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Mission report: Germany April 2017

(in English, please find it in German below)

Dear Brethren,

From the 7th to the 9th of April we were visited by eleven brethren who travelled here from the Czech Republic, the U.S. as well as from different parts of Germany. The nationalities represented were Nigerian, Czech, American and German. The meetings were held in our flat and this fellowship was a great blessing throughout.

The meetings started with a short vision that was shared: It showed a steep huge mountain with a sharp top. The mountain was covered with snow. Then a skier started right under the top and drove down the mountain in accurate curves. Then the face of the skier was shown and it was a woman. Her scarf fluttered in the wind and she had a smile on her face. – The vision was interpreted as to show the church handling every part of her discipleship (especially the “dangerous” ones) with ease, peace and joy as the Lord grants to her safe passage on the basis of His salvation that brought righteousness to us (= snow).

The main topic of the meetings was the basis of salvation connected to God´s desire for sons. One of the main biblical references was the calling of Abraham and the relationship between God and him. From this on Bro. Burt Asbill extended on the tabernacle, especially on the furniture of the outer court. The encouragement that God implemented in these messages was to head for son ship towards God. Thereby we should take our position of heirs in power and fullness as He leads us on individually in the process of being saved. As God developed the message He was targeting at individual healing as well as at the various circumstances and questions of the brethren.

To me it was very edifying to perceive that the Lord gives the power to overcome every obstacle to every individual believer in order to establish the position of divine heir and to become a son of God.

Stephanie and I are very grateful for this weekend of fellowship and for the efforts of the brethren to come and stay overnight here in Berlin. We pray for a prospering of resurrection life both in the individuals and the (international) fellowships.

Guido & Stephanie Lemke

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Missionsbericht: Deutschland April (auf Deutsch, auf Englisch weiter oben zu finden)

Liebe Geschwister,

Vom 7. Bis zum 9. April wurden wir von Geschwistern besucht, die aus Tschechien, den Vereinigten Staaten und aus verschiedenen Teilen Deutschlands anreisten. Die repräsentierten Nationalitäten waren die nigerianische, tschechische, amerikanische und deutsche. Die Versammlungen fanden in unserer Wohnung statt und waren durchweg ein Segen.

Die Treffen begannen mit einer kurzen Vision, die mitgeteilt wurde: In ihr war ein steiler gewaltiger Berg mit einem engen Gipfel zu sehen. Der Berg war mit Schnee bedeckt. Dann startete ein Skifahrer genau unter dem Gipfel und fuhr mit gekonnten Schwüngen den Berg hinab. Dann wurde das Gesicht des Skifahrers gezeigt und es war eine Frau. Ihr Schal flatterte im Fahrtwind und sie hatte ein Lächeln auf dem Gesicht. – Die Vision wurde anschließend so ausgelegt, dass sie die Kirche zeigt, wie sie jeden Teil (besonders die „gefährlichen“) ihrer Nachfolge mit Leichtigkeit, Frieden und Freude meistert, weil der Herr ihr auf der Grundlage seiner Errettung, die unsere Gerechtigkeit (= Schnee) bewirkt hat, eine sichere Fahrt gewährt.

Das Hauptthema der Treffen war die Grundlage der Errettung in Verbindung mit Gottes Sehnen nach Söhnen Gottes. Einer der Hauptbezüge zur Bibel war die Berufung Abrahams und die Beziehung zwischen Gott und ihm. Von dort ausgehend lehrte Br. Burt Asbill über die Stiftshütte, insbesondere über die Möbelstücke des Vorhofs. Die Ermutigung, die Gott in diese Botschaften hineingelegt hat, war sich nach Sohnschaft Gottes auszurichten. Dabei sollten wir unsere Position als Erben in Kraft und Fülle einnehmen, während Er jeden von uns individuell weiter in seine Errettung hineinführt. Während Gott die Botschaft weiter entwickelte, zielte er auch auf individuelle Heilung ab und auch auf die unterschiedlichen Umstände und Fragen der Geschwister.

Für mich war es sehr auferbauend zu erkennen, dass der Herr jedem einzelnen Gläubigen die Kraft gibt, jedes Hindernis zu überwinden, um die Position des göttlichen Erben zu stärken und ein Sohn Gottes zu werden.

Stephanie und ich sind sehr dankbar für dieses Wochenende der Gemeinschaft und für die Anstrengungen, die die Geschwister auf sich genommen haben hierher zu kommen und in Berlin zu übernachten. Wir beten für ein zunehmendes Leben in der Auferstehung sowohl in den Einzelnen als auch in den (internationalen) Gemeinschaften.

Guido & Stephanie Lemke

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2017 in Europe

 

Report of Lomé

Brethren,

It seems expedient that I take this time that I have, this particular moment to put down a few thoughts concerning this particular trip to Lomé, Togo. As you may or may not know, we have been coming to Togo now for the last four years, plus or minus a year in that computation. We have been meeting in Sister Felicia’s home being it was by her gracious invitation that we could come and have a place to hold meetings as well as have the accommodations and board that is required for a stay of any length of time. It is always very humbling how the Father has children who carry the burden of the populace of their respective countries, and are willing to do what is needed whether it is natural coordination of space and time or to give the finances required to create the opportunity from which this word may go forth. We come and we go, but they must stand; they must abide, dealing with not only the repercussions of the financial burden that our coming imposes upon them, but having to also stand during the spiritual attack, holding the banner of this word as a standard of righteousness to the peril of the kingdom of darkness. They are the unsung heroes of faith, and for that sacrifice of service and dedication I say may the Father Jehovah bless them abundantly.

