We had to go to the airport to switch cars...
We come out of the lift on the wrong floor, so we had to get back in and go down. When we got out we were looking for somewhere to have a coffee. Everyone was looking one way, but I caught sight of a man dashing past and I thought “I know that face!” I said to Ginnie, that man looks like our friend! Ginnie ran after him, it was! We hadn’t managed to see him this time in Jerusalem, but instead God organised for us to see him in the airport and His timing is so precise, if we’d not got out on the wrong floor, we’d have been in the cafe and missed him.
We were bearing a gift that had been given to us to be a custodian of until prompted by the Spirit - "this is the right man". They had just paid all their bills and now had nothing left, so we were able to bless their work.
In the airport, while coming out of the chemist, I dropped my purse. Ginnie was behind me, so saw it and shouted after me. The reason she was behind me was that the Lord had had told her to walk around the shop again ‘but I don’t need anything’ she thought, but was obedient anyway.
Written by Emma Freeman
We joined David Hathaway for the Day of Prayer for Britain at the Emmanuel Centre.
The main hall was full, so they had to open up an overflow room. We worshiped and spent time repenting on behalf of ungodly laws passed. There was time for weeping before the alter. We took the word of God and prayed it back to Him. We made declarations we felt were on His heart and we presented our requests for our nation. In the break we found time as a group to dance before Him and intercede through prophetic worship.
It was POWERFUL.
After the event, I received this from a friend:
For me the whole event was a God encounter. As you know, had a break down 10 year to the day give a few days, not really been to church, don’t pray, read my bible etc, on anti depressants which suppress all feelings. The guy I was sat next to, asked me a while back, if I wanted to go to a day of prayer in London! (My wife’s always asking me if I want to go to church and my answer is always “NO!”) I said, yeah, sounds good (for some unknown reason) - even our son said to my wife in disbelief ... “Dad, going to London to pray .... REALLY ... wow” Anyway, that’s the context around how I ended up there, not really knowing why I’d come. From the moment I sat down, PEACE ... as you can imagine, I no longer sing, or worship (it’s been 10 years), so all I could do was sit or stand in IT. As I have suppressed emotions I WASN’T taken in, by the emotion, the event or the hype of what was going on, but GOD was there. The declarations were REAL and change is coming. Deep in my spirit (I didn’t feel anything) it’s just a deep knowing, I can’t really explain (as it’s easy to express this using emotional terms) something eternal happened
‘in that place’,
‘in the UK’
Here's how God responded to the national day of prayer called by the King in 1940:
Written by Jane Hopkins
One Saturday tea time, after a dance rehearsal, The Sh’ma dancers had a time of prayer. While sitting waiting for them to finish, I became aware of an extremely bright light and initially, I thought that one of the church lights was flickering. When I looked again, I realised the light I had seen was nowhere near any of the light fittings.
The light I saw was bright silver and it resembled a very light-weight fabric. The word gossamer came to mind. This fabric billowed out like a curtain blowing in the wind.
Suddenly, it disappeared. Then, I heard the words, ‘It’s alright. She’s allowed to see’. The light reappeared and remained in place until the prayer session was over.
Approx 2 weeks later I was at church in a prayer meeting. A lady was sat under the spot where I had seen the light and I noticed a small dot of what appeared to be a focused light on her chest. I looked to see if it was a mirror, or watch reflecting, but there wasn’t anything. I told her what I saw and told her to expect God to be working in/through her in the near future. Two months later, she came to tell me that the Lord had done a significant work in her right where I had seen the light. She felt his presence glowing in her and heard him saying, 'Don't worry, I am with you'.
Virginia White & Emma Freeman
When we were on our Safari day, and how wonderful was that, I asked the Lord specifically if we could have an elephant cross in front of us. Then when we were almost out of the park and out of the elephant territory, a large elephant literally crossed our path!
I asked the Lord again, ‘Is there to be another miracle... maybe a lion!’
Clear answer, ‘No! But there is one more miracle, but wait.’
