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Mission to Togo (March 2015)

Good morning and God’s blessing to each of you,

I thought that it would be expedient to bring you all update on this current mission to Togo. First, please bear with me as I want to outline some of the logistics of this trip, because I believe that is important that we all need to be aware that these trips are not trips that are done on the spur of the moment nor without collaboration with the brethren and the preeminence that the Holy Spirit has in the construction of them. The trip from the U.S is approximately 26 to 27 hours, depending on the flights that are available on the dates that you want to travel. On this particular trip our dates for travel were not very flexible; the best that I could find at the time was about 27 hours, plus or minus a couple hours of plane time as well as airport time put together. We were originally going to go to both the country of Togo as well as Goma, which is in the Democratic Republic of Congo (D.R.C.). Working out of another African country would have made the trip to Togo, as well Goma, less stressful, both physically as well as giving one’s soul the opportunity to recover its spiritual stability. However, that did not materialize as the political environment of the country that we were going to use as a platform to reach these other two objectives was not conducive to us having a visit there at this time; so we had to find an alternative plan to relieve the burden of the Word that was on us concerning Togo.

togo-mapPerhaps a bit of background on Togo would be needed at this point. It was back in August/September of 2014, that there was a team of about 8 of us from various places in the U.S. as well as Africa that came at the behest of Sister Felicia to share this gospel of the Kingdom and the response here was phenomenal! It was decided amongst us at that time, that we should not wait too long to return in order not to lose the inertia that we had achieved on our initial visit. There was an attempt by some members of the team to return at the end of December, but that did not happen. The Togo event of travel was moved to the end of January, but again that did not materialize due to other pressing needs of life, so the trip was again postponed till sometime in March and was to be combined with the trip to Goma in the D.R.C., all of which brings us up to the present day. I have often said that God is in control of His business and it is my belief that He was behind the orchestration of the timeline of events as to world politics and governments, as well as our own personal situations. Concerning the burden of the Word that was on us for both Goma and Togo, God was ordering the timeline that we might be in the right place at the right time. As the timeline for March began to run down upon us, it became evident for one reason or another that the thought of having a team going to Goma as well as to Togo was not going to come together. I believe that Goma was, at this time, being eliminated from this trip, and that is a story all in itself; a story perhaps for another time. When it was finally determined that a team going to Togo was not going to happen, Nancy and I began to investigate other alternatives in order to relieve the pressure in the Spirit that we need to go and we really need to go now. There is a need for you to also know, that during this time frame of planning, I am in constant communication with the brethren who are involved with this type of mission activity. They, as well as we, were finding life-situations creating obstacles that would not allow us or them to be free to travel to these particular places as planned, if indeed at all. Nancy and my situation is not quite so constrictive or prohibitive in that regard; most of the time for us, it is just a matter of scheduling as well as the strength and vitality of life that is needed to make the haul. As I was meditating on this thought the other day, there was a word that Sister Mavis spoke to me concerning her own physical situation. She was inquiring of the Lord as to the reason for her physical weakness and seemingly being prone to these types of attacks. The Lord spoke to her out of Psalm 90:10, The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away; with the emphasis on the “by reason of strength.” The way that I believe the Lord showed it to me is as a natural reservoir. A reservoir is created by the putting of a dam, or let us says a restraint, across a viable water source; it has the capacity to hold a little or a lot. I have no control over the input of the water – that is already predetermined; so it is depending on how I regulate the flow out of it. It seems in this respect I am responsible and have the authority to determine the matter at the end of the day as to longevity, but I must be aware of the care that needs to be taken so that by the end of the day I have the ability/reserve to push beyond what has been predetermined. We are of course speaking of those who are abiding under the “Shadow of His wing” and are intent in doing His will.

Which brings me to the place of current events; we began to investigate how to get to Lome, Togo, flying directly there from the U.S., with the least amount of LEAD poisoning (Life Energies Acute Deterioration). These long hauls for us, at this stage of life, are difficult to say the least. It is not that we cannot do them, for we do and we will as it is necessary, but if there is another way to accomplish it, then may God give us the wisdom to find it. It so happens on this particular trip that I was able to find a flight that would allow us to have a stopover in Paris for the night and continue our journey the next afternoon. It was perfect and it was definitely His Grace and Mercy being extended to us in this Togo mission effort.

We left the U.S. the afternoon of the 11th of March, arriving in Paris in the early afternoon of the 12th. We were able to continue our journey after a good night’s rest, departing that next afternoon and arriving in Lome, Togo, on the evening of the 13th, where we were met by Sister Felicia and her brother who transported us to her home.

