Here are some of the highlights from out conference and training on Theophostic ministry in May here in Russia:
- Our public event, meant to introduce the broader Christian community to the ministry of Theophostic prayer, went better than I had expected. Nearly 200 people from all kinds of churches attended. About 6 other cities were also represented. As a result:
- About 60 of them signed up for training.
- About 60 (probably a lot of overlap) signed up to receive personal ministry from one of our trained team members.
This has made our ministry apartment/office bursting with activity, and our students are getting motivated by all the lives they are witnessing being touched by God's love and healing.
Ed Smith, founder of Theophostic prayer, also led three days of training for those already trained and practicing. It was in-depth training and demonstrations for working with issues from eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, disassociation, etc. There were over 40 in attendance, and they were all really encouraged and excited about moving forward.
Among the cases we have ministered to so far:
- a man with a background in the occult
- a young woman who is not even Christian, but just hungry for something. She had a terrible past, but Jesus touched her in a very personal way, and she felt his healing presence very tangibly.
As a side note, I found out that although TPM has been around since 1996 and spread all over the world organically, its materials are only translated into four other languages: Spanish, Indonesian, and right at almost the same time German and Russian. So I'm thrilled that God gave us the grace to have been a part of releasing this ministry into Russia, because I am confident it will have a major impact long-term.
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge -that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Act. 3:17-19