CERT training in Guatemala

I spent from the 11th to the 20th of August with Iris Relief in Guatemala where I held a three-day CERT Train-the-Trainer course for six CERT volunteers from Belize and Guatemala. I then supervised these instructors as they held a Basic CERT course in Spanish for 48 volunteers from the Casa de Dios church. Once again, it was a great experience to see CERT training being received and applied by the enthusiastic volunteers, many of whom had responded to the recent volcanic eruption in that nation.

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CERT training in Belize

From the 28th of  July to the 11th of August I visited Punta Gorda, Belize where I was able to teach a Basic CERT course and Tools for Leadership Success module, with the assistance of some of the graduates from the Iris Relief Leaders School. It was a great opportunity to train around 50 participants, including members of the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO), the Belize Defence Force and representatives from Non-Governmental Organisations.

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Iris Relief Leaders School in Puerto Rico

From the 9th of June through to the 28th of July I helped with the Iris Relief Leaders School in Dourado, Puerto Rico. During this time I taught the CERT Basic course, Leadership module and Train-the-Trainer course, along with some other teaching that I had prepared on subjects such as disaster spiritual care, international humanitarian relief, and most of my Wake Up The Warriors ministry training seminar.

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Leaving Brazil

On the 26th of February I left Brazil, almost exact 24 years after I first arrived as a missionary in March of 1994.

Although I had visited New Zealand a number times since then, I am now officially no longer living in Brazil. However, the work with young people in the suburb of Cordoeira is continuing, and I do plan to visit in June on my way to Puerto Rico.

For the next few months I will be studying for a Master in Emergency Management through Massey University.

Hurricane Harvey deployment

From the 9th of September until the 3rd of October I deployed with Iris Relief to their response to Hurricane Harvey. Based out of the city of Rockport - Texas, we received several teams of volunteers and missionaries, and assisted impacted residents, as well as working alongside FEMA at their Disaster Recover Centers.

Here are some photos from the deployment.

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Easter Maze 2017

Our teens' group helped me put together an Easter Maze in our former church for local children from our community. We had some fifty kids and four adults take the half-hour guided tour through the maze, in ten groups, over the Easter holiday period and it was wonderful to see how many were understanding the timeless message of the Gospel, and of the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our teenagers were a great help as they operated the maze with its videos, sound track and smoke machine, and helped organize the kids and the distribution of chocolate and Easter eggs to them after their visit.

Here are some photos of the maze, there is also a video available for registered users of this site.

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From the 22nd of February to the 10th of March I travelled to the city of Porto Alegre, in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, where I ministered at a Foursquare church youth camp with around 300 participants. I also had the opportunity to minister six times at different churches. It was wonderful to the see the move of the Holy Spirit throughout this time.

Here are a couple of photos from my trip.

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I had an unexpected visit to the US in mid October, from the 10th through to the 21st. Most of this time was spent with the Iris Global base at Abiline - Texas, where we were working on possibly developed a disaster response missions training and sending centre. I was also able to train one person as a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program Manager during this time.

I also had the opportunity to visit the Austin Disaster Relief Network in the centre of Austin - TX, which is an amazing networking of over 170 churches that work together in disaster preparedness and response. We also visited some ministries in Houston before I fly back to Brazil on the 20th, arriving in Rio on the 21st.

The trip was an unexpected but very worthwhile experience.

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Azusa Street Celebrations

Over the past week I have been helping Crisis Response International here in Los Angeles as we participate in the 110th aniversary of the Azusa Street Revival. We have been helping with a tent which has been placed on the site of the original Azusa Street Mission (now a public square), ministering to the homeless, and also participated in the Azusa Now / The Call Azusa celebration. It has been an incredible time and a wonderful opportunity to see the Lord touch so many people.

Here are some photos that I have taken over the week.

