It is the end of a long day and I am waiting quietly for some warm soup for a late supper as it is almost 11:00 p.m. and we have just arrived back where we sleep. We have held two services today – one at 10:00 a.m. and the other at 5:30 p.m.
We arrived just before the 10:00 a.m. service having been up since 5:30 preparing my heart and looking over the teaching I was to do for the evening service as I knew there would be little to no time between services and I was right. Then a shower in scalding hot water as the city had not yet turned the cold water back on… a bite to eat and off we went.
We arrived at the building after more than an hour of driving (still in the same city) to find there was no heat. However, they did get it working and before the end of the service just slightly after 1:00 the building was actually beginning to warm up. By then my feet were past warming up and I assumed they would remain frozen for the rest of the day. Cold and solid cement floors just penetrate the bottom of one’s shoes and seeps into your feet no matter what you do.
Bob taught the morning service – we are repeating teachings we have done together before in Ukraine. Basic teachings on the basics of prophecy because although the gift has been seen on occasion here in Kazakhstan no one really ministers regularly in this gift and absolutely no one teaches on the subject.
We have a moving audience with different people at each service and so we are staying really basic and focusing all of the teachings on the prophetic. Then the four of us ministered prophetically for 90 minutes blessing a good number of people including some Messianic Jews who were only going to be at that one service due to their Sabbath approaching. I actually went up to their row and simply asked (without knowing anything about them) the whole row to stand and we prophesied over all of them one person at a time. They were wonderfully thankful at the end of the service and mentioned how accurate the words had been. Many young people are in these services and many of them certainly heard from God in some serious and major ways.
We drove back to the place we are staying and had a great meal together – of course, we ended up discussing business and answering questions but I have come to expect that by now as I have learned this to be true no matter what country one is ministering in. They also helped us to know the agenda for Sunday when we have our last day here before flying out on Monday. That will help us to organize who is doing what at the two Sunday services. As well, we found out that we have a full day here after our week in the second location and they let me know what they are wanting us to do. It will be packed with activities, meetings, prayer and prophesy. A full 15 hours before boarding vehicles to go to the airport for the long trip home. We have to be at the airport that night at midnight and will travel for 36 hours before finally arriving home. So, three and a half days (Sunday morning to Wednesday noon body time) without lying down. But I am getting ahead of myself.
Following the lunch meeting we had 40 minutes to ourselves and the other team members rested or slept and I spent the time thinking and praying and sorting out in my heart and mind some of the things I am sensing and learning about ministry in the nation of Kazakhstan and in my personal ministry here and elsewhere. I am always learning and hope to continue to do so till the day I go home to be with Jesus.
Then a 40 minute ride back to the same building – a Korean Church – and the evening service. I taught on the 9 boundaries (limitations) to prophecy and then the team joined me in ministering to about a dozen people by the time the service ended a little after 10:00 p.m. Good words – setting in place foundational ministries for the future here in Kazakhstan. Truly foundational apostolic and prophetic work. Great stuff and definitely God.
We ended the service by prophesying over a baby whose parents had been ministered to amazingly in the morning service. Good way to end. A few conversations with a few people and we were on our way through the air pollution to home again. It is now 11:05 and we are about to have something to eat.
There is constant air pollution here in this city of 2 million. It is caught in the valley between mountain ranges and so the car exhaust and the smoke from the factories and homes does not rise high enough to move out of the valley. Instead it hangs in the city. Everyone who lives here does not even notice it. But, as visitors, we certainly notice it as it smells and really hurts the lungs. They use coal to manufacture the power and I can see the smoke stacks from my window for that one and there are many other factories and businesses belching smoke into the already polluted air. So, there is a constant haze over the city and thus over us.
Well, it is bed time and I am tired and tomorrow we have another two 4 hour services. So, good night.