At this very special time of year, our hearts are overflowing with gratitude to God – for the gift of Jesus, for the gifts of His amazing love and mercy, for our precious family, for wonderful friends, and for you, our 5 Rivers intercessors and supporters. We are so thankful to God for you, and wish you and your loved ones a most blessed and beautiful Christmas season. May God bring breakthrough where needed and use you to bring breakthrough to others in 2020!
It always amazes me that God equips us with exactly what we need to fulfill His assignments, and for us that is the spirit of breakthrough. As we go to the nations to make Jesus known to those who have never heard, we feel we are on the forefront of the Kingdom of God being advanced. To accomplish this, God has given us authority to bring change, to shift the atmosphere, to open up the heavens creating portals of His Presence.
We have heard story after story that after we came and prayed the impossible became possible. “When you came to Thailand with the prayer team everything has changed. Churches are growing, souls are being saved, there is more unity and faith. We are experiencing breakthrough in many areas for the first time.”
“When you came to Cambodia, even before you left, everything changed. The roadblock to ministry that we thought was impossible to move was removed. Now there is freedom, joy and much fruit.”
“You came and prayed for a woman who was the only Christian in her village. She had a tumor on her neck. She was healed and now there are 20 believers in that village. Everything has changed.”
God just did an amazing thing for us on our last trip. On August 5th the Indian army seized Kashmir arresting all of the government and business leaders. Nearly 1,000,000 soldiers flooded the area. The entire state was on lockdown with no press, phones or internet (and is still very much affected). We were very concerned as we have done much prayer there and have some dear friends that were caught in the middle of this military takeover.
I kept asking the Lord to open Kashmir to me before I left India so I could go there and pray. And the God of breakthrough answered! A week before I was to leave India, Kashmir opened and we quickly bought tickets, jumped on a plane and landed in Kashmir. For three days we were able to stay with our Muslim friends who took us all over the city to pray. Literally, there was a soldier dressed in riot gear with a machine gun every 50 feet. Obviously, God wanted us to go there and pray at this crucial and strategic time.
Please continue to pray for safety for all our friends in this region. Please pray for the people to turn to Jesus in the middle of all their pain and fear and that there will be a great harvest of souls in Kashmir.
Recently we were able to establish our first ISOM (International School of Ministry) training with 10 pastors. There are 160 classes on video with some of the best teaching available anywhere in the world. If you have a computer you can have a Bible college. There has been a move of God in this region and there are many pastors in leadership that have no solid training. Through ISOM we will be able to train and equip hundreds of pastors to become strong in the Word. Please pray with us that many more training sites will be quickly established and that many pastors and leaders will enroll this coming year. Pray for these leaders to grow in knowledge, wisdom and faith and have fruitful ministries that will multiply!