We will be having meetings every day, whether they are here in her home or at the school. Sister Felicia has a school that she has been developing over the years and on this trip we will have the opportunity to share with the students this word of God. We pray that the Holy Spirit will have the liberty to move and to touch the hearts of the people.

To be continued…

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2015 in Africa

 

Nigeria – December 2013

Dear Brethren,

It is my prayer that the Lord will continually pour out His presence, His peace and His divine grace upon each and every one of you; may it be as it is written, surely goodness and mercy shall follow me/us all the days of our lives.

It has been on my heart to finish writing to you and share with you the events of the last part of my recent trip to Nigeria. As of my last letter to you, we had just finished up coming back to Port Harcourt from Uyo. At that time we had two more cities to visit which would be Umuahai and Owerri.

Nigeria Dec 2013 (1)As we arose the morning that we were going to be traveling, as I remember it, that night had been a night of prayer and wrestling in the Spirit. Owerri for me has never been an easy trip. There has always been a great deal of spiritual warfare that was fought over going to this particular place. It would seem to be one of those hot spots in the Spirit.  There are areas in the World and especially in Africa where satan has set up what the Bible calls seats of spiritual wickedness and for me, personally, Owerri has always been one of those places. It has also been one of the places where I have seen the Spirit of God and the word that has been given unto us bring great victory and deliverance. It was in this same city years prior to this particular visit that God gave me the revelation of man and how he is bound to the earth of his nativity; of the darkness that is around that feeds the soul of man so that the soul may produce more darkness and how the power of God can break that authority of darkness. It was to this place then that the four of us, Brother Obi, Brother Chijioke, Brother Joshua and I would be traveling by car.

Nigeria Dec 2013 (2)The first stop would be the city of Umuahai. This particular place, by the way, is the home place of Brother Chijioke. We would have two days of meetings here with a small fellowship that is in a small village that makes up the part of the city that is called Umuahai. These cities in Nigeria will often be villages that have in some manner or another been swallowed up by the growth and development around them and will finally succumb to the metropolitan pressure to become a part of the whole. There is one event that happened that I would like to relate. Many years ago, probably twenty-four or twenty-five years ago, I met a Brother Uchena, who at the time I met him was part of the original fellowship that was started in Owerri. On recent visits I have wanted to get in contact with him again, but for one reason or another it just didn’t work out. It just so happened that he lived in Umuahia and we found out that he would be at his home in Umuahia during this current visit. It was arranged that we would visit him one afternoon while we were there. It was a very good visit. I am so glad that we had that opportunity for it was just a week or so ago that I received the news that Brother Uchena had passed away.  

The meetings in Umuahia were quite good, there was a very good spirit and the people seemed to be hungry for the Word of God. The meetings were well attended and though the meeting place was humble, God‘s presence was obviously there. The message centered on the original thought of God when he created Man, as to the intent of God for man and the destiny that He has established for man. It is quite a marvelous thought and one that is hard to fathom, when you think of the creation of man; what he was made out of and how it was that the “breath” of God, when He breathed into man, man “became”, it changed the elements from which it was originally created to a form that we now call flesh. (…..for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.) To me it is just a marvelous, miraculous event that totally blows my mind, especially when you think of that breath as it is used so often in the scriptures concerning God and man.    

The second night the message that came was on ‘The Pattern to Perfection’. It was a word that showed the progression and development of the mind of God concerning His plan for man. It began with God and man in the garden to Moses on the mount where God gave him the pattern of the Tabernacle; down to the time of David and what the scripture says concerning the Tabernacle of David and how God desires to restore it (Amos 9:11). This all of course deals with the coming of Jesus Christ and by virtue of what He accomplished concerning the development of Christ within us. When you begin to think about the absoluteness of God and all that He is and that He wants to reside within man in the totality of that fullness, it is almost incomprehensible and it would be so if it were not for the scripture in John 14:26, But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. So you see God does not leave it to happen-chance or to the discretion of the individual believer; He has provided every resource that is necessary to accomplish what it is that He wants done. All this is to say that all in all the two days spent in Umuahia were quite good and I believe very profitable.

The next morning which was a Saturday, we would be back on the road again and heading for Owerri. We had meetings scheduled for that Saturday night and Sunday morning. There are several fellowships in Owerri and they had agreed to come together for a joint meeting to facilitate our coming. 

