Testimony

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted on this blog as I really haven’t had an unction to post.  Today I feel it’s time to testify about what’s been going on in my life and heart in the intervening time…

I was previously working over in Manila, Philippines – paying off some overseas debts incurred in Dubai, UAE – while my wife and children returned home to New Zealand…

The Lord had been dealing with me regarding a root of coveteousness in my life and I’d come to a place where I never wanted to go into debt again…

I’d been sensing strongly from the Lord that He wanted me to return to my home town of Christchurch, New Zealand but I couldn’t see how He would do this quickly as I had at least two years left of repaying this debt in Dubai – in the natural – before I’d be able to return…

In August, the afternoon and early evening of Mon 09 Aug 11 to be precise, the Lord had indicated to me that I’d be returning home to Christchurch, New Zealand and I’d believed Him and was waiting to see how He would make this possible…

I’d believed Him so fully that I hadn’t booked a return ticket for my end of year trip back to New Zealand…

I just had this overwhelming sense that my time in Manila was drawing to a close but I wasn’t sure how the Lord would achieve this as I’d strongly felt He didn’t want me to “do a runner” when we had to leave Dubai after the financial crash as I’d been transferred to my companies Manila Office…

The Lord gave me a word prior to this day saying, “You have paid your debts to men” and when He did I had this overwhelming sense of freedom, so I knew “something was up”…

Anyway, time seemed to drag throughout October as I just knew something was around the corner, I knew I’d need to give one months notice to my current employer and I had a “cut-off” time to achieve this…

I just kept getting this strong sense that I was returning home, I’d surrendered my loneliness to the Lord – I was really missing my littlest son, Zechariah, as I’d felt his pain in prayer one night when I was praying (as he’d been the one who’d missed out the most with me being away) – but just kept feeling that something was going to happen…

In late October my Dad sent me an email saying that he had a sum of money – it was a large sum of money – which he wanted to use to pay off my Dubai loan…

I responded to Dad that if the Holy Spirit had really put it on his heart to do this that I would not resist the Holy Spirit and gave him my Dubai bank account number to make the deposit…

He and Mum responded that they had a peace to do this and so they deposited the money and I repaid the loan…

I was praising God but there was more…

In “hope” I’d been applying for jobs back home in New Zealand, opting to go for jobs only in Christchurch, but prior to this no one could pay me enough to be able to live and make the Dubai loan repayments…

The September earthquake in Christchurch meant that there were more Structural Engineering jobs going and after the loan was repaid this helped in reducing my salary expectations – but we still had a sizable loan which we were repaying back home in New Zealand also – and as my deadline for handing in my notice approached I had three interested parties but no written job offers…

The day came (Fri 12 Nov 11) and I handed in my resignation (I’d pre-empted this with my boss by telling him that my Dubai loan had been repaid so he wasn’t completely taken by surprise) without a certain job to go to…

The Lord had given me enough faith to resign without this and I said my “goodbyes” to the Guys in Manila and headed home…

We had to ship all our stuff down from Napier to Christchurch and didn’t get a rental before it arrived so it went into storage…

We arrived back in Christchurch on 17/18 Dec 11 and after staying at my parents/my step-daughters/my wife’s friends we finally moved into a rental on Sat 19 Feb 11…

I had been paranoid about where we were going to live as the Lord had showed me while I was still in Manila (back in September, the week after the September earthquake) that there would be another earthquake and that people would die – I felt the pain – and it was annoying me that we couldn’t seem to find a place – either the Lord would say, “No” or someone else got it or people were slow to get back to me…

The children ended up missing the first week of school and I got to the point where I just gave up then my wife found a place and I felt the Lord said He’d keep us safe during the earthquake in that place…

In the meantime one of the job possibilities which previously had been a “no go” because my salary expectations were too high before the loan was paid off, was still available…

The strange thing was that on one of my training runs in Manila (before the loan was paid off) the Lord had said, “If such and such a company offers you such and such an amount then you should accept the job”…

At the time this made no sense as it wasn’t enough but still I kept it in the back of my mind as I really felt it was the Lord speaking to me…

