Flying Home after 31 days of ministry

Posted by Martin Van Horn on October 10, 2010 under Uncategorized | Be the First to Comment

Time to Fly Home

Dear Friends,
Warm Greetings from Vienna Airport. I am waiting to board the plane and head to New York City arriving later this afternoon.
It has been 31 days since I arrived here. The time has gone by very fast and each day has been filled with God’s agenda which has not always been easy. He gives grace and strength and is with me in all He has planned.
The days have been filled with a variety of opportunities and activities.

ON MY LAST DAY IN AUSTRIA

One such opportunity was yesterday when I met with a couple, whose relationship had disintegrated over the past few years. After 30 plus years of marriage, they came for help to determine if there was still hope for them.
I told them there is hope because God established marriage and wants it to last. He is involved in the covenant they have made and can help them to find resolution to conflicts as well as give them new love and understanding for each other.
We began the session and God moved in the husband’s heart to reveal to him that he had developed a pattern of thinking in categories of “right and wrong”. He  felt he had to judge everything including his wife accordingly. There were great walls built up between them and lots of pain and disappointment.
He had not realized until yesterday how much his thinking affected his feelings and relationship with his wife. He prayed and asked God to forgive him and also aked his wife to do the same.
His whole countenance changed as he was freed from a great burden to be the “judge” in so many areas of the relationship. His wife cried tears of joy to see him free from the burden he had carried and brought into their relationship for so many years.
We continued for another couple of hours discussing ways they could spend quality time and grow together in spirit,
soul, and body. We practiced talking and listening to understand and ways to resolve conflicts.
They still have work to do, but God met them where they were and gave them hope. My heart was full of joy and gratitude as I watched the “‘King” move with such love, wisdom, and grace to transform a relationship filled with pain and disappointment into one with hope. Please continue to pray for this couple in the days ahead.

THANK YOU FOR PRAYING

Thank you for your part in this ministry as you have prayed during this assignment.
Please continue to pray for all of the seeds planted here, that God will continue to water and protect them.
Pray for my re-entry into the United States and back home to Kentucky.
I will send a report of more of what God has done. I am grateful for your partnership in prayer for this ministry. May God bless you with His joy, revelation, and love.

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Austria Mission, September 2010

Posted by Martin Van Horn on September 11, 2010 under Uncategorized | Be the First to Comment

Got here safely and had a good trip. Sat next to two young boys – 7 and 9 who are
English and live with their mom in Austria. They were visiting their Dad in New York.
They were pretty wired – ate almost whole bag of candy and played video games.
The 7 year old got sick and I had to take him back to the WC. The AUA crew was
glad for my help.

I am telling you this story because I think it is significant especially as it relates to everyday life. I believe “My times are in God’s hand”. As I desire each day to synchronize with Him and to fit into His agenda rather than mine, I experience things I may never have chosen for myself. I did not have two young boys, who needed help on my agenda, but God did. My agenda would have been a quiet plane trip where I could rest, relax and unwind from a busy schedule from the past couple of weeks. It would have been a time for me to be quiet and prepare my heart for the ministry God had planned for me in Austria.

God put these two boys right in my world for eight plus hours and gave me grace to be able to pray for them and  help in a time of need. I will not know what the effects of this time will be, but I prayed for them as God led me for them to know the Lord personally and for their lives to be blessed by His presence. Even though the thought ran through my mind,” I probably will never see them again”, who knows? Perhaps my prayers will be answered and I will see them again in Heaven and we can reminisce about the plane ride and what a great God we have, who puts two boys together with a woman from Kentucky on her way to Austria to pray for them to know Him. That would truly be wonderful!

I finished the flight by taking Jack and Noah to the door where the flight attendant took them to meet their Mom.

I continue to think about them and pray for them. If you think of them, please pray for them too.

Had a great first day. Went for a walk with Maria and Gerhard and had some good
talks. Slept for 5 hours after arrival and am up now at 3:30 AM jet – lagging. Do not
have to be anywhere until 6:00 tomorrow evening. – Milena’s women’s group.

