Friday, August 16, 2019

Ministry Update: Summer 2019

We shared a video and blog recently about a young lady named Karina with a powerful testimony that we filmed when we were ministering at a conference. She shares how she was touched and filled with the Holy Spirit when we prayed for her and then how we encouraged her to pray for others. All this happened when she was only nine years old.

For over ten years since that Holy Spirit encounter, she has been continuing to actively minister to other people. This is all due to the empowering of the Holy Spirit, and the encouragement we gave her to step out and utilize the gifts of the Spirit and pray for others.

This is a great example as the Scriptures exhorts us to seek to be filled, and then utilize the gifts the Lord releases. Getting filled with the Holy Spirit is important in activating those in the body of Christ to move into the gifts and fulfill being the Priesthood of all Believers. So, it is a blessing to see how much the Holy Spirit can do with just a little youngster when we invite His presence and power into our midst!

Waves of the Holy Spirit

Here are a few highlights from some recent ministry:

We had an awesome time ministering in the Medford area of Oregon recently. We had a visitation of the Holy Spirit’s power and presence! God poured out His Spirit to the point where most everyone got ministered in a significant way, and then when we thought we were finished…I was making some closing comments when some words just came out that I was surprised to hear myself saying, “actually the Holy Spirit is not done.”

Another wave of the Spirit just came flooding in and the pastor’s son got deeply touched and filled along with some others who also received healing! Mercedes also had a word for a woman that day who got healed of hip pain and I prayed with a few young kids who opened their hearts to receive Christ—which made it four people who received Christ that day—as earlier on in the service two had received the Lord also!

We had a powerful time ministering at Iglesia Bajo Sus Alas in the Southern Border region, many testified to receiving healing in numerous ways, and many shared, including the pastor, that they experienced the power of the Holy Spirit moving and filling them in unusually powerful ways! We had Callum (a friend from France) and Patrick (our son) both come up and share testimonies in the meeting and minister with us as we prayed for people there. They both got a lot of positive response from people about how God was using them after sharing and ministering with us! Praise God!

We also had a powerful move of the Holy Spirit as we ministered at Iglesia Esperanza. We had a powerful service where most everyone there was powerfully touched and received ministry from the Holy Spirit in an awesome way! And then we also had another unexpected wave of the Holy Spirit come through right at the end of that service also! Some of those hanging out in the back got powerfully filled with the Holy Spirit in a really awesome way as they began receiving gifts of the Spirit and speaking in tongues!

That last move of the Spirit was so strong that many, including myself, were overcome by the presence of God and ended up on the ground! There was also a healing of serious stomach pain as we prayed over the pastor, and that service had many young people experience the Baptism of the Holy Spirit! It reminded me of some revival outpourings from back in the day!

We also had a powerful time ministering in some different meetings in the San Diego area! We had a meeting that went over six hours with a very powerful outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Chula Vista that included some young people getting filled with the Holy Spirit and some healing taking place. We also had a blessed time sharing in Spring Valley about Lonnie Frisbee and the Jesus People & Vineyard Revivals! I was there and experienced both of those revivals so it’s always fun to share on that and then get to minister on the need to be filled with the Holy Spirit! We do have a few stories in the latest book on Lonnie…

Jesus said we need His power and presence to be effective witnesses, so we are doing our part to impart that truth and tangible reality as we minister!

Divine Appointments

We had a divine appointment with a chef we met while eating. We were talking a bit and ended up sharing the Gospel and prayed for her in an effective way! We also met some young believers while out for a little river adventure with our friends Jeff & Jeanette with whom we got to share about the need to be filled with the Holy Spirit! When some young guys are willing to attentively listen to you share with them for about an hour, especially in this era of distractedness, you know it’s significant!

We were able to make it to a Bon Voyage party for our long-time friends Alan and Marialice Garrett up in the northern part of California that turned into a spontaneous ministry time with them and a few others while seeing them off on their new adventure. My connection to Marialice goes all the way back to a young adult Bible study I used to do in Corona Del Mar that became part of Newport Vineyard.

We also had a very powerful, divinely-orchestrated, prayer and ministry time, for our friend Dave who the Lord touched and ministered to in a very powerful and significant way. While driving back through Northern California we were feeling we should connect with him. After a few confirmations pointing in that direction we decided to make contact. What was wild was that he ended up texting us—sending out a group text as a request for prayer—right at the exact same time we were about to contact him.

We made our way to see him the next day, and it turned into a powerful prayer and ministry time when we got together and prayed for him!

Dave wrote out this testimony afterwards:

Hi everyone, I just have to give God glory and share with you this amazing testimony of what God did/is doing for me. When I texted…for prayer, Bryan and Mercedes just happened to be texting me right at the same time, that they were passing through Salinas the next day and wanted to see if I wanted to get together. We met and God did this crazy deep inner healing that I was completely not expecting. He was setting me free from performance, doubt and fear and who knows what else! He took me back to my childhood and gave me the biggest hug ever in a place of woundedness that I didn't know was there. From there the Holy Spirit continued to move and we all had a glorious Holy Ghost party with very powerful and encouraging words being spoken. Then tonight God met [my wife] in a special way too…now we both feel like were walking on sunshine. Thank you Jesus!!! All glory to YOU!!!!

