Mission In Africa aged 12
Dear Heather and the Powerpack team ,I’m writing to tell you about how you helped me go out in the world and make a difference !I came to power pack a couple of years ago now and in the morning service the first year i came, we talked about Heidi Baker and her work out in Africa, which I felt myself really connect to! And we raised money for flip flops for the kids on the dump. At that time i knew about Vella Passmore and Tracey who are out in Mozambique and i felt that I just wanted to find out more and help. The following year Tracey was down again and we did the power pack academy (I’m not sure if you still do it ) You could choose out of prayer, preaching, mission and many more and you’d do exercises and learn about it. I decided to do the mission academy with Tracey and me and my friends went. Some of the younger lads were talking about going on missions to us. I was really interested and from a little girl i have always wanted to go out in the world and i just felt God put it in my heart to go to Mozambique were Tracey is and help others ! I went away from grapevine all bubbly and desiring to go! Little did i know then that i would be sat here now telling you about my mission trip to Africa!When we got back from Grapevine i spoke to my parents and then said in front of the church about what had happened. My parents kinda caught the vision as well and wanted to go as a family to help so I know that it wasn’t just me talking to myself but it was God.  I then knew that i have to save lots of money because we were just starting private school and Mum and Dad needed help! So what i did was i started to make cards and sell cakes to raise money and our church Christian fellowship in Ilfracombe were very supportive! I managed to put a great deal toward it all! we then looked at dates and flights and it was decided i was to go on a mission at the age of 12 nearly 13 to Africa in last October 08. I went with my mum, dad, sister and a friend .My experience was amazing out there we got to meet all the kids see how others have to live and we went out for meals with Tracey and saw her roll in it all and it was great to see what God is doing out there ! There is a passion in my heart for helping others but I’m not sure if that’s what God wants me to do yet. We helped out Vella, took some boys swimming and I went on top of the Bocaria (the dump) which was great because i thought a few years back i was seeing pictures of this place with Heidi now I’m here!! Also to see these people so desperate for prayer and help was amazing! We helped out in many departments which was great!So over all i had a live changing experience. I would just like to say thank you to you all for making this happen because of your opportunities you give young Christian. you enable us to grow and listen to God and much more ! THANK YOU ! You are making a real difference in young kids lives!Yours sincerelyLauren


God says he holds our whole family in his hands.

I am the Mum of Sarah who is 9. We were at Grapevine Celebration in August. One night after Powerpack Sarah said to me “God says that He holds our whole family in His hands.” I asked her how God had told her this. She said that the children had all been asked to lay on the floor and ask God to tell themsomething, and that is what God had told her. I was overjoyed that God was speaking to my little girl. God had told me the same thing earlier in the summer when I’d been anxious over a situation, and I hadn’t mentioned it to Sarah. The confirmation was excellent. Last Saturday, my husband Steve had a fall and concussed himself and ended up in hospital, needing a brain scan. My Mum took Sarah and her brother home from the hospital, and on the way, Sarah said “God has our family in his hands, so I know Daddy will be OK.” Back at the hospital, as my husband was being wheeled in for the scan, I remembered this word and “reminded” God of it. Steve’s brain scan was clear, and he’s recovering well. As a Mum, I just wanted you to know this, and also want to say a huge thank-you for the work you do with our children. I often pray that God will prove himself to my children while they are still young, so that they will always know beyond any shadow of doubt that He is real, and He cares for them. God definitely proved himself to Sarah this year at Powerpack.

Huge thanks, and may God continue to greatly bless you and the work you do.

Amanda


14 Years Ago 
Hello, my name is Ted, I live in California, USA. I am 22 and nearly done with college. I first attended Powerpack in the Spring of 1997, and it was there that I was baptized in the Holy Spirit. Today I am still, as the song goes: “Standing strong (I won’t hold back!) Following Jesus (no way back!)”
Thank you for investing in me all those years ago!

Ted


A long term deposit put in his life.
Hi Powerpack team,
I realize Grapevine is nearly upon us and that you are all very busy, but I did want to contact you and tell you a story that I hope will encourage.  I work for the an Inter-Schools Christian Union, we are a schools work ministry. Every August we take up to 70 secondary school aged young people on a camp. One of the camp highlights is the daily ‘Primetime’ meetings – lots of fun and laughter, heartfelt worship and you can hear a pin drop when the speaker gets up to give the days message.

