Monday, January 30, 2012

Pray for Montenegro
Week of Jan 30 - Feb. 5, 2012

Montenegro since their independence have been making slow but steady economic progress. There are still areas of great poverty, and many refugees from the Kosovo Crisis in the nineties continue to live here in bunkers and makeshift homes. There are only three protestant churches in Montenegro, with a few small home groups meeting along the coastline.  - Report from 

1)      Let us pray for those three protestant churches. Lord, we ask for your great favor to move upon them. May their pastors be brought up under Your wings.

2)      Let us pray for the home groups. May they increase this year. May outsiders see their love and want to be apart. “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”  John 13:35

3)      Lord, we ask that this week You would manifest Yourself to the evangelical pastors in Macedonia in such a way that they cannot deny it was not You.

4)      Let us pray for intercessors for Montenegro. That they would be obedient to the following scriptures:

“Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” Matt.9:38

“So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.” Ezekiel 22:30

5)      Oh, Lord Jesus, please turn Your face toward Montenegro. The situation is really bad there, so Lord, send spiritual relief.

6)      Let us pray for grace. Let us pray for mercy. Let us intercede asking the Lord to extend His mercy to Montenegro. God was going to destroy the Children of Israel but Moses interceded. People are living in severe poverty, the mafia is stealing what they can and there are no moral absolutes in the culture.

7)      Let us pray for great spiritual and financial investments from Christians outside of Montenegro. Put Montenegro in their hearts and stir them to give and/or go to help.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Pray for Macedonia (FYROM)

Macedonia is just over 20 years old but the Macedonians are proud of their new country. The video above shows the spirit of Macedonian sport fans as they sing their national anthem. As you watch the above video try to envision someday a stadium filled with Macedonians giving praise to Jesus.

1)      Let us pray for the sport fans of Macedonia. How can they be reached for Jesus? Maybe the evangelical churches could reach the young people by sponsoring sporting events. God has a plan for reaching this sector of Macedonian culture, may evangelist and pastors seek it out.

Ezekiel 34:11 NKJV
[ God, the True Shepherd ] ‘For thus says the Lord GOD: “Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out.

2)      Let us pray for evangelist for Macedonia. May they rise up with a burden for their country, their people.

3)      Let us pray for favor by the people and the government for the evangelical churches. In most Balkan countries evangelical churches are considered by the government and reported by the media to be cults.

Matthew 5:16 NKJV
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

4)      Let us pray that the Macedonian churches would seek the Lord as to how they can do good works before the lost this year. Lord, put Your anointing upon them so they will shine before men. As others see those good works, may all the glory go to the Father.

5)      Let us pray for finances in the churches. May there be more than enough. First may a spirit of generosity rise up in the church members.  Second that the Christians would be blessed with jobs and creative ideas to serve and trade in the market place. May God’s people be blessed so the Kingdom can prosper.

Psalm 37:25 NKJV
I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread.

Good News – The main power plant is being upgraded and jobs will be added.

Macedonia signs 90m euros Power Plant deal with Bilfinger Berger
“TPP Bitola” is the most important power plant in the country and provides more than three quarters of Macedonia's electricity needs. With the modernization, Bilfinger Berger is making a decisive contribution to the reduction of emissions at the power ...

6)      This is great news to see the power infrastructure being upgraded in Macedonia. Let us pray for the power of the Holy Spirit to go forth into the homes, factories and throughout the whole market place.

7)      Let us pray for revival in Macedonia. May the pure, un-slandered name of Jesus be proclaimed throughout the land.

John 12:32 KJV
And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Romanian Outreach, 2012

If you are following this series “Praying for the Balkans, Project”, you will find we are off track. We should be praying for Macedonia this week. The Romanian outreach I just came back from was intense, so seeking God and researching Macedonia will be scheduled for next week. Let me tell you about Romania and add some prayers at the end.

Thank you for your prayers. The outreach to Roma (gypsy) villages in Romania was a success. We were able to touch the lives of many. We targeted a village named Ormenis.

Here is a capsule of what we did.

The team of eleven people met at the airport in Bucharest on the afternoon of Thursday Jan. 12th. (Team: 7 from Texas and 4 from Berlin, Germany) We then proceeded to a Wallmart-type superstore where we begin to pick out coats, scarves, blankets, gloves and hats. We had twelve (12) overflowing shopping carts of items. After checking out we boxed them, loaded the vans and drove for about 3 to 4 hours upto Apata. We arrived at our hotel just around 10:30pm admitting we were very tired.

