“You never have to advertise a fire. Everyone comes running when there’s a fire. Likewise, if your church is on fire, you will not have to advertise it. The community will already know it.” Leonard Ravenhill
You also do not have to advertise neither an avalanche, nor an earthquake, nor a strom, nor a hurricane, nor the work of the Spirit of the living God: the flood of His love, the mighty gush of the wind of His power and presence.
"On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” Now this he said about the Spirit..." (John 7)
We as a Church and as individuals should be on fire constantly. It should be obvious to the rest. Thus we need to be being filled with the Spirit always.
The question is "Are we thirsty at all?" Because Jesus invited those who had the feeling of constant thirst to come and be filled, so that the rivers of living water would flow out of us.
I have noticed that often times you don't have to say a tirade of convincing words to win a person for Christ. But rather live a life being filled with the Spirit to the point of overflowing.
Are you thirsty, Church? If so, then no dry place should be left around you.
In our ministry we see more and more the importance of being filled and guided by the Spirit.
Recently we had a three day tent camp with young adults. Thank you for your prayers. It was a blessed and at the same time challenging few days.
We went to a place with no phone signal which indicates how remote the place was. We set our tents right on rocks covered with moss. It rained quite a lot and the feeling of dampness didn't leave us. Thus we gladly sat around the fire eating the food cooked right there, talking, singing and studying the Bible.
Every day we had some team building activities that showed our shortcomings and how much we may be led by the flesh and not the Spirit. We had a quite time one on one with God and studied the Word together. Jehovah Rafa, Jehovah Shalom, Jehovah Nissi, Jehovah Ire, El Shadai - we studied the names of God in the Old Testament to see that our God is a living God, He has His character and we need to know God more and more personally. We also discussed the preparations of the Israelites to enter the Promised Land in the book of Numbers and looked for applications for our lives.
There were a few non-believers among us. We believe the Spirit of God touched them as well as all the rest of us. Lift up this group of 26 people in prayers.
Thank you for upholding us and the ministry in your prayers. We feel them.
Here are a few more specific prayer requests:
Yana - for her faith to grow
Luba - for strength in God
Katya - for love to abound
Anya - for faithfulness to God
And the rest of our friends - an ongoing friendship and discipleship
* We decided to move to a bigger apartment. Yesterday we signed a contract. It is a little more spacious and we plan to invite people to study the Word, pray and fellowship. Please pray for the moving process and finances.
* Sveta's mom keeps going to church and reading her Bible. Her health is much better.
* We thank God for a very nice vacation at home.
More prayer requests:
*School of Ministry starts in September. Please pray for the students and the teachers during the first semester. We hope to grow together.
*A wilderness experience - at the end of September we will take almost a week with the students to go tent camping to seek the Lord together.
*Rehab ministry. Pray for Artur and his wife. Pray the doors remain open, and God opens more.
*Home fellowship at the new apartment. Protection. Fruit.
*Youth conference in January
*Mission trip to Yamal and other directions
We thank you for your faithful friendship and partnership.
May God be glorified!
Sasha and Sveta
Some team building activities of one of the teams
A selfie during a group discussion
Another team photo