Apostles and Prophets – International

The first School of Apostles and Prophets that this ministry has ever sponsored and been involved in started today in Kirovograd, Ukraine. We have a tremendous number of apostles and prophets “in training” who are attending. Most have now sat through two services and two major teachings as well as a fellowship meal supplied at the Church. Others (4 or 5) arrive later tonight having driven thousands of kilometers to attend and will be with us from later today and tomorrow onwards. It is a good group -mixed in age, gender, ethnicity, experience and levels of maturity and experience.

Again, we are facing the issues that we have been unwillingly involved in. At our last location the leader who is opposing us phoned our hosts (from Canada none the less) the day we arrived to try and convince them to reject us. Hs call failed but led to another 3 hour conversation and another invitation to minister later this year. Here at the School we have a number of pastors who have acted in unbiblical fashion and listened to gossip and rumors and thus been offended and now carry offences. Two arrived last night after supper and it is very obvious they have been “slimed” as I call it – spiritually infected by another man’s inability to deal biblically with issues between himself and the leaders in his own union (network). Issues into which I was dragged because I spoke a positive prophetic word over one of their churches last August when invited to minister there.

The whole situation has been handled (or not handled) in a non-biblical fashion and many are being hurt by it – including us.

So, we have called a meeting with these leaders from another nation – asking the pastors of the local church we are using for the school to attend as they are the church that has been dealt with in a wrong manner by the leader of their former union and where I gave the positive prophetic word. Another long and stressful encounter. Hopefully, the truth will set them free but often this is not the case as offences then to grab hold of people’s hearts and minds and they never do recover. The reputation of many great believers also never recovers.

Sad – but one day there will be a day when the Lord holds everyone accountable for their actions and words, attitudes and throughts.

However, we have determined not to let any of this stop us. God called us to minister in Eastern Europe and to introduce the ministry of apostles and prophets to many churches and unions that have never heard of this part of the five-fold ministry. He has called us to help heal those who have been wounded by prophets in the past when they came in a spirit of judgment and condemnation and publically destoyed people. He has opened doors for us and I believe man’s efforts cannot close them. I believe that there is much that this ministry has been called to do and we will do it. We are simply being opposed by those who don’t want people to walk in freedom and want to continue to manipulate and control those who work under their authority.

So, we continue to plan a part two to this first level of the School for Apostles and Prophets to be held near the end of 2010 or the start of 2011 depending on my other obligations and ministry opportunities. We are excited about what is happening this week – as many young apostles and prophets learn about the sub-foundation for the ministry they are building (Biblical life principles) and the foundation upon which their ministry must be built (character). As well, they will be learning about how to handle specific issues that they are or will face in their ministries (offences, conflict, personal rejection, intimidation) and uncovering their total gift-mix relating to their calling.

It is an exciting week we face and one that will go very quickly – too quickly I am afraid.

Your prayers for the School as well as for the extra meetings we are ending up holding would be greatly appreciated.

We Have Just Arrived and the School Starts Today

It is 2:05a on Tuesday morning. We have had a full day of ministry – a 5 hour service with an hour between the two halfs (2 teachings and prophetic ministry) … then a debriefing meeting and supper with our hosts for the last few days and on to the train. The train ride was from 7:20p to 12:45a giving us more time to talk and then time to work on scheduling for September to December and several spots in 2011 as the other three team members slept for a bit.

It was a full day but a good day. On an earlier visit – the one to Belarus – one of our team members had met and talked to a young man on a train. They remembered that he lived in the city we were ministering in and so phoned him yesterday and invited him to attend the Sunday service where I would be ministering. Sure enough he came. I switched some of my teaching around to include the Gospel as well as brief bits of my testimony and before he had to leave at 1:00 he asked the local pastor to pray with him (I was busy prophesying). He received Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. God is good!

Great church, wonderful growth spiritually since our last visit in February. Leaders are growing in their leadership skills …. just exciting to see and be a part of all that God is doing in this great local church. We are honored to be invited to be a part of the ministry there. They have invited me to return and I will do later this fall. I picked some potential dates while the others had a short sleep.

