December 2017 Fortaleza GA Trip
To start a trip out in the beginning of the summer months was very interesting. Most of our teammates came from 32 degree weather and snow to 85 degree weather and high humidity. Fortaleza has many very interesting traits that are very compelling to tourist. The beach line and skyscrapers were breathtaking!! It’s no wonder Fortaleza means “Fortress”. The culture and people were very friendly and inviting. It was easy to fall in love with them. They opened their arms and considered us Family.
The trip started out with the sweetest sound from Pier49 Music. The music was like a waterfall pouring Peace and Love into the hearts of the people. Randy showed his heart and imparted gifts upon the local church. Baptizing them in Holy Spirit and laying on of hands wrecked the room with new tongues, tears of excitement and births of spiritual gifts to take out into the country long after GA has left.
On the Mozambique trip called “Jubilation” we learned the following from serving with Iris Ministries
How to truly love on people: The people in Mozambique have so little compared to us. If they know their food will bless you, they will share it with you; even if that means going without. Many live without all the modern conveniences that we have. They live in very simple homes. They don't worry if their house is better decorated or bigger than their neighbors. They don't have a big wardrobe but they are the happiest people.
"When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’ The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy." Psalm 126:1-3
The Psalmist struggled to find words to describe the joy of all that he had seen the Lord do – just like I am going to do. The question I was left with as I began to write this report on the plane home from Brazil was ‘How on earth do I capture such a rich, profound and spectacular experience?’ So here goes.
The stats of this trip are amazing:
96 team members of the team from 8 different countries came together for 11 days in Sao Paulo.
On the final day of an eight day mission trip to the state of São Paulo, Brazil, while taking the long, nine-hour bus journey back to São Paulo International Airport, one team member summed up the previous seven days in the following way: “In a land of revival, I was able to experience first-hand what God can do in an atmosphere nine months pregnant with expectation and faith: a labor and delivery room for birthing miracles!” There could be no more accurate description of the trip! Each team member returned home having witnessed and participated in a nationwide revival currently taking place in Brazil.
The Youth Power Invasion trip of 2017 was dynamic, miraculous and a wonderland! The team of over 140 came from many different areas of the globe. There were believers representing the United States, Canada, England, Australia, Germany and other nations all converging on Campinas, Brazil for 12 days of turning the world upside down, bringing the gospel of the kingdom with power. In all, thousands of people were touched by God in some way.