Puerto Rico Mission Trip Getaway 2013

This week my wife and I went on a mission trip getaway to Puerto Rico where we met up with a team from Baltimore; p. Kevin Cooper, James Bryson, & Ian. There we visited p. David in Aguadilla, and his church. The Body there is a very joyous church with an outreach vision for their city. P. David met Greater Grace through p. Foster who led him to Christ while he was a missionary in Puerto Rico. While in Puerto Rico we did outreach in Mayaguez & other coastal towns. I was able to take a mountain bike trip up into the rain forest of El Yunque and do some evangelism for the people that lived up there. Precious people!

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Genesis 33.14 "Led on Softly" - Kyiv, Ukraine - Spring 2010

"And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him." - Gen 32.1

"...and I will lead on softly, according as the cattle that goeth before me and the children be able to endure, until I come..." - Gen 33.14

God has His way of intercepting people - His people. He is a Saviour and that is how He works. In the hustle and bustle of the capital city of Kyiv, Ukraine - many people are meeting the "angels of God" ("God's army" in the Hebrew) along THEIR way. It is at this Divine intervention that they see something that they've missed all their lives - the Grace of God and a Heavenly ladder. Not a ladder up to heaven for them to climb up - because there are many of those in this world - but a ladder down from Heaven where the Son of God Himself descended and intercepted people. This is the Cross.

When God intercepted Jacob in chapter 32, Jacob then could be led by God in chapter 33. He subsequently leads his own in the way that God led him - softly. This word "softly" has a meaning in it in the original that denotes secrecy, intimacy and almost a charming. When God meets people there is an intimacy that follows that impacts the entire way they do things. 

Esau proposed that he go on ahead and prepare the way before Jacob all the way to Seir. Esau had a lot of energy, ideas, and ambition in his flesh. He was a driven person that never was intercepted by God along his way like Saul the pharisee was on his way to Damascus to reek havoc on the Church. 

Jacob on the other hand "led on softly" at the pace of his cattle and at the capacity of his children. If he was to "overdrive" them one day they would all perish. This slow pace frustrates Esau and the post-modern religious culture we live in. The fruit of Jacob was tender and it was frail - it easily could perish along the way and therefore needed time, nourishment and much much grace. God leads His flock on softly according to their capacity and strength. He'll lead us and bear us up till we arrive to His destination of the Finished Work in our lives. We won't die before He is finished.

We now have been in Kyiv for 3 weeks and already we see a flock here. God has provided every need as it arises and we sense the soft leading of the Spirit of Jacob on us. He has provided a 3 floor location that is in the center of the city for our residence, meetings, and Bible School. 

Daily we meet people that have been Divinely orchestrated to meet us - such as yesterday we met the Ambassador of Serbia and his wife who have extended an invitation to meet again. It is like we have arrived to this city as if we arrived to a home that has everything prepared to receive us. 

We have a group here of about 20 people (including 4 Iranian men that are new believers) that we have ministered to on a continual basis over the last few weeks. We will be here for another 2 weeks and then we'll go to Poland for a conference in Lwowek, Slaski April 30-May 2. After which we'll visit the Polish churches and then on May 10th we'll fly back to Baltimore.

It is our desire to return here in the summer and if God permits to stay here for a longer term with a team.

Thank you for your prayers and support!

Volodiya - Kyiv

Like a golden radiant medallion, the morning sun emerged from behind the sleepy horizon and slowly rose over vast flat Ukrainian fields that stretched as far as the eye could see. The dark, black soil lay freshly turned from recent plowing and harvesting of wheat.

A few hours earlier our small team of Ukrainians and Americans got into a bus from Kirovohrad and we were on our way to KYIV – the capital of Ukraine. As we sped towards our destination we could see from small bus windows a glimpse of this miraculous event that happens every day – Dawn. What a breathtaking sight! I tend to think that even angels wonder at it!

As the morning rays warmed the chilled October air and gladdened the Ukrainian landscape it brought to mind what God seemed to be doing in Ukraine; radiant waves of the Gospel Grace shine on the rich soil of many people’s hearts and there is a lingering sense of preparation and expectation of Precious Seed.

The soil is rich here, so much so that in World War II Hitler’s armies shipped train cars full of this black soil back to Germany. But to no avail – it is something that can’t be transported or stolen – only cared for.

