Mar 182011
 

Bern July 30 – Aug 1, 2015

We had a guided visit in Bern by Markus Reichenbach in the afternoon on July 30th and we spent the next morning with « The Heart of David » house of prayer in Bern (DavidHerz). These both helped us get insight into how pray in Bern.

We prayed at 2 different places where the Jews and the Waldensians had received bad treatment and persecution with expulsion as a result. These injustices seemed to be important to deal with.

Renovation in the Münster Church

Renovation in the Münster Church

All the other places we went to pray, were under reconstruction or renovation. It was quite striking especially when we know that what we see in the natural is often a sign of what is happening in the spiritual.

One was the founding place of Bern ; the place where a bear was shot in 1191. The bear became the emblem of Bern. We didn’t see any bears, which can normally be seen by the public, because the place was under construction while the bears were on holiday!

Building new vaults in the Swiss Central Bank

Building new vaults in the Swiss Central Bank

Another place was the biggest church in Bern, the Münster church, which was partly covered by scaffolding both inside and out. The church was built on an ancient worship place, which had probably never been dealt with.

A third place was the national bank by the parliament, where they were about to build a new storage place for the gold of the nation. We received here the passage from Luke 12:16-21 : Switzerland should be rich in God and not trust in their finances.

Swiss parliament building

Swiss parliament building

In all these places, Switzerland, needs to come back to the foundation in their constitution : God! Now when there are reconstructions, this is the time for the Swiss to come back to God and choose life.

Aug 1, we went into the parliament, on their National Day when it’s open for the public. We had the honor of being guided by Ernest Geiser who is a pastor to the parliament. We could then pray with the information about what is needed. It was a good time. And everybody who did the visit got a Swiss chocolate for free!

Welcome by alpen horn concert

Welcome by alpen horn concert

Then we joined a national outdoor worship and prayer meeting for Switzerland. There were maybe 1000 – 1500 people from all over Switzerland. There might have been more if it hadn’t rained in the morning. Most of things that were prayed there matched what we had been inspired to pray as well. Unity, first in the Church and then in the government, was one of the issues on God’s heart that seemed to be really important as it came back to us several times.

Mar 182015
 

Report Vaduz in Liechtenstein, Aug 2-3 :

Vaduz parliament building

Vaduz parliament building

Liechtenstein is a tiny country, only 20 km long and 10 km wide with 37 000 inhabitants. In Vaduz, the capital, all the strategic places were very close to one another. Liechtenstein is known to be a tax haven. We kind of expected to pray for hidden things to come to the light and for repentance of injustices. But no, – we prayed that Liechtenstein would use their riches for the Kingdom and set God first. Liechtenstein is ruled by the prince and his family who seem to be very God-fearing. We blessed them while praying outside their castle.

One remarkable thing was also that this year they put some of the national treasures for public display. This was to us a sign of openness and transparency in the finances and the riches.

Some of the prevalent street art in Vaduz

Some of the prevalent street art in Vaduz

Then we prayed at the parliament. We prayed that the identity of Liechtenstein should come forth, that their beauty and new name should be known as written in Is 62. Especially since Liechtenstein had been under, and kind of covered by Austria and Switzerland. We prayed for a greater degree of recognition and honor from those neighboring nations as Liechtenstein came forth in their destiny. We prayed a lot for the arts and creativity to be a reflection of that new destiny.

We then prayed at the Swiss border to Liechtenstein which was quite easy. We then prayed at the Austrian border to Liechtenstein where there seemed to be more a need for letting go of any negative attitude.

We finished by praying for the church both national and from the other nations to be instrumental in this. It was a great joy to pray for Liechtenstein.

Mar 182011
 

Monaco Aug 4 :

View of the harbour

View of the harbour

Monaco is even smaller than Liechtenstein ; only about 2 km long and 1 km wide. It’s very densely populated though with 37 000 inhabitants like Liechtenstein.

Monaco has been ruled by the Grimaldi family since the “malicious one” took the Rock in 1297. But Monaco only became rich when the famous casino, Monte Carlo, started in the 1860’s. They earned so much money on the casino that Monaco didn’t need to claim any more taxes. And today it’s a famous tax haven. So in all this, there seems to be a bad foundation and injustices/iniquities, which you wouldn’t believe when you see this glamorous tiny nation.

the prince's palace

The Prince’s palace

We prayed into all this at the casino, the banks, the government, a couple of churches and in front of the prince’s palace. Praying for the church and the prince, we believe there are positive signs and good things happening for the Kingdom. We believe there is a renewal and we prayed it would continue in that direction.

Mar 182011
 

Andorra Aug 7-8, 2015

Sanctuary of Meritxell

Sanctuary of Meritxell

We arrived in Andorra (or the full version: “Principality of Andorra”) in the afternoon of Aug 7th. On the way to Andorra La Vella (Andorra the city), we stopped at the sanctuary of Meritxell, which is the patron saint of Andorra. It’s said that Andorra draws it identity from this saint. We prayed into this and for the people of Andorra to find their identity in their maker, the God of the universe.

Andorra's old and new parliament

Andorra’s old and new parliament

Next day, we had a guided tour of the old parliament building, before praying between the old and the new building. The old was full of charm and personality. The new was impersonal and cold. It was obvious that something had been lost or died on the way. We prayed a lot into this and for Andorra to find their identity. It was striking to see the exposition called “the lost or hidden heritage” in the hall of the new parliament building, with statues of people blind folded. There seemed to be two major things being the cause of this lost identity.

Andorra being a tax haven seemed to be one. The money and finances had made them lose their identity. They were basically living for Mammon and thus serving him which is in conflict with God and serving Him (Matt 6:24). We prayed a lot into this at the government and at the council for financial credit.

Urgell's bishopric

Urgell’s bishopric

The other seemed to be the influence of the Catholic church. We mentioned Meritxell, but the bishopric in the nearest city in Spain, Urgell, seemed to put a negative yoke on Andorra. From there the bishop ruled Andorra through both religious and political power. The French president and this bishop are supposed to supervise the integrity and the pariage of Andorra. This political situation started with a treaty in 1278 after 2-300 years of tension and conflict for power.

The French president has other things to do and the bishop lives only 10 km away, so his influence was much bigger in reality. The hunger for power had certainly been a negative influence on Andorra.

Resistance's place to be rebuilt

Resistance’s place to be rebuilt

We also went to pray at a place where the Lords of the Andorran valleys had lived before the treaty of 1278 was made. They had stood up to protect the peoples in the valley. The place was now in ruins, which by itself was very revelatory. Andorra had just started to make this place to a memorial place. There were public guides telling the history. But it was difficult to find the place, there were no parking and no clear sign indicating the place. The area was fenced-in and some signs had been put up, but otherwise there were a lot of ruins. There is a lot of work of restoration to be done, but it might be key to the redemption of the Andorran’s identity. We pleaded for that in our prayers.