First Day – New Trip

As this first blog in a series is being posted for another apostolic trip into Eastern and Central Europe I will be boarding a plane to Calgary on my way to Yerevan, capital city of Armenia via London, England. I will arrive at my destination late on Tuesday evening local time. Your prayers for safe travel, good connections, and good weather would be greatly appreciated. It would be good to arrive on time as begin to minister as scheduled.

I begin with a three day school for 150 leaders and pastors of local churches in a network of churches there. I will be working in the mother church and the leaders will be coming to me so I have little travelling to do once I am on site and ready to minister. The school runs for three days. Then I am teaching on the prophetic to the leaders of the mother church only as the leaders of the satilite churches head home to prepare for Sunday. On Sunday I minister to the main church in Yerevan and spend time in fellowship with the senior leader – Raffi Shahverdyan.

Monday I will tour some historical sites as it is a special day in the nation as they commenorate a genecide that wiped out almost 2 million Armenians. I will also spend time during the day talking about and planning my future ministry in and to this nation. In the evening I will be doing a public service in the city of Ararat.

Tuesday at 4:00a I will be in the main airport on my way to Russia – a 6:00a flight.

Thanks for praying and being a vital part of this trip and its success.

Life-Purpose Statement

I am sitting on the 8th floor of a very tall apartment building in Yekaterinburg, Russia– a city of 2 million – and have just responded to an email from my home city. It was from a young man who is excited about sharing the grace of God with people. He has just moved to the city where he has lived before and left a position as “youth pastor” in a church where I have had some connections and a little input recently. We are looking to connect and get to know each other.

It set me to thinking – along with an early morning look at thousands of cars driving down busy, wide city streets here in this city in Russia.

Do people really understand the purpose of life? Do the disciples of the Lord today understand who they are and what He is calling them to do as His Church (corporately) and as individual disciples? Are we aware of our unique calling from the Lord or are we all simply putting one foot in front of the other hoping to simply survive and make it through another day?

In the Christian Church what I am asking about is referred to as a mission statement. Sounds religious doesn’t it. Well, let’s call it a Life-Purpose Statement instead. Then others who are not disciples of the Lord might have some idea what we are talking about. Everyone who is following Jesus has a plan they are to follow and a purpose they are to fulfill – God’s plan and purpose for them. It is not just the generic plan of “going into all the world…” for the purpose of “seeking and saving the lost.” It is always more specific and detailed than that. It is always very directed and focused. However, it starts as a generalized statement about your life and what He is calling you to do.

Example of my life-purpose statement – not because it is special or better than other people’s but because it is mine and I have the right, therefore, to share it with you. Mine is: “To intimately know and touch the fullness of God through Jesus Christ and to invite others to personally experience His life and love.” From there it becomes much more detailed as to when, where, why, with whom, to whom, how, and how… but the details are not important when you are first starting and only come from spending time with the Lord and listening to His heart for you.

So, I challenge you to sit down over the next couple of days – as these blogs on Life-Purpose are published – and take a long hard look, a good and honest look, at your life as it is today – the good, the bad and the ugly – and think through, with the help of God’s Holy Spirit, what it is God has for you to be doing with the remainder of your time upon this planet no matter how long or short that may be.

This is important – otherwise we simply become one of many caught up in the fast pace of life driving to and from work each day without really knowing, understanding, or fulfilling the plan and purpose of God for your life. And, that would be seriously sad – worse still, a failure to honor and please the Lord.

No Internet Connection In Toronto

I am in the air again – flying out of Frankfurt to Toronto on my way to Regina. It has been a long trip so far and being awake for 29 hours so far is not helping I am sure. Just 16 hours left to go and I’m home and then I can sleep. On a newer plane that has plugs for laptop computers and so I can work on my sermons (2) for Sunday if the turbulence is not too bad. I have an outline for one and need to expand it fully and finish it as I computerize my rough notes written on my legal pad during the last flight from Kiev to Frankfurt from an initial outline during one of the times I was not teaching at the School and the Lord gave me the original idea I’m working on.

