June-July, 2012 Week 1 and 2
This year we have 45 students from all over the Philippines, mainly from Leyte, Mindanao, Cebu and also Luzon regions. We have two students, one from US and one from Pakistan. God has brought all the students and staff that He wanted here in Leyte for 2012.
Sa taong ito meron kaming 45 na mag-aaral na nagmumula sa iba’t-ibang parte ng Pilipinas, mula sa Leyte, Mindanao, Cebu at sa rehiyon ng Luzon. May dalawang mag-aaral din na mula sa ibang bansa, isa sa US at isa sa Pakistan. Pinadala ng Diyos ang mga mag-aaral at kamanggagawa na tinawag Niya dito sa Leyte para ngayong taon 2012.
During the opening Ceremony, Ptr Ferds spoke and opened the school calling us into Gods purposes. The Holy Spirit came and broke into our school during the first prayer and song. It has been like this ever since. We have an amazing team of staff from WEBC whom God is raising and equipping them as they step out in leadership. We continue to live, learn and grow together as a team and students together.
Sa pasimula ng pag-aaral ay binuksan ni Ptr. Ferds ang gawain sa pamamagitan ng pag aanyaya sa amin para sa layunin ng Diyos. Ang Banal na Espiritu ay dumating at kumilos sa aming pag-aaral sa panahon ng unang panalangin at awitin. Ito talaga ang nangyayari kahit noon pa man. Mayroon kaming kahanga-hangang koponan ng mga tauhan na mula sa WEBC na tinatatag at hinuhubog ng Diyos habang sila ay humahakbang sa pamumuno. Patuloy kaming nananatili, natututo at lumago habang kami ay magkasama bilang isang grupo kasama ang mga mag aaral.
In week 1 students were learning more about their identity in Him and who they ARE in HIM. God has been moving powerfully in the students through our times of teaching and ministry. Students have been delivered, set free and healed. We are seeing God heal students (and staff) physically and emotionally – He is doing it and we give all thanks and glory to HIM. God works differently in us all and we are learning how to live and learn together and be open and flexible to move and go where He is taking us. He is our living water.
Sa unang lingo, ang mga mag-aaral ay natuto nang higit pa tungkol sa kanilang pagkakakilanlan sa Diyos at kung sino sila sa harapan ng Panginoon. Ang Diyos ay patuloy na kumikilos na makapangyarihan sa bawat mag-aaral sa pamamagitan ng aming mga oras ng pagtuturo at pagmiministeryo. Ang mga mag-aaral ay tunay na napalaya sa pagkakagapos at gumaling.Nakikita namin na pinapagaling ng Diyos ang mga mag-aaral at mga kamanggagawa sa pangangatawan at damdamin. Tunay na may ginawa ang Diyos at binibigay namin ang pasasalamat at pagluwalhati sa kanya. Ang Diyos ay kumikilos sa iba’t-ibang kaparaanan sa ating lahat at natututunan namin kung papaano mamuhay at matuto na magkakasama at maging bukas at kumilos patungo sa ninanais niyang puntahan namin. Siya ang tubig ng buhay.
Week 2 we had Cindy Ruakere and Anita Voisey come as our special guests to HG Leyte. We learnt about spiritual warfare and how to be prepared with our weapons and fight. Many students set free and strengthened to walk in freedom and use Gods word, worship and His words of life to us from one another to break through into freedom. We received prayer, encouragement and the tools we needed to walk in this freedom. Thank you Lord and AMEN!!
Sa ikalawang linggo nakasama namin si Cindy Ruekere at si Anita Voisey bilang espesyal na panauhin sa HG Leyte. Natutunan naming ang patungkol sa spiritual na pakikipagdigma at kung papaano maging handa gamit ang aming mga sandata at lumaban. Maraming mga mag-aaral ang napalaya at napalakas upang lumakad ng malaya at gamitin ang salita ng Diyos, sumamba at kanyang salita na nagbibigay ng buhay sa bawat isa para maging Malaya. Nakatangggap kami ng mga panalangin, lakas at pag-asa at mga kasangkapan na kinakailangan naming supang lumakad ng may kalayaan. Salamat Panginoon at AMEN!!
