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!
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
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!
Mission In Africa aged 12
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