That next morning I received a call from Brother Jokes at 6 A.M. telling me we had to be checked out of the hotel and on the road by 6:30 A.M. It seems on certain days of the month many of these cities have what is called street cleaning. If you are found driving on the road between certain hours, they will stop you and either make you help in the cleaning of the streets or give you a very big fine! Although we did not make our deadline for getting on the road, we did make it out of the city limits without any mishap.

We had little difficulty in getting to Owerri and to get checked into the hotel that they had provided for us. Our first meeting would be that Saturday evening in a place called Tabernacle of Grace. As we made our way to the evening meeting place, we had some difficulty in finding it being they had moved to a new location and were in the process of building. When we arrived I was a bit surprised to see the number of people so small in comparison to the size of the building. It would seem that we, as a people, still give preference to holy days, weekdays versus Sundays, and not to mention the Word of God. I was given the opportunity to share the word that God gave me concerning “This is the Time, This is the Place.” The Word began with a bit of history lesson concerning the Word of God and its effect upon them as a people; in particular them as a people concerning this word for the end time and that of Sonship. The time is serious and the jeopardy that the world is in because of the darkness that is becoming more and more dark is consequential to us as Christians. Brethren, we need to wake up and smell the smoke. There is an old expression that says where there is smoke there is fire, and, brethren, there is a fire that has already been kindled and it will come to be seven times hotter than any fire that we or the world has ever experienced. We are called to be the First Fruits of Christ, those that participate with Him in the saving of the world. The meeting ended with a call to repentance and a rededication to the Lord concerning His plans and purposes for humanity.

We had one more meeting, one more opportunity to repent. Perhaps you might think that that thought is presumptuous? Well, I believe it is scriptural and in context with what the Bible says about man. Do I presume to tell God that I will yet have one more opportunity to turn from my position of stubbornness and rebellion? The Holy Place church is a church that is in danger of not becoming, but is becoming the Abomination that is spoken of by Daniel the prophet. He speaks of a church that has a word of Sonship, but it is denying the power of that word through dissemination and apostasy. This word has the ability to change man from mortal to immortality; from the smell of putrification to the smell of the rose, from the depths of the lowest hell to the ultimateness of God’s eternity, but for that to happen man must die, die completely and absolutely to the demands of his soul. It is a soul that is no longer ruled by its passions and the unholy desires of its gross darkness, but is a soul of pure and holy light that burns with such intensity that no unholy flesh can abide within its presence. That is the soul that will flee from that apostasy of self-fulfillment, self-preeminence and self-preservation. It is a soul that would rather die in the physical sense than to be bound forever in that state of eternal agony, obliterated from the mind of God.

Sunday morning held a bit of a surprise for me. When I walked into the meeting place that morning, the place was packed to the max!

Nigeria Dec 2013 (3)

When it was determined that I would be going to Owerri, I began to seek the Lord for a specific word and not just any word, but a word for the church, the true church in Owerri. It was a word even as the words that are given to the seven churches of Revelation; Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand (Revelation 1:3). And again seven times the Spirit of God sayeth to the (Holy Place) church, He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. I thought as of Friday night that I had missed God in that word, but when I walked into that hall that morning I knew that this word was for this people and in this place. I have to also tell you that as I walked into that place a fear fell upon me, not a fear of man but a fear of God, that I would not step out of the will of God in thought or in word. The word that the Lord gave me was a word that was a story of the church and it is found in Isaiah 7:1. It is the story of God and His people and the insurrection of the church against the church and the rebellion against God and the apostasy that comes because of it. It also speaks of God’s redemptive love for those who repent and “turn again to the Lord.” I have to say that the response to the word was very good. This meeting would conclude our multiple visits to various cities and to the various fellowships that we have helped over the years to lay the foundational truths of this Kingdom of God message. It also brings me to the end of this segment of the trip. The next adventure and the last report for this trip will be the up and coming Port Harcourt Youth Conference.

May God bless you and thank you so much for your prayers and support.

Brother Burt & Sister Nancy

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2014 in Africa, Nigeria

 

The African Chronicles – The Nigerian Adventure

Dearly Beloved Brethren,

But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth. 2 Thessalonians 2:13

It has been quite some time since I have had the opportunity to write. There have been many places that we have been that it is difficult to decide where to start and what of the exciting things that we have witnessed as to the move of God amongst the people to share. At this point to say that this trip has been outstanding is an understatement; I would say that it has been phenomenal. God is surely visiting His people.

