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Mission Trip to Germany (August 2015)

As I was writing an email to a sister this morning, it occurred to me that it might be expedient for us to let the brethren know that the Lord is moving in Germany.

Our time here has been very productive, both concerning the mind of God for Germany as well as for Nancy and myself. As it applies to us, the scheduling over the last two years has been quite heavy with very little down time for us to be able to catch our breath as well as catching up on our strength. I think that we were both running on the reserve tank. You know that little light that looks like a gas pump that is displayed on your dash when you run out of gas? Well I think ours was in the blinking stage. Needless to say Nancy and I have appreciated the graciousness of Brother and Sister Doerge for their hospitality and generosity.

On the spiritual side of things, our visit here could not have been timelier. It was on the last visit earlier this year that Nancy and I both felt quickened of the Lord for us to return before the end of the year. Our desire was to spend a longer time of fellowship with the brethren whom we knew and had fellowship with more than seventeen years ago. It was determined in the course of time that the time should be now. With that being said, we arrived at the Cologne/Bonn airport on the 5th of August and were very warmly greeted and welcomed by Brother Harmut and Sister Hannelore Doerge. Things were quite peaceful and quiet for the next few days. On Sunday there was a scheduled time of fellowship for the whole day with a family that we had previously been in fellowship with, but over the course of time and life’s events we lost contact with them. This particular family was part of the original group that was started here in the beginning of the work that Brother duCille pioneered. Our time of fellowship on Sunday was a blessed time and a divine appointment.

I believe that it was during the night and the following Monday that Sister Hannelore had a physical attack on her body. The symptoms were severe cramping and nausea. That Monday morning her husband took her to the doctor who immediately sent them to the hospital. After being examined it was determined that there might be the necessity for an operation – an operation that would have some serious consequences as well has creating a major disability for our sister. I felt in the Spirit that this attack was more spiritual than physical. Nancy and I began to send out a prayer alert to various people in various places in the world concerning the situation and what we needed God to do. The perception was in the Spirit that our presence here was helping to create a bulwark between our sister and the plans of the devil and that we were in some sense of the word, a first alert system that God had put into place for such a need. I am not sure that there is an awareness of those who have been involved in the work of God in this place, as to the importance that Brother and Sister Doerge have played in building a platform in Germany. You could just as well say a stronghold, for the work of God as it pertains to Germany and the strategic place that it takes. Nevertheless, our lack of understanding has not hindered the devil in his perception of it as to its importance in the economy of God. As far as that goes, the longer we are kept in the dark about it, ignorantly or willingly, the better it is for the devil. Can two people be so important in the midst of hundreds of thousands as far as the work of God is concerned? The answer to that one is absolutely. If there had not been a Lydia, there might not have been a church in Thyatira. Thus there would not have been a church to plant the seed of Sonship in what is now called Turkey; moreover, of equal importance a platform on which Asia could be reached. Had there been no Priscilla and Aquila of Pontus, Italy, there would not have been an Apollo to advance the Kingdom of God. Individuals, by the selection of God, will always be ordained of God for the advancement of the Kingdom of our Father. As it was then so it is now. As it was appropriate for the ministry to establish and strengthen the work of righteousness in those places and to the people to whom they are sent, so it is also pertinent for us in this time frame to strengthen the work in this place that the Kingdom of Light might prevail over the kingdom of darkness that now has the preeminent rule over this land and this people. You may not be aware of it, but your prayers have indeed worked a miracle as far as our sister is concerned. Jehovah Rapha (The Lord That Heals) made his presence known and our sister was delivered from the plan and purposes of Hell. Another major confrontation with the Black Knight of Bavaria ended in his defeat and failure to stop or stifle this Word of Sonship. For that we are praising and rejoicing in the Lord.