We symbolized this freedom by burning our confessions at the beach and releasing them to Jesus whom is the only one who exchange our suffering/sin/pain for His grace and resurrection life. We did another symbolic act of jumping into the sea which represented a cleansing and washing off of our sin and brokenness and stepping into the new life of freedom God has for us.
Bilang simbolo ng kalayaang ito, sinunog namin ang mga kasalanan na nakasulat sa papel doon sa tabing dagat at ibinigay namin ito sa Panginoong Hesus dahil siya lamang ang nagtubos sa aming paghihirap / kasalanan / sakit para sa kanyang biyaya at muling pagkabuhay. At gumawa din kami ng isa pang simbolo na pagtalon sa dagat ,itoy nagpapakita ng paglilinis at paghuhugas sa aming mga kasalanan at pagiging basag at paghakbang sa bagong buhay na may kalayaan na nagmumula sa Diyos para sa amin.
Javed is our Pakistani student and God honored his faith and obedience in coming though not all his ticket was purchased and he has now made a way for him to get a visa extension and flight rebooked. God is faithful and provided not just one but two miracles. God has not forgotten about the nation of Pakistan – it is His country and He loves His people there. He has not forgotten His Pakistani bride. We are so blessed to have our first student from Pakistan.
Si Javed ay ang aming Pakistani na mag-aaral at pinarangalan ng Diyos ang kanyang pananampalataya at pagkamasunurin sa kanyang pagpunta dito kahit na hindi niya nabili lahat ng tiket at ngayon siya ay nakagawa ng paraan para sa pagdagdag ng araw at pagpapalit ng araw ng paglipad. Ang Diyos ay tapat at ibinigay hindi lamang isa ngunit dalawang mga himala. Ang Diyos ay hindi nakalimot sa bansang Pakistan – ito ay ang kanyang bansa at mahal niya ang kanyang mga tao doon. Hindi niya nililimut ang kanyang mga anak na Pakistani. .Kami ay mapalad na magkaroon ng unang mag-aaral mula sa Pakistan.
God loves His creation and has also resurrected a piglet who was dying. Meriam (Ptr Ferds wife) prayed for it to come to life and then it suddenly jumped up and feed from the mother. God is good as pigs are important source of income and food here in Philippines!
Mahal ng Diyos ang kanyang mga nilkha at gumaling ang biik na muntikan nang mamataay.Si Meriam ( asawa ni Ptr Ferds ) ay nanalangin para manumbalik ang buhay nito at pagkatapos ito ay biglang tumalon at pumunta sa kanyang ina upang uminom ng gatas. Mabuti nag Diyos dahil ang biik ay isa sa pangunahing pinagkukunan ng kita at pagkain dito sa Pilipinas!
We have some testimonies from the students and attached photos.
We have also translated this into Tagalog / English so all of you can enjoy.
Merong kaming mga patotoo mula sa mg mag-aaral at nag lagay ng mga litrato. Isinalin din naming ito sa Tagalog?Ingles para lahat kayo ay masiyahan. Ang mga pangyayari at patotoo sa ikatlong lingo ay paparating sa lalong madaling panahon…..
Week 3 to come soon….
One testimony …
I was set up by God. I was coming to Leyte to see a friend. The night before I arrived I was informed she was not coming, because of health reasons she could not make it.
A man plans his way, in this case a woman, but God directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9
I surely would not have come If I knew ahead of time that she was not going to be there, but God knew.
There is such a hunger and desperation for God and the things of the Kingdom. I was reminded how easy it is in the US, and my brothers and sisters in the Philippines stirred up in me our need for God and each other.
I was privileged to teach a few sessions of the school and was overwhemled by the receptivity of the students. After each session everyone would come up for prayer, they were desperate for a touch from Abba Father, and He always delivered.
I was so blessed by the students and staff at WEBC/Holy Given Leyte, they have shown me a humility and servants heart like I have never experienced before.
The pictures say it all…
Leyte, Philippines, 9 July, 2012
We are in our 4th week of HG in Leyte, Philippines.
We give God all the glory, honor and praise. This is His school and He is in control!!
We thank and praise God for His presence with us and for breaking into our sin and brokenness in our lives helping us to come to Him and give it all to HIM. HE is mighty to save and deliver us. We give thanks for the way the students have received a deeper revelation of God as Father in the past week.
