Hey bloggers…I’m going to post here for the whole week because I’m not taking my laptop to the Middle East. Here’s the day by day information so that you can keep up with us, and can know how to agree in prayer with us for each day…
Saturday, May 24____________________
Today is Judah’s graduation...he is graduating from Eastside High School in Covington, and the commencement exercises for his school will be held this morning at Church In The Now (the final one of three held at CITN this week). It just seems like yesterday that Debye and I were sitting at a restaurant with John and Jane Conyers, talking about how they and we were trying to have a baby, and, literally, in just a matter of days from the time of that conversation, Debye was pregnant with Judah, and Jane was pregnant with Aaron. Now it’s 2008, and Aaron graduated last night from Rockdale High School, and his commencement was also held at CITN. Back then the ministry was housed in an old, converted grocery store, and at the time we wouldn’t have even imagined that our church (then called Word of Faith Christian Center) would one day be called Church In The Now, and would sit on 43 acres on I-20. It nearly seems surreal to think that we had those babies that we talked about that night in Shoney’s restaurant, and now those babies are young men, graduating from High School in a building that, at that time, we wouldn’t have known would or even could exist. But, really, on some level, I always saw a picture of today’s events in my spirit. For years I carried an image of a church like CITN in my inner man, and then along the way, I developed an inner picture of a property that could house that ministry. I even had a picture of Judah in my spirit…long before he was born I visualized a tall, young man who looked like Debye (because I wanted her to have a family member that looked like her), with long, blond hair, who sang and played the piano under the anointing. Judah’s Senior Class voted for him to sing a song at today’s graduation, and when he does, I will see the manifestation of a picture within a picture within a picture…the young man I saw, playing a song in the building I saw, which is the home of the ministry that I saw. Amazing. After his graduation we will have lunch with the whole family, and then Debye and I have to head to the airport. Agree with us today for a safe flight.
Sunday, May 25____________________
Today I have a great word for you. Even though I left the country several hours ago, I will be ministering at CITN today through new, very cool technology. Judah will also be ministering with me, as he emcees the service, and leads worship with Bliss (the Mix’s worship band). I didn’t want to have to leave so quickly after his graduation yesterday…wanted to stay and spend the whole day with him, but it couldn’t be worked out…so it would really mean a lot to me, and would make me feel better about having to be away today, for you all to come out and support him ITB. And please don’t forget to give. The church requires a lot to function. On top of the bills, staff payroll, utilities, taxes, mortgage, insurance, etc., I need to send some support to Safehouse, and to Bishop Tommy Smith in the Philippines (I received an honorarium from speaking in Washington last week, and sent it straight to him), and we are completely underwriting the meetings in Uganda, on top of everything that needs to be taken care of here. If everyone just does their part, we’ll be OK…and that goes for the hundreds and hundreds of households who stream every week. If just all the regular streamers supported the church, we would have more than enough. So whether you are ITB or ITS today, PLEASE DO YOUR PART! And tell me what you think about the new technology. It’s going to be an awesome service! At the same time, Debye and I will be arriving in Jerusalem, and attending the orientation for the Interfaith Summit on Peace in the Middle East, and meeting the Ambassadors for Peace from Israel and Palestine. Agree with us today for a wonderful outpouring of the Spirit at CITN, for all of our financial needs to be met, and for us to have favor with the people here in the Middle East.
Monday, May 26____________________
Today we are in Jerusalem. We begin the day with Interfaith Prayer and Fellowship (the theme of the summit is “Bringing the Family of Faiths Together for Peace”). We have the first MEPI Plenary Session on Historical Perspectives. Then we will go sightseeing in the Old City of Jerusalem, visiting the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, Mount Scopus, the Western (or Wailing) Wall, Church of the Ascension of Christ, the Tomb of Mary, the house of the Upper Room, the Tomb of David, and the Basilica of the Dormition Abbey on Mount Zion. After dinner we will walk the Stations of the Cross, and visit the 700 year old home of an Ambassador for Peace in the heart of the Old City. Agree with us today for open communication and understanding.
Tuesday, May 27____________________
Today we are in Jerusalem. Once again we begin the day with Interfaith Prayer and Fellowship. Then we attend Plenary Session II – “Abrahamic Faiths: from Coexistence to One Family Under God”. After lunch we will have Plenary Session III – “Israeli Perspective and Roundtable Discussion”…Then it will be time for dinner and then we will have more fellowship with the internationals. Agree with us today for the formation of covenant, and for a manifestation of the anointing.
Wednesday, May 28____________________
Today we are in Jerusalem. Again we begin the day with Interfaith Prayer and Fellowship. After breakfast we leave for Ramallah. Once we are there, we will attend Plenary Session IV – “Palestinian Perspective and Roundtable Discussions”. Afterwards we will tour Ramallah…I WILL ALSO BE MINISTERING TONIGHT AT CITN VIA STATE OF THE ART TECHNOLOGY!…I have a great word for you about the Fruit of the Spirit, and you’re going to love it! Agree with us today for protection as we travel in Palestine, and for open doors of ministry.
Thursday, May 29____________________
Today we are in Ramallah. As we did in Jerusalem, we begin the day with Interfaith Prayer and Fellowship. Then we attend the Closing Session: “Strategies for Peace – Non-violent Social Change.” I’ll be ministering some time today, and we’ll also be touring the Dead Sea. Agree with us today for favor on the ministry, and for the making of peace.
Friday, May 30____________________
Today we begin the day in Ramallah, and then spend some free time, sightseeing on our own with some of our pastor friends. Later in the day we leave for the airport in Tel Aviv to fly all night. Agree with us today for a safe flight.
Saturday, May 31
Today we return home! Agree with us today for a prosperous culmination of the trip.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you.
(Psalms 122:6 - NKJV)
P.S. Check out the new info on the ICCC site. Go to the CITN site and under "About Us", go to "Staff and Care Pastors", and under my picture click on the link for ICCC.