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Democratic Republic of Congo – August 2010

16 Aug

Dear Brethren,

I left the U.S.for Europe on the 4th of August and arrived in Prague on the morning of the 5th. I would be in the Czech Republic until the 10th when I would be leaving for Africa, via Paris. I had decided to do the trip somewhat different than how I had been doing it in the past. Usually we would try to find a ticket that would take us straight through to wherever we were going, but the trips seem to be getting longer, harder, and more trying when doing it that way, so I decided to try something new. I have to say that it worked out very well. It was a bit intimidating for me to find my way around in Paris, but by the grace of God it went very well. Not only did I find a hotel quite close to the airport but I was able to get a good night’s rest prior to traveling the next day. It worked out very well.

I left Paris at 10 A.M. arriving in Kinshasa, DRC at 6:30 P.M. There is an hour difference between Europe and the DRC. The wait for the luggage was really the only inconvenience that I had to deal with for it took almost two hours to finally get my bag.

I was met at the airport with a hearty welcome by Sister Biri and Brother Ronald Johnson and I was very glad to see their smiling faces. As we were making our way to where I was to stay, although it was dark, there was enough light for me to see the surrounding terrain. It was not in as poor of a condition as I had thought it might be considering some of the history of the place that I knew. There were a number of more modern and contemporary buildings and I was impressed with the roads on the main track. I was told that it has only been within the last few years that they have been working on the infrastructure of the country. It seems as though the DRC is loaded with natural mineral deposits, and there is a large quantity of uranium, the quality that you make bombs out of, so there is a lot of foreign competition for the right to mine. It would seem, from what I am told, it would appear that China is at the head of the pack and has been doing a lot of the road construction.

The schedule has been quite full, which is good. Our first meeting was to be Friday night in a hall they had rented here at one of the universities. Then on Saturday and on Sunday, we were to have full days of meetings, beginning in the morning around 9:30 and ending up in the evening at about 6 to 7 P.M. That following Monday we had a meeting in Brother Johnson’s house that ran about 4 hours. 

The Spirit of God has been very evident in each and every one of the meetings. The Scripture says that the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. So it would seem in the meetings we have had and there is such an anointing and the strength of the word that is coming. In the midst of laying the foundational principles that pertain to the Tabernacle teaching, the moving of the Holy Spirit that was present in the meetings during the July conference in llinois is continuing its push for sanctification and consecration of the soul. It is digging deep in the hearts of all those that have an ear to hear what the Spirit of God is saying and acknowledging the personal positions of transgression and our need for repentance.   

It is an hour of personal soul searching and repentance; this is not the time to point fingers and assess blame. It is the drinking of the water as spoken about in Judges chapter 7. God spoke to Gideon and tells him to bring them down to the water “and I (God) will try them for thee there.” Each man was judged by God individually. The only corporate thing that was evident at this precise time was that they were all brought to the water at the same time. They were being assessed not by corporate thought or by individual perception, but they were assessed by what and how they responded to the situation. There was already in Divinity’s mind a predetermined response and if what they did did not line up exactly with what was in God’s mind, they were eliminated. We have the same scenario in the New Testament concerning the five wise and the five foolish virgins. Each one of the virgins was responsible for their own oil. This is made very clear in the statement that was made by the five wise when asked for their oil at the coming of the bridegroom; Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. As if this was not enough for us to think about, we should examine a little more closely the 5th station in the Tabernacle. There are two pieces of furniture in the Tabernacle that have the clear distinction of altars that require sacrifices. There is the Brazen Altar in the Outer Court that required the literal sacrifice of an individual who was Jesus Christ. We have the blessing of not having to participate in actuality in the offering of that sacrifice. We can by faith accept the offering that He made and receive the blessing of forgiveness. The case of the Golden Altar of Incense is not the same. It is a station that was put in place by the divine wisdom of God to be the place that the reality of the individual’s position of love and commitment is put to the test. It is referred to by Jesus Himself in the conversation that He had with the sons of thunder and their mother. Matthew 20:23, And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with. It is again ratified by the writer of Hebrews in the chapter 10:20, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; For one to be able to rip the veil and enter into the Holy of Holies, one must first process the Golden Altar of Incense.

Before I conclude this letter there is one more thought that I believe the Lord is speaking to me and I believe He wants me to share with you. It is very much in context with what I have already expressed, but for the sake of obedience I need to put it out before you. I hope that I will have the ability and the vocabulary to express in words what I see in my thoughts and sense in my spirit. When I look back at the conference, I have to conclude that it was a last supper/communion event. What I mean is the significance of it and the results from it can be terribly wonderful, or terribly disastrous. For the eleven it was terribly wonderful. Terrible in the fact of what it exposed, but wonderful in the way they responded to it, for they went onto spiritual victory, each remaining steadfast and firm in their commitment and support of each other in spite of their disagreements. For the other one terribly disastrous, for when given the chance to repent, the man hardened his heart and on the basis of his own agenda and predisposed disposition concerning the circumstance, he concluded the wrong decision and ended up hanging himself.  There is something to be said about the way that he died. It was by his own hand and not the hand of another. In other words, it was not somebody else’s fault. I suppose that we could blame Jesus for giving the man the sop when he knew what it was that the man was going do when he received it and, not only that but what the end result of the thing would be. It is a ridiculous thought isn’t it. How less ridiculous is it when we find ourselves in similar circumstances that have exactly the same choice scenario that will come to the same plus or minus conclusion. 

To get back to the original thought of the last supper/communion event, I believe that in the days that have passed since the conference, the communion environment is ever so much still present with us and we are working out the ramification of it on a daily basis, bringing it, as it were to a conclusion of decision, just as it was with the disciples in the events that happened after they had concluded Passover. The admonishment to me in the Spirit is the admonishment given to the church by Paul in I Corinthians 11:29, For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

May His goodness and grace be apportioned unto each and every one of you.

In His Service,
Brother Burt

 
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