"I tell you the truth," Jesus replied, "no one who has left
home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me
and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present
age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields--and with them,
persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life." (Mk 10:29-30)
Seventeen months ago I left Vienna for the sake of the gospel, to be prepared
for the ministry He has called me to in His kingdom. I was finally in a place
where people actually LIVED in revival (which in reality is simply true
Christianity), but looking back now, I've truly received more than I could
have asked or imagined, even though my expectations were high. The greatest
treasures came in a form I didn't expect: people.
It's already been 6 weeks since my new life started: new home, new job, new
school year. From one day to the other everything was different, and in a
good way, including myself. The big breakthrough really started with the
stealing of my computer; the Lord takes what the enemy means for destruction
and uses it for our good. Over the past two months I've seen what the verse
above describes in a way I didn't expect. The Lord has deepened relationships
and made them the greatest treasures imaginable; something we in our
individualistic Western world have lost: community. The concept of community
is very much part of the Hebrew mind, as we can also see in the New
Testament, and we must strive to regain that selfless love that considers
others higher than ourselves, that serves others, if the love we have for
each other is to convince the unbelievers.
LUANNE & TOM
I met Luanne right in the beginning, as she was a part of my German class for
a while. We've always felt a kindred spirit and been friends, but in
September the Lord took us (all) to a new level with Dr Ryser's ministry trip
to Bulgaria. Luanne and I stayed here, but we were there in spirit as we held
up the team in intercession. We spent wonderful times together, and our
relationship hasn't been the same. I haven't just found a wonderful friend,
with whom I share a lot, and together we exchange vision and encourage each
other, but over the past few weeks she and Tom have also become something
like parents. They have four teenage kids, and a great calling in their life
they are just starting to walk into.
DR DAVID RYSER
Dr Ryser was the very first contact person in Kansas City, who replied to my
first e-mail, since he was the school's Dean. I've always admired him, wanted
to be around him since he's so much like Jesus, wanted to sit in his class
not only listen to his great scriptural insights, but to sit under his
anointing. Unfortunately we only had him one semester this summer, but it
changed my life. I love learning from him, watching him, and drawing from his
anointing as he pours himself into his students.
While all of this is great, the Lord had something in mind that changed my
life in a way I didn't expect: Dr Ryser is much more than a teacher to me, he
is a father. I've never had a Dad, and I've always longed for a mentor. Now
I've found both, and it has enriched my life in a way I couldn't have dreamed
of. Not only do I start to understand what fatherly love is like, I've also
found a deeper understanding of our heavenly Father's love.
CATCH THE WIND
Dr Ryser's trip to Bulgaria in September was the beginning of an exciting
journey - not just for him and his wife Sandy, but for those around him and
connected to him. You can read about that exciting trip full of divine appointments
. God has great plans for Bulgaria - and Europe for that matter - and in two
weeks, Dr Ryser will return to Bulgaria with another team, as a follow-up and
preparation for even greater things to come. As last time, I will be here in
Kansas City, keeping contact with them and sending out e-mails to keep people
informed (you can sign up on the page mentioned above) so that they can be
upheld in prayer effectively.
While some cannot go in November, a bigger trip is planned for May/June next
year, and I'm hoping to be on that one. Over the past month I've been
teaching the team Bulgarian - while learning it myself - which has been a lot
DAWN & DUANE
Dawn was in Bulgaria in September, and is going again in two weeks. She lost
her heart to that country, and their whole family might be moving there as
missionaries next year. It is with them that I moved in 6 weeks ago - Dawn,
Duane, and their two kids Faithful (10) and Josiah (8). The first four weeks
were pretty challenging, getting used to a new home, loud kids, working in
the afternoons, etc., but I've settled in now. While boys seem to be an
extra-challenge, the kids are conquering my heart... The challenge is
balancing the little time I have, since I'm having a hard time getting all my
school work done.
