Nathan in Nigeria, AfricaBy Nathan D. Pietsch
I started the year of 2018 in the African country of Nigeria. This is now my third trip to Nigeria. I will then fly to Kenya in February. Nigeria is a very difficult country to live in because their infrastructure is basically non-existent. The power regularly fails resulting in no electricity. They do not have a water drainage system, so their roads are often flooded, making it difficult to travel. Despite the complications, the ministry is wonderful.
The people are very hungry for the authentic Gospel of Jesus Christ and true demonstration of the Holy Spirit. Their medical system is so basic the people must rely upon supernatural miracles of healing. Many Nigerians are now searching for churches who can offer them healing and freedom from demonic spirits. Unfortunately, many go to these churches as "their final bus stop." Most have already gone to the village witchdoctors in an effort to receive healing and deliverance.
The witchdoctors use deviant means in their "healing" practices. This often leaves the people in a much worse condition. As a disciple of Jesus Christ and carrier of the Heavenly Kingdom, I help these people obtain freedom by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 2:4-5 (NKJV), "My speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God."
Please keep me in prayer as I deal with high level demon possessed people on a daily basis.
Fear Not for I AM with You!By Dawn R. Pietsch
In Isaiah 41:10 the Bible says, "Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand (NKJV)." This phrase is very powerful, but yet very few understand it. If we really understood the implications of this verse, we would be fearless! The only One we are to fear is God, because He is the only One who is able to cast our souls into hell! But... even saying that, He is so loving and merciful, desiring that none should perish! He longs for us to be in relationship with Him as we once were at the beginning.
As I was reading the Bible, in the book of Daniel, chapter 9, God was able to use the pagan kings to do His will. He used Nebuchadnezzar, Cyrus, and Darius. If the King of Israel would have listened, and not been fearful, he could of saved the lives of many others by listening to the word of the Lord through the prophets. Daniel, Shadrak, Meshak, and Abednigo were some of the young Jewish men who were blessed during such a horrific event that took place in Israel. God used these young men to shape world history and turn these kings hearts to the Most High God! Two of the kings actually allowed the Jewish people to go back to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple while they were in captivity!
The Kings even gave out of their own treasuries to provide supplies for them to rebuild the temple. How wild is that! My point is... that if we listen to the Lord, and do His will, regardless of how stretching it may be to us, we could actually see many amazing miracles, and see the salvation of the Lord at hand! "Fear not, for I AM with you!" God is actually for us, and not against us!