With this visit there was a visiting team of five persons, including myself. There were four members of the Port Harcourt, MIS fellowship that would arrive here by car on Friday afternoon, a journey of no less than 7 hours as far as the driving is concerned, plus the journey from Port Harcourt to Lagos by flight, from which they would begin their drive to Togo. Brother Chijioke, Brother Yaguo Ide, his wife Sister Lucy, as well as Brother Boma Odumah. Their willingness to sacrifice their time and life energy for the sake of this Kingdom message is very humbling. What they have contributed to this mission effort is immeasurable as far as this word is concerned. I trust that what they have shared and by the fact of their presence, will produce the desired fruit of righteousness in them and in this place as well.

It is evident that through the time of ministry that has been given to Togo overall, it is beginning to bear fruit. When we first arrived, concerning the start of the mission, there were many who were coming and getting blessed, saved, baptized; many were also filled with the Holy Spirit. But as time went on and the Word of God was coming with the power and anointing, laying down the principles of the death to self message, as well as establishing the relevant truth of the life of trials, tribulation, as well as resurrection, the number of those who were genuinely interested began to dwindle down. Whereas in the beginning we had sometimes 30 up to 50 people who would be in attendance, we now have at the most, 12 to 15 people. Out of the group there is maybe 5 to 6 who are catching the reality of truth that is in the message of life and hope that we are bringing. It may not seem to many a story of success, but then if one has that perspective, then one can see or sense that it is that remnant on which the Father depends and will use to bring His Kingdom into being.

The rebelliousness of church and the pastoral control that is put over the people is a very big obstacle, not to mention the witchcraft that those who hear this word and are quickened by the Spirit of God as to its truth must overcome/press through. But despite the devil’s attempts to detract, derail, as well as disregard the relevant truth of this word, there are those who are getting a hold of the truth and beginning to run with it. They are now having meetings on Sunday morning, which is a very big step for this fellowship; possibly you might say no big thing, but I can tell you that that is not the case. IT IS A VERY BIG THING!!!.

We have had six meetings over the course of the last four days. The first meeting being held on Friday evening, setting the tone of the meetings/word that would be coming over the next 3 days. The theme of the message was resurrection and its power of life. The scripture out of John 11 concerning the story of Lazarus and how it was related, an allegory, as to the Holy Place church of our day. I am not really going to go into the details as to messages and such. For those of you who are interested they will be made available online very soon, and you will be notified as to where to go to find them. What I would like to tell you is that the last session we had on Monday evening with the core group, was on traditional marriage and the bride price. It was a breakthrough as well as a fundamental truth that needed to be discussed and set down. That meeting went from 4PM to 9PM.

I would ask each one of you that is reading this report to please pray for these brethren and the work in Togo. It is not a matter of just changing your church affiliation, it is a matter of coming against the princes of darkness as well.

In His Service; I am in Christ Jesus your
Brother Burt

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Frères,

Il me semble opportun que je prenne ce temps que j’ai, ce moment particulier pour faire quelques réflexions concernant ce voyage particulier à Lomé, au Togo. Comme vous pouvez ou ne pas savoir, nous venons au Togo maintenant pour les quatre dernières années, plus ou moins une année dans ce calcul. Nous nous rencontrons dans la maison de sœur Félicia étant que cela a été par son invitation gracieuse que nous pourrions venir et avoir un endroit pour tenir des réunions aussi bien que pour avoir le logement et le conseil qui est exigé pour un séjour de n’importe quelle durée de temps. Il est toujours très humble de voir comment le Père a des enfants qui portent le fardeau de la population de leurs pays respectifs, et sont prêts à faire ce qui est nécessaire si elle est la coordination naturelle de l’espace et du temps ou donner les finances nécessaires pour créer la plate-forme d’opportunité de que cette parole puisse être partager. Nous venons et nous partons, mais ils doivent se tenir debout, ils doivent respecter, non seulement les répercussions du fardeau financier que notre venue leur impose, mais aussi de se tenir debout pendant l’attaque spirituelle, tenant la bannière de cette parole comme La norme de la justice au péril du royaume des ténèbres. Ce sont les héros méconnus de la foi, et pour ce sacrifice de service et de dévouement je dis que le Père Jéhovah les bénira abondamment.

Pour cette visite il y avait une équipe de visite de cinq personnes, y compris moi-même. Il y avait quatre membres de la communauté de Port Harcourt, MIS qui arrivaient ici en voiture le vendredi après-midi un voyage d’au moins 7 heures en ce qui concerne la conduite, plus le voyage de Port Harcourt à Lagos en vol, d’où ils commenceront leur route vers le Togo. Frère Chijioke, frère Yaguo Ide son épouse Sœur Lucy ainsi que frère Boma Odumah. Leur volonté de sacrifier leur temps et leur énergie de vie pour le bien de ce message du Royaume est très humble. Ce qu’ils ont contribué à cet effort missionnaire est incommensurable en ce qui concerne cette parole. J’espère que ce qu’ils ont partagé et par le fait de leur présence produira le fruit désiré de la justice en eux et dans ce lieu aussi.

