Day #2

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More teaching by Mark Virkler this morning. He gave us an uber-condensed version of his usual seminar, but it was enough of a taste to make me hungry for the whole thing! I love his gentle spirit, his sense of humor, and his balance (between the right and left hemispheres, that is!). It would be great to have him come do a seminar at our church, but I don’t know if that would fly. Still, I’m convinced that what he taught is very real, though I’m still walking it out. We did another exercise this morning using guided imagery. The thing is, once he got us going (walking with Jesus on the shores of the sea of Galilee), my vision took on a life of its own and we ended up walking on water instead, lol. :)

At lunch I sat with a lady from Fayetteville, North Carolina. We shared testimonies and she was a real encouragement. Most people are surprised when I tell them I was only introduced to the prophetic and Global at the VOP Conference in April. The usual reaction is, “You sure jumped into the deep end!” Yep, that’s how it feels. In over my head, but hey, Graham prayed for an acceleration so why not?!!! Time’s a wasting!

This afternoon Jennifer from Global spoke on Marketplace Ministry. Lots of good information given and wisdom gleaned, and afterward it was time to put into practice what we’d been learning over the past two days. After milling around for a while Ben came in and told us that none of the GSSM students came to lead groups out so we were pretty much on our own! He explained the concept of the “treasure hunt” to us and made other suggestions (such as going out to eat and blessing our waitress!). People who knew the area were asked to stand up front. There were only five of us, and I don’t know it real well. Anyway, everyone else then kind of gravitated to the five of us (well actually four–only one came to me and asked if I knew where there were any parks, and I didn’t so he moved on), but friends called me over to their group and so the four of us went out. We were to write up a report and email it to Ben and so I’ll just paste that in below so you can see what happened.

It’s ten o’clock already and I need to get to bed soon because I’d like to get up early and spend some time in meditation. I’ve had little time for it with everything on my plate, and I need to digest some things. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll have more time to share, but we’ll see…. Anyway, here’s the report:

Hi Ben. :) Before you even came up and started talking about how the ministry time would work, I have to tell you I got an image of a basketball in my head. So then you asked for people who knew the area to come forward (which I do, a little), and people started to gravitate toward them. Actually I only had one person come up to me and ask if I knew where there were any parks, and I didn’t know there was one close by so he moved on! God wasn’t going to leave me hanging, though :) Immediately afterward Jeff Landis called me over to his group, which ended up being him and his wife Karen and Ian Lord. Anyway, they wanted to go to a restaurant and I was okay with that.

So we get in the car and pray for God’s guidance and then head out of the parking lot having decided to head toward the Carlisle Pike. On the way over, Karen shared that she’d had an image of a blue and white and black plaid shirt much earlier in the day. I shared that I’d seen a basketball, so we’re beginning to think “treasure hunt!” At about that point I look right and there’s a park we’re passing and they were playing basketball! But we were caught up in heavy traffic and still trying to hear from the Lord. Ian said all he was getting was wheels and he thought that just had to be wrong. I told him I thought it could mean a bicycle or motorcycle. All of this is happening as we’re negotiating traffic, heading over to the Carlisle Pike the back way. At this point we’re thinking we don’t want a full-course meal and we’d just have ice cream and then maybe head back to the park, but since we were in the right lane and there was traffic we couldn’t turn into the Bob Evans we just passed (or the Burger King). I said there was a McDonald’s ahead, and someone saw Denny’s on the right and everyone was like “YES!” We turned in.

Ian had asked us to pray for him because he felt he was blocked and we did before we got out of the car. Then we walked up to the door and there was a bicycle!!! And not only was it a bicycle, but it belonged to a homeless person. Ian shared that before he left England a friend had given him a word about reaching out to the homeless. We immediately noticed that this person’s sleeping bag was a plaid that had blue and white in it! We went into Denny’s and sat in a booth. I hadn’t seen the homeless man, but Ian did. We placed our order with a very sweet waitress named Rachel and then I noticed a man walk out of Denny’s hunched over. I told Ian I thought it was the homeless man so Ian and I went outside. He was in obvious discomfort and Ian asked him if we could pray for him and gathered more information as to his condition. He then laid his hand on his back and prayed and I put my hand on his shoulder and was praying as well. During the prayer, Ian said he could feel things moving in his back. This man (and forgive me I didn’t catch his name–he was very difficult to understand) was making some grunting noises as we were praying and was jerking and spasming occasionally. I think he said he felt a little better afterward. I tried to keep an eye on him but didn’t see him come back in.

So we ate our ice cream and when Rachel came to give us our bills Jeff told her we’d been learning about giving encouraging words and asked if we could practice on her. She smiled and said yes. I don’t remember what all was said. I do remember that Ian quoted Jeremiah about God giving her a future and a hope. She seemed genuinely happy with everything that was said :) As we paid our bills we talked about the homeless guy. She said he was there almost all night last night. I think it’s awesome that they allow that there and would encourage others to patronize Denny’s. Anyway, before we left Ian and I went over to the homeless man who had next to nothing but did have a beat up laptop computer that was missing quite a few keys. We handed him some money and then blessed him. Btw, God often speaks to me through music and I received a blessing as well for going back over to bless him! You’re probably too young to remember the Judds. “Love Can Build a Bridge” was playing when we said goodbye to him. Here’s the chorus, which is still playing in my mind!

Love can build a bridge
Between your heart and mine
Love can build a bridge
Don’t you think it’s time?
Don’t you think it’s time?

Earlier in the day I was speaking with Janet from North Carolina and she had a word for me and said that I was a bridge builder! The Holy Spirit is the greatest DJ! He knows just what songs to play and when to play them, whether it be on the radio or on some homeless man’s computer. I can’t tell you how much that meant to hear that song. You see, by then I was thinking I have totally missed the Lord here. We’d already decided, though, to stop back at the park on the way back to Global, which we did. There were pick-up basketball games going on and we sat at a picnic table and watched. Ian was praying for God to show us why we were there, and very soon afterward Cory (I think, or Cody?) anyway one of the guitar players on the worship team came over and asked, “Are you guys from Global?” At the end of our discussion, I got to pray some specific prayers for him. Jeff, in the meantime, saw someone walking with a bit of a limp and called him over and prayed for him. He said he felt a little better afterward.

As we drove back to Global we were all kinds of amazed at how God directed us. I had the image of an orchestra warming up, you know, our voices and ideas were like that cacophony of instruments as they tune up and into each other (or as Mark Virkler would say, tuning into flow!). God took everything we gave him and made something beautiful out of it. It did feel like a treasure hunt AND we got to bless a waitress AND we got to bless someone from Global! It was a hat trick! :))) Btw that song would make a great worship song…

I’d gladly walk across the desert
With no shoes upon my feet
To share with you the last bite
Of bread I had to eat
I would swim out to save you
In your sea of broken dreams
When all your hopes are sinkin’
Let me show you what love means

Love can build a bridge
Between your heart and mine
Love can build a bridge
Don’t you think it’s time?
Don’t you think it’s time?

I would whisper love so loudly
Every heart could understand
That love and only love
Can join the tribes of man
I would give my heart’s desire
So that you might see
The first step is to realize
That it all begins with you and me

(Repeat Chorus)

When we stand together
It’s our finest hour
We can do anything, anything
Keep believin’ in the power

(Repeat Chorus)

Love and only love
Love and only love

Can’t wait for Thursday. ~Patti

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