The apostolic trip is over and it is back to normal life – well, maybe travelling overseas and back constantly is or will become normal life for this older apostle. In some ways I hope so as I do enjoy what I am doing and can see how it is benefitting many of the young people we are working with and the churches that welcome us. However, when you reach the end of two weeks of travel and ministering and all that comes with it – meeting new people, strange beds, different foods, screwed-up eating schedules …. you get to wondering why you are still doing this when most people your age are retired. The answer, when you get rested up a bit more, is that God has called me to do this and empowers and enables me to accomplish all that is involved in each of these trips. Still, slowing down and simply writing a book and actually getting to read more than I manage to do currently sounds appealing on travel days like today.

On trips such as this one we receive immediate feedback as to the blessing the ministry has been to those involved in learning and growing. We hear stories of how what they are learning is immediately impacting their lives and that they can see how to implement the truths in their ministry when they arrive back home. We receive further feedback from people in attendance in the way of written testimonies anywhere from a week or more after the event has ended. Always amazing what the Lord is doing through our simple teachings and the prophetic ministry that is on-going.

We took a taxi to the bus stop in Kirovograd where we caught the bus into Kiev yesterday. As we were waiting for the bus to leave the taxi driver asked us the pray for him. The team members with me prayed as requested and that was really all I was planning to do as I was tired and really wanted time off and not more work. However, as I prayed it quickly flipped into a prophetic word for the man. We left immediately upon ending the ministry time standing there in the parking lot next to the bus. We later heard via a phone call that the Word had truly blessed the man and impacted him. It is always good to hear back from those on the receiving end of the ministry.

As testimonies begin to come in of lives impacted and ministries changed we will post them on line – some in the section on-line called “Apostolic Trips” and some will be posted as blogs for your enjoyment.

Blogs will now go back to my regular commentaries and insights into current situations that the Church and the Kingdom face every day (as posted earlier today). We will post several updates and ‘lessons learned’ on this apostolic trip – later after I have had time to think out all that has transpired.

Again, thanks for praying and financially supporting the work of this ministry. Your continued support would also be greatly appreciated.

I Am On the Move

It is Monday night and I have spent the evening with six others apostles. We met in downtown Kiev and found ourselves a quiet corner in a coffee shop (like Second Cup in Canada) and talked for several hours over bowls of ice cream and hot teas and coffees. The discussion was powerful – topics ranging all over the map but always involving Jesus, the Bible and theology. We were quite excitable and, at times, fairly loud as we discussed current trends in the Church, the true gospel of Jesus Christ, heresies, pet doctrines, the needs of the Church and the role of apostles in the world in which we now discover ourselves – church world and world world.

Then after a few hours we felt we needed to leave or buy another round and so we left and walked out into the cool night air. Two of the young men who live in Kiev (3 did and 4 don’t) ran ahead and found a grocery store and using some money I supplied bought some treats and some Diet Coke and met us at one of the other men’s apartment. Here we spent the next few hours eating, fellowshipping, and continuing our discussion, answering questions and dealing with major concerns about things like biblical understanding of certain passages, deliverance, and other truly great questions that young people have about ministry and the Church. We tried to end at 9:30p but ran a few minutes over.
Then a one-on-one conversation with one of the men (getting married in two weeks who came for 17 hours on a train to write an exam and visit with us)… a few questions about walking in an intimate relationship with the Lord. Then the others left and we settled in for a short night – it is 10:10p and we need to get up at 2:00a.

A long, hot shower – hot water that did not run out (a joy) as we have been showering with limited hot water for several weeks because of the size of water heaters in many apartments in Ukraine. No problem like that here. Then an opportunity to talk with my team members who traveled in by bus with me this morning from Kirovograd, and now one is sleeping and the other showering and I am writing. Then they will sleep and I am going to read my Bible and enjoy my first serious time with the Lord of any length in the past two weeks. Ministry trips are like that – they take a real toll on your private and personal time with the Lord that you are use to having at home when things are flowing in a regular format.

One – there is little private time or personal (private) space to have time with the Lord. Two – because of the pace of ministry and the demands of ministry (some unscheduled and unplanned) you don’t get to have much personal time. So, all-in-all ministry can be dangerous to your spiritual health. Therefore, when an opportunity grants itself – others are sleeping and I am not tired (yet) – I take advantage of the opportunity and catch up a bit.

