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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!

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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

 

Nigeria Report – December 2013

Nigeria Dec 2013 (1)I am sitting here at my desk in my room at Brother and Sister Chijioke Nwauche’s house. There is a cool breeze that is blowing in through my window and it is quite lovely as well as refreshing. It is a breeze that brings to my mind the reality of the breath of God that is moving across Africa. It is breathing upon dry and thirsty souls that have laid in abject spiritual poverty, parched and bleached by the sun of a religious bigotry and held in bondage by the spiritual deception that is perpetrated against them by both men and devils; to ensure that they would not be able to hear, much less respond to this Word of liberation that is now blowing through this valley and on these very, very dry bones.   

On our last trip here to Nigeria in August and September, Nancy and I became aware of a wind that is now blowing and increasing in its strength. We were witnesses to the stirring of the dry bones and in the stirring of them we were moved by the Spirit of God to inquire of God as to our part in facilitating that stirring. It was very evident to both of us that when God responded to us with the question, “And what about the sinew?” that He was requiring us to extend ourselves yet more beyond that which had already been required. Luke 17:7, But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat? 8 And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink? 8 Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not. 10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do. With this thought in mind and knowing the mind of God for us concerning Africa, I find myself once again here in Nigeria. 

Nancy and I determined that it was necessary as well as expedient that we return here to obey God and to share that portion of the burden that was being delegated to us by God concerning this present move of repentance and resurrection. Doing the will of God often comes with tribulation as well as confrontation with princes and their palities (principalities). When we returned to the States in mid-September, Nancy was hit with a case of double pneumonia, which was quite severe, but God’s grace and mercy were extended to us and over a period of time Nancy was able to overcome it. It was determined at that time that Nancy would not accompany me on this particular trip but would remain in the States to rest, relax and to regain her strength as our schedule for 2014 is already quite full. The field that God has given us to work in is expanding and the amount of energy that is required is increasing; moreover, so is the necessity for us to take care and use what opportunities are given to us by God to rest and to regroup and recoup the physical strength that is required in the doing of it.

My departure from the States was on the 4th of December and I arrived in Lagos on the 5th at 3:30 PM. I have to say that my entry into Nigeria was one of the easiest that I have ever experienced in all the years of coming here. I was one of the first in line at the immigration hall and within a very short time had the necessary stamp in my passport without any of the delays that I have been accustomed to. The luggage was even easily accessible within a relatively short time and going through customs was indeed a breeze in comparison to what I have experienced in the past. I have to say that it was evident that God was going before me. I would say that from the time I deplaned, made my way through immigration, luggage and all, I was outside the arrival hall awaiting my ride to show up in less than 45 minutes. The only hitch that I encountered was that the ride had been delayed by heavy traffic for almost an hour. God again intervened on my behalf and sent an angel in the form of a young man who seemed genuinely concerned about my having to wait outside. He gave me his phone so I could speak to the persons that were picking me up and find out what the difficulties were in getting there. He also shielded me from the various taxi drivers and hustlers that one has to contend with in this arena of travel. In due course of time my ride arrived and to quote an old axiom, “all is well that ends well.”

Nigeria Dec 2013 (2)The first stop on this particular journey was in Lekki; a place that might be called a sub-city of Lagos. There is a small group of people that meet there in Brother and Sister Akinyemi’s house (at least that is where the brethren meet when I have been there). I arrived on Thursday and we had meetings from Friday through Sunday before leaving for Port Harcourt on Monday.

The meetings in Lekki went very well. The brethren are always so gracious and hospitable and they always express how appreciative they are of the Word that God is bringing to His people. Such enthusiasm for the Word of God always reminds me of the answer that God gave to Brother duCille when he asked the Lord, “How will I know the people to whom You are sending me?” God said “It will be those who receive you on the basis of the Word that I have given you.” I find that it has a scriptural basis and Jesus Himself was quite explicit in His language concerning it. Matthew 10:39, He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. 40 He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. It was a word of instruction that Jesus was giving to His disciples prior to sending them out; however, I believe that it is a word of instruction that pertains to any and all who are called and elected by virtue of God and sent by His authority to bring the word of God.

On the following Monday, Brother Chijioke, with his daughter and myself in tow, made our way to Port Harcourt via the domestic flights that are available. I have to say that things that pertain to travel in Nigeria have improved greatly and it makes traveling so much easier. This behooves us who have been under this word from the beginning to be cognizant of our responsibilities in bringing this word and making the effort to know when and where to go. We arrived in Port Harcourt the early part of the afternoon on that Monday, Praise the Lord. I was looking forward to a day or two of rest.

