Mar 242017
 

Report San Marino Feb 21, 2017

We had found a good lodging in some bungalows on a farm doing agri-tourism, only 7-8 km from San Marino. So we were ready first thing in the morning to go to this small nation. It is in the mountains of Apennine. Marinus started a monastic community there in 301 AD, which was the beginning of this beautiful country. They claim it to be the oldest constitutional republic. It has only 33 000 inhabitants. It’s very special and worth visiting.

We started our prayers at the place where St. Marinus started the monastic community. We prayed into that good foundation, which might be one of the reasons why it has been protected from invasions all these years, from the Roman Empire, Italy, Napoleon, Mussolini and others. We prayed for San Marino to come back to prayer as a foundational thing for their blessing and trust instead of the money as a tax-haven. We called forth a modern day house of prayer. We also felt God wanted to release the prophetic over and from this nation, which humanly speaking is nonsense, but in God, this is their destiny. We really felt we tapped into something of God.

This was the first of the 3 towers. We continued to pray at the 2 other towers similar thing of God taking back the places for His glory. We continued to cry out for “heaven to come down” with loud shouts.

Just before noon, we met with a British missionary couple and 2 Brazilians who came to join us in the prayer effort. We went to pray with them at the south tip of the city for the nation in general and the harvest.

After lunch we went to pray at the parliament. We received that it was time. The time of God has come for San Marino. He will do new things in this special country. Maybe it’s linked to the finances and the tax-haven, now when EU demands that the bank accounts should be for their disposal; also for the freemasons in the place. It’s only since 2004 that the freemasons joined in with the British and international freemasons. We prayed for a dissolving of this and for God to bring things into the light. We declared that the King of Glory would go in there as it is written in Psalm 24.

Mar 042016
 

These can be the dates for the 19th session: February 21-25, 2017

Dates to be confirmed and details added.

Feb 21: prayer in San Marino

Feb 22: Travel to Rome

Feb 23: start at 3 pm with spiritual history and mapping of Rome and the Vatican, then worship and prayer in the evening.

Feb 24-25: Prayer in Rome and Vatican

Coordinator for Rome and Vatican is Emanuele Di Martino : emanuele@cristosperanzaitalia.it

Information for San Marino: Henning Schikora: henning.schikora@gmail.com


May 182016
 

Day One

We began the day with introductions, followed by a time of worship. Afterwards our host gave us a brief history of the church in Sweden, which started from the ninth century, when a German bishop introduced the Catholic faith. About 500 years later the Uppsala Church Counsel started the Lutheran Church in Sweden, which was eventually embraced by King Gustavus. The king outlawed Catholicism. Thus began an ebb and flow of faith, legalism, secularism, and revival through the centuries. The most notable revival was the Great 40 Year Revival of 1906, coinciding with Azuza Street. Even the royal family became involved. But still the pattern of ebb and flow continued. The most recent revival was the Jesus Movement of the 1970’s and New Life in the 1980’s. Since then the church history of Sweden has been decline, marked only by new church plants by immigrants. Missions work has been the thing to save the Uppsala church from fading into insignificance.

The discussion:

The vision for Stockholm’s spiritual state was a thick grayness in the atmosphere over Stockholm, and an understanding that this spiritual grayness speaks of the tired heart of Stockholm, Isaiah 52:1-2:

Awake, awake, Zion, clothe yourself with strength! Put on your garments of splendor, Jerusalem, the holy city. The uncircumcised and defiled will not enter you again. Shake off your dust; rise up, sit enthroned, Jerusalem. Free yourself from the chains on your neck, Daughter Zion, now a captive.

One of our hosts noted the Swedish tendency to embrace only one point of view at a time. This speaks of resistance to change or other points of view, which is no doubt what led to the massacre of the nobles and bishops who were progressives with an opposing opinion. This was confirmation that the place of that slaughter, Stortorget, in the heart of the old city. In fact, the island that the old city is on is shaped like a heart. Since Sweden’s heart is tired, we decided to go and concentrate on praying there.

The flood of refugees and the many rapes perpetrated against Swedish women has caused public opinion to wildly swing from welcoming to closing their borders. It was important that we pray into that “one opinion” thing of Sweden. The verse best describing Sweden is Judges 21:25:

In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.