Pray this will deepen in the next few weeks to come. Pray for the students to continue to be released into their true identity. Pray for us for protection and that all that God wants to accomplish will be achieved! Pray for continued breakthrough for the students and that God will continue to pour His love into their hearts for the communities and nations around us. Pray for the renewing of the students minds and hearts as they learn to walk out in courage and faith the new seeds and fruit God has planted in their lives. Pray for courage and faith to speak out what God is showing them.
We thank God for the numerous testimonies of encounters with God. I had a picture of God coming in the worship – not just individually but for us all together – we were all on the canoe together. Please pray for this. God is showing us more about who He is through our worship!
HG Leyte 2012
April 5th – May 28th, 2010
It is great to be back here in Leyte after a whole year! It was so wonderful, when we arrived, to reunite with our WEBC family. We have missed them dearly. :)
The school started on 5 April, 2010, and we have hit the ground running! There are 4 international students this year, 2 from the US, one from New Zealand and another from the UK. We have 2 from Manila and the rest are from this region. Holy Spirit came so powerfully during the opening ceremony in the morning, we were under God’s manifest presence soon after worship began.
Pastor Ferds, director of WEBC (World Evangelism Bible College) whom we are partnering with outlined some history of the Philippines as a nation and shared about the season the Philippines is now entering. With 2010 entering the 490th year from the time that Magellan entered Philippine shore, he shared about the Philippines’s birthright of blessing the nations and explained the prophetic significance of Philippines entering the year 2010 as the Decade of Completion, Restitution and Jubilee. Philippines is in fact having their National Elections in this coming 10th May.
During our worship time with Cindy Ruakere, one of our speakers from New Zealand, we had another invitation from God to lay down our life as a reward to the Lamb for His sufferings, and fulfil our highest call in Christ. Students of Holy Given School have been equipped in practicing about gifts of the Holy Spirit in prophecies, healing, and words of knowledge since day 1 of the school.
God has really been accelerating everything that He does, and healings, deliverance, revelation and heavenly appointments have been part of our daily classes as we enter into His wonderful presence with us. During one of our teachings, Lesley–Anne shared about how God is calling us to abandon ourselves and unscrew those things that we are holding on to and respond to His call, and how EVERYTHING in our life has to flow from the intimacy place with Him.
The students have been responding to God`s calling in a deep and passionate way, expressing their love and commitment to the King in praise, worship and a humble position before Him. There is grace, pure grace from heaven being released in this school to touch and change people from different worlds but all with one purpose.
ABBA`s manifest presence has surprised us everyday, with new and fresh revelation of who we are in Him. It has only been one week, and we are awed by the transforming work of Jesus, and all that God is doing in our midst. It is truly an exciting time!
Prayer requests for the students and staff:
· For protection against witch craft
· Calling forth of destinies and releasing students into their calling
· For strength physical bodies and against sickness
Holy Given: Armavir International School of Missions
Week 5: 6 July - 12 July, 2009
The students were impacted by a visit and testimony from the first believer in an unreached people group in the Northern Caucasus. The young woman imparted the heart of God and the desire to reach not only her own people group but many others as well. She also gave really clear teaching on how to hear God’s voice, which lead to people being set free from the lies of the enemy they had been listening to. A local Russian missionary working in a war zone came and shared his testimony of how he had been dying after a collapsed lung and how God had given him 2 new lungs.
The presence of God increased even more during the week, and even more joy hit us. We have had fun doing all sorts of different types of dancing, many people were set free from chains holding them back. A new teacher from the USA brought a lot more joy as he taught us to be joyful missionaries and how to get filled up. Many were laughing on the floor in the meeting room, in the kitchen and everywhere.
One morning we prayer walked the neighbourhood, listening to God’s heart and praying as he led us. There was teaching on the importance of worship and intercession as a key to reaching the nations. We had a couple of wonderful soaking worship nights with a South African worship leader and many had deep encounters with the Lord.
Holy Given: Leyte International School of Missions
Dulag, Leyte, Philippines
Week 5: 13 - 19 April, 2009
The students prayed for our guest speakers Weymond and Gill, and we had a time of sharing the visions and prophetic words God gave to the class. It led to an extended ministry time to activate those promises and anoint everyone with oil. We taught on African and Latin American Liberation Theologies in the morning and Weymond taught on good and bad generational inheritance in the afternoon. The students had further ministry for separation and cutting off generational ties and curses.
