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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

 

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