2:00a and we head to the airport and begin the rest of the journey home having already done 5 hours by bus to get this far.

An update on Iliya if you have been praying (just came in 30 minutes ago) – due to the medical reports not being ready the court hearing was postponed until the end of May. Continue to pray, please. Thanks!

Our Time Here Is Over

Our time here is over. We finished our ministry obligations last night (Sunday) at around 7:00p and then went for a walk and ate ice cream as a treat for ourselves after a week of hard work. Then an opportunity to sort out flights for the next trip (a little more complicated than one thinks at first), packing bags and computers and papers and a late night cup of tea and an apple.

Today a taxi – a bus – a taxi – a time to fellowship with three young apostles-in-training who helped us this week here in the ministry and who live in Kiev. Then a taxi to the airport at 2:00a Tuesday our time (5:00p Monday your time in central Canada) and the first of three flights home … all with fairly lengthy waits inbetween.

It has been a good two weeks … 23 teaching times in 10 days … much travel … many received life-changing prophetic words … someone was born again … relationships were built … new people were added to our team of international apostles and prophets … powerful ministry to many people as God’s Word set them free. And, for some of the School of Apostles and prophets sessions, we had our first ever Russian printouts for them to be able to take home much more information that they could if they were just writing notes during the teachings. We are working hard at equipping these men and women to win the lost and build apostolically and prophetically. Of course, they are free to use and teach all our material themselves anywhere they should feel directed by the Lord as we do not copywrite the School’s material.

Thank you for your prayers and your financial support. People here are always asking me to thank you for all that you do for them by praying and all that you do for them by helping to finance these many trips to Eastern Europe and former Soviet Union nations. You are greatly appreciatd here and spoken of often.

There will not be a blog again until Wednesday morning as I will be travelling and unable to get internet connections (due to high cost of roaming) and so will not be able to post items. However, I will write again from my home study Wednesday morning.

Thanks for everything everyone – pray for safe travel…

School of Apostles and Prophets

It is sad but the School for Apostles and Prophets has come to an end. Great week! Much accomplished for the Lord and His Kingdom. Powerful week for Jesus! And we have met with the youth of this local church and had a great three hours with them – growing in our relationship with the leaders and the youth themselves. Then a wonderful meal in a local restaurant and then a debriefing meeting looking at what we can change and how we can improve the School during the next one.

Tomorrow we minister in the local church we have rented all week for our School. A morning service – no idea yet what the Lord is leading me to share but it will be good as He is good! And then a fellowship lunch with the leaders of the Church – a great couple who are also a budding apostle-prophet team. And hopefully this will be followed by a time to rest and be alone (personal space and time is always in short supply on these trips as we work long hours and live with many people in one small apartment). Following this the day ends with a three hour leaders meeting at the same local church before packing to leave early the next morning. Poor roads, a rough road and a long ride to get to the capital city of Kiev where we have a 12 hour wait until we head to the airport.

During this time we will meet with three young apostles whom I am discipling and who have been with us all week in Kirovograd but all live in Kiev and relate to one another weekly. A time to eat, laugh, pray, and just hang out together (6 apostles together form a few hours of fellowship and eating together – wow!). And I am the spiritual father for five of them. God has really blessed me.

Then 2:00a Tuesday morning – 5:00p on Monday evening central Canada time – we head to the airport. A flight to Frankfurt, Germany, a wait for a few hours for the next flight, a 10 hour flight to Toronto, Ontario, a few hours to wait, and then a 3.5 hour flight home. Home by 2:30a Wednesday morning “body time” or 5:30p on Tuesday evening – 24 hours of straight travel.
Your prayers for this travel time, for protection, for the work that I need to be doing during the flights (2 teachings need to be written and some research for a paper that is soon due so it can be translated and sent for publication in the nation of Belarus). Thanks.

We have collected up pictures from everyone’s camera and even managed to take a few of everyone together at this first ever School of Apostles and Prophets sponsored by this ministry. We will post these pictures in a week on the main web site under the “Apostolic Trips” (formerly called ‘Mission Trips’) section. Please remember to have a look.

