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John & Roja Edward April 2021 - Fire International

Dearly Beloved in Christ 

Grace and Peace from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be His Spirit through Whom all life and grace flows to us. We’ve just had a powerful visitation of the Spirit during our 2nd service today ( yesterday) and am writing in the presence of God..:).  

I had talked on intimacy with the Spirit during the service and how the burning desire to encounter Him led to visitation(s) in Russia. As, I was sharing on the visitation; the Spirit of God came upon me and from then on, He took over as many were ministered to powerfully by Him. 

O’ the bliss and the full satisfaction of just enjoying Him; His presence. Nothing ever compares to it as I stopped my sermon and started talking to Him. His presence soon filled the place, as many were doing the same thing forgetting everything around them. 

The need for the hour is not something new but that which has always been. Intimacy with the Lord! In Him are rivers of life for life and ministry for every changing season and time. He is; as He has always been for every time and season and as I am with Him and in Him; I get to experience Him continually .This is what transforms and empowers me for the seasons and times, however dark or difficult they may be. 

The greater the need; the greater the depth of the hunger for God , It is a hunger ,He Himself creates as I yield and seek Him, to fill me to the overflowing.  

In the past few months ; was in the Andaman Islands and several States in Southern India ministering among pastors ; encouraging our missionaries and also church members.

 I was sick for the entirety of the two trips and had to go to the hospital once which has never happened since my time with the Lord in Russia ( in nearly 23 years, had never been to a hospital or been sick as such). It was a difficult time physically.

After a pastor’s meeting in a place near Gudalur of Tamil Nadu,  a pastor and his wife came up to me and were excitedly talking on how God had touched them during the meeting. The wife was going on and on, on how God had ministered to her powerfully and I was slowly losing consciousness all the while..:). Finally, had to stop them abruptly and I was escorted to a nearby cottage where I had to lie down to rest for some time.  

As much as there were physical infirmities and limitations; God’s presence was powerfully manifest in almost each meeting, ministering to many. The pastors’ meetings were the best of them all. 

Even , during the sermon, you are looking for God; seeking God; desiring Him to be manifest. He is the word that is made flesh isn’t He and you want Him manifest as you are speaking the Word.

You have one thing in heart; which is to encounter Him and that people may encounter Him. 

You are ready to prepare the way for Him and do whatever it takes for Him to be manifest and He answers based on you seeking and preparing the way for Him in the sermon..:).  

It is powerful, as men and women of God collectively catch the fire and His presence multiplies. Now, you are experiencing Him in a greater measure along with His body as bondages and shackles of many years are broken. 

A valuable lesson; seek Him with all your heart and You will find Him ; regardless of the place or setting you are in; even during your sermon. ..:).

On a different note; we’ve restarted the Bible School from last month. The students are really open to the Lord. Pray for them to have visitations from the Lord and be built up in Him! 

Interestingly, India is imposing lock-downs again and it remains to be seen how things pan out in the next few months. 

Roja and the kids are doing well..:). Amy and Hadassah took baptism during Easter. As a dad ; I was there to dunk them in along with my brother. Nothing could give us greater joy than seeing our children making choices pleasing God. It was a moment of great joy for both of us! 

Continue to pray for us as a family; that we encounter Him in greater ways ; walking intimate with Him, manifesting His presence always. Amen. 

In His Grace 

John 

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