Do This to Make the Bride Ready, and Awakening Will Come to Your Nation

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by Melissa Nordell

I asked the Lord for His “State of the Church Address,” inquiring how He feels the Church is doing throughout the world, and what He gave me was not what I expected. The best part about it was that after He explained how the Church is doing, He gave me a root solution and confirmed it in a dream.

“The Bride is not ready,” He explained with deep concern. It grieved the Lord that there is so much disunity in His Church, plus a lack of salvations and root darkness in the world. So, I asked the Lord what we are to do about this dilemma, expecting an answer on how to rectify this mainly through intercession.

Reparative Intercession and The Root Issue

It took me a while to “wrap my head around” what the Lord was saying about His concerns and His solution to bringing “Awakening” to a region, as He gave me several points. First, He reminded me that I had spoken with Dr. Negiel Bigpond of the Euchee Nation, Founder of Native American Circle of Prayer and 2 Rivers Native American Training Center, for a Godreports.com and Elijah List’s Breaking Christian News article (2-04-2014) https://www.breakingchristiannews.com/articles/display_art.html?ID=13275) about his new Native American television studio.

During that interview, Dr. Bigpond told me of a word from Dr. Billy Graham who stated that the biggest end-times Revival/Reformation in the United States, just before Jesus returns, would happen when the Native people in America come en masse to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. Dr. Graham said that in order to shift the United States to a saving grace in Jesus Christ requires a major effort in bringing the Native peoples to Jesus. I researched this word from Dr. Billy Graham, who many never realized was often apostolically prophetic, and of course found it to be true; however, Dr. Graham’s word is not just going to happen…it needs intercession and effort to bring it about. We must help the Natives of our given lands come to Jesus, and the only way that can happen is through strategic intercession before works will produce much fruit.

The Lord said that as the original, foundational peoples who were placed in a land by Him, having initial title to the land, come to Him, the rest of the nation will awaken and come to Jesus en masse; but that it is imperative to do major uprooting of the causes of darkness and mistreatment of these wonderful First People, breaking the resulting curses on the land that defiles it. We know that transformational intercession and strategic spiritual warfare have been proven and bear lasting fruit, resulting in not only healing the land but it’s people as well, bringing light out of darkness. There are so many scriptures in the Bible concerning what defiles the land, and all we need to do is renounce, repent, break curses and plead the Blood of Jesus for specific sins; then darkness dissipates, and more light can abound. This is true for any nation, any area.

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Dr. Negiel Bigpond

I Had a Dream

It was a bit to grasp that there could be such an easy fix for all of this by uprooting darkness through specific and thorough “standing-in-the-gap” repentance, forgiveness and pleading the Blood of Jesus on the land for the sins of and against the indigenous peoples. There are so many historical facts that we find needing repentance and renouncement, but the worst atrocity is that we Christians lacked in bringing the love and truth of Jesus to the indigenous peoples on every continent and island. So, I silently asked the Lord to verify the importance of this in a dream.

That night I had a powerful, colorful dream in which the roots of vast crops on the land were infected with every kind of disease and mold, in muted and dark colors. This represented varying harm to the First Nations People in the United States. As the dream continued, I saw intercessors warring in the Spirit, repenting and renouncing in the background. And as they did, these dead and infected roots came out of the land precisely and entirely, with weeds uprooted and rocks thrown out as well. As this type of strategic intercession was done, the land healed and a great, strong and healthy crop sprouted up immediately, grew and flourished rapidly with healthy, bright colors abounding. Quickly in the next part of the dream, I could see the entire Church superimposed on the strong and healthy crop as the whole Church powerfully experienced healing, strength, and multiplication…and the Greatest Harvest began.

Farmers and gardeners know that if a root is rotten or lacking, disease spreads and that crop and the next crop fails. We all presently reap what has been sown in a land from generation to generations past if the various sins are not repented of, as seen in many scriptures in the Bible. Deut 29:27 says, “And the anger of the Lord was kindled against this land, to bring upon it all the curses that are written in this book.” Added to that, you cannot plant a crop where there are prolific weeds, rocks and hard ground. You must completely uproot the bad roots and weeds, remove rocks and debris, then heal the soil in order to have a good harvest. Only after the land is cleansed and healed (repentance, renouncements, forgiveness, pleading the Blood of Jesus) can seeds be effectively planted (evangelism), fertilized (with helps and healing) and watered (by God’s Word).

The First Peoples Were First

It stands to reason, logically, spiritually, and biblically in Jesus’ instructions to carry out the Great Commission, that if bad seeds and roots against the original inhabitants of a nation have been planted and not uprooted, the soil not cleansed and healed, then there can be no major harvest or revival because the soil has been contaminated since the beginning. There has been mistreatment of all peoples in differing areas; however, there is such principle importance regarding the indigenous, archetypal peoples that have a spiritual and deep, quintessential tie to their land since Creation. These are the people who have had ties to paganism and principalities that inhabited that land before the gospel came to that area. Plus, indigenous peoples have a sincere understanding and love for their land, making it even more important to get to these deepest roots.

