We Are Carriers of His Love
It was just a little over four weeks ago that Tony and I departed from Seattle for a month of travel that took us from Europe, to Israel and China.
21st CENTURY GAME CHANGERS - EUROPE
We first arrived in Lisbon Portugal. This beautiful nation borders Spain, and is located on the South Western part of Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. There is an ambience of friendly ease to this place and a love welled up in my heart for this coastal city that was so filled with refreshment for my soul. Even in the midst of Portugal’s economic difficulties, I sensed a hunger for God. Sara Catarino, Aglow’s National President in Portugal, has done a wonderful job of keeping Aglow focused in faith as she continually presents opportunities for strategic prayer at significant sites so God can turn the nation in a new direction. Watch for it!
The reason for being in Portugal was to meet with all the European leaders for a “21st Century Game Changers” event. Graham Cooke was the teacher, par excellence. Here are some of his opening statements:
A Game Changer is someone who has been changed beyond all recognition! It is someone who is on a new journey and they are creating a different story for themselves. They see things differently, have a new way of thinking and have developed a new language for their lifestyle. Each of those realities creates a new persona that is made in the image of God. A game Changer is a person who not only rises above their circumstances, but they occupy a new place in the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Let the Holy Spirit breathe on what you are learning, and partner with Him in the changing of your story.
Much was taking place in the spirit realm as liberating words of truth were going deeply into our hearts.
KINGDOM KEYS ARE LIFE CHANGING
When Peter was confronted with the words, “Who do you say that I am?” he responded by saying, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” Jesus told him that flesh and blood had not revealed this to him, “but My Father who is in heaven….and upon this rock, upon this very foundation, I will build my church.”
The foundation of the prototype church being built is in our knowing who we are in earth and how we are known in heaven. When you know who you are, then you know how you are supposed to live both within yourself and towards the people around you irrespective of their behavior towards you. What matters is who you are and how you show up! True identity!
The time with our European leaders was a time of receiving precious keys; keys that shut the enemy down and open us up to newness of life. Indeed, Aglow is a transformational Kingdom culture with mindsets not of this world!
FROM PORTUGAL TO ISRAEL
Next, I traveled to Israel. I went to receive an award on behalf of Aglow for our show of consistent support for the nation and the people exhibited by our willingness to bring tourism to Israel.
The Knesset Christian Allies Caucus, together with the Ministry of Tourism of the State of Israel recognize Jane Hansen Hoyt as the recipient of the Eighth Annual ‘Night to Honor our Christian Allies’ Tourism Award for her steadfast commitment to bringing tourism to the State of Israel and for her ongoing contributions to the Jewish State.
It was an evening of great honor to receive this on behalf of all the Aglow. You, men and women of Aglow, have shown such faithfulness of heart as we have walked and prayed the land believing God for the fulfillment of all His prophetic purposes for the Jewish people.
FROM ISRAEL TO CHINA
This past year I felt the Lord speak to my heart saying, “I am turning your attention towards Asia.” Within a few short months my feet were standing on Asian soil, first in Hong Kong and then in China.
The several days that Tony and I had in Hong Kong were delightful and enjoyable. It was a time of connecting with Alice Tsoi, Aglow’s National President in HK, her National Board and the leaders of the many groups she has raised up under her most able leadership. These women are so loving, so faithful and so expressive of the miracles God does in a people’s lives. Robert and Alice Tsoi are a powerful example of how God is using lives submitted to Him, as they both serve Him in multiple and influential ways in Asia. Tony and I then traveled into China with a group of apostolic leaders, led by Dr. C. Peter Wagner. We met with a group of Chinese apostles, building relationships that are key for not only the present, but also the future. Listen to this statement by Dr. Wagner:
The center of gravity of world Christianity, which began in Jerusalem and through the centuries reached North America, has now shifted to the Asian Pacific Rim. China is the dominant nation in that region and China is destined to assume leadership for the Christian movement for the foreseeable future. C. Peter Wagner, Vice President, Global Spheres, Inc.
China is the nation for the 21st century. It is a nation to focus your prayers on and to pay attention to in the next several years. We are riding a significant wave of the Holy Spirit.
After a month of travel, home and family time were eagerly anticipated. Yet, in the experience of walking amongst the nations these past 30 some years, there is a heart expansion that somehow makes the world seem quite small and the peoples of the earth so similar. Cultures vary, but God has fashioned our hearts alike. We all have a longing to know love. As carriers of His love, you can be a GameChanger in the lives of all you come in contact with.