This speaks of lawlessness. In fact, it was pointed out that one law to be discussed is legalizing marriage with the corpse of one’s beloved: necrophilia. There is a death culture and a death fascination here in Sweden. One of the past kings had a fascination with Egypt, so there is an Egyptian museum full of mummies. Swedish midwives have caused a stir by not cooperating in abortions.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

In Sweden’s secular, humanistic society, there seems to be a tolerance of everything but the truth. When truth is spoken, especially from the Bible, it is labeled as intolerance. Ironically, the most intolerant people are the ones that scream about intolerance.

One person pointed out that Sweden has the most single occupant households. Family is oppressed, while the insemination of single women has become legalized. The attitude is one of not needing fathers. Contradictory law allows both parents to stay home with a newborn.

Schools allow mobile phones in school, which causes problems concentrating. Children are not well-connected with their parents. Freemasonry is behind all these laws.

Someone observed that humanism is subtly evil, and perhaps more so because it doesn’t appear to be evil.

As the discussion ended, we prayed and prophesied for two of our hosts: one, a leader representing the Lutheran (state) Church, and the other, a leader representing the Free Church. The Lutheran leader was heading out for an appointment with a Catholic bishop about the Swedish Prayer Breakfast. So we prayed and blessed his meeting. He would join us for prayers later.

Prayer Walking

We started at Stortorget, in the heart of the old city, where the nobles and bishops of opposing opinion were slaughtered, and we prayed to wake the heart of Stockholm. Psalm 40:1-4:

I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in Him. Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.

And Psalm 37:3-7

Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.

Isaiah 52:1-2 to call forth the identity of Swedes: strength, entrepreneurship, music, missionary spirit generosity, art, inventiveness, creativity, design, beauty with functionality, devotion, and discernment:

Awake, awake, Zion, clothe yourself with strength! Put on your garments of splendor, Jerusalem, the holy city. The uncircumcised and defiled will not enter you again. Shake off your dust; rise up, sit enthroned, Jerusalem. Free yourself from the chains on your neck, Daughter Zion, now a captive.

We prayed to open revival wells, there at the original city well and prophesied to the well that living water should come forth, open the wells of true faith and missionary spirit. Then we had communion.

Praying in front of the King's Palace

Praying in front of the King’s Palace

Then we walked to the King’s Palace. It was noted that the present king had said no when the Freemasons asked him to be their Grand Master. This year the king turned 70—in this Jubilee year, the king had his own jubilee.

There we also prayed against the culture of death and broke the Freemason pact with death. We proclaimed Psalm 92:14-15 for the king, saying:

May he will still bear fruit in old age, he will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The Lord is upright; He is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in Him.”

And that he would be a servant leader, full of the Holy Spirit as in Acts 6:1-6. We also prayed Psalm 90:10 for the king, that:

[His] days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if [his] strength endures.

And we proclaimed long life to the king.

Then we walked to a building, built by the Freemasons, then occupied by the army, which is now the courts building for the Justice Palace. We prayed and proclaimed Nahum 2:2:

The Lord will restore the splendor of [Sweden] like the splendor of Israel, though destroyers have laid them waste and have ruined their vines.

And also Psalm 37:5-6:

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.

One of our hosts pointed out that the first book in Sweden had been printed right there at the monastery. It was a book about right and wrong. On this day celebrating free speech and freedom of the press, we said a prayer that such freedoms will continue, and will be equally applied to Christians as well as to others.

Then we walked around the whole island of the old city, which is shaped like a heart, proclaiming revival to the tired heart of Stockholm. We did CPR: Christian Resuscitation Proclamations.

Day Two

As observed before, today marked the 250th anniversary of Free Speech and Freedom of the Press. So after a time of really glorious and joyful worship and prayer, believing that the spiritual grayness seen over Stockholm would be broken by joyful worship.

One person saw a vision in which eagles were circling over the Parliament. One eagle swooped down and caught up a snake. He said that there are 5 people in the government that are poisonous like a snake. Two will soon be removed, and the other 3 will be neutralized. Then he saw God’s scepter come down like a hammer.

Answer of prayer :The following week one person in the government and one the parliament resigned from their position.

