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Philippine Ministry Report

Dear Brethren,

We, Bro George, Sister Nancy and myself, want to thank all of you that were in prayer for us as we were traveling to the Philippines this past Monday and Tuesday.  We arrived, after a very long and exhausting journey at the Manila International Airport and were processed through customs and were able to obtain our luggage in a relatively short period of time.  It so happened that the travel plans had been coordinated with Bro & Sis Jantzi who had arrived a short time after we had arrived; we were able to join up with them in the baggage area.  All of us would like to say to all of you Thank you and God bless you for holding us in prayer. 

The following morning, which would have been Wednesday, we traveled by domestic air, to Butuan on Mindanao Island via Cebu Airlines.  There has been many improvements and renovations that have been made within the airports here in Manila, since our last visit to the Philippines, which would have been two years ago; improvements that make traveling here in the Philippines a bit more convenient and less stressful. They even had a special line for those of us who are considered to be ‘older & wiser’ J (also known as seniors), the same of which I was very grateful for.  We were met and greeted by Sister Merlinda and several of the brethren from the various fellowships that are here on Mindanao Island.  All in all I think that he trip went relatively smooth considering all of the logistics that are involved in a travel event as big as this one. It is your prayers that make the difference.

Thursday would be a somewhat of a ‘getting adjusted’ type of day.  There were a few activities that needed to be attended to concerning the school and ‘other business’ that needed to be done, culminating in the evening with the mission team having a short time of fellowship and prayer.  Today is Friday and we will be heading for Jabonga where the Bible School is and we will be having morning and afternoon meetings with them which will be most of the day.  Jabonga is approximately an hour or so drive out of Butuan City and the work there; it is Bro Edmar and his wife Sister Medlyn that have had the burden to take the book “The Pattern” and make it the basis of their teaching in the Bible School which they have been operating over the past several years. The potential that it has to reach the young people in the Philippines is of tremendous value.  There have been several prophetic words that have come over this mission work here in the Philippines and in particular Mindanao Island that speaks of revival as well as the Philippines becoming a staging platform from which Southeast Asia will be evangelized using this Word of the Kingdom and Sonship as the means to that evangelization. I believe that our time here and what it is that we need to accomplish concerning that commission that has been given to us concerning those prophecies is critical. We covet your prayers concerning that commission; 1) that we hear God clearly; 2) that He give us wisdom and discernment as to how to implement that which He is and will yet speak to us about it; 3) That we will be as “wise as serpents yet harmless as doves” Mat 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

May God bless each and every one of you. Let us press the battle to the gate; let us not be faint or weary in well doing, but let us fulfill the calling and election that is upon each and every one of our lives.

Philippine Ministry Team
Bro & Sis Jantzi, Bro George Herrig and Bro & Sis Asbill

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.

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2014 in Philippines

 

Ethiopia Ministry

By Brother Fikresilasse and Brother Jemal

Ethiopian Calendar – April 14, 2006

We have been inspired to report the ministry that has been achieved from January 15 – March 23 of 2014 and what God has been doing in our country. The work has been indicating hope of transformation and progress & also what God has been doing in our ministry has been bearing fruit from time to time ensuring new doors of ministry. To bring this ministry to this stage I and Bro. Jemal have made a lot of effort and we are still working diligently. Since the work is God’s work, He continues to give us strength.

Many years ago when we met different brothers who partnered with us by God’s will to serve God fervently, we never thought that the ministry would reach at such level. In past years the ministry seems exist once and vanish another time; but now promising light has shined by the power of God’s grace. Seeds have been sown among the youth and university students. Without doubt we will reap abundant fruit soon.

Even though it was God’s will that He brought this ministry to our country, we would like to say that the Lord God bless Ruth Tadesse who prayed fervently and made every effort for the realization of this ministry in Ethiopia.   

It is not our purpose to describe exhaustively about the ministry in this writing. But we will try to explain the current status of the ministry. Starting January 23, 2014 I and Bro. Jemal as well as Brother Burt and Sister Nancy have been working on how to rent the house they live in for the ministry and make resident for them simultaneously. Their home is found at eastern part of Addis Ababa Legetafo/Legedadi in real state of Ropack International. Although it is on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, it is that which was given by the divine hand of God for this great work and ministry.