My 12 year old son Nathan was on his second camp this year. Three times he ended the Primetime meeting on his hands and knees for around 20 minutes, people stepping over him to get to the exit! He told me afterwards that he was praying for his friend Tom, who was ill with a sickness bug, and for his autistic friend. By the next day Tom was fully recovered, and the autistic friend had grown so much in confidence over the week, made friends and even gone swimming three times, which he never normally does.

Nathan’s parting comment was ‘they taught us to do that at Powerpack’.

Nathan is bitterly disappointed to be too old for Powerpack at this years Grapevine – but how great to know what an excellent, long-term deposit has been put in his life by the Powerpack team. Thank you so much – and we shall be praying for you all over the weekend, have a great one!

Blessings
Pam

A left foot turned inwards
I’ve heard from Daniel’s mum an amazing testimony! He was born with his left foot turned inwards, which made it hard for him to walk properly. Since being prayed for in Powerpack his foot has straightened out and he can walk perfectly. It’s stayed fine even now he’s home – God is so good!
Well done for leading us into an amazing time with God.
God bless!
Lorraine

Camping is good but not as good as Powerpack
A few days ago we were talking about Powerpack and about another church camp we are attending in the spring (not with Powerpack). He said camping is good but Powerpack is awesome and every day he prays that God will be as real to him all year as He is there. He also said he doesn’t want to leave Powerpack and when he is too old to attend he would like to be a leader and one day go on missions!!

You guys are all such an inspiration to those children we would go to Grapevine just for that alone because it is worth every penny to see his face after every meeting and know his love for God is growing.

Michelle


A Life Transformed
Last time we went to Spring Harvest Samuel was 5 and claimed not to have enjoyed the children’s activities and was reluctant to go. I wasn’t sure how he would be this time, even though he is now 7 and he definitely had half a mind to object strongly. However when I went to collect him after the first meeting I was delighted to be greated by an extremely happy child who announced that he had had a great time and he’d made a new friend called James.
Samuel has got a Powerpack CD and is teaching us all the songs he knows, including the actions which, I was delighted to see, include a lot of sign language. The strength of ‘Gonna be a Powerpack’ actions appeal very strongly to him, but he also likes to sing very sweetly ‘I will sing, I will sing praises to the King’.
Towards the end of the week Samuel told me that they had been invited to hold out their hands if they wanted to ask God’s Special Helper to come. He said he and James had both done so. And do you know, there is a change in him and it reminded me that the Holy Spirit is not exclusive to adults.
Since we have been home, the words ‘God and Jesus’ have been on his lips all the time. he’s still the same football mad 7 year old, but the knowledge that he is a special friend of Jesus has now been reinforced by other people and I am grateful that you had such a quietly powerful impact on his life.
A grateful mum

PP 08

 


 

Healed!

My daughter was at Powerpack at Grapevine this year. Last weekjust before Grapevine I noticed a verruca had come up on the soles of her feet. On the Tuesday afternoon after Grapevine I took her to her swimming lesson. I duly put on her plastic shoes and she went swimming. On coming out of her lesson I took them off and looked at both feet and guess what?! I couldnt find it … On looking more closely there is still a little mark but it has gone down immensely and doesn’t itch any more .Sarah says she didn’t ask for God to do any thing about this but she did have prayer for other things like being bullied.
Thank you Jesus.
Another grateful mum!

No worries

Just wanted to let you know that Hannah asked me this morning if she could take into school the powerpack CD she got at Spring harvest this year as one of the tracks was relevant to their subject in circle time the day before which was about worrying. Apparently they were talking through in class any worries they might have going into year 3 & change of teacher, homework etc etc She found in her ‘day by day’ book the relevant scripture ( 1 Peter 5 v 7) & little message which goes with it & took them in.

I was really encouraged to hear this evening that she took in her stride standing up in front of the class & reading the scripture & the message that went with it & also got her teacher to say the printed prayer too. When the teacher put the CD on (track 4 from extreme disciples – 1 Peter 5 v 7) the whole class got up dancing!!

