17 June 2013
Dear Friends and Partners,
We are currently in the process of completing almost three weeks of ministry in Quebec, Canada. We have observed the hand of God moving in many areas. He has truly exceeded all expectations. As we look back over these weeks, we remember the words of Paul’s prayer when he expressed his heart to the Ephesian church, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 3:20 NKJV).
As we have prayed for you over these past weeks, the Holy Spirit has continued to bring to mind another declaration of Paul: “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37 NKJV). What “things” was he writing about? Just before writing the preceding verse, he wrote these words: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ: Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril or sword” (Romans 8:35 NKJV)? These “things” are the perils of life that could come in the lives of every one of us, yet he declares his trust in God for us that we will overcome through the power of God.
Another scripture that the Holy Spirit has brought before us is this: “…but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits” (Daniel 11:32 NIJV). It seems that God wants to remind all of us that we have a part of play in our victories. Not only do we remain faithful, morally and spiritually, we are challenged to “know” our God. For some, knowing about God seems to be sufficient, however, the challenge is to “know.” “Knowing” is not based solely on knowledge of the Word of God, the Bible. It is based on having intimate relationship with Him. An intimate knowledge can only come through time spent with Him, in “prayer, praise and worship.” It is in these areas that we encourage each of you to excel so that you can continue to walk in the victory that our loving Father has so graciously given us through our Lord Jesus Christ.
As we write about our plan for the month of July, you will notice that it begins in New Brunswick, Canada, then to Maine and continues with us participating in the annual Apostolic Resource Ministries (ARM) Conference in Indiana. We are especially looking forward to the conference and the opportunity to spend time with people that we have known and ministered with over a great portion of our lives. After the conference, we will minister at a church in Scottsburg, Indiana before returning home for several weeks. We are discovering that we need to take some time off occasionally to strengthen ourselves physically and spiritually.
We trust that you will be continually blessed in the Lord. Our prayer today is that you will grow spiritually and do more in the Kingdom of God than you have ever dreamed.
Eugene & Sherry