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Boots on the Ground (Belize)

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Day 1 – Boots on the Ground
Gathering at DFW airport, the mission had already begun… or the attacks had, though I am sure everyone has had their fair share leading up to the trip.  A girl named Sarah did not have a consent form from her father.  This was her first mission trip, and she has dreams of being in medical missions, so it was a rocky start.  I waited with her and told her stories until her dad came back and narrowly missed the cutoff time.
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As we entered through security, this minor calamity averted, it was obvious that the enemy was trying to keep us all from coming to Belize.  However, we did not let fear or worry get in the way, but pressed in with faith.
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More complications when we arrived and getting our luggage through customs, but no big deal.  Here, I am in my element.  With this being my 28th foreign mission trip though I have never been in Belize, I was ready for the adventure once again!!!
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L.J and Sheldon transported us to the Belize sign after we had loaded our luggage and I was blessed with being in the van with a very nice luxury AC.  Probably the only time I will have it on this trip, but for half the team or more, this is their first mission trip, and I was glad to let them have the true cultural experience riding in the window-conditioned bus.  Belize has surprised me at the poverty level and run down appearance even near the airport.  It reminds me of Cambodia in many ways.  The air is muggy though the temperature is less hot than Texas.  It does not seem like it when you are constantly sweating.
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At the Belize Sign, I approached a man named Ashton.  I spoke with him a bit and invited him to take a picture with us.  He seemed to have other intentions when he hugged several of the attractive females, and I even had to pull him out of an embrace and ask him questions about himself to keep him focused on other things.  I ended up praying for him and asking God to show him his true family and His love.  Paul happened to be there and gave him a word about God restoring a broken relationship in his life.  Here it was, real-time ministry in Belize, and it was so easy.
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We left here and ate together at the Cheers restaurant where I was able to get to know Santie a little better.  Then we journeyed to the base and had an orientation before heading to bed… later than most wanted.  After taking a nice cold shower, I write this basking in the glory of the foreign mission, where I have been privileged to be once again.
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Devotion – Boots on the Ground
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Matthew 6:10 Your kingdom come.Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 
 
Romans 8:37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 
You are in a battle!!!  Every day of your life you are warring for the freedom of your soul.  Sometimes, you will be given the opportunity to fight for others as well.  As we travel to Belize, we are warring for an entire nation, souls to be prepared and revival to be harvested for the Kingdom.  Wherever you are, God is able to use you in a mighty way as long as you do not let the enemy make you back down.  Sarah did not give up but pressed in because she has a purpose on this trip. I stepped in to encourage where I could have passed by only looking out for myself.  Brothers and sisters, we are in this battle together and we cannot afford to leave anyone behind.
God is calling you to do great things for Him wherever you are.  When you obey, you are His boots on the ground.  It is up to you to take the fight to the enemy and forcefully advance the Kingdom of God.  The enemy will not stand by and do nothing, but you partnering with God makes a majority in any and every situation. Never back down from what God has called you to do and never settle for less than all He has for you.  You must stand for Him and do what’s right because so many people are counting on you!!!
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Challenge – Ask God to help you be His boots on the ground today. Now, step out and be obedient to what He tells you to do no matter how big, small, or silly it may seem.  Your obedience has the power to invite God into a situation so He can move in the greatest way possible.

 

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One Year Ago…

It has been one year since Katie and I returned from our amazing adventures, one year since Gibsons Go Global officially started. It seems like it was just yesterday, but at the same time it seems like a lifetime ago. No one could have prepared us for what God called us to do. It was definitely a learning process God was teaching us and training us along the way as He does with all of those who are walking in obedience.

In New York, we learned the importance of the one and the power of prayer. God sent us there for one person — my friend Zach and to pray for the city. Would God send us to the largest city in the US to minister to one person and pray??? Was anyone else in that city able to do what we did???

New York City skyline

When we arrived in Norway, our perception of what would happen was slightly different. We focused heavily on the one, Kjetil, and this led us to be able to minister to a small home group of six. Here, we learned the importance of spiritual heritage, and that we cannot sit back and wait for the enemy to attack. We must press forward in our Godly heritage as warriors to take back the land of the enemy that rightfully belongs to the Son who bought it with His sacrifice.

House Church Fun in Norway

The invitation to Scotland came out of nowhere, but God was ready to put us to work with Gary and Vanessa Irvine. Here, we learned that the light of God was shining all over the world and the importance of coming together in unity to accomplish the work of the Lord!!! We were able to see even more clearly, the global revival that God is positioning His people to carry out.

Praying at Stirling House of Prayer in Scotland

Already having several contacts in England, we quickly launched into many diverse ministries out of more than three different churches. Vicar Robert and Pastor Sam set us up to be able to minister in prison, on the streets, in churches, prophetic conferences, pastors meetings, pray for healings, and prayer walk the city. We also developed some key lifelong relationships and learned the value of creating family in foreign cultures.

Cell Group in Newcastle, England

Returning to Spain where we first started our courtship was amazing for a rest and reconnecting with each other and good friends like Pastor Alfredo, Danny, and Jose Maria. Even here, we learned how God was moving like a wind across the land bringing revival. We got the privilege of sharing words in several churches, groups, and youth in various settings.

