when we were yet his enemies!), and I pray that his example helps us serve others, rather than insisting that they serve us, grow us, or make us happy.  The Kingdom of God is antithetical to humanism.   It challenges humanism and its focus on self [Lk 9:23]. 

The fundamental question is this:  Whom will you serve?   Will it be the “god” of self, or your Father in heaven who paid a huge price to send the Servant who gave his life for you?

Is it possible that the above admonishment to increase “self-respect” enough to enable the “walk-away” option is, in fact, a hidden trap leading to decreased respect for the new creature you have become upon your salvation through faith in Jesus Christ?  In other words, might there be an increased urge to focus even more on self after such a walk-away, especially if “friends” applaud your “courageous” decision?  [Pr 14:12]

The seduction of such advice is that the “self” you are being encouraged to respect more is actually your old “self,” the old nature that needs no help in satisfying its own soulish desires.  On the other hand, it is prudent to increase respect for your new self, the nature that now lives in obedience to Christ and eschews the old cravings of the former nature  [Eph 4:22-24].  Obedience is a pathway to the true and complete joy that Jesus wants you to have, and when you have overcome the temptation to satisfy your old self, then you will have not only the rewards that Jesus has promised [Rev 2:7b, 11b, 17b-c, 26-28; 3:5, 12, 21], but you will also have become someone worthy of true respect of the new self.

But what about the really difficult situation you may be in?  Humanism tells you to walk away.  Christlikeness strengthens your resolve and ability to hold steady to whatever the Lord has commanded you [Lk 22:42].  If he tells you to stay, and serve the Kingdom interest in your situation by doing so, then he will enable you to do so [2Cor 12:9]. 

Being served by others and requiring that they somehow make you better, or that they make you happy, is not the way of the Galilean [Phil 2:3-7].   If the Holy Spirit does give you a new assignment, then you should be obedient to his leading, and you will be if you are a son of God [Rom 8:14].  Your joy will be deep and secure because of your obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit, not because you satisfied the desires of the old self for shallow “happiness” that evaporates with a shift in circumstance.

If you are a follower of Christ, then you have the glorious opportunity to experience the joy of your Lord as you serve in the manner he did (and does!). This high calling is of far more value than the inferior result of settling “for a bowl of soup,” as did Esau when he short-sightedly sold his birthright (as the first-born) to his brother Jacob [see Gen 25:27-34].

Be sure today to make a clear and committed choice.  You can choose either to be a self-server who has been duped by humanistic advice, or to be a Spirit-led new “self” who serves others!  Rather than walk away, walk in the Way! 

Lala salama! (Sleep peacefully!)

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Dear Steve:

I thank God for you and the Father’s Touch prayer team. As you know last Wednesday your team prayed concerning a sleeping problem I have had for years. At the prayer meeting I traced the problem back to 1980. After the meeting, however, my wife reminded me that the problem was exacerbated then, but that I had the problem even before then. In any case I have experienced a dramatic improvement in the quality of my sleep since Wednesday and feel refreshed when I awake. Please feel free to share this with your team. I praise God for his wonderful love. May your team continue to extend the father’s touch P. S. I have had two sleep studies concerning this problem.

T.H. – Pasadena, CA

Itching to Pray!

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Recently, my daughter called me to ask for some medical advice about an intense itch that she was experiencing in her body. After giving her some very limited medical input, I asked her if I could pray for her, and she was happy to receive it. So I prayed for a few minutes and then stopped and asked her how she was feeling. She was so amazed! She said that as soon as I had started to pray, a cooling balm came over her body and that the itch had totally gone away! And, the itch has not come back! So we are both saying, “Yeah, God!”

S.H., Pasadena, Ca

Two Scoops of Ice Cream

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Brother Steve Trullinger .. Greetings ..

A while back, maybe 2-3 years ago, you came and spoke at one of home groups here in the K.C. (Kansas City) area,one associated with the International House of Prayer.

I’m glad you came. I’d been wanting to hear testimony of the Work of God through the Body of Christ .. testimony of such as you gave.

I kept “amenning” you, and since I was really close by you, I think it was a bit distracting to you. But you allowed the Holy Spirit to perfect it, and He grabbed it and increased it like He did the little boy’s lunch.

Here’s what he did; I’ve been wanting to tell you this testimony, ever since then.

You told us testimony of the miraculous that goes on regularly in and through your ministry and those involved in it. Made we want to leave with you …

So I kept amenning you. The testimony and teaching and exhortation you gave was very needed, wanted, and desired. Amen.

So, you said something about the amenning, and I made a comment that we were eager to hear the testimony of what you were telling us. So, you said if I kept ammenning you’d get me two scoops of ice cream.

You didn’t realize what you’d just said, what Jesus did …..

Two Scoops of Ice Cream

When I was about 9 years old, my dad was working about 12 hours a day to support his family of 3 kids and his wife, my mother. Praise the Lord for them.

