Zechariah 4:6 Ministries Update
October 19, 2017
Greetings to all our Brothers and Sisters in the Lord.
We live in troubled times but by the Grace and Mercy of our Lord we shall overcome.
Scripture references from NIV
1Co 15:58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
1Co 16:13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.
Psa 34:19 The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all;
It has been a while since I sent the last update. The team has been active with the prison ministry, Overcomers groups, presenting Overcomers, conferences and whatever the Lord would have us do. I am so thankful to the volunteers that the Lord raised up for this work, they have such a heart. Kathy with the help of Charlie, Joe, Robert and others does Thursday Overcomers mixed group. Kathy, Joe, Tom and Don do Salvation Army half way house Overcomers, Marietta does Tuesday, Ladies Overcomers. Tom and Charlie, Don and I do Beaver Creek Minimum and Medium Security Overcomers. John & Pauline come into the prisons for graduations and minister in word and song. PRAISE THE LORD FOR EACH ONE OF THEM. GOD BLESS THEM ALL. NONE OF THIS COULD BE ACCOMPLISHED WITHOUT THEM.
August 1st Don, Tom and myself met with Pastor Alan & Carole O’Soup the founders of Almond Tree Ministries to present the Overcomers program to them. I told them I would come to Saskatchewan and do a Leadership Training for them.
Don & I met Pastor Alan when we volunteered with Monty Lewis at the Victory Center in New Brunswick back in 2007-2008.
Revs. Allan & Carole O’Soup had a vision to do a Canadian First Nation Revival Tent Crusades from Moricetown, BC to Sheshatshiu First Nation in Labrador, Newfoundland. It was a huge step of faith on their part. God bless them. To read more about their ministry go to http://almondtreeministries.com/ They could really use some help with construction if anyone has the skills and time it would be appreciated. Contact them for further information.
On August 2., I was very humbled and blessed to be at one of their meetings near our home in Brantford and to share a short testimony on one of their stops on First Nations Reserve at Ohsweken, ON.
After we all went over to the church for fellowship and refreshments. I was privileged to meet some precious people that are so in love with and on fire for the Lord Jesus Christ.
Sept. 14 to Sept. 22 I took a huge step of faith myself, I went on a mission trip by myself to Almond Tree Ministries, Canora ,Saskatchewan which was bitter sweet. I sensed in my spirit that God was going to do something in me which He did. I have not been on a mission trip by myself for over 12 years and the last time I was not as handicap. I was there with no cell phone service, no internet and no TV for a week it was peaceful but I could not do any of my ministry work. Some would say that was a good thing.
Now I will share a very personal life struggle with you. For as long as I can remember I have had struggles and with issues with women. I have stayed away from women‘s meetings and groups. I don’t know why, I can’t put my finger on it but I have been praying about it for a long time. Probably something from my childhood. Anyway before I went away, Kathy had invited me to go to a women’s breakfast at our church and I went only to make a fool of myself and spill my coffee on the table and me as soon as as I got there. I wanted to leave but Kathy encouraged me to stay. I thought, that is it I’m not going back.
God had a plan in sending me to Saskatchewan with two women from New Brunswick, I know them but don’t know them. They know me to see me and talk briefly with me but don’t know me. Needless to say I was terrified, and felt very insecure but I went trusting God but not without fear and trembling. I didn’t know what to expect, how to act or what was expected of me except to do an Overcomers Leadership Training and I could do that. I had never been away with women before. The first couple of days I didn’t know what was going on with me I actually thought I was going insane and I yelled JESUS what is going on? Through much prayer and trying to explain to the two ladies, who had never experienced anything like this before, God saw me through. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday I facilitated the training, thank you Charles and Sharon who did the training by DVD. It was received well and ten people took it. Also Pastor Jamie joined us, he works as a suicide prevention counselor at Cote Health in Kamsack Sask. He said this is a great program I want the program and two cases of books. Thank you Jesus may this program continue to carry the anointing and bless many of the First Nation People. Praise you and thank you Lord. Bless them abundantly.
We were suppose to go to Saskatchewan Penitentiary in Prince Albert but it was canceled due to limited inmate movement at the prison. I had been hoping to meet with Cliff and Verna who I have been speaking with for over 3 years but we had never met. They run an Overcomers group at The Upper Room Prayer Centre in Prince Albert, Sask. But now we weren’t going to the prison. After the Leadership Training at the school I went back to the dorm and everyone was in bed. I went to bed and was praying about a way to meet with them. I thought it would be great if we went to Saskatoon tomorrow then maybe we could somehow connect. I told the others in the morning and they said that is what we are doing. Praise God I didn’t know anything about it because I was not part of their conversation. When we were on the road on the five hour drive to Saskatoon I called Verna and they made arrangements to meet with me at the hotel in Saskatoon and we all went out for dinner. They to are precious people that love the Lord. I was truly honored to meet all these people and my life will be richer because I did. They are continuing with the Overcomers and just started another group and ordered more books. Abundantly bless them Lord. Thank you for bringing them all into my life. Thank you Pastor Alan and Carole for receiving me and for your hospitality, may the Lord continue to bless you and your ministry. Thank you Corinne and Joy you were used by the Lord in ways you were not aware of and my life is more enriched because of the experience. God Bless You Both.
Isa 50:7 Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.
While I was up there Don informed me that Kathy had bought me a ticket to women’s breakfast again, I thought “oh no“ here we go again. The ticket was bought so I was committed. It was a week after I got home at a conference at our church. I went and praise God it was here that I discovered that God had done something in me. Thank you Jesus. Had I not gone to the breakfast I would have never known. That is the pain for the gain. Hallelujah. I was totally at peace at the breakfast.
After the conference Don and I went away for a couple of days, he was a real trouper letting me go away for eight days so we went away by ourselves to Niagara Falls, we had saved up air miles and hotel points and gift cards so it only cost us gas and one bowl of soup each..
Last weekend we went up to John and Pauline’s and spoke at their church on the Sunday, Georgian Shores Community Church in Victoria Harbor. It was their very first mission Sunday and we were so blessed and encouraged to be with them, four ladies I did not know were blessed and they really encouraged me. Thank you Jesus when something is of God it is a benefit to the giver as receiver alike. Thank you John & Pauline for your wonderful company and hospitality.
To close a word of encouragement,
If anyone is holding and anger, bitterness, resentment, unforgiveness toward anyone you must let it go, you are only giving it power over yourself by holding it in and it is tormenting you not the one that you think. I know this is difficult but ask the Lord to help you and He will. This WILL set you free.
The Word of God says:
Mat 6:14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
Mat 6:15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins
Rom 12:19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.
Rom 12:20 On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.
Rom 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
See you here, there or in the air
LUKE 1: 37 “For nothing is impossible with God.” http://www.zechariah4v6.com