Friday morning we meet at our host church, City on a Hill (All this time I have been stating the church name wrong, it is City on a Hill not Church on a Hill). We had a time of meeting the team from the host church. Before we started sorting the clothing, we had a time of worship. My wife, Zuzanna (Susie), directed the sorting and re-boxing. (Her experience in retail clothing was so helpful) Also we sorted the boots and shoes that had been previously bought.

Friday afternoon we went to Ormenis, divided into teams and begin house to house evangelism in a poor part of the village. These people welcome you into their homes with no questions asked. (This type of evangelism would be really hard in America) It is amazing how humble and hospitable these people are. The team I led visited five homes. Our team prayed with ten people to receive Jesus. One of the homes that really touched me was where a middle aged couple lived. They could not afford electricity in their small home. Their son, daughter, son-in-law and their small child were present. The family was real sorrowful because their son/brother had just been sentenced to three years in prison. The mother was emotionally overcome by grief so we prayed with her and her imprisoned son. We then presented Jesus and ask if they would like to receive Him into their hearts. The mother and her daughter accepted Jesus. The sad part was that the men would not accept the Lord. To see someone reject the Lord like that was emotional to me.

Saturday we went back to Ormenis to distribute the items we brought. This was a massive operation where we again went house to house in the same area we had evangelized the day before. It was amazing to see the emotional response as these needy people received new coats, scarves, gloves, blankets, hats and shoes. Oh, yes, we also had some stuffed animals that my job had donated. With it snowing and the temperatures being below freezing, these items resulted in warmth for body and soul.

Sunday we ministered in the host church in Apata. In Romania, this is a large church for a village. Actually people are also bussed in and come on the train from other villages for the Sunday morning service. It was about a 3 to 4 hour service. The worship was great and our key speaker and team mate, Gary Billups gave an encouraging word.

The team flew out from Romania on Monday morning. We may never fully know how much Romanian lives were changed but we do know how our lives were changed. Although I was on the team that went last year, this year I think I received a deeper understanding of the spiritual and physical needs of the country.

For Prayer:

• Pray for the church, City on a Hill, as they now take on the task of doing following-up.

• Pray for this village of Ormenis. Pray that the seeds sewed will not be stolen by the enemy.

• Pray for European Initiative, who organized the outreach. May the staff be blessed as they continue to fulfill their vision to evangelize Europe. Lord, open the doors.

• Pray for those that gave to make this outreach possible.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Pray for the Roma (Gypsy) People
(Jan. 9-15, 2011)

I want you to pray for my trip/outreach to Romania where we will be reaching out to impoverished gypsies that live in the mountains. Also pray for European Initiative, a ministry based in Berlin, Germany that has organized this outreach. This will be the fourth year for EI,, to sponsor this effort to reach those that have mainly been rejected in their culture. There will be seven team members from the Dallas, Texas area and four members from Berlin. I was the only one from America on the team last year. I am so happy to see my wife going this year; she in fluent in the Hungarian language and will be able to communicate with the Hungarians in the area.

We will arrive in the Romanian capitol of Bucharest on Jan. 12th in the afternoon. The village we are going to is about 200 miles north of Bucharest. On the way we will stop at a Walmart-type superstore and buy coats, scarves, gloves and winter hats. Enough money was donated for this purpose so we will almost buy them out. We will fill a large van up with these new items.

Late that evening we will arrive in Apata and go straight to the hotel. The next morning, Jan. 13th we will meet at the church we are co-operating with, Church on a Hill. We will then sort the coats, scarves, gloves, hats and winter boots. The boots/shoes have already been bought. The 13th, 14th and 15th we will go out to the designated villages to bring warmth to bodies and souls.

Ministry will include the showing of the “Jesus Film” in civic buildings and church buildings, house to house evangelism plus witnessing in the streets. The real exciting part is the house to house evangelism.

We go into a village and find a place to park the trailer full on clothes. Then we team up into teams of four, us foreigners and the volunteers from Church on a Hill. The volunteers help us tremendously with logistics and translation. Two of us will go to a home where we will be graciously invited in. These people are so friendly. We will spend thirty minutes to an hour getting to know them and then let the Holy Spirit minister to them through us. We believe many will get saved and healed. Most homes will be very small with no plumbing and a small stove that acts as the only heat. Most of these homes are just one room. After we have prayed with the family, the other two members of the team will come in and take the sizes of the people and then go to the trailer for the items to give them. Also there will be situations where we may go to a larger home where many families will gather.

Last year I went to a home where three families were gathered. The Lord blessed that house with 15 people giving their lives to Jesus. It was amazing.

So please pray for this outreach and the team the Lord is bringing together. Apata is in the Transylvania area of Romania. So the spiritual climate of the area is very oppressive.