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Uberlândia - MG

I've had a wonderful time here in Uberlandia with the Central Methodist church, after flying up from Rio on Friday, and have ministered four times, with one more opportunity at another Methodist church tonight.Over the last few days we've seen a couple of physical healing, including partial restoration of eyesight, and many wonderful manifestations of the Holy Spirit's presence.

I have an early flight back to São Paulo tomorrow morning, then on to Rio, and should get back home in Friburgo mid to late afternoon.

I'm now back in Friburgo after spending that weekend ministering with a church in Belo Horizonte. There were very powerful moves of the Spirit on the Saturday and Sunday nights. There have been very few times I have seen so many children and teens so powerfully touched by the Spirit, as well as the adults.

I had been scheduled to fly to and from Belo Horizonte, but a very late airport bus meant that I missed my flight out (and the airlines thoughfully cancelled my flight back). However, I was able to take a bus to and from the city, a 12 hour ride each way.

I had a wonderful time over the Carnival holiday period ministering at two camps with the Pentecostal Church of God in greater Belo Horizonte, MG.

There were around 120 people at the Eldorado church's camp, where I stayed in a tent from Friday to Tuesday, and I had the opportunity to minister twice. On the Sunday morning there was a wonderful move of the Holy Spirit among the children and teens, and on the Monday evening it was awesome to see the powerful move of the Spirit, with many people being visibly touched by His Presence and with one man testifying of healing of an ongoing back problem.

On the Tuesday night I ministered at another church's camp, with around 50 people participating and a good number of teenagers present. Once again there was a wonderful move of the Spirit, and after the meeting three teenagers told me that they had never felt His presence in such a way before.

"My first contact with Christ was through you"... "I thank God for sending you (plural) to that place".

Today I had a facebook chat with a young man called Carlos Henrique who I haven't seen for at least 14 or 15 years. He was one of the first kids that the House of Project (which later became the Friburgo Iris Base) reached when he was in his early teens and it was wonderful to hear from him after all this time and find that he is going on with God.

Back from an amazing weekend at a Congregational church in Barra Mansa RJ. It was very intense - I ministered Friday night, Saturday morning, afternoon, and evening but very cool, with powerful moves of the Spirit among the young people. There were around 300 present at the meeting last night and a number of people reporting healings, especially of back and wrist pain.

It has been a wonderful time here in Ourinhos - SP ministering the Seeking True Revival seminar, and I have been so blessed to see how Jesus has been pouring out His Spirit upon us. It was really neat to see the younger kids being powerfully touched by the Father's love last night, and to hear some of the testimonies of the awesome things that He has been doing.

This afternoon I start the long series of bus rides back to Friburgo - it took me 18 hours to get here, but as I couldn't get a direct bus back from SP to Friburgo the return trip may take a little longer. Thanks for your prayers!

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Over the weekend I ministered at a conference run by a Renewed Presbyterian church in the city of Anápolis - GO, in central Brazil. There was a good turnout over the weekend, with several churches participating, and I ministered on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening meetings.

There were wonderful moves of the Holy Spirit in all three meetings, and we able to pray for healing for many people on the Sunday evening, and a number testified to healing during the prayer time.

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Youth camp, Minas Gerais state - February 17-21 2012

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Over the Carnaval period, I ministered at a camp for teens and youth for a church in the city of Contagem, Minas Gerais. Despite staying for four days in the tiny tent that I had purchased last year but never tried (and which can't possible really be two metres long, as the packing states!), it was a great time, and we had some wonderful meetings in the manifest presence of the Holy Spirit. I also preached at the church on the Wednesday night, and there was another cool move of the Spirit.

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It was exactly one year ago today that a message began to circulate through email and Christian websites claiming that a team of American missionaries had resurrected 16 victims of the floods and landslides that had devastated the mountainous region of Rio de Janeiro state, resulting in at least a thousand deaths.