Perhaps I should give you some of the background concerning this particular trip to Nigeria, for in and of itself I believe that it has some particular significance in the economy and in the time schedule of God. I trust that you will not misunderstand me for I am not of any particular importance, but more in the sense that I was and am a witness to the fact of the move of God that originated with Pa Elton, and that was carried on by Brother and Sister duCille here in Nigeria. In fact, I am also aware that it was Pa Elton who prophesied the coming of Brother duCille; for there were questions that the brethren he was shepherding had concerning the coming of Jesus Christ. He was the one that said there was one coming who would be able to answer the questions that he could not.

It was the will of God in those early days that I would be a part of the team that would be coming in and out of Nigeria sometimes twice a year for seventeen to eighteen consecutive years. I do not remember missing even one of those trips, for it was evident to me that there was a move of God in Nigeria and I for one did not want to miss any of it. It was a move of God that would spread like wildfire from Ilorin down to Lagos, across the western part of Nigeria down to Port Harcourt stretching over to encompass Calabar. Unfortunately, like most moves of God, due to time, life, prosperity, and the incredulous presumption of man that he can do something better than God, it has become organized, denominational in its structure and ecumenical in its thinking and, like so many moves of God, it is on the verge of extinction and is now on the brink of being swallowed by the Mother of the Harlot church. It is however, in such events of church history as what I have described above, that God has a remnant of people to whom the Word of God is as living water, and it is to that people that we trust the wisdom of God to lead us. As it was in the beginning, there was a clarion call to the Evangelical, Pentecostal segment of Church to “Come out of her, My people,” so now there is the sound of the Trumpet that heralds to that Holy Place people to “flee from the Holy Place unto the mountain,” for the Abomination of Desolation that maketh desolate is now rising in that segment of God’s sanctuary. It is now that trumpet that is sounding loud and clear and it is evident that there is a remnant of people who are now responding to that sound, even as their predecessors respond to the previous message. It is even as it is written in the book of Revelation, “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”

Nancy and I arrived in Port Harcourt on the 1st of August; we were joined on the journey by Brother Barak Asbill and his second born son, Christopher, as well as Brother Wade Lux from the Dubuque, IA fellowship. The journey in and of itself went well; there were no interruptions or events to make it more arduous than the normal 23 to 25 hours that it takes to make the journey. We arrived at the Port Harcourt International Airport on the 1st of August, West Africa Time. The airport at Port Harcourt is under construction so the arrival hall is somewhat makeshift as well as temporal. It consisted of a tent that was approximately 30 by 50 feet, and this houses the Immigration, baggage arrivals, as well as customs, and not to mention the Health inspection for the Yellow Fever Vaccination. You fill that with 250 to 300 deplaning passengers and it makes things quite interesting to say the least. It was at least 2 to 2½ hours later that we were able to walk out and there we were met by many of the brethren who had come to greet us whose smiling faces were as a cool breeze on a very hot and humid day. I have to say that God’s mercy endureth forever.

Up to this point we have had a very aggressive schedule. We were to travel to the various fellowships that we have had the privilege of establishing and encouraging when we first came to Nigeria. In the subsequent years, somewhere around 17 or 18 years that followed, we had the opportunity to fellowship with them through those formative years. It has been about 8 years or so that I have not been there nor been able to fellowship with these particular brethren. The first place that we went was to a village, well, I suppose that you could call it a fairly large town, or a smaller size city called Umuahia. This particular place happens to be the hometown of Brother Chijioke when he was growing up in the early years of his life. There was a small fellowship of about twenty-five or thirty people who were gathered there to praise and worship the Lord. We were able to have two sessions with them on the Kingdom of God and the response to the word was very good. It was the next day that we traveled to Owerri. We would be there for three days of meetings, having two meetings a day.

I have to say that the meetings in Owerri went very well. Owerri, for me personally, has always been something of a hotspot as far as spiritual confrontation is concerned. There is a variety of spiritual activity that I have encountered for one reason or another, and I was not sure what to expect; both as far as the meetings were concerned, as well as the brethren who are there. I am happy say that that there were no major surprises, and for those insistences that we encountered, the Grace of God was evidently provided and the meetings went extremely well. For those that made the effort to attend, I believe that they were very blessed. I have since been told by some of the brethren there that there is a very strong move of God; a resurgence of life both within the ranks of the young people, as well as many of those who had previously been privileged to hear and participate in this Word.

Owerri would mark the end of the first segment of the trip and on the conclusion of the last meeting which was the 11th of August we would be returning to Port Harcourt to prepare for the youth camp that would be starting on the 14th of August.  

