Friday has come and gone – very quickly. It has been a long day but a good day. We began early – travelling through this city of 1,600,000+ people to a small Baptist Church building that we were using for the day. Rush hour in downtown – very interesting. Because it was a work day we did not expect very many to be there but wanted to be a blessing to those who took time off work to come. I was right. The attendance was small but God was there and those who made the time to attend were blessed and moved forward greatly in their understanding of the Church, their gifts and callings, and the need to walk supernaturally in their world on a daily basis.
We were honored to have the pastor of the “borrowed” Church attend the seminar. However, he turned out to be very argumentative and constantly trying to teach everyone what he believed – which does not line us with what we were teaching concerning being born again (truly converted) and baptized in the Holy Spirit. As well, he began to ask questions which were not relative to the topic and which were “way out there” making one wonder what his theology and understandning of the Bible really was. It was a little confrontational at times. Eventually a team member passed him on the way to the outhouse and mentioned that he should stay on topic and he was less agressive after that and things settled down somewhat.
Two sessions during the day with a hurried trip back through the mid-day traffic to where we were staying for a hot lunch. Then, after supper the third session was held in the facilities that the local church rents for their activities. Apparently Friday daytime is the only time they are unable to use the rented space. Our numbers increased and we had a great evening session ending right on the dot of 10:00p as asked.
Ten thirty saw use eating yogurt and cut-up fruit (a fruit salad) and simply fellowshipping back where we are staying. A short walk in the pouring rain from where we were teaching. Just as we finished the treat our hosts came along with fresh strawberries from their country garden patch and some great tasting ice cream and we had another feast … soon afterwards we all headed to bed as we were all very tired.
During the day sessions we had three of us teaching – so I was able during two sessions to hand write some notes regarding the on-going opposition here in Eastern Europe. I had one email that I had not had time to answer before leaving North America and thought that if I could jot my thoughts down it might get answered in the next few days. It was good to have opportunity to do so while other very capable team members jhelped with the teaching load.
We have finished our arrangements (at least the dates) for our trip in 10 weeks to Khabarovsk, Russia (it overlooks the Islands of Japan). We are working on some of the details – teaching topics, flight routes and ticket arrangements and costs … it is beginning to come together. These opportunities to minister start long before the event ever happens. We first heard of this opportunity last November while ministering in Moscow. We have been in touch and working through the details and the opportunity being offered since then… we are almost to the final stretch with dates set, flights being looked at, topics being selected and discussions re. living facilites, the pace of our work day, etc. taking place. Another few weeks and the trip will be settled and I can get to work preparing the material and doing any necessary research and writing … including learning as much as I can about the city and region where we will be ministering.
Today we have morning, afternoon, and evening sessions … 10 hours of teaching and ministering. Tomorrow (Sunday) one service – 2 teachings – from 11:00a to 4:00p and then supper, fellowship with our host pastors and on the train by 7:30p to head to our next city and the start of our first ever School for Apostles and Prophets.
Please be in prayer for our safe travel. Even this morning as I type this (late Friday in mid-Canada) there has been another plane crash – Air India – with apparently 163 of 173 on board dead…. travel is not always safe and assured.