Nigeria Dec 2013 (3)The schedule for Nigeria is quite aggressive. We arrived in Port Harcourt on Monday afternoon and the brethren had scheduled two meetings; one meeting on Tuesday night and another meeting, which was their regular meeting, on Wednesday night. I am so very glad to see brethren who want to gather to hear the word of the Lord. It is a blessing and it is scriptural. Hebrews 10:25, Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. The message that God is bringing to His people in this hour is one of relationship and exhorting us not to be moved to denominationalism; taking this Word that God has given to us as a platform to organize would be self-destructive. This Word is a Word of light. Light dispels and brings destruction to any and all darkness. It is a scriptural truth. Zechariah 5:2, And he said unto me, What seest thou? And I answered, I see a flying roll; the length thereof is twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof ten cubits. 3 Then said he unto me, This is the curse that goeth forth over the face of the whole earth: for every one that stealeth shall be cut off as on this side according to it; and every one that sweareth shall be cut off as on that side according to it. 4 I will bring it forth, saith the LORD of hosts, and it shall enter into the house of the thief, and into the house of him that sweareth falsely by my name: and it shall remain in the midst of his house, and shall consume it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof. God does not look at the ecclesiastical, ecumenical religious system as a church but as the house of the thief. This flying scroll is the Word of the Tabernacle and anywhere that it is sown and or planted it will do that which it is programed to do. Any other purpose than that work is working other than that which it (the flying scroll) has been ordained to do, will eventually implode upon itself. It is out of that rubble and ashes of that destruction that God will find His remnant. Isaiah 61:3, To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

Nigeria Dec 2013 (4)The following Thursday the 12th, we would be back on the road again heading for the city of Uyo. Uyo is a city that is Southeast of Port Harcourt, approximately 200 km in distance. It was one of the first places that I had the privilege of visiting 24 years ago when we first began to come to Nigeria. It was also there that I first encountered one of my major spiritual battles, which proved to be a very valuable lesson. You might say it was where I began to cut my spiritual teeth concerning spiritual warfare. Uyo, I have to say, has been one of the highlights of this trip so far. The response and welcome to our coming was exceptional. We would be there five days; meetings were scheduled for Thursday evening, Friday evening, all day Saturday, and most of the day Sunday. I have to say they were very full days, packed with the Word of God. The size of the meetings and the number of people attending grew each day as word got around that we were there. By Sunday the crowd that was packed into the hall where they normally meet was over 700 to a 1000 people. The enthusiasm that was shown was amazing and the response to the word was phenomenal! The quality of the word that was coming was definitely on a higher plain as God’s presence was in our midst.

That following Monday, the 16th of December, we were back on the road headed to Port Harcourt. We arrived there the latter part of the day and I have to say that I immensely enjoyed unpacking and sleeping the rest of the day.

Upon arriving in Port Harcourt, there were no plans for a meeting that particular day; however, the brethren wanted to take advantage of our presence here and scheduled meetings for Tuesday and Wednesday. Last night, which was Tuesday, the meeting that was held went very well. It always amazes me how God gives you both the physical as well as the spiritual strength to accomplish that which He has given you to do. There were not as many there in number as you would want, considering the longevity and age of the group. The spiritual history of Port Harcourt is that it was one of the first places that invited Brother duCille and Sister Mavis to come and share this particular word. In some respects you might say it was one of the birthplaces of the move of God that was imported by God through them to Nigeria. Let us see what tonight will bring.

I will have to say that I was very encouraged over the attendance tonight; the room was quite packed and God was very faithful to meet with us. There was a very good anointing and the Word of God flowed well. I also want to say that I really appreciate the brethren here in this particular fellowship. The word that has been coming has been quite stern with an admonition to do better. Their attitude and response has been admirable. Tomorrow we will be on the road again, but that in and of itself will be another adventure.

Brethren, please continue to pray for without that support these endeavors would not be possible.

