We are thankful and grateful for all the prayers we receive from home. We are also immensely grateful for a roof on top of our heads and bed to lie our heads on. We are overwhelmed by God's grace that allows us to serve here in Munich.
It gets tougher day by day to be serving here, now that we have been handed the church to run for a month, as the Pastors have taken a well deserved break. But with that said our Encounters with God are getting more and more real and intense. We may have so many things that we want to do for the church but without the Love of God; worship becomes mere music. without the Love of God, the church becomes an organization and we become dry.
We see that God wants to meet His people, we see His heart to consume them like a fire, but we also see that He has his own unique ways and timing to have that done. We need to understand that God wants to Encounter his people in His unique ways. Only He knows when people are ready to Encounter Him. As we were interceding for this church and nation, God's Power and Manifestation filled the room. It was thick and blinding, and it was real. There was "Macht" which is the the power that literally translates to mean the driving force. The driving force blew all the internet systems down in our house and also our neighbours, and we waited 2 days to get it back. During that time, we tried all sorts of things to make the internet work, not knowing what was going on was frustrating. When we finally understood that God's presence, was too high a voltage to be contained in the natural realm, we realised the magnitude of what we were asking of God.
It's great to pray and ask God to show up and show off, but the church needs to be prepared to Encounter God. If they, just like us, scramble around trying to fix "the Encounter" that God is trying to have with His church, then it defeats the whole purpose.
Sometimes being still in His Love can be the hardest thing, because Encountering His love is not always what we expect it to be. He does what He has to do, in His own unique ways. God has a plan for each of us, sometimes the plan is to have us swallowed whole by a fish. Sometimes it is to drown you. Sometimes it is to create chaos in your life. We don't know. But all we have to do is to be still and know that He is God, and that He has plans to prosper us.
With everything we do, for the church here and the people of this nation, we try to be role models of this complete dependance on The Spirit. The Spirit needs to become our way of life, before we can preach and introduce it to others. So we are taking one day at a time, with His Spirit, being still in the chaos, and drowning in His Love.
We send our greetings to all back home at our home church, and to all our families and friends. We love you.
Riccardo & Praveena Cartelli