RUSSIA

We had a wonderful time in Siberia. We toured to different towns and I gave a lot of  prophetic training, namely Spiritual Gifts and Accurate Stature in the Prophetic, and some Church Planting and Missions academy subjects. There were a lot of breakthroughs in different churches, especially at the main church in Prokopyevsk (Pastor Oleg Novotorzhina’s church). There was a tremendous breakthrough in a men’s Flags class. In the prophetic classes there were healings and a flow of words of knowledge. I see that people began to see the heart of this ministry more than just seeing it as an art school. We are now in Moscow for two weeks, having meetings with Armenian Pastors. Louise, Lourens and Irenie are teaching at the ACE school this week. Pray for us as we build contacts and relationships with the Armenian church leaders.
Anonymous

In my first week in Prokopyevsk, I did a flag dance in the church on the song: "God of this city" (The Russian version). This opened the hearts of the men of the church to learn a bit more about dance; something we have been trusting God for a long time. Last week I finally had the opportunity to get a couple of the men together (about 20) - and they danced!!!! A lot of people were very surprised at how the men were willing to just do this—and they didn't do it because they had to. They were enjoying worshiping God through dance. This is not normal for a Russian man. It is not in their culture and they have been resisting for a few years, but God opened up the people's hearts and He did His work. At a stage God's presence was so strong, that the people in the art class, taking place downstairs on the other side of the church, felt His presence. I prayed quite a lot for the class, and asked our prayer team in Bloemfontein to pray with. We prayed that God will take over the class, and He did. Nothing I did could have brought a breakthrough like the one that took place. Praise the Lord!!!! We are now in Moscow spending the next 4 weeks at a Christian school. The school is quite unique in the aspect that majority of the students are the children of politicians and other ‘high-up’ people. It is also unique because it has about 5% Christian students, and 95% Muslims, Buddhists etc. Some of the children crept into my heart during the first 5 minutes. Others tested my character like it has not been tested for a long time. If I was allowed to send children out of my class, some of the classes would be left with about 5 kids. I am taking up the challenge to show these kids God's unconditional love. If they have not received Christ after 6 years of reading scriptures every week and hearing the truth daily, then I will do my best to love them into the kingdom. I have seen how prayer brings breakthroughs where it seems impossible, so I will also be spending quite some time on my knees. Please pray with us!
Lourens Strydom