Later today (Monday) we start our first day of the School for Apostles and Prophets. We have a good number registered in spite of being blacklisted by one Union with its leadership living in and working from Canada. Sad! But, it is their loss and we are happy with the fact that we have apostles and prophets in training from 4 nations (5 if you count us from Canada) for our first swing at this new project. We have much work to do each day … not just to teach and minister but we want to remain flexible and flow with the questions and any areas that arise that we should be teaching on but had not planned to. Both of us who are doing the teaching have all of our computerized material with us and so we can quickly switch gears or even directions if the questions and concerns being expressed suggest we should. So, a bit tense and needing to be more alert and flexible but I’m not too old yet to give it a try and see if it flys.

Your prayers for the School would be greatly appreciated – we go from 9:00 to 9:00 Monday to Friday and till 1:00 on Saturday. Of course we have other meetings inbetween – even one major one to deal with the issues and rumors poeople are hearing from the group that opposes us and apparently has declared war on me personally. Many pastors in attendance simply want to know what is happening and what the concern and issues are – and know they will get an honest and straight answer from us because they are not getting it from those who are opposing the work we are doing.

So, keep praying please …

Pictured above – the first location we ministered in when arriving in the country – we are still moving equipment and materials in from the taxi.

We Approach Our First Sunday

It is Saturday – well more like, “it was Saturday” as the day has come to an end. We have been teaching and ministering since 10:00 this morning and the day is now done as it is close to 1:30a Sunday. It has been a good day – of course, I have to say that as I am slightly biased. God was good and really ministered to the people assembled all day (a cloudy and somewhat rainy day) here in the city of Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine.

Today was a complete second day for our Walking in the Supernatural seminar in Russian – two teachers working at presenting the material in a way that brings people forward many light years with respect to their gifts and callings – who they really are in Jesus – and how to walk supernaturally with Him each and every day. We had a three hour morning session, a three hour afternoon session and a three hour evening session. People received great understanding and tremendous insights into scriptural truths that will truly, I believe, revolutionize their lives.

It was especially good to see a number of young people out (20 to 25% of those in attendance) as this is the age group (17 to 35) that this ministry is truly called to impact. And, I believe, the generation that is looking for the supernatural and something of significance to invest their lives in. They are not interested in the politics and ongoing and endless programming that occupies so much time in so many religious structures. They simply want to encounter and experience God. And, because of this God will use them in a mighty way in every nation where and when they respond to His call upon their lives to truly “follow Me” and develop a meaningful, in-depth personal love relationship with Him.

The day ended and we went for a walk to pick up some more yogurt for breakfast (alright – and some more wonderful Ukrainian dark chocolate) and then were sitting around having fresh fruit salad and yogurt as a night time treat when the pastor and his wife appeared and joined us for fellowship. They have been very pleased with what has transpired here during the last three days while we have been with them.

However, the topic turned, early in the three hours we shared together, to a phone call they had received the day that we arrived here to minister for them. There have been some issues that the leader of a group of churches here in Ukraine has about our ministry. For almost a year I have been working at finding out what the concerns are that this leader has. We agreed to meet to discuss the issues and made some suggestions regarding possible dates – no response. Then, finally, due to not having a list of issues we decided to not invest the time and money to meet to solve his unstated issues nor to continue offering possible dates to meet. Then he suggested a date to which we agreed – but we wanted a list before the meeting and the right to record the discussion as, by this time, this man’s lack of integrity and dishonesty were becoming very evident. No meeting – he refused to meet our two reasonable conditions.

Well, a letter went out telling the churches under his control not to welcome us in their pulpits. The letter was vague and short on reasons leaving people to think whatever they wanted to think. Recently we received the long awaited list and answered each stated concern biblically – drawing attention to the fact that the real issue is that none of their concerns were dealt with in a timely or biblical manner by their own leaders and most concerns really don’t involve the leaders of the network but are relational and local – and so they are out of biblical order both in the way they dealt with the concerns and in the way they were now attempting to blame our ministry for their shortcomings and lack of integrity. No answer to that email (not unusual).

So, the day we arrive here to minister in a church not connected to their network or union – neither a member nor a friend – he phones and suggests that the leaders should not allow us to minister in his pulpit and that we have caused division and strife and that there are issues between us and them… It was a long discussion and regretfully, for this man spreading division and dissension, the truth – when revealed – does not leave him in a good light. His reputation and that of the group he represents is being damaged.