Though it is suitable environment for guests, there are some basic challenges that must be considered. Among these problems water is the major one that should be resolved. In fact the water problem is not their problem only; it is also the problem of the surrounding community. We are hoping the government will resolve the problem in the near future. For several times me and Bro. Jemal brought water from distant areas for the guests. Through all these challenges, the ministers of God have preached the Gospel enduring the ups and downs. Considering their sacrificial mission let the Lord God bless them. Above all, the most important thing is that we have continued doing God’s work passionately.      

After Bro. Burt and Sister Nancy arrived in Addis Ababa at the end of January they started their ministry in our home fellowship. Then they ministered in a local church for certain days. Following this, we made a journey to western Shoa, Jeldu (Gojo), which is 120 km far from Addis Ababa, as we planned in advance. This programing was arranged by Brother Alayu Kebede. It was church leaders training program. We stayed for four days and then returned to Addis Ababa. For the time being I thought that it would be exhaustive to write about so many things we passed through in our ministry journey in this writing. It would be better to put it in writing some other time in detail. 

It was amazing that our guest brothers and sisters adapted and overcame the challenges of our country in April and May with the hot weather situation and at the same time the cold weather. It was not an easy challenge. As I said before, our home fellowship programs have been continued on Thursday in Bro. Jamal’s house and on Saturday in my home on a weekly basis with Brother Burt and Sister Nancy. We had a blessed time with them for weeks after we returned to Addis Ababa from Jeldu (Gojo).

The next program was at Nazareth. On this program Christian brothers attended from America and Czech Republic. These are Bro. Barak Asbill from America, Bro. Martin Hloska together with his spouse and child from Czech Republic, Bro. Martin Kluson from Czech Republic and Brother Oliver Capcik from Czech Republic. All of them ministered in the Nazareth conference and the student fellowship program. The teaching given by Bro. Martin Kluson entitled “Babylon” touched the hearts of those that attended the meetings. Many Christians who attended Bro. Martin’s teachings requests our ministry for him to come again and give this teaching in depth. We pray that the Lord may give us another opportunity to invite Bro. Martin. And also Brother Burt teaching ministry has been continued bringing spiritual influence slowly in our country that is so influenced by the religious system here.

Brother Barak also shared with us what God has given him at Nazareth conference. Also, brother Barak, his father, Brother Burt, and Brother Martin Kluson taught how to discern unbiblical teachings in the modern Church for the college and university students. But concerning the teachings given on baptism, some contentious questions and dialogues were raised from students and denominations; however satisfactory answers were given to shed the light on the truth of baptisims.

In February and March our ministry focused on university students. This ministry has been continued opening wide doors to serve students. However, there were challenges that we had to face. When God’s kingdom progresses, the evil kingdom is destroyed. Even though we have faced confrontation from dark force throughout our ministry, God’s work has been continued until now. Let the whole glory be to God our Lord.

The other successful ministry took place at the Gondar University. There, university students prepared the conference in a local Church not far from the University. Teachings were given on different topics for the students. The students were enthusiastic, open and full of eagerness to learn the Word of God. They listened to the Word of God until evening occupying the Church; some of them were standing not getting seats for long hours. Prayer needed for the students that the Word sown in their hearts may bear fruits abundantly in their life. We had served at Gondar four different times. The fourth ministry we had at Gondar was facilitated by myself and Bro. Jemal; at this time the ministers were Brother Burt and Sister Nancy. Prayer and intercession is needed for long-lasting life change in those who learned the scripture in our ministry. In most fellowship we had we distributed spiritual books especially a book entitled “The Pattern”. Since most copies of “The Pattern” are out of stock, more printed copies are needed for ministries we will have in coming times. Let us pray for God’s provision.

The other audience benefited from this ministry while we were in Gondar was the Jewish community (Felashia community) who registered to return to their promised land, Israel. Even though I don’t have enough knowledge how these Felashia community entered and started to live in Ethiopia, I asked people who know the history and they told me that many years back these people migrated to Ethiopia from Yemen crossing the Red sea and started to live in different parts of Ethiopia. Those who settled at Gondar are among them. Among them there are many Jews who are born again Christians living at Gondar. When we were serving these saved Jewish people, they were devoted and thirsty for the Word of God. While Brother Burt was ministering to them, they were touched by the message delivered by him. As a result of it, they asked us to minister to them some time in the future.    