Anyway, this company ended up offering me exactly this amount – I told the recruiter that I’d accept if they offered me this amount and then they offered it – and so I took this as a sign from the Lord…

I started work on Wed 19 Jan 11…

So when the February earthquake hit on Tues 22 Feb 11 we were in our rental and I was at work in Hornby (as I’d turned down two other offers in the CBD)…

We were blessed to only lose one vase at home and work was basically unaffected as the gravel seemed to dissipate the seismic energy…

I think I will leave it at that for now but I would like to praise God for what He has been doing in my life in the intervening time between posts (there is more but this might come out at a later date)…

About andrew james horton

Hi, my name is Andrew James Horton... I am a Kiwi (New Zealander), born in Christchurch (05 September 1971), now in my mid-forties (I feel so old saying that)... I am blessed to be married with five children and six grandchildren... :-) I am at present a Principal Structural Engineer, Director working in Christchurch, New Zealand... I am passionate about prophetic intercession and about revival both in New Zealand and throughout the world... I am passionate to pray that the Church, the Body of Christ, the Bride of Christ, will be all that He - the Lord Jesus Christ - desires her to be in our generation... I felt that the Lord gave me the name of this blog site, "a house of prayer for the nations - prophetic intercession for worldwide revival" and wanted me to "put it out there" and start recording the prayers which are on my heart to pray in the hope that others would also be encouraged to share the prayers which are on their hearts to pray and that in the unity of the Spirit we could participate together in this activity in different locations around the world as He leads us... If the Lord leads you, let's join in prayer for the Lord's will to be done on earth as it is in heaven in our generation... Love in the Lord, Andrew
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4 Responses to Testimony

  1. Judith says:

    Andrew that is such a wonderful testimony of God’s timing and faithfulness, WOW! I am so happy to hear that you and your family were kept safe through the earthquake, and I absolutely love how the Lord walked you through every step of the process, He is SO able! 🙂
    I trust things will go well for you now as you settle back in NZ. It is an exciting time to be in this nation. Many are looking for revival in great and glorious ways, but I know with all my heart that the Lord is already renewing and reviving in the areas that are on His heart, hidden works that will one day show forth great fruit and bring Him much praise. I suspect that you are a part of that plan, will be interested to see what He does now.
    Much blessing,
    Judith

    • Hi Judith, I was really blessed to be allowed to “come home” by the Lord and things have been a little “weird” since I’ve been home – in Christchurch – I haven’t really “settled” as yet as I’ve been on “tender hooks” regarding the possibility of another earthquake – but I know we’re meant to be here and know there’s a reason why the Lord has “brought us back”…

      There is a growing “seriousness” about me as the Lord seems to be working deeply in my heart regarding His heart being “birthed” in my heart, for the last few weeks I just keep getting this prayer, “Glorify Your Name in all the earth”, coming out of me and as “life goes on” it appears that I’m becoming disinterested in anything else but that – a strange place to be…

      He is birthing something and I feel that it is “a waiting game”…

      Yes, the Lord will bring Revival to Christchurch, New Zealand and then the world, it will be a revival of the hearts of those who know Him (or will come to know Him) and it will be a passion to Glorify His Name in all the earth…

      A serious passion but one which comes with rest not striving, an all-consuming passion and one which will take over our entire lives…

      One which leaves us with nothing else we want to do or achieve in life, one which causes us from a free heart to offer our lives, our very beings to Him as an act of worship…

      He will receive Glory from His Church and He will receive Praise in every Nation on the face of the earth, He will be exalted and His Name will be worshipped in every Nation on the face of the earth…

      He will receive Glory and we will be “in awe” of Him…

      Much love in the Lord sister, Andrew

  2. New Jerusalem says:

    Dear Andrew,

    I just wanted to let you know how much your last comment on the thread “Buy from Me gold refined in the Fire” built up my faith, encouraged, and filled my heart with gratefulness toward my Lord. May9,2011, on the JBTV

    I am honored to name you as my brother, Andrew.

    How glorious is our future life that our Father has already prepared for us!

  3. I’ve been really blessed by your faith too “New Jerusalam” on JBTV and encouraged that the Lord appears to have shown you so many similar things to what He’s shown me… 🙂

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