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Patti Crute
May 23, 2019
In General Discussions
It only took 8 weeks, but I finally went on an activation and I felt like I 'belonged' there. Usually I'd go blank if I was required to pray for anyone, but today, I could be myself. Many years ago, when I worked, I was good at being the face of an organization. Even though my job was keeping books, I was also made the receptionist - because I was good at welcoming people as they entered the company front door. Today, when people asked why I was at Isaiah's Rock, I put on my receptionist hat & simply said that I was there to talk and to be friendly with the people who were waiting in line. Then, I'd offer to pray for them. I prayed for healings, I prayed for Maria who wanted to find creative ways to help other people, and I prayed prayers of continued blessing for a few people. One woman asked me talk to her friend on the phone who'd been looking for Christian fellowship. And, I shared hugs with one lady because we couldn't communicate any other way. There were 2 who didn't want prayer, but we had a nice interaction, anyway. I'm sure in the days ahead, I'll learn to do more, but for today, I am quite content with my breakthrough. Although I didn't see anyone healed, I felt like I actually hosted the presence of God in a way that touched the lives of the people I met. It was a good day! Thank you, CSOM, for providing this wonderful opportunity to learn & to grow. It has truly changed my life!
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Patti Crute
May 01, 2019
In General Discussions
Although tired from our Tues eve session, I went to Is's Rock on Wed morning. Daniel Hernandez (Vine/Pomona's Spanish Pastor) encouraged me to look around. See if I'm drawn to anyone - like a magnet - someone you keep coming back too. After Daniel & I prayed for Marta, for 'walls' to be broken & for her diabetes, I learned from Mark Maki that he'd prayed for a woman's fractured hand. Sally said it was a little better. True to Daniel's words, I was drawn to Sally & finally asked if I could pray for her hand, too. She was willing. We seemed to connect, so we continued chatting about many things, but mostly about our sons. Sally's son is getting a nursing degree & will be taking his exam this month. We prayed for him to pass the exam & to find a job. I asked if her hand still hurt. She said no, but they were cold. I happened to have my Nike thin (exercise) gloves in my backpack, so I offered them to her. She reluctantly, but graciously, accepted them. Before leaving, I told Sally I'd continue to pray for her & her son, & she said she hoped to see me again. I left Is's Rock, thankful for such a sweet encounter, & I'm very grateful I had those gloves with me!
Sweet Encounter w/Sally @ Is. Rock content media
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Patti Crute
Apr 26, 2019
In General Discussions
After watching a powerful video teaching at Vineyard/Pomona last evening, a few of us met at Walmart to pray for people. Several didn't want prayer, but the ones who responded, quickly said yes to our offer. Among them: sweet little Leslie wanting prayer for her mom & dad's troubles (hard to tell, but I suspect safety issues), Jeffry, a precious, mentally challenged Walmart employee, Heidi & husband desiring work stability, and then there was Gilbert. He was already responding, "YES," before Robert (my mentor for the evening) had finished asking him if he'd like prayer. Gilbert wants freedom from a heroin addiction. His posture during the prayer was what caught my heart's attention -- his eyes were closed & he was leaning into the words being spoken over him. After I returned home, my evening was capped-off with an unplanned, but Spirit-led time of intercessory praying, as I remembered each face we had prayed for in that Walmart shopping center parking lot. "Thank you, Jesus, for your heart of love toward each of these folks we encountered. Continue your work in their lives."
