Dear Family and Friends,
I am still trying to get used to this new year being 2018. How about you? For many of us in Belgium, we just finished the third work-week of the year. For so many, it’s already been rush, rush, rush when we really want to “ease” into the new year. It’s like we have to fight for that calm, peace and rest in order to see more clearly and calmly what the Lord is doing and has for us.
While here, my intern, Christa, was able to experience some typical things in Belgium: the high wind at the seaside for a conference, several train rides along with missing one by being on the wrong platform due to a platform change, getting around the city on buses, trams, and the metro, plenty of rain, constant change of temperatures from cold to colder to cold, being hammered or criticized by Europeans about the President of the United States… I think she had a good, memorable adventure here. Christa, moved back to sleep in my living room again for her last three days in town. Then early Saturday, 23 December, I took her to the airport for her flight back home in the USA. Then my Christmas break began!
I had a quiet Christmas and New Years with a couple of appointments, one with a friend celebrating our birthdays. Those two weeks were So Relaxing. I really tried to rest over the holidays since I’d been on the run and so busy since July. And I was able to do just that.
In Prayer Initiative we pray for the body of Christ to mature and take it’s place in Belgium, which can lead us into praying for various things. In December and already in January, we’ve had very powerful times in the Lord’s presence and the Holy Spirit leading us in prayer. It really is a new year, and a new and exciting time!
Prayer in the European Parliament also started off powerfully this month, even though we were a small group of four the first week and six or seven the next. It’s so encouraging to see how the Lord is moving afresh. It’s a taste of what we’ve been waiting for. I’m sure there is more to come. Yesterday there were twenty of us, which included a YWAM team from Hawaii and one from South Africa.
I’ve started mentoring a Belgian who wants to learn-by-doing. Plus, I met with and am encouraging a lady who has “raising up women of prayer” on her heart. So, the work goes on!
Christa and I walked around the city a lot, and maybe even more than usual for me, showing her around and getting her oriented. I finally made an appointment with my doctor to request some physical therapy sessions on my knee and lower back. I started some physical therapy on my knees, thigh and lower back two weeks ago and it’s been good. The pain and swelling are not totally gone, but there is progress. The therapist said that the problem is muscular as well as an issue with my hip pinching something close to my spine. She is sure that no x-rays or MRI are necessary. Whew! So, another seven sessions and we’ll know for sure.
This winter has been longer and darker than most. One weatherman said we had 10 hours of sunshine in December. Wow, so that accounts for some us feeling tired and sleepy. This season will soon be over. The days are already getting a little bit longer.
May God’s Kingdom come right here on earth as it is in Heaven!
Thank you so much for your prayers, friendship and support. Your partnership is so important to me. I love and appreciate each of you so much.
Love in Christ,