I’ve now come to the end of this surprisingly blessed trip and it is as if all of Heaven traveled with us to the churches in 5 cities we visited. Traveling with me were 6 men from L’viv, Odesa, Kirovohrad, Cherkasy Dnepropetrovsk and Kyiv. There was of course the abundance of laughter, fellowship, the Word, & good Ukrainian food. The only thing that we had little of was sleep.

Every city we went to God brought young people to us that told us that they were called to the ministry and that wanted to study in Bible School. One of them was Volodiya.

As I exited the main train station in Kyiv having just arrived by plane from Bishkek, there was a surprise that awaited. Pastor Juha & Lasi from Finland were there with Albina & a young man with long hair. We greeted and talked about how we were to get to L’viv for the Ukrainian Conference.
Turning to the young man that stood there I asked, “Як тебе звати?” He answered me in English;
”My name is Volodiya, you know me” he said smiling.
“I do?” He did not look like anyone I had met before.
“Yes”, he said “I’m from Truskavets, you knew me as a teen there” He was one of the young teens that came to our Bible Study p. Yura Hrodz led in the mid 90’s in Truskavets. Then 3 months ago he re-appeared in Kyiv as someone emerging from the wilderness and contacted p. Misha in L’viv. Hearing that we were to be in Kyiv he found us and was with us till we departed from Ukraine.
“What are you doing here?” I asked,
“Waiting for a church to start here” was the sum of his answer. He was invited to Kyiv for work and God began to work in his heart.

When we retreated to a nearby Pizzeria from the noisy bustling train station he went on to share with p. Juha and I that he was Greater Grace and that he had no church in Kyiv to go to. He was voicing what I’ve heard so many times already from the growing number that lives in Kyiv that consider themselves part of our church.

It was evident the heart cry from this young 23 year old and in many ways it was disturbing to hear. Everyday for the following 2 weeks his words stirred our hearts in prayer and petition to the Lord of the Harvest.

So we have started to plan and strategize.

Is it possible for a shepherd to sleep when he hears the bleating of a young lamb lost in the wilderness? How can we not do any thing? As Jesus had the necessity to go through Samaria so we have this necessity laid on us to preach in Kyiv and tend to the sheep there. When we kneel in prayer this young man appears to us as an angel from the Lord saying “Come on! Let’s do it”

Lord help us to help them. We cannot, we do not claim to know how – “Thou knowest, O Lord!”

Let’s trust Him and see where He leads us.

If you can't see this slideshow click here: http://picasaweb.google.com/goye4th/LvivConOct09?authkey=Gv1sRgCMTz6pH4wbm--gE&feat=directlink

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"Risen Up"

Joh 11:4  When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby. 

In 1995 a group of our Bible School students from our school in L'viv began to minister in a hospital where people that succumbed to severe drug addiction came to recover physically, or in the case of some, they came to die due to the advanced stages of sickness because of drug abuse. That day 14 years ago turned out to be a divine appointment set in the Heavenlies for the glory of God.

3 patients lay there in there beds in terrible condition. 2 were to recover and become students in our school but the third, the nurse said he had been "released" meaning there was nothing more they could do for him. Vitya had only a 55 red cell blood count and weighed only 60 kilos. They gave him three days to live. 

That day he found Christ when he met our students and after three days when he was to be dead he was one his feet recovering miraculously. Not long after that he became a Bible school student and graduated years later and moved back to his home town Volodymir-Volinsk (a city where statics show every 4th individual living in that city of 40,000 was addicted to some form of substance abuse). 

While in bible School he was a quiet student but very faithful to the church and often brought many new people. 8 months ago Vitya started meetings with those people that he had been investing in Volodymir-Volinsk and today Vitya has a church of 30+ people. Many have responded to his testimony and gotten saved and he is a pastor for many in that small town.

What was a soul destined to die in a grungy Ukrainian hospital - a last stop for many drug addicts - was a soul Jesus raised up for His glory!

As our little team of four men traveled by car back from Volodymir the sun set over beautiful Ukrainian fields green with spring. Our hearts were full of joy and our spirit worshipped the God of Vitya. This is Greater Grace.

Never underestimate 3 things: the Seed, God's people, and time. 
Enjoy the photos below of Vitya's discipleship group in Volodymir-Volonsk. (click here if the slideshow doesn't appear)

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A Towel & Basin

"Jesus riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. " Jn 13:4-5

Greetings! I am writing to you from my hotel room in Krakow as we prep to go to Budapest tomorrow.