1Pe 2:1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, Vrs:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: Vrs:3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. Vrs:4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, Vrs::5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 

With much gratitude and appreciation for all your prayers and support,
Brother Burt & Sister Nancy

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2015 in Europe

 

Mission to Uganda & Ethiopia – Part 2

It is Sunday morning and our time in Uganda has been very profitable. We have had a number of meetings and the presence of the Spirit of God has been very evident – for which we are very thankful for. As I stated in the previous report there have been some new faces in the meetings. It seems that God is working to establish Uganda as a hub for the spreading of the Gospel of the Kingdom to East Africa. In the first meeting on Friday night the message was entitled “My Job Is To Do What?” It was basically outlining the responsibility and delegation of authority that was given to man in the beginning (Genesis 1:26). There is this thought in Christendom that we have to wait until we die before we can move into that nature and authority that was given to what was described as a living soul in Genesis chapter 1. But it would seem to me that if we serve a living God, a God who is a God of the living and not of the dead, then that which we receive from Him by virtue of His Blood is a “now thing”! The reality of it, as well as the manifestation of it, is only dependent on what I am able to believe. Mark 9:23, Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. Please note the ALL THINGS!

On Saturday the meetings moved from the home of Sister Biri to a nearby day care school where we were able to put up a canvas cover that was quite adequate for our purposes. This in and of itself to me has some significance in that it seems that God is saying, Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes; (Isaiah 54:2). This is a very good word for the work here.

We had two meetings today; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The message that was given in the morning meeting was called “Where Will You Be at the End of The Day.” It started out in Jeremiah 31:29 where by the Word of the Lord, God set the perimeters of individual responsibility. It would seem that God is saying that we individually have a responsibility to “work out our own salvation.” If you take the scripture in context, then it applies to the New Covenant that God said that he is going to make with the House of Israel as well as the House of Judah; which in and of itself includes you and me. It is interesting that God includes Judah in the statement as if Judah has a separate part to play that goes beyond that of the House of Israel.

After a short break for lunch we started the afternoon meeting and the title of the message was “It’s Not What You Know, It’s Who You Know.” It was a word that was emphasizing the need for us to draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. It also was dealing with the need that we, as a people, have for tribulation. It was showing us that tribulation in and of itself is a means to an end. Our focus in the midst of trouble should not be focused on the trouble, but we should be focused upon God. At the end of meeting there was a very good response from several of the brethren there.

On Sunday we were winding down and rounding up on what it was that the Lord had been laying out for us who desire to be overcomers; those of us that want to be a part of the First Fruits company that usher in the coming of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit began to show us where we are coming from, what it is that we have to fight and what the expectation of God is toward us at the end of the day. We finished up later in the afternoon with an exhortation from Brother Ronald Johnson who admonished us that we need to see afar off.

By the end of the meetings it was evident to me that God had been doing a work in the midst of us. I believe, as well as the testimonies that were shared by others, that the meetings were very profitable and that God was indeed laying a foundation for the future work of building the Kingdom of God.

I would encourage you all to get the files as they become available in the next week to ten days. If you wish to have them, the link will be posted to the Viber Mission News account. If you do not have Viber and want the files, please contact me at: Bro_Burt@newhopeenterprizes.net. In any case they will be posted to my website once they are edited.

May His blessing be on each and every one of you,
Brother Burt & Sister Nancy

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2015 in Africa, Ethiopia

 

Mission to Uganda & Ethiopia – Part 1

Hello and God’s blessing to each of you,

We got off with a good start on this current mission trip to Africa. Our journey started at 11:30 AM on Tuesday the 19th and we arrived at 10:30 PM on Wednesday night at the Entebbe International Airport in Uganda. The trip was long and tiring, but it went well and we arrived without any incidents or mishaps. We also had the added blessing that Brother Ronald and Sister Margaret Johnson, who work in the D.R.C. with the U.N., were with us on the flight from Amsterdam to Entebbe. They were visiting family in the States and were now going back to Africa through Entebbe that they might be at the meetings that were going to be held in Kampala. So in the midst of the journey we were able to have fellowship with them as well as to discuss the work that is going on in Africa.

When we arrived at the airport in Uganda we were able to disembark and make our way through customs without the normal difficulties that come with that experience. Our luggage was also available in a relatively short amount of time and all of it was present and accounted for, PTL! However, that was not the experience of the Johnson’s – they had one piece of luggage that did not make it so there was a process that had be done before we could exit the terminal building.

