Broken Walls News
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Broken Walls travelled to Pikangikum during the first week of June for several days of ministry. Unfortunately, just a few days before their arrival, another young person took her own life. This made their journey all the more critical and they are thankful to all those who covered them with prayer during this time.
Jonathan shares: “I arrived in Pikangikum and it was good to see Colleen but so sad in these circumstances. She is truly feeling the pain for this community. We spent some time the first evening with the father of the young girl. I had a wonderful chance to pray and speak into his life. He prayed with me as I declared the heart of the Father over him. On the way to his house, we saw about 12 young people huffing gas. We approached them with gentleness and talked with them to open up relationship. These young people were Sharol’s outside family and they are grieving, too.
During the day, we presented assemblies to at least 5 different classrooms and later Kris, Bill and I judged for the Pikangikum Battle of the Bands! What an awesome time we had discovering all the talent and gifts in this community. There are some really, really talented people here. Thank you so much to Travis Peters and Jen Gowen for all their efforts in making this evening so special for the people of Pikangikum.
The next day, we went into several homes to pray for the people. We prayed for the sick, for those who had suffered loss, for salvation, for children … so fruitful. Later that evening, we led a night of worship and prayer.
While we were there, there was a lasagna dinner for the men of the community for ages 13 and up. We played and shared while they ate. Our relationship is growing with the community to where we are able to really share our hearts. We had the opportunity to challenge the young men and elders with regard for respect for themselves, for one another, for their wives, their children and their community. I watched as I sang and I saw our words and songs washing over several of those precious men. His love is washing over them (as it has done to me). I believe that His peace is being revealed to them. There are really wonderful people here serving, living and loving in this great community. A change is coming. A change is coming.”
Bill shares: “I helped carry the casket of the girl who took her own life, saw the body, prayed for God to raise her up, prayed with many who were grieving, prayed for the father, went to gas-huffing alley and prayed with and encouraged many youth there. I also did a suicide QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) prevention training for about 20 teachers. We did workshops for young men at the school all day. Keep praying. God is moving in the midst.
One of the greatest rewards for ministering in Pikangikum is eating Colleen’s famous sticky buns. We love to minister there but we love to eat those amazing sticky buns. It is always a special treat. Thanks, Colleen.
We had the opportunity to lead people to Jesus, speak into the lives of many young men, pray and comfort the family that lost their 13 year old daughter and meet with the tribal council. God is moving. I love how God comes in the midst and brings His hope, His love and makes the impossible, possible through Christ. I’m thankful that we are being used as vessels of God’s glory in this situation.”