I love this place

Hello again from the ends of the earth!

Well, so much has been happening and I have barely had a chance to update my blog lately. All I can say at the moment however is that I’m blessed to be alive to post this update. I learned a valuable lesson this past Friday. That lesson was to never go surfing in overhead waves alone. We had some free time Friday after prayer room and I decided to go surfing. It was a cloudy day so nobody wanted to go to the beach with me which was weird to me since as a Florida boy I always want to go to the beach! So I decided to paddle out alone. The waves were about 8-10 feet and it was way more than I was used to. I tried to duck dive under a wave that had already broken but didn’t get down far enough and it thrashed me around like a dog does a rag doll. This happened three times and I really thought I was going to drown. It is by the sheer mercy of God that I am alive today.

The Lord began speaking to me that night about my experience. I know that He has given me a voice in this generation and on Friday the enemy tried to shut my mouth. He, of course, was unsuccessful and I am even more emboldened now to speak the words of God. Thank you all for your prayers of protection, they really work. 

I had a chance to audition as a singer and musician at THOP about a week and a half ago and was approved to sing and play guitar. I led my first devotional set on Friday and it went super well. I’m really looking forward to playing and singing during this externship and improving musically. There is plenty of room here for us all to have a shot at getting on some teams and stretching our boundary lines a little bit. The Lord has been giving us all first hand experience of what it’s like to be the house of prayer. It’s a much different feeling being the ones who really keep the fire burning. The movement happening here in Tauranga really depends on us. If we don’t show up one morning the fire goes out. It’s a much different feeling than being in a huge environment of prayer where your presence isn’t really that noticed. 

There’s a group coming here tomorrow who will be here for 2 weeks who do a traveling evangelism school called Circuit Riders. They are committed to see revival reach the nations of the earth by training and equipping ones with willing hearts for world evangelization. I have heard of many people who have gone through this 2 week intensive who have come out changed and on fire for the gospel. So, needless to say, I’m pretty excited.

The Awaken Internship also starts tomorrow and we externs are joining the internship staff. We will be spending the remainder of our time here leading the interns. We will be living with them and pouring into them as much as we can. This will definitely be a wonderful season of growth for myself and the rest of the team.

It feels like our externship is finally getting started now. I’ll be posting more detailed updates as we get into our work here. Thank you again to everyone for keeping us in your prayers and sowing into this season financially. This would not be possible without you!

From the ends of the earth,

Gabriel

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One thought on “I love this place

  1. Glad you knew how to swim. I had that near drowning experience before myself. It does wake you up. Glad your OK. Were proud of you. Shalom, Charlie

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