This blog is about our incredible Jesus weekend.

Last week Jasmine, Saria and I were at RMU (Robert Morris University) and were really feeling like God wanted us in Columbus. So what’s the sensible thing to do? Yep, drive on no sleep and no plan on where to stay. And of course Jesus Loves us so He found us places to stay.

Friday:

On Friday night we planned a worship night at a friends house. We worshipped in the basement with about 10 people and the presence of God showed up to give us a big hug. So amazing! But the night didn’t stop there. Everyone was hungry so we went to Buffalo Wild Wings to eat. Afterwards Saria and I ran to the gas station to get ice cream as everyone else went home. There we met a woman named Donna, probably in her 50s, working 3rd shift. She was so kind. I asked her if she could use prayer and she start telling us about her friend’s mom who passed away. The talk then turned to her faith in Jesus and we were able to encourage her to pursue a deeper relationship with him.

Saturday:

The original plan was for us to head to Cleveland and get some sleep before church Sunday morning. But Jasmine felt like we should go to Harvest Prep’s Girls Regional basketball game. The game starts turning into a blow out and Jasmine tells me that we probably will leave soon and head to Cleveland. I knew that wasn’t the case. We finish the game, HPS wins and we’re on our way. As we are heading to get on the highway Saria starts saying she’s hungry and wants McDonalds…

WHAT FOLLOWS IS A RECOUNTING OF ONE OF THE CRAZIEST PUBLIC MOVES OF GOD I’VE EVER SEEN!!!

This whole this has to be a miracle because I hate McDonalds but we decided to go in and eat (not that I was going to get anything). As soon as we walk in we seen about 10 or so high school kids hanging out. Also, oddly enough, our friends Christin Barthel and Juan Thomas happened to be there. God was up to something! Jasmine starts talking to this group of girls and then asks if we can pray with them. So we all joined hands and prayed. After we asked them if we could ask God what He thinks of them. With each girl that went everyone was getting words of knowledge. As Jasmine put it, “God was reading their mail.” They began to cry as they realized God is real, He Loves them and He knows them. Another boy walked up and said that he heard we knew peoples lives. So we prayed and God did the same for him. He went from goofing around to an understanding of how real God is. I took him off to the side after and he ended up giving his life to Jesus.

While all of this was going on a group of about 8 guys walked in and immediately started commenting on what was going on. Jasmine and I walked over while the rest of the group continued playing music and praying. We started introducing ourselves and the proceeded to ask if anyone had any pain or anything because Jesus would take it away. One had a sore neck, Jesus healed it. Another had a strained hamstring, Jesus healed it. One jokingly asked if he could be made flexible since he couldn’t touch his toes. He bent over and could only get 6 inches from the ground. We prayed and he asked skeptically, “So I’ll be able to touch my toes now?” To which Jasmine replied “Try it.” He bent down and touched the ground. All his friends started jumping around and he ran out yelling “ILLUMINATI!!!” Hahahaha! Next a guy came up with a broken finger. It was twice the size of his other fingers. The first pray, Jesus took the pain away but it was still swollen. The second, it shrunk significantly and everyone was freaking out. The third, Jesus completely healed him. One girls back and feet got healed. Another girl got healed of a swore throat. There were 8 or so healings including almost everyone of the guys that walked in making fun of us praying in McDonalds. One thing I must also add is that we didn’t lay hands on or even pray for any of them to get healed. We had each of them pray for one another. They put their hands on one another and asked Jesus for the healing and it happened. They got to see it had nothing to do with us.

By this time many of them had called their friends and there were 30 plus high school kids in this McDonald’s at about 11pm. We were able to share the Gospel and show them that Jesus isn’t church, at least not in the sense of a religious organization. They got to see Him in a way they’d never seen or believed. They got to experience His Love and presence for the first time. It was pretty incredible to watch.

We invited them to come back the next day at noon to talk more about Jesus if they wanted and we cancelled our trip to Cleveland.

Sunday:

Noon rolls around and two of the girls from the night before were there waiting for us. Jasmine took lead in the conversation asking what they thought about the night before and what they knew about Jesus. She explained the Gospel and the necessity of the sacrifice of Jesus using a McDonalds sweet tea, a french fry, some change, and a straw wrapper. Both girls decided they

“God” in Jasmine’s illustration haha

wanted to dedicate their lives to Jesus. Jasmine prayed an example prayer by rededicating her life then let them pray their own prayers. One of the girls was praying and towards the end said “I want to have a relationship with you.” It was so beautiful! They are going to get baptized soon and we will all be getting back together for that. We also have worked out a way for Saria to disciple them and we give them our information if they need anything. Jesus is so amazing!