Il est évident qu’au cours du temps du ministère qui a été donné au Togo dans son ensemble, il commence à porter ses fruits. Quand nous sommes arrivés, au début de la mission, il y avait beaucoup de gens qui venaient pour être bénis, sauvés, baptisés; Beaucoup étaient aussi remplis du Saint-Esprit. Mais, avec le temps, la Parole de Dieu venait avec la puissance et l’onction qui fixaient les principes et du message de la mort de l’ego ainsi que l’établissement de la vérité pertinente de la vie de l’épreuve, de la tribulation et de la résurrection; Le nombre de ceux qui étaient véritablement intéressés a commencé à diminuer. Alors qu’au début nous avions parfois 30 à 50 personnes qui étaient présentes, nous avons au maximum 12 à 15 personnes. Hors du groupe il y a peut-être 5 à 6 qui ont saisi la réalité de la vérité qui est dans le message de la vie et l’espoir que nous apportons. Il peut ne pas sembler à beaucoup une histoire de succès, mais alors si on a cette perspective, alors on peut voir ou sentir que c’est ce reste sur lequel le Père dépend et utilisera pour apporter son Royaume à l’existence.

La rébellion de l’église et le contrôle pastoral qui est mis sur le peuple est un obstacle très important, sans parler de la sorcellerie que ceux qui entendent cette parole et qui sont vivifiés par l’Esprit de Dieu quant à sa vérité doivent surmonter / presser. Mais malgré les tentatives du diable pour diminuer, dérailler ainsi que de ne pas tenir compte de cette vérité pertinente de ce message, il y a ceux qui obtiennent une prise de la vérité et de commencer à courir avec elle. Ils ont maintenant des réunions le dimanche matin, ce qui est un grand pas pour cette communauté; Peut-être pourriez-vous dire pas grand-chose, mais je peux vous dire que, ce n’est pas le cas. C’EST UNE CHOSE TRÈS GRANDE !!!.

Nous avons eu six réunions au cours des quatre derniers jours. La première réunion se tiendra le vendredi soir, donnant le ton des réunions / message qui viendrait dans les 3 prochains jours. Le thème du message était la résurrection et son pouvoir de vie. L’Écriture de Jean 11: concernant l’histoire de Lazare et comment elle était racontée, une allégorie, quant à l’église du Lieu Saint de nos jours. Je ne vais pas vraiment entrer dans les détails sur les messages et autres. Pour ceux d’entre vous qui sont intéressés, ils seront rendus disponibles en ligne très bientôt, et vous serez avisés de l’endroit où aller pour les trouver. Ce que j’aimerais vous dire, c’est que la dernière séance que nous avons eue lundi soir avec le groupe de base a été consacrée au mariage traditionnel et à la dot. C’était une percée aussi bien qu’une vérité fondamentale qu’il fallait discuter et établir. Cette réunion est passée de 16 heures à 21 heures. Je demande à chacun de vous, qui lit ce rapport, de prier pour ces frères et le travail au Togo. Il ne s’agit pas seulement de changer votre appartenance à l’église, c’est aussi une question de venir contre les princes des ténèbres et la horde démoniaque qui règne sur cette terre.

En son service, je suis en Jésus-Christ,
votre Frère Burt

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2017 in Africa

 

September 2016 Africa Trip

By Brother Jim Cassell

Dear Brethren,

I would like to share a few thoughts on this past trip to Africa of which I felt very privileged to be a part. All went very well with regard to travel, connections, and journey strength. The prayers of the saints were felt and so appreciated. PTL!

Togo: The word was very direct and cutting. “You Must Come Out Now!” All along the way in each stop the word God spoke to me was “Come Out Of Her My People.” It is one thing to say to those that still belong and go back to their churches, “come out,” but the word goes beyond that. We, all of us, me first and foremost, need to still come out. We need to come out of the City of Religion and religious actions that deny God our whole hearts, which is what He is after. We need to come out of the world; the world is still in our hearts, still dictates our lifestyle and character attitudes. We need to come out of self. I can attest, self is still very much alive and making demands that supersede walking in and obeying the Spirit. Prime example; go to any country in the world and as soon as the meeting is over, everyone, young and old, are tethered to our media devices, phones, tablets, etc. No discussing the word or fellowship, just media.

Addis: My feeling is a nucleus has formed and a good foundation laid, now is time to build upon that which is set forth. Brethren are beginning to respond to the word, children are responding. I did notice more men in the meetings and they were responsive. In one meeting we asked those who desired to come forward and receive the infilling of the Holy Spirit and all stood up. There was a powerful move of the Spirit and many received, including our widows. Glory to God. Please pray for this people, life is very hard there but they are most enduring and content with so little.

Kampala: “Show the house to the house.” The house of religion was addressed in each session. It is so entwined with our family, our culture and our nationality, our lifestyle. A very good response in the last meeting when Brother Burt ministered on the “Two Houses!” It really expanded on what these 2 houses mean to each of us. “Good Bye, World,” is more than a song, it is a choice, a decision, a destiny in God. We are all in the “Valley Of Decision!” God is offering us so very much and all He is asking for is our whole heart.

