Where do I even begin? We just completed a glorious week of Holy Ghost filled ministry in Sierra Leone. The host bishop of the convention said: “Something has changed in the realm of the Spirit. This was the best convention we’ve had in the 11 years we’ve been hosting them.”
It all began with an overwhelming sense of God’s presence as soon as we stepped unto the platform the first night. I wept uncontrollably for the first few minutes, not able to speak. I had not even officially greeted the people yet. I had been introduced by the bishop, but the Lord decided to introduce Himself by manifesting His glorious presence at the start. I knew then that we were in for a special and different kind of convention. The night ended with ministry to the lowly and broken-hearted. The mighty glorious king revealed His heart to us. Both His majesty and condescension were in manifestation.
“The Lord is high above all nations, His glory above the heavens. Who is like the Lord our God, who dwells on high, who humbles Himself to behold the things that are in the heavens and in the earth? He raises the poor out of the dust, and lifts the needy out of the ash heap, that He may seat him with princes — with the princes of His people. He grants the barren woman a home, like a joyful mother of children.” (Ps. 113:4-9)
The second night brought forth this compelling utterance: “There are a multitude of angels ready to be released, but My people don’t follow my wisdom and plan so My angels are hindered.” We preached on the ministry of angels.
The third night there was a call to the younger generation to receive the baton of the move of God from the older generation. Seventy young people under the age of 30 responded and will begin meeting with bishop Julius once per week for now. The intent and purpose is to train them for evangelistic ministry to the nation.
The fourth night was a night of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit with many receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues.
The final night was a night of more demonstrations with many healings through the word of knowledge. Great joy and rejoicing in the river of God. About 100 young people stayed at the altar dancing and praising the Lord even after the meeting officially ended and the saints in attendance were dismissed. A spirit of revival impregnated the atmosphere.
The direction the Lord gave us for this convention began with one phrase: “What is going to heal this nation is the pure rivers of living water that flow from a man’s heart.”
As we meditated on this word we realized that the waters have been polluted and defiled because of the impurities and corruption in men’s hearts, especially God’s leaders and shepherds. Many are lusting after fame, power, and popularity instead of moving with God’s true heart for people. This wisdom and understanding led us to focus on this theme in the morning sessions with the pastors, leaders, and church workers. God’s dealings with us were very strong and resulted in a humility and repentance among those present. True repentance is always a prerequisite for revival.
The morning seminar was intermingled with Spirit inspired utterances and songs. In fact, some of the messages were like an entire word of knowledge, as we continually sensed the burning fire of the word of the Lord pressing against our lips. There was such unction and liberty to minister. What a joy to flow in this river! Hearts were searched out and cleansed by the word of the Lord.
Our schedule is full for the rest of the year except for December when the holidays begin. Already invitations from Stateside churches and from other nations are coming in for next year. We could use more monthly partners to help us plan in advance and respond appropriately to these invitations. In the past, we’ve either had to pay out of our own pocket, beat the bushes to raise the funds, purchase airfare on credit, or we’ve had to simply turn down these invitations. It’s a new day now as there is more demand. Please prayerfully consider being a monthly partner in your giving.
Help us take the word of the Lord and the move of the Spirit to America and the nations while we still have the strength and energy to run. You can give through our donate button, automatic bank transfer, or by check payable to: Holy Fire Ministries, PO Box 4527, Windham, NH 03087
Bert and Carolyn