Betania har i lengere til har hatt behov for et EL-piano og i sommer kom vi over det ønskede pianoet som Daniel Pettersen hentet for oss.
I den forbindelse, søkte vi støtte i Sparebanken-Sør, og vi fikk en positiv tilbakemelding fra Sparebanken-Sør.
Vi har dermed fått dekket alle våre kostnader til innkjøp av vårt nye EL-piano.
Tusen takk til Sparebanken-Sør som har støtte oss.
We had an incredible start up with lots of ice breakers, worshiping in the rain, bonfires and good conversations! It’s been so beautiful to see how quickly the students have engaged in worship, prayer and the teachings, they are a hungry bunch and it’s only week 2!!
So far we’ve had teaching on The Gospel by Geir Fagerbakke and this week we have Paul Yadao sharing on The Father Heart of God.
It’s beautiful to be reminded for a whole week the importance of living our lives out of sonship and in knowing who we are because of Him!We actually wanted to use this newsletter to share some testimonies of what God has been doing lately! We believe it’s encouraging and faith building to share stories of what God is doing in and through our lives and we hope it leaves you feeling encouraged as well!
WAFFLES AND COFFEE
One Saturday we joined evangelism with some people from local churches to make waffles and coffee for people on the street and as you see here, Goran was able to share the gospel and give some Farsi bibles to two Iranian woman that came by.
I (Laura) saw a lady and her daughter standing a little distance away from our stand who looked very interested in what we were doing. I walked up to her and asked if her daughter wanted a waffle (which she did) and so while we waited for one I got to talk to her and ask a few questions about life and if she knew Jesus. She said she had gone to church before but since moving to our city she hadn’t found a church and that it was difficult with her husband, that he wouldn’t go. I could tell there was something there so I just spoke some words of love and value over her.. telling her that «Jesus sees her, knows her, has not left her and that she is worthy of love». She started crying and I hugged her and prayed for her. She said «I really needed this today, I really did». We got to give her daughter a bible and I encouraged her to find a church and a good community.
If you like, please pray that she is able to find a church and that her husband would come to know the love of Jesus!
My (Gøran) heart is to equip people in sharing their faith, that is why I am leading a track called «Jesus Lifestyle» in the school. So last Saturday we did evangelism in the form of treasure hunting, which means to pray to get specific words and pictures from God before we go out.
One of the students that I was with had seen a vision of a girl with blonde hair, a blue sweater, black pants and white shoes, and that she had pain in the very low parts of the back, he also got a certain place. So we went to that place, and funnily enough my sister and brother in law with our little cute niece were there. As we talked with them my student pointed out that my sister was the exact girl he had seen in prayer, and I went like «ooh yea!! thats right!» And she needed healing in her tail bone, so we got to pray for her!
I got some norwegian words like (markering, torvet, scene, preach the gospel) which roughly translated to english means (public awereness event, the square, stage and preach the gospel)
So we went to this particular square in town and we saw that they were putting up an event and it turned out to be an event protesting for freedom for women in Iran. We got to talk to some people there and share the gospel with some. Then as the event was going on, I got the thought, «what if God wants me to share from the stage?» but they had a program and so on. Then my friend Kristian came by who is from Iran, and I share my heart and he said «YES, good idea, I’m going to talk to them» so he came back and said «It’s all good you can share, you have 1 minute»
So after a while I got called up and I got to share how both women and men are created in Gods image and likeness and that we shared equal value, and that God loves them all etc. How good is God!!!
– I (Laura) managed to go to the gym for the first time in 3 years!! It was a huge victory and I’ve been able to go back a few more times since then!
– I have also been able to be at the base more often and have joined in on worship and teachings!
Everything I’m doing at the moment really is trial and error. Sometimes I manage more some days than other days and I’m in a «testing» life out stage. But I am so grateful for all I can do and would appreciate prayers for healing and wisdom as I keep moving forward!
And we currently have 37 students enrolled for this next school and some in process! Exciting!This is the 3rd DTS that we’re going lead and we’ve started to get more and more vision and understanding of what God is doing in our time. More than ever I (Gøran) really believe in the work we’re apart of as I am seeing something that I rarely see other places – young and old coming together as family under the common goal of getting to know God and making him known in the world. The decrease of Christianity in the west is not much more than lack of discipleship, and we as a DTS are coming together for 6 months to just go after God like never before, to believe for His presence to show up more and more with healings, signs and wonders and for His goodness to be more evident in our midst.
We have heard many prophetic words about a new wave of missionaries being sent out to the unreached people groups of the world (which is 42% of the worlds population) and they are people who have never heard the Gospel before!
This is something we want to be apart of through our schools, sending teams out to the nations and maybe even some people being called to stay long-term!
It’s so fun to partner with God in this way to help see the nations discipled and reached!We also traveled to Ålesund for 1 week for the Northern Europe staff training (every 2nd year most of the bases in Northern Europe have teaching and training together in preparation for our DTS’s).
It was a special to connect with the other bases, encourage one another and to get our hearts ready for all that God is going to do in this next season! We’ll add some pics down below!
As I have written before, I (Laura) have been doing better in terms of health so I’m hoping to start going to the base a few days a week and to join in on teaching/worship. It’s really a time of trial and error for me right now as I try to learn what my capacity is at the moment.
But I am EXTREMELY grateful for the extra energy I do have and for the ability to join in on more things and to see friends/family more often! That is a huge blessing and I try to remind myself of that when the days are a little rough! God is always so so good and I have SO much hope for the days ahead!
Hello dear friends!
The last months have been pretty busy and we’ve had the privilege of being apart of many fun things.
