Emil and his brother Allan have been on the roadside for two hours now and he just called me with an update. Many people have stopped affected by the High Chateau fire and the Weston fire south of us. One man in tears was just evacuating from the house his father had left him when he died a few months ago. They got to pray with him, and all who stop are thanking them for being out there to pray for them. Tons of thumbs up, honks and waves.
We got to pray for several people over the weekend! We all gather together for fire updates and also to see firsthand the fire which is about 5 miles from us. You get to see people at their lowest points! People ask us, “How do you know what to say? How do you know what to pray?” It’s easy–we are just praying what we ourselves are feeling and experiencing as we too are in this! Use what your experiences are at that moment and use it as a time to bless others. When you’re afraid, pray for others AS you too are afraid! Then you get to pray with experience!!
In the nearly 15 years of doing the roadside ministry, we had someone stop once in Arizona when we first started who said he felt he was supposed to pray for us and we never forgot how great that felt. It hasn’t happened since, but in the last week, three separate couples have stopped on three different days and said, “The Lord told us to stop and pray for you!” Without us even voicing any needs, all three prayed the exact same thing: for protection and increased finances! It makes us wonder what battles the Lord is fighting on our behalf. It’s very humbling to have the Lord use people we’ve never met to lift us up and we are so grateful for their obedience. It’s also interesting that each time, as they prayed for us, the Holy Spirit downloaded a word for them and cut right to the heart of things with which they were dealing. He blesses us all without any of us needing to speak out a prayer request! Wow, this is a new thing!
We sat out on our new site yesterday! Tons of traffic at that intersection. No one stopped but it takes a few days to see us out before they will. We are going back out there today! Friday a family of 3 generations stopped to pray for us! They said an awesome prayer and then Emil had a word for the mom which both she and the grandmother said was absolutely right on in every way. Ty, Lord, for their hearts of love and for giving back to the mom a healed heart!
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We were on the roadside this morning and afterward felt we were to take a drive and God would light up more set-up spots. We found two: one at the intersection of Hwy 24 and SR67, just outside of Divide, SR67 leading to Cripple Creek and Hwy 24 leading to Florissant and beyond. It’s a church parking lot which has great visibility from all 4 sides. Emil has a call in to the pastor to ask him about it. Please pray he calls and approves us! The second one is on SR67, a huge pull-out with an old small abandoned building at one end which has a cross on top! It is a perfect place to set up when there are special events in Cripple Creek, such as when Colorado’s largest procession of motorcycles takes that route to the annual Salute to American Veterans Rally August 17th.
A woman stopped for prayer for health issues. Although she is a Christian, she had been trying visualization techniques etc but after many years, had not received relief. We told her healing comes from Jesus plus nothing! She said she agreed, “but…” We explained that every “but” is a doubt coming from unbelief. We continued to talk and she began to catch herself saying, “yes, but…” Suddenly, she got it! We prayed and she came out of agreement with the spirits of fear, doubt and unbelief, and the accusing spirit. We cast them out and filled the places they had been with the Holy Spirit. She looked completely different and felt a huge weight lift off. We then prayed for her health issues. She stopped by the next day so that we could praise God with her for all the healing she was experiencing!
Today the Lord told us to be sure to be on the roadside at 1pm sharp! We got there a couple of minutes in advance and He said, “Get the banner up or you’ll miss it!” We hurried and as we attached the last corner of the banner, a van pulled up and a young woman jumped out and said, “Let me help you!” She said, “I was looking for you! I saw you out here the other day and today I was back up here making deliveries when I saw you setting up and I had to pull in! I was so happy to see you!” God ministered to her in great detail. She wound up accepting the Lord, receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and as she got up to leave, she noticed 2 other cars had pulled in! She was so intent on hearing what God was saying to her that she hadn’t noticed when Karen got up quietly to go over to pray for 3 other people. She put her hand over her heart and said, “What you do is so important, to be willing to sit out here for a living, waiting for people like me and these other people, just to love us and pray for us! I can’t tell you how much it means that you were here for me. I just want you to know that you just changed the rest of my day and not just that, you changed my life!”
For two days, the Lord told us we weren’t to go on the roadside. He reminded us that from the beginning of the ministry, He said he would protect and provide for us as long as we asked for and obeyed His daily instructions of where to be and at what time. This time He was protecting us by keeping us off the roadside, that there was someone who would stop that would not be good. TY, Father! Last night a young man came to the house to give us a bid on some work our insurance company is requiring. Emil had his Free Prayer shirt on and he had seen us on the roadside! Emil got to minister to him before he left!
We are grateful for the note we received from an annual donor yesterday, committing to $50/month and a check which made it retroactive! Thank You, Lord, for this couple’s faith in this ministry!