Praise the Lord for scripture inspired catchy songs on your Powerpack CD that reached 25 kids today & for a teacher willing for it to be played.
Juliet

Team Member Healed

A little boy was praying for children with leg problems (I think it was the Thursday, the day when the children were let loose to come forward with things the Lord had told them). I asked him to pray for my knee as it had given me problems since January (I had a cyst in the back of it). The moment he prayed I felt the power of God come all over me and I have not had a problem since. The next day I told him that my knee was completely better to encourage him, and he looked totally unsurprised and said very casually ‘that was what I prayed for’.
I learnt a tremendous amount from the children over both Faith camp and Grapevine, they don’t have the issues that hold them back like a lot of adults. It was a privilege to work with them and the Powerpack team.
Sharon

Mission In Africa aged 12

 
Dear Heather and the Powerpack team ,I’m writing to tell you about how you helped me go out in the world and make a difference !I came to power pack a couple of years ago now and in the morning service the first year i came, we talked about Heidi Baker and her work out in Africa, which I felt myself really connect to! And we raised money for flip flops for the kids on the dump. At that time i knew about Vella Passmore and Tracey who are out in Mozambique and i felt that I just wanted to find out more and help. The following year Tracey was down again and we did the power pack academy (I’m not sure if you still do it ) You could choose out of prayer, preaching, mission and many more and you’d do exercises and learn about it. I decided to do the mission academy with Tracey and me and my friends went. Some of the younger lads were talking about going on missions to us. I was really interested and from a little girl i have always wanted to go out in the world and i just felt God put it in my heart to go to Mozambique were Tracey is and help others ! I went away from grapevine all bubbly and desiring to go! Little did i know then that i would be sat here now telling you about my mission trip to Africa!  When we got back from Grapevine i spoke to my parents and then said in front of the church about what had happened. My parents kinda caught the vision as well and wanted to go as a family to help so I know that it wasn’t just me talking to myself but it was God.  I then knew that i have to save lots of money because we were just starting private school and Mum and Dad needed help! So what i did was i started to make cards and sell cakes to raise money and our church Christian fellowship in Ilfracombe were very supportive! I managed to put a great deal toward it all! we then looked at dates and flights and it was decided i was to go on a mission at the age of 12 nearly 13 to Africa in last October 08. I went with my mum, dad, sister and a friend .My experience was amazing out there we got to meet all the kids see how others have to live and we went out for meals with Tracey and saw her roll in it all and it was great to see what God is doing out there ! There is a passion in my heart for helping others but I’m not sure if that’s what God wants me to do yet. We helped out Vella, took some boys swimming and I went on top of the Bocaria (the dump) which was great because i thought a few years back i was seeing pictures of this place with Heidi now I’m here!! Also to see these people so desperate for prayer and help was amazing! We helped out in many departments which was great!So over all i had a live changing experience. I would just like to say thank you to you all for making this happen because of your opportunities you give young Christian. you enable us to grow and listen to God and much more ! THANK YOU ! You are making a real difference in young kids lives!Yours sincerelyLauren

Lauren

God says he holds our whole family in his hands.

I am the Mum of Sarah who is 9. We were at Grapevine Celebration in August. One night after Powerpack Sarah said to me “God says that He holds our whole family in His hands.” I asked her how God had told her this. She said that the children had all been asked to lay on the floor and ask God to tell themsomething, and that is what God had told her. I was overjoyed that God was speaking to my little girl. God had told me the same thing earlier in the summer when I’d been anxious over a situation, and I hadn’t mentioned it to Sarah. The confirmation was excellent. Last Saturday, my husband Steve had a fall and concussed himself and ended up in hospital, needing a brain scan. My Mum took Sarah and her brother home from the hospital, and on the way, Sarah said “God has our family in his hands, so I know Daddy will be OK.” Back at the hospital, as my husband was being wheeled in for the scan, I remembered this word and “reminded” God of it. Steve’s brain scan was clear, and he’s recovering well. As a Mum, I just wanted you to know this, and also want to say a huge thank-you for the work you do with our children. I often pray that God will prove himself to my children while they are still young, so that they will always know beyond any shadow of doubt that He is real, and He cares for them. God definitely proved himself to Sarah this year at Powerpack.

Huge thanks, and may God continue to greatly bless you and the work you do.

Amanda