The other area where mission doors opened for this ministry is North-West Bahar Dar University. Bahar Dar is one of the sensational cities found in Ethiopia; by the side of the city there is exciting Tana Lake which is one of the biggest source of Abay/Nile River. Bahar Dar is naturally attractive city. The weather condition is very hot. One of the biggest university of Ethiopia is the Bahar Dar University. In this university there are four campuses. From all campuses we gather 50-55 student fellowship leaders and taught them for three days. We realized that even though the message delivered to the leaders was very useful, the expense was far above we expected. Brother Burt and Brother Tomas from Czech Republic ministered to the student leaders for three days. We had a wonderful time. We need prayer support to expand our ministry to other universities.

Finally we need prayer and support for the continuation of this spiritual ministry and to strengthen the home fellowship programs in near future. We have completed our February-March ministry successfully. Brother Burt and Sister Nancy have flown to their homeland April 1 according to our time at 5 p.m. Currently feedback has started coming to our ministry. We have started receiving good testimonies about our ministry we have had in different areas. Many are requesting to us to come again and minister to them. Please pray and support us to respond to such callings by the Grace of God.

Brother Fikresilasse and Brother Jemal       

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2014 in Ethiopia

 

The Rock, the Water and the Promise

Part II of The Water Works

He opened the rock, and the waters gushed out; they ran in the dry places like a river. For he remembered his holy promise, and Abraham his servant. And he brought forth his people with joy, and his chosen with gladness: And gave them the lands of the heathen: and they inherited the labour of the people; That they might observe his statutes, and keep his laws. Praise ye the LORD. Psalm 105:41-45

This is a tremendous promise and I believe that it is a word for the “End Time Body of Christ” on a global scale, and especially those who find themselves on the front lines of the battle as well as the various situations and circumstances that belies that word of promise.  Since arriving in Ethiopia I have had many occasions to travel around the city of Addis, as well as other cities and various locations that would include the open spaces of land that are part of Ethiopia. When you look at the natural environment and the way that things are done and the out-of-order-ness of it, it gives evidence to the darkness that is so preeminent that rules over the land, it is difficult to believe that you as an individual can make a difference that will change it.  To be quite frank, this is not just an Ethiopian problem. Although it is global, it is predominantly apparent in the entirety of Africa that I have had the privilege of seeing, as well as in Asia. I have come to the conclusion that the only hope that humanity has at this point[1], the only thing that will impede its slide into the pit of hell on the greased rail of religious deception in both levels of the church (Outer Court, Holy Place), is this Apostolic Word of Sonship that has at its foundation the death to self-message. In other words, it requires the total abandonment of self to the will of God and to His plan and purpose in this end of time.    

It is not so much the condition of the land or the darkness that is upon the people that frightens me, it is the apathy of the elect of God to the condition of it and the desensitization of our spiritual discernment in discerning the times that we are in and that in and of itself produces an abject lack of commitment[2] to do something about it.  It leads me to believe that the parable of the fruit tree is a parable of the Holy Place church.  Luke 13:6, He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. 7Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?  8And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: 9And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.  If what I am seeing and expressing to you is the Lord, and I believe that it is, then that means for those of us who have been hearing this Word, we could very well wake up to the sense of reality that we have missed the boat[3].  Am I bold enough to say that God is giving us one more year to fix the problem; yes, I believe that I am. It reminds me of a dream that Brother duCille had many years ago: He and Mavis were on a boat[4] that was sailing out of the harbor on its way to a destination[5].  There was some sort of disturbance in the parking lot from which they had left[6], and he was intently trying to see what it was that was going on. All of a sudden he found himself and Sister Mavis in the parking lot and the boat in the distance; it was sailing off without them. In the dream there was no way that he could remedy the situation. I remember him telling me that when he woke up from the dream, he had such a sense of loss and despair over the fact that he was no longer on the boat and that he could not get back to it. What it says to me is that there are times God will rescue us out of some circumstances the first time around. However, God expects for us to learn from those circumstances and utilize those experiences and His correction that comes because of it; to discern them when they come around again so that we do not fall prey to the devil’s trap, because God may very well not intervene the second time around.

