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Human Rights and Fair Trade in the Power of the Spirit – Simon Adahl

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I’ve written about my friend Simon Adahl previously, a Swedish musician who is passionate about Jesus and who has an amazing prophetic gift. Not only is he using this gift to lead people to Christ, but he has also used it to promote human rights and fair trade. Here’s how it happened:

Frank and Simon Adahl on stage at World Prayer Assembly 2012

Frank and Simon Adahl on stage at World Prayer Assembly 2012

On August 15, 2011, the Lord woke Simon up and told him to write a song about the reunification of North and South Korea. “Never!” Simon replied, “Do I look like a Korean to you?” “Write the song” “No, nobody will listen to an unknown Swede anyway.”

Then the Lord started to sing: “The one who walks with God can change nations. The one who walks with God can impact millions.” A song Simon himself had written.

Simon gave up, wrote the song “I’m gonna pray for Korea”, recorded it with his brother Frank and sent it to some South Korean publishing companies. They all said “thank you but no thank you”. It was too controversial.

But then things started to change. A friend of Simon’s said that she got an email from the International Prayer Center requesting prayer for North Korea, since one of their prophets said that Kim Jong Il was about to die (he did die in december 2011). Simon asked them if they wanted to use his song for their prayer meetings, and they said yes.

Shortly after, activist organizations promoting human rights in North Korea, like Stop Genocide in North Korea, wanted to use Simon’s song on events and demonstrations. Suddenly, it was played during a massive global manifestation in New York, London, Berlin, Tokyo and Seoul – at the same time! And finally, a South Korean publishing company published the song.

In 2012, Christians from Indonesia contacted Simon and invited him and Frank to come to World Prayer Assembly 2012 – the biggest prayer meeting in world history – not only to play that song but to write the theme song for the whole event. Simon said yes. And suddenly they were leading worship in front of 200 000 people, as well as millions that watched it through God TV.

And this is where the really cool things began to happen.

When Simon was back stage, a European man passed by. The Holy Spirit filled Simon right away, he ran to the man and prophesied: “You are not going home! You are not going home! Those who tried to silent you aren’t my servants, you are my servant, and you’re not going home!”

The man was stunned. He explained that he was from the Netherlands and that he wanted to hold a seminar at the Assembly about the horrible gold trade between the Netherlands and Indonesia, that destroys the environment and exploit poor workers. However, some Indonesian pastors, that he knew benefited from the gold trade, took him aside in a room and forbade him to speak about this.

When he went out of the room he felt so discouraged and thought to himself that he probably should go home. But right then a Swedish guy jumped in front of him and started to prophesy…

This is what Holy Spirit activism is all about – to promote human rights and fair trade in the power of the Holy Spirit. It’s much easier, funnier and biblical when we’re not relying on our own strenghts and capacities but let him creat a better world through “his incomparably great power for us who believe” (Eph 1:19), the power that raised Jesus from the dead.

Simon experienced even more things in Indonesia, but that’s for another blog post 🙂


  1. cherylz1961 says:

    Thanks for the pingback to ICB!! If you like this devotion, there a lot more on my blog at I also published a book of devotions by West Bow Press. It is called Facing Trials: Thoughts for Meditation.

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Micael Grenholm, a Swedish charismactivist, apologist and author.

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