Scripture says in Jer. 1:10, “See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.” Of course, there is more to spiritual warfare than just rooting out (repentance) as we must plant good kingdom seeds as well – but the rooting out comes first.

The Lord then showed me that when darkness that has defiled the land since its inception is amended, then even the government and the other kingdom mountain structures will experience healing and Godly renewal. Next, He showed me that the vast roots of racial disharmony originally came from tribal fighting and sins against the indigenous peoples as well. Revival and the Last Great Harvest will not come without specific forgiveness and repentance for all issues regarding First Peoples. Heal the root and all else will follow.

As prophetic, transformational people, we are called to look for spiritual roots, following Holy Spirit as to what God is saying is the deep cause of a problem in the kingdom, looking for those things that hinder revival, transformation, and reformation. We wrestle not against flesh and blood (Eph 6:12) but must stand in the gap in the Spirit and repent for atrocities that have defiled us all. It does seem like such a simple solution; but that is often His way, with a root fix that is right under our noses. Sometimes things are so easy that we miss it; but when we follow Holy Spirit as Jesus did (John 5:19), there is fruit – immediate and lasting fruit.

       “And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you…’” Matt 28:18-20.  The “First People” of any country are the roots to that country, whose heart and soul are in the land…and the land is in them. They have a true understanding of the richness of the land and were planted there by God for a reason. Could there be any better way to change a nation for God’s kingdom than by healing at the very root? Chuck Pierce says; “Reach the native peoples of your nation and you have your nation!”

Spiritual reparations must be made, and justice must reign. This author’s ancestor, Captain Thomas Harris, was a British officer who came to America on the ship “Prosperous” to establish English colonies in 1611, a few years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. America is in my soul and I feel it. I cry at any American parade or our National Anthem…but the land called America plus the deep hurt from the murders, the Trail of Tears, broken treaties and misuse of native peoples has been in the soul of Native Americans exponentially. In Dr. Bigpond’s words, “it’s in our DNA.”

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All Tribes DC, camping in tents near the Washington Monument, with Native Tribes uniting and interceding for The United States (photo courtesy Negiel Bigpond)

Go Deeper

       Yes, we have heard this before and some of this has been done, but the Lord said that we have only scratched the surface. We have not taken this seriously enough. “Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, ‘Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught’” (or catch), is found in Luke 5:4. When we go deeper, following Holy Spirit, the “catch” is greater. New intercession and spiritual warfare go much deeper and more specific. We have not before realized the important bedrock fact that the First People of every nation were the first to claim the land, the first to shed their blood on the land, making them the most seriously in need of transformation and healing. The Lord showed me that if the Church makes a concerted, sincere effort to bring indigenous people into the Church by fully healing root issues, the Church across each nation, each continent, will shift mightily….it will open the heavens over that land.

In Rev 5: 9, it is written: “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred (or tribe), and tongue, and people, and nation.”

       Get ready for root, original First Nations peoples to be leading the Bride…not bringing up the rear!

(Copyright 2019 Strategic Prayer Command Ministry)

Unique Ministry Sends Food to Missionaries all Over the World – and needs your intercession

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Few people know of an amazingly special YWAM (Youth With A Mission) base, called Gleanings for the Hungry, located in Central California, whose mission is to help feed the hungry of the world, both spiritually and physically, by providing nutritious food. In order to receive food, a mission agency must be distributing the food as part of a larger ministry, which always includes the presentation of the gospel of Christ.

Wally Wenge, founder of this YWAM base, noticed that imperfect fruit was being thrown out by farmers in the Central Valley which could be dried and used by missionaries in areas where people were starving. He felt led by God to develop the processing and distribution plant to fulfill this need, so he began to learn how to dry large amounts of fruit, and later to make dried soup mixes, drawing on the story of Ruth in the Bible where the poor were allowed to “glean” food that was left in the field after harvest. Food is distributed to needy seniors, widows, orphans, victims of disaster, and refugees. Recent shiploads went to Greece to feed the Syrian refugees escaping across the dangerous sea.

Fruit season in the summer months at Gleanings is a very busy time. Since 1982, peaches and nectarines are processed and dried in the hot Central California sun to preserve them for transport to missions feeding around the world. Cull fruit, which cannot be sold at market value, is donated by growers to feed the hungry. Processing consists of sorting, washing, pitting, sun drying and packing the delicious fruit into buckets for shipment. Youth from homeschools, churches, youth groups and Christian schools from all over the United States and Canada volunteer for a week at a time during the summer months, coming most often with their pastors. Day groups come as well and kitchen workers feed  100-200 mostly youth volunteers each meal from different parts of the United States and Canada during these busy months.

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(Peaches and nectarines being sorted, then drying in the hot California sun)

Soup season starts each Fall when volunteers work in the soup mix plant at Gleanings. The soup can include dehydrated vegetables, rice, lentils, pasta, dried potatoes and other ingredients that are mostly donated. These are combined with spices to make a very flavorful and nutritious meal. Volunteers package the soup in heat-sealed bags for easy distribution, packing those in boxes, then shipping containers to be sent worldwide. Receiving missions use the soup mix in feeding programs, schools, orphanages and to reach families while sharing God’s love and the Gospel.

