Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Miami Crusade – Day 4 (last day)

Wow, time has flown by on this first trip of 2008 – it has been a good start. The meetings have been exceptionally well and God showed up in mighty way. Today was no different. Mrs. Hagin’s focus this morning was on “praying for our country”. She pointed out that it is our responsibility as a body of Christ to pray for our country – if we fail to do that, we will be in trouble. Especially with the elections this year, it has never been more important to stand in the gap for our country. Just imagine what could be if the entire body of Christ in the US would do their part…there would be nothing holding us back, wouldn’t you agree?

This has been the big theme at this crusade: “Take your part”. Don’t try to do things God hasn’t told or anointed you to do…everyone has their part to play in the body of Christ. Don’t look at what you do as anything lesser than other’s responsibilities. You might “just” be someone who cleans the carpets in the church, or helps with children’s ministry – you have such a big part in what God is doing today.

Wednesday is also a time to meet up with our Word Partner Club members. It was a good time of fellowship and the Hagins shared some updates.

After the morning service we went for lunch and it was good to relax one more time before the evening service and “tear-down” comes around. I will probably not be able to blog right away tonight, since we will be packing up and heading back to Oklahoma immediately after end of the service. Please pray that tonight’s healing service will be well attended and that we will see a lot of healed people walk away tonight.

Please pray for the team, that we will be protected on the road and for Pastor and Mrs. Hagin as they are flying to the Virgin Islands to minister some more. Pray that they stay strong and healthy and that their obedience to God’s call will change countless lives.

Thanks for all the comments we received on this blog. It’s good to know that you are keeping up with us.
I think it is time to enjoy the warm weather and the pool one more time, before it goes back to snow and ice.

For the entire RHEMA Crusade Team.

David Wildman
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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Miami Crusade Day 3

Another great day on the road. Morning service with Mrs. Hagin: The service started with an intense time of worship and you could tell the audience put into practice what Pastor taught last night on the subject of worshipping God. And prompt there were results – Mrs. Hagin did not get to her notes but instead took time to minister to individuals as well as ministers. There were several prayer lines and Ms. Lynette was fired up. Even the Crusade Team was amazed at the speed at that she was ministering. What a great time. She then took some time to teach some more. After the service Mrs. Hagin always takes time to speak to people individually and it is always a great opportunity to observe one of her greatest passions: Seeing people rise to their full potential.

After the service we all changed and took a little expedition to Bal Harbor. We got to enjoy the beach a little bit (get our pale limbs a bit tanned so our folks in Oklahoma have something to envy. LOL!)

The food around here is great. We had some seafood for lunch today. Pastor and Mrs. Hagin went to Joe’s Stone Crab – a legendary restaurant that has been there for 5 generations.

They had a good time as you can see in the picture. It’s good to see them relax, since they are some of the hardest working people I know.
On these trips it is important to find some time to relax – even if it is just a couple of hours. It helps to stay fresh for the services.

Pastor preached one of the finest messages again tonight…he spoke on “Possessing the Promised land” from the passage in the book of Joshua Chapter 1. We can learn a lot from this biblical event:
Canaan represents a lot of things in life like security, provision and safety. If we keep walking around in the wilderness like the Israelites and are not willing to come out of that “comfort zone” we will never take the promised Land. In the case of Israel an entire generation did not see the Promised Land because they never mustered up the courage to step out in Faith.
The Word of God is our Promised Land – he gave us all his promises for us to obtain – all we need to do is take God by his Word and believe what he says. Pastor showed 3 important steps to obtain the Promised Land:
1.) Be strong and courageous. The enemy will come against you, no matter what. You can’t be moved by what he throws at you. Like a football player you need to stand up against the opponent, and no matter how big he might be, tackle him!
2.) Mediate on it day and night. It is so important to make sure to constantly feed on the right things and be continually filled with God’s Word – because when the pressure is on, what will come out of your mouth?
3.) Do not be terrified and discouraged. Like the Israelites walked around the strongest city “Jericho” seven times, you need to be persistent and do what God tells you to do – no matter how “crazy” it might sound to your natural mind.

If you want to possess the Promised Land it has to be your lifestyle.

