Jesus is coming back soon, are you as excited as I am? Read on and see went on in NB.
June 5, Don and I headed to Toronto to stay at a friend’s overnight so we could be at the airport in the morning going to New Brunswick. Thank you John and Angie.
It has been interesting to say the least, we got back from a mission trip to Jamaica Feb 22 and I went in for vascular surgery Feb.27 and was released the 28. On March 4 I was back in the hospital with high blood pressure until March 23. I spent Don’s and my twenty year anniversary in the hospital. Not the kind of you anniversary I had in mind but God’s ways are higher than ours.
April 12, I booked our tickets for New Brunswick. We would be going to Emmanuel Conference for two days and then doing an Overcomes graduation and a Leadership Training in Shediac at Ruth an Naomi treatment Center , and visiting Harvest House in Moncton were they started Overcomes last year. God willing if our clearance goes through we would be going to Dorchester Penitentiary.
It was a whirlwind couple of days getting ready to go, we didn’t even pack until Sunday after church to leave Monday. Friday I got an email from Overcomers head Office in Texas that a lady in Canada wanted to buy the Overcomers curriculum, all I had was her name and email. I contacted her and while e-mailing back and forth the Holy Spirit was prompting me to ask if she was in New Brunswick and she replied yes, Moncton. I informed her we would be there on the 12. I asked if she had ever seen the Leadership Training and she said no and proceeded to tell me she was at an Overcomers group that morning in Shediac and Francine had told her about how there would be one at her place and that is the one we would we doing. For sure that was God.
The day we flew out I was talking to Olive who is picking us up at the airport in NB and told her about this and and she said do you mean Irene from Water and Wine Assembly of Christians and I said yes, do you know her? Olive said I have met her but don’t know her. I see God’s hand all over this.
I told Olive that before we left I was miserable and just screamed out I want to die and then said I want my flesh to die and the Spirit of the Lord to emanate through me. Don, my husband prayed for me. He was dealing with the brunt of what I was going through and shortly after he prayed I was fine. PRAISE THE LORD. That was rough. I was ready to through in the towel and just quit. But thanks to prayer and a word from a friend I came through. I know when the enemy tries that hard to stop me from doing what God is leading, God definitely has a plan. At this point I don’t see the whole picture. At times my flesh doesn’t want to do what God is leading but it is not about what I want, think, or feel. IT IS TO BE, “GOD’S WILL NOT MINE”, so after battling my flesh, I choose to follow God’s plan. Remember in the Bible it says the flesh is at war with each other constantly.
|For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. Gal 5:17 NIV|
Boy am I learning that. But it is good to be able to recognize it.
When we arrived in Fredericton, Olive was there to pick us up and we went for lunch at Swiss Chalet. I invited 3 men from Ontario that were there for the conference also. We all enjoyed fellowship, one of the men paid for our lunch and went are way. We had noticed two Fredericton Police Officers having lunch at a table near us, as Don and I were leaving Don said I believe we are to pay for their lunch, I said you are right and our lunch was paid for so I went looking for their waitress. I asked a waitress if she was their waitress and she said yes so I told her we wanted to pay for their lunch. I said we don’t know them, we are from Ontario, don’t tell them who paid their lunch just say “Bless you”, she said she would and we left. While we were sitting in the van organizing things the police officers came up to the van and said you are the culprits aren’t you? I said I told her not to tell you, one of them said she didn’t, we just asked what table you were from and we recognized the man in the driver seat had been sitting at that table. Then he said “this was a Divine incident, we were just talking at lunch and God knew we needed encouragement, they thanked us, I said God was leading us and that’s how much he loves you. God bless you. They thanked us again and left. Boy did we feel great and what confirmation that it was God’s leading. Whenever God has us do something I have found it is always a blessing for the giver as receiver alike, it is never one sided.
Before we had left Ontario I had contacted Choice hotels were we are members to see about some missing points from a stay at one of there locations, after we got that straightened out the man asked if there was anything else he could do for me. I asked if we had enough points to stay at a hotel in Fredericton for a couple of nights they checked and gave me a choice of two I said the Quality Hotel on Bishop Dr. They told me 12,000 per night points and we had enough for two nights. I asked if the room had a couch and the man said I will give you the suit. Wow, Praise God! I checked later and that room was 30,000 points per night or $193.23 per night including tax. Thank you Daddy. We booked another room as we had people to meet after the conference, we had to change rooms we got a room with a chair , desk and bed for $130.00, tax & breakfast included. No picture of that room.
Don and I unpacked and went to conference. I was excited telling some people about our room that God provided. I said Lord it would have been nice if you would have given this to us at the end of the mission to relax before we went home, but I am not complaining at all we are very excited,thankful and love it.
At Conference there was one ordination, voting of new board members, the usual meetings, three services and fellowship it, is great to see people you only see once a year and see what God has been doing in their lives.
The first night of the conference we got an email from Francine in Shediac were we were to go and do the LTS and graduation asking if we could come on the 12 & 13, I told her we were trusting God for our clearance into Dorchester Penitentiary on the 13 and I wasn’t booking anything that day but said we would come on the 12 & 14 and she agreed. We booked our hotel in Moncton for the 11th so we would be in Shediac for the Monday. When booking the hotel I noticed they had a special on “stay two separate nights for extra points” so if we stayed two nights each night at a different hotel we would have enough points for a free room. In Moncton there were two choice hotels across the street from each other one Comfort Inn and one Quality Inn so we changed hotels daily to save money.
