Nail-Pierced Hands

Hey guys! It’s been a while since I posted anything so I wanted to give you all an update of what has been going on. 🙂 I graduated from Youth With A Mission’s (YWAM) Discipleship Training School (DTS) a month ago. In January and February I was on my outreach in South Asia. This outreach was my first time ever on a missions trip and my first time leaving the U.S. It was by far one of the best experiences of my life! Jesus moved so mightily in South Asia. We witnessed many healings and many people giving up their Hindu gods to serve Jesus solely. My team did house visits every night in different villages. We spread the gospel into villages that were considered “unreached”, meaning they have never had exposure to the gospel. It was such an honor and privilege being able to share the gospel and our testimonies with these beautiful people. Before heading to South Asia, I was dealing with some hardships at home. My mom pulled me aside and told me that my father was divorcing her. I was heartbroken, words can’t express how much this crushed me. On top of this I found this out several days before I had to leave for my outreach. I really had to count the cost prior to leaving, it was hard to leave my mom in the state she was in. This hardship however, little did I know, was going to catapult me into my ministry and impact a large amount of people.

Genesis 50:20 NIV states “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” What the enemy meant for destruction, the Lord turned around for His glory. God used me to minister to so many women there who had the burden of being a widow or their husband divorcing them. In their culture, they can’t easily get remarried once their husbands leave or die. They take on the burden of having to maintain all the responsibilities that they were never meant to bear on their own. Ministry definitely wasn’t easy while dealing with the emotions of the divorce but the Lord shined through my weakest state. He was my Strength. Not only did he use him being my strength in this time as a testimony but he was restoring my heart in the process. Each time I shared about it; it got a little bit easier.

I had to rely on him in a way that I’ve never relied on him before. It took me to a new place of intimacy with him. There were days where I didn’t feel up to ministry and longed to be home to comfort my mom. On the days I felt unmotivated to minister are the days that the Lord moved in great ways. He taught me what it looks like to surrender my rights to him. He comforted me in the fact that he had not only my mom but my entire family in the palm of his hand. I realized that some people dream of doing what I have the opportunity to do in South Asia. That in itself made me realize that it was a privilege for me to even be there. The King of Kings and Lord of Lords chose me, chose Me to represent Him in another nation. He could’ve chosen anyone but he handpicked me. And for that reason, I surrendered my emotions and family to him and chose to be obedient to the task he set before me. I knew that he would fight on my behalf for this injustice. The night that I surrendered those things to him and died to my flesh was the greatest night of my life. Seven people made Jesus their Lord and Savior and I was able to use my testimony in a unique way that related more to their culture. A man told me that Jesus was the one who fused his broken leg back together and that none of their other gods ever did anything for them. What a God we serve! I got to minister to a man who was also battling depression (which in this culture a woman ministering to a man isn’t common). He got set free and left joyful and renewed in the Lord.

We saw blind eyes being healed, fevers going away, body pain being removed instantly, people being delivered and much more! One woman in particular that I had the opportunity to pray with had a speech impediment and could only speak simple words. After I prayed with her, I asked her to try speaking out of faith to see if her healing had manifested and she instantly began speaking normal sentences. Her speech impediment was no more! Praise God!❤

Also, we did programs at schools, both government and christian schools, and children were so ready to dedicate their lives to the Lord. As we visited slums, we did children programs and they gave their hearts to God also. I was so humbled to see how these people lived their lives despite having nothing. They were still so joyful and had such a servant heart, this is something we don’t see often in America. Their passion for Jesus was inspiring. They recognize the cost it is to follow him in their country and are sold out to him. It was priceless to see.

We visited churches every Sunday and shared testimonies, did teachings or put on an entire program for them. At one church in particular, a woman came up to me afterwards with chest pain. As I began to pray for her I felt a heat flow through my hand. At the end of the prayer I asked the translator to see if she felt that same heat and she told them she felt a cooling affect on her end and the pain went completely away. WOW!

Our God’s heart is for all people. I can’t wait to continue spreading the gospel to the unreached people and nations. I hope that everyone and their families are safe with the Corona virus going on right now. Know that the Lord is your Strength in this time and he wants to partner with us to accomplish mighty things through the earth and one way he does that is through our prayers. Pray Boldly and without ceasing! It’s his nail-pierced hands that gave us the power to heal sickness and disease. If Jesus can go through the suffering of the cross than we can go through anything because his word promises that he always goes before us!

“Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.” Deuteronomy 31:8 NLT

God Bless!

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  1. Thank you Julia that is an awesome testimony I’m very happy for you very thankful that you got to go on that trip to I believe you’ll never be the same this message is a very encouraging message to specially for this time for the world right now people need to hear the message many people there are being healed I pray the Lord will bless you and use you and the days ahead to as the Holy Spirit leads you you will do many many more things for the Lord I pray many blessings for you and on you in Jesus name thanks again for the wonderful testimony keep smiling things are going to get better

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