Financially – the students paid their way to the School and paid both registration fees as well as food and lodging costs. We kept everything at a minimum so that we did not price the School out of reach for many of the people in these nations. Remember, the economy in these nations – and earning power – is totally different than in North America. Even at that we had to subsidize the costs of the School to cover all expenses. As well, our travel costs were not covered and, of course, there is no salary or love offering for teaching these past two weeks.

So, there was not enough income to cover al lexpenses and this ministry helped to cover the difference. The ministry has had to cover the costs of travel for the trip ($1,900.00) as well. This is covered by me working and placing the money earned into the ministry account as I teach seminars and preach in various churches. We are thankful for the health I have that enables me to do this and for the opportunities to minister being offered to me in North America. They are literally supporting the work I am doing here in Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, and Belarus.

Thanks for the opportunities to minister.

The Trip Is Coming to an End

It is Friday and the School for Apostles and Prophets (first edition – first week) is fast coming to a close. A team member is teaching this morning and so I am sitting at the back working on reviewing my notes for this afternoon as I teach from 2:00 to 5:30 and need to refresh my mind and heart before teaching these truths to this great group of people. We are all becoming tired but the atmosphere is still good and God is still moving.

Late last night we had people practice prophesy over a picture of a man. The man is not here and those who did the ministry did not know him. They were wonderful. I ended the prophetic time with a prayer – guided by God. I actually had a prophetic word and God said pray the word and don’t just proclaim the prophecy … thank Me for what I am doing in His life. So I did. Powerful!

This morning the former wife of this man (and mother of three of his children) stood and spoke about the “exercise” and ministry as she had supplied me with the picture. She thanked everyone who prophesied and told us how everyone’s words fit into the situation and circumstances. Good feedback of a powerful ministry time.

Of course, now several young men want me to prophesy over pictures of their fiancés and girlfriends. Amazing!

Tonight, as far as I know, there are no meetings scheduled with pastors to speak of future ministry opportunities, their problems in their churches or the issues and opposition we are facing. It will be good to head back to where we are staying earlier than we have the last few nights (it has been well after 11:00 every night this week). However, it won’t mean we can just relax – as we have many events and opportunities to schedule and so we will need to have a staff meeting and walk through the offers, the travel routes, the topics, and so on. It really is tough work as you want to fulfill their request as quickly as possible but sometimes that is 12+ months ahead of the current date. Hard to imagine but that is the case in almost all situations unless we can tag a visit on to another one already planned.

It has been a good week – difficult because we have both seasoned ministry people and young men and women who have not yet begun to minister. So, some times, our material is too basic for some and yet right on for others or over the head of some and hitting the nail on the head with the others. We are going to have to divide the group into two during our next week of teaching and teach the topics at two different levels.

The School was a good idea. Due to the trouble we are facing with one Union who is opposing us about 20 of our team were not given permission to attend by their pastors who have had to submit to the orders of their authorities. Sad, but true! A fact of life right now in this ministry. So, we had a very excellent number for our first week of running a School for apostles and prophets but it would have been bigger had we not been facing severe, unprecedented, vicious actions on the part of one leader of a Union. I wrote this leader’s higher authority this morning before the School began in the hope that some light might be shed on what is really happening and the people who are being wounded unnecessarily by this action. I am not expecting an answer as silence is the norm when writing these people.

Between teaching sessions there has been tremendous fellowship as people from five nations come to know each other. They all speak Russian and so there are no barriers to communicating. After all meals and during all coffee breaks I end up talking with young men who are wanting to chat, ask my advice, deal with issues in their lives, seek insight into a decision they need to make or simply come to know each other better. So, I am often out walking for a few minutes with them to enable us to have some privacy to chat. We can also go outside and stand in the beautiful flower gardens surrounding the church building on the campus here to talk privately. So, the days are busy from start to stop and I would not have it any other way. It is an excellent opportunity to impact future generations and set in motion something that the Devil cannot stop that will have repercussions into all eternity.

