Age-turners & frailty

On July 17 of 2015, the jealous God (Exodus 20:5, 2 Corinthians 11:2) declared, “These young people are Mine”. He claimed His right (1 Corinthians 6:20) over hundreds of college students from North America and all parts of the world through their open, public consecration (1 Timothy 6:12).

This past week, I’ve had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of the National College Training. We were ~1300 students gathered at the U of Illinois Urbana-Champagne campus;

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we gathered daily in the Foellinger Auditorium for 4 sessions of intense divine infusion;

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and we received a direct call from God to turn this age.

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These are the somewhat outward things, of course. The inner transactions with God of those touched by His speaking were the true profit. I won’t say too much — you can see for yourself with the updates at ageturners.com. (Try to find me in the photos from days 3, 5, and 6). This week, the Lord began to answer the prayers of His Body, and Satan suffered loss.

Satan, of course, is not happy with this.

Along with ~40 others, I started on a blending (“churching”) trip in the vicinity of Chicago. We hadn’t even made it to the highway… when the unthinkable happened. We heard a hideous screech behind us and quickly pulled over, and I thought, “there must be an accident”. Before I could comprehend that the smoking car we saw in the rear-view mirror had been following us — i.e. it was in our caravan — I heard sobbing as I hadn’t heard in a long time. We ran over and wrapped our arms around our sobbing, shaking sisters. I looked at the car, didn’t see the point of impact on the other side, and took probably a minute to realize that the pillow-like things in the windows were airbags.

Oh Lord Jesus.

About 2 hours later, when the four sisters were confirmed to be largely safe and sound, I was suddenly overwhelmed by the mercy the Lord extended to us. For preventing what could have been much more serious injury. For that being the only vehicle with just 4 occupants. For separating our caravan into two packs of 3 and 4 vehicles so as to not throw the entire trip off course. For the ready accommodations at the ILUC campus for the 9 of us who headed back. For gracing the families of the four sisters with forgiving spirits. For the mutual comfort afforded by being fellow members of the Body. Most of all, for turning the sisters immediately to prayer — in beseeching that the enemy would gain no ground in their being, in exposing Satan as the source of this pernicious attack, in praising Jesus as the One still on the throne, even in renewing the consecrations they had made the day before.

I can do nothing except worship Him.

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