Commissioned by the Holy Spirit
to change the world
My husband Ralph and I were first healed spiritually when we began going to Catholic Charismatic prayer meetings in 1977. One sure fact about having a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit is that we experience it most fully within the community life of Spirit-filled prayer meetings. Prayer meetings are not just about signs and wonders and other miraculous manifestations of the Holy Spirit such as prophetic messages and visions. They are launching pads for involvement in the parish community and going out into the world in the power of God to bring more people to conversion and deeper faith. This is where we are commissioned by the Holy Spirit to change the world.
Let’s fast-forward through our years of doing this in a variety of parish ministries, pausing in the early days of Good News Ministries (1997). Ralph and I were asked to speak to a youth group about the dangers of the occult and New Age teachings. Our goal was to convince them to trust the greater and better power of the Holy Spirit, so we invited them to be prayed over.
One of the girls told us that her arm had been injured in a car accident. Although several months had passed, she was still unable to raise her hand higher than shoulder level. Would we pray for a healing?
Ralph and I keenly hoped that she’d get her miracle as proof of the loving power of God, but neither of us felt strong enough in faith to be instruments of that kind of healing. So we breathed a prayer of surrender, entrusted the outcome to the Lord, and prayed, taking authority in the name of Jesus over her damaged arm and shoulder.
Then we told her, “Lift your hand up high.” And she did! The Lord completely healed her.
Today more than then, young people need to witness God’s loving power. So, too, everyone who is barely alive in the Christian Faith. And those who have no faith need to witness it. And people who are believers but are following any false teachings of the world need to be invited to a miracle-producing personal relationship with the Holy Spirit so that God will purify their minds and hearts.
In New Zealand, this is being done very effectively through Dove Catholic Fellowship for Women. Here is “Kiwi” Andrea Menhinick’s description of what the Holy Spirit is doing in her country. (To see what’s happening in the Philippines, see Rina Manuel’s story)
I think it is really important to give our Triune God thanks and praise for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our troubled times.
I live in New Zealand and have been healed, restored, called and equipped through the ministry of Dove Catholic Fellowship for women, a joyful 32 year-old fellowship which has grown to 9 regional fellowships and operates under the umbrella of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. Through Dove Fellowship, I have seen countless women blossom towards their full potential under the loving guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Dove Fellowship’s vision is for women from all walks of life to bond together in the power of the Holy Spirit and become a force for good in the nation, and to become instrumental in building up family and parish life, providing support for one another. The primary focus of Dove Fellowship is to lead women to a personal and ongoing relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour; to become fully immersed in the life of the Church and to become effective evangelisers. The emphasis is women’s ministry to women in gentleness and love as exemplified by Mary, Mother of God and Mother of the Church.
Another initiative of the Holy Spirit is the ecumenical bond that exists in my home-town of Katikati (7000 residents). Monthly combined church services draw a small, keen group for whom the national anthem of New Zealand (“God defend New Zealand”) has become a key prayer. We desire to see New Zealand as a nation living for God. Since 2016, Alpha courses are being run ecumenically with enthusiastic, wonderful leadership by the Anglican community, and a monthly service of prayer, praise, worship and healing has been started, again by the on-fire Anglican community. We pray that more churchgoers will attend and bring along Katikati residents who are needing a touch from the Lord.
We are eagerly awaiting the Catholic Charismatic Renewal’s 50-year Jubilee celebration, September 22-24th, as New Zealand will celebrate it by a coming together of Dove Fellowship, Joshua Men’s Fellowship and the Catholic Charismatic Renewal — ALL THREE GROUPS TOGETHER for one weekend in the centre of the country. There are so many people yearning that New Zealand become a Nation living for God, and the Current of Grace will surely flow through our land as a result of the CCR conference.
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