This has been the sense of the incredible mission initiative our Father has got me involved with, along with others. 2019 saw a team of 16 headed out there from the UK and apostles from France, Bulgaria, Croatia and Hawaii, to minister to the regions of this country.
It was truly awesome for my son Luke to accompany me out there April this year as part of the 16, and to witness how he encountered the living God in a new way. Below, you will find blog journals of my April trip and of my most recent trip this October. I believe Father will have me to go back out again to continue with encouraging the Church in intimate spirit and truth worship.
Thank you to all who have supported me, Rich Jobbins and others who I was with in October, in prayer and funding. May God bless you richly. Love Trace X
*For the full back-story of our October mission trip, see the bottom of the Oct blog*
* THE TRIP THIS OCTOBER… had a three-fold assignment attached to the mission: 1/ to worship El Shaddai on the high grounds of specific places He highlighted us to go and by so doing, HE would contend with the territorial spirits and take back the High Places (see pictures below); 2/ to equip church leaders in ‘heart of David’ worship training and; 3/ for Holy Spirit to not only continue releasing spiritual wells, such as in Przdevo and Banjica (see second set of pictures), but releasing spiritual wells within His people.
Top left & Centre: Przdevo, where we sung to the well, called it forth and poured water on the ground.`
Top right: Our first stop on arriving in Macedonia: A church plant in Kavadarci. Here, after ministering, we prayed for people at the end and I was privileged for the Lord to use me to heal someone of back and heart trouble. The manifestations this lady had were tremendous as The Lord delivered her. Wells were also unblocked in individuals here :o)
Central picture: A dried up river in Banjica, Veles, that we spoke to the wellspring and declared it to flow again! We will revisit this next time we are in MK! To the left is myself, Jobbo and Satsi on the high ground of MK-Brod, a monastery overlooking the town below. The well of this town was well and truly immediately reopened – every Macedonian Christian with us experienced it! Praise Our Lord!
In the pictures above, the bottom middle you will see Actso with his son Demitar. We were invited back to their place and we sensed strongly the Holy Spirit’s hand on them as a family. We believe Actso is called to be an evangelist. God has given him an incredible gift for amplifying his voice!! We were given honey from their hives (a jar is at the Beacon!) and had lovely fellowship. We left them singing their the Aaronic blessing over them and their house. So special…
To the middle right you will see myself, Rich, Deborah and Satsi on our way up to the high ground in Demir Kapija (the mountain you see in the first photo montage). Below that is a picture of Rich declaring scripture over the land below – just one aspect we did. Rich had oil, Deborah had the communion wine allocated to her and Satsi, water for purification. We took all of these elements, including salt, with us on to the high grounds where we worshipped, and there were specific moments the Holy Spirit directed us to distribute them. Interestingly, at Demir Kapija, The Lord seemed to impress there being more of an order to our time up there. This is because we believed He was speaking about contending with the spirits of chaos and madness over the town and so when they go, His Spirit of order was to take their place. There is a lot of sad history to Demir Kapija, but we believe God was able to complete and establish something that day, from our actions building upon all those gone before us. How incredible to be picked for this moment!! See below!
Macedonski Brod: This is where the miracle shift happened immediately on us leaving the monastery high ground, seeing people responding to the Gospel for the FIRST TIME in all their times as a mission team going there on a Thursday!! The Lord be praised!! THE SIGN was of a wind that blew through the monastery after we had taken communion. The Lord had blown away the spirits of religion and idolatry.
Veles: Top left: The place we worshipped by a pile of stones (under a sheet) – a word someone had regarding the location. Opposite, you may just about see a small white building that is the church we went to. There, we had communion and Holy Spirit led us step by step so He could finish his business with the spirit of the area: The picture of a frog suffocating the flow of the well. Spirit of Jesus got rid of it! THE SIGN (top right) was of four aeroplanes appearing in the sky. We felt strongly this was a sign that the angels were coming!!
Demir Kapija: The angels certainly did a fantastic job looking after us, because the whole event was SEEMLESS! ‘Order’ was the main key word we had for this place, with a sense that God was going to contend with the spirits of chaos and madness (we were above and behind a mental institute for children). Opposite us was the sultans cave, where many years ago when he reigned, he used to throw people off the cliff. It is believed he even did this to children.)