The results of these 3 steps are given in verse 3, 5 and 9:
I will give you every place that you set your foot on, no one will be able to stand against you and I will never leave you nor forsake you.

This powerful sermon was followed by a time of ministry to the sick and an alter call and a few people got filled with the Holy Ghost.

At this time, I think it is appropriate to send out a big thanks to our “home base” – the faithful employees and staff of Kenneth Hagin Ministries and Rhema Bible Church back home in Tulsa. You guys are the best. Even though you are not here with us physically, you have just as much of part in this as we do. So thanks for all your support. We love you all very much.

Again some pictures of the day.
God bless. Tomorrow is the last day already. Wow!

David W. for the entire team.

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Ministering to the Lord

Have you ever focused on a problem in your life...and discovered that the more you thought and dwelled on it, you got more stressed about it and didn’t find a solution? I think we have all been there.
Tonight’s message was eye-opening in many ways. Pastor Hagin spoke on the importance of Praise and Worship, and how us focusing on the Lord instead of our problem will set us up to receive and answer from the Lord. Worship helps us to shut out the rest of the world, casting our cares on the Lord and letting Him reveal answers to us.
So the next time you are in church, and it is time to worship the Lord…look beyond just singing songs…make an effort to give the Lord your best…the best of your worship…after all it’s what we were created for…leave the rest to the Lord.

Needless to say, tonight’s service was phenomenal. Pastor Hagin did a great job teaching the basics first, and then giving everyone a chance to practice what they have been taught. We spent a lot of time in Praise & Worship and there was a sweet anointing in this place. Pastor ministered to many people and the response to the alter call was great.

Pastor said something during the sermon that even caught him by surprise, it was so good – I wrote it down: “When you get it in your spirit, you’ll never forget it”

If you want to learn more about tonight’s topic, check out this book by Pastor Hagin. It is called "The Untapped Power in Praise" Click here to find it in the RHEMA Bookstore.

Thanks for everyone’s prayers. The Team is doing well, although some miss their spouses and families at home.

Catch you all again tomorrow,

David W. for Rich, Tim, Donna, Dave, Scott, Dan, Darcy, Brooke, Pamela, Kristen, Brandon, Nathan and Don.

Good night from Miami.

Below again some pictures of tonight:

Thanks to Darcy for all the great pictures!

Miami Crusade - Monday AM

It’s the second day of the Miami Crusade and it is Mrs. Hagin’s turn to teach about prayer and encourage the audience to grow in their prayer lives – and what a job she did at it!
In front of a good crowd (that ‘soaked up’ everything she said) she spoke on the importance of knowing your heavenly father and having a constant relationship with Him. She said that life can sometime be like a roller-coaster ride and in connection shared a funny story of when she and Pastor Hagin where on a rollercoaster at an amusement park, quite a long time ago, and she was so terrified that she forgot to breath…so Pastor had to shake her to make sure she gets through it. Well, myself, I can sympathize with her…I don’t like these rides either.
After a great sermon, Mrs. Hagin led the congregation in a time of prayer.

These morning services are everything but boring. These are life-changing times, and I encourage everyone to take some time off and come to these meetings.

Life in Miami is pretty good. Today we had 72 degrees and we enjoyed lunch at “Houston’s” restaurant in North Miami Beach. It was a great time to relax and fellowship.

Now we are getting ready to go back to church. Pray for Pastor Hagin as he is ministering the Word tonight and that God will move in a mighty way.

David Wildman for the entire Crusade Team

Here are some more pictures:

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Miami Crusade off to a great start!

Well, here we go...the first crusade of 2008 is here.
Setup started after the traditional breakfast at a local IHOP (very popular in Florida). We had great help at "Words of Life" Church here in North Miami Beach and thanks to some creativity and flexibilty of our band, setup was very fast, because we decided to use the local church's drum-kit and keyboards.

The rest of the team came in safely and got settled in the Hotel, and then it went straight to church.
The service was great! After a time of Praise & Worship, Pastor Stan Moore greeted us and the congregation and encouraged everyone to soak everything in that God has in store for us in these coming days.

Pastor Hagin spoke on the subject of "God's promises", that they are more than enough and the importance to stand on them, even in the tough times. He said that it is interesting to see that some people only turn to God and His word when there are problems in there lives...when they could avoid getting into these problems in the first place, by staying in His word.
Pastor used a good comparison to a car...regular maintainance avoids costly repairs. So, look under the hood more often before you have a problem...

