1.Prophetess Deborah with Roger, 2. Prophetess Deborah,3. below scenes from Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo
Dear beloved: I have a very interesting story to tell about a lady from Goma, DROC, whom the Lord brought into my life to bless me and the crusade there, and we in turn blessed her as well. I tell this story as an inspiration to all about the power of the gospel to transform lives, no matter how difficult you believe the situation may be. Romans 1:16 (Paul) For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek (muslim) v17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "But the righteous man shall live by faith."
When we first got to Goma, Congo, we were requested to stop by a church to speak for just a few minutes and invite them to attend the pastor trainings and crusade. The church was pastored by a lady who is a phophetess and calls herself Deborah; but the interesting thing is that she was saved out of the muslim faith and is now pastoring her own church. Even more amazing is that her husband is still a practicing muslim and a leader in one of the Goma mosques, but he has given her freedom to pursue her Christian faith, and also to raise their six children as Christian. The two pictures taken at the top are of Prophetess Deborah as we were preparing to go into the prison in Goma, where we ministered to hundreds of inmates. While at her church, she spoke that the Lord had told her a year and half ago that 3 Wazungas (white men) would come to Goma at this time to bring the good news of the gospel, and to give the people encouragement to strengthen their walk with the Lord.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end. I had been reading through the bible front to back for the second time this year, and on Monday after the crusade I read the story from Judges Chapter 4 and 5, the story of Deborah the Prophetess, who was raised up by the Lord to judge Israel. On that same Monday, I received a call from Deborah asking if she could come to the hotel to have me pray for her, so I agreed and she came with her associate pastor and her oldest son. We went up to my hotel room, and as she knelt before me for prayer, I was struck by the amazing timing of the Lord, in that very day I had read the story of Deborah and how she had delivered Israel from the hand of the enemy Sisera; Jael the wife of Heber had taken a hammer and driven a tent peg through the temple of Sisera as he lay sleeping in her tent.
Because of her radical salvation and boldness in proclaiming the gospel, I believe the Lord has raised up Deborah for a time such as this. I prayed for her and prophesied over her that her husband would also have a radical transforming experience and that he, too, would come to serve the One and only truly God, Jehovah and His son Jesus Christ. I prayed also that God would expand Deborah's territory and that her authority in the kingdom would increase, that all Goma would be blessed as her ministry is blessed. The song of Deborah and Barak, Judges 5:31" Thus let all thine enemies perish, O Lord; But let those who love Him be like the rising of the sun in its might." And the land was undisturbed for forty years.
As I finished praying for her, I prophesied that the Congo was going to be undisturbed for forty years, that Deborah was a harbinger of the peace and prosperity and stability that God is ushering onto the land. It will be unprecedented for the Congo to have stability and not live in fear of kidnaps, rapes, and lawless rebel uprising.
Beloved, pray for Goma and for North Kivu in the Congo, that this time of peace is here, that they will indeed have 40 years of undisturbed time to develop their country. God is using Gather the Outcasts Ministry to help change the destiny of nations. Thank you for your part in moving the kingdom forward in these far off lands. in Christ, Jim