Zoli from Hungary. Two Wendy's
from England. Vera, Luba, Raya, and Tanya and translator, Igor, from Ukraine. And myself
The love amongst this team was something quite supernatural. There were many
tears shed at time of parting!
Six teams - including a Polish team and a Hungarian team - set
off to work with various churches . While other teams moved south to the Caucus
mountain region or north to Ukraine for their church visit, Otto Bixler's team, Roger
Lewis's team and my team remained in the city at different churches and on Sunday Otto's
team and my team joined forces for a joint church meeting. Otto preached on fear and
seventeen people came forward to receive salvation! Sharon Bixler then had a word of
knowledge and the person responding was instantly healed. It was good stuff.
Seventeen Russians come forward to receive salvation
An afternoon service was planned where Otto would teach on
communism and I on occult but it was suddenly cancelled. This was a sample of how unstable
arrangements were to prove at times. Our team's week was divided into two
clear halves. The first few days could be termed as chaotic confusion as it became
clear that our accommodation and translator needs had not been properly understood.
It seemed as though the purposes of God were being thwarted. God then gave us the
clear word that we were to be still and know that He was God, that in quietness and in
confidence was our strength, and so we waited on the Lord. He told us that He would
fire one shot and that what He wanted to achieve through us would be achieved. We
began to get excited rather than dismayed. And that is exactly what happened!
Suddenly on Monday morning the spiritual atmosphere was different
and PCA's (personal counseling appointments) began to happen. We were finally all at
one ministry point and we managed to get one and sometimes two - and for one morning, even
three - translators. God was moving in every prayer ministry situation. Again
we saw broken hearts healed right before our eyes
Update on Paula's work
|Pray for Paula
Meet one of God's heroines!
Paula O'Keefe stayed behind when we left Russia. After
receiving training at Ellel Pierrepont's six month 'NETS' school she
has now set up a trauma centre for Chechnya refugees in
Jackie Pullinger in the making?
On Monday evening I taught on God's order for sex and marriage
and much ministry followed as Kingdom understanding broke through. However as I
taught I could not help but notice that the church members sat scattered throughout the
great hall - with often as many as ten empty chairs between them. Many arms were
folded. Many faces were emotionless. It was a cold starting position!
But Tuesday was truly God's promised 'one shot!'
I woke up knowing in my heart that God was asking me to go aside
with Him for the whole afternoon - which ministry co-ordinator and co-leader Wendy Whitten
was able to organize, and so I waited on God's message. After three hours I received
only one short message into my spirit - but when I began to unpack that short word to the
church that evening something quite remarkable happened. Something of God's glory
came upon the people in that dark hall that bore one of Lenin's proclamations above the
People began to weep as father God touched the hearts of His
children. The Pastor too! One man arrived believing he was coming to hear a
'police team from abroad' (??) and sat dumfounded saying only that there really is a God
and that He saw His Glory before His very eyes in the room. One Ukrainian team
member testified to seeing the brightness of God in our midst. One man who had been
heavily into black magic, astral projection, Hinduism, budhism, martial arts, etc found
himself weeping uncontrollably, crying that all of Russia needed to hear this message that
God was truly a 'Father' Amidst tears he explained that he had known no father until
that evening when he saw for the first time that he had a Father. For the first time
he saw the truth that Jesus' daddy was also his daddy and it changed him in an instant
from a stony faced man into a man with a heart of flesh newly burdened to tell everyone
the truth that had so dramatically set him free.