Jesus Did It!
A PRECIOUS, FAITHFUL WARRIOR HAS BEEN PROMOTED!
By: Michelle Rivera
With: Jim & Carla Barbarossa
LETTER TO EVANGELISTS JIM & CARLA BARBAROSSA OF STEP-BY-STEP WORLD OUTREACH
Dear Jim and Carla,
I'm writing you to tell you how my life changed ever since you visited Puerto Rico in December, 2007.
When I was six and a half months old my parents accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. I was in church throughout my childhood, no matter where we lived. You see, my father was in the Navy so I was born in Puerto Rico but we lived in different states throughout the U.S. My parents always managed to find a good church for us to attend. Our home was also our sanctuary. We would worship, pray, and read the Bible daily during my childhood.
During my adolescence I started listening to worldly music, but never rebelled, and always went to church with my parents. Upon returning to Puerto Rico and getting established in the church, I am still a part of it to this day, I finally realized after seeing a play about the rapture that I couldn't do anything that God isn't pleased with. We have to listen to the right music. If we're not singing to God, who are we singing to then? We can't live a double life. Who are we serving? I later joined the dance ministry because I liked it a lot. I've been dancing for 14 years now. I know this is a powerful way to minister to people and worship the Lord.
A little more than a year ago, my parents showed me a Shofar for the first time. I immediately knew that there was something special about this instrument. They let me blow their Shofars and afterwards lent me an extra one they had for me to practice with and use. In September 2007, my father attended your Conferences in Indiana. He came back very motivated and even more on fire for the things of the Lord. On this trip he bought me a Yemenite Shofar. When I visited my parent's house he gave it to me along with the Shofar book that you (Jim) signed for me and wrote a message inside for me. My father told me he would like for me to consider translating this book for you into Spanish because he knew many Spanish speaking countries would be blessed if they could have this book in their language. The rough draft was sent to you and then it was time for you to come to Puerto Rico.
Friday night and Saturday morning I learned so much on the Shofar ministry and evangelism; I understood how easy it was for me to share my faith with others. I began to think and ask within myself, “God, what's my purpose here on earth?” I said to myself, “Well, since I'm a school teacher, maybe I'm supposed to be a teacher of the word of God.” On Sunday morning you spoke on the gift of the Evangelist. I had always wanted to lead more people to the Lord, but I always thought it took too much time and that I didn't know enough of the Bible to do this. As you taught, my heart felt an even deeper passion for the lost souls. I was getting excited and wanted to start right away. When you said that God would speak to our hearts and indicate who the Evangelists were in that place, and you blew the Shofar long and loud and made the call for Evangelists to arise, I hesitated though. The conference did not take place in my local church. I didn't want people to make comments about me. Again you said the Evangelists should arise, but for a moment I stayed sitting. You called the people to come to the front and that's when I couldn't sit any longer. I walked towards the altar. When it was my turn to be ministered to you said, “You heard right. You fought it, but you heard right. Arise Evangelist!” I couldn't contain my tears. I had felt the call, but struggled with the recognition of my calling.
That same week I shared with my pastors what I had learned and the calling God gave me during your conferences that past weekend. I stirred them up also. They gave me an opportunity to share for a few minutes with the leaders of the different departments in our local church all that I had learned during a meeting to take place in January. I motivated them with the testimony tracts I made and some made theirs during the days that followed. I've been giving out the two testimony tracts of my own at the gas station, stores, restaurants, and even people on the street selling water, the newspaper, or those asking for money. I just have to tell them that Jesus loves them and I then invite them to church.
Ever since that December visit, the doors were open for me to sound the Shofar at the school I work. Thank God for Christian schools and directors that can sense when something is of God. It's worked towards changing the lives of children with violent conduct towards me and others, disciplinary problems, emotional problems, socialization problems, and even conduct with their parents at their homes. Parents have noticed and shared experiences. We also have a dance ministry now in the school because of the liberty we have in Christ and the courage I have acquired through my calling to be obedient to the Lord's voice and desires.
In the January meeting at my church they announced you would be visiting us during the last weekend in May. I was so excited! Finally you came to visit our church. It's been such a blessing to have you and part of your team visit us. I've refreshed the knowledge acquired back in December. I've had the privilege to translate for all of you, once more putting the abilities and gifts the Lord has given to me at His service. I look forward to working alongside members of my church, who just as I, struggled but were obedient to God's call to be His Evangelists. I look forward to seeing great things because I know God is on our side. I know God will continue to equip us and take us wherever he wants.
There's a very important word in all of this . . . OBEDIENCE. If I had not been obedient to my earthly father when he asked me to translate your Shofar book into Spanish, I would not see and hear during your last visit the blessing it's already been to so many Spanish speaking countries and people in the body of Christ. Thank you for the opportunity and the confidence placed on me to help take your message . . . God's message to the world.
Love in Christ,
JESUS DID IT! - or - JESUS DID IT!
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February 16, 2010:
Jim and Carla:
On February 14, 2010, Evangelist Michelle went home to be with the Lord.
Michelle translated for us on every trip to Puerto Rico. The DVDs that she translated into Spanish have already gone in to over 3000 churches in 21 Spanish speaking nations of the world, along with the Book that Michelle translated for us called: "The Ministry of the Shofar”.
As a result of Michelle's help with translating the Witnessing Made Easy DVDs series, doors have opened up in over a dozen Spanish speaking nations of the world and Outreaches have already been established in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru where souls are being saved because we were able to provide the DVDs to teach them in Spanish.
Michelle Rivera was one of the most obedient servants of the Lord we have ever met and she will share in the crowns of glory in Heaven for all the souls that have been saved, and will continue to be saved, as the DVDs she translated go into more and more places.
In the last email she wrote to Carla and I she signed it, "Your daughter Michelle." As Evangelists, we were mentors to her and we are so proud of her and her accomplishments as an Evangelist and a person.
Here is a photo of Carla and I with Michelle and her two children.
Michelle (age 33 at the time)
Her son, Michael (age 9)
Carla holding Michelle's daughter, Fabiola (age 4)
Note: If you would like to learn more about STEP-BY-STEP WORLD OUTREACH that Jim and Carla are overseers of, you can click on this link: http://www.step-by-step.org/
If you are interested in Jim's Shofar ministry, you can click on this link: http://www.theshofarman.com/
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