As we prayed and prophesied, one person mentioned Mary’s Magnificat, found in chapter 1 of Luke’s Gospel:

My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has been mindful of the humble state of His servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me—Holy is His Name. His mercy extends to those who fear Him, from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with His arm; He has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped His servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as He promised our ancestors.

And it was declared that this is only the beginning of what God will do in Sweden. God is rebuking the unclean spirits in Parliament as in Mark 1:23-28, and they will come out with a loud cry:

Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out, “What do You want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!”

“Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!” The impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek. The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey Him.” News about Him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.

God will raise up City Fathers, replacing the poisonous ones with men that have a father’s heart in the government. If the church praises joyfully, it can help birth the new beginning. The church needs to rejoice prophetically. The Christians of Sweden need to have God’s heart to pray for the city. This was explained to us as a confusing and dramatic time in Swedish government.

Prayer Walking

Gustav Adolfs Torg square

Gustav Adolfs Torg square

We started our prayer walking at Gustav Adolfs Torg square where there had been an uprising concerning free speech. It was in this square that 144 farmers were massacred by the army on their way to Parliament. The scandal caused by this massacre actually convinced the Parliament to establish free speech and freedom of the press. And the number 144 is interesting because it is 12 x 12 or 122. Twelve, being the Biblical number of government. We prayed, asking for freedom and openness, and that there would be a Nineveh style repentance, as in Jonah 3:6-10:

When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. This is the proclamation he issued in Nineveh: “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let people or animals, herds or flocks, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. But let people and animals be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.”

When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, He relented and did not bring on them the destruction He had threatened.

The Truth will set Sweden free, as in Isaiah 52:1-2:

Awake, awake, Zion, clothe yourself with strength! Put on your garments of splendor, Jerusalem, the holy city. The uncircumcised and defiled will not enter you again. Shake off your dust; rise up, sit enthroned, Jerusalem. Free yourself from the chains on your neck, Daughter Zion, now a captive.

Stockholm Parliament

Stockholm Parliament

Also Psalm 2:10-11:

Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate His rule with trembling.

One person saw a volcano of righteousness erupting from the parliamentary prayer room. There will be a new Viking Spirit, not one of pillage, plunder, rape, and robbery; but of righteousness, justice, peace, and boldness to speak God’s Truth in love. Let the leaders say, as David said in 2 Samuel 24:17:

“[We] have sinned; [we], the shepherd[s], have done wrong. These are but sheep. What have they done? Let Your hand fall on [us] and [our] famil[ies].”

And may it be as in Isaiah 11:2:

The Spirit of the Lord will rest on [them]—the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord.

That there will also be a spirit of ministry to serve one another and the people of Sweden with true servant leadership.

Jul 072014
 

June 26-28, 2014

It was a historical time June 28, 1914 when the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sofia took place in Sarajevo which sparked the WW1.

We wanted to be there 100 years later. We had a good number of mature intercessors with us. God have plans to write His story from now on. Prophecies had already been given from international prophet 2 years ago saying that when the flooding happens in the land, it’s a sign that there is a shift coming and the hearts of the people will change. The flood covered 2/3 of Bosnia in April.

Praying at the riverPraying at the river

Well, while we had worship before going out on the streets to pray, a radical Muslim knocked on the door of the church. He wondered if he could find Jesus there. Yes, we said and he did receive Jesus there!

There was unity and authority in the prayers. From the beginning God gave clear visions and words to pray; for the Lion of Judah coming and stepping on the dragon’s head. We started to pray where the river entered the city. People were gathered around us. One in the team of 35 got to talk to 2 young people who was touched by God as he prayed for them. The next day, he had an appointment because they wanted bibles. So, people are indeed open.

After that we split up in teams praying in different places in town.

At the place of assasinationAt the place of assassination

The 28th, we prayed before we headed for the place of the assassination. We had brought a big flag/banner with the Lion of Judah which was blowing in the wind while we were praying and singing with hundreds of people around us. Many people and journalists were curious and had good talks with many about God and got to pray for some. We were amazed that people were so open and that we could do that in such a place exactly 100 years after the famous assassination.

After one hour there, we headed for the fountain in the center of the Turkish area, where we started to pray again and then walk down the main walking street in worship, prayer and supplication all the way to the parliament. Well, we had to stop at the line where the cultures of the Ottomans and the Austro-Hungarians meets for some extra corporate prayer.