THE SIGN of completion God gave us that our task was completed on the high ground, was of His cloud appearing over the town. The bottom three pictures on the above montage, you see three shots: Bottom left, the clear sky. Bottom right, the mist appearing over the town. Bottom centre… The mist thickened and created a blanket covering that was coming from the mountain. WOW!!!
My final highlights of the trip were the Aaronic blessing (Numbers 6) that you see (top left). This was sung and prayed over every place we ministered in and sung over people. It was also buried into the ground that was poisoned in Veles, which sees a teen and twenties generation deformed because of the poisoned vegetables they ate… May God have mercy and heal. The two main commandments were buried alongside the Aaronic blessing in Veles, which were carried with us as we enacted the Ark of the Covenant procession from Banjica back to the Veles church HQ. It was in the church HQ that ‘The. Ark Of God’s Presence’ came to rest.
…That was the Friday. The next morning I went there to lead a half day training session. I walked in and as I opened the door, the atmosphere was thick with angels!! They welcomed me as I was walked in! It was truly AWESOME.
The BACK-STORY TO MK MISSION, OCT 2019
…What a privilege it feels to be someone God would choose, to take the anointing He has chosen to give me, to be part of a team He has brought together to see the restoration of the Macedonian Church, and revival outbreak, in the land. As He commissions me to head back out there October 22nd this year with one other from Cheltenham (Richard Jobbins ‘Yobbo’), the significant connection between the Apostle Paul’s visits there that we read about in numerous places in the New Testament (e.g. Philipians 4:14f and 2 Corinthians 8), and the times we are living in as the Last Days, give a very real sense that The Lord has brought us full circle: The Apostle Paul’s mission into Macedonia millennia ago, a 2000 year gap in-between, and now the sending of people into this nation like a swarm of honey bees to a hive. We will go and worship the Living God there, encourage the church to take hold of the call upon her as an example to others and to evangelize to the natives. All getting ready for Yahweh’s latter rain outpouring and final world harvest – of which for Europe, Macedonia being the furthest east, is hugely significant and contributory towards.
…What started as a talk about going to Greece in October, Holy Spirit made clear that worshipping The Father on the high ground around towns and cities He would send us to, was key for breaking the activity of idol worship that has taken place in the ‘High Places’ over the centuries, affecting the people of the nation and hindering the spread of the Gospel from this blessed apostolic country into Europe. Jesus wants to take back the high ground so that our Father’s blessings can be poured at and so He – Jesus – can rule over the people in the valleys below, with His Kingdom of Love and peace! Worship is a warfare stratagem that will be most effective against the dark realm. As the Spirit of God instructed Gideon to worship Him on the rim of the enemy camp, break jars and blow the trumpets to confuse the enemy below, we know that God’s Spirit will shift the atmosphere and break the strongholds of the High Places.
This was a successful ambush against the enemy. Thank you for your wisdom in sharing and your prayers.
…There have been many words the Lord has given the team regarding Macedonia, too many that can be shared on here. One of them as this year has gone on, has been about 1000 souls coming to Christ and coming to the New Hope Easter conference that takes place in the stadium in Veles (the main hot-spot of the country), and a place where Paul’s preaching visit opened a ‘well’. This is a key place we are visiting on the High Ground to worship God, so the ancient well of the sound of spirit and truth worship can be unblocked and the freedom of Christ be poured out as people are set free in the town below. There is a feeling our actions in the High Ground will directly link to the harvest of 1000 souls April, 2020. Please pray into this and pray for the souls!
If you feel led to sow into my ongoing ministry into the Macedonian Church and/or give to the charity Mission Macedonia itself, then details of how to give are found below:
1/ If you visit the Beacon House of Prayer in Stoke-on-Trent you will find CDs to purchase as I look to raise funds to cover my costs, in which you can give money in an envelope marked with Tracey Taylor – Macedonia on the front, popping it in the white giving box in the welcome area.
2/ You can give a gift through Paypal, by sending money through your Paypal account to this link: paypal.me/TraceTaylor3.