Staff member Lori Ragains states that adult volunteers come any time of the year and stay for 2 weeks to three months, as well as local volunteers coming for the day. “Snowbirds” from Canada and northern states come escaping the harsh cold winter months to volunteer in sharing Christ’s love through food and the Gospel. At any time of year, volunteers come with their RV’s and stay for weeks or a weekend to help where needed. Jerry and Cynthia Braka loved working for the Lord at Gleanings so much that they came on staff after retiring and now serve in housekeeping and grounds service.

During the cooler months, quilts are handmade to be distributed to the poor and shared around the world with love as well. Recently, quilters sewed quilts for Holocaust survivors in Israel who are too old to work and do not receive assistance, bringing comfort and God’s love. The Lord opened the door for missionaries to bring food and prayer along with the quilts.

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(Quilters doing what they love at Gleanings, bringing love and comfort to a hurting world)

A man from Venezuela, who works two jobs in Los Angeles, knows too well how dire conditions are for people in his home country. He often drives his truck from LA to Gleanings, picks up crates of food and pays for it to be shipped himself. Most know that the dictator of Venezuela will not allow any shipments of free food and supplies to come into the country to feed the starving people, and even burned food trucks trying to enter over the border. So, God has allowed food to be shipped to this LA man’s sister who distributes it to churches, orphanages, and the elderly. Also, an office supply company in the U.S. has offices in Venezuela, so they ship food undetected along with the office supplies to their warehouses in Venezuela for distribution to the poor, along with sharing the gospel message.

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(Local youth volunteering to pack the dried fruit in the summer)

Deut 15:10 “Thou shalt surely give him, and thine heart shall not be grieved when thou givest unto him: because that for this thing the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto.”

A family from a Muslim country with very limited civil rights in Central Asia has come to Gleanings to work since persecution was too great for them in their home country. Their neighbors would not let their children play with this family’s kids when they suspected they were not Muslim. The children were ostracized. The father of the family taught about Jesus very secretly in their home when people would trickle in to hear about the Lord; however, this was very dangerous. The children went to school and could not let anyone know they are Christians, lest they be persecuted. One of the child’s teachers was teaching on religion in school and the child said that she knew about Christ. The teacher reacted and quickly wanted to know why she knew Jesus. The child was very smart in answering that her grandmother had come from an area where Jesus was talked about, which protected the family’s safety. As things got worse for the family, they were able to obtain exit visas after a year’s process to come to help at Gleanings for a time, which was an absolute miracle. The father is a strong pastor who says that he would like to return to his home country to pastor and evangelize as much as he safely can; but when it is God’s will and timing for them to do so. Here the children have learned that it is safe to talk about Jesus with their friends and in school without the threat of death or imprisonment, and are able to go to a Sunday school and worship with other children which they have never been able to do, thoroughly enjoying this new freedom.

Gleanings also hosts a YWAM DTS (Discipleship Training School) which consists of a twelve-week course of classroom lectures with an eight-week mercy ministry outreach to a foreign nation. This program provides a fast-paced, faith-building challenge for anyone wanting to grow his or her faith and has the heart to reach nations for the Lord. DTS is the entry-level school for YWAM.

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(Making peach pallets ready for drying fruit)

Gleanings receives millions of pounds of donated nutritious food to this non-profit, 501c3 organization. Generous companies have donated nutrition and energy bars, raisins, pasta, cereal, vitamins, flour, cooking oil, rice, beans, nuts, various fruits (dried and fresh), spices, various dried vegetables, and quilting supplies and fabric. Also, donations of time and service, furniture, machinery, and equipment have allowed for a greater impact for desperate people in need all over the world. Many also give financially to help feed the world’s hungry.

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(Many seniors from the U.S., and “snowbirds” from Canada come to volunteer in differing jobs at Gleanings in order to bring the gospel to a hurting world)

As the food is processed and as shipments leave the facility, every part of the crop “gleanings” are prayed for as well as for the missions and missionaries serving in hard places. Some of the countries that have received Gleanings food have been: Armenia, Fiji, Liberia, Romania, Belarus, Mexico, Ghana, Moldova, South Sudan, Guatemala, Burkina Faso, Haiti, Tanzania, Niger, Cambodia, Israel, Nigeria, Ukraine, Venezuela, Cuba, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Jordan, Paraguay, Zimbabwe, El Salvador, Kenya, Ethiopia, Lebanon, and most recently to refugees exiting war-torn Syria – all coming from a small town called Dinuba in California.

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(Soup processing at Gleanings for shipment to missions around the world who bring the gospel to the unsaved)

Matt 25:40 “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

For more information:

Gleanings for the Hungry

43029 Road 104

Dinuba, CA 93618

Facebook/YWAMGleanings

info@gleanings.org

www.gleanings.org

559-591-5009

Fax 559-591-5036

(all photos courtesy Gleanings for the Hungry)