Here is a story relayed by Steve from Thursday night at Avant Garden.

It was a busy night at Avant Garden and Jesse dropped in to perform for open mic night. Jesse was performing the last song of the evening and a young man was intensely watching him. It has been said that when Jesse plays he has a breaker anointing and the Holy Spirit shows up and moves upon those who are hearing his music. People say they hear God in his music. Jesse attributes some of this to the unity in the team there and in our Anoka group as a whole.

All glory to God who puts together people for these teams and this group, Anoka Awakening.

After the end of the song, Randy told Jesse that they needed to step outside and that he was instructed that he was supposed to lay on hands and pray over Jesse tonight. Jesse enthusiastically said, “Let’s do it!” They went outside and prayed.

The young man, whose name is Matt, who was a new ager or a Satanist or something, with a ring on his middle finger bearing an upside down cross, was watching as they prayed. Matt approached Randy and Jesse as he was super excited after Jesse’s performance. Someone asked Matt if he wanted prayer, and Matt responded, “Yes, that’s why I’m here.” At some point Matt said, “Something is changing in me.”

Jesse prayed over Matt and then Randy also prayed for him. Randy prayed, at times in tongues, and was breaking off generational curses. Matt said that he felt something leave him. Carol and Joey were joining in as there was much prayer over this young man.

Steve said a lot was happening this night. He also overheard Elizabeth, an occasional hostess of open mic night, telling someone on the phone that it was amazing and that Jesus was just taking over. After everyone went their way, Steve encountered another person with whom he spent over 25 minutes explaining what it is that he does down here.


This morning I explained to Steve, that even though he doesn’t necessarily care for the title Pastor, he is sanctioned as a Pastor and he is doing the work of a Pastor as he equips the saints to do the work of the Kingdom. There are others waiting in the wings to be trained up to do this ministry. In his own description Steve said it wasn’t his night to be on, rather, he observed the others as they were doing all that the Spirit led them to do. God showed up in this time, moved mightily and was, and still is, given all the glory. Hallelujah!