Hello from the field!
Marie and I are en-route to Australia as you read this brief update – travelling to some of the Outback – a very remote part of the country. The last few weeks have taken us to a number of areas including Northern BC, Ottawa, Nova Scotia, Calgary, and more recently to Ephrata, Pennsylvania. Hosted in Lancaster County by the ministry network HarvestNet, we were asked to speak on a challenging theme – “Where Is God In This Mess”? During the weekend we covered various topics currently taking place within the global arena, identifying how God can use these present day shakings for His purposes both within and beyond the Church. The messages can be downloaded through the Ephrata Community Church website.
This area of Pennsylvania is key in the developing history of the United States, and the Amish are an integral part of the life in this area. There is certainly a sense of the Lord working in various areas of life in this part of the USA, which in itself has unique challenges, especially in light of the various ethnicities.
Following Pennsylvania, we spent time with the Ellel Ministries base at Pierrepont in England. Our theme was “Targeted Intercession” – addressing the whole subject of Informed Intercession – a key component of authentic Community Transformation. The seminar, along with “hands on” ministry with the leadership team on the land during the rest of the week, again revealed the heart of God for His people – but also for His land.
Land can and is being healed as the people of God address issues upon the land that can impede His transforming and healing power. It was particularly encouraging to hear the testimony of one of the Team members who experienced physical healing in her eyes following one of the sessions. This physical restoration of sight seems to be in keeping with the Lord also restoring spiritual sight to His people today – (a key point that we learn from the Biblical account of Samson) – with their seeing and identifying issues from God’s perspective, and praying those issues through strategically.
This is especially important in a day and age when there is so much “shaking” occurring within the global arena, and people are asking many searching questions concerning the relevance of God in the midst of things.
We are so grateful for your prayers and encouragement and will send another update before Christmas. While in Australia on this next trip (Nov 25th – Dec 7th), we are involved in extensive travel, and much of the time we will be without any Internet or email communication. Consequently we will appreciate prayers for our physical safety and health during this time.
We’ll end this blog update on a practical note – the Partnership Ministries phone number has changed to (250) 654-0503. This updated information is also on our website.
With our love and blessings,
Alistair and Marie