25 June 2011
Dear Friends and Partners,
We have seen the Lord move so graciously in these past few weeks. As we write, we are in Canada (Quebec) where the reception of our ministry has been so good. The opportunity to be in new churches and meet new pastors and leaders has been a great blessing to us. We know that the success of journeys like this is the result of people like you standing in faith with us.
This letter is for both July and August. Due to our schedule for July, Eugene will be outside of the country until the 5th of August and we felt we should let this letter speak for both months. We will be taking a vacation the last three weeks of August to get some needed rest and family time.
We mentioned a few months ago our renewed study of the Holy Spirit. When we look back at the time of John the Baptist, we see that the people were expecting the Messiah to come and went to John to inquire if he was the Christ: “Now as the people were in EXPECTATION, and all reasoned in their hearts about John, whether he was the Christ or not…” (Luke 3:15 NKJV). Let us ask this question of ourselves in this age, are we expecting something from God? Are we expecting a move or manifestation of the Holy Spirit?
When Jesus was confronted by people desiring healing or miracles He often asked, “What do you want?” We believe that God is asking the same question today, “What do you want.” Many of us have become dissatisfied with things as they are as well as our experiences with God. Our hearts are hungry for “more.” There is “more” to be had as we approach Him with the hunger and thirst of our hearts. We remember the promise of God, which says, “Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4 NKJV).
It is our intention with this letter to challenge you (as well as ourselves) to step out in faith again and tell God your desires. He made a covenant with us through the precious blood of Jesus His Son and He declared that He would not break that covenant (Psalm 89:34). Our covenant is one of salvation, peace, joy and provision in which every need is supplied.
We trust that God is blessing you and that your summer will be a time of refreshing. God has truly promised “…times of refreshing (coming) …from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19 NKJV). Our request of you is that you pray for us that the boldness of the Lord and His strength will remain in us as we make plans for the second half of this year.
Eugene & Sherry