I trust that you will bear with me in my excitement over what I was so privileged to witness as the Spirit of God descended into the midst of our gathering in Port Harcourt. The Word that was being shared was coming in power; the power of conviction that generates the spontaneous response of those who by reason of that anointing are smitten in their hearts and drop to their knees in contrition and Godly sorrow, repenting and confessing their sins to the almighty God. What an event, what an experience, what a spectacular opportunity to participate with the moving of His Holy Spirit. It has been said that this camp began where the last camp stopped; I have to say that I believe that that is true. With each passing day the sharing of the Word became greater and greater, even as it says in the Bible that the Word of God is like a two edged sword so it was in those days of the youth camp. Brethren, I have to say that the praise and worship was phenomenal. Surely there was the presence of the saints as well as the heavenly host that was in midst of the group; God is visiting His people who have the heart that seeketh after Him. There were testimonies of healing and deliverance that came out of those sessions from many of the young people. There were at least 15 of the young people, as well as the younger children, who received the Lord as their personal Saviour. On the last day of the camp there was a baptism of 60 souls, some for the purpose of salvation, but the majority of them were those that were rededicating and consecrating their lives to the purpose of God’s will for their lives. What a marvelous, tremendous, and absolutely out of this world experience. That very night the moving of the Spirit was in praise and worship, in ministering and delivering, as well as healing and seeing different ones being baptized in power of the Holy Spirit. Isaiah 61:1 says, The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound. What an absolutely fabulous way to end a most blessed event as was this particular youth camp. Praise God! 

The end of the camp would mark the end of this segment of the trip. It is also a good place for me to end this segment of this report. We would have two days of rest and repacking before we would be back on the road heading for Lagos, Nigeria, Liberia, and then to Sierra Leone… but that is another story of God’s divine power and intervention in the lives of men, as well as turning the plans of the devil upside down. It is also another story for another time. 

May God’s Eternal Grace and Love abound in your hearts and lives to draw you ever closer to Him.

Brother Burt

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2013 in Africa

 

Report from Nigeria by Chris Asbill

I would like to begin this report by saying that this trip to Africa has tremendously changed my life, my way of thinking, and my attitude towards going on mission trips. This report will be in two segments; in the first segment I will talk about the places that we went to and the life that was in those meetings. In the second segment, I will discuss a couple of prevailing thoughts that were throughout the entire trip in the different words that were shared. I hope that I will be able to convey the feelings that I have in my heart.

We (Mr. Lux, my Dad, and myself) left the States on the 31st of July and met up with Grandpa and Grandma Asbill in Paris. From there we went to Port Harcourt and arrived there on the 1st of August. My first taste of Nigeria was the airport and just getting through that is quite the experience. Brother Chijoke, along with some of the brethren, met us at the airport and took us back to his house. That weekend we had some meetings at one of the fellowships in Port Harcourt. By now God was beginning to work in my soul because I had to do things that I would not normally do, like get up in front of everybody and say hello and how glad I was to be there. Now those that know me will know that I do not like to do things that are new or different. I usually like to just sit in some obscure corner in the back where nobody will notice me, but that is not what God wanted me to do because that would not help me to overcome. So I got a front row seat and when Grandpa Asbill was introducing the team and I knew that my turn would come up, although my knees started to shake and I was really nervous, I made it through alive. And I tell you this, by the time that it was the last time that I would have to get up in front of everybody, I was not nervous at all.

After the meetings in Port Harcourt we went a place called Umuahia. The people there were hungry for the word of God and you could see it on their faces and by the way that they responded to the word. I was saved at the age of five so I have been a Christian for ten years and I can’t remember even one time that I was as excited as these people were over the word. I look at myself and wonder, “What’s wrong with me? Why don’t I get excited?” It’s because I worry too much about what other people might think about, and yet it is really self. After our stay in Umauhair we went to Owerri. The words that came were still good, the praise was good, but the response was different. The people were not as excited in their response. The team had not been to Umuahair before whereas they had been to Owerri before. There is something that happens when a people that want God hear this word for the first time; it excites them. Then you also have a people that have heard this word before and they get used to it. That is what happened to me. I thought that because I had heard this word before, why do I need to hear it again? I can tell you why it is that I needed to hear it again, because I had not done anything about the issues that I had that the word pin-pointed out to me. And it is the mercy and the grace of God that He comes back with the same word, because He is giving me another chance, but there will come a time when there will be no more chances and I will be held accountable for what I have heard and for what I have done.