Don & I went out for a wonderful lunch with Hazen and Corinne. Hazen is not in the picture he had not arrived yet. Thank you both very much.
We stayed at Olives for a couple of day and visited with a couple of people then on Friday we got an e-mail from Brent saying we got our clearance for Dorchester. Praise God. Sunday we headed down to Moncton.
We met Irene at Ruth & Naomi’s were Francine greeted us. What a small world! We started the Leadership Training and had some fellowship then went back to our hotel.
Grads, with Judy & Francine LTS at the house Irene & some of the ladies & Judy
Tuesday we were off to Dorchester Penitentiary, I was so excited in the Lord I had been praying for this for a year. We met the rest of the team from Prison Christian Ministries at the prison.There were 23 men in the Overcomers group in the afternoon and 43 in the Chapel service in the evening. (we met Chaplain Claude this is important). We shared testimony at both in depth and an Overcomers lesson was led by Bill in the afternoon. It was great. We prayed with the men lives were being touched and there was a man there that knew the same people I did when I was 16. I was so excited at this opportunity God had given us. PLEASE PRAY FOR PROVISION for Overcomers books for Dorchester, the cost is $265.00 per case. If you send funds please signify it is for prison ministry, and send your information so we can issue you a charity receipt. Thank you.
Dorchester picture from internet Chaplain,Judy, Don & Bill Back. Bill, Brent, Jim Front,Judy, Don, Sherry, Jim
Wednesday we finished the Leadership Training, Graduations and I shared my testimony with the girls at the house. I also shared with Irene about the Prison Ministry at Dorchester and showed her the picture of the team and the Chaplain. She said he looks familiar what is his name I told her and she said him and his wife go to my church. Wow! After leaving Francine’s we followed Irene to her church to see where the next Overcomers was going to be then went back to the hotel.
That night I e-mailed Cal at Harvest House to let him know we were in town if he wanted to get together. The next morning I got up about 7 and went right to my computer which I do not normally do and there was an e-mail fro Cal saying he was having a meeting at 9.00 am and we were welcome to come. I woke Don up and said we have to pack and check out we have to be at Harvest House by 9. We didn’t even have time for breakfast.
We arrived at Harvest House at 8.55 Praise the Lord. Cal introduced us and had me share what is happening with Overcomers then had his Chapel service. I was blessed with his teaching and it was presented in a way that we could all understand. Thank you Cal.
After, he asked what we were doing next and I said we are on Gods agenda so he invited us to come to the rehab for the Overcomers class. He asked if I would like to lead it and I said no you go ahead. I am glad I did as I was able to pick up some ideas from Cal. We then were invited for lunch with the guys. Cal invited us back on Saturday as his daughter, Alisha had written a book called “Like Father, Like Son” She was presenting it and had a book signing. I said we would try. http://harvesthouseatlantic.org/
Cal & Judy @ chapel service Cal teaching the guys Overcomers at his rehab
We then drove to St. Stephen were we met with Michael and Cathy from Calais Maine, Cathy and I used to go the jail in Machias, Maine together to minister. We then drove to Waweig and spent the night with Bruce and Karen, Karen was my first board member of Zechariah 4:6 Ministries in 2007. We left early the next morning to drive back to Moncton, then checked into the next hotel and on to the book presentation.
Michael Judy & Cathy Karen, Bruce, Don & I “Like Father , Like Son” written by Alisha Maskery
We want to thank Olive and Karen for putting us up at their place, and all those that provided a meal or two, Olive, Karen, Cal, Francine, Corrine, Lynda, Brian and anyone I have missed.
Sunday Morning, Fathers Day, the Lord lead us to Water and Wine Church, they were not expecting us. We arrived in the parking lot, Chaplain Claude from Dorchester arrived at the same time. Small world. When we got in the church Irene greeted us and said she had been praying about were we would go and she was thankful we came there. She ushered us up to the front of the church and introduced us to Pastor Solomon, her son and to others. I gave her a 5 minute promo of Overcomers that I was going to send her but had it with me. A few minutes later she said we are going to show the DVD and you can share. After service there was a Fathers Day BBQ and fellowship.
After service Don and I drove to Fredericton and God blessed us with two nights in the same hotel suite that we were in when we arrived, thanks to points earned by changing hotels nightly. Yea God! thank you for your favor. We appreciate you. We had a meeting the first night with Bill going over Overcomers material. We also got a call from someone we knew from the Victory Center in 2008 saying her pastor asked her just the past Wednesday if she would do an ladies Overcomers group. YEA GOD! I see the thread of God through this entire trip.
Proverbs 3:5-8 (NIV)
5) Trust in the Lord with all your heart; 6) and lean not on your own understanding; 6)in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. 7) Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. 8) This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.
My prayer is we all have eyes to see and ears to hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying to us and showing us and that we do as it says in James 1:22 Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what is says.
God bless you all in Jesus Name and may you see the thread of God in everything you do. Look for Him in it all and you will see.