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This email is to capitulate the year 2008 and exhort you concerning the year 2009. The Lord enormously blessed
us this year with great strides both in the local and the international scene.
I have been involved in ministry for more than 20 years, and 2008 has been the best year yet. But this is not just
about us, rather we desire that you also share in what we have experienced too. The blessing is not individual but
1. RIGHT FOCUSSING
The Lord had me refocus, in the right direction. I had been involved in full time ministry, and in international
apostolic spheres, for the last 5 years. Portugal had not opened up that much, not in my focus, nor my spirit. Most
of the network done was done outside. Seemed contradictory. But the Lord showed me a vision of the nation of
Portugal on fire, and how God wanted us to focus first on our "Jerusalem." A firm contact with Pastor Ian
Johnson of New Zealand sealed things spiritually, confirming a vision, dreams that he had had there so far away.
We are constantly in contact with His Amazing Glory Ministries, who have blessed us considerably. Also Kathie Walters
has been a constant blessing to our ministry, since we changed focus. This is what God is closely examining in
ministries, that our focus is wrong. When our vision comes into focus, and we move into it, the former doors that
were closed are opened afresh. There is a sense of well being. We need to know for sure, what is our JERUSALEM,
because our Jerusalem is the MISSIONS ORDER. The vision, the outpouring is got there. The needed transitions
are walked through there.
2. RIGHT NETWORKING
There have been networks that God led us out of which on the face of it, was difficult and painful, but because of
God’s positioning in the HORIZONTAL CORPORATE sense, we needed to make right steps. One of those was to tie up a
working relationship with Cindy Allen and Global Network of Disciples, which for us has been a school of how
to walk through transition, as for us 2008 was a transition year. It was transitioning from desert to promised land, and
we feel that the koinonia afforded with GND has been key to this year.
Also our connection with Apostle Ricci Hausley of Elijah’s Nest Ministries has also one which has taught us that God
has different orders in the apostolic, and the need to be accountable with ministers who have climbed up the ladder
of humility. I have seen through being connected with this ministry, multitudes of doors open. I can only say that corporate
accountability to those who have integrity has given us greater knowledge of the need for humility and a
circumcision of heart.
Also our connection with Mike and Liz Cleasby showed us great blessing in the area of vision, the vision of revival, which we all
share, but we recognize that even those of similar vision have to flow together without conflicting in expectation. You can
see their site www.vitalsparkministries.com . They are a great blessing.
3. RIGHT MISSION
The Lord brought me back in March to cry for the nation, to seek His Face for Portugal. The fact is Portugal has never had
a revival. The Lord led me down a path of seeking which brought great fruits this year. The first was promotion to a greater
role of leadership locally. The Lord sent me and opened up many preaching and prophesying doors. The Lord also
arranged a recognition meeting for us in September. The Lord showed us, the way up is really the way down, to go up we
must go down. Therefore, we had to get right our focus again. So if 2008 can be remembered it should be a
NEW CORPORATE FOCUS, upon all ministries. We saw ministries lose, close because they rejected the readjustment
of focus, which requires humility to do. A new University was founded in September which has now gone into the first 3
months, with 2 new courses being planned now, one a Batchelor’s Degree in Theology, and a course called THE SCHOOL
OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. The Lord has confirmed what was a vision I had in 1993, confirmed by Prophetess Sharon Stone
of Christian International of Bill Hamon.
The Lord connected us up with men of God of similar vision. One such adventure from our Church was a Pilgrimage to Fátima
against idolatry by two leaders of our church, we joined up with them after they had walked almost 200 kms, and did
spiritual warfare there to take back territory. Who does not know, Fátima represents the centre of all idolatry in Portugal.
From this single event, what was a circuit of 3 churches, within 6 months grew to 7. Amazing!
4. RIGHT MINISTRY
The Lord used us tremendously in the power meetings, and in the summer extensive prayer and fasting periods. This brought
us amazing growth in the Spirit, and in Biblical Understanding of Revival. One feature was the Book compiled by Kathie
Walters " Bright and Shining Revival" which fired up many many people, and ministers which we distributed freely as Kathie
sent us. We are in the process now of the final Portuguese version of this same publication. The effects of ministering
what God sends us to do, preparing for revival, and prayer was amazing, for which we are grateful to God for the
ministry of Kathie Walters. Many of you may wonder why we are mentioning all these names, but we need to mention them
because they were gifts that God sent to us this year.
5. RIGHT BUSINESS
The Lord caused us to meet very many precious people on the way, in the summer, like Prophetess Cheryl Topp who has a ministry
to the nations, blessed us. And also Anne Marie Isherwood, whose life is an example of Christian business and faith. We through
her understood that it was time to disciple and pour into Business people the impartation that is needed, to survive what the world
calls the CREDIT CRUNCH. This is a spiritual event which God has allowed for a purpose. To root out greed. The Lord gave me the vision
to write a book and manual which is in progress now, to train people in KINGDOM ECONOMICS. This book I believe will be
revolutionary because it aims to make the distinction between the WORLD ECONOMIC SYSTEM and that of THE KINGDOM. This book
is going to be PUBLISHED BY PORTUGAL FIRE! MINISTRIES and offered at a symbolic fee, not too expensive, not to profit from it,
but we desire that ministries and Churches invite us for conferences and seminars of this subject. So we are available to the Lord,
but I anticipate that the invites will come on reading the book.
6. RIGHT VISION
The Lord showed us that He is about to pour out revival over the nations, and it is very soon. We need to prepare for it. I anticipate that it will be
in 2009. The Lord showed us that many of the visions, or so called visions are too man centered and not Jesus centered, so we
had to own up and readjust this. The Lord prospers in every way the ministry that reflects Him.
7. RIGHT PERSPECTIVE
So what of 2009? I believe it is going to be the best year yet. The media are labelling the darkest year yet, with so much uncertainty. We as believers
cannot take on this mentality. If we do it negates, annuls the work of God in us. We will become impotent and we will see the devil come
riding into our ministries, our businesses and our homes with poverty, with sickness. If we are moving and called in Him we must see that we are
walking in His Favour. This means that the angel of destruction may pass over our house, our ministry, our business but he will pass over, and see
the Blood of Jesus over our doorposts. We shall not be touched, but that day, which is this day, we shall receive the transference as
the covenant of Abraham meted out to us through Christ.
Therefore, if we desire to see 2009, we must see it as two different rivers, flowing in two directions, one flowing down from Calvary, from the Altar, down
the valleys, making grow great trees, and great plants, which shall bear fruit every month. Even the dead areas shall be made fresh and living. (Ezekiel 47).
God is about to shine through His People. The other river does the opposite, flows up through to leaders bringing them into judgment.
It has been so good to write, remembering all what God has done for us this year. Our thanks go to God for all those who have been
with the Lord for us, and I know God will bring them recompense. For their time, their hearts. I believe that I wanted not only to tell you
of what happened with us, but also I desired to be a blessing. Relaying what God is saying to all of us.
May God bless you this Christmas.
Russell and Paula Durose
Have a good Christmas and a Happy New Year!