We prayed for the sick and broke out into extended warfare, deliverance and healing leading to us dancing around and on the map of the Philippines. Afterwards, Lesley-Anne and Pastor Ferds demonstrated interdependence by asking the students to walk on their backs one by one, signifying that Lesley’s and Pastor Ferd’s ceiling will be the students’ floor. It was a really anointed and very emotional time for us all. Later, as a sign of honouring Lesley and Pastor Ferds as our spiritual parents, Holy Given staff and students laid down on floor to let Lesley and Pastor Ferds walk on them.
Weymond taught on gifts of the spirit in the morning with the afternoon session putting the teaching into practice as they learned to prophesy over each other.
Weymond taught on Cross Cultural Communication in the morning with further teaching on Asian theologies and contextualizing the gospel for Asia using things already in the culture in the afternoon.
One of the students shared a picture about darkness over the Philippines but light from Mindanao (in the south) and Luzon (in the north) met at Visayas (middle region where Leyte is) and there was an explosion. Rays of light from Visayas then went out to different parts of the world. Pastor Ferd led the students to declare Mindanoa, Luzon and Visayas as one, and a representative from each region came together to pray into the vision. Weymond taught more on Cross Cultural Communication.
Pastor Ferds and Gill taught on reaching out to Muslims today. Everyone came for class dressed as a Muslim would dress, and we adopted the Muslim style of worship for the morning. During worship, God gave a number of students words and visions about end time judgments and disasters that are to come. The Lord is encouraging us to be alert, fix our eyes on Him, stand firm and not to be deceived. He is asking us to count the costs and to completely lay down our lives for the sake of the gospel.
The students gave their ‘Two-Third world theologies’ presentations in the afternoon which involved plenty of drama including the gospel contextualized for Africa and Asia, a Maori Hakka and Mexican style singing and dancing.
Fiesta preparation day! From dawn until late we all worked hard to get the place ready to receive our guests – the people from the surrounding villages. The sanctuary was made ready and preparations for a great pork banquet prepared. Four pigs were bought, butchered and prepared for cooking on site in an all day long communal effort. We each had a role assigned and it was wonderful seeing everybody working together.
A further 2 pigs were prepared and spit roasted from 1am and the cooks were up from 3 am cooking our feast. At about 8.30 am the truck brought the first of our guests. Lesley spoke at the worship service and many came forward and received healing and salvation. The kids’ workers energetically cared for the many children with face painting and games. When the feast began there was more than enough food for everyone – all were satisfied. The pork was delicious. After the feast there were more games with the children until the truck came to take our guests home. We estimate more than 1000 people came, including over 300 adults. And we had food leftover. So, we packed it in little bags and and distributed them to the community in the surrounding villages. What a weekend! This is a first for WEBC, and it's such a wonderful sign of new beginnings!
1. Please pray as we enter into the last week of school and prepare for graduation. It is going to be a busy week for us all.
2. Please pray for Lesley-Anne and Mel Tari as they will be ministering at Church So Blessed, Manila this weekend.
The HG Korea school has been going for 3 weeks now....well in full swing.... God is good and has been pouring out His goodness and mercy on us as 80 students from 20 nations join together to learn how to lay down their lives before Him. Last week during our Two-Thirds world theology class we heard from the nations of Korea (both North and South) and Japan and how God has revealed Himself in those nations. Students from North Korea shared about the struggles for those living in North Korea. Next minute we entered into a precious time of repentance and healing between North and South Korea and and then Japan. Students from African nations also repented as they realised that other nations are suffering also. We shared the pain and tears together and offered forgiveness nation to nation. God poured out His spirit of grace for deep repentance. What would take years to resolve - God miraculously did in a couple of hours. But more than that, this was a time of standing shoulder to shoulder with our brothers and sisters from these nations and coming together as one body. This is what the Kingdom of God looks like which opens the door for the transformation of a nation. As we were praying for the Japanese students on their last day with us - repentance came forth from the South East Asia nations which were formerly occupied by the Japanese in WWII. We had a time of foot washing for the Japanese team and God's spirit was powerfully poured out on them. On this same day, Friday 15th, it was Japan's anniversary of its defeat in WWII in 1945. Japan's Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, as he expressed his country's remorse for the pain it inflicted said, "The nation inflicted significant damage and pain on many countries, especially on people in Asian countries". It was no coincidence that God is going to be moving in the nation of Japan. A new door of life has been opened to that nation to receive new life. Please pray for these students who are leaders in their nation. See link below: http://uk.news.yahoo.com/afp/20080815/tpl-japan-politics-shrine-wwii-ee974b3.
