Mideast July 2014

Update 3

 “…be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” Col 1:10 NASB

While talking with the Father before we left for the Mideast, Ron asked whether our ministry is really fruitful.  We realize that seeing evidence of God using our five  loaves and two  fishes
isn’t necessary, but sometimes we wonder if we're hearing right.  During this trip, the Father was so very gracious to reveal some of the fruit.  Before the conference even started, a young Minister’s wife

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Pastor Couple in JordanPastor Couple in Jordan

 

Update 2

 

“Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) ADONAI, you angels of His, you mighty warriors who obey His word, who carry out His orders!  Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) ADONAI , all His troops, who serve Him and do what He wants.” 

Psalm 103:21-22

Serving the King and His Stewards in Egypt was humbling and fulfilling.  It is so amazing how the Father created us unto good works and when we surrender to Him for His use we in turn have a greater sense of pleasure and contentment than when doing anything else.

 

Update 1

 “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie; though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”  Habakkuk 2:3

 

During our recent trip to the Mideast, we were once again reminded of the necessity of Raven Ministries and how the Father uses our experiences to bring encouragement.  On separate occasions, three Pastors shared of the attack that’s come against them in the recent past.  One shared how in the midst of things exploding spiritually, in a good way, Church leadership came against him and asked for his resignation.  Months of opposition ensued that has flowed into years, leaving this man battle weary.

 

 This confirmed that what I was hearing was from God.”  Ron was once again humbled and encouraged to hear how the LORD used him, and took the opportunity to speak into this man’s life and ministry.

On our last night in Jordan, Ron spoke from Luke 8:31-32 to the Pastor and leaders of one of the AOG churches.  When he finished the Pastor (not pictured) stood before the leaders and said He knew the message was from God.  He was discouraged to the point of quitting. But, his courage was renewed by the message and he realized how much he needed the support of his leaders. Praise the LORD!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ron’s final message was from Luke 22:31-32.  He challenged the Pastor Couples to encourage and pray for one another.  And that’s how the conference ended… with them in small groups praying for each other.  What a blessing and privilege to see and participate in the vision of our dear Sister Monira: that Pastor Couples would have a time of refreshment and intimacy with their Father and their family.

 

 

 

The Father allowed us to encourage each of these Pastors through a Word in season that was birthed out of our own experience.  We are so grateful, and “confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”  (Phil 1:6 KJV).  “For all the promises of God in Him are yea and in Him Amen, unto the glory of God.”  (2 Cor 1:20 KJV).Streets of downtown Amman, JordanStreets of downtown Amman, Jordan

 

 

 

 

sought us out to update us on her son.  He struggles with learning in a typical school environment.  And even though they send their sons to private school, the teachers are very harsh and have told her youngest son that he is "stupid" and "animals are smarter than he is."  It is so devastating to this little boy that he has spoken repeatedly of wanting to take his life.  In her desperation she said, “We’ve sacrificed much to be missionaries to other parts of the Mid East and then sacrificed the ministry this past year to be with our son, yet the heavens seem to be shut.”   We were unable to solve her problem or explain why it’s happening.  But we listened, empathized and reminded her that our Father is all powerful, good, has all wisdom and we can trust Him.  She and her husband told us they were encouraged by our words.

On the afternoon of the second day of the conference, we were asked to meet with the new General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, Egypt (not pictured).  We recognized him from previous trips and also remembered how he was visibly touched by the Holy Spirit during the January Conference.  We were both humbled and excited to learn that God spoke through Ron to call this man as a “Joshua” to lead his people “into the promised land.”  The Pastor said, “Every time you said ‘You, are Joshua’ I said ‘Amen.’ And later the LORD used that to tell me I am the “Joshua” for this time here in Egypt.  At the same time several of the Pastors who heard your message came to me and said ‘You are Joshua.’              

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Ron opened the conference asking, “Do You Believe What You Believe?”  Based on the exchange between Jesus and the father of the demon-possessed boy in Mark 9.  With the boy writhing on the ground from the evil spirit, Jesus addresses - not the demon – but the father, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes.” To which the father replied, “Lord, I believe help my unbelief.”  The second speaker challenged the Pastor Couples with “Are you going to believe in the god of the natural or the God of the supernatural?”  Interesting….Ron has never seen nor spoken to that Pastor and the message was entirely in Arabic.  And, neither spoke directly to the overall theme which was “Let There be Light.”   It is so awesome to see God bring things together that no human could orchestrate.  Ron’s second message was from Song of Solomon 5 and how God longs for intimacy with us but the little foxes of business, ministry duties, etc. get in the way.  The next speaker was a Christian doctor that addressed intimacy and communication in marriage. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another shared that an associate, one of the young men he had discipled, came against him which eventually resulted in a Church split.  Prior to the split the Church had been growing.  In fact, they had purchased land and were preparing to build a larger building that was more centrally located.  In both cases, time has revealed truth as well as hearts and these two pastors have proven faithful. Yet, the fruitfulness of their ministries has yet to return to the previous level.  A third Pastor told how he has sown into the city where God has called him and the surrounding region for the past twenty years.  Relationships have been built with Pastors across denominations, as well as ministry teams sent to reach the lost through worship and intercession. Recently a younger Pastor who doesn’t see or believe in this vision has come into leadership.  This Pastor told how discouraged he is that just as the vision God gave him 20 years ago was beginning to come to pass, opposition has risen against it and it now seems more elusive than ever.  While we couldn’t explain God’s purposes in allowing obstacles at such critical junctures in each of these ministries, we could declare the faithfulness of YHVH.

 

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