Once all that was completed we proceeded out of the terminal to be greeted by our taxi driver, Adul, who we have used for quite some time now in our comings and goings in and out of Uganda. The journey from the airport to Sister Biri’s house is not a short distance. It can take anywhere from an hour and a quarter to 3 hours depending on the traffic. That may not seem a long ways, but when you tack it onto a day’s travel of 24 plus hours it seemingly is forever. Fortunately for us that late at night the traffic was minimal. As it was, we made good time in arriving at Sister Biri’s house in Kampala where we were greeted with smiles from Sister Biri as well as Sister Geraldine. Sister Geraldine is from Sierra Leone but presently working in the D.R.C. with the Johnsons. She had come the day before in order to be in the meetings that were going to be held here in Kampala. It was while we were having a light dinner that we learned that the meetings we were going to have over the weekend were going to be attended by several of the brethren from different places in Africa. I trust that the Lord will anoint and deliver the word of encouragement for the development of the Body of Christ. We are definitely looking forward to these next few days.

It is now after 1:30 AM. A good hot shower and a nice bed will bring these last few days journey to a very good end.

God’s blessing to all of you,
Brother Burt & Sister Nancy

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Africa, Ethiopia

 

Mission to Togo – Continued (March 2015)

It is 6:23 Friday morning, March 20, 2015 and it would seem that we are in internet limo. We have made several attempts to obtain access to the internet but there is always something wrong with it, so you will probably receive these reports after the fact. The time that we have spent here has been very profitable. We have had three meetings here at Sister Felicia’s house: one on Friday night, one on Saturday, and the other on Sunday afternoon. All of the meetings were well attended and there was a good flow of the Spirit of God. The word was speaking about the plan of God to include man as a son to work with Him in His (God’s) business. What was also brought forth was an outline of how God created man with the potential of being perfect; not in the hereafter, but in the now. There are also two testimonies as to the power of God that is within His Word. One sister was telling us that she had been having a great deal of difficulties with circulation in her upper legs and in her feet. It was a situation that was causing her a great deal of pain and as well as difficulty in walking. Her testimony is that as she was speaking to Sister Felicia concerning coming to the meeting, she felt as though something was happening in that area of her body. She came to the meeting and in a session of prayer with her after the meeting, her testimony was that she felt a warming sensation in her upper legs and feet. It was not until she found that she could walk up and down the stairs without the pain that would have normally hindered her so greatly, that she realized she was experiencing the healing power of the Word of God working in her body. The end result of this was that God had healed her of the malady. When she went to the doctor to confirm this, he asked her what she had done and what medicine she was taking as her blood had come back to its normal properties. The second testimony was from another sister who had not been feeling well and thought that she had Malaria. She had determined that she was not feeling well enough to come to the meetings, but at the last minute changed her mind. As she was in the meeting that night and as the word was going forth, she began to feel better. It was not until the end of the meeting that she realized that God had touched her.

As I was listening to these testimonies, the scripture that came to my mind is found in Psalm 107:20. He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. As I was reading this scripture, there was a part of it that I was not aware of and it is the last part…delivered them from their destructions. As I began to meditate on this thought, I began to see the reality of how very self-destructive humanity is. It is as though we are pre-programmed to resist the good and accept the evil. I suppose that it comes from the word of darkness that was ministered by Satan to Eve in the Garden when he said, …and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. If you take it in context with the scripture, you must eat, in other words, you must partake of the products of the world in order for you to be able to discern good from evil, when in actuality it is completely contrary to scripture. There was a word of God spoken by the prophet Isaiah that instructs us to eat butter and honey. Isaiah 7:15, Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.

On Tuesday, Nancy and I had the privilege to minister at  Sister Felicia’s school. For me personally it was a tremendous blessing. Nancy taught Kindergarten through 4th grade with somewhere around 80-90 students in their respective age groups. I shared with the 5th grade on up which included about 60 students all together in my particular class. I was so blessed with the receptivity of the students – I mean I was really impressed! I have to tell you that I was a bit nervous about being able to teach the smaller children concerning this word of the Kingdom as it applies to the Gospel of Sonship in a forum that they would understand. To compound my problem, I was to work with a translator who I have not worked with before and she had no knowledge of the concept of God wanting Sons. You would think after all these years of experience in different countries and languages, I would know that if it is God’s will for you to be doing something then it is God’s business, and God always will take care of that business. Needless to say, as I began to share the Word of God, I was acutely aware of His presence.

