PRAYER &

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Dear saints,


Brothers Ron Kangas and Ed Marks wrote some short words of encouragement regarding the upcoming summer semi-annual training (taking place in Atlanta 7/5 through 7/15). The deadline for on-time registration is this coming Lord's day, June 21. Here is the link for information / registration


Please read what these two brothers have written concerning this upcoming training. And open to the Lord prayerfully about your own personal participation.


Here is the word from our brother Ron Kangas:


The July 2021 training will cover Joshua, Judges, and Ruth. The 12 messages will not be mere summaries of the Life-study messages on these books but will release light, life, and truth regarding the mysterious intrinsic significance of Joshua, Judges, and Ruth. The writing of the outlines involved intense spiritual warfare. This indicates two matters: (1) that the enemy is opposed to the content of these 12 training messages and fights against them; (2) that this training is of great importance in the eyes of God, for these messages will enable the saints to experience and enjoy the all-inclusive Christ, to do the will of the Father in their life and service, to become in Christ those who will conquer the satanic chaos by the victory of Christ and accomplish the divine economy for the new creation, and to take the way of life in reality for the building up of the church as the Body of Christ. This training will be a special blessing to all those who are willing to pay whatever price the Lord requires for us to be trained, matured in life, and fully prepared to be the prepared bride of Christ, loving His appearing and longing for His coming.

And here is a more lengthy word from our brother Ed Marks:


Dear Saints,
I want to thank all of you for your prayers for our labor on all of the outlines on the Crystallization-study of Joshua, Judges, and Ruth. We all know that when we do anything in the work of the Lord, it is a "Body matter." I can say that truly whatever Ron and I composed for these outlines was something done in the Body, through the Body, and for the Body. I feel that these outlines came out from the Lord as our source, through the Lord as our means, and to the Lord for His glory. We are full of thanks to the Lord for allowing us to experience and enjoy Him as the merciful compassions of our God in all of our labor for the building up of Christ's Body, the preparation of His bride, and the ushering in of His kingdom.
I must testify personally that out of the many outlines on which I have labored since Brother Lee went to be with the Lord, these were the most difficult for me. I felt that I was entering into "unexplored territory" of new revelations and fresh experiences of Christ for each outline on which I worked. This, of course, was done in the midst of my continual weaknesses, but I thank the Lord for being our all-sufficient and laboring grace through the prayers of all the saints.
I would truly implore all the saints not to miss this training because I believe that it will be the best training that we have ever had so far. If any of the saints miss this training, this will be a great loss to them, because we believe with all of our heart that these outlines are the up-to-date speaking of the Spirit to all the churches in His taking another major step in and with us to prepare us to be His bride for His coming back.
The following are six significant points from the outlines that may give you a sense of the precious and up-to-date speaking of the Lord from His ministry:
1) The key to Joshua's carrying out all that is written in God's Word and the key to his prosperity, success, strength, and courage in taking the God-promised land were for him to not let God's word depart from his mouth by musing upon it day and night; the words "your mouth" (in Josh. 1:8) show that musing was mainly practiced by speaking aloud.
"The Hebrew word for muse is rich in meaning; it implies to worship, to converse with oneself, and to speak aloud; to muse on the word is to taste and enjoy it through careful considering. Prayer, speaking to oneself, and praising the Lord may also be included in musing on the word; to muse on the word of God is to enjoy His word as His breath (2 Tim. 3:16) and thus to be infused with God, to breathe God in, and to receive spiritual nourishment" (see Psalm 119:15 and footnote 1).
Musing upon the word is even richer, broader, and more inclusive than pray-reading, for it includes prayer, worship, enjoyment, conversation, bowing down, and even lifting up our hand to receive God's word (Psa. 119:48); to lift up our hand unto the word of God is to indicate that we receive it warmly and gladly and that we say Amen to it (Neh. 8:5-6).
2) If we would enter, possess, and enjoy the all-inclusive Christ as the reality of the good land, we must do so by the presence of the Lord; regardless of what we do, we must pay attention to whether or not we have God's presence.
Brother Lee said---"In my youth I was taught various ways to overcome, to be victorious, to be holy, and to be spiritual. However, not any of these ways worked. Eventually, through more than sixty-eight years of experience, I have found out that nothing works but the Lord's presence. His being with us is everything"--Life-study of Joshua, p. 48.
3) We should take, experience, and enjoy Christ as our King, our Lord, our Head, and our Husband so that He can be our blessing to make us a channel of blessing to the saints and all the churches.
4) We have no right to divorce the Lord and no reason to forsake Him; we must take Him, love Him, honor Him, respect Him, regard Him, exalt Him, and cling to Him, rejecting Satan to the uttermost; then we will be blessed; blessed is everyone--nation, society, group, and individual--whose Lord, Head, King, and Husband is Jehovah (Psa. 33:12).
5) Ruth, as an appendix to the book of Judges, is the record of a couple's excellent story, bright and aromatic; the main character in this story, Ruth, is like a lily growing out of brambles and a bright star in the dark night.
Ruth told Naomi (when she decided to return to Bethlehem in the good land)---"Do not entreat me to leave you and turn away from following after you. For wherever you go, I will go, and wherever you dwell, I will dwell; and your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. Where you die, I will die; and there I will be buried. Jehovah do so to me, and more as well, if anything but death parts me from you" (Ruth 1:16-17). This was Ruth's choosing God and His kingdom for the carrying out of God's economy concerning Christ.
6) We all must aspire to be Boaz's who take care of others' enjoyment of Christ and who are pillars in the church life. In addition to this, we need to see the great revelation of the "two husbands" in Romans 7:1-6 and how they apply to Boaz and Ruth as a type of Christ and the church.
I feel that anyone who is blessed by the Lord to make the decision to be in this upcoming summer training is to be like Ruth, who chose the goal of participating with God's elect in the enjoyment of Christ to bring forth Christ in order to meet today's need of both God and men.
May the Lord's multiplied grace be with all of you.
In Christ,
Ed Marks
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We praise the Lord that since Brother Lee initiated the Chinese-speaking work in North America in 1982, the Lord has brought a large number of Chinese-speaking saints into the churches in the Lord’s Recovery, who have been practicing the Body life in their respective localities. For the advancement of the Chinese- speaking work, there will be a one-week perfecting training for the saints this summer to perfect them in the truth, life, gospel, and service unto the work of the ministry, unto the building up of the Body of Christ.


