God Encounter in the Prayer Tent (Grapevine Celebration UK)
I was in the prayer tent in need of personal prayer. There was no-one to pray for me. Then some children from the blue team from Powerpack (8-11's) arrived and the leader said that one of the children had had a word of knowledge that there was an 'older man' (I am 56) who needed prayer. I was that man and the blue team kids laid hands on me and prayedf for me. The leader gave me Psalm 40 - it was right for me. Can I say thank you to Powerpack' (Keith Unwin)
For years we have heard the prophetic words over this younger generation. We have labored in the Spirit and travailed to see them come into their place in this vital hour. We've sung about it, we've prayed about it, we've prophesied it and now today before you - they are rising.
All over the earth there is movement of youth and children that are being fascinated by the King of the universe and are rising into a position of spiritual authority. They look like simple children but they are heavy-weights in the Spirit. From North America, to Asia, to Africa, everywhere they are rising. They have one desire - to know their God and to make Him known. They're willing to ask for nations...they're willing to be persecuted... they're willing to cry out all night for their schools and they're willing to take God at his word.
I want to share with you a testimony about a community in Kenya, Africa. In this particular community children really didn't have much value in the church. Of course, in theory they did, but not in actuality. I had the privilege of spending a few months serving the leaders of this community. I began to share with them God's vision for the children and youth being released in this hour.
Children Growing in Love and Authority
At the same time I began to strategically disciple some of the children and youth. God began to totally transform these kids and they grew in love and authority. God began to really put his hand of favor on these kids and the spiritual leaders of the region finally decided that there might actually be something to this. So the local pastors fellowship invited me to train 600 children (who were representatives of all the different churches in town). These kids were simply taught the undiluted gospel.
We had no curriculum, no crafts, no puppets. I had such fear of God that I was not to serve them a watered down gospel - but rather a gospel of purity and power. While we trained the children, we also trained all the adult leaders in the city (pastors, Sunday school teachers, etc.) - imparting to them God's heart for inter-generational unity. At the end of the training we had a service where all the local bishops and pastors gathered to publicly and prophetically hand the keys of the city over to the children, thereby inviting them into every level of ministry.
A Black Poisonous Snake Fell from the Sky
It was a very powerful time. Shortly after, while in a service, a black poisonous snake fell from the sky right out of nowhere and landed on the pulpit. It materialized; there was no way it could have dropped from anywhere that we were meeting. The men quickly jumped up and killed it and instantly I understood what had just taken place. You see, there is a power that is distributed when we walk in unity. As the children were released and truly invited in - the demonic stronghold over that area was broken. I believe the falling snake served as a prophetic demonstration of that stronghold coming down. From that day forward, everything began to change in the city.
Teams of children went into the marketplace, prisons, schools, and shared the gospel with such an amazing authority. Thousands got saved, healed, and delivered. They went into the hospitals and prayed for the sick. They didn't have fancy prayer ... they just had childlike faith. So many people were healed that the hospital was able to clear entire wards.
Hospitals Shut Down!
We had the privilege of leading many of the doctors and nurses to the Lord. In fact, this went on for some time that the largest private hospital in town had to shut down because they didn't have enough patients to stay in business. The children would pick a law in the government that was not just. They would begin to fast and pray until heaven was moved and the law changed. They began to cry out for transformation in their cities and as the fathers walked beside them they began to see it. In fact they're still seeing unbelievable city transformation because of their simple faith and devotion.
I know of 12 year-olds that are helping to do church-planting, six year-olds that are moving in the anointing of prophets, and 16 year olds that are functioning is apostolic roles. We get so excited to hear this about foreign nations but what if I told you that these children might just emerge from your own church? Does that change things? Are we making room for them? We want new wine but are we willing to re-fashion the old wine skins?
Have We Made Room?
How many children do you have on your prophetic team? Do we really want to walk in generational unity? I think God is going to considerably alter our way of thinking in this new day. He loves to use the foolish things to confound the wise. My prayer for us is that since we've birthed this young generation into life - that we would begin to make a space for them so that they can emerge into their destiny. God is making His bride beautiful. It is a beautiful thing to see this younger generation rising up. We need them and they need us. God is making room for everyone!
Jennifer Toledo (nee Miller)
Three 12-year-old boys who recently attended a child care group run by the Assemblies of God in Managua, now regularly preach in revival meetings in Christian churches, according to a report. One of the children already has his own weekly radio programme. "We believe in the power of God to save. There are people in our country who need salvation," says the boy. "God gives us the courage to preach, so we do." "Imagine asking a boy what he will do during his holidays, and receiving the reply 'I'm going to preach in revival meetings'!" says the AoG's Byron Klaus. Source: Religion Today, 15 September 1998
In China, even 3-year-olds experience the power of God.
The Religious Affairs Bureau of China permits Christians to meet only in state-sanctioned churches, and strict laws forbid members to evangelize, talk about healing or minister to anyone under the age of 18.
But this has not stopped Christians in the underground house-church movement from reaching children and youth. In fact, the Holy Spirit is using teen-agers--and even children as young as 3--to reach the multitudes in the world's most populous nation.
Leaders of the New Wine House Church, a growing network of churches in China, told Charisma about a 3-year-old boy living on China's east coast who has an unusual healing anointing. The little boy's grandmother carries him from house to house and asks him to lay his hands on the sick and pray for them. Many people are healed in this simple door-to-door ministry. "Recognizing the gift of God within him, the boy's family carries him all over to do the healing ministry," a church leader said.
Another house-church leader said a widely reported miracle involving a 4-year-old boy resulted in his father being brought to faith in Christ two years ago. The boy's father and grandmother didn't like the fact that the boy's mother preached the gospel every night, so the father decided to divorce his wife. While the boy's parents were in the courtroom, a man rushed in and announced: "Don't fight anymore. Your child is very sick!" By the time the couple had returned home, their son was dead. The husband blamed the death of the child on his Christian wife. But he told her: "If you pray and our son is raised from the dead, I will become a Christian." Every day for four days the wife carried the boy to a nearby house-church meeting and requested prayer. On the fourth day, her son began to cry. When the woman's husband came home from work that day and saw their son playing in the back yard, he was convinced of the power of God and surrendered his life to Christ.
In another province, an 8-year-old boy was so touched by the worship choruses he heard during a house-church meeting that he gave his heart to Christ and began speaking in tongues. With the fire of God burning in his heart, he went home and asked his parents, grandparents and relatives to believe in Jesus. After his entire family chose to follow Jesus, this boy continued to preach under a fiery anointing to hundreds of China's unsaved. Today he is the youngest evangelist in the New Wine House Church movement.
Taken from http://charismamag.com/index.php/features2/352-revival-around-the-world/5607-a-flame-burns-in-china
This is a report of an event that happened in 1995 but it serves to show just how God can use even very young children. (Taken fro Spread the Fire Magazine Dec 1995)
“We had only read about the Holy Spirit falling on children, but had never seen such a thing”, said Victor Richards , pastor of the Vino Nuevo church in Juarez, Mexico.
And when we did, words were inadequate to describe the night.
On Saturday August 26th Wesley Campbell was ministering when 80 or more children were significantly touched and then used of God to touch others. In Richard’s own words what happened with one little three year old girl, was so incredible, that if they hadn’t seen it with their own eyes, they might not have believed it.
‘With no-one guiding her, she took the initiative to go from one person to another (there were approximately 2,000 in attendance) laying hands on (the knees) of several dozens of them, including tall and very large men. Almost everyone fell immediately to the floor as if they had been shot. Upon touching the floor, some began weeping, others lay motionless for periods of time and some laughed. Various children were doing similar things.