|Prayer Letter, April 7, 2017|
Loving greetings from Engeltal! Philip and I arrived back from Israel about a week ago into the Little Rock airport on the same flight with Karen Dunham, her mom, and one of her Jerusalem staff members, named Jakleen. Her personal assistant arrived on another flight about an hour later. What a delight it was to host them in our home!
Equipping Weekend: I hope you have taken an opportunity to watch the Friday Night and Saturday morning “Equipping Weekend” meetings on our Facebook page. They were powerful! In the Friday Night Live Worship service, Karen talked about what it means to forgive and to be forgiven. She has been through so very many persecutions and has had to learn the meaning of unconditional forgiveness—it’s so much more than just words! She told about having a hurtful, difficult situation in her life that she was trying to get resolved, and God brought her the revelation that she needed to write a letter to ask forgiveness of the person with whom she was trying to get resolution. She encouraged us to seek the Lord about whether we might need to write any letters like that, and she prayed for us to have the grace and breakthrough to be able to do so. Many came forward for prayer, including me.
Correspondence: This week I have been busy in the office trying to catch up from four weeks of travel in the last six weeks, and the Lord graciously sent Pat Porterfield to help. I must apologize to those of you who have sent offerings and have been waiting to hear from us that we received them. We haven’t had anyone on staff in many months who has the correspondence as their assigned task. After some time goes by, some of us drop the other things we have to do and catch up. Please forgive us, and pray for the Lord to send us help in that regard.
Thankfully, the Lord has been gracious to Philip and me and saved us from “jet lag,” that general weariness and sleeplessness that can come when your body clock is trying to readjust from time zone changes. Thank you for praying for us!
Apologies and Forgiving: So last night, I was awakened at 2:07 by a “Charlie horse” in my foot that made me throw myself out of bed to stand on it and stretch the spasming muscle. Now I know about the importance of having a good balance of magnesium, potassium, and calcium to prevent them, but God and I have an agreement that He can use one of those to really wake me up in the night if He wants my attention. So I got up and knew that it was time to write those letters, asking for forgiveness. If I owe you an apology and you don’t get one of them, please let this be my opportunity to ask your forgiveness! I’m sorry if I have offended you!
Sister Gwen’s final book, fittingly, was The High Way of Forgiveness. In it she wrote all about what the Bible teaches on the subject and included a similar request to be forgiven if she hurt anyone in any way. You can order it from our bookstore, if you don’t already have a copy. In our society, we are trained to stand up for ourselves and make a big deal about offenses. But the world’s way won’t get us into Heaven. Jesus clearly taught us that if we don’t forgive, we won’t be forgiven!
Matthew 6:12, 14-15 says, “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors…For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” That sounds pretty clear to me, but just in case that isn’t enough, consider the parable of the unforgiving servant in Matthew 18:21-35, where the man who was forgiven such a huge debt turned around and demanded his fellow servant to immediately pay a small sum he owed him. That unforgiving servant ended up being sent to the tormentors until he could pay it all. And Jesus’ comment at the end was, “So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.”
Beloved, we don’t have control over our circumstances and the painful things that may happen to us, but we do have control over our reactions! The grace of God is always available to us 24/7 to enable us to walk in the spirit and not fulfill the desires of the fleshly nature. I like the way the Amplified Version interprets Galatians 5:14-16. “For the whole Law [concerning human relationships] is fulfilled in one precept, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself [that is, you shall have an unselfish concern for others and do things for their benefit].’ But if you bite and devour one another [in bickering and strife], watch out that you [along with your entire fellowship] are not consumed by one another. But I say, walk habitually in the [Holy] Spirit [seek Him and be responsive to His guidance], and then you will certainly not carry out the desire of the sinful nature [which responds impulsively without regard for God and His precepts].” Beloved, let us walk in the love of God by the power and inspiration of His Holy Spirit!
Renovations: Don James is with us this week, renovating the wiring in the Zion House to get it ready for a new ceiling. Each evening he has been teaching us about Hebrews 10:24, helping us to consider how to provoke one another to love and good works. He’ll be teaching about it for our Friday Night Live Worship this week. I hope you will tune in on our Facebook page for this inspiring, heartfelt message! The Glory House is getting a new roof this week, thank God. The shingles have been flying off of it in the high winds that blow on the top of the mountain. It’s a miracle that we haven’t had any leaks there! Thank you to Bill Bethke and Morgan McCasland for donating their time and expertise, and to Elton Porterfield for helping our guys with the on-the-ground labor!
