Rather than write another letter on what the Lord is continuing to lay on my heart for His Church, I thought I would just put some testimonies of change we have received from a bunch of leaders/Christians we have had the privilege of interacting with here on 3 Springs and in other countries.
God has spoken the word, “CHANGE” into the Church and the world last September and we are experiencing it at this present time beginning to unfold. The body of Christ, not just leaders, needs to walk in intimacy (close, dynamic fellowship) with Father and with His purpose of making disciples in their hearts. The body needs to be equipped, edified and sent to change their work place and communities! What we have done has not worked as a whole. Possibly we need to change what we are doing – do something different that causes the body of Christ to be fulfilled by being needed and used by Jesus in everyday living! Preaching at the Church has not worked, lecture style teaching has not worked well, so maybe we need to stop doing what does not work and energize some disciples the way Jesus and Paul did, in such a way that is causes them to desire to go, not “have to go”.
In many countries we work in there are dynamic, miracle infused moves of God going on started by discipleship/intimacy focused interactive trainings. The moves are powered and driven by believers operating in close, dynamic relationships with Father, being naturally supernatural and discipling the community they abide in. Here are a few testimonies from our friends and family around the world. I did not include many as I felt that these say enough. The goal of FHM and 3 Springs Missions Training Center is to energize the church to be the naturally supernatural entity they were created to be, seeking and saving the lost and destroying the works of the enemy everywhere!!! Neil
R and R Mer. (name restricted for safety purposes):
Count Nicolas von Zinzendorf, leader of the Moravian sending movement in the 1700s, said “I have but one passion- it is He (Jesus), it is He alone.” This is the drive that I have adopted for myself. This is what compelled me to give my life to reaching unreached Muslims, because I saw that in the heart of God. I lived 4 years in the Middle East doing what I had learned from others should bear fruit. I spent hundreds of hours talking about Jesus to Muslims. I prayed and saw many Muslims healed in their bodies. But after 4 years I had no disciples, which is the one thing Jesus commanded us in the Great Commission.
After those 4 years I met Neil and Dana Gamble in what could only be described as a big God set up. At a small gathering Neil spoke about intimacy with Jesus and “having but one passion” took on a new, deeper meaning for me. As Neil told stories about walking with God, hearing His voice and discipling others, Neil was speaking in a normal voice, but God was shouting at me. God was shouting, “This is what walking with me is like! All things are possible for those who believe! This is normal life in the Kingdom!”
At this time we were only a few months away from moving to a different location in the Muslim world. I was compelled though to spend some time with the Gambles before we left. My wife, child, and I spent 3 weeks at 3 Springs missions training center with them and it turned out to be the best thing we could have done before moving into a new pioneering season among Muslims.
“Traction” is the word I could best use to describe our time there. The Gambles don’t teach theory. Walking with Jesus is real. Hearing His voice, stepping out in obedience, taking risk is all part of normal Kingdom life. Being grounded in relationship with the Father and cultivating a close relationship with Jesus, and enjoying fellowship of the Spirit is the only way to thrive and bear fruit in life, much less unreached Muslim people groups. The Gambles challenged my cliches and inherited beliefs by putting everything to the test of “Does it come from relationship with God?” and “Does it produce lasting fruit?” Jesus said a tree will be known by its fruit. Since my time at 3 Springs I’ve been walking closer with God, more secure in my identity as His Son (with Neil redefining what that looks like for me), recognizing His voice more clearly, and making disciples.
If you want to get detoxified from religion, and become steeped in intimacy with God and modeled discipleship, spend time with the Gambles at 3 Springs.
Jon and Corinna McMurray – Toronto, Canada
The following is a text message I sent to several friends on December 1, 2015, the at the end of a 4-day visit by the Gambles to our home in Toronto, Canada:
“I feel like I just tried to take a small sip of water from a fire hose. The Lord is flooding me with His voice and I am undone. Praise Him! The roof of the tent has blown off and no ceiling remains to contain Him.”
A little context… At that moment Neil was in our kitchen talking to a local pastor about making and multiplying disciples and I was contemplating the past four days of events and conversations. As I did so Holy Spirit seemed to just flood my mind with thoughts, memories and images of times that HE had spoken to me and I hadn’t recognized it as HIM (or I’d doubted that it was HIM). It was so overwhelming, I simply put my head in my hands and wept for joy and amazement. Thus the “fire hose” analogy. Further, I realized that the God-sized hopes and dreams that HE had put in me were still possible and worth pursuing. HE had blown open my limited perspective on what HE can and will do and was inviting me into HIS reality rather than my own.
Our initial reason for inviting Neil and Dana to Toronto was in response to our felt need to learn how to better hear God’s voice. We had spent a good deal of our lives doing “godly stuff” and ministry that was based on solid scriptural principles but felt like we needed to make a drastic change in this regard. We felt burnt out and tired of our own “good ideas”. We wanted HIS ideas and HIS leading and HIS power to do it.
When the Gambles came they began with their teaching on intimacy based on John 17:3. This message cemented in us an understanding of who a disciple is before God, that we are SONS and DAUGHTERS, with the ability to approach the FATHER like one would their own good father. One thing led to another and the afternoon session led to discussion on the need to receive Holy Spirit in order to walk in the fullness of what the Father intended for His children. At that point many people received the Spirit right there in our basement and began to speak in tongues also. Some received confirmation that they had already received the Holy Spirit but that they needed to believe this truth and walk in it.
