Wow…. it’s like Christmas here today! After 2½ weeks of having to take my laptop to McDonalds (thank you, McD’s for free wi-fi!!), I’ve got internet where I’m living here in Romania!! Yeahhh!! Feels like the shackles have come off, especially as my laptop battery is completely shot, and, when fully charged, completely runs out in about 55 minutes… :(. But, no more! I’m plugged in, switched on… It’s been a good trip here, so totally different to Colombia, (where, as I haven’t been able to update my diary on the website, you might think I am!). I’m NOT in Colombia, for those who missed any of the last couple of months’ saga, because the advice of my doctor was not to do any long-haul flights at least until the new yer, after my (massive) pulmonary embolisms of 9 weeks ago… I’m still taking copious amounts of rat poison (Warfarin) each day, to keep my blood thin and un-clottable (yeah, I know, I’m a clot!!): and if you don’t know, long distance flying is a major cause of deep vein thrombosis – blood clots in the legs – so it does seem sensible to listen to the medics, especially as I have so many options of places to go, a lot nearer home! Like Romania…. ….if you know me well, you’ll know that Romania has been high on my list of places to minister from the day of the massive revolution they had here on December 16th, 1989. From that event, God gripped my heart and spirit with this country, and within 4 weeks of the Ceausescu’s execution, on Christmas Day, ’89, I was here with many trucks with supplies that Romania needed desperately. I fell in love with the country: it is breathtakingly beautiful in many parts, and with unbelievable ‘grinding’ poverty and tragedy in others. My ‘ministry’ here has been – in the early days – with small churches in rural areas – and for the last goodness-knows-how-long, more on a one-to-one level with individuals. This trip is in the latter camp, and it’s been good and profitable so far. To minimise the travelling, I’ve been here 2½ weeks, and have about the same period to go. But… ….I have a clear sense that, having had a 4 year ‘sabbatical’ from Romania, up until September this year, that God wants me here more often. I’m still waiting to hear from him what ‘more often’ means! Highly respected – and accurate – prophet, Chuck Pierce, had this word to say today:
Prophetic Word: “This is a day of separation and setting apart. I have determined to set you apart to set you on the path. I have said to you that there is a door and there is a path. But now… The Eye of God and the Window of Heaven are positioning over you. Now I will shine on your path, and you must choose to step out and submit to the place that I have you. This place is called TODAY. If you will submit where you are TODAY then in 40 days you will say, ‘I made it through that wilderness place.’ There is a path! There is a door! There is a window! And now the wind will blow you forward!”
“In the last season I gave you a choice on what side of the chasm you would put your feet. In this New Year, as this door has begun to open, THE WAY YOU MOVE YOUR FEET, will set in motion a cycle for 3 years. If you have missed your door, do not think that I cannot bring you back to the place of where it will open again. It is not too late! Just as I brought the Israelites from their place into another place and another time, just as I had to bring destruction to them once, I still brought them into the Promised Land. For My Promise holds true. In this next 3 years, watch your feet at every crossroads and choose carefully how you move. Choose carefully the doors that you walk through. If you miss one, do not be afraid that I will not show you another. Though you seem to be in a maze, do not be afraid, you will find Me.” There have been many times this year when I’ve wonderfully felt the power and presence of God in my life, and in what I do for him. There have also been times when it has been a ‘wilderness walk’ – sometimes a wilderness ‘standing still’ – but I know that God uses such times to re-shape us, change us, transform us, and set in place new things in the future. Maybe Romania is part of that for me. This is my 129th visit to this lovely, yet maligned, country. It is close to my heart, and has been since I saw the first TV broadcast of the revolution a couple of days after my birthday, in 1989 (man alive, I was only 37 years old then!!). I have a sense that, at very least, God is asking me o come back here very often, if not be based, or partially based, here. I’d value the prayers of those of you who pray regularly for me, on this one! So, having effectively been on an internet fast for almost 3 weeks, and being on a real fast (from food!) as the money has dried up, it’ll be interesting to see what the next few weeks hold. Thank you for your prayers, support, and love.