I began by sharing with them the why and the how of sin and the need that we have to be delivered from it through the blood of Jesus Christ. As the teaching progressed I began to share on the soul of man, making diagrams on the chalkboard showing the 4 composite aspects of the soul. My dear brethren, I have to tell you that I was amazed at the attentiveness of these children. Every one of them was sitting there looking at me with big dark eyes and the intensity of the look was as if they were hanging on every word that I was saying. As I began to make the illustration of the soul on the board, they all began to pull out of their backpacks a pencil and notebook to begin taking notes and making the drawings in their notebooks. To say the least, I was blessed and very excited!

At the end of the time that I had for this teaching, I asked all of those who would like to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior to raise their hands. Every hand without exception was raised immediately. I was shocked at the response. How’s that reaction for a man who is supposed to be a “man of faith”?? Okay… now what do I do? Is it possible that every one of them understands and is genuine in their desire to be saved? So as I was standing there pondering and asking the Lord how I was to handle this situation, He spoke to me to share with them the testimony of what happened with two of our grandchildren at a convention that we took them to in Florida. When they were just 3 years old, both of them received the Lord at the end of one of the meetings. So after sharing that experience, I again asked, admonishing the children not to participate just because someone else responds, but to stand up if they wanted to receive Jesus in their hearts. Every one stood up, without hesitation – I mean they stood up as one man simultaneously!! Well, I was left with no alternative other than to lead them in a prayer of asking God for His forgiveness of their sins and stated their individual position of acceptance of his blood. I believe that this particular experience was more for my benefit and education in the things of God than anything else. I was blessed!!!

As I have shared this testimony with different ones, I believe that there are certain things about it that God has been bringing to my attention that I might know the ways of God in a better way. One person with whom I shared the testimony told me it reminded them of the story of Gideon when he was called of God to deliver Israel from the Midianites; one experience with the fleece was not enough; he had to do it twice. He was called by God “a mighty man of valor,” yet for the fear of man he had to sneak off in the night to destroy the family altars. Another person who I shared it with said that it reminded them of the story of Acts where 3000-5000 were added to the church in a day. All of these are credible thoughts that I have to examine and inquire of the Lord as to His thoughts concerning it for I do not want to hinder the work of God in what He is able to do by what I am not able to believe.

We held meetings over the next weekend at Sister Felicia’s house. We had a meeting on Friday night, two meetings on Saturday, and one meeting Sunday morning. Most of the meetings were concentrating on the Tabernacle, which is bringing the understanding of its prophetic nature. The teachings were very basic, explaining the symbolic meanings of the substances from which the Tabernacle was made as well as the meanings of the colors and fabrics that were used. We also were able to go into the spiritual meaning of the numerology of the structure in and of itself. I believe that we were able to develop a good foundation of understanding that we will be able to build on in the future. By the end of the meetings there were three people who received the Lord and there were four people who were water baptized. At the end of the day one of the questions that was asked was now that their appetites have been excited what should they now do. It was a good question and it encouraged me greatly. We encouraged them to come together on a regular basis, to go back over the word, and to pray and seek God for His sense of direction and on that basis God would respond in a positive word of direction. My question to some of you is now that God has begun His move in Togo, what is it that you will do about it?

This trip to Togo has been a tremendous blessing and learning experience for me personally. It has, for me, set the thought of what is the will of God and the direction that He is leading us to go. He spoke a word to me in 2012 in our house in Ethiopia to “Go after the children!” On that word is my heart fixed!

Yours in Him,
Brother Burt & Sister Nancy

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2015 in Africa

 

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

 

Ethiopia Mission Report

Good Morning and God bless you,

Well it is at least morning for Nancy and I, depending on where you are in the world, it could be for you yesterday’s Good Evening or Good Night, maybe even Good Afternoon as it would apply to the West Coast of California. So in most cases you are reading the thoughts from one who is in the future speaking into the past. Interesting thought, isn’t it? Have you ever had the thought that if you could live a day over again, you would do something different? Well it seems in some respect that we, Nancy and I, have had that opportunity a number of times, for when we leave Africa or the Philippines going to the States, more often than not we go back in time at least 6 to 14 hours or more, depending on where in the world we may of be. I am not so sure that we are cognizant of it, for the reason that whether you are in the present or the future, you are always taking your current state of mind with you. It is a thought that one needs to meditate on, especially when you think of the scripture that says that we are to redeem the time.[1]

