Time is slipping by so fast and already we are chatting about returning home to the UK – longing to see Tikva – Mintie’s little white ball of fluff. What a reunion that will be!
Since we last wrote we’ve continued to be responsive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. By enlarge this has been one-on-one prayer / share appointments in Jerusalem the Galilee. Personal debriefing appointments with Agency workers have also continued. One Dutch lady said, “I’ve been waiting 22 years for this day of freedom”.
We’ve been messed about a fair amount with our accommodation in Jerusalem. It has been battle! What should have been one apartment for one month has ended up as three apartments of varying standards, with some days in the month not even covered. It has been a tough experience encountering an unscrupulous landlady – but one in which we have been tested in terms of walking God’s way – with God’s attitude, honouring His name. When you are ripped off you have to come to the place where you accept it is not YOU that is being stolen from, but God – and He can take care of Himself (and you) and His money. Our part in the story has been to hand over justice to Him. Subnsequently we have come to peace.
Sadly, at the end of last week Jan got food poisoning. She has been very ill, but is now on the mend. Fortunately, this last weekend we have been staying with Rita Kotze in the Galilee, so Jan has been comfortable. What is evident is that we need covering prayer. People are being set free and Satan hates it. Please would you reinforce your prayer for us until we reach home 31 March 2015. Battle for victory in the lives of those we are ministering to.
One week to go. However, this final week is full of very significant times of ministry and we don’t want to miss out on anything God has for us.
Two ladies, one South African and the other Dutch have the third of three debriefing appointments – a time when we bring wounds, pain, disappointment, failure, needs and sin to the cross to receive healing and release – forgiving and being forgiven. Burdens carried for many, many years will be rolled onto our dear Lord Jesus.
Last night we had our final “flock group” meeting with the single workers. We have been studying “Walking with God by faith” and the significance of meditating on the Word of God to achieve that. Stimulating for all of us. Our new book, “Face to Face with God” has been at the heart of what we have been learning. We’re bought-in an evening meal for everyone from a local restaurant. Also, we had prepared a Scripture card and a beautiful gift basket for each one – dates, date honey, preserves and chocolates. We wanted to show our love in a tangible way.
“Lord, strengthen and equip us with Your Word and spiritual gifts to finish this trip well and return singing Your praises and giving You glory. Amen.”
Grateful that you are with us rejoicing in what God is doing in Israel.
Jan & Mintie