My personal meditation has been on these chapters the last couple weeks - Jn 13-17 - the last moments Jesus has with his disciples at the last supper before he would be betrayed and delivered up to be crucified. During these last hours, Jesus aware of Judas' intent to betray him, does just the opposite of what the average man would do upon hearing he would be betrayed unto death; he takes a towel and a basin and in an act of ultimate vulnerability ministers to those whom he has loved unto the end.

Jesus could do so because of what was written immediately before hand in verse 3 - "the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God". Jesus knew his origin, direction and destiny affording him to be focused on the more important issue at hand, is disciples' need to be ministered to and their understanding of critical truths that we see Him speak of in the following chapters.

These past few months in Ukraine have been months with a towel and a basin - much is happening here.

We have a precious new church in Volodimyr Volinsk with a Towel & Basin ministry. I will upload photos and more information soon after EuroCon.

Tomorrow Gosia and I drive to Budapest to meet the saints! We are very excited and looking forward to the fellowship and strengthening by the Towel and Basin. We will see many of you soon.

Please enjoy this video below of a recent trip I took to Odessa just a couple weeks ago.

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An Enlarged Heart vs. Tree of Knowledge

Feb 5, 2009

"God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore." - 1 Kings 4.29

What God gave to Solomon was not only understanding and wisdom but largeness of heart. This heart was characterized by breadth and depth that we see described in Isaiah 60.5 "Then you shall see and be radiant, and your heart shall thrill and tremble with joy [at the glorious deliverance] and be enlarged; because the abundant wealth of the Sea shall be turned to you". The expansion of heart came from a revelation of the love of God shed abroad in Solomon's heart - Romans 5.5. The love of God always expands our heart so that we welcome more people into our personal sphere of fellowship - this is evangelism and inreach isn't it? Largeness of heart fears no risk taken when we love unconditionally. That way we do what we do with a whole heart; "heartily" with "singleness of heart" - Col 3.23. Otherwise it will be inevitable that we live at the tree of knowledge - good knowledge and bad information about situations or people or our ministry from the Lord. Knowledge never sets people free; good or bad knowledge, because the roots of the "tree of information" are deep in a Satanic philosophy and mindset. In largeness of heart there is a treasure house, we see this in Luke 6.45. In this treasure house in our heart there are people, places, memories, vision, plans, determinations, and Jesus Himself - Eph 3.17 that tabernacles there with us by faith.

It's been only one week here in Ukraine and the preciousness of the fellowship and the Word has been so present among us all here. Gosia joins me most likely in a couple weeks. Thank you for your prayers, please continue to hold the ropes for us.

A few upcoming events this month:

  • February Outreaches to Kyiv
  • Feb 27-March 1 - Preach & Teach Seminar - Odessa - with P. Mikhail, Kim Shibley, Cliff Olson, Micah Stambo from Romania & P. Julian Timothe and P.Mark Knowles from Moldova.
  • March 17-21 - EuroCon 2009
  • March 23-April 6 - Cyprus Mission Trip

Enjoy some of the recent photos taken from this week :

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"Fitly Framed" UkrCon '08 - L'viv - Ukraine

With over 300 total in attendance, God ministered to all of us by His precious Presence by His Word and His people. P. Schaller was our main guest this year with visitors from Tyumen, Moscow, St. Pete, Kaliningrad, Bilarus; Russia, Poland, Germany, Hungary, Croatia, Sweden, Finland, Central Asia, and of course Ukraine!

The messages that were preached are posted here: http://www.box.net/shared/ptlksdi22q

There were countless pictures taken - you can find many of them on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=16342643382

There is also a 4 minute video of the many faces and events that you can watch here!

Gosia and I are planning to return to Ukraine in January. We covet your prayers.

When He Visits in the Night

You have proved my heart; You have visited me in the night; You have tried me and find nothing [no evil purpose in me]; I have purposed that my mouth shall not transgress. Psalm 17.3 – Ampl.

At times in the very evil world we but sojourn through, we can feel the enclosing darkness press on our spirit and try to cloud our mind with questions that attempt to de-throne Jesus Christ from off the throne of our heart. It is times like this that God’s entire heavenly host hush in wonder as the trial that haps upon the child of God for what will be brought forth is His Treasure. This happened one night at the Garden of “the Winepress” (Gethsemane) with the Son of God Himself. At this moment of the power of darkness Jesus prayed yet what was squeezed out under crushing pressure was not psychic confusion nor cries of despairing questions but rather prayer and absolute surrender unto the Father.