We praise God for Jesus paying the price on the cross and giving us His Spirit, and meeting and moving in so many situations. It’s a blessing to experience people receiving the grace of Christ and love of the Father and the power of the Holy Spirit! Thank you for helping us be out there to share it with others!

Love and blessings!

Bryan, Mercedes and Patrick Marleaux

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The Power of the Holy Spirit Touching Lives: Karina's Testimony

It’s amazing how much fruit can come out of just a little seed when it’s planted in good soil: While we were ministering, we filmed a testimony of a young lady who got impacted by the Holy Spirit some years back when we prayed for her.

This young lady Karina shares how she was empowered by the Holy Spirit when we prayed for her and then how we helped her step out to pray for others. Since that time, she has been actively ministering to other people on a regular basis!

All this started by praying for her when she was only nine years old. The awesome thing is that for over ten years she has continued to actively minister to other people, all due to the empowering of the Holy Spirit and the encouragement we gave her to step out and utilize the gifts of the Spirit and pray for others.

An Example Also Seen in The Bible

This is a good example of what the New Testament encourages for us as believers, regardless of age: that Christ’s followers should seek to be filled, and then utilize the gifts the Lord releases to us.

It is an example we see in Scripture when Paul encourages Timothy, who was a shy young fellow, to step out and utilize the gifts:

“I remind you to stir up the gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. Now let it grow, as a small flame grows into a fire.” 2 Timothy 1:6

Paul also told Timothy in the next verse:

“For the Holy Spirit, God’s gift, does not give us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and sound mind...” 2 Tim 1:7 (TLB)

Paul wanted Timothy to draw upon the Holy Spirit and then utilize the gifts God bestowed upon him and to step out in faith and employ them.

As we each step out, we will eventually become more comfortable in operating in the gifts and being used by God, and the gifts can thus grow, whether it is to testify, pray, or minister to someone else in various ways.

Moreover, age—whether someone is young, old, or in between—should not inhibit one from seeking to be filled with God’s power and be used to minister in it:

“In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below…”Acts 2:17-19

In this passage we see that young, old, male, female, are all included and encouraged to receive and minister in God’s power.

Furthermore, Peter also said, “[turn to] Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and your children, and for all who are far away, as many as the Lord our God will call to himself.” Acts 2:38-39

These Scriptures show that everyone can receive, be filled, and be used by the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit activates what Martin Luther calls “The Priesthood of all Believers.” Luther pointed out that the New Testament encourages us that each believer is a priest and thus able to minister to one another in the Body of Christ as well as to others. Thus, it is important to realize that God desires to work in and through each one of us.

Jesus said: “How much more will the father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask.” Luke 11:13 As His children, we see in the Word that it is by asking that we can receive and be blessed, and thus be a blessing to others! Simply by asking the Holy Spirit to fill us, empower us, and work through us this can begin!

Here are a few key points and guidelines:

If you have not received Christ, first open your heart and invite him into your life. The Bible says: " Very truly I tell you, no one can see the Kingdom of God unless they are born again." (John 3:3)  “For as many who received Him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12) We must understand that above all, we must be part of God's family and have relationship with Christ! This means asking Christ into your heart, receiving Him, and believing upon Him and His work on the cross on your behalf, and by grace through faith receiving salvation (if you have not already done so.)

[I recently heard the testimony of a youth pastor at a church who preached and led worship but had never even received Christ until an evangelist came to his church and shared the gospel! It is important to have a priority and see that people have received Jesus in their heart! Assuming can have us missing opportunities to help people connect with the Savior. Billy Graham used to say: “When I preach the Gospel I speak to the choir, church people, and everyone else, I never assume someone is saved just because they attend a church.”]

As a child of God, it is your born-again birthright to ask the Holy Spirit to fill and empower you. When we receive Christ into our hearts the Holy Spirit takes up residence within and dwells within us. However, after Jesus released the Holy Spirit to dwell in His followers, He still told His own disciples after His crucifixion and resurrection and after they were now indwelt by the Holy Spirit (John 20:22), that they still needed to be empowered through the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:5-8). The cross has made it possible for God’s children to have God’s Spirit live within us. However, the Word says we need to Ask Him to empower and equip us, to baptize us, with His love, grace, mercy, and gifts of the Spirit (1 Cor: 14:1 & 12:31). We should also ask Him for courage to step out and utilize the gifts. Jesus said: “How much more will the father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask.” Luke 11:13

After I personally got filled with the Holy Spirit I found myself witnessing to a friend who eventually received the Lord. We subsequently started a Bible study that I taught at his home. When we would step out to pray for others who came to the Bible study in these times, the Holy Spirit began to work through us with the gifts much more than we expected.

Like our old friend Harald Bredesen used to say: if we take one step in the direction of serving Christ via the Holy Spirit, instead of our own power, whether we have been a Christian for quite a while or for just a short time, the Holy Spirit will come and will work through us, oftentimes more than we even expect or imagine.