In front of the parliament, united prayers and declarations were made around Psalm 2 and Psalm 24, Isaiah 28:14-19 and Daniel 2; and we know that God will move in the government according to His Word.

We believe this was an important prayer time and we were honored to be there for such a time of history.

Jul 072014
 

European Trumpet Call in Skopje June 18-21, 2014.

Blowing the trumpets!The European Trumpet Call gathered some European prayer networks to blow a spiritual wake up call for Europe. There were a bit more than 200 people in the mornings and up to 500 in the evenings from about 30 nations.

God blessed us with with His presence being strong and guiding us to pray His prayers for Macedonia, the Balkans and Europe.

We also had the honor of having Prince Philip of Prussia with us, telling the story of his grand grand-father Kaiser Wilhelm the 2nd, not resisting the pressure of the generals to start the WWI. He took responsibility for his family’s actions and repented for their wrong doings.

Praying around the flags of EuropeBrian Mills, who is a father in the prayer movement in the world, led us in prayer for the reconciliation between the nations; leading us in forgiving the people and nations around us. This was especially strong for the Balkan nations, and started some powerful work and release in the hearts that will continue in the weeks and months to come with healing of the nations as a result.

In every session we blew the trumpets. The last day we blew the trumpets for Israel and the Jews of Europe with all the European flags on the floor, before we finished with a celebration.

Podgorica June 23-24, 2014

Foundations uncoveredWe were just a small team of 7 coming to Podgorica, but our prayers were very efficient and we were guided in what to pray in a very clear way by the Holy Spirit. Before going out to pray, we prayed for the foundation of the city. And the first thing we saw as we went out of our hostel, was that workers had found some old foundations as they wanted to build. The work had to stop as archaeologists were coming in to bring up the graves and buildings to find out the truth. The truth is really covered up in Montenegro and corruption is everywhere. We prayed according to Isaiah 28:14-19, that Jesus as a cornerstone should be put in the foundations, blowing away all corruption, lies and falsehood.

Small parliamentAfter this we had an appointment with an ex-minister being able to speak into his life and the future of the nation. In the afternoon we went to pray at a communist monument. Actually it was an altar and a worship place. That is strange for an ideology which doesn’t believe in God. This year makes 70 years that communism has been in Montenegro, which is a special time for God and as it is written in Jeremiah 29:10-11, the time of change has come and God is doing a new thing. We proclaimed these new things from the hill behind the city.

The last day we prayed some around the government, before we finished in front of the red carpet of the government and the presidential building, for the King of Glory to enter in and take His place.

Mar 062013
 

OCE Balkans – report from the trips to Sofia and Skopje

Both events were carried out successfully and the glory of the Lord was manifest in different ways, and on various levels. Reflecting on those wonderful times, here below are a few thoughts that surface at the very top and need to be recorded for the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The success of this OCE trip to Sofia and Skopje, and the subsequent blessings we enjoyed through it, was largely thanks to the networking and prayer initiatives that have been undertaken through the recent years by local leaders, for the sake of the Balkan nations. Philip Rashev from Bulgaria, who organized the OCE Sofia, and, Pastor Aleksandar Vuletic working as a team with Bryan Brenchley (visionary, coordinator and prayer leader for the Balkans) who organized the OCE in Skopje, have been instrumental in raising prayer for the nations of the region, and promoting strategic cooperation among leaders across the borders. We thank God for them!

OCE in Sofia 20-24 Feb. 2013

The most dramatic event occurred on the day of arrival into Sofia; the Government of Bulgaria resigned, after much turmoil in the country, which led to conflicts with the Police and bloodshed.

We perceived the timing of the event as the Voice of the Lord saying “this is the timing for a shift in government”, meaning, also in matters pertaining to the Body of Christ and its leaders. No wonder our host Pastor, Pavel Ignatov, had also resigned a few days earlier, from a position he has had as leader of many churches in Bulgaria. Further, on Sunday 24 Feb. the Orthodox Church of Bulgaria was scheduled to elect their new Patriarch!

