Belize Update 2015

Thank you all for your prayers for our Belize team. This trip was the most anointed, spirit-filled trip I believe Princess Warriors has ever taken. God showed up and He showed off in a very BIG way! Our accommodations were modest but the surroundings were incredible. Situated in the center of the Belizean Rainforest, we were surrounded by horses, toucans, peacocks and other interesting wildlife. There was never a dull moment and always something to see. After settling in and having our nightly praise and worship we were ready for action!! Friday we held a conference for missionaries and leaders of local women’s groups. It is such an honor to be able to minister to these ladies who pour out everyday for the sake of the gospel. We had encouraging speakers who spoke on unity and love. We sang, we had lunch, we broke bread in communion, we prayed, we anointed their feet to spread the gospel, we encouraged and we edified. After the conference Karen Brockinton prayed over our team, she prayed both corporately and individually. for us. All were blessed by her words of knowledge.

We packed up and drove to a church in town that evening and ministered to over 170 young girls from the surrounding area at our JPW conference. The alter call was amazing! We held hurting children and prayed for hours. Most were abused abandoned and living in area foster homes. To be able to encourage and minister to these children was an honor. We brought some to the Lord and we encouraged others who felt rejected and abandoned to know more deeply the Fathers Love!

Saturday was another all day women’s retreat at the Baptist Training Center. We added a couple of the new ladies on our team to the speaking line up and they did an outstanding job! During the first alter call we prayed for many women. It was an anointed blessed and covered time. During our final alter call we were led to impart ministry gifts. This was incredible, as ladies hungry for more of Jesus stood in each line waiting for all He had to offer them. Gifts of leadership were imparted, compassion, teaching, prophecy and the gift of love.

Sunday we enjoyed a very refreshing service at LifeNet church, Bel mo pan, Lee and Robyn Brockinton’s church. Followed by and an afternoon horseback ride. It was a refreshing time.

Monday we were off again to San Ignacio for another conference. The conferences always followed our general format of praise and worship, speakers, lunch and prayer, each time leaving room for the Holy Spirit to move and anoint our time. The prayer time was intense, healings and impartations took place again. As we did these impartations and the leaders began to surface we embraced them and they embraced us. As the week went on we were staying in touch with ladies who are leaders in their churches and they were fired up for Jesus!!! Our goal is, of course to share the gospel but also to disciple these women and encourage them to go into their churches and communities and become leaders!! We saw it all around us!! God raising up leaders!!

The next day was our day of rest and relaxation. We climbed the Mayan Ruins and had an awesome time as sisters!! Encouraging each other and laughing and talking. We had been invited to lunch at the home of Rosella Plett in the Mennonite Community of Spanish Lookout. This was one of those special moments only the Holy Spirit can orchestrate. She had attended two of our conferences and brought a special friend, Trudy to our JPW conference. Trudy, was 18 years old and was severely twisted and crippled at birth. We were all IN LOVE with Trudy’s, sweet, fighting spirit. She was an encouragement to all of us. This day was her 19th birthday and we were invited to share it with her!! We were a “tad” late to lunch that day which led to several divine appointments. Sandra, who lived with the Plett family drove the children home from school, being a “tad” late for lunch we were still there. Sandra had been deaf since birth… Hmmm we all took one look at this situation and all began praying silently in the spirit, begging God for her hearing. During our lunch , Leona one of the leaders we were encouraging, who had been part of a church split which divided her family and the Plett family was waiting for us at an ice cream store to discuss her involvement with PW in 2016. She became tired of waiting for us and drove to Rosella’s home. Leona was excited to talk with us about how she could begin a Princess Warrior’s group in their community that consisted of all different churches and denominations. Simultaneously we began to pray in groups on this porch. Some prayed intensely for Trudy to walk without her walker. We prayed for Sandra to hear. Our leadership team took Leona and Rosella aside and prayed for them to join forces in leadership, to begin a similar group as ours and to bring their church’s women together. God showed up this day!! After corporate prayer and many silent and spoken and unspoken prayers for Sandra’s hearing, she heard! She began to shake her hands beside her ears and her expression was one I will never forget, sheer amazement!! Trudy began to run, with her walker and assured us that her legs felt stronger than ever before! Rosella and Leona united in the spirit, agreed to join their women together and begin the healing process. This was a blessed and amazing R and R, lunch date, for PW.