Women in Ministry in Austria

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English Team in October, 2010

Posted by Martin Van Horn on August 10, 2010 under Uncategorized | Be the First to Comment

Dr. Anne Rowntree visiting Kentucky

Three English ladies ministering in October, 2010

Anne Rowntree has come from England many times to share the things God has taught her. We have appreciated learning about God cleansing land, like ending the drought in Kenya, and about the God-given human spirit we have received.

This year her pastor, Brenda Taylor, and daughter/worship leader, Juliette Dawn, will be coming with her October 22 – 30.

They will be leading worship in Cane Ridge, Kentucky, where God sent revival for the Second Great Awakening.

Brenda has developed a Worship Experience based on the components of the Tabernacle in the Wilderness (Book of Exodus) and will be leading us through this experience in a Louisville church.

Julie writes and performs worship songs and shares her poetry.

The three of them will be ministering in Madisonville, Owensboro and Russell Springs, Kentucky, as well as Evansville, Indiana.

Contact us for further information.

Brenda and Roy Taylor at Junction 28 Church, England

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Praying for Politicians

Posted by Martin Van Horn on July 21, 2010 under Prayer | Be the First to Comment

Experience has shown that prayer makes a difference at election time.

When we lived in Connecticut, we had a few chances to attend Kingdom Life Christian Center in Milford. KLCC was helping the community with computer education, furniture and many other services. One service was prayer, not just for the members, but for local politicians.

The city of Bridgeport lost its mayor in a scandal. One of the candidates to replace him asked KLCC for prayer in their Sunday service and Bridgeport elected a Christian as mayor. The same happened with another city north of Bridgeport, where a wife on the city council felt her husband should run for mayor. Despite his lack of experience in politics and lack of public exposure, he felt God wanted his involvement. The church prayed for him in the church service and he too was elected.

I approached a few church contacts here in Louisville to offer prayer in a Sunday service for the prayer requests of Greg Fischer and Hal Heiner, candidates for mayor of Louisville. At this point I was added to the prayer team for Hal and am delighted to ask God to give him and his campaign what the Lord has in mind.

I Timothy 2:1-2: First of all, then, I urge you to offer petitions, prayers, intercessions, and expressions of thanks for all people,
for kings, and for everyone who has authority, so that we might lead a quiet and peaceful life with all godliness and dignity.

Media-driven or Scripture-directed?

Often our prayers are “media-driven” because TV, radio, news and internet are so pervasive. We can easily be misled to think new items are what is on God’s mind too. Media have to keep finding new things to attract our attention. What do media think are important? The values they think we have are Power, Money, Sex, Popularity, Entertainment, Justice, Goodness (sort of that ranking). Are these God’s values? Do they motivate Him and attract His attention? I doubt it.

Psalm 101 is known as “The Prince’s Psalm.”

1  I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O LORD, will I sing. 2  I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. 3  I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me. 4  A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person. 5  Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer. 6  Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me. 7  He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight. 8  I will early destroy all the wicked of the land; that I may cut off all wicked doers from the city of the LORD.

I see the following insights into the heart of David as Ruler of Israel:

  1. He worshipped the LORD, who is the only one perfectly combining mercy and judgment.
  2. He was primarily concerned with the integrity of his heart, making it attractive to his God and fitting him to act wisely.
  3. His eyes reveal his focus: no evil thought, thing or person. As Paul says, “Our battle is not against flesh and blood…” (Ephesians 6)
  4. His eyes reveal his godly discernment: he recognizes godly, trustworthy friends and advisors.
  5. He has no toleration for frauds, liars or scam artists.

Let us pray that our politicians have the same heart and determination as King David, the Psalmist, had. We can ask the Lord’s grace for their media presentation as well.

May righteous hearts produce righteous deeds which are publicly rewarded.

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Instead of Hungarian refugees, Hungarian worshippers

Posted by Martin Van Horn on May 12, 2010 under Events, Multimedia | Be the First to Comment

Vienna road sign to Budapest, Hungary

The Bad, Old Days in Europe when Communism trapped the Hungarians

Sharon and Martin Van Horn moved to Vienna, Austria, in 1981 to share the Gospel with Austrians. At that time Vienna was the end of the Western World, since it was situated at the Iron Curtain separating the West from the Soviet Communist empire. Budapest was the capital of Hungary, and to reach it an American had to wait in long lines at the border to buy a visa and have his car trunk and undercarriage inspected by police. Hungarians dreamed of freedom they could only hear on the radio or read about.