We also had some intimate times of asking questions, praying together and learning to hear the Lord’s voice by listening collectively, which were very powerful. There were several moments of “AHA!” as we learned to trust a word, phrase, picture, vision or impression from Holy Spirit and then share it with the person we were praying for. Coming away from these times we understood why the Gambles often repeat the phrase, “Why wouldn’t it be God?”. We realized that we should not ask, “How does God speak?” but instead should ask, “How does God NOT speak?” So often we have posed questions to our good heavenly Father and then missed His (often immediate) response because of our preconceived notions as to HOW He must answer.
It has now been almost a year and a half and things have only grown stronger in our intimacy with the Lord and in His ministry. As a result of our increasing confidence in discerning (and obeying) HIS voice we have been involved in all sorts of craziness. We’ve seen healings and people set free from emotional/spiritual bondage, we’ve cast out demons, responded in obedience to impressions, dreams and visions, put on conferences and trainings, etc, and honestly it feels like just the beginning. Our hearts’ desire is for the Lord to use us to make many more disciples in our area and abroad who will go and do the same.
Dr. Mike Turner
My time with Neil and Dana at 3 Springs Missions training center summer seminars produced a marked change for me.
“I developed clarity about my life’s mission as a Christian– to walk in intimacy with the Father as Jesus walked, to seek and to save the lost, and to destroy the works of the enemy. Not only so, but an empowering to carry this out through the Holy Spirit within us and upon us. Life changing stuff. “
Bro. Brandon Spain
My wife Sandy and I were introduced to Neil in a divine way. We had received an invitation from a friend to attend a retreat at 3 Springs, but had not yet responded. Our decision was quickly made when the Lord set up my meeting Neil that very week at an event in Florida. I knew then that we were supposed to glean and learn from him, so we accepted the invitation and attended our first event at 3 Springs. Our experience at that retreat was life changing, not only were we spurred on toward a more intimate relationship with the Father, but our focus of life and ministry became clearer.
Neil has been a spiritual father to us by teaching us that discipleship is God’s heart but that it only happens when we have the Lord’s heart of intimacy towards Him and others. This message has been transformational to us in how we live life and do ministry. Neil’s love for people is one that we have not seen in many people of today. This is not a syrupy sentimental love, which the “world” so often calls love, but a love that can encourage, and perform spiritual surgery as well. Neil loves in grace and truth. That is the model that our Savior Jesus Christ has given us and that is what Sandy and I have aspired toward since meeting and getting to know Neil and Dana more intimately.
Pastors Clayton and Lynn Kabuta
We have pastored and been in ministry for 30 years from one end of the country to the other. We know that Neil and Dana have a message that the church desperately needs to hear today.
The church likes to say that Christianity is a relationship, not a religion. However, most Christians merely practice a religion. They do not live in a real relationship with God. Neil and Dana showed us how to live and walk in true relationship with our heavenly Father just as the Lord Jesus did. As Paul wrote in I Corinthians 4:20, “For the Kingdom of God is not in word but in power.”
We have attended three training/listening sessions at Three Springs. During these times, we have learned many things that have become a part of our lives. One of the most important things is that too many Christians feel that they are alone, different, or inferior to everyone else – that they themselves are useless in the Kingdom of God. The reality is that God truly loves each one of us and each one of us is so important to the Lord and to His Kingdom.
At Three Springs trainings, God takes control. He will meet you where you are at, and if you come with a seeking heart, He will surely come to you. He may not give you everything that you’re asking for, but He will definitely give you what you need.
My first encounter with a Prophetic Listening time, I discovered I was significant & my voice & life mattered. That each individual makes up the whole, when united by Father, for the furtherance of His kingdom. That each person is so significant!
God had always seemed distant before, but as I listened & embraced the teachings on intimacy with Father, I realized He delighted in me drawing near! He moved me from “religion” to relationship…from a performance based approach to God, to approaching Him as a royal daughter…HIS DAUGHTER! He drew so near!
The thrill of discovering I could hear God’s voice, if only I would take time to listen; caused a stirring to pass it on to everyone I know, especially my grandkids! Not settling for mediocre Christianity, but to realize INTIMACY with Father, Son & Holy Spirit takes this adventure to greater heights & depths, I had never dreamed possible! ….
…My life will never be the same after these encounters, after all…”Why wouldn’t it be God?”
George Patterson, USA
Neil and Dana Gamble have had a remarkable ministry in many countries bringing leaders and believers, into a more intimate relationship with God. Their view of discipling is urgently needed, to correct the common error of teaching abstract doctrine without bringing disciples into life-changing, intimate relationship with God. They do not neglect biblical teaching but balance it with an intimacy with God that is born of the Holy Spirit.
Dana and I know there are many others doing and teaching similarly and want you to know that it is not about “us” but it is about finding intimacy with God and a new way to walk out a relationship with Him and keeping His commands.
We hope that these testimonies will cause you to realize that there is not just hope but a reality to the fact that Father wants and needs you to be an active part of His Church, energized and equipped to do the things Jesus did while He walked this earth. Like Paul said “My speech and my preaching were not with the persuasive words of human wisdom, but in a demonstration of the Spirit and power that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” (1Cor. 2:4-5 NKJV)
“For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power” (1 Cor. 4:20 NKJV)
LET US NOT FORGET JESUS’ WORD; “Peace to you! As the Father has sent me, so I also send you! (Jn.20:21 NKJV)
We hope that you will pray for us and agree with us for more of His Kingdom purpose to come to bear on the earth through His Church !
Father’s Hand Ministries
Neil W and Dana A Gamble
4630A Bellstar Rd.
Clayton, WA 99110
+1 509 262 4201
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