The next day was just as God ordained and anointed. We went to the site where The Gomer House will one day stand. This will be a house for women who are rescued from slave trafficking. We had a special prayer walk with the leaders and prayed over them and their plans. The afternoon was spent with Pastor Lee in a Mayan Village. We entered the homes of sick and home-bound people to pray with them. In one very modest, very open home a man lay in a hammock. He had been injured and had become sick and unable to move for a few days. We prayed with him and anointed his leg and foot that had kept him being mobile. After we prayed a sweet young Mayan woman spoke up and said “I saw in a vision that you were coming and would pray and put this “medicine” on his leg”. We were stunned!! God had gone before us! We prayed again in another home for a mother who was very ill and as we walked outside we were met with a very young boy who said, ” I know that she is well now, I “felt” her healing as you were praying!” Such an amazing thing to know the Holy Spirit goes before you, is always with you, and that He remains behind, to continue the work He called us to do!!

We are home, rested and praising HIM for all the fruit we saw and will see. We have plans to fill the stadium next year for our conference, March 9, 2016. Will you join us?

Teresa Kunich, Director of Missions

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Day 9 in Belize 2015

The last day in Belize was again, God ordained and anointed. Our plan was to visit The Gomer House. This is the site that one day will house women rescued from slave trafficking. They will live here, protected from their abusers, be counseled and taught about the Father’s love. We followed the tradition that began with our team last year and wrote scriptures on rocks and tossed them onto the property. We had a special prayer walk with the leaders and prayed over them and asked God to bless their plans. As we were loading up in the van to leave, we noticed that one team member, Lauren, had ventured far back onto the perimeter of the property. Lauren had learned the night before that her very ill mother had been admitted to ICU and her condition was critical. We waited for her, prayed silently with her in her grief, and respected her time. We understood her prayer walk this day was a “deep cries out to deep” moment in time for Lauren. During this walk she recalls what happened, in her own words….I was far into the acreage of what I know will be an amazing healing place for many people, it was uncut jungle. I had been walking straight down the property center, then I stopped, looked up and felt God. I was distracted by something on my leg, It was large and at first I was a little taken back—thinking it was a Big Belizean Bug!!  As I saw it fly away, I noticed it was a beautiful butterfly. I said out loud, “I am not afraid. God be with me, my family and my mom. Overwhelm my mom with love from me and with Your presence. Since I am not there, hug her for me, so she knows she is loved and worthy”.

We went on to lunch from there. As we sat down we all started trying to connect to wifi. This would be one of those few moments where we could all reach home and touch base. Most were struggling to get on, but Lauren’s wifi was quick and she was on in minutes…only to learn from her sister, that her mom had just passed away. We cried with her, we encouraged her and we loved on her. After the shock seeped into her soul, she started to try and discern what she was doing when her mom passed. She was walking the perimeter of the Gomer House lot, crying out to God to comfort her Mom and remembered the butterfly… all of this was occurring at the same time her mom passed away. She was comforted by the thoughts that her Mom paid her a quick visit by way of the butterfly on her way to Glory.

Onward Christian Soldiers…

The afternoon was spent with Pastor Lee in a Mayan Village. We entered the homes of sick and home-bound people to pray with them. In one very modest, very open home a man lay in a hammock. His leg had been injured and as he lay helpless, he had become sick and was in decline. We prayed with him and anointed his leg and foot with oil. After the prayers, he said he felt better. A sweet young Mayan woman spoke up and said “I saw in a vision that you would come and would pray and put this ‘medicine’ on his leg”. We stood stunned!! God had gone before us! We prayed with her and encouraged her to continue to listen to God and continue seeking after Him. We prayed in another home for a mother who had become very ill that morning. Her husband and her family surrounded us and prayed with us. As we walked outside we were met with a very young boy, around 8 or 9 years old who said, “I know that she is well now, I ‘felt’ her healing as you were praying!” Such an amazing feeling to know the Holy Spirit goes before you, is always with you, and that He remains behind, to continue the work He calls us to!! We will return next year and we will see more fruit and more amazing things will take place and occur. God is working there in a very BIG way and the Princess Warriors will return and work alongside Him. Miracles, Signs and Wonders will follow Him wherever He takes those with expectant hearts. Until 2016…