One Wednesday night a mysterious, bearded Hungarian with a heavy accent visited the prayer meeting at our little Austrian church. Ferenc Varga lived in Traiskirchen refugee camp. It turned out he was not a communist spy, but a man who had moved to Guatemala and become a Christian. Now he wanted to reach Hungarian refugees, who had escaped to the West, with the Gospel. Could I help?

For two years I drove vanloads of Hungarians, who mostly spoke no English, to our church or a local facility where I shared the wonders of a Bible and the Jesus Christ that they had had no chance to learn about. I had the privilege of baptizing five men before they moved on to America or Canada. It was a wonderful opportunity that God opened to me and our coworkers.

Then came the Fall of the Iron Curtain

Then in 1989 to the surprise of all observers, the Communist Empire fell. Czech students visited Vienna to give us pieces of barbed wire. I actually have this small segment of the Iron Curtain.

A hungarian man withstood the pressures of communist atheism and pastored a small church. Now he has over 200 churches, one of them in Vienna, Austria. They are known as the Hit [Faith] Churches. On April 4, 2010, Easter was celebrated on the public square in Budapest by 1,300 church members.

We have been set free: from atheism, communism, sin, death, fear, the Devil’s lies and unbelief. Celebrate together with these european believers. Savor the freedom that Jesus has given us all.

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A Great Way To Start The New Year 2010: Exciting Retreat In Hempstead, Texas

Posted by Sharon Van Horn on February 9, 2010 under Events, Multimedia | Be the First to Comment

Life Connections International started 2010 joining two other ministries for a women’s retreat in Hempstead,Texas. Sharon flew on January 15th to Houston, Texas to join Johnyne Rees and Joey Gentempo from His Father’s Heart Ministries and Janet Howden from Jabin Ministries in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada to minister at a women’s retreat hosted by Tom and Johnyne Rees in Hempstead, Texas.

Joey, who is the Founder and Executive Director of His Father’s Heart Ministries taught in the morning session on the “Redemptive Gifts” from Romans 12. These are the motivational gifts which are a part of our destiny and calling from God. Janet spoke on how to experience God personally using activities which helped the women to learn how to hear God and sense His presence.

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School of Healing Prayer

Posted by Martin Van Horn on January 13, 2010 under Events | Be the First to Comment

We read in the Gospels how Jesus Christ went all over Israel bringing healing and deliverance. He also delegated his authority to his disciples, who also proclaimed the Gospel of the Kingdom of God and healed the sick, cleansed the lepers, raised the dead and cast out demons. We are Jesus’ disciples today and we want to see him do the same things wherever we go.

Saturday evenings we are studying the Scriptures and the materials on healing prayer by Charles and Frances Hunter, and by their daughter, Joan Hunter. We are excited to see Jesus answer prayers for healing.

For an outline of our studies you can go to www.mightyinspirit.com.

For further information, videos and resources check out www.joanhunter.org.

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Recap: Fellowship Evening in Louisville, September 2009

Posted by Sharon Van Horn on September 1, 2009 under Events, Fellowship | Be the First to Comment

We meet monthly with people from different churches to have fellowship with God and each other. We meet at the home of Richard and Mary Thompson. Everyone comes with a desire to connect to God and each other.

View the photo gallery: Louisville Fellowship Evening, September 2009

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A Real Country Baptism

Posted by Sharon Van Horn on under Events, Multimedia | Be the First to Comment

Katie is a new Christian from Russell Springs, Kentucky. She came to know the Lord personally a few months ago and has consistently desired to follow Him each day. She is a real joy as she expresses her love for the Lord.

On August 22, 2009, Katie was baptised by her pastor, Roger Wheat, from the Coffey Hill Friendship Church in Russell Springs.

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Thank you, Moving Crew!

Posted by Sharon Van Horn on September 27, 2008 under Events | Be the First to Comment

Life Connections International moved headquarters from Clinton, Connecticut, to Louisville, Kentucky in September 2008. We were grateful for the generous help provided by friends and brothers & sisters as well. We could not have accomplished such a move without them – thanks so much to you all!

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