So I started taking this class at the church I am attending in Post Falls, Idaho -- New Life Community Church -- it is in Rathdrum, Idaho -- about 15 minutes from my home. THe pastor is from South AFrica, the co-pastor took a team to India last month -- they have a great focus of outreach through the ALPHA program and are globablly minded -- worship is focused on Jesus and annointed -- I believe the Lord has lead me here and the connections have been great so far.
But the best was last night in this class which is on Prophecy -- it is a comprehensive course -- 14 weeks long -- lots of reading and practicum as well. The pastor started by sharing a bit of his background and his desire to really see the greater body of Christ move in the fullness of the gifts and to retreat from the areas where it has been in error. He was stating that he felt that the "Prophetic" had been really abused as of late and wanted to make sure that everyone had a very bibilical understanding the various forms of this gift.
He started to share how as a new believer in the 70's he was influenced by a well-known prophet who has given words about Israel and the government which lead up to the exact things coming true and one of the peace treaties that were signed by Israel & Egypt -- he and his new wife felt strongly that God would use them in this way as well -- They moved to Israel and grew in the Lord. While over there -- he received a word that he would "speak to kings" someday. He thought -- "what am I going to go to England and see the Queen?" He had no idea how this could be possible. Anyway -- about 4 years laster they moved back to South Africa and pastored a church that grew to over 5000-6000 people. The ministry that was taking place in this area -- and many miraculous things as well, gained the attention of the King of the Zulu's. His Majesty Goodwill Zwelethini -- he was summoned to the palace to meet this king -- he and his wife could not believe that God was setting this up. Once he arrived -- he was sharing about what God was doing and spoke to the King personally about his own faith in God. He ended up leading him to the Lord- - this was in the early 1980's.
I sat in the chair and I was smiling from ear to ear as this pastor, very humbly recalled God using them in this way -- I smiled because King Goodwill Zwelethini is the King that Officiated over the opening of the Seed of Hope in the township of Bhekulwandle -- the center that Derek & Heather Liebenberg founded that I had the privilege of being a part of the launching in the beginning. What are the chances of this? This was a confirmation of so many things for me in a season when I have moved into very new uncharted territory -- a home, a return to school -- a season of rest from extensive travel.
I look forward to getting a chance to talk to this pastor someday and to tell him this story as I think he would be encouraged as well -- right now -- he has no idea about any of this -- I was just a guy in a chair in his class.......The Lord is with Us!