Thank you all for your prayers.
Brother Jim Cassell

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2016 in Africa, Ethiopia

 

Ethiopia: Praise Report of a Recent Mission Trip

By Brother Fikresillassie Tsega

Hello Everyone,

I would like to give a praise report of a recent mission trip we took.

Early in the morning on Friday, July 22, 2016, Brother Jemal, Mr. Tadesse and I, Brother Fikre, left Addis Ababa on a bus to a city called Hossana, which is about 300 kilometers from the capital city of Addis Ababa. The city Hossana was a transition to our final destination. It is the winter season in Ethiopia and the day was very cold and rainy. We had to spend the night in Hossana in order to catch the early morning bus to another town. Brother Jemal and I rented an affordable one room to share and Mr. Tadesse stayed on his own.

The next day we met at the bus station and took a mini bus that goes to a small town called Soda, which is located southwest of Addis Ababa, in the river Gibe region. Gibe is a tributary of one of the largest rivers in Ethiopia called OMO. The road was manageable until a small town called Morsito. Too much rain and the muddy road made the remaining trip so very difficult. Many times we had to get out of the bus and walk to make the load of the bus lighter. We kept moving forward even though we were struggling, but the road in front of us was blocked by a bus which was stuck in the mud. The passengers began to dig with shovels and other tools to unstick the bus. Although it took several hours, we were finally able to reach the last station of the mini bus, the town Soda. Praise the Lord!

The next challenge was to get to our final destination as soon as we could. This time there was no transportation so we had to walk an hour-and-a-half to get to the brethren. We headed to a village called Omo Chora, by the river Gibe region and arrived to the small village Totanik where the brethren live. The brethren received us with warm affection and made us rest for a little while. We then prayed and gave thanks to the Lord together. The day happened to be a market day for the village so the brethren asked us to visit the market with them. This gave us a relaxed walk and good fresh air before the evening meeting.

In the evening, the elders of the church and others gathered together in the church for a time of fellowship and worship. Mr. Tadesse began by giving his testimony and then Brother Jemal and I shared from the Pattern book by Brother duCille. We continued until midnight and the people were very pleased and encouraged. The fellowship was uplifting and we felt the presence of the Lord. These brethren are very hungry for the word and on fire for the things of God.

After the meeting was over, dinner was served in the church. It was a banquet, a very delicious meal which we all enjoyed. We can only say “God bless them.” We also spent the night in the church where they had prepared a sleeping area for us as well as some of the brethren who also spent the night with us.

The following day we started with an early morning prayer meeting followed by breakfast. We then started the meeting with uplifting songs and prayers. The brethren asked us to introduce ourselves to the congregation. We introduced ourselves and each one of us prayed – it was a time of exhortation and fellowship. The Spirit of the Lord was moving and we felt the presence of the Lord in the meeting.

I would like to mention some facts about the brethren’s background as they are a people who are isolated by society because of their heritage and trade. Many people in Ethiopia are not aware of this, but it has become an acceptable thing to isolate such ones and these people live in their own community doing only business with other communities. Their origin is believed to be Jewish. They are artisan by trade and very good people. We saw the hand of the Lord in a people who are despised by society. We gave praise to God. From what we learned no one goes to fellowship with them in their church. The goodness of the Lord is amazing and we saw and heard their testimony which gave us remarkable encouragement. Their love and compassion for us was Godly. May the almighty God bless them and keep them we pray, Amen.

Sunday was our last day. After we finished our mission, we exchanged a heart-felt good bye with our dear brethren and left in the afternoon. The brethren advised us to change our route to get to Addis. This time we traveled by renting a motorcycle taxi to take us to a place where we could catch a bus to another town and eventually to Addis. However, due to the heavy rain, the motorcycle drivers told us they could not proceed since it would be a dangerous drive. It was a bit shocking that in the middle of nowhere, the only option was to walk in the mud and rain for two-and-a-half hours to get to the next town where we could find transportation which would take us to another town to spend the night. Initially our plan with the new route was to get to Addis on the same day. We were exhausted and soaked with rain and mud when we got to a town called Wolkete. Brother Jemal’s feet were badly hurt and he didn’t feel well. We found a room for the night which Brother Jemal and I shared. Due to the water shortage, we were not able to take a shower. The following morning we arrived home safely around 11 AM. We thank God for His protection and love.

Your Brother in the Lord,
Fikresillassie Tsega

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2016 in Africa, Ethiopia

 

UK Summer Camp 2016

This year’s summer camp of Zion Christian Academy C.i.C took place in Towyn, Abergele, North Wales area. A total of 19 children between the ages of 3 to 14, accompanied by 9 adults took part in this year’s group holiday tour that was situated along the sea coast bordering Wales in the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man, Northern Ireland and Ireland. Lyons Winkups Holiday Park provided an ideal venue for residential activities due to excellent self-catering accommodation including an on-site secure play area and swimming facilities; with convenient stores and supermarkets readily available nearby.