After the sermon passed called for several healing lines and the minstry was powerful. There were a few testimonies of instant manifestations. The healing line was following by an altar call which found good response.

After the service the team tended to their other duties on the road, such as helping out with the booktables, doing Accounting work, recruting RBTC students, etc.

It is about 1:00 a.m. now and i am finishing up this Blog update to keep RHEMA Bible Church back home and our many faithful friends and partner around the world updated on what Pastor and Mrs. Hagin are doing.
Keep them in your prayers that God will give them the strength that they need and that the coming services will change many people's lives.

Here is a list of the Miami Crusade team (Pastor always introduces everyone at the first night of the crusade)

Pastor & Mrs. Hagin
Rich King
Tim & Donna Hall
Dave Fussell
Scott Redmond
Kristen Overholt
Brooke Cook
Pamela Nathan
Brandon Thompson
Darcy Veer
Dan Taylor
Don Jordan
Nathan Roethe
David Wildman

Here are some more pictures of Day 1:
Miami Crusade - Day 1

Good night from Miami.


Saturday, January 26, 2008

Trip to Miami, FL - Day2

Trip to Miami, FL - Day 2

"Big Momma's Pancake Breakfast with Blackberries, scrambled eggs and sausages....What can be better than that to start the day. Thank God for "Cracker Barrel" - one of the great inventions of America :-) It's like having your own hotel....park in the parking lot over-night, walk out the bus and walk straight to the breakfast table. Yeah!
With all that energy and 2 cups of coffee, we continued our journey. Again, cloudy and rainy. 5 hours later we find ourselves in Jacksonville, FL. Stopped for Lunch at "Chilie's" - Nathan had a gift-card..again...Don was looking for "Gaitors" in a pond nearby, but all we found so far is an empty bottle of "Gatorade" (well, it's a start)
The rest of the trip was mostly good...well, we had to stop once on the side of the road...Nathan was sick and had to take a "time-out" next to I-95.
Please keep us in prayer that God will keep us healthy and strong and for the rest of the team as they fly in on Sunday. We are going to these crusades not just by chance, these are divine appointments and even if it is just to change one person's is so worth the trip...
After 36 hours on the road....we say "Good-night" - finally from a bed that is not moving...

Looking forward to tomorrow, setup starts at noon.

11:00 p.m. - Just wanted to take a "quick walk" to a grocery store for some simple items....1.5 miles and one hour later we are back at the Hotel, thanks to Don who picked us up again with the bus.

Trip to Miami, FL - Day1

Another year, another season of Crusades with Pastor & Mrs. Hagin.
2008 will take us all across the country, once again.

January 25, 2008. 8:00 a.m. Broken Arrow, OK
Our first stop this January is beautiful and warm Miami, FL. Our Journey there though turned out to be everything else but warm... A weather system of rain, sleet, snow and ice seemed to travel along with us and brought us our fair share of interesting travel moments. We saw lots of accidents and State Troopers, especially in Mississippi and Alabama....lot's of officers working overtime :-)
We, however were protected and we took our time...although there was one tense moment when our bus went sideways on an over iced bridge in rural Alabama...i was taking a nap in my bunk when i was awakened by loud commotion and screams of the rest of the team and i could feel the bus sliding to the right and then with one abrupt snapping back on track... Good thing we always pray for God's protection before each trip, because we know for sure that angels were helping us at that moment.
On a lighter note, we had some issues with our Satellite TV System on the bus, which kept us occupied for over 3 hours (trying different things, calling service lines, stopping in Russelville (AR) at an RV place to get help, etc.) Anyway, we got it running...eventually :-)
We had dinner at an Applebee's Restaurant in Tupelo, MS. Nathan had a gift-card he could use there. After that we kept on going...slowly...especially over bridges...
End of day 1: We made it all the way to Atlanta, GA, were we stopped at a "Cracker Barrel" Parking Lot to get a few hours of overnight sleep... It's cold and rainy outside... Good night from a parking lot in good old Georgia...

David W. and the rest of the Crusade Team

Trip to Miami, FL - Day 1