Israel Prayer Assignment and Jerusalem Summons: In our last Prayer Letter, we were halfway through our Prayer Assignment, so let me finish our report. We continued on to the Be’ersheva (Beersheba) area and saw two possibilities for the well that Abraham dug. It is highly significant that 100 years ago this October 31, the World War 1 battle that took place there was the beginning of the downfall of the Ottoman Turkish control over Palestine. This battle was won by the 4th Light Horse Brigade from Australia. The thing that was unique was that everyone knew how this group fought: they would ride out at top speed in groups of four. Three soldiers would dismount and run to the battle on foot while the other man went back with the horses. The thousand Turkish soldiers in their trenches were ready for them to do what they had always done, but they changed their battle plan! They executed a cavalry-style charge instead. The horses were thirsty—some hadn’t had water for four days. Most of them flew over the heads of the Turks and ran into the town to secure it and find water. The trenches were also captured and the battle won. That led to a march to conquer one stronghold after another, until General Allenby came riding to Jerusalem on his white horse, beginning the British Mandate that led to the modern State of Israel.
We continued further south to Mitzpe Ramon where we viewed the enormous crater that may have been formed during the Flood of Noah’s time. Then we spent a glorious afternoon worshipping and learning from local Believers, mutually encouraging each other in our walk with Messiah Yeshua.
Then we travelled through the cities of Sderot and Ashkelon to pray strategically. These are places that have seen hundreds of rocket attacks from the Hamas emplacements in the Gaza Strip. The people who live there are courageous, not allowing the attacks to hinder their lives, but we felt to pray especially against trauma for the children. During the summer of 2014, the residents had to get up and run to the bomb shelters as many as 14 times in one night! They have 15 seconds from the time the siren sounds until the rockets arrive! Thankfully, even though the rockets are programmed to do as much damage as possible to populated areas, the Guardian of Israel has been watching over His people, and most of the rockets fall harmlessly in the fields, or the Mediterranean, or are taken out by the high tech Iron Dome defense system. Please continue to pray for these areas to be protected and the Islamic militants to have a divine encounter with Jesus and come to repentance.
We spent our last few days in Jerusalem praying in strategic places like Andreas Bauer’s Vaterhaus on the Mount of Olives with its open view of the Temple Mount plaza. We also spent time in worship, fellowship, and intercession with the local Believers. This trip was life-changing for all of us, seeing how God could unify us in prayer to make a difference in the spirit realm where we worshipped and prayed, coming alongside the locals to hold up their hands in their wearisome battles.
Jerusalem Summons Watch and Pray Tour, November 2-13, 2017: We want to encourage you to pray about coming with us in November for a similar “mission.” We will go to many places around the country, touring, learning, praying, worshipping, and fellowshipping with local Believers. And the pinnacle will be the evening and two full days we spend in the Israel Prayer Tower overlooking the city of Jerusalem. It will be life-changing for all who participate! Click here to get a copy of the brochure and itinerary, or go to our website to view and print it, or call and we will send you one.
Next Equipping Weekend: Please mark your calendar to be with us June 2-3 for Friday Night Live Worship and Saturday morning with Etienne Blom, the seer/prophet from South Africa. He won’t be able to be with us for the World Convention this year due to a previous commitment, so he’s coming in June for a “warm-up”! We’ll have online registration soon.
World Convention: If you haven’t gotten your room yet for the World Convention, you had better get it soon! There are only so many rooms available before we’ll have to go to the overflow hotel! Call (479) 751-8300 to reserve your room. Make sure that you tell them that you are attending the End-Time Handmaidens and Servants World Convention to get our rate of $89 plus tax. If they say they are sold out on a certain day, please let us know, we may just need to ask them to increase the block they are holding for us on that day. We will have our online registration available soon, so please watch for it.
Judith Moore: Our registration team of Judith and Marilyn has been through trying times. Judith was in a terrible car accident on October 17th and has finally been released recently from rehab and is living now with Marilyn and her husband, Al. Her broken bones have been knitting well, and she’s slowly gaining strength in therapy, but she still needs a miracle to get her vocal cords working again since she required a tracheotomy months ago to be able to breathe with her broken ribs. Please pray!
Your handmaiden and servant,