We started our Tuesday with a time for some ‘Zion songs’ and prayer. A brief discuss was given by Sister Bola Aganna, of what to expect and look forward to and who to contact if in need for help and support. The morning continued with a short exhortation form Brother Burt, titled, ‘Being a Responsible Child’. Prayers were made and the session closed for lunch.

[To read the full report and view pictures, please follow this link.]

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2016 in Europe

 

2016 January Mission Report – Ethiopia

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Dearly Beloved Brethren,

I thought that it would be expedient for me to take this opportunity to bring you up-to-date as to what is happening in Ethiopia. As some of you may or may not be aware, as in many other places in the world, Ethiopia also is having its geo-political as well as eco-political trouble and tribulation that has started over the last year or so. It is bringing tribal, as well as religious infighting amongst the populace of this place; even as it has been prophesied over the last year-and-a-half in many of the meetings held here in Ethiopia. However, I am here to tell you that the work of God continues and that God is blessing the work as it continues to grow and prosper in the sense of changing the lives of the people who are involved in that work.

Those changes are changes that I myself am a beneficiary of. The work of the NGO, as well as the spreading of this Gospel of the Kingdom, has at this time outgrown that which we have in the natural to use as far as the logistics of it is concerned. The compound that we have utilized over the last year is not sufficient to house what it is that we must do on a daily basis concerning the work with the beneficiaries as well as the administrative side of the work. Just these past two weeks we have had 7-10 members of the participating families come to know the Lord. Such a harvest as well as that which is to be added; there is the need of being able to assemble with them and to teach them the foundational truths of this word. Logistically speaking that requires a room to rent to meet with them in. Please pray with us as we look to the Lord for His provision. One thing I am aware of is that in spite of the devil’s attempt(s) to destroy this work, God HAS always and God Will always prevail and HE WILL continue to do His work.

We as a team have a very busy schedule ahead of us due to the shortness of the allocated time; both concerning the natural aspect of the NGO as well as the spiritual side of the story, which in my estimations overshadows the natural side of things. I am asking you as the body of Christ to PRAY!!! (1) We have outgrown our present facilities and are in need of something on a larger scale. (2) For the ongoing work on the spiritual side of things, a place that we can hold seminars and training sessions as well as a place to meet as a body as it continues to add to our numbers. (3) Pray to the Lord of the Harvest for the workers that are/will be needed to facilitate this great work. These are but a few of the preeminent needs that we have at this time. I trust that as you go down in prayer for this portion of the body of Christ to be assembled for its particular and peculiar work, God Himself will direct your thoughts as to how to pray.

Again I would like to thank all of you who pray and support this work as well as this move of God. Thank you for your diligence, your sacrifices of time and energy, as well as your life’s blood. I trust that you will be favored in your families as well as the prospering of your souls.

We love you all in Jesus’ name,
Ethiopia Mission team

Saturday, January 21, 2016, Brother Tomas Brchan

Thank you very much for your prayers. The meetings were very good. The guys here do a great job with the children and we were so blessed just to add a little bit to it. It was a great blessing to see the children knowing the Bible and having a spiritual understanding. We thank God for His goodness, that He reaches His hand to those young ones that are getting ready to receive more and later bring God’s glory to this world around them.

Saturday, January 21, 2016

I have to say that I have a BIG AMEN to what Brother Tomas has written!!!! I was so impressed with the children’s interaction with me in the meeting this AM. I was asking them what they have been learning and not just one or two of them, but several began to relate the story of Moses and Israel as they have been taught over the last weeks. Their recounting of it was marvelous as well as the spiritual content that those responses contained. It tells me that they are not only hearing but they are UNDERSTANDING what is they are hearing and retaining it in detail. The work of the NGO, thanks to the dedicated as well as hard and diligent service of those responsible, is showing not just fruit, but much fruit. It has been a hard uphill battle but there have been many who have been involved with this battle for the hearts of the children of Ethiopia; both here within the country, as well as globally. There has been much trouble and tribulation along the way, but their sacrifice I am sure will not go without reward. It is now however that God is giving us the Victory!

The fight is intensifying because of our success, but God be true and every man a liar. He will keep His word and it shall not return unto Him void. HE WILL give us PREEMINENCE over the enemy and we have/will/shall OVERCOME the devil. The mandate that was given to us in 2012 to “GO AFTER THE CHILDREN” is NOW beginning to show the evidence of that fruit; pray God that we can bring it to fruition. Pray God that we have the laborers to harvest it. I am very encouraged by all that I have witnessed and it has strengthened as well as renewed my determination to fulfil the mandate that has been given to us to “GO AFTER THE CHILDREN.”

Because He is, I am your Brother in Christ Jesus,
Brother Burt & Sister Nancy

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Beloved Brethren,

There is not much that I can add to what I have previously said concerning this most recent visit to Ethiopia. I will add however that it was as good for me as it might have been good for the work that is going on there. We, those who have participated in the Ethiopian mission effort over the last seven years, have been pounding on the rock of ecclesiastical deception as well as the horrendous resistance that the devil had mounted when we first came to this land with this word. Although the devil and his princes are continuing in their efforts to push against the light of that word of God, I can testify what my eyes have seen and what my ears have heard. Light is now shinning into that darkness and it is and it shall prevail; as I have said above, I am a witness to that light in this last visit. I can testify by the Spirit, in reference to that thought, that we have had a breakthrough in that darkness! I am being reminded by the Lord concerning the scripture in John 1:5, And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. The Amplified renders it as so, And the Light shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it [put it out or absorbed it or appropriated it, and is unreceptive to it]. As it is, I can testify to the relevance of this scripture as it applies to Ethiopia. I also have to say that the fight for the soul of this country and its people is far from won. In reality we have but established, as it were, a beach head. There is much left to do as well as the souls that are being saved need to be nurtured and the children that are under our care need to be taught and brought up in the admonition of the Lord.

