|Posted by realhopemissions on February 6, 2012 at 4:35 PM|
I want to take a moment and share some of the exciting things God is up to on the LCO reservation in northern Wisconsin. In the last few weeks God has been calling me to go up and get involved with some very passionate ministers of the Gospel who God is using greatly.
Here is some background to what brings us to this point. When we were returning from our last mission to Canada we were invited to come and stay with David and Brenda Palmer who own the Barker Lake Lodge in the Hayward area in Wisconsin. They put us up for the night and graciously served up a delicious breakfast. While we visited with them they shared how God was gathering many with similar visions and passions to minister on the reservations and all across the northland and beyond.
I first met David while ministering on the LCO reservation this past summer with Gordon Thayer (tribal chairmen and founder of Overcomers Ministries) and Ron Hutchcraft’s On Eagles Wings ministry. What an exciting time and start of many things to come on the LCO reservation.
Well, since I met David he has been sharing so much great news about the movement of God on the LCO reservation and he invited me to come to a weekend event him and his wife were sponsoring at their lodge called; Running with the Vision. Well, not wanting to miss out on this wave of God’s, I packed up and headed north and have been staying at my sister’s house for the past couple of weeks.
What a privilege it has been to be here and see God working through so many people with the same heart for God’s Kingdom and see the revival in the hearts of many, even this old missionary. I could write a book with all that I have seen and heard but, not being the best typist in the world I will share some of the highlights and some photos I took as I witnessed God moving.
I will share in the order that it happened so, as you enjoy the picture you will see the way it all unfolded. First my sister and I enjoyed a wonderful Sunday service at Pastor Marvin’s church on the reservation and I had the opportunity to share a couple of songs and what Jesus has been laying on my heart.
Then on Tuesday we enjoyed a Life Recovery in Christ meeting headed up by Jeff Crone. We were able to hear how God is changing hearts and redeeming lives from various addictions.
Then on Thursday people started arriving at the lodge and we shared a special time of fellowship as God was drawing His people to this place. We also divided up among several ministries, toys and books that were donated by the Marines Toys for Tots program.
On Friday, I had the chance to sing at the very first Sobriety Friday meeting on the LCO reservation. It is an event sponsored by Overcomers Ministry. The message of new life in Jesus was shared along with songs and worship and prayer and testimony and good food and fellowship. What a blessed time of loving community in Christ!
Later that night I returned to Barker Lake Lodge to find more people had arrived for the Running with the Vision event and they were also worshiping and praying and fellowshipping. I could really see how prayer and worship is so closely connected to everything that is happening. After an evening of connection and getting to know one another I returned to my sisters to get a good night’s sleep in anticipation of the next day’s event.
The next morning we enjoyed a good breakfast and then lifted our hearts to Daddy in song and prayer and then we were inspired by a powerful and challenging message brought to us by Native Reverend and Evangelist TomValteirra. It was videotaped and as soon as I can, I will share it with you all. I believe God is speaking through this man to the whole church about a God sized passion and vision. The message was followed by prayer for Pastor Marvin and his wife and then we had communion. After lunch, Native Pastor Jay Bunker shared his ministry and heart with us and one by one every minister there shared their vision and calling. It was so exciting to see all that God is doing across the northland. That evening, we just relaxed in fellowship and prayer and sang hymns in the English and the Ojibwa Languages; I also got some video of that, which I will be sharing also.
The next morning we went to church at Pastor Marvin’s church and we all shared our gifts of songs and testimony and heard the second part of Tom’s message from God for this place and time and how God is about to widen the tent stakes of Pastor Marvin’s church and fill the church with people hungry for God. I found it interesting that, that morning, someone had dropped off three new church pews. It is sad to say but, as in a lot of churches today, the pews they have now, sit mostly empty. To me it was a sign and encouragement of the plan God has for this area and how He is letting us in on His plan! Tom also shared how we need to love people into the church instead of judging them in. I am in passionate agreement with this message that our true testimony is about how good God is, not how good we are. It is in that humility, we are to share His love with all!
While up north I heard an old hymn that talked about the precious jewels that are in Jesus’ crown, those jewels are His people. I thank God for all the precious jewels that I met this past couple of weeks. They will forever be a part of who I am. I also look forward to those I have yet to meet and one day we will all rejoice in His presence over all He has done for His precious jewels!
Thanks for taking the time to hear and see what God can do through ordinary people. Tonight we are going to share a gift and encouragement with our brother Jeff Crone as he is spending his first day as the Safety Officer on the reservation and working with youth and dealing with the gangs and issues that arise from them.
Please continue to support and pray for this mission and many other missions as God’s Spirit is pouring out all across the northland and changing hearts of believers and non-believers alike. Thank You Jesus!!!