Sister Jessica & Sister Ruth
11-Feb-11 09:12 AM Category: Winter Camp 2011
Sister Jessica’s Testimony:
Well, God has truly met above and beyond our expectations this Winter Camp 2011. I don't even know where to start to thank Him for answering prayers that I've been praying for a very long time. He is good!
My testimony will be pretty short, and seemingly insignificant compared to what I have heard from other young people, but nonetheless means a lot to me.
I had been praying a lot about what God would have me to do and where He wants me to go with my future; with nursing school and other areas. One night a few weeks ago, I had really been praying for God to give me guidance and direction in my life, and to show me clearly what I should do. Well, I woke up the next morning and opened my devotional book, not knowing that the devotion for that day was on Guidance and Direction. It spoke on how God will guide me on the path of life and give me direction in what to do. This was confirmation, and I couldn't have asked for a more definite answer. Although He hadn't given me an answer to my prayer yet, He clearly let me know that He had heard me and would answer it in His time.
On Friday at Winter Camp, I was feeling particularly unsettled, wondering if God still remembered my prayer. When I got back from the mountain, I felt the devil trying to pull me down, telling me that God didn't really hear me. But I know He did, so I got on my knees and prayed that God would give me peace about the situations I had been praying about.
I went to service that night listening for God to speak directly to me. Sure enough, He again gave me reassurance that He had heard my prayer. Brother Diggs used the scripture Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the thoughts I have toward you saith the Lord; thoughts of peace..."
He then expounded on what that meant and said exactly what I had been questioning in my heart. He then proceeded to say, "God has not forgotten you," and talked about how God still remembers what you've asked for. So I knew that it wasn't Brother Diggs saying that, it was God. I took that as for me, and God gave me a peace about everything I've been praying about. THANK YOU LORD!
The ministry has been talking about how the veil becomes so thin, that we finally realize it is God talking to us and not the man. I found that to be so true at Winter Camp, I knew God was talking straight from His lips to my ear. PRAISE GOD!
Sister Ruth’s Testimony:
I have never gone into a camp with as much expectation as I did this Winter Camp.
In November 2010, I was set free from something that I struggled with for about ten years. It was during Brother Tim Dodd’s special meetings. The Presence of God came down after the Saturday night service, and I was totally set free. From that time, I’ve felt like my Christian life started over, and I’ve been experiencing everything as if for the first time.
Winter Camp was the first camp I have gone to that I had nothing hindering me, nothing hanging on in the back of my head. I went to the two prayer meetings before camp, and asked for specific needs for my family, myself, but especially the young people. I’ve been burdened for our young people, and have been holding them up before God. I was expecting great things, but was blown away by what God did.
Friday evening, I went up for prayer for a problem with my tooth. I don’t have health insurance at the moment, and something that normally seems simple can turn into a big disaster. I was healed from the problem with my tooth, and also asked God to give me peace about my future, as I’ve been struggling with what to do. Every service after that God confirmed to me that where I am right now is where He wants me to be.
Saturday was the highlight of the weekend. I don’t have any special gifts, but for some reason, I felt to tell one of the young brothers at dinner that God was going to do something for him that evening. I felt kind of silly, and he looked at me like I was odd; however, when the Presence of God came down that night, I opened my eyes at one point in the evening. Normally, I don’t, but when I opened my eyes, I saw that same brother going up to the front and praying with all the other brothers there. It was an amazing confirmation to me that God had answered my prayer for him. I saw the young brothers praying with and for one another in a way that I’ve only seen ministers do. It was the Days of Pentecost coming back again.
God did so many amazing things this weekend that it would take up too much space to write them all down. I’m so thankful that He’s so mindful of us!