Due to factual inconsistencies in the story, compared to my understanding of events as I had experienced them in the aftermath of the disaster, it immediately raised my suspicions - suspicions which were further confirmed when the supposed newspaper front page that accompanied the story was quickly shown to be a fake. Sadly, my many attempts to make contact with the team and with those propagating the story, met with responses ranging from silence to some quite aggressive replies! Eventually, the newspaper front page was admitted to be fake, but the principal parties promoting the story, the Healing Herald site and Bethel church in Redding - CA, maintained that the story was true.

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Four Square childrens' leaders' conference in Manaus

From the 6th to the 8th of October, I ministered at a conference for childrens' and pre-teens' leaders with the Four Square church, in Manaus, in the Amazon. I arrived on the Friday afternoon, and ministered six times before flying back down to São Paulo on the Sunday night. It was great to be able to minister to these leaders, and to see the Holy Spirit moved during the ministry times.

 

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Wake Up The Warriors seminar, Carapicuiba - São Paulo

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On Friday and Saturday, I ministered the Wake Up The Warriors seminar to youth and adults at a small church in the city of Carapicuiba, São Paulo. It was rather intensive, as I ministered on Friday night, Saturday morning and afternoon, and we finished on Saturday night, however the seminar was very well received and there were powerfully moves of the Holy Spirit during the ministry times.

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Four Square conference Cuiabá - MT

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Over the last weekend I ministered at the second phase of the national Foursquare church conference for childrens' and pre-teens' leaders, in the city of Cuiabá, in the state of Mato Grosso. I flew up on the Thursday (via the capital Brasilia) and back this Monday.

During the conference I preached on the Friday and Saturday nights, and also led two workshops, one on the Saturday and the other on Sunday morning. It was great to see leaders touched powerfully by the Holy Spirit, and to hear so many wonderful testimonies.

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CEIFAR Bible School - Pequi - MG

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I spent from Sunday to Friday last week with a ministry called CEIFAR which runs a Bible school in the city of Pequi, in Minas Gerais state. I ministered most of the contents of the Wake Up The Warriors seminar.

There were wonderful moves of the Holy Spirit, and one morning I didn't get to minister the seminar as we continued all morning with free-flowing worship, words and visions, prayer and even some public confession of sin. It truly was a revival-like setting!

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Viamão - RS

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This weekend I spent three days in the city of Viamão em Rio Grande do Sul, southern Brazil, where I ministered the Wake Up The Warriors seminar, and also ministered at a Iris Ministries church in nearby Porto Alegre.

Here are some photos from the Seminar:

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Ourinhos - SP

This last weekend I visited a church in the city of Ourinhos, in the southern part of São Paulo state. I ministered at the church on the Saturday and Sunday evenings, and also at a local prison, boys' orphanage and mental health facility - it was wonderful to see the way the Holy Spirit manifested His presence, touching so many precious lives.

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Crisis Response training in Kansas City

I spent this week, from Monday to Saturday, in Kansas City - MO where I participated in an intensive responder training course with Crisis Response International. Although it was very intense (16 hour days), and snowed on the first day, it was a great time with both pratical training and wonderful moments in the presence of the Holy Spirt. I really loved the focus on bringing the presence and power of Jesus into crisis situations while ministering in pratical ways.

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Wake Up The Warriors Seminar - Contagem MG

Hi all,

Over the Carnaval time I ministered the Wake Up The Warriors seminar at a church camp in Contagem - Minas Gerais. There were around 70 people present, mostly teens and young people, and it was a wonderful time. I ministered on the Saturday evennig, Sunday and Monday mornings and evenings, and then on the Tuesday morning, which was free time, the young folk wanted another prayer time.

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Pre-teens' camp 22-23 January

After an overnight bus trip from Friburgo to São Paulo on the Thursday night, I flew to the southern city of Caxias do Sul, where I preached that night in a nearby city of São Marcos.

The following two days (Saturday and Sunday) were spent ministering at a pre-teens' camp for the Four Square church. I then preached on the Sunday night, Monday afternoon and Monday night before flying back to São Paulo today, Tuesday.

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