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Patti Crute
Apr 25, 2019
In General Discussions
While studying Matthew, taking note of what Jesus said & did as he healed people, I've noticed something. 1st, He uses few words. Of course those words are spoken with great authority, but they are few, & sometimes, he just touches a hand. But, has anyone else noticed what Jesus initiates & what people initiate? It appears that Jesus initiates going into synagogues in each new city preaching & teaching, & THEN healing every disease & affliction. After that, people initiate COMING TO HIM for healing: a leper came, a centurion came, the disciples came/woke Jesus up on the boat, 2 demon-possessed men came, friends brought a paralytic, the ruler came, a woman came/touched his garment, children were brought, & He healed ALL. Jesus initiated: calling disciples to follow him, teaching disciples, going up on a mountain to pray, He went to them/walking on water, He took [them] on Mt of Transfiguration, etc. (I realize that Jesus DOES initiate, but I couldn't help noticing how often Matthew mentions people coming TO Him for healing.) Jesus also SENT out the disciples (including us) with His authority instructing them to proclaim the Kingdom of heaven is near, then heal sick, raise dead, cleanse lepers..... I know we are to do the things that Jesus did, but could it be that SOMETIMES people will simply come to us (if we're Hosting His Presence properly) & ask for prayer? Should we somehow use more teaching when out & about? If so, how would we even do that? Any thoughts, classmates or Bible scholars, on these 'ponderings of my heart?'
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Patti Crute
Apr 20, 2019
In General Discussions
As I learn what works for me & with my personality, I'm grateful for CSOM's opportunities to learn from others more experienced in 'activations.' On Wed, at Isaiah's Rock, Pastor Alan demonstrated it using differing methods. He began with the 'evangelistic circle' approach as we talked with a young Chinese man. Then P. Alan surprised me with his knowledge of Chinese history/culture, & he also used a picture of Jesus standing at a door knocking. The man was interested but wasn't ready to commit, as he still had questions about the Bible. Alan encouraged him to keep an open heart & suggested he begin reading in Matthew, then we prayed blessing over him. Next, with the help of a Spanish interpreter, we prayed for Alisa, a young woman grieving over her mother's death from cancer. I identified with her because my mother died of cancer when I was young. Although I could not speak her language, I was able to give Alisa a motherly hug, which needs no interpretation. Then we prayed for the interpreter, Maria, & she was healed from pain, & we prayed a blessing over, Daisy, a young pregnant woman. Daisy was visibly touched when Alan spoke a 'word' from the Lord to her. So thank you, Pastor Alan, for allowing me to tag along to watch God at work in Isaiah's Rock. These people came for help with their physical needs, & left with a tangible caress of their Father's love.
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Patti Crute
Apr 15, 2019
In General Discussions
Five of us descended from one car on the Mt SAC campus and we quickly divided into two groups. Suzy with Ron & Baldwin, I went with Glenn. This gave me an opportunity to observe Glenn in his gentle approach to those we encountered. Many allowed us to pray for & bless them. As we spoke to these folks, I realized how far I still have to go to feel comfortable 'doing the stuff.' I have much to overcome in taking any initiative to approach people who are already in conversation with others. Glenn taught me the more you do it, the easier it'll become, AND, once I realize how much Jesus values & cares for these individuals, I'll become bolder in my attempts. At the end of Pastor Allen's Sunday message, I had a vision of Jesus with one arm around my shoulders, leaning into me with love & compassion in his eyes saying, "I'll walk with you." He wanted me to know that I have as much value to Him (as I learn to do this better), as He has for those we're trying to minister too!" What a friend we have in Jesus!
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Patti Crute
Apr 10, 2019
In General Discussions
I forgot to buy a copy of Carl's book last night. Are there any left, or should I look for it somewhere else? (Thx)
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Patti Crute
Apr 07, 2019
In General Discussions
My first attempt ever to 'go out into the streets' was on Sat. morning in Walnut with the faithful folks at VOH. Each of us contributed our impressions to a list for a Treasure Hunt to use as a guide. My impression was of a woman in a striped shirt on a sidewalk. Almost immediately, I learned things do not always go as planned. Due to our freeway exit being closed, keeping us from our intended destination, we had to make a quick adjustment & we went to a nearby Walmart. Everyone (save 1) gladly received our offer for prayer, however, none of them were the ones listed on our map. The next morning, I suddenly realized I HAD seen the woman in the striped shirt. She'd walked by us as we were praying for someone else. So even though I'm sorry I missed praying for her at the appointed time, she's actually received a lot of prayer since then, because I lift her up each time of think of her. Thankful that God is still at work, even when we miss an opportunity.
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