The seventh time the servant reported, "A cloud as small as a man's hand
is rising from the sea." So Elijah said, "Go and tell Ahab, 'Hitch
up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.'" (1.Kings 18:44)
A new chapter has been opened, and it will be filled with many exciting
things of the kingdom of God. Right now it's still in the distance, on the
horizon, but the excitement already fills the air as we get glimpses of what
the Lord is up to.
Our Dean, Dr David Ryser, and his team arrived back from Bulgaria last night.
I had the privilege of being a little piece of the Lord's work there. Thanks
to the internet I was able to meet Bulgarians, make connections, learn some
Bulgarian and do my part in preparing the way for the team. We also supported
the team with prayer and fasting, and I had the joy of setting up an e-mail
list and home-page, keeping everyone updated nearly daily on the exciting
things God was and is doing in Bulgaria. It was beyond anything man can do -
divine apppointments, divine setups, and divine connections that are only the
tip of the iceberg, the beginning of what God is up to in Bulgaria and
Go to www.catchthewind.injesus.com
to read details.
Dr Ryser is not teaching at our School of Ministry any more as he is starting
to launch into his international ministry. We've lost an awesome teacher, our
best really, but it's exciting to watch the Lord open new doors, and it's
very exciting to be a part of it. I know that my place is in Mali, but I also
know that I'm having a part in CATCH THE WIND at least for a season. God is
already opening the door to another Eastern European nation...
A few of us will start to meet regularly to learn Bulgarian together, as
another trip there is in the near future, possibly in December, and this time
I'm planning to be on the team myself.
SCHOOL OF MINISTRY
Today was the first day of the new trimester - now we're the second-year
students (about 12 full-time students are left), and a good number of new
students have come in. We're having the following five classes:
Introduction to Biblical Hebrew
Revival Preaching I
Hebrews & General Epistles
Pauline Epistles II (Corinthians & Thessalonians)
Signs, Wonders & Miracles
As you can imagine, I especially enjoy Hebrew, which is now my 12th language.
At the Forerunner School of Prayer I'm taking two classes, both on the
prophetic, taught by Jill Austin and Kim Terrell (ordained under Rick
Joyner). In two weeks Jill has her conference with guest speaker Stacey
Campbell (from Kelowna, Canada, where I did the counseling school in 1996)
where we have the joy of being her ministry team again.
God did it again - He absolutely amazed me as He resolved a situation
perfectly. School started today, and not a single dollar came in for tuition!
I was wondering why, but trusted the Lord to make a way. A few weeks ago (I
think I didn't share that with you), the Lord totally altered my view, taking
off all worries, as He spoke to me in a powerfully way, saying, It's about them. It's all about
them, not about you. At the same time I
saw the people of Mali, and knew how His heart longs for them, and what great
plans He has for them. I had to repent for selfishness, thinking it's about
provisin for me. Then He said, Every part of you has to die, nothing must be
left. Only then can you go, not loving your life unto death. (That's a reference to Rev 12:11.) Finally He said, with so much much
love and kindness, I'm only answering your prayer; I'm preparing you.
With that all pressures fell off - my being here has nothing to do with
myself, but with His purposes for Mali and other nations. And He needs a
certain kind of vessel to accomplish them.
So, payday was approaching, but no money - I couldn't even buy food! Still,
He sent me here, promised He'd provide, so my heavenly Father would also take
care of the tuition ($1000).
Saturday night I was approached by Shelly, our school administrator (both for
the School of Ministry and High School). I'm so amazed at how the Lord
resolved this situation! And I'm so excited! It's perfect!
I'll be helping Shelly in the office, doing secreterial work, every day after
school, 15 hours a week altogether. And I will also teach at the High School
once a week, a class called Around the World, which introduces a
different country of the world every week (isn't that an awesome
Tomorrow I'm starting this new chapter of my life.
Oh, nearly forgot to say - I will do this in return for my tuition! Now all I
have to pay is for my books (I'm able to buy the most important ones).
Yesterday I moved into my new home. I'm staying with Dawn & Duane and
their two kids (8 and 10). I've got a nice little room, and am still in the
process of unpacking. It's quite a change to live in family, but I'm excited
about new challenges and opportunities to grow. Please pray for a smooth
adjustment period for all of us.
Things I didn't have before and am excited about: a closet, a door, a piano
and cat. As you know, I love cats! I had a cat before coming to the States,
and rejoice about the cute little one they have. However, I've only been
there a few hours and have reacted allergically quite strongly (you're more
allergic to some cats than others - I was diagnosed with hayfever and cat
allergy 15 years ago). Please pray for healing.
My name has been entered in the Green Card Lottery - praise God! I'm praying
that my name will be drawn the very first time (it's in May of next year).
Meanwhile, there's no solution in sight to my present visa situation. I'm
praying for wisdom, for direction, for knowing what to do, especially in
light of my trip to Vienna in 7 weeks. I'm resting in the confidence that the
Lord has already figured it all out and will make a way that will glorify
I've contacted the Austrian Consulate here by e-mail, but haven't received
any reply. I do wanna be wise about who I talk to and how much I share about
my (il)legal status. I'm considering the possibility of returning to the
States with a tourist visa, which might be the easiest solution, even though
it would restrict the length of my stay here.
I'm open to any suggestions, especially if you've had any experience in that
I'll keep reminding you: come to the meetings with Steve & Kathy Gray in Vienna Christian Center November 8-10 - but only if you're hungry for God and longing for more of Him. I'm
gonna be interpreting my pastor, and I'd love to see you there. I'm expecting
As you can see, there are many exciting things going on, the Lord is mightily
at work, building His kingdom and preparing His workers. I'm entering this
new chapter with excitement and great anticipation - of what He's gonna do,
and of more fire to go through as He molds me into a vessel usable by Him.
May the Lord bless you abundantly!
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Mag. Claudia R. Wintoch
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