2015 General Santos – Chelsea Van Eck

An Instrument For His Supernatural Works

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Ephesians 3:20-21

Prior to coming to New Philly Church, I had never experienced the supernatural power of God. I didn’t quite know what to expect on the missions field, but I knew that God was going to move powerfully and that He would do big things. I was most excited about physical healings. However, I wasn’t sure how God would use me. On the plane ride to Manila, I wrote down two of my fears in my journal: God won’t heal through me and I don’t have what it takes to minister. But I also wrote down my number one expectation for the trip: a personal revelation of how real God is. Well, God is good. Throughout the trip, God showed me not only how real He is, but that I am a powerful instrument for His supernatural works.

On the first full day in General Santos, our team ministered to students at Faith Bible College. We held a revival service in the evening with 36 students in attendance. There was an alter call after the sermon calling on students to take their place in the Kingdom. God was moving during this time! There were many tears and manifestations of the Holy Spirit, with some people falling to the ground. I was praying for one man in particular whose face was unreadable. But shortly after starting to pray, the power of the Holy Spirit moved upon him and he fell under God’s glory. In that moment, God was teaching me that my prayers are powerful and that even though I had never personally fallen under the Holy Spirit, He was still using me to touch others.

As InAi, a fellow team member, said, “the supernatural is natural in the Kingdom of God.” God continued to show me this every day through physical healings. At an outdoor service at Riverside church, our team prayed over individuals experiencing physical pain. I prayed over two women; one had headaches and the other had stomach pain. After receiving prayer, I checked with a translator. Both of them had received healing! God was using me as an instrument of His supernatural healing. My fears at the beginning of the trip were made null. My faith in a supernatural God continued to increase as He used my hands to heal.

On the last day of ministry, we had a powerful time of prayer for new church leaders. Our Pastor Marcus, our team preacher, and the native pastor came and prayed over our team as well because the Spirit was moving. It was during this time that the Holy Spirit moved in me and I fell under His glory for the first time. I physically felt God’s presence; He was saying “Here I am, I am with you always.” All of these supernatural moments revealed to me a deeper understanding of how powerful and personal God is.

Going on this missions trip to General Santos, Philippines prompted a paradigm shift in my understanding of who God is. Our God is a real and powerful God. He desires to move among His people and to release His supernatural power through the Holy Spirit. I was stuck in thinking that God’s signs and wonders were limited to the “Bible days” and not something that He continued to do today. But in Ephesians 3:20-21 it says that God “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” God uses us as an instrument for His supernatural works, signs and wonders. God continues to move supernaturally in His people to point us to His glory. Amen!

I want to thank each and every one of you for partnering with me in prayer/finances. There was so much grace covering me in health, in team cohesion and in ministry. I ask that you continue to pray for the people of General Santos. Here are several prayer requests.
Thank you!

Prayer points:

  1. Pastor Ching is a native pastor who oversees 130+ churches in the area. He has been battling illness for a while now that is interfering with his ministry. Pray for complete healing and restoration of his body.
  2. The students at the Bible College have such a zeal and fire for the Lord. Pray for good stewardship of what God has done. Pray for doors to be open so they may further the Gospel in their local communities and hearts to be ready to receive.
  3. We met so many native pastors, many of whom are in the rural villages and tribal areas. Pray for good stewarding of God’s word and fire so that God will move and expand His church in these areas.
    Finally, pray that those who were touched by the Holy Spirit and were healed share their experience! To God be the glory!

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