And He said to me, You are My servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.
(Charley & Karen speaking)
For over 7 months before the letter was written to our partners on September 13, the Lord had been speaking into our hearts the prophetic words of the beginning of His ministry. The words came through Godly people who knew of our ministry through the Non-Denominational Church that we attended but also through those who had known us in the helps ministry. These words of prophecy began to come true as we sought the Lord and began listening for His voice and heeding His words. We spent much time in prayer and in the Word searching out the scriptures that He led us to seek and also lying prostrate on the floor, yielding to Him in every way possible. He took us through deliverance of fears and anxieties that had permeated our life because of the daily struggles of finances and family.
People would speak to us of our calling to encourage others. For many years Karen had a Barnabas ministry to Senior Adults as well as dear friends. We had walked through the illness and death of a beloved pastor and the daily encouragement of his wife and family. We had walked through some illness in our own families including the death of Charley’s parents and the family situations that come from these daily struggles.
Father’s Plan and Purpose
Our lives were not our own and we realized that Father had a plan and purpose far beyond what we could see and understand. We decided to choose to follow Jesus and to walk out the prophecy being spoken over us and to see what the Lord would do through our obedience. We rejoice in the fulfillment of the prophetic words and the praise, honor and glory belongs to Jesus.