We have, as of the time we left, secured a place for the NGO that has more space and will give us the ability to have training sessions for both the children as well as the mothers, and of course those who are in the widows vocational training programs. My dear brethren, there is so much potential that we have to teach them the Word of God, especially the children. As time passes and if we do not take advantage of it, we will be responsible and held accountable of spiritual dereliction[1] of duty, something of which I do not want to be guilty of! By the way, in the military sense, in the time of war the offense can be construed as an act of treason.

How can we as a people who have this word, in this particular time of Biblical history, knowing the revelation of God concerning His sons, as to their responsibility and accountability concerning the blood of the church that is now being offered, be so complacent and or indifferent? This church is now emerging out of the quagmire of religious bigotry and the malignant darkness of the man/beast is raising its head out of the seas of humanity to devour it as well as her child. If we have divided interest, how then can we still remain true to our calling and election? II Peter 1:10, wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall. 

Some of the main prayer requests that I would want to put before you is the need that we have to have qualified people to minister and to teach the children as well as the adults who have just recently received the Lord. We are in need of establishing Bible reading clubs. Many of the adults cannot read or write, but those that can read need Bibles. There is a strategy that I believe the Lord spoke to me about and that is that those who can read could in essence assemble those who are near to them or meet at a convenient location such as the new accommodations we have acquired and have a time to read the Word of God. The other need that is very necessary is that we have a mission house. A place that those who wish to participate might be able to stay for extended lengths of time. It would be necessary for it to accommodate a large number of people including a care taker as well as his family if there is one, to look after the place as well as to facilitate those who might be staying for an extended time frame. These are but just a few of the primary needs that we have at THIS moment. I am asking those of you who have the unction of the spirit to get involved, first and foremost the need to pray about this burden of concern for Ethiopia that I believe that the Lord has put on my heart and on my shoulders. We, Nancy and I, are committed to do whatever it takes as to whatever the Lord requires… not only for Ethiopia, but for other parts of Africa as well. There are places where there is an opening of a door in the establishment of this message of the death, burial as well as resurrection life. Not only in Africa for us, but also in Europe. There is a battle cry that I hear ringing in the heavenlies, “Work while it is yet day for the night cometh when no man worketh.” May I be worthy of the burden that God would put upon us.

Because He is, I am your Brother in Christ Jesus.

Blessing to all,
Brother Burt & Sister Nancy

[1] Noun 1. Der·e·lic·tion (dĕr′ə-lĭk′shən) n. 1. Willful neglect, as of duty or principle. 2. a. The act of abandoning; abandonment. b. A state of abandonment or neglect.

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2016 in Africa, Ethiopia

 

Mission Trip to Germany – Part 2

Good Morning and God’s Blessings to you all,

We have been back in the U.S. now for a few weeks and I would like to share with you some impressions concerning this visit that I believe the Lord has/is giving me concerning our stay in Germany. In some respects this is an overall view of what it is that the Lord has so graciously given me to understand His thoughts and desires for the people of this land. As I have had this time to reflect back on our time there, I believe that I can say that it was indeed a very blessed time for us personally, as well as profitable for the sake of the Kingdom of God. I believe that I mentioned in the last report that there is a very strong sense in the Spirit, as well as evidence in the natural, that God is indeed moving in this land called Germany. Moreover, He is moving to restore the foundation of this Word of Sonship that was delivered there some eighteen plus years ago. It is a platform from which this ongoing revelation of God’s plan for the salvation of humanity can be ministered to the people who have hungry hearts and who have a desire to know the truth[1]. There may not be many, but the few that are there will in many respects be a part of that remnant of our God/Jehovah-Nissi[2]‘s overcoming people. This remnant can play a part in the deliverance of humanity in their locality and possibly on a global basis and be a well of salvation even as those that were a part of Gideon’s company were instrumental in the deliverance of Israel from the hand of the Midianites.

Perhaps it would be necessary for me to share with you some of the history concerning the fellowship of this word of Sonship and its interaction with Germany. It was probably 17 to 18 years ago that the Lord moved upon a small contingent of people, which included Brother duCille, to go to Germany and share the burden of the word with this people. It was by His grace that I was allowed to be a part of that contingent of people who came at that time to establish a beachhead for the Kingdom of God, not only for Germany, but also for the land of Switzerland. It was very much like the explorers of old as they would go out to explore the New World, for as they would put their foot upon the soil of that place, they would plant the flag of their king, in our case Jehovah-Nissi, and proclaim that land for our King, Jehovah-Nissi, as being a part of His Kingdom. It may seem a bit presumptuous to say, but it is nevertheless true! As it was with Abram  so it is of us who are of the seed of Abraham;[3] Genesis 13:17, “Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee… and unto thy seed forever.”

