This young man is Igor and he was just saved a week ago and attended the four days that I ministered in his church in Moscow recently. He is the kick-boxing champion of Russia. His wife is a former Bronze medal winner in swimming and is now a swimming instructor in Moscow. She has just returned from a number of years in Israel and is not a believer but has some understanding of the Jewish faith. She attended the last two days of events at the church. Both are so hungry for truth and to understand salvation and who Jesus really is. He stands on this side of the cross and she is still examining the claims of the cross and coming to understand.
Young people such as Igor and his wife are why I do what I do. They are the reason I travel from nation to nation and spend long hours teaching, ministering and prophesying. They are the reason I have tremendous hope about the future of the church in the ten nations of the world where I work. Young people today are looking for spiritual truth and when they find it they become seriously committed – even totally sold out – to it. And, they are willing to tell others about what they have found and discovered in Jesus.
I am taking a break this summer from traveling. Other than a trip in mid-August to minister in Ohio where I am an apostle to one of the local churches there I will be at home. However, the work does not stop. I have been told numerous times prophetically that I need to be writing books. And, I enjoy writing and so this is not a burden or a hardship. However, with all that I do – especially traveling constantly overseas – there is no time left over after ministering there and here as well as preparing for the ministry and all the teaching that I do – and all that comes with ministering continually day-after-day. So, this summer I have intentionally kept my commitments to simply Sundays here in my own area of the world so that I can focus full days on research and writing.
A month or so ago I felt a real release in my spirit to begin writing books and to do so with my whole heart – in my usual intense and extreme way of doing life. It was like a spiritual breakthrough and I knew God was saying that it was time to really begin to work on the books in a serious way and bring some of them to completion. I have been working on them when time allows but without much regular focus. That needs to change and the Lord seems to have changed it within me. As well, everywhere I minister overseas people are asking for my teachings in print (or e-books if they are younger). They are so blessed by the teachings and tell me they have found nothing else like them anywhere in any other ministry – and stress the need to have material printed in book form. These requests are coming more frequently and the comments are being made with a greater sense of urgency as the church in Eastern Europe and Central Asia matures and seeks to grow as well as flow with the current moves of the Holy Spirit – not getting sidetracked into the many sideshows that exist and are being spread across the nations.
So, less travel and greater focus for the next three months... And we will see what can be accomplished and where the Lord will take this ministry from there. Already there are enough invites to fill all available slots well into 2014 and the planning continues daily…