When it is a dark night of the soul we must not grieve the Spirit’s whispers that can only be heard when we ourselves have been weaned and quieted before Him. It is at this time of great infirmity that the Lord wants to minister to us otherwise as Jesus said to Peter – “you have no companionship in me” (John 15 Ampl). I am learning that without these visits in the night where He ministers to us under much pressure, our ministry can actually become perjury; oh may God forbid!

These visits in the night may not be often but when they occur there are two things that result (as it was with Jacob) a tremendous revelation of God’s Gracious Nature and future Plan as well as a definite weakening of natural ability. See after Jacob’s encounter with the Lord how he leans on a rod, the very rod that he used later in his life to bless his children. We will do well to let Him visit us often and rapture our heart and renew the spirit our minds.

Now in Ukraine we have faced several grievous health situations with dear people in the church here. Please pray with us as we minister here to these very precious Ukrainians with a towel and a basin.

P. Chris & Gosia

Please enjoy the slide show below of birthday parties, remodeling and our new Chapel

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When God Feeds Us from His Own Hand

L’viv, Ukraine

When you look at a bird, it is very unique in that it is lacking something…hands. It helps bring to light the phrase Jesus made in Matthew 6:26 (Ampl) “Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them”. We are like this bird mentioned in this verse, wings to fly in the heavenlies with Him but no hands to feed ourselves. God Himself wants to feed us that is why He leads us to the brook of need and trial. God fed the prophet Elijah by a brook “Cherith” in 1 Kings 17.4,6 by commanding the ravens to feed him bread and meat in the morning and the evening, everyday. Why this way? Intimacy. God wanted to bring the prophet to a place where he ate from the Hand of God Himself, this is one of the meanings in the Hebrew for “Cherith” - “in the face of”. With intimacy comes trust, and in trust comes depth, and in this depth comes deep communion.

Presently there are 4 dear saints in the church in L’viv here that are in the late stages of cancer. One of them, Lena, may have only 2 weeks left with us here. Lena is a teacher at the "Perilina" (our Christian Day School) with a husband and 2 daughters 9 & 7) and a precious member of the church here for 13 years. This is the first time something like this has happened in the church here and it is being used by God to bring everyone together in serving these families. Please pray as we are abiding in prayer for a miracle.
Please enjoy the slideshow below of a recent picnic we had.

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The Mustard Seed Summer

July 26, '08

Waking early the first thought I had come to my mind was "Mustard Seed". Being the very first day of our Odessa Summer Conference; I had a sense God had a special visitation for us this year in Odessa. Just days earlier we preached to a total of 6,000 people over a period of 4 days in Yuhzni Ukraine with Sports Power and Bruce Crevier at the city stadium, on Ukrainian Satelite TV as well as on the streets. Many responded on this crusade in Yuhzni and Mikolaiyev. Next week we have Andriej & Lecja's wedding in Odessa; a precious couple in the church with a great call on their lives.

Mat 17:20 So Jesus said to them, "Because of your* unbelief. For positively I say to you*, if you* are having faith like a grain of mustard [or, a mustard seed], you* will say to this mountain, 'Move from here [to] there,' and it will move, and nothing will be impossible to you*.

This Mustard Seed abides in us and is the least of all seeds, easily underestimated but an embarrassment for Satan. David had it as he approached Goliath, he was shamed by David's perspective of the situation and embarrassed Goliath. Our little portion, the loaves and the fishes, are enough for Jesus to multiply. The one word from Jesus "Come" is enough for Peter to walk on water, something no one has ever done before. The incorruptible seed in the believer is enough to overcome the world. Our mustard seed confession in God's unchanging nature is enough to change people's lives and turn the world, and neighborhood where we live.

What I haven't seen before is "you shall say to this mountain..." Not only does the Word of Grace have power to move mountains but the mountain will be moved to where we tell it to.

I believe God hides from us 90% of the affect we are having in our walks of faith so that it is just that, a walk of faith that it would be by grace in our lives.

Many precious things have happened this past month of July. Much fruit. Thank you for your prayers and support. Enjoy the slideshows below:

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My Tribute to Pastor Carl H. Stevens

Acts 20:18-35; 2 Tim 3:10,11

My Dad walked into the house one happy Saturday afternoon in the fall of 1977 with a smile on his face and a hidden prize under his arm in a makeshift box. The way he announced himself as he walked in the door of our York home in Maine, we kids knew he had a surprise. My brother and I ran as fast as an 11 and 9 year old could travel down a flight of stairs, to find my dad... Continue reading...