Our reputation was slaughtered over the last year of rumours and gossip that has been spread over many nations so I am not sure that any more damage can be done to our reputation than has already been done. However, we will continue to serve and minister where and when invited and, as always, at great personal and financial expense. If doors are closed by man other doors of opportunity will be opened by God.

Our team is much subdued and deeply affected by this late night conversation – there will be less sleep tonight than normal.

Friday Is Done and Saturday has begun

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.

A Day to Catch My Breath – I Think

It is late on Thursday night here (11:50) Or 2:50p in the afternoon back home… and the day is winding down. It has been a slower day – planned that way due to two full days of travel, 8 time zones crossed and resulting jet leg, leg cramps and assorted other after effects. The night’s sleep was short and sleep was interrupted many times with the pain still there from sitting and standing for two solid days.

A slower day did not mean unproductive. We managed to get my computer hooked to the internet and so the blog that I finished in the early morning was posted and I was able to receive and answer 30+ emails from the 24 hours since my Blackberry was turned off – roaming costs run into the hundreds of dollars for text and email on a two week trip recently so is no longer even considered as I need to be a good manager of our limited funds here at the ministry. We will, by our next trip, be set up for Skype video and audio and international calls and so maintain communications that way.

We also held several “business meetings” as we discussed things that we are working on while here – arranging who is teaching what and when (some of which was changed tonight during a meeting with our hosts for the first four days while in the nation). As well, plans were discussed for several other trips being worked on – eastern Russia and my next trip into Ukraine. The details for the eastern Russia trip actually came in today (after our discussion) and are being translated for me as I write this blog. I will read it later tonight or when I get up in the morning and ask my next set of questions and continue the planning. We have recently received two other invitations to minister in Russia and we are in the initial planning stages for these trips as well – where the one to eastern Russia is in the final stages of boarding (sorry – too many airports) final stages of planning.

We held a meeting of the teach team members already assembled (the forth arrives at 2:35a Friday morning – just 2 and a half hours away as I write this). The discussion was to form a list of what an apostle-in-training or prophet-in-training can and cannot do so that we can give direction to those we prophesy over who have these callings upon their lives. This list arises out of the results of past trips to the nations in Eastern Europe when people who received words acted badly and in an unbiblical manner towards others with respect to the Word that they received – moved ahead of their knowledge and level of training and mentoring. It will be worked on again and then translated in the next few days and ready to hand out at the School for Apostles and Prophets next week in Kirovograd. As well, late tonight another brochure Bob and I have jointly worked on has arrived translated into Russian and ready to be passed out. We will need to check it over.

Meetings were the name of the game as the pastors hosting us arrived where we are staying for an 8:15p meeting that went to 10:45p as we went over and adjusted schedules for the next two days (seminar) as well as for Sunday (2 services) and especially areas they would like us to address from the pulpit on Sunday (topics to preach on). Again, more work to do “on the fly” as these topics were not mentioned before we came and so I will need to either write or re-write something I brought most of my material (the whole hard drive of my main computer travels with me in the form of an external portable hard drive) so all my computerized resources are here – so if I can find what I need I will simply require a few hours to re-write and not have to start from scratch and stay up half the night. Prayer appreciated.

So then one more meeting about the trip to eastern Russia (city of Khabarovsk) where we will be working with the largest church in the city for 8 days. The trip is Regina – Calgary – Frankfurt, Germany, Moscow, Russia (total of a day and a half) and then another 10 hour flight to Khabarovsk. Maybe a stay in a hot tub would be best when first arriving in Moscow before flying out to my destination – just to loosen up the joints and muscles a bit.

This trip to Russia is a series of four public meetings a day and so because they are “public” and anyone can come I will need to apply for a religious visa (a month long process with a great deal of paperwork) so that what I am doing I can do legally. This puts me on the “to watch” list from that point onwards but it will keep the local church and its pastor out of trouble with their government and the authorities who check up on these issues. Your prayers for this process which needs to start immediately would also be appreciated.

