Picture above : Evangelist Asbjørn Skjortnes, hospital chaplain Inara Shivare and pastor Leonid Filimonov.

Evangelist Asbjørn Skjortnes visited Latvia from the 17th to the 19th of December 2010. He visited churches in Dobele, Jurmala and Kalnciems. In addition, he visited schools and hospitals in Jurmala. Altogether, 125 people have been saved and many have testified of healings.

Hospital visit in Jurmala.

Hospital chaplain Inara Shivare welcomed Rev. Leonid Filimonov and evangelist Asbjørn Skjortnes to freely preach the gospel and pray for the sick in the hospital. It was amazing to see the commitment of the hospital priest when she was actively involved in praying for people to salvation and healing. Over 50 people invited Jesus into their hearts at this hospital. Pastor Leonid Filimonov handed out Christmas gifts from the ward to patients. The patients were very grateful and happy for this.

Christmas Closing at schools in Jurmala.
Picture above: from one of the Christmas completions at a local school in Jurmala.

Picture above:Pastor Leonid Filimonov handing out gifts to the children.
Jurmala Evangelical Church where Leonid Filimonov is pastor, arranged Christmas games and Christmas gift distribution to children and parents at two schools in Jurmala.
The Christmas game had a clear proclamation of the gospel. Asbjørn Skjortnes held an appeal after the Christmas play and Christmas songs. Together, in the two schools, there were about 70 parents who said yes to Jesus as their savior.

Sunday Service in Jurmala Evangelical Church.

Asbjørn preached from the 2nd chapter of Luke about the angel who appeared to the shepherds in the fields of Bethlehem. The message from the angel to the shepherds was that the gospel is a great joy to all people. The focus of the preaching was that the gospel is not just for especially religious people, but that the gospel is given to the whole world. All people can share in the joy of what Jesus did when he came to earth as our Savior. Although this was a Sunday morning meeting with teaching for the church, still 5 people were gloriously saved.

Many testified of healings in the meetings.

In all the meetings, both in Dobele, Kalnciems and Jurmala people testified of healings. Many people with pain in the back and legs testified of healing. A man told me that all the back pain disappeared after prayer. Too short legs grew out.
A woman with bad eyesight told that she could see clearly and read her bible after prayer.
Two young girls testified that their short legs grew out and the back pain disappeared after prayer. A young boy testified that he had had to stop playing football as a result of his back pain, the boy was completely healed after prayer. All the pain had disappeared.
One man testified that his hearing was restored after prayer and he heard every word clearly. God’s mercy and grace was revealed to the sick and the churches were strengthened in the faith.

Women with severe pain in her left shoulder and arm was healed.
Picture above:Asbjørn pray for a woman with severe pain in her left shoulder and arm. She could not lift her arm before prayer.
Picture above: Here we see the woman lifting her left arm after prayer. She’s been completely healed after 3 years of strong pain.

A woman in the Good News Church in Dobele had not been able to lift her left arm for 3 years, because of severe pain in her arm and shoulder. After prayer she lifted her left arm in the air (see photo above) and all pain was gone. She had been completely healed.
Evangelist Asbjørn Skjortnes will continue its meetings once a month in Latvia. In the spring of 2011 he will also visit churches in France and Belgium. In the fall of 2011 he will visit churches in Ukraine and Russia. Please pray for a big harvest in Europe so that the churches can grow.

Follow Jesus Ministries would like to thank all our loyal partners .We wish you and your families a good Christmas holiday and a blessed rich new year!

In the service of Christ to the unreached

Gunlaug and Asbjørn Skjortnes