A Long Search

Hi Guys & Dolls,

Got an email a few days ago that the writer said I could share. Every once in a while someone finds me who is searching for something from our past - usually a song. If I have access to it I will burn it and send or email an mp3. This is how I initially "met" this person. But his story is interesting so I thought I would share with all of you who, with me, are connected to the stuff these people are searching for. His email follows.

Hi Dee;

Although you wouldn't know me from Adam, the impact that was made by groups you were a part of such as Agape Force, Winkie Pratney Ministries, YWAM and a host of other is beyond measure.

This wonderful journey in Christ began for me in 1977 in Jacksonville, Florida where, after having come to Christ, I joined the Air Force and was shipped off to the Philippines. Being a new Christian in a foreign land, it could have been very dificult to walk pure were it not for the grace and mercy of my Lord. True to his promise to keep me, he began to manifest himself through others not long after my arrival. I met a young Lady at Clark Airbase by the name of Chit Bulaga, a Philippine national who was with a part of a group called YWAM. This group was located up in the mountains of Northern Luzon in an area called Baguio.

Well I had never heard of YWAM but was hungry to be with likeminded brothers and sisters in Christ so at Chit’s invitation I would make the 2 to 3 hour journey up the mountain to fellowship and be with my new friends whenever I could. It was there that I was first introduced to a song that, when I heard it, I fell instantly in love. Although I never knew the name of the song or if I had I didn’t remember, the words rang pure and true for all of these years.

Then around 10 or so years ago it became an obsession with me to find this song once again. A part of my bucket list you might say.
Fast forward to around three years ago. With the advent of the internet, one can find or discover just about anything. So I started logging into sites where people just like me were reaching out to others with hopes of discover these songs from their past. Even though I didn’t know the name of the song nor artist, I held within my soul those words that ring as true to me today as they did in 1977/78 so I posted the words to the song on these various sites and asked for help in identifying it:

Let me be a living Fire for your glory King of Kings
Fill my soul with pure desire ever while I live.
Help me choose unselfishly from this world I would be free
For all its sin and vanity broke your tender heart
Let your Church with motive clean bring you joy and make you sing
In your presence praise we bring ever while I live.

And then it happened. After about a year I got a hit on one of the sites with the name of the song, the group, the album, and the person who wrote it. So with this new information I once again hit the internet to find out all that I could about this group called “Agape Force” and this song called “Living Fire”. That research led me to you. After I reached out you were kind enough to rip the song and send it to me in an e-mail thus fulfilling that longing and desire to once again be ministered to by this song.

And if we don’t think God has a sense of humor. When all of this finally came to fruition, I was living in Marshall Texas and you in Lindale. From half way round the world to nearly next door…….God is Good….

Dee, we don’t always get to see the big picture of our Fathers plan but in my case he put you in the right place at the right time to give me a precious gift of song that truly was the desire of my heart.

I hope to one day meet you to say thank you in person.

In the Lamb

Don Germain

9 comments

  • Lori

    Lori

    That is awesome! I have been singing those songs from Within the Gate for 35 years! I lost my tape 34 years ago! I would love to have a cd of it to teach it to a new generation!

    That is awesome! I have been singing those songs from Within the Gate for 35 years! I lost my tape 34 years ago! I would love to have a cd of it to teach it to a new generation!

  • ZEE

    ZEE

    Is this the same agape force that created the gingerbrooke fare stories I used to watch on vhs 20 years ago? The ones with the clowns? I have been trying forever to locate one of the costumes used.

    Is this the same agape force that created the gingerbrooke fare stories I used to watch on vhs 20 years ago? The ones with the clowns? I have been trying forever to locate one of the costumes used.

  • Jeanie

    Jeanie Fairfax, VA

    At church camp more than 45 years ago, a group from Agape Force came and ministered in song and word and I have lost my songs from that time and the song that I need is called "Walk By Faith, Not By Sight". I would love to get the lyrics and chords as I now play the piano. The Agape Force group ministered to me like no one had ever before because they were real!

    At church camp more than 45 years ago, a group from Agape Force came and ministered in song and word and I have lost my songs from that time and the song that I need is called "Walk By Faith, Not By Sight". I would love to get the lyrics and chords as I now play the piano. The Agape Force group ministered to me like no one had ever before because they were real!

