I’m going to tell you about an experience that changed my life. About 3 weeks ago we ventured into this concrete house in the neighborhood community known as La Jungla. This neighborhood is well known for its heavy drug and alcohol influence. This house oozed darkness. The walls were covered in soot, any form of light was hidden by black tarps. The woman in the house had no smile and no joy.
I instantly felt a deep connection to her and longed for her to dance in the freedom I had found during lecture phase. After about 1.5 hours of prayer the first day at the house, we left full of the Holy Spirit. Throughout the next week the woman still laid heavy on my heart. I longed to return to hear her story.
The following week Alyssa approached me and asked if I was willing to return to the woman’s house along with 2 other girls and herself. To be honest, at first I was a little unsure about how I felt about going back but God radically changed my heart and I was excited to go back and see the chains of oppression broken off.
As we entered the house the next time we noticed something had changed about her demeanor, a smile lay across lips that were earlier suppressed! How rad is that? We engaged in conversation to find out that her name was Jessica. We asked her if she would be willing to do a bible study with us and she quickly agreed! God laid on our hearts that we should talk about PINKY promises.
P – “Precious are your thoughts for me oh God, if I could count them they would outnumber the grains of sand.”
I – “Immesurably more than anything I could ask or imagine is your power at work within me.”
N – “Never will I leave you, Never will I forsake you.”
K – “The kingdom of heaven is not of this world.”
Y – “You are the light of the world.”
Little did we know that throughout the next few weeks of bible study, we would be taking the ride of our lives. It was a constant cycle of progression and regression. We soon discovered that Jessica regressed when her husband was in the room. His death stares were not welcoming at all, in fact we believe he was the source of a lot of her oppression.
Through this, God taught us to come to him in prayer, to trust his timing, and to learn to speak through the Holy Spirit. It was amazing seeing the transformation in both their lives.
Jessica now laughs openly and welcomes us into her home with waiting chairs. And Carlos (her husband) now intently listens to our bible studies, cracks jokes, and he has more respect for his beautiful wife.
How rad is our God? Through God we broke chains, fought some spiritual warfare, changed relationships, united our team through prayer and placed smiles on peoples faces!
Erika Wolf – YWAM DP September 2012 Leadership DTS – Nicaragua/Panama Outreach