Perhaps we should have a bit of a Greek lesson here; the word Redeeming comes from the Greek word G1805 ἐξαγοράζω or in English exagorázō; fut. exagorásō. This particular word is the combination of two words. It comes from ek (G1537), out or from, and agorázō (G59), to buy. To buy out of, redeem from. If something is in something else, then the separation from it is expressed with ek, out of, while if it is near it, on it, with it, then apó is used. If you would look at the Thayer definition it says; G1537 ἐκ, ἐξ ek ex ek, ex. It is a primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence motion or action proceeds), from, out (of place, time or cause; literally or figuratively; direct or remote).

So it would seem that if you are dealing with time as to its need to be redeemed, that means that time in and of itself has been taken captive[2] and is being utilized for another purpose; to redeem it you have to go back to the source from which time became, which of course is Gen 1:1-5; time was created for a specific reason and a specific purpose; the reason for which time in and of itself was created is quite clearly stated in Gen 1:26; man might be created in the Image and Likeness of God. It would also be good to link this particular thought to the New Testament for those who might think that the Old Testament is nothing more than a history book and not the foundation on which the New Testament is built. That means you have to go to Joh 1:1 In the beginning (in the beginning of what, would it not be time in and of itself) was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God; being that we have to take scripture in context with itself it says that in v:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. When you refer to the Word of God, you are referring to the Bible; yes, I mean that Bible you have, probably on the shelf or on the table. So see the transition; In the beginning (of time) there was an entity that is called THE Word/God, that Word established the perimeters of what was being created, for v:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men; as well as what it was being created for v:12 But as many as received him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. It also defines the how of it; v:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God; as well as a product that it was to produce v:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Now remember we are still dealing with the redemption of time. The word redemption is the Greek word ek-agorázō. I have hyphenated it for clarity, ek as Thayer’s explain above is a primary preposition denoting origin whereas agorázō means to buy, to buy out of, redeem from. It means that we/humanity must go to the source of time which is of course God and make an expenditure of ourselves in order to redeem the time element that we are residing in (Col 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.) In other words we/humanity must reach into Eternity/God and pull that Eternity/God in to the element of time through the portal of man; in order for the redemption of it (time) to be redeemed. Rev 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. Time was created for a specific purpose (1Joh 3:1-2)[3], but that purpose was seemingly derailed, but in reality it was structured in such a way that God in the midst of time and by the end of time would be able to finish the creation of a man that would be timeless; Joh 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Well so much for time at this time.:-)

I want to share with you some of what has been happening here in Ethiopia. We arrived here on the 10th of January. As some of you might know or may not know, when we left Ethiopia in October of last year, God orchestrated our move in having us give up the house that we had been renting for a year; the lease was to be up in February of 2015. It was not too long after that that Nancy and I were both smitten with a bronchial infection of some sort that was by no means some little thing. We both were very much aware that it was the devil working to discourage us and to keep us from accomplishing that which the Lord had sent us here to do. So we both agreed in the spirit that we would not allow that to happen. We by His grace were able to keep all of our appointments and to do many of the things that needed our attention concerning the NGO; not only that but as of two days ago we had a break though in the Spirit and we both recognized the healing of God coming into our bodies.

ETH 1The RBW-ETH in and of itself has grown as to the staff that is now employed by it. We have an Accountant, Secretary-Cashier, a Social worker, as well as Director, all of which are on salary as well as having the benefit of a pension fund. We have also been able to enlist the help of Bro Seife, as a consultant coordinator. It is a temporary position, but his input and collaboration has been a valuable asset to the ongoing development of RBW-ETH. Considering where we were last year as of August 2014, and the trouble that the devil was giving us in having a reorganization of the original proposal that the government required; taking us from 12 single parent homes to 75 children and their respective families, all of which I am saying at the time, “How can it possibly work out?” As you can see by the picture below, it is truly amazing what God has done to prosper this work. In the beginning of it we had 12 single parent homes and 3 widows that we were taking care of; today we have 75 children with their participating families and we will have 10 widows that will be sponsored and trained in some form of work to be able to provide for themselves. But most importantly we have an instant church/field in which to plant and water as God will give us the increase. When we were in Ethiopia in May/June of 2012, the Lord spoke to me very clearly and He said, “Go after the children.” It was out of that word that God began to open the doors to give us the opportunity to come now to the place that we are at. It is the size of the field that is a bit overwhelming and the need that is evident. It reminds me of the word that Jesus spoke Mat 9:36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. So it would seem in such a situation as this v:37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few. Please pray with us, even as Jesus has instructed us to do; v:38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

