To Italy and back

We spent the past week in Northern Italy in the small town of Dolo, 25 km from Venice. Dolo is quaint and quiet, with a definite “old world” feel to it. It was built on the shores of a large river and is picturesque in every way. We are deeply connected to a Messianic Church there and we spent a week devoting ourselves to this wonderful work and its people.

 

This was our first trip out of Israel in nearly two years as we have spent the past 16 months in a battle against the demonic attack on my body. Our ability to pack our suitcases and travel to Italy for a week of both ministry and rest was another page in the ongoing and wonderful testimony of our victory over the powers of darkness. Praise God the cancer is gone and we are going out in a new power and authority that God has awakened within us as a result of this life and death battle we have fought!

This was our third trip to this congregation and we were received with great joy as I endeavored to encourage them with our testimony. I shared on the authority that we all possess through believing in Yeshua and receiving the fullness of his life within us. I encouraged everyone to step out in faith in the unique and wonderful calling He has given to all who believe. That calling will always be beyond our natural ability but as we step out GOD WILL PROVIDE ALL THAT WE NEED! The same Spirit that rose Messiah from the dead is in us and it is God’s desire to have His life flow from us to others. But each of us must take that step of faith in order to activate His life and power within us.

u-24nov16-2After the message, I invited our dear brothers and sisters who needed healing to come forward for prayer. Just as I had just shared with them, we stepped out into the “beyond” and prayed for them. We prayed for a large number of people and SEVEN OF THEM WERE HEALED OF ALL TYPES OF PHYSICAL AILMENTS!

Hallelujah and Praise God! We stepped out in faith. We obeyed God’s leading. We entered into that which is always beyond our natural ability and God answered our faith with a display of His power and love. We are grateful for His anointing in our life and pray that each of you will also take that step of faith so that you too will experience mighty and wonderful things.

u-24nov16-4We also spent much loving quality time with Roberto and Ada, the couple that pastor this work and their daughter Elena, who translates most of my messages and our discussions. In addition we enjoyed dinners with two of the young leaders and had a marvelous time over a meal with the rest of the young adults whom we also know, who love us and are loved by us. The deep love of the congregation for us, their steadfast prayers for us this whole time and their incredible generosity towards us in every way truly built us up and was a huge blessing from the Lord.

We returned home tremendously encouraged. In His faithfulness to me, I had the opportunity to share a similar message in our congregation, Ahavat Yeshua on Saturday. There was standing room only as attendance approached 200 people. At the end, I asked for those who had faith in the power of God to come forward and pray for those who needed prayer. Fifteen people stepped forward to pray for others and we spent most of the post meeting fellowship time praying for many and seeing God’s victory manifest in their lives.

 

This article originally appeared in Zion’s Glory Update, November 24, 2016 and reposted with permission.