September, here in Australia ushers in a new season namely Spring. Winter is over and the weather is staring to warm up. The blossom & wattle are appearing everywhere. Solomon expresses it so well in his song 2:11-13 NKJV “For lo the winter is past, the rain is over and gone, the flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree puts forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grapes give a good smell.
I mentioned in my previous blog that I believe I am entering a new season in my walk with God, and in my ministry. I have shared in the past how the Lord has prepared me for the new season (sometimes only in hindsight did I fully appreciate His preparation). I guess three years of pain, numerous surgeries and disappointments could be described as a “winter” but I thank God for every one of those days, because He taught me so much, and so worked in my life.
I want to declare that the “winter” is over, there is a song in my heart, for the One “who does all things well”, and I am enjoying the sweetness of the grapes and figs and an anticipation in my heart, that this new season is going to produce “much good fruit” for the Kingdom of God, and for the glory of God.
I cannot express clearly just yet what all the new season is going to involve, I believe it does include more time spent writing, the Lord has sure put a great depository of truth into my heart, Perhaps much of my Mentoring in the future will be through writing and not face to face.
I do so want that this new season still includes going to the nations, and teaching the Word, at least in a classroom situation. Common sense tells me, that because of my age I need to slow down. So I am praying daily now “not my will but Thine be done”, in other words if much travel is now something of the past I bow to the will of God.
My Blogmaster who is based in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) who is a spiritual son, says that my blogs are being read by many people, he says this shows the God given success and blessing of my writings.
In the past, it was being translated into Bahasa Indonesia, Vietnamese and Mandarin. My three translators are now so busy doing other things in ministry they can no longer assist me. I wrote on FB just yesterday asking my FB friends if they knew anyone who could assist, I already have had 2 responses covering 2 languages, my Blogmaster will follow them up for me. I have had the privilege of preaching to around 13000 once in Kupang Timor, my blog currently is being read by some 5000+ people, by the grace of God, I want to be able to touch tens of thousands of people, I think of the explosive growth of the Church in China and the desperate need for teachers there. I think of the revival that is going on in Indonesia, so many need to be taught the “way of the Lord”. Vietnam has been on my heart for over 20 years now, and after 32 visits my heart is still burdened for that nation.
Will you pray for me, that my blog will be again translated into these languages (and other languages if the Lord so desires).
I also have the opportunity to put much of my writing into an E.Book, this will require considerable work and editing, and could be distributed basically free to any who would want to receive it. Would you pray with me regarding that as well please ?
I have been invited to conduct a wedding in Bali in January, and would also take the opportunity to minister there, and in Singapore. I also have a permanent invitation to teach next May in Semarang and Jakarta & Banka Island. Again I would ask you to pray with me regarding this ministry time, that I go “in the will of God” and much good fruit would come from it.
I also ask you to pray with me about my “local” ministry, I need clear guidance on a number of matters. I will not say anymore than that, so let the Holy Spirit pray through you regarding this. Thank God we have a prayer language for when we know not how to pray the Holy Spirit can intercede through us, He knows the will of God for us.
So, I conclude this blog with an excitement in my heart no clearly knowing what lies ahead, but know that the Lord has it all in hand.
Maybe there are areas of teaching you would like me to write about, please respond and ask, and tell me you are praying.