Kickstarted in a mall in Alkmaar

During the kickstart weekend the attendees, after receiving some teaching, were divided into groups and sent out to different public locations in Alkmaar to get kick-started. To approach people, tell them about the Gospel and offer to pray for them.

Some people of the public weren’t interested at all. But after some persistence I did get to speak with and pray for a few people. I met a young lady in a wheel chair who had Down Syndrome. The chair was manoeuvred behind a construction pillar in the shop so I could’t approach her directly. I asked the young man pushing the wheelchair if I could pray for the lady. He was her care taker and didn’t see why not! He said she couldn’t speak very well but she was able to understand what I said. So he moved the wheelchair and I knelt down in front of her. Picked up her hands, introduced myself and explained to her I was going to pray for her. She was clearly amused and responded with sound in excitement. I continued to explain that I was going to pray for her in the name of Jesus and then she sat up straight and said: “Jesus? Him I have seen!” Wow! That was amazing! I was astonished and replied that that was wonderful! So we could pray together! I continued to pray for her general health and safety and that she may walk again some day. Argh…’some day’… not a very specific prayer, still building up faith here. Nevertheless she clearly enjoyed the contact and we waived our goodbyes.

Then I noticed an elderly man sitting on a bench in the mall. Great, that meant he had some time to spare. I approached him and explained I had experienced some wonderful things in Christ and I would like to share these experiences with him. He was very clear about his non-belief. He was quite adamant there was no God and there was no way Jesus could heal him either. In fact if he did then he would buy me a diner! I noticed he was wearing hearing aids in both ears and asked if I could pray for his ears. Absolutely not! Then his wife came towards the bench looking a little puzzled. I acknowledged she must be wondering “What is this young lady up to with my husband?”. When I explained I had offered to pray for her husband which he refused I noticed her interest. I offered to pray for her instead and she was happy to accept prayer.

I asked her what I could pray for, did she have any pain in her body? She confirmed she had a painful knee. It always hurt when she was walking about. So I prayed a simple prayer in the name of Jesus over her knee, and she took some steps and the pain was gone! My first healing experience! Wow. Then I continued to pray for her ears as she was also wearing hearing aids. Then the husband started pulling my sleeve and demanding I pray for him! Haha, brilliant. Now I would love to conclude that his or her ears were healed that day, but they weren’t. I believe that the process of healing was started though and I wouldn’t be surprised if later that week either of their ears would start to function properly again. That perhaps it was a proces. But I cannot, unfortunately, confirm whether this happened.

What did happen, and what is essentially is far more important, was that when I asked him whether he wanted to be forgiven of sin and accept Jesus into his heart did! He stood up, asked Jesus into his heart, and with tears in his eyes asked me to arrange for a diner date with him and his wife! I was thrilled! He exclaimed how happy his children would be once they heard he had once again accepted Jesus back into his heart! Tears welled up in my eyes too. I refused the diner though, thinking I was being humble by doing so. But now I regret that so much. I should have had dinner with them and further shared the Gospel and my experiences with the good Lord from since I was young. I trust they will receive my continued long distance prayer though. But the lesson I learnt here is to keep a business card on me to give away so that people can keep in touch if they feel the need to.

All in all good experiences and lessons learnt.

The kickstart weekend – healing ulcerative colitis.

Thursday evening, the day before the weekend was going to start, my mom and I attended the premier of the Last Reformation movie. Very inspiring and again an eye opener. It’s really so simple, just live the way Jesus did. Accept the authority given to the body of Christ and do the works Jesus commanded us to do. Brilliant video, I recommend it to all.

Then the weekend started. Approximately 500 people attended. The teaching was very good. The emphasis being on Jesus and his first disciples. Some really great examples given and testimonies shared. Some 30 modern day fellow disciples of Jesus were present to help kickstart people. All praying for those who came forward.

I needed prayer too. Having battled what was diagnosed to be a chronic illness called ulcerative colitis since 2011, I needed healing. A year ago the colitis flared up again despite medication and inflamed more of my colon than before. The specialist said I should take an immunosuppressant called prednisone. My whole being cringed at the thought and I knew that was not the way to go. I looked up everything about nutrition and diet and effects on the digestive system and came to the conclusion that a lack of micro nutrients, minerals especially, and diet high in gluten was the cause of my grave situation. (BTW did you know the average medical specialist received maybe 1 hour of education on nutrition during their entire education?) Our bodies are the most magnificent machines ever created and they rely on a good source of God’s created nutrients in order to function properly, see also Dr Peter Glidden on 90 essential nutrients.

