Wednesday 10:30 pm: I’m back home from teaching tonight to a group of Korean pastors and leaders who are doing a week-long intensive at IHOPKC, my second time to minister to this group. I spoke on Luke 18, the persistent widow. The Lord graced the message in a clear way, and there seemed to be strong encouragement and impartation through the ministry of the word. My heart is glad.
Tuesday morning: This morning as I was entering IHOPKC, I was stopped by a brother who introduced himself to me, he labors at the Warsaw House of Prayer in Poland. He told me that my three books which are in Polish are favorites among the believers there. (This year three of my books were published in Polish: Fire of Delayed Answers, Between the Lines, and Secrets.) It was great to meet Maciej, bless him in your prayers today please.
Thursday 9:30 p.m.: I’m just back from a session with a group of Korean pastors and leaders who are at IHOPKC for their first time. None of them had heard me speak before, and surprisingly, virtually none of them had read any of my Korean books. So we were all new to each other. I spoke on the taking of the stronghold of Zion. The translator struggled to hear me, so a few minutes into it we had to stop and reconfigure the seating in the room — but then it seemed to be better for her, she was able to hear me better, and the translation seemed to flow much more smoothly. It was a good night, with good ministry afterwards.
Saturday: This morning Marci and I are leaving our house at 4 a.m. to get a very early flight to Houston. This early flight was our only option, so that we can make our connecting flight to Morelia, Mexico. We are thrilled to be able to be with our friends, Andres and Kelly Spyker, along with their family, ministry team, and fabulous congregation in Morelia. In the Saturday 6 pm service I will speak on an eye covenant. Then I will do a different message in the three Sunday morning services—the power of an unfulfilled promise. First service is very tight, 35 minutes for the sermon with translation, which means it’s a 20-minute message. Then 45 minutes in the second two services, so that makes for a tiny bit more breathing room. Our return will be on Monday.
Please join us in prayer for a mighty flow of the Holy Spirit in our gatherings. Ask the Lord to anoint Marci, because she will be the one carrying the lion’s share of the social communication with our hosts and with everyone. Also pray for the webcast, as the ministry will be seen widely in Mexico (masvida.tv). Because of TV, Andres has one of the highest profile ministries in all of Mexico. Also, pray for their newly started church in Mexico City. It launched late September, and I understand has over 2000 people already in attendance. Mexico City is a vast, ripe harvest!
Sunday 7:30 a.m.: Last night’s service was wonderful. 1000+ adults, energetic and passionate worship, an eager response to the word. Many came forward for prayer, and many others stayed around to worship with the band after dismissal. These saints are eager for more of God.
Afterwards we had tacos at the home of Andres and Kelly, and some very profitable and sweet fellowship. I’m so glad Marci is along! We’re having a great time. Now I am about to leave for the 9:00 a.m. service this Sunday morning. Three services today.
Sunday evening: We had a marvelous day with the Mas Vida family today. Good ministry, sweet times in the Lord’s presence, eager hearts, warm responses. I would estimate that 100+ people stood in this morning’s three services to indicate a first-time response to the Gospel. Andres said they have 100+ people responding like that every weekend. This is Mexico’s hour! After the three services, we were treated to an amazing dinner at a wonderful restaurant. Then back to the hotel for a little rest. And in a couple minutes Andres and Kelly are collecting us, to just hang together this evening for a couple more hours.
Then tomorrow’s departure out of Morelia is 2:15 p.m., getting us home after 10:00 pm on Monday, Lord willing.
Next: Wednesday evening I speak to the same group of Korean pastors that I addressed last week. Then Friday to Seattle.
Megalove from beautiful Morelia!
Bob & Marci
Saturday: This morning I have a non-stop to Houston, preparing to minister for the first time at a church in the Houston area called Praise Christian Church. I am scheduled to minister tonight and tomorrow morning. They have requested that I speak Sunday morning on an eye covenant. Tonight I am prepared to speak on “the power of an unfulfilled promise.”