That’s my day – nothing out of the ordinary – definitely never boring – always something different and new and often challenging. Thanks for praying – and please continue to do so.

On the Road Once Again

It is Thursday afternoon in my part of the world – Wednesday morning in central Canada and the USA. I arrived here late last night after 36 hours of planes, trains, and taxis. Straight awake time as I don’t sleep when in motion. And, of course, after arriving we had a great hour moving in and meeting, once again, with our hosts whom I last saw in February when ministering for them.
It was a good trip – nothing went wrong and the volcano and the winds behaved themselves and so we arrived without any delay. As well, I had some quiet time before meeting up with my part of my team in Calgary, a great four hour chat with my team in Calgary and in flight (after which he slept and I wrote a teaching), and then some good, quality time with a second team member from Kiev onwards. Our fourth leadership team member arrives tonight at 2:00a (Friday morning) and we aree set to start the real work of discipling, training, equipping and mentoring on Friday morning at 9:00a after another team meeting and some set-up time. It is going to be a busy day and a half.

On the way to Kiev we picked up about 40+ young people in Frankfurt who spoke English, Spanish and Russian. They were easy to spot as they all wore blue t-shorts with the letters FLEX on them. This stands for Future Leaders Exchange. These young men and women had been in the United States for a whole year learning the language and the culture and were now heading home for the first time in 12 months. It was a definite party atmosphere in the German airport, on the plane, especially when we landed in Kiev and the whole flight for that matter. Their excitement and enthusiasm was contagious. It was a great time for a people-watcher like me to observe youth interacting and the youth culture dynamic in full force in one place at one time. Had some limited but good interaction with a couple of them.

Sitting in airports is another people watching experience. No matter what airport in what country you see many different facial features, many different cultural differences (head wear, jewellery), and yet almost everyone wearing the same dress code … blue jeans and t-shirts. Our world is fast becoming one main culture with some cultural differences from place to place – but few that would keep people divided.

As I sat and had a cold Diet Coke (Coke Light here) in Frankfurt airport at McDonalds it was interesting looking around. The facility in the airport sits over 200 people and it was fairly full – everyone from many different nations going, I am sure, in many different directions but all having identical breakfasts of egg McMuffins, hash browns and MacDonald’s coffee…

After a poor night’s sleep (really can’t “call it a night”) due to muscle cramps in the legs and feet from sitting on planes and trains for 30+ hours … a early hot breakfast of chicken, mashed potatoes, cold and excellent salad and hot green tea. Before showering I had to, once again, simply lie down and sleep again. Showered when I woke a second time around 11:30a and now and ready for a long day (remember we are picking a team member up at 2:00a at the train station). A day filled with writing (I am doing a paper for publication through a university in Minsk, Belarus) as well as meetings with my team, working to get the new laptop functioning on the internet here in Ukraine, and then a whole evening of fellowship (and a little business) with our hosts for the next four days.

Tomorrow (Friday) we begin the Russian version of Walking In the Supernatural seminar that I also do in North America. We have the manual totally translated into Russian after making some changes in some of the lists (occult involvements and Religious spirit lists) to better relate to the culture here. This thanks to a wonderful cash donation from the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan area. The four leaders on the team we have assembled for the trip will each teach parts of it so that I am not the only one functioning in my calling and gifts.

We have two days for the seminar and then two Sunday services before heading out to our next city to begin our first ever School for Apostles and Prophets. Both weeks are full house and we are excited about the Lord’s blessing ad His hand on these two weeks of ministry.

Your continued prayers would be greatly appreciated.

Next Trip Overseas

The middle of May (May 18 to June 2) I will be returning to Eastern Europe – specifically to the nation of Ukraine. Bob MacDonald from the city of Saskatoon will be with me on this trip and we will be ministering in two places. Of course, some of my team of young apostles and prophets will join us for hands-on practice and training in each location.

In the first city we will be teaching the Walk In the Supernatural Seminar. By the time we are there it is hoped that the new manual (minus a few recent changes and additions) will be available in Russian as it is currently being translated in its entirety. Three of us will be teaching during these three days – Bob, Miroslav (my administrator for Eastern Europe and an apostle by calling) and myself.