I have often wondered and inquired of God as to the reason that He would take somebody that is a nobody, sustain them in their living as well as the life that is in their bodies; continually put them/me into situations and circumstances concerning the establishment and the growth and development of that Son/Manchild church on a global scale. Experiences that were so totally beyond the scope of their/my understanding and their/my ability “to…….. comprehend ……… (the) breadth, and length, and depth, and height[4];” of this message concerning the plans and purposes of EL-Shaddai[5] as it pertains to His desires and intent. I have come to the conclusion that He has sustained me so that I might be a witness[6] (there are but a few of us left), concerning the global aspect of it, of those things that have happened and that I/we might testify to the reality of them as they pertain to us now! That you might comprehend the magnitude of what ”ĕlôhı̂ym-el-o-heem’ /THE EL SHADDAI means in this time frame as it concerns the message of Sonship and those who would desire to have it, at this time, Germany in particular.

It is our Elôhı̂ym/El-Elyon[7] who is working to establish oases of living water in the souls of individuals that those that are around them might be able to partake of that water. In the natural, oases are places of refuge in a very hot, dry, and hostile environment – an environment that wants to drain you of your life and energy and in the end of the day kill you. Oases in that context, when seen from afar off, create within the individual the feeling of hope and give the victim that is caught in that set of circumstances the sense of hope and an expectancy of relief that they will live and not perish. To one who sees it in this context it brings a sense of gladness as the sense of being liberated from the horrible death of dehydration brings an expected hope that sustains them and strengthens them to make for the water that they may drink of it.

As it is true in the natural so it is also true in the spirit, both for good as well as the bad. Speaking of the bad, during our time in Germany this past month, it has been impressed upon me the reality of the spiritual condition of this land and the dehydration of the people who dwell there. Because there is a populace that is on the verge of spiritual extinction, God has purposed to intervene and circumvent the plan of the devil. Perhaps you do not believe that such a scenario of spiritual extinction could be possible in these modern times and in a civilized society, especially when we have so many denominations that purport Christianity; they are but mirages that delude and deceive and eventually kill the soul, as the natural mirages kill the body. If that case scenario of extinction is true, Elohim would and could mobilize but a few to stop it. I would like to remind you of the story that is in John the 4th chapter beginning at the 3rd verse. It is a story that we all know, so I will not relay the whole of it, but Jesus had an appointment that was arranged by His Father God. It is the story of Jesus and the woman at the well. There are a few spiritual facts that I want to point out in this story that are pertinent with Germany.

We need to first look at the context of the story with the understanding that Jesus is representing The Word[8] and the woman is representing the church. It was a discussion that had religion as its subject concerning Jews and Samaritans as to their right to worship and where they should worship. We all know how the Jews felt about the Samaritans as they were the progenitors of Jacob and had the right of patriarchal worship, [9] as well as to the where that they should worship. So the Lord Jesus was addressing the religious deception that was prevailing over all of Israel/Christianity at that time, and from that time hence. But I want to stick with the thought as to how this story in some way relates to what it was the Lord was showing me about Germany and the moving of God in that arena. I use this illustration because it is quite apropos to the situation, not only in Germany, but globally.

One of the significant points of the story is in the opening lines. In verse three it states “He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee.” Let us look deeper into the revelation that is found in that seemingly simple statement. Judaea is indicative of the Sonship Company[10]. It is speaking of a positional place of authority and being under the jurisdiction of the Father – in other words, the duty and responsibility that is given to the Sonship Company of people to do a particular thing.

The next thing that I would like us to look at a bit more closely is where it was He was going, “and departed again into Galilee.” There are two words in this very short sentence that are important. The first of which is the word again. When it uses the word again it means that there was a time or times previously when He was in that region of the country before and I believe that it is talking about a visitation that is yet to come in the not too distant future. There have been many visitations to the church at-large. Many times God has poured out His Spirit as was needed to revive and to strengthen the remnant that was still alive. But here it seems that this natural event with Jesus had prophetic overtones for a time that was yet to come, when the people of God would find themselves in a similar situation that had the same religious malady of deception that the society of God’s people at that time were having. It is yet prophetic as to the coming of yet another revival where the cloud of that deception will be removed. As to the story of the woman and the well, it meant that there was some unfinished business that needed/needs to be taken care of. As was the situation for Jesus pertaining to the business of the Father concerning Galilee, so is it true with that segment of the world that is called Germany.  As there was/is a work that started in Germany so many years ago, not in the sense of any kind of concrete substance of a church or fellowship per se, for the devil and his black knight prince made sure that any visual remnants of it were totally and completely obliterated. However it was as the grain of a mustard seed that was planted in the earth and it cannot and shall not be removed. As it was the mantle passed from Moses unto Joshua/Yeshua [11], so was that mantle passed from Yeshua unto us/message of Sonship[12], as far as Germany is concerned. It is unto this seed that Elôhı̂ym/El-Roi[13] is now preparing to send the Water of His Word.