  • Keith

    Keith Sydney, NSW

    I woke at 2:30am this morning and this song came to me and so I went to the internet to search for it and found it. I really want to be pure and holy. It's a struggle sometimes. I'm glad I found your website with some of the old songs. The modern commercial music seems to have gotten more about outreaching to the unbelievers. It's evangelical, that's ok, but it lacks a spiritual dimension of the simple praise songs of years ago Ask Seek Knock Matthew 7:7 I'd been for a walk through the streets of Surry Hills in Sydney last night past where I used to live in 1982 in a house with some Christian men from Sydney CLC that was in Goulburn Street Sydney. Sunday mornings used to really exciting then. Then I was thinking about the Holy Spirit and how Jesus said he came to bring fire upon the earth Luke 12:49. I also remember how Kat Kerr said how the Holy Spirit is the "dramatist" I also thought of how Evan Roberts the leader of the Welsh Revival prayed "LORD, bend me" It occurred to me the Holy Spirit does bend us. He doesn't try to negate or condemn our natural talents that God has given us, he magnifies God through then and it can feel like being bent out of shape as we let go of the world and the flesh and try to find how God wants us to use out talents. When I became a Christian I was very much in the world. My parents owned a newsagency shop near a military base of Ingleburn. My family used to sell a lot of pornography and cigarettes to the soldiers in the Army Camp bars. I enjoyed working in the shop after school and on Saturdays and Sundays driving up to the army camp and delivering papers when I got old enough to drive. Church was far from my mind. I was studying to sit and exam to go to Sydney University to studying a Science. I became a born again Christian quite quickly, like stumbling on a treasure in field Matthew 13:44, I stumbled into a group of young university students and started going out with them socially not knowing they were all Christians. I always find it a wonder how God found me. Looking back so many people think science is about atheism. I guess I was really puzzling to people who had been at church all their lives. I got born again and then enrolled in a Science Degree that made no sense to anyone. Biology I found a very difficult subject.There's not the room for personal expression of writing essays and having being taught evolutionary theory at school I was suddenly confronted with questions of 'the purpose of living organism" Why all trees of one species different shapes? How did a spider learn to build a web? How are ants so organized without a leader?

    I woke at 2:30am this morning and this song came to me and so I went to the internet to search for it and found it. I really want to be pure and holy. It's a struggle sometimes. I'm glad I found your website with some of the old songs. The modern commercial music seems to have gotten more about outreaching to the unbelievers. It's evangelical, that's ok, but it lacks a spiritual dimension of the simple praise songs of years ago

    Ask Seek Knock Matthew 7:7 I'd been for a walk through the streets of Surry Hills in Sydney last night past where I used to live in 1982 in a house with some Christian men from Sydney CLC that was in Goulburn Street Sydney. Sunday mornings used to really exciting then. Then I was thinking about the Holy Spirit and how Jesus said he came to bring fire upon the earth Luke 12:49. I also remember how Kat Kerr said how the Holy Spirit is the "dramatist" I also thought of how Evan Roberts the leader of the Welsh Revival prayed "LORD, bend me" It occurred to me the Holy Spirit does bend us. He doesn't try to negate or condemn our natural talents that God has given us, he magnifies God through then and it can feel like being bent out of shape as we let go of the world and the flesh and try to find how God wants us to use out talents. When I became a Christian I was very much in the world. My parents owned a newsagency shop near a military base of Ingleburn. My family used to sell a lot of pornography and cigarettes to the soldiers in the Army Camp bars.
    I enjoyed working in the shop after school and on Saturdays and Sundays driving up to the army camp and delivering papers when I got old enough to drive. Church was far from my mind. I was studying to sit and exam to go to Sydney University to studying a Science. I became a born again Christian quite quickly, like stumbling on a treasure in field Matthew 13:44, I stumbled into a group of young university students and started going out with them socially not knowing they were all Christians. I always find it a wonder how God found me. Looking back so many people think science is about atheism. I guess I was really puzzling to people who had been at church all their lives. I got born again and then enrolled in a Science Degree that made no sense to anyone.
    Biology I found a very difficult subject.There's not the room for personal expression of writing essays and having being taught evolutionary theory at school I was suddenly confronted with questions of 'the purpose of living organism" Why all trees of one species different shapes? How did a spider learn to build a web? How are ants so organized without a leader?

  • Greg v.

    Greg v. Visalia ca

    I attended the DTI school of discipleship in the 70's on Charles shoults ( the author and creator of the comic strip) peanuts compound? .... seemed it was a consentrated theological/evangelistical school 7 days a week with navy seals PE. And world class flown in speakers, after we read them! Anyone remember? Winiki pratney.... Francis Schaffer...ect...