As well as the generous gift of a goat, the pastors also blessed us with some local crafts, which we laid out to decide who wanted what. There were 5 beautiful carvings of the Ugandan national bird, which was a shame since there were 6 in our group. We decided maybe the ladies would take the birds and Robert would be happy to have first pick of the rest (he’s a gentleman like that). However, when we got him, he looked at the birds “how many did you say there were? because I count 6...!!” The four of us in the room definitely counted out 5 birds, but now there were 6!
We praised God and enjoyed the creative miracle. We felt it was confirmation that every one of us was meant to be there. This was powerful considering we had earlier been discussing the attack one of us had had to dissuade them coming. It was also a provocation to expect for the more, He is a generous God and He’s called us to a supernatural walk with Him!
We asked John why the great crested crane is the national bird of Uganda and what makes it special. He said it is the bird that rises early to praise the Lord through song and dance, how apt!
Emma Freeman & Virginia White
We were up early to go back to the radio station. Having been told we were to focus on salvation, they threw us in the deep end - without understanding what had been said by others (speaking in Ugandi) Virginia was offered the microphone! BUT the Holy Spirit filled her mouth and she finished with an alter call. Then the microphone was offered to everyone else...He again filled our mouths and some of us ‘just happened’ to have prepared what He wanted to say to the people. At one point the presence of God tangibly filled the radio station. There were 14 calls to the pastor, some received Jesus. Hallelujah!
After breakfast we went to church. They said: ‘Your praise has lifted us to a new place!’ We were merely doing ‘our thing’ loving our Yeshua and worshiping Him!
They asked if anyone was there who had been saved yesterday at the event. A few hands raised. They then asked if anyone else wanted to be saved. A young man came forward. He stood at the front while they spoke to the people. After waiting quite a while (I wondered if they had forgotten him), they lead him in prayer to give himself to Yesu (Ugandi for Yeshua) down a microphone in front of all the people - surely a challenge to our culture that likes everything to be comfortable and easy, but these ones know He’s worth it. Please pray for this man, that he would be bold and courageous for His Lord and a man after God’s heart.
We presented the church with a Jerusalem flag after they decided to be a church to intercede for and stand with Israel.
After lunch we went to see John’s 90 year old mum who hadn’t eaten for 5 days. She was only taking sips of water so she was dehydrated, her temperature was rising and she was in pain. When we arrived she was laid on the hospital bed motionless and looking like she was end of life. We felt to sing in the spirit. Then suddenly she rolled over and began to praise God! “Its only Yesu who has healed me! Yesu has already defeated satan’s power!”. Eruptions in the room, then she got up and walked about (with help), still praising Yeshua! She even wanted to dance!
Last outreach! Prayed for many, danced and felt such freedom worshiping the great King under the Ugandan sky, we danced with the Africans! We ‘got down!’ There was a scramble by the kids to come forward for the alter call, followed by adults some really moved. Isaac gave testimony of his salvation from our first visit, and our little team ‘glowed’ as we shared the great love of our Yeshua!
Fred Tabag, our amazing technical guy, who operated our music later told us he was so blessed because he got born again in 1996 to Angus Dei - a song we played and invited people to join us in simply worshiping with us on stage.
Emma Freeman, Virginia White & Robert Hopkins
We joined a praise meeting at the church. Part of the way through worshiping, the generator had to be changed, so without electricity the music stopped and everyone sat and waited... “Oh Lord, you’re still here and we have our voices, please can we can we continue to worship you with what we’ve got”. Shortly after asking this, one of the members of the church got up and started singing, so worship continued a cappella until the electricity was restored! Thank you God!
After this the bishop said, ‘and now our sister will share the word’! Virginia hadn’t planned a thing, but God had and she followed the Spirit and delivered an amazing word!
Then we were back for more outreach!
We danced, we worshiped, we did the alter call and many came through the blood of salvation! Masses of children and young people came.
By the end of our stay Robert had been renamed ‘Jatango’, which means miracle vessel/worker of God:
I had the privilege of praying with so many while there. I will share a few stand out ones. The Pastors kept bringing people for me to pray with.
A young man late twenties had problems and as I prayed a word of knowledge came and I cast out a bad spirit, He who the Son sets free ....and He was free, totally changed!
