The Southern Fire Story
"The vision for southern fire started in 1981. I had just had an encounter with Jesus as He had appeared in my bedroom and I became born again. This was the beginning of 21 days of visitation by the Holy Spirit in which one night I was caught up in the Spirit and saw fires beginning to burn all over the south of New Zealand. A south wind blew and the fires become one fire and began to burn the full length of New Zealand.
"New Zealand is a nation that we all love but it is desperately in need of God to save and heal its people. As we stand as one in Him, I believe we can advance His Kingdom." - John Watson.
John was given this scripture to confirm his vision
Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, set thy face toward the south, and drop thy word toward the south, and prophesy against the forest of the south field; And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein. And all flesh shall see that I the LORD have kindled it: it shall not be quenched. Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! they say of me, Doth he not speak parables?
In 2013 I felt led by the Holy Spirit that now is the time for an awakening and an out-pouring of His Spirit in New Zealand." - Pastor John Watson.
Jesus said in John 17:21:
"That they all may be one just as you, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so the world may believe and be convinced that You have sent Me."
At this time, there are many on earth who are hungry for God, hungry for the supernatural, looking for meaning in their lives. God is revealing Himself in power, taking His Word, accompanied by signs and wonders, throughout the earth. Southern Fire has been birthed in response to the Lord's call. In February 2016, beginning in Gore in the South Island, the Southern Fire team began to carry the Gospel message of Jesus Christ throughout New Zealand, moving on into the North Island in 2017. The Lord has shown that He is using this journey to pour out His holy fire on this land, giving people a personal encounter with Jesus, bringing miracles of healing and deliverance, and uniting people in His love.