    I attended the DTI school of discipleship in the 70's on Charles shoults ( the author and creator of the comic strip) peanuts compound? .... seemed it was a consentrated theological/evangelistical school 7 days a week with navy seals PE. And world class flown in speakers, after we read them! Anyone remember?
    Winiki pratney.... Francis Schaffer...ect...

  • sue

    sue colorado

    I am searching for Agape Force members from Merced, Ca mid 70s. Anyone???

    I am searching for Agape Force members from Merced, Ca mid 70s. Anyone???

  • Ronald Lane

    Ronald Lane Canandaigua NY (from SF, CA )

    11-9-17 Hi Folks! was The former sound guy for Silverwind Just a quick greeting to all Mynewlife111111@gmail.com God Bless you!!

    11-9-17 Hi Folks! was The former sound guy for Silverwind Just a quick greeting to all Mynewlife111111@gmail.com
    God Bless you!!

  • Elijah

    Elijah Canada

    http://BibleMiracle.wordpress.com MondeDemain.org TomorrowsWorld.org JesusChrist1.TV (YouTube et Vimeo) MountainOfFire.org 1) Deliverance from spirit husband and spirit wife.   D. Olukoya 2) Smite the enemy and he will flee. 3) Release from destructive convenants. MontagneDeFeuRegionFrance.org 1) Comment recevoir la délivrance du mari et de la femme de nuit.   D. Olukoya. 2) Frappez l'adversaire et il fuira. 3) Se libérer des alliances maléfiques. http://www.SainteBible.com http://www.BibleHub.com Le Retour de Jésus-Christ est très Proche! Faisons ce que Dieu dit. The Return of Jesus Christ is very Near! Let's do what God says. - Repentance. Confession. - Renier satan le diable. Renounce Satan the devil. - Pardonner. Forgiveness. - Aimer. Love. - Accepter Jésus-Christ. Accept Jesus Christ. - Baptême (Eau et Saint-Esprit). Baptism (Water and Holy Spirit). - Prières quotidiennes. Daily prayers. - Étude biblique. Bible study. - Mettre en pratique la Parole de Dieu. Practice the Word of God. - Obéissance et Sanctification. Obedience and Sanctification. - Ne péchez pas. Do not sin. - Propager la Bonne Nouvelle du Royaume de Dieu. Preach the Good New of the Kingdom of God. Faisons comme ça. Et tout ira bien. Bénédictions de Dieu en Jésus-Christ. Let's do it. And everything will be all right. Blessings of God in Jesus Christ. http://www.educate-yourself.org Waka Waka, original by Golden sounds, Zangaléwa: Cameroun. http://myows.com/blog/waka-waka-and-how-shakira-could-borrow-your-song/

    http://BibleMiracle.wordpress.com
    MondeDemain.org
    TomorrowsWorld.org
    JesusChrist1.TV (YouTube et Vimeo)
    MountainOfFire.org
    1) Deliverance from spirit husband and spirit wife.   D. Olukoya
    2) Smite the enemy and he will flee.
    3) Release from destructive convenants.

    MontagneDeFeuRegionFrance.org
    1) Comment recevoir la délivrance du mari et de la femme de nuit.   D. Olukoya.
    2) Frappez l'adversaire et il fuira.
    3) Se libérer des alliances maléfiques.
    http://www.SainteBible.com http://www.BibleHub.com

    Le Retour de Jésus-Christ est très Proche! Faisons ce que Dieu dit. The Return of Jesus Christ is very Near! Let's do what God says.
    - Repentance. Confession.
    - Renier satan le diable. Renounce Satan the devil.
    - Pardonner. Forgiveness.
    - Aimer. Love.
    - Accepter Jésus-Christ. Accept Jesus Christ.
    - Baptême (Eau et Saint-Esprit). Baptism (Water and Holy Spirit).
    - Prières quotidiennes. Daily prayers.
    - Étude biblique. Bible study.
    - Mettre en pratique la Parole de Dieu. Practice the Word of God.
    - Obéissance et Sanctification. Obedience and Sanctification.
    - Ne péchez pas. Do not sin.
    - Propager la Bonne Nouvelle du Royaume de Dieu. Preach the Good New of the Kingdom of God.

    Faisons comme ça. Et tout ira bien. Bénédictions de Dieu en Jésus-Christ. Let's do it. And everything will be all right. Blessings of God in Jesus Christ.
    http://www.educate-yourself.org

    Waka Waka, original by Golden sounds, Zangaléwa: Cameroun. http://myows.com/blog/waka-waka-and-how-shakira-could-borrow-your-song/

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