Now as to this particular thing or task it is given in verse four, “And he must needs go through Samaria.” The word “needs go through” and the order in which it is expressed in this passage of scripture is expressed with an emphatic nature that states a designated purpose for a designated reason as to a designated place. The dictionary defines the word emphatic as that which must be done from a sense of duty. I believe that it is necessary for me to pause here and insert a thought that is coming to me. I first must apologize for using the pronoun I or me. I am not applying it as to an individual entity or person as I am applying it to a corporate movement of God in the sense of those who carry and deliver a message to be given at a particular place in a particular time. It is the message that is important and not the messenger. That being said I want to state that Jesus had an appointment that was made for Him by the Father, to share a word of deliverance and hope to a woman who had no spiritual significance and whose living condition was that of an adulterer. It is much like today’s denominational system with its pastoral position of dominance that requires the allegiance of its congregation as a husband would require the submission of a wife. In the sight of God it robs Him, the Elôhı̂ym, of their love and adoration. So also I believe that God is moving in Germany and is sending the water of His word of hope, deliverance and salvation to water that seed which was planted, that the life that is in the seed might indeed germinate and have the opportunity to come to fruition and harvest.

I’d like to include here a dream Brother Guido Lemke shared that he had about twenty years ago: In the dream I received two closed envelopes from above. I asked, “What do they contain?” and the bigger one opened and out came a piece of paper with the word “believe” on it and the smaller one opened and showed “patience” (in German: Glaube & Geduld). A voice told me that I would be in need of the two. I started to study the word and found the promise of the latter rain in several scriptures.

Perhaps you would ask if a few people can indeed make a difference, or for that matter turn things around? Well, there are two very good classic examples of what God can do with willing hearts. One of them is this story as there were only two people to begin with: Jesus the Messenger and the woman as the listener. It brought a revival to the whole town. The other scriptural example is that of Gideon and his three hundred souls that defeated an army of many thousands and brought deliverance to the entire nation of Israel. So the answer to that thought is an emphatic yes!

We were by the grace of God able to spend about six days of fellowship with Brother and Sister Lemke. They are a family who live in Berlin that has recently come into the fellowship of this word. It was a very blessed time for Nancy and me. It was also a blessing to have Brother Tomas as well as his wife Sister Magda to visit with all of us over the weekend that we were there. I am always very blessed to see individuals, as well as couples, interrupt their various, very busy schedules to make the effort, in spite of the hardships that it may create, to follow the will of God and to join in the effort to facilitate the move of God. Many were the discussions concerning our experiences collectively as well as the unveiling of the mysteries of God’s Word in a more relaxed type of environment of fellowship and comradery.

Here again I would like to share with you something that the Lemkes have shared with me. They testified that they experienced the moving of the Lord during this time of fellowship in an increase of hearing what God is speaking (through dreams, visions, words, pictures, testimonies, etc.) and an increase in encouragement to open up to His will and to accomplish whatever He is asking for. We felt a great liberty to put ANY question / impression / thought concerning His word / will and personal experiences on the table that we shared with the two of you as well as with Tomas and Magdalena. There was a freedom to grow to any extent the Almighty would allow (Romans 8:21).

I certainly cannot speak for all of those who participated in this effort, both in Germany as well as abroad, both those who physically were present as well as those who were in prayer and intercession for this particular trip, but what I can say, without a shadow of doubt, is that for Nancy and myself it was extremely encouraging as well as it was very, very profitable. I am looking forward with expectation to the coming conference that is to be held there this coming mid-October.

Because He is, we are your Brother and Sister in Christ,
The Asbills

[1] Mat 4:14 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Mat 4:15 The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; Mat 4:16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

[2] JEHOVAH-NISSI………Exodus 17:15 meaning “The Lord our banner”

[3] Gen 13:14 And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: Gen 13:15 For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed forever. Gen 13:16 And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered. Gen 13:17 Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.

[4] Eph 3:18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height.

[5] EL-SHADDAI…………Genesis 17:1, Psalm 91:1 meaning “The God of the mountains” or “God Almighty” Genesis 17:1, The Almighty God; H7706 שׁדּי  shadday-shad-dah’ee from H7703; the Almighty: – Almighty.—H410-אל‘êl ale-Shortened from H352; strength; as adjective mighty; especially the Almighty (but used also of any deity): – God (god), X goodly, X great, idol, might (-y one), power, strong. Compare names in “-el.”–

[6] Deu 19:14 Thou shalt not remove thy neighbour’s landmark, which they of old time have set in thine inheritance, which thou shalt inherit in the land that the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess it. Deu 27:17 Cursed be he that removeth his neighbour’s landmark. And all the people shall say, Amen. Pro 22:28 Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set. – Pro 23:10 Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless:

[7] EL-ELYON…………..Genesis 14:17-20, Isaiah 14:13-14 meaning “The most high God”

[8] 1 John 1:1-3

[9] PA’TRIARCH, n. [L. patriarcha; Gr. a family, father, and a chief.] 1. The father and ruler of a family; one who governs by paternal right. It is usually applied to the progenitors of the Israelites, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the sons of Jacob, or to the heads of families before the flood; as the antediluvian patriarchs.

[10] Gen. 49:10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, till Shiloh come.

[11] Jos 1:3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.

[12] Mat 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

[13] EL-ROI…………….Genesis 16:13 meaning “The strong one who sees”

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2015 in Europe