There is also the story of the rich young ruler which has been coming up again and again. The more I meditate upon it the more I am convinced that the rich young ruler is indicative of the Holy Place people; a people that has done well with their walk in the Lord and has prospered in the natural because of it. However, it was now time for him to advance to a higher level so the invitation is given and the cost of it is evident; unfortunately, he did not make the grade. Can you imagine the despair of one’s soul to come down to the end of the day and not be a part of the First Fruits Company because of “things”? Things that may seem important, but at the very best they are things that are temporal,[7] because they are doing nothing to enhance or develop the reality of your eternal calling[8]. It says of the saints that have gone on before us that they did not accept deliverance because they had a hope of a better resurrection[9]. That hope is the Word of God that has been delivered unto us as a people. It is this word that is the culmination as well as the manifestation of that which was given to the Church by the Apostles and in particular that which was given to Paul concerning the people that would come forth in the end of time; the same people who Peter in his epistle to the church said that we were a peculiar people, a people that were set aside for a particular time for a particular purpose, that would come forth in the End of Time, of which time we are in.  It is not as though we, to whom the revelation and the truth of that apostolic Word were given, can live our lives as unto ourselves.  The reference scripture above states that the saints that have gone before us chose to suffer persecution and death on the basis of a people, and we are that people, that were to come and in our coming they would receive the promise that they were denied[10].  We are that people!! We are their hope! For it has been bequeathed unto us on the basis of the Word of God and the fullness of the understanding of that Word that has been committed unto us.  We are that people to whom they are looking unto.[11] The Rock that is mentioned in the opening verse; it was first smitten[12] by the Prophetic Word of God. For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 

Brethren, WE ARE AT the drinking of the water. It is God that is scrutinizing us and not man. It will be His decision and His decision alone as to who will qualify for that final selection of that Gideon’s Company. It would behoove us that every man “work out his OWN salvation with FEAR[13] and TREMBLING[14].”

Yours in Christ Jesus,
Brother Burt

[1] Gen_6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

[2] Mat_13:22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.

[3] 1Co_15:36  Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:

[4] The boat was indicative of His moving with God with a people on the basis of the Word that God gave to him concerning the End Time. 

[5] 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.

[6] There was a word brought to us as a people, “your people are easily diverted, easily subverted.”

[7] Pro_16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

[8] Isa_64:4  For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.

[9] Heb_11:35  Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:  

[10] Heb_11:39  And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:

[11] Heb 11:40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

[12] Joh_12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. 

[13] G5401 φόβος phobos-Thayer Definition: 1) fear, dread, terror 1a) that which strikes terror 

[14] G5156-τρόμος-tromos-Thayer Definition: 1) a trembling or quaking with fear 2) with fear and trembling, used to describe the anxiety of one who distrusts his ability completely to meet all requirements, but religiously does his utmost to fulfill his duty.

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2014 in Ethiopia

 

The Water Works

Dear Brethren,

We have been having difficulty with receiving water and having enough of it to be able to do the necessary things that you need to do with water. It starts with the delivery of water; water is sent from the source to the various destinations, then it is stored by the consumer in tanks and on demand it is pumped mechanically or by gravity to the house.

The trouble for us started from the beginning; that is we were not receiving sufficient water to even fill one of the tanks. We have two tanks, one that is on the ground and the other that is elevated on a stand. Eventually there was a supply of water that came that was sufficient to fill both tanks and you can imagine the relief that we felt on now having sufficient water to be able to do the necessary things. The upper tank is a gravity fed type of situation so all you have to do is open the valve and let the water drain into the house. Well, that is how it is supposed to work. You can imagine our disappointment when we got up the next morning to discover that the upper tank had completely drained out and there was no visible evidence of where it could have gone either outside or inside the house. How do you lose 1000 liters of water and not find a trace of where it might have gone? After much discussion with several people and examining several possibilities, it was discovered that the plumbing that went underground to the house had deteriorated and was allowing the water to run out underground. Now you have to understand that this has been going on since we got here which was about three weeks. It was early on in the midst of this situation that I began to enquire of the Lord as to what was the spiritual perspective of this situation. It seems that God would very often use individuals and their personal situations to bring a word to address a particular concern that He has with His people. It can be clearly seen in the book of Jeremiah, as well as Hosea. Those are the most blatant ones, but if you look at all the stories of individuals that lived in the Bible, they in and of themselves are a prophetic word to us as a people. Their lives have been a prophetic voice that accuses or excuses us as a people concerning the word that has been committed unto us.