That night we came back to RMU and decided to go to the chapel and worship. When we got there we found out that mass was supposed to be going on but it got cancelled so there were several people there. Everyone left but one girl named Brittany (hope I spelled it right). She decided to stay and worship. After worship we prayed for her and another girl. We then taught them how they can hear from God by having them pray for Jasmine. We asked asked God what He thought of Jasmine and both girls, one Catholic and one Baptist, got incredibly deep words for her. It really showed the beauty of what God’s doing. Through the Holy Spirit, denominations are unifying to be the Bride of Christ. That’s the Beauty of Jesus!

Point that must be made:

Jasmine, Saria, and I aren’t these special people that God chose to put magical powers on. Anyone can do this. In fact, when you realize you have the Holy Spirit inside you… the same Spirit that was in Jesus, raised the dead, cast out demons, and healed the sick… the Holy Spirit is in EVERY follower of Jesus. I’m learning this more and more myself, but we need to live like we have the power and authority of Jesus within us because WE DO. The Holy Spirit is VERY real, VERY powerful, and VERY fun. Living life as one big Jesus adventure never gets old.

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” -Romans 8:14

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” -2 Corinthians 13:14

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.” -John 14:12

“And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;  they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” –Mark 16:15-18

Please Pray For:

-Donna, the gas station attendant.

-Donna’s friend whose mother just passed away.

-Boy that gave his life to Jesus and his family.

-Both girls continue to follow Jesus with their whole hearts and that He would surround them with more Jesus people.

-Brittany continues to see the fullness of God and we get to form more of a relationship with her.

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If you’re interested in me speaking at your church, email me at ryanrhodesbooking@gmail.com and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Be blessed!

To God Be All The Glory!

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Comments
  1. kylie says:

    ryan! this is awesome! i hope when i come back for christmas break again i’ll be able to hang out with you guys 🙂
    seriously some of the best moments of my entire trip back to the USA this past winter.
    you guys became my family instantly!!!
    this story just makes me be even more thankful to God & His love for us as His children… love what you guys are doing- faithfully obeying.. fearlessly.
    praying for you all & missing you!

    ky

  2. David Wade says:

    I love this and I love you, but I must offer and request correction on one important detail. Jesus is church. I point to 1 Corinthians 12:12-31, specifically verse 27: “Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.”

    While I understand what you meant, the phraseology is wrong. Jesus is the head of the church, which is His body. Maybe the way we do it in America is a little self-mutilating, but we are His body nonetheless.

    Love ya.

  3. Wow, this is so amazing! Jesus loves people so much. Thank you for sharing, a very encouraging and empowering story. 🙂

  4. Makeda Sculark says:

    Wow. God is so real. He’s just so amazing. This story is a true encouragement for me. I’m close to tears. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

  5. Steve says:

    Fantastic testimony!

    Next time u r in Columbus, u HAVE to come to Zion Christian Fellowship in Powell, OH (north side of Columbus). We have this kind of stuff happening every week, and the presence of God is growing! We love meeting new friends in Christ who are as hungry for more of God as we are!

    You were created to be supernatural. Healing, words of knowledge – we’re supposed to walk in this! It’s who we are as children of God.

  6. T*r* says:

    This is undoubtedly the most encouraging thing I have read in a blog post for a long time. I am utterly in love with the fact that Jesus still uses random McDonalds runs for His kingdom. Praise Him! I pray our nation steps out in faith. i pray we stop quenching the Holy Spirit! I pray that revival rushes over our nation to the point of redemption, only encouraging our Saviors return.

    Bless those of you stepping out in faith. May the elders of churches take your example and run with it.

    The lame CAN walk, the blind CAN SEE, the chains can be broken.


    a fellow blogger, but more importantly a sister in your ever big family.

  7. sandy longgrear says:

    so exciting and encouraging! saw this on Bill McKisic’s fb post. Pam his wife is my sister! you all are a church without walls!! I’ll be praying in the Spirit for you all for destiny for you and all you touch!! too fun Holy Spirit is!!!

    • ryanmrhodes says:

      The beauty of that is I’m not facebook friends with either of you and you still seen the blog 🙂 It’s getting around. It’s been reposted by 770 different people on Facebook alone. That’s pretty crazy!

  8. Dora says:

    I love how Jesus works! He just need bodies that love Him and who are willing to go wherever directions he chooses. God Speed!

  9. Shawn Burwell says:

    Its time for God to start Hitting other restraunts. Ryan we will start to see this stuff happen when we are all out eating.. This is not a once in a life time event but something that Almighty God is going to do repeativily though out this country.. Count me in brother! Love ya man

  10. Antonio Reek says:

    I like this part: “By this time many of them had called their friends and there were 30 plus high school kids in this McDonald’s at about 11pm.”

    It is time for us to start doing the works. 🙂

  11. Shannon Hatcher says:

    This is amazing, Ryan. Everything happens for a reason. God wanted you to walk into McDonalds to talk to those kids. They really needed Jesus in their life, and you were able to bring it to them. Very touching story.

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