Don Quixote in Madrid, Spain

An unexpected trip to Kosovo yielded some great time to rest and refresh and yet here, God was still teaching and molding us for things to come. We learned of the true power of forgiveness and restoration and the value of perseverance to see the fruit that God is bringing forth. We did less ministry here, but got the opportunity to encourage and pray for several missionaries and a local pastor Imir.

With friends in Kosovo

Our trip to India yielded the most visible fruit. Prakash hosted us and setup ministry and invited us to minister with other visiting teams. We returned to be with Pastor Daniel and teach a YWAM DTS as well as a gathering of pastors in his hometown. God even allowed us to travel to the far Northeast and meet Maremi and minister to the Miso people. God opened blind eyes, set people free, and healed and saved so many people.

Worship in northeast Aizawl, India

Preaching at a leper colony in Dharmapuri, India

It was difficult getting into Cambodia, but God had us here during the hottest season to speak to Both’s church and encourage the leaders at the YWAM base in Batambang. It was great returning here and being able to give back once again to the Khmer people and missionaries alike.

With Pastor Timothy and his wife in Battambang, Cambodia

Australia was our last foreign place to visit and here God was continuing to teach us and train for what was to come. We got to minister to a deeply spiritual people and speak truth to many who had strange spiritual concepts. We were able to minister with Kevin and YWAM Byron Bay as well as encourage some new friends in Brisbane before our trip home.

Serving the community of Byron Bay, Australia

Returning to the US, we did not stop ministering as we stopped in Hawaii to see old friends in YWAM and speak life to family near San Francisco. One year ago today, we finally returned home.

Friends in Kona, Hawaii

Family in California

Now, we are waiting. After so much teaching, training, and growing that God did in us, we are ready to spread the fire of revival even more. We have continued in every way that we can. Speaking to family, friends, churches, and even strangers about how awesome our God is. God has opened some doors, but we desire to be used so much more. Now, we are waiting, but definitely not idle. It is hard to be idle with an eight week old, but even now God is using him to open doors to minister.

We do not know what is next or what doors are opening to us as you may not either, and that is okay. I encourage you to be faithful to God and continue to use everything you have to serve Him. Give yourself completely to Him, grow in the waiting time, and He will do the work to propel you into all that He has for you!!!

Gibson Family Love

Gibson Family Love

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh!!!

Azariah, The Mighty Warrior!!!

Circumnavigating the Sphere (Recap) – Video Update #11

The time has come to unveil the recap video of our entire 9 month-long faith journey with the Lord this first year of our marriage!  One call and one desire to be simply obedient sent us out to share the Love of God with the world.  From speaking in churches to prayer groups, to ministering to lepers, homeless and party-goers, to praying for numerous people and seeing legs grow out, and miraculous healings; God has done so many incredible things that we couldn’t possibly include them all in one video.

So, if you would like to know more details about our time spent in each country, check out our blogs found in the categories icon on the right column.  Pray about continuing to partner with us.  This information can also be found at the right side of this page.

May the Blessing of the Lord Be Upon You,

Jeremiah (Man on Fire) and Katie (Pure Fire of Yahweh) Gibson

Changing Cambodia – Video Update #9

God brought us to Cambodia on the eighth stop in this crazy awesome faith journey that He has us on.  He did some cool stuff there and had us speak in a few churches, lead Bible studies, and encourage the staff at the YWAM base in Battambang.

Back to Texas: Newsletter #1

We are ending one journey of the Lord and beginning another as we head back to the U.S.  We will begin sending out monthly newsletters that will keep you informed with what God is doing currently with us as well as covering bits and pieces of this journey with the Lord that is coming to an end.  Here is our first newsletter.  We look forward to sharing with you all that God is doing!!! 🙂

May 2014 Monthly Newsletter

May 2014 Monthly Newsletter

 

A Light in the Darkness

The Land Down Under.  Kangaroos, boomerangs, and Steve Irwin.  These are the things we think of when envisioning the Outback.  My wife and I have been in Australia for more than a week now, and this is the first official blog about Australia.  We have been involved in a flurry of activities interspaced with moments of rest.  Things with us are busy and yet chill as the culture here denotes.

Chillin on a rainy day at the Sydney Opera House.

Chillin on a rainy day at the Sydney Opera House.

We are ministering in a small town called Byron Bay.  This area is known for a lot of things… none of which are listed above.  There are beautiful beaches here, lots of surfing, a lighthouse, and cults.  That’s right.  Maybe the Lord prepared us for the culture here by having us visit a cult our last Sunday in Cambodia.  It seems that there is a longing for the spiritual things here that exhibits itself in many ways.

New Age is rampant as well as many other cults that deceive people from the Truth.  Maybe this is because Byron Bay is the most Easterly point in Australia.  It is called the Eastgate, and because of this the enemy wants to take this city as his own.