This perfecting training will be held from July 24 to July 31, 2021. The main burden is based on the ministry book “The Ten Great Critical ‘Ones’ for the Building Up of the Body of Christ.” The entire training will be conducted online due to the current pandemic. We strongly encourage all the Chinese-speaking saints to enroll in this training and to pray earnestly for it.


The co-workers overseeing the Chinese-speaking work in North America


Training Details:

Training dates: July 24 to July 31, 2021

Registration website: https://na-csw.org/

Cost: $25/person

Registration deadline: July 1, 2021

Contact (Southeast): Frank Chen, cyf1005@gmail.com, 404-754-2361


Please see below for a letter regarding the perfecting training.


Announcement 2 of 2021 NA-CSW Perfecting
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For the prayer meeting, we suggest taking the following verses from HWMR of Vital Factors for the Recovery of the Church Life:


Hab. 3:2 ... O Jehovah, revive Your work / In the midst of the years ....

Hosea 6:2 He will enliven us after two days; / On the third day He will raise us up ....

Psa. 119:25 My soul clings to the dust; / Enliven me according to Your word.

John 10:10-11 ... I have come that they may have life and may have [it] abundantly. I am the good Shepherd; the good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.

Reading from Chapter 4 of Meaning and Purpose of Prayer


FTTL Graduation UK (Saturday, 3 July)

Twenty-two trainees are graduating. Please pray for the following:

  1. The graduating trainees to be useful, living functioning members of the body.

  2. At least twenty new first-term trainees from the UK and Europe to begin next term.

Amana Trust's Application for Visa

Amana Trust(UK) is in the process of applying to become a sponsor for a new two-year, multi-trip visa, which will be ideal for those from outside the UK and Ireland who would like to attend the FTTL. Please pray that:

  1. Amana Trust would be granted this sponsorship status and that this could be processed in a timely way so the trainees can begin to use it for the coming term of the full-time training.

  2. Each individual trainee would be covered throughout their visa application process

Campus Labor for summer

Georgia Tech freshmen who are taking summer classes will begin moving into the dorms next Monday (21st) and beginning classes on Wednesday. Over the last several years the Lord has led us to place a particular focus on this group of students and we feel that our work with them is of great strategic value toward gaining a group of young people wrecked for the church-life by a vision of God's eternal economy. Please pray:

  1. For the sovereign God to place us in contact with the sons of peace and loving seekers that He has marked out.

  2. For the serving ones to be strengthened to faithfully spend and be spent in this particular season of labor

  3. For the Lord to be our prudence and covering in planning all our events and interactions with the incoming students

  4. For the coordination of the full-timers with the returning students and community saints, that corporately the entire church would bear remaining fruit among this class of freshmen.

Registration for July Semiannual Training (5-10 July)

Please continue to pray that all the saints would be opened to the Lord to be led to register for the training that the Lord would fully release His burden to the whole recovery.

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