Wednesday, 30 April, 2008 Already two weeks have passed since the start of the Holy Given school here in Russia! Since day one we have been experiencing incredible times of worship, fellowship, teaching and life transformation. No wonder the time is passing so quickly! I want to share with you just a few of the highlights of what God is doing in and through us here, as well as some testimonies that some of the students have shared so far. The student body is made up of 20 amazing men and women representing six different nations. (We represent eight nations when you include the staff!) Although not everyone speaks the same language, we have such a strong spirit of unity among us. We have found that hugs, kisses and laughter need no translation! And we are having fun teaching each other words and phrases from our different languages! The students have blown me away with their beautiful spirits that are so open and hungry for more of the Lord. Each morning they come eager to learn and have a fresh encounter with God. They are so sensitive to Holy Spirit as they eagerly pursue more and more of him. Already in the first days God showed up in powerful ways. We’ve had teachings including the Father Heart of God, Resting in His Presence and The Peace of God. The students were so beautifully touched as they allowed Holy Spirit to minister to them. One woman testified that during ministry time one morning as she was sitting on the floor, she saw angels all around her. Then Jesus came to her and wrapped her up in his arms and held her like a little baby. As he held her, she was healed of all of the pain from her childhood. Another woman shared a very similar testimony of the Father coming to her and holding her and healing her of pain from her past. One man shared, after going home over the first weekend, that his friends and family did not even recognize him! They said he just looked so different and full of joy! He said that the presence of God was changing him from the inside out! Another highlight thus far has been Freedom Day! We began the morning singing songs of freedom, dancing around the room as a prophetic sign that through Christ’s death and resurrection our enemy is crushed under our feet. We literally danced on the enemy’s head! On pieces of paper the students wrote down ways they felt the enemy was trying to keep them in bondage. Then, with a loud war-like cry of “FREEDOM” they ran out of the building and threw the papers into a fire, declaring themselves free by the blood of Jesus! Many students testified that they could feel things they had been struggling with literally break off of them, like shackles coming off of their feet. It was a glorious day of victory and overcoming! Last weekend eight of us students and staff (representing eight countries amazingly enough) drove to Beslan on outreach. Our main goal was to encourage some believers there and minister to the community. This city has been rocked by terrorism and traumatized by death. They still suffer from the shock and trauma of this event and as our team walked around the city and witnessed for ourselves the aftermath that still scars the city, we too were grieved and our hearts were broken with theirs. As we prayed and asked the Lord what we were to do, we really sensed that God wanted to give them a gift of joy. Such a spirit of heaviness hangs over the whole city and joy seemed scarce, so we prayed for a breakthrough. On Saturday night as we ate dinner at someone’s home, without anyone saying a word, we all just started laughing…like someone told a hilarious joke! One by one, we all laughed until we could hardly breathe! During the entire meal, which lasted well over an hour, we just laughed and laughed. Our cheeks and sides were aching, but still it continued. We praised God for gracing us with his Spirit! Not only was it a breakthrough in joy, but it was a great moment of bonding for our team…it was our first meal together without the need of an interpreter! The next day, Sunday, happened to be Easter! Our team leader had it on her heart to really celebrate the resurrection of Christ with fun! After a short service, we all walked to the park and played silly games. We had a blast! We drew the attention of everyone that walked by and a few children even came over to join in! Hearing the sound of laughter go up into the atmosphere of this city was one of the most precious sounds we had ever heard. We know that the Lord will continue to turn their sorrow into joy.
Dates: 15 October – 7 December 2007 Wow! We are now in Pemba, Mozambique, and find ourselves in the beginnings of the 7th Holy Given School! I was listening to a song called “Watchman” by Paul Wilbur today. In it, he sings, ‘Behind the veil of what is seen, a great event is being prepared. A war and a wedding feast will have their place in time…