IMG_4611IMG_0396When the event of the OCE in Sofia was decided a year earlier, we had had no knowledge, and none could predict, that it would be God’s timing for a major shift in the heavenly places, causing major shifts in positions of government on the earth. As Pastor Pavel Ignatov repeatedly said, that was a “a sign from God” that the Operation Capitals of Europe in Sofia was an event for which God sent His servants to perform His good will in Bulgaria.

We give thanks to the Lord for Philip Rashev who did all the hard work for the OCE in Sofia, and involved his Pastor Pavel Ignatov and their church. Thanks to them several Pastors attended. On the opening meeting 10 Bulgarian Pastors came to the platform to lead prayer for their country.

Philip also organized prayer for Sofia to be held on Mount Vitosha, overlooking the city. That memorable event was held on Saturday morning. Even though Vitosha was covered in snow, the Lord granted us good weather that day so we could reach the place where we could pray from.

IMG_4558IMG_4561We also prayed a lot for the foundations of the city. It’s not a coincidence as the government did a lot of road and city building the recent years, they uncovered the foundations of the ancient city which was called Serdika. As the physical often is a reflection of the spiritual, we saw this as a sign. We prayed often Isaiah 62:1-6, praying for the new name and identity as God sees the city to come forth. Interestingly, where the ancient foundations were located in the city stood the statue of the goddess Sofia (whom the city derived its name; her name means ‘wisdom’). We prayed there strategically, for God to expose false wisdom (James 3:15) and grant the new government “wisdom from above” (James 3:17).

We also prayed and declared Psalm 24 for the Government and in front of the main entrance door; that Jesus, the King of Glory may come in there!

The event was closed with a celebration lunch after Sunday church service in Sofia, before the OCE team and 3 Bulgarian friends drove off to Skopje.

An awesome testimony of God’s power released through the OCE in Sofia became known to us on Sunday 3 March, through a Bulgarian sister who has been praying for the salvation of her family. Two ladies in Bulgaria suddenly opened their hearts to Jesus and started praying and reading the Bible, as each one separately had a divine visitation on Friday 22 February. That was the 2nd day of our prayers in Sofia, and more specifically, the day we prayer-walked in the center of the city!

OCE in Skopje 24-26 Feb. 2013

Pastor Sasha (the main host of OCE in Skopje) started a new church plant, and, 4 new believers were baptized in water the same week with OCE in Skopje. Can this coincidence of timing have been ordained by God to reveal that it is His timing for a “new church” to arise and conquer new territories for God’s Kingdom in the land? This new church plant is at a location where there are no other churches; the place is called “Aerodrome”, literally meaning “air-strip” or “air-way”. Can this be prophetic that this new generation of believers will be like eagles flying high? This is certainly one of the purposes of OCE visiting every capital in Europe for prayer; to encourage the local Body of Christ to continue spreading the Kingdom of God.

Pastor Sasha and prayer leader Bryan offered strategic insights in regards to how to pray for their city, and did a wonderful job of preparation and planning the event, and inviting other local leaders to participate. They also invited people who represented the strategic areas of society (which some people call the “7 mountains” ( the 7 mind molders or spheres of influence) to present to the OCE gathering the spiritual climate and key challenges for prayer. We then had the opportunity to pray onsite at some of these strategic venues, including the TV station, the university, the parliament and places of worship like the United Methodist Church, the Orthodox church and the mosque.

Moreover, thanks to the publicity of the event by the Balkan Networks, the event in Skopje was enriched by the participation of people from Kosova and Albania, while Philip Rashev came along from Bulgaria with another two men, giving the meetings the colour of a Balkan Conference.

skopje montagneOne of the highlights was our prayer from a mountain overlooking Skopje, where a remarkable sign occurred regarding the weather. It was very rainy when we arrived, and according to the weather forecast the rain should continue; that would be a problem when we would go out to pray in the city. We prayed and asked that as a sign of a breakthrough, the sun would break through the dark clouds. That happened while we prayed on the mountain over Skopje, and we had sunshine as we walked through the city praying at different strategic places. We believe that the sunshine and clear skies we had that day in spite of the gloomy forecast was a sign of a shift in the spiritual climate over the land. So we thank Jesus, the Son of righteousness for the breakthrough and give Him all the glory.

