Hear firsthand how excursions led by the Holy Spirit have changed lives.
BY BARBARA COLACCHIA
We left our church building and climbed into our car to minister to people on the streets. Sometimes the “streets” were aisle ways in department stores or other venues. Our goal was to touch the community around us for Jesus. We call our excursions Treasure Hunts.
Words of knowledge are specific words given by God when He wants to specifically touch you and show just how much He loves you. Through these words, He shows that He is not just a God way out there in the Heavens, but instead is a God who intimately meets you where you are, and sees you as an individual. He sees your pains and the cries of your heart and knows you by name.
Praise, prayer, intercession and cleansing of our hearts are all vital parts of Treasure Hunting. As a “team” effort, God uses all who go out and leaves no one behind, spiritually or physically. Everyone plays a roll and the Holy Spirit is the leader. We have intercessors that have never physically gone out with us; however, their roll in praying for us and those that will be touched that day is just as important as actually going out into the streets and evangelizing. Everyone is important and loved by God. Remember, He is not a respecter of men and we should not be either.
To prepare for our hunt, we praise and worship our Savior. We ask for mercy and thank Him for who He is and what He has done and will do. We know that we are nothing without Christ and that all that is good is because of Him. It is the Holy Spirit that heals and brings Salvation. We are only vessels that plead to be used in His kingdom and are obedient to His commission to go and heal the sick, cast out demons, and preach the gospel. To think that we are anything more than vessels is pride and it needs to be dealt with and cast out.
As we praise and worship our Lord, we request words of knowledge, prophecy, and all the gifts. God is always faithful. The words of knowledge flow not just at that time, but often as we are out on Treasure Hunt and even the night before as we prepare ourselves. God gives words of knowledge or visions specific to the next day’s task, telling us where to go, ailments we will be praying for, and often even what the person will look like. We marvel at how faithful God is and how He uses each and every one of us on the team.
"When we put all of our visions and words together,
we get a complete picture of where we are to visit."
Treasure Hunting has brought many blessings, including the unexpected bond of friendships we have developed. We rely on the Holy Spirit, but also on each other, for intercession and prayer and encouragement. Through the Holy Spirit we have developed bonds that are tied with cords of three strands, praise God. This is not a closed group or a club, but is open to anyone and everyone. We have all been given the great commission and this record has been written to encourage you to go. Go and be who God intended you to be, a King and priest in His kingdom. Proclaim your kingdom without fear of condemnation and with a confidence that He has equipped you for every good work!
April 28th, 2015
Sharp lower back pain, acid reflux, right shoulder pain, stomach pain under belly button, blue jacket with white zipper, Target, name that begins with the letter J, and a red shirt.
Off we went to Target, excited to see what God had in store for us. As we got there we realized two things; every worker wears a red shirt at Target, and we had no idea what we were doing! We walked around the store in anticipation and then there she was, a woman wearing a blue jacket with a white zipper, walking into the dressing room. Our blood pressure raised as we knew God had something great in store for her!
We waited around the woman’s department circling around the dressing room, for we knew God wanted to touch her. Finally, she came out. The moment of truth, oh oh! We had no idea what to say. We followed her around the whole store until finally the three of us surrounded her and said, “Can we pray for you? We think God wants to touch you today.”
Her response was both funny and priceless. You guessed it, “Are we on TV or something? Am I getting punked?” I suppose this was better than saying “Are we on Candid Camera?” She allowed us to pray for her and we blessed her, but no one on the team felt our “work” was done.
We continued to walk around, until we approached the makeup department and had a word of knowledge for back pain. We asked the girl stocking shelves, wearing a red shirt, if she felt any back pain. She said “no” but did allow us to pray for a skin ailment she had. As we prayed for her, we spoke of the Gospel and how much Jesus loved her that He would send three women from another town to pray for her.
Words of knowledge and prophecy flowed. Before we knew it, not only was God’s love spread but we shared the gospel and she accepted Jesus as Savior! That was when we felt spiritually released to leave the store.
As we got into the car, one of our team members started to feel ill. Most of the words of knowledge that remained were then used for our team member. We prayed and God healed. Although all of the words of knowledge were not used, it was okay. It's okay to miss it sometimes; our job is only to spread the seeds, God does everything else.
The healings and salvations are all from Him. The two words of knowledge that were not used were “J” name and shoulder pain. But God, in His great wisdom and mercy, knew we didn’t know what we were doing and that deep down we were disappointed. We thought that all words had to be used and, on some level, felt like we let God down.
Less than a week later, while at Shoprite, a man named Jerry had shoulder pain from surgery the week before. He came to Christ and his shoulder pain was instantly healed. We were able to use all the words of knowledge and were the vehicles that God used to bring two people to salvation, all within one week. There is no greater feeling than knowing that there is one less for the kingdom of darkness and one more soul has received eternal salvation. It's a party in heaven and within us every time we see a salvation.
May 3rd, 2015
The words of knowledge were; headache, Loews, Philipsburg Mall, Shoprite, and kidney pain. Since the location was unclear, we all prayed again and believed that we were lead to Lowes. We offered prayer to several people we thought we should pray for, but were turned down. We did get to pray for John, however, who wanted prayer for salvation for his family and girlfriend.
Although we felt like nothing good (by our standards) happened that day, God taught us the important lesson of patience and waiting on Him. We assumed that we would go and find the person that we were supposed to pray for in front of us, that they would accept Christ and it would be a happily ever after. Not so, this time. Instead, we learned we were impatient and did not fully give ourselves as individuals and as a team to God. Unless we do both, it’s not going to work. But we soon found out that we would have other opportunities to put what we had just learned into practice.