Sunday, February 28, 2016

Traveling to Durango

We are headed to the prison in Durango, Mexico!

March 6th is quickly approaching.  Eight people from Arizona, 15 people total, so far.  God has so favored this trip.  We have several pastors coming; one from the US, one from Nogales, Sonora, one from Santa Ana, one from Mazatlan, and one from Durango.  Pastor Alfredo and Ricardo spent several hours with us arranging bus tickets.  We are traveling by bus to Mazatlan. It's an overnight trip.  A pastor there has invited us all to his house for lunch during our layover.  Then he will join us to our final destination, Durango, 3-4 hours from Mazatlan.

 Also, so many ministry leaders from Room 24, Desert Streams Fellowship, Ministerios Igle, all in Arizona and Cantico Nuevo and Iglesia de Bethel in Mexico.  Jesus has blessed us with so many sold out hearts, committed to see the Kingdom of God realized in Durango and all the earth!  We contacted Expected End Ministries about bringing the spanish version of Katie Souza's book, "The Key to Your Expected End" with us.  They donated 500 copies of the book to us to pass out to the prisoners when we meet them face to face.  They also gave us copies of her decree book to give to our leaders.  So blessed!

Our 24 hours will begin on Tuesday evening, Mar 8 at 6pm and continue until Wednesday, Mar 9 at 6pm.  Sun/Mon and Thurs/Fri are travel days.  We will be home some time on Friday.  

Initially we said, how will we do this and now we see clearly the Lord's provision.  Donations have come in to cover our travel and hotel and it looks like we won't be hungry!  :)  Dollars and pesos from the Kingdom of God.  Everything covered. God is good.  

We have not arranged this trip in our own minds.  We simply caught the wave God had stirred.  Amazing open doors all along the way.  If we had to plan it we would still be talking about it.  God has a mission and we joined Him.  This helps us tremendously because we all know it's His idea!  

A friend and fellow ministry leader is on site at the prison in Durango.  He had attended a couple of Room 24 events and asked us to come minister to the prisoners.  Amazing open door.  Of 800 prisoners, 500 have signed up to be with us for 24 hours including 80 women.  We can't quite wrap our minds around this but are full of expectation.  

Please keep us in prayer.  If you are reading this and feel moved to pray for this event and the one's God has planned for the future, we thank you ahead of time.

Revelation 4:1
  After these things I looked and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me said, "Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things."  

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Iglesia La Gracia de Dios

February 19-20, 2016

We found a new group of friends at “Iglesia La Gracia de Dios”  last weekend during 24 hour prayer.  We all had a great time!  It’s amazing how after spending 24 hours together, it’s as if we have been friends a long time.  More like family actually.  Friday night started with repentance & communion.  This has kind of become a tradition for Room 24 - the time spent in repentance followed by communion.  A few hours into Friday night and we were on a spiritual roll so to speak.  We took time to anoint and pray for individual needs.  Many received healing on Friday night, even before we had dedicated time for healing!  God order our time, again and again.  

The Pastor with his wife and children were the worship team and they played every couple of hours throughout the night.   The worship that goes up in this house is especially tender.   The worship in itself ministers to us.  Those new to 24 hour prayer are always amazed to find out how quickly the time goes by.  Others, who were planning to leave at a certain time simply could not.  Or, left and came back again later or Saturday.  The Presence of God is so consuming, we just don’t want to leave.  This is true for both us who have been to a few sessions of Room 24 and newcomers.  That sweet sense of His Presence continues to call us in.  

We had a time of spiritual warfare during the night and testimony.  Saturday morning we spent some time just going after the fullness of the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit.  We continue to be amazed.  Just watching people receive is such a blessing.  We become overwhelmed ourselves with His all consuming goodness.  Healing Room’s beginning around 9am were a great success.  We prayed for everyone and members of the church got the opportunity to be on a team.  God uses every one of us to deliver His miracles.

I was personally thrilled to have our first actual children’s prayer team.   I have been believing for this for a few months now.  If we have no children, we take the time to pray for children.  Last Saturday we had a small group of the children who were doing the praying themselves.  Love it!  I’m convinced this is God’s heart.  