We went back to Port Harcourt on the 11th and had two days of rest before the youth camp. On the 12th of August Grandpa Herrig came in and the next day Brother Mark Janzi arrived and we went to the camp on the 14th. I would have to say that the youth camp was the highlight of the trip for me. Nobody can tell me that God was not there in the midst of us because I was not content to just be a witness; I had to partake of the life that was there. The praise that came forth was amazing. When Nigerians sing, they sing, and they put their heart into it. The best meeting that we had was the last one. Earlier that day we had almost 60 water baptisms. They were not just people getting baptized for the first time but a lot of them were getting re-baptized to renew their covenant with the Lord. That night as we got together to praise the Lord, the Spirit of God fell on the people. There was no need for an alter call; people just started to come up. The unique thing was that the first ones to come up were children, children under the age of 12. I have never seen anything like it in my life! The way that God moved in the praise was phenomenal. We would have a couple worship songs and then it would move to praise songs and it was in the spirit. When something like this happens you just cannot contain yourself; I could not be content to just sit down and be still. That was not what the Spirit of God was doing. I can only describe it to you but I hope that you will understand the amount of energy and life that was in that meeting. It was so amazing.

Now I would like to discuss some of the prevailing thoughts that came in the different messages and that is a need for a relationship with Christ and what are we feeding off of? You could actually place these two under the heading of death to self, because in order to achieve a relationship with Christ or to feed on Christ, you have to die to self. To have a relationship with Christ you have to feed on Christ. How do you feed on Christ? By reading your Bible, praying, listening to messages, and reading other books like the Pattern or the Revelation Series. But it is more than just that, you have to stop feeding on the Devil. It says in the book of Daniel that Daniel determined in his heart not to be defiled by the king’s meat. It speaks of a separation that was going on. The world is feeding on the king’s meat and the only way that we are going to stop feeding on what the Devil has to offer is by separating ourselves from it and by setting ourselves aside for God. The Devil needs strength to fight against us and he feeds off of the darkness that is in us. But as we begin to separate ourselves from the world and start to have a relationship with Christ, He will begin to show us the darkness that is in us that needs to be dealt with. As you start to overcome and to get the darkness out of you, you will begin to starve the Devil. I cannot even begin to explain everything that was said, but this is just a sample of what was going on.

I did not want to go to Nigeria but I asked God that He would give me a right attitude in the midst of it, and He did. Coming to Africa was probably the best thing that has ever happened to me! It has revolutionized the way that I live, and the way that I think; I can feel that I have been changed. I pray that God will continue to work in my life and all those that were at the youth camp.

God Bless You,
Chris Asbill

 
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Posted by on September 4, 2013 in Africa

 

African Adventure – Phase 2 (March 2012)

Dearly Beloved,

I am finding that the scripture found in Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me, is very apropos to my life and living as things have become much different and more difficult for me than they have been in the past. I suppose it is the revelation of the scripture in II Corinthians 4:7, But we have this treasure in earthen vessels… how would I apply that in my situation? Well, for one, I am much older and see death in the physical sense becoming more evident in its working in me …that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. I feel the energy level that once was so seemingly inexhaustible, now being depleted and the time-frame needed to recharge is becoming longer and it never actually comes back to its original state. Much like the battery in your cell phone, the more you use it, the less of it there is available in the charge; …cast down, but not destroyed. Not to mention that as my body seemingly reaches that critical state of changelessness; it begins to shut down non-essential systems in order to maintain some spark. I am finding myself in situations and circumstances involving the Church and the state of people’s lives and living conditions that create a stress level for me beyond my ability to cope with it; troubled on every side. I trust that in the course of time the rest of that scripture will also be true, as well as evident; …yet not distressed. I am finding that it is much harder to maintain my focus on the primary objective in the midst of the demands and turmoil that are all around me and in me; …perplexed. I awoke the other day with the song resonating in my soul, “Lord, give me the strength I need that I may overcome.” In the context of this thought, that the rest of that verse will be a visible reality of my being; …but not in despair. My current state of life affairs is something that I am beginning to look at from a different perspective, not something to be upset over, or for that matter, something to fight against or resent. It is more in the realization that I am in need of a deeper, more intimate and personal relationship with the source of Life, the living water, and the source of resurrection power. I am finding that my heart, my cry, my burden, my perspective must be the same as that word that was spoken by Paul in Romans 7:24, O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. As I am meditating upon this thought, I am beginning to wonder how the revelation that God has given me on LIGHT and darkness can be applied; it would seem to me that there is something of an authority in it that has to be applied to this situation. I will leave it here for your thoughts and meditation on the subject.