I want to thank everyone who has been supporting us with their prayers and financial support. Because of you this School is both a reality and a success beyond our wildest hopes or dreams. Lives are being changed and young people are being impacted by the Word of God and the power of God and the Gospel is being (and will be) fully proclaimed (Romans 15:18-19) So, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Tomorrow I teach the morning and final session of the School – then after lunch my team will meet with the youth of the local church here. Then a supper with team members and a walk in the downtown area (a large park) with our hosts. Sunday, a morning service (3 to 4 hours), a lunch and then a leaders meeting (60+ attending) before heading to our place of residence to pack ready to leave the next morning on a bus for a 6 hour ride in Kiev and the start of our trip home. I will be home at suppertime Tuesday. I will be very good to be home.

The summer is busy with preparation, teaching of seminars, church planting in Saskatchewan, and then in August heading to Khabarovsk, Russia (overlooks Japan). Your support for this next adventure to an area and a city my team has never been to before. Thanks.

It is 1:00 in the morning here in Ukraine – bed time

Day Is Done, Gone the Sun, Soon to Rise Again

It has been a good day. Material has been covered and taught well – 4 powerful, information-packed sessions. But, more than that, there was a serious anointing on the morning and 2 afternoon sessions. No one slept – everyone was right in tune with what was being taught and what the Holy Spirit was doing. It was seriously powerful – seriously powerful. Life changing!

Topics were good – including needing to know the basic doctrines (sin-salvation-baptism in the Holy Spirit – gifts and callings) that apostles must lay in the lives of believers. We spoke of prophetic evangelism and the need to move in the power of God when born again and baptized in the Holy Spirit (prophets and five-fold evangelists). Each person (everyone in the School is either an apostle and prophet or apostles and prophets in training) learned a lot about their individual calling, gifts, and the way they think and function. Powerful time of self-discovery!

The day drew to a close with a meeting between my team and the pastors from a number of churches in Kazakhstan … a nation where we ministered a year ago this November. It was a good meeting with much discussed regarding the possibility of an upcoming visit. We talked about the progress in their churches since our last visit, the move of the Holy Spirit, the rising up of apostles and prophets as well as the next steps that need to be taken in the churches we influenced and in the lives of the men and women we were speaking to.

Then after returning to where we are staying some work on emails and planning with the team for tomorrow’s teachings… a few things to print so I could work on them early in the morning before everyone is up, and some work on enews items for Ralph Howe Ministries. Then some work on calendars and scheduling to look at the last remaining available months of 2010 (we are already booked to the end of October) and into 2011 … because we have two events already scheduled in 2011 and we have three or four other places asking for two to three weeks of ministry each. Not sure where they will all fit.

It is imperative that as I schedule I remember that I need preparation time; I need time to rest just a bit and regain physical, mental and spiritual strength before returning overseas; I need time to minister in North America; I need time to write the several books I am writing because prophetic words stated I was to write books; I need time off; I need time to study for my own personal growth and for future teaching opportunities … so many things need to be considered when booking events that cost a lot financially, spiritually, emotionally, mentally and take up a lot of time (preparation, travel and minisry). And, on top of all this there must be time to do fund raising, to do administrative tasks, write e-newsletters, on-line materials and work with those in 6 nations that I am mentoring weekly in person, by email and through Skype.

Much to be considered, a workable pace to figure out, a way to maintain a personal life in spite of ministry demands and needs. Ah! So much to learn and it is not as easy as it was when I was younger.

Tomorrow – Friday … we have 4 more sessions in the School where we will be talking about 1> Relating to authority, 2> What you can do and not do when in training, 3> The issues of the ministry of the apostles and prophets, and 4> What a prophetic word contains … On Saturday morning for our last session I will be closing the School with a teaching on the apostolic church model as compared to the current pastoral model of the church. Then we are done the School.

Saturday afternoon we have added a three hour session with the youth of this local church. Hopefully the evening is off. Then Sunday a three hour service, a meeting with the church pastors (an apostle and prophet), a large meeting with the leadership of the church and then time to sum things up and review with the team members before packing as we leave early on Monday morning for a 6 hour bus ride into Kiev to begin the long trip home to Canada.

Again, your prayers are greatly coveted.