It was the morning of the 14th that I received a word from the Lord about our particular problem with the water. There are two facets of the situation that apply to the whole of it, both of which concern the fellowship as a whole. The first is the fellowship Universally/Globally and its involvement in the mission effort. The other is concerning the work in the mission field and what is needed to supply the water to where it must go. There are two objectives that must be achieved: one is water to the kitchen [applies to food and the preparation of it], and two is water to the bathrooms [applies to sanctification and consecration].I am also convinced that these two particular elements that are being revealed is showing us where the difficulty lies, and by showing us the problem, it also gives us the solution that can be applied wherever we may be working to establish a mission platform from which we may be able to perpetuate this gospel of the Kingdom.

Water is indicative of the Word of God, and in this particular situation we have a Word of God that pertains to the desire of God to have Sons. This word highlights the desire of God to have sons who delight in pleasing Him, their Father. It is an apostolic word that has been committed to us for this end-time. It is the same Word that was given to the Apostles, only the understanding of it has been expanded to a greater measure of fullness and now God is even bringing further enlightenment to the ministry for the edification of the Body. In our particular situation, when water comes, in order for it to be of any value it must come in sufficient quantity and pressure to fill the tanks; unfortunately, that has not been the case. If you would put this in a logistical concept and apply it to the Holy Place church, it deals with the resources necessary to provide what is necessary to facilitate the meeting of the need. This would include manpower, materials needed, as well as finances; these are elements that come from without the immediate environment. The current water shortage situation is highlighting the malady of the Holy Place Church; there is a severe lack of interest (pressure) in the promotion (quantity) to bring this message of Sonship to the mission field. As to the second problem of the pipes that supply the water to the house, it was discovered that the pipes in and of themselves were completely rotten and rusted out and all the water was running, not leaking, into the ground under the concrete. It means the resources of the Holy Place church are being funneled into “other things,” things of little consequence that are not in line with the objective of God for the time frame in which we live [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.]. All that is being accomplished with it is that it is just being wasted. It is not just leaking, it is running out and it is not getting to the right places [Hag 1:6 Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.] “…and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.I would suggest that you read the first part of the chapter because it deals with the building of the house of God. It is a building not made with hands.

The scripture is very specific when it comes to a man and his own salvation. God told Gideon that he, Gideon, was to bring the people down to the water, and there He, God, would try them. I wonder if anyone has ever looked that word “try them” up. I haven’t, at least not until today. In the Greek it isצרף  sâraph tsaw-raf’ A primitive root; to fuse (metal), that is, refine (literally or figuratively): – cast, (re-) fine (-er), founder, goldsmith, melt, pure, purge away, try. It suggests something that is done by intense heat, and then in some manner is beaten with a hammer to make it “weld/fuse” to another piece of metal. It reminds me of the Lampstand in the Holy Place church. It was to be made out of one piece of beaten gold. The branches were welded or fused to the stem by means of a hammer. Exodus 25:31, And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work H4749(H4749 מקשׁה miqshâh mik-shaw’ Feminine of H4748; rounded work, that is, moulded by hammering (repousse): – beaten (out of one piece, work), upright, whole piece.), or perhaps it was just one piece of Gold that was hammered and beaten into its particular shape. However it might have been done, what that translates to is something that is a very hard choice, something that is extremely painful, something that is going to wind up costing you a bundle. We, the Holy Place Church, are in what my mother would call the “valley of decision.” Will we drink the water from the hand, or will we lap it as a dog would lap.

