Happy New Year ~ Turkey-Israel Report – IRCNA Update
Dear Follower of Jesus,
Wishing you a Blessed & Anointed 2014 in the Name of Yeshua!
Yes, I’m still here! After living out of a suitcase for about 40 days from September 5th to November 10th; after 4 trans-continental flights & 6 international flights (LAX-JFK-Istanbul-Tel Aviv-Istanbul-JFK-LAX, then a few days later, LAX-Philly-Brussels-Philly-LAX); after a 21 day Prayer Journey to Turkey & Israel; after 11 days in Brussels celebrating the 30th Anniversary of YWAM Belgium & reconnecting with former staff and friends, a ministry we began in 1983; after 4 bouts of jet lag; after a 4 day trip to San Diego so see my daughter and grandson, Rachelle & Kai, whom I hadn’t seen for over 6 months; and finally, after a three day trip to Lake Arrowhead for a 10 year Anniversary & Reevaluation of our International Reconciliation Team, I arrived back in Simi Valley on November 10th in time to share about my recent travels and ministry with Church of the Living Christ in Simi Valley, my home church – I was Sr. Pastor there from 1995 – 2000.
Though I was exhilarated and deeply impacted by all these significant ministry opportunities, I was also so physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted that it was difficult to process and appreciate all Father God had done in and through us. Obviously this was a very unusual and demanding schedule, one that might pop up every 10 years. I found this 70 year old guy doesn’t just bounce back and recuperate as I once easily did. LOL I took a few days to “unplug,” focus on rest, prayer, worship and the word.
When I did emerge and begin to put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, my old laptop decided not to cooperate. I did CPR on it for a couple of weeks trying to avoid an expense I couldn’t afford but eventually had to buy a new one – which has taken more time to set up than expected. Thank you for putting up with my whining and your patience during my long silence – now you know why.
Having begun with that caveat, I want to thank you SO much for your generous contributions and gracious prayers for me and our Turkey-Israel team. This was one of the most intensely anointed and prophetic teams and ministry trips I have ever participated with. The team was an outstanding mix of very mature people with broadly diverse gifts and ministry experiences – adding to the quality and depth of ministry we were able to accomplish. It’s amazing how quickly people bond and flow together when thrust into such intense contact, time & schedule. We couldn’t have asked for better leadership than that provided by Fred & Susan Rowe, Rosemary Schindler and others. They kept us focused and on target in an environment full of distractions. We eventually began to call ourselves the “Seal Team!” Seal teams have a very specific mission and target and avoid all distractions – something we found increasingly necessary and important for this journey.
After the first couple of days, we took communion together on the bus as we headed into the day’s locations and prayer ministry. Each of us brought 12 small rocks from our home towns and with them built 12 altars of repentance, worship and declaration of God’s purpose at each of the 7 Churches in Turkey – Ephesus, Smirna (Izmir), Pergamum, Thayatira, Sardis, Philadelphia & Laodicea. We also had water from the Gihon Spring in Jerusalem, oil & wine from Israel as well as 12 small sapphire stones – considered the Stone of Destiny & Symbol of Heaven and Joyful Devotion to God. After pouring water, the sapphire would be placed, then the stone of each person – some with scriptures or words written on them. Then oil and wine would be poured over the small altar and, where possible, there would be scripture reading, prayer and worship. It was truly moving. Several times we were in more compromised locations and under the gaze of guards so had to use much discretion. Prayer and worship would then continue on the bus.
We continued to build 5 more altars in Israel: at Elijah’s Cave on Mr. Carmel; at Mt. Precipice in Nazareth; on the Golan Heights overlooking Syria & Jordan; outside the Eastern Gate in Jerusalem and finally at Shiloh where the Tabernacle of Moses was located for 360 years – on the very spot where it is thought the Holy of Holies was located. Afterwards, the many Shofars among us were blown to the North, South, East and West, a truly prophetic moment.
For me, the four highlights of the tour were: 1. Our all day visit and prayer gathering with the Izmir (Smirna), an absolutely gorgeous city much in the style of San Francisco, House of Prayer which owns a former British Consulate building overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. While there we were joined by a number of young Chinese Christians we had met at a lunch stop earlier in the week. When they arrived and we began to worship and pray together, the heavens opened and there was a move of the Holy Spirit that was totally awesome. 2. The next day we flew back to Istanbul and were able to spend about 4 hours with the Istanbul House of Prayer, with much the same results as Izmir. Both HOPs are lead by Korean YWAMers but also have staff from other countries. Their ongoing prayer is having a profound impact not only on Izmir and Istanbul but the whole of Turkey, an important and strategic country bridging both Europe & Asia.
The third highlight came the first day we arrived in Jerusalem. The Back to Jerusalem Chinese were having their first ever conference on the Mount of Olives and we were invited to attend. Again, once the nations began to come together in worship, dance and prayer, the Holy Spirit began to fall like I haven’t seen in over 44 years of ministry. We met Chinese Jews who have already made Aliyah and others preparing to do so.
Fourthly, later that week we were invited to a Prayer & Reconciliation Gathering of Arabs and Jews in Nazareth. We joined Arab & Jewish Christians and 15 different nations in the Ballroom of a large Hotel. Worship teams led in Arabic, Hebrew and English and the atmosphere was electric and festive and dancing was breaking out all over the hall. At one point Rania Sayegh, leader of the HOPE House of Prayer in Nazerath, felt the Lord asking us to “Release the Sound of Awakening” over Nazareth, Israel and the World. People began to pray and their prayers turned into a literal “roar” of prayer, worship, faith and expectancy. I have NEVER experienced anything like this in all my years of Pastoral & Missionary Ministry. Truly God is at work and moving in unprecedented ways in our World.
I believe we are living in the most crucial and critical time in World & Church History. Everywhere we look, evidences of the Return of Yeshua are becoming more obvious. Bible prophecy is being fulfilled in increasing detail and with greater acceleration than I can recall in my almost 71 years. God is calling me and His Church to greater intimacy, focus and singleness of purpose as we “Forget what is behind and strain toward what is ahead, pressing on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14.
I continue to work with Church of the Living Christ, Origin – outreach to Gen Y, Chazon – Messianic Congregation plant here in SV, Simi Valley Prayer Awakening – building a Prayer Community, Pray Ventura County, The Living Wall, Transform World 2020 and convening a Regional Gathering for John & Julie Dawson 6 times a year.
Our IRC Reconciliation Team will he traveling to Ginosar, Israel in April 2014 for a combined meeting with the ASK Prayer Fellowship International, a Reconciliation Consultation, followed by several days of outreach in Jerusalem. More about that in an upcoming communiqué. We’re both excited and deeply challenged by the implications of Reconciliation Ministry in 2014. There is also another Transform World 2020 gathering in Geneva, Switzerland in June. I haven’t yet heard from heaven whether I’m to go.
I was hoping to write you in October (All Saints), November (Thanksgiving) and December (Christmas) but that didn’t prove possible. You are regularly in my prayers and I’m believing 2014 will be a year of great breakthrough, provision, new opportunities and fruitfulness for us all.
Please continue to keep me and the International Reconciliation Coalition of North America in your prayers.
In His Grace,
RonRonald Anthony Archer North American Coordinator International Reconciliation Coalition To Contribute to this Ministry – Send a Check or Online Bank Payment to: IRC North America P.O. Box 941749 Simi Valley, CA 93094-1749 Memo: North America