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2016 year in review!

 

 

 

​January 2016
Started the year with our usual month of prayer and fasting.January 1st our daughter Elizah was water baptized.In the midst of the month, I was led to do 7 nights of prayer before God.After this the Lord provided us with a new rental place which was much needed. He spoke to a friend to send us a $1000 which covered the down payment and moving expenses. This was a fulfillment of a vision I had had a year before of this same person saying in the vision that she was going to give us a $ 1000.

February 2016

Moved in our new rental which was spacious and met all our needs.Held our first ministry conference ( Go ye… Discipleship conference) which started with all night worship, prayer and ministration on Friday night and had Saturday and Sunday sessions as well.By this time Nadia was about 5 month pregnant and battling low iron levels.

March 2016

In February,  the Lord had told us that we needed to have 21 days of consecutive daily prayers. So we started them on March 1st. After this we felt impressed to do another  one month of 2 hour daily prayers which we started on April 1st. So much took place in us spiritually that would take a few articles to go in details.

April 2016

Nadia received a letter that finally after 18 long years she was becoming a Canadian Citizen.Started a weekly Bible study for the church we had been attending. Around this time, the Lord started to prepare Nadia about our new mission trip in which this time we were to give away all that we ever owned to follow Him except few things to take in a travel trailer.

May 2016

May 22 2016,  Cyrus our 6th child was born naturally and healthy weighing 10lbs, despite Nadia’s low iron levels.

June 2016

June 16 2016, Nadia took the oath of Canadian Citizenship.Nadia recovered well with not much blood loss which had been a threat with low iron.

July 2016

We took a 5 day mini vacation to Oliver, BC where our friends hosted us at their home. Children swam daily in the pool, played bocci and baseball. We had a great time .One day while praying whether we were actually going on a new mission, the Lord ordered me (Pitana) to fast and pray  for 3 consecutive days and after that He would answer me and He did and gave me complete assurance that He would take care of us.

August 2016

We gave notice to our landlord and started to give away our belongings and pack what we were to take in the trailer. We prepared and had an Africa night fundraising event in Canada. We also had water baptism service in WA state. On August 30th, the travel trailer was provided.

September 2016

We had another Africa Night Fundraising event in WA. End of September, we started the road trip across the USA. Ministry work in Renton, WA

October 2016

Ministry work in Burns, Oregon with West bank Christian Fellowship. Ministry work again in Oregon house California where we gathered few families and had services for 2 Sundays and when we left, they had plans to continue the church that was started.

November 2016

Ministry at a gas station in Sacramento,CA.Ministry work from house to house in Oakhurst and North fork CA and also ministered at the North Fork Christian Center and led to the Lord an award winning pianist and composer.

December 2016

This month we witnessed a great miracle in our home, our son Jairus suffered a sudden seizure for no real reason and in about 5 minutes, we saw as if he was departing, to him coming back as we prayed but still the left side of his body was not responding and we kept praying and finally he was completely restored to being well. By the time the ambulance came, he was well but thought it good to have him checked and monitored. The hospital kept him for few hours and never did a scan of any part of his body, that’s how great of a miracle the Lord had given us. They were just monitoring the fever and soon sent us back home. Cyrus also was healed of a neck condition he had for several months.

Samuel(8) finished reading through the entire Bible for the first time and Jeremiah (11) finished reading through the Bible for the second time. Excited about their rewards. Ministry at Costco in La quinta, CA and more ministry with some friends in Indio, CA.

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God provided a travel trailer!

With all the traveling we do, we had been praying for an RV for 2 yrs. We saw how it would be easier to ‘go wherever the Lord would lead us’ with a home that went with us. So, we prayed and prayed. We fasted and sowed seed believing that God would provide. A week before we would start our journey, there was still no RV. We had said goodbye to our Church and friends, but yet no RV to travel in. Infact, we had let our landlord know that we would move at the end of the month and they had gotten a new tenant. With a week left, we had no one else to turn to but God. He had called us on our next mission trip. He had asked us to give away all of our belongings except what we could take with us in the RV. Now, we were left with no rental place; no furniture;  no RV; little to no funds to buy one BUT, we were full of faith. We didn’t know how God would provide but we knew He would.
On August 29, with 2 days left before we had to vacate our last place, we heard an instruction from the Lord to let friends know that we were looking to buy an RV if they knew of one. We had spent countless hours searching for RV for sale online but they were all beyond what we could afford. Twice, we had even gathered our children and walked into an RV dealership to look at the ones they were selling. We didn’t have the money, but who is to say that God can’t provide the funds on the way there or while we were there. We knew we had to do our part. We had to believe and faith has works (James 2:18).

We traveled to Washington state because we had a baptism service and an African night event.On August 30th,  a friend let us know that she had friends who were selling their travel trailer, but it was on the east coast (Niagara falls area). We asked for pictures and soon realized that it was bigger than all the other ones we were seeing in the Vancouver area for that price or more. So, we decided to take it. The owner was selling it for $7500 but he decided to sell it to us for $5000. He is a Christian man. A friend contributed $2000 US toward the trailer and other friends had given about another $1500 CDN .So with about that much money, Pitana embarked on the journey to Eastern Canada to get the trailer. He paid the man $3000 and made arrangements to pay the rest later. On the drive there, knowing that we didn’t have the full $5000, we had felt to pray that the balance would be waived. After doing all the paperwork, Pitana drove back to BC to get us and our belongings and finally begin the next mission. The next morning after Pitana got back, we received a text from the gentleman who had sold us the travel trailer. He wanted to let us know that he had cancelled the remaining amount and that we OWED HIM NOTHING!! Wow! Praise the Lord. We screamed, shouted, jumped and were amazed and overcome by God’s goodness to us. He had finally come through once again. Great is His faithfulness. Hallelujah! Glory be to God! 

