As leaders of a mission trip to England in 2013, we had a vision to spend a lot of time with our team, pouring into them until we became family. We wanted to see our team relate as family really well and believe in each other until they had the courage to do things they had never done before. While there were many great testimonies from the trip, we really loved watching the impact of family and love on our team. Here are some of their stories:
One girl on our team had struggled with bulimia since she was 13 and came to Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry hoping it would go away. She was frustrated and embarrassed when it did not, but while she was with the team in England, she experienced family like never before. When she got back from the trip, she found she was able to stop her previous destructive habits. For the first time in six years, she experienced complete freedom from bulimia and thanked us for creating a family that loved her into freedom.
A young man on our team, Brandon, had never seen a miracle in his life, but he decided, “I’m going to go after this!” At one of the meetings, Brandon saw a family with a boy who had a broken foot and decided to go pray for him. While with the family, he felt led to take a risk with His prayer. He cautiously asked the mom what her favorite food was, to which she replied, “Chocolate.” Sometimes God will have us pray in unconventional ways to remind us that it is His power that heals, not our words. Brandon instructed the mom to pray chocolate over her son! Soon the pain left, and the boy began to walk around. A pastor with lots of ministry experience came up to Brandon afterward to let him know how much he had learned by watching him pray for the boy, unaware of how this was the first miracle Brandon had ever seen! Brandon was pumped and totally transformed through the experience. He changed from the quiet young man we had known into a man who pursued things with confidence for the rest of the trip.
At another service in London, we felt the need for some spiritual breakthrough to lead people into openness to the Holy Spirit. Grace, one of our leaders, approached Dave, a man on our team, and told him that we wanted a man to break the service open in dance. Dave was not a dancer, but before his mind could take over, he said yes to Grace and began to pray. Grace then jumped onto the stage and announced, “Dave has a gift of breaking things open when he dances.”
Feeling that he had been set up, Dave walked onto the stage, opened his hands, and said to Holy Spirit, “Take me.”
He doesn’t recall much about how he danced, but what he does remember is how he felt free and totally safe. He said, “I knew I couldn’t fail God, and I knew my mission team would back me no matter what. After the song had finished, I walked off the stage feeling amazing. Ruth and Grace complimented my ‘skills,’ and as I looked around the church, I could see how Holy Spirit had used me to break open the service. As I went back to my seat, Holy Spirit spoke to me. He said, ‘Now you have become the David you were called to be, dancing in public for My glory and not caring what anyone else besides Me thinks.’ That moment has changed my life. Fear of man is no longer something that can hold me back.”
These testimonies have become examples to us of how loving and believing in someone transforms them into the person God created them to be. We witnessed so many people on our team do things they had never done before and step into great freedom. This wasn’t related to their experience in an area, but because of the way we loved and supported each other-because of family.