Feb 282013
 

The 11th session will be like this:

Dates confirmed! More details to come

June 17, 2014: Arrival in the Balkans

June 18-21, 2014: “European Trumpet Call” in Skopje, Macedonia

http://europeantrumpetcall.org/

Prayerevent organised by locals believers in collaboration with several European Prayer Networks

June 22 Travel to Podgorica

June 23-24: Prayer in Podgorica

June 25: Travel to Sarajevo

June 26-28: Teaching, worship and prayer in Sarajevo

Coordinator for Podgorica: Dag Rane Schjelderup: dagrslkfk@gmail.com

Coordinator for Sarajevo: Robert Jurjevich: robertjurjevich@gmail.com

Coordinator for the travel to Podgorica and Sarajevo: Henning Schikora: henning.schikora@gmail.com


Mar 282012
 

The 8th session will be like this:

Dates confirmed! (and more details to come)

Feb 20: Arrival in Sofia

21 February, 2013: Teaching and worship in Sofia.

22-23 Feb: Prayer in Sofia

24 Feb: Sunday service in Sofia and travel to Skopje

25-26 Feb: Prayer in Skopje

27 Feb: return home

Informations and registration for Sofia: Philip Rashev: philip.rashev@gmail.com

Informations and registration for Skopje: Sasha Vuletic: vuletik@gmail.com

registration for both capitals: Philip Rashev


Mar 252011
 

January 14-20, 2011

Our first OCE trip took us to the cities where the main institutions of the European Union are situated and began in Strasbourg.

The team of local people had done a superb job of preparing for our week there, which began with five days of worship and teaching and was followed by two days of praying in and around the city.

The main teachings were given by three speakers, the first of whom was one of the leaders from ‘Poland for Jesus’, He told us the incredible story of what God has been doing in their nation over recent years, how He spoke to them in advance, telling them the things that were going to unfold and also how He led them and continues to lead them in their dealings with various political figures in their nation.

We also heard from Georgina Dufoix and from another speaker who works within the Parliament as an intercessor who both encouraged us in praying for those in authority, explaining how God had led them in this and also how important it is for us to stand guard for our leaders in prayer so that they will be protected and less vulnerable to wrong influences.

CHRISTIAN RUIZ and RENE GUTMANDuring these first five days we also had the privilege of meeting with the chief Rabbi and some others representatives of the Jewish community in Strasbourg. In preparing the week, the local people had felt God showing them that one of the sins that still hung over the city was what had happened to the Jews there during the course of history, notably the burning of 2000 Jews on 14th February 1349 when they were blamed for the Black Death and also during the 2nd World War when the only concentration camp in France was Struthof, just outside Strasbourg. We therefore took a time when representatives from 10 nations present, repented on behalf of their nation for the sins committed against the Jewish people. The Rabbi was presented with a document apologizing for these sins and we had also taken an offering to act as a symbolic act of restitution for all that had been stolen from the Jewish people throughout history. This offering totalled 4700 euros ! A lady from Switzerland was also moved to offer some gold jewellery as a symbol of the gold stolen from the Jews in Switzerland. This made for a very moving afternoon and was spiritually very important for the city.

10 nations represented with Chief Rabbi RENE GUTMAN and representatives of the Jewish communityThe following two days saw us praying on site concerning various things that had been received. On the first of these, we all went to Petite France where we sensed some of the roots of iniquity in the city were situated. We prayed and repented concerning particularly immorality, idolatry, broken covenants and bloodshed, all of which bring a curse on the land, and we sprinkled salt in the water, symbolic of cleansing. Teams then continued on , praying at other sites such as the cathedral and the European Institutions.

The following day, during a time of worship and prayer, one small team went to pray again at Petite France, and another small team went to Gutenberg square, which was also felt to be significant. In the afternoon, we all went up to the European Parliament, prayer walked around it , and then a declaration was read in front of the Parliament building, containing scripture verses and proclaiming God’s purposes for Europe.

It was an intense time during which we really saw God at work and we have been encouraged since returning home to hear that since our visit, not only has a new prayer group started up, praying for the area, but also in the days following our visit, three votes were taken in the European Parliament, on euthanasia, the persecution of Christians and homosexual marriage, all of which have resulted in an outcome which upholds the Christian viewpoint. God is good !!!