Author: Pastor Willie Crew
Region: Commonwealth of Independent States
We have just about concluded our meetings here in Moscow. Hennie
planned for this to be a small strategic meeting. There were people
from four Former Soviet Union countries that together represented
14 countries in the region. It was refreshing to see the
relationship between the team members. Much of our time was spent
encouraging the team, planning strategy for the region and laying
the ground-work for a gathering of 450 people next year in a Live
School Retreat that will be called "The Rise". This gathering will
be attended by selected pastors, LS facilitators and students from
across the region. But more about that as it is developed by Hennie
and the team. Later today we depart on an overnight train to
the south of Russia.
May I ask you to pray for one of the brothers that attended our
meeting this week. His name is Dmitry - he is a former drug addict
of around 16 years. Today he is part of a team working among drug
addicts and alcoholics and has a thrilling testimony of how the
Lord saved his soul and delivered him drugs. He recently found
out that he is HIV positive. He also was diagnosed with Hepatitis C
and TB. To complicate matters his wife is pregnant with their
first child. Dmitry has asked us to pray for his healing and
protection for both the mother and baby that is soon to be born.
Please stand in agreement with us for their perfect
Also pray for some of the countries in this region that are
experiencing great persecution and even closure of churches.
Listening to some of the stories and feeling the weight that some
of the brothers and sisters carry while serving the Lord in these
difficult circumstances is humbling to say the least. And yet they
are dynamic in reaching unreached areas and people in their world
often risking their own lives. Lets use our freedom to further the
purposes of the Kingdom!!!
We thank the Lord that Chip has retuned home from West Africa
where the Lord opened doors for him to mobilize 52 churches and lay
the foundation to start 16 Live Schools. Keep praying for Paul who
is still traveling in East Africa and also for Leon currently
traveling in South Africa.
Do pray for Lydia as she is giving oversight to the South
African admin process while Marietjie is on a well deserved