3/ You can give by cash or cheque to me in person. Please contact me via musicATtracetaylor.eu if you need to arrange this. Cheques can be made payable to Tracey Taylor;
4/ If you’d like to give to Mission Macedonia for it’s ongoing work of equipping the church and reaching out to the natives, please find the bank details below. (If you haven’t already visited their website to find out the mission work carried out, please head along to www.missionmacedonia.com)
DETAILS: Lloyds TSB > Mission Macedonia > Sort Code: 30-98-90 > Account No.: 16323968
Thank you and may God bless you beyond what you can imagine.
MISSION MACEDONIA April 2019 – First trip
MONDAY 22ND APRIL – TUESDAY 31ST, 2019
Our trip has begun! We are left in Cheltenham, now awaiting our lift to take us to Luton where we will stay overnight, ready to head off on the plane in the morning. Luke enjoys tucking into a subway. We touch down in Macedonia 13.05 Tuesday 23rd! See you there.
At our overnight stay in Luton. Good trip! Up early, so early night. “service please! Oh yes, I’ll have pizza – make that pepperoni… and a plate of duck spring rolls followed by ice-cream a-plenty. Sir? Yes, you may call me sir…”! 🤣
DAY 1 – TUESDAY 23RD
Finally on the plane at 10:10! (I love my double blessing numbers!). With team mate Trudie from Cheltenham!
On arriving at the mission house where we are staying, in Tre Chesmi (Tree-ches-me), North Macedonia. Some of the Mission Macedonia team with Jimmy, our boots on the ground host.
One of the new friends I have made. Pastor Katrina who has joined us from Hawaii. Wow… The stories she has shared. She has spent 17 yrs or so in Africa and been all over the world on ministry. Really lovely lady.
**STOP PRESS** Check out MM19 Facebook page for more detailed updates with the whole team: https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1880607635560172&ref=content_filter
Our first stop off on Tuesday, a small church in Kavadarci. Here we enjoyed some wonderful worship – the man hit the drum pad on the keyboard and we were off! We introduced ourselves to the folk after this.
On our first night gathered together, we sung the song Break Every Chain. We went into a deep time of intercession from this and it became evident that Spirit of Father was saying He was going to break chains and strongholds this week.
DAY 2 – WEDNESDAY
Before we arrived at this very significant place called Demir Kapija (kap-ee-ya), we stopped off in Valandovo and embarked on street evangelism. I went one direction with a team and worshipped whilst Carmen, the other worship leader, went the other way. We have witnessed strong confirmation of how powerful music, and particularly worship, is. Worship changed the atmosphere on the streets. As we gave out tracts, including inviting people to the conference being held on Monday, people were responsive when we played music and sang. Much more so than when we did not. It’s good to go back to basics…
The picture above is a place commonly known as the Iron Gate in Demir Kapija. It used to have a nasty soltan reigning and as a result, many atrocious things have happened there in the past giving rise to spiritual enemy territory. Holy Spirit spoke to us as we drove through to stop in this place, where a church was planted some 18 years ago by Jimmy. A humble congregation of 5 or 6 have been meeting faithfully, desperate to see growth. Holy Spirit led us us to do some remarkable actions that literally, changed the atmosphere and broke the chains of the area, bringing a tangible sensation of deliverance – confirmed by a band of swallows that suddenly appeared swooping, dancing and chirping merrily all about! It was truly a supernatural experience… And the wind of God blew through the tunnel, as people sang and danced with ribbons… Started by myself and Carmen releasing a sonic boom in the Key of David, the ripple blasted out through the tunnel, which amplified across the town. We worshipped and raised ribbon standards of all colours, signifying God’s riches and kingship and through it, Jesus has declared the freedom He has brought to all of Demir Kapija.
We went to encourage the little old lady who has been one of the faithfuls. Crippled we prayed for her and poor, we blessed with some money. We gave her the good news and she took a yellow ribbon. One day soon she knows she will dance with it. 🤗
Just before heading back to HQ we stopped off at Przdevo, where a new church has been bought by Jimmy and his team. After it has been refurbished, it will be ready for a new young pastor, fresh from Bible college, to move in.