Nairobi Intl AP-2012-03-19In my last visit with you I was in the Nairobi Airport Lounge which, by the way, had just undergone a major remodeling. It was done quite well I have to say. I was very appreciative for the changes as it made my very long layover there, eleven hours, much more bearable. I had also said that up to that point travel had gone pretty smoothly, which was very true. But I should learn not to be presumptuous in my thinking about the environment in which I am when it is not under my control, especially if I have not reached the end of my journey. Well, as it turned out, we boarded as scheduled and were all set to taxi when we noticed that there was a mechanic who kept climbing up on the wing to check something out. The end result was that they deplaned us and told us that we would have to fly on another airplane. Praise God, three hours later, which was now 9 PM; we were taken to another plane and boarded and managed to fly. One could be upset over the time factor for, at this point; I had already been traveling for almost 48 hours. But I am not opposed to God saving my life. PTL! I arrived in Entebbe without any further difficulty; managed to get through customs without problems, and PTL my luggage all arrived intact. There were two brothers there from a fellowship here in Kampala, who graciously transported me to Sister Biri’s place. It was a welcome sight for me and as I settled down in my bed at 2 AM after a very nice, warm shower, my last parting thought was that the “mercies of God are new every morning.”

Wednesday, March 22, 2012, 6 AM

ARISE (from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you–rise to a new life)! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you! (Isaiah 60:1)

Hotel Room Kiboga Uganda 2012-03-25I have to say that I like Uganda. There is a sense in the spirit that I have concerning it that suggests the favor of God toward the country and its people. There is the possibility of something to be established here and used for the advancement of the Gospel in this part of East Africa. There are many impressions that come, and it is hard sometimes to determine the order or sequence of them and just what it is that God is saying, but it is very clear to me the sense in the Spirit and the desire of God for this place. There has been much blood shed in this country, for it has a history of blood and death, and much of it innocent blood. It has, I am told, one of the largest populations of orphaned children and one of the major contributors to it is AIDS and the HIV virus. It would seem that there is much here that we as a people of God are becoming responsible for. James 4:17, Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. I trust that you will not misunderstand my thinking, for what we are involved with and what it is that we do, it must be done in the context of the environment of the apostolic word that we have received and the charge of urgency that is upon it for this hour that we live in.

The plan for the day was that I would be traveling with Brother Wilson and his wife (they are the contacts that we have for Uganda) to a place that was about 2 ½ hours northeast of Kampala to two small villages; one is called Luamata Village and the other is called Mtwetwe Village. It would be there that I would join up with Brother Ebere and Brother Chijioke who had arrived 2 days before me.  When we arrived there, the brothers had switched hotels to one that was called the Gracious Hotel; after seeing the one that they were in previously, I have to say I was quite glad for the change. The accommodations were pleasant although I had no hot water; but it was water for which I was very grateful. I hope that you do not think that I am complaining, but rather I want those of you who wish to come to know that the environment is not always going to be what you are used to.

We arrived in Jiboga town early enough that we were able to travel with the brothers to the village of Mtwetwe Village. The building was quite simple but adequate for the purpose that it was being used for and it was packed with people. The meeting for that day would go from 10 AM in the morning to 5 PM that evening and we would have another full day of meetings on tomorrow. There were three of us that would be sharing the word. There was myself, Brother Chijioke, and Brother Ebere. It was determined that I would go first. Next we would have a short break after the second meeting and then we would be served dinner after the last meeting of the day. I have to say that it was a very, very good day. There are many people here who seem to be quite hungry for the Word of God and for something more of the reality of God and the thing that He desires to do with a people who will submit themselves to the process. I was a bit surprised at the action of the “pastors” as many of them seem to be genuinely interested in what we are bringing. It seems that, at this time, they are willing to try and work out the mechanics of what it will take for the change from church to body to happen. It will be interesting to see what happens.

On Thursday we changed the meeting venue; instead of traveling to Mtwetwe Village, we would now be meeting at the site of an orphanage in the Luamata Village area. As I have mentioned to you before, the country has a huge number of orphans. I was told that 50% of the population is under 15 years of age. Is it any wonder that God would bring this message to this land? There are a number of scripture verses that come to us when we begin to think about God’s thoughts and the intent of His heart when it involves children, and it would seem to me that He takes their lives and their future quite seriously; I believe that we should also. We would have meetings there all day Thursday and Friday, and then travel back to Kampala that evening. The meeting went very well, although the environment of the place was a bit stiff and a bit harder to break through. It was a meeting primarily for the benefit of the leaders of the church (the pastors) of that area and the surrounding villages. The message was quite clear and the word “come out of her, My people, and touch not the unclean thing” was very strong. There was also a word on Babylon and the robbing of God in the affections of the people. There was a question and answer time as well as a time for different ones to respond. At the end of the day, concerning this excursion into the countryside of Uganda, I believe it went very well. It will be interesting to see what will have developed when we return.