See the video presentation celebrating his life...

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We are Bread for Others' for His Sake

Meeting at the Sznajders'

As we were pulling up to the Sznajders' home, my heart began to beat faster as I saw a caravan of other cars behind us. What we were thinking would be a small fellowship at their home turned into something much larger. As my wife and I walked in to their home, we were met by people that we hadn't seen for years and the expectation for God was evident in the room. After a few minutes of warm greetings we began to sing, worship and then preach. It wasn't long before we sensed the ushering in of the Presence of God and the magnificent joy that accompanied it. The meeting began at 7.30pm and people stayed after the message and fellowshipped until after 11pm. We shared precious bread together.

These words have been burning in my spirit these 2 weeks in Poland as we visit cities, churches, and home:

"For I received from the Lord Himself that which I passed on to you [it was given to me personally], that the Lord Jesus on the night when He was treacherously delivered up and while His betrayal was in progress took bread, And when He had given thanks, He broke [it] and said, Take, eat. This is My body, which is broken for you. Do this to call Me [affectionately] to remembrance. - 1 Corinthians 11:23-25 Amplified

If we don't carefully consider what Paul was saying it's easy to miss the full beauty of this portion of Scripture. What Paul had received from God he ministered immediately to his troubled church in Corinth. We don't really possess something until we give it to the Body of Christ. When we minister it to the Body, Psalm 16:2-3, we really prove it was ours since we have the power to administrate it, and give it in self determinated fashion.

Jesus then gives the bread to his disciples, to us, after blessing it, saying 2 things for us to do with it, "Take" & "Eat". The first I think we know how to do well, "take". To receive from Christ is easier than to "eat". Eating is an unpleasant process of the crushing and destroying of the bread by our teeth, and the swallowing and assimilation of it in our bodies. Yet we would say, "oh, no, I cannot do such a thing to Christ, it would be taking advantage of him because of my own appetite, it is wrong". But yet we cannot know Christ unless we hunger after Him and not only hunger but consume His body at His own gracious promptings, "TAKE!" We are ashamed to need Him so and we are quick to say "you shall not wash my feet". With out knowing forgiveness, we do not know Him.

That's what Paul is saying, "what I received of the Lord, that which also I delivered unto you." Paul became as bread to these Corinthians in their familiarity, hatred, and comparisons with one another. When we are as sheep for the slaughter daily, and our lives become as bread; chewed up, crushed and taken advantage of (Psalm 44:22; Romans 8:36) we are suffering wrongfully for His sake and people will see Christ truly. People may use you as a doormat, but when they get inside the door, into the assembly, the Body of Christ, they see the wonders of what they were called into. When we give, and forgive, we are most like Christ. We shouldn't be afraid to be taken advantage of, to be as bread for His People.

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Iraq 2008 - Dohuk & Zakho Among The Kurds

"And one night the Lord said to Paul in a vision, Have no fear, but speak and do not keep silent; For I am with you, and no man shall assault you to harm you, for I have many people in this city." - Act 18:9,10 Amplified

This tremendous faith adventure was surrounded with much prayer, thank you all who prayed. P. Marian said there was much fruit on this trip. It's very open; here's a little article on the history of Christianity among the Kurds:

"Christianity began to become a main religion in the central part of Kurdish regions from the fifth century onwards. Mar Saba succeeded in converting some sun-worshipping Kurds to Christianity in the fifth century.[2].[3]

In recent years many Kurds from Muslim background have converted to Christianity.[11] After the First Gulf War in 1991, Christian agencies offered help to Kurdish refugees, who were amazed that the assistance came from Christians.[12].

In Turkey, Christianity has attracted a number of converts both among Kurds and Turks in the past decade. In Iraqi Kurdistan, several evangelical fellowships have been formed. While in some cases they have faced intolerance by extremist Muslims, their activities are largely tolerated by the Regional Government of Kurdistan (KRG) out of a desire to remain democratic. Since 2001, Servant Group International has established three English-language Christian schools titled Classical School of the Medes in Iraqi Kurdistan. By 2005three campuses in Sulaimaniya, Irbil and Dohuk with a total enrolment of 700 students, were operational.[15] These schools are viewed, by some, as a vehicle to help create fertile ground for conversion in the hearts of students.[16] Kurdistan Regional Government has recently awarded legal status and an official permit to theBible Society to open a branch in the region.[17]"

Let's continue to pray...