On the first night of outreach when it was dark, the Pastors fetched me to the rear of the shelter we were under and asked me to pray with a young woman who had been bitten by a snake!! After prayer she was calm and full of peace, the next night she was dancing and singing with the rest of the lovely choir/dancers.
This man had back problems and walked with a stick. After prayer I told him to dance...he did! He had to come back to take away his stick!
On the final morning I got whisked away on the back of a motorbike to the Pastors house to pray with his house keeper and her young child. Amazing privilege that God should use me in such ways. There are many other people I personally prayed with but these are the standout ones. To God be the glory
That evening the pastors and leaders presented us with a live young goat…how do you get a goat on a plane and does it need a visa?! Thankfully none of this was an issue as our gift was served for lunch the next day! This is a high honour in their culture, which we gratefully received.
Virginia White & Emma Freeman
Went to meet the ‘Tribal King of the Town’ a believer, who had to formally invite us in!
Then on to the Lord mayor’s office!
Is everyone a believer in this town?!
It seems 90% are culturally Catholic with witch craft, the rest Islamic, with a small percentage evangelicals. Everyone is sensitive to God, so different from the UK.
We spent time in the afternoon interceding for Pakwach as God showed us His heart for the people and the land.
Later that day with all our flags, loud speakers, choirs and massive numbers of children the ‘Muzungu’ (whites) joined the Jesus march round the town. Being in Africa, it was less of a march and more of a dance. People joined in as they went past and we even inspired a lady carrying a plate full of things on her head to dance!
A shaman seemed to like following us, well, we know the deal... The march finished at a green where tomorrows event would be. A group from another village had joined us and were already singing and playing a giant Xylophone. They sang simple worship songs in the local language which declared truth as the people gathered to watch.
In the evening we had a slot on Radio Pakwach where we were able to invite people to the event the following day, our team were amazing! Think we’ll let Robert start a Radio Sh’ma! A natural!
We later found out that 11am - 6pm the whole radio station couldn’t air anything because the air conditioning had broken making it too hot to transmit. People had been trying to fix it all day. At 6:30pm it started getting some signals again and at 7pm Fred, one of the IT technicians wasn’t sure the radio was going to air, but it did! Praise God! Our slot was 7-8pm and about 30 minutes after we left the whole radio station went off again! They couldn’t broadcast again until 8 am the next day.
I was rotten when I was alive, but I thank God that someone preached the gospel (good news) to me...Uganda 3
Written by Emma Freeman
This is Natalie Blessed Favour.
She’s part of an intercession group, who regularly pray for Israel and prayed for our team. They honoured us by buying us dinner. We shared testimonies, danced and prayed together.
The first thing you notice when you meet her is the joy and life she exudes. She knows deep rejection, physical suffering and poverty, yet far from feeling sorry for herself, she punctuates the suffering in her story with spontaneous praise and acknowledgement of the goodness of God towards her.
In 1965 she became sick with cancer of the uterus. She had 5 unsuccessful operations in an attempt to deal with it. At one point she spent a month and a half in hospital as they drained the discharge from her abdomen. She could go for two weeks without eating, so they fed her via a tube and hydrated her intravenously. She told me “my relatives got tired of me because they said ‘she has not died, but she does not live, so she is useless to us’ but I thank God for the nurses and the doctors because God used them to take care of me.”
For 29 years Blessed Favour suffered with the cancer. Despite her condition, she cared for orphans and widows. She would collect food for them and buy rotten meat with the little money they had.
“I was in hell when I was alive and I was rotten when I was alive....and on top of that I was very poor. I used to collect food from the dusty bin. I would pick it and wash it and boil it with salt water to eat it...the pain was terrible and I feared being around people because the flies would come around me because of the discharge...But I thank God that someone preached the gospel to me”
“The doctors had failed, my people had given up...Then they preach to me. I hate balokole (born again Christians) I don’t like them. They say ‘try Jesus, you will not remain the same, you will become a new person.”
However, she decided to give Him a try and went to church that Sunday. At the church they called for people who wanted to surrender their lives to Jesus, so she went forward. She felt something ‘dressing her up’ with power. The pain stopped instantly as did the flow of discharge, which she could also feel.