Teresa Kunich

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Day 8 in Belize 2015

On Wednesday, we had an amazing day. We learned about a vision a woman has, to build a home for women and girls who have been rescued from sex trafficking. This home is to help them heal from past trauma and heal their hearts through the love of Christ! Hearing about the heart and love the Lord has put in her heart, to be His hands and feet this way, inspired us all! We ended our time by praying for her. We also walked the future ground and prayed and wrote scriptures on rocks that we left on the land.

Pastor Lee from LifeNet Church then took us to Maya Mopan, a Mayan village. We were able to visit with these people and pray for them. Some of them had come to our conference and now we were able to visit their village, see their homes and pray with them. God did amazing things in the life of these people that day and it was beautiful and a huge blessing to be part of it!

Finishing off the evening, many of us went on a moon lit trail ride through the rain forest which was so beautiful and peaceful.  Some on the team conquered fears through this and thoroughly enjoyed the ride!

“I am the Lord God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” Jeremiah 32:27

Elizabeth Ricks

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Day 7 in Belize 2015

Today was our teams R&R day; however, it was more like “Come to My Holy Mountain Day”. Whew! What a day. We climbed one of the Mayan Ruins at Xunantunich Archaelogical Park today. It’s quite a climb!

Shirley, one of our team members, wanted to climb the ruins with us, but her knees were hurting so bad she didn’t think she would be able to make the climb. Our team rallied around her, encouraged her to join us, and then we circled in prayer. Michelle led us in a powerful prayer for Shirley’s knees. Shirley climbed that mountain today. We all celebrated from the top of the mountain. The view from the top was worth the sweat and pain of the climb – it was glorious!

After the mountain top experience, we were scheduled to have lunch with a lady who had been at one of the women’s conferences. She had prepared a beautiful lunch for us. We met all her children including her foster daughter, who had been deaf since birth! We had the opportunity to pray over this precious woman, and God healed her hearing! You should have seen her face when she heard sound for the first time!! It was amazing and crazy and surreal all at the same time! We were all in tears! God does still heal! Just ask this woman who was deaf but now she can hear! The Spirit of the Lord is upon His people. He has anointed us to preach the good news, heal the brokenhearted, set the captives free. The lame will walk and the deaf will hear! I’ll take a R&R day like today-any day.

Climbing the mountains with our hands open wide,
Stephanie Dowling

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Day 6 in Belize 2015

Praise The Lord. Another beautiful morning awaking at Banana Bank Lodge. The jungle setting and sweet sound of birds chirping that we awoke to was a gift from The Lord. We stepped out of our cabana surrounded by horses and beautiful pink flowers. We then grabbed breakfast on the run as we left really early at 6:30 am en route to The Aguada hotel in Santa Elena to put on our last women’s conference of the week.

Doug and Melanie Flores and Alida Sharp led us in worship and their beautiful voices invoked a strong presence of the Holy Spirit. We were all on our feet passionately praising the Lord. Jennifer provided a cheerful introduction and led into Lisa’s testimony which really touched my heart and moved me to tears. Stephanie’s speech was “sound the trumpet” based on Joel, Chapter 2 which was a very empowering message. Danielle also gave a very powerful testimony covering God’s healing, particularly in her daughter and father’s life, and the power that we have through Jesus. This touched many hearts.

We had a beautiful lunch outside in the garden with all the guests. After lunch, Shirley sang Psalm 19 so beautifully to us, just like King David did in years past. Lauren led us in a discussion on freedom in Christ and comparing and contrasting it to political freedom, true freedom being when man’s law aligns with God’s law. Veronica then led us in communion. We had many of the ladies come up to pray with us and the prayers were very powerful. Praise The Lord for His goodness and healing for so many ladies who had a broken spirit and needed much healing, hope and renewal. He not only heals those we minister to but heals our own hearts at the same time, growing more in love with Him and others. It was truly a victory for the heavenly kingdom.