Because He is and by virtue of His Blood I am your Brother in Christ,
Brother Burt

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2014 in Ethiopia

 

Ethiopia Trip – February 2014

By Brother Barak Asbill

As I contemplate the recent events and experiences that I have both witnessed and participated with here in Ethiopia, I will endeavor to convey the intent of the things that have transpired in light of the calling and election that is upon us all.

Perhaps the opportunity to come and experience the environment of the foreign mission field is not suitable for everyone; however, it is certainly something that should be considered before the Lord peradventure He can make a way for one to do so. In this trip, for me at least, I think of it in military terms as an engagement for which I have been deployed. So in that respect I would also liken this deployment as being in enemy territory. As a side note and some food for thought, in reality, there is no place that would not be enemy territory as long as the prince and the power of the air is in the place of dominion. Consequently, as a matter of strategy, it would seem as though this illegitimate authority has a vested interest in making sure that we, as the children of God, stay in our Jerusalem both spiritually as well as physically in an effort to contain the collateral damage that could occur because of the nature of the word that has been given to us. It has occurred to me that the devil does not have the capacity to rule the world from an omniscient and all-knowing position of authority, so it would be expedient from his perspective that we remain under the principality of which we have been assigned. Moreover, our purpose, as in this case of Ethiopia and as it would in the other places we are also engaged, is not of any other nature than to fight the battle for which we all have been called that the kingdoms of this world may become the kingdoms of our Lord and His Christ. The same purpose which has first begun in our hearts and now in turn we endeavor to teach others is that together we can be partakers of the divine nature.

Albeit one of the principle things that the devil has used to neutralize the church from becoming effective in operation of this objective is the strategy of religion; consequently, Ethiopia is no less affected. In fact, as it could be said about any other place, there is no shortage of organized Christian churches. Religion abounds complete with the hierarchical structure that holds the sheep in the darkness of denominational deception. For us the antidote to this anti-structure has and is the formable thrust of the fivefold ministry as set forth by the divine order of God. It has been this principle and the willingness on the part of those to commit, not only in substance, but also with their life that has gained significant inroads into Ethiopia. Our time consisted of both tending to what has been established in Addis as it pertains to weekly meetings, one each at Brother Fikre’s and Brother Jemal’s homes, as well as the advancement of our presence into new areas. It is interesting that the task at hand parallels the same of which was requested of Rebecca by Eleazar and that is “to carry water.” Ironically, as it would be, the water supply to the house which serves as our base is at best inconsistent and in short supply. Thus in order to have adequate supply for the daily routine it was necessary to source water from a local well, fill our containers and “carry” in return to our home base. Spiritually speaking the water would be a type of the word of God, and in this case for the distribution and use of it is to the misled sheep of the house of Israel. 

One of the things that is proving to be effective for the investment being made here in Ethiopia is the willingness to be on site for an extended period of time. A visitor’s visa has a maximum limit of 3 months and, as many of you may know, it has been a concerted focus on the part of Brother Burt and Sister Nancy in the last several years to utilize this three month period of time. Along with this pattern, and proving to be as equally effective, is the plurality individuals that also are able to participate and contribute as part of the team for this concerted effort to push this word of the kingdom into the dark corners of Africa. In this case to accompany Brother Burt and Sister Nancy there was a good rotation of brethren starting with Martin and Kveta Hloska, myself, Martin Kluson, Oliver Capcik as well as Tomas Brchan who is coming later in March. This kind of rotation proves to be very beneficial and productive both on a personal level as well in the collective as our time spent here is not only in word but also by demonstration.