So, one day my dad comes home early from work. He got off work early in the day, just as a gift.

I heard him tell my mother that he was going to do something he never gets to do: take his son down to Baskin-Robbins for some ice cream. Just him and me, walking the 4-5 blocks to the ice cream store.

We ordered ice cream. I got 2 scoops on one of those pointed cones. Sure looked good. My dad got 2 too.

So, my dad asks me a question, and I tilt my arm sideways and …. plop… my 2 scoops of ice cream fall on the ground. I’m kinda looking at it like, oops, now what?

But my dad acts quick and says, “No problem, it’s not your fault. I think I’ve got enough change for 2 more scoops to replace those. So he checks his pocket and counts it out with the ice cream clerk, and he has just enough change to get me 2 more scoops.

Now this time I am very much more careful with my 2 scoops of ice cream, as my dad and I walk back to the house eating our ice cream and having needed fellowship.

About 25 years later ……..

I’m spending some time with the Lord at the House of Prayer. The Lord keeps reminding me of the walk with my dad to get 2 scoops of ice cream on a day he got off work early. I have this revelation about it. It wasn’t the ice cream; it was the walk with my dad.

God our Father, our Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, is the same way, even more. He provides many things for us to enjoy, but He is the Real Enjoyment, and the walk with Him is The Event, continuously.

So, He goes out and finds the “book” I want. Him bringing it is the joy; He is The Joy.

So, when you said, after my amenning you so much, that if I kept amenning, you’d get me 2 scoops of ice cream ……..!!

That’s why I replied to you, “I’m going for 5 scoops!”

Joy in Jesus,
Charles B.
Belton, MO

Pain Vanishes

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Wow!! What a GOD we serve! I witnessed dozens of people who had present pain in the meeting claim the pain was gone immediately when the prayer teams layed hands and prayed. One person had constant pain in their arm for several months just vanish and they were full of tears and praise! Thank you for coming to Coast Christian Church!

“Don’t Call Me Mara; Call Me Naomi!”

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Hi everyone! I know that some people are still curious about my name change and have not yet heard the whole story. I thought I would put it here for you all to see.

It occurred during Easter break of 2006. I spent that Easter break with a group of friends from GCC; we traveled to the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, MO to spend the week praying and drawing closer to God. We spent our days at IHOP (International House of Prayer- not pancakes 🙂 and our evenings with the wonderful couple we were staying with. Every night at their house we would worship God and pray specifically for some of the people in our group. God did amazing things in all of us while we there.

Even a couple months before the trip, though, I had already prayed for God to give me a new name. I had been through some traumatizing experiences, and after a period of time during which God did some amazing healing in me, the name Mara had really started to bother me.

It had never bothered me before- I had always loved having a unique name. But Mara means bitter; I had known that most of my life. After my experiences, though, it began to really mean “bitter” to me every time I heard it, and I thought, “I am not bitter anymore.” I did not like being called something I was not, and when I heard Mara I was only reminded of what I once was and what I had once experienced. That bitter part of my life was over, and I disliked being called Mara so much that I asked God to give me a new name. I had no clue how or if He would, but I told Him that I would not pick out a new name for myself or let anyone else. I wanted Him to name me, and if He did not do it, no one else would…I would just have to live with the name Mara for the rest of my life.

Thank God that He heard me!

One evening during the trip, everyone prayed and waited on God for me. After a time of waiting and listening to Holy Spirit, a friend of mine read part of Isaiah 62 to me: “you will be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will bestow. You will be a crown of splendor in the LORD’s hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God. No longer will they call you Deserted, or name your land Desolate. But you will be called Hephzibah [my delight is in her], and your land Beulah [married]; for the LORD will take delight in you, and your land will be married…They will be called the Holy People, the Redeemed of the LORD; and you will be called Sought After, the City No Longer Deserted.”

Then a minister who I had just met on that trip told me that God was changing my name. He took me to the book of Ruth where Naomi, who had lost everything and everyone dear to her except Ruth, said, “Do not call me Naomi. Call me Mara, because the Almighty has made my life very bitter.” Then he told me that I was to say “Do not call me Mara. Call me Naomi.” Naomi is the complete opposite of Mara- it means “pleasant/delightful”.

Amazing! I had not told anyone that I had asked God to give me a new name, and here He was using a minister I had not even met before that trip to tell me that He was giving me the name Naomi! I was and still am absolutely blown away by His love and care and just how real and involved He really is. Wow- that He would really answer me and name me Himself! I probably should not have been so overwhelmed as I was- He did, after all, die for my sins and a made a way for me to be with Him forever. There is no greater expression of love than that, but such a personal answer to my personal request absolutely flooded me with an awareness of His love and presence. The name Naomi is such a precious gift to me, and in it is also a promise/reminder to me of what God has for me and who He has made me to be.