Message for Ethiopia: Partnership and Intimacy with God

Partnership and Intimacy with God

God is looking for partners on the earth. He wants friends that will agree with Him and even begin to think like Him. Those who will do what they see the Father doing. Jesus modeled this partnership for us when He walked on the Earth. He told His disciples “I only do that which I see the Father doing.” God was not satisfied with just getting the job done, He wanted the job done through friendship. When God rested upon God, He began to reveal the Glory of the Father on the earth!!!

John 5:19, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; He can do only what he sees his father doing, because what ever the Father does the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all He does.”

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor…

After John the Baptist baptized Jesus the Spirit of God descended upon the Son of God and remained. Jesus ministered in partnership with the Holy Spirit and as mentioned earlier imitating that which He saw the Father doing.

This kind of communion with God was I unfathomable, it went beyond our capacity, and yet this kind of Fellowship is exactly what Jesus died on the cross for. He prayer to His Father in John 17 saying “take the SAME Love that is inside Your heart and put inside of them!”

“I have made You known to them and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them, and that I myself may be in them”
John 17:26

He actually wants to put in us the Love that the Father has for the Son!!!

God is looking for Lovers! He is more interested in our love for Him than in our work for Him, knowing that those who love Him will work for Him and even lay down their lives as He Himself laid down His life! He is looking for partners and I believe that He will find them here in Ethiopia!

God wants His people to care for the things that He Himself cares about. God is in the business of building family not of building factories. A factory worker is not required to care for the product, just simply to do his part well enough. A family requires love to work!

I am glad that the God who created all things wants me to know Him and wants to share with me what is on His heart! This is the intimacy that the Father is inviting us into. Jesus said to His disciples:

“Greater Love has no man than this, that He lay down His life for His friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I have learned from my Father I have made known to you.” John 15:13-15

In this same chapter where Jesus called His followers friends He teaches us that the only way we can bear fruit is by abiding in the Vine, that is, by abiding in Himself! Friendship, partnership, intimacy! This is how the Kingdom of God works. There will be many who will come to Jesus on the day of judgment who cast out demons, healed the sick, prophesied mysteries, and performed miraculous signs in the Name of Jesus to whom He will say, “depart from Me, I never knew you!” God is not looking for people that can use His power, He is looking for friends!!!

He calls friends those who do what He commands! What is the greatest commandment? Jesus answered that question in this way: “The most important one, is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment like these” (Mark 12:29-31). Notice how Jesus when answering this question did not separate these 2 commandments one from the other. He was asked about the greatest and yet He answered about the two most important. Why? “We love because He first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not live his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And He has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love His brother” (1 John 4:19-21)

“Anyone who claims to be in the light. But hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble…” (1 John 2:9-10).

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not live does not know God, because God is Love. He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him (PARTNERSHIP!!!). This is love: not that we lived God, but that He loves us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God, but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us” (1 John 4:7-12).

Jesus did the great works that He did from an overflow of the love that is between the Father and the Son, and from the love that He has for humanity. Jesus was moved with compassion and he healed the sick! “Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.” (Matthew 14:14)

A man with leprosy came two ham and back to him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touch the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured.” Mark 1:40-42

We’re made for the exciting adventure of knowing God and becoming more and more like Him. 2 Corinthians 3:16-18, as we behold the Glory of the Lord we are transformed into His likeness from Glory to Glory! The adventure of seeing and doing greater works than Jesus did! He said, John 14:12, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father!”

Revival is coming to Ethiopia! Miracles, signs and wonders will take place in the streets of this nation. Will there be friends of God who partner with Him at a heart level? God is doing and will do great things, and what He desires is friends that will participate with Him in what He is doing!

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(With my friend Hiz in Ethiopia)

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Summer Trips & Ethiopia this Fall!!! (July-August 2014 Newsletter)

“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; The humble shall hear of it and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together.”

             – Psalm 34:1-3

The past two months have been a wonderful adventure and the Lord has been adding to the excitement! Towards the end of July I went to minister at a youth retreat in Puerto Rico. I flew back and immediately jumped right into the Marked Teen Intensive, another youth retreat type of event. It was Intense! ;) I also travelled to some different churches after the Marked Teen Conference. And am now preparing to go to Ethiopia this fall on another ministry trip. In this newsletter I will share about: Youth Retreat in Puerto Rico, Marked Teen Intensive & the Trip that Followed, and finally, Ethiopia!!!