Then we head to our second location by overnight train and during the second week we will be teaching the first ever (for us anyways) School of Apostles and Prophets. This is a new venture for Ralph Howe Ministries and much planning and preparation has gone into it by all involved. We hope to have 50 students from 5 nations and with five days of teachings (3 major sessions a day) it will allow these young men and women to move forward in major ways in their understanding of their gifts and callings as apostles and prophets in training. A second week is planned for early or mid-winter. This school will eventually have three levels with two weeks of concentrated and focused study for each level.

Of course, we will be ministering in several local churches on the two Sundays we are in Ukraine (4 services) as well as meeting with many pastors and leaders separate from the main teaching meetings that we will be doing. And, we will be meeting with leaders from other nations to plan future trips to their areas.

God has opened some major doors for us in Eastern Europe. There is, of course, some opposition to our message and the prophetic ministry that always accompanies apostles and prophets. However, what God has begun He will bring to completion and His will is always done on Earth as it is in Heaven. We simply trust Him to continue to open doors in spite of the plans of man.

If you care to donate to this trip and the School for Apostles and prophets you can do so on the main web site – on the left is a PayPal system of donating to “missions”. If you would like to become a regular financial giver to this ministry to help with on going costs click on “Partners” on the top menu bar and then “Financial” and there you will find a non-mission PayPal account for your donation.

Canadian in Belarus Impacting Sweden

I was in the city of Minsk and it was my first full day in the wonderful nation of Belarus. I am in a local church that is influencing and touching the lives of a number of the students at the local university so the congregation is young. The Church is young as well as it was founded 5 years previous to this by a young married man who has a string of churches that he has planted over the years of being a believer. Healthy, whole, vibrant churches. I am right at home as I really am called by God to influence the younger generation and help to move them forward into the fullness of their calling.

Near the end of my teaching that morning – I believe I gave my testimony – I see a young man (pictured above) sitting with another person (his mother I am assuming) and I receive a word for him. So, I ask if I may prophesy over him and he gives me permission. A wonderful Word of the Lord (they all are because they are from the Lord). The service ends and I head down to where he is sitting and we talk for a few minutes about prophesy, the potential that is contained in the Word of the Lord and what he should do now that he has heard directly from the heart of God for his life. We (my team) move on to a lunch with a pastor and another afternoon meeting to pray for healing of someone who has been totally housebound for 6 months.

Just this week I received an email from this young man (his name is Emanuel) and he is from Sweden. Here I am from Canada in a church in the city of Minsk, Belarus and I am blessed by God to be able to influence the eternal destiny of a young man from Sweden. A young man who is sold out to God and wants to serve God with his whole heart and life … but there is a problem (there often is, isn’t there?). He cannot hear God or, at least, is not sure which “voice” is the voice of God. A very widespread problem today in the Christian Church. Many, many believers do not believe that they hear God and some have literally never heard the voice of God. Yet the Bible states, “My sheep hear (and recognize) My voice.”

I teach a seminar called “Walking In the Supernatural” (I haven’t switched topics) and have come to realize over the years as it has matured and improved that I will need to address just this issue – hearing the voice of God. The Bible states and the seminar teaches that every believer can prophesy because the Bible teaches that in 1 Corinthians 14, among other places.
However, if you are not hearing God or are not sure that you are hearing God then it is fairly difficult to hear God for someone else. So, a real need here within the ranks of the believers.

I have been doing some research on the topic for a number of months and have three of eight teachings completed – and I am hoping by the end of June to have the series finished. It will be postd on line as both audio MP3 files and as written full scripts that can be downloaded. All this free of charge as it is imperative that believers begin to accurately hear God and know that they are hearing Him. Watch for the posting in about 6 to 8 weeks (kind of busy beginning to prepare for a soon-to-happen trip to Ukraine).

God is moving and preparing His people for something great. Please pray for Emanuel as he is a key player for the Lord in his native Sweden. And pray about the role of this ministry in that nation as we sense the Lord is about to increase our territory and open a few new nations for this ministry to work in.