May God’s blessing be upon each and every one of you,
Bro Burt & Sister Nancy

PS: If any of you that are reading this letter are quickened by the Lord to sponsor a child or to help in any other way please contact us at info@rbwonline.org or reach us by phone at 224-612-2507.

[1] Eph 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Col 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

[2] Rom 8:20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope.

[3]1Jn 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2015 in Ethiopia

 

Ethiopian Mission Trip

Dear Brethren,

It seemed appropriate to take a moment to bring you all up to date on the Mission activity that Nancy and I are currently participating in. We left the USA on the 8th of January headed to Ethiopia via Uganda. The journey in and of itself was somewhat long and arduous, but it went fairly smoothly without any complications. There was, however a bit of a hitch in the travel plans, in that the various individuals that we would normally be working with were all going to be out of the country at the time of our coming through Uganda; hence we had to develop plan B. There was a brother and his wife, whom we had met on a previous visit to Uganda who graciously came to our rescue; praise God for caring and loving people. Although they had already made certain plans for their family, they willing put those plans aside and agreed to pick us up from the airport and to give us lodging for the night and to deliver us back to the airport the following evening for our flight to Addis Ababa. It was very much appreciated and most importantly a provision of the Lord for Nancy and I to catch our breath, which we were very much in need of.

Our objective for this trip was (1) to be able to strengthen the Brethren in the Lord in Uganda, both on our going and on our coming back and (2) to facilitate the continued development of the Ethiopian NGO. They, the Ethiopian NGO, have had to recently go through a Program ‘Proposal’ reconstruction because of an error in the previous proposal under which they were working. The details of which and the hurdles that had to be jumped over, would be too laborious to explain in this forum. It required the development of a new proposal, which required much of our time and effort in our last visit in September/October of 2014. We can say with a truth that God help us to overcome many obstacles that were thrown into our path. That new proposal, I am pleased to say was approved by the Office of Charites and was implemented on the 1st of January 2015. My Mother use to say “There is a silver lining in every cloud”. The silver lining in this particular cloud was that they allowed us to drop the number of beneficiaries from 150 a year to 75 children and 20 widows. It was a tremendous blessing and a major victory in the overall development of this program and I trust that God will give us the wisdom to grow the program and to bless and develop the Christian virtues in the various beneficiaries that are participating in the program.

I also want to request prayer concerning this great work, for there is a wind of change that is blowing in the spirit concerning Ethiopia pertaining to the Word that has been given and the platform that has been established so that, the work might succeed. It is something that I have been sensing in the spirit since this last October trip when God abruptly brought us out of Ethiopia prior to our scheduled time; it is something that I have been seeking the Lord concerning it. God has of yet not revealed His plans and purposes, but I believe that God in His infinite wisdom will give men every opportunity to work within the framework that He has created. God has created that platform, and he will step back for a space of time to see what the brethren that he has chosen to do that work will do with it, as to the grace that God has given them to do it. There is a scriptural reference to this thought and it is found in Gen 2:19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. Can you imagine that; God created a thing that God called a beast and fowls in a non-descript form than he stepped back to allow man to finish the job; for we know that name in a scriptural understanding means nature. So also are the things that God intends for man to do in the earth today. God will do what God has to do in order to create a platform off of which the work must be accomplished. When that is accomplished God will step back and allow man to have his opportunity to do what he man must do in the exercising of the authority that God has given him to do it. So brethren, please pray with us concerning the work in Ethiopia as to its present place of existence and as to whether or not we, here in Ethiopia as well as globally, can step up to the challenge that is being given to us to complete.

Yours in Christ Jesus,
Brother Burt & Sister Nancy

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2015 in Ethiopia

 

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