Good time at the river after the retreat in Puerto Rico!

 
Youth Retreat in Puerto Rico!
Earlier this summer, in June, while I was ministering in Puerto Rico the Lord put it in my heart that I would be returning shortly. I did not know when exactly but was then invited to minister at the youth retreat that church was putting together a month and a half later. Throughout the retreat the Lord did many wonderful things. One young person in her early 20’s gave her life to Jesus. It was an awesome event to witness, souls coming to Christ are always an amazing event! I had the priviledge to share with the youth one night and the Lord did mighty things! During that time about 15 different youth and adults that were there experienced physical healing in their bodies! For the actual altar call following the message all 120 youth responded and came forward! Many of them shared with me that they experienced the presence of God that night as they had not for months and years. One young boy, fell under the power of the Holy Spirit and went into a trance-like vision. He saw heaven and then later saw hell. Hearing him describe his experience and how it had impacted him was awesome. I could see that he was sincere about his experience. The Lord did amazing things and I know that the impact from that retreat is still bearing fruit.
 
In this picture, to my right is the young boy that saw in a vision heaven and also hell.

In this picture, to my right is the young boy that saw in a vision heaven and also hell.

Marked Teen Intensive, Conference, and Trip
The Lord loves youth! He loves every age group really :) I came back from the retreat in Puerto Rico to dive into the Marked Teen Intensive. During our Tuesday Night Healing Service at the Prayer Furnace 50+ youth, some leaders, and regular attenders, all packed into the prayer room. I don’t think anyone expected what took place that evening! The Holy Spirit began to move and many were being healed, some of several health problems and pains were all healed at the same time. By the time we finished praying for everyone that needed healing some 23 and probably more people had experienced healing in their bodies! That night there was a sweet sense of the presence of God in the room and 2 teenage girls gave their lives to the Lord! 18 young people rededicated their lives to Jesus!
 
During the Marked Teen Conference that followed the Intensive I was blessed to teach during a main session about healing. There was a young man attending that had a brace on his arm. After teaching mostly youth about healing I asked the young man to come forward for us to pray for him. He had just had that brace put on the day prior because some time back he had messed up his ECU tendon while playing basketball when he fell and hit his wrist on the floor. After we all prayed for him he took the brace of to check his arm out and the excruciating pain that he would feel when he touched the area around that tendon was gone!!! Praise the Lord!
 
 
After the conference I travelled with a team of about 9 people ranging from, 7 to over 40 years of age, ministering ministering in 2 different churches in Virginia and a college campus. When we were ministering at the church in Richmond, I began to share testimonies of God’s healing power! As I did faith began to stir in the room, until finally a lady raised her hand to share that her foot had just been supernaturally healed as the testimonies were being proclaimed. After hearing that present-moment testimony we began to pray for healing and many that night experienced healing in their bodies! A lady that I had prayed for several times in the past 2 years experienced the manifestation of healing that night. Many people had been praying for her for years and I found out that already there had been some breakthroughs! That night she was able to fully twist her torso for the first time 10 years, and without pain! Praise God!!!
 
To view some youtube videos of testimonies from individuals that I mentioned who were healed click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/user/AnguloSebastian/videos
 
 
 
 
Trip to Ethiopia!!!
Well that trip that led us to minister in Richmond the Lord also used it to began to unfold a part of His plan for me this fall. A friend of mine who is Ethiopian traveled with us on that part of the trip and as I talked with him and got to know him more a desire to go to Ethiopia filled me! I expressed to him and to those with us on that trip several times my desire to go to Ethiopia! I have known for years that Ethiopia is one of those countries that the Lord has for me to go to and minister but had never felt the immediate desire to go as I did then. The day after our trip ended a friend of mine who is also Ethiopian sent me a text message asking if I would be available to talk on the phone that evening. Because I was scheduled to preach at the Burn Service we spoke that night after the service. I shared with him many of the testimonies that I have shared here and wanted to share with him also my desire to go to Ethiopia but did not. I decided to give him a chance to talk since he was the one that initiated the phone call. So he said to me, “Well, the reason I wanted to talk with you is because I am going on a ministry trip to Ethiopia and would like for you to come also.” He did not have to say any more, I was convinced! I did pray about it and felt the Lord leading me to go to Ethiopia this fall! We will be part of a team that will be ministering at a large conference/crusade that will be taking place Oct. 10-12 in Ethiopia. About 10,000 people are expected to attend, mostly young adults. I praise God for this wonderful opportunity that He has opened up!
 
