Miguel’s New Life in Christ
One Sunday, as Matthew was concluding his sermon, Miguel walked up to the front of the church and said, “I want to give my life to Jesus Christ right now. I want to repent of all sin and live for Him.”
Matthew prayed with and for Miguel, embraced him, and has since enjoyed seeing the change that has taken place in his life. Listen to how Miguel describes his new life.
“Before giving my life to Christ, I was living at night. I would go to bed every morning at 6:00 am and then get up at 6:00 or 7:00 pm to start all over again. My life was full of parties, drugs, and drinking. I really could not do very much more because I struggled with depression and fear. Whenever I would come home, I would feel the emptiness and darkness come upon me, and I would cry out to God, 'I want to live another kind of life.'
Then, that Sunday, I felt like I had to iron my clothes and come to church. Suddenly I felt something like God’s hand push me to come forward and give my life to Christ. Since that moment, I have enjoyed a new style of life. Now, I go to bed early and get up at 7:00 am. I am discovering new productivity and the ability to do things that I felt I could not do anymore. Drugs eat away at your mind and your motivation to do things. Now, I am rediscovering my old passion to work with my hands and to read books and the Bible. I also have a wonderful relationship with my family again. For years, they have been praying for me, and now they (and I) are so happy to see what Christ has done in my life.
After I accepted Christ, several “old friends” came and offered me cocaine to consume and to deal. I told them immediately that I was changed, and Christ was now the Lord of my life. They said the change would not stick. I have never heard a word again from those old friends, but I am enjoying living my life as a beloved child of God. I am not drinking any alcohol or consuming any drugs because I don’t need them anymore. I am not isolated anymore. I have Jesus, and He is enough for me.
I tell God now every day, 'God do your work. I never want to go back.' So, many times, I prayed that He would take all of my addictions away. He did it. He is faithful. It is only Jesus Christ who gets rid of those addictions. God has helped me to take all the depression, addiction, and sadness away. My life has order and focus now.
My dream is to one day be preaching the word of God. I feel like there is a call of God on my life. God has been so good to me. He takes broken vessels, and He changes, repairs, reforms, and rebuilds them. This is what God has done and is doing in my life. I am not going back, but I am going forward with Christ because he has a great purpose for my life. I thank Him because I am recuperating my life, and I am not isolated nor lonely anymore.”
The Corona Virus Crisis
The Corona Virus Crisis has shut down Amsterdam’s Red Light District. Femke has been spending long days helping sex workers get the financial and social help they can get as the sex industry has been shut down. We are helping them with grocery baskets and gift cards for grocery stores. Many people from throughout the country are calling us for help. What an opportunity to be a voice of hope, love, and life in this difficult situation.
Also, the conferences Matthew was going to give in the USA in April all have been canceled. However, he will still be launching his next book, Power Evangelism: Just Do It! If you would like to purchase a copy or get a discounted rate for purchases of 10 books or more, you can send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also find some free ministry resources and courses at www.prophesyandheal.com.
Latin American Ministry
In February, Matthew was able to take a ministry team to Argentina and Chile to train churches in prophetic ministry. In Chile, they were a part of a national conference with over 1,500 young people. Matthew was born in Chile, so this was a very special treat to be able to minister in his birth land. Thank you so much for helping us bring God’s love, light, and power to Amsterdam, Europe, Latin America, and beyond.
Thank you for your prayers and support. Because of your faithful prayers and giving, people like Miguel are able to experience a new life in Christ.
Thank you for partnering with us.
Matthew, Femke, Judah, Hannah, Levi, & Benjamin Helland