Another Day Of Ministry in Ukraine

We have been invited to a major city in Russia and now have the dates nailed down (August) and I need to be prepared to teach 21 times in six days of events. I am excited about the doors that the Lord is opening to this ministry. We are going to a large city and a rather large church that has already planned and organized things this far in advance.

We are thinking of going in under a religious visa and not just a visitor visa so the meetings can be held in public and even advertized. We will be watched or observed I am sure but it allows us more freedom then going in without the right to preach publically. But, we will have rather large crowds – probably, I am told, the biggest audiences that we have faced in this ministry so far. I am in need of several weeks of research and writing to have the material written and organized before I go as the schedule is so busy that there will be no time to prepare and even little time to review the teaching beforehand. So, there will be a need to set aside and protect adequate and quality time to read, research and write the material I will need to add to what I regularly teach… and that will need to happen the next two months and these months are already fairly busy. Pray please!

Today – Wednesday – I taught all day (3 sessions for a total of 6 hours) and then another team member taught the evening session using some material he and I co-produced together. We had it translated into Russian so we could hand it out to everyone.

After a quick supper I met with a couple we had ministered to in Moscow, Russia last September-October (2009). He is a bishop of a number of churches surrounding the city of Moscow (within 350 Km). We prophesied over him and his wife and taught them for a week. They were really blessed. They came to our School this week to continue receiving training for their ministry (they also pastor a church). On the way here they had heard some things about our struggle with a Union here and had a question or two and did what few others are doing – having Christian integrity and checking out the facts and not believing an ‘evil report’. So, the garbage being spread about us has opened up opportunities with some to explain what has really happened and we are not losing friends but gaining allies.

This couple have invited us to their Union (Network) as soon as we can get there and to work with them for several weeks. We have agreed to come as quickly as we can and we will work later tonight – much later – to arrange dates and reschedule things in our calendars to allow us to go and serve this wonderful couple. The wife of the man (a prophetic voice) commented that this problem and opposition we are facing – that God will use it to open many doors for us … opportunities to minister that would not have been there otherwise. I agree.

Then after the evening service and ministry we met with pastors from western Russia (Caucasus area) where we ministered in the fall of 2009. We did a wonderful work for the Lord there over 8 or 9 days and the people and the churches were really blessed. When there we were already being asked questions about the issues we are still dealing with in the attack of the opposition we are facing. Well, they have heard a lot more – an ‘evil report’ by biblical standards and definition – and have come with great offenses. We were to be with them in July but they cancelled our visit a number of months ago when they heard more from the evil report (gossip, slander). But, at least they came. And tonight we met with them to discuss the evil report they have heard. And, to answer all their questions and place some facts in the story they have heard (we have all the records of correspondence with us) and set things straight. Then, we were able to talk about rescheduling time to come and minister to them.
However, we are not rushing to rebook dates as they had been given prime time almost a year ago and then they cancelled the planned trip to work with their leaders this July. So, we have given away all available dates through to February of next year or maybe even later. So, they will not receive preferential treatment but simply stand in line like everyone else and ‘suffer the consequences’ for their behaviour and lack of biblical reaction to the evil reports they listened to and actually believed.

Tomorrow (Thursday) again I teach all three day time sessions on the gifts and callings of God available in the Church and someone else (I hope) will teach the evening session (we have not decided that far ahead in our planning meetings). After the evening service I meet with some leaders from Kazakhstan to plan our next visit to them – and to answer the concerns over what they have heard from others about this ministry as the ‘evil report’ had spread that far away from the center of the churches involved many, many months ago.

Then we will need to plan out Friday’s teachings… I already know what I am teaching at the only session on Saturday (The Apostolic Model of the Future Church). As well, I have been thinking through the Saturday afternoon event with the entire youth of the church (a sizable group). This is an event outside the parameters of the School and something I was only asked to do late last night – but I will manage it.

Sunday we do a Sunday morning service at which I will preach (no idea what yet) and I do know what I want to share in the leader’s meeting in the evening. One out of two is not bad.

The weather is decent – not hot but not cool. The church building is not air conditioned and so it does get warm as the day progresses and the humidity increases. The food is great and there is too much of it. We have a great place to stay (with my administrator and his wife) and the church building has indoor washrooms. There is a God! And there is an ample supply of Diet Coke – love this country.

