"I tell you the truth," Jesus said to them, "no one who has
left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the
kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age and, in
the age to come, eternal life." (Lk 18:29-30)
God has used this verse to comfort me recently as symptoms of culture
shock/homesickness came up, missing my church and friends in Vienna so much. And
then He'd speak this truth into my heart again, revealing again that my being
here was not about me but about His kingdom and His purpose for this vessel. Getting
the right perspective again has left me in awe and excitement and humbled me,
that I'd have the honor to be here in this place, part of World Revival
This last weekend we've had a powerful conference at the church, with dozens
of pastors from all over the US, Singapore, the Philippines and Australia. God
has raised up WRC and its senior pastors Steve & Kathy Gray to be pastors
to pastors, to have an impact upon the whole world. Many of those pastors and
leaders are also part of the World Revival Network
(www.worldrevivalnetwork.com), sharing resources, strengthening each other
and being a family to each other, all having the same vision to see God's
kingdom and glory come all over the earth.
Today the Filipino group shared how God has brought revival to the
Philippines, starting after a pastor had been here and then showed the video
on the revival in his church. Now the whole south of the Philippines has been
touched and transformed, and that through the catholic church! Those
believers have been invited to hold weekly prayer meetings at the president's
palace and the president is even joining them for some time every week! PRAISE
This weekend we've been praising God and His glory has descended on us. It
was awesome as the sense of something new starting overwhelmed many. We had
great teaching, very diverse, from different pastors. I personally come to
love pastors Steve & Kathy more and more. Seldom have I seen a man of God
like Steve who is so humble, so meek, so open, frank and honest, so loving
and yet confrontational, who loves God and His people which becomes visible
practically. I love listening to his teaching and looking forward to having
him as a teacher in the school, teaching "Theology of Revival". Also,
this weekend he received an honorary doctorate degree from a Bible College.
Besides what described in the first paragraph, the Lord did another major
thing in my life the result of which will become more visible in the future. I've
been amazed, since coming here, at the financial dedication of people here
(96 ithe, most of them give more than a tenth) and the resulting financial
miracles. Honestly, they have been mindblowing and challenging! It's their
'realness' that really gets at you. No forced prosperity gospel teaching, but
a simple trust in God as the provider and in the principle of sowing and
reaping. Having seen God's miraculous provision myself numerous times, I
realized I still had far to go. I was longing for this level of revelation
and had been studying the topic, listening to tapes.
Yesterday, the pastors and others were praying for financial breakthroughs in
people's lives. I went forward and God touched me powerfully. All the
head-knowledge seemed to become a reality, I felt a revelation coming, and
that God was taking me from the 'land of not enough' to the land of 'more
than enough'. Hallelujah!
I'm so thankful for these fresh and personal revelations from God. I know
that many in the kingdom still need those and for that reason, I'd really
like to share the way God's working in this area in my life, to encourage you
and increase your faith.
At the beginning of last week I spent a few days not doing anything but
translating, to get the month of February for the online devotional done, in
time for payday for the school. Praise God, He enabled me to work
efficiently. When I turned in the February copy, I was told I'd also be paid
for the January translation, which I had done 8 months ago for free. Praise
While I was translating on Tuesday, someone messaged me with yahoo!
messenger, which is happening all the time (I'm always online). Sometimes I
don't reply, sometimes I do, depending on the circumstances. This guy asked
right away whether I could translate something for him. I thought, ok,
another student with German homework. It turns out he's owning a company in
Germany and is looking for a translator to translate his webpage. Outcome: I
got the job and will be paid 230 US$ (3.500 ATS) which will help my Austrian
account. Isn't God awesome?
The whole weekend I've felt I wanted to give 100$ to a student who hadn't got
the tuition together yet, to sow into the harvest I needed myself. On
Saturday, even before I had given the money that night, I received a check
over 100$! Awesome God!
These are just a few things from last week. I'm confident I'll have more to
share in the future, especially next week as I'm still 400$ short for the
I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over
one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not
need to repent. (Lk 15:7)
Last week I joined the group of e-vangelists again that I'm part of. Having
left the chatroom already, one guy messaged me and we started talking. At
first it seemed like one of those conversations that are a waste of time. But
then it turned out that he was part of the Greek Orthodox Church and wanted
to know Jesus personally. So we prayed a prayer of commitment together. Praise
God! Dimitrios is online a lot and, thank God, I could bring him together
with pastors in his city of Athens. Please pray for his protection and growth
that he'll become a true disciple of Christ!
One of the things I've felt God saying recently is to give up my apartment in
Vienna. Please pray for wisdom and God's intervention as I'm trying to sort
everything out from here! The situation is rather complicated.
I'm taking two classes in addition to the full-time School of Ministry. One
is a guitar class at 'Grace Training Center', as I long to move on in music
and worship. The other is a class on the prophetic at Mike Bickle's
'Forerunner School of Prayer', taught by Jill Austin. Those two start this
week. The School of Ministry starts a week later.
Also, I'm having a good friend (who's American but I met her when she studied
in Vienna) coming to stay with me here indefinitely, to take some time off seeking
God. I'm looking forward to having her here.
May God bless you abundantly as you place Him FIRST in your life!
Mag. Claudia R. Wintoch
Linguist ~ Teacher ~ Translator/Interpreter (also via e-mail)
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