She said she waited a week, then a month, then a year passed without pain or discharge. Its now its been 23 years, the cancer has not returned and she is about to celebrate her 70th birthday healthy and full of life.
Before she was saved, her name was Akelo, which means ‘devil has bought’. Now she is known as Natalie Blessed Favour. She loves telling people about what Jesus has done for her and for us. She prays for the sick, who get healed and she now has many children despite the damage the cancer caused. We were privileged to meet & pray with one of the orphans who is now her daughter.
“I had no son or daughter because the cancer had spoiled the productive system but I thank God for Isaiah 54!”
“Sing, barren one, who has not given birth.
burst into singing and shout,
you who have not travailed.
For more are the children of the desolate
than the children of the married one,”
Written by Emma Freeman
We highly value our intercessors and take time ourselves to intercede before going away on an assignment. Each one of us who were traveling had obstacles to overcome, but God enables us and He’s worth pushing through for.
Here’s a few of our battles and what our Lord did...
One of our team members faced a barrage of negative thoughts challenging him not to go.
‘Who am I? I wont fit in with the girls, I’ll be in the way... it would be better if I didn’t go...they don’t need a man, it’ll be nicer for them to be just the ladies...’ It got to the point where he felt crushed. He contacted a few intercessor friends to ask them to pray and fought by standing on the word of God. He overcame and we thank God he did!
For the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly but powerful through God for the tearing down of strongholds. We are tearing down false arguments and every high-minded thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. We are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Messiah
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 TLV
Another team member couldn’t get a GP appointment for anti malarial tablets 3 weeks prior to travel. Due to suffering with migraines, over the counter tablets needed a prescription. After exhausting most options, the GP still refused to help.
5 days until our flight, the options appeared to be trying Boots and lying if asked about health, requesting someone else to buy extra tablets (illegal), or going to Uganda (high risk malaria country) with out medical protection...
Deciding it was a test, the team member chose to ask God what to do and trust Him for protection and an answer. Feeling it dishonours God in the situation to lie, or break the law, they felt to go back to Asda for help knowing they couldn’t issue anything. They recommended a chemist called ‘Cohens’ (Jewish surname meaning ‘priest of God’) - how very apt to be sent there after choosing to turn to the High Priest (Yeshua) instead of turning to panic, lying, or breaking the law! They issued tablets without a problem! He is good, He provided!
Do not be anxious about anything—but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the shalom of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Messiah Yeshua.
Philippians 4:6-7 TLV
The day before flying, this member also had a severe migraine and it looked like they might be unable to travel, but they got better literally in just enough time to leave the house on time (without breakfast)!
One of our team was being unfairly pressed at work to the point of causing chest pains. Various other things happened to other members of the team that would be too long to mention, however our God is for us, so who can be against us?
Our last obstacle prior to traveling was also the first miracle of our trip! One of our team had been advised by their GP that they were up to date with all the relevant jabs, however, there was no record of them having had yellow fever vaccination. Due to a recent outbreak, it is currently compulsory to have proof of yellow fever vaccination to enter the country.
There are only a few pharmacies that carry the vaccine, but we were miles away and only had a short time until the flight. We prayed!
Then we called every pharmacy we could find! Most were too far away, or didn’t have free appointments within our 30 minute window...PRAISE God, we found a chemist that had the vaccine and were willing to wait 5-10 minutes to fit us in! We arrived just in time for our taxi to take us to the airport! We also had no problem entering Uganda (the vaccination takes 10 days to become fully effective, so the timing might have been a problem).
Thank you Lord for getting all of us there safely!
In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us!
Written by Christine
I met a lovely young man at one of our events called David. David is totally blind and partially deaf and was in the audience when I first saw him. I have been prompted by God enable people with disabilities to fully interact with the worship (if they wish to). I noticed David up in his seat doing his thing so I asked him if he wanted to join the dancers dancing round the auditorium and he jumped at the chance. David has written an explanation of his experience on the night which for me is extremely encouraging I hope it is to you too.
Sh'ma Kingdom Dancers Blog
Here you can find out snippets of what we've been up to and what our Lord has been showing us.