Monday, July 2, 2018

Ministry Update: Summer 2018

We recently returned from a ministry trip out to Colorado Springs, Colorado. We were blessed to visit our friends who are pastoring a couple of congregations out there these days, as well as to preach and minister.

The Holy Spirit moved in a powerful way touching the majority of the people in both congregations in a glorious way.
The Holy Spirit falls on a young man as 
Patrick and our friend Callum pray for him.

Ministering during one of the services 
at Arbol de Vida in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

The pastor told me afterward what a blessing it was to see so many of the people in both congregations get so touched, filled, and empowered, by the Holy Spirit like that.

In fact, one lady was powerfully and dramatically overcome by the presence of the Lord and fell over. She lay there being filled for quite some time soaking up God’s presence and afterwards shared with us how she has not been touched by the Lord like that in over 19 years, glory!

It was a blessing to see the Lord touch many in a deep way with His healing power as well. When He began His ministry, Jesus quoted from the Prophet Isaiah and His words were:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He hath anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor. He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. Luke 4:18, KJV

We can see from this passage that Jesus is concerned with healing the whole of the person, inside and out. There are broken hearts and emotional bruises inside many that the Lord wants to heal when the Holy Spirit is given room to minister. We were blessed to see the Lord minister healing both on the inside and outside while we prayed and ministered to many there. We got many testimonies afterwards of how blessed, and renewed, and restored they were!

The Holy Spirit ministered both inside and outside the church too. We were just hanging out in our friends’ home, in the kitchen talking, when out of nowhere the Holy Spirit descended in power touching all of us powerfully and bringing forth some healing to a few there as well! Hallelujah!

Speaking of outside the church, we also had a divine appointment with a maid at a little motel we stayed at on the way. We ended up praying for her after having shared with her. She said she already believed in Jesus but was very alone here in America. When we prayed for her she said she felt power go down through her and the touch of Christ in her! She was so thankful for a touch from God! Glory!

We were also blessed recently to get together with a friend visiting Los Angeles, California, from Norway. We were blessed to have the Holy Spirit show up and minister to each of us as we just took a little time for some prayer together near the beach. Interestingly enough, the exact same thing happened with a friend from Sweden who was in California recently too. We were just praying before a meal together when the Holy Spirit showed up, took over, and poured His presence out on all of us! Jesus spontaneously ministered wherever the Father led him to, whether it was to one individual, or a group of people. It is all equally important to the Lord.

We had a blessed time ministering as well at Iglesia Antioquia, down in the South San Diego area recently.

There was a powerful move of the Holy Spirit which came right at the very end. We had just preached and also ministered in what had been a blessed service already.

However, right as things were wrapping up, I discerned the Holy Spirit leading me to go back and pray for one more person. The power of God came upon him very strongly and then the person next to him got powerfully filled too. A chain reaction-like move of the Holy Spirit took place which soon engulfed pretty much the whole church. This resulted in extending the service and continued ministry for roughly another hour with most everyone there getting ministered to; it was an awesome time! Hallelujah!

The Apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 2:4-5:
My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on man’s wisdom, but on God’s power.

Paul in fact emphasizes the importance of the Holy Spirit’s role in ministry over against relying on human wisdom as the important factor for buoying faith and encouragement.

We are thankful for all the ways we are, and have been, able to be instruments of extending Christ’s Kingdom and the power of His Holy Spirit to others (we have more ministry we’ve been doing that we’ll share another time).

We so appreciate you partnering with us and helping us in extending the Kingdom of God and ministering to others. We know He’ll bless you for it as His word promises! Many thanks in Jesus’ Name to you!

Happy Fourth of July! As we celebrate Independence Day, it's a good time to reflect on America's Christian roots with our video on Plymouth's Pilgrims and their Christian Faith to get some insight on this topic. (Direct link:

Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support, it is such a blessing and keeps us out there doing the stuff!

Much love and blessings!

Bryan, Mercedes and Patrick Marleaux

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