DAY 3 – THURSDAY
We stopped off at four places today. The first place was called Prilep. Now this was interesting… I have never before experienced what I experienced here. We got out of our vans and prayed before briefly spending time in this place. As soon as we hit the main high Street with shops, something hit me. It was some kind of dizziness and deliriousness that was trying to come on me and there was a strong smell of musty incense. Almost like opium or something. This place, it has been confirmed, strongly practices Islamic witchcraft. Often, they do animal sacrifices on the high places and the dizziness, it was confirmed, was the witchcraft. I prayed in Tongues and blessed the place. That is something that has been wonderful on this trip… Holy Spirit has been reminding me of the power of blessing and not cursing. I have also loved how I have got ever so close to creation : speaking to the birds, dogs and nature, blessing them to be who our Father has created them to be; telling the birds to take the good news on the wind; telling the dogs to go and bark about Jesus.
… The smell of the incense was stuck in my nostrils, long after we left Prilep. In the van, the sense of oppression and dizziness remained. I had the brain wave: Tell it to go in the all-powerful name of Jesus! I did, and IT did! Yes, we most certainly can pray for ourselves.
Here in Makedonski Brod, we hung out in another small church plant situated next to the main bars area, in-between doing street evangelism with worship, handing out tracts and invitations to the New Hope Easter conference taking place on Monday.
With my guitar on my back, I took to the streets with Valerija and others. God has given me a new song… And I can’t wait to share it.
**STOP PRESS** – LUKE!!
What a remarkable experience this has been for Luke. I am seeing him transformed before my eyes… Or rather, more so from other people’s eyes. You see, God has established a holy separation between us. I truly feel now that I have handed him over to God and Luke is his. I am Father’s child, Luke is Father’s child. He is finding himself… Discovering who he is and he needs time apart from his mother to really enable that to happen. Things have changed. Luke has grown up and found a new level of relationship with his God. Sunday evening, he received the gift of tongues. I was out of the room. I needed to be. Beautiful Ellie came to find me, all excited giving me the good news. That Luke had received the gift of Tongues and was told he was being given a gift in the form of a picture. Luke shared with me that the picture was of the stone over the tomb being rolled away and as it did so, his fears rolled away. (Apt for Easter day!!) What wonderful healing that has taken place. Thank You Jesus.
… DAY 3 Continued…
Destination 3: Meal time in Kicevo (Kee-chevo)…
… on route to our final outreach destination of the day: Gostiver (Gost-i-var. Pictured below) .
Luke with Sue, Ian and Simeon stepping out in boldness to give leaflets. Luke took hold of courage here. Myself and another team went and ministered by the water’s edge. Freya burst into dance!
On the way back, we had a quick stop off at a honey shop by the side of the road. We were all allowed to go in and choose a jar! Here’s Luke tucking into his silky smooth Mountain Honey (he ended up almost drinking it!! 😮🤭) I went for the stronger flavoured Forest Honey. Yummy!
Later on back at HQ Mr. Kevin Elliott is making Luke roar with laughter! Here he is catching a breath! I wish I could remember the joke… Something to do with a grandpa reflecting over his life!
Our meeting room, where we gathered each morning before the start of the day and debriefed at the end before hitting the sack… Like sacks!!
DAY 4 – GOOD FRIDAY: LEADERS DAY
This is where a number of us Brits shared messages God had put on our heart to encourage the churches of Macedonia.
Here is me going over my notes, in preparation for teaching on the heart of David worship and holding a Kingdom Voice Coaching workshop.
Carmen gave a message involving two rubber ducks, (if only you could have read the WhatsApp thread regarding this! Another hilarity!), encouraging people to turn to The Word when situations in life try to keep them submerged. Like rubber ducks, The Word of God will ensure we are not kept pressed down under the water, rather always pop back up to the surface. Sinéad gave a message getting us all to think about what it means to be in the world but not of it and Yobbo (he-hem – sorry – Richard!) closed by sharing what was on his heart. Time was spent praying for ‘the three musketeers’ – three men who are inseparable buddies- they were prophesied over and greatly encouraged by Katrina and others.