We all appreciate your prayers for everything that is happening here and everything that we are planning during the two weeks while we are over here. Prayer is very, very powerful and seriously important to everything we do here. Thank you for partnering with us in this powerful way.

Tuesday in Ukraine

Day two of the School for Apostles and Prophets – and my team members have been teaching all day. So, I have been able to sit in the front row and work on revising and improving tonight’s teaching (Tuesday) on intimidation and how this has a profound effect upon the anointing and power that apostles and prophets are called to walk in. Then I was able to review my teachings (3 of them) on offences – how they come, what they do to you, how to avoid them, and what to do when infected with these evil reports (gossip) and come back into spiritual healing. So, I am ready for the next stretch – tonight through to Wednesday supper. At that time another team member will do the evening service.

I am then on full time on Thursday (4 sessions) and one session on Saturday morning. Friday has not been determined. However, the next two days are teachings I do frequently so they will not need as much work as I have to put in to the ones I have been teaching in the past few days. However, this does not mean I get to relax, regretfully.

Now that we apparently can see the flow of teachings and teachers through to Saturday noon when we end the School – I can focus on meeting with some Ukrainian pastors to plan a trip in the late fall. As well, planning meetings with a number of pastors from Kazakhstan who are here to plan a return visit to their nation (3 locations – 3 weeks), and then one other meeting to plan another trip to Russia. Along with these important meetings there will be several other very important meetings.

We held one today during the 90 minute lunch when we met with the pastors whose church we are renting to run our School. They have been severely wounded and almost destroyed by the same man who is opposing us at the moment. Except, unlike us who have been in this war for only 12 months, they have been in the turmoil for 5 years – long before I knew them, long before. We meet with them tonight again after the evening session to discuss where our relationship is to go from here and how we can be proactive in the situations we are both facing with the same person. Then, later in the week, we will be meeting with pastors from Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan to talk about all that they have heard (gossip) about the situation that has absorbed so much of our time (with no visible benefits) over the past year.

They have listened to what the Bible calls “evil reports” and now see us differently. They did not act with integrity and refuse to listen to the gossip or evil report. And, they did not phone us and check out our side of the story or the “other facts” in the situation. So, now they see us through different lenses or different coloured glasses and will never see us the same and in the correct light ever again. Offenses damage relationships but the damage can be limited if dealt with biblically but cannot be completely reversed. It will be a difficult meeting with a great deal of tension on all sides and my team will be walking in wanting to be true “ambassadors of reconciliation.” And some of the others being gossiped about and again about whom many rumours have been spread will be with us to tell their story as well. It will be a good meeting and, if you feel led to pray, please do – pray that the truth will set these pastors free from their offences.

We will know if we are successful – there will be a difference in the spiritual atmosphere or spiritual countenance of those who have been listening to the slanderer, busybody, gossiper, and whisperer spread his poison. When they first arrived there was a hardness of heart that was very evident to those of us functioning in the gift of discerning of spirits. In the spiritual realm there was a “grey deadness” all around them that is a sure indication that they have spiritual cancer (an offence) and that it is slowly killing them. They are spiritually dying and most likely don’t even know it. But, in time, they will lose their spiritual life and eventually their ministry. We are hoping for a breakthrough in these meetings for their sake as well as the sake of this ministry we have in Eastern Europe.

There is always more to do than what is scheduled – and meetings and events pop up on a daily basis as needs arise. It fills the days to the full giving us a normal 18 hour working day and we will end our time here without everything covered because there is always more things to accomplish than time to do them.

If these meetings go well – then we will have three further trips to plan – another one to Russia (we already have one scheduled for August) and one to Kazakhstan – resulting in two more meetings to attend this week. As well another trip to Ukraine as quickly as possible.

As well, I am in need of time to write an article for a publication in Belarus (the deadline is fast approaching) which, when published, will open some new doors for our ministry there in that nation. More prayer is needed here as well.

I was just asked if I would meet with the youth of this local church on Saturday afternoon after the School ends. Of course, I said a definite yes. So, as I said – we simply respond to whatever pops up and heads our way.

It is midnight here – time to get some sleep.