- October 29, 2012
In Berdsk, Aglow groups and local churches joined together for 3 days, including a Sunday morning service. As the messages were preached, the team saw “the radiance of God come across their faces, as hearts were relieved of fear, rejection, abandonment, betrayal, and grief”.
The team also did 20 in-home visits for those unable to come to the meetings due to physical limitations. This type of ministry was new to Aglow in Berdsk, and they were amazed at the results.On one of the visits, the team prayed for a woman and sensed that God had touched her. The woman put on praise music, then pulled out scarves and began to dance. The team also began to wave scarves and then invited everyone to dance in and out of the 'healing billows'. The presence of the Lord became so strong after this, that the team decided to pray for everyone present and in particular to pray for those with back problems. One of the Transformation Team members testified that when her mother read the email report of the prayer time at the woman’s house, she felt a strong presence from the Lord. The following day she went forward for prayer at her church, and her back was healed too!
Mary, one team member who has a special anointing to minister to the dying, was taken to the “harder” cases. After seeing Mary pray for several people, Vera Tsys, Aglow Russia National President, commented that she truly did have a special gift to bring the comfort of God to the hearts of these people and their families. They also had some divine appointments along the way including ministering to a man with no feet.
The team visited a rehab center in a very poor place located 2 hours outside of Berdsk. The center served 12 residents, 11 men and 1 woman. The building was in such disrepair that light could be seen through the ceiling and walls.
At the center, Mary gave a powerful testimony of how God helped her leave a life of drug and alcohol abuse. She opened her message with, “I KNOW you! You're missing your teeth because of the drugs you've done! My sons are also missing their teeth.” She then proceeded with her amazing testimony. Another team member followed by giving a message on “the Father’s love for you,” bringing insight to why it is so hard to forgive yourself. The men and woman were on their knees, crying before the Lord. The team ministered to each resident, then ended with communion.
After the Transformation Team taught 5 classes at a Korean-run seminary in Nobosibirsk, the Dean invited them to come back and teach for a whole week! Ministry to the students, all former addicts who have now dedicated their lives to the Lord, was powerful. One woman was set free from unforgiveness, fear and rejection. After being prayed for she kept saying, “Slava Bogu!” (Glory to God). The team also visited a home church near Novosibirsk, praying for and encouraging the members.
The team visited Russia’s first established city (859 AD), Novgorod Veliky, known as the “Womb of Russia.” Accompanied by an Aglow Russia team, the Transformation team quietly prayed at strategic places throughout the city. The Russian women with them informed them of the fascinating history of each place, giving them insight for their prayer and declarations. From the top of a bell tower overlooking the city, they prayed God's mightiness and love, and declared Scriptures that were retrieved off the seats of those who carried the flag for Russia at the 2011 Aglow Worldwide Conference held in Houston - Zechariah 4:6-7, and Psalm 20:6-8.