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Amazing!

Before, I could start preparing dinner, the children started asking that we BBQ burgers which we didn’t have. We have been meaning to BBQ for a couple months now, but we had not been able to. So, it was decided that we go buy burger patties at Costco. By the time everyone got ready, I knew it would be dark by the time we would get back from shopping. Which meant we would end up buying hot dogs and chicken bake sandwiches at Costco; an extra expense I was not sure we should be paying for. Nevertheless, we agreed to go. On the way there, we felt to pray. We prayed in the Holy Spirit and sang worship songs. As soon as we entered, Pitana excused himself and the children and I headed to the food court. Before long, he came back with a certain gentleman. Within a few minutes, the man was asking us to pray with him. He then pulled out his wallet saying that he wanted to sow into our ministry – $100!! We held hands and prayed with him concerning his situation.

We had dinner and did a little bit of grocery shopping, ALL under the funds we had just been blessed with. Plus, he took Pitana outside and went and filled up our gas tank!  Glory be to God. He is our Provider and He is good!

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Seven milestones of discipleship

Ephesians 4:15 says this: But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in ALL THINGS, which is the head even Christ.

You will have to go through 7 mile markers or milestones of growth to become like your Lord even Jesus. From the time you give your life to Him and you are born again to attaining to the full stature that belongs to Christ. They are the following:

1. Salvation

2. Reading and growing in the knowledge of the Bible.

3. Water Baptism.

4. The Baptism with the Holy Spirit and with Fire.

5. Spiritual Warfare.

6. Intercession.

7. Fullness (It is enough for a student to be like his teacher and a servant to be like his Lord)

Which stage of growth are you in?

Pitana

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Burns, Oregon 2016

Now that we are on a slower pace, I can write about some other workings of God on this trip that I was too busy to write about.

After we left Washington, we spend a few days in Baker City, Oregon. We then drove to Nampa, Idaho. After we put the children to bed that night, the Lord spoke to us. He said, “I want you to turn back and head back to Oregon!” What? We had just driven from there. Now drive back? The Lord insisted and of course we obeyed. The next morning, we all loaded up and drove back to Oregon, not knowing why we had to go back. When it was time for us to stop driving, we had just pulled in a small town called Burns.We found a campground and set out for the night. It was Saturday night so we inquired at the office about churches nearby. There was a list of churches on a board and one particular one stood out and we felt we were to go to that one. The next morning, we walked into the church building which had a cross on top of it’s steeple. The cross was leaning over about to fall. One of our children was scared it would fall on us as we walked in. We entered and joined the small congregation in worship. There were 3 visiting speakers that day. They are coordinators for Pray Oregon ministry. For the last few years, they had been going around praying over Oregon; city halls etc. As they shared testimonies and their ministry, we couldn’t help but think of how our ministry is bit similar to theirs. They talked about Dutch Sheets and his message “appeal to heaven.” He is a man who God has called as intercessor for America. Surprisingly, Pitana had been listening to Dutch Sheets’message in the car. The same message!! God had really ministered to Pitana in the car! The speakers, in their presentation, they pulled out a flag: the original American flag that says “Appeal to Heaven.” Before the current American flag, this is the one that the founding fathers flew.

At the end of the service, the Lord spoke to us and said, “I want you to pray over these speakers.” So we introduced ourselves and began to pray over them as the Holy Spirit led. The congregation joined in. We held hands and prayed and prophecies over them. There were tears, joy etc. Our children were right in the middle of it. Prophecying and praying. Then to our amazement, they handed us the “Appeal to Heaven” flag saying that they felt that we should have it. Wow!
There was a gentleman there who in tears said that he had not been to church in 3 months. But that morning although his wife was out of town, he knew he had to come to church. He has a heart for missions in Africa but he had been discouraged. When he saw us, he just wept and wept. God was encouraging him. He had prayed that God would send African missionaries to America!
There was lunch after. As we sat down we shared some of God’s wonders we have witnessed in our lives. We then started to pray for people, one after the other as the Holy spirit led us. With word of knowledge, we were able to minister to the church leaders who were just weary and wounded. We encouraged them as God led us. The difference on their faces were remarkable! We were told over and over, ” you have no idea how much we needed this!” We would remind them that God loves them so much that He indeed caused us to turn back and drive back into Oregon, just for them. God is so good. Sometimes in our struggles, it may seem that we are forgotten but our God never leaves us nor forsakes us. If you reading this and feeling forgotten, take heart, God loves you too and He has not forgotten you.

One by one, some with tears, those, Precious souls, began to come to us and hand us money. We never mentioned expenses to anyone. But God is good. He knows how to meet our needs. Hours later, when were were leaving the church building, the pastor’s wife handed us the money that they had collected in the service. She also gave us a check. She said that they had given a love  gift to their speakers for coming. But the speakers had refused the check asking that it be given to us instead. Wow!

 

This experience so humbled us. We were filled with great joy but also the fear of God. So overjoyed to see God refresh and encourage His people. From the church whose building the cross was nearly falling, the enemy had been trying to crush our precious sisters and brothers. But God… Hallelujah! ” Rejoice not against me o my enemy. When I fall, I shall arise.” Micah 7:8.

The fear of God part was thinking of; what if we had not obeyed? It seemed humanly reasonable to disobey. But God’s ways are higher than our ways. More than ever, we want to hear the Lord’s voice and obey immediately so help us God.

The bonus? The money we were gifted with covered our expenses for the next 2 weeks!!

So, if you are hearing God today, just obey, you never know… He always has good in mind.