Blog written by Ken & Danell Czarnecki Board Members of Oceans Ministries
“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!”
“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!!” (Psalm 118:25)
Three times the verse was proclaimed within the first hour or so of our Sabbath morning in beautiful Fish Hoek, South Africa. Our spirits were filled with promise and anticipation as we waited for the service to begin and for what the Lord would show us following the Discover Inner Healing Conference held the day before; hosted by Overflow Church and Oceans Ministries.
It was so good to be back in such beauty; the people and the country. Ken and I are just returning home after being at Oceans Retreat Center; whilst Tim and Patty are on their way to lead a group tour in Israel. It was a privilege to spend some time together and both see and experience what God is doing in their midst through them; in and around ORC.
Our week began with an amazing evening serving with Love in Action, a ministry that provides meals in a few of the nearby townships. I have never seen a pot so big!! Much less one filled with so much food! Many were fed; children, women and men; whoever came was offered a meal. And that pot just kept feeding; I imagined it was much like the feeding of the 5000; the pot never seemed to get empt
The next day we were able to spend some time at the Ocean View Preschool (one of the nearby townships). This township has been plagued with so much violence. The township is weighty on the spirit as you enter; but while on the grounds of the preschool you can’t deny the presence of their Heavenly, Protector Father! The teachers are incredible vessels of love and hope to the local children who attend; and it is often the only place some of the children are fed and are safe. Our hope and prayer was to bless and pray for them; but instead, we received the blessing and the prayers from them.
Saturday morning was the Discover Inner Healing Conference held at Overflow Church. Our prayer was for God to show up and lead us; and as promised, His presence was with us. The openness and hunger to experience release from the multitude of hurts and pains that hold many of us captive was present; and many expressed that a breakthrough was experienced. There was a vulnerability in the room you could sense in your spirit. Our focus for the morning was removing the bitter roots that hold us back emotionally and spiritually and then breaking free from the lies the enemy feeds us to keep us from living in freedom and from experiencing the fullness in Christ we are promised in Scripture. It was a holy time of God beginning a new work within.
As we gathered on Sunday morning; beginning with the worship team staff devotions; our worship time together as the service began, to the message on Father wounds and forgiveness; the sense that God was continuing to move in hearts was tangible; so much so my tears were flowing during the corporate worship; though I tried to keep them from coming.
Monday morning, as we were walking along the streets of Fish Hoek; we were stopped by a woman who said she attended the conference on Saturday and experienced a breakthrough and was healed from her pain and bitter roots, she said she felt the “roots being pulled out” as she offered forgiveness to those who had hurt her. She was so moved by her experience she came back to worship with us Sunday morning. We praised God for her testimony and prayed protection over her new found freedom and a filling of the healing Holy Spirit over her.