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P. Vladimir Teplov and I sat in his Moscow apartment for a few minutes too exhausted to speak. We looked at each other and just smiled.
"How was the conference in Helsinki?"
"Oh" he said with his tired but purposeful Russian accent,
"It was a-mazing". Rubbing his eyes he struggled to utter a few choice quotes from p.Love. Then in the middle of his sentence he stopped, turned with sleepy eyes smiled again and said "let's pr-ray".
I had just arrived an hour ago to St. Petersburg by early morning (2am) plane from Tyumen, Siberia where sleep was what we did when we weren't preaching, praying or fellowshipping and eating pelmeni. P. Vladimir had just moments ago walked in the door from a sleepless night in a mini-bus from Helsinki to St.Pete followed by a long train ride to Moscow.
We prayed briefly then I got up with my bags and went out the door - I was off on a 28 hour trek back to Baltimore by plane, train, and metro. As I walked out onto the sidewalk he opened a window and shouted to me from the second floor;
"Hey pastor Chris!" looking up a him he just shook his head, laughed and closed the window.
We were beyond beat.
July 4-7 we met up with all the Russian pastors and many of the Russian believers in St. Petersburg and had a conference continuing the topic of Convention- "Anointed for Service"
By the next day I was two time zones away in Siberia at a missions conference with p. Pavel Gailans. Each night we had about 70 in attendance. Damir and Natavan from Baku came and blessed us with their joyful portion and Lezginka dances (see below the video). New team members have joined the team in Tyumen and God is adding new people to the church. It's a Siberian Spring there.
I think one of the highlights was sitting in the thick Siberian Woods with a boisterous happy group of young Russian eager men singing, eating pork chops, onions, cucumbers and dry bread with our hands talking about Luke 17.21.
Today is Monday July 11th, and as I write this blog entry I am hurling towards the Finnish border at 220 km/hr in a high speed Russian train. I am stirred in my heart with a fresh vision for Russia; Novosibirsk, Volvograd, Vladivastok, Tobolsk, Stavropol, and Kazan.
Let's burn for Him!
Here Damir and his wife Natavan dance the traditional Lezgi "Knife Dance" after a rap one night:
Here Arkhad and Damir do another Lezgi Dance for us:
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.
An on going theme in my heart since October has been this precious thought on the anointing of Christ and it's power in the believer's life. David understood the importance of the anointing and the consequences of functioning without an anointing. David before he was king of Israel was anointed 3 times: First, by Samuel at Bethlehem (1 Sam. 16:13). Second, by the men of Judah (2 Sam. 2:4). Third, by the elders of Israel (2 Sam. 5:3). This meant for David a sacred consecration to be king though he was not yet king; God anoints and the anointing abides way before there is a visible recognition before people. The anointing for David also meant 2 other things; enabling for the call before him to be king and the enduing of the authority and power to carry out his task as a king after God's own heart. Right after the first anointing by Samuel, 1 Sam 17, David slays the giant Goliath.
The child of God is anointed in his seating with Christ the Anointed One (Lk 4.18; 1 Jn 2.20,27), but unless that anointing is manifested as it was in Mat 26.7 there is no fragrance, no power, no ministry, and no blessing from our lives. For that to happen the vessel must be broken, the believer's life, as in the calling of Paul the apostle in Acts 26.16-18, must be poured out before the Lord Himself. The anointing is what breaks the yoke of bondage - Isaiah 10:27, it is not sin or life or anything else that breaks a man or a nation - only the precious anointing of the Spirit of Christ that breaks the slavery to sin and the flesh. That is why the vessel must be; it must be broken - 2 Cor 4.7 - that the priceless life of the Savior may be a fragrance to all in the room around us. If the anointing is not released moment by moment in our ministry than the giant Goliath is not slain and God's people will remain in captivity.
To function without an anointing in the work of God is certain destruction. We experience the anointing and manifest it when we are rightly aligned to the Anointed One Himself - Ps 133. That alignment and submission comes only by understanding the words in Jn 19 - "It is finished". To that measure we kneel at the cross, lose our soul-life Mat 16.25, and exchange our life for His; is the measure we walk in the sweet fragrance of grace and the yoke is broken off the neck of God's people. That's what missions is in short; walking in His Anointing - Act 10:38 Ampl. "...God anointed and consecrated Jesus of Nazareth with the [Holy] Spirit and with strength and ability and power; how He went about doing good and, in particular, curing all who were harassed and oppressed by [the power of] the devil, for God was with Him."
Here I am posting a worship song by Klaus Kuchn & Kari Jobe that has ministered to me much in recent days. May it bless you as it does me.
Here is a video of a recent trip we took, 14 bible college men, 2400 miles, 3 states, 5 days 35 hours of driving. preaching, door knocking, preaching, prayer, outreach, fun, food, fellowship. Wow, what more can be said...
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.
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...
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!
The GGWO Website in Poland: http://www.ggwo.pl/index_ang.html
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.