1) Pray that the team will quickly get into unity and be ready to work together.

2) Pray that the Jesus Film will touch many hearts.

3) Pray for divine direction to the homes God want us to visit.

4) Pray for the softening of the people’s hearts.

5) Pray for a smooth and accurate flow of translation.

6) Pray for miracles of healing.

7) Pray for the casting out of demons.

8) Pray that the people will be set free from the bondage of the enemy.

9) Pray that the ground that our feet tread upon will be claimed for Jesus.

10) Pray that us foreigners, especially us from Texas, will adapt to the extreme cold quickly. (Estimated to be below freezing most of the time we are there.)

11) Pray for the follow-up after the foreign team leaves. May home churches and churches be organized in the villages. (Some of these villages already have a home church group. Our main purpose is to reach out to those in the villages that have not been reached before, especially the extremely poor. We will then connect them with Church on a Hill and let them establish home churches if the village does not have one.)

Monday, January 02, 2012

Pray for Greece

Three depressing news reports for this New Year:

Regulated electricity prices in Greece will rise by an average 9 percent, government sources said on Thursday after a cabinet meeting.

GREECE – suicides double in austerity capital of Europe. Three years ago 2.8 per thousand Greeks were taking their own lives. Now the rate stands at 5.5/1000. No hard figures in why but Klimaka, a 24/7 helpline, has seen a surge in calls from suicidal unemployed workers and indebted businessmen, …

Greek tax officials began a 48-hour walkout Thursday to protest wage cuts and other changes imposed by the government as Greece struggles to meet revenue targets it has promised international creditors.

There is hope. If men would only trust the Living God. He is ready to lead us into abundant life.

Over the Christmas/New Year holidays I heard three encouraging prophecies:
·         This year the Church will find its voice. The world will start to recognize we have answers and they will come seek the Church’s help.

·         This is the year of Divine Government. In the Bible, 12 stands for proper government.

·         In 2012 heaven is going to pierce earth, like beams of light coming down to illuminate truth, spark revival and give extra grace to the saints. There will be stairways of angles ascending and descending.

1.       Let us thank the Lord for His protection, provisions and progress during 2011. Although it was a year of ups and downs the Lord was always there. As we were faithful to the Lord’s call to pray, the Kingdom advanced with the earth being made more like heaven.

Luke 11:2 (NKJV)
 So He said to them,
 “When you pray, say:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.”

2.       Lord, we submit to Your guiding hand for 2012. We ask for the measure of revelation that we can be trusted with for the Balkan countries.

3.       Thank You Lord for all Your provisions this year; divine government, elevation of the Church and direct intervention from heaven. Lord, we pray for mercy for the people in the Balkans. May You visit that land. May You be lifted up and may they run into Your arms of Love.

4.       Lord, Greece needs Your help. Their government is so messed up, corruption has been a curse, men are giving up because of a lack of hope and there is a demand for a sacrifice from the people. Truly Greece is a government that needs divine intervention. We pray for a healthy humility to come upon the people of Greece.

5.       We ask You Lord, to prepare the people of Greece to receive a tough love. As they go through this time of breaking, may they call upon the Lord for help.

6.       We ask for a coming forth of evangelist in Greece. May the Lord stir up a fire and passion for the lost. May they be sent to the lost sheep of Greece. May the goats be converted.

7.       Lord, let the anointing fall on these evangelist. May they be fearless for the Gospel of truth.

8.       Let us pray for the release of money to provide for these evangelist.

9.       Let us pray for venues to open up for these evangelist to preach to thousands and thousands.

10.   Let us pray for Greek churches throughout the world to have their hearts fully turned toward the country of their roots. It is time to minister to the original tree. Although the leaves have blown across the world, it is time for those leaves to be made into fertilizing mulch and be mounded up around the tree. (I know this may be a strange picture, but I see mulch being gathered from the far corners of the earth and it being placed around a withered tree. I see the rain coming from heaven and the nutriments from the mulch soaking down in the ground to the roots.) 

11.   Lord, we pray that not only will Greek Christians seek to bring the Gospel back to Greece but Greek businessmen will sacrifice to mulch the tree.
Mulching is the most beneficial thing a home owner can do for the health of a young tree. Mulches are materials placed on the soil surface to improve soil structure, oxygen levels, temperature and moisture availability. Properly applied, mulch can give landscapes a handsome, well-groomed appearance.

Mulch must be applied properly. If a mulch is too deep or if the wrong material is used, it can actually cause harm to trees and other landscape plants. Mulch should usually be 2-4 inches deep.

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