Had a great time with the saints in Houston. Such loving, fun, hospitable people! The church is around 98% Filipino, with a smattering of other ethnicities. They treated me to Vietnamese food because my hostess is Vietnamese/Chinese. Very sincere and eager responses to the word in both services. On Sunday, it seemed to me like virtually every person in the place came forward for prayer in response to the message. I had to rush back to the airport quickly to make my flight, but did so with a happy, thankful heart.
Next: Thursday I am speaking to a group of Korean pastors who are visiting IHOPKC for a special intensive. I will actually be speaking to this group twice — once this week, and once next week.
Sunday 4:10 pm: Greetings from JFK, waiting for my flight to Cincinnati to board. Had a great time this afternoon with the saints in Ozone Park. The church meets in a tiny storefront, I took a video of the outside and the entry to the sanctuary, I will post it to my public figure FB page when I get home later tonight. I said to my host, THIS is NYC! He agreed. Much love and appreciation expressed. I just love the family of God!
Next: Tuesday morning I am speaking to the Intro to IHOPKC internship, they’ve asked me to speak on a covenant with my eyes. Then Saturday I’m off to Houston — hoping they’re drier by then.
Friday: Today I am flying to JFK, and then traveling by car to Mt. Bethel, PA. The event bringing me to the area is the Metro NY Region Elim Fall Conference, an annual retreat for the pastors and leaders in the greater NY City area who are related to Elim Fellowship. (Elim is my ordaining organization.) We will overnight in Mt. Bethel, then the conference will be held on Saturday. Then we’ll drive back to NYC Saturday evening, I will lodge Saturday overnight at my host’s home, and then he’ll take me to a nearby Elim church for a Sunday noon service. Then to JFK for the return home.
Saturday 2:30 p.m.: The Lord’s grace was strong this morning. I went into it feeling somewhat weak about what I had prepared, but the Lord stepped in, and the impartation was strong. “The Power of an Unfulfilled Promise.” A promise from God is a ticking bomb. The bigger the bomb…
Next: Tomorrow I am speaking at a church in Ozone Park, NY called God’s House of Healing and Restoration. The pastors are here at this event, and the pastor ran the sound for me this morning. So we’ve already met and connected and now are looking forward to sharing in the word tomorrow. This retreat has a couple sessions this afternoon, but I am back in my room to rest, and to prepare for tomorrow (I still haven’t found clarity for tomorrow’s message). After supper here at the retreat center in PA tonight, we will drive back to my host’s home in NYC. Tomorrow’s service at God’s House of Healing and Restoration starts at noon. Then I have a 5 p.m. departure out of JFK.
Saturday: Today I fly to Atlanta, and then make the hour drive to Jackson, GA. This will be my second time to Joshua's Place Church. This weekend came together in an unconventional way. I was scheduled to be with a church in the metro Atlanta area, had bought the plane ticket, and then they cancelled the weekend. So I contacted my friends in Jackson, told them I had a paid ticket for this weekend, and they said, “Come!” So we’re doing it in a last minute arrangement. This will be Sunday morning ministry only.
It’s on my heart to speak from the life of Jacob.
Thanks for leaning into the Spirit with me, and for helping in prayer!
Sunday afternoon: Greetings from the plane, I’m making my way home now from Atlanta after a marvelous morning in the Lord’s house. The Lord put a special grace on the message, both for me and for the congregation. Just wonderful. We’ve all been washed by the word today.
Next: Friday I go to JFK in NYC. Back to you then.
Sunday 6:00 p.m.: Greetings from the Greensboro airport, a place that I don’t want to be right now, smile. My travel is interrupted tonight because of a mechanical, and it’s “iffy” whether I will get home tonight. So I’m along for the ride, and we’ll see what Standby status does for me tonight. Got a prayer to get me home tonight?
Today’s services were graced of the Lord, both the 7:30 a.m. at Mt. Zion and the 11:30 a.m. at Embassy Church. In the latter service, longtime friends Pat & Marie Mahoney made the trip over from the Durham area to connect for the service. This has been a weekend of sweet fellowship, good times in the presence of the Lord, and meaningful impartation. I am grateful for the Lord’s mercy and grace.
Up next: Next Sunday morning I minister in a church in Jackson, GA.