Dear Friends and Family,
Greetings from the beautiful Island of Cyprus. As I am writing this report we are currently coming to the last stretch of our planned stay on the Island. We fly back home on the 14th arriving on the morning of the 15th of November.
As I reflect on our stay here I would like to, first of all, give thanks to our Heavenly Father who has blessed and privileged us to spend time here and minister the word of God throughout the Island of our birth. For Christalla and I this is a tremendous privilege but also an answer to the prayers I have prayed fervently many years ago. The words of my prayers continue to echo in my heart from the book of Nehemiah:
Nehemiah 2:4-5 (NKJV)
Then the king said to me, “What do you request?” So I prayed to the God of heaven. And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favour in your sight, I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ tombs, that I may rebuild it.”
Second, I would like to give thanks to God for you dear friends and faithful partners who continue to make this possible through your prayers and financial assistance. This journey has not been all ministry but also a time of rest up in the remote and quiet village of Lysos. I have thoroughly enjoyed my morning prayer walks in the forest as is my custom to do whenever I am here.
The people we ministered to have been very welcoming and receptive to the ministry of the word and we fully expect to see fruit from the word that was ministered to them. We also continue to build on the progress that has been made through the years we have been involved in the prayer and unity initiative among church leaders across cultures, nationalities, and denominations.
In a dream, the Lord encouraged me in continuing our endeavours along those lines. In the dream, I was addressing church leaders by giving them three words in Greek. Χρόνος which means Time, Υπομονή= Patience and Φιλαδέλφεια= Brotherly love. Being patient and persevering, while exercising brotherly love is the key to move forward and make progress in our endeavours.
The relationships we have built on the Island with pastors and leaders are very precious and worth investing in through our continual visits with them. Below some of their thoughts concerning this:
I’m always in favour of anything that brings our pastors and church leaders together for prayer and fellowship & I can only commend & thank you for all your efforts in this regard. I’ve personally been very blessed by these meetings; it does my heart good to see pastors going out of their way just to spend time together.Larry Speedy
My great benefit of these meetings is getting to know of other leaders and coming closer by sharing. Breaking bread together is very edifying and indicative of our heartfelt unity amongst us. May the Lord bless you. Thank you for caring so much for the church in our island.Panayiotis Morfakis
We thank God for bringing you here and using you as a catalyst and as an inspirer for the unity of the Church in Cyprus. Looking back about 12 years ago, when these gatherings started, I can say that a lot of ground has been covered in the areas of unity, bringing the Church leaders together, united prayer, preparing the Church for revival, etc. I find great joy to meet with our brothers during these gatherings, and listen to what God is doing in every city.George Hadjiyiannis
There are more testimonies concerning these gatherings with leaders but due to space and time, I can only write a few.
Leaders from across the provinces in Cyprus come together in these gatherings sometimes for a day and a half to fellowship, to pray together, and to listen intently to the Lord in regards to the state of the Church. I am honoured and privileged to know such individuals and share with them and they with me their passion and vision for the Church in Cyprus. They are men and women who care deeply for the Church. I am blessed to be counted with them.
In closing, I would ask you, friends and family, to continue praying for us and the initiative of bringing these leaders together to extend and establish the influence of Gods kingdom on the Island of Cyprus.
In His Service,
Andreas and Christalla