This coming week (Monday) I fly to Russia on another apostolic trip to that nation. I was there less than a year ago and am looking forward to once again being in that great (and really large) nation. My first stop is to the Caucasus which is a mountain range in western Russia. Last year I worked in this area for two apostolic young men who have a Network of churches and the Holy Spirit did some fantastic work. One prophetic word over a man has totally come to pass as he is now leading a substantial church in a northern city doing everything that the prophetic word spoke about. When the word was given he was in the south pastoring a small church meeting in his home.
This trip will see me ministering to leaders and leadership teams in the following cities in that area… Yesentuky, Kislovodsk, Piatigorsk, Mineralny Vody Been to this city before), Inozemtsevo, and Tikhoretsk. Good series of meetings planned. Remember that if we can impact the leaders we impact the people. These meeting – two topics… team leadership and prophetic evangelism.
Then we fly back to Moscow (where I first entered the country a week before) and drive 250 Km to the city of Ivanovo where I will be ministering to the leaders of another Network of churches. The bishop of this Network was seriously impacted a year or more ago by some ministry I did in Moscow … and then attended our Apostolic-Prophetic School in May in Kirovograd, Ukraine and so asked if I could come and minister to the leaders of his Network. Another full four days before flying home.
My administrator for Eastern Europe will be travelling with me. Normally he comes along to do the interpreting. However, this time the leaders have found their own interpreters. So, finally, I get to begin to directly disciple this young man in his calling as an apostle. You may ask – why incur extra expenses to bring him along? Answer (in case you are asking) – my work also involves equipping the next generation of apostles and this young (33) married man is just that – an apostle-in-training. He is also Russian speaking and my work includes raising up “native-born” men and women to minister to their own cultures. So, he will be doing some of the teaching and ministering prophetically with me. As well, this gives me an opportunity to speak more specifically into his life than can happen when we are training in our schools.
So, it will be a busy week with much preparation along with all the other regular events as I am now back into the swing of appointments and mentoring (this season I am mentoring 6 – up from 2). However, God is good and He always amazes me with how He helps things to all work out so that I can leave for these trips feeling “comfortable” with my level or preparedness. Of course, the most important thing is to be ready spiritually as there is a lot of prophetic ministry on top of the hours a day of teaching not to mention the wear and tear physically with long hours and much travel and living in a different city every 24 to 48 hours.
Prayers greatly appreciated.