As strong as the darkness is here, the bright light of the Son is all around.  We have visited two churches here that are solid and on fire, walking in the salvation, healing, and deliverance that Jesus called His people to.  The YWAM community has been here for more than 10 years and God is placing them in the perfect position to destroy the influence of the enemy in this place. Even as we visited the Lighthouse on the cliffs at Eastgate, God spoke to me about the spiritual lighthouses that are here.  There is so much light here that the darkness will not last for long. The gates of the enemy will not be able to stand against the Kingdom of God that is rolling forward here.  It is interesting that the people here, even the ones that are so involved in the dark things, are open to talk and share, and that is what we have been doing.  We listen to their deception and pray, then they sit and listen to the Truth that we have to give.  When the darkness is placed next to the light of the Truth, it becomes clear which one is the light.  There is no denying the light and the darkness.

Photo: Byron Bay Lighthouse at sunset.  Photo cred. Murray Vanderveer

Photo: Byron Bay Lighthouse at sunset. Photo cred. Murray Vanderveer

We got to talk with three surfer-hippie types.  One from Australia, one from Germany, and one from Norway that were all living in a camper van by the beach talked with us about the Truth. In the end, they did not miraculously choose to follow Christ, but the Truth was spoken clearly and seeds were planted.  We did not beat them over the head with the Truth so they would be defensive and not listen to anything we said.  We listened to them and then spoke the Truth without compromise.

It is Holy Spirit’s job to give us the words to say and do the working their hearts.  Nothing I say or do can change a person.  I speak and act in obedience, and God will use me to plant, water, and sometimes harvest.  It is much more fun to harvest and bring a soul into the Kingdom… but it is always a result of Holy Spirit!!!

God has made you to be a light no matter where you may be!!!  The darkness may be dark, but the light is always brighter!!!

Pray and ask Holy Spirit how you can be a light and speak the Truth.  Then, be the Light of the World that Jesus calls you to be (Matthew 5:14-16).

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Know the Truth

Our time in Cambodia was different from every other place that God has taken us to, as has been the pattern of our journey thus far.  One of the things that remain the same is that God never fails to bring about God appointments where ever we go.

This little guy decided to join us on the bus and fell asleep on me.

This little guy decided to join me on the bus and fell asleep on me.

Last Saturday, Jeremiah and I went to an internet cafe for breakfast so we could do some work.  Soon after ordering drinks, the electricity went off and we found ourselves in the presence of a woman trying to get us to buy cookies to benefit the children of Cambodia. Jeremiah asked her what they do for the children and she said that they do a reading program. Jeremiah responded, saying that we believe unless you are helping them spiritually as well, you are not really helping them at all.  She said that they do help them spiritually, that they too were Christians.  She then invited us to her church for service on Sunday morning.  Later on that evening, Jeremiah said that he felt that there was an open door with this woman and we would go to her church.  Though no one on the base had heard of this church, we made a deal that we would try and find it and if not, we would have church together.

After a little trouble finding the church (It was not at Omega Hotel, but at Alpha Hotel…perhaps we should have started at the beginning and not the end,)  we arrived at the small gathering of people all dressed in the same white clothing.  Their church service consisted of watching and partaking in a pre-taped service from the Philippines, at their home church.  It did not take long for us to realize that this was no ordinary church service, but it was in fact, a cult that we had been invited to.  There were so many red flags within the first 10 minutes and throughout the 3 hour service.  During the service, I asked Jeremiah several times about leaving, but he said he felt there was someone to talk to.

The pastor of the church essentially spoke a message of repentance, through instilling fear that without repenting, horrible things would occur.  That you must repent and your life has to be completely given over to the Father and King, and live accordingly to the will of the Father.  He also spoke primarily on God’s love, reading all of 1 Corinthians 13.  Through many things, this man had now become the “Appointed Son of God”; basically, Jesus had not finished the work. Jesus came for the Jews, but God had appointed him to come for the Gentiles.  After the service, the leader of the church tried to get us to come to a meeting to hear more but he would not share the beliefs, saying that it was too complicated.

The Truth is, what Jesus preached was not complicated.  It is simple and made for everyone to understand. God sent us there to speak Truth where there was deception.  No, we did not see a change immediately, but planting Truth will always win out in the end, because Jesus is The Way, THE TRUTH, and The Life.  The problem with this cult and many others is that the people heard the message one man was given through spoken word, dreams and visions, and they followed him. There was no Bible there during his time of receiving this.  The Bible says ‘the enemy disguises himself as an angel of light’ (2 Cor. 11:14).  Paul warns us over and over again in Romans to beware of false prophets and teachers.  Though this man taught from Scripture, he was not teaching the whole Bible and from the Lord, thus leading 6 million people astray.

The point of the photo always stood out to me.

The point of this always got me.

 Joshua 1:8 instructs us toStudy this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.”  We must study and know the Bible by spending time with God and receiving revelation from Him. Then when the enemy comes, we will be able to recognize it and bring to light what is moving in the darkness.  Have you given yourself wholly to studying the Word and receiving all the God wants to give you through it?  Are you familiar with the Truth and able to discern when something is not Biblical?  If not, I urge you to learn the Truth; and the best way to do this is by spending time with Jesus and reading His Word and receive the life and joy that comes from this devotion!!!

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh!!!