Yesterday we arrived back in Moscow. We were met at the airport by an Orthodox priest who works with a group of believers – born again and Spirit-filled. He brought along someone to help with our baggage as we took the bus from the airport to a rapid train system. The bus was a 20 minute ride – the train a 35 minute ride. That got us into the city… who knows how far in – I certainly don’t. When a city has 20 to 24 million people (depending on who you ask) who knows if there is even an area that is considered the center to the city. Then we walked with all our bags for a few blocks, got on a mini-bus and fought the traffic for another 40 minutes … arriving somewhere (who knows where we really were) 2.5 hours after getting off the plane. This is where we stayed for the night – the priest’s apartment. And what a night!
After a quick and light meal – which ended up with six eating and talking – three of them were heading out to minister for the evening so they asked if I could prophesy over them right away – like right now! I did. I was not planning to work until the evening home church meeting but never mind. Then a private conversation with the priest, away from the cook and the housekeeper – personal matters and concerns. Then a walk to exchange the Russian money we had into American as Russian money is hard to exchange once outside the country. Again, a lengthy stop in the park for the priest to speak of another personal concern and the hurt he has felt in several relationships. Ministry can be tough.
We returned to find a home full of people with worship already going on. No rest since we started the day with a business meeting, a meal and a debriefing session back in the Caucasus where we had just finished 7 days of ministry. Here we are being asked to teach and minister prophetically right away again. By the end of the evening (1:15 a.m. to be exact) I had shared some of my testimony as an introduction to myself as this was a new group who did not know me. Then, of course, they wanted me to prophesy over them. I did so – with a word (extensive) for the priest and the church (called The Way and considered a movement by those involved) and then a word for every person in the two rooms – every person. Almost 40 people were in attendance as more kept coming as some had to leave due to the subway closing for the nigh).
After almost everyone left Sergei cooked us a great supper and so at 2:00 a.m. we finished eating and talking. Pasha, a pastor and young apostle from a church we had ministered in during our February ministry trip in southern Ukraine, was also there so we had an opportunity to minister together and to then eat together before calling it a day / night and heading to bed. He had come early for a ministry opportunity simply because he had heard I would be there. It was a blessing to see him and chat with him. I will be back in his city for a joint ministry opportunity with him in January, 2010 after ministering in another city and before travelling to a third location to speak at a school that I am still writing and researching material for.
Well, bed at 2:00 and up at 5:00 as our ride came early to get us to the airport. It took over three hours to drive to the airport as we hit a number of traffic jams even at that time in the morning. Great fellowship all the way as this was a young man whom I had ministered to two Sundays before in a home church we attended and he was telling us his story and how God had given him such hope and new freedom through the word of the Lord that I had spoken over his life that day. God is so good.
Then an early lunch at the airport as we chatted (a business meeting) with the pastor who had hosted our school in Moscow when we first arrived here in this nation. Then I needed to board for my first flight. Moscow to Frankfurt. Then a few hours to wait. Frankfurt to Toronto and a few more hours to wait and then Toronto to Regina. A long day (26 or so hours) but I will be home again and that is always good.
In Moose Jaw Saturday evening and mentoring a young man before that in Regina. Then two services on Sunday … I am finalizing my two teachings as I fly right now to Toronto.
I sincerely thank everyone for your prayers before and during this trip. It has been an adventure and an experience of a lifetime. I have learned much about God, the way the Holy Spirit works, about myself and about the gift of prophecy. I am not the man who left Canada 17 days ago. God has done some marvellous work in and through me.