Gideon and the hundred men with him reached the edge of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, just after they had changed the guard. They blew their trumpets and broke the jars that were in their hands…when the three hundred trumpets sounded, the Lord caused the men throughout the camp to turn on each other with their swords. The army fled to Beth Shittah toward Zererah as far as the border of Abel Meholah near Tabbath.
TEN have recently put on a respite conference for many of our European partners. This conference has been a vision for TEN for many years and with huge heartfelt thanks to a few generous individuals, this vision finally became a reality. For some, the notion of having nationals from across Eastern Europe sitting in the same room might seem disastrous, but for the TEN team this was sheer joy and it beautifully encompassed that under the banner of Christ, we are one body made up of many wonderful individuals.
The week was jam-packed with seminars being given from individual partners based around the following themes: evangelism / being too small for too great / keys to a fruitful ministry / church planting / surviving compassion ministry / our identity in Christ, and more besides. These seminars were a great opportunity for partners to hear how others go about their ministry, what tools work for them and how they could network with one another. It was wonderful to hear personal testimonies but also eye-opening to know how tough ministry in Europe really is.
Our main speaker for the week came across the pond from Australia. Dr. Rick Lewis is a freelance mentor of leaders and consultant to a wide variety of Christian organisations. With 30 years of local church ministry and having taught in several ministry training colleges, Rick was a brilliant speaker for the conference and gave so much of his time to listening to where our partners are coming from. Rick focused on the example of Timothy in the Bible, from how he was mentored by Paul, to his calling and the temptations and trials that he faced both internally and externally.
A monumental part to the week was worship both sung and prayerful. Each evening partners were given time to share about the prayer needs for their countries both in desperation but whilst also celebrating victories. This time proved to be a door to partners understanding that their situations are not so far stretched from one another. Amongst other topical issues, it has been heartbreaking to hear how ISIS is increasingly radicalising European countries. Europe needs our earnest prayer, on our knees before God seeking His supernatural and unparalleled intervention! For some of our partners, this would’ve been one of the biggest gatherings they’ve been too where brothers and sisters in Christ were able to share and pray with them and for the nations in which they work.
Standing shoulder to shoulder in sung worship was heavenly! To hear different nations, tribes and tongues singing God’s praises was breathtaking and we long for the day where we can do this together with all our brothers and sisters from across the world.
TEN’s Trumpet of Gideon Conference has been a ground-breaking experience for many and we pray that in the future we will be able to hold more conferences that will enable more people to attend. We are so grateful to all our Prayer Warriors who faithfully prayed for individuals and couples throughout the week! It was a huge success and we cannot have achieved what we did without God’s grace and without your support.
Prayer – Please pray for our partners across Europe!!