Please keep me and the team in prayer, and prayerfully consider giving financially to partner with me in this endeavor that Christ has invited me to partner with Him in.
 
Here are ways that you can partner financially:

For a tax-deductible donation:

1. Make checks payable to “FPF” (Fredericksburg Prayer Furnace) and send it to:

6102 Rising Sun Rd. Fredericksburg, VA, 22407

2. One-time gift by credit card or bank account, make sure to write Sebastian – Ethiopia on the memo line. Click on the link below (https://secure1.nm-secure.com/theprayerfurnace/go/support):

 

 Note: Remember to specify “Sebastian – Ethiopia” in the Memo box

3. Also, find out more about the trip at http://www.gofundme.com/doc2vk

 
4. Feel free to ask me any questions: sangulo@theprayerfurnace.org
 
Conclusion
Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter and to rejoice with me in what the Lord is doing! Let us exalt His name together! If you need prayer for anything or have any testimonies or comments that you would like to share with me, please feel free to contact me at sangulo@theprayerfurnace.org. I will tell you all about Ethiopia when I have gone and returned!
 
To the Fame of His Name!
Sebastian Angulo

Quick Update! Many Manifestations of Healing Recently!!!

It feels like it has been a long time since I last updated. So much has taken place in the past few weeks!!! I was in Puerto Rico where many were touched by the Love and Power of God! About 15 people experienced healing in their bodies after receiving prayer and many amazing things happened that I hope to expound in greater detail in an upcoming update. Last week, after landing in Virginia having returned from Puerto Rico, I jumped in to the Marked Teen Intensive and Conference here at the Prayer Furnace. Many more were healed, we have estimated at least 40 different individuals received healing, based on the 21+ that testified one night and 11+ another time and an unknown number another service of which I personally know of 2. I am confident that there were more since I was late to that service and did not get to hear previous testimonies! Anyways, enjoy the video below that expounds on one of the testimonies!!!

Impromptu Instrumental 2: Hope

I recorded this song while contemplating on the hope that is ours in Christ Jesus! When we don’t give up we are assured by the Scriptures that we will receive great reward. “Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward!” (Hebrews 10:35). I can think of times in my life where I felt like giving up, that all hope was lost in a certain struggle I was faced with. In those times the Lord reached out to me and strengthened me to put my hope in Him. In those circumstances and battles I put my hope in Him and waited expectantly for His deliverance. This was not easy but He assured me that I could trust Him. He did not let me down! I experienced the faithfulness of God in my life. Isaiah 64 says, “For since the beginning of the world Men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, Nor has the eye seen any God besides You, Who acts for the one who waits for Him.” God acts for those who wait for Him! As you listen to this song, be encouraged that God is going to act on your behalf! There is Freedom, Healing, and Joy in the presence of God! Wait upon Him, put your hope in Him. Do not give up!

Impromptu Song 1: Deep Things

Recently I recorded a spontaneous song and considered deleting it after I had recorded it. Someone encouraged me to keep it and so I did. The pastor of Revival Scene Community Church in Lynchburg, VA, suggested that I began to post improvised songs online and I liked the idea. So here we are, the first of many of these songs.

I named the song “Deep Things” in reference to 1 Corinthians 2:9-16 It is my desire to experience the deep things of God, the deep things that the Holy Spirit searches out and reveals. Enjoy this song, Deep Things.

RivahFest Trip Report

On Saturday June 21, 2014 a small team from the Fredericksburg Prayer Furnace went to RivahFest in Tappahanok, VA to worship the Lord and lead others in worship from the Gospel Stage at the Festival! The Lord began to move during the time in Tappahanok and as a result many were healed and transformed by the Power and Presence of God! Below is a video with testimonies and pictures from our time there!

(Music on video is by Kim Hager who led the team)