Story - Harbor Kids - as told by Holly Poole
On Sunday mornings, we have a schedule. That schedule is planned each week in a staff meeting where it is written down, typed up, sent in an email, printed out, swallowed and digested for more assured understanding. However, it is understood and encouraged within the leadership of The Harbor that the most important thing is that the Holy Spirit has the ability to move. When we sat around the table at staff meeting the Monday before the Sunday service on June 12th, we did not anticipate how much that agenda would change. The allotted time for the Harbor Kids to give their testimonies from Kids Ramp was about 10 minutes of service time. We expected that we’d have to guide the kids in speaking, there would probably be some tears and laughter, it may go a few minutes over, but that would be okay. It is fair to say that we greatly underestimated how powerful and important this segment of the service would be. We didn’t anticipate that 10 minutes of testimonies would lead to ten-year-old, Hannah Poole, giving a full length sermon, making declarations over our church body, and commissioning 27 kids to pray for boldness and deliverance over all ages. We are so thankful that God’s agenda takes over because it is always something far greater than we could ever plan.
Psalms 8:1-2 - “LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens. Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.”
Here are some notes from the sermon/declarations Hannah Poole made on Sunday, June 12th:
1. God is big: It is so simple and children understand this. The power that we have to control and handle our lives is like a flickering light bulb in comparison to a God that formed all light and is brighter than ten thousand suns (Ecclesiastes 23:19). As children are reliant on their parents, Hannah tells us that we are also unable to handle life on our own. We cannot handle depression, illness, habits and addictions on our own. We must be as children, reliant and trusting on God to take us out of a bad place. He is a Father that protects us and wants us to live in the purity that only His love and righteousness provides.
2. Let Nothing Be Hidden: Hannah Poole made the declaration, “Secrets will be gone, exposed to You, God” over the church body. She makes the point that when we have hidden sins, they are holding us back from standing in boldness and declaring the love of God over His people. She says that those sins that are a weighty burden on us are as light as a feather in the eyes of God and they will fall off of us when we call to Him. She declares freedom over the church body as hidden sins are surrendered to God and childlike innocence is restored. The scripture says, “And he said: ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven’(Matthew 18:3).” God calls us to come to Him in childlike innocence, without shame, and holding nothing back.
3. Don’t Let Us Stand Alone: “We can do it on our own, but we don’t have to (Hannah Poole)” Certainly, these kids have the power of the Holy Spirit and the boldness to impact their world for Christ. However, Hannah makes the point that they don’t have the freedom that adults have. As Hannah said, “kids don’t have cars” and therefore they don’t have the mobility that adults have. She says, “there is only so much we can do.” These kids want to be led by example. They want to see their parents, siblings, grandparents, and church leaders pursuing after God at the level that they are pursuing Him. She challenges the adults not to sit back and watch while the kids are praying for healing and deliverance over people. She challenges the church body to stop feeling sorry for people and start standing up in boldness and declaring freedom and deliverance over people. She makes it clear that we have no excuses. If the children can be this radical for the Kingdom of God, how much more should you be challenging yourself as the person that they look up to?
This experience was eye-opening for myself personally, and for so many others that were able to be in the presence of such a powerful move of the Holy Spirit. Above are some of the testimonies from people that were impacted by this experience. I encourage anyone who has not shared their experiences to do so on Facebook, as so many people have been blessed by these testimonies.
To watch the testimonies from Kids Ramp click here.
To watch Hannah’s declarations click here.