Paul the apostle writes, “Neither do we go beyond our limits by boasting of work done by others. Our hope is that, as your faith continues to grow, our area of activity among you will greatly expand.” (2 Corinthians 10:15 NIV)
As Ralph Howe Ministries approaches 2013 this is also my hope. That as I continue to travel overseas and into the United States of America the faith of the people I minister to will grow and that, as it does, new doors will open for this ministry. The call on this ministry is summarized as “Loving God, Equipping people, Mentoring leaders, Reaching nations” and I am believing for more opportunities to minister in 2013 than were seen in 2012. Each year this ministry has grown stronger and has had the opportunity to impact more and more people. Please join with me in believing that this trend will continue.
Doors open for this ministry a number of ways. The best and most powerful is by word of mouth. As people share the impact that the teaching of God’s Word has had on their church and life new doors open. And, of course, the prophetic (over people, churches, and nations) also opens many doors as people share their testimonies of how the Word of The Lord changed their life and came to pass. This ministry also receives many inquiries through the web page (English and Russian) and often a door will open through these contacts. However, no matter which way new doors open we know that these “doors of opportunity” are really being opened by God Himself.
The feel in the spirit realm and in my heart is that God is birthing a new vision for the ministry and for my increasingly focused work within that vision. And, that the vision will involve work in many new countries in many areas of the world and, as a result, He is giving to me a new or, at least, increased worldview and places a number of new burdens on my heart. It is as if this ministry is now ready to hatch and move forward with new power, new insights, and new opportunities.
In the last few months I have been thinking deeply about this ministry and some of the changes needed in my life and ministry to continue to meet the increasing demand. I have been slowly journaling about what I believe needs to change and how The Lord is wanting to redesign this ministry, my role in this ministry, and the things this ministry places its hands to. As this leading continues I will begin to write the occasional blog bringing you up to date on what is and will be happening.
Meanwhile, as we all approach Christmas and the start of a New Year would you please join me in praying that “our area of activity among you will greatly expand.” Thanks.