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Poland Joy Tour March 08

Psa 94:14 For the Lord will not cast off nor spurn His people, neither will He abandon His heritage. - Amplified. Psa 138:8 The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, endure forever--forsake not the works of Your own hands. - Amplified

Right after Eurocon P. Maciek Kniechak, Kyle Benoit and Bryan Ackerman took a trip to Poland visiting our 4 churches in 7 days all over Poland; Wroclaw, Krakow, Gdansk, & Warsaw. The underlying thought of the trip for me was that God never forsakes the works of His own hands. The work of God began in Poland for GGWO in 1986 and it continues today by his mercy and loving kindness that endures forever.

One of the highlights was in Gdansk visiting P. Mariusz, Gosia, and their son Mateusz. There was a woman there in his church named Bozena who is having chemotherapy treatments for cancer. Bozena has been used as a vessel of joyful news in the cancer ward there as she shared with dying people the Hope of Grace. One 4 year old girl said when Bozena asked her if she knew God; "Who is he?" was her reply. Bozena went on to share about Christ and His presence around her during this little girl's suffering during chemotherapy and when she finished a huge smile lit up the girls face. This little one went to the arms of Jesus a month and a half later. Many have found Christ through Bozena's testimony. You may see her joyful picture in the links below.

Please pray for the pastors there in Poland: P. Maciek, P. Robert, P. Tomek, P. Mariusz and Sergay. Please see the link below for an awesome video of the trip to Poland. (it's about 21mb so it may take time to download). Check to the right margin for the schedule this spring and summer in Poland. Join us for the Spring Conference at a real castle May 1-3!

Pictures: http://www.ggwo.pl/photo/Pastor%20Chris,%20Brian%20&%20Kyle%20in%20Poland/index.html

Video: http://www.ggwo.pl/Nowy%20folder/P_Chris%20Brian%20Kyle%20w%20Polsce.wmv

Message: http://www.ggwo.pl/kml_MP3.html

The GGWO Website in Poland: http://www.ggwo.pl/index_ang.html

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Open Hearts - Open Doors - EuroCon 2008

Rev 3:8 "I know your [record of] works and what you are doing. See! I have set before you a door wide open which no one is able to shut; I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept My Word and guarded My message and have not renounced or denied My name." - Amplified

Click here to see a 4 min recap clip of the conference

This years' EuroCon was blessed with the sound of the mighty wings of many angels that rushed in at the gathering of the European Body of Christ, as well as many other international guests. One count I had heard was 1200 people with 800 guests. P. Schaller's messages on the Open Door, Guilt, and P. Scibelli'
s message on "Long Time" and P. Gary's message on Sin; were some of the many messages that spoke to my heart. Haveing approximantly 50 Ukrainians and 29 Poles that came was a precious gift for us that lived in these countries as missionaries.

God has given us as His Church keys. Some of these keys are: The Gospel of Grace, Unconditional Love of God, Humility, and Prayer. These keys open doors that are locked by pride, sight, and rationalistic thinking. Remember that Satan has no keys, his were taken away: Rev. 1:18 & 20:1. Neither is the Devil able to close doors. Therefore there is no door locked to the Believer, only the appearance thereof. As we draw near by faith to doors that God leads us to; these doors that look so intimidating; they will waver, melt and dissappear before the authority of Christ. These keys are powerful, they are given by grace to us with authority to bless and open doors of people's hearts, cultures, and spiritual doors that are like the door of Achor in the valley.

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The Angel of the Face of His Presence - 2007

"In all their affliction He was afflicted, and the Angel of His presence saved them; in His love and in His pity He redeemed them; and He lifted them up and carried them all the days of old."

The Summer and Fall of 2007 have been a precious season where we sensed the very presence of this Angel spoken of in Isaiah 63.9; leading and ministering through us; Jesus Christ. The "Angel of the Face of His Presence did 5 things for ther Jews and continues to do them today for His Church:
Gen 24:7,40 = To prosper your way.
Ex 23:20 = To keep you in the way & bring you to the place which God prepared.
Ex 32:34 = To help lead Moses lead the people to the place of which God spoke to him of.
Ex 33:2 = To drive out the inhabitants of the land that God gave them.
Num 20:16; Ex 12 = To deliver Israel in one night from the bondage of Eygpt.

