Luton, March 24-28
It was at this time of year in 2012 (four years ago) that we first met as a group in Luton, a small gathering for the purpose of seeking the mind of Christ insofar as the world mission work and how the present circumstances would be affecting what we could do. Since then the assembly has gotten larger, this year including the brethren not only from Luton, but also London and other parts of England. Brethren have come from Nigeria, Switzerland, Czech Republic and the United States to share and to learn what the Spirit is saying to the sons of God in this hour. These messages are available for listening or downloading at http://www.patmos.cz/en/luton-2016.
So Rita and I made plans to again attend this gathering which is timed to coincide with the Easter weekend holidays. The Aganna family was again such a blessing in all the labor that they invested in arranging all of the details of this conference. We stayed at the Luton Holiday Inn, which is the same building that was named the Ramada Inn last year, just a new owner, but the same meeting rooms. If I were to give a brief summary of the overall theme, it could be said that God is speaking to us to examine our lifestyle and to make the adjustments that He is demanding of us as we are coming into these last days.
The meetings began just two days after the terrorist bombing at the Brussels, Belgium airport, so the recent news was definitely something to help bring us into focus for these end time messages. We gathered for a prayer meeting Thursday night and then we had three meetings each day for the full weekend.
Chijioke gave the first word on Friday, the Peace Offering and how God is looking for this offering of our soul and mind. God wants to possess the whole of our soul; our lifestyle must reflect this. Tomas spoke on how true faith must be expressed in works, how it affects our lifestyle. I spoke on the golden altar as seen in Revelation, the prayers of the martyred saints crying for retribution and the actions of God as the judgment on this corrupt earth begins.
On Saturday, Burt spoke on the Destiny of Man. The two destinies of man are seen in the Genesis 25 account of Jacob and Esau, twins who began in the same womb but came to an entirely different end. Barak spoke on how God is offering us an “upgrade”, the route into the Holy of Holies where the love of God is the highest order for a Christian. We enter through Christ (the door) and our humanity (wood) must be covered with gold (God’s nature). Why stay in the outer court (Israel) when we can go for the holy place (Jerusalem), and our final destiny can be the holy of holies (Mount Zion). Chijioke added to Barak’s afternoon message on how our five senses are the gateway to the soul and can take us to hell if tethered to the earth, as represented by the five Philistine cities, or can take us to the light of God. The final message was a word given by Ebere who shared on the Bondage of Slavery vs. Liberty.
On Sunday, George shared on the question, “What Road Are You On”; the broad way or the narrow way; one leading to destruction, the other to life eternal? For the afternoon session, we split into two meetings: the youth on one side of the partition and the adults with their little children on the other. The adults held a Q & A session with the main question dealing with contemporary “Christian” music and what place it has in our lives and fellowship gatherings. One of the children then asked how he could give his life to God and how he could hear God. The result was his own salvation, plus prayer for all the remaining children at the meeting. In the evening meeting, Chijioke spoke on the Renewing of the Mind.
Monday was the missionary meeting. We shared with each other what is happening in the various mission fields in which we are laboring, and updated future plans, if God shall permit. As many then began their journeys to other destinations or to return home, Rita and I were taken down into one of the southeastern London suburbs where we will be having a few meetings with the London Fellowship.
We spent this next week in this suburb of London with Toye and Yinka and their two sons. They carried on their daily life and we enjoyed the fellowship and exploring the very safe surrounding neighborhoods by walking.
Our first meeting was Friday evening where we met at the Hornsey Road Fellowship center (we had visited here before about 10 years ago). I spoke a word on some of my experiences and how I learned through tribulation, how to walk by and be led by the Spirit (I called it, “Whose Son are You?”). The young brother Boma and his wife Pauline picked us up and drove us to all of the meetings, which could be an hour’s drive one way. We always went in two cars from this house.
Saturday afternoon was another meeting at the same location. I shared a word from Revelation 12 on the “Birthing of the Manchild”. The final meetings were on Sunday; in the morning Brother Ebere spoke, finishing the subject on slavery that he had started in Luton. In the afternoon meeting I shared on The Coming Elijah Company. After the meetings we went to Toye’s house and had fellowship with some of the brethren.
On Monday morning, we left the house at 7 AM by taxi on a 90 minute ride which would take us to Terminal 4 at the Heathrow Airport, where we had a little rest and a breakfast. Our departing flight to Atlanta was about an hour late but otherwise the flight was uneventful. Our layover in Atlanta turned out to be longer than expected; 2 hours delay because the planes were short of pilots. When we finally did arrive in Albany after 11:30 PM, John and Luanne were both waiting for us and took us to their home where our car was parked. On our arrival home we found that winter had returned with an unexpected new snowfall of about 4 inches, and the overnight low temperature at our house dipped to “O” F (-15 C). So it was after midnight when we finally arrived home to a very cool house that needed warming up and to bed about 2 AM, still better than an airport.
Let us say again that we are so aware of the Lord’s overshadowing protection over us and we believe the prayers of the saints are very involved in this. For this and all of your support we gratefully thank every one of you.
Mark and Rita Jantzi