Our close was prayer for pastors and ministry leaders and a special time for prophetic words.  We have kind of developed a format, but God is unique in every setting.  Revelation 22:1-  And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street.  And on either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

Oh did I mention the Mexican food at every meal...fresh...homemade...wonderful!  

Elias & Ann Abyad

Saturday, February 13, 2016

La Gracia De Dios - Iglesia Christians 

February 19-20, 2016  and Durango Prison  - March 6-11, 2016

We have a new venture planned for February 2016.  Room 24 will be joining with La Gracia De Dios - Iglesia Christiana, Nogales, AZ for Feb 19/20 2016.  We are so excited to be joining with this church for 24 hours of prayer.  The pastors Jose Manuel & Tere Covarrubias and their whole family are worshippers, something you recognize as soon as you enter the church.  They are committed to becoming a praying church.  The pastors prayed that God would give them a church of new believers, rather than simply attract people from other churches.  He answered, 75% of their body of believers are new to salvation and pentecost.  How wonderful to join them at this special time in their lives.  Their hearts are open to all God has for them.

Prayer will begin at 6pm Friday, Feb 19 and continue through 6pm Feb 20.  You are welcome to join us.  If you are wondering if you can last 24 hours, come Friday night at 6pm and let the Holy Spirit decide for you!  :)
The church is located at 1200 E Patagonia Hwy, Nogales AZ 85621.

Also, just a little commercial, our March prayer will be in Durango, Mexico at a Durango prison.  We will be traveling there on a Sunday March 6, 2016 and hosting prayer on the grounds of the prison from Tuesday March 8 at 6pm to Wednesday March 9 at 6pm.  A friend of ours (Luis Balderas), his wife and young sons have recently been assigned there as chaplains by the Lord!  When we pray, “Lord, send me”, He truly does, in ways we cannot anticipate but are always greatly blessed by.  Pray for this man’s family to reach new heights as they minister for Jesus.  This prison has more than 800 prisoners and already over 500 prisoners signed up to attend the 24 hour prayer including 80 women. Pray for us as we bring our prayer experience to this location.

Please email us if you need any more info or check our web site.

Highlights from Room 24 at Restoration Community Ministries January 29-30, 2016

   What can we say!  Our time at Restoration Community Ministries on Jan 29/30 2016 was such a complete blessing.  We have been praying together for a couple of years now and it was a special blessing to be having “Room 24” at their new location.  It has been very much prayed for in the last couple of years.  It was wonderful to consecrate the new home for Restoration Community Ministries.  This body of believers is actively seeking God for revival and restoration in their new neighborhood.  Over the prayer time, we declared the scriptures that we had prayed in at the prior events.  Our river was there!  A special cloth prepared to look like a river, that is rolled out and the object of great celebration when we have prayer.  Worship was amazing as the church’s own worship team continues to evolve in the way God lead’s.

  The focus scriptures were from Joshua 3, 4 & 5.  “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.”  What a fabulous blessing.  Consecrate we did; we had a time of repentance, communion and foot washing.  We celebrated the conclusion of their 21 day fast for the New Year.  We talked about the blood covenant, divine favor and angelic intervention.  We made our own “Appeal to Heaven”.  As we moved into Saturday, we had a time of soaking and personal decrees.  The expeirence of Healing Rooms on Saturday morning was an awesome blessing.  One of our ladies said for the first time she knew the Holy Spirit was “in” her as she laid hands on those requests and asked God for a specific word for people and received it!

  We all know - it is a time for Harvest!  A wonderful coincidence that on Saturday the church had already planned to send out its first evangelistic team!  We prayed for them and with them as they took on the neighborhood for Jesus!  The divine connections that were made are their own story.  One after another, divine connections were made.  God is so Good!  Lately every time I say God is Good that Good is capitalized.  I have become increasingly aware of his Goodness in the land of the living.  Our close was especially powerful as we prayed for the pastors and leaders of the church and they prayed and ministered to each other.  We were all thrilled just witnessing the Power and Grace of Our God, over and over again.

  Restoration Community, you are truly family and we love spending time with you!