I think that I have given you enough for now. There is much that can be said and more that I will be able to share with you as time and energy permits. We very much appreciate all of your prayers and supplication; without your participation this effort would a quite impossible. Please continue in your labor of love toward us and the people to whom we have been sent.

May God’s Blessing & Favor be with you always,

Bro Burt

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Posted by on March 29, 2012 in Africa

 

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February/March 2012 Missions

My Dearly Beloved Brethren,

Greetings to you in the lovely name of Jesus Christ! It is He that is the light that lighteth every man and even now shineth into the midst of the darkness of man’s soul to illuminate and to translate us from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light. Grace and peace be multiplied unto you even now; that the hand of His goodness might rest upon each and every one of you for we are assured that His thoughts toward us are for good and not evil.

It was but a short time that I was able to spend at home prior to leaving again for Africa via Prague. To be exact, three full days. Our trip to the Philippines was a very profitable one, both in the time and resources that we have had to expend there for the establishment and the advancement of this word of perfection and sonship. There has been much that has already been shared concerning it, so with regard to that trip, I would want to share one thought, or maybe I should say a revelation that was given to me while we were there. That revelation is the understanding of the treasure we have in the children; investing in the children is a gold mine. I do not know why I have been so slow to grasp the reality of what it is that God desires to do amongst them as well as in them. We had no less than 25 children in every meeting that we had and sometimes the number would be somewhere around 50. I could see and sense that many of them have a hunger for the reality of God. I am asking those of you who feel that they have the calling of an intercessor to begin to pray that God would give us the resources, spiritually, mechanically, humanly, as well as economically, to accomplish that which needs to be done. It is not just an item to put on your prayer list to pray about, but I believe that we need to press the battle to the gate so that the gates of hell cannot prevail against our demand for the righteous will of the Father concerning this issue to be accomplished.

Pertaining to the thought of finances, I believe that the Lord is coming to this people of the end time who have been given the blessing of having the wisdom and the knowledge of God… which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life. It is now that we must step up to the plate to accomplish that which was ordained from the beginning for this end time. The Holy Place people are a people like unto a certain young man who came to Jesus; we are told the result of that meeting in Matthew 19:16-24. The young man was sincere and dedicated to the principles of righteousness. He had achieved much and no doubt much of it was through sacrifice and an expenditure of his own life and being. Yet in spite of that, there was one thing he lacked. We as a people are as that young man, and behold, the hour of our proving is now upon us. Will we, as the young man, go away sad and miss the blessing of perfection and the God-likeness that is now being offered to us? There was a word that was loosed to the Holy Place church at the Czech Conference and it is found in Haggai 1:4-5, Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your ceiled houses, and this house lie waste? Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. It is time for us to individually, as well as collectively, to not only consider our ways, but come to a conclusion as to whether we are going to be in or out.

My journey this time started on the 16th of March arriving in Prague in the early evening on the 17th. I spent most of the day Sunday arranging my suitcases to accommodate the books and material that I would be taking to Africa. I began the journey to Kampala, Uganda on Monday afternoon taking off from Prague at 2PM. I would travel via Amsterdam to Nairobi, Kenya where I would have to go through customs to collect my bags. Things went relatively smooth. I had no problem acquiring the transfer visa, collecting my luggage, and finding the right place to check back in for my flight to Uganda. The city that would be my port of entry for this country is Entebbe. There are only two flights to Uganda form Nairobi; one in the morning, which was too early for me to make with my morning arrival. The other flight is early evening or late afternoon which makes for a very long day. This is where I am at present writing this account.

I find it very interesting that God is bring this message of hope, redemption, and resurrection to places in the world where there has been great shedding of innocent blood. Uganda, as do most of these African countries that we are going to, has a very bloody history that is full of unbelievable atrocities that have been perpetrated against the people by a Godless, malignant Darkness that has as its objective the desecration and eradication of anything that shows the reality of the Light.

Well, I suppose that this about wraps it up for me at this point of this leg of my journey. I want to say thank you to all of you who are working with us in the Gospel and the spreading of this good news of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. I, like one of my predecessors in whose shadow I stand, exhort you, brethren, by that coming to make your calling and election sure.

May God bless you,
Brother Burt

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2012 in Africa, Philippines

 

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Democratic Republic of Congo – August 2010

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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Posted by on August 16, 2011 in Africa

 

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