Six weeks ago I started working with Shelly Gray in the church office (School
of Ministry and K-12 (age 6-18) school). I really enjoy office work, recently
however I've been needed as a receptionist - so if you call, I might answer
Every Monday afternoon I teach grades 4-7 (ages 10-13). The class is called
AROUND THE WORLD. Every week I take them to a different continent or country,
showing videos and doing fun activites. While it' s a challenge to keep 14
kids under control, it's getting better every week and is a lot of fun
(besides losing my voice every week ;-)).
SCHOOL OF MINISTRY (WRSM)
School is really different this year - Dr Ryser is gone, we have 2 new
teachers, a new building, new first-year students. I told you last time what
classes I'm attending. Six weeks into the trimester (of 14 weeks), I'm
surprised that favorite class is not what I thought it would be. Obviously I
expected Hebrew to be my favorite; but as someone having an M.A. in
languages, I've got to stay quiet and go along, with the class standard being
very low (Americans and languages!!). To my surprise, preaching class is my
favorite one! So far we've had to give a testimony, and read a Bible passage,
taking into account what we've learned. It's exciting, and I can see the
potential of what the Lord could do through me..
After classes in the morning (9-12), I always go over to church where I work
from 12-3 p.m. Then I get the kids from school and drive home. Their Mom
comes home an hour later. So it's four o'clock before I get to do anything,
and I only have two free evenings a week.
JILL AUSTIN & KIM TERRELL
I took two classes at the Forerunner School of Prayer (Mike Bickle). Jill did
two Saturdays before her conference four weeks ago. Stacey Campbell was the
guest speaker, and we her students were the ministry team. As always, we had
an awesome time with the Lord, and I enjoyed greatly being able to pour out
from all the Lord has poured into me. I love Jill greatly. Her ministry has
made an eternal impact on myself - which I actually share in a testimony in
her October newsletter. It's very humbling and a great honor to see that
testimony go around the world. You can read it online at http://www.masterpotter.com/newsletters/letter.asp?id=55
The other class I took at FSOP was on the prophetic, by Kim Terrell. It was
an awesome class, but it was on the last day that I found out why I was
there, as my life was impacted in a way I didn't expect.
It was two weeks ago that the class ended, and Kim's heart was to pray for
every single one. Since he is a prophet, he can't help but prophesy over
people. When he and his friend prayed for me, my life was impacted in a
matter of 8 minutes as only words from the mouth of the Lord can do! Now I
know that I've never really understood the power of encouragement that is in
a prophetic word. Wow! I was built up, encouraged, strengthened, and will be
able to hold on to His words when hard times come. If you're interested, I'll
share more details personally.
Now the bad news: I'm not coming to Vienna in November. Pastor Steve Gray's
ministry trip was postponed (indefinitely). At first it was a real shock and
disappointment. However, I still don't have a visa and can therefore not
leave the country if I wanna be able to get back in. I'm praying that the
trip will be the more powerful when it finally takes place.
It is also unlikely that I'm coming to Vienna for Christmas - for the same
CAR & HEAVENLY BLESSINGS
Over the past two weeks (with the weather getting colder) I've been having
problems with my car, which is now parked at our house, refusing to start.
However, I've seen the Lord's financial blessings as never before over the
last few weeks. After the extremely hard first year - even no food at times,
apartment-in-Vienna problems, computer stolen - He is now opening the
floodgates of heaven. And I tell you, I don't even care about money; it's all
His money, so I wanna pour it into His kingdom, invest it where there is
need. He has amazed me again and again recently, with His goodness, as He
entrusts me to distribute what He puts in my hand the way he wants to.
Nov 8-18 Dr Ryser's team in Bulgaria. I'm responsible for the webpage and
Nov 13-16 Conference in Kansas City with Todd Bentley, Pat Cocking, Bobby
Conners. I'll be going there with Luanne, and am very excited about it.
Dec 12-15 Jill Austin's conference with guest speaker Bonnie Chavda. Chance to
pour out as part of her ministry team.
I hope I've been able to update you a little bit about what's going on. The
Lord is moving powerfully, and He's seeking a people to move through. He's
getting ready for great things He desires to do - will you be one who's ready
to pay the price to be a part, to be His vessel to carry His glory to the
I wanna be that one.
since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off
everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run
with perseverance the race marked out for us.
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