The Unsung Heros

There are always numberous unsung heros who make a trip to a foreign nation possible and without whom nothing would or could happen. Pictured to the side is one such hero – Miroslav. He is my interpreter on my many trips into the former Soviet Union without whom I would be unable to minister or even communicate with most of those in attendance and those that we meet with. A few speak some English but an interpreter is an absolute necessity for someone such as myself who has yet to master a working knowledge of the Russian language although I am slowly working at it. Miroslav ends up being my shadow day and night, every day. The only time I am without him is when the day is done and we are having our devotional times and then sleep…

Not only is he interpreting but he has also begun to teach. This allows me to have a break from teaching as he covered several teaching sections during one of the weeks which allowed me time to do some preparation for opportunities to speak that were popping up – Maundy Thursday of Holy Week service, the university lecture, and other new and unplanned opportunities to share the Word of the Lord. This also helps his gifts and callings to develop as he begins to work as an apostle in the Kingdom of God more and more.

On this recent trip to Belarus there were several others who worked really hard to allow the two weeks to be such a powerful blessing – Elena (Miroslav’s wife) who translated for me on numberous occasions – both when in the pulpit and one-on-one as I ministered to or met with various individuals. She was with us for almost a whole week and a real blessing to the ministry – including teaching a whole segment on one day while I was away (with Miroslav) at the university teaching a class and meeting with various professors.

As well, a young man from Kiev who hosts us when we are in that city on our way home to Canada (we take over his apartment, eat, share fellowship, have some sleep before leaving for the airport at 2:00 a.m. and most importantly use his shower to clean up before spending two days in airports and planes…). Oleg took a week off work and joined us, working with us on our prophetic ministry team as well as interpreting several teachings for me so Miroslav and Elena could have some time to simply sit. He understands and translates English very, very well … he speaks it with less certainty but is improving the more he has opportunity to use English while with us.

Then there are those who prepared meals … Those who cleaned the building every day … those who led worship three times a day … those who made sure the speaker had an ample supply of cold Diet Coke … those who work hard to find us a way to connect to the internet through our own computers (changes in each nation) … the sound man … those who trouble shoot “difficult people” so we don’t have to … those that make sure that the ministry stops when the service is over and help us to work our way through the crowd so that we do not have to prophesy again and again… so many people to thank and without whom trips like this recent one to the nation of Belarus would simply not be possible.

Thank you to all the many, many unsung heros.

Leaders Week in Belarus

Pictured is part of those in attendance at our leaders week in Mogilev, Belarus several weeks ago. We met for 6 days and talked about leadership issues in the church today and the need for the church to become supernartural in nature so as to influence and win more people to the Lord. Meetings were held three times a day and were packed with worship, teaching and prophetic ministry. These men and women were hungry for the Lord and powerfully impacted by each and every meeting.

These leaders came from a number of cities and towns; they were from a number of denomnational (they are called “unions” there) backgrounds; they ranged in age from 20 to 70; males and females; leaders as well as leaders-in-training; local and trans-local in emphasis. Of course, we had a few “want-to-be” leaders who were simply not leaders but the Lord sorted things like this out for us. They came at great cost to themselves as most had jobs other than pastoring to earn a living and so simply took a leave of absence without pay to spend a week with us learning and growing. They lived in people’s frontrooms, in the pentecostal church next door to the building we were using, any place they could that didn’t cost additional money – sleeping where they could, they ate when given the opportunity (we were feeding them what we could when we could in a makeshift kitchen as we had not offered meals but didn’t want people to be hungry ….) and never complained once. Not once! They were simply content with what was and happy to be able to worship, learn and be ministered to.

It was an honor to serve these men and women – to pray with them, teach them, minister prophetically and bless them with a now Word of the Lord. Every meeting was well received; people were seriously engaged each time with whatever was being taught and discussed; they stayed behind and even arrived early for added fellowship which often slipped into an additional worship time … it was amazing to watch and even more amazing to be a part of this literal ‘move of the Spirit’ that happened three times a day every day during our leaders week in Belarus. God is so good.

Thank you for praying and supporting this ministry through your prayers and financial gifts. Through your partnership (both in prayer and with your finances) you are having a major impact on this nation of Belarus – an influence that continues to grow daily. Our plans are to revisit the nation in May of 2011 and work with both leaders and youth over a two week period teaching them prophetic evangelism. Your prayers for this project would be greatly appreciated as planning is already in motion.