Perhaps one of the highlights that come along with being in the field of harvest is the continued opportunities to advance into new areas. This time it was our scheduled visit to Nazeret which is about a three hour drive by car plus or minus the additional time to get through Addis traffic. Here we had a weekend of meetings separated into two phases. The first was with the organized church and the second with university/college students. If there is one thing that is consistent about being here in Ethiopia, it would be the religious stronghold and its operation in the organized church. Also as equally true is the spiritual opposition to this word we bring. As a guest we come in for the opportunity to share the word which means waiting through the order of the service. It is here that the battle lines are draw. I am remembering the story of Samson when the Philistines shouted because of their perceived capture of him and in reply it is recorded that the spirit of the Lord came upon Samson and with the jawbone of an ass wrought a great deliverance. I say this because it is in the realm of music that the enemy of the church tries to set the course of the meeting. The cultural rhythm and style complete with drums is so much intertwined in the organized church that it quells the discernment to realize that there is another form, a true form, of praise and worship that can lift the people of God up. Initially for us the strategy to gain the upper hand for delivery of the word was to fight fire with fire so to speak. Therefore as a guest, and when time was given to us, the wisdom of God, our strategy if you will, became to “send Judah first.” Here we are grateful for the operation of the gifts dispersed among us. Brother Oliver, along with Sister Kveta and Sister Nancy sang one of the songs of Zion:

He is Lord. He is Lord.
He is risen from the dead, and He is Lord.
Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess, that Jesus Christ is Lord.

I can tell you of a truth it was the power of God at that given moment not only to counter, but to breech the strength of the spiritual darkness and create an opening for the prophetic ministration of the word. The supply of heaven came and meeting after meeting there was much washing of the water by the word so that by the end of the first phase, there was a genuine response to the alter call for those that wanted a deeper, personal relationship with the Lord. As we walked away that night after the last meeting, even the tenor of the music had changed as soft gentle notes of the presence of God could be heard outside on the street. For us it was a very sweet sound indeed and we knew that the wrestling match for the life of the sheep had been won. The second half of our visit here now consisted of scheduled meetings with college/university student. The tenor of this time was much different to the former wherein the platform was geared to teaching and instruction. The subject matter and the foundation for which we build is of course based on the teachings on the Tabernacle. It proved to be a very profitable time both in the washing of the water by the word and in fellowship. Like sowers that scatter their seed over that ground we know likewise that there was the spiritual counterpart of seed sown in the lives and hearts of those who were present. As we rounded up the weekend and were driving back to Addis and our home base, we all were grateful for the opportunity to participate and be actively engaged and resting in the fact that God:

  1. is Lord of the harvest and
  2. is the One who gives the increase.

Upon arrival it was once again time to “carry water” for the public water supply had not been turned on during our absence as we had hoped. So off to the well we go with our vessels in hand utilizing our modern day camel, the rented van. There are many more things I could speak of but as a small peek into the activity of our time, I will leave this for now. All in all, as it is designed to do, the nature of this word coupled with the experiences of being in the mission field can be life changing for all those involved. As I return to my place of dwelling, I am grateful for the opportunity and secondly, as a member of the true church, the necessity to carry water in response to the calling and election that is upon our lives.

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2014 in Ethiopia

 

Update from Ethiopia – NGO

By Sister Nancy Asbill

To start my report on the Ethiopian NGO, I would like to say what a privilege it is for me to be able to meet the mothers and children and have a little part in this program.

NGO Brothers 1Bro. Jemal and Bro. Fikre have had a big job of learning the “ropes” of establishing and managing such an undertaking. Since the NGO began the first part of January there has been much to do. One of the biggest tasks was deciding who would qualify for the program. The government upon approval of the NGO determines in what part of town you can help widows and orphans, so Bro. Jemal and Bro. Fikre began to look in Kotebe Woreda 11 for those most needy. There are so many needs everywhere that much prayer and thought went into their choices. Presently, there has been a small office rented in a secure compound in the Kotebe area. This is quite exciting as it allows the NGO to have a central location for the work in the area designated by the government. The office is unfurnished so we are praying to be able to find the furnishings it needs.

NGO Brothers 2Since the program is new and the staff is small, the decision was made to start the program with twelve children. The children are from very poor families and in this case single mothers. The children are provided with schooling and the required books, plus extra classes called tutorial classes to help them advance in their studies. The tutorial classes are for the furtherance of learning English and math and are after their primary schooling Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The children and mothers are also given every three months a supply of food staples as well as soap and basic hygiene products. On a monthly basis the mothers receive teaching on hygiene and how to properly help their children in their daily needs.