Samarkand, Tashkent, & Bishkek


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Urumqi, Xinjan, China - August 06

Psalm 15: LORD, WHO shall dwell [temporarily] in Your tabernacle? Who shall dwell [permanently] on our holy hill? He who walks and lives uprightly and blamelessly, who works rightness and justice and speaks and thinks the truth in his heart, He who does not slander with his tongue, nor does evil to his friend, nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor; In whose eyes a vile person is despised, but he who honors those who fear the Lord (who revere and worship Him); who swears to his own hurt and does not change; [He who] does not put out his money for interest [to one of his own people] and who will not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.

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Trips in 2006 The Secret Altar

The Secret Altar

There is a place - in the human being that cannot be touched by any hand or malicious tool, it is the Altar - the secret place in the depth of man. It is sacred - it is our spirit, the place where Christs dwells, the call, the Holy of holiest. Here we worship either the Almighty or self that perishes hourly. God wants to be God of this room, worshiped at this altar. This human spirit must be purged by the one and pure Holy Spirit, the spirit of burning, by the eternal blood of Christ and the water of the Word. Here in this temple that was purged we hear the call of God unto sanctification, & holiness. This room, this altar, this holy place is reserved for communion with not angels or some glorious creature but the Creator Himself. The throne in this enclave is made only for One yet ego strains to stay on it. But until God is the One God of the Throne and the Altar of the human spirit, there can only be anarchy, chaos, restlessness and sin. God must be the God of the secret place or we must become rebels.

Azerbaijan, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Poland, Hungary, Moldova.

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Winter 2006 The Uyghurs; Xinjian Province China

"Cause me to know the Way I should walk - teach me to do thy will, thy Spirit is good - Show me thy ways - Teach me thy paths - Lead me in thy Truth." Ps 134:8,10; Ps 25.4,5.

The "Man of the East" in Isaiah 41 is the persecuted church in Central Asia: "Who has roused up one from the east, whom He calls in righteousness to His service and whom victory meets at very step? He [the Lord] subdues nations before him and makes him ruler over kings. He turns them to dust with the sword, and to driven straw and chaff with his bow. He pursues them and passes safely and unhindered, even by a way his feet had not trod and so swiftly that his feet do not touch the ground. Who has prepared and done this, calling forth and guiding the destinies of the generations [of the nations] from the beginning? I, the Lord--the first [existing before history began] and with the last [an ever-present, unchanging God]--I am He."

Can we love God, be anyway thankful for the work, sacrifice of his Son? Can we in the smallest way attempt the execution of his will? Can we love the unlovely, help the destitute, walk a mile in the shoes of an alchoholic? Can we be with the lonely, hold the hand of a widow in her hour of sorrow? Can we love the one who betrays us not once but seventy times seven? Can we hate this world - all it's beauty, fashion and riches? Can we fervantly hate sin, iniquity, and our own life unto death? I THINK NOT. WE CANNOT. Christ can and does. Let Him take your hand and lead you the Way you would not...

We are broken by Him like bread and broken bread feeds. When He breaks us He distributes life and substance to the Body of Christ making it possible for others to commune with Christ in us. We are not broken for ourselves but others. "This is my body - broken for you"

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Summer 2005 - The Journeys Begin...

During this trip God has placed in my spirit such a burden for these people of the 10/40 window, the Muslims that do not know the name of their father "Ishmael" means "God that hears the cry" - the cry of their heart. Many of us christians are standing on a boat as Peter did fishing, when the Lord suddenly appears walking on our water...may our response be..."Lord! if it is you...call me to come..."

In Acts 27 we see a theme, "Don't underestimate the value of trips with unexpected events". This summer was a flash of fellowship and outreach in 10 cities, 8 different countries. Cherkassy, Ukraine; Sevastopol, Crimea; L'viv, Ukraine; Kaposvar, Hungary; Tyumen, Siberia; Almaty, Kazakhstan; Zagreb, Croatia; Banja Luka, Bosnia; Sarajevo, Bosnia; Krakow Poland.

The secret of God is in His people, it is so easily missed. To see this secret we must be made very small by the Cross. We do not make ourselves small; God does that by the greatness of His gentle mercy.

The tasks of the King must be accomplished by steps:
1. Take a step - don't withdraw like a victim
2. Take another step - don't condemn the man that doesn't take it with you
3. Keep taking steps - never get satisfied with your last step.
Every step we take is onto holy ground God has given us - Joshua 1.6,9

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