We’ve had DTS graduations, a wedding, a quick trip to England and been apart of The Send ++!!On the 25th June The Send took place and it gathered almost 10,000 people together to worship and gave them the opportunity to make the decision to live ALL IN for Jesus! To live a life that glorifies His name in whatever area of society you are in, whether it is in your job, your family and neighbourhoods or to say yes to being in missions full time etc… It was a 12hr event – 10am til 10pm and MIRACULOUSLY I (Laura) stayed the entire time! I remember laying on the couch a year ago and was hoping that I would be able to go to the event but didn’t know how it would be possible.. well fast forward a year and I was there standing with all those other people praising God, I even jumped around a little haha!! God is soooooo GOOD!Gøran was actually asked to help translate for some of the speakers and he did such an incredible job (Proud wife over here) but it was such an awesome opportunity for him to step out of his comfort zone and learn how to translate for different types of speakers.
And in the week leading up to The Send he was in Oslo (capital of Norway) for Hope for Oslo (a week of reaching out through creative evangelism to the city)! He, along with 500 other people got to learn new ways to do evangelism and saw God move in many different ways. He got to share the gospel and pray for many people and some were even healed! (Testimony of this below)
Then the following week after The Send we went to Rogaland Base to be apart of a call centre that was following up all the people that had given some kind of response on the day of The Send. Gøran was leading the team responsible for ringing those that had given their lives to Jesus or had rededicated their lives to Him.
He was able to encourage them and share about what it means to be saved and how to grow in their relationship with God through fellowship, prayer and Bible reading.
|Healing on the streets
I Goran was out evangelizing during Hope for Oslo and one time I came in contact with 4 young guys and we started talking. I asked questions about their faith and I realized they weren’t christians. I figured out that one of them had pain in his wrist, so I prayed for his wrist twice without seeing any change. I ended up sharing the gospel with all four of them and then towards the end I remembered the guy’s wrist again and asked if I could pray one more time. He let me and so after praying this third time the wrist was totally healed! After seeing this miracle from Jesus, one of the other guys shouted out; «Oh can you pray for my back, I have pain in my lower back». I did and the pain left as well! It was a wonderful time of sharing the gospel in great detail and seeing the Holy Spirit move!
Hello dear friends
But on to some super fun news…. We went to Australia!!!!
It was such a quick decision, the borders finally opened up, Gøran had a few weeks break from work and ticket prices had come down so we prayed and decided to go for it!
We feel so blessed that we were able to go and see my family, it had been 3 years since I last saw them! We got lots of special times with friends and nieces and nephews, it really was just so sweet to be there. I (Laura) ate lots of pumpkin (we can’t really get that here in Norway) and Gøran got to practice his Australian accent… 😉
All in all, it was a great trip! We’ll add some pics below!
We flew home, had Easter weekend to rest and then we went straight to Grimerud YWAM base and spent a week at The Send Bootcamp.
(The Send is a movement to catalyze people into living all in for Jesus in whichever «mission field» they are called to)
So it was a mini conference for those involved with the Send to pray for, dream about and get equipped to share more about it in these months leading up to the event. If you haven’t heard about The Send there is a link below that will take you to their website!
We came away feeling very encouraged and excited for what God is going to do in Norway and through the teams travelling around the country right now in preparation for The Send event.
I’ve been doing a lot better these past few months as I went through a brain training course in Feb that has helped many people with Chronic Fatigue get a lot better if not fully recovered!
I’m still in a process and it takes time but I’m seeing my body getting better and better which is just so exciting and encouraging for my heart and Gøran’s!
I still appreciate all your prayers for full healing as I’ve still got a long way to go but it feels as though there is a very visible hope now!! So thank you for standing with me, it means the world <3
We got to pray for one of my brother’s friends who had a injury in his back from working out. We prayed a few times for healing and eventually it started getting better and better! After a little while the pain was completely gone and the guy could move and bend in ways he couldn’t do before!!
Another time when Gøran was in town he saw 3 different women walking with a limp, he asked all 3 if he could pray for them but only 1 said yes. After he prayed all the pain left and she was totally shocked! He got to share that it was Jesus and about how much He loves her!
So just a little encouragement to not just give up praying after 1 time, sometimes when we go after healing and pray multiple times healing is released!!!
Hello dear friends!
Spring has finally sprung, the sun is out and we have a lot to share!
It’s been an exciting past few months with the DTS students out on outreach and hearing all that God has been doing in and through them! Gøran got to visit 1 of those teams in Turkey/Albania and he had the BEST time! It was so nice for him to be back in Turkey and to speak Turkish again! He went to encourage the team and to join in on what they were doing for 1 week! There was lots of friendship evangelism, prayer, worship and good food! He also got to see some very dear friends who are now missionaries in Albania and that was super special! Pictures below!
As of yesterday all the outreach teams are back and we have started Re-entry week, which is the last week of our DTS! So this Saturday is the graduation and the end of another 6 month school. It’s been a privilege and an honour to walk with these students and staff and to see them grow and experience more with God!
We will have staff debrief and some leadership training in the weeks to come and then Gøran has some time off before continuing to plan the next school… which leads me to our next update….
Australia has finally opened up it’s borders and we felt that it was time to try to visit my family and be home for a few weeks!
So tickets are booked! We will leave Norway the 23rd March and come home the 13th April!
It’s been almost 3 years since we have been home and seen family so we are extremely excited to finally be going!
Please pray that the borders stay open and that we are able to travel in and out without complications!
Obviously a trip like this costs a lot so if you would like to help us cover some of the expenses you can do so through the options below!
Either way we are so grateful to have you here and that you want to read about what God’s doing in our life.
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