It's been a whirlwind tour over the last week and a half. As stated in my previous post, our beloved Rick Sizemore was with us in Lebanon. After we returned, I traveled with him to Macedonia for several days where he preached and counseled in Veles and Skopje. It was great to be with Rick and run around with him, observing how he preaches, teaches, and counsels. I've been around him for a few years now, but the Lord always teaches me something new. He's a great brother and a great example. I had several opportunities to pray for and speak with people throughout the trip. I even got to mow grass!
On Thursday night a group of young people met for prayer at Phil and Anna Evan's home where we were staying (Congrats on the birth of their son, Oscar!). Igor shared that a friend of his had been in the hospital for some time with fluid in her lungs; drain-tube and all. We prayed for her that night and when we saw Igor the following day, he said the fluid had almost completely dried up. Praise God! Jesus heals! It was great to spend time fellowshipping, encouraging, praying for and alongside one another in Macedonia. One girl gave her life to Jesus in a home we stopped in briefly, while another three gave their lives to Jesus Sunday afternoon. God is saving people! He is transferring them from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of His beloved Son.
After returning from Macedonia we rested for a day. Then a group of 15 from the Network Community, together with Rick, and Danielle from Serbia, traveled to the island of Thasos to spend time with our brothers and sisters there. Dimitris and his wife Mario, along with Swedish missionaries, Kenneth and Lena are doing a fantastic, persevering work there. It was a great time of bonding and relationship building amongst ourselves; as well as, with the church in Thasos. Rick preached on the heart of the Holy Spirit and I believe many were touched by the power and word of God through prayer and the ministry of the Spirit. You can't begin to talk about that Guy without things happening.
It's good to be back in Thessaloniki. Rick and Danielle returned to their respective nations today. Victor, Tommie's son is here for spring break and Tommie's wife Gunilla will visit for a week next Thursday.
We're believing for a job for our friend, Nikola, potentially on the island of Thasos; as well as, for God to break in on the hearts of many of the others he has given us relationships with - For those that don't know Him, to have a revelation of Jesus and for those that do, to continue to have life-changing encounters with His love.
The motherlands of the gospel will give birth again.
I've been sick for the past several days and I would appreciate your prayers. I want to be back full swing, meeting guys on the basketball court and campus.
Below are some photos from Lebanon - Click on this link to see more.
Love you all,
|Emil (Syria), Craig Westhoff, Myself, Christine Westhoff, Hassan (Syria)|
|Tommie Naumann, George (Syria), and Joseph Zorob (Lebanon)|
|Mazin (Lebanon) and Rick Sizemore|