ChildrenOur first opportunity to meet the children and mothers was on a Sunday afternoon a few weeks ago. I was not sure what to expect, but thought I would bring some flannel graph Bible stories. It turned out to be a blessing for us all. We were able to share “Hope” talking about David and how because his heart wanted to know God, God moved in so many ways and no “Lion” or “Bear” could harm him. We sang the song “If You Are Happy and You Know It Clap your hands”. It was a very lovely time sharing the Love of Jesus.

How do you describe “poverty”? It has many faces. Of course the obvious one is no food or shelter and such. But look at the poverty in this world of a lack of relationship with the living God. These children have lived from being a small baby to their ages now with not knowing anything else than very little food, to not having a bed to call their own or a special pair of shoes or clothes. You would think they would be quite downcast and sullen, but it is quite the opposite. When the children came into the room we were in, they greeted us with smiles and a hand shake. The mothers were very pleasant as well. There was for the most part sweetness about them. After the first meeting the children went out to play. One little boy was running as boys do, even though his shoes did not fit. He was not complaining but going about with his running the best he could. How can I ever complain when I have so much!!

Our next meeting, we had the Hloskas and Barak with us. We sang our “happy” song again and spoke with the mothers for a bit before passing out the notebooks and colored pencils the Hloskas brought as well as the toothbrushes and toothpaste from Sister Terry. The children and mothers were very happy to receive the gifts. The children later showed us some very good pictures they drew.

Kveta and I, as a willing helper, worked with the ladies on some basic sewing skills. Kveta was a very good teacher and patiently went around the room helping each lady learn the skill of a needle and thread. You see, many of these ladies have not had any formal schooling. To sign their name might be just a scratch. Many of them have some very low paying jobs, if they have a job. Our desire is to see them learn some skills so as to better their living situations for them and their children.

TsegaI would like to describe for you the children, if I may, by starting with Tsega. He is a typical little boy with lots of energy and a big smile.

SisayThen there is Sisay Degefaw. He is quiet, but I am sure that is just because we are new to him. He says he likes football (that is soccer to us). He did give us a big smile.

HaileHaile Mariam likes to play with toys, and seems to be a happy little fella. Their toys might be a rock or a deflated ball that they happily toss around.

ErdatuErdatu Tadesse runs up to you with a big hug and smile. He has a little sister that is learning to walk and follows behind. He tells us he likes to draw.

Haile GebreilHaile Gebreil is a happy young boy that likes football and drawing. His mother seems to be a bit shy but caught on quite quickly to the sewing.

HiwotHiwot Wube is a little lady with quite a frown at first, but give her a few minutes and the smiles will come. Her mother has the same look but soon her face beams with a warm smile. Hiwot says she like to play hopscotch and jump rope.

MarkosMarkos is another sweet boy that likes soccer and running. His mother also has such sweetness about her.

BleanBlean Matias is a little girl that likes to sing. I cannot emphasis enough – even though these children have so little, they act like they have so much!

TesfayeTesfaye Alemu says he likes singing and reading. Our hope is that he will be such a good reader that he can help others learn to read as well.

DagmawitDagmawit Sisay is a very bright and cheerful young lady that speaks quite good English. She also likes reading and is quite a good drawer too. Her mother knows Jesus as her Savior as well as Dagmawit which explains their smiles.

SamerawitSamerawit is a pretty little girl with quite a bit of spunk. She says she likes soccer and playing with cars. Her pretty dress says a doll would be a good toy.

MulugetaMulugeta Arage is a boy that likes running and yes, soccer, the Ethiopian favorite sport. He says he likes to sing too. He has that very precious sweet smile that seems he learned from his mom.

The NGO is providing hope for these families. As the program progresses, the mothers can learn a trade and one day be able to be more self-sufficient so they can move on and others can be helped as well. The plan at this time is to have the mothers attend classes on sewing or attend beautician school at one of the local night classes.

We thank the Lord for this wonderful opportunity to help this community, but most of all to spread the good news of Jesus and his Love for them. It has been marvelous to watch as God has led us step by step and given the NGO favor to be approved. It is a blessing to see it now working. Glory to the King of Kings!!

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2014 in Ethiopia

 

Nigeria – December 2013

Dear Brethren,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nigeria Dec 2013 (3)

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

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

Brother Burt & Sister Nancy

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2014 in Africa, Nigeria