DAY 5 – EASTER SATURDAY: THE BIG GRILL
Full-on and a full house! The colloseum steps of Gradsko were filled with people (pictures to come). Attentive, folk listened as Kev and others shared the good news of the Gospel, of our good, good Father and of our mighty delivering Saviour. During this time, when our Bulgarian and Croatian friends also ministered through music, we erupted into dance. It was liberating! I spent time with the children there and as they taught me months of the year in Macedonian and their birthdays, it became clear to me that when it was my time to go up to minister that these children were going to be joining me! In fact, I did not sing at all! The children wanted to sing Hosanna. How prophetic! Once again, our Saviour takes us back to the start…. To the bottom line of His message: We must come as little children, unhindered and unashamed before him.
…I loved how the children would point out the month of their birthday and point to themselves exclaiming “happy birthday!”
**STOP PRESS** What I loved about this time was that it gave such a real flavour of a healthy example of Christ’s Church: Whilst there were people to the left of me receiving deliverance in very loud, audible ways, to the right of me I had a small choir of children singing quietly, yet joyfully, ‘Hosanna’ and ‘Way Maker’. It balanced things out beautifully… There was seriousness in the messages entwined with animated delivery, amidst a flaming big grill taking place where folk munched on burgers whilst they listened. It just felt so rounded to me.
**STOP PRESS** Chicken and chips, with a tad of salad… Our main staple meal for the week! For our last meal, on the last day, we were taken to a restaurant that served beautiful pizza. The more healthy kind of pizza… (thin & crispy stoned baked base) Jimmy asked if there was anything that we’d want to see different about the trip and I was the first to shout out “vegetables!” lol!
DAY 6 – EASTER SUNDAY
Adams, the gentleman to my right as you look on, interpreted the words of my song taken from St. Patricks breastplate, called ‘Christ Over Me‘. Ellie and Sinéad came up to help with actions, which really helped us to remember which statement came next! It was so easy to get confused about the order! Here is the order:- Christ beside me, Christ behind me, Christ within me, Christ all over me… Christ above me, Christ before me, Christ beyond me, Christ the head of me.
As we sung it over and over in both languages, it was a real declaration of protective covering – especially for the event that was to follow. It was time to drive to the haunted house and deliver it so it could be used as a new mission house. Families had lived there but moved out after a couple of weeks because of all the noises and moving objects. Jimmy had been saving this task for us to experience!! (Thanks Jimmy!) It is good to grow! At the end of the day, Jesus tells us to cast out demons in His name. We must not be afraid! Here is that house…
Now REDEEMED, after spending a couple of hours going through each of the four floors worshipping, whip-lashing with holy ribbons, speaking in tongues and casting out in the name of Jesus as led by His Spirit. The atmosphere was noticeably lighter. Thank you JESUS! There is power in the name of Jesus, to break every chain, break every chain, break every chain…
Above: The time of fellowship we had at a lakeside restaurant after our kingdom work at, what is now, the redeemed new mission house!
DAY 7 – MONDAY: NEW HOPE EASTER CONFERENCE
A big X marks the spot! What we see in the sky as we enter the conference location: the town of Veles. Also remarkably resembling the Scottish flag! A country I often lift up to heavenly dadda. And so I did.
Many people gave their lives to Jesus and received healing of all kinds. Eye sight restored, Demons fleeing, one person got out of their wheelchair! Captured on many Macedonia phones as people pressed in to witness and film the event although sadly our cameraman was ill. You’ll just have to take our word for it!
There were a good number and we thank God for the football they could play behind the screen, the ribbons and the shake eggs which brought so much fun and creativity! Next year however, we will have more children’s teaching ministry.
Running for Jesus!
Sammie and Emmanuel (blue shirt). The Lord ignited a fire in Emmanuel during the conference. By the end, his face was shining. Standing by me as I led a time of worship in ministry, he stood clutching his Bible with bright eyes. I saw this aglow in him and so I told him, “The Lord has ignited a fire in you this day Emmanuel! You are a preacher of the good news of Jesus!”
And on the flights there and back…
With the worship leaders who came to the fore and the training I have begun with some on voice and guitar, along with enthusiastically being asked when I’m coming back (most important!!), I believe the Lord has plans for me to return next year…
…and perhaps with Luke again. Thank you to all who have prayed and sown into our trip. You have surely invested into Jesus’s Kingdom not just for Macedonia, but for our beloved UK and all of Europe. May you know heavens riches being poured out over you.