We returned back to Banana Bank for a delicious dinner prepared by Christilla, Joseph, Dina, and Rosario who we all just fell in love with. After dinner, we gathered in the Upper Room for praise to worship our loving God before returning to bed after a very long but amazing day! Blessed and so thankful.

Michelle Myhre

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Day 5 in Belize 2015

Today we attended an amazing Spirit-filled church service at LifeNet Church at the George Price Center in Belmopan with their pastor Lee Brockinton. The Spirit flowed through like running water during worship. We heard a very real and relevant message on prayer and fasting. The scripture reference was Isaiah 58. We love to see God work. This was the same scripture chosen during our fast leading up to the trip.

After church we visited a festival to benefit Marla’s House for girls, one of our ministry partners here in Belize. We had a great time listening to local music and trying local cuisine. The best part was the fellowship with the girls that we met Friday night at our Junior Princess Warrior event at Bethel Church.

Later that evening we were invited to the Jungle Dome for dinner. We had amazing food and were able to reflect on all of the amazing things God had been doing so far. We were truly blessed with a day of worship and fellowship.

Nikki Wise

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Day 4 in Belize 2015

When God speaks, listening and obeying are necessary for extraordinary Kingdom growth. So, when Lisa heard God tell her to do something new and very different at our conference Saturday, she said, “Yes.”  As we began to pray in preparation, “Amazing Grace” started playing and the wind began to blow. We raised our hands in one accord and the Holy Spirit was with us. We went on to impart spiritual gifts into those who sought them. Through the laying on of hands and in Jesus name what we were freely given we freely gave: teaching, compassion, leadership, prayer, love, and prophecy. Women listened to God and asked for those gifts they knew were most needed. Revelations came, gifts were stirred, fires were stoked and the presence of our Lord was with us in a mighty way. May He continue to use those flames to spread across these lands like a wildfire furthering His kingdom. To God be the glory!

Shirley Bryan

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Day 3 in Belize 2015

Set the Captives Free

The morning started off with a beautiful time of lifting up the missionary women here in Belize. We heard incredible messages about unity in the church and the power of the Holy Spirit.  There was an amazing anointing on the room.  But I think the biggest blessings was the sweet time of prayer.  As we poured into them and reminded them that they were loved and not alone, the Holy Spirit shook the place. When we were wrapping up the true blessing came when they all stood up and asked if they could pray for us and pour into us and wow did they ever. As we prayed in unity in the upper room the atmosphere was changed.

We had 45 minutes to regroup from there and begin to prepare for  the youth JPW conference. In the morning event a women spoke the word of God to me and said “Set The Captives Free.”  The Lord said I have healed you now go and speak about this miracle. As we literally rewrote the night in the 45 minutes there was no doubt the spirit was ready to be unleashed on this night. From the very first word spoken in the welcome when Pastor Skipper pulled out a rap and had the girls on the feet, to the ending alter call where dozens of girls accepted Christ, were encouraged that God loved them and were delivered and healed.

The energy was electrified by the Spirit as Shauna brought the message of who influences you? Is it the Holy Spirit? You have the ability to choose life or death so let’s choose life and set the captives free!

Next we heard the beautiful testimony of Carmen, a true story of being set free. For the first time Nikki came to the pulpit and spoke life over these girls and shared with them that the lies they are believing are straight from the pits of hell and that the truth is God’s word impressed upon their heart. We then spent some time in small groups and were privileged to hear the testimony of Lisel. Next, Stephanie led us in an alter call to exchange the lie for the truth and be set Free tonight, and the heavenly skies opened wide. The girls began to come one after the other and there are no words to explain what God did next, the closest thing would be “He Set the Captives Free!”

Shauna Shea

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Day 2 in Belize 2015

This day was a team building day. We worked as a team and united in Spirit, preparing for the rest of our days ministering.

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Day 1 in Belize 2015

Well, we arrived to a beautiful day in Belize. Banana Bank Lodge was as welcoming as I remember they had always been. The girls are fired up and ready to serve the Lord. Lots of praying and fellowshipping in the name of the Lord. The Lord is palpable and with us. I look forward to an amazing week with the Lord and my sister soldiers in Christ.

Lisa Lovette

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