May God’s Blessing & Favor be with you,

Bro Burt & Sis Nancy

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Posted by on December 24, 2013 in Nigeria

 

Mission Update from Nigeria and Liberia

By George Herrig

Dear Brethren,                                      

Greetings to each and everyone. First, we thank you for all of your prayers and intercessions on behalf of this endeavor in the nations of Nigeria and Liberia. At present we are into our second day of the conference in the Capitol city of Monrovia, Liberia.It is a miracle that we are even here. Yesterday, early in the morning we were at the airport in Lagos, Nigeria checking in when we found out we had been given wrong information. Previously,  we were told that we could secure our visas on arrival at the airport in Liberia. That was the case for the Nigerian brethren, both for Br. Chijioke and Br. Ebere but it was not for us from the USA. We needed official documents that  showed approval for us to enter into the country.We were put aside for some time while the other passengers checked in. As we prayed God prevailed, we gained favor with the deciding manager and they printed our  boarding passes. Praise God! Then we found that they had printed Br. Burt’s name wrong when buying the ticket. A  very wrong thing to happen for an international flight. Again, God prevailed in the matter and allowed Br. Burt to be accepted on the plane.

Two victories were won but we needed another once we entered into Liberia without those documentations. When we arrived at noon yesterday we went before the immigration officials. When the uniformed officer saw we did not have the official documents he directed us to the office nearby. The man at the desk also inquired as to why we had no official documentation. One of us spoke that we were missionaries and were told wrong information that brought us into this predicament. When he heard we were missionaries his countenance changed. At that point we noticed on his desk a KJV Bible. He explained that he would see what he could do. He went into another office to talk with the woman who oversees the whole immigration department. At that point they asked Br. Chijioke to come in. We were then told to go and pick up our luggage. Some time later Br.Chijioke came out with our passports. He said the man and the woman could not have been more helpful. They reduced the normal visa fees and said they did this because we were missionaries to this country. Praise the Lord! Isn’t our God so marvelous?

We plan to write more on our time here in Liberia after we finish our mission here.

I want to backtrack at this time to share with you our experiences and the move of God during the Youth Camp in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

When I say youth camp we are speaking of an age group between 12 to 30 years of age with some below and some above that age group. We found that the battles the young adults face are no different than those in other countries and on other continents. The devil is intent on destroying this generation of people. This youth camp in Port Harcourt was their first. The theme of the camp was to be the Tabernacle and God moved so marvelously in the very first meeting.

The prophetic word set the tone by the picture of the tabernacle and what transpires outside the tabernacle itself which is symbolic of the world. The question to them was: What would you define the world to be? The young people began to list them. Prosperity, Traditions, Money, Fashion, Movies, Education that was not led by God, Partying, Pleasure, Anything Human. In the course of that first meeting we came to understand the world is the Kingdom of Darkness. As the days continued and the meetings unfolded God was speaking not only of the darkness in the world but the darkness within us.

The original intent in teaching of the tabernacle was to cover the seven pieces of furniture but in reality we could only get through the first two pieces, the Brazen Altar and the Brazen Laver.

Time in this writing does not permit me to write all that happened during the camp week but I feel quickened to copy this portion of a letter that I wrote to my wife Susan at the conclusion of camp.

“We arrived late morning back in the city of Port Harcourt from the youth conference. I cannot put into words the blessings that everyone received during their youth camp. It was their first camp and I would say it was quite successful indeed.  We had several altar calls with one that over 20 youth (between 12 to 30) either were born again or rededicated their lives. We had 24 baptisms at the river and just when we thought the camp was winding down with its last meeting we had the best of all. The most wonderful night of praise in which many were set free.

Many of the young people have similar problems here like everywhere. Many freely gave their iPods, iPads, computers and cell phones to the older brethren who know computers to delete their songs, pictures and various things that were offensive to the Lord. They even gave their Facebook information to the elders for them to oversee what they are doing. Amazing!”

There was one other altar call on the last day which was one of the most important. At that altar call many were set free from the oppression of sexuality and perversion that had overshadowed them. Praise God!

I was able to take three clips of video during the last part of praise. The visible change in them was undeniable. We heard while we were here in Liberia that the young people in Port Harcourt testified to the power and change in their lives at their Wednesday night meeting. Many older brethren were convicted.

In closing, please continue to pray for us while we are here. We leave on Monday from Liberia back to Port Harcourt. We are there until Wednesday when we return to Prague and prepare for their Children’s Camp which will be held from August 18th to August 25th.

Also pray for our families as well as for one another as we stand together for the victory.

God bless you all,

The team in Liberia
Br. Burt Asbill, Br. Ebere, Br. Chijioke Nwauche, Br. Wade Lux, Br. George Herrig

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2012 in Liberia, Nigeria