I radically turned around my diet. Cutting out anything that contained gluten and taking vitamin and mineral supplements (the latter I still believe to be very important as our food is not as rich in nutrients, especially minerals, as it was some decades ago). Indeed I had found significant changes for the better for almost a year during which I took little to no medication. My specialist was surprised I had tamed the flare by diet. Unfortunately a year later the colitis flared up again and I blamed it on a soup I had eaten which by accident contained regular spaghetti instead of the gluten free kind. Since that flare of October 2015 I had to start taking the regular medication again. I have not been able to cut down the medication since without the symptoms coming back one or two days later. In fact a week before the kickstart I forgot to take my medication two days in a row and the symptoms re-appeared the third day.

So there I was, 12 February 2016 in Alkmaar. I walked forward and asked one of those who were offering prayer to pray for my healing. They commanded all sickness and disease to leave my body in Jesus’ name. They commanded all tissue to recover an be healed. I claimed that healing. And stepping out in faith the first thing I did was to go and buy a regular sandwich, thank God for it and enjoy it as my first conscious gluten containing meal in a year. And then it all dawned on me. I still believe a gluten free diet can do you good if you have digestive problems and you do not have faith in God yet. At the same time I have now come to understand as well that all the focus I had put on food and seeking alternatives for gluten containing foods could have been put into worship and trusting God for my healing. My lack of faith and lack of trust caused me to require medication and natural remedies. And don’t get me wrong, I do believe God in his grace has given us great advance in medical science. And I am thankful that this medication exists while we humans lack the faith in God that really we should all have attained by now, by 2016…

So now I’m writing this article it is 2 March 2016. I’m three weeks on since that Friday 12 February when I was healed and I stopped taking the medication cold turkey. And my bowel movements have been fine up to two days ago. I was worried the symptoms were re-appearing. But I now believe it is just an upset stomach as my daughter was having similar symptoms. I keep reminding myself and my body, that on 12 February 2016 I was healed by Christ and the day following on 13 February I was baptised. I died and rose with Christ that day and my body belongs to Him. There is no room for the devil to wreak havoc. This body is now a temple that houses the Holy Spirit. It is therefore perfect and I thank God everyday for it. Now while I’m writing this there is still a little voice in the back of my head that worries at times. But I have no ear for it. I will be perfectly honest about how things progress. And as if God is reassuring me at this very moment (which I truly believe He is) my toilet break was again perfectly normal just now! 🙂 (update of 4 March: I just found a testimony on colitis which describes the process well)

UPDATE: 19-2017
I’ve had a few minor symptoms since this post. Each time I have rebuked the Devil, aksed my friends to join in on prayer and now a little more than a year later I am completely off medication for months now. Before that but since the first prayer, I have not needed anything heavy just the minimum medication on occasion, but nothing like lifelong prednisone! It is really true, “resist the Devil and he will flee”! This means to resist always, not just once. It was a psychological and spiritual fight, I have grown in the process and come out victorious, thanks to God, thanks to Jesus, thanks to the people he put on my path to help in prayer!

I’m not apologetic for the detail here. Feeling ashamed about anything is a perfect way for the devil to keep you in his power. Do not be ashamed of anything that is holding your thoughts or your body captive. Rather bring it into the light, ask someone to pray for you and with you and then let it go and have faith. No matter how dreadful you believe whatever it is that is consuming your attention to be, whether sickness, disease or sin. Christ is bigger. Trust in and call on Him!

So how do you get back on the trust track?

  1. Confess your lack of trust. Read Psalm 51:17; Psalm 86:11; Psalm 51:10
  2. Ask God to re-deposit a hunger for His Word into your heart. Read Psalm 40:8; Hebrews 4:12
  3. 3. Recommit the details of your life—big and small—to God. Read Psalm 37:5
  4. Repeat steps 1, 2 & 3 each day until your trust returns.

For more scripture on trust, truth and triumph click here.