Saturday … We have been on the road ministering since 9:00 this morning. It is now 11:00 p.m. and we have just finished eating a late supper and discussing some issues in one of our team member’s local church – known as a business meeting, I think.
We held two services in a Korean Christian Church in a small village about 40 minutes from the main city of Almaty-Alta. We drove through major smog both ways – so bad that you could hardly see at times to drive, your eyes burned from the pollution (even while inside the car with the windows closed) and you could taste it in your mouth and down your throat. Terrible amount and type of pollution. Not sure how the residents of this valley live with it – but then maybe they don’t live long. That would not surprise me at all.
Both services were packed out with some standing at the back door. We went from 10:10 to about 1:30 and then had a lunch which we ate in a smaller building on the grounds. It appears to have once been a very small house and now doubles as a coffee room and a Sunday School room… Lunch was a business meeting with questions being fired at me as fast as I could answer them. It went on long enough that Miroslav, who was interpreting, asked it to stop so he could finish eating and have a bit of a rest. I was so glad as I too was really tired of talking and answering questions having already taught for 90 minutes and then ministered prophetically for almost 2 hours straight.
Miroslav and I left everyone as soon as we had eaten and went for an hour long walk – one to get away and have some personal time and even some quiet and two to see the neighbourhood and have a look at the local market. Good walk and it was good to stretch. You could barely see the fairly large mountain range which we were at the foot of in this village – smog – coal dust and smoke.
When we arrived back I had a great conversation with a young 23 year old I had prophesied over the day before in this same church. He came back for the second day and he speaks decent enough English that we were able to carry on a very excellent conversation. He is a great young man with a tremendous future ahead of him – both in the business world as well as serving the Lord Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God. I enjoyed the conversation very much.
Then into our second worship service for the day. It started at 4:00 and ended just before 8:00 p.m. A team member taught and did an excellent job and then I called all the leaders of the local church whose facilities we were using to the front and we prophesied over the local congregation and the leaders about what God was calling them to be and how God would use them to impact the nation. It was a lengthy and powerful word and released something in the spiritual realm – everyone could feel it and it was obvious that we were working with great unity and people from many churches stood in faith for this local congregation and rejoiced about the word they were receiving.
We then prophesied over a number of seniors as we had chosen mostly young people in the morning service (they vastly outnumber the seniors by the way). So, some good words over some very wonderful seniors who are not having an opportunity to retire but will certainly feel re-fired by the prophetic ministry they received tonight. Then, after ministering to half a dozen people we called it a night.
It is now 11:30 and we are facing two services tomorrow in a different location (we are staying ahead of religious police) – 10:00 and 5:30 p.m. with a meeting with a Jezebel lady after the first service and that will be followed by a fellowship meal (a nice way to say another business meeting). Then after the evening service back to where we are staying to have a late supper and pack as we fly out to our second location on Monday morning and start work Monday afternoon in this second city of 65,000 people (compared to 2 million here).
Your continued prayer support is greatly appreciated!