Be willing to take a step of faith, and like Paul told Timothy, “do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord!”

God Bless!

Friday, April 19, 2019

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter and resurrection blessings to you!

Jesus went to the cross to pay for our sin and died that we might have life everlasting! He rose having conquered sin and death and His salvation is given freely to us who believe on Him, the one who is the Resurrection and the Life! (John 11:25) If you want to hear our Easter message you can go to our page at

Recent Ministry

We just returned from ministering in Colorado. We had a blessed time ministering in Boulder, Colorado, as well as in Colorado Springs. The Holy Spirit moved powerfully in both places, touching, filling, and empowering those in the meetings! We also had a few people who surrendered their lives to Christ as we ministered. 

While up in the mountains in Colorado, we had a divine appointment with a couple of women who gave us a ride. We had gotten a bit disoriented and lost, and ran into these ladies who ended up giving us a ride back to our car. We got to share the Gospel with them as well as pray for them! Hallelujah!

We had a bit of spiritual warfare as well, which sometimes hits in unexpected ways. First, we got quite sick after ministering—which was unusual for us—and got a cough that made it difficult to speak and preach in the next meeting. There was a lot of New Age and witchcraft- type stuff right around where we were ministering in Boulder. There are times when you get sick and it may be just a result of being run down, but other times it seems like something more is happening—something more was confirmed when we were leaving the area by airplane: while going through security, I was pulled aside for some time and thoroughly delayed and my backpack was pulled apart and searched—I was then told by the TSA officer, of all things, that the Bible in my backpack had set off their machines and caused red flags. In all our years of traveling, we have never heard that before, but it is exactly what he said! He even brought me over to the screen and showed me how the Bible was brightly lit up and had set off alarms.

It was a confirmation that we are not wrestling with flesh and blood but spiritual forces of darkness in the spiritual realms. It continued as our shuttle driver just up and disappeared leaving us stranded, and then after all that our car wouldn’t start when we finally arrived where we had left it at the parking garage. The Lord had the victory though, as many were ministered to on the trip, even though we took a few blows! Praise God He uses everything for good for those that love Him and are called according to His purpose: it is sometimes necessary to be reminded that this is a spiritual battle we are in and we must remember to rely on spiritual weapons which include His Word and His Holy Spirit!

Before this, we were ministering in Santa Barbara where we preached the Gospel to many university students at UCSB and had some make decisions for Christ, as well as others get filled with the Holy Spirit as we ministered at IV Church, which ministers to the students and others connected with the local university. We’ve also been ministering down in the Southern border region regularly, seeing many getting saved and filled, praise God!

New Book We’re Included In

We are blessed to have a few stories along with a couple pictures included in a new book by Roger Sachs on Lonnie Frisbee called Not By Might Nor By Power: Set Free (Book Three). For those not familiar with Lonnie Frisbee, he was the catalytic figure in seminal moments in both The Vineyard and Calvary Chapel movements. A man not without personal struggles, but used by the Lord powerfully nonetheless. (You can read further on this subject on our web page at This is the second book on Lonnie we are included in, and the sixth book in which we’ve had some Holy Ghost stories published.

Books We’ve Been Published In Through The Years

Here is a list of the books we’ve had Holy Ghost Stories published in. If you’re interested in one (or more) let us know and we’ll get you a copy for a donation of whatever you can afford (typical suggested donation is $15 per book). These are also all available at

  • Stories From the Front Lines: Power Evangelism In Today’s World by Jane Rumph. Tells about some Holy Ghost healing stories and wild divine appointments in Mexico.
  • Signs and Wonders in America Today by Jane Rumph. Miracles taking place while we are ministering in the Bay Area.
  • Divine Intervention: True Stories of Heaven Invading Earth by Julia Loren. A radical Holy Ghost surfing miracle and divine appointment on the coast of Israel.
  • Kernels of Hope: Real People, Real Stories by Bob and Gail Kaku. The divine appointment unexpected sequel to the Israel story but this Holy Ghost surfing miracle is on the Coast of Spain where a divine appointment took place with some guys who just turned out to be friends of the surfer in Israel!
  • Not By Might Nor By Power: The Great Commission (Book Two) by Lonnie Frisbee with Roger Sachs. Includes a blurb about Lonnie’s influence on us as well as a story of Bryan getting filled with the Holy Spirit.
  • Not By Might Nor By Power: Set Free (Book Three) by Lonnie Frisbee with Roger Sachs. Shares stories from a mission trip to Colorado with Lonnie (interestingly enough, much spiritual warfare is experienced in the Colorado trips mentioned) and a wild encounter while hiking in Tahquitz Canyon in Palm Springs, amongst some other things.

Happy Easter

We pray you are blessed this Easter while celebrating the resurrection and glorious eternal life Christ gives us. 

Thanks for your prayers and support. They aid and help us in the midst of the battle, as we do the work of the Kingdom in Jesus’ name and through His resurrection power.

Resurrection blessings to you and yours!

Bryan, Mercedes and Patrick Marleaux